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Should the U.S. auto industry get a $25 billion lifeline?
Well, it doesn't look like it will happen this week.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said there won't be a test vote on the proposed bailout tomorrow. But he says there could be a compromise in the works.
The announcement comes after executives from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were grilled on Capitol Hill for the second day in a row.
Some lawmakers took issue with the travel arrangements by the "Big 3" leaders.
"There is a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hand saying that they're going to be trimming down and streamlining their businesses," said Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-New York.
"It's almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo. It kind of makes you a little bit suspicious," he added.
We'll have more on the stalled bailout tonight on AC360°.
The lingering questions about the U.S. auto industry pushed the Dow to its lowest level in 5 years. The blue chips lost more than 400 points and closed below the 8,000 mark. We'll dig deeper on the market meltdown.
Plus, a controversial story out of Nebraska. The state's safe-haven law lets parents drop off their kids at the hospital if they no longer want to care for them. We're talking about kids up to the age of 17. So far, dozens of children have been dumped at hospitals across the state.
Do you think the law should be changed?
All that and more tonight starting at 10pm ET.
Program note: Watch Tom Foreman's full report about how Former President Bill Clinton's foundation fund raising affects a possible Secretary of State position for Hillary Clinton. Tonight, 10p ET.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Harry Houdini used to perform a famous trick called The Metamorphosis.
He would be handcuffed, sealed in a large cloth bag, and stuffed into a trunk, which was wrapped in chains. His wife, Bess, would then raise a curtain, and in a flash, he would be standing free, and she would be discovered locked and sealed inside the trunk.
It was a trick that required discipline, carefully orchestrated movements, and teamwork; and the Washington heirs to Houdini’s throne are Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Lest anyone doubt their commitment to being the dynamic duo of miracle working politicians, just witness his latest agreement to divulge information about donors to his foundation as a way of possibly clearing her path to becoming Secretary of State.
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Editor's Note: Steve Clemons is director of the American Strategy Program of the New America Foundation and publisher of the influential political blog, The Washington Note. He has served as executive vice president of the Economic Strategy Institute and as senior policy adviser on economic and international affairs to Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico.
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Hillary Clinton? Secretary of state? What is Barack Obama thinking?
This rock star president-elect may either be confused, deluded and self-destructive in sculpting a political and policy team that has a high probability of paralyzing itself in vicious internal skirmishes, or he may just be brilliant - really, really brilliant.
Rahm Emanuel, considered by many to be the most thuggish (and effective) of the Democratic machine's partisans, is Obama's chief of staff.
Joe Lieberman, disloyal former Democrat who headlined the Republican National Convention calling GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "strong. . .compelling...competent!" will keep his place in the Senate Democratic caucus - as well as his powerful perch as Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.
While not yet announced, indications increasingly point to Bush administration Defense Secretary Robert Gates being rewarded for out-Cheneying Cheney, having vital stewardship over America's complex Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan portfolios and thus staying on as Obama's Defense chief.
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The debate over whether the eight-year-old Arizona boy should be prosecuted as an adult or as a juvenile misses the point entirely: he should not be prosecuted at all.
Most of the civilized world recognizes that children are not criminally responsible for their actions until they reach a level of maturity such that they can clearly distinguish between right and wrong. In the United States, 37 states, including Arizona, have no minimum age at which a child can be prosecuted.
We thus treat our own children more severely than does Pakistan, Myanmar, or Sudan, which fix their age of criminal responsibility at seven. The age of criminal responsibility in France is 13; China, Germany, Italy and Japan, 14; in Scandinavian countries, 15; Brazil, Colombia and Peru, 18. And in most of these countries, young offenders are tried in juvenile courts and provided with social services upon conviction, with incarceration as a last resort.
In the United States, 25,000 young offenders are now serving time for crimes committed as minors but for which they were charged and convicted as adults. These young people are eight times more likely to commit suicide behind bars and five times more likely to become victims of sexual assault than their adult counterparts.
Program Note: CNN Heroes received nearly four thousand submissions from 75 countries. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year, and over 1 million of you voted for your CNN HERO OF THE YEAR
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First I would like to express my gratitude to CNN for the great exposure and recognition you give to those ordinary people who truly make a difference in our lives. Yes, I am extremely happy and proud to have nominated Phymean Noun to be one of your heroes and know that she has made it to the top 10 finalists of 2008. She is definitely my hero. As an Adult ESL Instructor working for Toronto District School Board for the last 17 years, I usually come across many interesting people from different cultures with great stories to tell and I just listen.
Phymean impressed me the most because of the extraordinary challenge she had to face at an early age. Her courage and persistence are amazing. Despite the hardship she went through as a child growing up in Cambodia during and after the war, and despite the loss of her only companion, her mother, to cancer at the age of 15, she kept going. She tried so hard to finish her school, look after her niece and then get a job. But then her amazing compassion on those children who live on garbage dumps and her determination to save them from the heaps of garbage and provide them with education, housing and health care has made her an instant hero to me.
I was really struck by her vision and by her powerful spirit that is gentle yet strong enough not to let circumstances rule out her destiny. I had to step in and give a hand and the rest is history.
Jamie McIntyre | BIO
Senior Pentagon Correspondent
As the pirates seemingly pillage with impunity off the Horn of Africa, the U.S. Navy has some advice: the best defense is … well, a better defense!
The problem is once the pirates get on board commercial ships, and take the crews hostages, the options are limited, and most countries or companies just pay the ransom, which only emboldens the pirates to pull off even more high-profile hijackings.
While the U.S. Navy patrols the Gulf of Aden as part of a multi-national force patrolling the waters off the coast of Somalia and Kenya, it can’t be everywhere at once.
The best, simplest answer is better shipboard defenses and smarter protective procedures, one U.S. Navy spokesman tells CNN.
“It like protecting a warehouse on land”, he says “You wouldn’t leave a warehouse full of valuable merchandise unguarded.”
And shipboard defenses don’t necessarily have to involve heavy weapons.
Attacks have been repelled by the use of fire hoses.