November 5th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Playing Politics with Health Care: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360, we’re Keeping Them Honest, pointing the double-talk mirror at politicians who said one thing on the campaign trail and are doing the opposite now. They slammed President Obama for putting health care reform first and jobs second. But now that they’ve won the election, health care reform suddenly is their number one focus. Tonight, playing politics with health care and jobs.

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.

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Filed under: Live Blog
November 5th, 2010
09:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Playing Politics with Health Care

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360, we’re Keeping Them Honest, pointing the double-talk mirror at politicians who said one thing on the campaign trail and are doing the opposite now. They slammed President Obama for putting health care reform first and jobs second. But now that they’ve won the election, health care reform suddenly is their number one focus. Tonight, playing politics with health care and jobs.

Also tonight, MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay. The network took action after it discovered that Olbermann donated money to three Democrats running in the midterm elections, a violation of NBC policy. Tonight, the revelation is raising questions about what Olbermann didn’t disclose when interviewing political candidates on air. Olbermann is known as a vocal critic of the corrosive effect of money in politics, and he rails against donors who do not disclose their giving. Keeping Them honest, has he been saying one thing and doing another?

President Obama is on his way to India, the first stop of his 10-day Asian tour. Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry is covering the trip. We’ll get a reality check from Ed on its cost. Some critics have claimed that the trip will cost American taxpayers $200 million a day. But that claim originated with the Press Trust of India, a news agency that quoted an anonymous Indian official. The White House has called the rumored price-tag wildly off-base. Tonight we’re doing some fact-checking.

We’ll also check in with actor-activist Sean Penn in Haiti, where heavy rains from Hurricane Tomas are raising the threat of floods and mudslides.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

Filed under: Cate Vojdik • The Buzz
November 5th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Hurricane Tomas lashes already devastated Haiti

CNN Wire Staff

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - Already devastated this year by a killer earthquake and a deadly cholera outbreak, Haiti felt the brute force Friday of Hurricane Tomas, which could dump up to 15 inches of rain and trigger flash floods and mud slides.

The hurricane's punishing rain and wind pounded Haiti as the storm churned offshore.

As of 5 p.m. ET, the storm's center was about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Guantanamo, Cuba, and about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest of Great Inagua island in the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. Earlier Friday, Tomas had passed within about 140 miles (230 kilometers) of Port-au-Prince.

In the westernmost tip of Haiti, which juts into the Caribbean Sea and is closest to the hurricane, there were reports from the town of Jeremie of destroyed houses, downed trees and flooded rivers, said Marie-Eve Bertrand, communications manager for CARE in the nation.

Also, she said, CARE workers near the coastal city of Leogane reported the area has been inundated with nearly 5 feet of water. Flooding from a nearby river had entered some tent encampments and temporary shelters, Bertrand said.

Tomas was also felt in Port-au-Prince, the nation's capital, but the worst of the storm appeared to have passed there after rain pounded the city all night. By Friday afternoon, the rain had stopped falling.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar • Haiti
November 5th, 2010
05:15 PM ET

Deliberations to resume Saturday in Connecticut home invasion case

CNN Wire Staff

New Haven, Connecticut (CNN) - The Connecticut jurors deliberating the sentence for Steven Hayes told the judge late Friday afternoon they want to resume deliberations Saturday.

Judge Jon Blue ordered the five men and seven women to resume their work Saturday at 9 a.m.

Hayes, who was convicted of killing two sisters and their mother during a 2007 home invasion, faces a sentence of life in prison or death.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar
November 5th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/5/10

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:

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs listens during the daily briefing November 4, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Alex Wong/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:

Bradley Gallo
"Hmmmm – Countdown with Robert Gibbs on MSNBC – that sounds real good…"


Lauren, Brooklyn, NY
“Hmmmm I wonder what I would do with 200 million dollars..."

___________________________________________________________________________Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 5th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Olbermann suspended for Dem contributions

CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's primetime firebrand host, has been suspended indefinitely for violating the ethics policies of his employer earlier this year when he donated to three Democrats seeking federal office, MSNBC announced Friday.

"I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: 360° Radar
November 5th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Heroes nominator: 'He inspired my wife and I so much that we moved to Cambodia to help him.'

Program Note: CNN Heroes received more than ten thousand nominations from 100 countries.. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Top 10 CNN Heroes for the year. Voting for the CNN Hero of the Year continues through November 18th (6am ET) at CNNHeroes.com


Bill Morse
Nominated Aki Ra | HIS STORY

I first heard of Aki Ra about 7 years ago and came to Cambodia to find him. I was intrigued by the story of an ex-child soldier clearing landmines wherever he could find them and caring for wounded and orphaned kids at his home.

I returned to the U.S. a changed person.

What Aki Ra has accomplished is amazing. With little education, and nothing more than a determination to make his country safe for his people, he has cleared tens of thousands of landmines, and saved or changed the lives of dozens of children. He has galvanized people around the world to his cause, and reminded everyone that the horrors of landmines are not gone; that they kill and maim on a daily basis.

He defies the common belief that ‘one person can’t make a difference’. His work has inspired me and hundreds of others around the world to find a cause and support it.

He inspired my wife and I so much that we moved to Cambodia to help him in his work.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
November 5th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Chilean miner says he ran 'to beat destiny'

CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) - One of the Chilean miners rescued after more than two months underground regaled reporters with an Elvis Presley tune Thursday as he prepared for this weekend's marathon in New York City.

Edison Pena said he kept himself sane by running through the subterranean tunnels that held him and 32 other miners from August until mid-October.

"When I ran, I thought I was going to beat destiny," he said. "I told the mine, 'I'm gonna outrun you. I'm gonna run till you're tired and bored of me.'"

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar
November 5th, 2010
12:49 PM ET

Letters to the President: #655 'Pick a card…any card…'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President has resurrected talk of a new bipartisan approach to government following the GOP’s big gains in Congress. Me? I’m just writing the same old letters.

Dear Mr. President,

When I was a teenager dabbling in magic, one of the harder things to master was the art of forcing a card. (The art of getting a date was a close second, but that’s for another letter.)

The point is to give the impression to your “assistant” that he or she is freely choosing from a fanned deck, when in truth you are subtly guiding a particular card into their fingers. Like most young wizards, I would either be so timid that I would miss the target, or I would so obviously push the intended card that Ray Charles could have seen it coming.

Gradually, however, as I grew older, I developed my technique. Today I can nonchalantly chat, make jokes, and even heat up a toaster pastry while I slide an entire deck back and forth inviting someone to pick a card, and nine times out of ten it will be the one I selected before the trick began.

There are a few simple secrets. First, give your “assistant” something real to do. Let him actually shuffle the cards; mix them up as thoroughly as he likes. Then locate your chosen target with a quick riffle and proceed.

Second, you have to make it look easy - as if you genuinely could care less which card he pulls from the deck.

November 5th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Senate Republican leader vows to roll back Obama agenda

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - Republicans wrested control of the House from President Barack Obama and the Democrats this week, and their next goal is to take the White House, their leader in the Senate said Thursday.

If the Republicans want to achieve their goals of repealing health care reform, ending bailouts, cutting spending and reducing the size of government, "the only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won't veto any of these things," Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said in a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

McConnell made clear that his party sees little room for compromise with Obama and the Democrats, saying voters were calling for a change in direction, rather than a middle ground.

Full story

Filed under: 360° Radar
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