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December 7th, 2011
09:27 AM ET

One family's journey from Iowa to ancestral village in Crotia

We've all thought about running away sometime, leaving behind the stresses of our current life. After losing half their life savings in the financial crisis, Jennifer Wilson and her husband, Jim Hoff, did just that.  They took their two kids and left their life in Des Moines, Iowa for a remote village in Croatia that was Wilson's family's ancestral homeland.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans sits down with Wilson and Hoff to discuss their family's journey of discovery.

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November 25th, 2011
02:08 PM ET

Author updates '1,000 Places to See Before You Die'

A best-seller gets a makeover!

The author of the book "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" added 200 more entries to its list of dream destinations. Some of the new additions make surprise you.

For a sneak peak of what's new, Carol Costello and Alina Cho talk with author Patricia Schultz.

Filed under: AM Fun • American Morning
November 24th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Update from Constantino Diaz-Duran on his walk across U.S. -'I wanted to get a real sense of life'

What is the best way to discover what is means to BE an American? Walk across the country!

To celebrate his journey to get his citizenship, Constantino Diaz-Duran embarked on an amazing journey in July from New York across the United States to Los Angeles, California.

This morning on American Morning, we checked in with him via SKYPE from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to find out about his progress, learn about the job he's taken doing construction and what he's learned from his journey so far.

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November 10th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Gov. Perry on debate performance 'I had a brain freeze'

Political observers are already calling it one of the biggest debate gaffes in modern history. During the debate in Rochester, Michigan on Wednesday night, Rick Perry said he would eliminate three federal agencies if elected President - but after struggling for nearly 50 seconds, he was able to name only two of them. Now many are saying this could well mark the beginning of the end of the Texas Governor's campaign.

Rick Perry explains to Christine Romans this morning why he's not dropping out of the race – and why voters will ultimately choose a candidate who realize that this country needs "substance more than we need style."

Filed under: 2012 • American Morning • GOP • Politics
November 3rd, 2011
04:55 AM ET

Talk Back: Do we understand what constitutes sexual harrasment?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

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You'd think that after the nation watched the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill scandal unfold in 1991, we'd all understand by now what exactly constitutes sexual harassment.  But the accusations leveled against Herman Cain have brought these questions back to the forefront.

Some, like conservative radio host Laura Graham, claim that Herman Cain's accusers have an ulterior motive.

"We have seen this movie before and we know how it ends," Graham said Monday.  "It always ends up being an employee who can't perform or who under-performs and is looking for a little green."

We don't even know the accuser's name – or her version of the story. Yet she's under attack. And yes, so is Herman Cain.

But let's put politics aside and talk about an issue that still seems to confuse us.

Critics say an undue focus on sexual harassment have made workplaces too politically correct.

"There are people now who hesitate to tell a joke to a woman in the workplace, any kind of joke, because it could be interpreted incorrectly," Senator Rand Paul told the National Review.

But women's advocates say sexual harassment is the most important issue in the workplace for women. They argue that it denies them equal employment opportunity. And if they choose to file a claim, it puts them in a no-win situation.

According to its legal definition, sexual harassment can include "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical harassment of a sexual nature." But it can also mean making offensive comments about women in general to the point where it creates a hostile work environment.

Talk Back: Do we understand what constitutes sexual harrasment?

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

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October 28th, 2011
05:38 AM ET

Talk Back: Should cities prevent Occupy protestors–not from protesting–but from camping out?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

It's a difficult question. If you're a protestor, the answer is simple, forever. If you're a police officer, it's not that easy. Especially in light of what happened in Oakland.

As Oakland police tried to clear out "Occupy Oakland" protestors, Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran, was injured. Protesters insist over-zealous police lobbed a tear gas canister into the crowd, hitting Olsen in the head. Oakland police are now investigating the incident.

In New York, the city's "Sergeant's Benevolent Association" claims twenty officers have been injured trying to "keep order" in Zuccotti Park.

In Georgia, the mayor decided to clear out "Occupy Atlanta" protestors because he said things were getting out of hand. Many protestors are incredulous, they say "chaos" ensues only when police try to rob them of the right to protest.

Talk Back: Should cities prevent Occupy protestors–not from protesting–but from camping out?

Let us know what you think. Your response could be read on our program.

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