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There was a strong aftershock in Haiti this morning that frightened people struggling to recover from the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck the country last week. This morning’s 6.1-magnitude aftershock struck southwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince and was approximately 6.2 miles deep. No severe damage has been reported so far.
Medical reinforcement arrives in the ravaged country today, including a hospital aboard a U.S. naval ship. The USNS Comfort, which provided relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, is to arrive this morning near the capital. U.S. helicopters will transport ferry patients aboard, bringing much-needed relief to overstretched hospitals and clinics.
Meanwhile, rescue teams continue to search for people buried underneath the rubble – even more than a week after the quake. Yesterday, workers rescued a woman in her 70s. About 90 victims have been saved by 43 international rescue teams since the quake struck.
Our team is on the ground reporting live as rescue workers continue to look for victims and relief workers struggle to get aid and medical treatment to Haitians in need. Don’t miss Anderson’s reporter’s notebook on covering the aftermath of the earthquake over the past week.
Last night’s election in Massachusetts has huge ramifications for the rest of the country. Many argue Scott Brown, who defeated Martha Coakley in the race for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, handed President Obama the first defeat of his presidency. Although he was trailing by double digits a little more than a week ago, Brown won a major upset in the race last night. It is the first time since 1972 that a Republican has won a U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts. Was it a vote against the Obama administration? Is it a foreshadow for the mid-term elections later this year?
And what does it mean for health care reform? House Democrats rejected the idea of passing the Senate health care bill. Several Democratic lawmakers suggest it may be best now to pass a smaller measure with provisions they can all agree on. What does this mean for President Obama’s agenda? Are there other initiatives that won’t get passed now that a Republican holds this seat? We’ll have all the raw politics tonight.
And one year ago today Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. How do you feel about his record so far? How do you think he’s confronted issues such as the recession, unemployment, security and health care? You can bet the election in Massachusetts is probably not what he had in mind as an ideal way to celebrate his one-year anniversary in office.
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