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August 16th, 2011
05:45 AM ET

Talk Back: Is Warren Buffett's tax compromise good - or is it just politics?

Warren Buffett's op-ed "Stop Coddling the Super-Rich," published yesterday in the New York Times, calls on Congress to stop protecting the mega-rich and to immediately raise taxes on the very wealthiest Americans  in the interest of the U.S. economy.

Buffett argues that the U.S. needs to cut the budget deficit by "far more" than the $1.5 trillion proposed in the debt-ceiling bill,  asserting that while the government needs to cut spending, it also needs to increase tax revenue, a measure most Republicans staunchly oppose.

The op-ed has generated a lot of buzz online. Many Twitter users are praising Buffett, hailing him as a hero, while conservative blogs and politicians are arguing that he is just a shill for President Obama.

Talk Back: Is Warren Buffett's tax compromise good - or is it just politics?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on today's broadcast.


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August 15th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Talk Back: What does President Obama need to tell middle America?

President Obama departs on a three-day Midwest bus tour today aimed at trying to reassure Americans about the economy and job creation as he looks towards the 2012 presidential election.

The trip will take Obama to three states that will be crucial to his re-election in 2012: Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. On his tour, he's likely to be met with criticism by people who, according to recent polls, are frustrated with the country's high unemployment numbers and unhappy with the political gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Talk Back: What does President Obama need to tell middle America?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on today's broadcast.


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August 12th, 2011
05:28 AM ET

Talkback: Should there be gay characters on children's television?

Last week, social activism web site change.org posted an online petition calling for Bert and Ernie, the famous friends from the long-running television show "Sesame Street," to get married in order to teach children self-acceptance and tolerance.

The petition has received a lot of buzz online, generating over 6,000 signatures as of Friday morning.

The producers of "Sesame Street" responded to the petition on Thursday, issuing a statement on their Facebook page which said that "Bert and Ernie are best friends" and "even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics, they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."

Talkback: Should there be gay characters on children's television?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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August 11th, 2011
05:30 AM ET

Talkback: Does Hollywood making a bin Laden movie warrant an investigation by the Inspector General and the Department of Defense?

Although Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the capture of Osama bin Laden has yet to begin production, it is already stirring controversy.

Yesterday, Representative Peter King (R-NY) called for an investigation into whether the White House has granted Bigelow and Sony Pictures special access to confidential information for the project.

Jay Carney, White House spokesman, dismissed this request as "ridiculous," asserting, "When people are working on articles, books, documentaries or movies that involve the president ask to speak to administration officials we do our best to accommodate them to make sure the facts are correct."

The film is set to be released in October 2012, one month before the November elections.

Talkback: Does Hollywood making a bin Laden movie warrant an investigation by the Inspector General and the Department of Defense?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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August 10th, 2011
05:38 AM ET

Talkback: Should President Obama call Congress back to deal with the budget?

Following months of bitter negotiation over raising the debt ceiling, Congress has been on vacation since reaching an eleventh hour agreement on legislation in early August.

Since then, America's credit rating has been downgraded by Standard & Poor's and the stock market has taken a beating, prompting lawmakers from both side of the aisle to urge Congress to return to work on Capitol Hill.

Talkback: Should President Obama call Congress back to deal with the budget?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on today's broadcast.


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August 9th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Talkback: Are Republican women unfairly criticized because they're women?

Conservatives are fuming this morning about the latest Newsweek cover, which shows a wide-eyed picture of 2012 GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann above the headline "Queen of Rage."

The controversy over the cover has reignited discussion about the ways that criticism is aimed at female politicians.

Earlier in the year, Bachmann told CBN's David Brody that, unlike liberal politicians, conservative women like her and Sarah Palin do not get a pass by the media when they misspeak or make mistakes.

"She has been unfairly criticized and I think we've seen that with other conservative women as well across the country, whether they're political commentators or whether they're in public service," Bachmann remarked.

Talkback: Are Republican women unfairly criticized because they're women?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on today's broadcast.


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