June 16th, 2011
11:55 PM ET

The Shot: Puzzle features Cooper

Editor's note: AC360's Anderson Cooper and Isha Sesay discuss a recent puzzle of the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

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June 16th, 2011
11:52 PM ET

KTH: Romney says he's 'unemployed'

Editor's note: After taking Pres. Obama to task on the economy, a comment from Mitt Romney is under scrutiny. Anderson Cooper reports.

June 16th, 2011
11:48 PM ET

Video: Dr. Drew on what's next for Weiner

Editor's note: Dr. Drew Pinsky speaks with Anderson Cooper about Fmr. Rep. Anthony Weiner and the treatment Weiner might be seeking.

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June 16th, 2011
11:46 PM ET

KTH: Politicians behaving badly

Editor's note: After Anthony Weiner's resignation, Anderson Cooper takes a look back at the fallout from other political scandals.

Rep. Weiner Resigns: Join the Live Chat
June 16th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Rep. Weiner Resigns: Join the Live Chat

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-New York) resigned today due to his sexting scandal. He's one of many lawmakers to step down due to bad behavior. Keeping Them Honest, why do some politicians get bounced from office, while others have the scandal just bounce off them? We'll look at that tonight. Plus, the defense begins in the Casey Anthony trial with a shocking question in court. And, the "Third Eagle of the Apocalypse" is back on the 'RidicuList' after he posted another video message for Anderson.

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Beat 360° 6/16/11
The first lady reacts as President Obama soothes a crying baby at the Congressional Picnic hosted at the White House Wednesday, June 15, 2011 (Photo credit: twitpic.com/White House Photo)
June 16th, 2011
07:52 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/16/11

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!

Tom Foreman
“President Obama today personally thanked one of the voters who will be paying off the national debt.”


Irene Clark
“I'm used to crying babies – I have a Congress full of them!"

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June 16th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Forensic testimony kicks off Casey Anthony defense

(CNN) - On the third anniversary of the day 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was last seen alive, attorneys for her suspected killer - her mother, Casey Anthony - kicked off their defense Thursday, presenting testimony about DNA and forensic procedures.

Testing found no blood on any of Anthony's clothes, in her car trunk or in the interior of the car, according to FBI examiner Heather Seubert and Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office crime scene technician Gerardo Bloise.

The two were the first witnesses called by Anthony's defense on a day that saw several heated exchanges between the prosecution and the defense.

Prosecutors allege that Anthony, 25, killed Caylee in 2008 by using chloroform on her 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 December 11, 2008. Although she was last seen June 16 of that year, her disappearance was not reported until July 15, after Anthony's mother 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, and her defense attorney Jose Baez has said that when all the facts are known, his client's innocence will become clear.

The defense has said Caylee was not killed but rather drowned in the family pool June 16. Baez told jurors in his opening statements that 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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June 16th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Weiner resigns after sexting scandal

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner heeded calls from across the political spectrum by resigning from office Thursday, saying the sexting scandal he first lied about and then admitted caused such a distraction that it was impossible for him to continue his work in Congress.

In a brief statement to reporters interrupted repeatedly by a heckler, the New York congressman apologized "for the personal mistakes I have made and for the embarrassment I have caused" to his neighbors, to his constituents and "particularly to my wife."

"Unfortunately, the distraction that I have created" made it "impossible" to continue working in Congress, Weiner said.

He was greeted by some cheers when he entered the room at a community center in his home district to make the announcement. One onlooker, however, heckled Weiner by shouting "pervert" and later yelled insulting questions as Weiner spoke. The heckler turned out to be a writer for shock jock Howard Stern who goes by the name Benjy Bronk, and he offered little explanation for why he taunted the congressman.

Weiner, 46, was considered a possible front-runner to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013 until the revelation in late May of his online communications, including lewd photos of himself he sent to women he befriended on Facebook and Twitter.

After initially claiming that the first picture to be made public resulted from his account being hacked, Weiner eventually admitted that he sent the picture and had engaged in several inappropriate online relationships with women he contacted through social networking sites.

House colleagues wished Weiner well Thursday while acknowledging his failures.

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June 16th, 2011
04:43 PM ET

Letters to the President: #878 'The puck stops here'

Reporter's Note: The Boston Bruins are toasting their season with sips from Lord Stanley’s Cup. Bravo for them! As for our friends to the north…

Dear Mr. President,

I don’t ask much in life. A good family, a decent living, a nice dog, and when it comes to Game Seven in the Stanley Cup Finals, I would like both teams to show up. But did I get that last night? No.

The Boston Bruins came to play - full of discipline, skill, energy and excitement. They deserve nothing less than the hearty congratulations of every hockey fan, and I hope when they come to the White House later you give them an extra hearty handshake.

The Vancouver Canucks, however, seemed as if they’d just been awakened from a nap and were all cranky. They barely bothered to strap on their skates. It was disgusting.
And then some Vancouverites rioted in the streets? Why?

Related: Vancouver residents ponder reasons for Stanley Cup riots

Vancouver is a lovely place filled with imminently reasonable and decent people, but you would not know it from the video post-trouncing. Vehicles tipped over and set ablaze. Mobs running amok. Tear gas flying. This did no honor to all of us hockey fans, and I was embarrassed to even watch.

June 16th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Romney tells actual unemployed people he is also unemployed

(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has more in common with the average voter than it may seem, or so he said during a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida Thursday.

After listening to a group of unemployed Floridians discuss the challenges they face in the job market, the presidential hopeful -and multi-millionaire– cheekily divulged, "I am also unemployed."

Romney's remarks were greeted with laughter from the crowd, and prompted one man to ask the former governor and businessman if he is on the online networking site 'LinkedIn.'

"Yes actually and I'm networking," Romney answered. "I have my sights on a particular job that I'm working for."

But not everyone appreciated Romney's humor.

FULL STORY on the CNN Political Ticker

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