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More details continue to emerge in the Michael Jackson case. Randi Kaye is in Los Angeles where she is digging deeper on the latest developments. Last night we learned that search warrants, carried out at properties of Dr. Conrad Murray – Jackson’s doctor, imply that investigators looking into his death believe the singer was a drug addict. Randi will have the latest tonight.
Jackson’s alleged dependence on medical treatments prompted us to take a look at how easy it can be to gain access to certain drugs. Regulations vary from state to state. Joe Johns went to Florida, a state that is known for having comparatively lax regulations when it comes to the distribution of pain medication. It has even earned the reputation for having “pill mills.” Some say it’s one of the best sources for prescription drugs. As the state confronts this pain pill problem, Joe talks to drug enforcement agents and learns about the steps Florida’s lawmakers are taking to curb the ease of gaining access to drugs.
Bad news for the clunker in your garage…you may no longer be able to take advantage of the federal program and trade it. The Cash for Clunkers program may be running out of money after only a matter of days, because car buyers have been flocking to dealerships to cash in on the rebates. With the $1 billion budget nearly depleted, the White House is deciding whether or not to continue the program.
And there may be more headaches at the White House this morning. President Obama and Vice President Biden sat down for a beer yesterday evening with the prominent African-American professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and the police officer, Sgt. James Crowley, who arrested him earlier this month. Do you think the meeting brought closure to this issue?
Perhaps now that the “beer summit,” has happened, more attention will turn back to health care reform. A key Senate committee announced that it wouldn’t vote on the plan before its August recess, giving Republicans and some conservative Democrats their desired slowdown on the plan. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed off on a key component of the health care deal reached with conservative Democrats. Signs of compromise? Well, maybe not. The move is triggering a backlash by members of Pelosi’s own party on the left. It’s hard to please everybody, isn’t it?
British forces officially leave Iraq today. From a peak of about 46,000 troops in 2003, the British are being pulled out because their agreement to remain in the country expires today. The British death toll as a result of the Iraq war is 179. The pullout comes on a day when at least 24 people were killed after five coordinated bombs exploded in the country. We’ll have more on the situation tonight.
CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen and a panel of political experts will weigh in on all of these challenges facing the Obama Administration and Congress.
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