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honeymoon could cost $800,000 in lodging alone and even with a discount, that is steep with the adding in food and drink and champagne, yikes. while you and i may not spend ourselves on an extravagant honeymoon, and one of the reasons i eloped, others have, brad and angelina, and j.k. rowling and others have all sunned in the islands, and they are not british royalroyalty, b they are hollywood royalty. >> well, that is how you roll if you are royal. well, thank you, randi kaye. well, donald trump said today, he will not be running for president. a short time ago, the donald released a statement saying that he would have won the republican nomination and beat ten president as well, but if he suggested that he would have run quote, unquote half heartedly, because he would rather remain in business and in the flood of recent interviews, trump
challenged the president's birthplace after which president obama produced the birth certificate, and trump said that the president doesn't know what he is doing, end quote, and charged that the world has lost respect for america because we are not tough enough, and he said that he could end the gas problems with a single call to saudi arabia, but none of that is to be. gloria borger is standing by, our political analyst in washington. here is a question for you, did anybody in the race consider trump to be a factor, or like so many people i have been hearing from on twitter think it was a publicity stunt? >> well, i think they thought it was a real publicity stunt, but when they saw him going up in the polls before the whole birther thing was denounced by barack obama, before barack obama put out the birth certificate, they actually started to take him a little more seriously. i was talking to a senior republican strategist today who said this whole trump episode is
what he calls one of the most bizarre vignettes in american politics. and i think that in the end, that is the way we all looked at it, a vacuum in the republican race, and it was getting kind of boring and had not really started and sarah palin clearly was not that interested in running, and suddenly, the donald jumps in. so it was this perfect storm, if you will, and of course, we could not resist covering it ourself, right. >> i know. you will see us charged many, many times the media. we did it. you mention the poll numbers, and it is possible is it not that trump is a serious businessman, and he is thinking business and if you take a look at the poll numbers and we are revisiting a couple of the poll numb numbers, but could trump manage the economy effectively? 60% no. and is trump in touch with americans, and 73% no. and is trump honest and
trustworthy, and 68% said no, and 32% yes, and is trump a person you admire, 68% no, and 32% yes. so was this something that americans were buying? >> well, among the republican voters there was an interest in him among certain constituency who didn't like barack obama very much and willing to believe anything about barack obama, and then what we saw happen was interesting which was that after this whole birth certificate episode, among republicans, his polls started dropping. >> because they say he hijacked the conversation. >> because he hijacked the encop versation and the polls among the republicans were dropping, and i was told by a republican strategist today who said that trump's own internal polling was dropping worse than the polls that we saw. and we saw polls that said 6 of 10 republicans didn't think he should or had an unfavorable view of him. so i think that the whole birther episode really backfired
against him particularly after the president produced the birth certificate, and people started to take a second look at him saying, wait a second. is he serious or want to raise the ratings for "celebrity apprentice" and today, by the way, where did he announce that he would not be running for president? and up front meeting for people who were interesting in advertising for the next upcoming season. and can we say scrutiny no the nth degree, and maybe that is something he did not want to deal with. >> well, any of the presidential candidates will tell you that the scrutiny is something they never would have imagined at the presidential level. and donald trump is fond of telling us he is worth $7 billion and i think that you can be sure that when he had to file with the electoral commission
and so forth, people would have been going over the finances with magnifying glasses, and that is something problematic for mr. trump and something he would not look forward to. remember, he told us that once the president would release his birth certificate, he would release his tax returns, and have you seen them? >> no. >> and if donald trump is calling in, that is one of the questionsly ask him. and full circle with the republicans, we know that huckabee is out and trump is out, and does this leave the republicans different place with news when they woke up this morning? >> well, the huckabee announcement was much more important. >> why? >> than the trump announcement, because huckabee had a real constituency in the republican party, evangelicals, an important part of the republican constituency. they go out and they vote in primaries and huckabee was high in the polls. he had run already for the presidency, so he knew what he
was getting into, and he is well known and he is personalable, a and he would have been a very good candidate. but donald trump is a side show and hijacking the conversation and taking the republican party out of of the mainmainstream, s many republicans are saying, gee, where will huckabee's support go and not where will trump's support go to? >> yeah, who to vote for. we are all watching and waiting to see who puts their hat into the race. thank you, gloria borger. now, take a look at this video. take a look there. the man on the right is very rich, very powerful, and he is in a world of trouble. this is dominic strauss-kahn who was in a manhattan criminal court today in new york, and he heads the bank of last resort, the bank that bailed out countries in financial crisis. until this past weekend, he had a very, very good chance of becoming the next president of france. dominic strauss-kahn was plucked off of a plane at jfk
international airport after this maid accused him of sexually assaulting her in a $3,000 a night hotel room. and now just this afternoon in court, prosecutors laid out what happened in the room. >> the charges that we are underlying in the conduct are to be pending sentences should he be convicted and these are factors that may come in. the defendant restrained a hotel employee inside of his room. he sexually assaulted her and forcibly raped her. when he was unsuccessful, he forced her to perform oral sex on her. >> and richard was in inside of that courtroom, and richard, you are looking at count after count looking at the court complaint and prosecutors are throwing the book at this man. >> well, they don't seem to care what his profile is and his
stature in the world business community, one of the most famous men and powerful men in global business finance. inside of this manhattan courtroom, prosecutors said they were hearing of other cases involving dominic strauss-kahn and other women and complaints, and they wanted more time to argue information as they argue that he was a flight risk and should be denied bail. >> we also know that police grabbed him out of his first-class seat off of the plane where he was heading out of the country with just minutes to spare before takeoff, so it is no surprise that the judge denied him bond. >> that's right. let's listen to the prosecutor argue for the no bail and the defense respond that he had $1 million that he was ready to pay bail for and he had a daughter in town, and he was not indeed a flight risk. >> let's listen. >> getting the strength of the case as it now stands and the potential for additional
evidence to be generated this defendant has additional motivation to flee. we know that the defendant has a personal, political and financial resources to in fact flee and evade prosecution. >> now, the defense says they are going to mount a strong battle, maybe an appeal, but they say that the battle has just begun, and they said in court that dominic strauss-kahn deserves to be set free on bail. >> the defendant is a well known, well respected international person, and he is probably the most easily identified individual in the world today as a result of the publicity that has been generated here in the past 72 hours. i also would add for the benefit of the defendant that he denies these charge, and he is presumed innocent under the law. >> judge jackson said that the same rules apply to strauss-kahn as any other defendant. she told the defense attorneys,
and she said, i'm a fair judge and she denied bail for the wealthy french businessman. brooke? >> we just heard from his lawyer who has a history of taking on very, very high profile cases. and who has he represented in the past? >> well, he has represented p. diddy, and puff daddy combs here, and a lot of the high profile cases, and he was described by some reporters yesterday as being very optimistic, but as the day wore on, he seemed to be growing more tense. he vowed or someone on the team vowed to walk out of court with strauss-kahn and that did not happen. there was press corps from around the world camped out in the rain to see his appearance and the next appearance is friday may 20th. >> i understand that they were asked to sit down. richard roth live for me in manhattan. thank you. and also, dominic
strauss-kahn is not just the head of the imf, but in france, many, many people thought he would be the next president. so what is the reaction like there? also, just minutes before strauss-kahn would have been out of country, how the police caught up with him just before as i mentioned the plane took off and how the cell phone might have helped to track him down. stay here. what?! sam, get your ears cleaned out. but what did he say? 42 wild italians. huh? it's a cruise for plus-size individuals.
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, so here is what you need to know about the story, also out of france. they arrested dominic strauss-kahn is the equivalent of a political bomb dropping in that country. he was not just the top man at the imf, the world institution that oversees the economic system, he was a front-runner for the next president of
france, and the sexual assault charge here in new york may not be the end of it. watch this from my colleague in paris. >> and the complaint of the his sexu sexual assault began when a woman in france said that he wrestled her to the floor and unhooked the bra and tried to unzip her jeans. and her mother is in the same political party as kahn and is also running against him for presidency. she said that it is up to her daughter to revive the case if she wants to, as i talked her out of it. >> she was sobbing. she said he jumped on me. i said, listen, if you had been raped i would not have
hesitated, but there was not a rape strictly speaking. but there was an attack that you would have on your resume all of your life, tristan bannon, that is the girl who, well. >> reporter: a lawyer for the daughter says he is preparing documents to file against strauss-kahn and if she agrees, he could be facing political and criminal charges on both sides of the atlantic. >> well, there is a dramatic arrest here. because this cell phone leads to this man's arrest sweeping on to the airplane and arresting him before he departs. obviously, we are talking a about the arrest of imf chief dominic strauss-kahn, and explain how the detectives tracked him down with this missing phone. >> yeah, it was great work by
the nypd and the manhattan prosecutors a. of the assault was perpetrated he apparently left the phone behind in the motel, hotel, and once he got to the airport, he generated a phone call back to the clerk, and they kept him on the phone long enough to reveal he was at jfk airport. then they contacted the port authority police, and they removed him minutes before it took off. >> in all of your years, steve, it is one mistake in this case losing a cell phone or leaving behind that leads the police to the suspect? one tiny suspect? >> we count on the criminal making the mistake. if he makes the mistake, and this is a critical mistake on his part. he should keep the day job, because he is not a good bad guy, but he did reveal the revealing information that led the police to him, and prevented him to go the france.
if he went to france, the united states does not have an extradition treaty with france so it would have been difficult to get him back here and we could have had another roman polanski. >> well, staying back here in the states after they arrest him, they take him to east harlem to the special victims unit, and the detectives get a court order to examine him. so, steve, what were they look on him and say as the accuser? >> dna and hair and fiber evidence that is likely on the body. my understanding, he left rather quickly, so it is very likely that there is dna or highly probable that there was dna ed on the body, including possible marks that the victim may have left on him, according to the police reports. >> so using dna that may have been found under fingernails, how then could they connect that? is that what they will use potentially down the line? >> yes, the dna will make this case based upon the victim's statement about what happened and the dna will confirm her
account in this case, and valuable for the prosecution. >> thank you, for coming on. we appreciate you out of new york. >> thank you. now, this. >> in terms of property damage and the lives affected, it is bad. >> martin savage just got a tour. look at the pictures, folks. this is vicksburg, mississippi, where hundreds of people obviously have been displaced because of the water line there, and he will join me live ahead. also, i know you have seen the pictures of the stealth helicopter that crashed during the raid on bin laden's compound, and the held kopter that had to be destroyed, and now we have new information on what will happen to that piece of the helicopter next. io
checking your top stories now. the u.s. does not have to apologize for the raid that killed osama bin laden. that is according to senator john kerry. he is in pakistan on a visit to islamabad, and he is talking about how the u.s. and pakistan need to mend their relationship post-raid. take a listen. >> we mustt never lose sight of this central fact, we are strategic partners of a common enemy in terrorism and extremism. both of our countries have sacrificed too many citizens and troops in the fight, and many
too many to consider abandoning this important relationship for one reason or another. far too much is at stake here. >> well, here is something else that senator kerry told reporters. he said that pakistan will return the pieces of the stealth helicopter that went down in the raid. across the border in afghanistan today, four nato troops died in a roadside bombing which happened there in the south, and no details of what happened or the nationalities of the service members. a nato statement said that the attack was from an improvised explosive device. and an arraignment today was delayed for two florida imams. they were both seized by the fbi. the elder was at this modest mosque and the son was at a larger mosque closer to fort lauderdale. they are among six people charged with funneling money through pakistan to support the pakistani taliban. we will talk later in the show
with a reporter in miami who is covering this case. the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court wants the arrest of moammar gadhafi. he says there is enough evidence to arrest him and two of his leaders of criminal activity. he says he can prove that he ordered attacks on civilians, and the hague has to decide whether or not to issue those arrest warrants. an airline pilot was pulled from the plane he was preparing to fly over the weekend. why? he was suspected of being drunk. this happened at the minneapolis/st. paul international airport. a t.s.a. agent reportedly smelled the alcohol on the pilot and made him take a breathalyzer which he failed. airtran replaced the pilot and the flight took off and the incident is under investigation. and now, for the, we will call it a catch 22, along the mississippi river. some folks will be spared from the flooding and others will be
likely to lose everything. here is the situation right now. thousands of people are on the run from the rising floodwaters in south central louisiana. now, the army corps of engineers made this tough call over the weekend. we were talking about that on friday, and opening several gates of the morganza spillway. so they did it to save new orleans and baton rouge, but it means that people living in the low-lying areas just to west and south may lose their homes and everything they cannot pack, pack in a bag and leave with. in fact, in vicksburg, mississippi, the national weather service tells us that the river reached record levels of 56.2 feet yesterday. our martin savage is live there in vicksburg, and martin, obviously, tough for people right there. i know that you went on a boat tour and tell me what you saw and what people there are saying. >> well, you know, vicksburg is under siege once more. if you remember the history from the civil war, there was the great siege of vicksburg now,
and now it is the yazoo and the mississippi river. this is looking like a model, but it is very real. that building dates back to 1802, and now it is completely inundated. that water is up 11 feet on the city frontier, and right next door is the blue tarp which is a quickly put together wooden levee that has been constriucte in an emergency to keep the water because of the railroad tracks that ran through there is a gap, and that gap would allow the water to flow through the city which is catfish road down there, which is very, very historic, and so far it is holding, but as you point out the water is rising here and they have surpassed the 1927 record, so the question is how high will it go? we want to show you the pictures we got from the tour going with the sheriff. that is martin pace here of warren county, and this is an area to the north of the town here, and you can see that they were heavily indun daundated.
it is hundreds of homes. 1,700 people are forced to flee the rising waters. in those communities up there, it is up to the rooftop and beyond. in several areas, we were measuring the depth of the water on city streets no less, 11 feet in some areas, and 15 feet in other area, and the homes that you see actually out on the water are built on stilts. they believed they had built them high enough that never ever would they be impacted by a flood, and even those moments now are beginning to sing underwater, because it is expected to rise another foot here, brooke. >> going back to the live picture, martin, you said it perfectly, that building behind you, it looks like you are standing in front of a movie set, but it is all too real for these people. looking at the numbers that your crew gave us, 100 homes destroyed and 1,700 people displaced, and i know it is impossible to predict these things, but how high might those numbers go?
>> well, there is another number here that i might not talk about, and that is the numbers of jobs impacted. there are about 4,000 people here who would be out of work temporarily due to the disruptions. they have gaming businesses here that are underwater and others that are under threat of being underwater. and you have homes being damage and trying to figure out the damage cost is going to take a long time. and here is the other factor, it is not going away soon. they anticipate that the water will linger here in people's home like in katrina, over one month. you can imagine what that will do to the structures. they will not be livable a after that. >> well, the water after that, and then the massive cleanup process which will take who knows how long. martin savage, those are some of the worst pictures that we is seen so far. thank you for that. this is not just vicksburg,
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thousands of people likely to lose their homes in planned flooding along the mississippi river. i want to talk more about this story, because it is hitting a lot of people very, very hard today. the army corps of engineers opened up several more floodgates to ease the pressure on the levees that protect big cities like new orleans and baton rouge, but here is the thing, opening the spillway most definitely affects other communities that will flood. i want to bring in chad meyers who will explain and the last we saw him was friday when we were talking about the likely imminent decision to open up the morganza spillway, so that means that by not testing the levees around baton rouge and new orleans, places like morgan city and stephenville, they will be hit, no question. >> there is no question that now the atchafalaya river is now
going to flood. there are all of the barriers that stop all of the water from going through this the flood, and they opened up the barriers so that the atchafalaya could also flood instead of baton rouge and new orleans seeing this peak that could have eroded the levees. so it is almost like a pop-off vol valve that stops half of the water from going down the mississippi and takes it down some of the shorter route that people are in the way. >> who is in the way specifically? how many people are we talking about? >> 22,000 people. >> wow. >> but they all, when they moved there, and when they live there and put their -- >> they realize, hey, i'm in the way if they open up the spillway? >> correct. this is not something pulled over on them, because it was not on the discloesure when they bought the home, because it was there. and let's move a moment, because
i will take you to the morganza floodway or the spillway. it is one of the spillways that we heard about the bonnet carre that dumped a lot of water into the lake pontchartrain last week and they opened up another one to take the mississippi river farther south, and it is called the morganza floodway. that floodway was opened 11 chutes now open, and they can open more, but they have not opened them yet. but butte larose will be two feet over flood stage and that will put a lot of water in the home, and then you see six feet over the floods and then morgan city seven feet over flood stage which will put moderate amounts of water from morgan city from the back side if they can't hold it back. this is protected by a nice wall, but if you go over it, it will not protect well. lit take days to get, there and it is not there yet. this is a great map from google earth. i want to zoom you into new orleans. i want to take you to what is go
going to happen there. take you into new orleans and all of the way down to where the new water will spill out, and the mississippi river this way, and the water will spill out this way, brooke. >> into lake pontchartrain. >> no, into the gulf of mexico. >> that is the bonnet carre. forgive me. >> and the morganza came this way, and the numbers on the chart here, 5, 10, or anywhere that is greener oye ee eer or y that would not have been flooded if it the morganza were not opened, but it is not going to be completely opened, because it is just to keep the water in new orleans not to go too high. this scares people, and this sfis not going to happen, but if there were no levee, new orleans would be 15 to 20 feet under water if there were no levee or floodwalls or pumps. but that won't happen, because there are levees and floodwalls. >> i am glad you came over here
and i want you to join me in the next interview, because talking about the places where they will flood, let's speak to one woman -- before i do that, historically speak it was 1973 which was the last time that the morganza spillway was opened, so that a lot of people in that time, seven decades ago lost their homes, and for some of them, this is a repeat of whatp had in '73. merlina costa is one of them, and she is sick at the thought that it could happen again. thank you for calling in, and do me a favor and tell me how far is the water from your home, and i know that a lot of people are getting creative in the morgan city, and the surrounding area to use blocks and cellophane and who knows what to try to keep the water out. >> thank you, brooke. >> i can hear you. just tell me about your house and how are you planning to keep the water out? >> well, i have a levee behind
it, and we put sandbags around the house. and in '73, it hit my house and, yeah, it was my house the water. we had to move out, and we had to wait and to come back and clean it up. but this time, it is going to be bad. that is all i have got to say. >> it is going to be bad? >> yes. >> how bad? how worried are you? >> i'm very worried. >> in back in '73 -- >> yes, i'm very worried. >> this is chad myers. are you within the levee walls? are you going to be protected by the levee walls in morgan city or outside of that protection? >> i am outside of that. >> but you knew it was coming some day? you knew that? >> yes, sir, i did. >> but that doesn't make you feel any better? >> no, it don't.
>> so, merline, what are you doing? you have sandbags and children living in the home, and what else are you doing in there? saying a prayer and please let the water stay away? >> yes, that is what we can all do right now. but i heard this morning that it is going to come up to ten foot in the over the levees. >> at what point do you leave your home? >> ma'am? >> at what point do you leave your home? >> oh, when i had to go, but right now, i went to my mamas, and i am staying with her. >> thank you for calling in. i think she is calling in from outside of morgan city, but another example of someone who is sandbags and who knows what, people are trying to keep the water out, but ten feet, that is what you were showing us maybe on the maps over there? >> and there is a really
beautiful wall they have built for morgan city for the city of morgan city, but there can be back water that comes in on the other side that the wall is not as protected. that wall ends at some point, too, so that the people down river toward amelia are going to the feel the back water as well. i would like to have asked her how many people are in her situation? it is doz ens if not hundreds and we know 22,000 people have to at some point in time get out of there. >> yes, a lot of people are going to be in her situation, chad myers. >> you're welcome. and now a happy story and successful one. did you watch it this morning? >> i did. >> and i got in work just in time to watch the astronauts on the space shuttle "endeavour" heading to the space station. do you know what that means? space food. what did they request for the final hot meal this morning before they came back? that is coming up. we will have a sneak peek here. yum. quick pick. and thank you s, astronauts. love to tweet, an twitter.
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countdown, check. th and like every launch before this one, we held our breath, and now turn up the volume on the tv set. three, two, one -- hit it, dee. >> final launch for "endeavour," expanding our knowledge, expanding our lives in space. >> this is "endeavour." >> roger, roll, "endeavour." >> houston, controlling "endeavour" to roll over on to its back and "endeavour" with the chest down position. sgl >> "endeavour" go at throttle up. >> roger. go at throttle up. >> and "endeavour's" main three engines back at full throttle and all three engines in good shape, and "endeavour" is already traveling 1,300 miles per hour.
at an altitude of 11 miles down range from the kennedy space center. now 12 miles. >> a little bit of cloud cover kept people from the launch site to see it streak through the skies as it headed to the international space station. it will arrive there wednesday. down on the ground at the lanch was congresswoman gabrielle giffor giffords, and we will have more with her in a moment with dr. gupta. and to mention all of the astronauts who tweet. up there with mark kelly is fink who is slapping on the old space suit there and smiling big and ready to go. and he loves to tweet. this is the favorite picture he tweeted out this morning. look at that, make you hungry, lunch on the west coast, and b lobber tails. and all of the astronauts got to choose pre-flight meal, and he
chose lobster tails and butter cream and butter and baked potato served up on a china plate from nasa. and then dear, god, please, bless our crew. help us in our mission and return safely home. please help me not to mess anything up. mike fink on board "endeavour." and as we said gabrielle giffords was at kennedy space center watching the liftoff with her husband at the helm. and dr. sanjay gupta said that the fact that she is even there in florida and she is in rehab in houston and back there in florida speaks volumes about the recovery. take a listen. >> reporter: as you know, she made it around the last time around, but the launch was scrubbed, so she went back to houston and now back again, which is a good sign medically. she is medically stable, they say, and this is part of the
rehab as they describe it as well. her getting up the stairs and meeting new people and new environments and the whole thing. >> and the astronauts are wearing wristbands in her honor? >> that is right. everyone has been touched by this, and you know, for mark kelly, the commander, this was going to time commanding the space shuttle into space, and he was not sure if he could do this a few months ago, because he was in training whenb this tragedy happened in april. it was touch and go for some time and then touch and go if she could attend the launch and a couple of days before the doctors were weighing the pros and cons of that, and again, good sign from the medical standpoint. she is still getting rehab and needs rehab for the strength and the right viside of her body, b it looks like it is coming along. >> i want you to take a look at my colleague, seth, in the studio. it looks odd and i'm doing a
craze where the people lie face down with the hands at the sides in dangerous public places and pose themselves of plinking online. let me show you what i'm talking about. obviously, some of them are funny, but then the plinkers who pose in places like train tracks, you know, on top of signs, and look at this guy. small places like fire hydrants, motorcycles and i don't know where he is, but the trend is huge in australia. but here is the disturbing part, and this is why i am telling you about this today. 20-year-old ashton biehls fell to his death yesterday while plik iing on a high-rise balcon. police say that he and his friends were drinking before the plinking turned fatal. one facebook page, and yes, there are facebook pages dedicated to this. plinking australia has about 20,000 fans, and the thing is that people are taking more risks of where they plank.
so another 20-year-old guy from queensland was arrested after planking on a police car. the prime minister is now stepping in and calling this death here tragic and said that people need to be careful and not risk their lives for some silly photo on the internet. now this. silly photo on the internet. and now this. --. >> the owner of the car posted a ton of new money for the first operation. we'll take you in depth and take you there next. i have a thing about bugs in our house. we used to call an exterminator. ugh... now i go ortho. home defense max. i use it once inside to kill the bugs. stops them dead. guaranteed. and outside to keep new ones from moving in. that's up to 12 months protection against bugs. and 12 months of keeping our house to ourselves. until your mother comes. right.
we here at cnn know that a lot of you are looking for jobs or perhaps your spouse is. there are a number of u.s. companies out there looking for employees who are hiring. poppy harlow from cnn money is here to tell me where the jobs are. poppy, good to see you. where are they? >> good to see you, too. these numbers are across the board. find them at cnn dot money/jobs.
i want you to look at these numbers. jpmorgan, the financial giant, 15,550 openings globally. 12,000 here in the u.s. best buy, almost 1400 at best buy. over 8,000 at ge. these are all stores. best buy says that they are hiring retail managers to geek squads to financial advisers. so really across the board. we spent a day down in chattanooga, tennessee. you may not know this, but vw has invested a million dollars to give all of these folks jobs and it has really turned around this economy. so take a listen to some of the employees that we have talked to. a man and woman who have never worked in the auto industry but now they have good paying solid
jobs. >> the economy went down for so long but this boosted it up so much. i was even thinking of relocating before i got this job. >> really? >> yes. it made me feel like i had something to be here for. >> what do you say to those folks who say that the job industry is dead in the u.s.? >> it's awesome that we have this opportunity to say to people, we are manufacturing in america. >> so, brooke, to all of the naysayers who say we don't build anything in america, it's not exactly true. you just heard from ben edwards and cat treen yeah. ben worked in the housing industry and now he's in the auto industry. you're seeing this influx from overseas, foreign automakers, hyundai, vw, pouring money into the south, mississippi, tennessee, to build plants and create thousands and thousands of jobs for folks. >> that's wonderful. i remember reading about vw, saying that they are going to put the money there. but beyond, poppy, some of the companies that you rattled off
that are hiring, there are some industries that are hiring as well. who are those folks? >> so many folks are out of work. we have millions of americans out of work. take a look at these industries. health care, 1 million jobs in health care. if you take out the postal service which is in dire straits, 779,000 jobs. education, 300,000 jobs added there. i would be remiss, we all use energy, they have done extremely well throughout the recession. and a lot of people start cutting back on what they are using. they are going to continue to. north dakota has a 3.6 unemployment rate and that's pretty much all due to the oil drilling that they have across there. it's really helping that state. >> 3.6? how about that. >> isn't that amazing?
we're naturally over three times that. >> we don't support any terrorism or anything and we support america and we like america. >> a father and son are two of the people arrested by the fbi. so what is their connection to the taliban? that's coming up. also, wolf blitzer is here to tell us what is crossing the cnn political ticker. wolf is next. building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible. what's all this? big news!
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now i want to take you to washington, as always. wolf, i would be remiss to say that in a matter of minutes we'll be speaking to our colleague, piers morgan, who most definitely knows donald trump. front page cnn.com. >> three other republican presidential hopefuls, potential candidates, what do they have in common? we're talking about mitt romney, tim pawlenty, and jon huntsman. all of them look like they are running for president of the united states. mitt romney is not running for
president of the united states. he's in vegas today. he's at a fundraising event and trying to kick off 2 to $3 million in fundraising with wha the romney campaign is calling las vegas convention making phone calls and a lot of times in new hampshire, he's spending considerable time for the race for the white house. that would be south carolina, hiring south carolina political veteran, others to make sure that tim pawlenty is running for president of the united states for the republican nomination. he's very, very seriously thinking of a republican run for the nomination. he's now agreed on june 3rd, here in washington, a lot of the presidential hopefuls are making presentations, including mitt romney, michele bachmann,
congresswoman from minnesota, ron paul, congressman from texas, and senator rick santorum. so just thinking about and mike huckabee in the contest, not perhaps as lively as it could have been. >> it made it interesting, wolf blitzer. it certainly did. wolf, thank you. and speaking of, let's begin this hour with the news. donald trump says, nope, will not be running for the white house. nope, i will not be talking about a possible president trump. here's the story. shortly afternoon today, donald trump released a statement, he would have won the republican nomination and he would have beaten the president as well. he suggested that he ran half heartedly. he would rather remain in is about. i want to go to piers morgan and is acquainted with donald trump. plus, acquainted.
a lot of folks are saying so many people on twitter are saying, told you, publicity stunt from the get. what do you think having had myriad conversations with him? or was this all show? >> i think he was serious. in fact, he told me he was seriously considering running. i would expect if the polls continued to show that he was surging ahead in the republican field, that he would announce that he was going to run. i think the events happened as they always do in politics and i think the killing of bin laden definitely changed the mood. it put everything back behind president obama, gave him a great push-up in the polls and you can see donald trump collapsing as well. and i think that the ratings after he realized he wasn't going to win the republican
nomination. so he is a winner when he becomes second or third. >> so, that's interesting. i would be wondering if i had donald trump on right now. what specifically was the catalyst to say, no, i'm not interested, so i don't know what sort of intel that you have. you're saying potentially because of the raid, the death that weekend in washington, you think that was the moment when he said no? >> yeah, because remember it came on the back of the birther issue. once they did, that ended one of donald trump's main focuses of getting attention and i think when he was starting to take him on, you had this huge event. he's a pragmatist. very successful businessman.
he was seriously tempted. i know he was. because i talked to him about it. i think he was really poised to potentially do this. but as often happens in politics, things happen to change his mind. >> stand by, piers morgan. first you have, can trump manage the economy effectively? 37% yes and 60% no. is trump in touch with ordinary americans? 26% say yes and 27% no. is trump honest and trustworthy? 31% no and 61% no. i know you're not a political analyst but looking at those numbers, whatever it was that trump was selling, americans were not buying that.
>> well, first of all, i am a political analyst. that's one of my many talents. >> oh, really? >> like yours. let me show you my expertise. i would be in the lower category because i think he's trustworthy. i think he's a great businessman. >> but americans disagree with you, mr. morgan. >> no, no, the majority of americans disagree with me. but a third of them agree with me and that's a lot of people. that's about 100 million. so 100 million people agree with me, brooke. >> okay. i'll give you that what about, because this is so fascinating, guilty as charged in terms of -- he was a big get for a lot of us. you talked to trump. he was huge on the tv for about six to eight weeks there. which do you think benefited the most, piers? do you think it was trump or us and tv and newspaper land? >> well, indispute blee, the
media had a field day. donald trump brings with him a lot of energy and oxygen that definitely helps him. he's definitely promoted himself. and the apprentice, i spoke to him about it. he's a very charismatic guy. dare i say git a few boring guys. without him and huckabee, it's looking dull in the race. what we love to do is say that he's a ridiculous candidate while praying that he runs because it will make it so much fun. >> we love a good character. >> final question. is he done with politics? >> i suspect he knows it's
liberating and good for his brand and i would never underestimate him. whether you love him or hate him, the guy has made billions of dollars and has been an incredibly brilliant businessman. we like the fun and showbiz. i'm fed up with boring politicians. >> well, it makes your show more interesting. it might as well. i'll check back with you in 2016 to see if you're calling that right. piers morgan, great to see you. special stuff. thank you. see you at 9:00. and now take a look at this. the fbi arrests two religious
leaders in florida for helping taliban pakistan. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >> he's one of the most powerful financial guys in the world and today this man appears in court, accused of trying to rape a woman at a luxury hotel in new york. find out what a hotel maid says he did and how this came close to becoming an international chase. the warning down south, get out now as floodwaters rush towards home as they try to pack up everything they can, furniture, pictures, even toys, as the river rises, so do fears. >> we will go live to the evacuation zone. also, horrifying scene as a children's bounce house goes flying. losing weight clicked for me when i realized
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strauss-kahn is facing extremely serious charges. attorneys argued whether he should be freed on bail. >> the case as it now stands to be generated, the defendant has additional motivation to flee. we also know that the defendant has the personal, political, and financial resort to in fact flee. >> defendant is a well-known, well respected international person. he is also probably the most easily identified individual in the world today as a result of publicity that has been generated in the past 72 hours. i also would add, for the benefit of the defendant, that he is presumed innocent. >> those are the two sides. the judge ordered strauss-kahn
held in jail without bond. he will be examined for evidence. i want to you listen to what a new york state police department said they were probably looking for. >> they are looking for dna, hair, and fiber evidence that would be on his body. to my understanding, he left rather quickly. it's very likely that there is dna, it's highly possible that there are possible marks and dna from the victim's body. >> so using dna from, let's say, under a finger nail, how will they connect that? >> the dna is going to make this case, based upon the victim's statement about what happened. this will affirm her account and it's going to be very valuable evidence to the prosecution. >> this is a crime story here in this country but in france many people expected him to run for president next year.
not just run but win. listen to this. >> i think it would be astounding, amazing, i would even use the word that it's just a thunderstorm and i would say if strauss-kahn is out of the political election, we will be starting a political tsunami. >> while france sorts out all of the information, he sits in jail until friday. a father and son were scheduled to be arraigned in miami today on terrorism charges but we learned their case was delayed. both received saturday by the fbi, the elder, and this modest mosque, in miami, the son arrested in a larger mosque near ft. lauderdale. there are six people charged
with funding money to support pakistan. three of the six charge are at large in pakistan. the fourth has been arrested in los angeles and five of the six appear to be related. it's important to note here that this modest mosque in miami where the elder kahn preached, it's not named in the four court indictment and neither are either of the mosques, just the kahns and this one alleged moesh ate. this is called the flagler mosque. >> we are here and are vi transparent. we know each other very well. but what i do after here, you don't know. who does what inside or what the other people do, like, for example, what i do in pakistan, we don't know.
>> we stand together with the u.s. attorney and the men and women of the fbi and have been and will be cooperating to the best of our ability. the group says the eld der kahn has been suspended from the mosque. in arraignment was delayed. do you know why and were the two charged imams even there? >> of course they are there. and they are in custody. it was a standing room only scene. it doesn't always attract that television media it was a mob scene and the older clear rick, the traditional head covering, long flowing white beard, he seemed bewildered as he stood
behind the magistrate judge. his son who is only 24 and at another imam at ft. lauderdale area was asking the judge if he was alert and asked if he could have another public defender and he said no. they were not arraigned because that is not what happens procedural. the elder imam does have a lawyer an experienced lawyer and the other son will soon have one. what it comes down to is a detention hearing is going to be held next monday after the lawyers are established and that will determine whether it will be held before trial. the prosecution in the case already will ask to be behind
bars. >> and they being muslim americans, what are you seeing? do people down in south florida agree with that? and are they arrested and more fearful of backlash? >> it's a combination of all of those things but there's generally a disbelief at the mosque in miami, at the mosque near ft. lauderdale where these two men have been charged. >> there is a disbelief meaning people, colleagues, friends, they don't believe that they are guilty? >> they don't. because these men, especially the elder one, are known as being very quiet, very religious and scholarly and very committed. if you saw the elder in court,
it looked like he was frail and at death's door. he really is, you know, very old and looks very old. the notion that he could have had extremists activities going on behind the scenes, that seems far-fetched. >> he founded this community saying, look, let's see where the charges go and see if it goes to trial and let's use the american justice system to see if he can be vindicated. >> looking ahead, jay, are authorities looking for possibly more suspects? >> well, yes. but at the same time, the kahn family is at the root of this case. they have been under investigation for three years. they have the elder imam on tape, recorded conversations, talking about sending money over there, talking about whether people with the taliban received the money. it's a conspiracy case. there are bank account transfers a. tens and thousands of
dollars. this is strong evidence. but at the same time, he will fight it. he's got a good lawyer and this will probably end up going to trial. i don't see any quick plea deals or cooperation deals because they are the targets of this investigation. >> like you said, the root of this whole thing investigated for three years and we'll be checking back in on monday when they are back in court. jay weaver, thank you for hopping on the phone. >> you're welcome. from the deep south to the national spotlight, don lemon has written a book about his struggles through his own life and his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality. don lemon in his own worts,
next. homosexuality, abuse, my own colleague covers all of these subjects in his new book. he talks about his own life in the deep south and his life in television world. through this book he opens about his walk through life with comes with many battles lost and won and the many, many lessons he learned along the way. don lemon is live in new york. don, you know, i know this is probably a tough stuff to have to talk about and the book is called "transparent" and that's exactly what you are. especially when it comes to the
whole story line about being sexually abused by a teenage neighbor. how long did that happen to you? >> it went on from -- i guess i was about 4 or 5 years old until about 3 or 4 years until my father died. my dad died when i was 7 and went on until my teens until i went to sdwrunier high school or so, so it went on for a couple of years. my mom remarried after my real dad died and that sort of took me out of the purview of my abuser. so it went on for quite some time. >> i want to you do me a favor, because this much better in your own words than mine, i want to you read this excerpt from the book where you talk about that part of your life. >> okay. so you want me to do this. i wanted you to read it, but i'll do t i have to tell you, i'm a little nervous. i've never really talked about this on national television. so it's kind of weird to be on a show where i anchor and talking
about myself. but this is from the book. >> okay. >> and it said, what started at my grandmother's house is a rare but painful experience. i was 30 years old before i even told my mother what happened to me. the shame, confusion, and sense of humiliation runs that deep and becomes that twisted. even though some experts estimate that nearly a third of all adults were molested as children, they can't be sure. childhood sexual abuse goes often unreported and unpunished. most know their abusers, which was the case for me. and that was a neighbor, one of my mom's very dear friends. it was her son. and he was older than me and that was my abuser. and i didn't want to tell anyone because i thought that i was doing something wrong and, you know, he would threaten us and say, lee just say it's your fault. >> you were five when this started. you say in this -- you were 30 before you even told your -- >> i don't remember how old i was. i think, as i said --
>> you were young. >> it could have been younger than that. but from what i remember, i know it was a few years before my father passed and my father died when i was 7 years old. >> and so you were 30 before you could even tell your mom who i know you talk about all the time. you're so close with her yet it's something you held so close to the vests. why? >>. >> because you don't want to think about it. that is the last thing that a man wants to talk about, is being abused as a child, especially when it happens from someone who is a male, another male but let me just say this. some people try to equate being gay with being abused. and the two couldn't be further apart. most are heterosexual and choose children from the opposite sex. so those two are not connected. they just happened to be the road that i travel. it is part of my life. and i figured if i'm going to be a journalist and i'm going to ask people to tell me the truth, and i'm going to try to expose
truth, then i need to be truthful about who i am. not that it's some confession that i need to make. i'm not ashamed of who i am, brooke, you and i are friends and you certainly know about me. >> yeah. >> and most people at work do know about me but it's not something that people talk about it's like the neighbor. it used to be, oh, my neighbors are really nice people. do you know they are black? you whisper about it. it's not something you say. so why not talk about it. >> you talked about it, wrote the book. i noticed that also you dedicated the book to tyler clemente. he was the rutgers freshman who committed suicide after his roommate streamed him inside his dorm room with another guy online and killed himself. >> his roommate and his dormmates, they put up a web cam and got him in a compromising
position with their friend. they put his personal business online for the world to see and he couldn't handle it. he had to deal with the repercussions of those that were mocking him and he jumped off the bridge and he's not the only one it happens to. there are many things that it happens to and gay teens are three or four times more likely to become teenager. they are susceptible any way. more susceptible to anyone. gay teens are even more susceptible. hang on one second. if there were people like me who -- i'm nervous about it and i don't know what is going to happen but who chose to live their life honestly and not have to not lie and not talk about it, if that had happened for me when i was young, it wouldn't have taken me 45 years to get to this point and there wouldn't be people like tyler clemente.
>> why nervous? and i know this is part of the answer. it was particularly tough because being a black man. why? >> well, because, let's be honest, i'm an african-american anchor and my base is, one would think, african-americans would be black folks, as we say. and so in the black community, it's the worst that you can be, in the culture, to be a gay man. men are supposed to be masculine and head of the family and tough guys. and there is this assumption that because someone is gay, that they are feminine or they are not a man. there is nothing about me that wants to be a woman. i don't want to wear a dress or the makeup except for the powder that i put on for television and i don't even want to wear that. it's not about being a woman or a feminine. it's about doing what is natural and living in what is natural to you. so people will say that it's not
natural. but natural means in your nature and in my nature is what i am. and so in black culture, because of the church, because of i guess racism and how people have been treated in the past here in the united states -- >> it's just tough. >> we are suffering as african-americans and we are suffering the sort of vestiges of that and all of that comes with african-americans who don't want to accept it and think that they are pray the gate away or beat it out of you and it doesn't exist and that's all such a bunch of bull. >> don lemon, as you said, we are friends. i love that you are who you are, on tv or off tv. and i just really -- i salute you for being so transparent and honest in your book and hopefully you will help others as they read your own story. transparent. don lemon. i know you have a couple of busy days in new york but thanks for coming on. i appreciate it.
>> thank you, brooke. your words mean a lot. they are very powerful. and for all of the people that sent me e-mails and facebook messages and tweets and texts, thank you so much. i haven't had a chance to read even a third of them because i've been stuck on a plane all day. thank you so much. i hope that you continue to support not only me but other people who chose to come out. >> don lemon, thank you. and now to libya. if moammar gadhafi is not a wanted man, it could soon become official. they want to issue an arrest warrant for the libyan leader. they are not stopping with him. find out who else may face warrants and why it could be the start of a major man hunt. that's next. in the jeep grand cherokee has a best in class driving range of more than 500 miles per tank. which means you don't have to worry about finding a gas station. which is good... because there just might not be one.
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get help paying for what medicare doesn't... and save up to thousands of dollars. call this toll-free number now. the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court wants moammar gadhafi arrested and says that he can charge him with crimes against humanity. i'll go live now to nema. what are the alleged crimes that we're talking about against gadhafier? >> reporter: well, the chief prosecutor is claiming that moammar gadhafi was responsible for the haunlting of killing of civilians that he commanded, live rounds directed at civilian demonstrators. and that he has been commanding and controlling and against civilians. the compound of the movement
here in libya and also the two other ones that we've seen. one of them is his son and the other one is for his brother-in-law. and they have been accused of being -- the ones who have been carrying out gadhafi's orders to clamp down on this rebellion, brooke. >> okay. so it would also be moammar gadhafi, his son, and brother-in-law. if the arrest warrant was granted, who would arrest him? >> reporter: well, all tll is a conversation that is being had, whether under the u.n. resolution as it stands, whether nato and those in the international community are supporting the action, whether they would have an actual obligation to carry out this warrant. but to be honest with you at the moment this is the least of his problems. at the same day that the warrant
came out, we've had another direct hit. this is the second daylight strike that we've seen in a row. so there is a sense, as far as the libyan government is concerned, that is something that is a little way in the future because the prosecutors still has to wait to come back and okay his request for an arrest warrant. they might come back and ask for more evidence. but for the libyan government right here, right now, they are dealing with an intensified nato strike and that's really what is foremost on their minds here, brooke. >> but if additional received put forth and they officially can go and try to arrest him, how would that process even happen because there are many outstanding arrest washts for other world leaders. so how would this happen?
>> absolutely. there's an outstanding arrest warrant and not only continues to rule sudan but also continues to freely travel. they believe they don't have an obligation to hand out the order. what the general prosecutors are saying is that you do have an obligation to hand moammar gadhafi over and he's hoping that it's the libyans themselves that will hand him over. we've been speaking a little bit about the cease fire that is currently -- they are trying to negotiate -- the libyans invited an envoy here and the major sish what impact this will have on that, whether the libyans will have an impetus to reach with the rebels or fight to the bitter end, brooke. >> we know that moammar gadhafi in the past has called for a cease fire and that hasn't
happened. and now this -- >> she can't swim. she hears all of the stories of everyone that the water is rising. >> kids and their families forced to leave everything behind as floodwaters rush south. coming up, you'll hear their stories. brand new information from inside that flood zone. stay right there. building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
let me tell you where others are spared. tell me what is happening right now after the army corps of engineers opened flood gates. they did it to save both new orleans and baton rouge and here's what this means. it means people living in this low lying areas to the west and south may lose their homes completely and everything they can't pick up and take with them. martin savidge is live with me in vicksburg. it looks like you're sitting in in front of a movie set when in actuality this is all too real for those in mississippi. >> reporter: it certainly is. vicksburg is a beautiful old city. the water is continuing to rise and that's the concern here. it's not expected to crest until later in the week.
maybe another foot to go. we went on a boat ride today, thanks to the sheriff with warren county sheriff's department. he showed us some subdivisions located to the north of town. the images that we saw were really quite striking. so many homes, over 100 under water. sometimes the water is all the way up to the roof and in other cases you've seen homes sticking out of the water and that's not that bad. those are up on stilts and they, too, have water in them. another foot to go. so even though they thought they built them to the point where they could never get flooded, they have been flooded. there are hundreds of homes and essentially about 1700 people forced to flee the rising waters. they have water in their neighborhoods now or the fear is that they could get water or that they could be a levee that breaks and then they really have a problem so they had people move ahead of time, brooke. and that's how it stands right now. as they wait to see how thigh will go. >> 1700 forced to flee. we know that number will change. martin savidge in a beautiful
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the case, as always. we talked about this last week, still an issue this week. jury selection we know was supposed to be wrapped up by now. so opening statements could begin by tomorrow. that's not happening now. and, b, are they even getting close to sitting a jury? >> well, i would say that they are getting closer. i don't know that they are close yet. we were supposed to have our jury selected by today. opening statements were supposed to start tomorrow. now we are on day seven of jury selection. we have about 16 potential jurors in the box. but, of course, the attorneys haven't used their strikes against those 16 so it's quite possible that come tomorrow, if those strikes are used, we would be starting basically all over again. so we won't know until tomorrow but i wouldn't say that we're going to be any closer by tomorrow. >> and this is interesting. attorneys are asking potential jurors if they have facebook or twitter accounts. in asking that, what are they looking for? >> they want to know everything
that they can about these potential jurors. they get so little information about each potential juror and you try to ask as many questions as you can to peel back the layers. we didn't have twitter and facebook. now that's a really great tool for investigators and defense attorneys and prosecutors to sort of find out what are these folks talking about? what do they really believe? it's a valuable investigative tool. >> they are going to go to their twitter and facebook pages. that's interesting. >> that's right. >> the judge has said that this trial could be bigger than the o.j. simpson murder trial. really? >> yeah. i didn't agree with it at first and i thought, well, you know, yes, a dead child potentially in the hands of her own young mother. i didn't think it was going to be this big. i've got to tell you, i walked down the street and people
talked to me about the casey anthony case. a lot of people are watching. so it could possibly be as big or bigger than the o.j. simpson case. they are talking about the trial again of the century. >> that's interesting. good litmus test. people on the streets, what are they asking about. sunny, there you have it. the people are smart. thank you. and you know you've made it when you're imitated and saturday night live just did it with one of our own. that's next. losing weight clicked for me
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a sunny afternoon in a bounce house. how did it turn out to be a nightmare? strong winds blew this jumping castle away on friday afternoon during a fifth grade grat situation. there you can see it flying around. fortunately, parents and teachers got the kids out in time before this thing sort of flipped all around in the air. we understand some of the kids did have minor injuries just because of some of the flying debris from this thing. this is the third time this year a jumping castle has been swept away by wind.
injurying several children. as always, we get to watch "the situation room" with wolf blitzer. but, first, wolf blitzer, if i may, first, you know, imitation is the sincere rift form of flat ree. let's watch. >> earlier this week president barack obama spoke in el paso, texas, and while the topic of the speech was immigration reform, it also seemed as though the president was taking a victory lap after the capture and death of osama bin laden. let's take a look. >> not sure if you heard the news, we killed bin laden! >> okay. so, wolf, we have -- i know you've seen it so many times. i'm sure your cousins, your aunts, your wife send you this clip. here's what i want to know. did you send jason a message, good job but i work on this, this, and this? >> i think he does an excellent job. the whole attire, i don't think i mumble like that but maybe i
do mumble a little bit. but it's nice -- you know, they have been having some fun at my expense for 21 years at saturday night live. you're not old enough to remember wayne's world. >> come on now. >> they accused me of making up my name. they thought it was their explosion guy. that was during the first gulf war. you probably don't remember during the clinton administration, janet reno's dance parties. i was one of the guys. >> you were at the dance party. >> i know what i'm doing at 5:01, watching you of course. >> it's a nice tribute that they think that we're important enough to be part of a skit on saturday night live. >> i like it. >> i would really love it if they would ever want to invite me on saturday night live to be part of the skit or a host or
whatever, i would be thrilled to do that, of course. >> maybe lauren is listening. who knows? >> i could co-anchor with seth myers. >> okay. so all joking of snl alive -- >> did i tell you how good you looked? >> thank you very much, wolf. i appreciate it. i felt like cinderella. any way, what do you have coming up in a few minutes? >> we have a lot of very important serious news coming up. did you notice newt gingrich when he was in georgia where you are? he said this the other day. he said president obama is the most successful food stamped president in american history. now, there are a lot of folks out there who would think that is code, racial code, if you will. donna brazile is here, mary mat lynn is here. we're going to dissect what newt gingrich meant by that and the history of those words. it's going to be a good discussion, i'm sure, and we'll
do all of the other day's news as well. >> we'll see you in five minutes. good to talk to you. wolf, do you remember that the rent is too damn high guy? he's mad about another issue and that's next. building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible. time is running out to be one of the 10 people to win the chevrolet, buick, gmc or cadillac of your choice. just push your blue button and tell the advisor you want to enter to win a car. ♪ you don't even have to be an active subscriber. so push it now. before all 10 cars are gone. no purchase necessary.
political pop you look at them and see who does he look like? his name is jimmy mcmillan and he's the guy that surfaced last year in the governor's race in new york, of course, and let's listen a little bit to his spiel that he was saying last year that made him so famous. >> rent, it's too damn high. >> all right. so that is jimmy mcmillan from last year. he looks like colonel sanders. now, let's fast forward to this year and take a look at the gas thing he is doing. here we go. >> gasoline, it's too damn high. >> yes. this is insane. you won't be able to get there