February 18th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Why can’t we all just get along?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

This week we're looking at Republicans under fire from their fellow Republicans – for not being conservative enough. The Tea Partiers are a driving force behind this backlash. And anti-incumbent fever appears to be at a record high.

Today, the power players of the conservative movement gather for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Do recent election wins and unexpected Democrat retirements in Congress give them a new found wind at their backs? What kind of pressure is this group feeling from the Tea Party movement? Has it become Tea Party vs. Conservatives vs. Republicans? Are these groups on the same page and can the two groups align their goals? Candy Crowley reports from the conference.

Randi Kaye will also profile one Tea Party activist who is attending CPAC for the first time. Can the Republican Party appeal to members of this growing movement? A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released yesterday indicates that Tea Party activists would vote overwhelmingly Republican in a two-party race for Congress. The party’s GOP leanings may pose a problem for the Tea Party movement if it tries to turn itself into a third party to compete with the two major parties in this year’s general election.


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
February 18th, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Video: Crist not Republican enough?

Randi Kaye | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: Randi Kaye • Republicans • Tea Party
February 18th, 2010
10:12 AM ET

Dear President Obama #395: Toyota troubles

Reporter's Note: President Obama is no doubt watching the gathering storm of voter anger over politics in DC. After all the snow we’ve had, however, you’d think the Cap crowd would be ready for anything. Who knows? I just know that I’m ready with another letter to the White House.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

We were having a discussion around the newsroom about Toyota’s problems; all the concerns about brakes, and steering, and cars that need fixing and on and on it goes. I suspect the guy in charge of Toyota is one of the few presidents feeling more heat than you are right now. Ha! Anyway, someone suggested a notion that went sort of like this, “Hey, companies make mistakes sometimes. Sometimes it costs them a lot of money. Does anyone really care?”

My position is, yes…a lot of people care. We care because we live in our cars. We care because Toyotas have been outrageously popular, and we’ve bought them like popcorn specifically because we’ve been led to believe they are safe, reliable, and economical. We care because through work, weekends, soccer leagues, book clubs, late night runs for pizza and early morning dashes for coffee, we rely constantly on our automobiles to be there for us.

But it is more than that. I think many Americans can’t help but feel like Toyota effectively violated something of a social contract…and we’ve seen too much of that kind of action in recent years.


February 18th, 2010
08:25 AM ET

Video: Second Taliban leader captured

David Gergen | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Filed under: David Gergen • Taliban
February 18th, 2010
06:27 AM ET
February 18th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 2/17/10

Editor's Note: We're still receiving comments from many of you who want to thank  Anderson and CNN for going back to report from Haiti. Some of you asked what the eight missionaries released from Haiti will do next.


Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy watching CNN especially ac360. I think Anderson Cooper is a very compassionate person. I loved the coverage on Haiti is heart-warming. Keep up the good work.

I'm curious if the 8 people released will file suit against Laura Silby for reasons that they had no idea about Ms. Silby's plan?

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