August 23rd, 2012
07:29 PM ET

Romney playing to win with Catholic vote

OutFront tonight – Mitt's big bet.


Well, not exactly me. But there's something about me that might actually help Mitt win the White House. Now those of you who watch the show know that we've criticized both candidates for a variety of reasons, so this isn't taking sides.

But the fact is, I'm catholic. And Catholics are the second largest religious group in the United States. And almost a third of the voters in the 2008 presidential election were – you guessed it – catholic. FULL POST

Filed under: Deconstruct • Election 2012 • Politics • Religion
Molly Ringwald on reinventing yourself – OutFront tonight at 7P/ET
August 23rd, 2012
04:53 PM ET

Molly Ringwald on reinventing yourself – OutFront tonight at 7P/ET

For some people, Molly Ringwald will be forever linked to The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and the host of other classic 1980s films she starred in.

But the iconic actress is much more than that. Since growing out of her "teen star" status in the 1990s, she has avoided the fate of many other young actors by constantly reinventing herself – performing on Broadway, appearing on the popular "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" on ABC Family, and even putting out a jazz album.

Now, Ringwald has her sights set on another discipline, and just released her first novel titled "When it Happens to You." She'll join Erin tonight at 7P/ET to talk about life after The Breakfast Club.

Filed under: News
August 23rd, 2012
12:57 PM ET

Ex-PSU President sits down with Jeffrey Toobin for the New Yorker, defends handling of Sandusky scandal

Two months after former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse, the fallout continues at Penn State University.

The school was fined 60 million dollars, its football team has been banned from bowl games for four years, and all victories since 1998 have been vacated – not to mention the costly civil suits that will be coming from the victims.

There are also cases in the works against former vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, who are charged with failing to report a sexual assault and lying to a grand jury.

But noticeably absent from these cases is former Penn State president Graham Spanier. He hasn't been charged with anything so far, and although he lost his job as president, he remains a tenured professor at the university. FULL POST

Filed under: Crime
August 23rd, 2012
12:46 PM ET

U.S. aid to Ethiopia helping neither us nor Ethiopians

Yesterday, the body of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi arrived in Ethiopia from Brussels. No one is sure yet how he died, but that's part of the secrecy which shrouded his authoritarian rule.

The story matters to America because Ethiopia's dictator was an ally in the fight against Al Qaeda in Somalia. Thanks to that allegiance, the US looked the other way on things like how the Zenawi regime jailed opposition leaders and journalists, and led Ethiopia to a ranking of 174 out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index, which measures human rights.

We saw what an african police state looked like when I was in Ethiopia last month. FULL POST

Filed under: Corruption • Erin's Essay • International
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