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October 7th, 2011
03:41 PM ET

John Ratzenberger: 'We bought into the fallacy that everyone has to go to college'

The government reported this morning that the economy gained 103,000 jobs in September. Although it's better than economists expected, the numbers aren't large enough to really make a dent in the unemployment rate.

So, where are the jobs? Are the employment opportunities out there just not enough qualified people able to fill them? John Ratzenberger, actor and American manufacturing activist, says yes.

Ratzenberger is working with AOL/Huffington Post this week to launch the "10 by 20 Pledge Campaign," which aims to develop 10 million skilled workers by 2020. He joins Christine Romans on American Morning today to explain the campaign and to discuss how we can create manufacturing jobs in America.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
October 7th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

Senator John Barrasso discusses Obama's jobs proposal, Occupy Wall Street protests

President Obama took on Republicans yesterday, calling on them to explain their continued opposition to his jobs bill and saying that now is not the time for political gamesmanship.

The President also said that he would be open to the Senate Democrats' 5% "millionaires surtax" proposal, which they introduced Wednesday as a way to cover the cost of the President's $447 billion jobs initiative.

Today on American Morning, Senator John Barrasso (R- Wyo.) speaks with Carol Costello to explain his opposition to the president's jobs bill and to explain how he feels about the Occupy Wall Street protests occurring around the country.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Politics
October 7th, 2011
03:09 PM ET

Bank of America customer organizes thousands to petition against new fee

Recently, Bank of America sparked outrage after announcing that it plans to start charging its customers $5 dollars a month to use a debit card.

In response to this announcement, Bank of America customer Molly Katchpole, 22, started an online petition protesting the fee. She delivered the petition, withmore than 153,000 signatures, to a bank branch in Washington D.C. where she closed her account and cut up her debit and credit cards.

Bank of America responded to Katchpole's actions by writing, "We don't have a comment on the petition itself, but will add that over the last two years, we have been more committed than ever before to being clear and transparent with our customers to help ensure they know exactly what they are getting and how much it costs."

Katchpole joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss her effort and to weigh in on whether or not she thinks the petition will make a difference in Bank of America's policy.

Filed under: Bank of America
October 7th, 2011
02:56 PM ET

Jobs report: U.S. economy gained 103,000 jobs in September

According to the jobs report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning, the U.S. economy gained 103,000 jobs in September, while the unemployment rate held steady at 9.1%.

Jay Powell, an economist who worked in the Treasury Department for the Bush administration, sells Christine Romans on American Morning today that this indicates that the country is not on the precipice of a double-dip recession.

In advance of the meeting between French President Sarkozy and German Prime Minister Merkel about the European economy this weekend, Powell also explains how concerned Americans should be about the European financial crisis.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
October 7th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Should Obama be more like Capt. Kirk? William Shatner explains (Part 2)

William Shatner is a Hollywood icon, with a colorful career spanning some 50 years. Now, at the age of 80, he's looking back at how he got to where he is.

He has written a memoir called "Shatner Rules: Your guide to understanding the Shatner-verse and the world at large."

When CNN's Ali Velshi sat down with him this week, the talk turned to politics.

Filed under: AM Fun • Politics
October 7th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

Why William Shatner can't say 'no' (Part 1 of a 2-part interview)

At the age of 80, William Shatner is still going at "warp speed." That's right - Shatner is 80!

He's an award-winning television actor, commercial pitchman and spoken-word artist. And his new book reveals how he did it.

It's called "Shatner Rules: Your guide to understanding the Shatner-verse and the world at large."

CNN's Ali Velshi sat down with Shatner and asked him about critics who say Shatner won't turn anything down.

Filed under: AM Fun
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