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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The controversy over remarks made by Senator Barack Obama's pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright continued. [In interview early tonight, OBAMA - says we have had a struggle about race for many years in the African American memory and the future is about what brings us together as Americans; notes his book "The Audacity of Hope" was drawn from one of Wright's sermons; jokes about his singing talent.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Roland Martin and Family Research Council Tony Perkins about race and politics and the presidential campaign. [GERGEN - suggests journalists dig deeper into the church sermons and Senator Barack Obama; outlines what fairness demands and what politics says; suggests what Obama should do.] [PERKINS - says it is hard to believe that Obama did not know what was being said in his church.] [MARTIN - says Obama's campaign recognizes how serious this matter is; notes many pastors combine social and political views in a sermon.]
(Chicago: Roland Martin) Taped interview held with Moss. [MOSS - talks about Wright's 36 years of ministry; speaks about statements Jesus made and the call of every preacher to raise questions; states Wright's ministry has been boiled down by the media to 2 short statements.] Other material: Wright's January 15, 2006, speech at Howard University that called the US the number one killer in the world.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, Roland Martin and Family Research Council Tony Perkins about race and politics in the presidential campaign. [MARTIN - offers perspectives on sermons, especially African Americans pastors, who have a history of combining sociology and politics.] [GERGEN - recalls what Frederick Douglass said in 1852: that black Americans have a different view of American history.] [PERKINS - comments on the issue of racial reconciliation and what Wright said.]
(Washington: Tom Foreman) How words of the religious right could cause problems for Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain examined; details given about their views. [From YouTube, McCain supporter Rev. Rod PARSLEY- preaches about the forces of darkness.] [George Mason University Mark ROZELL- says the religious right does not trust McCain.] [February 18, 2006, voice of Rev. John HAGEE- talks about the sin in New Orleans.] [Senator Hillary CLINTON - speaks about her faith.]
(Studio: Erica Hill) Breaking news on a tornado in Atlanta with damages to the CNN news headquarters and the Georgia Dome reported; scenes shown from downtown Atlanta.
(Studio: Erica Hill; Atlanta: Don Lemon) The serious situation in downtown Atlanta at a time of two basketball games here discussed; scenes shown of damages.
(Studio: Erica Hill; Studio: Chad Myers) The potential for the weather cell and more storms in the area discussed; weather map shown.