August 8th, 2008
09:50 PM ET

Weekend Buzz: raw politics, fireworks and Elvis

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

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

RAW POLITICS: Sen. John McCain addresses disabled veterans at a convention in Las Vegas.  Sen. Barack Obama takes his first full day of vacation in Hawaii.

CAYLEE’S BIRTHDAY: Caylee Anthony’s third birthday is on Saturday.  Where will the little girl, who was reported missing on July 15th, be spending it? Authorities and locals are growing more and more frustrated with how Caylee’s mother has been acting.  They hope for the girl’s safe return.

PYROTECHNICS GUILD INTL ANNUAL CONVENTION: This convention, which takes place in Gillette, WY, includes fireworks displays and safety workshops.

BUD BILLIKEN PARADE: This is the country’s largest African American parade.  It’s held in Chicago.

GUMBALL 3000 RALLY: This infamous car rally, which starts in San Francisco and ends in Beijing, China, attracts celebrities and the mega rich. This year actor David Hasselhoff will be participating driving the original car “KITT” from his Knight Rider television series.

ELVIS WEEK: It begins on Saturday in Memphis and includes events like a 5K run, a scavenger hunt at Graceland, concerts and parties.

Filed under: The Buzz
August 8th, 2008
09:42 PM ET

Russia vs. Georgia, why such concern?

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Jill Dougherty | Bio
U.S. Affairs Correspondent

If you’ve never heard of South Ossetia it’s understandable.

This tiny, mountainous region in the Republic of Georgia, population only 70,000, considers itself independent from Georgia and lives that way, with its own secessionist government. Most of its citizens, ethnic Ossetians, want to be reunited with Ossetians in Russia; many of them even have Russian passports and use Russian money.

The South Ossetians have held two referendums on independence but no country in the world has recognized their vote.

Now, South Ossetia is engulfed in fighting, refugees are fleeing north to Russia and the international community is scrambling to avert a wider conflict. Why such concern?

One reason is the potential for the fighting to spin out of control. South Ossetia is no stranger to violence. After the Soviet Union broke apart in 1991, South Ossetia was hit with heavy fighting between Ossetians and Georgians. In 1992 Russian, Ossetian and Georgian peacekeepers were brought in to quell tensions. The entire Caucasus mountain region in which the region is located is a patchwork quilt of ethnic groups and ethnic tensions. One example is neighboring Chechnya.

Georgia also strategically sits astride an oil pipeline route from the Caspian Sea to the West.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Global 360° • Jill Dougherty
August 8th, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/8/08

For what’s in the program take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

Be sure to check out Anderson and Erica 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. 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
August 8th, 2008
08:47 PM ET

Evening Buzz: A Family Affair

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Elizabeth Edwards is speaking out about her husband's extramarital affair. Here's what she wrote on the Daily Kos:

Our family has been through a lot. Some caused by nature, some caused by human weakness, and some – most recently – caused by the desire for sensationalism and profit without any regard for the human consequences. None of these has been easy. But we have stood with one another through them all. Although John believes he should stand alone and take the consequences of his action now, when the door closes behind him, he has his family waiting for him.

John made a terrible mistake in 2006. The fact that it is a mistake that many others have made before him did not make it any easier for me to hear when he told me what he had done. But he did tell me. And we began a long and painful process in 2006, a process oddly made somewhat easier with my diagnosis in March of 2007. This was our private matter, and I frankly wanted it to be private because as painful as it was I did not want to have to play it out on a public stage as well. Because of a recent string of hurtful and absurd lies in a tabloid publication, because of a picture falsely suggesting that John was spending time with a child it wrongly alleged he had fathered outside our marriage, our private matter could no longer be wholly private.

The pain of the long journey since 2006 was about to be renewed. John has spoken in a long on-camera interview I hope you watch. Admitting one's mistakes is a hard thing for anyone to do, and I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame. The toll on our family of news helicopters over our house and reporters in our driveway is yet unknown. But now the truth is out, and the repair work that began in 2006 will continue. I ask that the public, who expressed concern about the harm John's conduct has done to us, think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time.

That's Elizabeth Edwards, in her own words.

Tonight on 360, we'll have more on the impact this is having on Elizabeth Edwards. And, we'll look at the political implications of Senator Edwards' affair. We'll also dig deeper into who the other woman is, 44-year-old Rielle Hunter.

All that and more tonight on 360 at 10pm ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
August 8th, 2008
07:29 PM ET

Edwards' closed-door impeachment statement

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Tom Foreman
AC360° Correspondent

In case you’ve forgotten... Sen. John Edwards was selected by fellow Democratic senators to give closing arguments in the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. The excerpt is here below:

Sen. Edwards' closed-door impeachment statement, released into Congressional Record, February 12, 1999

“I think this President has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen.

So I said to myself, what is the right and fair thing to do? And this is what I have done. I have looked–many times until 3 a.m. in the morning–at the evidence in this case. Because I think that is the way we need to make this decision.

The perjury charge, I believe, is just not there. The evidence is not there to support it. I know many of you believe it is there. I respect your view on that. I don't believe it is there. The obstruction charge is a totally different matter. And this is the way I have thought about the obstruction charge.”

Filed under: John Edwards • Raw Politics • Tom Foreman
August 8th, 2008
07:20 PM ET

Money + Power = Cheater?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/08/t1.fidelity.jpg]Alyssa Caplan
AC360 Staffer

For many of us 360 staffers, today was supposed to be a much coveted “Summer Friday.” With no live show to produce, our usual late night schedules were replaced with the promise of champagne wishes and caviar dreams — a rare chance to get out of work while the sun still shines, meet friends on a roof deck, beat traffic out of town, or in my case, complete a blog post on which I had been working, but hadn’t had a chance to finish. Then I planned to re-unite with my all but estranged “normal working hour” friends and tend to my vitamin D deficiency.

So I settled at my desk to tackle the post I had conceived about infidelity – inspired by some comments former major league baseball player José Canseco told the TV show "Extra" several weeks ago when the whole A-Rod/Madonna situation was playing out in the media.

Little did I know how timely the topic would be, or how crazy this day would become. Instead of finishing the post, I ended up spending the next two hours booking guests like crazy as the news broke that Sen. Edwards admitted that he did indeed have an affair. So much for an early night! FULL POST

Filed under: AC360° Staff • Behind The Scenes • John Edwards • Raw Politics
August 8th, 2008
06:37 PM ET

Edwards: “I’m not the best parent”

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

We just found something interesting on the 2008 John Edwards for President web site. The campaign posted a clip of Senator Edwards on June 7, 2007 accepting the “National Father of the Year” award in New York from Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc..

That’s almost nine months before Rielle Hunter had a baby.  Edwards admits to ABC News that he had an affair with Hunter in 2006. But he denies being the father of the baby.

In a statement released this evening Edwards says, “With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly. But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby.”

That’s Edwards today.

Now, I want to take you to that June night last year when Edwards accepted his award for “Father of the Year”.

Here’s the clip: FULL POST

Filed under: John Edwards • Maureen Miller • Raw Politics
August 8th, 2008
05:48 PM ET

Edwards: "I made a serious error..."

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/08/art.johnedwards.jpg]Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has admitted to an extramarital affair in an interview with ABC News, the network reported Friday.

Speaking to ABC, Edwards acknowledged an affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter, but he said he did not love her. According to the network, Edwards made a point of saying that his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter. Since then Elizabeth Edwards has been diagnosed with incurable cancer.

The affair began in 2006 after Hunter was hired to make documentary videos for his campaign, ABC said.

Edwards has denied being the father of Hunter's child as had been alleged in the National Enquirer.

A former campaign aide, Andrew Young, has said he's the father of the child who was born on February 27, 2008.

Just moments ago, Senator Edwards released this statement: FULL POST

Filed under: John Edwards • Maureen Miller • Raw Politics • T1
August 8th, 2008
05:25 PM ET

Beat 360° 08/08/08

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, his wife Cindy, and others, visit Freight Train, the Iowa State Fair champion big boar, Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
August 8th, 2008
04:40 PM ET

Edwards admits to extramarital affair

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/08/08/edwards.affair/art.edwards.no.gi.jpg]CNN Political Unit

Editor’s note: We’ll have complete live coverage of the developing Edwards story tonight at 10p ET

Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted to an extramarital affair in an interview with ABC News, the network reported Friday. He denied being the father of the woman's child, as had been alleged in tabloid reports.

Asked by a reporter late last month whether he had provided any financial support to Rielle Hunter, or to Andrew Young — the former Edwards aide who claimed paternity of the child — Edwards replied that "I have no idea what you are asking about, I have responded to consistently to these tabloid allegations by saying I don't respond to these lies." He also said again that he had not lied during his presidential campaign when he denied an affair with Hunter.

Election Center: The John Edwards File

Speaking to the network for a story to be aired Friday night, Edwards acknowledged the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter, which began after she was hired to make documentary videos for his campaign, ABC said.

He said he has not taken a paternity test, but that the timing of the affair rules out the possibility that he could be her baby girl's father.


Filed under: John Edwards • Raw Politics
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