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October 5th, 2011
05:42 AM ET

Talk Back: Is Occupy Wall Street the dawn of a liberal Tea Party?

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 From CNN's Carol Costello:

Ever since the dawn of the Tea Party, liberal activists have yearned for a revolution of their own.  For instance, filmmaker Michael Moore has sought to launch a mass movement by railing against Wall Street.

Moore said that Occupy Wall Street protests were "the end result of these bankers overplaying their hand."  He added: "They were already filthy rich. But filthy rich wasn't enough. " Moore has lended his celebrity to the movement and has helped protests with their social media outreach.

With the help of Twitter and Facebook, the protests have spread to other cities.  Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested. The protesters are attracting some powerful allies – including half a dozen unions, who will march on New York's city hall today.

This group has clout and money, and they're angry at the powers that be.  In other words, they are – in many ways –  something like a liberal version of the Tea Party.  But many of the protesters don't see themselves that way.

"We dont want to be a left political group," said Tyler Combelic, a media rep for Occupy Wall Street.  "We dont want to be a political group at all. We want a call for activism."

Combelic added: "Hopefully if it grows.  Suddenly people will have the same power lobbyists have."

And heads up Wall Street – even FoxNews.com says that this could be "more than just another loony protest movement from the left."

Talk Back: Is Occupy Wall Street The Dawn Of a Liberal Tea Party?

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October 3rd, 2011
04:09 AM ET

Talk Back: Should the U.S. have targeted Anwar al-Awlaki despite his American citizenship?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

After Osama Bin Laden was killed, Anwar al-Awlaki was arguably America's most wanted terrorist. But still, some say that's no excuse for basically murdering an American citizen. The American Civil Liberties union, which once accused Obama of "morphing into Bush" says:

"The targeted killing program violates both U.S. and international law...it is a mistake to invest the President – any President – with the unreviewable power to kill any American whom he deems to present a threat to the country."

Although former vice-president Dick Cheney disagrees. He not only praised the Obama administration for targeting Al-Awlaki. But says President Obama should apologize for his veiled criticism of the Bush administration's "enhanced interrogations."

Cheney added, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Talk Back: Should the U.S. have targeted Anwar al-Awlaki despite his American citizenship?

Let us know what you think. Your response could be read on our program.


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September 30th, 2011
05:33 AM ET

Talk Back: Was Herman Cain fair when he said African-American voters were brainwashed?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday Herman Cain said, "African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view."

Many African-Americans were offended by Cain's remarks asking , would anyone ever suggest white, male voters are brainwashed because they vote republican?

The comment set off a media firestorm. One political analyst on AC 360 last night said,  "What Herman said was a racist comment and should be treated like a person who makes racist and bigoted statements" while another said, "When people start throwing the word 'racism' around that's when I end the conversation because you can't have an intelligent conversation when you're talking about that."

And frankly, it's tough to get over the fact that some republicans forced America's first African-American president to produce his birth certificate. But republicans are saying, don't paint us all with the same brush.

Talk Back: Was Herman Cain fair when he said African-American voters were brainwashed?

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September 29th, 2011
05:00 AM ET

Talk Back: Why would anyone want to run for president?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Let’s face it, Americans are demanding of their politicians, especially with the economy in such a rut. Voters love to rip candidates to shreds about both political issues and their personal lives, so who would want to subject themselves to the constant scrutiny and indecision?

The public wants politicians to keep their taxes low, but not cut services. Candidates are not conservative enough and not liberal enough. Is there anything a candidate can do right? Not saying that politicians don't deserve some derision, but as a candidate, you can't even be yourself. So, why would someone put themselves through that?

Talk Back: Why would anyone want to run for president?

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September 28th, 2011
04:02 AM ET

Talk Back: Are job loss greeting cards kind or inappropriate?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

There are Hallmark cards for everything, from birthdays andKwanza, to depression and divorce. Hallmark's latest? Unemployment.

The company has launched a line of "job loss cards," ranging from the humorous to the thoughtful, that give consumers the ability to send cards to loved ones who have lost their jobs and may be experiencing financial troubles.  

In explaining their decision, Hallmark says, “Cards for people who have lost their jobs are a reflection of the times. Hallmark customers were asking for these cards to offer support to their friends or family going through a difficult time. People in times of need always look for ways to connect."

However, with unemployment being perhaps the biggest fear in America right now, some are doubtful as to whether a “Hallmark moment” can make it better.

Talk Back: Are job loss greeting cards kind or inappropriate?

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September 27th, 2011
05:31 AM ET

Talk Back: Is President Obama's new fiery persona resonating?

 

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

Hit with polls showing low approval ratings, President Obama has recently been kicking up his fiery rhetoric and appealing to his liberal base, who have been frustrated with him for seeming weak in the face of Republican attacks.

The new assertive Obama first appeared during his jobs speech to Congress, when he blasted the rich for not paying their share of taxes. On Saturday, the president delivered another passionate speech before the Congressional Black Caucus.

"I expect all of you to march with me and press on. Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes, shake it off, stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying," the president said to the CBC. "We are going to press on, we've got work to do."

Talk Back: Is President Obama's new fiery persona resonating?

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