February 19th, 2008
11:42 PM ET

Changing the Subject

In 25 minutes of remarks in Ohio tonight, Senator Clinton never mentioned Wisconsin or her loss there.  Nor did she congratulate Senator Obama (though she later congratulated him by phone, both campaigns confirm to CNN).Instead, she sold a very labor friendly message ("I’ve long been a critic of the shortcomings of NAFTA") and attacked Obama to an excited Youngstown, crowd that at one point chanted, "Hill-a-ry!".

It’s possible this audience still did not know the results of the Wisconsin primary.  The crowd was waiting in this room for several hours and there’s nary a tv in sight.

Still, it seemed quite a disconnect.

Jessica Yellin, CNN Correspondent


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
February 19th, 2008
05:51 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

Hey, Bloggers!Welcome to the afternoon buzz.  Brrr!!  Wisconsin voters are braving single-temperatures and wind to vote in today’s state’s primary.  We’ll have results from Wisconsin, Hawaii and Washington State tonight on 360.  In Cuba, Fidel Castro has given up his presidential title. Will U.S. policy change toward the island nation? Fear not, those masterpieces stolen from a Swiss museum last week have been recovered.And, Bam!! Martha Stewart is teaming up with Emeril Lagasse.  While, Lindsey Lohan bares it all during a magazine shoot.  Grab your afternoon snack. Here are the headlines. Let us know what you think.

Raw Politics  
Wisconsin voters brave cold, wind 
150 delegates up for grabs Tuesday

Top Stories 
Bush: Castro resignation should spark transition 
Pakistan’s president faces call to resign

  Crime & Punishment 
Man admits sex abuse, dies in crash 
Stolen masterpieces recovered

What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT  Bam! Martha Stewart buys Emeril’s rights for $50M 
Lindsay Lohan’s naked shocker

February 19th, 2008
05:10 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/19/08

Tonight on 360°, we'll pick up coverage of the results from Wisconsin and Hawaii. Anderson is joined by the Best Political Team on Television in the Election Center.

There will be no live blog tonight. Just too much going on.

The live blog will return tomorrow night.  You can read last night's comments below.

Filed under: Live Blog
February 19th, 2008
05:07 PM ET

Castro's health – what we know and what we don't know

I have blogged about Fidel Castro in the past, most recently about his illness in July of 2006. Reporting on leaders like Castro is difficult because of the extraordinary lack of information coming from Cuba. Reporting on Castro's health took the combined efforts of our Havana bureau and Madrid bureau, including an interview with at least one doctor who examined Castro. In the end, CNN viewers probably knew more about Castro's health than the residents of Cuba. (Watch Video)


We now know Castro had at least three operations in the summer of 2006. He had diverticulitis, an inflammation of the large intestine, and that had caused bleeding in his abdominal cavity. After his first operation to remove the bleeding portion of his large intestine, he required a second operation because of complications from the first. A third operation was also required to reconstruct his intestine and open up his bile duct. Big operations for anyone – especially an 80-year-old.

He survived all of that, and there was no confirmation of cancer, which was widely initially reported. Today he resigns and his brother Raul will take over. Raul is 76, and by reports in good health. But who really knows? Reagan was 77 when he left office, the United States oldest president.

When I last blogged about it, we posted hundreds of comments. Many thought the personal health of someone, no matter how public a figure, should remain private. Others thought public citizens have the right to know about their leaders. What do you think? Does it make a difference if we can bring you such specific details about the health of Fidel Castro or his brother Raul?

-Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent

Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.

Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Fidel Castro
February 19th, 2008
04:34 PM ET

In Cuba, even the sunset may be government-controlled

Several weeks after Fidel Castro fell ill in 2006, I visited to Cuba to report on the summit of non-aligned nations taking place there.


This was an important meeting for Cuba. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iraq was there. So was Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. As was Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and other leaders.

This would be a time for Fidel Castro to triumphantly get out of the hospital, show up at the summit, and make a rousing speech. But it didn't happen.

The Cuban government and people like Chavez vowed he was getting better and he'd be back to his old self soon. Didn't happen.

We went into the Cuban countryside to talk with ordinary Cubans. Many loved Castro; others didn't, but nearly all, after nearly a half century,  couldn't imagine their country without him, and figured he would be back as visible as ever soon.

Well, Castro hasn't been seen out in public since he went to the hospital. And now with his announcement that he is giving up power, many people, particularly Cuban exiles in the U.S. are hoping real change is in the air. 


Filed under: Fidel Castro • Gary Tuchman
February 19th, 2008
01:49 PM ET

Beat 360° 2/19/07


What a morning we had? Obama, Clinton, Mccain and Huckabee are still in, but Fidel is out! No one can say who will exactly fill his shoes/military fatigues... but what we can say is, its time for '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’s one or two to get you started:

“You have selected… “Raul Castro”… RATED R”


“…Para continuar la dictatorship, o prima dos.”

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 19th, 2008
01:15 PM ET

Wisconsin: It ain't what you might think

Chicago to Houston:
I would do a riff on O'Hare security but I'm afraid I'd end up on the bad person list.
Whither Wisconsin?

- Perception -
9 and 0 for Obama and he barrels into Texas and Ohio (not to mention Hawaii for a 10-0 streak). Or... a Wisconsin win for HRC, she slows his mo, and heads to Tx and Oh, where the electoral turf favors her (we think).

- Reality -
They will once again share delegates in proportion to the vote and the race for the nomination will remain very, very close.Ergo, (have I used that word since college?) tonight's results will leave the race essentially unchanged, and completely different.I so love 2008Dirty looks from flight attendant.  Signing off and shutting down.

– Candy Crowley, CNN Sr. Political Correspondent

P.S. Note to TSA, FAA and Homeland Security: Just jokin' about O'Hare.  Really.

Filed under: Candy Crowley • Raw Politics
February 19th, 2008
01:07 PM ET

One superdelegate on the elephant in the room: Am I too young?

Editor's note: Jason Rae is a Democratic superdelegate from Wisconsin. Rae has been courted by both campaigns and agreed to blog for 360° about his experiences. He was a guest on 360° last week. (WATCH JASON ON 360°


After my appearance on AC360° last week, I received hundreds of e-mails. They covered the spectrum, from people saying they wished me the best of luck to people who couldn't believe I'm a college student on the Democratic National Committee.

The ones that disturbed me the most suggested that I'm too young to be a superdelegate. One wrote, I have "no life experience."

Sure, I'm 21 years old and have never voted in a presidential election before. But what does that matter? I have spent years already being involved with the party. I used to ride my bike to county party meetings and put off doing homework so I could volunteer for candidates. To some, that isn't enough. They want someone older, more experienced.

I think it is actually great to have someone like me as a superdelegate. It's great that superdelegates can be a diverse group of people. It's great that we have people from all generations helping to decide the party's nominee.

Just because I haven't voted before in a presidential election, I don't think that should preclude me from having a say now, should it? Don't you want someone from America's newest generation of voters to help determine who will win the nomination?

I thank you all for your e-mails and comments, but I'll be honest. I don't think I'm too young.

– Jason Rae, Democratic Superdelegate

Filed under: Jason Rae • Raw Politics
February 19th, 2008
08:07 AM ET

Morning Buzz 2/19/08

Wow. I love it when a headline comes in after the papers go to press. Castro decides to sneak a doozy into the Morning Buzz!  It's presidential theme day. Pakistan's president could soon be looking for a new gig too, while the contenders here in the U.S. suit up for one more battle royale.

Top Stories

Castro resigns as president
Fidel Castro announced his resignation as president of Cuba and commander-in-chief of Cuba's military Tuesday,  according to a letter published in the state-run newspaper, Granma. The resignation ends nearly a half-century of iron-fisted rule that inspired revolutionaries but frustrated 10 U.S. presidents.

Pakistan ruling party concedes defeat
Pakistan's ruling party conceded defeat Tuesday as early poll results indicated that the country's opposition looked set to deal a crushing blow to President Pervez Musharraf. Thousands of ecstatic Pakistanis took to the streets as the results trickled in. They waved placards and broke into impromptu songs.

Al Qaeda in Iraq 'killing off' former allies
Video provided to CNN shows an al Qaeda in Iraq firing squad executing one-time allies - fellow Sunni extremists - who were not loyal enough to the terror organization, coalition military analysts said.

Amtrak to beef up security
Amtrak passengers will be subjected to random screening of their carry-on bags as part of a new security initiative that will include armed officers and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolling platforms and trains, an Amtrak spokeswoman said Monday.

Raw Politics

Tuesday races will be close
Wisconsin and Hawaii become the latest battlegrounds in the struggle for the Democratic presidential nominee Tuesday, while Republican Sen. John McCain is looking for victories to finally knock his last remaining major rival out of the race.

Democrats battle over credit for speeches
Throughout the Democratic battle over Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton has belittled rival Barack Obama as a candidate of sterling oratory but little substance, a charge that prompted the Illinois senator to respond that "words do matter." The questions of Obama's sourcing sparked a war of words in the increasingly heated campaign for the Democratic nomination a day before Wisconsin's voters go to the polls.

White Men Hold Key for Democrats
In a Democratic presidential nomination race that pits a black man against a woman, the victor may well be determined by white men. Working-class white men make up nearly one-quarter of the electorate, outnumbering African-American and Hispanic voters combined.

Crime & Punishment

D.A.: Antifreeze suicide theory 'utterly ridiculous'
Jurors were asked Monday to decide whether to convict a man of killing his wife or to believe a defense claim that she poisoned herself and framed her husband.

Serial rapist strangled student, police say
A 19-year-old college student missing since she was abducted nearly a month ago was strangled by a serial rapist who has attacked at least two other women and may strike again, Reno police said Saturday.

Flock forgives minister who confesses to 1994 slaying
The youth minister who confessed to a 1994 killing is being widely forgiven by members of his former congregation, who say they admire his courage in finally surrendering to police.

Keeping Then Honest

States bolster FBI gun database
More states are turning over records to a federal database of mentally ill people barred from owning guns, nearly tripling the number in the system since the massacre at Virginia Tech last spring, the FBI says.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY

Navy to shoot down failed satellite Thursday
The U.S. Navy will likely attempt to shoot down a faulty spy satellite Thursday, the day after the space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land, two officials told CNN Monday. The officials - who spoke on condition of anonymity because much of the planning remains classified - said the idea is to leave as much time as possible so a second attempt could be made if necessary.

College Web site posts sex gossip, hate, rumor
JuicyCampus' endless threads of anonymous innuendo have been a popular Web destination on the seven college campuses where the site launched last fall, including Duke, UCLA and Loyola Marymount. It recently expanded to 50 more, and many of the postings show they've been viewed hundreds and even thousands of times.

Presley to star in dance show
Elvis Presley's former wife Priscilla will take part in the next series of Dancing with the Stars. Other celebrities signed up include tennis champion Monica Seles, actor Steve Guttenberg and R singer Mario.

Filed under: The Buzz