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December 11th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
December 11th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Health care costs rising in New Year

The New Year will mean health care insurance that is less generous and more expensive for many of us. In other words, you better act now to save money. Our Gerri Willis has some end-of-the-year tips that could save you a lot down the line.

Filed under: Business
December 11th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

How safe are our subways?

Our nation's subways are known as soft targets – considered more vulnerable because they typically have less security. Government researchers are now trying to find out what would happen if they were hit by a chemical attack. Our Jeanne Meserve reports in the AM original.

Filed under: Terrorism • Transportation
December 11th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Madoff: Victim vs. victim

By Allan Chernoff, CNN Sr. Correspondent

NEW YORK (CNN) - Bennett Goldworth thought he was set for life when he retired three years ago at age 50. He bought a waterfront apartment at the high-end Four Seasons Condominium in Fort Lauderdale, and said goodbye to New York and his job selling real estate.

"I felt I had everything I wanted in life, which was great," said Goldworth.

A decade of investing with Bernard Madoff had given Goldworth the financial security to enjoy the "good life" in Florida, until Madoff's arrest last Dec. 11. "I didn't just have money stolen, I had my whole life stolen," he said.

Today the condominium is in contract to be sold. Goldworth is living with his father in Manhattan and grateful to be back at the Corcoran Group selling homes again.

He's also among the first to receive a full half-million dollar insurance settlement from the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), which insured direct accounts of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities. "I'm one of the fortunate ones," said Goldworth at his office where fellow realtors all were trying to sell million-dollar apartments. "I was very happy, very pleased."

But, other Madoff victims - like Judy and Don Rafferty, senior citizens who've had to come out of retirement - have gotten nothing.

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Filed under: Business • Crime
December 11th, 2009
06:29 AM ET

Avlon: Wingnut's Facebook rant is fear-smear

Editor’s note: John P. Avlon is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast. Previously, he served as Chief Speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was a columnist and associate editor for The New York Sun.

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By John Avlon, Special to CNN

Wingnut comments are often characterized by unhinged anger and a complete lack of historic perspective – and that’s what we saw this week from Arlington, Tennessee Mayor Russell Wiseman on the right, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the left.

Mayor Wiseman was sitting down to watch "The Charlie Brown Christmas Special" with his children when he found the program pre-empted by President Obama’s speech at West Point announcing the troop surge in Afghanistan.

His conclusion? The timing was a deliberate affront to Christians and the Constitution from a “Muslim president.” His next move was to post his feelings on Facebook.

“Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim president is there, what a load.....try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it....w...hen the answer should simply be 'yes'....”

In an extensive thread unearthed and excerpted by the Memphis Commercial Appeal this week, Mayor Wiseman went on to widen his attacks, writing: “ obama people need to move to a muslim country...oh wait, that's America....pitiful.”

At another point he wrote, “you know, our forefathers had it written in the original Constitution that ONLY property owners could vote, if that has stayed in there, things would be different.”


Filed under: Opinion • Politics • Wingnuts of the week