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November 1st, 2010
01:56 PM ET

Taking the Lead: Holiday Discounts Are Here

Attention, bargain shoppers: holiday sales are hitting stores earlier this year.

A lot of people wait to do their holiday shopping on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving known for its deals and steals. This year, though, retailers are offering steep discounts much earlier. Some of them were even rolling out sales last week!


Consumers are demanding bargains earlier. Retailers have the tough choice of either offering sales, or losing out to the competitors who do.

Here's the bottom line: the discounts will be bigger and last longer this year.

Oh, and a little trivia: it's called "Black Friday" because it's supposed to be a day when retailers go from being in the red to being in the black (making a profit).

Let the holiday season begin!

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • CNN Newsroom • Taking the Lead
November 1st, 2010
08:17 AM ET

Toking on TV

Talk about "firing up" late night television!!! HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" pushes the envelope with one guest lighting up what appears to be a joint. On Friday, "Hangover" star Zach Galifianakis went on the show to talk about marijuana legalization, then shocked everyone when he reached into his pocket, grabbed what looks like a joint and lit up!

As he offers it to another panelist, she declines but confirms his doobie is the real thing. After laughing about it, it got us to thinking. Can you really do that on TV?? Without fear of prosecution??

I want to know your thoughts on this. Do you think the incident helps or hurts the prop 19 initiative or will it have any impact at all? Leave your comment here and we'll share some of the best responses in our 10 o'clock hour.

Filed under: Anchors • Kyra Phillips