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Tonight, there are several new developments tonight in the showdown between Georgia and Russia. U.S. Secretary of State is headed for the former Soviet republic with a new cease-fire plan. And, there is loophole in the current document. According to a senior State Department official close to the negotiations, the new plan would allow Russia to keep some troops in Georgia. But, Rice plans to try to close that loophole in talks with the Russians. All this as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates weighed in on the crisis today saying if Russia doesn't pull back "the U.S.-Russian relationship could be adversely affected for years to come." And, as backdrop to all the diplomatic moves, Russian tanks and troops continue to worry the Georgians. Georgia's president says Russian troops control one-third of his country. Tonight we have reporters in Georgia and Russia who will bring you the latest details.
Plus, new details on that emergency plane landing for Barack Obama last month in Saint Louis.
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Five years ago today, at this very moment – we were in the dark.
I had only been with CNN for a short time, and had been working the 6a-2p shift. It was a busy morning and I had just made the commute back home to Brooklyn.
I threw my bag on the floor, flipped on the AC – and was probably asleep before I hit the pillow. Then I got call from my mom, frantic. She was in Atlantic City... and asked if I had seen the news.
Sleepy-eyed, I reached for the remote... no power. The AC was off too. As I got up to open a window I thought 'great, a brown-out hit Williamsburg.'
What I saw next shook all the sleep out of my eyes;
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When it comes to vice presidential picks, there have been some good ones and some not so good ones.
CNN asked conservative historian Lee Edwards to rank the VP choices since the 1950s. On his list of good VP picks, Edwards puts Dick Cheney at No. 5.
The current vice president makes the list because he brought lots of Washington experience with him - something President Bush lacked at the time.
Coming in at No. 4 is Richard Nixon. He was Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower's running mate. Nixon brought with him youth - and California. The former senator also had other assets that became huge liabilities when he later ended up in the White House.
"Richard Nixon was known as the man who would cut and slash the opposition, and so that kind of dirty politics work would be done by Nixon," Edwards said.
Next on the list - Al Gore. Bill Clinton's right-hand man comes in at No. 3 because, as the senator from Tennessee, he brought Washington experience to a ticket featuring a little-known governor from Arkansas.
I was finally able to go to bed at midnight Tuesday after 18 hours straight in the CNN newsroom.
I have been covering the Georgia/Russia conflict. I have covered many conflicts, but this one hits very close to home for me.
I am Georgian. I was born and raised in the beautiful country that is now being destroyed.
After the long day of work I was exhausted. I went to sleep hopeful that five days of bombings, killings and uncertainty were over.
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Olympic Gold Medalist
This is such an exciting Olympic Games!
The gymnastics skills that these men and women are doing are just ridiculous. They are all so talented and performing moves I never would have dreamed of attempting.
I am so proud of the American men. Losing both Paul and Morgan Hamm right before the start of the Games was devastating. This could have been a disaster.
Instead, they fought back. These six men, all first time Olympians, faced a grueling task. Along their journey to the medal podium they have shown excitement, class and dignity every step of the way. They turned a bronze medal finish into one of the most memorable moments of these Olympic Games.
As for the women, my heart goes out to them. I hope that they will continue to remember that they won a silver medal at the Olympic Games. That is certainly nothing to be disappointed about.
This just in...Russian tanks have returned to the Georgian city of Gori, BUT BUT BUT only to help facilitate the pullout of their forces....Explosions heard in Gori Thursday were the result of Russian troops clearing unexploded ordnance NOT fighting...SO as of writing the cease-fire is still in place. This as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads to France and then Georgia for talks....
The Georgia-Russia conflict has been a political plus for John McCain...In today's Wall Street Journal he he writes: For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call. After clashes in the Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russia invaded its neighbor, launching attacks that threaten its very existence. Some Americans may wonder why events in this part of the world are any concern of ours. After all, Georgia is a small, remote and obscure place. But history is often made in remote, obscure places.
And speaking of John McCain who is on the verge of picking a Vice President, McCain says for those who believe former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's support of abortion rights effectively rules him out for the VP spot on the Republican presidential ticket:Not so fast. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, who remains suspect in the eyes of many social conservatives, told the Weekly Standard Wednesday Ridge’s pro-choice stance does not necessarily mean he isn't being considered for the No.2 spot. If McCain is hoping to pull in Evangelical voters, not sure this will help.....
AND just a strange yet intriguing story this am...get this....Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world. They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.
The full secret comes out TODAY, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives. They were soldiers, actors, historians, lawyers, athletes, professors, reporters. But for several years during World War II, they were known simply as the OSS. They studied military plans, created propaganda, infiltrated enemy ranks and stirred resistance among foreign troops....Just wild...
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