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June 25th, 2009
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What’s on Tap – Thursday June 25, 2009

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol June 24, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.Getty Images
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol June 24, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.Getty Images

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • It's been a mystery for days. Now we know missing South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford left the country.  The conservative politician tearfully admitted he’s been cheating on his wife with a woman in Buenos Aires. But did taxpayers pay for any of this?  There are now personal e-mails out, very personal, giving us more information about the alleged other woman. We’ll have them for you.
  • The crackdown in Iran – much more bloody and brutal than we thought. Our correspondent – Reza Sayeh has been on the ground there for days. Now he's back, and can tell you what he couldn't 24 hours ago.
  • Plus, the president is calling for better medical care for all Americans. So why was only one news network allowed to carry his town hall meeting on healthcare? We're breaking down President Obama's plan and the claims of media bias this morning.
  • You loved her on “The Sopranos,” now Edie Falco is playing a nurse on her new Showtime drama. Find out why healthcare reform is near and dear to her heart. She joins us live.

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  1. Lori

    Who cares if he got caught. If we were goin on statistics, at least 1 person on the street you live on, is having an affiar right now. Are they gonna lose their job for it? If that were the case, half the country would be w/o a job.

    Lets face it. We want the dirty info on everyone. Celebrities are treated about the same as political figures. Let his wife take care of what he did. Stay in your lane, and just go to work. If he was stealing money, ok... rant, get him fired, do what you have to do. But, mind your own.

    June 29, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  2. J M Fisherkeller

    I really don't care about anyone's infidelity let alone high profile politicians – that is between them and their families BUT I do care about the fact that a charade insued for the people of South Carolina in regards to a govenor vanishing and being incommunicado for ANY period of time. A public apology to the people of that state and to the other elected officials and staff was warranted not the airing of his indiscretion. "Date Nights" are envogue right now so that isn't even an issue. Take a number Mark and grow up!

    June 25, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  3. dan in Tucson AZ

    Hey, Mark Sanford. Talk about being caught with your pants down! Oh my, lets see if you can squirm out of this one.

    June 25, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  4. sandra brown

    The man left his post, I hope his booty call was worth it. Just like a , man, he wasen,t thinking with his head. I hope this girl was worth it. I also think Bill Clinton should have lost his job, He is still looking for women. Everytime Hillary goes away, Bill is on the make. The governor should step down. Its not just republicans people, the dems. are just as guilty. Kennedy, and Clinton were big offenders. Paul Begala needs to look at his own party before he condems the republicans for everything. How soon we forget. SAndy .

    June 25, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  5. Amanda

    In ten years, is it really going to matter......They say that if President Washington wasn't sterile that he truely would have been the father of our country. Nobody cared back then....If he is doing his job, why should his personal life matter. Nobody cares what I do, so why should they care what he does on his own time.

    June 25, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  6. Ann

    The “I’ve spent the last five days crying in Argentina,” said Sanford.” is a comment I might welcome from a friend, or relative, or even a lover – if directed to me in an intimate, or counseling, climate. However, any Government power – President or Governor – that has an affair that interrupts the governance of his people – should resign. There are two separate issues here – they are intertwined – but clearly separate. Sanford’s yearlong unfaithfulness to his wife and family, is not the public’s or the legislature’s concern in and of itself. However, the second point is that this affair bled out into the body of South Carolinians. An official that would abdicate his position, and run off to Argentina to be with his mistress, leaving the legislature, the people, and the First Family of South Carolina to speculate and wonder why he left with no itinerary, no method of reaching out to him, no definitive person in control – is, on one hand, immature and negligent; and on the other hand, unfaithful to the people he has sworn to serve. I do not want to be represented by anyone who would allow an affair to interfere with the carrying out of the office to which he has been elected. Sanford should resign with the little dignity he has intact. Moreover, he should allow South Carolina the same. There is quite enough national attention on this state already, without Sanford providing late night entertainment. BTW, as another responder tried to equate Sanford and Clinton, remember that Clinton’s indiscretion did not cause him to leave his job.

    June 25, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  7. Daniel Nelson

    It is now the time we act against the regime in Iran that does not fear God for their actions not only against their own people but for their support of terrorism around the world and their will to build nuclear weapons so they can be the most powerful Islamic nation in the middle east. Their only concern is not only power over their people but also power over the entire Islamic people of the world! They believe that the Messiah will come from their sect of Islam and that they will control the world! With this kind of belief they must be stopped before there are mass killings of people who want to be free of their hateful ideology!

    June 25, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  8. anne

    Shame on all media outlets. I'm not condoning adultery or trying to give Sanford a get out of jail free card (goodness knows he hasn't exactly helped South Carolinians these past few years), but get a grip. Have some respect for him and his family. Private emails? Camera crews outside his 'mistresses' house? Speculation about how this hurts the state of South Carolina? How about covering something positive from South Carolina for once and not making us look like a state full of idiots like you tend to do. We went through this with Bill Clinton ten years ago–is anyone really shocked that this keeps happening?

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

    It is now the time we act against the regime in Iran that does not fear God for their actions not only against their own people but for their support of terrorism around the world and their will to build nuclear weapons so they can be the most powerful Islamic nation in the middle east. Their only concern is not only power over their people but also power over the entire Islamic people of the world! They believe that the Messiah will come from their sect of Islam and that they will control the world! With this kind of belief they must be stopped before their are mass killings of people who want to be free of their hateful ideology!

    June 25, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  10. The king has no clothes but no one has the courage to speak out.

    The Republican Party took a stance in 1980 when Governor Reagan ran on 'American Family Values' the core of which was be faithful to your family, your country and your God. Year after year the hypocrites of the Repbulican Party are caught with their pants down (pun intended) to the disbelief of the Party faithful. The king has no clothes and there never was such a thing as "American Family Values" in the terms of the Republican Party.
    The Islamist Republic of Iran has taken to killing and beating its young.What does this say about the core values of Islam when you kill in the name of God and the billions of faithful refuse to stand up and yell 'SHAME?'
    The king has no clothes and no one has the courage to say so

    June 25, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  11. RJ

    Wasnt Sanford the guy who bashed Obama and presented his state as too good to take Federal aid, what a hypocryte, just like the rest of the Grand Old Party. Its the same reason Palin cant run, she has shown how she too is a hypocryte, any bid for election would be doomed!

    June 25, 2009 at 7:30 am |
  12. msmith1122

    I know what else makes me happy when times are rough like sex outside marriage, sex inside marraige. I know that it's all the same so I go to bars with freaks for waitresses and luagh when they think i like them. I love you I say, but in reality I just lust them. They are freaky girls with freaky desires like cutting up people hars hars har ha h go for them I like deep space satalites. I going to get a pentillion dollar space project from governer and help build a better than box world for people. No pigs.

    June 25, 2009 at 7:24 am |