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June 2nd, 2009
05:59 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A photo of the Airbus 330 that went missing over the Atlantic early Monday. Courtesy Olivier Corneloup
A photo of the Airbus 330 that went missing over the Atlantic early Monday. Courtesy Olivier Corneloup

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • An urgent search underway for a Paris-bound Air France jet that vanished while flying into thunderstorms over the Atlantic Ocean.  Right now there are new clues into where the flight with 228 people on board may have gone down.
  • A murder suspect's chilling past.  New details about the man charged with gunning down a Kansas abortion doctor.  He may have had an "eye-for-eye" anger toward those doctors performing abortions.  We're live in Wichita with the developing story.
  • A possible test case for the president's Supreme Court nominee.  Will the current justices reject Judge Sonia Sotomayor's ruling in a case alleging reverse discrimination?
  • It's the morning after for General Motors.  The bankrupt automaker is now beginning the painful process of cutting one-third of its hourly workforce and 40-percent of its dealerships.  The company's Chief Financial Officer joins us live.
  • President Obama is leaving for the Middle East tonight.  He’s hoping his visit will begin to "change the conversation" between the U.S. and the Muslim world.  The president will be trying to win over the hearts and minds of millions who are still very suspicious of America’s motives.  We’re talking to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about how his upcoming Cairo speech can get things off to a good start.

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  1. Jerry Webster

    Flight AF 447, God bless them all !!

    In my research I found the same basic coment of Mr. Charlie Erickson,
    standards have not been established for "Positive Lightning Strikes" for the aircraft people.

    It is estimated that only 5 percent of all lightning strikes are "Positive Lightning Strikes" and they are normally located at the upper end of the thunderheads / storms.



    June 3, 2009 at 1:08 am |
  2. Sharon

    Seems that many Americans have selective memory. The first most of us heard about a bailout was from ex-president Bush. President Obama was not able to reverse what was passed by the republican senate and congress. Why wasn't the RNC complaining at that point. hmmmmmm think about it.

    June 2, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  3. Mercedes

    On September 11th, 1990 a peruvian airliner Faucett was crossing the Atlantic and dissappear from the sky. It was never found. Why with all the technology available they can not track airplanes with gps? In 1990 it might have been too early fot that but now? It is time to do something about it. I am sorry for the families involved, my grandmother never could recover from losing her son on that crash and not having a resting place to go and visit. Closure never happened.

    June 2, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  4. Charlie Erickson

    I know that it’s early yet, and that there are a lot of options to explore, but I wonder if anyone has looked into the possibility of a “Positive Lightning” strike? Planes are (to my knowledge) not protected against, or are known to be able to survive a Positive Lightning strike. They are unbelievably powerful and can probably blow an aircraft to smithereens. They’ve only been recently discovered and are considered very rare, though how rare, I don’t know. There was plenty of electrical storm activity, in the presumed area of the plane’s disappearance.

    Just a thought.


    June 2, 2009 at 6:58 am |