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Anderson is on his way back from interviewing President Obama in Ghana over the weekend. They spoke a lot about the war in Afghanistan and what is being done to defeat the Taliban. The president told Anderson that he has ordered national security officials to look into allegations that the Bush administration resisted efforts to investigate a CIA-backed Afghan warlord over the killings of hundreds of Taliban prisoners back in 2001. Watch more of Anderson’s interview with the president tonight.
While in Ghana, the president and his family visited the Cape Coast Castle, on the coast of the West African country. This structure was once used as a dungeon and a final departure point for slaves bound for the western hemisphere. The president talked to Anderson about the significance of this visit, what it means for him and the message it sends around the world.
The transatlantic slave trade sent many African people to Caribbean islands, such as Haiti, and created what is known as the African diaspora. But slavery took place hundreds of years ago, right? It surprised us to learn that there are still people working as slaves in many countries. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is in Haiti to look into the Restaveks - a Creole term that literally means “stay with.” Restaveks are children without parents who live (or “stay with”) with hosts, working as domestic servants in exchange for room and board. But this arrangement can lead to exploitation and many allege that this is an example of modern-day slavery. More tonight from Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
And today is the first day of confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Republicans privately concede that Sotomayor will be confirmed unless some bombshell surprise emerges. But they hope to use the hearings to argue that judges should rule according to the law and without regard to personal feelings. We’ll be looking at her responses to hot-button issues such as abortion, gun rights, immigration, affirmative action and enemy combatants to name a few.
Randi Kaye is in Los Angeles where she continues to dig deeper on the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death. More allegations were made over the weekend about the cause of the star’s death and Randi is looking into exactly what happened last month.
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