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September 13th, 2009
05:02 AM ET

Ahead in the CNN Newsroom...

Yale University says there's no reason to believe a missing graduate student and bride-to-be ran away.

An argument leads to a costly penalty point for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.

President Obama is preparing to deliver a major speech Monday on the nation's financial crisis.

And conservative protesters flooded the national mall in Washington Saturday. We'll look back on the Tea Party Express rally against taxes, big government spending, and current plans for health care reform.


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  1. ken

    Serena is rude and obnoxious and should be suspended from tennis. She should have been arrested like the harvard professor. Then obama would invite her to the whitehouse for a beer. However I think she would be perfect for the republican party.
    NJ

    September 13, 2009 at 6:41 am |
  2. Aiysha

    I am getting very tired of this country and it's ignorant, hateful and or racist citizens deciding to use any platform to protest against America's current President.
    Using scare tactics with such imagery as Nazis, and disrespecting the Presidental office becuase of their inability to deal with the fact that President Barack Hussein Obama is a blackman! GET OVER IT!
    You idiots continue to shame this country's international image with such petty behaviors! and hide behind the constitution. It's shameful for you to use spending as a reason to come out now, where were you when America's previous president closed his eyes to our economy as a whole and spent us in to the gapping whole that we are in today? You sat on the couch and agreed with everything he said no matter the news about how much LYING, we were being subjected to. Now becuase a new Commander in chief is in office and happens to be black, looking to Change America, you take to the streets in the name of "love for America". The only people who believe that nonsense is you and you are all having a hard time convincing your selves and the world that your agenda is one based on "love" when all you due is spew hate. You stand to support the many republicans who are being paid millions by healthcare lobbyist to continue to rape the American people DAILY. If one truly "Loves" America so much your "love" should be extended to helping your fellow man who suffers due to the current healthcare status. It is time this country sits back and looks in the mirror, analyze it's own hipocrisy and faults and make changes.
    GET OVER IT! Barack Hussein Obama is President of the United States of America. He is looking to make changes that will change the lives of Millions for better, perhaps even your own if you would just sit down and stop thinking so onesided and looking to demean the President.

    September 13, 2009 at 6:44 am |
  3. George Mason

    Does the USTA test players for substance abuse? From the perspective of a viewer, Ms. William's outburst seemed like a classic example of 'roid rage. Also her physique is superior to most NFL linebackers. Professional players in baseball, football and bicycling have been under scrutiny for several years now. The results are a cleaner sport and less finger pointing.

    USTA – isn't it about time???

    September 13, 2009 at 7:30 am |
  4. George Mason

    Regarding the D.C. "tea party":

    A lot of the protesters appeared to old enough to be enrolled in Medicare. Has anyone polled demonstrators at these events to determine if they have insurance, are on Medicare, and how they financed their trip to the event?

    September 13, 2009 at 7:34 am |
  5. Chris

    Sad to say, Serena now joins a long list of black athletes that show bad 'judgement' on controlling their temper when something doesn't go their way. They are a reflection of the blacks in life who believe if they shout, protest, riot, etc they will get what they want -- welfare, healthcare, and so forth. They need to change, but -- can they change?

    September 13, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  6. mick

    A study should be made on where these people get their news and if they look to more than one news source for their information. Many seem clueless to what the president said in his speech. Many of these people would benefit a great deal with an expansion of medicare/ government run programs for health care. Very much an odd phenomena.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  7. Dwight

    These Obama haters will always find something to complain about. How many of them voted for him; probably none. Where were these people when Bush was running up trillions of dollars in deficit spending? No where to be found. This is all about hating on an Afro-American President.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:23 am |
  8. KAT

    More of the same from Serena it just got caught on tape and made the news this time. She has always been rude and unsportsmanlike. Totally inappropriate. Why on earth would you threaten the line judge? If you have a problem you speak to the umpire. Then to turn around and deny she threatened her? If she wasn't so critical to the ratings I would say suspend her.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  9. Stephanie

    Serena's bad behavior cost her the match. The penalty was fair. What will be the penalty for the terrible call by the line judge? Perhaps the judge's bad call should cost her her job?

    September 13, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  10. Cynthia

    That's unfortunate about Serena. She lost her cool but think about why. A bad call that turned out to just that. She got emotional but why penalize? It's not like she has a reputation of doing this all the time. I think it's plain RACISM.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:30 am |
  11. Lisa

    I have been waching tennis for years and have never seen Serena Williams behave in such a manner. I missed the match, but when you showed the outburst on the news, I knew it had to be something major, but to hear she was penalized for something she did not even do. I wonder how many of us have had anything that major on the line and someone else made a mistake at our expense. I am a pretty level headed person and I am not so sure I would not have gotten upset myself maybe not to that extent, but upset none the less. Because of the outburst, I do believe Serena should have been penalized, but the outburst would not have happened if the judge had not made the mistake. It is the old adage, what comes first the chicken or the egg? I believe in this case, it is the chicken and the judge should be penalized as well. Serena should be asked to apologize (Rep. Wilson was not penalized) and the point should be re-done. As far as the person who named NJ who brought the Harvard Professor and President Obama into this. He/she should recognize it was a member of the media who forced President Obama into that drama and if some in this wonderful country of ours can accept a House member calling our President a liar on worldwide television, surely you can accept the President trying to calm what really could have grown into something much bigger.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  12. Jerry in Texas

    Since the Right Wing continues its mean spirited, factually unsupported, often racist and near delusional attacks on the President, in short continues to act like Joseph McCarthy, they deserve the same chastisement Welch gave McCarthy: " Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
    Because that is exactly what this Tea Party nonsense is: Mob McCarthyism. In the defense of the average person who participated, however, I don't really blame them. I share their anger and frustration on the fundamental issue: it seems Washington doesn't listen to anyone but the well heeled lobbyist. But sadly, this group of average people has had their imagination and energy captured by the children of Joseph McCarthy and are being led like sheep down a dangerous path.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  13. Ty broaddus

    Serena Williams

    Professional athletes are and should be held to a higher standard. The line judge called what she believed to be correct. Miss Williams just plain lost her composure and showed an immature response. Other professional sports take action with this type of control loss. Miss Williams should receive some form of correction and may wish to seek anger management.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  14. mick

    Could a small group of people who will end up paying for the health care with tax increases stimulate this tea party movement? So much of the argument against health care is so bizarre that I can't understand how this movement gets so much repeated attention.

    September 13, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  15. James of Houston

    Hooray for CNN! …. A courageous and balanced report today on the national health care issue!

    Gloria Borger and John King emphasized on CNN’s report his morning that President Obama not once mentioned or discussed his "Public Health Care Option" during his long and drawn out presidential election campaign. … Now, for some reason, it has become the centerpiece of his health-care legislation!

    If the “Public Option” was not considered important legislation during the heat of the debates back then, why is it such a "make-or-break” deal among the liberal congressional Democrats now?

    Let's let the public option die a natural death, as it should, and instead use “health insurance co-ops”, as many have proposed, to provide much-needed choice and competition in the private insurance market.

    The Government should not be involved in the health care business. The job of Government is to pass laws to regulate the insurance companies so they play fairly and establish a "level playing cost field" for those of us who wish to purchase health insurance policies for ourselves and our families! Again, hooray for CNN!

    September 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  16. Louis Savage

    hey folks lets all give Obama and his staff a try and if we don't like them i be first in line too vote them out after we gave bush 8 years and i live with and kept my mouth shut

    September 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  17. Chris

    Concerning the Healthcare "Public Option", Obama does lie in that what he doesn't say about his intentions to put Illegal aliens and welfare recipients on an improved healthcare plan that the working American citizens pay for is the same as lying. He covers up his agenda very well, but thank God for those who bring it out! He should stick to improving the life of those willing to work by offering health coverage while people are temporaily unemployed, but say NO to covering Illegal Aliens, say No to offering them citizenship ahead of many Euoropeans who would like to be accepted here LEGALLY, and say no to all of those on welfare who want more lifetime free benefits that make us feel like we are working for them. Cut these people from the payrolls. Also, government workers especially our members of Congress get way too many benefits and these should be reduced. How can you expect working people to pay for better benefits for these people than they even have for themselves? America is waking up and there will be changes.

    September 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  18. KAT

    The president had his chance to make this a bipartisan issue last wednesday. Everyone agrees that we need to regulate the insurance industry, increase choice in healthcare insurance, and stop denials for pre-existing illnesses. The majority seem to be against the "public option" and our own CBO says we can't pay for it. He would clearly get enough republicans on board the bill to call it a bipartisan effort if he dropped the idea of a public option and added real changes to TORT reform. Of course he will not do that because he has the former president of the Trial Lawyers of American on his staff. So he failed in what could have given him a real shot at a more unified healthcare bill. Would it be SO bad to drop the public option for now and introduce TORT reform if it meant getting a bill and some change? Really? Obama showed no compromise.

    September 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  19. Nacilbuper

    I was at the Tea Party Event. 2 million people that are tired of Government spending money we don't have.

    To all you Liberals, or Progressives riddle me this.

    HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR THIS?

    You too will not have a valid answer, and then the light comes on.

    September 14, 2009 at 6:04 am |
  20. Chris

    Nacibuper has a good point! How can our government keep taking money from our pockets simply because they want to give our money to someone else? This is not the American way. If it is, we're heading for a big fall as a world leader. We will one day be watching as a nuclear bomb falls from the skies because we now have weak liberals running the country, taking money, and giving it away. What is not bombed over here will be repossesed by China as we simply can't pay for everything the liberals want to "buy" with our hard earned cash. One good idea that would work is for our government to go out and find jobs for all of those people who won't work, yes those who have grown up on welfare and have no plans to work. Get them off of the government payrolls and help us save a little money so that we can purchase the insurance our own families need. It's very cruel for the liberals to point fingers at people who can manage money and say they should be ashamed of NOT wanting to pay for those too lazy to work. I say it's cruel to keep paying for generations of families to eat and sleep instead of "forcing" them to get jobs and raise their self-esteem and helping build America instead of destroying America.

    September 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm |