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September 20th, 2010
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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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  1. Pauly

    I can see why people can't comprehend what's going on in the Senate these days. After all, the GOP is filibustering everything from appointments, to procedural votes, to passing bills, etc. They have been trying to block all legislation, at all levels.

    Here's what's on their schedule for today:
    As of late this morning, it's still unclear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has the 60 votes needed to start debate on a bill that would include a repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

    The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)" language is tucked inside the larger Defense Authorization bill. The vote on "the motion to proceed" to the bill is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:15p.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  2. Pauly

    Once again AA:

    The GOP is trying to filibuster moving the bill to a debate! If they want to debate the bill, they shouldn't block it but move it forward!!! They can't claim being denied a debate when they are blocking the debate!!!The vote scheduled for later today is to move the bill forward, not a vote to pass the bill!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  3. art



    You're being caught by your own words on this blog. I'm guessing your next move will be to change your screen name, again?

    September 21, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  4. Pauly

    McCain doesn't know where he stands anymore. He denies he's a maverick now. He now wants to build the danged fence he once said was a waste of taxpayer money. He said he would vote to repeal DADT if the commanders supported it. Now despite the top brass saying we need to get rid of it, he's against repealing it. He tries to blame President Obama for TARP when it was he who said he was suspending his campaign to get it passed.

    Both he & his VP candidate have become the epitomy of sore losers. Americans used to detest bad sportmanship but many now embrace it. During the campaign, McCain bragged about reaching across the aisle. Now he has joined the rest of the GOP in blocking legislation he & they have supported in the past. Country first was a campaign slogan, nothing more!

    September 21, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  5. Average American

    @arty..... Read what I actually said about it and do your best to attempt to comprehend it.

    All I said is that it should be an open and honest debate with all sides being heard and then voting on it. Stop trying to put your own personal "spin" on my words.

    Why are you so opposed to a real debate on the subject?

    No hypocrisy involved. Sorry once again you fail.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  6. art

    AA says- "You would call McCain about "Don't Ask Don't Tell". As it doesn't concern ME I wouldn't waste my time."

    But you repeatedly have posted about it on the blog here at, CNN. Talk about hypocrisy....

    September 21, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  7. james lawrence

    I'm an Ind.. Obama was the first Dem. I voted for, running for a fed. office. I support his stand on health care, energy, and taxes. I oppose his ideas and actions on how stimulas was spent, Immigration, and the bailing out of wall street and corp. america. So the "Tea Party" and I are not a good fit.
    I now find myself forming a growing support for the movement because of CNN'S, "mainstream" media, and political pundits non ending attacks on the Tea Party. It looks like to me nothing more than a replay of Hamilton vs. Jefferson The poor,uneducated,or political enept will not vote the way we, (The Properly educated, the Rich, in short the Gentry Class) advise.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  8. art

    AA doesn't get it, Sierra. He fancies himself as some kind of evolved Libertarian. What he hasn't figured out is this. Libertarians, evolved or otherwise, are one of the more pretentious political self-descriptions. They seem to believe it puts them above the fray. It makes them sound fashionable in a conversation within their self-contained echo-chambers.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  9. Average American

    @sierra.... Please show us how the Dumbocrats are any different than the Republicants and stop acting like hypocrisy runs rampant only in the GOP when the facts show something entirely different. Hypocrisy runs wild on this blog and you're a perfect example of it.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  10. Pauly

    Let's see, Bush didn't use his veto powers until the Dems became the majority. Also the GOP used filibusters unlike any time in prior history. Now they are blocking even bills from advancing to debate & vote.

    For almost a year, the GOP tried hiding the economic crisis in an attempt to win the '08 elections. The ecoonomy is fine, the Bush rebates saved the economy, the economy is fundamentally strong, etc. They succceded in scaring the Dems & the public into believing TARP was essential & it passed w/o any restrictions.

    After President Obama & the Dems placed strings on TARP, alot of the money was repaid. Somehow the GOP has succeeded into making Americans believe that TARP was passed by this administration. And somehow the economic crisis began w/ this administration. Americans need to quit listening to the propganda & start learning the facts.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:34 am |
  11. Average American

    @arty... So was it my "sub-conscious" when I said Dumbocrats in the same statement that you are referring to or are you ignoring that on purpose?

    You would call McCain about "Don't Ask Don't Tell". As it doesn't concern ME I wouldn't waste my time. It's a non-issue to ME but there should be a open and honest debate where all members of the Senate and House of Representatives are heard.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  12. sierra

    Average American – Like I said before, you have alot of hypocrites in the Republicans party – Like Olympia Snowe – who by the way, said in the past that she would vote to Repeal Don't ask Don't Tell!
    Now that she is running for election, suddenly she is aganst voting for Repeal, and she's trying to use some LANE, pathetic excuse for it!
    If you think that Don;t Ask Don;t Tell should be repealed you vote YES to repeal it! PERIOD!
    What Senator Snowe, and Senator McCain, and Senator Collins, and Senator Graham, and other Republicans are, are HYPOCRITES!!!
    They are for something when it suits them – but when election time rolls around, they suddenly change – that is what you call an untrustworthy hypocrite – who really have no backbone, and do not beleive in anything – and will say and do anything to save their jobs!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  13. art

    It wasn't your sub-conscious? Yeah, right.

    I just looked up socialists AND communists in my big red Webster's New World Dictionary. Dumbocrat is not included in either of the definitions, AA.

    So, have you called McCain up about "Don't Ask Don't Tell? I did. Yesterday. Around 4p.m.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  14. Average American

    Typical of some Dumbocrats – let's blame the Republicants for everything when the truth is the Dumbocrats have been in power for the last 5 or 6 years. Nice attempt at spinning like a dog chasing their tail.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:07 am |
  15. Pauly

    The GOP is trying to block the bill from advancing to a debate & vote! What part of this don't you understand? You can't say the GOP is being denied a debate when they are trying to filibuster moving the bill to a debate! BTW: Gop Sens Brown & Collins both voted to move the bill out of the committee!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  16. Pauly

    The GOP announced they will finally detail their plan to help this country out of the mess they created on Thursday. After 2 years of trying to block any & all legislation, they are going to come up w/ an idea or 2. They asked their supporters to recommend & vote on issues that should be included in their plan. Somehow I doubt that the most popular issue on their website, legalize/decriminalize marijuana will be included in their plan.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  17. Average American

    @arty.... it wasn't sub-conscious. I support neither corrupt party or the Federal Government in most things for that matter.

    Did you also happen to notice that I labeled the socialist/communists as Dumbocrats?

    September 21, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  18. Average American

    @sierra... maybe you ought to try to pay attention to the news of the blog you are posting on. CNN reported (according to Sentor Snowe) it this morning that the Dumbocrats has put rules in place restricting/limiting what Republicants can bring up. Much the same they did with the health care reform "debate"- as was reported back then by CNN.

    Our forefather also didn't envision the majority enacting rules closing/limiting debate from the minority. Like I said earlier let everybody be heard in a fair, open and honest debate – then vote. The Dumbocrats are once again trying to cram a bill down the throats of Americans without any debate – while attaching it to a defense spending bill.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  19. art


    Did you see how your sub-conscious tripped you up in your post above? You labeled your buddies as- Republicants.

    Filibuster away. 🙂

    September 21, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  20. Pauly

    The GOP is trying to filibuster the move to get the bill to a debate! Not much different than they have been doing for so long w/ so many other bills. Our forefathers never meant for a super majority to be needed to get a bill up for debate or a vote, much less than requiring such for passage of a bill.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  21. sierra

    Average American - Did you watch the health care summit on t.v – where Democrats, and Republicans sat down, and debated helath care – for about 6 hours - did you watch it on t.v?

    Did you watch the many days, and days of debate on Health care Reform that took place in the Congress on CSPAN, for months, and months. Did you watch it? If you did you would have seen that Republicans put many of their ideas forward, and have many of their ideas in the Health care bill.

    If you only listen to the LYING Republicans you would think that they were not at work at all for the past 1 year and 6 months, werew not even in Washington for the past 1 year and 6 months!
    The problem is that you think the Republicans are ethical people, when in fact they are liars, manipulative con artists, who make a habit of making false statements.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  22. sierra

    I don't know why people are surprised that we still have Americans who are out of work. Hundreds of small, and medium size banks failed durtng the recession – and sadly, of course the people who worked in those banks lost their jobs. During the recession, you had hundreds of retail stores, such as clothing stores, and electronic stores, and furniture stores, that went bankrupt – so sadly their workers lost their jobs.

    Anyone who expects that all these jobs were just going to magically reappear is chosing to be unrealistic!

    Only when the American consumer starts spending, will the recovery start to pick up steam, and companies will start to expand and hire.
    If no one is shopping, then companies have no incentive to make new things, or to hire.

    Companies across the country are waiting for SALES to pick up, before they start hiring - THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE! When sales pick for businesses, and they stat egtting orders that they need to fill, and more customers that they need to serve - then, and only then will businesses start hiring!

    The Americans consumers are the ones who need to solve the problem of unemployment! If you spend more, then businesses will hire more, beacsue they have a demand for their products.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  23. kent

    Obama's message of hope and optimism is dead for progressives and independents. Obam has proven to be a corporotist not a socialist. Bailoujts for banks and wall street have not hepled main street or small business because money was haded out without any strings attached. Bonuses for wall street are higher now than ever before. The new credit card bill increased interest rates by 5% for people with good credit scores. The health care bill did nothing to lower drug costs and now insurance companies said premiums are going to go up. The new bank bill did nothing to break up big banks or end derivatives gambling. The fed is still giving out 0% loans, and bernancke the architect of bank failure has been appointed to the fed again by obama. Wars and big defense spending for contractors continues. Tax breaks and corporate welfare for corporations that outsource jobs and hire illegals continues. Now it looks like tax breaks for the rich will continue in spite of what obama says to waving crowds. The is no hope or optimism for main street with obama

    September 21, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  24. keith

    Richard - She was NOT an elected official, and she was NOT running for office, when she speant this money! Unless you are paying off campaign debt – It is lllegal to use Campaign money to pay for things – when you ARE NOT running for office.
    The times that O'Donnell was using campaign moeny she was NOT running for anything, and she was NOT paying off debts. What O'Donnell was doing was using campaign money illegally to benifit HER personal life. YOU CANNOT DO THAT!

    September 21, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  25. Average American

    The Dumbocrats are once again shutting the Republicants out of a debate – this time it is concerning don't ask don't tell? That's what they did during the health care reform "debate". No wonder the Republicants filibuster the bill – as they should. Have a fair, open and honest debate – with all sides being heard and listened to – then vote on it.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  26. Richard

    Name one government official politician that hasn't spent or used campaign money or government tax payer's money for personal gain.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:06 am |