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September 25th, 2013
06:37 PM ET

"The monster speaks" – reporter interviews jailed abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

An abortion provider from Philadelphia is spending life in prison following his first-degree murder conviction in the death of three babies.

Kermit Gosnell was called a monster for what he did, and how he did it – ending the lives of fetuses past the legal limit in Pennsylvania.

But who he is, why he did what he did, and how he got away with it for so long, remains a mystery.

"There was a lot of conjecture about what motivated Gosnell and people said he was greedy, crazy, he is a monster. I think that at bottom, he was a true believer in abortion rights," said reporter Steve Volk, the only journalist Gosnell has spoken with while in prison.

"He professed to be a deeply religious man, and I believe the depths of those beliefs enabled him to rationalize all of the other choices he made along the way," said Volk.
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September 25th, 2013
06:33 PM ET

Possible rare image of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg

He was 6'4" and had an affinity for stovepipe hats, yet it has been tricky spotting Abraham Lincoln in a crowd.

But now former Disney animator, professor, and civil war buff Christopher Oakley claims he spotted Abraham Lincoln in a blurry photo taken moments before he delivered the Gettysburg address 150 years ago.

A few years ago another historian claimed he had spotted Lincoln in the same photo, only his Lincoln was a few feet to the left, and was on a horse. Experts also say his hair and beard appeared a bit too long.

Alas, viewers may never know which Abe – is the honest Abe.

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money lead

September 25th, 2013
06:27 PM ET

Will Jeff Bezos apply Amazon philosophy to The Washington Post?

Amazon's C.E.O. Jeff Bezos says it's all about the customer. One goal is to sell "premium products at non-premium prices." In other words, sell tablets at low prices and reap the rewards when a late night television binger buys all five seasons of "Breaking Bad" at once.

This week, Amazon unveiled it's new Kindle Fire tablet. It is a sleeker model, but the price tag on the 7-inch tablet is what Bezos is betting will appeal to customers: $139.

But what about Bezos's latest move? His $250 million buy-in to the newspaper business?

CNN's Dan Simon sat down with Bezos to hear more on the Amazon philosophy, and where it might take The Washington Post.

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politics lead

September 25th, 2013
05:52 PM ET

Roundtable: Who loses politically if the government shuts down?

(CNN) - Many Republicans are staunchly against the health care law backed by President Barack Obama. But there is no alternative offered, no Republican bill to address rising health care costs, millions of uninsured, and discrimination against people with preexisting conditions.

Republicans used to be about repeal and replace. Now it just seems to be repeal.

Several Republicans have put forward proposals for health care laws. But the party, which controls the House and is a sizable minority in the Senate, are not uniting behind anything.

Republican Sen. Mike Lee agrees, adding that conservative efforts led by the House and pushed in the Senate by Ted Cruz is still a worthy endeavor.
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September 25th, 2013
04:52 PM ET

Where is the GOP alternative to Obamacare?

Many Republicans are staunchly against the president's health care law. But there is no alternative being offered, no Republican bill that will solve the problems of rising health care costs, millions of uninsured Americans, and making sure insurance companies do not discriminate against people with preexisting conditions.

Republicans used to be about repeal and replace, but now, it just seems to be repeal. Several Republicans have put forward proposals for health care laws. But the party, which has the majority of the House of Representatives and a large minority in the Senate, are not uniting behind one of the bills and trying push it through.

Republican Sen. Mike Lee agrees, but said pursuing the defunding Obamacare is still a worthy cause.
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