On the Radar: Vermont flooding, Obama speech, Japan leader
As many as six covered bridges have been destroyed in the Vermont flooding.
August 30th, 2011
05:57 AM ET

On the Radar: Vermont flooding, Obama speech, Japan leader

Three things you need to know today.

Vermont flooding: Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate plans to tour flood-damaged communities in Vermont on Tuesday.

Rain from Hurricane Irene spawned raging floodwaters that washed out or otherwise damaged 263 roads and bridges, Gov. Peter Shumlin said. Hundreds of people remained trapped in communities, he said Monday.

"It's just devastating," Shumlin said. "Whole communities under water, businesses, homes, obviously roads and bridges, rail transportation infrastructure," he said. "We're tough folks up here but Irene ... really hit us hard."

Obama to address vets: President Obama travels to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday to speak at the 93rd American Legion National Convention.

Mostly veterans are expected to be in attendance at the Minneapolis Convention Center event.

As the president continues to push his economic recovery message, a senior administration official told CNN “I am sure a good chunk of it [speech] will be about how service members and their families have been impacted by the economy.”

New Japanese PM: Japan's parliament elected Yoshihiko Noda as the country's new prime minister Tuesday, making him the country's sixth new leader in five years.

Noda won 308 out of 476 possible votes.

The prime minister-elect will officially take over his new post after a ceremonial endorsement by Japan's emperor, which is expected to happen Wednesday.

Ahead of the vote, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan officially submitted his resignation, as did his Cabinet, clearing the way for Noda's election.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. WheresTheMSM

    I don't can't for the life of me figure out why there was no news about this on CNN.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. jj

    not too suprising considering the left bias that is evident everyday on this pathetic failing news site. its election time and the eds at cnn would never throw their savior under the bus

    August 30, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Roger Kaputnik

    The President is on a cross-country tour of damaged golf courses:

    August 30, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It is completely acceptable to obtain news from different sources.
    The information about the President's uncle's DUI charge and bail was readily available elsewhere.
    I support Obama's 2012 campaign completely.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @Roger Kaputnik:
    Nice nod to MAD magazine.


    And, hello.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. jj

    readily available twelve hours later. so much for breaking news...

    August 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yuajsaisjdiajsiajs

    yu tu si zui hao de

    August 30, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |