November 30th, 2009
09:52 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 11/30/09

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Tonight, we have breaking news on the hunt in Washington state for the gunman accused of killing four police officers. Plus, new details on the White House party crashers. The Washington Post is reporting on e-mails that the couple says clears them of wrongdoing. We have the White House reaction.

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Filed under: Live Blog
November 30th, 2009
09:30 PM ET

Blowback: The massacre in Maguindanao

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Maria A. Ressa
Head, ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs
Former CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief

You can’t escape the laws of physics. Newton’s third law of motion states: “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In the world of governments and their security forces, it’s called blowback – a term first coined by the US Central Intelligence Agency in classified documents to describe US and British covert operations in Iran in 1953. They helped overthrow the government of Mohammed Mossadegh, setting in motion a chain of events which inspired the revival of Islamic fundamentalism around the world.

Blowback happened again in Afghanistan in the late 80’s when the US funneled more than $3 billion, through Pakistan’s intelligence service, ISI, to build up the Afghan resistance against the Soviets. That sowed the seeds for 9/11 and the major terrorist attacks in Southeast Asia from 2001 to 2009. Among the key beneficiaries was Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, who helped train Osama bin Laden and thousands of Southeast Asian militants including the founder of the Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, some of the Bali and JW Marriott bombers.

Blowback happened in Maguindanao in the southern Philippines – where warlords with private armies funded by the state wield political power.

It’s a complex situation: the power structure of government is a thin overlay on top of a complex social hierarchy based on families or clans. These clans periodically clash – feuds known as rido, which can be ignited by the flimsiest of reasons – a quarrel over women or a verbal slight. Clans became the foundation of electoral politics and determined the distribution of power and resources.

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Filed under: Crime • Islam
November 30th, 2009
07:37 PM ET

Seattle Police Shooting: How to donate to the police guild

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A manhunt was under way Monday for a suspect in the shooting deaths of four police officers after he apparently eluded authorities in an east Seattle neighborhood.

Following a standoff that stretched to nearly 12 hours, Maurice Clemmons was not found in the home in the Leschi neighborhood, Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel told reporters. There is evidence that Clemmons was outside the home Sunday night, but apparently fled the area, he said.

Clemmons is sought in connection with what police called an "ambush" Sunday morning at a coffee shop near Tacoma in Pierce County. Four Lakewood police officers - three men and a woman - were shot to death.

Authorities identified the victims as Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; Officer Ronald Owens, 37; Officer Tina Griswold, 40; and Officer Greg Richards, 42. All four had been with the department since its inception, and all of them were parents.

Many of you have asked how you can help. Go here to learn about how you can make a donation in honor of the victims and their families.

Tune in tonight for the latest on the investigation and the search for the suspected killer.

Filed under: Crime
November 30th, 2009
05:56 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Chelsea Clinton through the years


Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is engaged! Chelsea Clinton will marry longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. We’ve put together a photo gallery of Chelsea through the years. Enjoy!

1992 – Dem. presidential cand. Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea at airport, seeing off her dad.

1993 – U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and his daughter Chelsea (R) are accompanied by security personnel as they walk back to the White House after shopping at a dowtown book store.

1993 – Chelsea Clinton concentrates on a ball during soccer practice in Washington, DC.

1995 – Chelsea Clinton taking guided camel ride, framed by pyramid during sightseeing jaunt while on refueling stop in Cairo, accompanying her US First Lady mother on Asia goodwill tour.

1999 – Chelsea Clinton looks on with an unidentified friend from Stanford University at America's Millennium Opening Ceremony in Washington, DC.

2004 – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton smiles during the official opening ceremony of the Clinton Presidential Library November 18, 2004 in Little Rock, Arkansas. An estimated 30,000 spectators gathered on the grounds of the library to view the dedication of the $165 million facility.

2008 – Chelsea Clinton speaks at a rally in support of her mother, Hillary Clinton, in Clinton, North Carolina.

2009 – Chelsea Clinton attends the 3rd Annual DKMS Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

November 30th, 2009
05:31 PM ET

Tiger Woods' sponsors stand by their man

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David Goldman

The sponsors that have made Tiger Woods the richest athlete in the world are sticking with the golfing great, despite rumors swirling around his early-morning car crash on Friday.

Woods' major endorsers, including Nike, Gatorade and Gillette, lined up on Monday to state their support for the golf great.

"Tiger and his family have Nike's full support," Nike (NKE, Fortune 500) said in a statement. "We respect Tiger's request for privacy and our thoughts are with Tiger and his family at this time."

"We wish Tiger well as he recovers and look forward to seeing him back on the course soon," Gatorade said in a statement. "Our partnership with Tiger continues."

Gillette said it has not changed its marketing strategy because of the incident, but the company wouldn't comment on any future plans. Other major sponsors, including AT&T (T, Fortune 500), American Express (AXP, Fortune 500) and Tag Heuer, were unavailable for immediate comment.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
November 30th, 2009
05:11 PM ET

Documents: Maurice Clemmons' 2000 appeal for Arkansas clemency

(Documents courtesy of Seattle Times and the Arkansas Parole Board)


Police are still looking for the perpetrator in the deaths of four uniformed police officers who were shot Sunday in a coffee shop prior to going out on patrol.

A manhunt was under way Monday for a suspect in the shooting deaths of four police officers after he apparently eluded authorities in an east Seattle neighborhood.

Following a standoff that stretched to nearly 12 hours, Maurice Clemmons was not found in the home in the Leschi neighborhood, Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel told reporters. There is evidence that Clemmons was outside the home Sunday night, but apparently fled the area, he said.

Clemmons was given a 95-year prison sentence in Arkansas in 1989 for a host of charges, including robberies, burglaries, thefts and bringing a gun to school. His sentence was commuted in 2000 by then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

The Seattle Times has obtained documents released by the Arkansas Parole board including the application Clemmons originally filed for clemency. Clemmons wrote at the time:

Please keep in mind that before this crime spree I had at no time in my life ever been into any kind of problems with the law. I come from a very good Christian family and I was raised much better than my actions speak. (I'm still ashamed to this day for the shame my stupid involvement in these crimes brought upon my family's name.)
But, as mentioned I was only (16) sixteen years old and had just moved into a very crime ridden neighborhood. Where I was unable to resist the negative influence of the other neighborhood boys because I only wanted to fit in and be accepted because I'd just moved away from all my childhood friends and had no friends in Arkansas.

Clemons also added:

Where once stood a young (16) sixteen year old misguided fool, who's own life he was unable to rule. Now stands at 27 year old man, who has learned through the 'school of hard knocks's to appreciate and respect the rights of others. And who had in the midst of the harsh reality of prison life developed the necessary skills to stand along and not to follow a multitude to do evil, as I did as a 16 year old child.

Read Maurice Clemmons parole information and appeal for clemency...

November 30th, 2009
04:21 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/30/09

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 laughs with aides aboard Air Force One en route to Singapore.

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.


Albert Lewitinn

“Wait, and check it out, they made it all the way inside!”


Darrell, Rock Hill, S.C.

"President Obama and his staff unwind by playing Beat 360 on CNN."

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 30th, 2009
03:47 PM ET

Resources for women in the U.S. military

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Recent reports indicate that women serving in the U.S. military face unique personal and professional challenges that their male counterparts don't.

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, American women in the military have quietly been proving themselves as never before. These are the first wars in which women in the American military have lived and fought alongside men for long periods of time – and some say they could not fight these wars without them. Recently, it was announced that the nation’s top drill sergeant is now a woman.

Even in the field many women have taken on roles that were often seen as taboo in the past, as the necessity of manpower means they are called upon for duties previously set aside for male colleagues. But has their pioneering work come at a price? Do they receive the same support as their male counterparts? We'll talk to women in the military about how they are breaking barriers tonight.

Go here to find a link to resources for women in the military.

Filed under: Military • Women's Issues
November 30th, 2009
03:05 PM ET

Fly Fishing and Afghanistan

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Michael Schulder
CNN Senior Executive Producer

I went fly fishing for the first time in my life this weekend. According to my experienced guide, I made a common mistake that often separates the novices from the veterans. I took back a lesson from that Tennessee creek that applies to every war zone as well as to life’s peaceful endeavors.

Cast Away

As a first-timer, before I got in the creek, I got a quick lesson in basic casting techniques. Two methods in particular. Overhead and sidearm. Knowing how to cast sidearm is critical, I learned, because, when you’re in a stream, there are often tree branches hanging over your head. You’ve got to have a good sidearm cast or your line will get caught in the branches. Makes sense.

Apparently, I’m a natural caster. At least on shore, standing high on the bank above a big pond with nothing to get in my way.

As soon as I was thigh-deep in my waders and the current was rushing towards me and the tree branches were nearly eye level, it became a little more difficult to land my fly where I was aiming.

And then, I made that mistake which separates the novices from the veterans.


Filed under: Beyond 360 • Michael Schulder
November 30th, 2009
03:02 PM ET
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