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July 28th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

AM EXCLUSIVE – Bachmann on being a foster mom: "A big family is a blessing"

In an exclusive interview with American Morning's Kiran Chetry, Republican Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann explains how she chose to become a foster parent, the importance of balancing challenges in a marriage and her struggle to emerge out of poverty as a teenager.

"After my parents divorced, my family went into below poverty," Bachmann says. "We'd been kind of a middle-class, lower middle-class family, but after the divorce, we went below poverty and my mother made about $4800 a year. I had to get a job, my brothers got jobs; they delivered papers, I got a babysitting job. I made 50 cents and hour – that was big money back then. But you know, we wanted to help out, that's what we needed to do."

She adds: "My mother also said, 'You know, it won't always be this way, it'll get better.' And she told us to buckle down, do well in school and we all did and we all made it."

Kiran sat down with Bachmann yesterday to talk about the challenges of raising such a large family. See the interview above.

Filed under: 2012 • American Family
July 28th, 2011
02:55 PM ET

What you can do protect your personal finances if the U.S. defaults on its debt?

Politicians in Washington seemed no closer to reaching a deal on raising the debt ceiling and trimming the budget deficit yesterday, sparking a recent sell-off in the market and causing stocks to drop as worries continue to increase that a solution will not be reached by August 2nd.

For average Americans worried about their investments and their 401k, this situation is bringing back frightening reminders of 2008.

Today on American Morning, Leigh Gallagher, assistant managing editor for Fortune Magazine, joins Ali Velshi to break down what you can do protect your personal finances if the U.S. defaults on its debt.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit • Money & Main Street • Wall Street
July 28th, 2011
02:33 PM ET

AM EXCLUSIVE: New video shows aftermath of Oslo massacre

From CNN's THIS JUST IN BLOG – Police are preparing to interview Anders Behring Breivik, the suspect in last week's terror attacks, for a second time Friday, Oslo police chief Johan Fredriksen said Thursday.

Breivik, who is being kept in solitary confinement at Ila Prison, near Oslo, was last interviewed Saturday, a day after a bomb blast outside government buildings in the Norwegian capital and a mass shooting on the island of Utoya claimed at least 77 lives.

Police attorney Pal-Frederick Hjort Kraby said police had since gained a considerable amount of new information and were ready to question Breivik again at police headquarters. He is likely to face more interrogations in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the search for more victims of Friday's shooting rampage on Utoya island has ended, Police Chief Johan Fredriksen said Thursday.

In addition, this morning we're getting a fresh angle on the massacre, with a video from a local man who was near the government buildings just moments after the bomb detonated on Saturday.

CNN's Ali Velshi and Kiran Chetry talk with Johan Christian Tandberg about his video and about what he saw.

Filed under: Oslo massacre
July 28th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Rep. Phil Gingrey: 'I'm not on board'

Washington (CNN) - The GOP-controlled House of Representatives is set to vote Thursday on Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling while enacting sweeping cuts in government spending - the latest attempt to avoid an unprecedented national default and stave off potential economic catastrophe.

Some Republicans have said this will be their last, best proposal. Senate Democrats warn the plan is dead on arrival on their side of Capitol Hill even if it passes the House.

This morning on American Morning, CNN's Kiran Chetry speaks with Rep. Phil Gingrey about his opposition to Speaker Boehner's plan and why he still supports a balanced-budget amendment.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit • GOP
July 28th, 2011
12:28 PM ET

Renowned spiritual medium Maureen Hancock talks psychic ability

A new Style Network documentary special, "Psychic in Suburbia," follows the out-of-this-world life of nationally renowned spirit medium Maureen Hancock, a wife and mother from Boston who also speaks to the dead.

Hancock's mission is to help as many lives as she can by spiritually communicating with the departed, helping to bring closure and clarity to grieving individuals.

The special is part of the "Style Exposed" initiative, which introduces inspiring, compelling and thought-provoking documentaries that explore some of the most talked about topics and trends.

Hancock is on set today with Kiran Chetry to talk about when she realized she had psychic ability, how she "reads" someone, and how she deals with people who are skeptical of her capabilities.

Filed under: AM Fun
July 28th, 2011
12:24 PM ET

Further research needed to draw conclusive connection between cancer and Ground Zero

Outrage was sparked Tuesday in response to a federal report that concluded that there is not enough evidence yet to say whether the dust and smoke cloud produced by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center caused cancer.

Yesterday, Kiran Chetry spoke with John Feal, a demolition supervisor at Ground Zero who founded the FealGood Foundation to help 9/11 first responders, who called the study a "slap in the face."

This morning, Dr. Jacqueline Moline from the North Shore-LIJ Health System, joins American Morning to discuss the findings and to comment on her own study, which is the only one to date that has suggested a link between cancer and 9/11 responders.

Despite the fact that Dr. Moline believes there is a connection between cancer and exposure to Ground Zero, she stresses that it will take time and further research before the connection can be conclusively drawn scientifically.

Filed under: 9/11 responders • Health
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