August 18th, 2008
09:42 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 8/18/08

For what’s in the program at 10p ET take a look at tonight’s Evening Buzz.

At 11p ET we’ll have an in-depth look at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency.  You’ll hear what the candidates were asked and how they answered.  We want to know what you think so we’re keeping the live blog open until 12a ET.

Anderson is off tonight.  Campbell will be filling in.  You can get a behind the scenes look at her on our live web camera from the 360° studio.   LINK TO THE BLOG CAMERA

And don’t forget to watch Erica Hill’s webcast.  LINK TO THE WEBCAST

We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 12a ET.

Filed under: Live Blog • T1
August 18th, 2008
09:31 PM ET

Tomorrow Buzz: Happy Birthday Bill Clinton!

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

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

RAW POLITICS: Sen. McCain is in New Orleans. Sen. Obama gives a speech in Orlando in the morning and in the evening will attend a town hall meeting in Raleigh, NC.

BILL CLINTON’S BIRTHDAY: The 42nd President of the United States turns 62.

MURDER OF 90-YEAR-OLD WOMAN CASE: There’s a hearing scheduled in the case against Corey Posley-Wells. He’s accused of murdering a 90-year-old woman, only months after he got out of prison.

FALLUJAH MURDERS TRIAL: Jose Nazario’s trial begins. Nazariois accused of voluntary manslaughter in the death of an Iraqi prisoner in 2004. At the time, Nazario was serving with the Marines.

Filed under: T1 • The Buzz
August 18th, 2008
09:10 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Fay's Target

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Maureen Miller
360° Writer

Florida is getting ready for a double dose of Tropical Storm Fay. The storm has already hit the Florida Keys. It's now in the Gulf of Mexico and headed for the mainland of Florida. Fay could dump a foot of rain in some places. And, here's the shocker: total storm damage in the U.S. from Fay is expected to top one billion dollars. How is that possible? We'll check in with 360's Gary Tuchman who's in Florida for us tonight. We'll also get the latest on Fay's path from CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Onto politics, it's expected Senator Barack Obama will announce his V.P. choice sometime this week, before next week's democratic convention. We're told it will begin with a text message and/or e-mail to supporters. Tonight, CNN's Candy Crowley will run through the possible picks this veep season.

And, a desperate search continues in the Grand Canyon. 11 people are still missing and nearly 300 others have been rescued from flood waters caused by a breached dam. The water rushed down into two canyons on the Havasupai Indian reservation and put several hundred residents and tourists in danger. We'll have a live update from Arizona.

All that and more starting at 10pm ET.
Hope you'll join us.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • T1 • The Buzz
August 18th, 2008
06:06 PM ET

Erica’s News Note

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

When I got the alert about flooding in Grand Canyon yesterday, I was standing with my father-in-law. Five years ago, we spent eight days in Grand Canyon rafting down the Colorado River, exploring the basin and sleeping under the stars at night. It was an incredible family trip, and an incredible learning experience. Grand Canyon gave us all memories we will cherish for a lifetime. It also created a bond for each of us – me, my husband, my in-laws, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law – with the Canyon that we will never shake.

Time in the Canyon reminds you how small we are, and how little time we (humans) have been a part of this world. It is awesome in the most literal sense of the world. It reminds you of the power of nature, and the powerlessness of people.

About 270 people were rescued on Sunday – as I write this post, 11 people are still unaccounted for.

It used to be you needed a pack of smokes to get something done behind bars. While I’m sure cigarettes still hold a special place in many inmates’ hearts, these days, cell phones are they key to running operations both in and out of jail, and that’s not a good thing. One quick call can keep a drug ring running, plan an escape, and end a life. Authorities say beyond ordering hits, just having a phone can lead to violence in prison.

Solution? Call in the dogs. Is there anything Fido can’t do?

Talk about bad luck. A sumo wrestler loses his wallet, definitely cause for a bad day, but then the wallet is found. Sweet relief!...or not. Turns out this find could actually land the big fella in the slammer for five years and get him permanently kicked out of Japan.

Filed under: Erica Hill • Erica's News Note • T1
August 18th, 2008
05:54 PM ET

Endorsements pure gold for Phelps

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Having completed his Olympics gold rush, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps is now poised to make another haul - this time of the endorsement variety.

Michael Phelps' performance in Beijing puts him in line to earn much in endorsements.

Phelps already is collecting about $5 million a year in endorsement checks from companies like Visa - payments that came after he won six gold medals during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

His performance in Beijing, where he won a record eight gold medals, puts him in line to earn much more.

"He may be at $30, $40, $50 million a year in endorsements after all this is said and done," said David Harrow of the National Sports Lawyers Association.


Filed under: 360° Radar
August 18th, 2008
05:34 PM ET

Beat 360° 08/18/08

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Presumptive Republican Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), pastor Rick Warren and Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) greet the crowd before the start of the Civil Forum on the Presidency at the Saddleback Church August 16, 2008 in Lake Forest, California.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
August 18th, 2008
03:57 PM ET

Have you seen these missing girls?

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Before Caylee Anthony, there was Stephanie, Ekaterina, Tarlesha, and Emma; girls and teenagers who vanished without a trace in Orlando. They are gone, their faces and stories now occupy a space on the web page of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

While the curious and the cameras descend outside the Anthony home, it’s important to remind people that other families in the city are desperately waiting for their daughter to come home. Let’s take a closer look at some of the missing juveniles from Orlando.

Stephanie Evon Basley disappeared on February 3, 2008. The 17-year-old was last seen wearing a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers. Authorities are hopeful someone will come forward with information on Stephanie’s whereabouts. Right now, all they have to work with is she might be in the company of a man named Terence Johnson.

On January 11th of this year. Ekaterina Nesterenko went missing. Ekaterina, who is also known as “Russia” turns 16 at the end of this month. She is 5’6”, approximately 160lbs., with brown hair, green eyes and a pierced tongue. Police suspect she was the victim of a crime.

Tarlesha Patterson was 16 when she disappeared December 7, 2007. Standing 4’1” and weighing 132 lbs, investigators continue to track down leads in her case, along with that of Emma Lorene Vaughn. Also known as Christine, Emma vanished in 1982 when she was 15 years old. According to the Criminal Investigations web site, Emma left behind a newborn son.

A brief case summary for each of these missing juveniles is on the Orlando Police Dept. web site. Take a look at them. Maybe their faces will be familiar, maybe you can help find out what happened to them.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
August 18th, 2008
01:27 PM ET

Spying or Frying? Mastering the True Art of Julia Child

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Alex Guarnaschelli
Executive Chef, Butter Restaurant

Julia Child a spy? She admitted freely that she worked overseas for the OSS, a forerunner to the CIA, and even met her husband while on assignment in China. Pondering this revelation, I stare at the iconic image on the back of Julia Child’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking in search of the answer.

This book was a staple in my mother’s kitchen while I was growing up and the image is burned in my brain. For me, the photo personifies the image of strong women, not unlike my own mother, who collaborated on documenting and making the cuisine of France accessible to Americans. Dare I say, I took my cue from them in deciding to enter the field of cooking myself!

But now, as an adult and professional chef, I find myself asking a different set of questions.

Filed under: 360° Radar
August 18th, 2008
11:52 AM ET

Is the tide turning?

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David Gergen | Bio
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Heading into the candidates' appearances on Saturday night at Saddleback Church, the conventional wisdom in politics was Barack Obama should have a clear upper hand in any joint appearance with John McCain - one the young, eloquent, cool, charismatic dude who can charm birds from the trees, the other the meandering, sometimes bumbling, old fellow who can barely distinguish Sunnis from Shiias.

Well, kiss that myth goodbye.

McCain came roaring out of the gate from the first question and was a commanding figure throughout the night as he spoke directly and often movingly about his past and the country's future. By contrast, Obama was often searching for words and while far more thoughtful, was also less emotionally connective with his audience.

To be sure, Obama held on to the loyalty of his own supporters - many have written in blog sites since how much they respected both his nuanced answers and the honesty of his convictions, especially his Christian faith.

Filed under: Barack Obama • David Gergen • John McCain • Raw Politics • T1
August 18th, 2008
11:46 AM ET

Al-Qaeda At 20... ... Dead or Alive?

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Editor's Note: The following article by Peter Bergen originally appeared in Sunday's Washington Post. We share it with you here:

Peter Bergen | Bio
AC360° Contributor
CNN National Security Analyst

Two decades after al-Qaeda was founded in the Pakistani border city of Peshawar by Osama bin Laden and a handful of veterans of the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, the group is more famous and feared than ever. But its grand project - to transform the Muslim world into a militant Islamist caliphate - has been, by any measure, a resounding failure.

In large part, that's because bin Laden's strategy for arriving at this Promised Land is a fantasy. Al-Qaeda's leader prides himself on being a big-think strategist, but for all his brains, leadership skills and charisma, he has fastened on an overall strategy that is self-defeating.

Bin Laden's main goal is to bring about regime change in the Middle East and to replace the governments in Cairo and Riyadh with Taliban-style theocracies. He believes that the way to accomplish this is to attack the "far enemy" (the United States), then watch as the supposedly impious, U.S.-backed Muslim regimes he calls the "near enemy" crumble...


Filed under: Global 360° • Peter Bergen
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