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August 30th, 2011
01:31 PM ET

Rafael Nadal opens up to Carol Costello on his new book, tennis, his personal life

He's the U.S. Open defending champion and the #2 tennis player in the world.

Rafael Nadal is getting ready to defend his title in this year's U.S. Open, which starts this week. At the same time, he has also released a new book titled "Rafa."

CNN's Carol Costello sits down with Nadal to talk about life on and off the court, his biggest passions and fears.


Filed under: Tennis
August 30th, 2011
01:21 PM ET

Rep. Kucinich: Immelt should resign from Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is calling for General Electric's CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Immelt to resign as head of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness because, according to reports, GE is sending advanced technology to China.

Rep. Kucinich says GE's selling advanced technology to China was designed to help the company's bottom line and will also help create jobs in China, instead of in the United States.

In an August 24th press release, Rep. Kucinich said, "If he does not resign, the White House should remove him."

Rep. Kucinich talks to American Morning about his call for Immelt to step aside.


Filed under: Jobs • Politics
August 30th, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Rick Perry, "the eggheads" and election 2012

In a chapter-sized pull-out from his upcoming book, The Victory Lab, Sasha Issenberg goes behind the scenes of Rick Perry's 2006 campaign for Texas governor.

Issenberg talks with American Morning about the new GOP frontrunner's strategy in Texas and how it will translate to the national arena in the 2012 presidential race.


Filed under: 2012 • Elections • Politics
August 30th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

Can Obama get Americans back to work?

With a new jobs plan expected next week, President Obama has announced that Alan Kreuger will be the Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors. Can Kreuger, a labor economist, help Obama get the middle class back to work?

Don Peck, author of "Pinched" and Features Editor for The Atlantic, and Stephen Moore, Sr. Economics Writer for The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page, talk to American Morning about getting America back to work.


Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Politics
August 30th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Five-year-old iReporter takes Irene by Storm

One reporter made her on-screen debut this weekend as Irene blew through the Northeast: Five-year-old Jane Haubrich.

Haubrich, from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, captured the attention of viewers with her home-made iReports on Hurricane Irene. Jane's father Frederic, a documentary film maker who was behind the reports' production, says his daughter has always been interested in being on-camera and might have a future in news.

Jane Haubrich and her family talk to American Morning about her journalistic debut during Irene.


Filed under: Irene • Weather
August 30th, 2011
05:47 AM ET

Talk Back: Should a candidate's religion matter?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

According to a new CNN/ORC poll, Rick Perry is now leading the pack of Republican presidential contenders. The man trailing Perry: Mitt Romney.

Perry is a Christian who is vocal about his religious beliefs and Romney is a Mormon. Perry's beliefs resonate loudly with conservative Christians, a large voting block in the Republican primaries, while Romney's do not.

As outgoing New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller put it recently, "Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman and Mormons, a faith that many conservative Christians have been taught is a 'cult' and that many others think is just weird." Keller's magazine article also questioned how religion might influence Perry's presidency and that of the other GOP candidates.

Our Talk Back question of the day: Should a candidate's religion matter?


Filed under: AM Talk Back