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November 10th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Paterno fired, Penn State students riot – child sex abuse scandal widens

Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach, has been fired in the wake of a growing child sex abuse scandal at the school.  Despite pleas from Paterno to "remain calm," students reacted angrily to the news. Students clashed with police on the streets of State College, Pennsylvania; tear gas had to be used to break up the crowds.

Christine Romans speaks with Sarah Grimm, a reporter for "The Patriot News," to get student reaction to these explosive events.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 10th, 2011
02:14 PM ET

Emotions run high on Penn State campus after Paterno firing, but victims are lost in the discussion

Hundreds of Penn State students spilled into the streets early Thursday after news that legendary coach Joe Paterno had been ousted over a child sex abuse scandal at the university. The group quickly turned raucous, proceeding to tip over a news van as they decried the media's coverage of their beloved football coach.

Carol Costello speaks with Jon Wertheim, Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, to discuss why the students are standing behind Paterno and why more attention isn't being paid to the victims.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 10th, 2011
02:04 PM ET

How Penn State football culture affects the child sex abuse scandal fallout

Joe Paterno, the beloved patriarch of Penn State, always said that he didn't just try to teach his players how to be great football players – but also how to be good people with strong moral values. But the emerging child sex abuse scandal craises troubling questions about the culture at big-time college sports campuses.

The students have a deep love for their football team – and they're not afraid to show their appreciation to the man who led the Nittany Lions to greatness for so many years. Yet, some observers have wondered why the same students aren't showing more concern to the victims of these terrible crimes.

Carol Costello speaks with Neil Rudel, managing editor of the "Altoona Mirror," to get his insight into the peculiar campus culture surrounding one of the nation's leading collegiate football programs.

Filed under: 2012 • Controversy • GOP • Sports
November 10th, 2011
01:57 PM ET

Penn State sex abuse scandal could leave university open to lawsuits

Many questions remain unanswered about the child sex abuse scandal involving Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno's former top assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. What did university officials know – and when did they know it?  Regardless, even Paterno admits that he should have done more at the time.

CNN legal contributor Paul Callan talks to American Morning about whether Paterno and Penn State could be legally liable for not reporting the abuse.

Filed under: Controversy • Penn State • Sports
November 9th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Cain scandal leaves presidential campaign stalled – our panel weighs in on where it goes from here

Four women are now claiming that they were sexually harassed by Herman Cain; two of them have come out in public. But Cain vehemently denies the allegations – and says he's even willing to take a lie detector test to prove it. Moreover, the GOP frontrunner says that this will not end his bid for the presidency.

Ali Velshi speaks with David Frum, editor of, and Will Cain, columnist for "The Blaze," to discuss where the Cain campaign is headed from here.

Filed under: 2012 • Controversy • GOP • Politics
November 9th, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Is the Cain harassment scandal distracting the public from the GOP presidential primary race? RNC chair Priebus weighs in

The Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal has dominated the headlines and the airwaves recently – thereby pushing the Republican primary race of our nation's collective radar screen. This could potentially pose some real challenges for the GOP as the party seeks to find one candidate that everyone can rally around to defeat President Obama.

Carol Costello speaks with Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, to discus how his party can move past the Cain distraction.

Filed under: 2012 • Controversy • GOP • Politics
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