This program is about 1 hour long
(Washington: Ed Henry) The possibility of a going it alone strategy by the Democrats to push through health care reform without any Republican support reviewed & what it means for a public option discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Dana Bash) The politics behind a deal with Democrats alone discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Washington: Ed Henry, Dana Bash) The change in the administration strategy to ram a bill through via a procedural motion & the maneuvering behind the scenes discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN contributor Alex Castellanos & Huffingtonpost.com editor Ed Sekoff about health care reform & the bill. [SEKOFF - says this is good news with the president making a strong move; states there is no reform without a public option & the Democratic base is in danger.] [CASTELLANOS - says the administration misplayed their hand & Obama is trying to recoup his political chips.]
(Studio: Erica Hill) The death of political columnist Robert Novak; the crackdown on the media in Venezuela by President Hugo Chavez; the Army's requirement for stress training for soldiers to stem the mental health problems & the strengthening of Hurricane Bill reported.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; no location given: Peter Bergen; studio: Michael Ware) The situation in Afghanistan as the Taliban threatens the people during elections, how the battle by the Marines is going, the classic insurgent tactics along the border, how Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is expected to win the elections in either the first or second round, what the elections mean for the US since Karzai has failed to deliver & a timetable for getting Afghanistan on the track to stability discussed.
(Studio: Randi Kaye) The YouTube video from Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson's doctor when he died, featured; video excerpt shown; details given about Jackson's use of the drug propofol/diprivan, the investigations of Murray's offices & home & the possibility of a Jackson family lawsuit against Murray & AEG. The aims of Murray's YouTube video & the plans for the burial of Michael on August 29 discussed.
(Gary Tuchman) The problems with "junk science" in forensics as in the criminal lab in Houston examined; details given about the case of freed prisoner Ernest Sonnier, who was convicted of a kidnapping/rape in 1986 & freed by DNA evidence. [SONNIER - reacts.] [Innocence Project Barry SCHECK- criticizes the Houston police crime lab.] [Harris County D.A. Patricia LYKOS- states we need an independent crime lab; comments on the Sonnier case.] The review of hundreds of cases in Harris County, Texas, noted.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Atlanta: Jeffrey Toobin) The accuracy of DNA evidence in criminal cases & the problems with the collecting of this evidence; the evidence in the Sonnier case; the difficulties in relying solely on DNA hair evidence & tomorrow night's story on ballistics & DNA analysis discussed.
(Studio: Erica Hill) GM's rehiring of workers to make more vehicles; Stock Market Report; new details in the Florida murder of Byrd & Melanie Billings; the University of Pittsburgh's refusal of money willed by killer George Sodini; the outrage from Indian Bollywood movie star Shah Rukh Khan for being stopped at the Newark airport reported.