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President Obama hits the road and heads to New Hampshire today for the first time since he campaigned there during the election season. He’ll be speaking at a town hall in Portsmouth on health insurance reform. Will he encounter the same protests members of Congress have seen over the past week at these public meetings? We’ll be watching closely.
Meanwhile, in response to what it calls “wild rumors and scare tactics” circulating about plans for health care reform, the White House launched a new site that apparently debunks some common myths about the reform proposals. Does it make this complex issue easier to understand? We’ll dig deeper on the issues tonight.
Sen. Arlen Specter is holding two town halls in his home state of Pennsylvania today. Demonstrators from the Independence Hall Tea Party Association were planning on attending the event to express their opposition to some of the Democratic proposals. Tempers were already flaring at the first one this morning, but it seemed a bit calmer than the public meeting the Senator held last week when he and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were drowned out by boos and catcalls. Gary Tuchman will be at Specter’s second town hall this afternoon. He’ll bring us the latest on the concerns of people in that state.
Before we spend trillions of dollars to reform health care – what about the hundreds of millions (if not more) of dollars experts say we’re wasting on health care today? How will that be reconciled and what causes so much government waste? Tom Foreman is keeping them honest and looking into the roots of this so-called waste.
Is Baitullah Mehsud, the infamous Taliban chief, alive? Yes, says the spokesman for the group in Pakistan. But this disputes the Obama administration’s contention that he was likely killed by a CIA missile strike last week. The Taliban spokesman says that Mehsud is ill and in an undisclosed location. Peter Bergen in Pakistan and will have more about the likelihood of the Taliban’s claim about Mehsud tonight.
People in China are facing a disturbing trend: a child trade. John Vause talks to parents whose children have been stolen right off the streets and kidnapped outside of their homes. The police have reportedly been slow to help find the missing children and return them to their homes. And the numbers are up to 10,000 to 20,000 children each year. More on this frightening trade tonight.
And Eunice Kennedy Shriver died this morning at the age of 88. The sister of President John F. Kennedy founded the Special Olympics in 1986 and is credited with transforming the way in which Americans see those with mental disabilities. Her legacy will live on for generations to come.
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