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>> there you go, perfect! >> ramirez hopes that providing an up close and personal experience will inspire everyone to join the effort to save the elephants. a huge manhunt to two suspects 10s of thousands of people across france are searching for a pair of brothers. meanwhile the nation mourns. >> i am so empty. >> satire clashing with clashing with religion. why some people think it could stourpt the lights on the mull trail culture history. >> i don't think anybody feels like get the whole story. >> a year after a women cal spill tainted the water for hundreds of people, al jazerra returns and find many people are there still worried. and how scientists found a poe
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10potentially life-saving drug literally under their feet. ♪ ♪ this is al jazerra america live from new york city, i am david shuster we begin this hour in france where police are still conducting a massive manhunt tonight for two men suspected of carrying out yesterday's deadly attacks on the offices of a satyrical magazine, nine people related to the investigation are now in custody. more than 80,000 law enforcement personnel searching for the brothers. they are alleged -- their alleged attack took place in harris near some of the city's most iconic landmarks, 12 people were killed when the gunman stormed the charlie hebdo offices. authorizes are conducting searches in several towns north of the city's capital.
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barnaby philips has the latest 79 the search has take own a great intense knit northeast of paris. police carried outhouse to house searches in some areas. all this after a reported sighting as a garage in this region. they are hunting for two men the prime suspects. the police say the brothers and french citizens of algeria decent are armed and dangerous sharif has a previous conviction for helping send fighter to iraq iraq. meanwhile france is grieving. not just for the dead. the french are also in grief because they know their country will struggle to recover from these wounds. and they fear what will come next. this is the center of paris. but the silence was observed across the country. a long, poignant pause.
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but even as this country mourned. there was another attack on the streets of paris. just south of the center, two police officers shot. and shortly afterwards, they heard the news. one of those shot, a policewoman, had died of her wounds and yet again the killer got away. president francois a lawn says this is a time for national unity. the. >> translator: fran has been struck directly. the spontaneous gatherings show that we know to come together in peace. >> reporter: despite the president's words many in the streets feel numb. >> i feel empty.
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it's something so unbelievable. they were like my family. and like me, they liked so much laughing and again the killing us in the world. >> reporter: whatever the eventual consequences of these events will be, there is now something of a political truce in france. for the authorities the priority is to catch killers on the loose. that search is now carrying on in the dark here in this region. we have seen police convoys moving through the streets of small towns. but there has been no breakthrough yet. barnaby phillips, in northeast paris. >> dana lewis joins us now from paris. it's midnight where you are. any updates on the search for the gunmen? >> reporter: well, david by the way, you know, in connection with this region in fact the
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highest level of security that had taken in paris has extended to the pick dee region, they deeply concerned these brothers are in that area, that's where they are concentrating much of their search. they have closed off some of the roads in the town, turning back motorists and searching intensely. that is where the gas station was and that was the last sighting of these two brothers, heavily armed with the with, accord to this gas station manager, rocket propelled grenades which as you know are serious weapons used in the battlefield, lots of discussion here about where they may have gotten them. some people say here there is a pretty big black market from eastern our up to weapons in france and if you have the money you can get the weapons. authorities announced today they continue to detain nine people who were close to these brothers and they will be detained for
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further questioning. we also understand that police say eyewitnesses have positively identified the brothers in some of these photographs and that's interesting, because as you know they wore matchings. the gunmen wore masks during the assault on the newspaper and also in their gunfire exchange with police. but some of the eyewitnesses that we talked to, just down the road when they fled on the boulevard from the attack on the newspaper, say that they were questioned by police and they actually went to police headquarters because these people removed their masks as they played. and they have helped police positively identify them. they are also, david, we should mention some reports now being published by, among others, the new york times quoting u.s. officials as saying that at least one of the brothers trained in yemen with al qaeda and that is significant because you'll know that right after the attacks some of the eyewitnesses
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say that these men yelled out we are al qaeda from yemen. >> one of the great concerns about an al quada attack or any sort of attack of this nature is that it may be part of a larger sort of strategy or effort. what are the french officials telling people in france tonight about the possibility of subsequent attacks like this one that might be carried out in some sort of choreographed atmosphere by whoever was responsible? >> reporter: i am sorry i lost part of your question, but i think you are asking what is the possibility of another attack and concerns about that. >> yes. >> reporter: and just to answer that the prime minister came out today and said that is absolutely our major concern right now. there are so many different things to deal with in terms of their investigations, in terms. debate here about security and dealing with extremism and going forward. france is in many ways a changed country after this. and they want a very big debate about what do with dealing with
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militants, people returning from syria and iraq and who have come back. but right now where are these two gunmen? they want to get them. one way or another. and they want to he lil' nate the security threat because there are deep fears they may carry out another attack. that's why there was so much beefing up of security worried that they would come back in to paris and carry out some kind of spectacular attack again david. >> dana lewis reporting from paris. thank you very much, dana. earlier we spoke with fred burton vice president of intelligence at stat ford. we asked some about the extensive search. >> for your viewers if you can visualize the manhunt after the boston marathon attacks. they come have the leads coming in. areas are being gridded off and checked.
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you'll have all the areas observed and hoping to pinpoint exactly where they are. >> there was an attack atta a gas station a robbery in which it appears these two suspects struck there. how important is that in being able to place their location tonight? >> it's critical. then what you have say starting point to launch your manhunt from and you can draw upon the resources of not only the local but federal police as well as your foreign intelligence information that you might be gathering from, for example the brits or the u.s. that would be providing intelligence. and i would suspect that the french are also deploying some degree of aerial surveillance, perhaps in the form of drones, looking for the suspects suspects in the wooded areas. >> you mentioned the assistance in terms of intelligence that the united states might be provided. we know that attorney general eric holder is headed to paris.
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specifically what kind of intelligence could the united states provide in this kind of circumstance? >> well, when you look at this from a liaison perspective the u.s. embassy in paris is the certainty of gravity for this kind of activity. you have fbi legal a taye shea office. my ex-if i recall. you have the cia there that's going to be passing intelligent onto their french counterparts. we would offer any assistance that the french wanted but also being working behind the scenes to trace names. and looking at any of the data that the french want to pass along and connect the dots and pass back to the french. >> he went onto say the likely break might simply come from a citizen tipping off the police to the suspect's whereabouts similar to the boston bombing
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case. pierzynski them your olds meanwhile were held across fans today to remember the victims of this action tam the eiffel tower went dark in honor of the 12 people killed. >> from government officials to schools, offices and newsrooms everything stopped today during the moment of silence in france. you can see people all along window this is where the signs. this is the google office in france. you also have universities, schools that observed this moment of sigh longs. people outside in plazas. even the trains stopped for the minute of silence. now, a couple of new hashtags popped up today. he was a muslim officer whose death was caught on camera and this is what some people are writing. because you can be ridiculed and discriminated against but still make the ultimate sacrifice when
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called upon to do your duty. and true hero protecting the magazine who made fun of his religion. now, with so much support from the world, the friend of are posting pictures under the #thanktheworld from france. >> inez, thank you. yesterday's shooting will not stop work at [cheering] charlie hebdo. they said they will print 1 millionish are copies of next week's issue they sea this usually sell 50,000. more on the friend media's response to the attack. >> reporter: the words don't only mean charlie hebdo is in our hearts it, also means the magazine has our full support. the next face is a deeper analysis. the charlie hebdo flag over the presidential palace with newspaper for wings. and armed men described by the
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signature mouse in confrontational terms. he had known the men who were killed for 30 years. and your readers saying if you want to kill them, then you must -- then you should kill us as well. >> we have to continue the battle. it is a beginning of the battle. >> reporter: the mourned frances most respected newspaper has described this as it's a own sent the 11th. the attack is now etched in the national memory. just as the individual immaterials in support of charlie hebdo has shown defines in the national mood. so the media has said the spirit of the magazine its right to say what at any point will be financially and physically supported by the rest of the media. >> when you attack the liberty of opinion of freedom speech freedom, press freedom, we are going stronger and more solid.
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we will be resume and the press freedom of the press will be stronger in france. >> reporter: they talk of the depth of the night and armed guards stands. ginism is under attack here but they are fighting back. france says its press and democratic values have come under direct attack. in the days and weeks to come the french media is going to have a very important role to play in what happens next. simultaneously to argue that people should be able to say what they want without fear of being directly, physically attacked. while at the same time, not pan dering to bigoted and particularly anti-islamic values values. the staff held their own sigh sigh lenses. there is as realization that
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there is an opportunity in all of this to further isolate those who would kill people whose opinions they disagree with with. lawrence lee in paris. afternoon tack by boko haram has killed more than 100 people. it happened on the banks of lake chad. the fighters entered the area late last night. killing people, setting the to town on fire and moving onto other villages nearby. we are on the ground now with the latest. >> basically the attack on wednesday was more like boko haram trying to finish up what they couldn't finish over the weekend when they attacked the fishing community. by the way on lake chad which is bordering the countries of nigeria, chad and cameroon. basically they attached taxed the village and killed lots of people, some are talking about hundreds of people being killed. many of them drowned on the lake
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chad while trying to flee or trying to cross the without never to a neighboring country. then they came back over the -- on wednesday went in to the town and then started killing again. the other people who couldn't flee killed those who were able to escape, escaped and then burned down the whole town. then they moved to other villages fine other villages and attacked those villages. some reports are suggest that go some of the villages have been completely burned and those 16 areas are currently effectively under the control of boko haram or suspected boko haram fighters. >> reported from nigeria. just ahead regular republicans are trying to change a key law that could effect more than a million americans. never mind the low interest rates some experts say this may not be the right time to buy a home. alley velshi from "real money" will join us next to explain.
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ohio decided today to drop the controversial two-drug combination given for an inmate who repeatedly gasped and snorted during a 26-minute execution last year. the state will also delay executions until it can get a new drug. more from chicago. >> last january the ohio death row inmate we were talking about dennis mcgwire was executed using that combination of, that was because ohio officials had ran out of pentobarbital. today ohio's department of corrections said it would delay the february 11th execution of convicted child killer ronald phillips, he was sentenced to death for the rape and death of his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter. they say they have been talking about this for a year since the botched execution in mcgwire's case and it's something that has been a result of changes that have come in the last few years.
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you know, four years ago the sole u.s. manufacturers of the most commonly used drug which was based in lake forest, illinois, decided to stop making the drug. also european pharmaceutical companies decided they would not sell the drug to corrections facilities for use in lethal injection cases and since that has happened states have been scrambling for find alternatives, 3050 states in the united states have capital punishment and use lethal en jim as their primary methed you had. ohio saying it would delay this execution and possibly others as they looking to back to sodium, it's unclear at this point where ohio may get the drug, but they could turn to compounding pharmacies which have supplied it in the past. the pentagon is closing 15 military base and facilities across europe in an effort to save money. the changes will save about $500 million a year. and will result in a drease of
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roughly 2,000 troops and civilians in europe. the pentagon says the restructuring process will take several years to complete. the controversial keystone pipeline project is one step closer to at least a floor debate in the senate. a senate committee today passed a bill to approve the project. already president obama has threatened to veto the legislation. jamie macintyre joins us live from washington. jamie, the pipeline cleared this hurdle in the senate commit. when it goes to the floor how will the toll ticks play out. of course the will will will go to a floor debate. it's expected to pass. the house will vote on its version of the bill tomorrow and also expected to pass easily. but the president has promised to veto it. and then the question is, it goes back to congress and needs a two-thirds majority of both houses to override that veto. and in the senate the last nose count put the number of votes
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for it at 63. it would need 67 to override the president's veto. so the prospects of fast tracking this keystone xl pipeline are as uncertain as ever. one thing congress might try the republicans in congress if they can't override the veto they could try attaching it as an amendment to a bill that's harder to veto. >> the house lawmakers passed a bill on obama care explaining how that will change the affordable care act and over presidential veto in order to become law. >> reporter: yeah, once again same problem here. it's unlikely to pass the senate, but if it does the president will veto it and we'll be back to square one, lets me back up and say what this bill was attempting to do, you know, this is a case where both sides do agree the affordable care act could use some improvement. but one side's cure is the other side's poison, this was a measure pushed by republican to his try to change the definition of a workweek under the
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affordable care act to 40 hours a week instead of 30. they said that would remove the incentive from employers to cut back the hours of part-time workers, give them more hours and be better for them. democrats in the white house argue it would be just the opposite because more people work 40 hour weeks this would put in new incentive in place for the employers to cut back plus a lot of people would lose insurance, as many as a million and half of those would end up on medicare which would just increase the deficit. but, again right now the prospects for this passing pretty slim. >> james jamie macintyre in washington, thank you. in southeast asia in the java sea rescue crews are still searching for the black box in the air asia jet that went down last month. this is the first video showing the tail section of the downed plane under water shot by divers. workers found the bodies of four more passengers while battling bad weather conditions. 44 of the plane's 162 passengers and crew have been retrieved and are confirmed dead.
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finding the flight data recorders would help explain exactly what caused flight 8501 to crash. some united airlines employees were fired they say for reporting a possible thread that happened last july in san francisco. the united crew members noticed the words bye bye next to a pair of faces, 13 flight attendants refuse today board the plane and were fired for insubordination. this week they filed a complaint with the labor department saying they should be protected by federal whistle blower laws. honda motor company has been hit with a record $70 million fine today for failing to report hundreds of deaths and injuries involving its cars. in november the company admitted to failing to report more than 1700 cases involving deaths or injuries between 2003 and 2014. honda has been under investigation for violating regulations from the national highway transportation safety administration. today mortgage rates fell to
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their lowest level in more than a year and a half. president obama is among those declaring the nation's housing crisis to be over and now the president is trying to encourage people to become homeowners. "real money's" ali velshi joins us, is the president right is real estate a safe investment for most of us right now? >> that is a good question. a lot of people including robert shuler nobel prize winner are saying home buying is not for everyone. it's a message we have sent to people for decades in america the american dream includes the ability to own your own home except when that home becomes albatross around your neck. the decision most american have his to make is not whether these remarkably low interest rates under 4% by the way if you have good credit. you know and you take a good 30-year fixed rate with a down payment. whether it will saddle you with so much more debt that you can't afford an education for your kids retirement savings the
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ability to achieve prosperity. increasingly in this world david homeownership is preventing people from coaching mobility. you are in a place industry dies down there but you can't move because you are under water on a house that you are stuck in and can't sell. for many people representing is a better bet. people that can't come one a down payment or make mortgage payment and the idea of the home becoming a nest egg back fires if you owe more than your home is worth that sparked the financial crisis even guys like robert shuler who do nothing but deal with housing prices say us hor i cannily it's not a great investment. if you live in a house if the payments are manageable, and it gives you shelter over your head it's fine to spends the money if it's under fours% of your income on that dwelling. but the concept of buying a house and flipping it because you make a lot of money was a very sort of sewn 1980s '90s and 2,000s kind of idea
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and maybe it's not the long-term truth. >> what else is coming up on the show tonight? >> we have a busy, busy show for you tonight, we are looking at oil prices and keystone and what else is going on with that. how much or how little economic benefit there is about that. there was a little on the show last night. how much benefit it will career in terms of jobs. as you know there were times when people saying there would be 50,040,020,000 jobs. now we know it's a few thousand temporary jobs. and maybe 50 permanent jobs in total. that doesn't mean you should, for or against keystone just means you should know the truth. >> and nobody is doing a better job of staying on top of the keystone did bait and the policy implications and facts than ali velshi and the team at "real money." see you at 7:00. >> thanks. coming up people in paris talking about the attack yesterday and how it could change the country. some say it was a size i seismic vent for france, we'll examine the
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unique crossroads between satire and religion.
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a massive manhunt continues in france right now for two men suspecting of carrying out yesterday's deadly attack on the paris offices of a satyrical magazine authorities have detained nine people related to the investigation. 88,000 police officer says ares are the to be sheriff be for the kouachi brothers. they killed 12 people. authorities are now conducting searches and towns near the french capital. the attack has career he eighted a new dye debate over extremeism in france, dana lewis has more from harris. >> reporter: france stopped today. but only for a moment of silence. on the street they were talk and
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reflecting and talking again. cal dal asks flowers and solemn voices heard outside the offices of a paris newt where 12 were shot down. one came saying she is full of fear melody anderson who only lives two blocks way. >> this is different. it's a really. -- how to say in english it's important for french people this is touching french people deeply. really what they believe in and fight for and what they are. >> reporter: people here sea it's more than an acts of terror it's a defining size mick event for france. former president says it's a declaration of war by determined fanatics. a muslim heard the gunshots in his bakery on the nearby boulevard. today he called the gunmen
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cowards and barbaric and said. >> translator: i don't think there is enough debate in the plus tim community. everybody is in their own corner. normal because they feel threaten bud we need to say stop to these barbarians. >> reporter: some are trying. liberal leader told me it's time to show our kindness to other community to his avoid confusion. we have to show the real values of islam and in to what these people are trying to make we urgently need dialogue. the fear is the dialogue may be highjacked by extremists on both sides that can't to ignite hatred and discriminating, rather than having a very good conversation about how to deal with dangerous extremism. across the street from the newspaper. two french journalism students still trying to reconcile the violence in front.: france is talking about extremism but it's
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time for a new talk. >> i thought we were being careful about it. we talk a lot about extremism. maybe it wasn't enough. >> reporter: dana lewis, al jazerra, paris. >> yesterday's tacks are raising questions about how far satire should go. some car soon assists and journalists say nothing should be off limit but others disagree especially when it comes to illustrating religious figures, roxana is berra has more on this debate. such an interesting one roxanne. >> many muslims say the profit mohamed should not be illustrated. we spoke to muslims cartoon assists and journalists. nobody says the newspaper got what it deserves but there is some debate over how much freedom they should have. cartoons across europe are showing their support. in france cartoon have his long played a role in exercising that freedom. >> it really became part of how opposition to monarchy became
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voiced by many people throughout the 19th century. so there is very little at all that is off market or off key for french political illustrated satire. >> reporter: for charlie hebdo publishing these were never off limits. a french court agreed. two muslim organizations accused them of insulting islam. they renamed an addition and listed the profit as it's a editoreditor-in-chief. soon after its offices were fire bombed. many muslims believe the profit mohamed shut not be illustrated in in way. some say it's not freedom of extension, it's abuse. but in 2012. charlie hebdo's editor said no idea was too sacred to draw. >> for them, it's -- it's
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forbidden for them. not us. >> some muslims agree. >> it's for each person to make the decision what they want to represent, what kind of cartoon they want to draw. and at some time should violence be the response. >> in the u.s. cartoon assists have faced criticism. some denounced this cartoon criticizing israel. it acts which is is the more heinous and court it's act. >> i don't think most cartoon assists think i shouldn't go that farm the editors sometimes say that, and the publickers do, but i think that our job is to sort of push the boundary and try to get a reaction. >> in canada and in the u.s., some publications printed cartoons today of the profit mohamed to show solidarity with charlie hebdo. many other publications did not. they said their decision was not based on fear but out of respect for islam. >> roxana, great piece, thank you. earlier we spoke with nick a cartoonist who was jailed for
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six days in iran in 2000 for this cartoon. he was accused of insulting an iranian religious figure. and says he does not draw the prophet mohamed. and we asked him what he thought of the did depictions in charlie hebdo. >> i should say that i don't say that they don't have the right to do such a thing. they have all the rights to do whatever they want to do. my sense is as an editorial cartoonist, i avoid going towards no route. i am a journalist. i a journalist who draws cartoons. but as a cartoon i felt i also believe in freedom of speech and as long as whatever you are doing is not hate speech and you are not libeling and you are doing the right thing, to your own conscience, you are doing good. but the fact is based on what we see over there in france, it seems that some people have an
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other interpretation i think from the middle ages about reacting to a cartoon or something that they don't like. i experienced something like that in iran when i drew a crocodile and they told me that i had insulted islam. and i was getting many charges for just trying to criticize the words of an ayatollah that i had a portrayed in a way as a crocodile. they said by putting the words of that ayatollah in the mouth of a crocodile that insulted him because he represented islam. and that's weird. why should religious leaders who are taking advantage of religion and using it to gain power are supposed to get a free card. and we cartoon assists or journalists who wants to criticize them are going to be labeled as people who are insulting the religion. so it's a very weird unbalanced
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situation for many of us. other satire assists around the glowing are showing solidarity by push litsching litsching cartoons denouncing attacks on freedom of expression. president obama just made an visit to the french embassy in washington to pay his respects to the victims. he seened the guest good become and met with the ambassador. that's the ambassador there standing over him. the ambassador said it was a highly significant gesture and the people of france are grateful. joining us now author of the thistle and the drone thousand america's war on terror became a global war on tribal islam. what is the place of islam in western europe and how do you think that place will be impacted by the attack in paris? >> david it will be a very negative impact.
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just got back in europe i am in a major study a book and film project on islam in europe and i have traveled the length and breath of the continent i love the continent it's a favorite place of mine, but what i did see were many business tubbing signs of a difficult time come is because tension between the muslim minority and the majority majority. there were some good times but negative times. twice we saw violent gestures and attacks on nonmuslims. we saw three mosques attacked in sweeped. we saw the large gatherings and protests in germany particularly in dresden over 17,000 people protecting the very presence of islam in europe. and these signs are being repeated and are feeding in to this right wing resurgence that is taking place in europe. so these are disturbing signs and unless, unless the local
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administration the local government begins to very vigorously be involved and also the plus lum leadership, you are going to get a time of great turmoil and trouble. >> some of the incidents you mentioned particularly in sweden, for example it also provoked a very strong reaction from the left. marches and december tryingses of people showing solidarity with the muslim community. does that become more difficult now as here we are late at night, there is a search still under way for two allege i had radical islamists that carried this out? >> yes the paris attacks will change things substantially. because this was on an unprecedented scale. it attacks western society. free speech and free press. at the same time, you must remember that there is the european tradition of supporting the mind or at this, supporting the underdogs so you get the pope, for example or the many chief ab rabbis and archbishops
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that i met all strongly supporting pluralism and i want faith understanding. >> what is the best way to understand that pluralism and inner faith given the events of the last 24, 48 hours. >> i think david it's crucial to do what you are doing hear muslim voices so that for the ordinary public, as it were, mouse limbs are not further margin liesed, they need tour seen as ordinary concerned citizens. who are equally hor identifiesed and concerned about the ramifications of what happened in paris. not to be seen that all husband limbs are complicit or support these horrific attacks. >> any fears that the concerns in europe might spread again to the united states which has our own experience after 9/11 with making life difficult for a lot
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of innocent muslim americans. >> of course, david, you are right. i have an article on muslims in europe compared to muslims in united states in the islamic monthly published from boston i make this comparison i point out in the age of globalization whatever happens in our up has an impact here in the united states and vice versa. we are talking about security and closing the borders and tightening up visas for even europeans coming to the states. there will be an impact and then, of course, the pressure on mosques, and women both in the united states and of course particularly more so in the europe. >> he is the chair of islamic studies at american university and, doctor, thanks for coming on we appreciate it. >> thank you david. thank you. in today's power politics the callings are getting louder for massachusetts democratic
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senator elizabeth warren to jump in the 2016 democratic presidential nomination race, yesterday at a union sum out raising worker wages the darling of the progressive movement hammered modern day economic policies that she says have only helped the rich. >> since the 1980s, too many people running this country have followed one form or another of supply side or trickle down economic theory. and many in washington today still support it. and it cut the legs out from underneath america's middle class. >> that warren speech like many of her other ones over the last year is going viral among democratic activists and organizations and the encouragement for a war on presidential -- warren presidential campaign has boone fueled by the head of the aflcio. >> senator war sen that rare political leader, she shares our values and she really connects with us, and she is a genius when it comes to policy and she
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is tough as nails when it comes to politics. >> tough as nails a genius, rare well, the remarks have create some teeth nashing in the rail any clinton camp. they have never praised clinton quite like that and union activists will be an influential block in the democratic primaries. a year away from the beginning of those primaries the iowa caucus the wall street journal surveyed and found mostly apathy for hillary clinton. >> we interviewed more than half of the democratic chair in iowa's nine counties and it was very difficult for us to find very many people who she was their first choice. >> more support for bernie sanders campaign than hillary clintons. the paper says the most support it found was for elizabeth warren. >> reporter: the bar,s for clinton are not just coming from
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the left but her right. jeb bush preparing a run for the republican presidential nomination took a jab at clinton last night. he told supporters that clinton would have to explain president obama's foreign policy mistakes and he added if somebody wants to run a campaign about '90s nostalgia it will not be very successful. in any campaign the economy say huge issue and one of the big debates involves who gets credit for turning around the economy. yesterday republican senate majority leader mitch macomb weighed in on this on the senate floor. >> we are finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope. the upkeep -- the up tick appears to co insight with the biggest political change of the obama administration's long tenure in washington. the expectation of a new republican congress. >> the expectation has fueled the economy?
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a spokesman for the democratic national committee responded with this, quote: california senator barbara boxer made a pretty big announcement today about her political future. >> i will not be running for the senate in 2016. i will continue working on the issues that i love. i'll have more time to help other people through my change community. >> boxer is a staunch supporter of abortion rights, gun control and the environment. she says she is most proud of the vote she cast against the iraq war. finally, this is a very big day for political and pop culture historians, it was 225 years ago today when george washington the nation's found he should the first president delivered in nation's first state of the union address. today also marks the birth of elvis presley. the king who once met president richard nixon at the white
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house. today presley would have turned 80 years old. and that is today's power politics. up next, we go back to west virginia, one year after a toxic chemical spill there and we'll hear from a community still unable to trust what is coming out of their too muchs. also a new source of antibiotics, this is both stronger and easier to find and scientists found it in the dirt. jacob ward explains after the break.
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tomorrow marks within year since leaky tanks at a chemical company in west virginia spilled thousands of gallons of toxin in to a river. it left 300,000 people without safe drinking water for several days. al jazerra went back to find out how the town is recovering. jonathan martin is live in charleston, west virginia tonight with more, jonathan. >> reporter: well, david life for most people here in charleston, west virginia is back to normal after the water
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crisis that affected some 300,000 people. and most of people we spoke to over the last couple of days tell you that they are using the water to bathe and cook with, but when it comes to drinking the water that's another story for a lot of people because despite a series of tests and study that his say the water is safe for some people here trust is still a big issue. in bluecross kitchen the crowd has come back. and table conversations no longer seem to focus on what is in the water. a massive chemical spill tasted the water for hundreds of thousands of west virginia residents one year ago. forcing most restaurants to close for at least a week. today she remains cautious. >> we are producing our own without we are a reverse owes osmosis system. >> reporter: she says trust between residents state officials and the water company hasn't been rebuilt. >> i don't think anybody really feels like get the whole story. >> reporter: during the crisis,
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there were important questions that even west virginia's governor couldn't answer. >> i am frustrated and frustrated and angry. >> reporter: it wasn't clear how long the tank owned by freedom industries had been leeing the toxic chemical or how much of it got in to the water supply. there were even mixed messages about when the water was safe to drink or bathe with. after a series of flushes to the system, the state gave residents the all clear. but two days later the cdc issued a warning for pregnant women not to drink the water. jennifer was nine months pregnant at the time. >> we just got so many conflicted messages, and it just made me very ainge reu6789 after five months on bottled water she and her family went back to using the tap water. >> personally, i think the water is probably better than it was before the spill because i think that at least now, they are being forced to be more transparent. >> reporter: along elk river freedom industry's tanks have been dismantled and the licorice odor from the spill is long
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gone. although some still worry about the chemical's long-term effects. hoping to prevent another water crisis west virginia american water has spent millions upgrading its treatment system and the state ledge legislature unanimously passed a law requiring all large storage takes to be registered spin spected. >> we know where they are are how much they are holding and what they are holding. >> we make up to 20 gallons a day. >> reporter: she doubts she'll ever recroup the $40,000 shist mates she lost from being shutdown. company that caused the spill is now bankrupt. she hopes the lawsuits she and 30 businesses filed sends a serious message. >> the lawsuits are there to try to hold copses and people huh make dad bad decision culpable. >> reporter: so while a lot of these companies are not picturing any money back from the time they were closed, david, they are saying that they are glad at least that they believe the people responsible
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this courages freedom industries they believe that they are at least being held accountable. we knee gary southern the former president of the company was arrested and indicted just a few weeks ago channeled with violating the clean water act along with several other former executives there and david, they could face several years in prison if convicted. >> jonathan martin report from west virginia. jonathan, thank you. the next generation of antibiotics could literally be right under our feet. researchers say bacteria that live in dirt are producing a powerful antibiotic that could replace drugs that no longer work. jacob ward joins us live from san francisco. and jake, describe the breakthrough here, a lot of antibiotics in the world what headaches this one so different. >> there are as you say a lot of antibiotic in the world dave i would. but the trick is there are only very few when you look at the total number of bacteria that are available in nature. right now we can only use 1% of the total micro biodiversity of nature and that's because only 1% of all that lives in a petri dish. the revolution here is they created a replace for him a
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petri dish, creating a system that allows to you grow bacteria in an environment much closer to what they naturally grow in. this tiny thing the i-chip can grow about 10,000 different strains of bacteria, create antibiotics out that have and it opens up a whole new world of very much. it's like opening up a whole door on an entirely new junk toll explore and that has researchers very home. that they will find new antibiotics, that they haven't been able too to find in 30 years owe so far. >> based on the picture it looks like the natural environment is mud? is that the environment we are talking about? and secondly antibiotic resistence has been a major problem, how does this change here? >> well, yes. and to your first question, absolutely there's mud. that's precisely what they are trying to grow it in. you try to grow did in a petri dish in a lab and that's a different thing. only very specific specific back tear yeah only the weeds that of the bacteria kingdom can grow there. what they can do here is create
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a whole new strain of them. when it comes to antibiotic resince the promising strain that has come out of this, is a kind of antibiotic that east to target two places on a cell. the problem with the traditional kind of antibiotics is they only target one place on a cell and gives the opportunity for a cell to mutate and development a resistence to that one targeted spot. when there is two spots it suddenly is mathematically incredibly improbable that the two spots would develop a mutation same tape justicely create the possibility they will not develop antibiotic resistence bacteria which kill as many as 23,000 people in the u.s. every year. >> thanks as always, jake. >> thank david. the fbi has begun an investigation in to a veiled fax on the naacp coming up the bombing and the precedent it send are being ignored some say. that's next and at the top of the money "real money."
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>> coming up on "real money" i am looking at the controversial keystone pipeline and whether or not the economic benefits of the project outweigh any dangers to the environment. don't let the low mortgage rates tempt you. a lot of americans still have no business buying a house. all that and more on "real money."
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the if. bi is investigating an ex-flowing mere an office of the naacp as a possible act of domestic terrorism. a pipe bomb went off outside tuesday in colorado springs nobody injured by the building was damaged. it's not clear this they were targeted. many african americans on social media say there has been little coverage of the incidents. >> the fbi is still investigating whether the naacp was targed on twitter the #naacbbombing has gone viral. among those raising their voice is john lewis who writes:
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>> and terrell writes: >> and derrek writes: >> i spoke to one community activist who says he's not surprised he heard about the incidents on twitter first. >> people find a way to ignore it or down play it. one of the things that we do find is people find reasons to justify the aggressions that happen on black and brown communities. and we feel that we have to be inning this narrative. >> the hashtag was in the top 10 trending list this is morning it's been tweeted over $52,000 in the last day. >> thank you very much. i am david shuster. "real money" is next. there is a manhunt underway at this hour in paris france for
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the two suspects chara ledger italy responsible for the deaths of 12 people yesterday in paris. the investigation continues there will be an update on al jazerra america at 8:00 p.m. eastern, for now "real money" with ali velshi starts now. ♪ a deadly attack on a french satire magazine did a culture war in europe set the stage. also the battle in congress over the keystone pipeline. and will the american dream of middle class homeownership ever become reality again? i'm ali velshi and this is "real money." ♪