tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN May 16, 2012 1:00am-2:00am PDT
sending some of the $22 he earned back to yugoslavia. he's bursting with pride at what he achieved. we should be bursting with pride for him. only in america can his story be told. in words he can understand. that's all for us tonight. that's all for us tonight. ac 360 starts now. we begin tonight keeping them honest. the question of whether president obama is trying to have it both ways, attacking leaders of companies that make millions by taking over companies and sometimes putting average americans out of work while at the same time president obama racks up millions for his campaign courtesy of the same type of corporate leaders. this week it even happened on the same day. a new ad on the obama campaign attacking mitt romney for his work as owner and founder of
bain capital, a private equity firm that sometimes led to people losing their jobs. that's what happened at the kansas city steel mill that's the focus of the new obama campaign ad. featuring workers who say that mitt romney and others ruined their lives. >> having a good paying job that you can support and raise a family on is hugely important. >> that stopped with the sale of the plant to bain capital. >> i know how business works. i know how jobs come and go. >> bain capital was the majority owner. they were responsible. mitt romney was deeply involved in the influence that he exorcised over these companies. >> they made as much money off it as they could. they closed it down. they filed for bankruptcy without any concern for the families of the communities. >> they were like a vampire. came in and sucked the life out of us. >> vampire that came in and sucked the life out of us. pretty strong words. the ad is clearly designed to tug on emotions to paint mitt romney as a heartless corporate raider who cared nothing for the workers at the steel mill. the romney campaign points out that romney wasn't actively
managing bain when that steel plant closed. you can make the argument that the ad is fair game because he repeatedly said he created jobs even though the goal of bain capital was not job creation, it was money creation for its investors. that's what private equity is all about. what's interesting, however, is the obama campaign ad came out at about 6:00 a.m. yesterday. at about 6:00 p.m. yesterday, president obama was in new york at a private fund raiser at the home of this man named tony james. he's the president of blackstone which is a private equity firm. a private equity firm that has, just like bain, made business deals that have shut down factories, put people out of work. 270 workers at a food plant, 800 at a travel service company. the list goes on and on. blackstone and bain have even done business together, teaming up to invest in the same companies. the point is, if the head of bain is labeleded a vampire, shouldn't the obama campaign
have labeled someone at the head of blackstone as well? there are arguments to be made about whether what they do is good or bad. but keeping them honest. isn't it disingenuous to drive a stake into the corporate heart of the one so-called vampire in the morning and then sit down and eat a steak with another vampire at night? we don't know if they actually served steak at tony james' fund-raiser for the president, but you get the point. we know 60 people paid $35,800 a plate. romney campaign did not waste time striking back against the new obama campaign ad releasing its own ad also using somber music, slow motion, and steel workers. it focuses on another company called steel dynamics that bain invested in under romney's guidance where they claim happier results. >> when others shied away, mitt romney's private sector leadership team stepped in. >> building a dream with over 6,000 employees today. >> if it wasn't for a company
like steel dynamic, this company wouldn't have a lot. >> american workers in a small town proving that anything is possible in america. >> anything is possible in america. certainly anything goes in american politics in an election year. joining me now is contributor ari fleischer, former white house press secretary for president bush bush. the fact this campaign releases this video slamming mitt romney the same time the president is at this fund-raiser hosted by a private equity giant, isn't that kind of hypocritical? >> first a couple things. first you refer to a vampire and that language. vampire and vulture capitalist is not something that comes out of our mouth. that comes from the republican primary. and the president and the campaign ad -- >> but you have somebody in that ad saying vampire and that's the obama campaign made that ad and they had that person say vampire
whether or not they came up with it on their own. >> you've never heard anyone from the obama campaign say -- calling a vampire or vulture capitalism. but bottom line is this. if mitt romney is going to make the predicate of his run that he's going to fix the economy, going to create jobs and the primary -- his time was spent at the head of bain, we have a right to examine that. we have a right to look at what, in fact, he did at bain capital to make all his money and unfold that for the american people. when you look at the weapon -- >> i totally agree with that. but i'm not arguing that. and i don't think anyone is arguing that. it just -- on the same day that he's attacking bain capital for being a private equity firm and doing what they do -- what they do -- >> this is -- >> he's entertaining others. >> he's not attacking equity firms. what we're pointing out is this is what mitt romney has done. you know, this is the central predicate of him running for office.
and what he's done at bain capital is make an awful lot of money for himself while putting an awful lot of people out of work. his job there wasn't making jobs. his job there was in fact making money for himself. if you're going to be the president of the united states, the american people have the right to ask do we want these values and this culture, these wall street values and this culture at 1600 pennsylvania avenue? that's what we're pointing out. we're not attacking private equity firms. what we are doing is examining his record at bain capital. >> but at the same time too, on the very same day, be reaching out a hand and asking for money from people who do the exact same thing that mitt romney does and, in fact, has worked with bain capital. even just the timing of it, did someone not realize that? >> well, look. again, i think -- you know, no one's attacking private equity firms. heck. i wish i owned a private equity firm. however, what we want to convey to the american people is this is what he did for a living.
given what he did for a living putting people out of work making millions of dollars for himself, should we then put him in the white house. it's as simple as that. it's not about attacking private equity firms. it is pointing out what this man has done for a living. >> ari, in your opinion is it about attacking private equity? is it hypocritical? >> yeah. that was one absurd sentence after another. even the president's former top economic adviser, steve ratner, who came from the auto industry to help bail out the auto industry, called this ad unfair. and it really is. it's unfair, but it's worse than that because it's really an indication of the president's world eye view. you wonder why the business community is not generating jobs and jobs are being suppressed in the obama economy, it's because they're sitting on their cash because they don't trust president obama. he's so anti-business. he in this ad is expressing what he thinks about the private
equity, about the private sector at large. that's the problem with it. he'll raise money. if you're for president obama, he'll give you a pass. if you're against president obama and you're the private sector, he attacks you. the fact of the matter is everybody in the private sector has created some jobs and they've lost some jobs. sometimes people get laid off from work. other days you hire more people. this has been the dynamic that makes america great. barack obama will only attack anybody if they ever let somebody go in their job, if they have ever laid somebody off in their job. it's fundamentally anti-capitalist. >> let me push back. isn't it fair game if mitt romney is portraying himself as a job creator and that's what he's portraying his time at bain capital. in the perspective for private equity firms, i've read them, they don't talk about creating jobs for average americans. they talk about making money for investors. there's nothing wrong with that. there's nothing illegal about that. isn't this then fair game if romney is saying, well, i was all about job creation when, in fact, he was all about money
creation for himself, his partners, and his investors. >> well, the fact of the matter in a capitalist country if you're going to make money you can hire people. i heard romney on the stump anderson, you have too, where he regularly says some of our investments worked out and we were able to create jobs, sports authority. and other investments didn't work out. in the case of this steel mill, they went in 1993 to invest in it. they were going under back then. half the steel mills were in the going under in the '80s and '90s. they got eight extra years of life as a result of bain helping the company. i think they would have gone under way earlier had it not been what private equity and bain were able to do. what's troubling is when president obama focuses only on the minus sign and says, put somebody on the air to call them vultures. if they're a vulture, the private sector is a vulture. that's the problem i have with president obama at large. that's why the private economy is so hurting under the obama years.
and the only group that's doing well is the public sector. >> quite frankly, the private sector is actually doing pretty doggone good, 26 months of job growth under this president. but it still doesn't -- >> 23 million unemployed. that's pretty good? that's a problem. >> how many were unemployed when he put his hand on that bible and took that oath after your guy destroyed the economy and bill clinton built it back up? >> the unemployment rate under eight years of george bush was 5.3%. >> we're not talking about that. we're talking about the economic collapse that happened under your guy's watch. >> guys, one at a time. >> and we've had the recovery in the nation's history because the president's policies are suppressing job creation. under the stimulus, the president promiseded us the unemployment rate would be 5.6% right now. it's at 8.1%. he said gdp would be growing at
6.0%. right now in 2012 -- i know you want to change the subject. >> the fact is when the president came in -- >> guys, no one can hear you when you're both talking. >> now we're gaining jobs each and every month. that was because of what president obama did for moving away from the failed policies of what your guys did. that's his record. quite frankly, for us to sort of point out what he did at bain, destroying jobs, cutting benefits, to line his own profit and make billions for himself, absolutely, that's fair game. >> line his own profits? >> what you're seeing is the president's re-election strategy is blame and complain. i think what you're hearing is in 2012 the president will run on blame and complain and not solve. that's a formula to be a one-term president. >> blame and complain? he solved a lot of problems, quite frankly.
what we don't want to see is a return to the policies that got us into this mess. >> guys, thank you very much. let us know what you think. we're on facebook, google plus. follow us on twitter right now. let's have a conversation about this right now. what do you think? is it hypocritical for the president to attack mitt romney on this, the same day as he's reaching out for money from private equity firms? let me know @andersoncooper on twitter. still ahead, a break in the trayvon martin case. a medical report shows george zimmerman had a broken nose, two black eyes, and cuts on his head the day after he shot trayvon martin. the reporter who broke the story joins me. [ male announcer ] if you believe the mayan calendar,
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after he shot and killed trayvon martin. in this security video in the police station where george zimmerman was requested, you can see marks on his head. zimmerman claims he shot martin in self-defense after he attacked him. also tonight reporting that trayvon martin's autopsy report shows the 17-year-old had injuries to his knuckles when he died. matt, you have details about george zimmerman's medical condition. what can you tell us? >> well, the morning after that shooting february 27th, he goes to his family doctor. and she looks him over. she sees as you mention the broken nose, cuts on the back of the head, two black eyes. she also mentions a couple of other interesting things that he told her, specifically that zimmerman had nauseous feelings when he thought of the violence the night before. she also recommended that it was imperative that he go see his psychologist at some point for an evaluation. she also recommended that he go
to an ear, nose, and throat doctor, which he declined. that sets up a number of times that george zimmerman did not go and seek additional treatment despite the fact his doctor recommended so. >> are there details about the mental state which also brings us back to other of his friends saying he might have been suffering from ptsd. >> afterwards, but we're talking about before. and there's some question about the medications that he was on the night before and during the period of that shooting. he was taking aderol. and a number of other medications, and he had clearly been seeing a psychologist during that time. we're wondering if that had any effect. it probably did not. there was clearly some significant effect that that altercation and obviously the shooting of trayvon martin had on george zimmerman afterwards. his family members and friends had said that he didn't stop crying for days afterwards. he was clearly significantly affected by it, anderson. >> matt, appreciate the reporting. want to bring in on the phone,
ben crump, an attorney for trayvon martin's case. these injuries seem to be consistent with george zimmerman's claims all along. what is your response to this news? >> the family has strong positions on this news and the reports of the next day. we know on february 26th the er person believed his injuries were significant enough to go to the hospital. they didn't even put a band-aid on his head, and we all saw the video 30 minutes after he had shot and killed trayvon martin. we saw where his injuries were. that's important. he didn't have a concussion. that's what the report says. he wasn't diagnosed with a concussion. and, remember, he said that his head had been beat repeatedly against pavement by trayvon martin for over a minute, but there is no concussion. and also it says there are no stitches. and that is very important.
we've got to put this in context, anderson. let's not forget that trayvon martin was fighting a man with a 9 millimeter gun. he was in a battle for his life that tragically he lost, and we also have to remember that he didn't start this fight. george zimmerman got out of his car and pursued trayvon martin, a had he just stayed in his car, had he stood down, there would be no need for george zimmerman to stand his ground. i have to say this because we just got a glimpse of this report, anderson. it says why he came to the doctor. he sought an appointment with the doctor to get legal clearance to return to work. so it is very suspicious that he doesn't have to go to the doctor february 26th, when he shoots and kills trayvon martin, doesn't have to go to the er, but then the next morning he has to go. we do know one thing, anderson,
and that is trayvon martin was taken away in an ambulance. he lost the battle for his life. >> jeff toobin, what do you make of all this? >> i just wonder if i ask ben a question there. you said you know that zimmerman was the aggressor. how do you know that? what's the evidence that, once he gets out of the car, that zimmerman is the aggressor rather than trayvon martin? >> just the 911 tape, jeffrey. you can listen to that tape and listen to what he says. it puts his state of mind that he's going to make sure this f'ing a-hole don't get away this time, and that's important. it's also equally important that he's running after him. we hear that with our own ears. everything else is zimmerman's version. but when you look at the objective evidence, that video taken 30 minutes after he shoots and kills trayvon martin, you listen to those 911 tapes,
that's not something that we have to depend on anybody to judge for us. we get to judge that for ourselves, and that's most important when you're trying to weigh credibility. >> but the 911 tapes only tell us what zimmerman was saying when he was in that vehicle. we haven't heard any direct eyewitness testimony about what happened when he got out of that vehicle. >> i think we have heard some, but i'm trying to say, listen to the objective evidence. there's going to be a full trial, and we want everybody to wait until all the evidence comes out. that's what we've always asked for. we think george zimmerman has a right to a fair and impartial trial, and we hope that everybody listens to that because all trayvon's parents wanted from day one was justice, and they wanted to make sure that trayvon martin got a fair trial just as, if he would have shot george zimmerman, that he would have gotten a fair trial. >> jeff, information in a case like this is often leaked out by
law enforcement, by people who want to further a certain narrative. what do you make of the latest information? >> i think, first of all, it's good that we are talking about actual information, medical reports, that show facts about this case as opposed to people assuming what happened. frankly, i think the evidence that came out today will be useful for the defense. it is one thing to say that george zimmerman was attacked, as the defense will say. now they can say, look, he had a broken nose. he had lacerations on the back of his neck. and apparently, trayvon martin had injuries to his knuckles, which suggests that he was hitting someone. those are facts. they don't decide the case. they aren't the only facts in the case, but they are certainly useful facts for the defense in arguing that this was a shooting in self-defense. >> we're going to continue, obviously, to get more facts as we approach the time for trial.
>> trayvon was fighting for his life. trayvon was fighting for his life. >> and you're saying that's why he would have injuries on his hands? >> absolutely. he was standing his ground. it was self-defense. if somebody got a gun, i want to fight for my life. >> that's a very good argument. i mean, these are the kind of arguments that are going to be played out in front of the jury, and now at least we have some facts, some actual evidence to discuss that. >> i agree, jeffrey. >> more to learn from forensic reports, from ballistic reports, all of that, none of which we've seen yet. ben crump, appreciate your time. there's a new twist in the mississippi pardons mess that could mean justice for the family of 18-year-old charity smith. the drunk driver was convicted, but why was he on the road in the first place and why was he
a major development in a mother's search for justice. a mississippi grand jury has charged this man, harry bostick, who was pardoned by mississippi governor haley barbour in january for a fatal accident last october. negligently caused the death of charity smith when she crossed paths with bostick. his truck crashed into her car when she pulled out on a highway. bostick, who was a former irs investigator, has charged with driving under the influence. it wasn't the first time. he'd already been arrested three times for drunk driving. this dash cam video shows one of
those arrests. by the time bostick crashed into charity smith, he racked up three dui convictions, all of them a matter of public record. that did not stop former mississippi governor haley barbour from pardoning bostick nearly three months after smith's funeral. barbour says they don't know about he last dui conviction. he defended his decision on john king usa. >> the power of pardon in the state is to give people a second chance who have repented, been rehabilitated, and redeemed themselves. >> repented, rehabilitated, and redeemed themselves. harry bostick was sitting in jail on his fourth dui arrest when he received the pardon from haley barbour, the pardon that erased his previous felony drunk driving conviction? does that sound like rehabilitated to you?
governor barbour has refused our repeated invitations for an interview that have really spanned the last five months. >> how are you doing? >> can we talk to you real quick? >> governor barbour, who refused our repeated requests to be on the program. governor barbour, we would love for you to come ob on the show and answer some questions. >> governor, can we talk to you about the pardons? we'll wait for you out here. >> an open invitation stands for governor barbour to come on the program. despite repeated requests, governor barbour will not come on this program. >> governor, can we get a few minutes to talk about the pardons? >> not really. when the supreme court rules, we'll have time to talk. i'm not so presumptuous as to predict what the supreme court is going to do, but when they rule, then we can talk. >> when they rule, we can talk, he said. the mississippi supreme court upheld the pardons. they ruled that barbour didn't keep his promise to talk to us or ed lavandera. his office said they couldn't
fit us into his schedule, but they'll add us to the consideration list. ed lavandera joins me now. what kind of jail time is this guy bostick now looking at? >> it's a little bit complicated, but remember this fourth arrest he's been charged with in dui after this indictment will now become technically his third, so he faces anywhere between one and five years, five years being the max. but he faces the dui death charge with a maximum of 25 years. at least he's facing 30 years in all of this. he's also charged with fleeing the scene of that accident as well. >> he turned himself in to police. is he still in jail now, or was he released on bail? >> we're told he turned himself in, and he's been released on a $50,000 bond. so he's back living in oxford, mississippi. >> so this was the fourth dui charge. the third one was basically wiped off his record. how does that pardon he got from
governor barbour affect what kind of punishment he might face? >> the way it works in mississippi -- and i've talked to several attorneys there today -- it doesn't really matter after you get your third, fourth, fifth, everything is still for those simple dui charges, they remain a felony even if it would have been a misdemeanor charge. they all remain felonies there up to five years. what happens, if it's your third time, fourth time, fifth time, the judge will see all of that. so essentially that third one is gone, and this will be that third one. it's very likely he could get the same sentence he got the first time around, which is a year of house arrest and participation in a drug and alcohol program if the judge decides to do that. so it depends on how he'll be convicted, if he's convicted in all of this and what the judge will decide. that trial is still several months away. >> has governor barbour -- i know he won't talk to us or talk to you. he's been plenty of other interviews in the last five months. has he ever commented on why he
pardoned this guy at all? has he ever expressed regret or remorse? >> you know, the fascinating thing about this is you remember those murders were the ones that got most of the attention, but this case really highlights just the way all of this was handled behind the scenes. bostick is a former irs investigator living in oxford, mississippi. he had very influential friends, former u.s. attorneys that wrote glowing letters on his behalf saying he turned his life around and had stopped drinking. barbour said he was unaware of the accident that killed charity smith. that's what he told us when we first reported on this story. we got a hold of e-mails that showed it was those very same friends that wrote back and tried to get to the governor's office and said, look, we heard that this guy's had another accident. he shouldn't be pardoned. all of that was ignored. >> i'm told just a couple of hours ago that barbour was on msnbc. i would just ask any other reporter out there who does get the chance to interview the governor, maybe throw him a question about this. it would be great to get him on
the record explaining how he could give a pardon to a guy while he's sitting in jail on his fourth dui and not even make any comment about it in the five months since then. anybody does interview him, maybe you could ask him that question. ed lavandera, appreciate it. charity smith was just 18 years old when she was killed in that terrible car crash. she was saving money for college. she had a lot of big plans for her life. charity's mom linda smith told me a couple of days ago she doesn't have good days anymore. losing her daughter has been unbearable, as you can imagine. she joins me again tonight. thank you so much for being with us. i'm sure this has been a tough day for you. how are you holding up when you got the word that he was going to be charged? >> i was praying for justice, and i feel like that if he -- if it served.
i don't know how this is going to turn out, you know. i mean, for his third one, he got probation, and we know how that turned out. i mean, i'm glad they charged him, but i still don't know how this is going to turn out. >> has the governor, the former governor at all reached out to you? has anybody tried to explain from his office why they gave this guy a pardon? >> no, no one has called me. no one has tried to get in touch with me. no one. >> if you could talk to governor barbour, what would you say to him? what would you ask him? >> he saw the e-mail, and he
pardoned this man anyway. did he not commit a crime himself? is that not a crime? i would ask him, if that would have been his daughter that this man had hit, would he still have pardoned him? >> i know you've been getting support from people in the community, people who are outraged by this, by what happened, and interested in charity's story. that's got to feel -- does that help at all? >> i know a lot of people love my daughter, but it doesn't change the fact that i don't have her. i mean, i love everybody that's -- i mean, they've done
lots of things for me, and i know everybody's praying for justice. but it still doesn't change the fact i do not have my daughter. >> linda smith, we'll continue to try to get some sort of answers from the former governor. i wish you strength in the days ahead. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> linda smith. just south of the border, the violent drug war rages in mexico. dozens are murdered in the latest round of violence. but determining which drug gang may be responsible is not that easy. an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company,
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a vicious and bloody drug war in mexico has taken another violent turn. on monday, 49 mutilated and decapitated bodies were found on the highway south of the u.s. border. this latest round of violence bears the marks of the escalating turf war between the rival drug cartels, and the victims are most likely cartel
members or associates. over the last several years, rival gangs have increasingly used brutality in murders, warnings to each other as they battle for control of this multibillion dollar drug trafficking business in mexico. which cartel is likely responsible for these murders? the answer might not be as easily as it looks. we warn you the images are difficult to watch. here's miguel marquez. >> reporter: at this grisly scene, an unmistakable message, "z" 100%. "z" for the notoriously violent zitha cartel. was it their murders, or was it a rival gang trying to discredit them? >> there had been some indication the zetas were responsible for this. it's not beyond the possibilities that this were perpetrated by a rival cartel, either the sinaloa or other cartel. >> reporter: highway 40 is a
route for drugs, cash, and guns going to and from the u.s. but it's zeta territory. no reason for them to draw that kind of attention on their own turf. then there's this. new video posted from the rival cartel, la gofa. it shows a woman cutting off a man's head, then dismembering him, the title a warning to the zetas. and another major and feared cartel, the sinaloas recently joined forces against the zetas. >> you're looking at the turf war in that vicinity. >> reporter: since 2010, as the sinaloa and zeta cartels have increa increased the violent. the gulfo cartel has been squeezed by the zetas, and they're fighting back.
the zetas are feared for good reason. many are deserted mexican commandos, who formed their own cartel, turning their military know how into a killing machine. so powerful and wealthy, they've even recruited young americans to protect their interests in the u.s. rosalio reta from texas says he was just 13 years old when he was trained to be a killer. i love doing it, he says, killing the first woman. i loved it. i thought i was superman. it's a battle over billions of dollars and survival. los zetas are at war. the senior man also known as el chapo, the mexican government is offering millions for the capture of guzman. it pails in comparison to the extraordinary wealth guzman and other cartel members have amassed. >> i'm not thinking el chapo is going to be caught.
he's too powerful, very well wired in the mexican security and military apparatus. >> reporter: an estimated 50,000 people have died in this war. the 49 decapitated bodies may be an ominous foreshadowing of yet another deadly convulsion of violence. miguel marquez, cnn, los angeles. >> so much murder. let's dig deeper with fred burton. we saw him in miguel's report. he's vice president of counterterrorism at stratfor, a global intelligence company. and rusty fleming, maker of the documentary drug wars. thanks for being with us. fred, do you think the zetas were behind this? they are known for cutting off heads. >> i don't think so, anderson, simply because this was on their patch. it would be bad for business for them to have done this on their very lucrative piece of their drug supply chain. >> it's a fairly common tactic, isn't it? law enforcement, they try to disrupt the activities of the
cartel rivals in its home territory? >> when you look at this, the more probable suspects, though, anderson, would be the sinaloa or the gulf cartel or one of the fractured gangs that have come into this turf, dumped the bodies, and placed a very poor narco claim of credit to try to implicate the zetas for this, but i don't think the zetas are behind this. >> rusty, what do you think? you've been inside their organization. does it sound like their m.o.? >> i think it was just exactly what fred's saying, that there's been a lot of counterintelligence and misdirection, misinformation. that's how they conduct their war. and i think this is very likely another cartel that's trying to hang it on the zetas and try to make it look like them. you know, the zetas are a different kind of cartel.
they are not the drug dealers from old. they are military trained. they run with military structure and discipline, and they have a network that is far more sophisticated than most other trug networks. they're going to use that. rosalio reta, i interviewed him once. that kid, like many others, were trained in mexico, just like we would train any other special forces soldier. they're doing that even here. they're recruiting kids now to get degrees in computer science so they can hack into databases and they can run money laundering operations. they want them to get into criminal justice and get a criminal justice degree so they can become lawyers or policemen.
their thinking, that is the most forward thinking cartel out there. that's what they've done. they told me five years ago that what their goal was is they wanted to take these kids, 10, 12, 13 years old, and raise them up and indoctrinate them, and bring up a better generation of narco terrorists than they are. that is their goal, and that's what they're doing. >> fred burton, i appreciate it. rusty fleming, thanks for being on. a u.n. convoy came under attack in syria, a reminder all the talk of the cease fire is just talk.
i'm isha with the 360 news bulletin. a u.n. convoy was hit by an explosion in syria. three vehicles were damaged. opposition groups say the attack happened around the time government forces opened fire on a nearby funeral procession killing 23 people. john edwards was not aware an elderly heiress provided money used to cover up his affair with rielle hunter and acted surprised when he was told about the donations. that came from an adviser to edwards. the defense could call his daughter cate to the stand tomorrow then wrap up. jpmorgan investors have approved a $23 million pay package for ceo jamie dimon despite the bank's whopping $2
billion trading loss. and a cute dog is at the center of an ugly custody fight. a new york man claims his ex-girlfriend dognapped his pooch named knuckles when they broke up. he says he's willing to spend up to $60,000 in court costs and go into debt, if necessary, to get him back. anderson? time now for our beat 360 winners. our chance to show up staffers by coming up with a better caption of the photo put on our blog every day. today president obama doing a push-up with the harlem globe trotters last month. our staff winner is elise. her caption, i will have arms like michelle, i will have arms like michelle. our viewer winner is john, obama sees his shadow, seven more months of presidency. your t-shirt is on the way. up next, how did msnbc host chris matthews go from jeopardy to the ridiculist?
time now nor the ridiculist. tonight i've got to do. i hate to do it, but i have to add chris matthews, msnbc host and an unsuccessful jeopardy contestant. chris was on the show as part of power players week. he was up against robert gibbs and lizzie o'leary. while mr. matthews started off strong, the rest of the show was apparently too much of a hardball.
>> let's go back to -- what is crossword clues -- i mean, i'm sorry. go $200 for the category crossword clues. >> all right. pay attention now. at blank soldier. four letters. chris? >> at ease soldier. what is at ease soldier? what is ease? >> at ease, chris matthews. things didn't get much better from there. >> who is gary powers? >> we need the full name. >> who is gary powers? >> no. >> it wasn't pretty. i don't want to be tough on chris matthews. i'm a fan of chris matthews. i'm actually on jeopardy this friday competing against a three time pulitzer prize winner and kelly o'donnell of nbc news. i've been on the show three times. the first time, i won't lie. i cleaned up. >> anderson? >> who is marie callas? >> who is archie bunker? >> he's the one. >> canada is right. >> that's it. >> that's it. indeed.
you're the leader and the winner today. >> all right. second time, not only did i lose, as i've said before, i lost to cheech. as in cheech of cheech and chong. >> cheech? >> what is camelot? >> yes. you're the winner today. >> i know what you're thinking, all the stoner movies how could anyone lose to cheech marin? you're forgetting the panther like moves he developed on nash bridges. it's not like i lost a spelling bee to a 12-year-old. >> m-a-l-i-a-b-l-e. [ laughter ] wait a minute, what did i say? hold on? m-a-i-l-a-b-l-e. >> sorry. >> i hate this game. >> not only did i lose to a 12-year-old. he spent the entire time just laughing at me. as for chris on jeopardy, by the end of last night's game, he was pretty fed up wi