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February 22nd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Building Up America: Austin thriving in tough times

Austin, Texas is booming. People there say the way they do business could be a blueprint for your hometown.

In today's "Building Up America" report, our Tom Foreman takes a look at a city where many people are saying, "what recession?"

Filed under: Building Up America • Economy
February 22nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Two charged in Texas church fires

The arrest of two men in connection with a string of church fires has people in East Texas breathing a collective sigh of relief today.

Right now the suspects are each charged with one arson count, but authorities believe they're linked to a total of ten fires deliberately set since the first of the year. Our Ed Lavandera is following the story for us.

Read more: Two charged in Texas church fires

Filed under: Crime
February 22nd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Toyota memo gloats on savings

An internal company document that just surfaced shows Toyota patted itself on the back for saving millions instead of facing its "sudden acceleration" problem head on.

A Toyota executive boasted of saving $100 million by negotiating a limited recall for Toyota Camry and Lexus ES cars over a problem that could cause unintended acceleration. Our Allan Chernoff has the report.

CNNMoney: Toyota: Saved $100 million dodging recall

Filed under: Business
February 22nd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Beck rants against GOP

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck has a warning for the GOP. He says an "economic holocaust is coming."

Beck was the keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington this weekend. Our Jim Acosta breaks it all down for us.

Related: Conservatives wrap up meeting, eye midterm elections

Filed under: Politics
February 22nd, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Broken Government: Middle class fed up?

Editor's Note: All this week in our special series "Broken Government," CNN is taking a hard look at our nation's government; the frustrating problems and the potential solutions. Today, our Carol Costello reports on the growing struggles of the American middle class. Tomorrow on American Morning, we look at why banks still aren't loaning and what the answer is for small businesses.

By Bob Ruff and Carol Costello

What does it take to be part of the American middle class?

Here’s the tried and true way: Get an education, work hard, get a good paying job with benefits, raise a family, buy a house and a car or two and take a vacation once a year.

Put it all together and you’re describing not just the dream, but the fulfillment of that dream by tens of millions of Americans during the last century. But that was then, before the hard economic times following 9/11, and this is now.

Meet the Bindners of Alexandria, Virginia.

“I think the middle class,” says Moira Bindner, “is trying to get a handle on where their feet are because it feels like the rug has been totally pulled out, and it’s really challenging on a day to day basis to accomplish everything with the paycheck coming in the door.”

For example: “You don’t go to the dentist, you don’t get your car repaired until it’s desperate...the retirement plan went out the window and our credit card debt went up,” says Moira.


Filed under: Broken Government • Economy • Politics
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