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May 7th, 2009
06:31 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Thursday May 7, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

Santa Barbara burning. Big, expensive homes being reduced to ashes. Red Cross shelters filling up and nature stacking the deck against firefighters, with 100 degree temperatures and 60 mile an hour winds.

The Obama Administration announcing $17 billion in budget cuts today. That's only a tiny fraction of next year's almost $3.5 trillion dollar spending plan. The cuts would trim or end 121 government programs. Republican leaders are already saying it's not enough. It's only half of what President Bush wanted last year. It could be a tough sell on Capitol Hill.

Your money on the line today, as we find out results of the bank stress tests. The government says some banks still need billions more to outlast the recession, but there are plenty of positive signs too. Bottom line – will you be asked to cut another check? The CNN Money Team breaks it down.

Bye bye Viagra? Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, is taking aim at all those "erectile dysfunction" ads running on television at all hours of the day. He has said in the past that "they just push the envelope too far. There's just too much sexual innuendo." So Moran has reintroduced legislation (he tried before in 2005) to treat Viagra and other similar drugs as indecent, which means the FCC would have to ban such ads on broadcast television between 6am and 10pm.


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  1. Kathleen Thornton

    Viagra, Cialis, and all the rest of drugs for ED should be prescribed to a man who is experiencing the symptoms of ED. These drugs should not be considered recreational because there are real dangers associated with their use. And I would prefer not seeing the ads on every channel I turn to throughout the day. However, my real beef (no pun intended) is with the ads that promise enhancing & enlarging a man's–well, you know. These companies are nothing but 'snake oil salesmen'. They prey on a man's worst fear-inability to perform. These companies are raking in millions of dollars in sales while playing to men's vanities with a product that won't work. All of us are born with a genetic code that dictates our height,eye color, etc. And try explaining what the TV ads for these products mean to a 4& 8 year old! I'm not a prude,but I am disgusted with the proliforation of TV ads & junk mail with pictures of the male anatomy-before & after. Come on folks–they are in it for the money–not for your "fun".

    May 7, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  2. Gary from the REZ

    I have seen all these commercials during football games and other events. They are no more offensive as feminine hygiene commercials are during daytime television. Mr. Moran looks down on the sexual inuendos of Viagra and Ciallis commercials while he is trying to watch football with his grandchild. Maybe he might have to explain what an "erection" is to him. What about when your grandchild asks why that guy running the football will never walk again? Why is it that violence is so much more acceptable than sex is in our society? How dare those pharmacutical companies bombard us with images of sex when we are trying to watch grown men pummel each other! I am sure Virginia has more pressing issues at hand. Maybe Mr. Moran should spend a little more time trying to produce jobs for his constituents instead of trying to censor what they are watching between their television shows.

    May 7, 2009 at 9:01 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr.

    well thats all fine its ok for ladys to talk about there bloody monsters on tv but a man cant talk about there wounded soilders .

    May 7, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  4. Todd Berry

    Regarding Bristol Palin, does anyone trash a former gang member who now speaks to kids about avoiding gangs and violence? Does anyone trash a former alcohol or drug abuser for being an AA sponsor? Does anyone trash a parent who smoked pot as a teenager and nows tells their children not to? No, because these people learned from their mistakes and are the best ones to teach others. The argument some seem to have is with Sarah Palin and should not be directed at the daughter who is only trying to help other teenagers. And her previous and current comments on abstinence do not cancel each other out. Abstinence may be very difficult to practice and not all teenagers will be able to do it, but if abstinence is practiced, 100 gaurantee of no pregnancy.

    May 7, 2009 at 7:38 am |
  5. escher

    heh, i'm surprised it took this long for someone to try and do something about the Viagra adds. talk about some awkward family TV time.

    May 7, 2009 at 7:35 am |
  6. Tom from Philly

    Well you dont have the crystal palin story in its own segment yet so I will explain it here: you showed the woman from the view, the very young conservative one, wondering why the 'radical left' giggles. Here goes and i dare you to moderate this and post it:

    IN the bible and i suggest that you to read it twice cover to cover like i have, in the NEW testament the CHRISTIAN part, one mention is made of homosesuality in plea to the women to not let the men have them in an unnatural way because then the men will turn to eachother. I think we can agree that today we know that doesn't cause gay.

    As to the harsh admonitions against homosexuality and promiscuity whether hetero or homo, they were in the PRE CHRISTIAN old testament. Where sodom/gomorrah is an admonition against ALL promiscuity, Moses fundamentalist PRE CHRISTIAN law equates the sins of sex before marriage sex outside of marriage and sex with members of the same sex as punishable by public stoning.

    Remember JESUS? the one the modern day republicans and their subset the christain fundamentalists likes to quote and worship?
    Yeah, the one that fed the poor, hated the rich, dared, "Let he who lives without sin cast the first stone" at a public stoning and no one dared throw a stone.

    PreChristian eye for eye tooth for tooth stone them kill them philosophy has its roots entwined with harsh muslim fundamentalist law. So when some right winger like the sarah flaunts her bastard grandchild and doesnt support full gay rights, i do chuckle, because the pre christian law they reach for would demand i stand next to her daughter and both be stoned to death. We dont want to live in that world where people are stoned for their sins, moses couldnt create that world or enforce his strict laws on the masses 5000 years ago, thats why he smashed the 10 commandments the first time.

    So yes these people are a joke.

    May 7, 2009 at 7:30 am |
  7. Christopher

    Wow! Watching the story about, Viagra, I couldn't help think about how professional you guys are. .. Go on ladies, giggle away like little school girls. Way to prove to the world that you're serious news anchors!

    May 7, 2009 at 6:53 am |