The day's most popular stories
The elimination of front-runner Pia Toscano on "American Idol" sent shockwaves through the viewing public.
April 8th, 2011
10:29 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

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Budget showdown live blog: The latest developments in Washington as the deadline looms for a government shutdown.

Did female voters send Pia home on 'Idol?' It would be so easy to blame the teenage girls. The "American Idol" studio audience was full of them. They rushed the stage Wednesday night after contestant Scotty McCreery sang an Elvis Presley song to hug him and tug on his clothes. But were the teen female fans, with their faster-than-lightning voting fingers, to blame for the shockingly early ouster of front-runner Pia Toscano on Thursday night?

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  1. REVOLUTION NOW!

    This bribery of our elected officials has GOT TO STOP!
    STOP bribing our officials! Bribery is not free speech and never will be. That judge who ruled that way should be disbarred.

    Bribery is the NUMBER ONE reason our country is so messed up!

    Lack of ethics and accountability are reasons 2 and 3 of why our country is a pile of steaming mess.

    To call for a revolution under these circmstances is not treason, but patriotism. We need to throw those sleazy bums OUT once and for all. We need to CRACK DOWN on politicians like never before.
    The "blood of tyrants" is called for. The tree of liberty is nearly dead. Revolution NOW!

    April 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • DARYL

      I feel that Government Should Shutdown, Because I want a 5 year Budget not a until next week or September I want a 5 year plan. As for Military Families they made the Choice of Joining the Army So I Dont Feel Sorry for them. However if they Open the Draft I would be sorry. As for working paycheck to paycheck With Military Wives working only Part-times jobs I dont feel sorry for them. Becasue there are job for Full-time. and States Do help. Howver With all this I DO SUPPORT A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.

      April 9, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Yay !Therell be no Shutdown!love bein the bearer of good news .

    April 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hey Raven you still there?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Whyfoxhasnofreespeech

    notice that fox has no blogs and the reason is obvious. Meanwhile the self righteous stone age lamers come here to moan about censors and why they no longer run the world and are bloated beyond belief. Happy to steal the future of children worldwide the same.. Save no lives but taking plenty.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    @ Whyfoxhasnofreespeech: you are obviously one of the self-righteous stone age lamers, since you are here complaining.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Capt. Pikachu

    *überfacepalm*

    April 9, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    Pika pika!

    April 9, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Miss M

    Mr. Rove it's too late for me. In the last few months (since campaign elections started) I've gone from thinking Obama has been a big let down to thinking he's sooooooo much better than the alternative. Republicans are using the "budget crisis," which they helped create, to justify all sorts of things that have nothing to w/ the budget. You can't start two wars and give hand outs to Wallstreet and then act surpised that we have no money. You can't go after unions b/c "they cost the taxpayers too much money" when they agree to every one of your demands. You can't go after Planned Parenthood by using the budget. Use morals all you want, but not the budget. (If anything PP saves the tax payers money.) Obama isn't perfect but he's not Sarah Palin or George W. Bush. And shame, shame, shame on any politcian that thinks cuts to the education budget is okay. Perhaps if any of their kids attended public school, that wouldn't be first place to cut spending. Why not cut your own pay before you start sacrificing the future of our children.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      No vouchers for the religious schools if they don't pay taxes.

      April 9, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. devil angel

    please broadcast about the situation between current ethiopan egypt and sudan on the bluenile treatment and why egypt could refuse of signing the treaty and its programmes up next

    April 9, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Who are u devil angel?

    April 9, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nora Su

    Not such a surprise that PIA was voted off American Idol. She has a great voice, but who wants another ballad singer? I can't see her rocking out to anything... She wasn't going to win any more than Jacob Lusk will – another wonderful voice with no Idol potential.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey

    @ REVOLUTION NOW!
    If you want it now, you can't have it your way: politicians can still deal with the country as it is currently divided by economic forces of different sociological origins.
    If you want to experience a good revolution, guillotine and all, come back in about twenty years, give or take a decade.
    Be careful, though: it may not be as much fun as you are expecting.

    April 9, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    What's a Pia and what is American Idol?

    April 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ThomasD

    Hi Banasy. American idol is this dumb show on tv. People try to be 'discovered' for thier talents, I guess. And I'm thinking pia was a contestant? Im not sure. I don't watch that kinda thing.

    April 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. L64

    Yep and yep

    April 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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