January 4th, 2012
11:42 PM ET

Video: CNN After Dark

CNN's Iowa caucus coverage turned into a series of surprises, laughs and a new identity as "CNN After Dark."

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January 4th, 2012
11:02 PM ET

Video: The RidicuList: Anderson vs. caucus weebles

Anderson Cooper is apparently not a fan of one new high-tech gadget CNN used in its coverage of the Iowa caucuses. He's adding himself to the first 2012 RidicuList.

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January 4th, 2012
10:42 PM ET

Video: KTH: Fighting dirty with super PACs?

Presidential candidates distance themselves from political attack ads created by super PACs. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

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January 4th, 2012
10:31 PM ET

Video: L.A. arson suspect's angry tirades

Harry Burkhart launched into tirades and had to be restrained twice before the L.A. arson spree. CNN's Casey Wian reports.

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January 4th, 2012
10:28 PM ET

Video: Rick Santorum's conservative vision

Rick Santorum has established a reputation of conservatism in every sense of the word. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Iowa caucus, Edith and Carolyn, Romney, Iran, murder mystery Egypt,
January 4th, 2012
09:55 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Iowa caucus, Edith and Carolyn, Romney, Iran, murder mystery Egypt,

 What everyone’s talking about:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pulled ahead of former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in Tuesday’s Iowa caucus by eight votes, the closest ever GOP presidential contest. In entrance polls, caucus-goers named electability as the most important quality in a candidate. And step aside Wolf Blitzer, two Iowa women stole the show when they explained a missing link in the highly-anticipated results Tuesday night. Finally, what does this caucus show us? Here are five things we learned on Tuesday night. But, if you’re still unsure how the Iowa caucuses worked, Tom Foreman explains the Republicans’ caucus and how they differ from the Democrats’ “raucous caucus.”

Tension is rising after the United States rejected Iran’s warning not to return a warship “to the Persian Gulf region.” The semi-official Fars News Agency reported that Iran’s defense minister said the U.S. presence “does nothing but create mayhem, and we never wanted them to be present in the Persian Gulf.” Iran’s warning comes after it threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a critical shipping channel, in opposition to sanctions proposed by France, Britain and Germany . What does that mean for you? Oil prices are going up!


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January 4th, 2012
07:45 PM ET

Letters to the President #1080: 'A close vote'

Reporter's Note: The Iowa caucuses have come and gone, and so have some candidates. But what I’m writing about in today’s letter to the White House is how thin the margin can be that keeps someone in.

Dear Mr. President,

Eight votes. That is how many more Mitt Romney received than Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses. It doesn’t seem like a lot.

Think about it. Eight votes, more or less, could have been the result of many, many, many different circumstances. Some guy forgets to gas up his car earlier in the day and doesn’t want to do it in the cold. Some woman decides she really needs to buy a slice of ham and can’t make it to the caucus. Some husband and wife have a kid playing in the high school basketball game. Some student has an early class at the local college and can’t see hanging out discussing politics half the night. Some woman hits a deer on a rural road.

Any or all of those scenarios could have affected the outcome of that vote, and we’ll never know which ones actually did. All we know is that it came down to a very small margin for the Republicans to pick a winner in the first big, official contest of the 2012 Presidential Election.

When it comes to the actual presidential vote, I sincerely hope that it won’t be that close. When we all vote later this year on whether you stay in office for a second term, I want that tally to be decisive. I don’t care which way it goes. I’m actually paid not to care about such things. But I would love to see my fellow Americans make it abundantly clear who they want in charge; either give you the keys to the Oval Office with a big blessing, or take them away with conviction and finality.

I know that the second option would be hard for you to take, just as the first option would upset a lot of Republicans. But I suspect it would be good for the nation. A clear, strong result that would leave no confusion; no one hollering “tie,” and no one doubting who won.

Call if you can. Busy days around our house lately, so I might not be able to talk, but give it a whirl.


Beat 360° 1/4/2012
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign rally on January 2, 2012 in Perry, Iowa. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
January 4th, 2012
05:10 PM ET

Beat 360° 1/4/2012

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I just counted votes on my fingers....Carolyn and Edith are you sure the vote is right?

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January 4th, 2012
11:33 AM ET

Video: The women who found the Iowa votes: Edith and Carolyn

Edith and Carolyn are the two GOP officials from Clinton County, Iowa, who cleared up the result of the Iowa caucuses. Their phone call during CNN's coverage was a highlight of the night.

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January 4th, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Video: Edith and Carolyn call in to CNN

Wolf Blitzer and John King talk with Iowa GOP officials about the result of the Iowa caucus in Clinton County.

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