January 17th, 2013
11:35 PM ET

Betsy Andreu 'furious' at Armstrong

Editor's note: Don't miss Betsy Andreu live on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET tonight after the conclusion of Part II of Lance Armstrong's interview.

Betsy Andreu, wife of Lance Armstrongs former teammate Frankie Andreu, reacts immediately after seeing Armstrong's interview with Oprah. She says she is disappointed and furious that he didn't tell the truth.

"You owed it to me Lance, and you dropped the ball. After what you've done to me, what you've done to my family, and you couldn't own up to it. And now we're supposed to believe you? You have one chance at the truth. This is it," said Andreu.

She told Anderson Cooper what angered her most about the interview was his refusal to admit she and her husband were telling the truth about overhearing him tell doctors he was using performance-enhancing drugs in 1996. The couple testified about the incident in 2005.


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January 17th, 2013
10:42 PM ET

Bloomberg: Assault weapons ban is tough sell

Persuading Congress to ban assault weapons will be tough, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.

But it's a fight the outspoken advocate of stricter gun laws says he's determined to win.

"Getting rid of assault weapons, that is a tougher sell, and that's what we've really got to work on," Bloomberg said in an interview with CNN's AC360°. "I'm optimistic, but it's tougher."

Bloomberg said he's encouraging the roughly 800 mayors who are members of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization to start lobbying lawmakers and "explain to them why constituents really want this done."

Speaking a day after President Barack Obama announced a list of proposals to reduce gun violence, Bloomberg said the package - which calls on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban, restrict ammunition magazines and expand background checks for gun buyers - is "reasonably comprehensive."


January 17th, 2013
09:24 PM ET

'Buckethead bandit' hits store

CNN's Susan Hendricks reports on a man who wore a bucket on his head while attempting to rob a store.

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January 17th, 2013
09:17 PM ET

Letters to the President #1459: 'Preparing for guests'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is no doubt preparing for his inauguration, as am I.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, here the week is winding down again and the work just seems to be growing right before my eyes. And yet at any given moment I feel as if I am getting nothing done. Do you have that sensation?

I imagine you do, since the ocean of matters surging around your desk is infinite. No matter how much you bail it never seems to change, I suppose.

Still, the big inauguration is coming up and you must be excited about that. Speaking of which, I talked yesterday with one of your fans. I won’t put his name here, since I didn’t say anything about mentioning him to you and I would not want him to be embarrassed. But he really is a big fan. He voted for you last time and this time too, and he’s also coming to the inauguration!

I have to say that I am impressed by that. Of course, as a journalist I am paid to never get that “into” any candidate, but even if I had, I can’t imagine that I’d ever feel so strongly about an elected official that I’d pack my bags and get onto an airplane just to cheer for him or her from a distance. But hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans are going to do that in just a few days because that is how they feel about you. Isn’t that something?

I always feel good when my wife just stands on the porch and waves goodbye when I leave for work. The idea that people I’ve never met, and never will meet personally, would go to such pains to wish me well…just amazing. Fortunately, I don’t think I’ll ever have to contemplate such a puzzle. Ha!

Still, I hope it crosses your mind as you make your final preparations. I’m sure taking the oath will feel just as special this time as last…maybe it would feel that way if you took it a dozen times. But remember as you stand there that just witnessing that moment from a distance…maybe a great distance…is also a great moment for many of your fellow citizens, whose hopes for the next four years may be even greater than yours.

Call if you can. I’m busy, but around.


January 17th, 2013
06:18 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Bloomberg’s gun control fight

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at the forefront of the campaign for stricter gun legislation in America. Stirred by the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he’s been increasingly vocal in demanding new federal gun control measures.

Tonight Anderson Cooper sits down with Bloomberg to get his reaction to the 23 executive actions signed by President Obama on Wednesday, and the gun legislation he sent to Capitol Hill.

Bloomberg has called for many of the White House proposals, including prohibiting the sale of the military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, and addressing background checks.


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January 17th, 2013
11:50 AM ET

Victim on gun law reform: We can do this

Colin Goddard, who was shot during the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting, and Alexis Haller, uncle of Sandy Hook school shooting victim Noah Pozner, share their reactions to Pres. Obama's plan to reduce gun violence in America.

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