- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 5, 2009

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

In case you didn’t tune into The Washington Times’ nationally syndicated radio show, “America’s Morning News” — heard in Washington on WTNT-AM 570 and coast-to-coast via the Talk Radio Network — here’s what just three of Tuesday’s guests told co-hosts Melanie Morgan and John McCaslin:

• Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee: The congressman from Harlem defended his proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans to fund his party’s proposed government-run health care plan, adding there weren’t many other alternatives.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rangel blamed Republican operatives for spearheading numerous ethics complaints filed against him, for which his campaign has spent almost $1 million in legal fees in one year’s time to defend.

• Peter Greenberg, travel editor for NBC’s “Today” show: Mr. Greenberg encouraged U.S. tourists to travel to Mexico if they so desire, calling fears of contracting so-called “swine flu” unfounded. He also said that more and more government agencies are holding conferences in cities such as Milwaukee and Houston instead of Las Vegas to avoid the latter’s tarnished image.

• Cecile Tebo, mental health administrator for New Orleans: She said the impoverished city is home to more than its fair share of mental patients, not only because of the suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina but also because of its tradition of attracting people with a history of substance abuse.

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