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July 4th, 2009
04:50 AM ET

Ahead in the CNN Newsroom

North Korea launches seven missiles
Vice President Joe Biden speaks to troops in Iraq
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin calls it quits
Michael Jackson memorial and burial
America celebrates Independence Day

CNN Newsroom with TJ Holmes and Brooke Baldwin in for Betty Nguyen, 6am ET/3am PT

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  1. Charlie Erickson

    Happy Birthday America !!

    Charlie.

    July 4, 2009 at 5:36 am |
  2. RJ

    I hear Americans say all the time whats wrong with this country? Well I`ll tell you even if you dont want to hear it. Lets start with Sarah Palin, somehow a less than intelligent person got elected as Governor of Alaska, apparently low standards in Alaska. For the past 25 to 30 years we Americans have been making poor choices when it comes to our elected officials. We must blame ourselves for the poor leadership we`ve elected over the years! We must start recognizing whats really best for our cities, states, and federal government. We for the first time in awhile we actually elected an intelligent man for president, now we need to follow up with more people centered to the middle, not to the left or to the right! Face it people we are human and we all make mistakes, what we also must do is figure out which mistakes really matter and weed out all of the unqualified elected officials out of our government! Please let this be the last we hear of Palin, it digusts me that SHE has gotten the attention she diffently did not deserve!

    July 4, 2009 at 7:56 am |
  3. James E Whedbee

    [1] On North Korea, as long as they keep missing the target (assuming they've actually chosen one), let North Korea waste their money and technology all they want with these missile launches. Every failed launch is another missile they don't have in their inventory. Every missile they lose to these wasted launches puts the North Korean government that much closer to having to work with the rest of the world realistically. If a missile gets close to the USA or its allies, shoot it down. Otherwise, let 'em launch all the missiles they want (besides it's the 4th of July, so a few extra fireworks are no big deal).

    [2] On Sarah Palin, I'm a democrat, but let's be real: it's not likely we have the whole story. Jumping to conclusions are a bad idea for democrats...what if she or a family member is ill? What if there's a family issue. Being too critical without all the facts can put us (democrats) in a bad light. Let's let this thing play out before saying anything. In the meantime, let's wish her well and offer to help should she need it (after all, that's the REAL American way).

    HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, FRIENDS!

    James E. Whedbee, M.Ed.
    Gladstone, MO

    July 4, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr.

    no matter what this is americas birth day so happy birth day america .we americans will deal with kim john ill getting his freak on later the troops in iraq can go to the E M club with Joe and play quarters . Sarah Palin can spend more time watching russia . michael can finely get some sleep . and america can rock the night away .

    July 4, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  5. David McConnell

    I don't know where VP Biden was born, but him saying that we are all immigrants is about the dumbest thing I heard in my life. I would like to say that I am by far a immigrant, I am a American, a veteran of the United Stated of America. I hold no green card, I was born and raised in this great country, and me and many americans take offense to that.

    July 4, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  6. Neilan Tyree

    Dude! What's with you and the meteorologist reading in all kinds of nonsense to the comments by the young couple who got engaged at the top of the Statue of Liberty today.

    When he said there would be "fireworks tonight" it's clear that he meant FIREWORKS! There was no "tmi" moment. Y'all are OFF.

    It's the 4th of July, you know? And if he went to so much trouble to get the FIRST tickets to the newly opened landmark and made plans to get engaged there, etc.? It stands to reason that they're going to end the day by WATCHING FIREWORKS.

    Nothing else was implied. Y'all took a really nice, sweet story and made it ridiculous. Nice job. NOT.

    July 4, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  7. Charlie Erickson

    Too many people have fallen victim to the dysfunctional menality of the two party system. It is so dysfunctional, so juvenile, and so corrupt, that common sense has no place in it, no matter what they may say. It's so corrupt that bribery has become perfectly legal. It's left vs right; republican vs democrat, and conservative vs liberal. It has long ago become "we the party". "We the People" to them, is nothing more than a late 18th Century expression, written on an old fading document.

    President Obama is really an independent. He is only a democrat because independent thinkers haven't a snowball's chance in hell, of gaining high political offices. To show everyone how smart he really is, he used the Democratic party as his political vehicle to office. Once he got there, his true independent nature emerged. He's one of the extremely few political persons in government, with the ability and desire to think for themselves. He would be far more effective and could get things done more quickly and efficiently, if he didn't have those on both sides, getting on his case. Oddly enough, it is just that, which provides the proof of his independent thinking and common sense approach to things.

    Charlie.

    July 4, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  8. CCarroll

    Biden presides as troops in Iraq become U.S. citizens. Does anyone see anything wrong with these repeated swearing in of military people to US Citizenship? News propaganda tells everyday of the glorious service our young people are doing to protect us overseas in the two war zones. In twenty years of military service, I did not see one person get citizenship for serving in the military. Why is the military having to resort to enlisting non-citizens to do the glorious duty?

    July 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  9. Dwight M Lee

    geeee...
    it only took CNN four plus hours to report on the mcnair shooting!!!
    what do you guys – take the weekends off?!?!?!

    July 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  10. Kendall

    On your opening segment, I just watched a report by Ed Henry on President Obama’s upcoming trip to Russia. I noticed throughout Ed’s report that Mr. Henry repeatedly referenced President Obama as “Mr. Obama”. I think this is very disrespectful to the President, and Mr. Henry should modify his report accordingly. What was even more noticeable is everytime Mr. Henry mentioned the Russian president, he referred to him as President Medvedev. If he can pay a foreign president that level of respect throughout his report, he should do the same for the president of the United States, President Obama first and foremost.

    July 5, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  11. Michelle Burns

    Well to say the least. Rev Al Sharpton manages to create his own contraversary as usual....Is he really needing attention that bad....If I was that stupid I beleive I would keep my mouth shut....Everything I have watched since Michael Jacksons passing.....is everything The Media has said when he was alive. Everything they have stated has been true, obviously the Drug issue is something he is trying to down play..come on Rev, are you living in Neverland now....Michael was one of the most wondeful caring giving talented people in the world and he gave his life to the world with the gift of music, but you shouldn't be surprised that it all took it's toll on him, so many get into drugs and contrary to your beleif Rev Sharpton, Michael also was Human and capable of also being caught up in that type of addiction, and we all seen why, did that make him less of the ICON and MAN he was ...NOOOOO.....but remember this drugs can and will get the best of them, and it got him toooo...God Be with you Michael and your children and your family, REST IN PEACE...

    July 5, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  12. Jerry Coker

    I find it remarkable that people continue to criticize Sarah Palin. This lady had an 80% approval rating until the left-wing radicals felt threatened by her. The unfounded criticizm continues to target the former Governor. If people would first think about their comments before they extoll them, we all would live in a better place. The radical left-wing continues to criticize her family and children in particular, yet, they leave 'President" Obama alone. His kids are being allowed to live a normal life in an abnormal atmosphere.

    July 10, 2009 at 3:59 pm |

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