September 25th, 2012
11:59 PM ET

KTH: Romney slams Obama's welfare policy, again

In an interview with CNN, Mitt Romney insists his campaign ads are “spot on” and continues to double down on his claim that President Obama is trying to take the work requirement out of welfare. We're Keeping Them Honest.

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September 25th, 2012
11:45 PM ET

Ridiculist: (Alleged) Butt Chugging

Kids today sure have a gross way of allegedly getting drunk...and landing themselves on the RidicuList. We can't make this stuff up!

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September 25th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

Charities in debt to fundraising company

THOREAU, New Mexico—A struggling charity in this tiny town amidst the spectacular red rock country of northwestern New Mexico has found itself owing one of the biggest direct mail companies in the world more than $5 million as a result of a failed fund-raising campaign.

The company is Quadriga Art, which just today received an official letter from the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C., seeking detailed financial information about its finances, especially as they relate to another charity that we’ve investigated, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

Quadriga Art ultimately forgave a debt of $5.3 million but only after CNN began its investigation. Quadriga says it tried its best but the campaign was a failure.

And we’ve also examined another Quadriga client called Help the Children, based in Los Angeles. Its mission, it says, is to feed 130,000 families a month. But its CEO, Roger Presgrove, told CNN it too was upside-down to Quadriga Art for about $285,000 at one point.


September 25th, 2012
07:03 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Few face-to-face meetings at United Nations for Pres. Obama

President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly this morning in New York and delivered a stern message to those responsible for the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

"The attacks on our civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America," said Pres. Obama. "There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice," he added.

Pres. Obama also addressed the bloodshed in Syria. "The future must not belong to a dictator who massacres his people," he said about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


September 25th, 2012
06:22 PM ET

Letters to the President #1345: 'Threats..empty and full'

Reporter's Note: I write a letter to President Obama every day. I am very dedicated to my job.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, your speech at the United Nations has certainly grabbed a few headlines. Take that, Syria! Here's some for you, Iran! And if either of you make us stop this car...

Heaven knows both nations have certainly done more than enough to iritate almost any American president, so I don't suppose anyone should be surprised by your strong words. The catch, of course, is that strong words often have to be backed by strong action.

One of the biggest mistakes parents make is threatening kids with consequences for bad behavior if they have no intention of making those threats turn to reality. A child who is told, "Clean your room or else..." rightfully may be curious about that "or else" part. And if he or she learns that what it really means is "or else I'll just keep making spineless threats" then the whole parent-child power structure falls apart.

Now, granted, we're talking about whole nations, not children. But I think some of the principles remain the same. If you are going to suggest that you will not stand by for an unlimited time while these two nations mess around, you have to really mean it. I trust you do. I suspect that you and your team already have a secret plan of response for continued non-compliance, and that's good.

Because while making threats is not always the best way to work on relationships, making empty threats is assuredly one of the worst.

Hope all is well. Did you see the game last night? Wow! Call if you can.


September 25th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Candidates criticized after '60 Minutes'

Paul Begala and Alex Castellanos debate comments made by President Obama about the Middle East and Mitt Romney about health care in "60 Minutes" interviews.

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September 25th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Same-sex marriage and the election

Anderson Cooper talks to John King, Jessica Yellin and Gloria Borger about how the issue of gay marriage will impact the election, and how the candidates have presented their views.

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