June 6th, 2008
02:41 PM ET

A tale of two economic policies

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Kelly Daniel
AC360° Staff

First, some Raw Data:

  • Unemployment rate is 5.5%, the highest rate since October 2004.
  • The jump in jobless rate for May is the biggest increase since February 1986.
  • The U.S. economy has lost jobs for 5 months in a row.

What do the presumptive presidential nominees have to say about it? Each claims that the other man has the wrong idea about how to fix the problem.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Economy • John McCain • Kelly Daniel • Raw Politics
June 6th, 2008
10:32 AM ET

What you didn't see in Obama's interview

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We brought you Candy Crowley's interview with Obama last night on the show. If you missed it, you can catch it on the 360° podcast here.

But we also thought you'd be interested to see another side of the presumptive presidential nominee. Particularly if you're a basketball fan.

See what we mean here.

You can also watch the entire interview here.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Candy Crowley
June 6th, 2008
10:18 AM ET

There's an elephant in the backyard!

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Chuck Johnston
Assignment Editor, National Desk

Gloria and Melvin Folkers weren’t planning on going to the circus this year, when it made its annual stop in the small town of Wakeeney, Kansas.

So…the circus came to them. Two elephants from a traveling circus got spooked when strong storms went through Kansas on Thursday night.

Apparently strong winds picked up an inflatable slide near the elephants—and scared the elephants into a mad dash down the streets of Wakeeney.

And one of them even came to visit the Folkers.

“Hun…You will want to come up and see this!,” Marvin called for his wife who was downstairs at the time.

Gloria says that no one was really ever in harms way—the elephant’s trainer from the circus was right next to the elephant who wandered in the backyard.

Both elephants were corralled back into the elephant trailers by their trainers, and are now back at the circus grounds.

“Well I guess that will put Wakeeney on the map!!,” Gloria said of the ordeal.

Filed under: Smile
June 6th, 2008
10:06 AM ET

The man in charge

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Kelli Arena
CNN Correspondent

He's been in custody for more than five years. He's been waterboarded. He's been held in isolation. But the man who appeared in a military courtroom was far from broken. Self confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was clearly the man in charge.

The five detainees, who hadn't been in the same room together in years, were allowed to talk before the military commission got started. Reporters were allowed to view their interaction but were behind a glass panel and could not hear them. Mohammed had an extremely calm demeanor, and held himself rather regally. He was clearly chastising some of his alleged co-conspirators, shaking his finger at them and frowning. He continued to talk to them even after the proceedings started.

At one point he held up four fingers then pointed at Mustafa Ahmad al Hawsawi who put his head down. It was clear al Hawsawi was a holdout for whatever strategy he was trying to maneuver. Later in the evening, al Hawsawi's lawyer told reporters, "I can tell you from my impression it was clear that Mr. Mohammed was attempting to intimidate Mr. al Hawsawi into not accepting me as counsel."

Filed under: Kelli Arena • Terrorism
June 6th, 2008
09:47 AM ET

Why Do We Turn Away?

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John Edwards
Former U.S. Senator

If we want to end the great moral shame of America — the 37 million Americans who are denied economic justice in our country — then we need to ask the most basic question: why? Not why are "they" struggling every day, but why do we accept things as they are?

Why do we accept that the waitress who just brought us lunch needs the church's food pantry to feed her daughter for the rest of the month? She's working and that should be enough.

Why do we accept that the man who just bagged our groceries is 72 years old and lost everything when his wife got sick? He's worked all of his life and retirement shouldn't mean more work.

Why do we accept that the men and women who wore our uniform are committing suicide in their trucks because they can't afford to see a doctor? They served us and they shouldn't even have to ask.

Filed under: Economy • John Edwards
June 6th, 2008
08:30 AM ET

Fear on TV, and in the voting booth

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Randi Kaye
AC360° Correspondent

You've heard plenty of politics, but how about this one mixing politics with psychology. It’s really cool. And it’s very personal.

We gathered a group of 8 undecided voters to see how they respond to attack ads and how the ads might affect their choice of candidate. We all met at Emory University in Atlanta, where psychologist Drew Westen studies how voters' brains react to candidates' messages, including attack ads.

Westen says fear-based attack ads are effective because they tap into the voters’ subconscious. He predicted voters would tell us they didn’t like these ads, and that the ads didn’t have any impact on them. Well, guess what. He was right. That is what our group told us. When they watched Hillary Clinton’s 3 a-m ad, which was designed to make voters question Obama’s experience, they said it did not make them doubt him. But their brain told us something else.

The results show the ads do work. Westen says even though our conscious self doesn’t like the ad, our subconscious responds to it. The ad gets deep in there.


Filed under: Randi Kaye • Raw Politics
June 6th, 2008
07:09 AM ET

Morning Buzz


THEY ARE TALKING...Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met LAST NIGHT for what their campaigns are calling "unity" talks..."unity" talks? what does that mean? No one knows at this point because no one has any great details about the meeting....so Candy Crowley and Suzanne Malveaux will dig on that today for us...

BUT in a "JOINT" statement released by BOTH campaigns "they had a productive discussion about the important work that needs to be done to succeed in November. " A group that is urging Obama to select Clinton as his running mate praised the meeting. "We are thrilled to hear that Senators Obama and Clinton are meeting already," said a statement from VoteBoth. "We hope that Thursday night's conversation is a step toward an Obama-Clinton ticket that will unify the party." Just prior to the meeting, Clinton thanked supporters in an e-mail and pledged to help Obama capture the White House after eight years of Republican control. Clinton will officially "suspend" her campaign tomorrow....

The LA TIMES asks this morning: New question: What does Hillary Clinton want now?

Filed under: The Buzz
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