August 19th, 2009
05:46 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Deadly attacks as Afghans prepare to vote

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/08/18/afghan.violence/art.afghan.kid.afp.gi.jpg caption="A man carries a child injured in an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan"]

Suvro Banerji
AC360° Intern

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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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. A.M. Deist

    It is amazing that after watching the Russians lose their fight in Afghanistan that the United States believes that it is capable of a different outcome. We obviously didn't learn anything from the Viet Nam War. The French were defeated, and we took over after they left and got the same beating, and left with our tails between our legs. We need to rethink our Middle East policy before it bankrupts our country!

    August 20, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  2. William Courtland

    The once seven hundred and twelve foot statue of Buddha was mentioned... as it is so against Islamic law to allow the depiction of a false Idol in the place of God.

    God is separate from buddha: while God became a deity: The buddha did not.

    Yet in this case: Islam has attacked itself in a type. To understand the life of Buddha... brings greater meaning to our own lives. In the case of sexual separation and the reasons for a fight against sorcery. Buddha was a relic of truth which offers evidence. To record the look of him: a greater truth is presented: there were two Buddha's...

    One Buddha was the real Siddhatha Gautama Buddha: was a male who left his home village in his teens: for years he sat in patience; waiting for the sorcery against him to pass. Mara the evil one: who inculcated her obsession to him: and obsession so great: she sat and attempted to become him: so obsessed was she in her method of inculcation: that she truly attempted to replace his existance with her own in his form: as Mara did this: she became fat and grotesque. Like many spoiled pleiadies debutants of high culture, as Buddha also was, Mara sat in her palace: served by her acyolytes as she repeated ni-everything buddha thought out loud: so it could be recorded and make Mara the true genius of life. But as Buddha sat and nearly starved to death: Mara sat and ate...

    If all the skinny statues of Buddha are destroyed: the truth to the separation of the obese Mara will be lost.

    To erase the truth: is one of the greatest tragedies of life: it made both God and Allah deities to our respect: instead of people of life and lesson to our own responsibiity.

    Like most pleiades debutants: Mara did not ever work an honest day in her life...

    August 20, 2009 at 5:29 am |
  3. dottie

    l.Deadly attacks as Afghans goes to polls.
    2.Mobs attacks as All america heathcare reforms bill passes.
    What can we say to 3rd world countries?
    when America acting just as inhuman. as trhe Afghans.
    the world is watching, let set an good example.people.

    August 20, 2009 at 5:02 am |
  4. James Rusk

    What are we fighting in Afganistan?
    A bunch of farmers trying to support their families as they have for hundreds of years?
    What does it cost?
    Millions wasted a day. Death. Starvation.Cultural strangulation. Ultimate failure.Drug black market thrives anyway.Government corruption florishes.
    We have tried to push our strong arm drug policy all over the world without success.
    Why not try a new approch.
    Subsidize poppy farming.
    Pay top dollar for the crops....its cheep.
    buy it all...can be used for feed, ethenol,...who knows what.Burn it!!!
    Unrealistic? Ill bet it would be alot cheeper than wagining a useless war with american tax payers and our military sons and daughters as the victims.
    You wont beat em....just foolishly feeding a bigger monster.
    Those farmers just want to make a living. No different than farmers growing corn in Iowa.

    August 20, 2009 at 2:39 am |
  5. Jeff

    Not hiring someone because they smoke is crazy. It's discrimination at its finest. Thats like hiring someone who has blonde hair, or overweight. Someone I believe should bring a lawsuit against the company that discriminates against smokers.

    August 20, 2009 at 1:53 am |
  6. Stan

    Thank God the Afghans are voting, it's ashame that the Taliban ( Bad people) have threatened them. Why wouldn't you allow the people to vote for the person, they feel best suits the peoples agenda? When you have a person that trys to help with the problems of the Country, things can run much smother. I really hope the War Ends soon so that all of our troops can return to their families. In Rancho Cucamonga we hane pictures of the fallen Soliders, as to never to forget them on street pools around the City.

    August 20, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  7. Arland

    I wonder if Afghanistan has a universal health care system. I have always thought that democrats created medicare, I was wrong. does everyone know the master mind, so the net says, (I just started this research) behind Medicare was a republican John W. Gardner in 1969. He then became a lobbyist who helped defeat George McGovern and thereby helped Nixon win in 72 and then Nixon's people came up with the managed care system. In the span of 5 years or so, and I'm guessing the insurance companies are behind this, medicare is created which takes the burden of acute illnesses off of insurance companies hands during the most probable time of said illnesses in a persons life, and hands the burden to the government and a few years later the republicans open the door to insurance governed health care for the rest. Brilliant!!!! Now those were smart republicans. I know this is all theoretical, but you must admit the coincidences are amazing. Now we know why republicans like medicare, thus the reason behind my inquiry in the first place.

    August 20, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  8. amprelow

    the issue of healthcare should be decided by the people. government should stand back and allow an election type approach to see what WE THE PEOPLE really want!

    August 20, 2009 at 1:26 am |
  9. Karen-Ft Lauderdale,Fl

    I could not imagine what my life would be with out our Freedom...
    We can say we are "Thankful",But are we really...Thankful?

    August 20, 2009 at 12:09 am |
  10. marji

    Confusion will continue as long as Ins co's are paying for 3+ min commercials that were run all weeekend on cnns 3 stations. They have Sanji call the "death boards" false only to ask of 3 healthy sisters, "what if it were your mother". Candy Crowly has made many false statements (her brother is a Dr) and in a story about the elderlysa fear stated "they know they want to save mill. in Medicare, it makes one wonder" wolf agrees its a reasonable deduction. If they could hire someone to watch any of the ins hearings they would know the answers tro all these "perplexing" questions. Who's pushing tort reform? The same co's fighting ins reform. Lost the wrong leg to later loose the other? As in many states capped @250,00. Sell toxic assets 100'smill a yr as a bonus. Its why regular Amer. are doomed to the whims of Corp Amer.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:01 am |


    August 19, 2009 at 11:45 pm |

    Let the Federal Government put all the people on Medicare, and let
    the insurance companies provide the supplement plan like they do for retires.
    We don’t need to put money down a rat hole by subsidizing insurance companies.
    Medicare did not socialize medicine. People still choose their own doctor. Private
    companies still run the hospitals. Private insurance companies sell the supplement
    insurance. This is Mixturism. Business and Government working together to provide
    health insurance for senior citizens. It is the right way to cover all people in America.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:29 pm |


    Let the Federal Government put all the people on Medicare, and let
    the insurance companies provide the supplement plan like they do for retires.
    We don’t need to put money down a rat hole by subsidizing insurance companies.
    Medicare did not socialize medicine. People still choose their own doctor. Private
    companies still run the hospitals. Private insurance companies sell the supplement
    insurance. This is Mixturism. Business and Government working together to provide
    health insurance for senior citizens. It is the right way to cover all people in America.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  14. Rama

    We gave them money to make bombs If terroists committed crime the politicians in our contry

    Afghan especially pak people seem to be disorganized fancially. What are they up to now ?getting rufugee visa for all those in the valley? Previously they pulled a stunt saying that taliban is shovig to a swamp valey.and military stopped wearing pants and unlocked its hseads somewhsere. So therefore it cannot drive thesse roadside thugs(government created) away esither strenghtfully or wittly. How much > longer does this take before we opsen our seyes they have taken our past presen an guture Is this all an act t

    August 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  15. Rama

    About eatern Himalayan region–Pkis and gtisn

    We are feeding the monsters and then suffering for repucussions. Thse taliban are pakistani militans protecting Bin-la-in. Wes cannot afford to lay down a string of peals in front of swine. If Angelina Jolin has too much money redirt her to me we both care the money putting i where the potenteal dangir's hand is not thse ans. Or if she gives to us sh will not get thse tax redemtion.?...There americans who would distrivuted cosiously. if they do it Madrss,alcaidas talibans etc are important not normal imp
    Tell me......Why are still poor
    As lon as kid follows our house rules can use the priviliges and parent's roof thse same way we should adopt pakis and agisn , since thsey are real bad shape and help them where thsey need the most

    August 19, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Rama

    just wait n c micheal w nfl team will not make it n it will b in all debt god will respect law of nature. then it happens you cme n tell me iam right. just u wait n C

    August 19, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  17. Ruby (Fuk Ying) Wong

    Hi Anderson,

    I reallly think that the Afganistans will need to experience its own changes of the government and democracy. They will sort things out eventually and naturally. Let them show their strength and weaknesses and reponds. You know what I mean.

    I like you to know that I always think of God too. HE is always around me. I thank you and Him for being so nice to me.



    Ruby (Fuk Ying)

    August 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  18. cicly

    only one comment??

    August 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Ruby (Fuk Ying) Wong

    Hi Anderson,

    I wanted to write you early this evening but delayed by other tasks. I am sorry. I really think that you should not go to the Afganistan because I don't know if I can eat and drink over there. If you only know me how I eat and drink you will understand that I am a very particular person and I am also afraid that we would risk our lives where I am not prepared to do so. Unlike the soldiers, they are equiped and prepared to deal with the enemies. What do you think ?

    I will send you another message after I read more of the Afgan. news.



    Ruby (Fuk Ying)

    August 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Gail in SC

    Barney Frank is right! The reason that there is some many frightened is because of the lies of Republicans. We need 50 plus one. The WH has not failed and the reason the message is not getting through is because the media does not cover the substance just the "ruckus"

    I disagree with David Gergen. The President should move forward and if the Republicans will not go along and help then he should just do the damn thing!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  21. mike del

    I was sooo shocked to hear michael ware (sic?) stating that Afganistan has no strategic importance for the USA... There is an oil pipeline being built through afghanistan which will help USA and europe get cheaper oil as this pipeline bypasses Russia. Oil is the reason USA went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  22. Cy Montreal

    Is Michael Ware on some sort of drugs!
    He comes across at being incoherent at times.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Jillonne, Florida

    I don't believe there is a chance for bi-partisanship on health care reform. The bottom line – the Republicans don't want us to have it and neither do their rich friends – the insurance companies, the drug companies and the people who already have great health insurance. It sucks for the rest of us.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  24. Annie Kate

    Sounds like an interesting show tonight. Didn't Anderson go to Afghanistan for the first vote or am I thinking of a different country? I hope the extremists trying to keep people away from the polls do not succeed. Each vote cast will in that way be a vote against the extremists.

    On health care reform there might still be a chance on bi-partisanship – I think it really depends on the GOP. If they want to be seen as helping to achieve a goal the country wants and needs they could return to the table and put what they want or don't want on the bill on the table and hash it out with the Democrats. Looking forward o a great show.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:13 pm |