September 22nd, 2009
10:15 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Obama on the world stage

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

It’s a busy day at the United Nations today. President Barack Obama is on the world stage and will hold his first three-way summit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. What kind of progress does Obama expect to make in this trilateral meeting? Will his approach be different than that of his predecessors?

Obama will also address the UN’s Climate Change Summit and will be joined by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Both China and the U.S. are the two biggest emitters of the greenhouse gases contributing to global warming and many people believe that participation by both is essential for progress on climate change. But they remain at odds, however, over the level of China’s responsibility for carbon cuts. China may announce a plan to reduce its carbon emissions. Is the Obama administration going to set any goals or make any changes as well? Given the economic challenges, is this still a priority for the U.S.?

And we’re following developments on the terror plot. Najibullah Zazi allegedly told federal agents that he had received weapons and explosives training in an area of Pakistan with ties to al-Qaeda. Zazi and his father – who both live in Denver – and a Queens imam, have been charged with criminal offenses. It turns out federal authorities have tied as many as a dozen people to the suspected al-Qaeda linked bomb plot on U.S. soil and more arrests are expected. We’ll have the latest details on the investigation tonight.

We’re continuing our series this week on prime suspects. Randi Kaye follows up on the case of the notorious ‘Craigslist Killer.’ Phillip Markoff, 23, was charged with killing a woman he may have met through a Craiglist online ad earlier this year. Randi talks to investigators about how they were able to track down the suspect.

Floods have killed at least six people in Atlanta, including a 2-year-old child who died after being ripped from his father’s arms as the man struggled to hold on to bushes. Parts of four major interstates are closed and residents are urged not to drive. Some parts of the state have had more than 20 inches of rain since Friday. David Mattingly will keep us updated on the flooding tonight.

What else are you following today? Let us know and see you at 10 p.m. ET!

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Let's hope Obama doesn't meet the Iranian President with the same grin on his face that he had when he met Chavez.

    September 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  2. alexlyrics

    Obama was so funny on David Letterman last night. I know Letterman wasn't expecting Obama to be so funny, and throw him off his game.

    Obama when he said The last time I checked I think I was black before the election, I almost fell out of my seat. Obama gave Letterman a good stage for comedy.

    I loved it. Just when you thought Clinton was the best on late night here's Obama

    September 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Mari

    My prayer is that God will guide President Obama in his dealings with world leaders.

    And that Americans who refuse to believe the peril our Earth is in, will see the truth.

    Time's a passing, I pray that we, Americans, will at last be Good Stewards of GOD's gifts to us.

    To abuse the Earth, IS disrespecting GOD.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    Excepting Craigslist Killer, I am eagerly anticipating hearing all the exciting news in store for tonight. These are all important issues worthy of discussion by CNN's very knowledgeable and articulate commentators, and I know it will be engaging. I sympathized with them last night when they had to talk about the Edwards scandal. They are too learned to have to discuss such things. More attention should be given to the floods which are affecting many, including those in CNN. As for Craigslist...well, viewers are hungry for new important stories, Breaking News. Craigslist has been all over the media–too much.

    September 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Nemutudi

    My prayer is that President Obama and his counterparts find a common ground with regard to global warming. Time is not on our side. Climatic conditions and environmental degradation is worsening.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  6. Cindy

    I don't expect to hear one thing any different from Obama than he has always said. So these meetings and speeches really do nothing for me.

    So far the flooding here has killed 8. They are calling for rain today and possibly all week and into the weekend. So it could end up getting really bad here. I just hope that people use common sense and stay out of the waters.


    September 22, 2009 at 10:31 am |