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June 17th, 2009
06:05 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Wednesday June 17, 2009

Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi run in the streets during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Getty Images
Supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi run in the streets during protests June 16, 2009 in Tehran, Iran. Getty Images

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • A clampdown in Iran.  All foreign journalists – now banned from covering demonstrations on the streets, told to stay in their hotel rooms.  But we have the pictures the Iranian government doesn't want you to see.  Our Christiane Amanpour, who was a victim of the crackdown first-hand is live on Iran’s attempt to control the message.
  • President Obama is ready to grant health care and other benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.  But is it enough to win over gay and lesbian groups, who say they're disappointed by the president's policies.  We’re live at the White House.
  • New developments on the fate of two American reporters, sentenced to hard time in North Korea.  That country now claiming Laura Ling and Euna Lee admit committing the crimes with which they were charged.  This morning we have an exclusive interview with Laura’s sister, Lisa Ling.
  • Senator John McCain, live.  He's been harshly critical of the way President Obama's handling the Iran uprising.  You'll get to hear specifically why.

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  1. paul

    As far as the fly and the President versus PETA– will you give me a break. Does PETA have nothing better to do than worry about a fly,
    that at best would only live a day? I have adopted four stray dogs
    and I am having a hard enough time feeding them and keeping them healthy. Does PETA have a problem with me killing a tick or flea.
    Where is my bail out/. or stimulus?

    June 18, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  2. Joe Booker


    My dear. What do you have on? Are you making a state for PETA about saving the Bumble Bees?

    Watch you and John every day.

    Joseph "The Catfish" Booker
    Tenor, Harps, Soprano, Flute

    June 18, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  3. Rockman79

    They need U.S.A.

    June 17, 2009 at 11:23 pm |


    June 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  5. sue

    Saw John McCain on this morning regarding viewpoint on President Obama and "not meddling" in Iran's election. When are you going to stop putting this "how we won the west" old fart on TV? Someone needs to tell him he lost the election. I see him all the time complaing that this or that is not what he would do. Well that is why he lost – by alot!

    I 100% agree with Obama. The reason we are so hated is because we have been trying to make people conform to our ideals and beliefs about what is right and wrong for as long as anyone can remember. We don't have to agree with what goes on in other parts of the world, but we do need to back off and let their stories play out. Especially when it comes to elections. I don't believe the Iranian people no matter which side of the election they are on would want us putting our two cents in. Tensions are high in that region and the last thing we need to do is go puffing up our ego like the McCain's and Bush's like to do and cause even more friction. This is their country. Would we have stood for any other country to mettle in our affairs when Bush supposedly won the election against Gore? That was all but covered up and it was business as usual. Not different at all from what you are reporting this morning with Iran's president going to China and Russia. We are hated all over the world because it is not enough that we are big and strong, but we are so narrow minded and egotistical that we reallly believe that there is only our way and we find fault with every other way. We would never stand for someone trying to force thier ways on us. How can people not understand that the screwy way of my way or the highway that we have been using as diplomacy for decades is not going to work in this world any longer? If we have the ultimate say so in what is right and wrong on this planet then who would have the power to determine when we were wrong? We had slaves for how many years? It was completely accepted to beat them and treat them in horrable ways let alone the fact that WE this supposed great country actually believed that a people were valued less than another and that it was completely acceptable to sell or kill them when we saw fit. For Christsakes, the church used its muscle and fear and burned woman as "witches" because they were afraid of what they did not understand and of losing power. No I don't agree that any of these countries should have nukes, but I never agreed that we should either. We are reasponsible for that little problem as well. Had we not been in a race to beef up our muscle so no one could mess with us we would not even have such weapons, but we want to deny another country the right to do the same thing. They believe they have to have these weapons so they can't be pushed around and as a bargaining chip. How is that different from why we did it?

    We wanted change that is why we did NOT vote for McCain. Obama is trying to use a new approach. The only way to peace is with peace. You have to reach out to people – all people. There will never ever be peace with war. I wish you would stop giving air time to bozos like McCain and Limbaugh and let this man do what he is trying to do maybe, just maybe we will get somewhere besides trenches, front lines and attacks on our people.

    The republican party is not different. They appear to be afraid of change. They are set in their ways and they are trying with all their might to push back from what they fear and don't understand. They believe that there ideas are the right ones and they don't want to accept others. It is a generation gap at its finest. They are feeling like they are backing into a corner because they are losing control so they are coming out in ways that seems mindless and crazy to many of us. Hmm – again, how different are we from the rest of the world?

    I for one want to move forward.

    June 17, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  6. Daniel Nelson

    I voted for Obama and I think he has done a good job so far with the problems that we have in the world today but as for the Iranian peoples quest for freedom just calling the violence disturbing is not good enough! The hateful regime will do anything to stay in power as we all have seen in the killing of their own people who want the freedom that the western world enjoys. We as free people aught to do all we can for these true freedom fighters who want an end to the hateful ideology of Ahmadinejad and the religious fanatics who control Iran!

    June 17, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  7. Wil Morphew

    I can't believe CNN aired this interview. I mean, this is the guy that sang,- bomb, bomb, bomb,- bomb, bomb, Iran. None better to interview on foreign policy and how to handle this very volatile situation .
    I can only assume that CNN's first choice would have been Gov Palin, but withdrew her when it was deemed that she couldn't see Iran from her back porch.

    June 17, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  8. Larry

    Does anyone care what John McCain thinks?

    Sanctioning Iran would be our only choice? What else would we do? Attack them?

    President Obama has handled the situation well. Even the students in Iran say so. Obama is letting their process go forward without interference from the West.

    It looks like no one knows what's going on over there anyway. Some say Mousavi actually did lose it fairly.

    McCain needs to get the facts before he runs his mouth.

    June 17, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  9. Warren, Stone Mountain GA.

    Although I like senator McCain, I believe is missing the point. We should not mettle in the election or take sides looking to the future of relations and dialog with who ever wins in the long run. As CNN reported two weeks before the polls showed a 2-1 of Ahmadineijad. Also calling the leader The Ayatolla a cleric muslim extremist does not help us.

    June 17, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  10. Daniel Nelson

    We all in the free world should do all we can to help the Iranian people who want freedom and are tired of the regimes hateful ideology! We have around 150k troops policing Iraq that should be helping to free Iran of their religious fanatics who hate all people who are not from the Shiite sect of Islam and believe that the Messiah will come from their sect to protect them and control the world! If you do not believe me just ask their supreme leader. He believes that one day Islam will be the most powerful religion if not already and that the Shiites will be in control!

    June 17, 2009 at 7:49 am |