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January 12th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 1/12/10

Editor's Note: American Morning's Tuesday audience commented on Mark McGwire publicly acknowledging and apologizing for his past use of steroids. While the majority viewed McGwire as a “cheater,” others defended his use of the performance-enhancing drugs as nothing more than another method of “improving his heath.”

JC: Maybe people also should think about all the high school and college kids that have died taking steroids trying to emulate their athletic hero's.
Carl: You ask what we think of McGuire and steroids. I think he is a very dishonesty person and should not be given the job as hitting coach for St Louis. He lied to Congress I think but do not remember for sure.
Michael: I just wanted to say how many hypocrites are out there who are calling Mark McGwire a "cheater" for trying to improve his health in order to play via unnatural methods. No one cries cheater when athletes use cortizone shots to be able to play through an injury or what about lasik surgery in order to improve ones vision? It's unfair to Mark to discount all his accomplishments because he was injecting testosterone instead of cortizone.

Now that Mark McGwire has revealed his use of steroids, what is your opinion of him? Were the drugs just a way to “improve his health” as one viewer contends, or was he “cheating”? Continue the conversation below.

Filed under: We Listen
January 12th, 2010
12:47 PM ET

Explorer raises awareness – Tries to keep carbon footprint in-check

Editor’s note: Arctic explorer Eric Larsen is trying to make it to the North and South Poles and the summit of Mount Everest in 365 days as part of an effort to raise awareness about climate change. Larsen joined us on American Morning before he set out on his Save the Poles expedition – and completed the first leg of his journey when he reached the South Pole earlier this month. Below is an excerpt from his online journal.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Larsen’s crew trekking through Antarctica. Courtesy: Eric Larsen"]

By Eric Larsen, From

One of the things that people always ask me is about the impact of air travel on the environment. I for one, travel a lot by air for sponsorship meetings and presentations. It is important to point out the paradoxes in one's own behavior (and then change them)…

There is no question that my expeditions (vacations and every day actions) have an effect on the amount of carbon that enters the atmosphere. However, I like everyone else, can do my part to reduce travel, save energy, buy carbon offsets and all the other little steps that can add up to make big change.

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Filed under: Environment • Eric Larsen
January 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Expert: CIA missed glaring red flags on double-agent bomber

From Nic Robertson, CNN Senior International Correspondent

Amman, Jordan (CNN) - In the murky world of spying, where choices are generally among shades of gray, success, by definition, goes unnoticed.

Failure, however, is catastrophic.

So how did a Jordanian doctor play double agent, outsmart his CIA handlers, and end up killing seven Americans and a Jordanian military officer at a remote base in Afghanistan?

"This is the biggest deception ever of intelligence agencies, whether CIA or Jordanian intelligence," said Hassan Hanieh, a former Islamic extremist who now studies jihadist movements. "From the beginning, he was deceiving them."

In a videotape released after the December 30 attack, the double agent, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, said his suicide bombing was retaliation for the death of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. Mehsud was killed in a missile strike in August, an attack thought to have been carried out by an American drone aircraft.

Keep reading this story »

Filed under: World
January 12th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Obama sticking up for Reid

In an interview with CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin, President Obama brushed off the controversy over racially insensitive comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

But some leaders in the black community say the president is missing a chance to kick-start a real national discussion about race. Our White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux has the report.

Read more: Will Reid survive 'Negro' comment?

Filed under: Politics
January 12th, 2010
06:52 AM ET

Suffering in the bitter cold: Woman who lost power now has hope

Last week, CNN's Rob Marciano was in Memphis when he met Jacqueline Mosley. She was freezing because she couldn't pay her $3,000 power bill.

We were there when the city cut a deal to get her power back on until it warmed up. Jacqui joined us Tuesday to talk about her experience being unemployed for three years and being without heat for almost a year.

To contact Jacqueline Mosley, e-mail:

Filed under: Weather
January 12th, 2010
06:05 AM ET

McGwire: I used steroids

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Mark McGwire hit 583 home runs in his career, including a then-record 70 in 1998."]

By Staff

Mark McGwire has admitted taking steroids in 1998 when he broke Roger Maris' home run record.

"I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize," McGwire said in his statement. "I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989/1990 off season and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again. I used them on occasion throughout the nineties, including during the 1998 season. I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish I had never played during the steroid era.

"I'm sure people will wonder if I could have hit all those home runs had I never taken steroids. I had good years when I didn't take any and I had bad years when I didn't take any. I had good years when I took steroids and I had bad years when I took steroids. But no matter what, I shouldn't have done it and for that I'm truly sorry. Baseball is really different now - it's been cleaned up. The Commissioner and the Players Association implemented testing and they cracked down, and I'm glad they did."

McGwire is entering his first season as the hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, and his return to baseball prompted his admission. "It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected," McGwire said. That echoes the phrase he used repeatedly during a Congressional inquiry into steroids in baseball in 2005, when he stonewalled questions about whether he had ever used steroids by saying, "I'm not here to talk about the past. Read more

Filed under: Sports