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surveillance program. france's president tries to focus on the economy. and ukraine plans a new law to crack down on protests. the eu says it is deeply concerned. all right. we are going to go straight to the state department in washington, d.c., where u.s. secretary of state john kerry is taking questions on syria. let's listen in to what he is saying. >> what we may be able to do to increase the pressure and further change the calculation, and i think we have made that clear to the russian foreign min and others, nor are other players short of an ability to have an impact here. so i think they can bluster, protest, put out disportions,
the bottom line is we are going to geneva to implement geneva 1 and if assad doesn't do that, he will invite greater response from various people in various ways over a greater period of time. so i'm not particularly surprised that he is trying to divert this. he has been doing this for months, trying to make himself the protector of syria against extremists, when he himself has even been funding some of those extremists, and purposefully seeding territory to them to make them more of a problem so he can make the argument that he is somehow the protector of them. nobody is going to be fooled by this process the foreign minister has stated, they are supporting the geneva 1 communique, and the government has toment a negotiate around
that communique, and since russia is one of the primary benefactors of the assad regime, we believe the russians have a high stake in helping make certain that assad understands what the parameters of this negotiation are. >> second question is for [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: you mentioned that you disclosed how to prove the transit of goods and people here in north america. many people here in the u.s. have been asking the three governments to update [ inaudible ] recently passed energy reform in mexico -- >> okay. we have been listening to the u.s. secretary of state john kerry speaking about syria. he says he is not surprised at the comments coming from the syrian government. he says the assad government is
trying to divert attention, and bashar al-assad is trying to seem like the protector of syria against terrorists. he says no one is going to be fooled. this comes after a letter leaked from the syrian foreign minister to the undersecretary ban ki-moon. and he said the united states has high [ technical difficulties ] the government knows what it wants and has even made an offer to the opposition. the foreign minister has been weeking in moscow alongside his counterpart. he says his government supports the international peace
conference known as geneva 2 and has given russia plans for a seas fire in aleppo. he also suggested that the regime would be interested in a prisoner swap if the rebels cooperate. let's go to our correspondent in istanbul at the opposition meeting, but first let's speak to paul brennan in moscow for us. and paul it sounds positive, offering the prisoner swap and a possib possible ceasefire that is not something anyone can really disagree with, is it? this >> no, it's an intriguing offer that kind of came out of the blue to a certain extent. the details of which he did not specify. all he said was he had submitted a plan direct to sergei lavrov
in a hope they could help facilitate this ceasefire and then went on to the idea of a prisoner swap and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid. the difficulty is, one it is the last gasp of a desperate regime trying to remain relevant in the coming weeks, trying to paint itself as part of the solution as opposed to what many nations believe this syrian government is, which is part of the problem. or is it simply a diplomatic bargaining intended to put pressure on the syrian opposition in istanbul, which is still trying to work out, but i suppose it depends on your route look. and the thing i think most came out of the meeting here and the news conference that followed it
was the certain assuredness there is between russia, iran, and syria, that they are quite comfortable with their unity, and rather comfortable with the way the syrian opposition has a disunity about it. they are being proactive and challenging the syrian opposition to come up with something better or -- or just step aside. >> yeah, he seems to have thrown the gauntlet down to the syrian opposition. paul thank you very much. let's speak now to anita who is in istanbul where the meeting of the opposition body, the syrian national coalition is going on. and anita has the meeting even begun yet? >> well, you say going on, and i was about to say, that you have asked exactly the question. it hasn't started yet. five hours after the special start time, and the sideline discussions have never been more
agitated or more -- more directed. in fact a delegation, i have to explain, we're in an isolated location, both for security, and i think focusing the mine reasons, theirs rather than ours, we're in an isolated location more than an hour's drive outside of istanbul, where the delegations have agreed to meet. but they can't have the sort of discussions that they want to have about whether they can get it back together again in this order to provide a credible number of delegates to vote on this final issue of whether to go to geneva 2 or not. so people have left the hotel location, and are going back to istanbul to try to meet face-to-face with the withdrawals to try to see if they can broker an agreement. it's all about the numbers.
you see if the efforts to go to geneva failed, the people here want them to fail for noble reasons. if they don't have the numbers to make a credible decision that looks inclusive about yes or no, then he syrian national coalition, the umbrella group representing abroad from the military side right through to the political opposition will have failed at its first on tiff, which was to meet the needs of the syrian people. so there they are going right to the wire, right to the last minute, as they try to take a vote that actually means something. and again, we have the legal committee here, trying to make a ruling on whether a simple majority of hundreds or less than a hundred is the one that's going to enable them to take a credible vote on geneva. but without that, you can't have
anything else. >> anita thank you. anita is in istanbul where the syrian national coalition will soon meet. now rosalyn jordan is live for us from washington, d.c., and we just heard john kerry responding to that question on syria. he is saying he is not surprised that the assad government is trying to divert attention and trying to seem like the protector of the syrian people against terrorists. >> this is essentially a repetition of what the secretary had to say on thursday after the administration became aware of the official response to the invitation to attend geneva 2 from the syrian foreign minister. and secretary kerry was quite adamant in stressing that in the u.s.'s view the syrians were just being too cute that they
were essentially responsible for the ongoing slaughter, that is the secretary's word, that has been taking place inside syria for nearly three years, and them to try to engage in [ inaudible ] simply is not going to work. and what we heard is the secretary expanding on why the efforts to change the discussions at the geneva 2 won't work is because in this large part the u.s. appears to have reached an understanding with the russian government that it is committed as well to enacting a transitional government inside syria, to trying to end the civil war, and the affirmation that bashar al-assad and his government cannot be a part of that transition. the secretary is very keen to see this process work, and while, of course, he is concerned about the makeup of
the syrian opposition that will take part in the meeting next week, he wants to make it clear the syrians are not at this late date going to try to leverage things to their advantage. >> all right. rosalyn thank you very much. at least seven people have been killed in lebanon when rockets from neighboring syria hit a border town and several other towns. 15 people were injured. it's a sunni area that most hosts thousands of syrian refugees. there's lots more coming up, including . . . desperation and danger in central african republic. the un warns of dire consequences if the world doesn't act. plus ice fishing in south korea. and coming up in sports, the
barcelona and brazil staff facing up to a month on the sidelines. the u.s. national security agency has been collecting almost 200 million text messages a day from mobile phones around the world. that's according to edward snowden. president barack obama is expected to announce changes in u.s. spy programs later on friday. patty cullhane joins us. apologies we have lost communications with patty. the spying row has damaged relations with america's european allies. so how will the changes be
viewed there? >> yes, relations were damaged and leading the criticism of u.s. surveillance activities here in europe has been germany. german age exes were outraged when it was revealed that the chancellor's cell phone was being listened into. so what do you think the german government will make of this development now? >> i think the expectations here in berlin are pretty low. they had been strangely enough quite high when it emerged that the americans had been listening in on the phone calls of chancellor merkel. the reason why is they saw opportunity in crisis. they had been hoping to join the five i's agreement.
an agreement that existed since 1948 and basically involves the sharing of secrets amongst those countries. and spying on chancellor merkel, realizes that has not been the case. and they are not quite willing to sign what has been negotiated. what they would like to have is a promise that no other politicians will be spying on. they said they will no longer spy on angela merkel. they would also like access to the top floor of the american embassy, where it is believed an industrial spy nest is located
with all kinds of equipment, and also eliminating the amount of metadata that is gathered. so that the rights of german citizens aren't violated. >> obviously all of this has caused tensions between germany and the u.s. any attempts to try to rebuild that relationship? >> well barack obama, the american president called angela merkel on wednesday. she has been suffering from a fractured pelvis after falling while skiing to wish her well and to talk about improving relations, and invited her to washington. it was agreed that she would come to the american capital at an unspecified time in the future. there are all kinds of things that the germans and the americans need to talk about and like to talk about. berlin has really become the
go-to capital during the debt crisis, so americans look to her as their lock when it comes to getting the european economy going again. and i think they also recognize that they need to take care of what europeans think about data privacy. because the european parliament and european institutions are making measures against american companies, the giants, google, and facebook, which in in turn are putting pressure on the administration. so there are a lot of ongoing parts, and angela merkel has allies of sort in those american internet giants which might help her and other europeans persuade the president to tamper down on the spying on global telecommunications. >> nick, thank you. france's president is trying
to continue with business as usual with an address to diplomats in paris despite more claiming emerging about his private life. he has visited his official partner in hospital since reports emerged of his affair with an actress. jackie has the latest. >> reporter: he addresses the diplomatic court in paris. part of the president's annual round of new year greetings, and focuses on his foreign policy aims. >> translator: france's first and constant principle is peace. we about always in the context of an international mandate set out by the un. >> reporter: but allegations about his personal life
continue. this story seems to interest french journalist more than the french public. opinion polls suggest people haven't materially changed their. of the president as a result of the revelations, but then his popularity rating was pretty low to begin with. >> first of all do his job, and then he can do whatever he wants. it doesn't matter what he is doing with other girls. he's not the first to do that. >> he's a public man. it's nonsense. it's not his public life. it matters to the people in france to know what goes on, and how he directs his life. >> translator: for me he is man above all, so there could be things like that happening in his life. right now he represents france. it's normal but it's a controversy. >> reporter: his long-term companion has been in hospital
since the story broke. he visited her for the first time last night. although not married to the president, she has fulfilled the role of first lady. he is expected to announce soon whether that is still the case. now i'm going to be back a little later with more from europe, now, though, back to doha. >> thanks very much, barbara. as egypt waits for the official outcome of its vote on the new constitution, hundreds of people have been demonstrating against the military coup. dozens of people have been arrested. state media says one person has been killed in a city south of cairo. people there marched defiance of a ban on unsanctioned protest.
rallies are typical now for a friday in egypt. in cairo there were crowds of people many waved flags with the four-finger signal that now represent the anti-coup allowance. al-kaz continues to call for the immediate release of five of its journalists. mohanned adow, bah -- they have been held for 30 days now. the allegations against them al jazeera says are fabricated. the other two journalists are from our sister channels. they have been detained for five months. the united nations is warning the international community to act now to avoid a genocide in central african republican. the violence has displayed more
than a million people, some seeking refuge at the bangei international airport. >> reporter: welcome to the airport where some of the people are in power are in a real juxtaposition. an american plane taxis in. on board the first contingent of rwanda soldiers. they have a reputation of some of africas toughest soldiers, but the peace keeping force appears far too small for the task at hand. on the other side of the fence, the aid is beginning to flow. in this camp everyone is christian, driven by their homes by the muslim-lead selica militia. the real challenge is to
convince people to go home, and we're not seeing significant signs that that is happening yet. for now, these people feel it's simply too dapg rows for them to return to their neighborhoods. better toly here in squaller than to be shot? their own homes. >> conditions here are deplorable. this is not a -- a good healthy environment, particularly for the children that we see in the camp. >> reporter: muslims are also afreed and continue to leave the city. this was a convoy setting off for chad. we saw chadian soldiers protecting the convoy. christians jeered, many accused chad of supporting the selica mission. peace keepers decided to
intervene. meanwhile back at the airport, a calmer evacuation. this one of sudanese who say they are targeted because of their religioreligion. this was a city where people of different faiths lived peacefully together, recreating that climate will not be easy. barnaby phillips, al jazeera, bangie. a go has been blamed for a blast in which 36 people were injured in in the explosion. an explosive device was thrown into a crowd of demonstrators. the opposition wants to try to force the prime minister to
resign. >> translator: brothers and sisters there's no need to suspect anyone else. it is only the go who would do this. they plot it up, they planned it, and they acted on it. myanmar government has denied a buddhist attack in the southwest part of the country. hundreds of people are said to have fled their homes. politicians have remained silent over the killings in the country. cold weather isn't going to stop south koreans from having fun. they are braving freezing temperatures and a frozen river to go fishing. >> reporter: it's become a winter tradition. january is ice-fishing season and not just for a few hardy
enthuses ands, tens of thousands come every day to this froeken stretch of river a couple of hour's drive from soul. >> it's fun. this is my third year here. sometimes we come here twice a year, the whole family. and there's the fun of eating as well. >> reporter: there is a need for patience. rewarded with the arrival of the fish truck. each day three to eight tons of farmed fish are added to the river. when the fish begin to rise, it's all about being in the right place at the right time. >> this is my first time. i got three of them already, you know. >> if that is not enough of al cha engineer, you can always try this. the object here is to catch the fish by hand, and just in case the discomfortable levels
weren't high enough success comes putting the fish down your t-shirt. it's all a boom for this northern town. >> translator: this year, around 1.4 million people are expected to come. each tourist is estimated to spend nearly $50, so we're talking about $60 million for the local economy. >> reporter: crowded, far from natural, but obviously fen, for many this is the perfect way to brighten up a bone-chilling season. there's lots more to come, including all of the sports. a quest for a fourth australian open title is on track. all of the results coming up in sport.
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the syrian government is offering to exchange prisoners with the opposition, speaking in moscow, the syrian foreign minister also suggested a ceasefire in aleppo. and at least seven people have been killed in neighboring lebanon. u.s. president barack obama is due to announce his new surveillance policy in the coming hour. the u.s. national security agency has faced growing criticism after former contractor, edward snowden leaked classified documents. the united nations says the conflict in south sudan has turned into an ethnic war. hundreds of internally displayed people are suffering from malaria, measles and other
diseases inside camps. here is the report from juba. >> reporter: the yut -- united nations says this has essentially become an ethnic conflict. that further compounds the situation here in this young nation. the government disputes that saying that this is purely a power struggle between the former vice president and his allies where they are accused of trying to undertake a military coup against a legitimate government, and they point to the fact that there are members of bothet nick tribes, both in the government and the rebels dismissing the ethnic tone to this conflict. however, speaking to some of the thousands of internally displaced people here in this camp in juba, they are certain
there is an ethic element to it, and many said they fled to the un embassy out of fear. the united nations that that it is incapable of providing sufficiency for the over 100,000 that have been displayed here. they talk of lack of medicine, lack of new tradition to be provided to the thousands. so a very dire situation here, and a fear it could get a lot worse. syrian activists say rebel groups have taken a key town from the al-qaeda-linked group. the town taken was one of the group's strong holds. rebel infighting over the last couple of weeks have killed hundreds of people.
various factions have ganged up against one of the al-qaeda groups there. >> translator: i cannot understand how while the united states condemns terrorism in iraq and supports the iraqi government in its fight against the islamic state, how can the united states support the exact same terrorists that commit murder on the territory of syria. >> joining me life now is the director of the study of middle east policies. welcome. >> thank you. >> first is there anything to the syrian minister's accusations? >> there is a little bit. the forces fighting in syria are like a rainbow, and there are some al-qaeda forces fighting
alongside the more standard rebel groups. so he is trying to exploit this confusion going on now on the rebel side in order to sway opinion of the public and the united states to his side. >> now we are hearing a lot about the geneva 2 talks. there's a lot of pressure on the syrian opposition to at ten those talks but whatever happens at those talks in geneva, the reality on the ground is the killing continues. the infighting among these rebel groups continues. >> well, it does. and -- and the elements who are going to the syrian opposition coalition that are meeting today in istanbul, trying to decide whether they are going to go to geneva or not, are not the same people -- and do not represent the big militias fighting on the grown in syria. so it's doubtful you could get a
ceasefire brokered in switzerland. however, they could get the international community beginning to focus in on the notion of ceasefires, supplying food routes, getting assad to allow food into certain areas that he has denied to far. there could be a number of small games that could go on, to begin to try to get some ceasefires. >> now you have all of these opposition groups fighting each other, doesn't this come back to the original problem of whoment comes after assad? >> it does. you know, this shows the weakness of syrian national identity, which has sort of exploded here in this original fight for a greater freedom to get rid of dictatorship. the promise of the arab spring that motivated this outburst in the first place. but today it has melted down to
factionalism. and it makes it extremely hard to figure out who is going to be the winner. increasingly the world is beginning to accept a notion of a syria that's divided, and that is very depressing for many syrians who -- who want to hang on to the idea of a unified syria, and a free syria. >> okay. joshua, once again thanks very much for speaking to us. well, plans for the disposal of syrian chemical weapons at an italian port are meeting with local opposition. for more on that it's back to barbara. hi, again, barbara. well, 560 tons of syria's most toxic weapons are to be
transferred from a danish ship to an american one. but the mayor of the town says not everyone is happy. >> translator: it's very serious that the people and the institutions haven't been informed. this is spreading panic. this is a serious concern, not just for the mayor. >> let's go live now, claudia something like this was always going to be controversial, but after hearing from the mayor, it doesn't seem like the situation was handled very well. >> reporter: well, indeed barbara there is a lot of concern inside and outside of the port there. we spoke to the mayor as well earlier on in the day, and he told us the population was
panicking, they weren't told about it before, they don't know if there is any danger or if there is a plan in this place if anything goes wrong with the operation of shipping of the cargo from one ship to the other. we also spoke to the local port workers who performed the operation often. and they said, look, we are used to handle toxic material inside containers, but we don't want anything to do with chemical weapons. they said we don't want this ship here. basically this concern, as you said, is very much linked to the fact that everybody seems to be in -- in the dark of what is really going to happen. when is the ship arriving? what exactly does it contain. and how is this operation going to be. approximated, barbara? >> i guess one of the things we do know is the transfer of the chemicals is going to happen off of the coast, but do we have any
information, for example, about theship's arrival? >> well, the exact time of the ship arrival is shrouded in in secrecy, the sort authority said look we don't even know when it is coming. they will probably tell us hours before, if not a day before because of safety concerns, but they think -- they told us, that it's not going to come before a week or two. also in terms of the actual depreciation -- operation, we were explained that as a matter of fact it will dock at the port, the danish ship, then the containers will be loaded on trailers which will be driven to the other ship, so it's actually in a way not touching the soil here, but in a way it is being rolled down into port. well, we -- therefore, it's all still shrouded in secrecy, even though the local population here
is up in arms, and they have already announceded through the mayor, that on monday there will be some kind of demonstration against the arrival of the ship, barbara. >> thank you, claudio. russian president vladimir putin has said gay visitors should feel welcome to the olympic games. some gay activists called for a boycott of next month's games, warning that gay athletes could be hit by the law. but putin said no one would be arrested, you can feel calm, relax, but leave children alone, please. the european commission is deeply concerned with a new anti-protest law in the ukraine. it gives the state greater power
to fine and arrest protesters goes against principles. albanian officials say unusually dry winter weather has put the nation's electricity supply at risk. the water level in the dams that provide power has fallen to critical levels to the point where the artificial lakes they create are drying up completely. and a fire at a tire recycling plant in yorkshire will continue to burn for about a week. the plume of smoke rose to almost 200 meters rise. residents have been told to stay indoors with the windows shut. thank you barbara. at least one person has died
in continuing bush fires in australia. the south of the country has seen almost a week of temperatures up in the 40s, celsius that is. and is climate change to blame? australia's government doesn't think so, and many accuse it of denying the signs. >> reporter: in melbourne's extreme heat, julie and emily are looking for those without anywhere to shelter. >> we have sunscreen, and clean underwear, so we are okay. >> chris and matt have been living on the streets for a year, but the last four days have been exceptional. >> the last four days have been tough. >> reporter: according to those who manage this refuge center, two homeless people have died in conditions made worse by the
extreme heat. >> we're going to see more heat waves, they are going to be hotter and more frequent. where are the response for people who are having it tough on the streets. >> extreme weather isment billioning the norm in australia. >> january was our hottest month on record, and the year as a whole when you are looking across australia, it is the hottest year. >> reporter: the prime minister rejects the link to global warming. >> look, we have had bad fires since almost the beginning of european settlement. >> reporter: abbott's government is scrapping a carbon tax a
previous administration imposed to encourage companies to act more responsibly. australia's environmental minister is here in melbourne, but wasn't available to speak to us. instead they offered a statement. it say there is a bipartisan support of climate change, emission reduction. that will be achieved with a far more effective scheme than a carbon tax. but the prime minister has been criticized too for scrapping an agency advising it on climate change. >> this took australia significantly back in in terms of tackling climate change honestly and seriously. >> for chris and matt, the politics is secondary, they just want it to cool down, fast. the sundown's filment festival has started in this the
could be missing up to four weeks because of a sprain. medical scans on friday revealed the extent of the injury. he could be back in time for their champions league trip. the coach lead his first training session on friday. he has no previous coaching experiences and took over for the manager that was sacked op-monday. his first match in charge will be at home on sunday. defending champion is through to the fourth round of the australian open, the number 2 seed raced through the first two sets in 70 minutes, but his opponent upped his game in the third set and broke him when he was trying to serve for the match. the serve venn yulely overpowered his opponent.
he is attempting to become the first man in the professional era to win four consecutive australian open titles. >> i have done really well. dennis is a very tough opponent. he is a great quality player, he has tested to a lot of top players on different surfaces because he is very talented and can hit the ball really well. the third seed advances to the fourth round for the tenth time. sir arena williams needed just 1:20 to beat daniela. it was the top seed's 61st event. players and officials are celebrating the end of an extreme heat wave that saw temperatures sore past 40 degrees celsius for four
consecutive days. this player needed treatment for sunstroke before being beaten in her match. >> translator: i am feeling better now. on the court i felt my brain stop working, and i just hit the ball sort of blindly whenever it came to me. i was dizzy and wanted to throw up every time i ran. the medical staff told me i had sunstroke and my blood pressure was pretty low. the aussies have james falkner to thank for the match in brisbane. the pair put on 57 as they reached the victory target. australia taking a 2-0 series lead. golfer rory mcelroy has a
difficult year in 2013, but he is showing improvements in the first part of this year. the two teams that will complete in this year's super bowl will be decided on sunday, and good news for the new england patriots as quarterback tom brady returned to training after an illness. the two future hal of fame quarterbacks have faced each other on ten occasions. >> he is a great player, and one of the best offenses in history, so i think we better be ready to score some points, because that's what they do best. the brooklyn nets beat the atlanta hawks. it was the only match to be
played outside of the united states this season, it is the fourth consecutive year that the uk has hosted a regular season game. joe johnson scored 26 points to lead them to 127-110 win. the nats have won six of their last seven games. any sea has always provided a living for people along the moroc moroccon coast. >> reporter: the call wakes the village to its daily tasks. for thousands of years, the sustained lifestyle has been fishing. but has said's catch is brought in, a very different fleet is about to leave the shore. surfing as hit the area in a big way. ♪ >> reporter: in just 14 years
since a portuguese pro surfer set up camp here, this tiny village is becoming an international destination. one local attraction is former national number one, but the vast majority of riders on the waves are european. they seem to be adapting to their presence. >> translator: we have tourists here. we have crowds. we have more because of them. because of them we move forward. >> reporter: while fisherman here say they are finding fewer and fewer fish in their nets, they blame pollution and overfishing in this the rest of the world, but surfing seems to be something this village can hold on to mohammed is also a
surfer but their business is suffering. here they resell fish to tourists. that's because the 8-meter waves that made it a paradise earlier, also broke 20 of the local fleet's boats. >> translator: when i was a child, we used to glue together plastic fish crates and surf on those. but there is a time to surf and a time to work, and now i have to work. >> reporter: people can at least be sure there is a plentiful supply of waves. and there's much more sport on our website check out aljazeera.com/sport. and there's also details there on how to get in touch with our team on twitter and facebook, the address again, aljazeera.com. that's it for me for now. back to you. fabulous, thank you very
much. farah. while the world's most famous independent film festival begins, but many of the films struggle to get funding. >> reporter: thousands of directors, actors, and journalists are in this tiny ski resort village where sun dance was founded 30 years ago by actor robert redford. >> our job and roll is to create a space and platform to bring new voices and new ways of seeing the world using independent film to this place. >> reporter: but it isn't all about art. it's also about money. >> sun dance is big business for the film industry, because every year there is an undiscovered jewel that ends up being bought and sold in the market place.
>> reporter: film making is expensive. and no hollywood company would bankroll a film like this. it's the directors first film. >> the struggle to make money to make a movie like this is insane. >> reporter: 20 of the films premiering this year at sun dance got funding through kickstarter, the online crowd sourcing platform. >> with crowd sourcing individuals can appeal online for funding from a large community of internet users. these are scenes from drunk town's finest. >> where are you going to school? >> calvin college in michigan. >> oh, wow that sounds fancy. >> reporter: the film was made possible by kickstarter
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>> welcome to aljazeera, i'm del walters, and we're waiting at this hour for the president to speak this morning. worldwide concerns about how the national security administration does business. it's following months of reports that the nsa spies on its allies and collects data worldwide including on americans. national security protecting this country from another terrorist attack. mike is at the white house, and have you been given any insight as to what the president will say? >> there have been rules on the briefing, and we can't talk about the