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August 9th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Video: Is opposition to Muslim houses of worship growing?

Akbar Ahmed is a professor of Islamic studies at American University and former Pakistani ambassador to the UK. He just completed a year-long study of Islam in America, visiting 100 mosques in 75 cities. His findings are included in a new book, "Journey into America: The challenge of Islam." Watch Video


Filed under: American Morning • Islam
August 9th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Freed after Toyota recall

A man who spent three years in prison for a fatal crash is free, and Toyota's massive recall may have helped win his release. Koua Fong Lee was released last Thursday. The accident happened in 2006, when Koua was driving an older Camry, a 1996 model. It was not subject to any of the recent recalls, but the attention from his case prompted the review and turned up new evidence and new witnesses. He joined CNN's American Morning along with his attorney, Brent Schafer Monday.


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August 9th, 2010
12:26 PM ET

Wyclef Jean running for President of Haiti


Wyclef Jean is a Grammy winning musician, philanthropist and as of Thursday, candidate for president of Haiti. He spoke about his platform and plans for Haiti on CNN's American Morning Monday. Watch Video


Filed under: American Morning • Haiti
August 9th, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Billionaires donating fortune to charity

FORTUNE - On Wednesday, the Giving Pledge - a movement spearheaded by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates - revealed the names of 40 individuals and families who are taking up the challenge to give away at least half of their net worth during their lifetime or at death. Along with a commitment, the philanthropists all posted a letter explaining why they were taking the plunge. Analyzing their remarks offers a rare glimpse into the minds of the richest of the rich: how they view their fortunes and where they think their money should go after they die. The most common philosophy: That a life of monetary excess can be an empty life if the wealth does nothing to advance a greater cause. Watch Video

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August 9th, 2010
05:59 AM ET

LIVE Blog: Chat with us during the show

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First trial of Gitmo prisoner under Obama administration to begin Monday

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (CNN)
- The youngest detainee in the U.S. facility Guantanamo Bay is set to go to trial this week, charged with terrorist acts for al Qaeda and the killing of a U.S. Special Forces soldier.

The Pentagon-appointed lawyer for Canadian citizen Omar Khadr said he didn't know whether Khadr would be in court Monday.

The day will be devoted to dealing with motions, said defense lawyer Lt. Col. Jon Jackson.

The panel of 15 members of the U.S. military that will act as a jury will be seated by the end of the day on Tuesday.

Khadr was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was only 15. He is now 23.

The government said late Sunday it expected the commission trial to begin on schedule, and that it could last as long as four weeks.
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