Fox News Sunday Snippets: November 13, 2011
A child sex abuse scandal brings down one of college football’s legendary coaches. We’ll discuss what the story means for the victims, the students, and higher education with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Penn State Alum Franco Harris.
Then, the Congressional supercommittee to lower the debt remains deadlocked. So with a November 23rd deadline looming, can a deal be reached? We’ll get insights on where the negotiations stand when we’re joined by two of the committee’s members, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC).
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As he has for most all of the previous eight Republican debates he’s been in, Mitt Romney emerged unscathed from the first joint candidate forum devoted to foreign policy.
None of the GOP frontrunner’s primary opponents attacked him by name here, choosing instead to level harsh attacks on President Barack Obama.
Newt Gingrich, the candidate surging in the polls as Romney’s most formidable challenger even went so far as to flatly declare that he would not repeat a line of attack he’s used with increasing frequency against the former Massachusetts governor: that Romney was merely a “manager” and incapable of changing Washington, D.C.
“No,” the former speaker told moderator Major Garrett of National Journal after Garrett asked him to apply the criticism to foreign policy.
Reminded that he had just attacked Romney along those lines in an interview, Gingrich, standing next to his GOP rival, suggested that he didn’t want to attack a fellow Republican during a debate.
The game was a combination of pep rally, cleansing and tribute, a way to acknowledge the past and take a step into the future. Affection for Penn State and Paterno was abundantly visible from players, fans and, yes, coaches. So was support for abuse victims, the kind of empathy many felt was missing in the days after news of the scandal broke.
Beaver Stadium was awash in blue -- the color associated with child-abuse prevention -- and public-service announcements flashed on the scoreboard throughout the game. A fund-raising campaign for abuse-prevention charities at the stadium gates raised more than $22,000.
In one of the most poignant moments in a week filled with lurid allegations, Nebraska and Penn State players gathered at midfield and knelt for a moment while Cornhuskers running backs coach Ron Brown offered a prayer.
Legal responsibility is unclear in Penn State scandal-Philadelphia Inquirer
Now, the role of McQueary, currently an assistant football coach but placed on administrative leave by the university Friday, has come under increasing scrutiny. He has been vilified for failing to stop the assault. Speculation is rife that he might be indicted for failing to go straight to the top of the university with his information, notably to president Graham Spanier, who was dismissed Wednesday.
Occupy Portland in standoff with police as other cities make arrests-Los Angeles Times
As many as 200 anti-Wall Street protesters in Portland, Ore., headed for a showdown with police early Sunday after ignoring orders to abandon a city park encampment, and authorities elsewhere arrested nearly two dozen people as cities stepped up pressure against the demonstrators.
“We’re going to sit-in and force them to arrest us,” Jordan LeDoux, an Occupy Portland spokesman, said Saturday evening.
In Salt Lake City, police arrested 19 people Saturday when protesters refused to leave a park a day after a man was found dead inside his tent at the encampment. Police said he died of drug use and carbon monoxide.
About 150 people had been living in the camp for weeks, and police had ordered them to leave by the end of the day.
Authorities in Denver forced protesters to leave a downtown encampment and arrested four people for interfering with officers who removed illegally pitched tents, said police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
Senior Obama administration officials defended the White House’s policy to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons program Saturday night, arguing that the United States has built an international coalition whose sanctions have left the Iranians more politically isolated than ever.
In bilateral meetings with the leaders of China and Russia at an economic summit here on Saturday, Obama again stressed the importance of presenting a united front that “makes clear to Iran this is unacceptable,” said Ben Rhodes, a U.S. deputy national security adviser for strategic communications.