Market Meltdown: Join the Live Chat
August 4th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Market Meltdown: Join the Live Chat

It was an ugly day on Wall Street. The Dow plunged 512 points, its worst one-day decline since the 2008 financial crisis. What's fueling the sell-off and should you be worried about your investments? We'll talk it over with our money experts. Plus, a guilty verdict in Warren Jeffs sexual assault trial. Jeffs represented himself in court and pulled off an interesting closing argument. And, see who we add to our RidicuList.

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Filed under: Live Blog
Beat 360° 8/4/11
Peninah Pechenik (C), from Buffalo, New York, leans around to take a closer look of wax figures of (L-R) U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey while visiting Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on Obama's 50th birthday August 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
August 4th, 2011
08:11 PM ET

Beat 360° 8/4/11

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!

"That better not be Nancy Pelosi climbing out of that cake."
Jeromie Williams

"Birthday party or retirement party. You decide."
Joey Gardner

Filed under: Beat 360°
August 4th, 2011
06:34 PM ET

Letters to the President: #927 'A true lunch break'

Reporter's Note: The president took some of his staff out for lunch following the marathon wrangling over the debt deal. I picked up a sandwich and kept writing…

Dear Mr. President,

I saw the picture of you and your staffers grabbing some lunch at the Good Stuff Eatery and I actually thought, “Now that’s good stuff!”

You may wonder why I thought that, considering how angry the country is at DC these days. I mean, I could hardly blame voters if they were incensed with the image of you enjoying a meal out when things have been going so badly. But I don’t feel that way.

Sometimes a short break is precisely what we need when things are going wrong. Just hanging around the office facing more and more complaints, watching plan after plan burst into flames, is demoralizing and non-productive. Doing so after weeks of struggling with a daunting problem is foolish in the extreme. Tired people produce tired work, and that is rarely the solution to anything. It lacks imagination, and frequently runs sorely short on quality. Beating someone who is already beaten is a waste of time. I believe every person, even political types, need rest and encouragement.

Now, Congress taking more than a month off while this FAA mess boils seems excessive…but my point stands: It is good that you gave your team a break. So hand out the Band-Aids. Pass around the aspirin. And once everyone has caught his or her breath, then urge them back to the difficult tasks at hand. And once in a while order pizzas. And chocolate. It helps. And we can use all the help we can get.

Oh, and Happy Birthday!



August 4th, 2011
12:30 AM ET

Video: Warren Jeffs Trial

Editor's note: Gary Tuchman and Michael Watkiss have the latest in the trial of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
August 4th, 2011
12:22 AM ET

KTH: Mubarak

Editor's note: Hosni Mubarak on trial for charges of corruption and conspiring to kill protesters in Egypt, denies culpability.

Filed under: Keeping Them Honest
August 4th, 2011
12:10 AM ET

Video: New Garrido video

Editor's note: Dr. Drew talks to Anderson about new video that shows Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy, preying on children.

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
August 4th, 2011
12:03 AM ET

RidicuList: Heidi and Spencer

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper explains why Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have earned a spot on AC360's RidicuList.

Filed under: The RidicuList