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April 10th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

RidicuList: People who missed Dyngus Day

The quirky rituals involved with an obscure holiday called Dyngus Day are too much for Anderson to handle... he loses it laughing during the RidicuList.

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April 10th, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Syrian opposition 'not extremists'

John McCain and Joe Lieberman say the U.S. has a moral obligation to stop al-Assad's attacks and help the opposition.

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Filed under: Senator John McCain • Syria
April 10th, 2012
10:37 PM ET

KTH: Syria's broken pledge to stop killing

Today's U.N. cease-fire deadline was met with increased violence at the hands of government forces. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

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Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Syria
April 10th, 2012
10:34 PM ET

Bugliosi: Charles Manson should stay behind bars

The lawyer who prosecuted notorious killer Charles Manson says he's still a danger to society and shouldn't get paroled.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
April 10th, 2012
10:08 PM ET

Geragos: Zimmerman lawyers like SNL skit

Mark Geragos calls George Zimmerman's former lawyers "the height of absurdity" for the statements they made Tuesday.

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Filed under: Trayvon Martin
April 10th, 2012
10:06 PM ET

Zimmerman's lawyers lost contact with him

Attorneys for George Zimmerman said Tuesday they have lost contact with their client and lost control of his actions. They will no longer represent him.

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Tonight on AC360: Zimmerman's ex-lawyers on dropping their client
April 10th, 2012
07:19 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Zimmerman's ex-lawyers on dropping their client

Editor's note: In an exclusive interview, Anderson Cooper speaks with Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner about the Trayvon Martin case, and why they no longer represent the shooter, George Zimmerman. Tune in to AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.

Attorneys for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who authorities say fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Florida, said Tuesday they have lost contact with their client and will no longer represent him.

"He has gone on his own. I'm not sure what he's doing or who he's talking to," said legal adviser Craig Sonner. "If he wants us to come back as counsel, he will contact us."

Sonner, who said the last time they had contact with Zimmerman was Sunday, spoke to reporters in Florida with attorney Hal Uhrig.

Uhrig said Zimmerman contacted the office of the special prosecutor appointed to lead the investigation on his own.

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April 10th, 2012
06:44 PM ET

Letters to the President #1177: 'And now to the playoffs!'

Reporter's Note: Rick Santorum effectively conceded the Republican race to Mitt Romney today, and so that is the topic of my daily letter to President Obama.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, barring some extremely unusual event it looks like the last reasonably hefty challenger on the GOP side has bowed to the inevitable. Santorum has given up the race, and so Romney can turn his attention to the campaign against you.

Let’s weigh the consequences.

On the plus side, you finally know whom you are running against. You can fully focus all your fundraising, speechmaking, and ad buying on a clear target. I realize that you’ve been teeing off on Romney a bit already, but now you can pull the driver out of your bag and really whack him down the fairway. Another positive: He is generally not seen as having a particularly compelling or magnetic personality. Like it or not, many voters cast their ballot primarily on whether they like or dislike a candidate, regardless of his political views. To be honest, many don’t even bother to find out that much about the actual plans of the folks who are running. So if you can simply be more “likeable” than Romney that will also work in your favor. And lastly, you may have noticed that he has a flair for stepping into puddles…acting uneasy about his wealth, misstating his ideas…things like that. You, on the other hand, have proven to be a gifted speaker who rarely stumbles. I mean, unless there is a microphone and some Russians around.

On the negative side? Well, Romney can now fully focus his attention on you as well. Say what you like about the man, he’s done a decent job smacking you down the short grass too. Being an incumbent has its advantages to be sure, but there is also this disadvantage: When things are not going well, you opponent can point relentlessly at your failures and Mr. Romney clearly intends to do just that. You are still generally well-liked by many Americans, but let’s face it…Romney has been so busy fending off attacks on numerous fronts, it’s been a while since he’s had a chance to brush up his image with only one foe giving him fits. I suspect within a few weeks he’ll be looking better to many voters. And there is this final bit of bad news: Some of the latest polls show you with an advantage over Romney if the election were to be held today. That’s good, but your lead is so very, very small, it suggests real vulnerability. Look at it this way; he’s been fighting for his life, struggling with message issues, and dealing with a fractured party for months…and he’s still statistically tied with you.

There are plenty of other goods and bads we can weigh in the days ahead, but I hope this gets you started. Because remember, in the playoffs, every victory is just the start of the next tough game.

Regards,
Tom

April 10th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Sen. Lieberman: al-Assad can't be trusted

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad broke his promise to withdraw troops from major cities today. The U.N. cease-fire proposal was negotiated with the help of Kofi Annan two weeks ago.

Instead, deadly attacks at the hands of government forces have escalated in the past few days. Senators McCain and Lieberman say they no longer believe a diplomatic solution will end the massacre. They spoke with Anderson Cooper from a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey.

"I think it's very obvious they've been played," said Sen. McCain when asked if al-Assad has deceived the U.N. Sen. Lieberman brought up the option of providing weapons to the activists. "They're running out of ammunition. They don't have bullets and they’re being fired at every day so I think the answer is that we've got to arm the Syrian opposition," he said.

Watch the preview and see the complete interview tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on AC360°.

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April 10th, 2012
12:18 AM ET

KTH: Al-Assad's broken peace promise

The clock is ticking on a promise Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad made to the United Nations: to pull Syrian forces from cities across the country. But are there any signs that he intends to keep that promise? Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

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