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October 31st, 2011
11:46 AM ET

How will sexual harasment allegations affect Cain's 2012 aspirations?

A shocking new report by Politico suggests Herman Cain was accused by two women of sexual assault back in the 1990s. The Cain campaign claims that the report is "unsubstantiated." But the bad press threatens to affect the former Godfather's Pizza mogul's front-runner status.

Carol Costello sits down with CNN contributer John Avlon to asses the damage to Cain's nomination chances – and where he thinks his campaign is headed from here.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Politics
October 31st, 2011
11:44 AM ET

NBA cancells games through end of November – will there be any basketball this year?

The National Basketball Association announced Friday that all games through November 30 are cancelled as team owners and players continue to battle over a new collective bargaining agreement. The talks remained stalled after team owners rejected calls by the players' union for an average $7 million player salary in the sixth year of a new labor deal. The NBA, however, remains "committed" to reaching a deal, the deputy NBA commissioner says.

Carol Costello speaks with Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim to discuss if a deal is still possible – or if the entire season is on the brink of being cancelled.

Filed under: NBA • Sports
October 31st, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Operation 'Hero Miles' to expand frequent flier miles donation program

The road to recovery for wounded military members can be a long one. Family support, it is well known, is essential to a successful recovery. But the costs of traveling to visit a family member in a military hospital can be expensive. 

The "Hero Miles" program, started in 2003, tries to ease this financial burden by allowing individuals to donate their airline miles
so military families can see their loved ones.

On American Morning, Alina Cho speaks with Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO Kenneth Fisher, which administers the program, to discuss how you can help this extraordinary program.

Filed under: Military
October 31st, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Politico report: Herman Cain once accused of sexual harassment

A new report says 2012 GOP candidate Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two women back in the 1990s.  Those complaints came during during Cain's tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association. Both women were reportedly paid cash settlements. The Cain campaign calls the allegations "unsubstantiated."

This morning, Carol Costello speaks with Jonathon Martin, who was one of the Politco reporters to break the story, to discuss his team's reporting that could well shake up the 2012 GOP field.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP: The Next Chapter • Politics
October 31st, 2011
11:18 AM ET

What the Occupy Wall Street protesters and NBA players have in common

This week, American Morning is taking an in-depth look at the Occupy Wall Street Movement. 

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are known for rallying against the so-called "1 percenters" – the very wealthy. So what could they possibly have in common with the highly paid stars of the NBA?

This morning, Alina Cho sits down with Columbia University profess Darian Warren to find out what NBA players and Occupy Wall Street protesters have in common.

Filed under: NBA • Occupy Wall Street
October 28th, 2011
12:53 PM ET

TIME magazine editor explains Hillary Clinton's "smart power"

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.

Filed under: World
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