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August 9th, 2011
06:59 PM ET

What SEALs were doing before attack

New military details contradict earlier reports that the team killed in Afghanistan were on a rescue mission. CNN's Barbara Starr reports.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
August 9th, 2011
06:56 PM ET

Stocks rebound after 'bloodbath'

Poppy Harlow with CNNMoney breaks down the wild ride stocks took a day after suffering nearly $1 trillion in losses.

RELATED STORY: Dow soars 400 points in wild session


Filed under: Poppy Harlow • Stock Market
BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama’s big political risk
August 9th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Obama’s big political risk

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – Medicare is an especially touchy subject for any politician, Democrat or Republican. America’s older Americans overwhelmingly love this public health care program. They have come to rely on it and, if you look at the polls, aren’t all that open to major changes.

That helps to explain why President Obama took a direct swipe at the Republicans’ proposals for Medicare changes when he spoke at two separate Democratic National Committee fundraising events in Washington last night.
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Filed under: Barack Obama • Medicare • Wolf Blitzer
August 9th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Loose bat disrupts passengers on plane

A loose bat on a commercial passenger jet vanishes into a lavatory. CNN's Jeanne Moos tries to flush it out.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos
August 9th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Trump slams S&P, hints at WH run

Donald Trump talks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the credit downgrade and hints at reconsidering a presidential run.


Filed under: 2012 election • Donald Trump • Economy • Interviews • Wolf Blitzer
Top 5 Political iReports
August 9th, 2011
12:28 PM ET

Top 5 Political iReports

Editor's note: iReport, CNN's citizen journalism initiative, is celebrating its fifth birthday this month. To mark the occasion, our friends at the iReport blog are taking a look at some of iReport's shining moments in a series of top five posts on a variety of topics. Today, they're taking a look at some of the most interesting political iReports.

CNN iReport has always been a place for lively discussion, but there is no other topic that gets iReporters talking quite like politics. The 2008 presidential election season was a particularly eventful time for iReport with thousands flocking to the user-generated site as a sounding board for ideas and discussion. From hilarious music parodies to impassioned speeches, iReporters showed off their political prowess with some of the most creative photos and videos on the internet.

Fortunately, this passion did not dwindle with the end of the election season. Since 2008, political assignments have continued to thrive on iReport.com and the recent debt-crisis in the U.S. has already sparked a new wave of great conversation. Here are some of the most creative and most inspiring political iReports we’ve received over the years:

FULL STORY ON IREPORT BLOG


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