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September 27th, 2010
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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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  1. Elizabeth

    Regarding the tragic story of the young man who committed suicide, in the face of outrageous conduct, I don't understand those who advocate the viewpoint that we need to 'bully proof' our kids. Twenty years ago, I won a case of first impression in the broadcasting industry after two disc jockeys thought it was 'funny' to defame me and cast me in a false light on the air. We won on all counts and a jury awarded us 649-thousand dollars. These two individuals were bullies. Speaking before various groups afterward, I was incredulous when people (usually women) would ask me 'why didn't you move?' and 'why didn't you find another job?'. Why should anyone have to adjust themselves to deal with a jerk? If your child is being bullied, get right in the bully's face and tell him or her you're going to press charges and if it persists, do so. If necessary, sue the bully and his or her family in civil court. It is nonsense to take the position that we should just teach our kids to 'tough it out'. They should not be in that position. Bullies are usually stupid, insecure, cowards, and if you shove back, quickly and firmly, they will usually scurry away and hide.

    September 30, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  2. John C.

    I just watched your piece 'A Soldier's Story' and was particularly drawn to your comments about 'winning the hearts and minds' – without actually defining it. Many in the USG, DOD and media use this term regularly and I have not seen many formal/official USG or DOD definitions. An operative definition I've found in reading comes from a former USAID and CORDS member from the mid-1960s – and this may be benificial to contextualize what we're doing, or trying to do, in Afghanistan.

    'Winning the hearts' is getting the locals to believe that the counter-insurgent winning IN THEIR BEST INTERESTs
    'Winning the mind' is getting the locals to believe that the counter-insurgent CAN/WILL win .

    Too many times when using the terms 'hearts and minds' USG officials, DOD and more critically the media reporting the stories use the term and imply 'we' are trying to make 'them' like us – while desirable, and makes Americans 'feel good', that's NOT the objective, or even at times required – 'we' want/need/require them to like/have confidence in/support 'their' government, the counter-insurgent, against the Taliban/AQ/Haqqani/etc.

    So how do we do this? The Soldiers in your story are –
    – Winning the minds – this becomes a function of 'actions' that demonstrate the positive aspects of government control, government security, government addressing of both immediate and long-term grievences. And even more than simply the positive aspects, how those positive aspects more directly benifit local/regional interests – needs. Again statements of the towns people are one positive indicator, but NEGATIVE indicators here are recent reports of failure of Kabul bank, lack of government presence / progress in Marja, endemic corruption to the local level amongst Afghan Police and government officials – all of these 'conditions' can/are exploited by the Taliban to 'win hearts' through their actions to make people 'believe' they are better off supporting Taliban. ' All of these negative indicators tend to defeat confidence of the people – even if it doesn't directly impact them.
    – Winning the hearts – by supporting the indigenous government and their military, training them to be more proficient as well as better address local grievences with respect to security and rule of law, and 'professionalizing' them in the Afghan context of what the public expects of their police/military – ONE INDICATOR of success was the statements in the town by the locals who WANTED Afghan Army and Police in lieu of US Army – not necessarily a 'measure of succes' BUT its a positive indicator that what we and our Afghan partner are doing may be working. ONE NEGATIVE indicator was the villagers who said 'we are Taliban – this village has 'decided' that the Taliban is stronger/will win – not necessarily 'better/more desirable'.

    Thank you for this report – our military is doing a huge and phenomenal job of conducting operations that are age-old in their origins and doing so under a strategy that is somewhat revolutionary, if you look at the last 50+ years of our military, in a country with a radically different set of civil circumstances than the great majority of Americans can fathom.

    September 30, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  3. Kelly Young

    One morning I thought I heard a short promo on a new gadget that holds the bar codes of all those annoying store discount cards so you don't need to have them in your purse or on your keyring. I do not remember the name of it and if it is available. Can anyone help me out?

    September 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  4. Jay C

    In America Eddie Long is Guilty until proven Innocent.

    September 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  5. Stephanie

    Personal trainers for children: Think of it as a private coach. Especially for those who dont participate in school sports. Many teams have Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists. So some kids need Certified Personal Trainers to help them how to lift weights properly. If parents can afford proper instruction for their children, go for it.

    September 27, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  6. Kathy hanson

    The Waiting for Superman movie maker said charter schools that aren't performing well should be shut down. Should public schools that aren't performing well be shut down? He probably won't go that far. Pretty brave, but too scared to go all the way, I guess.

    September 27, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  7. Eileen Ellis

    I agree that our educational system needs to be overhauled but what do you do with situations like my sister is in as a teacher? She has 11% of her 5th grade class who have IEPs (Individual Education Plans) that stipulate that they have a reader and a scribe. How can she teach the rest of the class and enable them to pass rigorous testing under those conditions?

    September 27, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  8. mike sey

    The gushing hero worship and mindless applause of the pastor's flock demonstrates again how little faith, spirituality or even God has to do with religion. The bishop could have recited Mary had a Little lamb and his admirers would have been satisfied and reacted the same.

    September 27, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  9. Jane

    Newsweek is a far left publication. It doesn't surprise me that they wouldn't write a real favorable story about "Mama Grizzlies". I wonder if Newsweek has done any articles about candidates on the left who want to grow the government and expand the federal government spending on health insurance and education? The federal government spending more on these items is not necessarily seen as a good thing by many in this country.
    It's like the media focusing on Christine O'Donnell in Delaware, while pretty much ignoring Al Green in South Carolina who is running for the Senate as a Democrat, and who also is an "unusual" candidate. I don't recall seeing the same amount of focus placed on Al Franken when he was running despite his nasty and vile comments in the past as well as some of the wacky stuff from his past. Why so much focus on Ms. o'Donnell by the same media which did not dig into the many video clips available for Al Franken?

    September 27, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  10. Scott Stodden

    Good Morning To You John And Kira I Love And Watch American Morning Each And Every Day You Guys Are The Best! Iam So Happy That The House Passed This Jobs Bill And Its Going To Be Signed Into Law Cuz Lord Knows We All Need Jobs Available In This Country And 500,000 Jobs Added Would Be Phenomenal! Also, Bishop Eddie Long Said Yesterday That He's Not The Man That Television Has Portrayed Him As, He Says He's Not A Perfect Man, He Said He Feels Like David Up Against Goliath And Blah, Blah, Blah! Don't You Think These Children Feel Like There David And Eddie Long Is The Goliath There Up Against! I Feel Like If Your Innocent Why Hide Behind Your Lawyers? Proclaim Your Innocence And Answer Questions! I Feel Sorry For These Kids And What They Went Through And Eddie Long Should Step Down Immediatly From The Pulpit Until The Investigation Is Complete, Save Yourself The Embarresment Mr. Long Cuz We All Know More Is Going To Come Out As The Weeks Unfold!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)
    American Morning's Number 1 Fan!

    September 27, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  11. Derek

    Why do we continue to allow our presidents to use our tax money to travel around the nation for campaigning? Aren't there more pressing issues in this country? Imagine if all of the money raised by campaigning was put to education or clean energy. As always it's about power and money. If politicians really cared about this country they would stop fighting for power and do things to move this country forward. It doesn't matter who comes out on top this fall as it will never change in Washington.

    September 27, 2010 at 7:47 am |


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    September 27, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  14. Dace

    Why aren't you telling people that 91% of Rove's money is from 3 right-wing extremists? And that it is the billionaire brothers from TX bank rolling the alleged tea bag "grass roots" movement? The election is being bought and paid for by a few extremist billionaires yet you cover-up this horrendous assault on our democracy. It is outrageous and would be criminal if not for the ultra right-wing activist supreme court allowing them to purchase elections.

    September 27, 2010 at 7:20 am |