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July 30th, 2012
11:17 PM ET

KTH: Gingrich wants Muslim Brotherhood infiltration inquiry

Anderson Cooper examines the lack of evidence from Newt Gingrich and five other lawmakers calling for an investigation into whether the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the U.S. government.

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Filed under: Islam • Keeping Them Honest • Newt Gingrich
July 30th, 2012
10:22 PM ET

Disabled vets charity being investigated

CNN's Drew Griffin explains why the Senate Finance Committee is investigating DVNF and evaluating its tax-exempt status. He and Anderson Cooper respond to accusations made by the group on Twitter and their website.

July 30th, 2012
10:11 PM ET

RidicuList: 'Pelvic thrust' your way to fitness

A new piece of exercise equipment makes the ShakeWeight seem modest by comparison. Fitness inspiration brought to you by the RidicuList.

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July 30th, 2012
10:10 PM ET

Professor: Anti-Islam movement in U.S.

John Esposito says accusations against Secretary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin indicate a larger problem in the country. Five Republican legislators have asked for an investigation into her ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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July 30th, 2012
09:47 PM ET

Captured photographer: Prepared to die

Jeroen Oerlemans says he was held captive by jihadists in Syria for a week and was "prepared to die."

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July 30th, 2012
09:42 PM ET

Grading Romney's overseas trip

Ari Fleischer and Cornell Belcher discuss how voters will judge Mitt Romney's foreign policy expertise after his trip to London and Israel.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Ari Fleischer • Cornell Belcher • Mitt Romney • Raw Politics
July 30th, 2012
09:29 PM ET

Rebels claim big victories in Syria

CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the fight over Aleppo, and how rebel fighters took control of a military base near the city.

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July 30th, 2012
07:23 PM ET

Letters to the President #1288: 'Olympic watching'

Reporter's Note: President Obama gets a letter from me every day. I don’t suppose I am setting any world records, but still…I’m going for the Letter Writing Gold!

Dear Mr. President,

Well, I certainly hope your week is off to a good start. I spent, as I anticipated, a fair part of the weekend watching the Olympics. Every time they come around I find myself marveling at the extraordinary skills of some people, and the extraordinarily unusual sports some people enjoy.

This year I was surprised to discover that there is an air rifle shooting contest! Go figure. I knew there were plenty of shooting competitions associated with the Olympics, but I’ve never heard of this air rifle business before. I thought at first it was just some kind of glorified BB gun competition, but after reading about it for a while, it seems like a dreadfully technical and demanding sport. Lots of really careful aiming, and perfect trigger squeezing, with virtually no margin for error.

But then, I suppose that is true of a lot of these contests.

You know what my favorite one was so far? The men’s bicycle road race. The finish was fantastic. While the British, American, German, and Spanish teams pounded away at each other trying to set up a sprint finish, Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan quietly slipped away from the front of the pack with a Columbian rider. For mile after mile they held onto their lead and by the time everyone else realized how much of an advantage the two-man breakaway had developed, it was too late. All that was left was for Vinokourov, who is in his late 30’s, to break free from the much, much younger Columbian. He waited until almost the end, and when the younger rider glanced back to see if anyone was gaining on them, Vinokourov bolted. It was magnificent. A classic victory of experience and wile trumping youth.

Of course I would have liked to see our American cyclists on the medal stand, but it was awfully nice to see a great race anyway, and to see an old war horse win.

Anyway, we’re watching the games pretty late these days and I know your wife is over there, so if you want to come by for snacks and to join us a while, just give a call.

Regards,
Tom

July 30th, 2012
06:14 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Shot and captured in Syria

A Dutch freelance photographer is lucky to be alive. Jeroen Oerlemans says he and a British photographer were held captive by Islamic extremists in Syria for a week starting on July 19, after crossing the border with Turkey in the hopes of traveling to Aleppo.

"We immediately knew we were in the wrong place," Oerlemans told Anderson Cooper. The two men were blindfolded, handcuffed and repeatedly told to "prepare to die” and to ”repent." Oerlemans said the jihadists thought they were spies who worked for the CIA, even though he told them they were journalists.

"We thought we’d better take our fate into our own hands," Oerlemans said. The two journalists tried to escape their captors, but were shot and recaptured. Oerlemans said he was hit in the thigh, while his colleague was shot in the arm. Oerlemans said their captors fired 20 to 30 shots at them. "We thought we'd be killed," he added.

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