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April 20th, 2010
08:43 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.

6:30AM  School lunches – a national security threat? So says a group of retired military officers. We'll ask Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) why.

7:10AM & 8:55AM  First Lady Michelle Obama's brother – Craig Robinson – on how both he and his sister got from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and beyond. Craig also teaches our own Kiran Chetry how to shoot some hoops.
7:30AM  The former Sherriff of Wall Street, Eliot Spitzer, on Washington's push for financial reform.

8:30AM  "Reasonable suspicion" you are an illegal immigrant? Arrested – according to a controversial new Arizona law. Racial profiling? We'll ask Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona State Representative Kyrsten Sinema.

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Filed under: The Teaser
April 20th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

President pushing for Wall Street reforms

(CNN) – President Obama heads to New York on Thursday for his push for financial reform. So far, Republicans appear united in their opposition to his plan. Democrats are working hard to win over one or two converts.

Austan Goolsbee, chief economist for the White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss the bill and its prospects.

Filed under: Business • Politics
April 20th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Review: KFC's 'Double Down' sandwich

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="KFC's Double Down sandwich is two pieces of chicken, two slices of cheese and two strips of bacon – without a bun."]

By Dashira Harris, CNN

I took a deep breath. I was next in line. "Uhhh, can I have a grilled and fried Double Down," I stammered once I got to the cashier. I imagined a collective gasp once the words left my mouth, but no such occurrence.

The cashier said the grilled Double Down will take six minutes to make. I waited while two others in line got the fried Double Down, one was a 70-year-old woman with a cane.

I have to admit, the blogs and tweets proclaiming, "heart attack," "instant death" and "you will die" unnerved me. On the other end, low-carb dieters rejoiced at the grilled option, only three grams of carbs and the fried, 11 grams.

Still, as I tore through the brown bag and popped the cardboard lid, I wondered would I spontaneously combust? I just had to find out for myself.


Filed under: Opinion
April 20th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Study: 'Candy-like' tobacco products pose bigger risk

(CNN) – Harvard researchers are warning parents their kids can get nicotine poisoning from "candy-like" tobacco products. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the report.

Filed under: Health
April 20th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Bloomberg calls for end to 'gun show loophole'

(CNN) – Eleven years ago today the Columbine High School massacre was set in motion when four high-powered weapons were bought at a gun show without a background check. A group of the nation's mayors now wants to close the so-called "gun show loophole" that side-steps background checks and record keeping.

The group "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" is launching a full-scale media offensive trying to convince Congress to rewrite gun show laws. One of the group's leaders is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and he joined us exclusively on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss their efforts.

Filed under: Gun rights
April 20th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Can teen texting become an addiction?

Editor's Note: For most teenagers, cell phone texting has become a lifeline, but is it an addiction? Ask many parents and they'll say yes. Today in our original series, "Texting 2 Much?" our Deb Feyerick talks to teens with excessive texting habits. Tomorrow on American Morning, we talk to teachers to find out what some schools are doing to keep kids' fingers off their phones.

By CNN Correspondent Deborah Feyerick with producer Dana Garrett

(CNN) – Get a group of teenage girls together anywhere in America and chances are they'll talk about other girls, boys and what to do for the weekend. Oh, they'll also text. A lot. Even if they're sitting right next to each other, the cell phone is out, the fingers moving quickly over the tiny keyboard.

"I don't think it's being addicted to my cell phone," says sophomore Sara Marshall. "It's the need to be talking with my friends and the cell phone is just the way I do that."

Marshall, who lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, says she sends a few hundred texts a day, the same amount as her friends. On average, teens send upwards of 3,200 texts a month, according to the Neilson Company.

Three teens discuss their extreme texting habits Video

A new study by the Pew Research Center finds, when it comes to teens, texting beats all other means of communication hands down, including face-to-face, e-mail, instant messaging and talking on the phone.


Filed under: Living • Texting 2 Much?
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