November 9th, 2011
11:07 PM ET

Video: Dr. Phil: Molesters can have 50 victims

Dr. Phil McGraw says child molesters need to be reported because they often are serial molesters.

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November 9th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

AC360 Poll: Joe Paterno's resignation

Penn State's football coach, Joe Paterno, announced today he will retire at the end of the season. His departure stems from child rape allegations against a former assistant coach. Paterno says he’s devastated and wishes he’d done more about it. He hasn’t been charged in the sex abuse investigation, but some think he should retire immediately for moral failings.

Filed under: Crime & Punishment
November 9th, 2011
07:09 PM ET

Letters to the President #1024: 'The leaning tower of Italy'

Reporter's Note: I try to be encouraging during my daily letters to the White House, but some days I grow a little frustrated.

Dear Mr. President,

Oh great, now Italy is falling apart too! Can nobody on this planet keep from smashing their piggybanks these days?

Here I was working away, watching developments in the Herman Cain saga, and the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, and suddenly I see the stock market plunging like a hog pushed off of a building. The new head of the International Monetary Fund is saying, “The global economy has entered a dangerous and uncertain phase.”

What kind of talk is that? Look, I don’t understand much about all these matters, but frankly I think I need something more than “Be very afraid” to keep me sane at this point. Come on, give us some solutions, some ideas, some reason to hope that our problems are manageable and we will…well, um…manage them.

This is not too much to ask. Leaders are supposed to show leadership, not just tell us to brace for impact. Are the solutions to our worldwide economic woes hard to come by? Yes. So what? You and all your fellow world leaders were not elected just to handle the roster for annual softball picnic. You were chosen specifically to be capable, intelligent, brave and ready when problems came our way.

Sometimes my daughters complain about how hard their homework is, and this is usually my reply: “Hey, if you want to be the best at something you have to work harder than anyone else at achieving it.”

And right now, that is what I wish I could say to you and all the rest of the world’s leaders in regard to the global economy: Quit whining about how hard it is; cancel all your fundraisers, campaign trips, and state dinners; and focus every waking moment on solving these problems.

I suspect any leader anywhere who does that with even moderate success will probably hold onto power, and those who don’t…well, they deserve whatever political fate comes their way.

You can start by calling Italy and asking what the heck is going on.


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The AC360 Weekly Buzz
November 9th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz

What everyone’s talking about:

Herman Cain continues to deny the sexual harassment allegations made by four accusers. He said Tuesday he would take a lie detector test but only if he has “a good reason” to do so. Meantime, his accusers are sticking to their stories. Earlier this week, a Chicago woman, Sharon Bialek, told reporters the GOP presidential candidate groped her in 1997. Another accuser, Karen Kraushaar, went public on Tuesday, calling Cain a “serial denier.” She told CNN she’s thinking about releasing copies of her allegations. Who do you think is telling the truth?

Fans mourned Rapper Heavy D’s death on Tuesday.

And, Dr. Drew, how many times does Courtney Stodden have to tell you? She’s rill! To anyone else who doesn’t believe it, you’ve landed yourself on our Ridiculist.

Today’s Scoop:

There are new developments in the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Tonight we’ll be talking about Coach Joe Paterno’s announcement that he’ll retire after the 2011 football season. Many think he should step down immediately.


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November 9th, 2011
02:20 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Joe Paterno to retire at season's end

Legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, he said Wednesday in a statement. Paterno's move comes in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant football coach.

“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case.  I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief,” he said.

“I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of this university and the young men who have been entrusted to my care. I have the same goal today.

"That's why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can."


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Horror in Happy Valley: Paterno must go
November 9th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Horror in Happy Valley: Paterno must go

Editor's note: Tune in to AC360° at 8 p.m. ET for the latest in the child sexual abuse allegations against a former Penn State assistant football coach.

Roxanne Jones is a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine and a former VP at ESPN. She is a national lecturer on sports, entertainment and women's topics. She is the author of "Say It Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete" (Random House). She is CEO of Push Marketing Group.

(CNN) - We are ... Penn State.

I cannot recount the thousands of times that I have proudly proclaimed that chant throughout the years. I belted it out as a Penn State cheerleader, later as a proud alum standing in Beaver Stadium among nearly 100,000 raucous fans, and more recently on Saturday afternoons sitting solo in my TV room watching my Nittany Lions roar in those classic no-name jerseys.

Those words still give me goosebumps nearly 20 years after I left State College, Pennsylvania, lovingly called Happy Valley. Looking down from my perch on other colleges over the past decade, I've watched major programs crumble as their dirty little secrets were revealed. And through all those college scandal headlines - paying players, inflating SAT scores, falsifying classroom grades - I have held Penn State up as a shining example of all that is good and right and pure about college sports.

We are the good guys.

We have Joe Paterno.

We are ... Penn State.

But today, I'm putting my pompoms down. I'm done covering up Happy Valley's secrets. And it's time for others in the program, starting with Coach Paterno, to do the same thing. And then, Joe has got to go, immediately.


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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Opinion
November 9th, 2011
01:20 AM ET

Video: Keeping them honest: Herman Cain and his accusers

Herman Cain has denied sexual harassment allegations. Who's telling the truth? Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.

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