May 26, 2009
Posted: 1800 GMT


Hello everyone,

We are once again leading with North Korea today. After having rattled nerves with a nuclear test yesterday, Pyongyang today tested several short-range missiles.

We'll go live to Moscow for regional reaction and live to the Pentagon for more on what sources there says is North Korea's real nuclear capability. We know they can carry out nuclear tests. We know they can fire missiles and rockets. But how far are they from being able to launch a nuclear attack on their neighbors using nuclear warheads?

Also, we're asking you to tell us what you think should be done to address the North Korean issue. Is it a question of imposing more sanctions? Should some countries in the international community consider switching strategies and offering the isolated, impoverished regime economic incentives?

Vote in today's Idesk online poll. I'll read out results during the show.

Also today, we're looking at President Barack Obama's nominee to replace David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court bench. If confirmed, Judge Sonia Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice and only the third woman.

I'll talk to legal analyst jeffrey Toobin and political analyst Bill Schneider at the half hour. We'll break down the implications of Sotomayor's nomination. How will it change the Supreme Court? Will Senate Republicans oppose her nomination? What does her past as a trial judge tell us about the kind of Supreme Justice she might make?

Among the other top stories at the I-Desk, we will take you live to California where that state's supreme court has just upheld a ban on gay marriage. This just happened and is major breaking news in the United States where gay marriage is a major hot topic issue.

That and the rest of the day's top stories (and even a baby kangaroo because you can never go wrong with baby kangaroos.)

See you on TV,


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dan in Tucson   May 27th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

North Korea, as a sovereign nation, has every right to have the same weapons as other nations. Our notion that we are the worlds police is why we are involved in so many wars all the time. Who is the aggressor here? As for the crazy guy on the button, just think of what the rest of the world was thinking the past eight years with our Bush/Cheney crazy guy at the button. I don't see the difference.

Chigozie Anene   May 28th, 2009 11:26 am ET

North Korea has ignored the international community, more sanctions, more talks, tic-tic gose the Bomb....

Fawad Ali   May 28th, 2009 1:59 pm ET

President Obama has proved that one should more care about daily realities and not rigid rules which were designed to ignore humanity, and his selection of Sonia Sotomayor explains exactly that – law is evil, let's try to be more humane by empathizing .....Now, Let's try to understand Kim Jong-il and why he is such a big jerk before some other jerks start talking about waging a war.......

albert astin   May 28th, 2009 7:48 pm ET

With all due respect to the N Korean government, the proliferation, or saber-rattling, of nuclear weapons is the epitome of antiquated philosophy. No one wins a nuclear war, and the N. Koreans know that.

However, I'm sure their motives are more capitalistic. They want/need more resources than they can muster. So, they bluff, and they are counting on many nations to acquiese.

Personally, I think they should have their ass kicked into another zip code. This is nothing short of that type of insanity which gets many locked up in institutions for the criminally insane. Since we can't lock them up, then let's obviate them.

It's just a thought – one's own opinion.


Prem Nizar Hameed   May 31st, 2009 7:13 pm ET

The UN is a place where the whole world, the developed as well as the underdeveloped should come together as equals. The decision taken there should not be dictated by bias or determined exclusively by interest groups, be it the West or the East. Moreover, even if laws and systems based on racial and linguistic discriminations may be gradually disappearing, the mentality behind them remains as deep rooted as ever. Let us read article 1 to 30 and with equanimity think who abides by and who constantly abuses them. Was the UN reduced to become a publishing house which keeps on publishing mere resolutions only? The present failures demand its proper implementation.. However, war mongers have no place in the hearts of common people. And also it is foolish to believe that a problem can be settled by one flick of the remote control switch. What security our generation will get if other countries also stock pile the nuclear arsenals? The invisible fear psychosis of a sheep at a slaughter house and that of our young generations are same. The butchers show remarkable insensitivity towards them. It is time the UN has to stand above all pressure to practise humanitarian ethics. Ban ki Moon’s top priority must be to ban all nuclear weapons and save our earth.

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