September 5th, 2011
10:05 PM ET

The RidicuList: Gerard Depardieu (again)

Editor's note: French actor Gerard Depardieu is added to the RidicuList for a second time.

Filed under: The RidicuList
September 5th, 2011
10:01 PM ET

Video: Ed Rollins steps down as Bachmann campaign manager

Editor's note: A big shake-up in Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign. Her campaign manager, Ed Rollins, a familiar face to CNN viewers, stepping back into an advisory role, citing health concerns.

Filed under: Raw Politics
'Monster' Texas Wildfire: Join the Live Chat
September 5th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

'Monster' Texas Wildfire: Join the Live Chat

A massive wildfire near Austin, Texas has burned 25,000 acres and destroyed 300 homes. The blaze is zero percent contained. We'll have a live report on the firefight. Plus, jobs were the big topic this Labor Day for Pres. Obama and the GOP presidential candidates. We'll talk it over with Democratic Strategist James Carville and Ari Fleischer, the former White House Press Secretary for President G.W. Bush. Find out why authorities in Aruba investigating the disappearance of American Robyn Gardner want to track down the people who drove a white car that was caught on surveillance video. And once again adding Gerard Depardieu to our RidicuList.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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Filed under: Live Blog
Beat 360º 9/5/11
Former Massachusetts governor and Republican candidate for president Mitt Romney pauses as he speaks to supporters during a Labor Day pancake breakfast on September 5, 2011 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
September 5th, 2011
06:48 PM ET

Beat 360º 9/5/11

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!

Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360°
September 5th, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Letters to the President: #959 'In praise of those who work'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is celebrating Labor Day by working. Other than writing this letter, I'm taking a break.

Dear Mr. President,

A very happy Labor Day to you! Although I hate to see summer coming to a close, it has been a good one in our house, so I can't complain. And even though in your house it has been a tad bumpy, hey...you're President of the United States, you just came back from vacation, and you have Biden around for laughs...how bad can it be?

I like Labor Day and I always have, because for all the good fortune I've enjoyed in my life, I've still always fundamentally seen myself as a laboring type. I think it was my upbringing. My mom and dad always had the greatest respect for true working folks when we were young. As we always saw it, on any given day the president of a company could be gone, or golfing, or waylaid by gravediggers and most people wouldn't know it. But let a key person on the job go sick for just a few hours and the whole place might shudder to a halt.

I still sort of feel that way. For my money, the heroes of our society (with all respect) are not the presidents, and CEO's, and generals and the like; but rather the regular people who wage a daily battle to get their jobs done; often for little pay, less respect, and in the worst conditions. Sure, the big shots at the top may be responsible for the overriding strategy and ideas, but without the rank and file, you are nothing.

Given a choice, I'd take Labor Day over Presidents Day any year; because this is a holiday about all of us, not just a privileged few.

I have a bowl of shrimp, some juicy steaks, and a hot grill waiting for me. Got to go. But call later if you like.