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October 9th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Friday October 9th, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

Two big breaking stories on tap...

  • Stunning news this morning that made every jaw in the newsroom drop.  President Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize... Less than nine months into his presidency.  The announcement coming a little more than an hour ago from Oslo.  We're reaching out to the White House to see whether anyone there even knew this was coming.  Our experts are weighing in all morning long about what this means, if anything at all, in places like Iran and Afghanistan.
  • NASA bombs the moon.  The space agency fired a rocket at the lunar surface in hopes that the fallout will reveal signs of water.  It’s an extraordinary mission to see if the moon could sustain life… maybe a real estate opportunity too.

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October 8th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What's on Tap – Thursday October 8, 2009

Here are the top stories we’ll be breaking down for you this morning:

Breaking news: The Taliban is reportedly claiming responsibility for a suicide car bombing this morning near the Indian embassy in Kabul. At least 12 people were killed and 60 were injured in the attack. The explosion shattered car windows and knocked down walls. Paramedics are digging through debris searching for survivors. Read more

Deciding the next move in Afghanistan… An official request for more troops is now on President Obama's desk. It comes from his top general. Our Barbara Starr is live at the Pentagon where there are new questions this morning about the president's approach to the war.

And Washington is still looking for a fix on the make or break push for health care reform. We know insurance premiums and co-pays are going up, but what's the reason? The cost of care or greedy insurance execs? One case in Maine is taking that question to court. CNN's Jim Acosta has that story.


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October 7th, 2009
06:22 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Wednesday October 7, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Eight years in Afghanistan for U.S. troops and the general now in charge says we need 40,000 more to win this war. The president is making it clear withdrawal is not an option right now.  But after a rare bi-partisan meeting with congressional leaders, something else is clear: the president is not ready to commit to a war strategy just yet.
  • You're already paying more for peanuts, blankets and leg-room.  Now the airlines are finding another way to make money.  Several carriers are now hitting you with a 10 dollar peak-travel surcharge.  The added fee goes into effect between Thanksgiving and New Years.  You'll also have to pay more if you're traveling around the typical spring break season and Mmemorial Dday.
  • If you live in New York City and have been through the drive thru in the past year, now you know why they call it a Whopper.  The city was the first to start making chain restaurants post calorie counts on their menus.  Others followed. It's forced some people to do a double take. But has it stopped them from “super sizing?” There’s a surprising new study that says some people are actually eating more!
  • To catch a predator.  Our Rob Marciano is on the hunt for 20-foot sharks off Virginia Beach with scientists who are trying to find out why they’re behaving differently… and what that could mean for their next meal.

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October 6th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What's on Tap – Tuesday October 6, 2009

Here are the top stories we'll be breaking down for you this morning:

A CNN exclusive: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sit down for a rare joint interview with Christiane Amanpour. Both Cabinet members insist that our troops are staying in Afghanistan. Our Barbara Starr is live from the Pentagon with insight on the interview. Read more

David Letterman's first show since admitting he had sex with members of his staff – The Late Show host publicly apologized to his wife and staff. It was part comedy, part crisis management. Our Alina Cho has the report. Read more

And dramatic news this morning about America's top military commander in the Middle East. General David Petraeus has undergone radiation treatment for early stage prostate cancer. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on what this diagnosis means. Read more


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October 1st, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Thursday October 1, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • Iran wants respect and the world wants answers as historic nuclear talks get underway in Geneva this morning.  The White House now says Iran faces drastic international sanctions if negotiations collapse.  But does Iran care? Read more
  • We are live on the ground in American Samoa, where a massive earthquake triggered a wall of water, a killer wave that level homes up to a mile inland.  One of the first, first-hand accounts of the destruction, live this morning. Read more
  • Pitchman in chief, President Obama joins the first lady in Denmark tomorrow to try and persuade the International Olympic Committee to hold the 2016 games in his hometown of Chicago.  The president's taken some heat for making the trip.  What if it fails?  Our Ed Henry will be live from Copenhagen with the latest.  We’re also talking to Scott Pippen, – the Chicago Bulls legend and a man who brought home a gold medal with the original “dream team” – about what this could mean for the city.
  • The other bank charges you.  Then your bank charges you for having the audacity to swipe your card somewhere else!!  When will the madness end?  Well this morning there's new proof that the cost of money is slowly, but surely killing us.  A new survey says ATM fees have exploded, even in this recession.  It now costs an average of more than $3.50 to use another bank's ATM.  That's up 16 percent from 2004.  Haven’t they got enough from us already?

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September 30th, 2009
06:56 AM ET

What's on Tap – Wednesday September 30, 2009

This photo taken on September 29, 2009 after an 8.0-magnitude quake and tsunami struck in the early morning offshore shows a damaged building and truck in Pago Pago, on American Samoa. (JOHN NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo taken on September 29, 2009 after an 8.0-magnitude quake and tsunami struck in the early morning offshore shows a damaged building and truck in Pago Pago, on American Samoa. (JOHN NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Here are the big stories we'll be breaking down for you this morning:

Paradise pounded. Tsunami waves triggered by a powerful earthquake flatten villages on the Samoan islands in the South Pacific. More than 80 people killed. Dozens injured. Telephone service cut. Homes and government buildings destroyed. We have the latest. Read more

A setback for the president and his plans for a public option in the debate over health care reform. A key Senate committee rejecting two Democratic proposals that would create a government-run insurance program to compete with private insurers. Does this mean a public option is no longer an option for the White House? Read more

An urgent summit meeting in Washington to address the dangers of distracted driving. It will focus on everything from texting to talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel. And what kinds of laws are need to keep drivers safe. Our Jason Carroll is following developments for us.

Shorter summer breaks. 9-hour school days. Kids may hate it but would you support more time in school? The president argues American students are way behind, compared to students in other countries and longer school days and a longer school year is a way to level the playing field. What do you think? Sound off below.


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