Anderson Cooper reviews the surprising accusations and claims made during day two of the John Edwards trial.
Sen. John McCain talks to Anderson Cooper about the U.N. mission in Syria that he views as useless. "It gives the people who might be helping more pause while assurances are given by the U.N. that we ought to give this a chance," said McCain. "It would be fine to give it a chance if they weren't still killing people."
He criticizes President Obama for "doing nothing" to end the violence. McCain says the administration's rhetoric and economic sanctions are empty threats "against a person who, as we know, is slaughtering its citizens and the latest of course being killing people who talk to the U.N monitors."
The old city in Cartagena, Colombia is an amazing sight. The “walled city” probably doesn’t look too different now compared to when the Dutch, French and English attacked the city in search of its wealth of gold and silver. It truly is breathtaking. But once you get passed the archways and enter the old city, you notice prostitution is thriving here.
Reporter's Note: President Obama gets a letter from me every day. Well, he receives one; whether he ‘gets’ it or not is a different matter.
Dear Mr. President,
No one seems to be really covering the mortgage/home value crisis anymore. Sales reports come and go, market projections are made and forgotten, and by and large it seems as if everyone just shrugs and says, “Tell me something I don’t know.”
I can’t really blame folks. It’s tiring to hear bad news month after month, and that is pretty much all we’ve had on the housing front for quite some time. Oh sure, we’ve had the odd blip that looks a tiny bit better for a day or so, but not much more. The latest figures, out today, say that housing prices are at the lowest point in ten years.
What’s more, they appear to still be falling.
I realize that you have plenty of things to worry about in your re-election bid, but you might want to add an extra star next to this one. So many people have counted on the value of their homes as a type of savings I think the collapse of housing prices may actually be more far-reaching and calamitous than unemployment in the long run. It is, at the very moment, undermining plans for retirement, education, elder care, you name it.
And industry experts have told me that some places may well not recover their values for ten to twenty years. That is a very long time just to break even.
Certainly there is plenty of disagreement on what should be done about the situation; some lawmakers want to prop up the markets with various types of aid, some others think that’s a big mistake. But here is a certainty: Whether voters are looking very closely at this issue or not right now, sooner or later…unless prices rebound unexpectedly and dramatically…they’ll have to and no one is going to like what he or she sees.
Hope all is well.
Sen. McCain says the Syrian government is "atrocious" for attacking civilians after U.N. monitors leave the area. Anderson Cooper asked him about the deadly cat and mouse game playing out between al-Assad's regime and the U.N. "If it wasn't so serious it would be a bad joke," said McCain.
Editor's note: Don't miss Gary Tuchman's interview with Marissa Alexander at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight on AC360°.
Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, pleaded for her freedom as an inmate in the Duval County Jail in Jacksonville, Florida.
"This is my life I'm fighting for," she said while wiping away tears. She added, "If you do everything to get on the right side of the law, and it is a law that does not apply to you, where do you go from there?"
Alexander is referring to Florida's so-called 'stand your ground' law, a law that has come under scrutiny since the killing of Trayvon Martin. Unlike the Martin case, which involved one stranger killing another, Alexander's case involved her gun and her abusive husband.
On August 1, 2010, she said her husband, Rico Gray, read text messages on her phone that she had written to her ex-husband. She said Gray became enraged and accused her of being unfaithful. "That's when he strangled me. He put his hands around my neck," Alexander said.
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