Here are the big stories on the agenda today.
- The White House trying to take back the health care debate. After weeks of fiery town halls and months of political deadlock on Capitol Hill, CNN has learned that President Obama will make a major speech to Congress next Wednesday, just one day after lawmakers come back from their August recess. So what can we expect to hear? Our Senior White House Correspondent, Ed Henry, took that question straight to the president's senior adviser, David Axelrod. It's an interview you'll only see on CNN.
- How do you miss a 60 billion dollar scam? Well, a new report is now blaming the Securities and Exchange Commission for not spotting Bernie Madoff's multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme. The SEC's inspector general calls investigations into Madoff “incompetent,” citing "more than ample evidence,” including six complaints, some dating to 1992 that should have set off a red flag.
- And New York’s George Washington Bridge is considered a prime terror target. So why were two security guards sleeping on the job? They've been punished. And we caught up with the guy who caught them napping.
- Congress has scrapped a lot of funding for abstinence-only sex ed. in schools. And while some are happy with the changes, critics are worried teachers are telling your kids too much about the facts of life. Some schools are offering free STD tests. Our Carol Costello joins us live from Washington with the latest in our "Educating America" series.