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October 26th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

VP Biden asks for investigation into reporter's conduct

There are reports that Vice President Biden is asking a Senate official to investigate the conduct of reporter Jason Mattera from the conservative news organization, "Human Events," after a confrontational interview last week.

Mattera questioned Biden about his claim that rape and other crimes would rise if Republicans voted down the president's jobs bill. Biden countered, saying his statements were taken out of context.

Today on American Morning, Howard Kurtz, Washington bureau chief for Newsweek/Daily Beast, talks with Carol Costello about the confrontation and what it says about the interaction between journalists and politicians.

Filed under: Politics
October 26th, 2011
11:47 AM ET

What can go wrong during an MRI scan? Elizabeth Cohen explains

More people are getting MRI scans than ever before. The procedure can be lifesaving when done properly, but when used improperly, the scanning machines can burn patients, send objects flying, move around pacemakers, and cause hearing loss.

There is no federal regulation on the operation of the machines, so the FDA is continuing a workshop today on how to prevent MRI accidents.

On American Morning today, Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, discusses what can go wrong during MRI procedures and explains what empowered patients can do to when getting a scan.

Filed under: Health
October 26th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

Education Secretary Duncan explains new measures to help students manage debt

College graduates are entering one of the toughest jobs markets in recent memory and the average student loan debt for those graduating from a four-year college is nearly $24,000.

Today, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be announcing new measures to help students pay back and manage their loan debts. This measure comes as a part of a series of executive measures that the White House has been rolling out this week to help Americans suffering in this economic environment.

Secretary Duncan joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to break down the changes he is going to announce and to address some of the criticism that has been geared at the president for bypassing Congress and issuing executive orders.

Filed under: Economy • Education
October 26th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy explains his jobs proposal

Unable to get his jobs plan passed in Congress, President Obama has taken to the road this week to push alternative plans to help the economy and the American people.

Meanwhile, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy plans to bring an alternate jobs bill to the Financial Services Committee today that he says would make it easier for small businesses to expand.

Representative McCarthy joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to explain the logistics of his plan and to weigh in on other GOP alternatives being advocated by Republican presidential hopefuls.

Filed under: Economy • GOP
October 26th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Why Perry's 'flat-tax' falls flat among Republicans

Hoping to regain traction that he's lost on the campaign trail, Rick Perry unveiled his "flat-tax" plan yesterday, which proposes giving Americans a choice between their current income tax rate or a 20% flat tax rate.

The plan deals with some of the concerns of the flat tax plan initially proposed by Steve Forbes fifteen years ago, while simultaneously keeping some of the popular deductions that Republicans opposed eliminating in 1996.

Perry's plan preserves mortgage interest and charitable state and local deductions for families earning less than 500 thousand dollars a year. It also eliminates the inheritance tax, and lowers the corporate tax from 35 to 20 percent.

Today on American Morning, Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, joins Christine Romans to discuss the likelihood that Perry's plan will gain traction among the GOP and to weigh in on how other Republican candidates feel about the flat tax.

Filed under: Economy • GOP • Taxes
October 26th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

What are the U.S. implications of the eurozone debt crisis? Eurasia Group founder weighs in

All 27 members of the European Union will meet today in Brussels for an emergency summit on the eurozone debt crisis, where they are expected to sign off on a plan to recapitalize euro-zone banks, beef up bailout fund and restructure Greece's debt.

The meeting comes a day after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government averted a potential crisis over economic reforms after reaching a deal with its main coalition partner about pension reforms.

Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group, joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss the negotiations and the implications of the eurozone crisis for Americans.

Filed under: Economy • Europe
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