Editor's note: Watch the video of Drew Griffin's original report, then read his update to the story.
St. John, Indiana (CNN) – Amidst hundreds of emails I get each day, Bill Keith’s stood out for its subject line: CNN viewers are the best.
I couldn’t agree more. Because when we told you about his plight, how bureaucrats in Washington were close to shutting down his homegrown solar attic fan business, you responded. And today Bill is out of his jam.
You may recall the story. Bill Keith is an Indiana roofer who came up with the idea of creating a solar powered attic fan. The fan cools off your attic during hot summer days, lowers your electric bill and requires absolutely no power source other than the sun to do it.
SunRise Solar was a perfect U.S. born “green” company. So perfect that during the 2008 election the Obama campaign took notice. And shortly after the election, Bill Keith and his company became the poster child for the president’s green jobs, green manufacturing initiatives.
A 360 exclusive report: A senior law enforcement official tells CNN’s Fran Townsend the FBI wanted the U.S. military to provide perimeter support in Benghazi following the deadly attack at the U.S. Consulate, but the request was not granted. Anderson talked about the news with Fran, former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes and former CIA officer Bob Baer.
Gary Tuchman reports on a sixth grade teacher in Minnesota who is accused of putting black and special needs students in the back of his classroom. Timothy Olmsted was placed on leave this past January, and then resigned two months later. But, he's still getting paid.
"He separated me from the white kids and sent me to the other side of the room where all the black kids were," a 12-year-old girl said. Black students told their parents and grandparents that Olmsted repeatedly called them "stupid, sloppy, and disgusting."
Dr. Hsia wants to change the market-driven approach to U.S. health care because she believes patients aren't protected from financial ruin, which should be a guaranteed part of the system. Her interview is part of AC360's series "What Keeps You Up at Night," which focuses on election issues.
Reporter's Note: President Obama has to deal with a tremendous amount of information, including one letter from me every day.
Dear Mr. President,
Today felt like one of those “uncontrolled noise” days. You know what I’m talking about; days when you have so many different thoughts, ideas, conversations, graphs, reports, reviews, newspapers, TV and radio shows, blogs, tweets, and frustrations that you find yourself wondering how anything ever gets done.
I’m speaking specifically about the presidential race, btw. For some reason I just felt buried beneath an avalanche…or maybe I should say a mudslide…of campaign news.
Years ago, I had no trouble disengaging when such matters pressed in too hard; when my head started spinning from too much information too fast. I would simply switch the radio to a music channel, roll down the windows, and between the fresh air and tunes I’d soon be thinking clearly again.
However, these days we are all so connected it seems almost impossible to make that trick work. Cell phones, blackberries, Wifi all over the place…sometimes I feel as if the news is streaming directly into my skull. I’ll probably wind up roaming the streets with aluminum foil wrapped around my head.
Normally I like learning a lot of new things every day. But now and then, I just feel as if the flow is so intense that I have no time to make any sense of any of it. I’m like some old silent film actor working on an out-of-control factory production line; just shoving pieces anywhere, everywhere, trying to keep up with the torrent. In those circumstances, none of what I hear seems to fit into a bigger picture. It’s just a hodgepodge of stuff; facts, figures, interviews, articles. On days like this, I get home late and my wife says, “So what was in the news today?” And despite having handled far more information than normal, I can only give her a blank stare and say, “Honestly…I have no idea.”
I hope your day was a bit more manageable than mine. And I hope you can call this weekend to commiserate.
David Gergen says it seems the Israelis don't trust that the U.S. will use force, and there's a major discrepancy in defining the red line with Iran. Israel wants to act when the Iranians have the capability to build a bomb, while America views that point as the time at which they acquire a bomb. Gergen says "that's way too late" from the Israeli perspective.
He also added that Pres. Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu talk often, but didn't meet in person during the U.N. General Assembly because they lack personal harmony.
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