Sen. John Edwards' affair with Reille Hunter, the former director of operations for his presidential campaign, raised questions on the impact it would have had, had Edwards made it to the conventions as the Democratic nominee. Last night on AC360° we sat down with CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen to explore the larger implications regarding the Edwards affair along with the upcoming Democratic National Convention and the potential VP's for presumptive nominee, Sen. Barack Obama. Here are his observations and insight:
CNN Senior Political Analyst
On how John Edwards and Reille Hunter met:
"There may be people out there who believe his story, but so far I haven't met any. Everyone has questions about when this actually started up and whether she did on the payroll as after, and there have been various reports showing a timeline suggesting she went on the payroll after the relationship started; about the paternity of the child, about the money payments since then.
And now there are questions, of course, about whether John Edwards himself was a victim to some degree, whether he was set up at the Beverly Hilton. Perhaps even by her friend." FULL POST
David M. Reisner
AC360° Digital Producer
I dont know if you caught the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on Friday but they were spectacular! Maybe a bit too much.
According to several reports the 'Twenty-nine fiery footsteps' traced in the air above Bird's Nest National Stadium were created using real fireworks... But The U.K.'s Telegraph reports that because event organizers feared they would be unable to capture the pyrotechnics live on camera, a digital effects team spent almost a year preparing a computerized version of the 55-second footstep sequence, which was inserted into the live video feed. So in truth, what people saw in the stadium and what people saw on T.V. didnt quite match up... (Read more here – see image of the footprint firework)
OK fine, I love my computer grahpics, I guess I can look past that... but another part of the opening ceremony left me speechless... (pun intended)
A little girl sang a beautiful Chinese patriotic song as fireworks lit the sky above her... Except she didnt sing it live... Actually, she did'nt even sing it at all! Read this report from Richard Spencer of 'The Daily Telegraph:'
Lin Miaoke who lip-synched at the opening ceremony over the voice of Yang Peiyi [right] who was considered unsuited to the lead role because of her teeth.
The Daily Telegraph
The girl in the red dress with the pigtails, called Lin Miaoke, 9, and from a Beijing primary school, has become a national sensation since Friday night, giving interviews to all the most popular newspapers.
But the show's musical designer felt forced to set the record straight. He gave an interview to Beijing radio saying the real singer was a seven-year-old girl who had won a gruelling competition to perform the anthem, a patriotic song called "Hymn to the Motherland".
At the last moment a member of the Chinese politburo who was watching a rehearsal pronounced that the winner, a girl called Yang Peiyi, might have a perfect voice but was unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth.
So, on the night, while a pre-recording of Yang Peiyi singing was played, Lin Miaoke, who has already featured in television advertisements, was seen but not heard.
"This was a last-minute question, a choice we had to make," the ceremony's musical designer, Chen Qigang, said.
Dr. Lisa Boesky
Psychologist, National Speaker & Author
John Edwards…many of those who didn’t want him for president still viewed him as a “nice guy.” A politician cheating? Not shocking. But, John Edwards, the squeaky clean devoted husband who let his cancer-stricken wife stand at his side throughout his entire campaign? Devastating.
Most of us have either cheated, been cheated on, or know someone who has been unfaithful. Yet, much of what we think about cheating is WRONG!
Michael T. Klare
Author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Metropolitan Books)
Professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.
South Ossetia, Abkhazia, the Republic of Georgia – these war-torn areas may appear to be unimportant places in distant, unfamiliar locations, but they possess immense geopolitical significance in the growing struggle between the United States and Russia over the global transport of energy. It is for this reason that conflict has broken out in the region, and for this reason that the major powers are so concerned over the outcome.
Georgia and its breakaway provinces do not themselves contain any significant reserves of oil, but they are strategically important because of their role as an “energy corridor” between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea. The former Soviet republics that ring the Caspian possess large reserves of oil and gas, but the sea itself is landlocked and so any energy being shipped out of the area must travel on land, largely through pipelines.
Moscow would like to transport most of this oil and gas via pipelines that traverse Russia on their way to Europe, giving it control over the ultimate flow of these supplies – along with the economic benefits of being the middleman. But Washington is wary of allowing so much energy to come under Moscow’s control, and so has favored alternative routes that cross the Caucasus, bypassing Russia. Hence the strategic importance of Georgia.
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Breaking News!!! Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced earlier today that he has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia. The announcement came minutes before French President Nicolas Sarkozy was to land in Moscow to meet with Medvedev to negotiate terms for a possible cease-fire.
"I have reached a decision to halt the operation to force the Georgian authorities to peace," Medvedev said. "The aggressor has been punished and has incurred very significant losses. Its armed forces are disorganized." The decision ends five days of fighting that began in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia and spread well into Georgia....will it last? Actually, NO, CNN just confirmed that Russia has continued to bomb two cities in Georgia....Mathew Chance reports for us tonight from Georgia...
Is Musharraf out? The second of Pakistan's four provincial assemblies passed a resolution calling for President Pervez Musharraf to step down or face impeachment. Today's resolution by the North West Frontier Province passed by a vote of 107-4. It follows a similar measure that Punjab's assembly passed a day earlier. The other two provincial assemblies are expected to pass similar resolutions before the end of the week. The resolutions are non-binding, but they signal a growing drumbeat by Pakistani lawmakers to pressure the politically embattled president to leave office. We will follow this today and if there is news we will bring it to you....NOTE: Musharraf has shown no inclination to step down.