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July 15, 2009
Posted: 1822 GMT

We'll be going live to Washginton D.C., where our World Affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty will tell us about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's foreign policy speech.

It must be hard losing to Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries, become his foreign affairs envoy and then see him travel the world, enjoy rock star receptions everywhere, and be the new face of America abroad.

I'll ask Jill about Clinton's speech, her upcoming trips and how today's State Department fits into the Obama administration's foreign policy strategy.

Also today, we'll take you live to Iran for more on that Caspian Airlines crash that killed all 168 people on board. We'll ask if the airline has a good safety record and if sanctions imposed on Iran have led to a situation where the lack of spare parts is endangering travelers.

Plus we'll tell you the shocking story of a Florida couple murdered in their own home in what authorities say was an elaborate home invasion. The sad part is that Melanie and Byrd Billings were the parents of 17 children, most adopted and with special needs.

AuthorIties have arrested people they believe are connected to the slayings and will update reporters. We'll take you there live.

Finally, I asked my Twitter community if they think we should start putting the Champagne on ice when it comes to the economy. Goldman Sachs yesterday, today Intel: both companies issueD great results. Today, the Federeal Reserve (in the minutes of meetings just released) says it thinks the economy is "leveling out" and that the recession in America will be milder this year than it had expected just a few months ago.

What do you think? Leave your comments here or Tweet me @halagorani.

We'll have that and the rest of the day's top stories as always.

See you on TV!

Hala

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John Wood   July 15th, 2009 8:27 pm ET

great show Hala. Hey nice of you to remember the engineer guy's birthday.

Fakavae Taomia   July 16th, 2009 4:21 am ET

Just want to share a story about the fate of 12 Tuvalu seafarers who are still held captive by their Somali Pirates Captors for the past three months or so now.

These 12 seafarers are among the crews of a German owned ship Hanser Vata which was kidnapped by Somali Pirates. Tuvalu is a very poor tiny nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and these poor seafarers are working on the ship to earn some money to feed their family, put their children into school and to build a home for the family. These families, sons and daughters are without their fathers now and they are eargerly waiting for their return, and as of now, i have not heard anything regarding their fate.

Sayan Majumdar   July 16th, 2009 10:22 am ET

Hala, Yesterday I was listening portions of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech on CNN and realised that United States is fortunate enough to have somebody with such a wide scope and vision for such a critical post along with its responsibilities at such a critical juncture of Global instabilities.

Her uncompromising and die hard attitude, clarity, along with her vast experience as an accomplished attorney, her stints as the First Lady, then Senator and now Secretary of State transforms her to a formidable personality to be reckoned with and may be the need of the hour. However, much will depend on her ability to transform her well motivated wishes into actions often under challenging circumstances.

Best of Luck to her.

Sayan.

sarah van riemsdijk   July 16th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

I so hope that you will take your desk back!!!

It just looks really "faux" and "gimmickey" with you sort of standing there-with the microcphone pack on your waist! I much preferred the old set with you relaxed at the desk.

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