October 4th, 2010
09:55 PM ET

Secret Campaign Cash: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, buying elections. Millions of dollars are pouring into political campaigns sometimes pushing messages that the candidates themselves haven't even approved. It's virtually impossible to find out where the money is coming from. We're tracking the secret spending – keeping them honest. Plus, an American shot to death on a lake along the U.S.-Mexico border. Are drug cartels to blame?

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Filed under: Live Blog
October 4th, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Candidate's secret tape recording 'for my own protection'

Jessica Yellin
CNN National Political Correspondent

(CNN) – Nevada Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian says he taped his meeting with Sharron Angle "for my own protection."

The recording of the meeting is at the center of a new controversy for Republican Senate nominee in Nevada who is in a heated contest with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Ashjian is a third party candidate trailing in the polls.

"I thought it was a set-up, so naturally I recorded it," Ashjian tells CNN adding "I recorded it because I realized every time I've had a meeting the truth gets distorted and the facts don't come out. It was never my intention to release the tape. I didn't do it till three days later when my friends said have you heard reports saying you're an egotistical whack job? So I said no problem here's the truth knock yourself out."

He gave the tape to his campaign manager to turn over to Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun political reporter and dean of the Nevada political press corps. The subsequent coverage highlighted Angle's pressuring of Ashjian to drop out of the race.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: 360° Radar • Jessica Yellin
October 4th, 2010
05:10 PM ET

Beat 360° 10/4/10

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 White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel campaigns for Chicago mayor at a bus stop October 4, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: John Gress/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:

Sam Meyer
“Rahm doesn’t use his boss’s fist-bumping style, because it scares the children.”


Catherine, New Orleans, LA
"Having spent the weekend gathering signatures at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Rahm Emmanuel heads for the elementary schools.'"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
October 4th, 2010
03:49 PM ET

New CNN poll: 1/3 of teens have been personally bullied, 2/3 report that friends have been bullied

Martina Stewart
AC360° Digital Producer

New York (CNN) – A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Monday indicates that slightly more than a third of teens personally have been subjected to bullying behavior. In the poll, more than two-thirds of teens also said their friends about been bullied. Yet a majority of adults believe bullying is a minor problem or not a problem at all, according to the poll.

Slightly more than a third – 37 percent – of teens have been ridiculed, humiliated, or verbally or physically threatened by another child, either in person or online, according to the poll.

A total of 68 percent of teens polled said their friends had been subjected to such treatment with 13 percent of teens saying most of their friends have been ridiculed, humiliated, or verbally or physically threatened by another child, either in person or online, another 13 percent saying some of their friends had been subjected to such treatment and 42 percent saying only a few of their friends about being on the receiving end of bullying behavior.

Twenty-nine percent of teens said none of their friends had been subjected to bullying behavior.

Related: In a wired world, children unable to escape cyberbullying

And when asked how most of the children they know react when a fight breaks out at school or at a social event, 19 percent of teens said their acquaintances try to stop the fight and 23 percent said other kids try to find an adult. Another 34 percent of teens responded that their acquaintances take no steps to stop the fight and 19 percent said the children they know encourage a fight to continue.

While the new poll indicates that bullying is a problem in the lives of teens, it also suggests that adults have conflicting views about bullying.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Bullying • Martina Stewart
October 4th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

Vietnam controversy resurfaces in Connecticut

Alan Silverleib
CNN Washington Editor

(CNN) – Republican Linda McMahon is trying to seize the offensive in the hotly contested Connecticut Senate race, unveiling a new ad slamming Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal over distortions in his Vietnam service record.

The new ad, which will air statewide, made its on-line debut only hours before the two candidates are scheduled square off in their first debate. It raises questions about Blumenthal's credibility as a politician.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: 360° Radar
October 4th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
October 4th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Angle urges Nevada candidate to pull out, criticizes Republicans

Kevin Bohn

Washington (CNN) - Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle urged third party candidate Scott Ashjia to pull out of the race at a meeting last week, saying his campaign could result in re-election for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to an audio tape of the meeting recorded by Ashjian.

During the session, she offered Ashjian access to several Republican Senators and "whatever juice I have" to help persuade him.

"Anything I can deliver personally I am glad to," Angle told Ashjian,who is running as a Tea Party candidate, during the Wednesday night meeting.

Angle said she and Ashjian share the same views of why the current political system is broken, but told him the best way for her to achieve her goals was to run as a Republican.

Ashjian, who has fought off several court battles to take him off the ballot, is vowing he is in the race to stay. Polls last month showed the race between Reid and Angle a dead heat with Ashjian pulling up to 5 percent support, depending on the survey.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar
October 4th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Rutgers holds vigil for student who committed suicide

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Rutgers University held an emotional vigil Sunday evening as the campus grapples with the suicide of a student whose sexual encounter with another man was broadcast online.

The body of Tyler Clementi, 18, was recovered from the Hudson River on Thursday, more than a week after he jumped from the George Washington Bridge, which spans the river between New York and New Jersey.

Two other Rutgers students - Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, 18, and Molly Wei, 18 - have been charged with invasion of privacy. The pair allegedly placed a camera in Clementi's dorm room without his knowledge and then streamed his sexual encounter online, according to the Middlesex County, New Jersey, prosecutor's office.

"Our entire campus is very upset about what happened," said Greg Blimling, Rutgers' Vice President of Student Affairs. "The entire campus is in mourning. And we feel very deeply for what happened to the family. This is a terrible tragedy."

Students and other members of the university community, some wearing pins that read "Pride," stood silently as they lit and held white candles.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gay & Lesbian Issues
October 4th, 2010
11:05 AM ET

Letters to the President: #623 'Blinding me with science'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama has voiced strong support for the sciences, but I’m asking in today’s letter to the White House, just what does true support mean?

Dear Mr. President,

I am starting this week with something from last week lingering in my mind: The idea that we were laying off 1200 people at NASA at roughly the same time as China was launching a big, impressive rocket as part of their rapidly growing lunar program.

In the past, I’ve made the case for a strong, continued U.S. space effort, but let me put that aside here and just talk about education. Plenty of folks, including you, have argued loud and long about the idea that our country is losing its competitive edge in some technological fields precisely because we aren’t excelling in math and science.

I agree. But there is a little cart-and-horse action to consider here. Or rocket-and-spacewalk if you prefer. If we want to be great at math and science, it seems to me that we absolutely must push our economy toward industries that need mathematicians and scientists. In our universities, we need to encourage merit scholarships for the best and brightest. We need to compete for the technical talent of the world and reward our own homegrown experts with the most robust, aggressive research and development in the world.

To put it simply, if we want to encourage educators and students to really focus on these areas, the math is simple: Make it pay. Give it the respect it deserves.

October 4th, 2010
11:01 AM ET

In a wired world, children unable to escape cyberbullying

Stephanie Chen

Editor's note: Bullying is in our schools, and now it's online. Why do kids do it? What can be done to put an end to it? Don't miss an "AC360°" special report in collaboration with Cartoon Network: "Stop Bullying: Speak Up," starting tonight at 10 ET on CNN.

(CNN) - Jason, 13, knows he is an easy target for bullies at his middle school in Long Island, New York.

His diminutive stature hinders him from retaliating against the taller, heavier boys who tease him. He prefers to wear skinny jeans and black zip-up hoodies, fashion choices that induce comments like "emo" or "gay" from classmates. He has an affinity for comic books and Xbox games such as "Halo" and "Call of Duty," and for pursuing these hobbies, other kids call him a loser.

Jason says he has been ostracized and was once punched in the neck at school, but the peer torment does not end when he enters the comfort of his home, on the weekends or during summer vacations. Last year, he says he became a victim of cyberbullying - vicious, viral and incessant attacks through text messages, e-mails and Facebook posts that have both replaced and supplemented traditional schoolyard bullying.

"It's really horrifying the next day after the message has been sent around, and you're the laughingstock of the school," Jason says. "You have no idea why or what's funny."

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar • Bullying
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