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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton landed in North Korea on a mission to negotiate the release of two American journalists – Laura Ling and Euna Lee – who have been imprisoned in the country since March. Both Lee and Ling are reporters for the Current TV, a media organization launched by Al Gore. They were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in June. Clinton is in Pyongyang trying to negotiate their release. We’ll dig into what his visit means for the fate Ling and Lee, and how they’re families are working for their release back at home.
We’re also taking a look at a disturbing trend in Pakistan. The Pakistani government says young boys are being trained by the Taliban to become suicide bombers. CNN’s Stan Grant talks to 12 boys who were kidnapped by the Taliban in order to become walking suicide bombs. They boys told Stan that they were stolen from their families, abused, beaten and brainwashed by the Taliban. The Pakistan army says they rescued the youngsters during heavy fighting with the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. More about their experiences tonight.
And today is President Obama’s 48th birthday. Will there be a party in the White House to celebrate? Well, we’re not sure if it’s meant to be a party – but the Pres and VP will host a lunch for the Senate Democratic Caucus to talk about health care, the economy, energy legislation and the infamous “Cash for Clunkers” program. We don’t expect to see balloons and pin-the-tail on the donkey at that party, but maybe they’ll have cake…
More on the Manson murders tonight. Everyone knows about the infamous Charles Manson, but who were his disciples also behind the 1969 killing spree? As part of our five-part series this week on the Manson murders, tonight we take a look at the members of his clan. Ted Rowlands will tell us their stories, their punishments and their current pleas for parole. After 40 years, some of them are asking for forgiveness and freedom? Do they have a chance of being set free? One expert on the crime argues that Leslie Van Houten, one of the Manson “girls,” be paroled. Tune in tonight.
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