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September 14, 2009
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We will be starting the show with more coverage of the one year anniversary of the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, when Lehman Brothers collapsed. Today is also the day President Barack Obama delivered what was billed a major economic policy speech.

President Obama is calling for more regulation of the financial services industry and new federal agencies to protect consumers and keep an eye on the bankers.

The question is whether what comes out of the White House initiative will become a real agent for change or whether what the president achieves will be largely symbolic.

Also today, we'll cover the sentences handed down to three Britons convicted of plotting to bring down transatlantic airlines with liquid bombs. Paula Newton will join us live from London for that.

Related to that topic is the a purported audio message from the man who has inspired many of these young Islamic extremists to wage "Jihad" on the West, Osama Bin Laden. What did the Al Qaeda leader say? Does anyone care what he says anymore?

In the Middle East, we're covering another tragic "child bride" story. This time, a twelve year-old girl, married to a 24 year-old man, died of complications during childbirth. The worldwide spotlight is once again shining on cultural practices that much of the world now regards as child abuse, plain and simple. We have a live report.

On the lighter side of things, we'll talk about Kanye West's outburst at the MTV Video Music Awards. Just as sweet, fragile Taylor Swift was getting ready to thank MTV for an award, West grabbed the mic from her and essentially told the crowd he thought Beyonce's video should have won.

Now here's the problem I have: I love Kanye West's music. But even a Kanye fan has to admit that was about the most obnoxious thing anyone has ever done at an awards show.

Speaking of outbursts, how about Serena Williams foul-mouthed rant at a bemused-looking lineswoman?

Here's hoping everyone has calmed down today.

See you on TV!

Hala

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Keira   September 14th, 2009 7:34 pm ET

Kanye was an absolute bully. I don't like Kanye nor do I like Taylor Swift's music but NO ONE deserves to be upstaged in such a way. It was obnoxious, rude, immature and plenty more things that will get both of us in trouble if said on the air!

As for Serena, I may be the only person who dooesn't think it's THAT big of a deal. Yes she lost her cool, but who among us hasn't? The thing that bugs me is the fast that she could lose $360K for that one outburst (a 10K fine and prize money worth $350K)? Isn't that a little too much?? Did John McEnroe ever get fined this much??

SensibleAli   September 14th, 2009 7:42 pm ET

Despite all the Bush bashing towards the end of his presidency the case of Lehman's shows how smooth the transition to Obama has been. Iraq has disappeared from the headlines. Obama is back in the news. – Also international politics is interwoven. Obama has to do what is one main topic in upcoming German general elections. The U.S. cannot escape its responsibility for the world!

Ezedinma (Nigeria)   September 15th, 2009 10:15 am ET

It seems celebrities should be monthly attending anger management class and stage attitude behaviour. As for Obama, i congratulate him for a one year post-lehman days and how the US economy has recovered.

Thot   September 15th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

Hala is a Kanye West fan, well I'm not. But then I'm not much into hip-hop or rap music anyway, though there is this or that song that I may like.
Some are saying that all these MTV Kanye + Taylor and Beyonce thing was staged by MTV. I don't believe so.
The Eminem + Sacha Baron Cohen MTV Movie Awards was a staged performance, but didn't had a negative affect on anyone, and didn't had any negative consequences to any of the artists involved.
Would Kanye participate in a staged thing, if that damage his image among his fans and even is pears? I don't think so.

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