AC360 Thursday 8p

There are growing questions about the Bluefin-21 search for Flight 370. What's happens when it completes its sweep? The latest tonight on AC360.
August 21st, 2012
09:12 PM ET

Kellyanne Conway's sex-selective abortion statements on AC360

Tonight on AC360° guest Kellyanne Conway stated, "You've got all these little baby girls being killed just because they're girls in this country.” Conway added, "We should look at the Guttmacher Institute statistics to really illuminate us on that. But it does, it does occur because there's so much science now, people can, they can know the gender of their baby and they make their choices accordingly."

AC360 checked into the Guttmacher Institute information about sex-selective abortion. This is the information on their website:

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/15/2/gpr150218.html
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August 21st, 2012
07:44 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Inside one of America’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

CNN’s Ted Rowlands was permitted to ride along with two 26-year veteran Chicago police officers to document what happens nightly in the deadly neighborhood of Englewood.  Here is a video preview of what he saw

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August 21st, 2012
04:40 PM ET

Letters to the President #1310: 'A boost from the GOP'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is a highly skilled speaker, although I’m not so sure how good he is at letter writing since I’ve sent a message to him every day since he was inaugurated and I have yet to receive a reply. Just saying…

Dear Mr. President,

Honestly, could your Democrats have wanted a better gift at this time in the election cycle than those comments by Missouri Congressman Todd Akin? I will never understand how it is that people who are paid to talk for a living (uh…such as politicians) can stumble into saying such silly things. To be honest any politician, male or female, who wants to make a comment about a subject as sensitive as rape ought to be weighing his or her words carefully.

Yes, I realize that Akin has admitted it was a huge mistake and that he never should have said it. Yes, I know that we all slip up sometimes. And no, I don’t think we have to have a scorched earth policy every time some politico drops a clunker on the trail. But like I said, his statement was a gift to Democrats in general, and to you in particular; because ever since he said it, I’ve heard a lot less talk about the number one issue of the election… the economy. And I’m guessing that suits you just fine.

Funny how elections can be affected by such things. Candidates can run brilliant campaigns, only to be end up scrambling for survival after something they hardly control at all… a sudden rise in gas prices, a distant terrorist strike, an unpopular court ruling with political overtones. Conversely, others can run awful campaigns only to be blessed by a last-minute breakthrough: an unexpected news story that plays to his or her strengths, a snappy, unforgettable answer in a debate, or an opponent who stumbles into trouble by… oh say, making a foolish comment about women.

Yes, politics can be peculiar that way.

Anyway, as your race grinds on I think you ought to be grateful for every break you can catch from the Republicans, and trust me… this one was a gimme.

Call if you have a moment.

Regards,
Tom

August 21st, 2012
02:00 AM ET

KTH: Rep. Akin's controversial claims

Rep. Akin's controversial remarks are not the first time a politician has made this anti-abortion claim.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Rep. Akin • Women's Issues • Women's Rights
August 21st, 2012
01:40 AM ET

American seeks freedom from Nicaragua prison

Jason Puracal, a 35-year old native of Washington State, is fighting a 22-year drug sentence in Nicaragua. He’s been held there on drug charges for 18-months. Jason addressed the court today as he fights for freedom. CNN's Miguel Marquez attended Puracal's appeal hearing and spoke to family members.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Jason Puracal • Miguel Marquez • Nicaragua
August 21st, 2012
12:55 AM ET

RidicuList: The curious case of a stolen iPad

The story of how one very meaningful iPad ended up in the hands of one very confused clown lands this missing item on the Ridiculist.

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August 21st, 2012
12:34 AM ET

Romney's Mormonism in the spotlight

Mitt Romney is the first Mormon to head a major party's Presidential ticket. CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley discuss this historic sign of the times.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Douglas Brinkley • Faith • Mitt Romney • Religion • Wolf Blitzer
August 21st, 2012
12:24 AM ET

Mormon faith's role in Mitt Romney's life

Mitt Romney is the first Mormon to head a major party's Presidential ticket, but he rarely discusses his faith on the campaign trail.  In a rare instance, members of the campaign press corps were invited to attend church services with the Romney family near their New Hampshire home. For many voters, getting to know Mitt Romney as a candidate also means sorting out fact from fiction about the Mormon religion. Gary Tuchman shows us a closer look.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Faith • Mitt Romney • Raw Politics • Religion