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May 25th, 2009
06:19 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday, May 25, 2009

   South Korean protesters burn anti-North Korea signs during a protest in Seoul on May 25, 2009 in response to the communist country's claim it conducted a nuclear test.
South Korean protesters burn anti-North Korea signs during a protest in Seoul on May 25, 2009 in response to the communist country's claim it conducted a nuclear test.

Here are the big stories on the agenda this Memorial Day:

  • Breaking overnight… North Korea announces it has “successfully” carried out an underground nuclear test and reportedly test-fired a short-range, ground-to-air missile.  The world-wide resources of CNN will bring you reaction from Beijing to Washington.   The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen will join us live with his response to what the White House is calling a “threat to international peace and security.”
  • Now it’s his turn.  On this Memorial Day weekend, the man who is arguably America’s most popular living general fired back.  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell insists he's still a republican, no matter what Dick Cheney says.
  • Dad’s clock, tick-toc.  When you hear the term "biological clock," you probably think of women, because women are often the ones who worry about the impact of age on pregnancy, but now there's a new study that says men might want to move things along a little faster.
  • Same-sex marriage limbo.  Tomorrow will be a landmark day in the battle for gay rights, as California’s Supreme Court rules on the legality of Proposition Eight, which banned same-sex marriage in California and made it illegal.  Our Ted Rowlands is with one couple we first met on the courthouse steps, minutes after they got married.  Now they're anxiously waiting to find out if that marriage means anything at all.
  • His life is a movie script in the making.  Helio Castroneves won his third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, the ultimate triumph after facing deportation and prison time a little over a month ago.  Now all charges are dropped, he’s on top of his sport again and will join us live.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Purple Spider

    I believe we still have "freedom of speech" here – you guys, quit picking on each other! We all have a right to express our opinions and we can believe anything and anyway we want, and with respect.

    May 25, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  2. Daniel Nelson

    Mr. Morris the bible tells us how we should live our lives and America was founded on the Christian values in the bible and to be a true American we should be living for one another! As far as North Korea they are using their nuclear know how to disrupt the worlds unification with it's proliferation of nuclear materials and must be stopped! North Korea is a godless country and does not fear God and believes in power and control of it's people where as America we live for each other and make laws that help one another and if you believe differently then you are not a true American!

    May 25, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  3. Neil Morris

    Two posts from Daniel Nelson in an hour & a half! One suggests that the US should nuke North Korea, and the other speaks to his view that same-gendered mariage is contrary to his Christian upbringing.
    Is it me, or does it seem strange that nuking North Korea doesn't offend his Christian sensibilities?
    Mr. Nelson, your religious beliefs tell YOU how to live your life, they don't tell you how OTHERS should live theirs. That is what it means to be an American.

    May 25, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  4. Neil Morris

    After seeing T.J. reporting on the Buckingham Palace security breech, it is obvious that you need a primer on royal protocol:
    When referencing a princess, it is "Her Highness..."
    For a queen, it is "Her Majesty..."
    For a drag queen, it is simply "The Divine Miss..."

    May 25, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  5. linda faye

    If the nations that the nuclear missle from Korea can hit don't mind the missle lauch in their back yard. Why should we. Why is it that countries that are most affected by terror acts wait for us to spend our dollars and precious blood to combat what is in their best interest for them. If we did not supply them with the weaponry or knowledge to do what they are doing then LEAVE US OUT OF IT!!! Other countries keep supplying terrorist in their back yards and expect us to clean it up.
    AS for Gen. Powell, no Vet should be subjected to the kind of criticisms that he has been subjected to. Who these people think they are. We Vets would not stand for it when Sen. McCain was running for President and we won't stand for it with Gen. Powell. No one who served this country should have to put up with this. I don't even bad mouth a Vet standing on the sorner begging. LEAVE VETS ALONE!!!

    May 25, 2009 at 8:23 am |
  6. Daniel Nelson

    If the Supreme court does away with proposition 8 it will mean that we are one step closer to Jesus' prediction that the abomination is setting itself up in a land where it should not be. Yes the first nation based on Christian values, the United States of America. He also said that this will be a sign of the end times. We all should have a closer relationship with Jesus who holds all truth and will redeem those who turn away from sin!

    May 25, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  7. James Alexandros Papastamos

    With regards to North Korea testing its nuclear rockets, thus supposedly flexing its nuclear prowess, I have nothing to say, though there is much to laugh at. North Korea needs money. North Korea's military capabilities are a threat to no one. President Obama should set his priorities on the Middle East, which is a real threat. Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan have formed an alliance of sorts, and they are a real threat to Israel. North Korea may be a threat to Japan. America's priority right now, however, should be defending the Jewish State – not a far away Island country that, because it makes better cars, has virtually destroyed the American auto industry. Our priority is to safeguard the Holy Land.

    May 25, 2009 at 6:52 am |
  8. Scott Stodden

    Happy Memorial to one and all at CNN! I beleive we need to issue sanctions to North Korea for breaking the rules once again, this is a threat to international peace and security. What if this test was for real someday? It would be 9/11 all over again but worse. Also Dick Cheney in my Democratic opinion needs to just shut up, Colin Powell is a Republican, has always been one and Dick Cheney well he's just a nothing, not even a piece of history, just a disaster. Also I hope and pray that the California Supreme Court overturns proposition 8, how is the government able to tell somebody who to marry and not marry? I believe and support same sex marriage and this law should be overturned allowing same-sex couples the right to marraige. Thats not only my opinion.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Il)

    May 25, 2009 at 6:38 am |
  9. Daniel Nelson

    We should not have put up with this regime and it's nuclear bribery and proliferation for this long! We should use our nukes and blow up their president and power base! Then Iran will think twice about their nuclear ambitions!

    May 25, 2009 at 6:33 am |