February 26th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

CNN Poll: Majority think government poses threat to citizens' rights

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Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: Only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of independents and nearly seven in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken, though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what's broken can be fixed.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.

Filed under: Democrats • Republicans
February 26th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Now what?

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Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

The day after the bipartisan health care summit, many are wondering whether or not it will have an impact on health care reform. Several senior congressional Democratic sources conceded to CNN that their plans moving forward are unlikely to be much different than they were before the meeting. What was your reaction? How did you think it played out and do you think the seven hours of deliberation will influence the health care debate?

But we're looking beyond the politics surrounding health care. Tonight, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores a growing phenomenon in America’s health care system: a shortage of doctors. How does this affect your access to care – not to mention your bottom line? Don’t miss his report tonight.

Do you think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses a threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens? According to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, 56 percent of Americans do.


Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
February 26th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Why centrist voters are fed up

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John P. Avlon
Special to CNN

Today's bipartisan health care meeting is being called a summit, a term that brings to mind diplomatic missions during wartime. That's a fitting description for the atmosphere in Washington. Political opponents are considered enemies.

Health care is just the latest example of government dysfunction; it's been derailed by hyper-partisanship, over-spending and the disproportionate influence of special interests.

Independent voters, the largest and fastest growing segment of the electorate, hold the balance of power in American politics, but they have once again been shut out of the debate. The professional partisans in Washington ignore them at their peril.

Many Americans associate broken government with the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina and the anxieties that accompany the current manic recession. But the roots of independent voters' frustration go deeper.

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February 26th, 2010
11:04 AM ET

Let's hope health summit wasn't a fraud

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

There was a lot to appreciate in yesterday's bipartisan White House health care summit between President Obama and members of Congress.

No really. This is the kind of thing that our leaders ought to do three or four times a year on a variety of issues - from Social Security to education to immigration to job creation. Why not? Put aside the sound bites and partisan barbs. Get beyond the dueling appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows. And bring your best ideas and most constructive suggestions to the table.

Obama deserves credit for convening the meeting. His opening remarks were good, especially when he talked about the rising costs of health insurance premiums, the "exploding costs of Medicare and Medicaid," and how he wanted to "make sure that this discussion is actually a discussion and not just us trading talking points."

I also appreciated his candid discussion of health scares years ago involving his own daughters and how he wondered "What would have happened if I didn't have reliable health care?" And his acknowledgement that "Everybody here understands the desperation that people feel when they're sick."

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Filed under: Health Care • President Barack Obama
February 26th, 2010
10:56 AM ET

Video: Health care stagecraft

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

CNN's Tom Foreman reports on the substance and political stagecraft of the president's health care summit.

Filed under: Health Care • Tom Foreman
February 26th, 2010
10:52 AM ET

Video: Passing health care

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

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta and his panel discuss the health care bill and whether it will ever be passed.

Filed under: Health Care • Sanjay Gupta
February 26th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

Video: Training the unemployable

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

CNN's Tom Foreman profiles a Texas organization that trains the unemployable for construction work.

Filed under: Tom Foreman • Unemployment
February 26th, 2010
09:47 AM ET

Video: Weather disrupts travel in Northeast

Jim Kavanagh

The third major snowstorm of the month threw a wrench into travel by air, rail and road in and around New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Friday.

The New York City area's three major airports remain open but expect well over 1,000 flights to be canceled again Friday after that many were canceled Thursday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.

Delta Air Lines has canceled 300 flights at LaGuardia and JFK International airports in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, as well as Philadelphia International in Pennsylvania, Delta spokesman Paul Skrbec said. US Airways has canceled 80 flights, airline representative Morgan Durrant said.

iReporter stuck at JFK

Flights bound for JFK and Philadelphia are being held at their originating airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Keep reading...

Filed under: 360° Radar • Weather
February 26th, 2010
06:22 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 2/25/10

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, many of you sent in comments about the health care summit. Dr. Sanjay Gupta received kudos for filling in for Anderson and many of you were glad to hear his perspective as a doctor.

Should every American have insurance? Yes. But must every American have insurance? We must remember that government does not dictate. What would it be then?

WOW! Sanjay Gupta did a great job subbing for Anderson tonight. I don't know when I've seen a more interesting news hour. His perspective as a doctor is invaluable, but it's his personality, and ability to carry the show that really impressed me. I guess he does have his own show, but I haven't seen it yet because it's on early in the morning. I think he's great. I hope he gets to do the evening news regularly.

I watched some of the summit before going to work. I do want to see a public option put into place. I am not sure the Republicans care about those who have no insurance coverage access. Certainly millions can't afford the current coverage, nor even the Health Savings Accounts. We need some good brains to work this out constructively! Not the old posturing and verbal blather!

Filed under: Behind The Scenes
February 25th, 2010
09:35 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 2/25/10

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While many of you were at work or in school today, Democrats and Republicans were duking it out again over health care—this time at President Obama’s health care reform summit.

If you missed some or all of the debate, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta will be anchoring a special hour tonight, focusing on what some say is a make-or-break moment in the battle. We’ll give you all the highlights and key moments of today’s summit and tell you what it all means going forward—for your health, your wallet and your peace of mind.

Want to know what else we're covering? Read EVENING BUZZ

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
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