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April 15th, 2009
05:44 PM ET

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On Tax Day 2009, American Morning viewers offered various opinions on the “Tea Parties” being held throughout the country.

  • Bill: Please report on the organizers of the "tea parties". If these are the same people who stood silent or cheered while Pres. Bush borrowed and spent us into bad trouble, please point out their intellectual dishonesty
  • Mary: The "tea parties" are not a Republican outrage, This is a "grassroots movement" of many kinds of people who are totally fedup with the trash that radical Washington is "dishing out"! It is evident that CNN is "in the tank" for Obama, yesterday, today and tomorrow, but this time people are not going to believe your false reporting on these "tea parties"! I hope that this event gets the message to the baffoons in the White House!!!! We, the people have had it, UP TO OUR EYBALLS!!! We are not going to take it ANYMORE!!! And the Obama Administration think they are going to stop these "tea parties" with more lies on the media? And they call us "radical right", because we are trying to stop corruption? Give me a break – no socialism, no markism, no communism in AMERICA!!!
  • Wendy: I noticed that CNN branding "Tea Parties" as a republican project. I'm a Dem and attending today. This is about "Too Big Govt". I was very critical of Pres Bush in the same manner. I' enjoy CNN but seems you now always put every debate in Dems v Repub context. The world is not that simple
  • JR: I'm wondering if there are any actions being taken to stop these tea parties from polluting American waterways. I'm concerned about the impact dumping large quantities of tea in the waterways will have on the ecosystem.

How do you feel about the first viewer’s (Bill’s) statement, wondering if the “Tea Party” protestors are the same ones who gave President G.W. Bush carte blanche to “spend us into bad trouble”? Are the “Tea Parties” just the Republican Party’s attempt to rebuild its party or is this truly a “grass roots” movement meant to protest “big government,” as the two center viewers’ (Mary and Wendy) remark? And what about the environmental concerns the last viewer (JR) expresses? Let us know what you think. Did you participate in any “tea parties” today? Share your experiences with us.

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Filed under: We Listen
April 15th, 2009
01:07 PM ET

War on drugs a total failure, says Rep. Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul says legalizing marijuana could reduce crime.
Rep. Ron Paul says legalizing marijuana could reduce crime.

The always outspoken congressman joined us in the 7am ET hour of American Morning today as we continue our week-long special report "Drug Nation."

He says we have it all wrong and that making drugs a crime especially marijuana is a waste of time, money and resources, plus it is a slap to the constitution and personal liberties. But is he trying to get a bill through Congress to actually legalize drugs? Watch the interview

While most of our callers to the amFIX hotline agree with legalizing marijuana, opinions on our blog and Twitterboard were mixed.

We also have interviewed experts who strongly believe that while legalizing all drugs may seem like it would work in theory, the end result would add to the number of people addicted, injured, and killed not to mention the cost of treatment.

There are clearly no easy answers. This will no doubt be on President Obama's agenda as he heads to Mexico Thursday to talk about the drug problems at the border, as well as all the other issues involving countries south of the border.

As always, we want to hear your thoughts on the issue. Follow us on Twitter @amFIX and @kiranchetrycnn.

See you in the morning!

Kiran


Filed under: Controversy • Drugs
April 15th, 2009
12:20 PM ET

Mexico will not become failed narco-state, says former president

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox speaks to CNN's John Roberts about drug violence across the border.
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox speaks to CNN's John Roberts about drug violence across the border.

Mexico is not in danger of becoming a failed narco-state any time soon.

That’s according to Vicente Fox, the former President of Mexico, who spoke with us on the eve of President Obama’s trip to Mexico city. Watch the interview

Fox dismissed the warnings of a growing number of analysts, saying the worst-case scenario is “far, far, away.”

As for who is to blame for the surge in drug cartel violence, Fox refused to point fingers, saying both sides share responsibility – Mexico, for its role as a producer and trans-shipment point for illegal drugs, the United States for its insatiable appetite.

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Filed under: Drugs • Mexico
April 15th, 2009
11:08 AM ET

Romans on Obama, Bernanke and the politics of taxes

President Obama speaks on the economy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, on April 14, 2009.

President Obama speaks on the economy at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, on April 14, 2009.

The president’s “major speech” on the economy yesterday did not cover new ground. It did not provide any fresh programs for stimulating the economy. Yet there was something new there: the president gave the most exhaustive explanation yet of his plan to reboot the American economy.

There was a lot more there than “glimmers of hope.”

Here’s what I mean. He was speaking directly to the American people, not announcing new plans, but selling what he has already done. He fiercely supported the bank bailouts. He acknowledged more difficult and “unpopular” decisions are ahead. He chastised his critics point by point. And he told American in great detail why he is tackling painful and politically-sensitive problems at the very same time as this financial crisis.

“I want every American to know that each action we take and each policy we pursue is driven by a larger vision of America's future – a future where sustained economic growth creates good jobs and rising incomes; a future where prosperity is fueled not by excessive debt, or reckless speculation, or fleeing profit, but is instead built by skilled, productive workers; by sound investments that will spread opportunity at home and allow this nation to lead the world in the technologies, the innovations, and discoveries that will shape the 21st century. That's the America I see."

It’s a reboot of the American economy. He said it could take many years.

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Filed under: Business
April 15th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Are you and best buddy in a 'bromance?'

Bromance is the latest term causing a pop culture stir. CNN's Lola Ogunnaike explains what it means.
Bromance is the latest term causing a pop culture stir. CNN's Lola Ogunnaike explains what it means.

Bromance? On the streets of New York, the term elicited quizzical looks from the several men I approached.

Melvin, a bike messenger with meticulous cornrows and baggy jeans, assumed I was inquiring about something related to homosexuality.

One aspiring writer nervously stammered through our brief chat and made it a point to profess his love for women repeatedly.

Only one young man, a student at Fordham, knew what a bromance was and seemed comfortable enough to profess that he was indeed a bromantic. Why the weirdness? Dudes and feelings are not supposed to mix.

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Filed under: Entertainment • Pop Culture
April 15th, 2009
10:50 AM ET

Son emails mom as pirates attack ship

Katy Urbik's son e-mailed her while pirates attacked his ship. She spoke to CNN's Kiran Chetry.
Katy Urbik's son e-mailed her while pirates attacked his ship. She spoke to CNN's Kiran Chetry.

Another American cargo ship has been attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. The attackers failed to take over the “Liberty Sun" but they did some damage with grenade launchers and automatic weapons. An engineer on the “Liberty Sun" was e-mailing his mom, Katy, during the attack.

He wrote: “We are under attack by pirates, we are being hit by rockets. Also bullets… We are barricaded in the engine room and so far no one is hurt. A rocket penetrated the bulkhead but the hole is small. Small fire too but put out.” In a later email, “The Navy has shown up, we’re under military escort. I love you all and thank you for your prayers.”

Katy Urbick spoke with Kiran Chetry on CNN’s American Morning Wednesday.

Kiran Chetry: How much time from the first email to the second? Because the first must have stopped your heart…

Katy Urbik: Yes, I think the way they send out their e-mail signals, some can accumulate and they send them out at the same time. So literally the second e-mail was there as soon as I exited out of the first one. But that doesn't mean they came that quickly. I think it's a matter of when they send the signals up and send out the e-mails.

Chetry: To hear this from your own child. We're under attack, there's bullets. So far, no one is hurt. What was going through your mind?

Urbik: My heart started pounding. I had this "is this really happening" kind of moment. I was waiting for the next line to say “just kidding” or “LOL” or something like that because that's kind of his sense of humor. But it was just one of those hit you between the eye moments of this is reality right smack in my face.

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Filed under: Piracy
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