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August 9th, 2011
12:10 PM ET

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter on curfew enforcement: 'Government cannot raise people's children'

In response to a string of mob attacks that have brought about vandalism and violence in Philadelphia over the past few months, Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled a curfew for the city's youth yesterday.

Children under 13 must be home by 10pm, while teens between 13 and 18 will have a midnight curfew. Teens caught violating the provisions could be fined between $100 and $300, while parents get a warning for the first infringement and could face up to $500 in fines for subsequent violations.

In an impassioned speech at the Mount Carmel Baptist church, Nutter called for community leaders and volunteers to step up to help youths, remarking that it is parents' responsibility to raise their children properly. He also laid blame to the teens saying that in participating in these mobs, "You damage yourself, you damage another person, you damage your peers, and quite honestly you damage your own race."

Mayor Nutter joins Ali Velshi on American Morning today to explain why he instituted the curfew and to weigh in on the violent incidents that have occurred throughout the city.

Filed under: Crime • Curfew
August 9th, 2011
12:06 PM ET

Are Presidential candidates blurring the line between church and state?

Numerous Republican Presidential prospects have been using religion on the campaign trail, especially in this week leading up to the influential Ames Iowa Straw Poll.

Tony Perkins' Family Research Council is supporting the "Values Voter bus tour" this week, which will cover 1,305 miles in four days with candidates including Rick Santorum, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, and most likely Michele Bachmann. Perkins, an influential Christian leader, also co-hosted Governor Rick Perry's prayer day this past Saturday.

Perkins joins Jonathan Merritt, Christian commentator, on American Morning today to discuss how much religion is playing a part in the GOP candidates' campaigns and to weigh in on where the line should be drawn between religion and politics.

Filed under: Politics • Religion
August 9th, 2011
12:04 PM ET

Dow drops more than 600 points yesterday – how are the markets reacting today?

Following Standard & Poor's Friday downgrade of the United States' credit rating, Wall Street had its worst day yesterday since the 2008 recession.

U.S. stocks have fallen 15% during the past two weeks and Monday's beating was the most brutal thus far, amounting to a paper loss of about $1 trillion.

Jim Awad, managing director for Zephyr Management, discusses the state of the markets with Ali Velshi on American Morning today.

Filed under: Wall Street
August 9th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Six GOP state senators face recall in Wisconsin today

Six Wisconsin State Senate Republicans who supported Governor Walker's bill to curb collective bargaining rights for most public employees will be forced to defend their seats in a recall election today.

If Republicans lose just three seats, Democrats will regain control of the Senate, a rebuff that could send a message to GOP lawmakers nationwide about reelection in 2012.

Amy Kremer's Tea Party Express has been holding rallies across the state in support of Walker's policies, while local unions, including the Services Employees International Union (SEIU), have been protesting the measure.

Kremer and Dian Palmer, president of the SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, join Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss what both of their organizations are fighting for in today's recall.

Filed under: Recall • Wisconsin
August 9th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Does Governor Perry intend to run for President? Erick Erickson weighs in

Texas governor Rick Perry will reportedly signal his intention to run for President this weekend at the conservative RedState Gathering in South Carolin, a key early primary state.

Perry will make a speech at the conference, after which he'll travel to New Hampshire to meet with GOP party activists. The governor's appearance coincides with a straw poll of Republican candidates in Iowa and his remarks are likely to distract Americans from his GOP rivals competing in the event.

Today on American Morning, Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief for, joins Christine Romans to weigh on the possibility that Governor Perry will announce a presidential run.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
August 9th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Talkback: Are Republican women unfairly criticized because they're women?

Conservatives are fuming this morning about the latest Newsweek cover, which shows a wide-eyed picture of 2012 GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann above the headline "Queen of Rage."

The controversy over the cover has reignited discussion about the ways that criticism is aimed at female politicians.

Earlier in the year, Bachmann told CBN's David Brody that, unlike liberal politicians, conservative women like her and Sarah Palin do not get a pass by the media when they misspeak or make mistakes.

"She has been unfairly criticized and I think we've seen that with other conservative women as well across the country, whether they're political commentators or whether they're in public service," Bachmann remarked.

Talkback: Are Republican women unfairly criticized because they're women?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on today's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Asks