By Mark Memmott

Good morning.

Former president Jimmy Carter has gotten into the middle of the debate over whether racism may be playing a part in the protests aimed at President Barack Obama. Carter tells NBC News that "an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man":

Based on the results so far of this poll we've been running, many Two-Way readers agree:

Other stories making headlines this morning include:

-- Morning Edition -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., Prepares To Release His Health Care Plan; It's Getting Mixed Reviews:

Related story by The Hill -- "Snowe Falls Away, Leaving Senate Dems Without GOP Health Support".

Related story by The Wall Street Journal -- "Mandated Health Insurance Squeezes Those In The Middle".

Related story by The Washington Post -- "Young Adults Likely To Pay Big Share Of Reform's Cost".

-- The New York Times -- "Man In Queens Raids Denies Any Terrorist Link": "A Colorado man whose visit to New York apparently set off government raids on several Queens apartments on Monday has denied having ties to al-Qaida or any other terrorist group. 'I have nothing to do with this,' said the man, Najibullah Zazi, 25, who was reached by telephone in Colorado on Monday and Tuesday. 'This looks like it's going toward me, which is more shocking every hour.' "

-- Morning Edition -- Al-Qaida Operative Killed In Somalia Linked To Minneapolis Boys Who Had Been Recruited By Terrorists:

-- The Associated Press -- New Prime Minister & Cabinet Take Places In Japan: "Longtime opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama was elected prime minister and installed his new Cabinet Wednesday, promising to reinvigorate Japan's economy and shake up government with his left-of-center party after more than 50 years of nearly unbroken rule by conservatives."

Among the things to watch for today -- At 8:30 a.m. ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the consumer price index figures for August. President Obama meets with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the White House. And Vice President Joe Biden continues his visit to Iraq.

categories: Foreign News, Morning Roundup, National News, Obama Administration

7:40 - September 16, 2009