May 14th, 2008
09:25 AM ET

Dear Mr. President... signed, the FLDS

You can read the entire letter from the FLDS to the President here.
You can read the entire letter from the FLDS to the President here.

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer

Hey bloggers,

We've been busy with coverage of the WV primary, the situation in Myanmar, and the earthquake in China, but I wanted to share an interesting letter that was sent... to the president... from the FLDS.

An elder of the polygamist sect sent the letter to the White House decrying the separation of the sect's children from their parents as "terrorist acts"

The Yearning for Zion ranch in Eldorado, Texas, was raided last month by authorities acting on tips alleging physical and sexual abuse. The ranch is owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Mormon offshoot that practices polygamy.

Child welfare officials took more than 460 children and teens into state custody, where they remain.

Members of the sect deny allegations of abuse and say the raid was based on a hoax.


Filed under: FLDS update • Polygamy
May 14th, 2008
09:02 AM ET

Vaccines and autism

Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Last week, I sat down with Dr. Bernadine Healy at CNN’s Women’s Health Summit in New York City. She is a remarkable person who has been the “first” at many things, including the first woman to head the National Institutes of Health. We talked about many things, including the persistent brain fog patients and their doctors have when it comes to heart disease and women. Everyone should know that heart disease is the biggest killer of women; in fact heart disease kills ten times as many women as breast cancer.

What I wanted to blog about today, though, is her response to a question I asked about autism. She had written a column about the topic in U.S. News and World Report and told me she believes the link between vaccines and autism is “biologically plausible.” Of course, that spurred several more questions from me (click here to watch).

Healy went on to say that many in the scientific world have been quick to dismiss the concerns of parents and have not conducted the necessary studies of causation to definitively rule out a vaccine/autism link. Healy’s comments have become a lightning rod in the medical community – with an infectious disease expert with the American Academy of Pediatrics calling CNN twice yesterday to express concern parents will misconstrue Healy’s comments and stop get their kids vaccinated – and that vaccines save lives.

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Filed under: Autism • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
May 14th, 2008
06:50 AM ET

Morning Buzz


She's still here!!! YES,folks..Hillary Clinton crushed Barack Obama last night in the West Virginia primary! So she is not going anywhere anytime soon...NOT only did she win the blue collar white vote, but she won men, women and more importantly, young people. She used her big win in West Virginia 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...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." Today, with her campaign in 20 million dollars in debt...she spends the day in Washington DC trying to convince fundraisers that she is still a viable contender. Candy Crowley  will bring us up to speed on her future. Then Hillary sits down with Wolf Blitzer, we will have a lot of that interview on AC360 tonight, too. Barack Obama spends the day in Michigan, the so-called birthplace of the "Reagan Democrats," that same voting block that launched Clinton to victory in West Virginia...interesting!! Suzanne Malveaux will be with Obama today where many say he is kicking off his campaign against John McCain...

There was lots of chatter last night from Clinton and her communications director, Howard Wolfsen, about "every vote must count." Yes, the Florida and Michigan discussion is baaaaack... Tom Foreman will tackle the efforts by both campaigns to get those votes counted...AND John King will be at his way cool smart board looking at how Clinton pulled off this landslide, but more importantly what the next two primaries in Oregon and Kentucky mean....

AND let's not forget John McCain...Gary Tuchman has been out hiking with the presumptive Republican nominee... BUT is McCain too old? Barack Obama says that John McCain "lost his bearings." Obama denies that is a reference about age. But many other public figures are blunt about their belief that John McCain may be too old for the White House. Is it a valid issue? Or is such discussion out of bounds? Is John McCain wins, he would be the oldest person elected to a first term in the White House in the nation's history....

AND I am sure we will bring you all the latest in China...where the official death toll reported by state-run media stands at just over 14,866....but an unofficial tally of individual communities provided by news services added up to 19,565...so sad...

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