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November 15th, 2011
01:27 PM ET

Supreme Court to hear challenge to health reform law

The Supreme Court has agreed to review the constitutionality of the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama. 

The justices will decide whether congress overstepped their authority by requiring that all Americans buy health insurance or be forced to pay a penalty. The high-stakes ruling will likely be delivered in the middle of the 2012 presidential race.

Carol Costello speaks with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin to discuss the role political prejudice will play in how the justices will decide this case.


Filed under: Health care • Supreme Court
September 22nd, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Troy Davis executed after the Supreme Court rejects his eleventh-hour plea

Troy Davis, whose case drew international attention and became a focus for death penalty opponents, was put to death by lethal injection in Savannah, Georgia last night.

Davis, who was convicted of killing an off-duty Savannah police officer 22 years ago, filed an eleventh-hour plea Wednesday asking the United States Supreme Court to stop Georgia authorities from executing him.

After a delay of more than three hours, the Supreme Court issued a ruling denying his request.

Today on American Morning, Paul Callan, CNN legal contributor, explains if he was surprised at the Supreme Court's decision and weighs in on whether or not the protests over Davis' execution will cause reform to the judicial system.


Filed under: Death penalty • Supreme Court • Troy Davis
November 1st, 2010
01:27 PM ET

Should law ban kids from purchasing violent video games?

Have video games gotten so violent that it's time for the law to step in?

The Supreme Court is expected to hear opening arguments in Schwarzenegger v. Electronic Merchant Association/Entertainment Software Association, a case involving a California law that banned the sale of violent video games to minors. An appeals court stuck the law down, and on Tueday the high court will address the case, which bring up issues of new technology, First Amendment censorship and minors.

Adam Sessler, editor-in-chief of G4 Games Content, and CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, weigh in on the case with John Roberts and Kiran Chetry this morning on American Morning.

What do you think? Should states be allowed to ban kids from buying violent video games?


Filed under: American Morning • Supreme Court
October 31st, 2010
08:22 PM ET

The Teaser for Monday, November 1, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.  We start at 5:00AM Monday and Tuesday and 3:00AM Wednesday for the latest elections results.

5:40AM Michael Scheuer, Former CIA Counterterrorism Analyst and headed the CIA's Osama Bin Laden, with the latest analysis on the cargo plane bomb threat. Was this a test run for a bigger plot?

6:24AM Ed Rollins, CNN Senior Political Analyst and Republican Strategist, Hilary Rosen, CNN Political Contributor and John Avlon, CNN Contributor and Columnist for the Daily Beast, on the midterm elections, we’ll look at close races across the country and what happens in the final hours.

6:40AM Paul Cruickshank, CNN Terrorism Analyst and Fran Townsend, CNN National Security Contributor, on the latest terror threat. How does the U.S. stop something like this from happening in the future?  What are the risks to  passengers; could we be flying on planes with bombs in the cargo hold?

7:10AM Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) Maryland and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman, on the midterm elections and the Democrats’ ability to maintain control of the House.

7:30AM Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, on Tuesday’s midterms.  Is he worried the Republicans won’t do as well as expected?  What’s happening in Alaska in the battle between Senator Lisa Murkowski and candidate Joe Miller?

8:24AM Amy Kremer, Chairman of the Tea Party Express, with one day until the midterms, what is the Tea Party Express doing as a last minute push before voters go to the polls?  How influential will the Tea Party be in this election, has the organization lost any steam?

8:40AM Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Senior Legal Analyst and Adam Sessler, Host of G4 Network's "X-PLAY" and Editor in Chief, G4 Games Content, on Schwarzenegger v. Electronic Merchant Association/Entertainment Software Association. The case going before the Supreme Court Tuesday which will determine if states can keep kids from purchasing violent video games.

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Filed under: Airline safety • Al Qaeda • Politics • Supreme Court • Tea Party
October 6th, 2010
11:21 PM ET

The Teaser for Thursday, October 7, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:20AM Max Kellerman, CNN Contributor, on Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay’s postseason no-hitter and other sports headlines.

6:24AM Elizabeth Bernstein, Reporter with the Wall Street Journal, on her latest op-ed talking about the growing epidemic of people saying they are going to be late via text message. Does technology let people off the hook?

7:40AM Albert Snyder, Suing the Pastor of Westboro Church over Funeral Protest, on the Supreme Court showdown involving his son’s funeral and the protests surrounding it.

8:10AM Donna Brazile, CNN Political Contributor and Democratic Strategist and Ed Rollins, CNN Sr. Political Analyst and Republican Strategist, Thursday marks 26 days until the mid-term elections, we’ll share the latest political headlines and poll numbers.

Have questions for any of our guests?

Tweet 'em at Twitter.com/amFIX or post them below and we'll try to use 'em!

Have an idea for a story? Or more questions about something you saw or read on our amFIX blog, Facebook or Twitter?

E-mail your story ideas and questions to am@CNN.com.


Filed under: Politics • Pop Culture • Sports • Supreme Court • Technology
October 5th, 2010
11:49 PM ET

The Teaser for Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:05AM Michael Hudson, Author, "The Monster" and Staff Writer, Center for Public Integrity, on the U.S. foreclosure crisis.  Could it get even worse? Did lenders use corrupt methods?

6:40AM Dr. Jamie Grifo, OB/GYN and Program Director,  NYU Fertility Center, on Robert G. Edwards Nobel Prize win and his contributions developing in vitro fertilization (IVF).  Plus, a new study found that children who were conceived by IVF actually scored better than age- and gender-matched peers on a standardized test.

7:10AM Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Senior Legal Analyst, on anti-gay protests at military funerals, can they be stopped.  He’ll break down a Supreme Court case that could impact free speech and privacy rights.

7:40AM Doug and Masha Shepherd, filmed footage of animal trainer being mauled by lions, on how a horrific afternoon at the circus has changed their lives.

8:10AM Gene Cranick, Home burned to ground because he did not pay $75 fee for rural fire coverage, on why he didn’t pay the fee and what it was like watching his home of twenty years burn to the ground. He’ll tell us how firefighters reacted.

8:40AM Paul Callan , Law Professor at Seton Hall University and Jeff Gardere, clinical psychologist, on what parents can do when their child is being bullied. What legal recourse does a parent have and how better to bolster your kids emotionally.

Have questions for any of our guests?

Tweet 'em at Twitter.com/amFIX or post them below and we'll try to use 'em!

Have an idea for a story? Or more questions about something you saw or read on our amFIX blog, Facebook or Twitter?

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Filed under: Bullying • Economy • Supreme Court • Top Stories
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