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April 13th, 2010
09:04 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:30AM  Landmark legislation: Nebraska passed a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Will the law be upheld and could it impact Roe v. Wade? CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Patricia Murphy from PoliticsDaily.com join us to discuss.

7:30AM  China Rising: Opportunity or Threat? We’ll ask James Fallows from The Atlantic and Jing Ullrich from J.P. Morgan what the future holds for U.S.–China relations.

 8:30AM  He was one of the first faces 7-year-old Justin Artyem saw when he returned to Russia – We’ll talk to Arthur Lookyanov, the driver who picked Justin up from Moscow’s airport.

Got questions for any of our guests?Tweet 'em at Twitter.com/amFIX or post them below and we'll try to use 'em!


Filed under: American Morning • The Teaser
April 13th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 4/13/10

Editor's Note: Tuesday’s American Morning audience debated the spanking study from Tulane University that found children who were spanked frequently at 3-years-old were 50 percent more likely to become aggressive by the age of five. While the majority opinion favored spanking as a form of discipline, some equated the act with abuse.

  • Raymond: Joking about spanking – child abuse – is far, far, far from funny. Spanking, child abuse, is domestic violence and plants the seeds that perpetuate a vicious cycle of battery. Would you joke about a battered spouse? I was a victim and thoroughly resent your employees making light of such a serious issue. It impacts my life to this day and is no joking matter I can assure you.
  • Cindy: about spanking...i have raised 2 girls and 2 boys and now helping with 8 grands. if you spank only when needed at a young age you establish a healthy fear of consequence. none of my kids are violent they are wonderful citizens. and my grands know i am the alpha-dog of discipline who loves them enough to spank. if you do it at the right age you won't have to do it very often. i got one spanking my whole life and turned great. Thanks
  • Bruce: I am a 48 year old from Toronto, Canada. I was the recipient of a few spankings in my younger days; but never without a just reason. That was just the way parenting was done in those days. As a recovering alcoholic and addict now, when I reflect on those days I feel that it actually prevented me from becoming aggressive. Instead I became meek and lacking in self confidence. Obviously, since I am in recovery, I rebelled when I was quite a bit older. I would be interested in hearing your experts opinion on this.
  • Bill: I do not agree with the theory that spanking creates violent adults. all people my age (68) were spanked, we had no gangs no school shootings and very little crime. Children today need more discipline not less. Many of my friends quit because they could no longer discipline students, Today, my mother could be put in jail for the way she raised me. I have never been in trouble.
  • Phillip: spanking : defined is the NON VIOLENT way to show a TAP OR STING to ones child. it represents DISCIPLINE. A NON VIOLENT MEANS TO LET A CHILD UNDERSTAND THAT THE BEHAVIOR ON GOING IS NOT TOLERABLE. spanking is not is not is not : a violent act. One who can use physical violence to hit a child is clearly not spanking. DONOT DEFINE SPANKING WITH THE MEANS BY WHICH ONE USES HITTING A VERY VIOLENT MARRING FORM OF HATE AND ANGER TO DEFINE AN ACT OF DISCIPLINE. " CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS MORE TO THIS DEFINED ACT OF HITTING." spanking is an old well defined means to get a child to understand that violence and bad temper get one sent to " the room" .and with a TAP of love causing a child to become alerted to this stinging pain. AGAIN THIS IS NOT AN ACT OF AGRESSIVE VIOLENCE. today both the interviewers and the person being interviewed used " spanking and hitting as if these words were synonymous with each other. clearly they are not."

What do you think of spanking? Continue the conversation below.


Filed under: We Listen
April 13th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Ohno urges kids to make healthy choices

(CNN) – From "Dancing with the Stars" to skating for Olympic gold, some say there isn't a challenge speed skater Apolo Ohno can't conquer.

He joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss his new mission: to stop underage drinking and start getting kids more interested in healthy lifestyles.


Filed under: Health • Sports
April 13th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

'Don't buy' rating for Lexus SUV

(CNN) – Toyota is taking it on the chin again. Consumer Reports has put out an urgent warning to the car-buying public: "Don't buy" the 2010 Lexus GX 460.

The magazine says the luxury SUV poses an unacceptable safety risk because it's prone to skidding while turning, posing a possible rollover hazard.

What does this mean for Toyota, the parent company of Lexus?

Jon Linkov, managing editor of Consumer Reports Cars, and Neal Boudette, Detroit bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to break it down.

Read more: Magazine issues safety warning on 2010 Lexus SUV


Filed under: Business
April 13th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

China Rising: Is China changing U.S. business?

Editor's Note: A shift is underway in how U.S. companies do business. From dinner staples like seafood, to clothes and technology, more companies are opting for the "Made in China" label, and that's making life here less expensive. Today in our original series, "China Rising,” Christine Romans examines how China's powerful economy affects you in just about every way. Tomorrow on American Morning, a colossal middle class is emerging from Shanghai to Beijing, but is the sky the limit for China or is their growth a bubble about to burst?

By Christine Romans, CNN

(CNN) – To see how China's powerful economy affects you in just about every way, look no further than your dinner plate.

Alaskan Sole caught and frozen in the Bering Sea is unloaded in Alaska's Dutch Harbor and from there most of the fish goes to… China.

Bill Orr, president of Signature Seafood, says his catch is cleaned and filleted cheaper and quicker in Chinese workshops than in the United States.

“We sell it to companies around the world, but most of them have the fish sent to China and have it further processed into fillets or portions, have sauces added or breaded, packaged and sent back to Europe, the United States or South America,” he explains.

That's right. Chances are the fish you order at restaurants traveled some 14,000 miles. How can that be possible? Because China's economic miracle of cheap labor and a government-subsidized industrial base has changed everything, even the economics of your dinner plate.

U.S. seafood exports to China were just $82 million in 1996. Today, they’re $597 million. How much of that comes back to the United States is impossible to know in this new globalized world.

FULL POST


Filed under: Business • China Rising
April 13th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Amtrak: Dog's nose knows explosives

(CNN) – The transportation industry's security screening procedures have been under intense scrutiny recently by the federal government.

Amtrak, however, believes it is using something both effective and affordable. In our CNN security watch, Jeanne Meserve takes a look at Amtrak's army of specialists, highly trained to sniff out dangerous explosives.


Filed under: Tech • Transportation
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