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August 23rd, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Groundbreaking new study finds a cause for Lou Gehrig's disease

Researchers at Northwestern University say that they've found a cause for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) – a deadly neurodegenerative disorder that paralyzes patients.

Until this point, doctors did not know what caused almost 90% of ALS cases (the other 10% are familial). Although the research is preliminary, it gives scientists a fantastic blueprint to work with when working towards finding a cure for the disease, which has a near 100% mortality rate.

Today on American Morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about this groundbreaking study and discusses how soon we could see the research translate into new drugs and therapies.

Filed under: Health
August 23rd, 2011
08:48 AM ET

Political panel: Will President Obama's Libya success help him in the 2012 election?

Gadhafi's probable defeat is good news for President Obama, who can now be credited with another foreign policy success in which no American lives were lost and large amounts of money weren't spent.

However, U.S. voters appear to have given little thought to the war in Libya and it is unclear as to whether or not the president's success will make Americans more or less likely to vote for him in 2012.

Approaching election season, the majority of Americans are focused on jobs, with sixty percent of the population citing the economy as their number one concern in an August 5-7 CNN/ORC international poll.

Today on American Morning, Charles Blow, op-ed columnist, joins Will Cain and Ruben Navarrette, CNN contributors, to discuss the president's foreign policy record and jobs plan and to weigh in on the GOP presidential candidates vying for a spot on the 2012 ticket.

Filed under: Libya • Politics
August 23rd, 2011
08:41 AM ET

Will Libya's oil production lower prices for Americans at the pump?

Libya has proven oil reserves estimated at 43 – 47 billion barrels, making it one of the top ten oil rich countries in the world. The country sits on the largest oil reserves in Africa and profits from the oil industry comprises 80% of the government's revenue.

Will Libya's oil resources bring progress for a post-Gadhafi Libya and how will gas prices in the United States be effected by the country's oil production?

Peter Beutel, president of Cameron Hanover, and Marc Ginsberg, former Middle East presidential adviser, join Christine Romans on American Morning today to weigh in on what sort of timeline the Libyans are looking at in trying to get oil production up and running in the country. They also discuss whether or not American consumers will see any price difference at the pump because of Libya's resources.

Filed under: Libya • Oil
August 23rd, 2011
07:40 AM ET

Gadhafi's son Saif al-Islam free in Tripoli, despite reports of capture

Excitement over the rebels seamlessly entering Tripoli this weekend rapidly devolved into confusion and uncertainty late Monday about whether ruler Moammar Gadhafi's regime would fall anytime soon.

Reports out of Libya yesterday stressed that the capture of Gadhafi's three sons was key to the possible toppling of the dictator's empire, as it meant that Gadhafi was isolated and without his most trusted advisers.

However, Saif al-Islam, Gadhafi's son, who is wanted on war crimes charges by the International Criminal Court, showed up at the Rixos Hotel yesterday, telling CNN's Matthew Chance that his father and several of his sisters were safe in Tripoli, and that loyal troops had "broken the back" of the rebels who moved into the capital over the weekend.

Today on American Morning, Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, joins Ali Velshi to weigh in on what Saif's appearance says about the situation on the ground in Libya and the credibility of the rebel fighters.

Filed under: Libya
August 23rd, 2011
05:30 AM ET

AM Talk Back: Why isn't America more excited about its presidential contenders?

As the country heads towards the 2012 election and the first Republican primary, some of the most talked about candidates are those who have repeatedly insisted that they aren't running.

In a recent CNN/ORC poll, only 14 percent of Republican voters say they are very satisfied with the current field and Republican leaders appear anxious for a fresh face, calling on both Congressman Paul Ryan and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to enter the race despite the fact that both men have definitively ruled out a presidential run.

Democrats don't appear overly enthusiastic either, with 28 percent claiming that they would rather see a candidate other than President Obama nominated, which is a record high.

AM Talk Back: Why isn't America more excited about its presidential contenders?

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

Filed under: AM Talk Back