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September 1st, 2011
01:12 PM ET

Report: Half of the U.S. population drinks sugary beverages daily

According to a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics, half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes sugary drinks daily.

These sugary beverage include sweetened waters, sodas, and energy, sports and fruit beverages. The report states that these drinks have been linked to "poor diet quality, weight gain, obesity, and in adults, type 2 diabetes."

Elizabeth Cohen, senior medical correspondent, discusses how drinking sugary beverages can impact your health and explains how you can kick the habit on American Morning today.

Filed under: Health
September 1st, 2011
01:10 PM ET

Why is Michelle Obama so heavily criticized by the right? Essence Magazine on the First Lady

While the President's approval rating is hovering in the low forties, 69% percent of Americans have a mostly favorable opinion of First Lady Michelle Obama. Although she was very successful in campaigning for the president in 2010, she did not accompany him on his Midwest bus tour last month.

A new article in "Essence" magazine provides a behind the scenes glimpse of the First Lady during her trip to South Africa, showing a side of her that the public does not often get to see.

Kirssah Thompson wrote the article after accompanying the First Lady during her trip to South Africa and she's on set today to discuss the experience with Carol Costello. Thompson is joined by Constance White, the editor-in-chief for Essence magazine, to weigh in on the First Lady's campaigning power and to talk about why she is so heavily criticized by the right.

Filed under: FLOTUS • Michelle Obama
September 1st, 2011
12:36 PM ET

Can Obama sell the American people on his jobs speech?

Yesterday, President Obama agreed to move his scheduled special address to a joint session of Congress back one day - from September 7 to September 8 - after Speaker Boehner sent him a letter saying it would be impossible for lawmakers to pass a resolution allowing a joint session in time.

The political showdown has reignited partisan tensions, with Republicans say that scheduling the speech for the original date was a political move timed to coincide with a GOP televised presidential debate and the White House dismissing such accusations.

The White House and lawmakers can't even agree on when to share the Presiden't jobs plan – what does this say about what to expect in the week ahead?

Ron Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, joins Carol Costello today on American Morning to weigh in Obama's jobs plan and the scheduling spat.

Filed under: GOP • Politics • White House
September 1st, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Obama moves jobs speech after Boehner pushes back – is it politics or a gaffe?

The debate over the date of President Obama's jobs speech has given his opponents plenty to run with.

The President hoped to talk to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday, the same night as a Republican debate. But House Speaker John Boehner pushed back, and the President backed down, rescheduling the speech on Thursday. Now the President's speech will be up against the NFL's opening night.

Today on American Morning, Politico senior political writer Maggie Haberman and CNN contributor John Avlon look at the implications of the uproar over the scheduling. They also discuss Avlon's latest article for the Daily Beast, looking at why so many people continue to urge New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for President, despite his repeated statements that he isn't interested.

You can read Avlon's article on Christie here.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics • President Barack Obama • Tea Party
September 1st, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Sec. Vilsack: Farms across the East Coast suffered damage from Irene

With ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Irene, how has the storm damaged the nation's crops? As part of the response to the disaster, this week U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured devastated areas to see exactly how farms fared through the storm.

This morning on American Morning, Ali Velshi talks with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on how farmers fared through the storm and whether they have the funds to make it through this disaster.

Filed under: Hurricane Irene
September 1st, 2011
05:30 AM ET

Talk Back: Is President Obama's jobs plan D.O.A. before its even unveiled?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

After consulting with House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama has agreed to move his scheduled special jobs address to a joint session of Congress back one day to avoid a clash with Republicans.

Now, the prime time speech will be on TV at the same time that the NFL kicks off its first game of the season, instead of the original date, when it would have competed with a televised Republican debate.

This scheduling clash has left many worried that lawmakers will continue to be unable to work together once Congress reconvenes.

As a Washington Post op-ed put it, "This spat sums up so well the image problems that Obama has faced since the start of his term. If the White House has spent months working to appear above the partisan fray – as the y insist they have – then pulling a blatantly partisan stunt like this torpedoes all of that PR work."

Talk Back: Is President Obama's jobs plan D.O.A. before its even unveiled?

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

Filed under: AM Talk Back