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July 19th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Haass: U.S. should draw down in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on July 19, 2010 in Islamabad, Pakistan. (Getty Images)

(CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Pakistan right now. She's just unveiled $7.5 billion in development aid aimed at winning some hearts and minds. That's part of the White House's strategy for turning things around across the border in Afghanistan where Clinton's headed next.

One of the most respected voices among US foreign policy experts says the Obama Administration’s Afghan policy is not working.

Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations and a veteran of several US administrations, writes in the latest edition of Newsweek: “Continued or increased U.S. involvement in Afghanistan isn’t likely to yield lasting improvements that would be commensurate in any way with the investment of American blood and treasure. It is time to scale down our ambitions there and both reduce and redirect what we do.”

Speaking on CNN’s American Morning Monday, Haass said Afghanistan was now “a sponge for American resources and it is a distraction. We out to be thinking militarily about what we might have to do in North Korea or Iran where we really do have vital national interests.” Watch Video


Filed under: Afghanistan • Hillary Clinton • Pakistan
July 19th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

List exposes 'illegal' immigrants

(CNN) – Two Utah state employees are on administrative leave right now. Officials say they may be involved in a now infamous list of 1,300 people, all accused of being illegal immigrants. The list was sent out to Utah government offices and the media. It included extremely personal details: Contact information, social security numbers, even pregnancy due dates. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff joined us on Monday's American Morning for the latest in the investigation.


Filed under: Immigration • U.S.
July 19th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

New Old Spice ads an Internet sensation

(CNN) – Old Spice has been around for generations. It was once the go-to gift for dads everywhere. Today, a new Old Spice ad campaign has taken the Internet by storm. Jason Bagley is part of the creative team behind the new ads and he joined us on Monday's American Morning.

Filed under: Living
July 19th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Prisoners getting bogus tax returns from IRS

(CNN) – For some convicted criminals, a life of crime doesn't stop behind bars. We found one South Florida prison where half of the inmates were trying to rip off the IRS and collect your tax dollars. Even worse, it's happening all over the nation and it's been going on for decades. Our John Zarrella reports for part one of the AM original series, "Scammed." Watch Video

Filed under: Crime • Scammed
July 19th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Summer camp for military kids helps deal with deployment

(CNN) – The stress of war and military deployment can be especially hard for the children left at home. Across the country, dozens of summer camps are trying to fill the void by bringing together military kids who share that experience. Our Jason Carroll visited one camp in this AM original report. Watch Video

Filed under: Living • Military
July 19th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Alvin Greene makes case for S.C. Senate

(CNN) – South Carolina's surprise Senate candidate has survived his first stump speech. Alvin Greene told voters Sunday why they should send a 32-year-old, unknown, unemployed military veteran to the United States Senate. While there were a few moments that had people thinking..."awkward," there were others in the crowd wondering if maybe this wasn't such a bad idea after all. Our Jessica Yellin was there for the big debut. Watch Video


Filed under: Politics
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