[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/24/obama.speech/art.obama.ap.jpg caption="Sen. Barack Obama addresses a crowd Thursday at the Victory Column in Berlin, Germany."]Maureen Miller
Oh, my! What a day for photo-ops. Two candidates with two very different snapshots. Barack Obama visited Berlin, Germany today. He spoke to a crowd of about 200,000 people. It was an event that brought up distant images of John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein berliner" speech and Ronald Reagan's "Tear down this Wall" speech. They each held the title of President of the United States. Obama doesn't, but wants to. Some of his critics are calling his overseas travels an ego trip. What do you think?
As for his opponent, John McCain ate some Bratwurst with voters in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio.
No massive crowds at his location. His campaign put out a statement that reads, "While Barack Obama took a premature victory lap today in the heart of Berlin, proclaiming himself a 'citizen of the world,' John McCain continued to make his case to the American citizens who will decide this election." We'll have the raw politics tonight on 360.
Also tonight, is polygamy the new organized crime? That's what Senator Harry Reid called it today on Captiol Hill. He's pushing for a new federal crackdown on polygamous sects, like the FLDS. He says it's a crime that goes beyond state lines and the sexual abuse of young girls. He said there's welfare fraud, tax evasion, massive corruption and strong-arm tactics used by followers. Former FLDS members also spoke at today's hearing. Dan Fischer is one of them. He says he still has nightmares. Five current FLDS members attended the hearing but were not invited to talk. One of them was Willie Jessop. He told 360's David Mattingly after the hearing that all that's being told are allegations that "can never be proven in the court of law". Jessop also had some harsh words directed at Senator Reid, a Mormon. The details in tonight's Crime & Punishment report.
And, we're digging deeper on Soledad O'Brien's "Black in America" investigation. Tonight, a look at black men and the challenges they face. One of the biggest issues is police harrassment. Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley joins us tonight. He feels he has to teach his son's "how to deal with cops".
All that and more tonight on at 11pm ET, after Black in America.
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