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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.

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  1. Diane Malone Kudolo

    Dr. Murray and the host of other physicans that prescribed the medication(s) to Michael Jackson is a reflection of moral decline and continued greed in the medical profession. I do believe Michael was just as guility of his own demise – death was the outcome for his willing participation; now the outcome of on the part of the part of the physicians, well Murray should definitely have jail time in addition to revocation of license along w/other physicians the were were unethical in thier practices.

    August 25, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  2. Mike Armstrong TX.

    so i spelled publicity wrong give me D-.

    August 25, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  3. Mike Armstrong TX.

    This blog stuff is a calculated pablisity stunt that was more then likely planed by both partys involved and hurting one of our only remaining prosperous companys in the process.

    August 25, 2009 at 8:55 am |
  4. Patrick Hayes

    Will someone please bury Michael Jackson ... enough already with the updates – let me know if he, THAT would be news.

    August 25, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  5. Douglas Hutto

    The Bush administration ran amuck over not only our way of life but the lives of the rest of the world. There were no safeguards to question the validity of most of their actions. The american people were dupped from the beginning, then in 2004. That administration went after a war that was uncalled for and now we are paying the price for that irresponsiblity. Thousands of not only our men and women have transitioned to heaven, but, as well as many more innocent women, children and men in Iraq. We were put in that situation shamelessly looking for WMD's, and went in under false directives and tainted intel. Yes there should be investigation and if Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are found to have been falsely moving this to happen, so be it. The small minded americans that follow leaders without question are also responsible, yes and the progressives that allowed this and did not speak up loudly enough. We are all part of the problem. Thanks

    August 25, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  6. Mike Armstrong TX.

    You cant go to far to protect American lives thats why we have top secret information so these vulgar act's by the CIA wont get to the press. all of this investigation stuff is condeming our country to futhure and more deadly attacks the president is putting our national security in danger.

    August 25, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  7. Jon Harrison

    The CIA :
    in my opinion has the justification to do what they need ,to extract information from terrorists by any means available, if they are given a chance to organize ,they could kill your children ,god forbid they don't have compassion when their be-heading innocent people,or planning mass murder IE 9/11, And they wont stop, I saw a post on youtube stating " American Values won't save you,when Allah comes to judge" saying the obvious,my point is,they will not stop,and if the CIA has to use those measures they should, the ones that call themselfs Muslim,are in fact blind demons who want nothing more that to kill freedom so they can rule in fear,like Hitler did,Iran?BAcking all kinds of groups to undermine the MiddleEast.Isreal in the iron sights of Irans leaders.funding terrorists even Bin Laden?!

    If I was in the CIA I do worse to protect my country against those who will have done harm or have in intent too.killing them would be to easy,the geniva convention,needs to be revised in internation law for these lower life forms.its not a conventional war,I think CNN should back away from this,And the ones that are leading the investigation should stop trying to hold the hand of the enemys,if they had a chance they'd kill their familys too.I might be Canadian but the US is my big brother,I dont want to see terrorists slipping thru the cracks because some one wasn't tought enough with their interagation,

    August 25, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  8. Mickey Blye

    Paul Callan may be a good attorney or whatever, but he is obviously an idiot when it comes to sleep disorders. To suggest that an individual struggling with a sleep disorder can attain sleep simply by consuming milk is absurd.
    In 2002 I stopped sleeping. I’ve been through five sleep studies. After seven years and many different medications I still can’t stay asleep and no one can tell me why. None of the existing medications ever worked on me. Currently I am sleeping about 3 hours a night. In that 3 hours I wake up 99 times. At it’s worst I have been awake, fully awake for 3 or more days at a time. This lasted many years. You get so mentally and physically drained that you just don’t want to live anymore. Your mind no longer works the way a rested mind works. You feel trapped within yourself and you become obsessed with sleep. Michael Jackson had Lupus and I have Sarcoidosis. Two very similar disorders. I am disabled from this and I have no where that I have to be day to day. I still struggle to get through most days. I can imagine the desperation Michael Jackson must have felt when the hours of the night were slipping away and he just wanted to be rested enough to fulfill the commitments of a performers life. There were many times when I asked my Neurologist to just put me in the Hospital and put me out for a few days so I can just catch up. Of course he could not.
    Paul Callan should go back to chasing ambulances and leave medicine to those who are really trying to help

    August 25, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  9. lynn

    CNN should be citing the range of possible illnesses and deaths that could be caused by HINI rather than just quoting the highest projections. How about some responsible journalism rather than sensationalism??

    August 25, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  10. RJ

    I`m so sick of hearing everyone trying to find out who MJ`s killer is. Wake up America Michael Jackson was like thousands of other people in this country, addicted to hard illegal drugs! MJ was a junkie from as far back as Thriller. Why dont we call it for what it is, a junkie who overdosed. If MJ hadnt OD`d this time he would have at some point, thats what junkies do! Please CNN you may not like my comment but it is just a comment, no reason for you to censor me!

    August 25, 2009 at 7:22 am |