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April 20th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

We Listen!

Here’s your daily recap of the best feedback we got from YOU today. Continue the conversation below. And remember, keep it brief, and keep it clean. Thanks!

Monday’s American Morning viewers were indifferent to the Republican’s response to President Obama’s handshake with President Hugo Chavez.

  • Ralph: I think it's about time we started talking to some of these other leaders. As far as the negative reaction for the [Obama-Chavez] hand shake, I think this is just [a] typical Republican [reaction]. Bush IS the devil and it's time we moved past that crap.

What do you think? Was President Obama right to shake the hand of President Chavez, who is known to have a negative opinion of the U.S.? Do you believe President Obama has been too apologetic about the U.S. in dealing with international leaders? Are we losing our “self-respect” as a nation or does Mr. Obama’s “listening” approach allow us to have greater engagement with the world?

The reaction to the idea of lifting sanctions with Cuba was seen as long overdue. Viewers felt that trading with Cuba would be the same as trading with China, a country not known for allowing “their own people human rights.”

  • Ron: I believe the time has come to lift all sanctions against Cuba! If we allow travel and trade with other countries such as China, whom we cannot trust and do not allow their own people human rights, why should we continue to allow the Cuban people to suffer! Enough is enough already! Cuba is no threat to us but can be if allowed to be taken in by other countries not friendly to the USA. Shame on America for letting this continue for so long!

Is the U.S. overdue in mending relations with Cuba, since we have engaged with China as a trading partner? Do you believe sanctions work or do they simply harm the people of a country more than its leaders? What do you think about the numerous changes Mr. Obama has recently made concerning Cuba? Is it enough or too much? Let us know your thoughts.

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Filed under: We Listen
April 20th, 2009
02:00 PM ET

Hijacking in Montego Bay

CNN's Kiran Chetry speaks to Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz about the end to a hostage situation in Montego Bay.
CNN's Kiran Chetry speaks to Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz about the end to a hostage situation in Montego Bay.

When we arrived at work this morning, our producers were monitoring the latest on a story that broke overnight. CanJet Airlines Flight 918, a 737 charter flight from Canada with 174 passengers and 8 crew members, was being held hostage by a young man on the runway at Jamaica’s airport in Montego Bay.

When we went to air all we knew was that the gunman slipped on the flight late last night and ended up releasing all of the passengers but was still holding members of the crew.

Then during the 8am hour of our show Jamaica’s Information Minister Daryl Vaz joined us by phone and broke the news on our air that police entered the plane, nabbed the Hijacker and got the rest of the hostages out safely. Watch the interview

We were happy to be able to report that this tense standoff finally ended peacefully before we got off the air.

Speaking of planes, we got a lot of comments from many of you on cnn.com/amfix and our show hotline 1-877-MYAMFIX regarding United Airlines “fat passenger policy.” Watch the debate

As always we want to hear from you. Follow us on Twitter @amFIX and @kiranchetrycnn.

See you in the morning!

Kiran


Filed under: Roundup
April 20th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
April 20th, 2009
10:08 AM ET

Journalist: U.S. officials skeptical of Obama’s Afghan surge

Journalist Michael Hastings speaks to CNN's John Roberts about President Obama's Afghanistan strategy.
Journalist Michael Hastings speaks to CNN's John Roberts about President Obama's Afghanistan strategy.

President Obama is shifting America's military focus from Iraq to Afghanistan. His strategy includes more boots on the ground and more cash and diplomacy. Will the strategy work or should the Pentagon turn to quick intense strikes?

Michael Hastings is a contributor for GQ Magazine. He is just back from the Afghanistan/Pakistan border where he was embedded with American forces. Hastings spoke to John Roberts on CNN’s American Morning Monday.

John Roberts: Some of the soldiers and commanders you spoke with are, according to your article, skeptical of whether or not this surge strategy is going to work. Based on your reporting, what do you think?

Michael Hastings: I think I found there was a significant amount of skepticism among U.S. officials and soldiers on the ground there and that a long-term, 10-25 year, multi-billion dollar commitment to Afghanistan has a very low chance of success. And essentially the question these officials asked was what are we winning? Even if we win in Afghanistan, what is it exactly that we're winning? Maybe the answer is maybe we're winning security gains, but that's not even for sure and there’s certainly no guarantee of that.

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Filed under: Afghanistan
April 20th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

New developments in search for "craigslist killer"

CNN's Jason Carroll reports on an online predator who uses Craigslist to find his victims.
CNN's Jason Carroll reports on an online predator who uses Craigslist to find his victims.

There are new developments in the search for the "craigslist killer."

Police have released a photo of a man who they believe killed a woman, after luring her to a Boston hotel last week. That woman had advertised massages on craigslist, according to police.

And now another woman advertising in the "erotic services" section of the website has been attacked. Cops say the cases appear to be connected.

Watch


Filed under: Crime
April 20th, 2009
07:56 AM ET

New shift on Cuba policy

President Obama is slowly shifting U.S. policy on Cuba. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
President Obama is slowly shifting U.S. policy on Cuba. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro are speaking the language of diplomacy on a whole host of issues.

First came the White House's change on Cuban American travel. Then came Castro's surprising offer to talk about human rights in Cuba.

Now the president has said what he has in mind.

Watch

Vote! Should the U.S. lift the trade embargo against Cuba?


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