January 6th, 2009
04:54 PM ET

Troops suffering from PTSD won't get Purple Heart

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Mike Mount
CNN Senior Pentagon Producer

The Purple Heart medal, awarded to service members who have been physically wounded in combat, will not be given to troops diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a Pentagon statement said.

The decision, which was made in early November but just made public this week, came about after months of deliberations sparked by a question on the topic posed to Defense Secretary Robert Gates during a Pentagon briefing in May.

"(It's) clearly something that needs to be looked at," Gates said, responding to the query. His answer prompted a review by the Defense Department's Awards Advisory Group, made up of "award experts" in the Pentagon.


Filed under: Pentagon • PTSD
January 6th, 2009
04:39 PM ET

Obama's new ride

CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports on President-elect Barack Obama's new ride and how it compares to past presidential rides.

Filed under: Barack Obama
January 6th, 2009
02:36 PM ET

Gaza fighting intensifies

Program Note: Watch Anderson report LIVE from Israel tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

Anderson Cooper reports on the second day of Israel's ground incursion into Gaza.

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Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Crisis in Gaza
January 6th, 2009
02:35 PM ET

Madoff bail violation charges

Bernard Madoff mailed valuable jewels from his home, prosecutors charge. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports.

Filed under: Finance • Wall St.
January 6th, 2009
12:42 PM ET

Status Quo vs. Solution for Middle East

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Eboo Patel
On Faith

I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on the recent crisis in Gaza. Here was my basic question: "Have you reached out to leaders in the other community to find a solution to the conflict?"

Here was the most common answer: "I'd love to talk to people in the other community. Can you give me the phone numbers of folks who agree with our position? If they'll appear with us at a media event, or put their name on our press release, that's even better."

That's a perfectly understandable instinct, but it doesn't lead to a solution. It's just a continuation of the logic that has led us here.


Filed under: Israel • Palestine • Religion
January 6th, 2009
12:32 PM ET

BART rider shot in back

Transit police are investigating a New Year's shooting by one of its officers. This video stops short of the fatal shot.

January 6th, 2009
12:23 PM ET

Mourning the young

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Jeremy Bowen

6 January: Jerusalem

I'm writing this at the funeral of one of the Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza last night. His name was Nitai Stern and he was 21 years old.

It is beautiful sunlit day at the Mt Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. A military helicopter is clattering by overhead, heading south towards Gaza.

The sound, just for a moment, is drowning out the weeping of Nitai Stern's family and friends. You can hear the sobs as they call out his name.

Some of the dead man's comrades from his unit, the Golani Brigade, are here, and some of them are weeping too.

The funeral of anyone young feels like such a waste. You can't try to make it a celebration of life, which sometimes feels right if someone has lived to a great old age.


Filed under: Israel • Palestine
January 6th, 2009
11:39 AM ET

A rookie mistake

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Leslie Sanchez
AC360° Contributor

The near-flawless Obama transition hiccupped Monday with the surprise announcement that former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta was the new president's choice to head the Central Intelligence Agency. The well-respected Panetta - Democrats and Republicans alike have praised his work and know him to be a strong executive with a first-class understanding of budgets and politics - is not someone who is considered to have experience in the netherworld of intelligence operations.

In this sense he mirrors former President Jimmy Carter's initial choice of Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorenson to lead the CIA. Sorenson, whose vantage point inside JFK's inner circle gave him a more than passing acquaintance with at least a few of the CIA's more interesting Kennedy-era adventures, saw his nomination go nowhere when people realized he was just not qualified for the job, which at that time also included the responsibility of leading the U.S. intelligence community. But Panetta's qualifications - or lack thereof - isn't the real story here.


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Filed under: Barack Obama • Leslie Sanchez
January 6th, 2009
11:27 AM ET

Financial Dispatch: The $8 trillion bailout

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Are you sitting down? Good. It's time to tally up the government's bailout tab. Congress, the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and other agencies have taken dozens of steps and spent billions of dollars to prop up the economy - including shelling out $29 billion for Bear Stearns, $345 billion for Citigroup and putting up $600 billion to guarantee money market deposits. Total price tag so far: $7.2 trillion. Now comes President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, some details of which were made public on Monday, and the bill is getting awfully close to $8 trillion. Take a look at this bailout scorecard to see the tally.

Stocks on Wall Street opened higher ahead of a trio of economic reports. The number of homes under contract to be sold fell 4% in November as mounting job losses and weak consumer confidence deterred home buyers from signing contracts. Factory orders, meanwhile, declined for record fourth straight month in November as the recession intensified. The one bright spot - however dim - was the service sector, which improved somewhat in December but remained weak amid the ongoing recession. The service sector includes jobs in industries such as hotels, retail and health care.


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Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance • Gas Prices • Oil • Wall St.
January 6th, 2009
11:16 AM ET

How to win in Washington

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Ed Rollins
CNN Contributor

To most Democrats and many Americans, the Bush/Cheney nightmare is over!

With the start of the new Congress, and President Barack Obama's inauguration two weeks away, there is a new hope that both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue can work together on some of the most serious problems facing this country in recent history.

The answers to solving those problems may not be apparent to ordinary Americans, but what they do know is the old way didn't work. And the voter's patience will be short, because they need help - and they are scared.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Democrats • Republicans
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