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President Obama was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire earlier today fighting back at his health care critics for employing "scare tactics" and "wild misrepresentations.” He addressed a supportive and relatively calm town hall meeting as opposed to the ones held by other members of his party. Tonight, we will show you parts of his speech in his own words.
Meanwhile, Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter faced the tough questions in Pennsylvania. Some accused him of violating their constitutional rights by allowing the government to takeover the health care system and thus, adding to the federal deficit. Gary Tuchman is live tonight from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to give us the latest. We will also take the politics out the equation and show how much of the stuff that’s being discussed in these town hall meetings is actually true. 360° MD Sanjay Gupta will keep them honest.
How should we tackle health care waste? A new study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers identifies several areas of massive health care waste. We’re talking about trillions of dollars. Tom Foreman will break it down for us.
Also tonight, we have a new development in the Michael Jackson death investigation as police raided a Las Vegas pharmacy. A source tells us the pharmacy sold the strong anesthetic ‘propofol’ to the pop legend’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Chief correspondent for Inside Edition, Jim Moret and CNN legal analyst Lisa Bloom will join us from Los Angeles for more insight.
Plus, an American soldier is under arrest for allegedly serving a Mexican drug cartel and even murdering a cartel member. Ed Lavendera will show us how young Americans are being recruited by these cartels in tonight’s crime and punishment report.
And, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton toured a refugee camp today in the Democratic Republic of Congo- an African country where thousands of women are raped by soldiers and the violence is getting worse. Anderson traveled to Congo in 2006 to report on this brutality. Tonight, we will air his 360° dispatch.
All these stories and much more tonight on 360° at 10pm ET. See you then!
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