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July 14th, 2011
03:17 PM ET

Lawmakers call for investigation into News Corp

Following reports that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and its subsidiaries may have bribed foreign law enforcement officials and potentially hacked the phone lines of U.S. citizens, Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) called on Darrell Issa, Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to launch an investigation into News Corporation.

Representative Braley joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss why he called for an investigation and if he believes his request will be honored.

Filed under: Rupert Murdoch
July 14th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Rep. Jim Jordan: 'We are not going to raise taxes'

With President Obama and GOP congressional leaders in a stalemate over a deficit-reduction plan necessary to raise the nation's debt ceiling, two of the "Big Three" global credit rating agencies–Moody's and Standard and Poor's–announced yesterday that they were considering downgrading the United States' credit rating.

Moody's cited the "rising possibility" that the U.S. debt limit will not be raised in time to avoid default.

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), president of the Republican Study Committee, talked with Ali Velshi on American Morning about the potential downgrade, Representative McConnell's proposed plan and why he is pushing for a balanced budget amendment.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit • GOP • Politics
July 14th, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Breakthrough: Study finds drug boosts protection against HIV

In what's being hailed as a breakthrough, two new studies show that the same pills used to treat the HIV virus can also be used to boost protection against the infection.

The studies show that the drugs can reduce transmission of the HIV virus by as much as 70% among heterosexual couples.

Dr. Jonathan Mermin, the director of the Center for Disease Control's division of HIV and AIDS prevention, joins Kiran Chetry on American Morning to discuss the studies, their implications and whether the drugs could help eliminate HIV/AIDS for future generations.

Filed under: Health
July 14th, 2011
05:25 AM ET

Question of the Day: Will President Obama’s outburst yesterday help resolve the debt debate?

(CNN) - A fourth straight day of negotiations intended to head off a possible government default ended on a tense note Wednesday, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and President Barack Obama squaring off over the Republican's call for a short-term extension of the federal debt ceiling.

Cantor, R-Virginia, told reporters after Wednesday's meeting that he proposed a short-term agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling, a position Obama has previously rejected.

"That's when he got very agitated and said I've sat here long enough - that no other president - Ronald Reagan - would sit here like this - and that he's reached the point that something's gotta give," Cantor said, adding that Obama called for Republicans to compromise on either their insistence that a debt-ceiling hike must be matched dollar-for-dollar by spending cuts or on their opposition to any kind of tax increase.

"And he said to me, 'Eric, don't call my bluff.' He said 'I'm going to the American people with this,' " Cantor quoted Obama as saying.

American Morning wants to know: Will President Obama's outburst yesterday help resolve the debt debate?

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Filed under: AM Asks