This program is about 1 hour long
(Deborah Feyerick) Breaking news on two deadly ricin letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg examined; details given about the letters threatening the mayor about his views on guns, the testing of the letters and where they were sent to. [BLOOMBERG - talks about police and postal procedures.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with national security expert Fran Townsend and CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the ricin letters. [TOWNSEND - explains what testing will learn about the letters and who sent them and how terrorists use the compound as a weapon.] [By phone, GUPTA - explains the danger of ricin as a toxin, the problems with weaponizing the substance, how ricin victims are treated.]
(Studio: Indra Petersons) The tornado outbreak in central states reviewed and forecast; weather maps shown.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The controversies generated by Bachmann reviewed and the facts checked. [November 2010, BACHMANN - says the president's trip to India would cost 200 million a day.] [September 14, 2011, BACHMANN - speaks about the vaccine and mental retardation.] [March 16, 19, BACHMANN - talks about the president's dog walker.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen and John King about Bachmann retiring from Congress. [KING - assesses her political chances for re-election; comments on comparing Bachmann to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin; comments on the state of the Tea Party movement.] [GERGEN - says she had a thin legislative record, but made an impact politically; notes losing would have damaged her career, but now she can be on a punditry circuit and have a political influence.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Exclusive CNN interview held with Senator John McCain about his trip to Syria; photos shown. [McCAIN - talks about the moving experience of meeting the rebel fighters; explains the commanders' message: they need help; comments on the extremists flowing into Syria; states we need to help the right people against Syrian President Bashir al-Assad; notes the Iranians are meddling in the Middle East.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A statement from Senator Rand Paul in opposition to helping the opposition in syria noted.
(Studio: Susan Hendricks) President Obama's plan to tap James Comey to succeed FBI director Robert Mueller; the spread of a newly discovered SARS-like virus; an attack on a Red Cross building in Afghanistan; NASDAQ's fine for the handling of Facebook's IPO; Boston Marathon bombing victim James Bauman's throwing out of the first pitch at Fenway reported.