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June 26th, 2012
10:12 PM ET

Justice Department sues two FLDS towns

Michael Watkiss and CNN's Gary Tuchman say polygamist leader Warren Jeffs still controls his followers from behind bars.

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June 26th, 2012
10:05 PM ET

Evacuee: Wildfire 20 feet from home

The wildfires in Colorado continue to burn thousands of acres of land. Doubling in size overnight, the Waldo Canyon Fire has damaged more than 15,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, threatening more property in Colorado Springs.

While the blaze rages, firefighters have managed to contain only 5% of the flames and the windy conditions mean there is no relief in sight. Gusts from a predicted thunderstorm could make the their work more difficult.

Becky Schormann is one of the approximately 32,000 residents who evacuated. She left her home Sunday after being jolted awake by her husband warning of the coming fires. Shormann, maintaing a sense of humor, jokes, "it was my one morning to sleep in."

Her family and neighbors helped pack a few piles of important items and prepare her two dogs, pony and donkey for travel. Now she's living out of a motor home near her daughter's house with a makeshift pen for the animals.

On Tuesday afternoon, her daughter, a volunteer firefighter, told her the  flames were only 20 feet from her home; firefighters prevented them from getting closer. Despite the destruction and uncertainty, Schormann remains hopeful. "I keep telling myself its going to be okay," she said.

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June 26th, 2012
10:02 PM ET

King: Romney is giving policy details

Ana Navarro, Mary Matalin and John King discuss whether Mitt Romney has offered enough specifics about his policy plans.

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June 26th, 2012
09:59 PM ET

Senators pressure White House over leaks

GOP Senators want a special prosecutor to investigate security leaks they say came from the Obama administration.

June 26th, 2012
09:35 PM ET

KTH: No specifics from Romney on immigration

CNN's Soledad O'Brien points to vague answers given by Mitt Romney and his campaign staff regarding policy details.

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June 26th, 2012
07:05 PM ET

Letters to the President #1254: 'Quality'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every day, and I have done so since he was inaugurated. He has yet to complain.

Dear Mr. President,

Have you seen "Brave," the new animated movie? Magnificent! The artwork, the story, the character development, the direction…all absolutely wonderful. The rendering of the fur on the animals, and the hair on the humans is particularly noteworthy. I have been a big fan of fine animation for years, so I speak from some experience: This is a masterpiece. If you have not checked it out yet, you and the family ought to trot down to the Georgetown multiplex and give it a look.

Truth be told, you should see it for more than the entertainment value, because it is also an excellent reminder of what true quality can be. Sometimes I think one of the key problems in our economy has been a long, sloppy slide by too many American firms away from the concept of offering quality first. Too many firms, I suspect, have focused too much on cutting costs, maximizing profits, and marketing instead of on quality.

There’s nothing wrong with considering such matters, of course, but they are often more about short term gains. Could this brilliant movie have been made cheaper by cutting corners, using cheaper talent, and rushing the production schedule to contain wages? Sure. And maybe it would have been the same film. But I doubt it.

Quality is about values; about companies and individuals asking themselves, “What do we value most?” In the case of Pixar, I think they value making great movies. And they know if they do that, the profits will come. Turn that equation around: focus on profit first and good movies second, and I think you wind up with a very different result.

The problem is, when companies are afraid of declining revenues, layoffs, and losing market share, it is easy for them to think quality is a luxury they can’t afford. To the contrary: Focusing on quality is the way out…it is the safety rope…it is one of the best ways we can not merely turn our economy around, but also built it into something much stronger than it was.

Hope all is good for you. Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom