New video tells more of the story on the death of deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Anderson Cooper speaks with senior international correspondent Dan Rivers to round out the details.
Halloween haters land on the Ridiculist. Apparently we now live in a world where you're not allowed to writhe around in short-shorts and stripper boots at a family-friendly pumpkin patch.
Opponents are blasting Mitt Romney for designing a health care plan covering illegal immigrants when he was governor of Massachusetts. The Republican front-runner's campaign is crying foul. Who's telling the truth? We're Keeping Them Honest.
Reporter's Note: Each day, I write a letter to President Obama. I don’t know if he reads them.
Dear Mr. President,
Have you seen this new TV show, "Boss," with Kelsey Grammer? Excellent television! The acting, the writing, the mise en scene; really top flight. It is set in Chicago, so I think it might be especially interesting to you. Who knew Frasier could be so tough?
One of my favorite parts in the first episode involves a short discussion with a young man who is considering a run for the governor’s office. He says something along the lines of, “Gosh, Frasier…um, I mean ‘Boss’…the primary election is in three weeks. How can I mount a successful campaign?”
“Oh come on,” the ‘Boss’ says, “that’s an eternity these days.”
He’s right, of course.
Once, people talked about long, drawn out political sagas in which candidates built up their credentials, established a degree of trust with the public, and then sought ever higher offices based on their record of performance. Now, however, that does not seem to be the case.
Candidates come and go like those seasonal doughnuts at Krispy Kreme. Today it is pumpkin spice; tomorrow it’s peppermint patty. The public appetite, in doughnuts and leaders, seemed to be changing by the hour.
The good part for you: it means if you can simply endure all the bad news in the economy now, you might have much more favorable winds blowing your way by election time. Then, people… in that short-attention-span way… may simply overlook everything they are struggling with now, and instantly pull the lever for you.
The bad news? Well, it can go the other way, too. You may find ways to convince people that you are still the right bet for fixing the economy, you may get the polls pointing in your favor, and then at the 11th hour, some simple event can come along and upset the entire scheme when there is little or no time left in which to react.
So what to do? I’m not sure. But getting a box of doughnuts and checking out the next episode of "Boss" might be a good start. After all, anything decided in the 2012 election now will almost certainly be undecided in a couple of months anyway.
(CNN) – It wouldn't be a presidential trip without criticism from Republicans, and President Barack Obama's visit to Nevada Monday is no exception.
The Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney presidential campaign released web videos capitalizing on the national unemployment and high foreclosure rates in the Silver State.
The spot from the RNC accuses the president of focusing more attention on his reelection than the unemployed in America.
"For each new campaign office President Obama opens there are over 15,000 new foreclosures," the ad says. "For every million dollars Obama raises, 6,400,000,000 dollars are added to our national debt. Don't you wish we had a president who cared about your job?"
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Update! Congratulations to tonight's winners:
"Mitt Romney shocks New Hampshire voters by maintaining his policy position that he still wants to be President."
“Can I use that joke at the next Republican debate?”
- Lori, Pennsylvania
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(CNN) – Amy Stokes is redefining "family" for South African children affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty.
Since 2006, her organization, Infinite Family, has used the Internet to connect almost 500 teens with nearly 300 volunteer mentors from all over the world. Stokes started the program after witnessing how HIV and AIDS left many children without parents.
CNN asked Stokes for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.
CNN: Where were you when you got the call that you'd been selected as a top 10 CNN Hero?
Amy Stokes: I was attending the Social Good Summit in New York, and I received the amazing news while I was standing in a stairwell at the 92nd Street Y.
I am personally gratified and honored to be selected as a top 10 CNN Hero, and thrilled for our entire team. Mostly though, I am very thankful because being selected will benefit the larger cause: affecting the lives of adolescents across sub-Saharan Africa.
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