Editor's Note: As Thursday’s American Morning audience prepared for President Obama's health care summit, many shared their concerns about how effective the effort would be in moving reform forward. Most remained defiant that the Republicans would do little to contribute to a bipartisan solution, while others strongly defended Republicans for standing strong against President Obama’s proposed plans.
What are your expectations for today’s heath care summit? Continue the conversation below.
Editor's Note: All this week in our special series "Broken Government," CNN is taking a hard look at our nation's government; the frustrating problems and the potential solutions. Today, our Carol Costello looks at the U.S. trade deficit and how we can compete with cheap foreign labor. And tomorrow on American Morning, we head to a small community surrounded by 14 chemical plants spewing cancer-causing waste. Why has it taken the government's environmental watchdog a decade to get involved?
(CNN) – Last year, the U.S. bought more from other countries than we sold. How much? More than $380 billion, according to the folks at the census.
So what's the fix? Some economic experts say we need to adjust free trade agreements. Our Carol Costello went to Baltimore, Maryland to find out why.
(CNN) – SeaWorld is shutting down all killer whale shows today after a sudden and frightening attack at their park in Orlando.
SeaWorld's star attraction, a killer whale named Tilikum, killed veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau yesterday. Witnesses say the orca actually grabbed Brancheau and pulled her into the water. So what went wrong?
We were joined on Thursday's American Morning by Chuck Tompkins, curator of zoological operations at Sea World in Orlando.
Read more: Did killer whale pull trainer into tank?
Some critics are calling the president's televised health care summit nothing more than political theater. We heard from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on American Morning Thursday, but for the Republican perspective we turned to Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.
Live Updates: Health care summit
(CNN) – President Obama's health care summit kicked off today in Washington. We expect plenty of partisan bickering, but what will all this really mean for you?
For some answers, we turned to our Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He reached into his mailbag to answer some of your health care questions on Thursday's American Morning.
"Why is dental insurance not considered part of health insurance?" -M.C. Mitchell
"What will happen when there are not enough doctors to take care of all the patients?" -Virginia