Wednesday, July 04, 2007
The blog is taking a few days off this week, pending any big breaking news.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Which candidate is headed for a fall?
The earliest primaries are still months away, the general election more than a year off, but in the countryside of Iowa, it may already be too late for candidates who are trailing in fundraising or the polls.
That may sound rude and wrong, but it's right on the money.
The equation this year is simply brutal: With 18 reasonably big name candidates fighting for attention, and more likely to follow, including some possible political gorillas, it has never been harder for lesser-known candidates to get attention.
Add to that the fact that nearly half the states have moved their primaries way up, or are thinking about it.
And add to that a nationwide population now over 300 million people.
And you can see the problem: Too much ground to cover, too many people to reach, too much drain on all the resources of almost any struggling campaign.
So the lower level candidates can only wait and watch for a top-tier player to slip up, maybe giving them a stab at the finals.
Here's my question: Which top-tier candidate do you think runs the greatest risk of falling back into the minors? And which lower-level candidate is most likely to take advantage of a major candidate slip-up?
-- By Tom Foreman, CNN Correspondent
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Question: No attacks since 9/11: Has the U.S. been lucky or do you credit the Bush administration?
Send us a short video with your thoughts on this question. We'll take the best submissions and air them on "360".
Monday, July 02, 2007
Car bomb test ends in fiery blast
With a flash and a roar, the fireball erupted dozens of feet in the air. A nearby building was incinerated and pieces of metal spewed hundreds of feet away.
If this explosion had been part of a terrorist attack in downtown London, who knows how many innocent people would have been killed, burned or wounded. Fortunately, this blast was part of a test we commissioned by the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at New Mexico Tech. Experts here built a car bomb using the same materials investigators say the UK terrorists used in their failed attacks on London and the Glasgow airport.
As I watched the Jeep Cherokee used in this test get blown to bits, two very important points became clear:
1) almost anyone can assemble this kind of car bomb as it uses gasoline and tanks of propane
2) fortunately for the people of London, these bombs are not easy to detonate.
We learned from our test that the UK terrorists probably lacked the training and knowledge to properly set off the liquid gasses. If their plot had succeeded, the damage and loss of life from this kind of bomb would have been localized, but the terror it inflicted would have spread across the United Kingdom and around the world with the ensuing video beamed via international TV networks and the Internet.
As we surveyed the blast sight, I couldn't believe how far some of the debris had scattered -- 150 yards away, a ruptured propane tank (the same kind you would attach to your backyard grill) had come to rest in the desert dirt. As I looked at it, I couldn't help but wonder what would have happened to the unlucky person who might have been standing there.
-- By David Mattingly, CNN Correspondent
Terror plot changes plans
If there's one thing to know about the news business, it's that nothing goes as planned. Ever.
This morning, I was supposed to be on a plane bound for Dallas at 7:45 a.m.. From there, a connecting flight would bring me and a "360" crew to Laredo, Texas. You can't get any closer to Mexico.
Laredo was going to be our command center for our special "Living the Battle: 24 hours on the Border." Some correspondents and producers were already on the ground. We were all set.
But across the Atlantic, the terror plot out of the UK kept getting bigger. First, two cars rigged with gasoline were found in London. Then came the fiery attack on the airport in Glasgow. More suspects were brought into custody. Authorities say none of them are home-grown.
Britain is on edge. So are a lot of people here in the United States. Given all the news, we decided to put the immigration special on hold for now and devote tonight's program to this story.
We'll bring you all the latest developments. And keeping them honest, we'll look at how Iraq has become a training ground for terrorists where new tactics are tested for use around the world.
See you tonight at 10 p.m.
-- By Anderson Cooper6:17 Update: More changes ... Scooter Libby
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