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June 16th, 2009
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What’s on Tap – Tuesday June 16, 2009

A protestor holds up a hand with blood during an opposition rally where Iranian supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrated in the streets on June 15, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Getty Images
A protestor holds up a hand with blood during an opposition rally where Iranian supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi demonstrated in the streets on June 15, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Getty Images

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

“We fight, we die.” Breaking news out of Iran. The government's Council of Guardians is now agreeing to recount some of the ballots from last week's disputed presidential election. Seven people are now dead in a bloody protest for democracy. Iran state radio says they were killed when they tried to storm a military building yesterday in western Tehran. More rallies on both sides of the vote are planned this morning. CNN's Christiane Amanpour is live in Tehran – amid the continuing protests.

G.M. of the sky? Staggering losses being posted this year by the U.S. airline industry. The numbers, in the billions, are even worse than expected. Carol Costello has more on whether the government might have to step in and take over, like it did with General Motors.

And, “Late Show” host David Letterman is saying sorry to Governor Sarah Palin, for a joke about her teen daughter being “knocked up.” Some are saying it’s still not enough. We have Governor Palin’s response.

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  1. gloria lewis

    Let me first say i do have much respect for the iranian people they fight for what they believe in .Although they know the danger thats involved in these rallies they are still willing to do what they have to do .
    I just want to say that the president is smarter than any other president when it comes to dealing with the government in the rest of world .He understands how these people think .One of the reasons some countries hate the usa is for meddling in their bussiness .The president is doing the right thing supporting the people from afar and staying neutral . Lets face by the looks of things this goverment in iran is corupt ,the likelehood of the election status will remain .If he goes against the man guess what .He will the usa pay for that .Obama has given him his word that he is willing to work with him .This man has big pride and their word is their bond .The president going against him will not help these people .
    I ask you kindly please air this message because this is a message everyone that is trying to put pressure on the president to get involved to understands .This goverment to do care what they have to do to win ,This will turn out so bad if the president get involved and the results remain the same .We have enough of our own issues let handel those forst .

    June 17, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  2. Paul K

    FYI, a quick reference for Iranian name pronunciation:
    Ayatollah Khomeini: "Khow-May-KNEE" (3 syllables) The original "Ayatollah" of the 1979 revolution. The 1st "Supreme Leader", he died in 1989.
    Ayatollah Khaminei: "Khah-mee-nay-EE" (4 syllables) The current (2nd) "Supreme Leader".
    Khatami (former President): "Khah-tam-ME" (3 syl.) The reformer president who preceded Ahmadinejad. Bush's endorsement discredited his re-election campaign.
    Mousavi (Pres. candidate): "Moose-Ave-EE" (3 syl.) Current pres. candidate. A popular campaign poster feature these first four figures in profile a-la old Soviet political posters.
    Ahmadinejad (Pres.): "Ah-mad-ee-Neh-JOTT" (5 syl.) Incumbent pres. candidate. Think of his name as "Ahmad E. Na-Jott".
    Iran (the country): "ee-RON" (2 syl.) NOT "Eye-Ran" or "Eye-Ron" or "Ih-Ran". If Ronald Reagan had a secret first name "Edwin", he would be "E. Ron Reagan." "E. Ron" is the right pronunciation. Adjective form: Iranian: "Ee-RON-ee-an", not "Ih-RAIN-ee-an", not "Eye-RAIN-ee-an."

    June 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  3. Paul K

    It is legitimate for the U.S. to try their best to positively influence developments in the rest of the world. Obama has learned that force and coercion, W.'s preferred methods, are not only ineffective and uneconomical, but counter-productive. Obama's subtle and sophisticated methods avoid poisoning the Iranian reformers with the taint of being "colonial America's puppets." Bush's endorsement of Khatami (the former reformer president) in 2004, incapacitated his re-election campaign, and was used as an excuse by hardliners to purge their ranks, and led to the election of Ahmadinejad. Obama is doing it just right. Where W. was self-indulgent, Obama is prudent and responsible.

    June 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  4. marjan

    I think ahmadinejad has hired lebnanies and phalestinan to make a huge terrorist orgaimization inside iran.And the next step could be attacking U.S Mr. President YOU SHOULD STEP IN!!!!!!

    June 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  5. Bev - NYC

    To the people of Iran, we are with you. Change will come. Opposition protests must be the scariest sight the ruling class has ever witnessed. Keep it up, the Mullahs have 2 choices, re-do the elections allowing outside monitors, or declare Ahmendjiad the winner by a lesser margin. The way it stands now that election will always have a taint to it, just like the election in 2000. While the rich and middle class can relocate when sanctions come only the poor working class will suffer. Maybe then the government can be overthrown.

    June 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  6. Roy

    You would think that they would have learned from our stolen election how to avoid violence.

    We must be aware of the political climate in othe countries but realize that we have no right to control. We encouraged democratic elections in Palestine but then didn't accept the result. We imposed a dictator in Iran years ago only to have it toppled by the will of the "people".

    We created artifical international boarders in the Balkans with differing fuding peoples only to have it seek it's natural ethnic borders when the thumb was lifted.

    Will we never learn. We can promote democracy but cannot impose it on the peoples of the world.

    We must learn to live with our neighbors, let them decide how to best govern and set the example hoping they will follow.

    June 16, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  7. Larry

    I think it's time we quit muddling in other countries' problems. We have more than enough on our plates in our own country.

    All these wars are just causing needless loss of our young American lives. We're not accomplishing a thing other than giving the radicals a reason to fight.

    Watch what happens when we leave Iraq. The next thug will move in and take over and it will be Iraq 20 years ago.

    You'd think we'd learn. This has gone on since Vietnam with the same losing results.

    June 16, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  8. Pat Genereux

    Health care needs to be in the hands of the companies care only about profit and not about our health! I really don't care if the insurance companies go down the tubes because they don't care if we do.

    June 16, 2009 at 8:46 am |
  9. Daniel Nelson

    I think it's time we move our troops eastward out of Iraq and take on the republican guard in Iran to free their people from the Islamic radicals who rule their country! This would do a world of good for the war on terror with the downfall of the supreme leader and Mullahs that support the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbohla in the middle east! Their hatred that even exists within the Islamic sects needs to be stopped and we are right their to do the job. It is also time for Iraq to take care of their own affairs! Even if the opposition would take control of the presidency which is very doubtful the supreme leader would still control the country's military,their nuclear ambitions and suppress the people who are tired of confrontation with the western world! Yes Mr. President it is time that we do the right thing with our troops in the middle-east!

    June 16, 2009 at 7:35 am |