July 21st, 2010
11:01 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse:

Vilsack, White House apologize to Sherrod: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he apologized to Shirley Sherrod for forcing her to resign from her government job in Georgia based on incomplete and misleading reports of a speech she gave. Vilsack also said he offered Sherrod another job in the department, and she was taking a few days to think about it.

Missing teen's body found: A body found near where a California teen vanished last week on her way home from summer school was confirmed Wednesday to be that of 17-year-old Norma Lopez, a Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Breaching whale crash lands on sailing boat: A sailor described her "miraculous" escape after a whale leapt out of the water and crash-landed on the deck of her boat off the coast of South Africa.

Astronomers discover monster star: Astronomers use a Very Large Telescope - the instrument's official name - to detect the most massive star discovered to date.

The many faces of Mel Gibson: Given recent tapes allegedly featuring actor Mel Gibson's voice - a voice that alternately threatens, rages, recoils and aches - the edgy, borderline fury often embodied by Mel Gibson the artist is all too closely entwined with the image of Mel Gibson the person.


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  1. Robyn Young

    "Estimintation" ....? Are you serious?? What the heck is THAT word, and how come cute – but definitely quirky – liberal James Carville can get away with that wacky malapropism, and Sarah Palin is publicly derided and scorned for hers. Double Standard ?? Check the video, boys ..... last segment with Anderson Cooper on Wednesday's AC/360 7/21

    July 22, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    I'm reposting this in appreciation of David Axelrod and others here on CNN blogs who have fact checked and contributed to this summary:

    The New American Financial Overhaul and Regulation Legislation summary:

    There is now a single agency responsible for looking out for consumers: the Bureau for Consumer Financial Protections. Instead of seven agencies dealing with these issues part-time, one agency will be in charge of establishing clear rules of the road for banks, mortgage companies, payday lenders and credit card lenders. This makes it far easier for individuals to be protected and report financial abuse and corruption by lenders.

    Mortgage brokers won't make a higher commission by selling people mortgages that they can't afford. This was a major factor in the recent housing crisis. Now brokers and banks have to take into consideration a borrower's ability to repay before giving a home loan. This would directly head off the enormus corruption that directly led to the housing crisis across America.

    You’ll be able to get a free credit score if you’re denied a loan, an apartment, or a job because of your credit, so you won’t be turned down without knowing why. Right now, you get one free credit report a year, but you can’t see your credit score for free, even if a lender or employer rejects your application because you have bad credit. This is the first work at transparency in allowing the individual to actually see the report they are being judged from, no more holding secrets over your head like a club.

    No more bailing out banks with American tax dollars, no more "too big to fail." If a company's in trouble because of risky gambles, it will have to liquidate - and do so before it can take down the rest of the financial system. Republican Senators wanted to continue the previous failed system providing a gigantic taxpayer safety net for Wall Street while blocking extended unemployment benefits for the small people.

    Eight outstanding achievements in a mere 2 years from the Obama administration:

    1. Fixing Wall Street regulations, despite Republican obstructionism. Never again will we have to bail out big banks as too big to fail.

    2. Repairing relations with Russia and working towards nuclear arms reductions. For people who think relations with Russia don't matter, pay close attention to the implications with Iran, North Korea and Pakistan.

    3. Turning around the economy, from what was predicted to be potentially "worse than the Great Depression" (in the words of Bush's own economic advisors while he was still in office), to a period of gradual growth instead of Europe's stagnation who choose to not use large stimulus funding which the Republican lawmakers advocated. Whew, thankfully the Republican's are not in control.

    4. Repairing health care, which will give health insurance to more than 30 million Americans while at the same time reduce long term deficits according to CBO analysis.

    5. Moving towards cleaner energy. It is no coincidence that electric cars are coming out that get 200+ mpg ever since oil industry men (Bush/Cheney) are replaced by the Obama administration.

    6. The successful management of TARP which is now expected to turn a profit, contrary to all Republican claims and attacks.

    7. Forcing a Big Oil corporation to pay for the total costs incurred due to their environmental disaster instead of the Republican party's insistence that American taxpayers pay the bill. The Republican senior Senator on the Energy commission, Joe Barton apologized to BP over Obama's insistence that BP pay all the damages it's Louisiana BP Oil gusher created.

    8. President Obama teamed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has successfully crafted a Nuclear Warhead reduction treaty between America and Russia in a stated goal of continued reductions to zero.

    July 22, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. truthie

    Smith: I don't see that your conclusion of "Eight outstanding achievements" are really achievements. None of them have come to pass except passing that horrible health care bill that I personally was against.

    Stocks tumbled Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress that the outlook for the economy is "unusually uncertain," adding to worries about the pace of the recovery.

    July 22, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shower Cubicle 

    i really do not like to mortgage any of my property, mortage sucks anyways`;~

    October 19, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |