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Beat 360° 7/7/09

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:

US Senator Al Franken (L) is sworn in by Vice President Joseph Biden (R) as his wife Franni Franken (C) holds a bible during a reenactment ceremony on Capitol Hill July 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
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02:12 PM ET

Updates from inside the memorial service

Kay Jones
AC360° Coordinating Editorial Producer

12:41 p.m. PT

Paris is breaking my heart. Not a dry eye in the arena

12:37 p.m. PT

Touching moment: Paris hugging her little brother and making sure he is ok.

12:33 p.m. PT

Rev Jesse Jackson swaying along, next to Rev Al Sharpton.

12:32 p.m. PT

Spike Lee just jumped up on stage too. Paris is hugging Blanket. Just so cute

12:30 p.m. PT

Wait not her. Just a look alike
Lots of hugging on stage right now

12:29 p.m. PT

Britney on stage!!!

12:28 p.m. PT

Blanket is on stage with his program. Prince and Paris are singing along. Just adorable

12:19 p.m. PT

Kid from Britain's Got Talent on stage now. Amazing!!!

12:10 p.m. PT

Usher is standing just a few steps from Jackson's kids and mother. Really touching song

11:52 a.m. PT

Ok, I admit it. Jermaine made me cry. So touching Now Dr Martin Luther King's children are speaking

11:45 a.m. PT

It is evident that Brooke Shields cared dearly about Jackson. She is so genuine in her words.

11:39 a.m. PT

Anyone else pick up on the brothers wearing glitter gloves?

Crowd cheering Brooke Shields on. She is trying to keep it together.

11:31 a.m. PT

Rev Al Sharpton is preaching on in here. He has the crowd responding with cheers and tears, and we know it's sincere. He told me Friday night that he wants us to remember the legacy.

11:24 a.m. PT

How the heck did Jennifer Hudson not win American Idol? She is truly amazing and sounds even better in person than on tv!

11:21 a.m. PT

Magic and Kobe just hugged Michael's children

11:09 a.m. PT

I think the entire arena is feeling Stevie Wonder. Tears are starting to flow all around, and I hate to admit, I even teared up.

11:04 a.m. PT

Huge roar, loudest so far, for Berry Gordy. You can feel the electricity in the arena.

The big screens are showing the arena what you are seeing on TV as well.

10:58 a.m. PT

I'm sitting next to 4 of the rudest people...Talking on the phone, to each other. I can barely hear Berry Gordy speak!!!

10:51 a.m. PT

Main message from Latoya: Keep the magic going!

10:46 a.m. PT

Some woman is wearing a mask and white gloves. Can't figure out if it's to be like Mike or if she's a germaphobe Queen Latifah has the crowd laughing. You can tell she is emotional and doing her best to hold it together.

10:43 a.m. PT

There is a group of about 50 people in all white. Really a mix of people and fashions, so to speak

10:33 a.m. PT

Lil Kim just walked by my section. Amazingly, the crowd just waved a little and showed her some respect. She is in all black

A choir is is on the stage now. The celebration is beginning

10:27 a.m. PT

Family got a standing ovation when they walked in. Was very nice, and not raukus at all.

People are still filing in. There are a smattering of empty seats but it's mostly full.

10:16 a.m. PT

Complete silence when Smokey Robinson spoke, now waiting for what's next. Someone just yelled "We love you Michael". Some hoots but mostly shhhhs.

10:10 a.m. PT

I'm in! Gold 8×10 programs handed to all ticket holders. Special message from Latoya inside as well as pics throughout his career. Starting soon.

10:04 a.m. PT

The motorcade just arrived, so I am heading into the Staples Center. We aren't allowed to take photos but hoping to sneak some.

Hearing from credible sources to expect surprises. The fact that his casket will be there was one, so wondering what else is in store.

9:14 a.m. PT
After a week and a half, we are here...

The public memorial service will begin in an hour or so, and everyone outside Staples Center is gearing up for this celebration of Michael Jackson's life.

I'll be inside, hoping to update you on what you can't see on CNN during the service. Will check in later!

Filed under: Behind The Scenes • Kay Jones • Michael Jackson
July 7th, 2009
02:00 PM ET

Live Blog: Jackson's memorial service

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Today we're doing a special live blog during Michael Jackson's memorial service. Join us as we bring you live coverage of the event - which will include many performers who are all gathering to memorialize the 'King of Pop.' Join in and share your thoughts on Jackson and the service.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the service. It's your chance to share your thoughts on the event. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog
July 7th, 2009
01:55 PM ET

Sporting new sling, Clinton sits down with Zelaya

Editor's Note: Ousted Honduran President Jose Manual Zelaya met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today in Washington. One week after surgery to repair a broken right elbow, Clinton is seen here sporting a sling, complete with the official State Department seal. For the latest on the situation in Honduras, tune in to AC360° tonight 10p ET.

Ousted Honduran President Jose Manual Zelaya meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today in Washington. (U.S. Department of State Official Photo)

Filed under: 360° Radar • Hillary Clinton
July 7th, 2009
01:01 PM ET

Obama girls take Russia by storm

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Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

An unexpected visitor rushed into the bedroom of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, but the Secret Service wasn't worried about a security breach.

The visitor was 8-year-old Sasha Malia, who's touring Russia along with her older sister Malia. The younger girl could not contain her excitement about Dad's fifth foreign trip in office so she decided to wake her parents to tell them about it, the President cheerfully recounted in a CNN interview.

"Sasha this morning around 4am just wandered into our bed and plopped down and started chatting," Obama said in the interview a few hours later. "That was sort of a highlight, although I'm a little groggy now as a consequence."

Both Obama daughters are along for the ride this time around because school is out of session back in the Washington, D.C., area so they can travel overseas on weekdays without missing classes. On an earlier Presidential visit to France, Sasha and Malia showed up in Paris on a weekend after school was done for the week.


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