November 25th, 2008
12:20 PM ET

Ann Coulter: Wired for Soundbites. Not.

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Jennifer Donahue
NHIOP Political Director & Harvard IOP Fellow

Looks like Ann Coulter, the GOP conservative wing's second favorite woman, just behind Sarah Palin, won't be part of the Inauguration party/funeral, depending on which side of the aisle you sit.

Taking her second fall after the McCain loss, Ann Coulter seems to have her jaw wired shut, if you read New York Post's Page 6.

Coulter threw not just red meat but raw meat to a youth group attending CPAC last February, just after McCain clinched the Republican nomination. She compared McCain to Hitler, except that Hitler had a better tax policy. She also indicated she would not support McCain.

I thought the expression was "break a leg." So how do you break a jaw, anyway?

Filed under: Jennifer Donahue • Raw Politics
November 25th, 2008
12:07 PM ET

Polygamist leaders indicted – and jailed

Chuck Johnston
CNN National Desk

The patriarch of the world's biggest polygamist sect's compound in Eldorado, Texas turned himself in after being indicted on felony charges. Fredrick Merril Jessop, 72, of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), is charged with one count of conducting an unlawful marriage ceremony involving a minor, which is a third-degree felony.

Jessop has been running the compound, called the Yearning for Zion Ranch, home to hundreds of church members. He was husband of Carolyn Jessop, who wrote in her best-selling book, "Escape" about their marriage and life in the FLDS, and her frightening escape from Merril Jessop and the compound with her children.

Carolyn Jessop and others have said girls as young 11 have been forced into polygamists marriages with older men, boys have been ejected from the sect on trumped up infractions, and children have been beaten.


Filed under: Chuck Johnston • Crime & Punishment • Polygamy
November 25th, 2008
11:57 AM ET

The Shot: Monkey waiters

To keep business alive, a Toyko restaurant hired monkeys to serve and clean.

Filed under: T1 • The Shot
November 25th, 2008
10:27 AM ET

Crime Blotter: Cops Wanted – Palm Beach is Hiring!

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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:


Palm Beach Police Department:

Our policing philosophy is based on a strong community partnership dedicated to improving the quality of life in Palm Beach. We are a national and state accredited, proactive, highly visible, full service law enforcement agency, promoting an environment that values creativity, innovation and invention.
Palm Beach is very unique in character and demands the highest level of service and the utmost in professionalism from its personnel. The Department emphasizes efficiency and excellence in law enforcement.

Recruitment is conducted on an ongoing basis for all applicants who possess the minimum qualifications. Preliminary testing consists of swim test, physical abilities test and oral review board.


For information about a career with the Palm Beach Police Department, please contact Janet Kinsella, Manager, Personnel/Training by phone at (561) 838-5467 or via e-mail at info@palmbeachpolice.com. To request a police officer application packet, please call the Human Resources Department at (561) 838-5450.

Police Officer Salary Range

  • $54,299 – $66,063 (starting range for certified officer, based on experience)
  • $51,772- Trainee Position (non-certified/no prior experience)
  • $54,299 – $80,376 Salary range for certified police officers


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
November 25th, 2008
08:48 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Feeling like the Grinch?

Economic struggles are forcing many to say goodbye to their pets. CNN's John Zarrella reports.
Economic struggles are forcing many to say goodbye to their pets. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

Loving them and leaving them. And no, I’m not talking about anyone's love life. Apparently, struggling families are dumping their pets because they can’t afford them given these rough economic times. Poor pooches.

There are many human beings suffering of course, but seeing these abandoned doggie’s faces in the John Zarrella pkg was pretty traumatic this morning too. Click on the link to this blog and you can see the report.

Black Friday is just around the corner, the day after we stuff ourselves like the Turkeys we are about to devour. The term is used to reference the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (ie: turning a profit) because everyone and their mother hits the stores to start their holiday shopping (and the day that others are glad online shopping exists and can avoid squishing against other shoppers like sardines in a can).

Are you planning to be more of a Grinch than a Santa this year and cut back on your shopping? Gas prices are down for 69 straight days-so maybe that is softening the blow in the midst of this economic doom and gloom.

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson will announce the formation of a program to increase the availability of auto loans, student loans and credit cards. Ali Velshi will tell us what that means for You tonight, as you keep wondering where your bailout is.

President-elect Obama holds his 2nd news conference today in a row. He is expected to unveil Peter Orszag as his nominee for the Office of Management and Budget. This announcement comes a day after he announced his economic team including Tim Geithner as Treasury Sec and Larry Summers as chief of the National Economic council.

Obama also said he would talk about finding cuts in the federal budget to help dig the nation out of the fiscal crisis. We wonder what ‘meaningful cuts and sacrifices’ he is referring to, and our reporter Tom Foreman may check that out today.

See u at 10pet!

Filed under: The Buzz
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