Tonight, Anderson and Team 360 are in Hempstead, New York, on Long Island. We’ll be broadcasting from the campus of Hofstra University as we continue our special Road to Rescue reporting. The economic crisis has created new worries for college students. How will they pay for tuition? Will they get a job after graduation to pay off all their loans? We’ll be taking questions from Hofstra students tonight. Innovation consultant and author Frans Johansson, who wrote “The Medici Effect,” will be in the thick of the crowd with advice.
It’s not just college students feeling under pressure. At a town hall meeting today in California, President Obama listened to concerns about the enormous deficits California schools are facing. Mister Obama said his administration is pushing to spend more on education, but he also told Americans not to expect something for nothing; he said those demanding more money for schools should be willing to embrace reform, too.
What do you think? Is that a fair deal?
Meantime, First Lady Michelle Obama spent part of her day at a high school in one of Washington’s poorest neighborhoods, where she talked to students about the value of a college education and hard work. It was part of an outreach program to celebrate Women’s History Month. Mrs. Obama recruited 21 other prominent women - including celebrity athletes, actresses, Grammy Award-winning singers, and a former astronaut - to fan out to 10 other schools in the area. We’ll have more on Michelle Obama’s outreach efforts tonight.
We’ll also hear from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who sat down today with CNN Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi. Ali asked him about that loophole in the stimulus bill that allowed AIG to dole out billions in bonuses to the very people who nearly sank the company. Those bonuses, of course, are being paid for with your tax dollars. What did Geithner say? Find out in our report.
The nationwide outrage over those bonuses produced some results in Washington today. House lawmakers passed a bill aimed at recouping the money through steep taxes. The measure passed overwhelmingly, in a 328-93 vote. Will the Senate follow suit? Slapping huge taxes on AIG and its fat cats may feel like sweet revenge, but are we losing sight of the forest for the trees in this story? What do you think?
We’ll also take a closer look at Natasha Richardson’s tragic death. The 45-year-old Tony-winning actress died yesterday from head injuries suffered in a freakish skiing accident. How did a fall on a bunny ski slope result in such a devastating outcome? We’ll dig deeper on the medical minutiae of traumatic brain injuries. What do you need to know to avoid a tragedy like Richardson’s?
See you at 10 eastern.
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