April 6th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Bad timing for GOP: Steele's faux pas and RNC meltdown

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Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Given all external indicators, the GOP hierarchy should be having a pretty good time right about now.

President Obama's health care plan is still unpopular. The public views Republicans as better able to deal with the messy economy. Polls show that, by a slim margin, voters prefer Republicans to Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

What could go wrong?

For starters, how about a meltdown over at the Republican National Committee?

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Filed under: Gloria Borger • Raw Politics • Republicans
April 6th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Video: Sex, drugs and the politics of clean needles

Elizabeth Pisani
Special to CNN

"We will restore science to its rightful place."

When those words came out of President Obama's mouth during his inaugural speech, public health nerds such as myself rejoiced heartily. We believe that policy, especially health policy, should be based on scientific evidence. Funny, then, that we ignore this important piece of evidence: When scientific facts go up against moral ideologies, ideology usually wins.

I've worked for more than a decade in the field of HIV prevention. That means working with sex and drugs - two areas where there is no shortage of good science, and an abundance of ideology.

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April 6th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

Massey Energy stock sinks 11% after mine explosion

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Julianne Pepitone
CNN Money

Shares of Massey Energy plunged more than 8% Tuesday, one day after an explosion at one of the company's coal mines in West Virginia killed at least 25 workers and left 4 missing.

The blast took place at the Upper Big Branch Mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston, during a shift change Monday afternoon.

Massey (MEE) stock was down 11% at 1:15 p.m. ET Tuesday. Still, the company's shares are up almost 20% year-to-date. Massey's headquarters are in Richmond, and the company operates 44 mines, making it the fourth largest coal company in the U.S.

The cause of the explosion, the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 25 years, was unknown Tuesday.

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April 6th, 2010
01:52 PM ET
April 6th, 2010
12:20 PM ET

Video: Relocating people in Haiti

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti Earthquake • Sean Penn
April 6th, 2010
11:55 AM ET

Video: 'One of a kind'

John Roberts | BIO
Anchor, American Morning

Filed under: John Roberts • Mine Blast
April 6th, 2010
11:52 AM ET

Sudan can rid world of a horrible disease

President Jimmy Carter
Special to CNN

Oppressed by war and poverty for generations, the Sudanese have struggled with terrible hardships. But the people of this vast country have a narrow window of hope to achieve progress by ridding both their nation and the world of a horrible disease forever.

With support from The Carter Center and others in one small targeted area where cases remain, Sudan - the last stand for Guinea worm disease - could quickly eliminate this parasitic infection contracted from contaminated drinking water.

Guinea worm victims endure the horror of a thin worm, up to 3 feet (1 meter) long, emerging slowly through a burning blister in their skin over the course of about a month after the parasite has incubated inside them for a year. This can be stopped by educating people to filter all drinking water and to stay out of water sources when they have a worm emerging to keep it from discharging new larvae back into the water.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Global 360°
April 6th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

Video: What is long wall mining?

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Filed under: Mine Blast • Tom Foreman
April 6th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

New RNC scandal, old GOP arrogance

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Julian Zelizer
Special to CNN

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele might be reminding conservative activists of a past Republican leadership turned arrogant with power.

Under Michael Steele's leadership, the RNC has been accused of spending campaign funds on private jets, booze, limousines, five-star hotels, overseas resorts and a party donor's trip to a Hollywood bondage club.

Most conservatives will agree that these expenditures are a horrible waste of funds at a time when Republicans are hoping to enjoy sizable gains in the 2010 midterm elections.

After the devastating results of the 2006 and 2008 elections, conservatives were unexpectedly able to energize their followers as the Tea Party movement emerged and President Obama experienced first-year difficulties. Local Republican victories in gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey boosted the spirits of conservatives who feared Democrats might be on the verge of another New Deal.

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Filed under: Michael Steele • Republicans
April 6th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

Search for miners after deadly blast could take days

John Roberts | BIO
Anchor, American Morning

It could take up to two days to drill bore holes into a sprawling West Virginia coal mine, scene of a massive blast that left at least 25 miners dead, a mining official said Tuesday.

Bulldozers will be used to clear a path through the hills and bring in equipment to reach the affected part of the Upper Big Branch Mine, Kevin Stricklin of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said.

The holes will be drilled 1,200 feet down to help ventilate the mine and collect samples. Rescue crews early Tuesday halted their efforts to reach four miners still unaccounted for, as concentrations of methane and carbon monoxide posed a safety risk, Stricklin said.

"We're hoping to bulldoze our way up there today," he said. "And probably a good guesstimate would be about two days, to get the bore hole into the mine."

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