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April 1st, 2008
05:38 PM ET

Should President Bush boycott Olympics opening ceremonies?

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Olympic torch lighting ceremony, Monday, March 31, 2008, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The list of names is growing - That being the number of nations calling for a boycott of this summer's Olympic Games in China. The calls come after what is being called the most violent anti-Chinese protests since 1989 occurred in Tibet two weeks ago.

Tibetan exiles say as many as one hundred forty people were killed. The Chinese government says the numbers are much lower than that.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from a visit with the Dalai Lama, is the latest to suggest the United States join the boycott. She told ABC News that President Bush should consider boycotting the opening ceremonies of the games, saying quote, "I think boycotting the opening ceremony, which really gives respect to the Chinese government, is something that should be kept on the table. I think the president might want to rethink this later, depending on what other heads of state do." unquote. She did not, however, go as far as to call on the United States to boycott the Olympics altogether. The White House says the games should be about the athletes, not about politics, and President Bush says he plans to attend the opening ceremonies.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown also remains committed to attending.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last week that she will skip the games entirely. French President Nicholas Sarkozy has suggested a boycott of the opening ceremony. Poland's prime minister has also announced a boycott, as well as the president of the Czech Republic.

In addition to boycotts, protesters are already showing up wherever the Olympic torch goes on its pre-olympic journey across the continents. One of those stops happens to be in Nancy Pelosi's home district of San Francisco.

Here’s my question to you: Should President Bush reconsider and boycott the opening ceremonies at the Summer Olympics in China?

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April 1st, 2008
05:01 PM ET

Poll ranks countries posing biggest threat to U.S.

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When it comes to the Axis of Evil, a little diplomacy can go a long way. According to the latest Gallup Poll the number of Americans who view North Korea as our greatest enemy has dropped by half in the last year. In fact, North Korea isn't even any longer in the top three. Thanks to diplomatic agreements reached concerning their nuclear weapons program, the percentage of Americans viewing North Korea as our biggest threat has dropped from 18% to 9%.

North Korea's Axis of Evil partners, Iran and Iraq still top the enemies list. 25% of Americans see Iran as our biggest enemy and 22% say it's Iraq.

Who's the new number three? China with 14%. North Korea has dropped to number four with its 9% rating. Number five is a tie between Afghanistan and us! That's right, 3% of the people surveyed see the United States as its own worst enemy.

The Russian bear is hardly in the game. Our number one nemesis for all the years of the cold war is only considered our worst enemy today by 2% of Americans.

Here’s my question to you: What country do you think poses the biggest threat to the United States?

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April 1st, 2008
12:43 PM ET

Chelsea says Lewinsky scandal is off limits, is she right?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

For the second time in two weeks, Chelsea Clinton has been asked a question about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Campaigning for her mother at North Carolina State University yesterday, a student brought up the scandal that lead to the impeachment of Bill Clinton. The student said Chelsea should have answered the question because it happened while her father was president of the United States.

But the former first daughter was having none of it, saying quote, "It's none of your business. That is something that is personal to my family. I'm sure there are things personal to your family that you don't think are anyone else's business either." Unquote

Chelsea also said she doesn't think people should "vote for or against my mother because of my father."

The student yesterday defended asking the question saying, "I feel that it is our business because he was president at the time."

Yesterday's encounter followed a similar one at Butler University last week when a student asked the former First Daughter whether the Lewinsky scandal had hurt her mother's reputation. Again Chelsea responded with, "I don't think that is any of your business."

While campaigning for her mother Chelsea has refused to answer questions from the press as well.

Here’s my question to you: Chelsea Clinton says the Lewinsky scandal is none of the public's business. Is she right?

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