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September 21st, 2010
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Western defense source: 9 killed in Afghanistan crash were Americans

(CNN) – Nine American service members died in a helicopter crash Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, where an international coalition has stepped up efforts against the Taliban, according to a Western defense source.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity when revealing the nationalities of the nine, who've added to the grim toll for Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to a CNN tally last updated Monday, 517 coalition troops had been killed in Afghanistan this year, including 341 Americans.

Even without the inclusion of the latest numbers, the figures make 2010 the deadliest year for Operation Enduring Freedom since it began nine years ago. FULL STORY

Iranian president to speak at UN summit

(CNN) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is among the world leaders scheduled to speak in Tuesday at a United Nations summit on global goals to fight poverty, hunger and disease.

Government leaders and heads of state are discussing the Millennium Development Goals, which they agreed to a decade ago. The goals have a deadline of 2015 and include a target for halving extreme poverty

Ahmadinejad is on a public relations offensive this week in New York, addressing the session on tackling world poverty, giving interviews and speaking Thursday in the assembly's general debate. FULL STORY

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  1. Don Straub-Euclid, Ohio

    I was troubled by Ahmadinejad's comment to Larry King that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a "skilled killer." It is ludicrous that a leader dedicated to peace-Netanyahu- can be degraded by the Iranian despot, who seeks to eliminate the Jewish nation.
    It's funny how truth can be manipulated to the point of absurdity.

    September 23, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  2. mike sey

    Must commend CNN for only being more than 10 years late in its continued pursuit of the O'Donnell ' I was a teenage witchcraft dabbler' story.

    O'Donnell is probably unqualified, too ignorant and dangerously regressive to serve in high office but not for her teen-age dating experimentation. If this becomes the litmus test almost an entire generation of Harry Potter and Twila loving kids will be disqualified from office in the future.

    Learn from your mistakes, drop all references to bewitched, and move on to something of substance. Play some clips of O'Donnell's recent policy histrionics for a change, please.

    September 21, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  3. dale wrigley

    Howdy- There's a ridiculous rumor going around in America, and I wish CNN could help with dispelling it:

    A buddy of mine at work pulled this absurd "factoid" out in conversation and as it turns out, several people believed it! He said that these Tea party candidates, that are currently running in the November elections are running against other people.

    Now, I told him, "I've been watching CNN every morning, and I can assure you, that for November's election, the only candidates are tea party republicans and regular republicans." but he and several others swear up and down that there's at least one other political party involved!

    Could you please address this ridiculous rumor on-air so people don't go believing in fairy tales like this?

    September 21, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  4. pfriday

    Gov mortgage agencies created the mess, not every one should own a home.

    Wall street has always worked in the grey areas, more grey areas are created with regulation.

    is the change to centralized economy – failure!

    September 21, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  5. art

    AA says- "@arty .. once again you do your Dumbocratic best to put your own spin or outright lies on other people words... and once again you fail terribly."

    Are you in denial? We've all read your words about "sanctity of life" on this blog.

    "But war is not inevitable. Peace is inevitable, if we are willing to explore the inherent truth of human unity – if we are willing to contemplate the undeniable fact that we're all one, that we are interdependent and interconnected. This compelling truth of human unity needs to be called upon at a time of division. It needs to be insisted upon. It needs to resound with the historical precedent of America's first motto, "e pluribus unum": out of many, we are one."
    -Dennis Kucinich

    Fathom that for a moment, AA.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  6. Average American

    The only concern I have about home-schooling is will the home schooled children at the minium level of a public school taught child?

    September 21, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  7. xavier

    Greed is a sin...but wasn't america born off of greed?

    September 21, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  8. James Gawne

    Regarding Homeschooling. Our Homeschooled son graduated from the Naval Academy in 2009. Homeschooling is a better than viable alternative to public school mediocrity. We wanted a better education than what the public school in our community was offering our children. They got a better start and reintegrated to the public school system when the time was appropriate.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  9. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Social Conservatism has no other purpose other than to insert non-revelent polarizing rhetoric into national issues of importance. That is those issues that are vital in the promotion and enhancement economic growth and prosperity of a nation. Should the 'social conservatives' gain sufficient representation in Congress, there will be an endless 'filibustering' in the legislative process, for this is one thing the 'Social Conservatives' have proven themselves to be experts in. They know how to hi-jack conversations without positive imput for those trying to find solutions to very complex problems. If a candidate attaches "conservative" to his or her name beware of their motives and agenda. Most likely it is NOT in the best interests of the country.

    I said the above yesterday in another blog. Why don't these people who consider themselves 'conservative' run under their own party banner, say the 'Conservative Party'. What they did was hi-jack the Republican Party and are still in the process of dismanteling it. Watch, if they gain the majority in the House and Senate, they will dismantel the Democratic Party in a similar mannor. Then what will we have?

    September 21, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  10. xavier

    @average american, my exactly my point, and then he has the nerves to ask us to bail out their bank??? Sounds ludacris to me, almost like a high risk business plan...

    September 21, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  11. xavier

    i believe homeschool is good, but I do not think it takes them away from exposure to bad things...its like a parents send their kids to private schools to take them away from that...but there are just as much drugs available to them.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  12. Average American

    @Xavier.... here's a question to be answered by someone .... where is all the missing money in Afghanistan going? Something like 80% or so can't be accounted for.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  13. Average American

    @arty .. once again you do your Dumbocratic best to put your own spin or outright lies on other people words... and once again you fail terribly.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  14. xavier

    Good Morning!!! i just have a big feeling The afghani president is a crook...and is taking our money to fund taliban...

    September 21, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  15. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Congressman Bob Ingles said it well. If there were more Republicans with his demeanor and attitude, I would be clearly in their corners. Too bad he was 'purged'. The so called and perhaps self-proclaimed 'conservatives', both Republican and Democrats, the ones who base their views on things that are just not true and distortions have no business even considering higher office. Why? The have too much of a tendency to 'impose' their beliefs upon others without evaluating the consequences of their actions.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  16. Kevin

    Thank you for a homeschooling report that actually represents what it's like for us homeschoolers. We have been using this option for the last 12 years and we just graduated our first of 6. Because of what it takes to do this well, my terrific wife works harder than I do any day of the week. The bonus for our family and those we network with, is that our kids really enjoy to learn. Some of my kids have been "behind" in some subjects but they don't know because they go at their own pace. What a great and less stressful way to learn. That realization is what helps push through the tough days. In about an hour, my kids will get up, prepare for the day and get their books out for their education. When they are done, they can spend time on what they like to do. By the way, three of our six, have their own businesses. As parents, we may not be the smartest but we are the most interested in being sure our kids learn.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  17. art

    AA says- "Afghanistan should have been nuked back in the fall of 2001"


    What you fail to realize is there are human beings living there. Your attitude is elitist AND hypocritical with regard to other posts of yours regarding "sanctity of life."

    September 21, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  18. pfriday

    if odonnell has no chance why are dems so scared?

    also, the group that declared the recession over considers a number of stats – always has. The group is made of number of Economists – current admin may want to consider adding some to administration.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  19. Pauly

    The media has been saying an unknown, O'Donnell, upset the establishment candidate, Castle. Who was the DE Senate candidate for the GOP against Biden? Yes, O'Donnell! She falsely claimed she took 2 out of DE's 3 counties & when called on this, she said she meant tied. She didn't come close to winning or tying any of the counties!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  20. Ron Chromey

    The commitee that declared the recession over had to adjourn in order to attend their Myopia Association Meeting.

    It's a sad statement that no politcal leaders have stepped forward to call this report deceiving and unrealistic.

    I guess they all think Happy Days Are Here Again.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  21. Irene

    People most definitely should be "scared" if O'Donnell gets into office!

    I wonder if she were not visually attractive...would she be getting the volume of media attentiion she's been getting????

    September 21, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  22. Average American

    Americans should be scared of any person that labels themselves as Dumbocrat and/or Republicant as they are both corrupt as the day is long.

    There shouldn't be any US troops in Afghanistan and there never should have been. Afghanistan should have been nuked back in the fall of 2001 without putting US soldiers in harm's way.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  23. Irene

    OT.....just had to comment:

    It's good to see John and Kiran sitting next to each other this morning. The time for "musical chairs" is over....

    Though opposites....they DO complement each other!

    September 21, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  24. Pauly

    Americans should be scared of O'Donnell getting into office! Unless she gets an imlant from the mice she says are running around w/ fully functioning human brains! How would you get a human brain into a mouse when it's bigger than the rodent itself?

    More troops=more casualties. Our leaders said casualties would increase w/ the increase of troops. Why do so many now ask why there are more casualties? Not only are there more targets for snipers, bombers, etc but more at an increased risk of being blown up by IEDS. And of course, accidents are also more likely since more troops have to be moved throughout the country.

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

    Does anyone know why this is the deadliest year in Afghanistan?

    Condolences to the service-men's families of those that were killed in Afghanistan.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  26. Ralph Beach

    @Christine O'Donnell... This is all an attempt to discredit O'Donnell...She runs her campaign from home, so what? People are scared of her getting into office.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:03 am |