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July 12th, 2011
02:11 PM ET

What will it take to get a debt ceiling deal done by August? Two strategists weigh in

President Obama is challenging Republican lawmakers on raising the nation's debt ceiling. Talks are expected to resume today and the President is insisting that he won't accept any short-term fix.

What will it take for Democrats and Republicans to come together on a debt ceiling deal?

This morning on American Morning, former White House communications director under President Bush, Nicolle Wallace and CNN political contributor James Carville discuss the possible concessions that need to be made for both sides to come to an agreemnet.

Filed under: Debt • Debt ceiling • Politics
July 12th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

New plan to stop flow of guns to Mexican drug cartels criticized

The Obama Administration is moving forward with a new plan to stop the flow of guns to Mexican drug cartels.

Under the new policy, four border states - California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - will be required to report the sales of high-powered rifles. The National Rifle Association says it plans to sue, calling the plan illegal.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry speaks with Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Chris W. Cox, chief lobbyist of the National Rifle Association of America. She asks them about the pros and cons of this new plan.

Filed under: Gun rights • Mexico
July 12th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

FDA: Calorie information to become manadtory for restaurant, fast food menus

As a part of the Affordable Care Act's push to reduce obesity in the US, the FDA will make it mandatory for information about the calories in foods to be on the menu at restaurants and fast food chains with more than 20 locations.

However, evidence is mounting that indicates that this may not be the most effective way to get Americans to be more conscious of their health.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN senior medical correspondent, gives examples of some high calorie meals and discusses the implementation of the law on American Morning today.

Filed under: Food • Obesity
July 12th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

What happens if the U.S. defaults? Major job losses, mortgage rate hikes possible

President Obama and Congressional leaders came up empty again Monday in the talks to raise the nation's debt limit. The President and Hill leaders have agreed to meet again today with just 22 days until our nation's credit card can't cover the bills anymore. And no one knows for sure what could happen to the global economy if the U.S. defaults.

This morning on American Morning, Ali Velshi talks to Jay Powell, former Treasury Under-Secretary in the Bush Administration. He explains the possible outcomes of a U.S. default.

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Filed under: Debt ceiling • Deficit
July 12th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Tom Stuker talks about hitting 10 million mile mark with United Airlines

(CNN) - When Tom Stuker telephones United Airlines to reserve a flight, all he has to say is "Hi."

The agent on the other end of the line will immediately recognize who is calling and take special care of the traveler United calls its "number one customer."

Meet the man many people have compared to George Clooney's character in "Up in the Air." Over the weekend, Stuker became the first person ever to reach the 10 million mile mark in United's Mileage Plus program.

Stuker, a Chicago-based consultant for the automotive industry, has flown on almost 6,000 United flights since 1982. He travels extensively for business and pleasure, noting that he's taken about 60 honeymoons with "the woman of my dreams" in the last 15 years.

He flies first class, of course, and gets VIP treatment as a member of United's exclusive Global Services program for super elite frequent fliers. Membership "comes with many benefits that we actually don't publicize," United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi talk with Tom Stuker about his amazing achievement.

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Filed under: Travel
July 12th, 2011
05:27 AM ET

Question of the Day: Do you think Christian Lopez would have been better off not catching Jeter's home run?

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter joined Major League Baseball's elite 3,000-hit club Saturday with a home run into the left field bleachers.

Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old fan, retrieved the home run ball, but decided to give it back to the Yankees rather than sell it because he felt it was the right thing to do.

In return for his generosity, the Yankees gave Lopez free season tickets along with a slew of signed memorabilia.

However, Lopez will be liable for paying the taxes on the gifts he received, which may end up costing him thousands of dollars.

American Morning wants to know: Do you think Christian Lopez would have been better off not catching Jeter's home run?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Asks