Ashley Fantz and Gabriel Falcon
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The Barefoot Bandit has more than 80,000 Facebook fans who see him as a folk hero, a modern-day Jesse James. But police say Colton Harris-Moore is a brazen 19-year-old criminal, pure and simple.
The beginning and end of Harris-Moore's two-year run as a wanted fugitive is the stuff of Hollywood. Indeed, one studio has optioned his story. But police and some of his victims don't think he should be glamorized as he makes his first court appearance Tuesday.
"They can never imprison a mind like yours Colton," wrote one admirer on Harris-Moore's Facebook fan page Monday, a day after he was captured during a high-speed boat chase in the Bahamas.
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Reporter's Note: The President’s Press Honcho has stirred up some Dems by saying what a lot of others have already said; his boss could be dealing with a very different Congress after the voting this fall. But, as I note in today’s letter, there are worse things than the truth.
Dear Mr. President,
I’ve noticed the rumble about your Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, admitting that Republicans might take over the House again this fall, and as usual it strikes me as just so much armchair political quarterbacking. And like calling the plays from the safety of the family room with a bowl of Fried Pork Skins at your elbow, it is fun but pretty much meaningless.
Still, marking up the political playbook is one of DC’s favorite indoor sports (I mean, of course, aside from trying to figure out which elected official will be the next one caught with a pocket full of bribe money, or off hiking the Appalachian Trail) so I may as well toss in my two cents.
Seems to me that you White House folks are either, a) Lowering expectations so that you’ll look better if things don’t go so badly this fall or b) Lowering expectations so that your party’s faithful followers will get inspired enough to fight back a little better than the polls suggest this fall or c) Lowering expectations so that even if the vote comes out precisely as bad or worse than you expect, you can at least say, “Well, we told you so!”
Editor's Note: After Monday's show feedback was primarily about Haiti. Viewers appreciated Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta going back to Haiti and following up on some of the people they got to know in the days and weeks after the earthquake 6 months ago. After hearing of the donated money that has not gotten in to help the people of Haiti, some viewers are asking just how they can help.
Thank you for not forgetting Haiti. Please tell Dr. Gupta to check on the baby with hydrocephalus at J/P HRO (Sean Penn's camp). He needs a VP shunt now!
Can you guys get an update on Monley the little Haitian boy w relatives in Florida?
The story of Jenna. The Haitian orphan. The behavior of the two year old is completely normal. Too much is being read into behavior that is normal two year old toddler. The new mother should perhaps discuss her concerns with her pediatrician. I am sure the doctor will say she is fine.
I love Cooper. I want to yell when he exposes the corruption in Haiti. He and Penn are saints while the rest of us sit at home like poodles. Don't stop; you can never stop digging and scraping for what’s right. CNN must stand behind him in every way. I've gained a lot of respect for CNN as compared with the insanity going on with the other outlets.
Congratulations to you and Dr. Gupta for coming back to observe 6 months after. In your report tonight I kept hearing that even though 6 months after it looks slow, but it is still good and better than other places like Indonesia. Living in Haiti, this is hard to believe it is still progress. We feel stuck with no sense of direction. It seems Haiti has become the center of the business of poverty. We need to see big trucks, loaders, new roads, improvement in infrastructure and hope for the people. Reconstruction entails a new investment environment to spark growth and break the poverty cycle. What is done to attract investment? When will this happen? Another 6 months?
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