This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with "New York Times" reporter Eric Lipton and former Representative Aspen Inst. vice president Mickey Edwards about how corporations work within the rules to influence Congress. [LIPTON - cites a correlation between donations to worthy charities and influence in which everyone is served, including the corporate agenda.] [EDWARDS - agrees it is not a coincidence: explains how it works to buy influence; suggests the ethics rules have to be changed and Pelosi could do it.]
(St. Paul: Gary Tuchman) A up-close look inside Representative Michele Bachman's political campaign presented; scenes shown of her campaigning at the Minnesota state fair; details given about her political career, how she avoids the media and her ties to the Tea Party. [Radio talk show host Jason LEWIS- talks about the gatekeepers of the media.] [Opponent Tarryl CLARK - speaks about Bachman.]
(Studio: Tom Foreman) The record-breaking expenditures on campaign ads noted; scenes shown from ads from Republican Mike Weinstein†, Arizona candidate Pamela Gorman, Indiana Representative Joe Donnelly† and the Georgia governor's race; details given about three trends: guns, political amnesia on behalf of Democrats and President Obama as a presidential punching bag.
(Studio: Jacqui Jeras) The course of Tropical Storm Hermine and the potential weather developments from the storm reviewed; weather maps shown.
(Studio: Isha Sesay) The setback in a rescue plan for the miners trapped underground in Chile; the admission by Joran van der Sloot that he extorted money from the Natalee Holloway family and the arrest of "Skyscraper Man" Dan Goodwin after he climbed a building in San Francisco reported.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Amber Lyon and Jeffrey Toobin about the Craigslist story. [LYON - says the aim was to keep Craigslist honest about their claims of monitoring the ads; explains the "code words" in the ads; comments on the role of victims' advocates and Website trafficking.] [TOOBIN - explains the Internet laws and sex provision and the tactics of the state attorney generals to get the ads removed; comments on the "censorship" issue.]
(Studio: Isha Sesay) The criticism by US Central Command Gen. David Petraeus of a Florida church's plans to burn the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11; President Obama's jobs plan and the sharks caught in the Potomac River reported; sharks shown.