American Morning

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April 1st, 2010
08:03 PM ET

The Teaser

"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  The UK scientist at the center of "Climategate" was cleared by parliament – but where does he stand in the scientific community? Stephen McIntyre, editor of and Michael MacCracken, Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs at the Climate Institute join us to discuss.

6:30AM  Wingnuts of the Week: John Avlon: Columnist, and Author, "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America" joins us with his picks.

7:20AM  The iPad is coming! The iPad is coming! Arik Hesseldahl, Senior Technology Reporter at joins us with his review of the latest Apple product.

7:30AM  Tracking down runaways: Former NYPD detective Joe Mazzilli will talk about his new A&E show the "Runaway Squad", and will introduce us to a father-son pair that he reunited.

8:10AM  We’ll go over the latest political headlines with the wonderful Candy Crowley, anchor of Sunday's "State of the Union" .

8:30AM  The second the Labor Department's jobs report comes out, we’ll break it down with Lakshman Achuthan, Chrystia Freeland, and our own Christine Romans.

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Filed under: American Morning
April 1st, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 4/1/2010

Editor's Note: As more parents and students spoke openly about bullying and its negative effects, Thursday’s American Morning audience shared potential solutions to the problem. One former teacher suggested that other states emulate Vermont, making schools legally requited to “deal with the problem.”

  • Mary: If Massachusetts wants to get serious about bullying in schools, I suggest it look to its neighbor–Vermont. A Vermont bullying law was put into law after the suicide of 13-year old Ryan Patrick Halligan. If Massachusetts had such a law, prosecution might be much easier. But, most importantly, the level of awareness amongst students and teachers escalates. The Vermont law requires schools to deal with the problem. I recently retired from teaching and during my last ten years, I was part of a concentrated staff development effort & participated in developing bullying policies as both a teacher and a school board member. Not one school...not one principal...not one teacher in Vermont can stand by and allow bullying. All know that there is a legal price to pay. When the level of awareness increases, the amount of bullying decreases. Ryan's dad was the driving force for the law. Google Ryan's name and you can read his tragic story on-line. His dad travels to schools talking to students and teachers about the events that led to his son's suicide. I know for a fact, that he has been in schools in Massachusetts. It would behoove you to refer to Vermont's law in your reports.
  • Tameka: bullies are a group of cowards .like a scary dog that barks real loud, but when u stomp at them they run behind master. i suggest standing up to them. best to catch that person alone, and talk to them. if anyone noticed that a bully mostly run in a pack, not alone.
  • Joe: In your coverage of the teen who [hanged] herself over bullying, you hold the school administration responsible for what a group of teenagers did. Where and when do you hold the parents of these teens responsible? If a parent, who has only 2 or 3 children in their home, cannot prevent their child from bullying, how is a school teacher, with up to 100 students, or a principal, with up to 2000, supposed to keep track of what is going on? No wonder our students are not achieving well on tests if we expect schools to do it all. Parents should parent, schools should teach.

Who should be held accountable in bullying cases? What suggestions would you have to address this issue?

Filed under: We Listen
April 1st, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Female dog handler proves herself under fire

(CNN) – To the Marines in Afghanistan they can mean the difference between life and death. They're the "dogs of war." Today we introduce you to the only female dog handler in all of Afghanistan. Our Chris Lawrence has the story from Helmand Province.

Filed under: Afghanistan • Military
April 1st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Does any part of health reform take effect before 2014

(CNN) – Health care reform is a done deal, but you still have a lot of questions. It's a job for our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who joined us on Thursday's American Morning to answer the following questions:

Question 1: Will the CHIP program continue to receive adequate funding?

Question 2: What section or language in the bill limits the benefits of the bill to U.S. citizens and legal immigrants?

Question 3: If a young person is in school and off their parents' insurance can they be returned to it with this health care reform?

Question 4: Does any part of health reform take effect before 2014?

Filed under: Dr. Gupta's Mailbag • Health
April 1st, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Where did all the pythons go?

(CNN) – Today we have a follow-up to a story we brought you a while ago: the plight of the Burmese python in south Florida.

Efforts to control the population of the fast-breeding predators were underway this year until mother nature apparently decided to step in and do the job herself. Our John Zarrella has the report.

Filed under: Environment
April 1st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Perkins: RNC 'tone deaf' to supporters

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee has come under fire in the past for its lavish spending on limousines and private jets, and more recently for picking up a nearly $2,000 tab for an outing at a strip club near Los Angeles.

Tony Perkins, a prominent conservative and president of the Family Research Council, is now urging people not to donate to the RNC. He writes, in part:

"...the RNC is completely tone-deaf to the values and concerns of a large number of people from whom they seek financial support. ... If you want to put money into the political process ... give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values."

Perkins joined us on Thursday's American Morning to explain more about why he is urging people to stop giving money to the RNC.

Read more: Conservative leader tells donors to stop giving to RNC

Filed under: Controversy • Politics
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