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November 22nd, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Cyndi Lauper fighting AIDS one red lipstick at a time

Cyndi Lauper shares her favorite lipstick on AM today. It's bright red and can help fight AIDS, too.

Lauper, a spokesperson for MAC AIDS Fund/Viva Glam, explains how the lipstick can help the cause, and her role in the campaign, MAC's most successful campaign, also featuring Lady Gaga.

Later today, MAC AIDS Fund and Lauper will present a $175,000 grant to God's Love We Deliver, the New York tri-state area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves this Thanksgiving.

CNN's Kiran Chetry and Jim Acosta asked Lauper about why she paired with MAC for this program.

Filed under: American Morning • Entertainment • Pop Culture
November 22nd, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Cancer survivor humiliated from TSA pat-down

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport earlier this month.

Today on American Morning, Thomas D. "Tom" Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich., describes the humiliating experience. Sawyer, a bladder cancer survivor, tells us about his condition and how TSA handled it.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • Health
November 22nd, 2010
08:01 AM ET

Pats and scans here to stay despite uproar, TSA chief says

Wondering where you'll be patted down when you head to the airport for Thanksgiving this week?

With the busiest travel day of the year approaching, we address the uproar over the full-body scanners and aggressive pat-downs with TSA Administrator John Pistole.

Sunday afternoon, Pistole said in a Politico statement that the procedures would be "adapted as conditions warrant" to make them "as minimally invasive as possible."

This morning, AM asks Pistole, what can travelers expect this week before they fly, especially children, after a cell phone video revealed a shirtless boy receiving a pat-down hit the Web.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • American Morning
November 22nd, 2010
07:23 AM ET

Sanjaya from 'Idol' defends Bristol Palin, 'DWTS' voting

Remember Sanjaya Malakar from "American Idol"?

He was that season six finalist who advanced all the way to seventh place with the public’s vote, despite having a singing voice poorly received by the show’s judges. Sanjaya gained popularity from the website Vote for the Worst, which encouraged Idol viewers to vote for the worst singer as a diversion from the competition.

So, is Bristol Palin like a "Dancing With the Stars" Sanjaya? She has not been the judges’ favorite, yet is a finalist in tonight’s finale. Some fans and bloggers question viewers’ voting intentions and are asking if the reason she’s a finalist is due to her dancing abilities or her mother’s politics.

Today on American Morning, we ask Sanjaya about the Bristol controversy and his thoughts on how audience vote-in shows are tallied.

Filed under: American Morning • Entertainment • Pop Culture