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October 28th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

“President Dude might have shown a little more respect…”

(CNN) – It was the first time a sitting president made a visit to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and Jon Stewart didn’t pull any punches. So how did it go? What did it accomplish for the President, Stewart? Might it impact the viewers – and more importantly, voters? CNN American Morning’s John Roberts & Kiran Chetry talk to media critic David Bianculli to get his insight on a little TV history in the making.

Filed under: Politics • President Barack Obama
October 28th, 2010
08:47 AM ET

American swimmer's death: What went wrong?

CNN's John Roberts talks to USA swimming team member,  Christine Jennings about participating in the open race in the United Arab Emirates that took the life of her fellow colleague Fran Crippen.

Filed under: Sports
October 28th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Fury over Marie Claire "fatties" blog

Marie writer, Maura Kelly wrote a piece titled “Should "Fatties" Get a Room? (Even on TV?).” She was talking about the sitcom "Mike and Molly" and said the sitcom was "promoting obesity." The magazine got over 30,000 responses to the post. Kelly has since updated her post to apologize and admit that she had her own issues with anorexia and life long obsession with being thin. The magazine's editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, has also spoken out on the controversy. CNN's Kiran Chetry spoke with psychology professor, Dr. Ramani Durvasula, who was also a psychologist on the Bravo series "Thintervention" on the outrage a Marie Claire article sparked.

Filed under: Controversy
October 28th, 2010
07:35 AM ET

“Two parties are more polarized than ever before”

(CNN) – American Morning’s John Roberts and Kiran Chetry talk to John Avlon, CNN Contributor and Columnist for the Daily Beast, about the continuing rise of Independent voters and why they may hold the keys to which candidates win the midterm elections.

Filed under: Politics • President Barack Obama
October 28th, 2010
01:19 AM ET

The Teaser for Thursday, October 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.

6:10AM John Avlon, CNN Contributor and Columnist for, on the whim of the independent voter as election day approaches. As more undecideds tune into Senate races across the nation, they show signs of breaking to Republicans. Is the trend momentary or a sign of a long term shift? Can the Democrats turn the tide in these final days?

6:40AM Ramani Durvasula, Prof. of Pyschology Cali. State Univ and Psychologist on the Bravo Series "Thintervention", with reaction to the controversy Marie Claire blogger Maura Kelly sparked with a post on the CBS sitcom “Mike and Molly”, a show about a couple that meets at overeaters anonymous. Kelly wrote, “In real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room”.

7:24AM David Bianculli, Founder & Editor, TV Worth Watching and TV Critic, NPR's "Fresh Air", on President Obama's visit to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, the first time a sitting president has appeared on the show.

7:40AM Christine Jennings, USA Swimming Team, on the death of fellow American swimmer Fran Crippen, 26, in an open-water race Saturday. Jennings says she became dangerously fatigued during the race, vomiting several times in the water, unsuccessfully attempting to signal for help, and finally struggling passed the finish line, ending up in a hospital.  She discusses the conditions that lead to her harrowing experience and may have contributed to the death of the young American athlete.

8:40AM Gan Golan and Erich Origen, co-authors, "The Adventures of Unemployed Man", on making light of the beleaguered American economy in their new comic book, "The Adventures of Unemployed Man". In the book, superhero Unemployed Man battles villains from the Hall of Just Us, including The Man, a sinister CEO, The Human Resource, Unemployed Man's seductress and nemesis, and Nickel & Dime, an evil pair of silent killers.

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Filed under: American Morning
October 27th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Hacking the vote

By Deb Feyerick and Bob Ruff

The notion of stealing votes is as old as, well, voting itself.

With the advent of computerized voting, some are concerned that e-voting may be susceptible to tampering. University of Michigan Prof. J. Alex Halderman, along with colleagues at Princeton University, decided to put that question to the test.

First, they legally purchased government surplus voting machines, then they tested them to see if they were vulnerable to vote theft.

For Halderman's crew, getting into the machines was as easy as picking a cheap lock. Once in, the researchers were able to reprogram the memory card inside the machines, set up a mock election and then steal votes at will.

Princeton researcher Ariel Feldman, showed us one of the hacked machines: "We were flipping votes from one candidate to another to keep the total number of votes the same." And, just to nail the point home about how simple it is to alter the computer's memory card, they replaced the election software with the classic video game, Pac-Man.

And there's more:


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Filed under: Does Your Vote Count? • Elections • Voting
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