Yesterday, the National Parks Service released video recorded on a security camera inside the observation deck near the top of the Washington Monument during the August earthquake. The video shows debris falling within the monument and visitors falling down and running for safety.
The monument has been closed since the earthquake and a mountaineering and rope-rigging ranger from Denali National Park in Alaska will join four engineers to rappel down the sides of the monument to conduct a closer inspection this morning.
Bill Line, spokesperson for the National Parks Service, joins American Morning live from the Washington monument today to discuss the extent of the damage and to explain when the monument might re-open.
We're never ones to shy away from adorable animal videos. For your viewing pleasure this morning: A pair of baby bears stop traffic as they wrestle in the middle of a road in Yosemite National Park.
This morning on American Morning, Christine Romans reports on the morning business news headlines.
Today we're watching:
* Efforts underway to secure another bailout for Greece.
* More banks are ditching free checking accounts.
* Retail giant Macy's announcing it expects to add 78,000 temporary jobs for the holiday season.
Tune in to American Morning at 6am Eastern every day for the latest in business news.
From CNN's Carol Costello:
Hit with polls showing low approval ratings, President Obama has recently been kicking up his fiery rhetoric and appealing to his liberal base, who have been frustrated with him for seeming weak in the face of Republican attacks.
The new assertive Obama first appeared during his jobs speech to Congress, when he blasted the rich for not paying their share of taxes. On Saturday, the president delivered another passionate speech before the Congressional Black Caucus.
"I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes, shake it off, stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying," the president said to the CBC. "We are going to press on, we've got work to do."
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