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March 10th, 2010
08:21 PM ET

The Teaser

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

Here’s the lineup for tomorrow:

6:30AM:  $1,200 a month for health insurance. $120,000 a year for medications. We’ve got health care horror stories from two people, Kelly Culver and Arnold Gee, stuck in financial fights to save their lives.

  Using the internet to commit terror – how are we stopping future “Jihad Janes”?  Former CIA Covert Operations Officer Mike Baker joins us.

  Will a soda tax really work? Dr. Steven Lamm will discuss a new study that shows it just might.

8:30AM:  Another “accidental overdose" –  is actor Corey Haim's death part of a wider trend? Dr. Joseph Lee, an adolescent addiction specialist, will tell us how drug use has changed in recent years.

Got questions for any of our guests?

Tweet 'em at or post them below and we'll try to use 'em!

Filed under: American Morning
March 10th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/10/2010

Editor's Note: Carol Costello’s “tweaking government” story generated humorous and serious comments from Wednesday’s American Morning audience. Some were in favor of more politicians so that more people could receive “free health care for life,” and suggested that “it would be much harder for the lobbyists to buy them all.” Others called for campaign finance reform and restructuring the government.

  • Dee: If we elect more politicians, then more of us will get free health care for life... perhaps we should all serve the same way we do for jury duty
  • Capt Bruce: More congressmen is a good idea think of the jobs! They do not do anything anyway and it would be much harder for the lobbyists to buy them all.
  • Jeff: lets make the government smaller,,I think I would make it like this,,,each state has Reps. by their population,,,The Reps. will tell what their state wants to the Govenor,,,The Governor then will tell the Congress what to vote on,,Their will be only 50 Congressment people,1 per state,they will only vote by what the Governor says, Their will not be and party in Congress,,the Democrats and Republicans will no longer be in Washington D.C...there a smaller government,,more control to the states..the President can veto or approve the for me
  • Dan: There are large and serious efforts underway, both in and out of Congress, to bring about public financing of election campaigns. Getting the money out of the process is the most direct way to improve how Congress works. Besides the obvious result of removing the undue influence of large donors on decision makers, it would free elected officials from having to spend so much time fund-raising. For some reason, these efforts get little publicity on CNN. But, then again, it is the media who benefit most from the multi-millions spent on ad campaigns in the current system. So I guess expecting you folks to treat this issue SERIOUSLY would be asking too much.

How would you “tweak” the government, given the chance? Continue the conversation below.

Filed under: We Listen
March 10th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Attorney claims Toyota concealed damaging evidence

(CNN) – A former attorney for Toyota claims the automaker conspired to conceal evidence from the public about safety problems. And he says thousands of company documents he's turned over to Congress will prove it. Our Deb Feyerick has the report.

Filed under: Business
March 10th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Family remembers soldier killed in Haiti earthquake

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Air Force Lt. Col. Ken Bourland (far left) was in Haiti on a 48-hour mission when the devastating earthquake struck."]

By CNN Pentagon Producer Laurie Ure

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Air Force Lt. Col. Ken Bourland hugged his wife Peggy goodbye and headed out for his quick two-day job mission.

The date was January 12. The destination: Haiti.

Neither knew it would be the last time they'd see one another.

Upon his arrival in Port-au-Prince, Ken Bourland sent Peggy an e-mail saying he had settled into his hotel room.

Ten minutes later, Peggy and the couple's three sons began watching television back in their suburban Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home. That's when the news broke: Haiti had been struck by a major earthquake.

Peggy describes the panic that set in.

"I sent him another e-mail, you know, 'Please tell me you're OK," she recounted to CNN. "And at that point, I didn't get anything back."

Killed on duty in Haiti Video

The ensuing minutes and hours turned to days of waiting.

"It was painful not knowing," Peggy said. "But not knowing, you still had hope. You still had hope that he could possibly be under there just surviving, just doing everything he could to survive."

Eventually, Peggy began to fear the worst.


Filed under: Haiti • Military
March 10th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Lohan suing E*Trade for ad

(CNN) – Tabloid celebrity Lindsay Lohan is suing E*Trade, saying one of its commercials that debuted during the Super Bowl is taking a shot at her.

You decide:

Lohan's lawyer argues that the name "Lindsay" alone essentially IDs her client, like an "Oprah" or "Madonna."

Filed under: Entertainment
March 10th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Conan O'Brien follows one Twitter user at random

(CNN) – Ousted NBC host Conan O'Brien has been laying low since his short-lived Tonight Show gig ended in January. But he has popped up on Twitter @ConanOBrien and fans have flocked to the page. Conan's been having a little fun, too.

On Friday he tweeted this: "I've decided to follow someone at random. She likes peanut butter and gummy dinosaurs. Sarah Killen, your life is about to change."

After that, Sarah's Twitter account @LovelyButton exploded and she just broke 20,000 followers. She and her fiance, John Slowik, joined us on Wednesday's American Morning.

Filed under: Entertainment • Tech
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