April 14, 2009
Posted: 1347 GMT

Hey All-

We missed you yesterday, so today we’ll have to make our entry twice as fun.

First off, the lovely Isha Sesay is hosting again, while Hala gets another day of R & R.

Now to the good stuff: U.S. President Barack Obama is addressing the economy, in a speech today at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. How will his words affect today’s markets? Will he increase confidence in a not-too-far-off recovery?

We’ll bring you that speech; and, we’ll be talking with our man Richard Quest about this and more.

Also, our Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider has some interesting new numbers just released, about whether people think President Obama has a plan to save the economy.

Morgan Neill will be live from Cuba to discuss recent comments made by Fidel Castro on President Obama’s easing of travel restrictions to the communist country. Castro says he doesn’t want “charity”, so then what does he want?

Pirates, pirates and more pirates– ships keep getting hijacked off the Horn of Africa. This time it’s a Greek cargo ship. Can these Somali pirates be stopped and if so, how? When will these ships start trying to combat the terror?

And an interesting new study will be published next week by a group of University of Southern California scientists about the effects of Twitter on the development of morality. It says that the streams of information are too fast for the brain’s “moral compass.” What does this mean and is it something to be worried about for yourself or your kids?

We here at I-Desk certainly don’t suffer from any moral deficiencies… but, then again, we missed the online social network-age by a few years.

We’ll have all this and more so tune in. Till airtime!!

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aghedo osadolor   April 14th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

President's Obama's 5 pillars for the American Economy, will definitely work for the whole world in general.

Paul G.   April 14th, 2009 5:53 pm ET

Hello Jim Clancey. You were a war reporter in BiH. Are you telling me that nobody at CNN knows that there is already a Sea Crimes Tribunal established by the UN in Hamburg, Germany since 2002. It includes prosecutions for piracy on the high seas! All the UN security Council does to do is refresh the statue of the Tribunal in Hamburg and strengthen the international law. The judges and prosecutor are already there...we don't need to re-invent the wheel...go to UN "sea crimes Tribunal" and you will see that statue...

Paul...UN war Crimes Investigator, Sarajevo

Boswell Williams   April 14th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

When will President Obama realize that the American People are right about the Bank bailouts, like they were right about the Vietnam War? The financial sustem has its own agenda and that does not include listening to President Obama and doing what he says, like unfreezing credit. The system is not the Rock that he may think Christ says he should build America's finances on. Rather it is the "den of thieves" that Christ drove out of the Temple (Matthew 21:12-13). His Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, told us in February 2009, "Instead of catalyzing recovery, the financial system is working against recovery." That does not mean that we are helpless in dealing with the financial system. For that President Obama should visit 'A New and Better World Economic Order'

Zoran   April 15th, 2009 11:03 am ET

Hi there,
Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.

Thank you

Sarah   April 16th, 2009 3:56 am ET

So I am SO happy though, in the midst of so much misery, that Hillary Clinton did not achieve presidency. I never got her and I never will. And her comments that Mexico's problems are our drug problems. What? Ummm, and what about government corruption in that country? Oh she's suddenly an authority on complex systems and claiming that its an economics of supply and demand, like not only a ++PHD in everything. I would argue her authority!

So I do think that our lovely first family may have made a difficult choice in a first dog. What about a Golden Retreiver or Labrador? Or a Beagle? Only because its too obvious they know nothing about dogs. Its cute though.

I guess thats all I have to say. Oh no, that's right. Piracy! Well I don't know but other countries have Navies too and ships to protect–its commerce so its the obvious for international effort. Instead of arming every ship! Then you have untrained cops against people with nothing much to lose, and it doesn't sound like a real good scenario, like the ghetto on the high seas. It just seems like the obvious for a shared international effort. Oh–well...unless some other country besides the U.S. would like to go try to sort things out there??? I doubt it! How about build up its neighbors, like Ethiopia and Kenya.

Sarah   April 16th, 2009 5:06 am ET

I forgot to respond to what I meant to respond to! About Twitter and kids. Well, how about twittering and adults? I don't think it takes a big brain scientist (sociology) study to figure out it doesn't make anyone smarter.

Debbie   April 19th, 2009 12:54 pm ET

Hello there,
The situation with the economy is what it is! The rich and powerful people are the only ones not hurting from the situation. Capital Hill and Wall Street are the rich and powerful. They get to do what they want to do and that is it, period! The little person has nothing and never will. That's the way it goes and has been for years and will never change.

Luis Valierse   April 20th, 2009 2:21 am ET

Did you know that as of 6 months ago money wire transfers are not allowed to go out from cuban banks. Also hard currency in any denomination is also very difficult to withdraw from the cuban banks.All the foreign companies have millions of dollars frozen in cuba!
And you americans are just dying to do business in cuba! Fidel & Raoul are waiting with open arms. The USA is the only country in the world that cuba does not owe money to. So, step up to the plate & get burned !!!
Luis V

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