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July 6th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

In light of Nat'l Debt, what priority should the space program have?

In 2003, Former President George W. Bush announced plans to phase out the space shuttle program by 2010 and instead shift the focus and funding to what was named the Constellation program - a plan to send man back to the moon by 2020. This is all part of a bigger plan to eventually send a manned space mission to Mars.

None of that may happen any time soon. The country is broke and in a nasty recession and as a result, the Constellation Program is being reconsidered because of budgetary constraints.

The projected cost for the Constellation capsule itself, which would go to the moon, is estimated at $150 Billion and climbing. Keep in mind that in 2009, just $6 Billion was allotted for space exploration. Florida Senator John Nelson, who is a former astronaut, said the 2020 goal can't possibly be met and NASA can't do it's job.

President Obama's commission on human space flight has looked into a proposal created by NASA engineers who have criticized the Constellation project. Their project is called Jupiter and would have the same objectives as Constellation, but is believed to be about half the cost. Nevertheless - that's still tens of billions of dollars.

Here’s my question to you: In light of the ballooning National Debt, what priority should the U.S. space program have?

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Filed under: Economy • United States
July 6th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

VP Biden said Israel is free to set its own course on Iran. What does this mean?

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Vice Pres. Biden poses for a photo with U.S. soldiers at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad on the Fourth of July. (PHOTO CREDIT: KHALID MOHAMMED/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There is some question whether Vice President Joe Biden did it again. Over the weekend, Biden said that the U.S. would not stand in the way if Israel attacks Iran's nuclear facilities. Some say this signals a change in U.S. policy - drawing a harder line against Iran.

But the White House said the statement simply maintains what they've always said: That Israel has the right to defend itself.

The Vice President also said that the U.S. remains willing to negotiate with Iran, in spite of the recent violence that erupted in the wake of the contested re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama and said he'd wait it out for the rest of this year to see if Iran is willing to talk. When asked if this was the right approach, Vice President Biden did not say whether or not the U.S. agrees with the position, but did say: "Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation; what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else."

Here’s my question to you: Vice President Biden said Israel is free to set its own course on Iran. What does this mean?

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Filed under: Iran • Israel • Vice President Joe Biden
July 6th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

How does Gov. Palin's resignation affect her chances for 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Once again, Sarah Palin has made her way back into the headlines. This time it's her abrupt announcement made late Friday afternoon - of a summer holiday weekend - that she intends to quit her job as governor of Alaska effective at the end of July.

She called the press conference at the last minute and even her closest aides say they were unaware of the news and don't know what will come next. Critics and supporters alike are perplexed and no time was wasted starting the debate over whether this is a move to position herself better for a Presidential run in 2012 or if she's throwing it away by quitting.

Palin - who was thrust onto the national stage as John McCain's running mate against President Obama - defended her decision as a move to avoid becoming a lame duck.

Love her or hate her, Sara Palin was able to electrify the conservative base of the party like no other Republican in the country. This was not good news for the GOP, which is already reeling in the wake of the sex scandals of Senators John Ensign of Nevada and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Time for the spin doctors once again to try to come to the rescue and explain why what Sarah Palin did was a good idea. Good luck with that. Real conservatives don't quit.

Here’s my question to you: How does Governor Sarah Palin's resignation affect her chances for 2012?

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Filed under: Sarah Palin