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January 19th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

China: friend or foe?

Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington for a three-day visit what is crucial in diplomatic relations. On CNN's American Morning, author and columnist, Gordon Chang discusses the importance of this meeting. To the statement, "We need China more than China needs us," he gave an unequivocal No.

Filed under: China • World
January 19th, 2011
09:55 AM ET

Study: students show 'no significant gains' after first two years of college

After many thousands of dollars spent and two years on campus, college students show 'no significant gains' in learning by the end of their sophomore year, a study released today reports.

The study was conducted by two college professors, one from New York University and one from the University of Virginia, and looked at 2,300 undergraduate students from two-dozen U.S. colleges. Results showed forty-five percent of students "demonstrated no significant gains in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and written communications during the first two years of college." Findings were based on an essay-based standardized test that required critical reading and analysis.

One of the professors who conducted the study, Dr. Richard Arum of New York University, says the burden of responsibility falls on professors and administrators as well as on students. Dr. Arum discusses the study's findings and his new book "Academically Adrift" with American Morning's Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes.

Filed under: American Morning • Education
January 19th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Study: Calorie count menus don't matter

Putting calorie information right on the menu was supposed to help you make healthier choices while eating out. But a new study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine shows that the additional information to help your waistline isn't making a difference.

According to the study, customers at TacoTime, a western Washington chain, who read and access to how many calories were in their chimichangas, burritos and tacos on the restaurant's menu were just as likely to order them as people who didn't have the calorie information.

CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen breaks down the report on American Morning.

Filed under: Food • Health
January 19th, 2011
08:34 AM ET

Sports Illustrated: New doping allegations against Lance Armstrong

Sports Illustrated magazine reporters Selena Roberts and David Epstein reviewed hundreds of documents and interviewed dozens of people who have been involved with the doping allegation charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and raise new questions in their feature article for this week's magazine.

Epstein talks to American Morning's T.J. Holmes about what was uncovered in the magazine's investigation and what it means for Armstrong's future.

Filed under: Sports
January 19th, 2011
08:29 AM ET

Rep. Ron Paul: 'We can't blame China for us spending too much money'

As the House of Representatives prepare to vote on health care reform repeal today, President Obama has released a statement signaling that he is willing to make improvements on the bill but is not in favor of a full repeal:

"So I’m willing and eager to work with both Democrats and Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act. But we can’t go backward."

But congressmen on Capitol Hill like Representative Ron Paul, R, Texas, believe that repeal is the only option. He tells Kiran Chetry that the bill going to vote today "tells us what we should do in the future."

Representative Paul is also unhappy with the way we are treating our relationship with China. He says that more government intervention in China is not the answer and "we can't blame China for us spending too much money."

Watch his complete interview below:

Filed under: China • GOP • Health care • Politics • President Barack Obama • Ron Paul