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September 28th, 2009
06:54 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday September 28, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Breaking news overnight... Iran testing the world's patience again, reportedly firing long-range missiles capable of hitting Israel or U.S. bases.  We are live on the White House lawn, waiting for reaction this morning.
  • Another difficult foreign policy challenge in the week ahead.  The debate over sending more troops into Afghanistan.  We're live at the pentagon where the Defense Secretary Robert Gates is now saying the war is "more serious" than he thought.  His warning about the price of failure there.
  • If you’ve changed your shopping habits in this economic climate, better check you credit limit... 'cause credit card companies are watching where you shop. How Wal-Mart or marriage counseling could set off a red flag.  Your credit and your privacy in our new series, Watching You 24/7.

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  1. Alan Glucksman

    Are you people serious? I wouldn't have a problem with a song about Obama if that song wasn't worshipping him. They name him number 1, and mention him being the man who is going to save everything. Now the Bush thing is an apples to oranges argument. No one has ever been so badly indoctrinated. And lets just pretend these arguments do hold up, and it is the same thing (which it isn't) well then......there hasn't really been much CHANGE has there?

    October 14, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  2. ronvan

    Sending more troops to Afganistan?: Here is the problem in a nutshell. We have learned nothing since Viet Nam! You cannot win a war/conflict, whatever you want to call it, by using just some of our military, you put ALL of them in to WIN, and then get out! Forget about winning the "hearts & minds" of the people or killing civilians. Fighting a "clean & nice" war is a complete joke. If the countries involved refuse to allow soldiers "on their soil", when we know that our enemies are there, should result in total withdrawal of ANY support of any kind for that country. Our magnificient military is bleeding their lifes blood due to politics!

    September 29, 2009 at 7:04 am |
  3. Margaret

    Or wells' 1984 has truly come to fruition in this country! In addition to having many of our privacy and civil liberties being infringed upon during the Bush administration, we now we have the credit card industry monitoring our every purchases. The banks, who knowingly put themselves into the downward spiral for loss of profit but were bailed out by the government, now want to impose restrictions upon their consumers. Ironic, isn't it. We are in a recession, our jobless rate is at an all time high, so how do they expect responsible consumers to keep spending, at high end establishments!
    We (as consumers), didn't receive bail out monies. And as a result of the economy, most working people need to use their credit cards to supplement their income, not to mention the economic stress on the unemployed. At the onset of the recession, many of our creditors, either reduced our credit limit or closed out our credit card accounts. Mind you, in our case, as with many consumers, it was not because we owed outstanding debit, it was simply that we hadn't used our cards, which had zero balances. As a result, I have cancelled all of my store and bank cards, with the exception of one major bank card, in case of emergency. Our family now, pays cash for almost everything we need and put the rest of our monies in savings accounts.
    Consumers, why should we continue to pay exuberant APR's and excessive bank fees, to credit entities, that penalize responsible customers. At the end of the day, I guess the banks don't realize that they need our business to stay afloat, not the other way around. But I guess, the banks don't take that into consideration because they all receive bail out money!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  4. Annemarie in NYC

    This is a question for JOHN ROBERTS re his interview with FRANK LUNTZ re his poll results, which he claims revealed that 75% of Americans are angry with the Administration and don't feel they're being listened to....

    John Roberts gasped "75% of Americans are angry", as though this statistic was accurate, but never asked a single question about the poll protocol, or pointed out that Frank Luntz is the very Republican strategist who prepared the GOP's key message points for their campaign of lies and misleading characterizations of Obama's healthcare reform, designed to generate anti-Obama anger!! Luntz was the inventor of the emotive falsehoods, like "government takeover", "government rationing", "nationalized healthcare means waiting in lines", "government will come between you and your doctor", etc., that were fed to the Tea Party Activists. Why didn't CNN bring ANY of this up in his propaganda filled interview with Roberts?

    If Cable TV hosts don't give viewers the background to guests, or ask informed questions that expose their bias, how are consumers ever going to be anything other than confused or ill-informed? And why ask a Right Wing Conspiracy strategist "do you agree with Clinton about the existence of the Right Wing Conspiracy" with no followup questions. A reference to any of the following, for ex:

    2009 – "Conservative communications guru Frank Luntz has written the playbook for GOP opposition to the Obama administration's health care proposal. His plan, which is heavy on framing the president's proposal as a government "takeover," is already popping up in statements from top congressional Republicans and on Fox News, despite the fact that no Democratic legislation has been proposed." (NY Mag)

    Politico's Mike Allen has this fascinating look at the talking points that pollster/wordsmith Frank Luntz has crafted for the House Republicans, as they consider how to approach health care reform. He says there are some arguments Republicans can make that would be "clear winners": —“It could lead to the government setting standards of care, instead of doctors who really know what's best.” —“It could lead to the government rationing care, making people stand in line and denying treatment like they do in other countries with national healthcare.”
    -“President Obama wants to put the Washington bureaucrats in charge of healthcare." (Time)

    2008 – "Supposedly Neutral Pollster Frank Luntz Brags About Persuading His Focus Group Members To Favor McCain" (NewsHounds)

    2004 – "Discredited Republican pollster Frank Luntz made rounds on MSNBC convention coverage with flawed focus group; nobody pointed out his partisanship" (Media Matters)

    1997 – American Association for Public Opinion Research reprimanded Luntz for his polling work on the Republican Party's 1994 Contract with America campaign platform.... "possibly the best example of the pollster pundit: someone who both purports to scientifically poll the opinions of the public, and then also interpret that data to support his own - in Luntz's case, conservative - point of view." (Salon)

    September 28, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  5. JP

    Re: Singing School Children

    Yes, because it's not like kids have ever sung the praises of a sitting president before.

    It's a little odd to sit and watch CNN report a news story and then not include relevant information that has been available all weekend. If the parents and the general population are really upset about the political indoctrination of the youth via song, why wasn't this a news story two years ago?

    September 28, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  6. Daisy21

    With regards to the school children singing praises to Barack Obama - does anyone think there would be no repercussions had these children sang a similar song about George Bush or any other sitting Republican President? Children should not be singing these worshipful type songs to ANY sitting President, be they Democrat or Republican. It's just plain creepy!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  7. Teresa Mathews,

    Are you kidding? Don't people have enough REAL things to be upset about? The parents at this school in New Jersey, who are upset about the song, during black history month, about Barrack Obama, really should try to realize that THEY the biggest influence in their childrens lives at that age. Come on folks! Give your kids some credit for their intellegence! They know what your views at home are and nothing that the teacher says is going to change that in elementary school. Get a real problem!

    September 28, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  8. Lewis Young

    The issue over school kids singing a song about President Obama is a silly issue that is clearly bias between parties. Clearly, democrats don't have a problem witht this song being sung, however, Republicans tend to. You can really tell who the Republicans are because they are very angry. This is just another event that has hit the hot button of the Republicans and it's being over exaggerated.

    September 28, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  9. Marcus

    I am responding to the video of the kids singing the Obama song. Here we go again with another thing that only white people are having a problem with. I hate for this to turn into a racial thing, but only white people are complaining about the video. I was in elementary school and we had songs about everything from presidents to songs in Spanish, and honestly I do not remember any of them. I do not speak fluent Spanish, so it did not work. He's black, and white, get over it.

    September 28, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  10. frankie

    Being one of the people who go broke after an accident, you might include a discussion of what the credit industry does to people like me. I was insured but I couldn't pay all the deductibles and co-pays of medical care for an almost-fatal accident. Medical privacy laws are such a joke, my name was turned over to every phony 3rd-party credit company in America or so it seems. Annoying and even sometimes frightening mail arrived for years from credit agencies. I even got a piece of junkmail that said "I bet you didn't think someone with credit like yours could afford a cel phone." It never really ended. There are telephone solicitors for which "do not call list" doesn't work because I am considered their legitimate customer. Thanks.

    September 28, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  11. Ken in NC

    I thought I was getting tired of Washington bailing out companies and now they have begun to bail out cities. Now after 19 straight documented losses, Washington bailed out Detroit on Sunday. Who will be next? LOL

    September 28, 2009 at 7:08 am |