It’s a long holiday weekend for many Americans but the oil in the Gulf isn’t taking a vacation. It’s Day 77 of the disaster and the oil is still gushing. Tar balls have now hit the shores of Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain and the shores of Galveston, Texas. We’ll have the latest on how far the spill has spread.
Speaking of vacations, the Army Corps of Engineers told us it’s been working this Fourth of July. But Gulf officials who needed answers from the Corps told us they couldn’t reach a single person all weekend. Same story all day today - until we took up the case. Keeping them honest, we’ll tell you tonight what we found when Randi Kaye paid the Army Corps of Engineers a visit.
We’ll also have more of Anderson’s exclusive interview with Jimmy Buffett. The singer has deep roots and many fans in the Gulf. He talked to Anderson about what the region means to him, how he feels about BP and deepwater drilling, and much more.
Also tonight, out of work and out of luck. The Senate left Washington for its long holiday weekend without extending unemployment benefits for millions of jobless Americans. The benefits expire for millions at the end of July. We’ll go up close and try to unravel the politics.
Plus, new questions about Afghanistan. Gen. David Petraeus officially took control of U.S. forces in Afghanistan this weekend, just days after CIA Director Leon Panetta said 100 or fewer al Qaeda fighters remain in the country. If so few al Qaeda fighters remain in Afghanistan, why are so many American troops still risking their lives and dying? It’s a question many are asking. We’ll dig deeper with CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen and Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who recently returned from Afghanistan.
See you at 10 p.m. eastern.
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