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Open thread: Talk about the news, or whatever's on your mind


(CNN) -- There are a lot of stories in the news, and sometimes it's fun to talk about all of them.

We've noticed that a lot readers have gotten to know each other because they comment on the same stories at the same times. We also noticed that there isn't a good place for folks to simply talk, about anything and everything -- so we thought it would be fun to create a gathering place where our readers can introduce themselves and share their thoughts on things that aren't necessarily related to the news of the day.

That's why we decided to create this open thread, where you can talk about pretty much anything, as long as you follow two simple rules:

1) Be respectful -- No insults, hate speech or abusive behavior.

2) Keep it clean -- If you wouldn't say it to your 13-year-old cousin, keep it to yourself, or at least rephrase it. producers will be reading along with the discussion, so if you've got questions or suggestions, you can make them here too.

We're looking forward to hearing what you have to say.