February 12th, 2008
05:30 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

The countdown is on until polls close tonight in Virginia, Maryland & D.C. Stay with CNN for the best political coverage. Will Obama keep his winning streak alive? Or will Clinton rebound from her losses over the weekend? On the GOP side, will McCain gain strong support? Or will Huckabee prevail tonight? Get the answers tonight on 360. We hope you’ll join us for our special coverage. In the meantime, get caught up on the afternoon headlines. Yes, it’s true. Another Hilton has been handcuffed! Grab your soda and read on:

Raw Politics
High turnout for “Potomac Primaries”
McCain seeks strong results

Top Stories
Feds offer broader foreclosure plan
“Terror Plot” to kill Mohammed cartoonist
Writers vote on settlement; So, when will your show return?

Crime & Punishment
D.A.: Love child was motive for murder
Ritter’s Lawyer: Doctors ‘did everything wrong’

What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT
Another Hilton, Another DUI Arrest
Lenny Kravitz Hospitalized
Teacher: I couldn’t read until age 48

February 12th, 2008
03:47 PM ET

Anderson's View: Live Blogging

It’s been a busy day so far. I did an interview with Outside magazine for an upcoming issue and I have been working on our trip to New Orleans on Thursday.

Of course, we are also getting ready for tonight’s big political coverage. I will be on at 9p ET during our regular coverage asking questions of the political team, and at 10p ET we take over for a two hour AC360°.

I don’t know if I will be live blogging tonight. There’s so much happening primary nights, it would be tough to live blog as well, but we’ll see. So far, the live blogging experiment has been going really well.

I think it works best when there is a real conversation among our viewers. I’m not able to respond to everyone, obviously, but it’s cool when one viewer is able to answer a question posed by another viewer.

I’ve also been really gratified by the response our “Extreme Challenges” special has gotten. We’ve gotten tons of e-mail about it, and frankly it’s the kind of program you won't see on any of the other cable news networks. We are so pleased with the response we are already planning a number of other “Extreme Challenge” specials. So look for those in the coming weeks.

Tonight, grab some popcorn and settle in for a big night of politics. This race just keeps getting more and more interesting.

– Anderson Cooper

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February 12th, 2008
01:57 PM ET

Beat 360 2/12/08

Oh hello Bloggers,
Funny seeing you here! What can I get ya? Hmmmm, well let’s see… our ‘Beat 360°’ is always popular with the regulars… OK then, coming right up!
Welcome to Beat 360°. Everyday we post a picture — and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.
Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite! Can you beat 360°? Here is today’s “Beat 360°” pic of the day:


Here is one to get you started:

This is the Presidential 'Flux Capacitor'
Set the dial to January 21, 1993,
get the Delorean up to 88 mph,
…and presto! You’ll be back in the White House again.

Have fun with it. Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

– David Reisner, 360° Digital Producer

Filed under: Beat 360°
February 12th, 2008
01:06 PM ET

Are women really so fragile?

Bobby Cutts Jr., surprising everyone, took the stand Monday and testified that his killing of his nine-months-pregnant girlfriend, Jessie Davis, was an accident

According to his tearful testimony, he pointed his finger in her face, and she bit it. Cutts tried to leave, but Davis grabbed his arm and told him he couldn’t. Pulling his arm away, he says, he threw his elbow back, it landed on Davis’ throat, and she fell, hard, to her death.


Bobby Cutts Jr. says it was a terrrible accident.

That bleach spot investigators found on Davis’ floor? Cutts, a former police officer, says he tried to revive her with the bleach, not cover up forensic evidence.

He loaded Davis’ body in the back of his truck and dumped it in a park, he testified. Watch the testimony

This sounds a lot like Joran van der Sloot’s recently broadcast statements. He claimed that he was fondling Natalee Holloway on an Aruban beach when she shivered and stopped breathing in his arms. Like Cutts, he didn’t call the police or get her to a hospital. Instead, he says, he enlisted a friend to dispose of her body, dumping her in the sea.

Are young women really so fragile that we spontaneously drop dead from a bump or a kiss? Are these men so morally bankrupt that their only reaction to a medical crisis is to hide a body?

Cutts’ and van der Sloot’s stories are absurdly implausible, and van der Sloot himself now says he was lying. Yet the “I didn’t do anything wrong, but then I panicked and disposed of the body” defense has worked in a recent high-profile American case.

Billionaire Robert Durst convinced a Texas jury that he shot his elderly neighbor in self-defense, and then chopped up the body and dumped it in Galveston Bay. Acquitted. The jury said it had to separate the killing and the cover-up.

Still, Cutts’ tearful testimony is unlikely to help him. Upended furniture and the disarray of Davis’ home indicate a struggle far greater than one elbow strike that hit the mark. The more he spoke yesterday, the less we liked him. He didn’t intend to leave his 2-year-old son alone for two days, he says, but he did. Cutts had the right to remain silent, but not the ability.

The case should go to the jury late Tuesday afternoon.

– Lisa Bloom, “In Session” Anchor/360° ContributorRead more Lisa Bloom blogs on “In Session”

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Lisa Bloom
February 12th, 2008
07:01 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good morning folks!!! Another political primary day. Today is the battle is along the Potomac. Voters in DC, Maryland and Virginia will head to the voting booths. Will Barack continue his sweep? OR will Hillary rally back? AND will Huckabee continue to be a "nuisance," as some political pundits are saying.... SOOO watch CNN tonight for full coverage!!!

In Top Stories a new study out about how the U.S. military is deficient in meeting "the threat of Islamic insurgencies"...AND the steroid controversy continues...baseball player John Rocker is admiting steroid use...so we are Keeping Him Honest!!!

AND thing are looking really gloomy on the real estate front and it ain't because of sub-prime mortgage rates! If you are living in Oklahoma or Florida, you may want to move!! Folks in those states have been repeatedly hit by natural disasters over the last 30 years. AND are you living in a miserable city? There is a new study out of the worst cities to live in...so scroll down and check out What YOU will be talking about today...There are lots of headlines to get through this morning... including why Dolly Parton is postponing her tour....so grab your coffee and let's get started.... Top Stories
U.S. vs. Muslim insurgents...
The U.S. military is seriously deficient in meeting "the threat of Islamist insurgencies," says a Pentagon-commissioned study released Monday.
Outcry over U.S. marine arrest...
Condemnations rang out from several corners in Japan Tuesday after a 38-year-old U.S. Marine was accused of raping a 14-year-old local girl on the southern island of Okinawa.
Terror plot...
Danish authorities have arrested several people who allegedly were plotting a "terror-related assassination."

Immigrants flee...
The signs of flight among Latino immigrants here are multiple: Families moving out of apartment complexes, schools reporting enrollment drops, business owners complaining about fewer clients.

A changing face...
If present trends continue, within two decades the nation’s foreign-born population will surpass the historic 19th-century peak of nearly 15 percent of all residents, according to projections released Monday.

Repeated disasters...
When it comes to bad weather — or just bad luck — some parts of the USA seem to attract disaster.

Raw Politics
What is at stake?
Presidential candidates in both parties have a lot at stake in these Potomac primaries.Coming off his sweep in five weekend contests, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois will be aiming for a political hat trick over Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.

Battle along the Potomac...
Democratic presidential hopefuf Barack Obama offered himself as "something new" at a pair of spirited, arena-size rallies in Maryland yesterday, while his primary rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, portrayed herself as a "battle-scarred" fighter for the middle class at more intimate events held across the region on the eve of today's primaries.

Obama favored in Potomac primaries...
A new battleground looms in a state where picnickers still flock to venerated fields of Confederate glory. The campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are gearing up for today's presidential primary in Virginia, a key Southern state rife with knotty demographics and shifting party loyalties.

Bid hinges on Texas and Ohio...
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers increasingly believe that, after a series of losses, she has been boxed into a must-win position in the Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4, and she has begun reassuring anxious donors and superdelegates that the nomination is not slipping away from her, aides said on Monday.

New Poll: Dems happy with choices...
Democratic voters haven't settled on a nominee but are enormously excited about both their prospects. Republican voters have made a choice but aren't thrilled with him.

Crime & Punishment
L.A.P.D cannot police itself...
Los Angeles Police Department investigators routinely fail to fully investigate citizens' complaints against allegedly abusive officers, often omitting or altering crucial information in ways that help exonerate the officers, according to a report to be released today.

Ex cop takes the stand...
A former police officer accused of killing his pregnant lover sobbed on the witness stand Monday that he accidentally struck her when she wouldn't let him out of her house.

Keeping Them Honest
More Sterioid use in MLB...
John Rocker claims he flunked a drug test ordered by Major League Baseball in 2000 and that he, Alex Rodriguez and other Texas Rangers were advised by management and union doctors following a spring training lecture on how to effectively use steroids.

Medication mix up...
When Tabitha Jones picked up her stepson's medicine at a Walgreens store near Nashville in 2004, she had no way to know the pharmacy was so busy that its manager had asked for more staffing months earlier to "decrease the pharmacist's stress."

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Dolly Parton postpones tour....
Dolly Parton’s breasts may be two of the wonders of the entertainment world, but the country music icon says they are a pain in her back.

Patty Hearst at Westminster dog show...
Far, far removed from the days when her image as a machine gun-toting revolutionary captivated a nation, Patricia Shaw Hearst was in more genteel surroundings Monday. She was tending to Diva at Madison Square Garden, petting her soft head on dogdom's biggest day.

Do you live in a miserable city?
Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro.