March 12th, 2008
09:53 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 3/12/08

Breaking News tonight in the Eliot Spitzer sex scandal.  The New York Times is putting a face to the name "Kristen" – the name of the prostitute allegedly used by Gov. Spitzer.  We have a reporter working to find out more about her.

And Silda Spitzer, for the second time this week she's been seen standing by her husband.  What message does that send to women?

We'll talk politics: Geraldine Ferraro's comment and the latest plans in Florida's primary fight. 

As always, we'll start posting comments at 10p ET and close at 11p ET.  See you there!

Filed under: Live Blog
March 12th, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Stand by your man?

Should you stand by your man? Opinions often differ between men and women and they also differ based on your own individual past stories.

Someone who has been burned tends to feel "NO WAY!" and those that have either been the betrayer or know something about having made a mistake and hurt someone, think it's pretty reasonable to stay with your man.

The answer to what you should do is really quite complicated because infidelity can be the symptom of a very sick marriage that once repaired could thrive well.  It's also complicated because despite feelings of betrayal, humiliation, anger and sadness a woman may very well still love this man that she has built a family and a life with. Divorce has tragic consequences both emotional and financial for both partners as well as for the children.


Filed under: Dr. Gail Saltz • Eliot Spitzer
March 12th, 2008
06:52 PM ET

The Real problem with Southwest grounding its planes: The FAA


If you’ve been following the story about Southwest Airlines grounding its planes today, I thought you might like to learn why the folks in congress are actually more upset about the FAA’s oversight of Southwest than about Southwest itself.

In a nutshell, The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee actually found itself doing the FAA's work: oversight of an airline. Two FAA inspectors came to the committee with documents, records and a tale of slack compliance that stunned congressional investigators. What the documents showed was Southwest was allowed to fly planes beyond mandatory deadline inspections because an FAA manager was concerned about Southwest’s ability to meet its flight schedule.

That was happening a year ago. Now, we’re learning its happening again. Southwest grounded 44 planes last night until it could re-inspect them for cracks. The inspections should have already taken place but apparently, once again, the schedule was allowed to slide.

Here’s why the chair of the Transportation Committee, Rep. Jim Oberstar (D) Minnesota is so mad: “The action by Southwest Airlines raises serious questions about where the FAA adequately followed up on the discovery a year ago that Southwest had failed to make required inspections.”

Oberstar made those comments while recovering from hip surgery. He expects to be back in Washington DC next month to hold hearings on the FAA. He may have a pain in his side now. But I bet he’s about to become a real pain in the backside of the FAA when his committee starts asking how this happened.

– Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit Correspondent

Filed under: Drew Griffin • FAA • Southwest Airlines
March 12th, 2008
06:43 PM ET

The “other” unbelievable headlines

Erica Hill

The details coming out about what soon-to-be former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer may have been involved in, with whom, and for how long are compelling.  Every time I finish reading one article, a link to another seems to grab my mouse like a magnet. But there are other stories out there, and I thought you may want to learn more about them, too.  So… here goes.

An honors student, vice president of his eighth grade class, suspended for buying a bag of Skittles in school.  I admit, when I first saw this story my initial reaction was, “Give me a break!” But as I read more takes on this tale, my outrage softened a bit.

New Haven, Connecticut, schools banned in-school candy sales in 2003 as part of a wellness program. This (seemingly) model student said he didn’t realize the ban was in place – though his buyer said this Skittles dealer was being secretive – and his mom is now protesting the punishments.


Filed under: Eliot Spitzer
March 12th, 2008
06:39 PM ET

With enemies like these....


It's been said that the Clintons are lucky in their enemies. In Geraldine Ferraro, half of one of the most disastrous candidacies in presidential history, Barack Obama has hit a goldmine.

Not only is Ferraro defending her comments by demeaning her own political career, she's fighting to become known as one of the most partisan racial theorists in politics.

Lucky, indeed. Ferraro's graceless remarks present Obama with an opportunity to reach the very people who might be listening and nodding their heads.

The answer is simple and on message. Barack is lucky, and he should say so.

He's lucky to be an American, a citizen of the greatest nation in human history. He's lucky and blessed to have a smart and beautiful wife who loves him and sustains him, two strong and healthy daughters he has the privilege and responsibility of raising.

He's lucky to be on the campaign trail meeting his fellow citizens everyday and asking them to spread his message, "Yes we can."  And with luck, hard work, and the support of the American people, he hopes to bring that message to the White House.

Hillary - over to you.

-Amy Holmes, 360° Contributor 

Filed under: Amy Holmes • Raw Politics
March 12th, 2008
05:44 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz

New York is getting a new Governor!  Eliot Spitzer is stepping down after his alleged pricey-tryst with a prostitute.  And, there's another political resignation this afternoon. Geradline Ferraro is calling it quits with the Clinton camp after her racially charged comments regarding  Sen. Barack Obama.  And, for the most bizarre story of the day check out the What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT section.  Enjoy the Afternoon Buzz!   

Top Stories
'Deeply sorry,' Spitzer to step down
Gov. Eliot Spitzer said Wednesday that he will step down from the state's top office because he cannot allow his "private failings to disrupt the public's work."

High hopes for Spitzer's successor
With New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's resignation, Lt. Gov. David Paterson will become the first African-American governor of the state and the fourth in U.S. history.

Raw Politics
Ferraro steps down from Clinton campaign
Former congresswoman and vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is resigning her fund-raising position with Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign after controversial comments she made about Clinton's rival, Sen. Barack Obama

Clinton: Honor Florida, Michigan votes or hold new election
Sen. Hillary Clinton says that millions of people in Florida and Michigan "are in danger of being excluded from our democratic process" if their votes are not counted.

Kevorkian plans congressional run
Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian plans to run for Congress, complicating a Michigan race that is expected to be among the most competitive in the nation.

Keeping Them Honest
Southwest planes grounded
Southwest Airlines is inspecting 44 planes after an "ambiguity related to required testing" was found during a review of records, the airline said.

Crime & Punishment
Suspect charged in UNC murder case
A suspect has been charged in the killing of University of North Carolina student Eve Carson, CNN affiliate WRAL reported Wednesday.

Man linked to S.C. missing couple found dead
A man named Tuesday as a person of interest in the disappearance of a Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, couple appears to have committed suicide, authorities said.

What YOU will be TALKING about TONIGHT
Sheriff: Woman sat 2 years on toilet
Authorities are considering charges in the bizarre case of a woman who sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years - so long that her body was stuck to the seat by the time the boyfriend finally called police.

Filed under: The Buzz
March 12th, 2008
04:02 PM ET

Beat 360° 3/12/08


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:


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

UPDATE: Check out last night's winner!

Filed under: Beat 360°
March 12th, 2008
01:41 PM ET

Eliot Spitzer's way to stop prostitution

Eliot Spitzer resigns

By now you've heard that Eliot Spitzer has stepped down as Governor of New York.  But he still could face serious criminal charges, and that got me thinking about prostitution.

I've tried a lot of those cases. And here's what you learn right away: as much as the sex trade is about sex, it’s also about trade. Business. Supply and demand.

Where I practiced law in California, the criminal code is gender neutral. It targets anyone engaged in the commercial sex trade. The girls, their johns, even the pimps when you can catch them.

Not so here in New York where the women involved in prostitution have long been treated more harshly than the men. But Eliot Spitzer changed all that, with a new law that increases penalties for the men who solicit sex.

The thinking?  Cut off demand and supply will dry up.  And that’s the tragic irony. Now, it seems, Governor Spitzer may be one of the very johns his new law seeks to punish. 

– Jami Floyd, “In Session” Anchor/360° Contributor

Read more Jami Floyd blogs on “In Session”

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • In Session • Jami Floyd
March 12th, 2008
12:02 PM ET

Defiant Ferraro says she's being attacked because she's white


Former Democratic vice presidential candidate and former New York Rep. Geraldine Ferarro is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington in this file photo. Ferraro, a fundraiser for Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., suggested Sen. Barack Obama only achieved his status in the presidential campaign because he's black. The Obama campaign called on Clinton Tuesday to denounce the comments.

Former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro continues to defend her critical remarks about Sen. Barack Obama.

In an interview with the Daily Breeze of Torrance, Calif., she's trying to turn the heat back on her critics.

"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says, 'Let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world,' you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up," she said. "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"

No, you're being attacked, Ms. Ferraro, because your comments are stupid.

What's offensive to any African American who has achieved a measure of success is that whites try to negate it by saying it was because they are black. In her initial comments, she said, as an afterthought, that Obama is doing well because of his message and a good campaign. But she clearly stated that he's successful "in large measure" because he's black.

Well, Rep. Shirley Chisholm was black. And she didn't win in 1992.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is black. He ran in 1984 and 1988 and he didn't win.

L. Douglas Wilder is black. He briefly ran in 1992 and he didn't win.

Rev. Al Sharpton is black. He ran in 2004 and he didn't win.

Former Illinois Sen. Carol Moseley Braun is black. She ran in 2004 and she didn't win.

Obama has won in Utah, Idaho, North Dakota, Washington state, Delaware, Iowa, Vermont and Connecticut. All mostly white states. So did voters there choose him out of white guilt?

An increasing number of voices say that the Clinton camp wants this race and gender debate because it helps them. Even several Democratic strategists have said as much.

And now Ferraro says her 40 years fighting discrimination gives her the right to make such claims.

Sorry Ferraro, it does not.

– Roland S. Martin, 360° Contributor

Listen to Roland's radio show interview with Rev. Jesse Jackson re: Ferraro's comments

Filed under: Raw Politics • Roland S. Martin
March 12th, 2008
07:13 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks!!! Chalk up another "w" for Obama. He won the Mississippi primary BIG!!! AND CNN projected him the winner in the long awaited Texas Caucus. So he now has a good lead in delegates over Clinton. But the battle rages on, up next Pennsylvania. 

BUT folks...the Eliot Spitzer story continues to rule the headlines this morning. Will he resign? Why is his wife sticking by him? Plus, the FBI allegedly followed him to the same hotel before....so lets just cut to the chase AND head directly to Top Stories....

Top Stories
Spitzer working on transition plan...
Aides to New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and the state's lieutenant governor have begun planning for a possible transition after federal prosecutors linked Spitzer to a high-end prostitution ring, a top legislative staffer said

FBI staked Spitzer out before...
Weeks before a hotel meeting with a prostitute that threatens to derail his career, the FBI staked out New York Governor Eliot Spitzer at the same hotel in an unsuccessful effort to catch him with a high-priced call girl, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

Spitzer wrestles over future...
State government remained paralyzed on Tuesday as Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, was engaged in an intense legal and family debate about whether to resign or, as aides said his wife was urging, to stay on.

Another political wife endures...
It was the way she stood there, enduring.Silda Wall Spitzer did not say a word as her husband, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, brusquely apologized to his family and the public after he was allegedly caught on a wiretap doing business with a high-priced prostitution ring. Her face was drawn. But she took her husband's hand as they left the room.

The public Ordeal...
Silda Wall Spitzer gave up a high-powered career as a corporate lawyer to raise three daughters and support her husband as he sought elective office, yet has always had deep reservations about his political career. Time and again, she has found herself in the particular bind of encouraging him during critical junctures in his public life while still holding on to some regret that he had chosen to put himself –and their family–there in the first place.

Calls grow for Spitzer to resign...
Gov. Eliot Spitzer, embroiled in allegations that he patronized a high-priced prostitution service, remained sequestered in his Fifth Avenue apartment Tuesday, reportedly pondering his political future amid growing calls for him to resign.

Foes of sex trade stunned...
As New York’s attorney general, Eliot Spitzer had broken up prostitution rings before, but this 2004 case took on a special urgency for him. Prosecuting an international sex tourism business based in Queens, he listened to the entreaties of women’s advocates long frustrated by state laws that fell short of dealing with a sex trade expanding rapidly across borders

Despite security secret still trysts occur...
Secret trysts are complicated under any circumstances, but the logistical challenges are steeper for elected officials who live surrounded by armed security officers whose mandate is to remain close enough to step in front of a bullet.

Past indiscretions and their outcomes...
President Clinton had a secret, sexual relationship in 1995 and 1996 with Monica Lewinsky, a 22-year-old unpaid White House intern. Repercussions led to his impeachment by the House in 1998 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice — only the second impeachment in U.S. history — but the Senate did not convict him after a trial in 1999.

U.S. Admiral resigns...
Adm. William Fallon has resigned as chief of U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia after more than a year in the post, citing what he called an inaccurate perception that he is at odds with the Bush administration over Iran.

Raw Politics
Obama wins...
Sen. Barack Obama claimed victory by a wide margin over Sen. Hillary Clinton in Mississippi's Democratic primary Tuesday.

Obama double digit win...
Sen. Barack Obama scored another double-digit victory over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in a Southern state last night, winning Mississippi's primary as the candidates traded political shots and signaled that the bitterness between them will continue for weeks.

Exit polls show racial divide...
Mississippi Democratic voters were sharply divided among racial lines in Tuesday's primary, exit polls indicate.

Ferraro defends her comments...
Geraldine Ferraro defended her controversial comment that Sen. Barack Obama's campaign was successful because he was black, telling an interviewer Tuesday that she was being attacked because she was white.

Keeping Them Honest
Iraq improvements threatened by corruption...
Iraq has made "limited but important" political, diplomatic and economic gains in the last three months, but improvements in security remain "fragile," the Pentagon reported Tuesday.

Arkansas womean left in cell...
A woman was locked for four days in a tiny holding cell in a northern Arkansascourthouse, forgotten by the authorities and left without food or water, the local Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

Southwest suspends 3...
Southwest Airlines suspended three employees Tuesday in connection with a record $10.2 million fine issued against the carrier last week for knowingly flying jets that had not received critical safety inspections.

Crime & Punishment
Arrest made in killing of 17 year old football star...
Jamiel Shaw was just three doors from his house on March 2. His father told the 17-year-old high school football star to be home before dark. That is exactly what he was trying to do when, just before dusk, gunshots rang out.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Gilligan's Island star busted for pot...
Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island," is serving six months' unsupervised probation after allegedly being caught with marijuana in her car.

Filed under: The Buzz