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Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:
RAW POLITICS: Sen. McCain starts the day in South Park, PA where he’ll tour a Consol Energy facility and will be at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, Ohio in the afternoon. Sen. Obama is expected on the Hill for votes on FISA and Medicare during the day and in the evening will attend a fundraiser in New York City.
FEMA’S TOXIC TRAILERS HEARING: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hold hearings on “FEMA’s toxic trailers.”
U.S. POLICY TOWARD IRAN HEARING: House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing entitled “U.S. Policy Toward Iran.” Under Secretary for Political Affairs, State Department William Burns is scheduled to testify.
SUICIDE-INDUCING DRUGS HEARING: House Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing entitled “Why Does the VA Continue to Give a Suicide-Inducing Drug to Veterans with PTSD?”
KISSEL MURDER CASE: Carlos and Leonard Trujillo, cousins accused of the murder of wealthy real estate developer Andrew Kissel have hearings scheduled in Stamford, CT.
MADAME TUSSAUD’S WAXWORKS OPENING: The museum opens in Berlin and includes a controversial statue of Hitler placed across from Winston Churchill.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/CRIME/07/08/honor.killing/art.rashid.ap.jpg caption="Chaudhry Rashid is accused of killing his daughter because she wanted to end an arranged marriage."]Maureen Miller
Did Chaudhry Rashid kill his 25-year-old daughter because she wanted out of an arranged marriage? Police in Clayton County, Georgia (south of Atlanta) say Rashid used a bungee cord to strangle her. But the Pakistani man was crying in court today when he told the judge he did nothing wrong. His wife called police Sunday morning after she heard screams. Their daughter, Kanwal, was found murdered in her bedroom. She recently got married in Pakistan in an arranged marriage. Police say her new husband is living in Chicago, but Kanwal stayed at her father's home. According to the police report, "The victim was not interested in marrying, nor remaining married to her husband. That information came from Rashid's wife. The report also mentions that the marriage was causing a "great deal of friction" between Rashid and his daughter. It says they hadn't spoken in two months. At the scene of the crime, when police asked Rashid how his daughter died he didn't not answer. According to the report, "He just dropped his head." Was this an honor killing? We'd love to hear your thoughts on the case?
Also tonight, Obama fires back at his critics who say he's moving to the middle.
Is the United States Military becoming a Christian organization? That’s what one U.S. soldier tells us.
I met Army Specialist Jeremy Hall in Kansas City a few weeks ago. He’s based at Fort Riley, in Junction City, Kansas about an hour away.
At 24, he’s a remarkable young man determined to complete one final mission. That is to win a lawsuit against the federal government.
Specialist Hall is suing the Department of Defense and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for failing to protect his religious freedom. He says the military discriminates against non-Christians and his rights under the First Amendment were denied.
Hall has served two tours in Iraq as a gunner. He’s back at Fort Riley now only because he says his life was threatened after it became public he is an atheist. FULL POST
Publisher of Latina Lista
Part of the expectations of any niche group, that is lucky enough to snag a high-profile speaker, is that the speaker's remarks will be specifically tailored to the group and reveal, if not startling news, something to maintain a buzz after the applause dies down.
That certainly had to have been the esperanza (hope) today of those attending the 79th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens National Convention & Exposition (LULAC) in Washington, D.C. and who were sitting in the audience listening to the day's guest speakers — Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama.
Even though it is a presidential contest and both nominees are wary of alienating any small part of their supporter base by saying anything slightly deemed controversial, there was clearly one speech that didn't just speak directly regarding issues relevant to LULAC attendees but crossed the safety zone of election politics.
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In the end, Hans Reiser told the truth, but at what price for justice?
Ever since his wife, Nina, vanished in 2007, the software programmer has insisted he was innocent. When he was tried for her murder, he testified that he had nothing to do with her disappearance. He kept the charade up even after his conviction earlier this year.
But this week, a change of heart from the cold-blooded killer.
Surrounded by armed by police officers, Reiser himself led police to her body, buried in a shallow grave in between a park and reserve in Oakland, California. He also revealed details about how he murdered his wife, admitting to strangling her after he says the two had an argument.
Reiser’s cooperation wasn’t voluntary – it was part of a deal with the prosecution. In exchange for showing where his wife’s remains were, Reiser will be convicted for second-degree murder, not the original first-degree murder charge that he was found guilty for.
The difference is not small. A second-degree conviction for murder means he won’t necessarily spend life in prison. Fact is, with second-degree, instead of 25-years to life, he’ll be looking at 15-life for his crime.
A murderer gets a break for telling the truth.
Is that fair?
Survivor Corps, Cofounder
The morning papers and nightly news are filled with reminders the world can be an unpredictably dangerous place. Earthquakes in China, cyclones in Myanmar, tornados in the heartland, war in the Middle East and gang violence in our cities. There are fundamentally three types of threats to human survival and security: disasters, disease or violence. The third is the most disturbing—deliberate victimization and cruelty.
We are at war, and the number of people engaged in violence is growing daily. At the moment, there are 39 armed conflicts raging, and more than 80 percent of those injured and killed are civilians, not soldiers. To stop this man-made epidemic, we must work together. No one survives alone.
I've wrestled with the issues of how to overcome crisis and suffering throughout my life. When I was 20, I stepped on a landmine while hiking in northern Israel. I lost my leg, and spent months recovering in an Israeli hospital, learning firsthand what it takes to overcome. I wrote about what I have learned about survivorship and resilience in I Will Not Be Broken: 5 Steps to Overcoming a Life Crisis. FULL POST
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AC360° Senior Producer
Barack Obama and John McCain speak to Latino voters today, underscoring their plans to boost the economy, and courting Latino voters.
Which is interesting, because you could argue that either of these candidates should already have strong Latino support locked up - but they don't. And, of course, like any and every other vote, the Latino vote will be crucial. Spanish-speaking voters made up 8% of the electorate in '06, and will bigger this year.
A percent here and a percent there, and pretty soon you're talking margins, especially for key contested states… like Florida, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.
John McCain had been popular among Latinos in past years for his moderate stands on immigration. But he's shifted his emphasis to border security, and polls show his support has cooled. Can he win Latinos over?
Those same polls show Obama ahead of McCain among Latino voters. But his support doesn't run deep. Hillary Clinton did better among them during the primary.
So with Latino voters today, both McCain and Obama are starting at square two.
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