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January 6th, 2011
11:47 AM ET

Newark mayor Cory Booker using Facebook to lose weight

During 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama invited Newark mayor Cory Booker to be an Honorary Co-Vice Chair of her "Partnership for a Healthier America" as part of her larger national campaign against obesity called Let's Move!.  As Booker writes on his Facebook page "he proudly and readily accepted" the position but soon ran into a problem:

"Michelle Obama came to Newark on November 18, 2010 to celebrate our progress and talk about the issue. On that morning, with a national audience soon to be watching our city, I went to my closet and ignominiously found my last suit that actually still fit me well. You see, the stresses of 2010 weakened my resolve to watch my weight, and I had ballooned. I was preaching a good sermon but my practice was pathetic. As I sat with the First Lady exhorting Newark school children to eat healthy foods, exercise more, and have fun while doing it – my stomach was still trying to digest the French fries and cookie dough from the night before, and I hadn’t exercised for more days than I could remember."

So Mayor Booker made a new years resolution...to lose weight. He tells American Morning's T.J. Holmes and Kiran Chetry about his goal weight and how he plans to do it.


Filed under: Facebook • Health
November 10th, 2010
07:12 AM ET

Fired for Facebooking? Prof explains why your job may mean you're safe

Ever bad mouth your boss on Facebook? Gotten so frustrated at work that you updated your status and shared with all your friends?

When one Connecticut worker criticized her boss on the social networking site, she was heard…by her supervisors, who ultimately fired her over the posts.

Now, the National Labor Relations Board is firing back in the worker’s favor. They say the firing is illegal under the National Labor Relations Act because Facebook, in this case, serves as a type of workplace watercooler where employees weigh in on working conditions.

Paul Callan, professor of media law at Seton Hall University, joins AM’s John Roberts to explain the controversial case, and the importance of the distinction between union workers and non-union workers.

And, Callan tells you if the Act could cover you and your Facebook page, depending on your job title.


Filed under: American Morning • Facebook • Social Media
October 20th, 2010
07:32 AM ET

Teachers fired for friending students on Facebook

Where should we legally draw the line when it comes to students and teachers interacting on Facebook? This morning, Paul Callan of Seton Hall University explains when teachers could be overstepping their boundaries with social media.

Want to know more about teachers who were fired for messaging students on Facebook? Check out this related NYPost article: “Teachers fired for flirting on Facebook with students.”


Filed under: Education • Facebook • Media
October 19th, 2010
10:31 PM ET

The Teaser for Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:24AM Dr. Freya Schnabel, Director of Breast Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, on hormone replacement therapy after menopause. Could it do more harm than good?

6:40AM Paul Callan, Professor of Media Law, Seton Hall University, on teachers using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to interact with their students.  Where does it draw the line?

7:20AM Amanda Gengler, Writer, Money Magazine, on choosing the best insurance plans for you and your family during open enrollment season.

7:40AM Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Senior Legal Analyst, on the military accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation’s history. Could that change?

8:40AM Joey Mazzarino, Head Writer, Sesame Street, on the song  that’s become a viral hit,  “I Love My Hair", inspired by his adopted daughter from Ethiopia.

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Filed under: Facebook • Gay Rights • Health care • Pop Culture
September 23rd, 2010
10:07 PM ET

The Teaser for Friday, September 24, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:40AM Steve Perry, CNN Education Contributor and principal/founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School and David Kirkpatrick, Author of "The Facebook Effect" , on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg donating $100 million to improve Newark Public Schools. Can such a large sum of money turn around the troubled school system? And what does a move like this mean for Zuckerberg?

7:40AM Steve Sebelius, editor of Las Vegas City Life and political analyst for 8 News Now , on the heated race for Nevada's Senate seat between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Tea Party-backed candidate Sharron Angle.

8:05AM Candy Crowley CNN Chief Political Correspondent and host of "State of the Union" , on the likelihood that tax cuts will not be addressed in Congress before the midterm elections, and her thoughts on some surprisingly tight races in Nevada, Colorado and New York. We'll also get a preview of what she has lined up for "State of the Union" this Sunday.

8:40AM Sarah Shourd, detained in Iran
, on being released from prison in Iran last Tuesday after being held in the notorious Evin prison for 14 months. We'll ask her final moments with fiancé Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal, who were also imprisoned with her, and what's next in her efforts to get them released.

Have questions for any of our guests?

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Filed under: American Morning • Education • Facebook • Iran • Midterm elections • Politics • Sarah Shourd • The Teaser