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March 10th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Profiling Colleen LaRose

(CNN) – Colleen LaRrose, a woman from suburban Philadelphia who calls herself "Jihad Jane," is accused of trying to recruit Islamic fighters and plotting to kill on behalf of terrorists. She even claimed that her appearance would help her "blend in."

Does this tell us anything about how terrorists are recruiting?

To help us better understand we spoke with two terrorism experts on Wednesday's American Morning: Karen Greenberg, executive director of the New York University Center on Law and Security, and CNN contributor Tom Fuentes, the former FBI assistant director of international operations.

Read more: 'Jihad Jane' indicted by federal grand jury

Filed under: Terrorism • U.S.
March 10th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Who is 'Jihad Jane'?

(CNN) – U.S. officials say the indictment of Colleen LaRose, known as "Jihad Jane" and "Fatima LaRose," shatters any thought that we can spot a terrorist by just appearance.

So who is this woman? Our Susan Candiotti joined us live from Pennsburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday's American Morning.

Read more: U.S.: Pennsylvania woman tried to recruit terrorists

Filed under: Terrorism • U.S.
March 10th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Protesters 'arrest' health insurance execs

(CNN) – As President Obama rolls up his sleeves for his final health care push, thousands rallied in Washington yesterday against what they call insurance industry bullying. And they were there to make a mass "citizens' arrest." Our Jim Acosta has the report.

Read more: Activists picket at health insurance conference

Filed under: Politics
March 10th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Gut check: Time to tweak the system?

By Ronni Berke, CNN

(CNN) – The latest flood of erring politicians once again has Americans scratching their heads.

With polls showing most Americans unhappy with the state of politics today – plagued by polarization and finger-pointing – it would make sense for elected representatives to fight to overcome that public image.

Many are, but there are more than a few who don’t seem to “get it.”

Case in point: In New York, Hiram Monserrate was actually booted out of the State Senate after he was convicted of a misdemeanor for assaulting his girlfriend. Yet Monserrate seems confident voters will re-elect him in a special election March 16th.

He’s even issued this warning to his critics in the state capitol: “I think it would be the pot calling the kettle black for anyone in government in Albany pointing a finger towards Hiram Monserrate.”

Some political observers are aghast, but not surprised, to hear this kind of talk from politicians.


Filed under: Politics
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