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February 19th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Day Two at CPAC

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Today is the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Yesterday political activists from across the country spent the first day of the conference discussing policy, blasting the Obama administration and drumming up momentum for a return to power in this year’s mid-term elections.

Today, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Representative Mike Pence and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will address the meeting. Many believe these three could be potential White House candidates in the future. Candy Crowley reports from CPAC – she’ll take a look at the headliners and what messages they’re sending. Who is there and who isn’t there says a lot about the event. How is this group preparing for battle in the elections?

Also at CPAC today, the Tea Party Express will hold a rally. Can the mainstream GOP become an umbrella for conservative activists and Tea Partiers? Randi Kaye will profile one Tea Party activist who is attending CPAC for the first time. We’ll also speak to Stephen Baldwin who is attending the conference this year. We’ll get his take on the future of the GOP.

Tiger Woods will face the cameras this morning for the first time since his accident and subsequent revelations about his infidelity. We’ll be airing Tiger’s announcement live on CNN.com. But it’s definitely a carefully orchestrated event. Will it help his image? Do you care what he has to say?

Isolated showers are expected in Haiti today and heavy rain is expected Sunday into Monday. This would cause serious havoc for aid distribution, as rains could cause mudslides. Gary Tuchman is on the ground where he is following up on what is happening at orphanages that were devastated by the January 12 earthquake.

We’re also getting details on the plane crash in Austin Thursday. The remains of two victims were found yesterday in the building housing the Internal Revenue Service offices that burned when a plane flew into it. The identities of the remains were not confirmed. The retrieval of the bodies came hours after Andrew Joseph Stack II, an Austin resident with an apparent grudge against the IRS, set his house on fire and then crashed his small plane into the building. We’ll have the latest developments in the case tonight.

And U.S. Army criminal investigators are probing a possible attempt to poison food at a South Carolina post, according to an Army official. The Army Criminal Investigation Command special agents had found nothing so far to back up the allegations. Is there an ongoing investigation? We’ll dig deeper tonight.

Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET.


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  1. Julie

    My new hero. ANTHONY WIENER thrown from the house floor 2 times, Censured and remarks removed. Where is Cnn on this one?

    It was great. He spoke my thoughts. and, he is censured and remarks removed. Republicans hate the truth.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  2. Isabel

    Hello Eliza!!!! Happy Friday!!!!

    It's very sad to know that innocent people were hurt in the plane crash in Austin. I read that were two deaths. One was the pilot? Who were these people?

    Let's hope the rains in Haiti do not bring more damage and that there is some form of the homeless to protect themselves.
    It's good to have Gary Tuchman back to Haiti. The reports of them are very good! I think he can report a lot of interesting stories there.

    Thanks! See you later ...

    February 19, 2010 at 10:50 am |

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