Anderson Cooper reports Mississippi's Supreme Court has upheld former Gov. Haley Barbour's plethora of criminal pardons.
Reporter's Note: Each day I send a message to President Obama, laboring under the delusion that he reads them.
Dear Mr. President,
So the Supreme Leader of Iran is now calling you “delusional” for talking about putting more economic pressure on his country. Ha! What a kidder that guy is. I’d love to see more of that kind of talk in our Congress. “Senator, if you like the idea of higher taxes, you are delusional!” “Mr. Congressman, the idea that you think this measure will pass is not so much a measure of optimism as it is a delusion.” Or maybe just now and then someone should hurl a nice, sharp, “You’re crazy!” across the floor.
In any event take heart. I’ve been called delusional before, and let me tell you there is nothing to fear. Heck, I’m pretty sure I’ve actually been delusional once or twice and I’m none the worse for the wear.
Examples of my delusions:
I was once absolutely certain that a 1970 Chevy Biscayne with green shag carpet in the back window, and an eight track player loaded with the Best of Bread was a surefire girl magnet. I mean, I wouldn’t even have to mention being Vice President of the chess club!
I was pretty sure when Johnny Carson retired I was going to be called up out of the blue to be his replacement. (Damn you, Leno.)
When I got married I thought it would make perfect sense for my vintage Rush and Kiss posters to adorn the dining room. Turns out, not so much.
I once believed that the money I poured into a government program would one day come back to me in old age. Hmmmm... what was it called? Oh yes, Social Security.
And of course, I once thought you’d write back to me one day, after oh say... 500, 800, or 1000 letters.
Anyway, like I said, I’ve recovered from all those mistaken notions just fine. Was I delusional about them for a while? Sure, but who isn’t that way now and then? And oh, by the way, what if those economic sanctions work? Who’ll be delusional then, Mr. Supreme Leader of Iran? Ha!
What everyone’s talking about:
The races on Super Tuesday left Mitt Romney with 429 delegates, compared to 169 for Rick Santorum, 118 for Newt Gingrich, and 67 for Ron Paul, according to CNN’s latest delegate count. The former Massachusetts governor won in Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Virginia, Vermont and Ohio – for the full results, go to CNN Election Center. CNN Political Analysts discussed a challenge for the former Massachusetts governor: beating rivals in cities where he most likely can’t win in the general election And AC360 political producer, Rebecca Sinderbrand, writes that Ohio exit polls hint at trouble for Romney should he become the Republican nominee in the fall. Also, in an impromptu appearance on CNN while voting in the Alaska caucuses, Sarah Palin said she wouldn’t close the door on running for president if nominated at the Republican convention.
While Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke last Saturday, he mischaracterized her testimony on birth control coverage – We’re Keeping Them Honest. Anderson spoke with David Axelrod, senior strategist to the Obama 2012 campaign, about the candidates’ responses to Limbaugh’s comments, and the upcoming election.
A Florida cardiologist could have his medical license revoked by state authorities who have accused him of performing illegal stem cell therapy treatment on an elderly patient who died during the procedure.
Florida's Department of Health ordered the emergency suspension of Dr. Zannos Grekos' medical license Wednesday, accusing the Bonita Springs doctor of violating an emergency order against using stem cell treatments in Florida and allegedly causing the death of an unnamed elderly patient. Grekos can appeal the order.
According to the license suspension order, Grekos performed a stem cell treatment earlier this month on the patient, who was suffering from pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary fibrosis. Both diseases restrict blood flow to the heart.
"During said stem cell treatment, patient R.P. suffered a cardiac arrest and died," the suspension order said.
CNN first investigated Grekos's activities in 2009 and, at that time, he said he was using stem cell therapy for a company he called Regenocyte Therapeutic. His profile, listed on the company's website, describes Grekos as having "extensive experience in the field of stem cell therapy" and says he "was recently appointed to the Science Advisory Board of the United States' Repair Stem Cell Institute."
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