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May 12th, 2009
06:12 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday May 12, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan fired, as thousands more American troops roll into that country.  Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal will replace General David McKiernan.  Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he wants a new leader to carry out the president's new strategy.  General McChrystal is a former Green Beret who Gates says will bring a fresh approach to the conflict:

An American soldier in custody in Iraq, after he allegedly gunned down five fellow soldiers at a counseling center for U.S. troops coping with stress.  The Pentagon is promising a thorough investigation.  We're taking a closer look at the military’s effort to deal with the mental health of its soldiers.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized democrats, the White House and Colin Powell.  Now Rush Limbaugh and you, our viewers are sounding off on all of it.  You'll hear what everyone's saying.  And we want you to join the debate.  Call our show hotline at 877-MYAMFIX.

A hearing begins today to find out why a flight from Newark to Buffalo just "fell from the sky,” killing all 49 passengers on board and one inside a house.  The NTSB has already hinted that the pilot wasn't ready to prevent the crash.  CNN’s Allan Chernoff takes a look at why he may not have been able to save the doomed flight.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. RJ

    Doug, right you are, its sad that the highest profit earner was still Exxon/Mobil and thats when gas was half the price it was last year. Its time to place regulations on the oil industry since we all depend on it. They nationalized the banks they really should be regulating the oil industry. They also should be placing fines for every month that goes by with no new solutions for energy replacement! The oil industry should be required to lead the nation in alternative fuel production! They make all the money its time they ante up, instead of raping the American people!

    May 12, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  2. RJ

    Its funny how the GOP are so quick to latch on to a so called hero, the difference maker for their party and it always comes back to haunt them. First it was Colin Powell till he saw the light and stop supporting the facist regime called the Bush administration! Then they went to Sarah Palin, man what a joke she turned out to be. Now they were supporting this Prejean beauty queen which now it turns out that shes diffently no angel as the photos show....LMAO! Problem with the Republican party is you have people like Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney leading all you bible thumpers in their direction problem is they both and all humans are not perfect and theres no way the majority of people can adhear to their hypocrytical values! Cheney and Limbaugh would really help their party if they just shut up and go away for ever! The majority of us in this country need leadership and hinderance!

    May 12, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  3. Doug

    I find it hard to believe gas prices are going up. I find it hard to believe they went up as high as they did. I remember gas industry people saying it was the growth of India and China. The initial spike/rise in prices was due to the war beginning and the hurricanes. If not, why weren't the prices skyrocketing in the year or two years before the war? China and India didn't grow that fast and if the oil and gas industry have or are repairing our refineries and platforms prices should start downward or at least stabilize.

    May 12, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  4. Henry Hosbon

    Where was the republican OUTRAGE when rush was making fun of Michael J. Fox flailing his arms around and accusing him of not taking his meds so that he appeared "more sick". Rush is one sick SOB and deserves MORE criticism not less!!!! He is one truly pathetic drug addled gasbag!!

    May 12, 2009 at 7:41 am |
  5. Dan Nelson

    We want to democratize the middle east which we can see in the Palestinian areas that it cannot happen with the Arab people. They will continue to fight and kill all those who believe in the democratic way. Also we have been in Iraq to put democracy in place and even though we have had democratic elections there still is fighting between the Sunnis and Shites along with Islamic radicals who want democracy to fail. We should tell the Iraqi's that we are leaving and let them handle their own problems and move our troops into Afghanistan where the real threat to the American people is! Yes the Taliban and al Qaeda are the threat to democracy around the world and if we put 150k troops there they will return to their caves and we can bombard their hideouts and caves with our Air Force! Bring them to submission with our Armed Forces and they will run into the mountainous regions in Afghanistan and Pakistan then bomb the hell out of them. Show them the full force of democracy!

    May 12, 2009 at 7:39 am |