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Evening Buzz: Osama bin Laden Considered Attack on Upcoming 9/11 Anniversary
Pakistani policemen guard the compound in Abbottabad where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.
May 5th, 2011
08:42 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Osama bin Laden Considered Attack on Upcoming 9/11 Anniversary

The computer drives seized from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan contained suspected plans to attack U.S. rail lines on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, sources tell CNN.

The information has led the Department of Homeland Security to issue a notice to federal, state and local law enforcement.

No specific city or rail system is mentioned in the notice.

We'll get the latest details on the potential plot from CNN's Homeland Security Correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

The notice comes on the same day President Obama traveled to New York to lay a wreath at ground zero and meet with survivors and victims' families.

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Evening Buzz: Should Photo of Slain Osama bin Laden be Released?
Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda's leader, seen in an undated photo.
May 3rd, 2011
09:21 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Should Photo of Slain Osama bin Laden be Released?

The U.S. might release a photo of Osama bin Laden after his death. CIA Director Leon Panetta said he thinks a photo of the dead al Qaeda leader should be released, but the decision will be up to the White House.

A senior government official involved in the discussions says there are lot of photos to choose from and most are "very graphic."

"There are sensitivities of the appropriateness of releasing photographs of Osama bin Laden," White House spokesman Jay Carney said this afternoon.

Carney cited the "sensitivities involved."

"We review this information and make this decision with the same calculation as we do so many things which is what, you know, what are we trying to accomplish and does it or in any way harm our interests, and that is not just domestically, but globally," he added.

Do you think a photo of bin Laden after his death should be released? Share your thoughts below.

We'll also dig into the question tonight on AC360° and get different perspectives.

The U.S. used multiple methods to confirm bin Laden's identity, including DNA testing.

But the Taliban are questioning the killing.

"Obama has not got any strong evidence that can prove his claim over killing of the Sheikh Osama bin Laden," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mojahed said.

Tonight we also have new insight on the U.S. Navy SEALS team that killed bin Laden.

Anderson will talk with former elite Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin, who wrote the book "SEAL Team Six."

Join us for these angles and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Evening Buzz: Neighborhoods Gone After Deadly Tornadoes
Some of the worst damage from Wednesday's tornadoes was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
April 28th, 2011
08:55 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Neighborhoods Gone After Deadly Tornadoes

Across parts of six southern states tonight there is extensive damage, and in some places total devastation from a series of tornadoes. At least 285 people are dead and nearly one million customers are without electricity.

Hardest hit is Alabama, where at least 198 people died.

There's a path of destruction up to seven miles long and a mile wide in Tuscaloosa.

"I don't know how anyone survived. It is an amazing scene," said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox.

"There are parts of this city that I don't recognize. That's someone who has lived here his entire life," he added.

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Evening Buzz: Deadly Storms Hit the South
April 27th, 2011
09:15 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Deadly Storms Hit the South

It's been a deadly evening for storms across the deep south. There are at least 25 confirmed deaths alone in Alabama due to severe storms and tornadoes, according to the state’s emergency management director.

A major storm hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama, knocking down trees, ripping off roofs and reportedly trapping people in their homes.

Farther north, in the town of Cullman, it's believed a tornado hit, ripping off the roof of the courthouse and damaging the hospital. A natural gas line has also ruptured.

The line of storms is heading east. A tornado watch is in effect for Atlanta, Georgia through 2 a.m. eastern.

We'll get a live report on the dangerous storm system from CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

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Evening Buzz: Debunking Trump's 'Birther' Claims
April 26th, 2011
08:43 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Debunking Trump's 'Birther' Claims

Tonight on AC360 °, more of our investigation into President Obama's birth and conspiracy theories surrounding it.

You'll hear from Donald Trump who believes the president was not born in this country and even believes his original birth certificate is missing.

It's tough talk from Trump with no facts. We can say that because we sent a team to Hawaii to find the facts. Our team spent five days interviewing dozens of people, including the former director of Hawaii's Department of Health, a Republican, who actually looked at Barack Obama's original 1961 birth certificate in storage.

Tonight you'll hear from a professor at the University of Hawaii who taught President Obama's mother. The current governor of Hawaii is also speaking out and others.

We'll also look at why President Obama isn't releasing his original birth certificate to the public to stop all this speculation. It's all tied to Raw Politics.

Do you think the president should release his original birth certificate? Share your thoughts below.
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April 14th, 2011
09:29 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Fuzzy Math in Budget Deal?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

We're one step away from a 2011 federal budget. All that's needed now is President Obama's signature. The Senate passed the compromise deal this evening in an 81-19 vote hours after the House approved the measure, even with opposition from 59 Republicans and 108 Democrats.

What got lawmakers upset is a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office suggesting that the deal stuck last week to keep the government running would save about $352 million, a lot less than the $38.5 billion touted by negotiators on both sides of the aisle.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), one of the architects of the deal, is defending the cuts.

"Certainly it (the CBO report) has caused some confusion, but let's understand we're cutting $38.5 billion of money that has already been authorized and appropriated and anybody who doesn't believe this money wouldn't be spent if we didn't act is kidding themselves, because this is real money and these are real cuts," Boehner told reporters.

We'll check into the reports of fuzzy math and let you be the judge. We're Keeping them Honest.

Also tonight, should Goldman Sachs, the largest investment bank on Wall Street, face criminal prosecution for the financial crisis?

That will be up to the U.S. Justice Department and SEC after a Senate panel released a scathing 639-page report following a two-year bipartisan investigation on the crisis.

What is known for sure is the economic meltdown cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes and wiped out billions of dollars in other investments. Americans on Main Street know all too well the damage done. Yet no one on Wall Street has ever faced criminal prosecution. Is that about to change?

Last summer, you may recall, Goldman paid a $550 million fine to the SEC to settle civil fraud charges. Again that was civil charges – not criminal. Still, the penalty was the highest ever against a Wall Street firm.

A lot of people are wondering if Goldman may now face criminal charges.

In the Senate report, Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) claim Goldman Sachs misled clients and Congress about the firm's bets on securities tied to the housing market. The report suggests Goldman was peddling securities to clients based on shaky mortgages. Mortgages they knew were shaky and that traders at the firm were simultaneously betting against.

Goldman has issued this statement:

"While we disagree with many of the conclusions of the report, we take seriously the issues explored by the Subcommittee. We recently issued the results of a comprehensive examination of our business standards and practices and committed to making significant changes that will strengthen relationships with clients, improve transparency and disclosure and enhance standards for the review, approval and suitability of complex instruments."

Other financial institutions were mentioned in the report, including the now-defunct Washington Mutual Bank.

We'll have more with Matt Taibbi, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, who has written extensively on the financial crisis and CNN's Eliot Spitzer, who prosecuted Wall Street tycoons when he was New York's Attorney General from 1999-2006.

We'll also have new developments on Libya. President Obama, along with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron have released an op-ed that will be published in three newspapers tomorrow calling for the removal of Moammar Gadhafi.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.


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April 13th, 2011
09:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mission Impossible in Libya?

Delegates from Arab and African nations, as well as NATO, met at a summit in Qatar on Wednesday.
Delegates from Arab and African nations, as well as NATO, met at a summit in Qatar on Wednesday.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight we're Keeping Them Honest, with questions about the mission in Libya.

Last month President Obama said the United States "has done what we said we would do" when handing over the mission to NATO.

But is NATO doing enough?

Gadhafi forces continue to pound cities and opposition forces are calling for more help.

"We're not seeing really a great effort to protect civilians since NATO took over the operation," said Mahmoud Shammam, a spokesman for the opposition.

Shammam spoke at a summit in Qatar today where delegates from Arab and African Nations and NATO discussed the fight for Libya.

We'll dig deeper with CNN's Ben Wedeman in Benghazi, retired Army General Mark Kimmitt and Jill Dougherty at the U.S. State Department.

We also have the Raw Politics of President Obama's big speech today outlining a plan to fix the deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years.

"It's about the kind of future we want," Pres. Obama told the crowd at George Washington University.

Republicans are blasting the White House proposal.

"I'm very disappointed in the president," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said this afternoon.

"The president's policies are committing us and our children to a diminished future," he added.

Former White House Chief of Staff for President G.W. Bush will join us, along with Democratic Strategist Paul Begala.

And we'll have more on the effort to help Japan's dogs. A lot of you are wondering what's being done to help those survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. We've shown you video of the four-legged survivors left stranded in the radiation zone. Now see what's being done to make sure they aren't left to die.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.


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April 12th, 2011
08:46 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Rep. Michele Bachmann Calls Planned Parenthood the "LensCrafter of big abortion"

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight we're Keeping Them Honest on a message from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who may run for president in 2012.

Yesterday in Iowa, Bachmann called Planned Parenthood the "LensCrafter of big abortion" in a speech before more than 100 social conservatives. She said the organization should lose its nonprofit status. You may recall last week during the budget battle, Republican lawmakers wanted to abolish federal funding for Planned Parenthood. That didn't happen.

Bachmann claimed that "LensCrafter" information came from the director of Planned Parenthood in Illinois.

But she twisted his words. We'll show you what he really said.

You'll also see it's not the first time she's attacked Planned Parenthood and she's not alone.

Planned Parenthood released this statement:

"The continued misleading attacks on Planned Parenthood expose a cynical and coldhearted willingness to further a divisive political agenda even if it will deny women access to lifesaving cancer screenings and birth control."

We'll also have an update on the budget compromise on Capitol Hill to keep the government running through the fiscal year, which ends September 30.

There are several riders, including one that would remove wolves from the Endangered Species List out West. We'll talk about the budget negotiations with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

Also tonight, we'll have an update on that dog we showed you last night that was chained up and starving near Japan's crippled nuclear power plant.

We've received a lot of e-mails and tweets asking for more information. CNN’s Kyung Lah joins us live from Japan.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.


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April 11th, 2011
08:57 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Big Aftershocks, Big Worries in Japan

Hundreds of photos sit in baskets by the side of the road in the destroyed Japanese town of Minamisanriku.
Hundreds of photos sit in baskets by the side of the road in the destroyed Japanese town of Minamisanriku.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

A magnitude-6.4 quake has hit Japan, following a 6.6-magnitude quake hours ago that knocked out power to the three damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Power has been restored, but a fire was detected in the last hour at a battery storage building near reactor number four. We're told the fire was put out and no radiation was emitted.

There's also word today, on the one-month anniversary of the devastating 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami, that Japan's government is evacuating more towns around the crippled plant. Officials said residents could face high doses of radiation for several months. The government could also raise the nuclear threat level to 7, the highest, from 5. Chernobyl was a level 7 accident.

We'll talk with CNN's Kyung Lah in Tokyo and former senior nuclear plant operator Michael Friedlander.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, House lawmakers are holding a rare late-night session to finalize the budget deal to keep the federal government running. We're waiting for details on the compromise reached Friday. We'll give you the information when it's released.

Details are sketchy, but we know this deal to fund the government through September 30 will include $38.5 billion in cuts.

As that work goes on, there's another fiscal feud in the works over whether to raise the nation's roughly $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. We could surpass the cap within the next five weeks, but the Federal Reserve could take steps and push it to July. A failure to raise the debt would lead to a default on Treasury debt. A default could put the economy in a tailspin with rising interest rates and damage to the dollar and U.S. bonds.

Since March 1962, the debt ceiling has been raised 74 times, according to the Congressional Research Service. Ten of those times have occurred since 2001.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said today that Republicans will make a mistake if they play "chicken" with the debt ceiling vote.

Carney also said failing to raise the ceiling would be "Armageddon-like in terms of the economy."

Keeping them Honest, President Obama had a much different take on the debt ceiling when he was a U.S. Senator.

We'll let you decide: Should the debt ceiling be raised or not? Share your thoughts below.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.


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April 7th, 2011
08:51 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Shutdown Showdown... Look Who Will Still Get Paid

Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday urging government spending cuts.
Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday urging government spending cuts.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Another emergency budget meeting is underway tonight at the White House between President Obama, House Speaker John Boenher and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. If a deal isn't reached by midnight Friday there will be a partial government shutdown.

Many federal workers, and even U.S. troops, would stop getting paid. But get this: the members of Congress who got us into this mess would still get their paychecks.

In an op-ed in today's New York Times, Nicolas Kristof shares a Twitter message written by humorist Andy Borowitz that puts the pay outrage in perspective.

"That's like eliminating the fire department & sending checks to the arsonists," Borowitz wrote.

Do you agree? Share your thoughts below.

We'll have the Raw Politics tonight on AC360°. CNN's Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash will have the latest developments from Capitol Hill. We'll also talk with CNN's Dan Lothian at the White House and CNN Senior Political Analyst and former presidential adviser David Gergen.

Another scare in Japan today, when a major 7.1 aftershock hit close to the same area as the March 11 magnitude 9.0 quake, triggering a tsunami warning. Fortunately, no tsunami hit. But there are reports of some injuries.

In eastern Libya, four opposition fighters were killed today in NATO airstrikes. That's according to an opposition general who called the deaths an "unfortunate setback." The general said the NATO aircraft fired on his forces between Ajdabiya and al-Brega.

Hours after the strikes, opposition fighters fled Ajdabiya, along with hundreds of civilians as pro-Gadhafi forces gained ground.

We'll talk about today's developments with CNN's Ben Wedeman in eastern Libya. CIA officer Robert Baer and Professor Fouad Ajami at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies will also share their thoughts on the stalemate.

And, we’ll have Nic Robertson’s exclusive interview with Eman al-Obeidy at Gadhafi’s compound. In a face-to-face interview, she shares what she said she faced at the hands of Gadhafi’s forces. You’ll hear her accusations of rape and her message to the world.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.


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