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Anderson is in Texas tonight where Hurricane Ike is taking aim and authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for hundreds of thousands of people. After cutting a deadly swath through the Caribbean, Ike is expected to hit the U.S. coast sometime tomorrow between Corpus Christi and Houston. (The region is home to 26 refineries that account for one-fourth of U.S. refining capacity.) Things could get really ugly. We’re gearing up for a long weekend.
With Ike looming, American today marked the seventh anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. The familiar rituals of grief unfolded in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. After days of sniping on the trail, John McCain and Barack Obama set aside politics and made a show of unity at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. While in New York today, Obama had lunch with Bill Clinton at his Harlem office. (What we would have given to be a fly on the wall.) At this very minute, both McCain and Obama are attending a forum hosted by Columbia University. Even though they won’t share the stage, the forum is being framed as another show of unity, in the name of national service. We’ll have full coverage and analysis of what both candidates say tonight.
In short, there’s plenty of politics for our panels to chew over tonight, including Gov. Sarah Palin’s long-awaited first interview with a reporter. In the portion ABC News aired tonight, Charlie Gibson asked Palin about her foreign policy and national security views. How did she do? Did we learn anything new? You can count on a spirited discussion from our panel tonight. If you saw the Palin interview, we’d love to hear your take.
We’ll also talk with CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen about al Qaeda and the war on terror. The U.S. death toll in Afghanistan has surged this year; 112 American troops have been killed since January – the highest annual toll since the fighting. That’s grim news. On the other hand, there hasn’t been a single terrorist attack on U.S. soil in the seven years since 9-11. What do both facts say about the war on terror? Who’s winning?
We’ll see you at 10 eastern.
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