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Ferry crew members answered questions about why more life rafts were not deployed. Tonight on AC360, the latest from South Korea on the effort to reach victims.
June 11th, 2012
11:50 PM ET

Is Mitt Romney's 'private sector' ad fair?

Anderson Cooper talks with Bill Burton and Ari Fleischer about a Romney campaign ad that seems to take President Obama's words out of context.

June 11th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

The dangers of texting while driving

CNN's Tom Foreman uses a driving simulator to find out what could happen when a driver takes their eyes off the road for a few seconds.

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June 11th, 2012
10:40 PM ET

Is mental disorder claim a bad defense?

A forensic psychiatrist and legal experts Marcia Clark and Jose Baez discuss a possible histrionic personality disorder defense for Jerry Sandusky.

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June 11th, 2012
10:32 PM ET

KTH: Romney ad takes Obama's words out of context

Republicans have attacked President Obama for saying the private sector is doing fine. And Mitt Romney is hammering him over the economy, suggesting the President is flip-flopping. But in trying to prove a point, the Romney camp, in a new ad, completely takes the President’s words out of context.

June 11th, 2012
10:23 PM ET

RidicuList: Sidewalk party poopers

A group of people we've labeled Sidewalk Party Poopers, a homeowners’ group in Stapleton, Colorado, wants to crack down on a little girl who has been drawing on the sidewalk with chalk.

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June 11th, 2012
10:18 PM ET

Dr. Gupta: Robin Roberts lucky she has a match

Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains GMA's Robin Robert's blood disorder. He says it's difficult for minorities to find bone marrow donors.

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June 11th, 2012
07:21 PM ET

Letters to the President #1239: 'You are not special'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day. Not that I think that makes me special or anything.

Dear Mr. President,

Perhaps you were taken aback by the title of this page. Please don’t be. It was not aimed at you, but rather in tribute to that spectacular high school graduation speech given by David McCullough Jr., an English teacher.

I took a little time to read his speech in its entirety and, unlike a lot of the lukewarm yogurt that is spooned out at graduations, this really hit home with me. I won’t try to summarize his thoughts, because I think they deserve a complete reading, not a Spark Notes synopsis.

Suffice to say that I utterly agree with his notion that one of the afflictions of our society is the tendency for everyone to think he or she is special in a “I deserve a trophy, I deserve great grades, I deserve to have life handed to me on a platter simply because I am alive” way.

While I’ve always had the greatest respect for the inherent importance of each person’s life (especially to that person, ha!), and the need for us to strive for all men being created equal, I’ve also seen overwhelming evidence that we don’t stay that way.

Some people do much more with their lives than others. They study more. They work harder. They throw themselves more completely into the human experience, and if they are really great at all that then maybe, possibly, they will actually become…special. They will elevate themselves to a point where other will look at them with respect and honor. It doesn’t matter what field they choose. I have seen special doctors and politicians, but I have also seen housewives, wheat farmers, and 4H Club sponsors who are as special as human beings can be.

In my world, it is an earned accolade; one that must be bestowed by others, not self-awarded, or handed out like candy just because you showed up for the game.

That’s why I liked this guy’s speech so much. It seemed less like a point of view and more of a simple recognition of what life itself shows us; being special involves a lot more than someone patting you on the back and saying the world is your oyster. Even if it is, you’re going to have to work to crack the shell.

Hope all is well at your house. Busy weekend at ours.

Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom