John Green is a top Scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His daughter, Christina Taylor, shared his love of baseball, once telling her father that she wanted to be the first female major league baseball player. Nine-year-old Christina was also very interested in politics which is why she jumped at the chance to meet U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords nearly one and half years ago. She was killed while she stood in line to speak with the congresswoman in Tucson, Arizona. It was a day that has changed the Green family forever. Now, they hope to make a difference and want to speak out against gun violence in the United States. His profile is part of AC360's series "What Keeps You Up at Night," which focuses on election issues.
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Reporter's Note: President Obama appears to be pulling ahead in several polls, so perhaps he will have time to finally respond to one of my letters. That’s a hint, btw.
Dear Mr. President,
It must be exhausting to live in Ohio these days. Other states get migrating bluebirds and herds of elk; every four years Ohioans get swarms of politicos and flocks of campaign buses. Seeing you and Mitt Romney both there today must have made some residents of the Buckeye state twitch uncontrollably. “Droughts? We can manage. Blizzards? Not so bad. Another election? Agghhhh!!!”
I live a couple miles outside of the D.C. border in Maryland, so I’m not in contested turf. Unless something extraordinary happens, you’ll sack up Maryland like a cat in a bag. But since I’m just across the river from Virginia (“I can see it from my house!”) which is a battleground, our TV is on fire with campaign ads. You attacking Romney, him attacking you, other folks attacking everyone. It kind of takes the fun out of the latest episode of New Girl when every cute, snappy line is followed by a commercial break predicting the end of the world if the election swings this way or that.
All of that said I can just imagine what life must be like in Ohio right now.
Having lived much of my younger years in the middle of the country, I know that any irritation voters feel out there is probably exacerbated by a simple fact: Much of the time when the Oval Office is not at stake, you D.C. types can find a million reasons to ignore the interests and concerns of flyover America. That’s not a uniquely Democratic or Republican thing. It’s just a typical thing.
On the other hand, I have met plenty of battleground staters who seem perfectly happy to be front and center in the fight for a while…and just as happy to watch you all go back to D.C. when the war is over. Ha!
So go easy on the folks out there. I’m sure plenty of them are plenty tired of seeing you and your Republican nemesis. Sure, they’ll still let you roll into town and roll out the bunting, but don’t think they like it.
Thea Ramirez believes that one statistic often gets overlooked in the fiery debate over abortion. She’s founder and president of Adoption-Share, a website that serves as a networking tool for birth mothers, adoptive parents and adoption agencies. Her profile is part of AC360's series "What Keeps You Up at Night," which focuses on election issues.
Thoreau, New Mexico (CNN) - Almost hidden in the spectacular red rock country of northwestern New Mexico is a tiny charity that educates and houses almost 200 Native American children and their families.
The St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup, mostly survives on donations, which it promises to use wisely. The need is apparent once you step onto the grounds.
And that's why mission executives agreed to work with one of the world's largest direct mail companies, which solicits donations for hundreds of nonprofit and charity clients in the United States. They wanted to raise as much money as they could.
They signed a contract with Quadriga Art in 2008 and, according to internal financial statements, saw more than $9 million in donations flow in over a four-year period.
But almost none of the money went to the mission.
Critics pounced on President Obama after he didn’t hold bilateral meetings with world leaders during his visit to N.Y. for the U.N. General Assembly. Anderson Cooper talks to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and David Gergen on the importance of personal relationships in foreign affairs.
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