April 2nd, 2008
07:01 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...for those who missed the show last night..huge news from Wal-mart!!! The story that Randi Kaye broke about a Wal-mart employee involved in car accident won't have to pay Wal-mart back.... Check out the top of Top Stories.

Also scroll down to Keeping them Honest ...news from the FAA following a series of reports Drew Griffin filed about airline safety. Drew has yet another shocking report tonight on AC360. He investigates reports of cockpit windowshields  blowing out in mid-flight... So grab your morning coffee and check out today's headlines...

Top Stories
Wal-Mart: Brain damaged woman can keep money...
A former Wal-Mart employee who suffered severe brain damage in a traffic accident won't have to pay back the company for the cost of her medical care, Wal-Mart told the family Tuesday.

Senate ready to help foreclosures...
Under pressure to help Main Street after the government saved a Wall Street firm from bankruptcy, senators ended weeks of partisan stalemate Tuesday and agreed to try to quickly pass legislation that could help some homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Pentagon ecpected to close Intelligence Unit...
The Pentagon is expected to shut a controversial intelligence office that has drawn fire from lawmakers and civil liberties groups who charge that it was part of an effort by the Defense Department to expand into domestic spying.

Wall Street show optimism...
Stocks started the second quarter with a soaring rally on Tuesday that sent the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 400 points, its best performance in two weeks, as investors found reasons to take heart in a fresh round of mortgage-related write-offs at UBS and Deutsche Bank and a capital infusion at Lehman Brothers, the brokerage firm.

Laws didn't apply to interrogators...
The Justice Department sent a legal memorandum to the Pentagon in 2003 asserting that federal laws prohibiting assault, maiming and other crimes did not apply to military interrogators who questioned al-qaeda captives because the president's ultimate authority as commander in chief overrode such statutes.

Wal-Mart: Brain damaged woman can keep money...
A former Wal-Mart employee who suffered severe brain damage in a traffic accident won't have to pay back the company for the cost of her medical care, Wal-Mart told the family Tuesday.

A look inside Al Qaeda...
If Al Qaeda strikes the West in the coming months, it's likely the mastermind will be a stocky Egyptian explosives expert with two missing fingers.

Basra battle raises questions about U.S. strategy...
Last week's inconclusive battle for Basra is raising new questions about the viability of U.S. military strategy in Iraq as Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker head to Capitol Hill next week to give their assessment of the U.S. troop surge.

Raw Politics
Obama to get endorsement of 9/11 commissioner...
Former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton is backing Sen. Barack Obama in an endorsement that could boost the presidential hopeful's national security standing, The Associated Press has learned

Dems take on big oil...
The Democratic presidential candidates are criss-crossing Pennsylvania this week, dropping in at gas stations and truck stops to convince voters they've got the best plan to tackle soaring gas prices and Big Oil profits.

Clinton to propose tax incentives...
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing $7 billion a year in tax incentives to encourage U.S. companies not to ship jobs overseas.

Problems for McCain...
John McCain faces a problem as he tries to close a deep fund-raising deficit against the two Democratic candidates for president: Both have been cleaning his clock among business interests that give mainly to Republicans.

Pro-life activists slam Obama..
Pro-life activists say Sen. Barack Obama's abysmal record on abortion issues is reflected by his remark that he would not want his daughters to be "punished with a baby" if they were to make a "mistake" as teenagers.

Dem turmoil tests party leader...
The turmoil in the Democratic presidential race has presented a sharp test of Howard Dean’s low-profile approach to leading the Democratic National Committee, bringing calls from many Democrats for him to take a more aggressive role in defusing the threat of a protracted and divisive nominating fight.

Keeping Them Honest
Lawmaker must pay $1 million...
A federal judge has ordered Representative Jim McDermott to pay the House minority leader, John A. Boehner of Ohio, more than $1 million in legal fees in a dispute over a telephone call that was illegally taped in 1996.

FAA takes too many risks....
The Federal Aviation Administration is putting the public at risk with lax oversight and a too-cozy relationship with the airlines, a top lawmaker and aviation experts said Tuesday.

Program NOTE: See Drew Griffin's reports on AC360 TONIGHT - The dangers of Cockpit windshields

Crime & Punishment
Alaska town first murder...
Not much new happens in this sleepy little southeast Alaska fishing community, and the locals seem to like it that way.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
Sex Murder & Tentacles...
Marine biologists studying wild octopuses have found a kinky and violent society of jealous murders, gender subterfuge and once-in-a-lifetime sex.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. donna richards

    i have heard on cnn that the media put the pressure on wal mart to help that family. If the media can do some good for the little person then I say hooray for them

    April 2, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  2. David

    Keep up the good reporting... Question? Why did Obama get testy when a white man wanted to take a picture with him? Would he do that to a black man?

    April 2, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Ron

    You got to love big business, lawyers and the third vulture insurance for preying on the defenseless.

    April 2, 2008 at 9:44 pm |
  4. Sherri Dunlap

    Why are we still waiting for Hillary Clinton to release her tax returns?
    One can only assume that she has something to hide. If she has nothing to hide then releasing them prior to the Pennsylvania primary could only help her, right?

    April 2, 2008 at 6:27 pm |
  5. Shirley

    I just read an article that Hillary Clinton was facing a $17million fraud charge in California scheduled for October 2008. Don't voters have a right to know this information or is the Rev. Wright story more appealing because it invokes wrath? Where are the tax records Senator Clinton is purposefully hesitating to release. Last years tax records would be complete already. What is the significance of your Keeping them Honest show?

    April 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  6. Taj

    Anybody's (Hillary's) idea not to off-shore jobs overseas, I love it. Give the corporations a tax break or do whatever we need to do & save jobs for Americans in America. We need to build our nation, our people first, get economically strong before we start building other nations.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  7. Diana

    I have been watching for a story I first heard on MSNBC about Hillary Clinton being part of an elite prayer group called "the Family" which is likened to the book "The Chambers". I also heard that her own pastor wrote a letter of support for Rev. Wright. Haven't heard anything since. I also am trying to find out if she was in fact fired for lying when she was 27 years old as she worked on an investigation on Watergate/Nixon. Can you fill us in?

    April 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  8. Dee from Canada

    This is getting really scary. Everyone in the Obama fantasy. Obama supporters should take a long hard look and think about it. Obama cannot and would not win over McCain. There is no way. What do they say about 'nice guys'? How close is the popular vote? Do they all want another 4 years of Republicans, war and the Bush policies. The world is watching to see if you are really that stupid and very nervous that the Democratic nominee is going to be Obama. A total rookie using a womans ideas. We are tired of your war and we want our troops home from Afghanistan.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  9. Tina

    Interesting story on Masri and Al Qaeda. I hope they don't do anything to the West or any more people. I hope they capture him.

    That's what worries me about these people. I still am in favor of military controll over airlines and protecting our borders in any form or fashion. We could put Easter Lilies around the fence, nah kidding. But ya know, we need to focus more on the United States these days. I don't understand McCain yet. Maybe he knows something we don't.

    I don't think we have to worry about Mexican's though. I didn't think we had to worry about Egytians though either. I'm just saying. Obama may have the gumption to set things straight.

    And Hillary and her clan......I don't know. She hasn't said much that floats my boat yet.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  10. Sean A.

    In a world of corperate greed Wal-Mart had hit a new low. I thought the reason for insurance was to plan and protect for the un-expected. By going after the family after a pittance of a judgement Wal-Mart was subverting the basic purpose of insurance. I am glad they finally came to their senses but it should never have been an issue to start with.

    April 2, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  11. Dr. Annette Reed

    The imbalance of the CNN reporting is beginning to bother me greatly. Again yesterday, young Chelsea Clinton was cornered by a man who asked her questions about her father's l980's sex life. He was not a reporter and left immediately after the question. Yet she was criticized as "not answering the press". No press asked a question.
    If we cannot say Obama's middle name, or mention the school records which showed "Barry Obama was a good little student of the Koran", or discuss the fact that his father was an alcoholic, why must we endlessly discuss a man's sex life who isn't running for office? And, following this, allow "plants"-men hired for the purpose of heckling–trap his daughter?

    April 2, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  12. Rebecca Carbone

    I have never responded to a news story before, but was so frustrated in the bias in your reporting in Doctors in Rehab-here it goes. I think the story was misnamed and should have been called The Mishaps of Dr. West-Dr Evil West-but not Doctors in Rehab. I have been a nurse for over 20 years. I now work in the utilization side of nursing . We are eyes and ears for our members and we watch for quality issues, and quickly learn who has a good practice and who has ill outcomes. My type of job became necessary in the management of healthcare costs to keep providers honest-all of them, MD's, PT's,OT's, Home Care Agencies and so on. The story was a good one, but in my graduate program you would have failed-as it failed to show why other states have successful rehab programs/Physician Assistance Programs and why they work. In California-it is deemed to fail-Hello-MD's know when they are going to be tested-and are tested by untrained personnell... that is unfortunate for all, MD's, patients and their families. Even the military runs a better test and screen program-Pop Quiz Time. You also failed to show the failure of the other watchful eyes who should be reporting etoh on the breath of their peers or the practicing MD's through correct channels. There are checks and balances in place to report such breaches in practice and that wasn't addressed in your story. Lastly, treatment of physician's, patients and all should be protected-HIPPA and the right to privacy. If we start with who is getting treatment for what, where does it stop? What has long been lacking is a report card-a Consumer Report have you and how many procedures have been done, successful/adverse outcomes, place of residency, training and so on -hard data. It saddened me to hear that the California system is broken-but it can be fixed-needs to be fixed and has about 48 other states who can show them how to do it and do it right. As consumers, families and friends we should demand that, not it didn't work (because we didn't set it up right and it failed) so we don't need it approach that only puts more lives in danger.

    April 2, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  13. Asterios

    I think that Wal-Mart's actions in the original decision were reprehensible. They had a choice to make: bilk a poor disabled woman and eat less than 1% of their profits, being the bullies that they always have been; or do the right thing for a change and stand behind their employee (or ex-employee in this case). Far too often has this company dealt with lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the like, having their name dragged through the mud... Don't they ever learn? The decision to overturn this decision was the appropriate one to make. Why risk the billions in profits that will be lost from a boycott just to save a fraction of that??

    April 2, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  14. Monica

    Regarding the Wal Mart suit – the settlement should have been much higher than 1 million. The trucking company was lucky. One Million isn't enough.

    April 2, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  15. Susan

    Walmart Case:

    Way to go Randi and the AC team for airing the story. Randi and all should be proud of themselves for all their fine work. I am glad that Wal Mart backed down, but sadly it was only because of bad PR.

    I do not shop there anyway, because of the way they have of manipulating manufacturers.

    Laws didn"t apply to interrogators:

    After WW II did the United States sign the Geneva Convension, which
    prohibits the torture of prisoners. This was signed by our country and applies to all who govern her. Or at least I thought???

    Wall Street Up:

    Let us not get fooled by the recent 400 point increase in the stock market. There is a lot of money being fused into the market right now, both domestic and international. Normal ebb and flow cycles of the market are being forced by the Fed. Let us take a look 3 or 6 months from now.


    April 2, 2008 at 11:42 am |
  16. Debbie, NJ

    In response to the pro life writer. Obama is pro-choice. Of course anything he says would upset you. I am a pro life mother of 2 and an Obama supporter. "Punishment" may be a strong word but it is true for some teenage girls who's life literally stop because their families don't have resources financially or physically to help care for this child .
    There are other options besides abortion but the fact remains that it may be punishment if the young mother is forced into welfare, not able to attend college, live in substandard housing, etc...as a result of the pregnancy.

    April 2, 2008 at 11:37 am |
  17. Carol, CA

    Re: Walmart

    I'm glad that Walmart agreed to let the Shanks family keep the money. That story was heartbreaking.

    The story has been everywhere though. Last night I was flipping the channels and it's kind of humorous to see every show that ran the story taking credit for not only "breaking" the news but also for resolving the conflict.

    April 2, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  18. Jason

    Speaking of prolife activist....what do we have to do to get a politician to address the issue of overpopulation. I understand it's not something they want to talk about, but it's a pressing issue for anyone who's paying attention to the world around them. We're breeding ourselves into extinction. Al Gore has spent years speaking about global warming but he won't go near the root cause of it, overpopulation, because it's an election killer and he's still a politician. The only way any of these people are gonna talk about it is if they're put on the spot by people in a position to do so and the media seems to be too busy supporting their own candidates to stir up a real issue.

    April 2, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  19. mike

    whats this i hear about the right wingers are upset about obamas baby comment? well guess what i say to them just get over yourselves you nuts !a baby is a gift are code words for as long as the teenage mother is some one elses daughter that is preg with the child. because if it was their child trying to raise a child out of wedlock it wouldnt be such a gift, lets call this what it is the right wing nuts that have made a story out of this know what he meant and they contridict themselves they say they preach no sex before marriage and that getting preg as a teenager is wrong but then they say that unwanted children out of wedlock is a blessing??? go figure??? the whole thing boils down to this the people that forrest gump in the white house has made rich with the loopholes and tax breaks he has givin them to make them richer, and the rest of us pay for it. old gump dont care about poor people i think new orleans proves that case! its like this ,its like feeding a mutt at the table when you try to break him of it he is going to bark and grawl and that is why the right wingers or bat wingers or what ever they call themselves dont want a dem in the white house. They dont want to give upi their perks that bubba gump has given freely while we pay for them. so if you cant make an informed choice without being influenced by the likes of rush limpbowels hannity or any of the other nuts out there then maybe you should stay home and forego the voting booth. these right wing conservatives are a nut colony to themselves lame people with lame lives that want the rest of the world to belive that they are powerfull. well if that is true how come they still cant over turn roe v wade? because in america we have checks and balances that keep all radical nuts like these people in check!!!!! so let them rant and rave but look at the polls and you can see the american people can see the smear job is not working.

    April 2, 2008 at 11:24 am |
  20. patrick

    I am a lifelong democrat, and OBAMA supporter. Based on the tone of the canidates over the last few weeks there is no way I would even consider voting for Clinton. If she somehow steals this election(highly possible) I will campaign for McCain. It is obvious that she has her own agenda and will try at all cost to continue this damaging race. It is not about what is good for the american people, its about what is good for her.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:52 am |
  21. A.M. Saqib

    This is my first time to send my comment to 'Anderson Cooper', and honestly I would say that I have not yet seen any journalist as precise, accurate, and so descriptive than 'Anderson'. I enjoy a lot his reporting, his style, and his unique flow of very substantive reporting.

    I am an American citizen, a long time resident of Houston, Texas for over 30 years, and keenly interested in politics, be it may domestic and/or foriegn. I have a good handle on the patterns in the politics, and in the developmental thought generation of the countries masses and its leaders in general, and particulary muslim world.

    Keep up the good work, Anderson.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    April 2, 2008 at 10:49 am |
  22. Michelle

    Question. Is there a reason we do not see many of the
    stories on the blog actually air during 360.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  23. Taj

    This world is full of bad news always. It is depressing. Can we have a little good news so that we can be happy & cheerful and have a positive outlook on life. Post a lot of cheerful & good news please.Let us get optimistic.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  24. jerry

    Those poor truckers in Penn. can't drive with all the smoke.
    Dems. are telling them what they want to hear,not the truth! What can they do? Nothing unless they take over the oil industry. Try that one !
    Hitler was a good talker,look what he got done.

    April 2, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  25. Bill

    You are to be commended for compelling Walmart to do the right thing for the brain damaged woman. However, I think it is hypocritical of you not to express the same public outrage at the lawyers who demanded almost 60% of her court award for medical expenses for their services.

    April 2, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  26. Matt Crowder

    Root Beer Kegger Reveals Adult Foolishness

    Anderson what were YOU thinking? How exactly can the kids be blamed for wasting the cops' time? Is your implication that they would not have wasted the cops' time if they had been drinking real beer? Since they didn't call the cops, why should they take any blame for the incident? Can kids not party with root beer? Just because they had a point to make doesn't mean they were respnsible for the results. The cops' response, and yours for that matter, reinforces the adult foolishness that these kids were trying to reveal.

    Matt Crowder, 47 and not foolish.

    April 2, 2008 at 8:53 am |
  27. Wayne

    Well done Walmart. I think we are also missing the point that the lawyers took more than half of her award money. They should be limited to no more than 10% for cases like this or the liable party should be made to foot the bill

    April 2, 2008 at 8:52 am |
  28. DJ Casey

    If Obama has a chance to be our next president, and it appears he does, I'd sure like a more in-depth look at what I read in the paper this morning–From Thomas Sowell a columnist for Creators Syndicate, "Obama didn't just happen to encounter Wright, who just happened to say some way out things. Wright is in the same mold as the kinds of people Obama began seeking out in college-members of the left, anti-American counter-culture...Nor has Obama changed in recent years. His voting record in the U.S. Senate is the furthest left of any senator. There is remarkable consistency in what Obama has done over the years, despite inconsistencies in what he says." There's a lot more in the piece, but this captures the crux of it–the anti-American counter culture part concerns me and speaks to why he may have truly chosen to stay with his church for 20 years and to have Wright as his spiritual advisor and mentor.


    April 2, 2008 at 8:24 am |
  29. Cindy

    At least Wal-Mart caved in to the pressure and is letting the Shank's keep the money to take care of Debbie. But honestly I think that they should be giving her some more money from their many charitable organizations that they have. That little amount that they are getting to keep can not last for her whole life!

    It's great to see that Clinton is proposing tax incentives for companies to keep their work here for us but what about tax breaks for us regular people!? I think we need it way more than these huge multi-million dollar businesses! And if she opposes Bush's tax incentives for the big companies than why is she turning around and offering the same thing!?

    I think that the FAA is too close to the airlines. From what we have seen and heard lately it seems that they let them get away with too much which in turn could kill a lot of people.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    April 2, 2008 at 8:15 am |
  30. steve in Thailand

    "Panel Discussions"

    While I am respectful of your panel participants and their expertise, a few dirve me nuts with their general lack of courtesy. Talking over another person who is making a statement is simply rude. Curious that it seems to be the Clinton supporters who do just that quite frequently.

    Jamal, you have the presence of a true professional.

    Anderson Cooper you report and moderate a great program. I wish some of that would influence the news/key reporting over here.


    April 2, 2008 at 7:49 am |