September 2nd, 2014
11:39 PM ET

Mystery surrounds the 24-year-old American being held in North Korea

24-year-old Matthew Miller is the youngest of the three Americans being held in North Korea and allowed to speak to CNN yesterday. He was arrested last April for what North Korean authorities describe as "rash behavior." The circumstances surrounding Miller's arrest remain murky, but he is accused of tearing up his tourist visa and seeking asylum. Kyung Lah is in Miller's hometown of Bakersfield, California and found few people are willing to talk about the situation.

Former Ambassador Bill Richardson has negotiated with the North Koreans several times. He tells Anderson that this interview with the three Americans is likely a sign that Kim Jong Un's regime is ready to deal.

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Filed under: Bill Richardson • Kenneth Bae • Kyung Lah • North Korea
March 5th, 2014
10:26 PM ET

Bill Richardson: We need to keep the pressure on

Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart in Paris. Secretary Kerry described the talks as "the beginning of a negotiation" and told reporters "all parties agreed… it is important to try to resolve these issues through dialogue." Can dialogue defuse the Ukraine crisis? Anderson spoke with former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson.

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December 3rd, 2013
01:07 AM ET

Americans caught in a North Korean nightmare

Many Americans were shocked to see 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill Newman reading a scripted confession while held captive in North Korea. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson calls the situation "bizarre." He goes on to say that while he knows North Korea's previous leaders, this regime is a big "question mark." What will it take to free Newman and fellow American Kenneth Bae?
January 5th, 2009
01:17 PM ET

What do Gaza, Burris, Richardson and Franken have in common?

Program Note: Join us tonight as Anderson reports LIVE from Israel. AC360° tonight at 10pm ET.

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Barclay Palmer
AC360° Senior Producer

For the candidate of change, they're all bringing some quick changes. They're all quickly changing Obama's new world order.

Is Israel getting what it wants from its attacks in Gaza...is Hamas getting what it wants? Is the best we can hope for another TEMPORARY end of violence? Egypt keeping its borders closed, preventing humanitarian aide from getting to suffering and dying "fellow Arabs?"

Obama plans a $300 billion tax cut...some say it's to appease critics on the right. Maybe...But Obama has shown a Bill Clinton-like move to the middle in many more ways than this one.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Barclay Palmer • Bill Richardson • Israel • Palestine
December 5th, 2008
07:55 AM ET

Who is Bill Richardson?

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You may remember Bill Richardson as one of the many candidates in the Democratic presidential primary field in 2008. But what else do we know about Barack Obama’s pick for Secretary of Commerce? So glad you asked.

Richardson has gobs of experience in public life, including as an official and unofficial diplomat, but curiously little experience in private industry for someone whose job it will be to create jobs in the private sector. With that said, here’s the scoop on Richardson:

  • He’s the highest profile Hispanic politician in the U.S.. His mother was Mexican and he grew up in Mexico City until high school, when he moved to Massachusetts. Richardson eventually married his high school sweetheart, Barbara.
  • He went to Tufts for undergrad and graduate school in international affairs, and was a minor-league baseball player.
  • After working on Capitol Hill and running unsuccessfully for Congress in 1980, Richardson won a House seat and represented New Mexico in Congress from 1982 to 1994.
  • He joined the Clinton Administration, first as U.N. Ambassador and then as Secretary of Energy. As Secretary, he was criticized for his response to the Wen Ho Lee espionage scandal.  At a hearing about the scandal, Sen. Robert Byrd said to Richardson, “I have to say, I am not calling for your resignation at this moment, but you have shown a supreme, a supreme contempt of the committees of this Congress…you have squandered your treasure, and I am sorry.” Ouch.


Filed under: Bill Richardson • Raw Politics
December 3rd, 2008
02:40 PM ET

Why Chinese American activists oppose Bill Richardson

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Ken McLaughlin
San Jose Mercury News

In a move bound to create political tension between Latinos and Asian-Americans, a group of Chinese-American activists in Silicon Valley has launched a nationwide grass-roots movement to fight President-elect Barack Obama's nomination today of Bill Richardson as commerce secretary.

The group is upset at the New Mexico governor for his handling of the nearly decade-old case of Taiwanese-American Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. U.S. officials once suspected Lee of giving nuclear secrets to China when Richardson was President Clinton's energy secretary.

The Chinese-Americans say they realize that challenging the nomination of Richardson, 61, the nation's most high-profile Hispanic politician, will ruffle the Latino community, many of whose leaders felt he should have been named secretary of state instead of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

But the Chinese-American group insists that Richardson's refusal to acknowledge making serious errors in the case makes it a moral imperative to oppose his nomination to Obama's Cabinet. They say their criticism of Richardson has nothing to do with him being Latino but everything to do with his lack of judgment in the case.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Bill Richardson • Ken McLaughlin • Raw Politics