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August 31st, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Can you cure heart disease with food? Sanjay Gupta explains

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has spent the last year looking into heart disease for his documentary, "The Last Heart Attack," set to air on CNN this Saturday at 8pm ET.

Along the way, he met a woman who needed emergency heart surgery and turned it down, opting for a plant-based diet instead.

Today on American Morning, Dr. Gupta explains how the this woman's new diet has benefited her health and shows before and after heart scans from a patient who had clogged arteries before reforming their eating habits.

Filed under: Health • Heart disease
August 31st, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Three conservative women explain why they aren't happy with the label 'Baby Palins'

All morning we've been talking about the Elle magazine article "The Best and the Rightest," which profiles an array of conservative women labeled as "Baby Palins" who are "stepping forward to dis feminists and cheer low taxes, guns, and motherhood."

Not all of the women featured in the article are happy about being called "Baby Palins," not because they dislike Sarah Palin, but because of all the "negative stereotypes" attached to Palin in the media.

Three of the women profiled in the piece discuss the "Baby Palin" label with Carol Costello today, explaining their stances towards feminism and the female role in the Republican Party.

Filed under: GOP
August 31st, 2011
10:28 AM ET

Paterson, NJ Mayor Jeffery Jones weighs in on city's evacuations

The water is finally receding this morning in Paterson, New Jersey where the Passaic River crested late last night after Hurricane Irene brought massive flooding to the area.

However, thousands of people are still in temporary housing after being evacuated from their flooded homes, including more than three thousand because who were forced out of their high-rise apartments.

Paterson's Mayor, Jeffery Jones, discusses the city's evacuations with Carol Costello today, explaining when people can expect to return to their homes.

Filed under: FEMA • Hurricane • Hurricane Irene
August 31st, 2011
10:24 AM ET

FEMA administrator: 'Nobody that got hit with this flooding dodged a bullet'

As floodwaters surge in areas of several states hard-hit by Hurricane Irene, authorities are struggling to assess damage  and rebuild roads and bridges in the aftermath of the storm.

Local recovery and response efforts come amid concerns over FEMA funding. The agency's disaster relief fund has less than $800 million remaining and could run out before the end of the current fiscal year on September 30.

Ali Velshi speaks with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate about the agency's finances and relief efforts today on American Morning.

"We want to make sure we have enough money to go to the fiscal year and we're doing our job to get ready for this and other disasters but we are focused on the immediate response," Fugate says.

"In the country I grew up in, Americans come to Americans' help in crisis. We've always done it. We'll continue to do it," Fugate continued. "We're working hard as a team. The president and everybody else is working hard to support these states and the local communities impacted."

Filed under: FEMA • Hurricane Irene • Irene
August 31st, 2011
09:57 AM ET

Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy: Ron Paul is 'an idiot'

Three days after Hurricane Irene ripped through Connecticut, reports say that about 400,000 people are still without power. Water has just crested this morning from massive flooding that rendered about one thousand roads impassable.

Today on American Morning, Governor Dannel Malloy discusses the damage within the state and the government's relief efforts with Christine Romans. He also responds the political debate over the federal role of disaster response, commenting about Ron Paul's remark that FEMA gets in the way and wastes money.

"I think he's an idiot," Malloys says. "We are spending $900 million a week in wars and he is arguing about whether we should spend some amount of money? FEMA now has currently $900 million budget available to it. This is a ridiculous conversation. I really don't understand what he is talking about and I'm not sure he does."

"Without this system of response, we would not be standing here with as few people who have died in this massive storm," Malloy adds. "For someone in Texas to be talking about FEMA being defunded really does rise to idiocy and hypocrisy. This is pure politics playing out across individuals' misery."

Filed under: FEMA • Hurricane • Hurricane Irene • Irene • Politics
August 31st, 2011
05:29 AM ET

Talk Back: Are conservative women unfairly stereotyped?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

This month's issue of Elle Magazine features an article titled "The Best and the Rightest" about a new generation of conservative women labeled as "Baby Palins" who are "stepping forward to dis feminists and cheer low taxes, guns, and motherhood."

Many women featured in the article, such as Karin Agness, have taken issue with the "Baby Palins" label.

"The Palin brand has been so damaged by the media that the 'Baby Palin' label serves the purpose of quickly stereotyping and delegitimizing us at the same time," Agness, founder of the Conservative Network of Enlightened Women, says.

However, the article's author, Nina Burleigh, stands by her work, stating that the women profiled "are into guns and motherhood, and low taxes, a rather new conservative female ideology first introduced to the national political discourse by Palin."

Talk Back: Are conservative women unfairly stereotyped?

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

Filed under: AM Talkback