Robert A. Kaufman
Special to CNN
Ninety-seven nations will march in Vancouver tonight at the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Winter Olympic Games. Turn on your TV. Watch and cheer.
Cheer for the sportsmanship and spirit shown at this highest level of competition among the world's nations.
A fine example of this sportsmanship happened four years ago, when a ski pole, a race in Italy and maple syrup came together. It started when Norwegian cross-country ski coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen performed an extraordinary act.
On February 14, 2006, Canadian cross-country skier Sara Renner began the women's team sprint competition in Turin with something to prove. After having placed no higher than eighth in four events at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, Renner was determined to improve her performance in Turin. But in the middle of the final heat, something terrible happened. One of her ski poles broke.
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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN
There's (still) something about Sarah.
What is it about Sarah Palin - former mayor, governor, GOP vice-presidential candidate - that drives so many Americans, supporters and critics so far around the bend?
Love her or hate her, you can't ignore her. Palin won't let you. And neither will your curiosity. You want to know what she's going to do next. What does she want? Will she run or won't she? What's her angle? Is she going back into politics or she is content to build a platform for herself outside of politics?
This much is certain: Palin should be really grateful - for her critics, especially those in academia and the media.
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AC360° Associate Producer
It’s been one month since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. It lasted only 35 seconds but devastated the already impoverished nation. Anderson and Dr. Sanjay Gupta have been there all week reporting on how Haitians are finding relief, how aid is trickling in an what the government is doing to help its people.
We’re continuing our series tonight on who broke Haiti. Even before the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck nearly a month ago, the country faced enormous challenges. Decades of corruption, greed and inconsistent leadership contributed to an impoverished nation. Despite direct investment from around the world, hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled to the country vanished over the course of a number of years.
Tonight Randi Kaye reports on John Bertrand Aristide, also known as the “Little Priest,” who promised to be a champion for the poor people of Haiti, but in the end he was run out of his own country. He lives in exile today and is accused of embezzling millions of dollars from the nation that entrusted him. Others allege he was involved in drug trafficking and arming street gangs to kill off his opponents. Did Aristide help ‘break’ Haiti? Randi looks into his controversial reign.
Reporter's Note: President Obama is trying to get both major parties to sit down in front of TV cameras to talk over their differences on health care. It’s not at all clear how that will turn out. It is, however, quite clear that I’ll be talking about the idea at some length in my daily, often imitated but never equaled, letters to the White House.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Dear Mr. President,
Here is an idea that I’ve had for a while: If you are trying to sell your house and someone offers you a hundred dollars, if you even enter a discussion with them you have already lost the negotiation. Because you are giving credence to the idea that by some elaborate stretch of the imagination this is an actual offer as opposed to an absurdity.
Kids understand this instinctively. It’s like their natural grasp of texting. They know that when they propose some outlandish alternative to what their parents want, if they can simply get Mom and Dad into the discussion they have won a valuable concession.
“Go to bed.”
“How about this? I’ll finish watching this show, then check my e-mail, then post some pictures on Facebook, and then go to bed.”
“Ok. Then I’ll just finish watching the show, ok?”
“That’s more like it.”
Editor's Note: We heard from a lot of you who wrote in to thank Anderson and CNN for going back to Haiti. Many of you want to know why there are so many orphanages in Haiti - even before the earthquake.
Why should there be orphanages in poor countries when there are no orphanages in more prosperous countries? In the USA earlier last century orphanages existed, there were even orphanage trains bringing children west and along the way the kids were dropped off to be adopted. But since it was determined that kids do far better with families who care for them, the orphanages were closed, and the missionaries lost all their kids. if a child has no relatives, why shouldn’t ANY child be placed in a loving home?
I would like to thank you for a phenomenal work that you are doing in Haiti. Thanks a million. God bless.
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