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September 27th, 2010
09:26 PM ET

The Teaser for Tuesday, September 28, 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.

6:40AM Randi Weingarten, President of the American Teacher’s Federation, on the criticism the President made about teachers defending the status quo when so many schools are “drop out factories,” what she makes of the President’s case for a longer school year, his comment that if bad teachers should be fired if they're not cutting it and his new initiative to recruit 10,000 STEM teachers over the next 2 years.

7:40AM Cord Jefferson, Washington Reporter for TheRoot,com and Emma Roller, Editor in Chief, The Daily Cardinal, on the President’s trip to Albuquerque, NM and Madison, WI and what he needs to do to energize voters, especially the younger ones who helped him get elected.

8:10AM Alex Sink, (D) Florida Gubernatorial Candidate, on how she plans to appeal to voters who may be riding the anti-establishment tide and see her opponent Rick Scott as an outsider.

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Filed under: Education • Politics
September 27th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Welcome to the world of hashtag politics - or #politics

Washington (CNN) - When a scuffle broke out at a candidate forum in Nevada last week between supporters of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican rival Sharron Angle, the fight didn't end after tempers cooled. It simply moved over to the social media website Twitter, where the war of words in this nasty race continued.

One of Angle's campaign managers, Jordan Gehrke, posted a tweet, a short message on Twitter, that accused Reid supporters of starting the fight. "Check out the video here of Reidbots screaming and heckling," the tweet said.


Filed under: Politics • Social Media
September 27th, 2010
10:03 AM ET

From here to Afghanistan

As part of an ongoing series “A Soldiers Story,” CNN's Jason Carroll follows Sgt. Randy Shorter and his unit as they head into Afghanistan. Catch their stories on our AMfix blog, and CNN's American Morning this month.

Filed under: A Soldier's Story
September 27th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Pilot: "Prepare for the worst"

Passengers on Delta flight 4951 experienced a scare when the plane, bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport was forced to make a without its right wheel. The landing gear had failed. The pilot said flight attendants told 64 passengers to “prepare for the worst," but the plane landed – sparks flying – on the runway and no one was hurt. Passengers erupted in applause.

CNN's Kiran Chetry talked exclusively with passengers Chase Benzenberg and Alessandro Albero who shot video of the emergency landing.

Filed under: You Have to See This
September 27th, 2010
05:59 AM ET

LIVE Blog: Chat with us during the show

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Obama to sign $42 billion bill aimed at helping small businesses

(CNN) - President Obama will sign a $42 billion bill to aid small businesses Monday. The bill seeks to create thousands of jobs and will offer about $12 billion in tax breaks.

Last week, the House of Representatives approved the Small Business Jobs Act by a 237-187 vote.

The measure is also expected to create 500,000 jobs, according to a summary of the bill from the Senate.

Among other things, it would authorize the creation of a $30 billion fund run by the Treasury Department that would deliver ultra-cheap capital to banks with less than $10 billion in assets.

The idea is that community banks do the lion's share of lending to small businesses, and pumping capital into them will get money in the hands of Main Street businesses.

Televangelist Eddie Long: 'I'm going to fight' sex allegations

Lithonia, Georgia (CNN) - Baptist televangelist Eddie Long said Sunday he will fight allegations that he coerced young male church members into having sex with him.

"I am not the man that has been portrayed on television," he told his congregation.

Speaking publicly about the accusations for the first time, Long did not address the specific allegations contained in four lawsuits filed against him earlier this week.

"I've been accused, I'm under attack," he said, lowering his head and softening his voice behind the pulpit at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta.

"I want you to know, as I said earlier, that I am not a perfect man. But this thing, I'm going to fight," he said. "I feel like David against Goliath, but I've got five rocks and I haven't thrown one yet."

With that, the 57-year-old pastor put down his microphone and walked off stage, receiving deafening applause from the thousands who had come to hear him.

The lawsuits accuse Long of using his power and influence within the 25,000-member church to lure young male church members into sexual relationships. The suits allege that the relationships, which began when the men were in their teens, lasted over many months. FULL STORY

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