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August 11th, 2011
02:29 PM ET

Report: Mistakes in medical studies have skyrocketed since 2001

According to an investigation published by the Wall Street Journal, fifteen times more scientific papers were retracted from medical journals last year than in 2001.

Of those retractions, 47% were because of misconduct or presumed misconduct, 25% were because of error,  21% were due to replicated data, and 8% were unspecified.

Today on American Morning, Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, breaks down how these types of mistakes get made and explains what the retractions mean for the average American.

Filed under: Health
August 11th, 2011
02:03 PM ET

All eyes on Tiger Woods as 93rd PGA tournament kicks off today

The 93rd PGA Championship kicks off today at the Atlanta Athletic Club and all eyes are likely to be on Tiger Woods, who hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. open.

This is only Tiger's second tournament in three months and he is competing without his long-time caddy Stevie Williams, who he fired last month.

Today on American Morning, TNT golf analyst Ian Baker-Finch weighs in on how Tiger is expected to perform and discusses who fans are keeping their eye on during the tournament.

You can also track your favorite players right through the weekend. Live coverage of the tournament can be seen all day on and beginning at 1pm Eastern on TNT.

Filed under: Sports
August 11th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Senator Pat Toomey, selected for the debt 'super committee,' discusses budget compromise

Congressional leaders are in the process of selecting lawmakers to serve on the 12-member bipartisan debt "super committee" charged with cutting spending and reducing the nation's deficit by $1.5 trillion dollars.

So far, nine lawmakers have been chosen for the committee and Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, will choose the final three members by next week.

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa) is one of the conservative Congressmen selected for the committee. He joins American Morning today to weigh in on the negotiations and to explain what he will be willing to compromise on to avoid the "trigger" fallback option of the debt bill.

Filed under: GOP • Politics
August 11th, 2011
01:57 PM ET

Who are the lawmakers who have been named to the congressional 'super committee?'

Nine lawmakers have been named to the twelve-person congressional "super committee" on deficit reduction, the bipartisan panel responsible for finding an additional $1.5 trillion in debt savings in the national budget over a ten-year period.

If progress is to be made, the negotiations will likely require political sacrifice on both sides of the aisle over issues like taxes and entitlement reform.

Today on American Morning, John Avlon, CNN contributor, and Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, join Carol Costello to weigh in on whether or not the selected lawmakers are likely to reach a meaningful deal.

Filed under: Politics
August 11th, 2011
12:09 PM ET

Study: New strategy shows promise in treating leukemia

A new strategy for genetically bolstering the immune system to fight against leukemia has proven effective in a small study that may have broader implications for fighting cancer.

The treatment, which uses a patients' own blood cells to destroy their cancer cells, eradicated blood cancer tumors in less than a month and led to sustained remissions of up to a year.

Today on American Morning, Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, explains the findings and breaks down how the strategy could be used to treat cancer on a broader scale.

Filed under: Health
August 11th, 2011
05:30 AM ET

Talkback: Does Hollywood making a bin Laden movie warrant an investigation by the Inspector General and the Department of Defense?

Although Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the capture of Osama bin Laden has yet to begin production, it is already stirring controversy.

Yesterday, Representative Peter King (R-NY) called for an investigation into whether the White House has granted Bigelow and Sony Pictures special access to confidential information for the project.

Jay Carney, White House spokesman, dismissed this request as "ridiculous," asserting, "When people are working on articles, books, documentaries or movies that involve the president ask to speak to administration officials we do our best to accommodate them to make sure the facts are correct."

The film is set to be released in October 2012, one month before the November elections.

Talkback: Does Hollywood making a bin Laden movie warrant an investigation by the Inspector General and the Department of Defense?

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

Filed under: AM Asks