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September 17th, 2009
03:14 PM ET

The 30 Second Pitch

Every Thursday in CNN NewsRoom with Kyra Phillips we're trying to connect job seekers with potential employers.

We call it The 30 Second Pitch.

This week we're featuring laid-off senior marketing executive Ken Won.

If you have a job for him, you may e-mail him at:

Also, check out his website designed to encourage job seekers in this tough economy.

September 17th, 2009
02:24 PM ET

Is Civility dead?

By now, you've more than likely heard about Congressman Joe Wilson yelling "You Lie" to President Obama as the president addressed Congress last week.  

A few days later, tennis star Serena Williams unleashed a profanity-laced tirade when a judge called a foot foul on her.

And even if you weren't watching Sunday night's VMAs, you've probably seen video of Kanye West crashing the stage and taking the microphone from Taylor Swift as she gave her acceptance speech. 

So we want to know, what's behind this kind of behavior? is it acceptable? Where are we learning it? As a nation are we so self-centered that we don't think about our actions toward others? Are we teaching our children the correct way to behave? 

This Saturday, September 19th in our 4pm Eastern hour, we're exploring the topic "Is Civility Dead?" We would like to hear from you on this subject.  Please send us your questions and comments.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 17th, 2009
12:22 PM ET

President Obama and race, how should the President respond to attacks?

How should the Obama administration handle race and politics?

Should they, for example, respond to protestors who compare President Obama to Hitler - or just look the other way?

Author Tim Wise says they're walking a fine line. He wrote 'Between Barack and a hard place–racism and white denial in the age of Obama.'

He spoke with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
September 17th, 2009
09:48 AM ET

"Immeasurable Courage" in Afghanistan

An Army Staff Sergeant who died trying to save a wounded comrade will receive the Medal of Honor today posthumously from President Obama. Staff Sgt. Jared Monti – whom the Army has posthumously promoted to sergeant first class – died June 21, 2006. Read more details in our story here. Josh Levs reports this morning that the Army has created a new Web site taking visitors inside the “battlescape” of that day’s events, tracing through Monti’s heroism. Here’s the link and the report:

Here is CNN’s list all of the U.S. and Coalition casualties in Afghanistan:

And in Iraq:

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Josh Levs
September 17th, 2009
08:10 AM ET

Is the U.S. Still in a Recession?

A new CNN-Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 86% of Americans believe the U.S. is in a recession. 42% think it’s a “serious recession.” 35% think it’s a moderate recession. These numbers come out just 2 days after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession is "very likely over."

What do you think? Is the U.S. still in a recession?

Post your comments here

Filed under: Heidi Collins