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December 7th, 2012
11:36 PM ET

U.N. treaty 'Could have an impact'

Senator Mike Lee says he "can't name one treaty" that has had an effect on U.S. law. The Senator claims the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty could have an impact. FULL POST

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Filed under: Congress • Sen. Mike Lee • United Nations
December 7th, 2012
11:28 PM ET

Thornburgh: 'Pure Fantasy'

UN Disability treaty proponent Dick Thornburgh says it would have no effect whatsoever in the U.S., but would help 650 million worldwide.


Filed under: United Nations
December 7th, 2012
11:24 PM ET

Prank on royal hospital turns tragic

The nurse who answered a prank call made to the royal couple while Catherine was in the hospital, apparently commits suicide, possibly because of "personal weight on her shoulders."

Max Foster reports from London.

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Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Royals
December 7th, 2012
11:19 PM ET

RidicuList: Not enough bottles of Eau de Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut only gave out a limited amount of its new pizza-scented perfume. Not mass marketing the stuff lands it on The RidicuList.

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Filed under: The RidicuList
December 7th, 2012
11:17 PM ET

'She just made the decision not to let me be a father'

The father of a baby girl who is nearly 2 years old now, and did not even know she existed until last year is battling her adoptive parents for custody.
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Filed under: Adoption
December 7th, 2012
11:00 PM ET

Dad: My focus is to get my daughter back

Army Staff Sergeant Terry Achane was away on duty when his wife gave birth to their daughter. Tira Bland put their daughter up for adoption behind his back while he was gone, and he spent months searching for her when he returned home.

Six months after baby Taleah's birth, Bland admitted what she'd done. When the father called the adoption family, instead of directing him to his daughter, court records show the agency refused to help.

Mr. Achane's lawyer sent a letter to the adoptive parents, Jared and Kristi Frei, asking his client be allowed to spend time with his daughter, and that letter was ignored. The Freis then filed another adoption petition. A Utah court judge found that "Mr. Achane's opportunity to develop a relationship with his daughter was deliberately thwarted,” and the court ordered the adoptive parents to turn over the child to her father by January 16th, 2013.

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Tonight on AC360: Adoption Case Gone Bad
December 7th, 2012
05:32 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Adoption Case Gone Bad

I’m working on a story for AC360 tonight that has me shaking my head. How could the father of a baby girl who is nearly 2 years old now, not even know she existed until last year? FULL POST

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December 7th, 2012
03:54 PM ET

Letters to the President #1418: 'Do I detect a deal?'

Reporter's Note: President Obama and the Republicans have been butting heads over the fiscal cliff, and yet now…maybe they are finally pushing each other away from the brink a bit.

Dear Mr. President,

One of the peculiar features of schoolyard fights back in the day was that the threats became most heated when the combatants had little or not interest in actually fighting. When two guys squared off and filled the air with invectives, explaining in detail how they would beat the other into humiliation, you could almost bet your lunch money that not a single fist would fly. The real fighters, in my experience, were usually much more quiet. They might give one warning. At most two. Then they took your teeth out.

That’s why I find myself heading into the weekend feeling oddly encouraged about the fiscal cliff negotiations. I can’t say exactly how it happened, but sometime this morning I was listening to coverage of the continuing fight, and I suddenly thought “ They've got the makings of a deal.”

Call it instinct, but it feels as if the sharpness of the comments has shifted ever so slightly. Now it sounds truly as if both sides are talking to their bases, flinging around tough words, and trying to convince folks that they've waged a Titanic battle…while in reality, I suspect, you've all found some kind of way to get past the cliff with a series of tortured but workable compromises. At least I hope so.

Of course, being the kind of guy I am, I would prefer that you’d all just walk out and say something like, “After an afternoon of realizing what ninnies we are, we've decided to do the right thing. We've each given a few concessions. No one is gong to be thrilled with the deal, but that is the nature of compromise.”

But since that is not going to happen, I will content myself with listening to the continuing posturing while privately reassuring myself that it is nothing more than that…and there is a bridge, shaky as it may be, across the awful chasm.

Call if you want to chat about it. You don’t have to tell me any details, but if I am right about there being a deal in the works maybe you can give me a code phrase. How about “I just bought a nice clawfoot bathtub.”

Regards,

Tom

December 7th, 2012
01:25 AM ET

'A sad day for people with disabilities'

Ted Kennedy Jr. says several Republicans spread "fiction," which politicized and defeated the U.N. disabilities treaty.

 


Filed under: Congress • United Nations
December 7th, 2012
01:23 AM ET

KTH: Senators' flip-flop on U.N. treaty

Why did several Republican senators who supported the U.N. disabilities treaty end up voting against it? We're Keeping them Honest.

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Filed under: Congress • Keeping Them Honest • United Nations
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