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December 6th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Actor Mark Ruffalo on fighting fracking

Fracking – it sounds like a dirty word.  And in the opinion of many environmentalists, it is. Fracking is procedure that pumps millions of gallons of water and chemicals into underground shale in order to extract natural gas.

Today on American Morning, Alina Cho sits down with actor Mark Ruffalo to find out why he's so concerned about what fracking is doing to the environment.

Filed under: Environment
December 6th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

In depth: school overcrowding crisis

This week, we're taking an in-depth look at education. Today on American Morning, we're looking at overcrowding in our nation's schools. Recently, Carol Costello visited a New York high school that was originally built for 1,400 students – but now contains 3,900.  The students at this school had to study in shifts and sometimes had classes in the basement. But school overcrowding is not limited to New York. With local budget cuts forcing teacher layoffs, class sizes are growing around the country.

Carol Costello sits down with Leonie Haimson, founder and executive director of "Class Size Matters," to discuss the school overcrowding crisis.

Filed under: Education
December 6th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Study: few doctors telling parents their kids are obese

Childhood obesity has been called a national epidemic.  One in three American children are either overweight or obese.  To make matters worse, many parents aren't even aware their kids have a weight problem because many doctors fail to let them know.

Alina Cho and Carol Costello speak with CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen to discuss what parents can do to be more empowered about their children's weight.

Filed under: Health
December 6th, 2011
09:06 AM ET

Gingrich the latest GOP hopeful to meet with Trump

Just a few months ago, Newt Gingrich's campaign was considered all but dead. Most experts agreed that the former House speaker didn't stand a chance after his entire staff walked out on him. But ever since Gingrich began running his own campaign, he's been able to turn things around.  Gingrich currently stands at the top of nearly every major GOP poll.  Gingrich paid a courtesy call on Monday to real estate mogul Donald Trump – a figure who has served as a kingmaker of sorts in this Republican primary race.

Carol Costello talks with former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and Republican strategist John Mclaughlin about Trump's influence influence within today's GOP.

Filed under: Politics
December 6th, 2011
08:43 AM ET

Democrats offer payroll tax cut compromise.

Senate Democrats on Monday offered a new proposal to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the year.   Last week, Senate Republicans blocked progress on a Democratic plan that would assess a surtax of 3.25% on income over $1 million.  The new proposal sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, contains a reduced version of that tax provision, down to 1.9%, and calls for it to expire after 10 years.  President Obama urged lawmakers to find common ground before time runs out.

Today on American Morning, Sen. Casey explains to Alina Co why Republicans need to get on board with his latest payroll tax cut plan.

Filed under: Politics
December 6th, 2011
07:33 AM ET

With one month to go before the caucuses, Gingrich ahead in Iowa

With exactly one month to go before the Iowa caucuses, New Gingrich is emerging as the frontrunner in the Hawkeye state. A victory  in Iowa could give the former speaker a big boast in the next state to hold an election, New Hampshire, where he polls show him closing in on Mitt Romney.  However, some are wondering whether Gingrich has the necessary ground operations and fundraising capability to survive a protracted primary battle.

Alina Cho talks with Kay Henderson, news director of Radio Iowa, to discuss Gingrich's campaign infrastructure in Hawkeye state.

Filed under: Politics