November 26th, 2013
09:59 PM ET

"Knockout game": Fact or fiction?

Videos are capturing what some are calling a trend: Young people assaulting random strangers, trying to knock them to the ground with a single punch. The so-called “knockout game” is making headlines nationwide, but is it an actual trend? Pam Brown has been investigating.

Phoebe Connolly, who works with young people professionally, was punched in the face by a stranger while riding her bike home. She says teenagers "don't always think of the ramifications of their actions."

Filed under: Pamela Brown
November 26th, 2013
09:57 PM ET

Pope Francis' new vision for the Church

Pope Francis is challenging church leaders to shift their focus back to the poor. In the first major document he’s written since becoming pontiff, Pope Francis writes:

"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security."

That's basically a call for leaders to get their shoes muddy and get involved in the lives of their parishioners, rather than spending too much time parsing church doctrine. CNN Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen has more.

One of the most powerful images of Pope Francis' papacy is his embrace of a severely disfigured man. It has become a symbol of the pontiff’s compassion for all people, and it changed the life of the man he hugged. Ben Wedeman has his story.
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Filed under: John L. Allen Jr. • Pope Francis • Up Close
November 26th, 2013
09:51 PM ET

What new poll numbers say about the midterm elections

The latest CNN / ORC poll shows Republicans have an edge over Democrats among registered voters. That's a big turnaround from just one month ago when Democrats had an eight-point advantage. Control of Congress is up for grabs in next year's midterm elections. Chief National Correspondent John King takes a closer look at what these new polls could mean.

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Filed under: John Berman • John King • Raw Politics
November 26th, 2013
09:48 PM ET

Do corporations have freedom of religion?

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases contesting the Affordable Care Act's contraception rule. Religious groups are already exempt, but for-profit corporations are not. The companies behind the two cases say they should not have to provide health insurance that covers certain types of birth control that they consider to be a form of abortion. John Berman takes a look at both sides of this issue with legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin and Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at the American Center of Law and Justice.

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Filed under: Jeffrey Toobin • John Berman • Obamacare • Sunny Hostin • Supreme Court
November 26th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

Nor'easter causing a Thanksgiving travel nightmare

The massive storm that's causing a travel mess across much of the country is about to get worse as millions of Americans make their Thanksgiving getaways. The Northeast is bracing for brutal winds tomorrow that could mean a new round of flight delays and cancellations. It could trigger a domino effect at airports across the country. John Berman takes a look at the holiday weather chaos.


If you get stuck at the airport, do you know your rights? Amy Farley is the news editor for Travel and Leisure Magazine.



Filed under: John Berman • Thanksgiving • Travel