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July 20th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

New guidelines to diagnose Alzheimer’s

(CNN) – The criteria for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease have remained virtually unchanged since the early 1980’s. However, last week new guidelines were proposed that would lead to earlier diagnosis. Although this would mean better care for patients, it would also lead to a significant increase in the number of people diagnosed with the disease. Dr. Maria Carrillo, senior director of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer’s Association, joined us on Tuesday’s American Morning to discuss the proposed guidelines.


Filed under: Health
July 20th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Contractors doing spy's work in post 9/11 world

(CNN) – A two year investigation by the Washington Post, “Top Secret America”, analyzed the United States’ security universe created after 9/11 and concluded it may be too large to be effective. In the second part of the investigation, the paper examined how the government farms out intelligence work to private contractors despite federal rules prohibiting them to do so. Dana Priest reported the story with William Arkin and joined us on Tuesday’s American Morning to explain. Watch Video

Read Dana's article: National Security Inc.


Filed under: Homeland Security
July 20th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Ground Zero mosque ad stirs emotions


Scott Wheeler runs a small political action committee called the Republican National Trust, which has no ties to the Republican Party.

(CNN) – The fight over plans to build an Islamic center near the site of the World Trade Center continues to escalate. A new advertisement titled “The audacity of Jihad” aims to prevent the mosque from being built by using graphic footage of 9/11 and militant Muslims. CNN's Allan Chernoff talks to the man behind the controversial new ad. Watch Video

Related: Islamophobia and the Muslim center at Ground Zero


Filed under: AM Original • Controversy • Islam • Religion
July 20th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

USDA employee says statements on white farmer misconstrued

(CNN) – A black Agriculture Department employee who resigned after a video clip showed her talking about a white farmer said Tuesday her remarks were taken out of context.

Shirley Sherrod, the department's former state director of rural development for Georgia, told CNN on Tuesday the incident she discusses in the clip took place more than two decades ago - and she recounted it to an audience to make the point that people should move beyond race.

"I was speaking to that group, like I've done many groups, and I tell them about a time when I thought the issue was race and race only," Sherrod told CNN's "American Morning" from her home in Albany, Georgia. The incident took place in 1986, while she worked for a nonprofit and before she worked for the USDA, she said. "I was telling the story of how working with him helped me to see the issue is not about race. It's about those who have versus those who do not have."

Sherrod resigned Monday after conservative media outlets aired the video, in which she says she did not give the white farmer "the full force of what I could do" to help him avoid foreclosure.

James Peterson, assistant professor of English and Africana Studies at Bucknell University, also joined Tuesday's American Morning to discuss Sherod's resignation. Peterson says this is especially ironic given the recent controversy surrounding the NAACP and the Tea Party. Although he condemns Sherrod’s statements, he believes that the video was likely taken out of context. Watch Video

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Filed under: Controversy • Exclusive • NAACP
July 20th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

The science of 'Inception': Can your dreams be manipulated?

(CNN) – Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page star in Christopher Nolan's summer blockbuster, "Inception." The movie deals with stealing and planting thoughts inside someone's mind while they dream, a sort of nocturnal espionage. Is it real or science fiction? Deirdre Barrett is a clinical psychologist with Harvard Medical School and a leader in the field of dream research. She joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss the possibilities of dream manipulation. Watch Video

Let's talk about that 'Inception' ending


Filed under: Entertainment • Science
July 20th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

'Scammed:' Your tax dollars buying smokes & beer


All 50 states and U.S. territories now provide Food Stamp Program benefits with EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards instead of traditional paper coupon stamps pictured above. (Getty Images)

(CNN) – For nearly 50 years, the government has helped feed struggling families across the nation through its Food Stamp Program. These days, instead of stamps, the government sends out debit cards funded by your tax dollars. The problem? Some people are illegally using those cards to get cash, beer, cigarettes, and worse. Our John Zarrella reports for the second part of our AM original series, "Scammed." Watch Video


Filed under: Crime • Scammed
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