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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
July 28th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Will Speaker Boehner be able to get enough votes to pass bill?

Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to cast a pivotal vote on House Speaker John Boehner's debt plan today, as divisive infighting over raising the debt ceiling continues amongst House Republicans.

The House vote will be a major test for whether the GOP caucus can push through the Boehner measure in the face of an expected unified Democratic opposition.

Jonathan Allen, senior congressional reporter for Politico, joins American Morning today to discuss the latest in the debt-ceiling negotiations and to weigh in on whether or not Boehner's plan will be able to get enough votes to pass.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit • GOP
July 28th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

AM Exclusive: Bachmann a 'no' on Boehner debt plan

In an exclusive interview with American Morning's Kiran Chetry, Republican Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann says she won't vote for House Speaker John Boehner's debt plan and opposes any plan that increases the debt ceiling.

"All of the plans out there start with the wrong premise...raise the debt ceiling," Bachmann says. "Out on the trail, people are saying 'Government, get your act together and cut spending.' Washington has their fingers in their ears right now. They're not listening to the American people. That's why I'm adamant – I will vote "no" on the increase on the debt ceiling. We need sanity back in Washington."

She went on to say that President Obama has failed to properly understand the issues. "On every measure, this President has failed," she says. "He has a big "F" on his economic report card. He has to take responsibility for the economy because he's the one who has made these decisions. That's not to say President Bush didn't overspend."

Kiran sat down with Bachmann yesterday to talk about her decision to run and how she would fix the nation's debt problems. The full interview will be uploaded throughout the morning. Stay tuned to American Morning for more.


Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Debt ceiling • GOP
July 28th, 2011
07:06 AM ET

AM Exclusive: Bachmann: Obama 'effectively a dictator' if 14th Amendment is invoked

If President Obama invokes the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling, he would "effectively be a dictator," Republican Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann says in an exclusive interview with American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

“Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes," Bachmann says. "It's Congress that does the spending. The President is prohibited to do that. If he had the power to do that he would effectively be a dictator. There would be no reason for congress to even come into Washington DC. He would be making the spending decisions. He would be making the tax decisions. Clearly that's unconstitutional.”

With five days until the Aug 2nd deadline, the House is expected to vote on Speaker John Boehner's plan to cut government spending and raise the nation's debt ceiling. And Bachmann, along with a growing number of House Republicans, is saying she doesn't support the Speaker's plan.

Kiran sat down with Bachmann yesterday to talk about her decision to run and how she would fix the nation's debt problems. The full interview will be uploaded throughout the morning. Stay tuned to American Morning for more.


Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Debt ceiling • GOP
July 28th, 2011
04:49 AM ET

Question of the Day: Who's at the top of your bad service complaint list?

(CNNMoney) - With the economy still in shambles and many Americans still struggling to emerge from debt, find jobs and support their families, there's plenty to complain about. Add fraud and predatory lending to the mix and the list of consumer complaints gets even longer.

Shady auto dealers yet again took the number one spot on the Consumer Federation of America's list for the highest number of complaints in 2010, followed by credit card issuers and debt relief companies.

American Morning wants to know: Who's at the top of your bad service complaint list?

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


Filed under: AM Asks
July 27th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Senator Pat Toomey: 'We ought to have a plan B'

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey unveiled legislation yesterday that would require the government to promise to pay its interest on its debt, send out Social Security checks and pay active duty military if Congress cannot reach a deal on raising the debt-ceiling by August 2nd.

The bill, called Ensuring the Full Faith and Credit of the U.S., has 31 cosponsors in the Senate and comes at a time when lawmakers are becoming increasingly concerned that a deal will not be reached by next week's deadline.

Today on American Morning, Senator Toomey tells Ali Velshi how he would prioritize spending, offering his take on Speaker Boehner's plan to increase the federal debt-ceiling.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
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