April 19th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The 2012 presidential election can sometimes change at the drop of a hat.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest news and views from the campaign trail.

Today's programming highlights...

9:54 am ET - Oklahoma City bombing anniversary ceremony - A ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City takes place.

10:00 am ET - Syria crisis hearing - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before a House committee on the situation in Syria.

11:00 am ET - Discovery arrives at Smithsonian - The Smithsonian Institution formally welcomes space shuttle Discovery to the museum complex.  The shuttle will be placed on permanent display there.

11:00 am ET - Florida 'Stand Your Ground' announcement - In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott will announce the creation of a task force to look at Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

1:15 pm ET - Romney in Ohio - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters in Lorain, Ohio.

2:20 pm ET - Obama honors the Crimson Tide - President Obama welcomes the 2011-12 BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide to the White House.

CNN.com Live is your home for breaking news as it happens.


Filed under: Elections • Politics
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Pedro'

    I posted after you did.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. world be free

    India's missile launch is of no concern. They are a responsible nukeyoular power.

    April 19, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. YESSSSSSSSSSS

    The military service members being investigated are two Marine dog handlers, five Army Special Forces members, two Navy explosive-ordnance experts and one Air Force member, a U.S. official said. The military service members being investigated are two Marine dog handlers, five Army Special Forces members, two Navy explosive-ordnance experts and one Air Force member, a U.S. official said.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    There is a factory in Northern Minnesota which makes the Tickle Me Elmo toys. The toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms. Well, Lena is hired at The Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00 AM.

    The next day at 8:45 AM there is a knock at the Personnel Manager's door. The Foreman throws open the door and begins to rant about the new employee. He complains that she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up, putting the entire production line behind schedule.

    The Personnel Manager decides he should see this for himself, so the 2 men march down to the factory floor. When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmo's all over the factory floor and they're really beginning to pile up. At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmo's.

    She has a roll of plush red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles. The 2 men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and begins to carefully sew the little package between Elmo's legs.

    The Personnel Manager bursts into laughter. After several minutes of hysterics he pulls himself together and approaches Lena. "I'm sorry," he says to her, barely able to keep a straight face, "but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday..."

    "Your job is to give Elmo two test tickles."

    April 19, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      As Philip would suggest, waterboard Tickle Me Elmo, to find out what he knows.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cricket

      That is HILARIOUS! @bobcat, @BOMBO, lmao!

      April 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Superman

    Goodmorning,,,,,,,,chrissy,,,,,,,,,dazzle c,,,,,,,,,,,,,,banasy,,,,,,,,bobcat(in a hat),,,,youve got some beautifull wheather coming your way as for me im heading north to go and get some naked sun,,,,,,,,,,get back you guys its been to quiet,,,and remember be civil ,,,,or try at least

    April 19, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    @@@bobcat youve got to be kidding me that was a good one lmao !!!!!

    April 19, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mr Dalloway

    Any news of Louis Farrakhan, is he still alive.

    April 19, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      According to deadoraliveinfo.com, he is alive. I'm curious, why bring it up? Did he just get shot or something?

      Abe Vigoda and Norman Lloyd are still alive too, according to the same fun website. But Dick Clark is officially dead.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      Was that his plane off the coast of Florida? If so, he's done.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    OMG bobcat, roflmmfao! WHERE do you find these? I love it, keep em comming. Good morning superman!

    April 19, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    Good morning to you to merrysunshine how are you doin and every one have a marvelous day and ill be back later

    April 19, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Two robins were lying on their backs, basking in the sun. A
    mama cat and her kitten were walking by.

    The kitten complained, "Mama, I'm sooo hungry, what can we
    eat?"

    To which the mama cat, spying the two robins, replied, "How
    about some Baskin Robbins?"

    Groaner of the day.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elmo

      Obama is in a classroom full of children. He's watching this little girl build a huge tower out of Legos. He says to her "it looks like you have worked really hard here. I'm just gonna take half of your Legos and give them to the other kids who have been napping all day."

      April 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      And you found a political theme in that how ? Lame dude.

      April 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elmo

      i see Obama in the article and no mention of a stupid doll named Elmo. Who's lame now? Don't call me dude for I am a chick

      April 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kara

      Thats too funny Elmo! I believe you hurt bobcats feelings You see the latest polls on the election? Obama is trailing by two points. So hold onto your pants u libs. It's not going to be the shoo in like you thought. Tee Hee

      April 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cookie Monster

      GW Bush is in a classroom full of children. He's reading them a story. An aide comes over and tells him something really important. He looks dumfounded for a few seconds, then keeps reading to the kids.

      April 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Bird

      Elmo, are you saying that Obama is a communist? Wow, all this time I thought he was a muslim, but it's worse than I thought.

      April 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Well the CHICK you need to enhance your calm. I can see you are one of these humorless individuals they talk about on these blogs. Jeeez, try laughing from time to time. It does a body good.

      April 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ Kara

      You people take life way to seriously. I still don't see the correlation between my Elmo joke and the presidential election.

      April 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Dont know bout *miss merrysunshine* but im ok. Lol. Have fun!

    April 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Lol ok cant compliment the jokes i guess! But bobcat, youre doin a gr8 job!

    April 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO ©

    Tickle me Louis Farrakhan – the doll that complains no matter what you do to it.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ BOMBO, please dont harm ELMO lmao.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    Indian successful test of a nuke capable long range missile, which they say can hit Europe & Beijing is of "no concern". Someone wrote. " They are a responsible nuclear power".
    I would think that this calls for a preemptive strike on their facilities by China & NATO. What say you?
    Or all this hullaballoo about Proliferation , arms race blah,blah is pointless.

    April 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
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