January 29th, 2009
08:22 AM ET

What's next for stimulus?

Anderson talks with his panel of political analysts about what the next steps in the economic stimulus package debate will be.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Bailout Turmoil • David Gergen • Economy • Gloria Borger • Paul Begala
January 29th, 2009
08:17 AM ET

What T. Boone Pickens had to say after the House passed the stimulus bill

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T. Boone Pickens Statement on Passage of U.S. House of Representatives Version of Economic Stimulus Plan

T. Boone Pickens offered the following comment yesterday on the passage of the U.S. House of Representatives version of the economic stimulus plan and the progress made on energy policy and investment:

“Many of the components of the economic stimulus plan passed by the House of Representatives today are a part of the Pickens Plan– investing in renewable energy, encouraging conservation, rebuilding our nation’s transmission grid and using domestic resources in transportation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil are important and necessary steps in revitalizing our economy. While there is still more to do, Congress and the Administration are moving in the right direction to transform America’s energy policy and at the same time create hundreds of thousands of jobs, improve our environment, and get our economy moving again. We can all be encouraged by this legislation, but we cannot lose sight of the real goal - to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, which will have immense positive benefits for our nation in the near and long-term. I have long advocated using our abundant domestic supply of natural gas as a transportation fuel, and I will continue to work to achieve that goal as Washington further tackles energy in the coming months. ”


Filed under: Bailout Turmoil • Economy • Raw Politics
January 29th, 2009
07:58 AM ET

L.A. archdiocese responds to reports of federal sex abuse probe

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Federal prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether leaders of the Los Angeles archdiocese committed fraud by failing to properly deal with charges of priests molesting children, two law-enforcement sources told CNN.

The Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony is specifically targeted in a grand jury investigation - citing unnamed government sources.

U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O'Brien is personally involved in the probe, according to the reports.

In a written statement, the Catholic archdiocese on Wednesday defended its actions. It said the archdiocese has been contacted by the U.S. attorneys office for "information about a number of individual priests" - two who are dead and none of whom are active in the clergy.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Justice Department • Religion
January 29th, 2009
07:01 AM ET

Sound off: Your comments 1/29/09

Editor's Note: After last night's show many of you had a lot to say about the economy. Some of you think that those talking the most are out of touch with the people who are hurting the most. Many people asked that the Obama children be left out of the news. Finally, a couple of viewers asked that we do an in-depth story on the double life, ‘living straight and being gay.’ Here's what a few of you had to say:

Paul Begala, "quote" said tonight that people on unemployment will start spending more, more freely if they receive a unemployment raise. What is he smoking? I was just laid off 3 weeks ago and my weekly benefit amount is $292 a week after taxes. I was clearing over $1000 a week before being laid off. I cannot even make my house payment! This guy is a bit out of touch with reality. Stunning!!!

I am sick of Republican and Democrats bickering. Nothing pleases both parties. My solution is to have the $600B divided in half. The democrats spend one-half the way they want to and the republicans spend one-half the way they want to. Each side gets going immediately. Time will tell which is best. In the meantime, get going!


Filed under: Behind The Scenes
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