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February 15th, 2010
12:41 PM ET

McCain Challenger Plans to Announce Candidacy Today

The man who wants to unseat Sen. John McCain plans to formally announce his candidacy today.

Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says McCain isn't conservative enough.

CNN deputy political director Paul Steinhauser, and CNN political producer Peter Hamby spoke with Fredricka Whitfield about
McCain's re-election battle.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 15th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Dominique Dawes Weighs in on the Winter Olympics

Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes is in Vancouver as an analyst for Yahoo! Sports.

She spoke to Fredricka Whitfield Sunday about how the U.S. is performing in the Winter Olympics.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield
February 15th, 2010
11:31 AM ET

Legal Issues of the 9/11 Trial

The proposed trial in federal court of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed continues to reverberate. New York City has now made clear it does not want the trial held there. And some argue he and his alleged co-conspirators should instead face justice in a military tribunal. Harvard law professor Noah Feldman joins CNN's Don Lemon to explain the differences between a trial in federal criminal court and one in a military tribunal.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
February 15th, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Fighting Childhood Obesity with Cans of Soup

First Lady Michelle Obama is targeting childhood obesity through her new campaign, "Let's Move."

Fitness expert, Cliff "Hollywood" Boyce, showed Fredricka Whitfield some simple things parents can do at home to help get their kids in shape, like using a couple cans of soup.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 15th, 2010
11:20 AM ET

The Debate Over Childhood Obesity

First lady Michelle Obama says 1-in-3 American children is overweight; 1-in-2 among minorities. Now she has launched Let’s Move, a national program to get rid of junk food in public schools and educate children about proper diet and exercise. President Obama backed her up by establishing a federal task force to tackle the issue and come up with a plan of action in 90 days.

Not everyone supports the effort. They say while well-meaning, the initiative is misguided and may lead to even worse health problems among American children. Paul Campos is the author of “The Obesity Myth” and an outspoken critic of Mrs. Obama’s plan.

Dr. Mark Wright is a weight-loss specialist. He says Mrs. Obama is right to focus on the issue of childhood obesity.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
February 15th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Black farmers to rally in Washington

African-Americans farmers plan to rally in Washington today.
They're demanding more than a billion dollars in settlement from a discrimination lawsuit.
The farmers say the federal government denied them loans and subsidies because of the color of their skin.
The president of the National Black Farmers Association, John Boyd, spoke with Fredricka Whitfield about the case.


Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
February 15th, 2010
08:43 AM ET

Size Matters

You may know him as “Silent Bob,” but Kevin Smith isn’t staying quiet about getting kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight.

The director and actor says a pilot ejected him because he didn’t fit properly in a single seat.

Smith wrote about the incident on his Twitter page Sunday saying, “I’m way fat, but I’m not there just yet,” and “if you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air.”

After angry comments from Smith and his fans were posted online, the airline issued and apology and gave him a $100 voucher.

Southwest says its “customer of size” policy requires travelers to make other arrangements if they don’t fit safely and comfortably in one seat.

Both Smith and the airline acknowledge that Smith bought two seats for his original flight from Oakland but he was flying standby in order to catch an earlier flight and only one seat was available.

Smith insists he was still able to put both armrests down and buckle his seat belt, which is Southwest’s policy.

So what do you think? Should Smith have been kicked off the flight?

We’ll share some of your comments on the air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am — 1pm ET


Filed under: Tony Harris
February 15th, 2010
07:53 AM ET

What's your homemade remedy?

Thanks to the power of fromage, winter games skier Lindsey Vonn says she’s ready for this year’s competition. After injuring her shin during training Vonn has been wrapping it in topfen, an Austrian cheese, to reduce inflammation.

Our question: What’s your homemade remedy?


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips