Gotta Watch: Mom takes a bullet; Haiti orphanage overhaul; Conan redux
Mary Reid says she sheilded her daughter from gunfire during the Tuscon shooting.
January 12th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Mom takes a bullet; Haiti orphanage overhaul; Conan redux

Taking a bullet for your child – It's something you'd expect any mom to say she would do. But this mom took several bullets to protect her teenage daughter from the spray of gunfire that took six lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Have politics in U.S. become too angry, hateful?
Columnist Jesse Mathewson sits outside his Sierra Vista, Arizona home. The town is one of the closest to the Mexican border.
January 12th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Have politics in U.S. become too angry, hateful?

The question is echoing this week, after Tucson area Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters that words used in political debate have gone too far and can lead to unbalanced individuals erupting in violence.

But how can you honestly answer such a subjective question?

In a three-part series, CNN Radio's Lisa Desjardins speaks to people from the right and the left who use strong and sometimes extreme words against each other, including Jesse Mathewson, a columnist in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Mathewson calls himself a pacifist but has used some extreme words in his opposition to border protection groups, including the Minuteman Civil Defense Project. He has called their founder, Chris Simcox, a "racist bigot."

Desjardins also talks to an expert in extreme speech to find out more about how, and to measure, the way society and individuals talk.

Listen to the first piece in the series here:

You can also listen to the CNN Radio Reports podcast on itunes or subscribe to the podcast here.

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N.J Governor: 'No magic wand' for economic, school problems
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke with CNN about education, the economy and "The Jersey Shore."
January 12th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

N.J Governor: 'No magic wand' for economic, school problems

Rising star in the Republican Party N.J Governor Chris Christie has made tough choices during his tenure in office by closing the state spending gap and getting tough with teachers unions. He says there no easy choices to make in hard economic times and there is "no magic wand to wave."

Wednesday, Christie spoke to American Morning's T.J. Holmes about politicians telling the truth, making tough decisions in education and whether or not he is winning the battle against MTV's "Jersey Shore."

On the Radar: Arizona, Northeast blizzard, Australian flooding, quake anniversary
President Barack Obama and the first lady observe a moment of silence Monday to honor the Arizona shooting victims.
January 12th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

On the Radar: Arizona, Northeast blizzard, Australian flooding, quake anniversary

Arizona shooting - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel Wednesday to Tucson, Arizona, and take part in a memorial service for the six people killed by a gunman at a public meeting hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded. The president is expected to speak at the service.

The U.S. House of Representatives will consider a resolution that honors Giffords, who remains in intensive care. The resolution also reaffirms the First Amendment rights of assembly and petition as "bedrock principles" of American democracy. It recognizes the other victims of the shooting and applauds those who subdued the gunman and assisted the victims.

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Mourning, orphans, tent cities at center of focus as Haiti rebuilds
A man walks by a memorial for the victims of Haiti's earthquake on the one year anniversary,
January 12th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Mourning, orphans, tent cities at center of focus as Haiti rebuilds

A year after Haiti's devastating earthquake, some orphans remain in U.S. federal custody, awaiting adoption. They wonder whether they'll ever find homes.

As the anniversary of the devastating event is remembered today CNN is taking a look back at some of the people we met during the disaster and where thing stand.

For more coverage on Haiti:

Recounting the rescue of Haiti's orphans

Human Factor: Faith, miracles and a new reach in Haiti

Rubble, recovery and reconstruction

One year after Haiti earthquake: Rubble, recovery and reconstruction
Kids play near their tent city in January 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
January 12th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

One year after Haiti earthquake: Rubble, recovery and reconstruction

Haitians are marking the one year anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated their country today.

While thousands of aid organizations and non-profit groups answered the call for help and the international community pledged billions of dollars to the recovery effort, progress on a large scale has been hard to come by in Haiti.

That's not to say that work hasn't been taking place. Signs of improvement dot the landscape. But 1.2 million people still make their homes in tent cities. Rubble and damaged buildings are seen at every turn. Those images have some people wondering what is happening with the money that they donated to the cause.

To the outside observer, the reconstruction process seems to be taking too long. But many people working on the ground in Haiti say they are right where they expected to be one year after the quake given the complexity of the problems the country faces. Listen to the story here:

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Maryland set to expand gay rights, same-sex marriage
Maryland may become the latest state to expand gay rights -- specifically regarding same-sex marriage.
January 12th, 2011
08:52 AM ET

Maryland set to expand gay rights, same-sex marriage

Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.

The expansion of gay rights appears to have gained significant traction as Maryland's General Assembly begins its 90-day session Wednesday. Not only are Democrats optimistic about their chances of approving same-sex marriage, but a leading Republican, sensing momentum on the issue, has instead countered with a proposal to grant civil unions to gay couples.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley has publicly stated that he would sign a marriage bill into law. Maryland then would join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., in sanctioning same-sex marriages.

Maryland has been inching toward granting greater rights and protections for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Last year Democratic state Attorney General Doug Gansler offered a legal opinion recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. "We've been marching in this direction for a while now," said Democratic state Delegate Heather Mizeur.

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Crew error led to Polish plane crash, Russians conclude
Mourners at a makeshift memorial outside the presidential palace in Poland after a plane crash killed the president in April 2010.
January 12th, 2011
08:43 AM ET

Crew error led to Polish plane crash, Russians conclude

The crew was at fault in a Polish plane crash that killed the country's president and nearly 100 other people last April, a Russian-led investigation found Wednesday.

The crew should have decided to divert to another airport in light of "repeated and timely" warnings about bad weather in Smolensk, Russia, the Interstate Aviation Committee concluded.

The presence of a Polish Air Force commander in the cockpit may also have contributed to the crash, the IAC said, noting that he had alcohol in his blood at the time of the crash.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and many top Polish officials died in the crash as they headed to a memorial service to mark a World War II massacre.

The crew of the Polish presidential plane was under psychological pressure to land the plane at Smolensk, fearing Kaczynski would react negatively to a decision to divert the plane, IAC chair Tatyana Anodina said.

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Wednesday's live video events
Snowplows work to clear snow in New York City on Wednesday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to brief reporters on the city's efforts.
January 12th, 2011
07:53 AM ET

Wednesday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

8:30 am ET - Tucson condolence book signing - Lawmakers, staff and others sign a condolence book honoring the Tucson shooting victims on Capitol Hill.

10:00 am ET - House remembers Tucson victims - House lawmakers consider a resolution honoring the victims of the Tucson, Arizona, mass shooting.

11:00 am ET - NYC briefing on snowstorm response - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others update the public on the city's response to the snowstorm.

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Giffords 'becoming more spontaneous'
The U.S. flag flies at half-staff outside the U.S. Capitol in memory of the shooting victims in Arizona.
January 12th, 2011
02:00 AM ET

Giffords 'becoming more spontaneous'

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery is "going as anticipated," and doctors are seeing what they want to see so far, the hospital
treating her said Wednesday.

Peter Rhee, chief of emergency medicine at University Medical Center in Tucson, said "none of the downward events have occurred at this time" in her recovery.

Doctors have decreased the amount of sedation they are giving her, and she is "becoming more and more spontaneous all the time," Rhee added.

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