Editor's Note: On Monday, American Morning’s audience voiced strong approval of President Obama’s call for an “up/down” vote on health care reform. Many expressed a continued desire for reform proposed by the president. Some remarked that children were especially vulnerable without coverage, commenting on the AM series “Saving Carlos.”
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(CNN) – Pentagon security officer Marvin L. Carraway Jr. saw the man walking toward him. A split second later, he saw the man's gun.
"When I looked at the shooter, he looked at me and I recognized a certain look on his face," said Carraway. "Once I saw that, what went through my mind - 'This is it, something's about to happen.'"
Authorities say John Patrick Bedell arrived at the Pentagon late Thursday with two 9 mm semi-automatic weapons, at least as many magazines, and a vendetta. The 36-year-old had driven from California to Washington wearing a suit and a calm look. He could have passed for any tourist or worker who went through the security checkpoint every day on the way into the Pentagon.
Officer Colin Richards, who mans the booth with Carraway, looked up to see Bedell point his gun at his colleague and fire.
"The shooter was so close," Richards recalled. "I was surprised he missed. I thought he hit Officer Carraway or hit me."
"There was a lot of chaos," said Carraway, a former Marine, who was grazed by Bedell's bullets and suffered minor injuries. FULL STORY
(CNN) – There are conflicting reports about the possible arrest of an American-born al Qaeda spokesman. Pakistani government officials say they have captured Adam Gadahn.
His arrest comes just hours after Islamist Web sites posted video of him praising the November massacre at Fort Hood. But some U.S. sources are questioning the reports. CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen joined us on Monday's American Morning to discuss the significance of the possible arrest.
Editor’s Note: Carlos is a little boy who suffers from ADHD and severe anxiety. His family doesn't have insurance and relies on the public mental health system. But now a broke state may be taking out a mortgage on his future. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez has his story for the American Morning original series we're calling "Saving Carlos." Tomorrow, we find out how just how much Carlos' therapy costs taxpayers and whether he'll be able to keep on going.
By Thelma Gutierrez, CNN
(CNN) - South Los Angeles is a community of working class families, hit hard by the economy. This is where I met Carlos more than a month ago.
He is a young boy who is at the mercy of California lawmakers. They control the state's budget and, in some way, his future.
Carlos needs help. He's only in the 2nd grade already and he’s falling through the cracks.
Carlos lives with his sister and parents. They're unemployed, uninsured and barely scraping by. Among Carlos' many challenges in life, he also suffers from severe anxiety and ADHD.
He meets regularly with Elena Fernandez, director of behavioral health, at St. John's Community Clinic in South Los Angeles. She's trying to unlock the causes of his angst.
Elena uses art therapy to help Carlos express things that are going in his life. Carlos' mother says she believes it is critical for people to understand how important these services are to children like her son.
During therapy, Carlos draws a picture of his “family fights.”
“This is my mom, this is my dad. Sometimes he fights with me,” he says. “…sometimes I cry.”
Carlos tells Elena his dad used to drink and that led to fighting between his mom and dad. He says at home, there was no escape. That was six months ago. Carlos' life was in shambles.