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October 13th, 2011
01:10 PM ET

'The Viral Storm': What it takes to prevent major disease outbreaks

If you've seen the movie "Contagion," you know it's fiction, but a lot of it is rooted in current research on pandemics.

Experts have a real fear of a deadly new virus spreading uncontrolled around the world. That's where our next guest comes in.

You might say he's the "Indiana Jones" of virus hunters. Nathan Wolf has a new book, "The Viral Storm" and he also happened to be a consultant on the movie "Contagion."

This morning, Wolfe talks with CNN's Christine Romans about what we can do to prevent a pandemic.

Filed under: Pandemic • Virus
October 13th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

Fashion: Backstage pass – Alina Cho visits the Christian Louboutin 'shoe laboratory'

CNN's Alina Cho talks with Christian Louboutin and looks at how the famed shoe designer finds inspiration.

Filed under: Fashion • Pandemic • Virus
October 13th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

New poll shows Herman Cain as leading Republican presidential candidate

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, the former pizza chain executive, has surged into the top candidate tier in the blink of an eye. And now a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has him in first place nationally among potential Republican primary voters.

The Georgia businessman must have felt like a pinata at this week's GOP debate in New Hampshire, with the candidates ganging up on him and this "9-9-9" tax plan. But the criticism doesn't seem to be sticking. He's surging while Mitt Romney treads water and Rick Perry plunges. In the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Cain is the republican front runner with 27% of the vote, four points better than Romney.

Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz talks to American Morning on whether Herman Cain can sustain the election season as a frontrunner.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
October 13th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Harrisburg city councilman explains why Pennsylvania capital filed for bankruptcy

Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday. This was a move that was at odds with the city's mayor, who argued that the filing was illegal, and the state, which had pushed hard to avoid the action. The filing came a day after the City Council voted 4 to 3 to approve it, said Brad Koplinski, one of the members who voted in favor of the measure.

Koplinski introduced both resolutions Tuesday night to pave the way to file for bankruptcy. He said to the New York Times that "This really is our only option out there." Koplinski says if the mayor's rescue plan had been enacted – placing the city into financially distressed status under state law – it would have allowed bondholders and other creditors to be paid off with proceeds of the sale or long-term rental of city assets.

Harrisburg city councilman Koplinski talks to Ali Velshi about how this filing came to fruition.

Filed under: States in Crisis
October 13th, 2011
12:24 PM ET

Sesame Street tackles bullying issue – Big Bird and Blue Jay stop by AM to discuss

All week, we're going in depth on bullying. Next week Sesame Street will introduce a storyline about bullying, explaining what it means to be bullied and what children can do to prevent it or how to help if they see someone being tormented.

Big Bird, Elmo, Abby and the rest of the Sesame Street gang address the important issue of bullying in a special episode, "The Good Birds Club," airing on PBS October 17 (check your local listings). They will be the first pre-school show to address the topic of bullying.

Big Bird and his new friend Blue Jay stop by American Morning with Rosemarie Truglio, vice president of education and research for Sesame Street, to talk about how parents and kids can stop bullying.

For more information on Sesame Street's efforts to combat bullying, visit

Filed under: Bullying
October 13th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

Can GOP candidate Herman Cain's "9-9-9" work?

The talk of political circles these days is GOP candidate Herman Cain's "9-9-9" plan. But what exactly is the plan and will it work? Is it likely that Congress would ever go for something like this?

This morning on American Morning, Carol Costello talks to Wall Street Journal Economics Writer Stephen Moore about the "9-9-9" plan, which was inspired in a book he co-authored called "Return to Prosperity."

Filed under: 2012 • Politics
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