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>> we begin with a major set back for the national security's bulk phones collection today. ed program goes beyond what congress envisioned under the patriot act. and lisa stark join us and what did they say about it, and how is the obama administration reacting? >> well, tony, the court soundly rejected the rationale used by first the bush administration and now the obama administration to justify this massive collection of phone records. they were collecting the length of time and the date though not the contact. the government argued that this data could be relevant to future terrorism investigations, but the court found "such an expansive concept of relevance is unprecedented and unwarranted. >> this is pretty enormous
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ruling today for the court to hold that a program that the u.s. government was implementing for over a decade was unlikely under what congress passed. >> now, it was nsa documents leaked by edward snowden, back in 2013, that revealed the extent of this phone surveillance program. the aclu claims that the program violated the privacy rights of americans and the courts today did not take up that constitutional issue. but it did say in its opinion that there was the potential for invasion of privacy unimaginable in the past. now, the obama administration. it says it is still studying this ruling, but the administration points out that the president has made it clear that he wants to change this program. he wants the data to be held by the phone company, and not by the government. and the fbi would have to get permission from the secret
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intelligence court to take a look at that data on a case-by-case basis. tony? >> so, lisa, this comes as congress votes to re-authorize the section of the patriot act. and how could this ruling actually impact that? >> absolutely, in fact, the section of the patriot act expires in a few short weeks on june 1st and there has been a heated debate in congress about what to do about the surveillance programs. and today the chair of the intelligence committee said that programs like this must be continued. >> how in the world could we think about rolling back the tools that are the only tools that put us post-9-1-1 versus pre-9-1-1? the threat is greater today domestically around the world than it has ever been. >> now other lawmakers and we're talking about both
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democrats and republicans strongly disagree, saying look, this program was unnecessary and it was not even effective. legal experts, tony, say that the court today makes it less likely that congress would vote to extend the current language in the patriot act. because it can't be used for these massive surveillance programs. >> my goodness. all right, lisa stark for us in washington, thank you. lynn greenwald who helped edward snowden reveal the existence of the program gave aljazeera his thoughts today. >> one of the most dangerous things that they have done since the most 9/11 era is begin to collect millions and millions of data every day because they look for somebody planting a bomb to blow up at the boston marathon or on christmas day. and i think that the targeted surveillance you go to court
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we have people who are dangerous, and we have to monitor them. and it's a way for security and liberty. >> waldman is the senior council for the brennan center, and she joins us from washington d.c. rachel. i hear this being couched in its potential as potential harm to national security. and we heard that sound bite. but hasn't the program done real harm to the issue of privacy for americans in this country? >> right, there are two pieces to this. one is that it has real implications for american's privacy. it collects so much information from which the government could extrapolate so many things about an individual's privacy and on the flip side, there has been almost no showing that it has contributed to national security. major groups, including the
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president's own review board has said that it hasn't done much. and it's time for it to end. >> so the court said that it's an invasion of privacy seen here unimaginable in the past. so here's my question. if it's illegal why didn't the court take the next step, which might have been an injunction ordering the program to end cease and desist from this moment forward? >> it's interesting. the court was very explicit in terms of recognizing the surveillance debate going on in congress right now so the court said, acknowledged in several weeks that this section of the patriot act is going to expire, and if going to be re-authorized and expire? and so the court kind of said there needs to be some time for it to work itself out. and we want to send this back to the district court. and we want the court in the
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first instance now that it understands what the law meant and the terms had a of the law couldn't have authorized this kind of program. and we want the court to go back. there's only a few weeks left anyway, and something is going to ham one way or the other. >> wait a minute, rachel. so it's illegal and is it unconstitutional? >> right so the court didn't quite go that far. the court talked about the 4th amendment issues and the first amendment issues. the fourth amendment, is this an unreasonable search? and second, did it chill people's free speech? their expression and freedom to practice their religion? the court talked about those and the ways that this could violate the first amendment. the court said one important thing, the fact of the government if getting this information, that's where there's some fourth amendment implication there. but the court said it's enough
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for us to decide that it's violates the statute. we're not going to reach out and answer those questions but the court did talk when that. >> so congress is simply, and correct me if i'm wrong on this congress is going to tweak this and pass it again? >> i think that's one of the the bigwigs. there has been real momentum in the congress not to just do little tweaks. last two years we're coming up on the two-year anniversary of the disclosures that edward snowden kick start. and this of course was the first one and there has really been a lot of momentum, and a lot of pushback, and a lot of anger, quite frankly on behalf of the congress, saying we didn't know everything that was going on. and so i think it's unlikely at this point that there are just going to be little tweaks. one of the questions that this opinion raises, what would it mean for congress just to
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re-authorize the patriot act as it is? >> i think that he's talking about, isn't he? >> he is. he is. and it's so funny because what the court clearly says is, the language of the stat unit, of this part of the patriot act doesn't authorize this part of the program. so for senator mcconnell to say i don't want to authorize the patriot act as it is, something isn't quite connecting there. >> so sum it up for me. the executive branch of this government was it making relevant fox readily available to congress and the public about this program? is that what we have here in the final analysis? >> that is absolutely one the important takes here. the executive branch wasn't making information available to the public. and maybe they say that's how
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these programs go, they're not available to the public, but especially, they're not making the information available to congress. so when congress was looking at the [ patriotic music ] they,thepatriot act. and they didn't know. >> rachel waldman, she joins us from washington d.c. thank you for your time. so the polls are closed and the vote counting is underrish way in the united kingdom's closest election in decades and the country is waiting it find out who will be it's next leader. dana join us from london and what are the exit polls telling us about the potential outcome and any surprises so far? >> reporter: i'm going to scratch my head, tony, because i'm not sure. there are a lot of political experts in briton watching the numbers come in two hours ago shaking their heads. yes, there are surprises and
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that's because we see gains from prime minister cameron's party. and significant gains, and he's the number-one party in terms of seats won and the exit polls, and the counting goes on, and i think that ed miliban, his numbers are shocked tonight because they have dropped in numbers and 75 seats or so, exactly 77 seats behind the conservatives right now, and miliban may be looking for a new job if the numbers hold true. what does it mean? the conservatives have done well. and prime minister cameron may be in the position to do a queen's speech later in the month, where they essentially table their plan for the next year, and they try to push it through parliament to see if they have enough votes to survive and they have a ruling party, along with the ruling
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party, so they can marry along the way to see if they have a governing coalition but the fact is right now even if they take the liberal democrats, who they formed the majority with in the last election and have served with the last five years ago, they make the 326 seats which give them the majority. in the polls tony, 22,000 people in the country of 50 million people voting tonight potentially. so those numbers will change. so one vote, one seat one wail or the other and it can change the situation. so you have the tories right now looking at the numbers saying, great news, we did really well. and cameron is set up to try to rule again in five years and you have the labor party saying well no. they don't have the majority anymore, so maybe miliban should be asked to do the
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queen's speech. if they hold the way they are they will go forward in who is going to form the government. i can tell you that the last point, the markets are reacting pretty positively to this. because they see stability in the conservative government. and the numbers make them look g. tony. again, it's mystifying and the system is working right now. >> dana lewis for us in london. and. >> . a top al qaeda leader has been killed by a u.s. airstrike in yemen. according to the monitoring group, alancey was killed. and he has appeared in several al qaeda videos, including one where he was behind the attack on charlie ac dough in paris but they have not confirmed his death yet. in order to bring aid to
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millions, but according to a news conference with jesus christ the valued saadsjesus -->> this is not after weeks of airstrikes and fighting, a scene of chaos and destruction. hundreds have been killed. and thousands have lost their homes. but there may be an opportunity. >> it would, we particularly welcome a new saudi initiative, to try to bring about a peaceful resolution through the announcement of their intent to establish a full, five-day renewable ceasefire and humanitarian pause. no bombing, no shooting, no movement or repositioning of troops. >> u.s. secretary of state john kerry has been meeting
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with government officials and it's the truth he's and loyals to the former president who respond favorably. his proposal could change the situation on the ground. the fight means that if the initial ceasefire holds [ unintelligible ] the purpose is not only to facilitate the distribution of humanitarian relief supplies, but to open a window of opportunity for talks to start. >> king shaman has announced a conference in riaed which the prime minister referred to, to which he's inviting all yemeni parties, and we support that conference. >> the two ministers pointed out that the initial conference proposed by saudi arabia, which would be held on the 17th of this month with secret talks to be held with hem of the u.n.. the valued he's said they are
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open to talks on negotiations but will not attempt any hosted by countries that support the saudi coalition. >> they will never ever go to readd, because riaed has attacked us, and more than any country in the gulf except oman. >> but they assist that the ceasefire must hold. >> this is all based on the houthis complying with the ceasefire. there will be a ceasefire everywhere, or a cease fire nowhere. >> about it holds, it's the biggest step yet to bring in all sides to the negotiation table. aljazeera, riaed. >> there's evidence that the syrian government is once again using chemical weapons against its own people. they are dropping crudely built bombs in insurgent held areas and this comes nearly two years
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after al assad agreed to dismantle the chemical weapon stockpile. and they're trying to determine which side is using chlorine as a weapon. reporting it now from the united nations. >> reporter: scenes of pure horror in syria. lungs burning and civilians struggling to breathe or not breathing at all. the immediate human suffering from a suspected chlorine bomb attack in operation controlled areas of the country. all signs point to bashir al-assad whose government is responsible for it and similar attacks. they say that the bombs were dropped from helicopters that parts that only he has access to. and a response to "malicious propaganda" it was only two months ago that they called for further non-compliance, but they have not been able to agree on the next stems. the u.s. is now looking at a
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u.n. body to assign blame to those responsible. >> the retribution is clearly a mechanism to provide that uncertainty, and the security council will agree on that mechanism. >> but there could be challenges arriving at a consensus, particularly from russia. syria's most powerful ally, an ally that has veto power and it could be an attempt to pin blame directly on assad. syrian groups say that it's clear that assad is responsible, and it's important for russia to acknowledge it. >> for russia to say that they don't know who is responsible for the attacks. we know who did it, and many governments know who did it. they claim that they know, so if they know, why wouldn't they
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want the u.n. to think about it >> the draft proposal has been sent to moscow for review and a decision in may. given the security council's division holding them accountable is difficult. even the innocent civilians are victims, and the most vulnerable are threatened. >> a former guantanamo inmate, convicted of killing a u.s. soldier has been released on bail from a prison in canada where he's a citizen. danielle with more. >> reporter: for a decade, the youngest inmate at guantanamo. after pleading guilty to war crimes before a u.s. military commission in 2010, omar cater was transferred to senior his sentence in canada. they wanted humphries on bail as they contested the
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conviction. and they were successful. >> i will not believe it until he gets picked up by me,. >> i had journey that began thousands of killometers away, and the pakistan border here. for now omar kotter is a free man. he spent technical years fighting for kotter's legal rights. in the u.s. and canada and guantanamo itself. >> when i went to guantanamo for the first time, i saw a tragically unhappy injured young boy who looked like a broken spiral to me, in a room with no windows chained to a floor plan. i walked in there as a lawyer, and came out as a sad father. >> a father figure to astrofell young man denounced repeatedly today, by his own canadian
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government, as a hardened criminal. links to al qaeda. human rights activists say that he was a child and should be treated leniently. kotter has a lot to catch up on. this university has been supervising his high school education at a distance, and now she'll work with him as a person, part of a community. and easing him into the reality long denied him. >> i look forward on omar's behalf to the most ordinary life you can imagine. i look forward to the day that we can cheer at his graduation, when we can dance at a wedding and if he's really fortunate someday, celebrate children. >> it's hard to imagine how it feels, incarceration for guantanamo and other prisons but that's what omar khadr is experiencing right now for the
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first time in nearly 13 years. aljazeera, edmonton. >> in napal thousands offered prayers and flowers today as part of a hindu ritual to mark the end of a 14-day mourning period of those killed in an earthquake. thousands of survivors are still without food and shelter. the coalition battling isil is about to get bigger, and the u.s. military is training new fighters, clus. >> when i saw them moving in the manageerisms and everything, that is me. >> reunited with a child she was told had died. there could be dozens more cases just like this.
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>> the new attorney general said that she'll decide soon whether the justice department will open a broader investigation.
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loretta lynch testified before the subcommittee this morning and rawlins blake asked the justice department to investigate practices in the city. and lynch said her office is considering. >> i assure you senators, that i'm listening to all voices. we're currently in the process of considering the request from city officials the community and police leaders for an investigation into whether the baltimore city police department engaged in a pattern or practice of civil rights of violations. >> baltimore is already taking part in a volunteer justice department review that started last fall. there are new developments that aljazeera america reported several days ago. women in the st. louis area told after childbirth that their newborns had died. but instead the babies were stolen and put up for adoption. as of this evening, more than 70 women have reached out to a hotline to find out if their
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children were also taken. >> this is the moment 50-year-old melanie gilmore was reunited with her birth mother, villa jackson price via skype. until just a few months ago price, a mother of five, didn't know her daughter was alive. the staff at the hospital in st.lution, where gilmore was born, said that the premature baby died hours after birth. >> back then, doctors and nurses were held enough such high esteem, if they said something, they believed them. and mine was believable because i was so early. >> earlier she filed a petition to unseal her daughter's adoption papers, and it said that gilmore was stolen. >> there's a little law out there that says that you can't traffic in human beaks. you can't steal a baby from a mama and you can't take a baby from a mom.
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>> since then, dozens of people have contacted her office, saying that they too have helped to find long lost family members. she thinks that her stem mother lost nine beaks. >> growing up, weren't you suspicious? >> what they said, that was it. >> it would be something. >> while the hospital has been closed for 36 years watson said birth and death records still exist, and if there was trafficking, the city could be accountable. >> so the city of st. louis could be on the hook, potentially, for millions in restitution. >> millions? i don't think that you can quantify the loss of a baby for 50 years thinking that that baby is dead. >> diane esther brook aljazeera, chicago. >> and new finds in the blue
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bell ice cream listeteria outbreak. according to findings, the company knew about it two years ago, the company recalled all of its products last month in 23 states. coming up next on the program a nearly unanimous vote in the senate that brought it together. and plus, in the cross-hairs what the federal government has planned for thousands of birds in the columbia river.
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>> airstrikes against isil destroyed more than two dozen targets yesterday in syria and iraq, and it happened just before the defense secretary announced a program has begun to train syrian forces to assist in the fight against isil. jamie mcintyre joins us from the pentagon, and what did the
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secretary say today? >> well, for months, they have been talking about training forces in syria to go after isil. and most of the emphasis has been on the campaign in iraq. finally today secretary ash carter was able to announce that the 20 or so hundred volunteers have been embedding and they managed to get the first class to begin the volunteer training in jordan. but this immediately raised the question, by the way if the u.s. was going to start sending the troops into syria to fight isil, and the pentagon pointed out that these were troops only focused on isil, what happens if they engaged government forces, and ash carter succeeded that was a possibility. and in the eventuality, they would have the responsibility to come to their aid. >> it's not our program to engage assad's forces, about you if the question arises that
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assad's forces undertake to engage them, we would but they're not being feeled for that purpose. they're being fielded for the purpose of engaging isil and that would be their principle mission, and that's on one of the bases that they would join our program in the first place. >> so what secretary carpenter is saying, if the united states and other countries assisting in the training send the forces out into the field to confront isil spill they get in trouble the u.s. has an obligation to back them up. they have not quite decided but secretary carter said that they include airstrikes, and medical evacuations, and it could put the u.s. in a of greater role in that fight against isil in syria. >> jamie though the pentagon said these forces are not starting the assad regime, it seem to me that it would put
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more pressure on that regime, regardless, is that correct? >> it seems obvious if that's the case. it seems that the forces loyal to bashir al-assad have been suffering setbacks recently. and he said that it's part of the ups and downs of war but the war was not lost. but today they said that the momentum of the forces has been blunted and though these new forces will not be entering the battle for months, and probably would not be directly focused on government forces, but wanted pressure on al-assad has been increasing and he's looking for a way to get to the negotiating table. burr president assad is giving no indication. >> mike lyons is retired from the u.s. army, and aljazeera's national security contributor.
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700 to 90, and i don't need these questions with you and what do you think of the program. >> it's mostly symbolic at this point. 90 soldiers to be trained over the next 16 weeks to months will make no impact on the battlefield. training in jordan and syria to try to fight isis. it's not marked by boundaries, and to me, it's not a military mission. >> there will be other classes right? >> the problem is numbers. it started with 3750, and then to get them through that kind of pipeline. 37,000 isis troops, it's not going to be a match. >> what are we calling them? are we calling them a militia? >> the arab public military, and that's the military
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solution there. if it's an arab country, it has to take responsibility for going in, and likely clean isil is out of these places >> so that's really the question. is this the first step toward mounting a military force of whatever capability is? taking on assad? >> well, probably not assad. that's the one thing. that's a bright line. they don't want these troops to go in and fight the assad government. and who is to say. they put pressure on the rebel forces, and they might be better equipped. and they will be funneled by the united states, and they don't have better equipment >> so is the united states responsible for whatever these groups do? good or ill? >> that's a big whatever. because if they get in there and start committing war crimes, they start doing the same thing that we see isis do,
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looking for retribution and looking to settle scores, it's not going to look good. there are so many unintended consequences with this mission. >> major lyons give it to me straight here. does the united states ultimately have any impact in syria, will they need to commit ground forces? >> i don't think that you'll see infantry ground forces at the front. i think that you'll see logstitions, and what you see at the beginning of the iraq mission, because nobody does it cheeper than the united states. it's going to take a long time to bring the infantry forces in to fight the battle there. >> major mike lions from the u.s. army and also the national security contributor. iran has released a cargo ship it seized last month following a court order. the marshall islands vessel was taken into custody by the
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iranian patrol boats as it mosqued through the sea. iran said that the firm that chartered the shim owed money to a continue. and the government has not said whether or not fees were paid to secure the release. giving a violence in negotiations with iran, the bill left congress' review. senior washington correspondent, mike viqueira is here with us now and democrats and republicans came together on this issue. >> 98-1, tony, and it started out so controversially. republican senators wrote to iran warning them of the deal. and said that the president was angry and trying to sabotage with iran. and india in a letter to a
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freshman in arkansas, he voted against it. the bill was watered down somewhat to the president's liking. basically, the mainly provisions are as followed. the president must wait days to pax with congress those with the observe administration, those can be lifted immediately, and congress could reject the deal. but if they do so, the president could veto it, and the congress could try to override t the congress promised talks with iran itself. and one of the opponents was tom tillition a republican from north carolina. >> i think that those of us who are voting for this bill today are voting, in large part, because of the distrust we have for the supreme leader and the regime in iran. this is not about the iranian
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people. there are tens of millions of iranians that i believe are concerned with this bill as well. >> meanwhile, bob corker, the chief sponsor of the bill and the chairman of the foreign relations committee, he played it up to the senate today. >> as you know, veto two hours before we came to committee. it was threatened to me just a week before directly from the white house, and yet in working together, we were able to overcome that. >> so the bottom line, tony, the bill is no longer seen by the white house as a threat to the talks themselves as it once was. the deadline is june 30th and the talks are heating up now. pentagon employees reportedly used government credit cards to gambol and pay for adult entertainment.
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according to the website politico they found military employees used government credit cards at casinos and adult establishments in las vegas and atlantic city. a pentagon official said that the government did not necessarily pay the charges. some employees sub minted receipts for reimbursement. this week, the government rescued dozens of women and children from boko haram but we don't hear about men being saved. that's because they typically kill the men before taking the family hostage and as a result, a generation of hundredses and fathers have been wiped out. >> sad and broke. she recalls the good old days before boko haram. the father of 14 had houses, farms, and more than 100 head of cat. now, these two cows are all he
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has. >> people still come to ask flakes. i lost so much. at some point even the will to go on. but i'm still hanging in there. >> but the pain that he feels most is the loss of adult sons, both killed by boko haram. after their deaths, they settled here. some are thinking of going back, but he sees no future there. >> i think when we eventually go back, what is the use whether they're dead or gone? how can we cope? some of us have depression. >> and there are several farming communities like this. they have been displaced. for now, they have neither the
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money northern the strength to farm or trade. when they attacked in the occupied territories in northeastern nigeria, there was a sis mattick targeting of young men decimating the population. the group is accused of using rape as a weapon of war and even women were not spared. >> most of them have been killed or left. and that could impact their recovery and survival when the people return to their homes. in these communities along with infrastructure like roads and schools have been destroyed. but it's the people's spirits that might prove difficult to repair. >> it would be difficult. with our countries, it's a lengthy process that's always possible. >> though boko haram fighters are on the run few show much
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desire to return home. the question most of them are asking now is, return to what? aljazeera, nigeria. >> a growing political crisis in chile is gaining momentum after the president fired all of her cabinet ministers struggling with the lowest political ratings of her political career, as well as a string of scanned as that have rocked her government. caroline malone has more. >> the president of chile needed a shakeup to save her reputation, so they made this announcement on national television. >> a few hours ago i requested the resignation of all of the ministers, and i will take 72 hours to decide who will stay and who will go. the president's popularity is at an all-time low. her son resigned, after being
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accused of getting his wife access it a $10 million loan. his company is accused of buying access to the land and huge profits. they're trying to address politicians can raise money. she had an 83% approval rating it after she was elected and she was elected again last year with 62% of the votes but her popularity has gone down since then. the poll released on wednesday suggests that only 31% of the people approve of her. >> the disapproval rating in the polls had a negative affect on what has been achieved and threw a lot of doubt over what can now be taken forward. >> reporter: over the past months, there have been severe floods and a volcanic eruption. she explains the timing of her announcement on national television. >> why didn't i do this
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earlier? because we're dealing with very hard situations. >> the president has been trying to push through a number of reforms including on education and labor. yet she's facing more criticism than recognition which earned her sympathy from some supporters. >> worst of all they are ruining the president's image which she didn't deserve because she came back with very good intentions. everything has been awful. she had to deal with catastrophes, nothing to do with her natural disasters. >> the shakeup has been welcomed by politicians within the party. some have replaced the ministers who have had to resign. it is a dramatic move, but some see it as a necessary move to relieve the pressure on the president. pretty soon, federal wildlife agents are expected to turn one of the largest bird
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breeding grounds in the west into a shooting gallery. they plan to sacrifice dozens of cormrants to save the salmon population, and allen what's the reaction to this plan? >> well, tony, a very complex and for some emotional issue we have birds protected by international treaty, versus fish, which are protected in the endangered speels he's act. and the place that's going to have to give is east sand island. it's at the mouth of the columbia river and it's the biggest double crested corm rant population in the west. the army corp of engineers is finding a way to bring the number of birds on the island down.
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they decided that the best way is to kill birds and oil the nests, and they eat fish and a lot of fish. young salmon and steelhead make up part of their diet. 13 species in the columbia are endangered. and the corm rants eat millions of them a year. >> food for their young, and we're talking about turning their nesting colony into a shooting gallery. >> the birds are protected under the act and fish under the endangered species act. >> how would you pick one or the other? >> you hope you don't have to, but you try to harmonize the effects to ensure that both species move forward sustain belief. >> the conservation groups say that the corp of army engineers
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should be doing a of better job of managing their dams on the columbia, and the birds are just scapegoats. the corp says we spend hundreds of millions of dollars tweaking the dams to protect the sam salmon, but they have to do something when t there's a hearing in a federal courtroom tomorrow. and we could get a ruling it soon or a couple more days, and the plan is to sil 11,000 adult birds over the course of four years. >> . >> thank you. during the unrest in baltimore one of its best-known institutions came up with its own response to ease tension there. the symphony orchestra gave a free concert. a gesture that the conductor said is giving back in the moment. it's not the first time that this conductor has gone out of her way to bring change to the city. >> reporter: when elsa came
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to baltimore she immediately noticed the orchestra didn't exactly represent the city. what she saw driving to work was a world apart from symphony hall. >> for me, classical music needs to be about inclusion and accessibility for people. baltimore, like many american cities, has real challenges, particularly in terms of this huge economic divide between the poor and the wealthy. that combined with the fact that baltimore's majority of population is african-american, and in our orchestra and in most orchestras, there are very very few african-american musicians, why is that and what can we do to impact that? >> 1 2, 3 and -- [ music ] >> reporter: her solution, orchids, a series of after school music classes, all kinds of music taught in five public
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elementary schools with 50 multiand part-time teachers every day in some of the roughest parts of baltimore. she started the program with $100,000. she was awarded for a mcarthur genius prize. funding now comes from grants and the federal and state and local governments. her counter partly is artistic director dan trayhey. he makes no bones about the musical mission. >> when i met marilyn she said i want you to think about some of the biggest problems going on in the world and we can solve them through music. we started looking at the socialils, poverty and homelessness and racism and things like that and we started attacking them. and at that point, we were fighting a war here. >> percussionist joseph wilkinson, has been part of
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orchids for five years. >> drugs and some are affected by that. but since i've been in this program, it helped me turn away from stuff like that. >> has orchkidss been successful? >> if we keep going, we should be able to reach 83,000. that's my goal. that's the number of kids in the baltimore city public schools. >> get all of them. >> yeah, absolutely. >> adam may aljazeera baltimore. >> too cool. you can watch adam's full report on america it tonight at 10 p.m. eastern. a new skyscraper is rising above the rest. but slim skyscraper. it comes with a sky high price.
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>> to discourage people from jumping over the fence. will begin installing it onto layer of steel spikes to the fence. architects are using technology to create super tall buildings in new york city. and as jake ward shows us, it's changing the city's iconic style. >> there's a new kind of skyscraper going up in new york city. super tall, towers for the extremely rich. the tallest among them, on park avenue, views of central park and the whole of manhattan, and honestly, it feels like you can see china from up here. this apartment cost $95 million. but we managed to get inside while it was still under construction. >> we're very proud. >> silvie an marcus is behind virtually every tall building in manhattan. >> looking around.
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>> your portfolio right? >> for him the height of 432 park is not the challenge. the challenge is in manhattan you have to make it very thin. >> the weight of the building, multiplied, is equal to the height of the building. >> think of a child's ruler it's slenderness ratio is one unit wide to 12 units tall. in terms of buildings, that's very skinny. the north tower of the world trade center had a ratio of 1-7, but it has 1-15, while looking down on the wall world trade center and on top of the new one. that creates it's own set of problems. robert goodwin is developing another tower for a turkish developer. >> for most people, they understand structure and a building is something that holds it up. that there's a weight, and you
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have to keep it up, but the nature of tall buildings even those much smaller than this, it's about the way that the wind interacts with the building. the four is always going to move with the wind, but if it's slow you don't feel it. >> pendulums on the roof counter the building's movement. and there are no windows to let the wind through but in spite of all of that, it's still unnerving to be up there. >> there are now more than ten of those buildings that are beginning to emerge on the skyline, and i'm sure that there will be more in the coming years. it seems there are some announced every day. >> these super slender towers are new in new york, but for everyone else in the city, this new form of engineering only serves to elevate the rich
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farther above the rest. jacob ward, aljazeera. >> for a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, john seigenthaler is here. >> going too far. the collection of data. a major reversal today from keurig/green mountain. they have a backlash over their coffee machine, and now with their stock price plunging, keurig is shaking things up. any conversation with actor, what inspired him to write a book about the armenian genocides. that's all in 3 minutes. >> thank you astronomers have identified the youngest galaxy ever discovered. the stargazers say that the galaxy may be above 100 million
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years old. it was detected with the hubble and spitzer telescopes, that's all the time in this news hour, i'm tony harris in new york city. and john is back in a couple of minutes.
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