February 19th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Why is First Lady more open to talking about race than her husband?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The first lady is going "there"...

Michelle Obama is opening up and talking about race in a way that her husband hasn't so far.

Politico reports that while Pres. Obama hasn't been as willing to talk about how policy affects minority communities, the First Lady frequently brings up issues of race, region and inequality.

For example, she recently announced a campaign against childhood obesity. While it's a problem everywhere - one-third of the nation's children are either overweight or obese. Mrs. Obama points out how it's a particularly serious issue for black and Hispanic kids. She also talks about the lack of healthy food options in some inner city neighborhoods.

And in other speeches or interviews, Michelle Obama has talked about how many inner city neighborhoods are just plain unsafe.

Some believe that the First Lady is serving as a bridge from the White House to the African-American community, much like she did during the campaign.

As a candidate, Barack Obama shied away from talking about race... with the exception of that big speech he made in Philadelphia after the incendiary comments of his pastor came out.

Many supporters have been disappointed since he's taken office - saying the president hasn't lived up to the image of the first big city, urban president. A former community organizer in Chicago, it must be assumed President Obama is well aware of the problems of the inner cities. And while it's true he's created the white house office of urban affairs, he hasn't laid out a clear agenda for problems in these communities.

Here’s my question to you: Why is first lady Michelle Obama more open to talking about race than her husband?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


February 19th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Is the Internet a secure place to transact business?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Before you go online to shop, pay your bills, check your bank statement, or even send an e-mail... stop and consider this:
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More than 75,000 computer systems at 2,500 companies worldwide have been hacked. A Virginia security firm - Net Witness - says it could be one of the largest and most sophisticated cyber-attacks ever discovered.

It began late in 2008 and wasn't found out until last month.

The attack targeted everything from corporate information to e-mails, credit card and login information.

Hackers went after companies in the health and technology sectors... educational institutions, energy and financial firms, ten government agencies and Internet service providers.

It's very scary, when you consider some of these industries should know a thing or two about computer security.

It's believed the hackers got employees at these targeted companies to download infected software - or got them to open e-mails with infected attachments. From there, the attackers could commandeer the users' computers - stealing passwords to banking and social networking sites, which then helped them hack into other computer systems and on and on...

Experts say this attack points up that traditional security approaches just aren't working anymore.

Meanwhile news of this attack comes after it was revealed computer networks were compromised at Google and more than 30 other big companies.

Google says that attack originated in China.

I wonder how safe the computers that have to do with national security are?

Here’s my question to you: How confident are you that the Internet is a secure place to transact business?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Internet
February 19th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What if U.N. is right about Iran building a nuclear weapon?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Same old, same old from Iran... we're not seeking nor do we believe in nuclear bombs.
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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic's religious beliefs consider weapons of mass destruction to be "symbols of genocide," and therefore they are forbidden.

How different from a draft report from the UN nuclear watchdog suggesting just the opposite. The international atomic energy agency report says Iran may be working secretly on a nuclear warhead for a missile - and lists ways the country has been defying UN orders.

For the first time, the IAEA states concerns that Iran may be trying to develop nuclear weapons right now.

Iran continues to insist its nuclear program is meant only for civilian energy and for medical use. Sort of like, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

The UN keeps passing resolutions against Iran - three so far - and some nations are pushing for another resolution. What do these resolutions mean exactly? I don't understand. Pres. Obama gave Iran a deadline of the new year to show they were making progress. What did that deadline mean exactly? I don't understand.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 6 in 10 Americans think the U.S. should take economic and diplomatic efforts to get Iran to shut down its nuclear program. Haven't we been doing that? Only about a quarter want the U.S. to take immediate military action.

But if diplomacy doesn't work, nearly 60 percent support military action. 71 percent think Iran already has nuclear weapons. Swell.

Here’s my question to you: What now if the U.N. is right about Iran building a nuclear weapon?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Iran