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April 4th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Should anything be done about the pastor in Florida who burned the Quran?

Only about 30 people attended a Florida pastor's Quran burning last month, an event that followed a "mock trial" on the holy book of Islam. At the time, the Rev. Terry Jones claimed the event was a success.

Pastor Terry Jones.

Pastor Terry Jones.

He has vowed to put the Islamic prophet Mohammed on trial next.

The actions of this publicity seeking lunatic fringe "pastor" are sparking scores of anti-American protests - many of which turned violent - in cities throughout Afghanistan. More than 20 people were killed over the weekend in retaliation for the burning of the Quran.

Gen. David Petraeus, the allied commander of the 150,000 troops in Afghanistan, says Jones' stunt poses new threats to the security of U.S. soldiers fighting a war against the Taliban.

You may remember Jones had threatened to do something like this once before, but he was talked out of it after people like Petraeus and eventually President Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke up.

But Jones just couldn't stay out of the spotlight, and now Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on the White House, Congress and the United Nations to bring him to justice, whatever that means.

It's not clear he broke any U.S. laws, just the law against stupidity.

Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said some members of Congress were considering some kind of action against Jones.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress may have to think about limits for freedom of speech when words and actions enrage U.S. enemies and endanger the lives of U.S. citizens overseas.

Here's my question to you: Should anything be done about the pastor in Florida who burned the Quran?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Muslims
April 4th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

GOP getting serious about meaningful cuts in federal spending?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The prospect of a federal government shutdown this Friday is hanging over the heads of lawmakers.

Again.

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan.

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan.

You see, they still can't agree on spending cuts for the 2011 fiscal year budget.

They've been pushing this off since October, and they're still not much closer to reaching an agreement.

President Obama has summoned congressional leaders to the White House on Tuesday, but don't hold your breath.

Meanwhile, a much, much bigger budget battle is shaping up.

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan, the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, is expected to release the House Republicans' 2012 budget resolution Tuesday.

Ryan's plan calls for cutting the federal deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade - far exceeding what President Obama's debt commission called for in December.

The Ryan plan calls for tax reforms and across-the-board spending cuts, returning discretionary spending to 2006 levels.

It will also dramatically change the Medicare program.

Ryan's plan is the first one to touch the so-called entitlement programs.

It's a politically dangerous move, but a necessary one.

By the end of this fiscal year, the national debt will exceed $15.4 trillion.

The necessity of cutting spending and addressing our debt crisis may finally be getting legs. A bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Six" is also working on a proposal to cut the deficit by $4 trillion using recommendations made by President Obama's deficit commission - recommendations that have been ignored so far.

Here’s my question to you: Do you think Republicans are getting serious about making meaningful cuts in federal spending?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Government • Republicans