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May 22nd, 2009
06:01 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Friday May 22, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

The Senate sending the White House a message, approving a $91-billion bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but refusing to authorize any spending on President Obama's plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison.   This comes after the present collided with the past, over the best way to protect you.  President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney clashed over closing Gitmo, harsh interrogation policies and other approaches to fighting terrorism, as they delivered dueling speeches in which they both pointed fingers and forcefully defended their respective policies.  Supporters on both sides are loud.  Opinions are strong.  We’ll hear from Liz Cheney, a former State Department official who says her father is on the right side of history.  We want you to join the debate, too.  Call us at 877-MYAMFIX.

We're also following developments in the life-and-death search for a cancer-stricken teenager and his mother.  Authorities in Minnesota have issued a felony arrest warrant for Colleen Hauser, who fled with her 13-year-old son Daniel to avoid court-ordered chemotherapy treatments.  The warrant allows other states to detain the pair if they're found.  It's believed mother and son may be headed to Mexico for an alternative treatment for the boy’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Doctors say without chemotherapy, Daniel's chances of survival are slim, and his father is making a public appeal to his wife to return with their son.

And… who are the “wingnuts” of the week?  John Avlon is here to expose those on the far left and right who are pulling this country further apart.

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  1. mjbarr

    Dick Cheney needs to go disappear again and take his daughter with him.
    Why do you give her airtime? What has she ever done?
    If it were a few years back and a Democrat was being critical of the President in the way Cheney is of Obama, there would be talk of treason!

    May 22, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  2. Ken

    Dick Cheney has once again gone through the looking glass. His assertion that torturing captives saved thousands of lives has been refuted. Lawrence Wilkerson, a former state department official under the Bush administration, has asserted that the primary reason for torturing al queada captives was to get any information possible for a link between Iraq and al queada. This torture went on at a time when the Bush administration was eagerly trying to build their case for war, and it stands to reason that captives were asked about a link. If this is the case, this means that the torture in fact led to the death of thousands of US soldiers, and tens of thousands of Iraqi civillians. Mr. Cheney must come clean about the reason for torturing the captives!!

    May 22, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  3. Sharman

    Why is anyone giving Dick Cheney the time of day? He was one of the men behind the curtain throughout the Bush administration, and hardly ever seen or heard. Now, you won't stop giving him a voice. The Canadian border is less secure than the Mexican border, even though the 9-11 terrorists entered the USA legally through Canada. Freight compartments on commercial flights are still not being inspected, and containers are not being inspected at our ports.

    These arguments about Guantanamo are largely specious. The Bush admin. had intelligence about Al Khaida and didn't act on it prior to 9-11. They relied on technology instead of human intelligence, throwing Arabic translators out of the armed forces because of their sexual orientation. I don't want to hear anymore from the old boys or their daughters. They failed. They failed. They failed. All they are doing now is trying to undermine the Obama admin.. It's cheap politics and once again the people are being fed alot of bad logic which they need to learn to recognize when they hear it. Raise the American consciousness, don't retrograde to the sly deceptions of the past. Integrity, integrity, integrity. That's what journalism should be about. Not presenting two extreme opposite points of view and acting like they both have equal merit. All opinions, views, and theories are not equal. I long for the morning when I turn on the news and the glitter, glam, and artifice have been replaced with intellectual analysis and quality reporting I can believe in.

    May 22, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  4. Marv

    As long as she's taken care of herself, what could be better for a younger guy than an older woman who has already been there and done that, so she 1) most likely isn't looking for a serious relationship, 2) wants a younger guy which makes her feel like she's still attractive which makes her more giving in every aspect of the arrangement, 3) she is probably self-sufficient so she doesn't need for anyone to "take care of her", and 4) is most likely in her "peak" time while he's in his "peak" and it's strictly physical for both?

    May 22, 2009 at 7:27 am |
  5. cmarie watson

    Wow, once again, I thought I had mistakenly turned on Faux News! "Extreme right", "extreme left"...I know CNN wants to be more like the Fox network, hiring their anchors, envious of those fabulous quarterly profits and all. The "wingnut" series and anchor compelled me to change the channel. Another bad editorial segment. Thankfully, for those interested in real news and quality journalism there is "Democracy Now" .

    May 22, 2009 at 7:02 am |
  6. Bill Tramposch

    Cheney seems more comfortable in a pre Magna Carta world than in the post-Constitutional one.

    May 22, 2009 at 6:14 am |