October 18th, 2012
10:51 PM ET

RidicuList: Cold cannonball

A German man discovers a cold cannonball isn’t the icebreaker he’d expected. It's a cautionary tale on the RidicuList.

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October 18th, 2012
10:45 PM ET

Former CIA agent: Take out Syrian regime

Former CIA officer Bob Baer tells Anderson Cooper that intervening in the Syria conflict would be dangerous, but it's riskier for the U.S. not to act. He believes it's time to take Bashar al-Assad out.

There are reports that some rebels have obtained heat-seeking shoulder-fired missiles to combat the government forces' powerful weaponry. Syrian activist Zaidoun says that's why the opposition is making progress in the north, while the factions in the south are struggling with basic equipment.

The U.S. is concerned that weapons smuggled into the country will fall into the hands of extremists. Zaidoun agrees that the combination of violence from the regime and the word's reluctance to get involved have created an opportunity for extremists to enter the country.

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October 18th, 2012
10:14 PM ET

KTH: Attack ads tackle abortion and contraception

Keeping Them Honest, Anderson Cooper shows how both Mitt Romney and President Obama created misleading ads about contraception and abortion.

October 18th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

Letters to the President #1368: 'Reading between the lines'

Reporter's Note: President Obama and Mitt Romney continue to campaign. I continue writing letters. Pretty soon at least one of us is going to crack under the strain...

Dear Mr. President,

I’m sure you’re pretty busy these days, but let me tell you, you’re not the only one. I can hardly keep up with all the projects at work these days. I won’t complain. As I like to say, there are only two kinds of people these days: Those with no work, and those with too much. Ha!

Speaking of which, your pal Mitt Romney seems to have his hands full dealing with that “binders full of women” comment from the debate. And I have to say, that is a shame. It seems pretty clear to me what he was trying to say, that he certainly meant no offense, and I’m always a tad troubled by the idea of political races hinging on things like this.

We all say things in ways we don’t intend from time to time. You’ve done it. I’ve done it. And heaven knows Joe Biden has. But a few ill-chosen words seem to be a bad basic for selecting…or not selecting…a leader of a nation. Now, granted, if people believe those words expose some fundamental belief that troubles them, that is a different matter. Words do, after all, matter. I can respect such judgments.

Still, that just doesn’t seem to be the case here. You tried to explain what you have done to help women in this country. Mr. Romney tried to do the same. Each of you have some things to brag about, and each of you could also make pretty substantial improvements on that front. And yet a massive amount of discussion is being attached to not the substance of all that each of you said or did, but rather to one portion of a phrase.

Anyway, it was just on my mind as I watched all the kerfuffle today. I hope all is well with you. Call if you can.


October 18th, 2012
09:45 PM ET

Exclusive Interview Part 1: Man behind 'Jailbait' posts exposed, loses job

Fort Worth, Texas (CNN) - An internet troll reviled for his pornographic posts on Reddit and recently revealed as a middle-aged software programmer told CNN that he made "a huge mistake."

For years, 49-year-old Michael Brutsch hid behind the online screen name "Violentacrez," creating hundreds of subforums on the user-generated website, such as "Rapebait," "Incest," "Pics of Dead Kids," "Choke a Bitch," and "Rape Jokes." "Violentacrez" has been banned from the site several times, although Brutsch still maintains a separate account.

Last week, Gawker revealed the identity of "Violentacrez," whose posts generated as many as 800,000 subscribers and triggered a debate about whether Reddit was criminally liable for the content of its forums. Reddit is a website where the popularity of posts - and whether they are featured prominently on the site's main page - is determined by registered users' votes.


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October 18th, 2012
09:44 PM ET

Deal needed to avoid fiscal cliff

Dana Bash, Ali Velshi and Gloria Borger discuss fiscal negotiations and why the election delays an agreement.

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October 18th, 2012
09:42 PM ET

Exclusive Interview Part 2: Reddit troll exposed

CNN's Drew Griffin talks to Michael Brutsch, a.k.a Violentacreza on Reddit, a married father who anonymously posted disturbing and sexualized photos of young girls online because, he says, it was "addictive."


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October 18th, 2012
09:40 PM ET

Abortion and the war for women's votes

Bay Buchanan and Neera Tanden debate which candidate appeals to voters who are most concerned about abortion and contraception.

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October 18th, 2012
04:26 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Exclusive interview with Reddit “Jailbait” moderator

Even if you’ve never heard of Michael Brutsch from Arlington, Texas, you may be aware of what he’s done to distribute sexually suggestive pictures of underage girls online. Known as Violentacrez on Reddit, his real identity was exposed by Gawker last week. Tonight in an exclusive interview on AC360°, Brutsch tells CNN’s Drew Griffin about the disturbing content he created, why he became a notorious Internet troll, and the consequences of losing anonymity.

Brutsch, 49, says moderating “Jailbait,” which he created in 2008, and other sections of the site was his way of relaxing after work, which he no longer finds necessary because he’s now out of a job. He agreed to the interview because he wants to clear up what’s been said about him. Although he posted about sexually assaulting his stepdaughter, he says he never did. He only made that up as part of his Reddit character to boost Violentacrez’s credibility as “ the king of posting porn.” He also wants to make it known that he didn’t start a section called “Creepshots,” a collection of pictures taken of unsuspecting women, but was asked to moderate.


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