August 17th, 2012
08:10 PM ET

Mars rover sends back more photos, gearing up to fire laser

The Mars rover Curiosity continues to send back new pictures of the Red Planet. And today, engineers announced that the rover is finally ready to start moving and show us its full capabilities – which include a rock-vaporizing laser.

Dr. Michael Shara is an astrophysicist for the American Museum of Natural History in New York and has more details on the future of this mission.

Filed under: Tech
August 17th, 2012
08:06 PM ET

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy visits Rep. Jesse Jackson in treatment center

New pictures of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr (D-IL) have been released.

The congressman has not been seen on Capitol Hill since May because he's undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic. But good friend Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman who has battled bipolar disorder himself, recently visited Jackson.

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy joins us with more details.

Filed under: Health • Politics
August 17th, 2012
07:55 PM ET

Man shot and killed in police custody – suicide or murder?

Suicide or police cover-up?

That's the question surrounding the mysterious death of 21-year-old Chavis Carter. Carter died from a gunshot wound that was inflicted while he was handcuffed and seated in the back of a police car on July 29th in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Police say that Carter shot himself while being held on marijuana possession... while his wrists were cuffed behind his back. But Carter's family say that police killed him and are trying to cover it up. Today the Jonesboro Police released the dash cam video from the police car during the traffic stop that led to his death, though it shuts off before any gunshot can be heard.

Jonesboro Police are maintaining that it is possible for officers to miss a gun on a pat down during an arrest, and that it is physically possible for someone to shoot themselves while handcuffed.

OutFront tonight: Benjamin Irwin, the lawyer representing Carter's family.

Filed under: Crime
August 17th, 2012
07:42 PM ET

As Facebook stock falls, questions mount over Mark Zuckerberg's future

Facebook sure has some fickle friends.

It's hard to believe that nearly three months ago, we were all talking about the Facebook obsession. It was one of the most talked-about IPOs of all time. But oh, what a difference 91 days makes.

Today the stock hit another all time low, down more than 4% to close at $19.05. That's off its IPO price by more than 50 percent. And that kind of hit is spawning countless questions about both the company's future and that of its 28-year-old leader – Mark Zuckerberg.

Here with more are Shayndi Raice, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal who recently wrote a report about the company's stock troubles, and Joanne Lipman, an author and Newsweek columnist.

Filed under: Markets • Tech
August 17th, 2012
07:37 PM ET

Obama campaign offers Romney new deal in argument over tax returns

OutFront tonight: let's make a deal!

Or not.

The Obama campaign issued a new challenge to Mitt Romney today: release FIVE years of tax returns, instead of the ten they had been demanding. As a perk, they say they will drop the issue completely if he does so.

Sound too good to be true? The Romney campaign agrees – their response was a solid "thanks but no thanks." But there's something that Mitt Romney himself noted yesterday that makes his ongoing refusal to release more turns – and take control of the narrative – pretty surprising. FULL POST

Filed under: Election 2012 • Politics