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Poll: Obama will appoint liberal to Supreme Court

(CNN) – President Obama is expected to meet with key Republican and Democratic leaders Wednesday to discuss a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

A new national poll released this week suggests that a majority of Americans expect Obama to appoint a liberal to the Supreme Court, but only one in four want that to happen.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 61 percent of the public expect the president to nominate a liberal to replace Stevens on the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, 21 percent said the president will name a moderate and 16 percent predicted that Obama will nominate a conservative. Read more

Sound off: What do you think? Who should Pres. Obama appoint to the Court?

Radical Islamic Web site takes on TV's 'South Park'

For years, the show "South Park" has made fun of things usually too controversial to target. Religion, in particular. Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Scientologists, Hindus, Buddhists... No one is safe.

In last week's episode, the world's biggest religious figures came together, including the Muslim prophet, Mohammed. To poke fun at censorship guidelines against showing him, Mohammed was first kept inside of a moving truck. Then he wore a bear costume.

One extremist Muslim group has responded, warning the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, that they'll probably end up dead. Does that go too far or is the warning protected by free speech? Our Drew Griffin with the Special Investigations Unit has the report this morning.

Are teens texting too much?

For most teenagers, cell phone texting has become a lifeline, but is it an addiction? Ask many parents and they'll say yes. Today in our original series, "Texting 2 Much?" our Deb Feyerick talks to teachers to find out what some schools are doing to keep kids' fingers off their phones.

Sound off: Do your teens text too much? We want to hear from you this morning. Add your comments to the LIVE blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.

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  1. Cognition

    for joe to say that only one particular race is being targeted that been happenning in the black communty do research and nobody say's anything about that

    April 21, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  2. American Morning

    Thanks everyone for a great discussion today . We'll see you back here tomorrow!

    April 21, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  3. Joshua C.

    Being a 5 yr alumi of High School, and having a career in Cyberspace, I think it is great that we have some school districts that are allowing students to GROW with the rest of society instead of keeping old traditions. Here is what i mean of old: In Elementary School cell phones weren't around and computers had just started their big boom. Move forward to High School where we had the switch from the dry erase board to the SMART Board. The growth in technology does keep a students mind intrigued. Why do you think they are texting in the first place? OLD TRADITIONS OF TEACHING do not keep a young persons attention. I think those teachers who do not want to grow along with technology are hindering students future career opportunities. Same thing with texting in class, a teacher cant stop a student from passing a papernote in class, this is their generation's way of the same thing. Welcome to the world called TECHNOLOGY. If teachers are so worried about their paycheck based on State Test Scores, Coordinate your lesson plan with the way your students learn to earn your pay check....

    April 21, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  4. Melon

    Do you even know why Iran hates the US? Could it be that when the Iranian people ran the Shah out in the 50's that the CIA and the US military re-installed him back in power just because he was anti-communist? could it be that in the 20 years or so that the Shah lasted in power the he killed and tortured 4 million + of his own people with the support of the Americans.

    I repeat.. do some research – learn something insteading just spewing what you heard on American tv.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  5. Melon

    Dan... read/watch news programs that aren't just American. Try to get a real perspective of the world. One can not make a rational decision knowing only half the story.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  6. Spencer J. Atkinson

    It's a fact that our forefathers built the United States of America with the God of Christ in mind. The freedom of speech laws of this country were designed with the God of Christ in mind. However, I would hope and expect that the F.B.I. keep a close eye on anyone who speaks terrorism in any shape, form or fashion against another human being simply because they don't believe their unproven theories and interpretations of what is good or God.

    And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10, vs. 28

    April 21, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  7. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Melon if you hate the American government so much why don't you move to say like Iran or Syria. You might feel more at home there!

    April 21, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  8. Joe

    The problem with the imigration law in Arizona is that only one particular group is being targetted. It would be fine if they go after every illegal group (i.e., Muslems, Asians, Hasians, Cubans, Jamaicans, Russians, Italians, Brits, Irish, Germans, Africans, Canadians).

    April 21, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  9. leilani

    How about we just take down the fence, move into Mexico. Get the rebels AKA drug lords. just move on in "John Wayne" style. Hell thats were some of our factorys went, and our jobs. YAHOOOOOOO!! We are accused of trying to interfer in the Worlds countrys. We might as well live up to our reputation. And its sitting right there, ready for the pickins". P.S. If message is censored , know I am just a regular citizen. Not a member of any militia. P.S.S. Here in Pennsylvania, close to the town of Hershey, Pa. We still remember the loss of jobs due to Hershey Choclate moving to Mexico. If they make them there, they can sell them there.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  10. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Where do you get your knowledge from, a terrorist website?

    April 21, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  11. Melon

    To me ... America stands for justice and equality for ALL. Anything short of that is total failure.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  12. HK SINGH

    Question for Dr. Gupta.

    How does 'Rock Salt' compare with the regular sodium as a supplement/substitute?

    April 21, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  13. Melon

    Dan... do some research... google how many civilians have been killed by each side.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  14. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Melon your as wrong as the extremists are! To say that the Israeli army is shooting women and children on a daily basis is propaganda and just as bad as hearing the president of Iran talking!

    April 21, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  15. Jackie

    A a Hispanic American I have NO PROBLEM with having law enforcement to take every legal measure to enforce our laws and identify illegal immigrants. If that means we have to prove our citizenship – so be it. In other countries they must carry a federal ID in case they are stopped at any time. What is the big deal in that?

    CNN should not report in such a way that supports defenders of illegal immigration. Would you report in a way that supports criminals? Sex offenders? White collar criminals? While illegal immigrants are not severe criminals, they are breaking the law...if they are deported it is not because our law enforcement or government is racist or anti-immigrant. It is because we have laws that we respect and follow. The problem is that the media is sympathetic to the 'sad stories' and the political interests and tries to make people look like anti-immigrants when they are just anti-ILLEGAL immigrants.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  16. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Melon, The Israeli's do not target civilians as Hamas or Hezbollah does!

    April 21, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  17. Melon

    The US never invaded a country and walked with "booty"??... lol.. you are delusional. Simple as.

    You really have no idea what is actually happening in the world. Nor do you have any idea of the history of the US Government, do you?

    Ever wonder why Iran hates the US?...

    Did you know that the companies in Iraq doing "business" never bid on a single contract? Or that all the companies allowed to do "business" there was owned by Haliburton?

    You need to do some research and attempting to learn something.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  18. Rich


    I DO AGREE with you totally on that one

    April 21, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  19. Hamwi

    Dear CNN producers:

    Our efforts should be channelled towards mending our society, and not widening the cracks that already exist! It is unfortunate that you allowed this person a platform where he, not only mistranslated and misquoted the Qur’an, but went unchallenged in misrepresenting one quarter of the world’s population.

    Anyone who reads the Qur’an, even in translation, would know that this verse has a context related to eliciting an enemy’s respect for one’s battle-readiness, serving as a deterrent for war AND a direct reason for peace negotiations!

    Taken in context, as translated here by the renowned Muhammad Asad, born Leopold Weiss, the verses read:

    “And let them not think – those who are bent on denying the truth – that they shall escape [God]: behold, they can never frustrate [His purpose]. Hence, make ready against them whatever force and war mounts you are able to muster, so that you might deter thereby the enemies of God, who are your enemies as well, and others besides them of whom you may be unaware, [but] of whom God is aware; and whatever you may expend in God’s cause shall be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged. But if they incline to peace, incline thou to it as well, and place thy trust in God: verily, He alone is all-hearing, all-knowing!"

    As seekers of peace and justice, we should NOT allow ignorant persons airtime, or let them get away with misquoting ‘Sacred’ Texts, whether these texts are from the Torah, the Bible, or the Qur’an!

    R. Hamwi

    April 21, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  20. Tony

    There is no country that has more freedom than America. The problem with freedom of speech is; there is no moral restraint, we have judicial restraint but no moral retraint.Therefore people in America exercise their freedom of speech indiscriminately. That is what happens with "South Park" depiction of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. They exercised their freedom of speech indiscriminately and disrespected the Muslim community. If they would have been living in an Arab country they would be in big trouble. Freedom of speech in America without moral restraint will always lead to offending or disrespecting another human being. All Americans must take responsibility for their speech and bare consequence when we violate another person religion of faith.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  21. Cognition

    this targetting a certain race by law enforcement been going on for a very long time what do you think happens in black environments cops stop a question random people pulling them over for any made up reasons but i dont see any ever saying anything about that.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  22. desmond

    america as a whole needs to become more receptive to advanced, technological, and forward thinking ideas. the youth force us to face the truth. school bores most kids. and LAURA INGLES school school teacher does not fit the face of todays teachers. please hold while we update our files.....

    April 21, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  23. Stephanie

    I'm sorry, but really? My kid isn't texting too much because she doesn't have a cell phone! I am horrified at the little sixth grader in this morning's story taking about her cell phone. What sort of parenting is going on in this country when children are given phones to carry around all day, so that they can call whoever they want unsupervised? And wasn't there just a story in TIME linking cell phone use and cancer, especially in kids? I didn't have a cell phone until I was 21 and it didn't hurt me one bit. My kids won't have them at all. And for all the parents who wonder "how can you do that?" Simple: YOU are the parent. Take it away. This is just another example of how irresponsible parents, who would rather be "cool" then caring, are letting their innocent and unexperienced children rule the roost. Here is a helpful script: "But moooom, ALL the kids have phones!" You: "Oh well. When YOU are a parent, YOU can make the rules." So simple.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  24. philmiami

    The sheriff in Arizona is right on. Here in Miami, there should be the same law. Get the illegals out. My wife is Latin. Did everything by the law. Illegals are breaking the law, get them out and make them wait their turn like anyone else. Also there should be no "wet foot,dry foot" for Cubans. This is favoritism for one section of Latin people. Anyone who enters the USA illegally, by boat,car,plane,train or walking in should be deported.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  25. Amir

    Check this out ....America is the richest and most powerfull because of the multiculteral and multi racial elements......It creates the largest customer base. We recently are looking back a few years ago where they were interested in technology crossing the border. I think people need to relax on what actually is really the law. If a person is not a member of a particular company (country) corperate organization because that's what you are weather you admit it or not. The future will travel away from you along with the customer base... We all know policing agencies ges its money on the basis of its customer base 😉 dont bite your market too deep.

    April 21, 2010 at 8:40 am |
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