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September 9th, 2009
08:24 AM ET

Lower your exposure to cell phone radiation

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Environmental Working Group has assembled an online guide to cell phone radiation, rating more than 1,000 phones in the U.S."]

(PRESS RELEASE) –- Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) research team has assembled the most comprehensive online consumer guide ever to cell phone radiation, rating more than 1,000 cell phones marketed in the U.S.

With this free, user-friendly online tool, consumers can make informed decisions about which cell phones to buy. The EWG guide uses easy-to-read graphics to illustrate each phone’s radiofrequency emissions, enabling consumers to make quick comparisons of radiation output of various wireless devices.

EWG’s top 10 phones, based on low emissions:

  1. Samsung Impression (SGH-a877) [AT&T]
  2. Motorola RAZR V8 [CellularONE]
  3. Samsung SGH-t229 [T-Mobile]
  4. Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) [AT&T]
  5. Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627) [AT&T]
  6. Samsung Gravity (SGH-t459) [CellularONE, T-Mobile]
  7. T-Mobile Sidekick [T-Mobile]
  8. LG Xenon (GR500) [AT&T]
  9. Motorola Karma QA1 [AT&T]
  10. Sanyo Katana II [Kajeet]

EWG’s list of highest radiation phones:

  1. Motorola MOTO VU204 [Verizon Wireless]
  2. T-Mobile myTouch 3G [T-Mobile]
  3. Kyocera Jax S1300 [Virgin Mobile]
  4. Blackberry Curve 8330 [Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS]
  5. Motorola W385 [U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless]
  6. T-Mobile Shadow [T-Mobile]
  7. Motorola C290 [Sprint, Kajeet]
  8. Motorola i335 [Sprint]
  9. Motorola MOTO VE240 [Cricket, MetroPCS]
  10. Blackberry Bold 9000 [AT&T]

Read the full release from EWG »

Filed under: Technology
September 9th, 2009
07:46 AM ET

Obama's speech a health care 'game changer'?

From Ed Hornick

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After months of criticism that he has failed to outline a specific health care reform plan, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night in a speech aides say will be to the point.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama will lay out heatlh care reform specifics in a speech before Congress on Wednesday."]

At stake for the president: getting Democratic factions on board with his plan and convincing Americans of the need for health care reform.

"He's going into full campaign mode" with this speech, said Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst.

Some have even deemed it one of the key legislative speeches of his presidency to date.

"Wednesday night's health care speech may be one of the toughest he has faced," said CNN contributor David Gergen.

Obama, for the most part, has issued broad reform ideas, but he has left most of the specific legislative details to leaders in Congress, who have faced sometimes contentious negotiations.

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Filed under: Politics
September 9th, 2009
06:29 AM ET

Obama about to pull 'trigger' on health care?

By Jim Acosta and Ed Hornick

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama's speech to Congress Wednesday on health care reform will probably be one of the high-noon moments of his presidency.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama has faced pushback from members of his party on a public health care option."]

Surrounded by liberals demanding a government-run public option and centrist Democrats - along with Republicans - who want to dump the option, Obama just might have his finger on something that can get him through this health care showdown: the "trigger" option.

The idea would give insurance companies a defined period to make changes in order to help cover more people and drive down long-term costs. If those changes failed to occur within the defined period, a trigger would provide for a public option to force change on the insurance companies.

Watch: Pressure on public option Video

A public option is a government-funded, government-run health care option, similar to Medicare. Under the plan, people would pay premiums 10 to 20 percent less than private insurance.

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Filed under: Politics
September 9th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What's on Tap – Wednesday September 9, 2009

Today's top stories:

  • In a matter of hours, President Obama will put a huge stack of political chips on the line to try and sell health care reform. The president will go before both houses of Congress and a national TV audience to make his pitch. President Clinton used the same stage in 1993 but his push for health care reform died a year later. So will President Obama have better luck... And could lawmakers come closer to an agreement on health care before tonight's speech? We have a team of reporters ready to go. Suzanne Malveaux is at the White House, Brianna Keilar's on Capitol Hill and Jim Acosta's in our Washington bureau.
  • Dramatic testimony from the father of a Kentucky high school football player who collapsed on the practice field and later died. His former coach now on trial for reckless homicide. Prosecutors say his "brutal practice" led to the 15-year-old's death. We'll look at how the potentially landmark case is playing out in court.
  • And lifestyles of Bernie Madoff... New pictures of the homes and boats that were seized by the feds and are ready to be sold. And our first look at the New York City apartment where Madoff spent his last days as a free man. Christine Romans has that story for us.

Filed under: What's On Tap
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