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calling for big tax cut, watching to see all of the details out of that speech later today. >> all right. sounds great. see you tomorrow. that does it for us. thanks for joining us for the first two hours this morning. as i step off my little -- >> either i can lift off my seat -- >> good to see you again. . it is so wonderful to see you, i'm so glad you're back. . thank you. thanks for letting the wins tom to your pool. >> got to come back a another tim time. >> want to get you up to speed for tuesday, june 7th. congressman anthony weiner will not resign. but political future may be in jeopardy. after posting a picture on twitter and lying about it.
wiener doesn't think he broke the law. >> i engaged in online conversation was people that included photographs. it was a mistake to do that. i don't believe that i did anything that violates any law or rule. >> conditions have improved this morning for firefighters battling one of the largest wildfires in arizona's history. but the situation remains dangerous. more than 3,000 people have been evacuated. >> we packed up everything we could, memories and clothes. >> when they tell us to leave, we have to leave. we don't want to leave. i'm going to cry. we don't want to leave. but for safety's sake, we have to. >> german chancellor, angela merkel is at the white house, she's going receive the presidential medal of freedom from president obama. they've had their share of
disagreements on libya and the global economy. but they'll both be going before the cameras together. >> he's repeated president obama's economic plan. now republican presidential candidate tim pawlenty is outlining what oh wouhe would d speech in obama's backyard, chicago. he's going to reduce government regulation, overhaul the tax code. explosions rocking tripoli as nato warplanes amp up the attack. according to libyan state television. moammar gadhafi's cop pound is being bombarded and libyan officials say the tv network was also hit in that attack. >> in yemen, more than 400 tribal fighters stormed the city of taiz. president ali abdullah saleh was
injured friday when a bomb exploded inside his compound. now he's in saudi arabia where officials say he's being treated for burns and a collapsed lung. >> a spectacular light show in the skies across child. a volcanic -- volcano shoots ash six miles high. pictures look like they are from another planet. the volcanic ash and static electricity are grounding flights in child and neighboring argentina. about 3500 people have fled that are area. >> a closer look at your political fallout, for democratic congressman anthony weiner. he confessed to carrying on inappropriate conversation, e-mails with six women he met online. he also admitted posting the lewd photo on the twitter account and lying to cover it up.
kate bolduan, people can't stop talking about this. we've seen the fallout. nancy pelosi calling for an ethics investigation. what do we think the investigation is actually going to suzanne, it's not quite clear yet. people are pointing to one particular rule in this manual that many are saying could be a point of trouble for anthony weiner. in this rule it says members, officers and employees of the house should conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects credibly on the house. just as quickly people are pointing to this provision for a clays place of possible trouble, i'm told this rule is not used as a stand-alone reason for sanctioned member of congress. often used with n conjunction with a more clear violation of the code of conduct. i have spoken with an ethics expert, who said really what
we're dealing with is an unclear way the rules written, not keeping up with technology. oners pert telling me that it's unclear what the rules are really saying about how a member should or should not conduct themselves online, when they think will be a big question here. as we know, a democratic leader, in a very rare move, called for an investigation into looking into if official resources of the government of the house of representatives were used by anthony weiner in his conduct and any other violations of house rules did occur. those two things are looked at. democratic sources tell us, still questions remain even after the very lengthy press conference, one being if official resources were used and also if any of the women are under age. >> kate, if he's found guilty by either one of those, ethics violations, what's the fallout? potential fallout? voters would vote him out but
would he be sense ocensured, pu in any way? >> it could be on a case by case basis. they've not made any statements, it could go from they find there was no violation to a slap on a wrist to something much, much more serious as we've seen in recent times. but, the fallout, really, at this point is listening to the fallout of democrats and what democrats are saying, it's ranging from the reaction, i'll tell you briefly to deafening silence to the democratic leader, top two members of house democrats coming out very quickly to call on this investigation. democratic sources telling us, this is a show of just how furious democratic leaders over this entire mess and what anthony weiner has done, of course, lying at first about
this whole situation and really trying to distance themselves clearly from anthony weiner and this mess that he has created, suzanne. >> thank you very much. the conservative blogger who first published the photo of congressman wiener said he feels vindicated. andrew breifbart exposed the scandal. he has a more graphic picture that he does not plan to make public. >> i am not a cruel person that the media and people, certain people on the left think that i am, and i guarantee that is a news worthy photo. i just don't that that -- i don't want to be known as the person that released that photo. >> you'll never release it now? >> here's what i'll say. i'm starting to hear from somebody that, they're going to -- if they start going after the girls, if they start releasing stuff, about the girls, some of the image, that were sent to him as a way to tell girls to not come forward,
i have the photo. i have no intention, i can't fathom that he would be stupid enough to start going after the girls and to start releasing photos of them that they've given. let it lie. okay? he apologized to his wife and family and to the people he represents in congress. and here's what some of his constituents saying about the scanda scandal. >> he did the right thing coming forward. >> do you think he should go after this, or should he resign? >> i think he should resign. he should have been truthful from the very beginning. it shows a little bit of dishonesty there. >> i think his credibility is ruined, because he didn't come out and say what really happened. >> hopefully he'll get through it and move on. i think he's a great guy. >> do you think you'll vote for him again? >> of course i would vote for him again.
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we need more jobs, people need to be work. people need to get houses. they're losing their homes. that's not fair to some people. because they're forced out of their jobs. and we need to bring jobs back to the city. bring it to manhattan. get people back in their homes. that's their downfall. >> the economy, on most people's minds, republican presidential candidate tim pawlenty is outlining his plan.
pawlenty blasting president obama's policies and you can see in chicago, president's backyard. an aide said pawlenti's plan, includes balancing government regulation. cnn indepth is on a listening tour to hear your concerns about the economy. our correspondents, fanning out across the country, visiting diners, job fairs and sporting events, ted rowlands joins us from toledo, ohio. what are folks telling you? >> well, suzanne, you can imagine the economy, a huge issue, we're talking to people here at rudy's hot dogs, six locations since 1920. what a deal. robin white has been working here for more than 30 years. 39 years. she hears concerns and knows what people are worried about. what are you hearing?
what are their concerns? >> most part is the gas. gas prices have to go down. that's ridiculous. >> i put $25 in my car, i didn't even get half a tank. >> obviously, have a lost opinions, what would you tell politicians in washington, what message from you would you send in washington? >> i sent everybody together to work on this. get the gas prices lowered and get our guys out of iraq? >> get them out of iraq and afghanistan. >> we've heard from republican, democrat, one of the themes we're hearing, is people want the two parties to get along a little better, and get something accomplished. bob huntley, who works at the chrysler plant, works security, said he only worked because of health benefits, he's been retired, had a long career. your biggest concern, you agree, you think there's monkey business going along with the administration of prices? >> yes, they're controlling the
price of gas, one day it's $3.50 next day it's $4. how does itup 50 cents in one day? i don't understand that. i think they're manipulating everybody. it affects the car industry and affects everybody else in the country. >> you don't believe that washington is helpless on this. we think that maybe there is -- >> i think they can be investigated a little more, find out why the prices p keep jumping up and down all of the time when the same tanks go up 50 cents a gallon. that's ridiculous, you know. right before holiday, and that, that's raising prices. i don't feel they're trying to control the price of oil that well. they keep saying, import, imports, more has to be to it than just that. >> we're getting a lot of opinion, a lost stuff on the economy, you might imagine. a lot of complaints about the
parties pick aring and not accomplishing things. we'll be here all day and all week, taking the pulse of american voters leading up to next week's debate and the upcoming election. >> very interesting to hear what they have to say and how that impacts who they vote for. >> next week, cnn will host the new hampshire presidential debate. that is next monday june 13th at 8:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. some of the stories our affiliates are covering, people in south dakota are watching the missouri river swallow up their homes. army core ps of engineers are helping them. but others fend for them service. record number of waters released because of heavy rains upstream.
summer officially begins in two weeks. tell that to these california drivers. i can't believe this. they're having to put snow chain on their tires in the sierra neva nevadas. some can't remember when they had a thunderstorm in june. and if you have an extra 15 million buck, you can buy zsa zsa gabor's l.a. mansion. it comes with a commanding view of l.a., santa monica and the ocean. the 94-year-old's husband said they need to pear doare down ex and move closer to the hospital. anthony weiner is an example of men behaving badly. we'll talk to a therapist about what is behind awful this raufrmgy behavior. host: could switching to really save you fifteen percent
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the chaos that forced her to flee her own party unbelievable. you can vote by texting 32660. afghanistan drawdown, 2 for faked air strikes or 3 for party chaos. winning story will air next hour. another politician caught in a scandal. with the latest, democratic congressman anthony weiner, admitted posting that lewd photo and lying to cover it up. he also confessed to other bad behavior. >> over the past few years i have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over twitter, facebook, e-mail and occasionally on the phone with women i've met online. i've exchanged messages and photos with expressity nature with six women over the last three year. for the most part, these communications took place before my marriage, though some have said, we took place after, to be
clear, i have never met any of these women or had physical relationships at any time. >> joining us from chicago, is sex and relationship therapist. laura berman, she's the author and host of "in the bedroom" on the oprah winfrey ned work. we keep see these stories, dr. berman, of powerful men behaving badly, arnold schwarzenegger, john edwards now congressman weiner. what givs here? why is this happening? >> it's something happening across the boards, i'm hearing about it on a daily basis, these are public pictures who they come public for the rest of us to see. these high-powered figures, or high-powered men have things in common to make them act out this way. >> what do you suppose he was thinking? is it about bad judgment, bad
morals or something biological going on? >> i think it's a perfect storm of all three of those. first of all, he clearly has the physical signs of someone with high testosterone. men with receding hairline, strong jaw line who act out aggressively, tend to be more assertive and competitive. higher sex drive, higher risk taker, the combination of that, with the fact that policy stations are kind of used to justing the blurry line between fact and fiction, they can justify lots of things in their minds. that's part of the job in many case, that might make him prone to justify in his mind why this wasn't sex or wasn't cheating. but he's not unlike a lot of men. i think this say conversation that couples have to have about what's okay and not okay to do online. >> is it considered cheating? do you think the definition of
cheating, the line has moved in some way? >> i think it's cheating. i think any time you do say or behave in some way, that you wouldn't do, say or behave with your partner standing right next to you, you're acting in a questionable way. however, it's amazing what we can convince ourselves of, you know, being okay, and that's why you have to have the conversation, this is -- i'm seeing it every day in my office, it's coming up on the shows that i do. this is something that's affecting people's lives, because there's no understanding how to navigate the session net working in relationships, and unless you have a conversation, it is cheating, if you communicate with another person in any kind of sexual way, if you send sexual pictures of yourself. that is cheating and you have to have that conversation. >> what compels someone to do this, send pictures of themselves to strangers. is it an exhibitionist? >> i it may be.
people do it from the standpoint, i'll show you mine if you show me yours, at least from e-mails and texts that i've read printed in the media. one woman was saying he was asking for feedback. a lost times people send pictures so they can hear how sexy and attractive they are, because their ego needs that kind of stroking. it sort of becomes addictive. >> dr. laura berman, appreciate your time, we'll be checking in on your show as well. thanks. >> thank you. >> flames are spreading in arizona. smoke is pouring into new mexico. one of the largest wildfires in arizona's history threatening more communities. in five moments i'll talk to one home owner forced out by the approaching fire. we don't just make a sunroof... ..we make the heavens wide. we don't just make a crossover... ..we make a statement.
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planes were diverted from albuquerque yesterday. people in greer, arizona have been told now to evacuate. alpine already has been evacuated. springerville and eger have been told to leave but leaving can be tough. >> what the person don't realize, how hard it is to face something like that. you think you're prepared for it. you think you're mentally prepared for it. physically prepared for it. you're not. i cried all of the way down. >> i still got a brother up there. he wants to fight for what's his. i don't blame him. >> that man's brother, marshall reed finally left his home. take a look at this map. this is where marshal reed's home is located.
reed is now at his daughter-in-law's. he's going to be joining us on the phone. mr. reed, you finally left. what convinced you to go? >> the wind. the wind was blowing about. we had sustained winds about 60 -- probably 60 miles an hour, up to 70. >> did you see fire? >> yes, i did. it was a matter -- looked like it was probably 20, 30 minutes before it got to us, and it was just blowing so hard. >> it got scary. >> why did you stay so long? >> i got about 60 chickens and a couple dozen baby chicks that had to take care of i didn't want them starving or thursdaying to death. >> were you able to take them with you? >> no, wow v to have an awful
lot of pens or build a chicken coop in the back of your truck to get them out of there. >> so you have to leave your 60 chickens behind, is that right? >> yeah. >> i stopped to talk to a forest service supervisor, he said as long as he was in there. he would check on them, maybe. but they weren't sure they were going to be able to stay in that area, the wind was blowing so hard. >> do you have any idea the condition of your home now? >> i don't. >> have you been able to talk to anyone, any officials to get an update how close that fire might be to your home? >> no, i haven't. i wore myself to a frazzle, bidding fire line, and going from my place to everybody else's place. i ran around places until i ran out of gas, and was told, if i left to get fuel, i couldn't come back. then i start ed counting by han
and one couldn't hardly stand up. you chop a weed, it would blow over to the neighbor's house, you have to go and gather it up, go to the field and put chicken wire down to hold it down. it was scary -- >> it sounds so scary. >> when i was young, i was kind of a thrill-seeker, i rode bull, climbed poles and painted multi floor buildings, so i don't scare easy. and this had me boogered. >> is there anybody who you left behind who is still potentially in danger? >> no. i was the last one out of there. there was two other neighbors there. they left several hours before i did. the they came by several times
to beg us to leave. when that wind died down, it kept getting stronger an the weather was calling for 40, 45-mile-an-hour gusts and i think the fire was creating its own weather. it had to be gusting 75 miles an hour. >> we were so glad that you are actually out of your house, that you are safe. that you are with family. we hope for the very best with your home and chickens as well. we'll be keeping in touch with you to see how that goes. >> it was the toughest decision i've made in year, i'll tell u. >> i'm sure it was. we will keep in touch and find out what is actually taking place at your home. thank you, mr. reed. >> thank you very much. >> i want to get a look at the weather picture right now. rob marciano is in the cnn severe weather center. what is the situation with all of the wind in arizona. this say tough situation for
this guy. >> it is dry and hot. that's a combination you don't want. obviously they get that this time of year. the fire itself is ranking third in the all-time list in arizona. zero containment. burned over 233,000 acres of land. fairly rugged terrain in this area. with that, comes obviously added headache, got over 2500 personnel in this area. some of these are mountains, especially off to the west can go up to 11,000 feet. obviously got steep dropoffs. there's alpine, one. communities that sits under the gun here. here's an interesting satellite. taken yesterday. you can see the plume of moisture headed this way. this is the smoke getting over into new mexico. now, the eastern edge of this thing is just a few miles, really, from the eastern edge of new mexico. and we do expect to see winds out of the southwest. so out of this area.
over 30 miles an hour, with humidity levels that will be fi5 to 15%. we don't look fora lot of improvement today, suzanne, we shouldn't see winds gusting 70 miles an hour like that gentlemen described. that is moving off to the north and east. things don't get much better in a hurry. >> okay. all right, thanks. i'm sure marshal reed would be happy to hear the wind is dying down at least a little bit. >> a reminder to vote for today's choose the news winner. text one and hear more about the growing debate in washington that could impact every u.s. service member fighting in afghanistan. text 2 to learn about a secret note handed to journalists in libya warning them not to believe residences' claims and press 3 to learn how a misclick on facebook turned a sweet 16
party into an all-out riot. the winning story will air next hour. we are looking at live pictures at the white house where we are waiting for chancellor angela meshle and president obama. the two have been in disagreement on several issues, one on libya and how to approach fixing the global economy. the two leaders will face questions on both of those points, we'll have live coverage as soon as it begins. a man that pulled off the road during a police shooting ends up in a dangerous situation himself. here how he saved that video. unlike fish oil, megared softgels are small and easy to swallow with no fishy smell or aftertaste. try megared today.
a man who used his cell phone to record a fatal police shooting in miami beach ends up with a gun pointed at him. it's all on video -- i'm sorry, we're going go to president obama at the white house, with the press conference with german chancellor angela merkel. they are walking up to the podium. they'll make opening statements and expect the two -- >> please, everyone, have a seat. good morning, again. it is an honor to welcome my good friend and partner, chancellor merkel back to the white house. we had a wonderful dinner last
night, one on one, as you saw this morning, angela's english is much better than my german. michelle and i are very much looking forward to hosting the chancellor at tonight's state dinner, where i'll have the privilege of presenting angela with the medal of freedom. as i said earlier, germany is one of our strongest allies. we see our partnership in the drive of workers and businesses who sustain the largest trade relationships in the world. we see it in the student, teacher, scientists and researchers unlocking innovation, including the clean renewable energy sources that we need to combat climate change and create industries in the future. we see partnership in the service members who stand shoulder to shoulder in afghanistan. where germans serve under americans and americans serve
under germans. chancellor merkel, i want to thank you and the german people for the commission, and hearts go out to american and german service members who keep us save. we honor them all. in the passion of our development experts as they work to overt suffering in countries like sudan. this is the essence, two people bound by values, committed to the pros territory, dignity. not only to our own but those far beyond our borders. that's the essence of the partnership with chancellor merkel. this is our dent meeting together. this doesn't include the many
phone call, video conference that we have all day and night. there's hardly any issue we don't consult one another. i trust her, she said herself, it's just fun to work together. it has been fun today as we address urgen challenges. we discuss how to keep our economy growing and create the jobs that our people need. as angela mentioned in her remarks at the opening ceremony, hundreds of thousands of american jobs are supported by exports to germany, hundreds of thousand of americans work for german companies that have chosen to incest in america. i'm pleased that billions of dollars more in german investment is making possible new plant, steel in alabama.
manufacturing in tennessee, all of which go to create thousands of new american jobs. >>. the chancellor and i discussed unleashing more trade and investment. including in both kuj tri, and possibilities where population is enormous. i very much appreciated the views on the clons more's situation in europe which would put the global economic recovery at risk. with regard to secure we've broken the taliban's moment up. trained afghan force and now turning a corner in our efforts, scheduled to begin transition to afghan lead and reiterated we'll begin reducing american forces this summer as we join with germany in supporting afghans in the political and economicests to forge a lasting peace. i thanked the chancellor for
support for the principles that i laid out last month as the basis for negotiations between israelis and principle cranes, and i want to commend angela for personal efforts to bring the parties back to the negotiating table. just as we agreed that both sides will need to make difficult choices, we agreed that unilateral actions, such as palestinians seeking a vote on the statehood of the u.n. general assembly should be avoided. we agreed that iran's continuing nuclear program and its refusal to engage in any meaningful talks with the international community remain a very serious concern. so we agreed if the international atomic energy agency this week determines again that iran is continuing to ignore its international obligations, then we will have no choice but to consider additional step, including potentialally additional sanctions to intensify the pressure on the iranian regime. finally we discussed the changes
in the middle east. with regard to libya, i note that germany's employment and additional resources allowed other nato allies to increase their support for the mission to protect the libyan people. the chancellor and i have been clear. gadhafi must step down and hand power to the libyan people and the pressure will only continue to increase until he does. and following our agreement with g.a. partners, the chancellor and i discussed support for political and economic reform across the middle east and north africa. es legs especially in tunisia and egypt. we are the largest donors of assistance to the region and agree this moment must not be squandered. along with the entire world we have an enormous stake in seeing the transition to democracy succeed and given the chancellor's own life story and her experience in helping to
heal the wounds of the past and build a united germany, i very much appreciate her leadership and partnership in this effort. i'm very grateful for the chancellor to be here. confident that the great alliance will remain indesxensable pillar to a world more sure, more prosperous and more just. i very much appreciate the personal friendship that i enjoyed with the chancellor. angela. >> translator: well, ladies and gentlemen, mr. president, barack, i would like to use this opportunity to thank you most warmly for this wonderful reception. i'm saying this also on behalf of my helps of the delegation, this reception the at white house, and welcome, as i see as testimony of our very close friendship, of our partnership. if we remind ourselves of the fact that every fifth american today, rightly points and perhaps also with a certain
degree of pride, to german an sentry, but we can safely say that we indeed share a common roots. if we look at the names that loom large in american history, many leading -- leaders of the german -- of the american prisoner's history. steinway. strauss, stringer, awful these german names, that's a foundation that we can build and so grateful all of the germans face during the second world war in the united states. we have a broad-based exchange of students, cooperation of science. walked in air aerospace, had a lot of success. i mentioned the 50,000 american soldiers present today in germany are very welcome indeed
in my country. without the united states of america, i would in all probability not able to stand before you, overcoming the cold war, required courage from the people of central and eastern europe, but it also required the steadfastness and western partner of many decades, one had long lost hope of integration of the two germany, and europe. many perhaps didn't even want this anymore. but the then president, george walker push said european unity is the decent thing it deserve, so there are a lost tasks that we have in common, a lot of challenges we need to meet together. we're doing this in the spirit of freedom, of shared values, we are dealing, and ever since january, with these issue, and the arab spring, and syria, in
tunisia, in egypt, in libya, that is a very great challenge. if i remember, let me take you back perhaps to the period after the second world war, when, through the martial plan, germany was able to get back on its feet again. i see this as a task of the europeans and germans to support this change to make a possible for these young people to have a perspective for the future. we talked about this, talked about germany in particular with its experience offering an alliance for job, for training and education. working together with the egyptians and tunisians on this with foundation, building up institutions, something that we want to do. i said that we actually opened up an office in benghazi that certains as a clearing house for forces, the police on the ground and also, through an additional
a policy of a competitive europe, and this is on -- and it is also an approach of solidarity, so we need to show solidarity to the countries that need it, but also need enhanced competitiveness. we talked about the middle east peace process. this was an important initiative to point out yet again that the united states of america, just as germany and the european union wish to promote a further development of the peace process, with saying this it both countries. we wanted a two-state solution. we wanted a two-state visceral and long-state independent -- unilateral measures are not helping at all to bring about this course. and we agreed that we wish to cooperate very closely on this, because we -- as we both say, time is of the essence. and looking at the changes arab area and the arab region would be a very good signal, indeed, if it came out that talks between the parties are, again,
possible. the commitment we take in afghanistan shows that we're very close. we're very grateful for the close cooperation in the north of afghanistan that has turned out excellently. we share the opinion that in afghanistan, we wish to approach an -- the matters in the sense of an integrated security approach, and network security approach. we want to build up the civil side of it. we wish to go in together, out together. afghanistan will need our support, however, in the long run, so we will not abandon them. thank you very much again for the very friendly talks, for this very warm atmosphere, for making it possible to have this exchange of views, and a very candid matter -- i think even though we may look differently, we may have a lot in kmoon, i think i think and a lot to discuss. >> i'll start off with steve holland of reuters.
>> reporter: how worried are you about the recession? what specific policies are you considering to help head it off? and abroad, do you expect germany to fund another bailout for greece? and chancellor merkel, as you're about the u.s. defaulting on its debt. >> i'm not concerned about a double dip recession, i'm concerned that the recovery we're on is not producing jobs as quickly as i wanted to happen. prior to this month, we have seen three months of very robust job growth in the private sector. so we are very encouraged by that. this month, we still saw job growth in the private sector, but it's slowed down. we don't yet know whether this is a one-month episode or a longer trend. obviously, we're experiencing some head winds. gas prices probably being most prominent. it has an enormous impact on family budgets and on the
psychology of consumers. and so we are taking a range of steps to make sure that we've got an energy policy that can bring some stability to world oil prices. but the overall trend that we have seen over the last 15 months, 2 million -- over 2 million jobs created over the past 15 months, you know, a rebounding of the manufacturing sector in the united states that's exemplified by the recovery of the big three automakers here, all indicates that we have set a path that will lead us to long-term economic growth. but we've still got some enormous work to do, and as long as there are some folks out there unemployed looking for work, then every morning when i wake up, i'm going to be thinking about how we can get them back to work. some of the steps that we took during the lame duck session,
the payroll tax, the extension of unemployment insurance, the investment in -- or the tax breaks for business investment and plants and equipment, all those things have helped, and one of the things that i'm going to be interesting in exploring with the members of both parties in congress is how do we continue some of these policies to make sure that we get this recovery up and running in a robust way. we then have a set of long-term competitiveness challenges that aren't so different from what germany or any advanced country is having to go through in the 21st century. where we have emerging markets who are becoming more competitive themselves, and we're going to have to step up our game. so making sure that our school systems are working well, and we've got the best-traineded workers in the world, making sure that we're investing in infrastructure, so we can attract businesses to our shores. making sure that we reform our tax system so it's less complex.
more transparent. and is encouraging business investment, and getting a handle on our deficit in a way that's balanced and sensible. so we're going to have some days where things aren't going the way we would like. we are on the path of a recovery, but it's got to accelerate. and that's going to require a continuation of a lot of the steps i've already discussed. with respect to the european situation, i have had extensive discussions with angela about the situation there. it's a tough situation. and i think we all acknowledge it. greece's debt is significant, and it is taking some difficult steps to improve its situation. but they're under the gun from the international capital markets.
and as a member of the eurozone, they necessarily are going to be looking to other members of the eurozone to help them figure out a path forward. germany is going to be a key leader in that process. and the politics of it are tough. you recall how difficult it was for us to make investments in our own auto industry or to make sure that we didn't have a financial meltdown here. well, imagine if you're having to make those same decisions with 27 other countries with respect to somebody else's economic problems. that gives you some sense of how tough the politics are. but i'm confident that germany's leadership, along with other key actors in europe will help us arrive at a path for greece to return to growth, for this debt to become more manageable.
but it's going to require some patience and some time. and we have pledged to cooperate fully in working through these issues, both on a bilateral basis, but also through international and financial institutions like the imf. >> translator: well, in europe, we're very well aware of a responsibility for the global economy. barack just outlined what the americans are doing in order to generate growth, and combat unemployment, which is what we're doing in europe, as well. through the global financial and economic crisis, we have seen how interdependent we are. and the stability of the eurozone is, therefore, an important factor of stability for the whole global economy. so we do see clearly our european responsibility and we're shouldering that together with the imf. we have seen that the stability of the euro as a whole will also
be influenced, if one country is in trouble. and that is what this assistance is all about. there are actually -- there's actually a ban on bailouts in the treaties, and pinning the as i felt and growth -- but if a country is in danger, and there be endangers the euro as a whole, it's in every country's best interest to see to it that this common currency area is not in danger. and we will act in such a way, however, that sustainability is guaranteed. as i said previously. as far as the situation in the united states is concerned, i think each and everyone ought to deal with his or her problems. we in europe have our hands full already with what we need to do. and i'm absolutely convinced that as we shoulder our responsibility and meet our responsibilities, so will the united states of america. mr. barsa? is.
>> just the recognition of her accomplishments in the past, or is it as well an expression of the expectations that you would have for the future, and if so, where do you see areas globally for the chancellor and germany can do more? [ speaking in french ] >> translator: germany is actually being praised in america through its economic might. this means however, also, that it entails an enhanced responsibilities and where you have to live up to responsibilities, or do you think germany needs to do more in the future? >> with respect to the medal of freedom, it certainly is a recognition of the chancellor's remarkable career. i think not only has she been an excellent steward of the german economy and the european
project, but she represents the unification of europe through her own life story. and the capacity to overcome the past and point towards a brighter future. so the extraordinary work that she has already done, i think, would by itself merit the medal of freedom. fortunately, she's going to be around quite a bit longer. so she's going to be doing outstanding work in the future. her leadership will be critical on the economic issues of the sort that we just discussed in the eurozone. and i very much compliment her on the courage with which she approaches some of these very difficult political issues. that's some significant political costs to herself. on the international stage, there's no issues that we don't coordinate closely with germany.
and our work in afghanistan, our work together with nato, the approach that we've taken with respect to the middle east, and the arab spring, our approaches to development issues, and how we help the poorest countries find their place in the international economy. these are all going to be areas where i think angela's leadership will be welcome, and will be absolutely critical for us to be able to achieve the kind of more peaceful and prosperous world that we want to see. so she's not finished yet. she's got a lot more work to do. i know sometimes she probably wouldn't mind a couple days off. but she'll have to wait for that. >> translator: well, i believe when you see me standing here before you today, and receiving
this prestigious award of the medal of freedom, it will perhaps also be a moment where one needs to look back to 1989, the german unification and what actually happened there. if you like, germany entered into a qualitatively new phase. we were all of a sudden a reunited country, a country with all rights, but also with all obligations. if i think back to the beginning of the '90s, we were struggling for a decision that would enable us to send ships, taking part in reconnaissance missions. and if you compare this to where we are today, you see the road that we have traveled, in the direction of assuming more international responsibility. military missions, participating in military missions are part and parcel on that. in afghanistan, in combatting piracy, and in many other areas.
but what's also important in this context, and that's an approach that we both share, barack and i, is that we need to combine military and civil engagement. and so i think we live up to our international responsibilities. the world is full of problems that we need to address. that's a reality. and you cannot have enough partners that work together with you in a coordinated way. and this is why this cooperation is so extremely important for our common future. i'm saying this also as someone who comes from europe. you know, the changes in north africa are changes that happen on our doorstep. those are our immediate neighbors, and we have a choice. either this works out well, or we have an enormous refugee problem. and so it's not only out of charity that we hold people -- there's not only a moral obligation, but we have also a vested interest in seeing to it that this continent, this region
comes on its feet. >> thank you, mr. president, chancellor merkel. >> you called chancellor merkel one of your closest allies, but you have a difference on a couple key issues, libya and the global economic recovery over the years. in libya, do you believe more military involvement in that operation would bring it to a faster, more decisive conclusion, and did you ask chancellor merkel for such a commitment? and on the european economic question, did you ask her specifically to drop her insistence that the private sector become involved in the greek debt bailout, which is holding up, and which you have blamed the european sluggishness for america's own stalled recovery. chancellor merkel, if i could ask you, do you believe nato was mistaken in getting involved militarily in libya? and if not, why are you not more directly involved militarily there? and what more can you do to promote an accelerated european
economic recovery? thank you. >> well, first of all, with respect to libya, i think it is important to note that this is a nato operation that's fully integrated. which means you have german personnel who are involved actively in these activities, in their nato role. as i indicated before, germany has stepped up and taken additional responsibilities in afghanistan that have freed up resources for us to be able to conduct our operations in libya. chancellor merkel and i share the belief that gadhafi needs to step down, for the sake of his own people. and with respect to the pace of operations and participation, i think if you look at where we were three months ago, and where we are now, or two months ago and where we are now, the progress that has been made in
libya is significant. our goal there was to protect the libyan people from a potential slaughter. we have done so. benghazi is free from threat of the libyan regime right now. they're hunkered down. misrata, which was under severe attack, is now in a situation where, although still threatened, gadhafi's forces have been pushed back. and that -- so what you're seeing across the country is a in inexorable trend of the forces being pushed back, being yichb capacitied. you're seeing defections. oftentimes high profile members of the gadhafi government, as well as the military. and i think it is just a matter of time before gadhafi goes.
and each country that is part of this coalition is playing a different role. so we did a whole bunch of stuff at the front end to disable gadhafi's air defenses. to take out some of their most significant fire power. and now we are in a more supportive role as other countries have stepped up. germany -- we did discuss last night, germany's role. and there is going to be a lot of work to do when gadhafi does step down in terms of getting the libyan people back on their feet. economic, political work that's going to have to be done, and my expectation is going to be that there will be full and robust german support, as there has been in the past from germany on a wide range of issues. with respect to the economy, as i said before, this is a tough and complicated piece of business. and ultimately, europeans are
going to have to make decisions about how they proceed forward. what you have to do is balance the recognition that greece has to grow, and that means that there has to be investment there. they've got to make structural reforms that make them more competitive. they have to have greater transparency, and in their economic system. but given their level of debt, it also means that other countries in the eurozone are going to have to provide them a ba backstop in support. and frankly, people who are holding great debt are going to have to make some decisions working with the european countries in the eurozone about how that debt is managed. what we have done is to say to germany and other countries that are involved, we will be there for you. we are interested in being
supportive. we think that america's economic growth depends on a sensible resolution of this issue. we think it would be disastrous for us to see an uncontrolled spiral and default in europe, because that could trigger a whole range of other events. and i think angela shares that same view. and so we're going to have to work through this issue methodically, and we will be supportive in any ways that we can to make sure that all of the best ideas are brought to bear on the problem. but let me just make one larger point about -- because it relates also to the question that steve asked earlier. i think people on both sides of the atlantic are understandably frustrated with the ups and downs of the economy.
the world economy. and it's just very important to -- for folks to remember how close we came to complete disaster. the world economy took a severe blow two-and-a-half years ago. and in part, that was because of a whole set of policy decisions that have been made, and challenges that had been unaddressed over the course of the previous decade. and recovering from that kind of body blow takes time. and recovery is going to be uneven. and there are going to be times where we are making progress, but people are still skittish and nervous. and the markets get skittish and nervous. and so they pull back, because they're still thinking about the traumas of just two-and-a-half years ago. and so economic data that in
better times would pass without comment now suddenly people wonder, well, are we going to go back to this terrible crisis? and all that effects consumer confidence, it affects business confidence. it affects the capital markets. and so our task is to not panic, not overreact, to make sure that we've got a plan, a path forward in terms of how we make our economies competitive, making sure we're dealing with the structural issues and the basic fundamentals that will allow us to grow and create a good, sound business environment. so in america, for example, the need for us to get a handle on our debt and deficit is going to be important. making sure that our investments in education, in clean energy, in infrastructure, that we find a way to do that. in germany and europe, they're going to be different sets of challenges. but the important point is that,
i think angela would agree, what we try not to do is look day to day at whatever is happening in the marketplace, or whatever headlines are taking place. and be reactive. our job is to set a course for the meeting in the long-term that assures that not only both our economies grow, but the world economy is stable, and prosperous. and i think we can do that together. >> translator: well, maybe i should comment briefly on this, as well. two-and-a-half years ago, we experienced something that didn't exist for decades. ever since the '20s and '30s of the previous century. and because we cooperated so well, we were able to ward off the worst that could have happened. and now we have a situation that we believe is something that meets the challenges of the future. before the crisis, we discussed what sort of format are we to
choose, g-20, g-8, g-30. now we have the g-20, which has proved to be a good format, and in settling this situation and setting up rules for the financial markets, has been able to come up with -- and it has strengtheneded. although we do debate matters in a controversial manner. for example, do we need more stimulus, how much do we need, how many savings programs, what structural programs do we need? i think that shows great openness. because we're all breaking new ground. these are uncharted waters. and we cannot, with all due respect, rely completely on the financial business community to give us good advice every day. they have their own vested interest, so we were dependent on our own good and sound judgment. and exchanges will be necessary on this in the future, as well. with regard to libya, the united states' resolution is a -- still applies. gadhafi needs to step down, and he will step down. i'm convinced of that. because we have made great
progress. and then there will still be a lot of work to do. in the future, when we have further talks on this, we agree that germany is showing -- will be showing that it is responsible and committed to the libyan cause, there will be a lot of problems still to contend with. and we will be in the closest possible contact. germany supports the nato operations by being present in the stance there. and also by stepping up our commitment in afghanistan. it is a joint will that this nato mission is successful. it's important for the people in libya, but it's also important for nato, for the alliance at large, and here we have one heart that beats with the allies. >> translator: the german decision on libya has burdened the german/american relationship somewhat. were you surprised by these
irritations and this warm reception? is this something like a reset button or a breaking out into a new future? and you, president obama, as a new president not in berlin, why not? and will this happen once you have your new term in office? >> translator: well, i believe that this present event here today has been agreed for a long time, and our partnership, our friendship, rests on a very broad basis as i said this morning. and sometimes there may be differences of opinion in such a friendship. what's important is that we wish each other every success. not each and every one can be in on missions. for example, we participated where the united states is not participating. without sort of mixing up things here, there will be areas in the world where we shoulder different responsibilities. partners are doing, together with others, things that we
believe can be useful. we want to see our contribution is bringing about success, encouraging other people to now see -- we wish to live in a democracy. this is good, this is sensible. so i see a day's event as a wonderful reception, but it's not something that is so unusual. i see it in the continuity of a very close relations and i do see it as another starting point, if you like, for meeting other challenges of the future. on the question of germany, you said it -- that the american president -- some people say in germany, has not really been to germany at all. he was in baden-baden for the nato conference. berlin opens its arms to him every day, but the berliners can also wait. they have proved this throughout their history. >> i look very much forward to being in berlin.
and the last time i was there, we had a lot of fun. and i'm sure that i'll have a wonderful time the next time i'm there, as well. and i appreciate you assuming that i'll have another term. and so i'll have plenty of time to be able to put berlin on my schedule. all right. thank you, very much, everybody. >> translator: and i can promise that the berlin brigade will be standing for some more time. >> thank you. >> president obama and german chancellor angela merkel putting aside some of their differences, at least downplaying them. president obama saying that he was pleased, both of them cooperating with the ultimate goal of making sure that moammar gadhafi, libya's leader, is ousteded. but they certainly have different ideas about that. germany not supporting troops there, but rather adding troops in afghanistan. the united states supporting
that nato effort. they also talked about the economy, the trade imbalance between the two nations. the president saying it was getting better. also, addressing the fact that he said he was not worried about a double dip recession. he said we're setting a path to long-term economic recovery, and that it was not happening fast enough, but he was certainly working towards those ends. those two leaders, again, trying to put aside their differences there at the white house. a little bit of color from our white house correspondent dan ligamentian says the chancellor's cell phone went off, angela merkel quickly reached into her pocket, turned it off, and they continued. we have more on the press conference as well as the chancellor's visit to the white house later this hour. i'm suzanne malveaux. i also want to get you up to speed. defiant words from libyan leader moammar gadhafi. as smoke rises from his compound in tripoli. in an audio message played just moments ago, gadhafi said, "we will not surrender. we will not give up." the message follows reports by
libyan state television of intense bombardment of gadhafi's compound by nato forces. in yemen, more than 400 fighters stormed the southwestern city of taiz, another major setback for that government. president aly abdullah sa la was injured friday when a bomb exploded inside his compound. he is now in saudi arabia, where he was officials say he is being treated for burns and a collapsed lung. congressman anthony weiner says he's not resigning, but his political future may be in jeopardy. he admitted posting a lewd picture on his twitter account, and lying to cover it up. but he says he did not break the law. >> i engaged in inappropriate online conversations with people, that included photographs. and it was a mistake to do that. the but i didn't -- i don't believe that i did anything that violates any law or any rule. >> house minority leader nancy
pelosi says she'll call for an ethics investigation. pelosi issued a statement saying, "i am deeply disappointed, and saddened about this situation. for anthony's wife, huma, his family, his staff, and his constituents." a red flag fire alert is out for tucson, arizona. this hour. and smoke from one of the state's largest wildfires in history is drifting into new mexico now. that has triggered air quality alerts. more than 230,000 acres now have burned. more than 3,000 people have been evacuated. >> we packed up everything that we could. memories and clothes. >> when they tell us to leave, we have to leave. we don't want to leave. i'm going to cry. we don't want to leave. but we know for safety's sake, we have to. here's what's ahead on the rundown. fans call him "the dude." jeff bridges joins me live to talk about ending child hunger.
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that happened just a short time ago. i want to bring in our dan rivers who joins us in tripoli. dan, tell us about this message from gadhafi. what did he say, how was it delivered? >> reporter: yeah, it was a message of defiance, again, suzanne. he's been on state tv talking about we will not surrender, we will not give up, martyrdom is a million times better than surrendering. after his address, which lasted several minutes, there was a cacophony of automatic gunfire across the city in sort of celebration, to sort of punctuate that speech, if you like. and all the while today, there has been an incredibly intense amount of bombing. we've been counting the number of explosions. the most so far since the nato campaign began. 31 explosions so far, we've counted. some of them very, very close and loud, indeed. rattling the windows of our hotel here.
we're being told by officials on the ground that they have hit a number of military compounds, and also gadhafi's compound itself. and there's another explosion just there, i don't know if you heard that. meanwhile, civilians have been coming into this hotel, screaming about the civilian casualties that have been caused. but it's very difficult for us to get out on the ground to verify all of this with the constant explosions now echoing across tripoli. >> dan, please be safe. and obviously, we'll get back to you as that story develops. thank you, dan. there are hard times, and those hard times often hit children the hardest. oscar winner jeff bridges wants to do something about it. i'm going to speak to the hollywood a-lister about what he is doing to help fight child hunger. but first, guess how many american kids are at risk of going hungry? is it 1 in 10, 1 in 8 or 1 in 4? we're going to have the answer, and jeff bridges' solution after the break. is paying off! business is good! it must be if you're doing all that overnight shipping.
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but now jeff bridges is taking on another role, as spokesman for no kid hungry. it's a campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger in america by the year 2015. jeff bridges joins me now, along with bill shore, the founder and executive director of share our strength. we're going to talk to both of you. jeff, thanks so much for joining us here on cnn. let's talk -- >> thank you for having us. >> my pleasure. let's talk first about the problem. i don't know if people are even aware of this. but one in four american kids are at risk of going hungry. that's kory according to the food research and action center. a lot of the kids who are in tough situations count on getting reduced, free meals at school each day during the school year. but summer break comes around, and these kids aren't getting fed. what are you hoping out of your program? what do you hope to do this summer? >> well, we're hoping to let families know that there are programs that are available to assist them in feeding their
kids. that are sites all around the communities here that will feed kids during the summer. and like you say, you know, there are so many kids depending on school meals for nutrition. and when school is out, they don't have that. so the summer meals are so important. and we want to encourage families to take advantage of these free summer meals. >> and jeff, why did you get involved in this? >> gee, i guess because, you know, i don't like people going hungry when they don't have to. you know, it's not a matter of not having enough food or enough money or enough know-how. we have great programs in place. the problem that we face right now is, you know, raising awareness about those -- about these programs, so people know that they have access to them. >> and bill, how does this work?
>> you know, feeding -- >> well, we've got -- we've got 21 million kids in this country who are on school lunch. but only 3 million are getting summer meals. you mentioned, suzanne, that the food research and action center had these statistics. one of the things they're releasing today are statistics that show if we increase the percentage of kids who are getting summer feeding right now from the -- just 18% that are getting it, if we move that up to 40%, still less than half the kids that deserve it, we would actually add 4.7 million children to this program, and drive $331 million into the states. one of the things that jeff and i are doing today is meeting with governor mcdonnell and a big launch in virginia of this program, so virginia can start to increase their summer meals participation. >> and jeff, this is something -- i mean, you could have picked any cause. this is really something that you have invested a good part of your life, some three decades now in helping fight hunger. what is behind that? >> well, i guess just momentum
has something to do with it. you know, being involved in it as long as i have. like you say. i have been involved in it since 1983, and back in those days, we were concerned about ending world hunger. but about, oh, 20 or so years ago, we shifted our attention to here in america, because hunger raised its head here in our country, and we -- you know, we felt we have to do something about our country here. >> does it surprise you that that's a problem here in a country that has so much? >> it is -- it's amazing to think of this -- you know, the wealthiest country in the world and having one in four of our kids struggling with hunger. it seems -- well, insane is the word that pops into my mind. >> jeff, we want to thank you so much. we're sorry, we're out of time. bill, want to thank you as well for bringing this to our
attentions. and obviously for the program and the good work that you do. and, of course, keep up the great work. thanks. >> thanks. everyone knows him as dr. oz, but he's also been a patient. we're going to talk live with dr. oz about his scary brush with colon cancer. >> hi, i'm jill dugger. >> and i'm josh dugger. >> and we can make a difference with search and rescue. >> and tornado relief in joplin, missouri. we were here in arkansas where we live when the tornado hit. >> thoughts started coming, okay, what can we do to help? >> so basically, we packed everything up, and we got water bottles, gatorade. i have been around emergency situations and, you know, working as a volunteer firefighter. being that jill, jana and john -- they're active duty, volunteer firefighters, they were able to plug right in, giving them hope by being there, i think, really inspires them to continue on. join the movement. >> impact your world.
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lives of melanoma patients and prevent some forms of breast cancer were announced over the weekend. here to talk about that and his recent personal scare is dr. mehmet oz. doctor, thank you for joining us again. we appreciate it. we want to talk about your personal story. but first want to talk quickly about the significance of these new cancer treatments that we heard regarding skin cancer and prolonging the life of those with skin cancer and then the breast cancer study. can you talk about those two? >> well, briefly. worry we're making a lot of progress customizing cancer care. we thought cancer was the same, breast cancer was a breast cancer, same for melanomas. we're learning much more about how your genes color your own personal cancer. so everyone has their own cancer, and we have to go after it with that context. so customizing therapy is going to dramatically improve survival rates. it's the frontier in cancer
therapy. and there have been some drugs, two different drugs, we understand, at least when it comes to skin cancer, melanoma, that seem to be prolonging some patients' lives, is that correct? >> that's correct, and it's encouraging. but i want to focus on something big here. we have new drugs, i'm excited about them, giving us confidence, beginning to understand how these complex cancers work. as i outlined in the "time" magazine cover piece, i wasn't a very good patient. and a lot of folks watching today, it's not about whether you get the right special melanomaa drug, it's about whether you find cancer in time. because if you find cancers in a timely fashion, take colon cancer as an example, survival rates, 95%. but survival rate drops dramatically in colon cancer, 5% survival. so i struggle with this all of the time on my own show. why are people who are perfectly rational like you and me and our viewers do irrational things? >> tell us about your own experience. i know you said even you
admitted in that article that you were in denial and it really took a lot to get you to that point. >> well, one part of my head was i didn't take some of the stuff seriously. and i had lentils and beats the night before my colon osco me. so that does not make a clear view. the second time around i was much more serious. you could have eaten tapas off my colon. but i procrastinated and found ways to avoid dealing with reality. and it's not because i think i'm immortal and i think men and women agree, it's not because we think we're immortal, but we don't want to disrupt the nice organized life we have. who wants to get a diagnose that's untoward when you have a busy life in front of you? and the challenge is no it's not about you. of that's when you get the screening test done. >> what did you learn from that experience? >> well, i learned a lot about the bad decision making process. i have a new book that came out today, called "you the owner,
the manual for teens." we have written 10 million, but kids were using them and shouldn't be. these books we wrote were for adults, menopause patients. so we wrote something just for teens. and i realized it wasn't about pimples or studying for homework or sleep issues. it was about the bad decisions that teens make because their brains aren't mature because they're in their 20s. adults have the same issues, adults maker rational decisions because we're not nurturing our braps in the same way. so steps range from the nine hours of sleep we know teens need to the omega 3 fatty acids that all teens require. when you get into that nitty-grit nitty-gritty, you can have a conversation about what you need to do. we have a live web tonight at 7:00 that i'll link to the cnn site on so you can ask personal questions to me directly. hour and a half. but it comes down to having the conversation and being up front about the embarrassing things we do. whether it's not getting your colon osco me in a timely fashion like me or avoiding basic things you should be doing in your life. >> dr. oz, we appreciate your
own perm personal story, and obviously a lesson to all of us to be aware and that nobody is beyond actually improving, becoming a better patient. and we also want to remind our viewers to visit dr.oz.com. he's going to be holding a live chat tonight, that is happening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that is tonight. he's talking about a range of issues, and obviously has a book out as well. his daughter, zoe contributing to it, specifically addressing some of the teenagers' concerns. thank you, dr. oz. appreciate it. well, apple had kept the i cloud hanging over its customers for some time now. the long wait ended with a big announcement and a special appearance by steve jobs. we're going to get plugged in from silicon valley.
apple finally unveiled its heavily anticipated icloud service. ceo steve jobs took a break from medical leave yesterday to officially introduce it to the world. our cnn silicon valley correspondent dan simon is in san francisco. dan, tell us, what is this icloud do? what is this cloud computing? >> reporter: well, suzanne, if you asked ten different people in technology, you might get ten different responses. but the way apple is defining cloud computing is it's basically having your content with you on any device. your music, photos, no matter
where you are, and the user doesn't have to do a thing. the cloud takes care of it for you. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: cloud computing has long been a buzz word in silicon valley. but with a highly anticipated, high-profile announcement -- >> we have been working on this for some time now, and we're really excited about it. >> reporter: steve jobs may have is truly brought the concept to the masses. >> and we're going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud. >> reporter: apple's new service will wirelessly push content, including music and photos, to all your apple devices. something before the company required you to do manually with a cable. >> keeping these devices in sync is driving us crazy. >> reporter: while analysts applauded the company's unveiling, some other silicon valley companies have been offering cloud-based services for years. >> people actually save 1 million files on drop box every five minutes. >> case in point, drop box, a
service that let's you drag any file to a folder on your computer, which will then show up automatically on most phones and other pcs. ceo drew houseton says he invented the service after getting tired of e-mailing himself documents so he would always have them. >> you couldn't be working on a document in the office and when you open up your mac book at home, it's just there. >> reporter: the four-year-old company has 25 million active users. >> users are already engaging in behaviors like the ones on icloud. so in effect, the computer industry, including apple, is a little bit late in terms of getting to the place where customers want them to be. >> reporter: but technology analyst frank gillette says with apple's clean icloud interface, combined with the company's global reach, apple will be perceived as taking a giant leap forward, and he says users will appreciate the new features. >> what consumers should take away is the way they think about and store their information on their content is changing. we're going to stop thinking about which gadgets, if it's on, and have services, such as
icloud, that put our stuff where we need it, on the right devices at the right time. >> we are ready, we think, for our customers to start using icloud. and we can't wait to get it in their hands. >> reporter: and it will be in your hands beginning this fall, and while apple, they weren't the first ones to get into cloud computing, now that they're in it, you could say it's going to reach a whole new level. suzanne? >> all right, dan, thank you. dan simon. leaving everything behind in the path of a massive wildfire with zero containment. even the thrill seekers are now running. time for the help desk, where we get answers to your financial questions. joining me this hour, a personal finance author, and doug flynn a certified financial planner and founder of flynn zeto. first question, guys from randy in cameron park, california. randy asks, our house is about 41% under water, and we will struggle to pay the $2,800 a
month mortgage when i retire in nine years. what are the down sides of walking away now? monesha? >> there are a lot of down sides, first the whole moral issue and how you're going to feel about doing that. another one is just the impact that it's going to have on your credit score if you ever are needing to borrow money and going forward. and i noticed randy said he's planning on retiring in nine years. and i'm wondering, why -- think about retiring if you have still got this situation. what i would rather him do is talk to somebody, maybe at the national foundation for credit counseling or the homeowner crisis resource center, and really trying to figure out what they can do with their budget. can they refinance, do a short sale, other things they can do to get in a position where walking away doesn't feel like the only option. >> right. great advice. now, from terry in belvedere, illinois. terry asks, if i retire at 62, and collect social security, i'm allowed to make $14,400. that's this year. can i continue to work and contribute all of my $14,400 of those earnings to my 401k?
>> doug? >> the first part, $14,160. beyond that, they take back 1 of every $2 you make from social security. so you do have that. so the second part of his question is, is this. you can, if it's -- if your plan allows it. and what that means is, you can, absolutely, put 100% of your income away, up to the limits this year for people over 50. it's $22,000. and wipe out that taxable income. but your plan has to allow it. see, there are federal rules, and then each plan is approved by the department of labor. your plan might be an old plan where it only allows 15 or 25% of your earnings. if that's the case, even though you should be able to, you may not be able to. so -- but if the plan has been updated and allows 100%, you can do exactly what he is looking for. here's the thing. you have to get the summary plan description or spd. they legally have to give it to you, although it is difficult to get. that will tell you exactly what you can do. >> plan by plan. thank you guys so much. now, do you have a question that you want us to answer?
more than 364 square miles are burning in arizona, and firefighters have yet to get a handle on it. at least 3,000 people have now been evacuated. smoke forced several flights to be diverted just last hour. i spoke with the man who left his home with the fire less than 30 minutes away. >> when i was young, i was kind of a thrill-seeker. i rode bulls and climbed poles and painted multistory buildings when it was just iron framework, no floors or stairs. and so i don't scare easy. and this had me boogered. >> take a look at this. this is not mars or even a scene from a sci-fi movie, right?
is this a dazzling light show in chile, courtesy of mother nature. a volcano erupted this weekend, shooting ash six miles high m. h the volcanic ash is grounding flights in chile and neighboring argentina. 3,500 people have fled that area. chile sits on the so-called ring of fire, where there are lots of active volcanos. you told us what you wanted to see, your choose the news story. that is just moments away.
you told us what you. ed to see. here's your choose the news winner. a wild frenzy at a sweet 16 party in germany. all because the birthday girl misclicked on a social network website. colleen mcedwards shows us the chaos. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a small, sweet 16th birthday party for tessa in hamburg. she sent a party invitation to close friends on facebook, but she forgot to mark it private. and this is the consequence. 1,500 random and unwanted guests actually showed up. all of them, ready to party. with tessa t-shirts, balloons and posters, this massive crowd turned this neighborhood upside down. complete chaos.