September 19th, 2012
11:51 PM ET

KTH: Romney campaign's spin on leaked tape

The Romney campaign is sending mixed messages in its response to a controversial video taken at a private fundraiser. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

September 19th, 2012
11:50 PM ET

Byers: Romney campaign in 'crisis mode'

John King, Gloria Borger and Politico's Dylan Byers discuss how the Romney campaign is handling the "47 percent" video.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney
September 19th, 2012
11:22 PM ET

RidicuList: Goldfish beauty pageant

Miss America's got nothing on these beauties. Thousands of goldfish pageant contestants, and the man who judges them, only on the Ridiculist.

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September 19th, 2012
11:18 PM ET

Sen. McCain: Romney cares about every American

Sen. John McCain on Wednesday compared a comment he made during his 2008 presidential bid to one made by his party's 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, which is similarly drawing heavy Democratic flak.

At the time, McCain later pedaled back on his comment.

Clips recorded secretly at a May fundraiser and released Monday showed Romney saying 47% of the electorate are dependent on government. He said they see themselves as victims, and would "vote for the president no matter what."

Criticism from Democrats piled on. At a news conference Monday evening, Romney said the comments were "not elegantly stated.” His campaign has said the comments were aimed at criticizing expanding entitlement programs.

McCain, a high-profile supporter of Romney and a senator from Arizona, defended the candidate Wednesday on AC360, saying the comments were being misunderstood.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Senator John McCain
September 19th, 2012
11:14 PM ET

Amanda Knox's ex: We're like brother and sister

Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, tells Anderson Cooper about his interrogation, conviction on murder charges, six months in solitary confinement and his current relationship with Amanda Knox.

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Filed under: 360° Interview • Crime & Punishment
September 19th, 2012
11:10 PM ET

Fran Townsend: Libyan Ambassador's lack of security shocking

Fran Townsend and Bob Baer say if Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens was on an al Qaeda hit list, he should have been protected by the U.S. government. Both want an investigation into the lack of security.

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Filed under: Libya • National Security
September 19th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

Exclusive: Amb. Chris Stevens worried about al Qaeda hit list

A source says Ambassador Chris Stevens was concerned about the threat of extremists in Benghazi, Libya before he died during an attack on the U.S. Consulate.

At a Senate Homeland Security hearing on Wednesday, the National Counterterrorism Center Director acknowledged that Stevens and three other Americans were killed "in the course of a terrorist attack."

Sen. John McCain says it doesn't make sense that the White House, Sec. Clinton and United Nations' Ambassador Susan Rice stated "categorically that it was not a terrorist attack, when obviously it had all the earmarks of a terrorist attack."

McCain believes Amb. Stevens should have been provided more security in Libya, and particularly in Benghazi with reports of the growing al Qaeda presence.

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Filed under: Libya • Terrorism
September 19th, 2012
10:25 PM ET

The Shot: Toy truck helps boy yank tooth

Easton had his first loose tooth on his first day of first grade. His parents came up with a creative way to help.

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September 19th, 2012
06:55 PM ET

Letters to the President #1339: 'Heading toward the finish'

Reporter's Note: President Obama probably gets a lot of letters every day, so one more can’t be much of a bother. You think?

Dear Mr. President,

You’ll be pleased to know that after a completely awful run on Sunday afternoon, I had a much more pleasant trot this morning. Not that far. Just a few miles, but I kept it slow and steady, and felt generally pretty solid through the whole thing.

I have come to have a lot of faith in the idea of starting slowly and gradually stacking up the miles. It’s difficult to restrain the urge to break away early on, but frankly I’d rather finish any race running strong and feeling as if I am picking up steam instead of just staggering to the line.

This, of course, is a metaphor.

You are undoubtedly doing well in your run for re-election right now, and increasingly I hear the buzz of pundits saying the proverbial Fat Lady is tuning up in the wings for Mr. Romney. You are leading in more polls. The donations seem to be rolling in pretty steadily. I hear less and less of the talk from a few months back about how vulnerable you have been made by the jobless rate, the low home values, and on and on and on.

Still, this is September. We have all of October, and into November before the vote comes around, and a million things might happen in the interim; scandals, international or domestic unrest, further economic turmoil. In other words, I offer the same advice to you that I would give to any runner in any race, run through the tape. Don’t assume, no matter how close you are to the finish, that your position is assured. Surprising things can happen in the final steps and many a presumed champion has found himself startled in 2nd place by a late charging opponent.

Again, I’m not saying things will go that way. But you would be foolish not to prepare for that possibility; just as Mr. Romney would be foolish to give up hope even though he seems to be having some difficulties now.

Hope all is well. Give me a shout if you have a moment. I’m around.


September 19th, 2012
06:05 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend speaks out

In the days after Amanda Knox's roommate was murdered, her boyfriend at the time says they "didn't realize they were suspects" in the case. Raffaele Sollecito didn't even bring a lawyer when he met with police in Perugia, Italy. His number one lesson from his infamous conviction and eventual acquittal: Bring a lawyer.

Sollecito talks with Anderson Cooper tonight about their ordeal, which is the focus of his new memoir, "Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox."

Their nightmare began in November 2007 when Knox's roommate, Meredith Kercher, 21, a British exchange student, was found dead in their apartment with her throat slashed.

Sollecito says he and Knox faced aggressive questioning from police.

"They threaten you," Sollecito told Anderson. He says police called him a liar and told him he'll be in jail for the rest of his life. Police "used anything to push me into a corner" and tried to get him to "throw Amanda under the bus," Sollecito added.
But he wouldn't do it. Sollecito said, "The truth is more important."


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