September 17th, 2009
09:47 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk: 9/17/09

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets emotional on Capitol Hill. We'll have the raw politics. Plus, we take you inside the Garrido home where police say Jaycee Dugard had to live for 18 years. Meanwhile, investigators say cadaver dogs may have found remains on the Garrido property.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Live Blog
September 17th, 2009
09:43 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Inside Garridos' Home

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Just moments ago, authorities in California said two cadaver dogs showed interest in the same area of the property belonging to kidnapping suspects Phillip and Nancy Garrido, a possible indication that they've found human remains.
Investigators are looking for possible clues to the disappearance of two girls.

The Garridos have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years. Phillip Garrido is also facing rape charges. Investigators say he fathered Dugard's two children.

Dugard is back with her family and we've learned she and her daughter's will get another happy homecoming in the next couple of days. We'll tell you what that's all about tonight on 360°.

We'll also take you to Washington where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got emotional talking about all the bickering over health care reform. Candy Crowley has the raw politics.

And, we have new details on the lab technician suspected of killing  Yale grad student Annie Lay. He went from a "person of interest" today to an inmate.

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

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
September 17th, 2009
07:14 PM ET

Behind the scenes at two remote border crossings

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Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
CNN Special Investigations Unit

Program Note: Watch Drew Griffin's report on these remote border crossings tonight on A360° at 10pm EST.

We were driving through some of the most remote country in the United States, chasing a story that seemed hard to believe.

The Department of Homeland Security had announced it was spending $31 million to enhance and upgrade two remote border crossings - just 12 miles apart - on the border between Montana and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The spending was lauded by Montana's two senators, even though only an average of 22 cars a day traveled through these border posts.

Keep reading...

September 17th, 2009
07:01 PM ET

Obama as witch doctor: Racist or satirical?

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Ashley Fantz

Posters portraying President Obama as a witch doctor may be racist, organizers of Tea Party protests say, but they reflect anger about where he is leading the country.

The posters, showing Obama wearing a feather headdress and a bone through his nose, have recently popped up in e-mails, on Web sites and at Tea Party protests.

The image has stoked debate and cast attention on the rallies, which have drawn people Tea Party organizers describe as on the fringe and not representative of the overall movement. Their general viewpoint, leaders say, is that there's been too much federal government intervention, particularly concerning health care and taxes.

Keep Reading...

September 17th, 2009
06:55 PM ET

Commentary: Carter is wrong on Obama's opposition

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Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University. He was White House political director for President Reagan and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

President Obama is about to undertake a full-scale blitz of all the Sunday talk shows to try to convince the American people one more time of the merits of his health care plan.

This is after he has spoken on the subject publicly more than 100 times and after he just gave a nationwide speech before the Congress and the country.

I know this is his highest priority, but what else can he say to turn around the nearly half the country that doesn't want his health care plan? And if he told us honestly that the plan he and the Democrats are proposing could cost you more and cut services for those on Medicare, even more people would be opposed.

Keep reading...

September 17th, 2009
06:40 PM ET

Soldier: “Do they realize we're still over here?"

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Danielle Dellorto
CNN Medical Producer

I remember shuffling through moondust up to my knees in Helmand Province when a U.S. Army combat medic turned to me and said, “If I ask you something, do you promise you’ll be honest?” I nodded yes. “Do people back home still think about us? Do they realize we’re still over here?”

I’ll never forget that moment.

Truth is, while most of America might know that 62,000 U.S. military personnel are in theater, they apparently aren’t happy about it. A recent CNN/Opinion Research poll found that support of the war in Afghanistan has hit a new low. Only 39 percent favor U.S. military action in Afghanistan.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Afghanistan • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
September 17th, 2009
05:40 PM ET
September 17th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

Congress to Gen. McChrystal: Come on down!

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Adam Levine
CNN Pentagon Producer

The intrigue surrounding Gen. Stanley McChrystal's plans for Afghanistan is making him a popular man on Capitol Hill. But for now, Congress is going to have to wait to talk to the top commander in Afghanistan.

McChrystal's plans for turning the tide in Afghanistan have been turned in to his bosses at the Pentagon and to President Barack Obama, but little has been shared yet with those on the Hill. So they want to talk to the man...now.

"What I support right now is getting Gen. McChrystal here to help us all understand what the situation on the ground is and what the strategy for success in Afghanistan is," said Rep. John Boehner, the House Minority Leader.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Raw Politics
September 17th, 2009
04:56 PM ET
September 17th, 2009
04:37 PM ET

Beat 360° – 9/17/2009

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:

Singers and actors Mark Anthony and his wife Jennifer Lopez attend a small press availability after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the U.S. Captiol.

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.



Candy Crowley

“If I tilt my head just so, and squint, he looks just like Ben Affleck.”


Lisa A – Benson, NC

In response to her introduction as “Jenny froM the Block,” Nancy Pelosi says “I’m Nancy from the House.” JLo looks confused.

Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
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