September 23rd, 2011
10:46 PM ET

Video: 'Do-nothing' Congress

On the brink of a partial government shutdown, House members are on vacation next week. We're Keeping Them Honest.

Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • Raw Politics
September 23rd, 2011
10:43 PM ET

Video: KTH: Perry's HPV claim

GOP presidential front-runner Rick Perry and the truth over his executive order on the HPV vaccine. Keeping Them Honest.

September 23rd, 2011
09:41 PM ET

RidicuList: Book of Butts

Sean Combs' new book dedicated to the female posterior finds its way onto the AC360 RidicuList.

Filed under: The RidicuList
September 23rd, 2011
09:32 PM ET

Video: Amanda Knox's mother speaks out

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to the mother of Amanda Knox who is hopeful for her daughter's murder conviction appeal.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
September 23rd, 2011
07:47 PM ET

"Do nothing" Congress: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, we’re following what critics are calling the “do nothing” Congress. On the brink of a partial government shutdown, House members are on vacation next week. We’re Keeping Them Honest. Plus, Amanda Knox’s appeal trial started today. We spoke with Amanda’s mother about the possibility of her daughter walking free. And the sky is falling! NASA says the falling satellite could hit the United States.

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 9/23/11
Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney share a laugh in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Photo credit: Phelan M. Ebenhack-Pool/Getty Images
September 23rd, 2011
04:57 PM ET

Beat 360º 9/23/11

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!

Update! Congratulations to the winners:

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Zoe Carmichael

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Jarman Day-Bohn

Beat 360° Challenge

Filed under: Beat 360°
September 23rd, 2011
04:39 PM ET

CNN Hero: Feeding children in Somalia

One of last year's CNN Heroes is feeding thousands of starving children in drought-stricken Somalia.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
September 23rd, 2011
04:35 PM ET

Video: The Connection: Blind Drivers

A Virginia Tech researcher has designed a high-tech car for blind drivers.

Filed under: The Connection • Tom Foreman
September 23rd, 2011
04:02 PM ET

Letters to the President: #977 'Is that red meat you're selling?'

Reporter's Note: President Obama has been teeing up Republicans and driving them down the fairway as his re-election bid heats up. Still, I wonder a bit in today’s letter if he is also running a risk of winding up in the rough.

Dear Mr. President,

This probably sounds like a silly question because I think the answer is obvious for obvious reasons, but just for clarity: Have you completely given up on that whole idea of a post-partisan, “let’s all work together” new age of politics?

I ask because I’ve noticed your distinctly sharper tone on the campaign trail. Seems like every other day I hear you lobbing a water balloon into the Republican camp amid the cheers of die hard Democrats. I understand, in that some of your true blues have certainly wanted you to attack with much more vigor. It no doubt makes them feel much better each time you sound the charge and wade into the opposition like a wheat thresher.


As much as that may be satisfying, I can’t help but wonder what impact this will have on that big, middle market of voters which…as I and many others have pointed out before…are the reason you were elected. The polls suggested that a good number of them were fundamentally drawn to you because of your “let’s all work together” beliefs, and as much as they may resent the Republicans not playing ball, I’m not sure that means they are ready to slap on the full Democratic war paint in response.

To the contrary, I think they may find those words which resonate so well with the faithful, kind of a turnoff. Because, when you get right down to it, they loved the idea that you were different; that you were not just another politician; that you really believed in change and could produce it even in stodgy old Washington. And each time you go on a tirade, you sound like just the opposite. You sound an awful lot like dozens of other candidates we’ve heard on the left and right for years. You sound like a person with old ideas, not new ones, who is pandering to the old constituency, not a new vision.

I’m not trying to wreck on you. I understand your frustration and how good it must feel to let fly to the cheers of people who like you. But that could prove to be an indulgence which you can not afford. Because I’ll bet no matter how great it feels today, if it costs you the middle…and the votes you need to be re-elected…that’s going to make for a very bad tomorrow.

Just some thoughts. Give a call if you can.



September 23rd, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Video: How to vote for your favorite CNN Hero

CNN's Anderson Cooper explains the voting process for CNN Hero of the Year.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
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