Anderson Cooper looks at the seemingly close relationship between Jerry Sandusky and the former Penn State police chief.
Reporter's Note: I write to the president every day because I’m pretty sure he appreciates my advice. Actually, I’m not sure of that at all, but you can never tell.
Dear Mr. President,
It was lovely seeing you and your family last night at the big Christmas In Washington concert. It’s always a nice diversion amid all the craziness of D.C., and I hope you had a nice time. It was rather entertaining to see you and your girls up there chatting it up with Justin Bieber after the show.
My wife, younger daughter and I passed Conan O’Brien in the backstage area, but we didn’t stop to chat. You know how it is: He’s probably a fan of mine and if we’d started chatting we’d still be there!
Speaking of still being there, I’ve been watching this seemingly endless string of Republican debates (or as I like to call it, Survivor: GOP) and I think you had better be braced for a simple, straightforward fact: While they may destroy themselves in this process of selecting a candidate, the odds are against it. In the end, the Republicans are likely to emerge from this mess not merely with a contender, but with one that they will rally behind with a vengeance.
Come on, you remember your own primary! It looked like a Democratic bar fight; Hillary was up, Edwards was surging, you were throwing haymakers, Republicans were the ones chortling back then over the disarray. Then in a flash it was all over. You were the party’s pick, running hard, and Bob’s-your-uncle suddenly you were the winner of the whole shebang!
Don’t think for a minute that the same thing can’t happen on the Republican side, and frankly for precisely the same reason. As much as people came to like you in the final vote, the primary reason you had a chance of winning their support was overwhelming frustration with the man who was in the White House and the party that had put him there.
So my advice on this busy Monday: Avoid the temptation to be entertained by the apparent confusion on the Republican side right now. Because the contest is just getting started, and a few stumbles out of the blocks does not mean the other runners will not give you all the race you want between here and the finish line.
In this video, Tyler Clementi's parents talk to CNN's Jason Carroll about the struggle to understand their son's suicide. Dharun Ravi, Clementi's former roommate at Rutgers University, has turned down a plea deal and will instead go to trial in February. Ravi faces a 15-count indictment involving hate crime charges for allegedly using a web cam to stream video of Clementi"s sexual encounter with another man. Clementi later jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey.
Watch the full interview tonight on AC360° at 8 p.m. ET.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation was created in his memory by his family. Their mission is "To raise awareness of the issues surrounding and support organizations concerned with suicide prevention, acceptance of LGBT teens, and education against internet cyber bullying." You can learn more on the foundation's website.
Los Angeles (CNN) - Robin Lim, an American woman who has helped thousands of poor Indonesian women have a healthy pregnancy and birth, was named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year on Sunday night.
Through her Yayasan Bumi Sehat health clinics, "Mother Robin," or "Ibu Robin" as she is called by the locals, offers free prenatal care, birthing services and medical aid in Indonesia, where many families cannot afford care.
"Every baby's first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet," Lim said during "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute," which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and recognized Lim and the other top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011.
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