May 24th, 2012
10:24 PM ET

KTH: Mass. school called 'house of horrors'

Anderson Cooper talks with Massachusetts state Senator Brian Joyce and autism expert Dr. Louis Krauss of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry about a school for special needs kids that uses electric shocks  to try to control their behavior.

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May 24th, 2012
10:14 PM ET

Who has the edge in swing states?

Ari Fleischer and Bill Burton discuss strategies and factors driving voters to pick Obama or Romney in swing states.

May 24th, 2012
09:57 PM ET

RidicuList: Texas-sized typo

An "L" goes missing, hilarity ensues and an institution of higher learning ends up on the RidicuList.

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May 24th, 2012
09:24 PM ET

Chen: Didn't see hope to end suffering

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng tells Anderson Cooper about confinement, beatings and the feel of freedom. He’s speaking out for the first time since he escaped house arrest.

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May 24th, 2012
08:34 PM ET

Letters to the President #1221: 'Holding an edge?'

Reporter's Note: I don’t know if President Obama plays chess. I’m pretty sure even if he does that I could beat him, but you never know…

Dear Mr. President,

I realize that sometimes I talk about chess too much. To be honest, I talk about it more than I play these days; just can’t seem to find the time. But perhaps my loquaciousness on the subject is driven by not merely the game but also by the lessons it teaches.

Here is one of my favorites: If you have an advantage in a war of attrition, just keep fighting.

I had a good chess playing partner some years ago, and he always hated it when I managed to grab even the slightest advantage. He knew I would hold onto that extra pawn or knight like grim death, steadily trading pieces to clear the board, and grinding toward an end game; because I knew if I simply kept that small advantage…if I just kep ahead of him that little bit…by the end it would be huge and more than enough to win.

I mention it since I’ve noticed a fair number of polls lately that give you a small advantage over Mitt Romney at this point in the race. My advice, as it would be to any candidate of any stripe, is to cherish and nourish that small edge. Don’t be lured into trying to score a knockout, unless things change and you feel like you need it.

Because a win is a win is a win.

Some people may get all worked up over whether you win by a little or a lot, but neither you nor Mr. Romney ought to. Each of you must focus only on running a race that leads you to victory at the end, and a lot of times the key to that is not something big and bold, but rather a small advantage jealously guarded.

I hope all is well.

Write when you can.


May 24th, 2012
03:15 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Blind Chinese activist describes suffering, escape

In his first in-depth TV interview since arriving in the U.S., Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng talks with Anderson Cooper about his new freedom and why he's worried about the fate of his family and friends he left behind.

His relatives' homes have been broken into and they've been beaten by authorities in Shandong Province in eastern China, said Chen.

"We can see their retribution against my family since my escape has continued and been intensified," he told Cooper.

Still, Chen, 40, said he has no regrets about what he's gone through.

He shared what it was like to enjoy freedom.

”I haven't been able to feel the nature for a long time," Chen said. "On that day I had some time to soak in the sun and feel the breeze. i just felt I hadn't been able to do that in so long. I have missed out for too long."

Chen, his wife and their two children arrived in the United States on Saturday. He will take a fellowship at New York University, where he will study law.

Back on April 22, Chen escaped in the dark of night from more than 18 months in lockdown at his house in Shandong. The daring plot played out like a Hollywood movie - a blind man sneaked past sleeping guards, scaled the wall around his house, injured his foot and hid in a pig sty.


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May 24th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Senate investigates vets charity, pastor's anti-gay sermon, school shocks students, Chen's escape, Arab Spring program

What everyone’s talking about:

Our Keeping Them Honest reports on the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), a non-profit organization that claims to collect donations for veterans, have gotten the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Anderson spoke with Sen. Max Baucus and CNN’s Investigative Reporter Drew Griffin, who has been working on this story with CNN Producer David Fitzpatrick for a couple years. Sen. Baucus and fellow Senate Finance Committee member Sen. Richard Burr have launched an investigation to determine if the charity is abusing its tax-exempt non-profit status.

A North Carolina pastor said gays and lesbians should be rounded up and confined in an electrified fence until they die off. Keeping Them Honest, Pastor Charles Worley also made anti-Obama remarks in his sermon, which could be a violation of the church’s tax-exempt status. Anderson spoke to one of Worley’s supporters who defended the pastor’s comments, and CNN’s Gary Tuchman talked with a lesbian mom who has attended his sermons in the past and was saddened by the pastor’s words.

The Pakistani doctor, Shakeel Afridi, who helped the United States find Osama bin Laden was sentenced by a tribal court to 33 years in jail for treason. Anderson spoke with CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend about the trial. She said the current Pakistani investigation could lead to the death penalty if Afridi is charged with treason in the federal court.


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