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June 18th, 2013
10:05 PM ET

Does Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" promote rape?

Robin Thicke has one of the hottest songs of the summer. "Blurred Lines is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Take a listen:

Listeners seem to think its catchy and has a good beat - remember it's No. 1.

‘Blurred Lines,’ Robin Thicke’s Summer Anthem, Is Kind of Rapey

But according to the Daily Beast, it's also quote "kind of rapey".

"The song is about how a girl really wants crazy wild sex but doesn’t say it—positing that age-old problem where men think no means yes into a catchy, hummable song," Tricia Romana writes.

OutFront tonight: Comedian and CNN opinion writer Dean Obeidallah, Comedian and radio show host Stephanie Miller and CNN Contributor and writer for the National Review, Reihan Salam.


Filed under: Entertainment
June 18th, 2013
09:45 PM ET

Italy high court says evidence could support sex game theory in Knox case

Was it a sex game gone horribly wrong? That's what Italy's supreme court wants to figure out.

The court explained its reasoning to retry Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend with the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

Knox was acquitted by an appeals court in 2011, but Italy's high court overturned the ruling and says the jury didn't consider all the evidence, including the prosecution's initial theory that Kercher was killed during a twisted sex game. A new trial could start as early as this fall.

Outfront tonight: CNN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney, Paul Callan.


Filed under: Amanda Knox • Crime • International
June 18th, 2013
09:32 PM ET

Officials: Two held captive in Ohio for 2 years; suspects threatened victims with dogs and snakes

For the second time in two months we are hearing about people being held against their will in Ohio. This time a woman and child were allegedly held for a period of two years. 

Feds charge 3 in Ohio slavery case

According to federal authorities a disabled woman and her daughter were allegedly held in an apartment in Ashland, Ohio, which is about 60 miles south of Cleveland.

They say the two were forced to do manual labor while their captors kept them compliant by threatening them with dogs, and poisonous snakes. Three people have been arrested and charged with forced labor.

Outfront tonight: Steven Dettelbach is the U.S. attorney for the northern district of Ohio.


Filed under: Crime • News
June 18th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

NSA Chief defends surveillance programs; cites thwarting over 50 terror plots

The head of the National Security Agency told Congress that top-secret surveillance programs  - like those leaked recently by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden were key to thwarting terror attacks against the U.S.

NSA leaker denies being a spy

Gen. Keith Alexander, the National Security Agency director, said information "gathered from these programs provided government with critical leads to prevent over 50 potential terrorist events in more than 20 countries around the world."

Among those 50 events , according to General Alexander, there were at least 10 "homeland-based threats" including a plot by a Kansas City man to blow up the New York Stock Exchange and a plot to bomb the New York City Subway system in 2009.

Officials cite thwarted plots, oversight in defending surveillance

But could those plots have been foiled using more traditional methods, or were these surveillance programs truly critical?

Outfront tonight: Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff - he sits on the Intelligence Committee, which held that hearing today at which General Alexander testified.


Filed under: News • Under Surveillance
June 18th, 2013
08:49 PM ET

Ex-Hitman John Martorano testifies Bulger pulled trigger in hits

Evidence continues to mount against ex-mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

The prosecution's star witness and former hitman John Martorano took the stand again today, telling the court for the first time that Bulger wasn't just an accessory to murder, but that the former head of Boston's Irish mom also pulled the trigger.

Bulger is accused of drug dealing, extortion and 19 murders committed while he was a prized FBI informant.

OutFront tonight: Boston Globe Reporter Kevin Cullen. Cullen is the author of "Whitey Bulger, America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought him to Justice."


Filed under: Crime • Justice
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