February 12th, 2010
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/12/10

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Tonight on 360°, faith and hope in Haiti on the one month anniversary of the quake. Plus, new starling details about the legal team for the Americans accused of kidnapping Haitian children and the day's other headlines.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
February 12th, 2010
08:56 PM ET

Video: Cooper's reporter's notebook

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti
February 12th, 2010
05:41 PM ET

Follow Anderson's tweets from Haiti

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AC360° Anchor

@andersoncooper: From ac: went to an orphanage today where they seem to do a really good job caring for kids. 106 kids there, 70 percent have disabilities..

@andersoncooper: From ac: a lot of american missionaries working there with haitians to care for the kids. Doing it all legally. It was really great to see

@andersoncooper: From ac: all the kids there had been abandoned by families...some of the kids were terminally ill, but being cared for with love.

@andersoncooper: From ac: all the kids there had been abandoned by families...some of the kids were terminally ill, but being cared for with love.

@andersoncooper: From ac: its called the Mercy and Sharing Orphanage, just outside port au prince.

Follow all of Anderson's tweets here...

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake
February 12th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Fact Check: The influence of independent voters

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Diana Holden

John Avlon, author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America," railed this week on CNN against partisans on the far right and far left "that are always trying to divide rather than unite us."

He said on CNN's "American Morning" on Friday that "they really have developed a disproportionate influence over our politics that ends up drowning out most folks in the middle." He continued, "If independents could realize that there are more independents than Democrats or Republicans, I think we could help bring politics back to the center."

Fact Check: Are there more independent voters than Democrats or Republicans?
How do they influence elections?
- The CNN Fact Check Desk combed through a CNN poll to find the answer.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Raw Politics • Voting • Voting issues
February 12th, 2010
05:18 PM ET

Raw Data: Latest Haiti details from the World Food Programme

Editor’s Note: The World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering with the Haitian government to roll out an urgent early recovery strategy for the millions affected by the disaster. The goal is to use food and cash to empower local populations to rebuild their lives. Don’t miss AC360° for more on the WFP strategy and how the organization plans to accomplish its goals. AC360° 10 p.m. ET.

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World Food Programme

• WFP has provided emergency food assistance to more than two million Haitians since the January 12 earthquake. More than one million of these people have received food through a scaled up distribution of rice rations that began on 31 January.

• WFP has set up 16 fixed distribution sites in Port-au-Prince and introduced a coupon system to ramp up efforts to get food out.

• In and around the badly-hit town of Leogane, WFP has provided food assistance including high energy biscuits, ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and dry rations, to more than 80,000 people.

• In Jacmel, WFP is providing hot meals at 40 different sites to more than 28,000 people every day. We are also providing daily meals to more than 3,000 children in this area.


February 12th, 2010
04:34 PM ET

UN Situation Report for Haiti



According to the latest UN-OCHA Haiti Situation report, the first commercial flights at Port-au-Prince’s airport will take place on February, 19th, a week from today. A few commercial cargo flights have already started operating at the airport.


The UN Camp Coordination and Camp Management cluster (CCCM) has identified 19 priority settlement sites for decongestion. The total estimated number of people living in these locations is 180,000. The CCCM will be working with these populations to move them to organized settlements in periphery locations. This relocation will be on a voluntary basis.


February 12th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

It's been one month, but here it feels much longer

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Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

It's been one month.

"Is it better?" That's what most people ask, and of course, it is. It's not good though, by any stretch of the imagination, it's not acceptable even, but it is technically better. That's not saying much though. It could not have gotten any worse.

A lot of people who haven't been here probably think what happened is old news. I know people aren't as interested in hearing about it as much anymore. That always happens, but it's hard to accept. Haitians, of course, are used to it. They are used to people losing interest in their plight, this time they had hoped it would be different.

It may feel like this is a month-old tragedy, but here, on the ground, each day, it feels brand new: new struggles, new setbacks, new deaths, new horrors.

Charlie, my producer, and Neil, my cameraman, and I have been here three weeks out of the four. The week I was gone, all I wanted to do was get back here. Here nothing is wasted. Nothing is fake. People look each other in the eye. They clasp your hand hard. Everything has been stripped away, gutted.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake • Opinion
February 12th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

The President's snow patrol

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

I skied to work this week; strapping on my cross country planks and forging through about three miles of drifts to reach the Metro station. Much of the way I was on major roadways which, while a stiff challenge for cars, were passable enough for a determined soul. But when I made the return trip after midnight, with the wind whipping and the roads deserted; well, let’s just say it was a tad more dramatic.

That is much the same situation that President Obama faces these days. Having set out a year ago with overwhelming confidence into the storm of DC politics, he has watched the drifts of opposition inside and outside of his party pile up. The winds of public opinion, which once blew so favorably for him, have shifted. And he’s felt the bitter cold that all reformers face when they realize that DC, as a whole, has little interest in change of any sort.

So the paths he launched upon with conviction have become muddled. He was going to hold the Wall Street fat cats accountable; no more big bonuses in the wake of tax payer bailouts. Now, his tone is more muted. This is capitalism, after all.


Filed under: Opinion • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics • Tom Foreman
February 12th, 2010
11:20 AM ET

Video: Haitians want orphans to stay

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Anderson Cooper reports on an orphanage caring for children with disabilities that believes kids should stay in Haiti.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti • Haiti Earthquake
February 12th, 2010
11:16 AM ET

Video: Bill Clinton's busy schedule

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AC360° Anchor

CNN's Anderson Cooper and his panel discuss Bill Clinton's busy schedule and whether he is able to slow down.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
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