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August 3rd, 2011
01:03 PM ET

Report: Hospitals fail to encourage breastfeeding

While almost all hospitals inform new parents about the benefits of breastfeeding during pregnancy, a lot more could be done to help new moms succeed once the baby is born.

A new CDC report released at noon today finds that only 4% of hospitals follow 9 out of 10 recommendations to get mom & baby on the successful path of breastfeeding.

Nursing babies for the first 9 months can reduce the risk of becoming overweight by 30%, but only 1/3 of new moms are still breastfeeding at this time.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent, joins American Morning today to discuss why breast milk is so important for babies and to weigh in on what hospitals can do to help encourage nursing mothers.

Filed under: Health
August 3rd, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Update to story of man crossing the country on foot in celebration of citizenship

After learning that he was granted U.S. citizenship, Constantino Diaz-Duran set off on a walk across America hoping to meet people along his travels and to find out what it means to be American.

Diaz-Duran began his cross-country journey in New York City's Upper East Side. He left on July fourth and almost a month later, has traveled 280 miles.

He joins Ali Velshi today on American Morning to discuss his trip and what he has learned on the road so far.

Filed under: Immigration
August 3rd, 2011
11:23 AM ET

How can you improve your personal finances in one week? Clark Howard explains

Despite the fact that the debt relief bill passed yesterday, U.S. stocks plunged as fears about a weak economy were inflamed after investors got another disappointing economic report.

Clark Howard, HLN money expert, has written a new book about how to save money in a tough economy titled "Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times."

Howard runs through some of the personal finance tips he details in his book with Christine Romans on American Morning today.

Filed under: Money
August 3rd, 2011
11:22 AM ET

Netanyahu reportedly wants to negotiate pre-1967 borders with Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly wants to negotiate pre-1967 borders with the Palestinian authority in an attempt to head off a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations next month.

This announcement comes after a weekend of social unrest in Israel, with 15,000 people taking to the streets  to demand "social justice" in one of the biggest demonstrations in the country's history.

James Rubin, former U.S. assistant Secretary of State, discusses both of these occurrences with Ali Velshi today on American Morning, commenting on whether or not Netanyahu's reported remarks are a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Filed under: Israel • Prime Minister Netanyahu
August 3rd, 2011
11:20 AM ET

FAA funding the latest casualty of political infighting in Washington

The U.S. Senate went on summer recess Tuesday night following the vote on debt ceiling legislation without taking action to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration.

As a result, 4,000 aviation workers have been furloughed today and the FAA has had to shut down airport construction projects across the country, leaving up to 70,000 workers idle for the next five weeks. The U.S. government is also likely to lose more than $1 billion in airline ticket taxes.

This morning, Michael Goldfarb, former FAA chief of staff, talks with Ali Velshi about why funding the FAA has become a partisan issue and explains if the furloughs will impact airport safety.

Filed under: Airline safety • Money • Politics
August 3rd, 2011
11:19 AM ET

Debt bill enacted yesterday – what's next?

President Obama signed the emergency debt ceiling legislation into law yesterday just hours before a midnight deadline to get a deal done.

The measure provides an immediate $400 billion increase in the $14.3 trillion U.S. borrowing limit, with $500 billion more assured this fall. Later this year, a special bipartisan 'supercommittee' will come together to draft legislation to find up to $1.5 trillion more in deficit cuts.

Today on American Morning, Kiki McLean, Democratic strategist, and Margaret Hoover, author of "American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party," join Christine Romans to discuss how the American public reacted to negotiations and where lawmakers will go from here.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
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