June 17th, 2011
11:58 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Anthony parents want justice done, attorney says

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper speaks with the attorney who represents Casey Anthony's parents and brother.

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June 17th, 2011
11:53 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Bug expert testifies in Anthony trial

Editor's note: CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on testimony Friday by a bug expert called by Casey Anthony's defense team.

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June 17th, 2011
11:50 PM ET

Video: ATF gun operation under scrutiny

(CNN) - The Mexican government’s fight against drug cartels has cost thousands of lives with guns smuggled in from the United States helping to fan the flames of this deadly fight.

In an effort to help track the flow of guns across the border, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (or “ATF” as it is commonly known) conceived of Operation Fast and Furious. The idea was to allow some guns to cross the southern border in the hope of seeing where those weapons ended up But once those guns arrived in Mexico there was no way of tracing them until they turned up at a crime scene. Sadly, one of those guns turned up near Rio Rico, AZ next to the body of Customs and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Now Congress is asking questions. Lawmakers want to know who allowed this operation to go forward. And answers have been in short supply.

Related: Deadly U.S. gun operation called 'felony stupid'

One thing that is known is that the Mexican government wasn’t informed of the operation.

Now at least 1800 guns have been allowed into Mexico and according to one ATF agent the bodies will be piling up until the last one is recovered.

June 17th, 2011
11:48 PM ET

KTH: ATF operation an epic government foul-up

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on the search for who authorized an ill-conceived ATF operation intended to track firearms.

June 17th, 2011
11:45 PM ET

KTH: U.S. weighs war crimes against Syria

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on the Assad regime continued brutality against its own people.

Syria's Bloody Crackdown: Join the Live Chat
Syrian boys stand behind a fence at the Turkish Red Crescent camp Friday, 30 kilometers from the Syrian border.
June 17th, 2011
09:44 PM ET

Syria's Bloody Crackdown: Join the Live Chat

Today there were massive new demonstrations across Syria. And, now the Obama administration is taking the first early steps in preparing a case to possibly indict Syria's dictator, Bashar al-Assad, in the International Criminal Court. The allegations: human rights abuses. Plus, a U.S. border patrol agent winds up dead and no government agency is willing to admit responsibility. It's all connected to a huge gun sting gone bad. More than 1,800 guns crossed into Mexico and fell into the wrong hands. We're Keeping Them Honest. And, why testimony centered around a "pig in a blanket" in the Casey Anthony trial.

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Beat 360° 6/17/11
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 17, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
June 17th, 2011
08:22 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/17/11

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!

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“And THAT’S why they call him Newt.”


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“As Paul Revere told my friend Sarah Palin, if the British try to take away our guns, we will shoot them with our fingers."

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June 17th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Defense bug expert: Prosecution theory doesn't add up

(CNN) - The kind of insect evidence found by investigators in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car does not prove that a body was stored inside, a bug expert for the defense testified Friday in the Orlando woman's murder trial.

Prosecutors used their cross-examination to vigorously challenge forensic entomologist Tim Huntington on his experience, an experiment on a pig and why he omitted a key opinion on a stain photo from his pretrial report.

Jurors previously heard from prosecution witnesses who testified that the discovery of one leg of a kind of fly commonly found around decomposing bodies, as well as more numerous examples of a different kind of fly, suggested that a body had been stored in the trunk for no more than three to five days.

Prosecutors allege that Anthony killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, and stored her body in the trunk before dumping it in a wooded field in June 2008. Prosecution witnesses have testified about a subtle stain and a strong odor inside the car as evidence that a body had been decomposing inside the trunk.

But on Friday, Huntington told jurors that the evidence is not convincing.

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June 17th, 2011
05:39 PM ET

Letters to the President: #879 'What's war got to do with it?'

Reporter's Note: The White House recently gave Congress a 32-page report about what our military is doing to help NATO in Libya but is rebuffing calls from Congress to explain more, arguing that it is not war so the need for explanations is limited. I suppose the need for more letters from me is pretty limited too…

Dear Mr. President,

I realize that I wrote to you earlier this week about this question of whether you need to explain to Congress more about our military involvement in Libya. I also realize that essentially your answer was: No, because it’s not really a war. Your team argues that because we don’t have troops in Tripoli exposed to direct danger, this falls short of full-on war as we know it.

Related: White House defends to Congress the U.S. military mission in Libya

I suppose I can see that argument. But if I do, I find myself wondering if anything will qualify as war in the years to come and, if not, how will we hold presidents accountable for war-like activities?

Protests rage over Syria; deaths reported
Syrian boys stand behind a fence at the Turkish Red Crescent camp Friday, 30 kilometers from the Syrian border.
June 17th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Protests rage over Syria; deaths reported

(CNN) - Mass protests unfolded in Syria on Friday, and related unrest reverberated across the Lebanese and Turkish borders in a volatile day that left at least nine people dead.

Rami Abdelrahman of the London-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights said four people died in Homs and one in Deir El Zour during demonstrations in Syria.

Fighting over the Syrian issue left at least four dead in Lebanon, and the number of Syrian refugees now in Turkey is approaching 10,000.

Protests swarmed several towns big and small across the country, including the Damascus area, Latakia, Homs and Hama, where thousands rallied, Abdelrahman said.

There were reports of detained demonstrators and the military deployment of tanks. There were reports of gunfire in Banias, a coastal city, Abdelrahman said.

The government's state-run TV said Syrian security personnel were injured by "militants" in the Damascus suburb of Al-Qaboun.

The Syrian government has consistently blamed the protest casualties on "armed gangs," and the TV report said the injuries occurred when the perpetrators opened fire in Al-Qaboun, just outside the capital.

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