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June 1st, 2009
06:21 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday June 1, 2009

  General Motors, the nation's largest automaker, will file a bankruptcy petition at 8 a.m. ET, according to a source with direct knowledge of the proceedings. Getty Images/FILE
General Motors, the nation's largest automaker, will file a bankruptcy petition at 8 a.m. ET, according to a source with direct knowledge of the proceedings. Getty Images/FILE

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Breaking now… Air France confirms to CNN that a flight from Rio de Janerio bound for Paris is missing.  It fell off the radar.  There are 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board.
  • D-day for General Motors.  What was once the world’s biggest automaker will file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning.  President Obama will address the nation about the government takeover at 11:55 AM ET.  The saying was “as goes GM, so goes the nation.”  So now what for the nation?  We’ll speak to Michigan’s governor about the fallout for her state and the ripple effect across the Midwest, the country and the continent!
  • And – a long-time target of anti-abortion activists - killed in cold blood.  Kansas Doctor George Tiller was gunned down at his church in Wichita.  Tiller was one of the only U.S. doctors performing late-term abortions.  A suspect is in custody, and police are still trying to determine a motive.  We're live in Wichita with this developing story.  We’re also talking to a woman in the same profession who knew Tiller for 30 years, about living with the constant threat of violence.

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  1. Buck Gold ATP: CFII Gold Seal CFI

    Dear Capt: Rick Sanchez :

    This Recent Air Bus Fiasco Should come as no Surprise to the FAA's Structural/ Flight Control engineers that were railroaded by Paid AirBus Lobbbyists to approve and continue approval of an Aircraft that has numerous crashes (ie: Paris Airshow) due to faulty System Redundency design which cannot be fixed on AirBus ALL electronic flight controlled aircraft. Airbus's Philosophy is and has been fundemnetally wrong and profit driven from the start. US Manufactured Boeing intentionally steered away from fully electronic flight controls and opted for a much safer mix of Hydrolic, mechanical and electronic flight control system despite the weight penalty from this much more reliable and truly triple redundant design. In this case "Made in the United State really means Something "Safe in the United States.

    Ask any Major Airline Captain in a private conversation. you'll hear "Keep it Going make it a Boeing

    June 1, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  2. Buck Gold

    Dear Rick: Why has no one approached the inevitable conflict of interest between our Government's future military contract and the "New" 60% Gov't Owned GM's bidding on it's wn Contracts ? Sotomeyer Better Start Dusting off her Sherman Antitrust Cliff notes ASAP ...

    June 1, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  3. dan benedict

    we have lost sight on the American dream because we have sent our jobs overseas. Americans buy things not the other countries. We have shown that in the past , now we buy overseas products. As a GM retiree i have seen Americans keep buying other cars so that has hurt our country because the profits go overseas. None of the people that you the media interview probably have American cars because they have lots of money and think they need foreign cars to look rich.Let me know how many rich people have American cars. Also let me know how many media people have American cars. Save our country bring back our jobs. Buy the great American cars again and show the world we are the best.

    June 1, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  4. Doc...

    John Roberts actually said this morning: "Air Buses obviously do well in water..." referring to the successfull landing of an air bus this spring on the Hudson.
    Is he serious?
    Now they can't find the Air France flight off of the coast of Brazil. Maybe after it successfully landed on the backs of sea turtles and mermaids, the plane was high-jacked by Somali Pirates...

    June 1, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  5. Scott

    The Mayor of Lansing was telling you what the root issue was with our economic downturn (OUTSOURCING) but it's obvious that you (the Media) don't want to address that issue. Why are people losing their homes? No Jobs. Why are people not buying or spending? No Jobs. Only those who feel their jobs are fairly secure (Less likely to be outsourced) are spending. But their not enough people to sustain this economy. Do your job and cover THAT story [outsourcing].

    June 1, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  6. sultaris

    I would like to throw this out there for anyone who believes that the murder of Dr. Tiller was acceptable. First, I want to say that I am Pro Life, I think it is wrong to have an abortion. I do want to remind those that are extreme in there thinking that the Bible does say that he who is without sin can throw the first stone. This says that the only one qualified to judge another is God. The actions of this person is unacceptable. Even though he performed abortions, that does not give anyone the right to take the life of another. When Jesus said this, the pharisees were bringing someone who had been caught committing adultery, a death sentence by Old Testament law.

    June 1, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  7. Linda

    If you are going to continue to refer to to physicians who include pregnancy termination as part of their practice "abortion doctors", then you should put "terrorist" in front of Ranadll Terrys name whenerver you refer to him.

    June 1, 2009 at 7:21 am |
  8. Melodymaker

    When will people come to be able to agree to disagree, without being disagreeable. Violence is not the answer!

    June 1, 2009 at 7:16 am |
  9. Sharon

    I am a retiree from GM. When they started outsourcing was a big problem but what put the big 3 down was when they sent jobs to other countries and the US allowed so many imports of cheap cars. With all the people out of work then add the auto factories set to go under the economy will not get better. To make it better the old adage is buy American and put an American to work.

    June 1, 2009 at 7:04 am |
  10. Purple Spider

    The cold blooded murder of Dr. Tiller in his church was a shocker.
    He may have upset people by performing abortions, but who gives anybody the right to just "pop off" someone, because they are upset.
    This country is so full of hate and extremists, that one wonders if they
    are safe, just leaving their house? At least the killer is jailed and he should get maximum sentencing, but of course, the courts will drag this case out on tax payers money!

    June 1, 2009 at 6:44 am |
  11. Purple Spider

    If GM executives were conitnuing to pay out bonuses, and not managing their money correctly even with "bailouts", then the Federal Government had little choice but to "step in" Even by filing Chapter 11,
    many will lose jobs and get hurt. Who wants their corporation or company controlled by the Federal Government?

    June 1, 2009 at 6:39 am |
  12. Al

    If that "dip" was stupid enough to put that much money into "one" company then duh! Also she does not represent the average person out here struggling so stop trying to portray her as such CNN. Lastly the 1st Lady comment was a testament to why she wanted to be on your show to bash the President and you seem to condone it because you let her get away with it. Way to be "down the middle there CNN"

    June 1, 2009 at 6:37 am |