December 22nd, 2011
11:32 PM ET

Video: RidicuList Top Ten: Don't mess with Damon

Next on Anderson Cooper's Top Ten 2011 countdown, a warning for anyone who wants to mess with Matt Damon.

Filed under: The RidicuList
December 22nd, 2011
11:06 PM ET

Video: 25-year-old pen removed from stomach

A pen lodged in a woman's stomach for over 25 years is removed – and it still works! CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.

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Filed under: Medical News
December 22nd, 2011
11:01 PM ET

Video: Who won tax cut fight?

Ari Fleischer says House Republicans were right to push for a one-year tax cut but politically it was a bad move. He and Paul Begala spoke with Sanjay Gupta on AC360.

Filed under: Raw Politics
December 22nd, 2011
10:00 PM ET

AC360 Poll: Payroll tax cut

The House and Senate have agreed to extend the payroll tax cut. We'll hear expert analysis from Dana Bash, John King, Candy Crowley, Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer on AC360 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

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December 22nd, 2011
06:46 PM ET

Letters to the President #1067: 'Baby, it's cold'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is preparing for Christmas like most of the rest of us. Well, not exactly “like” but he’s getting ready anyway. And no doubt that means keeping up with my letters to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

Is it just me, or have you noticed that every now and then a certain old Christmas song will go through a revival. For years it will mold away on some old album by a long forgotten jazz singer, or maybe on the B side of a John Davidson single (which, to be honest, would be an awful lot like the A side,) then…oh say, it gets folded into the soundtrack of a popular movie and suddenly everyone is on board.

I feel as if that has happened with "Baby, It’s Cold Outside.' This is a song that was written during the 1940s and for a long time the only version I’d ever heard was by Dean Martin. Now, however, it is all over the place.

There are versions by all sorts of contemporary artists, and in some cases little known versions by past artists are just getting scads of airplay on satellite radio, and Pandora, and places like that. Probably my favorite, newer version is the one by Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone. In part that’s because I just think spending a Christmas evening hanging with Leon Redbone would be a hoot, and if Zooey Deschanel happened to lurking around it would certainly constitute a Facebook moment.

“Hey, sweetie, can you come over to the diner? Yeah…Leon and Zooey are here. We’re having a blast!”

I read on Wikipedia that it was originally just a little novelty number that this songwriter, Frank Loesser, would sing with his wife at parties and it actually had nothing to do with Christmas. And yet now everyone knows it, and it plays right alongside Jingle Bells, Backdoor Santa, and all the rest.

Well, things change I guess.

I saw the video of you out Christmas shopping. Are you done yet? If not, give me a call on your way to the mall. Seems like forever since we’ve talked. Because, uh, it has been. Ha!


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Filed under: Letters to the President • Opinion • President Barack Obama • T1 • Tom Foreman
December 22nd, 2011
05:26 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Explosions rock Baghdad

A series of suicide bombings across Baghdad targeted busy intersections and market places. CNN's Arwa Damon says "It's a nightmare  that's unfolding in front of their eyes." She'll join us on AC360 tonight with the latest from Iraq.

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Vote: All the best, all the worst in 2011
December 22nd, 2011
08:53 AM ET

Vote: All the best, all the worst in 2011

It’s that time of year again! AC360° and Tom Foreman showcase the best and worst moments from the past 12 months: politics, pop culture, sports, big news, web videos and more! 

This year we’re asking you, our 360 viewers, to tell us what you rank as the best and worst of 2011. Was the Royal Wedding the top news story?  Did Anthony Weiner take home the prize for worst political move?  Was the honey badger clip the greatest viral video?

Vote on our blog now and watch AC360° at 7 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve and 8 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve when we reveal the results! Speaking of New Year’s Eve, we hope you'll also join us for Isha Sesay's webcast that night at 10 p.m. ET and Anderson's show with Kathy Griffin live from Times Square at 11 p.m. ET!



Filed under: New Year's Eve 2012 • Tom Foreman