April 13th, 2010
10:02 PM ET

Sarah Palin's Speaking Contract : Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, Sarah Palin's speaking contract. It's full of provisions spelling out what she requires when she shows up for speaking engagements. We've got the raw politics. Plus, comedian Chelsea Handler and more.

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:

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Live Blog • T1
April 13th, 2010
07:09 PM ET

Story of teen fugitive heading to big screen


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Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The most wanted teen in America may soon be coming to a theater near you. Variety reports that a Hollywood studio has purchased the rights to a book proposal based on the elusive Colton Harris-Moore. The 18-year-old, who has been suspected of stealing boats, cars and planes, has been on the run for several years. He has also become a folk hero to thousands of admirers and supporters.

According to Variety, the film will be produced by Rough House pictures and may be directed by “Pineapple Express” filmmaker David Gordon Green.

Harris-Moore’s saga may spell box office magic but authorities aren’t impressed with the story. They’ve been looking for the 6’5” teen since he disappeared from a halfway house.

A massive search for him was conducted last month on Orcas Island off Washington State. Police believed Harris-Moore was hiding out on the island. The manhunt failed to turn up any signs of Harris-Moore.

At the time, San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming urged him to surrender. “It’s time to stop and it is time to come in,” Cumming told CNN. “We just don’t want to see anyone hurt, and that certainly includes him.”

Harris-Moore has amassed a growing fan base on a Facebook tribute page. It lists more than 25,000 followers. Many of the entries encourage him to continue his life on the run. One recent post congratulated Harris-Moore by telling him “much love and respect man, you’re living my dream!!”

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
April 13th, 2010
06:24 PM ET

Interactive: Who will be the 2012 GOP Presidential candidate?

Find out who's on the shortlist, what they bring to the table, and what critics say could hurt them.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Dick Cheney • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin • Tim Pawlenty
April 13th, 2010
06:13 PM ET

Evening Buzz: State-Run Militias Needed?

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tea party leaders in Oklahoma and some conservative members of the state legislature are calling for the creation of a private volunteer militia because they say the federal government is overstepping its powers.

Tonight on 360°, Anderson will talk with one of the politicians who supports the plan. He's State Sen. Randy Brogdon, who is also running for governor. "The Second Amendment deals directly with the right of an individual to keep and bear arms to protect themselves from an overreaching federal government," Brogdon told the Associated Press.

A little history lesson: The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. It reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The Second Amendment is, of course, open to interpretation. The courts haven't definitively resolved what it protects. There's also the ongoing battle over state rights vs. federal powers.

There's another issue. 17 states have laws banning militias. Another 17, including Oklahoma, ban paramilitary training. Seven states ban both.

Critics of the proposal to form a private militia in Oklahoma say it could stoke extremism. They also say the National Guard already provides the state's military needs. There's also the question of how would the militia be organized and how would they even block federal mandates.

We'll dive into all of this and keep them honest.

Also tonight, comedian Chelsea Handler. She weighs in on Conan O'Brien's return to the late-night talk show war. And, Anderson puts her through a lightening round of questions.

Join us for all this and much more tonight at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
April 13th, 2010
05:48 PM ET

Rage on the right: Return of "Patriot" groups

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Southern Poverty Law Center

The radical right caught fire last year, as broad-based populist anger at political, demographic and economic changes in America ignited an explosion of new extremist groups and activism across the nation.

Hate groups stayed at record levels — almost 1,000 — despite the total collapse of the second largest neo-Nazi group in America. Furious anti-immigrant vigilante groups soared by nearly 80%, adding some 136 new groups during 2009. And, most remarkably of all, so-called "Patriot" groups — militias and other organizations that see the federal government as part of a plot to impose “one-world government” on liberty-loving Americans — came roaring back after years out of the limelight.

The anger seething across the American political landscape — over racial changes in the population, soaring public debt and the terrible economy, the bailouts of bankers and other elites, and an array of initiatives by the relatively liberal Obama Administration that are seen as "socialist" or even "fascist" — goes beyond the radical right. The "tea parties" and similar groups that have sprung up in recent months cannot fairly be considered extremist groups, but they are shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism.

“We are in the midst of one of the most significant right-wing populist rebellions in United States history,” Chip Berlet, a veteran analyst of the American radical right, wrote earlier this year. "We see around us a series of overlapping social and political movements populated by people [who are] angry, resentful, and full of anxiety. They are raging against the machinery of the federal bureaucracy and liberal government programs and policies including health care, reform of immigration and labor laws, abortion, and gay marriage."

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Filed under: 360° Radar
April 13th, 2010
05:15 PM ET

Tonight: Text 360

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Tonight at 10pm ET our political panel of David Gergen, Roland Martin, Ed Rollins, Candy Crowley, and John King will be on to talk Obama's approval rating and the future of the GOP. Do you have questions? Let us know!

Send us a text message with your question. Text AC360 (or 22360), and you might hear it on air!

Filed under: T1 • Text 360
April 13th, 2010
04:58 PM ET

Interactive Map: Find hate groups near you

Active U.S. Hate Groups from The Southern Poverty Law Center

All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.

This list was compiled using hate group publications and websites, citizen and law enforcement reports, field sources and news reports.

Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.

Filed under: 360° Radar
April 13th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

Beat 360° 4/13/10

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:

US President Barack Obama (R) greets the German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon his arrival for dinner during the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, April 12, 2010.

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:


A tie...

Gabe Falcon

"Ich bin ein bad haircut."

Gardner, Joey

"Release the Kraken!"


T.A., Detroit, MI

"Whew! As long as it's you, not Biden talking here! F bombs and nukes don't mix!"
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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
April 13th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Chelsea Handler on Bristol, Jessica, and Heidi

Program Note: Watch AC360° tonight at 10pm ET to see Anderson Cooper interview comedian Chelsea Handler, host of the late-night show "Chelsea Lately."

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Chelsea Handler.

Chelsea Handler
Host, E!'s "Chelsea Lately"

Chelsea on Bristol Palin's PSA

There is a new public service announcement starring Bristol Palin in which she denounces teen pregnancy yet again. I think it's great that she's making it really clear to the world and her baby that he was unwanted.

In the PSA, Palin ponders the question 'what if I didn't come from a famous family…and have all of their support?" To remind us who her family is (See: "I'm With Stupid"), it shows quick flashes of her incredibly glamorous life.

I guess the point is unless your mother is an idiot and your father is a snowmobile jockey, you should abstain.

She then makes it clear that without all of that "support" it "wouldn't be pretty." Then they cut to her in a dirty t-shirt in front of a sad couch with some baby waddling around behind her, while she pays no attention to it.

I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is between that and her current state of child rearing.

Filed under: Chelsea Handler • Opinion
April 13th, 2010
01:09 PM ET

Is the U.S. Army losing its war on suicide?

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Mark Thompson

From the invasion of Afghanistan until last summer, the U.S. military had lost 761 soldiers in combat there. But a higher number in the service — 817 — had taken their own lives over the same period. The surge in suicides, which have risen five years in a row, has become a vexing problem for which the Army's highest levels of command have yet to find a solution despite deploying hundreds of mental-health experts and investing millions of dollars. And the elephant in the room in much of the formal discussion of the problem is the burden of repeated tours of combat duty on a soldier's battered psyche.

The problem is exacerbated by the manpower challenges faced by the service, because new research suggests that repeated combat deployments seem to be driving the suicide surge. The only way to apply the brakes will be to reduce the number of deployments per soldier and extend what the Army calls "dwell time" — the duration spent at home between trips to war zones. But the only way to make that possible would be to expand the Army's troop strength, or reduce the number of soldiers sent off to war.

"It's frankly frustrating that with the level of effort that we've put out there, that we haven't stemmed the [suicide] tide," General George Casey, the Army's top officer, told a House panel March 23. When pressed by a lawmaker the previous month on whether the Army was getting closer to solving the challenge, Army Secretary John McHugh was blunt. "Sadly, the answer is not much closer," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 23. "As to why people take this step — particularly as to why men and women in uniform do — we're still in many ways befuddled."

Befuddled and frustrating are not words routinely deployed by Army leaders. But the service's suicide rate continues to rise (it doubled between 2001 and 2006) while remaining flat in the civilian population, even when adjusted to reflect the Army's age and gender. Last year, 160 active-duty soldiers killed themselves, up from 140 in 2008 and 77 in 2003. In order to get a better grip on the causes of the problem, the service has issued new orders telling its commanders how to conduct future suicide investigations so that they are consistent across the board, spokesman Gary Tallman says. The directive's stated goal is to pinpoint "the circumstances, methods and contributing factors surrounding the event" in hopes of generating "clear, relevant and practical recommendation(s) to prevent future suicides." The Army wants to know all about the dead soldier's personal relationships, final conversation, financial status, recent moods and other personality traits.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Afghanistan • Military • PTSD
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