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October 30th, 2009
05:54 AM ET

What’s on tap – Friday October 30, 2009

Here are the big stores we’ll be talking about today:

  • “It’s hard to believe” they can’t find Osama bin Laden.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a not-so-diplomatic message to Pakistan this morning.  Our Jill Dougherty sat down with Clinton during her trip.
  • Hijacked on the high seas.  A British man and his wife being held hostage by Somali pirates.  For the first time we're learning just what happened the moment their yacht was attacked, in a dramatic phone call from captivity.
  • Signs the economy has turned the corner, Stocks soaring and stimulus dollars providing a spark... but is it all an illusion?  Where are the jobs?  Our experts tell us when all this will make a difference on main street?
  • Why did that 90 dollar room you booked online end up costing you 175 bucks?  Small, sneaky hidden fees are becoming big business for the hotel industry.  But there's a way to stop being nickel and dimed, if you know how to play the game. Gerri Willis will show you how to beat the house.

Filed under: What's On Tap
October 29th, 2009
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 10/29/2009

Editor's Note: In spite of President Obama’s declaration earlier this week of a “national emergency” to address the H1N1 influenza virus, many watching Thursday’s "American Morning" were wary of the “hype.”

  • Lenora: I am so thankful for the Internet and talk radio. It has been very strange to me that we have been in such a declared state of emergency as well as declared at such a high level of pandemic, yet the severity of this H1N1 virus has yet to come close to the normal seasonal flu statistics. It baffles me that the President wants to panic the American people into thinking that they need or even want this new vaccine. CBS exposed the CDC deception on the swine flu cases. also reveals as well as many other websites that this flu is exaggerated and for what reason? CNN just claimed to pride itself on exposing the truth. Well we are waiting to see if you can find it and if you are professional enough to report it. There is no health emergency and 1000 people dying of confirmed H1N1 is going to be a hard stat to find. Try CDC website, it isn't there. They stopped specifying H1N1 cases in August. Now everything that vaguely resembles flu like symptoms is "scientifically" lumped together to inflate their numbers of "flu" cases.

Has the H1N1 virus affected you or your family? Is it a “national emergency’ when ERs are overloaded, or is this common for the season?

The Dallas police apology to those ticketed for “driving while not speaking English” concerned some viewers, who worried that these drivers were unable to read English as well: "Kinda scary to me…I do not think she should be driving at all if you can not read the traffic signs."

  • Becky: The Lady that was given a ticket for not speaking english...well o.k I can see that being wrong but let me ask would you want to be driving next to her because it sounds like she can not read english..kinda scary to me, I do not think she should be driving at all if you can not read the traffic signs, her daughter had to read the ticket to her!! That is bad!!

How do you feel about being on the road with drivers who may not be able speak English?

Filed under: We Listen
October 29th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
October 29th, 2009
10:36 AM ET

Local health officials ‘policing’ H1N1 supply

With a shortage of the H1N1 vaccine, some local health officials are being forced to act as vaccine police. Health officials in Los Angeles County feel they need to question the masses of people waiting in line at public clinics to ascertain if patients have a real need for the vaccine.

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County, is the county’s top public health official, and has worked those vaccine lines. He spoke to Alina Cho on CNN’s “American Morning” Thursday. Below is an edited transcript of that interview.

Alina Cho: Before we get to what's happening on the ground there, I want to remind our viewers – and some people may not know – you're vaccinating people on what's being called a priority list right now. Remind everybody, who should be standing in line to get the vaccine right now and who should wait.

Jonathan Fielding: Yes, the ones who should be in the priority groups are pregnant women or anybody caring for a child under six months of age, health care workers, emergency medical service workers, children and young adults from 6 months up through 24 years, and those 25 to 64 who have underlying conditions that would put them at higher risks for the complications of this H1N1 novel strain.


Filed under: Health
October 29th, 2009
10:10 AM ET

Nickel & Dimed: Hands in your 401k

Who's got their hands in your 401k? People could be dipping into your retirement and you may not know it, until you retire … thousands of dollars lighter. Our Gerri Willis shows us how we're being Nickel & Dimed with hidden 401k fees.

Filed under: Business • Nickel & Dimed
October 29th, 2009
07:40 AM ET

New version of health care bill due out

From Deirdre Walsh, CNN Congressional Producer

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders will unveil on Thursday a health care bill that includes a more moderate version of the public option, several Democratic leadership aides tell CNN.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been pushing for a more robust public health care option."]

This version would allow doctors to negotiate reimbursement rates with the federal government, the aides said Wednesday.

The proposal would be a blow to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has argued for a more "robust" public option, one that ties reimbursement rates for providers and hospitals to Medicare rates plus a 5 percent increase.

But Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, after a week of canvassing rank and file Democrats, appear to be bowing to the reality that her preferred approach does not have enough votes. Instead, the more moderate version, favored by rural and moderate members, appears to have the most support among House Democrats.

One Democratic aide told CNN that "the votes aren't there for robust public option, so that means we're looking at the other form of the public option."

House Democratic leaders met Wednesday afternoon to make final decisions. Read more

Filed under: Politics
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