On tonight's AC360, the house passed the final piece of healthcare reform, violent threats were made against lawmakers, the 360 interview with Jamie Oliver, and the crime and punishment report of a cold case that has been solved.
First up was news on health care reform. Dana Bash and David Gergen joined Anderson to talk about the breaking news that the final health care bill has been approved. Dana Bash talked about the exhaustive process it took to get the bill passed and the course of events saying that Democrats are relieved and happy that the bill has been passed but also that they still need to sell the bill politically. She also discussed some of the details of the bill including the state specific portions. David Gergen discussed how Democrats are feeling and had also spoken with Nancy Pelosi who he said was both elated and exhausted. He also talked about the polling numbers and what the Democrats will do going forward. He feels that Democrats need to be aggressive to continue the momentum. Gergen also talked about how Republicans' are feeling and what they will come back with.
In the Keeping Them Honest report Dana Bash reported on some of the violence congressman have reported after the bill was passed. Republicans are saying that Democrats' reports of violence is just a way to bash Republicans while
Rep Eric Cantor has said that he too was targeted and a bullet was shot through the window of his campaign office but that Democrats are using the attacks as a political weapon. Police however said that the bullet was actually fired into the air. One organization for President Obama tried to solicit donations and sited the threats to fellow Democrats. Republicans meanwhile are saying that threats are unacceptable but also refuse to backdown on comments Democrats say fuel the fires. When Dana spoke with Anderson she also confirmed that white powder along with a threatening letter was sent to the office of Congressman Anthony Weiner however tests showed it was not a biological agent. Republican Jean Schmidt also received some threatening voicemail.
When they returned from the break Anderson was joined by David Gergen and John Avlon to discuss the threats against congressman further. Gergen felt that the recent threats have reached a new level of intensity that was previously unseen. He felt that there was a chance of an incident and that it was in both parties interest to calm things down. John Avlon agreed with Gergen and said we were playing with fire by demonizing disagreements which results in the situation escalating and people taking the next step. Gergen felt that people are trying to score political points and Avlon thought that extremists have been encouraged by both parties in the past and that people need to be aware of the forces they are playing with.
Christine Romans had the bulletin: an audio tape was received from Osama bin Laden, the Vatican said that it didn't know about a priest who was believed to have molested 200 boys, the Senate voted to change the way student loans are made, and a dog went after a police car ripping off the front bumper
The beat 360 tonight was Larry King with Snoop Dogg . The staff winner was Amanda with "Snoop D-O-double Gizzle in the hizzle with Larry Kizzle!!" The viewer winner was David with "Who said cornrows and suspenders don't look good together."
Randi Kaye had the crime and punishment report and reported on one of the oldest cold cases in New Jersey history. Five teenagers had vanished in the summer of 1978 after going to help a man named Lee Evans. Investigators had done everything they could including consulting psychics to try and find out what happened. In 2007 Louis Correga was asked to help and decided to start from scratch. In 2008, Evans contacted police to say that mobsters were involved in the crime, not him. Investigators learned that a fire had also occurred in 1978 and eventually realized that the home belonged to someone involved in the case. Investigators now believe that the kids were brought to the home by gunpoint and the home was burned to the ground because the boys had stolen drugs from Evans. Evans and another man were arrested and charged with murder and arson. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
Christine Romans was back with the second bulletin of the night: the pentagon is making changes to the don't ask don't tell policy, California voters will decide whether or not to make marijuana legal in November, Tiger Woods now has only a 43% approval rate, and a coyote was caught in Manhattan. The shot tonight was a man breaking block of wood and another clip of AC playing face the cookie.
Anderson will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday. Here's the clip from CBS:
THE SHARKMAN – Anderson Cooper dives unprotected with great white sharks and the South African who has spent more time up close with the ocean’s most feared predator than anyone else. Michael Gavshon and Paul Bellinger are the producers.
Have a great week everyone.
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