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August 1st, 2011
11:32 AM ET

White House will require insurers to cover birth control, other contraceptives

Breaking this morning, we learned that the U.S. Department of Health will require health insurance plans to provide contraceptives - for free.

That means women won't have to pay any co-pays on various forms of birth control. It's part of a decision by the government that requires insurers to cover preventive health services.

Today, CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains why the decision was made and what items will be covered.

Filed under: Birth control • Health care
August 1st, 2011
11:06 AM ET

A SOLDIER'S STORY - Will McLain: Civilian to combat engineer

From the the front lines in Afghanistan. We've followed one man's dramatic transformation from recruit to soldier.

Will McClain's incredible journey to become a combat engineer began nearly two years ago. And CNN's Jason Carroll was with him every step of the way.

This morning on American Morning, Carroll updates our viewers on McClain's progress.

Filed under: A Soldier's Story
August 1st, 2011
10:56 AM ET

A father-son bonding experience: Duo visits ever MLB park and NBA arena over 10 years

It started out as a fun, father-son road trip. Fast forward to today - Jeff and Spence Siegel have just completed their mission to visit every Major League Baseball stadium and NBA arena together!

It took them 10 years to visit more than 60 venues.

Jeff and Spence talk with the AM team this morning about their unique bonding experience.

Filed under: AM Fun • Parenting
August 1st, 2011
10:51 AM ET

Debt deal then and now: Comparing Congress and the White House

With a debt deal in place and a vote on the plan expected to happen in the next few hours, could the past be any indication of our debt future?

On American Morning this morning, we look at the current political process in Washington through a historical lens. Ali Velshi talks to Nick Ragone, author of "Presidential Leadership: 15 decisions that changed the Nation" and Presidential historial Doris Kearns Goodwin about how the current debate compares with past debates.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
August 1st, 2011
10:47 AM ET

Winners and losers in the debt deal

It could be the beginning of the end when it comes to the current debt ceiling crisis.

Last night, President Obama announcing a deal to raise the nation's debt limit in exchange for deep spending cuts. But the President and House Speaker John Boehner also admit that the agreement is far from perfect.

Who stands to win and who stands to lose in this deal?

This morning on American Morning, Stephen Moore with the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page and Norman Ornstein with the American Enterprise Institute look at who stands to gain and who will lose in the debt deal.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
August 1st, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Sen. McCain: Debt agreement 'is a success,' but worried about defense cuts

A vote on the new debt deal is expected in Congress some time this afternoon. The plan includes raising the country's borrowing limit in exchange for major spending cuts.

Earlier on American Morning this morning, CNN's Carol Costello talks with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who explained that Democrats signed on to the deal in order to avoid default.

For the other side, Ali Velshi talks with Sen. John McCain on the debt deal. He says that he feels the debt agreement is a success, but he's worried about defense cuts and is still hoping a balanced budget amendment can be passed.

"I'm worried about the size of defense cuts that may be contemplated, but that doesn't mean I'm, therefore, rejecting the agreement," McCain says.

He also gives some advice to his Republican colleagues in the House: "They should worry about more than anything else is the view in which the American people hold us and their low opinion of us because we are failing to do what they think is our job. And, by the way, they're right."

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
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