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June 19th, 2012
10:27 PM ET

'Battle between stimulus and austerity'

CNN's Ali Velshi and GOP strategist Ari Fleischer argue the effectiveness of the stimulus, and the options for global economic stability outlined by President Obama in his G-20 speech.

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June 19th, 2012
09:57 PM ET

Sandusky witness on showers: Not unusual

Jerry Sandusky's friend, Joyce Porter, defends him during an interview with Anderson Cooper. Porter testified for the defense in Sandusky's trial.

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June 19th, 2012
09:50 PM ET

Fouad Ajami: Hosni Mubarak is a sideshow

Fouad Ajami says former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's health issues shouldn't matter; it's a game to move Mubarak out of jail and into a hospital.

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June 19th, 2012
09:48 PM ET

Sandusky's wife contradicts accuser

CNN's Jason Carroll details the testimony given by Jerry Sandusky's wife. She told jurors she never witnessed abuse.

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June 19th, 2012
07:00 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Sandusky's friend: I believe in Jerry

Joyce Porter testified for the defense today in Jerry Sandusky's trial. She is a friend of the former assistant football coach who says he has changed the lives of many kids throughout the 40 years they've known each other.

Anderson Cooper spoke with Porter about her relationship with Sandusky and what she thinks of the charges against him. When asked what would drive the accusers to claim Sandusky sexually abused them, she answered, "I think money would be a big motivator for them."

Watch a preview and see the complete interview at 8 and 10 p.m ET.


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June 19th, 2012
10:09 AM ET

Letters to the President #1247: 'Rule two: A listening ear'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is running for re-election. This week I’m writing my favorite guidelines for any politician who wants to win.

Dear Mr. President,

Continuing with my guidelines for any candidate seeking election, I move today to Rule Two: Listen.

That’s it. A single word. Listen.

This is one of those things you’ve heard since you were a kid, but it matters more the older you get and the smarter you are…because smart people are, in my experience, the most likely to think they know everything. And this notion of overarching, superior intelligence is a rabbit hole which has lured a great many folks into its dark twists and turns. (More on that tomorrow.)

We all like to talk. Especially people in politics, the media, or big business. We all fancy ourselves to be ever so clever and wise, if only everyone else would just pipe down and follow our lead. But the smartest people I’ve known in my life have also been great listeners. They realize that no matter how brilliant they may be, they can never fully outstrip the collective wisdom of everyone else on the planet.

And the only way to access that wisdom is to shut up and listen. Listening can tell you if your message is spot on, or way off. Listening can let you know what people really care about, even if they don’t want to tell pollsters.

Just as important as all that: Listening, much more than anything you can ever say, shows people that you are interested in them. That is the first step to not only being elected as a leader, but to actually becoming one.

More tomorrow.

Regards,
Tom