October 26th, 2010
09:56 PM ET

A Call to Arms?!: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight, was it a call to arms? A candidate says the founders had a remedy if the ballot box doesn't work - revolution. So was he calling for one next month, or was he taken out of context? We're keeping them honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)

Filed under: Live Blog
October 26th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Beat 360° 10/26/10

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:

Congressional candidate and Mayor David Cicilline speaks with President Barack Obama during a rally for Cicilline in Providence, Rhode Island, October 25, 2010. (Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/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
“Ummm Mr. President, someone named Michaele Salahi is here…she says you invited her?"


"Yeah, he just told you to 'shove it'! Do you want me to set up a beer summit?"

___________________________________________________________________________Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
October 26th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Trial opens for man accused of killing Florida couple

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Opening statements were delivered Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Florida couple known for adopting special-needs children.

Leonard Gonzalez, 35, could be sentenced to death if he is convicted of first-degree murder.

On Monday, 11 women and two men were selected to hear the case.

Prosecutors said that Gonzalez and six others put on black masks and dressed as ninjas before creeping into the Beulah, Florida, home of Melanie and Byrd Billings on July 9, 2009.

Prosecutors accuse Gonzalez of shooting and killing the couple in their bedroom while one of their special-needs children looked on. The Billingses cared for 13 special-needs kids, nine of whom were home at the time.

The "ninjas" allegedly entered the home in hopes of stealing the family's safe, which they believed contained upwards of $13 million.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar
October 26th, 2010
12:48 PM ET

Letters to the President: #645 'Uncovering the secret money'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama and his fellow Dems (especially the big important ones) are teeing off on the influence of “secret money” in the election. I once found $1.35 under the seat of my car. That was kind of secret money to me.

Dear Mr. President,

Oh what a delightful way to start my week! I was given the task of tracking down some of these groups that you have complained about so much, the ones that take money from anonymous donors and then spin it into campaign gold, which of course means vicious attack ads.

Related: Dirty Politics: Opening Pandora's cash box

I realize that your gripe has been with Republicans who do this, but your Democrats are far from squeaky clean. According to the folks who track such things, outside groups have spent about $200 million helping out the GOP, but the Dems have scored about $100 million. So, you know, just saying, when you’re swinging the bat at that particular piñata you’ll want to be careful that you don’t take out a friend.

See? This is what rips through both parties like rust in an old Chevy. Seems like every time one side accuses the other of some kind of wrong, it takes about six minutes before it becomes clear that the accusers are also in it up to their necks.

October 26th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Sean Penn says quick action needed to fight cholera in Haiti

Martina Stewart
AC360° Digital Producer

(CNN) - One of the key aspects to gaining control of the fast-moving cholera outbreak in Haiti is the simplest of human necessities, actor and activist Sean Penn told CNN's "AC360°."

People must stop using contaminated water, he said, noting that they will only do that if clean water is provided.

"So, whether that's through filtration systems or trucked in water, this is going to be the essential element - water, water, water," Penn said in an interview that aired Monday.

Penn, a co-founder of Haitian relief organization J/P HRO, visited Haiti over the weekend - days after news broke about the cholera outbreak in the earthquake-ravaged country.

"It's bad," Penn said of the conditions in the Caribbean nation, devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on January 12 which killed nearly a quarter million people, left more than 1.6 million people homeless and destroyed homes, commercial buildings and basic infrastructure.

And the cholera outbreak has made a bad situation worse, he said.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Big Interview • Haiti • Martina Stewart
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