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November 28th, 2011
08:01 PM ET

AC360 Poll: Cain affair allegations

A woman claims she had a 13-year affair with GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. He says she was just a friend.


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November 28th, 2011
07:48 PM ET

Letters to the President #1043: 'The legacy of right now'

Reporter's Note: I write a letter every day to the president, and while it is possible that some historian will look at these many years in the future…I doubt it.

Dear Mr. President,

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank says he will not seek re-election, bringing to an end a very long run in office. 16 terms. That’s a lot. Enough that one might ask, at the age of 71 why did he not tire of this work and decide to move on earlier?

His answer is simple enough: He cared deeply about some legislation that conservative Republicans vehemently opposed and he feared that without his stewardship…or at least his vote on the Democratic side of the aisle…his legacy would be in peril.

Fair enough. I can’t fault anyone for wanting his or her work to last. Hey, Greek sculptors did a pretty good job keeping their masterpieces around for thousands of years, so why shouldn’t modern folks try to do the same?

But when it comes to government, I tend to think it is a bit of a fool’s errand.

Government is a living, breathing thing that does, and should, change with the times. Political movements and public values come and go over decades. What we may think is a great idea now, we may reject as folly in the next generation.

Politicians are of the moment. They can shape our laws for their time in office, and can hope that some of their initiatives stand the test of time, but they should not bet on it. That includes presidents. I’m sure that you, like Mr. Frank, want to think that your accomplishments will affect American policy for many, many years. But the moment you leave office, all bets are off.

So my advice: Seize the day. No one in elected office, Democratic or Republican, has a promise of tomorrow. If you want to make a difference, make it now.

Hope all is well and that you enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving weekend. Hey, the Saints are playing tonight! Want to come over? Give a ring if you do.

Regards,
Tom

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November 28th, 2011
07:36 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Woman claims long affair with Cain

Herman Cain tells Wolf Blitzer that a new accuser will make claims about an affair that are baseless.  Don't miss AC360° at 8 p.m. ET for details about the evidence, Cain's response and the fallout.


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Tonight on AC360: Abuse allegations at Syracuse
Photo credit: Chuck Hadad
November 28th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Abuse allegations at Syracuse

AC360's Gary Tuchman is at Syracuse University investigating the allegations against former associate men's basketball coach Bernie Fine. In the first photo, head coach Jim Boeheim drives past Gary and Producer Chuck Hadad as they try to ask him about the case. Boeheim and Fine happen to live across the street from each other. In the photo below, Gary knocks on Fine's door to speak with him, and instead talks to his wife, Laurie. Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. ET for Gary's full report.

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November 28th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Egypt's historic election

The first post-Mubarak election is giving voters a sense of hope and change. Tune in to AC360° at 8 p.m. ET for more on the historic events shaping Egypt's future.


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November 28th, 2011
08:05 AM ET

Video: CNN Heroes Top 10: Bruno Serato

(CNN) - Since 2005, Bruno Serato has been serving up free pasta dinners to children, many of whom are poor and live in motels with their families.

Serato is an Italian chef and the founder of Caterina's Club, a nonprofit that provides dinner seven days a week to more than 300 children at the Boys & Girls Club in Anaheim, California. CNN asked Serato for his 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?

Bruno Serato: I was home, getting ready to go to work after talking to my mom in Italy over Skype.

I can't express the feelings I had at that moment. I was so happy. I was in tears. I wanted to scream like Tarzan! It was amazing news.

CNN: What do you hope this recognition will mean to Caterina's Club?

Serato: This gives me hope that I can make Caterina's Club a leader in resolving children's hunger in America.

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November 27th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Letters to the President #1042: 'Dreaming of a light Christmas'

Reporter's Note: I write a letter to the president every day. It can interfere with shopping, but that's not such a bad thing.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, the long holiday weekend is drawing to a close. We now have less than a month until Christmas, which means a lot of us will be growing ever more involved in the whole shopping/buying/wrapping/giving business in the next couple of weeks.

That or in several weeks we can get involved in the whole panicking/running/buying whatever we can find/giving Uncle Chuck a Chia Pet business.

I realize that the economy certainly needs a boost, so probably you are hoping for a lot of enthusiastic buying. But I'm not so sure how that will work out. Arguably one of the reasons we got into this mess is that we were too fired up about our purchases. We bought houses, cars, electronics, clothes, and Furbys as if there were no tomorrow. Our debt piled up, or savings dwindled, and when the rainy days came we had nothing to carry us over.

So while I hope that we have a good shopping season, I tend to think that it might be better if we also show a little restraint. After all, how many more flat screen TVs can we watch anyway? Might be better to have some money for such things down the road, rather than scrambling to spend it all now.

Call if you have a moment.

Regards,
Tom

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November 26th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Letters to the President #1041: 'The value of putting your feet up'

Reporter's Note: I write a letter to the White House every day. Maybe I should take a break.

Dear Mr. President,

I'm trying to take a little break from all the running I've been doing this year, especially after my big 55 mile race a week ago. I imagine my legs could use some time to rest after a big year of training, so don't be surprised if you hear very little of my roadwork over the next few weeks. Oh sure, you may spot me trotting down the side of the road, but I won't be going far or fast for a while.

The value of taking it easy, in our current economic and political climate, is greatly underestimated I think. When times grow a tad desperate, everyone thinks they need to push harder. But sometimes I think what you really have to do is slow down, rest a little, and clear your head.

I noticed during the big race (and I've pondered this since) that at times I had trouble with even basic calculations: How far had I gone? What sort of speed was I running? Was I lost? Did I need to speed up or could I afford to slow down? The fatigue in my legs muddled my thoughts, and often I was tempted to simply surge forward in a vague sense of panic. But if I had given in, almost certainly I would have ended up burning out entirely and not finishing the race.

Only when you have the right perspective, can you decide on the proper course of action. So I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend too. There will be time enough on Monday to start working the grindstone again.

Call if you have a moment.

Regards,
Tom

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November 25th, 2011
08:19 PM ET

Letters to the President #1040: 'Bleak Friday'

Reporter's Note: I write a letter to President Obama every day. Even when, perhaps, I should be shopping.

Dear Mr. President,

You realize that we've all gone crazy out here, I assume. All you had to do to be utterly convinced was turn on a TV to see the crowds of insane people flooding into stores at midnight, driven mad by the weird alchemy of turkey, gravy, and the scent of possible shopping deals.

I do not shop on this day. It is too exhausting to contemplate the struggle, to imagine the noise, to deal with the possible emergency room visit after losing a digit to an overzealous fellow shopper who spies me reaching for that blue sweater he or she has just spotted; in short, it is just too dangerous.

To be frank, I'm not sure why anyone shops on this day. I'm not at all convinced that the deals are any better than they are many other times during the year. Yes, a few pieces of bait are scattered around; computers for six dollars or some such, and if you are willing to camp all night and risk a broken limb, you might snag one. But beyond that I think the evidence supports the idea that this is largely just a creation of marketers.

Oh well. I guess some folks just love it.

As for me, the economy will just have to wait a bit more for my wallet to crack open. I intend to spend the rest of the weekend relaxing with my family, enjoying all those things we always hear about that money can't buy.

Regards,
Tom

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November 25th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Ungodly Discipline

Tonight AC360 continues its investigation into the suspected practice of physically punishing children in the name of religious beliefs.  Some say spanking children helps make them "right with God."  But many of those children now say they were abused, and sometimes seriously injured.  Tune in at 8 p.m. ET for the "Ungodly Discipline" report.


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