"inside story," the news is next. >> this is aljazeera america, live from new york city, i'm tony harris. inclusion, diversity and equality. all tasks ahead for the vice chancellor of university of missouri. workers walk off the job and get a new assist to call for. officials respond to widespread allegations of doping and coming clean. seattle's famous gum wall
is getting scrubbed down. the white house says that president obama will sign a new $607 billion defense bill when it reaches his desk, even though it includes a key provision by the president. passing a bill with language that specifically prevents detainees from guantanamo to the united states. jamie mcintyre has more from the pentagon. >> reporter: the bill easily won final legislative approval, breezing through the senate with overwhelming support from both parties. >> the yeas are 91, the nays, 3, and the motion is passed. >> the white house said that he'll sign it into law and then offer a plan to repeal the ban
tactical decisions. congress cannot make specific decisions in which detainees can be held and tried. [ audio difficulties ] >> there have been provision that's predicted the transfer of terrorists at guantanamo to the united states of america. and so this discussion that you've seen from the administration to say that the president is contemplating an executive order on this issue clearly would violate the laws. >> we're going to do everything that we can from keeping the president -- this is become an obsession with him, and we're not going to let that happen. >> aljazeera has learned that the president has recommended the most secure prison in the country as the best place to
send guantanamo detainees. and already a group of sheriffs have written the white house, although saying that though the prison is secure, it might attract people to commit acts of terror. >> the obama administration is asking the supreme court to overturn an inning junction that blocks the president's immigration plan. it was upheld on monday by a federal appeals court. it would stop 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the united states to avoid deportation, and the high court will hear it this spring. the university of missouri is trying to move forward. after months of protests overrer racial problems on campus, they have announced today a new vice chancellor, after the chancellor resigned.
andy is joining us with more. >> reporter: tony, it's not over yet. the police department said that they want anyone who gets a racist insult to tell them about it so they can keep track, and that's because a lot of minorities are getting racist backlash from yesterday's victory. an associate professor of journal oflism, who wrote an article about racist remarks being directed at her, is now being targeted on social media with a fake twitter account, where the insults keep coming, and the backlash against the resignation of timberwolf is being threatened. [ audio difficulties ]
ratliff called the police, but called it unpredictable. >> i have never been afraid. just doing what i do. and i think that you can't effectively do this work if you're afraid. >> reporter: and the divisions on campus were also evident in in the protests on monday. >> can i talk to new is. >> no, you need to get out. >> they didn't want photographers near them in the public open space of the campus.
movement? the movement that led to these changes on campus? >> reporter: well, they're there to say. they said the next hire as the president of the system, and they get to have a voice, a continuing voice from this time forward. >> in -- from missouri to new york, andrew cuomo is raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. workers rallied in support. and now getting support from healthcare workers. >> reporter: tony, the rally behind me just rapid up in downtown miami. and you had workers from the fast food industry, from
>> former state senator, dwight bowler, getting some businesses. >> but with a republican-led legislature, it's unlikely that the state of florida will follow cities like seattle and san francisco and los angeles, which have gradually approved to $15 an hour. marco rubio raises the issue on his presidential campaign website, saying hiking the minimum wage by a few dollars will not accelerate the american dream, it will crush small business. >> what do you say to employers who say they can't afford to pay everyone an increased minimum wage? >> i think that they're being real selfish.
>> with no savings and two children at home. sullivan said that she won't stop now. >> hear me out. i need more money. >> and sullivan and some of her coworkers say that a relatively small amount of people, many employees feel that they may be reprimanded. and fear that. and sullivan is telling us, if she doesn't speak out, who will? >> and vanessa, will the fight for 15 movement be a factor in the 2015 presidential race? >> well, democrats certainly want to highlight this, and the organization that put together these protests, this whole movement, they want to put the spotlight on this, and they plan to have registration
drives, and parties to motivate people to vote next year. >> in los angeles, protesters are rallying outside of the milwaukee theater where the top republican candidates will take the stage tonight. already underway, aljazeera's correspondent, michael insure ms there, and how will the minimum wage protests play to the debates tonight? >> the minimum wage protest is not going to be the way that the candidates talk about tonight. and it's not an issue that the republican candidates usually embrace, and they're going to be making their way over here to the panther arena later on. and they haven't started yet. but minimum wage is a subject that the people of the republican party talk about, and marco rubio said that he doesn't think that there's a place for a minimum wage law,
and jeb bush said that the private sector should control it. and carly fiorina said that it's not in the constitution tornadconstitution atall. so the protesters, if they expect everything that they want out of the crowd tonight, they're going to be disappointed. >> so what are you going to be watching for tonight? >> i think that these debates, obviously a different dynamic each time. a lot of people focusing on the moderators, and a lot of them saying, are the candidates going to be happy with the questions? ben carson is being challenged on his resume. he has a lot to gain tonight if he's able to say this biographical attack on me is not worth it, and there's nothing to it, and he has a lot to lose if everybody piles on. and marco rubio has catapulted to the top. and jeb bush is going to come after him. and particularly ted cruz, who sees rubio as a challenge to him, as being a conservative
but mainstream candidate. and jeb bush, the great thing about all of the debates for the candidates, each time it's a new audition. and if they do well, they will forget about everything that they didn't do in the previous debates. >> so taxes, healthcare, the economy, do you think that we'll really have a real substantive debate on stances, positions from these candidates on those real issues, those pocketbook issues tonight, michael? >> if you ask the people doing the debate, fox business, the answer is a resounding capital, exclamation point yes. but those of us who are privileged to be forced to listen to them, they are much, much more substantive than the former debates, and a lot of
that could be that donald trump has veered in other directions, but eclipsing what came out of the debate the last time. they're going to be talking about jobs, and military spending and talking about how to get the economy going in a different direction, and stopping wage stagnation. it seems to be something that the republicans want to talk about, not just jobs, but wage stagnation. >> i trust that the questions will be there, and i just hope that we get some answers. michael shure for us, and we'll have special coverage of tonight's republican debate coming up in the next hour, 8 p.m. eastern time. a private plane crashed into an apartment building in akron, ohio. and nobody was inside or next door of the house that caught fire. trying to find out how many
and new members of the legislature are changing the political climate of the country. >> she's one of the new faces of politics in myanmar. a political activist, turned successful business woman, and now soon to be a member of parliament for the national democracy. >> this is not the end of the journey, it's just the beginning of the journey to call for the better way for the society. >> reporter: she's also a face of hope for the people in her constituency, where she beat one of the heavyweights of the ruling party. >> i believe that she can do everything for us. in this constituency. >> i voted for her because i believe that she can deliver better education and healthcare. >> there was not concern about the prospect of cheating before
the election. the solidarity party is made up of many former generals who ran the country for half a century and many are worried that they will be able to relinquish control. and while the election process isn't perfect, it seems to be free of major irregularities. >> the process went better than many expected beforehand. it is also true, however, that more is needed. more reforms are needed to ensure that truly general elections can take place in the future. >> reporter: the european union wants to see an end to the military guaranteed power in parliament. with the next governments, many challenges ahead. the army will remain a very powerful political force, and after enduring 50 years of dictatorship, enduring trust in
the military will be a long road. the army will control three key ministries, and have veto power over any constitutional changes. >> actually, this should be a concern of all of us. we still have to negotiate, and we have to make the compromise. >> there will also be says about their ability to run the country. in the areas where results are being confirmed, they are pleased with what they hope to be a better myanmar. >> syrian government troops have recaptured a base in aleppo previously kept by isil. it's the biggest gain for the army since they launched in september. >> a significant gain for the syrian government and it's allies. they have managed to lift the
siege on the air base, besieged by isil two years now, the soldiers have advanced in the base, and joined with the forces to secure the facility. but we understand that isil is sending military enforcements toward aleppo, will they launch a counter offensive? will the government be able to hold ground? for the moment, this is a significant gain. the government can use this facility as a launching pad, because we know that one of its objectives is to retake territory that it lost in the province of aleppo as well as the city. but we have to remember that there are many front lines in this war, and the government has not made much advances really on other front lines against other opposition groups, and the very fact that mortars landed in the city, a stronghold of the government, shows that the government wasn't able to push the rebels
back. we have to remember that incidents like this have happened in the past. but this is the first time since russia militarily intervened in the conflict. the fact that the rebels were able to launch mortars, they're still close by. and the whole objective was to push the rebels back. so the ongoing war is only intensifying as it continues. but regional international players involved in the syrian conflict still have a lot to do. >> beirut and russia and the uk have extended flight bans to sharmle shake. and they said that it will last several months, while the british officials say their ban will last two weeks. they're looking at the possibilities that a bomb brought it down.
negotiations for the eu leaders made easy. >> will we stay, or will we go? the question that will dominate british politics as a referendum approaches on eu membership. on tuesday, prime minister david cameron began his renegotiation, something that he hopes will convince voters to stay. >> what works for britain and works for european policies, and when we do so, as i said, i will campaign to keep britain inside of a reformed european union. >> broadly, cameron believes that britain should be able to limit welfare payments to immigrants for a period of four years after they arrive. to opt out of certain eu laws,
especially immigration, and to have special immigration for the financial sector in the city of london. with the polls showing a narrow lead for the campaign, both sides are gearing up for a fight. >> nothing, and the whole point of negotiation is you ask for a lot. and you prepare to accept a little bit less. the only thing asked for is a change to benefits, and even on that, he says that he's prepared to be accessible. >> what do you think is the defining argument? you have to make it simple, don't you? what's the defining argument to stay? >> going out, the unknown, unknowable risk beings, so it's given that as cameron has demonstrated, we can get things from the european union, and we can push them in a more british direction. >> reporter: opponents argue that david cameron's demands
are trivial, and well rehearsed and likely to be met with more or less, and the reforms won't do enough to alter the balance of power between brussels and westminster. the migrants will meet some resistance, but ang what merkel said that she believes a deal can be done, a deal that will then have to be judged by the british voters. >> same-sex couples will be able to get married in ire lapped. the marriage act was assigned into law today. a major step for a traditionally conservative country. it was decriminalized in 1993. up next, widespread accusations of doping. we'll talk with one of the panels that conducted the investigation. and how workers could have a wide action on class action lawsuits.
>> rain fell on the complex on tuesday, doping scandals were chop, and russia could soon find itself cast out of world threatection. of course it would be an enormous blow, and i hope that once again, we hope to have common sense from the council members, but first of all, must work in the interest of our sport. >> the russian athletics federation has until thursday to respond to the allegations of state endorsed doping, and they have canceled the decision on whether russia is expected over the weekend. it's a move that some top athletes would support. >> it's a tough action, and it needs to be a strong action now. and it has penalize the
threats, and it's a step that has to be taken. >> in moscow, the world amount i doping allegations have a besiege mentality. this building is the address of the moscow anti-doping laboratory, strict for credatian, and it's hear that the it's said that athletes pay bribes to get their contaminated samples to disappear. we tried to get inside to speak to someone in the organization, but security sent us away, and the anti-doping agency said that they have a hidden russian agenda. >> this was no special news for us, that some of the questions have a special list to them. and they're politically loaded. >> it's perhaps difficult to feel anything but gloom on this bleak, damp day, but the journalists are trying to be optimistic. >> i think that are we should
go the same way that we went in football ten years ago, and we should point independent head of the anti-doping system to exclude any of this validation. >> but it's what the report calls the darkest day in the history of russian athletics. aljazeera, moscow. >> richard mcclaren is the coauthor of the world anti-doping report. and he's a renowned sport attorney. and it's good to have you on the show. but here's what i want to start with you. on the heels of yesterday's attack, what was your opinion on the statement saying that the economy can strip alleged cheaters in the past, but there was no reason to doubt the
sochi 2014 doping test. russia was slammed the year before, and why wouldn't cheating be suspected in the winter games? is it the difference between winter sports and track and field? >> well, we didn't look into sports outside of athletics, so we didn't look very deeply into what went on in sochi, because it's all winter sports. we have that information about the fsb being in the lab in sochi, but that's the extent of it. >> gotcha. so your report, you mentioned it, as attacked, as unprofessional, illogical and declarative by the director. to him, what we knew at that stage, which isn't as much as we now know. and asked for his reaction, and we heard very much the same
sort of reaction. you'll notice in the report that we have left the high road for them to say, well, look, we may have done some things wrong in the past. and let's start fresh here and move forward and draw a curtain on what has gone on in the past. and we hope that they will take that, and i expect that you'll see the shift occur over the next couple of days, leading up to the report from the wiaf. >> how surprising or even shocking was what you found? as you were uncovering and doing the work on your investigation? >> it was deeper and more broad-based than we thought or expected at the time that we started. so we were surprised as a result of that. and i know we have been criticized. because we don't have any proof. show us the documents, and show us evidentiary proof.
and it's difficult to do that, when first of all, you can't get into the country to have a look, and do a proper investigation, and even if we did, we wouldn't have much in the way of documents to establish this. but when you put all of pieces together, you look at it as a complete overview, and you have to conclude that it's a state run system, but the entrance is that it's being run and supported by the state to some degree. >> what's the bottom line here? is there evidence of corruption and cheating on a massive amount in your opinion that the russian delegation needs to be more than suspended? i'm wondering if there's much debate on whether or not there should have been a stiffer
punishment, even banning the rem addition from the 2016 games in rio. >> those are decisions that have to be taken by other parties other than ourselves, we did recommend that the federation, not the lab, but the anti-doping agency be non-compliant. and that would mean, if it was done by the appropriate authorities, they would not be able to compete in international events until they became compliant with the anti-doping code. >> richard mcclaren, the coauthor of the world doping agency's independent report. and it's a pretty damning one. richard, thank you. and in the case that could have a big impact on future class action lawsuits. tyson foods wants the justices to overturn a ruling that says that the workers were short-changed on pay.
and tyson said that the workers should not have been able to use certain data to prove their case. >> it's the latest case before the supreme court that would carve away at class action lawsuits. tyson versus -- a case brought by employees at the meat processing plant who claim that they were not properly compensated for the time that it took to put on and take off protective gear. ththey received a final record f $5.8 million. but tyson cried foul. saying that it was flawed, and more crucially, the group of 3,000 workers doesn't have legal muster as a so-called class, because some of them suffered no injuries. >> this could cut back on class actions a little or a lot. >> john coffey is a professor
at columbia law school. >> if all they want is more typical plantiffs, but if you had to prove that every member of the class had standing before it's certified, that might be a major barrier that might cause many court causes have being certified. >> and how high the bar is raised matters a lot to workers at the low end of the wage scale. the stakes are especially high for low wage workers, who lack the resources to take on a big employer, or to attract a lawyer, but to ban together as a class, and low wage workers are far more likely to get their day in court. tyson's lawyers tol told aljazee win, it will be where we need to be, but a the message of a
win for tyson would be for big corporations. >> the message would be that companies can get away with an awful lot. and as long as their workers are just a little bit different, they won't have to worry about class actions of employees banding together to protect their rights. >> and it's not just this, for americans who lack deep pockets. the supreme court is considering two other cases this term that could also limit class actions. >> if class actions keep getting more and more difficult, there's no question that the small claimants are not going to have a day in court. >> reporter: depending on which way the highest court in the land decides. aljazeera, new york. >> let's take you back to milwaukee now, where republican presidential canned dates will debate for the fourth time. and we have live pictures here. we told you this is happening, and it is. the protesters are gathering outside of the debate venue
right now, the milwaukee theater in milwaukee, wisconsin. this group of mostly fast food workers calling for a wage raise. and ali velshi has more on this. >> reporter: looking at the pictures, and there's quite a police presence out here. it's a big gathering, and there are demonstrations like this going on in 500 cities in the united states, and bernie sanders is at one of them. and this is a part of his campaign where he wants a 15-dollar minimum wage. the eight of them will be here, and the other four are debating now, but that is the crowd outside of where we are right now in milwaukee. as i said, larger crowds than one might expect, and a big police presence. what you're hearing behind me,
it's kind of interesting. as you know, chris christie was demoted from the main table to the card table. and things have come out. chris christie said, democrats if elected, would raise taxes to 7 on to 80%, and it went unchallenged by moderators, who promised that it would be a a tough debate. and mike huckabee said that the best thing would be to send them food. and -- fly airforce 1 over those islands, so my hopes about the moderators of this debate holding them to tough standards are diminishing as this goes on. i did have the chance to speak to the chief strategist, strasseer, about the debacles about the debate. the moderators in boulder said that they don't want that to happen again.
>> there's a different between tough questions, and gotcha questions. the debate is supposed to be challenging them on the issues that they have. and it's not an attempt to ask someone if they're a comic book cock, or if they have moral authority to resign. we have a lot of problems in this country, and a lot of debt and people looking for work, and education and healthcare. all of those issues are great questions, and they can be as tough as you want, and there's a difference between you have to and stupid and silly. >> is it strange to you that ben carson and donald trump are making up about 50% of the republican respondents, and they're getting the support at the moment. there's something about the political establishment that even amongst the republicans is not appealing. >> you've seen that in both parties. and bernie sanders is doing very well very well because of that. the american people are upset over what's going on in
washington and they should be. and for the folks who are not part of the political system, they're getting a look at what they might not have gotten in the past. you look at howard dean, ross perot, this has been a turn for people who have not been part of the process. we have enter food a new dynamic politically, and the question is, are people that fed up that they're willing to do that? and there are a lot in political circles, i don't know, and we have aways to go. >> all right, and he's right. a lot of people are watching this. cnn the, 14 million. and fox's first debate got 22 million so people are watching these debates. >> ali, please, i know that sean said some important stuff. but i'm trying to digest what you said ahead. mike huckabee and some of the comments, and what was the comment in particular about
syria and his response? >> so the question was, most people think that we should take refugees in from syria, and mike huckabee said we shouldn't. so the moderator asked him about that, and he did a few things, the moderator asked him about isil killing all of these christians and killing all of these refugees, and incidentally skipping over all of news lips, and he said we shouldn't be killing christians, but he said most of the refugees who are entering europe are not actually syrians, and we don't know if they are isil or not, and we don't have the jobs their them in the united states, and he said something that always resonates with me. you read back to the 40s, it was the same thing that the jews said about escaping nazi germany. he said this is a problem they have to work out over there, they don't speak our language and they're not our culture, and he said we have so many homeless people in america, how can we take refugees?
his comparisons don't make sense, but not only was it surprising that he said t. tony, but once again, it's the fourth time that i heard a candidate say something very unusual, and not be challenged by the moderators, who said that they would be challenging them. >> that's disappointing to me, ali, and what's disappointing to me, you would expect that you would think the fact that they're not being challenged more closely on statements that demand a challenge -- >> it's where you get that information. ask where you get that information, and so when chris christie says that the democrats are going to increase your taxes to 70 to 80%, where do you get that information? in an interview, bernie sanders had said that he didn't think that it was unusual that in some places marginal tax rates were 90%. as you know, marginal tax rates is the marginal amount that the
rich people earn. that was not a blanket statement that the democrats are going to raise taxes to 70 to 80%. hilliary clinton has never said such a thing. we need to ask, where do you get that information from? ref sneeze not being syrians, where do you get that from? >> and the comment about syrian refugees, that dovetails into one of their talking points. it feels like it needs into their whole position on immigrants in this country, doesn't it? >> yes, and so what you'll find tonight, the moderators, in the first box, they came at it from a more moderate perspective, and these are conservative questions going to conservative candidates, and there's a very different tone tonight. >> ali, appreciate it. strange times. ali will be joining our special coverage of tonight's debate coming up at the top of the
tracking all of this. >> reporter: we're talking about heavy, heavy snow in parts of california and nevada and we're looking at a weather system that's pulling out of that area. that will become the severe weather system, but look at what it did in california. we're talking about the serra nevadas, and reno, nevada, where the highways were closed. and in some locations, much-needed snow for that area with the drought situation, but we're looking at a lot of situations with accidents. now, look at what's happening right now, and i'm going to go closer in. the snow is pulling away towards the east. and right now, look at parts of utah, colorado and into wyoming. we're looking at winter storm warnings as well as blizzard conditions in northeastern colorado. and what that means, we expect 2-4 inches of snow. and winds 40-60 miles per hour. and whiteout conditions. so if you're traveling in
highway 70 or 80, it's going to be a little bit more dangerous. in the east, very windy conditions in the area, 60 mile-per-hour winds all the way from the dakotas through texas, and then on to have that, it's the severe weather that's going to be on the outbreak tomorrow afternoon. six states, tornadoes, and thunderstorms and large hail. and wind damage in the region. so tony, we have almost every weather condition in the united states right now. >> starting with el nino. >> it's the change of the observation temperature across the pacific. >> el nino is expected to bring epoch rains and floods to california this winter. and many fear that it could set off a series of natural disasters because the state's bridges and dams and levees may not be able to handle all of the water. we sent jake ward to the california delta with more >> reporter: this is what
5 inches of rain does in a single area does to a baked hillside. but this is nothing compared to what happens when an el nino arrives. >> take those small events, and have it rain longer. it could go badly. >> he's an expert on california's rivers and water supply. >> we're not ready as a state for very large floods. >> to keep floodwaters under control, california has over 13,000 miles of levees, which have been called a mess, a katrina type disaster. >> there are those that have failed and will fail. and the levee system will be overwhelmed. the question that we have every year, is this the year that the levee system is overwhelmed? >> the california delta, just outside of sacramento, encompasses 1,000 miles of waterways, and it's home to thousands of people and the state capital.
mike is an engineer with the california department of water resources. he spots a major levee repair going on here, and he shows it to us. it's a fix that costs 5-$10 million per mile. it's a rehab that apparently rarely happens. >> something of this scale, maybe once a decade if that. >> repairs are crucial. for decades, report after report warns of possible levee breaks in the delta, and there's one area that mike is particularly worried about. >> we're working our way up to sea level here, and a portion of this island is located above sea level. >> this is a peaceful setting but you're talking about this being ground zero. and why is that. >> this is one of the lowest points in the system, and i would not be surprised this winter if we had waves crashing over these levees. >> that seems unimaginable. >> given a strong enough storm,
it may be a reality, with catastrophic results. mother nature may be giving california a 1-2 punch, first a record drought. and then possibly a catastrophic e el nino. buts not just mother nature to blame. but decades of neglect of the infrastructure. >> we stopped paying for this a long time ago, so why should we be shocked that the systems are falling down around our ears, and the bridges are failing and the roads eroding but we chose not to pay for it. >> but the truth is that california and the nation will pay, one way or another. the question is whether the bill comes due this winter. jacob ward, aljazeera, sacramento. >> and for more at what's coming up at the top of the hour, john seigenthaler is here. >> tonight at 8:00, another debate.
the republicans are back on the stage. and a small field though. and we'll look at the issues before it begins. social security and unions and the minimum wage. where the candidates stand and how it could impact every american. it begins in just a few minutes. tony. >> thank you. and a sticky situation in seattle is getting cleanup. it is a wall of gum 20 years in the making. aljazeera's allen schauffler got a closeup look. >> welcome to one of seattle's premier tourist attractions. this is the gum wall at pike place market. for decades, people have been coming here, chewing up their gum and then sticking it on the wall. and in some cases, making elaborate art. and it's a huge art piece. it has been growing since the early 90s, and now the people
who run it figure its time for deep cleaning. steam cleaning, and that's what's going to happen. fast forward now, it looks lie little bit like a hazardous material site. and maybe it is. the steam cleaning has started in earnest. and it should take three days or so, and what are they going to do with all of that stuff? even in seattle they couldn't figure out a way to recycle it. so it is going to the dump, or the landfill. they do plan to weigh it all though, so we'll all know how much has been chewed and stuck on these bricks, and then of course it will be reborn anew. we expect people the day after its all clean to be chewing and sticking once again, and the gum wall will live again. allen schauffler, aljazeera, seattle. >> that's all of our time, the news hour with tony harris.
and before we go, let's take you to the republican debate. and that's a sizeable protest that's going on right now. the fight for 15, a demonstration that has been going on in a couple of cities today. and you see several members of that protest. but you see signs talking about other issues in this country right now. our special coverage of the debate begins next with john seigenthaler. >> these people have decided that today they will be arrested. >> i know that i'm being surveilled. >> people are not getting the care that they need. >> this is a crime against humanity. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> hands up... >> don't shoot. >> what do we want? >> justice. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> explosions going on... we're not quite sure - >> is that an i.e.d.?
>> milwaukee, wisconsin. tonight the fourth republican debate, and before it begins our guide to what you really need to know about. social security, wages, and your paycheck, national defense, and the right-to-work. the facts before you hear from the candidates. this is "america votes 2016." >> hi, everyone. this is al-jazeera america. then there were eight. in debate hosted by fox business and the "wall street journal." it's a smaller field. each candidate on the stage has at least 2.5% in the polls. the last time they