June 16th, 2008
06:47 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

Water, water everywhere!! As of writing, 36,000 people are homeless in Iowa, agricultural damage is estimated at $1 billion or more and folks in Cedar Rapids still cannot go home... AND flood waters inundated Iowa City and the University of Iowa arts campus on Sunday despite what one official called a "Herculean effort" to hold back the water with sandbags. The Iowa River in Iowa City crested at 31.5 feet and was expected to remain at that level through today....Gary Tuchman  will be LIVE from Iowa City and Dan Simon from Cedar Rapids as folk try, I repeat, try to go home..

Anderson is baaack, well sort of...He will join us tonight from the jungles of Africa. The jungles that gave us the deadliest diseases: Ebola, Marburg and HIV… Anderson and Dr Sanjay Gupta join a team of researchers to find and stop the next virus before it gets out of the jungle...

Joe Johns will be Keeping Them Honest tonight...subject? Countrywide Financial. Senators Dodd and Conrad are among the government officials who scored V.I.P. loans from C.E.O. Angelo Mozilo. An exclusive Portfolio investigation. Two U.S. senators, two former Cabinet members, and a former ambassador to the United Nations received loans from Countrywide Financial through a little-known program that waived points, lender fees, and company borrowing rules for prominent people....Joe will have that tonight..

AND tonight we will also see the first of many same sex marriages in California... Candy Crowley will bring us up to date of all the campaign trail happenings...BUT that is all for now...we will see what else the news day brings...thankfully, we are still 15 hours from air...

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  1. JR ... On American Soil Overseas

    I see the daily stories about high gas prices. Where are the stories about alternative energy sources? We have been given the opportunity to focus on developing and becoming dependent on alternative energy sources instead of oil from 'undemocratic, politically unstable countries that don't like us' (almost a direct quote from a news program).

    All I have heard in the interviews with people on the street questioning the presidential candidates, in the proclomation from an actor demanding action, and in the discussions between members of the media and politicians, are concerns about when we intend to start drilling for more oil in currently protected areas of the US.

    No one has voiced the question "would this be a good time to begin placing some of our reliance upon alternate sources?"

    I just saw a clip on the governor of an eastern state delegating $5 million extra to schools to provide gas for school buses. Has anyone considered making them electric? Do they travel more than 100 miles in a morning (they could recharge during the day if needed)? School buses could possibly be a good candidate to convert to used cooking oils. I admit I haven't analyzed these ideas in detail yet, but shouldn't somebody be asking these questions and looking into this?

    We have received a huge slap in the face and we need to wake up and take this opportunity before it is too late. Ask any addict, interventions are not pleasant, and change is difficult.

    I have been overseas for 8 years. Gas prices have always been over $4 per gallon. Food prices have always been sky high. People save well into their 30's or 40's before they are able to purchase a home. Reliance on alternative energy sources is common. People do not use clothes dryers, homes are small, and heating and cooling is done only in the currently occupied portion of the home.

    The US is just catching up to the rest of the world in the energy crisis. Let us learn from the trials of the rest of the world, or better yet, let's do what we do best and set the world standard on breaking this cycle of addiction.

    Sorry if this doesn't fit the nature of this blog (I am new at this), but I like Mr. Coopers work with the Planet in Peril so it seemed like a good place to voice my concerns.

    June 16, 2008 at 11:05 am |
  2. Frank Malone

    Many people might blam th terrible storm that caused so much desstruction to the poor pwople of Iowa that "Global arming" was the caise of it's occurence and due to the massive amount of inclement weather they could acyually be correct. Along with this natural disaster, the two conflicts that Amreica is involved in tith Iraq and Afghanistan have added to the seemingly endless series of events that have caused great hardship for those that were involved in them
    Just as usual, your television coverage of these 3 misfortunate events has been exceptionally good.

    June 16, 2008 at 11:02 am |
  3. michelle: Ont,Canada

    Hi AC. Staff !

    The show should packed with a lot otf good stuff tonight especially with Anderson' report from Africa and the attention that this will bring about the levels of deeases there . The floods in I owa are devestating god bless all the poeple in thier time of need.

    I hope Anderson will be back live soon on the show I miss him so much !
    See you all later

    June 16, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  4. deborah, OH

    Good morning!
    Of course the show is going to be eally good tonight–especially if Anderson & Dr. Sanjay are reporting from Africa. Their reports have me seeking more info on the problem of viral discoveries in the jungle–it may seem a faraway problem right now, but a new virus could be here quickly, if we are not paying attention.

    And Candy is back with a political update–can' wait!

    We also know some friends in Cedar Rapids, who are still in their home. However, they have had friends coming & going for days now, using our friends' home as HQ. All are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives–but all say the water & destruction are overwhelming.

    And, as you say, it's still early–have a good day all.

    June 16, 2008 at 9:15 am |
  5. Cindy

    I can't believe that it is still flooding in Iowa! Man it has been a week it seems! Can't they catch a break or what!? I hope that the bad weather stops soon so that they can get their lives back in order.

    So...No live Coop tonight huh!? Well I am still excited to see another report from him in the jungles of Africa. I hope that they are getting lots of good stuff and most of all that they are staying safe.

    And can I say...I am a HUGE NASCAR fan and Dale Jr. finally won!! WOO HOO!! LOL


    June 16, 2008 at 8:03 am |
  6. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    My prayers are with the families in Iowa. I saw a report this morning folks there did not have flood insurance because they were told it wasn't needed. I hope the government has learned a thing or two from Katrina and helps out these Americans but considering the state of New Orleans after all these years I won’t hold my breath. AC folks is there a fund where people can donate to help these families?

    Looking forward to Anderson’s report tonight, yall should put him on first cause sometimes I fall asleep towards the end of the show and miss it.

    Glad yall are trying to keep Washington honest. Why is it that the people who need the break can never get one but folks who will do just fine without are always getting?

    Always interested to hear what Candy has to say about the candidates.

    See yall at 10

    June 16, 2008 at 7:45 am |