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April 17th, 2009
06:12 AM ET

What's on Tap – Friday April 17, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • President Obama is heading to Trinadad and Tobago this morning for a Summit of the Americas. The weekend gathering is expected to tackle issues such as the drug wars, global warming, and the recession. The President also hopes to improve relations with America’s neighbors – relations that deteriorated during the Bush presidency. The big question many people have – will the President meet with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez? According to the White House, there is no “one-on-one” meeting currently scheduled. What will the two leaders say if they happen to bump in to each other? We’ll have live coverage.
  • So how did the President’s trip to Mexico go? We know he and Mexican President Calderon talked about a wide range of issues from the deadly Mexican drug trade seeping across the border, and global warming, trade and immigration. But what did the huddle really accomplish? Both leaders agree that reintroducing a ban on deadly assault-style weapons in the United States could help reduce violence on both sides of the border. President Obama says he has not backed off a campaign pledge to try to restore the ban – although political observers in the United States say the President will not attempt to tackle the thorny issue any time soon.
  • We’re also wrapping up our series called “Drug Nation” and what can be done to better protect our borders.
  • Also today, Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at how addicts often don’t check into a rehab center until it’s too late – so how do you get ahead of the problem and how do you choose the right center for you? Dr. Gupta has the answers in his series “Addiction, Life on the Edge”.
  • And an unassuming, unemployed 47-year-old woman from Scotland opens her mouth and shocks the world. We’ll introduce you to singing sensation, Susan Boyle. How’s she handling the meteoric fame and what will she do if she’s offered a big-time recording contract that is already rumored to be in the works?

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  1. J. Wallace

    As a flt. Attendant, one of the most embarrassing conversations to have is letting the overweight passenger know that the person they are sitting next to is unhappy (i.e. squished.) I have had to move people all over the plane just because of the weight issue. It may not be fair to the overweight person (I have an obese sister) but it is especially unfair to the smaller passenger. Also please stop disrespecting Pres. Obama by calling him "Mr." Obama. He has earned and deserves his title.

    April 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  2. kent keith

    Kiran and John DON'T STOP NOW!! on the drug wars we know pot should be leagle your series has been informitve. i just wish you would push a little harder on the anti pepole like Asa Hutchison , and Stoderd, and Napolitano when they lie and tell half truths (someone once said if you tell a lie enuf times pepole will belive it ) these pepole are so out of touch with reality it's sick CNN's piece Marijuna Inc was good and i think your most rated show there is a movement out there you should tap into all the other morning shows make jokes and pass it off as fluff next week do parts on what it cost to lock up an inmate I talked with a congressman about what it cost to lock up an inmate when i said take 2.5bill $ devide by 100,000 inmates we get 25,000$per inmate he wrong we have to pay health care ,pentions and a whole lot of other costs involved . yes i have a dog in this fight that is why i am so outspoken on the subject if you want to know email me THANK YOU

    April 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  3. Kent O. Bonde

    The Obama Administration's decision to release the confidential memorandum pertaining to interrogation techniques under he Bush Administration does nothing than weaken our intelligence abilities, which have already been severely impacted in the past by irresponsible leaks to the media regarding issues that the American public really has no business knowing about. People in this country need to face up to the fact that we are facing an absolutely unprecedented threat from an enemy that uses its own population as a shield and that is willing to die to destroy our way of life in order to impose its own. To treat this enemy with an order of law that it clearly perceives as a weakness on our end is naive and detremental to our national security and certainly will do very little to pre-empt future terrorist attacks on this country. God Help Us All!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  4. Derek Dodge

    The drug court piece by Alina Cho will be posted later this morning. Check back then. Thanks for your interest!

    April 17, 2009 at 8:00 am |
  5. Peggy Hora

    How do I find the drug court report shown this morning on line?

    April 17, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  6. Lisa

    I whole heartedly agree with the seat charge proposal. If you've ever been sandwhiched in the middle seat between two wide bodies you'll know what I mean. I don't recall getting a discount for using only half a seat!

    April 17, 2009 at 7:28 am |