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seismic rumble. stunning wins for tea party candidates. the real contest for november begins. giant battle. are americans about to fight the fight that will decide the war in afghanistan? modern family. what do you think makes a family? surprising news today about what your neighbors believe. and, losing weight. news today about another weight loss drug. dr. richard besser with the latest on what works and what doesn't. and, climb every mountain. someone who shows us all how to win at life -- every single day. it's the american heart. good evening. and it is right there behind me, the u.s. capitol. and 48 days now until the november congressional elections, which is shaping up to be a lively and crack ming political showdown. last night, tea party candidates
scored huge wins in several states, up ending the predictions, and this morning, the democrats are marshaling forces. and on the republican side, karl rove is expressing surprise. jon karl is here tonight. good evening, jon. >> reporter: diane, the republican leadership is just stunned by what happened last night in delaware, and now they are scrambling to get control of a movement that seems to be taking over their party. >> you betcha. >> reporter: republican leaders had called her a fraud, a liar and unelectable. but now they have to call christine o'donnell republican nominee for senate. >> i didn't count on the establishment to win the primary. i'm not counting on them to win the general. i'm counting on the voters of delaware. >> reporter: privately, republican leaders say o'donnell's victory means they can't win in delaware and probably can't win control of the senate either. but the only senator who supported o'donnell says his
party's leadership had it coming. >> i've been in the majority with republicans who didn't have principles and we embarrassed ourselves and lost credibility in front of the country. frankly, i'm at a point where i'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause. >> reporter: now, party leaders are trying to make nice. chairman michael steele endorsed her, and so did the republican senate leadership. but republican guru karl rove continued to attack o'donnell even after she won. >> why did she mislead voters about her college education? how come it took nearly two decades to pay her college bills so she could get her college degree? how did she make a living? >> reporter: on abc's "top line," the head of the group tea party express shot back. >> karl should stay out of it. you know, these seats don't belong to the republican party or to sthees states, the state parties. they belong to the team. >> reporter: the tea party movement has now swept aside gop establishment candidates in seven states. democrats believe this has
produced outside the mainstream republican nominees who will be easier to beat in november. maybe -- but don't count on it. >> if the democrats think that the tea party folks are mad at republicans, just wait until they see what happens when november 2nd comes around, and they get a shot at the democratic incumbents. >> reporter: last night, gop leaders told us they wouldn't spend a time on o'donnell. but today, diane, a peace offering was sent to o'donnell in the form of a $42,000 check to her campaign. want to get this straight, jon, because o'donnell is another sarah palin-endorsed candidate, big-time, and karl rove is doing battle now with sarah palin over this? >> reporter: there you go. palin versus rove. get your tickets. >> all right, well, let's turn now to george stephanopoulos, who is standing by in new york. so, george, how about it? tea party getting ready to go national? what are you seeing out there? >> reporter: democrats began the day excited, they thought o'donnell was going to be easy to beat. but what settled is how deep and
strong this wave is. the number of people who are going to vote in november who support the tea party is growing. 44% of likely voters have a favorable opinion of the tea party. nearly a quarter of like lly voters have a strongly favorable opinion of the tea party. and look at what they believe. 92% believe that democrats in congress don't deserve re-election. 96%, almost impossible to get numbers that high, disapprove of the president is doing. so, going back to what senator cornyn said. these voters may not like republicans, but they hate the democrats. >> so, 48 days now for the democrats to try to match passion for passion. what's the strategy? >> reporter: you saw president obama try to rile up democrats again on this whole issue of tax cuts for the wealthy and the republicans insisting on those and blocking tax cuts for the middle class. in one sense, they're going to try to nationalize the election over issues like that and get democrats riled up again.
but then they're hoping, in some of these local races like delaware, with o'donnell, like nevada with angle, that they can portray these conditions as outside of the main stream and win the election on the ground. >> well, we will all be watching all across this country, as we say. it begins sbegins. 48 days to go. another headline from washington today. the topic was the modern era of sex danger and trafficking in america. fueled by giant internet shopping sites like krakslist. an executive was summoned to answer for it all. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: today for the first time since craigslist censored its adult services, an executive from the company had to answer for its role in an epidemic of prostitute. some of it involving children. >> craigslist is one of the bright spots in fighting sexual exploitation. >> reporter: craigslist's story,
it's actually been fighting online prostitution, even though graphic ads had been appearing on its pages and even though it had made more than $30 million from adult services last year ago. >> we have never been, never been a friendly place for criminal activity. >> reporter: some members of congress appeared a bit skeptical. >> no amount of money is going to cause craigslist to reinstitute, in another name, this kind of site? >> i can't answer that directly, because i'm not directly involved in the decision-making process -- >> mr. powell, please. >> what i'm saying is, we do not have any intention to bring that category back. >> reporter: though craigslist shut down the adult services site, today, we found some racy postings that some might consider close to prostitution. take this one for, quote, massage. the woman says, i'm offering a thrilling body massage today. she calls herself, quote, a sexy female. i think you get the picture. today, members of congress were told that online services like krak
krakslist have partially fueled child prostitution. >> offered me $500 and, i don't know, i couldn't stop crying. >> reporter: an estimated $100,000 forced into prostitution. average age? only 13. the dilemma tonight, how to stop these crimes from migrates toer sites. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. and, up next, the countdown overseas to a battle that could determine the outcome of the nine-year war in afghanistan. in december 2001, right after 9/11, american troops took the taliban stronghold of kandahar and signaled triumph. but tonight, they are preparing, because they have to try to do it again. we want to bring in martha raddatz, who is just back from afghanistan what are we expecting to happen now? >> reporter: i think you will see massive and sustained combat, but they're really trying to tamp down expectations. i was with the commander over there, david petraeus, and he
kept saying, we don't want to build expectations for anything in afghanistan. but the reality is, this is a key battle in kandahar. they really have to be successful there. >> expect it to be long, slow, study march? >> reporter: i think somewhat long and slow, and yet, as you know, they have to show success quickly. that's the hard part here. it's still a counterinsurgency campaign. that takes a long time. but they need short-term gains there. >> so, let me ask you, someone who just came back. we hear all the mixed views of whether the new strategy is succeeding or not. tell us what you saw. >> reporter: well, i think there's real concern, diane. i sensed it with general petraeus, they're concerned about certain parents of afghanistan, certainly kandahar. all of those surge troops are now in place. 30,000 troops. they have to show some progress, as you know. he said it's like watching paint dry sometimes. but in the coming weeks, you'll see some real strong combat.
>> all right, martha raddatz, just back from afghanistan tonight, thank you. and we have a note now about the ongoing investigation into the mismarked graves at arlington national cemetery. the army today acknowledgknowlet three people were buried in the wrong graves. those were exhumed last month after a worried army widow called when she heard about the reports of the mix yums. these mistakes have been fixed, but the investigation continues. and, in connecticut, another wrenching day in court, in the home invasion case where a doctor lived through a brutal attack, but his wife and two daughters did not. his wife had tried to signal to someone else that she was a hostage, and in danger. the 911 tapes are now telling the next part of that story, and here's andrea canning. >> reporter: after three long years, dr. william petit finally came face to face this week with stephen hayes, one of the two men ape accused of killing his wife and two daughters in a brutal 2007 home invasion.
>> mostly focused on the questions that i was being asked. just try to do the best i could for my family. >> reporter: in court, petit endured the 911 call made by a teller in this bank where his wife jennifer, seen here on the video, was taken by her attackers. >> we have a lady who is in our bank right now who says that her husband and children are being held at their house. the people are in a car outside the bank. she is getting $15,000 to bring out to them. if the police are told they will kill the children and the husband. they have their faces covered she is petrified. they told her they wouldn't hurt anybody if she got back there with the money. she believes them. i think she's walking out now. >> reporter: she walked into the ultimate nightmare. hayes and his accomplice took her home where she was sexually assaulted. her two children were tied to their beds. her husband was tied to a pole
in the basement. dr. petit managed to escape by untying himself and running to his neighbor's. so, why did it take 33 minutes for the police to arrive to the home, and why didn't they attempt to enter? the police said in court today they followed standard hostage procedure. they captured the suspects a short time later after they tried to break through a road block, but not before they had set fire to the house and killed the family. now, as the trial enters its fourth day, the jury continues to hear testimony that will determine whether the two suspects receive the death penalty. andrea canning, abc news, connecticut. and still ahead on "world news," new research about what constitutes the american family. how it's been changing, how it compares to yours. also, problems with a popular diet pill. what do they do to your body? and will anything work? and, the climber facing so many challenges, scaling
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>> hi. >> reporter: under 40% say that's a family. give them kids? it jumped to 83%. that's up 5% since 2003. a gay couple? 33% say that's a family. with kids? 64%. a 10% jump in just the last seven years. >> people right now are really re-evaluating their views about same sex couples. >> reporter: what about pets? more than half of us say they're in the family. but two guys living as roommates. ♪ sorry felix. just 10% say they're family. in the end, when it comes to defining "family ties," and determining "family matters," you might say it's "all in the family." because 60% of us now say if you consider yourself a family, you are a family. welcome, and hold on tight. john berman, abc news, new york.
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but it is a towering challenge. el capitan is in not one empire state building, but two. >> that sun today was brutal. holy crap. >> reporter: and today, suspended more than 1,000 feet above ground, we called him. hello, steve? it's david muir in new york. how are you? >> good, and you? >> reporter: i hear you're just kind of hanging out? >> kind of, if you want to call it that. >> reporter: he's been climbing and sleeping for three days now. another 650 feet? so, you're almost halfway there. >> yes. >> reporter: and none of this is surprising the woman who 15 years ago, became steve's wife. >> at first, i thought, i bet he's having a really hard life. i quickly learned that anything could be farther from the truth. >> reporter: he has taught everyone he knows, disabilities don't have to limit you. the lesson, the tallest of all. your wife is going to see this on tv tonight. what do you want to say to her? >> i love you. and i can't wait to get up to
the top. get off this rock. >> reporter: a laugh from the exhausted climber. still pulling himself up tonight. with so many of us now pulling for him. david muir, abc news, new york. >> simply amazing. and, if you want to send a message of encouragement to steve, or ask him a question, go to abcnews.com. he'll answer you when he's back on ground. for all of us in washington, good night. man: let me see the map. just drive, we'll get there! adventure runs on dunkin', with our egg white breakfast sandwiches. hurry in and try one in delicious veggie or turkey sausage. i'm not the kind of guy who likes to hang on the sidelines. today maryland is in trouble.
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