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December 19th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Why did the Des Moines Register endorse Romney? The newspaper's editor explains

The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in Iowa, backed Mitt Romney late Saturday in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

The much-anticipated endorsement gives the former Massachusetts governor special bragging rights just over two weeks before Iowa's critical presidential caucuses on January third.

Citing the candidate's "sobriety, wisdom and judgment," the editorial board said that Romney was the most qualified candidate competing in the caucuses.

Today on American Morning, Rick Green, editor of the Des Moines Register, explains to Ali Velshi why his paper chose to back Romney.

Filed under: Politics
December 19th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Future of North Korea uncertain after Kim Jong-il's passing

Kim Jong-il gave himself the nickname "dear leader,"  but most will remember him as an oppressive ruler who controlled the nation for seventeen years through fear and intimidation. Now that he is gone, the future of North Korea and its nuclear weapons remains uncertain.

Ali Velshi sits down with Ambassador Young-Mok Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in New York, to explain what concerns South Koreans have about a post-Kim North Korea.

Filed under: North Korea
December 19th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

What's next for North Korea after Kim Jong-il? James Rubin weighs in

This morning, North Korea state television reported that Kim Jong-il has died.  North Koreans are being urged to follow Kim Jong-il's son, Kim Jung Un, as their new leader.

However, very little is known about Kim Jung Un, leading many world leaders to worry about whether he can maintain control of the reclusive nation and its nuclear program.

Today on American Morning, Alina Cho and Ali Velshi talk with James Rubin, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, about what the death of Kim Jong-il means for the future of North Korea.

Filed under: North Korea
December 19th, 2011
12:26 PM ET

North Koreans urged to follow Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong-il's passing leaves a temporary power vacuum in North Korea.  North Koreans are being urged to follow Kim Jong-il's son, Kim Jong Un, about whom little is known.  However, some say the young and inexperienced Kim Jong Un may serve as little more than a puppet.

Today on American Morning, Alina Cho talks with Bill Richardson, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., about what the world can expect from North Korea under the rule of Kim Jong Un.

Filed under: North Korea
December 19th, 2011
12:25 PM ET

What does the passing of Kim Jong-il mean for regional stability?

The passing of Kim Jong-il marks the demise of one of the world's most ruthless dictators.  Though some world leaders might see this as a moment to celebrate, others are more worried that Jong-il's death could provoke regional instability.  Indeed, little is known about Kim Jong-il's designated successor, his young son Kim Jong Un.

Ali Velshi talks with Victor Cha, senior adviser and Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about what Kim Jong-il's passing could mean for the Asian region.

Filed under: North Korea
December 19th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

College students work to create jobs in needy communities

The Campus Microfinance Alliance is a coalition of nearly a dozen student-run microfinance groups that have already lent more than $150,000 to disadvantaged entrepreneurs who need it most. Now, they are expanding the program even further.

Working as part-time cooks, cleaners, handymen, jewelry makers and seamstresses, the entrepreneurs the organization benefits work their trades throughout America. Long on talent and drive, these would-be entrepreneurs could revitalize urban economies.

Today on American Morning, Ali Velshi sits down with Campus Microfinance Alliance co-founders Rohan Mathew and Andy Postner and member Sinye Tang, to discuss the idea behind the organization.

Filed under: Finance
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