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May 30th, 2012
10:27 PM ET

Would Marco Rubio be a good VP pick?

Alberto Gonzales and Juan Carlos Lopez talk with Soledad O'Brien about the candidates' strategy to win Latino support.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Hispanic • Mitt Romney • President Barack Obama
May 30th, 2012
10:24 PM ET

Bob Baer: Syrians would use chemical weapons

Fareed Zakaria and Bob Baer discuss the complex diplomatic situation in Syria and what the U.S. needs to consider before getting involved.

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Filed under: Fareed Zakaria • Syria
May 30th, 2012
10:21 PM ET

TN mosque critic: Not Islamophobia

A plaintiff in the Murfreesboro mosque case explains why she's in a legal battle with the Muslim community.

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Filed under: 360º Follow • Islam
May 30th, 2012
10:17 PM ET

KTH: More deaths, more denial in Syria

The Syrian regime says they haven't broken a ceasefire they agreed to weeks ago. Russia and China continue to diplomatically protect al-Assad. We're Keeping Them Honest.

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Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Syria
May 30th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Republican rising star: Marco Rubio

CNN's Tom Foreman profiles Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who is considered a potential running mate for Mitt Romney.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Marco Rubio
May 30th, 2012
09:58 PM ET

Busting the Obama 'birther' conspiracy

CNN's Gary Tuchman investigates the "birther" conspiracy surrounding President Barack Obama.

May 30th, 2012
08:36 PM ET

Letters to the President #1227: 'A good move'

Reporter's Note: President Obama receives a letter from me every day, and many times I ask him to call me. It is possible that he has tried and just got my number wrong…although I doubt that.

Dear Mr. President,

So you placed a quick phone call to Mitt Romney to congratulate him on scoring enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination? Excellent move. I mean, really first rate.

Makes you look presidential, like a good sport, gracious in battle; all solid positives for your campaign. And what does he get out of it? Nothing but a warm feeling and a vague feeling that he was just patted on the head.

He can’t very well celebrate (“Hey, guys, President Obama just called me! Woo hoo!”), but he can’t complain either. If he does the former he looks bush league, if he does the latter he looks petty and spiteful.

There is, however, another subtle advantage. I’ve always thought the best thing you can do with any opponent, especially one that could actually defeat you, is to put him to sleep. Praise his skill. Compliment his shots. Make it clear that you feel honored to even be on the same field with him. And wait until it all goes to his head, or as Al Capone put it, “Pat your enemy on the back until a small bullet hole appears between your fingers.” To be sure: I understand that Mitt Romney is not your “enemy” as such, and certainly I’m not talking about actual violence, but you get the rather grisly point behind the philosophy…

Flattery is one of the most insidious and unstoppable forces on the planet. Few are immune to it, even in the highest levels of competition. It makes people lower their guard when they should not. It makes them dangerously overconfident. And what could be more flattering than the President of the United States calling to compliment you on your accomplishments?

This is advice I would give to any candidate: Praise your opponent often (even as you attack his record and savage his policies;) tell him how much you respect his intellect, debating skills, and principles. Assure him that you could easily see him winning. Because nine times out of ten, the more he believes it, the weaker he will become.

And since you’re in a calling mood, want to give me a buzz? You know, I’ve been waiting.

Regards,
Tom

May 30th, 2012
07:31 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Reports of civilian militia attack in Syria

Alex Thomson, Chief Correspondent for Channel 4 News, spoke with residents of Houla, Syria who say men from surrounding villages attacked after shelling hit the town Friday.

Thomson says there have been ethnic, religious, and sectarian tensions in the area for sometime. About 100 men arrived, and villagers said "they were wearing basically military-style uniforms but were civilians." They also told Thomson the attackers went from house-to-house slaughtering people.

Watch a preview and see the full interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight on AC360°.


Filed under: Syria
May 30th, 2012
12:46 PM ET

California high-speed rail to nowhere?

After billions of federal stimulus dollars pledged to build a new rail line, the project is plagued with problems.

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Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Stimulus