Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Morning Buzz
Good Morning...It is Wednesday...We are halfway through the work week!!! It seems everyone is talking about the shocking death of actor Heath Ledger...only 28 years old. An Autopsy is expected today, so hopefully we will get some answers...

On the campaign trail...Obama is leading in the latest polls in South Carolina, but coming under serious attack about his religion...take a look at Raw Politics!!! Are these more dirty politics? Candy Crowley will look at that for us tonight... Thompson is OUT and McCain is raising money in the Big Apple, I wonder how Rudy feels about that?

The missing marine, Cesar Laurean, was spotted in Mexico and a new report out says that President Bush and a number of top officials made FALSE statements about the national security threat after the attacks in 2001...Sooo we are Keeping Them Honest

Plus...everyone should stay home from work today because a new study out says "work-related stress can KILL you" Yikes!!! Sooo grab some coffee and take a look at today's Morning Buzz...

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday as family and colleagues mourned the death of Academy Award-nominated actor Heath Ledger.

Heath Ledger, Actor, Is Found Dead at 28...
Heath Ledger, the Australian-born actor whose breakthrough role as a gay cowboy in the 2005 movie "Brokeback Mountain" earned him a nomination for an Academy Award and comparisons to the likes of Marlon Brando, was found dead Tuesday in an apartment in Manhattan with sleeping pills near his body, the police said.

A Rough-Edged Actor Who Carved An Indelible Image...
A young movie star dies and the mind automatically cues up the clip reel and FFs through the footage, even before it occurs to you to simply turn on the television and just watch the actual, endless loop..

Wall Street: Still seeing red...
Wall Street looked set to take another beating Wednesday, as investors reacted to a disappointing outlook from Apple and remained haunted by recession fears.

Worries That the Good Times Were a Mirage...
Until a few months ago, it was accepted wisdom that the American economy functioned far more smoothly than in the past. Economic expansions lasted longer, and recessions were both shorter and milder. Inflation had been tamed. The spreading of financial risk, across institutions and around the world, had reduced the odds of a crisis.

A foot of snow blanketed parts of Michigan and Wisconsin during the night, closing schools Tuesday and causing numerous traffic accidents.
Tens of thousands of people poured out of Gaza into Egypt Wednesday, yanking off coils of barbed wire and blowing holes in concrete walls in a rush to buy food and fuel.

Democrat Barack Obama holds a double-digit lead on rival Hillary Clinton three days before South Carolina's presidential primary, aided by a huge edge among black voters, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

McCain raises money in Giuliani's turf...
Republican presidential hopeful John McCain raised money Tuesday on rival Rudy Giuliani's turf and picked up the endorsement of the former New York mayor's longtime nemesis

Obama battles Muslim rumor...
Democrat Barack Obama stepped up his efforts Tuesday to battle back against e-mails that falsely label him a Muslim, telling an interviewer the ongoing rumors were part of a "systematic political strategy."

Governors endorse presidential candidates...
Twenty-three of the country's governors have endorsed a presidential candidate at a time when their support matters most, lending their names, fundraising and organizing machinery to campaigns desperate for an edge in the primaries.

Longtime patron may be a problem for Obama...
Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped the name of Barack Obama's Chicago patron into the South Carolina debate Monday night, putting front and center a tangled relationship that has the potential to undermine Obama's image as a candidate whose ethical standards are distinctly higher than those of his main opponent.

A cousin of suspected killer Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean told CNN Tuesday that he saw the wanted man near Guadalajara a week ago.

A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Murder conviction tossed; man freed after 9 years in jail...
A Colorado judge Tuesday threw out Tim Masters' 1999 murder conviction after DNA evidence pointed to another suspect, and Masters was freed after spending more than nine years behind bars.

Dozens of bridge victims prepare to sue...
Dozens of victims of last summer's bridge collapse in Minneapolis - from surviving spouses to the parents of children riding on a yellow school bus - have filed preliminary paperwork to sue the state.

How likable are these people?
At a recent debate among the Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Hillary Clinton was told that some voters didn't find her likable. Sen. Barack Obama retorted that he found her "likable enough" - a seemingly innocuous comment he was forced to defend in a subsequent debate in Las Vegas.

Work-related stress can kill, study finds...
Work really can kill you, according to a study on Wednesday providing the strongest evidence yet of how on-the-job stress raises the risk of heart disease by disrupting the body's internal systems.

Nikol Hasler doesn't recommend the "pull and pray" method of birth control. She says you should not have sex on nature trails because of bugs and Sasquatch. And if you hate your body as a teen, just wait.

Man shoots co-worker while rescuing him from crocodile..
A man who rescued a co-worker from the jaws of a crocodile in northern Australia also accidentally shot him in the process, police said.
Posted By CNN: 5:51 AM ET
It's a real shame that Senator Barack Obama's religion is coming up for scrutiny. No doubt that other campaigns are trying to scare people by sending out erroneous emails about the guy.

But for the record to those who maybe confused, Senator Obama is very much a devout "christian" man. His christian church is based in his home state of Illinois. For more of the "truth" regarding Senator Obama, please visit his website at
Posted By Anonymous Dexter K. / Kings Bay GA : 7:51 AM ET
Super tuesday will tell the story between the candidates. On the Democratic side, someone should come out dramatically ahead in the race. So far during the Democratic debates, Hillary has been the only candidate to receive Boos for her attacking style of politics.

So we will see how that plays out this coming saturday, and on Super Duper Tuesday!
Posted By Anonymous Rod P. / Junction City, KY : 7:57 AM ET
Fred Thompson isn't the only candidate who should step aside right now. Candidates who don't have a significant shot at being nominated should do the honorable thing and get off the stage permanently.

I also noticed that Fred Thompson didn't endorse any other candidate, as he was only concerned with his own situation, it would appear.
Posted By Anonymous Raymond, Flat Rock TN : 8:02 AM ET
Yes, it's quite unfortunate that Senator Barack's religion is under fire, but that only illustrates the dirty and vicious game of politics. That's why many people don't bother to run for the presidency in the first place; because they know that evil and unscrupulous lies will be spread, as in Mr. Obama's case regarding his religion.
Posted By Anonymous Dillon / Dora NM : 8:08 AM ET
I just wish that people will keep in mind that Hillary is no Bill Clinton! Aside from his personal life, her husband did some great things for this country, however she cannot take credit for what "he" did.

Gender is not a problem with me, but it does say in the bible that a "man" should be head of the household. If anyone can identify with that logic, then it would only be appropriate to vote a "man" into the whitehouse.
Posted By Anonymous Sheila G, Forestdale RI : 8:15 AM ET
Morning Jamie...I've got my coffee and am now getting my buzz on! LOL

I was so extremely sad to hear about the passing of Heath Ledger. He was such a great actor! It is really a shame and a waste of a great life! He seemed to be such a good person and didn't do stupid stuff like so many other actors do. I hope the media leaves his family alone and doesn't turn his death into a circus like Anna Nicole Smith's. BTW...I thought it to be in really bad taste that 360 showed his body being removed from his apartment! That was so beneath 360! It was very tabloid-esque!! I thought Anderson was much more sensitive to those issues! What happened!?

And it is about time that people start questioning Obama on everything!! It seems to me that he doesn't like it and can't take the heat! Guess he sees how the others have been feeling this whole time that he has gotten off scott free!

And can we please move on from the missing marine story until the guy is found!? This story has been on 360 everynight for weeks! PLEASE move on until something substantial in the case happens! There are lots of other stories out there!

It's always been a fact that stress from work can kill ya! It seems the 360 team needs to take a hard look at that report! I mean Coop works WAY too much! Maybe somebody needs to talk some sense into him. Just a thought!!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 9:18 AM ET
The tragedy of Heath Ledger, like so many other young actors and actresses who died before they should have, is that we'll never know how much greater of a performer he could have become. Last weekend I caught The Order on TV, and his acting talents were amazing (and it was a really strange film). I think if they do discover his death was caused by accidental drug misuse watching Candy is just going to be really sadder than it already is. His portrayal of the effects of drug addiction on a person was so real I found myself holding my breath at certain points (I've lost a few friends to drug addiction, and it brought it all back like nothing normally can). I just hope in all of the frenzy surrounding his death, the media remembers that the speculations about how he died and rumors surrounding his death need to be silenced in respect for his family and friends who are not grieving an actor, but a son, brother, dad, former lover, and friend (from my experiences I know that when it's even suspected that a person dies from the effects of drug use, everything else wonderful about the person is normally forgotten). Last night 360 handled this with dignity and class.
Posted By Anonymous Tammy, Berwick, LA : 9:31 AM ET
I think Anderson handled the Heath Ledger story with great compassion. I was a huge fan of Heath and I will miss the brooding intensity he brought to his dramatic roles. Whether or not you think "Brokeback Mounain" was controversial, you cannot deny that his perfomance was astounding. I still cry when I watch that movie and I am convinced that no other actor could have played in that role. Heath Ledger is a legend and I am so saddened by his death. What a beautiful and talented man. The world has lost a tremendous talent.
Posted By Anonymous Debbie, Denham Springs, LA : 11:05 AM ET
The news about Heath Ledger is very sad, and quite tragic. He had such a great career and an even brighter future. However I'm quite upset at cnn (and any other news station that may have done this as well) I was on the cnn website and noticed under the video footage that they have posted footage of Heath Ledger's body being carried out in a body bag from the NYC apartment!! As if it wasn't enough for the razzi and gawkers to be stationed outside the apartment flashing cameras at the scene, let's put it on the internet and broadcast it worldwide! What purpose does this really hold?! NONE, just another way to allow people to be fascinated with the death of a celebrity; people you have to remember he IS still someone's father, brother, son, and friend, but most of all he was a human being! HAVE SOME RESPECT!
Posted By Blogger Rita : 1:07 PM ET
Obama Battles Muslim Rumor

I receive e-mail, often more than one a day, that want everyone to know the "truth" about Obama. I add everything I've learned from CNN (because I trust them)and other sources and send it out to everyone on the lists. Funny, I haven't gotten any this week!

I'm not an Obama fan but I figure they should at least hear the truth. You know, the one that didn't come from an opponent's camp.

I don't care who you back, if you're going to fight, then fight fair. Most people of course won't even check this garbage out. If so-and-so said it then it must be true.

Hopefully when I do finally choose I hope it will be with my head and not my "heart"

Posted By Anonymous Maggie, GVMO : 1:22 PM ET
Speaking of work-related stress someone should forward that story over to Mr. Cooper. Working the weekends now, and doing all the stories for 60 minutes plus the stories for AC360. Seems a bit stressful to me!!

Ohh and what about school-related stress?? Are you advising that I should stay home from school because of the stress.

I think I can speak for a lot of Americans in that I'm so tired of hearing about this feud between Hillary and Obama. Stop going back and forth between each other and focus on the issues that will affect the people of this country, and the rest of the world.

David Bryant
South Carolina
Posted By Anonymous David Bryant 23 South Carolina : 2:02 PM ET
I can tell you where I heard the "Obama is a Muslim" rumor. Last Saturday afternoon from a John Edwards campaign worker.

Barbara - Las Vegas, NV
Posted By Blogger Barbara : 5:16 PM ET
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