February 25th, 2008
05:46 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

Hi! Here's your afternoon buzz on the latest headlines.  Some scary moments on a British airliner when the co-pilot died mid-flight.  While in Iraq, a chilling tactic.  A wheelchair bomber targets an Iraqi police station with deadly results.  On the campaign trail, make room for Ralp Nader. He's now running for the White House and speaking out on CNN.  Meantime, it's getting a little nastier between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  On the Crime & Punishment beat, a Texas high school was shut down today because cops say the principal disappeared with weapons.  As for last night's Academy Awards, have you seen the strange video of Gary Busey kissing Jennifer Gardner on the red carpet? A lof of us have been talking about it here in the AC 360 newsroom.  Click on the link below for that and the rest of the headlines.

Top Stories

Co-pilot dies mid-flight 

Wheelchair bomber kills 3 in Iraq

Raw Politics

Nader lashes out at Democrats, defends candidacy

Obama camp slams Clinton team on controversial photo

Crime & Punishment

Angry principal prompts school closing

D.A.: Wedding day shooting by cops was no accident

What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT

Gary Busey kisses Jennifer Garner on the red carpet  

Oscars night the lowest rated in history

NY Philharmonic arrives in North Korea


February 25th, 2008
04:59 PM ET

North Korea: a cultural, political and personal journey

I'm in the Beijing International airport right now, waiting to board my flight with the New York Philharmonic to Pyongyang.  This is the last chance I have to send an email or make a phone call before I board my flight because the North Koreans will confiscate all of our phones and blackberries once we arrive in the country. 

This is the first time an American orchestra has ever been invited to play in the North. The musicians are excited and understandably a little nervous, not only about performing well musically, but also about being pseudo-ambassadors for America.  They want to make a good impression on the North Korean people, who have largely been taught that Americans are the enemy.


For one orchestra member in particular this trip is personal.  Violinist Michelle Kim's parents are originally from North Korea but because of persecution, they fled to the south during the Korean War.  Michelle's father has horrible memories from the war but he's proud that his daughter can travel to North Korea and see the land where he was born.

I ran into Michelle at our hotel in Beijing. She was in good spirits, excited to go into North Korea.  She had all these CDs, DVDs and sheet music to give as gifts to the North Korean musicians. In her words, she's trying to "give them the world" since they have no access to anything outside the country.

My feelings right now might be similar to Michelle's, since my parents also suffered during the Korean War.  The story of her family and my family are representative of thousands and thousands of Korean families, many of them ripped apart during the war.  Two of my dad's uncles disappeared during the war and we believe they ended up living in North Korea, though we don't know if that was by choice or if they were kidnapped.  I'll have more on both Michelle's story and my own tomorrow night on AC360.

-Alina Cho, 360° Correspondent

Filed under: North Korea
February 25th, 2008
01:13 PM ET

Hillary’s troubles

We’ve seen a few different emotions from the former Democratic front-runner of late.  In recent days, she’s appeared angry when lashing out at Senator Barack Obama. Other times, her tone has taken on more of a sarcastic tone.

What’s going on here?


Pundits are busy speculating on her foundering campaign, wondering whether Senator Hillary Clinton’s White House ambition is all but lost.

Consider the view from an ex-insider, Dee Dee Myers.  In an interview with The Huffington Post, the former Clinton White House press secretary offers this explanation for part of Hillary’s troubles: "They woke up after Super Tuesday and just didn't have a plan…They didn't have a firewall between Feb. 5 and March 4. There was no state where they said we were going to make sure we win: Maine, Wisconsin, wherever it may be... How is that possible? What group of professionals came up with that plan?"

Myers was just getting started. She also says some are attacking Clinton because of her gender, not her stand on the issues.

Dee Dee Myers will join us tonight for what should be an interested conversation on sex, politics and the presidential election.

In the meantime, what do you think is behind Clinton’s struggling campaign? Can it be saved?

-Gabe Falcon, 360° Writer

Filed under: Gabe Falcon • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
February 25th, 2008
06:47 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good Morning Folks!!! Happy Monday!! Lots of headlines to chew over this morning...so grab your coffee and lets just get right to it....

Top Stories
Indonesia quake...
A powerful earthquake hit off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey's Web site reported.

NY Philharmonic arrives in North Korea...
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra arrived in North Korea Monday to perform a historic concert in the secretive communist nation's capital.

Editor's Note: Christiane Amanpour reports from North Korea tonight on AC360

Cuba gets new President...
Raul Castro, Cuba's first new president in nearly half a century, crushed hopes that a new generation would shape the country's future by promising to defer to his ailing brother Fidel and the Communist Party's old guard on major matters.

Raw Politics
Dean rips McCain...
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean accused Republican presidential front-runner John McCain of trying to skirt campaign finance laws Sunday by trying to opt out of public financing for his primary campaign.

Obama questioned about his patriotism...
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama defended himself and his wife Sunday against suggestions that they are insufficiently patriotic.

Nader is in...
Ralph Nader is entering the presidential race as an independent, he announced Sunday, saying it is time for a "Jeffersonian revolution."

Editor's Note: Ralph Nader is LIVE tonight on Ac360

Clinton looks for ways to attack Obama...
With her White House prospects in jeopardy, Hillary Rodham Clinton has shifted from one tactic to another in trying to overtake rival Barack Obama.

Conservative distrust of John McCain...
Back in 2005, Senator John McCain of Arizona and fellow members of the so-called Gang of 14 were hailed as heroes in some quarters when they fashioned an unusual pact that averted a Senate vote on banning filibusters against judicial nominees.

Hushed worry about Obama safety...
There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama,echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?

V.P. buzz...
Energy policy, health care and highways were the top issues on the agenda of the National Governors Association here Sunday, but many governors were consumed with presidential politics, buzzing about the possibility that the next vice president would come from their ranks.

Who will be ready on DAY ONE?
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican John McCain all boast about their preparation and credentials for the Oval Office–and their ability to, as Clinton has called it, be "ready on Day One to solve our problems."

Crime & Punishment
Sean Bell trial begins...
On the morning of her wedding day, Nicole Paultre Bell learned her groom-to-be was dead.

15 year old shot reportedly for being gay...
Two days before a shotgun-wielding shot 21 students inside a lecture hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University, taking the lives of five people as well as his own, 15-year-old Lawrence "Larry" King was shot in the head at the E.O. Green School in Oxnard, California, reportedly for being gay. He was in the eighth grade.

Editor's Note: Dan Simon report will have a report on this on AC360 tonight 

Keeping Them Honest
New Runway system could save lives...
As an American Airlines jet readied for takeoff on the runway at this city's airport recently, red lights embedded in the pavement at intersecting taxiways down the field blinked on, warning other aircraft to stay clear.

Impact of beef recall...
The nation's largest meat recall could grow into its largest food recall as companies destroy products with any amount of the 143 million pounds of beef recalled last week.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
And the Oscar goes to...
Oscar said yes to "No Country for Old Men" and to European actors on Sunday night.

And the Oscar didn't go to...
In a series of startling upsets and a few expected triumphs, almost all of the top Oscars were handed to foreigners and iconoclastic show business outsiders.

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