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August 25, 2010
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President Barack Obama and daughter, Sasha, on holiday swimming at Alligator Point in Panama City, Florida on August 14, 2010

President Barack Obama and daughter, Sasha, on holiday swimming at Alligator Point in Panama City, Florida on August 14, 2010

It's becoming ever clearer that we love our holidays!

Whether it’s a cruise, a few nights camping under canvas, a package tour or a deluxe week in a spa.. we are prepared to spend money on getting away from it all. We need our holidays to recharge our batteries.

Some of you watching will be luxuriating in having weeks of annual leave to take. Others will barely get a long weekend with pay.

On this week's Q&A Ali Velshi and Richard Quest will be going head to head debating the entitlement to paid annual leave. They’ll look at the benefits of a vacation for employees, employers and the economy. Surely this is a win win! There will also be our head to head quiz – the guys are one-all at the moment, but will that last? See you at 2:00pm ET / 1800 GMT on CNN!

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Tamera Karsten   August 26th, 2010 5:20 pm ET

I feel it is important for the President to have some down time. He is human and deserves to enjoy time with his friends and family. In what ever way he chooses. I think he has been unfairly treated in all aspects. When it comes to the economy it seems that many forget how George W bush was handed a silver platter when he took office. President Obama was handed a paper plate. I think he understands more than some are willing to give him credit for.

James Acock   August 26th, 2010 6:04 pm ET

Ali, I saw your piece on the convict which was denied parole. If you were intrested on following this any further you should contact Dr. David Dodd from Salt Lake and retired from Utah State University and now takes up his time as an expert witness on Eye Witness reliability. Very interesting and scary about the reliability of eye witness's.

Josie   August 26th, 2010 6:29 pm ET

After hearing about the stabbing of the cab driver in NY, I feel shame for this country, shame for people like Glenn Beck, shame for news organizations like Fox News and shame for politicians who perpetuate intolerance, hate, discrimination and untruths. This country was built because of the need for religious freedom this is why people came to this country originally and some of us were already here. It is sad to me that people would rather condemn and blame than sit down and talk and seek common interests rather than the differences. I feel that people who are so quick to judge others and call them evil, are themselves truly the evil ones. Where is their Christianity? They need to begin acting like Christians to walk the talk not just talk the talk.

EC   August 26th, 2010 6:47 pm ET

The media plays such an important part in our lives. It is the funnel through which we receive our information about what's going on in our world.

Therefore, in an effort to help the media become "all that they can be," we take a moment to envision a new media, a media in which those who bring us our news – from the reporter, to the anchorperson, to the head of the network – are responsible to the needs of the people; are credible and trustworthy in every way; and are unequivocally aligned with the Highest Good for all concerned.

We see a world where acting on behalf of personal interests, corporate profits, or hidden agendas has gone by the wayside in favor of acting on behalf of raising the collective consciousness to its highest potential; where everyone who works with the dissemination of information knows, beyond all doubt whatsoever, that what they are reporting has a direct effect on the lives of everyone they touch; that they effect the future of our world by what they say and do; and that they can have a true positive influence on this world by developing their conscience.

Indeed, we see a media where every person, from the top to the bottom, has a strong, evolved conscience and acts in accordance with the Highest Good.

This hope includes the inciteing of racisism by continueing to show a specific race or country in a constant negative light.

Anwar M Ali   August 27th, 2010 8:08 am ET

I just read CNN ad in today's newspaper (26 August 2010) that Richard Quest is going to interview Malik Riaz.

The question I would like to ask him is:

What has he done about his new elite golf estate discharging its sewerage in Rawal Dam in Rawalpindi. There are many other housing schemes/societies doing that. A court of law has recently ordered them to stop.

A visionary like him should not have joined other careless and greedy real estate developers. He should have made an example by developing own sewerage system.

Linda Tunnell   August 27th, 2010 5:48 pm ET

My husband has me looking for something Ali reported, I believe, on Aug 26, re a device to decrease car emissions and gas mileage while increasing horsepower. Except for the emissions part, it sounds like a real horse to me, nevertheless, I cannot find the information. would you please tell me how to get to it?

Curtis   August 30th, 2010 6:02 am ET

Given the saddest part of KATRINA was that lives were lost because of a serious lack of preparedness and untimely decisions. Most people don't know it, but the situation really hasn't changed much for those without the means to evacuate on their own. What about the elderly? What about persons with special needs? Worst yet, many people still don't know what happened to their loved ones.

Jer   August 30th, 2010 6:21 pm ET


You are lost! You are covering for your national and international corporate masters. CNN has lost it's MO JO. The real news starts at 4:00 PM on msnbc Dylan Radigan till 10 PM with Rachel. Dose CNN know what country they're in. You need to stop being false Prophits for hate and fear and (I THINK PEOPLE) You unelected elites are driving our country into grown for your corporate master profits. You people are nobodies trying to lead the easily lead people that FOX have converted into hate and fear.

Anita Bracy   August 30th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

ALI, I really disappointed that just because Pres. Obama didn't give you & that female, I will not call her a lady, the economic job punch message that you two wanted, for that sewer mouth to use such language & for the powers to be to call CNN the most respected name in news. That's a joke.You are the most disrespected now. NO CLASS, ALI. Why didn't you put kristie in check. Where were your "testicles"? That's the correct terminology, Ali & kristie. I thought you were educated. Locker room talk is called that for a reason.

Inverness   August 30th, 2010 11:12 pm ET

Why is the Administration only focusing on Small Business? don't they realize that it is the large corporations that have employed most of the population with good paying jobs. These large companies such as GM, Ford, Google, Morgan Stanley,Chrysler...etc. are not hiring. Small business per company can only handle a small portion of employment.

lawrence   August 31st, 2010 4:02 pm ET

I want to know the prospect of potential employers being able to use a credit history as a decider on potential employees,. should this be allowed, really ? with so many peoples credit being adversley affected in todays economy.

Jim Rodgers   September 1st, 2010 12:31 am ET

Iraq was created and named by the allies after world war 1 not world war 2. Please get your facts right

Betty Bender   September 1st, 2010 6:10 am ET

I get it a tragedy...How about the typhoon hitting Okinawa right now. THE ISLAND is in lock down and all i here is katrina and the poor east coast time after time ......look at typhoon size&island should be just as important as others .Our Marines are THere..OMG this should be on the top of your list ...BB

steve jaubert   September 2nd, 2010 1:09 pm ET

Perhaps CNN should rephrase the title of this article and rename it Ameriphobia in reference to all the Muslims having 'problems' adjusting to America such as their need for special treatment for all kinds of things like needing extra breaks for pray time, conflicts with dress codes, preaching religion illegally in public schools, and selling racist inflammatory media connected with terrorism all the while serving up rhetoric unfairly about civil rights knowing full well that their religion harbors factions of terrorists that are constantly in the news that is played down by many who say everything will be just fine. CNN is severely disrespectful of most Americans to label their justifiable concerns as Islamaphobia when so much has had to change to protect the rights and security of Americans because of terrorism linked to Islam. The so called moderates never speak out to any significant degree to challenge the atrocities of terrorism though they have interviews to the contrary and expect us to just take in their Trojan Horse. The ground zero mosque is both insensitive and inflammatory to nonmuslims and will be a constant reminder of the terrorism that struck at America near that location. Phobia is a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear. Fear is a natural reaction to events that justify it. There is certainly enough Muslim terrorism in the news almost daily to justify the fear felt by most Americans and it is warranted based on present and historical evidence. steve jaubert

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