AC360 Tuesday 8p

Ferry crew members answered questions about why more life rafts were not deployed. Tonight on AC360, the latest from South Korea on the effort to reach victims.
April 11th, 2012
10:26 PM ET

The candidates' war for women

For months, the Democrats have said Republicans are waging a war on women. Now, Mitt Romney is trying to turn the tables. Hilary Rosen, Paul Begala and Erick Erickson discuss the strategy and rhetoric.

Editor's note: The following post is by Hilary Rosen, Democratic Strategist, in response to tweets and emails she received after her appearance on AC360.

My Twitter feed was on fire after an appearance Wednesday night on CNN's AC360, where I said that I thought it was wrong for Mitt Romney to be using his wife as his guide to women's economic struggles when she "had never worked a day in her life."

Oh my, you should read the tweets and the hate mail I got after that. The accusations were flying. I don't know what it means to be a mom (I have 2 children). I obviously don't value the work that a mother does and how hard it is (the hardest job I have ever had); and I absolutely hate anyone who doesn't have the same views as I do (hate is a strong word).

Spare me the faux anger from the right who view the issue of women's rights and advancement as a way to score political points. When it comes to supporting policies that would actually help women, their silence has been deafening. I don't need lectures from the RNC on supporting women and fighting to increase opportunities for women; I've been doing it my whole career.

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April 11th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

Martin parents 'overtaken by the news'

The lawyer for Trayvon Martin's parents says they view the charges against George Zimmerman as a sign of justice.

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April 11th, 2012
10:19 PM ET

Toobin: Corey 'threw the book at him'

Legal experts discuss special prosecutor Angela Corey's choice to charge George Zimmerman with second degree murder.

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April 11th, 2012
10:15 PM ET

Should George Zimmerman take the stand?

Legal experts talk about the pros and cons of Zimmerman taking the stand to defend his claim of self defense.

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April 11th, 2012
10:13 PM ET

Zimmerman friend: He did the right thing

A friend of George Zimmerman's says despite the charges, he still believes Zimmerman acted in self-defense.

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April 11th, 2012
10:10 PM ET

Who is George Zimmerman's new lawyer?

Analyst Mark Nejame knows George Zimmerman's new attorney Mark O'Mara He describes him as "excellent and very smart."

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April 11th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

George Zimmerman arrest timeline

A look at the events leading up to special prosecutor Angela Corey's decision to charge George Zimmerman with second- degree murder.

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April 11th, 2012
09:51 PM ET

Anderson Cooper puts himself on the RidicuList...again

After losing it laughing during a Dyngus Day RidicuList, Anderson gets an offer to become Buffalo's Pussy Willow Prince. 

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April 11th, 2012
05:49 PM ET

Letters to the President #1178: 'The North Korean launch'

Reporter's Note: The North Koreans are poised to launch a rather large missile with what they say is a weather satellite. A lot of folks have raised doubts about that claim, so I am launching some of their thoughts to President Obama in today’s letter.

Dear Mr. President,

Here’s an idea: Pick up one of those super secret, Head of State phones you have sitting around your office, have the operator connect you with the North Korean leader and say, “All right, pal, the cat is out of the bag. I know this ‘satellite’ launch is just a cover for developing a ballistic missile. Well, let me tell you…if you’ve got one, I’ve got a hundred, so think very carefully before you press that button.”

It can’t hurt, can it?

Suffice to say I (and every rocket scientist, spy, and weapons expert on the planet) have been watching the North Koreans very closely of late. The key question: Are they getting steadily closer to the day when they can loft a nuclear bomb into space and bring it crashing down on any perceived enemy…including us; or do they just want to know if it is going to rain tomorrow? The North Koreans have steadily insisted on the latter; saying this is just a weather satellite and nothing for everyone to get into a lather about. But considering that this satellite appears to be such a small, unimpressive model…about on par with Telstar, which we launched in 1962…it is hard to believe they’d spend this kind of money and resources without a bigger goal in mind.

As you know, I am usually inclined to give people the benefit of the doubt; to trust whatever it is they claim until I have proof otherwise; but I have to say not so much in this case. First of all, the North Koreans have a terrible track record on this front. They’ve focused so much energy on developing, exporting, and trading weapons with other nations it is hard to believe them when they suddenly profess such an interest in meteorology. Second, they have steadfastly ignored pretty much all the pressure from the international community in the past to stop their nuclear program, so there is little reason to expect them to do otherwise now. And third…well, when faced with a good or bad choice, it seems a safe bet to assume the North Korean government will always choose the bad one.

Anyway, I don’t suppose there is anything to do about it at the moment…but some thoughts to chew on when we see that rocker streak toward the sky as it no doubt soon will.

Regards,
Tom

April 11th, 2012
12:26 AM ET

Man says he may be Charles Manson's son

Matthew Roberts, 44, looks strikingly similar to convicted cult leader Charles Manson and it may not be a coincidence. Adopted as an infant, he tracked down his birth mother in 1998 with questions about his family. She told him she believes Manson is his biological  father.

"It's more than just possible, but probable," said Roberts. He's tried to get a DNA test to prove it either way, but Manson's sample was contaminated.

More than looks, Roberts interests and lifestyle, like music and a vegetarian diet, mirror Manson's when he was the same age. He also made comments to CNN's Miguel Marquez like,"I know what goes on in my head."

Roberts struggles with knowing that the notorious murderer could be his father, but he wants the truth while Manson, 77, is still alive. "If he is my father, then it would be nice to have laid eyes on him and been person to person with him once in my lifetime."

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