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September 27th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Author of controversial new book 'Is Marriage for White People?' talks marriage in the African-American community

According to the 2006 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 45 percent of African-American women have never been married, compared with 23 percent of white women.

In his controversial new book, "Is Marriage for White People?", Stanford Law Professor Ralph Richard Banks argues that the declining rate of marriage among blacks over the past 50 years largely boils down to a simple problem of supply and demand. Banks suggest that African-American women should look outside of their race to find men to marry.

Banks joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to explain the conclusions he presents in his book and to discuss marriage in the African-American community.

Filed under: Books • Marriage • Race
September 27th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Human Factor: CNN's Sanjay Gupta on an inspiring double hand transplant patient

After being the first woman in America to undergo a double hand transplant, Sheila Advento has had to learn how to use another person's hands as her own.

Advento's hands and feet were amputated eight years ago after she contracted a bacterial infection and although she initially got prosthetics, the option of a hand transplant was always on her mind.

Today on American Morning, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains Advento's procedure and how she has learned to use her new hands.

Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Health
September 27th, 2011
10:03 AM ET

Dr. Gupta explains how the drug that killed Michael Jackson works

Jurors will hear opening statements and the first witnesses today in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray.

Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, which was caused by a fatal overdose on the drug propofol.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes American Morning inside of the operating room to demonstrate how propofol works and to explain how the drug is used.

Filed under: Health • Michael Jackson
September 27th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

After walking almost 1,000 miles, Constantino Diaz Duran offers an update on his journey across America

Constantino Diaz-Duran is nearly three months into his walk across America, during which he hopes to find out what it means to be an American.

Throughout the duration of the trip, Duran has only had to use his tent once because people have continued opening their doors to him.

After walking almost 1,000 miles since leaving New York and starting on his trip on the fourth of July, Duran joins American Morning today to offer an update on the latest leg in his journey.

Filed under: AM Fun • American Morning
September 27th, 2011
09:58 AM ET

In Depth: How can America fix its broken political system?

The Senate reached a bipartisan agreement to end a dispute over disaster relief spending yesterday, ending yet another threat of a government shutdown. This week, CNN is taking an in-depth look at why our political system is so broken.

In a letter to his clients, chief global economist for The Economic Outlook Group Bernard Baumohl wrote that the single issue stalling economic growth "is the failure of governing in Washington at a time when so many Americans are hurting. The political food fight between the White House and Republicans will certainly not hasten economic growth nor create a single private sector job."

Baumohl and Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, join Carol Costello on American Morning today to weigh in on why the broken government is so dangerous and how the dysfunctional political system is impacting Americans.

Filed under: In Depth • Politics
September 27th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

What challenges does President Obama have when facing the African-American community?

With his poll numbers slipping among African-Americans, President Obama is launching an outreach campaign to the black community.

Over the weekend, Obama delivered a fiery speech before the Congressional Black Caucus, and he sat down for an exclusive interview with Black Entertainment Television (BET) last night in a special that the network called "The President Answers Black America."

However, the President is also making it clear that he will not specifically target assistance toward the African American community, saying, "That's not how America works. America works when all of us are pulling together, and everybody is focused on making sure that every single person has opportunity."

Robert Traynham, former Republican adviser, and James Peterson, director of Africana Studies at Leigh University, weigh in on president's outreach to the African-American community on American Morning today.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics • President Barack Obama • Race
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