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AC360 Senior Producer
Anderson anchors from the Middle East tonight. He is in Israel at a live location we have set up near the border with Gaza. He flew out there over the weekend shortly after Israeli ground forces moved into Gaza.
Currently, Israeli military troops are pounding Hamas militants by land, sea and air, and the defense minister Ehud Barak says the offensive will continue until they meet their goal of “peace and tranquility for residents of Southern Israel”. Meanwhile, Hamas continues to launch rockets into Southern Israel.
More than 500 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded since these operations began 10 days ago and the main hospital in Gaza City is overwhelmed with wounded. A European Union team is in Egypt and plans to meet with both sides, in addition to other world leaders such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy intervening to seek a diplomatic solution to this latest fighting.
Anderson will be joined by top notch correspondents such as Christiane Amanpour, Nic Robertson, Ben Wedeman and others. If we may say so ourselves, our reporters are unrivaled in their knowledge of the region, so be sure to tune in for the latest!
This Mideast crisis is just one of the many challenges President-Elect Obama will face when he officially becomes President. He made his move to DC w/family over the weekend, and his two daughters start school today.
Meanwhile, their dad meets with Congressional leaders to hash out his economic recovery plan which aides say will cost somewhere around $700 billion, included in it among other items is $300 billion in tax cuts. Ali Velshi will tell you more about what this proposed tax cut could mean for you.
Obama is also looking for a new commerce secretary today, given that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson withdrew his name following a fed investigation into a state contracted awarded to a campaign contributor. Richardson says he acted properly but the investigation could delay his confirmation. We’ll have more on this story tonight.
And we’ll find out if Roland Burris, the appointee to fill Barack Obama’s senate seat, tries to join Congress tomorrow. He was picked by Gov Rod Blagojevich who’s accused of trying to sell Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder, and there is controversy looming over whether he’ll try to take a seat when the Senate reconvenes tomorrow. Dems and Repubs meet today to find a bipartisan solution to this potential political showdown.
There is a lot on our plate we will squeeze into an hour, see u at 10pet!
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