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October 28th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Reporter who 'ambushed' Biden stands by his actions

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.


Filed under: Journalism • Politics
October 28th, 2011
12:24 PM ET

Measles cases on the rise – CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains why

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.


Filed under: Health
October 28th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Comparing the 'Arab Spring' and 'Occupy Wall Street'

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.


Filed under: Arab Spring • Occupy Wall Street
October 28th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Roommate of Iraq vet wounded in Occupy Oakland crackdown updates on friend's condition

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.


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
October 28th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

Cardinals force game 7 with stunning comeback over Texas

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.


Filed under: Sports
October 28th, 2011
05:38 AM ET

Talk Back: Should cities prevent Occupy protestors–not from protesting–but from camping out?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

It's a difficult question. If you're a protestor, the answer is simple, forever. If you're a police officer, it's not that easy. Especially in light of what happened in Oakland.

As Oakland police tried to clear out "Occupy Oakland" protestors, Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran, was injured. Protesters insist over-zealous police lobbed a tear gas canister into the crowd, hitting Olsen in the head. Oakland police are now investigating the incident.

In New York, the city's "Sergeant's Benevolent Association" claims twenty officers have been injured trying to "keep order" in Zuccotti Park.

In Georgia, the mayor decided to clear out "Occupy Atlanta" protestors because he said things were getting out of hand. Many protestors are incredulous, they say "chaos" ensues only when police try to rob them of the right to protest.

Talk Back: Should cities prevent Occupy protestors–not from protesting–but from camping out?

Let us know what you think. Your response could be read on our program.


Filed under: American Morning
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