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November 16th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

Why do some fail to act in the face of atrocities?

In new emails just obtained by Allentown's "Morning Call" Newspaper, Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary claims that he did stop Jerry Sandusky's alleged rape of a young boy in 2002. He also says that he discussed the matter with the police.  This seems to contradict McQueary's grand jury testimony, which states that he only told Joe Paterno. Both McQueary and Paterno have been criticized for not properly informing authorities about Sandusky's actions.

Chrstine Romans speaks with clinical psychologist Jeff Gardere to try to understand why individuals choose to stay silent in the face of these kinds of atrocities.

Filed under: Penn State
November 16th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

The future of Occupy Wall Street: Will protesters find a voice and a leader?

From Oakland to New York, city authorities have begun to push back against Occupy Wall Street protests. In just this week alone, there have been crackdowns in more than half a dozen cities. Now, some people are wondering if the movement could be in jeopardy.

Strategist and Political commentator Sally Kohn tells Carol Costello that it's time for Occupy Wall Street to move beyond the occupation tactic in order to fuel a broader movement.

Read Sally's piece for on the future of the Occupy protests here.

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
November 16th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Can the United States compete with China? Our panel weighs in

While the United States is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, China's economy is roaring ahead. 

The Chinese economy is growing nearly four times faster than the United States. Consequently, China has become a major player in the global economy, commanding the attention and respect of more countries.

Christine Romans talks with Stephen Leeb, author of "Red Alert: How China's Prosperity is Threatening America's Way of Life," and John Doggett, professor at the University of Texas-Austin, about why we're falling behind economically and what the U.S. needs to do to compete on the world stage.

Filed under: China • Economy
November 16th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Occupy Wall Street protesters back in Zuccotti Park – where does the movement go from here?

A New York Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Occupy Wall Street protesters will be allowed to return to Zuccotti Park, but they can't bring their tents and generators - once a mainstay of the movement.

The Lower Manhattan property has been a home for the loosely defined group for nearly two months, spawning similar demonstrations in cities nationwide and around the world. Protestors have returned to the park, but they aren't allowed to lay down or even sit.

Carol Costello asks Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families party, on where Occupy Wall Street movement goes from here.

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street
November 16th, 2011
11:08 AM ET

A jobs bill that will pass in Congress? Sen. Coons and Sen. Rubio on bipartisan bill to boost hiring

As Congress continues to wrangle over jobs legislation, two senators from opposite sides of the aisle are introducing a more modest, bipartisan bill they hope will gain support from their colleagues. 

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware introduced the American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act (AGREE) on Capitol Hill yesterday. The legislation would give tax breaks to small businesses, provide incentives to hire veterans, an implement regulation reform, among others.

Christine Romans speaks to Sen. Coons and Sen. Rubio about why the American people need a bipartisan bill – and why they think it can pass a gridlocked Congress.

Filed under: Jobs • Politics
November 16th, 2011
10:02 AM ET

Gabby Giffords's road to recovery – Sanjay Gupta looks at her progress

Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head during a shooting rampage in January, appeared in her first television interview late Monday night. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly talked with ABC News' Dianne Sawyer about the highs and lows of her recovery. Giffords could clearly understand the questions put to her, but was able to respond only in simple words.

Christine Romans and Carol Costello talk with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about Giffords' current medical state.

Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Health
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