Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and he sits on the powerful House Ways and Means committee.
But all that could be jeopardized. Federal investigations underway could result in Buchanan serving his next term behind bars.
CNN has confirmed there are no fewer than four congressional and federal investigations into Buchanan's business practices, his campaign finances and his alleged attempt to try to stop a witness from talking.
Robert Helm, the father of a boy who harassed bus monitor Karen Klein in a 10 min. cell phone video, says it's absurd to blame the parents for that type of behavior. “That’s ridiculous to blame the parents. I was as angry as anybody else," said Helm. He also says he was saddened by his son's involvement and doesn't condone the way Klein was treated.
Watch a preview and see the full interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. Anderson also talks with a police captain about the investigation and death threats the boys have received, then hear Klein's reaction.
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A source tells CNN's Jason Carroll that Matt Sandusky would have been a witness for the prosecution if Jerry Sandusky had testified. The adopted son of the former Penn State assistant football coach claims he was sexually abused.
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,
A lot of folks have trouble understanding the power of a strategic retreat. They believe in attacking, they believe in force, but they forget the enormous value of pulling back a bit, repositioning, and preparing for an effective charge. The reason? It fights their desperate feelings of pride.
Rule five: Put aside the pride.
I don’t mean, of course, that any president should be ridiculous or act the fool. What I am saying is that pride, while sometimes a good motivator, can also be a poisonous influence. Pride can make generals pursue calamitous strategies. Pride can keep people in bad relationships…with jobs, friends, even mates…much longer than is healthy. Pride can make people hold onto bad ideas far longer than they should.
Have you ever been in an argument in which you realized at some point that you were wrong, but your pride kept you from backing down? That’s what I’m talking about.
In some ways this goes hand in glove with yesterday’s letter about admitting when you are wrong. After all, a strong leader who is not afraid to say he made a mistake is less susceptible to the problems of pride. He or she has already come clean about his weaknesses and fallibility. The prideful soul, however, often feels compelled to prove every day in every moment that he is in the winning position. He doubles down on bad bets. He constantly throws good money and effort after bad. The closer he edges to the abyss, the more he insists he must be going the right way.
Perhaps I am wrong to say we should put aside pride, since I know that is difficult to do. Maybe instead I should say, make sure your pride is in the right place; that it depends not upon always proving you are right, but rather that you are always flexible and ready to consider another way.
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