Callista Gingrich is used to the political spotlight but she is also getting attention and acclaim as a children's book author.
Gingrich has just released her fourth book about American history, “From Sea to Shining Sea."
Gingrich says in this book, Ellis the Elephant discovers a growing nation on a great expedition with Lewis and Clark.
She appeared on "New Day" to speak about the book and how it is meant to celebrate the history of the United States.
“I write these books because I love America and I believe America is truly an exceptional nation,” she says.
“I think it's more important now than ever that our children understand what makes this country so special.”
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A new CNN/ORC poll shows a statistical dead heat between New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her GOP opponent Scott Brown, with Shaheen at 49%, Brown at 47%, and a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4%.
Perhaps even more telling is another politician's approval rating, and he's not even in the Granite State.
President Barack Obama has only a 39% approval rating in New Hampshire, the new poll shows. Fifty-seven percent of voters say they disapprove of the way he is handling his job.
That's a far fall for a president who beat his Republican opponents here in the Granite State overwhelmingly in both 2008 and just two years ago in 2012.
And that's part of the problem. Brown and his supporters are tying the incumbent senator to the president, as exemplified by a recent campaign sign from Brown supporters: "Stand with Obama, vote for Shaheen."
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Canada looks for answers after a deadly shooting in the capital. Police dogs get the latest White House fence jumper. And protests heat up in Ferguson, Missouri, after a newspaper leaks an autopsy report.
It's Thursday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
1. CANADA SHOOTING
Questions remain: First a soldier guarding a hallowed war memorial was gunned down in Canada's capital. Then shots erupted in the halls of the country's Parliament minutes later. The two shootings in Ottawa yesterday left lawmakers barricaded inside offices and parts of the city on lockdown for hours as police searched for suspects. Ottawa Police lifted the lockdown last night and said there was no longer a danger to the public. But still, there are plenty of questions. Are more attacks coming? Is there another gunman? Did ISIS have a hand in this?
2. FENCE JUMPER
Not again! A man jumped over the White House fence last night, but he barely made it onto the lawn before he was subdued as he fought two police dogs. It's the second such incident in the last month. If you remember, in mid-September, a man scaled a fence and, armed with a knife, made it into the White House before he was detained.
3. FERGUSON PROTESTS
Tinderbox: Ferguson protests heated up again last night after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a leaked autopsy report that appeared to lend credence to an officer's account that Michael Brown was shot when he reached for the officer's gun. Police and protesters clashed last night, with several detentions.
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4. EBOLA OUTBREAK
Is the tide turning? President Obama is "cautiously more optimistic" that we may be turning the corner in the Ebola fight. Two infected Americans are cured, Nigeria and Senegal are Ebola-free, and dozens of people who came in contact with now-deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan didn't get the virus. Another piece of good news: Texas nurse Amber Vinson, who got the virus tending to Duncan, will soon be transferred from isolation.
Destructive streak : ISIS is not only at war with the Iraqi state, it's also at war with Iraq's very identity - blowing up religious shrines, slaughtering and enslaving minorities such as the Yazidis, Christians and Turkmen, and executing its enemies. And what it hasn't destroyed, ISIS is selling on the black market.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Doggone it! Why can't I fetch a ball? I'm a dog! No, you're Duffy.
- It's my party, I'll dive if I want to: A baby dives face-first into a birthday cake. Hey, you only turn 1 once.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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First a soldier guarding a hallowed war memorial was gunned down in Canada's capital. Then shots erupted in the halls of the country's Parliament minutes later.
The two shootings in Ottawa Wednesday left lawmakers barricaded inside offices and parts of the city on lockdown for hours as police searched for suspects.
Ottawa Police lifted the lockdown Wednesday night and said there was no longer a danger to the public.
But many questions remain about the shootings: Who was the gunman? Why did he open fire? And was he acting alone?