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February 10th, 2011
09:48 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mubarak Doesn't Resign, Crowds Outraged

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

As a new day begins in Cairo, an old regime is still in power. That's not what the massive crowd of anti-Mubarak protesters expected when they gathered in Tahrir Square to hear Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak speak to the nation. All day there were rumors he was stepping down. That's not the case.

However, Mubarak's regime is claiming he transferred his power to his vice president.

"The vice president is the de facto president," Egypt's ambassador to the United States, Sameh Shoukry, told CNN, shortly after Mubarak's speech.

Yet, the reality is Vice President Omar Suleiman is part of the same ruthless regime. He was just appointed to the new role on January 29th by President Mubarak.

Another reality: The Egyptian Constitution prohibits Suleiman from gaining the power to dismiss the parliament or the government, and the power to ask for amendments to the Constitution is still in Mubarak's hands. However, Suleiman can oversee the Interior Ministry, the police and other agencies, and negotiate with opposition parties.

But the harshest reality for the many people in Egypt is that Mubarak is still the president and still in the country. He will hold that title until elections take place in September.

"The transfer of the responsibility is going to be for the one who the people will choose as their leader in transparent and free elections," said Mubarak.

His message was met with anger in the streets of Cairo.

"Get out! Get out!," many cried out in Tahrir Square as he addressed the nation.

That message was not received. So, a crowd of protesters marched to the presidential palace and the offices of state-run Nile TV.

Tonight on 360°, we'll show you what's happening now on the streets of Cairo. There's concern that tomorrow could be a dangerous day in the city, with perhaps the largest protest yet. We'll also look at how the Obama administration and many others were led to believe Mubarak would step down.

Join us for those angles and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.


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February 4th, 2011
09:24 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Cairo's "Day of Departure"

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The bloody images were replaced with a mostly peaceful protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday. Thousands of anti-Mubarak demonstrators held a rally they dubbed "Day of Departure," as they called on the embattled Egyptian President to step down. Their demands on day 11 of the uprising were not met.

While the mood was mostly positive today, there is still tension. Our crews have heard sporadic gunfire. There were also street battles between supporters and opponents of Mubarak in another street plaza just half a kilometer from Tahrir Square.

Anderson will be reporting live from Cairo with the latest developments. He'll share the moving videos from today, and the last several days.

One of the most memorable images is of a white diplomatic van running into anti-government protesters near Tahrir Square. The U.S. Embassy in Egypt and U.S. State Department issued a statement saying that several embassy vehicles were stolen in Cairo on January 28. We'll talk it over with CNN's Jill Dougherty.

The lingering question is will President Mubarak step down soon or will he stay in office until elections in September?

Some are saying the Obama administration should be doing more to push him to resign now. Anderson will discuss the options with our team of reporters in Egypt, along with CNN's John King in Washington and Professor Fouad Ajami of John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Also, don't miss Anderson's 'Reporter's Notebook' on the sights and sounds over the past week.

Our live coverage from Cairo begins at 10 p.m. ET tonight on CNN. See you then.


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February 3rd, 2011
08:41 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Journalists Targeted in Cairo

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Anti-Mubarak demonstrators are calling for another massive protest Friday, saying it will be the "Day of Departure" for the Egyptian President. They're demanding that the 82-year-old leader step down.

Today journalists in Cairo were targeted, beaten and in some cases arrested by security forces and police. Several news organizations, including The Washington Post, Al Jazerra, The New York Times and CNN, reported members of their staff being harassed.

Anderson tweeted earlier today: "Situation on ground in Egypt very tense. Vehicle I was in attacked. My window smashed. All OK." He'll talk about what he faced tonight on the program.

Today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attacks against journalists.

"This is a violation of international norms that guarantee freedom of the press and it is unacceptable under any circumstances," said Clinton.

"We also condemn in strongest terms attacks on peaceful demonstrators, human rights activists, foreigners, and diplomats. Freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press are pillars of an open and inclusive society," added Clinton.

As Clinton indicated, human rights groups are also coming under attack in Egypt. Oxfam International, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are calling for the release of their staffers who've been detained at an undisclosed location in Cairo.

Egypt's Vice President Omar Suleiman, who was just appointed over the weekend, had a few choice words for the media when he spoke on TV today.

"I actually blame certain friendly nations who have television channels, they’re not friendly at all, who have intensified the youth against the nation and the state."

Suleiman urged the anti-Mubarak protesters to give up their cause.

"I'm calling on the youth, continue your love of Egypt, go back to your homes."

Meanwhile, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak rejected claims his government fueled yesterday's violence. Instead, he blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and he said said he would step down immediately if he could, but can't because it could put the country into chaos, ABC News reported.

"I was very unhappy about yesterday. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other," Mubarak told ABC's Christiane Amanpour.

As for tomorrow's planned protest, the demonstrators say they'll try to march to the presidential palace. CNN's John King will give us a lay of the land tonight and show you on the magic wall where the crowds could fill the streets tomorrow and where they are already camping out.

Our live coverage from Cairo begins at 10 p.m. ET tonight on CNN. See you then.


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February 2nd, 2011
08:55 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Clashes in Cairo

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

It's just before dawn in Cairo, Egypt, and despite a curfew clashes continue in the streets between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. There are worries it will only get worse when the sun rises in a couple of hours.

Anderson knows all too well the danger. He, his producer and cameraman were attacked by a mob of Mubarak supporters. For several stressful moments they were punched and surrounded by an angry crowd.

Tonight on 360°, Anderson will take you inside that scuffle. They recorded video of the tense encounter near Tahrir Square.

That's just one incident of dozens we witnessed in Cairo. For the past several hours, supporters of Mubarak have also thrown Molotov cocktails and there's been sporadic automatic gunfire.

Anti-Mubarak demonstrators in the square desperate for ammunition were destroying the sidewalks and throwing chunks of cement at their opponents.

Egyptian state television reports three people have been killed and more than 600 others wounded in today's clashes.

We'll take you to one hospital where they're treating the wounded. Some have burns from the Molotov cocktails, others have stab wounds.

We'll also dig into who's responsible for this day of violence and what this all could me for the country, the region and U.S. relations.

And, we’ll have the latest on the massive winter storm that has affected one in three Americans. Tonight Chicago could see wind chill temperatures that hit 40 below zero. The city got a record-breaking 19 1/2 inches of snow. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, several roofs have collapsed after a day of snow and rain.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.


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February 1st, 2011
09:34 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mubarak Says He Won't Run Again, Protesters Want Him to Resign Now

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

After a massive protest today in Cairo, Egypt President Hosni Mubarak announced to his country that he won't seek another term. The protesters aren't happy with that decision. They want him gone now.

"My first priority is to retain the stability and security of the nation, in order for a peaceful transition to power in an environment that will protect Egypt and Egyptians and will allow for the transition of power for whoever is selected by the people for the forthcoming elections," Mubarak said in his taped announcement aired just a couple hours ago.

Those elections are scheduled for September.

President Obama had a different message tonight for Pres. Mubarak when they spoke on the phone.

"What is clear and what I indicated tonight to President Mubarak is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, must be peaceful and it must begin now, " said Pres. Obama.

The key words: must begin now.

Anderson will talk that over with our panel of experts. He'll be reporting live from Cairo tonight along with CNN's Ben Wedeman and Ivan Watson. We'll also check in with Nic Robertson who is in Alexandria, Egypt, where there was a clash between anti and pro-Mubarak followers.

Our other big story tonight is the massive storm that's brought ice, snow and brutal winds to areas from Texas to the Great Lakes and is taking aim at the Northeast. More than 30 states and up to 100 million people will be in the dangerous weather system. There are blizzard conditions in Chicago, where up to two feet of snow could fall. CNN's Rob Marciano joins us from there with the latest.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.


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January 31st, 2011
09:43 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Egyptian Army says 'No Violence' Against the People

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Anderson is reporting live from Cairo, Egypt tonight. He'll have the latest developments from Egypt's capital city. Protesters remain in  Tahrir Square where they're  demanding that President Hosni Mubarak resign, but at this point he's ignoring those calls.

Tomorrow could be a critical day in Egypt. Demonstrators are organizing what they're calling a "march of millions."

In preparation of that march, Egyptian security forces have placed concrete barriers in strategic locations. We've also learned that Noor Group, an Internet service provider, has been shut down. This takes the country offline. The government is also planning to shut down mobile phone networks before the march.

The Egyptian army said there will be "no violence" against the people.

"We reassure the armed forces are a force of stability and security for this great nation. The protection of the people is one of its core values," said a military spokesman on state TV.

About 2,600 Americans are still trying to get out of Egypt tonight. Some 1,200 got on chartered flights today.

Anderson will talk with two Americans trying to get out. They say they're not getting much help from the U.S. embassy.

Anderson also got an exclusive interview with Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency who returned to his native Egypt last week as an opposition leader.

ElBaradei told Anderson that the United States needs to "let go" of its longtime ally.

"My message to President Obama, and, I have lots of respect for him, I worked with him, you know, in the last year of my tenure was at IAA and I have a lot of admiration for him, but I tell him, you need to review your policy, you need to let go of Mubarak, you shouldn't be behind the curve and you need to start building confidence with the people and not with the people who are smothering the people."

Join us for these angles and much more live from Egypt starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.


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January 28th, 2011
09:13 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Crisis in Egypt

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we'll have the latest developments in the crisis in Egypt. At lot is at stake. Egypt shares a border with Israel, it's America's ally and it's the capital of the Arab world. There are a lot of questions unanswered at this hour. Will demonstrators take to the streets again on Saturday? Will the country's government resign?

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 82, addressed his nation on television just hours ago and made it clear he has no intention of stepping down - yet his resignation is what most protesters are demanding. Instead, he's calling on the rest of his government to step down.

"I am absolutely on the side of the freedom of each citizen. At the same time, I am on the side of the security of Egypt and I would not let anything dangerous happen to threaten the peace and the law and the future of the country," Mubarak said.

President Obama called Mubarak shortly after his speech to the people of Egypt.

"When President Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people tonight he pledged a better democracy and greater economic opportunity. I just spoke to him after his speech and I told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise," Pres. Obama said at the White House this evening.

The outrage in Egypt has been building for days. Demonstrators first took to the streets on Tuesday. Then today thousands took part in the unrest. Riot and plainclothes police were joined by the Egyptian soldiers, marking the first time the army was deployed to battle unrest since 1985.

The crowds chanted "Down, Down, Mubarak" in the capital, Cairo. Water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets were used to try to stop the protests. Protesters also filled the streets of smaller cities. Our reporters and camera crews on the scene captured amazing video of the uprising. We'll share it with you tonight, along with several reports.

We'll also look at what this all means for U.S.-Egyptian relations. Keep in mind, the U.S. gives about $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt, second only to Israel. Egypt has also received about $30 billion in economic aid from Washington since 1975. Those figures are from the U.S. State Department.

Join us for our special coverage from Egypt starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.


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January 27th, 2011
08:26 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mom Jailed For Sending Her Kids to a Better School

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we'll look at the case of an Ohio woman who was jailed for tampering with records to get her two daughters into a better school.

Kelley Williams-Bolar, 40, got out of jail yesterday, having served nine days of her 10-day sentence. Now she faces two years of probation and 80 hours of community service

Here's the back story: Williams-Bolar, a single mom living in public housing in Akron, used her father's address to register her two daughters approximately seven miles away in the Copley-Fairlawn school district.

Williams-Bolar, and her father, maintained that the girls did live with her in Akron and their grandfather part of the time. But the Copley-Fairlawn school district claimed it was all lies. They said they spent $6,000 for a private investigator to track Williams-Bolar. The district also said she should have paid $30,000 in out-of-district tuition.

Critics said the school district and the judge went too far. They said had Williams-Bolar been white she never would have been prosecuted.

Others are applauding the school district's actions. They say Williams-Bolar knowingly ripped off taxpayers.

Williams-Bolar is a teacher's aide at a high school in Akron and is working toward a teaching degree. Now that she has a felony conviction she not be able to teach.  She's planning to appeal her conviction.

We'll talk about the public uproar with Dr. Andre Perry, CEO of the UNO Charter Schools and Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Syracuse University professor and Resident Scholar of AOL Black Voices. We'll also look at the legal angles with former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin, of our sister network truTV.

On the political front, we'll hear from Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia, who's making headlines for blasting Pres. Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Broun sat in his office during the speech not on the House floor and he was busy tweeting his thoughts the whole time.

Here's the tweet that has created the most buzz: "Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism."

Does Rep. Broun truly believe what he wrote? We'll ask him. Keeping Them Honest.

And, we'll take you live to Egypt – a country on the brink. Thousands of protesters in the world's most populous Arab nation are expected to take to the streets after Friday prayers, demanding that Pres. Hosni Mubarek step down. Egyptian pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace winner Mohamed ElBaradei will take part in the anti-government rallies tomorrow. We'll talk with CNN's Nic Robertson in Egypt about what's fueling the anger and what this could mean for the region and U.S. relations.

Join us for these stories and more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.


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January 25th, 2011
07:58 PM ET

Evening Buzz: State of the Union & State of Unity?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight during the State of the Union address Pres. Obama will rally lawmakers on Capitol Hill to help improve the U.S. economy.

"At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It's whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded," the President is expected to say according to prepared remarks released from the White House.

Pres. Obama will strike a positive tone about conditions on Wall Street and Main Street.

"We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again," Mr. Obama will say the released excerpts show.

Don't miss the State of the Union address at 9 p.m. ET on CNN, followed by the GOP and Tea Party Express responses.

Republicans are calling on Pres. Obama to cut more spending to reduce the federal deficit.

"We look forward to tonight's State of the Union, but if history is our guide, most Republicans will probably agree... with 80 percent of what the President says," said Rep. Jeb Hernsaling, R-Texas, during a news conference on Capitol Hill this afternoon.

Despite the partisan issues, there will be a show of unity tonight. More than two dozen legislators will break from the traditional seating along party lines. Instead some Republicans and Democrats will sit next to each other.

The move comes after the shootings in Tuscon, Arizona that killed six people and wounded several others, including Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. In a symbolic move, the Arizona delegation will sit together but leave her seat empty.

Rep. Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez who rushed to help her after she was shot, and Dr. Peter Rhee, the trauma chief at University Medical Center where Giffords was treated will be among the special guests sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama.

During the GOP response, we've learned Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will also talk about the Tucson tragedy.

"President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber," Rep. Ryan's released excerpts show.

Ryan will also tackle the fiscal challenges ahead.

"Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and

unchallenged, America's best century will be considered our past century."

Tea Party supporter Rep. Michele Bachmann is expected to take aim at Pres. Obama's fiscal moves during her response.

"After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks that the President signed, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don't have. But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt at President Obama's direction; unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country," Rep. Bachmann will say according to her prepared remarks.

As you watch the speeches let us know what you think of the messages. Share your thoughts below. And, we'll see you at 11 p.m. ET for complete analysis and an update on Rep. Giffords condition.


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January 10th, 2011
09:29 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Terror in Tucson

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The Arizona man accused of killing six people and wounding 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in a shooting spree Saturday was in court today in Tucson.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, did not enter a plea. He'll be back in court in two weeks.

Tonight on 360°, we'll give you the latest on the investigation. We have new insight on Loughner. Anderson will talk with two of his former classmates at Pima Community College.

Months before Saturday's shootings, one of Loughner's former teachers at the college said he saw him as a threat and kicked him out of his algebra class. Now you'll hear from others who saw him in class.

We'll also tell you about those who lost their lives on Saturday, including 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. She was born on September 11, 2001. She was just elected a member of her school’s student council and was interested in politics. That's why she went to Saturday's meet-and-greet with Rep. Giffords. Her parents share with Anderson how Christina touched so many lives and how all of us lost a true treasure.

You'll also hear from AC360 M.D. and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the critical hours ahead for Rep. Giffords, who is in critical but stable condition at a Tucson hospital after being shot in the head. The two-term Democrat is currently in a medically-induced coma. We've learned more about where and how the bullet struck her. Dr. Gupta lays it all out for you.

There's also the political angle. Some are claiming the rhetoric in Washington needs to be toned down. We'll dig into that and much more with Tea Party organizer Dayna Loesch and CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen.

See you at 10 p.m. ET.


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