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June 15th, 2009
03:22 PM ET

Situation in Iran: What are your questions?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

We're following Iran closely and will bring you the latest on the situation on the ground tonight.

The official results from Iran's election had President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad winning, but Iran's election authorities will probe allegations of ballot fraud.

Iranian television reported that gunfire broke out at the end of a rally today in support of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi. A Press TV reporter said that at least one person, a boy, appeared to be injured by the gunfire.

We'll talk to Christiane Amanpour about what she's seeing in Tehran. Do you have questions you'd like to her to answer?

We'll also talk to experts about the aftermath of the Iranian election and hear more about what we can expect from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as his opposition.

If you have any questions you'd like answered, post them here and tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET.


Filed under: 360° Q & A • 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Iran
June 15th, 2009
12:54 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: Obama to propose sweeping market overhaul

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Andrew Torgan
CNN Financial News Producer

President Barack Obama this week will propose the most sweeping reorganization of financial-market supervision since the 1930s, a revamp that would touch nearly every corner of banking from how mortgages are underwritten to the way exotic financial instruments are traded.

In an Op-Ed piece published in today's Washington Post, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the Director of the National Economic Council, Lawrence Summers, said the proposal would grant the Federal Reserve increased power in the oversight and management of the largest financial companies in the market.

It would also create an agency like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., to oversee consumer-oriented financial products.

The President is expected to officially unveil the specific details of the proposal on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance • Gas Prices • Oil • Wall St.
June 15th, 2009
12:46 PM ET

Patriots or predators?






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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

Shawna Forde considers herself a true patriot, a frontline freedom fighter who claims to protect the country by guarding against illegal immigrants.

Forde is the Executive Director of the Minuteman American Defense. According to the Washington State organization's mission statement, the Minuteman American Defense (MAD) helps secure America's borders "against unlawful and unauthorized entry by all individuals.

Serving as MAD's Operations Director is Jason Eugene Bush. Bush, who goes by the name "Gunny," paints a stark picture of the stakes at play. On the group's web site, he writes in capital letters "THIS IS MY COUNTRY. THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY. DEFEND IT OR LOSE IT. PERIOD."

To their followers, Forde and Bush are leaders and crusaders. But to the police, they are killers, extremely violent predators who took the lives of a father and his young child.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department in Arizona says Forde, Bush and an associate of Forde's, Albert Robert Gaxiola, killed 29-year-old Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia Flores on May 30th.

Authorities believe the three suspects used deception to enter the Flores home in the town of Arivaca. Deputy Dawn M. Barkman, the Public Information Officer for the Pima County Sheriff's Department says they "apparently forced their way into the house posing as law enforcement."

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
June 15th, 2009
11:16 AM ET

Iranian election: Tehran updates

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Laura Secor
The New Yorker

I just spoke to a trusted Iranian source based in Canada. He tells me that 3,400 Iranian expatriates voted in Ottawa. It took the volunteers there six hours to count those votes. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry in Tehran claims to have counted five million votes before the polls closed in Tehran, and ten million half an hour later.

Also, on Saturday I noted that it looked like the opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi had been placed under house arrest. But earlier today he appeared at a rally in Tehran. Mousavi has said that he has been under close surveillance and control, and under pressure to accede to the results. His supporters protested today without official permission, which normally would be breathtaking in Iran, given the risks involved, and Mousavi joined them. Reports from the AP suggest that armed men into the crowd, killing one protester and seriously wounding others.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran
June 15th, 2009
11:14 AM ET

From now on, democracy doesn't exist anymore

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Iranian officials say the June 12 presidential vote was free and fair. But reformists are crying foul and some even say a "coup" took place in Iran. RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari spoke to a 29-year-old journalist who works for one of Iran's moderate daily newspapers. She did not want her named to be used because of security fears.

RFE/RL: What happened in Iran or what is happening in Iran? Some call it a coup, while others describe it as an epic and a “people’s election." What is your view as a journalist who is in Tehran?

Iranian Journalist: The important event that took place in Iran is that it wasn’t an election; it was a coup d’etat. [They] stole 24 million votes of the nation and took them away for themselves. If there were really a winner, they would have to celebrate, but instead they beat people. They performed a coup, but they don’t call it a coup.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran
June 15th, 2009
10:36 AM ET

Iran's hardliners are the real losers

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Fawaz A. Gerges
Special to CNN

With an apparent political coup in Iran by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters over the weekend, the ruling mullahs have dispensed with all democratic pretense and joined the ranks of traditional dictators in the Middle East.

The hardliners in Tehran, led by the Revolutionary Guards and ultra-conservatives, have won the first round against reformist conservatives but at an extravagant cost - loss of public support.

Widespread accusations of fraud and manipulation are calling into question the very legitimacy and authority of the mullahs' Islamic-based regime. The electoral crisis has exposed a deepening divide between female and young voters, who represent about 70 percent of the population, and a radical conservative ruling elite out of touch with the hopes, fears and aspirations of young Iranians.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran
June 15th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Do you need marijuana for your pain?

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Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

This week we have a series planned for you called, “America’s High: The Case For and Against Pot.”

Anderson presents his interview with Melissa Etheridge who says marijuana helped relieve her pain as she battled cancer. On the flip side, Randi Kaye spoke to a teacher with bi-polar disorder who was prescribed marijuana, but it made her mood swings more severe, she became addicted, and it nearly killed her! Make sure you tune in to hear these stories.

In Iran, protests have erupted following elections 3 days ago. Official results show that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected with more than 62% of the vote, but leading opponent-former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Moussavi-has disputed the results and his supporters are hitting the streets and fighting with police.

Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour is in Iran, and she will join us to put it all into perspective.

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Filed under: Penny Manis • The Buzz
June 15th, 2009
09:41 AM ET

Health costs out of control

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Jeffrey A. Miron
Special to CNN

Government spending on health care is growing at an alarming rate.

If recent trends continue, the two main government programs, Medicaid and Medicare, will increase from 6 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product now to about 15 percent by 2040.

This means that, without policy changes, the United States faces enormous budget deficits, substantially higher taxes, or huge cuts in non-health spending.

No one wants higher deficits or taxes, and there is no consensus about cutting other spending. The only way to avoid some combination of these outcomes, however, is to reduce the growth rate of what we spend on health. The question, of course, is how?

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June 15th, 2009
08:36 AM ET

Dear President Obama #147: Know – laughing matters

Reporter's Note: I write a letter to President Obama every day. Sometimes I give advice (which is dubious at best,) sometimes I tell stories (which are uninteresting at worst,) and always I invite him to call and chat it all over ( which is unlikely.)

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Happy Monday! I hope your new week is off to a good start, and even if it is not, I certainly hope you are remaining good natured about it. Sometimes when things go bad I fly off the handle, the high point of which was the brisk sailing of a laptop computer across my office in Denver years ago. Oddly enough, it emerged unscathed. Go figure. But most of the time, I purse my lips, shake my head, and quietly laugh about the absurdities of life.

I was watching the ruckus last week between Sarah Palin and David Letterman and thinking what I have thought far too often in recent years: We are really losing our sense of humor in this country. And that’s a shame. Whether a comic makes a good joke, a bad joke, or an in-between joke, I’m not sure we should be getting so worked up about it. After all, didn’t a lot of us consider those riots over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons a bit over the top?

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June 15th, 2009
08:15 AM ET

‘Pelham’ in post 9/11 New York

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

Jami Floyd
AC360° contributor and In Session anchor

I just saw Pelham (as in “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3″. It is a remake of one of a 1970s film — one of my favorites during my childhood in New York City. This remake is every bit as good (though entirely different) from the original. The director Tony Scott is a master of action filmmaking and he’s updated this cat-and-mouse game with beautiful color, quick cutting and masterful camera work, not to mention two brilliantly cast marquee stars in Denzel Washington and John Travolta.

Scott’s New York City is beautiful, sleek and clean. If one is to speak honestly, it is more the New York City of our hearts and minds than the city we New Yorkers live in every day. There is only one rat in the entire film and nary a cockroach to be seen. But he captures the spirit of New York and turns it into a visual masterpiece.

At bottom, Pelham is an homage to our city and our beloved subway system; it is a fantastic film.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • In Session • Jami Floyd
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