February 1st, 2010
09:42 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/01/10

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Tonight on 360°, saving Haiti's children or breaking the law? 10 American accused of child trafficking. We have the latest. Plus, slash and spend. Pres. Obama outlines his $3.8 trillion dollar budget for 2011. We've got the raw politics.

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February 1st, 2010
06:11 PM ET
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February 1st, 2010
05:47 PM ET

'Cradle to career' agenda is goal of education budget

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Sally Holland

In the president's budget proposal released Monday, the Department of Education would get a 7.5 percent increase in discretionary spending for 2011 under a plan the secretary of education describes as a "cradle to career agenda."

States will have to compete for the vast majority of the new dollars

This is a shift in the way federal education dollars have been allocated in the past.

"We are absolutely philosophically and strategically moving more money – a lot of money – into a competitive basis. And what we want to do is continue to build upon what we've learned through Race to the Top," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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Filed under: Economy • Education
February 1st, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Beat 360° 02/01/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture 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:

Singer Lady Gaga arrives at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

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.

Beat 360° Winners:


Sean Yates

Lady GaGa’s fashion interpretive of Beyonce’s song of the year.

“If you like it, if you love it, put a ring on it.”

Viewer Winner:

Talitha Kuttler, Windsor, CT

"Who said that your 4th grade solar system project wouldn't be useful?"

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February 1st, 2010
04:53 PM ET

How to Help Haiti's Children

Impact Your World

Haitian children who survived the earthquake are considered the most vulnerable. These organizations have specific relief operations to protect these children, meet their medical and nutritious needs and help them recover from the trauma of this disaster.

How you can help:

Child Hope International — Caring for orphans
Friends of the Orphans — Pediatric Care
Jean R. Cadet Restavek Foundation — Helping children in servitude
Kids Alive International — Sheltering orphans
Meds & Food for Kids — Feeding malnourished children
Mercy Corps — Comfort for Kids
Save the Children — Child-Friendly Spaces
UNICEF — Protecting children
World Food Programme — Feeding orphans
World Vision — Child-Friendly Spaces

Go here for more resources...

Filed under: Haiti • Impact Your World
February 1st, 2010
04:49 PM ET
February 1st, 2010
04:26 PM ET

Fact Check: How many jobs did the stimulus create?

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Diana Holden

On Saturday, the administration reported that stimulus money funded nearly 600,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2009. The figure is based on responses from about 160,000 recipients of stimulus funds. Previously, the White House reported 640,329 jobs were created or saved through September 30.

This number was criticized because some recipients might have reported "saving" people who would not have been laid off. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, called the number "misleading and unreliable."

Fact Check: Are White House-reported figures on the number of jobs created under the stimulus plan unreliable? 


Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Stimulus
February 1st, 2010
04:04 PM ET

Tonight: Text 360°

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Tonight we report on how children in Haiti are coping with the challenges they face in the wake of the January 12 earthquake that rocked the country. Who is caring for them and what is happening with the orphans?

A massive two-week food distribution effort aimed at reaching 2 million people has begun in Haiti's quake-ravaged capital.

AC360° Correspondent Joe Johns is on the ground in Haiti where he will be live with an update on the situation in the country. Do you have questions for him? Let us know.

Send us a text message with your question. Text AC360 (or 22360), and you might hear it on air!

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February 1st, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Responding to a crisis: The harsh realities for aid workers in Haiti

Rafael Romo
CNN Senior Latin American Affairs Editor

They have come from all over the world, speaking a multitude of languages and representing dozens of countries.

Diverse as the planet itself, they are all united by one mission: to save lives.

The number of relief workers in Haiti is now in the thousands and is expected to increase as Haiti continues to recover from the devastating January 12 earthquake. Relief workers have pulled survivors from the rubble, given them food and water, set up water purification plants and opened shelters.

They are also helping doctors and nurses by distributing medical supplies and equipment. The local government collapsed after the earthquake, so international aid groups took the lead in responding to the massive need.

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