October 19th, 2009
10:26 AM ET

Morning Buzz: What women want now

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

Tonight we’re taking a close look at the state of women in America right now. A new study launched by Time and A Woman’s Nation (Maria Shriver’s organization) measures how much has changed for the modern American woman. By the end of the year, the majority of workers in the U.S. will be women – according to the report.

Anderson will talk to a panel of dynamic women who will focus on topics such as gender equality, relationships, parenting, economic gains and women in the workplace. Is the battle of the sexes over? And is marriage more important to men than to women? Twenty-three percent of women believe that men still have it better in life than women do; 12 percent of men strongly agree. What do you think?

We’re also following the latest out of Afghanistan today. The U.N.-backed commission charged with investigating fraud in Afghanistan's recent presidential election Monday invalidated ballots from more than 200 polling stations.However, it is still unclear if a presidential run-off will take place.
Sen. John Kerry, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, arrived in Kabul after visiting Islamabad, Pakistan, earlier today. He’s apparently there to consult and discuss the next steps for the elections. Kerry is urging President Barack Obama not to send more troops to Afghanistan before the results of the election are clear. Do you think Kerry will help the situation?

And the balloon-boy story becomes more bizarre by the day, doesn’t it? It was all a hoax and the parents of six-year-old Falcon Heene could be in loads of trouble. Larimer County, Colorado, Sheriff Jim Alderden says the boy's parents knew he wasn't on a balloon that floated for more than two hours last week, captivating the world's attention. Will felony charges be filed? And is ‘making it big’ on reality TV shows worth it? Is this story really about America’s obsession with reality TV and 15-seconds of fame?

And in a departure from the policy of the Bush administration, the Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors today. Justice department officials say prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in compliance with state laws. Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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

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  1. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Good Morning Eliza and 360 team
    Roles of both men and women who are married with children are stuggling now more than ever .It takes two paycheques to make ends meet .I think the chilfren suffer the most beacuse they are dropped off at daycare and it's causing them sepration anxieties it's not easy for both parties involved . I am also sick of so called reality t.v. shows with parehnts trying to expoit thier kids for thier own fame and fortune eg,Jopn and Kate plus 8 and now the Heene family it's getting out of contol they should have a law against the expiotation of children in ptting them on t.v. in realtity shows .

    Michelle D.

    October 19, 2009 at 11:06 am |