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August 8th, 2012
09:24 PM ET

Sikh temple shooter's ex-girlfriend arrested; Linked to white power groups

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the ex-girlfriend of the accused gunman, Wade Page who went on a rampage at a Sikh temple, leaving 7 dead including the gunman and 4 injured in Wisconsin.


Filed under: Crime • News • Sikh Temple Shooting
August 8th, 2012
09:18 PM ET

Madonna shows support; jailed Russian punk band awaits verdict

Three members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot are on trial for hooliganism charges. The charges were made after the band criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin during a performance in one of Moscow’s cathedrals.

Journalist Miriam Elder quoted one of the accused women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, in a recent Guardian article: “This is a trial of the whole government system of Russia, which so likes to show its harshness toward the individual, its indifference to his honour and dignity. If this political system throws itself against three girls … it shows this political system is afraid of truth.” FULL POST


Filed under: International • Law
August 8th, 2012
09:07 PM ET

Insider's view of the temple shooter Wade Page: "He felt whites were on the verge of extinction"

The gunman from the Sikh temple tragedy died of a self-inflicted wound, according to the FBI. Wade Michael Page, 40, shot himself in the head after a police officer shot him in the stomach at the scene of the crime.

Page’s ex-girlfriend, Misty Cook, was arrested Sunday on a weapons charge. However, authorities say there is no link to the shooting.

“This is a guy who moved around a lot,” said Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge for the FBI in Milwaukee. “We are zeroing in on any possible motives, but right now, we don't have one.”

Even Page’s neighbors were “stunned” with his violent rampage, according to Pete Simi co-author of the New York Time’s article “The Sound of Hate.”

Yet this extremist hate culture claims an “estimated 50,000 adherents nationwide, far more than most people realize,” Simi writes. The white power movement is thriving, but not in ways we would typically think- making it sometimes difficult to tell who is involved in a hate group.

OutFront tonight: Criminologist, Pete Simi. FULL POST


Filed under: Crime • Sikh Temple Shooting
August 8th, 2012
08:34 PM ET

Standard Charter fights back but admits undermining U.S. sanctions

The UK banking giant Standard Charter is now fighting back against allegations made by the New York State Department of Financial Services that they helped Iran avoid American sanctions by hiding $250 billion worth of transactions over nearly 10 years.

Standard Chartered CEO Peter Sands made his first public comments since the allegations arose on Monday.

"This was clearly wrong and we are sorry that they happened," Sands said.

While the bank claims there was no attempt to "circumvent sanctions" it admits some of its transactions did break us sanctions -but only 14 million dollars worth.

This is not the first time a British bank has been in trouble with the United States. In July, a Senate panel accused HSBC of by-passing sanctions by laundering money for Mexican drug cartels with financial ties to Saudi Arabia and Iran.

How is this affecting our relationship with our closest ally?

OutFront tonight: Elise Labott, Foreign Affairs Correspondent

FULL POST


Filed under: International • Iran • Law • News
August 8th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

Obama campaign distance themselves from controversial super PAC ad

The Obama campaign are distancing themselves from the super PAC ad that links Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to the cancer-related death of a former steelworker's wife.

CNN has fact checked the ad and found it to be false.

Priorities USA is the super PAC that paid for the ad. Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate with campaigns and the head of Priorities USA, Bill Burton also denies any coordination with the Obama campaign.

But can the president hide behind campaign finance laws when a super PAC produces an ad that is both negative and false.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon, Reihan Salam and Democratic Strategist Jamal Simmons.


Filed under: 2012 Election • News
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