November 8th, 2012
11:54 PM ET

Taking stock of Tea Party after election

CNN's Gary Tuchman reports on the possible future of the tea party following the 2012 elections.

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November 8th, 2012
11:30 PM ET

Obama's secret microtargeting operation

Time's Michael Scherer describes how the Obama campaign used data and analytics to successfully appeal to voters and raise money. By investing in a large technical support staff, they had the resources to remake voter files with more valuable information than they had in 2008. "They created basically a holistic system where they could not just target people, but figure out the best ways to target people," says Scherer.

One realization was that the ideal way to reach out to voters was with contact from someone locally, and even better if the person wasn't a stranger. Using the data from people who had downloaded the campaign's Facebook app, they were able to tailor their messaging and decide the optimal messenger.

Read more about about what the campaign revealed to Scherer during the exclusive interview.

November 8th, 2012
11:20 PM ET

Staten Island family afraid to leave home

The Camerada family hasn't had power in their home for 10 days - since Superstorm Sandy flooded and destroyed parts of their neighborhood. Diane Camerada told Anderson Cooper she's worried looters will rob them if they leave so they're remaining in their house with their three kids.

"I'm going to stick it out. I have no choice. I have nowhere to go and this is all I got over here. I'm probably not the only one that's bearing the storm and bearing this tremendous inconvenience by the city, " says Nick Camerada.

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November 8th, 2012
11:12 PM ET

RidicuList: Confusing sweatshirts

Two voters wearing their university pride at the polls almost lost their votes. Confusing sweatshirts are the latest fashion trend on the RidicuList.

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November 8th, 2012
11:09 PM ET

Snowe: We're obligated to solve problems

Outgoing Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, a moderate who’s had enough of the infighting, is walking away from Washington. Anderson Cooper talks to Senator Snowe about her decision and what's preventing compromise.

Filed under: Congress • Economy
November 8th, 2012
11:05 PM ET

Senator: FEMA is overwhelmed in New York

A New York state senator says if the recovery rate from Sandy continues, it will be after Thanksgiving before some residents have power back.

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November 8th, 2012
10:55 PM ET

Consequences of failing to compromise

David Gergen, Gloria Borger and Mark McKinnon discuss the negotiations and compromises needed in Washington to avoid a recession.

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Filed under: Economy • Taxes
November 8th, 2012
10:47 PM ET

Evaluating the tea party after the election

Anderson Cooper talks with Ari Fleischer and Van Jones about the tea party losses this election and what it means for both the Republicans and Democrats.

Fleischer says he likes the economic conservatism of the tea party, but they have had unqualified candidates in the past and need better messengers for their platform.

Jones believes people should regard the tea party with a certain amount of respect for how they've mobilized and garnered support, but they are not appealing broadly. He argues their tone has been "very offensive" to people of color and to women.

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November 8th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

Letters to the President #1389: 'The Republican family feud'

Reporter's Note: President Obama’s re-election has triggered an uproar in the Republican Party; which has triggered another letter to the White House from me.

Dear Mr. President,

You get four more years in the White House, and the Republicans get a family feud that is threatening to knock down the doublewide. Hardly seems fair, but then I guess that’s just the way politics plays out sometimes.

You’ve probably noticed the way your GOP pals are going at each other. They’re blaming each other for a bad campaign, a bad get-out-the-vote effort, bad talking points, bad outreach to minority groups, bad messaging for women, and yadda yadda yadda…I haven’t heard this many accusations since the last “So You Think You’re the Daddy?” episode on Maury.

All of this bodes well for your side, of course. It doesn’t take much of a fighter to take on someone who is beating up himself. If the Repubs keep going at it this way, your party can sit back, refine your tactics, and settle in for a nice long run as the big dogs in D.C.

But…uh…I don’t think that is going to happen.

As many of your Democratic friends have noted over the years, one thing Republicans are really good at is discipline. Truth be told, all of this cage fighting they are enduring right now is part of that. They are wasting virtually no time blaming you or your fellow Democrats for the loss. They may not always like the opposition tactics (and who does?) but they accept that you are supposed to fight them tooth and nail. What they don’t accept is their own mistakes when it comes to political warfare. The infighting at the moment is about cutting out weakness; about figuring out how they were beaten and taking the right steps to keep it from happening again.

Other than that, how are you feeling now that you’ve had a good night’s sleep? Must be heady days…

Call if you can.


November 8th, 2012
07:15 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Where's the Power?

First came Superstorm Sandy. Now a nor'easter has slammed New York. And tonight hundreds of thousands of people are still without power in the state.

Residents of Staten Island, the New York borough hardest hit by Sandy, are now now digging out of up to 7 inches of snow. Today's New York Daily News cover said it best with just two words, "This Sucks."

Tonight Anderson will talk with Staten Island resident Nick Camerada, whose home has no power. He and his family have been trying to stay warm with a propane heater for 10 days and counting. We first met Mr. Camerada last night when he talked with CNN's Rob Marciano as the snow was piling up outside his home. He's like so many other New Yorkers who are left wondering when the lights and heat will return.

10 days and counting, too many storm victims are left in the dark and now homeowners are finding out they have to hire a private electrician to inspect and possibly repair any damage before Con Edison, New York City's utility company, will turn the power back on. We'll have the latest on that.


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