April 22nd, 2008
06:07 PM ET

Beat 360° 4/22/08

Hey Bloggers!

With all this heat from campaign trail, I thought you could cool off with a little ‘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: Here we see Flocke, the three-month old polar bear cub playing with a TV camera during the first week of her public appearance at the Nuremberg Zoo in Nuremberg, Germany.

Beat 360°

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 our Beat 360° winners!

Filed under: Beat 360°
April 22nd, 2008
05:43 PM ET

Two Questions for the Obama Spin Machine on Pennsylvania Primary Day

Lanny J. Davis
Friend of Senator Hillary Clinton, and fundraiser for her presidential campaign

Two Questions for the Obama Spin Machine on Pennsylvania Primary Day:

1. Why downplay Obama's chances to win Pennsylvania?

2. Why Is Obama is running even (actually losing 48%-46%) in.... get ready.....MASSACHUSETTS (!!!) (Senator Clinton Is Plus 15 Percent Over McCain in Same Poll)

To all readers of my blogs – those who agree, those who don't, even those who just delete:


Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Lanny Davis • Raw Politics
April 22nd, 2008
05:22 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/22/08

Tonight – Pennsylvania!

Anderson anchors primary coverage along with Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Lou Dobbs and Soledad O'Brien and John King takes his place at the Magic Wall.

CNN Sr. Political Analyst – and all-around great guy – Bill Schneider has agreed to take a crack at live blogging tonight. Prior to 10p ET you can read his blog posts throughout the evening on the Political Ticker.

The live blog cam will be up tonight to give a behind the scenes look at the Election Center studio. Tonight it starts early. We’ll turn the camera on at 7p ET and turn it off at midnight ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

Please check out a post that may be helpful if you wonder why some comments get posted while others do not. LINK TO COMMENTS POST

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
April 22nd, 2008
02:39 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Brought to you by the color green

Erica Hill
360° Correspondent

Talk about a busy Tuesday!

Yes, we are all over the Pennsylvania primary – I’m looking forward to the outcome tonight. It is also Earth Day, and if you feel like everyone is pushing green lately, my completely unscientific poll of advertising I’ve seen finds you are correct. I’m talking “green” in every sense of the word – low emission vehicles, fluorescent light bulbs, biodegradable refills for your diaper pail (check), tips on composting, conserving, reusing, and the color green is everywhere. Clothes, shoes, perfume, jewelry.. green is clearly in.

I think it’s great – but I hope this green push will show some results…and I mean results beyond Earth Day.

One area where results are desperately needed: the global food shortage. The news gets worse everyday. CNN.com has put together a fantastic portal on the crisis, and I encourage you to check it out.

The food shortage is an important reminder of how we are all linked in this world, whether people realize it – or for some, whether they want to admit it – or not.

Filed under: Erica Hill
April 22nd, 2008
02:04 PM ET

Do you know what today is?

Randi Kaye
360° Correspondent

Today is not just Earth Day. By some not-so-cosmic coincidence, it's also Equal Pay Day! And I couldn’t help but notice it falls on the day of the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary.

So here we are, deciding whether or not to vote for the first woman president, and it seems we still have a need for Equal Pay Day.

Equal Pay Day started in 1995 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages. For those of you who are new to this “holiday,” and yes, I use that term loosely, it is observed on a Tuesday in April and it symbolizes how far into the year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year.

In other words, it takes a woman, on average, one year and about 4 months to earn what it took a man to make in just one year in the same job.


Filed under: Randi Kaye
April 22nd, 2008
12:19 PM ET

Dispatch from the FLDS hearing: Even more children

Cheryl Getty
CNN Producer

I just spoke with a representative with the Department of Health snd Family Services, and Child Protective Services (CPS) is a part of this unit.

In regards to the increase in the numbers of children, they tell me that the 416 number was a rushed count, and they have counted again and now have 437.  The new number comes because children were moved to differnet locations snd some have similar names.  So the original count has been updated.

Note: this tells me not to be surprised if this number changes again.  They are discovering some females at the coliseum may have not been forthcoming about their original age and now are being counted as minors.

So at the moment, 437 is the best count they have NOW.

Filed under: FLDS court hearing • Polygamy
April 22nd, 2008
12:02 PM ET

Increasingly strange changes in the FLDS community

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/23/book.292.320.jessop.jpg caption="Copyright © 2007 by Visionary Classics, LLC From the book Escape by Carolyn Jessop, co-author Laura Palmer, published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House, Inc. Reprinted with permission." width=292 height=320]By 1995, Warren Jeffs was becoming a subtle and more powerful presence in our daily lives. This struck me as odd because there were many other men who were more powerful in the FLDS than he. But he was Uncle Rulon’s favored son, and the prophet would often say that Warren spoke for him.

Warren spoke in other ways. He began teaching special priesthood history classes in Salt Lake City where he still worked as the principal at a private FLDS school. The classes were taped, and Tammy’s sister came to our house one day enthusiastically talking about how much information they contained. I wondered why anyone would care about whatever Warren Jeffs had to say. Tammy’s sister said that these tapes were not available to just anybody. Only the privileged could purchase them.

Once the tapes gained exclusive status every family in the community wanted a set. Some people who heard them found them disgusting and said they were little more than Warren’s racist rants. He claimed that the black race was put on earth to preserve evil.


Filed under: Barclay Palmer • Carolyn Jessop • Laura Palmer • Polygamy
April 22nd, 2008
11:27 AM ET

Yesterday's bullies pale by comparison to today's

Editor's Note: Glenn Pena was recently featured on TV Land’s High School Reunion. He was known on the show as “the geek” and talks about his days being bullied at JJ Pearce High School in Richardson, TX. You can learn more about Glenn here

Glenn Pena
"The geek" on TV Land's High School Reunion

At the moment I'm known by the fact that I was bullied in high school after I appeared as "the Geek" on the TV Land network show High School Reunion.

People who know me now but didn't know me then sometimes approach me after seeing the show, shocked that I endured hurtful insults and physical attacks from other kids while I was in school. My question to each of them is usually, is it really so shocking?

Bullying is an age old problem that continues today. My experience with being bullied may have been a bit more extreme than most back then. But many people in school in the 80's felt picked on to some degree; everyone has some painful memories from their time in high school.

Since the show ended, I've received many notes from people who were picked on, taunted, teased, beat up, you name it. Some of these people were so tortured that they changed schools or their whole family moved to a new place.

Many of the decisions I made as a young adult were shaped in part by the anger I still had after being bullied in school.

After school, I joined the Marine Corps, which was a healthy outlet for that aggression. In college, I refused the opportunity to join a fraternity even though I was approached by several because of fears that I would continue to be bullied in some way or other. I sometimes got into fights or drank too much.

The emotional scars from bullying sometimes run deep and can affect a person's life profoundly.

But today, the level of mistreatment by bullies seems amplified compared to what I experienced.

Filed under: 360° Radar
April 22nd, 2008
07:15 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Good Morning folks...today is the day we must SAVE the EARTH...Well, we are supposed to figure out ways to do that EVERYDAY, but today is the day we think a little harder about it...SOOO, Happy Earth Day!!!!

It is also Pennsylvania Primary Day!!! It has been 6 weeks since anyone went to vote in this election.... On the line - the fate of the Democratic presidential nomination. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would LOVE to come out of Pennsylvania with a win, but most political analysts agree that for Clinton, a victory is crucial. Obama leads in delegates won, the popular vote and states won so far this primary season. If Clinton wins, it would allow her to make a small dent in Obama's lead... BUT more importantly, bolster her position to the American people that if she can win the traditional Democratic constituencies needed to win the election..a.k.a. the BIG states...the mostly white working-class states... she can win the general election... NOTE to self: Primary season goes till JUNE 10...so strap yourselves in for a LONG LONG ride....

BUT TUNE IN TONIGHT at 7 pm ...the BEST Political TEAM on television..which includes our man ANDERSON COOPER...will have the latest on the vote count and all the analysis...

SO as the candidates make a final push for votes in today's Pennsylvania primary, USA TODAY has a new national poll out....Obama leads the NATIONAL survey by 50%-40% among Democrats and voters who lean Democratic. That's a bigger edge than the 7 percentage-point lead he held in the USA TODAY poll last month. NOT sure what that means for today...but good to know as we move forward...

Making local political headlines...a local tv station in Jonesville, S.C. is reporting that a sign in front of a small church is causing a big controversy.... Pastor Roger Byrd said that he just wanted to get people thinking. So last Thursday, he put a new message on the sign at the Jonesville Church of God. It reads: "Obama, Osama, hmm, are they brothers?" Lets see how long this takes to make NATIONAL headlines...

IN other news today...unless you live in Pennsylvania...stay home!!! Gas is up 65.9 cents from a year ago –gas prices hit an all time HIGH this morning and are now averaging $3.51 a gallon nationwide... SO, sell your car and start taking the bus!!!

The NY TIMES is reporting that laboratory workers began taking DNA samples on Monday from the 416 children seized in a raid earlier this month on a polygamist religious group in West Texas... Potential complications loomed on both fronts in what child welfare experts said was one of the largest and most tangled custody cases in United States history. The DNA samples, taken through cheek swabs, will be matched against samples taken from adults in the community over the next few days to determine family blood lines. THE GOAL? To determine who belongs to whom..but also help the state confirm who may have been forced into an under-age marriage... so stay tuned, the ACLU is now involved, it will get ugly!!!

AND in honor of earth day...the LA TIMES has a great headline "Mirror, mirror on the wall: Who is the greenest of them all? "  Well, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he is...He has a plan to slash his city's planet-warming greenhouse gases to 35% below the 1990 level by 2030, and make L.A. the "cleanest and greenest city in the country." BUT San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom says HOLD ON - he has a blueprint to cut his city's greenhouse gases to 20% below the 1990 level by 2012, creating "the greenest large city in the United States of America." BUT on a national level...the WASHINGTON TIMES reports that Democrats promised a wave of "green" legislation when they took control of Congress in January 2007, but their failure to produce major legislation to address global warming has left many environmental activists seeing red. SO again, YOU need to think of ways to SAVE the EARTH!!! 

Filed under: The Buzz