Did officials at Florida A&M ignore the culture of hazing that may have led to a student's death? Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.
To advertise, the birther movement flew a banner over a stadium filled with almost 96-thousand football fans. They just neglected to find out of the retractable roof would be closed that day. Their message in the sky lands on the RidicuList.
Shannon Gilbert vanished 19 months ago. Police believe they've found her remains but the mystery is ongoing. Anderson Cooper reports.
Both parties met for negotiations, and surprisingly, the Democrats may no longer insist on a "millionaire surtax."
Gloria Borger and David Gergen question Mitt Romney's strategy of attacking Newt Gingrich's wealth and GOP credentials.
CNN's Jason Carroll interviews Florida A&M's president on the alleged hazing controversy involving the school band.
The parents of Robert Champion tell Anderson Cooper about their son's tragic death while at Florida A&M University.
Reporter's Note: At some point in each 24 hour period I write yet another letter to the White House. It is as regular as sunrise, although potentially not quite so uplifting.
Dear Mr. President,
From where I sit, there seems to be a big game of chicken going on in D.C. these days. Both parties are futzing around with legislation related to jobs, making what I hope are at least honest proposals, and yet they seem to be betting primarily on failure. By that, I mean, they are furiously triangulating ways to make sure that if everything goes to heck, any complaints from voters will come to roost in their opponents’ barn.
(Do you like the way I worked that poultry analogy into my opening graph? Ha!)
I continue to be amazed.
For all we’ve been through with this squirrelly economy, it seems as if the two parties might finally join forces to do something positive. And yet, here we are with the same kind of gridlock we’ve been complaining about for years now. Your side blames the Republicans for trying to block everything. They in turn are blaming you Democrats for grandstanding with votes that are intended to make just that point.
Partisan voters, I presume, have no trouble falling in line with whichever of those positions matches their own, but for the rest of the country I think it is just hopelessly confusing.
Despite all our cynicism, I think many people would desperately like to think that Congress is largely comprised of people who will put the good of the nation above the good of their party. But the evidence suggests that may not be true.
It’s kind of depressing frankly. And here we are in the season of giving! Oh well.
More tomorrow. I’m headed home. Call if you can.
What everyone’s talking about:
Congress delayed a bill to make Congress members obey the same rules the rest of us do, when it comes to making money on inside information. Keeping Them Honest, we called every lawmaker on Capitol Hill and asked if they would support the STOCK Act.
Jerry Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary hearing on child sexual abuse charges. Some of his accusers were prepared to testify against him. Yesterday the attorney for alleged victim six told Anderson that his client was, “ready, but Jerry Sandusky ran away.”
Also, find out about the apparently close ties between the former Penn State police chief and Sandusky.
With the death toll in Syria now 5,000, according to the United Nations, the Secretary-General is calling for intervention, saying “it is time for the international community to act." A medical student spoke to Anderson about the violence he’s witnessed in Homs.
From awkward family Christmas cards to thieves with “Christmas balls,” and a government official who landed himself on our RidicuList, it’s been an interesting holiday season!
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