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the state department. my step father was going -- but he stayed here in california in camp pendleton. what is your degree anyway, i was curious? guest: well, i have one of those useless master's degrees in foreign policy. but i think the point i want to take away from the caller is -- color is this. you cannot neglect one part of the world in order to cope with another. the united states is a world power and has to cope and treat world problems. the way crises become crises is by neglect and by not focusing the due amount of attention on each region of the world. .
us. >> the white house unveils a new web site, usaspending.gov. it tracks federal i.t. investments. politico reports that some republicans believe a handful of democrats may have taken a career ending bode by supporting the energy bill -- ending vote by supporting on the energy bill. chief justice john roberts says that justice this will rehear a case on corporate funded campaign ads after failing to reach a decision on whether a documentary about hillary clinton violated those laws.
it could reshape the way american political campaigns are run ahead of the 2010 midterm and 2012 presidential elections. republican leaders say norm coleman's challenge has been worth the money. since election day, republican senators and the rnc have given hundreds of thousands of dollars more. the government experts vote today on whether michael and other combination cold medicines should be pulled from the market. the fda has assembled experts to discuss and vote on ways to prevent overdosing. the pain relieving. the reducing ingredient in tylenol and others medications. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio.
host: we want to hear from you. the numbers are on the screen. republicans, 202-737-0001. democrats, 202-737-0002. independents, 202-628-0205. send us an e-mail or a tweet. on the front page of "the wall street journal" -- dick cheney is on the front page of "the washington times." from "the washington post" -- the "chicago tribune" --
and the front page story in "the star-ledger." rarely in memory has a man become such a planetary pariah. not a single person, no member of his family, no friend of a lifetime stepped forward to attest to his character. humanity has written off bernie madoff. also, "the new york post." inside "the new york daily news" has this photograph. from inside "the new york post" -- they reprint his remarks. he said, "there's nothing i can
do, but i will live with this pain for the rest of my life. i apologize to my victims. i am sorry. i know that does not help you, your honor. thank you for listening." caller: my question is -- reggie walton is report about the sexual abuse in prison, i am concerned about the number of rapes being reported. a lot of the men that are being raped, some of them are being infected with hiv and aids. when they come out of the prison, they are sleeping with these different women. host: that is one of the points that he mentioned. 95% of those incarcerated in u.s. prisons ultimately leave jail in move back into society. caller: this is a big problem.
what will the of administration do to try to curb this? the african american community, especially the black women, are being infected with this. i am not infected, thank god, but there are so many that are. as far as the hon darhondurans e concerned, how will that affect the illegal immigrants here? host: we did invite him to come back on in a couple of months to see how the administration is dealing with some of the questions that you posed on incarceration and the situation of rape in prison. inside the "usa today" -- a look inside the british monarchy. funding for the queen elizabeth and the royal family cost british taxpayers 68 plea $6
million last year, almost $2.5 million more than the previous year. caller: i was trying to talk about the medicare debacle and the insurance industry. you probably have insurance where you work. you also have the chance for supplemental insurance. that is basically the way that the older folks on medicare are. i do not understand why americans are not able to buy into the medicare system at $20 per week. older folks insurance probably cost $80 per month. that is $20 per week for each american. just like when you get your car inspected, you have to prove insurance. it would be basically the same way that we could run the system.
the government already takes out medicare taxes and stuff on the check. i do not see why it would be such a big deal to take out an extra $20 for someone who wanted that type of insurance. the other idea -- they want more basic insurance. that is just what medicare is. if they wanted something like aarp, people in their 50s could get the supplemental. host: thank you for the call. a story in "the washington post" president obama welcome to todd gay patrons. the president saw to assure guessed that he had not abandoned the issues important to them. next is a caller from miami. caller: i am calling from miami and i want the world to know
what is happening in honduras. i have been happening -- i want everybody to know that what is going on in honduras right now is beneficial for the country. it was not a coup. it was a judicial order followed by the military. it was backed by congress. it was backed by the attorney general. all of the population is happy with what is going on in honduras. the images you guys see on tv is not a representation of what is really going on. this guy was driving our country -- it was falling apart. everything that is bad was going on in honduras. everybody is happy with what is going on. i think people have to know what the truth is, not just see what is shown on the television
because that is not a representation of what is going on in the country. i ask everybody to these be informed when they back somebody because you cannot just follow what you see on tv because that is not a real representation. host: how long have you been in the u.s.? caller: 9 years. i studied in the u.s. and i am working here now. one reason i decided to stay here is because of the government in honduras. he is driving us toward a chavez kind of state. that is not what is good for the world. host: thank you for the call. in iraq this morning, one of many photographs available in newspapers and also on websites as a member of the iraqi security flashing a gesture of celebration as the u.s. pulled back the first page of a process that will see all combat troops out of iraq by august 2010.
we will show you some of the photographs from afp and ap. the day to begin the troop withdrawal from that country. sue is on the phone from grand rapids, mich.. caller: i am upset with the diane feinstein comments to the left. the comments she made reported on line does not move me one bit. i am very concerned with democrats like sheet and lieberman that are getting so much money. her husband was going to be investigated. it cost the inspector general to investigate her.
she apparently has a husband who has a lot of folks up contractually with the war efforts. thank you. host: thank you. congress is in recess this weekend back next monday, focusing on health care. one week from monday, the start of the confirmation hearings for sonia sotomayor to replace justice david souter, who spent his last day on the bench yesterday. he read some poetry. chief justice john roberts read from robert frost as a said farewell to justice souter. the front page of "the wall street journal" marketplace section -- car sales rebound
seen for june. also, "usa today" says some banks are raising credit rates and fees. host: that is from the money section of usa today. caller: this is my first time calling. i'm very excited. with the credit card thing, i think that is ridiculous. we just did reform about that and they are already raising rates. i also want to talk about the iran, russia, china thing. i am a young american.
i am 36 years old. i do not know who is listening to these phone calls. it puts everybody at odds to know that two main countries, china and russia, we have a treaty with. how can we allow someone like china and russia to provide arms to people that we are trying to bring to the table, calm down a region. they're providing arms. these people are in our treaty. how do you deal with other superpowers? how do you deal with other nations that are s fas strong ad have not extended themselves throughout the world. how do you defend your country when you are spread so thin? and then you have people in europe treaty who are actually backing it?
where is our government going? i know our people want us to do the right thing and be an honorable superpower. we have countries that talk about the united states. most of their families are here in the united states. for instance, the pictures you to show developed of united states leaving the middle east. even the soldiers are jumping up and acting crazy. it seems that they do not have any training on how to carry themselves in the national eye. and how to run the military and how to be strong and how to govern. host: this picture is from baghdad as the rociraqis celebre
with fireworks and music on the eve of the official pullout of u.s. troops. there are still 130,000 u.s. troops stationed in iraq until august of next year. we are opening our phone lines. we want to share a piece from "the new york times" this morning. let me just read a couple of excerpts from what "the new york times" this morning.
in just wondering how come you have not had as a morning subject ever since then? i regard it as one of the most disastrous things that has ever happened in the country. host: we devoted friday morning with the expected passage with two members of the congress. it will come up again because the senate will take up the bill with a lot of debate. the president talked about it yesterday. we carried his announcement from the white house. has been an issue we have been focusing on. caller: i will be eagerly awaiting that. . host: tell us why you oppose the bill. caller: here is one of the reasons. they say this will cost everybody $175. if you take into consideration, everything from banking and slicing bread, wrapping meat,
shipping anything across the country, anything you do that requires energy -- it will add to the price of those things. that will be a lot more than $175. host: john boehner called the bill -- caller: i heard it, but i do not remember it of hands. host: it was a little of profanity. he said it was a pile of something. caller: yes. there is no provision whatsoever to limit the co2 emissions by china and india, which are both increasing the amount of carbon dioxide that they are putting into the atmosphere. they are increasing it at far greater rates than we could
possibly turn around and lower our own. i do not see that this accomplish thies any thing at a tremendous cost to the united states. it does not make logical sense. host: thank you for your call. front page of "the financial times" -- the bernie madoff story. that win andee twister, and from a viewer -- susan is on the phone from four words. -- from fort worth. caller: i have been watching these clowns in congress on c- span and it is amazing. everything is run by the corporations and a lobbyisthe l.
health-care reform is run by the insurance companies and the pharmaceuticals, so we will never really get a good change. i wish i could have gotten on with the gentleman from the service. i would love to have known what his company that he worked for is their -- if they are in the profit business with the service now. host: t is not. he is now with a think tank. we will let you take care of the dog. caller: i'd like to know how much did cheney and bush made of this war. host: thank you. it is the center for the new american security. as always, the links are available on our site, c- span.org. the front page of politico --
the energy bill aftershocks. and also, some of the behind- the-scenes negotiations and arm twisting. byron is on the phone from indiana. good morning. what is on your mind? caller: good morning. i have a comment to make about government health care. these plans that are under consideration. the point of want to make is about the differences between private insurance and the government bureaucracy, or the potential bureaucracy. controlling health-care costs seems to be one of the most important to long-term stability
of any insurance system. private insurance controls cost generally by verifying eligibility and claim politicallvalidity, sometimes te extreme. on the other hand, it seems government medicare talks the talk but does not walk the walk. my wife and i are both on medicare. medicare claimed to be interested in fraud or mistaken claims, but my spells got a statement from social security -- my spouse got a statement from social security saying they paid a claim to a physician in the illinois area. host: was this recently?
caller: within the last month. we suspected a missed killin bir worse. we called, and the person seemed to be interested, but just gave my wife a phone number. it was a number in india movein. it was a disconnected number. host: have you talked to your member of congress? >caller: no. host: who is your representative? host: rep donnelly -- caller: rep donnelly. host: or call your senator. caller: we have two. how can we trust government to control the cost?
the system is going to be so huge and the funds are almost unlimited, so it seems. host: thank you for your call. that will obviously be one of the many questions that come up. we have been watching the senate health committee. the debate is expected to be front and center as early as next week. in a story this morning on the front page of "the new york times" -- president obama is pushing to have a bill on his desk by october. joins us from virginia. she is the "slate magazine" senior editor. as we turn our decision to the supreme court and the decision 5-4 in favor of the firefighters in connecticut, what impact, if any, does this have on sonia sotomayor, who had the lower
court decision, she begins her hearings? guest: that's the question everybody is asking right now. it will not have a huge impact. it is not well for her. it's never pleasant for a judge to be reversed by the supreme court and it is not pleasant to have this happen two weeks before confirmation hearing. this was a 5-4 decision. there were four justices on the court who did not have a problem with what she did. they would have liked to remand the case back, but there were four judges that said what she did was reasonable. there were five judges that more or less announced a new task. that is probably what she will say at the hearing. this was a new test, so she could not have arrived at the conclusion. host: that is one of the themes from the editorials this morning, including in "the
washington post" this morning that they should have moved it back to the lower court. explain what that would have meant. guest: the court looked at the fact of why this city tossed out these firefighters promotional exams to the district court applied title 7 of the civil- rights act. court of appeals had done the same thing. they were very early stages. there was not a factual record. i think the "washington post" editorial may be simply that my colleague made last night. that is, it's way too early for the supreme court to jump in and get involved in this litigation. it is too early to use this as an occasion to announce a new test. a test that had never been invented before. there was a feeling that it was very premature.
is really would have been better for everyone concerned if the court had done what they usually do when they announce a brand new rule, which is remanded back to the courts. ok, we have created a new standard. now look at it again and apply the new standard. that did not happen. that is one of the things that justice ruth spader against rick -- bader ginsburg was upset about. host: let me read to you a part of what "the washington post" said this morning. host: