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April 15th, 2009
06:12 AM ET

What's on Tap – Wednesday April 15th, 2009

  • Breaking News: Pirates attack another U.S.-flagged cargo ship off Somalia.  They fired rocket propelled grenades this time, but didn’t get on board.  A sailor e-mailed home during the bombardment.  The U.S.S. Bainbridge came to the rescue, amazingly, with Captain Rich Phillips of the rescued Alabama still on board. 
  • Your Taxes: The Real Deal:  It’s April 15th and anti-tax demonstrators are organizing “tea parties” across the country to protest bank bailouts and government spending.  Also today we’re looking at why taxes go up.  Don’t blame the “tax man.”  The IRS only takes-takes-takes.  It’s Congress that writes the laws that make up 16,000 pages of tax code in this country… and some of the people who WRITE IT can’t even seem to follow it.  We thought you'd like to know who pays what.
  • Drug Nation:  With the president heading to Mexico tomorrow, we’re taking a serious look at how America’s demand for drugs is funding a bloody, ruthless war south of the border.  Today, how they get in.   Drugs on one side of the border, dealers with deep pockets and addicted Americans on the other and people will die so they get paid.  We'll also ask Congressman Ron Paul why we should legalize pot.
  • Glimmers of Hope: President Obama again takes an optimistic tone as he talks about where we stand financially.  He wants to go from an era of “borrow and spend to save and invest.”
  • Is that realistic? Do you agree with him?  Let us know at 877-MY-AM-FIX.
  • And – Bromance: The new buzzword.  We all have the arm-around-the-guy-guy friend.  Now he’s cool?? Thanks Hollywood!

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  1. Deborah AKA The Vocal Citizen

    Legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana! Prohibition does not work.

    By refusing to reform our failed drug policies, the Obama administration has given the drug cartels a huge gift. Now, thanks to our draconian laws against this non-fatal plant, the drug cartels can continue their torture, executions, rape, kidnapping, murders, and selling EVERYTHING they offer to our children.

    I wonder if the drug cartels will honor President Obama in some way. I DO know they'll continue to satisfy the astronomical demand in the U.S. I wonder, too, if popularity in the polls is worth more to our elected officials than the idea of a terminally-ill patient getting some relief.

    April 15, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  2. darkenrhal (mike williams)

    I am amazed the amount of coverage your network is giving to another network's generated event. This tea party event generated by Fox news is just that, and event generated by your rival network. your coverage seemed to be one sided by having members of this party interviewed but no one that was concerned with a alternate message. This so called tea party is funded by senior member of the republican party like Newt Gangage and Dick Armey PAC groups. But your anchors said that there were no PAC or GOP involvement. Please have your producers perform a little more research and not take my word or those that are the face of the tea party.

    It seems that more coverage was given by your network on this tea party then on the thousands of protesters against the Iraq war, with the exception of Cindy Sheehand . I thank you for your coverage of her.

    April 15, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  3. Chris

    In regards to Right Wing fears, the increase in gun and ammo sales is not so much connected with Right Wing unrest as it does with other factors. The first factor is that the citizens of this great country are being told that President Obama and the Democrats are going to make it extremely difficult to buy guns and ammunition. This has increased the demand for guns and ammunition above the capacity of the manufacturers and unfortunately has increased the price of both by a large margin. The second factor is the recession. It's simple, when jobs are hard to find, crime increases. People like myself, a veteran of the U.S. Army, are purchasing hand guns for protection. I am quite familiar with hand guns and spend a lot of time at the range and am very accurate. People like myself are not fear mongers or paranoid, simply cautious and experienced. Unfortunately, I feel like the gun stores are taking advantage of peoples fear of losing their 2nd Amendment right and creating part of the problem. The rest could be laid to rest by President Obama by refusing to sign any new gun legislation, including a ban on Assault Weapons. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. If it can't be bought in a store, it will be bought on the street.

    April 15, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  4. ecrumb

    Since at least the late 1970s, marijuana has been the second tier CURRENCY for the illegal drug and fire arms trade. Anyone that had any experience in the weed world back then, even fringers knew that if you didn't have cash, the hard stuff dealers would except marijuana as payment for the harder stuff. Why, because most users back then and now still prefer(ed) marijuana which meant they could turn it into cash very quickly. I was in the army from 1976 'til 1980, and watched in amazement in 1981 as Ronald Reagans drug testing policies became active. That policy immediately morphed weed smokers in and around Ft. Hood tx, into cocaine users. It's really simple, you see most hard drugs become undetectable in the body after about 48 hours, where as marijuana (THC) can still be detected 30 days later and I think people in the Reagan administration knew that and counted on it. As you know, it was also 'round about that time that I Colombian drug cartels started producing crack cocaine. I watched people in the army that I had known for a number of years go from a casual marijuana smoker to a shell of a person, only concerned about getting that next packet of cocaine so they could free-base. If you guys haven't figured it out yet, smoking crack is free-basing, but with crack, users wouldn't have to waste time setting up the coke to vaporize. This is similiar to what happen when gun makers discovered that they could have a bullet ready to shoot without having to separately pack in the wad, gun powder and slug. It was revolutionary for that industry and the same happened when the Colombian drug cartels started producing crack cocaine. By the way, the process to making crack came from Korea. Drug gangs there were taking elements of the poppy to make a crystalite substance out of it called ICE. That same process was brought to colombia and used on the resin of the coca plant to make a similiar crystalite substance we now know as crack cocaine. {{{ I WONDER HOW THE COLOMBIANS FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS }}} "hint Iran-Contra"
    Finally, if you want to do serious damage to the "Southern illegal trafficing problem {harddrugs, weapons, undocumented immigrants, etc}, decriminalize marijuana. By doing so you take away their second tier currency, making them much easier to track and harder for them to make sales. You will effectively pull the proverbial rug from under those Mexican, Central/South American and Island nations illegal trafficing gangs.

    April 15, 2009 at 8:31 am |
  5. Mr. Bill

    I do not know of anyone who's died for Marijuana, but I do know a number of people who have died from drunk drivers. Think of the people we could let out of jail. The savings of not keeping these people locked up. Make room in Jail for the real #*&@holes.The taxes made for the sales. plus we would have more control. We don't have any control over it right now. The drug war isn't working. And the greedy CEO's can't send it to China to be produced, It can be all done right here. Think less people in jail and more tax money for states and government.

    April 15, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  6. michael armstrong sr.

    questhion is dumping tea in the ocean good for the surounding enviroment and if there going to dump tea in the ocean maybe they should thro in some lemon juice and sugar as i remember the boston tea party was bought on from the high taxes on tea it would make more since to pour beer in the ocean .

    April 15, 2009 at 8:27 am |
  7. michael armstrong sr.

    dear american morning most pirates have a leader like jack sparrow or red beard maybe the somoly capt. should be capt.tweek the point is who is there leader finding out this informathion is the first step to stoping the pirates shurly there must be a leader giving out commands who is captain tweek.

    April 15, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  8. Dan Murray

    I am a recovering addict and would have stopped much if I could have gotten rehap. I made too much money to get free help and not enough to afford rehap.
    If you legalize drugs, and took the money we are spending to try to stop drugs from comming in to the US, and made rehab affordable then people would try drugs and find out that it is not all it is made up to be and then stop taking drugs.
    It is obvious that we can not stop the drugs from getting in and are making it a very profitable.

    April 15, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  9. Matt

    When you consider the origins of marijuana being illegal in the first place, there is no doubt that our present efforts are no different from the Prohibition. During the Great Depression, border states lobbied for the weed to be criminalized because Mexican workers used it recreationally. The logic was that this move would make the Mexicans leave and jobs would be freed up for Americans. We learned that prohibiting alcohol didn't work, and that's probably what keeps us from trying to criminalize tobacco (which is, in fact, far more dangerous as a drug than marijuana). I am willing to wager that we would be much more effective at controlling cannabis if it were legal than we are today.

    April 15, 2009 at 7:16 am |
  10. Dan Nelson

    We have these navy ships in the area can't we find the mother ship or the smaller boats and blow them out of the water, surely we have the technology. Maybe then they'll decide to make an honest living.

    April 15, 2009 at 6:55 am |