September 9th, 2008
08:02 AM ET

Case of the Mundays on a Tuesday

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee plays the guitar with his band, Capitol Offense, at a party during the RNC-week festivities.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee plays the guitar with his band, Capitol Offense, at a party during the RNC-week festivities.

Alyssa Caplan
AC360° Staffer

It’s felt a little quiet at 360° the last couple of days. Not that it’s actually quiet. It's just that there's been so much noise the last couple of weeks, comparatively, it seems quiet.

As I sit at my desk, I wonder if, like me, journalists, politicians, and other conventioneers in offices across the country are looking longingly at the business cards they collected over the last couple of weeks, while pulling rogue streamers and pieces of confetti out of their pockets, muttering to themselves, “the party is over.”

The weird thing is, for anyone who worked at the conventions, (or even made a sport out of watching them and history in the making), it certainly wasn’t all fun and games. It was endless days, swollen feet, hoarse voices, looming fears of hurricanes, and weight gains or losses (depending upon stress coping style). I myself wasn’t technically working at the conventions, but used the time off as a sort of summer enrichment project. Some people follow Phish, I spent the last couple of weeks making my way from the DNC in Denver to the RNC in Minneapolis.

So while I figuratively pick the last flecks of glitter out of my hair, my thoughts turn to some of the characters I met along the way, some of the things my eyes saw…


September 9th, 2008
08:00 AM ET

Sarah Palin's son to Iraq – Security breach?

Track Palin during the Republican National Convention

Track Palin during the Republican National Convention

Mike Mount
CNN Pentagon Producer

There has been a bit of controversy over the deployment to Iraq of Track Palin, the son of Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The question is whether or not the military leaked the information that his unit would be heading to Iraq in a few days.

In fact, a veterans group today even sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying there was a breach of operational security in the release of the information and demanded an investigation.

In fact, that veterans group is incorrect. The Department of Defense regularly announces unit deployments months in advance, as does the service itself as well as the unit. If you do your research on publically released information by the military anybody can figure out when and where a unit is being deployed.


Filed under: Iraq • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
September 9th, 2008
07:52 AM ET

O.J. in court: Day One ends, juror numbers explained

O.J. Simpson and his lawyers arrive at court today.

O.J. Simpson and his lawyers arrive at court today.

Editor’s Note: O.J. Simpson arrived Monday for the start of his trial on robbery and kidnapping charges nearly a year after police arrested him in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prosecutors say Simpson and five other men stormed into a Las Vegas hotel room last September 13 to recover sports memorabilia that Simpson said belonged to him. They say at least two men with Simpson had guns as they robbed two sports memorabilia dealers. The following dispatches come from our Paul Vercammen covering the trial:

Paul Vercammen
CNN Senior Producer

Monday 5:32pm PT:
Judge Jackie Glass has concluded the first day of jury selection, with just three jurors "passed for cause" or still eligible to be picked for the panel.

Court will resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Judge Glass again warned the panelists and said do not go on the internet, watch TV, read the papers or talk to anybody (about the case.)

Monday 5:44pm PT:
Judge Glass today called in a group of 86 jurors, excused 14, most for medical related reasons. Only three prospective panelists were questioned by lawyers. All three are still "alive" or qualified to serve or the judge's term "passed for cause."

That means 37 jurors need to still be passed for the total of 40 the court requires to be seated when lawyers begin their challenges.

Filed under: O.J. Simpson Trial
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