Monday, January 21, 2008
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Good Morning...Happy Monday!!! Today, we honor the 79th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tonight on CNN, the top three democratic candidates face off in a debate that will no doubt touch on the influence of race upon politics in America. Following the debate, Anderson will host a special post-debate edition of AC360 and then he and Soledad O'Brien explore some of the issues related to race that may impact how America votes. The special is called Race & Politics: America Votes 2008 ... So make sure you tune in...

But first, here are today's headlines...






The top three Democratic presidential candidates face off in a debate Monday night with the hearts and minds of African-American voters on the line, as the nation celebrates the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy oversimplified, scholars say...
They are some of the most famous words in American history: "I have a dream ..." And the man who said them has become an icon.

Historians fear MLK's legacy being lost...
Nearly 40 years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., some say his legacy is being frozen in a moment in time that ignores the full complexity of the man and his message.

Top Dems to march on S.C. Capitol...
Taking a brief intermission from their sparring, the top three Democratic presidential contenders plan to join thousands of others here Monday morning for a symbolically charged commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Pentagon Weighs Top Iraq General as Chief of NATO...
The Pentagon is considering Gen. David H. Petraeus for the top NATO command later this year, a move that would give the general, the top American commander in Iraq, a high-level post during the next administration but that has raised concerns about the practice of rotating war commanders.

An unusually large share of workers have been out a job for more than six months even as overall unemployment has remained low, a little-noted weakness in the labor market that analysts said threatens to intensify the impact of the unfolding economic downturn.

Midair collision over Corona leaves five dead...
Five people were killed Sunday afternoon when two small planes collided over Corona and debris rained down on a busy commercial strip of auto dealerships, authorities said.

Bus crash in India kills 37...
A bus carrying pilgrims to Hindu shrines in southwestern India careened over the side of a steep hill Sunday night, killing 37 and injuring more than 40 others, police said.

Five hacked to death ahead of mediation mission in Kenya...
Five people were hacked to death in ethnic clashes in Nairobi slums, police said Monday, as mediators prepared a fresh bid to break the deadlock that followed President Mwai Kibaki's re-election.







EXCLUSIVE: Barack vs. Bill: Obama Hits Ex-Prez Over 'Troubling' Attacks...
Sen. Barack Obama says he's ready to confront former President Bill Clinton, calling his advocacy on behalf of his wife's presidential campaign, "troubling."
For the leading candidate in a party where religious conservatives often dominate, Sen. John McCain rarely invokes faith. But after Saturday night, he surely must believe in redemption.

Obama takes on question of faith...
Barack Obama is stepping up his effort to correct the misconception that he's a Muslim now that the presidential campaign has hit the Bible Belt.

GOP presidential race turns to Florida...
The Republican presidential race turned to Florida on Sunday, ever more chaotic and contentious as four candidates began a 10-day sprint to win the state and momentum heading into the de facto national primary next month.

Shut out by GOP, independents may tilt Democratic...
Medea Bern, once a registered Republican, is one of a growing number of California voters who shun party membership and declare themselves independent. In the upcoming presidential election, that makes her the kind of voter all the candidates would like to reach.

After His Loss in Nevada, Edwards Keeps Marching...
It looked like sweet relief for John Edwards that more than 1,700 miles separated him from the Nevada caucuses on Saturday.







Slain Marine was vulnerable...
A slain Marine's image as a woman who struggled with the truth made her vulnerable and may have triggered events that led to her violent death, her mother says.








An investigation of college study abroad programs by the New York attorney general's office has expanded to include 15 colleges and universities, among them Harvard, Brown and Columbia, a senior lawyer in the office says.







DNA points to new killer in '99 case...
New evidence points to a different killer in the case of a Colorado man convicted in the sexual mutilation slaying of a woman when he was a teenager, the special prosecutor named to review the case said Friday.







New England heads to the Super Bowl...
''Now we can look ahead.'' Bill Belichick, a coach of few words, said it all with that sentence after his New England Patriots claimed the AFC championship trophy.

He's taking the New York Giants on yet another road trip...
Oh, brother!Eli, the baby of the Manning quarterback clan, finally has arrived.

Pregnancy Problems Tied to Caffeine...
Too much caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage, a new study says, and the authors suggest that pregnant women may want to reduce their intake or cut it out entirely.
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As "ALL" of the presidential candidates and the nation, celebrate MLK-Jrs Birthday, it is my fervent hope that some form of deeper understanding can be brought about, as to why Reverend King died.

He died in the name of fairness to all, respect and dignity, peace, justice, and a more unified nation for us all. Lets please honor that.
Posted By Anonymous Darla, Greensboro NC : 8:40 AM ET
Yes the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, had a dream, and unfortunately that dream hasn't been completely fulfilled as of yet.

As Senator Barack Obama has said, "If we can believe more in hope and optimism, instead of our dark fears, only then can we truly make significant headway in this country."

In effect he's saying, let's not be afraid to shove aside the old way of thinking, in favor of welcoming and embracing the new. Believe in and accept REAL CHANGE!
Posted By Anonymous Doris, Springfield IL : 8:51 AM ET
Interesting stories in the news today...too bad we'll only have debate wrap up with Anderson! There's never enough time is there? I am looking forward to the debate tonight. Every debate just reveals another layer to each candidate. Let's see who will shine tonight!
Posted By Anonymous Jess, Paris, KY : 11:08 AM ET
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