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December 23rd, 2011
01:34 PM ET

AM staffers wish our viewers a happy holiday season

Some staffers join Alina Cho and Deb Feyerick to wish our audience a happy Festivus and a wonderful holiday season.

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December 23rd, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Tea Party says payroll tax deal is a 'gift of uncertainty to America' – Rep. Huelskamp explains

House Speaker John Boehner said yesterday he expected the House to pass a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday today.

The announcement of the extension was a dramatic turn from just days ago - when the speaker called the short-term extension "nonsense."

The deal will keep 168 million working families from facing a tax hike on New Year's Day. But many Republicans aren't happy with the deal.

Freshman Congressman Tim Huelskamp is one of them. He talks with Alina Cho this morning.

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December 23rd, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Fisher House provides housing for military families for the holiday season

The Fisher House Foundation is giving an incredible gift to troops and their families: A home away from home for the holidays.

It provides houses for families of soldiers receiving care at military medical centers, like the Walter Reed Medical Center.

This morning on American Morning, Fisher House chairman and CEO Kenneth Fisher talks about how they're working to give military families a happy holiday.

Filed under: Military
December 23rd, 2011
01:26 PM ET

House passes payroll tax cut, but what does it entail? Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore explains

This morning, Congress passed legislation to keep the payroll tax cut in place. It's a two-month deal for now, and the typical worker gets to hold onto about $83 a month.

This morning on American morning, Wall Street Journal's senior economics writer Stephen Moore explains the details of the deal that was passed.

Filed under: Payroll tax
December 23rd, 2011
01:22 PM ET

Who's been naughty and who's been nice in 2011? A look back at newsmakers of the year

2011 has been a packed year, full of political scandals and Congressmen who just can't seem to agree on anything. But, there were a lot of inspiring newsmakers, too.

In the spirit of the holidays, we asked two experts to play Santa Claus and come up with this year's naughty and nice list!

This morning on American Morning, Democratic analyst robert zimmerman and CNN contributor John Avlon share their pics.

Filed under: Politics
December 22nd, 2011
10:43 AM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Will Ferrell's serious commitment to charity

"Big Stars, Big Giving" is our special series that shines the spotlight on celebrities and the causes they support.

Will Ferrell famously played President George W. Bush on "Saturday Night Live." He spoofed the news business as Ron Burgundy in "Anchorman." And children of all ages fell in love with him in "Elf."

Ferrell is also giving back, focusing on one special charity close to his heart.

CNN's Alina Cho talk with Christine Romans and Ali Velshi this morning about her chat with the comedian who's making a serious commitment to cancer survivors.

For more information on Cancer for College, visit

Filed under: Big Stars, Big Giving
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