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September 27th, 2009
04:38 AM ET

Ahead in the CNN Newsroom...

The coffee is brewing and writers and producers are working hard to bring you up to date on what’s been happening in the world while you were sleeping.

Here’s a look at the stories we’re working on: A defiant Iran fires two short-range missiles. We’ll talk with Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour to shed some light on the situation.

Plus, President Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual dinner last night. Health care reform was on his mind. President Obama said, "We have been waiting for health reform since the days of Teddy Roosevelt. We've been waiting since the days of Harry Truman. We've been waiting since Johnson and Nixon and Clinton. We cannot wait any longer."

And dedicated fans camped out to get their hands on tickets for the anticipated Michael Jackson movie “This Is It” which doesn’t open until October 27th.

We’ll have these stories and more this morning on CNN Newsroom with Betty Nguyen, T.J. Holmes and Reynolds Wolf starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

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  1. Alheli Picazo ("Ala-Lee Picasso"), Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    I am Canadian with a serious medical condition. I have weekly appointments, weekly blood work, have had 5 seperate surgeries with lengthy hospital stays and am on many medications...I am so thankful for my universal health care. I never have to pay for any of these things, and the few medications that aren't covered are covered by my extended insurance plan.

    I I was living in a country where I did not have universal care, i'd be bankrupt twice over, or quite likely have been dead long ago.

    Keep fighting, America, for the right to affordable, accessable and quality health care that you deserve!

    Do not listen to the lies and baseless claims made by people who have never had universal health care...they don't know what they're talking about.

    September 27, 2009 at 5:12 am |
  2. Kay Cotrell

    Washington is this big huge old machine. I wish a lot of luck to Psdt Obama to deal with the BS of his oponents especially in the issue of health care. You will prevail Mr. Psdt because you are consistant, convincing, and work for the American people. I support you 100%. Kay Cotrell

    September 27, 2009 at 6:04 am |
  3. Brian Mellies

    You asked if I would be willing to donate a kidney to a someone I knew in an emergency.

    In the last several years I've lost both my parents, both my only sister and her husband – my brother-in-law, several other relatives, and an agonizing number of dear friends. The feeling of helplessness I live with over this has been so great, that if the donation of an organ I could easily live without would have saved even one of their lives, I would have done so gladly.

    We don't understand the preciousness of life until we see it taken away.

    Thank you.

    September 27, 2009 at 6:29 am |
  4. Charles Smith

    I'm 43 year old man of color that has had a transplant it took 5 and a half years to get. It came from a deceased man. I received it on Dec. 31 2005 and this past Jan 6 sixth I went into acute rejection and now I'm back on hemo dialysis. This time around it's alot harder on my body. I need a o positive kidney donor and my sisters could never do it because they both have been treated for cancer. So i belive if people could help one another if they know them or not it would save alot of lives. they have this new thing with transplants called DOMINO that is if a love one you want to give a kidney to is not a match with you, but you still give to a person is a match with you they will find the preson for your love one and they will get the match for you. I live in Jacksonville fl and I would travel around the world if I could to have another chance. My goal is to become a Nurse and work with transplant Pt. Thanks for taking the time to hear my voice and see where I'm comming from We all need one another in some form or fashion and being kind and helpful to each other is what it is all about

    September 27, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  5. Michael Meaux

    are you going to let thim know that i would donnate a kidney to someone i do not know i wrote you earlyier about that and my little girl with cancer her name is makenzi rose meaux can you read my story on the news thanks your friend the meaux famliy

    September 27, 2009 at 8:31 am |
  6. Tom Joad

    I just got back from Penang, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur and I am convinced more than ever the US is in dire straits. The growth since my last visit is astounding, especially during a period where the US has regressed. I've always had a portion of my investment portfolio in the Far East and commodities, but now I'm going all in and leveraging as much as ten to one. I can't even put into words what I've learned; just know that it was significant enough for me to register in Mandarin classes at the local state university.

    While we in the US continue to bicker about issues that should be resolved via compromise, other countries are preparing for a world where the US is no longer a SuperPower; as if it is a foregone conclusion. Lobbyist and Termless Politicians are playing a dangerous game of musical chairs with the fate of America, and I refuse to be one of the many left standing when the music stops.

    September 27, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  7. Jimmie Littrell

    If our government is truely serious about getting a health care bill that wil help the American people, why don't they make it madatory that whatever bill is passed the members of congress have to use the bill as their primary health care. It is easy to pass something that will not affect them as an individual. Come on, it is about time our govenment man up and start abiding by the rules they pass.

    September 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  8. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    I hope that the Media Companies will continue working hard to bring the information of the world while we are sleeping. I hope that President Obama will keep Health care reform was on his mind. I hope that President Obama will keep repeating his words, “We have been waiting for health reform since the days of Teddy Roosevelt. We’ve been waiting since the days of Harry Truman. We’ve been waiting since Johnson and Nixon and Clinton. We cannot wait any longer.” I would like to add a topic to your work of including Puerto Rico on the Health Care Reform. The island has relinquished to do all the paper work needed. We cannot patronize corruption as in Miami, Florida. I hope that the Commissions will be very specific on the accountability and responsibility.

    September 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  9. James of Houston

    Federal employees’ health insurance premiums will increase by 8.8 percent on average in January, according to the Office of Personnel Management. ... What's in store for the rest of us?

    September 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  10. James of Houston

    I truly believe the reasons our medical procedures in the United States cost so much and are so expensive are as follows.

    First, when the private hospitals treat emergency-room patients and indigent patients who cannot pay for their medical services, they charge the private carriers more for their procedures and services (like $20.00 for two aspirin!) to make up for their operating losses.

    If they don’t recover these losses, they will close their doors and go out of business. (This has already happened to three hospitals here in Houston.) The insurance providers, who are charged the brunt of these charges, then pass these charges off to us and our employers in the form of higher premiums.

    Second, if you have no health insurance and are admitted to the hospital, you will be charged the same high costs as the hospital and doctors charges the insurance providers.

    Again, these higher costs enable the hospital to recoup their expenses for treating the poor and indigent patients who are unable to pay their hospital bills. … From this example, you can see we have a “universal“ health care system now; it is very expensive and not very efficient! … It also includes all naturalized citizens and all of our illegal residents!

    September 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Absolutely not – We had a relationship going on in our office which all the secretaries knew about but the partners turned their heads to it. In the end, the girl got special treatment and when the affair was finally exposed by some of the employees to the upper management, the girl finally left but instead of things being okay after that.......certain girls have been singled out and constantly targeted by the man who was having the affair to make our work days miserable. This is a small office and all the "bosses" are partners so other than quitting, there is not much the group of us can do except to put up with his unfairness, even though he has since divorced and married his secretary. He still holds a grudge against a group of us for exposing him. If she would have just left when the affair began, it would not have affected the rest of the girls at all.

    October 3, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  12. Ian Shaw

    Re; Blackface act in Australia. There is a significant cultural difference. America has much to atone for in the area of race relations including Slavery, lynchings and segregation as well as organizations such as the KKK. Anything else Americans do now has to be scrutinized beyond reproach. Aussie society, on the other hand, has had a much more civilized approach to the races and they can do things that are not automatically seen as being demeaning in a hurtful manner, other than by Americans.

    October 10, 2009 at 6:52 am |