February 27th, 2009
11:59 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The Truth About Hanky Panky

Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

Our President will make his first appearance as Commander-in-Chief when he speaks at Camp Lejeune, N.C. to make troop announcements.

He will say that troops are coming home from Iraq by August 2010, though up to 35,000-50,000 will stay behind to advise Iraqi forces.

President Obama has been promising to turn the military’s attention from Iraq to Afghanistan since his campaigning days, "to finish the fight and snuff out al Qaeda and Bin Laden, those who killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11.”

We will feature the winners and losers of the President's budget which totals 3.6 trillion dollars, with billions being thrown at top issues. We've had more time to digest this huge document.

Citigroup and the Federal Govt have reached an agreement for Uncle Sam to take 36% ownership of this bank. What are the implications?

Randi Kaye reports: It’s cheaper to Keep ‘her (or him, but I needed a title that rhymed, ahem). Given the recession, some couples can’t afford to live apart, and the divorce rate is down. But to boot, private investigators say the economy is killing the hanky panky business.

Fewer people are willing to pony up the cash to trail their cheating spouses. That's one good thing about a depressed economy-infidelity is less prevalent. See, there is always a silver lining.

11-yr-old Jordan Brown is accused of killing his father's pregnant fiance with a hunting rifle. Does that meas he belongs in an adult prison with rapists, murderers and hardened criminals? Gary Tuchman has this story tonight.

And we want to hear from you! Give us your feedback on the stories we're covering today by sending us your iReports here. We may use your questions and thoughts on the show tonight.

Happy Friday people, see u at 10pet!

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Patrick Feenan, from Belfast, Ireland.

    President Obama should be his own man and withdraw completely from Iraq. As the old saying goes: " The more things change the more they stay the same. " The President should stop listening to the Pentagon, this is not what the American electorate were promised, and it is not what they voted for. As for Afghanistan, sending more troops there will mean more soldier targets, and more heavy spending of the taxpayers money. Funny how the Republicans would not support the bill for the economy but they support this u – turn. The world was looking forward to a new world dawn, but this decision appears to have brought us back to the dark. Reminds me of the wothdrawal of advisers from Vietnam, only for Johnson to send in a half – a – million more troops, when sixty thousand and two million civilians died. As the song goes: When will we ever learn? Now, more of the same mistakes?

    February 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  2. Jenn

    The government is going to reduce the troops in Iraq and increase them in Afghanistan; they are just moving the numbers around. I just hope that the decisions being made in DC don't put our troops in more danger. My husband is heading to Iraq, we are so proud of him for fighting for our country, he made the choice to join during war time, but I worry that if they start downsizing the troops that are left they will be spread too thin.

    February 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    It would seem that 30-50 thousand combat troops has been re-defined as "advisors." How well we weave the web to deceive.

    February 27, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  4. Vickie

    Why would we want a 36% share of common stock? At least with the perferred stock you get paid back first if the Citi crumbles!

    February 27, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  5. StevG

    In regards to the Jorden Brown case, how they could possibly put an
    eleven year old in with all the other adult prisoners, is ridiculious to
    even think about . Jivi is the obvious place for him to go, but with heavy
    counseling, and see would you end up with, at age 18 and go from there.

    February 27, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  6. Michelle D. Ontario ,Canada

    Good Morning Penny

    Love and Marriage
    Go together like a horse and carriage

    Happy T.GI.F.!
    Economy going bad is getting people more action right?
    Well on that note see you tonight at 10

    February 27, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  7. Isabel, Brazil

    Good morning! 🙂

    I know not has much to do with post, but was the way faster, that I found to communicate myself with you.

    I received an email telling the story of soldier John Gebhardt and this should be disclosed by you, if true, what I think which is. It is a beautiful story and that everything has to be Anderson Cooper.

    This is a tough and beautiful story of war, but the heart affects us ... John Gebhardt's wife, Mindy, said that the family of this child was run by Iraqis. The executors also wanted to run it, and hit in the head, but failed to kill her. The girl was treated at the Hospital of John, is recovering, but cries and moans a lot.

    The nurses say John is the only one who can calm her. So John spent the last 4 nights holding her lap in the chair, while the 2 slept. The girl is recovering gradually. They have become true "stars" of the war.

    John represents what the Western world would do.

    This, my friends, is worth sharing with the world. Go for it. Rarely are these stories on TV or the media in general.
    We show that there is another reality: this reality! Where people like John, make a difference, even if only a little girl like this.

    PS. Placing the name of John Gebhardt in Google, there are some pictures of John with the girl in the neck.

    February 27, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  8. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hi Penny!
    I've been trying to help you out on your headline. Here are some thoughts:

    * It's cheaper to keep Jim than get rid of him.
    *It cost less to stay in a mess
    *The economy needs a tickle, so stay married if you're in a pickle
    and my personal favorite~
    ^ It's cheaper to keep Joe, and let him have a ho


    February 27, 2009 at 9:01 am |
    • pennymanis

      @BettyAnn- good ones! love it- thanks for the laugh!

      February 27, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  9. Cindy

    I knew that Obama would have to leave a substantial force in Iraq even though he said he wouldn't. We have troops all over the world still in places were we've fought in the past still to this day. We will have troops in Iraq for years and years and years.

    I think the 11 yr. old that killed his dad's girlfriend should be in jail. He thought out and knew exactly what he was going to do. Why should he get off when he premeditated killing her? If anything he should be in juvi until he's 18 then be turned over to a prison to serve the rest of his time.


    February 27, 2009 at 9:00 am |