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May 13th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Saving Dauphin Island

(CNN) – More than 4.5 million gallons of crude have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico so far. The president is now calling on Congress for $58 million in new emergency funding to fight this looming catastrophe.

Along the shore in places like Dauphin Island, Alabama, this sludge could change lives forever. And there is an all out effort to hold it back. Our Reynolds Wolf has the report.

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
May 13th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

'Mr. President, I need a freakin' job...'

(CNN) – Unemployment is part of everyday life for millions of Americans and one man finally decided to do something about it. He created a grassroots organization, "I need a freakin' job," to give a voice to the fifteen million unemployed.

There's also a billboard on display in Buffalo with the same message directed at President Obama, and that's where he'll be today as part of his "White House to Main Street" tour. Jeff Baker, the creator of "I need a freakin' job," joined us on Thursday's American Morning.

Read more: Obama's 'Main Street' tour heads to NY

Filed under: Economy
May 13th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Mexicans fleeing drug war seek U.S. political asylum

(CNN) – The brutal drug trade violence in Mexico is pushing our neighbor to the brink and forcing many of its residents to flee their homeland. But many people, looking for a way out of the chaos, are facing enormous obstacles here in the United States. Our Thelma Gutierrez has the report.

Filed under: Mexico
May 13th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Glimmer of hope for hikers' moms

(CNN) – There are new developments for three American hikers who are detained in Iran. Their mothers have been granted visas to visit them

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested last July. Accused of spying, they've been in prison in Tehran with little opportunity to talk to their families.

Josh Fattal's mother, Laura, and his brother, Alex, joined us on Thursday's American Morning.

Filed under: Iran
May 13th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Washington's streetcar battle

(CNN) – If the gridlock on Capitol Hill doesn't drive you crazy, the gridlock trying to drive in to D.C. will. That's why city officials are looking to a new version of an old fix for all that congestion: Streetcars.

But not every one in Washington is on-board with this retro idea. Our Kate Bolduan has the AM original report.

Filed under: Transportation • U.S.
May 13th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Elena Kagan makes the rounds on Capitol Hill

(CNN) – It's become the modern day ritual for a Supreme Court nominee. The meeting, greeting and smiling. Now it is Elena Kagan's turn.

She's back on Capitol Hill today for another round of courtesy calls. A tsunami of press, following her like she's Tiger on the back nine, and dying for her to exercise her First Amendment rights. But they probably won't get much. Our Dana Bash takes a look at the process like you've never seen it before.

Filed under: Politics • Supreme Court
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