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October 17th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Sheriff Joe Arpaio weighs in on the 2012 GOP candidates

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain will meet with Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix, Arizona today before the two take part in a Republican fundraiser. Cain joins the list of GOP presidential candidates who are trying to win the sheriff's endorsement.

Arpaio, who is the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, is an outspoken critic of illegal immigration who is known for his "tent cities" and immigration raids. He has yet to endorse any candidate for 2010, although he has already met with Michele Bachmann and spoken to Governors Rick Perry and Mitt Romney on the phone.

Today on American Morning, Sheriff Arpaio discusses the 2012 GOP race with Christine Romans, explaining what the candidates need to do to win over Republicans in Arizona.

Filed under: GOP • Immigration
October 17th, 2011
11:47 AM ET

What does yesterday's deadly car crash mean for the future of Indy racing?

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died yesterday after he was involved in a multi-car wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300. Wheldon was only 33 years old and had a wife and two sons who were present at the race.

Following the crash, the rest of the race - the marquee event of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships - was canceled. The drivers, many of whom were visibly emotional after emerging from a meeting with IndyCar officials, did a five-lap salute in Wheldon's honor.

Jon Wertheim, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, talks to Alina Cho and Christine Romans on American Morning today about what likely went wrong on the track and what the accident means for the future of Indy Racing.

Filed under: IndyCar • Sports
October 17th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Photographer Bob Gruen discusses his career documenting rock and roll legends

For more than forty years, photographer Bob Gruen has documented the rock and roll music scene. In the process, he has created some of the most well-known images in modern music history, including the iconic photo of John Lennon in a "New York City" t-shirt.

Gruen's work is compiled in his latest book "Rock Seen," in which he shares anecdotes from his career and some of his legendary pictures. The 65 year-old photographer is still in the music scene and is currently working with Green Day.

Today on American Morning, Gruen sits down with Alina Cho to discusses some of his favorite memories from his career and to explain how he was able to capture his most famous photographs.

Filed under: Music
October 17th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Can Herman Cain go the distance with no experience leading government?

Herman Cain has rocketed up the polls with his charismatic personality and catchy 9-9-9 plan, but can he really be the leader of the Unites States with no prior government leadership experience?

David Frum, CNN contributor, discusses Cain's candidacy in his new opinion piece, "Why Herman Cain can't be president." Frum argues that Cain's "style is no nonsense, but there is nonsense in the content."

Today on American Morning, Frum talks to Christine Romans about Cain's proposals, explaining why he thinks that his lack of executive governmental experience is a big problem for his campaign.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
October 17th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Former IndyCar driver talks about losing Dan Wheldon

A fiery crash claimed the life of two time Indy-500 champion Dan Wheldon yesterday, leaving many fans wondering what went wrong on the racetrack.

The devastating crash involved fifteen cars and happened only five minutes into the race, making Wheldon the seventh person in IndyCar racing to die in an accident since 1996.

Today on American Morning, Lyn St. James, former Indy Race car driver, explains how the racing community is reacting to Wheldon's death and discusses the dangers of the sport.

Filed under: Sports
October 17th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Obama administration drops program from new health care reform law

The Obama administration is dropping a major initiative in the new health care reform law before it even gets off of the ground. The voluntary insurance program was supposed to help people pay for long-term medical care in their home or in a nursing home, but the administration now says that the program would be too costly.

Republicans, who have raised doubts about the program's financial solvency since the president's health overhaul law was put into place, are saying that the suspension is proof that the program is fatally flawed.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent, explains why the program is being scrapped so quickly and weighs in on the potential political fallout.

Filed under: Health care