June 13th, 2008
06:27 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

Mother Nature continues her to unleash her fury on parts of the Midwest...The worst flooding in 15 years has paralyzed large sections of eastern Iowa, with heavy rains and brutal storms leaving their marks from one end of the state to the other. 4000 homes have been evacuated and fifty-five of the state's 99 counties have been declared "emergency disaster areas." The flooding is snarling major roadways across the state. The Iowa Department of Transportation lists more than 35 state and federal highways that are closed or blocked, including a section of I-80 east of Iowa City...IT is just UGLY, and the water continues to rise. Gary Tuchman, Susan Roesgen and Dan Simon  will be LIVE for us from the flood zone tonight..

Anderson will join us from the jungles of Cameroon…as many know he is out shooting the second installment of Planet in Peril. Part Two of the documentary series takes you on a two-hour journey to the places where the world’s natural resources are caught in the crossfire of conflict.  Anderson cooper, Dr Sanjay Gupta and Lisa Ling go to the frontiers, where the intersection of the battles are waged. Tonight, Anderson focuses on Cameroon - where dwindling food supplies push people into the jungle, exposing them to mysterious and deadly disease....

In politics, Dana Bash has a one on one interview with John McCain...and Jessica Yellin  will look at Obama and the female vote...one of the biggest questions of the summer will be whether Barack Obama can bring the millions of Hillary Clinton supporters over to his side.

AND Randi Kaye  will keep tabs on the Samuel Israel story... the former chief executive of a defunct hedge-fund firm, Bayou Management LLC,  and who was supposed to begin serving a 20-year prison term on Monday...did he commit suicide or is he on the run?

It is still early...so who knows what the news day will bring....till then

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Sara.Ro

    @ Dee Stevens,
    yes you right about drainage systems. In Ancient India ,also they used some smart and cheap drainage systems I suppose a short research could give good informations until the technology could moderate the fury of the nature.

    June 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  2. michelle: Ont,Canada

    I look forward to seeing Anderson tonight finally reporting from the jungles hopefully we will actually see him this time . IThe midwest is getting pounding after pounding of storms it better be over soon.

    June 13, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  3. Anita Alsop

    Why do we hear nothing about the Iowa National Guard assisting the people in catastrophically flooded areas?

    June 13, 2008 at 11:57 am |
  4. teresa, ohio

    RE: AND Randi Kaye will keep tabs on the Samuel Israel story… the former chief executive of a defunct hedge-fund firm, Bayou Management LLC, and who was supposed to begin serving a 20-year prison term on Monday…did he commit suicide or is he on the run?

    Commit suicide? Surely you jest? : )

    June 13, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  5. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    My thoughts are with the people of Iowa. That much water that quickly is just unreal. Hopefully FEMA will do a better job helping them than what they did helping the people after Katrina and Rita (like the latest holding boxes upon boxes of needed supplies for storm victims and not giving them out because the state officials said they didn't need them). Being at the mercy of FEMA has to rank as being as nightmarish as catching ebola.

    Speaking of ebola, looking forward to an actual report from Anderson tonight in the field about what they've been covering concerning these diseases and the cross from animals to humans. It is really interesting information (based on what I've read of Nathan Wolfe's research). And a bit unnerving as well when one thinks of potential ramifications for humans.

    I hope after the interview tonight you let America think for itself without putting the Obama Kool-Aid drinkers on to give their two cents. It would be nice for once to listen to a candidate without having your pundits tell us what to believe about them afterwards. We are grown adults capable of making intelligent choices without help.

    June 13, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  6. Cat

    Hi Anderson. Thank you for the update. Your visit to Cameroon sounds so exciting. Take care.

    June 13, 2008 at 9:45 am |
  7. Dee Stevens

    The Army Corp. of engineers should study the drainage systems of the Netherlands and Holland to improve US flooding problems. My prayers to the families of these victims. Mandatory tornado sirens are also needed in the midwest for these residents for tornado safety evacuation. Good show tonight. AC is beginning to look like tarzan don't you think? The Planet in Peril Part Two is captivating fromthe jungles of Cameroon.

    June 13, 2008 at 9:28 am |
  8. Cindy

    It seems that the Midwest just can't catch a break! They just continue being hit by storm after storm. Its is sad seeing all of that flooding and seeing how many people are losing everything that they have. I hope that this bad weather stops for them and they can get their lives back in order.

    I'm looking forward to the one on one with McCain. I'm interested to see what he has to say on the issues and if he has made any more actual plans on how he is going to change things.

    And I definitely can not wait to see another report from Anderson. He has been gone WAY too long! LOL Hopefully he is enjoying himself in Cameroon and not working too hard!


    June 13, 2008 at 8:21 am |
  9. Michelle

    I am looking forward to seeing the report from Cameroon as well
    the weather news out of the midwest.. The stories from this severe
    weather just breaks your heart, Will John McCain be asked :
    why are you staging town hall meetings? This is a message :
    the campaign event you are watching is a fake, we have staged
    these events with supporters because we can not get the public
    interested enough to attend. And you have to wonder why McCain
    wants to share the stage with Obama ? it is simple he can not
    pack a room on his own.

    June 13, 2008 at 7:20 am |
  10. Missy

    Looking forward to Anderson's piece tonight. I hope he doesn't get bumped from his own show again!

    June 13, 2008 at 6:42 am |