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July 7th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

Rep. Paul Ryan on budget, debt talks: 'We are entering the mature phase of this'

Some new movement this morning in the battle over cutting the nation's debt and raising the debt ceiling.

CNN is learning that President Obama wants $3 to $4 trillion dollars in budget cuts over the next decade. It's a move that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Medicare and Social Security.

Earlier on American Morning, we spoke with Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Also this morning, Christine Romans speaks with Rep. Paul Ryan and asked him what it would take to get Republicans to agree to a deal to raise the debt ceiling.


Filed under: GOP • Politics
July 7th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

Van Hollen: Democrats not going to support a budget on the backs of Social Security beneficiaries

Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, said on Tuesday that senior House Republican Eric Cantor's offer to scale back on tax breaks did not "break new ground," casting doubt on the idea that the budget negotiations are progressing.

Nevertheless, Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders are set to meet with President Obama today at the White House to continue talks to raise the nation’s debt limit  and reduce the deficit.

Representative Hollen joins Ali Velshi today on American Morning to discuss the negotiations and what concessions he is willing to make to the Republicans in order to reach a deal by August second.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit • Democrats • Politics
July 7th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Anthony prosecutor Ashton: "You don't prosecute cases you don't believe in"

Jeff Ashton, one of the lead prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial, was in disbelief on Tuesday when the jurors found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges against her after less than 11 hours of deliberation.

"Being a prosecutor...you don't prosecute cases you don't believe in," Ashton told AM's Kiran Chetry. "We started this case because we believed in what we thought she did. We respect the jury's verdict – it was their decision to make – but it doesn't change how we fell about the facts and what they meant."

Ashton speaks with Kiran Chetry and Sunny Hostin, CNN legal contributor, this morning to discuss the logistics of the case, his relationship with defense attorney Jose Baez, and if he thought the outcome would be different if Casey Anthony took the stand.


Filed under: Casey Anthony trial
July 7th, 2011
10:37 AM ET

William and Kate headed to LA tommorow as their North American trip winds down

Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, kick off the last leg of their Canada tour today in Calgary. They are headed to the United States tomorrow for a three day stay in California.

Andrew Morton, celebrity biographer and author of "William & Catherine: Their Story," joins Kiran Chetry this morning to offer a royal insider's point of view into how the couple's trip has been so far and how their experience and behavior compares with that of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.


Filed under: Royals
July 7th, 2011
05:42 AM ET

Question of the Day: What should happen to Casey Anthony now?

(CNN) - Casey Anthony is due in court today for a sentencing hearing on four misdemeanor counts of lying to police regarding a missing person case - the only charges she was convicted of during her seven-week long murder trial.

Many legal experts believe Anthony will be freed on time-served because she has already been jailed for about three years.

However, whether or not she goes free, the saga of the 25-year-old Orlando woman acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter is far from over.

Jennifer Ford, Casey Anthony trial juror No. 3, talked with ABC news yesterday about the verdict. "I did not say she was innocent," said Ford. "I just said there was not enough evidence."

American Morning wants to know: What should happen to Casey now?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.


Filed under: AM Asks