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April 24th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Fast Forward

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Here are some of the stories that will be making news later today:

At 1:30pm ET, President Obama will speak about student loans and higher education. He'll specifically focus on how hard it is for many students and families to get a loan for college.

At 10am ET, former Vice President Al Gore will be talking climate change on Capitol Hill. The House Energy Committee has been focusing on the environment all week, examining energy legislation proposed by House Democrats in a new climate bill.

And Centcom commander General David Petraeus appears today before a House appropriations committee at 9:30am ET. He'll discuss supplemental funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's likely he'll cite the spiraling cycles of violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan to bolster his case.

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  1. Jackie in Dallas

    I have to agree; how is it more "fair" to impeach a President for sexual misconduct but UNFAIR to investigate violations of the Constitution, due process, and breaking our national agreement on torture? Sorry, that bird doesn't fly. It's OK to drag out our dirty laundry in the light of the whole world when it is a Democratic president, but not a Republican?

    April 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  2. Guy Pennsylvania

    Good Morning

    I believe that a special prosecutor with special powers is needed to investigate potential war crimes by Bush Administration. A crime is a crime just like citizens face in all 50 states. Lawyers who commit crimes should be charged as well. Sometimes society has to send a strong message we will not tolerate such behavior by our politicians and federal & state government. Image what would happen, if foreign country leaders tortured us soldiers. U.S. always call for war crimes against those leaders. The message that will be sent if you do not try Bush Administration, is that those other countries can say that torture was necessary to prohibit unlawful acts in their country, so they should be exonerated like Bush Administration. What would Obama look like to the world if he was to pardon Bush official charges with war crimes He would destroy his reputation with the American people and other people around the world who hates Bush. I believe that our politicians who opposes prosecution will try to get Obama to sell the idea of moving on and not prosecute those for war crime. There is a thing called Command Responsibility Doctrine that touches upon those who follow orders as well War Crime Act and Military Commission Act of 2006 that needs to be look into by it be made know to the American People. If Crimes are committed and there is no prosecution than all our political leaders can committed crimes without fear of punishment for example tax evasion, bribery charges etc. Obama should do the right thing under his administration. Eric Holder has a duty to uphold the laws and our civil and constitution rights.

    Guy Pennsylvania

    April 24, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  3. Prashant Kumbhat

    US hitting Obama hard for the Bush era torture tatics!!

    This has to be the most absurd of all controversies/allegations alive today. How do you expect any countrys intelligence agency to protect its assets (people, culture ..) if it cannnot get the right intelligence at the right time?? Being an Indian I know how painful it was to watch the terrorist attack on Mumbai last year including the several cases of bomb blasts that have occured.

    I believe there are bigger issues out there to focus on and for the media and the critics than to hit the whitehouse with issues such as torture tactics.

    I believe all the preachers of anti torture tactics should put themselves in the shoes of the intelligence agencies/government worldover and think for a minute how they can get respectable/reliable inteligence during such times!!


    April 24, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  4. John Walsh

    How is that it was right to investigate sex in the White House, but it is wrong to investigate the torture of humans and the violation of our nation's laws? This is disgraceful.

    April 24, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  5. David

    Kira and John:

    I will like to commend you for the excellent job that you do at CNN. Mainly, the fact that you haven’t sold out to the “Political Correctness” power that permeates in so many news rooms now days.

    I can tell that you get frustrated when someone acts as an apologist for the government or for any of the unscrupulous banking/financial institution currently implicated in the high jacking of our economy.

    It’s is admirable to see you ask someone straight to their face, to explain why they think that the economy is “finally turning around”, that there is “good news from the unemployment area”, that you could “buy American cars because the government is backing up warranties” or that “90% of guns used by Mexican drug cartels are supplied by the US”.

    Not to mention, the several occasion in witch some of you financial co-reporters make the outrageous recommendation for people not to seek care for some serious illness such as prostate cancer for fears of loosing future medical coverage by any third party insurance…

    I know you are Not Buying it and it shows

    Please, stay truth to your principles and keep the good work

    April 24, 2009 at 7:29 am |