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September 21st, 2012
06:49 AM ET

Taking on terrorism: CNN's Suzanne Kelly looks at how Obama and Romney plan to keep America safe

This week, CNN is taking an in-depth look at the issues shaping this year's presidential race.

The focus this morning: Terrorism. How would President Obama or Mitt Romney keep America safe? CNN's Suzanne Kelly explains

Filed under: 2012 election • Politics • Terrorism
September 21st, 2012
06:32 AM ET

What's trending for Sept. 21st, 2012

Lindsay Lohan alleged hit & run tape released and Paris Hilton caught in recording saying gays 'probably have AIDS.'

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September 21st, 2012
06:30 AM ET

Bracing for more protests in Middle East – CNN's Reza Sayah on how embassies, countries are preparing for potential violence

(CNN) - Several diplomatic facilities were shuttered Friday as many brace for intensified protests over the anti-Islam movie "Innocence of Muslims," as well as recently published cartoons in a French publication of a figure resembling the Prophet Mohammed.

Demonstrations have raged for days as many in the Muslim world are angry about the U.S.-made Prophet Mohammed mocking film and the French cartoon. And some believe Friday prayers, a time of protest recently in the Middle East and North Africa, could add fuel to the fire.

Protesters in Peshawar, Pakistan torched two movie theaters in the city Friday morning, in protest against the film and the cartoon, a fire official said.

This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Reza Sayah details the new demonstrations and explains how countries are bracing for an uptick in violence.

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September 21st, 2012
06:24 AM ET

Navarro: Obama immigration failure admission 'chilling,' says Univision/Facebook Town Hall appearance ‘sober,somber’

Mitt Romney and President Obama have each spent this past week touting to Latino Voters. Mitt Romney addressed Hispanic voters during a “Meet the Candidates” forum co-sponsored by Univision and Facebook at the University of Miami Wednesday night. Last night, it was President Obama’s turn.

He commented on Mitt Romney’s “47%” remarks and answered tough questions about his lack of progress on immigration reform. CNN Contributor and Republican Strategist Ana Navarro attended both candidates’ events. Yesterday, she told us about Romney’s rapport with the Latino attendees. Navarro joins Zoraida Sambolin on “Early Start” live from Miami this morning to compare it with Obama’s appearance.

“There was a dramatic difference in the rooms,” during Obama’s even compared to Romney’s event. Navarro says the crowd was more enthusiastic and partisan during Romney’s forum. Navarro says. “Governor Romney got a lot of help from that crowd,” she says. “They broke into Romney chants. They applauded. The hissed and booed when they didn’t like the questions. They gave him a lot of energy, a lot of support.” Navarro described that Obama received a lukewarm welcome in comparison. “Yesterday’s crowd for President Obama’s event was eerily quiet, solemn, respectful,” she says, “which turned it into a very sober, very somber almost at point conversation and dialogue.”

The Univision moderator greatly pressed the president on immigration reform. The President admitted that his greatest failure was not having achieved immigration reform, to which the moderator said he was thereby admitting to a broken promise. Navarro says “it was a very chilling moment in that room.”

Sambolin points out, however, that Romney has not laid out a concrete plan on immigration reform either. “I think it when it comes to immigration, Latinos are in a tough spot,” Navarro responds. “Romney has not committed to any specifics or proposed a plan. But if President Obama is reelected, he’s going to have an extremely hard time getting anything done,” she says.  Navarro explains that the president “hasn’t a presented a plan in the first four years,” and that he’s “in all likelihood going to be dealing with a Republican allies, and he has not been very good at cultivating congressional allies on either side of the aisle.”

The main goal of President Obama’s appearance was to encourage Latinos to go to the polls. “President Obama enjoys a wide lead right now with the Latino voters,” Navarro says, “but his big problem is turnout.” “And repeatedly throughout the hour, he made this kind of appeal, ‘it’s up to you, it’s you the voters who can make the change.’”

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September 21st, 2012
05:54 AM ET

iPhone 5 hits stores today – Christine Romans breaks down the cost to produce and the cash boon for Apple

The new iPhone 5 hits stores today and people are already lining up around the world. It goes on sale at 8am on the East Coast, but people have been lining up in Tokyo, Sydney and London to get the latest Apple phone.

Christine Romans has the details on the latest Apple creation. She also breaks down exactly how much it costs to make the iPhone 5, as well as the cash boon it is expected to reap for the tech giant.

Filed under: Apple • iPhone 5
September 20th, 2012
09:54 AM ET

Seeking justice for Brian Terry: Cousin Robert Heyer weighs in on 'Fast and Furious' report, says 'something is, remains broken in Dept. of Justice'

The Department of Justice's inspector general has released its findings from a probe into the controversial gun-trafficking program known as “Operation Fast and Furious.” The new report examines details that were only publicly revealed following the tragic shooting death of border patrol agent Brian Terry in late 2010. Terry’s death led to questions about the program's existence when two guns found at his shooting scene in Arizona were connected to the DOJ program.

Robert Heyer, Terry’s cousin and spokesman for the family, says that his family is anxious to fully examine the report after waiting almost 21 months since Terry’s death. “We’ve been calling for answers. We’ve been calling for the truth to come out,” Heyer says.

Heyer argues that “Operation Fast and Furious” and the subsequent immediate inquiry into the program were a “combination of incompetence and arrogance” on the part of the government, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

“Brian was murdered on December 15th of 2010. One of the very first things we noticed in this report is the attorney general saying that he did not know about Operation Fast and Furious until January or February of 2011,” Heyer says. “Remember, everybody in federal law enforcement associated with the murder investigation, to include the U.S. attorney at the time for the district of Arizona, Dennis Burke, knew that the weapons found at the murder scene were Operation Fast and Furious guns. They knew then who the suspect's straw buyer was who bought those weapons, and now they saw that they were found at the murder scene and carried by the men that killed Brian Terry.”

“It's very distressing that top officials in the Department of Justice did not provide that information to the attorney general. Something was broken, something remains broken, and we have to wait to see if this thing gets fixed,” he adds.

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September 20th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

How will US's role in Middle East shape presidential election? CNN's Elise Labott reports

New details have emerged regarding the attack in Benghazi that claimed the lives of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The nation's counterterrorism chief reports to Congress Wednesday that an act of terrorism was responsible for the death of the four Americans killed in Libya.

Sources tell CNN, that Ambassador Stevens expressed concerns about security in the months before he died – specifically mentioning a rise in Islamic extremism and a growing al Qaeda presence in Libya.

Reports from sources also say the Stevens was worried about what he called the never-ending security threats in Benghazi and his name being mentioned on an al Qaeda hit list.

With tensions in the Middle East heating up as the presidential campaigns near election day, how will the US's role in the region shape the race? CNN's foreign affairs reporter Elise Labott explains to John Berman on "Early Start."

Filed under: 2012 election • Libya • Middle East • Politics
September 20th, 2012
09:11 AM ET

6 million Americans will pay Obamacare penalties – Christine Romans explains new CBO report

Christine Romans on a CBO report showing 6 million Americans could pay penalties for not having health insurance.

September 20th, 2012
08:38 AM ET

Is a lack of transparency sinking the health care system? Dr. Marty Makary explains

One of the issues central to the presidential election is health care reform and President Obama's landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

With health care premiums continuing to rise each year and many Americans unhappy with the quality of their health care, Dr. Marty Makary says that transparency, not policy, could be the true root of the problem.

In his new book "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care," Dr. Makary writes, "When I listen to health care gurus propose overhauling the health care system with new ways to finance it, I often feel they are tragically off the mark.  The simplest, most economical solution to the problems of our complex system is to empower patients with information."

Dr. Makary sits down with Zoraida on "Early Start" this morning to explain how he thinks health care can be improved and medical mistakes can be prevented.

"According to good studies by doctors, 20% to 30%t of all medications, tests, procedures in health care are completely unnecessary," Makary says. "Patients really need to be empowered to say, hey look do I really need this done? If we’re going to get serious about health care costs and if patients are going to get good quality care we’re going to need to cut the waste in health care, not just pay for it differently."

Filed under: Health care
September 20th, 2012
08:08 AM ET

Best Advice: Wyclef Jean

Multi-platinum artist Wyclef Jean shares his best advice with us.

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