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July 29th, 2010
08:32 AM ET

Arizona Immigration Law: Rage and Relief

Some are shouting in rage while others are sighing with relief as sections of the Arizona immigration law go into effect today.

A partial injunction issued by the Arizona Federal Court yesterday blocked the most controversial parts of the law, including requiring police officers to question a person's citizenship status and requiring immigrants to apply for and carry papers.

It does allow the criminalization of hiring illegal immigrants as day workers and bans "sanctuary cities," or cities that do not enforce federal immigration law.

Many people are debating exactly what rights illegal immigrants do and do not deserve. But the courts are trying to determine who- the states or the federal government- has the right to draft immigration legislation.

We want to know your thoughts. Should Arizona continue its fight against the federal government?

Post your comments below and Josh will read some during the 10am and 11am ET hours of the CNN Newsroom.

Read more about the Arizona immigration law here.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Josh Levs • Tony Harris
July 29th, 2010
08:27 AM ET

Is fighting a good sign for your marriage?

Fighting in a relationship can be hurtful, stressful and an indicator that the end is near- but it doesn't have to be.

Research shows that it's not that we fight but how we fight- our tone of voice, attitude, word choice and whether or not we listen- that's most important, an article by the Wall Street Journal says.

Professor of psychology at the University of Denver and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies, Howard Markman, developed the "speaker-listener" technique to help couples argue successfully.

Dr. Markman tells the Wall Street Journal that each person needs to know that they are being listened to and getting their point across.

Solving a fight using his method, he says, makes couples happier. And a happy couple is less likely to get a divorce.

Has fighting put a strain on your marriage or made it stronger? Share your experiences below.

You can read more about how to fight right here.

Filed under: Anchors • CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
July 28th, 2010
08:06 AM ET

ASU Student may not graduate due to personal beliefs

From CNN Intern Emily Landrieu:

A counseling student at Augusta State University is in danger of not graduating – and it’s not because of her grades.

Jennifer Keaton is a devout Christian who believes that homosexuality is wrong. On the other side, administrators at ASU are concerned that her beliefs will prevent her from conforming to the professional standards of a licensed counselor. Jennifer sued the University earlier this month when they told her she would not graduate if she didn’t participate in a “remediation program” that is intended to increase her tolerance and exposure of the LGBT community. However, according to Jennifer’s lawyer, a public university “can not force a student to change their religious beliefs for staying in an academic program”. The remediation program entails adding on additional requirements to her masters’ degree such as attending workshops, writing monthly reflections and increasing her interaction with the LGBT community. ASU follows the American Counseling Association’s code of ethics in which members, “ recognize diversity and embrace a cross cultural approach in support of the worth dignity, potential and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts”.

We want your opinion – Should Jennifer have to go through “sensitivity training” in order to get her diploma or is the university going too far?

Please post your comments below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

Filed under: Anchors • CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
July 27th, 2010
09:49 AM ET
July 27th, 2010
07:49 AM ET

Hold the mouse droppings, please!

Sports fans expect to pay high prices for stadium food, but they don't always consider the food borne illnesses that may be laying in wait under their bun.

According to ESPN, it recently reviewed the results of health department inspections conducted at more than one-hundred professional sports stadiums. Those inspections reveal that food vendors violated several health code violations.

Inspectors found employees who do not wash their hands, food stored at the wrong temperature and past their expiration dates and cockroaches, just to name a few.

The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. was one of the worst. It was reported as having 100% of vendors in violation, with mouse droppings found at at least 10 different vendors.

We want to know- What is your most disgusting stadium or arena experience? Share your stories below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

Want to know if your stadium or arena is among the dirtiest? Check out the article here.

Filed under: Anchors • CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips
July 26th, 2010
08:18 AM ET

Afghan war documents released

From CNN intern Emily Landrieu:

Late yesterday, the infamous whistle blower website released what it claims to be over 900,000 U.S. military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan ranging from 2004 until January of 2010. According to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, the reports contain first hand accounts of numbers killed, casualties and threat reports among other things. Neither CNN nor any other source has confirmed the authenticity of the documents and Assange will not reveal where the documents came from. According to the New York Times, who had access to the documents before the official release, “the documents suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders." Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, said in a statement Sunday that the documents, "raise serious questions about the reality of America's policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

The video has stirred up much controversy within the United States and over seas alike. Many believe that the posting of this information poses a threat to U.S. security and the security of our allies.

We want to know- Do you think this information could be a threat? Should it have been released?

Comment below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

Read more about the leaked documents here.

Filed under: Anchors • Kyra Phillips
July 26th, 2010
07:05 AM ET

U.S. Citizens Deported

Americans deported – the concept sounds so wrong, it's strange to even hear the words together.  But a researcher from Northwestern University says it happens everyday.  Political theorist Jackie Stevens,  States Without Nations,  estimates of the approximate one million people the U.S. government deports, less than one percent are American – a tiny percentage but that translates into hundreds of U.S. citizens wrongfully forced to leave the country.  And now there are concerns with the implementation of Arizona's new immigration law this week, the problem will get worse.  Don Lemon spoke with one American, Johann Ace Francis, who lost 10 years with his family after he was mistakenly deported.

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Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
July 26th, 2010
05:59 AM ET

A conversation about the women of the Civil Rights Movement

Charlayne Hunter Gault talks with TJ Holmes about Freedom Sisters exhibit, which profiles 20 leading African-American women.

July 26th, 2010
05:52 AM ET

Rock Band with a Higher Message

CNN's T.J. Holmes talks to Hillsong Live, a Christian rock band that has gained popularity through church choirs singing their music.

July 26th, 2010
12:52 AM ET

Mark Williams Sorry For “Sloppy Execution” Of Racial Blog Posting

Tea Party Express Spokesman Mark Williams resigned from the group Friday, saying the media coverage over his controversial comments on race had become too much of a distraction. In an interview with CNN, Williams discusses the posting on his blog that led to accusations of racism, explaining why he still defends the idea behind it, but laments his “sloppy execution” of it. He also criticizes the firing of Shirley Sherrod, and shares whether he thinks he has a future within the Tea Party movement.

Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
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