May 18th, 2009
10:25 AM ET

Morning Buzz: GOP v. Nancy Pelosi

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Penny Manis
AC360° Senior Producer

What's shaking people? Possibly some CA residents as a 4.7 earthquake hit Los Angeles last night. There are no reports of major damage or injuries though-phew.

There is another type of rumbling going on though- we'll watch for fallout from President Obama’s speech at the University of Notre Dame graduation over the weekend when he stuck a big toe into the abortion debate.

He acknowledged the anger arising from his appearance and called on both sides to look for common ground.

President Obama soon names his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
The President has appointed Stephanie Cutter, currently in the Treasury Department and considered skillful at behind-the-scenes politicking, to guide a nominee through the confirmation process.

The Mideast come to the Oval office today as President Obama hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and takes another stab at establishing peace in the region.

Republicans step up the heat on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Minority speaker John Boehner told CNN over the weekend that she has to produce evidence the CIA misled her and Congress about the use of water-boarding on suspected terrorists...or apologize for claiming as such.

An assistant principle in Queens hospitalized with the ‘swine flu’ virus died last night- His death could be the 6th one linked to the H-1-N-1 virus in the United States. The CDC says there are more than 4700 cases in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Should we be on higher alert?

FEMA had threatened to pull all occupied trailers in Louisiana by May 1, but because of media coverage-this deadline was extended. 60-80% of families are homeowners who do not have the funds to rebuild. What will FEMA do for longer-term solution? Sean Callebs has this story tonight.

See u at 10pet!

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Sam Adjei

    The notion that GOP is demanding an apology from speaker Pelosi for her statement about congress being misled by CIA about method of interogation is laughable. GOP does not own CIA and therefore cannot request an apology even if the speaker is wrong. The agency can ask for that and not GOP. I am also somehow confused about this since when did the one being told of a crime became more of a focus than the people who actaully authorized what is now considered a crime? No matter our political affiliation, we do this great nation a disservice when we allowed soundbites to take control of main issues. GOP no longer want to argue for the legality of those interogation methods but rather who was told what. Does that change the fact that may be our govenment did something wrong here? We need to move the debate to the main issues and stop this sideshows if we want to find the truth. Just my thoughts.

    May 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  2. GF, Los Angeles

    I hope all the anti-abortionists posting here have at least adopted one child out of the foster care system. If life is that precious, then you should be doing your part to help those childrent brought into this world and not just using your mouth to save those who haven't been born yet.

    May 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  3. Rachel

    Mr. President, great speech! you are the lighthouse and the crossroads, no one bridges differences better, with gace and intelligence, and kindness, and he brings out the ability to see ourselves in others, God's grace on thee sir, and on the United States of America

    May 18, 2009 at 10:44 am |

    Do'nt think its the GOP this time..
    .Pelosi was the one who brought the subject up...
    and claimed she knew nothing..and claiimed she was lied to
    At least she should have known..
    and surely shoulnt be opening up her own can of worms.
    She continues t to assume to much power and spotlight
    doesnt seem like anyone can stop her..
    Maybe the stategy is..
    to give her enough rope...

    May 18, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  5. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Good Morning Penny

    President Obam's speech at Notre Dame was dissapointing althought it's not surprisng condisering his stance on abortion but when he said about the need to reduce abortion what is that ? That's like saying there is s need to reduce child abuse .Why can't he have made a law to stop all termination to stop the killing of an unborn child .When is the sancitiy of life going to mean something again?

    Michelle D.

    May 18, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  6. Lorraine.M

    We should all just stop playing god. People can do as they please with there bodies. Frankly , it's between them and the god they serve. Plus if we are all going to be judging, let's start with 'self' & family!

    May 18, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  7. earle,florida

    As usual the Catholic Church sold out for a few shekels in the Irish town of South Bend! Obviously they needed the revenue that the controversial visit would bring to supplement their failing football, and poor enrollment programs. But, the fact that minds could have,or were changed remains? Definitely a subtle lesson in futility,a scrimmaged exercise in rhetoric,to hone the skills of persuasion for another controversial ill-advised invitation,...! A no-win situation seems to be the cycle our politicians have wrapped themselves around today regarding their poor choices that created this vortex,or downdraft for lack of a better word,of a "Town Gone Wild" ,called Washington !

    May 18, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  8. Cindy

    I thought it was ridiculous at all of the hubbub going on surrounding Obama's Notre Dame speech. Who really cares? There are many more major things that people should be worried about besides him speaking at a Catholic College.

    It really doesn't matter who Obama picks for the Supreme Court. He'll pick a lib I am sure. But it won't matter because it'll all even out in the end anyway so who cares?

    I think it is funny that Pelosi's lies have finally caught up to her. She sounded like a nut trying to talk and backtrack in her last news conference. She needs to just keep her trap shut and move on before she loses her job over this.

    It is sad to hear that the swine flu has taken another victim here in the states. Hopefully there won't be many more! My prayers go out to his family.


    May 18, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  9. Kristen - University Park, PA

    Government had billions to hand out to banks and the auto industry who caused their own mess, but no money can be found to help people in Louisiana? Thats is disgusting.

    May 18, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  10. Carol B. in MD

    Good morning, Penny. Certainly, there will always be fallout when any president speaks about an important issue. However, Pandora's box is more than a cliche. This is an ethnic, religious ( for the most part) opinionated,diverse country and it isn't a case of one life fits all. I thank God for my children every day, but know that I am fortunate not to have to face some of the life and death situations other women have. It was good to hear the President stress adoption over abortion because this has (in some ways) become an excuse-making, society. While it's important to be empathetic, not everything applies. Life- rendering situations need to be taken seriously.

    May 18, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  11. Brent Terry

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Public Works, Economic Stimulus, CETA, Habitat, etc.....

    The government needs to show up strong on behalf of these homeowners. And I don't mean huge contracts for contractors like Halliburton!

    What is the hold up? I know some people with shovels that are ready.

    May 18, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  12. markrh

    No mention of NASA's currently happening last EVA to work on the Hubble Telescope. Sad.

    May 18, 2009 at 8:54 am |