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July 12th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

What happens if the U.S. defaults? Major job losses, mortgage rate hikes possible

President Obama and Congressional leaders came up empty again Monday in the talks to raise the nation's debt limit. The President and Hill leaders have agreed to meet again today with just 22 days until our nation's credit card can't cover the bills anymore. And no one knows for sure what could happen to the global economy if the U.S. defaults.

This morning on American Morning, Ali Velshi talks to Jay Powell, former Treasury Under-Secretary in the Bush Administration. He explains the possible outcomes of a U.S. default.

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Filed under: Debt ceiling • Deficit
June 21st, 2011
10:11 AM ET

FL Tea Party chair explains why he thinks Ryan budget plan is a "public policy nightmare"

The Republican budget plan put forward by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan takes a sharp knife to Medicare to help trip the deficit. Most Republicans and Tea Party members have embraced it, and those tho have criticized Ryan's Medicare plan - like Newt Gingrich - have been blasted by the right.

But the Chairman of South Florida's Tea Party is ready for that. He calls the Ryan plan a "public policy nightmare" that could lead to huge democratic wins in 2012.

This morning on American Morning, South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson spoke with Carol Costello and explained why he thinks Ryan's plan is not right for the country.

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Filed under: Budget • Tea Party
June 20th, 2011
08:59 AM ET

Major study shows child food allergies on the rise – one expert explains why

A national study of food allergies in the US, the largest of its kind, finds that more children have food allergies than previously reported.

The study, in the journal "Pediatrics," found that almost 6 million children have food allergies in the U.S., and 8% of children under the age of 18 experience allergies. Of those, 38.7% had a history of severe reactions, and 30.4% had multiple food allergies. The most common allergies were to peanuts (25.2%), milk (21.2%) and shellfish (17.2%).

Dr. Scott Sicherer, professor of Pediatrics at Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center, joins Kiran Chetry and Carol Costello on American Morning to explain the increase in incidents of food allergies in children.

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Filed under: Allergies • Food
June 20th, 2011
08:22 AM ET

Is talking to the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan a good idea?

In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed
negotiations that began weeks ago with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan. He insisted there's only one way these talks
will succeed.  

"I think that the Taliban have to feel themselves under military pressure, and begin to believe that they can't win before they're
willing to have a serious conversation," Gates says. "We've all said all along that a political outcome is the way most of these
wars end. The question is...when and if they're ready to talk seriously about meeting the redlines that President Karzai,
and that the coalition have laid down, including totally disavowing al Qaeda."

This morning, Carol Costello and Kiran Chetry spoke with General George Joulwan, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander who has helped lead successful talks with guerilla forces in El Salvador during its civil war. He explains if talking to the Taliban is a good idea.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Taliban
June 10th, 2011
08:36 AM ET

Final days for Gadhafi in Libya? Will Syrian atrocities be stopped? One analyst weighs in

This morning, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu responded to CNN's report that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could be a 'legitimate' target. She emphasized that NATO does not target individuals, but rather military capabilities to stop the Gadhafi regime.

In recent days, fighting has significantly weakened Gadhafi's capabilities, leading many to wonder if the leader will be in charge of the country much longer.

At the same time, there are reports this morning of a new advance by Syrian troops on a border town where dozens of security forces were killed earlier this week. Residents are fleeing to safety over the Turkish border, and Turkey's prime minister is accusing the Syrian regime of an "atrocity" against anti-government protesters.

This morning, Christine Romans spoke with Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics about how the international community should be reacting to the latest news.

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Filed under: Libya • Moammar Gadhafi • Syria
June 8th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Surviving scandal: Those who did, and those who didn't

Calls for Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation are growing louder this morning. But certainly, Washington and politics in general has had its share of scandals with mixed outcomes. Some lawmakers have been able to take the pressure and keep their jobs, while others have disappeared.

American Morning's Kiran Chetry broke down a list of the recent notable offenders and their outcomes.

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Filed under: Politics
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