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The announcement that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of the 9/11 attacks will soon be moved to New York to face trial in a federal court will be welcomed by some Americans as finally starting the process of bringing the perpetrators of these attacks to justice.
To date, not one person has been convicted for the attacks. But it also will be a reminder that their boss, the man most responsible for killing 3,000 civilians - the majority of them Americans but many from all around the world - is still at large.
President Obama has stated that it is vitally important for the country to put some of the controversial policies of the last eight years behind it. While the forthcoming trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and several figures allegedly involved in plotting the 9/11 attacks in New York will be helpful, nothing would help more than if Osama bin Laden were captured, afforded full due process and put on trial.
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The federal stimulus set aside $4 billion for education and last week the Obama Administration announced a new strategy for how schools around the country will receive part of the money. It’s called a ‘Race to the Top’ competition where school systems compete to claim a share of the $4 billion. Who determines how the money will be doled out? Is this the reform American schoolchildren need? We’ll talk to Education Secretary Arne Duncan tonight.
Meanwhile, a federal study shows that nearly one-third of states lowered their academic proficiency standards in recent years – a move that helps schools stay immune from sanctions under the No Child Left Behind law. But lowering standards also confuses parents about how childrens' achievement compares with students in other states and countries. The Department of Education study found that 15 states lowered their proficiency standards at the middle school level in basic subjects from 2005 to 2007. Three states in particular – Maine, Oklahoma and Wyoming – lowered standards in both math and reading at the fourth and eighth grade levels. Were schools allowed to lower standards? And why? Randi Kaye is Keeping them Honest tonight.
It’s a busy week for Sarah Palin in the media. Her book officially releases tomorrow and her publicity tour kicks off later this week in Grand Rapids, MI. Today, her interview with Oprah will air. Many people have been waiting in anticipation for this interview, but will it live up to the hype? Candy Crowley reports on how Palin is “Going Rogue.”
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U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to China will take place at an extraordinary historic moment. For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, two of the three largest economies in the world are now in northeast Asia. Furthermore, all signs seem to indicate that China may surpass Japan, either this year or no later than 2010, as the second-largest economy in the world.
The economic disparity between China and the United States is at its narrowest since the founding of New China in 1949, and the gap is closing rapidly. For the first time in memory, China, as a developing country with a relatively low per capita income, has become the largest creditor nation to the United States, the only remaining superpower in the world.
The United States is still very much mired in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is still struggling to get out of the financial crisis and is searching for growth that can provide jobs. By comparison, China is enjoying political stability, high growth at home and robust international relations abroad. While the United States has seemed to worry about not having enough enemies in the world, China is rarely tired of seeking as many friends as possible in the world. As the largest trading nation in the world, China is fast becoming a leading champion of free trade and market economics.
Editor's Note: Many of you wrote in to comment on Sarah Palin and her new book after Friday night's AC360°. Many of you seem to be looking at her more closely now that she's making headlines again. Do you have anything to say about the show? Let us know!
I just preorder Going Rouge while watching the show tonight. You guys have been bringing it up so much lately I just couldn't help myself. I'm not a republican but if I like what I read I might vote for Sarah in 2012. Thanks ac360.
Coop, I'm going to read Sarah Palin's book since all the shows are talking about it and I don't see why I would doubt anything she writes in it. I don't agree with her politics completely but she seems like an honest person and possibly a good leader. I'll decide after reading her book.
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