June 16th, 2008
11:41 PM ET

The Shot: Rubik's cube record

A PA teen breaks the record for fastest solve of a Rubik's cube in under 46 seconds.

Filed under: The Shot
June 16th, 2008
09:06 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/16/08

Right now, people in towns big and small along the Mississippi are sandbagging as fast as they can. In Clarksville, Missouri alone they're trying to get half a million sandbags in place ahead of the floodwaters expected to hit this river town. Along the Iowa River, the worst has already happened with six dead in the state. In some places, the water levels are falling but the anger is rising, from people who just want to go home, no matter how little they may have to go home to. Dan Simon and Gary Tuchman are in the flood zone with the latest.

In politics, a big name endorsement for Barack Obama tonight. He's got the Nobel prize, but does Al Gore still have political clout? We’ll find out from the best political team on television.

Anderson is reporting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo tonight. He’s been in Africa for more than a week now along with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. They’ve been looking at endangered habitats and how animal populations here are being wiped out. They’re also studying how viruses, potentially deadly viruses, travel from animals to men. Anderson has a reporter’s notebook for us tonight. You can also take a look at some of the pictures from their trip.

Campbell Brown will be anchoring the show tonight. You can see them on our live web cam. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET. LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

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

Filed under: Live Blog
June 16th, 2008
08:43 PM ET

The California Supreme Court's attack on marriage

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Tony Perkins
President of Family Research Council

When the clock chimed 5:01 p.m. PST, the California ruling that threatens to undo thousands of years of natural marriage officially took effect, triggering five months of social chaos that could wreak havoc on every state in America.

Homosexual couples hoping to make history will race down the aisle as early as tonight in at least two counties where clerks of court offices have agreed to stay open late and "marry" homosexuals.

Kern and Butte Counties won't be among them–not even tomorrow, when the homosexual wedding march will begin across California in earnest. Thanks to the courage of County Clerks Ann Barnett and Candace Grubbs, the local offices will stop performing wedding ceremonies altogether. FULL POST

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gay & Lesbian Issues • Tony Perkins
June 16th, 2008
06:50 PM ET

From silence to wedding bells

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Hilary Rosen
AC360° Contributor
Political director, The Huffington Post

The Sunday after the California Supreme Court issued their historic opinion matching Massachusetts in declaring the State’s ban on same sex marriage as inconsistent with that State’s constitution Peggy Noonan was a Sunday show guest. No middle of the road pundit she. I was surprised by her response when asked about the impact of the court’s decision. “I was struck by the silence,” she said. “People just don’t seem to care about this issue anymore. The nation has truly changed”

I am certain I never started a blog post in my entire career with a quote from Peggy Noonan. We don’t agree on much. But on this we certainly agree. Same sex marriage just doesn’t seem to be that big a deal in the political world this year. I am sure that plans are being made by the Republican Party across the country to try and surreptitiously exploit California marriages and their ensuing impact across the states in the fall elections. But the key point here is that they must be quiet. This is not a nation that tolerates intolerance anymore. And when the Conservative Vice President’s daughter has a baby with her lesbian lover, it sure doesn’t work as a partisan issue swatted about in the media.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gay & Lesbian Issues
June 16th, 2008
06:23 PM ET

Erica's News Note: What a Monday...

Erica Hill
AC 360° Correspondent

The images from the Midwest are eerily reminiscent of some other recent floods in the US. Our
reporters have sent in some unbelievable shots – they are worth a look.

I have a tough time wrapping my head around that much water; all I can focus on is the aftermath we saw in Louisiana and Mississippi, and it is not a pretty sight.


Millions of White House emails may be unaccounted for…and they’re likely going to stay that way, as are the records about why and how they may have gone missing. Today, a federal judge ruled the White House Office of Administration – the folks in charge of storing records, including emails – isn’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Why are people so interested in these emails? A few reasons… one is former CIA agent Valerie Plame, and the details on how and when her identity was leaked. The White House denies any evidence – including emails – was lost.

Filed under: Erica Hill • Erica's News Note
June 16th, 2008
04:37 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/16/08

Hey Bloggers!

Get up to the free-throw line, cause 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: Its a 4-in-1 contest!!! Unheard of!

Here we see US president George W. Bush plays basketball with members of the PeacePlayers international Basketball Group at Loughview integrated primary school, as he ends his visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland. (PeacePlayers International-Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) uses the game of basketball to address sectarianism and foster mutual respect and tolerance by enabling Catholic and Protestant children ages 10-14 to play the game together. Basketball, unlike traditional sports in Northern Ireland, is not affiliated with either community.)

Beat 360°

Have fun with it.

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

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Filed under: Beat 360°
June 16th, 2008
03:57 PM ET

PLANET IN PERIL: Battle Lines – Battling Diseases

Battle Lines


Check out these pictures of Anderson on assignment in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Planet In Peril: Battle lines. Anderson and Dr. Sanjay Gupta join a team determined to stop the next deadly virus before it gets out of the jungle...

Filed under: Planet in Peril
June 16th, 2008
03:18 PM ET

The delicate taste of porcupine

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Phil Littleton
Senior Photojournalist

…Zoonotics…This is a word I have learnt. (It is about the study of “nunus” found in animals). All I know about it is that there are Field Virologists who go out into the jungles to find the Zoonotics. Sound simple – not really.

To film this you have to wander through the rolling hills of Cameroon, with the indigenous hunters, looking for little furry animals—which are trapped and killed.

Right…The rolling hills are covered in thick jungle, with all sorts of nasty vegetation, sometimes so thick, getting my large pink body through into the bush, is akin to thumbing a marshmallow through a keyhole.

On the day (yes, eight hours) I went in we did not see one living animal, except a porcupine, but alas a sharp blow to the head with a machete ended that as it dangled in the hunters snare, he did however have nine hungry mouths to feed back in the village. The blood I’d collected and analyzed—finding out what dark secrets await us.

Filed under: Phil Littleton • Planet in Peril
June 16th, 2008
12:55 PM ET

Tim Russert: A "Splendid Torch"

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David Gergen
CNN Sr. Political Analyst
Fmr. Presidential Adviser

Since the news reached us on Friday afternoon, many Americans have experienced an extraordinary sense of grief about the death of Tim Russert. One hears it not only on television but in personal conversations with people all over the country. A friend in Hawaii sent a note to his three sons on Saturday, asking them to watch "Meet the Press" the next morning so that they could talk together about the meaning of father-son relationships on Father's Day. A friend in North Carolina said he was glued to his television. A friend in Massachusetts said she had not felt so much anguish since the death of John F. Kennedy.

Clearly, some of the grieving comes because he seemed so vital and young, heightening the sense that he left us far ahead of his time. Some of it comes because we are now hearing stories from an army of close friends that he maintained and how much he cared for them - he was a sweet as well as passionate man. NBC, to its credit, has revealed to us just how much he meant to his colleagues, not only there but in every corner of journalism and politics. We are learning, too, of how fine a chief he was to his Washington bureau - he may be as irreplaceable there as on the air. As Andrea Mitchell of NBC said right off, he set the gold standard in journalism.

But the depth of the grieving among the public suggests that he touched something deeper in the country.

Filed under: David Gergen • Tim Russert
June 16th, 2008
12:44 PM ET

One simple question

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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editor, The Nation

It started with one simple question posed by Senator Bernie Sanders to his constituents in an invitation to a town meeting: what does the decline of the middle class mean to you personally?

Over 700 people replied.

A second question was asked in his e-newsletter, The Bernie Buzz: do you have a story to tell about how gas prices are affecting you?

Over 1200 responses.

"The volume of responses was stunning," Sanders told me. "Most people in my state – especially in rural areas – do not feel comfortable telling people about their struggles. ‘He has it worse than I do, I'll be fine. Thanks for asking.' It's just not a natural thing [to share these struggles]…. The other point that has to be underlined – this is not an interview at the homeless shelter. These are letters from working families, from middle class families… [and] people who've worked their whole lives who expected to have a minimal degree of economic security but are now finding themselves with nothing."

Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy • Katrina vanden Heuvel
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