So, I know, I know, I haven't been blogging nearly enough. I'm sorry. My new year's resolution is to blog at least once a day. Let's hope I show more resolve this year. I think my resolution last year was to learn a new language, but so far that hasn't happened. Though I did learn some Japanese phrases from "What were they thinking?" last night. Did you see it?
It was an aerobic style video to help Japanese people learn English phrases. Last night's phrase was "I have a bad case of diarrhea." We may air some more of them tonight. Also tonight's "What were they thinking?" comes from "The View." I don't want to give it away, but it will definitely have you scratching your head.
Today has already gotten off to a busy start. I did some affiliate interviews for the CNN Heroes special which airs tomorrow night. We've already had our morning meeting to discuss what will be on tonight's program. We're not sure what the lead is going to be, usually no matter what we think it is at this time of day, it ends up being something else.
So much usually happens throughout the day. Mike Huckabee has been on the defensive because a convicted rapist he supported paroling as governor of Arkansas, murdered and raped a Missouri woman less than a year after his release. It's something that has been brought up today on the campaign trail, and is not really a surprise since he is moving up fast in Iowa and the other campaigns are targeting him much more aggressively. We'll talk to the mothers of both victims tonight.
Drew Griffin is working on another investigation into earmarks. He was awarded an Emmy yesterday for one of his "Keeping Them Honest" pieces on earmarks, and tonight's is another one of those stories that you sort of have to see to believe. Not all earmarks are bad of course, but we just think politicians should be open and honest about how they want to spend taxpayer money. If they are proud of their spending requests, why are they trying to keep them secret?
Do you think politicians should have to make their earmark requests public? Let me know. We always love to hear from you.
If I am able to I will try to blog something more later today. I'm going to be rehearsing a little bit of the "Heroes" program this afternoon, but will be in the office most of the day. See you tonight!
--By Anderson Cooper