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October 14th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street: Is there room for both movements?

The Occupy Wall Street movement had a huge breakthrough this morning when the Zuccatti Park owners backed down from their original promise to make protesters leave the park for the parks cleaning. 

Tea Party groups have launched an attack against the Occupy Wall Street protests, challenging the line that the anti-corporate uprising is the "the Tea Party of the left." Both movements are saying that the media has villified their groups.

This morning on American Morning, Carol Costello talks to Amy Kremer, chair of the Tea Party Express and Dan Cantor, Executive Director of the Working Families Party.

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street • Tea Party
October 14th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

A father's mission to end bullying

Kirk Smalley has lived every parent's worst nightmare. His 11-year-old son Ty committed suicide in 2010 after being bullied in school for over a year. Ever since, Kirk has made it his life mission to end bullying. He's started an anti-bullying non-profit and participated in President Obama's bullying summit earlier this year. Kirk has also traveled extensively around the country, sharing his story at 210 schools.

Smalley spoke to Carol Costello this morning about his anti-bullying efforts and explains how any kid or adult can work to end bullying.

Filed under: Bullying • In Depth
October 14th, 2011
01:26 PM ET

New bill could make it easier to switch banks – Rep. Brad Miller and Molly Katchpole explain

A lot of people have been asking, when will the bank fees stop?

Many banks have been slowly raising debit card fees. Last week we spoke to Molly Katchpole who started an online petition calling for Bank of America to cancel its $5 a month debit card fee. But even after the petition, Bank of America says that it would be "premature" to cancel the debit card fees. So what are customers to do?

This morning on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to Molly Katchpole and North Carolina Representative Brad Miller about a new bill that could make it easier to switch banks without paying a fee.

Filed under: Bank of America
October 14th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

How the recession is affecting American attitudes on debt

Ron Brownstein's new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor survey was released this morning. The poll raises the question: Are American attitudes towards the government and money changing to as great of a degree as they did during the Great Depression?

"The big takeaway is that while debt is more a chronic than acute concern for most people, we are seeing a broad movement in public attitudes toward enormous concern about both public and private debt-and a sense that the country has to focus on paying down debt despite the warnings from many economists that if government and families alike simultaneously tighten their belts, it will deepen and lengthen the downturn by squeezing buying power from the economy," Brownstein says.

This morning on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to Ron Brownstein about the findings and how this will impact the 2012 presidential election.

Filed under: Economy
October 14th, 2011
12:49 PM ET

CNN Managing Editor Mark Whitaker on his new book "My Long Trip Home"

In his new book, "My Long Trip Home, CNN Managing Editor and Executive Vice President of CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker goes in search of the factual and emotional truth about a complicated and compelling family – his own.

It starts with the story of his parents, an interracial couple who fell in love in the 1950s, and who raised a child through the civil rights movement. He struggled in search for an identity and finds the truth, which leads him to forgive his parents and to accept himself.

This morning on American Morning, Ali Velshi asks Whitaker about the process of writing this book and what he learned by delving into his family's history.

Filed under: CNN • Memoir
October 14th, 2011
08:29 AM ET

Texas Gov. Rick Perry to unveil "Energizing American Jobs and Security" plan – he explains his plan on American Morning

2012 GOP presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry has been slipping in the polls for the last few weeks, making way for candidates like Herman Cain to take the lead. Perry's performance in the debates has led to disappointing polling numbers while his wife, Anita, said in South Carolina that they are being brutalized by the GOP party for their Christian faith.

Governor Perry is unveiling his "Energizing American Jobs and Security" plan today in Pittsburgh. This morning on American Morning, Ali Velshi asks the governor about what we can expect from his jobs plan and Tuesday's upcoming CNN debate.

Velshi also asks how his wife Anita is handling the ups and downs of the campaign.

"You know, family members always take these campaigns more substantially personal than the candidate," Perry says. "I’ve been doing this a long time. I understand slings and arrows, and that’s a diversion frankly. This is the big leagues. Everyone understands that. It’s about the presidency of the United States. And we’re committed to this campaign.”

Velshi also asks Perry about Rev. Robert Jeffress, who caused some controversy when in the speech introducing Perry at last weekend's Values Voter Summit. He said the Texas governor was a genuine follower of Jesus Christ unlike another candidate he did not name. Jeffress later said he believes voters should choose Perry over Romney because Romney is a Mormon and Mormons are “not Christians,” and also called Mormonism a cult. Velshi asks if Perry was prepared to disavow the pastor.

“We live in a great country," Perry responds. "Our founding fathers gave us freedom of religion. And we certainly have that in America and I respect that. We have religions of all backgrounds. But we also have freedom of speech and I’m not going to spend my time defending everything that is said by someone who endorse me. It doesn’t mean I endorse what they said, and that is the case here."

Velshi also asks about what critics say is Perry's lackluster performance at recent debates.

"You know I hope I make progress every day in my life as well as my debate performances, but again Americans aren’t looking for the best debater,” Perry says.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP
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