September 19th, 2008
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/19/08

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Filed under: Live Blog
September 19th, 2008
08:59 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Bank Bailout

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer
No envy here. It's going to be a tense working weekend for the big wigs who are trying to fix the U.S financial crisis. We're talking about a massive bailout for banks faced with losses from the mortgage meltdown. The cost: hundreds of billions of dollars. That's on top of the more than $800 billion dollars (of your tax dollars and mine) already spent on other bailouts and programs to try to fix the shaky economy


The Bush administration and Congress are working to hammer out a final plan. The big question: Will it work? What do you think?

On the campaign trail, both John McCain and Barack Obama have been talking up their own economic plans. Tonight, we check the facts. Will they work?

Also tonight, the female vote. It's a crucial vote block this year. So, who has the edge?  Erica Hill breaks it down for us.

All that and more tonight on 360.
Hope you can join us.

And, have a great weekend!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
September 19th, 2008
08:02 PM ET

Biden in hot water with some Ohioans

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Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

Joe Biden's off-the-cuff remarks on the trail have at times taken the Obama campaign off-message, but the Delaware senator's latest riff just may have landed him in hot water with voters — and die hard football fans — in a key battleground state.

Speaking to members of the University of Delaware football team Friday morning, the Democratic VP candidate said he thinks the Fightin Blue Hens (1-1 this season) could thrash a certain team from Ohio.

"I was out in Ohio," he said while fiddling with a football in his hands. "I told the folks in Ohio that we'd kick Ohio State's ass!" (It remains unclear if Biden actually ever told Ohio voters this.)

Keep Reading

Filed under: Joe Biden • Raw Politics
September 19th, 2008
07:09 PM ET

Simpson trial ends early Friday

Editor’s Note:
O.J. Simpson is on trial for 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.

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CNN Senior Producer

3:21PM PT

The O.J. Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping trial ended the week's testimony with more tape recordings from wheeler dealer Tom Riccio.

The final three recordings were of phone conversations between Riccio and Simpson after the incident.

Simpson could be heard repeatedly saying he did not know someone pulled a gun at the Palace Station Hotel room.

The jury also listened to Riccio's recording of the alleged "armed robbery."

The panel took notes, eight of them listening on head phones to voices in the hotel room including someone who sounded like Simpson screaming expletives, "you think you can steal my stuff?"

Court will resume Monday with Riccio on the stand.

Once the prosecution finishes it will be the defense attorneys to unleash what’s expected to be a blistering cross examination of Riccio.

September 19th, 2008
06:20 PM ET

Beat 360° 9/19/08

Ready for today's Beat 360°?

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

Tune in every night at 10p ET to see if you are our favorite!
Here is 'Beat 360°’ pic of the day:

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain emphasizes a point by mimicking quotation marks with his hands while delivering a policy speech on the countries current economic crisis, Friday, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions!

Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

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Read more here….

Good luck to all!

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
September 19th, 2008
05:03 PM ET

360 Webcast: Finances, Zagnuts, and bad birthday questions?

David M. Reisner
AC360 Digital Producer

Ok so now we're cookin'! Thanks for watching the '360 Webcast' last night! The viewers are growing more and more each day. If you watched our online show last night you now know what all the fun is about.

We had our first repeat customer: Suze Orman. She came back to help us make sense of the lastest moves on Wall street. A day when the market ended UP 400 points doesn't mean we are out of the woods yet... and we asked Suze some extra questions about the market and your money during the break.

We talked birthdays too.... If you watched the show last night, Anderson talked about how embarassed he was for something he asked erica during the '360 Webcast.' I think it was an honest mistake, but hey, I'm not going to tell you what happened – its best you just see for yourself!

For those of you who didn't catch it – be sure to watch tonight – during commercial breaks!
all you have to do is click here – and the rest is magic!

Read more about what the '360 Webcast' is all about

Filed under: 360 Webcast • Behind The Scenes • TV
September 19th, 2008
02:39 PM ET

The Shot: Last home standing

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to the woman who owns the last house standing in Gilchrist, Texas, after Hurricane Ike.

Filed under: T1 • The Shot
September 19th, 2008
02:37 PM ET

Former Secretaries of State to next President: Get over it. Get real. Be smart

Program Note: 5 former Secretaries of State tell Christiane Amanpour & Frank Sesno what advice they have for "The Next President."

Watch The Next President: A World of Challenges. Saturday, 9 p.m. ET


Frank Sesno | BIO
CNN Special Correspondent

There we were, sitting alongside five people who had made history and shaped American foreign policy for nearly four decades. Vietnam and détente. Hot war with Iraq and Cold War with the Soviet Union. Mideast peace conferences and arms control. Kosovo and Iran. Rwanda and Iraq. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the scourge of drought, poverty and AIDS in the developing world. Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell. Five former American Secretaries of State. The conversation was remarkable for its candor, depth and realism.

We gathered at the George Washington University, where I teach, to talk about the challenges facing the next American president. Christiane Amanpour brought her experience and hard edge to the questioning. The list of challenges we asked about was daunting– from big global issues like climate change and poverty to decisions about how to deal with the new, more assertive Russia, how to handle Iraq and Afghanistan, whether to reach out to Iran, how to fight terrorism and fix America’s tattered image in the world.

Here’s what the secretaries’ bottom line was: get over it. Get real. Be smart. The world is a complicated place. America has to lead. Play down the ideology, they seemed to say, and approach the world rationally and with perspective. Imagine that.


September 19th, 2008
02:28 PM ET

Five Former Secretaries of State: Cracking diplomacy, and jokes

Program Note: 5 former Secretaries of State tell Christiane Amanpour & Frank Sesno what advice they have for "The Next President."

Watch The Next President: A World of Challenges. Saturday, 9 p.m. ET


Christiane Amanpour | BIO
CNN International Correspondent

Christiane Amanpour: “The other thing we were talking about, with advice to the new president, is climate change... What does the United States need to do to take the lead on something that is so vital globally?”

James A. Baker III: “Kill all the cows ‘cause most of it comes from cow farts”

Christiane Amanpour: “We’re leaving that in…’

There was much humor splashed about the serious advice being dispensed, despite, or maybe because, of the unprecedented challenges on the next president’s plate.

The forum generated huge buzz on The George Washington University campus. Students started lining up at 5:30am for tickets which were free. Later, when the Secretaries walked on stage together, the auditorium rose in a standing ovation. This struck me profoundly.

I know ‘America’s foreign policy’ and ‘where in the world we are headed’ are vitally important questions, but I was gratified to see how many young people felt the same way.

America’s image, and therefore its influence abroad are at historic lows, and the Secretaries unanimously said the next U.S. President must immediately close Guantanamo Bay Prison and ban torture.


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