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September 29th, 2009
05:37 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday September 29, 2009

Here are the big stores on the agenda today:

  • Democrats, right now, getting ready for a health care showdown.  At least two senators are now promising to jam a government run insurance provision into the Senate Finance Committee bill.  We're live in Washington, with a debate that's pitting democrats against democrats.
  • Confessions of a domestic terrorist.  A former member of a radical environmental group reveals exclusively to CNN how they waged war against the government and what he did to bring the home-grown terror cell down.
  • And they get paid to dig up dirt, on you.  But what happens when they, make a mistake?  Today in our special series: “Watching You 24/7,” Personal Finance Editor Gerri Willis shows you what happens when data brokers uncover rap sheets on the wrong people.
  • The president’s Olympic push and political gamble. In just a few days, President Obama will travel to Denmark to make a pitch to bring the 2016 Summer Games to Chicago.   It's the first time ever a U.S president has gotten this involved in an Olympic bid.  And it comes as the pile on his desk is getting bigger.

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  1. Dianne

    Would CNN be able to find out which senators and congressman get large contributions, own shares, or have special deals with the insurance companies? It would be a good source of information to know. I am glad medicare and many others are able to choose their doctor. I am employed with a fortune 500 corporation and I pay a large monthly payment for insurance. I can only choose doctors on the insurance plan. Many test that I have needed will not be paid by the insurance company. The insurance company has turned down medicine prescribed by my doctor because they did not feel it was necessary. This would be a great story.

    September 29, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  2. Bill

    Gerri,

    Thank you for uncovering Choice Point's mis-information service. The exact situation happened to me when I was potentially hired contingent upon a background check. Same name, same birthday, same wrong reported information on someone else.

    The problem lies within their format of investigation. They only use name and birth date to search.

    Long story short, it took me 4 weeks to correct my false information by demanding Choice Point do a thorough investigation with s.s. number, middle name, proof of residence, proof of former employment, etc...

    My potential employer withdrew their offer immediately after they received notification of my false information.

    When Choice Point corrected my report 4 weeks later, I took the corrected report to my potential employer whereas they informed me that my position had been filled by someone else.

    If Choice Point is to be considered credible, truthful, and reliable, they better restructure their initial investigation to include ALL personal information from the start.

    Thanks to them, I am still unemployed and suffering the consequences of their false report.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  3. Janie

    RE: GERRI WILLIS's report:
    It's not so easy to correct Checkpoint errors (e.g., data-mined on unrelated, but similar last names):

    • There is no mailing address for consumers to contact Checkpoint making it very hard to “correct” false reports.

    • Even the Checkpoint telephone is “manned” by voice recognition software that could not recognize our spoken responses, including our surname.

    • If you don’t have Internet access or are unwilling to provide personal data over the Internet — then you CANNOT communicate with Checkpoint.

    Gerri should dig deeper into the Checkpoint story.

    FYI: Checkpoint is also used by auto insurers and health insurers.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  4. Janie

    Gerri’s report made it sound easy to correct Checkpoint errors (e.g., data-mined on unrelated, but similar last names):

    • There is no mailing address for consumers to contact Checkpoint making it very hard to "correct" false reports.

    • Even the Checkpoint telephone is "manned" by voice recognition software that could not recognize our spoken responses, including our surname.

    • If you don't have Internet access or are unwilling to provide personal data over the Internet - then you CANNOT communicate with Checkpoint.

    Gerri should dig deeper into the Checkpoint story.

    FYI: Checkpoint is also used by auto insurers and health insurers.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  5. jim vicalvi

    All obama is doing in Copenhagen is greasing the skids for his cronies back in Illinois. He has a lot of IOU's out there that need to be taken care of. If Chicago does get the bid it will be the same few companies with all the right political connections that will get the work. I wonder if he will bring along pictures of that honor student being beaten to death by other teenagers.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  6. Bob in Florida

    I think a public option would be a step toward universal coverage that will eventually have to happen. Frankly, I think health care should be recognized as a right of all Americans. I would favor a Constitutional Amendment to that effect. The whole health care issue should be resolved by non-profit organizations. The Pharma industry should be profit driven, to enable product development. The Food Industry needs a lot of cleaning up. It is fundamentally responsible for much of our health problems. Somehow we need to be able to purchase healthy food at a lower cost than the poisonous options so readily available now. That would be a major undertaking and if you think the Insurance lobbyists are a problem, can you imagine what the Large Food lobbyists would do. Could these things be done, yes, but it would take a national willingness and representatives that would actually represent their constituents.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  7. Patrick

    While it wasn't mentioned on the blog, I'm pretty surprised at the chutzpah of Charlie Christ to say any thing about Florida. He has been, without question, the least effective and most useless Governor. He spent all that time lobbying to get the Vice President nomination, has done next to nothing other than garner support from the state's far right wing Republican base, and worked on that hideous tan of his. Hell, the last thing he did that actually mattered was backing up the Evangelicals who suckered that poor girl away from her Muslim family in Ohio and spread the hideous stereotypes about "honor killing".

    The real reason he's running for the soon to be open Senate seat is because he knows there is no way in hell he'd be re-elected after doing little more than collecting his paycheck and engaging in rampant nepotism.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  8. Dianne

    A younger, intelligent, and qualified American as President Obama definitely knows how to multi task and he has an abundance of energy. This will not only bring much needed jobs to Chicago but the US as a whole. Visitors will probably visit other cities in this country since they are here already. Also, it will definitely help the airline industry. Food products will be needed and other resources will be tapped into,

    September 29, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  9. Cossandra

    The pile on his desk has been high every since he sat down to it. Maybe this will bring some jobs to Chicago. Him staying in Washington won't change anything the White House is also on Air Force One. Leave the man alone we need to put some pressure on our sorry Congress. All the Republicans want to do is stay on twitter and just say no to everything. And the Democrats continue to fight one another.

    September 29, 2009 at 5:50 am |