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May 9th, 2009
04:24 AM ET

This Morning On CNN Newsroom...

It is 4:23am ET/1:23am PT. We're all a little blurry eyed. No doubt the coffee is brewing and we are getting ready for a great show this morning. So here's what were working on for you: Two developing stories… severe weather doing some serious damage across parts of the country, and raging wildfires not letting up in California. Meteorologist Reynolds Wolf is tracking both.
Home sales are trying to rebound, which could be good news especially if you’re trying to sell. So is the housing market on the road to recovery? We'll get the lowdown from finance expert and author Clyde Anderson.
Here we go again! Another scandal rocks the baseball world. This time it’s the Dodgers Manny Ramirez. The league suspended him for using a banned drug. We'll talk to sports business analyst Rick Horrow about the whole mess. Tell us what you think about it as well. Are you still a fan of Ramirez or have your feelings changed?
Join Betty Nguyen, TJ Holmes and Reynolds Wolf for those stories and so much more. Wake up with CNN Newsroom starting at 6am ET/3 am PT.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Barb Smith

    TJ and Betty, I, a Minnesotan, would be horrified if J. Ventura were to enter politics and/or benefit in any way from hype via the media. Please check with constituents who had to live with the results of his policies in this state.

    May 9, 2009 at 6:56 am |
  2. Tom Delgado

    OK peoples ... I'm getting tired of you getting me all excited about upcomming stories with exclusive footage only to have the exciting parts blocked out by your marque ... quit it!! Drop the marque or have your camera operators place the subject in the upper half of the frame while filming.

    May 9, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  3. Joel

    Erectile disfunction commercials are pornography. If you think we should show pornography during prime time go ahead. I will junk my tv's. Here's an idea: during a Viagra commercials, why not show them do it, before and after?

    May 9, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  4. Scott

    Why are the Dem's worried about commercials when you can ANY kind of full contact sex (straight/gay) you want on MTV at 2 afternoon? Can anyone tell me what happened to MUSIC television?

    May 9, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  5. Joel

    ed commercials are pornography. Doesn't bother me, but children should not be exposed. Hard to prevent when these commercials are everywhere. Why not show the sex act before and after taking Viagra. That will sell the drug, no?

    May 9, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  6. Mary Alice Wise

    The Waco Tribune-Herald has a great feature story this morning about a girl, Danielle Elliott, (23), who was kidnapped, horrified, and who escaped ('08), and now gave the most inspiring speech in Waco's 54th State District court. (Writer of the story: Tommy Witherspoon, a WT-H staff writer). My first response in reading this to my husband at breakfast was: Larry King needs to know about this!! The girl jumped from a moving car, broke both wrists, and walked across the Baylor University stage that day for her graduation. Is now a teacher in a Hispanic neighborhood, there in Waco....and the story tells of her words to the attacker...and of her vision for life. You've never read such a story and of her inspiration. Follow up on this.
    Mary Alice Wise..... (we watch Larry all the time.)
    Tell Larry that we're from Gatesville, Tx....where he came to interview Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman executed in Texas. I talked with Karla, before and after his interview with her. Through prison ministry of our local church. Gatesville is 35 miles from Waco. The girl in the story today teaches now at Bells Hill Elementary in Waco, where I had my first teaching job in 1954. Small world.

    May 9, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  7. Pat

    I am all for freedom of speech But. it concerns me that there are so many ads playing now that are sexually suggestive and down right vulgar. Not just the products you mentioned.
    The Quiznos ad is just nasty. I will never eat there again.

    Kind Regards

    May 9, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  8. Joel

    you don't make it easy to find how to read all the blogs. I am not stupid, but I can't find the blog that I posted other than by itself on this page.

    May 9, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  9. John Thorn

    CNN: Viagra versus ignorance

    Interesting sequence: Controversy over sex related ads followed immediately about “news” that some women are using sex as a political tool. (What’s new? Remember Bathsheba & Clepatra?)

    How about changing our approach? Rather than continuing the politics of fear, anger, aggression and violence so damagingly dominant in American culture (and beyond) by fighting over sex, we COULD choose to talk about it?

    I empathize with parents (and especially grandparents) feeling uncomfortable answering a five year old or “tween’s” questions about sex. Something has to be said, but what? How about the simple truth? Of course first we have to know the truth and that means we older folks may have to learn some new “stuff”. Then we have to practice because knowing it and saying it are two different things. We also need to learn how to “scale it down” to a level a child can understand. A vague or nonsensical response fights our natural need to understand and the child IS going to learn something.

    We don’t answer a kid’s question: “Grandpa, what’s calculus?” by linking it to algebra. We say something like, “It is a very complex and interesting use of numbers. After you learn your times tables, you will learn some other fun things you can do with numbers too. Calculus is something that takes a long time to get to, but you will get there if you choose.” Why can’t adults talk about sex in the same way?

    Cultural change is quickening. We need to keep up.

    It would not seem inconsistent with Obama’s approach for the budget to fund the “special education” needs of parents and grandparents in communicating comfortably with their offspring. Lovingly informed children are far less likely to act out in sexual or violent ways … and won’t be as uncomfortable as we when our great great grandchildren ask them the eternal questions about our world, including sex.

    John Thorn, Ph.D.
    Jackson, WY

    May 9, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  10. Franky

    Hi guys!!!! Good morning!! Come on guys, you know you missed me, you know you missed me...I had a date yesterday but this time...(wait for it)...with a Polish girl!! For the record, I've dated them before, it ain't nothing new...she just looked good, that was all, LOL!! Very nice girl...I mean, very nice, if you know what I for real, she was nice, LOL!!! Booyah!!!!


    You know, I did noticed people are complaining about the commercial, but you know what I do when I'm watching a game with my lil nephew and it pops out? I just change the channel real quick!! I think you worrying about whether he'll see it or not is much of a liability, that's kind of like saying you smoke cigs but you don't want your son or daughter to see you smoke it constantly or drink a beer. Just change the channel!! It'll take you like 30 seconds and boom, is over, change it back to your regular programming...

    You decide what's best for your family, not when you're government tells you...

    May 9, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  11. J Biggs

    Hay TJ, First I worked there in 1972, 2nd My Father working a 11 Alive NBC when he did I use to take the old Star Trek home the week end before they were aired. 3th, Gene Roddenberry started Star Trek as Cowboys to the stars it just took off from there. You have to remember it was 1965. There wasn't much TV or Movies for that matter.

    Always Elder Jay Biggs Junior

    May 9, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  12. Laurie Weinsier

    I don't understand why no one has discussed the fact that one can be AGAINST abortion and still be PRO-CHOICE. It is a personal decision to be made by the woman involved and her conscience. No one else's business, especially the government!

    May 14, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  13. Art Garland

    TJ, it's far past time to STOP the Obama worship. Everytime you report a story, like the Notra Dame protest, you always need to defend Obama, with that smirk on your face. If you consider yourself a JOURNALIST, and I assume you do, you should be aware, the job requires you to report the news, without anyone knowing your political bent. If you want to do commentary, OK, just do it under your signature, and report the rest of the news from an unbaised point of view.

    Question, "Why have you stopped reporting the daily death toll from Iraq and Afganistan, on every segment"? The war is not over, our troops are still dying.

    May 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  14. John Baker

    Where was the protest, outrage, and anger when the catholic church had there sex scandel, where were the student protest then. To my point Obama never denied Christ, so if Obama is not against Him then He's for Him. So shame on these people for not supporting a God fearing man. One last thing a mortal sin, really so God says 1 sin is greater then another. Shame on them what about the non-believers that are watching?

    May 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  15. gary bazley

    to mrs donna brazell black people in calif. was not misinformed about gay rights they understand the difference between gay rights and religion, marrage is a right to procreate we do not want people making fun of the way we see GOD I was very sorry to here your comments as a black democrate if a white male republicman said that black voters were ignorant as you have said people would be very upset show more respect for black voters there two side to every coin Voter in Atlanta

    May 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  16. lisa kim

    can anybody tell me the name of the balloon artist that appeared on cnn this morning; or how I can find out his name????

    May 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  17. Carrie A

    Hi Lisa – here's his website:

    May 28, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  18. lisa kim

    thanks carrie A; "you the bomb"....people like you are what cyber space should be all about...

    May 28, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  19. Linda Martinez

    After reading a few articles about MJ I came to tears. I was never a great fan but boy do I hurt for that "little boy". He was, by his own admission, so lonely. Me too. Yes God has given him a better home. How many of us know one child or one older person that is lonely? All of us should make an effort , in respect to this little boy in a man's body, to try to touch one person by just being there. Perhaps he has opened some of our eyes as to the need in many for just a friend. Go to a convelescent home and be a small part of some people's happy. Make it a personal tribute to Michael Jackson. Say a prayer for him. God bless that Little Boy. Linda Martinez

    June 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
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