Adrian Peterson's mother describes him as a loving father and says he was only disciplining his son in the same way he was disciplined growing up. Speaking to The Houston Chronicle, she went on to say, "When you whip those you love, it's not abuse, but love. You want to make them understand what they did wrong." Peterson is charged with felony child abuse. The case set off a national debate over discipling children. Gary Tuchman had a frank discussion about spanking with three generations of a family in Georgia.
Anderson discussed the culture of child discipline with CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin, New York Times columnist Charles Blow and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis.
President Obama shared a very private moment today at the White House as he unveiled a new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper." It's a public-private venture that has $200,000,000 in seed money aimed at helping young black and Hispanic men to stay in school and get good jobs. He told the crowd:
"I could see myself in these young men. And the only difference is that I grew up in an environment that was a little bit more forgiving. So when I made a mistake, the consequences were not as severe.”
Anderson discussed this with New York Times op-ed columnist Charles Blow, CNN commentator Michaela Angela Davis, yourblackworld.com founder Boyce Watkins and Reverend Kevin Johnson.
The state of Texas is forcing a brain-dead pregnant woman to remain on a ventilator. Her family made it clear this is against her wishes. The AC360 Later panel debates.
A controversial new book about Fox News Channel chairman Roger Ailes is about to hit stores. Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter joins the AC360 Later panel to discuss what's in the unauthorized biography, along with Ailes' impact on American media.
What role did race play in authorities' response to the obscenity-laced video featuring a toddler? The debate comes as news breaks that the state took action and placed the child in protective custody.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie responded today to allegations that his office intentionally disrupted traffic on the world's busiest bridge as political payback. Emails that link some of his closest aides to the incident are raising questions about Christie's possible presidential run. Tonight, Jeffrey Toobin declared "it is all over for Chris Christie." Watch how the rest of the AC360 Later panel responds to that statement.
The AC360 Later panel digs into Fmr. Defense Secy. Robert Gates' new memoir, which heaps scathing criticism on the Obama administration. The Dish founder, Andrew Sullivan, says "it’s not what I would expect from Bob Gates. I would expect it from other people. But this man?...the fact that he was enraged the entire time, I find it hard to understand."
A police union in Omaha, Nebraska posted a home video of an African American toddler swearing at a roomful of adults, who egg him on. The AC360 Later panel weighs in on the outrage the union has sparked with its remarks about the video.
There are a lot of ways to describe the cold weather that is gripping much of the country right now. But nothing trumps Stephanie Elam throwing a cup of steaming hot water into the air to make snow.
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