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March 2, 2009

Rihanna and Chris Brown "definitely together"

Posted: 09:18 AM ET

Rihanna and Chris Brown are "definitely together" and focusing on a reconciliation, a source tells PEOPLE.

The pair, who are currently spending time together at Sean "Diddy" Combs's house on Miami Beach's Star Island, are staying indoors as they hash things out.  "They are definitely together and care a great deal about each other," says a Miami source. "They feel like staying in and working through their issues. So far they have not wanted to go out."

Brown, however, did venture out earlier on his own. On Thursday he hit the water to Jet Ski with pals.

Rihanna and Brown's reconciliation comes nearly three weeks after Brown, 19, allegedly battered the "Umbrella" singer on Feb. 8.

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Murray Coulter   March 2nd, 2009 9:51 am ET

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Terry, TX   March 2nd, 2009 10:16 am ET

Larry....you should have put the battered picture up. This speaks for itself.... it's heinous. However, the treatment of women in the rap world are there for the world to see. The videos, the language, the treatment of women ...... should be boycotted. I don't know where Rev Sharpton, Rev Jackson, Roland Martin and the rest of the them are at..... when seven black teenagers beat up one white boy.... they railed against their arrest....they should screaming about this!!! I am!!!


gg   March 2nd, 2009 12:32 pm ET

who cares


Amanda Roche   March 2nd, 2009 1:25 pm ET

It is obvious that Rihanna has low self-esteem. As I understand it, Brown came close to chocking her. I see in Rihanna other Whitney and she is taking a great risk of more serious injuries. She is still young and has a great future ahead of her. I’m sure her father must be devastated because she sees an endangered future for his daughter and an endangered life. From the information I have read and heard from E sources, Brown appears to have had some kind of contact with another female, which explains why Rihanna either threw his cell phone away or broke it. What makes Rihanna thinks that Brown will not continue to look for the attention of other ladies? What makes Rihanns thinks Brown will not batter her again? Once a woman batterer, always a woman-batterer! You can’t change the spots on a leopard. I think Rihanna needs counseling and the realization that her relationship with Brown will get her nowhere. By the time she comes to this realization, as in the case of Whitney, it will probably be too late.


dan in Tucson   March 2nd, 2009 3:15 pm ET

You know Larry, with all the problems we face in the world these days, These two are the opitamy of our egotisical and overindulgent society and does not deserve our attention. Another case of Ike and Tina. Do we really need to go there again. Who cares, its part of their culture.


JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   March 2nd, 2009 6:34 pm ET

NATIONALIZE THE BANKING SYSTEM
You can call it Free Enterprise if you like, but the banking system controls the faucet for the life blood of all enterprise. It can put the economy on its back, and it can put people in soup lines. Interest rates should always be low and stable, and money should always be available to exchange the goods and services that the hands and minds of people produce. There is no need ever for a roller coaster economy of booms and busts. The medium of exchange is too important to all enterprise to be in the hands of private enterprise

RECESSION is a product of the blatant ignorance of the President, Congress, Economists, and the News Media who do not understand Nature's Basic Law of Economics, and Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution.

Nature’s Basic Law of Economics states: All goods and services flow from the action of people resources on natural resources— Money is the medium of exchange which should be equal to the value of the goods and services—and not to a gold standard or some other insane idea.
THE CONSTITUTION
Article 1, Section 8
The congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, impost and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; etc...
Mr. President, we need to help the governors of each state balance their budgets. They do not have the Constitutional power to create money like the Federal Government does (article 1, section 8, of the Constitution). You will save a lot of jobs and fuel the economy more by this than by giving money to the banks. The Federal Government has the responsibility to make sure there is enough money so every entity can have a balanced budget.


joanne osinkowski ontario canada   March 2nd, 2009 6:36 pm ET

Rhianna must get off on being beaten. A few gifts from her abuser and all is well. So the next time he beats her and there will be a next time he will buy her a new car and all will be well. Rhianna remember once an ABUSER always an ABUSER.


Lady Ronae   March 2nd, 2009 7:46 pm ET

Even though I hate the idea of any man abusing a woman or a child or anyone...there are women out there who are abusers as well. I grew up with one. I thought it was my dad beating up my mom all the time, but as I grew up, I realized that my dad was just trying to protect himself. They stayed together for 40 year's believe it or not. It was Dad's house and mama knew not to go anywhere. This was the time when police didn't do anything to stop this kind of thing so it went unpunished. Mama would hit him, curse him and do all she could to get him to hit her and when he did, she'd run and tell people he beat her up. Anger management should be for both parties. Mr Brown was wrong...but we still need the entire story. There is her side, his side and the truth. Thank you.


JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   March 2nd, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The Stock Markets
Economic decisions often are unreasonably based on what the stock markets do. The problem is not the stock markets themselves but on the mythology surrounding them. We must cut through this mythology to make people aware that the stock markets do not play the role we are led to believe they do. Then we must use this knowledge to prohibit their undue influence on the basic economy. Instead, we must base our economic decisions on the mixturist philosophy of proper utilization of people and natural resources and a balanced money supply.
To more fully understand this, let's take a realistic look at how stock markets function. The rise and fall of the stock market is essential for the stock market to work at all. If prices continually decline, no one would buy stock. If stock prices continually increase, people would put all their money in the stock market, which would bankrupt the rest of the economy.

The economic effect of the rise and fall of the stock markets is a misconception and is, in fact, just the opposite of what people are told. Most of the hundreds of stocks that are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ and the American Exchange are not new stock issues. Most of them have been on the stock exchanges for years. When a new stock is issued to raise money to start a new company, it has a very positive effect on the economy by creating new jobs which produce more goods and services — the real wealth of a nation. What a stock sells for after the initial sale has no positive effect on the economy unless it sells for less. When the price of old stock drops, it takes fewer dollars to pay for the same stock certificate; therefore making more dollars available to purchase other items. If the price of an old stock goes up, it merely takes more dollars out of the economy to purchase the same stock certificate. This has the same destroying effect on the money supply as inflation.

The up and down cycles of the stock markets are made to work by the people who have seats on the stock exchanges, program buyers, and by institutional managers of many different kinds of pension, money-market , and a host of other funds. These people can make the stock market go up or down by selling or buying big blocks of stocks or by using any kind of psychological or capricious ideas around to justify their actions. Whichever direction the wind blows, the stockbrokers receive their commission. Stockbrokers have the best of both worlds; they get a commission when the stock is purchased and also when the stock is sold. Whether the stock is selling high or low or whether the stockholder is making money or losing money, the commission is still paid.

No one is suggesting that the stock markets should be done away with, but the real role they play in the economy ought to be understood so that their influence on economic stability is lessened. Whether the stock markets are up or down, the thing that should provide for a healthy, growing economy is an adequate money supply…one which can exchange all the goods and services the highly productive American workers produce.

The stock markets are truly legalized gambling for anyone who buys stock hoping that the price will increase so they can cash in their winnings. This legalized gambling is a good thing in a capitalistic system, making it possible for stockholders to become millionaires if they play it right; but the true value of any stock is found in the dividend that it pays per share in company earnings.


cynthia   March 2nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

i think that is sweet that there together .


Amanda Roche   March 2nd, 2009 9:46 pm ET

We care what happens to Rihanna, because what happens to Rihanna happens to many women in this world. For those young female fans, Rihanna is a role model, and young minds are vulnerable to believe that some actions are acceptable. If Rihanna can forgive Brown, I can forgive mine, and if teenage girls grow up with this mentality, men will rule supreme over women's souls and bodies. That's what makes this case important and subject to discussion. When we ignore this history, it is bound to repeat itself and be accepted by the society that sponsor it. Brown should be accountable for his actions. It will send every man a message that this behavior is unacceptable. This is part of every society's problems.


Amanda Roche   March 2nd, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Cynthia, do you really mean what you said? “ I think that is sweet that they are together.” What is so sweet about reconciliation with a man who almost chucked this young beautiful woman? If you boyfriend beat you to the pulp, almost chucked you, and I see a picture of you with a swelling face, broken lip, broken nose, and one or two concussions, do you think if you decide to get together with your boyfriend again it is sweet? Do you think your father would believe it is sweet? Do you think your mother would think it is sweet? Think about it, and you will see there is nothing sweet about this reconciliation, especially when it saves Brown from a conviction? Why has Brown decided to re-establish the relationship? Do you think it is because it will stop Rihanna from pressing charges against him? How long will Brown stay with Rihanna once she decides not to press charges? Don’t you think it is convenient for him to seek the relationship again? I would not bet on the sweetness of this reconciliation. Trust me. You will find out sooner than expected that there is nothing sweet about this reconciliation.


Lee Norman   March 2nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

It simple this country only needs TERM LIMITS, get rid of the problems in Washington. They care nothing about any thing except their next election.


William Jaynes V   March 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Hello, I'm watching your show live on Cnn ,about the economy and AIG. I have lost my job at Comcast Corporation in philadelphia, 8 months ago, and still unemployed. I'm very concern about my future in this economy today. I have no income, no savings, no investments, I have nothing. I'm living with my mother, and I want to help her with the bills but I cannot get a job in this economy. This is the time when people pull together and help each other, and get people back to work, and get this economy back on it;s feet.


Mariah from Texas   March 2nd, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Rhianna threw the first punch. Chris Brown is stupid for hitting her. The girl just wasn't worth his career! He's a millionaire. He can get prettier girls who won't give him any problems.


Amanda Roche   March 2nd, 2009 11:44 pm ET

Lady Ronae, I'm sure you're still upset about the way your mother abused your father, but let us not forget that for the most part, men are the ones who beat women, abuse them, and ultimately kill them. There may be another side to the story. Maybe Rihanna smashed Brown's cell phone, threw the keys of car out of the window, shouted at him, and threatened to call the police, but does that justify what he did to her? He is stronger physically, and no matter what a woman does, a real man does not beat up a woman. It would be the same as saying that a young woman deserved to be raped because she wore a very short skirt, and a tight, see through top. I argue with my husband, sometimes shout at him, and call him names in anger, should he beat me? If a six year old child hits a fifteen year old adolescent, should the adolescent beat that child to the pulp? No, he should not. What he can do is subdue the six old child who is displaying a tatrum, bring him back to his mother, but he cannot fight the six year old as though the six year old was a match for the fifteen year old. The six year old child is at a great disadvantage, and the fifteen year old has the power and strength to kill the six year old. Choose someone your own size, and as tough as you claim to be. I'm sure your father had the physical strength to subdue your mother. He had a choice to walk away from her or divorce her. Rihanna has a choice to continue to be a battered woman or leave her abuser.

I'm curious. Why did your father take the abuse and chose not to stop your mother? In his place, I would have divorced your mother long, long ago. Just like Rihanna, your father chose to stay in a bad situation. We make choices and have to leave with those choices. The choice of your father not to leave your mother affected you more than if your father had chosen to divorce your mother. You are a testament to that. I therefore advise you to let Rihanna know what to expect with her choice to keep her abuser boyfriend who does not care about her, but about what to do to keep her from testifying about him. I often tell my husband that the only time he will raise his hand is to make the sign of the cross, because if he hits me the aftermath will cause him to make the sign of the cross. I don't hit my husband and he does not hit me, but we do have heated arguments, where he or I walk away. I have sometimes walked away, go to my girlfriend's house, and spend the weekend with her to let the hot air out. But that's as far as we both go.


Amanda Roche   March 2nd, 2009 11:55 pm ET

Economic decisions are not unreasonably based on what the stock market do, but on what the people on the stock market does. If the CEOs on the stock market choose to engage in fraudulent activities, stealing billions of dollars from investors, then what happens on the stock market is the result of the fraud that has been taking place for many years. Sooner or later the stock market will tumble down faster than a careening wheel. Stock markets don’t do. People in charge of stock market do. It is the same that happens when government abuse its Power, as did the Bush and his Republican Administration. The government is the entity used to pass laws, but people in government ultimately pass the laws. We learned a lesson in abuse of Power with the Bush Administration. We have also learned a lesson in abuse of CEOs who play with people’s lives and people’s money, people who have ruined lives, left devastation in their trail, and have no conscience whatsoever. The banks, financial institutions should be Nationalize. With so many crooks running Wall Street, I would fare better if I save my money in a Swizz bank, if I had that much money.


Mr. Britt   March 4th, 2009 12:28 am ET

Amanda Roche...u need help


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