May 30th, 2008
09:30 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 5/30/08

Tonight, you'll hear former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan in his own words. He'll answer his critics and explain how his book "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" came to be.

What's going to happen to the delegates in Michigan and Florida? The democratic party's Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting to figure that out. You'll remember that both Florida and Michigan defied party rules and held primaries earlier than allowed. As punishment, both state parties were told they would not be represented at all when the party officially nominates its presidential candidate in Denver in August, and they are challenging those sanctions. Will there be a compromise?

David Mattingly has the latest on the FLDS. What's next for the state and the kids? Take a look at David's blog about possible payback.

And be sure to check out our live web camera from the 360° studio. It shows 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 to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
May 30th, 2008
08:39 PM ET

The AC360° McClellan interview – all of it

You can view the entire with Scott McClellan AC360° here.
You can view the entire with Scott McClellan AC360° here.

Editor's note: Tonight on AC360° we have Anderson's interview with Scott McClellan. You can read the entire transcript here, but note: this is a rush transcript, there are typos and abbreviations. No need to point each one out!



"And our central objection to the book is that it is not based in fact and I think that one of ther reasons we are puzzled and surprised and saddened by it is because...the...charge, the loaded charge in the book...is that the president and his senior advisors purposefully misled people in to war and we sent our young men and women knowing something we weren't telling the american people. That is not true."


Scott McClellan: Uh..First of all I have a lot of fineness for Dana Perino. I actually hired her and brought her on the staff when she was deputy press secretary. Returning to the comments she made today the White House is now suggesting that they deliberately misled the American people, and that is actually not what i say in the book. I said that it was not deliberate or conscious.


Filed under: Scott McClellan
May 30th, 2008
07:44 PM ET

Returning the children, with conditions

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Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

So how does the state give the kids back?

This morning Judge Barbara Walther asked for all the players to join in court today. A 2pm "conference" to decide how the court will abide by the Texas Supreme Court's decision to essentially give the FLDS kids back to their families.

The court was packed this afternoon as attorneys, FLDS mothers, and media filled the seats. All waiting to hear how this would all be resolved.

The state drafted up some language on how to return the children, with guidelines. Some of those proposals:

Filed under: FLDS court hearing • Ismael Estrada • Polygamy
May 30th, 2008
06:20 PM ET

Is the FLDS voting for payback?

Ismael Estrada and David Mattingly
AC360° Producer and Correspondent

ELDORADO, Texas - Schleicher County, Texas is the kind of small community where everyone knows your name. This tiny town has two traffic lights and gas stations, a few restaurants, a small, local weekly paper and now - possibly hundreds of new voters.

A few years ago, when the FLDS polygamist sect set up camp on their new 1,700-acre property, they told local officials they wanted nothing to do with local government. They say they just wanted to stay to themselves in their secluded YFZ ranch, where they were building massive homes and a temple as more FLDS members moved in.

But their promise to stay out of local government has changed since Texas authorities raided their property on April 3. FULL POST

Filed under: David Mattingly • FLDS update • Polygamy
May 30th, 2008
05:02 PM ET

Anderson's View: the 360° Scott McClellan interview

You can view the entire with Scott McClellan AC360° here.
You can view the entire with Scott McClellan AC360° here.

Anderson Cooper

I just got done interviewing Scott McCellan. He’s been interviewed on a couple of other programs already, but I think you will find the interview we are going to air on 360 tonight is much different.

I was up until about 4am last night reading the book, and I finished it earlier today. I believe in holding people accountable for their words and actions, and not taking political sides, and I think you will see my effort to do all those things in the interview tonight.

I wanted to give McClellan the opportunity to directly address some of the specific attacks being made against him by the White House and its surrogates, but I also wanted to directly address some of the things that are vague in his book.

He blames being stuck in the White House “bubble” but is that really a valid excuse for his actions? He says he was caught up in the Washington game, but does that justify making what he now admits were misleading statements?

Anyway, I think you will be interested in the interview tonight. It’s tough, but fair. I hope you tune it.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Scott McClellan
May 30th, 2008
04:58 PM ET

If you suddenly discovered the truth, would you wonder where it'd been?

Barclay Palmer
AC360° Senior Producer

Scott McClellan says it took time for his "partisan blinders" to come down. Ok...but why? Is this White House really as unreflective as critics have claimed?

I know... it can take us all a while to see the other guy's perspective, or the "truth," as McClellan put it. But if the White House has been so caught up in "permanent campaign" mode that it missed "the value of truth and honesty," as McClellan said, well... those are pretty big elephants in the room to miss… are they not?

What's your view?

Anderson interviews McClellan for tonight’s show. We hope you’ll join us at 10p ET.

Filed under: Barclay Palmer • Raw Politics • Scott McClellan
May 30th, 2008
04:33 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Weird and wonderful

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent
Anderson just did a smart, fascinating interview with Scott McClellan. So many questions - I wanted to ask a him a few myself when I rode in the elevator with him this afternoon, but 5 floors wasn’t enough time. It was a crazy way to start my Friday, though! You never know who you’ll see in this building.


OK, let’s get down to business!

Can you imagine a woman living in your closet for a year without you knowing? I know, that last sentence has a few things that are tough to imagine, but it happened in Japan. Somehow, this woman was able to not only move in, she got herself a mattress, and even showered! Her one slip-up? Taking food from the guy who’s closet she was living in. In tech-savvy Japan, all it took was a webcam and cell phone to solve the mystery of the missing munchies.

Filed under: Erica Hill
May 30th, 2008
04:15 PM ET

Beat 360 5/30/08

Hey Bloggers!

It's 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 the 'Beat 360°' pic of the day: Former President Bill CLinton, left, introduces former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the announcement of the formation of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in New York Friday May 30, 2008.

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 our Beat 360° winners!

Filed under: Beat 360°
May 30th, 2008
03:04 PM ET

The "New West"

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/29/art.obama2.jpg]Kalyn Free
Superdelegate supporting Sen. Obama
President of The Indigenous Democratic Network

On Tuesday, tribal voters in South Dakota and Montana have an historic opportunity to help secure the presidential nomination for Senator Barack Obama. This is an unprecedented election year for Indian Country. Senator Obama, as well as Senator Hillary Clinton, has been to Indian Country during this primary. I commend them both for putting tribal issues on their national platforms.

Indian voters have been more and more visible on the national landscape in the last two election cycles. 2008 will prove even more important as the "New West" will be a pivotal battleground for determining the presidency and the make-up of congress. In the "New West" tribal communities have concentrated populations and the ability to swing an election in favor of either party. In 2006, Senator Jon Tester of Montana beat incumbent Conrad Burns due to increased turn out on Indian reservations in Montana and in 2002, the Indian vote helped secure a victory for Senator Tim Johnson in South Dakota, who won by 524 votes.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
May 30th, 2008
02:57 PM ET

Crane collapse: What wasn't supposed to happen again, just happened...

Check out my video of the crane collapse from across the street of the accident
Check out my video of the crane collapse from across the street of the accident

David M. Reisner
360 Digital Producer

It wasn’t the way I expected to wake up. I was up rather late the night before… so I could have used hitting the ‘snooze’ button a few times. But the alarm went off, I got up, and began to hear the howl of fire-engines and the wail of ambulance sirens.

This happens a lot in NYC, as emergency vehicles barrel down these wide avenues to get to fires and emergencies all throughout the city. What made this different was that the sirens didn’t trail off... like the usually do. They grew louder. But it was the monotonous ‘thump-thump-thump’ of a helicopter… hovering… as if right over my apartment… that really woke me up. I knew it must be close, and I knew ‘this’ must be big.

I shot out of bed – flicked on the TV – and saw a local station reporting the collapse. I didn’t even need to see the street sign, or the read the information in the breaking news banner – I knew exactly where this was… Just 3 blocks away.

I grabbed my keys, my phone, my camera, and rushed out to the scene. Neighbors and people who work in the area were already spilling out into the streets to stare at the accident that lay across 1st Avenue.

Some say they heard a loud noise; a ‘snap’ – like a giant toothpick – One of our iReporters said the crane collapse sounded like a "prolonged car accident."


Filed under: Crane Collapse
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