February 18th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Why can’t we all just get along?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

This week we're looking at Republicans under fire from their fellow Republicans – for not being conservative enough. The Tea Partiers are a driving force behind this backlash. And anti-incumbent fever appears to be at a record high.

Today, the power players of the conservative movement gather for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Do recent election wins and unexpected Democrat retirements in Congress give them a new found wind at their backs? What kind of pressure is this group feeling from the Tea Party movement? Has it become Tea Party vs. Conservatives vs. Republicans? Are these groups on the same page and can the two groups align their goals? Candy Crowley reports from the conference.

Randi Kaye will also profile one Tea Party activist who is attending CPAC for the first time. Can the Republican Party appeal to members of this growing movement? A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released yesterday indicates that Tea Party activists would vote overwhelmingly Republican in a two-party race for Congress. The party’s GOP leanings may pose a problem for the Tea Party movement if it tries to turn itself into a third party to compete with the two major parties in this year’s general election.

The eight Americans who were detained for almost three weeks in Haiti on child kidnapping charges arrived in Miami late Wednesday night after a judge ordered them freed. Two of the other Americans, Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter, remain in Haiti because the judge wants to determine why they traveled to the country on an earlier trip before the earthquake. We’ll have the latest developments tonight.

Haiti’s government may unveil its plans for sheltering the country’s 1.2 million people left homeless by the January 12 earthquake. Officials are now trying to clear away an estimated 60 million cubic meters of rubble. As it’s being dumped, scavengers are searching for anything of value. The President says it will take up to 1,000 trucks over 1,000 days to clear the piles of concrete, but that may be on the conservative side. Some government advisers suggest that substandard buildings be demolished as part of the rebuilding – some predict that 60 percent of all the buildings in the capital city of Port-au-Prince might end up being dumped into a landfill or the ocean.

And President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama this morning in the Map Room. He’s not making any friends in Beijing, that’s for sure. China remains vocally opposed to the meeting, viewing the Dalai Lama as the symbol of Tibet’s independence movement. Still, China is continuing its meetings with the Dalai Lama’s representatives. What do you think about the meeting?

And finally, tonight, we’ll bring you a special report from the CNN Special Investigations Unit. A U.S. commander in Afghanistan has growing suspicions about what’s happening on his base. Somehow the Taliban has been able to ambush his troops with uncanny success. What’s going on? Abbie Boudreau investigates.

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

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Tim Gibson

    Anyone who has been a to a tea store knows that there are many brews to choose from. If you want orange peko peko black you can pick up a box of Liptons at the local market. But why bother when you can get a better bargain at the specialty store.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  2. cherryrn

    I am from the Hotel Montana page for than 17,000 strong to help support the families and friends of the tragedy there. Still waiting for the last 8 we
    know about . Can you update with visual evidence of progress there..I just feel as the rains fall this becomes ever harder to do.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  3. Stephen Jackson

    I believe that part of the reason this congress is not being able to work together is that they don't want this president to succeed. When democrats are leaving because of the partisan bickering and can't pass anything collectively, that's poor leadership. Again, this is a black president and I feel some do not want him to succeed in any way, shape, or form. There has always been the fighting among the two parties but this time for whatever reason its at an all time high.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  4. Isabel, Brazil

    Hello Eliza!!!!

    The meeting of Dalai Lama and Pres Obama has great potential to complicate relations between Beijing and Washington and the recent increase tensions between the two powers, but I am in favor of this meeting.

    I'm anxious and curious to know the plans of the Haitian government. It is a very complicated situation, but it requires quickly. Maybe it's an interesting idea the suggestion that the substandard buildings be demolished as part of the rebuilding if such construction is about to fall in or they represent a danger.

    See you...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:43 am |