Saturday AC360 Special Report: The Battlefield at Home
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November 10th, 2012
05:45 PM ET

Saturday AC360 Special Report: The Battlefield at Home

Anderson Cooper presents a special hour at 8 p.m. ET tonight on the myriad of challenges facing U.S. veterans when they return from battle.

Drew Griffin has been investigating charities accused of shameful deception, including allegations that they collect money with a promise of helping wounded veterans, but never deliver. These questionable charities target and exploit generous donors who think they're making a difference in the lives of service members. In tonight's show you'll see what happens when Drew confronts the president of one organization.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Drew Griffin • Randi Kaye • Veteran's Day • Veterans
November 10th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Charity scams claim to aid Sandy victims

Editor's note: For a list of legitimate charities and other ways to help Sandy victims from CNN's Impact Your World team, check outCNN.com/Impact

As the Northeast digs out from a second major storm in little more than a week, experts say Internet scam artists are preying on generous Americans who want to donate to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

According to a Maryland-based Internet watchdog company, more than 1,000 Internet domain sites with the words "Sandy" or "relief" were registered either as the storm was approaching the Caribbean last week or, in some cases, even before the hurricane hit.

"We have no idea who these people are," Johannes Ulrich, president of SANS Security told CNN from his home in Jacksonville, Florida. "And what we notice is that they do register hundreds of these domains, in part, trying to trick people who go to these domains and then donate the money.


November 10th, 2012
09:18 AM ET

Letters to the President #1391: 'Looking for middle ground'

Reporter's Note: President Obama’s talking about talking to Congress. Both parties.

Dear Mr. President,

Before all this CIA mess cranked up yesterday, I was gong to write to you about your comments regarding upcoming talks with Congress about the fiscal cliff, and taxes, and well…maybe the problems in the NHL for all I know.

I think one of the most important things you said was that you are open to compromise.

Compromise is often looked negatively way in our hyperpartisan times. People on the left, for example, feel as if you have already compromised far too much to accommodate the right. And people on the right feel as if their leaders have been far too quick to make deals with you. Here is the thing, though: When a situation is gridlocked, unless both sides are willing to compromise, no one can get what he or she wants. Can’t even get close to it.

The only people satisfied by that are certain Libertarians maybe who like the idea of a paralyzed government. But I suspect even many of their clan find that a poor substitute for real deals.

Signaling a willingness to compromise is also, to my mind, not a sign of weakness. I realize some people think it is, but not me. I think it takes much more courage, strength, and intelligence to craft a good compromise than it does to ram through some piece of divisive legislation. On top of which, when a compromise is good, you have both sides fighting to make it work…instead of one fighting to tear it down.

So good luck as your plans move forward. If you truly meant what you said, you’ve taken a right step. Now there are probably just a million more to go. Ha!