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June 27th, 2012
10:37 PM ET

Letters to the President #1255: 'Tomorrow's trials'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama each day, and I imagine he has more time to read my letters on some days than on others.

Dear Mr. President,

Brace yourself. I think it is going to be quite a Thursday.

Seems like everyone in the whole town is poised to see what the Supreme Court is going to do with your health care reform legislation. I hear the odds makers are taking money against you, which can’t be very encouraging. Whether the court dismantles all or part of your legislation, either way it will make a bad start to a long weekend in the White House. I’m not saying it will go that way, but if the betting crowd is right, hang on tight…

On top of that, it looks like your attorney general, Eric Holder, is going to be ripped by Congress over the Fast and Furious affair. That won’t be pleasant either.

But look at the positive side.

First, if you get slammed by two bits of bad news in one day the headlines will be awful, but the twin messes will compete with each other for a single news cycle instead of each enjoying a luxurious 48 hours to itself.

Second, when things are going bad, sometimes it is best if they reach some sort of turning point, no matter how painful, because only then can you start rebuilding. Hey, would you rather have these things sitting out there waiting to ripen right before November?

And third…uh…I don’t know…something about lemons and lemonade.

Anyway, as always, my phone is on in case you want to talk. As you know, I can’t take sides, but I’m always happy to listen. And it may be that you’ll want to say a few things before tomorrow is done.

Regards,
Tom

June 27th, 2012
10:08 PM ET

Health care budget claims explained

CNN's Tom Foreman sorts through competing statements about health care reform made by Democrats and Republicans.

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Filed under: Health Care
June 27th, 2012
10:06 PM ET

Theories about the 'Teardrop Rapist'

A former FBI special agent gives insight into behavioral patters of a notorious sexual predator in Los Angeles.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
June 27th, 2012
10:05 PM ET

'Teardrop rapist' returns after 7 years

Police say they have linked the suspect dubbed the 'Teardrop rapist' to 35 attacks on women since 1996.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
June 27th, 2012
09:59 PM ET

Katherine Eban: Truth about 'Fast and Furious'

"Fortune" magazine reporter Katherine Eban says her investigation found the truth about the ATF's "Fast and Furious" operation.

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Filed under: Fast and Furious
June 27th, 2012
09:57 PM ET

KTH: The politics of health care reform ads

Democrats and Republicans air dramatic ads about the consequences of choosing the other party's plan for health care.

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Filed under: Health Care • Keeping Them Honest
June 27th, 2012
09:35 PM ET

Fire evacuee: Smell was awful, choking

Mindy Levinson fled her Colorado home with her young son to escape the fires. She says she wishes took more mementos.

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June 26th, 2012
10:12 PM ET

Justice Department sues two FLDS towns

Michael Watkiss and CNN's Gary Tuchman say polygamist leader Warren Jeffs still controls his followers from behind bars.

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June 26th, 2012
10:05 PM ET

Evacuee: Wildfire 20 feet from home

The wildfires in Colorado continue to burn thousands of acres of land. Doubling in size overnight, the Waldo Canyon Fire has damaged more than 15,000 acres as of Wednesday morning, threatening more property in Colorado Springs.

While the blaze rages, firefighters have managed to contain only 5% of the flames and the windy conditions mean there is no relief in sight. Gusts from a predicted thunderstorm could make the their work more difficult.

Becky Schormann is one of the approximately 32,000 residents who evacuated. She left her home Sunday after being jolted awake by her husband warning of the coming fires. Shormann, maintaing a sense of humor, jokes, "it was my one morning to sleep in."

Her family and neighbors helped pack a few piles of important items and prepare her two dogs, pony and donkey for travel. Now she's living out of a motor home near her daughter's house with a makeshift pen for the animals.

On Tuesday afternoon, her daughter, a volunteer firefighter, told her the  flames were only 20 feet from her home; firefighters prevented them from getting closer. Despite the destruction and uncertainty, Schormann remains hopeful. "I keep telling myself its going to be okay," she said.

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June 26th, 2012
10:02 PM ET

King: Romney is giving policy details

Ana Navarro, Mary Matalin and John King discuss whether Mitt Romney has offered enough specifics about his policy plans.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Raw Politics
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