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September 26th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

UCLA student fights for Libyan rebels

Chris Jeon, a 22 year old math student at the University of California, Los Angeles, didn't exactly have your typical summer vacation.

Jeon bought a plane ticket from Los Angeles to Cairo, took a train to Alexandria and then took buses to Libya to fight with the rebel forces. Speaking no Arabic, Jeon stayed with fighters and families in the area and joined the revolution.

Today on American Morning, Jeon discusses his experience and explains what inspired him to travel to Libya to join up with the rebels in their fight against Moammar Gadhafi.

Filed under: Libya
September 26th, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Political panel: What does Cain's straw poll win say about the GOP presidential race?

Herman Cain took home a surprising win in Florida's straw poll over the weekend, although it is unlikely that he would ever win nationally. Mitt Romney led in a straw poll in his home state of Michigan, as Perry came up short following a disappointing showing at the latest GOP debate.

In light of the straw poll results and Perry's poor debate performance, Politico is reporting that there is a renewed cry for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for the candidacy, and he may decide within a week.

With so many candidates in the field, why do people still feel that the race for the GOP nomination is lacking?

Today on American Morning, Ron Brownstien, CNN senior political analyst, and Shira Toeplitz, politics writer, talk with Carol Costello about the 2012 GOP presidential race.

Filed under: GOP • Politics
September 26th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Larry King to be honored with a lifetime achievement Emmy

After conducting over 50,000 interviews and setting a world record for the longest-running television show hosted by the same person, legendary talk show host Larry King will be honored with a lifetime achievement Emmy this fall.

"Larry King Live" debuted on CNN in June of 1985 and King continued to draw viewers with his unique conversational style to interviewing until he left the show in December of 2010.

Today on American Morning, King sits down with Carol Costello and Ali Velshi to discuss the highlights of his career and to explain the personal significance of the lifetime achievement award.

Filed under: Larry King
September 26th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

Verdict expected in the Amanda Knox trial within the coming week

Following the presentation of closing arguments over the weekend, Amanda Knox's appeals case resumes today and a verdict is expected within the week.

Knox is fighting to overturn her 2009 conviction for killing British student Meredith Kercher two years earlier, in which she was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

The original trial heard how Knox's DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife found in her boyfriend's apartment and on which DNA from the victim, but not blood – was found on the blade. However, this forensic evidence has been called into question by the defense and Amanda Knox's family is said to be cautiously optimistic about the verdict because the Italian justice system is so unpredictable.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan, CNN legal contributor, discusses the evidence in Knox's case and weighs in on the potential verdict.

Filed under: Amanda Knox
September 26th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

In Depth: Why is our government so broken?

The standoff between the House and the Senate over emergency funding continues today, with lawmakers attempting to hash out an agreement on a short-term spending measure to keep the government running into the new fiscal year, which begins this weekend.

As Congress continues to debate at the last minute over another bill to avoid a government shutdown, CNN goes In Depth this week to ask: "Why is our government so broken?".

Today on American Morning, David Frum, editor of, discusses the state of politics in America and weighs in on what it will take to turn our government back around.

Read Frum's full piece "Why our government is broken" here.

Filed under: Politics
September 26th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Herman Cain: 'They want to play politics with human beings'

Fresh off a big win at the Florida straw poll over the weekend, businessman and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain sits down with Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss his candidacy and the current showdown in Congress over emergency funding.

Cain attributes his win to his ability to connect with his constituents and the fact that his "message" is "more powerful than money."

"The thing that differs me from a lot of other people running for the President of the United States is that I focus on the problem first. Then I focus on what the solution is," he says.

Cain also comments on the budget debate over disaster funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers that may result in a federal government shutdown if differences aren't resolved by this weekend.

"There's plenty of money in Washington, D.C. to offset anything that we need to spend on FEMA. I would make sure that FEMA got the money that it needed, and if I have to go find the offsets later, find it later."

Cain blasts the behavior of Congress saying, "Stop playing with people's tragedies."

Filed under: FEMA • GOP • Politics
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