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January 9th, 2013
10:47 PM ET

McChrystal: Afghans want strategic partners

Retired General Stanley McChrystal says military style firearms shouldn’t be in civilian hands. He talked with Anderson Cooper about gun control here at home and as the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, he had some thoughts on the potential pullout of all U.S. troops by 2014.

Read the rush transcript of the interview:

You made headlines just recently talking about gun control. What is your view when you see these military-style weapons in the hands of civilians?

GEN. STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL (RET.), FORMER U.S. COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN: I spent a lifetime, a career carrying a weapon, an M16 first and then an M4 carbine later.

And they fire a .556 round at about 3,000 feet per second and when it hits human flesh, it's devastating. It's designed to be that way. That's what I want soldiers to carry. But I don't want those weapons around our schools, I don't want them on our streets. I think that if we can't - it's not a complete fix to just address assault weapons, but I think if we don't get very serious now when we seeing children being buried, then I can't think of a time when we should.

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Filed under: 360 Webcast • Afghanistan • Guns
September 28th, 2009
03:31 PM ET

Polanski's Arrest: Why the French are outraged

Roman Polanski, 2009

Roman Polanski, 2009

Bruce Crumley/ Paris
Time

Although the cultural divide between Europe and the U.S. has narrowed over the years, the legal fate of director Roman Polanski shows there are still major differences. Polanski's arrest in Switzerland on Sept. 26 was greeted with satisfaction in the U.S., where authorities hope he will face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Europeans, meanwhile, are shocked and dismayed that an internationally acclaimed artist could be jailed for such an old offense.

"To see him thrown to the lions and put in prison because of ancient history — and as he was traveling to an event honoring him — is absolutely horrifying," French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand said after Polanski was arrested upon arrival in Switzerland to attend the Zurich Film Festival, where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award. "There's an America we love and an America that scares us, and it's that latter America that has just shown us its face." In comments that appeared to be directed at Swiss and American authorities to free Polanski, Mitterrand added that both he and French President Nicolas Sarkozy hoped for a "rapid resolution to the situation which would allow Roman Polanski to rejoin his family as quickly as possible."

(Read "Redeeming Roman Polanski.")

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Filed under: 360 Webcast • 360° Radar • AC360° Staff
September 25th, 2009
05:11 PM ET

Sister of American Lockerbie victim visits Gadhafi

 Lisa Gibson, who met with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, called herself an ambassador of reconciliation.

Lisa Gibson, who met with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, called herself an ambassador of reconciliation.

Joe Sterling
CNN

Lisa Gibson - who lost her brother in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing - sat down the other day with the man many blame for the notorious attack: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

"I welcomed him to America," Gibson told CNN.

The 39-year-old Colorado Springs lawyer said she and another relative of a Lockerbie victim went to see the controversial figure in New York on Wednesday, the same day he delivered a rambling speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

Calling herself an "ambassador of reconciliation," she views the encounter as the latest step in a journey to build bridges between Libyans and Americans - a mission energized by her strong Christian faith.

"I wanted him to know there were some people out there who've lost loved ones who have a different vision and different heart," she said. "He warmly received us."

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Filed under: 360 Webcast • 360° Radar • Global 360° • Lockerbie Incident
September 19th, 2008
05:03 PM ET

360 Webcast: Finances, Zagnuts, and bad birthday questions?

David M. Reisner
AC360 Digital Producer

Ok so now we're cookin'! Thanks for watching the '360 Webcast' last night! The viewers are growing more and more each day. If you watched our online show last night you now know what all the fun is about.

We had our first repeat customer: Suze Orman. She came back to help us make sense of the lastest moves on Wall street. A day when the market ended UP 400 points doesn't mean we are out of the woods yet... and we asked Suze some extra questions about the market and your money during the break.

We talked birthdays too.... If you watched the show last night, Anderson talked about how embarassed he was for something he asked erica during the '360 Webcast.' I think it was an honest mistake, but hey, I'm not going to tell you what happened – its best you just see for yourself!

For those of you who didn't catch it – be sure to watch tonight – during commercial breaks!
all you have to do is click here – and the rest is magic!

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Filed under: 360 Webcast • Behind The Scenes • TV
September 18th, 2008
08:29 PM ET

360 Webcast: Baby names, blackberries, websites and recounts

David M. Reisner
AC360 Digital Producer

Ok so if you watched our '360 Webcast' last night you now know what all the fun is about.

We talked about the 'Sarah Palin Baby name generator' (What your name would really be if you were a member of the Palin family – more importantly, what Anderson, Erica, and Ali Velshi's names would be!)

We talked Blackberries, learned about CNN.com.... a possible recount in Florida...I could go on and on, but really, you should watch!

For those of you who didn't catch it – be sure to watch tonight – during commercial breaks!
all you have to do is click here – and the rest is magic!

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Filed under: 360 Webcast • Behind The Scenes • T1
September 17th, 2008
08:42 PM ET

360 Webcast

David M. Reisner
AC360 Digital Producer

We promised you more interactivity and more behind-the-scenes action on AC360 and AC360.com.
Well, here it is!

Introducing '360 Webcast'

AC360's very own Erica Hill takes you behind the scenes during AC360's commercial breaks. It's a look you can't see anywhere else.

So here's what you do:

  1. Watch the show (...duh)
  2. Log on to AC360.COM (...I think you are already there!)
  3. Click on this link
  4. and stay tuned during commerical breaks for all the inside action.

It's a really fun new way of watching the show. Before guests walk off the set, they'll chat with Erica... Its a chance for us to get in any last minute questions,  and give them feedback from the live blog. Take a look at last night's '360 Webcast' for some last minute tips Suze Orman gave during the break:

But wait, theres more!
Learn some of the 'inside TV' terms we use on the program, see how we search for stories, and learn just how we bring our nightly newscast to your living rooms and laptops.

So what are you waiting for!?!

Oh... right... '360 Webcast' will be on from 10p ET – 11p ET

Here another great examples of what happens on '360 Webcast' during commericials.
Turns out, the jokes are even funnier when you know whats been going on behind the scenes!

Check out this clip at around 3:35 in to see what i'm talking about. Who knew Beat 360 could be even funnier.

So make sure to watch tonight! See you online!


Filed under: 360 Webcast • Behind The Scenes • T1