September 5th, 2008
11:31 PM ET

Blown off the air....

David Mattingly | Bio
AC360° Contributor

If you blinked, you missed me. Just as I started talking during my liveshot, the deluge that is Tropical Storm Hanna blew out our lights. Electronics and water don't mix.

The really strange thing was the timing. I had been standing there with the light working for almost 15 minutes before Anderson spoke to me. I continued reporting in the dark. Take my word for it...even though you couldn't see it, it was raining–a LOT!

September 5th, 2008
10:53 PM ET

Got rain?

David Mattingly | Bio
AC360° Contributor

Got rain? We sure do. Myrtle Beach is getting soaked by Hanna right now and so are we.

Filed under: Tropical Storm Hanna
September 5th, 2008
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/5/08

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

During the commercials check out Erica Hill’s webcast.  LINK TO THE WEBCAST

And don’t forget about 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 midnight ET.

Filed under: Live Blog
September 5th, 2008
09:30 PM ET

Erica’s News Note: Women and Sarah Palin

Erica Hill
AC360° Correspondent

Having a woman on a presidential ticket – no matter the party – is an important, exciting, historic event.

With the nomination of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate, the country exploded with praise, criticism, and more than a few questions.

We want to get to the heart of the debate swirling around the self-described “hockey mom”. When I blogged about Palin earlier this week asking for your thoughts, the questions about whether this mom could do it all - and whether we should even ask that question! - came fast and furious.

On the heels of her acceptance speech Wednesday night, we were off to the all-important swing state of Michigan to talk to an eclectic group of eight women. They are single, married, moms, non-moms, they work outside the home, they stay home with their kids, they are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and they have big concerns about the future of their country. Is Sarah Palin the woman for them? Are they happy with the reasons John McCain picked her? And is it sexist to ask whether she can juggle the responsibilities of family and country?

The discussion was everything I hoped it would be. It was smart, passionate, civilized and educational. I learned so much form these women – I only wish I could share the full 90 minutes with you! A big thanks to the women who gave up their Thursday night for us. I think you’ll enjoy our panel tonight, and I’m positive these very intelligent women will make you think a little harder.

Filed under: Erica's News Note • John McCain • Sarah Palin
September 5th, 2008
08:54 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Tracking Hanna

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/US/weather/09/05/hurricanes.hanna.ike/art.surf.hanna.ap.jpg caption="A surfer goes airborne in waves generated by Tropical Storm Hanna off Myrtle Beach, South Carolina."]Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Applause please. 360 is back on the air tonight. I'm sure you missed us this during the Republican National convention. Right?

It's a busy night here in the newsroom.

Check out that photo. I get it. Surfers like the rough surf when a tropical storm or hurricane is churning up the ocean. But please be careful. Don't get hurt.

Right now, the outerbands of Tropical Storm Hanna are pounding the South Carolina coast. Hanna has 70 mph winds, but it could pick up speed and become a hurricane before landfall. We have reporters along the coast of the Carolinas and we'll bring you the latest.

The storm is then expected to move up the east coast and dump a lot of rain. If you live anywhere between the Carolinas and Boston expect a washout on Saturday. No sunshine, courtesy of Hanna.

Tonight, we're also on the trail with just 60 days left till Election Day. It's the final stretch, now that the conventions are history. The McCain camp got a shot of energy from his VP pick, Sarah Palin. There's still a lot a buzz about the Alaska governor. Tonight, we'll look at the gender factor. There's all this talk on the blogs and elsewhere where some voters are talking about whether a mother of five children can do a good job as V.P. I just have to point out - you don't hear that ever about a male candidate. So, is there a double standard when it comes to women in politics. Share your thoughts.

We'll have that and more tonight at 10pm ET.  Hope you can join us.

And, have a great weekend (hopefully Hanna won't ruin it, if you live along the East coast, like me)

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
September 5th, 2008
08:14 PM ET

Beat 360° 09/05/08

Holy cow guys – sorry for the delay!
Ready for today's Beat 360°?

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too.

Check back later to see if you are our favorite!
Here is 'Beat 360°’ pic of the day:

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gets an ice cream cone after a rally, today in Cedarburg, Wis.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
September 5th, 2008
06:19 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive: The trooper who worried Sarah Palin

Palin's ex-in-law speaks out. Here is a preview of tonight's AC360° report:
Palin's ex-in-law speaks out. Here is a preview of tonight's AC360° report:

Drew Griffin
CNN Investigative Reporter

The Alaska state trooper at the center of a probe into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power says he has "made mistakes, and I've learned from those mistakes." But in an exclusive interview with us, Mike Wooten, Palin's former brother-in-law, also denies some of the biggest allegations against him.

Wooten says he has been offered $30,000 to tell his story to a tabloid. The Obama campaign has reached out to the head of his union. And he no longer answers any phone number he doesn’t recognize for fear it is another pesky reporter who wants his story.

The story is how he married into, then divorced out of, Alaska’s first family. The trooper finds his life at the center of the one and only potential scandal I can find concerning Gov. Palin, John McCain's choice for running mate.

The scandalous allegation is the governor used her power to try and get her sister’s ex fired. When that didn’t work, it's alleged Gov. Palin fired the public safety commissioner.

In our interview, Wooten rattled off a disturbing number of “mistakes” he’s made in his career. He admits tasering his stepson, illegally killing a moose and admits to multiple reprimands in his file. A state trooper investigation even found credible evidence he was drinking in his patrol car.

But please tell me if you think his tale - dubbed Troopergate by Gov. Palin’s political enemies - is really the scandal that will bring down the newest star on the political scene.

By the way, I hear Gov. Palin is in Florida. Here’s a shot of the CNN crew using a fly-away satellite out of a U-Haul on a rainy, cold Friday in Anchorage.



Filed under: Drew Griffin • Mike Wooten • Sarah Palin
September 5th, 2008
05:33 PM ET

A Pop star slaying that shook the Middle East

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/meast/09/05/singer.slain.tamim.suzanne.ap/art.suzanne.tamim.afp.gi.jpg caption="Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim was found slain in her apartment in Dubai in July."]

Octavia Nasr | BIO
CNN senior editor for Arab affairs

A slaying shook the Middle East in late July when 30-year-old Suzanne Tamim, a Lebanese rising pop star, was brutally stabbed several times and her throat slit in her luxurious Dubai apartment.

Shortly after the murder, a former Egyptian state security officer by the name of Mohsen el-Sukkary was arrested and charged with her murder. This week, Hisham Talaat Mustafa, an Egyptian real estate mogul with close ties to Egypt's government elite was also arrested. Both men deny the charges despite evidence that police say ties them to the crime.

Egypt's public prosecutor, Gen. Abdul Meguid Mahmoud, says Mustafa "took part through incitement, agreement and assistance with the first defendant in killing the victim in revenge."


Filed under: Global 360° • Octavia Nasr
September 5th, 2008
04:53 PM ET

Chloroform and Caylee

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/05/art.cayleesplit.jpg]
Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

What began as a desperate search for a missing girl has become, it appears, a full-scale criminal probe against her mother.

To be certain, as of right now, authorities have not charged Casey Anthony with the murder of her 3-year-old daughter. Casey was released from jail today, for the second time in 15 days after an anonymous person posted the $500,000 bond. But investigators are apparently gathering evidence that may indicate Caylee was the victim of a crime. They continue to label Casey as a person of interest.

What evidence do they have? Officials say they believe a human body was inside Casey’s car, as were traces of Caylee’s hair. Now, another development has surfaced, perhaps the most disturbing revelation since this tragic story first unfolded. A law enforcement source told CNN traces of chloroform were found in Casey’s vehicle. The Centers for Disease Control defines chloroform as a “colorless liquid with a pleasant, nonirritating odor” that was “used as an inhaled anesthetic during surgery.”

Maybe the police lab is wrong, maybe there was no chloroform in the car. Or, if there is undisputed proof of the compound’s presence, it could be that there is a simple, innocuous explanation.

On the other hand, there seems to be the suggestion of an insidious plot, one some believe may have been carried out against a young life.

Police have their theories. So do many of you. Ultimately, it may be up to a jury to determine the truth.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
September 5th, 2008
04:42 PM ET

Girl fight!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/05/art.split.hillary.palin.jpg]Editor’s Note: Amy Holmes is an independent conservative who has not endorsed any candidate for president.

Amy Holmes | Bio
CNN Political Analyst

McCain has a strong woman? Well, the Obama campaign wants voters to know they've got one, too, and they're going to deploy her to crush the moose hunting hockey mom from Alaska. In a strange twist of logic, the Obama campaign is touting the woman they passed over as the woman they need to beat the woman the other guy picked.

The New York Times reports that "Mrs. Clinton's campaign event in Florida, her first for Mr. Obama since the Democratic convention, will serve as a counterpoint to the searing attacks and fresh burst of energy that Ms. Palin injected into the race with her convention speech on Wednesday, Obama aides said."

So, let's get this straight. They didn't choose her and her 18 million voters to put on the ticket. They gave the VP spot to Joe Biden. But now that Sarah Palin has arrived on the political scene, they're promoting Hillary as the female answer to the Republican VP nominee. Awkward, to say the least.

And as one female democratic strategist tells me, don't think that Hillary hasn't noticed.

Filed under: Amy Holmes • Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • John McCain • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
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