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May 7th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Former NFL star's personal troubles

(CNN) – Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has had a troubled past that in many ways overshadowed his success on the field. Now, he's charged with third degree rape for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute.

Max Kellerman from HBO Sports and Pablo Torre from Sports Illustrated joined us on Friday's American Morning to discuss the sports star's personal troubles.

Filed under: Sports
May 7th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

NJ facility creates cleanup techniques

(CNN) – Crews are lowering a massive concrete containment dome to the ocean floor today, trying to cover a ruptured well that's spewing thousands of gallons of oil into the gulf each day. It's one of many techniques conceived and tested at a naval base in New Jersey. Cameras have never been allowed inside the "Oil Spill Research and Training Facility," until now. Our Allan Chernoff has the CNN exclusive report.

Read more: Dome lowered at Gulf oil leak site

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • U.S.
May 7th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Nashville residents survey flooding aftermath

(CNN) – Nashville offers an agonizing picture of what happens when 13 inches of rain falls in just two days. The mayor says the damage could top a billion dollars and take months to clean up. Our Martin Savidge found that, for some, the devastation is too much to bear.

Filed under: U.S.
May 7th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

'Saving lives' with solar-powered lights

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) - The villagers' faces light up as Evans Wadongo arrives. Men, women and children sing and gather around as he shows how his invention - a solar-powered LED lantern - will soon light up their homes.

"These families, they are so poor. They don't have electricity," said Wadongo, a native of rural Kenya. "It's only kerosene and firewood that they use for lighting, cooking.

"The amount of money that every household uses to buy kerosene every day - if they can just save that money, they can be able to buy food."

Wadongo, 23, not only is giving his country's rural families a way to replace the smoky kerosene and firelight with solar power, he says he also hopes his invention will ultimately improve education and reduce poverty and hunger. And he's providing it for free.

Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2010 CNN Heroes

Filed under: CNN Heroes
May 7th, 2010
06:30 AM ET

Avlon: Oil spill disaster turned ugly partisan football

Editor’s note: John P. Avlon is a senior political columnist for The Daily Beast and author of the new book "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America." Previously, he served as chief speechwriter for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and was a columnist and associate editor for The New York Sun.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="CNN independent analyst John Avlon says partisan politics won't help the people who live along the Gulf or the local fishing industry which is being impacted by the oil spill."]

By John Avlon, Special to CNN

The wingnut wars have escalated to such an extent that we can’t even deal with a natural disaster without the partisan attacks and counter-offensives coming full force. That’s why this week we’re looking at the shameful attempts to turn the devastating oil spill in the Gulf into an ugly partisan football.

We’ll start with El Rushbo – Senor Limbaugh was inevitably among the first to wade into the muck, questioning whether the oil spill was caused by environmental saboteurs and asking his audience whether it was timed to impact the energy bill:

“I want to get back to the timing of the blowing up, the explosion out there in the Gulf of Mexico of this oil rig. Since they're sending SWAT teams down there now this changes the whole perspective of this. Now, lest we forget, ladies and gentlemen, the carbon tax bill, cap and trade that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day. I remember that. And then it was postponed for a couple of days later after Earth Day, and then of course immigration has now moved in front of it…But this bill, the cap-and-trade bill, was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment. So, since they're sending SWAT teams down there, folks, since they're sending SWAT teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig? I'm just noting the timing here.”

As conspiracy theories go, this one is pretty ornate – environmental terrorism backed by a well-timed attempt to derail legislation. I particularly love how the Obama administration’s centrist policy outreach to increase off shore oil exploration and nuclear power plants – a core piece of the GOP’s proposals – is summarily dismissed by Limbaugh, saying Obama “supposedly” backed the proposals. Guess you can’t give fair credit when it means supporting the policies of the president from a different party.

But we’ve come to expect these hyper-partisan bloviations from Rush – they are part of this expert political entertainers shtick – his audience doesn’t expect responsibility, they tune in for the outrage.


Filed under: Opinion • Politics • Wingnuts of the week
May 7th, 2010
05:56 AM ET

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Should accused 'citizen terrorists' lose their rights as citizens?

(CNN) – A new bill is going after the citizenship of accused terrorists. It would allow the State Department to take it away from people like the suspected Times Square bomber and others who try to attack the United States.

A bipartisan group of legislators on Thursday introduced the legislation in Congress to strip citizenship from any American found to be involved in terrorism.

If the Terrorist Expatriation Act passes, an American would lose citizenship if found to have provided material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization - as designated by the secretary of state - or participated in actions against the United States.

Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, and Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, co-sponsored the bill. An identical bill is being introduced in the House by Reps. Jason Altmire, D-Pennsylvania, and Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania.

The sponsors of the bill say it's a tool we need to fight a new war. Our Jim Acosta has the report this morning.

What do you think? Should accused citizen terrorists lose their rights as citizens? Where do we draw the line?

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Filed under: LIVE Blog • Top Stories