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April 12th, 2010
10:40 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.

7:30AM  Issue #1 at the Nuclear Summit: Terrorists and nukes. How close is Al Qaeda to getting  hold of a weapon? We'll ask David Albright, Author of "Peddling Peril" and Pres. of the Institute for Science and Int’l. Security.

7:50AM  Study: Spank a 3-year-old, get a more aggressive 5-year-old. We'll talk to one of the co-authors of the report, Catherine Taylor, from Tulane Univ. School of Public Health.

8:30AM  Troubled adoptions – how common is the Hansen case in the United States? We'll ask Dr. Ronald Federici, a psychologist specializing in adopted children.

8:50AM  Eight-time Olympic Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno joins us to talk about his new goal: encouraging kids to say "YES" to a healthy lifestyle and "NO" to underage drinking. We'll also ask him to weigh in on the latest Dancing with the Stars drama and find out what life is like after competing in the Olympics.

Got questions for any of our guests?Tweet 'em at or post them below and we'll try to use 'em!

Filed under: The Teaser
April 12th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 4/12/10

Editor's Note: Monday’s American Morning audience was disturbed by the story of the adopted Russian boy returned to the country by his adoptive parents.

  • Eileen: What a monster this family was. I don't care if the kid was "Damien" he is a child, a seven year old child. They adopted this child; they are his legal parents, with all the rights and "responsibilities." Not only was it cruel, it was reckless endangerment of a child and these people must be brought to justice. The poor child. I wouldn't care what he said, he was probably defending himself out of his unfortunate fearful past. No doubt these people abused him for him to make those threats. Russia is right, it was a monstrous act and they need to be held accountable. The poor precious child, what he must have endured. I hope that our Country and Russia will reach out to this wonderful kid and see to it that his wounded life is healed and he is allowed to be a child, a happy one.
  • Charles C: Adoption of the Russia returned child, it's not the fault of the child did parent have a chance to get spend time and know the child, we have many children in the U.S.A. that need to be adopted, I hate that people are going to foreign country like an exploited animal.
  • Anna Lee: In the story regarding the 7 year old sent back to Russia, the response by John and Carin was so weak, almost uncaring. What airline would transport this American Citizen without question. Should criminal charges be looked into for a mother who would do this. Where did the child end up and where are Federal reps that should be looking after his rights. More investigation should be taken, and probably would be if this child was not disabled. Who will speak for him. I hope it will be CNN.

What do you think? Continue the conversation below.

Filed under: We Listen
April 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

China Rising: Assessing China's impact on America

Editor's Note: Before the turn of the century, it was considered a "no brainer" for U.S. businesses: you had to be in China. Fast forward ten years and you have to ask the question, "has China been good or bad for America?" This week in our original series "China Rising," we're assessing China's economic impact on the United States. Tomorrow on American Morning, Christine Romans examines how China has changed American businesses. One look at your dinner table will tell you everything you need to know.

By Christine Romans, CNN

(CNN) – The question nine years after China was admitted to the World Trade Organization and officially welcomed in to the world economy is this: Has China's rise been good or bad for America?

Meet Steve Udden. He is a husband, father of two daughters and a trade statistic.

"I felt like a baseball player that got traded from a team that he loved playing for and loved the fans. I loved my customers; my coworkers were like second family to me," he explains.

His job as a telecoms projects manager went overseas to China when his factory moved there. Classified by the U.S. government as a casualty of foreign trade qualifies him for a stipend and money for retraining. Unemployment benefits and COBRA health insurance help fill the gap.

“We are keeping it level and steady and holding the line and right now we are ok.”

He's the face of the increasingly strained relations between the United States and China.

One think-tank estimates 2.4 million manufacturing jobs were lost between 2001-2008.

With China's explosive rise comes a nation that is now a key player in America's domestic and foreign policy. Take its currency: Anything made in China is cheaper than made in the USA. Why?


Filed under: Business • China Rising
April 12th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

FDA taking a closer look at key chemical in anti-bacterials

(CNN) – The Food and Drug Administration is taking a closer look at a chemical found in many anti-bacterial products.

One concern is that the chemical Triclosan has been linked to altering hormone regulation in animals. The FDA also says some of anti-bacterial products are no more effective than plain old soap and water.

Dr. Sarah Janssen, a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, joined us on Monday's American Morning to discuss the FDA's review.

Filed under: Health
April 12th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Ron Paul on the state of the GOP

(CNN) – Republicans are looking ahead and eyeing a major political comeback. They rallied the troops at a leadership conference this weekend in New Orleans where a straw poll gave us an early indication of potential GOP candidates in 2012.

Mitt Romney topped Ron Paul on the ballot by just one vote. Sarah Palin was third and Newt Gingrich fourth, both well back of the top two.

Rep. Ron Paul joined us on Monday's American Morning to discuss the future of the GOP and its current role as the minority party.

Read more: Romney nips Paul in Southern GOP straw poll

Filed under: Politics
April 12th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Mobile surgical unit saving lives in Afghanistan

(CNN) – It is the "MASH" unit of the modern battlefield – an emergency room crammed into a metal box that is with the Marines on the front lines every step of the way.

It's giving military doctors a priceless head start on saving lives, but they do not come cheap. Our Chris Lawrence has the story from Kabul.

Filed under: Afghanistan
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