(CNN) – Two men have filed suit claiming that prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young males at his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex. The church is denying the allegations. Art Franklin, the spokesperson for Bishop Long, talked to American Morning's Kiran Chetry and John Roberts exclusively about the allegations.
(CNN) – The Food and Drug Administration is considering right now – and have been for the past few days – whether to allow genetically engineered salmon to be sold in grocery stores.The industry says it is safe but critics aren’t convinced. William Hallman, director of the food policy institute at Rutgers, joined Wednesday's American Morning to discuss what implications there may be introducing the product into stores and what consumers need to know.
Kiran Chetry: Is it safe?
William Hallman: Well, the FDA says it is. What the scientists are saying is they can find really no differences between this genetically modified salmon and conventionally bred salmon.
John Roberts: You have to wonder, though, if you're bathing it in growth hormone 12 months of the year as opposed to staging it in seasons and cycles, might you be introducing something into the food chain there that people could react to maybe a food allergy?
William Hallman: Well, that's a question that the FDA has really looked at. And you know, you as a human being are bathed in growth hormone all the time, as well. It's just a question of really how much. This is a natural hormone. It's not anything that's unnatural. It just allows the fish to grow winter and summer.
John Roberts: Shouldn't consumers have – and don't they want the right to know?
William Hallman: Well, yeah, and that's the other side of the argument. What environmental groups and consumer groups are saying is that consumers should have sovereignty. They have the right to know. They should get a chance to choose which of the products they want to take home and feed to their families. But what the FDA is saying, well, if you label this as genetically modified, people will interpret that as a warning label. And that's almost kind of a false advertising, it implies something that isn't true.
(CNN) – A senior administration official defended President Barack Obama on Wednesday as a decisive commander-in-chief ahead of next week's release of a book that reveals an administration deeply divided over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
"Obama's Wars," by veteran Washington journalist Bob Woodward, describes a frustrated president who urgently sought an exit plan, only to be provided with options that involved increased U.S. troop levels, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Woodward is associate editor of the newspaper.
Woodward takes readers behind the scenes in the Obama White House through accounts of closed-door strategy sessions, private conversations, internal memos and hours of interviews with key players.