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April 14th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Sperling, Rogers and Wasserman Schultz react to Obama's deficit-cutting plan

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - He may have taken his time to join the brewing debate about how to reduce long-term U.S. debt. But President Obama got some kudos from deficit hawks for the broad debt reduction framework he laid out on Wednesday.

They gave him some incompletes, too. And they found plenty in his ideas that in their eyes needs improvement. But their praise wasn't empty. That is saying something considering the group has had ample experience banging their heads in frustration whenever anyone running for re-election promises to tackle debt only to offer hollow ideas. Read More

After Obama's speech, lawmakers from both sides weigh in on American Morning. Kiran Chetry, Christine Romans and Ali Velshi speak to Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, Gene Sperling Republican Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Hal Rogers and Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Watch all of the interviews below:

Filed under: Politics
April 14th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

How church helped sign Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn Dodgers

His first game changed the face of baseball. Sixty-four years ago, Brookyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey stepped up to the plate, and broke baseball's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson.
New details are now emerging about what preceded that moment, not just in baseball history but American history.

Watch Ed Henry's amazing report here, or read the full article here.

Filed under: Baseball
April 14th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Wasserman Schultz: Obama was 'brutally honest' with the American people

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on about $40 billion in budget cuts for fiscal year 2011. Then within 24 hours, the package must pass the Senate and be signed by President Obama.

At the same time, President Barack Obama unveiled his long-awaited deficit reduction plan Wednesday, calling for a mix of spending reductions and tax hikes that the White House claims would cut federal deficits by $4 trillion over the next 12 years without gutting popular programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

On American Morning this morning, Future DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz talked to Kiran Chetry about the criticism the President has received for his plan.

Filed under: Debt • Politics
April 14th, 2011
08:59 AM ET

"The Christian story has lost its plot"

Rob Bell, author of 'Love Wins: A book about heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived,' says heaven and hell are choices we make and live with right now. Bell sees no infinite torment for things people did in their lives. Bell argues that a loving God would not send people to a place of eternal suffering after death and death doesn't cut off the ability to repent. He believes anything that happens after death is speculation and that speculation turned into dogma. He points out that many on this planet may not even know the Holy Trinity but Jesus makes salvation possible even for people who never know his name. He speaks with CNN's American Morning on his views and the attention it has garnered.

Filed under: Controversy • Religion
April 14th, 2011
07:59 AM ET

Tracking a serial killer

New York (CNN) - High-resolution photos will soon be shot by aircraft of a Long Island, New York, beach area where the search for a missing woman has led to the remains of at least eight people.

Airplanes and helicopters will begin circling the barrier island beach later this week as federal, state and local search efforts continue, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer told reporters on Wednesday.

"The high-resolution technology should be able to provide a detailed representation of the area and will extend through Nassau County," Dormer said. "We're hoping the technology will help identify skeletal remains that may still be out there."

The aerial imagery will supplement police-dog search units, which expected to resume searching later this week. Meanwhile, diver teams are already scouring the waterways on the north side of the barrier island.

Eight different sets of confirmed human remains have been found in Suffolk County, Long Island, since December, in what police say could be the work of a serial killer or killers.

Additional remains - including a human skull - were uncovered Monday. Retired Nassau County, New York Police Officer and Director of Elite Intelligence and Protection Agency, Lou Palumbo speaks to CNN's American Morning about the case.

Filed under: Crime
April 14th, 2011
07:13 AM ET

Journalist gets up-close to Fukushima nuclear plant

Voice of America correspondent Steve Herman, was the first of two American reporters to drive to the grounds of the crippled Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. He was turned away at the main gate. Japan declared the Fukushima Daiichi crisis a Level 7 event on the international system for rating nuclear accidents Tuesday, putting it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the former Soviet Union. The designation was based on the massive release of radioactivity since the accident began, particularly in its early days, and classifies Fukushima Daiichi a "major accident" requiring long-term countermeasures.

Filed under: Japan
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