[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/03/ground.zero.mosque.jpg]Cate Vojdik
In the Gulf tonight, 106 days into the oil spill disaster, the static kill is finally underway. BP crews are trying to choke the blown-out Macondo well with tons of heavy drilling mud. They’ve been at it for hours. Can the well take it? Will it hold? We’ll have a live report from the Gulf on the effort to seal the well for good.
We’ll also look at the huge political uproar over the plan to build an Islamic community center, including a mosque, two blocks from Ground Zero. In New York today, a city panel cleared the way for the plan to proceed when it denied historic landmark status to the building developers want to tear down to make room for the center. Opponents have vowed to press their case in court. In their view, building a mosque so close to the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center disrespects the memory of those killed. Supporters of the plan argue that building the center and mosque would be the ultimate test of the nation’s commitment to tolerance and religious freedom. The emotions this debate has ignited are intense. We’ll look at the facts, including what the plan actually involves. We’ll also examine the emotions.
We’ll also have more tonight on the intensifying battle over immigration. The White House is accusing Republicans of playing politics with their campaign to change the 14th amendment to the Constitution, which among other things grants automatic citizenship to American-born children of illegal immigrants. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said today he supports holding hearings on repealing birthright citizenship. We’re focusing on the facts, keeping both sides honest.
In a sidebar story to the battle raging over immigration, Gary Tuchman puts some tough questions to an illegal immigrant living in New Mexico. Why, Gary asks him, hasn’t he taken the steps to become a legal immigrant? The man’s answer sheds light on some of the struggles to citizenship that many face.
We’ll also bring you a special 360 investigation into charges that Craigslist is profiting from prostitution. The charge comes from law enforcement officials, who say the popular website—the largest classified advertising website in the U.S.—isn’t doing enough to screen adult service ads. These ads bring in a full third of Craigslist’s revenues. The company claims it screens each ad carefully. Amber Lyon put their claim to the test. Wait until you see how easy it was for her to post an ad that practically shouted “sex for sale”.
See you at 10 p.m. eastern.
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