August 5th, 2009
07:43 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Home sweet home

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/08/05/nkorea.journalists/art.family.afp.gi.jpg caption="The families of Euna Lee, left, and Laura Ling greet them Wednesday in California."]

Suvro Banerji
AC360° Intern

American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are finally back home with their families after nearly five months of imprisonment in North Korea. Tonight, we will show you the emotional family reunion, the tears of joy and then Laura Ling in her own words talking briefly to the reporters.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration continues to call former President Bill Clinton’s dramatic 20-hour long trip a private humanitarian effort. Tom Foreman will have more on Clinton’s role in this release and what impact this could potentially have on U.S. foreign policy in future. CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen and Peter Brookes, a former defense department official and currently a senior fellow on National Security Affairs at the Heritage Foundation will join us live to talk more about this issue.

Also tonight, we have new details on that killing spree at a health club south of Pittsburgh we reported on last night. The police now reveal a possible motive. The insight coming from an online diary, as well as notes they found at the scene and at his home.

Plus, the drug cartels in Mexico have kidnapped and killed thousands of people. There are dozens of cartels, but one clearly stands out – Los Zetas. The group is accused of murdering a Mexican police commander, his wife and four children. Surprisingly, many of their leaders were once military commandoes. Michael Ware will join us live from across the border to give more details on this ruthless drug cartel.

And, our week-long series on the Manson murders continues tonight as Ted Rowlands talks to people who believe Charles Manson and his followers are guilty of more crimes. We will also bring you Erica’s interview with Vincent Bugliosi, the attorney who prosecuted Charles Manson. The big question: Were there more killings?

All these stories and much more tonight on 360° at 10pm ET. See you then!

Filed under: 360° Radar • Lisa Ling • Mexico • North Korea • The Buzz
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Plus

    Very utilitarian enter but there are some nub where I wish not agree. But all-inclusive its pure good.

    August 30, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  2. Eldetepem


    August 16, 2009 at 4:30 am |
  3. joe

    Congrats, but wasn't this Hillary's job to do?

    August 6, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  4. Vinwina

    Lee and Ling acted like adolescents! They hamstrung our negotiations with the DPRK at a crucial time for personal crusading. I will bet that they were also in China under false pretense; if so they can forget going back to China for awhile.
    Because of the degree of their screw-up there was the high level rescue. Lee and Ling really need to count their blessings on this one.
    Now Sec. of State Clinton can get back to real work.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:55 am |
  5. ADDIE

    If you had a job of a journalist wouldn't you know the rules and laws of the countries? These 2 women should have known better than crossing into another country without papers. I think it is not a big deal, if they were doing their job right they wouldn't have got caught. Now we waste tax dollars to get them freed.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:52 am |
  6. beanie medlicott

    In America Today ~ L.A. ... ' There's No Place Like Home' for Euna Lee and Laura. Bless them and their families. Transition time will be difficult, but the safety of Home is realized in their hearts today.

    August 6, 2009 at 6:03 am |
  7. beanie medlicott


    August 6, 2009 at 6:00 am |
  8. Cliff John (Lynnwood, WA)

    I want to tip my hat to Mr. Clinton and all those who worked behind the scenes, saving two American lives.

    On this matter, politics should be set aside.

    August 6, 2009 at 5:54 am |
  9. David, Indiana

    I couldn't get this comment on the live blog.

    @Isabel, I missed you today too. Sorry couldn't get to the live blog sooner.

    August 6, 2009 at 3:30 am |
  10. Kimberly Mercier

    Day of Jubilation for the return of the ladies! for all of you negative posters, how miserable you must be with yourselves to make negative comments regarding our President and/or former President Clinton. Our family is wonderfully GRATEFUL!!! for President Obama's faith in Bill Clinton's powers of persuasion and for Bill Clinton's willingness to
    make the trip. America – learn to CELEBRATE our VICTORIES!!!

    August 6, 2009 at 3:13 am |
  11. lynn caffrey

    this comment is for

    ( robert weber )
    ( and )

    it's people like you
    ( that need to have ( a rude of wakening )

    the only thing all the past pressidents went wrong.
    was to have there staff and whoever els worked for the white house.
    just sit still as the world turns.

    mr president obama's hole staff " lends a big helping hand
    when obama cant be in 2 places at a time.

    just ( remember ) anything and everything is possible

    August 6, 2009 at 2:43 am |
  12. Adam

    I hope President Clinton brought Kim Jong Ill a Blue Ray edition of "Team America World Police"

    August 6, 2009 at 2:36 am |
  13. thomas h shaw sr

    i am so happy that the reporters are home,but what about our troops and there wives, husbands and kids that have lost there lives, been away from their families for years much less 5 months. i'm not saying i'm not happy about this story but when will our government care as much about our vets, from vietnam, gulf war afganistan, iraq, etc. will you put this blog on or is it the only feel good story you put on. our troops aren't miilionaires. i'm hurt and happy at the same time

    August 6, 2009 at 2:32 am |
  14. Paula Briggs

    Thank you Mr President (Bill Clinton) for bringing hope back to our nation. It does not matter what the government offered, without you and your wonderful personality, the task would have not succeeded. Your wife does not receive enought credit.

    August 6, 2009 at 2:23 am |
  15. Paula Briggs

    I would like to thank you Mr. President (Bill Clinton) for what you have
    done. You have a way about you that, only you, Mr President, that could have made sure that this task was successful.

    I thank you>>>I thank you>>>>Mr President Bill Clinton.

    You have given me hope for our country. I also thank your wife Hillory, that does not get enought credit.

    Paula Briggs

    August 6, 2009 at 2:19 am |
  16. Mark Holt

    I am amazed that anyone would question whether or not President Clinton did the right thing by assisting in bring these young women home.

    I am sure that all of those who are criticizing the this effort would feel differently if it were their daughters who were being held and not allowed to return to the U.S.

    August 6, 2009 at 2:17 am |
  17. tye

    Im happy that these two ladies are home safe, BUT come on HOW STUPID WAS IT IN THE FIRST PLACE TO GO INTO NORTH KOREA, OR SHALL SAY SNEAK INTO.....come on its lame that we had to give some legitmacy to the N. Korean government because the stupid action of these two journalists. Be smart people and STOP getting us into these predicaments!!! STAY HOME AND STAY SAFE!!!

    August 6, 2009 at 2:13 am |
  18. Lynn T.D.

    I cried and cried every time I watch the news showing video of Laura Ling and Euna Lee reunite with their families. President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore job well done. I'm proud to be Asian-American and I'm proud to have you as President and Vice President.
    A big THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2009 at 1:46 am |
  19. ruki

    It was a touching scene to watch the two young American journalists reunite with their families. Hats off to former president Bill Clinton and the Obama administration.
    The world watches how America cares for its citizens!!

    August 6, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  20. ann rafkin

    david is right..it is about .doing something right. we have no idea what will come out of this w/No Korea...all I can say to those who think it was a wrong move for Cliton to go...what would u have wanted if it was your child, wife, mother, sister..how safe and easy to make a judgement when u are really not going to feel any consequences.

    August 6, 2009 at 1:20 am |
  21. Mairin McGreehan

    I think it's great that they're home, safe and sound! But I have one question: Why was Al Gore present?

    August 6, 2009 at 1:11 am |
  22. MichaelB

    Come on, they knew that they were breaking the laws of another country. They should get a spanking not a homecoming and photo-op. I think that they should have done some hard labor. Twelve years would be a bit much in my mind but a year or so probably would have done them some good.

    It makes me sick to see so much effort and expense expended on these two. If two North Koreans entered the US in similar circumstances, I doubt that many Americans would have felt sorry for them. Former President Clinton ought to jet around the world to free real and innocent political prisoners from the torture chambers of the world.

    Our country is spoiled. It pains me to see a former president and vice-president of the United States of America spending their time on cleaning up the mess created by these two morons.

    August 6, 2009 at 1:00 am |
  23. Brasso

    To western eyes (I am from the Antipodes), NK got nothing or very little. Clinton looked ashen: no smiles, no jokes, nothing! Whatever Kim Jong IL had hoped to achieve, I think it was less than he possibly thinks. Bill et al simply did what they had to do, fly there, provide a very staid photo opportunity, grab the girls and get out. And they did this very well.

    This was a potential sore that might have festered for years, creating a further impasse in relation to other areas of concern. Now, thankfully, it is resolved and the US and its regional allies can move on unimpeded.

    August 6, 2009 at 12:55 am |
  24. Sandi

    The faces of those two poor women coming off the plane is a sight none of us will soon forget. I'm so happy for their families, so relieved for them. I hope beyond hope that they can put the horror of what they've been through behind them, and move on to futures bright with love and laughter and all good things. We all held our breath hoping beyond hope that this regime would do the right thing, but it's such a palpable relief that it really happened. Euna & Laura, best wishes to you and your families.

    Thanks for great coverage on this Erica and the whole CNN team.

    August 6, 2009 at 12:55 am |
  25. Oscar , Panama

    Maybe if I say something stupid so you will publish it? For example, not menationing at all that the journalists crossed the border ilegally? Can somebody be so stupid to cross a border without realizing what they were doing? Maybe mexicans crossing the border do not realize either, until being caught like dogs by american police?

    August 6, 2009 at 12:38 am |
  26. BunnyRene

    Is the media trying to relate to the American people that everything is just fine and dandy and no....
    "We knew just what they needed so we could get out!" they did not freely give advice to theNorth Koreans
    regarding US security/ missile/military/inteligence/Los Alamos top secret documents/supposedly top secret studies released at Sandia Laboratories in New Mexico)
    or were giving information involintarily via pharmapsychological Chopak etc methods of invasive brain study?

    I am told daily to shut up if I don't like it and go back to Canada.
    They won't take me back. I have been here to long and they don't really trust my and think I am stupid.
    Can't say I haven't tried!

    August 6, 2009 at 12:30 am |
  27. Carole

    Just a note of interest. My comments are never posted. I wonder if is because I
    make a lot of spelling mistakes? Make no sense? My comments do not parallel the ideas of Ted Turner? I am a bit too close to the truth?
    Or just last on the list before closing and due to staff cuts, don't get read?

    August 6, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  28. Oscar , Panama

    Why nobody mentions the journalists crossed the border ilegally? They were looking for trouble.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  29. WKMP

    I think bringing these ladies home is an incredible moment for America, and instead of this paranoid rant about what a negative message we are sending around the world, why not think of it as a shining message of America's commitment to its people? And additionally, perhaps it also opens up new possibilities for COMMUNICATIONS with North Korea- an effort that may actually lead to REAL change in the world. Old-school American politics would rather continue to mistrust and punish than to commit to something that may prove to be more prudent, like TALKING with other world leaders... Isn't this something you learn in kindergarten?

    August 5, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
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