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September 7th, 2010
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Planned Quran-burning could endanger troops, Petraeus warns

(CNN) - The U.S. commander in Afghanistan has criticized a Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Quran on September 11, warning the demonstration "could cause significant problems" for American troops overseas.

"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan," Gen. David Petraeus said in a statement issued Monday.

With about 120,000 U.S. and NATO-led troops still battling al Qaeda and its allies in the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban movement, Petraeus warned that burning Qurans "is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems - not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."

Petraeus said he was concerned by the political repercussions of the church's plan.

"Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday," he said. "Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

He said extremists would use images of burning Qurans to inflame public opinion and incite violence. Read more


Obama to introduce another business tax cut

(CNN) - In another move aimed at stabilizing the still-shaky economy, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will introduce a new $200 billion tax cut giving businesses across the country an incentive to buy new equipment in the short term, according to a senior administration official.

The tax cut would allow businesses to write off 100 percent of new investments in plants and equipment made between now and the end of 2011, according to the senior administration official.

The new tax cut will be in addition to a $100 billion permanent extension of the business tax credit for research and development, as well as $50 billion in new infrastructure spending included in a package that the president will officially unveil Wednesday during an economic speech in Cleveland, Ohio.

The $100 billion tax credit proposal was reported by CNN on Sunday while Obama himself disclosed the infrastructure spending Monday in a fiery speech at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in which he tried to draw a sharp contrast with Republican economic plans.

"I don't want to give them the keys back," Obama said. "They don't know how to drive ... They're going to pop it into reverse and have special interesting riding shotgun and we'd be right back in the ditch."

The leaks of a flurry of Obama proposals in just the last 36 hours show just how anxious White House officials are to show the president is on top of trying to rescue the still-faltering economy at a time when Democrats strategists are privately starting to panic that their majorities in both the House and Senate may now be up for grabs. Read more


Tropical Storm Hermine downs trees, power lines in Texas

(CNN) - Tropical Storm Hermine began its journey across Texas Tuesday morning, bringing fierce winds and the possibility of tornadoes.

As of 2 a.m. ET, Hermine was about 10 miles (15 km) south-southwest of Harlington, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, said. The storm carried maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h) and was headed north-northwest at about 14 mph (22 km/h).

"Isolated tornadoes are possible along the lower and middle Texas coast" through Tuesday morning, the weather agency said.

Joseph Tomaselli, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Brownsville, Texas, said fallen trees, signs, power lines and power poles were reported throughout Brownsville and Cameron County on Tuesday morning. Tomaselli said flooding in Brownsville and Cameron County has also been reported. Read more


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  1. Michelle

    This Christian Church and its leader, who are suppose to be Christ like are instead being down right hateful. If you are going to call yourself a Christian Institution, then act as Jesus would have. I believe Jesus to have been a loving and accepting man; qualities that the actions of this church severely lack. Furthermore, the statement this church is making is a political one and not one spiritual merit.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  2. Jonathan

    Greetings..I just want to express my opinion on the burning of the Quran that grabbed my attention this morning. I am a Customer Service Representative who works at Qualfon in Georgetown Guyana which is part of Tracfone Inc which is based in Miami Florida, so I interact with Americans everyday. I think this idea insults the intelligence of the American government and those who strive for peace and tranquility. I strongly believe that such a folly act can spark a retaliation from Islamic extremists. It's crazy!!

    September 7, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  3. Angie

    What will burning the Quran prove? Why aren't more people trying to stop this? What about all of the troops who are still overseas? In my opinion, those who participate in something so ludacris better be able to handle the repercussions. Don't be surprised to hear about even more of our troops dying over there. This is exactly the kind of actions the Taliban or Al-qaeda or whoever will use as even more of an excuse to despise America. And the cost will be more lives lost.

    September 7, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  4. Jay

    Where is the "peaceful" Muslim religion in all of this?

    Here is a quote from the "peaceful Muslims"

    "The problem is that every time a sick-minded individual in the West engages in a sacrilegious or blasphemous act towards the Islamic faith, taking advantage of Western democracy and freedom of expression, Muslims, especially in the East, react in such a way that not only offer free publicity for these foolish acts but also reflect a bad image of Islam and Muslims, as protesters express outrage through what many see as uncivilized means.
    The best way to defeat such symbolic desperate attempts of defaming Islam is to ignore them totally and not be publicly outraged by them because outrage gives these ignorant bigots what they want – publicity.
    Muslims everywhere should realize that every time an idiot – such as Pastor Terry Jones – does something to enrage Muslims, jumping and screaming in the streets and squares of Muslim cities, attacking embassies, and burning country flags in protest will not send a positive signal to the others, especially those in the West. It will only be counterproductive."

    September 7, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  5. Average American

    Christians are as bad as Muslims. Religious people of any faith are a extreme danger to the rest of the world.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  6. Jay

    Please mention that the Gainesville Community has rejected and condemned the Quran burning. In addition the spiritual leaders of Gainesvile and surrounding communites have denouced this action.
    The local government has denied the chruch a permit to burn.
    It is important that the world wide Muslim community be aware of this fact. This is the action of a very small insignificant group of bigots.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  7. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Regarding the Quran burning issue:
    Okay, so the President's agenda this week is to talk about job creation and the economy. Here come's another 'wedge issue' that will dominate this weeks national conversation, the Quran burning. All TV cameras on deck, we are going watch a few right-wingers burn some Qurans and make a big deal out of it. Meanwhile, ideas that have merit regarding the economy and jobs will be minimized by this controversy. Where are the Republican ideas? It still seems like its still mostly rhetoric and no substance.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  8. Larry Towne

    I don't think that Christian zealots are any less dqngerous than Muslim zealots, Also, I find it hard to believe that some of the country wants to return to the bad old days, where the rich get richer and the poor get the shaft, The GOP hasn't had a new idea since Reagan and his ws a stinker, trickle down stoped trickling at the top.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  9. Josh

    Why not burn the bibles that jews, christians, and catholics read, for all the crimes that some radical followers or believers committed? Why not burn any religious scripture that any person follows or believes, because they deveated the path of rightiousness? Who knows the true nature of man, or why we are so sinful, but what i do know is that in any religion one belief that resonate is the belief of being accountable & responsable for your own sins or actions. Its one thing to sin against man, but it's a whole other thing to sin against GOD .That is why i would not burn any religious scripture from any religious belief because I am GOD fearing no matter how I believe.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  10. Dan

    The Christians in this country, including me, need to be praying for this minister.
    I can tell you as a follower of Christ, I don't agree with the Muslim religion; however, TOTALLY DISAGREE with him burning the Koran.
    That is not what my Jesus Christ would want. He would want peace.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  11. Sgt. Anderson

    Well first off as general Info I'm a Marine and fought in Iraq! I think that the "Pastor" is an American Terrorist! Their church is extreme. He does not care about anything except using his own personal agenda that will put the lives of troops in more danger and it's selfish! We had to worry about enough fighting over there and now he's not even man enough to say he is going through with it regardless of what it causes for the troops. Excellent interview Kiran because you were able to help show that he doesn't really care and he's quite ignorant also.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  12. Average American

    Stupid people attempt to equate the moron Terry Jones to the Tea Party.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  13. s

    i think if Americana burning Quran . we should burn the American people

    September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  14. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    What about the radical 'true conservative' Christians? They want to 'purge' the Republican Party of the RINOs and now they want to take control of Congress by virtue of our democratic election process. They've twisted the teachings of the Bible. They say the US Contitution is most sacred, yet they want to amend it. They say they are not racists, yet every chance they get, they inject prejudice into the national conversation at every corner to infuriorate the masses. They want to control the education of our children, so that the children believe as they do and not seek out the truth. They want to abolish Social Securety, Medicare/Medicade and taxes so that in times of need, those who need will have no where to turn but to the Church. They say that the end of the world is at hand and will go to great lengths to see that it is so or will come to be. Burn the Quran? How about burning all books of knowledge, history and science? That way we will only have the Bible as our guide. What a nightmare.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  15. Jeff Pierson

    I just listened (on XM radio) to Kiran's interview of the Koran Burning "pastor", and I was extremely impressed. I really appreicate Kiran speaking up for the millions and millions of true christians who would never burn the sacred book of another religion. Thank You!!

    September 7, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  16. Jane - WI

    While I don't agree with the burning of the Koran that this church in Florida will do, I also didn't like the tone of the interview Ms. Chetry conducted with the pastor. Is AM Fix an opinion show now?
    I don't recall Kiran using a similar tone when it came to interviews with those who want to build the mosque/outreach center near ground zero. Why not tell them that perhaps they should compromise and not build it so close to ground zero if what they want to do is "build bridges"? The stubbornness of the builders of this mosque is not doing them any good with outreach as well.
    If you don't want to do commentary on the mosque issue, why do it on the Koran burning issue? Why not have some people on who can discuss Bible burning and harrassment of Christians in Muslim countries?

    September 7, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  17. Jane - WI

    It is amusing to hear you describe Democrats as being in a panic about the upcoming elections. What do they think the results will be when they have governed with the arrogance and disregard for the will of the people as they have done since taking total control of the government in January of 2009?

    September 7, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  18. David Johnson

    Thank you for your excellant interview this morning concerning the Quran. What they are doing is not right. What can we do to apply pressure on this church to change their mind on this Quran burning?

    September 7, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  19. Dixie

    The pastor on your program this morning affirms my opinion that the so called Christian right (Tea Party) are dangerous to our country. They could be equated with the radical Islamist. I am a Christian and none of this radical behavior is what I believe Christianity to be. If our soldiers are killed because of this moronic behavior, the participants in this charade should be held responsible. I believe they have many other reasons for this spectacle and none of them are productive to our country. The rational Christians should condemn this behavior.

    A rational Christian,
    Lee

    September 7, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  20. jim germann

    cnn started this "burn the quran" crap.
    specifically where are you're ethics. rick sanchez had this idiot "pastor" on his show and then all of the phony liberal shows hyped a clown that has no support,and has just 50 members.
    Does cnn think some how americans are going to link republicans to this moron.NOT. Not even a chance.
    Once again, CNN has been inflaming this issue for weeks. There is responsibility by journalists and tv producers which is seriously lacking.
    This muslims ae scared crap,is baloney and americans arent buying that either.
    the psycho who stabbed the cabbie,was actually a liberal,and you tried the same "linkage"crap with that.
    Stop the muslim race baiting, YOU ARE THE ONES FANNING THE FLAMES AND ARE THE ONES WHO MAY HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS. NO ONE AGREES WITH THIS GUY,BUT CNN STILL CONTINUALLY HAS HIM ON ALL THERE CRUMMY SHOWS

    September 7, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  21. Seth B. Marks

    Don't your editors realize that you could have "blood on your hands" by your coverage on this tiny church now and on 9/11? You don't have to give a platform to every kook with a crazy idea.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  22. Betty H

    Kiran's interview with the minister of Dove World Center was exceptional. She was fair and the man was given time to express his views, but she did not back away from expressing true Christian beliefs. The vast majority of Christians think like Kiran, but the actions of this extremist church will be what people in other countries will see. This must be what it is like for the many moderate Moslems who have to see their religion represented by the minority who are extremist.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  23. Vernon Stroman Jr.

    As a Christian man and U.S. Army Iraqi freedom vet, burning of the Quran is disrespect to our troops sacrifice and mission. This is a form of radical of Christianity and no better than radical Islam.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  24. Sal Mineo

    Kiran,

    Way to go! Your interview with Pastor Jones was great! I think if Mr. Jones watches the interview and really listens to your questions/comments he should reconsider his plans. As you indicated, any expectation that Quran burning is going to do ANY good, is silly.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  25. Daniel Mellon Sr

    The Planned burning of the Quran by this so called church of Christ in Florida will further divide the delicate relationship between the billion muslums around the world and the US. It will most definitly make the job of our troops more difficult. It will put them in Danger on leval that cannot be predicted. This so called minister will sit in comfort safley in his home town while our troops will pay the price. The protests have already started in indonesia were the US has a good relationship with the poulation. This act of Nazi like behavior will cost the lives of troops and those who are trying to bring peace to there own countries were our armed forces are serving. I understand the ministers frustration with the silence of the moderate muslims that do nothing, and say nothing while American blood is spilled for them. There time is running out to speak up against these terrorist that dwell among them. The tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of tyant's from time to time. This phrase is true for all who seek a better life and freedom. Not just americans. Minster pray for the soldiers who will die because of your ignorance.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  26. Charles Menk

    Contact Terry Jones – suggest burning the GREEN FLAG rather the Koran. This is the radical symbol and would not offend the good Islamics.

    Agree with their sentament but disagree with the method.

    Burn the GREEN FLAG might HELP military cause.

    Charles Menk
    Steubenville OHIO

    September 7, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  27. CParkes

    The Quran burning does not show the compassion of Christ but demonstrates how so many of us (Christians) are willing to do the Devil's work in God's name.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  28. Margaret Rickards

    how can christian burn a holy book of any other religion? The jesus I was taught to follow would never seek to insight shame on his true follows by burning an-others book of worship. The majority of Muslims did not participate in the destruction of nine 11 JUst as most Christians did not participate in the death and destruction caused by Mcvey in Oklahoma city he was a Christian. How sad how some Americans have now be turned into vile mobs s bearing Hate. This is nothing leas that the Salem witch hunts. I am so ashamed.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  29. Dan

    Two wrongs don't make a right; however, one thing you NEVER hear about in the media is how in Muslim nations Christian missionaries are being threatened, if not killed, daily because of their faith.
    What is worse: killing someone or burning some paper?
    As a Christian, if someone were to burn the bible, I would pray for that individual, not kill them.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  30. eric l

    Our leaders tell us Islam is a religion of pease. I look at the Islamic countries, and would like to know who they are talking about. Saudi Arabia ? where you can be killed for changing your religion, and no other religion can build a place of worship there. Iran? Where they start every sentence with death to America. Egypt? Where we have to support the military, becaus eif we do not then the Muslem Brotherhood will be elected to govern (and they are labeled as terrorists) Lebanon has Hesbolla, and Palestinians have hamas, (both are terrorist organizations). So please tell me where do I look for this religion of pease???? Also what religion will kill someone because a book was burned? It could be offensive to Muslims, but to kill someone???Please show me the pease.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  31. Connie Bookwalter

    Thanks to Kiran Chetry for her interview of Terry Jones this morning. Her questions were right on. How the burning of the holy book of another religion can be considered a Christian act is beyond me. What are these people thinking? Their actions will put our young men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq in even more danger. How in the world can that be considered a patriotic act? Thank you, Kiran, for trying to get to the bottom of this. Unfortunately, I think they have already decided upon this very unwise course of action.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  32. Cesar

    What Ignorance, how can a church....A CHURCH find it ok to take it upon themselves to burn the Quran, and then to hear their "preacher" explain himself was just embarrassing, another bigot that's using faith to justify an action that contradicts the fundamental values of Christianity....and what's even worse is that he has followers that think that this is a great idea too!!!!

    September 7, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  33. Jim, Madison, WI

    Please stop giving this Terry Jones and his hillbilly friends any more airtime! He's an ignorant moron that gives all Americans a bad name!

    September 7, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  34. Bill from Florida

    I do not agree that burning the Koran is the right thing to do. However, I also do not agree with the way CNN is reporting the news. It is not your job to use your seat at CNN to put forward your own agenda. It was painful to see you lose your temper this morning and go on the offensive. Report the news in an unbiased fashion. Leave it up to the American public to come to their own conclusions.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  35. Clifford Collier

    Come on after this am I wonder where your head is, They stone people and will kill if you burn a book!!! this is a civilised country,I dont think so. I think we should stop playing and give them the Jihad they want. Maby just maby at that time they will quit proverting a holy book like the Quran.
    Clifford Collier

    September 7, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  36. Daren

    Re Quran Burning

    What is CNN doing airing this persons views? He is clearly in need of professional help.

    CNN is raising this persons profile, giving him an international voice, and at the same time offending many people.

    I thought that CNN was a professional news organization.

    Please use better discreation in your reporting.

    NC

    September 7, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  37. Dave

    It's not just about Muslims respecting American customs and traditions, it's about any foreign nationality living in the United States showing respect and following American values, traditions, and beliefs. People coming to America can not nor will not force their customs upon us. Plain and simple. Those foreign countries don't allow us to go there and change their values and beliefs do they? No they don't.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:07 am |
  38. Catherine

    Thanks for your interview with the guy in Florida who wants to burn Qurans on 9/11. I was glad Kiran asked the questions she did – I was wondering about the same things she asked him about.
    He really has his mind made up despite the warnings from Gen. Petraeus.

    His logic makes no sense. Just as I would not join forces with nor agree with anyone who burned the American flag, he is is not going to make any friends with peaceful Muslims with this act.
    The obvious error is the assumption that all Muslims belong in the same category. In the seventies that was frowned upon and there was even a cool vocabulary word to go with it – stereotyping.

    It is a sad statement. It is also a very complex issue. This idiot has the right to do this because our country allows freedom of speech. I wholeheartedly agree this right must not be taken away.

    I have also felt anguish that the peaceful members of the Muslim faith have not stepped forward in greater numbers to at least denounce the radical elements of their faith. I have many friends who are Muslim who are law-abiding, taxpaying American citizens who just want to go to work and raise their families. On the other hand, I've never felt it was my responsibility to denounce Christians who say or do things I find reprehensible. Yes, this is a very complex issue. Thanks for covering this story.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  39. Danny Brewer

    The interview that was done by Kiran just a few minutes ago shows how's twisted this country has become. I applaud Kiran for showing some restrain when from what I could see she was frustrated by what was taking place. It is my hope that some of what Kiran was telling him sinks in and they choose not to take that action. Again great interview on a very tough subject.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  40. David s

    to be honest this seems way to much like the Salem Witch trials, American-Muslim Version. Hate or disrespect Has no Place in our world, While some people Remain Ignorant. we Must have Pride in Ourselves to do what is right.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  41. Jeff B

    I will keep this short an sweet, as i am on my way out to work.

    Burning the Koran does nothing but show the world how unbelievably ignorant we are. When Ted Kazinsky caused destruction we did not blame it on Christianity. The hatred towards the Muslim/Islamic/middle east community is as unfounded as our hatred towards the Japanese and the Germans during the world wars. We can't let a few bad apples spoil the bunch.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  42. dave

    This republican-democratic rehtoric and blame game is surely getting old. When will our government start working together to solve our country's problems?

    September 7, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  43. sracplnrba

    ......muslims don't hesitate to burn Bibles & persecuted the people who have possession of them in their country!

    September 7, 2010 at 8:03 am |
  44. Jaye Ramsey Sutter

    Do you believe that the press is the only people effected by the First Amendment?

    What of the First Amendment rights of people to burn books. Burning books is ridiculous and may be offensive but so is Nazis marching through Jewish neighborhoods and burning American flags. Both protected by the First Amendment in Supreme Court cases.

    Americans have a right to be offensive. Free speech isn't banned because it is offensive. Flag burning is offensive but that isn't the basis for banning it. Time place and manner restrictions don't apply because one cannot predict the actions of people half the world away. If they are offended, they need to go back in the house, turn the television off, and go on with their day.

    What of the prior restraint of an executive department member a general telling Americans not to exercise their First Amendment rights because some people may be offended.

    Have you read the Pentagon Papers' case? Have you done more than learn how to comb your hair for television?

    This is the most idiotic exchange I have ever seen on CNN and I for one will never watch this network again because the anchors are so ignorant of American constitutional rights. You have a right to be this stupid and I have the right to turn off the set. Muslims do not have a right to be violent and neither did those who are offended by speech.

    Ted Turner would be ashamed of you. Why not talk to an attorney about the First Amendment? You have a duty to educate people rather than use that desk as a platform to yell at a old man.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  45. Don Straub-Euclid, Ohio

    Kiran, what an excellent interview with the pastor who is advocating burning the Koran. You spoke eloquently and you were very articulate in standing up for religious liberty. We don't have to imitate the wrongful acts of other nations and peoples, such as burning flags.
    Kiran, I'm so impressed with you right now. I wish I could kiss you. Thanks, Kiran, for the great interview.

    September 7, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  46. Glen Love

    Kiran, Hats off to you... for being able to keep your cool when talking to the minister in FL who is planning to burn Korans. I'm generally a calm guy, but I would have exploded. That "reverend" just doesn't get it; his approach is just as intolerant and dangerous as the extremists he is opposing. Shame on him; he's an embarrassment to the U.S.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  47. Bill

    Kiran,

    While i agree on your position and questioning of Mr. Jones regarding the Quran buring, I just wish you would ask equally of pointed questions of those on the other side such as the Imam building the mosque at Ground Zero, Why wouldn't you ask them to take the high road? more news and less political correctness is needed by the media.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:57 am |
  48. Concerned chaplain

    I am an American soldier and if you were so concerned about our safety why would you even cover this story let alone put it on tv and have your reporter debate with minister about it? You just made the world aware of it , and gave them free airtime they would not have had.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  49. Mary

    Absolutely ridiculous! If that church condons burning the Quran because of radical Islamic elements, how would they feel about a mosque burning the New Testament because of radical Christian elements or burning the Torah because of radical Jewish elements?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  50. John

    Hi Kiran,

    There is no difference between Muslim extremists and Christian extremists-both are wrong

    September 7, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  51. Sean

    Great job interviewing Mr. Jones, Kiran.

    Fundamentalists and extremists of any religion can't "see the forest for the trees" – they are blind to any rational reason. You just proved that Mr. Jones falls in this category.

    It continually amazes me how "religious" people can participate in such "un-religious" activities.

    Thanks for exposing him!

    September 7, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  52. Jeremy

    Get off your soap box and give the guy a fair interview. If you bring up freedom of religion and freedom of speech then remember they have the right to protest. That was probably the worst interview I have seen you guys do and it is disgusting how she handled it.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  53. John

    I don't necessarily think burning the Quarn is a good idea, but Kiran should try to contain her emotional bias when interviewing controversial subjects on the news. After all, CNN is supposed to be the "news", not the "news anchors' opinions".

    September 7, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  54. belen

    Ignorance and incongruence should not have a place in leading morning news programs. The most intelligent comment in the interview with the Florida pastor was for Kiran to say that his comments were silly and that he doesn't reflect the Christianity most of us were taught. Amen!

    The level of ignorance in this country about Islam and the pride most of these ignorants show in their ignorance is frankly depressing.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  55. steve

    So if you don't like something then the american way is to burn it? So when should we start burning the conferate flag?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  56. gena halpin

    This burning of the Quran is DANGEROUS to all Americans ... this could start something far greater than what this crackpot preacher is planning, and I sit in wait for the wave of continued hatred that follows this. If Muslims are 'welcome to worship' then why would they burn their bible, and if 'turning the other cheek' is the way, then why would they take this action. Would they burn our Bible over there ??? Oh my God !!! This is so very scary, wrong and I hope they are (somehow) stopped. I am aghast at the hatred here.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  57. Matt

    Burning the Koran isn't radical in of itself? These people are just as radical and dangerous as the people they are sending a message to.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:46 am |
  58. Average American

    Simple put.. Terry Jones is a moron.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  59. gena halpin

    The burning of the Quran is DANGEROUS

    September 7, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  60. pfriday

    If I had a voice in this discussion (New stimulus), I believe going back to the failed policies of the republicans would be better than ANOTHER dem attempt.

    How is a business supposed to commit to anything when it is unclear when and what the next policy/package will be

    September 7, 2010 at 7:25 am |
  61. Dan

    I have just learned the real "Muslim" religion. I am a born-again Christian.
    It's ok for Muslims to kill (butcher) Christian Missionaries in Muslim nations (which you NEVER hear about in mainstream media), because Muslims don't want other religion messages spread through out their nations; however, it's wrong for a Christian Minister to burn the Quran, which is filled with hatred?
    Where is the "peaceful" Muslim religion in all of this?

    September 7, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  62. Mike K

    I work on Computers, & Networks. I DON'T want to build roads!! I want a JOB in my field ! There are ALOT of smart people in this country & WE WANT OUR JOBS BACK !!!! Let's have a jobs program to give everyone FREE WI-FI across this GREAT country, Public Transport, &
    Small Busness Tax incenitives ! Please let US work smarter not harder!!

    Mke K. STL,MO.

    September 7, 2010 at 7:06 am |
  63. steve

    American keeps talking about their feelings being hurt about something or other well might now it's time for american to realize our feelings about the Confer. Flag. We as blacks have feelings about our elders who died for our freedom.

    September 7, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  64. Bill Gehring

    Ed Henry equates the proposed business tax cuts to a "stimulus", which will be attacked by Republicans and blue dog democrats. Why then isn't the proposal to make the Bush tax cuts permanent also a "stimulus'? Is it that if it's a democratic idea it's a stimulus, but if it's a republican idea it's a tax cut?

    Frankly, the media is creating it's own weather system with the economy. A great deal more is made of the negatives than recent positive indicators...and with the economy, that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. I suggest CNN go back to their clips when President Obama took office to see what was being said about our economic condition and the strong potential for another Great Recession and show how strong action avoided that catastrophic outcome. Listening to TV today seems to indicate these actions failed. The data do not support that conclusion.

    The public (with the help of profligate Washington spending, including two off-budget wars coupled with untimely tax cuts) got us into this mess with their need for instant gratification (e.g., houses they couldn't afford and over utilized credit cards). CNN should responsibly report how challenging it is to correct an economy of our size, how it can't be done in in two years, but how disaster was averted and many indicators are on the uptick. The economy is to some degree dependent on public attitude, and the media plays a role in shaping that attitude, and not always in a neutral way. Let's face it, bad news seems to sell better than good news

    September 7, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  65. Clarence Hemeon

    Hermine is pronounced like "her mine knee"

    September 7, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  66. Average American

    The Florida "church" that wants to burn the Quran isn't any better or different than the "extremist" Muslims. Both seek to destroy the US.

    Barry Obama wants another stimulus give-away package and the first one didn't work or do the American public any good – except for a select few. CNN did a story on someone talking about "enemies in the walls of Congress".... Barry Obama fits into this category. Even some Democrats don't trust/like him any more. The socialists needs to be ran out of office before they totally destroy the Country.

    September 7, 2010 at 6:15 am |