June 2nd, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 06/02/09

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Tonight on 360°, we have breaking news on the crash of Air France Flight 447. Brazilian authorities say they've found the wreckage of the jet in the Atlantic Ocean. We'll have all the details in a live report.

Want to know what else we're covering tonight? Read EVENING BUZZ

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
June 2nd, 2009
09:15 PM ET

College life for undocumented students

Editor's Note: Tune in to AC360º at 10pm to find out more about undergraduate students facing hurdles because of their immigrant status and what the DREAM Act could mean for them.

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Traci Tamura
CNN Senior Producer

The issue of illegal immigration to the United States from Mexico is always a hot button topic. I have produced numerous stories on illegal immigration from all sides and from both sides of the border.

My most recent story that I produced for the Anderson Cooper 360 Show about undocumented students took me back to my college roots – UCLA.

When I came back to campus this go around it was to meet with a group of undocumented students who belong to IDEAS (Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success). We talked to them about how their illegal status affects their quest to get an education.

Just hearing about how they don't qualify for any financial aid, can't get drivers licenses and the impact it has on their lives made me think about my own college experiences.

Some travel for hours by bus just to make an 8am class. When I lived on campus it was still a "struggle" to make it to class on time and all I had to do was walk across campus.


Filed under: 360° Interview • Immigration
June 2nd, 2009
08:02 PM ET

Feinstein on Sotomayor, abortion and "Latina"

Ted Banett
CNN Congressional Producer

Flagging a couple of key quotes from Sen. Dianne Feinstein after her meeting late today with Sotomayor.

First, on abortion.  Feinstein says she talked “generally” about the subject with the judge and is comfortable that Sotomayor believes strongly in precedents – which basically is code for meaning she won’t overturn Roe.

 “I think she’s a women who is well-steeped in the law and well-steeped in precedent and I believe she has a real respect for precedent and that was not just saying that and if that is really true then I will agree with her and I believe it is.”

The second is on the “Latina” comment.  Feinstein said Sotomayor told her it was a “poor choice of words.”

 “She said obviously it was a poor choice of words if you read on and read the rest of my speech you wouldn’t be concerned with it but it was a poor choice of words.”



Filed under: 360° Radar
June 2nd, 2009
07:36 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mission to Kill Doctor?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The man accused in the shooting death of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller has been charged with first-degree murder. Scott Roeder, 51, appeared in a Wichita, Kansas courtroom today via a video hookup from jail. Prosecutors revealed today they won't seek the death penalty "under the facts and circumstances that are known at this time." That's what District Attorney Nola Foulston told reporters.

Police say Roeder shot and killed Dr. Tillman Sunday morning at his church, where he was serving as an usher.

Tonight, we'll have all the angles on the case. Don't miss the 360° exclusive interview with Roeder's ex-wife. She says his anti-abortion rhetoric was so strong it scared her. We'll also speak with another abortion provider who was friends with Dr. Tillman. Is he worried he could also be targeted for death? And, we'll talk with a woman who chose not to get an abortion even though she was told her baby wouldn't live that long after birth.

We also have breaking news on Air France Flight 447. Brazilian authorities are reporting tonight they found debris from the jet in the Atlantic Ocean, but no survivors. We'll show you where.

We'll also take you to Little Rock, Arkansas where a man is accused of homegrown terrorism. According to investigators, the man killed one U.S. soldier and wounded another at a military center yesterday because he was angry over the treatment of Muslims. The suspect is a Muslim convert. He pled not guilty to the charges today in court.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10pm ET.
See you then!

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
June 2nd, 2009
07:23 PM ET

Truth or consequences

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

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Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

Dr. George Tiller, one of only a few doctors in the nation who performed abortions late in pregnancy, was shot and killed Sunday — at his church of all places. Whatever you think of abortion, you have to agree that to kill a man at his house of worship on the Sabbath is a cowardly act; and whatever you think of the work he did, Dr. Tiller himself was no coward. He knew this was coming. He’d been shot and nearly killed once before while his clinic had been bombed and he received death threats every day.

The fact that he was killed at church on Sunday adds a cruel irony to a debate that is all about life, death and God. Those who oppose abortion do so because they see it as murder. They are passionate precisely because it is a matter of faith. That’s why the debate can reach a fever pitch.

The bation’s foremost anti-abortion advocacy group, Operation Rescue, was quick to respond to news of the killing. Co-founder Randall Terry said this:

“I stand before you today saying about George Tiller what I said in his life. He was a mass murderer. George Tiller was a mass murderer. He killed tens of thousands of innocent human beings at his own hand…”

Dr. Tiller, however, was not a mass murderer — not under the law. The Supreme Court has said so.
More to the point, this kind of incendiary language does not lead to a healthy debate. It leads to violence.

With the murder of Dr. Tiller, the abortion issue returns to center stage. As we engage in it, please let’s remember, that our words have consequences. The truth is that our differences cannot be resolved by acts of violence.

Find more In Session blogs here.

Filed under: In Session • Jami Floyd • Women's Issues • Women's Rights
June 2nd, 2009
06:49 PM ET

Goodbye, GM

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Michael Moore
For RealClearPolitics.com

I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

As I sit here in GM's birthplace, Flint, Michigan, I am surrounded by friends and family who are filled with anxiety about what will happen to them and to the town. Forty percent of the homes and businesses in the city have been abandoned. Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a city where almost every other house is empty. What would be your state of mind?

It is with sad irony that the company which invented "planned obsolescence" - the decision to build cars that would fall apart after a few years so that the customer would then have to buy a new one - has now made itself obsolete. It refused to build automobiles that the public wanted, cars that got great gas mileage, were as safe as they could be, and were exceedingly comfortable to drive. Oh - and that wouldn't start falling apart after two years. GM stubbornly fought environmental and safety regulations. Its executives arrogantly ignored the "inferior" Japanese and German cars, cars which would become the gold standard for automobile buyers. And it was hell-bent on punishing its unionized workforce, lopping off thousands of workers for no good reason other than to "improve" the short-term bottom line of the corporation. Beginning in the 1980s, when GM was posting record profits, it moved countless jobs to Mexico and elsewhere, thus destroying the lives of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans. The glaring stupidity of this policy was that, when they eliminated the income of so many middle class families, who did they think was going to be able to afford to buy their cars? History will record this blunder in the same way it now writes about the French building the Maginot Line or how the Romans cluelessly poisoned their own water system with lethal lead in its pipes.

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Filed under: Economy • GM
June 2nd, 2009
06:47 PM ET

Q & A with Lisa Ling

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Editor's Note: The families of two U.S. journalists detained in North Korea made public pleas for their release as their trial and the threat of years in labor camps loom. The women, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, are to go on trial Thursday on spying charges. The family members of Ling and Lee sat down with Larry King on Monday night. Tune in tonight for Anderson's interview with Laura Ling's sister, Lisa on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Larry King: How well do you know Euna?
Lisa Ling: Not at all. Her husband.
Larry: He’s here.
Ling: and their four year old daughter are parts of the family. It’s been difficult for all of us.
Larry: what were they doing there?
Ling: They were on the border working on a story about trafficked women along the border and…
Larry: Women from where to where?
Ling: From both sides, really. And the details of what happened the day they were arrested are unknown. I mean, the only people who really know what happened were Laura and Euna but what can say for certain, you can ask any member of our family, when they left the United States, there was never an intention to cross the border into North Korea. We expected that they would be back in a couple of days and so that’s what we can say with certainty and if for some reason they did cross over, then we apologize profusely on their behalf.
Larry: Do you think they could have accidentally crossed over?
Ling: We don’t know. There is a possibility that they could have crossed over but if they did, I don’t believe they did it for long. Maybe a couple of minutes but I can’t say.
Larry: You know they had no intention. We are looking at a map of the area.


Filed under: 360° Radar
June 2nd, 2009
06:02 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/2/09

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

A Labour party supporter grabs the chin of the Prime Minister Gordon Brown on June 2, 2009 in London, England.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

UPDATE: Check out our Beat 360° Winners!

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
June 2nd, 2009
05:32 PM ET

Formal royal, Riverdance star among plane's missing

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The disappearance of an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, France, remains a mystery, but those involved in the search said it is likely that the plane's 216 passengers and 12 crew members are dead.

The front page of a Brazil newspaper reports on the disappearance of the plane's 228 passengers and crew.

1 of 2 Among those on board were a member of Brazil's former royal family, a one-time performer with the Riverdance troupe, a Rio city official, executives from major international companies and an 11-year-old British schoolboy.

Pedro Luis de Orleans e Braganca, 26, was a descendant of the family that ruled Brazil until 1889, a branch of the former Portuguese royal family. The Orleans and Braganca family considered him to be fourth in line to the throne. Pedro Luis was the oldest son of Prince Antonio and Princess Christine, the family said. He was the only member of the family on the flight, his relatives said.

Eithne Walls, who danced with with Riverdance on Broadway, was also on the plane, said Julian Erskine, senior executive producer of the troupe.

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