Salahi scoffers, you know who you are. You’re rolling your eyes because White House party crasher Tareq Salahi is mulling over a bid to run for governor of Virginia. That eye-rolling has landed you right on the RidicuList.
The first U.S. case of mad cow disease in six years was detected in California. Anderson asked Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the cause of the condition. Gupta said "it's pretty hard" to spread mad cow disease, even among cattle. "Likely it's spread by cows eating body parts of other cows," he said. "Specifically the body parts are the central nervous system body parts."
Elise Odabashian from Consumers Union believes it's not an isolated incident. When talking about the procedure and sample size, she told Anderson, "The USDA tests only about 40,000 of 35 million cows killed ever year. That's just a tiny fraction . So they're not looking very hard for mad cow disease, and so they're not finding it very often."
Odabashian thinks there should be more testing, but she also suggests an alternative method for surveillance. "There are private companies who want to spend their own money to test their own beef so they can sell their beef to other countries that have said they didn't want to buy U.S. beef. Those companies in the United States that want to test their own meat have been prohibited from doing so by the USDA" she said.
Anderson Cooper looks at testimony by a former aide on the third day of John Edwards' trial. Andrew Young reveals how the money was spent by Edwards' mistress and who was involved in concealing the affair from the public.
Reporter's Note: I write to the president every single day. That is more often than I walk the dog. And yet, my dog responds every time I say her name, and the president never does. Go figure.
Dear Mr. President,
So the Supreme Court has finally got around to looking at that Arizona immigration law, and I must say it does not look particularly good for your team. Judging from the justices’ questions, it sounds like they are somewhat in agreement with the local sentiment; to wit, if the Feds are not going to stop visitors from coming in illegally, local police may have a right to get involved.
It’s not a done deal, of course. The black robe crew can take months to decide on something, (heaven knows how long it take them to order lunch!) so who knows what other thoughts they may have in the meantime. Still, like I said, it doesn’t look good for your side.
It’s all pretty interesting to me, because I have been looking pretty closely at this new report from the Pew Hispanic Center. In a nutshell, it says that illegal immigration into the U.S. has nosedived over the past ten years. It says “After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants – most of whom came illegally – the net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped and may have reversed…”
Who knew? Essentially, it suggests that a variety of factors have forced the turnaround including the depressed job market in the U.S., lower birthrates in Mexico, and yes…stronger border protection measures in the U.S., both at the federal and local level.
I realize this is a hugely explosive subject, and that people on both sides of the debate have dug deep trenches around the “facts” as they see them. They have every right. But while I have no independent knowledge of the veracity of this study, it looks pretty solid, and the Pew folks are excellent researchers in my experience. So it may be worth a lot of people giving it a look to make sure the “facts” that we are arguing over…are also the truth.
Hope all is well.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
Questions or comments? Send an email
Want to know more? Go behind the scenes with