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September 24th, 2010
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Senate Democrats give up push for pre-election tax cut vote

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats will not vote on extending Bush-era tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year before the upcoming congressional elections, the spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Thursday.

"We will come back in November [after the elections] and stay in session as long as it takes to get this done," said a statement from Reid's spokesman, Jim Manley.

The announcement followed reports by CNN, citing senior Democratic sources, that Senate Democrats would hold off for now on forcing a vote on the measure pushed by President Obama.

"The reality is, we will not pass what needs to be passed to change this either in the Senate or the House before the election," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate.

Obama and other Democratic leaders have repeatedly expressed their desire to extend the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts - currently slated to expire at the end of the year - only for families earning less than $250,000 and individuals earning less than $200,000.

Republicans have stood firm on supporting extensions of the tax breaks for all taxpayers, including the wealthiest Americans. FULL STORY

Police search for suspects in Nicaraguan diplomat's slaying

New York (CNN) - Investigators are still looking for suspects in the apparent homicide of a Nicaraguan diplomat found with his throat slashed in his New York apartment, police said.

Two knives were involved in the death of Cesar Mercado, the consul of Nicaragua in New York, police said late Thursday.

A 12-inch steak knife was found beside the blood-filled bathroom sink, New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said. A second knife, a 4- to 6-inch paring knife, was found in the sink, Browne said.

Mercado, 34, was last seen alive Wednesday.

His body was found just inside the door of a small, sixth-floor studio apartment in the Bronx on Thursday by a driver who had arrived to take him to the United Nations. FULL STORY

U.N. delegates walk out during Iranian president's speech

United Nations (CNN) - Delegates from the United States and other nations walked out of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a fiery speech that criticized Washington, capitalism and the world body itself.

Though incendiary statements from Ahmadinejad are nothing new, tension in the hall grew as the Iranian leader recounted various conspiracy theories about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

"Some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack," Ahmadinejad told the General Assembly. He followed with the claim that the attacks were aimed at reversing "the declining American economy and its scripts on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people, as well as most nations and politicians around the world, agree with this view."

That appeared to be the last straw for many of the diplomats. Representatives from the United States, Britain, Sweden, Australia, Belgium, Uruguay and Spain walked out while Ahmadinejad asserted that U.S. government was involved in the attacks or allowed them to happen as an excuse to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. FULL STORY

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  1. laura

    Last night I went to bed a little disgusted with my son who promised to call me and let me know how he was feeling after emergency surgery to remove his appendix. I thought about how my oldest son might be stretching the truth (lying) about his job search. I basically fell asleep feeling a little sorry for myself.

    I woke up this morning, turned on CNN, and Dr. Gupta was telling Kylie's story. Kylie's sweet little face full of innocence, and her parents faces full of desperation for an answer to their daughter's illness, was my reality check.

    I have 4 children and 2 grandsons. All healthy, all happy. I'd be the first to blurt out how much I appreciate that, but in the same breath I seem to find room to complain about silly nonsense that doesn't mean anything when all is said and done.

    Thank you Kylie, and Kylie's family, for making me sit up and take notice of what really matters. I won't waste today taking people I love for granted.

    September 24, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  2. BB

    So the president found the Iranian President's remarks disrespectful and offensive. I am surprised that Presiden Obama didn't try to offer The Iranian dictator a handshake afterwards.

    September 24, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  3. pfriday

    raising tax rates does not always result in more revenue.

    if you're serious about raising revenue, create more taxpayers – more income to take.

    Its my money, i'd like to keep more of it

    September 24, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  4. art

    I was watching the "Meeting of the Minds" on CNBC last night. It was a part of the Clinton Global Initiative happening in NYC.

    Clinton mentioned that his incentive for paying down the deficit (600+ billion dollars during his administration) was high interest rates. He then went on to say that Obama's stimulus package (800+ billion) was a good idea at the time because of low interest rates (and still is), and that there is still plenty of money left for the green-energy initiatives, which will jumpstart the economy once fully implemented.

    The banks have plenty of cash on hand, as do the corporations (a combined 3 trillion dollars).

    All good reasons for extending the tax cuts for the middle-class. Big business has already gotten theirs.

    September 24, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  5. BB

    It wouldn't be any worse under Palin/Beck than it is with Obama/Biden.

    September 24, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  6. Larry

    I agree that school lunches should be more healthy but the other 60% of unhealthy eating is at home. We are trying to get the schools to do more and more of the parenting.
    We will blame the schools for the unhealthy kids because there is no way we can blame the parents. They only feed their kids healthy food....McDonalds..Burger King..Wendys..

    September 24, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  7. art

    Response to an earlier piece on AmFix this morning-

    Here are a few other cd's you may wish to take with you to check out your vehicle's sound system:

    Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band- 'Live' Bullet

    His cover of Van Morrison's, "I've Been Working", is a good place to start if you wanna' check out the bass response of your system's sub-woofer. "Turn The Page" gives the driver a good feel for speaker clarity and continuity through the fore and aft sections of the vehicle's cabin. "Bo Diddley" and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" should allow the owner to properly assess the vehicle's 'fit and finish' parameters during the production phase, which, if the windows haven't shaken, rattled, and rolled out of their openings, will give you the green light to CRANK IT UP for- "Heavy Music", which should tell you just about everything you need about your system's ability to perform under pressure, and how well the driver's seat is bolted down on the floor as you dance in your seat (You may wish to leave the sunroof slightly open on this one, coz, by now, you're probably shouting out the James Brown-like... OWw's...with Seger, and you'll want to let some pressure out of the vehicle's cabin). Just be careful immediately after the segue into, "Katmandu." A quick look at the speedometer may reveal you're doing 80+mph.

    *Extra Credit-

    Joe Cocker's- "High Time We Went."

    If you can discern the lyrics of this one while listening to it, you're full of it. There is NO sound system, anywhere, which can help you with this one. If you don't believe me, ask my neighbors.

    Have a good weekend


    Let It Rock!

    September 24, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  8. Bea (Jackson, MI)

    Subject: Mayor Booker & Facebook education donation. I salute Mayor Booker, the Governor of New Jersey and Facebook for attempting to improve Newark's public school system. I wish them much success. Mr. Perry, CNN's education consultant, is too negative. His commentary is usually slanted in a negative light as to what will not work, what is wrong or his opposition to other peoples thoughts and plan of action. He should criticize less and give more constructive action items and then maybe try to support and assistant other education systems. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

    September 24, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  9. mike sey

    Watching Ahmadinajad wander down unproductive religious and conspiratorial byways is instructive in that it shows us what the US would be like under a Palin/Beck presidency.

    Too bad because the Iranians do have valid points to make.

    September 24, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  10. andy

    kiran how can you question the US permitting ahmadinejad speaking at the UN.? i believe since we are the host country we must permit him to speak regardless of his message. for a week or so i have wondered why cnn is permitting him to expound his garbage on larry king. that you can control. and why aren't you questioning larry king's judgement or cnn's judgement

    September 24, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  11. Matt in chicago

    What is the point in having Steve Perry weigh in on the effectiveness of a large monetary gift to Newark schools? Certainly everyone knows that simply throwing money at problems is never the answer but mentioning mayor booker's "academic menu" sounds like Steve is advocating for some sort of private institution that doesn't have to function under the same rules as the public institutions. This is ridiculous, Steve has yet to answer the fundamental problem with "failing" schools: what do you do with the kids who will become disciplinary or academic liabilities to the rest of the student body? Private and charter schools don't deal with these kids, Steve perry's school doesn't deal with these kids. If your educational experts haven't spent time in the classroom, please find a voice that has.

    September 24, 2010 at 7:07 am |


    September 24, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  13. Keith

    Any news anchor who makes more than $250,000 dollars should disclose that they make more than $250,000 dollars – so that the news audience knows that you news anchor have a bias when it comes to this tax issue!

    I see alot of new anchors screaming loudly about the country's deficits – when it suits them to scream loudly about it - but when these same news anchors, making over $250,000, see that they may actually have to go back the Clinton tax rates, so that we do not add an extra $700 Billion to the deficit - boy do the attitudes of the news anchors change real fast!

    Any news anchor who is cheering for the Republicans to add $700 Billion to the deficit - should NEVER again do a story about the country's deficit - because it is clear that you do not care about the country's deficit.

    September 24, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  14. Don Straub-Euclid, Ohio

    I'm a bit concerned by President Obama's statement at the UN regarding the Israel-Palestinian peace process. He shared his hope that within a year, there would exist a Palestinian state at peace with Israel.
    I don't object that one seeks out peace. I am troubled that he might be publicly setting a bar, which might be impossible to attain. It means, to me, that Obama will place heavy pressure on Israel to forge an agreement at any cost.
    Mahmoud Abbas has never called on his people to ready themselves for compromise. On the contrary, he has indicated that there would be no concessions on vital issues. The Palestinian Authority praises and honors terrorists; incites against Israel in their press and condemns Israeli defensive measures as 'aggression.'
    I hope our president doesn't put Israel 'on the chopping block' in order to reach a 'peace', which will not be true or lasting.

    September 24, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  15. Pauly

    If Americans are truly concerned about the deficit & passing it onto our children & grandchildren, they would be writing their Congresspeople & Senators, no matter which party, and tell them you can't cut the deficit by adding $3.2 trillion or $4 trillion to it. Let the tax breaks expire as they were meant to do. Use these tax revenues to pay down the country's debt.

    September 24, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  16. Keith

    It seems to me that it is the Democrats who want to be to responsible when it come to the deficit! The Democrats DO NOT want to add an extra $700 BILLION dollars to the deficit by continuing the tax cuts for the rich.
    Also, it has been Democrats who have been only passing bills that are paid for, making sure that it does NOT add to the deficit!

    *ON THE OTHER HAND, the disgraceful Republicans - who claim that they want to reduce the deficit - now want to add $700 BILLION dollars – they want to add $700 Billion dollars to the deficit - just so they can give tax cuts to the rich! The Republicans keep showing, over, and over that they are HYPOCRITES - They DO NOT really care about the deficit! Why the hell do Republicans want to add an extra $700 billion dollars to the deficit? Who is going to pay for it??

    September 24, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  17. Average American

    Either tax all Americans the same ... or cut taxes for all Americans and quit attempting to further the caste system in the US. Scrapping the corrupt present tax system for a no non-sense flat tax system would generate more revenue for the country and would be a fair and equal system for all Americans and incidentally would force the "rich" to pay more taxes.

    If Obama really wants to bring peace to the Middle East than he should take the step towards for it by stopping the US from blindly and unconditionally supporting the terrorist state of Israel. Can't arm one side of a conflict and then claim to be "peace-makers". Only in the US does that make sense. It's that very thinking that causes most of the world to hate America. Americans need to wake up and take measures to change that.

    September 24, 2010 at 6:07 am |