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June 20th, 2011
08:52 AM ET

Could the Casey Anthony trial rest on the use of duct tape?

The Casey Anthony murder trial is now entering its fifth week. Today, a defense witness is expected to get another chance to testify after being thrown off the stand Saturday. Plus, Anthony's attorney was threatened with contempt of court after the witness gave undisclosed forensic testimony.

Meantime, another defense expert is blasting claims that duct tape could have been used to kill Caylee. He says the tape found on Caylee's skull was placed there long after her death.

This morning, In Session's Sunny Hostin joined Kiran Chetry and Carol Costello to break down the latest developments in the case.

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June 20th, 2011
08:31 AM ET

Why your boss, not Wall Street, could be to blame for the growing income gap

You've heard the expression "the rich keep getting richer." It's never been more true than it is today.

Since the 1970s, the average paycheck for a corporate executive in this country has quadrupled, while your paycheck has remained relatively stagnant.

But who is making all the money?

We assume it's the fat cats on Wall street, but it turns out it's more likely to be your boss.

This morning on American Morning, Peter Whoriskey with The Washington Post spoke with Carol Costello about his piece and what this growing income gap means for the economy.

Filed under: Economy • Income gap
June 20th, 2011
08:22 AM ET

Is talking to the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan a good idea?

In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed
negotiations that began weeks ago with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. He insisted there's only one way these talks
will succeed.  

"I think that the Taliban have to feel themselves under military pressure, and begin to believe that they can't win before they're
willing to have a serious conversation," Gates says. "We've all said all along that a political outcome is the way most of these
wars end. The question is...when and if they're ready to talk seriously about meeting the redlines that President Karzai,
and that the coalition have laid down, including totally disavowing al Qaeda."

This morning, Carol Costello and Kiran Chetry spoke with General George Joulwan, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander who has helped lead successful talks with guerilla forces in El Salvador during its civil war. He explains if talking to the Taliban is a good idea.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Taliban
June 20th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Question of the Day: Should the US negotiate with the Taliban?

Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged on Sunday that the United States has begun preliminary talks with members of the Taliban as part of an effort to end the war in Afghanistan.

American Morning wants to know: Should the US negotiate with the Taliban?

Post your answer here. Your response might be included in this morning’s broadcast.

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