May 14th, 2008
09:21 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/14/08

Tonight, John Edwards is endorsing Barack Obama. What impact will this have on the campaign? We'll find out from the best political team on television.

The day after her big win in West Virginia, Hillary Clinton sat down in Washington with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. You'll hear a lot of that interview tonight on 360.

In China, a frightened 7th-grade girl was pulled safely from the rubble of a school dormitory - 50 hours after she was buried by Monday's earthquake. We'll have her story and the latest on the rescue effort.

If you're wondering why your comments aren't being posted take a look at our comments post.

And be sure to check out our live web camera from the 360° studio. The shot features Anderson and Erica behind the scenes on the set. We'll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET.

We'll start posting comments here at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
May 14th, 2008
05:16 PM ET

Edwards to endorse Obama

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David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer

Hey Bloggers,

Breaking News: John Edwards is to endorse Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for President...The Obama campaign tells us the announcement will occur tonight in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



We'll have the story at 10p ET. Please join us.

Filed under: Barack Obama • John Edwards • Raw Politics
May 14th, 2008
04:54 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Hope

Erica Hill
360° Correspondent

In case you missed John Vause’s report last night, I urge you to check it out online, along with the other reporting coming out of China.

When John was speaking with the local Communist Party rep for one of the town’s near the epicenter, I thought his assessment of the thousands missing and the damage was bad enough. But when he started to talk about the dead…that he had stopped counting at 500, and that his parents, his wife and their two children were among those who’d been killed my jaw dropped and heart ached for this man.

Amidst the tragedy and the tears, John and his crew have also come across incredibly kind, gracious people. And there are some glimmers of hope, even two days after this quake hit. A woman eight months pregnant was found alive after spending some 50 hours trapped in a pile of concrete slabs and debris. If that doesn’t give you hope, I don’t know what can.


Filed under: Erica Hill
May 14th, 2008
03:56 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/14/08

Hey Bloggers!

Dry those tears... its 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: Former President Bill Clinton holds one-year-old Shaelyn Tolleson-Knee after speaking at the Adams Center in Missoula, Mont.

Beat 360°

Have fun with it.

Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

– David M. Reisner, 360° Digital producer

UPDATE: Check out last night's Beat 360° winners!

Filed under: Beat 360°
May 14th, 2008
01:20 PM ET

How Hillary Clinton must handle the endgame

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David Gergen
360° Contributor

Her landslide victory gives Hillary Clinton a large measure of vindication for staying in the race. Clearly, many Democrats want to continue the race until the primaries and caucuses conclude, and she is giving voice to their legitimate concerns about the economy. The party will be much better positioned in the fall if it fully hears the anxieties of voters about their lives and can respond not only with a sense of hope but with a set of ideas and policies that will put America's house in order. The continued Clinton campaign is giving the public a chance to be more fully heard.

Yet it is also clear that unless the wheels come totally off the Obama campaign - and there is no sign of that, just the opposite - he will soon have the nomination in his grasp. That raises two questions for Mrs. Clinton:

Will she go gracefully?

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
May 14th, 2008
12:35 PM ET

FLDS Fathers fight to gain their children back

You can read the entire petition filed on behalf of 3 fathers with the FLDS to regain custody of their children here.
You can read the entire petition filed on behalf of 3 fathers with the FLDS to regain custody of their children here.

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer

Hey Bloggers,

The FLDS is fighting back after last month’s raid that removed more than 400 children from its Texas compound after accusations of forced marriages and sex with underage girls.

The writ of habeas corpus, used to test the legality of a person's detention, is being filed in San Angelo, Texas on behalf of 3 of the fathers with the FLDS.

I wanted to share another document with you.

Their claim is that they are monogamous families living in single-family residences on the compound... when their children were abducted:

"Each of these three Relators now before the Court, live in a monogamous relationship
with their wife (who was of age at the time of their marrage) and their children in single family, stand-alone, separate residences located on the YFZ Ranch property. There was no evidence nor allegation of physical or sexual abuse of any of these children"

What are your thoughts on the claim and the court case? You can read the entire article here

Filed under: FLDS update • Polygamy
May 14th, 2008
11:30 AM ET

Dispatches from the FLDS: Not a Minor, now what?

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Ismael Estrada
CNN Supervising Producer

Texas state officials confirm that the mother of child born in CPS care last week, is in fact not a minor, but an adult. Which leads to the question everyone has been asking since CPS removed over 400 children from the FLDS ranch in Eldorado, Texas in March. How old are these children, really? The state says they have been stymied by inconsistent birth dates, a lack of official birth records and different stories about their birth parents and ages. Last month, district Judge Barbara Walther ordered DNA testing for all the children and parents.

Texas Child Protective Services spokesperson Marleigh Meisner would not elaborate on the age of the mother, other than to say that she was not a minor. Meisner also would not elaborate on whether the mother was underage when the child was conceived. This could prove to be a hot potato for the state, as many of the ages of the women in state custody come to light. Proving to be a more difficult question, What will the state do with at least one child born to an adult the state believed was a minor?

Filed under: FLDS update • Polygamy
May 14th, 2008
10:11 AM ET

Helping orphans as another storm develops off Myanmar's coast

Editor’s note: World Vision is a Christian-based humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. Laura Cusumano Blank works for the organization and is currently helping with aid for the victims of Myanmar. She shares her experiences here:

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Laura Cusumano Blank
World Vision emergency communications officer

I guess when you work in disaster relief, it always seems like the world is ending. Moving from one disaster to the next leaves little room to pay attention to the latest news back home.

First, a cyclone hit Myanmar and left tens of thousands of people dead – and countless more missing.

Children became orphans, fathers lost their sons, grandmothers became parents to their grandchildren. If that wasn't enough, two days ago, an earthquake hit China, and the rising death toll is now competing with the number of dead in Myanmar.

Add to all of that the recent weather reports about a tropical storm developing off the coast of Myanmar with the potential for a cyclone to form within the next 24 hours.

Oh yeah, one more thing. Yesterday, the World Vision office in Bangkok had a power outage – no email, no land lines, no air conditioning, no lights. Can anything else happen here?

How you can help...

Filed under: Aid workers • Cyclone • Myanmar
May 14th, 2008
09:41 AM ET

Was West Virginia a side show, or a warning?

Barclay Palmer
360° Senior Producer

Ok, West Virginia was a nice side show on our way to the big tent, and we'll have a few more of those. But let's look ahead for a moment to the human cannonball act: Is this the year Dems rocket back into the White House, fueled by discontent over gas prices, the economy and the war? Or will they have a candidate so battered by the lion taming act that a Republican packagable as moderate and will capture Reagan Democrats and the political center, and win the brass ring for the Republicans yet again?

Mississippi might offer a better clue to this riddle than West Virginia. Democrat Travis Childers won the race in Mississippi's first congressional district, held by Republicans have held since 1994. This is the second time in two weeks that a Democrat has defeated a Republican in an open Congressional seat in the south. On May 3rd, Democrat Don Cazayoux won a special election in Louisiana.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Barclay Palmer • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
May 14th, 2008
09:33 AM ET

After big win, Clinton vows to push forward

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Sen. Hillary Clinton used her big win in West Virginia on Tuesday to make her case that she has a better chance of beating the Republicans in the general election.

"I am more determined than ever to carry on this campaign," she told supporters in Charleston, West Virginia.

"I am in this race because I believe I am the strongest candidate. ... I can lead this party to victory in the general election if you lead me to victory now."

With half of the results in, Clinton was ahead of Sen. Barack Obama by a margin of more than 2-1.

Clinton has faced calls to drop out of the race because she trails Obama in delegates won, states won and the popular vote this primary season.

Clinton also now trails Obama when it comes to the support of superdelegates, and her campaign is $20 million in the red

Read full story...

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
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