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October 25th, 2010
10:41 PM ET

The Teaser for Tuesday, October 26, 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.

6:24AM Harrison Ford, Actor and Conservationist, on his other passion besides acting, conservation.  Ford is at the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) going on right now in Nagoya, Japan.  What steps do world leaders need to take to preserve our natural resources, species and ecosystems?

6:40AM David Brody, White House Correspondent, Christian Broadcasting Network, on his interview with Delaware Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell.  She told Brody "God is the reason" she is running and believes that, "prayer plays a direct role in this campaign." Tune in to find out what else she said about the media.

7:10AM Tim Kaine, DNC Chairman and Former Governor of Virginia, on the Democrats strategy with just one week to go before the election. We’ll also get his reaction to Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio telling a local radio station that the president can “take his endorsement and really shove it.”

8:10AM Donna Brazile ,  CNN Political Contributor and Democratic Strategist and Susan Molinari, Former U.S. Representative, on the latest on the midterm election and reaction to the Kentucky Senate and Florida Gubernatorial debates.

8:40AM Maria Shriver, First Lady of California and Nicholas Kristof, Columnist with the New York Times and author of “Half the Sky”, on the Women’s Conference, an event Shriver has spearheaded since 2004.  What needs to happen to empower women politically at higher levels in the US?

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Filed under: Environment • Politics
October 25th, 2010
12:13 PM ET
October 25th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Businesses profit from social media

Christine Romans looks at how smart business owners are using the power of social media to help grow their businesses.

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Filed under: American Morning • Economy
October 25th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Does Your Vote Count?

After Florida's hanging chad fiasco in the 2000 Presidential Election, you think we would have gotten it right by now. Think again. Although "The Help America Vote Act of 2002" was passed to correct voting problems and help the disabled vote, it took New York State until 2010 to switch from manual levers to electronic voting machines. Albany was even sued by the Justice Department in 2006 for lack of compliance with the new law. New York's first electronic voting run, during the Sept. 14 primary, was far from perfect. Voters were put off by something that had never seen before. They complained ballots were confusing or tough to read; they saw broken down machines or none at all.

A review by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says there were problems in all five New York City boroughs, with more than 700 sites experiencing voting machine malfunctions, numerous reports of poll sites opening late, and improperly trained poll workers. "That was a royal screw up," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said of the primary. The New York Board of Elections is now re-training 36-thousand poll workers to better serve voters on November 2nd, says BOE Commissioner J.C. Polansco. It's also offering voters a pre-election day demonstration. Keep in mind - other states are electronically-challenged too. In Illinois, Gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney's name was spelled "Rich Whitey" on some machines - and poll workers are working feverishly to correct the mistake before November 2nd.

Ohio, Florida and California have had persistent problems, too, with things like improperly filled out ballots and machine malfunctions. Lawrence Norden, from the NYU Brennan Center, who studies elections, says New York may have avoided some problems if it had conducted a trial run with the new machines. Norden claims many voting problems could be avoided if states actually shared information. "There's no central place where voting problems are reported and somebody can screen them and then report to election officials, 'here's a common problem with your machine, be aware of it.' "

Filed under: Elections • Politics
October 25th, 2010
09:29 AM ET

Dorsey's "Square" could change the way we pay

It's not much bigger than a postage stamp, but the "square" could soon change the way you pay your babysitter, your landscaper, even your lunch bill. Simply attach a small tiny credit card scanner "Square" device onto your iPhone, iPad, Droid, download the software, and you’re ready to go.

CNN American Morning’s Kiran Chetry talks to co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey about Square, gets a brief demo and ask talks about the Twitter revolution.

For more information, visit

Filed under: American Morning
October 25th, 2010
09:21 AM ET

State of business recovery

Christine Romans breaks down the October National Association for Business Economics survey that shows employment conditions improved in the third quarter to the highest level since the start of the 2008-2009 recession.

See the video below.

Filed under: American Morning • Economy
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