July 11th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

Video: Dr. Drew on Dugard's survival, healing

Editor's note: HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky provides some insights into what kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard suffered and how she is healing.

Related: Dugard talks about her 18 years of terror

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July 11th, 2011
11:54 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Anthony judge may release video

Editor's note: Gary Tuchman reports on a video not shown to during the Anthony trial which the judge is considering releasing.

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July 11th, 2011
11:51 PM ET

Raw Politics: Dems, GOP search for debt ceiling deal

Editor's note: CNN's Anderson Cooper and Gloria Borger speak with David Walker about the politics of raising the debt ceiling.

Related: Obama rejects short-term debt deal, urges compromise

Related on CNNMoney.com: Doh! A bad time for spending cuts?

Filed under: Raw Politics
July 11th, 2011
11:45 PM ET

KTH: Pledge causes controversy for Bachmann, Santorum

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper reports on the controversy surrounding the preamble to a pledge taken by two GOP presidential hopefuls.

Related on the CNN Political Ticker: GOP candidates caught in slavery controversy

July 11th, 2011
09:52 PM ET

Rewriting History: Join the Live Chat

Two republican Presidential hopefuls, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, signed a controversial marriage pledge. Part of the pledge compared the family situation of African-American children living under slavery to african-american kids today. The conclusion: black slave children had stronger families under slavery. its factually false. We'll go through fine print, something the Bachmann campaign claims they didn't do. There's also the political backpedaling. We're Keeping Them Honest. Also tonight, news details on what will happen with Casey Anthony is released from jail in six days.

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July 11th, 2011
07:15 PM ET

Obama rejects short-term debt deal, urges compromise

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama ruled out any possibility of signing a short-term extension of the federal debt ceiling Monday, insisting that the time has come to tackle the nation's most pressing fiscal problems in a comprehensive way requiring bipartisan compromise on both taxes and cuts to entitlement programs.

The president continued to push for the largest deal possible - an apparent rejection of a call by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to focus more narrowly on spending cuts agreed to in an earlier round of negotiations.

It's time to "pull off the Band-Aid" and "eat our peas," Obama told reporters of the need for both sides to make difficult choices to address the nation's mounting federal deficits and debt. "Let's step up. Let's do it."

Noting that Republicans have pushed for decisive action on debt reduction, Obama urged them to compromise from their blanket refusal to end Bush-era tax cuts for wealthy Americans. The president said he'd be willing to push Democrats to do something they don't like - reform Medicare and other entitlement programs that are the party's political legacy - in an effort to reach his goal of trimming the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10-12 years.

"Now is the time to deal with these issues," Obama declared. "If not now, when?"

There was no breakthrough during a White House meeting between Obama and congressional leaders Monday afternoon, but top Democrats and Republicans agreed to meet again Tuesday, according to a congressional aide. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, called Monday's meeting "constructive."

While dismissing a possible short-term deal covering the rest of the year, the president insisted that an agreement to increase the current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling will be reached before August 2. Treasury officials have warned that a partial default could be triggered if lawmakers fail to act by that date.

Such a failure could lead to skyrocketing interest rates and a plummeting dollar, among other things.

Obama, who promised daily meetings until a deal is reached, reiterated his warning against either party taking a "maximalist position" in the ongoing negotiations. The president insisted he is willing to take "significant heat" from his own party on issues such as entitlement reform in order to get a deal done.

Republican leaders should as well, he said, referencing GOP opposition to any increase in tax rates.

For his part, Boehner said he still has a sharp disagreement with the White House over taxes and the "extent of the entitlement problem, and what is necessary to solve it."

"It takes two to tango, and they're not there yet," Boehner said in reference to the administration.

A Republican aide with knowledge of Monday's meeting said it included one exchange in which Boehner argued that his side also would find it difficult to vote to reform entitlements, which would likely include delaying or reducing some benefits in order to cut costs.

When Obama pointed out that the Republican-controlled U.S. House had already passed a proposal that would overhaul the government-run Medicare health insurance program for senior citizens, the GOP aide said, Boehner responded: "Excuse us for trying to lead."

Two Democratic officials with knowledge of Monday's talks confirmed the exchange but noted that it wasn't tense or any kind of showdown between Obama and Boehner.

Beat 360° 7/11/11
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge comments on her painting during a visit to Inner City Arts on July 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit: John Stillwell - Pool/Getty Images)
July 11th, 2011
07:11 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/11/11

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July 11th, 2011
06:02 PM ET

Letters to the President: #903 'If you can stand the heat . . .'

Reporter's Note: President Obama, top Dems and top Repubs are working on a budget deal to keep the federal government from slamming into the debt ceiling…which, I am told, might hurt.

Dear Mr. President,

I read the headline that you are ready to take “significant heat” from your own party to reach a deal on the debt ceiling, and I must say that is an encouraging sign for several practical reasons.

Related: Obama rejects short-term debt deal, urges compromise


Text 360°: What's next in Casey Anthony case?
Cindy Anthony testifies during her daughter's murder trial in Orlando on June 30. Late last week, a Florida correctional official said that Anthony declined a request to be visited by her mother Cindy.
July 11th, 2011
04:36 PM ET

Text 360°: What's next in Casey Anthony case?

Tonight on AC360°, Gary Tuchman reports from Florida about Casey Anthony as the young woman's release date from jail approaches.

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Related: Casey Anthony rebuffs mom's attempt to visit her in jail, official says

Send us a text message with your question for Tuchman. Please include your name and where you live. Text AC360 (or 22360), and you might hear it on air!

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July 11th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard talks about her 18 years of terror

(CNN) - U.S. kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard, who gave birth to two children during her 18 years in captivity, said she did what she had to do to survive.

During a wide-ranging interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer that aired Sunday night, Dugard opened up about her experiences at the hands of her captors, Nancy and Philip Garrido.

Dugard was just 11 years old when she was abducted in 1991 from the street in front of her South Lake Tahoe, California, home. The Garridos held her and her daughters in a hidden compound of sheds and tarpaulins until she was found in 2009.

Dugard is now 31 and working to build a new life, one in which she and her children are finally free.

"There's a switch that I had to shut off," she told Sawyer. "Just went someplace else."

"I can't imagine being beaten to death, you know? And you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped, you know? So, it's just, you just do what you have to do to survive."

Dugard recounted the first moment Phillip Garrido entered her life.

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