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September 20th, 2010
11:04 PM ET

The Teaser for Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

"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.

6:20AM Jeff Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University , on the National Bureau of Economic Research statement that "The Great Recession" ended in June 2009, amidst a slew of conflicting research that shows we might be headed for a double-dip recession.

6:40AM Ted Brassfield and Velma Hart, two attendees at the "Investing in America" town hall meeting with President Obama , on their reactions to the President's responses. Hart, the chief financial officer of AMVETS, made headlines today when she said she was "exhausted of defending" the President.

7:40AM Rep. Bob Inglis, (R-SC) who lost his 2010 re-election bid , on whether moderate Republicans are being squeezed out of the GOP by Tea Party candidates.

7:50AM Harry Johns, President and CEO, The Alzheimer's Association , on World Alzheimer's Day and the release of the "World Alzheimer Report 2010: the Global Economic Impact of Dementia" by Alzheimer's Disease International.

8:10AM Michael Crowley, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, TIME Magazine , on President Obama's "Investing in America" town hall Monday, and whether President Obama's message of hope and optimism has been lost.

8:40AM Eliot Spitzer, Host, CNN's "Parker Spitzer" and former Governor of New York , on the new movie "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and the disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street.

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Filed under: Alzheimer's • American Morning • Economy • Politics • The Great Recession • The Teaser
September 20th, 2010
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September 20th, 2010
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September 20th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Reporter's Notebook: Weather Warriors

By Rob Marciano, CNN Meteorologist

(CNN) – George Washington’s troops suffered through a brutal winter in 1776, crossing the Delaware for a turning point battle through ice, wind, and snow. That previous summer he used fog to his advantage in Brooklyn and Manhattan. One more reason to love the original GW and the boys in blue! Throughout history weather has played a huge role in warfare. Whether it's a covert operation or a D-Day type invasion, an accurate forecast is critical. During World War II the United States formed a unique fighting force – special ops warriors who are also weather experts. Rambo meets rocket scientist. Love it. Sorry Kid Rock, but in my mind these guys are the real All American Bad A**.

I’d heard about this unit over the years but never read or saw anything about them. That’s the idea. Most of the missions these weathermen perform are those you don’t read about in newspapers. Often classified and always dangerous, their mission is to go into “politically sensitive” or “hostile” areas. That’s where you’ll find the Air Force’s 10th Combat Weather Squadron and their Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT). There are fewer than 100 SOWTs in the Air Force. From World War II to Afghanistan, they’ve had one of the highest deployment ratios in the armed forces. Working with the likes of the Army Rangers, Navy Seals and other special forces, their weather calls and environmental recon are key to a mission's success.

I may be a meteorologist, but that's where our similarities end.

Filed under: AM Original • Military • Weather
September 20th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Allen: Well is dead, but much Gulf Coast work remains

(CNN) – The ruptured Macondo well, a mile under the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, has been pronounced dead following the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, but that doesn't mean work associated with the spill is complete, the government's point man for the disaster response said Monday.

"It's going to go on as long as it takes to get the marshes and the beaches clean," retired Adm. Thad Allen told CNN's "American Morning. "We have detailed plans that we've negotiated with the states and the parishes in Louisiana to determine, if you will, how clean is clean."

In some areas, such as Louisiana's Barataria Bay, "we're going to stay with this for quite a while," he said. At some point, officials may decide they have done all they can, "but for right now, we're still at it."

Although authorities say testing does not show high levels of oil remaining in the water, some researchers insist the oil has settled to the sea floor and infiltrated the bottom, where it could affect ecosystems. Asked about those reports, Allen said, "I don't think we can know too much about the Gulf of Mexico and the presence of hydrocarbons in the water column."


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
September 20th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Social conservatives embrace Tea Partiers

(CNN) – With just over six weeks until the midterm elections, the rise of the Tea Party is raising the prospects of a powerful alliance, the religious right. This was on display this weekend in Washington at the Values Voter Summit. Our Jim Acosta takes a closer look at the convergence of social conservatives and the Tea Party.

Related: Pence wins Values Voter straw poll

Filed under: AM Original • Politics
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