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It's a beautiful August morning in Jersey City, New Jersey. I have just finished my regular jog around Liberty State Park. No matter how often I stand here at my favorite spot to stretch, I can only marvel that this is actually my neighborhood and my view.
In front of me, the Hudson River lies at the feet of the New York skyline. To my right, the Statue of Liberty basks in the glory of a thousand gazes from the first tour boat of the day.
I look over at the World Financial Center where I work and, as always, what strikes me isn't what I see, but what I don't see anymore.
The ghosts of the Twin Towers never seem to fade from the skyline in my mind. I am a Muslim, born in England, raised in Pakistan, but every bit as American as any of my fellow joggers or co-workers across the river. Somehow, though, people expect me to react differently. I don't. The same ghosts haunt me.
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When international supermodel Naomi Campbell took the witness stand Friday in the trial against Liberia's former President Charles Taylor, Western media outlets showered unprecedented attention on this largely ignored war crimes trial.
But many witnesses besides Campbell have testified since the trial began in January 2008.
Judges have heard accounts of bravery and fortitude by ordinary civilians whose limbs were amputated, who were raped or forced into slavery; stories of horrifying acts of wickedness by faction commanders and their fighters; and the unsavory involvement of outsiders, often business opportunists. These business leaders' willingness to seek profit in diamonds, timber, rubber or weapons on the back of the war is shocking. Yet despite the dramatic and horrifying nature of this testimony, the trial garnered only minimal Western media coverage.
Steve Brusk and Kevin Bohn
An incumbent U.S. senator with help from the White House held off a tough primary challenge in Colorado, a former wrestling executive easily won the Republican nomination for the Senate in Connecticut, and a dramatic runoff for the Republican governor's nomination in Georgia was too close to call on a busy primary night Tuesday.
Four states went to the polls with high-profile primaries for governors and the U.S. Senate. Three of the races for governor kept candidates and supporters biting their nails into the early morning hours.
In Colorado, incumbent U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet claimed victory in the Democratic primary after staving off a fierce challenge from former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Bennet will face Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, who - with the support of many Tea Party backers - defeated former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton for the GOP nomination.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: President Obama has often spoken of unity. He has also, like most politicians, sometimes preached the Gospel of Division. Which reminds me of a conversation I had…
Dear Mr. President,
A friend said something to me yesterday that has been much on my mind, and has had me a shade down in the proverbial dumps. I say “has had” because in the past hour I’ve enjoyed a substantial swing to the brighter side. But I’ll get to that in a moment.
First, the conversation that spurred this. I was bemoaning, as I am prone to do, the sad state of the news business overall these days and the growing tendency of people to want news that leans left or leans right, rather than news that plays it down the middle. I’ve always been a big believer in the latter. Yes, I know that no news is truly objective, but I think we have to strive for some semblance of that because without at least a ghost of objective truth, I suspect we are doomed.
To put it more directly, (and I realize this is a very tall soapbox I am climbing) democracy itself requires a basic framework of facts that we all agree upon, more or less. We have to agree that murder is wrong, for example. And that jobs for people are good. We need to have a consensus on the need for families to live under roofs, not under bridges. We should acknowledge that talking in movie theaters is felony. And once we elect a president, we all have to recognize his (or her) right to lead our nation, and the respect that the office commands.
CNN Wire Staff
It's too early to say whether former Sen. Ted Stevens and the four others who died in an Alaskan plane crash initially survived but eventually succumbed while waiting to be rescued, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board told CNN Wednesday.
"We don't know that information at this point," Deborah Hersman told CNN's "American Morning." "It's going to be up to the medical examiner to determine the cause of death." Autopsies on the victims are expected to be completed by the end of the day Wednesday.
The plane flew into the side of a mountain in remote southern Alaska Monday night, authorities said. Brutal terrain and bad weather kept survivors waiting 12 hours for rescue after the crash, officials and witnesses said. The accident left five people dead and four others injured.
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:
U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks on higher education and the economy at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, on August 9, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Update: Beat 360° Winners
“Free Steven Slater!”
Kathy from Ohio
"We use hand signals all the time in Washington, except we use different fingers"