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December 15th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

Is Gingirch's personal past and 'fidelity pledge' fair game? Contributor Ruben Navarrette on why a candidate's personal life should be off limits

Newt Gingrich has come under attack recently for past marital troubles. 

The thrice married, twice divorced former House Speaker was even heckled Wednesday by one Occupy Iowa City demonstrator, who told Gingrich that he had "a Ph.D. in cheating on your wife."  It remains to be seen whether these past indiscretions will affect his standing in the GOP primary race.

Today on American Morning, contributor Ruben Navarrette tells Carol Costello that Newt's personal life should be off limits.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 15th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Nominations out for 69th Golden Globe Awards – US Weekly editor Bradley Jacobs talks surprises, snubs

The Hollywood Foreign Press association announced the nominees for the 69th Golden Globes this morning. 

Silent movie "The Artist" led the pack with six nods overall, including best film comedy or musical. "The Artist" will go head-to-head with "50/50," "Bridesmaids," "Midnight in Paris," and "My Week with Marilyn" for the best musical or comedy nominee prize. "The Help" and "The Descendants" also got multiple nods.  

Both films are up for best drama, while George Clooney was nominated for best actor and "The Help" earned acting nominations for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain. Those films will be up against "Hugo,""The Ides of March," "Moneyball, and ""War Horse" in the best drama category.

Carol Costello and Christine Romans talk with US Weekly senior editor Bradley Jacobs about who he thinks got their props – and who he things got snubbed.

Filed under: Golden Globes
December 15th, 2011
12:41 PM ET

Gay dad gets his adopted Columbian sons back

Chandler Burr was blocked from bringing his adopted Colombian sons, Joe and Brian, back to the United States because of his sexual orientation. But after a long and emotional fight, they have returned home.

Today on American Morning, Carol Costello checks in with the newly reunited family.

Filed under: Adoption
December 15th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Maruo Heck on heckling Gingrich: 'Sometimes free speech has to be uncivil'

Newt Gingrich was heckled Wednesday by a group of Occupy Iowa City protesters during a speech.

As the former House speaker stood in a classroom at the University of Iowa and began to detail his vision for a federal brain-science project dedicated to curing Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, the protesters started shouting. The rowdy disruption lasted for several minutes. And things got personal. 

At the end of a question and answer session following Gingrich's remarks, one of the events attendees, Maruo Heck, attacked the GOP front-runner's personal life. "Seems like you have a Ph.D. in cheating on your wife," Heck said.

Today on American Morning, Maruo Heck joins us to talk about why he choose to heckle Gignrich.  As he tells Carol Costello, "sometimes free speech has to be uncivil."

Filed under: Politics
December 15th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt on Iraq: 'Winning will be determined in the years to come'

The United States has officially ended its eight-and-a-half year military campaign in Iraq. The completion of the mission was marked with flag lowering ceremony in Iraq Thursday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was in Baghdad for the ceremony. More than 4,400 American troops have lost their lives over the course of the mission.

Today on American Morning, retired Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, who was the U.S. military spokesman during the initial Iraq invasion, talks about what the United States has achieved in this pivotal middle eastern nation. As Kimmitt tells Carol Costello, the mission's success "will be determined in the years to come."

Filed under: Iraq
December 15th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

AM Minding Your Business for Dec. 15, 2011

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans reports on the morning business news headlines.

This morning, we're watching:

* Wall Street just can't shake its concerns about Europe's ongoing debt crisis. Stocks took a hit yesterday. The Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all dropped more than 1%.
* Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is concerned that Europe's problems may spill over into the U.S. That's according to Republican senators who were briefed by the Fed chairman yesterday.
* Concerns about Europe have investors dumping gold and going into cash. The precious metal sank 5% yesterday. It's the first time gold's been below the $1600 level in three months. Silver, copper and palladium were also down sharply.
* In about two hours from now, we'll get a fresh read on the employment situation. The initial jobless claims report is expected to show that 390,000 unemployment claims were filed for the first time last week. Anytime that number is below 400,000 it's considered a good sign for the labor market
* The nation's top CEOs remain cautious about the economy. According to a survey by the Business Roundtable, two-thirds say they don't plan to increase hiring in the next six months, nor do they plan to spend more on large equipment.
* Finally some good news for the travel industry. According to AAA, nearly 92 million Americans - that's about one-third of the population - are expected to travel at least 50 miles this holiday.

Tune in to American Morning at 6am Eastern every day for the latest in business news.

Filed under: Minding Your Business