June 29th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

U.S. lawmaker on fact-finding mission to Syria

Damascus, Syria (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Democrat who's long been an outspoken anti-war voice in Congress, visited volatile Syria to explore the possibility of a resolution to the violence spiraling across that country.

Kucinich is part of a small delegation on a fact-finding mission to Syria and neighboring Lebanon.

He said in a statement Monday that he pursued the trip because his constituents, in a Cleveland-area district that includes many Arab-Americans, asked him to look into "conditions on the ground" and see if there's a solution to a situation that's "spinning out of control."

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency said President Bashar al-Assad met with Kucinich and the accompanying delegation Monday.

Criticism of Kucinich's trip has surfaced among activists because it is seen as legitimizing the al-Assad government.

But in his statement, Kucinich said he was planning to meet with "democracy activists, non-governmental organizations, small business owners, civilians as well as government officials."

Kucinich emphasized Tuesday that he met with people who are "actively involved" in the opposition, as well as government officials.

"I think it's really important for people involved in making policy to hear both sides," Kucinich told CNN.

The lawmaker arrived in Lebanon later Tuesday, where he plans to meet with President Michel Suleiman.

"Peace is not just the absence of war," Kucinich said, according to the statement.


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June 29th, 2011
02:10 AM ET

Video: Author optimistic about 'Arab Spring'

Editor's note: Author Bruce Feiler speaks with Anderson Cooper about the wave of popular uprisings that have swept the Arab world.

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June 29th, 2011
12:14 AM ET

The RidicuList: Winklevoss twins

Editor's note: For fighting the good fight over Facebook, Anderson Cooper adds the Winklevoss twins to AC360's RidicuList.

Related: Winklevoss v. Facebook lawsuit lurches on

June 29th, 2011
12:06 AM ET

Crime & Punishment: Anthony father-daughter relationship

Editor's note: The Anthony murder trial has put a spotlight on the relationship between George and Casey Anthony. Randi Kaye reports.

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June 28th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Meter reader, George Anthony testify

Editor's note: Casey Anthony's father and the man who found Caylee Anthony's remains testified Tuesday. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

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June 28th, 2011
11:54 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Should Loughner be medicated?

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper speaks with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and TruTV's Sunny Hostin about Jared Lee Loughner's mental status.

Related: Judge orders hearing on forcibly medicating Loughner

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June 28th, 2011
11:50 PM ET

KTH: Bachmann contradicts own disclosures

Editor's note: Questions continue to be raised about Rep. Michele Bachmann receipt of federal farm subsidies. Anderson Cooper reports.

Related: Bachmann's big government doublespeak

Related: Bachmann under the spotlight

June 28th, 2011
11:44 PM ET

Video: NATO puts end to Kabul hotel siege

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper speaks with journalist Erin Cunningham about a brazen attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Related: Attack on hotel in Kabul ends with deaths of 7 Taliban, 11 others

Filed under: Afghanistan
June 28th, 2011
09:53 PM ET

Anthony family in the spotlight: Join the Live Chat

Casey Anthony's relationships with her parents, George and Cindy, and with her brother, Lee, have been under spotlight during her murder trial. Tonight, our own Randi Kaye takes a look at Anthony’s relationship with her father George.

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June 28th, 2011
07:30 PM ET

Letters to the President: #890 'The unexpected'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is being updated on the latest attack in Kabul. Meanwhile, I’m sending my latest letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

This is not the first day that I was so busy I was not sure I could write to you, but it certainly has been a barn burner. Seems like the moment I arrived things started cranking, and it’s been steadily uphill since.

And this attack on the hotel in Afghanistan has certainly added to the sense of urgency. I suppose it has done the same at your office. Here it was just days ago that your team was talking about movement toward talks with the Taliban, and now this.

Related: Bombers attack luxury hotel in Kabul

Some of your critics will undoubtedly leap onto your back like wild squirrels to call the attack evidence of your naïveté. They will suggest you were foolish to imagine that the Taliban could ever be trusted. After all, this is a brazen hit on a major hotel in the capital city of the country!

Maybe they are right. Maybe they are wrong. For my part, I simply take it as confirmation of one of the immutable laws of the universe: Just when you think you understand how things are, remember…you don’t.

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