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November 15th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Second Mile rep raised concerns about Penn State coach in 2008

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is speaking out for the first time. Sandusky told NBC's Bob Costas that he is innocent" of the sexual abuse charges. However, he admits to showing with young boys, hugging them, and touching their legs, but says their was no sexual intent.

But in a new report with the Harrisburg Patriot-News, one rep with the charity Second Mile had raised concerns in 2008 about Jerry Sandusky and his interaction with some of the boys in the group.

Carol Costello speaks with "Patriot News" reporter Sara Ganim on the new report and to get her thoughts on why Sandusky talking to the press now and how much deeper.

Filed under: Football • Penn State
November 15th, 2011
01:38 PM ET

Bissinger: Big-time college sports programs 'protect their own at all costs'

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky insisted in an interview Monday night he is "innocent" of charges that he sexually abused young boys, denying to NBC's Bob Costas that he's a pedophile.

In a telephone interview for NBC's "Rock Center With Brian Williams," Sandusky admitted that some details in the graphic 23-page grand jury report released earlier this month are correct, including that he showered with young boys.

Some critics have blamed this scandal on the culture that surrounds big-time college sports programs like Penn State. 

Daily Beast sports columnist and author of "Friday Night Lights" Buzz Bissinger compares these institutions to the mafia. As he tells Christine Romans today on American Morning, these programs "protect their own at all costs."

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Filed under: Football • Penn State
November 15th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor describes Cain's Libya gaffe

It's the moment of silence everybody is talking about. 

2012 GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain stumbled when asked by a panel of newspaper reporters to clarify his position on Libya. After pausing for an uncomfortably long 8 seconds, the Georgia businessman failed to deliver a coherent answer to the question.

Today on American Morning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor Marty Kaiser, who was present during the interview, explains to Christine Romans why he was "truly stunned" by Cain's response.

Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Libya
November 15th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

New York City cracks down on Occupy Wall Street protests

Police in full riot gear moved in to New York's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, evicting hundreds of protesters from the site where the Occupy call to action began two months ago before spreading globally. Dozens of protesters who had camped out at the Lower Manhattan park since September 17 linked arms in defiance.

Police arrested at least 14 people, said Kanene Holder, a spokeswoman for the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protestors were told they could return after sanitation crews have finished cleaning the park.

Carol Costello speaks with Rick Fulginiti, a spokesman for the National Fraternal Order of Police, to discuss how the NYPD is handling the situation.

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
November 15th, 2011
01:27 PM ET

Supreme Court to hear challenge to health reform law

The Supreme Court has agreed to review the constitutionality of the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama. 

The justices will decide whether congress overstepped their authority by requiring that all Americans buy health insurance or be forced to pay a penalty. The high-stakes ruling will likely be delivered in the middle of the 2012 presidential race.

Carol Costello speaks with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin to discuss the role political prejudice will play in how the justices will decide this case.

Filed under: Health care • Supreme Court
November 15th, 2011
01:24 PM ET

Tuscon shooting survivors lobby congress to fix gun laws

Today, the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as co-chairs, are joining more than 50 survivors of recent mass shootings to urge Congress to reform the national background check system for gun purchases. They hope to make it harder for dangerous people to obtain firearms. 

The hearing will be the first to consider flaws in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System since the January 8th mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans speaks to two survivors of the Tuscon attack, Retired Army Colonel Bill Badger and Patricia Maisch, to discuss what changes need to be implemented in order to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Filed under: Firearms • Tuscon Tragedy
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