July 20th, 2009
11:01 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Taliban threats, squid invasion – and medical apartheid?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/06/afghanistan.strategic.shift/art.soldier.afghanistan.gi.afp.jpg caption="A U.S. Marine patrols Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Monday."]

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon for the first time. The former Apollo 11 astronauts will meet with President Obama in the Oval Office to commemorate the anniversary. But after this “giant leap for mankind,” the space program still provokes some controversy. Some think space exploration costs the U.S. too much money, while others say it’s essential and that it should move forward. Would you like to see a mission to Mars?

Is there such a thing as medical apartheid? Not in our backyard, right? Well, we may be wrong. Some of New York’s finest hospitals are running clinics that many patients say provide evidence of a two-tier health system – separate and unequal. A 2005 report found that African Americans, Latinos and the very poor receive a comparably low level of care in certain clinics. In this special report, Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits patients to learn about a lawsuit they’ve filed fighting for parity in the health care system.

A video of a U.S. soldier captured by the Taliban was posted on the internet over the weekend. The Pentagon identified the soldier as a 23-year-old from Idaho and said he was captured on June 30 in southeastern Afghanistan. The Taliban has threatened to kill him if foreign troops continue targeting civilians in the region. We’ll have more on what’s really going on in Afghanistan and how the U.S. might respond.

The Health Care debate keeps heating up this week. President Obama is prepping for his Wednesday prime time address on the issue. Michael Steele, the head of the RNC, will speak out against Obama’s plan today and is expected to outline core GOP principles for health care reform. Are you getting dizzy yet? We’ll break it down and tell you what it means for the average American tonight.

And what’s five-feet long, has a razor-sharp beak and can weigh up to 100 pounds? A giant squid. It’s also know as the Humboldt squid – and there are thousands of them along the shallow waters of San Diego’s coast. Scientists are concerned; this type of squid has been known to attack humans. What’s causing the squid invasion? More answers tonight.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Eugenia - San Francisco, Ca

    While I think space exploration is important, if they could just take 5% of what is spent on space and invest it into the exploration of our oceans.

    July 20, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  2. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    Sounds like some exciting stories. Good that the needs and issues here in the U.S. are being addressed tonight, and of course the captured soldier. I hope all the affected groups of people are covered in the medical apartheid story; there are many.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  3. Cindy

    I feel really bad for the soldier that has been taken hostage by the Taliban. It's very obvious that they are now using him as propaganda for their cause. There is no telling how they are truly treating him when the cameras are off. I doubt very seriously that he is being treated as a "guest"! Hopefully he will either be let go or rescued soon. He'll stay in my thoughts and prayers for sure!!


    July 20, 2009 at 11:20 am |