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devices. >> this is al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm tony harris. the u.s. and the u.n. are urging calm after some of the worst violence between israel and hezbollah in many years in exchange of military strikes left two israeli soldiers and a spanish united nations piece keeper dead. the fighting was focused on the area where israel and lebanon in syria meet. missiles hit military vehicles where two soldiers were killed. israel responded with an air and ground assault hitting hezbollah targets in several lebanese border villages. the u.n. peace keepers died in one of those vialages.
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shebba farms is the point where all this took place. nick? >> yes tony, good afternoon. we're at that intersection that you just mentioned in the israeli-occupied golan heights. you can see the no man's land is a mind field. this i want took place about a mile behind me, and tonight israel is giving an indication that it doesn't want this to lead to war. it doesn't want an escalation, but this year is on the highest alert in nine years. on the road right next to the border. they had just been hit by hezbollah anti-tank rockets. from two miles away hezbollah fighters fired six rockets. two them scored direct hits.
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can company commander 25-year-old and 20-year-old staff soldier. many honked horns. the israeli response was swift. israel fired 100 artillery shells in southern lebanon. the targets sites are hezbollah firing points. israel is worried that hezbollah fighters could sneak under the border in tunnels for attacks. >> whoever is behind the attacks will pay the full price. >> and police set up checkpoints. all residents have been stopped from crossing this point. you can see there are hundreds of cars trying to get buy by here. police and soldiers as well are blocking every from going by. everything behind me is just a
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mile from the attack is a closed military zone. but by late engine the message is calmed. officials do not want to seem another war. >> you can return to your routine lives. >> times are tense in a border that is always volatile is tonight at its highest alert. and it's not only israeli officials indicating they don't want to escalate. officials telling their local media, sending messages potentially to each other that this was seen as a tit-for-tat attack. ten days ago a reported drone killed six hezbollah fighters as well as an iranian general. this was seen as a disputed land in response to israeli attacks and hezbollah officials dating that they don't want this to
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escalate any further. >> israelis are going to the polls for general elections in 50 days. and we do know that in times of conflict nations rally around the leader. could a new battle with hezbollah actually serve the prime minister? >> let's put it this way. israelis just like americans generally vote conservative when prioritizing issues of security. netanyahu's campaign from the very beginning has emphasized exactly that. security. he knows and his aids know that he's in trouble if his campaign becomes about things like the economy, which all of his opponents want to talk about and his main opponent, the labour party, is seen as relatively weak on security, and they have filled it's parliamentary candidate with people who will focus on the economy. so bottom line is if israelis
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are thinking about security, and israel is talking about security security generally the perception is that they'll vote for netanyahu. if they're not thinking about security they'll vote against him. we won't know what the motivations are whether it will or will not escalate. but the bottom line the more that israelis are worried about security the more likely he'll be reelected. >> nick schifrin, thank you. elon pinkus, also adviser to shimon peres and chief of staff. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> thank you. what do you expect the united nations to do about this. they're discussing this right now. the french may be taking the lead on this. what are you expecting? >> i expect them to go through the usual motions ask both sides to act with restraints. denounce violence with both sides. saying that a flare-up could
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lead to unintended consequences, advise everyone against escalation and then go have lunch. which is what they habitually do or dinner. >> that's right. >> there are expense accounts to be taken care of. >> you won't expect much from the united nations. >> no, no, no. i think i may be proven wrong and these things tend to escalate and thence tend to be miscalculated. however, i think both sides right now have a vested interest in containing this. and no one has any any interests or any attainable goal in expanding this. >> tell me why you believe that. both sides have a vested interest in containing this? >> here's the thing. the israeli-syrian border, which in fact has been quiet and tranquil since 1964, with the civil war in syria and the advent of isil, isis, call it
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what you want, that syrian border has become sort of a no man's land with the syrian military, assad's military not really controlling it, and hezbollah from lebanon have been exerting it's influence in the syrian area. i don't need to remind you or the viewers hezbollah is actively helping isis against assad, but it's convoluted because isis are sunni and hezbollah are shiite. last week israel targeted an syrian leader. whether israel knew or did not know of piss presence is unclear, and whether they weighed the consequences of
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assassinateing him is unclear. hezbollah funded by iran had to exact some kind of revenge some kind of reaction, which we saw unfortunately and tragically today. to which israel needs to respond that it is no wuss. >> tit for tat. >> it is a tit for tat. welcome to the middle east. >> yes yes sure, sure. ultimately, you know, there is concerns being expressed at the united nations right now. and from nick's reporting there are text messages going back and forth here. there is concern that this current state of affairs might lead--lead us back to 2006. what are your thoughts? does it hold the potential? >> it does hold the potential. it does hold the potential in the fact that in 2006--contained military victories over hezbollah. but hezbollah's military power has been replenished thanks to
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the syrians and to the irans. and as i said before in a slightly different context there are miscalculations and unintended escalations here. i doubt that this would happen. because as i said, and i remain fateful to that assessment, both sides do not have, and you mentioned that in your discussions, israel is 50 days away from elections. there is nothing to gain from a flare-up right now how it's changed since 2006. there was no isis to talk about in 2006. >> great to see you. thanks for the time. coming up at 8:00 p.m. eastern time tonight. we'll hear from a spokesman for the israeli army peter learner.
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jordan says it is prepared to make a prisoner exchange with aisles offering to isil offering to hand over an iraqi woman on death row. they've been calling on that the jordanian government to make that deal, but what was a simple exchange has become very complicated. >> the jordanian government said it is willing to release al rishawi in exchange for the jordanian pilot captured by isil. that's not when they're offering. they want al rishawi released for the japanese hostage not the jordanian pilot. but they said if rishawi is not released they'll kill the jordanian pilot as well. the family of the pilot is putting pressure to do whatever it takes to secure his release or spare his life.
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even if that means that they would free al rishawi without his release. the government adamant that they want to secure his release. the japanese government is doing whatever they can to secure the release of the japanese hostage. this deal has not been pinned down yet but it is leading the government here in a very tricky situation because there is a lot of criticism by the family of the jordanned pilot and other members of the government for joining the coalition. the parents of the pilot said this is not our war. our son joined the jordanned air force to protect jordan not to be captured in syria fighting isil. >> kurdish fighters are trying to cure more towns from isil. sinjar is one of them home of the yazidis until isil drove them out last year.
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it is also on a strategic supply route from northern iraq. >> this is the only way you can approach sinjar city. sniper fire is almost constant. aisles' main supply line that links strongholds run through the outskirts of this border city. the group cannot afford to lose it. the fight for sinjar city is now in its second month. it is a vast area some 100,000 people used to live here. but even before the fight is over a new battle has already started. iraqi peshmerga troops are not facing isil alone. their brethren in syria have come across the border to help fight a common enemy.
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the pyd is a syrian kurdish party linked to the kurdistan workers party or the pkk. the iraqi kurdish leadership, which has a long history of rivalry with those parties accuse them of wanting to impose their authority in sinjar. >> we welcome anybody's help but it seems that pkk has a plan. sinjar belongs to the iraqi kurdistan regional government. >> for now kurdish forces are cooperating on on the battlefield. the fighting is street by street. we went to a pkk base inside the city. fighters say they're here to help the yazidis and iraq kurds. >> we never talked about creating our own answer italy cleave but sin gentlemanner will believe with the curd san francisco regional government or the baghdad government.
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>> sinjar is home to the yazidi community. they remain camped on sinjar mountain where they were trapped for months before before the isil siege was broken. they too are an armed force. some praise the peshmerga for freeing sinjar. some blame them for allowing it to fall to isil in august. >> we won't accept any force. not the peshmerga. not the iraqi government here. >> isil has been pushed out of many of the yazidi villages on the outskirts of sinjar. land long disputed by the kurds in the central government in baghdad. it is still the case, but now there are still more players vying for control here. al jazeera sinjar. >> still ahead inside kobane. the devastation after four months of a siege by isil we look at the destruction in the syrian town at the bottom of the hour. on capitol hill they wasted little time in the nomination of
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loretta lynch by president obama. if confirmed lynch will be the first black female in the job. libby casey joins us. what did we learn today about president obama's choice? >> reporter: well, that she's cool under pressure, tony. as california democrat dianne feinstein described her she's steel and velvet. this is the first time in obama administration nominee has had to go before a republican-led senate badge. panel. this is a new reality of the republicans winning the senate. they would put loretta lynch under the microscope and the white house. loretta lynch was under oath and scrutiny, but many focused on the current attorney general. >> let me step late that you're not eric holder. >> no, i'm not sir. >> an attorney general who clashed with republicans and
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called himself the president's wing man. g.o.p. senators want to see daylight between mr. obama and his new nominee. >> you wouldn't consider yourself to be a political arm of the white house as attorney general. >> no, that would be a totally inappropriate view in the position of the attorney general. >> the republicans' biggest concern, president obama's recent executive action, halting the deportation of illegal immigrants. >> this is not only counter action to our laws. >> the president's immigration policies are not seeking confirmation today. loretta lynch is. >> lynch defended the president's legal standing against some of his fiercest crittings saying he followed the law. >> do you agree with that analysis or not. >> senator i did find the analysis to be reasonable. i did find it to recognize the
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issues and it did seem to provide a reasonable basis. >> run area of agreement between both democrats and republicans concerns about cyber security and terrorism. >> in a world of complex and evolving threats protecting the american people from terrorism must remain the primary mission of today's department of justice. >> if confirmed lynch will be the first african-american female attorney general and she's promising members of congress a fresh start. >> senator, if confirmed as attorney general, i will be myself. i will be loretta lynch. >> and ms. lynch needs to convince three republicans on this panel to support her to get her name advanced to the entire senate tony. it does look likely despite some republican resistence and concerns she's still too much like eric holder. she got through a marathon six hours of questioning today but it's not over for this senate panel because tomorrow they'll hear from witnesses both for
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ms. lynch and some who have concerns and serious complaints against the justice department. tomorrow will be much more about political theater. don't expect that to change the outcome of the hearing process. >> libby casey on capitol hill for us. libby thank you. one challenge facing the next attorney general is the possible use of excessive force by police nationwide. the justice department also delivered a scathing report on cleave's police department, but more than a month after the findings became public, bisi onile-ere has the story. >> reporter: the mayor of cleveland reluctant to talk to us. >> i've contacted his office, and each time i hear nothing. and here again an opportunity to talk and--j. >> well, it's an opportunity to listen. >> that's what we're told just moments before mayor frank jackson is to take the stage. he's here for a town hall meeting with community leaders. the focus the u.s. justice
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department scathing report on cleveland police. >> eventually we were allowed to ask the mayor one question about whether the city has acted on the report fast enough. >> what is your ponce to that criticism? >> you know, criticism is what it is. about what we're currently doing is we're we've entered into discussions with the department of justice. >> michael nelson describes the relationship between cleveland police and the black community. >> it has been over a month since the doj has sign its report. have you seen any progress from the police department? >> no, in fact all we've seen is push back. denial. on justs to report. >> the investigation uncovered years of wrongdoing, a systemic
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pattern of behavior that has left several people dead. the latest incident was in the death of 12-year-old tamir rice. >> we have to raise the level of community consciousness. we have to make sure that people are accountable. >> and two months after eric holder visited cleveland and called for sweeping changes he's on his way out and. >> do you think anything more can be done? >> i think they have to hold the city's foot to the fire, get a monitor in here, and empower that monitor with absolute power to make sure that this police department tows the line. >> but the mayor said change won't come overnight. >> when this is over, this
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process, there will be substantive changes that will be measurable, and that does not come from a political agenda. it does not come from a timetable. it comes from doing the work. >> and in a city that says its pushing for transparency some leaders say that many residents are being left in the dark. >> the problems are impacting the community. the solutions should be coming from the communities. this should have been scheduled on a saturday so the community could be here so we can hear their voices. >> residents hearsay they have seen small changes. hundreds of police officers will soon be equipped with body cameras. for many its just one small step towards bridging the divide. bisi onile-ere al jazeera, cleveland, ohio. >> shares of alibaba took a large hit after chinese officials accused it of selling fake goods on its site.
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>> apple shares surge today making $18 billion in profits thanks mostly to the iphone 6. >> tell me the truth. did you buy an iphone 6? >> no. >> that makes you the only person. >> these numbers are crazy. >> 70.4 million of them in three months. >> apple can't keep it up. >> aliens are buying them there can't be that many people who need a phone. by the way we're sort of expecting $60 million-some-odd. i don't understand people. is this the first phone they've
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ever seen? the earnings that ended on december 31st, profit of $18 billion. that is the largest quarrel profit ever reported by a public company. they told--almost $74.5 million of these iphone 6s or whatever they call them. on average, 34,000 iphones were sold every hour of every day in that three-month period. that's over nine iphones per second. sales of the iphone 6 plus, that's what it's called, drove revenue up 70% in china compared to the same time a year ago. i mean, that's the good news. the bad news is what does apple do for an encore. is it dependent on these iphones? but bottom line, i don't know what to say. i don't know what to say. >> i hear you. we want to talk about this yesterday. i'm glad you're back, by the way. is there a reason why yahoo is
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spinning off it's alibaba stake right now? >> this is an interesting thing about yahoo and alibaba. yahoo's founder bought a lot of alibaba stock back in the day. he was an early investor for yahoo, an it was worth nothing for all intents and purposes. now alibaba is worth 85% of the entire value of yahoo. it's yahoo. b-baba. now get that. yahoo owns 15% of alibaba. but that 15% is 85% of the value of yahoo. it's been to spin this off into another publicly traded company. it's expected to happen in the last quarter of 2015. so it's a big albatross off of yahoo. marisa meyer was looking to strengthen yahoo. now they've got a whole lot of money and they can answer critics that they're not just making money because they own a stake in alibaba.
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>> will it save on taxes as well? >> it's a tax-free transaction. i would like to conduct a few tax-free transactions, tony. >> yeah, me too. great to see you welcome back. ali velshi "real money" coming up at the top of the hour here on al jazeera america. two days after kurdish fighters declare victory in kobane. we go into the devastated town and hear from war-weary residents and facebook's decision to restrict images of mohammed prophet in turkey. caving to pressure or protecting the peace. that's coming up.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. we're gaiting a new look at the destruction inside the syrian border town of kobane. earlier this week kurdish forces said they broke a four-month-old
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siege. u.s. airstrikes have pounded in the last four months. buildings are ruined. homes destroyed. many of cubes' residents got out ahead of all of this fighting. you may remember these dramatic satellite pictures taken in october as isil advanced on kobane. thousands ran for their lives now the kurds face a huge task of cleaning up. >> four months of battles havelet kobane in ruins. it was fierce fighting. street by street, house by house. here in the north of the town there is not one building that was not destroyed. some burned out. many reduced to a pile of rubble. kurdish fighters looked tired. >> it was difficult at the beginning.
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the airstrikes have held us but our fighters stood their ground. airstrikes would not have been enough. our presence was key. >> apart from the fighters there was hardly anybody. there used to be 200,000 people who live there had. >> residents will not be coming back soon. there is no infrastructure. this is what is left of the hospital but the maintain priority is to clear the town of mines and boobie traps that the isil fighters may have left behind. they'll have to comb the tune for unexploded ordinance that lay rusting on the ground. the victory of the fighters paroling the streets the kurdish people protection unit claim victory after capturing the town from isil fighters, but officials are cautious about the victory. the fighting and airstrikes are yawn going all around kobane. >> it has not finished yet.
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they're controlling the countryside. they will try to bomb shell and attack again. we still have more than 380 meters. now the second stage. >> kobane's recapture has been a symbolic blow against isil. the group's black flag has been replaced by the kurdish colors. but it will take many more battles before the threat of isil is completely gone. >> let's bring in an assistant professor at mount sinai school of medicine. and right now she's in turkey assisting refugees. she's on skype now. you're currently i understand working and living monk refugees in turkey. what is the current state right
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now j there is a huge exodus of refugees from syria into turkey, and we've seen that in the pictures from kobane. there are thousands and thousands that cross into turkey following battles of kobane. but the 200,000 or the 20,000-plus that have come to turkey two million rafaels million refugees in turkey, and another six and a half million inside syria that have been displaced. we're happy that kobane has been liberated from isis, and the refugees are already packinging to home. this is part of a much bigger
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crisis. >> let's talk about that for a moment. as an aid worker what is the biggest challenge that the people face as they head back into kobane, and it's just been liberated for a few days now. is it safe? >> it's not safe. we know it's not safe because the turkish actually have not opened the border yet. they have to clear the mines. but the bigger problem is that there isn't any infrastructure. the hospital has been destroyed and this is what we're looking at all over syria the last four years of this very ugly war with these deliberate destruction of hospitals, shelling of schools the tarting of civilians. there is no infrastructure left. it's terrible. and it's extremely bad even in the government territory. there is absolute devastation.
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and this growing public health crisis. it's not just the trauma, the 200,000 dead, but several hundred thousand that and the 1 million or so amputees, crippled and then on top of that we have the measles the typhoid and tb and possibly the plague returning to syria. >> it can appear hopeless, then we think about what took place on sunday, the largest refugee camp in turkey opened. what can we even expect the camp this size to be equipped with, and i'm assuming it's not equipped with everything that it needs at this moment?
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>> they don't even call them refugees they call them guests. and they have camps with 1.5 million registered refugees. some live in camps but most prefer not to. the situation i've seen in camps, it's the best that i've ever seen whether it's somalia kenya, they have housing loppedy, satellite wi-fi, it's still a prison. they still can't get out. they can't work. they're not free. and you know, 35,000. that's great. but there are as i said, two million refugees here in turkey alone and turkey is the only country that allows refugees still to come to turkey.
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it's a huge problem. we appreciate your time. thank you very much. >> opposition groups have been meeting in moscow this week. the kremlin wants to work together to fight the largest groups posed by isil. >> this is the only way to face syria and win over those forces that like to humiliate the dignity of its people to split the country while ignoring the risk of a growing threat of extremism and international terrorism in the region. >> a national coalition has been absent from the talks. it says that it will only take part if talks lead to the ouster of bashar al-assad.
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now reports of those who stay hyped have growing concern for their safety. >> they call themselves soldiers in the army of the donetsk people republic. but the fighting has become more intense in recent days. some insist that we hide their faces. the carrier was stopped in its tracks. the fighters stand guard looking for movement in the freezing fog. this car took a direct hit. the family living close by left soon after.
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we're told two fighters have been killed in a destroyed truck. >> there has been heavy shelling here. we certainly have heard a bombardment in the last few minutes. what is incredible is that people are still living in some of these houses. anatoly has been living here with his wife for 40 years. >> i have to feed my dog and protect my home. where can i go? i have nowhere to go. i built this house myself. >> the fighters stop us from filming heavy military equipment moving through the village but they say they've helped thousands evacuate from here in recent weeks. >> the main thing is to protect the people. the things they want in life, especially those who can't leave.
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fighters have brought bread from donetsk to distribute among the villagers. >> it's very frightening. we run and hide because we don't have a basement. >> back on the road the fighters stop and inspect vehicles. they move back to their command position from where they say they will never retreat. carlstadtcharles stratford. al jazeera. >> afghanistan's parliament has decided to approve part of the president's cabinet. eight got the okay and several others were reject. parliament is now on a six-week recess. facebook has agreed to censor context in turkey that the turkey government deems insulting to islam and the prophet muhammad. >> facebook told us that the site agreed to block one page because of particular content.
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turkey's semi official said that facebook would be blocked completely if turkey did not comply. critics say that facebook is sacrificing the freedom of speech for its business interest. >> a day after the attack on charlie hebdo's newspaper in paris, this message was posted on the importance of free speech. facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas. we follow the laws in each country but we never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world. he signed off je suis charlie or i am charlie. two weeks later facebook has agreed to censor one page in turkey. the content was seen as insulting to islam and the prophet muhammad, similar to the images that motivated in charlie hebdo attack. in the past turkey has blocked
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social media. >> it seems very disingenuous how he has done this, but he has to think about his business abroad. turkey is one of the most connected nations in the middle east. he definitely wants to make sure that his company has a future there. >> turkey's censorship threat is just a move of a greater crackdown on freedom of expression. >> by choosing the cartoons and articles that we have published we made sure that we would respect our society's religious beliefs and religious freedom as much as possible. >> and last year turkey temporaryily blocked twitter and youtube through a scandal.
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>> there should be freedom of to express. whether in private areas or out in the open they should be able to express their opinions in a peaceful way. not bringing violence. >> there have been questions from turkey to block content. activists for freedom of expression say users can still use the pages blocked by using special software but they're calling on companies like facebook to be more transparent about the content they censor. >> we say that all the time. can we get more transparency breeze. thank you. youtube says it is overwhelmed by the number of groups posting violent content. the parent company google said that 300 hours are up loaded every minute. the shear amount of footage means it's impossible to screen every clip. military chiefs say sequestration is impacting the armed forces, but congressional
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leaders say that the budget cuts are a necessary sacrifice. we'll have debate from washington. and tracking personal drones have been a problem in the past, but no mother. we look at new technology to keep an eye on the sky.
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>> the supreme court has put an execution on hold in oklahoma. the state attorney general asks the justices to take that step. the high court has agreed to look at the drug that has caused problems in three states, including oklahoma's botched execution last year. america's top military commanders are speaking out about the impact of mandatory budget cuts. they saw budget cut as a result of a sequester, and the cuts have hurt military readiness. jamie mcintyre with more on this. >> tony, the new chair pan of
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the senate arm services committee republican john mccain has made it clear he's going to use his news position to preach the gospel of more military spending, and his prime target is sequestration. those are across the board budget cuts and military complaining they can't depend thedefend the nation. >> here we go again. we're sending our military on a far more dangerous course. >> the new champion in the republican compare man of the senate armed services committee john mccain railed against the budget cuts calling them senseless in the face of russia al-qaeda and north korea. >> it's clearly the collateral damage of political gridlock. >> one by one they decried the dangerous impact of the spending restrictions. >> i believe this is the most uncertain i've seen the national
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security environment in my 40 years of service. we would further delay critical war fighting capabilities, we currently have 12 fleets, 12 fleets of airplanes that qualify for the state of virginia. >> the service chief say they have down sided dramatically and now have fewer troops, ships and planes. >> we're now the smallest air force we've ever been. >> it was only a brief discussion of how the pentagon spends the billions it gets on the troubled f-35 fighter the most expensive jet in history. six years late and with a lifetime price tag estimated at 1 trillion-dollar. >> can we do it better? can we make them more efficient? >> democrat joe mansion noted the bill was given $5 million for new equipment that nobody asked for. such as the $120 million for m-1 abrahams tanks the army chief
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had to admit he does not need. >> excess tanks is an example in the army. hundreds of millions of dollars spent on tanks that we simply don't have the structure for any more. >> there was also no discussion of another pentagon priority that would save billions for defense. the obama administration is expected to request the authority to close more bases and reduce excess infrastructure and congress is once again expected to say no because of the political difficulty of closing a base in anyone's congressional direct. >> that's for sure. jamie mcintyre for us. thank you. president obama is saying farewell to defense secretary chuck hagel. the president and vice president were together this afternoon at a virginia military base for ceremony honoring hagel. hagel became secretary defense secretary in 2013. the company that built the
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drone that landed in the white house this week is planned to vamp devices so it can't fly over restricted parts of washington, d.c. but that may not be the only way to create a drone no-fly zone. another is a detection and warning system that anybody can buy. lisa stark with more for us from the white house. >> reporter: drones are exploding in popularity and there is concern among intelligence officials and others of how to stop these drones and what to do when they end up where they shouldn't be. this is the same model of drone that went down at the white house, a device about two feet in diameter raising big questions about safety and security. >> it does serve as a very powerful reminder. right on the white house door steps that zones can be used in ways that could effect our national security as well. >> reporter: there have been a number of troubling incidents worldwide, close calls with airplanes, flights over french
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nuclear plants. attempts to drop drugs into prisons. in 2013 german chancellor angela merkel was buzzed. and a drone crashed just short of the border. even a drone as small as this one is highly sophisticated with flight computers and gps technology. it can be programmed to fly to a designated spot. it can be outfitted with cameras for surveillance and much worse. >> they can get very large. they can have explosives biological or chemical agent on them in places of large gatherings of people. >> reporter: while most drones are used by hobbiests or a few businesses there are concerns that they are too small and fly too low to be picked up by radar. brian hearing who has worked in defense and intelligence, and his business partner say that they have an answer. a way to detect drones by
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listening for their unique sound. >> drones really don't sound like anything else in the world. we've heard them compared to an angry beehive. >> if a drone is nearby an alert goes out. there are simple devices that detect drones from a few hundreds yards or more sophisticated ones that can pick up a drone two-thirds of a mile away. in the u.n. this is proven popular by celebrities worried about paparazzi. >> it gives you crans warning that a drone is coming. it gives a heads up to run inside. maybe shut the blinds if you want to protect your privacy. you could clear a prison yard if it's coming into the prison. you could get a vip down into a bunker or divert planes. >> detecting drones is one thing. intercepting them and bringing them down safely is much tougher. the government is scrambling to come up with solutions. but the ability to identify and take out drones especially small
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ones is years away. now right now the federal aviation administration is trying to draw up regulations that would allow the commercial use of drones, the safe use of drones in the nation's air space. today california senator dianne feinstein said she's going to introduce a bill to significantly strengthen drones safety laws, and she said she issued a warning she said, we have a serious safety potential problem that could cause a serious threat to life. >> lisa stark for us. thank you. we visit a detroit hat maker that has survived the ups and downs of recession and america's fashion trends since 1893. that's next. >> michael: coming up, i'm looking at the billions that could be spent to elect the next president of the united states. and plus we're on the road with the guys who catch in every time there is a big snow form. the new york sanitation
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>> it has been a long day were digging out of parts of new england. even the youngest--where is the baby--there we go, we had to get out there and help clear the steps. the pow crews are working to get the electricity back on and there is more forecasts for snow over the weekend. henry the hatter has suffered through wars and depression and weathered the changing taste of the hatting industry. we have a look inside. >> it's been a detroit fixture for more than 120 years. it's been through good times and bad, but always sacrificial. henny the hatter is america's oldest hat store. >> having a business is almost like raising a child. you take it from point a to point b and you want to hand it
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off, and you hope that the next person can do the same thing. >> from the time of the last century most men would not be seen in public without a hat. nowadays few cover their heads an most that do don't do former. the history of the has is almost the social history of america itself. >> people started to go from heated home to a heated garage to a heated parking lot to a heated office. they didn't need to stand out and wait for a bus or a streetcar. >> for henry's the highlight was the inauguration of president dwight eisenhower. he took the oath wearing a henry's hat. eight years later some critics claim the new president kennedy, changed the culture when he was sworn in hatless. >> when kennedy was inaugurated president he had an absolutely beautiful head of hair, and america responded to that and decided that they, too wanted a nice head of air and it became
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easier to do without a hat. >> now its music in the movies that can drive sales. >> this is the classic fedora. almost the indiana jones look. >> and people still want to look like their idols. >> in the middle '60s, when muhammad ali was cassias clay. >> singing ferrer williams is famous for that song and that hat. >> for a long time hats were out of favor. then all of a sudden, thanks to music, thanks to entertainment hats became cool again and we've gotten the the 20-year-olds and the 30-year-olds, and we're enjoying quite a resurgence. >> a good quality hat can cost anywhere from $80 to $200 up and its regarded as an investment. something more substantial than
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a baseball hat. something to be passed on from generation to generation. a bit like henry the hatter store itself. >> there is a lot cut and sewn. >> "real money with ali velshi" is next. . >> only the you will are a ultra rich can spend battle on their favorite candidate. and jeb bush and mitt romney both republicans both could run for the white house and both carry the same corporate baggage. and preparing the world for the next pandemic like ebola. we'll look at whether a global insurance plan could help. i'm ali velshi, and this is "real money."