President Obama has made a desperate effort to save one Democratic vote in the Senate, which could mean life or death for healthcare reform and the rest of his agenda. We hear about tomorrow's special election to replace Ted Kennedy, the late Senator from Massachusetts. Also, Haiti’s vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters and the vicissitudes of foreign aid
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In Haiti, security is a growing concern, with looting in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. UN Security General Ban-ki Moon has asked for more peacekeepers and aide assistance. Kate Conradt is Emergency Communications Director of Save the Children.
Kate Conradt, Emergency Communications Director, Save the Children
Long before last week's devastating earthquake, one prize-winning writer observed "the absences of the most basic things" in that country, including clean water. He reported on a on the central hospital in Port-au-Prince, a place without doctors, nurses or patients. Tracy Kidder is author of Mountains beyond Mountains. His op-ed column last week in the New York Times was titled "Country without a Net."
Tracy Kidder, author, 'Mountains beyond Mountains'
In the bluest state in the nation, Republicans are all fired up and ready to go, and the Democrats could lose the US Senate seat held by the late Ted Kennedy. Yesterday, President Obama made a last-ditch effort to get Massachusetts voters to replace Kennedy with a Democrat. Will the "liberal lion" be replaced by a conservative who wants to kill Kennedy's dream of healthcare reform and scuttle President Obama's legislative agenda? We get the latest on tomorrow's special election and look at the Senate rule that makes it important nationwide. Is the filibuster a reasonable way to protect the minority or does it make a mockery of majority rule?
Susan Milligan, US News and World Report
Andrew Smith, University of New Hampshire Survey Center (@UofNH )
Harold Meyerson, Washington Post (@haroldmeyerson)
Byron York, Washington Examiner (@ByronYork)
The team at the Boston Globe