Reporter's Note: Every day I write a letter to President Obama. I think he like it. Then again, I had an imaginary friend when I was a kid.
Dear Mr. President,
Did you happen to see the end of the Panthers-Devils game last night? Excellent hockey fun, I must say. You and I have been through a few Stanley Cup playoffs already, and I still don’t know if you are really a fan, but until you call and say otherwise I will continue to assume you are and include you in all my excited ranting.
Speaking of which, go Caps! Nice to see the home town team ripping into the next round, huh?
That said, I guess you had better be careful about how many fun-filled social events (like hockey games) that you wander into from now until November. I noticed that Republican attack ad painting you as a “celebrity” president, and getting caught with a slice of pizza and a cold beer at rink side probably won’t help.
Hey, here’s an idea: You and I can go together in disguise! Sure, we can get some Caps jerseys, some plastic hockey helmets, and black out some of our teeth as if we are members of the team. No one will spot us. Even if we show up on the big screen at the arena, people will just say, “Why look at those dedicated fans. They must really love hockey!” not “Oh my gosh, it’s the leader of the free world once again wallowing in a celebrity lifestyle!”
Let me know your thoughts on the matter, or just give me a call if you want to go. Not sure I can easily get tickets, but maybe you can pull some presidential strings. Ha!
Editor's Note: AC360's Gary Tuchman tells the story of Marissa Alexander, a woman who fired a gun in self-defense against her abusive husband. The case provides another example under which to examine Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law. Gary's producer, Chuck Hadad, wrote the companion text piece for CNN.com
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.
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Anderson Cooper is keeping Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, honest tonight. House Republicans, with a handful of Democrats, voted Friday to keep interest rates on government-backed student loans from doubling in the not-too-distant future. Most Democrats, including Maloney, opposed the move. They blasted Republicans, accusing them of raiding a preventative care fund in President Obama’s health care law, as a way to pay for their bill. Democrats claim it’s another example of what they call the GOP’s war on women. But when Anderson pointed out that Democrats, including Maloney, dipped into that very same fund to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut earlier this year, things got a little heated. Not only that, but the prevention fund does not appear to specifically target women’s health. As Maloney points out, the preventative measures funded in the health care bill do benefit women and their families. But if Democrats have raided this fund before, and if the fund does not specifically target women’s health programs, can they really call what Republicans did Friday a “war on women”? We’re Keeping Them Honest.
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