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March 8th, 2010
09:56 PM ET

The Teaser

Editor's note: “The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

Here’s a lineup for tomorrow:

6:30AM:  The 4-day school week: It might be a dream for some students, but it has many parents and educators worried. Randi Weingarten from the American Federation of Teachers will talk to us about why she’s against the short school-week, while Lynette Pantello, Board of Education President for a district in Pueblo, Colorado will explain how a shorter week could rescue their budget and save jobs.

7:30AM:  CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen will be chatting with John about this map – discussing how the fight in Afghanistan has spilled over to Pakistan.

8:30AM:  Could an online game change the world? Jane McGonigal, the Director of Game Research & Development at the Institute for the Future is coming on to chat about a new online game EVOKE, which she says does just that.

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Filed under: The Teaser
March 8th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/8/2010

Editor's Note: On Monday, American Morning’s audience voiced strong approval of President Obama’s call for an “up/down” vote on health care reform. Many expressed a continued desire for reform proposed by the president. Some remarked that children were especially vulnerable without coverage, commenting on the AM series “Saving Carlos.”

  • Wayne: Why at 7:05 am or so on 3/8/10 are we listening only to McConnell - and aonther I miss - come through with lies objecting that reconciliation is totally partisan when he does not acknowledge that is how Bush's tax cuts were passed - by the way with Cheney's tie-breaking vote? I have to conclude yu are biassed and bought out by your owner.
  • Dan: CNN – still working hard to defeat health care reform. You just showed Hatch and McConnell repeating their talking points, without pointing out how misleading those points are. That's a polite way of saying that they're lying. You also showed one Democrat who was on the fence. You also framed the entire story as if reform were likely to go down. You made it sound as if Obama is on a desperate mission. That's the way it comes across out on this side of the TV. Isn't it bad enough that CNN aired multi-million dollar ad campaigns from insurance company front groups for months, and yet NEVER mentions how these campaigns have affected public opinion. Of course, those campaigns pay your salaries, so I guess it's asking too much to think you might deal with reality on this issue. Simply pitiful.
  • Lanny: I think your morning new is great reporting on your one story saving Carlos we should have more health care for our children as a taxpayer i would not care if they took more tax out for health care for our children

What is your opinion of the “up/down” vote on health care reform? How do you think it will affect elections in the fall? Continue the conversation below.

Filed under: We Listen
March 8th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Pentagon security officer knew 'something's about to happen'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Officers Marvin Carraway, from left, Colin Richards and Jeffrey Amos recall Thursday's shooting at the Pentagon."]

(CNN) - Pentagon security officer Marvin L. Carraway Jr. saw the man walking toward him. A split second later, he saw the man's gun.

"When I looked at the shooter, he looked at me and I recognized a certain look on his face," said Carraway. "Once I saw that, what went through my mind - 'This is it, something's about to happen.'"

Authorities say John Patrick Bedell arrived at the Pentagon late Thursday with two 9 mm semi-automatic weapons, at least as many magazines, and a vendetta. The 36-year-old had driven from California to Washington wearing a suit and a calm look. He could have passed for any tourist or worker who went through the security checkpoint every day on the way into the Pentagon.

Officer Colin Richards, who mans the booth with Carraway, looked up to see Bedell point his gun at his colleague and fire.

"The shooter was so close," Richards recalled. "I was surprised he missed. I thought he hit Officer Carraway or hit me."

"There was a lot of chaos," said Carraway, a former Marine, who was grazed by Bedell's bullets and suffered minor injuries. FULL STORY

Filed under: Crime
March 8th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

U.S.-born al Qaeda spokesman arrested?

(CNN) – There are conflicting reports about the possible arrest of an American-born al Qaeda spokesman. Pakistani government officials say they have captured Adam Gadahn.

His arrest comes just hours after Islamist Web sites posted video of him praising the November massacre at Fort Hood. But some U.S. sources are questioning the reports. CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen joined us on Monday's American Morning to discuss the significance of the possible arrest.

Read more: Conflicting reports over al Qaeda American spokesman arrest

Filed under: Terrorism • World
March 8th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Study: Sleep patterns vary among races

(CNN) – Nowadays we're all struggling to get a few more hours of shut-eye. A new poll reveals that race plays a major role in how much sleep we get each night. Our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has the report.

Filed under: Health
March 8th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Saving Carlos: Budget cuts leave 2nd-grader behind

Editor’s Note: Carlos is a little boy who suffers from ADHD and severe anxiety. His family doesn't have insurance and relies on the public mental health system. But now a broke state may be taking out a mortgage on his future. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez has his story for the American Morning original series we're calling "Saving Carlos." Tomorrow, we find out how just how much Carlos' therapy costs taxpayers and whether he'll be able to keep on going.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="8-year-old Carlos is at the mercy of California lawmakers who control the state's budget and, in some way, his future."]

By Thelma Gutierrez, CNN

(CNN) – South Los Angeles is a community of working class families, hit hard by the economy. This is where I met Carlos more than a month ago.

He is a young boy who is at the mercy of California lawmakers. They control the state's budget and, in some way, his future.

Carlos needs help. He's only in the 2nd grade already and he’s falling through the cracks.

Carlos lives with his sister and parents. They're unemployed, uninsured and barely scraping by. Among Carlos' many challenges in life, he also suffers from severe anxiety and ADHD.

He meets regularly with Elena Fernandez, director of behavioral health, at St. John's Community Clinic in South Los Angeles. She's trying to unlock the causes of his angst.

Kids slipping through cracks Video

Elena uses art therapy to help Carlos express things that are going in his life. Carlos' mother says she believes it is critical for people to understand how important these services are to children like her son.

During therapy, Carlos draws a picture of his “family fights.”

“This is my mom, this is my dad. Sometimes he fights with me,” he says. “…sometimes I cry.”

Carlos tells Elena his dad used to drink and that led to fighting between his mom and dad. He says at home, there was no escape. That was six months ago. Carlos' life was in shambles.


Filed under: Education cuts • Health • Saving Carlos
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