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August 10th, 2009
05:25 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday August 10, 2009

Anita Rossi argues against Democratic Party health care proposals, shouting 'It's my money' on August 8, 2009 in Brighton, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Anita Rossi argues against Democratic Party health care proposals, shouting 'It's my money' on August 8, 2009 in Brighton, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Today marks the beginning of a make-or-break month for health care reform in this country, as lawmakers go home for recess and face town halls across the nation.  They’re hearing from many people who seem genuinely mad.  But today in a USA Today op-ed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer say the attacks on health insurance reform are “un-American “ and many of those louder protesters are misrepresenting the truth.  We’ll talk to one congressman who cancelled meetings in his hometown over a death threat.  And the main event –  a no-nonsense debate of our own, between Ron Reagan and Larry Elder.
  • A dire warning from the Pentagon's top man on the ground in Afghanistan.  General Stanley McChrystal tells the Wall Street Journal the Taliban is winning in Afghanistan, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy.  He says that'll mean more U.S. casualties, as the pentagon puts U.S. forces into more heavily-populated areas.  We’re live at the Pentagon with the military’s response.
  • Where will Superman get changed now??  This morning we're paying tribute to something you rarely see these days: phone booths.  They used to be everywhere in New York City.  Today, cell phones and wi-fi hot spots are driving pay phones off the market.  Richard Roth tracked down the last booths in New York to find out who will be most affected if they disappear.  How many do you think are left?

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