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November 7th, 2009
05:04 AM ET

Ahead in the CNN Newsroom...

We're following the deadly shootings in Fort Hood, Texas and Orlando, Florida.

President Obama heads to Capitol Hill for a final health care push ahead of a floor vote on a $1.1-trillion health care reform bill expected this weekend.

We're answering your health care questions on H1N1 in the 9 o'clock hour. If you have one, leave it here.

The nation's unemployment rate spikes to a 26-year high of more than 10%. CNN Personal Finance Editor Gerri Willis joins us in Atlanta throughout the morning.

The USS New York, its bow made from steel from the World Trade Center, is being commissioned this morning.

And our Reynolds Wolf is keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Ida, now swirling in the far western Carribean.

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

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  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The C.D.C. has predicted that 50% of the American population will contract the H1 N1 virus from this 50% how many deaths are predicted.

    November 7, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    With unemployment over 10% how many store owners large and small will file for chapter 11 because of lack of customers to buy there prouducts in 2010 .

    November 7, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  3. don

    So we now have unemployment as high as in 1983. Does anyone remember Reagen economic policies that brought us star wars, irangate,and rampant S and L collaspe that brought down everyones stocks, and a trillion dollar defense budget? Now we are once again trying to struggle out from under 8 years of Republican policies and we are in the same,if not worse, position.If we don,t learn from our mistakes, we are sure to repeat them with the same disastrous results.It will get worse before it gets better!

    November 7, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  4. Dave Larsen

    When are the American people going to realize that the congress persons that are voting against health care reform are the ones that are taking the most money from special interest groups representing health care providers. How can anyone, Republican or Democrat, be against us providing affordable health care to everyone. I know several "died in the wool" Republicans who had to declare bankruptcy due to health problems later in life.

    November 7, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  5. Lois L

    Isn't it ironic that so many of our representatives who claim they want to keep government from coming between us and our doctors are demanding the government interfere when one of the most personal decisions we will ever make in consultation with our doctor, namely abortion, is at issue. Do you think our reps would be so eager to have the government interfere if they were debating an issue such as erectile dysfunction? After all, couldn't the treatment of erectile dysfunction be a leading contributor to the need for an abortion, so why should the government pay for Viagra or any other treatment for erectile dysfunction? Is it possible that the need for interference in our health care on the part of the government is based on whether you are a man or a woman?

    November 7, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  6. Jane

    Why do TV reporters keep referring to "health care reform", when what it really only is is "health INSURANCE reform"? Even the President has stopped calling it health CARE reform. It is unfortunate that the Democratic controlled Congress is only focusing narrowly on an industry that it likes to demonize. What is being done to bring down the prices of services being charged to us and to insurance companies by doctors, hospitals, etc. as well as to stop the frivolous lawsuits that benefit the big dollar donors to the Democratic Party - the trial lawyers?
    Please call this scam what it is....INSURANCE reform, not health care.

    All people currently have access to care, what they might not have is insurance. Those are 2 different issues.

    November 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  7. Elaine Lee

    As an African American health care worker, I disagree with today comments by Steven Smith that jobs are more important to African Americans than health care. Because of health disparities, access to quality, affordable health care is essential to our community. I believe there is a direct correlation between health care and jobs. How are you going to get a job and keep it without an opportunity to address health issues early and adequately when it arises? Too many times we are disqualified or let go due to health related issues that are unresolved.

    November 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Alan

    Regarding this sex offender in Cleveland, why don't we as a government start to put micro chips in all of the sex offenders who are released from prison and living in our neighborhoods, also have them register as the sex offenders but micro chip each and every one of them this way the authorities can keep a track on them, or build a facility in death valley where you put all of these sick individuals and keep them there, if they escape let them, nothing can live in death valley. Instead of relaeasing them put them into a pinal colony. But castrat them first like nutering a dog or cat, take away their addiction. But we as a country need to do something instead of letting these pigs go free and report once a month. Will never change anything, but micro chip them like animals they are this way you have a constent tracking device in them and if they go somewhere where they are not allowed then you got them. Plain and simple.

    Alan Sperling

    November 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  9. James Hussher

    TJ you have done a fantastic job all day today, I have had CNN on since this morning. Up and coming young man!

    On the Ft Hood massacre, I think we will find that Hasan was a closet radical and his venting in radical blogs caused those Islamic fundamentalists to recruit him to work from the inside. As an Army major and a psychiatrist, he was a good catch for them. When his increasing despair made him feel he needed to make a bigger "contribution" to jihad, he put together this massacre and probably expected to be killed and die as a martyr.

    November 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm |