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May 4th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Rep. Barletta:'If we do nothing, there won't be any Medicare'

Capitol Hill returns to business as usual over budget plans, jobs, and rising gas prices after a two-week recess.Over the recess, many members of Congress faced angry constituents over Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to revamp Medicare among other proposals. Constituents were also angered by rising gas prices and the lack of jobs. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pennsylvania, faced angry constituents at Town Halls during the recess most notably about medicare. He speaks to CNN's Christine Romans.

Filed under: Politics
May 4th, 2011
10:11 AM ET

'If it makes you healthy' Sheryl Crow wants you to eat it, in her new cookbook

CNN's American Morning speaks with Grammy award winning Sheryl Crow who teamed up with chef Chuck White to write 'If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons.'

Filed under: Health
May 4th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

What does Bin Laden's death mean for Al Qaeda's finances?

(CNN)- A 9/11 Commission in a detailed report that it published in 2004. One of the first and most important chapters in that document looks at how al Qaeda raises cash and moves it to its operatives around the world, weaving a financial web that the Commission said "allows the organization to support itself, its operations, and its people."

"You can't run a terror network without funding because it takes money to train operatives, transport them, and buy equipment," Thomas Kean, the former New Jersey governor who chaired the Commission, tells Fortune. "When you cut off those supplies, it becomes very difficult to operate."

Contrary to popular opinion, the death of bin Laden does not strike a blow to the organization's financial health. "[Osama bin Laden] Does not support al Qaeda through a personal fortune or a network of businesses," the Commission wrote in its report.

"Al Qaeda relied on fund-raising before 9/11 to a greater extent than thought at the time," the Commission wrote. "Bin Laden did not have large sums of inherited money or extensive business resources. Rather, it appears that al Qaeda lived essentially hand to mouth." Read More
CNN's American Morning speaks to terror analyst, Paul Cruickshank on what Bin Laden's death means for Al Qaeda's bankroll.

Filed under: Terrorism
May 4th, 2011
09:08 AM ET

National teacher of the year honored

Do you remember your favorite teacher? CNN's Ali Velshi speaks with the 2011 Teacher of the Year, Michelle Shearer, a chemistry teacher from Urbana High School in Frederick County, Maryland. She was honored on Tuesday by President Obama at the White House along with state winners of the annual contest. Shearer is a 14-year teaching veteran who teaches chemistry at Urbana High School. She used to teach at the Maryland School for the Deaf. She was chosen for her passion for teaching and her ability to reach students, including many who have traditionally been underrepresented in the sciences, including minority students and those with special needs.

Filed under: Education
May 4th, 2011
08:48 AM ET

Does the war in Afghanistan have an end?

What is the U.S. role in Afghanistan and where and how does it end? Does the death of Bin Laden change the equation? How does Pakistan fit in? CNN’s Kiran Chetry talks to Lisa Curtis, former CIA analyst and former state department adviser, and David Rittgers, legal policy analyst at the Cato Institute and former special forces officer in Afghanistan, about the future of the U.S. war in Afghanistan following the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Al Qaeda • Terrorism
May 4th, 2011
05:29 AM ET

Should U.S. release pictures of Osama bin Laden's body?

 (CNN) - CIA Director Leon Panetta said Tuesday he thinks a photograph of Osama bin Laden's body will be released at some point, but that it is up to the White House to make the final call. A senior administration official said that no decision has been made yet as to whether to release the photo.

According to a senior U.S. official, the White House has received three sets of photographs. The first batch, which clearly show bin Laden's body, was taken at a hangar in Afghanistan, the official said. The official described one of the images as a clear, but gruesome, picture of his face. Bin Laden is shown with a massive open head wound across both eyes, the official said, adding that the image would not be appropriate for the front pages of newspapers.

AM asks, what do you think? Should U.S. authorities release pictures of Osama bin Laden's dead body? Let us know and we may read your comment on air.

Filed under: AM Asks