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December 12th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Robert Griffin III on winning the 77th Heisman Memorial trophy

Robert Griffin III, the quarterback for Baylor University also known as RG3, won the 77th Heisman Memorial trophy Saturday night, beating out Stanford's Andrew Luck.

Griffin has led Baylor to its first 9-win season since 1986, claiming victories over athletic powerhouses like Oklahoma and Texas Universities.

Today on American Morning, Griffin sits down with Christine Romans to discuss his football career and to explain what's next for him, both on and off the field.

Filed under: Football • Sports
December 12th, 2011
11:35 AM ET

Ice cream legends Ben & Jerry explain support of the Occupy Wall Street movement

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream, will be at the National Press Club today to discuss why and how they feel business leaders should work to reduce economic inequality and to explain why they support the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators.

In a statement of support on the Ben and Jerry website, the Board of Directors writes, "As a board and as a company we have actively been involved with these issues for years but your efforts have put them out front in a way we have not been able to do."

Cohen and Greenfield join American Morning today to explain why they support the Occupy movement and to offer  their suggestions about how to create the changes proposed by the OWS demonstrators.

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
December 12th, 2011
11:33 AM ET

GOP debate breakdown: Did any candidate slow Gingrich's momentum?

The Republican field reassembled with a new alignment at Saturday night's debate in Iowa and all signs point to Newt Gingrich as the front-runner in the Republican race for the nomination.

According to a recent CNN/Time/ORC poll, Gingrich holds a 13-point lead over fellow candidate Mitt Romney in Iowa, who received criticism for attempting to make a ten thousand dollar bet with Rick Perry at the debate.

Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, breaks down the key takeaways from Saturday's debate on American Morning today.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 12th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Study: Family-centered programs way to prevent substance abuse in teens

High school can be a scary time for teenagers and parents. The chances for drinking, drug use and depression all increase once a teen heads to high school, and there aren't as many resources available to help deal with these problems in the more rural parts of the country.

However, a new study conducted by the Center for Family Research at the University of Georgia suggests that family-centered programs may be a way to prevent these increases.

Today on American Morning, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen breaks down the study and explains what tactics parents can employ to raise drug-free teens.

Filed under: Health • Kids
December 12th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

Political panel: Did weekend debate shift the dynamics of GOP race?

In an effort to build relationships with conservative leaders, presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich met with a group of influential social conservatives last week, including members of the organization Concerned Women for America (CWA).

How much of a concern is Gingrich's personal background to the socially conservative electorate and how did the GOP candidates fare at this weekend's debate?

Penny Young Nance, president and CEO of CWA, and David Frum, CNN contributor and editor the Frum, join American Morning today to explain how much of a concern Gingrich's personal background is to the socially conservative electorate and to weigh in on the Republican presidential field.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
December 12th, 2011
10:25 AM ET

Could Dottie Sandusky face charges related to her husband's alleged abuse? Paul Callan explains

The preliminary hearing against Jerry Sandusky is scheduled to occur Tuesday after two new victims came forward last week and questions continue to circulate about the consistency of Mike McQueary's statements.

Sandusky's wife, Dottie, was pulled into a claim about the alleged abuse last week after one victim claimed he cried for help from the basement. A grand jury report says her husband assaulted a boy in the couple's basement, while she was upstairs.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan, CNN legal contributor, discusses whether or not Dottie Sandusky could get charged with any crimes and explains the likelihood that she will be forced to testify against her husband.

Filed under: Penn State
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