Overheard on CNN.com: Jesus' take on helping poor, Trump's big endorsement
Readers are debating how President Barack Obama's religious beliefs should affect his economic policies.
February 2nd, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Jesus' take on helping poor, Trump's big endorsement

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Our readers had varying thoughts on a story about President Barack Obama's comments on how his religious beliefs affect his policy decisions at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Obama: Jesus would back my tax-the-rich policy

Many disagreed with Obama.

RoboKnuckle: "For the first time in your presidency I can say that you are right Mr. Obama. People should be helping their less fortunate neighbors as the Bible says. But here is where you are wrong: I don't remember the Bible stating that we should give it to the government for them to decide who our donations help. I believe that is why there are numerous charities and nonprofit organizations available for people to do this on their own. I have very little faith in the government getting my donations to the deserving parties."

Others said Jesus would lean a bit to the left.

FreeRadicals: "Jesus would be a liberal. I can't imagine how he would react to the GOP pretending to be Christians."

But many readers didn't think the government needs to be the vector for social assistance.

papillon1: "Yes, Jesus taught us to be compassionate and help the poor, but where does Jesus tell us to have Big Government do it for us? We are to do it directly. Get government out of the welfare business, and let us keep our dollars for local people helping local people."

Others said one should not confuse religion and government. FULL POST

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Gotta Watch: May-December romances
Crystal Harris has called off her wedding to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner
June 15th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

Gotta Watch: May-December romances

Perhaps Crystal Harris didn't want bridesmaids wearing bunny ears. Or perhaps she got tired of people suggesting her fiance was the "old" in "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue." Whatever the reason, it's official: Harris has called off her wedding to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Since much of the fascination about Hef and the Playboy Playmate centers around their 60-year age difference, today's Gotta Watch looks as some of our favorite May-December romances.

Harris makes "The RidicuList" - CNN's Anderson Cooper says he just doesn't get why Hefner's ex-fiancee would call off their big day.  He managed to put her on "The RidicuList" with references to dogs and hydrants, orthopedic shoes and penicillin.

'Til death do us part –¬†What's the secret to a successful marriage?¬† Selflessly sharing the mic at a press junket? Polishing your spouse's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame without being asked? Here, Ashton Kutcher¬†and Demi¬†Moore say it's as simple as a¬†Post-It note.

Donald and Melania –¬†Before Donald Trump flirted with the idea of running for president, he was flirting with now-wife Melania. Here, she tells HLN's Joy Behar that she initially didn't want to give Trump her number. No, it wasn't because he wanted to see her birth certificate.

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Gotta Watch: 'Birthers' here to stay
Donald Trump disputes the existence of a CNN poll with John King.
April 28th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Gotta Watch: 'Birthers' here to stay

Even as the president jokingly proclaimed he was carrying an ID to prove his citizenship, it seems the "birther" movement just won't let up. These are the latest fiery interviews that seem to be fueling the movement.

'Blowhard and a phony' РThose are some strong words for Donald Trump from New York Times journalist Christopher Byron. Last night,  Trump continued to question President Obama while sparring with CNN's John King . This is Byron's fierce analysis of the feud.

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Gotta Watch: Donald Trump
Several polls have Donald Trump as a top condender for the GOP race to the White House.
April 21st, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Donald Trump

As MSNBC has said, Donald Trump is to politics what Charlie Sheen is to entertainment. You want to watch him just to see what he says next. He keeps questioning President Obama's birthplace, but he gets annoyed when anyone presses him on his "birther" theory. Trump has been a media magnet for years, and now he's dangling the prospect of a potential presidential run. In today's Gotta Watch, we take a look at some of Trump's greatest hits.

'Birther' controversy - Trump says his strengths as a potential candidate like in his stance on "jobs, the economy, and protecting our nation from OPEC, China and all these other countries that are ripping us off." And yet, he complains that, every time he's on TV, he's asked about the theory that President Obama wasn't born in the U.S. Check out this feisty exchange between Trump and CNN's Ali Velshi and Kyran Chetry.

What's in a Trump name? - From "stupid" to "blatherside," so many in the media have their own way to describe Donald Trump. CNN's Jeanne Moos takes a look.

Donald Trump said what?? - Sometimes it seems as though Trump says anything that comes to his mind. And it's not always nice. As he eyes a possible presidential run, CNN.com dug up some of the more zany things the mogul has said over the years.

Gloria Borger: Is Donald Trump bankrupting the GOP?