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November 8th, 2011
05:23 AM ET

Talk Back: Is the Cain accuser's statement a game changer?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

After days of blaming the media, Rick Perry, and all those women named "anonymous," Herman Cain can at last point to an accuser with a face and a voice. Yesterday, Sharon Bialek, a former National Restaurant Association employee, accused Cain of groping her sexually in 1997 when she asked him to help her find a job.

Cain has denied Bialek's claims and issued a statement that reads, "Just as the country finally begins to refocus on our crippling $15 trillion national debt and the unacceptably high unemployment rate, now activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain."

However, Bialek's claims go beyond sexual harassment. CNN legal analyst Jeffery Toobin says Bialek's allegations amount to assault and that Cain may never recover.

Talk Back: Is the Cain accuser's statement a game changer?

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November 2nd, 2011
07:42 AM ET

Talk Back: Are the Cain allegations 'high-tech lynching' or fair game?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Herman Cain is in trouble, and his troubled waters could get deeper. One of the two women who accused Cain of sexual harassment back in the nineties now wants to tell her side of the story.

However, Cain's supporters already have a battle plan that the presidential hopeful seems to be embracing. Ann Coulter called the criticism of Cain a "high-tech lynching," remarking that "there's nothing liberals fear more than a black conservative."

In an interview with Fox News yesterday, Cain himself said that racism is involved in why he has been hit so hard by the sexual harassment charge. This is surprising, considering that he told  Candy Crowley that he "doesn't believe that racism in this country holds anybody back in a big way" on CNN's State of the Union.

Talk Back: Are the Cain allegations high-tech lynching or fair game?

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November 2nd, 2011
05:36 AM ET

Talk Back: Could the Occupy movement take a cue from Bank of America crusader Molly Katchpole?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Three weeks ago, activist Molly Katchpole organized an online petition, which has gathered over 300,000 signatures, telling Bank of America to reverse their decision to charge its customers $5 a month to use their debit cards.

Katchpole's efforts to shame the bank into eliminating the fee proved successful yesterday when Bank of America announced that they were abandoning the fee. By strategizing and executing a specific plan, Katchpole evoked change in less than a month from one of the largest banks in the nation.

When it comes to Occupy Wall Street, another movement concerned with the activity of big banks, many have criticized the occupiers for not having a single mission statement or one way to protest.

Talk Back: Could the Occupy movement take a cue from Bank of America crusader Molly Katchpole?

Let us know what you think. Your response may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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November 1st, 2011
05:10 AM ET

Talk Back: Will sexual harassment accusations sink Herman Cain?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

You've heard the ever-shifting story by now, it started with a story in Politico. Two women accused Cain of "sexually impropriety" in the 90's, back when Cain was Chief Honcho for the National Restaurant Association.

At first Cain's camp said the Politico story was "false". Then Cain denied there had been a cash settlement, until he didn't. By the time Cain appeared on Fox News Monday night he had an epiphany. Not only did he remember there was a settlement, he remembered the exact gesture that made one of his accusers uncomfortable.

None of this means Cain is guilty of anything, but shifting his story matters to those who represent victims of sexual harassment. If Cain is elected President he will be head of the largest workplace in the nation. As attorney and women's advocate Gloria Allred told me, the President must be the gold standard of employers. Didn't we learn anything from the Clinton era?

Talk Back: Will sexual harassment accusations sink Herman Cain?

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October 28th, 2011
05:01 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.


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October 26th, 2011
05:30 AM ET

Talk Back: Can rich politicians relate to ordinary Americans?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

According to a CNN/ORC poll, the majority of Americans think Wall Street bankers are dishonest, greedy and overpaid. Rick Perry capitalized on this sentiment yesterday on CNBC when he called Mitt Romney a "fat cat," a term that is toxic these days.

Although Romney is not a banker, with an estimated net worth of up to 250 million dollars, he's as rich as one. However, just because he's rich, doesn't mean he's heartless. Romney says his business savvy can create what working Americans need the most.

At a town hall meeting in Iowa, Romney told supporters, "For me, one of the key criteria in looking at tax policy is to make sure that we help the people that need the help most, and in our country, the people who need the help most are not the poor, who have a safety net, not the rich, who are doing just fine, but the middle class."

Talk Back: Can rich politicians relate to ordinary Americans?

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