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October 6th, 2009
10:55 AM ET

Latinos have deep roots in US

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic person to serve on the Supreme Court.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic person to serve on the Supreme Court.

Tomás Jiménez
For CNN

Just about any celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) will highlight the diversity among Hispanics.

They come from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world, have settled in various areas of the United States, have distinctive customs and come in all shapes and colors.

But an often overlooked difference among Hispanics relates to how many generations back they trace their roots in U.S. history.

Hispanics are not just immigrants or the U.S.-born children of immigrants. They are also Americans with deep family histories in the United States. This is especially true of the Mexican-origin population, the largest Hispanic subgroup and one that has been continually replenished by immigrant newcomers for a century.

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October 6th, 2009
10:09 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Re-thinking the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan

Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson of Nevada was among eight U.S. troops killed in a weekend attack in Afghanistan.

Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson of Nevada was among eight U.S. troops killed in a weekend attack in Afghanistan.

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

President Obama will host a bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan today. Tomorrow is the eighth year anniversary of the war. What are the dangers of losing in Afghanistan and how long does President Obama have to make a decision? And what about the families of the people serving in the country? The bodies of four of the U.S. soldiers who were killed by militants in Afghanistan on Saturday are set to be brought back to the U.S. today. More on the way forward in Afghanistan tonight.

Make sure to catch a special Amanpour today at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET to watch Christiane Amanpour’s rare joint interview with Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates on the challenges that face the United States. They spoke about the war in Afghanistan, nuclear tension with Iran and the global war on terrorism. Both Clinton and Gates said the U.S. is committed to a regional strategy to build long-standing relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gates said the Taliban has gained momentum in Afghanistan and that its takeover of the country could enable the al Qaeda to gain ground. What exactly is the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda? We’re digging deeper tonight.

And we’re beginning our series this week on Underground America. Las Vegas Boulevard – also known as “The Strip” – is known for its glitz, glamour and lure of hitting the jackpot. But a world exists beneath this iconic area – it has also become home to those down on their luck. Homeless are living in the flood channels that run beneath the city, where many of them have built elaborate shelters deep in the dark labyrinths.

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Filed under: Eliza Browning • The Buzz
October 6th, 2009
08:30 AM ET

Dear President Obama #260: Making waffles in Afghanistan

Reporter's Note: President Obama is consulting with a wide variety of folks over what should happen next in Afghanistan. I’m not one of them, but I’ll throw in my advice anyway in my daily letter to the White House.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has made no secret about his belief that the U.S. needs to send more troops now.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has made no secret about his belief that the U.S. needs to send more troops now.

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

If I were part of a military family right now, I’d be terrified. Not by what is happening in Iraq or Afghanistan, but by what is happening in Washington.

I’m not talking about Democrats or Republicans, or who is tougher on defense or who is weaker, or anything like that. What I’m talking about is one of DC’s most ignoble traits. When wars get difficult, politicians here have a nasty habit of being like the friends who stand behind you in a schoolyard brawl right up until the opposition appears, and then suddenly they remember their piano lessons and split.

You can hear it all over the streets in the buzz over that question, “What should we do in Afghanistan?” While many pols profess to be just discussing the issue, their comments in the media and elsewhere are taking on that odd waffling tone that always makes me queasy. And it has to be making your decision very, very tough. You promised during the election that you were going to get serious about putting the squeeze on the Taliban and their old running buddies, Al Qaeda. But now Democratic voters overwhelmingly want more troops pulling out, your top military advisors want more troops heading in, the shape and direction of the battle itself has changed, and there you are in the middle trying to figure out a proper course.

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October 6th, 2009
06:49 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 10/5

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360° many of you commented on the war in Afghanistan with mixed opinions. You all seem to be split on how you feel the U.S. should proceed. We also heard from many of you that Chicago's loss of the 2016 Olympics is not a failure for President Obama. What do you think? Let us know!
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Why are you joining the Obama bashers and accusing him of a personal failure because the Olympic Games went to Brazil? It was a foregone conclusion that Brazil would win, given the compelling argument that the games had never been held in South America.

American generals today are not up to the task at hand ,McArthur ,Eisenhower ,were great, today’s military are wimpy and too reliant on tech. gimmicks rather than bayonet blood and guts fighting confrontation, it’s no win in again for Americans , the Russians pulled out and so must we!!

If we are going to defeat the Taliban and other terrorist groups we must sink to their level of fighting. We would have to send in more troops. When a member of these terrorist is at arms kill him then kill his whole family. As they say you can fight as they do or die giving them a free rein. I realize that as Americans we try to show compassion to the enemy. We get none we should not give any. If we are such a strong nation we should show it

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Filed under: Behind The Scenes
October 6th, 2009
06:22 AM ET
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