April 21st, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Beat 360° 4/21/10

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich arrives for a court hearing at the Dirksen Federal Building on April 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Blagojevich is awaiting trial on corruption charges which is scheduled to begin June 3.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
April 21st, 2010
02:02 PM ET

The Wall Street 'bailout' that isn't

Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

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When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell decided last week to portray the Democratic version of financial regulation as a Wall Street "bailout," it seemed like a brilliant, albeit cynical, political move.

What do the voters hate even more than Wall Street? Bailouts. What's the perfect way to combine their antagonism for big banks with their distaste for taxpayer-funded bailouts? Accuse the Democrats of bailing out the banks. Perfect.

A good political move in theory, only it didn't work...

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Filed under: Gloria Borger • Wall St.
April 21st, 2010
01:53 PM ET
April 21st, 2010
01:37 PM ET

White House slams latest 'birther' move

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/21/art.wh2.0325.gi.jpg caption="The Arizona legislature demands that President Obama show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012."]

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

(CNN) – White House aides are scoffing at a move in the Arizona legislature to force President Obama to show his birth certificate to get on the state's ballot in 2012 for his likely re-election battle.

"This is a question that has been answered exhaustively," White House spokesman Bill Burton told CNN. "I can't imagine Arizona voters think their tax dollars are well served by a legislature that is less focused on their lives than in fringe right-wing radio conspiracy theories."

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Filed under: 360° Radar
April 21st, 2010
01:03 PM ET

For disabled parents, challenges are bonding point

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/01/c1main.hands.jpg caption="Disabled parents find bonding moments in their everyday challenges."]

Elizabeth Landau

When Sarah Kovac watches her son, Ethan, crawl or grab objects, she feels proud, but also has mixed emotions. Already, the 8-month-old has abilities Kovac never had.

"He relies on me, but he's already able to do things that I can't, which is kind of a strange combination of feelings," said Kovac, 26, of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Kovac has a condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare disorder that involves multiple joint deformities from birth. From the tops of her shoulders to her fingertips, most of her joints don't move. She hopes that overcoming the challenges of her disability will be a point of bonding for her and her son.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
April 21st, 2010
12:55 PM ET

Is Wall Street too big to cheat?

Ed Rollins
CNN Senior Political Contributor

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/OPINION/04/21/rollins.goldman.wall.street/tzleft.ed.rollins.erollins.jpg caption="Rollins: GOP should join with Democrats in passing curbs on Wall Street's excesses" width=300 height=169]

As the Tea Party movement has become the vehicle for the frustration of hundreds of thousands of Americans against elected officials and the government bailout of Wall Street, I've thought many times about Gordon Gekko, the fictional character in the superb 1987 movie "Wall Street."

Played by Michael Douglas, Gekko speaks to a meeting of stockholders in words that became the anthem of the '80s. "The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed - for lack of a better word - is good. Greed is right. Greed works!"

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Filed under: Economy • Ed Rollins • Wall St.
April 21st, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Will others follow Arizona's lead on immigration?

Kristi Keck

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Now that Arizona lawmakers have passed what's considered some of the toughest immigration legislation in the country, other states are watching to see whether they should follow in the state's footsteps or stand back.

Arizona's bill orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant day laborers or knowingly transport them.

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Filed under: Immigration
April 21st, 2010
11:36 AM ET

Inaction on immigration reform a travesty

Julian Zelizer
Special to CNN

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/OPINION/04/21/zelizer.immigration/tzleft.julian.zelizer.jroemer.jpg caption="Julian Zelizer: Both parties avoiding immigration reform." width=300 height=169]

Republicans and Democrats in Congress seem to have found one issue on which they agree. Neither party wants to get near immigration reform, the new "third rail" in American politics - an issue so politically charged that politicians risk their careers by touching it.

Since Congress failed to reach agreement on legislation in 2006 that would have offered undocumented immigrants amnesty and a path toward naturalization, both parties have kept as far away from this issue as they did from health care after President Clinton's reform went down to defeat in 1994.

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Filed under: Immigration • Opinion
April 21st, 2010
11:28 AM ET

My life: the playlist

Baratunde Thurston
Special to CNN

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/OPINION/04/20/thurston.who.am.i.census/tzleft.baratunde.thurston.courtesy.jpg caption="Baratunde Thurston says he had lots more to say after filling out census form" width=300 height=169]

I was geared up to complete my census form. I sat. I put on my headphones. I grabbed a pen, something I rarely use in my digitally mediated life. I took a deep breath. By the time I had exhaled, I had completed the form. I turned the pages over and under, thinking, "That's all!?"

I've waited 10 years for the chance to tell the government that I'm a 32-year-old black man named Baratunde Thurston who lives alone in a rented apartment in Brooklyn? Facebook demands more from me for the right to manage a fake farm!

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Opinion
April 21st, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Q&A: Who gets to fly first?

Experts say it could be weeks before the backlog is fully cleared.


With more flights beginning to take off on schedule, airlines are attempting to clear the backlog of passengers who have been waiting for days because of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe.

But with tens of thousands waiting to travel, there are questions over who gets to go first and how long the delays will last.

How are airlines prioritizing ticket allocation?
Other than a few special cases, most airlines are prioritizing those with pre-existing tickets for scheduled flights. In some cases, empty seats on these are being filled by customers with urgent travel needs. Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific says it is giving priority to unaccompanied minors and students heading back to the UK to sit exams. Singapore Airlines is fast tracking those with "special needs," the elderly and those with infants or young children. Rochelle Turner, head of vacation research for consumer watchdog Which?, says any prioritizing is at the discretion of individual flight operators. "The elderly, the sick, frequent flyers - it's entirely up to the airline who goes first."

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