June 1st, 2011
11:51 PM ET

The RidicuList: William Tapley

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper explains why William Tapley's YouTube videos have earned him on spot on AC360's RidicuList.

June 1st, 2011
11:46 PM ET

Raw Politics: Tweet or trick?

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper speaks to a panel of guests about the controversy surrounding a posting to a lawmaker's Twitter account.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Raw Politics • Twitter
June 1st, 2011
11:43 PM ET

KTH: Dem gives multiple interviews about tweet

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner's continued efforts to explain a controversial tweet.

June 1st, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Rep. Weiner on Twitter Scandal: "This seems like it's a prank" – Join the Live Chat

Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal isn't dying down. Today he talked with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. The conversation got a bit tense at times. Hear what he's saying about the controversy. We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus, a strange twist in the story of the 13-year-old boy who was reportedly killed by the Syrian regime. The boys father and uncle are speaking out and their message has shocked many. We'll have these stories and much more.

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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1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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Filed under: Live Blog
June 1st, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Congressman says he did not post lewd photo on Twitter

(CNN) - A liberal Democratic congressman who came under fire for a lewd photo that briefly appeared on his Twitter account over the weekend told CNN Wednesday that he did not post the image.

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner spoke to CNN's Wolf Blitzer a day after a contentious exchange with reporters in which he refused to directly answer any questions about the picture.

On Wednesday he said he had hired a law firm to look into the matter. But he declined to directly answer whether he appeared in the photo.

"Photos can be manipulated. Photos can be of one thing and changed to something else. We're going to try to get to the bottom of what happened," he said. The photo showed the lower body of a man wearing underwear.

A conservative blogger who broke the story has called for a full investigation of what he said was either the hacking of a congressman's account or something Weiner wants to hide.

But Weiner told CNN he did not think such steps are necessary to deal with what he said was internet spam, an issue that many Americans face.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Twitter
June 1st, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Report: Syrian abuses could be 'crimes against humanity'

(CNN) - The Syrian regime has carried out a "systematic" series of abuses against protesters that could "qualify as crimes against humanity," and the United Nations must hold the government accountable, a leading humanitarian watchdog organization said Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch makes these assertions in a report titled "'We've Never Seen Such Horror': Crimes against Humanity in Daraa."

The 57-page document contains chilling detail from dozens of victims and witnesses to abuses in Daraa province, the southwestern Syrian powder keg where the anti-government protest movement began in mid-March before spreading across the country. The government reacted with a tough crackdown against protesters.

At present, the report says, there have been about 887 deaths "across Syria," including at least 418 people in Daraa province.

"For more than two months now, Syrian security forces have been killing and torturing their own people with complete impunity," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

"They need to stop - and if they don't, it is the Security Council's responsibility to make sure that the people responsible face justice."

Human Rights Watch said the Syrian government should take "immediate steps to halt the excessive use of lethal force by security forces" and that the U.N. Security Council "should impose sanctions and press Syria for accountability."

If the government "doesn't respond adequately," the council should refer Syria to the International Criminal Court, the group said.

One major diplomat on Wednesday echoed the international outrage over Syria's crackdown and raised the issue of ICC involvement.


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Middle East
Beat 360° 6/1/11
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY, speaks to the media regarding a tweet that contained a link to a lewd photo on May 31, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
June 1st, 2011
06:51 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/1/11

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!

Joey Gardner
“Let me be brief. This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. It’s just nuts.”


Alexander Constantine
"Please...please! You are over-exposing this situation. It was simply a brief encounter!"

Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360°
June 1st, 2011
04:55 PM ET

Letters to the President: #863 'Master blaster says power off!'

Reporter's Note: I don’t think the White House ever has power outages. But they do have letters from me…every single day. That should be draining enough.

Dear Mr. President,

Perhaps you have heard that our news bureau over by the Capitol suffered a pretty serious power failure yesterday; as in, we pretty much have none. Apparently this affected a sizeable portion of this part of the city (including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Ha!) and, at last word, we’re not going to have all the lights back on until some time tonight. (Here’s a strange thing though, the automatic faucets in the restrooms are still working…even in the dark! Go figure.)

As a result a colleague and I had to retreat to her home to work on our news story for last night. It was fine. We had plenty of power for our computers and phones there plus a box of Wheat Thins, so in some ways it was nicer than being at the office.

Still, the whole business has me thinking about infrastructure again. I still don’t fully understand what went wrong, but apparently this was somehow linked to the increased demand on the system by air conditioning units. Or something like that. Could have been a squirrel in the generator for all I know.

June 1st, 2011
01:35 AM ET

Crime & Punishment: Grace, Geragos spar over Anthony trial

Editor's note: HLN's Nancy Grace and defense attorney Mark Geragos weigh in on Casey Anthony's closely-watched murder trial.

Related: Casey Anthony was 'frustrated' with mother, friend says

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
June 1st, 2011
01:02 AM ET

Crime & Punishment: High drama in Casey Anthony trial

Editor's note: Tom Foreman reports on the unfolding evidence in Casey Anthony's murder trial.

Related: Casey Anthony was 'frustrated' with mother, friend says

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