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February 16th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Bayh says he's fed up with Congress

First, he was a popular Democratic governor in a red state. And then a popular two-term senator in D.C.

But now, Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh says he's done with Congress. Is it really so bad inside the Beltway that it's worth leaving office?

We figured the best person to ask is Sen. Bayh himself. He joined us live on Tuesday's American Morning.

Read more: Bayh won't seek re-election

Filed under: Politics
February 16th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Toyota's crisis blamed on corporate secrecy

There's more trouble for Toyota. A government agency says there has been a spike in consumer complaints.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is now investigating a total of 34 Toyota complaints alleging fatalities since 2000. The car maker is doing damage control, saying it has fixed half a million vehicles recalled for sticky gas pedals.

Toyota's public relations disaster is forcing other Japanese companies to lower the veil of corporate secrecy. Our Kyung Lah has this AM original report.

Complete coverage: Toyota recall

Filed under: Business
February 16th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Top Taliban commander captured, officials say

Washington (CNN) - The Taliban's top military leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has been captured, senior U.S. and Pakistani officials told CNN.

This is a "huge deal," CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said. "This guy ... is the number two political figure in the Taliban" to the group's founder Mullah Muhammad Omar.

Baradar, an Afghan, was arrested in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said. The official asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Baradar was a close associate of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden ahead of the September 11 attacks on the United States. Bergen said Baradar also would have been in regular contact with Omar.

American and Pakistani intelligence officials are taking part in interrogations, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said.

"The critical issue is how much will he talk and provide information on ... where the Taliban in Pakistan are and ... where Osama bin Laden is," said Robin Wright, a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. FULL STORY

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
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