Friday, January 11, 2008
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Morning Folks!!! There are a few NEW details in the Missing Marine story... AND was there voter fraud in the NH Primary? Dennis Kucinich thinks so... AND remember that cute little polar bear that obtained rock star status in Germay?...Can you say Mrs. Knut? Here are your morning headlines....TGIF!!!


Top Stories

Marine is a 'compulsive liar'
It's possible that a pregnant Marine missing since December 14 may have left willingly, perhaps after being upset by a phone call, documents released Thursday by Onslow County authorities show.

Severe storms blast Southeast
Powerful thunderstorms packing heavy rain and high winds pushed across Alabama and Mississippi on Thursday, causing scattered property damage and at least two traffic deaths.

Fed Chief Signals Further Rate Cut
Presenting a bleak picture of a deteriorating national economy, Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, strongly suggested on Thursday that the Fed would cut interest rates soon, perhaps by a large amount.

Bush Outlines Mideast Peace Plan
President Bush outlined Thursday in the clearest terms so far the shape of a two-state peace treaty he is hoping to broker between Israel and the Palestinians by the end of his term.

Pakistan rejects call for conditions on U.S. aid
Pakistan rejected on Friday a call by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for President George W. Bush to consider cutting Pakistani aid unless it restores full civil rights and does more to fight terrorism.

Kenya opposition party calls for protests
Kenya's main opposition party called Friday for mass rallies nationwide in the wake of the African Union's failure to resolve a deadly election dispute.


Raw Politics

Contenders at debate scrap for S.C. voter base
In their last televised debate before the nation's first Southern primary, the Republican presidential candidates stressed different approaches their party should take if it expects to keep the White House.

Kucinich seeks NH Dem vote recount
Democrat Dennis Kucinich, who won less than 2 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, said Thursday he wants a recount to ensure that all ballots in his party's contest were counted. The Ohio congressman cited "serious and credible reports, allegations and rumors" about the integrity of Tuesday results.

Calls Grow for Bloomberg to Make Up His Mind
Nearly every day a tiny new development trickles out from the stealth presidential campaign of Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of New York.


Crime & Punishment

Mother charged in grisly deaths of her four children
A mother who is suspected of killing her four children, whose decomposing bodies were found in her home, appeared in court Thursday.


Keepin' Them Honest

Hinn, Hilliard resign ORU regents posts
Two televangelists have resigned their posts as regents at Oral Roberts University, as the debt-ridden school tries to regroup following a spending scandal involving its former president. The university on Thursday also settled with one of three professors who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school.


AC360 Folo

Most of $4.5B in Gulf Coast aid unspent
Three-quarters of the billions in federal money earmarked to replace schools, firehouses and other public works after the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes still haven't been spent, a sign that key pieces of the region's recovery effort are languishing in red tape.


What YOU will be talking about TODAY

It's a girl: polar bear cub in Germany has star appeal
The German media on Thursday predicted a bright future for a female polar bear cub separated from its disturbed mother at a zoo in Nuremburg.

China blogger beaten to death
Authorities have fired an official in central China after city inspectors reportedly beat to death a man who filmed their confrontation with villagers, China's Xinhua news agency reports.


Posted By CNN: 5:57 AM ET
  6 Comments
Good morning AC!
The polls in New Hampshire got it wrong on the surface, only because there are a lot of liars in New Hampshire. Now let me expand on that.

A great deal of the voters there were simply misleading the pollsters as to how they were going to vote, when asked over the phone by the pollsters.

Based on research and media facts, inaccuracies in the polling always seems to occur whenever an african american candidate is running for the presidency. The same thing happened with Jesse Jackson and others.

Not in every state, but certainly enough of them. People need to be more honest and open about how they intend to vote, or it's best not to respond at all, when asked by the pollsters, if they are not prepared to answer in a completely honest fashion.
Posted By Anonymous Alvin / Duluth, MN : 7:43 AM ET
Hello AC.

I doubt if it will do much good, but Dennis Kucinich is 100% right, to request a recount in NH. Anytime there are serious doubts as to the outcome of an election, a recount should always be a priority, as a matter of authenticity to the american people, and specifically those who took the time out of their busy schedules, to cast their ballots.
Posted By Anonymous Phyllis / Warwick PA : 7:49 AM ET
I thought it was really super of Senator John Kerry to personally come out to endorse Senator Barack Obama for his bid to the oval office. Kerry's endorsement really gives Barack's campaign a serious boost because of his strong ties to the organized labor unions, and extensive democratic voter database that he has.

I have a feeling that after February 5Th, we will then hear from the Teamsters, as to which candidate their going to fully support.
Posted By Anonymous Darren / Lexington KY : 7:56 AM ET
I just wish that some of these presidential candidates who are not really in the running, would stop pulling votes unnecessarily from the main contenders, and graciously drop out of the race, as Bill Richardson has done.
Posted By Anonymous Jarrod / Eastport, ID : 8:00 AM ET
There has been talk about Michael Bloomberg joining the presidential race. No Independent in recent memory, has ever made it into the White House, so I don't know why he would jump into the fray like this, only to muddy the waters and pull votes from the more serious and viable candidates.

Or does he think his net worth of Billions can get him into the oval office. It didn't work for Ross Perot, and I truly don't think that it'll work for him either. I also don't care for folks jumping into the race at the last minute, after all of the other candidates have been extremely busy working hard on the campaign trail, since the start of 2007.
Posted By Anonymous Lance / Forest River, ND : 8:11 AM ET
Didn't everyone have their fill of "will he or won't he" when Fred Thompson took eons to announce a presidential run? Now it looks like Michael Bloomberg is playing the same game. If only the media would ignore him until he's actually ready to make an official decision.
Posted By Anonymous Fay, Vacaville, CA : 11:45 AM ET
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