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Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:
RAW POLITICS: Sen. Obama will be spending the day in Chicago and West Lafayette, IN. Sen. McCain will be in Cincinnati and Ashland, NE.
A NATION DIVIDED: The South Carolina legislature has approved the production of license plates featuring a cross and the words "I believe." It is the first state in the nation to approve a plate with a reference to one religion. The Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina spearheaded the effort and says while he would support other religions symbols on state plates, he believes the United States is a Christian nation, and that Christians shouldn't always back down to "separation of church and state types." And yes, those "types" have filed a federal lawsuit against the state saying this is a violation of the nation's constitution. You can read Jeffrey Toobin’s blog.
DARFUR MEETING: The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to hold consultation on the U.N.-A.U. Mission in Darfur.
SAVING SMARTLY FOR RETIREMENT HEARING: Senate Aging Committee holds hearing entitled “Saving Smartly for Retirement: Are Americans Being Encouraged to Break Open the Piggy Bank?”
SEAN BELL LAWSUIT: Scheduled date of hearing in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Sean Bell against New York City. Bell was killed on his wedding day in November 2006 by NYPD officers. The officers were acquitted of all charges in April 2008.
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain dialed up their war of words today over Iraq.
Senator Obama called the war a “dangerous distraction” and said more emphasis needs to be placed on the battle in Afghanistan.
He also blasted the Bush Administration for missed opportunities after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Obama says part of his new strategy will be “taking the fight to al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
A short time later, Senator McCain attacked his rival’s opposition to the surge in Iraq, saying its lessons can be applied in Afghanistan. McCain says U.S. troops should stay in Iraq as long as needed. The latest polling shows Americans split between a timed withdrawal from Iraq and staying indefinitely.
Tonight, we’ll hear from both candidates – in their own words – and let you decide who has the better plan.
Also tonight: the economy. Today, President Bush called it fundamentally sound, even as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress that worse days are ahead. Meantime, the Labor Department said wholesale inflation is the highest it’s been since the early ‘80s; GM announced massive payroll cuts; and the Dow closed below 11,000 for the first time in two years. Oh yes – and the dollar hit a new low against the euro. Tonight, we’ll look at which presidential candidate stands to gain the most from all these economic woes. Who do you trust most to turn the economy around – and why?
In Crime & Punishment, we dig into a new report by the ACLU that says the FBI's terror watch list is now one million names long – one million. What’s more, the ACLU says the list is so secretive and so shoddily put together, it’s hard to tell how it’s being used – or abused. One thing is certain though. If your name is on the list, it makes air travel hellish. CNN Chief Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin is on the list. Tonight, he tries to uncover how he got there.
All that and more tonight on 360 at 10 p.m. Eastern.
Program Note: Federal officers charged with keeping terrorists off planes are now searching their own ranks for staff who told CNN that few flights were protected by air marshals. Watch Drew Griffin's report tonight on AC360° 10p ET.
Special Investigations Unit
Here’s a little behind the scenes truth telling most reporters, well a lot of reporters won’t admit: we all fear being wrong. The day after we reported the lack of federal air marshals on domestic flights was one of those days I felt that fear. The Transportation Safety Administration publicly came after our reporting. The agency set up a blog on its website, challenging our numbers, calling the report itself false, eventually even going to congress and testifying that CNN got it wrong.
We had never seen a tape of an interrogation from Guantanamo Bay before. This video was only being released because a judge forced the Canadian government's hand. The detainee was just 16 at the time-now 21-the youngest being held at Gitmo. What would it show?? It turns out, it was more subdued than shocking.
The detainee, Omar Khadr is visibly distraught at times. "Oh Mommy," he cries in despair when he is alone in the room, watched only by hidden cameras.
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It’s hard to imagine a better test case for California’s compassionate release program for prisoners who are terminally ill.
Susan Atkins, who has brain cancer and has been given six months to live, has been a model prisoner during her almost 40 years behind bars. Her attorney says she has had a leg amputated, can barely speak, and would most likely spend the rest of her life in the same hospital room she’s been in since March.
Hello, Bloggers! I am back from the beach and ready to dive back into the blog. Here’s a quick look at what’s got me clicking this Tuesday:
The young ID thieves who admit they took their friends and neighbors for more than $116,000 are going to jail, but I’m not sure one half of this duo gets it yet. According to prosecutors, Jocelyn Kirsch, 22, continued to engage in identity theft while waiting for her day in court. Nice move.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/15/art.denning.jpg caption="Jeff Denning, Former Air Marshal"]
AC360° Senior Producer
We see the headline and our eyes glaze over. What could be more boring than the 7-year-old fight since 9/11 over how much power the government should have to monitor private communication in its efforts to fight terrorism? Without warrants, that is. (By the way, how hard is it to get a warrant from a terrorism-fearing judge? Some people wonder - why are politicians even fighting about this?)
Even the acronym bandied about in the news these days has no ring… no zing. FISA?? Couldn't they think up one of those cool, secret-sounding three-letter acronyms, like FBI, CIA or NSA?