June 17th, 2008
06:34 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

It is starting to feel like Hurricane Katrina all over again....38,000 homeless in Iowa, angry people not being allowed back into their homes, 29 counties declared Federal Disaster areas AND doubts arising in the nearly two dozen levees along the Mississippi River in Iowa and Missouri... The latest death toll stands at FIVE...

Local authorities will decide this am if residents of Cedar Rapids can go home...Gary Tuchman profiled a 23 year old woman named Rochelle last week, he was actually in her house as flood water poured in...Gary will hopefully go back home with her to see what is left of her home... While Dan Simon heads down river to Burlington, Iowa. Folks in that region are bracing for what experts predict could be the worst flooding in 15 years...

In politics - it seems all the headlines are taking about Al Gore and his endorsement late last night of Barack Obama... Gore urged Americans to reject what he called the Bush administration's legacy of "incompetence, negligence and failure." "Americans simply cannot afford to continue the policies of the last eight years for another four," Gore, the party's 2000 presidential nominee, told Obama supporters at a rally in Detroit, Michigan. Monday marked Gore's debut in the 2008 election; he had not weighed in while Obama was still battling Sen. Hillary Clinton....will it help? Only time will tell...

Lots of chat about the female vote - will Hillary supporters back Barack Obama or John McCain? Candy Crowley takes a look...

AND a little Crime & Punishment update tonight...It turns out Samuel Israel III, a former hedge fund manager convicted of fraud, is ALIVE and ON THE RUN, a week after he staged his suicide on a bridge above New York's Hudson River..."The investigation is solely a fugitive investigation now," said the official who is familiar with the investigation, Randi Kaye gives us the latest...

AND Anderson is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack from the African jungles....so tune in tonight for all the top news of the day...

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  1. Jill

    As I sit here watching CNN and the continuing devastation unfold in Iowa and the rest of the Midwest due to the flooding I can only sit here and wonder a few things...

    1. Where are you Mr. President? How many times did you visit Louisiana and other areas of the south when Katrina hit?

    2. Better yet...where are you Obama and McCain? Seems to me you were all over Iowa a few months back making all sorts of promises to the people there. Do they not count now?

    3. Where are all the big time celebrities and other "high profile" people with their fund raising efforts and live telethons to help the thousands of people here. If memory serves me correctly when 9/11, Katrina, and the Tsunami half way around the world hit...they were coming out of the woodwork.

    The biggest thing about us here in the Midwest that differs from these people...we truly do care...24/7. We don't only help others when it suites our needs or if we need some PR to boost our celebrity...we actually take care of each other and do it everyday.

    June 17, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  2. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Hey yall...I am sending up prayers for all those affected by the floods. I sure hope this is not Katrina all over again.

    So at first I was wondering what the point was in Al Gore endorsing Obama at this late date, Im sure he wouldn’t be against him. But in hearing him speak last night Al Gore is a great reminder as to what could have been. I hope he campaigns for Barack, because I think he is an asset to the campaign.

    What a dynamite administration it would be with Obama leading the way uniting this country and bringing our troops home as well as talking with foreign nations, Clinton bringing us universal health care, Edwards bringing and end to poverty in this country and Gore tackling this very real global warming crisis. I truly hope that democrats will unite together this November; there is just way too much at stake.

    Candy, the Hillary Supporters will come on board. If not all I believe most will. What do McCain and Clinton have in common? Nothing but their skin color, they will come around even if they don’t openly admit it 😉

    Have a great day everyone…

    June 17, 2008 at 9:18 am |
  3. marcy

    Anyone else find it interesting that everyone is talking about the other person as it relates to Obama. It was always Hillary and then him fending off her comments or him “responding” to something someone in her camp said, it has never really been about Obama. Now it’s McCain dictating what’s going on, and Obama gets a huge endorsement and all we hear is Al Gore. Seems to me like he’s letting too many “other” people dictate the dialogue. I agree with David Gergen that we ALL need a big political time-out. However for that to happen, the candidates would have to go MIA (just a week that’s all I’m asking), their handlers would have to go MIA, the media would have to allow them to go MIA, and the commentators would have to take a much needed and much deserved vacation. I’m sure Candy would be ok with that.

    I have enforced a political “time-out” for myself, which frankly means a lot more flipping during the 10:00 hour on CNN.

    Mobile, AL

    June 17, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  4. Annie Kate

    The floods in Iowa,etc. are terrible. I hope the people whose houses were flooded had flood insurance and that their insurers will help them in a timely way instead of looking for ways to not cover them after taking their premiums for years.
    The ripple effect of this flood on the cost of food and other items will only make things worse in this economy. So even after the flood is over and the ground is dry again and people start to clean up or rebuild, the flood's impact may be felt for quite a while to come yet.

    So Anderson is back....are you sure that its not just his cardboard cutout?

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    June 17, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  5. Cindy

    It seems like the flooding in Iowa and the surrounding areas will never end. It does remind you of Katrina but on a much lesser scale.

    I can't believe that Gary was out there standing in that high water! There is no telling what was in it! That man will do anything! LOL Looking forward to seeing him tonight.

    I really don't think that Al Gore endorsing Obama means anything. I mean if he would have came out way earlier it would have had more of an impact. Now it just looks like he is backing him because he has to.

    I figured that Samuel Israel III faked his death. Hope that they catch him soon!

    Yeah...Anderson is back...FINALLY!! I really missed him! Campbell did an awesome job but no one does 360 like Coop!!


    June 17, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  6. Danielle Seong

    It does feel like another hurricane Katrina.... The news seems so gloomy nowadays, i cant let my little cousins or my 9-year-old brother watch it sometimes... I loved your Planet in Peril series.. we actually watched it for two periods in our Environmental Science class! Thanks for the wonderful coverage. Keep up the good work!

    June 17, 2008 at 7:50 am |
  7. KAB

    i believe if Al Gore gave such a passionate speech nine years ago, he would have won hands down. He seems to have lost his robotic like mannerism. I think (barring any unforeseen events) that Barack Obama may have just wrapped up this election.

    June 17, 2008 at 7:05 am |