July 23rd, 2009
11:11 AM ET

Does Michelle Obama’s new hair remind you of Jackie O?

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Mark Silva
Salon de Swamp

Now, this may be no pillbox hat.

But it's a bob.

And if the fashion trend-setting "Jackie O" - then "Jackie K" - could get a hat thing going with women in her time with a little haberdashing help from Oleg Cassini, perhaps the fashion-conscious "Michelle O" can get a bob thing going, too.

The first lady made a debut with her newly trimmed and arranged locks at the evening performance of country western singers staged at the White House last night.

The East Room fete, another in a series of the first lady's efforts at bringing arts to the White House, featured Charley Pride, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss and Union Station seated on little "bar-stool mountains" on a low-stage..


July 23rd, 2009
11:03 AM ET

Camp ’09 – The summer of swine flu

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Tamar Lewin
The New York Times

Parents who arrived for visiting day on Sunday at Camp Matoaka in Smithfield, Me., got a tiny bottle of Purell, and at lunch, the serving staff wore masks and gloves.

“This is a different year,” said Jason Silberman, the director.

The shimmering lakes are as idyllic as ever, the bunks as cozy, and the dining halls as deafening, but here in Maine, summer camp is not quite the same in the era of H1N1. Temperature checks start the moment the campers get off the bus or plane. Many intercamp sports and socials have been canceled or postponed. And hand sanitizer is everywhere.

“We’ve never had flu in the summer like this,” said Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Maine’s public health director. “We have 33 camps in Maine with outbreaks, and another 10 in the pipeline being tested. Some of them have 70 to 100 kids in isolation, so they’re running shadow camps for them.”

Dr. Mills and other experts believe the outbreaks here are a barometer for what will happen in the schools this fall.


Filed under: 360° Radar
July 23rd, 2009
10:58 AM ET

Knife-wielding Schwarzenegger video tweets about cuts

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California's Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ruffled feathers this week by posting a video on Twitter, in which he brandishes a large knife while talking about the state's recent budget cuts.

Schwarzenegger announced a major plan Monday to eliminate California's $26 billion deficit, with state agencies looking at billions of dollars in cuts as part of the plan.

On Tuesday, the Hollywood actor turned governor posted a video, in which he handles a 2-foot-long knife before thanking Californians for providing him with creative ideas for slashing the budget.

By Wednesday, critics had emerged, some wondering how Schwarzenegger could post a lighthearted video about a proposed budget plan that could slash services for needy people.

The governor addressed the critics at a news conference, saying that though the budget process was tough he had not lost his sense of humor.

Keep reading...

Watch the Twitter video here.

July 23rd, 2009
10:57 AM ET

Officer in Gates case says he won’t apologize

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Jonathan Saltzman and Erica Noonan
Boston Globe

Sergeant James Crowley, the Cambridge police officer who arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. last week and touched off a firestorm of controversy, said today he would not agree to Gates's demand for an apology.

Crowley also said the arrest was not racially motivated. "I am not a racist," he said in an interview this evening in his hometown of Natick.

Crowley arrested Gates, a leading authority on African-American history, last Thursday during the investigation of a report of a break-in at Gates's home in Cambridge. The arrest happened just after Gates arrived home from the filming of a PBS documentary in China. His front door was stuck shut, and his taxi driver helped him pry it open.

According to the subsequent police report, a woman called to report two black men trying to force their way into a house. Crowley said in the report that Gates became disruptive and was arrested for disorderly conduct, but Gates has denied that he was disorderly.


Filed under: 360° Radar
July 23rd, 2009
10:51 AM ET

North Korea personally attacks Clinton

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North Korea launched a scathing personal attack on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday after she likened the leadership in Pyongyang to "small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention."

At a meeting of southeast Asian nations in Phuket, Thailand, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman blasted Clinton for what he called a "spate of vulgar remarks unbecoming for her position everywhere she went since she was sworn in," according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

The spokesman called Clinton "by no means intelligent" and a "funny lady."

"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping," the statement said. Read other colorful insults by N. Korea

The verbal tussle between the two countries culminated with the reclusive communist state making it clear that six-party nuclear talks, stalled for over a year, were effectively finished.

Keep reading...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Hillary Clinton • North Korea
July 23rd, 2009
10:03 AM ET

Are e-cigarettes just as toxic?

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that laboratory tests on popular smoking devices known as electronic cigarettes have found they contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals dangerous to humans.

Known as "e-cigarettes," the devices are battery-operated and contain cartridges filled with nicotine and other chemicals, spiced with flavors such as chocolate, cola or bubble gum.

While manufacturers tout e-cigarettes as a "healthy way" to smoke, federal health officials say the devices turn nicotine, which is highly addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.

"The FDA is concerned about the safety of these products and how they are marketed to the public," said Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the FDA.

CNN contacted Florida-based Smoking Everywhere, one of the largest manufacturers of e-cigarettes, after the FDA announcement, and a spokeswoman said the company had no comment.


July 23rd, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Dear President Obama #185: Quick! Call the rewrite team!

Reporter's Note: The President held a press conference last night in which he fielded questions about health care reform, among other things. I was in New York watching, and now it is deep in the middle of the night and I am looking out on the city from a 29th floor hotel room, writing yet another letter to the White House. Yes, it is quite the glamorous life.

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

I know that selling a political message can involve pounding the same talking points over and over again like you’re driving a nail into concrete, but what do you do if those points are not hitting home? That was on my mind as I watched your presser. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I was getting a whole lot of been there/done that. Maybe it’s just that I’ve been reading so much on this issue, but frankly I didn’t hear anything that seemed really new. And that, I suspect is not good.

It’s not good, because what you’ve said so far has not yet sealed the deal even with Democrats, let alone Republicans. Too many of your fellow Dems are still worried about how much it is going to cost, who will be covered, who will pay for it, will therapeutic insoles be included, yadda, yadda, yadda. So a pretty big part of your team’s lineup is still looking at third base, waiting for a signal, and somehow they feel like you’re not giving them one. And just repeating what you’ve said before is probably not going to help them.


July 23rd, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Sound off: Your comments 7/22/09

Editor's Note: Your feedback on Wednesday's AC360° covered many subjects. Regarding the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., some of you were upset at the prominent use of his mugshot during the segment. Many of you are anticipating Friday's special, “America’s High,” and voiced your views about legalization and taxation of marijuana. Some of you also wrote in to discuss the coverage of President Obama’s press conference on health care. Take a look at some of the comments we received and share your thoughts too:


While I generally appreciate the segments on Anderson Cooper 360, I was offended by the reporting of the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Tuesday, July 20th. To be more accurate, I found the use of Professor Gates' mugshot as the segment backdrop (behind John King during the introduction) offensive. (Joe Johns' reporting itself was admirably unbiased). However, this backdrop was the first image we saw of Professor Gates. What producer decided that the first image America sees of this prominent African-American studies professor should be his mugshot?

Professor Gates is himself a racist and enjoys the publicity he is getting. He will make the most out of this to promote himself. It is shameful

I strongly believe in decriminalizing cannabis in every state. One reason I have for this is because there are thousands probably even millions of users of marijuana. Another is because it can be used for natural medicines and in my opinion is better than man-made drugs such as paxil, seriquil, and such. I believe as an American that we should do exactly what California is doing and sell it in dispensaries for medical purposes only at the age of 18, or even 25 because that’s when your brain cells are fully developed. I myself use it so-called illegally for my chrons disease and it does not cure my stomach but helps it in so many ways, you may respond like there’s other drugs for your stomach but I will respond simply by saying it does not work and no I’m not lying.


Filed under: Behind The Scenes
July 23rd, 2009
12:07 AM ET
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