January 14th, 2009
10:26 AM ET

New Bin Laden tape

Editor's Note: Tune in to hear more from CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen on AC360° tonight at
10pm ET.

CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen analyzes the relevance and timing of the new Osama bin Laden tape.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Osama bin Laden • Peter Bergen
January 14th, 2009
10:11 AM ET

Financial Dispatch: Will Madoff even go to trial?

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Gene Bloch
Managing Editor
CNN New York

Will Bernie Madoff be allowed to remain free on bail in his $7 million apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side??

Today the federal government will get another crack at putting him behind bars. The alleged Ponzi schemer will make an appearance in federal court today for an appeals hearing on the bail issue. Federal prosecutors are fighting a magistrate judge’s decision Monday for him to remain free on bail. Prosecutors say Madoff violated terms of his home detention by mailing several valuable items, like jewelry, a Cartier watch, and mittens to friends and relatives…items valued at more than $1 million. The defense says Madoff did this innocently, not realizing he was not permitted to send the items, which they described as “gifts.” A revocation of bail would be welcome news to many who believe that it’s an outrage that someone accused of ripping off billions of dollars from individuals, banks, charities, foundations, and thousands of their beneficiaries would be given better treatment than some kid busted for a small amount of pot. We have live cameras outside his apartment and downtown at federal court.


Filed under: Economy • Energy • Finance • Gene Bloch • Oil • Wall St.
January 14th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

TONIGHT: Life for Mychal

He’s one of the Jena 6 - once facing attempted murder charges in the beating of a white classmate. Just two weeks ago, he shot himself in the chest. Now, we catch with Mychal Bell… to look at his life - and ahead to his future. Tonight, 10 ET

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Filed under: 360° Radar
January 14th, 2009
09:48 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 1/13/09

Following Tuesday night’s AC360°, viewers were passionate on many of the topics discussed on the show. Take a look below at examples of what they had to say about continued media coverage of Governor Palin, Bill Clinton’s charity accepting contributions from foreign interests, why Tim Geithner seems to be going unpunished for not paying his taxes, and the story on the Indiana pilot who tried to fake his death. Then tell us what YOU think:


I totally agree with James and Bill regarding Sarah Palin. She definitely wants to keep her name out there. She's been running off at the mouth for some time now. Right now she is using the press as her friend when she talks nothing but bad against them. The press should just leave her alone. Quit giving her all this publicity. This is her way of staying in the picture. Remember she has big plans for 2012.

Palin has a point. Thanks to 'non-journalism', very few voting Americans knew of Palin's many accomplishments in Alaska, her strength of character in standing against Republican abuse of power, no matter the personal cost to herself….


Filed under: AC360° Staff • Behind The Scenes
January 14th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Keeping Them Honest: SEC under fire

Did the SEC drop the ball in connection with the Bernie Madoff investment scandal? CNN's Abbie Boudreau reports.

Filed under: Finance • Keeping Them Honest • Wall St.
January 14th, 2009
08:56 AM ET

AC360° Panel: Obama's challenges

Anderson talks with his panel about reaction to the latest challenges President-elect Obama is now facing.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • David Gergen • Raw Politics
January 14th, 2009
08:53 AM ET

Obama versus his own party – how did we get here?

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Dana Bash | BIO
Senior Congressional Correspondent

Consider the irony here: Barack Obama is finally spending his political capital, and he's using it on a joint effort with President Bush, to fight fellow Democrats in Congress, for a wildly unpopular Wall Street bailout.

And a full week before taking office, he even came to Capitol Hill to remind Democrats he's going to have a veto pen, and he's not afraid to use it.

I talked to more than a dozen Senate Democrats, and it was abundantly clear why he had to go to such extremes. They despise the idea of spending an additional 350 billion taxpayer dollars on what they view as a mismanaged rescue program.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Dana Bash • Raw Politics
January 14th, 2009
08:41 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Voice of Terror

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Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is believed to be speaking out in an audio message posted on a radical Islamist Web site, calling for a ‘holy war’ against Israel to stop the aggression in Gaza.

Last time we heard from this bad boy was in May of last year, timed to coincide with Israel’s 60th anniversary. In that last message he had urged followers to ‘liberate Palestine’. Last night, Larry King asked President Bush if we are ever going to find America’s Enemy #1, and the Prez said absolutely, we’ve got a lot of people looking and he can’t run forever.

OBL has been in hiding since the 9/11 attacks, and there is a $25 million reward leading to his capture. (hey so if you know where he is, cough him up already). Peter Bergen (an analyst who is one of the few people in the world to have met and interviewed OBL many years ago) may join us tonight to put his latest message in perspective.

Israel continues to launch a military offensive in Gaza which they say will root out Hamas militants. The death toll is nearing 1,000 in Gaza, including more than 300 children according to Palestinian medical sources. The Israeli toll stands at 13, as of this writing. Un Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the region trying to mediate. Earlier in the week he urged both sides to “just stop” the fighting.
Nic Robertson follows the latest.

On our home turf, more of President-Elect’s cabinet picks are having confirmation hearings today. We saw Hillary Clinton on Cap Hill yday, she spent a lot of time answering questions related to Bill’s foreign donors to ensure no conflicts of interest, and outlined what she saw as the US’s greatest challenges overseas. Overall, it was a pretty warm welcome from the Hill to Hill and she is expected to be confirmed as Secretary of State next week.

President-elect Obama got tough yesterday, he warned that he may issue a veto if members of Congress don’t get behind his plan to release the remaining $350 billion of the $700 bn financial bailout. We’ll continue to follow this story today with Candy Crowley.

And Drew Griffin tells us of the flighty pilot/financial manager who has now been caught. He is accused of faking his own death after scamming his customers. He was found at a camp site in Florida and police officers took him to a nearby hospital after an apparent suicide attempt.

Police believe he defrauded investors through 3 companies he owns before attempting an odd vanishing act by taking off on a plane which then crashed, but not before he may have parachuted to the ground. Talk about extreme behavior, ay ya ya.

See u tonight.

Filed under: Penny Manis • The Buzz
January 14th, 2009
08:37 AM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Cabinet-lobbying pipeline

CNN's Brian Todd looks at a new report flagging former Cabinet members whose firms do business with their old agencies.

Filed under: Brian Todd • Keeping Them Honest • Raw Politics
January 13th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 1/13/09

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