CNN Senior Political Correspondent
President Obama faces a daunting fall to-do list against the backdrop of an American public losing enthusiasm on a variety of issues.
Obama's agenda ranges from dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions to traveling to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago for the 2016 Olympics - a trip the president said two weeks ago he could not take because he was working on health care.
"Health care reform has been his No. 1 priority issue here domestically. He wanted to make sure that if he went, that it wouldn't have an adverse impact on that, so he's going for just a day," said senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
And health care will still be at the top of the list when the president gets back. This fall, his priorities are health care and financial reform, one Capitol Hill source said.
But health care reform will require a hands-on approach. The Senate Democratic leadership is looking for presidential guidance in creating one bill out of two very different ones - all the while holding onto enough votes to pass it.
And as for Obama's other goal, the administration sent financial reform legislation to the Hill and on both sides, committee work has begun, but it's a long way from cooked.
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Today, China marks 60 years of communism with a celebration of ‘National Day.’ As the world continues to cope with the economic crisis, China’s paradoxical hybrid economy – 'socialism with Chinese characteristics' – is predicted to grow by more than 8 percent for 2009.
One of the reasons for this extraordinary growth became clear to me a few months ago while I was in China finishing a documentary called ‘Win In China’ about entrepreneurs.
It was my 12th trip to the country and I found myself in a tin-roofed factory in Weifang, a smoggy city in Shandong Province in North China. I was led across a barren courtyard to a door with a plastic sign on it that read: 'Bra Specimen Room.'
Inside were racks of faux-leopard skin bras, feather boas, lacy garters and angel wings.
"Choose whatever you like for your girlfriend," said Zhou Yu, the 37-year-old proud proprietor of the lingerie brand Ti Hui, and the owner of the factory. “I want all women to love my underwear in the U.S."
I had first met Zhou while shooting the documentary which followed entrepreneurs as they competed on a Chinese TV show also called ‘Win In China.’ The show was a knock-off of America's own ‘The Apprentice,’ but "with Chinese characteristics" and without the Donald.
We've got the raw politics of the today's health care reform vote on Capitol Hill. Democrats battle Democrats. Is the fight doomed? Plus, a father's fight. He goes to Japan to get his kidnapped children back and he ends up in jail. And, an earthquake hits near American Samoa prompting tsunami warnings and advisories - even along the U.S. west coast.
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A state-wide Amber Alert for an abducted newborn baby has been issued for Tennessee.
Four-day-old Yair Anthony Carrillo was kidnapped from his family’s home in Nashville at approximately 2:40p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
A statement released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation provides details of the incident:
“The child was taken by a white female who was posing as an immigration worker. She had come to the residence and demanded the mother give her the baby. When the mother refused to comply she stabbed the mother approximately eight times.”
As you may have heard by now, we launched the CNN App for the iPhone and iPod touch last night. We’ve had this app cooking for a while, so we are extremely excited to unveil it.
Now available for download for a one-time fee of $1.99 on the App Store, the CNN App is designed to provide a visually-driven news experience for iPhone and iPod touch users who demand accessibility and convenience. Simply put, the new CNN App gives you all the news and information you need anytime, anywhere… from the beach to the ballpark!
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Today on Capitol Hill a showdown took place on health care reform and your future. The battle was over whether there should be a so-called public option or a government-run health insurance plan. Liberal Democrats lost the fight today, twice, in the Senate Finance Committee - but they're not giving up.
This isn't just a battle across party lines. We're seeing Democrats battle Democrats. The committee's chairman, Democratic Senator Max Baucus voted against the public option. He said there's no way it could beat a filibuster in the Senate.
But public option supporter Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) cited data from the non-partisan Congressional Budge Office that says the provision would save the government $50 billion. His push failed in a 15-8 vote.
Then Sen. Chuck Schumer made his case. He also lost, though by a closer margin of 13 to 10.
"If today were the last battle we'd come close and we'd have lost. But today's the first battle and we are really feeling good. You heard the tone of the debate. All the momentum is on our side," Schumer said.
But most Republicans feel a public option means the government will eventually take over your health care choices.
"I can tell you right now it would be a disaster. And what's worse the American people would lose an awful lot of control over their own health care needs," Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said.
We'll be digging deeper on the debate. Share your thoughts below.
Tonight we'll also have the latest Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski’s arrest in Switzerland on child sex charges here in the U.S. He's still vowing to fight extradition and now he's got some big name support from Hollywood. Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen are among 138 people in the film industry who've signed a petition to demand Polanski's immediate release. That's tonight's crime and punishment report.
And, keeping them honest, we uncover a job scam that targets out of work executives desperate for a job. Drew Griffin shows us how several people became victims of a job recruiting firm.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!
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Twenty years ago Michael Moore took on General Motors in the "Roger and Me." Since then he's produced documentaries challenging the nature of big business and decrying what he sees as exploitation of the lower and middle classes.
His new film, "Capitalism: A Love Story," opens this week. He will sit down with Anderson tonight to talk about the film and why he believes capitalism has failed.