The Obama campaign tries to draw attention away from the unemployment rate by highlighting Romney's personal finances. Political analysis by David Gergen and Daily Beast contributor Patricia Murphy.
In school you expect students to learn math, science and English - but what about panhandling? At St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland, California parents say begging for money is part of the curriculum.
CNN's Gary Tuchman found a student as young as six or seven on the streets collecting money at a BART subway station, not for himself or his family - the money was for the school. It's a modern version of Oliver Twist. There was an adult with the boy, who is one of the men who run the school. When Gary asked the man where the money is going he didn’t get the response he expected.
There are also allegations a student was physically abused at the school with belts, and even spoons. And St. Andrew's leaders are accused of fleecing taxpayers. Gary asked the school leader about those charges, as well. See what happens during the latest installment in our special series of reports called "Ungodly Discipline?"
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on what Cambodian health officials, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control did to investigate a deadly health condition.
Reporter's Note: President Obama is taking the gloves off to go after Mitt Romney. I’m taking my gloves off to type today’s letter to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
I hate talking points. I mean, I really hate them. The idea that political operatives from both major parties sit around coming up with ideas for selling a candidate, and then focus group them, then print them up, then send minions storming out into the blogs, the radio shows, and the TV programs is just sort of revolting.
Don’t get me wrong. I have no complaint with any party or candidate getting his or her message out. I just feel as if the single-minded marketing of candidates is one of the key reasons we can’t get any real answers to so many questions anymore. Bad jobs report? Let’s go to talking point A. Good jobs report? Talking point B.
Political operatives have grown so good at cranking this stuff out and distributing it to the masses via spokespeople of all sorts, that it sometimes seems almost impossible for a reporter to get an honest, reasoned reaction or statement about anything. Instead we are so often confronted with a pre-canned, sanitized version of “truth” which really has nothing to do with truth at all. I guess it is partially our own fault. When we allow political types to do such things and use it to fill up our columns and shows, we just encourage it. Still, I wish it could be different. And on the days when the talking points wars are raging, I really long for straight questions, straight answers…and some genuine straight talk amid all the spin.
Hope all is well. Call if you can.
Democrats are criticizing Mitt Romney for having overseas investments, with money in a variety of countries including Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman islands. Anderson Cooper will speak with a tax shelter expert who has investigated Romney's holdings. Plus, Mary Matlin and Ali Velshi weigh in on the issue. Watch CNN at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
CNN's Drew Griffin investigates crimes at sea. He talks to a former cruise ship security guard who says women are targets, and he interviews a teen who says she was sexually assaulted on a ship.
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