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August 18th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Violence in the Mideast: At least six people killed in Israel and unrest in Syria persists

This morning, Israeli authorities said that at least six Israelis were killed and more than two dozen others were injured in southern Israel today when attackers fired shots at a bus, assaulted Israeli soldiers, and fired mortars and an anti-tank missile.

This report comes at the same time as the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom join President Obama in calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Asad to step down as violence in the country persists.

Today on American Morning, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, former Middle East presidential adviser and former Ambassador to Morocco, weighs in on the attacks in Israel and discusses if the international pressure on Syria will change Asad's course of action in the country.

Filed under: Israel • Middle East • Syria • Violence
August 18th, 2011
10:11 AM ET

Governor Rick Perry fires back at critics – how will his comments effect his campaign?

Presidential candidate Rick Perry hit the campaign trail again yesterday,  standing firm on his Bernanke "treasonous" comments when he was asked about the Federal Reserve at a political breakfast.

"An agency of government like the Federal Reserve, they should open their books up, they should be transparent so that the people of the United States know what they're doing," Perry said. "Until they do that, I think there will continue to be questions about their activity and what their true goal is for the United States."

Perry also took a swing at climate science and criticized regulations to curb greenhouse gases, an argument he's long made from Austin.

Today on American Morning, Kate Zernike, New York Times national correspondent, and Will Cain, CNN contributor, join Carol Costello to discuss Perry's campaign and to weigh in on how people are reacting to his comments.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics
August 18th, 2011
10:10 AM ET

Was A&F asking 'The Situation' not to wear their clothes a clever PR stunt or was it inspired by legitimate concerns?

Abercrombie & Fitch's stock price dropped nearly nine percent yesterday, one day after a very public diss on "The Situation" from the popular TV show "Jersey Shore."

The retailer offered Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and other members of the hit MTV reality show "substantial payment" if they stopped wearing Abercrombie-branded clothes.

Adam Hanft, CEO of marketing firm Hanft Projects, joins Ali Velshi to weigh in on why Abercrombie & Fitch made their decision and to explain whether the move was a publicity stunt, or if the company had legitimate concerns about the way that the "Jersey Shore" cast could hurt their brand.

Filed under: Business
August 18th, 2011
10:07 AM ET

Miami NCAA scandal fallout: What does Shapiro's accusations say about sports culture?

Jailed businessman and University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro says that he spent millions of dollars lavishing money and other gifts on the school's athletes from 2002 to 2010.

Shapiro says that he gave the players jewelery, meals and that he even paid for prostitutes, gifts that he claims the coaches were aware of the entire time.

BJ Schecter, executive editor for, joins Carol Costello today on American Morning to discuss what these allegations say about the state of Miami Football and to weigh in on the larger problem of potential payoffs with other NCAA teams.

Filed under: Sports
August 18th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Who in D.C. actually has the power to create jobs? Jay Powell weighs in

On the heels of a new Gallup poll that shows that just twenty-six percent of Americans approve of how President Obama is handling the economy, the President is set to meet with his economic team today before he heads to Martha's Vineyard for vacation.

On his "listening tour" throughout the Midwest this week, Obama promised that he will be presenting his own jobs plan when Congress returns in September, but how much leverage does he actually have?

Today on American Morning, Jay Powell, Treasury Under Secretary under President H.W. Bush, talks with Christine Romans about the president's probable job plan and weighs in on who has the power to get companies to start hiring.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
August 18th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

What are the common misconceptions about heart attacks? Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has spent more than a year looking into heart disease for his upcoming documentary, The Last Heart Attack, set to air this Sunday night at 8pm ET. Along the way, he has uncovered a few common myths believed by many Americans about heart attacks.

Gupta breaks down the common misconceptions about heart disease today on American Morning, explaining what the main risk factors are for heart problems.

Filed under: Heart disease
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