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May 19th, 2009
06:14 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday May 19, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Breaking news. A New York City hospital says a 16 month-old-boy died there late last night with flu-like symptoms. The CDC is coming in to determine if the baby had swine flu. People in masks were packing the waiting room there yesterday.  We're live outside the hospital.
  • President Obama today announcing a national standard for car emissions – a tough new assault on greenhouse gasses. The administration is expected to require new cars or trucks be 30% "cleaner" and more fuel efficient by 2016. The CNN Money Team is breaking down what that means for your next buy and for the struggling auto industry's bottom line.
  • CIA Director Leon Panetta says he's confident Pakistan has a "pretty secure" nuclear arsenal, even though the U.S. doesn't know the exact location of all its warheads. It's something U.S. Intel is watching closely with Pakistan at war with the Taliban.
  • Donald Rumsfeld revealed.  Accusations that he botched everything from the battle for hearts and minds – to the response to Katrina.  GQ Magazine says it’s obtained top-secret Iraq war documents that contain biblical passages on the cover sheets.  How much damage did the former defense chief really do to his boss's legacy?  We'll talk to the reporter who broke this story.
  • Saying goodbye to the Hubble telescope – for good.  Astronauts on Space Shuttle Atlantis will gently toss it back into earth’s orbit this morning, after five successful spacewalks to repair it.  Human hands will never touch it again.  NASA hopes the repairs will allow Hubble to keep exploring the universe until it's replaced in 2014.
  • Hoping for another strong sign that the economy has "bottomed out."  Monthly data on new home construction is due out before the start of trading today.  The CNN  Money Team will be here to break down the numbers at 8:30 eastern.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Steve Scrivani

    Nasa is releasing the Hubble telescope. Do they test it first before releasing it????????? After spending sooooo much money on this mission it should be tested before returning to Earth. Remember when the Hubble was first put in orbit it had a defective mirror?

    May 19, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  2. Richard

    I have no sympathy for the auto manufacturers... They have had plenty of time to start the process of developing fuel effecient autos and now the Chinese have developed the first mass produced electric car in the world... they have the worst sales and distribution system there is... and a sales and service reputation long hated by the american consumer... when I go in and have a standard service and it is almost $400 and am told that my brakes also need to have $450 worth of work, but I take it to an independent shop and the service is less than 1/2 and 18 months later am driving on the same brakes which never needed service.... their whole way of doing business needs to be restructured...
    I was in the auto industry for almost 20 years, so I have first hand knowledge of it's less than acceptable practices...

    May 19, 2009 at 7:16 am |
  3. Fred

    I once read that the renowned Canadian writer, Margaret Atwood, was excluded from an all-male library there ( or so I remember ) and left with not the best impression of that esteemed institution. Maybe they have a point and Harvard should be willing to update its policy. There are many brilliant and artistic minds whose view on sexuality and sexual preference is not in the mainstream and yet their talents and God-given gifts seem not to be so fully appreciated. What heterosexual group is so homogenous that is can claim to be the 'Norm', barring all others – there is such diversity in mores and the ethos even among this 'group'. I probably wouldn't have written this even a year ago except that I suppose the influence of others and a consciously methodical doubt in the self-critical analysis of our time-honored and cherished beliefs ( though not necessarily our core faith ) is made with the hope of buiding bridges...

    May 19, 2009 at 7:08 am |