November 20th, 2008
12:55 PM ET

Crime Blotter: Hand under his shirt, then demanded money

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Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
AC360 Writer

Welcome to the 360 Crime Blotter.

Some of the best crime writing comes from cops on the beat. But it’s not fiction. It’s fact, put down on paper in incident reports. We’re going to bring you their first-hand accounts. Taken from police department web sites, the official submissions run the gamut from mundane misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. They all show what police officers across the country face 365 days a year. So let’s get started:

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Hillsborough, Florida  Police Department

What: Bank robbery

When: November 19, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: American Momentum Bank, 15150 North Florida Avenue

Why/How: Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., an unknown black male entered the bank, put his hand under his shirt as if to imply he had a weapon and then demanded money. The suspect fled in the above listed vehicle. The white female had entered the bank approximately 45 minutes prior to the robbery and was seen in the driver’s seat of the getaway vehicle.

Anyone with any information reference the robbery or suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.


#1 – Black male, 35 – 45 years of age, 5’8” – 5’11”, 175 – 190 lbs., wearing fake wig, fake mask with hair, blue overalls, black hood, light color jacket

#2 – white female, 25 – 28 years of age, 5’6” – 5’8”, 115 – 120 lbs., shoulder length dark brown hair, wearing tight blue jeans, white jacket, calf high fuzzy boots

Vehicle: 2004-2007 silver, Nissan Frontier, 4 –door, pickup, chrome tie bars on bed of truck.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
November 20th, 2008
08:42 AM ET

Obama's power play at State

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David Frum

News of the offer confers a series of benefits on Obama. It makes him look magnanimous. It also solves a very practical problem. There do not seem to be many women in Obama’s rumored top tier appointments. With Joe Biden in the veep’s office, Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, Bob Gates retained at Defense, Tom Daschle at Health and Human Services, Eric Holder at Justice, and, very possibly, James Steinberg as National Security Adviser, it’s testosterone, testosterone, testosterone. Aggravating the problem is the fact that the front-runner for Treasury Secretary—Larry Summers, whose reign as president of Harvard University was short-circuited by his transgressions against political correctness—remains a special demon figure among feminists. What better way to placate Democratic women than by circulating Hillary Clinton’s name for the most honorific cabinet post of all?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Raw Politics
November 20th, 2008
08:02 AM ET

GOP needs to catch up to Obama's Web savvy

Editor’s Note: Leslie Sanchez is a former adviser to President Bush and CEO of Impacto Group, which specializes in market research about women and Hispanics for its corporate and nonprofit clients.

Leslie Sanchez | Bio
CNN Political Contributor
Republican Strategist

Ever since John McCain and Howard Dean in 2000 showed the Internet's potential for fundraising, the question was always whether the Web could be effective at "GOTV," or getting-out-the-vote.

Among young voters at least, Barack Obama has proven that it can - and, in the process, he's uncovered a major flaw that cuts to the core of the Republicans' approach to party organization and discipline.

Obama poured many of his campaign's millions into his social networking operations on the Web, which his campaign rightly saw as critical to building grassroots support and enthusiasm.

A community organizer by training, occupation and nature, Obama saw his databases for the potential they represented - an army of supportive voices, a legion of potential volunteers, and a division of precinct captains.

Such is the world not just of Chicago ward organizations, but of politics everywhere.

The McCain campaign, reflecting the broader skepticism I've seen in the GOP about the Web, doubted whether the Internet could get voters out of their Barcaloungers (or, in the case of younger voters, off their futons) and into the polling booth.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Internet • John McCain • Leslie Sanchez • Raw Politics
November 20th, 2008
08:01 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Showing up to a Soup Kitchen in a Tux

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

The picture of Obama’s Administration is coming into focus.

Last night we reported that President-Elect Obama has earmarked Janet Napolitano to head the Dept of Homeland Security, Chicago business woman Penny Pritzker could head the Dept of Commerce, and fmr Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle could head the Dept of Health and Human services. Eric Holder, as reported earlier in the week, may serve as Attorney General.

These candidates are going through a thorough vetting process, sources tell CNN that this is the most detail-oriented vetting officials have undergone in all their careers in or out of public office. I guess Obama doesn’t like surprises.

We continue to wait and see whether Hillary will become Secretary of State, meanwhile Senate Democrats may create a special role for her if she does stay in Congress, perhaps making her point person on health care issues, as one example. Is this because she is seriously weighing whether to remain a Senator, or she wants a good fallback position if she doesn’t get picked as SOS? It’s nice to be a woman with options, though.

The possibility of a big check from Congress to the Big 3 automakers appears slim- plans were reversed to hold a test vote today on this proposed bailout. CEO’s of domestic automakers didn’t get very far convincing lawmakers they need a bailout, particularly when they flew to DC to press their case in private jets.

One lawmaker said it’s like showing up at a soup kitchen in a tuxedo, and another said that when you get off a private jet with a tin cup, it’s not very convincing.

Our focus is already shifting to the huge swatch of workers in the Midwest who could be out of a job very soon, if not already. Gary Tuchman is on his way there this morning to feature these auto workers who are already feeling like they are living in a recession. How are they coping? He may have this story tonight, if not by tomorrow.

Before he left, Gary finished up a story that we will try to get on tonight about a North Carolina mental hospital that severely neglected its patients. We received video of surveillance cameras which caught some of the workers in the act. It’s a pretty outrageous story.

Erica Hill will describe how Obama-mania is taking over the nation’s capital. People are expected to flock to the Inauguration in droves, hotels are already booked out there, and tickets are hard to come by for the event. How will DC handle the millions of people expected to flock upon the city come January?

That’s where we start, see you at 10pet!

Filed under: The Buzz
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