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tracy morgan exercises extremely poor judgment and he did the right thing by apologizing but that's just not enough. he's a role model and morgan now has a responsibility to make amends for his horribly hurtful and dangerous comedy routine. we have not heard the last of that. we appreciate you spending some time with us here at the cnn "newsroom." thank you for allowing me to be here. brooke baldwin will be next week. hope she's having a nice weekend. let me hand it over now to wolf blitzer. embattled gop candidate, newt gingrich reassuring that he's staying in the white house despite a major campaign implosion and ready to square off with his opponent in new hampshire monday night. also, the cia chief, leon panetta warning that there are 1,000 al qaeda terrorists still in iraq. could u.s. troops be withdrawing from the country too soon.
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and a star igniting a national firestorm after making homophobic remarks. could the anti-gay rant end up costing him his job? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation. up first, the growing controversy swirling around newt gingrich. just one day after the stunning revelations that most of the senior staff and the potential viability of the candidate. gingrich now insists that he's in it for a long hall and explaining the campaign breakup this way. >> there's a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional community and the kind of campaign i want to run. now, we'll find out over the next engineer who is right. >> let's bring in gloria borger
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who has been working the story for us. what are these fundamental differences that newt gingrich is talking about? >> well, it's very clear, in trying to piece this together over the last couple of days, that this is a campaign staff that felt they had completely lost control of their candidate, that there was a candidate who had no discipline, who wouldn't adhere to the schedule they wanted. it was very difficult in terms of getting him to focus on a particular vision or a particular set of ideas. he wanted to get across to his voters. someone said to me that he just couldn't make the transition from being newt gingrich, the great thinker, to the candidate that has to learn to speak succinctly and tell voters the things that he is going to do as president. then he started making these mistakes, particularly on meet the press, when he called the house republican budget right wing social engineering and they decided in frustration as professionals that they had to
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leave this campaign because it was clear to them after a conference call with the candidate and with some real heavy discussions with the candidate that he wasn't going to change. >> a lot of people think this is the end of his campaign for all practical purposes. >> well, a lot of people do and i think it's hard to think otherwise, quite frankly. but newt gingrich himself, you saw that video earlier, and then he pasted something on his facebook page today. let me read you from that. he said "as someone who has been in public life for nearly 40 years, i know full well the rigors of campaigning for public office. i will endure them. i will carry the message of american renewal to every part of this great land, whatever it takes." so there you have it. but let me add one thing here. some people have been saying, you know what? other campaigns have survived large staffs leaving. for example, ronald reagan and john mccain. ronald reagan fired his campaign.
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john mccain fired top advisers. the difference with newt gingrich is that his top advisers have quit on mass. so it wasn't the candidate making the decision that the staff needs to go. we need to retool the campaign. it was the staff saying the candidate does not have the discipline or the will to retool this campaign. >> and a lot of people are saying that it creates an opening for governor rick perry. >> the most obvious of which is that newt gingrich's two top staffers are very close to governor rick perry. one of them ran his gubernatorial na tore yell race. we know that he's been flirting with the notion. now he's got, it would seem to me, a ready made staff if he wants it. so we'll have to see what he decides to do. he also has a constituency, which is the tea party constituency that is not
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represented well in this republican field. so we'll have to see what happens on that. >> thanks very much. newt gingrich is just one of many republican presidential candidates facing off only here on cnn and as they shape the race, whether any of them winds up winning the nomination certainly remains to be seen. some gop voters may have not found what they are looking for yet. >> reporter: voters seem to have an appetite for some alternatives. the ronald reagan bumper sticker on a cadillac is just the first sign. serving conservative politics and it's a good thing that the current list of candidates is not on the menu. some of these republicans might stick with coffee.
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>> there is no model, no perfect guide except right there, right now. >> obama is going to get elected. none of these guys can be. >> you don't think so? >> no, not right now. >> reporter: a few big name politicians are acting like presidential teases. >> what about when it's over? are you going to think about it? >> yes, sir. >> about running for president? >> i think about a lot of things. >> reporter: texas governor rick perry is planning to stage a national prayer event later this summer. former new york city mayor, rudy giuliani, keeps popping up in new hampshire. and sarah palin not only has a campaign-style bus, there's a pro-palin movie coming soon. >> i don't know. i honestly don't know. it's still a matter of looking at the field and considering
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much. >> reporter: chris christie is headed to iowa for an education conference next month but insists that he's not running. >> i made a commitment to the people of new jersey when i asked them for four years as governor. >> reporter: think of these republicans as specials of the day, not quite on the gop menu but not quite off. a new cnn opinion research poll shows that republicans want alternatives. two-thirds would like to see rudy giuliani jump into the race. palin will run as well. another recent poll found nearly 40% of republicans are not happy with their choices. >> if the election were tomorrow, it would probably be mitt romney. but only because of the lack of choice. >> reporter: even with the prospect of new choices, like palin, does not sound too appetizing. >> give me a break. >> reporter: a sign that when it comes to the gop field these days, not every republican is a
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satisfied customer. it may also have a front-runner. mitt romney is the front-runner. the only question is whether romney can fight off any new flavors of the month that are added to the gop menu. wolf? >> jim acosta reporting. i never start marveling at the weirdness. and the same can now be said of some republicans, a smart politician and lost his bid for re-election by 18 points. and a successful business executive has never held any elected public office. he lost his bid to run the nomination in georgia back in 2005 and now he's running for president. sarah palin, who is thinking of running, quitting midway through
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first term. she's made millions of dollars since then. john huntsman quit as utah governor during his second term to being u.s. ambassador to china. i believe if people elect someone to a position, that person has a responsibility to finish the job. there are many republicans not satisfied with the current field. they are urging many others, like chris christie, jeb bush, rudy giuliani to jump in. why isn't anyone urging the two most experienced leaders in the country to run? presidential politics always a bit weird and that's why i love covering politics. read my blog at go there. i think you will enjoy. at the white house, the first time singling out top
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mortgages for going into foreclosure. our white house correspondent, brianna keilar, is joining us with more. it's a pretty shocking development. update our viewers. >> that's right. the treasury department is starting to withhold incentive payments to four mortgage lenders, including pretty big banks. we're talking about bank of america, j.p. morgan chase and wells fargo. they are using this idea of publicly humiliating these institutions into doing the right thing. here's the big picture, though. this is the first time in the history that we've seen the obama administration do something like this. >> reporter: february 2009 with millions on the brink of foreclosure, president obama rolled out his plan to keep them in their homes. >> the plan i'm announcing rescues families played by the
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rules. by refinancing homes for millions of families in traditional mortgages underwater or close to it. >> reporter: millions in families, 4 million, in fact, it's kept about 700,000 in their homes. a chief critic resigned from his post in march. >> so how do you characterize the outcome. >> it's difficult to find anything other than an object failure. >> reporter: loans to people who could not afford them were supposed to modify loans, so struggling homeowners could reduce their monthly payments. in exchange, the government would make an incentive payment and it didn't really happen. it's because the payments are not enough and there are no penalties for banks not participating. >> how many fines has treasury
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imposed in this program? >> zero. not one. not with standing the fact that in november 2009 they issued a press release and said that they are going to start holding services accountable with penalties and withholding payments if they don't comply with the terms of their agreement. nothing followed. >> reporter: while he blames the treasury department, tim geithner blames the mortgage companies. >> they are not putting their resources together and doing a good enough job of helping homeowners navigate through a difficult process. they have to do a better job. >> reporter: now, geithner also highlighted a number of other programs that the obama administration has undertaken to try to help struggling homeowners. one helps those underemployed and another program that targets some of the hardest hit states, giving states the ability to put that money in different places. the thing is, though, there are no numbers on those programs yet. we'll see them soon but don't
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know how how well they are doing. >> reporter: >> thank you, brianna keilar at the white house. moammar gadhafi on the hit list. is the alliance far getting him for assassination. why are top pentagon brass now hinting that they could stay longer. and iraq by the comedian tracy morgan hits a nerve sparking controversy across the country. you're going to find out if he's apologizing for making homophobic slurs. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." what's this option? that's new. personal pricing now on brakes. tell us what you want to pay. we do our best to make that work. deal! my money. my choice. my meineke.
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nato says that they are not out to kill moammar gadhafi but they say he's a legitimate target under the united security council resolution authorizing air strikes in libya. let's speak with jeffrey felton. thank you for coming in. >> thank you. >> are you trying to kill gadhafi? >> we're trying to protect the libyan people. that's what is based on the national security council. >> if he doesn't go away, are you targeting him for assassination? >> no. we are trying to protect the libyan people and that includes going after command and control structures and they happen to be in tripoli where gadhafi happens to be and the goal is to protect civilians. >> as far as you know, i know
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it's changed after 9/11, is it still u.s. law that would prevent the united states from aa political assassination of a world leader? >> you know, i'm not a lawyer. i don't know. i'm not a military guy. what i can say is that the overall goals that we have in libya, moving beyond the nato mission, the u.s. goals are really to help promote the rights of libyan people, legitimate rights that they have been denied for 42 years under gadhafi. >> and you recognize the opposition -- >> the secretary recognized the council that you referred to as the legitimate lock between the libyan people for this interim people. the transition for the council itself, as the name implies, wants to go out of business. transitional. it wants to move to a constitutional assembly. this is an interim period where
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we are recognizing the tnc as the interlock for the libyan people. >> if in fact gadhafi were killed in one of the air strikes going after command and control facilities in tripoli or elsewhere, would that help? would that be beneficial to implementing u.n. security council resolution 1973, which authorized the military action? >> well, it's gadhafi who is ordering to fire on the troops. gadhafi is not allowing its people to exercise the legitimate rights and aspirationses. getting gadhafi out of the way with a more respectful government in libya. >> i don't know if you saw this letter that gadhafi has written, among other things he says, we are ready to sit down at the table with appropriate interlocketers. let's find a peaceful solution.
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is there a diplomatic solution? >> the military, again, is limited protection of civilians. the political and diplomatic is transitional. the international community has been clear with gadhafi. it's what the president has said from the beginning of the operation of what he needs to do to show that he's serious, to show that he's serious of a transition, to stop killing his own people, pull back his troops, his merconaries, allow access, and electricity to be hooked back up. he's continuing to send his mers son nar rees and troops back out we don't see him. >> the syria leader bashar al assad is killing his own people,
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too. what is the difference? >> we hear bashar say we're going to start reforms and dialogue and meaningful reform and instead we see more killing. they even used helicopter gun ships. i think you see the same international revoltion. you see in new york, to bring syria before the security council, accountability in terms of the international organizations. but you see the same u.s. revoltion and in syria that you do in libya. the methods are different in the two countries. >> but you haven't recalled the u.s. ambassador from damascus. you haven't severed relations with syria. why? >> well, when people like you
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and your news crews are not allowed into syria, you have to use the resources to help with what is going on the ground. we have to use tools to get messages across. right now it's useful for us to keep as many channels of communication opened, not only through the government to the extent that they will listen but also to people on the ground about what is happening in syria. we want there to be international media. we want cnn and everybody else to be there to report what is happening. so far, that has not been possible. the embassy is one source of information. >> that's a fair answer. that's a good point. we'd like to be there ourselves at cnn. we are counting on you and the u.s. embassy to get the word out about what is going on. jeffrey feltman, thank you for coming in. >> thank you for having me. >> appreciate it. all in the family. just ahead, why dictators are turning to relatives to do their dirty work in the upheaval sweeping the northeast and
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united airlines is flying jobs in chicago. what is going on, lisa? >> it's a big spoof for rahm emanuel. the recent merger for continental and united airlines will bring 1300 jobs to chicago. while many of the jobs are filled, it could help boost chicago's economy. you have seen sarah palin the governor, palin the candidate, and palin the reality tv star. so get ready now for sarah palin the movie. a documentary film about palin's career is set to hit movie theaters nationwide next month with early premiers in key voting states and it is alled, the undefeated and portrays
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palin. >> queen elizabethand just another working day, there were gun salutes and in scotland and in an interview with the bbc, prince phillip said he wants to enjoy himself more and have less responsibility and less rushing about. and also, by the way, it was our own david gracie's birthday. >> he's not 90, though? >> no, he's not 90. he told me his age but i'm not going to say it on the air. happy birthday. tracy morgan says he's an equal opportunity jokester but it's what he said on stage that has a lot of people upset. plus, defending anthony weiner. why charlie rangel says his fellow u.s. congressman should not resign. >> i know one thing, he wasn't going with prostitutes, he wasn't going out with little boys. he wasn't going into men's
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what is going on? >> well, look, it's been the plan that u.s. troops would be out of iraq by the end of this year but suddenly maybe not. at his confirmation hearings, the cia director, leon panetta, started talking about the circumstances under which u.s. troops, if the iraqis request it, which they think he will, the circumstances under which they might stay in iraq nor some period of time. he had quite an interesting exchange about all of this with senator john mccain, the ranking republican, on the senate armed services committee. have a listen. >> if prime minister malaki requests that we maintain a presence there, that ought to be seriously considered by the president. >> do you think it would be in our interest to do that, given the situation? >> senator, i have to tell you, there are a thousand al qaeda.
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we saw the attack made just the other day. it, too, continues to be a fragile situation and i believe that we should take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that we protect whatever progress we've made there. >> at least 1,000 al qaeda operatives still in iraq. behind the scenes the administration has been urging the maliki government in baghdad to make that request sooner rather than later. because if they dork the troop withdraw goes forward. wolf? >> the oil rich iraqi government could start paying for the expenses of maintaining the u.s. troop presence in iraq. just a thought. let me ask you about something else involving leon panetta. we're now hearing that he's in pakistan, that he flew overnight
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and now he's in islamabad. what is going on. >> well, pam has learned that leon panetta is on the ground inside pakistan. this is his first face-to-face meeting with the counterparts since the raid on osama's compound. he's had telephone communications with them and he's on the ground for a face-to-face meeting to talk about progress and cooperation in the counterterrorism relationship between the u.s. and pakistan. it's a bit of interesting timing. he only has another two or three weeks on the job as cia director, expected to be confirmed as the pentagon chief. and once he takes on that job, you'll see him going back to pakistan again and again, i suspect, wolf. >> yeah, that issue not going away. turning now to the violent political turmoil and in north
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africa, key dictators have managed to maintain a firm grip on power. brianed to is here working this story for us. for a lot of the dictators and it's all about keeping it in the family. >> they are all keeping it in the family. they are relying on brothers, sons, and nephews. these are people who stay in the shadows but wild enormous power and have no reservation over using brut force. yemen's president, badly wounded, flies to saudi arabia for pled cal treatment and gives temporary power to his vice president but a formality that means little on the streets. >> the real power at the moment is with his sons and nephews who control the major security forces. >> reporter: edward spent three years as the top deputy at the u.s. embassy in yemen. they say his 42-year-old son has signaled that his family is not
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about to give up power. he's moved into the presidential palace and sent republican guard which he commands into the streets. his cousins are all in key positions. >> they are in the national security apparatus, intelligence apparatus and other military units. >> salas' brother is a major player in the air force and the pattern is clear in regimes across the middle east, yemen, syria, and libya, blood runs thicker than reform. and perhaps the younger nastier brother of syria's dictator, bashar al assad. >> they have had a division of labor and he's the enforcer, the
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kneecaper. oak. >> oklahoma university professor has ran the regime for 30 years and sis that they are simply carrying on a family tradition. the brother's father had his own brother in similar positions. many of them trust no one else. and -- >> this allows for a regime change that is fairly stable and doesn't lead to civil war. >> some analysts don't expect that philosophy to come to an end for any time soon. even with the unprecedented reports that they are now facing. it's too engained in their culture to give that up, wolf. >> even if these close family structures, these alliances, they can cup rupture from time to time. >> they can and they have.
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back when his father had heart trouble in the early owe 08s, his own brother, we showed it in that piece, he was an enforcer. he tried to stage a koo. he sent him into exile and we're told that al assad's children are now supporting the opposition against their own family. new rumors about hillary clinton's future. plus, anthony weiner will be heading back to work amid mounting calls for him to resign. why he's apologizing to his own neighbors.
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race for the white house gains steam and there's mounting pressure to fix the ailing economy and create a lot more jobs. and joining us now, the managing editor, sister publication, rick, you guys have a great cover story on the economy that's issue number one for american voters. what recovery you entitle it, the five myths about the economy. you write this. presidents appear to be doing everything that they can to create jobs, even if that's not a whole lot. is there not anything that the president of the united states could do to help create some jobs? >> well, i wrote that. i thought you were going to read from the cover. i think we overestimate how much presidents can do about the
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economy. what happens is presidents inherit the economy from the guy before them and sometimes that's why they win but there isn't a whole lot they can do about it. they could do something when they hired 800,000 workers to do the census. it's really around the margins. it's the private sector that is the clas where the economy rises or falls. >> what the president can do is help the private sector, if you go out there and encourage them to create jobs? >> right. there are tax incentives and other things that they can do. they react to the way that the economy is as a whole, the way gdp is growing, international development is going. but right now, obama's hand is pretty limited. he can't really do another stimulus. there's no appetite for that. the fed is basically tapped out with quantitative easing. it's now really up to the private sector. >> here is another sentence that jumped out at me. the reality is that the economy is changing such fundamental
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ways that we have to live with high unemployment with what we'll feel like forever. there is no rhyme or reason and what they say is that the economy around the world is changing so that we may have to live with a higher level of unemployment. that involves people not working full time, that involves people working part time. there is a statistic that there is 75 million middle class workers being kree atd around the world every year. that's enormous. middle class workers do the job that americans once did. the problem is, too that politicians don't like to say that. they are afraid of saying that. it's the truth and an
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uncomfortable truth that we need to hear. >> the president of the united states is running for re-election. if unemployment is going to be 9%, it's 9.1% right now. let's say he's running against mitt romney. he's in deep trouble. >> he is in deep trouble. one of the statistics that we've all sceneen, no incumbent presit wins if unemployment is above 12%. americans are realizing that it isn't that old economy anymore. that even when we get through this, and mcken zee study shows that it's going to take five years to get back to where we were before. so i think people have to be more realistic about it. at the same token, it could capsize the president. >> it's a great recovery. the five myths about the economy. thanks very much. >> thank you, wolf. e. coli outbreak in germany
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has killed and sickened people. what scientists are doing to help crack the case. also, under fire is not just newt gingrich but his wife. is she being blamed for their campaign staff's max exodus. ? uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? uh, try the number one! i've never heard of that. [ wife ] it's great. it's a sweet honey cereal, you'll love it. yeah, this is pretty good. are you guys alright? yeah. [ male announcer ] half a days worth of fiber. not that anyone has to know. fiber beyond recognition. fiber one. [ woman speaking chinese ] thank you. do you have an english menu? no english. [ speaking chinese ] [ gasps, speaks chinese ]
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let's get to today's strategy session. joining us is donna brazile and tony blackly. your former boss, take us into his mind. what was he thinking all of these out of the box and then
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winding up on this cruise to the greek islands and then the mediterranean? >> my sense is that fundamentally, he and his staff had a different view to run the campaign. i think the reporting on that is accurate. >> and they have always leaded to victory, which is identify your voters, get them out on election day. newt has a different view and he's going to -- the candidate decides his path and he's decided to take the path, a very focused campaign that he thinks you can use social media and name ideas and we'll find out whether that's a strategy that can work or not. this wasn't a philosophical dispute and i've just got to say, i worked for newt for seven years and it's the most invigorating seven years of my life. when people say he went on
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vacation, if you asked the chief executive, the challenges that you're too busy operating, when newt goes on vacation and i used to travel with him, that's a time for him to actually think more deeply and i think that, yes, it was a lovely setting to do it. no one knew that he used that opportunity to rethink opportuno rethink how he wanted to run his campaign, came back and he his staff disagreed. >> he is a smart guy. i covered him a lot when he was speaker. if he had a different strategy than these professional strategists with whom he was working, who he brought onboard, why didn't he come up with that idea before this, knowing these guys were solid pros, they knew what they were doing in a traditional way? if he had a different way of doing it, he should have come up with that idea earlier. >> it suggests perhaps the former speaker is not ready to run for president. here's why. first of all, when you're going to run for president, you go out there, you hire the strategists, you hire the staff and, yes, you come up with a strategy then you
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execute. it's clear to me based on this what has happened over the last month, because remember, he announced on may 29th, is that his campaign was not prepared for the kind of spending decision, the kind of messages, the message discipline you need in a presidential field and the ability to raise the kind of serious money. so maybe this is a function of needing a vacation, but you know what, he had january, february and march and april to take a vacation before tossing his hat into the ring. >> let me make a point. we're in the middle of a communications revolution. we're seeing sarah palin do stuff with social media without even talking to the mainstream media that's getting saturation coverage. we've never seen that before. i've never seen it before. i don't think any of us have. newt's betting and adjusting to his understanding how technology is quickly evolving, this is the path he wants to take and it's an issues-oriented path. >> you know some of his former
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aides are blaming his third wife, calista, for these problems. do you think that's fair? >> for any candidate, man or woman, the candidate is responsible for their campaign. not the husband or wife. and that's a side issue and i don't like seeing that kind of comment about any politician. >> as somebody who's been involved in seven presidential campaigns, this has nothing to do with republican or democrat, you need a candidate who is disciplined. what i'm learning now is perhaps he's not as disciplined as we once thought he was. tony, the fact is, he has to raise a bucket load of money. >> have to raise a bucket load of money, particularly if you're running the convention -- which may still be the right one. i'm not arguing the conventional method is necessarily wrong. i'm saying if you go the digital route, and then the conventional raising a bucket full of money isn't quite as necessary. we'll find out. >> you have to get the delegates in order to win the nomination. >> i understand. let's talk about another
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politician in trouble for different reasons. anthony weiner from new york. charlie rangel who had his own problems is now weighing in. i'll play a clip of what he's telling reporters. >> i know one thing, he wasn't going with prostitutes. he wasn't going out with little boys. he wasn't going into men's room with broad stances. i mean, all of those things i understand. i'm 80 years old. but high-tech stuff like this, i can't respond. but certainly i know immoral sex when i hear it from other members, and no one has screamed for their resignation, so i don't know why they're selecting anthony. >> you think he's going to quit? >> i don't know. i wish he would just turn down the volume. look -- >> you mean anthony weiner? >> what he did was stupid. what he did was -- when i was on this show last before going to three states in another country, we talked about him
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communicating with a stripper or prostitute. i forgot which one. the bottom line is he made a stupid mistake. if he wants to be a playgirl, go model. give somebody else the opportunity to represent the people of new york. >> he was the digital version of a flasher. i think that's -- whatever you think of a flasher, that's what he did. he expose ed himself in public that way. that's a more understandable thing than all the other discussions. >> he embarrassed himself and his family. >> thank you, both of you. thousands and thousands of sarah palin e-mails are now being released. we're standing by to get a close look. and tracy morgan's on-stage rant. i spend long hours with her checking her heart rate, administering her medication, and just making her comfortable. one night britta told me about a tradition in denmark, "when a person dies," she said, "someone must open the window so the soul can depart." i smiled and squeezed her hand. "not tonight, britta. not tonight." ♪
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you can't argue with a big deal. the comedian tracy morgan is in hot water right now after not so funny comments he made during a recent standup show. cnn's entertainment correspondent kareen wynter is following the story. >> reporter: from "saturday night live," to nbc's hit comedy, "30 rock," actor and
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comedian, tracy morgan knows how to deliver a punch line. >> if you've learned anything from me, it's how to do a bad job. >> reporter: a recent standup comedy show in nashville is drawing more jeers than cheers. his homophobic rant stunned audience members like this man who cringed at the hate eful comments. >> i wased at what i was saying. >> reporter: morgan said gay is something kids learned from the media, that victims of anti-gay bullying should stop whining. roger said the comic even took a shot at lady gaga. ♪ baby i was born this way >> reporter: bashing her chart smashing gay theme song born this way. >> i knew i was going to see a comedian that does push the envelope and expecting to hear
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all sorts of probably inappropriate humor. i didn't expect to hear an attack on the gay community. >> reporter: roger says morgan also joked about stabbing his own son to death if he were gay. >> the entire thing really did hurt me. the violent aspect of that comment. it seemed to go from a joking demeanor to this is a point in my show to where i'm very serious about what i'm saying. >> reporter: while we don't know for sure how serious his remarks were, he released a statement to cnn saying, i want to apologize to my fans and the gay and lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent standup act in nashville. i'm not a hateful person and don't condone violence against others. while i'm an equal opportunity jokester and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club, this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context. but g.l.a.d. says the apology doesn't go far enough and morgan
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should meet with youth and families affected by anti-gay violence and that, quote, jokes that make light of violence directed at gay and lesbian youth aren't only offensive, they put our kids in harms way. tracy morgan must not only apologize but assure us that this won't happen again and send a clear message to americans that anti-gay violence is no joke. and we reached out to nbc for comment. we haven't heard back, wolf, but morgan's co-star, alec baldwin, he did tweet, oh, that tracy, in response to this entire controversy. wolf? >> thanks very much. and to our viewers, you're in "the situation room." happening now, new signs nato may be trying to take out libya's leader. why some see moammar gadhafi as a legitimate target for allied aircraft. i'll ask the former nato commander, wesley clark, if the goal in libya has gone from
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protecting civilians, to regime change and political assassination. secretary of state hillary clinton is half way around the world dealing with rumors she wants to become head of the world bank. what she's saying about her future. and 24,000 pages of sarah palin e-mail. the alaska authorities now releasing records from her time as governor. we're digging deeper. should palin be worried? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. breaking news, political headlines and jeanne moos all straight ahead. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." as nato steps up its attacks on the libyan regime, there are now indications it may be going directly after moammar gadhafi, himself. the libyan leader's compound is among the sites hit in the latest intensive air strikes. a senior nato official calls gadhafi a legitimate target because he's the head of libya's military. a nato spokeswoman says the
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alliance is not targeting individuals, but as the alliance hits demand and control sites, is it really aiming for gadhafi? let's discuss with retired u.s. army general wesley clark, along with cnn senior international correspondent, nic robertson, our cnn national security contributor, fran townsend. she serves on the cia and homeland security external advisory boards as well. let me start off with you, general clark. the mission was originally to protect civilians. i think it's fair to say it's gone way beyond that now, directly perhaps going after moammar gadhafi. >> there's a difference between the mission and the strategy that's used to accomplish the mission. so the mission is still to protect civilians, but the civilians are put under threat by gadhafi's forces. those forces are commanded and controlled ultimately by ga tdhi gadhafi. he becomes a legitimate target. it's not necessarily to say the
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mission has expanded. there was always a gap between what the policy was, gadhafi has to go and what the military mission is. to accomplish the military mission, you can't plink at tanks. you have to go after the command structure. >> fran, you've been talking to nato officials. i think it's fair to say they're pretty surprised how this had unfolded over these many weeks now. >> that's exactly right, wolf. look, it wasn't clear, people thought he'd be pressured and leave much more quickly. in fact, when the mission came up to expire, it wasn't clear it was going to be extended. it has been extended. looking at the gap, the gap between what are the objectives and how much more authority does the military have that it's able to use, it's not really an extension or going beyond the original mission. they've decided to use the authorities available to them. >> is there an authority that nato has, that the u.s. has to kill gadhafi? >> no, it's not about killing gadhafi. general clark said it best. this is about going after the command and control structure.
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you hit it at all levels. if you can hit the soldiers in the field attacking the civilians, you can hit the guys who is giving the orders. this is a matter of attacking the entire command structure from the top to the bottom. >> you remember after the failed efforts to kill castro, there were laws passed in the united states that barred political assassination. >> i don't think this falls in a category of a political assassination. it's part of an ongoing military operation. by his own admission, he's the warrior. he's going to stay in there and fight and fight and fight. you know, as we build up intelligence from the constant looking at the area and developing targets and so forth, i'm sure inside nato it's become increasingly clear that you can't stop the attacks on civilians unless you target as higher levels. up the chain of command. and so they're hitting the command post and he's, wherever he is, that's the supreme command post. >> i want both of you to stand by for a moment because we're also getting some dramatic new images of gadhafi's compound, both before and after these most
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recent nato air strikes. cnn's tom foreman is here. tom, show us where the bombs have been falling in tripoli. >> well, wolf, we talk about going after the command and control center. let's go to the north coast here to tripoli. let's move down into this area down here which is gadhafi's area. if you move into the compound, see these images of before, reception hall and library here, the residence down in this area. the communication center up here, keep an eye on that. look at the communication center. the result of the bombing that's happened so far. this building over here, this one right here, look at what's happened. tremendous, tremendous amount of damage there. i'll bring it out bigger. again, the before and the after on this is shocking. this is the after the attacks. this is before. you an see the tremendous amount of damage that was done here, exactly what ms. townsend and the general were says, going after the command and control structure. see it in the library section of the reception hall as well. just as importantly, though, if you move down here, see the
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residence has not been hit particularly hard. then when you go over here, the revolutionary guard unit nearby, this is their equipment depot. again, look at where they were before. bunkers here, here, here. these gray shapes. and then look at them afterward. this is the damage from digital globe. they're the ones who gave us all these images. you can see tremendous impacts all in this area hitting the military and hitting the top echelons of the military. wolf, as our guests point out, that's the way you go after these. going after the head of the snake, so to speak. >> that's a dramatic contrast. these before and after pictures. world powers have been meeting this week in the united arab emirates to rally support for the libyan rebels who are fighting gadhafi. cnn's nic robertson is standing by. among those who have been in the united arab emirates with you, hillary clinton, the secretary of state. what are they saying about all these suggestions that gadhafi must go, even if it means he gets killed in a nato air
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strike? >> reporter: well, there's a growing concern that the only way gadhafi is going to go is not by damaging his military on the front lines in misratah, that saves the civilians of that city but rather focusing on him, himself, because he will quite happily let his army to pounded into the dirt. there's alsos a recognition here that the longer this situation goes on, the more destruction that happens in the country, the harder it is going to be for the rebels and for other political forces in the country to unite. that it's going to take longer, if you will, and take more money to put the country back together. so there's a recognition here that you can bomb the front lines, but unless you get gadhafi, you won't bring this to an end because he's not going to step down because his troops are getting hit. when you hear secretary gates today, defense secretary saying that there's a shortage of am anythin ammunition, you begin to
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realize, potentially there's a discussion here that says, look, we need to focus the armaments we have on this most important target, gadhafi. that's what's going to end the war, wolf. >> are they convinced that will, in fact, end the war, nic? assuming they kill gadhafi, is it over then? the rebels simply move into tripoli, take over and peace and democracy emerge in libya? >> reporter: there's a transition team in place, 15 people, a number of other nations, the united states representing. they're trying to assess what it's going to take to help the transitional national council, the rebel leadership, to broaden its political appeal to move into tripoli to begin to take control. the real worry is the security in the capital in the first few, perhaps, hours and days once gadhafi is gone. what will his loyalists do and what will the opposition do? there are probably tens of thousands of people in tripoli ready to rise up against
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gadhafi. they can't do it while he's there. potentially you have a big fight on your hands in the city. so there's a lot of concern about that. the recognition is pretty much is once gadhafi is gone the fear of him controlling the situation and stopping all these other people who want him gone from rising up, that dynamic is going to change overnight. that will bring about a change in scenario and a new leadership in tripoli. that's the expectation, wolf. >> nic speaks with a lot of authority. as our viewers remember, he spent weeks and weeks and weeks in tripoli covering situation. thanks very much. america's ally got cold, hard truth today from the out-going defense secretary robert gates. he gave a farewell speech to the nato conference in brussels and gave the alliance a piece of his mind. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr with this part of the story. >> secretary gates h s has a fe days left in office. he told the nato alliance they're facing a dim if not dismal future.
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with just three weeks to retirement, defense secretary robert gates fired a broadside at nato, america's closest military alliance for more than half a century. he warned nato is divided between nations bearing the burdens of wars and those who sit it out. >> the blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the united states congress and in the american body politic writ large. to expand increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are apparently unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense. >> reporter: washington and nato have bickered for years. gates plained to u.s. troops increasingly have had to take on the burden of military operations, especially in afghanistan, even as europe cuts defense spending. >> he was more candid than he has been about these issues in the past, but i think it make
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sense for one of his major, for one of his last major speeches as secretary of defense. >> reporter: gates suggested there was still time for nato to reverse course, he didn't seem hopeful. >> this is no longer a hypothetical worry. we're there today and it is unacceptable. >> reporter: there was particular ire for the nato-led operation against the libyan regime. >> we have the spectacle of the air operation center designed to handle more than 300 sortees a day. we're only 11 weeks into a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country. many allies are starting to run short. requiring the u.s. once more to make up the difference. >> so gates is warning, essentially, wolf, that lack of political will in nato may translate -- lack of political will and military will, i should
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say, may translate into big problems trying to get the u.s. to step up in the next conflict. when he looks at libya, he sees the future of that problem is already here. wolf? >> that future apparently not very good. brutally honest assessment from the out-going defense secretary, barbara. thanks. let's get reaction to what gates is saying. his tough statement on nato. back with us, once again, fran townsend and wesley clark. you were the former nato supreme ally commander. you agree with gates. >> his statement is well warranted. for years, for decades we've had this share about burden sharing. who provides the majority of the forces? the europeans have never to our satisfaction provided their fair share. they've justified it because the battle was going to be on their ground, they have other things they can do to contribute. i think the libyan operation is a good test for the future of nato. the other thing, though, we have to be careful in this. this kind of rhetoric goes back and forth for a long way.
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ultimately the united states knows just like the europeans know that nato is in everyone's vital interest. nato will struggle through this. hopefully the allies will listen to what the secretary said. they'll pull themselves up by the boots and we'll finish gadhafi. >> i suspect these nato allies, a lot of them are weak kneed right now, fran. they want the benefits of being part of nato, they don't want the burdens. don't want to send troops, aircraft. they want to gain the benefits of being a member of nato. you done want to share the burden, you're out. >> right. let's be very clear. the frustration you see and hear from secretary gaetes isn't jus from the libyan mission. he's watched now for years the united states military bear the burden of the coalition, the international security coalition in afghanistan and he watched the american forces take many of the casualties. it's not that nato forces
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haven't. i will tell you, he is deeply felt. he's raised this privately. it hasn't worked. i think frankly his frustration now is maybe if he does it publicly, name and shame gamble. >> it's about time. >> right. >> thanks, guys. thanks very much. is hillary clinton looking for a new job? half way around the world right now, she's being asked about the top post over at the world bank. any truth to the rumors she's interested in that position? plus, newt gingrich says he's be at cnn's republican debate in new hampshire monday night despite the mass resignation of his top advisers. can his campaign recover? and sarah palin says she's not worried about those 24,000 pages of e-mail released by the state of alaska. we're going to tell you what we're learning. we're on the scene in alaska. boy, i'm glad we got aflac huh. aflac! oh, i've just got major medical... major medical. ...but it helps pay the doctors. pays the doctors, boyyy! [ quack ] oh yeah? what about your family? ♪
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let's go to foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty at the state department. what are you hearing, jill? >> was this a bogus rumor or did someone within hillary clinton's circle maybe float the idea to see how it played in public? you know, anything seems possible in this, a never ending cycle of rumor about what hillary clinton is going to do next. >> how are you? >> reporter: hillary clinton's aides have been in a tizzy trying to slap down yet another rumor about the secretary of state's future job plans. the latest one, that she's angling to be head of the world bank. clinton traveling in africa finally had to drive a stake in it, herself, telling reporters, "i have had no discussions with anyone. i have evidenced no interest to anyone and i am not pursuing that position." last summer, another wrong rumor had it clinton wanted to replace out-going defense secretary
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robert gates. >> attacks against civilians must stop. gadhafi must go. >> reporter: clinton says she loves her diplomatic day job, but in march, she told cnn's wolf blitzer one term is enough. >> if the president is re-elected, do you want to serve a second term as secretary of state? >> no. >> would you like to serve as secretary of defense? >> no. >> would you like to be vice president of the united states? >> no. >> would you like to be president of the united states? >> no. >> reporter: what does she want? clinton says when she steps down, she wants to go back to private life, to read, write, teach and travel. >> i think i'll serve as secretary of state as my last public position and then probably go back to advocacy work, particularly on behalf of women and children. >> reporter: bill clinton tells reporters his wife won't be happy until she's a grandmother and now that chelsea is married, he says she wants that more than she wanted to be president. she told us her daughter shares her devotion to women's
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empowerment. >> she has seen in her own life because of the experiences she's had and the travel she's been able to do, how fortunate we are in america and how in a sense we're called to try to provide more opportunities for women everywhere. >> secretary clinton actually has been pretty upfront publicly about what she wants to next. that isn't stopping the rumors. and, you know, some hillary fans, wolf, even are pushing, yet again, for her to run this time in 2012. >> 2012, run for president, challenge the president for the democratic nomination? is that what you're saying? >> yeah. i mean, she says, she's not going to do it. just check out facebook and some of the other social media sites and you will see that there are people who are diehard supporters who really want her to stay in politics. >> yeah. i don't think she's going to do it this time. although i'm not ruling out 2016. she's still not going to be too old. she can run in 2016 if she wants to be president. she says she doesn't. let's see.
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there are some unexpected suspense right now as republican hopefuls get ready for cnn's new hampshire presidential debate. you'll see them monday night when they gather to hash out the issues. in a stunning twist, newt
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gingrich is scrambling to rebuild his campaign staff after 20 of his top advisers suddenly quit and his campaign co-chairman defected to tim pawlenty's campaign. listen to gingrich's reaction today. >> let me just say that there's a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community and the kind of campaign that i want to run. now, we'll find out over the next year who's right. >> gingrich is relaunching his campaign. says he still intends to join the debate monday night. let's discuss with our chief political analyst gloria borger and from new hampshire, cnn's john king. gloria, first to you. how did this campaign implode even before it began? >> reporter: well, i think that there was a campaign that finally realized they couldn't get control of their own candidate, and in speaking and trying to piece this together about what happened over the last few days, you know, it seems to me that there was a
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fundamental difference, that these are campaign professionals who felt that they needed a candidate who was willing to stay on message to go to the states he needed to go to, to listen to them when they gave him advice and to just be more available to them, if you will. and in the end, after a conference call and a conversation in person, with the candidate, they decided that, in fact, he could never make the transition from being a professional thinker to a presidential candidate. and in the end, out of frustration, i think, they decided that they needed to part ways because they couldn't run the campaign the way they really wanted to and they couldn't schedule the candidate in the places he needed to be. >> i'm hearing now from some former supporters of newt gingrich including some who worked for him, john, that the money guys, the big money guys with whom he had worked over the years and he needs their money if he's going to have a
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successful presidential campaign, they're running away from him in droves right now. how do you launch a campaign without money? >> reporter: and that was a huge challenge, wolf, from the beginning. you've hit the important nail on the head. one of the arguments the staff was making to him is, mr. speaker, you need to campaign or prove you will have a sustained disciplined operation. you know, he's a guy who over the years sometimes, and he has in this am campaign, let his tongue get ahead of his brain. what the staff was saying, the money will only come in in large, sustainable numbers. running for president takes a year plus. it takes a lot of money. if you prove yourself, they did not believe he was proving himself as a consistent campa n campaigner, getting out and shaking hands, building an organization, getti inting persy on the phone to the fund-raisers. if you talk to republicans in new hampshire or nationally, they believe he cannot recover and the only way he can recover is to prove quickly on his own and by quickly building a new
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staff he can have a second win to his campaign and a critical moment in that will be our debate monday night. >> wolf, the money started to dry up after he appeared on "meet the press" and criticized the republican budget. you know, as right wing social engineering. and he seemed oddly out of touch with the republican constituency. i mean, that budget has become kind of a holy grail. i mean, most congressional republicans support it, and at that point big donors started to sort of shake their heads and say, why would i give money to this fellow? he doesn't represent what the party stands for. >> reporter: here's a reason so many republicans got mad about that. remember back in 1994, in the contract with america, newt gingrich asked republican candidates that year to sign on to some things. not all of them were 100% comfortable with. he said it was important they spoke with one voice. the plan is the holy grail for republicans and to have the former speaker, someone who should understand how important that agenda is to the house
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republicans criticize it, really hurt him with the base of the party. >> i know, john, you're ready for the debate monday night. you're already in new hampshire. you had a chance to speak with one of the candidates today. tell our viewers what happened. >> reporter: i'm fascinated by this field. they have differences on economic policy. there's an emerging big change in the republican party on foreign policy. you did a debate back in 2007 and in the 2008 campaign. how ron paul was viewed as the outlier, jk swohn mccain and ot saying he was too reluctant to use u.s. forces overseas and use u.s. power. ron paul, he believes his view of how the united states should step back from the world, not have troops everywhere, including libya, including afghanistan is gaining steam in the republican party. >> well, i wished it had been based on moral principles and the constitution, but i'll take the support any way i can get it. i always made fun of myself, it
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won't be because i give a grand speech and i'm going to convert them, it's always going to be the money. all great nations come down because they extend themselve s too far, the empire gets too big and they can't afford it. just as the soviet system came down. that is what happening. wake up and realize it. if we live within our means within our constitution we're going to be safer and more prospero prosperous. >> reporter: his position, wolf, is he believes constitutionally america shouldn't be around the world but he says because of all the financial costs, more and more republicans he says, we'll see how it plays out in the debate, say get out of libya and afghanistan quickly. >> say what you want about ron paul. he's been consistent all these years about foreign domestic policy. republicans, more are following his lead. he's getting a lot of support. we'll see you in minnesota monday 8:00 p.m. eastern. we'll be in "the situation room" monday, gloria will be there of
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course as well. thanks very much. authorities in alaska released 24,000 pages of e-mail from sarah palin's time as governor. that's in response to a request made by cnn and other major news organizations back during the 2008 presidential campaign. palin said she's not worried about what might show up in all these records. the document dump came just a few hours ago. cnn's drew griffin is in juneau digging through it all with a good team of help. drew, a lot of e-mail there to go through. so far, i know you haven't gone through anywhere near 24,000 pages. what have you found? >> reporter: you know, if you're looking for scandals, if you're looking for gaffes, if you're looking for embarrassing things for the governor, we haven't found that yet. now, it's early in this mission and there are 24,000, as you said, paper documents, wolf. this all came to us in paper. six boxes. in fact, i want to show you the scene this morning over at administration office where we had to literally pick up our six
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boxes and wheel them down the street and bring them to a hotel where we could start deciphering through them. what you see really is a history of how sarah palin was becoming governor, was writing a state budget, was attending to the business of the governorship. handling the media, handling her own staff. trying to juggle her family events. and you get little glimpses of her life through there. i want to share with you just one where she's becoming concerned about leaks. early on she had to fire one of her aides, top aides actually, john bitney. she's complaining about a leak that got into the "anchorage daily news." she writes to her staff, wonder how the bitney replacement already got in the ear. i can trust people in this business as far as i can throw them, another lesson to me, nothing is considered confidential to some folks so fewer and fewer people should be brought in to think out loud, re
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administration business. that's 2007. we knew she became more and more frustrated with leaks certainly as things moved on in her political career. i also want to point out she's very concerned about being there for alaska, being there for all the people of alaska over and over again we see that in these e-mails. this was a poignant e-mail. august 30th, 2007. she's writing to her staff, "as usual i'm hearing on the news of our troops being deployed with ceremonies to afghanistan and sean just asked if i'm going to funeral today for five of our soldiers. i had to tell him i haven't been told of deployment nor funeral. why doesn't mchugh let me now what's going on with my troops so i can help honor them? i've asked repeatedly to be in the loop and it's unacceptable to still not be given info on military activities i'm expected and should be participating in. she later found out these are monthly events, monthly funerals and she says she plans to attend
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those. a lot of money daundane busines being governor. not the scandalous business we've all read so much about over these past several years. >> drew, you're going to continue to go through those documents. we'll see what else comes up. i'm surprised the alaskan authorities didn't post it all online, making you go through all the paperwork, the old school way, would have made it easier for everybody, wouldn't have wasted so much paper in the process. thanks very much, drew. we'll check back with you. german officials know the source of the deadly e. coli outbreak. that's what they're telling us. a remarkable machine was used to read the germ's dna. there are stunning implications for fighting other diseases as well. stand by. and a dramatic outpouring of emotion from the mother accused of killing her young child. we're going to have the latest on the casey anthony trial. and a singer/songwriter joins the fight against modern day slavery.
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american ally faces public outrage after shocking pictures emerge of an unarmed teenager being gunned down by security forces. it all happened in pakistan. cnn's phil black has this disturbing report from islamabad. >> reporter: this video shows a man being handled roughly. he's quickly surrounded. he's unarmed. he begs not to be shot. i am helpless, he cries. please do not fire. bleeding, screaming, he begs to be taken to hospital. he bled to death. the shooting of this 17-year-old and his funeral have been broadcast across pakistan's tv networks. "my son was innocent" his mother says. "they killed him." his sister cries repeatedly, "we need our brother."
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there is grief and anger here, too strong for authorities to ignore. pakistan's government has promised justice for the family, while also telling the country he was accused of using a handgun to rob people in a park. police say the gun was confiscated before he was shot. "he could not do this," his sister cries. her painful scream is a demand for justice. last month, paramilitary force opened fire on five people in the western city of qatar. three women, two men all from chechnya, all killed. the security forces then said they were suspected suicide bombers, but none was armed. that incident is still being investigated. all of pakistan's security forces have a reputation for behaving above the law. and many people here believe
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extrajudicial killings are common. pakistan's highest court has now taken charge of this case and authorities here insist the death will not go unpunished. phil black, cnn, islamabad. still ahead, that e. coli outbreak in europe has left 31 people now dead. made nearly 3,000 people very sick. we're going to tell you about an amazing tool scientists are now using to study it and to fight it. and a mother accused of killing her young child breaking down in court today. we'll have an update on the casey anthony trial. stand by for that. ordinary windshield wipers off the glass. so, did we build a slower car? or design wipers that could handle anything? what do you think? the cadillac cts-v, the world's fastest production sedan. we don't just make luxury cars, we make cadillacs
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now let's get you up to speed on that sensational and
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gruesome murder trial happening in orlando, florida. the defendant, casey anthony, appearing to cry once again today during some graphic testimony. the trial is so sensational people actually fought over spectator seats in the courtroom once again today. let's t go to cnn's gary tuchman in orlando working the story. what happened today? >> reporter: casey anthony was crying for much of the day. more very hard to watch photos of her daughter's skull were shown in the courtroom. she stopped crying and got angry, angry because of what a medical examiner said, a medical examiner declaring today this death was a homicide. now, it's very important for casey anthony and her attorneys to get the jury to believe there was no homicide of her daughter. casey anthony saying her daughter drowned accidentally and she was so panicked by it she decided that she would spend the rest of her life not telling anybody her daughter drowned. that is what the defense is telling this jury. what the medical examiner said in her career as a medical examiner, in 100% of the accidental drowning cases here
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in orange county, florida, 0% of the parents did not report the drowning. that is one of the reasons she declared this to be a homicide. listen. >> when a child is not reported immediately to authorities, either with an injury, that's something we look for for foul play. this child, from history, was not reported for a long time. the other thing that makes it a homicide is that the body was hidden. besides the delay, besides the being found in a field decomposed, would be the duct tape somewhere located on the lower half of this face. there is no child that should have duct tape on its face when it dies. there is no reason to put duct tape on the face after they die.
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>> reporter: mark my words in this, wolf, this duct tape is crucial evidence. no one denies this. there was duct tape found on her skull, in her mouth area. what the prosecution is trying to say, and they're saying this directly, they're saying the duct tape was the murder weapon, that casey anthony suffocated her daughter with the duct tape then dumped her body in the woods near her house. the defense, of course, is denying that saying she accidentally drowned. two other things i want to tell you. a lot of emotional evidence. it's hard as a parent, as anybody to sit in this court and watch this. today they showed a happy picture of casey and caylee. caylee was wearing a shirt. that shirt she was wearing was the same shirt that she was found in in the woods and in a sad irony, the shirt said on it, "big trouble." on the shirt. finally, i want to tell you, wolf, you were mentioning this when you introduced me. again, today, starting at 1:00 in the morning, there were dozens of people waiting in line trying to get the tickets to go into the court. by 5:30 in the morning there
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were a couple hundred people. people started running. one woman was injured, had to be taken to the hospital. it's amazing what happens here for people who want to see this trial in person. wom wolf? >> thank,gary, we'll check in with you next week. in here, the planned combination of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want, whenever you want them. it's the at&t network... and what's possible in here is almost impossible to say. just... get through here.
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e. coli outbreak in europe has left 31 people dead, nearly 3,000 people sick. health officials have traced the deadly bacteria to sprouts. scientists have a new tool to help them figure out exactly what's going on. lisa sylvester is learning more about the story. >> reporter: this is a fascinating story. researchers learned a lot about the bacteria very quickly because they discovered it was super toxic. they discovered it was a super toxic bug. they were able to do so because of something called the personal genome machine. maybe this looks like a lot of jibberish to you, but this is the genetic sequencing of a killer. e. coli 0101 h 4. it has killed 31 people in
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europe and sickened nearly 3,000 others. it used to take scientists weeks to decode a bacteria or virus but the new strain was done in just two hours. a marvel to scientists. >> from this machine to their computer to a website, out to the world. >> jonathan rothberg's company, life technologies, inventoried the ion torrent personal genome machine. scientists use the machine to read the new dna. the results posted online for researchers around the world. >> i watched in real time. i would be watching the internet, i'd be getting e-mails and over a few hours from the time that the bug was sequenced on the ion torrent machine, there were already people explaining where it came from. >> reporter: what scientists learned was the e. coli strain was a super bug, highly virulent and resistant to 14 known
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antibiotics. it's not only fast, but simple to use. >> after you've put your dna on the chip, you close this handle, close this, and press go, and in two hours you have the sequence. >> reporter: the implications are enormous. the same science can be used to not only map bacteria, but viruses like hiv and cancer. >> just like we got the whole playbook for this bacteria, we know everything about it, we're now doing the same things with human genomes and human genomes from people with cancer. so we really for the first time will have the entire code that makes a breast cancer a breast cancer and it will allow us to do better diagnosis and it will absolutely allow us to understand where to intervene. i have a hope that through highput dna sequencings, problems that were impossible, we had a war on cancer since the 1970s, really will be cracked this decade.
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>> and the real beauty here is the cost. whereas sequencing machines of the past would cost tens of millions of dollars, the personal genome machine costs only $50,000 and that means clinics, hospitals, laboratories can easily have access to this technology. of course the more people working on a problem the quicker it will be to find a cure. >> background information? >> he's a fascinating individual. he's a guy who started his first company when he was still in graduate school at yale and he came up with this idea of individual genome sequencing when his infant son was born. baby had some complications, some problems, but he decided this is where the technology was. he wanted to be able to sequence his own son's genome but the technology was way too expensive, would have taken too much time, and that's what started him on this path, wolf. for our north american viewers, "john king usa" is coming up at the top of the hour, but first jeanne moos when we come back. we're thinking about them. a couple decades ago, we didn't even realize
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livele, though every day there's something to keep it alive. the scandal has been painful for jon stewart. who was making a spoof of the weiner press conference when he broke some glass. >> that's not good. >> the show went on. >> reporter: by the next night, stewart was showing off his stitches. >> here's what happened there. >> reporter: the psychic cuts suffered by weiner were self-inflicted. it's bad news when liberals are the ones whining about weiner, begging him directly. >> please resign. please. please do it. it's bigger than you. >> get out now, anthony. out. >> you've got to go, anthony! good-bye. >> reporter: we said hello to a bunch of guys with anthony's same name, though unrelated. >> yes, this is anthony weiner.
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>> reporter: anthony weiner? >> no, weiner, pronounced the correct way. now, this wind of weiner is spelled w-i-e-n-e-r. if he pronounced his name like the rest of the weiners, it would have lost its pun laced appeal. >> if it's i-e it's wiener. i'm clearly a weiner. from what he did, he's definitely a wiener. >> she claims she told, weiner, quote, i was so psyched to see you on colbert. you were so funny. to which he says, you watch it naked? oh. oh, my god. but while colbert was squirting saze