After the Morning Meeting

One hundred and fifty three people are now presumed dead after an airbus A310-300 from Yemen crashed into the Indian Ocean this morning. The only survivor of the disaster looks to be a 5-year-old boy.New developments continue to break in this story, but it now appears that the crash was caused by stormy weather in the flightpath.

The verdict is out in Bernie Madoff's trial, but who will be put on the stand next? Ten more people are likely to be charged in the scheme.Will theybe family members or employees of Madoff?

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A national holiday is being celebrated in Iraq today, as the US prepares to withdraw from the country. But the casualties continue to rise, as four soldiers died during combat operations in the country on Monday. We'll have a panel of strategists to speak about the significance of this date, as well as the future of the American interest in Iraq.