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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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  1. Nina

    My current concern is over the "Corporate enclosure of the internet" Sad that Child AIDs is on the increase in Asia

    December 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Kelly

    The punishment in this country for slave trafficking, especially of children for sex, should be mandatory 'life in prison without parole' AND immediate (upon conviction) castration.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Tina

    It is a shame that our society glamorizes this type of lifestyle. The American people should be aware that child human trafficking exists in our own backyards.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Sue R. Canton MI.

    This child sex trafficking has been going on in our country for so long. It's happening all over the world. It's so sad. We need a whole lot of people like our CNN/Hero Anuradha Korala. It would be a beautiful day when we can stomp out all these pimps.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  5. Lori

    Broad scope on the rediculist.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is so outrage I have heard children make pimp sex as trafficricking against children..... Unacceptable behavior!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  7. Carrie

    Our President is reach out to them many times, and if the Repub don’t pass something for the American people they will lose big 2012

    December 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  8. kecia

    It's called supply and demand if there was no demand then there would b need to supply. I know someone who worked for a major airline and their were men that would fly overseas to have sex with under age girls and would come back to america and brag about it....the shocker is no on reported them they just complained amongst themselves.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  9. lisal -canada

    not as much time has been spent on the "demand" side of this whole issue – i mean who are these people and is there REALLY that much demand? there must be – but it boggles the mind

    December 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  10. Libby

    It's heart breaking to see children brought overseas into something so horrific. 😦

    December 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  11. Chi

    Re Child prostitution: "the demand is there, and so is the supply". How bad!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  12. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Prostitution is in general slavery, and it is really sad that our society glamorizes it in music, media, and pop culture. I really don't think that the people that glamorize it think of what it really is and how damaging it really is

    December 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  13. Lori

    That is big money.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  14. Kenya

    Isn't the root of this evil where the parents, guardians, school counselors are? Or lack thereof? How do these young girls end up in this horrible predicament to begin with?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  15. Libby

    I agree Karen in MN. Those arrested for running child prostitution rings should never, ever get out of prison - ever!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  16. Karen, MN

    The men who are having sex with minors are pedophiles. They need to be locked-up. I seriously wonder it pedophiles can be cured. I think they have a sickness.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  17. Emily

    This is such a sad story that Dan Simon is reporting on. (yet it needs to be known)

    December 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  18. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Human trafficking is a bigger problem than we think. Thankful for those who expose this issue and those organizations who come to those kids with aid.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  19. kecia

    @karen yes it is... how do we stop it? and we r suppose to b a moral society....UMh

    December 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  20. Kevin Smith-Poole

    It is so sad that these kids are being pimped out.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  21. Nina

    Very sad how common child prostitution occurs in the US

    December 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  22. Lori

    Do they go right back? what is preventing recirculation?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  23. Nina

    Child prostitution is common in all cities and is not only rapid in poor areas, but also very common in wealthy sections as well.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  24. Amarie

    No one should talk about taxes unless they tell how much they pay…I bet most people don’t pay enough taxes to pay for a fifth of what the government does for them. All tax money doesn’t go to pay welfare. Most people I work with, yes I said work, get reparation oops I mean refunds…lol Those republican women sure are angry, all the time…

    December 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  25. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "This is exactly why the American people don't trust the government."
    you get the Government you vote for, and the people keep voting for some of these very same people. They really don't have "jobs for life", even thou it seems like it sometimes.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I can't say that I am surprised to see this type of thing going on in California.

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

    Young girls being pimped out for sex is my pet peeve. This is unacceptable. We need to protect our children.

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

    I believe they will be held about as accountable as the Republicans, like Nevada Senator John Ensign.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  29. Lori

    Libby, wasteful government spending....

    December 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Sue R. Canton MI.

    There always seems to be loopholes when it comes to hearings like that of Charlie Rangells or Maxine Waters. With all the hoopla and attention on the hearings ,,most of us know that the end result will be that little slap on the wrist.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  31. Jehanne

    Well I am happy that the bill passed for Haitian orphans. I now pray for the DREAM ACT.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  32. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    It sounds what Rangel went through was really "just for show". Why would they admit to doing anything wrong when nearly No One holds them to any accountability it seems. It's still hard to believe that Rangel was even re-elected!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  33. Kelly, PA

    So our tax dollars go to prisoners having facebook pages? Not cool.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  34. Lori

    Anderson and CNN made my Google list.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Jose

    HI,Anderson
    I feel like the Republicans are playing Russian-Roulette with American lives.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  36. Libby

    I hope the Republicans don't get rid of the Ethics Panel. I don't understand why they're talking about getting rid of it?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Betty

    I can't believe that the Reps are holding up important issues because of the taxes for the rich. The START program is one that is a national security issue, but they are only thinking of the rich.
    By doing nothing is a slap in the face of the American people, but yet they collect their salary, health care that we pay for and add to their retirement funds. WOW--who voted for these people?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  38. penny

    i'm for extending tax cuts for the middle class only. i don't understand why indivuals that make over $250,000.00 need a continuing tax cut. the reasons that the republicans and tea partiers give do not seem plausible.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Kevin Smith-Poole

    @Jo Ann – I agree! And they will not be held accountable (they never are)

    December 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  40. Emily

    "It is not a legal process, It's a political process"
    That right there says that neither will be held accountable, Jo Ann!
    That statement by Joe Johns is really shocking...

    December 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  41. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Congressional Ethics. Those two words do not go together.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

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

    Government officials never admit that they do anything wrong.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  43. Carmella

    It's amazing how Republicans are always talking about what the American people want. The American people want them to repeal DADT, but you don't see them moving forward on that. It's really not about what the American people want it's really about what they want. The same people who voted them to Washington are the same people they won't extend unemployment benefits to. So much for that I guess somebody got tricked.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  44. Nate

    tax cuts should remain

    December 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  45. Gregory

    If not now when? This country makes a lot of promises. The person who said that they do not support reparations is confused if she thinks that the Pigford case is reparations. It It is a class action law suit. Reparations would be like if this goverment said that they would pay for the crimes against humanity it commited when it allowed, endorsed and profited from the forced labor of people of color.

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

    I don't think Rangel should have run for another term again.. but Maxine Waters did show up the other day for her hearing and she was stood up. :-O

    December 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  47. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This is exactly why the American people don't trust the government.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Nate

    I think the tax cuts should remain for everyone. If the tax cuts remain the rich can keep on creating more jobs and the people do better mananging money then the government.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  49. Suzanne

    Concerning payments to black farmers, I believe each one who files a claim should prove his case. If there are no documents to
    substantiate the claim, he does not get paid.
    We do not need to be handing out money without
    just cause.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  50. Steve

    The big scam through all of this is by theory, lower taxes reduce costs, reduced costs means lower prices, lower prices means more sales, more sales means jobs created. Has anybody noticed those lower prices the last ten years? What I have noticed is the increased record profits and wealth for the top 2%.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
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