February 16th, 2010
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/16/09

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Tonight we’re putting what some are calling the Broken Congress under the microscope. We’re also continuing our look at Republicans under fire from their fellow Republicans–for not being Republican enough. And we bring you a story about troubled adopted children.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
February 16th, 2010
08:50 PM ET

CNN Fact Check: Open Senate races

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Diana Holden

On Monday, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, announced that he will not seek re-election this year. With Democrats defending five open seats and Republicans with six open seats in the Senate, the CNN Fact Check Desk wondered how this election measures up to the past.

Fact Check: How many open-seat races have there been in the Senate in the recent past?
- So far, there will be 11 open Senate races this year.

- According to Congressional Quarterly's (CQ) Online Press Library, since 1980, only two election years had more open races: 13 in 1996 and 12 in 1992. Those were the only years in the double digits.

- 2006, 1984 and 1982 had the smallest number of open races, at four each.

- The other years ranged between five and nine open races.

Bottom Line: The number of open Senate seats is unusually high this year. In the last 30 years, only the 1992 and 1996 elections had a higher number.

February 16th, 2010
07:51 PM ET

CNN Poll: Anti-incumbent fever at record high

Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

Only a third of U.S. voters think that most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected this year, according to a new national poll. That's the lowest number ever recorded for that question in a CNN survey.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, released Tuesday, indicates that only 34 percent feel that current federal lawmakers deserve re-election, with 63 percent saying no.

According to the survey, 51 percent feel their member of Congress should be re-elected – also an all-time low in CNN polling – while 44 percent say their representative doesn't deserve to be returned to office in November.


February 16th, 2010
07:38 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Is Congress Broken?

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Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight we’re putting what some are calling the Broken Congress under the microscope. New CNN polling shows just one-third of people surveyed say most members of Congress deserve another term. Translation: Americans want some heads to roll on Capitol Hill. On the other hand, 51 percent of those surveyed also think their own lawmakers should be re-elected. However contradictory those responses may be, one thing is certain: A lot of people are fed up with lawmakers in Washington and the gridlock that seems to have paralyzed progress. Is the level of anger we’re seeing unprecedented? What specifically is fueling it? And what does it mean for the midterm elections? We’re digging deeper.

We’re also continuing our look at Republicans under fire from their fellow Republicans–for not being Republican enough. The tea partiers are a driving force behind this backlash. Tonight we’ll hear from Texas Representative Ron Paul and his son Rand Paul. Rand is running for the Republican nomination to replace the retiring Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning. But he’s also running against the GOP establishment, as a conservative and a tea party activist. Anderson interviews the father-son duo for their take on where Congress is headed and where the tea partiers fit in.


Filed under: Cate Vojdik • The Buzz
February 16th, 2010
06:39 PM ET

Ten fascinating people you've never heard of

John D. Sutter and Richard Galant

Jane McGonigal is one of the most interesting inventors you've never heard of.

The bubbly game designer - whose optimism seems to flow out of her wild blond hair - is trying to get the world to play a lot more online video games, and not just for the sake of fun.

The cooperative skills and hopefulness that people learn while pecking away at online games like World of Warcraft will help our society address real-world problems like climate change and nuclear arms proliferation, she says. To get people to use less oil and mentor entrepreneurs in Africa, she also is developing games that merge the digital and real worlds.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: Environmental issues • Internet
February 16th, 2010
06:38 PM ET

Dr. Jane Aronson's work with Worldwide Orphans Foundation

Program Note: Tune in tonight for Anderson's conversation with Jane Aronson in Haiti. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Dr. Jane Aronson
Worldwide Orphans Foundation

Dr. Jane Aronson is a board-certified general pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases specialist with a faculty appointment at the Weill Cornell Medical College as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She specializes in adoption medicine. She is also the Founder and CEO of Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), a not-for-profit organization that provides direct services to orphans abroad since 1997.

Go here to learn more about the work of WWO as well as Dr. Aronson's experiences working in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
February 16th, 2010
06:34 PM ET

Capture may be turning point in Taliban fight


The seizure of the Afghan Taliban's top military leader in Pakistan represents a turning point in the U.S.-led war against the militants, U.S. officials and analysts said.

The arrest of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar represents the most significant Taliban capture since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a senior Obama administration official said Tuesday.

Baradar has been a close associate of Osama bin Laden's and is seen as the No. 2 figure in the Afghan Taliban, behind Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: Osama bin Laden • Pakistan • Taliban
February 16th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Beat 360° 2/16/10

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:

U.S. President Barack Obama signs his name on a wall before speaking about creating new energy jobs during a visit to the jobs training center in Lanham, Maryland. (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:


Ed Henry

“Dear Evan,
Thanks for the potshot saying we haven’t created a job in six months – still bitter about not getting Biden’s slot? At least I’m not a quitter.


Chad Singer, Duluth, MN

"Lets see... X to the 4th power squared, times the sum of the deficit and the GDP... That should keep the budget office off my back for a few hours"

_________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
February 16th, 2010
05:49 PM ET

Vote now for the 360° Best in Show

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for voting for the Best in Show. The winner was Tom Foreman's dog, NOLA. Joey Gardner's dog, Sugar was the runner-up.

Editor's Note: The Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be announced tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Here at AC360°, we decided to do our own dog show and make you the judges. Check out 10 of the 360° dogs below. Vote for your favorite by leaving a comment with the name of the dog of your choice. We'll tally up the votes and tell you the winner - as well as the dog's owner - tonight at 10 p.m. ET.





Filed under: Behind The Scenes
February 16th, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Video: Tower view of Port-au-Prince

Neil Hallsworth
CNN Senior Photojournalist

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