June 11th, 2008
07:26 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

IN politics today...Barack Obama is talking the day OFF, while John McCain holds a town hall meeting in Philadelphia. We continue looking at the issues and where the candidates stand on them. TONIGHT, it is health care! Tom Foreman  will be keeping the candidates honest...

Jeffrey Toobin joins us tonight to bring us up to date on Elliot Spitzer, remember him? The NY POST reported yesterday that "The federal case against him is so strong that prosecutors had no interest in striking cooperation agreements with the ringleader of Spitzer's hooker-supplier, Emperors Club VIP, and his second in command, sources told The Post's Murray Weiss." "Prosecutors have records of Spitzer's transactions, phone records and taped conversations with Emperors Club, and are confident they need little more to nail him on charges that could include violating prostitution laws and money laundering, sources said. Probers are also said to be looking into whether he used campaign funds to pay for his pleasures." Plus....


Michael Ware has obtained what is believed by the US military to be one of the largest collections of internal Al Qaeda documents to fall into civilian hands. Gripping videos and hundreds of Al Qaeda documents give fascinating insight into their inner working, complex bureaucracy and shocking predictions of their own undoing in Iraq. Michael Ware deciphers what it all means for the Future of AL Qaeda in Iraq.

AND we do a little Crime & Punishment tonight...On March 2, 1998 an 8-year-old girl was raped in a Harvey, LA, a New Orleans suburb. Patrick Kennedy, her step father was the rapist. A family abuse specialist testified it was the worst sexual attack he’d ever seen. On August 14, 2003 a Jefferson Parish jury found Kennedy guilty, in spite of no physical or DNA evidence linking him to the crime. He was sentenced to the death penalty, the first time in decades a person was sentenced to death for a rape. In April the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case. Does the punishment fit the crime? Sean Callebs explores...

We will get you up to speed with the flooding out West...Rising rivers wiped out an Iowa railroad bridge Tuesday, flooded Illinois farmland and forced residents along the Mississippi River to prepare for what could be the worst flooding in 15 years.

AND FINALLY - we are hoping to check in with Andersontonight, he is in Cameroon in a remote town called Nyabbisan shooting Planet in Peril 2...

It feels like a mixed bag of stories this early in the am...but we will pair it down well before 10 pm tonight....

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    I have a question for McCain...... Earlier this year he spoke at the King Memorial, he stated that he did not vote to make Dr. King's birthday a holiday in his state and apologized for it...... This is a two part question

    Why did he decide to speak about this now, at the Memorial in fron of Dr. King's children, a short time after Mrs. King passed? Does he consider that good judgement?

    Why did he decide that the holiday was a good idea, or what year did he come to that conclusion?

    June 11, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  2. Mac -- San Jose, Calif

    Maybe you could "pare it down" instead . . . .

    June 11, 2008 at 9:56 am |

    Please check in with Anderson and let us know how he and that great team are doing. He is missed but I love it when he gets to travel and take us all around the world with him. Keep up the fantastic job Anderson and CNN team.

    June 11, 2008 at 9:49 am |
  4. KAB

    In the Eliot Spitzer Case....

    I hear that one of the ring leaders is already doing time. Is this true? How did they charge and prosecute her so quickly and have yet to indict Mr. Spitzer?

    Patrick Kennedy.....

    If the man did this to this poor little girl, I agree with the death penalty. This was more horrific than a rape, this little girl was brutalized. All rape is disgusting, but anybody that feels they have the authority to treat a child like this has no hope. Her step father no less, someone she was supposed to trust and love.

    June 11, 2008 at 8:16 am |
  5. Cindy

    So Obama took Gergen's advice and took a break huh? LOL Honestly I wish both of them would so that we could get a break too from all of this politics. But since we can't bring on the health care issues I guess! LOL

    I am SO glad that you all are finally having Mic back on 360! I miss him not being on and telling us about Iraq! That one video that you all showed last night was horrific. I can't imagine being in the middle of the street and having to watch someone be executed!! I am looking forward to seeing more of Mic's report tonight. How about getting Mic to blog on here!? That'd be great!!

    And I am so glad that we are going to get another look at PIP2 and get to hopefully check in with Anderson. I was for sure that we wouldn't see him until Monday! Thanks to whoever changed their minds about that! I am really looking forward to seeing more pics and hopefully a great report!


    June 11, 2008 at 8:10 am |
  6. tom orkney

    I read where John McCain is about to vote against an energy bill unless there was a procision for nuclear energy. I didn't even know that nuclear energy was still in production. I want to see natural energy, such as solar, wind nad other natural sources can be used. I think nuckear waste takes a very long time to break down to it's natural form. We can't have a president who supports noles.

    June 11, 2008 at 7:48 am |
  7. Kim

    I just read this in an articel on the chances of Obama vs. McCain in Iowa:
    "Obama has said the state is one of his targets, calling it an important swing state for Democrats in November. He was in Des Moines the night he won Oregon's primary in May, and had planned a swing Wednesday through vote-rich eastern Iowa before he canceled to avoid disrupting flood relief efforts."

    I like the fact that he gives the flood relief efforts top priority over his presidential campaign without making a huge marketing hoopla out of it!

    June 11, 2008 at 7:47 am |