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July 27th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

How can U.S. prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The U.S. will do everything it can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Tehran's pursuit of nuclear weapons is futile.

The tough talk comes after Clinton annoyed Israel last week when she said the U.S. would cope with a nuclear Iran by arming allies in the region and extending a "defense umbrella." Israel said the U.S. should focus on stopping Iran from getting a weapon, instead of acting like it's a done deal.

Iran insists they are enriching uranium for energy. A lot of people think they're lying.

Meanwhile the U.S. is trying to convince Israel that diplomatic efforts with Iran are worthwhile. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates - who met in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today - says the U.S. hopes to make progress with Iran by September.

President Obama has warned Tehran that it has until the end of the year to show serious progress toward ending its nuclear program.

According to Netanyahu, Gates said the U.S. and Israel see eye-to-eye when it comes to Iran's nuclear threat. Netanyahu stresses "the need to use all means" to stop Iran from getting a weapon. Other Israeli officials have also said that "no option should be removed from the table."

The U.S. is worried that if Israel goes ahead with a pre-emptive strike against Iran - it could create even more problems in the Middle East.

Here’s my question to you: How can the U.S. prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons?

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Filed under: Iran • United States
July 27th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

How can Obama regain momentum on health care reform?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Health care reform took a serious hit last week; and the White House is going to need to find a way to get things back on track. Despite President Obama's lofty rhetoric and flowery speeches, divisions within the Democratic party are threatening to derail the centerpiece of his presidency.

The Senate won't be taking action until the fall; and it's not clear whether the House will act before its August break either.

The president also made matters worse by wading into the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates at his prime-time news conference. That put much of the focus during the later part of the week on racial issues - instead of health care.

More bad news for the president has come from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO estimates the health care plan supported by the White House would save almost no money over 10 years. They're talking about an outside panel that would decide what treatments would and would not be covered by Medicare.

Finally, most Americans are not in that big a rush to get health care passed.

A Gallup Poll shows that less than half of those surveyed - 41-percent - say health care reform needs to be passed this year. 30-percent say it should be done, but not necessarily this year... and 24-percent say there shouldn't be health care reform at all.

Here’s my question to you: What can President Obama do to regain momentum on health care reform?

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Filed under: Health care • President Barack Obama
July 27th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Has Palin been treated unfairly by news media?

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Sarah Palin delivered her farewell speech as she officially resigned during the annual Governor's Picnic at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, Alaska. (PHOTO CREDIT: ERIC ENGMAN/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While stepping down as Governor of Alaska - Sarah Palin is blasting many who she sees as critics, including the news media.

In the kind of speech only Palin can give, she said freedom of the press was an important right... and one that soldiers have died to protect... adding, "So, how about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit making things up."

Palin also said, "Our new governor has a very nice family, too, so leave his kids alone."

The former governor didn't elaborate on her criticism of the media... but in the past she's talked about her and her family being unfairly treated by reporters and bloggers. However, she didn't seem to have a problem with the media when she was using her family to try to get elected last fall.

Palin also criticized so-called Hollywood starlets who are active against gun rights, along with the "partisan operatives" who filed ethics complaints against her. She even went after one undefined group who she said, "seem to just be hell-bent on maybe tearing down our nation, perpetuating some pessimism and suggesting American apologetics." ... Say what?

As for Palin's future - she's being equally vague... Concluding yesterday's campaign style speech by saying only: "Let's all enjoy the ride."

Palin has plans to write a book and campaign for other Republicans. Some think she'll end up hosting a radio or TV show or hit the speaker's circuit. Others say Palin has her eye on the White House in 2012.

Here’s my question to you: Has Sarah Palin been treated unfairly by the news media?

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Filed under: News Media • Sarah Palin