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helps. that's the "inside story." >> this is aljazeera america. live from new york, i'm tony harris. middle east mission, secretary kerry is heading to the middle east to try to calm relations between the israelis and palestinians. preparing a homegrown attack. the justice department's plan to deal with the real threat. and paying for firearms used to shoot police officers.
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tensions in israel and the okay tied territories are mounting amid new attacks and clashes. and today, israeli officials are stepping up security, and the palestinian officials are warning that the crackdown could spark more violence. and now secretary of state, john kerry, is planning to go to the region to help both sides. carl is in jerusalem, and what are you seeing on the ground? and what has been the affect of the heightened security measures? >> well, tony, the place where the beefed up security measures were immediately visible was on the fracture line that divides west jerusalem from occupied east jerusalem. this morning, hours after the israeli security cabinet made announcement, all of those
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security measures, already israeli forces were starting to cordon off and moving in around some of the east jerusalem palestinian neighborhoods to try to restrict the movement of residents there coming across into the city, particularly those neighborhoods where the alleged attackers have come from, and then this evening, as night fell, the police were setting up mobile checkpoints to try to restrict traffic movements between east jerusalem and the rest. and certainly stopping what they believed were suspicious looking vehicles, patting down passengers and drivers and checking the vehicles they had. thethemselves, butcertainly, wee again a violent day, and street stabbings on the other. >> chaos in the streets of bethlehem in the occupied west bank.
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demonstrators crashed with the army on wednesday after the funeral. the 27-year-old was shot and killed by israeli forces, while protesting here earlier. and jerusalem was usually quiet. the streets now paroled by the military, deployed here and in other cities, as part of the government security crackdown from the stabbings and shootings. >> you can see that it's almost empty here, so among us, going to the school. >> the latest incident came wednesday afternoon when an israeli woman was stabbed at the city's central bus station, according to the authorities. her attacker, a 23-year-old from east jerusalem, shot by the police. he became the 32nd palestinian killed in the month-long clashes. in a live address wednesday,
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palestinian authority, mahmoud abbas said that it was made to incite and provoke. >> we will not tolerate this provocation, and we will not give up policies which are against our people. and we last name stand for the killing of our children in coldblood. >> the tensions ignited september 13th in a face-off between arab youth and israeli police. at jerusalem's mosque compound. one the holiest sites of both muslims and jews, who call it the temple mount. it has taken on recent symbolic meaning after the decision to limit palestinian access. now in east jerusalem, bracing themselves for possible punitive israeli action, like the demolition of homes from those suspected of taking part.
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[ foreign dialogue ] -- the peaceful way of living is to establish a two-state solution. >> reporter: checkpoints and roadblocks have already been set up at access points to some eastern jerusalem neighborhoods. stifling any attempt. >> now in another controversial move, the israeli government said that it may not return the bodies of alleged palestinian attackers to their families for burial. instead, those corpses could be simply dumped in unmarked graves in remote military bases. >> carl, look, president mahmoud abbas, we saw in your piece about the response. and the question, what weight does he have with palestinian protesters? what can he do here?
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>> reporter: well, tony, since i arrived here, i've been spending time today out on the streets of bethlehem with the protesters as they were engaged in rock fights with israeli forces, and on monday, i was out in the occupied west bank with protesters there, and in both cases, interestingly, what they're saying is they no longer believe that mahmoud abbas, the palestinian authority, speaks for them. one man said today, how are you doing? thinking that he was going to say these are terrible times. but he said i'm glad that this is happening, because something is happening. he said that what they could no longer tolerate the status quo between the palestinian authority, which is an interim government, and the israelis, and there was no move toward a two-it state solution, and this is what the protesters are going to be pushing for, mob. so that finally they get their
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own homeland, tony. >> carl, thank you. and coming up, a live look at the divided city of jerusalem, and the intractability between a decades-long conflict. to syria now, there has been report of iran's participation in the civil war. thousands of iranian troops against the rebel forces. the iranians are prepared to attack the rebel troops in ham a and aljazeera's jamie mcintyre is in washington now. >> reporter: well, tony, pentagon officials say that over the past two weeks, they have seen hundreds of iranian fighters moving into northern and central syria, linking up with fighters in a counter
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offensive to retake rebeller parts of syria. the focus seems to be in aleppo and the provinces in that area. the control of the area is guided between syrian government forces, anti-government forces, and even some areas controlled by isil. but the pentagon sources are down playing the number of iranian troops. it may not be the 1500 that's widely reported. but they're not disputing who the troops are. just recently, the pictures that purport to show schulmany at a pro iranian meeting, and reports also that at least two iranian generals were also killed in northern syria, the white house has been criticizing the apparent russian/iranian alliance, saying that it's counter-productive. and here's spokesman, josh
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earnest. >> reporter: we're watching the situation quite closely, and it's consistent with what they have done in the past. but it's how isolated russia is as they steamroll the action. the only people coordinating with them right now is the fledgling assad government, such as it is, and the iranians, who have been engaged in the kind of destabilizing activity inside of syria that has made them the target for u.s. and international sanctions. >> the white house says that it's just more evidence that the russian-iranian campaign is aimed against u.s.-backed opposition forces, not just isil, mainly concentrated to the east of the country, and meantime, reports from the battlefield show that the fighters are not giving up ground easily, battling very fiercely and using some of the u.s.-supplied anti-tank missiles to keep the forces at
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bay. so it's a very tough fight over there. >> yeah, sounds like it. and jamie, what progress has been made in talks between the united states and russia on -- there's this new term here -- deconflicting airstrikes? >> yes, they had the third video conference today between the u.s. officials and the officials at the defense ministry, and they said that they're getting very close to finalizing a memorandum of understanding, but tony, don't be taken by surprise. this is a very narrowly focused set of discussions, and it's not about bringing peace to syria, or finding a way to battle isil more effectively, but it's about keeping the russian and u.s. war planes, operating in the same airspace, safely apart while they attack very different tarts on the ground. >> jamie mcintyre, thank you. iran's aggression in syria comes on the same day the
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country's guardian council approved the nukeiar agreement by the united states and five other countries. it calls for iran to allow full access to inspectors, and in exchange, the world powers will lift the economic sanctions against the country. and president obama is rethinking the withdrawal of most troops from afghanistan. and the president is now considering keeping enough troops there to continue hunting for al qaeda and isil fighters. there arer currently 10,000 troops stationed there, and in northern afghanistan, civilians are returning to their homes in the city of kunduz. >> it's not just about protecting the citizens, but the fighters. they have withdrawn from kunduz city, to regain their strength in future operations, and though they were only in kunduz city for two weeks, their
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presence has lasting effects. they started women activists, and people from the government and journalists, and many have fled the city and don't feel that it's safe to go back. the taliban may not be in the city itself, but they had supporters in the city, and they pointed out women who ran shelters and other supporters of the government. so a lot of concern about whether those people who supported what was progress in kunduz, schools, open media, when they will go back. it's a strategic city in the north of the country. it's not the largest city in afghanistan, not by a long show. but it's on a very strategic trade route between the capital and the north, it's on the bored of canceling eek stan, and it took awhile for it to happen. kunduz city has made a lot of
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progress, and it has been a supply route, not only for afghan forces but the nato forces since they withdrew, and the roads are open, but progress as the tall began threatens to come back at any time. they chose to leave, and they could come back. >> hurt, jennifer glasse reporting. on the way, fighters in the reconnaissance missions in the fight against boko haram, based in neighboring nigeria. it could reach 300. the justice department is sharpening it's focus on potential attacks on u.s. soil. it has a new domestic terrorism council. john in washington d.c., why is this being created now?
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>> you think about them. back in june, shootings in wisconsin, and here's how the assistant attorney general of financial security put it this morning at the george washington university. >> it will play a key role in our efforts to help shape our national strategy, and to analyze gaps in the legal process to make sure that we combat these threats. >> reporter: now, in the united states, there are really two kinds of terrorist threats. the international and religious inspired threat from al qaeda and isil. and then the domestic threat
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from groups like the sovereign citizens, and the militia, and to some degree, anarchists and eco terrorists as well. lorenzo from george washington university has been telling me. >> we don't see a lot of groups, but a lot of lone actors throughout the country, who interact with one another on the internet and carry out their actions independently. it's not a movement, but we see a lot of people. >> and he says that's where this new it department could play a vital role. >> sometimes the coordination between the state and the local level is particularly important, because the intelligence is so difficult to piece together. unlike structured groups, where it's easier to track them down. it's so difficult to identify
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and monitor. >> and fbi director in cincinnati, ohio today, saying that homegrown recruitism by isis in the u.s. is a widespread threat that goes on 24-hours a day. he said that before in the course of the last year, but we know that he's seeking access to encrypted information to help fight terrorism. but lawmakers on capitol hill, that the threat is sufficient. >> john terrett, thank you. two milwaukee police officers injured by a man with a gun that was purchased illegally. the unprecedented case, and the jury's decision, next. and new life in surveillance of muslims after 9/11. aljazeera goes one-on-one with a u.s. army veteran.
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>> somebody is going to commit a crime. >> that was testimony from a gun shop employee in a case that ended in a landmark decision. a wisconsin jury ordered a milwaukee area dealer to pay $6 million to a pair of police officers. the jury found that badger sold firearms to a straw buyer.
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he was too young to buy a gun at the time. and a month later, he used the gun to shoot the officers. the gun store has been found liable for injuries caused by the weapon. in los angeles, good to see you, and this it feels like a big deal jury decision to me, and what do you think? >> reporter: it absolutely is, tony. we have not seen a case of this nature go to a jury, and the jury come back with a verdict against a gun shop owner, saying that the federal law that prohibits liability on the part of gun shop owners has liability. and that can be used to hold a gun shop owner in a case such as this, where there's a determination of fact by the jurors, that the gun shop owner did not use due care in selling the gun that was later used to shoot those two police officers. >> so there are at least ten cases around the country.
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a little research here, that focus on gun shops, accusing them of knowingly forbidding illegal sales, or being grossly negligent. and where is this going? will this decision embolden victims and families of victims to bring lawsuits? >> i think that it will, and first of all, you can expect to see lots of appeals. the gun shop owner said that they are going to appeal the verdict that was rendered by this jury, and we'll see fights on both sides of this issue. this was a huge issue. we talked about in the democratic debates last night, when there was an attack made about who is going to be the toughest on gun laws, and who is going to say that gunshot owners should have some liability this they in fact sell a gun to someone who should not be in possession of a gun. and i think that the real issue, tony, is responsible be conduct on the part of gunshot
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owners as well as gun users, those that purchase guns. >> okay, let me see if i can push that a bit. could the threat here of more lawsuits lead these gunshot owners to alter some of their practices? i'm thinking here, it was the threat, many say it was the threat of litigation that forced gun manufacturers to turn away from making those -- you remember those cheap saturday night specials? so could the threat of more litigation lead these gunshot owners into changing their practices here? >> as a civil rights attorney, i would say yes. that's what civil lawsuits do. they deter conduct. and in a case like this, if you're a small gunshot owner, you're going to think twice, and you're going to make sure if you're selling a gun, you follow both federal and state laws with respect to who is making that purchase, and hopefully it's going to make
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you more careful and act more responsibly. >> a firearms industry trade association, it's based in of all places, in newtown, connecticut, and mr. king, when he talks of this particular case, it is one dealer, based on one set of facts, and the decision in milwaukee won't have any wider implications for the injuries. is it fair to say that? >> well, as a gun owner acting in the trade association, he did what the gun owners expect him to do, trying to contain this lawsuit, but those in favor of more restrictive gun laws, they are applauding the jury in awarding almost
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$6 million. so it depends on who you talk to. this client says limit it, but those of us who want gun laws to be more restrictive say this is a great decision. >> okay, riva, stand by, i want to get your opinion another case. a lawsuit challenging new york city police surveillance of muslims. it started after the 9/11 attacks, and tuesday's decision in a ruling dismissing the case, on behalf of a three judge panel, and we have been through similar roads before. areva, here's the question, the judges said muslims who said they were illegally targeted by new york city police should get to argue their case this court. and did the judge get this right? >> i think that the judge got
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it absolutely correct, tony. what's troubling about the case, all of the surveillance that was done, nothing came out of t there was not one prosecution or shred of evidence to suggest that the individuals being watched were involved in any kind of terrorist activity. so it felt like a violation of their civil rights, of their rights to privacy, and the kind of targeting that we have been talking about for the last easier, and i think that this judge was spot on in his ruling. >> this rule, number, is it the foundation for a victory, forget about a trial, but for a future victory in any trial. and a clear message to the nypd to stop doing this thing in the future? >> it has already been a victory for that muslim population in new york, because the unit tasked with very welling it is disbanded and
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gone, and we see a different kind of policing happening in new york under the must police chief x. ouched the new mayor of new york so, i hope this means no more targeting anyone because of their race, religion or any other protected class. >> but it still has to go to court, doesn't it? and it still has to be proven that this surveillance actually went o. >> well, you know one thing that happens, tony, in lawsuits like this is pretrial settlements, so i would not surprised if the parties in this lawsuit come together and try to figure out, since the unit has been disbanded and the activity has been stopped. are there civil damages that can be paid and is there agreement reached to give peace of mind that the muslim communities wants in a lawsuit lika that? >> that was work. >> sit down with you. >> appreciate it. it is a divided city.
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jerusalem, ground zero for the latest wave of deadly violence between israelis and palestinians. looking at the borders and the boundaries that are in the fire, and plus, the pundits are saying sanders took the high road and hillary sounded be presidential. the voters following the democratic debate.
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>> let's get you back to the top story now. deadly violence in jerusalem, and two palestinians were killed in two separate stabbings today. an israeli woman was oned in onn one of the attacks. the roots of this? >> reporter: tony, it's more violence, east and west. and it's very much a city divided more than ever. from now until 1967, israel controlled the wes west side of jerusalem and palestine, the east side. and annexation is recognized by only a handful of countries. since 1967, israeli leaders have vastly expanded the city's municipal boundaries and laid claim to the whole of jerusalem
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has undivided capital. palestinians say that their half is equally non-negotiable. inside of the old city is a 37-acre area, called the al aqsa, and it's jerusalem's third holiest site. the jews revere the ancient site for the first and second techs stood 2,000 years ago. and also, the whaling wall. the attacks came after the palestinians barricaded themselves inside of the al aqsa mosque and the com pound would be open for prayers. commerce and tourism has ground to a halt and the streets are filled with israeli forces. unlike west bank and gaza, some with jerusalem status can move more freely. but now road closures, as
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hundreds of israeli security flood into jerusalem, and it's a tense city. >> courtney keeley for us, thank you. secretary of state john kerry plans to travel to the middle east soon. and state department spokesman, john curby said that kerry is heading there amid this wave of deadly violence. >> what he's interested in doing right now is trying to see if there's a way to reduce the violence, and to help restore some sense of calm there. so that meaningful work can be done to try to find a two-state solution. >> joining us now, professor of international regulations and middle east studies at new york university. and it has been a long time. good to have you on the program again. so what do you think? look, these clashes, they're only going to continue. >> i think that they will
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continue unless netanyahu and abbas can get together and take some measures, and some action has to be taken on the ground to diffuse this. >> you know this region so well. and what can they get together and decide? >> i think that they could appear and say to the public, listen, this is not going to go anywhere, and the time has come for us to sit down and begin to talk seriously about it. because what is happening, there's no further movement forward toward some kind of resolution, and it's only a question of time. >> so this is isis, isil inspired, what's happening with the palestinians? are these young people in and what i keep reading, this is mostly happening with young people, are they being radicalized by isis, isil, online or through the internet.
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>> perhaps in part. but you have to understand that the entire middle east is in turmoil. palestinians, their brothers in syria, dying for some form of freedom. and from their perspective, the time has come, and they have been be experiencing these things time and time again, the occupation has been there for 47 years, and this is the third generation, and many of these young men and women have said enough is enough. so this temple, getting the temple back did not ignite it. it was only a question of time, when it's going to happen. >> they're not listening to mahmoud abbas. >> but the point is that the power that can change the dynamics on the ground is really israel. and we have to understand that. >> yes, and that has always been the case. >> yes, and as long as
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netanyahu is not committed, and they have to be committed to the two-state solution, much is going to be happening in the weeks and months to come. so what's really lacking is the commitment on both sides to sit down. >> he doesn't believe in a two-state solution, and where am i wronging in saying that? >> you're right. netanyahu is not committed to it, because 23 he were, he would sit down and make the kinds of concession necessary. he himself may be leaning more to reach that agreement. but he's under tremendous pressure by hamas, by extremists within the palestinian community. >> do not agree to a two-state solution. >> not to offer the kinds of concessions necessary to reach an agreement. that is the problem, so you have two leaders, who are basically not able to make the
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process. to change it to begin it. >> so we're left with an endless cycle -- i had to write it out -- an endless cycle 6 violence that will flare up from time to time, and there will be another war in a few years, no end in sight. >> i don't think that it's no end in sight. i don't know what john kerry is going to do in his trip now. >> what on earth is he doing going to the region? >> he has been involved in the negotiations twice for months and months, and he should know, the time has come for changing the dynamics, and the time has come for the united states to change its position, and begin to put some kind of pressure on both. you've got to sit down and negotiate some kind of a solution, because the united states itself is -- >> i get what you're saying, and i understand, but an ultimatum has got to be followed by or else. >> there will be an or else.
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and absolutely, they're in a position, for example, not to give israel political support on every aspect, whenever israel is under attack in the united nations. the united states, the problem is that president obama has not exercised the leverage in order to bring an end to this horrifying process. >> good to see you, thanks. turkey has a warning for the united states and russia. be careful about arming the syrian kurds, because those weapons could fall into the wrong hands, and we have seen that before. and right now, turkey has a few enemies, to say the least. and it's not known who was behind saturday's suicide bombing that killed 97 people. ali velshi has more. >> reporter: two issues, and first of all, there are several pieces of news about this bombing. the government suspected police security and intelligence
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chiefs, and the president of turkey admitted an intelligence failure, and we don't know what that means. but turkey deigned two people in connection with the bombing. they posted tweets about a bomb in ankora a day before the attack. turkey said they have ties to the pkk, the kurdistan worker's party. and turkey has been fighting the kurds for years, and they are trying to get an autonomous state. and the investigation is aimed at pkk and isil. they're fighting each other, and the kurds are the most effective fighting force in iraq and syria against isil. so it's highly unlikely that the pkk would plant a bomb that targeted kurds, but one doesn't know how these things be work. so it's posturing by the government. the trick is, turkey i is an aly of the united states, it's a nato member, and also, in the fight against isil, turkey has
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been using the bombing in syria as an opportunity to bomb the kurds, so everybody is fighting with everybody around this. and today, turkey criticized the united states and russia, and warned them to stop supporting the syrian kurdish militants, so it's getting pretty murky around there. >> even for the middle east. so tonight, you were talking to former fbi counter terrorism special agent about the situation in turkey, and what did he tell you? >> well, first of all, you know ali, an fbi agent one of the ones who got some of the best information about 9/11 that led to prosecution, and he said we have to look at the situation that turkey is in. about a year ago, turkey was doing nothing but making friends, and it turned into a situation where turkey is fighting everybody of course isil, the assad regime, and the kurds, and they're not on good terms with egypt or iran, and
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he expressed concern about turkey's growing instability. here's what he told me. unfortunately what's happening today in turkey is what's happening in the region. a year ago, it was stable, and today it's not, and it's a fascinating discussion. ali is one of these guys who knows the region well. and turkey is a very very important ally on of the west. so if it's unstable, it's a problem for the world. >> you can watch ali velshi on target at 7:30 p.m. pacific. here on aljazeera america. more refugees were rescued off of the coast of turkey today. they were trying to reach the island of lesbos when the boat sank. thousands of refugees -- three months ago we introduced to a family that was trying to make
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a new life there, and we caught one them. >> it's a long way from aljazeera's first encounter with the family in the september bustle of budapest train station, and it's in sweden. >> we have the future here, and i didn't think that it would be like that. >> . >> she shows me what appears to be bullying threats from an immigration official. >official. [ yelling ] >> he argued with the guy from the market. and i can do everything -- i --
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>> he said give me your instacard, and i'll throw you out. >> i put all of this to the immigration minister in stockholm. >> it's really a problem, because so many people are coming right now, and it's really a challenge for the authorities to be able to set up proper housing for people, and to have proper control of what's happening with them. so we're not dealing with this so good as we should do right now. >> they traveled a long way into the middle of nowhere to find the catches, for a better word. people wait for months and months for their asylum applications and living conditions that they didn't expect to find in sweden. one day, it will be much better, but even this country, with its long history of welcoming refugees from
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hungary, and prague, and yugoslavia, it's hard to help. >> do you think that the compassion of the swedish people has limits? >> no. i think the option the opposite. because when i could see, we started to collecting, and they were streaming to us so much. >> so people care. >> people care, they do. >> as we talk about the cost, about syria, her father breaks down. >> he spent his life inside of syria, and he don't want to go out. >> a reminder that this is not the life they chose. aljazeera, sweden. >> a top volkswagen executive,
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stepping down less than three weeks after being named the head of the company's north american position. it has nothing to do with the diesel emissions scandal. the company said that he's leaving over problems in restructuring. and a second piece of software that could personally help exhaust systems run cleaner during emissions tests. thousands of vw vehicles will be quarantined until they can be implemented. okay, the day after the first democratic debate, pundits and voters alike are weighing in. and for now, hilliary clinton the winner. here are some of the headlines in the new york times. democratic debate turns hilliary clinton's way after months of difficulties. now, her main opponent, vermont
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senator, bernie sanders, is staying away from personal attacks, and the candidates agreed on the issues, including paid family leave. >> every other major country on earth, every one, including some small countries, say that when a mother has a baby, she should stay home with that baby. we are the only major country, it's an international embarrassment that we do not provide paid family leave. >> it's about time that we have paid family leave for american families and join the rest of the world. >> we would be a stronger nation economically if we had paid family leave. >> aljazeera's david schuster joins us to talk about last night's debate. >> democrats united. we went through and looked at some of the data from the focus groups, the collection of undecided democratic voters and sometimes the independent strategists, and some of the organizations will get them
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together. and by all accounts, hilliary clinton scored well on polish and being presidential, and bernie sanders scored well with his substance and pax, but when it's a fight between passion and being smooth, passion usually wins, and that seemed to be the mood of the voters who were undecided last night. they gave bernie sanders more points than hillary in terms of that. but according to the focus groups, when sanders addressed her email controversy. >> the american people are sick and tired of hearing about our damned emails. >> me too. >> the middle class is collapsing, we have 27 million people living in poverty, massachusettsive wealth. and the american people want to know whether we're going to have a democracy or an oligarchy as a result of citizens united. enough of the emails, and let's talk about the real issues in
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america. >> thank you! >> now, according to the dial, the little device that people focus to have, that's the moment when the dials went off the charts. from highlight to low light. the low light came when hilliary clinton was asked about policy flipflops and denied that her views have changed very much. >> actually, i've been very consistent over the course of my entire life. i've always fought for values and principles, but like most human beings, those who run for office, i do absorb more information, and what's happening in the world. take the trade deal, i did say what i was secretary of state three years ago that i hoped it would be the gold standard. and it was finally negotiated last week, and in looking at it, it didn't meet my standards. >> the problem is that undecided voters didn't believe clinton when she said it last night.
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and the fact is that as secretary of state, clinton didn't say anything about hoping for the gold standard the deal, she said that it was the gold standard. and she publicly endorse today 40 times. it matters because clinton is already facing perceptions that she's not honest or trustworthy and she still has the disconnect between the voters vs and believability, but she had a strong night. >> the next on the political calendars, it's not the debate, but tomorrow, when hilliary clinton will go before the house select committee, a year and a half in the making, and had all of the access to the emails and the information. >> this is about benghazi bengh. >> everybody knows that the committees like this are not just about benghazi. it's political element. and it's just about politics when hilliary clinton goes and tries to lop off their heads during the testimony.
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the key question is going to be, well, is it going to be something new, is hillary going to be embarrassed and are democrats going to be embarrassed again, and is she going to get through this, and then it's a question of the fbi investigation. >> thank you. florida changes property laws to protect property owners from being strong armed by developers, but the developers found a way around the law, and aljazeera investigators. and the $2 picture that could be worth 1,000 words and $5 million.
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>> the what you is supposed to protect voter's rights, but the legislation has done little to solve the problem. >> everybody has been done. >> reporter: in 2003, nurse sylvia gregory emigrated from bulgaria. >> basically, it's down to studs. >> reporter: pouring all of her savings and then some into this two-bedroom condominium in florida. >> it's very nice, you worked hard. >> i put everything i have
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into making it a home. >> reporter: now gregory risks losing her home because of a controversial state law which undermines her property rights. a real estate investment company now owns most of the 1,000 units in the grand oasis, and under florida law, that company can force her to sell. >> i've spent countless hours crying. it is devastating. somebody can come in and force you out of your home >> reporter: to understand why florida condo owners like gregory could lose their homes, you need to go back to the destruction of the 2014 hurricane season, stormy weather that left a few complexes damaged and in disrepair. that resulted in the 2007 florida law that allowed condominium complexes to be converted to apartments if 80%
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of the owners vote for the change. the process is called termination. that law is now being used by wealthy property companies, so-called bulk buyers, who since the real estate bust have bought blocks of high priced units in healthy complexes, giving them the power to force even unwilling owners to sell. this spring, after bad publicity, florida amended the canned minute law for individual assessment, when they convert complexes into rental apartments. but that amendment is not working out for gregory and others in grand oasis and hundreds more in the state. >> a lot of people that should be protected by the new law but are not. >> hidden in the new matched. are loop holes, which favor big real estate. she's not cost because she didn't buy her condo from the
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original developer, and then there's the case of nadia and tyson lamont. nadia bought her condominium from the developer, so she should be protected under the law, except for the provision that only protects people who use their condos as a primary residence. >> this is a business deal to them, and that's all it is, business, it's our lives, but to them, it's business. >> sheila mcbeing vicar is in washington, and how did this happen? was the law, passed earlier this year, supposed to have solved this problem? >> yes, there was a law passed earlier this year, but between the time that the law was first written, and then it went to committee, and then to the house and the legislature, you have lots of people getting their fingers in the pie, and one of the things that's most marked about the florida legislative season is the presence of lobbyists, and
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seated across the table from the property owners at risk of losing their homes, property owners with very deep pockets, and so little by little, the law was whittled away at. and so you have all of the exclusions, and the way that it works, don't make any sense at all. >> sheila, appreciate it, thank you. >> thank you. >> and you can see more of sheila's report on america tonight at 10 p.m. eastern, 7:00 pacific. for a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour, john seigenthaler. >> iranian troops are pouring into syria, not to fight isil but to join the russians in popping up al agency add. al-as. and what the iraqi government is doing to fight shia and sunni forces in order to win back the city of ramadi from isil. and plus, the controversy over teaching sex ed in public
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schools. >> it's my right as a parent to decide when my child is old enough to handle that information. >> a look at the consequences to teenagers when they don't get the information that they need. we'll have a lot more of those stories coming up. a collector from california may have struck gold with a photograph. randy purchased this for only $2. and the man here with the croquette mallet is billy the kid. it's thought to have been taken in mexico in 1888. and it's said to be wort $5 million. the chicago cubs are hoping to break a 107-year-old curse, and now they're two steps away. >> he got him! a strikeout, the cubs win! >> dancing in the streets outside of wrigley field, the cubs beat the cardinals, and
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the national division team moves onto the national division series. i'm tony harris in new york, and john is back in 2 minutes.
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>> good evening, america, i'm john siegenthaler. troops on the ground supporting russia and assad in what some call a growing proxy war. jerusalem flash point. >> we are not aggressive against anyone and we don't