January 28th, 2010
09:49 PM ET

Video: Napa Wine Train in middle of stimulus fight

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

It is the quintessential Napa Valley experience.

Passengers aboard sleek antique rail cars pay more than $100 for a four-course meal, not including the wine. A recent lunch aboard the train included steak, lobster cakes and local greens.

During their three-hour journey winding through Napa Valley, passengers can choose from more than 100 wines to complement their meal.


Filed under: John McCain • Randi Kaye • Stimulus
January 28th, 2010
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/28/10

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The Haitian government attempts to hand out food in Port-au-Prince and it doesn't go well. We'll show you the video. Plus, we're tracking your tax dollars used for the stimulus. $54 million for the Napa Valley's Wine Train. A senator calls it a "misplaced priority." But is it? We're keeping them honest.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
January 28th, 2010
08:45 PM ET

Equal in doom

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Octavia Nasr | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Editor, Mideast Affairs

“I told him ‘God be with you’ and I went back to sleep.”

Zeinab Seklawi didn’t know this was the last time she would talk to her son Yasser. She didn’t know the 24-year-old was boarding a plane that would take him and 89 others to their doom a few short minutes after takeoff.

The first headline out of Lebanon early Monday morning read, “Ethiopian Airlines plane with 85 passengers crashes into sea after takeoff from Beirut.”

In my head I pictured in a plane laden with Ethiopian migrant workers returning home to their families after a round of duty. Lebanon, like the rest of the Middle East, employs thousands of migrants especially from Southeast Asia and parts of Africa as domestic helpers. These workers, fleeing poverty in their home countries and looking for better livelihoods, end up working long, hard hours often under abusive circumstances.


Filed under: 360º Follow • Global 360° • Octavia Nasr
January 28th, 2010
08:22 PM ET

Haiti: The missing, the found, the victims

Haiti Missing Persons Database

The January 12 earthquake in Haiti left massive destruction and widespread uncertainty. Thousands posted pictures of family and friends online. Their plea was simple: Help me find my loved one. Many of those pleas were answered. Many others are left with the unknown. Explore the list of some of the missing, the found and the victims. This list is generated by users. CNN cannot verify the accuracy of this data in all cases.

Filed under: Haiti Earthquake
January 28th, 2010
07:59 PM ET

J.D. Salinger dies at 91:The hermit crab of American letters

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Richard Lacayo

Take the austere little paperbacks down from the shelf and you can hold the collected works of J.D. Salinger — one novel, three volumes of stories — in the palm of one hand. Like some of his favorite writers — like Sappho, whom we know only from ancient fragments, or the Japanese poets who crafted 17-syllable haikus — Salinger was an author whose large reputation pivots on very little. The first of his published stories that he thought were good enough to preserve between covers appeared in the New Yorker in 1948. Sixteen years later he placed one last story there and drew down the shades.

From that day until his death at 91, Salinger was the hermit crab of American letters. When he emerged, it was usually to complain that somebody was poking at his shell. Over time Salinger's exemplary refusal of his own fame may turn out to be as important as his fiction. In the 1960s he retreated to a small house in Cornish, N.H., and rejected the idea of being a public figure. Thomas Pynchon is his obvious successor in that department. But Pynchon figured out how to turn his back on the world with a wink and a Cheshire Cat smile. Salinger did it with a scowl. Then again, he was inventing the idea, and he bent over it with an inventor's sweaty intensity.


Filed under: 360° Radar
January 28th, 2010
06:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Dishonoring the Dead

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, Anderson demands answers and accountability about why the bodies of earthquake victims in Haiti are being dumped, not buried; just dumped in a landfill outside Port-au-Prince.

He tracked down Haitian officials and tried to talk with the state company dumping the bodies.

Crews from the Centre National d'Equipements (CNE) were told to pick up the bodies.

As Anderson has reported, an awful smell follows the CNE trucks as they make their way around the city.

When the trucks arrive at the landfill, the names of the dead aren't logged in a book, photos aren't even taken of the bodies. Men, women and children are just dumped, with no respect, no dignity.

Back here at home, we've got the raw politics of President Obama's State of the Union Address.

The president traveled to Tampa, Florida today where he once again promised to fix America's financial troubles.

"We're not going to rest until we've rebuilt an economy, in which hard work and responsibility are rewarded and businesses are hiring again and wages are growing again, and the middle-class can get its legs underneath it again," Pres. Obama told a town hall meeting at the University of Tampa.

While in Florida, Pres. Obama announced the federal government will spend $8 billion developing a nationwide high-speed train system.

The program "will help accelerate job growth in an economy that is already beginning to grow," Pres. Obama said.

The rail corridors will be built in 31 states, and each cover between 100 and 600 miles.

While Pres. Obama focused on the economy today, the biggest buzz in Washington centered the an unexpected moment during last night's State of the Union speech.

With justices in the audience, Pres. Obama criticized the Supreme Court for its ruling last week on campaign financing.

"With all due deference to separation of powers, last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limits in our elections," Pres. Obama said last night.

Justice Samuel Alit, part of the high court's conservative-majority, was caught on camera as it appeared he mouthed the words "not true, not true."

CNN's Jeffrey Tobin has the history behind these two men. This isn't the first time theree's been tension between them.

Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
January 28th, 2010
05:26 PM ET

Dr. Jane's Journal from Haiti

Program Note: Tune in tonight for Anderson's conversation with Jane Aronson in Haiti. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Dr. Jane Aronson
Worldwide Orphans Foundation

Editor's Note: Jane Aronson is a board-certified general pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases specialist with a faculty appointment at the Weill Cornell Medical College as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She specializes in adoption medicine.She is also the Founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), a not-for-profit organization that provides direct services to orphans abroad since 1997.

Dr. Jane in Haiti – Journal Day # 1
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I am currently in a guest house on the top of the city of Port-au-Prince. This is a very exquisite part of Haiti and was, for the most part, untouched by the earthquake. A journalist from New York recommended this guest house and it’s great…we even had showers....the water was hot, but sparse and I felt great after the long and very hot day. There was a point in the day just before lunch when I felt a bit faint because it was in the 90s and I was out walking without a cap and I was tired from the long night flight from Newark. We flew care of a benefactor who supports WWO and other charities on a private jet with doctors from Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Partners in Health (PIH), co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer. Coincidentally, there were film makers on the plane who are doing a documentary for PIH and one of them made the film used for me at the Glamour event....quite a surprise to both of us to be seeing one another at 2 am in Newark.

Read the rest of her journal entry here...

January 28th, 2010
05:23 PM ET

State of the Union Fact Check

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Fact Check Desk

Citing a "deficit of trust" in government by Americans, President Obama's first State of the Union address urged Congress to work together to confront the nation's most pressing problems.

Our CNN Fact Check Desk is going over the details of the speech to drill down on all of the facts.

PolitiFact: Obama exaggerates jobs saved

(PolitiFact) – Obama claims 2 million more Americans would be unemployed without stimulus

Verdict: Half True

Find out more and read all of our fact checks here...

Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Raw Politics
January 28th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Video: Lights still out in Haiti

Ivan Watson | BIO
CNN Correspondant

Filed under: Haiti • Haiti Earthquake • Ivan Watson
January 28th, 2010
03:46 PM ET

Video: Inside Haiti's school system

Christiane Amanpour | BIO
CNN Chief International Correspondent
Anchor, Amanpour

Filed under: Christiane Amanpour • Haiti • Haiti Earthquake
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