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Tax Day tea parties

(CNN) – It is the Tea Party's big day: Tax day.

Today, there are more than 600 protests against big government spending scheduled across the country.

Yesterday protest in Boston was headlined by the first lady of the movement, Sarah Palin.

The party appears to be getting more organized, with their sights set on November.

Our Jim Acosta will join us live from Washington with the latest. FULL STORY

Russia: U.S adoptions off

Russia is suspending all adoptions to American families. A foreign ministry spokesman says the "freeze" will remain in effect until the countries can reach agreement on adoption procedures.

The announcement comes after an American woman sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to Moscow on a plane by himself. She claims the Russian orphanage misled her about the boy's severe psychological problems.

New book alleges Oprah 'shackled by secrets'

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most influential women in the world. She has reigned as the the queen of daytime TV for more than 20 years. Her magazine "O" turns 10 this year. She even has her own cable network.

What do we really know about the media superstar?

A new unauthorized biography alleges Ms. Winfrey is "shackled by secrets." It's called, "Oprah: A Biography," and its author, Kitty Kelley, will join us this morning.

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  1. Joyce in Kentucky

    My husband has been unemployed for over a year. Our finances are in the toillet. Yes, he had federal taxes taken out every check, money we could have used. Which is worse...paying your taxes on each paycheck or letting the gov't use it for a year and then having to pay it back in one lump sum?

    April 15, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  2. seemstome

    With regard to airlines charging for carry-on luggage – get the U.S. Congress out of the cockpit!!! Let a companies business model live or die on its own merits. If a traveller does not want to pay the bag fee, don't use that airline. It's simple!! We do not need to legislate how a business conducts its practices. The marketplace will determine if a particular practice or fee is acceptable.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  3. good ol boy

    Hey Derrick what do you do for a living?

    April 15, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  4. Dave Saint Pete

    Why are prisoners providedmeans to live like ordinary citizens? Library, TV and internet access, gymnasiums, recreational means. And on top of this, outside contraband slipping by guards or being "traded" from guards? Modus opeandi needs to be: Hard bed, cold shower, lousy food and no health-care should be the consequences of their crime until their sentence is served. And all the while they should be working to support themselves and the system...at hard labor. Madoff included! Get tough and tell the ACLU to go to "H"

    April 15, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  5. michael armstrong sr.

    I think they should shut these mines down at least one or two days a week just for safety inspections .

    April 15, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  6. Melon

    *CHECK

    April 15, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  7. Dave Saint Pete

    Re "The IRS"...makes one wonder how much fraud occurs from within the IRS by its own; given all the leaky means that allow it to gush money like a fire hose. As usual, nobody's looking at the real problem. The IRS itself! Just like the Post Office, Government created agencies have too little accountability to the tax paying public. This "sandbox full of money" craziness has got to come to an end before President O'blame'as administration starts treating it like a litter-box.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  8. Peter Adams

    Melon,
    Reading your own postings makes it clear that you are one of those that do not listen and want to insult other americans make snide remarks when someone makes a comment that you do not agree with....no, shame on you.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  9. Melon

    Gloria... you need a serious reality.

    Clinton left Bush with a balanced budget?... I suppose – if you don't take into consideration NAFTA (do you comprehend the damage that NAFTA has inflicted on the country? BTW.. NAFTA is all Clinton) or the repeal of Glass Steagall – which led to the fiasco on Wall St – which resulted in the need for a bail out?

    People... you need to think beyond what your party tells you how to think.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  10. Ralph Beach

    I will challenge the Tea Party!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  11. Glen Erickson

    The Tea Party spokesperson said that they wanted to purge the Tea Party of Rhinos (Republican In Name Only). If only 57% of the members are "Grich" (Greedy Rich}, that means 43% are just conservative and would have to leave the Tea Party.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  12. Sherry

    Just read a news post that quoted Palin during a Tea Party rally as saying that if health care, student loan and financial reform was Obama's recipe for change, she would rather stick with guns, constitution and religion. OBVIOUSLY, evolving past infancy has escaped her and her Tea Party zealots. The GOP would be foolish to envelop this bunch of fringe lunatics. Enough of the drama, hate and me mememememe – what is it going to do to me attitude.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  13. joe

    hi guys i think someone should do a report on a burglary that happened at educational credit management in oakdale,mn on march 21 2010 approximately 3.3 million people could be affected by identity theft

    April 15, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  14. Tom from Vermillion, Ohio

    @Wallace Your comment identifies you as a "moderate" Republican (I like that). Why does this new Republican movement want to "purge" like minded Republicans such as yourself from Congress? Its beyond me.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  15. Dan Lafayette,IN

    What the high school where the young girl was bullied to the point of death still does not believe that they should have played a role in stopping the bullying? I'm sure most of the bullying was done in their school and there were teachers and councilors that new this was happening. The school should have punished the bully's the first time that it was known and maybe this girl would still be alive! She must have felt that there was no where to turn to for help.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  16. Melon

    Pauly seems to have been brain-washed with the Democratic party line. If you talk about somebody spreading hate and lies – maybe Pauly should look in a mirror.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  17. good ol boy

    Ol yeah, and whats up with Oboma trying to make enemies with our long time allie Isreal and apologize for americans to the arab or muslim countries. Thats scary!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  18. el

    Palin, the first lady of the Tea Party? Thank God, thats the only First lady she will ever be

    April 15, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  19. Gloria Nwosu

    I wonder if your bloggers aren’t Fox cronies. Don’t they remember who bailed out the big companies in the first place? It was the Bush Adminstration. Do they even know who inherited this bad economy? Now that we have a President who is trying to help, he is targeted. And by the way, which trailer park did you find your Tea Party guest from? She could not even provide one example of the deficit spending she claimed to be against. I remember the balanced budget Bush Adminstration inherited from the Clinton Adminstation go down the tubes. Paying out of control gas prices since 2001 was a big contributing factor to Americans which contributed to this failing economy which no media outlet ever mentioned at all once the crisis emerged after Sentor McCain claimed during his campaign speeches how strong the economy was.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  20. Lucille

    Dismantle NASA? How can our president say he supports Education & sciences for American kids then ax the very programs where grads would work? It's counterproductive. Where will technical advances that benefit ALL of human-kind come from? China? Russia? Sure they will be willing to share – HA!! The U.S. will pay – one way or another! Why should we give up THE ONE program that keeps us NUMBER ONE? NASA has always been one of the BEST places to work because of their culture – we are all in this together, >every one<. Mr. President – PLEASE RECONSIDER!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  21. Melon

    Americans seem more concerned with insulting other Americans of a different persuasion than they are of actually fix the problems that actually affect every American.

    Shame on us.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  22. Mark

    Looking forward to see the GOP and tea party flop in the upcoming elections.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  23. Gary

    Good morning Karen and John.

    Inmates filing fraudulent taxes should be treated as others that do the same. Fine them and extend their jail time!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  24. Melon

    The rise in unemployment hasn't stopped – just more people lost their unemployment benefits – which isn't counted.

    Derrick.. just another garbage spewing hater. Good for you.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  25. Robert

    The cancellation of the shuttle program is akin to a wealthy man spending a fortune building a large mansion on a desert island using a very large expensive boat to haul the materials. Then, once the mansion was completed he sank the ship, and had to rely on his neibours to get to the island. Not a really smart move, since he has been in a conflict with the same neibours for the past fifty years.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  26. Pauly

    If the tea partiers wanted to protest wasteful spending of taxpayer money, they should be asking the GOP to return their paychecks to the Treasury!!! They have not earned their pay. They have done little to help correct the mess they got us into.

    Since the '08 elections, they have been campaigning. The fear & smear isn't working!!! Sure you get a small precentage of the population worked up w/ such tactics but the majority of Americans can see what they are doing. Just saying no isn't providing any solutions.

    And that's the problem. The GOP doesn't have any answers so they just criticize this administration. not w/ facts but w/ outright lies. The media has a respoinsibility to report the facts, not talking points. Thus far, the media has fallen way short of their responsibility. If CNN truly wants to be the most trusted name in news, they should start reporting the facts.

    Airing claims of death panels, etc is more entertaining than reporting the fact that the provision just reimburses doctors for having end of life conversations w/ patients. These conversations are to protect patients & their wishes if they reach that point.

    Yet, all we saw were the outright lies of death panels & pulling the plug on grandma. Now the lies have begun w/ financial reform. The GOP made millions from the lobbyists & special interests fighting HCR. Now they are seeking millions more from financials to fight financial reform. The media owes the public the truth. It's time to report the facts instead of giving so much air time to those who are raking in millions to scare the public w/ lies!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  27. michael armstrong sr.

    Nasa needs American competition from private citizens to find new ways to enter space but as far as im concerned we need to research on how to keep big rocks from space from hitting the earth instead of putting man on the Moon or Mars we can send robots for that job .

    April 15, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  28. Derrick

    Sarah Palin is the darling of the Tea Party movement because she represents a time in the US where the Old South ruled with total disregard to minorites of all races (look at the demographics and opportunities for native Alaskans). The words used in her speeches are codes to others in the movement: Entitlement (free money to ethnic groups in which we worked for), Obamacare (free health care for people who don't work for it), Taxes (Taking our money away to give to the other nonworking public). Wake up ethnic groups of america, this is the old south rising from the ashes. we cannot let the Tea party continue unchallenged.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:01 am |
  29. Dave Stites

    NASA was a spinoff of the cold war w/the Soviets. It added economic pressure on top of defense spending that ultimately led to their demise. NASA has proven that real benefits from space based on "life" beyond earth are nil; microbial at best. The cost of man living on the moon or mars provides zero economic benefit other than to function as a space toilet for our hard-earned taxes. Over 99.9% of the "stuff in space" that serves us is unmanned; ie: satellites in equatorial, geo-synch and polar orbits. There's no other reason to put man there than to satisfy ego-mania of a few top-gun pilots, daredevils and risk-takers. Manned space flight has outlived its usefulness...which was questionable in the first place.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  30. Mike C

    RE: Lexus Roll-Over

    I own a 2010 Toyota 4Runner. If I yank the steering wheel to the right at 80 MPH I expect the tail end to come around. CR did not? If I am losing control of the vehicle, I will take my foot off the accelerator and apply brakes. CR did not? Hey CR, your "test" was not a real world example of how that would happen! Stop kicking Toyota while they are down! I would love to see how a similarly sized SUV handled the same test, how come none of those videos have come out?

    I'm going to be upset if I have to take my 4Runner to the dealership to get its stability control re-programmed, deeming my car barely drivable at speed.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  31. Bill Bartlett

    Will some one there ask a tea partier, or conservative pundit some real tough questions like:

    95% of working families got a tax cut in 2009, what do you think of that?

    Many economists say that the Economic Reinvestment and Recovery Act saved millions of jobs, what do you think of that?

    Rise in unemployment seems to have stopped, all other economic indicators (GDP, Stock Market) are trending up. Isn't it possible that the administration is doing something right?

    It was reported earlier this week that the deficit for this year is trending down $300 billion from earlier projections. Isn't that in the right direction?

    When you say you have lost "liberty" or "freedom", what exactly have you lost?

    When you say "govern according to the Constitution", where exactly are we not being governed in this fashion.

    When you say "govern according to the will of the people", isn't that what elections are for. Isn't it possible that the majority of Americans voted for this, and that is what happens in a democracy?

    April 15, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  32. sheri

    Tea Partyers should love the tax savings garnered by the NASA spending cuts & President Obama's suggestion that we will leave that exploration up to private companies. But, tell me how does cutting science jobs encourage our young people to invest in science careers? Defense contractors will be the private companies at the ready to pick up the most profitable parts of the space program. The tax payers will be saddled with the non-profitable parts while decreasing our scientific brain trust. Scientists have a saying,"Science doesn't pay."

    April 15, 2010 at 7:57 am |
  33. Robert Burns

    John F. Kennedy said that we would get a man to the moon. This country prides itself on putting men on the moon. Now we have a president that don't want us to further our steps into the final frontier. It seems that Mr. Obama wants to see us take big steps backward. Why should our astronauts have to pay the Russians for aride up to a space station that the United States owns? This is just ridiculous!!

    April 15, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  34. Jay Garrett

    The answer to our energy and employmnet problems could lie in outer space. Imagine an array of photo-electric converters above the Earth's atmosphere where they could tap into un-difused sunlight. How much power and how many jobs could that provide? That's just one of the potential reasons that we should increase NASA's budget- not cut it.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  35. Greg (from Virginia)

    You said NASA was indeed expensive and the money could be used for other things like education. But wouldn't a bolder NASA program inspire more educational opportunities in science, mathematics, engineering, etc...? What's fires the imagination of a young student more than the prospect of going into Space?

    The complaint against the current plan for NASA is that it has no direction... just throwing money at it and banking on the private sector to come up with spacecraft. I'm not opposing the latter, if anything I want the private sector to tackle the issue more aggressively (without sacrificing safety).
    The same can be said for education. There's no national direction for public education other than to pass a bunch of standardized tests.
    This forces teachers to teach to the test instead of teach their students. A full-fore space program -manned missions to the moon and Mars, more deep solar system exploration with probes, etc... requires our education system to step up the curriculum.
    If we have higher expectations of our education system, then it will meet the challenge.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  36. Doug D

    I'm happy to see the Tea Party getting more national attention. Personally, I am a Tea Party member who does not support a "merger" with the GOP. The largest problem I see with the GOP is their seemingly hand-in-hand relationship and involvement with religion. There is a separation of church and state for good reason and when religion stops playing a role in the GOP's politics and they divorce themselves from it I would happily support this idea of a merger with them – until then we are proud to be our independent Tea Party and I think we will have more influence on our own than being lumped in with Republicans. Though Republicans are more of the peoples' voice than most Democrats.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  37. Pam R

    It seems we want to cut federal spending everywhere except in our own areas of interest. The economic problems are communal, and NASA isn't immune to participation in the solutions. Tough decisions, prez, sorry you aren't getting the credit for making them.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  38. good ol boy

    There is a reason why you people have the freedom to sit there on your computer and voice your opinions, and it didnt come from americans not fighting and some losing their lives, and now we have a president or what ever you call him trying to weaken our military, discontinue our nuclear weapons insurance, and financially break the country, and their are people still supporting him. enjoy your freedoms while you can! Our past governments are just as guilty for letting it get this far, AMERICA needs a whole new facelift!

    April 15, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  39. Rob McConnell

    With reference to NASA cuts – the way that I see it – feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, make certain that those who need to be better educated are educated must be the priority. Try explaining to the homeless, the hungry and those who are suffering from these hard economic times that so much money needs to be spent on space exploration. Do the people who have lost their homes and who have lost their jobs really care about the space program?

    Let's take care of those on mother earth before we go back to the moon and the stars.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  40. John NC

    Oh by the way I'm a big tea party supporter. Memories of Nader!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  41. Ralph Beach

    @Rob....why not let me debate with Sarah Palin? My hands won't have writing on them.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  42. John NC

    The end of the shuttle program by NO means indicates the end of US dominance in space. When one door closes another opens and as for those who are trying to make this a political issue go have a BIG cup of tea!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  43. Tom from Vermillion, Ohio

    Has anyone else here for no understandable reason gotten "blocked from posting new comments" at other CNN sites? I have never used fowl language, or broke the "rules" to my knowledge. Could someone remove the block? Or at least tell me what I did wrong.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  44. Peter Adams

    There is no arrogance worse than the arrogance of those that do not listen and do not respect the opinions of others, even if they do not agree. Isn't this what many in this country are accusing our leaders in Washington of doing?????

    April 15, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  45. Ralph Beach

    I do agree with the Tea Party that gov should be down-sized but I don't like that they bad mouth others regardless of their views. Yes, People have a right to their own opinion but how about being adults about it?

    April 15, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  46. David

    As far as the tea party using tax resources...well the tea party people paid taxes, so...they are just enjoying their right to assemble and petition...and as for Keynesian economics goes, J. Keynes ideas never worked...fact.
    Endless spending is a policy though, isn't it...

    April 15, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  47. Melon

    If running up the debt by 8 trillion dollars is bad – as Bush did – what would you call TRIPLING that – as Obama did and continues to do?

    Can't have it both ways people.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  48. Charlie from West Virginia

    Don Elliott, in addition to weather satellites and worldwide communications (just to name two of hundreds benefits), I have three letters for you: GPS !!

    April 15, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  49. Peter Adams

    Happy to see that there are those out there that agree with me that none of these people seem to have noticed the massive debt buildup under Bush and the "conservatives".
    Good to see that there are in fact, people who actually are educated about the facts.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  50. Wallace

    I listened intently to your interview with Darla Dawald of the Tea Party. Ms Dawald stuck to the talking points of conservative fiscal responsibility and loosely defined them in a nutshell as needing to get spending under control, where have I heard that before? I would be more interested in what economist have to say on the issue vice the Tea Party. I am a republican and I do not identify with the Tea Party. The nucleus of the party appears to be financially sound folks who are afraid of the impending tax increase on those making more than 250K. I'm in this tax bracket and I don't mind doing my fair share to get the country going again. The other half appear to be the far right whose only agenda is to spew hatred. Bring back Bob Dole and the other moderates please.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  51. Ralph Beach

    @john doe..... How can people change their hearts if they don't have one? I love people and I care very much about America. I know that we are not the only one's on this planet but we DO need to help ourselves before we can help others. Partial help is good but why do we get into other countries business? A person who has to change their heart to do something good is not someone I want to know.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  52. Bill

    I love the way the teapartiers come to Boston, hold a rally on a public park, expect security, create crowd control challenges, leave trash – in short use government services supported by taxpayers and then criticize government and taxes! They seem not to understand how the world works. They should take some economics, learn about Keynes, Ricardo, even Milton Friedman (and the laughable Laffer) so at least they have some idea of what they're talking about. Endless tax cuts is not a policy!

    April 15, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  53. Melon

    Silly people asks "where was the Tea party during the Bush administration"

    Answer... the "Tea Party" was formed 14 months ago.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  54. James

    Good Morning Kiran & John!

    Please have someone check Memphis,tn news sources on the death of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks. A man who touched all of America.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  55. David

    I make less than 100,000 a year as a self employed electrician... I have no employees and very little overhead...and I paid 66% of my income in taxes in 2009...not just fed income taxes, but all taxes combined...

    So 18% is what CNN said this morning on its program is what most Americans pay... This is misleading and I wonder if its misleading on purpose...

    The government does not represent the people when it comes to income taxes...they represent their special interests...lazy non workers who think they are Kings, Queens, Dukes, and Earls...and I guess they are...psudo royals anyway.

    The income tax amendment to the constitution was pushed through during a time when communication among the people on a mass scale was scarce...cause people would never agree to this today...congress is full of crooks...repub and dems...

    April 15, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  56. Rob - Hoboken, NJ

    Every time I hear someone from the Tea Party on television, all I ever hear is that they want to bring back fiscal responsibility in Washington. What does that means exactly? Why doesn't CNN set up a comprehensive debate between a representative of the Tea Party vs. someone who represents Democratic policies like healthcare? Why not challenge someone like Sarah Palin to a 2-hour campaign-like debate with someone like Jim Carville and let them square on the merits of specific issues? Have someone from politifact.org moderate and let's see how many times the buzzer goes off whenever either participant twists the truth. Just a thought... but you'd have at least one viewer.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  57. Randy Kightlinger

    RE: The Lexus recall

    This story and the video you've been showing makes me feel like there are people out there wanting to kick Toyota while they are down. The Lexus in your video is being driven in a totally extreme manner, more so than just about anyone would drive it and still, it does not roll over. Has anyone noticed that?

    I'm not a Toyota owner, nor would I call myself a Toyota fan. I'm just a neutral observer who finds that the video does not live up to the claims against this Lexus vehicle.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  58. Ralph Beach

    People want someone to put their needs first? I'll do it....I am for all Americans and not just certain classes. How dare people say they are doing things for "all of America". If they are, where is my help? I have been out of work for 1.5 yrs and I have been looking everyday. I hate not having a job because I love to work. I desided to run for President not because of wanting a job but that I know what "real Americans" want and need. I hear it everyday. People can make fun of me and joke about me all day for all I care....They don't know me. I also feel we should pay back countries we owe in order to "down-size" the debt we have.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:30 am |
  59. Charlie from West Virginia

    As long as a party or group professes a stand or platform, as in conservative, such as that stated by the Tea Party, then, by their own design, they cannot be a "party of the people". Only a party which states a platform of having no platform, and is which dedicated to open minded legislating and administrating, can truly represent the American people. Any parties taking any platforms, and making any other claim(s) of being a "party of the people", are lying and deceiving the American people.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  60. Jeff Nichols

    It is tragic that Ms. Palin can only be the puppet of right wing initiatives that seek to undermine the notion of "one America". These politcal neanderthals that Palin represents will be the undoing of this nation. The politicians play the game to divide rather than unite based on demographic considerations. The American people, especially Whites, must learn to not be manipulated by The Republican party ;who has tacitly become known as the party of conservative America that will engage in any behavior to maintain the staus quo in American society which has changed little since the antebellum era. The Republican party is still smarting from it's last national loss, and will stop at nothing to push it's myopic view of Americans onto us. Starting with whites who resent the election of a Black man as President. Even whites who know that this behavior is immoral still find themselves hard pressed to extricate themselves from the behavior that continues to degrade our society. It's funny these folk who actually think they are benefitting the nation by airing these sentiments that divide and inflame rather than offer any well devised strategies to address the problems are deluded individuals, probably due to too much Boston lager.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  61. Mark

    I'm an independent voter that identifies with the Tea Party because of it's message to return government to the original principles of the Founding Fathers when they wrote the Constitution – small government that guarantees the inherent rights of individuals and equality of opportunity, not rights of special interests (which includes labor unions) and equality of outcome.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  62. paul

    in any discussion about taxes it is important to include all taxes: fed, state, local, ss and medicare. It also doesn't include other costs that are hard to gereralize – stricter enforcement of speeding laws, more restrictive parking enforcement, etc.

    there are two sides to the ledger, i've only really heard about the revenue need.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  63. Scott Hampton

    Where were all the Tea party members when the Bush admin ran up a $8 trillion debt and did not pay for any of it .
    Hang on to your small town God and Guns values ,but remember 80% of the population lives in large Urban areas .

    April 15, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  64. Pauly

    This year, individual federal taxes are lower by $173 billion. States have raised taxes on individuals by $28.6 billion. So if teabaggers want to protest higher taxes, they should be protesting state govts. You know, the ones who are raising taxes, fees & fines.

    Many in the tea party have been complaing about the Recovery Act. Well, the CBA has found that it has created 2.2 million jobs thus far. How many states were helped by the same Act? Yeah, the same ones who said they weren't going to accept the money! The same ones who are now asking the federal govt for more money while at the same time harping about state's sovereinty!

    After all the outright lies about HCR, the GOP is now telling outright lies about financilal reform. McConnell met w/ billionaire hedge fund managers, asking them for more money to fight this reform. The bill doesn't provide any eternal taxpayer finded bailouts. It will force banks/financials to set up funds in case of another meltdown. This will be much like they have to pay into a fund used by the FDIC to protect individual accounts from bank failures. I wish CNN & the rest of the media would start calling out the lies, instead of airing them as truths.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  65. Duval in warm ATL

    Good Morning Kiran & John!

    Ahh those tea partiers, don't know with all the Obama bashing and with Palin frontlining them if they truley are, "The Party of The People". If so i guess i just don't get it.. Also its interesting to note in your polls, most americans don't feel she's qualified as president, still very early but nonetheless very indicitive as of late.

    Have a great rest of the morning and day guys! Love waking to the show! 😉

    April 15, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  66. Peter Adams

    It strikes me as amazing that none of the "tea partiers" were anywhere to be found during the 8 years of the Bush administration. During this time the massive buildup of the deficit and debt began this entire problem, but for reasons that elude me it seems to have been a revelation to this loosely affiliated group.
    Also amazing is that these people who seem to adore Sarah Palin have forgotten entirely about the fact that she stepped down as Governor of her state and chose NOT to serve the term that she asked voters there to give her. How does this demonstrate her commitment to anyone but herself? Isn't this the issue that they are rallying against?
    Absolutely amazing...

    April 15, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  67. Rob

    You need to learn more about Massachusetts town politics. Positions of elected boards are usually staggered with some coming up for election each year (size of board / elected term) It's common practice for a board member up for election to become Chairman as a platform for that year. After elected they turn the Chairman's role over to a board member with a term expiring that year. So, it seems quite natural that the Chairman of the South Hadley school committee would resign as Chairman if he had just been elected to a new term.

    But, don't take this to mean I condone their lack of action. They dropped the ball.

    You should also do a segment on what a beautiful town South Hadley is, home to Mount Holyoke College and The Orchards, a classic golf course designed in 1922 by Donald Ross, a top golf course builder of the time.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  68. Tom from Vermillion, Ohio

    Why does The Tea Party want to "purge" the moderate Republicans? It makes no sense.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  69. Melon

    AHH... Joanne the typical Palin hater.... must be intimidated by or jealous of her. Sad on you.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  70. Ralph Beach

    Does anyone really represent anyone?

    April 15, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  71. Ralph Beach

    so many problems; so much money to bail them out. I say let them go bankrupt so that we can the money where it is really needed. As far as medicare goes, i believe seniors have earned the right to it and they should be entitled to it.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  72. Joanne

    Since when did Americans support a radical bunch or gun slinging militia's? I believe in the Constitution but come on where were you people when Bush drug us into Iraq over supposed "biological weapons" and spent, spent, spent on this war. WHERE WERE YOU THEN??? And yes Palin... She couldn't even finish her term as Governor in order to get out on the speaking trail to make her fortune and this is the person you want to elect as Prez? Give me a break she has a Bachelors degree in Communication and speaks like a primary school student and this is the intelligence you want in the White House, Pres. Obama has more intelligence in his pinky nail.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  73. john doe

    Rep.party Dem party, Tea party, this is not a party, its crying shame what it is!! All the power u have to help people and u go and fill your pockets and empty ours, if you change your heart the mind will follow!!

    April 15, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  74. Melon

    I think* – sorry fast fingers

    April 15, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  75. Duval in warm ATL

    Good Morning Kiran & John!

    Ah those tea partiers! They show a lot of spirit which i comend but not sure if all the obama bashing and support from palin truley makes them, "The Party of The People". If so i guess i just dont get it.. Also as you said, polls show she's not ready to be president according the american people, still early but a very interesting note!

    Have a great rest of the morning and day guys, love waking to the show! 😉

    April 15, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  76. Melon

    Mikey.. that wasn't the question. You avoided the question altogether.

    For your info ... U think the Republicans are just as bad as the Democrats.

    Personally I think G.W. (Gone wrong) Bush is/was an idiot.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  77. Bonnie

    I believe that Wall Street and all the banks who received bailouts should pay back the US government/ tax payers. This money could be used to sustain the NASA programs.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  78. James H.

    Excellent interview of Kitty Kelley, Kiran! It should be quite a read: not necessarily an Oprah book recommendation, though. Btw, noticed your bandaid on your left arm, what happened?

    April 15, 2010 at 7:06 am |
  79. Melon

    Pauly ... what you just described is exactly what the Democrats are doing.

    Your attempts to make the Democrats appear any better is funny but OH so wrong.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  80. don elliott

    Hi Keran
    On the Thrusday show 4-15-10 you commented on the space program. You said the program has brought us new technology and improved our lives.
    (1) Please tell us what technology
    (2) How did we benefit from it
    (3) How much money did the company that ended up with the
    technology paid for it.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  81. mike-sey

    Gee Melon, for your information I am a conservative Republican who thinks George W. Bush was soft on Terrorism. You can take that to the bank, my friend.

    April 15, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  82. Ralph Beach

    Can someone tell me what is so special about Sarah Palin. I feel that she is only for "show". I think she is nothing but a big joke. She can't even answer questions without having a "cheat sheet" on her hand. I don't care that she wrote on her hand because I have done the same thing, I care that she is not an honest person. Got something to say about that Melon?

    April 15, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  83. Rose W.

    Glad I read the excerpt, will not buy the book. No interview, it's just your word against what?

    April 15, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  84. Melon

    Pauly.. why do the Democrats want to continue the tread to bail out banks and/or Wall St?

    April 15, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  85. James

    Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks died just after midnight last night. He was a civil rights icon and a great friend. He will be greatly missed

    April 15, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  86. Warren

    John:

    Please stop saying NASA is expensive! The 2009 budget for the space program was 17.6 billion. Compare that to the Defense Department at something like 600 billion. NASA is a bargain for what we get out of it. How about those stunning Hubble images!

    Warren

    April 15, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  87. Melon

    When the "Dems" do that .. they are just showing their real selves.... which is much different than the "Rebs"....

    Keeping her "exposure" up is just helping her and the conservatives.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  88. Pauly

    A report earlier this week showed 47% of Americans don't pay federal income taxes. I would bet that the number of non-income tax paying teabaggers is a lot higher. The only ones that seem to be making more than $250,000.00 are the organizers & speakers. And they are making a lot more than that!!!

    Surely w/ unemployment so high people w/ jobs paying more than a quarter million a year would want to be in the office, not at rallies. Why would anyone risk calling in sick only to have their picture shown on tv or on the internet w/ a stupid, misspelled sign?

    On the contrary, many of these lost souls are just looking for some attention, trying to be part of something. Many don't even know what they are "protesting." Many claim they are worried about the deficit & want tax cuts. Exactly how much was added to the national debt & deficit by Bush's tax cuts?

    How much has Medicare Part D added to the country's debt? Not for benefits by Medicare recipients but by subsidies to the insurance co's running the program. Medicare advantage plans are a scam. But hey, leave your hands off my Medicare!!!

    You have to stand for something or you willl fall for anything. In the case of tea partires, they are falling for everything & anything the organizers/speakers feed them. If they want to be a legitimate group, they must learn to be against or support real causes. Not listen to the constant lies they are being fed. the organizers/speakers are laughing all the way to the bank! Must be why the GOP is now trying to protect the banks/financials!!!

    April 15, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  89. Shag

    I hope you will cover the new movement of people who make over 250k per year, who are proud to pay their taxes. They are trying to be heard.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:51 am |
  90. Melon

    It was reported a year or two ago that 40 or 45% of Americans pay no Federal income tax. It was also reported that same group of people get Federal tax refunds. That is the largest group of Obama supporters. Wonder why?

    April 15, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  91. Bob in Florida

    Melon, you are missing the point of the, supposed, Palin haters. The Dems are very happy to have her be the voice of the fringe Conservatives. The attacks on her, are simply to help keep her exposure up.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  92. John in Virginia

    I suspect that your report that "45% of Americans will pay no federal income taxes" is misleading. While 45% will pay no additional taxes on April 15, the vast majority of these have taxes withheld throughout the year. Additionally, when compared with other nations, the statistics should include social security and medicare withholding as each nation handles social problems differently. Given all these elements, I further suspect that nation by nation comparisons reported this morning are flawed.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  93. Melon

    What's worse...

    The American taxpayers being scammed by jail inmates... or American taxpayers being scammed by a biased Government mandated health insurance program?

    April 15, 2010 at 6:32 am |
  94. Jo Ann Burns

    The Space program costs too much money?!! But it's OK to do bailouts of private for profit automakers, banks/CEO bonuses, take money & benefits away from our elderly and frail seniors while supporting illegals, and get nothing in return?! Space has given us new technologies and insights to what we are and where we can go. It has improved the quality of our lives. We are not the world leaders in anything here on Earth – not education, economics, health care or politics but we have always been the leaders in space. And you would have the nerve to state it cost too much?! You have no idea of the price you are about to pay with the loss of space control.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  95. Melon

    Mikey.. you have any actual evidence that John Roberts information is wrong or are you just spewing the party line like most Democrats do?

    April 15, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  96. mike-sey

    If John Roberts actually believes that 35% of Tea-partiers are "moderates" or "Independents' , then no doubt he would believe Bernie Madoff when he identifies himself as an honest, honourable, caring human-being! Thus are the Perils of "Self-identification" polling, or as my mother used to say, "Oh to see ourselves as others see us."

    April 15, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  97. Melon

    The first group of people to go to Mars should be Obama and his corrupt gang of cronies.

    The second trip should be their supporters.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:20 am |
  98. paul

    i heard the president suggesting that financial institutions should pay more "fees" or taxes because of the bailout.

    can anyone provide the net (amount spent less amount paid back interest, dividends plus gains of sales of stock) to financial institutions

    April 15, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  99. Melon

    I am still attempting to figure out how one spends their way out of debt.

    April 15, 2010 at 6:08 am |
  100. Melon

    Good Morning CNN!

    *Just waiting for the Palin haters to show up in here*

    April 15, 2010 at 6:03 am |
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