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August 21st, 2009
05:44 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Federal budget deficits now projected to be $9 trillion

President Obama finds himself squeezed by party liberals and Blue Dog Democrats in the debate on health care.

President Obama finds himself squeezed by party liberals and Blue Dog Democrats in the debate on health care.

Suvro Banerji
AC360° Intern

CNN has learned that the federal budget deficit is now projected to be $9-trillion, over 10 years. That's up from the previous estimate of $7-trillion. That red ink is proving to be red meat for critics of the Obama Administration, who say we simply can't afford bailouts, stimulus and, possibly, health care reform. Tom Foreman's got details of how this new number is changing the health care debate.

Also tonight, former Bush administration officials are knocking allegations from Tom Ridge, the former secretary of homeland security, who wrote in an upcoming book that key cabinet members tried to play politics with terror alert levels, just four days before the 2004 presidential election. We will dig deeper with CNN National Security Contributor and former Homeland Security Adviser to President Bush, Frances Townsend, and CNN political contributor and Democratic strategist Paul Begala.

Plus, confusion over a star athlete’s gender. 18-year old South African runner, Caster Semenya won the gold medal in the world women's 800 meter event in Berlin. But that achievement has been overshadowed by a gender verification test ordered by athletic officials . This amid claims that she is actually a man. Transgender medicine specialist, Dr. Maddie Deutsch will join us tonight to explain more.

Finally, new details in the murder of swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore. Her body was found in a bloody suitcase with her fingers and teeth removed. Prosecutors reveal today the body was so disfigured that authorities were forced to identify her by the serial numbers on her breast implants. There is new information on her fugitive alleged killer, a former reality show contestant. Northeastern University Criminologist James Fox will share his insight.

All these stories and much more tonight on 360° at 10pm ET. See you then!

soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. RLWellman

    How can the President try and pass a bill the majority of the country doesn't want? Because he doesn't care, even though it's against our Constitution. He does not care what the Constitution says either.

    It's his way or the highway! Actually it will be the highway for those Congressmen and Senators who go along and try to shove this bill down the throats of the majority.

    He will have to be shown how a Democracy works. How much of our taxpayer money is paying for all the non-elected Czars?

    August 24, 2009 at 9:30 am |
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