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July 13th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Is Murdoch's media empire in trouble?

Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks were called to testify before Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee yesterday as a part of an ongoing investigation into the phone hacking scandal that has rocked Murdoch's media empire.

John Burns, London Bureau Chief for the New York Times, joins Kiran Chetry on American Morning today to talk about the nature of the investigation and to discuss how the scandal will affect Murdoch's business pursuits.

Filed under: Media
July 13th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

State in Crisis: The status of the Minnesota government shut down

Minnesota is in its second week of a budget shutdown and thousands of state employees are at home without pay.

The services provided by the Minnesota government have ceased, with road projects on pause and parks closed until the state reaches a deal on a new budget.

Today on American Morning, Lori Sturdevant, columnist and editorial writer for The Minneapolis Star Tribune, joins Kiran Chetry to talk about the impact the shutdown has had on the state and to discuss what it is going to take to get the budget passed.

Filed under: Broken Government • Budget • States in Crisis
July 13th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Should parents lose custody of extremely obese children?

A new article posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that the government should consider removing obese children from their homes and putting them into foster case where they could perhaps be exposed to fewer negative environmental factors that lead to obesity.

While some experts say that the article is well-intentioned, many are outraged, cautioning that this is not the proper way to address childhood obesity.

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, takes a look at the controversy today on American Morning.

Filed under: Health
July 13th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Is the Tea Party's influence on GOP holding up a debt deal?

President Obama and lawmakers from both parties will meet again today to try to hammer out a deal on raising the nation's debt ceiling. Republican leaders have refused to consider any tax hikes, and now the President says if there is no deal before the August 2nd deadline, he can't guarantee social security checks will go out on time.

Some say the Tea Party's influence in the GOP may be standing in the way of a compromise.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi talk with Dick Armey, who has been called the "godfather" of the Tea Party. He's a former House Majority Leader and is now the chairman of Freedom Works. He explains why it's important that lawmakers focus on spending cuts during the negotiations.

Filed under: Debt • Debt ceiling • Tea Party
July 13th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

How the debt talks are affecting small businesses and why they're not hiring

Calling it a Main Street rather than a Wall Street issue, business groups and investors warned the White House yesterday that lawmakers need to act quickly to raise the debt ceiling.

The Business Roundtable sent a letter to lawmakers saying that a failure to raise the debt limit would cause widespread fallout in the global financial markets and raise the costs of financing mortgages, auto loans, credit cards and student loans.

David Martin, President of Home Style Foods and Clint Greenleaf, Chairman and CEO of Greenleaf Book Group, join Ali Velshi today to discuss the budget debate and to explain how their hiring and expansion decisions have been influenced by the negotiations.

Filed under: Business • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
July 13th, 2011
05:07 AM ET

Question of the Day: What's the impact if the government doesn't have the money to send out benefit checks August 3rd?

27 million Social Security checks are due to be mailed on August 3rd, the day after the U.S. government will default on its debts if Democrats and Republicans do not agree to increase the nation's borrowing limit.

However, President Obama warned yesterday that, absent a deal, he can't guarantee that older Americans will receive their Social Security checks next month.

"There may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it," Obama said in a CBS News interview last night.

American Morning wants to know: What's the impact of Social Security checks not going out on Aug 3rd?

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

Filed under: AM Asks