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that's the "inside story." the news continues right now. ♪ this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. stepping down, the university of missouri president resigns after days of protests on racial issues. killed in jordan a funeral was held for the louisiana 6-year-old killed by police. and why russian athletes might not get to compete in the olympics. ♪
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after student protests a hunger strike, and the football team threatening to skip its games, the university president announced its residency today. tim wolf was undepressure to quit. our correspondent is live for us in columbia, move. andy, first of all good to see you. what has been the reaction on campus today to all of these developments. >> under tim wolf resigned there was singing and chanting among protesters here, but it was largely subdued and what you mentioned about the chancellor resigning. that just happened in the last hour. so it has really been a head spinning day on campus.
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a somber resignation by the school president tim wolf. >> i'm resigning as president. >> reporter: lead to an emotional reaction in the center of campus. for months black students on this overwhelming black campus said racism was poisoning the atmosphere. the school body president said somebody used the n word to him while he was working on campus. >> it's just time that people start listening. >> reporter: an activist group called concerned students of 1950 named for the year the first black student was admitted to missouri, confronted the university president at homecoming and he ignored them. last week jonathan butler began a hunger strike vowing not to
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eat until wolf was gone. monday a hungry butler said he had started eating again and was greatful. >> i do appreciate the prayers, positive thoughts and messages. thank you to this community. [ applause ] >> reporter: over the weekend, some republicans and democrats in the state legislature began calling on wolf to resign. but the black football team announced they wouldn't practice or pay as long as wolf stayed. he took responsibility for the lack of responsibility on campus. >> we have to respect each other enough to stop yelling at each other and start listening. and quit intimidating each other. >> reporter: afterwards the missouri football players said this gave new meaning to the term student athletes, and their
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coach supported them. >> we will continue to build with the community and support positive change. >> i didn't look at consequences. it was about helping my players and supporting my players when they needed me. >> reporter: the students may have help bring down the president, but how bad is the racial tension here and how do you solve it? >> i think you can introduce new programs and really foster an environment of acceptance and include everyone and really hear all of the voices that need to be heard. >> reporter: the university had a contract with byu coming up this -- weekend. the contract said if one of the two teams forfeited the next game, the university would have to pay a million dollars. >> i wonder if it all comes down to money. andy the president is gone, the
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chancellor is taking on this new role. what happens next. >> reporter: well, the students have demanded a higher number of diverse faculty. and the president, the now former president said he was going to get to all of that possibly in april of next year, the students wanted it sooner, so whoever is hired on has a big job to meet those demands, and those demands could also be quite costly. >> yeah, that football team makes quite a bit of money, and division i athletics brings a lot of money. thank you. u.s. officials are hoping to put recently divisions behind them. as prime minister benjamin netenyahu attends meetings in washington this morning. he met with president obama and
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vice president biden. mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. mike, talk to me about the goals for this week. >> tony, this time instead of confrontation there was conciliation, it was a meeting designed to paper over past differences and get the relationship between the united states and israel back on track. at the outset of his first face sto face meeting in more than a year, president obama stated the obvious. >> it is no secret the prime minister and i have had a strong disagree on this narrow issue. >> reporter: that issue is iran and the agreement on the nuclear program. but unlike past meetings between the two men, there was no open acrimony. >> i think this is a tremendously important opportunity for us to work together, to see how we can defend ourselves against this aggression, and this terror.
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how we can roll it back. it's a daunting task. >> reporter: there was little said publicly. no joint press son for instance. it was a low-key meeting designed to turn down the temperature in bilateral relations. that was a stark contrast in his last meeting when we took his fight against the iran nuclear deal to the joint members of congress. >> this is a bad deal. >> reporter: in many ways the tactic backfired. the deal surprised the vote in congress in spite of the speech and angers many democrats who normally support israel. this time, netenyahu wants to mend fences. he'll speak at a think contain, and meet with leaders in the coming days. as the recent violence bween israelis and palestinians
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continues, another issue is being down played by the u.s. the chance for u.s.-brokers peace. >> even the possibility of talks about a two-state solution between the israelis and palestinians was unlikely over the course of the next 14 or 15 months. >> reporter: the subject at the white house how to bolster israel's military. many see it are as a form of compensation to israel. u.s. officials deny a connection between that and the real with iran. but president obama was careful to stress that the u.s. and israel share a common goal. >> we don't have a disagreement on the need to making sure iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon, and blunting destabilizing issues in iran that may be taking place. >> reporter: and prime minister netenyahu speaking after the
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meeting says he feels no tension between he and president obama. meanwhile a u.s. military team will go to israel early next month, evaluate israel's military needs. they want to have the document that outlines u.s. and israeli defense cooperation, they want to put it on the fast track. >> mike viqueira thank you. a police officer opened fire at a us-funded police training center in jordan today. at least five people were killed, including two american security contractors. president obama said the u.s. will work closer with jordan to investigate. >> reporter: the country of jordan is not considered a war zone by any stretch of the imagination, and that's the shooting at a police training facility is so shocking. investigators from both u.s.
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government and jordanian government are trying to figure out why an investigator opened fire on monday. the gunmen was killed during a shootout with local authorities. what they don't understand is how something this could happen at a facility that has been opened since 2003 for the purpose of training iraqi and other place forces around the middle east. while the u.s. has been accustomed to the notion of so-called green on red arran arrangemen arrangements, it is something that doesn't happen between the two allies. rosiland jordan in washington, d.c. for us. some detainee's at guantanamo bay could be headed to colorado's alcatraz of the
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rockies. jamie mcintyre is live with more. >> reporter: the pentagon has been looking for a place to move those detainees. they looked at the u.s. naval brig in south carolina, at hostage they looked at eleven worth, but they have decided the best option is this colorado super max prison known as adx in florence, colorado. it's supposedly an escape-proof prison, the most secure in the united states. it already has some high-profile people here, including the 9/11 conspirator, the master mine between the 1993 world trade center bomber, and the so-called underwear bomber. all of them are already at this prison. now the pentagon official who
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spoke to me, spoke on condition of anonymity, because he says this plan is not final, but that is the option they have settled in on. the president is expected to send the final plan up to congress this week, as early as thursday. tony? >> what if congress doesn't agree with this plan? >> reporter: well, that's entirely possible. the sense the pentagon has is there isn't the same opposition in florence, colorado. but that doesn't mean that congress will go along. if the president can't get congress to go along with this, he could exercise executive authority. the commander in chief gets the final say to determine whether prisoners are held. but that's a last result.
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thank you. still ahead, democracy in myanmar, the votes have been cast in a landmark election. who is claiming victory. plus nationwide ban, why some russian athletes might not be able to compete in the next olympics. ♪
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♪ preliminary results show that myanmar's opposition party could be headed for landslide victory. that's the leader of the national league for democracy, and the nobel piece lorry at it.
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florence lou which has more. >> reporter: bold predictions. the news are already predicting a win for the main opposition party, the nld. on the streets, people weren't shy about saying who they want this government. >> translator: i want to see a new leader in this country. that's why i voted nld. >> translator: if [ inaudible ] leads us, the country will be better. >> reporter: five years ago when myanmar was still under military rule, few would have dared to mention the name of the former political prisoner. now her party could form the next government. >> translator: until this time the election results have not
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been declared. i think everyone already knows or has guessed what the result is. >> reporter: the election commission is expected to announce the final results in two weeks. >> translator: the 2015 general election was a peaceful one, and it can be seen that it was held peacefully and -- successfully. >> there's a lot of concern about the uac, particularly its impartiality, as you know the chair is former military man who has openly proclaimed that he was opening that usvp would win the election. >> reporter: it will become clear in the coming days whether this election was carried out in a credible way. the fact that people were able to vote for the candidate of their choice has already been seen progress for this country. florence lou -- lou which.
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the plane crashed in the sinai pence sa killing all on board. officials still have not determined the actual cause of the crash. the death toll at a fire has now risen to 46. this was the deadliest fire in romania's history. a storm formed in the atlantic today with just two wreaks to the end of the hurricane season. >> a lot of people were surprised by this. we don't think that this particular storm is going to cause too much of a problem for
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the united states, but for the bahamas we expect quite a bit of rain. we don't expect anything higher than a tropical storm with this system. here we are, if you take a look at the cone of uncertainty, it is going to take it away interest the united states. we're going to maybe see dangerous riptides from florida across the carolinas. but in bermuda, because the storm gets fairly close, we could be seeing heavy rain showers coming into play there, as well as maybe higher surf across the area. this particular year we have seen quite a bit of storms. we have seen 11 storms so far, named storms, only two have actually made landfall. erika came fairly close to the united states. let's take a look at what they
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did for tropical storm erica. this particular storm we saw 36 dead, over $511 million in damage, and joaquin in the bahamas, that cost 34 deaths, and over $60 million in damages across that region, and we have two more weeks but there is nothing on the radar to show anything after this. >> stay close we have an extremely rare cyclone that has slammed the most of yemen. it hit with 127-mile an-an hour winds. at least two people died and it meg follows a previous cyclone which made landfall last week, silling at least nine. now to louisiana where new details are emerging about the
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death of a 6-year-old boy allegedly at the hands of two police officers. jonathan martin, are police any closer to figuring out why these officers fired their weapons? >> reporter: tony, it has been almost a week since the shooting, and no, we still don't know. police have not said why these two officers pursued this vehicle and why they started shooting. there was body camera footage that has provided the most detailed clues. both of the officers are being held on $1 million bond. monday a judge ordered the two louisiana police officers upon release to be held in incarceration with home monitoring. investigators don't know why the two police officers pursued the
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suv and opened fire on this end-end street in marksville, louisiana, at least 18 rounds were fired several of them hitting and killing the 6-year-old who was strapped in the front street. monday afternoon the boy was laid to rest. police have pored over 911 calls and interviewed witnesses, but body camera footage from a third officer has given investigators the clearest picture of what happened. according to an attorney, a police investigator described by a judge says the client had his hands up before they opened fire. >> it disturbed me as a police officer and a father.
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>> both were working hard time as marshals who's jobs were to serve warrants. but chris has no warrants. >> everybody knows everybody, and it's a tragic situation, and everybody is paying the price. >> reporter: as you heard the local sheriff calling this a tragic situation. the sheriff all thes dismissing any accusations of any wide-spread corruption in the police department, in the sheriff's office, saying again, this situation is being handled correctly as every other case in the city has been handled correctly. >> and yet why could it take a while before we learn anything more about this case. >> reporter: well, this evening we learned that the judge in this case, this district judge has issued a gag order in this case, so he has said that he doesn't want anyone talking to the media, so that means the vic
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fundamental who is second date -- sedated in the hospital. and it could be even longer with this gag order in effect, tony. >> one more, a six-year-old child and what has been the mood there? any protests? any outrage voiced over what has happened here? >> well, really no outrage, protests, or demonstrations. a funeral was held today. his family described him as just a bright boy as we mentioned, i think in one of the previous reports, he has autism. so he was bright and full of life. >> all right. jonathan, martin for us in new orleans. thank you. the university of virginia fraternity who's members were falsely accused of gang raping a student has filed a lawsuit
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against the magazine that broke the story. they are suing for $25 million in damages rolling stone magazine. the rape described in the 2014 article never actually happened. up next, racial tensions at the university of missouri now that the school's president is gone, what students are demanding now. plus the boycott israel movement. how it is gaining attention and enemies. ♪
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will transition into a new role starting january. danielle walker is with us now, she is a graduate of the university of missouri, and has been leading the protest for months now. danielle, good to have you on the program. wolf is out, the football team is playing on saturday, practicing starting tomorrow. you are certainly a leader of this movement, but how much credit do you give hunger striking grad student jonathan butler for bringing about this outcome. >> i think it is important to acknowledge that there are many different people that have brought about the victories that we are celebrating as of today. jonathan butler did an excellent job showing the dedication to this cause and this movement. and showing how serious this climate here is. >> when you say this hostile
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racial environment at masue, describe it for me. what does it feel like? >> when i spearheaded the racism live here movement, it is intentional the word live. this continues to penetrate itself way through campus. this overall culture and tradition of this university that continues to provide a cesspool of hate. >> you are talking about what, is sense of entitlement, bigotry, hate, a life force, it lives? >> yes, exactly something even as simplistic that black students on this campus can't walk on this campus without the fear of being called racial slur
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and the continual neglects of the administration of not acknowledging that we do have a problem of this campus, so that continues to feed into racism, because our administration has never taken a firm stance against addressing these issues on campus until student leaders and movements have demanded their attention. >> i don't know how you get to the bottom of all of this. life force, it lives, how do you get to the bottom of all of this, and where does this movement go from here? >> obviously the resigning of tim wolf and our chancellor, these are small steps because two people are not solely responsible for racism on our cam pass. a great first step will be initiating a hate crime policy that when students perpetuates
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acts of violence, the administration says you are not welcome here. >> have you had what you would call hate crime on campus? >> any time a black student is called a racial slur, any time they are told that they must straighten their hair to be presentable on live television, all of this contributes to acts of violence. >> i get it. so a more diversion faculty, is that still among the demands moving forward? >> yes, absolutely. the removal of tim wolf and the chancellor provides an excellent opportunity for the administration to replace them with people of color. there are no people of color on the staff. >> wait a minute, not one? >> not one person of color is a
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part of the chancellor's staff. >> well, i think you probably need to continue to fight for that. is it up setting that it took the football team's stance and the stance of the white coach of that team to get this protest national media attention? >> i don't find it up setting at all. i think it shows the need of support and the role that many different players have in really bringing about change in our campus. i appreciate the solidarity that has been give friend our football team. oftentimes there is a disconnect between student athletes and traditional students like myself. i think it generated a much-needed attention to burst this bubble. >> danielle, let me push you on this a little bit here. did the football coach who makes $4 million a year, have more power than a university president who makes around
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$500.0, which means that this decision was not based on doing the right thing for race relati relations, but was based on doing the right thing to protect the university's meal ticket, sports? >> i would absolutely agree. i think that a lot of college campuses put a ton of emphasis around sports, in particular football. so it is time for masu to show they value the university and the incluszive environment as well, and not just making millions of dollars. >> yeah, yeah, good to talk to you. danielle has been leading the protest on campus, good to see you. thank you for your time. >> david shuster is filling in for ali velshi tonight and he joins us to talk about the influence of college sports on the -- the country, really. david first of all, take it away, what are your thoughts on the developments over the last
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few days. >> a lot of us felt when northwesterns players tried to unionize, and that was stopped we thought that was it. but these athletes showed all you have to do is walk out. and if the administration is not paying attention to the environment off of the field, and the sensitivities and issues of race, they say wait a second, is the football or basketball team going to take matters into their own hands and cost us some real money? >> so missouri isn't a football powerhouse, which makes me think about some of these bigger schools and what those athletes
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might learn. >> yeah, looking at the university of michigan they got rid of an athletic director who treated the program as a commodity not a religion. that is the great message, and it's the message that all of the big universities, the huge programs that make a ton of money off of sports, they now have to appreciate what it is that the college student athletes really want in terms of an environment and atmosphere off of the field, and if they are treating them just as factory workers or people who fill up the stadium, they are now headed for some trouble. >> what else do you have? >> we're looking at the missouri story and two others, the first meeting of president obama and benjamin netenyahu since the iran nuclear deal. we're also going to look at ben
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carson and the issue of truth and his criticism of the media. all of that doing up tonight. >> can't wait for your take on both of those stories. you can watch david shuster on tar ret, at 9:00 eastern right here on al jazeera america. benjamin netenyahu is in washington this week meeting with president obama and other officials to discussion security in the middle east. >> i don't think anyone should doubt israel east determination, by either should anyone doubt israel's willingness to make peace with its of its neighbors that genuinely want peace. >> the president said today they would discuss practical ways to decrease the recent violence between israelis and palestinians. on college campuses across
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the country, pro-palestinian advocates who advocate using economic pressure to bring an end to israeli occupation are growing in number. >> my ultimate goal is to completely boycott all israeli good that are served in our cafeteria, also to divest in any israeli corporations. >> reporter: 20-year-old jon jay student is an organizer for bds, boycott, divestment and sanctions, a movement that seeks tend to israel's occupation of palestinian lands. now a junior, she has watched bds gain traction at her school. >> when i came back 2014, last fall, after what was going on in
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gaza throughout the summer. more people were aware. >> reporter: an awareness she and fellow students capitalized on which joining forces with the black lives matters organization last year. >> we had posters and access about bds, and that's when more students started getting involved. >> reporter: it isn't just gaining strength on campuses in new york city, at least 16 referendums were organized on u.s. campuses in the last academic year. but that momentum is also galvanizing those opposed. >> when you heard these chanths of boycott this company, boycott this company, that's when i really said oh, it's here. >> reporter: jon jay, jr. is
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president and campus liaison for stand with us, which says it organized more than 500 events on north american campuses last year. >> we have list servers where people are emailed, and there are groups of students concerned. >> concerns including anti-semitism. i see bds as anti-semitic, because when you are focusing on israel, but where are the boycotts for all of these other countries? >> we have repeated numerous time that jew dayism and zionism are completely different. we even had jewish students speaking on the microphone. >> why do their polarize the campus to the point that jewish students feel unsafe on campus. >> reporter: but she says she
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has been victimized too. >> some of my professors were acting very cold and distant. they didn't want to collaborate with us anymore. >> reporter: like being profiled on this website. >> a few years later these individuals are applying for jobs within your company. >> reporter: which critics charge seek to damage career prospects for bds students. but she is not intimidated. >> the fact that we are growing at a very fast pace without money, without political support, just shows that we -- we can only go up from here. >> which worries cornfeld. >> it pushes both sides further away, and gives both sides an excuse not to come to the table in this conflict. >> reporter: a conflict that has
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found its way to u.s. ivory towers. we are getting a new sense of the impact on climate change. greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit an all-time high last year. and a separate report found that climate change could push more than 100 million people in poverty in the next few years because of crop reduction. coming up the shocking report about russian athletes and doping. and how volkswagen plans to compensate its customers for the emissions cheating scandal.
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russia is being accused of wide-spread -- cheating among its professional athletes. and sanctions including possible ban from the olympic games could be a possibility. >> reporter: an independent commission set up by the world anti-doping agency returned its verdict. >> our recommendation is that the russian federation be suspended. >> reporter: and if it doesn't fix the problem, no russian athletes at the 2016 olympic games. this report shows there is a
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deeply corrupted system of cheating. a lab is accused of destroying samples, and the country's own anti-doping agency seems to have helped. richard pound says the program goes beyond one sport and one country. >> it can't be only russia, and only athletics. we know there is a problem of doping in lots of other sports and lots of other countries, so we just wanted to make it clear that our mandate was pretty narrow, russia athletics, but there's no reason to believe it's only athletics and only russia. >> reporter: the allegations in this documentary have now seen its reporter overwhelmingly
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vindicated. russian sporting authorities have remained defiant. >> translator: this is an attempt made to cast a shadow over all russian sport. russian sport is one of the leadersover the world in fighting doping. >> reporter: the iaaf has begun to take action. sebastian has called for his organization to consider sanctions against russia to consider how wide-spread the problem really is. paul rees, al jazeera. >> we thought this would be helpful. there is an alphabet soup of organizations involved here.
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the most powerful tool is a u.n. treaty against doping. they coordinates with each country's national anti-doping agency, here in the united states that's the usda. the united kingdom has the ukad, russia has the rusada. all of those agencies report to the iaaf. headed by the former olympic gold medalist of the u.k. the iaaf is the international governing body of the athletic world, it has the ultimate authority to suspend any and all nations from olympic competition. doug is a crisis management agent. let's tackle this here.
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what is your reaction to the report? >> well, i think there is a bit of ironic symmetry that the largest country in the world, russia, with 11 time zones now standings accused of one of the largest sports-related drug corruption issues in modern sports history. >> having said that, do the recommendation go far enough year in your mind? should the panel have recommended that the iaaf disqualify issue from all international sporting events for a year? did it go far enough? >> here is the important thing to remember. the rio eligibility is the headline not conclusion. there are many hurdles we have to clear before we get to rio.
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what you addressed in the tease is really a try-partide, commission. you have the foundation who will present their findings in a week. they will confirm with the iaaf in conjunction with the ioc. >> gotcha. but wait a minute, doug, in your read -- or scanning of the report -- it's a read i'm sure. >> 324 pages. >> exactly. so do you see enough to conclude that russia was running a state-supported doping program? >> in my job we have a lot of int interaction with the agencies. and if they are effect, they are effective and do in-depth analysis.
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russia will have the opportunity to address each and every one of these allegations. and up to this point they have not done so. but remember it's simply the findings of an invest days by. what will be relevant and more indicative is how the russians come back. and one thing that doesn't mentioned was richard pound who was the founding president of wada, he for years lead a crusade against lance armstrong, what he said this afternoon, i think is really telling, and it was really a thinly veiled statement, tony is. he said when it comes to rio, the russians hopefully will take under advisement our recommendations dismannedaling their current leadership, and in so doing, i think that will probably be eligible for rio, but if they don't, then who knows.
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so that was really kind of profound. >> that's good. so doug, look, so it can't be -- and mr. pound sort of alluded to this. it can't be just russia and only athletics, right? this is really just the tip of the iceberg. >> and that's true. in the interest of objectivity and balance, that's incredibly important to highlight. it's not just track and field, nor it is only relevant to russia. let's look at the olympics. you are talking about 10,500 athletes from 206 countries, competing for 306 medals over 42 sports in 17 days. okay? it's the consummate global event. it's also important to note that it truly is a million billion dollar endeavor, and track and field and swimming are the two
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highest nielsen related events. so even if we exact just from the sports business standpoint, when we look at the place and platform that sports and athletics have in today's society it is unparalleled. ask a child now what they want to be what they grow up, they say i want to be lebron james, or serena williams, sports has a platform they have never had before. and russia as a nation -- insofar as the rebranding of the country has lean leaned heavily on defining the new russia. >> doug thank you. okay. for a look at what is coming up at the top of the hour, john siegenthaler is here.
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two americans and others shot dead in jordan. more demand, students at the university of missouri watch their school president resign today after reports of racial abuse on campus. i'll talk with a student leader about that decision, and calls for other administrators to go. the nfl lets a star player back on the field after allegations of domestic violence. we'll take a look at the evidence plus reaction from the player and team owner. also my interview with jazz singer dd bridgewater. >> i told my parents when i was 7, when i grow up, i'm going to be an internationally recognized jazz singer. i told them i was going to liver in paris, france, and buy them a house and a car. >> she is so good. john appreciate it. thank you. volkswagen reportedly plans
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to offer a goodwill package to owners of vehicles involved in the emissions cheating scandal. they would get a thousand dollars in vouchers and roadside assistance. and up next on the program, influential artists, the new exhibit featuring the works of the american who created this.
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you might not know his name. but you know what he invented. the mobile. a suspended sculpture with moving parts. there is now an exhibit dedicated to him in london. >> reporter: they barry move in a museum where the windows are closed. alexander wanted his mobiles to stir gently unpredictably. there are nearly 100 works on show by the american-born artist, working at his profession from wire sculpture to kinetic works that moved on their own. before he came along it was something usually marble, you moved around. >> he is credited with inventing
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the mobile, which is no small statement. he freed sculpture off of the pedestal, took it away from the conventions of something spastic and solid, and brings it out into the gallery, out into the space. >> reporter: he was a largest than life character. but his grandson remembers a very intention artist. >> when he was at work he was deadly serious. he worked by himself. he didn't play music. he didn't kid around. he was at work. >> reporter: that focus has earned him aplace among the greats of modern art and his shows are always well attended. it's no surprise he is so popular. there is a joyfulness, a playfulness in his work. the show ends in 1948 with black
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widow, but he carried on working until his death, leaving a legacy of 6,000 works, providing hours of entertainment. that is all of our time, thanks for watching. i'm tony harris. john siegenthaler is up next. thank you. we begin with charges of racism and a change in leadership at the university of missouri. then pressure from the football team and many others on campus, so today the president resigned and the school's chancellor announced he was stepping aside. andy is in columbia, missouri tonight. >> reporter: they began a relations committee. and he called what happened today an


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