February 8th, 2010
11:59 PM ET

Why I'm back in Haiti

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

I was asked to write a blog about why I wanted to come back to Haiti. I'm not really sure how to answer that question. No one I've seen today in Port-au-Prince has asked me that. If anything, people here ask why I left, and why so many other reporters have left as well. I don't really know what to tell them.

I was here for more than two weeks immediately following the quake and, the truth is, I left because I needed a break. That's not the kind of thing you can really tell someone who is living on the streets of Port-au-Prince. They know a lot more about exhaustion than I ever will.

I spent last week in New York, but, the truth is, it felt very strange. When you know something monumental is happening so close to our shores, and yet you don't see it on a daily basis – it's an odd disconnect, and it doesn't feel right.

Later this week is the one month anniversary of the earthquake. To say things are getting better here is probably technically correct, but it's still miserable for hundreds of thousands of people.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake
February 8th, 2010
10:20 PM ET

New Orleans: An Inspiration for America?

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David Gergen | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Political Analyst

The country took a well-deserved time-out last night from bleak news about jobs, deficits, health care, Iran and the like. Even if you were pulling for Peyton Manning and the Colts, you had to agree that the epic upset victory by the New Orleans Saints was the best feel-good moment for the country in more than a year.

Drew Brees and the Saints did more than deliver a storybook ending to a storybook year. They made New Orleans a fresh symbol of the American spirit – what we can do as a people when we have our backs to the wall and join together in search of a comeback.

As almost everyone knows by now, Drew Brees is himself a story of overcoming the odds. Even though he was a high school star, most colleges weren’t interested in him as a player because he was so short – six feet in cleats, far below today’s stereotype. By grit and determination, he made it into the pros but four years ago, diving on a fumble, injured his shoulder so badly that no one wanted him except for the Saints, a team with such a sorry record that it was often nicknamed the “Aints” back home.


February 8th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Follow Anderson's tweets from Haiti

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

@andersoncooper: From ac: I've decided to go back to haiti. I'm going to catch a flight in a few hours to the dominican republic, then cross over.

@andersoncooper: From ac: just got into port au prince

Follow all of Anderson's tweets here...

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake
February 8th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/08/10

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Tonight on 360°, a man is found alive in the rubble of a Port-au-Prince market four weeks after the earthquake. Anderson and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are in Haiti with the details. Plus, more snow in the forecast for the Washington area. A lot more snow.

Want more details on what 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.

Here are some of them:

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
February 8th, 2010
07:41 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Survived Four Weeks in the Rubble?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Anderson is back in Haiti tonight. He has a remarkable and unexpected story to report. A man was pulled out of the rubble today, nearly a month after the quake hit.

The survivor is 28-year-old Evan Muncie. He was found in the remains of a market where he sold rice. He's suffering from extreme dehydration and malnutrition. We'll bring you his story of survival.

Tonight we also have the raw politics of Sarah Palin. Her speech this weekend at the Tea Party convention has a lot of people talking, along with the answer she gave about running for president in 2012.

Plus, New Orleans celebrating the Saints' Super Bowl Victory. Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit the city, residents are celebrating the big win and thanks to the hard work of so many other people, there's much more to honor.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
February 8th, 2010
04:57 PM ET
February 8th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Where does the Tea Party go from here?

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John Avalon
CNN Contributor

As the National Tea Party Convention concluded this weekend, it's clear that the Tea Partiers are propelled by two competing claims - a principled commitment to fiscal conservatism and a serious case of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

The first group remains true to the roots of the movement as it emerged almost one year ago amid bailout backlash. They feel like modern Paul Reveres, warning their fellow citizens about the unsustainable nature of our government's deficit spending and unprecedented debt.

They still have an important civic role to play in our national debate.

Keep reading...

Filed under: 360° Radar • President Barack Obama • Taxes
February 8th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

The Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials 2010

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James Poniewozik

Every year, viewers look forward to watching the commercials during the Super Bowl just as much – if not more – than the big game. Companies shelled out $2.6 million for each 30-second slot, with some ads impressing TV critic James Poniewozik more than others. See how he grades the commercials of Super Bowl XLIV.


Filed under: Super Bowl
February 8th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

What is involuntary manslaughter?

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Beth Karas and Ann O'Neill

To prove involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors will have to convince jurors that Michael Jackson's doctor took risks he shouldn't have - and that other doctors wouldn't have, legal experts say.

"It's not the same as malpractice," said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School. To prove a physician's actions are criminally negligent, she added, "it has to be really extreme for no good reason."

Jackson, 50, died on June 25 after Dr. Conrad Murray gave him several prescription medications over the course of a sleepless night, according to court records.

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Filed under: Michael Jackson
February 8th, 2010
04:37 PM ET

Congressman, combat veteran Murtha dead at 77

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Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a longtime fixture on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending, died after complications from gallbladder surgery, according to his office. He was 77.

The Democratic congressman recently underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove his gallbladder.

Murtha was hospitalized in December and had to postpone a hearing with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the administration's strategy in Afghanistan. The congressman returned to work after a few days in the hospital and helped oversee final passage of the 2010 defense appropriations bill.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Democrats • Military • Robert Gates
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