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Fifteen years ago today, Timothy McVeigh set off explosives in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The bombing killed 168 people – the most deadly act of homegrown terrorism in the United States. Today, many argue the threat of domestic terrorism has reemerged, with militias speaking out against the government. Tonight we look at the legacy of Oklahoma City, including the conspiracy theorists that believe the government itself was behind the bombing.
In 1995, State Representative Charles Key was the city’s most visible proponent of a theory that federal agents knew in advance that the Murrah building was going to be bombed. His conspiracy theory offended so many people that he was voted out of office. But he reclaimed his seat in 2006 and feels there are unanswered questions about the bombing. What is making him suspicious? Don’t miss Kate Bolduan’s report tonight.
We’re also following today’s rally in Washington, D.C., where gun rights advocates will gather for the Second Amendment March. These advocates say they want to remind lawmakers of their right to bear arms. This Washington group says that won’t be carrying guns to the rally, but a few miles away at Gravelly Point, VA, another group plans to demonstrate with its weapons out in the open. Several prominent members of the militia movement are expected to speak at the “open carry” event. We’ll take a look at both rallies tonight.
Across all 50 states today, groups of protesters will gather at state capitols to deliver the Articles of Freedom to elected officials. They say their goal is to remind leaders to follow the Constitution, and that they’re not taking sides politically. We’ll take you to two of the biggest planned events, in Albany and Austin.
We’ll also give you the latest on Iceland’s disruptive volcano. Eyjafjallajökull and its thick clouds of ash have caused chaos for air travelers all week. Flights in Europe remain grounded, although test flights indicate the worst may be over. Now, some airlines are asking the European Union for compensation for the billions of dollars they’ve lost. What do you think? Is that fair?
And we’re also reporting on President Obama’s fundraising trip to California, where he will campaign on behalf of Senator Barbara Boxer’s re-election. She expects to face her toughest race since first being elected in 1992. California has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and three Republicans are vying to fight Boxer for her seat. The three-term Senator hopes Obama’s presence will help convince Democrats to head to the polls.
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