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April 3rd, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Fast Forward

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Here are some of the stories that will be making news later today:

At 8:30am ET – The Labor Department releases its March unemployment report. Economists expect a loss of more than 650-thousand jobs and a jump in national unemployment rate to 8.5 percent. If they're right it would be a record four straight months with job losses topping 600-thousand.

Iowa's supreme court is expected to issue a ruling this morning on whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. A national gay rights organization sued the state on behalf of six gay and lesbian couples who were denied marriage licenses

The Coast Guard is preparing to move about 4.7 millions of gallons of oils stored near Alaska's Mount Redoubt. The volcano has had 18 major eruptions in just two weeks – but has quieted in the past 48 hours. Officials fear a massive oil spill at the storage facility that's just 22 miles away.

While we could all use a vacation, Congress is getting two weeks. After today, lawmakers are scheduled to start their spring-Easter vacation. They reconvene on April 20th.

Disgraced former NFL star, Michael Vick, is expected to take the stand around 9am ET this morning in his own chapter 11 confirmation hearing. The proceeding is meant to determine how he will emerge from bankruptcy. Vick's fortune was depleted after his arrest for involvement in a huge dog fighting ring.

And at one o'clock ET this afternoon – Demonstrators will stage a protest rally in New York against bailouts for the big banks. Their "bail out the people" march on Wall Street will call for a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Obama is building strong relationships with other countries, unlike many of his predecessors. He is also taking drastic and urgent steps in saving our country.

    April 3, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  2. Eddie

    Obama is doing extremely well. It's a huge breath of fresh air to have an American leader who knows how to lead. America's and the world's best days are ahead because of it.

    April 3, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  3. Suzanne

    I am so proud and so excited about of our President . People of America Leaders lead by example. What an example and a class and the high bar that is set by the First family we should all be very very proud.

    April 3, 2009 at 8:04 am |