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May 16th, 2009
06:12 PM ET

50 people living in two rooms

Pakistan civilians in the crossfire between government troops and Taliban fighters have been fleeing the Northwest region, crowding refugee camps and packed communities, creating a humanitarian crisis.

CNN's Reza Sayah visits a home in Pakistan where more than 50 displaced family members have found refuge.


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Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Impact Your World
May 16th, 2009
12:54 PM ET

Religion & Politics: President Obama at Notre Dame

President Obama is set to give the commencement address and accept an honorary law degree at Notre Dame University this Sunday. Some student groups plan to protest the president’s speech and 10 Notre Dame alumni – all priests – contend in an open letter that the school is risking its “true soul.”  

Should graduation ceremonies at what some consider the cathedral of Catholic education feature a president who supports policies, such as legalized abortion and embryonic stem cell research, which violate church teachings?  

We’ll take an in-depth look at the controversy in the Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield Saturday at 4pm ET. We’ll talk with people on both sides of the Catholic divide over abortion. We also want to know what you think. Should President Obama speak at Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony?

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Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
May 16th, 2009
04:57 AM ET

Check Out CNN Newsroom This Morning

Coffee is brewing as usual and the writers and producers are typing away on their keyboards here in the CNN Newsroom as we work on putting together a great show for you.

Looking to make a little extra cash? Well, this interview guest caught my attention and should get yours as well. Janet Bodnar an editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine looks at 11 ways to earn some extra dough. I’ve already have seen some of her tips, and let me tell you there are some things I would’ve never thought of. See for yourself this morning.

When I hear the name Chris Gardner I think of the amazing story about his life which turned into the best selling novel Pursuit of Happyness. His story then made it to the big screen starring Will Smith. Well, Chris Gardner is back with a new book called Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. It features 44 life lessons, but one thing in particular struck me. He says don’t have a Plan B. Really? Hmmm, no backup plan! TJ will try to get to the bottom of this and more when he talks live with Chris Gardner.

Wake up with Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes on CNN Newsroom Saturday morning starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

Filed under: In the Newsroom