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March 18th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/18/10

Editor's Note: Thursday’s American Morning audience railed against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Many expressed deep concern over her inability to clearly address the questions posed, stating “she’s a well schooled politician but [that makes] me worry about her competence.” Others believed her agenda was to increase illegal immigration and work towards amnesty, rather than protect “unemployed Americans.”

  • Theodore: I just watched the interview of Janet Napolitano. Her evasive answers to questions posed make it patently clear that she's a well schooled politician but make me worry about her competence. Given the importance of her job, that worry becomes profound.
  • TJR: Janet Napolitano is probably the WORST DHS secy we will ever have. The border fence has been stopped because the Democrats WANT illegal immigration to be as HIGH as possible. They are working on an amnesty as we speak. They have no sympathy for unemployed Americans. Outrageous.

With the release today of the U.S. News & World Report on teen driving, some objected to the characterization that problem drivers were always teens: “Stop blaming teenagers for all the car accidents when senior citizens who drive disabled […] cause…most car accidents and fatalities. Why not focus on their age, inability to see and response time?”

  • Gloria: Stop blaming teenagers for all the car accidents when senior citizens who drive disabled (getting out of their cars with walker, who can barely walk are behind the wheel) and as an medical professional as definitely the #1 cause of most car accidents and fatalities. Why not focus on their age, inability to see and response time? I believe it's the largest voting population and the politicians don't want to go there. In the mean time, they are killing innocent people.

What do you think? Continue the conversation below.


Filed under: We Listen
March 18th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

New details emerge in history's largest art heist

''The Concert'' is one of only 35 known works by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.

''The Concert'' is one of only 35 known works by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.

By Alina Cho, CNN

(CNN) – It is the largest art heist in history.

For 20 years, investigators have been chasing down hundreds of leads. They've interviewed countless witnesses all over the world, and still the central questions remain: where is the art and who did it?

What happened on March 18th, 1990 at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum? A a new portrait is now emerging about the famous heist, with some tantalizing details.

Investigators say at precisely 1:24 a.m., two men disguised as policemen knocked on the side door of the museum, saying they were called to look into a disturbance. The night watchman let them in.

Once inside, the thieves handcuffed both of the guards on duty, tied them up with duct tape and then, with free reign of the museum, they went to work.

What the pair took, didn't take, and how they did it, is as baffling to investigators as the crime itself.

"Certainly, they don't know a lot about art," says Geoffrey Kelly, special agent, FBI, Boston Division.

FULL POST


Filed under: Justice
March 18th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Fargo on high alert for flood

(CNN) – The danger is rising along with the Red River in Fargo, North Dakota.

Volunteers yesterday filled their one-millionth sandbag with not a minute to spare. The Red River is expected to crest this weekend at 38 feet.

The scene in Fargo is reminiscent of last year when the river hit a record flood level of over 40 feet. Fargo's mayor, Dennis Walaker, joined us on Thursday's American Morning to discuss the situation on the ground.

Read more: Fargo a fortress of sandbags


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
March 18th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
March 18th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Report: DC best, South Dakota worst for teen drivers

(CNN) – Teenagers behind the wheel are four times as likely to have an accident as drivers over 20.

In an effort to improve those statistics many states are cracking down on young drivers. So which states are the safest for those just learning to navigate the road?

U.S. News and World Report ranked the best and worst. To break the study down, Brian Kelly, editor for U.S. News and World Report joined us on Thursday's American Morning.


Filed under: U.S.
March 18th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

$1.1 billion virtual border fence scrapped

(CNN) – The virtual border fence that cost over a billion dollars has been canned. The House Committee on Homeland Security called it a "grave and expensive disappointment."

The program was designed to use cameras, radar, and sensors to stop illegal crossings. A government review found it wasn't tested properly, froze the funding, and now $50 million is being moved to other projects.

On Thursday's American Morning, we spoke exclusively to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about the fence and her push for international airport security.


Filed under: Homeland Security
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