March 5th, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Video: Knowing the anthrax killer

Joe Johns | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

CNN's Joe Johns interviews an addiction counselor who knows the inside of Dr. Bruce Ivins' mind.

Filed under: Joe Johns • Terrorism
March 5th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Dear President Obama #410: How much will health care cost me?

Reporter's Note: President Obama is steaming toward the finish line with health care reform. I am steaming forward with my letters to the White House. One every day.

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

I was chasing my dog around the family room early this morning playing our much beloved game of “Who has the tennis ball?” (sure, it sounds simple, but for her it’s like Monopoly) and suddenly I sat down on the carpet, stunned by a realization. Or perhaps it was because I had just whacked my head on the coffee table. Nonetheless, I was struck by the simple realization that I really do not know what your health care plan will cost me.

Honestly. I’ve studied it more than most ordinary voters. I’ve talked to experts. I’ve gone over the stats with a calculator. I’ve even boiled pots of herbs, and inhaled the vapors beneath a full moon, waiting for a revelation. No such luck.

You have told us plenty of times that it will reduce the deficit after ten years. But that’s an assessment of what it will do to or for the federal budget, not my own. For example, if a town wanted to build a ten million dollar road and it just increased property taxes and tolls by ten million dollars to pay for it; or if the new road saved ten million dollars in repairs to the old roads; that measure would be deficit neutral. But voters might see a profound impact on their personal deficits, if you know what I mean.


March 5th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Keeping our food safe

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to "Food Inc." director Robert Kenner about the safety of our food.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Food crisis
March 5th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Morning Buzz: An about face for the Obama Administration?

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

White House advisers are considering recommending alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be tried in a military court, not a civilian one in New York, a senior administration official confirmed today. This is a 180-degree move for the Obama administration, which has consistently insisted that trying Mohammed in a civilian court would be a powerful symbol of U.S. rule of law. So why they change?

And if you watched our report last night you know that there was a shooting at the Pentagon yesterday evening. The gunman who wounded two Pentagon police officers has now died. John Patrick Bedell, a 36-year-old from Hollister, Calif., coolly and calmly approached the screening area outside the Pentagon Thursday evening and opened fire, grazing two Pentagon police officers before they returned fire. We’re learning new details about Bedell today. He apparently had a blog and a website. So what was his motive?

We’re also looking at new unemployment numbers released today. Although the unemployment rate held steady in February, the U.S. economy is still shedding jobs, according to a government report released today. The Labor Department said the economy lost 36,000 jobs in the month, fewer than the 68,000 jobs economists were expecting. How are things in your neighborhood? Are people still losing jobs or have you noticed any kind of improvement?


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
March 5th, 2010
06:34 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 3/4/10

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, many of you wrote in to comment on our reports on the food industry. We also heard from many of you about the leaded RNC presentation and health care reform. What do you think?


What the story on the Republican fundraising document did for me was have me step outside my box of not contributing to political parties and immediately send a donation to the Democrats.


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