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June 29th, 2011
03:24 PM ET

Senator Hutchison weighs in on the status of the debt, budget talks

As the clock ticks away towards the August 2nd deadline, Democrats and Republicans have still not reached an agreement on the nation's debt.

Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has been trying to lead the way on the debt/budget talks, introducing legislation on a plan to fix social security.

Hutchison joins Kiran Chetry this morning to talk about her efforts and her plan to meet with other Senate Republicans today for a presser to push for a vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.

Filed under: Budget • Debt
June 29th, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Can the US find success in Afghanistan? Joanne King Herring weighs in

With President Obama announcing that US troops will begin to drawdown next month, many are questioning if the the American military mission there can ever be considered a "success."

Joanne King Herring, founder of Marshall Plan Charities (MPC), talks with Ali Velshi this morning about her organization, which aims to create "model villages" in Afghanistan based upon the notion that for success in the country, the five areas of food, water, education, health care and jobs all need to be addressed at once.

Herring is joined by Douglas Rine, a volunteer for MPC, who has worked to help develop the organization's first "model village" by working with elders to establish plans for a school and clinic, and to plant their first soy crop.

Filed under: Afghanistan
June 29th, 2011
03:21 PM ET

New Mexico firefighters scramble to control blaze at edge of Los Alamos Nuclear Lab

New Mexico fire managers scrambled on Tuesday to reinforce crews battling a third day against an out-of-control blaze at the edge of one of the nation's top nuclear weapons production centers.

The fire's leading edge burned to within a few miles of a dump site where some 20,000 barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste is stored at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, fire officials said.

Doug Tucker, Los Alamos Police Chief, joins Christine Romans this morning to talk about the status of the blaze and the threat that it poses to the nuclear facility.

Filed under: Wildfires
June 29th, 2011
02:47 PM ET

Sen. Durbin on budget: 'Let's sit down like grownups and get this resolved'

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is scheduled to meet with President Obama today, and no doubt the topic of budget and debt ceiling talks will come up. With both sides unwilling to budget, is there any way lawmakers will come to an agreement before the Aug. 2nd debt ceiling deadline?

Sen. Durbin joins Christine Romans on American Morning today to discuss what it will take to make both sides come to an agreement.

Filed under: Budget • Debt ceiling
June 29th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

Defense calls big witnesses to testify in Casey Anthony trial

The defense in Casey Anthony's murder trial continued to present their case yesterday, calling some big witnesses to the stand to testify, including meter reader Roy Kronk and Casey's former fiance, Jessee Grund.

Although it took place after the jury had left the court room, Grund testified that Casey told him that she had been groped by her brother, a development that may have the biggest impact on the case.

Sunny Hostin, CNN legal contributor, discusses these testimonies and the importance they played in potentially advancing the defense's case.

Filed under: Casey Anthony • Casey Anthony trial
June 29th, 2011
05:43 AM ET

Question of the Day: Is the photoshopped Princess Diana Newsweek cover a tribute or just tacky?

Had she lived, Princess Diana would have celebrated her 50th birthday this coming Friday. In honor of this date, Tina Brown, Newsweek editor, wrote a story for the magazine about what Princess Diana's life and relationship with the Middletons might be like now.

The Newsweek cover image for the story features an age-projected, photoshopped illustration of Princess Diana digitally superimposed at the side of Kate Middleton. Although Brown intended to "bring the memory of Diana alive in a vivid image that transcends time," the picture has sparked public controversy, with some people calling it creepy and insensitive.

American Morning wants to know: Is the photoshopped Princess Diana Newsweek cover a tribute or just tacky?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Asks