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August 19th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus talks President Obama's vacation, GOP jobs plan

President Obama and his family departed for a ten-day vacation to Martha's Vineyard yesterday – a trip that has become the source of much political contention, with many Republicans criticizing the president for taking time off while the economy is so fragile.

The Republican National Committee blasted the president for his decision this week, issuing a series of online postcards mocking the vacation.

However, others, like White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, have defended the trip, saying that there is "no such thing as a presidential vacation" and stating that Obama will continue to be briefed on the economy throughout the vacation.

Today on American Morning, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus joins Christine Romans to discuss the committee's attack on the president's trip and to explain the Republican plan for hiring and economic growth.

Filed under: GOP • President Barack Obama • Vacation
July 29th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

How to 'disconnect' from your job and enjoy a tech-free vacation

Among Americans vacationing this summer, almost half say that they will, or did, work on their vacation, according to a recent online poll conducted by Harris Interactive.

The poll also showed that of those people, 35% admitted to monitoring their email and 22% said they checked their voicemail or occasionally took phone calls.

Is it possible to take a truly tech-free vacation and disconnect from all the devices in your everyday?

Today on American Morning, Mark Orwoll, international editor for Travel + Leisure, offers tips on the best ways to truly "disconnect" from your hectic professional life while on vacation.

Filed under: Tech • Technology • Vacation
June 8th, 2011
10:26 AM ET

Why is America the 'no vacation nation'?

A recent Reuters poll found that just 57% of U.S. workers use all of their vacation days, compared to nearly 90% of French employees.

International editor at Travel and Leisure, Mark Orwoll, joins the AM anchors this morning to discuss the importance of time off and why Americans seem to be all work and no play.