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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.
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