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>> woman al jazeera america. i'm del walters. these are the stories that we're following for you. s. >> a bipartisan deal on capitol hill. the vote coming next. saying goodbye to nelson mandela. and they fled a war that could cost them even more lives. ♪ >> they cleared one hurd until
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congress. there is a budget deal on the table, but the vote is next. and as they say in washington that's where the fight starts. libby casey is live on capitol hill with all the details. libby, the fact that we're talking about a deal being news that as it is something that congress is supposed to do is news in itself. >> reporter: that's right. patty murray, congressman paul ryan of wisconsin said the goal is to stop careening from crisis to crisis. this would create a spending framework so congress can pass some spending bills, and it would avoid any potential shutdown showdown in january, and also next fall. that's why it's significant. where we are at now, well, we came a lot closer to seeing this come to fruition this morning. congressmen went behind closed doors and when many came out
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many seemed like they could live with it. as you'll recall the government shutdown happened last fall it was really the house republicans and senate republicans who drew the hard lines saying they would shut the government down over a night. well, the learn of oregon said that this is a deal that he can live with. >> many people expect us to come here, find common ground, stick to our principles and governor. i think that's what this has achieved. >> reporter: now this bill goes through its first procedural hurdle. once it does that it could get to the south floor as soon as tomorrow. speaker boehner wants to get this done and then head out. the senate still has time nea he in washington, and they could see this become law. >> libby, not every is happy. not everybody on the democratic
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side, not everyone on the republican side. is this well, really a done de. >> reporter: thefts hammered this very hard, which is why it was interesting to hear greg waldron as well as darrell issa. even though he said there were a couple of issues with it, i can live with it, that's all very significant. a lot of house members are saying congressman ryan are making compromises but not going too far, not being a moderate because everyone wants a conservative label right now among many fangs among the republican party. there are many on the democratic side of the aisle especially liberals unemployment benefits. that long-term aid runs out, and
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nancy pelosi said she really liked the democrat plan that included unemployment benefits more. >> it was a way to send the sequester, support growth, as well as extend unemployment benefits, unemployment insurance. it's unconscionable that we could possibly even consider leaving washington, d.c. without extending those benefits. >> time is of the essence on that one, and it looks like the negotiation will will have to be between house speaker boehner and the president on that one, but that deadline getting much closer. >> libby casey from capitol little, thank you vercapitolhil. secretary kathleen sebelius
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called for more investigation. what type of investigation does she want? >> it's not likely that congress, or republicans are going to be satisfied with what kathleen sebelius has put forward today. she has asked for the health and human services department to look into how contractors were hired to get the website healthcare.gov up and running, how it was managed, the performance of the website and how they were paid. she's asking for a new position within the agency that handled the website. it's called the cms in washington, the chief risk officer, now the ig is the hhs or any other cabinet agency around town act independently from the secretary or management. they're there to be in-house watchdog, and a lot of people
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are going to be asking for an outside investigation. that much i is certain. >> and now they say with regards to enrollment, that they are happy. >> reporter: trying to turn the corner after the disastrous two months of healthcare.gov they say they have it fixed for the majority of people. they're a accentuating for the stories coming out. 130,000 people total over two months has signed up through the federal website. the website that is in question that has had so many problems. 27,000 of those in october. it's accelerating but here at the white house we had the opportunity to ask the spokesman of those numbers. they say measuring the success of the website is not simply about the numbers notwithstanding all the focus that has been on the numbers, and the numbers released by the
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demonstration. rather it's about the mix. we're aware of the need of the affordable healthcare act for young healthy to enroll. >> thank you, mike viqueira from washington. the national transportation safety board is holding a series of hearings "b" into fligh hear. three people died and 200 people were injured. people in south africa and around the world continue to pay their respects to nelson mandela today. in washington there was a memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon at the national cathedral. vice president biden join
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congress and others, saying that mandela taught that trust and change can come. in new york flowers and candles line the south african canceconsolate. mandela visited right after being released from prison, and it was the first of many visits there. dignitaries and a slow procession passed his cass set. it was the first day of three days that mandela's body will lie instate. >> reporter: thousands of people streaming off the hill in pratoria out of the union builds why nelson mandela's body is lying in state. for many of these people it is been a very long day. in downtown pratoria, people
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queue up in long winding lines wait to go board three buses to head to where nelson mandela's body lie instate. the crowd at the bus stop is cheerful and there is occasional singing. [♪ music ] >> reporter: but there is less of a street party atmosphere than we've seen in the last few days. it's time to say good buy now in person. the union buildings are the seed of south african build. two decades ago this was the place where the country's first black president was inaugurated. [applause] >> reporter: among the thousands making this trip today, billy, on a personal journey. >> i was there in 1994. now today i'm going to complete what i started in 1994. i'm going to pay the last
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respect for my president. >> reporter: people have just a few seconds besides the coffin. no picture taking is allowed. this good bu goodbye is brief. >> there is no problem. although he looked different today. he looked huge. we are used to seeing him on tv. today we saw him live. >> reporter: in the crowds flooding down from the hill stop we find billy, and the two seconds with madiba is enough to close the circle. >> it felt good. >> reporter: on this first day of viewing, the south african government stopped letting people get in line for the buses after 3:00. but they'll have two more chan chances to you view nelson mandela's body on thursday and
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friday. >> poet maya angelou knew mandela before he left for prison. she wrote a poem honoring mandela that the state department just released earlier this week. earlier we talked by phone and i asked her about her reaction to nelson mandela's passing. >> my first thought was shock. i had been expecting it for well over a year, but you know, you never really can be ready. you think i've got it now. all of us are marginal, so it's given. however, when the news comes, it comes on reluctantly, and it comes, and you have no expectation. suddenly everything is gone. you thought you had readiness and it's gone. >> his day is done, it's done. his news came on the wings of the wind reluctant to carry its burden. nelson mandela's day is done.
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the news expected and still unwelcomed, reached us in the united states, and suddenly our world became somber. >> there are so many stories about nelson mandela. what is yours? what is your favorite? [ chuckling ] well, i think my favorite is an old one. when i met him in egypt. i was the wife of a south africa freedom fighter who belonged to the pac, mr. mandela at that time came to egypt because his officers of the anc were there as well. well, the anc people, the african national they argued with the pac people, and they all argued and they thoughted in
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living rooms, streets, in bars, and they were arch rivals. mr. mandela came as founder of the anc. he never raised his voice. he didn't argue with anybody. he spoke kindly to everybody. i was amazed. i had never met any south africans who spoke under the top of their voices. he was so kind. what i noticed was his control. it wasn't that he had given up on changing apartheid. he went to prison the next year for 27 years and said he would die rather than stop arguing against apartheid, but he didn't turn every living room into an arena.
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he was kind. >> maya angelou. the police saw the march in kiev and protesters refuse to go back down. we take you to the streets of the ukrainian capitol. the low 70 did or high 60s, partly cloudy conditions, overnight, about 44 degrees. texas also dry for you as well. we saw rain showers and a mix of precip just a little bit up here towards the north. temperatures for dallas at about 42. san antonio at 55. for houston, well, you are going to be seeing rain by the time we end the week. 59 degrees there. that will will last one day. your weekend should look better with a high of 63. over here towards the southeast, some rain showers pushing through orlando right now. atlanta is going to be about
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56. an american auto maker making history. the newer ground general motor is making as it names its latest ceo. most of the students are black or latino, some with an undocumented parent. none were born with a silver spoon in their house. 98% qualify for free or reduced price launches. >> the majority of them face a challenge. it may not be their skin colour. it may be socioeconomic status. it may be being homeless. >> the children are quick to connect nelson mandela. >> i heard that he was, r martin luther king in another state. ms klieforth says her students are bringing their personal experiences to the classroom. >> the kids tell stories. i walked into a store and felt
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like people treated me differently. it. >> it's cool. what he did - he didn't came, if >> french president françois hollande is praising his troops in central africa republic. nearly 500 people have died in battles between christians and muslims. the president is fearing the colony is on the brink of civil war. >> the big problem now is the every day person. new horrific stories and situations. now we're in crisis of communities. >> 10% of the country's
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4.5 million people have now fled and many need food. earlier this was the scene, security forces and demonstrators trying to take down tents and barricades in kiev's main square. they've been there for weeks demanding that the president resign. we're here kiev. >> reporter: everyone has been expecting it, confrontation, that's where the revolutionary control. military storm the barricades. at one entrance of the square a mighty wrestle between protesters and riot police. at first it seemed like a battle to reclaim the square. progress was slow. it took nearly three hours for hundreds of police to break the
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lines. but their real objective to dismantle the blockade of wood and steel. >> the whole purpose of this operation has not been to take back the square but to take down the protesters' encampment around it. it has been a show of force, but so far without the use of violence. >> reporter: all the while opposition leaders kept up their calls for the movement to stand firm and stay peaceful. some appear to be in the mood for trouble, but others were intent on violence and there were consequences. >> katherine ash son, the e.u. foreign affairs chief who earlier stood with demonstrators in the square said she was saddened by the events and criticized the use of force.
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>> the president yanukovych's closest ally lives in mass co-,not bruce he wills, an hemof strength that enough is enough, and it's time for everyone to go home. al jazeera, kiev. >> the united states is condemning the actions in the ukraine but the white house said the police response is unacceptable in the no democrac. the opposition is suspending all aid to the opposition. the free siren army is a group backed by the west. some fearing some of that aid has fallen into the hands of extremist groups.
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the white house saying that it will not affect humanitarian aid. in business news, wall street looking at a second day of losses. the dow down 77 points and investors are concerned that congress could lead the fed to put the brakes on its stimulus program soon. applications for home mortgages are rising but interest rates are the highest sense september. now 4.61%. it wait was 4.5% just last mont. a new study finin finding tt hourly wages for women are getting closer to men, but
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overall women many $0.84 on the dollar to men. social media on stories. >> facebook, the modern day diary for 1 billion people on the planet to share good times and bad. births and babies are a common feature on the site. and in 2013, one in particular, prince george was the third most talked about topic on facebook. but posts on the royal bay was still a far cry from the biggest conversation driver, pope francis. the new leader of the roman catholic church is described as a pope of firsts.
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the first hope from the americas the southern hem steer and the jesuit order. he can very well order another to a list, the first to make waves on social media. the top ten rests reveal a compelling trends of the year. the pope, the palates in ballotn pakistan and floods were hot topics. rounding out the lists were the bombings at the boston marathon as well as the passing of one of humanity's giants, nelson mandela. >> reporter: with memorial events unfolding in south africa, many continue to go online to flood with pictures and posts. from humor to hope and
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heartache, facebook has picked up the emotions of the world becoming an every growing record of life today. al jazeera. >> syrian refugees have one more thing to worry about. this time they're dealing with snow and ice. getting the high quality, original, in-depth reporting al jazeera america is known for. >> to find out more about al jazeera america go to aljazeera.com
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm del walters. here are today's deadlines. a vote on the bipartisan budget bill could come tomorrow. it was drafted by congressman paul ryan and senator patty murray. the president said that he will sign it as soon as it reaches his desk. in kiev police are batons and bulldozers are pulling back where protesters are gathered in the ukrainian capitol. thousands are waiting in line to pay their last respects
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to nelson mandela. his body will lay instate over the next three days and then his body will be taken to his home village where he'll be buried on sunday. snow and winter bringing concern for refugees, that now total more than 3 million. here is more from beirut. >> we apologize for the fact that we seem to be having technical difficulties with this scene's package. dave warren has more, what is the situation, and why are they getting so much snow.
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>> meteorologist: it is one big storm, and it is just beginning. it's coming off the mediterranean and bringing in the moyes and a lot of cold air. not only will snow be a problem but flooding will be a problem as well as this storm moves in. we're close to 800,000 or living at lebanon and half of them are in the tents that you saw there. the infrastructure is not there to handle all this rain or snow and flooding could result from this. we're watching this situation closely. it is just about to get under way with the storm just developing. what is underway is the bitter cold arctic air. minnesota, iowa seeing that cold arctic air that came down from canada that will move across the great lakes by tomorrow. so temperatures will get colder there before climbing up just a little bit here closer to the weekend. now we're looking at lake affect snow as we get this from the cold air. it comes over the warmer waters of the great lakes. depending on how the winds shape up and direction it is
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determines who gets the most snow. this is for today and tomorrow, a little less on the eastern sides of lake michigan there and the other great lakes. we're seeing that lake affect snow really devil, and that will continue over the next 24 hours at least. the temperatures down below zero in fargo. zero in minneapolis. now the cold wind chills were there, and it could pick up today. the whined chill is that wind when it hits your skin, the wind makes it feel colder than the actual air tempt. saturday a little warmer up to 31, that's when the storm is coming in. a few light snow showers possible. another shot of old air sunday, 41 in the morning, 21 in the afternoon. and 21 degrees on tuesday.
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we will continue to see the lake-effect snow. the last 12 hours you see the snow coming over that area and the wind determines who gets the heaviest snow. we'll see that snow continue for at least the next day. >> thank you very much. pope francis has named "time" magazine's of the year. edward snowdon came in seventh. athens is lighting up for christmas, an old greek tradition that was survived this year. for many years greeks decoratede boats instead of trees to welcome sailors home there. thanks for watching al jazeera
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