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April 7th, 2009
06:03 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday April 7th, 2009

Two big developing stories overnight.  A small plane stolen in Canada lands in Missouri – the pilot is arrested.  Plus, a plot to assassinate President Obama is foiled in Turkey. The suspect is Syrian.  Here are the other major stories we're working on right now.

  • President Obama is in Turkey speaking with Muslim youth this morning at a town hall in Istanbul, the gateway between the Muslim world and Europe.  He told students to “choose to build new bridges.”  We’ll talk about whether his tour changed our image around the world. CNN Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, looks at President Barack Obama's first trip overseas - what did it achieve?
  • The search for survivors intensifies after a strong earthquake in Italy.  An ancient town reduced to rubble. The death toll 150 and rising. We’ll look at a desperate search for students who may have been buried alive, when a dorm crumbled to the ground.
  • Letter from a mass killer.  Confusion, paranoia, anger and frustration – all revealed in broken English in a letter purportedly written by the suspect in last week's deadly shooting at a Binghamton, New York immigrant center.  It was sent to a New York television station days after the massacre.
  • The Texas Legislature is considering allowing guns on campuses.  This, after a wave of gun violence and mass killings across the country.  A former Virginia Tech student who lost his girlfriend in that school’s tragedy will debate it.

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  1. james

    Piracy off Samalia has finally hit home. Did anyone wonder why American ships were not attacked? It's because we are better protected.I am a retired seaman who sailed the area for many years. The Mallocca straits also. I have been trying to get some one to listen to a plan that could end the piracy in the Somalia region. It would cost about 10% of what it costs not to do. The ship taken this time was not America Flagged, but had American crew members. Attempts have been made on American vessels, but the pirates learned they will not be successful so they went after easier prey. If anyone wants to talk about this, please call me. My cell number is 267 269 0653. I live in Bangkok, but I'm visiting my children in Phoenixville Pa. until the end of May. Jim Sloan

    April 8, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  2. Dan Nelson

    Caryn what would you say if I told you that we already are nearly 3.5 years into the Great Tribulation and Israel already has peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority which is what God had said would happen in the end times? We surely are having the labor pains that Jesus had talked about!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  3. caryn

    about barrack and muslims this story should prove he is and if people read their bible quaran in surah not sure of spelling they hate americans,jews and christians and that was barracks old pastors teaching god is allowing evil here because america took god out of everything and is cursed because people want to do it their way and not god's way this world will never get better till every american repents turns therir lives over to god and in the name and the blood of jesus and muslims will want to convert everyone to their religion or they will be beheaded or more realy need to read the bible and sooner than you think god sped up time because we would all be lost. watch for the 7 year peace treaty with isreal that will be broken after 3 in a half years where the antichrist rises from rome he will become the one world leader. all the satellites and stolen identity is for him to know everything about us and if we don't bow to him he will behead us or kill us and then money will be no longer and man will have to buy or sell with only the mark of the beast 666 it is getting so close i am glad i was saved and know that me and the rest of the church will be caught up in heaven with jesus before the worst comes it is only a few short years and and armageddon nuclear war..

    April 7, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  4. Jason

    The Texas Legislature is considering allowing guns on campuses. The CNN host was so off base on this issue. To suggest that this a hot debate is so offbase. It is another stupid idea from stupid gun folks. I mean for students to carry firearms to class is so stupid, I guess on in Texas.

    April 7, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  5. Dan Nelson

    If anyone can bridge the gap between Muslims and Americans it is Obama but I do think he has a rough road ahead of him because many Muslims within the Muslim world hate America because of it's freedoms. Yes they hate our freedoms of speech, religion and just being who you are. You can see this by the persecutions of gays and even converts to Christianity. I think if you want to have better relations with the Muslim world the Muslim community must first become more tolerate of the diversity of the people of the world!

    April 7, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  6. robin

    I recently listen to your story about increase in sells of guns. that the fear is due to people thinking that the obama administration will take away everybody guns. Well you all need to take credit for this uprising. Lou Dobbs , Glenn Beck, Hannity, and Michele Bachman started this paranoia. Before The obama administration even mentioned their idea on guns Lou Dobbs started an attack. This is a reflection on how the media is instigating this . When the country is already dealing with the stress of economy its sad to know that some media, is sounding the alarm unfairly. You don't initiate things and then report why is this happening.

    April 7, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  7. EmpressCelena

    Watching this morning I was very mad that the reporters acted like KIDS deserved to get into trouble for snapping pics of themselves and texting to friends. Why are they not horrified that these kids will be called sex offenders for the rest of their lives? Why are your reporters acting like idiot DA's are doing the right thing when what they are doing is abusing the law? I will blog about this and your reporters. I, like many, am sick of the news giving one sided views and not recognizing a simple fact, they are destroying these kids lives for the rest of their lives over something stupid and childish. It is getting to the point where no one cares about the "laws" as they are closer to China then America. A country where the police are more criminals then the so called criminals.

    April 7, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  8. Andrew G

    Well,
    I know our government is BUSY! aLTHOUGH!.......
    Not to down Clinton, but all I heard through out the election between Clinton and Obama was about this "UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE".... Well where does "UNIVERSAL DENTAL CARE" come in? People who work full-time and pay for Dental Insuance, almost all of your dental is considered "COSMETIC"! What part of my health is cosmetic? Middle class workers are better off the get medicare and recieve "FULL DENTAL" like most the un-motivated americans and illegal immigrants living off our pay checks! I am outraged! You either have to be a public official, upper class, or I guess just 'LIVE OFF THE AMERICAN WORKER' to live a healthy life at an "AFFORDABLE COST"!

    April 7, 2009 at 7:18 am |