Finally the Dems are growing a set and are considering ramming through health care reform with the public option. As Cyn said in her post last Thursday, the previous administration made many decisions without a bipartisan consensus, now it is our turn. When you think about it, can HCR cost us much more than Bush's war in Iraq did? At least HCR will save lives, unlike the war which took so many of our young men & women.
Ed Henry and Dana Bash (by phone) had Washington covered. Alex Castellanos and Roy Sekoff (Huffington Post founder) did the follow up panel discussion. Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined Anderson after the break to answer a few questions about HCR and the public option. This was a terrific segment with great questions and lots of helpful information.Michael Ware was in the AC360 studio with Anderson Cooper and Peter Bergen joined them by satellite to discuss the upcoming elections in Afghanistan and the war. Bergen said that the Taliban has been somewhat effective in their intimidation tactics and in shutting down about 10% of the polling sites. Ware felt that the attack on the Presidential Palace was timely in sending a message that the Taliban can and will strike anywhere. He added that the Taliban probably can't stop the election but they can disrupt it. Bergen added that Karzai will ultimately win, maybe initially or if there is need for a run off election.
On the subject of how the war is progressing Ware thought that the war is in its infancy and there is a long way to go before securing even Helman Province. Bergen felt that the political timetable for the war is set at about a year.Randi Kaye was back from vacation and just in time to bring us the latest Michael Jackson news.
Jackson's doctor, Dr. Murry, posted a video to get his story before the public without him having to answer questions. 360 played portions and I found them just plan weird.
Jackson's family also announced that burial will be August 29th, thankfully a Saturday. I'm hoping by the following Monday it will no longer be 'Breaking News'.
The first installment in the 'junk science' series was a report by Gary Tuchman on a man who spent half his life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Ernest Sonnier was convicted of rape and kidnapping in 1986. This case is the 6th case that has been proved to have been botched by the Huston crime lab. Tuchman interviewed Barry Sheck, director of the Innocence Project, which works to free wrongly convicted people, like Sonnier.
Dr. Gupta was back to do a discussion with AC on shoddy crime labs and CSI science.
Tuesday's 'The Shot' wasn't memorable for it's content, but more for the confusion in the follow up banter. I realized I watch entirely too much 360 when I could have explained the follow up clip better than either Anderson or Erica. Neither of them had a clue, which led to some giggles.
So there you have it for this Tuesday evening. ~Phebe
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