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Tonight, security remains a top concern as Afghanistan holds its second-ever presidential election against a backdrop of escalating violence. President Hamid Karzai is competing with more than three dozen challengers–including two women– for the votes of 17 million registered Afghans. The polls open just hours from now, at 10:30 p.m. eastern.
Earlier today, roadside bombs killed seven election workers, raising government concerns about voter intimidation and low turnout. Tonight, we’ll bring you live pictures from Kabul as voters go to the polls. Ivan Watson is on the ground just outside Kabul and will join us with the very latest. Stateside, Michael Ware and CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen will share their insight on the battle for Afghanistan’s future.
Health care reform is also a major storm on our radar. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today denied reports that the Obama administration is considering pushing health care reform through Congress without any Republican support—the so-called nuclear option. Tonight, we’ll try to get a firm handle on a simple question: Is there any chance, at this point in the bitter debate, of bi-partisanship? And what are the implications if democrats do decide to hammer through a health care plan on their own? We’ll dig deeper with tonight’s political panel: David Gergen, Paul Begala, and Amy Holmes.
Our "Crime Scene Fraud" series continues with a report from 360° MD Sanjay Gupta. Some homicide detectives say solving crimes isn't a science; it's a skill. Tonight, Sanjay goes inside a crime lab to test the reliability of forensic science—from hair and fiber analysis to DNA testing. If you’re a fan of C.S.I. and other crime shows, you may be surprised by what Sanjay found.
And finally, a murder investigation is unfolding in California, where police want to talk to Ryan Jenkins, a contestant on the reality show “Megan wants a Millionaire.” Jenkins was one of the last people seen with former swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore, before she disappeared after a poker game in San Diego. Her body was found in a bloody suitcase over the weekend. Erica Hill has the latest.
All these stories and much more tonight on 360°.
See you at 10 p.m. eastern!
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