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December 14th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

How important is the issue of personal faith in the GOP presidential race?

Newt Gingrich's personal baggage continues to serve as the elephant in his campaign's room. The thrice-married, twice-divorced, Southern Baptist-turned-Catholic would not seem like a natural choice for the influential social conservative and evangelical wings of the Republican party.

In an effort to assuage their concerns, Gingrich provided an influential Iowa organization, The Family Leader, a written response to their "Marriage Vow" – A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family.  But some critics wonder if the former house speaker has done enough to atone for his past sins.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans talks to McKay Coppins, reporter for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Comm., about the issue of personal faith in the GOP presidential race.

Filed under: Politics
December 14th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

Should Congress extend unemployment benefits? Economics panel weighs in

If Congress doesn't extend unemployment benefits in the next few weeks, millions of jobless Americans will find themselves without a vital safety net in 2012.

Lawmakers must decide by the end of the year whether or not to once again extend the deadline to file for unemployment benefits, a measure that would cost around $44 billion. If the deadline isn't extended, up to five million people will stop getting checks next year, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans discusses the pros and cons of extending the measure with Stephen Moore, senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal, and Bob Herbert, distinguished senior fellow from Demos.

Filed under: Politics • Unemployment
December 14th, 2011
09:52 AM ET

NTSB calls for ban of electronics while driving – chairwoman of group explains why

According to the National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration, more than 3,000 people died last year because of distracted driving. These statistics have prompted safety experts to call for a nationwide ban on using cell phones to talk and text messages while driving.

Now, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has taken this measure a step further, calling for the first-ever nationwide ban on all electronic devices in the car in an effort to prevent distracted-driving crashes.

Today on American Morning, Debbie Hersman, chairwoman of the NTSB, talks with Christine Romans about what prompted the board to issue this recommendation and to discuss the resistance against this measure.

Filed under: Cell phones • Saftey
December 14th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Lawyer for one Sandusky alleged victim discusses decision to waive hearing, preparation for trial

In a surprising move, Jerry Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary hearing yesterday morning, meaning that his case will go straight to trial.

The former assistant Penn State assistant football coach is facing 52 charges of child rape and molestation stemming from accusations from ten alleged victims.

Tom Kline, attorney for one of Sandusky's alleged victims, joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to discuss how his client reacted to the decision.

Filed under: PSU • Sandusky
December 14th, 2011
09:21 AM ET

'The Protester' named the 2011 TIME Person of the Year – Bobby Ghosh explains why

This morning, TIME magazine announced it's Person of the Year for 2011 and the winner is "The Protester."

The magazine says that even in the face of a cloud of tear gas or a hail of bullets, the protester prevailed by embodying the idea that individual action can bring collective, colossal change.

Bobby Ghosh, deputy international editor for TIME, joins American Morning today to explain why "the protester" was selected and how the magazine made the decision.

Filed under: Arab Spring • Occupy Wall Street
December 14th, 2011
09:04 AM ET

Scentists find sign of 'God particle' - Brian Greene explains breakthrough

Yesterday, scientists from CERN, the world's largest particle physics lab, announced that they are closer than ever to finding the so-called "God particle."

Scientists believe that they've spotted hints of this elusive subatomic particle, formally called the Higgs Boson, which is key to an elegant theory explaining how tiny particles work to form all of the matter in the universe.

On American Morning this morning, Brian Greene, theoretical physicist from Columbia University and author of the book "Hidden Reality," explains this discovery and why it is so important to modern physics studies.

Filed under: Physics • Science
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