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Are crews preparing to move to "Plan B" in the search for Flight 370? The latest tonight live on AC360.
April 30th, 2012
11:36 PM ET

KTH: The politics of killing Osama bin Laden

President Obama and Mitt Romney have a war of words over the campaign rhetoric surrounding Osama bin Laden's death. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

April 30th, 2012
11:22 PM ET

RidicuList: Jimmy Kimmel's theory on Anderson's giggle

Jimmy Kimmel shares his theory about Anderson’s uncontrollable laughing fits, on the Ridiculist.

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April 30th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

Exclusive access to bin Laden's compound

Peter Bergen was the only journalist allowed in the al Qaeda leader's compound. He describes what he saw and learned.

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April 30th, 2012
11:16 PM ET

Edwards sex tape cleared for trial

After a dramatic day in court, the content of John Edwards' sex tape is now fair game in his trial. Joe Johns explains.

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April 30th, 2012
11:08 PM ET

Does al Qaeda pose a threat to cruises?

On May 16 last year, a 22-year-old Austrian named Maqsood Lodin was being questioned by police in Berlin. He had recently returned from Pakistan via Budapest, Hungary, and then traveled overland to Germany. His interrogators were surprised to find that hidden in his underpants were a digital storage device and memory cards.

Buried inside them was a pornographic video called "Kick Ass" - and a file marked "Sexy Tanja."

Several weeks later, after laborious efforts to crack a password and software to make the file almost invisible, German investigators discovered encoded inside the actual video a treasure trove of intelligence - more than 100 al Qaeda documents that included an inside track on some of the terror group's most audacious plots and a road map for future operations.

Future plots include the idea of seizing cruise ships and carrying out attacks in Europe similar to the gun attacks by Pakistani militants that paralyzed the Indian city of Mumbai in November 2008. Ten gunmen killed 164 people in that three-day rampage.

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April 30th, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Jimmy Kimmel pokes fun of president, CNN

Jimmy Kimmel talks to Anderson Cooper about his White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes and making fun of CNN.

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April 30th, 2012
08:55 PM ET

Letters to the President #1197: 'Monday musing'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. My wife made a meat loaf last night that was fabulous. I wish I could say I had that every day, but I can’t.

Dear Mr. President,

Nice job with your jokes at the big dinner Saturday night. You have a flair for comedic timing, I’ll give that to you, although I thought some of your material went just a little far into the “not exactly dignified enough for a president” category. But what do I know?

I thought Jimmy Kimmel had some great lines, but there were too many of them. He’s a screamingly funny guy, but it seemed like he tried to cram too much in. I always feel as if comics at these events face a terrible challenge.

Think about it. You can get up there, and whether your lines are funny or not (and again, I thought most of them certainly were) everyone is going to laugh anyway. You’re like the boss as work. Everyone laughs because you’re the guy in charge. Have a waiter get up there and do the exact same lines, I say he’ll get thirty percent of the laughs you get, tops.

Same goes for these comics. They’ve got to stand right next to you and throw material out for the audience to consider. If he’s too tough on you, your pals in the audience will give him the silent treatment. If he’s too fawning, your enemies will sit on their hands too.

Anyway, it was a nice enough night. Sorry you couldn’t make it over to my table to say hi, but I know you wanted to, so let’s just leave it at that.

Hey, the big marathon came off pretty well on Sunday morning, considering that after the dinner I had only about three and a half hours of sleep before driving up to marathon. My legs were scorching by about 18 miles, but I made it through anyway. You should have been there!

More tomorrow. Need to go take some aspirin now. Ha!

Regards,
Tom

April 30th, 2012
05:46 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Jimmy Kimmel reveals jokes cut from his speech

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel tells Anderson "offensive" jokes about Rick Santorum, President Obama and Chris Christie left out of his White House Correspondents' Dinner speech.

He also talks about the honor of being insulted by President Obama at the event, making fun of CNN, and teasing Anderson about his giggle fits. Watch the preview and don't miss the full interview tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.


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Tonight on AC360: New Details on the hunt for Osama bin Laden
April 30th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: New Details on the hunt for Osama bin Laden

It's almost one year to the day al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was attacked and killed by a group of U.S. Navy SEALS at his secret compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan. In his new book "MANHUNT: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden–from 9/11 to Abbottabad," author Peter Bergen reveals astonishing details about tracking the terrorist. Tonight, Anderson speaks with him about inside story, and what Bergen saw in bin Laden's compound before the Pakistani government destroyed it. Read an excerpt from his book and don't miss the interview on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

CHAPTER 8
ANATOMY OF A LEAD

IT WAS NOT UNTIL 2010 that the CIA had a series of significant breakthroughs regarding the Kuwaiti, the elusive courier. Earlier, with the help of a “third country” that officials won’t identify, the Agency had been able to tie him to his real name, Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed. Still, his whereabouts remained unknown.

Then, in June 2010, the Kuwaiti and his brother both made changes in the way they communicated on cell phones that suddenly opened up the possibility of the “geolocation” of their phones. Knowing this, the Agency painstakingly reviewed reams of “captured” phone conversations of the Kuwaiti’s family and circle of associates. FULL POST

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April 29th, 2012
09:20 AM ET

Letters to the President #1196: 'Running again'

Reporter's Note: I don’t often get letters anymore. Seems like no one likes to write them. Or maybe they just don’t write them to me. Meanwhile, I write to President Obama each and every day.

Dear Mr. President,

You will be shocked to hear that I am, as you read this, once again out running a marathon.

This is the second year for the Gettysburg Marathon, and I enjoyed it so much last year during its inaugural running that I just had to go back. It starts out on the edge of town and near the edge of the battlefield, winds around through those beautiful Pennsylvania hills, and ends up back where it started.

Having just completed the 50-mile Bull Run Run two weeks ago, I am not entirely sure how my legs are going to hold up. They feel remarkably good, a lot better than they ought to under the circumstances, but you never know. I could get out there, crank off 5 or 10 miles and find my whole system falling apart; knees aching, lungs burning, stomach churning.

But at least for the moment, I have faith that this will not be the case. I’ve trained so much over the past year-and-a-half, that this should not really be much more than a nice jaunt in the countryside. I have no intention of trying to run fast, since I have slowly learned the invaluable lesson that in distance running the real goal is a steady pace. If I can simply keep gliding along smoothly and hit 15 or 20 miles feeling fresh, then the rest should be a piece of crumb cake.

Ummm... Crumb cake. That sounds good. One of the lovely asides of all the mileage I’ve been cranking is that I can eat an awful lot of delicious things with no apparent side effects. Oh, I still try to watch my cholesterol a bit, and that sort of thing... it’s not like I’ll be gnawing on a stick of butter as I run... but I can enjoy many treats that previously would have once had me swelling up like a Macy’s balloon.

As always, if you happen to read this really early I suppose you could come out and I might be able to finagle an entry into the race for you. I’ve exchanged e-mails with the race director, so maybe he could make it happen. If not, you can tour the battlefield while I run and we’ll snag a burger afterward. Otherwise, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Hope your weekend is progressing nicely.

Regards,

Tom

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