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April 15th, 2010
10:18 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

7:05AM  36% of the Tea Party are independents, according to a new poll. What sort of impact will they have in the November election? We'll ask John Avlon.

7:30AM  Tea Party seal of approval: Rep. Walt Minnick on his recent endorsement – could it alienate voters?

7:50AM  Is the "caloric restriction" diet anything new – and how can it make you live longer? We'll ask Brian Delaney, President of the Calorie Restriction Society.

8:30AM  Obama unveiled a new vision for NASA on Thursday – but how realistic is it? We'll ask former astronauts Mae Jemison and Robert Springer.

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  1. itsontv

    I understand the need to look for places to trim the budget. But I worry that the NASA cuts is just another example of Americans being short sighted. We need to invest in education, research and technology.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  2. maria

    re: the calorie restriction society. Are you really endorsing a group dedicated to promoting eating disorders? At 129 lbs, your guest WAS sick, and at 140 he still is. He needs just as much help as the majority of Americans who are overweight. None of them are healthy. Shame on you, CNN.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  3. Fritz

    Thanks, John!

    I watched your partial interview with Carol Burnett this morning and was in tears by the end of the segment. She is one of the "greats" that people today seem to have forgotten with all the Ben Stiller-type folks in movies. After seeing her again, I'm going to go out and buy the Carol Burnett Show on DVD if I can find them. Steve, Tim, Harvey, Carol, Vicki, and Lyle brought so much laughter to a nation in so much pain (late '60's and early '70's) – maybe that's what we need now. I'm 9 years younger than you, but grew up learning to laugh, as so many of us did, at the antics of a wonderful cast..........thanks for bringing that back into focus for me; laughter is the best medicine for a nation in pain.


    April 16, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  4. Mark

    All hail Congressman Minnick! We need more of you in the Congress – someone who has not spent his or her entire adult life in Congress and understands the frustration felt by hard-working Americans with out-of-touch Washington politicians.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  5. C Mac

    We voted these individuals into office, so we are the government and if you don't support our officials you don't support the our country.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  6. C Mac

    TO95(The Other 95%) supports the government. If you don't support the government you don't support America.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  7. Rick Perkins

    Your guest John Avlon surprisingly jammed everyone in the USA into a one dimensional, either a "Right" or "Left", "Conservative", or "Liberal" politics. Hello? The political theater is at least two dimensional as I learned in college. Libertarianism and Objectivisim (of whicih Obama may fit) share objectives of both Democrats and Republicans. Libertarianism, which seems to be stronger than ever and takes us back to the Founding Fathers, is the source of the Tea Party's initial force. Remember, it was supporters of Ron Paul that really started this "take back our country" deal. Ron Paul ran as a Libertarian for about a decade before joining the Republican party and finally getting elected. He remains a True Libertarian and consistently votes a logical mind. I am a True Independent voter, voting for Reagan (twice), Clinton (twice), and in the last election I voted Libertarian for President. You have got to get hold of this Tea Party movement and understand that the Grass Roots are Libertarian and the Uber Conservatives are just along for the ride because they need to be "For" something ... they just don't know, yet, that they are Libertarians. John Stossel did a remarkable job a week ago describing what a Libertarian is, but to this day, I have never seen anyone explain it better than my late economics professer, Dr. Wendel Gordon at the University of Texas. Thanks for reading.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  8. S Hudson

    Loved John's interview with Carol Burrnett. One of my favorite shows ( not sure if it was the Carol Burrnett Show or Magnum PI) any event.. Tom Selick and Carol got locked in a volt. The look on Carol's face said it all... every woman's dream... locked in a room with Tom.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:26 am |
  9. Ron

    i went to a Tea Party Event in Augusta GA yesterday where there was racist comics given out, and the tone of the rally was hate. The thing I want to know is where was the Tea Party when Bush was in office since alot of the things the are upset about are things done by Bush ie bailouts. The crowd was yellin about Bailouts and taxes. It was pretty sad. Here is my ireport and the signs were just as hateful.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  10. Tom from Vermillion, Ohio

    Scott Brown "miffing" Tea Party because he vote yes on extending unemployment benefits? Could it be that he is actually a "moderate" Republican? Would like to hear John Avlon's take on this.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:08 am |
  11. Melon

    Good Morning CNN!

    If nothing else – the Tea Party Independents might cause the other two parties to think differently but who knows. Both parties are stuck on their party lines and the casualities are the American people.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  12. Pauly

    Does anyone actually believe that 36% of the tea party are independents? They may claim to be such but their signs, words, actions, etc prove otherwise. After the elections in '08, many said they weren't Republican, they were Libertarian, Conservative, etc. They wanted to disassociate themselves w/ the GOP who placed this country in such a mess. This didn't make them independent.

    I have been on many forums where posters claimed to be independents but their right wing rhetoric, talking points, lies, etc told a different story. You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig!!! If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, ...... it's a duck!!!

    Just because some tea partiers want to give themselves some kind of legitmacy by claiming to be independent or, even Democratic, doesn't make it so. With all the lies coming from the right, ie: death panels, pulling the plug on grandma, eternal bank bailouts, etc, why would anyone believe anything they claim? After all, doesn't their source for their info claim to be fair & balanced?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:37 am |
  13. Smith in Oregon

    If the 'true' issue of the Tea Party is fair taxes then they would go after the Republican led Corporations who appear to be the largest tax evaders in American history instead of being largely bankrolled by them.

    And when it comes to cleaning up the huge environmental disasters those same Republican led tax evading Corporations cause to the tune of Hundreds of Millions of dollars per site, WHO PAYs the CLEAN UP?

    American taxpayers are stuck with that huge tax bill also, the Republican placed Federal Jurists and Appeal Court Jurists routinely disallow huge major settlements against these Corporations for the toxic dumping and cleanup costs.

    April 16, 2010 at 12:17 am |