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October 6th, 2009
06:53 AM ET

Dr. Bill Frist on health care reform

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bill Frist is the author of the new book "A Heart to Serve.""]

War strategy in Afghanistan and President Obama's failed Olympic bid may have stolen the headlines last week, but beneath the surface the health care debate rages on.

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has some strong opinions on the plan. He is also the author of a new book called, "A Heart to Serve."

Dr. Frist will be a guest on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday.

Read an excerpt of his book

Filed under: Politics
October 6th, 2009
06:30 AM ET

U.S. 'not leaving Afghanistan,' Gates says

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a rare joint interview, said Monday that the United States is committed to a regional strategy to build long-standing relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke with CNN's Christiane Amanpour."]

Speaking at George Washington University for a program to be broadcast Tuesday on CNN, the two members of President Obama's Cabinet insisted that the president's deliberate approach to set the right objectives and policies for Afghanistan was necessary and proper.

The Taliban insurgency currently has the momentum in Afghanistan, Gates said, adding that a Taliban takeover of the country would empower the al Qaeda terrorist network.

"Because of our inability and the inability, frankly, of our allies to put enough troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban do have the momentum right now," he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour and former CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno in the panel discussion that included Clinton.

An eventual Taliban victory would provide "added space" for al Qaeda to set up in the country and enhance recruiting and fundraising, bolstered by the perspective of a second victory over a superpower by Muslim forces after having driven out the Soviet Union in the 1980s, Gates said.

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Filed under: Afghanistan
October 6th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What's on Tap – Tuesday October 6, 2009

Here are the top stories we'll be breaking down for you this morning:

A CNN exclusive: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sit down for a rare joint interview with Christiane Amanpour. Both Cabinet members insist that our troops are staying in Afghanistan. Our Barbara Starr is live from the Pentagon with insight on the interview. Read more

David Letterman's first show since admitting he had sex with members of his staff – The Late Show host publicly apologized to his wife and staff. It was part comedy, part crisis management. Our Alina Cho has the report. Read more

And dramatic news this morning about America's top military commander in the Middle East. General David Petraeus has undergone radiation treatment for early stage prostate cancer. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on what this diagnosis means. Read more

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