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February 3rd, 2012
11:33 PM ET

Video: Teacher charged for bondage photos

A 61-year-old teacher is accused of lewd acts on a child after hundreds of photos of students are discovered.

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February 3rd, 2012
11:31 PM ET

Video: A mother's plea for justice

Linda Smith is devastated Haley Barbour pardoned the man who was driving drunk during a crash that killed her daughter.

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February 3rd, 2012
11:27 PM ET

Video: KTH: Barbour pardoned without checking record

A man pardoned by Haley Barbour had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit when he was involved in a fatal crash. Anderson Cooper reports.

February 3rd, 2012
11:09 PM ET

Video: Sex abuse case rocks elementary school

A teacher allegedly tied up, blindfolded students and took photos. Anderson Cooper talks to the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and Areva Martin, a children's advocate and disability rights attorney.

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February 3rd, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Video: RidicuList: Anderson Cooper's sports knowledge

A baseball analogy flies right over Anderson...and he adds his own lack of sports knowledge to the RidicuList.


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February 3rd, 2012
08:32 PM ET

Video: Activist: More than 200 Syrians killed in one day

Anderson Cooper talks to a Syrian activist who says the government is shelling Homs and more than 200 have been killed in a few hours.

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February 3rd, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Letters to the President #1110: 'Better jobs numbers'

Reporter's Note: The latest unemployment numbers came out considerably better than expected. And since I still have my job, that’s what I’m writing about in my daily letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on the new unemployment numbers! It must be a relief for your team to receive some positive news on that front, especially since so many of the experts expected the opposite.

Judging from the reaction I’ve seen, all of your folks must have been cautioned to be..uh…well, cautious. You and I both know that the trend can turn against you just as quickly, so that seems a smart play. Let the numbers speak for themselves.

Of course, no matter what you are doing, plenty of Democrats and Republicans are trying to spin the employment news anyway; Dems saying it is proof of how the economy is getting better fast, Republicans saying maybe it is improving but not nearly fast enough. They are each right to an extent, but I wish both sides would take a page from your book on this one.

I wish they would just say, “The unemployment rate is what it is. It is still higher than any of us want it to be, but it is nice to see it trending in the right direction. That is cold comfort to the millions of Americans who still can’t find jobs, but still…it’s good economic news and we could really use some.”

That would be refreshing. I get tired of people in DC talking about “spin” as if it is somehow a benign necessity, instead of what it really is: a form of deception. Not usually lying as such, but sort of in the category of exaggeration or omission. A sort of verbal sleight of hand.

We’ve grown so used to it here in DC, that many folks don’t even consider anymore whether it is right or wrong. For my money, it would be nice if they did. I’d love to think that when news like this came out, people in both parties would first say, “What does this mean to the American people?” and only then ask what it might mean to their party.

Anyway, nice news for you on a Friday. Call if you get a moment.

Regards,
Tom

February 3rd, 2012
02:32 AM ET

Video: Investigation: Doctors cheating on exams

CNN's Drew Griffin found evidence of doctors, who work in a variety of specialties, cheating to become certified.

February 3rd, 2012
12:07 AM ET

Video: Will Israel hit Iran's nuclear program?

Anderson Cooper talks to Fran Townsend and Bob Baer about the possibility that Israel will take action against Iran.

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February 3rd, 2012
12:02 AM ET

Video: AC361: Surprise in the newsroom

For our executive producer's birthday, we surprised him with memories of his college rock days, a token of his favorite band, cake, and lunch from a highfalutin eatery. Go behind the scenes as the AC360° staff redecorates in honor of our fearless leader, Charlie Moore.

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