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May 18th, 2009
06:14 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday May 18, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • The battle over what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew about waterboarding, and when she knew it is heating up this morning.  House Minority Leader John Boehner says Pelosi should prove the CIA misled her about harsh interrogation of terror suspects, or apologize to our intelligence officials around the world.
  • President Obama diving right into the abortion debate in face of hecklers at Notre Dame University.  The president urged both sides in the battle to open their hearts and minds and seek common ground.  It’s something that may become harder to accomplish as he chooses his first Supreme Court nominee.
  • An assistant principal from New York may be the city's first swine flu-related death.  Officials say he was hospitalized with the H1N1 virus.  His school is one of 11 now closed in New York due to what the health commissioner is calling a "rising tide" of flu.
  • The Los Angeles area shaken by a magnitude four-point seven earthquake.  It's the largest to hit the area since last year.  The rumbling lasted about 10 to 15 seconds and was felt as far away as San Diego.  The Los Angeles fire department says there are no reports of major damage or any injuries.
  • United and Divided.  The future of the Middle East could rest on a relationship being built today.  In just a few hours, President Obama sits down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  We’ll ask a former adviser to six Secretaries of State about whether the two leaders can work through the roadblocks to peace.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Richard

    In the "Land of the Free" it seems it's OK to lie to congree to start an illegal war, it's OK for Presidents to smoke marijuana and snort cocaine, it's OK for CEO's to rape the American people and walk...
    but heaven forbid you, the majority who want Marijuana legal, smoke pot and get caught, you will be thrown into prison, loose you grants and loans for college, loose your right to vote, ruin the chance of a decent carreer, probably be beaten, raped or even be killed in prison, all to protect you from the infamous evil weed...
    It's time for ALL THE LIES and FALSE STATEMENTS to end...
    "We the People" are suppose to be in charge, yet the politicians refuse to listen to our voice.... Democracy.... HA!!!!

    May 19, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  2. Richard

    Israel is the problem in the middle east... if they attack Iran then we should cut off all aid to them...
    They have nuke weapons and they break international law in military action, and think they can do whatever they want to do... always playing the holocost trump card when people object to their methods...
    untill they declaire all their nukes and comply with the international nuke commission, neither should Iran...
    until they quit stealing more land for settlements and building walls, they should get no aide from the US....
    Americans should no more be able to send fund to Israel than they can to Hamas...
    All funding to the middle east, to both sides should be cut off until a peace agreement is in place...

    May 19, 2009 at 7:38 am |
  3. Dave

    John... noting your story about Chrysler selling cars under wholesale and the fact that we (Uncle Sam) donated a "large" share of taxpayer funds to help them.... shouldn't we as taxpayers own a few of their vehicles?? I'm sure that the state patrols, dnr's, doc's,and other government agencies could use some new vehicles and quite frankly... we have already paid for them??

    May 18, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  4. Sherry Adams

    Concerning gas prices,we already know that gas prices or rising because we go to the pump everyday. what we need from the media is the reason as to why it is rising. please can we have some serious investigative reporting about real pocketbook issues. we don't need soap opera attitude cripping in to valued news. Can we fine out why gas is rising? Gas gouging maybe?

    May 18, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  5. Alessandra Kellermann

    Our troops should be appreciated every day not just Military Appreciation Month...they need your support without politics. We need volunteers from home at Homefront Hugs USA- please visit our site at

    Have a super week and thanks for listening America!

    May 18, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  6. Sherry Adams

    Hey Jack
    please don't waste the American people time with the ridiculous story about Nancy P the House Speaker. The real criminals go on the talk shows and insult us by act as though torture is legal any were in the world. We violated our own laws. There must be an independent prosecutor. No one in this country is above the law. Mean while we have institutions running over because they broke the law. These guys the main strem media and the Obama white house is trying to protect. Who is the President to grant amunity to anybody in the CIA. In this country is fair to say that judicial justice is is only served on the very least of the American Poor and under represented. what a World!!!

    May 18, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  7. michael armstrong sr.

    You guys just dont have any good news today its all just doom and gloom.

    May 18, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  8. Whittier

    Rick Perkins grossly distorted most every issue he propagandized. And, it would seem that CNN has some questionable 'statistics' (the ND Senior Class approved of President O'Bama's choice by over 90%).
    Yes, Mr Perkins has a point of view, but obviously he should not be given a forum on CNN again without someone from the Pro-Woman position to keep him honest.
    CNN should also have pointed out that virtually none of the "protesters" who showed up at ND had a connection to Notre Dame – about the same percentage as were registered Democrats. This furor was another orchestration by elements of the GOP and its single-minded 'Base' who cannot accept the fact that We, The People have had it with their peculiar 'point of view'.

    May 18, 2009 at 8:32 am |
  9. mary

    Nancy Pelosi has become an embarrasment to herself and her station, and when that happens you can't be an effective speaker. She needs to apalogize to the CIA for liaing through her teeth, and step down.

    May 18, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  10. ronald

    What's on Tap...Salmonella potential..
    Advise those folks soon,cause pertains to cantaloupes sold between
    May 10-15th and some folks may have yet to eat them.
    So, that is what is on tap in my mind.

    Tell the viewers of current recall from FDA about cantaloupes sold at Super Walmart stores in North and South Carolina and one store in Virginia.
    Recall - Firm Press Release
    FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

    L&M Companies, Inc. Recalls Whole Cantaloupes Because Of Possible Health Risk
    Lee Anne Oxford
    919 981-8003

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Raleigh, NC - May 15, 2009 – L&M Companies, Inc. of Raleigh, NC is recalling one lot of whole cantaloupes because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date, and we are working with the FDA to inform consumers of this recall.

    The whole cantaloupes were sold between May 10-15, 2009 in Walmart Supercenter Stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, and in the Walmart Supercenter Store located at 315 Furr Street in South Hill, Virginia. Consumers who have purchased whole cantaloupes from these Walmart stores during this time period should not consume them, and should destroy the product.

    The recall comes after a cantaloupe at a small farm from which L&M Companies sources product tested positive for Salmonella. L&M Companies has ceased shipments from this farm, and the grower continues to investigate the cause of the problem.

    Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

    “L&M Companies takes food safety seriously and we are committed to the shoppers who buy our products everyday. We are issuing this recall because we want to ensure that even the slightest risk to public health is minimized,” said Mike McGee, Vice President of Production and Grower Development.

    Consumers with questions may call L&M Companies at 919-981-8003.

    May 18, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  11. Mitch

    Come on Mr. John Roberts. Can someone please correct him????
    Its not "Notra Dame," like the French Cathedral, although spelled exactly the same and obviously both French, the university is correctly pronounced "Noturr Dame"

    May 18, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  12. Jack

    Nancy Pelosi was briefed in 2002? At the time, everyone was still fearful of being called unpatriotic if they criticised the Bush administration. Now it seems like the republicans are just trying to turn the tables (even though they took advantage of everyone's "fear"). The press should stop going after this story, (about Pelosi) and go after the people who did it, not the ones who were told about it.

    May 18, 2009 at 6:32 am |