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August 16th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

Gergen: Ryan energizes GOP for convention

John King and David Gergen discuss how Paul Ryan will change the race in Wisconsin, in other critical states and for the Republican party.


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August 16th, 2012
11:19 PM ET

Striking miners fired on in South Africa

Rising tensions at a South African platinum mine exploded Thursday in grisly violence as police opened fire on striking miners.

Blood-stained bodies lay strewn about a field in a police response reminiscent of the ugly days of apartheid.

Police have not released a death toll, but a South African Press Association reporter counted 18 corpses. It's feared more could be dead.

Witnesses described the scene as chaotic, making it seemingly impossible to determine who started firing on whom first.

The South African Police Service, though, issued a statement late Thursday indicating its members trying to "disarm and disperse a heavily armed group of illegal gatherers at Lonmin mine" when they were fired upon.

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August 16th, 2012
10:45 PM ET

KTH: Romney and Ryan's record on Medicare

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say their Medicare plans are almost identical. Soledad O'Brien looks at their past policies.

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August 16th, 2012
10:20 PM ET

Investigation into fatal police standoff

Former officer Lou Palumbo says investigators will examine the reason police shot a Michigan man and how many rounds were fired. The victim, 49-year-old Milton Hall, was holding a knife during the confrontation. His family says he suffered from mental health issues.

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August 16th, 2012
10:10 PM ET

Romney and Ryan Medicare strategy

Hilary Rosen and Alex Castellanos argue the messaging from Romney and Ryan on their Medicare plan.

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August 16th, 2012
09:35 PM ET

Man killed by cops, shot 30+ times

Three days before Independence Day, Milton Hall died in a fusillade of police gunfire outside a strip mall.

He had been arguing with officers in a parking lot next to a shuttered Chinese restaurant when he was shot, in full view of passing motorists and while he was holding some sort of knife. Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael Thomas said later that the squad of police confronting him opened fire "because apparently, at this point in time, he was threatening to assault police."

Thomas' office and the Michigan State Police are investigating Hall's death. Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff said Hall was "known to be an assaultive person" with "a long history" of contacts with law enforcement, "not only with police from our department but with the county."

Hall's cousin, Mike Washington, acknowledged Hall had been jailed for minor offenses like vagrancy in the past, but, "He was not violent." And Hall's mother is growing impatient with the probe and questions why police opened fire so furiously on her son, whom she said was mentally ill.

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August 16th, 2012
09:20 PM ET

Letters to the President #1305: 'Running Ryan ragged'

Reporter's Note: President Obama receives a letter from me every day. 

Dear Mr. President,

So I mentioned yesterday that you ought to invite Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi (the Magnificent Meb, as I call him) to the White House and now runners all over the country are taking up the torch; lighting up Twitter with that refrain. It is well that they should. He is so very deserving of the honor, I hope you don't mind if I keep bringing it up.

In the meantime, on the subject of running, it looks as if your new Republican pal Paul Ryan is getting chased all over the place by the political pooches. Questions are howling around him about his budget views, his stance on entitlements, and his view on stimulus spending, among other matters.

I suppose that is to be expected. You don't jump into that whole Presidential fox hunt without expecting some hounds on your heels.

Still, it gives one pause. Sometimes when the dogs of D.C. get on the scent of someone, I understand why a lot of folks might just be scared away from the whole process...worried about their families, their reputation, their future...heck, you know the drill because you've been through it.

Anyway, suffice to say I have no plans on ever running for anything...except exercise. Ha!

Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Romney, Ryan, Medicare, FLDS, Toth, Syria, RidicuList vote, Beyonce,
August 16th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Romney, Ryan, Medicare, FLDS, Toth, Syria, RidicuList vote, Beyonce,

What everyone’s talking about:

Since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced his vice presidential pick on Saturday, the country’s been learning more about Rep. Paul Ryan. He has already hit the campaign trail on his own starting in Iowa, and political pundits are debating The Ryan Factor – how he’ll transform Romney’s campaign. CNN’s Tom Foreman takes a look at Ryan’s personal life, including his exercise obsession, and that one time he drove the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. John King, Gloria Borger and Ron Brownstein discuss the changing nature of the Romney ticket and what voters in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin may do in November.

It seems that Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the polygamist FLDS sect who was convicted for sexually assaulting underage girls, is still firmly in control of his followers. The police force in Colorado City, Arizona is no exception. The complaints against them have led federal authorities to take action to protect non-FLDS residents. CNN’s Gary Tuchman reports.

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Tonight on AC360: Police accused of shooting 30+ bullets at homeless man
August 16th, 2012
07:00 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Police accused of shooting 30+ bullets at homeless man

The deadly standoff between a homeless man and six Saginaw, Michigan police officers was caught on video.

CNN has purchased the video of the July 1 incident and we'll make it public for the first time tonight.

The victim was 49-year-old Milton Hall, who according to his family suffered from mental health issues. He was holding some type of knife during the confrontation.

According to local reports, police fired 46 shots during the standoff. CNN counted at least 30 gunshots.

Hall's family is outraged.

"It appeared to be a firing squad dressed in police uniforms. There was another way. They did not have to kill him," Hall's mother told CNN's Jason Carroll.

Others in the community agree. They say police used aggressive force.

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August 16th, 2012
04:26 PM ET

Syrian regime attacks hospital

CNN's Ben Wedeman was in Aleppo when the Syrian regime attacked a rebel-controlled hospital from the air. One 12-year-old boy suffered injuries from shrapnel and caregivers are finding it more difficult to help the wounded.

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