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June 15th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Montel Williams talks MS, medical marijuana and experimental surgery

For more than a decade, Emmy Award-winning television personality Montel Williams has publicly battled Multiple Sclerosis. Williams was diagnosed with MS, a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, in 1999 and has since campaigned to increase awareness of the disease.

Williams has openly touted the use of medical marijuana and recently announced his involvement in a medical marijuana consulting company. He is a proponent of fully legalizing the use of marjijuana. At the end of the month, Williams will undergo experimental surgery to correct chronic cerebrospinal venus insufficiency (CCVI), a condition associated with MS.

Williams joins American Morning to discus MS, the use of medical marijuana and his upcoming experimental surgery.

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Filed under: Entertainment • Health • U.S.
June 15th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Perry's Principles: American fourth graders don't know much about history

Only 9% of American fourth graders were able to identify Abraham Lincoln and list two reasons for his importance as part of the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress U.S. History Test. The History exam showed the lowest scores of all subject tested by the NAEP and included questions on other topics such as the Civil War, the civil rights movement and the world wars.

The results of The National Assessment of Educational Progress Test, which was given to thirty-thousand students nationwide, are raising questions about the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind law.

Education Secretary Arnie Duncan said, "These results tell us that, as a country, we are failing to provide children with a high-quality, well-rounded education."

Education Contributor Steve Perry discusses the implications of the test results with American Morning.

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Filed under: American Morning • Education • Perry's Principles • U.S.
June 15th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

Wills and Kate to visit L.A., dole out $10,800 per night for luxurious suite

Buckingham Palace has released the U.S. travel itinerary for the newlywed Royal couple. Prince William and wife Kate will be traveling across the pond to Canada and then Los Angeles this summer, visiting L.A. July 8-10.

Wills and Kate will stay in the Presidential Suite at the Pink Palace Hotel, which will run them $10,800 per night. But, despite the luxurious digs, Kate will be traveling with a modest entourage: a hair-stylist and a personal assistant. The visit will be Kate's first to the U.S.

While in L.A., the two will attend a party hosted by the British Academy of Film and Televsion Arts and Wills will play in a charity polo match in Santa Barbara.

Are you looking forward to the Royals' visit?

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Filed under: Royals • U.S.
June 15th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

Are the U.S.'s actions in Libya in violation of the War Powers Resolution?

The War Powers Resolution is a product of the Vietnam War when Congress believed the President was exerting too much military power. The Resolution requires that Congress approve military action ordered by the President after 60 days of a given military operation.

In the case of the United States' current involvement in Libya, the Congress argues President Obama is in violation of the War Powers Resolution, as the nation has been militarily involved in the North African nation for more than 60 days without the approval of Congress. However, President Obama has argued the U.S. is only in a support role in Libya, without any combat boots on the ground.

So, who is in the right? Professor Matthew Waxman, Associate Professor at Columbia Law School and a Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the War Powers Resolution with American Morning.

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Filed under: Libya • Military • U.S. • U.S. Troops
June 15th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Casey Anthony prosecution wraps up its case

The prosecution's case in the trial of Casey Anthony is wrapping up. On Tuesday, the prosecution brought the tattoo artist responsible for tattooing "Bella Vita" on Anthony's back to the stand; Anthony got the tattoo in the days her daughter, Caylee, was missing. The witness could be the prosecution's last before the defense argues its case. Also on the stand Tuesday was Casey's mother who appeared to mouth "I love you" to her daughter.

The defense team's argument is expected to begin Thursday and to last no longer than two weeks. There is a possibility that Casey Anthony could take the stand during that time. Legal Contributor Sunny Hostin says the defense will need Anthony's testimony in order to bolster its case.

Hostin discusses the case's developments and looks ahead to the defense team's upcoming argument.

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Filed under: Justice • Law • U.S.
June 15th, 2011
07:31 AM ET

Greek police in Athens fire tear gas at demonstrators

(CNN) - Greek police fired tear gas at demonstrators in the capital Athens during protests Wednesday against government plans to slash budgets.

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Filed under: Economy • World
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