Thursday, December 28, 2006
The Situation Online: Edwards online, Ford farewells


Former Democratic North Carolina Sen. John Edwards officially announces his candidacy Thursday in New Orleans.

Edwards' Online Push
John Edwards official announcement that he's running for President came today in New Orleans, but it was the online community that learned first, with an online video posted to YouTube, MySpace, and Edward's new campaign Web site, which officially launched last night and is already in full throttle. But did the site launch prematurely? We investigate.

Ford farewells
Six days of mourning will begin Friday afternoon at St. Margaret's Church in Palm Desert, California. The funeral arrangements include an unprecedented tribute at the Capitol and a final service and burial in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The complete schedule which includes opportunities for the public to pay its respects is available on the Gerald Ford Memorial site.

Colorado snowstorm
As Colorado prepares for a possible repeat of last week's snowstorm, with more than three feet of snow possible in the Denver metropolitan area, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Denver International Airport are taking steps to brace the public for difficult travel. The FAA is also an excellent resource for keeping travelers posted up-to-the-minute on airport traffic delays across the country.

Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The Situation Online: President Gerald R. Ford


President Ford's second official White House portrait

Life of President Ford Online
President Gerald Ford's Presidency is extensively chronicled online through photos, videos, and documents. C-SPAN's video collection highlights his inaugural address (RealPlayer video) and his pardon of Richard Nixon (RealPlayer video). An online exhibit at The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, called "A Day in the Life of a President," provides a glimpse into his Presidency on April 28th,1975, the day he ordered the evacuation of the last Americans from South Vietnam. Ford lost the 1976 Presidential race to Jimmy Carter but here you can watch a sample of the original Ford for President TV ads, courtesy of the Gerald Ford Library. A new memorial Web site includes a statement from former First Lady Betty Ford, the latest funeral service details, how to donate funds to his foundation, and an opportunity to share condolences. CNN's Gerald Ford page includes a life in photos gallery and timeline of the former President's life.

Ford's First Lady
In August 1974, Gerald Ford said in his inaugural address, "I am indebted to no man and only to one woman, my dear wife." Click here to watch a C-SPAN video of Betty Ford in 1997 reflecting on her husband's career in the White House. The former First Lady may be best known for co-founding the Betty Ford Center, an alcohol and drug dependency treatment center in Rancho Mirage, California. Betty Ford was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999, among many other awards.

Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The Situation Online: OneDOJ, Edwards' announcement


The FBI is one of five law enforcement agencies providing data to the Justice Dept. database, OneDOJ.

Expanding a DOJ database
An internal memo provided to CNN, from the Dept. of Justice to the head of five main law enforcement agencies, discusses taking millions of federal case records and making them available to local and state law enforcement agencies in 15 metropolitan areas. The DOJ says the system, "OneDOJ," has been successful in pilot projects in San Diego and Jacksonville, Florida. But civil liberties and privacy advocates are raising new concerns over the legality of the database. We investigate.

Edwards' Announcement
Former Democratic Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards is widely expected to announce a run for the White House this week in New Orleans. Meantime, a new Web site may provide some fresh clues on the former Senator's political aspirations.

Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
Posted By The Situation Online Producers: 12/26/2006 05:07:00 PM ET | Permalink
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