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June 4th, 2012
11:58 PM ET

Sex in the Bible and preaching hate

A child singing an anti-gay song for his church gets a standing ovation. His church says he was only singing what’s in the Bible. But are they cherry-picking sins? “Walking the Bible” author Bruce Feiler weighs in.

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June 4th, 2012
11:38 PM ET

KTH: Romney accused of hypocrisy for Solyndra

Mitt Romney criticizes President Obama for investing in Solyndra, but his record as governor shows similar loans were given to private companies.

June 4th, 2012
11:25 PM ET

Romney a hypocrite for Solyndra attack?

Alex Castellanos and James Carville debate the campaign spin related to government money given to private companies.

June 4th, 2012
10:48 PM ET

GSA: Bonuses paid during investigation

CNN's Drew Griffin investigates allegations the GSA paid bonuses to employees under investigation for lavish spending.

June 4th, 2012
10:41 PM ET

RidicuList: Miss USA Pageant

The Miss USA pageant sashays onto the RidicuList, but not for the reasons you might think.

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June 4th, 2012
10:34 PM ET

Church backlash for child's anti-gay song

CNN's Gary Tuchman heads to an Indiana church where a child was recorded singing an anti-gay song during a service.

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June 4th, 2012
10:10 PM ET

Wisconsin's 'Total Recall' gets ugly

CNN's Tom Foreman reports on Wisconsin's ferocious gubernatorial recall campaign thundering to a conclusion.

 

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June 4th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

Behind the scenes: Anderson's birthday surprise

When your boss is Anderson Cooper, what do you give him for his 45th birthday? Can you surprise a man who’s innately observant and passionate about finding the truth around him? Yes. If you’re sneaky and determined, then yes you can.

360 staffers Ben Finley and Devna Shukla worked with reality TV stars Ernie Brown, aka Turtleman, and Mauro Castano from “Cake Boss” to deliver a memorable birthday party live on-air.

There were a few close calls when the surprise was almost spoiled, but thanks to some quick thinking, fast door slams, and the speed (and grace) at which Ben can wheel an event cake, the plans were kept hush hush.

I’m taking you behind the scenes so you can get a taste of what happened before and after the birthday ambush. This is a web exclusive, everyone.

You may not get a sense for the distinctive smell of our reptilian guests, but you’ll see how they try to bite the hand that holds them (initials A.C.). Special thanks to Turtleman for bringing the two snapping turtles, one weighing in at 50 lbs., and for teaching us that his “yiyiyi” call is more than just a gimmick – it makes his “soul feel better.”

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Tonight on AC360: Toddler sings anti-gay song at church
A viral video of a young boy singing an anti-gay message at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Indiana has drawn protests.
June 4th, 2012
06:01 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Toddler sings anti-gay song at church

About 20 protesters gathered on Sunday outside the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle here to voice opposition to a viral online video that was taped in the church and shows a young child singing a song with lyrics that offer a harsh message for homosexuals.

The video, which surfaced on YouTube last week, shows a child in front of the congregation, singing "I know that God is right, and somebody's wrong... ain't no homo going to make it to heaven."

The congregation erupts in applause at those lines, which the unidentified boy repeats as the pastor looks on.

At another point in the video a voice is heard shouting,"That’s my boy."

In the first Sunday service since the video surfaced, congregants arrived to the church as protesters jeered them over the video.

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June 4th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

Letters to the President #1232: 'A traffic jam'

Reporter's Note: I write a letter to President Obama each day. I thought about writing poems instead, but that seemed kind of creepy.

Dear Mr. President,

This past weekend I encountered one of those situations which make citizens crazy. I mention it because it is the type of situation that you will never encounter again, but which I think fuels a basic mistrust in government.

My family and I were returning from a day in Virginia seeing a few sights, and hanging out a bit, when we ran into a traffic jam. Now, I’ve lived in D.C. long enough to know that these come with the territory. When you cram this many people into a space the size of this city, you’re going to have issues. This jam, however, was one of the biggest and worst I’ve seen. Traffic came to a standstill or barely moved, even though it was close to midnight. We assumed it had to be an accident up ahead, and when state troopers came shooting past with their lights blazing we were sure of it.

Instead, it turned out after more than an hour of inching along, we came to the obstruction, and it was road repairs that had closed all but one lane. Fair enough. I suppose such work has to be done at some time and midnight on a Saturday is better than noon on a Monday. I’m not convinced that so many lanes needed to be closed, but I’ll accept it.

Then came the extra straw on the camel’s back. We finally broke free, resumed driving at the speed limit, and 15 miles later turned onto the beltway around D.C. only to run smack into the exact same situation! Another hour of barely moving. Another hour of frustration over the lack of warning signs that this was ahead, which might have allowed some portion of the thousands of cars trapped there to take evasive action.

Sure, the same arguments can be made about the second word site: It had to be done some time. But I am astonished that in a great metropolis like this one, with all the computer modeling we have available, and all the endless talk of streamlining government…making it more efficient…that no one bothers to say, “Let’s not have two of these projects happening simultaneously because that is just asking for trouble.”

I admit that I’m not talking about the deficit, or health reform, or rewriting the tax code. All things considered, this was an inconvenience that kept me from reaching my home before midnight as planned, and instead had me pulling in around 2 a.m. But this is how most people experience government on a daily basis. We’re not involved in arms negotiations, or budget talks, or health care debates…we deal with things like traffic jams, and parking tickets, and water companies. We face the cutting edge of security lines, and trash collection services, and public schools.

If government does not work well on those levels, then you can understand why many voters doubt government’s ability to handle bigger, more complex issues.

Just a thought on a busy Monday. Hope all is well.

Regards,
Tom