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December 1st, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Slave Reparations?!: Join the Live Chat

A billion-dollar federal program for settling African-American discrimination claims. We'll talk to a Congressman who says it's full of fraud and amounts to what he says are slavery reparations.
We'll also check the government's numbers and speak with the head of the Black Farmers Association.
We're keeping them honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Does anyone really believe that Rangel and Waters will be held accountable?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I like Waters. I hope everything goes well with her.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Lori

    These are our leaders.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Steve

    They can't have this both ways anymore. Either the top 2% are blue bloods with old money, or they are the so called "job creators". The latter pay taxes on their money when the gov can find it. The former pay no taxes at all, their customers do when they buy what they are selling.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Glad to hear they're getting rid of "the fluff" resolutions. Yes, there are more pressing issues facing the country. Would like to think they would use their time in a more meaningful way. I guess we'll see...

    December 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Kenya

    I smell corruption.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Emily

    I wonder if Rep. Watters really believes that she has not done anything wrong?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  8. Libby

    LOL! Some of those resolutions are too silly. 😀

    December 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  9. Lori

    Can you believe these resolutions?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  10. Ron

    Im black and i dont support it. Its too late. Reparations should be made through schooling and career building. Not just a signed check.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  11. kylie

    it will hurt us in the end we will pay for there taxes

    December 1, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow!!! That's so scary I have seen teenager got shackled and held up without clothes on in the gym and need help.

    I am so pleased that bill already passed to bring oraphans home in U.S over 1,000 children...... Yay!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  13. kylie

    how do you think the rich will make up for higher taxes? By cutting jobs and raising prices, that is how. I will only hurt us in the end

    December 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  14. Bruce

    Logic says HIGH tax rates encourages small businesses to SPEND their money and get the deduction. LOW tax rates encourages small businesses to KEEP their money for themselves. The Republican comments, for keeping rates low thinking that is good, are simply double speak.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  15. Emily

    @Chi,
    "Haitian babies are so cute. Hope they will be loved."
    I agree ... They're very cute. It's good news from Haiti for a change.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  16. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Libby-'Why didn't Republicans complain about the deficit when Bush was squandering it away? And they never mention what the outcome of not having a stimulus would have been'

    They were not complaining because they were getting breaks on their taxes and getting more money

    December 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  17. Jerry - Kansas City

    I agree with Gene! very correct very smart

    December 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  18. lisal -canada

    the kardashians sure do seem to be everywhere – there is a "kardashian butt-blaster app" on iTunes! LOL!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  19. Emily

    Did the Chilean Miners make that list?
    Someone sent me one, yet it was all "sports" related.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I'm happy to hear that the bill was finally passed so that the Haitian children can finally be adopted.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  21. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Was the 6th most popular search for 'Anderson Cooper?'

    December 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  22. Karen, MN

    I can't believe Anderson Cooper didn't make the google list:)

    December 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Sue from Syracuse

    kylie, Competition will continue to work. Consumer is still the king. We have to go local with all our consumption – that's the final answer.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Chi

    Haitian babies are so cute. Hope they will be loved.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Nina

    @ Gene
    I completely agree. I, too, am irritated with the Democrats for not standing up to the Republicans.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  26. Libby

    Kudos to Congress for voting to make it easier for those adorable Haitian orphans to be adopted! 😀

    December 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  27. Frankie

    ....I meant ending the tax cut for the wealthy....

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  28. Lori

    such cute babies....

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Karen, MN

    Thank god that young was able to escape.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    @JoAnn...you're absolutely right...about MOST politicians.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  31. Leonard Beckler

    If you don't give the wealthy some sort of break then who'll create the jobs? It bothers me when people blame the rich for everything and exspect them to pay because of their success. It's a nice concept me being on the thinner wallet size of the spectrum but face it someone making $30,000 yearly won't be creating jobs any time soon. And you hear of another factory moving to another country every day. We need jobs! if that means giving a company some tax breaks then so be it.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  32. Emily

    @Sue R. Canton MI.,
    I think that you are right...It's going to be a non-stop blame-game. I just hope that the people are paying attention when it comes to election time.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  33. harry

    the senators has argument has little merit in solving the economic conditions that all farmers are working under in this tough econmoy. Black farmers are being made the focus unfairly when the are a tiny minority of the total of all programs for farmers and large agra corporations.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  34. Nina

    The Republican party is the party of filibusters creating the party of "no"

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  35. kylie

    Drill in the east and gulf quit the ban

    December 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  36. Sue from Syracuse

    And.. that is even as the rich have become richer.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  37. Gene

    According to the Joint Committee on Taxation accounted for 94 percent of all U.S. businesses in 2007, include partnerships, sole proprietorships and S corporations, you know Big Business

    December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  38. Libby

    Why didn't Republicans complain about the deficit when Bush was squandering it away? And they never mention what the outcome of not having a stimulus would have been.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Sue R, I have to belive the cheap talk is going to be around for quite a while

    December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  40. Kelly

    If Rep. King was made aware of fraud by a constituent claiming he had documentation i.e. proof, of 75% fraudulent claims, then what did King do about it? Did he contact the FBI? If so, why were there only 3 prosecutions? If he didn't, then he should be held accountable for negligence and aiding and abetting the fraud.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  41. Sue from Syracuse

    @Nina,
    And, they want to keep it that way.
    In the last two years, we have a far bigger portion of the middle class sink below the poverty line in the U.S. and a lot more of the middle class slide into lower middle class. The proportion of people making less than $250k has actually increased.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  42. Chris

    ANderson, if these nine years of tax cuts were so effective in adding jobs, we would be up to our eye balls in jobs. This double speak by the Republicans is a disservice to the Country. The income has flowed to the top for the past 20 years. .. and there is hardly no more middle class.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  43. kylie

    tax the rich fine, they will raise prices on the rest of us. Then what? So the rich stay rich and we pay poor, yeah I guess that is right. Great thought

    December 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  44. Gene

    As a Dem i am extremely upset that the Dems dont hold the line and stick to their guns. They always back down, the Repubs know it yet the masses think the Repubs actually care about them. I have never understood it. Repubs Spend, Dems Care and yet Dems lose. Ten years of tax breaks, we are still in a recession. Those with money made a fortune in the last 2 yrs in the stock market. There are many good/great small businesses

    December 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  45. Joan

    Every poll I see supports keeping tax cuts for the middle class and reverting back to the pre-Bush tax rate for the wealthy. The Republican rhetoric is demagoguery and hypocritical. Let's face it, they are protecting their own wallets.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I wouldn't be surprised to see Rangel and Waters both walk away without so much as a slap on the wrist.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  47. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Once we see an economic clearing in 2-3 years, I foresee a resurgence of union power throughout the U.S. The working and middle class will get even......just wait.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Thanks Nina!!!!!!! I agree!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  49. Carrie

    The Repubs are still campaigning and don't really want to work for us, same party of no, maybe they should pay back their salaries they earned for the last 21 months!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  50. Jerry - Kansas City

    If the tax cuts will create jobs and boost the economy then why hasn't it worked so far?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
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