June 14th, 2011
11:50 PM ET

Maher takes on Weiner scandal

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper asks HBO's Bill Maher about the sexting scandal that has engulfed Dem Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Big Interview
June 14th, 2011
11:45 PM ET

Maher slams 2012 GOP presidential field

Editor's note: HBO's Bill Maher shares his take on the Republican contenders who participated in CNN's New Hampshire debate.

Filed under: Big Interview
June 14th, 2011
11:30 PM ET

KTH: Gingrich entities under scrutiny

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on questions being raised about spending by two organizations associated with Newt Gingrich.

June 14th, 2011
10:30 PM ET

AC361: Behind Cooper's dog-and-pony show

Editor's note: Producers from AC360° explain how they managed to surprise Anderson Cooper and sneak a dog and pony into the studio.

Earlier: Cooper gets actual dog-and-pony show

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Gingrich Under Scrutiny: Join the Live Chat
June 14th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Gingrich Under Scrutiny: Join the Live Chat

Keeping Them Honest, we have evidence that a non-profit charity founded by presidential candidate Newt Gingrich paid cash to one of his for-profit companies, Gingrich communications. One of guests tonight says that the way Mister Gingrich has set up his various enterprises may have blurred the lines separating profit from non profit and charity from politics. Gingrich insists he's done nothing wrong. Plus, the prosecution gets ready to rest its case in the Casey Anthony trial. You'll hear from Anthony's former attorney who says her former client is innocent.

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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Beat 360° 6/14/11
President Barack Obama orders lunch alongside Alejandro Garcia Padilla, a Puerto Rican Senator and President of the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico, at Kasalta Bakery during a visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14, 2011. (Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
June 14th, 2011
06:52 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/14/11

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
“No sir. These are not for tacos. That would be Mexico.”


“At least they're not serving wieners, I've had enough of them."

Beat 360° Challenge

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June 14th, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Prosecution to rest Wednesday in Casey Anthony trial

(CNN) - One of the prosecution's final witnesses, Casey Anthony's mother took the stand again Tuesday in her daughter's capital murder trial, breaking into tears from time to time as she discussed items found with the remains of her 2-year-old granddaughter, Caylee.

The prosecution plans to rest its case Wednesday, prosecutor Jeff Ashton told Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. The defense was unable to move its first few witnesses, Perry said, and will begin its case Thursday.

Cindy Anthony began crying when a photograph of Caylee wearing a shirt reading "Big trouble comes in small packages" was introduced into evidence. Previous testimony has suggested that scraps of the shirt were found at the scene along with Caylee's skeletal remains.

Cindy Anthony said she did most of the laundry at the home, and "I don't ever remember seeing that shirt."

She also identified photographs of objects similar to canvas laundry bags she said were in the Anthony home and said that Caylee had a Winnie the Pooh blanket but that she had not seen the blanket since the end of May, before Caylee disappeared. A canvas laundry bag and Winnie the Pooh blanket were found with the little girl's remains.

Cindy Anthony's testimony followed that of a long line of investigators and forensic experts, called to the stand in the Orlando courtroom in an effort to support prosecutors' theory that Casey Anthony, 25, killed her daughter by knocking her out with chloroform and putting duct tape over her nose and mouth. They allege she then put the little girl's body in black garbage bags and stored it in her trunk before dumping it in woods near her home.

Caylee's skeletal remains were found in December 11, 2008. She was last seen June 16, 2008, but her disappearance was not reported until July 15, 2008, after Cindy Anthony demanded answers from her daughter about Caylee's whereabouts.

Anthony faces seven counts in Caylee's death, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading investigators. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.

She has pleaded not guilty. Her attorneys have said Caylee was not killed but rather drowned in the family pool on June 16. Defense attorney Jose Baez told jurors that Casey Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked when they discovered the body and covered up her death. George Anthony rejected that scenario in his testimony the first week of the trial.

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Hugh Hefner's fiancee calls off the wedding
June 14th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Hugh Hefner's fiancee calls off the wedding

(CNN) - The third time apparently won't be the charm for Hugh Hefner. The Playboy founder, married twice before, confirmed via Twitter that his 25-year-old fiancée Crystal Harris has called off the couple's impending wedding.

Back in February, Harris was announcing on "Piers Morgan Tonight" that she was all set to marry Hef on June 18. The Playboy Playmate gushed about the wedding details, noting that her best friend and her sisters were on board to be her bridesmaids. "It's going to be fun!" she told Morgan.

But perhaps the nuptials started to look less thrilling. A few days before the ceremony was scheduled to begin at the Playboy Mansion – and right around the time Funny Or Die released a video about the occasion – Harris seems to have opted out.

"The wedding is off," Hefner tweeted on Tuesday. "Crystal had a change of heart."

FULL STORY on the CNN Marquee blog

Filed under: 360° Radar
Gingrich confronted over cash, charity
June 14th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Gingrich confronted over cash, charity

Concord, New Hampshire (CNN) – Newt Gingrich's campaign vehemently denied any wrongdoing following an ABC News report Tuesday that questions business practices between two of his organizations, one a for-profit business and the other a charity.

"Despite all the innuendo in the ABC story, their team of journalists did not find any activity that was not fully supported by the law," the GOP presidential candidate's Communications Director Joe DeSantis wrote in a statement.

The ABC News report said Gingrich's charity, Renewing American Leadership (ReAL) paid $220,000 over two years to Gingrich Communications, one of the candidate's for-profit businesses.

The story also said that the charity "also served as another avenue to promote Gingrich's political views, and came dangerously close, some experts say, to crossing a bright line that is supposed to separate tax-exempt charitable work from both the political process and such profit-making enterprises as books and DVDs."

Blasting back that ABC News put out "baseless insinuations," the Gingrich campaign's DeSantis added that "both ReAL and Gingrich Communications took great care to make sure all resources were being used legally and ethically. Most of the payments from ReAL to Gingrich Communications were to compensate the time of ReAL's part time executive director, who was an employee of Gingrich Communications. This is perfectly normal and common practice."

"The rest was to purchase books, which ReAL used for their fundraising efforts," the statement continued. "The book purchases were made 'at cost' meaning there was zero profit made by Gingrich Communications or Newt on the sale."

The strong statement of denial follows a testy exchange caught on video earlier Tuesday in which Gingrich dodged – then verbally dressed down – a reporter after being repeatedly pressed about the business practices.

FULL STORY on the CNN Political Ticker
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June 14th, 2011
02:15 PM ET

CNN reporter, briefly in Syria, hears 'horror' stories

Near Kherbet Al-Jouz, Syria (CNN) - As the Syrian military on Tuesday continued its relentless advance against protesters, citizens who had fled their homes for safety related "horror story upon horror story" to a reporter who managed to enter the country.

Despite the Syrian government's consistent refusal to give CNN and other international news organizations permission to enter the country, a CNN reporter crossed the Turkish border into northwestern Syria for a few hours Tuesday.

She spoke to people at a makeshift campsite near Kherbet al-Jouz, where tarpaulins strung between trees provided the only shelter from the elements for the hundreds of Syrians encamped there. One family said they had spent an entire night standing rather than lie in the mud. One man tried to protect himself from the rain with branches and a piece of tarpaulin.

Families bathed in a muddy stream, where they also washed the few clothes they had brought with them.

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