Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Yes, the war is dragging on, illegal immigration remains an unresolved issue, and health care worries are growing for many families. Gas prices are rising, house values are falling, and who knows how we'll all pay for our kids' college if it keeps getting more expensive? And we're being dragged through a campaign season so long and exhausting, it makes the OJ trial look like the good old days.
But here's the thing: Tens of thousands of Americans, as you read this, are in Iraq and Afghanistan doing what their country has asked of them. They will not sit with loved ones around the family table. They will not gather around the widescreen TV to play armchair quarterback. And they face a real enemy that is trying to kill them. Whether you support this war or not, these Americans are practicing one of the most honorable and demanding types of public service, and I think we should all be thankful for them.
The news from Iraq lately has been good. Attacks are down. Fatalities for troops and civilians are way down. In many places, by many accounts, shops are opening, children are playing, and people are going about their jobs and lives. Iraq is not at peace, but it is certainly more peaceful than it has been in quite some time.
Be thankful for that, too.
The challenges in Iraq remain immense, and the debate over what we should do next is as intense as ever. Fair enough. The debate can resume on Monday. The bitter words, heartfelt emotions, and accusations can fly again. But for now, despite our differences over the war, let's be thankful that life is better than it was a short time ago for so many Americans, Iraqis and others in that distant country.
- Tom Foreman, CNN Correspondent
Thanksgiving Travel Horror Stories
So we've all heard that Christmas is 'the most wonderful time of the year.'
But what about Turkey-day?Do you have a Thanksgiving travel horror story? We want to hear from you.
Click on the comments section below to share your thoughts online. We'll also be reading some of your comments during the show. And a reminder, you can always send us a v-mail
.See you tonight at 10p.m. ET.
Raw Politics: Turkey pardon
CNN's Tom Foreman on President Bush preparing for Thanksgiving by pardoning the turkey. (Click image at left to play video)
Pain killer patch problems
Fentanyl patches were created as a pain killer of last resort for patients in constant pain or with terminal cancer. In spite of government warnings and packaging, experts say this drug continues to be misused with fatal consequences. Keeping them Honest, we asked the FDA if people are dying, why do doctors keep mis-prescribing the Fentanyl patch. Watch 360 tonight for our report.
And for more information on Fentanyl patches and the brand-name drug Duragesic, the manufacturer Ortho-McNeil has set up a website: http://www.duragesic.com/
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Holiday air travel: Not SO bad?!
Chad Myers had me worried last night with that chilling look at holiday air travel congestion -- but I guess the travel gods are on my side.
I arrived at Reagan National Airport in D.C. at 9:55 a.m. looking to make the 10:30 a.m. Delta Shuttle to NY -- and with three bags to boot because between Thanksgiving and work I am on the road the next two to three weeks.
But the bags were checked, yours truly, through security and in the seat (nice exit row solo, thank you) at 10:15.
So we circled the city a few times because of weather and congestion delays and landed an hour late... I'll take it.
-- By John King, CNN Chief National Correspondent
Raw Politics: Fists flying
CNN's Tom Foreman on John McCain landing a blow on Rudy Guiliani, and Hillary Clinton jabbing Barack Obama. (Click image at left to play video)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Raw Politics: Turkey Day break
U.S. lawmakers take their Thanksgiving holiday. CNN's Tom Foreman carves up everything in Raw Politics. (Click image at left to play video)