AC360 Senior Producer
Tonight is the night we’ve been waiting for all year (insert drum roll): the second installment of award-winning Planet in Peril. It’s a 2-hour documentary (airs 9-11pet) that looks at how the world is becoming more dangerous as natural resources are compromised.
Anderson, Sanjay Gupta and Lisa Ling spent the year traveling every corner of the earth, swimming with sharks in Africa, visiting oil battlefields in Nigeria, and traversing through freezing arctic climates to bring you this special. We can’t wait for you to watch!
Anderson has been working double time all week preparing, in fact he just walked by and it’s pretty early because he did a stint for American Morning promoting the special tonight (ps: why does he always look so bright eyed and bushy tailed no matter what time he gets off air at night and what time he gets up in the morning? I’m going to look through his office and see if there’s a Fountain of Youth in there, but I digress…)
This means that our live news show airs 11pET tonight so once you learn the most pressing environmental issues from your fave anchor, we’ll then bring you the news of day.
Highlights: P-E Obama holds a news conference to discuss health care, and he'll announce Fmr. Senator Tom Daschle as nominee for Secretary of Health and Human services. He will also tap physicist Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. We do not expect he will bring up the Governor Blagojevich situation, but you can bet your life savings he will be asked these q’s by the press.
P-E Obama called for the Governor to resign. Meanwhile, the last thing Congressional Dems want is the Governor to name P-E Obama’s replacement in the Senate while he is embroiled in this muck, and 50 members have signed a draft letter calling on him to resign.
There are new q's over who was willing to play ball with the governor in the Pay to Play deals particularly involving P-E Obama’s Senate seat. Jesse Jackson Jr. denied he did anything wrong after the Fed identified him as one of the candidates for the Senate seat.
But Illinois, don't feel so bad about the dirty state of politics: an analysis shows that Louisiana and Alaska are worse in terms of corruption and topping the list as Most Corrupt State is apparently North Dakota. Illinois ranks 18th on this list. This, according to a USA today analysis of Dept of Justice stats.
The automaker bailout has passed the House, but it will have a tougher ride in the Senate because Republicans are raising questions and threatening to block it, calling the deal a taxpayer-funded travesty. This is such an important issue and let’s see if Congress steps on the gas (pun intended) with regard to this bill as this painful drama is drawn out.
See u tonight!
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