April 2nd, 2009
02:53 PM ET

Beat 360° 4/2/09

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US President Barack Obama, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pose for a photo during the G20 summit in London, on April 2, 2009.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
April 2nd, 2009
01:52 PM ET

Michelle Obama’s favorable rating eclipses her husband’s

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Jeffrey M. Jones
Gallup Poll

Americans have very positive impressions of both President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. But in the latest Gallup Poll, Mrs. Obama receives a slightly better favorable rating, 72% to 69%.

While the three percentage-point difference between the two favorable ratings is not statistically significant, Michelle Obama's much lower unfavorable ratings compared with the president's (17% vs. 28%) give her the clear edge in public favorability.



Filed under: 360º Follow • Michelle Obama
April 2nd, 2009
01:29 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: 5.7 million on unemployment

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

More dreary news on the unemployment front today ahead of Friday’s big jobs report for March.

The number of Americans filing initial claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week while the number of people continuing to claim benefits set a record for the 10th straight week.

First-time claims for unemployment insurance rose by 12,000 to 669,000 from the previous week revised figure of 657,000.

The number of people receiving benefits for one week or more, meanwhile, rose by 161,000 to 5.73 million. That’s the highest number on records dating back to 1967.

The increasing number of people continuing to file for unemployment benefits suggests that Americans are struggling to re-enter the workforce.

Stocks on Wall Street roared out of the gate this morning, sending the Dow Industrials above the 8,000 level for the first time in seven weeks.


Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance • Gas Prices • Oil • Wall St.
April 2nd, 2009
01:07 PM ET

Space: The Final Junkyard?

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Caroline S. Reilly and Peter D. Zimmerman
RAND Corporation

The fireball that streaked across the southeast U.S. skies Sunday night may have been the remnants of a Russian rocket booster.

A week earlier, the crew of the International Space Station briefly took shelter in their escape capsule because of worries about a piece of space junk no more than six inches across.

A month before that, a pair of camper-sized communications satellites slammed into one another above northern Siberia, causing thousands of metal shards ranging in size from dust speck to cantaloupe to be shot into space at speeds of over 17,000 mph.

Celestial real estate is increasingly popular. Now that Iran has joined the space club, 10 countries have demonstrated the ability to launch a probe into orbit, and another 100 own or share a satellite launched by others. All in all more than 900 satellites, along with tens of thousands of bits of man-made space detritus, jockey for elbow room overhead.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Environmental issues • Space
April 2nd, 2009
12:19 PM ET

Anderson interviews Geithner in London

Program Note: Tune in tonight to see Anderson's interview with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Anderson will be reporting live from London on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Anderson interviews U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in London at the G-20 Summit.

April 2nd, 2009
12:08 PM ET

Statement from the G-20 Summit

Program Note: For more on the G-20 Summit, tune in tonight as Anderson reports live from London on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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2 April 2009

1. We, the Leaders of the Group of Twenty, met in London on 2 April 2009.

2. We face the greatest challenge to the world economy in modern times; a crisis which has deepened since we last met, which affects the lives of women, men, and children in every country, and which all countries must join together to resolve. A global crisis requires a global solution.

3. We start from the belief that prosperity is indivisible; that growth, to be sustained, has to be shared; and that our global plan for recovery must have at its heart the needs and jobs of hard-working families, not just in developed countries but in emerging markets and the poorest countries of the world too; and must reflect the interests, not just of today’s population, but of future generations too. We believe that the only sure foundation for sustainable globalisation and rising prosperity for all is an open world economy based on market principles, effective regulation, and strong global institutions.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy • Global 360°
April 2nd, 2009
11:42 AM ET

Buckingham Palace on Michelle Obama and the Queen's 'touching moment'

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From Buckingham Palace Press Office

"It was a mutual and spontaneous display of affection and appreciation between the Queen and Michelle Obama.

The London Summit reception at Buckingham Palace was an informal occasion".

A Buckingham Palace Press Officer said there was no breach of protocol as they do not issue instructions on how to address the Queen.

Apparently, on a trip to the U.S. members of the public hugged the Queen.

Filed under: Michelle Obama
April 2nd, 2009
11:31 AM ET

As Mexico battles cartels, the army becomes the law

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/03/25/mexico.political.asylum/art.juarez.afp.gi.jpg caption="Mexican federal police recently began patrolling Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas."]

Steve Fainaru and William Booth
The Washington Post

President Felipe Calderón is rapidly escalating the Mexican army's role in the war against drug traffickers, deploying nearly 50 percent of its combat-ready troops along the U.S.-Mexico border and throughout the country, while retired army officers take command of local police forces and the military supplies civilian authorities with automatic weapons and grenades.

U.S. and Mexican officials describe the drug cartels as a widening narco-insurgency. The four major drug states average a total of 12 murders a day, characterized by ambushes, gun battles, executions and decapitated bodies left by the side of the road. In the villages and cities where the traffickers hold sway, daily life now takes place against a martial backdrop of round-the-clock patrols, pre-dawn raids and roadblocks manned by masked young soldiers.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Mexico
April 2nd, 2009
10:20 AM ET

God save the Queen…and those Netflix DVDs she keeps forgetting to return

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Jack Gray
AC360° Producer/Writer

Ah, England. The land of tea and crumpets and Posh Spice. I’m enjoying watching President and Mrs. Obama spend time over there, particularly their meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. It seems like just yesterday I was living temporarily at Buckingham Palace after Julie Andrews threw me out of our love nest in Notting Hill.

Lucky for me, I met Her Majesty late one foggy London night. It was either during intermission at the Royal Opera House or during a game of strip poker in the back seat of Mick Jagger’s Bentley…I can’t remember which. The details are a bit fuzzy. Placido Domingo was there, but I also recall the Queen jabbing Paul McCartney with her scepter, insisting that socks did not count as a layer of clothing.

Anyway, the Queen and I hit it off, bonding over our mutual affection for coconut rum and Chevy Chase movies. And as soon as she found out I was sleeping at the bus station, using Amy Winehouse’s wig as a pillow, she insisted I move into the palace until I perfected my Tony Blair cabaret act.


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