Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:
RAW POLITICS: Sen. Obama starts his day in New York City with a fundraiser in the morning. In the afternoon he’ll be at a town hall meeting in Fairfax, VA. Sen. McCain will have his own town hall in Belleville, MI at noon and will finish his day in Minnesota.
SPACE WALK: The crew members of the International Space Station are scheduled to perform the first of two scheduled spacewalks.
ATLANTA COURTHOUSE SHOOTINGS TRIAL: Brian Nichols’ trial is scheduled to resume in Atlanta. He is charged with murdering a judge, court reporter, police officer and federal agent after he escaped from detention in 2005.
RENT-A-PATIENT SCAM: Scheduled date of arraignment for attorney Roy Dickson, accused of being part of a scheme in which healthy people had surgeries for cash.
GREEN PARTY NATIONAL CONVENTION: It’s being held in Chicago and continues until July 13th.
OPEC WORLD OIL OUTLOOK PRESS CONFERENCE: OPEC holds a new conference to launch its “World Oil Outlook 2008” report.
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The Reverend Jesse Jackson is in damage control mode tonight after apologizing for trash-talking Senator Barack Obama. On Sunday, at a Fox News station, he thought his microphone was off when he made some "crude and hurtful" comments. Here's what he said, "See Barack, been um, talking down to black people on his faith based... and I want to cut his __ off" (I wish I could fill in the blank, but I'm told I have to keep this PG for the kids. I bet you can figure it out). His own son, who's co-chair of the Obama campaign, is firing back. We'll have the fallout tonight on 360. Do you think Jackson's comments could hurt Obama?
Also tonight, is the prophet Warren Jeffs dying?
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The Senate Wednesday passed controversial legislation meant to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The vote was 69-28.
The bill now moves to the president's desk. President Bush is expected to sign the bill.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, voted for the update.
Obama had opposed the FISA reform legislation. A number of individuals have have criticized him for changing his position on the bill.
Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was not in the Senate Wednesday. He was campaigning in Portsmouth, Ohio, when the vote occurred.
Below, CNN's National Security Producer Pam Benson explains what is in the bill, why the bill is controversial, how the bill may affect Americans' civil liberties and why privacy advocates object to it.
Question: What is the purpose of FISA and why is it being changed?
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Recently developed "touch DNA" technology has cleared all members of JonBenet Ramsey's family of her slaying, authorities said Wednesday.
Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy said no one in the Ramsey family is considered a suspect and formally apologized in a letter to John Ramsey for the cloud of suspicion his family has lived under for nearly 12 years.
"To the extent that we may have contributed in any way to the public perception that you might have been involved in this crime, I am deeply sorry," Lacy wrote.
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Wait 'til you hear this!
So many of you were fired up about yesterday after I blogged about Army Specialist Jeremy Hall, an atheist soldier who is suing, among others, the Department of Defense and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
We were flooded with responses!
Specialist Hall alleges the military is becoming a Christian organization. He says his religious freedom protected under the First Amendment was violated.
If you missed the original blog, Hall was raised Baptist, said grace before dinner and read the bible each night before bed. Then a friend, a fellow atheist, suggested he read the Bible again. When he did, Hall says he had so many questions that he decided to embrace atheism. He no longer believes in God, luck, fate, or anything supernatural.
That change in Hall's beliefs, he says, cost him his military career and nearly cost him his life in Iraq. He says his life was so at risk that the army assigned him a full-time bodyguard and even sent him home early from Iraq.
Hall says he was ostracized for not embracing fundamentalist Christianity in the military. At Thanksgiving two years ago, Hall says he was told to sit at another table because he refused to pray at mealtime.
After he was nearly killed during an attack on his humvee, Hall told me, a fellow soldier asked him “do you believe in Jesus now?” FULL POST
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Update from Gary Tuchman: Warren Jeffs has been released from Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. He will likely be heading back to the Mojave County Jail.
Gary Tuchman | BIO
Warren Jeffs is in the hospital.
We don't yet know his condition. But the local sheriff says it's serious enough that he was choppered 100 miles from jail in Kingman, Arizona to Las Vegas.
There are closer hospitals. So this self-proclaimed "prophet" of a 10,000-member polygamist sect clearly needs some special level of care in a big-city facility.
Jeff's followers in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, for the most part, still consider him a prophet and leader of their church.
If he were to die, it's anybody's guess what would happen to the FLDS... FULL POST