January 28th, 2009
05:04 PM ET

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Former Vice President Al Gore gestures before he testifies about climate change at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 28, 2009.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
January 28th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Gore testifies on Capitol Hill

Former Vice President Al Gore testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on global warming.

Filed under: Al Gore • Environmental issues
January 28th, 2009
03:47 PM ET

A president sets the right tone

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Faye Wattleton
President, Center for the Advancement of Women

Rhetoric frames action. President Barack Obama has corrected Bill Clinton’s framework to define White House reproductive policy. This explicitly opens the conversation for the common ground that so many have longingly envisioned and which, in the past, anti-choice advocates have assiduously avoided.

A day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama lifted the International Gag Rule, an executive order with the force of law first imposed by Ronald Reagan. It extended the prohibition of U.S. funds for assistance to family-planning groups that, with their own resources, provide abortion counseling, referral or direct services. Thirteen percent of maternal deaths worldwide are due to complications due to unsafe abortion procedures, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Restoring funding for international family-planning groups was only the beginning of a broader conversation on family planning.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Faye Wattleton • Women's Issues • Women's Rights
January 28th, 2009
03:44 PM ET

The Blagojevich Sideshow

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Editor’s Note: You can read more Jami Floyd blogs on “In Session.”

Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

For two days running everyone’s been talking about Blagojevich. Not just because he's been talking to any media outlet that will have him, but also because he's been impeached; and he's about to be convicted of abuse of power in the Illinois state Senate.

And as the governor admitted right here on Best Defense yesterday, impeachment trials are rare - very rare. There is very little precedent for the impeachment of a sitting governor in Illinois or any where else.


Filed under: Jami Floyd • Rod Blagojevich
January 28th, 2009
03:18 PM ET

Rooting for Rod

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Jack M. Burkman
Political Strategist

As a conservative Republican and former Whitewater investigator, I should be the last person to support embattled Illinois Governor Blagojevich. But he is getting a raw deal in every sense and the time has come to rally to his defense.

First, Senate Democrats stepped onto dangerous ground when they seriously considered not seating Senator Roland Burris in December. The seating of a state's Federal representative is the single most important component of the American democracy. Why should Illinois remain in the union if Washington won't seat its senators? To suggest that Burris would not be seated simply because a prosecutor had made allegations against the governor is downright crazy. Is this to suggest that any time any governor is under a cloud, he loses his powers of appointment without even a fair trial? The potential in this precedent for disrupting the Union is mammoth. What if one group of states decides to "gang up" on another and not seat their senators? We as a people did not grasp the importance of the events of December. I commend Sen. Dianne Feinstein for having the guts and the intellect to step out and break the logjam.


Filed under: Raw Politics • Rod Blagojevich
January 28th, 2009
02:54 PM ET

Gore: "We must address this crisis"

Former vice president Al Gore discusses the impacts of global warming on oceans and warns of more weather-related disasters in the United States.

January 28th, 2009
02:08 PM ET

Haggard accuser speaks out

A man who says he had a sexual relationship with Ted Haggard says he's emotionally scarred by the experience

January 28th, 2009
02:00 PM ET

The U.S. Military's PR problem in Afghanistan

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Mike Mount
CNN Senior Producer

Civilian deaths by U.S. forces in Afghanistan is a hot-button issue for President Karzai. He is known for not holding back when railing on the U.S. after a ground or air raid on an insurgent target where women and children were also killed.

The U.S. military understands his frustration but is often put in a difficult position when insurgents use the tactic of barricading themselves in mosques or homes.


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Filed under: Afghanistan • Mike Mount • Pentagon
January 28th, 2009
01:02 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Boeing jettisons workers

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

Aviation giant Boeing is adding to the steady drumbeat of layoffs, announcing today it will cut a total of 10,000 jobs – up from the 4,500 it said it would cut earlier this month. Boeing also reported an unexpected fourth-quarter loss and forecast 2009 earnings that are well below Wall Street estimates as it grapples with a dip in demand for its planes amid the ongoing recession.

Wells Fargo reported a $2.6 billion fourth-quarter loss this morning, hurt by its acquisition of Wachovia and rising credit costs. But excluding a host of charges, many of them related to the merger, earnings beat Wall Street’s estimates. The company also said it would not cut its dividend - adding it has no plans to ask for any more bailout money from the federal government. Wells Fargo received $25 billion last year from the Treasury Department.


Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance • Gas Prices • Oil • Wall St.
January 28th, 2009
11:47 AM ET

Crime blotter: Make $111,000 as a Beverly Hills Cop!

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Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The 360° blotter is back, and better than before. 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 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.

We're kicking off the revamped police briefing with 3 reports. Out of San Francisco, a wild murder-for-hire story that has a pretty strange twist in the end. In Boston, we've posted the pictures of two wanted suspects accused of threatening a kid with a knife. And, in tony Beverly Hills, the police department is looking to hire a sergeant. The pay is pretty sweet – more than 100k a year. Maybe you're their candidate! Now, let's get started with the 360 crime blotter:


San Francisco Police Dept.

Kill-for-hire arrests

San Francisco Police arrested two suspects in a kill-for-hire incident who targeted a 23-year-old San Francisco woman. Taken into custody January 17 were Deonte Bennett, 24, of Oakland, and Emerson Portillo, 24, of San Francisco.

The incident began on Friday, January 16, when the victim called Portillo at approximately 7:30 P.M. to pick her up from a location in South San Francisco.

Portillo called the victim and told her that, because he had been arrested for a traffic violation, someone else, who turned out to be the second suspect in this case, Bennett, would pick her up instead in the victim’s own vehicle.

Bennett, who was not known to the victim, picked her up at approximately 10:00 P.M. Once in the car, he told her that the first suspect in this case, Portillo, had ordered him to kill her, and had already been given half of the $5,000 to do the job and held a gun against her head.

Fearing for her life and desperate, the victim told Bennett that she would pay him $2,500 not to kill her.

They drove to the victim’s residence in the Bayview District, and the suspect took about $200 in cash from the victim and forced her at gunpoint back into her car. After driving around the district, the suspect got out of the victim’s vehicle and walked off. The victim then reported the incident to police.

Based upon a coordinated investigation conducted by the Domestic Violence Unit, the Special Investigations Division, the Tactical Investigations Unit, Northern Station Street Crimes Unit, and Ingleside and Taraval stations, Bennett was arrested in Emeryville Saturday at approximately 6:20 P.M., and Portillo in San Francisco approximately ten minutes later. This rapid and coordinated effort resulted in two dangerous suspects being quickly removed from the community.

Both suspects remain in custody and are charged with attempted murder, murder-for-hire, conspiracy, and false imprisonment.

For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office, 553-1651.

Boston Police Dept

Assault on a 7-Year-old

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to locate two suspects wanted in connection with the assault of a 7-year-old child. The suspects, 28-year-old Richard Edwards and 25-year-old Dawn Connolly, have addresses in the Hyannis area.

Incident Description:
At about 10:33pm on Thursday, January 22, 2009, officers received a radio call for an assault with a knife at 300 Longwood Ave., Mission Hill. Officers spoke with the victim who stated that her 7-year-old child was threatened with a knife. Both Edwards and Connolly are wanted for this assault and have warrants out for their arrest relative to this incident.

Suspect Vehicle:
Make & Model: 1995 Oldsmobile Ciera/ four-door
Color: Green
License Plate: MA 23-NZ-75

Contact Information:
If anyone has information about these perpetrators you are encouraged to please contact District B2 detectives at 617-343-4275.


Beverly Hills Police Dept:

Job Title: Police Sergeant
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 02/13/09 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $40.87 – $53.61 hourly
$3,269.54 – $4,288.62 biweekly
$7,084.00 – $9,292.00 monthly
$85,008.00 – $111,504.00 annually
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Beverly Hills Police Department, California

Supervises operation of a police station during an assigned shift protecting life and property, and maintaining law and order.

Major Duties:

  • Directs the activities of police officers during an assigned shift to include scheduling and briefing of personnel, assigning duties and inspecting equipment.
  • Performs personnel management duties including counseling of officers, recommending disciplinary action, completing performance evaluations, etc.
  • Compiles and completes forms and reports for division, and reviews and approves all arrest, crime, incident and follow-up reports submitted by division personnel.
  • Performs police work in assigned division including patrol, traffic, detective, vice and narcotics, personnel and training, crime prevention, foot-beat, canine, crime suppression, and special tactics.
  • Testifies in court as arresting officer.
  • Investigates personnel complaints and submits findings.
  • Orders and assigns supplies, materials and equipment to division personnel.
  • Acts as watch commander or division commander when necessary.
  • Acts as Range-master and trains officers in the use of firearms.
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of operational plans for major events within the City.
  • Conducts training of officers in assigned division.
  • Performs other related work as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field.
  • Three years experience equivalent to a Police Officer in the City of Beverly Hills, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Intermediate Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate.
  • CPR and basic first aid certification.
  • Possession of an appropriate valid California driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of police administration and personnel functions to include supervisory skills. Ability to think clearly and respond quickly in emergency situations. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of Federal and State laws, City ordinances and departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures. Knowledge of City streets and address system. Skill in operating police equipment and vehicles.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
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