January 29th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Honoring the Heroes of Haiti

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Anderson and our team on the ground in Haiti have seen and reported on so much over the past few weeks, ever since the earthquake rattled the already impoverished nation. Amid all of the devastation and destruction, they’ve met some resilient and inspiring Haitians. Tonight we’re honoring those people; the Heroes of Haiti. Don’t miss this special hour about courage, sacrifice and extraordinary personal commitment to help the people in Haiti.

Gary Tuchman talks to Jean Robert Cadet about his Restavek Organization, which helps keep Haitian children out of slavery and trafficking. Ever since the earthquake struck, he’s spent his time working to protect orphans. Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at two Haitian doctors. They’re surgeons and they’re also twins. They’re working hard to treat people in their community – going from patient to patient and caring for people around the clock. Anderson reports on the search and rescue teams that have been working tirelessly to search, save and recover the victims of the quake. These are only a few of the Heroes we will profile tonight. It's a special you won’t want to miss – 11 p.m. ET.

We also continue our coverage of the stimulus project this week. The stimulus bill is unpopular, according to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, but most of its basic provisions are favored by large majorities. Eight in ten favor government spending on roads and bridges and aid to unemployed workers is even more popular. So where’s the rub? Why is the it so unpopular if so many parts of the plan are generally favorable? People seem to be worried about wasteful spending.

Tonight, Drew Griffin returns to the site of the very first project funded with stimulus money – a bridge in Missouri. The actual number of construction jobs connected to this project, according to the contractor, is 23. But Missouri reported its “actual” number of jobs “indirectly or directly supported by” the project is 240 jobs. Why the difference? Drew Griffin is keeping them honest tonight.

And we learned earlier today that the White House is considering moving the site of the 9/11 trial from Manhattan to elsewhere if the Justice Department sees fit. The turnabout comes after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other politicians expressed great concern over the costs and disruption of holding the September 11th trail in Lower Manhattan. But White House officials say the President still agrees with the Attorney General’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian criminal court.

And House Republicans will be visited by a special guest today at their retreat in Baltimore today. President Obama will join them for what is being billed as an “honest conversation” about America’s priorities. Is Obama extending an olive branch? Is he living up to the promises he made in his State of the Union speech that he welcomes fresh ideas from either party? So maybe he's focusing on his Democratic base and the GOP, but how should he reach out to an increasing group of Independents across the country? We’ll have all the raw politics tonight.

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

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  1. Isabel - Brazil •

    Hello Eliza!!! Happy Friday!!!!

    I'll be looking forward to the Special .... I imagine that there are many heroes. The people of Haiti need them!

    January 29, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  2. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Happy Friday !

    @Eliza Isa 360 going to be a live show at 10 pm or is a special taped show ? Is Anderson stil reporting from Haiti?

    The past few weeks have been so heartbreaking to see the children who are left behind and thier families who have been hurt by this devistation .The team has done a amazing job reporting and helping to show what's really going on kudos to Anderson and Dr.Gupta ,Gart T. and all the team for your great work .

    Thanks for the buzz
    Michelle D.

    January 29, 2010 at 10:10 am |

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