January 16th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

Video: Convicted killers lived and worked at governor's mansion

CNN's Martin Savidge interviews one of the convicted murderers pardoned by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour about the program that gave him frequent access to the man who would later set him free.

January 16th, 2012
09:57 PM ET

Video: The RidicuList: 'Human Barbie' offers child liposuction

New to the RidicuList, Anderson Cooper adds the controversial gifts the self-titled "Human Barbie" offers her 7-year old child.

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January 16th, 2012
09:53 PM ET

Video: Risky search for potential survivors

Anderson Cooper talks with a maritime rescue expert about the challenges in finding survivors from the Costa Concordia ship accident in Italy.

January 16th, 2012
07:55 PM ET

Letters to the President #1092: 'The war of attrition'

Reporter's Note: Every single day I write a letter to the president. My mother is jealous, but I told her, “Maybe you should have thought of that when you decided not to run, Mom.”

Dear Mr. President,

So my Saints have washed and folded their jerseys, hung up their helmets, and booked some tee times after being edged out of the playoffs by the 49ers. It was a great game. Wish it had ended differently, but a great game nonetheless. And now the surviving teams battling on toward the Super Bowl.

The whole big drama came to mind when I saw Jon Huntsman suspend his campaign for the presidency today, and give his endorsement to Mitt Romney. It occurs to me that politics is one of the few places where the losers have to so openly, and immediately embrace their foes.

Sure, sports guys do it, but that’s a different matter; it is, after all, just a game no matter how much money is involved. And I guess you can say that when some person in business gets passed over for a new job, he or she is expected to be cooperative with the person who scored the position; but that’s different than having to stand up in front of the whole office and say, “Now, I’m entirely behind the guy who whipped me.”

And yet, I think it is a good idea. My younger daughter has been telling me about something in British government that I don’t entirely understand, but in a nutshell: Before something is law there, when it is still being debated, any lawmaker can say anything he or she wants to about it. But once it is passed, they all own it, and all must not only support its implementation, but shut their traps about all that they didn’t like in the first place. They must, as a group, own the legislation.

I like dissent. I like it when people can freely speak up about politics and politicians they oppose. But I also like people being gracious in defeat and accepting the rules…even if they are only rules of decorum. It is, to me, like respect for democracy itself.

I don’t know about you, but I have a terribly busy week ahead. Maybe it’s just as well that I’m not caught up in the playoffs anymore. Ha!


January 16th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: 29 unaccounted for after Italian cruise ship nightmare

A luxury cruise liner with about 4,200 people on board ran aground off the coast of Italy, leaving at least six dead and 29 still missing, including two Americans. There was chaos and panic on the ship as passengers and crew tried to escape from the one side that had accessible lifeboats. The captain is under arrest and faces possible charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while passengers were still on board, authorities said. He will appear in court on Tuesday, but the search for victims continues and questions remain about the events leading up to the disaster. Tune in to AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET for the latest from Giglio, Italy.