September 21st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

O'Donnell Under Fire: Join the Live Chat

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Delaware Republican U.S. Senate Christine O'Donnell speaking out tonight. But do her answers stack up with the truth? Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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Filed under: Live Blog
September 21st, 2010
08:21 PM ET

Evening Buzz: O'Donnell Vs. Coons

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

We're on the campaign trail in Delaware closely watching the battle for Vice President Joe Biden's old U.S. Senate seat. Christine O'Donnell, the surprise Republican candidate, is facing allegations she used her campaign cash in 2009-2010 as her personal piggy bank. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed complaints with the Delaware's U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission, charging she illegal spent more than $20,000 of her campaign dollars - when she was no longer a candidate.

O'Donnell denies doing anything wrong, saying there is, "No truth to it.... no truth to it." She's expected to speak out more about the allegations tonight. We'll have that for you. We're keeping her honest.

To be fair, O'Donnell's Democratic opponent is also facing scrutiny. New Castle County Executive Chris Coons finds himself having to answer questions about an article he wrote in college, where he described himself as a “bearded Marxist." He talked about it earlier tonight on CNN. We'll have the raw politics.

We'll also continue Dr. Sanjay Gupta's special report on the elite team of disease detectives at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. These are the doctors you reach out to when your child or other family members are ill and no one has answers. They work in the Undiagnosed Disease Program. Dr. Gupta takes us inside the fight to save two patients. One is a girl just six-years-old. The other is a 53-year-old mother of five children.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. See you then.

Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
September 21st, 2010
07:30 PM ET

Chris Coons: Delaware's surprise favorite

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Chris Coons may turn out to be the luckiest politician in America this year.

The man suddenly favored to win Joe Biden's U.S. Senate seat wasn't even supposed to be in the race, if most pundits are to be believed. State Democrats were lining up behind the vice president's son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.

But Biden unexpectedly decided not to run. And other Democrats took a pass on what was thought to be, at best, an uphill general election climb against veteran GOP Rep. Mike Castle.

Now, with Castle defeated in the primary, Coons suddenly finds himself the favorite against arch-conservative upstart Christine O'Donnell.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar
September 21st, 2010
06:42 PM ET

Beat 360° 9/21/10

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:

Former President Bill Clinton looks on as his wife Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative September 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo credit: Mario Tama/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.

Update: Beat 360° Winners:

Ben Finley
“Ughhh she knows how I feel about blue dresses."


Ethan Geier
“The next item up for bid is the 42nd President of the United States of America, he is also an avid Saxophone player and has recently lost 24 lbs. Shall we start the bidding at 10$?”

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
September 21st, 2010
01:03 PM ET

Political Theater: New Dem ad takes on Republican over 17th Amendment

In today's installment of AC360°'s Political Theater, Tom Foreman is taking a close look at a new ad out from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Here’s the script for "Different," the DSCC's new ad about Colorado Republican Ken Buck's views on the 17th Amendment to the Constitution:

Narrator: "For nearly one hundred years, we the people have picked our Senators."

Narrator: "But Ken Buck proposed a radically different idea. Buck said he wanted to rewrite the Constitution to let state legislators pick our Senators instead of voters."

Narrator: "That’s right. Ken Buck actually proposed ending our right to vote for our own Senators."

Narrator: "Rewriting the constitution? Ending our right to vote? Ken Buck's just too extreme for Colorado."

Narrator: "The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."

Take a look at the ad's claims and then render your own verdict in the comments section below. You have 4 choices: “Right on,” “It’s a stretch,” “Tall tale,” or “Big fat lie.” Be brief but please give us the evidence in support of your verdict. And two more things: CNN’s comment policy applies and be responsive to our request for help; only submit comments that will help us fact check the ad.

Earlier in Political Theater: Dueling ads in Delaware

Filed under: 360° Radar
September 21st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

2010 is year of GOP women candidates

Ed Hornick

Washington (CNN) - While 2010 might be the year of the Tea Party, a second storyline is the rise of Republican women candidates.

In the 2010 election cycle, five female Republican candidates are running in competitive Senate seats. And a slew of Republican women are running in congressional and gubernatorial races that have made national headlines.

So why the increase this year?

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar
September 21st, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Missing man told wife he was kidnapped, withdrew $1K from bank


(CNN) - A missing Minnesota man who told his wife that he was kidnapped withdrew money from a bank on the day he disappeared, police said.

Matthew Anderson, 29, of Shoreview, Minnesota, was last seen leaving his place of employment at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 17 to pick up his 1-year-old daughter from a daycare center, said the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

According to authorities, Anderson called his wife later that evening to say that he was kidnapped by two men.

Investigators have determined that Anderson withdrew $1,000 in cash from a bank at 1 p.m. on Friday. They said he was alone at the time.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
September 21st, 2010
11:41 AM ET

Letters to the President: #610 'The American Dream is not dead; but different'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: Politicians like to talk about the American Dream. The thing I’m wondering in today’s letter to the White House, is precisely which version of that dream are they speaking of?

Dear Mr. President,

When I had a band in New Orleans and we botched a song (which happened with shocking regularity) the bass player, Keith, would lapse into his best John Lennon and say, “Sorry lads, the dream is over.” We would laugh, blame it on the lead guitarist, and then go back to rehearsing.

I thought of that today when you were asked in that public meeting if the American Dream is over. I agree with you that it is not. But I do wonder if it’s suffering from sleep apnea. Part of the problem, I think, is that we’ve enjoyed some pretty remarkable, crazy-from-the-heat, wild mushroom dreaming over the past couple of decades and it has substantially expanded our notion of what the American Dream should be.

In a nutshell: When I was a kid, cars did not reliably start. Sharing a bedroom with a sibling was common. Skedaddles of Americans never, never flew. Eating in a restaurant was a rare event. More than one TV was a luxury. Computers and cell phones showed up only in James Bond movies, and I knew one person on the planet with a bicycle that cost more than $200, and he was riding across the country. (Yes, I know. I’m getting older.)

Today…uh…all the opposite is true. And yet, despite the breakneck speed of progress over the past three decades (or maybe because of it) many, many of us are far from satisfied. Our expectations have risen with our acquisitions. The American Dream used to be if you worked hard, played fair, and tended to your business your family could move ahead, and your kids could enjoy an even better standard of living. But today, sometimes I fear too many of us believe the American Dream means “give me everything I can dream of.” Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous became Lifestyles of the Why Not Me?

September 21st, 2010
10:19 AM ET

O'Donnell sidesteps specifics on funds, says 'no truth' to allegations

Brian Todd, Gary Tuchman and Kevin Bohn

Middletown, Delaware (CNN) - Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell, in comments exclusive to CNN, refused to answer specific questions Monday night about allegations she misused funds from her previous campaign and tried to downplay their significance.

On the allegations she said there's "no truth to it."

She spoke to CNN after a candidates' forum. She asked, "Why are you listening to a liberal organization in the first place?" - referring to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan campaign watchdog group that filed a complaint Monday against the O'Donnell campaign.

Seeking to change the subject, she said "the momentum surrounding this campaign is obvious."

Full story

Filed under: 360º Follow • Raw Politics
September 21st, 2010
10:17 AM ET
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