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October 26th, 2009
03:41 PM ET

Follow Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Twitter

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

From the office to the operating room, Dr. Sanjay Gupta tweets.

"two hours till #1023. about to turn 40. I hit my goals for physical fitness. now, feeling contemplative. good time to reflect and meditate."
7:07 PM Oct 22nd from TwitterBerry

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October 26th, 2009
03:34 PM ET
October 26th, 2009
03:22 PM ET

Optional public option risky strategy

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John King
CNN

It is a busy week ahead, to say the least, and perhaps a telling one in the health care debate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is said to be close to settling on a health care bill that includes a government insurance option, but does allow states to "opt out" if they don't want to participate.

"I think we're very close to getting the 60 votes we need to move forward," said New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, a key Reid deputy, on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Close, but not there, which makes it a risky strategy. Not only does Reid not have commitments for the 60 votes he would need to clear Senate procedural hurdles, the "opt out" approach also is unacceptable to Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, the only Republican to vote for the Senate Finance Committee's health care proposal.

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Filed under: Health Care
October 26th, 2009
03:18 PM ET

The Health-Care gender gap

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Dana Goldstein
The Daily Beast

It was sold as the silver lining of the recession: With the national unemployment rate inching toward 10 percent—and the bloodletting especially severe in testosterone-fueled industries like finance and manufacturing—women were supposedly doing dandy. Federal stimulus dollars protected typically female jobs in nursing and teaching. The New York Times trumpeted that laid-off dads were picking up more chores around the house while “opt-out” moms headed back to the office, saving their families from financial destitution. For the first time in American history, women accounted for 49 percent of the labor force. Within the next few weeks, it is likely that more than half of all workers will have two X chromosomes, a milestone that would have been unimaginable to previous generations.

It’s true that men account for four-fifths of all layoffs since the downturn began nearly two years ago. But scratch the statistical surface and you’ll find that American women are hardly sailing through the economic storm. A new report by California's first lady, Maria Shriver, and the Washington-based Center for American Progress contains some encouraging news on shifting attitudes about gender. It finds that both men and women are enthusiastic about increased gender diversity in the workplace, and men are taking on more responsibility at home. But it also finds that most American women remain mired in unstable jobs with few employee benefits.

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Filed under: Unemployment • Women's Issues
October 26th, 2009
03:09 PM ET

Frustration looms as H1N1 vaccines run out

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Elizabeth Landau
CNN

Yessica Maher of Los Angeles, California, feels let down. She had wanted to get the H1N1 vaccine for herself and her children, but that's proving to be difficult.

Her doctor is out of the vaccine, and so is the pediatrician. Her two older sons were not eligible for the nasal spray version because of asthma, and she was told the shot would not become available until perhaps November. Her youngest son, 2, goes to a preschool where there was recently a diagnosis of H1N1.

"I feel that the government and health officials, they knew this was big when it first started, they know the size of our population before it started, and they didn't make leaps and bounds to make sure it was available to everyone when they would need it," she said. "It shouldn't be a supply-and-demand thing."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that production of the vaccine is slower than expected. While the CDC had hoped for 40 million doses by the end of October, the real numbers will be about 30 million doses because of manufacturing delays, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC's director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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Filed under: H1N1
October 26th, 2009
03:06 PM ET

Tonight: Text 360°

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Baseball analyst Steve Philips has been fired from ESPN for his affair with a production assistant. The production assistant also lost her job, and Philips has checked in to a treatment facility to address his "personal issues."

His attorney's statement said that whatever he did wrong, it wasn't under his control. What do you think?

We'll consult experts on sex addiction tonight, send in your questions.

Send us a text message with your question. Text AC360 (or 22360), and you might hear it on air!


Filed under: T1 • Text 360
October 26th, 2009
02:31 PM ET

Dear President Obama #280: I see employed people...

Reporter's Note: President Obama and the Supreme Court seem to be about the only people in the country with real job security these days. For the rest of us, it may be time for some more dynamic resume work. Or we might try what I’m suggesting in today’s letter.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

You know what I would do if I were in charge of America right now? I guess you probably don’t, unless you are like that Patricia Arquette in Medium; which, btw, is a casting call I’ve never really bought, because if she were psychic she certainly would have taken a pass on that abysmal Beyond Rangoon. Ha! Kidding. I like her just fine.

Anyway, here is my idea for an early Monday morning. As you know, approval ratings for Congress are in the dumpster. Sure, your Dems are doing better than the Repubs but neither group is exactly wowing the public on the issue of unemployment. I know that you are putting a lot of hope into the stimulus, but that’s looking like a long term investment, not exactly a quick turnaround.

So every weekend from now through Christmas, ask them to go back to their districts not to raise money for their own re-elections, but to raise employment hopes for their constituents. Set up tables at a local school, invite as many businesses as you can round up that are looking for, or are willing to take on, one or two more workers; then spend the day matching up applicants with employers. That’s it.

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October 26th, 2009
01:08 PM ET

Pearl Jam and REM Say ‘No!’ to Guantanamo

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Arsalan Iftikhar, creator of themuslimguy.com
CNN

In addition to the mighty Pearl Jam (led by legendary front-man Eddie Vedder) and the uber-hipster timeless classics known as REM (led by equally-legendary Michael Stipe), several prominent musicians from around are rallying together to ensure that their music is not being used to torture at Gitmo’s Camp X-Ray and that our American government lives up to its promise of closing the infamous lawless prison known around the world simply as ‘Guantanamo Bay’.

Additionally, Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Tom Morello (Grammy-winning musiciain formerly of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave) whose music with the bands Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against The Machine have “already been linked to interrogations at the prison”, according to previously released government records.

“Guantanamo is known around the world as one of the places where human beings have been tortured — from waterboarding to stripping, hooding and forcing detainees into humiliating sexual acts — playing music for 72 hours in a row at volumes just below that to shatter the eardrums,” said Tom Morello, formerly of Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine.

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Filed under: Arsalan Iftikhar • Guantanomo Bay
October 26th, 2009
12:18 PM ET

Rights group urges Kenya to stop military recruitment of refugees

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Moni Basu
CNN

A global human rights group is urging Kenya to stop Somali military recruiters from enlisting displaced men and boys in Kenya's sprawling Dadaab refugee camps to fight in their war against Islamic militants.

"Recruitment of fighters in refugee camps undermines their very purpose, which is to be a place of refuge from conflict," said Letta Tayler, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, who spent a week interviewing refugees for the group's Thursday report about the practice. "The boys and men who are in these camps risked their lives to flee. Now they're being asked to return to that."

She said allowing recruiters to enlist young refugees in a new force intended to fight on behalf of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government is a violation of U.N. regulations that govern refugee camps.

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