September 16th, 2009
09:44 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 9/16/09

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Police have found bones on the property of Phillip Garrido.  They've been searching his home looking for evidence in the disappearance of two more girls. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her for 18 years. She has been reunited with her family. We'll have these new developments. Plus, are police closing in on a suspect in the murder of Yale grad student Annie Le?

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September 16th, 2009
09:08 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Racism Fueling the Anger at Pres. Obama?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Is racism fueling the animosity against Pres. Obama? Former Pres. Jimmy Carter thinks so. That's what he told NBC Nightly News yesterday. And, just moments ago at Emory University Carter defended his comment that's sparked some heated talk across America today. Hear what he said just moments ago tonight on 360°.

We'll dig deeper on this subject with an interesting panel. Anderson will talk with Grammy award-winning singer John Legend. He saw our program last night on this topic and e-mailed Anderson and our Sr. Executive Producer David Doss, so we invited him on the program to share this thoughts. David Gergen, Roland Martin and Mississippi conservative activist Nic Lott will also weigh in on race and politics.

Do you agree with the former president? Share your thoughts below.

We've also learned that murdered Yale grad student Annie Le was strangled to death. But who did it? That's what police are trying to determine. They have a person of interest. His name is Raymond Clark. He worked at the lab where Le's body was found stuffed inside a wall on Sunday. We know more about him. Tom Foreman will share what he uncovered.

And a catering worker was only supposed to get a $29 tip, but because of typo she ended up getting $29,000. She's since left the job, though those who made the mistake want the money back. We'll tell you where this cash drama is playing out and what bold move is being taken in an effort to get the goods.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
September 16th, 2009
08:12 PM ET

John Legend on AC360° tonight

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David Doss
AC360° Senior Executive Producer

John Legend is on 360° tonight. Yes, that John Legend, the Grammy award-winning singer. He e-mailed Anderson and me this morning about our show last night. He had some strong thoughts about the discussion we had last night after former President Carter made remarks connecting  recent protests and Congressman Joe Wilson – the South Carolina Republican who shouted, “You Lie” at President Obama — and concluded racism is bubbling to the surface of American politics. Our debate was spirited and—no surprise—today the debate over the former President’s remarks has only grown louder.

And that brings me back to John Legend… He worries about the town halls and the tea parties and where we are headed. He’s done a lot of thinking about all of this, so we invited him to join our panel tonight with David Gergen, conservative activist Nick Lott and CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin…and he said yes.

Filed under: 360° Radar • David Doss • Race in America • Raw Politics
September 16th, 2009
07:10 PM ET

Malpractice Insurance: Protecting Yourself against your Patients

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Randi Kaye | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Imagine paying to protect yourself from the very patients you are trying to save and protect. That’s the case for doctors nationwide.

Tonight, on 360, you’ll meet an OB-GYN who practices on Long Island, New York. She’s been in business for 18 years, and has delivered 3000 babies! That’s a lot of babies. She’s never been found at fault for anything, yet she pays nearly $170,000 in malpractice insurance fees to protect herself from patients.

Let’s face it, patients and their families expect perfect babies and when that doesn’t happen, they are inclined to sue. Obstetricians are sued more than any other doctor in the country! Dr. Wendy Fried’s office in North Hills, NY was bustling when our crew was there shooting our story and interviewing her.

She was sued back in 1998 for “unnecessary hysterectomy”. Dr. Fried says the woman’s uterus burst during labor and she had to remove her uterus. Both mom and baby survived, and Dr. Fried was even invited to spend Christmas with the family. But out of nowhere six months later she was hit with a lawsuit!


Filed under: 360° Radar • Health Care • Randi Kaye
September 16th, 2009
07:00 PM ET
September 16th, 2009
04:54 PM ET

Beat 360° 9/16/2009

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:

President Barack Obama jokingly attacks Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse during a fencing demonstration on the South Lawn of the White House promoting the city of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.



Joneil Adriano

“Now I’m not one to dwell in the past, but you know in the good old days, when a President’s honor is insulted, he would challenge them to a duel.”



“Joe…I AM your father”
Rep. Wilson: “You Lie!”

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
September 16th, 2009
03:29 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz: Is Carter right about racism?

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Ella Perlis
AC360° Associate Producer

We are continuing our series on medical malpractice. Tonight, Randi Kaye profiles a doctor who saved a patient’s life and was sued months later for malpractice. She was cleared of all wrongdoing, but is left with the emotional trauma of the legal proceedings, and a hefty annual bill for malpractice insurance. A recent Harvard study reported that 40% of lawsuits brought against doctors are without merit. How do unfounded lawsuits affect medical treatment and the health care industry overall? We’ll dig deeper on this issue.

President Carter said he believes recent protests against President Obama are “based on racism.” He was asked specifically about Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” outburst, but also said many Americans are demonstrating because they simply do not want an African American president. Do you think President Carter is right to assume that feelings of discontent are based on the President’s skin color? Will anyone who speaks out against President Obama’s policies be accused of being a racist? Is this happening only in the south (Joe Wilson represents South Carolina), or is that a misconception? How do you think President Obama feels about Carter’s statement, and will he address it this Sunday when appears on 5 talk shows, and as a guest on Letterman next Monday?

Michael Steele, the African American chair of the GOP, said President Carter is “flat out wrong,” and accused the Democrats of creating a distraction to take attention away from the health care debate.  Steele also called on President Obama to rebuff Carter’s statement. Rep. Wilson’s son, Alan, also joined the fray to defend his father, calling the allegations “ludicrous.”


Filed under: Ella Perlis • The Buzz
September 16th, 2009
03:20 PM ET

The Role of Racism in the Health Care Debate

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Cynthia Tucker
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

David Scott is hardly a racial rabble-rouser.

A veteran Georgia lawmaker before he won a Congressional seat six years ago, he represents a working-class district in the Atlanta suburbs, where he has established himself as a cautious legislator who works hard to hew to his district’s moderate values. But Scott, who is black, is convinced that racism plays a part in the hysterical opposition to President Obama’s health care reform proposals.

“Racism is playing an extraordinarily unfortunate role in this,” he said in an interview Monday.

Many commentators, political analysts and fellow Democrats share Scott’s view that some part — perhaps just a sliver, perhaps more — of the right-wing assault on President Obama’s health care reform plans stems from a deep-seated racial antagonism toward the president. Count me among them.


September 16th, 2009
01:24 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: More Green Shoots

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Gene Bloch
Managing Editor
CNN New York

Those “green shoots” keep sprouting up. Industrial production – a measure of activity at the country’s factories, mines and utilities – rose 0.8% in August, a bigger than expected increase, and the second straight gain. The news is read by economists as consistent with the early stages of a recovery.

Inflation meanwhile is not yet a threat, the Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in August, slightly more than expected, but the increase was driven by a run-up in gas prices. If you take energy and food out of the equation, the so-called “core” CPI rose a scant 0.1%.

Last month’s gasoline hike meanwhile continues to let up, AAA reports a gallon of regular unleaded fell in price for the fifth straight day, falling 7-tenths of a cent to $2.563 ($2.56 for graphics purposes).

As we continue to mark the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, we look at some of the younger workers from Lehman and Merrill Lynch who lost their jobs and what they’re doing now. One of the people Christine Romans profiled for American Morning goes on tour with a popular rock band.


Filed under: Economy • Finance • Health Care • stocks
September 16th, 2009
12:01 PM ET

Tea Party isn't about racism

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Editor's note: John Feehery worked for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other Republicans in Congress. He is president of Feehery Group, a Washington-based advocacy firm that has represented clients that include News Corp., Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He formerly was a government relations executive vice president for the Motion Picture Association of America.

John Feehery
Special to CNN

It is altogether ironic that the one person to have a Sam Adams beer at the infamous beer summit, hosted by the president, was Skip Gates, the Harvard professor whose arrest led to the summit.

Sam Adams was the key revolutionary figure in the Boston Tea Party of 1774, the spark that lit the American Revolution.

And now, 235 years later, Tea Parties have sprung up around the country as a reaction against the rule of President Obama and the Democratic Congress.

It is unlikely that Skip Gates will be spending any time addressing a Tea Party in his hometown of Boston any time soon.

And unlike the popular perception promoted by some in the media, the Tea Party is distinct from the Republican Party, probably as distinct as Sam Adams beer is from Bud Lite.

The Tea Party presents the first truly grass-roots threat to the ambitious agenda of President Obama. Largely misunderstood as anti-tax activists, and attacked by congressional Democrats as a collection of crazy right-wingers, the folks who go to Tea Parties are not concerned primarily with tax policy (although if the Democrats move to raise taxes on just about everybody, that could change).

Instead, they are mostly motivated by out-of-control spending, towering debt, and the pervasive feeling that government is too big, too powerful, too unaccountable and too cozy with Wall Street.

While the Tea Party movement presents a threat to the Obama administration, it also presents a challenge to congressional Republicans. After all, many of the protesters have as low a regard for the GOP as they do for the Democrats, and they hold the previous administration in as much as contempt as they do the Obama White House.

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