December 13th, 2009
11:11 AM ET

Dear President Obama #328: A Dickens of a time

Reporter's Note: President Obama seems to be a pretty big reader, and I am too. I’m also a big writer, hence, my letter every single day to the Oval Office.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

So just yesterday I was writing to you with a playlist of Christmas tunes that I like, and it made me think of one of the true treasures in my collection of recordings, and it is not a song at all. I have a 1938 version of A Christmas Carol by the Campbell Soup Radio Playhouse with Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore. It is simply wonderful and I have been listening to it for years and years. I believe it is available on-line now, so you might want to check it out.

A Chrismas Carol has long been a favorite of mine, and heck for millions of folks. So every year I listen to the recording, and read the book, and love it even more. “Marley was dead to begin with…” What a great start to a story. And a great end, too, come to think of it.

I mention it, however, because just in case it hasn’t occurred to you, this would be a great time for all of us to reread that tale. Can you issue some sort of Executive Order? I suppose not, but still it’s an idea.


December 13th, 2009
08:41 AM ET

Dad of missing Utah woman: Come home, we love you


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The father of a missing Utah woman does not want to speculate on what may have happened to his daughter. He just has a message for her. “We love you,” Charles Cox said, “and we are going to keep searching until we find you.”

Susan Powell, 28, disappeared from her suburban Salt Lake City home under what many consider to be mysterious circumstances exactly one week ago. Her husband, Joshua Powell, said he last saw his wife shortly after midnight Sunday as he was preparing to take the couple’s four and one-year-old sons on a camping trip in a freezing remote area of the state, police and family members said.

His wife was not in the house when he returned with the children on Tuesday, investigators said Mr. Powell told them.

The West Valley City Police Department continue to classify the investigation as a missing persons case. They have also labeled it suspicious.


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