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December 8th, 2010
08:33 AM ET

Illegal immigrant on DREAM Act:'We are the solution'

(CNN) - The House and Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on a bill that would grant citizenship eligibility to thousands of young illegal immigrants if they go to college or serve in the military. The Obama administration and Congressional Democrats will hold a Wednesday news conference to push for passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM. Championing the bill for the White House is Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, and Rep. Howard Berman, D-California, are also scheduled to appear.

The DREAM Act would create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children. Under the bill, an individual would have to be of "good moral character" and either receive a college degree or complete at least two years of U.S. military service.

Today on American Morning, two illegal immigrant students who are pushing for The Dream Act, Gaby Pacheco and Cesar Vargas, speak with AM's Kiran Chetry on their mission. Read more

Filed under: Immigration • U.S.
December 8th, 2010
08:28 AM ET

Axelrod: Americans 'going to get screwed' if tax hikes not prevented

(CNN) - President Barack Obama vigorously defended his agreement with Republicans to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts on Tuesday, arguing that it was a price that had to be paid to spare the middle class from crippling tax hikes. The president promised disheartened Democrats that the fight over the cuts for the highest-income Americans would continue over the next two years. He also urged them to take a long-term view of the bitter policy fights now taking place in Washington.

Today on American Morning, President Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod responds to Democrats upset over the agreement, and how the decision affects Obama politically.

Notably, Axelrod tells AM's John Roberts, “I say the people who are going to get screwed [… ] are the American people if we don’t act to prevent their taxes from going up January 1.”

For more, watch the full interview:

Filed under: American Morning • Democrats • GOP • Politics • Tax cuts
December 8th, 2010
08:12 AM ET

Elizabeth Edwards' friend: 'At the end of her life she felt like she won'

(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of 2004 vice presidential candidate and former North Carolina senator John Edwards, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 61. She died at the family home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, according to a statement released by the family. "Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence but she remains the heart of this family," the statement said. "We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life." Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her husband lost his bid for vice president in November 2004.

Today on American Morning, Karen Finney, friend of Elizabeth Edwards and her former director of communications, talks to AM's Kiran Chetry and John Roberts and CNN's Candy Crowley about Edwards' character throughout her life and her husband's campaigns.

Filed under: American Morning
December 8th, 2010
08:04 AM ET

Doctors advise early breast cancer detection in wake of Edwards' death

Following the passing of Elizabeth Edwards, who died Tuesday from breast cancer that spread to her liver, doctors are highlighting the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

Today on American Morning, Dr. Freya Schnabel, director of breast surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, says early detection "remains our greatest weapon against breast cancer." She explains the important steps women can take, what role mammograms and MRIs play, and how often women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond should have clinical breast exams.

Filed under: American Morning • Health