June 18th, 2008
09:42 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/18/08

For what's in the program, check out tonight's Evening Buzz.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica out on our live web camera from the 360° studio. 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
June 18th, 2008
09:12 PM ET

The softer side of Michelle Obama

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Randi Kaye
AC360° Correspondent

Did you catch "The View" today? Michelle Obama was co-hosting.

Turns out she'd been invited to do so back in December, but it had to be postponed because of the writer's strike. Cindy McCain co-hosted in April.

This was a really big day for the Obama campaign since it is trying to "reposition" Mrs. Obama.

By now, you've probably read all the comments on the blogs. They paint her as an angry black woman, and much worse.

No better place to squash ugly internet rumors than on "The View", chatting it up with the ladies, right?


Filed under: Randi Kaye • Raw Politics
June 18th, 2008
09:01 PM ET

Levees and luck - good and bad

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Karin Matz
CNN Producer

We just talked with a man who lives right behind a levee holding back the Mississippi, in West Illinois farm country. He was out watering the dry dirt road from West Quincy to the levee so passing cars wouldn't kick up so much dust and blow it into house.

He told us this levee is still holding strong and it's the only one that held up during the 1993 floods.

Lucky man.

A little later, down Highway 57, we arrived in Marblehead, where the levee had broken. These folks are definitely not lucky. Their homes and garages are under water, so is their farmland.

Another piece of Americana swept away by the big river. It's unbelievable that just a few minutes apart, landscape and life are so different.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Weather
June 18th, 2008
08:33 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Rising Water

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Hey, all.  Whew!  It's a busy night here in the newsroom.  We're working hard to bring you the news. I know... I know... it sounds like something Ron Burgandy would say in "Anchorman".  Ha!!  But, it's true.

Here are some of tonight's stories:

Rising water.  More levees are at the breaking point along the Mississippi River.  More homes and farms are damaged.  CNN's Gary Tuchman & Dan Simon are in the flood zone.  They'll have the latest developments in live reports tonight on 360°.

Also, Michelle Obama's morning... up close.  She was on "The View".  Did she win over voters?  And, what about Cindy McCain?  She's taking issue with Michelle Obama's patriotism.  We've got the raw politics.

Plus, we're on the trail covering Obama's head scarf controversy. Did his campaign cross the line?

Also tonight, as friends and family say goodbye to Tim Russert we look at the 'silent killer' that took his life.  Get information on heart disease that may save your life.

Hope you'll join us at 10pm ET.  It's time to get back to writing pages for the newscast. Later!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
June 18th, 2008
07:52 PM ET

Saving the levees, deer in the water

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Karin Matz
CNN Producer

At Shaffer farm, just north of Quincy, Illinois, folks have been sandbagging for a week.

So far the levees are holding but there's major concern. About 100 volunteers are working 18-hour days.

"The levees ain't gonna save themselves!" one volunteer told us

Local Menonites are volunteering. The Red Cross is providing meals.

We are now following a police officer down to a high water area. He took amazing pictures of deer in the water. I'm going to look for the deer, too.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Severe Weather
June 18th, 2008
06:21 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Honoring Heroes

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

There is one American WWI vet still alive today… the lone survivor of the more than two million men sent overseas to fight that war.

Frank Woodruff Buckles is 107. When he was 16, he lied about his age so he could join the Army.

Today, the Senate honors Mr. Buckles. It’s his second big Washington nod this year – earlier this spring, he met with the President.

It’s incredible to think of how this country and the world have changed in Mr. Buckles’ 107 years… he’s seen the birth of commercial flight, the space program, seen cars go from a luxury to a necessity to a burden, seen more changes on maps than I can count… wow.


This note may have come a little late today… and I admit it’s shorter than usual. I had a tough time turning away from Tim Russert’s memorial service this afternoon, and besides Mr Buckles’ story, not much seemed to fit today.

Filed under: Erica Hill • Tim Russert
June 18th, 2008
05:39 PM ET

5,000 sandbags an hour

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Cherly Waterman
United Way of Adams Co.

  • Sandbagging here in Quincy Illinois started Friday the 13th
  • Volunteers start 6am and the last volunteer leaves around 9
  • More than 500 volunteered today
  • More than 4,000 volunteered this past weekend
  • They're filling 5000 sandbags an hour
  • That means more than million sandbags stacked since Friday

Filed under: 360° Radar • Severe Weather
June 18th, 2008
04:17 PM ET

Beat 360° 06/18/08

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:

Seal pups play with each other at the local common seal station in Friedrichskoog at the North Sea, northern Germany.

Beat 360°

Have fun with it.

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

UPDATE: The staff winner is Marshal: "Seal leaves Heidi Klum, begs old sweetheart to forgive him." For the viewer, Mike wins with, "No dear, we can’t do a fist bump like Barack and Michelle. We haven’t got fists."


Filed under: Beat 360°
June 18th, 2008
02:56 PM ET

Tiger Woods...laced with kryptonite

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Kay Jones
AC360° Staff

Tiger Woods is human after all. Excuse me a moment while I process this fact…You see, after watching the US Open this weekend and Monday, I was convinced he had donned Superman’s cape underneath his traditional red polo/black slacks “last day of the tournament” uniform and proceeded to make shot after amazing shot to win his 3rd US Open. Apparently, someone doused his sports drink with kryptonite. We found out today that Tiger Woods will have reconstructive surgery on his knee and miss the rest of the golf season, which means it’ll probably be early 2009 before we can see him play again.

Filed under: AC360° Staff
June 18th, 2008
01:44 PM ET

McCain's switch on offshore drilling might help... and hurt

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Ed Henry BIO
White House Correspondent

So much for John McCain distancing himself from President Bush.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has rolled out a new TV ad saying he's more of an environmentalist than Bush. "John McCain stood up to the President and sounded the alarm on global warming five years ago," says the ad, noting the Senator has a plan to "curb greenhouse emissions" realistically.

But now, less than 24 hours later, Bush is unveiling a move that will undoubtedly increase greenhouse gas emissions, by increasing the supply of oil, and it's a move supported by (drumroll, please) John McCain.

Marching in lockstep with the general outlines of a plan McCain signed on to Tuesday, Bush revealed Wednesday he wants to end the federal ban on offshore oil drilling. What's new is that while Bush has previously pushed for offshore drilling, he had not called for the specific step of lifting the federal ban.

This is obviously a response to the President's growing political problem of $4-a-gallon gasoline, which may increase the chances of a recession and mar his final months in office.

Filed under: John McCain • Oil • Raw Politics
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