[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/US/07/29/earthquake.ca/art.watermain.ktla.jpg caption="A broken water main spews water near Cal State University in Los Angeles after an earthquake Tuesday."]Maureen Miller
Tonight, Southern California is dealing with aftershocks after the largest earthquake to hit the region since 1994. Thankfully, the damage is minimal. This wasn't the so-called "big one". Yet, it still rattled a whole lot of buildings and people. We're on the scene with a live report.
Also, a powerful republican U.S. senator has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Senator Ted Stevens is accused of taking a quarter of million dollars in gifts from a powerful oil contractor, and it's executives and and lying about it to the feds. He says he's innocent of the charges and plans on proving it. We've got the latest on the investigation.
And, a show of democratic unity. This evening, Barack Obama met with some democrats on Capitol Hill. And, now his ties to them is being used against him on the campaign trail. CNN's Dana bash reports that republicans are actively trying to drag Obama down by linking him to less popular democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The strategy is a no-brainer. A recent poll shows 57 percent of Americans disapprove of the way democrats are running Congress. That's better than the 69 percent dissapproval rating for President Bush. Obama's campaign is using that reality to attack McCain. In a recent speech, Obama warned 15 times that McCain equals Bush. So, both sides are playing the political name assocation game. But do you the voter even care? Is it a fair game? We've got the raw politics.
All that and more tonight at 10 p.m. eastern.
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