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August 17th, 2011
09:47 AM ET

The gift of rest: Sen. Joe Lieberman on the importance of observing the Sabbath in his life

It's a concept that sounds impossible to many of us. A day with no phone. No email. No Blackberry.

Just a simple day of rest spent reflecting with family.

You might think you can't afford to unplug like that, but Senator Joe Lieberman says you can't afford not to.

Former Presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman writes about his own observance of the Sabbath in his new book "The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath." He talks with American Morning's Ali Velshi today about how taking a day of rest has shaped his career and his life.

Filed under: Religion
August 17th, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Steve Brill on his book "Class Warfare" and possible solutions for the country's education crisis

With the school year about to start across the country, many cities and states are struggling to balance budgets without pulling teachers from the classroom.

In some cases, like in Providence, Rhode Island, teacher unions are giving up seniority hiring practices and agreeing to longer days in order to get back jobs. And some experts say that changing current policies could improve schools and save money at the same time.

Are they right?

Steven Brill has been studying the intense education debate happening here int he United States and breaks down his findings in his new book "Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools."

Steven Brill joins Christine Romans on American Morning today to explain why he thinks increasing teachers' salaries and basing their pay on performance could be the key to overhauling the nation's education system.

Filed under: Education
August 17th, 2011
09:31 AM ET

What's the leading indicator of heart disease for men? Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains

It's a problem that at least 30 million men in the United States experience but most don't talk about.

Although it may come as a surprise to some, erectile dysfunction is an early signal that men may suffer from heart disease.

Today on American Morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the connection between the two conditions and previews his special "The Last Heart Attack," set to air this Sunday night at 8pm ET, which features interviews with doctors on the cutting edge of heart disease prevention.

Filed under: Health • Heart disease
August 17th, 2011
08:21 AM ET

Political headlines: Will Perry's 'treason' comment hurt him on the campaign trail?

Texas governor and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Perry has been heavily criticized this week after he remarked on Monday that he would view it as "treasonous" if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke printed more money between now and the 2012 election.

Despite the negative feedback, Perry did not go back on his statement, telling Peter Hamby after a luncheon with small business owners in Dubuque, Iowa, "I am just passionate about the issue and we stand by what we said".

This morning on AM,  Jerry Seib, Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief and Mark Preston, CNN senior political editor, weigh in with Carol Costello about today's political headlines and discuss whether or not Perry's comment will hurt him on the campaign trail.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics
August 17th, 2011
05:40 AM ET

Talk Back: Is heckling good for our political discourse?

Although the 2012 Presidential election is 15 months away, many Americans are already heated up about it. This week, hecklers from both sides of the political aisle turned up at events held by both the GOP contenders and President Obama to challenge the candidates at town hall-style forums.

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, told Carol Costello yesterday, "We're moving into a confrontational society. We don't want to listen to C-SPAN, that's too boring. Instead we make our decisions based on political flashmobs."

Perhaps, he added, politicians are now judged on how well they respond to hecklers - not how well they explain their policies.

Talk Back: Is heckling good for our political discourse?

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

Filed under: AM Talk Back