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April 4th, 2008
06:41 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...It is Friday....Thank GOD!!!  Grab your coffee and take a look at today's headlines, but first today is the 4oth Anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr...

Remembering King
The other side of the mountaintop...
Near the end of his life, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. felt cornered and under siege. His opposition to the Vietnam War was widely criticized, even by friends. He was being pressured both to repudiate the black power movement and to embrace it. Some of his lieutenants were urging him to jettison his urgent new campaign to uplift the poor, believing that King had taken on too much and was compromising support for the civil rights struggle.

Top Stories
Tornado hits Arkansas...
At least one tornado ripped through central Arkansas Thursday evening, savaging a mobile home park and sending National Weather Service forecasters into a bunker as the storm roared overhead.

Iraq PM warns of more offensives...
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki vowed Thursday after last week's battle in the southern port of Basra to carry out more offensives around Iraq, mentioning as targets neighborhoods in Baghdad associated with Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr's Mahdi Army militia.

1000 Iraqi soldiers refused to fight...
More than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen either refused to fight or simply abandoned their posts during the inconclusive assault against Shiite militias in Basra last week, a senior Iraqi government official said Thursday. Iraqi military officials said the group included dozens of officers, including at least two senior field commanders in the battle.

U.S. on the wrong track?
More than 80 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, the highest such number since the early 1990s, according to a new survey.

Australian PM comes under fire...
Australia's prime minister came under fire at home Friday over a playful salute he gave President Bush at a NATO summit, which critics said seemed to suggest Australian subservience to Washington.

Border complicates Afghan fight...
As a cold darkness enveloped the tiny US Military camp just inside Afghanistan's border with Pakistan, word spread that Taliban fighters were on the move nearby, planning an attack.


Raw Politics
Is the country ready for a Black or a woman President?
The number of Americans who believe that the country is ready for a black president is rising, a poll released Thursday suggested.

Super delegate trouble for Clinton...
Nearly three weeks remain before the next Democratic primary, but the results are rolling in from another part of the presidential contest - and they signify trouble for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Obama out raises Clinton...
Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama continued to display his unrivaled prowess for fundraising by collecting more than $40 million in March, about double the amount raised by Sen. Hillary Clinton, to bring the overall take for his White House bid to more than $200 million, aides said Thursday

Cindy McCain beer fortune...
On a spring day at a speedway in North Carolina, John McCain posed with his wife, Cindy, and racing star Dale Earnhardt Jr., highlighting the couple's political and business interests in a single snapshot.

Program NOTE: Erica Hill profiles John McCain tonight on AC360

John Edwards says NO to VP...
Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said on Thursday he would not accept the nomination for U.S. vice president as he did four years ago.


Crime & Punishment
Man threatens "tech" like killings...
A 20-year-old with a weapons cache that included four AK-47s was arrested after threatening over the Internet to undertake a Virginia Tech-style massacre, authorities said Thursday.

4 indicted in Tenn football player murder...
Four men accused of killing a University of Memphis football player during a botched robbery have been indicted on first-degree murder charges.

Stripper-turned-soccer mom convicted...
A former stripper-turned-soccer mom convicted of plotting to kill her former fiance 12 years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 99 years in prison.

Keeping Them Honest
Inspectors say FAA ignored violations...
The Federal Aviation Administration may know considerably less about the state of airline safety than it claims, a parade of witnesses and lawmakers said at a Congressional hearing on Thursday.

What YOU will be talking about TODAY
1864 Lincoln letter...
A rare Lincoln manuscript sold for $3.4 million on Thursday at Sotheby's auction house. The 1864 letter in which Abraham Lincoln replies to the abolitionist pleas of 195 young boys and girls was bought by a private American collector over the phone.

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. rajesh seth

    Needless to say, if Obama snatches the nomination, I, as a Hillary voter, will be backing John McCain for president.
    Don't believe Obama has anything to offer other than 'AIR"; at least JM is tested and has experience.

    April 4, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  2. Lesli

    Jo Ann

    I've got to tell you, as a Canadian our country has lost more jobs to NAFTA than yours has per capita. My husband and I actually worked for one of these companies. Its hard to hear Americans keep harping on this when they have no idea how NAFTA has hurt Canadians. We lost jobs to the US and to Mexico. I don't see this as just a Bill Clinton issue.

    April 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  3. Michael M

    Anderson, many bloggers have told you we are tired of CNN's CONSTANT replaying of the Rev. Wright loop. It's at the point where you guys should get publicist's fees from Camp Hillary.

    Since this pulls in buzz about the third rail test of the Middle East and who is the better friend of Israel, it's particularly odious to keep showing that loop.

    Why don't you show the loop of Hillary as First Lady when she wore a chador and embraced and kissed Arafat's wife on the very day the latter claimed Israel was poisoning Palestinian wells?

    And why does no one challenge Hillary on her failure to improve Upstate New York which is a rust-belt wasteland, despite her promises and being a Senator for 8 years?

    April 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  4. Jackie

    Gee where's your "Women's Empowerment" series?

    Here's the thing if you guys see less and less opposition to your Obama for President campaign it doesn't mean that we have been convinced by the one-sided and out of context coverage by CNN. It means we are turning off our TV's and no longer visiting the CNN site.

    Perhaps if Randi had made her statements from behind a pulpit they would be excused and ignored. No apologies required for Obama and his followers. Apparently all the middle-aged White people in America are racist......and we are turning off CNN and MSNBC...

    April 4, 2008 at 12:28 pm |
  5. Michelle

    Sounds like a jam-packed news session. The poll about 81 %
    feeling the US is on the wrong track is a little scary to say the
    least . Along with the jobless numbers that came out today,
    it makes one think that there is the disconnect between the
    politicians and the public and even the media. I wonder if
    you guys at 360 can tell us how did we get to this point. I am
    assuming this did not happen overnight and that there were
    government officials at the Fed and Monetary institutions who
    were either asleep at the switch or negligent in their duties to
    say the least. Or perhaps not in touch with the real world.

    April 4, 2008 at 12:28 pm |
  6. The Teach,Hollywood Beach California

    Today I took the time to show my students the need to improve their
    education. Today everyone has a viewpoint of where we are as a nation.I wonder how many are threatened by the idea that their jobs are at risk. Here in this area of California many of my students parents are working for manufacturing or food processing corporations who are moving because of NAFTA.

    April 4, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  7. ALPS

    what a Genius Jo Ann, NAFTA, you left out the Trade letter, the most important, Jobs did not go over Seas Genius, NAFTA is North American, all that could mean is jobs could go Next door, Mexico or Canada, and you say Over Seas,? at least know HALF your info. before blogging,..

    April 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm |
  8. Grace

    It is a very sad time in America when our political leaders will not trust in the politcal process. This offensive push to get Senator Cliniton to drop out of a race that is far from over is simply wrong. Look at the numbers.

    Our electoral process has a long history that should be respected and utilized. Simply proclaiming a leader is the reason we seperated from Britain over 200 years ago.

    April 4, 2008 at 11:56 am |
  9. Kent, Illinois

    Hey CNN...........would it be possible to show how much money presidential candidates are accepting from the Health Care Industry?

    We all see the candidates saying they will fix Healthcare. Well, The Democratic candidates anyway.

    How will they pass a National Healthcare Service bill if they owe favors to Healthcare lobbyists for all the money they have accepted?

    April 4, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  10. Kent, Illinois

    Martin Luther King Jr's remarks about Vietnam are similar to the remarks Wright made about the U.S. and the 911 attack.

    Both were correct in their statements. Their is nothing unpatriotic about people rising up against failing govt policy. If anything, it is VERY American to fight against the govt for wars we should not be in or started.

    In the 1960's and 70's we understood that, and large civil movements were displayed. People congregated and marched for what they believed in.

    Today, we all have been duped into believing if we rise up against our govt we are against The U.S. as a whole. Somehow, we are labeled as Communist or god forbid Alqaida.

    Before the November election, we all will see the U.S. increase military activity in Iraq and Afghanistan to record activity. It will only be another political stunt.

    April 4, 2008 at 10:25 am |
  11. Jo Ann

    Excuse me it is American People

    April 4, 2008 at 9:10 am |
  12. Jo Ann

    Cnn was talking about jobs lost in the USA. People blame Bush for this. Why don't the American People go to the horses mouth this started with Bill Clinton and NAFA when our jobs went over seas. Is this not true?

    April 4, 2008 at 9:09 am |
  13. Lesli

    AC360 staff

    For the first time last night I found little to recommend the show, even with loving the way in which the guests all spoke to each other with respect and admiration – which often doesn't seem to happen.

    I loved the two beautiful women you interviewed at the beginning of the show. They are truly gracious ladies!

    Even Roland and Amy seemed more restrained than ususal which is a good thing because I find the compeditive way in which they over zealously defend Obama is tiring and hard to take some times.

    But I really felt the subject matter was weak. It is the first time I really felt a bias from you about a candidate – although others on your nightly blog seem to think they see it all too often.

    You used one line from Clinton – from a private conversation – saying "He can't win." It has been spun into something so incredibly stupid that I can't believe you gave it credit and spent the best part of 45 minutes on the topic. Without being privy to the conversation you have no way of knowing how the phrase was offered. Did she mean Obama can't win against her, or can't win against McCain?

    Of course she said he can't win! At this point in her race she needs to act like and say things to show her confidence. Can you immagine her saying, "He's going to win?"

    I have watched your program and reports on Larry King for quite a while now and have always enjoyed hearing your reports and your style of presenting the subject really appeals to me, and so many others as proven by your success over the past years. Anderson, I haven't always agreed with what you have said or the way its been presented, but I have always respected you.

    I respect your work as a whole – the interesting subjects and the work you do really does matter to people. To me last night was below what I have come to expect from your team.

    BUT I have a hard time seeing myself continue watching if every time Clinton utters a sentence it gets evaluated in the way this one was. The subject matter unexplained and the premiss way too thin!

    Please move on. There's so much more going on in the world. You are AC360 – a complete look at the globe I thought. The idea of being mired in the polical soup your brewing until November turns me off.

    Please move on.

    SIncerely
    Lesli
    Burlington, ON

    April 4, 2008 at 9:05 am |
  14. Bev C.

    I vividly remember the year 1968. What a horrible year. I remember the exact moment when I heard the news Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been killed. Between Bobby Kennedy's assassination, the Viet Nam war and then Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, I thought the world was coming to an end. Just think what would the United States be like now had Dr. King lived? Sadly, we will never know.

    Bev, Town of Tonawanda, NY

    April 4, 2008 at 8:49 am |
  15. JW Morrison

    As far as the US being on the wrong track, the answers on the poll are only yes or no. What does that mean?

    Many would say that means that the war in Iraq is wrong or the economy is wrong but which is it?

    My belief is that the liberal lean of this country is wrong. We have Democrats wanting to raise the gas tax. They give breaks to foreign oil companies but bash our own. They say they are for the poor and working man but their proposals on energy, taxes, the economy, and other things are going to hurt the poor and working class.

    Yet to read the statement: "80 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction" does not indicate what is wrong about the direction.

    We have national security issues that the Democrat leadership refuses to address such as protecting the country from terrorists by monitoring their communications and they resist any attempt to insure our border integrity and a secure election process by making it easy for voter fraud.

    Yes, we are heading in the wrong direction but President Bush does not carry all the blame or responsibility.

    April 4, 2008 at 8:49 am |
  16. Roel Harsta (Rule)

    How about keeping these folks honest ?

    After listening to NPR's fresh air last night (Micheal Greenberger)
    I have a great concern. THe program was about the shadow financial market that exists where banks and other whealthy individuals are betting huge amounts of money. Apparantly Wall Street is lobbying in Washington DC 24/7 to pas bills to ease restrictions on the financial transactions these shady characters are active in every day.

    Can you expose this shadow financial market and explain to us, the american people what is going on behind the scenes??

    Listening to the potcast of last nights "Fresh Air" could be a good starting point.

    Love your show,

    Roel Harsta
    Bluffton, SC

    April 4, 2008 at 8:45 am |
  17. Cindy

    I can not believe that over 1000 soldiers left their posts and ran off instead of fighting in Iraq last week! That is just plain ridiculous! If they don't want to take their country back and have a democracy then what are we over there dying for!? They need to make a decision of what they really want. If they can't decide then we need to all pack up and leave!

    It is very easy to see that the U.S. is on the wrong track I mean look at the economy, the national debt, and look at our government and our elected officials!! The whole shebang really stinks!! We need a change of pace and bad!!

    Yeah I knew Cindy McCain from watching NASCAR. Dale Jr. is the favorite driver in all of NASCAR. But he does not drive for McCain and Budweiser anymore. They went there separate ways when he changed teams. Although they do still sponsor him with his busch team that he owns. Kasey Kahne drives for them now in the cup series.

    Cynthia, Covington, Ga.

    April 4, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  18. Keith Orsini

    I was shocked, saddened, and disgusted to see Hillary Clinton try to make light of arriving on the Tonight Show "under sniper fire" last night. She has spent the last year lying and misleading the american public about her experiences in Bosnia, over and over again, regarding this incident despite direct evidence to the contrary, despite recollections from others who were present directly contradicting her "harrowing sniper fire" experience, and not only by herself but also defended by her surrogates when openly challenged by those in the media.

    While she has been doing this, our real soldiers, our real Rocky Balboas and Rambo's, have been out there dodging ACTUAL sniper fire in real combat conditions landing in hazardous situations and putting their lives on the lines. It is nothing to make light of or lie about.

    If you "mis-speak" once, ok. If you constantly repeat that lie, embellish it, build on that lie even in the face of those people who accompanied you directly contradicting you then that speaks to a greater problem. The Clintons have always had a great difficulty separating truth from fiction.

    How can our allies trust what a President Clinton tells them in a Red Phone moment when the American people can't even believe her over something so simple as arriving for a simple greeting ceremony. If you lie about the little things, watch out for the big stuff folks.

    April 4, 2008 at 7:18 am |