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April 8th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

“Survivor” producer held in connection with wife’s death

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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A producer for the long-running reality television show “Survivor” is being held in Cancun in connection with the death of his wife, authorities said.

Adrian Cardena, spokesman for the regional police confirmed to CNN that Bruce Beresford-Redman has been named a suspect in the death of Monica Beresford-Redman.

Cardena also told CNN the body of the 42-year-old American was found this morning on the grounds of the Hotel Moon Palace where the couple was reportedly staying with their two children.

Reached for comment, Gregory Segas, the principal officer for the u.s. consulate in Merida, told CNN “we are working closely with the family and the police.”

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
April 8th, 2010
02:45 PM ET

Tea Party Express to rally against Michigan's Stupak

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, center, gained attention for his role in helping House Democrats pass health care legislation.

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, center, gained attention for his role in helping House Democrats pass health care legislation.

Dana Bash | BIO
Paul Steinhauser
CNN Political Unit

The Tea Party Express is predicting large crowds for five events Thursday and Friday aimed at unseating U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan.

The events are being held in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which is part of the Democrat's large and rural First Congressional District.

The rallies come as sources said the top two House Democrats called Stupak to urge him to stay in Congress. A Stupak spokeswoman didn't confirm or deny rumors that the lawmaker is considering retiring from Congress.

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Filed under: Democrats • Harry Reid • Tea Party
April 8th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Could teaching sex ed get teachers arrested? One DA says yes

A district attorney in Juneau County, Wisconsin is threatening to arrest teachers who teach state mandated sexual education.

A district attorney in Juneau County, Wisconsin is threatening to arrest teachers who teach state mandated sexual education.

Mallory Simon
CNN News Blog

A district attorney in Juneau County, Wisconsin, warned teachers in a memo sent to schools that if they teach the new sexual education curriculum mandated under state law, they could be arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Because the law requires teachers to instruct children not only about contraceptives but about how to use them, Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth said, schools are forced to encourage students to "engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender."

And since minors can't legally have sex in Wisconsin, teachers would essentially be endorsing the behavior and could be held liable, Southworth said in the letter.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Education
April 8th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

GOP gathering a 'jump-start' to 2012 race

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's showing at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference will be closely watched.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's showing at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference will be closely watched.

Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

Nearly 4,000 GOP insiders are descending Thursday on New Orleans for the start of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, thought by many to be the unofficial kickoff to the 2012 presidential cycle.

Along with speeches from party leaders, the conference's agenda includes strategy sessions and even a GOP-themed film festival - not to mention behind-the-scenes networking and a sampling of the city's abundant food and drink. The conference is taking place just steps from Bourbon Street.

The Republican National Committee and Republican Governors Association, eager to fill their coffers in a midterm election year, also are holding fundraisers to piggyback off the gathering, which takes place every four years.

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Filed under: New Orleans • Republicans • Sarah Palin
April 8th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Obama's nuclear posture: Right for these times

Perkovich: Obama's new nuclear policy shows he's serious about leading on nonproliferation.

Perkovich: Obama's new nuclear policy shows he's serious about leading on nonproliferation.

George Perkovich
Special to CNN

America's new nuclear weapons posture, released yesterday by the Obama administration, gives much-needed momentum to the nuclear agenda President Obama set out in Prague last year.

It is in the longterm interest of the United States to move towards a world free of nuclear weapons, the only things that can immediately threaten the very existence of the country.

The new Nuclear Policy Review better reflects the realities of the world than previous ones and will help guide U.S. policy for the next five years. It also extends a process that started under the Bush administration –President George W. Bush also sought to reduce the role of nuclear weapons, though he didn't get credit for it.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Nuclear Weapons
April 8th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Now to explain the party favors

Citibank executives are testifying in front of Congress today.

Citibank executives are testifying in front of Congress today.

Andrew Ross Sorkin
New York Times

On Thursday, two of the biggest — and among the most tarnished — names on Wall Street will testify in front of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in Washington: Charles O. Prince III, the former chairman and chief executive of Citigroup, and Robert E. Rubin, a former top adviser and director of the bank. On the watch of these men, Citigroup lost more money than almost any company in history, requiring an extraordinary government bailout.

There are, of course, many important questions for the commissioners to ask these men about how and why the bank filled its balance sheet with so many bad subprime loans, taking on enough risk to nearly topple the system.

But there is one small question, not so obvious, that has been crying out for an answer for years, and it has nothing to do with exoticisms like C.D.O.’s or C.D.S.’s. Instead, this question is about incentives and compensation on Wall Street and a mind-set — a group-think really — that pervaded not just Citigroup but the entire industry.

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Filed under: Citigroup • Finance • Wall St.
April 8th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Nuclear terrorism is most urgent threat

Plame says nations need to reduce nuclear arsenals and tightly control materials.

Plame says nations need to reduce nuclear arsenals and tightly control materials.

Valerie Plame Wilson
Special to CNN

The story of how I became a national figure in the media is widely known, but few people know what I actually did for the CIA.

I was a covert operations officer specializing in nuclear counter proliferation - essentially, making sure the bad guys didn't get the bomb.

My job was to create and run operations that sought to peer into the procurement networks and acquisition chains of rogue nations. It was intense, tactical, creative and demanding. I believed that there was no more important work to be done.

I resigned from the CIA in 2006 because it was no longer possible to do the covert work for which I was highly trained and which I loved. This happened because in 2003, my covert identity was revealed in retaliation against my husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, who wrote an op-ed piece in which he accused the White House of distorting the intelligence that was used to draw us into the Iraq war.

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Filed under: Nuclear Weapons
April 8th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Why my mom won't watch Tiger Woods

Coyne says Tiger's fall from grace may keep other weekend TV fans away from Masters.

Coyne says Tiger's fall from grace may keep other weekend TV fans away from Masters.

Tom Coyne
Special to CNN

Tiger Woods finally tees it up this week at the Masters, but something about his return to golf doesn't feel quite complete. He has been apologizing in earnest and in abundance. On Monday, it was to the other players. Earlier, it was to his friends, fans, family, agents, Nike, his caddy, his golf ball, etc.

For the most part, everyone he's apologized to he's made silly rich, so does he really owe them an "I'm sorry?" But before Tiger goes and wins another green jacket this week (which I hope he does, and believe he can), he owes an apology to my mom.

People like my mother, the casual or non-golfing golf fan looking for someone to root for at the Masters, may be lost to him now because of his headline pastimes.

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Filed under: Tiger Woods
April 8th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

It's folly not to update nuclear arsenal

William Tobey: In reality, Obama's new nuclear arms strategy not very new or different.

William Tobey: In reality, Obama's new nuclear arms strategy not very new or different.

William Tobey
Special to CNN

Presidents are extremely reluctant to limit their freedom to act before circumstances force them to make choices. "I'm not going to answer hypothetical questions" is often heard from the presidential podium.

Why then would President Obama seemingly limit his own options to defend American security by accepting limits on employment of U.S. forces in his newly released Nuclear Posture Review? The answer is he has not, because, in reality, not much has changed.

But one area where the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review might have a meaningful effect - and a deleterious one - is in improving the safety, security, and reliability of our nuclear stockpile. The new policy states flatly, "The United States will not develop new nuclear warheads." It anticipates programs to extend the life of existing warheads, but that work will not include new designs.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Nuclear Weapons
April 8th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

Video: Tiger Woods' deceased father in Nike ad

Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

CNN's Anderson Cooper and Lisa Bloom discuss an ad put out by Nike, using Tiger Woods' deceased father's voice.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Lisa Bloom • Tiger Woods
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