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August 25th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 8/25/2009

Editor's Note: The former AARP member arguing against the Obama administration’s health care proposal garnered the most attention on Tuesday’s American Morning, with the majority angered that only one side of the argument was presented.

  • Linda R.: It is unbelievable how many elderly "conservatives" are misinformed about the president's healthcare proposals. They are against it, simply because they perceive it to be a "liberal" plan. They don't like Obama, they don't know the facts, and worst of all, they are not aware that social security and Medicare are government programs, from which they benefit because of......"liberals"!!
  • Shawn: These seniors turning in their AARP cards says nothing. When they start turning in their Medicare cards and start buying private insurance for there principles then they are saying something. Did they ever think that by bringing in younger healthier people it will sure up the system and save it.
  • Joan: Why didn't someone tell Bonnie the anti-AARP person who opposes a single-payer system that what she has is a single-payer system. Obviously, admittedly she is a Republican therefore no health care reform passed by Democrats would be OK with her. Why do you continue to put these ill-informed people the opportunity to spread misinformation?
  • Jane: I watched the AARP interview this morning with interest. An AARP recording was left on my answering machine on Friday, July 17th. It asked members (we are not members) to call their House representative at no change, 800-211-0907. to support the health care bill. The recording said that the bill would make a huge difference to AARP members and their families. The recording sounds to me like they support the bill; however, on TV this morning, AARP gave a different impression.

As one of the largest senior lobbying group in the United States, do you believe that AARP will play an important role in the acceptance or rejection of President Obama’s proposed health care plan? Should the organization be neutral, or choose a specific stance on this issue?


Filed under: We Listen
August 25th, 2009
10:33 AM ET

Feds hunt serial bank robber

A serial bank robber has reportedly struck again. It's believed he's hit as many as ten banks in eight states across the South from Louisville, Kentucky to Charleston, South Carolina.

The FBI is releasing photos of the man and using electronic billboards along major highways to warn the public. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

FBI Agent Kevin Keithley in Johnson City, Tennessee spoke to John Roberts on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday.

Filed under: Crime
August 25th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Author travels globe for health care

Washington Post Correspondent T.R Reid went around the world asking a simple question: "Can you fix my bum shoulder?"

He received a variety of treatments and spoke to doctors, health care experts, government officials and patients to help figure out how other countries provide quality health care at a reasonable cost.

Reid describes his journey in his new book "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care." He joined Kiran Chetry on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday.

Filed under: Health
August 25th, 2009
09:13 AM ET

After the Storm: Rebuilding New Orleans' health care system

This week marks four years since Hurricane Katrina took its deadly toll on New Orleans. And in many places around the city the wounds are still fresh.

Today in our special series "After the Storm," our Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports the city's medical system is piecing itself back together. And it's doing it one clinic at a time.

Filed under: After the Storm
August 25th, 2009
06:29 AM ET

Blogger who ranted about model to sue Google

Her identity revealed, a blogger who posted rants about model Liskula Cohen said she was the real victim in the case and plans to sue Google for violating her privacy.

Rosemary Port and her lawyer said Monday that they will file a $15 million lawsuit against the search engine giant for not doing enough to protect her identity.

"I not only feel my client was wronged, but I feel now it sets precedent that anyone with money and power can get the identity of anyone that decides to be an anonymous blogger," said Salvator Strazzullo, Port's lawyer.

A New York Supreme Court judge ordered Google to reveal Port's identity after Cohen sued the company to acquire information about the anonymous blogger.

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Should bloggers' identities be private? Is freedom of speech protected online? Tell us your thoughts.

Filed under: Controversy
August 25th, 2009
05:48 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday August 25, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • A chilling timeline laid out, drug after drug... after drug, with Michael Jackson pleading and demanding more.  Court documents obtained by CNN show the coroner in Los Angeles found a fatal dose of the powerful knockout drug Propofol killed Jackson and Jackson’s own doctor gave it to him.  There are reports his death could be ruled a homicide.
  • Swine flu could cause up to 90,000 deaths in the U.S alone this fall.  That's what a new government report says.   The victims – mainly children and young adults.  It also finds the H1N1 virus could infect up to half of the country during this year's flu season.  We'll tell you how to protect your family.
  • He's the man who's been trying to navigate us out of a recession, that started almost two years ago and printed up a trillion new dollars to do it.  And today President Obama's expected to nominate Ben Bernanke to another term as Fed Chief.  The CNN Money Team tells us what this could mean for your bottom line. 
  • The attorney general investigating the CIA.  Did Bush-era interrogation tactics break the law?  A classified report from 2004 came out that said at least one terror detainee was threatened with a gun and a power drill.  It doesn’t get more inside than our guests on the topic: CNN National Security Contributor and former Homeland Security Adviser to President Bush, Fran Townsend and former CIA Officer Peter Brookes.

Filed under: What's On Tap