This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Baghdad: Jim Clancy) The "Washington Post" report on the declining power of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the view of multinational forces-Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus on Al Qaeda, the intelligence documents that were acquired in early September about Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq and elsewhere discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; studio: Peter Bergen) The question of whether Al Qaeda in Iraq has been crippled, the problem with a declaration of victory despite the drop in suicide attacks, the windfall of intelligence documents, the role of Al Qaeda in Iraq discussed.
(Studio: John King) How the Republican race for the presidency is getting more personal featured; details given of the bickering about who is the real Republican and about the conservative issues. [Candidates Fred THOMPSON, Rudolph GIULIANI, Mitt ROMNEY, Senator John McCAIN - campaign.] [Republican strategist Tucker ESKEW - says Republicans are a party in transition.] The sub-plots for the Republican candidates trying to redefine the party in the post-Bush era discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former presidential adviser David Gergen about the Republicans. [From Boston, GERGEN - says the old Republican coalition was kept together by President Ronald Reagan and now there is no coherent party philosophy.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The raw data on campaign spending in 2008 of TV advertising outlined on screen.
(Studio: Tom Foreman) The decline in cancer death rates due to better screening and treatment options; flooding in north Texas; a drought in Georgia with Lake Lanier drying up; the arrest of rapper T.I. in Atlanta for trying to buy machine guns through his bodyguard reported. Surveillance video from Westbury, New York, of a hunchback woman who tried to kidnap a baby from a store shown.
(White House: Ed Henry) The controversy surrounding HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson and a contract to rehab homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina examined; details given about a grand jury investigation of Jackson. ["National Journal" magazine Ed POUND- says the question is Jackson was doing a favor for a friend, South Carolina stucco contractor William Hairston.] [In May, JACKSON - testifies he does not get involved in HUD contracts period.] How HUD has become synonymous with scandal in other presidential administrations reviewed. [Brookings Inst. Thomas MANN- cites the money involved with HUD.]
(Studio: Tom Foreman) The support for Senator Hillary Clinton from women; the endorsement by the big service union for former Senator John Edwards; Fred Thompson's dinner with conservatives; Senator Larry Craig's campaign to save his job and his criticism of presidential candidate Mitt Romney; the response of Rudolph Giuliani to a question about what he would do if space aliens attacked reported.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The second CNN/YouTube debate announced.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Next week's airing on the "Planet in Peril" documentary announced. [On "Late Night with Conan O'Brien, COOPER - talks about the problems with the filming of the documentary.]
(Studio: Tom Foreman) The Vatican's investigation of a hidden camera videotaping of a monsignor's proposition of a boy; Stock Market Report; Medtronic's suspension of the use of wire parts in implantable defibrillators; a New York City protest by mothers demanding safer toys reported.