October 7th, 2014
12:24 PM ET

Bill Clinton Plays Savior for Arkansas Democrats

Bill Clinton is drawing on his more than four decades of political experience as he returns home Monday to bolster Democrats who are fighting for survival.

Arkansas, like other southern states, is increasingly dominated by Republicans and the November election could decide whether Democrats can hold onto any major office here.

That's where Clinton comes in.

He's launching his biggest push of the midterm campaign season in Arkansas - a four-city, two-day swing of fundraisers and rallies.

Clinton is especially well positioned to help Democrats here. The Arkansas ballot reads like cards from his 1980's Rolodex.

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross was Clinton's driver during his 1982 run for governor.

Incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, who was 11 when he first met Clinton and whose father, David, was a political mentor to the former president, is one of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats. He will be at all four Clinton events.

See more on this story on CNN.com

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October 7th, 2014
12:13 PM ET

Thank You For Sharing Your #BloodMoon Pictures

If you missed the #BloodMoon this morning, you're in luck.

Our "New Day" audience and CNN iReporters have got you covered with their shots they shared with Indra Petersons of the event.


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October 7th, 2014
11:38 AM ET

Cop Buys Mom Car Seat Instead of Ticket

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a Michigan police officer buys a needy mom a booster seat instead of issuing her a ticket. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Officer Ben Hall recently made a traffic stop and spotted something that wasn't right in the back seat.

He noticed a small child in the car who was wearing a seat belt but was not in a child’s car seat.

Mom Alexis DeLorenzo had a booster seat ... but it was in her old car that had been repossessed.

Rather than give the mom a ticket, Officer Hall said "meet me at Walmart.”

"A ticket doesn't solve the situation," he said. "What solves it is the child being in a booster seat like she should be."

"He did his job and above and beyond that just to protect a little girl and to help a family that can't help themselves right now,"  DeLorenzo said.

See the full story at CNN affiliate WXMI.

If you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

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October 7th, 2014
11:03 AM ET

Former Defense Secretary Lays Out Disagreements With President Obama

A former senior member of President Barack Obama's national security team is panning the administration's decision to rule out the use of ground troops to fight ISIS and questioning Obama's leadership style.

"I take the position that when you're commander in chief that you oughta keep all options on the table...to be able to have the flexibility to what is necessary in order to defeat the enemy," former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta told CNN. "We're conducting air strikes. But to make those air strikes work, to be able to do what you had to do, you don't– you don't just send planes in and drop bombs. You've gotta have targets. You've gotta know what you're goin' after. To do that, you do need people on the ground."

Panetta's comments are a stinging rebuke of Obama at a crucial point in his administration as the president battles multiple national security threats, including ISIS, a resurgent Russia and the spread of Ebola.

His memoir, "Worthy Fights," describes a White House that did not use its "leverage" to try and keep a residual force in Iraq.

"Those on our side of the debate viewed the White House as so eager to rid itself of Iraq that it was willing to withdraw rather lock in arrangements that would preserve our influence and interests," he wrote in the book.


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