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June 23rd, 2009
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What's on Tap, Tuesday June 23, 2009

Rescue workers respond to the site of two Red Line Metrorail trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations during the evening rush hour June 22, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Rescue workers respond to the site of two Red Line Metrorail trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations during the evening rush hour June 22, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Here are the big stories on the agenda today.

  • The death toll is now nine in a horrific rush hour train crash in Washington.  The impact leaving one train on top of the other.  Witnesses say one car folded like an accordion.
  • Election officials in Iran are now saying there's no way they'll throw out election results, essentially saying “tough” to tens of thousands of already-enraged election protesters.  And the country's state-run media says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be sworn into office between July 26th and August 19th.  That headline – fresh in President Obama's mind as he prepares for his fifth news conference since taking office, live on CNN this afternoon at 12:30 et.  We’ll speak exclusively to the former Shah of Iran’s son, about the struggle in his country, and what the U.S. should and should not do.
  • Governor takes a hike.   The governor of South Carolina ditched his security detail more than five days ago. He missed Father's Day.  Even his wife said she had no idea where he was!  Why Governor Mark Sanford literally decided to take a hike!
  • Power of Neda.  Sometimes a moving or still image has the power to change history, from Kent State to Tiananmen Square.  And now, “Neda,” the apparent victim of a sniper’s bullet on the streets of Iran.   Carol Costello on whether this stirring image can change history.
  • Jon Bon Jovi is helping a lot of people go home again through his volunteer work.  He's also an ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Hollywood’s leading charity.  Yesterday he made a special appearance to an audience of more than 4,500 service leaders who were kicking off a multi-year campaign to help make service and volunteerism a national priority.  American Morning’s John Roberts had a chance to sit down with one of rock and roll’s biggest names. Don’t miss it.

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