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March 26th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Issa calls for call for congressional hearing after threats

(CNN) – Death threats, bullet holes in office windows and even a coffin dropped on a front lawn. Call it the hazards of health care reform.

Fourteen members of Congress are now reporting death threats or acts of vandalism in the aftermath of this week's historic health care vote.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California is calling for a congressional hearing to deal with these threats. He joined us on Friday's American Morning.

Filed under: Politics
March 26th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Kids' brain injuries can be hard to spot

(CNN) – It's springtime and more kids are playing outside, but you may want to pay attention the next time your child takes what looks like an innocent tumble.

A new study is warning that a bump on the head could turn serious – fast. CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta gives us the details.

Filed under: Health
March 26th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

New bin Laden warning?

(CNN) – A new audio message has emerged with a familiar warning to America.

The tape, believed to be from Osama bin Laden, says if suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is executed, al-Qaeda will in turn kill any American it captures.

To discuss the warning we were joined on Friday's American Morning by former CIA officer Jack Rice and Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst and author of "The Osama bin Laden I Know."

Read more: Purported Bin Laden message hints at retaliation

Filed under: Terrorism • World
March 26th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Facebook posting allegedly led to house robbery

(CNN) – Here's a warning about what you post online and how you choose your virtual friends. A couple is learning the hard way that you need to be careful what you reveal.

Keri McMullen, from New Albany, Indiana, posted this innocent-seeming status update last weekend on Facebook: "Heading to the Hill with Kurt... To see Fire Department."

She was headed out to a bar called Phoenix Hill to see a band called Fire Department. The show started at 8. At 8:42, two men broke into Keri's house. The whole thing was caught on camera. She posted some of the pictures online and began to realize that one of the men looked suspiciously like someone who had recently friended her on Facebook.

Keri McMullen and her fiance Kurt Pendleton joined us on Friday's American Morning to share their warning for Internet users.

Filed under: Crime • Tech
March 26th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Politicizing death threats

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak received threatening voice mails after he voted yes for health care reform legislation."]

By Carol Costello, CNN

(CNN) – Maybe it was inevitable in the partisan political climate in which we live. Death threats have now become – politicized.

Some Democrats are indirectly blaming Republicans for a rash of threatening phone calls and broken windows. Republicans are accusing Democrats of "politicizing" threatening behavior – and then telling voters how they, themselves have been threatened.

The back-and-forth started in earnest when Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak released threatening phone messages to the media. A sample: "You're a cowardly punk, Stupak...that's what you are, you and your family, scum," and, "go to hell, you piece of ***t!"

The callers were angry because Stupak voted "yes" on health care reform. At least ten members of Congress, with home districts stretching all the way from New York to Arizona, have also reported either harassment, vandalism, or death threats.


Filed under: Politics
March 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Sen. Harry Reid's fight for his political life

(CNN) – This fall's midterm elections are still over six months away, but some lawmakers in Congress are already on the ropes.

One of them is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Our Jessica Yellin went one-on-one with the Nevada Democrat and asked him about the ballot box showdown he's facing back home.

Filed under: Politics
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