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April 15th, 2010
10:18 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.

7:05AM  36% of the Tea Party are independents, according to a new poll. What sort of impact will they have in the November election? We'll ask John Avlon.

7:30AM  Tea Party seal of approval: Rep. Walt Minnick on his recent endorsement – could it alienate voters?

7:50AM  Is the "caloric restriction" diet anything new – and how can it make you live longer? We'll ask Brian Delaney, President of the Calorie Restriction Society.

8:30AM  Obama unveiled a new vision for NASA on Thursday – but how realistic is it? We'll ask former astronauts Mae Jemison and Robert Springer.

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Filed under: The Teaser
April 15th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 4/15/10

Editor's Note: On Tax Day Thursday, many of American Morning viewers were aghast at the Tea Party protests, remarking that Tea Party leaders were interested only in “lining their pockets” and ignoring global importance of such issues as universal health care. Some were frustrated that this group continued to garner so much media attention, noting that organizations with opposing viewpoints were ignored by the mainstream media.

  • Jerry; Tea Party: I just have one thing to add to the Tea Party and that is to say that I feel that to some of their leaders are only using the followers to line their pockets. All they want is to make all the money they can and the election dose not make any difference to them. Just look at Sarah Palin, she could not run her state, she quit and now she is telling people how to run our country. She even has trouble running her family. Wake up people.
  • Chris: I have hard time to keep up my job let alone to go to town to town to do my demonstration to have a limited government and fiscal responsibility. In the mean time have government to protect social security, Medicare, Medicaid and $690 b defense budget. USA is the biggest, used to be the richest country in the whole world and it doesn't have universal health care. It tells me that the GOP likes to kill people not to cure or heal people. It is a narrow minded if you don't think global any more. How luck you have Obama to step in the crisis to save USA.
  • Charlotte: Is the media so corporate-driven that they insist on focusing on the Tea-Baggers? To the same degree or rather, please focus on Progressive Democrats of America and their programs, e.g. “Healthcare not Warfare.” One reason they are not as viable an election choice is that the media has, for the most part, shelved them. Also, please focus on ANSWER, CODE PINK and Tikkun, and so many more progressive organizations to the degree that “Tea Party” is presented. If only the media really knew that most of America believes in the tenets of the Progressive Democrats of America; however, the media is occupied in telling us what a conservative country we are – which is a lot of hogwash. If any poll reflects this “conservatism,” one main reason is that the public has not been educated by the media about the viable options, such as the organizations stated in the message. We are looking to the media to elevate and expand our knowledge of our many political choices. Please try a greater degree to fulfill the responsibility of the Fourth Estate. Thomas Jefferson and our other great patriots (who were once called insurgents by the colonial power of the time, i.e. the British Empire) are depending on you.

What do you think of the Tax Day Tea Party protests? Continue the conversation below.

Filed under: We Listen
April 15th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

China Rising: Growing pains in the heartland

Editor's Note: This week, in the American Morning original series "China Rising," we're assessing China's economic impact on the United States. Today, John Vause shows us a different side to China's growing economy.

(CNN) – When you think of China, you may think of their economic force: bustling cities, manufacturing mecca.

But in more remote locations, like the Sichuan Province, people there can only hope to live like Americans some day. As John Vause shows us, China is rising, but not without growing pains.

Filed under: China Rising
April 15th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
April 15th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Schumer introduces bill to ban some airline charges

(CNN) – Spirit Airlines' decision to charge a fee for stowing bags in the overhead compartment may have been the last straw. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says such charges are "a slap in the face" to travelers.

He has introduced a bill to rein in airlines and block fees for carry-on bags. Sen. Schumer joined us on Thursday's American Morning to discuss the bill.

Filed under: Politics
April 15th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Doctors remove explosive ammo from soldier's skull

(CNN) – It was supposed to be a routine surgery, but a recent operation at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan was anything but. Air Force doctors were removing shrapnel from a soldier's skull when they realized they had found a round of explosive ammunition.

Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined us on Thursday's American Morning to discuss how the doctors were able to successfully remove the active round.

Filed under: Health • Military
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