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June 23rd, 2011
10:30 AM ET

How will the troop drawdown in Afghanistan impact US foreign policy?

President Obama addressed a troop drawdown in Afghanistan yesterday, announcing that he plans to remove 10,000 troops from the country by the end of the year and bring a total of 33,000 troops home by next summer.

Former Special Assistant to President Bush Brett McGurk and CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr join Kiran Chetry this morning to discuss the response to Obama's announcement and how the drawdown will impact US strategy in Afghanistan.

Filed under: Afghanistan • U.S. Troops
June 15th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

Are the U.S.'s actions in Libya in violation of the War Powers Resolution?

The War Powers Resolution is a product of the Vietnam War when Congress believed the President was exerting too much military power. The Resolution requires that Congress approve military action ordered by the President after 60 days of a given military operation.

In the case of the United States' current involvement in Libya, the Congress argues President Obama is in violation of the War Powers Resolution, as the nation has been militarily involved in the North African nation for more than 60 days without the approval of Congress. However, President Obama has argued the U.S. is only in a support role in Libya, without any combat boots on the ground.

So, who is in the right? Professor Matthew Waxman, Associate Professor at Columbia Law School and a Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the War Powers Resolution with American Morning.

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Filed under: Libya • Military • U.S. • U.S. Troops
May 30th, 2011
12:14 PM ET

NFL contingent climbs Mount Kilimanjaro with Wounded Warriors

At nearly 20,000 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. On American Morning this morning, former NFL star Chad Lewis and Nancy Schiliro from the Wounded Warrior Project  join Christine Romans and Alina Cho to discuss their incredible climb to the top of Africa's tallest peak.

The pair climbed with a group of wounded U.S. soliders and former NFL players to raise money and awareness for wounded service members.

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Filed under: Football • Memorial Day • U.S. Troops
March 22nd, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Injured Army 2nd Lieutenant becomes paralympic swimmer

In April, 2004, Army 2nd Lieutenant Melissa Stockwell's convoy in Baghdad was hit by a roadside bomb. Stockwell's leg, which was struck, had to be amputated.

It was during rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center that Stockwell discovered her new passion for swimming. Four years later, Stockwell was competing in the 2008 paralympics in Beijing.

Stockwell talks to American Morning about swimming and her participation in The Hartford's "Achieve without Limits" campaign.

Filed under: Sports • U.S. • U.S. Troops
March 4th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

Man who shot U.S. airmen possibly influenced by social media

The man accused of killing two US. service members at a German airport Wednesday has confessed and was reportedly targeting American soldiers.

Authorities say the 21 year-old suspect in custody is a recently radicalized Muslim who told investigators he acted alone. CNN Terrorism Analyst Paul Cruickshank talks to Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi about the recent attack and what might have influenced the the man in custody.

Filed under: Crime • U.S. Troops • World
March 3rd, 2011
08:37 AM ET

Supreme Court rules 8-1 in favor of Westboro Baptist Church

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church Wednesday, in a free speech case that challenged the fundamentalist church's right to protest at military funerals.

The father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, a 20 year-old killed in Iraq in 2006, filed a lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church after members picketed his son's funeral. Westboro Baptist Church members protested at the funeral, and have done so at many others, to share their belief that American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality and abortion. Albert Snyder said the protests at his son's funeral caused emotional distress.

CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin talks about the ruling with Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi.

Filed under: Law • U.S. • U.S. Troops • Veterans
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