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November 22nd, 2011
03:03 PM ET

U.S. Peace Corps celebrates 50th anniversary – Maureen Orth on the organization's legacy

The U.S. Peace Corps is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Americans enrolled in the program devote two years of their lives to helping those around the world. Since its founding, over 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.

Alina Cho talks with Maureen Orth, Vanity Fair special correspondent and Peace Corps alum, about the unique way she's celebrating this renowned American institution.


Filed under: Peace Corps
November 22nd, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Rep. Michelle Bachmann: "I am the most consistent candidate"

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is fresh off a meeting with Donald Trump – and fired up about participating in tonight's CNN national security debate.

She's way behind in the latest polls, but she still believes she can pull off an upset in the Iowa Caucuses. Bachmann also has a new book out, titled Core of Conviction: My Story, in which she documents how she was "called to serve" in the highest office.

Today on American Morning, Carol Costello sat down with Bachmann to talk about why she believes she's "the most consistent candidate" – and why she thinks its time to put a mother in the White House.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
November 22nd, 2011
02:59 PM ET

Candidates to square off in CNN national security debate tonight – are any of the candidates commander-in-chief material?

The Republican presidential candidates face off once again Tuesday night in the CNN National Security Debate. CNN is teaming up with leading Republican-leaning think tanks Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute to host a debate that focuses heavily on foreign policy issues. The debate will also address top economic concerns, including the failure of the Congressional super committee to find agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from the country's long-term debt. The debate is the 11th major showdown between the Republican candidates.

The Heritage Foundation's James Carafano and the American Enterprise Institute's Marc Thiessen tell Carol Costello that tonight's debate will show voters who really is commander-in-chief material.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
November 22nd, 2011
02:57 PM ET

New clashes erupt in Egypt's Tahrir square – who will take control of the country?

Fresh violence broke in Tahrir Square for a 4th straight day Tuesday. At least 24 people have been killed and 1,700 injured in four days of clashes. Today's fighting came just a day after Egypt's Cabinet submitted its resignation to the nation's military-led government. Parlimentary elections are scheduled to be held November 28.

Today on American Morning, Fmr. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns tells Alina Cho that "the military is losing credibility with the people of Egypt"


Filed under: Arab Spring • Egypt
November 22nd, 2011
02:56 PM ET

Newt Gingrich leading GOP pack going into tonight's CNN debate – can he keep the momentum going?

For the first time tonight, Newt Gingrich will take the debate stage at the top of the 2012 GOP presidential pack. A new CNN-ORC has the former house speaker capturing 24% of the vote. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney trails in second place with 20%.

This morning on American Morning, Alina Cho talks with Ron Brownstein about how Gingrich's frontrunner status will play out in tonight's CNN debate.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics