February 14th, 2012
11:39 PM ET

Video: RidicuList: Valentine's Day

Anderson Cooper adds Valentine's Day to the RidicuList and offers up some date alternatives for the romantics out there.

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February 14th, 2012
11:37 PM ET

Video: Janet Jackson: Whitney Houston was a sweet soul

Janet Jackson tells Anderson Cooper she first met Whitney Houston in the 80s and they always found time to chat. She reflects on their time together and offers advice to Houston's daughter as she mourns the loss of her mother.

Watch the complete interview on Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show "Anderson" on Monday.

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February 14th, 2012
11:28 PM ET

Video: Tracking down former Miss. Gov. Barbour

CNN's Ed Lavandera finds former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour to ask about the controversial pardons he issued to convicts.

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February 14th, 2012
11:26 PM ET

Video: Dangerous misuse of prescription drugs

Anderson Cooper talks to Dr. Drew and Dr. Sanjay Gupta about deaths resulting from abuse of prescription medicine.

February 14th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

Letters to the President #1121: 'The songs of love'

Reporter's Note: President Obama receives a letter from me every day. But never flowers.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, as usual I am celebrating Valentine’s Day with my traditional marathon of playing Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” for twelve straight hours.  Nothing says “I love you” quite like that.  Mind you, my wife usually misses the full effect since invariably she has a ton of errands to run as soon as I cue it up on the stereo system.  Ah well, her loss.

What are you doing to make the occasion special?  Let me guess: Raising a hundred million dollars at a pay-for-plate dinner?  Ha!  Just kidding.  Although, seriously, you could get a lot of flowers and chocolates for that kind of change.  Just saying…

Anyway, Robert Clark Seger aside, earlier today I dug out an old Valentine’s Day mix disc that one of my daughters assembled some years ago, and it made me start thinking about suitable songs for the day.  So, just in case you are not ready for the celebration this evening, here is a quick list of great mood music I think you should consider…my top ten romantic songs.

1) Romeo and Juliet – by Dire Straits.  Plaintive, scruffy, and just plain perfect.  “I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die.”
2) I Never Talk to Strangers – by Tom Waits.  “Stop me if you’ve heard this one…” does anybody else knock down a great lyric like this guy?  Toss in Bette Midler for the duet and you’ve got some Valentine’s dynamite there.
3) Take It From Me – The Weepies.  Yeah, you’ve never heard of them.  You should have.  Their story is great, their music is great.  Check it out.
4) I’ll Be There – by The Jackson Five.  I am really tempted to switch this to The Love You Save which, for my money, is one of the best tunes Michael and his musical frères ever cranked out, but I know it’s probably a tad too rockin’ for a quiet evening, so the old favorite will have to suffice.  Do you remember how Michael used to close every episode of their TV show singing this?
5) Two of Us – The Beatles.  Sure, the boys gave us way too many love songs from which to choose, but this one has always spoken to me…addressing friendship as much as courtship which, in the end, usually matters a lot more.
6) At Last – by Etta James.  There is just nothing else like this song, and no one else sings it like she did.
7) What I’d Say – by Earl Thomas Conley.  Oooohhh…seldom has love gone bad so beautifully.  Old country tune, but well worth digging up.
8) Let’s Stay Together – by Al Green.  I know you’re a fan already, but seriously… who isn’t?  Reverend Al is great.
9) How Do You Speak to An Angel? – by Lou Reed.  Like everything the Lou’ster does it carries a vague sense of menace, but hey…we’re talking about love here…that seems appropriate.
10) When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge.  You have to love it when a guy named Sledge produces such a great tune.

Hope this helps make for a romantic evening at the White House.  Call if you can.


February 14th, 2012
03:01 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: In search of Haley Barbour

Ed Lavandera is seeking answers about the prisoner pardons. In this preview, he explains where he's looking for the former governor. Tonight, find out what happened when they finally met. Ed's full report is on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

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