August 30th, 2010
06:19 PM ET

Hurricane Earl grows to Category 4

CNN Wire Staff

Miami, Florida (CNN) - It's increasingly stormy in the Atlantic as Hurricane Earl, Tropical Storm Danielle and now Tropical Storm Fiona all occupied different areas of the ocean Monday.

Earl was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane as it strengthened and lumbered across the Atlantic. Its sustained winds rose to 135 mph (215 kph), the National Hurricane Center said, and as of 5 p.m. ET, the storm was moving away from the Virgin Islands.

Filed under: 360° Radar
August 30th, 2010
06:16 PM ET

Magazine: Billionaire brothers funding conservative causes

The New Yorker's Jane Mayer reports on David and Charles Koch writing: "The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests."

Read more of Mayer's report in The New Yorker

Filed under: 360° Radar
August 30th, 2010
06:04 PM ET

Newspaper: Dem violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson "has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers' causes.

"The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member's district.

"Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so 'unknowingly' and would work with the foundation to 'rectify the financial situation.'"

Read more from the Dallas Morning News

Filed under: 360° Radar
August 30th, 2010
05:31 PM ET

Beat 360° 8/30/10

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:

Baseball pitching star Roger Clemens arrives at the U.S. District Court on August 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
August 30th, 2010
02:09 PM ET

Obama juggles thorny issues in week ahead

Kristi Keck

Programming Note: Special coverage of President Obama's speech starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, live on CNN and CNN.com, followed by Obama's address at 8.

(CNN) - President Obama's vacation may have provided a much needed recharge as he jumps back into thorny issues this week.

Coming off a 10-day trip to Martha's Vineyard, Obama turns his attention to the economy and Iraq.

The economy is the No. 1 issue for voters, polls show, and as the midterm elections near, it's becoming increasingly clear that what the administration dubbed the "summer of recovery" has not yet met the public's expectations.

Full story

Filed under: Economy • Iraq • President Barack Obama • Raw Politics
August 30th, 2010
11:52 AM ET

Video: Fleeing the water in Pakistan

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Related: In Pakistan, a flood of tears

Filed under: Pakistan • Sanjay Gupta
August 30th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Drilling to reach Chilean miners to begin

Karl Penhaul

(CNN) - Chilean officials plan to start drilling a rescue shaft Monday, as they begin a months-long operation to reach 33 miners who have been trapped underground for more than three weeks.

The effort to drill through more than 2,300 feet (701 meters) of rock and safely extract the miners could take three to four months, officials said.

The miners have been stuck in the mine since an August 5 cave-in and are surviving off food, water and other supplies funneled to them from above ground through an "umbilical cord" - a tube about four inches in diameter.

Meanwhile, a four-person team from NASA is set to arrive in Chile this week to help provide physical and behavioral health support to the miners. NASA has a long history in dealing with isolated environments and thinks experiences in space and underground are not too different, said Michael Duncan, the U.S. space agency's lead person on the Chile effort.

Full story

Filed under: Karl Penhaul
August 30th, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Obama on his citizenship: 'The facts are the facts, right?'

Steve Brusk
CNN Political Coverage Manager

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(CNN) – President Obama dismissed on Sunday the results of recent polls that show a significant portion of the population have doubts about his citizenship and believe he is a Muslim.

In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams on Sunday, Obama said "the facts are the facts, right?" But said "there is a mechanism, a network of misinformation that in a new media era can get churned out there constantly."

"I can't spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead," the president added.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: President Barack Obama • Steve Brusk
August 30th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

How to use frequent flyer miles for low-cost, high value trips

Chris Guillebeau
AC360° Contributor

As regular readers know, I use Frequent Flyer miles to go all over the world several times a year. I’ve written before about how to earn miles without flying, and how you can become your own travel ninja through mass mileage accrual.

Once you earn miles, however, you need to make a plan for using them. One of the saddest facts in the Frequent Flyer world is that every year, millions of miles go to waste. Help stamp out mileage expiration!

Use your miles… but use them wisely. Here’s how.

Filed under: Chris Guillebeau • Travel
August 30th, 2010
09:49 AM ET

Letters to the President #588: 'On Race: Two Roads Diverge'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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Reporter's Note: President Obama has often talked about the need for our nation to engage the issue of race. Although I don’t suppose the shenanigans in DC this weekend is what he had in mind.

Dear Mr. President,

Of course, you know what happened in downtown DC this weekend: Conservative talk host, Glenn Beck, held a massive rally on the spot of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and a liberal counter rally was organized to accuse him of hijacking black history. I haven’t wasted much time thinking about the whole circus, but I have been thinking about this notion of race once again. And that has me thinking about my wife and driving.

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