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March 24, 2009
Posted: 1503 GMT

Hello everyone,

So AIG executives are starting to return those million-dollar bonuses that caused so much outrage last week. Nine of the ten top bonus recepients have agreed to hand the money back, according to New York attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

The total: $50 million. We'll take it. This isn't 1998. These days, every million counts. Though overseas bonus receptients seem to have politely declined to participate in the big bonus giveback of 2009.

Meantime, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is asking Congress to give him more power if an AIG 2.0 threatens to bring down the American economy again. He wants treasury secretaries to have power to take over financial giants on the verge of collapse and chop them up into pieces to raise cash fast.

We'll be going live to Wall Street for a check of the markets. We've had a few impressive rallies recently. Will we be able to hold onto the gains?

Also, off  to Capitol Hill for more on the Geithner testimony and to the White House for a preview of U.S. President Barack Obama's second primetime news conference since taking office.

Some people are starting to wonder if Mister Obama is overexposed. Or perhaps he's using what Roosevelt first called the "Bully Pulpit for a PR rampage that will restore confidence to shattered Americans consumers.

Also on tap today, I'll be interviewing the new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the increase in violence on the Mexico-U.S. border. There have been 6,000 deaths in Mexico in drug turf wars. But most of the guns come from the U.S. And so do most of the drug consumers. I'll aske Napolitano about a new plan to reinforce security in the area.

That and the rest of the day's news.

See you at the International Desk,

Hala

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tarek   March 24th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

Hi every one, i hope all of you are in good health althought the finnacial level is low. i wish you a good coming days and years after new year 2009.

I would like to say that there is no way to stop drug as long as there is consumers.

bye and take care all of you.

Johan   March 24th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

Hi,

I think that everyone who failed and still received a bonus should return it, because its US tax payer money, so its a good sign that the ones who are to blame for all of this, seem to recognize the fact that they failed. Maybe though, they still feel they should have the bonus, yet the pressure of the media who are trying to keep them honest, just gets to huge!

Will be a great show again, as always!

Good luck with it!

Joanne   March 24th, 2009 5:44 pm ET

Dear Hala.

With regard to AIG. AIG is or should have been an insurance company and as such should have been regulated by the Insurance Commissioner in each and every US state within which it is registered to do buisness. My queston is why has no one, including CNN reported the failure of the state regulators to have identified the core problem with AIG and investigate that aspect of the story?

Debbie   March 25th, 2009 5:07 am ET

Hello,
Come on, America! Do you really believe what you hear on the news! They all tell you what you want to hear. The government won't make life better for the middle class, they want you to believe they will. I thought Obama would be different. Rely only on yourself and your family to get you through these tough times.
Was it Kennedy that said, Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Well, I think we are doing it!!!!!
Thanks
Debbie, Ks

Dieter Gräf   March 25th, 2009 4:26 pm ET

J. Ackermann from DB Germany has commented that the DB will need no bailout from the German Gov. That he will take no bonus for 08. My question is? Is it not misleading or am I confused?
What about the money that the DB becomes from AIG?
American Taxpayer's? Bailout?

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