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July 22nd, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Professional golfer Phil Mikelson's science project

Professional golfer Phil Mickelson credits much of his success in golf to math and science, as air temperature, force and velocity all have an impact on his game.

When he's off the golf course, Mikelson works as an advocate for education.

Phil and his wife have partnered with Exxon Mobil to create the Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teachers Academy, a week-long professional development program for teachers designed to inspire students in math and science.

Today on American Morning, Mikelson discusses the academy and his performance in last weekend's British Open. He is joined by Nicole Martin, an elementary science specialist for the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, who conducts an exciting egg drop experiment for Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi.

Filed under: Education • Sports
July 22nd, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Congressman Boswell describes how he fought off an armed home intruder

Last weekend, Congressman Leonard Boswell and his grandson thwarted a home invasion at their family's rural farm house after an intruder entered through an unlocked door, physically assaulted Boswell's daughter and demanded money at gunpoint.

Today on American Morning, Congressman Boswell, who is 77-years-old, walks Kiran Chetry through what happened during the confrontation and weighs in on the identities of the individuals suspected in the crime.

Filed under: Crime
July 22nd, 2011
10:16 AM ET

What possible plans are lawmakers negotiating to raise the debt ceiling?

Consultations will continue today about a possible deal that would raise the debt ceiling and cut $3 trillion from the federal deficit after word spread last night that a possible deal is being negotiated between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

Spokesmen for Obama and Boehner have denied that a deal is imminent and both lawmakers still have to sell the deal to members of their own parties.

Republicans generally have opposed any tax increases while Democrats have balked at proposals that would cut too deeply into entitlement program spending.

Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, joins American Morning today to discuss what possible plans are on the table and to weigh in on the status of the negotiations.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit • Politics
July 22nd, 2011
10:14 AM ET

'Mini Darth Vader' fights for children's health care

Child actor Max Page became famous for his playful portrayal of a mini Darth Vader in a Volkswagen Superbowl commercial.  Although lively and generally healthy, he has had several pace makers to manage a congenital heart condition.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta sat down with Max to talk with him about pending cuts in Medicaid that benefit kids in need of specialized pediatric medical care.

Dr. Gupta joins American Morning today to tell the young boy's story and to explain why Max is soon headed to Capitol Hill to lobby with the National Association of Children’s Hospitals.

Filed under: Health
July 22nd, 2011
10:02 AM ET

How close is the NFL to ending its four-month lockout?

In a major step toward ending the four-month NFL lockout, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced last night that NFL owners have approved a labor deal and a 10- year revenue-sharing agreement with players.

Since the lockout began on March 11th, the two sides have faced off in courts and around conference tables.

The major issues have revolved around how to divide the billions of dollars of revenue reaped via the league each year, rules of free agency, a possible rookie wage scale, retirement benefits and a host of other matters.

The agreement must now be approved by the players.

Today on American Morning, Jon Wertheim, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, explains how close the NFL is to ending the lockout and weighs in on if the football season will officially start on September 8th as planned.

Filed under: Football • Sports
July 22nd, 2011
09:58 AM ET

What will happen if lawmakers fail to raise the debt ceiling by August 2nd? Jay Powell weighs in

With the August 2nd deadline to raise the debt ceiling just eleven days away, efforts to avoid a potential U.S. default have entered a critical phase.

Many fear that failing to raise the debt ceiling would send shock waves through the underpinnings of the financial system, adding urgency to the negotiations between President Barack Obama and top lawmakers as they continue to try to strike a sweeping deficit-reduction deal.

Today on American Morning, Jay Powell, Treasury Under Secretary under President George H.W. Bush, tells Ali Velshi what he thinks will happen if a deal isn't reached within the next few days and explains what the consequences will be for the average American if the debt ceiling isn't raised.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
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