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April 13th, 2011
09:37 AM ET

Obama's sister revists mother in new childrens book

President Barack Obama’s half sister Maya Soetoro-Ng presents her childrens book “Ladder to the Moon” on American Morning today. The book sprang from a wish that her own mother had lived to meet her granddaughter.

Soetoro-Ng describes the memories of her mother that inspired her book. “It’s so important to realize the value of the words of our elders,” she tells AM.

Filed under: American Morning
April 13th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Hoyer, Cantor, Sessions outline hopes for Obama's debt-cutting plan

(CNN) - President Barack Obama enters politically tricky territory Wednesday when he outlines his plan for reducing long-term deficits and the national debt amid a climate of tense budget negotiations. Obama's speech at George Washington University will follow White House talks in the morning with congressional leaders who are staking out positions on upcoming issues, including approval of last week's budget deal for the rest of the current fiscal year, increasing the federal debt ceiling and crafting a budget for fiscal year 2012.

Ahead of today's speech, lawmakers from both sides weigh in on American Morning. Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans talk to Democratic Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

Watch all of the interviews below:





Filed under: Debt • Democrats • Economy • GOP • Politics • President Barack Obama
April 13th, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Clues show Long Island serial killer has 'strong familiarity' with area

(CNN) - Remains found Monday on Long Island, New York, have been identified as being human, police said Tuesday. The remains, along with a human skull also found Monday, were found as authorities investigate a suspected serial killer operating in the area. Police have not confirmed whether the newest remains are linked to eight other sets of human remains found in Suffolk County, just to the east of Nassau County. Investigators are working on the presumption that a single person is responsible for the deaths. The four victims who have been identified thus far all advertised prostitution services on websites such as Craigslist, authorities have said.

What are the theories on who killed these women? Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans ask criminologist Casey Jordan. Jordan dissects the leads and evidence in the case.

Filed under: Crime
April 13th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Pilot: JFK collision shows airports need to revisit jumbo jet safety

What likely went wrong when an Air France jumbo jet’s wing plowed into a smaller commuter plane at John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday night?

Can JFK safely coordinate the arrivals and departures of the massive Airbus 380 planes that seat 525 passengers, or are they just too big to land at such a busy airport?

Today on American Morning, John Lucich, a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor who has landed at JFK before, analyzes the incident with Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans. He describes the feasibility of landing jumbo jets at bigger airports.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • Transportation • Travel
April 13th, 2011
07:11 AM ET

Gordon Brown on banking system: 'You have to go global'

Kiran Chetry sits down with former British prime minister Gordon Brown, who helped find a global solution to the banking collapse in 2008. He talks about what he learned coming out of the crisis and why his outlook is now: “go global.”

Chetry also asks Brown what he thinks is financial security’s biggest threat today and his thoughts on the recent Arab uprisings and revolutions. Watch Kiran’s first sitdown with Brown here, and stay tuned for more with Brown tomorrow.

Filed under: Economy • World
April 13th, 2011
04:34 AM ET

Shocking Pink?: Mom paints boy's toenails in J.Crew ad

Would you paint your young son’s nails?

A J.Crew advertisement gaining lots of blog buzz this week shows a mom painting her son’s toenails pink with the caption “Lucky for me, I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink.”

Bloggers are asking if it crosses the gender line, and many parents are responding and saying, what’s the big deal?

What do you think? Let us know here. Kiran and Christine will read your responses on air.

Filed under: Parenting