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October 6th, 2009
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 10/06/2009

Editor's Note: The White House’s discussions on Afghanistan disturbed Tuesday’s American Morning audience, as the majority supported pulling out troops immediately. Others suggested a “troop surge” to complete the mission and then leave. A third contingent wondered what the ramifications of a withdrawal now would mean to the U.S. and to Afghanistan.

  • Bob: Regarding Afghanistan: get out now! If Americans knew in advance what Iraq would be like after spending hundreds of billions of dollars, thousands of America lives and a million Iraqi lives, would they have been so enthusiastic about going to war? The high numbers against more troops to Afghanistan reflect a lesson learned by the America people. Obama should listen to them.
  • Elaine: In answer to your question of whether the US should send more troops to Afghanistan, no! The policy of honoring the dead with more dead is ludicrous and blasphemy. Afghanistan is an un-winnable war due to the topography and tribal beliefs. Predator drones kill mostly innocent citizens make them into USA haters. Not very smart but good for those defense contractors.
  • P.M.: Please: have one heck of a surge, get things in control in Afghanistan. Our boys are dying over there! Stop dragging your feet ... Just do it! […].
  • Jason: I would like to know what the outcome of us pulling out of Afghanistan today might be. Good or Bad? thank you.

What do you want the Obama administration to do regarding the war in Afghanistan? Is there one solution, or should there be many?

Filed under: We Listen
October 6th, 2009
10:43 AM ET

Letterman apologizes to wife & female staffers

David Letterman was back on stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater last night. The host publicly apologized to his wife and staff for having sex with women who've worked on his show. Our Alina Cho has the report.

Filed under: Entertainment
October 6th, 2009
10:39 AM ET
October 6th, 2009
10:09 AM ET

Frist supports Snowe's health care 'trigger' plan

War strategy in Afghanistan and President Obama's failed Olympic bid may have stolen the headlines last week, but beneath the surface the health care debate rages on.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist joined John Roberts on CNN’s “American Morning” Tuesday to talk about health care reform and his new book, “A Heart to Serve.”

Dr. Frist, who is a heart and lung transplant surgeon, says he strongly supports the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Finance Committee and Olympia Snowe’s “trigger” plan. Below is an edited transcript of the interview.

John Roberts: You said, not too long ago, if you were still in the Senate you would probably vote for a health care overhaul.

Bill Frist: A transformation of the health care system today.

Roberts: What exactly is it that you would feel comfortable voting for? Any of the plans that are out there now?

Frist: Two things. And again, these next two or three weeks are critical. We have to bring people together to get it done. It’s a great moment in time if it can be done. Number one, we’ve got to get the uninsured into the market itself. There’s too much cherry picking going on. There’s too much adverse selection.

Roberts: How many? All of them? Half of them?

Frist: The 46 million out there. There are 20 million, who are hardcore uninsured, who just can't get it because they can't afford it. So I would start there, but eventually we need to get them all into the insurance market. We just don't have enough money to do it right now, but 20 million hardcore. Number two, it’s the cost in health care. And basically, health care costs went up three times faster than inflation. Your typical person out there simply can’t afford it any longer. $15,000 policies being the average for a family of four is too much, but it's going up too fast.

So the health care reform we need is something that brings in as many as we can – I’d say 20 million now; that addresses issues – the spending – by putting benefits out there with competition on the marketplace, eliminating the about 30% waste in health care, and that can be done through information technology and transparency and accountability. And if we can do that, we can both afford it today and bring people into the market itself.


Filed under: Politics
October 6th, 2009
09:53 AM ET

Signs a co-worker could suddenly 'snap'

Raymond Clark, the man accused in the murder of Yale grad student Annie Le, is back in court later today. That case is bringing the issue of violence at work back to the front burner.

So how do you know if you're safe in the office? Our Carol Costello has part two of our special series, "When Co-workers Kill."

Filed under: When Co-Workers Kill
October 6th, 2009
08:33 AM ET

Suspect in Yale killing due in court

(CNN) - The suspect in the killing of Yale pharmacology graduate student Annie Le is due in court Tuesday morning in Connecticut, according to the court docket.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Raymond J. Clark III, 24, was arrested and charged with murder. His bail was set at $3 million."]

Raymond Clark, a lab technician at Yale, has been charged in Le's death and is being held in lieu of $3 million bail. Clark, 24, has not entered a plea.

The body of 24-year-old Le was found inside a wall of a Yale lab building on September 12 - the day she was to be married. She had been strangled, the Connecticut medical examiner's office later said.

Clark, of Branford, Connecticut, is not a Yale student, but has worked as a lab technician at the university since 2004. He lived with his girlfriend, who also is a Yale lab technician, according to police in New Haven, Connecticut.

A Yale faculty member described Clark's job as maintaining colonies for animals used in research. The lab is in the basement of the building where Le's body was found.

A motive in Le's killing was unclear, but police said they were treating the case as workplace violence.

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Special series: When Co-workers Kill

Filed under: Crime
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