October 18th, 2010
09:48 AM ET

On the Radar: Osama bin Laden, midterm elections, typhoon

Where's bin Laden hiding? - Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, but are not together, a senior NATO official said.

"Nobody in al Qaeda is living in a cave," said the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the intelligence matters involved.

Rather, al Qaeda's top leadership is believed to be living in relative comfort, protected by locals and some members of the Pakistani intelligence services, the official said.

Election marathon now a sprint - With only 15 days remaining before Election Day 2010 and early voting already open in several states, the midterm marathon is now a sprint as Democrats work frantically to establish a beachhead to protect their congressional majorities, while Republicans hope voter anger over the economy propels them into power.

Democrats and Republicans agree on very little other than this: When the dust settles on the 2010 midterms, it's not "Will Republicans pick up seats?" but "How many?" Will the GOP pick up the 39 seats needed for John Boehner to wrest the speaker's gavel out of Nancy Pelosi's hands?

The midterms might be best described as the 180-degree election, CNN senior political editor Mark Preston writes. Just two years ago, the GOP was depressed, disorganized and directionless after watching the Democrats gain control of the White House and add to their congressional majorities.

Typhoon hits Phillipines - A fisherman was dead and two others were missing Monday as the world's strongest storm in years wreaked havoc in the Philippines. Benito Ramos, the Philippines' civil defense chief, said a fisherman drowned in huge waves from Typhoon Megi, which made landfall Monday on the northern Philippine island of Luzon.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard said two people were reported missing. Megi, also known as Typhoon Juan, has ripped off roofs and battered Luzon with torrential rain. It made landfall near Sierra Madre, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration.

CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said the typhoon is the strongest storm on the planet since 2005, when Hurricane Wilma passed over south Florida in the United States. Megi is the strongest storm in the Pacific Ocean since Typhoon Flo in 1990.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Dan Little

    I enjoy watching all the programing on cnn. But, Kyra Phillps is the most unkind, sarcastic person you have on the air. The piece she did this morning where the politican called being gay a choice. She called him a dinosaur, she stoped just short of calling him a moron! How would Kyra feel if she was treated this way? Would someone please tell her that, she can do her job and do it well without being rude. Your on tv and you are setting a example to young people.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Who you think you are talking to

      CNN is a rainbow advocate, through and through...their coverage is propaganda and lacks truth and lacks objectivity, very bias. Every issue is twisted back to the ho Mose xual ity agenda. Children should not be allowed to view this station. HBOfamily also run commercials advocating ho Mose xuali Ty is family.
      CNN is hostile to anyone contrary to its view or agenda.

      October 18, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    The Republicans will gain control of the House and Senate. Hope has nothing to do with it.
    The only person who better start hoping is President Obama. He is not acting like a president. He acting liking Elmer Gantry flying all over giving revival speeches to black people and college students. Two groups who have their heads up their butts and are easily impressed by smooth talking black men. A crisis will happen.
    Let's see where this lying fuks priorities are. Oh wait, better not be one, he will just turn his speeches into a pity party proclaiming his chariot has every sort of communications gadget known to man.
    Has there ever been a president who believed he had the right to act in this manner? No. He is an egomaniac who needs to fall off the stage, hit his head and suddenly realize he is a fool.
    There is nothing he can do to make his past deeds be acceptable to the more informed adults who vastly outnumber the people he is reaching out to.
    Any report of cheating by his ilk and there will be Hell to pay.
    jim

    October 18, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Again you think the republicans will get in and leave it in worse shape than the former presidents of Bush and Bush. Your memory and short-sightedness is failing you again. I just read about 100 laws and statutes that president Obama has put into use. All for the working people. Republicans will see that the Tea Party is the rightest of wings, regular repubs just cannot get it done and so they will vote Democrats to clean the republican aftermath. Just say no, to the republican Party. The dems will unite and they are just sitting back listening to all the crap fly.

      October 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    The Republicans will gain control of the House and Senate. Hope has nothing to do with it.
    The only person who better start hoping is President Obama. He is not acting like a president. He's acting like Elmer Gantry flying all over giving revival speeches to black people and college students. Two groups who have their heads up their butts and are easily impressed by smooth talking black men. A crisis will happen.
    Let's see where this lying fuks priorities are. Oh wait, better not be one, he will just turn his speeches into a pity party proclaiming his chariot has every sort of communications gadget known to man.
    Has there ever been a president who believed he had the right to act in this manner? No. He is an egomaniac who needs to fall off the stage, hit his head and suddenly realize he is a fool.
    There is nothing he can do to make his past deeds be acceptable to the more informed adults who vastly outnumber the people he is reaching out to.
    Any report of cheating by his ilk and there will be Hell to pay.
    jim

    October 18, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Where's the Love

      Jim, your racist rants makes you lack credibility, your heart is full of hatredness. I hope you realized the mouth is more of an instrument of the heart than the brain. Pres Obama isn't a black thing. Why can't you acknowledge the white heritage of his mother as responsible for his decisions or maybe the white grandparents that raised him. Truthfully, he embraces the liberalness of a white man for black typically are very conservative about issues of gays and do not approve aborting babies...but then that would be sterotyping too. President Obama works for you, too. The American citizen and electoral votes put him in office. I believe citizenship is better served when motivated by what is better for the country as a nation rather than motivations of hatredness.

      October 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The Crisis already happened it was the 8 years of the republican party. I see we are in an upswing from there.

      October 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Brieske

    Oh and early voting is just a way for democrats to gain time for running around voting more than once. It should be done away with. I don't care about the long line on voting day excuse, it is invalid. It is the responsibility of people in their community to make sure there are enough voting machines and that a large enough space is provided.
    First Lady Michelle Obama early voting is pathetic. It's white people's fault that black people are unable to vote before the voting place closes, she believes. She is a racist.
    Pure and simple.
    jim

    October 18, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I guess you are saying white folk don't vote by voting early? Did you do a professional poll or talking with your lower cheeks?

      October 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WhiteKong78

    For some being g-a-y is a choice and for some it's not. Many abuse victims are so traumatized by the abuse they exhibit many different behaviors to cope with the trauma. It is a fact that often gets overlooked by those pushing an agenda.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Two wrongs don't make it right!

      True, some victims ruminate trauma, but once you realized there's a problem and do something about breaking the cycle, not far coming will be healing. Some hurts can play a long time some even a lifetime. It took 40years for the people of isreal to come out of the desert to the land of green grass with milk and honey. You may not forget but you can forgive the offender, and forgive oneself. Crash that past trauma against rocks, and reclaimed the dignity you were called in this world to be!

      October 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WhiteKong78

    The world is not black or white. The world is not left or right. The human mind is so complex that you cannot simply put people into categories. Unfortunately Washington has not received the memo that Americans are tired of being organized by politicians. Whether it is a racist southern politician or a liberal academia professor doing the classifications people are getting tired of it. An independent candidate has to caucus in either the Democratic or Republican primary. This takes away 1/2 of potential voters because only registered Republican/Democrat voters can participate in the primary. This is why we never see an independent candidate for president. The inmates are running the asylum.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Two wrongs don't make it right!

      It's called Satan wants to sift you like wheat! You can't be sifted if you remained united to Truth, God statutes and decrees, and His Church. The American people are abandoning the traditional pillars of its Republic and the source of its peace, prosperity, and blessings for the godless notions of relativism of truth. That is why you see this anything goes mentality flooding everything. When the people exert pressure that this will not be tolerated by their elected representative this tiresome foolishness will cease.

      October 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WhiteKong78

    Oh and everyone knows where Bin laden is yet they are unwilling to do anything about it I guess.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't believe it!

      Personally, I believe he is in China or Russia, but if not, follow the body count and violence. It seems where ever he treads the body count follows.
      I am glad my finger isn't on the button, the pinball machine would have defaulted long ago. I like how the Israeli do it, they go after the
      relatives and everthing their own. I believe they do this not so much as revenge but to eliminate every possible means of consolation, support, and shelter the perp may
      seek. People are communal. I think rin tin tin bin is no different. Probally contacting family by non-tech or partial tech venues that interface with computers.

      October 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ion

    In other news, the Pope is Catholic

    October 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim Brieske

    Where's the love. I guess Senator Obama throwing his "white" mother under the bus is love? Do not write of me being hateful, I just have the courage to speak the truth. There's a big difference. You make truth into hate in a feeble attempt to deny it by disguising it. So here is some more for you, you incorrectly named person. But wait, first let me add, we do have something in common, sorta. I do not use my correct name. It is not out cowardess though, it's a timing thing.
    Now I point out the fact our phonie bolognie president is going to Cleveland. If you will notice, they didn't say Shaker Heights.
    jim

    October 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Throw Mamma off the Train

      theory is off-base. The point being Obama is a white man who grew up under the influential of the white culture...facts that white America has difficult accepting. You call him black cause he has a black wife or cause he has met that 1drop of black blood definition which obilterates his white heritage by your standards? You call him black cause he made "a mistake(s)! So my question is what
      credit will you assign his white-side?
      And the faults you really see is from his white-side of his family and the white heritage, and white up-bringin'.

      October 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Brieske

    correction: cowardice not cowardess. Spelling is my weakness. Was always way ahead in math, sitting with kids in next grade ahead of me. As a Third grader I was moved to a fourth grade class for Math. I was scared the first day. They were big. But it wasn't cowardice because I could have told my 3rd grade teacher, no I don't want to do it.
    Anyways, I sacrificed some of my spelling ability learning a higher level of mathematics.
    jim

    October 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |