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September 11th, 2009
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What’s on Tap – Friday September 11, 2009

The 'Tribute in Light' is seen near the World Trade Center site September 10, 2009 in New York City. (Getty Images)
The 'Tribute in Light' is seen near the World Trade Center site September 10, 2009 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • The president is apparently winning over divided Democrats in the debate for health care reform.  Liberals insisting on a public option are now backing off, instead talking about backing their president. We’re live on Capitol Hill on a party that may be uniting and what it could mean for the future of health care.
  • While everyone's pre-occupied with health care reform, the White House is trying to remind us there's an economic recovery going on… and they'd like a little credit for it.  The administration claims it saved or created a million jobs.  As you’d imagine, not everyone agrees with that.
  • Remembering the attacks of 9/11, eight years later.  Victims' families will take their first steps on the long-awaited memorial plaza at the World Trade Center today.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joins us live from Ground Zero to talk about when the freedom tower will rise from lower Manhattan.
  • We haven't been attacked since 9/11, but why?  The last administration was slammed for some of the steps it took after 9/11 but was it successful?  Are we just lucky?  Our “Spies Among Us” series takes a hard look at the facts.
  • A money back guarantee, on a new car!  Starting Monday, General Motors will give new car buyers the chance to return their new wheels,  no questions asked.  It's a radical marketing move to pick up sales so they can pay back the billions they owe the government.  The deal lasts through November.  There are some major restrictions check the fine print carefully.

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  1. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jim Vicalvi:
    Don't know where you went to school, but who do you think paid for the ships to allow the Europeans to invade the Western Hemisphere? For sure the church didn't do it, and for sure those poor people escaping religious persecution didn't do it. As for them being legal, that is a matter of which side of the water you were on. So you just go on living in your version of the founding of this country, and leave the rest of us to know the truth.

    October 3, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  2. jim vicalvi

    Sorry allen in ga. Maybe history in ga. was taught differently but the first colonists in the colonies were actually people seeking to escape religious persecution. Mixed in shortly with adventurers and some unsavory types that the English didn't want. Large land tracts were given to some 'Prominent" people and that did lead to indentured servants coming over that had to work off their passage. There were some companies that set up forts in the wilderness areas to buy pelts and sell overpriced supplies to people but this was the extent of businesses. Most towns were self sufficient. They had to depend on others for things like salt and other spices and tools made of iron but that was the extent of business. Yes, our forefathers and mothers were "immigrants" but this was before govt. red tape was even thought of. They were, also, LEGAL. There is so much more history that you seem to have slept thru that would take to long to acquaint you with. The teaching of social studies seems to have gone downhill since I was in school. Some people might even say that I was there thru all of this but that is just jealousy. Everyone knows about opinions, right?

    September 13, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  3. nancy

    @ Linda Culpepper ~~

    You are so right. The Repubs don't want unity and help in anything that might resemble cooperation with the President. It's really a shame. United we Stand ~~ Divided we FALL. nuff said.

    September 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  4. j.e.rintoul

    Why not let Fareed Zakaria do a 24/7 shift andcall out all those-he seems to be the only one with any idea how the rest of the world sees this

    September 11, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  5. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I just caught a moment of a report about TEA Party's, and I have a comment.
    The speaker was saying that they want to get back to the point where the power was held by individuals and not the government or businesses. To do that we would have to go back to the time before Europeans flocked to these shores and stole the land from the original inhabitants.
    If anyone remembers their history they know that the USA was founded by businesses from Europe, European governments, and a US government formed after the Revolutionary War. The time of individual power ended then. Anyone who remembers anything else must be from another dimension.

    September 11, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  6. Allen in Hartwell GA

    We haven’t been attacked since 9/11, but why? The last administration was slammed for some of the steps it took after 9/11 but was it successful? Are we just lucky?
    Yes to lucky, in the sense that those who might attack us have decided not to do so. We already had many programs in place which might have prevented 9/11 had they been utilized or acted upon. Most of the programs initiated by the Bush administration were eyewash at best and illegal at worst. They have not had the payback that former VP Cheney talks about, and have in fact made us less safe because they opened up ways for our enemies to do us harm.

    September 11, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  7. Mike Armstrong TX.

    It was not luck that has protected us for the past eight years it was vigilance and now our vigilance is compremised by the democratic party.

    September 11, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  8. Linda Culpepper

    During the president's speech, the Republicans sat in their chairs like bumps on logs. I could see their unwillingness to accept anything Obama said on their faces as the cameras scanned the room. I believe the Republicans may have some good ideas to help with the reform of healthcare, but they do not want to help Obama succeed at this. The controversy over the "assignment" first given to school children to write about what they could do to help the president, proves that people are not willing to help this president no matter what. And, I am sorry to say, but I believe that some cannot grasp the fact that a man of color is in the White House. The Republicans are more concerned in Obama failing than they are in helping him succeed.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:53 am |
  9. Kathi Smith

    The world watched and listened last year as the United States elected a President who promised unity. There was a sense of hope and possiblity as the United States elected their first African American President. It was not just the USA who bought into the possiblity of change, the promise of hope and the dream of unity.

    And now we watch images of well dressed citizens attending health care debates with assault rifles on their back. We watch people threatening and fear mongering over health care. We see a President who seems, at times, to be lost.

    Your country has to remember that you are people – nothing more, nothing less. People who have more commonalities than differences. It is time to go back to remembering that people are far more important than the vitriolic politics that seem to be ruling your country right now.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:44 am |
  10. Buddy Oxendine

    I only saw part of your program about who can fix America. But the truth is you do not want to know. The average person in this country thinks more about the almighty dollar than about people and the value of life. No one in high positions is talking about loving one another; that is politically incorrect. Read your New Testament in your Bible and you will see how much Jesus loves us. Whether one believes in Jesus or not, maybe if we learned to live by his principles and values we could love each other. When CEOs rob the public for money, there is no care for human life. When drug addicts kill for pocket change, there is no love. Whether you believe it or not, or want to admit it or not, no human can change the downward spiral of the American people. It will take a devine being. For me, Jesus Christ is sthe answer.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:43 am |
  11. Harpo73

    Not with Fox News and the ilks of Joe Wilson shouting and lying.

    Not with Glen Beck foaming at the mouth.

    Not with Rush shouting and screaming.

    America is doomed to polarization.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:34 am |
  12. Woody

    Hmm, I noticed that it's 9/11. I guess this means that all of those angry white folks from the town hall meetings are going to pretend that "we're all Americans" again. I'm pretty sure that the Republican politicians will echo that sentiment, and not a single person in the media will have the guts to remind them of their appalling behavior.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:31 am |