Whether it's the rise of the Arab Spring in the Middle East or the killing of major Al-Qaeda figures – it's been a year of major changes on foreign shores. Staying on top of these sweeping changes has kept Secretary of State Hilary Clinton plenty busy. Clinton has been working aggressively behind the scenes to oversee the transition to democracy in the Middle East. At the same time, it's been a challenge to work within an administration headed by a former political rival.
Carol Costello speaks with Massimo Calabresi, who wrote this week's TIME Magazine new cover story on Clinton, to discuss the Secretary of Ctate's use of "smart power" – and her surprising obsession with social media.
Vice President Joe Biden has called for an investigation into Jason Mattera – a reporter from the conservative news organization "Human Events" who questioned him last week about using a rape reference in a speech. Mattera doesn't exactly mask his intentions. On his website, it says he is well known for his 'ambush-style' interviews. Still, the inquiry could cost him his press credentials.
On American Morning, Mattera explains to Carol Costello why he's standing by his actions.
Global measles cases are spiking. There have been 220 cases of measles so far this year in the United States – more than triple the usual number. During the first half of 2011 in Europe, there have been over 26,000 reported cases of measles.
Ali Velshi and Christine Romans speak with CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen to discuss why reported measles cases are spreading and how you can avoid catching the disease.
2011 has been a year of historic global upheaval. In the Middle East, mass protests have overthrown leaders in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Back here in the United States, the Occupy Wall Street movement has steadily gained momentum – with violent clashes with police starting to emerge in cities like Oakland, California.
Christine Romans sits down with CNN Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman to compare the two protest movements – and discuss where this wave of global rebellion is heading next.
Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran, was in critical condition after being injured at an Occupy Oakland demonstration when police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the protests. Olsen suffered a fractured skull after witnesses say a tear gas canister hit him in the head.
Carol Costello speaks with Olsen's roommate, Keith Shannon, to get to the bottom of what happened during the violent crackdown in Oakland and an update on Olsen's condition.
The St. Louis Cardinals staged a nearly miraculous comeback Thursday night, beating the Texas Rangers in extra innings to take the World Series to a final Game 7. The Cardinals were pushed to within their last strike in the 9th and 10th innings, only to come back and erase two-run deficits in both times. They finished the comeback in the eleventh inning when David Freese hit a walk-off home run, leading the Rangers to a 10-9 win. The two teams will now meet again Friday in a final game that will decide the World Series champion.
Carol Costello speaks with Andy Martino, sports writer for the New York Daily News, to talk about the game that some people are already calling the greatest in the history of the World Series.