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June 23rd, 2009
10:46 AM ET

Morning Buzz: A Rose Garden News Conference

Firefighters climb atop the wreckage of two Metro subway trains that collided Monday in Washington.

Firefighters climb atop the wreckage of two Metro subway trains that collided Monday in Washington.

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Emergency workers are navigating through wreckage to remove bodies of victims following the crash of 2 Metro subway trains yesterday during rush hour. This accident occurred just before 5pm on an above-ground track in DC near the border with Takoma Park, Maryland.

Dozens of people were treated for injuries at the scene. Officials said both trains were on the same track, headed in the same direction, but the cause of the collision is still unclear. Joe Johns will bring you the latest.

Iranian officials say they have found 'no major fraud' in the disputed presidential election and therefore the results will stand. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be sworn-in sometime between July 26th and August 19th. How will the opposition react?

The video of a young Iranian woman named Neda who apparently died after being shot has become an iconic image of the violence on the streets. What will be the impact of her death on this reform movement?

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June 22nd, 2009
09:17 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Iran, NK and a Freed Journalist

New York Times reporter David Rohde, shown in 1995, escaped from the Taliban.

New York Times reporter David Rohde, shown in 1995, escaped from the Taliban.

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

Iranian authorities warn that protesters who ‘disturb the peace and stand up to security forces’ will be considered a threat to the regime and met with a strong response. A news media blackout has been imposed by the government, so the images we now see are coming from Iranians on the streets taking cell phone videos and the like.

The images are not for the faint of heart. You can hear gunfire and people screaming, in a couple of cases, even protester deaths seem to be recorded, though impossible to 100% verify all the video.

Iran says 17 people have died since the election protests began, but unconfirmed reports say the number could be as high as 150. Hundreds of people have been arrested.
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June 19th, 2009
10:42 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Following the Pot Trail

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to a crown in Tehran during Friday prayers.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to a crown in Tehran during Friday prayers.

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a ‘definitive victory’ in last Friday’s election, and denies vote-rigging. He spoke to thousands of Iranians at a prayer session early this morning.

He praised President Ahmadinejad as a ‘hard working’ leader and blamed western governments and media for undermining the election process. The drama continues in this country! We’ll bring you the latest.

President Obama has a busy day: this morning he addresses the largest Hispanic faith-based Evangelical network in the US. In the afternoon, he blocks time to discuss the importance of being a good dad as a national priority (maybe it’s also a hint to Sasha and Malia to get him a good father’s day present on Sunday).

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June 18th, 2009
10:15 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Suburban homes turned into drug factories

Anderson will interview Angelina Jolie today, who is in Washington D C to attend a World Refugee Day Event.

Anderson will interview Angelina Jolie today, who is in Washington D C to attend a World Refugee Day Event.

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

In Iran, supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi will turn Tehran into a sea of black today, as thousands plan to march in dark clothes mourning those killed in protests in the aftermath of presidential elections last week.

Our reporter in Tehran, Reza Sayeh, has been told by officials that CNN cannot cover these demonstrations and is only allowed to file one report out of the country today. It’s unclear if we will see him in our show tonight for this reason, but we are trying to get this story via other internet technologies and experts on Iran.

We had an exclusive interview planned with Angelina Jolie and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today. Both women are in DC and meant to attend a World Refugee Day event.

Anderson was going to interview both of them after this event. Secretary Clinton has been sidelined, though, this time not by dog eat dog politics, but rather, a tough fall she had outside the White House which caused her to break an elbow. OUCH. This means she won’t be at the event or sitting down with Anderson.

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June 17th, 2009
09:12 AM ET

Morning Buzz: To Legalize Pot, or Not

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Demonstrations are planned in Iran following Friday’s disputed election. Journalists have been told to stay in their hotel rooms, and the situation continues to be tense and volatile. The Iranian government is jamming cell phone lines and radio transmissions, as many of the images and 'word from the street' is now coming out via the internet.

We'll follow developments and tell you more about Mir Hossein Moussavi, the opposition candidate, who is at the center is of this storm. Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Reza Sayeh, our reporter in Tehran, join us tonight.

It’s a busy day for President Obama at the White House. He will lay out a new set of regulatory measures aimed at preventing another financial crisis. We want details! The President will also sign a memorandum extending government benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

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June 16th, 2009
10:44 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Is there pot in your park?

Randi Kaye, producer Susan Chun and our crew traveled with police officials as they discovered and destroyed a marijuana garden in California.

Randi Kaye, producer Susan Chun and our crew traveled with police officials as they discovered and destroyed a marijuana garden in California.

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Our series titled, “America’s High: The Case For and Against Pot” continues. Dan Simon talks to a doctor who prescribes marijuana to patients for medicinal purposes. He explains which of his patients are candidates and the process for obtaining this type of treatment. All it takes is a doctor’s letter and a driver’s license!

Approximately 80% of all marijuana grown in CA comes from National Forests or National Parks. Randi Kaye rides with police officials to hunt down these “marijuana gardens” and discovers 7000 marijuana plants with a street value of $3.5 million! She had quite an interesting experience on this shoot, and you may have seen pictures of her on our blog w/the plants. Reporters find themselves in interesting locations sometimes, lol.

We learned something about the Anderson fans yesterday…you all love talking about pot! We hope you appreciate these reports tonight.

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June 15th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Do you need marijuana for your pain?

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

This week we have a series planned for you called, “America’s High: The Case For and Against Pot.”

Anderson presents his interview with Melissa Etheridge who says marijuana helped relieve her pain as she battled cancer. On the flip side, Randi Kaye spoke to a teacher with bi-polar disorder who was prescribed marijuana, but it made her mood swings more severe, she became addicted, and it nearly killed her! Make sure you tune in to hear these stories.

In Iran, protests have erupted following elections 3 days ago. Official results show that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected with more than 62% of the vote, but leading opponent-former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Moussavi-has disputed the results and his supporters are hitting the streets and fighting with police.

Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour is in Iran, and she will join us to put it all into perspective.

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June 11th, 2009
09:15 AM ET

Morning Buzz: People who Hate, Shoot and Kill

Stephen Tyrone Johns was shot and killed while working at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday.

Stephen Tyrone Johns was shot and killed while working at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday.

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

88 year old white supremacist James Von Brunn walked through the Holocaust museum doors with a rifle and began firing yesterday. Police hold a news conference today to discuss the official charges against him.

He is a known Holocaust denier who has repeatedly claimed “The Diary of Anne Frank” is a hoax. This shooting took place on a day the museum planned to stage a play based on Anne Frank and right ahead of what would have been her 80th birthday.

Other details: he served 6 years in prison for trying to kidnap Federal Reserve board members because of high interest rates in 1981. Drew Griffin will have more on him and hate groups he is affiliated with tonight. Who is this guy and how many others like him are out there?

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June 10th, 2009
11:30 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Is there a WH birthday party we can crash?

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

President Obama’s “pay-as-you-go’ proposal for federal spending has everyone talking: this rule would basically require Congress to balance any increased spending by equal savings elsewhere.

He says “paying for what you spend is basic common sense…perhaps that why here in Washington, it’s been so elusive”. Wait-is he implying there is no common sense in DC? Can that be? (insert ironic eye-roll).

The President must’ve had a close look at our federal deficit, now heading towards 1.8 trillion dollars this year, which is more than 4x last year’s all-time high. All those zero's, hard to comprehend.

Republican leaders are quick to pounce on the ‘pay-as-you-go’ idea, noting the President’s proposal comes after record spending initiatives by the Obama administration, such as the $787 billion economic stimulus program. Interesting stuff, we may chew on this tonight!

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June 9th, 2009
10:36 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Can you spot a fraudster

Recovery efforts have found several items confirmed to have come from Air France Flight 447.

Recovery efforts have found several items confirmed to have come from Air France Flight 447.

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

We follow the fate of the 2 American journalists sentenced to 12 years in prison with labor. The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee say they are ‘shocked and devastated’ by this news, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US government is working to secure their release.

Will our government send a top official to broker a deal? What does ‘prison with labor’ actually mean? We’ll have answers tonight.

Air France flight investigators have recovered 24 bodies from last week’s crash, meanwhile a French nuclear sub and high tech acoustic devices belonging to the US Navy are headed to search for the flight recorders.

If we don’t know what brought the plane down, how can we prevent a future incident? The area they are searching is the size of Nebraska. This is no easy task. Karl Penhaul is on the ground in Brazil w/this story.

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