Friday, December 21, 2007
Morning Buzz
Morning folks....IT is FRIDAY!!!! Unfortunately, AC360 is pre-empted tonight by AFTER JESUS, narrated by Liam Neeson, but I figured you could use a little Morning Buzz anyway....

Top Stories

Airline glitches cause of delays
Flight delays caused by airline glitches are now creating longer passenger slowdowns than congestion in the skies, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

Mosque bomb
A blast targeting a former Pakistani interior minister on Friday killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens more, local police told CNN.

Bush boxed in his congressional foes
Just over a year ago, a chastened President Bush acknowledged that his party had taken a "thumping" in the congressional elections, and he greeted the new Democratic majority at the weakest point of his presidency.But since then, Democrats in Congress have taken a thumping of their own as Bush has curbed their budget demands, blocked a cherished children's health initiative, stalled the drive to withdraw troops from Iraq and stymied all efforts to raise taxes.

Raw Politics

Poll: Obama makes gains, is even with Clinton in N.H.
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are locked in a dead heat among New Hampshire voters in a statewide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, underscoring the volatility of the race less than three weeks before the nation's first primary.

Clinton says wife a 'world-class genius'
Former President Clinton says his wife is a "world-class genius" when it comes to improving the lives of others.

Giuliani secretive as mayor
When a mayor of New York leaves office, little goes out the door but memories — unless he's Rudy Giuliani. Government rules discourage the city's most powerful officeholder from departing with more than token gifts collected on the job.


Crime & Punishment

Internet hoax that led to deadly shooting
The tragic story that began with a sick joke on the Internet is coming to a close as a Riverhead, New York, jury deliberates the fate of 53-year-old John White, on trial for killing a friend of his son.

Fox gets $15.5 million
In what is believed to be the largest award of its kind in Illinois history, a federal jury Thursday awarded $15.5 million to Kevin Fox and his wife, after deciding Will County sheriff's detectives falsely arrested Fox in the sexual assault and murder of his 3-year-old daughter, Riley.

Keepin' Them Honest

Spending Bills Still Stuffed With Earmarks
Twice in the past two years, Alaska lawmakers lost congressional earmarks to build two "bridges to nowhere" costing hundreds of millions of dollars after Congress was embarrassed by public complaints over the pet projects hidden in annual spending bills.
This year, Rep. Don Young and Sen. Ted Stevens, who are Alaska Republicans, found another way to move cash to their state: Stevens secured more than $20 million for an "expeditionary craft" that will connect Anchorage with the windblown rural peninsula of Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Now what Alaska has, budget watchdogs contend, is a ferry to nowhere.



AC360 folo

Firings over prank-call shock treatments
Seven people have been fired over electrical shocks given to two emotionally disturbed teenagers at the direction of what turned out to be a prank caller, the operator of the group home where the incident occurred said Thursday.


What YOU Will be Talking about Today

World's tallest snowwoman
The world's tallest snowman, 113 feet, 7 inches, was built in this western Maine town back in 1999.Now the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce is setting out to one-up itself, but with a twist. This time the commerce will attempt to build the world's tallest snowwoman.

All-star holiday tour in Iraq, Afghanistan
Robin Williams and Lance Armstrong took a swipe at the French, Kid Rock strummed "Sweet Home Alabama," comedian Lewis Black grumbled about the falling snow, and Miss USA told the troops to keep "kicking butt."

Muslim rite of sacrifice collides with law
For six years, it has been a tradition for Muslims in the Research Triangle: After morning services on the first day of Eid al-Adha -- the "festival of sacrifice" -- scores of families leave the tweedy environs of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and head toward an obscure plot of land on a two-lane country road.They come to visit Eddie Rowe, a hog farmer.


Tonight at 10 pm -- AFTER JESUS, narrated by Liam Neeson. CNN presents this sweeping documentary on the tumultuous early years of Christianity, from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to the conversion of Constantine, the Roman emperor who first legalized Christianity in 313 A.D. CNN examines how the earliest Christians spread their message, despite infighting over the faith and violent persecution by Rome.

Posted By jamie kraft: 5:17 AM ET
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Jamie,
Just wanted to say good morning to you and thanks for the read! You've done such a GREAT job with the buzz! It's one of my morning chores now! LOL

I hope you and all of the 360 crew have a wonderful Christmas!! And I guess I'll see ya around New Year's Eve or so!!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 8:17 AM ET
an interview with h ross perot might amswer some interesting and revealing questions
why did he disown so many supporters when he ran. he never gave a real answer. was it something nefarious "an offer he could not refuse"?
what are his current views on world affairs economy and primaries
maybe he is just waiting to be asked. it only takes one phone call to find out.
vinnie albrightsville pa
Posted By Blogger vinnie : 9:26 AM ET
Jesus bumps Anderson? The nerve. Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

It is nice to see that some major entertainers still support our soldiers and their mission in Iraq and are willing to perform for them, especially during the holidays. Bob Hope did it for years. It's good to see his legacy continue.

What struck me most was that caregivers of these teens took directions from a phone call not knowing who they were really talking with. Unbelievable. What's even more unbelievable is that they still use electric shock like they're livestock. It's inhumane and the mental health community should look at other measures to handle extreme behavioral issues.

Going finish the first mug of coffee, and then I'll eventually hit mug two. Have a great weekend.
Posted By Anonymous Tammy, Berwick, LA : 9:46 AM ET
Liam Neeson should be the voice of 360.
Posted By Anonymous Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 10:04 AM ET
21 December 2007

Good Morning Anderson! Did you get to go Christmas shopping like you wanted? Today is payday so guess where I will be this afternoon?

I am glad to hear that the soliders overseas are getting some star treatment for the Holidays. It is just a shame they cannot be with their families. But I am sure they know, or they should know, that we are thinking of them.

Well, since AC360 is pre-empted tonight do you have any big plans?
Posted By Anonymous Veronica Ann, Phoenix, Arizona : 10:40 AM ET
Hi Jamie,
you are too considerate!
It's nice to keep up to date on today's stories.
I guess I could read a newspaper, but that's just not the same!! Besides, I'm used to my daily fix of US politics and papers overhere aren't following the race yet.
So, thanks for this Jamie and have a great weekend!!

Kristien, Antwerp, Belgium

ps: Happy Holidays to the entire 360 family!!
Posted By Blogger Kristien : 11:02 AM ET
Anderson has an extra day to finish his Christmas shopping if he is off today.

I agree with Tammy that it is great that there are entertainers that keep up the tradition of Bob Hope and others to entertain the troops especially during the Christmas season. I wonder if Robin Williams started off with a loud GOOD MOOOOORNINGGGGGGGG IRAQQQQQQ! Only those of us of a certain age will know what I am talking about of course. Merry Christmas to the entire AC 360 crew. Thanks for the good job you do keeping us honest.
Posted By Blogger Charlotte : 11:44 AM ET
Alaskan citizens need to cut their current politicians loose and let them float to nowhere. They are like a kid without a present. I once offered to buy my nephew a box of tampons (he was about 5) just kidding him. He had no idea what they were, but he decided right then and there he had to have them. (didn't get them though) Unfortunately, this little quirk does not end with small children. Some people need ANYTHING THAT ANYONE ELSE WILL BUY THEM regardless of need.
They are a bunch of babies. Ferry them off!!!!
Posted By Anonymous Sandi : 12:44 PM ET
No Anderson! That is a horrible way to start my weekend. Oh well, I hope he uses this opportunity to get his shopping finished. Have a nice weekend and happy holidays Jamie!
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 12:49 PM ET
Tammy, definately a funny post this morning! I'll give you first prize this year for the Diet Coke and Twinkie post!

Before you know it, Hillary will be down south using that southern accent and making pecan pies with church ladies singing soul music.

Bill will be calling her St. Hillary and he will be proposing the name of the church be changed because she is a "world class genius."

Down the street, Bill will be at some hospital telling the women he can feel the pain of childbirth as he hugs a baby! Then she will be calling him Nurse Bill.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All! Thanks 360 for keeping us laughing this past year!

Finally an extra, super big thank you to the CNN camera people and editing people for keeping the final copy of Planet in Peril rated G!
Posted By Anonymous Renee : 1:15 PM ET
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