March 5th, 2008
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/5/08

There's some breaking news tonight in the fight that could decide who wins the Democratic presidential nomination. The fight over Florida and Michigan. Both held primaries, but the results don't count – for now.  Will that change?

Party bigwigs are meeting tonight.

We'll have that, plus all the other news on the day after Sen. Hillary Clinton's wins in Ohio and Texas.

As always, we'll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

See you then!

Filed under: Live Blog
March 5th, 2008
05:38 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

Its been an explosive afternoon in a Pennslyvania town.  While in politics, President Bush has endorsed John McCain as the next president after the Arizona senator clinched the GOP nomination last night.  Senator Barack Obama says he's the candidate to beat McCain in November.  Though, it's still not clear who the democratic nominee will be.  Obama and Clinton are STILL battling it out for delegates after her big wins last night.  And from California, word that actor Patrick Swayze is battling cancer.  Click on the links below for your Afternoon Buzz.  

Top Stories
Pennsylvania home explodes
A home in a Pennsylvania neighborhood exploded Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said

Abbas u-turns to OK peace talks 
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday he will heed calls to renew peace talks with Israel - an about-face from earlier in the day when he said Palestinians wouldn't return to the table before reaching a cease-fire.

Ex-sailor convicted in terror case
A former Navy sailor was convicted Wednesday of leaking details about ship movements to suspected terrorism supporters, an act that could have endangered his own crewmates.

Raw Politics
Bush backs McCain
President Bush endorsed Sen. John McCain for president on Wednesday, saying the presumptive Republican nominee has the "character, courage and perseverance" to lead the country.

Obama: I'm the one to beat McCain
Sen. Barack Obama Wednesday challenged Sen. Hillary Clinton's claim that she was the best candidate to take on Sen. John McCain in the fall

The new battlefront for Dems 
The Primary to end all Primaries?

Crime & Punishment
Police: Teen steals grandpa's pills, friend ODs
Drugs stolen from a cancer patient may have caused the death of a Georgia teenager and led to the arrest of one of his friends.

 Convicted California molestor jumps to death
A 52-year-old man jumped to his death from a Southern California courthouse balcony hours after being convicted of child molestation, authorities said.

What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT 
Patrick Swayze diagnosed with cancer
Patrick Swayze, who starred in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, according to a report.

Rare identical triplets born in New York 
When they get older, Logan, Eli and Collin Penn may blanch at the notion they wore nail polish to their first news conference. But it's the only way their parents know how to tell the boys apart right now.

Manmade flood roars through Grand Canyon
Federal officials have started a flood in the Grand Canyon in hopes of restoring its ecosystem.

March 5th, 2008
05:27 PM ET

Jason Rae: A Superdelegate's view


Senator Clinton did what few thought she could do: she won both Texas and Ohio. By doing so, she was able to breathe some life back into her campaign to allow her to continue on the quest for the Democratic nomination. Obviously, yesterday’s wins give Senator Clinton some major headlines and some great momentum. But despite her impressive wins yesterday, I am still solidly behind Senator Barack Obama.

I firmly believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead the party and the nation forward. I think he brings with him a new sense of energy and hope into the party. When I look at who can win in November, I think the choice is evident that Senator Obama stands the strongest possibility to beat Senator McCain. As I see the exit polls from yesterday, I continue seeing him winning among the youngest generation of voters. For any candidate to win in the general election, they need to engage and win the support of new voters.

Now these next few days the talk will focus on the overall delegate count: Which candidate can reach the magic number of 2,025? While I still firmly believe that we will have a party nominee by April 22, there is this possibility that we won’t. And if that is the case, it comes down to the elusive superdelegates. I would urge my fellow superdelegates not to get caught up in any of this “momentum-hype” following yesterday’s results. It is the role of the superdelegates to step back and carefully examine the two candidates and determine which one is best positioned to lead the party and the country forward.  I think when they do that, they will come to the same conclusion that I have come to: that Senator Obama is the clear choice to be the Democratic Party nominee.

– Jason Rae, Democratic Superdelegate

Filed under: Jason Rae • Raw Politics
March 5th, 2008
05:05 PM ET

Erica's news note: Airports, floods, and walking & texting

Erica Hill

Sitting in the Atlanta airport this morning, I could tell my fellow travelers were still processing the results from last night’s primaries. CNN was on in the waiting area, and when John Roberts mentioned John McCain clinching the GOP nom, the gentleman next to me let out a “yeah!” I heard another passenger in front of me on the plane dissecting Hillary Clinton’s win in Texas, and the analysis took up a lot of newsprint. I was beat last night and crashed before we got the final results, but when I woke to the news, my first thought was, “this is really getting good!” It seems whenever we think we know what’s going to happen, you, the voters, remind us who’s in charge.


I’ve been following this next story for a bit now, though you may be surprised when you learn what I’m talking about. Federal officials started flooding Grand Canyon today, and I couldn’t be happier. Nearly five years ago, my husband and I spent a week on the Colorado for what we still refer to our best vacation ever. His parents took the entire family on an 8-day rafting trip through Grand Canyon. We slept under the stars, hiked though ancient ruins and teetered on cliffs with views too incredible for words. We tumbled through the rapids, screeching with glee as we held on for dear life and were pelted with 54º water.

Our guides – both with decades of experience on the River – were clearly the elder statesmen on the Colorado that week, especially Bob. He was soft-spoken, kind, and seemed to know the answer to everything. The other boats on the Colorado deferred to Bob; they’d ask him where we were camping that night, where we were headed next, giving him first dibs.

We took so much with us – stories, photos, memories - and were extra-careful to leave nothing behind, because this area is so fragile. We learned about the rocks, the clay, flora, fauna (I swear the mule deer bore an uncanny resemblance to my dog), the Indian tribes who had called this Canyon and the surrounding lands home thousands of years ago, and how it had all changed since the Glen Canyon Dam was installed upriver in 1963.The water used to be warm and muddy; now it is incredibly clear and an icy (Yes, I know “icy” would technically be 32, but trust me, the Colorado felt like ice until you got used to it).

While we loved the opportunity to see the Canyon up close – trust me, peering over the edge doesn’t even begin to show you what the Canyon has to offer – and hope to share it with our kids someday, we all left concerned about how long this River and the Canyon as we know it would last. That’s why I’ve been following the flooding plans. Click here to find out what many hope the flood will do for the Canyon.


And if you’re up for a chuckle, check out this gem from our friends in London.

If you’ve walked on any street recently – or in a mall, an airport… let’s just say if you’ve walked lately, chances are you’ve narrowly missed someone walking while typing. I’m guilty of it on a daily basis, not just on the street but in the halls here at work. I swear, I’m not trying to put any of you in danger, but if I’ve bumped you, my apologies; starting today

– Erica Hill, 360° Correspondent

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March 5th, 2008
04:55 PM ET

Anderson's View: What a night

Will this primary season never end?  It certainly feels like that today.  It is remarkably exciting and it’s great to see so many people so interested and involved in the process, but I was sort of hoping to be able to take a vacation sometime in the next couple of months.

I keep wondering how the candidates feel.  They must be completely exhausted.  Well, we always say, running for president is a marathon and not a sprint.  This year however its like one of those ultra-marathons.

Every day a new race, every day the finish line keeps moving further and further away.  From a news standpoint its really interesting to cover and so tonight we will have in-depth political coverage throughout the program.  We’ll look at what Hillary Clinton did right, what happened to Barack Obama, and where both campaigns now go from here.

Hope you watch.

– Anderson Cooper

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Raw Politics
March 5th, 2008
03:21 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/5/08


Hey gang! Its been a while... Sorry I haven't written... I know, I know... I've been a bad friend.  Well, im back and im ready to go!!! So... ummm, what's new? What a night huh?!?

The 'Straight Talk Express' seems to have pulled into the station, and what do you know – the Hillary Clinton campaign has taken off again! Speaking of which,  It's 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.

Beat 360

Here's one to get you started:

“…We’d like to welcome aboard our one-pass Superdelagte members…Should the campaign lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area… please secure their mask before applying your own…”

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°
March 5th, 2008
06:28 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning Folks!!! She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!! Hillary Clinton pulled off three MAJOR victories last night, winning the Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas primaries.  Obama won Vermont!  AND drum roll please.....John McCain is now the Republican presumptive nominee. He secured enough delegates to put him over the top....Mike Huckabee bowed out of the race gracefully.  Man oh Man!!! It CANNNOT get any better than this... Today the Top Story is politics...sooo let's get right to the headlines...

Top Stories/Raw Politics
Clinton wins, McCain clinches...
Sen. Hillary Clinton got her campaign back on track with projected wins in the Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island primaries.

Clinton wins big, but the math is troubling...
Hillary Clinton's popular vote victories in Texas and Ohio fundamentally change the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in at least one important way: she's still in the race for the nomination. Clinton's long, arduous campaign might have ended abruptly if Obama delivered a knock-out blow in either state.

Huckabee bows out...
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee bowed to "the inevitable" and dropped out of the Republican presidential race Tuesday night after an improbable run for a politician little known beyond his home state a year ago.

Going negative proves positive for Clinton...
In winning New Hampshire a few weeks ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton declared, "I found my own voice." But it was a much different voice in the closing days before Tuesday's voting that carried her to victory in Ohio and Texas - and which now lets her make a strong case for extending the Democratic presidential race into the spring and possibly beyond.

Who will be McCain running mate?
Now that Senator John McCain is headed to the nomination, he can begin thinking seriously about perhaps the most important decision he will have to make as the Republican presidential nominee: the selection of a running mate.

News coveraged changed...
Over the last few days, the tone of the Democratic contest seems to have shifted, with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign more buoyant and Senator Barack Obama’s more defensive.

Crime & Punishment
Ritter's wife takes the stand...
Sobbing into her hands, John Ritter's widow gave jurors in a wrongful-death trial a minute-by-minute account of events leading up to the actor's death in 2003.

Memphis police search for clues...
Residents prayed and officers went door to door looking for tips that could lead to a suspect or a motive in one of the city's biggest murder investigations in decades.

Keeping Them Honest
Pellicano trial begins...
For the last six years, few plots in Hollywood have kept more power brokers and entertainment lawyers in suspense than the FBI investigation into onetime private eye to the stars Anthony Pellicano.

CDC: slow reaction to trailer toxins...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should have reacted sooner to concerns about hazardous fumes in government-issued trailers housing thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane victims, a CDC official told a congressional panel Tuesday.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Anna Nicole heir...
Anna Nicole Smith's daughter will inherit her late mother's estate

Guns on campus?
Horrified by recent campus shootings, a state lawmaker here has come up with a proposal in keeping with the Taurus .22-caliber pistol tucked in her purse: Get more guns on campus.