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April 23rd, 2012
10:40 PM ET

RidicuList: Debate over 'Mike and Ike'

The faux breakup of candy characters 'Mike and Ike' stirs some controversy on The RidicuList.

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April 23rd, 2012
10:13 PM ET

Governor: Romney weak with Latino voters

Montana's Democratic governor defended himself from criticism Monday over remarks he made last week that appeared to tie Mitt Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, to the practice of polygamy within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" he was trying to point out Romney struggles in connecting with Latino voters when he claimed Romney's "family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico" in an interview with The Daily Beast.

People are taking this far away from where I was discussing," Schweitzer said. "I was saying that Mitt Romney currently has a problem with Latino voters. And it is ironic that his father had come from Mexico. You could think he could embrace his Latino roots."

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney
April 23rd, 2012
09:46 PM ET

Charles Manson's son? Man's DNA tested

Charles Manson casts a long shadow. No one knows that better than his grandson, Jason Freeman, who is speaking out for the first time about growing up under, what he calls, a "family curse" started by Manson and his so-called "Manson family."

"I'm personally, I'm coming out," says the 6-foot-2 kickboxer and cage fighter. Freeman, whose father killed himself in 1993, is "coming out," he says, because he wants the real Manson family to stop hiding from a name that still has the power to evoke fear.

Today, Freeman wants to understand his roots and himself a bit better, two things denied him as a child. He knew from a young age that Charles Manson was his grandfather, but it never registered till one day in eighth-grade history class, said Freeman. Our teacher " ... was talking about Charles Manson and I'm looking around like, are there people staring at me?"

Forbidden from talking about Charles Manson to his school friends lest they tease and taunt him, Freeman always felt different from the other kids. Even behind closed doors and with his own family, talk about Charles Manson was discouraged. He was not permitted to ask his grandmother, Rosalie, about Charles Manson, the man she married in 1955. It was a ghostly elephant roaming through his life.

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April 23rd, 2012
09:44 PM ET

Mitt Romney's family history in Mexico

Travel 200 miles south of the U.S. border in Mexico, past impoverished areas and treacherous drug cartel territory and you'll find a settlement in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua with sprawling homes and families who moved there from the U.S. over a hundred years ago. After polygamy was outlawed in 1980, they fled to Mexico where husbands could legally have multiple wives.

Among the roughly 500 Mormons who live there today are presidential candidate Mitt Romney's relatives, and it's the place where his father was born. The community built a Mormon church and school, but they no longer practice polygamy.

CNN's Gary Tuchman went there to meet the Romneys of Mexico, about 40 family members who are successful farmers or run businesses. Some are cousins who share a great grandfather, Miles Park, with the former Massachusetts Governor.

What they don't all have in common is their view on immigration policy. "Tear that fence down. Start working with Mexican officials and try to come to a common ground and solution," said one of Romney's cousins.

While the relatives in Mexico have never met their famous cousin, they're supportive of his run for office. They hope he'll visit one day to see a piece of his ancestry there.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney
April 23rd, 2012
09:42 PM ET

Toobin: What was John Edwards thinking?

Jeffrey Toobin explains the John Edwards trial hangs on how Edwards thought the money was supposed to be used.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • John Edwards
April 23rd, 2012
09:40 PM ET

Secret Service 'escort' identified

CNN's Drew Griffin reports on the background of one of the Colombian women involved in the Secret Service prostitution scandal.

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April 23rd, 2012
09:38 PM ET

Zimmerman not under police protection

George Zimmerman's lawyer says his client, free on bail, will move locations to protect the secrecy of his whereabouts.

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Filed under: Trayvon Martin
April 23rd, 2012
06:17 PM ET

Letters to the President #1190: 'The Iranian drone claim'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. Like today.

Dear Mr. President,

Oh those pesky Iranians! Now they’re claiming that they’ve taken apart that unmanned droned they captured four months ago and figured out how it works; control commands, where it’s been, all sorts of things. Like your defense secretary, Leon Panetta, I have my doubts. However, I am reluctant to dismiss such statements despite their history of exaggerating things. Why?

Well, for starters, because it seems plausible. I know, I know, you have security experts who say the Iranians aren’t capable of this kind of thing, but let’s face it…as best I can tell, all they need is one dedicated college kid sitting around in his dorm all day with a laptop, and I’m pretty sure they can crack into anything.

On top of which, we still don’t know (do we?) precisely how they even brought this drone down last December.

I know that Irans leaders are…well, kind of big mouths. They like to lay claims to things that are exaggerations at best, deceptions at worst. And maybe that’s what they are doing this time. But it’s worth at last taking their claims seriously enough to look into them. We’ve come to rely pretty heavily on the capacity of our drones for security for our troops, surveillance, and attacks in far flung locales where we would rather not send a pilot. If…and again, I know it is a big if…the Iranians have somehow cracked the code with which we control these craft, it would be a lot better to find out sooner rather than later.

Regards,
Tom

April 23rd, 2012
06:02 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Zimmerman's lawyer on bail release

George Zimmerman's lawyer confirms to Anderson Cooper this his client was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he was freed on bail early Monday morning; he still fears for his safety. He says Zimmerman will be moving locations several times to protect his whereabouts.

Mark O'Mara also discusses the apology Zimmerman gave to Trayvon Martin's family at his bond hearing last week. He says it was his client's idea to apologize to Trayvon's parents, but the motivation was not bond. Watch a preview and see the full interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on AC360°.

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April 23rd, 2012
05:06 PM ET

AC360 interns learn the CNN lingo

Anderson Cooper 360° interns Taylor Cannon and Terek Pierce take you behind the scenes for a CNN vocab lesson.


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