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A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released yesterday indicates that only a quarter of the public want Congress to stop all work on health care, with nearly three quarters saying lawmakers should pass some kind of reform.
Maybe that will give bipartisan leaders the impetus they need to hit the ground running today as they gather at the Blair House for a health care summit hosted by the White House. We’ll be covering the summit all day long with special input from our political team.
The summit discussions will be based around four themes – controlling costs, insurance reforms, reducing the deficit and expanding coverage. Vice President Joe Biden said that Democrats are ready to work with any good idea Republicans bring to the meeting today, but he went on to say it could be “pure theater.” Do you think anything will be accomplished in the meeting? Dr. Sanjay Gupta will have the latest developments about what happened in the meeting and how decisions made could impact access to care and your bottom line.
We’re also taking a look at gerrymandering, also known as redistricting. In some states, many of the congressional districts seem to resemble a Rorschach test. Critics argue the gerrymandering of political districts has contributed to the polarization and partisanship in the country. What do you think? What kind of authority is in place to prevent aggressive gerrymandering? Does it make a difference? According to another CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll nearly six in ten of those polled say they are dissatisfied with the way democracy is working in this country. Is this just another sign of broken government?
If you were in the middle of a budget crisis in your own home, would you go out and spend money on a new car, a new couch or a new chair? Tonight we investigate why one state did exactly that … and who’s being held accountable.
And in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath police shot six people and killed two as they crossed a bridge in search of food. The case – often referred to as the Danziger Bridge Case – reflected the confusion and chaos that spread in New Orleans after the hurricane. Yesterday, a retired lieutenant, who supervised the police department’s investigation into the shootings, pleaded guilty to orchestrating a cover-up to conceal that police gunned down armed civilians. Prosecutors said the lieutenant and other officers conspired to falsify reports and plant a gun to make it appear the killings were justified. The investigation is ongoing. Will other officials be involved? Are there other instances cover-ups like this one?
What else are you following today? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET.
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