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July 6th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Next steps for NASA post-shuttle

Up to one million spectators are expected to attend the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis on Friday morning. And as the program heads into retirement, NASA plans to transition to the future by keeping an eye on the past. The space agency will be developing a new capsule to take humans into deep space.

CNN's John Zarrella takes a look at what NASA has in store

Filed under: NASA • Shuttle
July 6th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

New study: Environmental factors may increase risks for autism

A new study was announced yesterday by Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization,  which suggests that while genetics play a role in autism, environmental factors - like parental age, low birth weight, multiple births, and maternal infections during pregnancy–may increase risks for ASD.

Elizabeth Cohen, senior CNN medical correspondent, joins American Morning today to explain the details of the study and to discuss how researchers reached their conclusions about the development of the disorder.

Filed under: Health
July 6th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

Who is to blame for the current stalemate in debt ceiling negotiations?

President Obama spoke about the budget negotiations yesterday, saying that he is against any short-term deals. He has invited the congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to start hashing out a deal, putting new pressure on lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling.

David Frum, editor of and Megan McArdle, business and economics editor for The Atlantic join Ali Velshi on American Morning today to talk about who is to blame for the stalled budget negotiations and to weigh in on whether or not the parties will be able to come together to make a deal.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Politics
July 6th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Where did prosecutors go wrong in the Casey Anthony trial?

After less than 11 hours of deliberation, a jury Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges against her in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter.

Sunny Hostin, CNN legal contributor and Joe Tacopina, criminal defense attorney, join American Morning today to talk about where the prosecution went wrong in the case and to discuss the future of the Anthony family.

Filed under: Casey Anthony • Casey Anthony trial
July 6th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

UN report highlights the status of women's rights around the world

The United Nations has issued a new report on the "Progress of the World's Women" this morning, which highlights the progress that has been made in addressing women's rights around the world while simultaneously stressing that great inequality and injustice still exist.

Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women and former President of Chile, joins Kiran Chetry this morning to talk about the report's main findings and to stress the importance of female legislators.

You can read the report here.

Filed under: Women's Rights
July 6th, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Senator Jim DeMint: Debt negotiations a 'matter of national survival'

Senator Jim DeMint, widely considered one of the Tea Party's leaders, is in New York this week promoting his new book, "The Great American Awakening: Two years that Changed America, Washington, and Me."

The book discusses the rise of the Tea Party movement in the United States and offers the Senator's take on what has become of the country since the 2008 elections.

Senator DeMint joins Christine Romans this morning to discuss his book, the 2012 GOP race and Washington's debate over the debt ceiling.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • GOP • Politics • Tea Party
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