This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with Axelrod about the presidential election campaign. [AXELROD - defends the ad campaign; criticizes Romney on outsourcing, taxes, his business experience; explains what Cutter said about Romney, Bain and felony; comments on parallels between the strategies of Obama in '12 and Bush in '04.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and Paul Begala about the 2012 campaign. [BEGALA - defends negative campaigning against Romney's business activities; comments on the Bain documents: whether he was separated from the company after 1999; states these are tough times requiring tough politics.] [By phone, FLEISCHER - says Obama is not running a good campaign; likens the Obama tactic of linking Romney to a felony to the birther movement against Obama.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Salon.com writer Alex Seitz-Ward and Arab-American Inst. president James Zogby about this conspiracy view. [SEITZ-WARD- denies there is a deep penetration into the government by Muslims, including Abedin's connection to the Muslim Brotherhood; calls this a media ploy by Bachmann and she is going after real people here.] [ZOGBY - says this hurts young Muslims working in the government; links the attacks to those against President Obama.]
(Studio: Susan Hendricks) Reports of clashes in Damascus, Syria, after the Red Cross declared a state of civil war there; the worst drought in the US since the 1950s and the flooding and mudslides in Canada reported.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with mother/aunt Misty Cook-Morrissey and aunt Tammy Brousseau about the missing girl cousins. [COOK-MORRISSEY, BROUSSEAU- comment on the girls 10 and 8 whose bikes were found outside their usual travel zone; explains how they were taught to react to strangers; notes the willingness to take polygraph exams; characterize the girls.]
(Studio: Susan Hendricks) The murder charges against three Chicago teens in the beating death of Delfino Mora; the finding of sewing needles on Delta flight from Amsterdam &the recovery of an Austin-Healey stolen 42 years ago reported.