This program is about 1 hour long
(Capitol Hill: Dana Bash) The surprise nature of the vote ordered by Reid, the problems for Reid in getting the votes and what he may do next reviewed and Congressional calendar problems discussed.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican strategist Ed Rollins and Servicemen United Alex Nicholson about the vote. [BEGALA - says the united Republican Party voted against the legislation they say they support after spending 9+ months on the bill; outlines the other issues the Congress has to deal with.] [ROLLINS - outlines what the Republicans wanted; states what President Obama could do about gays in the military.] [NICHOLSON - says Reid bears responsibility by not negotiating in good faith with Collins about debate on the issue.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with CNN's Paul Begala and radio talk show host Dana Loesch about Reid's position on online poker and the tax bill. [BEGALA - says Reid is from Nevada where the gaming industry is big and legislation could bring regulation.] [LOESCH - says there is a lot of tax revenue to come out of this so it is smart politics for Reid.] [BEGALA - suggests President Obama went out of his way to challenge Democrats on the tax bill.] [LOESCH - says the tax issue will repeat as a political issue in 2012; states Democrats could have dealt with the issue earlier before the election; defends the tax cuts for the rich as creating jobs.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Melanie Sloan about money, influence and politics. [SLOAN - says money brings access to politicians: how the game is played in Washington; comments on the criticism of Elizabeth Warren by Bachus.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck on the prosecutorial misconduct research in northern California. [TOOBIN - says he was shocked by the extent of prosecutorial misconduct; speculates about why prosecutors push the evidence.] [SCHECK - clarifies the cases in the study; states internal review systems are needed for prosecutors; notes defense lawyers are not acted against either.]
(Studio: Susan Hendricks) The confession by a teenager to the pro-WikiLeaks hacker attacks on credit card companies; the spread of violence in Haiti over election results; word that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will visit Haiti; the demonstrations in Britain against college tuition hikes; the burning of a house in California where explosives were stashed and the prediction that honeysuckle will be the 2011 color of the year reported; fire shown.