December 14th, 2009
11:04 AM ET

Morning Buzz: The Pres and the bankers

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

President Obama meets with bank leaders today to encourage them to do more for the economy, such as boosting small-business lending. The CEOs of 12 banks are expected to attend, including the heads of American Express, Bank of America and Citigroup (the latter, by the way, became the last big Wall Street bank to return bailout funds to the government today). Why aren’t banks making small loans? Will Obama’s pressure make a difference?

During his meeting with the Wall Street types, the President is expected to remind them of the intentions of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) - to buttress the economy and – essentially – save their shirts. The high bonuses and the lack of lending have led to what Obama has called a “frustrated” American public.


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
December 14th, 2009
11:01 AM ET

Latinas need voice in abortion debate

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Silvia Henriquez
Special to CNN

When Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered her oath last summer, many women - and especially Latinas - felt renewed hope as a champion of women's rights took her place on the U.S. Supreme Court.

With Democrats in the White House and both houses of Congress, we believed that we could stop playing defense and actually advance women's rights, including access to abortion.

However, the health care debate quickly convinced us that we had to mobilize.

First, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, crafted the Stupak-Pitts amendment, designed to restrict women's access to abortion coverage in the proposed public health insurance marketplace. Millions of women who have access to abortion coverage through their insurance plans would lose this coverage if the insurance plans were offered in the exchange.

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Filed under: Hispanic • Women's Issues
December 14th, 2009
10:37 AM ET

Berlusconi has fractured nose, broken teeth


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will remain in the hospital at least "another 36 hours," his doctor Alberto Zangrillo said Monday, following an attack that left Berlusconi with broken teeth and a fractured nose.

Berlusconi, 73, is receiving anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory medication, and painkillers, the doctor said.

The man accused of hitting controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the face with a replica of Milan's cathedral was charged with grievous bodily harm and held overnight, Milan police said.

Massimo Tartaglia was kept in Milan's San Vittore prison, authorities said. Under Italian law, police can hold him for up to 48 hours without a judge's order.

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Sound Off: Your comments 12/11/09

Editor's Note: After Friday night's AC360°, we heard from many of you about our coverage of the tunnel under the border between U.S. and Mexico. Many of you were pleased by the reporting and wanted more information on it. Some of you wrote in to complain about the amount of time devoted to Tiger Woods. What do you think? Let us know, we want to hear from you.

It was nice of you to go inside of that deep, dark, cold tunnel. Thank you for showing us that, I was as interested in that as you were. But we don't really expect you to do that, you can get hurt, it's a good thing that didn't happen.

Excellent article about the tunnel and the drug cartels! But much about Tiger Woods. Please, less talk about Tiger Woods on Monday.

This constant publicity concerning Tiger is not helping him get his family back together which is the more important. Of all the events helping in our society, this does not merit so much attention. Maybe the news reporter need to get some business of their own.


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