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June 8th, 2009
06:49 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Monday June, 8th, 2009

South Korean conservative activists hold up pictures of US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, detained by the authorities in North Korea, during a rally calling for their freedom in Seoul on June 4, 2009. Getty Images
South Korean conservative activists hold up pictures of US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, detained by the authorities in North Korea, during a rally calling for their freedom in Seoul on June 4, 2009. Getty Images

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • First breaking news... American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee convicted of quote "grave crimes" and sentenced to 12 years hard labor in North Korea.  Washington is demanding North Korea release both women.  The State Department says it is deeply concerned and is working right now to secure their release. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson knows a lot about negotiating the release of detained Americans in North Korea.  He's done it before – and he may be called on to do it again.   He’ll join us live to discuss how this situation needs to be handled moving forward.
  • New developments in the crash of Air France Flight 447.  The Brazilian Air Force says it's spotted more bodies floating in the ocean.  Seventeen were recovered over the weekend.  Investigators – now focusing on the jet's air speed sensors – as they try to find out what brought down the plane.
  • Gas prices – you feelin’ it?  They’re a hot topic on the AMFIX hotline.  Will the pumps have to hit four bucks again before the government does something about them?
  • “End of the Line.”  Actor Ted Danson narrated the new documentary, which focuses on the over-fishing of the world's waters.  Danson also testified before a congressional committee in February about offshore drilling.  He’ll join us on this  “World Oceans Day.”

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  1. Peter

    RE: North Korea
    What is the rest of the story ?
    Did these two reporters cross into NK or did the North Koreans cross into China and kidnap them?

    This is like sneaking into Hell to do a story about how hot it is and then being surprised when you get burned

    Twelve years in a labor camp sounds like a pretty severe sentence but
    didn't they realize that could be the price for trying to breech NK's security to get a story

    If they did what the North Korean's charged them with, then they deserve to be punished, a year would probably fit their crime

    June 8, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  2. Steve

    Gas Prices. Just read nation's highest are in Western Michigan.
    Whats nice is that West Michigan has communities that are in 20% unemployment, and have generally lower wages overall than higher populace locations.
    Its great that the main reason (Gasoline) for the draining of American's cash over the past 7 years is doing the same thing again.

    People of wealth and high paying jobs just dont seem to understand that the 50 Million or so workers that dont make high wages didnt get pay raises to cover the extra 200-300/month being taken away from budgets that were on the edge already over the past 7 yrs.
    They keep wondering why so many lower wage workers had credit card debt or why the cant afford to buy gas saver cars, or lose jobs, or need family assistance even while working.

    The cost of living mainly fueled by utilities and gas prices is the main culprit behind rising debt in America not foolish purchases.

    Where do you think the combined income from Energy companies in America comes from? Us... $1.62 Trillion in Revenue in 2005
    Fortune Magazine: July 12 2006
    Five of the top ten companies on Fortune's 2006 Global 500 are oil companies.
    Exxon's 2005 revenues jumped 26%, and its profits hit $36 billion – the biggest payday in the history of the Global 500. (The previous record holder was – you guessed it – Exxon.)
    Companies of the old economy – commodities and oil – racked up the biggest gains. The mining and crude-oil sector, which excludes major oil companies that have large refining segments, enjoyed a 77% increase in profits. Add refiners to that group, and it accounted for $2.8 trillion in combined revenue, up 27% over the previous year. The only sector to perform as well was finance: It had the largest industry group revenue increase with 47%
    Fortune500 -Banks account for one in nine companies on the list, and they are another beacon of hot performance. From New York to Mumbai, revenues were up across the board, boosting the group as a whole by 24%
    FOXNews 2006 report.
    The combined first-quarter revenue of Exxon, Chevron and ConocoPhillips totaled $191.5 billion — more than the individual gross domestic products of 189 different countries, including the likes of Chile, Denmark, Peru and Venezuela, according to statistics compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Even as politicians snipe at the oil industry's profits, the government has been sharing in the windfall from high gas prices. In the first quarter, Exxon, Chevron and ConocoPhillips turned over a combined $13.8 billion in sales taxes — about 7 percent of their total revenue.
    They pay 7% tax huh? boy thats awful high. if only Americans being exploited could pay that high of taxes....???!!

    June 8, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  3. lynn

    Is it too much to expect that a host of a news broadcast be informed? Ms Norris was not replaced aced but rather accepted a job as senior advisor to the National Community Service board. Obviously this is an area near and dear to both Obamas" heart.

    As Ms Norris recently received her Masters degree in community service, I would describe it as a very positive career move. You left it as a move that kicked her to the curb in favor of cronism which is not the case.

    Once again CNN proves that it is more interested in trying to tear a person down, in this case our First Lady and to create some trumped up controversy rather than research and deliver the news.

    June 8, 2009 at 7:56 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr.

    whats up with these ladys going into a verry unfriendly country do they have poop for brains this should be a lesson to other idiots that north korea and iran are not good places to be sneaking into they were most likely being instructed by that idiot al gore .

    June 8, 2009 at 7:32 am |
  5. Michael Greenwood Meridian,Ms.

    I know it is terrible that the American jouralists received such a long sentence for ilegally crossing North Korea's borders but you need to tell everyone how many people does the United States imprison each year for ilegaly crossing into it's country. I do not hear any outcry for those citizens. We have to understand once we leave the United Stares we have to follow the law of the other countries or we will be held accountable.

    June 8, 2009 at 7:24 am |