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Beat 360° – 9/18/2009

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:

Singer Mariah Carey, her husband, Nick Cannon, and TV personality Oprah Winfrey appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show at Rumsey Playfield today in New York City.

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.



Alyssa Caplan

“Yeah so its really simple actually, when I want to hit those high notes, I just press this button here.”


Lisa A – Benson, NC

Oprah looks like she can’t wait for Kanye to come and interrupt whatever Mariah Carey is doing.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Beat 360° • T1
September 18th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
September 18th, 2009
02:00 PM ET

Financial Dispatch: State Unemployment Breakdown

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Gene Bloch
Managing Editor
CNN New York

Five states posted jobless rates above 12% last month, according to the Labor Department. Michigan had the highest unemployment rate – at 15.2%, followed by Nevada at 13.2% and Rhode Island at 12.8%. 27 states and the District of Columbia reported increases, 16 states registered rate decreases, and 7 states had no rate change. The news offers more confirmation that whether or not the recession is over, the jobs picture is still bleak.


Poppy Harlow in today’s Breakdown takes a look at big bonuses and golden parachutes on Wall Street – a year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it’s looking a lot like business as usual. Poppy talked to FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair who says the bonuses seem “absolutely unseemly.” And now a huge crackdown into bank compensation may be in the works. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the Federal Reserve is proposing broad oversight of any policies which encourage risk among bank employees. The Fed would have the power to amend or reject the executive compensation policies.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy • Finance • Gene Bloch • Unemployment
September 18th, 2009
01:07 PM ET

Does He Lie?

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Charles Krauthammer
Washington Post Op-Ed

You lie? No. Barack Obama doesn't lie. He's too subtle for that. He . . . well, you judge.

Herewith three examples within a single speech - the now-famous Obama-Wilson "you lie" address to Congress on health care - of Obama's relationship with truth.

(1) "I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits - either now or in the future," he solemnly pledged. "I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future. Period."

Wonderful. The president seems serious, veto-ready, determined to hold the line. Until, notes Harvard economist Greg Mankiw, you get to Obama's very next sentence: "And to prove that I'm serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don't materialize."


September 18th, 2009
01:00 PM ET

Afternoon Buzz: Congressman Joe Wilson Speaks Out

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Elise Miller
AC360° Associate Producer

Congressman Joe Wilson is in his home state of South Carolina delivering a response to his "You lie!" comment during President Obama's speech to Congress last week. Our political panel will focus on the politics of this speech and how it affects the current health care debate. And today, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out in Washington on health care supporting President Obama's plan. She focused on insurance reform as a woman's issue, and gave her most outspoken remarks yet on health care. Erica Hill will be looking at the First Lady's involvement in this very contentious debate. What do you think of this hot button issue?


Filed under: 360° Radar • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics • The Buzz
September 18th, 2009
12:29 PM ET

Chief: Yale slaying an instance of 'workplace violence'

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New Haven Police Chief James Lewis on Thursday described the killing of Yale graduate student Annie Le as an instance of "workplace violence," but he did not elaborate.

Raymond J. Clark III, 24, has been charged with Le's murder and bond has been set at $3 million, Lewis told reporters at a news conference.

Thursday morning, police arrested the Yale lab technician in the strangulation of Le, whose body was found in the wall of an off-campus research building.

While the motive is still unclear, Lewis said police do not consider the killing a domestic crime and are treating it as the result of "workplace violence."

Lewis said there are growing numbers of incidents throughout the country "where things occur in a work environment among employees," Lewis said. "And sometimes it's difficult to tell."

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September 18th, 2009
12:12 PM ET

Jobless rate tops 12% in 5 states

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Julianne Pepitone
CNNMoney.com staff reporter

Five states posted jobless rates above 12% in August, according to federal data released Friday.

California, Nevada and Rhode Island each hit record-high rates, the Labor Department said.

Michigan led the nation in unemployment, with a rate of 15.2%, while Nevada was next at 13.2% and Rhode Island was third at 12.8%. California and Oregon were tied for the fourth spot, each with unemployment at 12.2%.

In August, 27 states and the District of Columbia recorded month-over-month unemployment rate increases, while 16 states posted a decrease in unemployment and seven saw rates hold steady.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Economy
September 18th, 2009
12:00 PM ET

It's a black, white, and gray thing

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Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Sometimes, even in the jaded world of been-there-done-that journalism, when I’m flipping through the headlines with a world-weary glance, I still see something that makes my eyes pop like a cartoon character. And this week it is a Rasmussen poll addressing this thorny issue of race and politics.

Or I suppose I should say it’s thorny if you see it that way.

Let me explain. The Rasmussen folks posed a question to the effect of: Do you think opposition to President Obama’s health care reform plan is based on racism? 88 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of unaffiliated voters said “No way.” But among Democrats that number plummeted to just 39 percent. The poll goes on to say that 22 percent of them take it much farther, saying the opposition to health care reform is primarily racist, and the rest of the Dems at least suspect that could be so.

In simple terms: Many Republicans and independents say health care reform is in trouble because people don’t trust the policy. Many Democrats say it’s because Barack Obama is black.

September 18th, 2009
11:19 AM ET
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