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February 27th, 2012
07:18 PM ET

Friend: Alleged gunman had sad look

A friend of alleged Chardon High School gunman T.J. Lane describes his personality. She said he was always quiet and this came as a really big shock.


Filed under: Interview • JKUSA
February 24th, 2012
08:05 PM ET
February 24th, 2012
07:44 PM ET

Syria and the international community

Kate Bolduan and Fouad Ajami discuss the violence in Syria and what the international community is doing about it.


Filed under: Interview • JKUSA
February 24th, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:"

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– It is hard to express my disgust with National Journal today. I have so much respect for the organization, but it released its annual scorecard of ideology among congressmen today and signals that in a post-tea party Washington, DC it wants to be an un-evolved troglodyte when it comes to covering the evolved nuances of ideology in Washington. It also explains why so much political coverage is so bad these days. Too much political coverage equates conservative with Republican and liberal with Democrat when that is increasingly far from reality.

– A year ago in January, Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said he wanted to get American gas prices up to European levels, which a year ago were $7 to $8 a gallon. Looks like he is headed there. It is really hard to believe the President's concern for gas prices is sincere given his own administration's positioning trying to change American habits on energy.

– Twenty years ago, Republicans wanted to expand domestic energy drilling and the Democrats said no because it would take ten years to reap the benefits. Ten years ago, Republicans tried again and again Democrats said it would take ten years, so no way. Well, here we are.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Workers Re-Occupy Former Republic Windows Factory

Who Would You Trust to Repair Komen’s Reputation?

Romney’s Favorable Numbers Tanking, are we Shocked?

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Filed under: 2012 • Bullet Points • Elections
February 24th, 2012
11:56 AM ET

Kennedy: recovery is a ‘day to day process’

Washington (CNN) – On Friday, Former Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy opened up about his lifelong battle with addiction, asserting that recovery is still a "day to day process." Kennedy is son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He left public office last year after eight terms in the U.S. House.

In an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA, Kennedy tells Congressional Correspondent Kate Bolduan that leaving public office was the right decision. "For me, I needed to reduce the number of stressors in my life in order to let recovery take hold.” Kennedy adds, “My Dad was able to balance a private and public life and I was less successful in trying to do that."

Kennedy emphasizes the importance of family support when seeking help and attributes much of his sobriety to his growing family: "There's nothing better than love and another human connection to help keep you thinking of the future and working everyday to make that future better by living for today." Last March, Kennedy announced his engagement to New Jersey school teacher Amy Petitgout.

Since leaving the political spotlight, Kennedy spends much of his time as an advocate for mental health parity and addiction equity, discouraging health insurance companies from discriminating against individuals suffering from a mental illness. "Addiction affects everybody," he says, "We need to treat it as a medical issue not as a moral issue."

Kennedy recently launched the One Mind for Research campaign which strives to cure brain disorders and eliminate discrimination within 10 years. One Mind for Research brings together scientists, philanthropists and policy makers from across the country to collaborate on research in order to find cures for disorders like Alzheimer’s, addiction and depression. “It’s all the brain,” says Kennedy, “but unfortunately, our efforts to study the brain are often fragmented.”

When asked about whether he would ever run for public office again, Kennedy told Bolduan, “In the future, when I have a family and I have some long-term recovery, I might be able to look at other ways to serve that might be more public.”

To see the full interview tune in tonight to CNN’s John King, USA at 6 pm ET.

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February 23rd, 2012
08:14 PM ET

Deadly day in Syria

John King and Fareed Zakaria discuss the ongoing violence in Syria and if the U.S. will support the opposition there.


Filed under: Interview • JKUSA
February 23rd, 2012
07:31 PM ET

Two U.S. troops die in Quran protests

Nick Paton Walsh reports on the deaths of two U.S. soldiers during protests against the Quran burnings in Afghanistan.


Filed under: Interview • JKUSA
February 23rd, 2012
03:50 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Careless Whispers: Santorum admits he votes against his principles and hands Romney a great clip for a future nasty ad.

– Time After Time: Gov. Christie vetoes gay marriage, taking a waning position that was popular in the 1980’s and hoping it still be so in 2016.

– Start Me Up: Comcast launches four minority-led channels creating the greatest media opening for Latinos and African Americans seen in decades.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– My friend Ben Domenech makes a good observation in his must read "Transom" daily email regarding Romney's speech about his new tax plan. He writes, "Finally a Republican who promises to preserve our tax code's progressivity! Once again, as numerous commentators have noted, Romney speaks the language of conservatism as if he’s someone who tried Rosetta Stone for a couple days and then left it gathering dust."

– Conservative reaction to Romney's tax plan continues. The Club for Growth, and even National Review, a publication sympathetic to Romney, are underwhelmed. It took 170 days for Romney to largely discard the first of his 59 points, but he still has no plan to balance the federal budget.

– The big winner from last night's CNN debate was Barack Obama. Well, okay, Gingrich won the debate itself, but the President has to be pleased. No, let's not go with the conventional wisdom that the Republicans have gone right — something you rarely hear the press lament about Democrats in campaigns. No, he won because the GOP got lost in the weeds trying to differentiate themselves. The weeds get mowed down in yards. And voters sure don't vote for them.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bullet Points • Elections • Uncategorized
February 22nd, 2012
08:49 PM ET

Rick Perry: "Newt's the real deal"

Gov. Rick Perry expresses his continued support for Newt Gingrich and offers advice on what he needs to do to improve.


Filed under: 2012 • Interview • JKUSA
February 22nd, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Tonight, live from Mesa, AZ, the Republican candidates will fly to the moon to battle Satan. Or something like that. Expect fireworks!

– Mitt Romney got attacked a lot on twitter today. That's not unusual. What is unusual is that it was his supporters doing the attacking, saying his presentation of his new, new tax plan sounded too much like Barack Obama.

– A group of Christian ministers sent out a mass letter saying the GOP should lay off the Obama/religion talk. The signatories make up the more liberal wing of the church and outnumbered by the evangelicals, who largely agree with the candidates. For perspective, the Southern Baptist Church has about as many members as all the mainline protestant denominations combined. And, I'm pretty sure the SBC membership would agree more with Franklin Graham than the National Council of Churches.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Iceland Provides Blueprint for How to Deal With the Financial Crisis

A Horrible Way to Run a “Democracy”

Khader Adnan & the Global Practice of Administrative Detention

Editor's Note: The blog is a place for a freewheeling exchange of ideas and opinions. CNN does not endorse anything said by its contributors.


Filed under: 2012 • Bullet Points • Elections
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