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October 10th, 2012
11:25 PM ET

KTH: Mitt Romney's changing views on abortion

Mitt Romney backtracked after saying he would not pursue abortion legislation during an interview he gave on Tuesday to the "Des Moines Register." Critics point to his comment as further proof he's embracing a centrist position to appeal to voters, especially women.

A campaign spokeswoman released a response to the "National Review" soon after, telling them, "Governor Romney would, of course, support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life." On Wednesday, Romney told reporters "I'm a pro-life candidate, and I'll be a pro-life president." He went on to say he would immediately eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Abortion • Keeping Them Honest • Mitt Romney
October 10th, 2012
11:21 PM ET

Grief and fear after meningitis death

The family of a woman who died from fungal meningitis is shocked that the pharmacy linked to the outbreak isn't regulated. Lilian Cary received a steroid injection in August that came from the New England Compounding Center. She passed away two weeks ago.

Her husband George is awaiting test results to see if he also has the illness. The couple went to the same pain treatment center in Michigan.

"This should not have happened. This is a tragedy that goes beyond our family,"  said her husband in regards to more than 100 sick with meningitis and the 12 who died.

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October 10th, 2012
11:18 PM ET

Questions about Romney's appeal to center

Mitt Romney says in an interview he would not pursue abortion legislation. His comment is criticized as a flip-flop. Jen Psaki and Kellyanne Conway weigh in on the controversy.

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October 10th, 2012
10:52 PM ET

Meningitis outbreak prompts shutdown

A pharmacy that has ties to the company linked to a meningitis outbreak shuts down. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

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October 10th, 2012
10:13 PM ET

State Department: Families were contacted

The State Department says it has been in contact with families of victims of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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October 10th, 2012
09:15 PM ET

Mom 'begged' for details of Libya attack

Pat Smith talks about her son's work and says officials promised to tell her about Sean's death at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
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October 10th, 2012
09:00 PM ET

Benghazi victim's mom: I deserve answers

Pat Smith says she was promised answers about her son's death in Benghazi but does not yet know how he died.
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October 10th, 2012
07:22 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Mother demands answers about Benghazi attack

Pat Smith accepted her son's work despite the dangerous situations he encountered. She knew he was proud of what he was doing. Now she's mourning Sean's death and struggling to make sense of the events that lead to the lethal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11.

Her son, a computer specialist, was inside the compound when the assault began. When a security team arrived from the annex about a mile away to provide help, they found him dead and carried his body off the premises.

Smith says she cried on Pres. Obama's shoulder when her son was returned to the U.S., and he along with Secretary of State Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden promised to tell her the details about the incident. She begged to know, no matter how gruesome. Tonight she tells Anderson that she's still waiting for answers.

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October 10th, 2012
06:20 PM ET

Letters to the President #1360: 'The incumbent calm'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama all the time. Or at least every day.

Dear Mr. President,

If I were to write a book about writing, it would be a pretty slim volume. Learning to write well is a lifelong process, and despite three decades in journalism, I feel as if I am just now getting the hang of it.

I’ve met great writers, of course. Their sentences, paragraphs, and stories are wondrous. They perform a peculiar alchemy with language that turns phrases into poetry. It is art. If I live long enough, and work hard enough, perhaps I’ll become better at this craft, but I doubt that I will ever grace their company as anything more than a journeyman.

Simply put, getting good at anything takes time, and some things take longer than others.

I mention it, because I wonder if you’re having any thoughts like that right now? I can imagine few jobs for which the applicants are routinely so under-qualified as the presidency. No one is ready for it. You, like every soul who has taken the job, seemed overwhelmed by it at the start; oddly bold and hesitant all at once, ready to seize the largest challenge and yet unsure where to grab hold.

Now, time has passed, and you are much better. I’m not talking about whether I like your policies. I’m just saying that you seem to have a firmer grasp of how to pursue your goals within the uniquely challenging world of Washington with all its customs and constraints. Instead of talking so much about changing the rules, you’re learning to play within them.

I imagine before anyone becomes president, he thinks he will have nearly limitless power. That is just not the case. On the job, each president realizes that there are many limits. Presidents, like writers, must learn that greatness comes from restraint, control, and adherence to the rules.

And in terms of campaigning for re-election, I’ve often thought it can be the unrecognized advantage of incumbents. Sure, newcomers can thrash about, throwing accusations, and yelling at the heavens in their quest for votes. But the power of a sitting president is emphasized most, I think, when he doesn’t behave that way; but rather when he quietly, firmly, and with dignity makes it clear he truly knows the boundaries of the job and how to get things done within those limits.

Just a few thoughts for a Wednesday. Hope all is well.

Regards,
Tom

Tonight on AC360: Meningitis outbreak, a family's heartbreak
October 10th, 2012
05:52 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Meningitis outbreak, a family's heartbreak

137 people are battling a rare, noncontagious form of meningitis, up from 119 cases yesterday. The death toll remains at 12.

Tonight on the program Anderson will talk with the husband and daughter of Lilian Cary, 67, who died after receiving a potentially contaminated steroid injection linked to the outbreak. A memorial was held in her honor yesterday in Howell, Michigan where the family lives.

Cary's husband, George, is awaiting test results to see if he too has fungal meningitis. He also received a potentially tainted steroid injection, a common treatment for back pain, a few weeks after his wife.

Mr. Cary will share what he's faced these past few weeks. "Where are the politicians?" he asks. Cary is calling for more oversight of compounding pharmacies that make and sell medications across America. The New England Compounding Center (NECC) that made the steroid linked to the meningitis outbreak has recalled the drug and shut down its operations as the FDA, CDC and Massachusetts officials investigate the facility.

Anderson will also talk with Cary's daughter, Heather Andrus. She tells us she recently moved near her parents so her two children, an 8-year-old and 10-month old, could live closer to their grandmother. Now they are all mourning her loss.

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