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December 16th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos from Justin Bieber interview

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.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of Alina Cho's interview with pop star Justin Bieber on his many fundraising efforts with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pencils of Promise and the Children's Miracle Network. For more information on how you can help the organizations close to Justin Bieber's heart, visit:

Photos by Ethel Bass, CNN Producer.

December 16th, 2010
08:42 AM ET

Gaining the Afghan's people trust

"A Soldier's Story" is an original series by CNN's "American Morning" that tracks three military recruits from their final days as civilians through deployment.

CNN National Correspondent Jason Carroll has been given unprecedented access by the Pentagon as President Barack Obama outlines a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He gives us a look at how Sgt. Randy's Shorter unit gains the trust of the Afghan people.

Filed under: A Soldier's Story
December 16th, 2010
08:40 AM ET

Rep. Pence says no!

The Indiana congressman believes the tax compromise is "bad deal "for American taxpayers and cannot support it. He believes the two year extension of tax cuts only insures uncertainty and is not a foundation for economic growth. Pence explains on CNN's American Morning, if the tax cuts are made permanent it will help businesses add jobs.

Filed under: Politics
December 16th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Jane Austen: 'What, me sexy?'

By Ronni Berke and Carol Costello

Move over, Angelina - make room for Jane. Jane Austen.

This beloved author of the ultimate "chick" novel turns 235 years old this week, yet she still sets hearts aflutter.

Austen's novels, where the art of conversation between the sexes reigns supreme, remain popular even among today's technology-obsessed, multi-tasking young women. On Facebook, Austen has 246,952 fans, who call themselves "Janeites." The Jane Austen Society of America has 65 regional groups and counts 4,000 members.

What is it about her books that resonates with today's women? In part, the Austen obsession is a rejection of what passes for modern romance, in such movies like the upcoming "Friends with Benefits," about friendship, sex, and then taking whatever comes.

In Austen's world, nothing is sexier than the intellectual sparring between a man and a woman.


Filed under: American Morning
December 16th, 2010
05:37 AM ET

Cady Coleman's message for American Morning

Cady Coleman and her fellow astronaut send greetings to John Zarrella and the American Morning team from Baikonur, Russia.

Filed under: Counting Down Cady
December 16th, 2010
04:28 AM ET

Parents group criticizes teenage sexual content on TV, targets primetime favorites

(CNN) – Parents concerned about the images of teenage girls in the media will probably be disturbed, but not very surprised, to learn about a new study of prime-time shows most popular with 12- to 17-year-olds. The Parents Television Council found that young female characters on these popular shows are highly sexualized. They also found that there was more sexual content in scenes with underage female characters than with older females.

Nicole Clark, spokesperson for The Parent Television Council, former Elite international model, and director of the documentary film “Cover Girl Culture”, joined us on Thursday’s American Morning to discuss the effect of sexualized young female characters on adolescent viewers.

Filed under: Controversy • Pop Culture • Television