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March 20th, 2009
01:00 PM ET

Kiran: Friday Roundup

Hello Everyone!

Happy Friday and happy first day of spring. Here in NYC we welcomed the change of seasons with... SNOW!

Congressman Ron Paul may be the lone voice in the wilderness especially when it comes to his colleagues in the House of Representatives. He joined us this morning on our special "Road to Rescue" edition of AM. He voted against the new bill to tax bonuses calling it a disgrace. And he says the AIG bonus mess has actually made us lose sight of even bigger problems. Here’s his interview.

But on the brighter side, we did a segment on whether women could be one of the keys to economic recovery.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts unemployment over eight percent for men, but under seven percent for women, and now some groups are trying to help even more women find good work. Jacki Zehner with the Women's Funding Network joined Christine as well as Linda Butler, a woman who benefited from the program. Watch it here.

Thanks for joining us this week. Hope to see you on Monday! As always you can reach us at or,



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  1. Michael Posey

    I got sentenced to 5 to life in this state, in 1968, at age 22. I went to San Quentin Prison...I had a couple "incidents" in prison, and before I was there a year had added 18 more years onto the sentence. I served 17 years, 4 months before I got out....Since I got out, after a year in a Mexican Prison in 1985, I was given many second chances, by employers, schools, etc. I'm drug and alcohol free for now nearly 23 years, live quietly, have never been in jail again. I help others daily who are in the same position I was long ago....I am a good citizen, a productive member...I am now 62, happily married, and living well...The second chances I got were PARAMOUNT to me staying out and free...without people understanding me, I might still be in prison...I was convicted of armed robbery, and two counts of voluntary manslaughter, while I was in prison....Much more serious crimes then dogfighting...Good for Michael Vick...Hope he has sense enough to take the break he has gotten, and runs and passes, and does what he does....What he did was wrong...he did his time, I did mine....Everyone of us could be me or him. Like I like to say, "there but for the Grace of God go I..." Mike P. Lakeside CA

    August 17, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  2. Ben Beniga

    Crime does pay in America, Crime does pay in America. And I don't mean the street offenders. I mean members of Congress who gets convicted but still receive their pension while in prison.

    This weekend CNN devoted a lot of hours on AIG debacle. And I commend CNN for doing that. I'd like to point out that I think CNN missed a very important reason why Treasury Secretary Geithner or one of his deputies convinced Sen Dodd to insert a language to allow payment of the bonus. I am almost certain it took some phone calls from lobbyist employed by AIG. Sec. Geithner cannot have made that decision without tacit approval from higher ups.

    CNN should look into how much AIG as a company, its lobbying firm, and its excutives have contributed to President Obama's campaign and Sen. Dodd's campaign, and members of Congress for that matter. I don't think those in Congress including this administration anticipated the magnitude of the people's outrage. They probably thought it will blow away and forgotten in a day or two.

    That is the culture that exist in Washington. In other countries, we call it corruption or bribery. Oh such a dispecable act by a public servant. But in this country we call it "self-interest group". The practice of "quid pro quo" is the only way business is done in Washington. It is no wonder more and more Americans are cynical about their elected official. Because they are in it for themselves.

    March 23, 2009 at 6:32 am |
  3. Jim Rund

    Good Morning. AIG is just a symptom of a much bigger problem. Our politicians are asleep at the wheel and out-of-touch with our situation. Following the emotion of the people is not leadership. A military Commander would be relieved of command if he gave orders without reading them, any employee would be fired if he/she adopted policies which caused grave impact to their company. We must hold our politicians accountable. Standards must be set for them and enforced. Stop their increases and reduce their salaries in direct proportion to the economic lost most of us feel everyday due to their negligence. Impeach the incompetent.

    Kind regards,
    Jim from Charleston, SC

    March 23, 2009 at 6:19 am |
  4. Rick

    Dick Cheney had hit squads to kill people across the world, and it get less then one day of news coverage from all of the people who are suppose to look into this stuff. WE had Nazis in the white house and it does not even seem to bother anyone across the country! If they get away with it, someone will do it again in the near future!

    March 22, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  5. Robert Bowers

    One of the bigger problems with AIG is not the million $ bonuses that everyone is trying to get us to focus on, but the biliions paid out to foreign banks. Please get someone to explain that to the US citizens.

    March 21, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  6. Ann Lewis

    But on the brighter side, we did a segment on whether women could be one of the keys to economic recovery.

    It really angered me this morning when the lady commented on the Pink Ford Truck and how trucks are for men. She needs to come to Texas and Louisiana and see how many women drive trucks Ford or otherwise. Why would Ford Motor Credit not target women who drive pickup trucks.

    March 20, 2009 at 7:40 pm |