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July 4th, 2011
02:10 PM ET

Clock ticking on debt ceiling deal

Did you know U.S. Congress has voted to raise the nation's debt ceiling 78 times since 1960? And 38 cents of every dollar the U.S. spends is borrowed?

U.S. government spending has sky-rocketed along with the national debt since the early 1980’s. At the current rate, the U.S. is on pace to reach debt levels not seen since WWII and the Great Depression – fast-approaching what economists call a debt crisis.

CNN's Christine Romans breaks down the numbers, and looks at why it's so important for lawmakers to come to a debt ceiling deal soon.


Filed under: Debt • Debt ceiling
July 4th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

New study may calm fears for parents concerned about kids' language delays

Research published today in the journal Pediatrics finds that most children who are late talkers – which means by 18 to 20 months they are speaking fewer than 10 words, or by 24 to 30 months they are speaking fewer than 50 words and/or are unable to form two word combos – usually catch up with their language skills when they start school.

This news may come as a relief to many parents who worry that language delays may lead to future problems for their children.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent, joins American Morning today to explain the research and what it means for your child's development.


Filed under: Family • Health
July 4th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Nathan's hot dogs: Marketing geniuses?

Later today, we'll get to watch one of the great traditions of the Fourth of July: The Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. But this contest is about a lot more than fun in the sun.

CNN's Allan Chernoff explains why Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island is a marketer's dream.


Filed under: July 4th
July 4th, 2011
10:28 AM ET

Preview: Tonight's 38th Boston Pops Independence Day spectacular

Every year, over 500,000 people pack Boston's Charles River Esplanade to watch one of the most amazing fireworks displays in the country: the Boston Pops Fireworks spectacular and concert.

Keith Lockhart, conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra, joins American Morning today to talk about the show and the performers that we can look forward to seeing this evening.


Filed under: July 4th
July 4th, 2011
10:07 AM ET

Alexandra Pelosi on her new documentary 'Citizen USA: A 50 state road trip'

HBO will air Alexandra Pelosi's new documentary film, "Citizen USA: A 50 State Road Trip" tonight,  in which she sets out on a road trip across America to attend naturalization ceremonies in all 50 states.

Highlighting issues of patriotism, Pelosi turns the camera on some of America's newest citizens to find out  why they chose America as their home and why they love their new country.

Alexandra Pelosi, Emmy-award winning documentarian and daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, talks about the film and what inspired her to set off on her journey across the US on American Morning today.


Filed under: Immigration
July 4th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

IMAX movie features storm chaser capturing video inside a tornado

The IMAX movie "Tornado Alley," documents Sean Casey's eight year mission to capture the perfect shot inside of a tornado.

In that eight-year period, he has done something no one else in history has done – designed and built a functional tank that allows him to physically intercept a tornado.

Casey, storm chaser and host of Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers," joins us on AM to talk about his movie and shows Christine Romans and Ali Velshi his Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV).

"Tornado Alley" opened in New York City on July 1st and has been rolling out across the country to sold out theaters.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
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