June 25th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Watch GPS: Hamid Karzai, Greece and updating the U.S. Constitution

First up, a world-wide exclusive with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. This is Karzai's first U.S. TV interview in nearly a year.

What does he think of President Obama's plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan? What about talking to the Taliban?

Watch Karzai's reaction to accusations that he's been squandering U.S. taxpayer money.

Next, the chances of a Greek default: The chief of the world's biggest bond trader thinks it's inevitable. Fareed talks to PIMCO's CEO Mohamed El-Erian about the Eurozone and how much time the U.S. has to get its house in order.

Finally, Fareed tackles YOUR responses to our segment last week on updating the American Constitution. CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin gives us an expert perspective on changing America's foundational document.

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  1. Sally in CH

    Has the US Constitution survived mostly because it allows for adaptation through a slow but well defined process that ensures that the change is agreed to by the largest possible portion of the people from the highest multi-cultural background and with personal freedoms unknown elsewhere? Laws are only respected when agreed to by the people.

    The houses of Congress as they are defined is a part of a very delicate balance of power that has served us well for longer than any Constitution.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply
  2. leeintulsa

    Every time they amend the constitution, they update it. I don't really get the point of that topic..

    June 26, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
  3. CB

    Toobin is wrong. Giving Wyoming the same number of senators as NY and California is quite justifiable. The concept behind it is just as valid now as it was when it was concieved. He knows the arguements. I believe the fact that he does not subscribe to them simply reflects the mind set of someone who grew up and lives in big city/big state U.S.A., i.e. incapable of understanding the view from the smaller states. To turn the Senate into nothing more than "House 2" would remove the only forum at the national level where small states have a reasonable chance of having their concerns taken seriously. To create a situation where the voters of big states, basically ignorant of and unconcerned with, the concerns of the smaller ones (mostly midwestern and western) would be a very, very bad move.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • robert chadis

      re u s constitution, re senate. senators used to be elected differently, as also vice

      presidents. the point of the interests of states as separate is a perverse atavistic

      problem...interests are regional, not state defined. as the senate with 2 from each state is

      for protection of one state from another, domestic, it is anomolous to give war power,

      international, to senate. the justification is however that senators terms are 3 times as

      long as those of representatives, so they are presumed senior, as well as less bound by

      fluctuations of electoral mood...we are grateful for that stability in 2010... and of

      course that senator represents whole state instead of mere district. but of course some

      representatives have long been in place. the entire war power structure is nonsensical, with

      the results we have seen, notoriously in tonkin gulf resolution seduction, and iraq, with

      hillary saying she trusted the president, with senate abandoning its war prerogative. a

      congressional body should be responsible for monitoring international politics, with members

      especially qualified, daily ready to decide if president asks for war. and war, like sex,

      has to be defined realistically.
      supreme court needs 2 changes. first, a separate annex composed equally of each party, to

      handle political cases like florida 2000. secondly, terms set to coordinate with

      presidential elections so as to avoid the roulette we have now, of luck determining which

      president gets to nominate.
      an amendment is needed to ensure that each child has a right to contact with both genetic

      parents, and vice versa, regardless of marital status...it is not people who break families,

      it is perverse law and practice.

      June 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      The Swiss had rewritten their constitution 10 years ago and kept the status quo of the upper chamber of the their Parliament, which is the equivalence of the American Senate: two delegates from each canton are sent to the upper chamber regardless of the demographic size. The Swiss find this unproportional representation totally democratic. It's about taking the minorities into consideration. In the lower chamber they have already the number of delegates relative to the demograirphic proportion of their cantons.

      June 27, 2011 at 7:44 am | Reply
  4. JK

    "No black Americans voted in the United States until the 1960's". Really? I find your interpretation of the facts in order to push your personal agenda to dismiss the United States Constitution appalling.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
  5. Harry DeMell

    Jeff Tobin's comments about the constitution are not entirely correct. The electoral college was established as part of a compromise that allowed states representation based on their popular vote as well as their senatorial representation. This had the result of allowing the small states to remain relevent. This is still true today. Without the electoral college, the fact that presidential elections are decided in several big states would be even more true.

    Harry DeMell.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:18 am | Reply
  6. John Richardson

    Can you imagine what the USA would be like if NY and CA majorities ruled the country. The founding fathers undestood well the tyranny of the majority in a pure democracy. Leave the electoral college alone, it protects everyone. Fareed, I enjoy your show immensly but you risk being perceived as buffonish,ala Chris Matthews, with all the leading questions. Give the viewer food for thought, but let them reach their own conclusions.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:57 am | Reply
  7. Patricia Vigar Thomas

    Presidents should only serve for 6 yrs.without serving a second consecutive term.
    Senators & House of Representative salaries& perks should be reduced.
    Pension & Health Plans should be reassessed as well.
    People with high salaries ($200.000 & up should pay higher taxes.
    Corporations should pay more taxes.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Yuri

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      February 12, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
  8. Nassar Salley

    My comment is on US troop withdrawal from Afgan. It is the right thing to do. The US and the allies cannot remain in Afgan forever. The Afghan will have to take responsibility at some point. What I believe will have been the best approach before the US withdrawal will be to bring both waring factions to try and reconcile. After all Afghan belong to both non-Talaban and the Talabans. The Talaban cannot be completely thrown out of Afghan. Where will they go? The best thing is to bring all factions finally to a round table for mutual negociations. By that I believe the insurgency will stop if the Talaban begins to feel that they are getting some recognition and respect as Afghans.

    June 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  9. MLG

    Wow how arrogant is toobin, I believe we are a Republic not a democracy. I believe he is advocating that all the votes be pooled in one lump and that there be a simple majority rule. The present system helps to avoid that, in my opinion. On the second amendment the courts have upheld our rights repeatedly. After the American Revolution the army was almost completely disbanded because of fear of a standing army and faith in citizen militias and an armed populace,

    June 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  10. RGD

    I viewed your interview w/President Karzai this morning. I found it informative, and after its conclusion, this thought came to mind. In your view, do you believe the media coverage of the Afghan war has been accurate?

    June 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  11. BIG RED

    Shame on you CNN for having this these two liberal hacks give their opinions on how to alter the constitution to support their ideological radical world views!!!!!!!!! These people want to destroy our way of life from within – not over my dead body!!!!!!!!! Stand up America! Let our voices be heard loud and clear across the land! We are taking our county back!!

    June 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  12. JW

    Thank you, Mr. Toobin, for confirming suspicions held by many folks from small states (such my home state of Louisiana) about how people, such as yourself, from larger states like California and New York perceive us. Without equal representation in the U.S. Senate, local and regional concerns in smaller states would be ignored even more so than they are today. I guess the Bayou State hasn't been screwed enough by the federal government with regard to royalties from offshore drilling.

    June 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  13. DmacFlorida

    Get Jeff Toobin some oxygen. He's damn near brain dead. Have him share it with Fareed ... he's approaching the same state fast.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  14. Sue Bee

    I was astonished-yes, ASTONISHED!–to hear Toobin say that it was a bad idea for Wyoming and California to have the same number of senators!! Did he ever take a US history class? Surely he KNOWS why we have a bicameral legislature. Just in case, I'll explain....if California had more senators, based on population, and more members of the House, also based on population, THEN California would rule the country. The bicameral arrangement is to protect minorities from the majorities. It has worked for a long time. Other countries use it, too.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  15. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    Of the Rich, By the Rich, And for the Rich.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  16. Steven Wasserman

    Saw the show with Fareed and Jeff Tubin discussing the archaic Senate...what would they put in its place?? Would they abolish the Senate and just have the House?? I heard their point of view, of which I agree with, but no solutions...I hope Fareed answers this

    June 27, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
  17. C Andrews

    There is an email circulating that proposes a 28th amendment to the Constitution requiring all of congress to abide by the same laws as other citizens with no exemptions for status. It would also require congress to be on the same health care plan (Medicare) and retirement (Social Security) with no other supplements provided by the U.S. Citizens. It would also impose term limits as those of the president of the United States. I like this proposal but would like to know if you think there is a down side.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    1. Term Limits . 12 years only, one of the possible options below..

    A. Two Six-year Senate terms
    B. Six Two-year House terms
    C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

    2. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security .

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

    4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 10-1-11

    July 10, 2011 at 9:42 am | Reply

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