July 15th, 2008
09:00 PM ET

AC360° Radar for July 16, 2008

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:

RAW POLITICS: Sen. Obama will be spending the day in Chicago and West Lafayette, IN.  Sen. McCain will be in Cincinnati and Ashland, NE. 

A NATION DIVIDED: The South Carolina legislature has approved the production of license plates featuring a cross and the words "I believe." It is the first state in the nation to approve a plate with a reference to one religion. The Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina spearheaded the effort and says while he would support other religions symbols on state plates, he believes the United States is a Christian nation, and that Christians shouldn't always back down to "separation of church and state types." And yes, those "types" have filed a federal lawsuit against the state saying this is a violation of the nation's constitution.  You can read Jeffrey Toobin’s blog. 

DARFUR MEETING: The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to hold consultation on the U.N.-A.U. Mission in Darfur.

SAVING SMARTLY FOR RETIREMENT HEARING: Senate Aging Committee holds hearing entitled “Saving Smartly for Retirement: Are Americans Being Encouraged to Break Open the Piggy Bank?”

SEAN BELL LAWSUIT: Scheduled date of hearing in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Sean Bell against New York City. Bell was killed on his wedding day in November 2006 by NYPD officers. The officers were acquitted of all charges in April 2008.

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  1. EJ (USA)

    This is something that should be reported to the Humane Society or to a wildlife rescue operation. It’s just wrong and he is torturing and slaughtering turtles for the pure enjoyment of it. I can’t believe you would condone his cruel behavior and thusly encourage more of the same from other idiots of his ilk. I’m very disappointed in you tonight, Mr. Cooper and in CNN for airing this disgrace.

    That turtle guy lives in Kentucky. If you think that's the worst thing people do there, you've got another thing coming.

    Not only do you have turtle man, you have dog man, squirrel man, bunny man...

    July 16, 2008 at 12:01 pm |
  2. Kellie Spokane, WA

    I think its great that South Carolina is taking a stand and fighting for what they believe. Our Country is based on Christian values and I think that we are forgetting that. I;m excited to hear the rest of the story.

    July 16, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  3. Adrienne Atkins

    I just watched a report you aired regarding the "turtleman." This person was videotaped grabbing several turtles by the tail and tormenting them by flinging them about callously, obviously being cruel and utterly heartless in his treatment of them. Mr. Cooper, you apparently found this amusing, though the lady sitting next to you did not. She spoke up for the turtles and suggested that they were being harmed, which you apparently did not seem to comprehend.

    This is something that should be reported to the Humane Society or to a wildlife rescue operation. It's just wrong and he is torturing and slaughtering turtles for the pure enjoyment of it. I can't believe you would condone his cruel behavior and thusly encourage more of the same from other idiots of his ilk. I'm very disappointed in you tonight, Mr. Cooper and in CNN for airing this disgrace.

    July 16, 2008 at 6:22 am |
  4. William A. Ford

    I just wanted to make an observation,for someone who claims to be so patriotic and american,why is it that that patriotism did'nt rise up when a foreign interest was trying to take over budweiser a true american staple and do all he could to prevent this hostile takeover.Maybe it's because his wife,the budweiser heiress and he stand to make millions in the deal,at the cost of a piece of america?I was'nt aware that america was for sale.

    July 16, 2008 at 6:05 am |
  5. Gary Fagan

    Anderson, "Keeping them honest" is a theme for your show. What was the accountability of Alan Greenspan, former Fed Chief? Wasn't he paid $800K a year to at least give general oversite and monitoring a good chunk of Federal Reserve dollars? Boy, he sure got the heck "out-of-Dodge" when things in the economy started going sour!
    He and his staff should be investigated at the capital level.

    July 16, 2008 at 5:55 am |
  6. Julie San Diego, CA

    YES! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    You listen.

    Thanks for giving some airtime to the possible negotiations with Iran.

    FYI Rachel Walker:
    1. Sharks are very rude. They eat people. Totally impolite in my book. Bears are equally impolite, as they are occasionally known for devouring innocuous hikers.
    2. Don't hold your breath waiting for Anderson to talk to you. He's scared of girls. Especially short redheads he surreptuously stalks around the Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle. (Yes, CNN lets him off his leash once in awhile.)

    The red was an unfortunate chemistry experiment with the haircolor. It's blonde again.

    Very much looking forward to the story on Darfur. Please run it. I have a friend who was an aid worker out there last summer, but the situation got so bad they pulled her aid group out. We don't get nearly enough news on what's being done to help these people.

    July 16, 2008 at 2:10 am |
  7. Maria

    What was that story about the turtleman? I'm listening on XM and missed the first part and (obviously) could not see anything. All I heard was chainsaw and turtle being eaten. That's disgusting. Anderson, what were you snickering about? This isn't funny. If it was about dead turtles I think that's a very uncool story, and it's even more uncool for you to be glib about it. Dude, I look at you as the voice of justice and Mr. Animal Conservation – not someone who snickers about killing turtles (torturing?). That's so not cool. Someone please tell me I misunderstood this whole thing, and I will apologize.

    11:00pm PST

    July 16, 2008 at 2:06 am |
  8. Diane

    I would love to see a segment showing the "complete" compensation packages from the past 2 years for the executives of the financial institutions that have created the sub-prime mortgage mess. Better yet – I would like to see them repay their compensation. It is obvious they were not managing; atleast, not trying to have a profitable company. You never see their homes in the foreclosure listings!

    July 16, 2008 at 1:43 am |
  9. Barbara in Orange County, CA

    Retirement? What is that? I have worked since I was 13 and no company pensions to look forward to, just the "big bucks" from Social Security if I make it till the max of 70 years old. I couldn't survive on that amount NOW, just imagine what things will cost in 10 years. My retirement plan is winning the California Lottery or finding my sugar daddy.....any takers ? LOL

    July 16, 2008 at 12:32 am |
  10. Rich

    There are more important things in this economically challenged times to debate than church and license plates with religious iconotation. The escallating gas price, motgage problems, and living costs should take precedence over irrelevant isues like license plate. Yesterday, we spent our time discussing a new yorker irresponsible satire that was done to be provocative and later reafirm people's misconceptons of the norminee. let's get our priorities straight.

    July 15, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  11. EJ (USA)

    DARFUR! They finally issued an arrest warrant citing genocide. There you have it! The proof of genocide in Darfur. I’m excited for this story.

    I was excited until reports said this could put the people (who've already lost everything) in danger and that there is close to zero chance something would ever happen to the Sudanese President.

    That's disheartening. It feels like there is no answer then. The African nations don't seem to care. It seems as if no one can do anything. I wish the international organizations could really do more and demand more when so many people are being killed & abused. It's going to take the heads of other African nations to come together and step in... but maybe they do not care! As long as they do not care, people will keep dying & women & children will continue to be abused & raped on such a large scale.

    July 15, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  12. scott alan

    I was sad to see your show on the 14th, putting all those stories in front of the fact that our country lost 9 men in our fight againest the Taliban. Guess we see the priorities of our news service.

    July 15, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  13. Brenda Michaels

    I have watched your show for a very long time and this is the first time I've emailed with a comment but I had to say that your report on the snapping turtles was disgusting. Shame on you for giving this guy air time. His ignorance was apalling and so was his treatment of those defenseless turtles. From my perspective he is abusive! And the fact that he brags about eating turtles... well it just goes to show you that when it comes to protecting the animals that live side by side with us on this planet there seems to be very little concern.

    Our treatments of animals is reflected in our treatment of each other and this planet. As long as new outlets such as CNN are willing to glorify and laugh as such horrible behavior says alot. After tonight, I'm turning you off permanently!

    July 15, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  14. William Courtland

    Secure scientific patents and useful arts, we have high energy particles vibrating back and forth in the axons and nuerons in our brain that create a transmission source which can send signals at the speed of light.

    It is often in historic account considered a personal violation to steal conception from others, a crime many westerners are guilty of but one few Iranians are.

    What right do they have to protect their way of life, when America's state of democracy might not be the greater.

    What is apportionment when considering representation and presonal public accountability, with district growth numerical separation releases members of congress from responsibility. What is congress even for, but to promote the peoples needs as changes to the Constitution via the amendment process, but remember the Constitution has not changed since 1933, so this assumes you have it all perfect and no longer need to make any changes.

    July 15, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  15. Sarah

    DARFUR! They finally issued an arrest warrant citing genocide. There you have it! The proof of genocide in Darfur. I'm excited for this story.

    July 15, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  16. CaseyJPS

    Considering the current round of economic blight, it will be amazing if any of us (working and middle class) will have a dime left to retire–we'll all be working until the day we die. And it's not like I haven't planned. I started planning when I was 20. I can only hope for government assistance for medications and that I die early enough that I don't have to suffer as I get too old to work. So much for the American dream...

    July 15, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  17. Leena

    I cannot believe you aired that frightful turtle video! It was poor taste all the way through. That show of Mr. toothless wonder arbitrarily tossing turtles around is bad enough, that it is up on youtube is worse, but that you should choose to publicize that sort of behaviour is gruesome! Can't believe you did that. 50 lashes with a wet noodle for you.

    I am glad Erica had the decency to demur on showing that video – even if as gently as she did.

    July 15, 2008 at 11:04 pm |
  18. Flor in Calif

    Did he say “separation of church and state types.”??? Is he saying now these are not people like you and me?

    I feel it is very important to keep church and state separated. I don't want the state dictating anything to my family church and vice versa. I do feel that license plates with christian(or other religions) symbols are totally inappropriate. Why do we allow these ridiculous things by the uber right wing nutballs to taint our christianity and distract us? Can someone please explain this to me?

    July 15, 2008 at 10:38 pm |
  19. Rachel Walker

    Dear Anderson Cooper,
    I was watching your show the other night and the clip with Lisa Ling about the shark finning. You ask why should the American people care that the shark population has gone down 90 percent? Well what about because they are amazing creatures and don't have a way to defend themselves against the cruelty and ignorance of man kind. We are the smartest species? Yet we have destroyed this amazing gift the planet has giving us. I understand you are a reporter and are supposed to have an unbiased opinion. I guess I just find it funny that everyone in America thinks we are "going green" and being such great citizens yet we don't care about animals. Bears being killed for attacking their trainer. What do you mean trainer? Bears belong in the wild. I am going to become a crusader for animals, So remember my name Anderson, hopefully we get to talk sometime.
    Rachel Walker.

    July 15, 2008 at 9:23 pm |
  20. Annie Kate

    Retirement? Surely you jest. I worked for a company that had a pension plan; I was trying to stay long enough to have a decent retirement with benefits (10 years). In the 8th year of my employment the company chucked their plan – freezing your vested benefits where they were at that point in time; they won't grow and you can't get company benefits in retirement like you could before. So now I figure I'll be working until I die....no rest for the wicked you know.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    July 15, 2008 at 9:13 pm |