July 20th, 2009
03:34 PM ET

Experience Apollo 11

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Fourty years ago today, Apollo 11 made mankind's first landing on the moon. To experience this historical moment firsthand, click here and enjoy an interactive re-creation of the Apollo 11 landing.

Filed under: 360° Radar
July 20th, 2009
03:12 PM ET

North Korea’s direct threat to U.S. “infinitesimal”

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Jill Dougherty
CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent

The State Department Monday continued to publicly downplay the threat North Korea presents to the U.S.—spokesman n P.J. Crowley telling reporters North Korea “represents an infinitesimal threat to the United States directly.”

The spokesman’s statement followed comments made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with ABC broadcast Monday in which she said the reason for the United States’ low-key reaction to the North’s recent missile test was "We weren't going to give the North Koreans the satisfaction they were looking for, which was to elevate them to center stage."

In that interview, Clinton said the North has a “constant demand for attention" and added "maybe it's the mother in me, the experience I've had with small children and teen-agers and people who are demanding attention: Don't give it to them."


Filed under: 360° Radar
July 20th, 2009
03:02 PM ET

RNC: A grand experiment

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caption="Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday criticizes Democratic health plans."]
Republican National Committee

Candidate Obama promised change. President Obama is actually conducting a grand experiment—with our economy, with our country and now with our health care. If President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are successful, they will turn our nation into something that we will hardly recognize.

President Obama’s experimentations began with our economy.

He experimented with a budget-busting stimulus plan intended to reduce unemployment. That experiment cost us $780 billion, and unemployment continues to rise. He experimented with banks and auto companies. As a result, taxpayers are on the hook for tens of billions of dollars, and the president still doesn’t have a plan to end this experiment and get these companies off the government dole.

When President Obama addressed a credit crisis, a struggling economy, a housing bust, bankrupt auto companies, Wall Street failures…whatever the problem was, Americans saw him spending, and spending, and spending more.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics • Republicans
July 20th, 2009
02:13 PM ET
July 20th, 2009
02:06 PM ET

Video: Stopping the spread of heroin

Program Note: To watch more on what’s going on in Afghanistan and how the U.S. might respond tune in to AC360° tonight 10p ET

Filed under: 360° Radar • Afghanistan • Global 360° • Taliban
July 20th, 2009
01:37 PM ET

Facebook tribute to captive American soldier

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Three weeks ago, Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdal was abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The 23-year-old American soldier appears in a chilling internet video released Sunday saying he's scared he won't see his family again. The Taliban are threatening to kill him if foreign troops keep targeting civilians.

A facebook page has been dedicated to him, urging for his safe return. To view it, click here.

Filed under: Afghanistan
July 20th, 2009
11:23 AM ET

Arab Americans chafe over census form

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Ray Hanania
New America Media

The first question I always get from “Americans” is, “Why do you keep calling yourself ‘Arab-American?’ You are American!”

It represents the rock and the hard place where American Arabs have been pushed by the lack of education among most Americans.

It’s aggravated by what I also call the U.S. government’s split personality when it comes to American Arabs. On the one hand, they want to know us. On the other, they don’t. Here’s what I mean.

The only time the United States government wants to know about American Arabs is when they are “profiling” us at airport and border security to “protect” the country from “the terrorist threat.”

But when it comes to counting people in the U.S. Census (so they can participate and share in government programs like grant funding awards, defining the borders of election districts for Congress, state legislatures or municipal councils), the U.S. government pretends American Arabs don’t exist.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Arab Affairs
July 20th, 2009
11:13 AM ET
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11:10 AM ET
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