April 15th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

On the Radar: Volcano, taxes and Tea Party

Smoke billows Wednesday from an erupting volcano in Iceland.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Wednesday:

Iceland volcano – CNN has had stories over the last few weeks about the volcano that erupted under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland for the first time since 1821. Residents were evacuated while some tourists turned up to watch. But now the huge plume of ash from the volcano is spreading through the skies, closing airspace and bringing travel chaos to northern Europe. CNN will be plotting the airport closures and asking meteorologists where the cloud will affect next as well as seeking pictures of the volcano, which are quite stunning, particularly if you are not affected.

Tax Day: It's April 15 and for many people that means just one thing - got to file those tax returns! CNN will be watching for the expected last-minute rush at tax preparers and post offices.

Tea Parties: Today is also the day that the Tea Party Express rolls into Washington. Organizers say a "People's Tax Revolt" will begin at 11 a.m. and there are events scheduled for throughout the day.

Space program: President Obama will soon be off to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida to talk about his policy for the space program, which cancels President George W. Bush's plan to return U.S. astronauts to the moon by 2020.  Traveling with him will be former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who supports the proposals, saying that we have already been to the moon and should look for new challenges. That view is in stark contrast to that of the only man to precede Aldrin on the moon, Neil Armstrong. He and other former astronauts sent an open letter, warning that "Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity."

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  1. Ky'Anne

    While these funky little tea party "rallies" are taking place, they are hanging nooses in people's yards in Dallas, Texas. Tell me about that story...Get on it, CNN!

    April 15, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |