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August 7th, 2009
05:13 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Friday August 7, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • President Obama is marking 200 days on the job.  He'll start the morning with new unemployment numbers – a thorn in the president's side since day one.  There are fears we could hit 10% unemployment this morning.  We're live at the White House with what the administration expects, and how it could spin it.
  • If you're still hoping to trade in that gas guzzling clunker for some cold, hard government cash, you're in luck.  The senate is re-fueling the rebate program that has cars flying off dealer lots.  Our CNN Money Team is standing by to break it all down.
  • They're home and for the first time we're learning a little about what really happened to Laura Ling and Euna Lee inside North Korea.  In her first interview since the homecoming, Lisa Ling told CNN that her sister did cross into North Korea after all… for “maybe thirty seconds.”  Lisa Ling will be talking to us live at 7:30 et.
  • The longest yard… sale.  There are 654 miles of bargains in Dunlap, Tennessee. It's billed as the world's longest yard sale. And there are lots of bargain hunters this year, in the midst of recession.  Our Rob Marciano is one of them this morning.

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  1. Bernice

    I have been laid off for a while now, since June, but still I can not apply as of yet! There are many of us who have lost our jobs here, but are not counted in this vast number of People! Over 20% of the public now are jobless. This number is only going to grow. Unemployment numbers are just showing you the number of people who are currently collecting. This number does NOT show you the actual number of jobless Americans! The number now has to be about the worst, if not the worst, in Am,erican history! They can't keep blaming Bush. Regan fixed it! Why can't this administration?

    August 9, 2009 at 7:44 am |
  2. Uncle Sugar

    Cash for Clunkers is a great program and has stimulated my personal economy by thousands of dollars. Come on down to my show room this weekend and I'll get you behind the wheel of a brand spankin' new car!

    Thanks for the great reporting, CNN! America's news leader, baby!

    -Uncle Sugar

    August 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  3. rosie wolf

    the unemployment figures don't take into account the people who are working parttime because there isn't full time work available in their field- healthcare. my boss sent out TWO emails this week alone asking for volunteers to take a day off this week. other healthcare facilities are experiencing the same. yes i have a job, but i don't work as often as i used to out of my employers choice to same money.

    August 7, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  4. Robin horsley

    *200 daze-puhlease-can you say 'how many daze until November?'
    *clunkers-sure, believe me, I will be writing $4500 off on next years return because I consider this a donation!-wait-I've donated over a trillion so maybe I'll get an actual return next year instead of having to pay!!!!
    *Korea- happy to have Americans back-but-just what did we give away and how much did this high profile rescue actually cost when Americans don't have all the equipt. they need in Afghanistan?
    *longest yard sale? hey-that's what we've been having for 200 daze!

    August 7, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  5. RJ

    I want to know when is Obama going to actually stand up for the middle class guy like he pledged during his campaign? He`s bailout the filthy rich and the poor alike but at who`s expense? Looking around at all his accomplishments so far I find nothing that helps out the middle class guy! Mark my words, Obama will raise taxes on the middle class!

    August 7, 2009 at 7:56 am |
  6. RJ

    I want to know when is Obamahood (Robinhood)going to stop running up my grandchildrens debt, you know those kids that aint even born yet? Just remember one thing from thid blog, Obama will raise middle income taxes, he`s found it easier to already to pander to the rich!

    August 7, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  7. renee

    Funny how you guys are not talking ON AND ON FOR A WHOLE WEEK about the bad grade the media got last night!!!!!! So ironic!!!!! You can dish it out, but cannot take it, right.....

    August 7, 2009 at 7:28 am |

    THE NEW U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA has proven himself to be very hard working ,insightful, progressive , PRESIDENT .. The LAST GOP POTUS G W BUSH was the WORST of all TIME ..

    August 7, 2009 at 5:52 am |