March 4th, 2010
11:47 PM ET

10 Questions: Lauren Bush on compassionate fashion

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David Puente
AC360° Producer

A cross between the AC360° series "What's Next" and The Proust questionnaire, AC360° Producer David Puente asks newsmakers his own set of questions. If in The Proust Questionnaire – named for the writer Marcel Proust who popularized it – the individual responding reveals his or her true nature, then in this questionnaire we'll learn about the individual and about "what's next" in the coming century.


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Lauren Bush
Fashion Designer

As she visits stores across America this month to promote her fashion collaboration with African women, designer Lauren Bush takes some time to ponder the role of powerful dynasties, stylish First Ladies and the gadget that will make a man sexy in the future.

The niece of former President George W. Bush, and granddaughter, of former President George H. W. Bush, is hands-on when it comes to business, she hand-writes the labels for her very personal women’s ready-to-wear line herself. The dresses, on sale in Barneys nationwide, are part of her "Lauren Pierce" collection. They're made of fabrics hand-dyed by women in the war-torn Democratic Congo. Bush says she named the line “Lauren Pierce” not because she wanted to downplay her last name, but rather because Pierce is her brother's name and also the maiden name of her grandmother, Barbara Bush, a descendant of President Franklin Pierce. Take a look at some of her work here www.lauren-pierce.com.

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1. Family dynasties often rule in Washington – why not as much in fashion? Politics and fashion aren’t necessarily congruent.


Filed under: David Puente • What's Next
March 4th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Pentagon Shooting: Join the AC360° Live Chat

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We're following breaking news at the Pentagon where a man has opened fire and wounded two police officers. The police fired back critically wounding the suspect. We'll have the latest developments. Plus, killer waves hit a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. How did it happen? Could the captain and crew see the danger?

Want to know what else 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:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog • T1
March 4th, 2010
09:23 PM ET

Your Taco, deconstructed

Good Blog

Examining the ingredients in a taco paints a picture of the globalization of our food production network.

Look closely enough at anything and you can start to see the sum of its parts. Even, for instance, a single taco, which, when examined recently by a group of architecture students, became a window into the complexities of globalization. The assignment was part of URBANlab, a program of The California College of the Arts that took place under the guidance of landscape architect David Fletcher and members of the art and design studio Rebar.

The goal was to map the local “tacoshed,” which, much like a watershed, establishes the geographical boundaries of a taco’s origins—the source of everything from the corn in the tortilla to the tomatoes in the salsa.

The taco the group deconstructed was from Juan’s Taco Truck in the city’s Mission District, where every ingredient had been purchased from either Costco or Restaurant Depot, and had been chosen because it was the absolute most economical option possible—making it the taco most people are likely to eat.

By thoroughly understanding what it takes to make a taco, the class hoped to become “better able to propose and design a speculative model of a holistic and sustainable urban future.” The final product is a surprisingly useful microcosm of the industrial food system and its “richly complex network of systems, flows, and ecologies.” According to the class findings, within a single taco, the ingredients had traveled a total of 64,000 miles, or just over two and a half times the circumference of the earth.

Learn more about the project here....

March 4th, 2010
09:21 PM ET

Leaked RNC presentation

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Peter Hamby and Mark Preston
CNN Political Unit

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Thursday condemned a now-public internal party document that mocks GOP donors, but he would not say if disciplinary action is being taken against the official who created the presentation.

The powerpoint presentation, leaked to Politico on Wednesday, described high-level Republican donors as "ego-driven" and claimed they could be enticed with "tchochkes." The document included a slide – titled "The Evil Empire" – with cartoonish images depicting President Obama as the Joker, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Cruella DeVille and Harry Reid as Scooby Doo. Steele called the pictures "unfortunate."

Take a look at the entire presentation, obtained by Politico, here...

Filed under: Raw Politics • Republicans
March 4th, 2010
09:18 PM ET

Raw Data: Top self-funders for the 2010 Election

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Senate Candidates:

  • Steve Pagliuca (D-MA) $7,760,880
  • Linda McMahon (R-CT) $6,525,602
  • John Sharp (D-TX) $3,138,204
  • Carly Fiorina (R-CA) $2,511,580
  • Thomas D Ganley (R-OH) $1,559,617
  • William H Binnie (R-NH) $1,332,795
  • Bill White (D-TX) $1,330,240
  • John Gregory Chachas (R-NV) $1,320,000
  • David Hoffman (D-IL) $1,000,000
  • Wiens, Thomas J (R-CO) $641,250
  • House Candidates:

    1. Joan Buchanan (D-CA District 10) $1,111,635
    2. Douglas Arthur Pike (D-PA District 06) $962,247
    3. Steven D Welch (R-PA District 07) $658,913
    4. Randy Altschuler (R-NY District 01) $650,000
    5. Tim D'Annunzio (R-NC District 08) $553,565
    6. Suzan DelBene (D-WA District 08) $509,033
    7. Matt Doheny (R-NY District 23) $500,000
    8. James K McKelvey (R-VA District 05) $500,000
    9. Richard Cronkhite Green (R-IL District 10) $456,222
    10. Brad Goehring (R-CA District 11) $450,000
    11. William Flores (R-TX District 17) $415,669

    Filed under: 360º Follow • Raw Politics
    March 4th, 2010
    09:10 PM ET

    Why we protest education cuts

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    Doug Singsen
    Special to CNN

    Today, in California and other states across the nation, students, teachers, faculty and workers have been protesting, striking, walking out of classes and staging sit-ins and teach-ins. They are protesting budget cuts, tuition hikes, compensation reductions, layoffs and privatizations affecting public K-12 schools and universities.

    This afternoon, I'll be heading to Gov. David Paterson's office in Manhattan, where our local protest will be held. We're expecting at least 500 people and are hoping for more.

    Why? We believe that actions like these - across the country - are necessary to communicate to the politicians overseeing these cuts that we will not stand by while our public education system is being gutted.

    Keep reading...

    Filed under: Education
    March 4th, 2010
    06:32 PM ET

    Evening Buzz: How Safe is Your Food?

    Maureen Miller
    AC360° Writer

    A Department of Agriculture veterinarian alleges officials at the agency failed to act on reports of illegal and unsafe slaughterhouse practices and just didn't want to deal with the trouble.

    "They said there was no way that I could have seen what I actually did see. In the end, they told me I either had to transfer or I would be terminated. I was told to immediately leave the plant, to never come back, " Dr. Dean Wyatt testified on Capitol Hill today about one such incident.

    Wyatt said he saw clear violations of food safety violations, such as butchering of calves that were too weak or sick to stand.

    When meat from sick animals gets in the food supply that's how you can get sick. Food-borne illnesses cost the U.S. $152 billion a year, according to a new study released today by a former Food and Drug Administration economist.

    The research suggests 76 million food-related illnesses each year, leading to 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.

    Tonight on the program, we'll dig deeper on this threat. Anderson is talking with Robert Kenner, director of the eye-opening documentary "Food, Inc." Kenner reveals how your food makes it to the supermarket and what he shares may just kill your appetite. Anderson will also talk with Top Chef's Tom Colicchio for tips on eating well without hurting your wallet.

    We also have an exclusive report tonight that reveals the secrets of the anthrax suspect. You'll hear from the addiction counselor of Bruce Ivins. As you may remember, Ivins was suspected of being the man behind the deadly anthrax mailing is in the days after the 9/11 attacks. Ivins took his own life in July 2008 just as the FBI was closing in and about to indict him. Ivins was a microbiologist at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Ivins' counselor says he had problems with vodka and pill. Tonight, the counselor reveals shocking details on Ivins state of mind in those days leading up to him killing himself.

    We will also continue our special series "Cost of Entry". As we've been reporting, the Center for Responsive Politics says 237 members of congress are millionaires. That's 44 percent of both houses and a few are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But not every representative is rolling in dough. We'll introduce you to a Congressman who's saving cash by sleeping in his office on a cot. He has his supporters, but some question whether it's all a stunt. We'll let you be the judge.

    Join us for these stories and more at 10 p.m. ET. See you then!

    Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
    March 4th, 2010
    04:28 PM ET

    Beat 360° 3/4/10

    UPDATE: We never chose a winner last night, so we're sticking with this one because, frankly, it's too good to go to waste. We still have your submissions from yesterday, but keep them coming!!

    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:

    Shorty Award Host Rick Sanchez with Shorty Award winner Sesame Street's Grover at the 2nd Annual Shorty Awards, March 3, 2010 at the TheTimesCenter in the New York Times Tower.

    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:


    Marshall Arbitman

    "Hey! Don't Taze me, Grove!"


    Colleen B.

    "I blame Sesame Street! They never taught me the Metric system!"

    _________________________________________________________________________________ Beat 360° Challenge

    Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
    March 4th, 2010
    03:52 PM ET

    Financial Dispatch: Jobs numbers take center stage

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    Andrew Torgan
    CNN Financial News Producer

    New claims for jobless benefits fell last week - another sign that layoffs may be easing as the economy slowly recovers. This comes on the heels if two reports out Wednesday that showed the pace of job cuts continued to slow last month, and ahead of Friday’s all-important February employment report.

    The Labor Dept. says that initial claims for unemployment insurance fell by 29,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 469,000 in the week ended Feb. 27.

    In addition, the number of people continuing to claim jobless benefits fell by 134,000 to 4.5 million in the week ended Feb. 20, the most recent data available.

    But continuing claims only reflect people filing each week after their initial claim until the end of their standard benefits, which usually last 26 weeks. The figures do not include those people who have moved to state or federal extensions, or people whose benefits have expired.


    Filed under: Andrew Torgan • Economy • Finance • Job Market • Unemployment
    March 4th, 2010
    03:33 PM ET
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