[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/10/06/us.afghanistan.troops/art.kevin.thomson.jpg caption="Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson of Nevada was among eight U.S. troops killed in a weekend attack in Afghanistan."]
AC360° Associate Producer
President Obama will host a bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan today. Tomorrow is the eighth year anniversary of the war. What are the dangers of losing in Afghanistan and how long does President Obama have to make a decision? And what about the families of the people serving in the country? The bodies of four of the U.S. soldiers who were killed by militants in Afghanistan on Saturday are set to be brought back to the U.S. today. More on the way forward in Afghanistan tonight.
Make sure to catch a special Amanpour today at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET to watch Christiane Amanpour’s rare joint interview with Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates on the challenges that face the United States. They spoke about the war in Afghanistan, nuclear tension with Iran and the global war on terrorism. Both Clinton and Gates said the U.S. is committed to a regional strategy to build long-standing relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gates said the Taliban has gained momentum in Afghanistan and that its takeover of the country could enable the al Qaeda to gain ground. What exactly is the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda? We’re digging deeper tonight.
And we’re beginning our series this week on Underground America. Las Vegas Boulevard – also known as “The Strip” – is known for its glitz, glamour and lure of hitting the jackpot. But a world exists beneath this iconic area – it has also become home to those down on their luck. Homeless are living in the flood channels that run beneath the city, where many of them have built elaborate shelters deep in the dark labyrinths.
Many of the people who have settled underground are driven here by unemployment, drugs and mental illness. Ted Rowlands talks to one man who created a 400-square foot space with a living room, bedroom and kitchen in a soot-covered section of tunnel practically under the casino-lined boulevard.
We’re also taking a look at a preliminary investigation into Sen. John Ensign. The Republican Senator from Nevada is facing criticism over an extramarital affair with an aide and the actions he allegedly took on behalf of her husband. According to reports, the woman’s husband lobbed Ensign on behalf of his clients and that Ensign helped him get his job. Ensign has said he did nothing illegal and that he plans on running for re-election in 2012. We’re taking a look at this investigation tonight.
What did you have for breakfast this morning? A report released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest shows the top 10 riskiest foods regulation by the FDA: leafy greens, eggs, tuna, oysters, potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, sprouts, berries. (Hmm…I’ve had six of those foods in the past 24 hours) How was this study conducted and why are these particular foods so risky? Is the FDA doing enough to protect us?
What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
Questions or comments? Send an email
Want to know more? Go behind the scenes with