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January 22nd, 2010
02:15 PM ET

'Hope for Haiti' to dominate the airwaves

Program Note: Anderson will report live from Haiti during the 'Hope for Haiti' special tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

Lisa Respers France
CNN

If you're looking to watch "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" on Friday night, you won't have any trouble finding it.

The two-hour, star-studded telethon is set to be one of the most widely distributed prime-time televised benefits in history, appearing simultaneously on more than 25 networks - including CNN, where Anderson Cooper will report live from Haiti during the event.

Other networks airing "Hope for Haiti" include ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT. The show will even air on the Discovery's eco-lifestyle television network, Planet Green.

MTV is presenting the benefit, which will be helmed by Oscar-winning actor George Clooney in Los Angeles, California, and musician Wyclef Jean from New York. CNN's Anderson Cooper will report live from Haiti.

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January 22nd, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Video: Haiti summary execution

Karl Penhaul
CNN Correspondent


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January 22nd, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Video: Forgotten children

Gary Tuchman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent



Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Haiti Earthquake
January 22nd, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Revenge of the militant middle

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

I admit there are things at which I do not excel. I am competent at sports; I could kick for the Cowboys (who couldn’t?) but I’m no Drew Brees. Math is a frustration. I have little skill for cooking fish, and my juggling abilities are so rudimentary that they make Neanderthal Man look like a neurosurgeon.

But I have a knack for predicting political hurricanes long before traditional pundits even notice the clouds. Case in point, this week’s election in Massachusetts. For years, I have been beating the drum about what I feel will be the defining political characteristic of this decade: The rise of independent voters, angry at both parties. I call them the Militant Middle.

For all the things I’ve been wrong about, (and there are plenty; just ask my wife) I’ve been right about this. The Militant Middle elected Barack Obama; furious at the Republicans for too much spending, for waging wars of dubious direction, and for letting the economy slip into freefall. And that same crowd, now fuming at the Dems for many of the same things, have just elected a Republican Senator up in the Bay State.

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January 22nd, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Government can't squelch free speech

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Matt Welch
Special to CNN

For everyone licking their wounds after Thursday's landmark 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, worried that the evil corporations are now poised to ruin American democracy once and for all, in the bogus name of free speech, here's a word of potential hope: I used to be one of you, too, and today I'm happy as a clam. Maybe you can be too, eventually. Here's why:

Free speech really does mean free speech, and the laws that the "Citizens" ruling overturned directly and heinously restricted the stuff. Forget for the moment the broad characterization of the ruling - such as The New York Times claim that it "sweep[s] aside a century-old understanding" - and drill down to the individual case in question.

Citizens United, a conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofit that has funded a dozen political documentaries over the years, produced a critical documentary about Hillary Clinton in 2008 entitled "Hillary: The Movie." By a decision of the federal government, which was enforcing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (known more broadly as McCain-Feingold), this piece of political speech was banned from television.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
January 22nd, 2010
11:40 AM ET

A bad call on campaign finance

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Special to CNN

Printed on the back of "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" are the words "Don't Panic." And it is just this sentiment that Congress needs to internalize now that we have a decision from the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

As expected, the court of Chief Justice John Roberts took a decidedly regressive tack on campaign financing limits and granted corporations the same speech rights enjoyed by living, breathing persons.

This is a bad decision.

Gone are the ban on the use of corporate treasury funds in federal elections and the requirement that corporations use political action committees to advocate for a candidate. Corporations can now dip into their deep treasuries to spend on politics.

Corporate money may now be infused into elections in ways we can only begin to imagine.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
January 22nd, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Dear President Obama #368: Money talks ... just not to me

Reporter's Note: President Obama has reacted unhappily to a new Supreme Court ruling. I have reacted unhappily to the job the dry cleaners did on my blue shirt. Neither one of us, however, seems to be getting much satisfaction for all our complaints. Oh well, I guess I’ll just write my daily letter to the White House and try to forget my woes.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

Sleet is tapping at the window of my office as I write this. Have you noticed our weather in DC lately? Kind of wild. Warm one moment; cold the next. You just never know what to expect. I had a girlfriend like that once. Speaking of tapping at the window, have the Salahis dropped by lately? Ha!

You know what you should do? Get a print of that picture of the two of them with Biden, have it framed, and then when he’s out have the Secret Service put it on his desk. You could have like thirty of them, and every time he throws one away, you wait a couple days and then replace it. That would be, in the words of Eisenhower, “Hilarious!”

Well, moving on. That big ruling from the Supreme Court has certainly stirred up storm clouds. I saw where you have already thrown a smack-down, saying it just gives big money special interests more say in shaping our elections, and presumably, who the winners will be. You’re probably right, but I can’t for the life of me figure out a reasonable way to keep big money from having that kind of influence.

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January 22nd, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Hope for Haiti

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Tonight we’re teaming up with a variety of other networks and celebrities around the world to raise awareness to the ongoing crisis in Haiti. At 8 p.m. we’re airing “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” a two-hour, star-studded telethon. It is expected to be one of the most widely distributed prime-time televised benefits in history, appearing on more than 25 networks, and will raise money for the earthquake-ravaged country.

Anderson, who will lead the program with George Clooney and Wyclef Jean (to name a few), is on the ground in Haiti. He’s been there for more than a week and will give an update on what he’s seen over the past eight days. He’ll report on the aftermath of the quake and how Haitians continue to struggle to find relief amid the seemingly impenetrable obstacles of challenging logistics.

Reports today indicate that while the rate at which aid is getting to Haiti is going up, the speed at which it’s being distributed is comparatively sluggish. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that large quantities of medications, baby formula and other supplies are sitting on the tarmac and in warehouses at the Port-au-Prince airport, but they're not being efficiently distributed.

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Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
January 22nd, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Dispatch from the Sundance Film Festival

Kay Jones
CNN Senior Editorial Producer

Before Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s interview with CNN’s Rick Sanchez from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, I had a chance to speak to these seasoned war journalists about what’s going on in Haiti.

Both were pretty shocked at the images they’ve seen, and Tim said it was kind of surreal that he is here in this beautiful location as opposed to being in Haiti. I got the sense that even though they are excited about their time in Utah promoting their movie, Restrepo, that the journalist side of them really wanted to be in Haiti.

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January 22nd, 2010
05:38 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 1/21/10

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, we received many thanks for the continued coverage from Haiti. Many of you asked us to report on why it’s taking so long to get supplies, especially medical supplies, from the airport to where they are needed. What do you think? Let us know.
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Thanks for being in Haiti. Your reporting is saving lives and helping families reunite. i was watching fox until the earthquake and realized how selfish they really are and what they really care about little coverage on Haiti spoke real loud to me. Thanks ac

If the airport in Haiti is the bottleneck for much needed medical supplies isn't about time you take a crew an expose the reasons for the bottleneck? If what's left of the Haitian government is hoarding the massive inflows of medical aid, we should know about it. If it is the US military that's the problem I think it's time to expose them and name names and kick butt. Typically in these kinds of emergencies, the military couldn't organize a 1-car funeral procession. (Think Katrina)

Dear Anderson, Thank you for posting the link to National Nurses United. I am one of the thousands of nurses on their volunteer list. Unfortunately the last update I received stated we were being blocked by the government. If you have other avenues to send people, I would love to come help. Praying for everyone there

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