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September 30th, 2011
05:33 AM ET

Talk Back: Was Herman Cain fair when he said African-American voters were brainwashed?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday Herman Cain said, "African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view."

Many African-Americans were offended by Cain's remarks asking , would anyone ever suggest white, male voters are brainwashed because they vote republican?

The comment set off a media firestorm. One political analyst on AC 360 last night said,  "What Herman said was a racist comment and should be treated like a person who makes racist and bigoted statements" while another said, "When people start throwing the word 'racism' around that's when I end the conversation because you can't have an intelligent conversation when you're talking about that."

And frankly, it's tough to get over the fact that some republicans forced America's first African-American president to produce his birth certificate. But republicans are saying, don't paint us all with the same brush.

Talk Back: Was Herman Cain fair when he said African-American voters were brainwashed?

Let us know what you think. Your response could be read on our program.

Filed under: AM Talk Back
September 29th, 2011
01:31 PM ET

Frustration mounts in Saddle Brook, NJ over flooding

This week, hundreds of residents gathered to rally in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. They are angry over government inaction to fix persistent flooding even though the Army Corp of Engineers came up with a flood plan in 1980.

Four years ago, the town actually sued the Army Corp of Engineers in an attempt to force the federal government to finally dredge the river.

Christine Romans reports on the holdup in fixing persistent flooding.

Filed under: Irene
September 29th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Conrad Murray's behavior called into question on the second day of his trial

On day two of the Conrad Murray trial, the jury heard testimony from witnesses who recounted what allegedly happened on the day that Michael Jackson died.  Michael's personal assistant and Faheem Muhammed, his head of security, were called to the stand, as well as employees of AEG Live, the company that was promoting his attempted comeback tour.

Muhammed described the chaotic scene he discovered when he entered Michael's bedroom that day, saying that Jackson appeared dead when he arrived. He also told the jury about seeing Michael's children outside of his bedroom door while Dr. Murray tried it resuscitate him.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan discusses the trial and how the prosecution has attempted to conduct their case so far.

Filed under: Justice
September 29th, 2011
10:58 AM ET

Broken government: What needs to be done to turn it around?

All week, CNN has gone in-depth to look at America's broken government. Political analyst David Gergen believes that the moderate center is being hollowed out, as voters take more extreme stances and old civic ties fade.

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, a Democrat, suggests that Congress should suspend elections for 2 years so members stop thinking about getting re-elected and start working together to find solutions for the country. Navarette uses this as a bouncing point in his piece that gives ten reasons as to why our government is broken.

David Gergen and Ruben Navarrette join American Morning today to talk about why they describe the government as broken and what the government and the American people need to do to put it back together again.

Filed under: Broken Government • Politics
September 29th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Comedian Dean Obeidallah: With politics so hyperpolarized, who would want to be president?

Dean Obeidallah, award-winning comedian, wrote a thought-provoking piece yesterday titled, "Why would anyone want to be president?."

Within the article, Obdeillah argues that the American public is increasingly demanding of political candidates due to conditioning to reality show competitions on TV.

"On any number of TV shows each week, we watch, judge and vote on whether a person performs to our liking," he writes. "One week we sing their praises, but the next week, if they misstep, they are dead to us. We now treat our candidates this way."

With politics so hyperpolarized and candidates facing challenges from unreasonable, demanding voters, Obdeillah questions why would anyone want to run for president.

Today on American Morning, Obdeillah sits down with Carol Costello to discuss his opinion piece and the political climate in America.

Filed under: 2012 • Opinion
September 29th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Terror plot against the Pentagon averted yesterday

Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old man from Massachusetts, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly plotting an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with a remote-controlled model aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives.

Ferdaus, who has a physics degree from Northeastern University in Boston, was also charged with trying to provide material support and resources to al-Qaeda to help the terrorist organization carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers overseas.

Today on American Morning, CNN national security contributor Fran Townsend explains how serious of a threat Ferdaus was and how the investigation played out.

Filed under: Terrorism
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