This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview held with Pastor Jones. [JONES - says we are praying about it, when we back down and when we speak to radical Islam; states this message is necessary: we are burning a book and we will not back down to radical Islam; admits he does not know the names of those Muslims who died on 9/11.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's David Gergen, "America's Prophet" author Bruce Feiler and construction worker/blogger Andy Sullivan about the mosque controversy and the imam. [FEILER - offers historical perspective on anti-religious sentiment in the US; states the question is whether this moderate Muslim voice will prevail; suggests this could be a laboratory of coexistence and rebuilding together.] [SULLIVAN - calls this an aggressive act: a 9/11 second wave; suggests Imam Rauf is not a moderate, not a man of credibility.] [GERGEN - admits he is torn about this controversy, that Rauf has been checked out, they have the right to build there, but New Yorkers oppose it and are offended by the location; suggests creating a true interfaith center rather than an Islamic center.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Tomorrow's interview on "Larry King Live" with Imam Rauf announced.
(Studio: Isha Sesay) Fires burning across Detroit; wildfires near Boulder, Colorado; the course of Tropical Storm Hermine and the legal status of former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater reported; scenes shown of the fires. The Slater story discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with "Dallas Morning News" reporter Todd Gillman and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Melanie Sloan about the Johnson scholarship scandal. [GILLMAN - says these letters tell us Johnson was involved in dispersing the scholarship money; comments on the amount of money going to relatives.] [SLOAN - criticizes Johnson; explains why the House Ethics Committee wants this story to go away; outlines the possible criminal charges in the Johnson case.]
(Studio: Isha Sesay) The death of two US soldiers in northern Iraq; the denial of parole for John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman; the announcement from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley he will not run for re-election; HP's suing former CEO Mark Hurd to keep him from working at Oracle and a North Carolina restaurant's ban on screaming children reported. How the restaurant policy works discussed.