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September 4th, 2009
06:16 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Friday, September 04, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Hoping for signs of recovery.  The new August jobs report will be out this morning. One of the most closely-watched indicators of the economy. Meantime, Vice President Biden is saying the stimulus has been a success beyond expectations.  Our Christine Romans is here, taking a look at the hard facts.
  • Uproar over the president's back to school speech.  Some parents and conservatives are angry over President Obama's plan to talk to students next week, one saying they send their kid to school to be educated, not indoctrinated.  Why some are so angry.  And where they're planning to boycott.
  • And shocking new information on the sex offender charged with abducting little Jaycee Dugard and keeping her captive in his backyard prison for 18 years.  Police now say a second woman has come forward saying Philip Garrido raped her, too.  This woman says she was only fourteen at the time.  A former FBI agent will be with us to explain how a man with a sexually violent past can fall through the cracks so easily.
  • There's copying your homework from the kid next to you, or trying to grab answers from your text-book during a pop-quiz.  And then came the internet.  And students learned fast that with the web and a bit of cash.  They could take cheating to a whole new level.  Our Carol Costello’s has the latest in our special "Educating America" series.
  • From high school football star to hero, and not for anything he did on the field.  After a fourteen year old girl pulled a gun out on the bus ride to school, 6-foot-4, 255-pound Kaleb Eulls tackled the armed girl and got the gun.  There were 22 other children on there including Kaleb's four sisters and two cousins.  Police say there's no telling how many lives he saved.  And the hero will join us live.

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  1. JANE

    Well, Bob,
    As house and senate for 8 dismal and death bush years, and senate for 20. YOU can hardly blame Dems for NAFTA CAFTA that gave Americans the SHAFTA. Yes, big mistake Clinton signe that thing, but it was repubs that went for it.. Where was the outrage over passing those things?

    These morons on both sides in office actually are still subsidizing companies that outsource. Then, you have the Americans purchasing cheap goods from China and third world nations. You can call this coporate socialism for the wealthy.
    And, Bob, the value of the dollar dropped emesely just three months of Bush administration went into power. I know well, sending my son to Europe for education unaffordable in the U.S. $300 per symester. When I sent him 1 dolllar was worth almost $2.00. He went to school for ten years. He now, is married enjoys socialism. Free medical, dental, foot care, free generic meds, and has to pay $5.00 for non generic. He has had sugery that would have cost well over $250,000 in the states, there it was expertise and free. Taxes are high for those making over 80,000. but free education, free medical, hardly any crime. What can I say? I am jealous.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  2. Bob

    It's not about racism....its about socialism and the federal government's power grab into your personal lives, bank account, computor, health, etc.......

    and as to the Republicans running jobs out of the country....wasn't it Democratic President Clinton that signed the Nafta Agreement?????

    September 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  3. jay m

    To the parents who say keep their kids home during the Presidents speech to school kids,at least the Klan will admit that they are racists.

    September 5, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  4. Jane

    I really believe that Faux news folks stir up all this unrest and discontent due such trivial pursuit in some political ploy of confusing the uninformed as to anything that goes against Obama. They certainly are not getting any new edicated followers. They would argue about a fly on the wall. Send Glen Beck some tissue and a free ride back to a nice AA meeting, the boy still has some issues, the rest of these people on Faux News, definetly have some psychiatric issues. The party of war and hate.
    Was it not the words of Kennedy, that stated, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but, ask what you can do for your country?"
    I think Obama set this to a more personal words as to what children could do for him. Not the best chosen words. Most of us knew what he meant. Same message, stay in school, do your best. Asking for advice, and opening up a child's view as to be involved. Republicans stirring the pot and up in arms about anything that is not on their creepy war agenda, imposed on Americans due to absolute lies by the idiot Bush administration. The talk about Socialism, Communism, while most of these big companies, get subsidized welfare for outsourcing jobs, the get subsidized welfare to hire illegal aliens and green card workers, let alone the tons of earmarks for the MOST REDICULOUS CONCERNS, building bridges to nowhere, some wooden arrows, tequila brought in from Mexico. Let's get real, for the sake of jobs in this country.
    I sure hope people take note not to purchase Whirlpool refigerators, as they take more jobs to Mexico, maybe they can sell them down there. I remember how Heath company went under when they moved their production down to Mexico. They had to bring the product back and the workers here actually sabotaged the rework of the product and the company went under.
    And, anyone taste the crap chocolate kisses by Hershey? Now, made in China? Tastes like some sewer system. YUK YUK YUK. Boycott businesses that have taken jobs out of the country. Stop the foreign subsidizing and start import taxes.

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    September 5, 2009 at 7:30 am |
  5. Bob

    Maybe you should watching the video where Van Jones says he's a communist......and as for the liberals not interrupting, watch the video of Hillary doing it.....there's a reason why Fox is number 2 in ratings, and CNN is 24 or 25......

    September 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  6. Mark Harpster

    It's quite obvious that the Obama presidency is polarizing the political landscape. I, for one, think that this may be a good thing. The time for a showdown is long overdue and people need to decide what side of the fence they're on. The hysterical debates over health care, a presidential address to school children and the wisdom of government interference in an out-of-control financial sector illustrates that we may be nearing a critical crossroad that will determine our future. In truth, we (the USA) have been seriously misguided by our current political institutions for many years and are on a tried-and-true path to irrelevancy. As William Blake once said, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions". I only hope that the final outcome will be the victory of compassion and reason over the slavish devotion of an ill-educated public to a well-heeled class of individuals devoted only to its' own powers and privileges.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  7. nancy

    EXCELLENT POST ~~~

    eliz wolfgang September 4th, 2009 7:31 am ET

    well, well….America is boycotting something yet again. I have never seen so many people that are so fearful of everything. This is what i have to say:
    1.Parents, please keep your children at home and keep them backwards on the way of the world. (Indoctrinate)
    2. Show them how disrespectful, as you are, to the President of the United States. ( Free World). (Indoctrinate)
    3. Parents, please show them your bigotry, hate, shame (yes, shame) and NO loyalty. You surely are teaching them Something, which is your Right!. (Indoctrinate)
    4. Bear in mind, that “what goes around”…… (Indoctrinate)
    5. Show them that you are afraid and cowardly, so that they can understand your motives on why they cannot listen to the President’s speech. Indoctrinate)
    6. Show them that you are the only “Teacher”. They cannot learn anything from others.” (Indoctrinate)
    7. Take care..You have them for a life time….to INDOCTRINATE them on the way of the WORLD. Good Luck with that…

    September 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  8. Walter Vestal

    Those of us who support President Obama can learn some valuable lessons from the present political climate. The next time we have a Republican in the White House, we can distort his/her every word, whip up fringe groups to tour the nation in school buses spreading all sorts of misinformation, invade public meetings and act like zombies on speed, do our best to disrupt any legislation that may be proposed, and in general, act like spoiled fifth-graders because we had lost the election. Unfortunately, most of us liberals would not act like that – preferring to work for the common good rather than narrow ideologies!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  9. Carlos

    With regards to Health Care Reform: is anyone talking about the cost of litigation and malpractice insurance? Is this part of Health Care's high cost flying under the radar? I can't help but feel that Legislators want to challenge every other group to adopt change but their own kind: lawyers.

    September 4, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  10. markp

    Speaking of conspiracy theorist, FOX is trying to say that the ALMIGHTY ONE, PRES. OBAMA appointed a 911 truther to his staff, and that the same person is a self evowed communist. If there was any truth to that CNN would have been all over that story. It is unthinkable that THE ALMIGHTY ONE would try to indoctrinate our children, I mean what would he do have a bunch of celebrities pledge aleigence to OBAMA in a made for school film, that would never happen without CNN’S take no prisoners hard hitting (news agency) being all over that.

    September 4, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  11. eliz wolfgang

    well, well....America is boycotting something yet again. I have never seen so many people that are so fearful of everything. This is what i have to say:
    1.Parents, please keep your children at home and keep them backwards on the way of the world. (Indoctrinate)
    2. Show them how disrespectful, as you are, to the President of the United States. ( Free World). (Indoctrinate)
    3. Parents, please show them your bigotry, hate, shame (yes, shame) and NO loyalty. You surely are teaching them Something, which is your Right!. (Indoctrinate)
    4. Bear in mind, that "what goes around"...... (Indoctrinate)
    5. Show them that you are afraid and cowardly, so that they can understand your motives on why they cannot listen to the President's speech. Indoctrinate)
    6. Show them that you are the only "Teacher". They cannot learn anything from others." (Indoctrinate)
    7. Take care..You have them for a life time....to INDOCTRINATE them on the way of the WORLD. Good Luck with that...

    September 4, 2009 at 7:31 am |
  12. Jack, Montauk, NY

    Today the firestorm about President Obama's upcoming speech to America's school children continues; the poltical pundits seem to have forgotten about this one: "During his first prime time press conference, President George W. Bush made a call for all American children to send one dollar to be used to help the children of Afghanistan who are in dire need of food and medicine."

    September 4, 2009 at 6:36 am |