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Monday, July 6, 2009

Boots on the Ground

During Saturday's The Situation Room, Nic Robertson and Chris Lawrence take a look at what the conditions are for the Marines going into Helmand province and why the assault started now, during the heat of summer:

I was trying to add a video of Atia Abawi from the 4th of July festivities at Baghram AFB in Afghanistan, but Blogger isn't cooperating and the video was not uploaded to Sorry!

What I do have from the 4th: Michael Ware travelled to FOB Hammer near the Iranian border to spend the holiday with the troops. The sandstorm still swirls, but the "lads" played softball anyway!

And Tommy Evans did a a report on the game for BackStory that has been uploaded to the video page:

(Oh, and ... Happy [Belated] Birthday to Tommy, who turned 32 on Sunday.)

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Where in the World...?

MONDAY: Don Lemon was still reporting from Los Angeles. TJ Holmes was in for Tony Harris; Ali Velshi was in for Rick Sanchez; Suzanne Malveaux was in for Wolf Blitzer. AC360 was two hours in length.

TUESDAY: Richard Quest, Anderson Cooper, and Sanjay Gupta were all reporting from Los Angeles; Arwa Damon reported from Jakarta. Betty Nguyen was in for Heidi Collins; Ali was in for Rick; Suzanne was in for Wolf; Kitty Pilgrim was in for Lou Dobbs.

WEDNESDAY: Cal Perry was in Washington; Anderson was in Los Angeles. Melissa Long was in for Heidi; Suzanne was in for Wolf; Kitty was in for Lou.

THURSDAY: Karl Penhaul was in Tegucigalpa, Hounduras; Sanjay was back in New York; Larry hosted his program from the grounds of Neverland. Suzanne was in for Wolf; Kitty was in for Lou; John Roberts was in for Campbell Brown.

FRIDAY: Sanjay was back in Charleston, SC (where he had been last week before Michael Jackson's death; have to wonder whether his family vacation got interrupted?); Rob Marciano was at Disney World in Orlando, Florida; Phil Black was in London; Soledad O'Brien was in New Orleans. TJ was in for Heidi; Suzanne was in for Wolf; Kitty was in for Lou; Anderson was in for Campbell and Larry.

SATURDAY: Michael Ware was at Forward Operating Base Hammer in SE Iraq; Atia Abawi was at Baghram Airbase in Afghanistan; Richard Lui was in Gaffney, South Carolina. Brooke Baldwin was in for Betty; Melissa Long was in for Fredericka; Suzanne was in for Wolf (recorded Friday).

SUNDAY: John King was in New York; Ed Henry was in Moscow; Reza Sayah was in Philadelphia; Fareed Zakaria had been in London to film his program. Brooke was in for Betty.

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Here's a look at the plans for tomorrow, knock yourselves out:
CNN Coverage Plans for Michael Jackson’s Memorial

CNN will broadcast Michael Jackson’s memorial service live on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, on CNN, CNN International and Web users will also be able to share thoughts with others on Facebook while viewing the events on the live video player if they choose.

Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien will host coverage live from Los Angeles, with Campbell Brown and Roland Martin anchoring live from New York, starting at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on CNN/U.S. and CNN International. CNN’s international bureaus will provide coverage of memorial events happening around the world. Kiran Chetry will anchor American Morning beginning at 6:00 a.m. (ET) live from Los Angeles.

Robin Meade, A.J. Hammer and Jane Velez-Mitchell will anchor live coverage for HLN, driven by perspectives on and analysis of the day's developments.

CNN en EspaƱol will offer live coverage with Juan Carlos Arciniegas from Los Angeles and will then air a wrap-up special at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Panorama Mundial anchored by Patricia Janiot.

Online at, will provide special coverage of Jackson’s memorial service and all related events in their entirety through a wide variety of elements, including live streaming and on-demand video, in-depth articles, photo galleries, and special interactives. In addition, producers and correspondents will blog live from Los Angeles throughout the day. is once again utilizing Facebook Connect granting Internet users across the globe the ability to watch the memorial service live while communicating with their Friends on Facebook – and other Jackson fans around the world – without leaving the Live video player. Live begins live coverage starting at 8:30 a.m. (ET) with a special noon show before the complete live coverage of the memorial service begins at 1 p.m. (ET.) Additionally, will offer replays of the entire memorial service at 4 p.m. (ET) and 7 p.m. (ET.), the network’s user-generated online news community, continues to invite contributors to share their thoughts and memories of Michael Jackson, as well as submit and share their videos and photos.
We were also asked to make sure everyone knew about this:

CNN will be airing Michael Jackson: The Memorial tomorrow (Tuesday July 7, 2009 @ Noon ET) on the life and legacy of the one and only King of Pop! Tune-in and log on to Facebook as CNN hosts a LIVE video partnership with Facebook, so fans around the world can share their memories in real-time.

That's it for me today.

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MWmcFan said...

Great post Cyn, loved seeing Michael Ware and Tommy Evans at FOB Hammer. Somehow everyone survived the sandstorm, amazing playing baseball in it.
Happy belated Birthday Tommy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Cyn for giving us an update as to when and where everyone is and the schedule for the memorial. I for one, will not be watching. Peter King of NY was correct. Michael Jackson is not to be admired. He left a very tarnished legacy. I do believe he was a talent, at one time, but even The Donald said on LKL, that he liked children, even "his children." He also added that he was not a pedophile. Maybe not, but it easy to side with him now that he is gone. The Donald also added that though he was invited to the memorial, he couldn't attend.
Come on...he can jet any where he wants and Michael's good friend Liz Taylor wouldn't be there either, because as she twittered, "she will cry too much."
These are excuses, pure and simple.
So the masses will be there. Some because they valued him as an entertainer and some because "it is the "hot" thing to do in LA.