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January 8th, 2013
11:18 PM ET

1872 rape law kept in tact for budget

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says the arcane law that led to a rape conviction being overturned needs to be fixed because the victim deserves justice and the criminal needs to be held accountable for his crime.

 

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January 8th, 2013
11:15 PM ET

1872 law affects today's rape cases

CNN's Kyung Lah reports on controversy in California over an old law. If a suspect impersonates a woman's husband during an attack, it's considered rape. But if the victim is unmarried and the suspect is impersonating her boyfriend, the law does not classify it as rape.

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January 8th, 2013
11:11 PM ET

Obamacare limits doctors' gun questions

Jim Acosta and Dr. Sanjay Gupta report on the political and medical implications of a measure in the health care law that restricts doctors from collecting data on patients' gun use.

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Filed under: Congress • Guns • Health Care • NRA • President Obama
January 8th, 2013
11:07 PM ET

Blow: NRA is a front for gun makers

Charles Blow and Margaret Hoover discuss the power of the National Rifle Association in Washington, and gun regulation.

"The NRA, for being a powerful lobby, is a lobby that represents 4.2 million gun owners. It represents actually a grass roots movement," says Hoover. "Americans like their second amendment, they like their guns, so they're representing the will of the people."

Blow argues the interests of the gun makers are the driving force behind the NRA, and says "they are basically a front" for gun manufacturers. "If you were just worried about who wanted to own guns...there are a lot of things you could do short of saying or advocating for not being able to trace weapons."

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January 8th, 2013
11:05 PM ET

AIG may sue government over bailout deal

AIG is considering a lawsuit over the terms of the loan for the billions that saved the company. CNN's Ali Velshi reports.

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January 8th, 2013
10:18 PM ET

RidicuList: Megadeth vs. Men’s Wearhouse

Anderson Cooper proves we're getting old: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine battles Men's Wearhouse over a gift certificate.

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January 8th, 2013
08:10 PM ET

KTH: Gun provision in Obamacare

CNN's Jim Acosta reports on a little-known measure in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that restricts doctors from collecting data about their patients’ gun use. The provision is entitled "Protection of Second Amendment Rights" and the language was pushed by the National Rifle Association.

It was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who included it in the health care bill. One Democratic source says it was a way to appease the powerful gun lobby and was seen as a "benign way to make sure the NRA didn't get involved."

Reid has a history of supporting second amendment rights and courting gun owners in his home state, Nevada. The Senator's staff told Acosta that his views on gun control are changing and differ from his beliefs when the legislation was passed.

 

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Filed under: Guns • Health Care • Keeping Them Honest • NRA
January 8th, 2013
07:23 PM ET

Letters to the President #1450: 'The discipline of champions'

Reporter's Note: The president is preparing for battles over his latest cabinet choices and the debt ceiling. I am, on the other hand, peacefully writing my daily letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

As I predicted, Alabama whipped Notre Dame badly last night to seize the national championship. Hand over the trophy, drop the confetti, let the seniors dash off to the NFL, it’s done.

Like many Americans, I had anticipated the game for weeks only to realize it was pretty much over in a matter of minutes. From the first drive it was clear that the Tide was going to wash over the Irish like a rogue wave. I was rooting for Alabama, but by the start of the second quarter my wife and I were both squirming. It was just that painful to watch Notre Dame suffer such a drubbing. If it weren’t for Brent Musburger’s wildly amusing musings about A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend I might have turned the game off.

Now certainly there were sports analysts who thought the contest would turn out differently. They predicted that Notre Dame’s heart, passion, and desperation would somehow come together in a magic alchemy that would overwhelm Alabama’s discipline, talent, and virtually seamless teamwork. Their prognostications were wrong, just as such predictions almost always are when built on hope and fanciful thinking rather than a bedrock of facts.

This is worth keeping in mind as your second term moves forward. Buoyed by your re-election success and some of the seemingly hapless mistakes of the Republicans, you may well imagine yourself to be poised for greater victory. Many of the Democrats who support you clearly think that is the case. Talk to them, read their comments online, listen to them on NPR call in shows, and you’ll hear endless optimism about all the great things you can accomplish now that the Republicans have been routed.

While I would not presume to dictate your plans or policies, I would urge you to be careful about such “rah rah” calls to attack. Remember what happened to Notre Dame’s football players as you proceed. They were and are a good team. They enjoyed an excellent season, and rolled over one opponent after another. It was not beyond comprehension that they might find a way to beat Alabama. But they did not. In the end, Alabama proved a superior power in every way. All the fire and passion of Notre Dame’s players and fans were not nearly enough to make their championship dreams come true.

So if you aim for big goals in your second term, you may be well advised to shut the doors against the cheers and enthusiasm. Once the Inaugural is over, your strength will not come from the screaming fans, but rather from hard, unblinking, pure politics; from your team’s ability to play the game. Feeling good about your cause will not get the job done. Thinking you are right won’t do it either. Indeed, the danger of Democratic enthusiasm right now is that it could easily make you think victory is easily in your grasp…when history shows it may yet be very hard won.

Regards,
Tom

January 8th, 2013
07:02 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Shooting victim’s mom challenges politicians

On the second anniversary of her daughter’s death, Roxanna Green is honoring the young girl’s memory by fighting for gun regulation. At 9-years-old, Christina-Taylor was the youngest victim to die in the mass shooting rampage that also injured former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords.

Today Green appeared in an ad for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, addressing lawmakers and asking, “When will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?” She speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, relating the tragedy to her own experience as a mother who lost a child because of a deranged gunman.

Green and her husband believe in second amendment rights and own guns. What they want is stricter rules for background checks and a ban on “assault military-style weapons,” and “big capacity magazines.”

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Tonight on AC360: Rape protection only for those married
Julio Morales' mugshot.
January 8th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Rape protection only for those married

A California appeals court has overturned the rape conviction of a man accused of sneaking into an 18-year-old woman’s bedroom and having sex with her while pretending to be her boyfriend. The decision turned on a crucial fact: she wasn’t married.

In the unanimous decision, the court cited an 1872 law that says a suspect is only guilty of rape if the victim is married and the attacker is pretending to be the spouse. In this case, the accused, Julio Morales, pretended to be her boyfriend.

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