Barack Obama is poised to begin a trip to Europe and the Middle East, with stops in Afghanistan and Iraq. It will be his first high-profile step onto the world stage, and he’s clearly hoping to show he’s ready for a leading role. The McCain campaign is calling the whirlwind tour a political ploy. Tonight we’ll be looking at what Obama stands to gain - and to lose - by heading overseas. How do you think his trip will play back here at home?
Also tonight, the deafening sound of ice thawing. That would be former president Bill Clinton, saying today he’s eager and ready to hit the campaign trail on behalf of Barack Obama. "I told him that whenever he wanted me to do it, I was ready, and so it's basically on their timetable." That’s how Clinton put it. He says he’s waiting for his marching orders - and really hasn’t thought about what role he’d like at the Democratic Convention next month in Denver. We’ve got the raw politics on the Big Chill.
There are also new developments concerning the troops in Afghanistan. It turns out help may not be on the way anytime soon. We’ll tell you what senior military sources told us - just one day after Defense Secretary Robert Gates promised try to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan “sooner rather than later.”
We’ve got fireworks tonight as well. It turns out that “nuts” isn’t the only word starting with N that Jesse Jackson used last week when he thought a microphone was off. The mic was hot – and what it picked up has reignited a fierce debate over the most notorious racial slur in the English language. It’s also raised the H-word: hypocrite. That’s what some are calling Jackson tonight. Why? Two years ago, he was on a tear to banish the N-word from everyone’s vocabulary. What’s happened?
And, the plot thickens. Drew Griffin is back with a new wrinkle in his Terror Watch List story. Today, a member of Congress said she’s calling for an investigation into why Drew’s name was added to the no-fly list shortly after his investigation of the Transportation Security
Administration. Speaking to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at a House Committee on Homeland Security meeting, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, called it "a curious and interesting and troubling phenomenon" that CNN Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin was added to the list. Like we said, the plot thickens..
All that and more tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. Eastern.
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