New video shows the devastating effects of what is widely believed to be the Syrian government's chemical attack against its own people. Today, the Assad regime blocked U.N. inspectors from the scene. CNN's Fred Pleitgen obtained the video of the aftermath. He has the latest from Damascus.
Vice President Joe Biden says there is "no doubt" the Assad regime used chemical weapons to attack innocent Syrians. If ordered to strike, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. forces are "ready to go." But what are the Obama administration's military, strategic, and diplomatic goals? Anderson asked New Yorker staff writer Dexter Filkins, Newsweek and Daily Beast special correspondent Peter Beinart, national security analyst Fran Townsend, and chief national correspondent John King.
American forces are awaiting the President's command to launch a strike against Syria. While there is still no word on what U.S. military action might look like, there are plenty of opinions on what should happen next. CNN military analyst and retired Army Major General James "Spider" Marks warns regime change is needed to end Syria's civil war. Christopher Harmer, a senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War echoes that suggesting if the U.S. simply "levels the playing field" in Syria's civil war, the military action might actually extend the misery there. But former special forces officer and Daily Beast contributor Andrew Slater fears whatever America's strategic objective is, "we are not going to end the war." Anderson spoke with all three about what's next in Syria.
A dangerous outbreak of measles at a Texas megachurch is the latest collision of personal faith and public health. Sixteen members of the Eagle Mountain International Church have been sickened, the youngest just four months old. The church promotes faith healing and has preached against vaccinations in the past. Now, the pastor is calling on church members to seek the counsel of God before consulting a medical professional. 360's Randi Kaye has the story.
Sixteen members of the Eagle Mountain International Church in Texas caught the measles, a highly contagious disease that’s easily prevented by vaccination. But getting vaccinated is something the church has preached against. Church officials have even played on parents’ fears about autism, even though claims about vaccines causing autism have been debunked by science. This is just one of several recent measles outbreaks across the U.S.. Anderson discussed all of this with chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Thousands of firefighters are working around the clock to stop a giant wildfire from spreading farther into Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire doubled in a day. There are fears the fast-moving blaze could spread to the park's massive sequoias. Some of them are thousands of years old. Also in danger: thousands of structures and a reservoir that provides water to millions of people in San Francisco. 360's Gary Tuchman is in Yosemite with the latest.
A former employee of the Kids Wish Network charity says that when it comes to pictures of seriously ill children charity executives wanted to promote on websites and in brochures, the sicker the better.
Speaking to CNN in silhouette because he feared reprisals, a man who worked at the Tampa-area charity for nearly a year says he was told that a photograph he had chosen of an ill child, in effect, looked too healthy. When CNN's Drew Griffin asked him to elaborate, he said, "they want what will make them the most money."
That's just one example from the second of a two part CNN investigation into Kids Wish Network, a charity that according to tax returns has taken in $127 million in donations over the past decade, but spent precious little—less than three per cent in cash—to help dying children.
This was part of a months long investigation with the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times. You can also watch part 1 of this report on-line.
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It was the college convocation speech heard around the world. A Georgia Tech sophomore's excitement about mechanical engineering is lighting up the internet. Video of his speech has gone viral, it is comes during a big push to get more students just as excited about the sciences. Tom Foreman has the story.
Jodi Arias was wearing shackles and prison stripes when she returned to court today for a hearing on her sentencing retrial. A new jury will decide whether she will get the death sentence or life behind bars. Her lawyers filed motions today requesting access to prospective jurors' Twitter accounts. They also want to limit or ban live TV coverage. CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos weigh in.