Kucinich Calls for Cheney Impeachment

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Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich has called for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney, and other top stories from the Web today.


This is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. I'm Luke Burbank. Don't blame us, you clicked on them.

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We have decided to round up our favorites in our own kind of subjective measure of things, the things that you have clicked on, e-mailed to your friends, read, printed out, all the stuff that you are eating up on the Web, and we call this segment, The Most.

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BURBANK: Stepping into the BPP microphone is MJ Davis.

MJ DAVIS: What's up, guys?

BURBANK: What's up, MJ?

DAVIS: I'm bringing you something you from Google Trends. The Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich - excuse me - of Ohio, who also is a presidential nominee candidate, pulled a bit of a stunt on the floor yesterday. He introduced a bill to impeach the Vice President Dick Cheney. First, Republicans tried to block Kucinich from even holding debate on the floor, but then they realized they could tick House Speaker Nancy Pelosi off more if they let Kucinich play out his little stunts.

BURBANK: All right.

DAVIS: So they almost let him debate for an hour on the floor. In the end, the Dems managed to get the bill referred back to the House Judiciary Committee along party lines. Does it - it was a debacle, it was a stunt, a lot of speculation over which is harder, getting him elected president or getting his bill to pass.

BURBANK: Yeah. Probably both we would say unlikely.

STEWART: Unlikely perhaps long shots.

BURBANK: Alison, though, you know, you stand up for the Kucinich here.

STEWART: I stand up for the Kucinich here. I just - I don't - I have issues with that he's always portrayed to be so nutty.

BURBANK: Well, I mean, he's obviously…

STEWART: I mean, he's just different.

BURBANK: …he's obviously…

STEWART: I don't see why different equals nutty.

BURBANK: He's obviously a crazy person.

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BURBANK: I mean he said long ago that there were a lot of problems with the war in Iraq and that was going to be complicated, I mean, what a nut?

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STEWART: My most comes from MSNBC.com. It's about the DARPA Challenge. I don't know if you know about this. It's various teams from various institutions -colleges usually - get together to make these robots, and literally these robots are the size of cars. One of them was a Chevy. The winner was a Chevy Tahoe.

Now DARPA stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Yeah, this is from the Pentagon sponsors this and gets all these very, very smart people together to design these car robots. This one was interesting though, it was an urban challenge. It means that the robots had to obey traffic rules and go on city streets as opposed to being able to just rip it out in the desert. We actually caught up with the winner of the DARPA Challenge, the man who headed up Carnegie Mellon's winning team, his name is Red Whittaker. He explains how the robots worked.

Dr. RED WHITTAKER (Fredkin Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute): It is not programmed to follow a specific pattern. It's programmed to drive and to drive well, and to make judgments just like a beginning driver would do. It has to obey California traffic law and the rules of the road and the speed limits. And then subject to all that, it's a competition so it mattered to do well relative to everyone else, be the quickest to run out all those courses and make it look like there was nothing to it.

STEWART: If you want to hear more of that interview, it's on our blog at npr.org/bryantpark.

BURBANK: DARPA, the personal obsession of our editor Tricia McKinney. She - you like watched it over the weekend.

TRICIA McKINNEY: It was amazingly compelling. I can't explain just watching vehicles with nobody inside them driving around the suburban street course.

BURBANK: Yeah. Yeah.

McKINNEY: I couldn't get enough. (Unintelligible).

BURBANK: Me - (Unintelligible) my little Cassie(ph) raises herself.

Hey, Trish, you got the most e-mailed story from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

McKINNEY: Yes, I do. It is - actually, I used to live in San Diego so this one hits home for me. The San Diego City Council has passed a one-year ban on alcohol at all city beaches. Apparently, this all came down -, I guess, they've been kind of discussing banning booze on the beaches for a while, but this all kind of came to a head after a drunken Labor Day melee at Pacific Beach where apparently lifeguards…

BURBANK: (Unintelligible).

McKINNEY: Yeah, apparently, lifeguards abandoned their towers, and San Diego police, according to the story, donned riot gear to avoid a barrage of beer cans and plastic bottles. So I guess that was kind of the last straw for San Diego, and they're just trying it for one year to see how it goes.

BURBANK: (Unintelligible) does not surprise me, considering San Diego is a place where the plan usually is go to the bar, bring your beach cruiser and then, you know, kind of weave your way home on your bike. You know that living in San Diego, Trish.

McKINNEY: Yeah - that's not how I lived in San Diego. I have to say, you know…

BURBANK: Never in the Moondoggies and (unintelligible).

McKINNEY: It's the people with the beer bongs that ruin it for the rest of us is all I have to say.

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McKINNEY: I mean, you know, hey, folks, just keep it clean.

BURBANK: All right. Ilya Marritz, you've got - speaking of more of the moral decay of this show, what have you got for us?

ILYA MARRITZ: Well, this is - I'm going to have to disagree with what Tricia said. This is a Swiss study which is argument for keeping it dirty. It's one of the most popular stories at UPI, the wire service. And basically, they take a part of this study of about 5,000 Swiss teenagers. They looked at the ones who use no drugs or whatsoever, the ones who use pot and the ones who use pot in conjunction with cigarettes.

And they found that on indicators of socializing with their peers, doing well in school, playing sports, it was actually the kids who did pot who did the best. They performed the best and they were socialized the best which is really interesting to me because it always kind of seemed to me in high school - I was not one of the kids doing pot - but it always looked to me like the kids in high school who were doing pot were the best socialized, so it kind of confirms what I always believed.

STEWART: But they're stoned. They're just kind of nodding at each other.

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BURBANK: Don't take drugs.

STEWART: Drugs are bad.

MARRITZ: They have an interesting time together. They have a lot of good friends.

STEWART: And such (Unintelligible). What do they have to be cranky about?

BURBANK: Exactly. That's true.

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