January 28th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Did it deliver, and what's next?

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

A week after marking his first year in office, President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. As Republicans are releasing statements criticizing the Presidents economic plans, how will Democrats try to leverage momentum from the address? How are Independents reacting? And, most importantly, what did YOU think of the President’s speech?

The issue of “jobs” was a buzz word during the address last night. Apparently, he used the word 29 times. The President said “jobs must be our number one focus in 2010.” So what’s next and what can be accomplished?

The President announced a new jobs bill to jumpstart private sector jobs creation. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner travels to Minneapolis this morning to meet with business leaders about creating green jobs in Minnesota. The President and Vice President also hit the road today to tout stimulus project. The Administration has claims that the stimulus project has saved or created approximately 640,000 jobs at last tally. Our fact check desk is keeping them honest.

We’re also continuing our reporting on the stimulus tonight. Randi Kaye takes a look at the Napa Valley Wine Train, a sleek tourist attraction that serves wine lunches for more than $100. It received $54 million to relocate the train tracks so the Army Corps of engineers can build a flood wall to protect downtown Napa. The construction is underway now and has created 35 to 40 jobs. But it’s number 11 on the “most wasteful list” compiled by Senators John McCain and Tom Coburn. Randi Kaye visits the site to see how the money is being used.


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
January 28th, 2010
08:56 AM ET
January 28th, 2010
06:04 AM ET

"Onion Field" killer denied parole


Gregory Powell, 76, will face a California state parole board tomorrow morning.

Gregory Powell, 76, will face a California state parole board tomorrow morning.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

For the 11th time, a California state parole board has voted to deny parole to Gregory Powell, the infamous “Onion Field” cop killer whose 1963 crime was chronicled in Joseph Wambaugh’s best-selling book.

The decision, which was announced Wednesday night, was praised by the Los Angeles Police League. “We greatly appreciate that the Parole Board weighed the details of the egregious crime committed by Powell and decided to keep him behind bars,” league President Paul M. Weber said in a statement.

Powell, 76, is among the longest- serving inmates in California’s prison system, a department of corrections spokesperson told CNN.

It has been nearly 47 years since Powell and his accomplice, Jimmy Lee Smith, kidnapped and murdered Los Angeles Police Officer Ian Campbell.

On the night of March 9, 1963, Powell and Smith were driving around L.A. looking for a liquor store to rob.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
January 28th, 2010
05:52 AM ET

Video: Axelrod on Obama's speech

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