Palin heads back to Alaska! - and other stories on our radar:
ON THE TRAIL: McCain and Palin begin the day together at a rally in Fairfax, VA. McCain moves on to Philadelphia while Palin heads to Fairbanks, AK. Obama has an event in Norfolk. VA in the morning before heading to New York City where he’ll be on the Late Show with David Letterman. Biden will spend the day in New Hampshire where we’ll host a town hall meeting.
RAW POLITICS: Abortion is always a hot button issue in any election and the nomination of Sarah Palin adds fuel to the abortion debate because of her strong anti-abortion stance. She opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest and gave birth to an infant son she knew had Down syndrome. Her democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, is a Catholic who believes life begins at conception but said say he would not "impose" his personal views on others. Gary Tuchman takes a look at the raw politics of abortion and how it could play out in the 2008 race.
AFGHANISTAN-IRAQ SECURITY AND STABILITY HEARING: The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on "Security and Stability in Afghanistan and Iraq: Developments in U.S. Strategy and Operations and the Way Ahead." Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael G. Mullen are scheduled to testify.
TED STEVENS HEARING: A hearing has been scheduled in the case against Alaska senator Ted Stevens who was charged with making false statements on financial disclosure forms.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES: Five days of air races between six classes of planes including biplanes, formula one, and jet class air craft. It’s the 45th year of this event which takes place in Reno.
FUNNIEST CELEBRITY IN WASHINGTON CONTEST: It’s the 15th year for this contest which gives journalists, politicians, sports figures and local celebrities a chance to fight for the title of “Funniest Celebrity in Washington.” This year’s contenders include Mike Huckabee and CNN’s own Jamie McIntyre.
START-UP OF LARGE HADRON COLLIDER: CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is scheduled to make its first attempt to circulate a beam in the controversial Large Hadron Collider. The collider consists of a particle accelerator buried more than 300 feet near Geneva, Switzerland. The test is a major step toward seeing if the experiment will provide new information about the way the universe works but some fear that the collider could produce black holes that could suck up anything around them - including the whole Earth.
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