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February 9th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/09/10

The new way of life in Haiti: Tent cities.  Anderson has an up close look at one tonight. Plus, tracking Haiti's children. See what's being done to make sure they don't get lost or kidnapped. Plus, the Saints come marching home. New Orleans celebrates their team's Super Bowl victory.

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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
February 9th, 2010
09:34 PM ET

Returning to Haiti. Tipping the scales of faith.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Port-Au-Prince hospital.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Port-Au-Prince hospital.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

When I told my wife I wanted to go back to Haiti, she had the reaction I expected. “The girls really missed you when you were gone last time,” she said. “I am worried that you lost too much weight down there,” she added. And, “what about your safety, physical and mental well being?” she concluded. They were all the reactions I expected. The car was then silent as we were driving through our neighborhood on a rainy Saturday morning. In that quiet, we both realized something essential. I knew she was right, on all counts. And, still, she knew it was the right thing to do. She was the first to speak and break the silence. “Truth is, I would go with you,” she whispered. “I would like to help as well.”

I thought about that conversation a lot on the middle-of-the-night flight to Florida, a connection to Santa Domingo at 3 a.m. and then finally the early morning arrival in Port-au-Prince. She has seen the images on television of the unfathomable suffering over the last month, and she was affected by it in more ways that I realized. Over the few days I was home, we hardly talked about what I had seen in Haiti. I felt the need to protect her from those stories, some of which I may never share with anyone – and she was cognizant of the desire to not re open the emotional images. She also knew that while I was physically home, my mind never left Haiti.

Most of the time I was in Haiti, I was a doctor. With the cameras off, I saw patient after patient, most of them with head injuries and with no access to a neurosurgeon. Many of them needed reassurance, and a few needed emergent operations. As a reporter, I was able to help highlight the stark difference between most international aid, and medical aid. In short, the requirement for medical aid was immediate –measured literally in minutes and hours. If action wasn’t taken, and quickly, people would die that could’ve been saved. As a father, I held a lot of small hands and offered a soothing voice, to children whose parents had been lost.

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Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Haiti • Haiti Earthquake
February 9th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Digging Out.... Again

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

We're tracking a massive snowstorm that could could cause problems from Virginia to Massachusetts over the next two days.

Tens of millions of people may be impacted by the storm. Many of them are still digging out from last weekend's blizzard in the Washington-area, when a record 32.4 inches of snow fell on Washington's Dulles International Airport.

Another 10 to 20 inches of snow is forecasted for the Washington-area. Heading north, Philadelphia could also be slammed with about 20 inches tonight and tomorrow.

New York City and Boston, which escaped last weekend's storm, could both get hit with more than a foot of snow.

Along the storm's route many flights are already canceled and schools have announced they'll be closed tomorrow.

Tonight on the program, we'll check in with CNN meteorologist Chad Myers for the latest developments.

President Obama joked about all the snow in the nation's capital today in a surprise visit with reporters in the White House press briefing room.

"A little while ago, I had a meeting with the Democratic and Republican congressional leaders and it went very well. In fact, I understand that McConnell and Reid are out doing snow angels on the south lawn together," Pres. Obama said.

No snow angels, but the President did visit with Senators Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Harry Reid, D-Nev. We'll cover the raw politics with Candy Crowley.

President Obama is pushing lawmakers to set aside their differences and take action.

"Part of what we'd like to see is the ability of Congress to move forward in a more bipartisan fashion on some of the key challenges that the country is facing right now," Pres. Obama said. "I think it's fair to say that the American people are frustrated with the lack of progress on some key issues," he added.

We'll also take you to Haiti where Anderson is looking into who's tracking Haiti's children. He visited a makeshift tent camp today in Port-au-Prince. Officials are trying to determine how many children have been abandoned or orphaned since the quake hit a month ago, and it's no easy task.

Anderson also gives you a tour around a tent city, the only refuge for Haiti's homeless. See what there life is now like, day and night. The dangers. The hope of rebirth.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.


Filed under: Maureen Miller • The Buzz
February 9th, 2010
05:31 PM ET

Toyota Recalls: What you need to know

Toyota has recalled 2010 model year Priuses.

Toyota has recalled 2010 model year Priuses.

CNN

Toyota has recalled 2010 model year Priuses as well as the closely related Lexus HS250h hybrid luxury car.

If you have one of these cars, here's what you need to know.

What cars are involved? 2010 model year Toyota Priuses manufactured before January 27 and all Lexus HS250h's manufactured before February 8.

Only the 2010 model year is involved because previous generations had different brake system software.

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February 9th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

Severe Weather Update

CNN

Another massive snowstorm barreled toward the mid-Atlantic region Tuesday with forecasters telling residents still reeling from a paralyzing weekend blizzard to be prepared for more of the same.

Hundreds of flights were canceled, and airlines were waiting to see whether they'd have to cancel more.

The National Weather Service predicted another 10 to 20 inches of snow for northern Virginia and eastern Maryland, including the District of Columbia, beginning Tuesday afternoon and continuing through Wednesday.

Federal workers and schoolchildren in the nation's capital were told to stay home for a second day. The new storm If as severe as predicted would be the third major snowfall to hit the nation's capital and surrounding region in just over seven weeks.

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Filed under: Weather
February 9th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Treating addicts: What we may (or may not) learn from the Conrad Murray case

Dr. Conrad Murray told authorities he administered sleep aids to Michael Jackson.

Dr. Conrad Murray told authorities he administered sleep aids to Michael Jackson.

Tanya M. Acker
AC360° Contributor
Attorney

With the indictment of Dr. Conrad Murray, a new media feeding frenzy begins.

As an attorney, I am both familiar with and thankful for the legal presumption of innocence that is a cornerstone of the American criminal justice system. I also know that presumption is often more meaningful in theory than in practice; having at times represented litigants who were viewed with some measure of social opprobrium, I have some sense of what it is to be on the wrong side of a public relations juggernaut.

Dr. Murray’s team, of course, has its own story to tell. We have recently heard a good deal about the doctor’s history serving disadvantaged patients – service for which I am sure those patients are grateful. I am also certain that there may be other elements of his defense about which we are unaware and which may or may not ultimately prove persuasive to a jury. And before we assume that we know more about this case than we actually do, I would like to point out that I have seen gross abuses of state power – with respect both to well-funded criminal defendants and others – so we should be wary about blindly accepting the allegations set forth by the prosecution.
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February 9th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

The view from above

Program Note: Don't miss live coverage from Haiti tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Charlie Moore
AC360°

We climbed a water tower to get a sense of what it's like from above. We've heard estimates there are 10,000 people camping in and around the government square. When you get up this high the numbers start to make sense.

The structures are becoming more permanent. We'll give you a tour of the camp tonight on AC360°.


Filed under: Charlie Moore • Haiti Earthquake
February 9th, 2010
04:06 PM ET
February 9th, 2010
03:47 PM ET

Video: Doctors: Haitian may have survived 4 weeks in rubble

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

A man pulled alive from the rubble of a building in Haiti's capital Monday may have been trapped since the January 12 quake that leveled much of the city, doctors reported.

The 28-year-old man, identified as Evan Muncie, was found in the wreckage of a market where he sold rice, his family told staff at a University of Miami field hospital. He suffered from extreme dehydration and malnutrition, but did not appear to have significant crushing injuries, the doctors said.

"He was emaciated. He hadn't had anything in quite some time. He had open wounds that were festering on both of his feet," said Dr. Mike Connelly, of the university's Project Medishare.

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Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Sanjay Gupta
February 9th, 2010
03:44 PM ET

One year in, Obama must define himself

President Obama delivered his State of the Union address.

President Obama delivered his State of the Union address.

Julian E. Zelizer
Special to CNN

In his first year in the White House, President Obama has proved to be an elusive figure. This is ironic given that his campaign to win the Democratic primary in 2007 and 2008 had been premised on the idea that voters preferred a candidate who stood for something.

For one thing, he distinguished himself from Sen. Hillary Clinton by highlighting the fact that he had been against the Iraq War from the start and never wavered in his position.

Yet in 2010, many Democrats, as well as Republicans, are unsure of who President Obama is and what exactly he stands for.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Democrats • President Barack Obama • Republicans
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