October 7th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

On the Radar: Gay student leader, Afghan war, oil spill

Student under fire by blogger speaks out – Chris Armstrong, the University of Michigan's first openly gay student body president, said the recent rash of headlines about gay teens who have committed suicide led him to break his silence about his own hurtful experience of being targeted online and in high school.

For months, Armstrong has been the subject of the blog "Chris Armstrong Watch," which Andrew Shirvell, a lawyer in the Michigan attorney general's office, publishes. Shirvell and Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox have both maintained that the blog is Shirvell's personal project and that it's done during nonwork hours without any official resources. Shirvell, a graduate of the university, has taken issue with what he calls Armstrong's "radical homosexual agenda."

Nine years in Afghanistan – U.S. intelligence operators were some of the first Americans in Afghanistan when the war started in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Their mission was clear — get Osama bin Laden and stop the Taliban.

Nine years later, CNN takes a look at what the endgame is for covert operations in the war.

White House criticized over oil spill estimates – The Obama administration vastly underestimated the tens of thousands of barrels of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon disaster despite contrary information from scientists using better methodologies, a report from a national panel investigating the response said.

The report said the White House Office of Management and Budget squelched higher worst-case estimates once government officials accepted them, preventing the public from hearing them.

From hotline to lifeline – The business of saving lives can happen in the most unassuming of places. In a nondescript, dingy building on the West Coast, trained counselors take the calls of young people in crisis and those who worry about them. It’s the kind of place where the tragic can be eclipsed and where people work to keep headlines — like the story of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's suicide — from ever happening.

It's one of the two national call centers for the Trevor Lifeline, America’s only 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Between this center and one on the East Coast — at least one is open at all times — about 30,000 calls are fielded each year. They are from young people struggling with who they are and those who feel desperately alone. CNN.com's Jessica Ravitz takes a look at the hotline.

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    October 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    President Obama is incapable of being Commander in Chief. Conmen are incapable of fighting, they just know how to con people. Here is the current example.
    The War in Afghanistan has reached a point in which Pakistan has shown themselves to be moochers and blackmailers. Three of their soldiers accidently get killed and prove this. Because they close the supply route. I say f them and hold a 9mm Glock in the mouth of the President of Pakistan.
    President Obama says: Oh you are right Mr. President of Pakistan we have 26,000 civilian contractors (who it so happens President Bush put there) who are hooligans and thugs who leave their post ungaurded and don't maintain their weapons so they even work.
    This president blames others and at every opportunity shows weakness to our enemies and allies alike. He only knows how to bribe and con people.
    jim

    October 8, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. primo

    "settle down beavis"

    October 8, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |