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President Obama took a break from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard this morning to nominate Ben Bernanke to a second term as head of the Federal Reserve. Obama said Bernanke’s “background, temperament, his courage, and his creativity” helped prevent another Great Depression. Do you agree?
Was the timing of this announcement choreographed to lessen the impact of today’s release of budget deficit estimates? The Congressional Budget Office and the White House are set to release separate updates of their 10-year deficit estimates. The U.S. deficit is expected to reach $9 trillion over the next 10 years – that’s $2 trillion more than they predicted at the beginning of the year. But in the short term the numbers looks better – showing a $1.58 trillion deficit for this fiscal year, which is slightly smaller than previously thought.
One of Pres. Obama’s golfing buddies yesterday was Robert Wolf, a top donor to his campaign and the president of UBS Americas – a bank at the center of a U.S. investigation into illegal tax shelters. The two men, who met about three years ago, are described as “friends.” Wolf’s firm was caught up last year in a Senate investigation of financial firms that attempted to shield millions of dollars in offshore accounts from U.S. taxes. Who decides who gets to play golf with the President? And who do you think will be out on the course today?
We’re in New Orleans this week four years after Hurricane Katrina wiped out so much of the city’s neighborhoods. People in the The Big Easy have spent the past four years rebuilding their lives from the ground up. Dr. Sanjay Gupta rode along with the New Orleans Police Department’s mental health crisis unit. He met one patient and tracks his path through a fractured mental health system that has been described by local officials as “in shambles and getting worse ever year.” More from Dr. Sanjay Gupta tonight.
And we’ll also be talking to Dr. Sanjay Gupta about a new report that suggests 60 million to 120 million Americans – that’s 20 to 40 percent of the U.S. population – could contract H1N1 swine flu this fall and winter. The report also estimates that 30,000 to 90,000 people could die of the disease – mainly children and young adults. Although this report was not a prediction but rather a “planning scenario,” are we prepared for this outbreak? Do you have questions? Let us know!
Afghanistan election officials announced today that partial election results put incumbent President Hamid Karzai ahead of his main rival, Abdullah Abdullah, by a slim margin. So far this is only a partial count of last week’s presidential election and the margins may change. More as the vote count develops tonight.
A preliminary report by the Los Angeles coroner indicates that Michael Jackson died of an overdose of propofol, a powerful sedative he was given to help him sleep. In court documents released yesterday, Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, allegedly gave him Valium, Ativan and Versed before propofol. Murray’s lawyer denies accuracy of the police timeline. Randi Kaye is in Los Angeles to dig deeper tonight.
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