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May 6th, 2010
11:27 AM ET

Fmr. FEMA chief: Obama administration hopes to use oil crisis for political gain

The man whose name is synonymous with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina has been making the rounds on cable TV this week about the Gulf Coast oil spill, and he's criticizing the Obama administration.

Former FEMA chief Michael Brown tells CNN's Anderson Cooper the Obama administration hopes to use the crisis for political gain.

Listen to the exchange and let us know what you think about Brown's comments.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Fredricka Whitfield
May 6th, 2010
08:14 AM ET

Bring Back Corporal Punishment?

Some schools in Dallas want to give teachers more authority when it comes to disciplining students.

Five years ago, the Dallas Independent School district banned paddling.

But now, one tutor has started a movement to bring back what’s called “licks.”

He says just the threat of physical punishment keeps kids in line and most teachers agree, saying they need more to control students.

One teacher supporting the proposal is just now returning from leave after a second grader kicked her, tearing the cartilage in her knee.

We want to know what you think.

Should schools bring back corporal punishment?

Post your comments here. Kyra will read some of them on the air during the 10am ET hour of Newsroom.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips