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April 14th, 2009
05:54 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday April 14th, 2009

Here are the big stories we're watching for you right now:

  • President Obama set to give what the White House is calling a “major speech” on the economy today.  The President is expected to talk about how each step his administration has taken to confront this economic crisis, fits his broader vision of how to move the economy from recession to recovery.  He’ll also talk about the significant work that remains to get the economy moving forward once again.  We want to hear your ideas and thoughts about whether the president has gotten it right.  Call us at 877-MY-AM-FIX and we’ll try to put you on the air today.
  • Going to war with pirates:  As the crew of the Alabama heads home, we look at the options President Obama has for going after pirates on LAND, in lawless Somalia.
  • Drug Nation: With the president heading to Mexico this week, we’re taking a serious look at how America’s demand for drugs is funding a bloody, ruthless war south of the border.  Today:  Pot.  Think it’s the victimless drug?  It’s generating more cash for murderous drug traffickers than coke, meth and heroin combined.  Does that mean we should legalize it to take away their power?  We want your thoughts.
  • Your taxes: The Real Deal: It’s tax day-eve and we’ve decided to show you how far we’ve come since The Boston Tea Party.  Think of all you spend on food, clothing and housing, now consider that Americans on average spend more on taxes, than all of that COMBINED.  We’re still better off than most developed nations, but for how long??

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  1. Sylvia Fortenberry

    It is truly a shame that marijuana is not legalized at least for medicinal purposes. I have been diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, and there is no cure, only awful chemo that will destroy my healthy cells.

    My friend is currently on hemp oil, after discovering it via phoenixtears.ca. Go to this website, watch the video, and you won't believe it. She has to buy the hemp oil illegally, but already her tumors are shrinking, after 7 weeks on the oil.

    We will probably never be able to legally purchase hemp oil as the pharmaceutical companies are too greedy. You can simply grow the hemp plant and make your own oil and be cured of most diseases. Thusly, no profit for the drug companies.

    Millions of people are dying because the hemp oil cure is being suppressed. So who should go to jail? The CEO's of the Big Pharm companies, not the growers selling the oil!

    When my friend is cured with the oil, then my husband says I can purchase it. One day there will be a revolt, but only when the deaths from cancer keep increasing – and they will!

    April 17, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  2. Ken Barrackman

    Re: Drug Nation/Story on Marijuana:

    Your report on marijuana, complete with gratuitous references to "Cheech & Chong" revealed an anti-marijuana bias reminiscent of Reefer Madness. As your own survey indicates, a majority of viewers favor legalizing marijuana. Indeed, the availability of medical marijuana in several states, including California, Oregon and Washington - incidentally also states with large domestic production of marijuana - bears witness to the public's increasing acceptance of the concept of legalizing this drug. The "insatiable demand" that feeds the Mexican drug cartels is greed and lust for power/violence as much as it is American demand for drugs. With regard to the latter, cocaine and heroin provide a much more attractive profit for the cartels than marijuana. That being said, the Mexcan cartels do deal in marijuana and legalization of marijuana would curtail some of this activity as well as providing a much needed basis of income - in the form of cash crops - for small American farmers.

    April 14, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  3. Dustpan

    Marijuana could help our deficet. We should tax it like alcohal.

    April 14, 2009 at 8:34 am |
  4. J.J.

    YouTube, please
    j2o – reefer madness

    thank you. keep up the excellence in reporting.

    April 14, 2009 at 8:17 am |