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December 22nd, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Sen. McCain: 'No incumbent is safe, nor should they be'

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is expected to make a statement Thursday on the partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.

Obama will be joined by "Americans who would see their taxes go up if the House Republicans fail to act," the White House said. Some of those people have participated in Obama's social media campaign highlighting what a $40 loss to a paycheck can mean to the average American.

Wednesday, the President called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss the impasse, the White House said.

A two-month extension passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support by the Democratic-controlled Senate "is the only option to ensure that middle class families aren't hit with a tax hike in 10 days and gives both sides the time needed to work out a full year solution," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

Senator John McCain wants his fellow Republicans in the House to get their act together. He's said the standoff is damaging his party and is unfair to the American people.

Senator McCain talks with CNN's Ali Velshi live from Phoenix this morning about what it will take to break the impasse. He also responds to the recent surge of violence in Iraq since the U.S. military pullout.


Filed under: Iraq • Payroll tax
December 15th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt on Iraq: 'Winning will be determined in the years to come'

The United States has officially ended its eight-and-a-half year military campaign in Iraq. The completion of the mission was marked with flag lowering ceremony in Iraq Thursday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was in Baghdad for the ceremony. More than 4,400 American troops have lost their lives over the course of the mission.

Today on American Morning, retired Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, who was the U.S. military spokesman during the initial Iraq invasion, talks about what the United States has achieved in this pivotal middle eastern nation. As Kimmitt tells Carol Costello, the mission's success "will be determined in the years to come."


Filed under: Iraq
December 1st, 2011
10:45 AM ET

McGurk on Camp Victory handover: Iraq 'is as ready as it's going to be'

Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to the sacrifices of U.S. and Iraqi troops Thursday at a ceremony for service members from both nations. He and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addressed about 120 U.S. service members and 100 Iraqi troops gathered at al-Faw Palace in Bagdhad. Biden thanked the troops and recognized their achievements over the past eight-and-a-half years.

The ceremony comes just weeks before American troops complete their withdrawal from Iraq. Some have questioned whether the Iraqi government has the ability to secure the country on its own. But as former national security staffer Brett McGurk tells Christine Romans, Iraq is "as ready as it's going to be."


Filed under: Iraq
August 18th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

The new 'greatest generation': How new veterans are bringing their leadership lessons home

More often than not, we hear the dark side of life after war: The high unemployment rate and high suicide rates.

There never seems to be enough good news about the men and women who serve this country.

But Joe Klein writes in this week's TIME magazine that this new generation of veterans is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. They're infiltrating companies, politics and non-profits, bringing a sharper skillset than veterans of past wars.

This morning on American Morning, CNN's Christine Romans talks with Klein and Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan, non-profit organization supporting war veterans. We asked them what makes this generation's veterans different from the past generations.

Click here to read TIME's cover story on "The New Greatest Generation."


Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • Veterans
June 21st, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Mayors pass resolution against wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

This week, we're taking an in-depth look at States in Crisis. Across the country, one thing they seem to have in common is a sea of red ink.

To that end, the U.S. Conference of Mayors is now on record, calling for an early end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They say the money spent on the wars should be put to use at home.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry speaks with Madison, Wisconsin Mayor Paul Soglin and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett about their support for the U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution to end the wars.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • States in Crisis
January 31st, 2011
08:33 AM ET

Operation Pizza Bowl: Bringing pizza to patriots on game day

The Super Bowl is around the corner and, as is custom, many Americans will be chowing down on pizza.

But it's a little harder for service men and women thousands of miles away to order a slice–and that's where Mark Evans comes in. Evans is the Founder of Pizza 4 Patriots, an organization which delivers pizza to America's service men and women overseas. In partnership with UNO and DHL, Pizza 4 Patriots will be sending 7,000 pizzas to service members on Super Bowl Sunday. The pizzas will leave from JFK Airport on a special DHL flight to Bahrain and, from there, they will either go to Afghanistan or Iraq.

Mark Evans tells CNN's T.J. Holmes about Pizza 4 Patrios.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • Military • Sports
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