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August 10th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Today's headlines: One minute news roundup

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Filed under: One Minute News
August 10th, 2011
10:47 AM ET

Doctors race to get aid to starving Somali children: Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports

Hundreds of thousands of Somalis refugees have been pouring into eastern Kenya seeking humanitarian aid and medical attention despite efforts to alleviate drought and famine conditions in the southern part of Somalia.

More than 29,000 children have died over the past few months in what has become the most acute food security emergency on Earth, and the UN estimates that about 3.6 million people in Somalia are at risk of starving.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins American Morning live from the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya, the largest in the world, to discuss the crisis and to explain what measures are being taken to get food and medical aid to the refugees.

Filed under: Famine
August 10th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

Qualifying schools to be granted No Child Left Behind waivers

The Department of Education announced on Monday that the Obama administration will provide qualifying states with a waiver from No Child Left behind, the education program that links federal aid to results from standardized testing.

The program has been heavily criticized in the past and President Obama has called for Congress to reform the program before the school year begins, although legislation has yet to be passed.

Today on American Morning, Michelle Rhee, founder of StudentsFirst, joins Christine Romans to weigh in on what this measure says about the No Child Left Behind program and to discuss potential solutions for improving America's education system.

Filed under: Education
August 10th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

CNN/ORC poll: Most Americans don't believe their own members of Congress deserve re-election

According to a new CNN/ORC poll, for the first time ever, seventy percent of Americans don't believe that their own members of Congress deserve reelection.

In addition, most of this anger is directed towards the GOP, with 59% of the population holding an unfavorable view of the Republican party, an all-time high since the question was first asked in 1992.

Ron Brownstein, CNN political analyst, joins Carol Costello and Christine Romans on American Morning today to discuss these statistics and to weigh in on what lawmakers need to do to improve their image in voters' eyes.

Filed under: Congress • Politics
August 10th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

In Depth: Minority unemployment in America

According to a report issued by the National Urban League at the end of July, the Great Recession and the subsequent recovery has pushed the black unemployment rate back close to levels recorded in the early 1980s, with 16.2% of African Americans unemployed in June.

In light of these staggering statistics, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) kicked off a month long, five-city "For the People" job fair/town hall initiative on Monday. CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver hopes that the campaign will force Congress and the White House to recognize that at nearly double the national rate, unemployment in black communities has reached crisis level.

On American Morning today, Representative Cleaver and Bill Rodgers, a Rutgers University professor, weigh in on the minority unemployment in the U.S., discussing potential solutions and the disappointment many minorities feel toward President Obama about how he has approached the problem.

Filed under: In Depth • Unemployment
August 10th, 2011
05:38 AM ET

Talkback: Should President Obama call Congress back to deal with the budget?

Following months of bitter negotiation over raising the debt ceiling, Congress has been on vacation since reaching an eleventh hour agreement on legislation in early August.

Since then, America's credit rating has been downgraded by Standard & Poor's and the stock market has taken a beating, prompting lawmakers from both side of the aisle to urge Congress to return to work on Capitol Hill.

Talkback: Should President Obama call Congress back to deal with the budget?

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

Filed under: AM Asks