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May 31st, 2009
12:00 PM ET

The Obamas' night out

It was a campaign promise President Obama made to his wife.

From a White House statement on the President's date night with the First Lady: "I am taking my wife to New York City because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished."

No sooner than date night was announced, the Republican National Committee sent out a statement of their own attacking the President for spending tax payer's money in hard economic times.

What are you thoughts? Was the President's date night a much needed break from the White House or a waste of money?

May 31st, 2009
08:30 AM ET

Move GM to Another City

GM move from Detroit? That's what the mayor of Warren, Michigan has proposed. CNN's TJ Holmes spoke with Mayor Jim Fouts about his offer and Toledo, Ohio's mayor shares his thoughts on the auto crisis.

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May 30th, 2009
06:13 PM ET

Betty & T.J.: Spelling Quiz!

CNN's Betty Nguyen and T.J. Holmes quiz each other on spelling words from the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest. Then, they get pointers from this year's champ, the queen bee of spelling: Kavya Shivashankar.

May 30th, 2009
05:16 PM ET

GM On the Brink of Change

Today GM's board of directors is meeting for the second day to talk about its plan. Meanwhile a Canadian auto parts supplier is coming to the rescue of the company's European subsidiary "Opel."

A Russian company, GM and Opel employees will also own shares in Opel.

Yesterday, the United Autoworkers Union agreed to major cuts to the fund that covers health care costs for retirees.

But it's not enough to keep General Motors out of bankruptcy.

Fredricka Whitfield spoke with Automotive Analyst Lauren Fix about what this means to you.

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May 30th, 2009
12:29 PM ET

Learning to a New Beat, Hip Hop tunes help special needs child

A new DVD music video series using hip hop to teach toddlers and pre-schoolers to read is raising some eyebrows.

It's getting great reviews from parents and some psychiatrists. But what's really compelling about this educational series is how it got started.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield explains.

Saturday Fredricka interviewed It's Hip Hop Baby creator, Candi Carter and Dr. Lisa Thorton.

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May 30th, 2009
10:39 AM ET

CNN Staff Spelling Bee Memories

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is taking some of us here at CNN back to when we competed in local spelling bees. Why is it that everyone just can’t forget that one word they missed? You probably don’t remember anything else about that year, just that nagging word. Anchor Betty Nguyen was in the third grade when she misspelled HELICOPTER because she was so nervous. Of course they rang the bell immediately when she started with the letter “I”. Chalk it up to nerves. You know, those moments when the pressure is so intense that your brain starts to freeze. She came in third place. Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf was in the fifth grade in Alabama when he misspelled the word PIERCE. The whole “I” before “E” rule can be confusing.

Our Executive Producer, Tenisha Abernathy won her sixth grade spelling bee in her class. The day that she was supposed to go compete against the other sixth graders in other classes to advance to the next round…SHE GOT SICK! Yes, sick as a dog, and she couldn’t go to school. She was so mad, she was moved to tears!

I was in the third grade at Smith Elementary School in Corpus Christi, Texas when I beat everyone in my school, including the fourth graders. I went on to the district finals, and then struck out on my first try with the word WINTER. What?? I know, it seems like an astonishingly easy word, but keep in mind I had never been in front of a group of people before. I was so nervous, I just wanted off the stage! I spelled it with two E’s. Doh! Share your spelling bee memories with us!

May 30th, 2009
08:58 AM ET

Out of school, out of work

Graduation day is one of the highest points of anyone’s life. And for their parents and loved ones too.

That apex hits a particular crescendo when a college graduate can say he or she knows what is coming next: heading off to the dream job they worked so hard in school to land.

Sadly, fewer college grads these days are familiar with that sense of surety. The jobs for today’s grads are few and far between. Which is why we are inviting you, Grad, to share your employment hunting experiences with us.

Then join us at 4PM as we dedicate our show to this topic.

May 30th, 2009
04:41 AM ET

This Morning on CNN Newsroom...

As usual the coffee is brewing and the writers and producers are typing away on their keyboards as we prepare a great show for you. Here’s what’s going on in the CNN Newsroom this morning: A prince in New York…. All eyes are on the Big Apple right now. Prince Harry is there on his first official trip. We’ll talk to Victoria Mathers. She’s a royal watcher and the Editor of British Vanity Fair about the significance of his visit.

The competition is tough and not for the faint of heart. We’re talking about the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Only one person was able to spell their way to V-IC-T-O-R-Y. 13 year old Kavya Shivashankar of Kansas is the new champ. But what does it take to become the spelling bee queen? She’ll join us live to talk about that and more.

They've been in show business for 45 years. Find out how the Osmonds have managed to find staying power in the face of adversity. Betty Nguyen sat down with Donny & Marie. You won’t want to miss it.

Join Betty Nguyen, TJ Holmes and Reynolds Wolf this morning starting at 6am ET/3am PT in the CNN Newsroom.

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May 29th, 2009
11:17 PM ET

The :30 Pitch Laid Off Twice, Looking for One Job

Imagine going through a lay off twice in a year. It happened to shipping manager Robert Durham from Texas. He's NewsRoom's pitch of the day.

May 29th, 2009
05:29 PM ET

Major Religious Shift at Supreme Court

While lots of attention is being paid to how Sonia Sotomayer would be the first Latina on the Supreme Court, another major change has already happened at the high court.

In this majority-Protestant country, only two of the justices are Protestant. And if Sotomayer is confirmed, there will be only one Protestant. The court will have six Catholic, and two Jewish justices.

Tomorrow morning in the CNN Newsroom, our Josh Levs will show us the religious breakdown of the United States, and how much it differs from the Supreme Court.

What does the the court's "Catholic shift" mean to you? Is it relevant? Is too much attention being paid to the idea of diversity? Let us know.

And then join Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes tomorrow morning in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET, 3am PT.

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