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October 6th, 2010
11:21 PM ET

The Teaser for Thursday, October 7, 2010

"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 Max Kellerman, CNN Contributor, on Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Roy Halladay’s postseason no-hitter and other sports headlines.

6:24AM Elizabeth Bernstein, Reporter with the Wall Street Journal, on her latest op-ed talking about the growing epidemic of people saying they are going to be late via text message. Does technology let people off the hook?

7:40AM Albert Snyder, Suing the Pastor of Westboro Church over Funeral Protest, on the Supreme Court showdown involving his son’s funeral and the protests surrounding it.

8:10AM Donna Brazile, CNN Political Contributor and Democratic Strategist and Ed Rollins, CNN Sr. Political Analyst and Republican Strategist, Thursday marks 26 days until the mid-term elections, we’ll share the latest political headlines and poll numbers.

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Filed under: Politics • Pop Culture • Sports • Supreme Court • Technology
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Fighting back against bullies

(CNN) – Is it a smart idea to teach your child how to stand up to a Bully? What happens when your child continues to be a target and the Bully won’t back down? Some parents are turning to Martial Arts.

A new course called “Bullyproof” teaches children how to thwart an attack using Jiu-Jitsu techniques. The course, teaches the three T's: Talk your way out. Tell an adult. And, as the last resort, and only when attacked, Tackle the bully. Then, if the person attacks you physically, grab him in a bear hug and take him down to pin and safely hold until rescue comes. The aim is to provide self-confidence and the physical skills for self-defense. Different age groups are taught different techniques.

In the Jr. Grapplers classes the 15 essential techniques they must know in order to defend themselves if attacked. The techniques are all non-violent control tactics designed to minimize injury to the bully if used during a real fight. To keep it fun, brothers Rener and Ryron Gracie advocate positive reinforcement as opposed to nit-picking details - participation, not perfection.

We head to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu headquarters in Torrance, California to observe the class, talk to the instructors who created the program, find out why parents choose to enroll their children, and we talk to the kids about bullying and what the class has meant to them.

Filed under: AM Original • American Morning • Bullying
October 6th, 2010
05:57 AM ET

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Obama-Clinton ticket 'on the table,' Woodward says

(CNN) – Some called a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton pairing the "Dream Ticket" in 2008. It didn't happen.

But what about 2012?

"It's on the table," veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward told CNN's John King in an interview Tuesday on John King, USA. "Some of Hillary Clinton's advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012."

The scenario – whereby Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would switch positions – has been bandied about by political observers for months, seen by some as a potentially savvy strategy to gin up excitement among what appears to be a depressed Democratic base.

But it's never been clear if the idea has been actually discussed in the White House, until now.

"President Obama needs some of the women, Latinos, retirees that she did so well with during the [2008] primaries and, so they switch jobs, not out of the question, and the other interesting question is, Hillary Clinton could run in her own right in 2016 and be younger than Ronald Reagan when he was elected president."

Clinton will be 69 years old and three months in January 2017. President Ronald Reagan was just shy of his 70th birthday in January, 1980. FULL STORY

20 oil tankers hauling fuel for NATO set ablaze; 1 dead

(CNN) - The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack Wednesday on NATO supply vehicles in Quetta, Pakistan, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN by phone.

Quetta police said 20 oil tankers parked near Quetta were set ablaze, and one person died in the attack.

Azam Tariq, the central spokesman for Pakistani Taliban, said a special squad designated to strike NATO supply efforts made the attack.

At least five other attacks have been carried out on vehicles carrying supplies for NATO forces in the past week, killing at least six people.

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for two of earlier attacks. Tariq said this week that those attacks were carried out as revenge for drone strikes and NATO's attacks in Pakistan.

"U.S. and NATO forces are killing innocent Pakistanis, which is unacceptable, and we will teach them a lesson by such attacks," Tariq said. FULL STORY

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