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October 25th, 2011
10:57 AM ET

Will President Obama's housing plan help struggling homeowners?

From Nevada, a state where 1 in 118 homes are facing foreclosure, President Obama announced a series of executive branch steps aimed at jumpstarting the economy this week, beginning with new rules to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages.

The White House said changes to the two-year-old Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) will help homeowners with little or no equity in their houses refinance by cutting the cost of doing so and removing caps to give deeply underwater borrowers access to the program.

Paul Jackson, founder and publisher of HousingWire, discusses the president's housing plan and breaks down it's primary criticisms with Carol Costello on American Morning today.

Filed under: Economy • Housing
October 25th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Conrad Murray's defense team calls first witnesses – CNN contributor Paul Callan on what to expect

The defense in the Conrad Murray trial called their first two witnesses to the stand yesterday, Dr. Alan Metzger and Cherilyn Lee, a nurse, after the prosecution rested their case.

Both witnesses were called to testify that Michael Jackson had asked them for intravenous sleep medicine. The defense is trying to paint Jackson as a desperate addict and to build the case that he was shopping around for a doctor who would administer propofol.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan, CNN legal contributor, discusses the strength of the prosecution's case and weighs in on what can be expected from the defense in the coming days.

Filed under: Michael Jackson
October 25th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Should boys get the HPV vaccine too? Elizabeth Cohen explains new reccomendations

Medical experts are expected to vote today on a proposal that boys should get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a part of their routine immunizations.

The vaccine prevents cervical cancer as well as genital warts, anal and other cancers that are caused by HPV, which is commonly spread through sexual contact. The shot is already on the Center for Disease Control's vaccine schedule for girls and it has sparked some controversy.

Elizabeth Cohen breaks down the vaccine recommendations on American Morning today, explaining why the medical community is considering giving it to boys.

Filed under: Health • HPV
October 25th, 2011
10:43 AM ET

Can Libyan tribes unite to form a new government? Robin Wright explains

Until last week, nearly all of the tribes and clans inside of Libya were unified by one thing - hunting down Moammar Gadhafi. Now that the former leader has been killed and buried, can the members of the National Transitional Council stick together to build a government?

Robin Wright, author of "Rock the Casbah" and distinguished scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to weigh in on whether or not the various factions in the country will be able to unite and explain if the U.S. will have any influence in the process.

Filed under: Libya
October 25th, 2011
05:30 AM ET

Talk Back: Should the president bypass Congress to help the economy?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Since Congress isn't eager to discuss any part of the president's jobs bill, Obama is moving forward on his own and implementing a series of executive actions this week, such as new rules aimed at making it easier for homeowners to refinance.

Arguing that the president is simply using the excuse of political gamesmanship to get around Congress, Republicans say that the home mortgage plan won't solve anything and some economists contend that it won't be enough to solve the housing crisis.

What is clear is that the economy won't be greatly helped unless Congress takes action. Instead of waiting for lawmakers, Obama is going rouge to show Americans that he's doing something and to shame Congress into acting.

Talk Back: Should the president bypass Congress to help the economy?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Talk Back