November 11th, 2010
10:30 PM ET

Top Senate Republican mum on Bush memoir

Martina Stewart
AC360° Digital Producer

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has no comment on a passage in former President George W. Bush’s recently released book that led a local newspaper to criticize McConnell for excessive partisanship.

In his new memoir, “Decision Points,” Bush writes that McConnell came to the Oval Office in September 2006, with the midterm elections fast approaching. McConnell told Bush that his unpopularity was going to cost the GOP control of Congress, the 43rd president writes in the book. When Bush asked for McConnell’s advice, the Kentucky senator told Bush he should withdraw some troops from Iraq, according to the memoir.

“He was not alone,” Bush writes of McConnell’s suggestion. “As violence in Iraq escalated, members of both parties had called for a pullout.”

The former president adds, “I made it clear I would set troop levels to achieve victory in Iraq, not victory at the polls.”

In an editorial published online Thursday, the Louisville Courier-Journal pointed to the passage in Bush’s book as evidence of McConnell’s penchant for partisanship.

“This incident, which Sen. McConnell's office has not denied, shines brightly on the contemptible hypocrisy and obsessive partisanship that have come to mark the senator's time in office,” the paper’s editorial says.

The editorial adds, “Unless he is prepared to call a former president of his own party a liar, Mr. McConnell has a choice. He can admit that he did not actually believe the Iraq mission was vital to American security, regardless of what he said at the time. Or he can explain why the fortunes of the Republican Party are of greater importance than the safety of the United States.”

In a written statement e-mailed to CNN, McConnell’s office refused to comment on Bush’s book. But the statement emphasized that McConnell has always supported full funding for American troops and giving Bush’s top military commander in Iraq sufficient time to execute a counterinsurgency strategy in the troubled country.

“Senator McConnell does not comment on any advice he may have given the President on improving the President’s political standing,” the statement reads. “But the public record is clear on his unwavering support for ensuring that our troops in the field were fully funded, and that General Petraeus was able to execute a counterinsurgency strategy on the ground in Iraq free of arbitrary deadlines for withdrawal even when it was politically unpopular to do so.”

–AC360° Joneil Adriano contributed to this report.

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November 11th, 2010
09:59 PM ET

Amazon Removes Pedophilla Books, Others Remain: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight, profiting from pedophilia. After our report last night, Amazon.com finally pulled a controversial how-to book telling pedophiles what they can get away with. This morning, they pulled another pro-pedophilia book by the same author. But as we'll show you tonight, there are any number of similar books with content just as disturbing still being sold on their site.

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 $#&*)

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November 11th, 2010
07:13 PM ET

Update: Amazon confirms 'Pedophile's guide' pulled from site

Emanuella Grinberg

(CNN) - The controversial e-book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure" has been pulled from Amazon.com, a spokesman for the online retailer confirmed Thursday.

The self-published title's appearance on Amazon.com led to a public uproar and calls for a boycott of the site. As of late Wednesday, more than 2,000 Amazon.com users had left comments on the listing, nearly all of them condemning the site for selling the title.

The e-book's author, Phillip R. Greaves II, said he published the controversial tome to address what he considers unfair portrayals of pedophiles in the media.

When asked about the controversy, Amazon.com spokesman Drew Herdener would not respond.

Related: Amazon.com title defending pedophilia sparks boycott call

November 11th, 2010
06:16 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/11/10

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:

Donald Trump and Piers Morgan celebrate Kim Kardashian's appearance on "The Apprentice" at Provacateur on November 10, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo credit: John W. Ferguson/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
“Here’s the deal Piers…I only do phoners, never on cam…capiche?"


Wyatt Knight, New York
“"Hey camera guy. YOU'RE FIRED! I don't know who you work for, but I have the power. Go."

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November 11th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

McConnell 'willing to listen' on temporary extension of Bush tax cuts

Ted Barrett and Dana Bash

Washington (CNN) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who supports making permanent all the Bush-era tax cuts, signaled Thursday he's open to considering compromises with the White House to temporarily extend them instead.

"I'm willing to listen to what the President has in mind for protecting Americans from tax increases," McConnell said.

McConnell issued the statement shortly after White House advisor David Axelrod was quoted suggesting the White House was prepared to accept a temporary extension of tax cuts for both wealthier Americans and the middle class.

McConnell's comments were in contrast to House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio who as recently as Wednesday insisting that all the tax cuts be made permanent.

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

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November 11th, 2010
03:01 PM ET

Letters to the President: #661 'The lasting lessons of our veterans'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama celebrated Veterans Day during his travels. I’m marking it with my latest letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

I appreciated your tribute to our veterans this year even a little more than usual since you made special mention of the Korean War vets. They are often somewhat overlooked and they included my father, so thanks.

In junior high, in Sullivan, Illinois, I was lucky enough to be taught by a WWII veteran. George Casleton was eccentric, brilliant, kind and sharing in ways that define the very essence of a great teacher. He was one of the best I knew. And without a doubt one of the things that made him great was his time in the service, marching through the streets, fields, and forests of Europe, rifle in hand.

November 11th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Heroes nominator: 'He is a very simple man, with a very simple message.'

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


Thomas Black
Nominated Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow | HIS STORY

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow is my uncle and I have always wanted more people to know about the good work he does. When a friend of mine told me about CNN Heroes I thought this could be a good way raise awareness.

Magnus's story is simple but incredible. In 1992, appalled by the scenes on television, Magnus and his brother Fergus took time off from their jobs as fish farmers to drive a container of locally donated aid to Bosnia during the Civil War. When they arrived back they believed there job was done but in their absence aid had continued to be donated and fill their dad's garage. Magnus decided to take a year off work to keep driving out the aid until it stopped being given. It never did.

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November 11th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
November 11th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Axelrod says Obama will agree to extend tax cuts for wealthy

Jamie Crawford
CNN White House Producer

Washington (CNN) – The White House is signaling that it is willing to negotiate on extending the Bush tax cuts, even for the wealthiest Americans, in order to deliver on its promise to extend tax cuts for middle class Americans.

In an interview with the Huffington Post on Wednesday, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod seemed to open the door to the extension of the cuts for American households making more than $250,000 a year, citing the poltical reality that has resulted from the loss of Democratic seats in Congress in last week's midterm elections.

Extending tax cuts for the top income bracket had previously been a red line the administration refused to cross.

"We have to deal with the world as we find it," Axelrod said in the interview. "The world of what it takes to get this done."

Full story on the CNN Political Ticker

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November 11th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

In memoir, Bush defends waterboarding, admits mistakes

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - After staying largely mum on the political scene since leaving office almost two years ago, former President George W. Bush will reveal his thoughts on the most historic - and controversial - parts of his presidency with the release of his memoir Tuesday.

In the 481-page book, Bush shares his thoughts on the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and what he calls the "worst moment" of his presidency.

The 43rd president also takes responsibility for giving the go-ahead for waterboarding terror suspects, which has touched off a new round of criticism of Bush and calls for his prosecution. He says that he decided not to use two more extreme interrogation methods, but did not disclose what those were.

In the book, Bush says the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, gave his administration a clear goal and him the resolve to find out who was responsible and "kick their ass."

"In a single morning, the purpose of my presidency had grown clear: to protect our people and defend our freedom that had come under attack," he writes.

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