April 8th, 2013
10:51 PM ET

Beyonce and Jay-Z's controversial trip

Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are drawing scrutiny for vacationing in Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. U.S. law prohibits citizens from traveling there for tourism.

Two conservative Cuban-American members of Congress are asking U.S. Treasury officials to look into whether the couple had the proper paperwork.

"I'm not saying that they should be politicians, but be sensitive to the cruelty of this regime, what they've done to the people of Cuba. It's just a shame to make it look like an exotic vacation, shameful," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Cuban-American Florida Senator Marco Rubio also weighed in on Twitter. In a lengthier statement, he criticized the Obama administration's updated policy that allows for visiting Cuba as part of the "people to people" program.


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April 8th, 2013
10:23 PM ET

The life and legacy of the 'Iron Lady'

CNN's Christiane Amanpour looks back at Margaret Thatcher's life and 11-year reign as the first female prime minister of Britain.

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April 8th, 2013
09:55 PM ET

North Korean defectors beaten, killed

Many North Koreans are desperate to escape their homeland, willing to risk their lives to get out. A movement of activists is trying to help, but the mission is dangerous. If caught fleeing or assisting others leave, the punishment is possible torture and execution.

Anderson Cooper talks to Jim Butterworth about his film "Seoul Train," which documents the perilous journey for four adults and a toddler who escape into neighboring China. It's a rare look inside the lives of ordinary North Koreans seeking freedom.

Butterworth's sources tell him that agents from North Korea infiltrate China to go after defectors and the activists in the underground railroad.


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April 8th, 2013
09:42 PM ET

Will the gun law deal be effective?

Charles Blow and Ross Douthat discuss the political strategy playing out in the gun control debate and the status of a proposed bill.

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April 8th, 2013
09:39 PM ET

Gabby Giffords appreciates guns

Programming note: See more of Dana Bash's interview with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET Tuesday night.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, tell CNN's Dana Bash that they continue to own guns for recreation. Giffords was severely wounded during a 2011 shooting rampage that injured 12 others and killed six in Tucson.

For target practice, Kelly uses the same type of gun Giffords was shot with, a 9mm Glock, but with a magazine that can hold 17 rounds. The Tucson shooter had a magazine that held 33 rounds.

They believe they have credibility in the gun control debate because they are long-time gun owners who support Second Amendment rights. The couple is campaigning for stricter gun laws, including universal background checks, to prevent guns from getting in to the wrong hands.

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April 8th, 2013
09:20 PM ET

Nancy Reagan: Thatcher had a soft side

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former Secretary of State James Baker, and CNN's Christiane Amanpour share personal anecdotes and reflect on the life of Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.