Over the weekend, 30,000 people attended a prayer event hosted in Houston by Texas governor Rick Perry, dubbed "The Response."
Perry called on both Christians and politicians to attend his religious gathering, during which he read passages of scripture and led the audience in a prayer for the United States' economy and political system.
Kasie Hunt, national political reporter with Politico, and Paul Burka, senior executive editor for Texas Monthly, join Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss the event and to weigh in on whether or not Perry is likely to announce a run for President.
A new study in the medical journal Pediatrics has found that 98% of perishable foods in sack lunches are kept at unsafe temperatures even when the food is packed in an insulated lunch box or stored in a hot thermos.
Texas researchers found that on average, kids' packed lunches were approximately 22 degrees warmer than they should be, putting children at risk for foodborne illnesses.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen discusses the study on American Morning today, explaining what parents can do to ensure that the lunches they pack for their kids stay at safe temperatures throughout the school day.
According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, the economy added 117,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.1 percent.
While these figures were better than expected, many Americans, particularly those 14 million who are out of work, continue to wonder when progress will be made in creating jobs.
Today on American Morning, Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics, and Christian Weller, senior fellow for the Center for American Progress, join Christine Romans to discuss what could spur job growth and to weigh in on how the White House is proposing to tackle unemployment.
The Great Recession has left 1 in 7 Americans living in households with income below than the poverty level and unemployment is still on the rise in many communities as America's middle class continues to shrink.
In order to bring attention to poverty in the U.S., Princeton professor Cornel West and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley are on a 15-city "Poverty Tour" aimed at giving poor Americans a voice. The tour is the latest effort by the two to highlight what they see as deficiencies in the Obama administration.
Today on American Morning, West and Smiley join Carol Costello to discuss their criticism of the President and to describe what they have learned during their "Poverty Tour," which kicked off on Saturday.
For more information on Smiley and West's poverty tour, visit www.povertytour.smileyandwest.com