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December 14th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Impact on your future health care

Given that a federal judge has ruled some parts of the Health Care Act to be unconstitutional, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reviews which aspects of the law have already kicked in, which will kick in during 2014, and which elements are now being contested. He also asked Secretary Sebelius what her thoughts were on whether the Act would be repealed.

Filed under: Health
December 14th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Kids and Cash: What to teach your kids about money

In these hard economic times, many Americans are considering when and how to teach their children about finances. Meanwhile, the FDIC and the U.S. Department of Education have joined together in an effort to bring the subject of finances to the classroom. Janet Bodnar, Editor and Columnist for "Kiplinger's Personal Finance" and author of "Raising Money Smart Kids", says children's financial literacy is essential. Bodnar spoke with CNN's Kiran Chetry Tuesday.

Filed under: American Morning • Economy
December 14th, 2010
08:38 AM ET

When the unemployed stop looking for work

Congress continues debate over the White House tax deal, which includes a provision to extend the unemployment benefits. Fortune magazine examines the social and economic impact of having a nation full of the "long term unemployed".  Managing editor, Daniel Roth spoke to American Morning about what the future may hold for the unemployed.

Filed under: Economy
December 14th, 2010
08:28 AM ET

VA Atty. Gen. on healthcare: "What we need is more citizen control"

A federal judge on Monday upheld a constitutional challenge to the health care law brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson ruled Congress had placed an unconstitutional requirement on Americans to get health insurance.  Cuccinelli sites the health care law as an extension of unwarranted government control and maintains this choice should be left up to citizens.

This  strikes a serious legal blow to the law thus far and moves the case toward an expected battle in the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps in 2012. Republicans using the ruling as a victory to set in motion steps to repealing the reform once they have a House majority in January. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli spoke to CNN's John Roberts about the case.

Filed under: Health care • Politics
December 14th, 2010
07:58 AM ET

"He embodied the fine principles of this country"

(CNN) - Richard C. Holbrooke, the high-octane diplomat who spearheaded the end of the Bosnian war and most recently served as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile Afghan-Pakistani war zone, died Monday at George Washington University Hospital in Washington. James Rubin, former assistant secretary of state and adjunct professor at Columbia University, discusses how his passing impacts the diplomatic community and the world at large.

Filed under: Politics
December 14th, 2010
07:35 AM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Halle Berry on helping victims of domestic violence

Editor's Note: In an American Morning original series, "Big Stars, Big Giving," CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho looks at celebrity philanthropy and how these big stars can make a big impact. Through one-on-one interviews with Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore and Justin Bieber, she shares what causes have become their passions, and how you can get involved. The one-hour special debuts December 24th and airs again on December 25th.

Halle Berry may be best known for her work in "Monster's Ball" and "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," but did you know she's also been working to help victims of domestic violence?

Berry has been a volunteer at the Jenesse Center, a shelter for domestic violence victims, for more than a decade. She chose the Jenesse Center, in part because she grew up with domestic violence.

“I think I’ve spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self esteem that that sort-of implanted in me," Berry says. "When I see the woman that I aspire to be like, being my mother, be beaten and treated like the gum on the bottom of your shoe, in some ways, that’s how I started to feel about myself.”

Berry is currently donating her time and money toward rebuilding rundown apartments at the shelter so women who flee their abusive partners have a clean and happy place of refuge.

To find out more about the Jenesse Center or to make a donation, visit If you live in the Los Angeles area and need help from an abusive situation, call the Jenesse Center at 1800-479-7328. For help outside the L.A. area, call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1800-799-7233.

To learn more on giving, and ways you can make a difference this holiday season, visit Impact Your World.

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