June 29, 2009
Posted: 1811 GMT
Today we'll kick things off with the military coup in Honduras. What a throwback to another era: military officers barging into a Latin American president's home in the middle of the night and forcing him out of the country. How 1970's.
What is interesting about this story isn't just what happened in one poor Central American country, but its ripple effects through the region and beyond.
First of all, in the last decade, the whole continent has been shifting to the left with powerful and vocal presidents like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Many of the region's leaders met in Nicaragua for a meeting and reaffirmed their support for the ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, a Chavez ally.
And then, there is the U.S. reaction: unlike George Bush, who during a brief coup against Hugo Chavez supported the dissenters, Barack Obama has outwardly condemned the putsch in Honduras, calling on all to "respect democratic norms" and the "rule of law."
The question is what the significance of the putsch is for the region and what it means for democracy in central America.
We'll have full coverage from the Nicaragua conference, from the White House and analysis with our Latin America correspondent Karl Penhaul, who will be on set with me here in Atlanta.
Also today, we'll talk to legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin about Bernard Madoff's 150 year prison sentence for defrauding people of billions of dollars. What happens now to Madoff's assets? Once sold, who decides which victims will receive money and how long will it all take? What about Bernard Madoff's wife Ruth, who said today in a statement that "not a day goes by that (she doesn't) ache over the stories" of the victims of her husband's Ponzi scheme. Will she hold onto to some of her assets?
Plus, we'll continue to follow the story of the aftermath of Michael Jackson's sudden death. We're hearing that a judge has granted Jackson's mother temporary guardianship of the pop star's three kids.
And of course the latest from Iran, where the powerful Guardian Council has declared the hotly contested presidential election correct, based on what it says is a partial recount. Our Reza Sayah is at the Iran Desk and will bring us the latest from inside the country.
Plus all the day's top news stories from around the word, as always.
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