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June 30th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Get your car ready for a road trip this 4th of July weekend with tips from CarMD

If you're hitting the road this weekend or this summer, we've got some tips for what you can do to make sure your car is road-trip ready.

This morning on American Morning, CarMD Vice President Art Jacobson joins Ali Velshi on Columbus Circle to explain what you can do to make sure your car is running smoothly...and saving you money.

For more info on the make and model of your car, visit www.carmd.com/cnn.


Filed under: Summer • Travel
June 30th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

New study shows dads coping with work-life balance, too

A new study by the Boston College Center for Work and Family (BCCWF), called "The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted," has found that there is a new trend in men's attitudes towards their jobs.

Balancing work and family is becoming a major task for fathers, with the majority of men saying that work is only a small part of who they are and that they want to provide as much child care as their wives.

Brad Harrington, Executive Director for BCCWF, discusses what these findings suggest for the American family on AM this morning, explaining if he thinks that men will realistically be able to find a balance between their work and home lives.

You can read the entire report here.


Filed under: Family
June 30th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Political headlines: Pres. Obama's press conference & the 2012 election

President Obama held his first news conference since March on Wednesday and was asked questions on a wide range of issues from debt ceiling talks between the White House and Congress to gay rights to Afghanistan and Libya.

On the deficit talks, Obama took an urgent tone, calling on lawmakers to overcome the "selfish" norms of politics and "do their job" in order to strike a deal on raising the federal government's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the start of August.

Robert Zimmerman, Democratic analyst and Jim McLaughlin, Republican strategist, join American Morning today to talk about what the President can do to push forward the impasse over the debt negotiations and to discuss the 2012 GOP election.


Filed under: Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit • Politics
June 30th, 2011
08:35 AM ET

Anthony defense expected to rest today, but will Casey testify?

Wednesday was a highly emotional day in the Casey Anthony trial, with Casey's father George Anthony sobbing on the stand when testifying about his suicide attempt and his reaction to the news that investigators recovered Caylee's remains.

Today, on day 32 of the trial, all eyes will be on the court as we wait to see if Casey Anthony will take the witness stand.

CNN legal contributor Sunny Hostin joins American Morning today to talk about what impact George Anthony's testimony will have on the trial and to discuss the possibility that the defense will rest today.


Filed under: Casey Anthony • Casey Anthony trial
June 30th, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Mayor Bloomberg warns against gun show loophole allowing potential terrorists to easily buy firearms

A group of America's mayors are sending a powerful message to Congress on illegal guns. The group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is saying that they are more than a crime problem – they're a national security danger.

This morning on American Morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Ali Velshi, Christine Romans and Kiran Chetry to talk the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists. As co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, he explains why in particular a gun show loophole allows potential terrorists to easily obtain firearms without showing identification.


Filed under: Gun rights • Terrorism
June 30th, 2011
03:49 AM ET

Question of the Day: Obama told Congress yesterday to get to work. Will the two sides solve the debt issue?

(CNN) - President Obama held his first news conference since March on Wednesday and was asked questions on a wide range of issues from debt ceiling talks between the White House and Congress to gay rights to Afghanistan and Libya.

In relation to the deficit talks, Obama called on lawmakers to overcome the "selfish" norms of politics and "do their job" in order to strike a deal on raising the federal government's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the start of August. People shouldn't get "spooked," but "the yellow light is flashing," he warned. "This is urgent."

American Morning wants to know: Obama told Congress yesterday to get to work. Will the two sides solve the debt issue?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.


Filed under: AM Asks