[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/08/12/phelps.profile/art.phelps4.getty.jpg caption="Michael Phelps competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics."]
AC360 Senior Producer
Michael Phelps is the only human in the world who knows what it feels like to win eight gold medals in a single Olympic games, and Anderson Cooper is probably one of the only mere mortals who now knows what it’s like to race him in the pool.
Phelps gave Anderson his most extensive interview since his record smashing performance in Beijing. He talked to Anderson about how he did it and he even shared some of his training secrets. Anderson also followed him on somewhat of tour around the country…watching him build the Michael Phelps- mega brand. It is not every day that you can watch someone turn down a FIVE MILLION DOLLAR offer. And yes, Phelps even agreed to race Anderson with some serious handicaps, of course. Find out tonight who won and what makes this amazing athlete tick.
The big November jobs report is out and it is very grim. It was the worst single month since 1974! So far, 2008 is on track to be the worst year for job losses since 1982 when economy lost 2.1 million jobs. Are the American people finally going to get their own bailout? I wonder if this will influence lawmakers who are trying to decide if U.S. automakers should be helped out after all?
Speaking of which…the Big Three are back today begging for bailout loans (say that three times) But there are signs that they may not have the support they need on the Hill. Should they get the money?
Meanwhile, where does Obama stand on all things economy? Some Democrats are speaking out…saying he needs to be a little more assertive. Sen. Christopher Dodd the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee said, "The Obama team has to step up. In the minds of the people, this is the Obama administration. I don't think we can wait until January 20." What do you think?
And finally, we find out today how much time O.J. Simpson will be spending behind bars. It was recommended he receive eighteen years. He could get life. The Goldmans will be in the courtroom to watch firsthand.
Hope you enjoy tonight’s program!
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