Some Western businesses are evaluating where their products are made after more than 500 people died in the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. Thousands more were rescued from the debris of the crumbled building. Workers are still sorting through the wreckage and uncovering more deceased workers with each layer of concrete in the nine-story building.
Anderson Cooper talked about the incident and the repercussions with Christiane Amanpour, Ari Fleischer, Jeffrey Toobin and Amy Holmes in a special edition of AC360. The bottom line is that cheap clothing sold in the U.S. can mean unsafe conditions with little compensation for laborers abroad.
Amanpour, who interviewed the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on her CNNI show, says corruption is rampant."This factory was basically a land grab by a well-connected guy who then built more floors," she says. "It goes to the heart of the fact there's no organized labor there. All of us in the West, we like really cheap fashion and this is what's happening."
Col. Morris Davis, who resigned from his position at Guantánamo in protest, says there's no upside to leaving the facility open. Christiane Amanpour, Jeffrey Toobin, Ari Fleischer and Amy Holmes weigh in on what should happen to the detainees imprisoned at Gitmo.
Ari Fleischer and Paul Begala discuss the likely topics for the upcoming presidential debate focusing on foreign policy.
Ari Fleischer and Roland Martin discuss what Mitt Romney's shift toward a moderate tone means for the presidential race.
Fareed Zakaria, Ari Fleischer and David Gergen discuss Romney's recent "two-state solution" gaffe and the candidate's foreign policy.
Mitt Romney told big-money donors at a California fundraiser that Obama voters believe "they are victims" and almost half are "dependent on the government." CNN Contributors Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer discuss whether Romney's statements will have an effect on his presidential campaign.
Immediate reactions to Mitt Romney's RNC speech and the overall Republican convention from CNN's political team.
Ari Fleischer and Candy Crowley discuss the impact Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate will have on the election.
Ari Fleischer and Cornell Belcher discuss how voters will judge Mitt Romney's foreign policy expertise after his trip to London and Israel.
Should Mitt Romney release more of his tax returns? That’s the question the Obama campaign pushed into the public discourse, but Republicans are also debating the issue.
The Romney campaign has repeatedly insisted it won’t give into the pressure, but that hasn’t stopped prominent Republicans from pushing the issue. Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Governor Rick Perry, and conservative political analyst William “Bill” Kristol are among those calling on the Romney camp to provide full disclosure.
Ari Fleischer, former George W. Bush White House Press Secretary, thinks the time for releasing more than two years of tax records has passed. “The American people are not there, they’re not focused on this issue,” insists Fleischer.
While conceding that the Obama campaign will surely nitpick Romney’s tax returns, Republican Strategist Ana Navarro thinks the Republican nominee should refocus the conversation on the economy and “take the band-aid off” by releasing more of his tax returns. Navaro added, “We’re not going to learn anything new, he is a wealthy man who has been very successful.”