January 20th, 2010
10:03 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Feeling the aftershocks – earthquakes and elections

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

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.

What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Isabel - Brazil •

    Good afternnon Eliza and 360 team!!

    I was disappointed yesterday with the little time devoted to news from Haiti. At no time did I want to take the importance of American political moment, but after the hard work of AC, Dr Gupta, Ivan, Soledad and all team, they deserved more time for your reports.

    Brazil has an important role in Haiti and has been active since 2004 in humanitarian assistance. Today should be decided a increases the effective of the Brazilian military in Haiti, but I do not see CNN disclose much the role of Brazil. I wish it were also reported.

    Thanks e see you later

    January 20, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  2. Dorman & Suzanne Shropshire

    We have a friend leaving Friday with a Christian Mission group of doctors and nurses from Savannah who are taking medical/nutrition needs to the area they will serve, but airlines have new weight
    restrictions with additional charges. Why can't ALL commercial airlines lift those restrictions/charges for passengers knowingly going to Haiti and taking supplies for humanitarian purposes?

    January 20, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  3. ALBIA

    Can Cooper help a haitian diabetic, blind and in-need-of-every other day- Dialysis senior lady who has managed to survive both earquakes, to get to the USA with a humanitarian visa?

    January 20, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  4. Diane

    I'm so proud of Anderson Cooper! His quick actions to help a bleeding boy in Port-au-Prince, when looting and violence broke out, just may have saved a life. I guess we'll never know for sure, but AC did not hesitate in his response to help. Good job!

    January 20, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  5. Michelle D. Fonthill ,Ontario

    Good Morning Eliza and 360 team

    I can't imagine another aftershock happening now how much more can these poor people have to endure ? The rescue workers are true hereos after pulling the elederly woman out thank God she was alive and able to get out .Anderson has been doing such great humanitarian wiork and helping that poor boy who was struck by the rock during the looting he is a hereo !

    Thanks for the buzz

    Michelle D.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:19 am |