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June 18th, 2009
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What's on Tap – Thursday, June 18, 2009

A picture released by the Fars News Agency shows supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi taking part in a rally in Tehran on June 17, 2009. Getty Images
A picture released by the Fars News Agency shows supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi taking part in a rally in Tehran on June 17, 2009. Getty Images

Here are just some of the stories we'll be covering this morning:

Could this be a moment of truth in Iran? We are about 90 minutes away from what are expected to be massive protests across the nation.

And within the past hour...The government rolling out its toughest crackdown on foreign media, forbidding CNN from not only covering today's demonstrations but limiting our reporter there to just one report.

And this morning - because of the crackdown - there's no way to overstate the importance of the internet in the protest movement. More and more information is being gathered by ordinary citizens and distributed on social networking sites - and we're keeping an eye on all of it.

And Hillary Clinton sidelined. Not by tough diplomacy... but a nasty fall outside the White House. We'll tell you what sent her to the hospital last night.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. tracy

    Thank God McCain is not the President! We dun need another "Unfinished Issue" on our hands.We haven't even finish up what we started in Afghanistan and Iraq and McCain thinks we should start on Iran??? I agree with Fred and Louise here. These are trying times and Obama is doing the right thing by keeping the balance. I'm praying that God continues to give Obama wisdom to continue to do the right things.

    June 19, 2009 at 8:43 am |

    A follow-up insight to my earlier comment: It is obvious that the Ayatollah is seeking legitimacy in using force if necessary to quell civil unrest...he considers dissenters in the same light as the US did the Branch Davidians.

    June 19, 2009 at 8:02 am |

    With regards to the female guest a few minutes ago on Iran...I think she missed the last question completely...I believe that it is an ominous sign for the Ayatollah to bring up the Branch Davidians: he is telling the world that, just as in the democratic US the government has to step in when things get out of hand, so the Iranian government will intervene with force to bring the current situaton under control and silence dissent.

    June 19, 2009 at 7:47 am |
  4. Kim-Ha Albert in Seattle

    This is the country which began when if you called someone a "witch" in Salem, you got burned at the stake! So when BOTH OF YOU talking heads asked in such ASTOUNDING naivity "Why do bloggers NOT use their real names?" I was frankly taken aback by such ignorance–You guys have CNN and the ability to lawyer-up if you get dragged into an interrogation room, which happens to people in Iran and in America if you talk the truth! Whistle blowers and even FBI agents who warn Bush (one in Phoenix, one in Minneapolis) about a guy taking fiying lessons, are disgraced and lose their jobs! Remember Mr. Welch: You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency? Spoken on June 9th 1954 to Senator McCarthy! Calling people "witches", "communists' & "terrorists" is the American Nightmare! There is no dream here, Martin was smoking something! The reality is GITMO! Or a tent city gulag in Maricopa County!

    June 18, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  5. Kim-Ha Albert in Seattle

    At least the Iranins have the courage to protest a cheater and call him such in public–Americans possessed no such courage when Bush stole the elections in 2000 & 2004 through rigging the elections, first in Florida, and then in Ohio–I've been to Ohio! How the heck could Bush win the election there is beyond me!! Anyway, Bush was an educationally "challenged" individual, as is Ahmedinejad, and tyrants like Hitler & Saddam always find a way to show the world how overwhelming their election results put them in the lead! Iranians are speaking out and marching in the streets, hence they are fighting for their voice and their democracy. Americans don't deserve any more than the PHONEY democracy they have!

    June 18, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  6. Daniel Nelson

    I disagree with Morehead Kennedy about how we should not interfere in the Iranian people's quest for freedom. We should so that the country might become a real asset to peace in a world that needs now more than ever togetherness to tackle the world's problems! Iran's religious leaders have no concern for a peaceful world and does support terrorism around the world so that they may one day control the Islamic religion's quest for it's power and control of the world! This is their true belief and it is written in the Koran that Islam will rule the world someday. Yes we free people should be very concerned about the outcome of Iran's government and it's quest for control over the true freedom fighters that are now amassing in the streets of Iran!

    June 18, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  7. Kim-Ha Albert in Seattle

    You two this morning made the astoundingly naive inquiry: "Why would someone wish to be 'anonymous' on blogs and on twitter?" That guy said, "Why don't you just sign your name to it?" Well, in the atmosphere of post 9/11 America, many people are afraid of retaliation BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT, in the form of more concentrated IRS audits, police harassment, etc. When Mr. Bush rigged the 2000 election with help of the Supreme Court in Florida, and an INDEPENDENT MEDIA SURVEY discovered Al Gore really won, it was too late–he had already elboed the opposition out of the White House and started two wars. Ahmedinejad is THE SAME as any tyrannt who can get himself elected: Low-brow, full of simplifications, the language of "evil"–Hitler, Saddam–many men get themselves elected to a post, and in our "American democracy", if you blog unfavorably (read: truthfully) about important people (The Emperor has no clothers) and say it too loudly, you'll end up in Gitmo, and be called a name: Terrorist.

    June 18, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  8. joe hump

    "Home of the FREE, Land of the BRAVE" that's the America I grew up in, but not the one Obama grew up in I guess!! Millions of Eastern Europeans are free today because Ron Reagan had the guts to tell the Russians to "tear down the Berlin Wall"! He supported the Polish students and Lech Walesa when THEY demanded freedom and the right to vote!!! Too bad this President and America today has lost it's will to be the world leader it has always been!!!!! Just remember, "Those who fail to remember history are DOOMED to repeat it"!!! Let the current financial crisis and the Great Depression be a an example!!!

    June 18, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  9. Jam

    I personally feel Senator McCain is wrong to attack the President
    for how he is handling the situation in Iran. I feel President Obama
    is doing what needs to be done.The people of Iran will solve this.
    President Obama is the President of the United States, not Iran.

    June 18, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  10. marilyn

    So What if they are protesting about the election. It is no different than any other country protesting because they are not happy with the outcome.
    Why are you constantly talking about another country. We have more important problems in our own country. Let them fight it out within themselves. This is nothing new for this country.

    You should looking at all the protests in California with the budget cuts that the governor has proposed.
    Many people are facing being homeless.

    June 18, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  11. Wolfgang

    You guys just showed a "Top Video" about a girl who fell asleep while getting a tatoo on her face and woke up with a face full of them. I would like to point out that if you look closely, on most shots the stars are on the left side of her face but in one shot, the stars are an the right side of her face. Unless that one shot was taken in front of a mirror, I am tempted to think that this shows that the story is fake.

    June 18, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  12. Rob

    I just read the story about 3 ILLEGAL ALIENS getting hurt on a construction job and sued for almost 3 million dollars. Am i the only one who finds this a load of crap? They were here illegally, what part of thast does the American people not understand? I`ve been telling my congressman for months now that all these rebuild America jobs have been going exclusively to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS! When are we going to use the U.S. tax dollars to hire Americans? Why wasnt the construction company fined till they were out of business, why wasnt the illegals deported? CNN please ask these questions for me please!

    June 18, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  13. Louise

    If anyone ever needed a reason why John McCain shouldn't have been President todays the day. He would be dragging us into a war with Iran ....don't forget "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran". It starts with provacation. He wants Obama to up the retoric. After that it escalates into all out war. Instead of war first and peace table after....go peace table first and skip the war. President Obama is the right man for these trying times.

    June 18, 2009 at 7:20 am |
  14. Fred

    et the Iranians do what they need to do , and we should do what we need to do . In other words mind your own business . It's not like we are living in the ideal democracy here ! There is enough corruption , miss management , crooked politicians in this country to go around . We got no business meddleing in any body's politics , especially right now ,it's not like we are a shineing example of fairness and justice !

    June 18, 2009 at 7:18 am |
  15. Daniel Nelson

    I think that all free people and their governments should show solidarity with the aspirations of the Iranian people who want freedom and peace with all people and nations so they can live their lives without their government's control of their lives! They want to be free to speak out against their theological fanatics who control every aspect of their lives!

    June 18, 2009 at 7:04 am |