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September 2nd, 2009
09:10 AM ET

A Nation Divided?

By Matt Gannon
Video Journalist

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows President Obama’s overall approval rating has slid to 53 percent, and he’s starting to lose the support of independent voters.

Among Democrats, 90 percent now approve of how he is handling his job as President, while 85 percent of Republicans disapprove.

These numbers suggest a growing partisan divide. While the current health care debate has been argued mainly along party lines, the President’s overall ratings for his handling of the deficit and taxes have dropped significantly.

As a candidate, he promised to bridge the partisan divide by reaching across the aisle. But since the election, Democrats and Republicans seem to be moving farther and farther apart. Do you feel like the country is more divided than ever? Tell us why.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 31st, 2009
08:39 AM ET

Should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?

As you know, the legal drinking age is currently 21. But some public officials are now supporting a movement to drop the age to 18. They say underage students tend to drink more, in off-campus settings – because of the law. What do you think? Should the drinking age be lowered to 18? Send Heidi your comments and she might read them on the air during the 9am and 10am ET hours of CNN Newsroom.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 28th, 2009
07:52 AM ET

Art or Porn?

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has hundreds of artworks depicting nude women, and men.

But put one live naked woman in the middle of the museum, and they call the cops.

One woman was arrested when she bared it all for a photographer, known for taking nude photos in public places.

Problem is, she was in full view of everyone else, including kids.

Now she faces a public lewdness charge.

Her attorney says it's ridiculous that she was arrested in a place full of nude art. The museum says it was just abiding by the city's rules and regulations.

Here's what we want to know - was it art?

Or was this public display of nakedness - something else?

Post your comments below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 27th, 2009
07:49 AM ET

Back to school getting too expensive?

It’s that time of year! A brand new school year with brand new supplies. But it’s not just books and pencils that parents need to worry about.

Is going back to school getting to expensive?
Is going back to school getting to expensive?

How about those  graphing calculators, rolling backpacks, snacks and even hand sanitizer on your school supply lists?  We want to hear from you. Is “back to school” getting too expensive? What did you spend? Was it more than last year or did the tough economy force you to tighten your belt on school supplies? Give us your feedback.


Filed under: Anchors • Heidi Collins
August 26th, 2009
07:39 AM ET

Remembering Senator Kennedy

Sen. Edward Kennedy died Tuesday night after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.  Statements from the Senator’s colleagues and friends are pouring in to the CNN newsroom.  We want to hear your thoughts.  Share your reaction by posting a comment here or by submitting an iReport.  What will you most remember Senator Kennedy for?

Filed under: Heidi Collins • In the Newsroom • Josh Levs • Kyra Phillips • Tony Harris
August 25th, 2009
08:49 AM ET

Should the government launch an investigation into CIA interrogation abuses?

A new government report says CIA interrogators used an electric drill and a gun to scare an Al Qaeda prisoner into talking. Sources familiar with the report tell us the interrogations took place in the CIA's secret prisons before they were closed in 2006. We are asking you if the government should launch an investigation possibly leading to criminal charges. Email me your comments! They could be read during the 10am Eastern hour of CNN Newsroom.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 24th, 2009
08:28 AM ET

Could public knowledge of abuse inside CIA secret prisons lead to increased danger for US troops in war zones?

A new government report says CIA interrogators used an electric drill and a gun to scare an Al Qaeda prisoner into talking.

The New York Times is reporting that the Justice Department wants nearly a dozen abuse cases reopened.

That move would reverse the policy of the Bush Administration, and could lead to criminal charges against CIA employees and contractors.

What we want to know is whether or not you think the information could also lead to danger for US troops fighting in war zones?

Post your comments below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 21st, 2009
07:47 AM ET

No More Cash for Your Clunkers

The Cash for Clunkers program ends Monday.

Through this past Wednesday, dealers reported more than 457,000 transactions under the program – which translated into $1.9 billion in rebates.

Auto sales are up – and some carmakers are even re-opening closed plants to keep up with the new demand.

But – lots of dealers are complaining that the government is slow to process rebate checks. And that’s putting the dealers in a financial lurch.

That's the brief version of the story. Your turn now.

What are your thoughts on the Cash for Clunkers program? Was it a success? A failure? Should the government do it again? Should the government never have done it at all?

Post your comments below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 20th, 2009
08:33 AM ET

How Long Do You Want to Live?

The CDC announced yesterday that life expectancy in the U.S. has reached a new high. The average baby born in 2007 (that’s the latest date available) will live to age 78. That’s up 3 months from babies born in 2006.

Our question for you: how long do you want to live?

Post your responses below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
August 19th, 2009
08:54 AM ET

No More Anonymity for Bloggers?

A N.Y. judge ruled that Google has to identify a blogger who wrote some nasty things about model Liskula Cohen. Cohen went to court after a user of Google’s blogging service, Blogger.com, created a site called “Skanks in NYC.” The blog featured photos of Cohen with insulting captions. The judge ruled that Google had to turn over any identifying information it had (in this case an IP address and an e-mail address) on this blogger, and Google has complied.

Cohen’s attorney said he was “happy that the court recognizes that the Internet is not a place where people can freely defame people.”

But the blogger’s attorney said the ruling has “potentially damaging implications for free speech on the Internet.”

Google said it will continue its policy of divulging information only when ordered to do so by a court.

So what do you think? Should bloggers be allowed to remain anonymous, no matter what they say? They are often offensive, but they’ve also helped make the internet what it is today.

Post your comments below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
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