March 27th, 2012
11:31 PM ET

Competing views on Martin shooting

Supporters of Martin and Zimmerman are increasingly at odds over what happened the night of the shooting.

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March 27th, 2012
11:06 PM ET

Campaign open mic politics

Ari Fleischer and Stephanie Cutter argue the candidates' foreign policy expertise and priorities.

March 27th, 2012
10:56 PM ET

Trayvon Martin's school records leaked?

Areva Martin and Mark Geragos discuss the relevancy of the 17-year-old's records and the motivation for releasing them.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Trayvon Martin
March 27th, 2012
10:51 PM ET

The RidicuList: Batman pulled over

Holy minor traffic violations! Batman gets busted for not having a proper license plate. The Batmobile lands him on the RidicuList.

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March 27th, 2012
10:46 PM ET

Ungodly Discipline: Abuse accusations at a Christian school

Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch in western Montana doesn't deny their use of "tough love" techniques on students. In the past, one house parent would apply pressure to the children's necks to control their behavior, a practice Pinehaven says is no longer permitted. Several former students and employees say they experienced or witnessed physical and emotional abuse. Preacher Bob Larsson, who's been the school's owner for almost 40 years, denies the allegations and tells CNN's Gary Tuchman that their methods of discipline are not abusive.

Larson introduced several students who are thankful for their time at Pinehaven. Troy Baker said, "Tough love means separating people from drugs and alcohol and bad influences that brought them to pinehaven in the first place." Curtis Swanson says he never saw an abusive house parent.

Others claim that the abuse went beyond trying to discipline students to include difficult and dangerous construction jobs around the ranch. Larsson says those who didn't complete the work were punished, but not abused. When asked why he thinks some are alleging abuse, he told CNN he believes they are influenced by Satan.

Watch Part II of the story on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

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March 27th, 2012
10:33 PM ET

Syrian activist on U.N. peace plan

Al-Assad agreed to a government ceasefire. Many have doubts, including activist Zaidoun who doesn't believe the regime.

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March 27th, 2012
10:21 PM ET

Trayvon Martin's father: My son defended himself

Sybrina Fulton and Tracey Martin demand justice in the shooting death of their 17-year-old son. They told Anderson Trayvon was only defending himself in the confrontation with George Zimmerman.

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March 27th, 2012
07:17 PM ET

Letters to the President #1163: 'Courting a health care kerfuffle'

Reporter's Note: The president’s health care reform plan is under review by the Supreme Court.

Dear Mr. President,

This was a tough day in the Supreme Court for your health care reform plan, I must say. Some of the justices went after it like yard dogs on a pork chop. Of course, we can never be sure what the black robe gang will do in their fortress of solitude, but it does not look particularly good for your side.

I’m not terribly surprised. Passing this reform package was not easy for your team, and even at the time I seem to recall legislative analysts suggesting that the way it was cobbled together practically begged for a court challenge. Now you have one.

In terms of the public reaction to this whole affair, I tend to agree with folks who say this is not really about health care, but rather about a bigger issue: How we see our government. When I talk to people on all sides of this debate, they speak with such passion that you can’t even start to think it is just about Band-Aids and aspirin.

Some people insist that a government which can’t provide basic health care to its citizens (or at least a means of obtaining it) is clearly, woefully falling short; a failed state of sorts. Others say, with just as much certainty, that a government which would order its citizens when and where and how to spend hard earned money (with private companies no less) is little better than tyranny. And that, I fear, is really the crux of it.

An awful lot of our 50-50 elections, our poisonous rhetoric, and bitter feelings in political circles seem to swirl around this basic sense of how much government ought…or ought not…be involved in our lives. It is, for debaters on all sides, so tied to their basic understanding of the country’s identity, that they can not bring themselves to back down for fear of losing their sense of who we are, what unites us, and where we are headed. That’s why I suspect, no mater which way the ruling goes, the outcry afterward will be something to behold.

Anyway, just thought I’d mention it. Hope all is well.


March 27th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Anderson Cooper explains Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture

In this behind-the-scenes preview, Anderson Cooper describes "Kids on Race: The Hidden Picture," the groundbreaking year-long investigative study that will air the week of April 2 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. Race relations is one of the most explosive issues in America and for many, it’s one of the most taboo to talk about, especially with children. For this special report, AC360° contracted a renowned child psychologist to help us understand how race influences a child’s world.

The CNN commissioned pilot study builds on the original Doll Test’s historic research done in the 1940s that examined how African -American children interpret race, discrimination and stigma. Teaming up with child psychologist Dr. Melanie Killen, the report scientifically explored how kids view interracial contact in their daily lives. The children, ages six and thirteen, were shown images that were designed to be ambiguous to children. “What is happening in this picture” was the starting point for interviews conducted with the group of 145 African-American and Caucasian children in six schools across three states. The report explored how children’s interpretations of the images changed when the races of the characters were switched.

This series will tackle controversial issues and answer some difficult questions. Is race a factor in how children view conflicts and choose friends? Do children see race or are they, as many parents believe, socially colorblind? How, when and why do they form their opinions on race? Can those opinions change over time or at a certain age, are kids “hard-wired” about race? And does the racial make-up of their school and environment affect their opinions on race? Anderson along with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will share with the viewers the children’s answers and the conclusions our researcher drew from their responses.

Tweet your thoughts about the upcoming @AC360 series using hashtag #KidsOnRace. Find out more about the project from the CNN Press Room and be sure to watch starting Monday, April 2 at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on CNN.

Filed under: AC361° • Kids on Race • Race in America
March 27th, 2012
02:15 AM ET

KTH: Trayvon Martin witness steps forward

Among other new developments, a man says he saw George Zimmerman yell for help during the scuffle with Trayvon Martin. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

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