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April 6th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Tea Party leaders: Democrats 'out of touch' on budget cuts

With just two days left for Congress to come to an agreement on the 2011 federal government's budget, Tea Party Patriots' national coordinators Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin respond to Democrats' comments that the Tea Party budget cuts are "extreme" and fueling the drive toward a government shutdown.

Meckler and Martin say the Tea Party has successfully changed the tone of the budget debate. "They have said we are extreme, " Meckler says about the Democrats, "but they are out of touch with American public opinion."

The Tea Party leaders say "spending is out of control," and explain why their "responsible cuts" are needed.

Catch the full interview here:

Filed under: Politics • Tea Party
April 6th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Radiatiation detected in Japanese fish localized to small coastal area

Concerns are elevating over the environmental fallout from Japan’s earthquake. With toxic water spilling into the ocean from nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power’s plant, the Japanese government has created a radiation safety standard for seafood.

How vulnerable is the sea life and world-renowned seafood off Japan’s coast? Today on American Morning, Dr. Timothy Mousseau, radiation ecologist and professor of biological sciences at the University of South Carolina, explains radiation’s effect on marine life.

Mousseau, who studied the wildlife impact after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, says the radiation detected in fish in Japan is localized to the area around the Fukushima plant. Should American diners be concerned?

Filed under: Environment • Japan • Japan Earthquake • Wildlife • World
April 6th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

CT scans of kids increase fivefold, raise radiation concerns

Children are receiving more radiation at the hospital now then they did in the last decade. A new study finds CT scans of kids have increased fivefold between 1995 and 2008. Most of the scans—nearly 90 percent—are performed on children in non-pediatric emergency rooms.

Children are more susceptible to radiation’s harmful effects, so what considerations should parents have before signing off on a CT scan? Is it better to take your child to a children’s hospital, and what’s the difference in care compared to a regular hospital?

CNN senior medial correspondent Elizabeth Cohen addresses these questions on American Morning today.

Filed under: Health • Health care • Parenting
April 6th, 2011
08:04 AM ET

Al Qaeda expands presence in Yemen amid unstable government

Yemen has become increasingly unstable and violent in recent weeks as the future of President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains uncertain and 40,000 protesters march in the capital city. Tuesday Yemeni protesters and military and pro-government gangs clashed in several areas, with at least six killed and hundreds more injured.

The United States has said it has no intention of stopping its military aid to Yemen, despite the unrest. The aid supports Yemeni counter-terrorism efforts against al Qaeda’s influence in the country, where the group has active operatives.

Today on American Morning, Paul Cruickshank, CNN terrorism analyst and alumni fellow at New York University’s School of Law, explains how al Qaeda is expanding its reach in Yemen while the President is distracted.

Are U.S. authorities worried by what al Qaeda could achieve with a greater stronghold there?

Filed under: Al Qaeda • Middle East • Terrorism • World
April 6th, 2011
07:12 AM ET

Emergency 737 inspections broaden talk of aging aircraft

(CNN) - The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive Tuesday mandating operators of at least 80 older Boeing 737s to conduct inspections for wear and tear. The order comes days after a Boeing 737 flown by Southwest Airlines made an emergency landing with a hole in its fuselage. The planes must be inspected every 500 cycles, which are take-offs and landings, until more can be learned about a Friday incident when a Southwest Airlines plane landed with a hole in its fuselage.The FAA mandate affects about 80 U.S.-registered 737-300s, 737-400s and 737-500s, mostly operated by Southwest. Another 95 or so aircraft are registered outside the United States.

How safe are our planes? Do low-cost carriers planes that fly frequent, shorter flights need more maintenance? Today on American Morning Peter Goelz, former National Transportation Safety Board managing director, explains the meaning behind the emergency inspections.

Filed under: Airlines • Transportation • Travel
April 6th, 2011
07:03 AM ET

Jeep flies by police in wild chase

Have you seen this?

A couple wanted for armed robbery blows by a police road block in a Jeep in Catawba, North Carolina. Ali Velshi shows you on American Morning.

Filed under: You Have to See This