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September 6th, 2011
12:46 PM ET

'Star Trek's' Lt. Uhura explains NASA's new missle launch

Though NASA's shuttle program ended this summer, the space agency's quest to explore the universe isn't over.

On Thursday, NASA is scheduled to launch a Delta 2 rocket carrying twin GRAIL spacecraft – GRAIL short for "Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory." It is the space agency's first step towards landing the next generation of astronauts on the moon.

Many people have been involved in this effort, although one woman's involvement may come as a surprise to some. Nichelle Nicols, better known as Lt. Uhura from the classic sci-fi show "Star Trek," helped to recruit NASA astronauts. "Star Trek" will celebrate its 45th anniversary of the first airing of the series this week on the same day that the rocket is set to launch.

Nicols joins American Morning live from Captain James Kirk's actual seat from the show at the Kennedy Space Center this morning to discuss NASA's missile launch and her experience in "Star Trek."


Filed under: NASA
September 6th, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Political panel: How bold does Obama need to be with his jobs speech?

Saying that the country's infrastructure needs work and the time for action is now, President Obama offered a hint of the ideas he'll be putting forth this Thursday to create jobs. Obama is expected to argue that the government must do more to spur job growth, investment and economic expansion.

However, even with the economy slowing, many are unsure if lawmakers are going to be able to agree on any of the proposals Obama may detail this week. Many of the people around Obama have adopted a "give 'em hell" style speech to pressure lawmakers into cooperating, but it's unclear as to whether the president will embrace this type of style.

Today on American Morning, Hilary Rosen, CNN political contributor and Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, discuss if Obama needs to take a hard stance in his jobs speech.


Filed under: Jobs • Politics
September 6th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Rep. Debbie Schultz: President Obama will urge both sides to come together, focus on everyone's job

As unemployment figures and fears of a stalled economy continue to grow, candidates running for the 2012 presidential nomination have begun to unveil their plans to boost job creation.

Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will unveil his jobs plan in Las Vegas today, which he has said will be based on the premise that the government cannot create jobs.

Romney offered a preview and a general outline of his proposal in a USA Today opinion piece published today. Within the piece, Romney says that his plan will contain 59 specific proposals to turn the economy around, "including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office."

Representative Debbie Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, joins Ali Velshi today on American Morning to discuss Romney's plan and what it will take to create jobs in America. She also previews what President Obama is expected to say in his jobs speech on Thursday.


Filed under: Jobs • Politics
September 6th, 2011
07:56 AM ET

Political panel: What can Americans expect from this week's jobs speeches?

With two days until the President's big jobs speech in front of a joint session of Congress, Obama offered a preview of his plan at a Labor-Day speech in Detroit yesterday, where he directly challenged Republicans for obstructing progress.

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is expected to roll out his own jobs plan in a speech in Las Vegas at 3pm today.

The bipartisan differences about how to create jobs has  raised new questions about the ability of top Democrats and Republicans to tackle pressing budgetary and economic concerns as the 2012 election season approaches.

This morning on American Morning, CNN political contributor Hilary Rosen and former Republican Advisor Robert Traynham examine the differing jobs plans and weigh in on if these political speeches will be enough to get Congress to act.


Filed under: Jobs • Politics
September 6th, 2011
05:27 AM ET

Talk Back: Is the Postal Service obsolete?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

The U.S. Postal Service, historically a dependable service for Americans, is in trouble.

Facing a $9 billion dollar deficit, the Postal Service says that it does not have the money to meet an obligation to a $5.5 billion dollar retiree health care trust fund coming due at the end of the month and is in danger of defaulting.

The Postal Service also faces competition from Fed-Ex, UPS and digital technology. The Post office delivered 171 billion pieces of mail in 2010, down twenty percent from 2006.

Talk Back: Is the Postal Service obsolete?

Let us know what you think. Your response may be read on this morning's broadcast.


Filed under: AM Talk Back