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April 5th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Malcolm X book reveals startling details of his assassination

Details in a new biography about the life and legacy of Malcolm X reveal new information about the activist’s early life and his assassination in 1965.

The book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, suggests that police were aware of death threats against Malcolm X and stood back, and that different people may have been involved in the assassination than those convicted.

Today on American Morning, Zaheer Ali, the lead researcher on the book who has spent most of his academic career researching Malcolm X, talks about reactions to the new information with AM’s Ali Velshi. He explains the importance of revisiting Malcolm X’s story.

Filed under: Politics • Race
April 5th, 2011
10:03 AM ET

Van Hollen hopes 'cooler heads prevail' in budget demands

Earlier on American Morning, Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling told AM's Christine Romans that Senate Democrats have done little to help reach a budget deal for funding the federal government. "So far there's nothing in the Senate," Hensarling said. "The Democrats not only do they not have a bill, they don't have a plan. They've put nothing on the table."

Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen responds this morning with AM's Kiran Chetry. Van Hollen says it is the Republicans' unwillingness to move on their position, rather, that is holding back a deal. He says Tea Party Republicans are "fueling this drive toward a shutdown."

"I really hope that cooler heads will prevail," Van Hollen tells AM, "because if you go to a shutdown, it will create all sorts of problems around the country."

Watch Van Hollen's full interview with Kiran here:

Filed under: Budget • Democrats • Politics
April 5th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

Obama intervening in budget battle 'better late than never'

The budget battle continues in Washington today with only a few days left for Congress to come to an agreement on the 2011 federal budget. If a deal is not reached by Friday at midnight, part of the government will shut down. President Obama has called a White House meeting Tuesday for Congressional leaders to try to reach a deal and avoid the shutdown.

So, how close is Congress to closing a deal? Today on American Morning, AM’s Christine Romans talks with Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a member of the GOP leadership involved with negotiations.

Hensarling tells AM that Obama stepping in is "better late than never." But, he says, not having a Senate bill is a problem. "I'm afraid the Senate probably wants to have a shutdown. They think it's in their political best interest."

For the full interview, watch here:

Filed under: Budget • GOP • Politics
April 5th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Toobin: Setting change for 9/11 trial will not change outcome

(CNN)— Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 terror suspects will face a military trial at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The decision is a sharp reversal for the Obama administration, which wanted the terror suspects to have federal civilian trials. Besides Mohammed, the other suspects to face charges of participating in the 9/11 plot are Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi. All five are at Guantanamo.

Today on American Morning, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin talks about the differences between a military and civilian trial for  Khalid Sheik Mohammed, how the trial will play out, and the political implications of Obama’s reversal on his original decision.

Filed under: Justice • Law • Politics
April 5th, 2011
08:24 AM ET

Jesse Ventura talks conspiracy theory, 2012 presidential race

He's been the governor of Minnesota, a Navy SEAL, a pro-wrestler, a Harvard professor, and most recently an author. Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry, Ali Velshi and Christine Romans talk politics with the man himself, Jesse Ventura.

Ventura, the author of a new book 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read, explains the documents in his book and gives his take on the 2012 elections. Does he think a third party has a chance in the 2012 presidential race? "Probably not because as Ralph Nader said we live under a two-party dictatorship." Ventura tells AM. "Nobody else is let into the game."

Ventura says if Ron Paul leaves the Republican Party and chooses to run in 2012 under a third party, then he would consider being Paul's running mate.

For more of Ventura's outlook on the day's politics, watch here:

Filed under: Politics