November 15th, 2010
11:59 PM ET
November 15th, 2010
09:54 PM ET

Standing Up to Pat Downs: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight, standing up to pat downs and other airport security measures, like full body scans that fliers feel have gone way too far. One man's pat down videotape sparked this new round of outrage when he warned a TSA worker, "If you touch my junk, i'm gonna have you arrested." How did that turn out? We'll tell you. We're keeping them honest.

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 15th, 2010
06:31 PM ET

TSA: Despite objections, all passengers must be screened

CNN Wire Staff

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - In response to a video of a California man's dispute with airport security officials, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday it tries to be sensitive to individuals, but everyone getting on a flight must be screened.

The video, in which software engineer John Tyner refuses an X-ray scan at the San Diego, California, airport, has sparked a debate over screening procedures.

Tyner told CNN on Sunday that he was surprised to see so many people take an interest in his refusal and the dispute with airport screeners that followed it. But he said he hoped the video will focus attention on what he calls a government invasion of privacy.

"Obviously, everybody has their own perspective about their personal screening," TSA administrator John Pistole told CNN. "The question is, how do we best address those issues ... while providing the best possible security?"

Tyner, 31, said his hunting trip to South Dakota was cut short before it even started Saturday morning - when TSA agents asked him to go through an X-ray machine.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
November 15th, 2010
05:48 PM ET

Beat 360° 11/15/10

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:

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a special event announcing a new Facebook email messaging system at the St. Regis Hotel on November 15, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/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:

Chuck Hadad
“Frankly, the film would’ve been much more believable if I were played by Timberlake."


Juan Mallo
"and if succesful, there WILL be a sequel to 'The Social Network' and I can re-deem myself!"

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
November 15th, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Letters to the President: #665 'Calling all lame ducks'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: I don’t know what President Obama expects from the lame duck Congress. I do know he can expect a letter from me every day.

Dear Mr. President,

What a lovely autumn weekend we enjoyed! I spent many long hours in the yard, raking leaves with my younger daughter, power washing the patio (A power washer! Now there is a tool to make a guy feel like a guy! If I had the time, I’d power wash the whole town) and cleaning various things out of the garage including a wide assortment of old pet cages.

I told my wife that we should put them down at the curb with a sign saying, “Things do not always turn out as expected. Please help yourself to any of these you want and bring your own little future sadness into your house.” She said I should put them into the attic instead. (Btw, I love pets, but aside from parrots, they all die far too soon.)

Anyway, it was a wildly productive and lovely two days. Had dinner with some old friends who came by. Went on a nice run with the same daughter who joined in the yard work. Enjoyed a long ride running errands with my wife, and looked at Jupiter in the night sky. You should have come over to the house. It would have done you good.

But now we are back at work, and the lame duck session of Congress has begun. In case you don’t know, “lame duck” is a term that is believed to have originated among stockbrokers in London in the 18th century. It allegedly referred to guys who wound up in some kind of debt trouble and therefore were left staggering around with the ungainly lurch of a duck with a broken leg.

November 15th, 2010
11:52 AM ET

Heroes nominator: '[He] is the text book definition of a hero – one that puts others before himself.'

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


Daniel Vargas
Nominated Dan Wallrath | HIS STORY

Dan Wallrath is the text book definition of a hero - one that puts others before himself. Dan is doing this from his heart and for the love and passion he has for our servicemembers, their families and our country.

I have had the honor of knowing Dan for 5 years and when I watched the 2009 CNN Heroes on Thanksgiving night it touch my heart and called me to action. I knew that Dan was worthy of being a CNN Hero. His devotion, love, passion and drive to help our men and women in uniform is what drove me to nominate him.

I cried tears of joy when I heard Dan had been selected as a Top 10 CNN Hero! I couldn't believe that the Blue Ribbon Panel had selected him out of 10,000 submissions! I knew Dan was worthy of the selection and it made me proud to know that the panel felt the same way.

That Dan hates the attention and being in the limelight. He is doing it because God has called on him to do this work and that it is not about him. Dan will be the first to tell you that it takes a village to build a home and that there are so many more folks involved that deserve this award. That is why I nominated Dan and that is why he deserves this award!! He is amazing and I am honored to call him a true friend and mentor.

Listen to your heart! We all in some way can change a life just by listening to our hearts and turning compassion into action! That is what Dan has shown us. He listened to his heart and what God was telling him. He took a mustard seed and has turned it into a life changing movement to help others. We are all capable of this if we truly listen to our hearts and help each other. We are all capable of what Dan has done. It just takes the courage to listen and act.

A Global Celebration: Thanksgiving Night at 8p ET

Filed under: CNN Heroes
November 15th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Rangel walks out of ethics trial

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - Embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, walked out of his House ethics subcommittee hearing Monday morning, complaining that he has not had sufficient time to hire a new legal team to respond to corruption allegations.

The subcommittee rejected Rangel's request to delay the hearing until a new defense team is assembled.

"Fifty years of public service is on the line. And I truly believe that I am not being treated fairly," he declared. "I deserve a lawyer."

Rangel told the subcommittee members he has already spent $2 million defending himself from the charges, and had been advised the hearing - similar to a trial - could cost him another $1 million.
Exclusive: Rep. Charles Rangel
Rangel: 'I am not going away'
Rangel: 'Not asking for leniency'

He complained that he was not being given enough time to raise funds to hire new lawyers because the committee was rushing to complete its work before the conclusion of the current lame duck Congress.

Rangel's original defense team left him in September.

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Filed under: 360° Radar
November 15th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Parents of abducted kids plead for action

Sarah Nicole Carden

(HLN) - "The world is really big when you're looking for a teeny little girl," said Erin Runnion, describing the helplessness she felt after her child was abducted.

Runnion's 5-year-old daughter, Samantha, disappeared from her front yard in California in July 2002. Later, the child with big brown eyes and long curls was found dead on the side of a highway. She had been raped and murdered.

Elizabeth Smart was 14 in June 2002 when she was taken at knifepoint from her bedroom, sexually assaulted and held for months against her will.

The trial for Brian David Mitchell - Smart's alleged abductor - was halted just as it got under way Thursday in Utah, in order to review the defense's request to move the trial outside the state.

Meanwhile, five parents of abducted children have gathered to share their stories with HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell. They call themselves The Surviving Parents Coalition. They are bound together by grief, but they're turning that grief into action.

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Filed under: 360° Radar