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rock. >> 104 officially, 115 with the heat index. >> 121 degrees is what it felt like. >> big deal. pundits and part time weather balloon rush limbaugh is not buying the heatsteria. >> the heat index manufactured by the government to tell you what it feels like. >> the heat index is more big government numbers telling you how hot to feel. just like their time index tells you how sleepy to feel. oh, it's midnight here but it's 9:00 in l.a. which is it, president obama? i don't have to go to bed. really needed that. i hope you enjoyed it as much as i did. that does it for "wake-up call." "american morning" continues right now. good morning. i'm christine romans. another night of unrest in
london as police struggle to take back control of their streets. now americans are being urged to use caution when traveling around the city. good morning again. i'm carol costello. three members of the congressional super committee have been chosen. nine more to go. there are 12. they will have 90 days to come up with $1.5 trillion in spending cuts. the selections and reaction to them on this "american morning." all right. good morning, it is wednesday august 10th. ali is off today after working i think 15 or 16 straight days covering the markets and all that. more on the markets and the economy in just a moment. you seem a little short today. >> i know. >> i have a high chair. >> i think so. >> i like that. >> you're taller than i am, carol. >> good morning. i'm carol costello. actually we have to talk about this first, london is burning a
fourth night of looting and violence in the streets, parts of london resemble a war zone with burned out buildings and destruction. 16,000 police officers have hit the streets triple the usual number. nearly 800 arrests have been made. the rioting has spread to other major cities and the u.s. state department is warning americans to use caution and avoid areas of unrest. british prime minister david cameron with meet with his crisis response team this morning. atika shubert live in london for us. what do you suspect he'll say? >> he's going to do an assessment of how it went last night with 16,000 cops on the street. the good news is here in london it was a lot quieter. there were isolated pockets of looting, easily dealt with by the police. unfortunately, it was the turn of manchester. they did have some serious looting and even some fires over there. police were able to finally get a handle on it in the early hours of the morning. but still, it was a frightening
experience for a lot of the residents in central manchester there. so the prime minister is likely to come out today, say how effective the policing was last night and is he going to keep the cops on the streets for the next few nights. >> atika shubert live in london. we'll check back with you when david cameron comes out and makes his statement. thanks so much. an exchange of artillery fire between north korea and south korea near a disputed border island, the south says it responded after north korean shells landed in the waters off yong pe yong island. south korea officials accused the north of bombarding that island killing two south korean marines and civilians. markets across the globe roaring back into the green follows a wild day on wall street. the dow was up and then down, way up picking up 430 points after a historic move by the federal reserve. the fed promising to keep interest rates exceptionally low for two more years.
the reason for this historic move, in its statement the fed confirming what so many americans already know, the recovery is taking longer than expected. and on last night's "piers morgan tonight" economist diane swonk explained why the fed's decision sparked a big rally. >> ben bernanke said we could do things with our balance sheet. we're still not done. we're not out of bullets yet. when all was said and done and financial markets digested this massive amount of news and unprecedented statement by the fed, they said you know what, maybe that means we won't have a double dip recession now. we might not stall out. we'll sputter along. the bad news is we'll sputter along. it's also the good news, we're not going to stall out. >> and here's how the markets closed yesterday as we mentioned. the dow was up 430 points or 4%. the nasdaq up 125 points and the s&p 500 was up 53 points. whiplash, that's why you're not supposed to be messing with your portfolio. >> i didn't touch it.
i took your advice. >> never know what's going to happen next. the congressional super committee starting to take shape. senate majority leader harry reid appointing the first three democrats who will serve on it. by next week there should be 12 lawmakers appointed, 12 democrats, 6 -- 6 democrats, 6 republicans. >> i think they can do it, don't you? here's the lineup so far. reid choosing senator patty murray of washington to be the cochair, selected senate finance committee chairman max baucus of montana and senator john kerry of massachusetts. nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell and john boehner still have to make their three picks each. >> joe johns live with us from the white house. what's the reaction so far to senator reid's choices, joe? >> i'm at the washington bureau. that's a nice graphic, by the way. >> good. >> it's really interesting because these people are supposed to come up with some kind of conclusion by thanksgiving and it's going to be 12 of them, so could be tough, right?
the only reaction that sticks out so far is the reaction to senator patty murray. she's a member of the powerful appropriations committee, also a member of the budget committee, and sounds like a good fit, night here's the thing. she's also the chair of the democratic senatorial campaign. the sec is supposed to help democrats get elected to the senate and raise and spend a lot of money to do that. republicans got out of the blocks very quickly charging she should not have been chosen because of that relationship with the dsec. and what is especially hard for republicans to swallow is the dsec has been out in front in opposition to cuts to entitlement including medicare. the chairman of the republican national committee said the super committee was just no place for patty murray. democrats otherwise may have a little heartburn actually internally about max baucus because he's seen as a guy who works hard to cut deals with
republicans, but who knows how that works out, guys? >> that's what they have to do. they have to cut deals. >> i know. >> yeah. >> wouldn't it be nice if they just made their picks and then dealt with it and didn't do all this bickering beforehand. >> well, yeah. and then you're probably going to have bickering all the way down to the last moment just like last time, and who knows what's going to happen. i mean that's what a lot of people are predicting. it's hard to come up with these cuts in such a short time, quite frankly. it's going to be a challenging job for these guys. >> once they come up with their list of cuts they have to vote on it, up or down. no bickering after that. take it or leave it. >> think about this. they're going to come up with the cuts they want to make around thanksgiving, which is a little bit tough, right? we're in the holidays. and then they got to vote on it, right around christmas. you know, people will be looking at their holiday stockings saying, who's the grinch this year. >> oh geez. >> thanks, joe.
>> we can't wait for the process to get under way. >> joe johns. >> president obama paying his respect to the service members who died when their helicopter was shot down in afghanistan. the president boarded two military planes carrying the remains after they arrived at dover air force base in delaware. he attended a private transfer ceremony with top u.s. officials. 30 americans including 22 navy s.e.a.l.s. and 8 afghan military personnel were killed in that attack. a texas jury sentencing polygamous sect leader warren jeffs for the assault of 12 and 15-year-old girls that he took as child brides. life in prison on one count, 20 years on the other. the judge saying jeffs used his position to, quote, satisfy his own appetites and desires. now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, should president obama call congress back to deal with the budget? call them off their vacation. congress spent months bickering over the debt ceiling after reaching an 11th hour agreement
they got out of dodge for the five-week vacation. yes, they did stave off an american default but i don't know to tell you it's been a bumpy right on wall street and not many of us can afford to invest in gold. law makers from both parties are calling on the president to be bold, to call lawmakers back to work as of right now. >> if i were president today i would call all the members of congress back into washington, d.c. >> it's no question in my mind, even if we didn't do something, the president should call us back. >> okay. one of those lawmakers wants the president's job, but why not come back early so the super committee, you know that bipartisan committee that will decide the next round of massive cuts, can be named and get to work before labor day? maybe if congress came back early their stock would rise like the market did yesterday. and a new cnn/orc poll, only 25% of americans think most members of congress deserve to be re-elected. don't hold your breath.
when asked about a callback, white house spokesman jay carney said, quote, it's unfortunate we don't control all levels of government. should president obama call congress back to deal with the budget right now? facebook.com/americanmorning. facebook.com/americanmorning. read your comments later this hour. a lawmaker that did come back but not in this country, in the u.k., david cameron speaking in london about the riots across the uk. let's listen to him. >> arrest the criminals not picked up last night but were picked up on close d-circuit television cameras. picture py picture they are being identify and arrested and will not let phony concerns of rights get in the way of the publication and arrest of these individuals. sentences are being passed, courts sat through the night last night and will do again tonight. it is for the courts to sentence, but i would expect anyone convicted of violent
disorder will be sent to prison. we needed a fight back and a fight back is under way. we have seen the worst of britain, but i also believe we've seen some of the best of britain. the million people who signed up on facebook to support the police. communities coming together in the cleanup operations. but there is absolutely no room for complacency and much more to be done. overnight we saw the same appalling violence and thuggery we've seen in london in new cities including birmingham, manchester and nottingham. in the west midlands three men were killed in a hit and run, in birmingham and the police are working around the clock to get to the bottom of what happened and bring the perpetrator to justice. in birmingham, over 160 arrests were made. in sulford up to 1,000 youthrs were attacking police at the height of the disturbance. across greater manchester more than 100 arrests were made. in nottingham shire, the police
station was fire bombed and over 80 arrests were made. this continued violence is simply not acceptable and it will be stopped. we will not put up with this in our country. we will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets. let me be clear, at cobra this morning we agreed full contingency planning is going ahead. whatever resources the police need, they will get. whatever tactics the police feel they need to employ, they will have legal backing to do so. what we will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order on to our streets. every contingency is being looked at. nothing is off the table. the police are already authorized to use baton rounds and we agreed at cobra, while they're not currently needed we now have in place contingency plans for water cannons to be available at 24 hours notice. it is all too clear that we have a big problem with gangs in our
country. for too long, there's been a lack of focus on the complete lack of respect shown by these groups of thugs. i am clear that they are in no way representative of the vast majority of young people in our country who despise them frankly as the much of the rest of us do. there are pockets of our society that are not just broken, but frankly sick. when we see children as young as 12 and 13 looting and laughing, when we see the disgusting sight of an injured young man with people pretending to help him while they are robbing him, it is clear there are things that are badly wrong in our society. for me, the root cause of this mindless selfishness is the same thing that i have spoken about for years. it is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society. people allowed to feel that the world owes them something, that their rights outweigh their responsibilities, and that they -- their actions do not have consequences.
well they do have consequences. we need to have a clearer code of values and standards that we expect people to live by and stronger penalties if they cross the line. restoring a stronger sense of responsibility across our society in every town, in every street, in every estate, is something i'm determined to do. tomorrow, cobra will meet again. cabinet will meet. i'll make a statement to parliament and set out in full the measures we'll take to help businesses that have been affected, to help rebuild communities, to help rebuild the shops and buildings that have been damaged, to make sure the homeless are rehoused, to help local authorities in all the ways that are necessary. but today, right now, the priority is still clear. we will take every action necessary to bring order back to our streets. very happy to take some questions. joey james from sky. >> thank you, prime minister. prime minister, do you think that boris johnson is right -- >> we're going to jump back.
that was the prime minister of great britain, david cameron, talking about these riots. it's interesting social media is helping police arrest so many of these hooligans as the prime minister called them. >> he mentioned something that's gone viral on youtube, more than a million have watched it, a young man bleeding, been attacked and another group of young men who come around and pretend to help him and steal his stuff out of his backpack. it's heartbreaking and all of the young people watching that happen and helping it happen, in broad daylight, it just tells you what he's calling a broken and sick pocket of society. there's that video. look at that. he's bleeding. he's hurt. these people are coming up to him. they're pretending -- >> he's 11. this is an 11-year-old. >> look at the guys trying to help him. help him up and open up the backpack. watch it for yourself and see what happens. he's bleeding. he's clearly sick. he's been hurt. see the blood on the pavement and them looking through his bag. the prime minister talking -- calling about mindless
selfishness. you could interpret it as entitlement in society. why is this happening. something people are trying to grapple with. hundreds being arrested in so many cities. a complete social cohesion coming apart. >> the prime minister said it was entitlement and selfishness. other people have said it has to do with the austerity measures by the government and the loss -- the massive unemployment right now in great britain. i guess they -- when all said and done they don't know why exactly this is happening. >> yeah. >> riots just don't crop up. they begin with something. >> and then the mob mentality is just so painful and horrible. so we'll continue to check on that story this morning. ahead on "american morning," the recall election showdown in wisconsin. six state senate seats in jeopardy for the gop. the results and race down to the wire and whether it tells us anything about the rest of the country oh, yeah in 2012. the white house poised to take the next step in an effort to end syria's bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters. 16 minutes past the hour. coffee doesn't have vitamins... unless you want it to.
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after months of expensive political maneuvering wisconsin republicans have held on to the state senate in recall elections. democrats needed three wins to shift power and to repudiate what they say are the policies of the republican governor. they did not get the three seats, they got two. >> democrats take a loss on this one. this started as a budget battle between governor scott walker and the state unions. some democrats fled the state to stop the legislation. ted rowlands live in madison this morning. how are the democrats spinning it, ted? >> well, they're spinning it in a positive manner. as you might imagine, saying that this was all worth it in the end. while they didn't take control of the senate, the state senate here, they said they definitely sent a clear message that other states shouldn't think about messing with labor basically, because this could happen to you.
your job could be on the line. they did win two of these recall elections, so two republican senators lost their jobs because democrats would argue they went along with republican scott walker. one of the people that wasn't on the chopping block was the republican scott walker, the governor here, because wisconsin guidelines and laws basically say you have to serve for an entire year before you could be subjected to a recall. one of the questions now will be, will democrats go ahead with planned recalls against walker and other republicans next year? that was their grand plan. this was a clear loss here, something we haven't -- it will be interesting to see what their plans will be. the bottom line here as you mentioned it, this drama played out in wisconsin, but it was funded from sources around the country, $30 million was spent on these recall elections. one of the democrats that lost last night said he thinks it was all worth it even though he lost.
>> we have been on the -- in the thick of a historic controversy in this state. and we should all be proud that in the midst of that controversy, when this state could have gone in any number of directions, the people who carried about this state engaged in a civil, legal, lawful, constitutionally provided process to resolve that controversy. >> reporter: bottom line, christine and carol, is that a lot of people look at what transpired here in wisconsin as a great example of democracy at work. others look at it as a disgusting example of wasted money over partisan bickering. i guess people make their own choices on what happened here. bottom line, a lot of money spent, no change at all. guys? >> ted rowlands, thanks so much. still to come on "american morning," the island of aruba
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keep interest rates, quote, exceptionally low for at least the next two years. saying that they weren't going to do anything until 2013 really lit a fire under the market yesterday, but the rally might be short lived because uncertainty running still pretty lie on wall street this morning. the continuing concerns over america's economic standing and debt crisis in europe making for another volatile morning in premarket trade. futures for all three market indicators trading lower before the opening bell. apple computer, the company briefly unseated oil giant exxon mobil yesterday as the world's most valuable company. gains in stock value during the trading day let it surpass exxon mobil for the first time ever. by the end of the day, exxon mobil back on top with a market cap of a little more than $348 million, apple with $346 million. walgreens, america's largest drug store chain getting into the health insurance business. it will offer customers several
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31 minutes past the hour. good morning to you. here are the top stories. british prime minister david cameron speaking a short time ago saying those responsible for depictble violence in england cities will be held accountable. 16,000 police officers tripled the usual number were deployed to bring an end to the rioting
in london last night. americans are being warned to watch where they go in that country. a major rebound under way for the world's markets, follows yesterday's rally on wall street. the dow closed above 11,000 yesterday, adding 430 points or 4%. the nasdaq and s&p were also up sharply. the gains came after the federal reserve said it plans to keep interest rates exceptionally low until at least 2013. and the first three members of the congressional super committee have been appointed. senate majority leader harry reid selecting democratic senators patty murray of washington, max baucus of montana and john kerry of massachusetts. the gop is slamming the choice of murray since she's also in charge of raising money for senate democratic candidates. all right. the obama administration may be ready to deliver a direct message to syrian president bashar al assad, get out. government sources say the move is expected in the coming days. once u.s. officials consult with the u.n. security council, concerning assad's bin laden bl
crackdown on anti-government protesterses. arwa damon joins us from beirut. good morning. >> good morning. this is something the u.s. has been debating for several weeks now, as both america and the international community try to -- what sort of pressure they could put on the syrian regime to try to bring about some sort of end to the blood shed. at this stage even if the u.s. does explicitly ask the president to step down, it is not very likely to have any sort of impact to try to derail the government off of this current military track that it seems intent on sticking to. what we have been seeing over the last few days especially is an increase in diplomatic pressure, not just from the u.s. and europe, but from regional players as well. we have bahrain, kuwait, saudi arabia, are recalling their ambassadors, harsh rhetoric by the king of saudi arabia, saying
there's no justification for the bloodshed. this high-profile visit by the turkish foreign minister, again trying to convince this government to stop the violence. but coming out of all of this, we are only seeing the syrian regime appearing to be even more defiant, saying that it will not relent when it comes to targeting these armed gangs, that it is blaming for the violence. and so while the turkish foreign minister made it seem as if there would be a window of opportunity, a period of a few days that would be especially critical, at this point, especially from america's perspective, it seems that if they choose to directly call for the president to step down, the u.s. would have taken the decision that all diplomatic channels have been exhausted and at that point we're going to have to wait and see what the international community can do to really stop the violence in that country, christine. >> arwa damon live in beirut, thanks. new this morning, a 35-year-old woman from maryland has gone missing in aruba and her traveling companion is in
custody. he's suspected of murder after trying to leave the island. authorities in aruba say robyn gardener disappeared last week. the 50-year-old suspect also from the united states reportedly told police she vanished while snorkeling along the western tip of the island. authorities say they have stopped actively searching for gardener. check out this accident. the rear end of a tractor trailer gets stuck on a freeway sign, i'm not sure how -- i'm not sure how that can happen. it happened yesterday in houston. the accident backing up traffic for miles. police say the truck's hydraulic arm lifted the trailer up while the truck was moving. in order to free the trailer crews are having to remove the sign. that means the road is closed there. officials hope to reopen that freeway this morning. >> the driver wasn't hurt. that's the good part of the story. but he's probably really embarrassed. >> oh, man. >> oh, yeah. china rolls out the nation's first aircraft carrier the refurbish soviet ship tested its sea legs returned to port for
more sea fits. china has been developing a naval carrier with aircraft to build it up. >> how does china have to do that? the money we borrow to buy china's stuff the money goes back and they use it to develop their military. you bought china an aircraft carrier. sounds like diana nyad may never realize her dream. she spent 30 years hoping to swim from cuba to florida without a shark cage. her second attempt failed this week when she was overcome by an asthma attack and shoulder pain. nyad was asked if she had one last try in her. >> i really think this was my time. this was the fairy tail this year, all these people who dived into this with me and to train again, try to bring the people in all again i think i'm going to have to go to my grave without swimming from cuba to florida. >> nyad says the lesson she wants everyone to take from her
journey, be your best self and live your life with passion. cnn crews were with nyad during every stroke of her ill-fated journey. get an exclusive look behind the scenes when dr. sanjay gupta hosts "diana nyad, extreme dream," saturday, september 17th, 8:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. 61 years old. >> i know. since she is not going to try again, there needs to be someone else who can swim from cuba to the florida keys and i think that person is rob marciano. you can do it, rob. >> he's going to the golf course instead. >> exactly. good morning. we are live from the pga championship at the atlanta athletic club in the backyard of cnn's worldwide headquarters. why not come here. it's on the cheap, right? they have new high-tech grasses using to battle the heat and lack of water the u.s. has been enduring across the south. we'll talk more about that in the next hour. meanwhile it was a rough night
and afternoon across parts of the plains yesterday, especially in hitchcock county, nebraska. hail coming down. it was severe weather. bonanza that slid down across parts of oklahoma as well. some of the hail stones in spots up to golf ball size hail. dangerous stuff and compare that to a tennis ball approaching that as well. a bit more dangerous. nice to know. also knocked down some heat. 107. today will be day 40 of seeing 100 degree plus days in dallas. shreveport also seeing a record high of 106, austin 106 as well. there are only a couple counties this morning that are under -- excessive heat warnings out. in the usual spot, dallas will get hot again today. couple counties in southeast oklahoma under excessive heat warnings. all right. let's take a look at the -- what
we can expect later on today for the areas in suspect. 106 for the high temperature in dallas, cooler after the rough night yesterday in new york city, 88 degrees, 94 degrees, but drier here in atlanta. lower levels of humidity, that's good news for the players that will be on the course this afternoon and morning in their last practice round before round one begins tomorrow. our sister network tnt will have early round coverage beginning tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. six hours for thursday and friday and then a few hours in the early days, in the early morning hours of saturday and sunday. so you can tune in then to catch the last major of the year. guys? back up to you. >> we will do that, rob. we can't wait to catch up with you in the next hour. >> that's right. >> for more on golf. up next also, arizona senator john mccain running into a very tough crowd at a town hall meeting in his own home state. we'll show you what touched off the tensions. one town is doing the unimaginable giving money back
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called tea party activists hobbits during the debt ceiling crisis. that moment has come back to haunt the senator. he was hosting a town hall meeting in his home state yesterday and didn't take long for things to heat up. >> i want to see you -- the ideology out of it because that's all this is is ideology. i want to see you working together. that means, democrats, republicans, tea parties, hobbits as you may call them, and all these other people. >> does that mean that you think we should agree to raise taxes? >> yes, sir. >> okay. you want your taxes -- >> not on us, but on -- [ inaudible ]. >> you don't want your taxes raised, but you want somebody else's taxes raised. i got it. i got it. >> social security -- >> you called us hobbits. i'm asking you for a simple apology. >> i said that if anyone
misunderstood -- >> is that -- >> i'm very sorry. >> is that your apology? i am sorry if it was misunderstood. >> thank you. >> i am not sorry for what i said. okay. >> now the first part of that, you saw the lady stand up and said we want you to work together. she was not a tea party member. was was there to talk to senator john mccain. the second was from a tea party member and john mccain got defensive for his troll comment -- >> hobbit. >> mccain tweeted he thought it was a spirited meeting and he looks forward to others. i'll bet you he does. >> i bet too. for people in virginia, the check is literally in the mail. the town council recently discovered a $700,000 surplus so it voted to give some of the money back to the taxpayers. the checks range from $150. >> isn't that nice? >> it is. >> some people got several thousand dollars. it's a small gesture, but i'll
tell you greatly appreciated by the residents. >> i don't believe it. >> it was hard to believe. it's like, are you sure? >> it's an indication that the town is doing their job. they're spending the money wisely. >> i think that this is just a good indicator if a town like this can do it, who knows what the big towns can do. >> the big towns just spend your money and spend more money than they have and what gets you in the trouble. >> the little towns are forced to be creative with their money because they don't have that much. the town has been advising people to keep a eye out for any letter from the town so they don't toss their refund check in the trash. your morning headlines are next including how world markets are reacting to yesterday's wall street comeback and if that comeback can continue today. >> keeping my fingers crossed. also, bunnies are bad news so say the critics of nbc's fall series "the playboy club." something you want your daughter to watch. we'll look at both sides of the controversy. 45 minutes past the hour.
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england includes using water cannons against looters and vandals if necessary. world markets bouncing back after big gains on wall street. the dow closed up more than 430 points after the fed promised to keep interest rates low for at least two more years. democratic senators patty murray of washington, max baucus of montana and john kerry of massachusetts have been chosen to serve on a 12 member super committee. the committee will have to agree on $1.5 trillion in spending cuts in 90 days. new tensions on the korean peninsula. a reported exchange of artillery fire between north and south korea near a disputed border island. the same island north korea bombed killing four south koreans including two marines. wisconsin republicans hold on to control the state senate there. democrats fell short in a recall election winning only two contested seats. wisconsin lawmakers have battled over union rights for months and
nbc's throwback series "the playboy club" stirring controversy before its debut next month. one nbc affiliate has refused to air it. hugh hefner is defending his prime time bunny. kareen wynter has the story. >> reporter: this fall, television's turning back the clock to a time of rabbit ears. not this kind. but this. >> good evening.
>> reporter: nbc's new drama "the playboy club" takes place in the early 1960s in hugh hefner's very first club, where men dropped cash and bunnies showed skin. >> how do you know i want to be on stage? >> reporter: hefner's company coproduces the show and he narrates the pilot episode, but he otherwise plays a limited creative role. >> kept hearing sense of retro connection from the early '60s is wonderful. >> reporter: not everyone thinks it's so wonderful. nbc's salt lake city affiliate owned by the mormon church is refusing to air the show. the station had a -- >> our coalition sees it as an issue of public health. >> reporter: a conservative media watchdog group calls nbc's decision disgraceful, says bunnies are bad news. >> they're promoting an industry that exploits women. >> it's the playboy club.
>> it's not a knitting club. >> the parents television council, boy have they sounded off about this. >> sure. but who are they? who do they really represent? these right wing groups that feel that they have a right to redefine, you know, what is appropriate for other people to watch. >> reporter: some feminists also are blasting it as nostalgia for sex es steer ya. >> one of your shoes. >> reporter: nbc executives describe the playboy club as a, quote, fun soap with a crime element and promise it will carry a, quote, appropriate rating. at a presentation last week cast members told journalists the show is really about female empowerment. the detroit news who covered the event said that claim met with skepticism. >> the slogan of the show, the men have the keys but the women run the show. at least the press, nobody was going for that. >> reporter: hefner says critics
have it wrong. >> talk to the original bunnies who worked at the playboy club and see whether they felt exploited or whether they felt empowered. because i know the answer to that. >> reporter: the controversy also guarantees that when the playboy club debuts in september all eyes and ears will be on it. kareen wynter, cnn, hollywood. >> i'm just trying to think if i would feel empowered wearing a bunny suit. >> the ears that empower you. >> it's not fuzzy ears. >> not the tail? >> no. >> i mean i believe they should air the show. big deal. like people will decide whether it's good or bad. come on. >> they're saying it's like "mad men," people like "mad men" and that was a sexist era except "mad men" is different. an irony or sarcasm when you watch it. >> "mad men" more about the evolution of feminism, a change taking place. this show is glorifying those days in the '60s where women wore bunny suits in restaurants. i don't know. we have to get to our talk back
question. a lot of good responses. the talk back question, should president obama call congress back to work to deal with the budget right now. norman says -- this from laura -- and this from ray -- >> if they do their job when they're there then they can have their vacation. >> keep the conversation going. facebook.com/americanmorning. all right. up next hour, another night of rioting in the uk. the violence escalating. live in london with the latest. you're watching "american morning." ♪ let me entertain you
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again this morning. americans being warned to watch where they go on the streets over closest ally. 2012 preview, republicans fight off a bid by democrats to take over the wisconsin state senate. their jobs put on the line over a battle to strip unions of their power. what can washington learn from this? shades of natalee holloway, another american woman missing in aruba vanishing without a trace. getting dizzy, watching your nest egg. global markets bouncing back after wall street has the best day of the year. of course right after the worst day of the year, on this "american morning." good morning to you. it is wednesday, august 10th. that means only two days until friday. >> yeah! >> welcome to "american morning." i'm carol costello. >> i'm christine romans. ali has the morning off. let's get to it, a violent fresh round of rioting to report this morning in cities across england. this is the fourth straight
night of violence there. london is calmer this morning after 16,000 police officers were deployed in london city center as looting and arson engulfed britain's capital. prime minister david cameron promising the government will restore order in england cities using whatever means necessary. the riots have prompted the u.s. to issue a travel warning for americans. phil black is following these overnight developments live in london. the prime minister just finished up a news conference. you know, where he said that it was sick and broken pockets of society responsible for this. we don't know why and how they can get it under control. >> the key question among all british people over the last few days has been why, why are -- have these people been behaving in this way. british prime minister david cameron gave his theory, talked about his belief that part of britain isn't just broken but it
is, in fact, sick. he talked about parts of society having no sense of personal responsibility. the belief that they have more rights than responsibility, they do not there will be any consequences for his actions and his job as prime minister is to try to fix that thinking. and so he believes that he started that with this surge of police officers under the streets of london which appears to have worked. it has been a calmer night here in london so far. 16,000 police officers in all. the british prime minister says that police will continue to have whatever resources they need to keep up that work and to suppress this rioting. here's a little bit of what he had to say earlier. >> this continued violence is simply not acceptable and it will be stopped. we will not put up with this in our country. we will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets. let me be clear. at cobra this morning we agreed full contingency planning is going ahead, whatever resources
the police need, they will get, whatever tactics the police feel they need to employ, they will have legal backing to do so. what we will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order on to our streets. >> reporter: christine, the british prime minister hopes he's made real groegs in breaking the momentum here in london after the calmer night, but he still has other problems because there's been significant rioting in other major british cities. christine. >> unbelievable. in this major industrialized country, biggest ally of the united states. some of the british papers taking an interesting approach to catching some of these rioters. what are they doing? >> well, the british police are studying hours, many hours, worth of cctv video to try to identify the people who took part in this, started to release 134 some of those images publicly au calling on members
of the public to tip off the police and some public support. the headline from one of the british dailies "the sun" shop amoro. surrounded by just some of the images that the police have released and this newspaper is calling upon the british people to do what the police are asking and turn in those responsible. >> there you go. "shop a moron." phil black in london, thank you, sir. of the many images from the riots one has grabbed the world's attention and may turn out to be the iconic photo from the major news event. the series of images shows a woman perched on the edge of a burning building in england. she's ready to jump and then leaps off the side of the building, silhouetted against the flames. riot police were there to catch her as she fell. and we're told they did catch her. but there she had to jump out of a building, backdrop of the flames. shows you the desperation of people and the -- you know,
again, i keep saying social cohesion, unbelievable this is happening. >> that's one powerful image. >> sure is. back here in the states the u.s. military is investigating last weekend's deadly helicopter crash in afghanistan. the pentagon for the first time is considering not releasing names of the 30 u.s. troops who died because they were part of a covert unit. many families have identified the fallen, none quite as memorable as the story 10-year-old braden nicols tell us. he wanted his father who piloted the chopper to be remembered. he sent cnn a photo of his dad and told us, my father was one of the 30 u.s. soldiers killed in afghanistan yesterday with the s.e.a.l.s. rescue mission. my father was the pilot of the chinook. i have seen other pictures of victims from this deadly mission and wish you would include a picture of my father. he is the man farthest to the left. nichols was scheduled to go home on leave in just a matter of days. the decision on releasing the military names lies with the defense secretary leon panetta.
barbara starr live at the pentagon. what's going on? will panetta release the names at all? what are your sources telling you? >> carol, this morning, the answer is, we do not know. we are in unchartered waters here at the pentagon today. leon panetta is in the hot seat. the special forces community commander has asked him not to release the names, at least of the 22 s.e.a.l.s. that belong to that covert unit killed on board that helicopter when it was shot down. now, let's explain what normally happens. in ten years of war, the pentagon puts out a statement every time every service member is killed with their name, their hometown, and their unit. if they belong to a covert unit, sometimes they'll say, well, they're assigned to a headquarters or this or that because they generally don't talk about them being assigned to a covert unit. but their names are always released. you see the pictures here. so many families in the last several days coming forward,
wanting their loved ones to be known and remembered by the country. so panetta's in a tough spot. his special forces community says don't release the names because we are worried that because the s.e.a.l.s. were associated with the unit, they killed osama bin laden, bad guys could now track down their families, track down members of the actual team, that did the hit on bin laden, but on the other hand, this would be a remarkable break with ten years of war in which the u.s. military always, always names its fallen in battle. carol? >> i can understand, you know, both sides of the issue. let's rewind for a second. in the first place, how did we learn that these guys who died in this helicopter crash were with the bin laden unit in the first place? because isn't that information classified? >> you are absolutely right to point-point that as the key question. normally we in the news media, the american public, do not know the names of the members of the
covert unit. their names are not classified but the fact that they belong to a covert unit do the covert jobs that is not publicly acknowledged. how did we come to find this out. within hours of the crash last saturday, sources began confirming that they were members of the same unit, not the same guys, and now the question is, did that start this whole problem? that's -- it's really unchartered waters. >> we'll see what happens and what decision mr. panetta makes. barbara starr live at the pentagon, many thanks. new violent reported in syria as the government's bloody crackdown on opposition protesters continues. dozens of people have reportedly died in the city of deir ezzor since security forces began a campaign in that city over the weekend. president obama meets with secretary of state hillary clinton today as the u.s. prepares to hit syria with new sanctions and explicitly demand that syria's president assad step down. in exchange of artillery
fire between north korea and south korea near a border island. the south says it responded after north korea shells landed in the waters off yeonpyeong island. no casualties reported. south korean officials accused the north of bombarding the island killing two marines and two civilians. police in aruba investigating the disappearance of an american woman. 35-year-old robyn gardener was last seen on august 2nd. she went to aruba with a 50-year-old man she met on-line. that man now in custody after he tried to leave aruba. officials are only identifying him by his initials "gvg." he reportedly told investigators gardener vanished after going snorkeling. yesterday "gvg's" attorney spoke about his client's relationship with the missing woman. >> they know each other for a couple years already and -- as friends. they met each other on a dating site and after that, they had -- they spoke with each other and
saw each other couple times a month and they had good contact with each other through telephone. >> and gardener's disappearance, of course, brings back memories of natalee holloway mystery, she vanished without a trace six years ago vacationing on the caribbean island. it's been a wild ride to say the least for world markets. as we speak they're coming back from days of losses. in asia hong kong's hang seng closed up more than 2%. japan the nikkei up, yes up, and in europe the ftse trading higher. it follows the dow's biggest point gain. it roared back from monday's 635 point plunge, closed up 430 points, thousand point round trip in two days. unbelievable. the nasdaq up 125 points, s&p 500 was up 53 points. the rebound fueled by the federal reserve's pledge to keep interest rates near zero at least through mid-2013. low costs to borrow for a house
or car or take out a college loan, at least for the next couple years. what the fed is trying to do, keep their foot on the gas because the economy is slower than we thought, and they're just trying to keep the -- keep it going, keep the -- >> it's a bit of good news/bad news. good news nor consumers but bad news because the economy is week. senate majority leader harry reid has selected the first three democrats to serve on the new congressional super committee. by next week there will be 12 lawmakers appointed, 6 democrats, 6 republicans and they will have 90 days to agree on a $1.5 trillion in spending cuts. let's go to joe johns live in washington. so, harry reid, names his three. right? and already, republicans are saying, we got some problems with your choices. >> yeah. funny how that, was, that's washington, d.c. why do we care so much about another congressional committee? because share supposed to make basic decisions about government decisions that could reach out and touch you on main street.
senate star power here, these are the first three of 12, senator harry reid's picks. the top party leaders in the house and senate each get to choose three. the one senator on this list attracting a lot of attention is patty murray of washington state. on a lot of ket committees, appropriation committee, budget committee, head of the democratic senatorial campaign committee, supposed to help democrats get elected to the senate, raise money to do that, spend a lot of money and the dsec has been out in front opposing cuts to medicare, for example. republicans are saying that should disqualify her from serving on the super committee because she does so much politics. the next person on the list is senator max baucus of montana. chairman of the senate finance committee. one of the senate's true tax experts. he's known as something of a deal maker. and rounding out the three is john kerry of massachusetts, former democratic presidential
nominee, political reports say he lobbied for a spot because he wants an achievement in the domestic policy arena. here's your shot. tough job, not a lot of time to do it. slash the deficit. and sell it fast. >> quickly clear something up. i mean, these choices are set in stone? can they be overturned somehow? >> i don't think they can be overturned. i mean, i didn't see any way they could be overturned and certainly it's not appealable. the senate and the house make their own rules and this is the rule they came up with. >> just wondered. americans are expecting a lot of the super committee, new polling out this morning, and tell us a little bit about that. >> we asked the question, should the deficit reduction bill include taxes on businesses and higher income americans. cnn/orc poll, yes, 63%, no 36%. but when it comes to entitlement, people are saying not so fast. we asked should deficit reduction also include major
changes to social security and medicare, almost exactly the opposite, yes 35%, no 64%. so -- >> interesting. >> yeah. >> thank you, joe johns. >> see you later. now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, should president obama call congress back from their vacations to deal with the budget. congress spent months bickering over the debt ceiling after reaching an 11th hour agreement. they all got out of dodge for a five-week vacation. yes, they did stave off an american default, but i don't need to tell you, it's been a bum py ride on wall street and not many of us can afford to invest in gold, right? lawmakers from both parties are calling on the president to be bold, to call lawmakers back to work, as in right now. >> if i were president today i would call all the members of congress back into washington, d.c. >> no question in my mind, even if we didn't do something, the president should call us back.
>> okay. one of those lawmakers wants the president's job, but why not come back early so that super committee, that bipartisan committee we were talking about, that will decide the next round of massive cuts, so that committee can be named and get to work before labor day. maybe if congress came back early, their stock will rise like the market did yesterday. and a new cnn/orc poll, only 25% of americans think most members of congress deserve to be re-elected. don't hold your breath, though. when asked about a callback, white house spokesman jay carney said it's unfortunate that, quote, we do not control all levels of government. still, the talk back question today, should president obama call congress back to deal with the budget? facebook.com/americanmorning. facebook.com/americanmorning. i'll read your responses later this hour. still to come this morning, round one over, gop four, democrats two. while you should be watching the elections in wisconsin and what they could mean to the presidential election of 2012.
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after months of expensive political maneuvering, wisconsin republicans have held on to control of the state senate in recall elections. democrats needed three wins to shift power and they didn't get it. this all started, of course, as a budget battle between governor scott walker and state unions. some democrats actually fled the state and tried to stop the legislation. ted rolawlands is live in madis this morning. this has been a long, drawn out process ending with the recall election and it reinforced the republican control of the senate, didn't it? >> absolutely. you know, the republicans can declare victory here. absolutely. because they had six of their senators on the chopping block, if you will, fighting for their job last night here. the democrats needed to win three of those races to get
control of the state senate. they didn't do it. both sides spent upwards of $30 million on these elections that normally wouldn't get much attention at all, let alone financing. however, democrats say they also are victorious in this whole process. saying basically, that they held these people accountable, they used the democratic process. in fact, we got a statement from the progressive change campaign this morning saying voters made history and proved when republicans declare war on working families, they will be punished. they also say they plan to use the same template they used here in wisconsin nationwide in 2012. here is one of the losing candidates from last night saying it was all worth it. >> we have been on the -- in the thick of a historic controversy in this state and we should all be proud that in the midst of that controversy, when this state could have gone in any
number of directions, people who cared about this state engaged in a civil, legal, lawful, constitutionally provided process to resolve that controversy. >> reporter: and christine, believe it or not, there are two more recall elections in the state, two democrats on the hot seat, up for election a week from yesterday. one week away. we'll see how it plays out. right now republicans declaring victory, as you said a very drawn out and expensive process dating back from last february. >> thank you, ted. i cannot believe rob marciano is not talking about the detroit tigers, 14 innings, they lost. the very important series for them, rob. no, you're out on the golf course. >> you know, i would like to cover every sports angle we have, but one at a time. we have to sneak a little weather in there. good morning, yeah, i'm on the golf course, grounds of the atlanta athletic club where they're hosting the pga
championship this week and the final major of the year and the final practice round is today. and players are just now getting on to the driving range to warm things up. it was a warm afternoon again across the southern plains in spots yesterday, it was a rough one. notably, in hoch kins or hancock -- hitchcock county, nebraska, where this hailstorm rolled across the area and just did all sorts of damage. at one point they had over golf ball sized hail coming down in this area, but it ended with a bit of a rainbow. this cluster of storms has moved off to the south and to the east. here it is on the radar screen. some of these are severe, especially moving into parts of western arkansas and driving down to the south and east. this has brought some beneficial rain and cooling things off a little bit. that's been the good news. still record highs across parts of texas yesterday, dallas again, day 39.
100 plus. they hit 107. austin and shreveport, hit 106. heat advisories out again today. there are less in the way of excessive heat warnings and those are up across southeast oklahoma. we expect to see dallas with temperatures up over 100 degrees, not only today but right through the rest of the week and potentially into the weekend. the northeast saw rough weather last night. you have cleared out. lower levels of humidity, comfortable, daytime highs in new york city, 88 degrees, 94 degrees, lower levels of humidity here in atlanta as well. it has been a pretty hot summer down here in atlanta and to get a major championship this far south in august, that takes some doing. there's a tremendous amount of stress on the golf courses this time of year, especially with the heat that we've had and a little bit of rain. so, i went out with the grounds crew and the superintendent and the man who runs the show and a behind the scenes tour of what
it takes to keep the greens green, firm, yet fast, get them up to championship level and it is an undertaking and extremely scientific. that full report coming up in about 20 minutes. see, guys, that's why i couldn't cover the tigers. we're busy here in north atlanta. >> taking care of the grass with the groundskeepers. you could be doing that in a baseball stadium, frankly. i'm kidding. >> that will be next. all right. >> thank you, rob. >> still to come this morning, what's bigger than big oil? is there anything bigger than big oil. for a few minutes there was. apple, flirting with becoming the most valuable company in the world yesterday. we'll tell you about it. >> all those lucky people can't afford to own apple or exxon stock. are black americans being shut out of the work force. the startling numbers that have ignited a fire in the belly of the congressional black caucus and why they say the president is leaving minorities high and dry. coffee doesn't have vitamins... unless you want it to.
investor fears were at least temporarily called by the fed's deserve, federal reserve decision to keep interest rates low, quote, exceptionally low, for at least the next two years. now the rally, though, could be short lived, of course, because it's uncertainty still running high on wall street this morning and right now, a futures for all the major market indicators are trading a little bit lower ahead of the opening bell. we've seen volatility moves like this, no way to know how stocks are going to open or close today. concerns over america's economic standing, debt crisis in europe making for another volatile morning. apple briefly unseated exxon mobil yesterday as the world's most valuable company. gains in apple stock value during the trading day let it pass exxon mobil for the first time ever. by the end of the trading day, exxon mobil was back on top with a market cap of more than $348 billion. apple close behind, $346 billion. is what that company is worth. walgreens is america's largest drug store chain, getting into the health
insurance business. starting this fall, it will offer customers several different plans through a private health insurance exchange, according to people familiar with the matter speaking to cnnmoney.com. a wall green spokesman neither confirming or denying that report. macy's, cisco systems will report their quarterly profit. the spotlight on news corp. which will report its earnings after the closing bell this afternoon. investors will comb through this for any details ability the hacking scandal that rocked the media congom rate over the last several weeks. for news about your money, check out cnnmoney.com. "american morning" will be right back after this break.
a recession for the community. a depression for many minorities. cnn goes in depth on the job crisis and why many feel president obama is not doing enough on this "american morning." good morning to you. i hope you're up and adam. wednesday, august 10th. welcome back to "american morning." i'm carol costello. >> i'm christine romans. ali has the morning off. top stories for you, it's 30 minutes after the hour, a fourth straight night of rioting in the u.k., 16,000 police officers were deployed to bring an end to the chaos and destruction in london. americans are now being warned to use extra caution in and around london. tensions mounting on the korean peninsula overnight. reports of an exchange of artillery fire between north and south korea near a disputed border island, the same island the north bombed last november killing four south koreans. and we could be in for
another wild ride on wall street today. there have been some wild swings. in futures right now they are down, it would suggest perhaps a lower open at the bell but it's simply, carol, too volatile to be able to draw much conclusions of what -- where the market will close based on futures this morning, carol. >> did i tell you we're sick of the volatility? yeah. all right. the jobs market is terrible for many of us, but these numbers show a specific impact. you can see african-americans not only have a higher unemployment rate than whites and hispanics, their unemployment rate is increasing, up significantly from june to july and increasing over an entire percentage point from last february. the congressional black caucus says it's had enough. it's taking matters into its own hands, launching a five-city job fair and town hall combo involving more than 200 companies with 10,000 available jobs. here to discuss the staggering numbers, rutgers university professor bill rodgers joins me
in new york and joining us from kansas city the chairman of the congressional black caucus representative emanuel cleaver. thanks for joining us. thanks to you both. >> good to be with you. >> i'm excited to have this conversation. representative cleaver, you are frustrated the president thinks the solution is to improve the overall economy. i mean he doesn't want to concentrate on one specific group. he says if the economy improves overall everyone will benefit. why isn't that the right tack in your mind? >> well, i'm not saying that president is wrong. i think with the kind of assault he's experienced as president, i can understand why he would take that position. what many of us believe is that unemployment among african-americans, latinos and frank frankly whites, there is a need to focus on this group.
it would merit the attention of the entire nation. we think that if the white house shifted toward dealing with this specific population, that it would be helpful. but i'm not going to throw the president upper the bus and say, you know, he doesn't care or worse. i am saying that, you know, there's a disagreement here, but we've decided to take a step on our own no matter what the white house does. >> take matters into your own hands. the president will get on board a bus and visit the middle of america, talk to middle-class americans. what do you wish he would do? . >> well, first of all, job is another word for hope. having grown up in public housing, i know what a job can do for the psychology of an individual and a family. i think we've got to be bold now and have an infrastructure, jobs bills, republicans agree that we need an infrastructure jobs
bill, and i think if we are able to do that and it's got to be bold and different, i think that we can get the majority of americans behind it. while at the same time, i think we ought to do an emergency program, temporary assistance for needy families. i think we can deal with people who would qualify, whether they're black, white, brown, poor, rich, whatever, if they quali qualify, they pass the means test. >> what you're talking about congressman is spending, and something many in washington don't have the appetite for. >> if i can jump in. >> pop in here, bill. >> my sense is -- i worked on the president's transition team at the labor department and precipitated all before the recession started. and much of the work we were talking about was we were going to take back the challenges that had been thrown upon american families during the previous eight years and those would have been targeted investments in job training and education, reauthorizing the work force
investment act. >> how did that go? you're talking about all these great programs to help americans. >> what ended up happening was the economy went into its worst recession since world war ii and so i do believe we have to solve the overall macro economy first, get job creation back above the 150,000, in 250,000 range, to where, you know, african-americans at the lower part and middle parts of the job ladder, that they will also benefit. there's -- that's the economics. the political part of this is, before we can really do some of these targeted programs which i like to say they're investmentings, not only in the future -- >> it's not spending, investments. >> raising productivity not only today but in the future and grow the economy and move us in the future, now it's political because we have many more whites, latinos aircraft shan -- asians who have felt the sting of joblessness. >> overreaching problem. representative cleaver, you said you're taking matters into your own hand.
the congressional black caucus traveling throughout america and going to create 10,000 jobs for black america. how the heck are you going to do that? >> we started out successfully in cleveland on monday. we had about 7,000, 7,000 people who many of came out at 4:00 a.m. to get in line. we had 200 employers there. we ended the day with 7,000 people and 2200 jobs. next week, next monday, we will be in detroit. we have a much more of a stubborn problem in detroit because unemployment for african-americans in detroit is about 25%. that's -- those are depression level numbers. >> if you -- >> so -- >> if you include those who have been out of work and want a job, and if you include those working part-time and want full time, the real unemployment rate is 25
or 30%. i would ask the congressman, when you come back from recess would you please reauthorize the work force investment act. that is one item of legislation you all can do that can help to improve some of these numbers and the experiences americans are facing. >> representative cleaver your heard it here on "american morning." we have to wrap this up. thank you so much for being here this morning. thanks to representative emanuel cleaver and also to you, bill rodgers. christine. >> fascinating conversation with so much work to be done. okay. need your starbucks fix but don't -- short on cash? no problem. just use jonathan starks starbucks car. here it is. stark who is an app developer posted the information about his card on-line so that anyone can download it to their smartphone and enjoy a free cup of coffee. only problem this morning, the card has no money left. starks twitter page keeps a running tally. he writes bummer it's empty. he asks you to throw a couple bucks back on to it for the next guy or gal. starks says for the most part
the social experiment has been uplifting. >> interesting. >> i feel better about the world right now. >> the card is empty. >> oh well. people used it and didn't put money back on it. >> still to come, they were named in a cheating scandal. public school educators in atlanta reportedly were still paid some hefty bonuses. >> at 8:00, the first three senators chosen to serve on the 12 member super committee. a live report from washington where bickering over the picks has already begun. >> yee-haw. with drinking water growing scarce in texas, officials are turning to sewage for a solution. will officials be able to stop that? it's 38 minutes past the hour.
welcome back to "american morning." a desperate race under way this morning to keep starving children alive taking place in eastern kenya where hundreds of thousands of somalis have fled. our dr. sanjay gupta is live in kenya. sanjay, good morning. walk us through what you're seeing and the struggles and progress we hope at least on the
margins there. >> there's 600,000 people at risk of dieing from starvation. that's where you start. 30,000 people have died over the last three months. you heard those numbers, just about any other place in the world, it would be international headlines. hardly anyone seems to be knowing about what's happening here. i will tell you there are some people, doctors, institutions, places, that are trying to change those awful numbers and we took a look. in the middle of a famine, the sickest of the sick come here. like ahmed. he's 6 years old and he's just spent ten days walking under the east african sun. his tiny prone body robbed of nutrition for too long. his doctor can only hope he arrived in time. what happens to a child like this if you weren't here? if he wasn't at this facility?
>> this child probably in a few weeks or so will have lost his time. >> you would lose this child? >> lose this child. when the doctor talks about death by starvation, it's neither quick nor painless. when you come to a place like this you see it, just about everywhere. you can hear it sometimes as well. you can also smell it. it's in the air. it's this sweetness that is a reflection of the body starting to digest itself. little kids like ahmed simply stop growing, they become stunted in time. and the tools to save him are basic. it's not like they have much choice. but they do work. want to show you something else i think is very important here, what doctors use. a simple measuring device to try to determine if a kid needs acute medical care. you can tell if a kid is malnourished by using this. this is ion, 8 months old, simply take this, put it around her arm, about ten centimeters
down from her shoulder and you measure. just measure this. if the number comes back below 11, that means a kid is in real trouble and ion's case you can see here, the number is actually about 9.5. that's part of the reason she's getting these feedings through a tube into her nose. ahmed's was 10.5. one in five kids will not survive with the reading that low. it's groom duty for the doctor. the only doctor caring for all these children. >> i have three kids. you have a 5-year-old. how do you do it? how do you see these kids here who are suffering so much? >> it's difficult the kind of suffering they're going through. but what keeps you going is that you have to come back and do something great for them. for them to survive. ahmed was one of the estimated
600,000 kids on the brink of death by starvation. but today, that may have changed. ahmed may have been saved. he made it here, just in time. what we know now, we talked about before, 2,000 people, many of them women and children, still coming to the camps. the problem is far from over. the aid is slow to get here, although it is getting here. a real concern this week, some news the world food program says that within the next three weeks, it may run out of food and may run out of funding. they're one of the major providers in this area. that's going to be an issue that needs to be addressed as well, christine. >> all right. sanjay gupta doing very, very important work there for us in kenya with all of those somali refugees. as you can -- catch a special edition of "sanjay gupta md" front lines of famine, 7:30 a.m. eastern here on cnn.
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prepared to do whatever it takes to end the rioting that's broken out in cities across england. will the market rally continue? markets bounce back after big gains on wall street. dow futures lower ahead of the opening bell. despite being named in a cheating scandal, educators from more than a dozen atlanta public schools will reportedly pay some $500,000 in bonuses tied to student test scores. that bonus program, now said to be under review. that's what you need to know to start your day. coming up, rob marciano live from the pga championship in atlanta. "american morning" will be right back.
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♪ we took too many shots i think we kissed but i forgot ♪ >> the pga championship gets under way tomorrow at the atlanta golf club. >> it's hot there. you know how atlanta summers are. it's making it tough to keep the course in top condition. rob marciano is live in johns creek, georgia, this morning. i guess 98 of the top 100 golfers in the world will be teeing off including tiger woods and phil mickelson. is the course ready? >> reporter: oh, yeah, oh, yeah, it is. as a matter of fact adam scott who is fresh off his win at firestone last week with his new caddie steven williams, tiger woods old caddie, by the way. this course is in perfect condition. drivers over my shoulder here for practice rounds. as you mentioned it's unbarely hot. the fourth warmest record on record in atlanta. getting this course in good
condition it's no easy tank. as you would imagine in this day and age, it's high tech and pretty scientific. as the country rises over the atlanta athletic club finally tuned machines trim the grass to a precise height. >> that's perfect. all we need right remain. >> reporter: ken magnum supervises the operations. >> we like the ball to go down halfway which means just enough grass between the club and the ball that you can't spin it. that it won't stop on the green. >> reporter: the greens are fast and firm. how do you get these greens to the perfect firmness? >> i basically test it every day and a moisture mader. i can take the moisture down with hand water. >> reporter: this has gotten scientific. >> we are not carl speckler from "caddie shack" any more. >> this is a cross of kentucky
blue grass, fender bench and northern california sesamia. >> reporter: definitely not "caddyshack." >> you have thecommon bermuda. >> reporter: a grass combo never used before. >> it thrives in this heat even though it can be as hard as it wants to be, we can get the greens to a good championship speed. >> reporter: how do you get a green to championship speed? >> it takes a lot of work. there is top dressing, grooming, brushing, fertility, growth variation, mowing. it has to be green, too. >> reporter: getting that perfect shade of green is helped with instruments like these. measuring the water that evaporates out of the grass. >> so every irritation cycle is affected by the data that comes in from the weather station. >> reporter: what are out, what are in, game on. oh, that's true, baby!
those greens are gorgeous! you don't have to put a lot of water in is the great thing about the new grasses. they require less water and don't grow as fast and require less mowing and the mowers they have are actually hybrid. amazingly in this heat and, in some cases, lack of water, keeping these greens green has taken -- well, it's green! you know? how about that? today, last round of practice rounds and tee it off tomorrow in the 93rd running of the pga championship and we will be here all week long to tell you about it. >> your enthusiasm is infectious! let's talk to rob instead of wall street the rest of the day. >> we like that other kind of green too! now is your chance to talk back on what are the big stories of the day. so much uncertainty in the markets and our economy a number of people, lawmakers calling on congress to end their month-long recess and get back to work now. we ask should the president call congress back to deal with the
budget? mark says yes. world economies will not recover until america has confidence in its leadership and its long-term economic plan. don't come out until you have a fix. get on board or get out! jim says another political move by the president against the republicans. if they did come back, they would just continue to bicker and would accomplish nothing. let them cool down and get back in touch with their constituents and come back to washington with some productive goals in mind. that's so thought out and logical and it won't work. >> to me the qaets aconstituent give them a an earful and they may want to come back. >> we will get to nrjohn mccainn a moment. wayne says the following. thank you for your responses. keep them coming. >> we will read more later on. 56 minutes after the hour. top stories after the break. well-being. we're all striving for it.
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good morning. it's wednesday, august 10th. ali velshi is off today. is it only wednesday? we had the best day for the stock market and worst day for the stock market? a year and it's only wednesday. >> at least things are on the up and up now. election in one state republicans have held on to control of wisconsin state senate after recall elections last night. the expense of a battle that began over union rights ended with democrats one crucial victory short. the elections were closely watched for a possible backlash against the tea party. many feel the stakes were so high because they were a litmus test for the 2012 election. the republicans backed a law that started all of this which strips most public workers of their rights to bargain on labor contracts. >> talk about whiplash on wall street. after a big bounce yesterday, this morning, u.s. stock futures are now down, carol. i'm so sorry to tell you. the drop coming after the dow picked up 430 points yesterday. the rally fueled by historic move by the federal reserve.
what did the fed do? the fed promised it would keep interest rates exceptionally low for two more years. it put an actual date on how long it's going to keep those rates low. 2013 means low cost to borrow to a house or car or take on a college loan. the fed says we have our foot on the gas and keep it on the gas all the way through this next election. >> it seems to have worked, but, of course, what should happen next? that is the question. >> right. some say it hasn't worked and horrible economy. if the fed weren't doing this, how horrible would the economy be is in the fed saying things were worse than they thought a few months ago. >> the important thing, they made a definitive statement and took a stand and i guess that is what wall street wanted to hear. that super committee is starting to take shape. senate majority leader harry reid appointed first three democrats who serve on a 1 12-member cutting panel. here is the lineup so far.
patty murray and max baucus and john kerry. >> joe johns from washington, no surprise to learn, there is finger-pointing and bickering over the appointing. not that many seats to begin with. like picking a jury. the outcome of the trial could rest on what those people think in the jury box. >> reporter: yeah, but the problem is it's six republicans and six democrats and you end up with a tie, right? all right. the only reaction that really sticks out this morning on this committee is to senator patty murray. senator murray is a member of the powerful appropriations committee and also a member of the budget committee which makes sense, but here is the thing. she is chair of the democratic senatorial campaign committee which is supposed to help democrats get elected to the senate so they spend and raise a lot of money to do that. republicans got out of the block quickly saying she shouldn't have been chosen because of her relationship with the dscc and
what is especially hard for republicans to swallow is that the dsec has been out in front in opposition to entitlement cuts, including medicare, the chairman of the republican national committee said. baucus is known to try to work deals with the republicans but he is chairman of the senate finance committee and that is what they do. we will know a little bit more about how all of these people will fit together and work together after all the people are named and that will be sometime early next week. >> i know you run around capitol hill, joe, because i've seen it do. he leaves the bureau and shoots up to the hill. what are you hearing about republican choices? >> reporter: frankly, there are a bunch of names out there and there have always been a bunch of names but i certainly can't, you know, mention them for you because i just don't know how serious they are. the question, of course, is whether the republicans are
going to pick people who absolutely, positively, will not go for, for example, tax increases. and then you have the democrats saying we have got to have revenue, in other words, tax increases. you've got republicans saying, no way. and then you're kind of stuck. >> whatever! aren't we tired of that argument? i have actually heard that eric cantor is one of the names bandied about to serve on this super committee. we know he walked out on negotiations is totally against any sort of tax increase. >> reporter: yeah i know. the way congress works. democrats and republicans and they get in a room and fight. but, you know, at the end of the day, by thanksgiving, by christmas, they are supposed to come up with something or there is going to be a lot of trouble. >> joe johns, when you're ready to game it for us and speculate, you tell us. >> reporter: you got it. >> the first names you usually hear are not the names that end up there on the end. they flip the names to see how the public will respond. here is another reason
americans are fed up with their politicians. remember john mccain called tea party hobbits during the debt ceiling crisis? i think he was quoting the rj"t wall street journal" but that came back to haunt him. yesterday, it didn't take long for things to heat up in a town hall meeting. >> i am just asking for a simple apology. >> i said if anyone misunderstood, i am sorry about that. i am not sorry for what i said. i am sorry if it was misunderstood. okay? >> he is standing up for himself but is it getting ugly out there. joining us live from washington is ron brownstein, the editor of the national journal. i don't know what to think about this john mccain thing. clearly, he's kind of defensive when it comes to, you know, what he said on the floor of the
senate. but the tea party members are out in force and giving it to their lawmakers just like they did during the summer of anger. >> yeah. well, look. john mccain is an old fighter pilot and sometimes he shoots from the lip and has used provocative language throughout his career. but in this case, it's worth thinking about what happened here. the tea party is a powerful force in american politics and especially in the republican party but it is not a majority of public opinion. your new poll that is out just yesterday shows only 31% of americans have a positive view of the tea party at this point and it's gone down since last november. republicans like john mccain have to take some heat from the most ideological portions of their party including the tea party if we see the super committee make some progress. you mentioned how exhausted people are with the bickering. unless elected officials on both sides are willing to stand up to the ideological issues, we will
have a stalemate and fulfilling the prophecy of the rating agency s&p when they downgraded the u.s. debt saying we had the political will to solve our problems. in the end mccain has to say in the end you can't have everything you want in a very diverse country if we are going to make progress. >> talk about the super committee. already have you three people named. people are already saying, wait! wait! let's look at who they are. patty murray is on there and senator john kerry and max baucus and some grumbling that patty murray is maybe too involved in raising money in getting democrats elected. i would argue, ron, that every single person in congress spends all of their spare time trying to get their friends elected so you're not going to find anybody who is totally clean on that. >> right. i think harry reid missed an opportunity in the members that he named. first of all, the super committee is as we have said about an important opportunity to really make a dent in this long-term deficit problem,
because the rules that established it allow it to have an expedited path to the floor in both chambers if a majority of the committee agrees on a recommendation which probably gives you the best chance we will see for many years for a truly comprehensive response to this problem. i think senator reid by not picking anyone who is clearly identified with the gang of six effort which was a bipartisan effort, the challenge kind of effort in both parties. democrats willing to take on entitlementments and republicans talking about revenue. even though he has picked able and competent legislators he makes it easier i think for the republican mitchell mcconnell to pick people not clearly identified with moving beyond the traditional party positions and i think that makes it more likely we may be heading towards stalemate. >> along the same lines. didn't mcconnell say i'm going to be careful and not appoint any members of who might be -- who might agree to any sort of tax hike? >> right. that is the risk here as joe johns said. you end up with a committee
stalemated at 6-6 and default to the large automatic spending cuts. you know, you have to hope that the public pressure evidenced by the poll that you put out this week that shows broad discontempt with both parties and the process. the ratings downgrade by the s&p which focus on political, not economic dysfunction, that all of this sort of encourages the legislators to take advantage of what is probably the best thing that came out of the this fiasco is the rules regarding the super committee which allows us as i said i think the best chance for many years to deal with this problem, but only if both sides are willing to compromise in the sort of way we saw with that gang of six process in the senate. >> okay. so i'm thinking that america is angry enough to force the super committee to get things done. i could be naive but i'm keeping my fingers crossed. ron brownstein, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. a missouri mom is getting national headlines to sending a
scathing message. lucy got so angry when s&p downgraded america's credit rating she decided to hire a plane with a banner that said thanks for the downgrade. you should all be fired. >> i thought that is something i could do that probably wouldn't cost a million dollars and maybe somebody would listen to me. >> i'm really proud of her, because she -- she's just standing up for what she really wants and i'm really glad to have a mom like. >> awesome. lucy paid about $900 to hire the plane. the company so impressed with her idea they gave her a big discount. >> but it didn't make any difference to s&p, i bet. but that she did it was kind of cool. now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question we are asking you this morning should president obama call congress back from its vacation to deal with the budget? congress spent months bickering over the debt ceiling after reaching an 11th hour agreement
and then got out of dodge for a five-week vacation. yes they staved off a default and not many of us can afford to invest in gold. now lawmakers from both parties are calling on the president to be bold, to call lawmakers back to work. as in right now. >> if i were president today, i would call all of the members of congress back into washington, d.c. >> there is no question in my mind, even if we didn't do something, the president should call us back. >> okay. so what are the lawmakers want the president's job but why not come back early so the super committee, the bipartisan committee that will decide the next round of massive cuts can be totally maimed and maybe to work in labor day. maybe the stock will rise like the stock market did yesterday. in a new poll, only 25% of americans think most members of congress deserve to be reelected. don't hold your breath, though. when asked about a call back,
white house spokesman jay carney said, it's unfortunate, quote, we do not control all levels of government. the talkback question of the day is should president obama call congress back to deal with the budget? e-mail us, give us a tweet, tell us on facebook and we will read through some of them later in the show. all right. still ahead, an american woman missing in aruba and vanished from same resort town as natalee holloway. >> check this out. how did he do that? this bizarre rig wreck shuts down houston traffic and it's still causing all kinds of problems. >> more must see video when glaciers attack. a 200-foot chunk of glacier breaks off and tell you how it happened and what happened next. [ female ] we will always be dependent on foreign oil.
prime minister david cameron says police have the resources to combat the rioting in britain cities and do whatever is necessary to restore law and order. london is calmer this morning but new violence and looting in a number of cities including manchester. >> more than a hundred police officers have been injured in four days of rioting now. the rioting has seen buildings and shops torched, cars destroyed, the rioting has prompted the u.s. state department to issue a travel warning for americans. in the meantime, with britain suffering worst unrest in decades, sales of aluminum baseball bats and batons have shot up on amazon web sist. >> safe to say the police aren't buying them, right? police in aruba investigating the disappearance of an american, robin' gardner saw on august 2nd and went to aruba with a 50-year-old man she met online and that man in
custody after he tried to leave aruba. officials are only identifying him by his initials gvg. he reportedly told investigators gardner vanished after going snork snorkeling. her disappearance comes six years after natalee holloway disappeared without a trace on the island. three siblings who allegedly robbed a bank in georgia are now focusing on colorado. they are evidence that dougherty clan may be in colorado springs. ryan and lee and grace dougherty robbed a bank in valdosta, georgia. the two suspected are in court food for allegedly beating bryan stow into a coma in march after a dodgers game. stow who suffered a fractured skull and brain injury is still
in the hospital but his family saying he is lifting his leg and raising his arm and even kissing his sister. such good news. two passengers were injured when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to severe turbulence. american airlines flight headed from miami to washington, d.c., was able to land safely in charleston, south carolina. the plane had 152 people on board. one passenger said, it felt like an amusement ride but when you're going down. have you ever been on a plane that has terrible turbulence like that? >> yes. it makes me very afraid. my husband always says it's like speed bumps on the road. like a hot hole in the sky. >> for me holding a baby on my lap and it's frightening. >> i grab the person's hand next to me whether i know them or not. it's like pray! this next accident may have you scratching your head. the rear end of a tractor-trailer gets stuck on a freeway sign. isn't that bizarre?
it happened in houston. the accident backed up traffic for miles and miles. police say actually the truck's hydraulic arm lifted the trailer up while it was moving. tourists in alaska capturing the raw power of mother nature. check this out. >> oh! woo! ah! . >> yeah. they were on a sightseeing trip to see a glacier when a huge chunk of ice crashed into the water. >> that send shards of ice flying ward their boat. you saw people ducking there and screaming. >> look at the black smoke! >> oh, my gosh. the captain tried to high-tail it out of there. one woman was 60 years old and was reportedly hurt and fell during the confusion and fractured her right leg. that is pretty scary. >> rob marciano stepped outside
and live with us this morning in johns creek, georgia, where there is no snow, no ice, no sight-seeing boat but you and your glory on the golf course. hi, rob. >> reporter: good morning again, guys. live from the atlanta athletic club. today is the last day of practice rounds and players have now filled up the practice green or the practice tee behind me. they will be going out on the course as we go throughout the afternoon. the forecast is low levels of humidity and a weak front come through last night so that has cooled things off, relatively speaking. throughout the day today, temperatures will get into the lower 90s. a chance for rain as we get towards the weekend and maybe tomorrow afternoon. all right. let's talk heat. the fourth warmest july on record and heat continues across the southern plains. heat advisories out for the usual, normal spots. the pink heat warnings for southeast oklahoma that has
shrunk dramatically. dallas' streak of 100 plus days will continue today. day 40 and counting. 106 the high temperature expected in dallas. look how cool it is in kansas city and minneapolis and chicago. into the seventh! ew! feeling like fall! 88 in new york city after your rough weather last night. cooler and drier, relatively cooler today. watch the storms fire up. thunderstorms yesterday across parts of florida and here is what it looked like in port richie and one gentleman decided to do to take advantage of it. when have you a river flowing down the street, you know, you do a little rafting! yeah, that's right! make it happen there! it certainly was warm enough to do that. almost the entire state of florida was engulfed in thunderstorms for a good chunk of the day yesterday and that is what some floridians did to deal with it. all right. let's talk about the pga championship tomorrow. round one.
our sister network tnt will have the early round coverage. six hours worth tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. eastern time and same deal on friday and earlier in the day on saturday and sunday. last chance for glory as they like to say. we will be watching the favorites throughout the day today. all of the best players in the world are here, guys. quite a competition. >> i am jealous, although i'd rather be at a baseball game. i still am jealous. i know. >> carol and her sports! >> come on down! >> thanks, rob. when the fed speaks, the markets listen. is the rally still running this morning? we know the answer to that. we are checking futures next. >> plus, here comes a chorus of boos. the most disliked car of the year is? >> drum roll, please. later, china's first aircraft carrier begins its sea trials. should we be nervous? live at the pentagon coming up. 22 minutes after the hour. all of your balanceslog ir
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. it's 26 minutes after the hour. "minding your business" this morning. futures for all three of the major markets indicators are lower ahead of the opening bell. these continuing concerns over america's economic standing, the debt crisis in europe, all of this making for another volatile morning of premarket trading. fears were at least temporarily calmed by the federal reserve's decision late yesterday to keep interest rates, quote, exceptionally low for at least the next two years. that news sent stocks soaring yesterday in the last two hours of trade. but the rally it could be short-lived. uncertainty running high on wall street this morning. companies reporting currently
profits today. spot light on news corp. report its earnings after the closing bell this afternoon. investors combing through details for the hacking scandal that rocked the media conglomerate the last several weeks. walgreens will offer customers deferral sircht plans through a private health insurance exchange people familiar with the matter who spoke with cnnmoney.com. nissan morana is the most disliked car of 2011. this according to "fortune" magazine. an art choke on wheels. consumers plain the convertible crossover goes for 47,000 msrp. china's first aircraft steams out of the the sea harbor.
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for the first time the pentagon is considering not releasing the names of those killed in last weekend's helicopter crash in afghanistan. the defense secretary leon pa net a still hasn't made a final decision. 30 americans and eight afghan soldiers were on board the chinook helicopter when insurgents shot it down. 22 of the u.s. troops were part of a covert navy s.e.a.l. unit. bloody crackdown on opposition protesters drags on in syria. dozens of people have died in a city since security forces began a campaign in the area over the weekend. in the meantime, president obama meets with secretary of state hillary clinton today as the u.s. prepares to hit syria with new sanctions and a formal demand of president assad step down. new tensions on the korean peninsula as north and south korea exchange artillery fire.
they say they responded after shelves landed in the water. you may remember back in november, south korean officials accused the north of bombarding the island kill two. >> the nation rolled out very first aircraft carrier yesterday in china. retooled soviet ship. >> china's development of this naval carrier along with aircraft to back it up has the international community wondering what is next. barbara starr is live at the pentagon this morning. so are they worried about it? >> reporter: well, the answer is yes, they are. what they are looking at is, as you just pointed out, the picture of what china is really up to. a thousand foot long 67,000-ton aircraft carrier going to sea. as you said, they are developing fighter aircraft, missiles. other military technology. what is china up to? you know, the chinese say a number of things. they will tell you it's research and development. they will tell you that it is
for their own defense of their country. but when you put all of the pieces together, an aircraft carrier, fighter jets, missiles that have increasingly long ranges, the concern the u.s. has is that china is basically extending its research, its military reach across asia and perhaps even beyond. you know, you look at the map. you just saw the tensions rising on the korean peninsula. there are tensions throughout the region. tensions beyond, if china can develop the military capability by putting this altogether and extending its reach, it becomes a player on the world military stage and that is a concern for the u.s. it's a concern for the allies. they are repeatedly asking china what exactly they are up to. carol? >> barbara, where exactly are they getting some of the technology that they are using in their rapid military modernization? people who study cyberwar fare and cyberespionage say they see a lot of attempts in the u.s. to get, for example, jet propulsion
technology and aircraft technology anything they can by stealing it to use in their own military and something the allegation of the cyberwar fare types, it really concerns them. >> reporter: well, china is long believed to be one of the leading experts in cyberwar fare in cyberattack. whether it is through official chinese government channels, state-run industries, which essentially are the government, chinese hackers, there's just really no question, as you say, that china is expert at surfing the internet, seeing what it can get, hacking into web sites and getting information that way. but look. they also have long-standing extensive military relationships with the russians, with pakistan, even with north korea. the chinese military has very long deep relationships in many places and the internet is certainly becoming one of the growing areas that they look to to get the technical information that they believe they need.
>> tiananmen square, we have laws in that we are not selling technology to china but china, in the meantime, continues to build its military and police state. something i know the pentagon and economic security experts watch. regard rah starr, thanks. critics say all no child left behind has failed the kids. we are joined live by a guest. will the move arm our students for success? 35 minutes after the hour. [ artis brown ] america is facing some tough challenges right now.
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♪ a partly cloudy morning in washington, d.c. 81. mostly sunny and 93 we are told by the end of the day. good morning, washington. obama administration has made no secret of the fact it dislikes the no child left behind law. many states would agree. more than 80% of u.s. schools could be labeled failures under the current mandates. education secretary arne duncan says they are giving waivers for some schools in some states to
opt out. >> we are really hoping congress would act in a bipartisan way to fix this no child left behind law that is fundamentally broken but that hasn't happened. the slaw punitive and many fails to and no rewards for success and very top down from washington and led to a dummy down in standards and led to a nailing of the curriculum. none of these things what our children or our country needs right now. >> joining us from sacramento is michelle reeves, a chancellor of schools. it sounds like arne duncan doesn't like this. there may be a rare moment of bipartisan in washington because republicans don't like this either saying no child left behind has flaws in it. what do you think here? these waivers are a good thing? >> well, i think that the devil is going to be in the details very clearly. you know? waivers in the past have been used by some states to try to
just shirk responsibility so that would not be a good thing. but if states are legitimately applying for the waivers and they are going to meet certain thresholds of reform efforts, that the administration is talking about and secretary duncan has made very clear that the only way that he would give a waiver is if the states are taking on aggressive reform, then it could be a solution for some states, but i think it's all going to come down how it's implemented. >> has no child left behind has been a bust? >> i don't think so. let me be clear. the law is not perfect and i think everyone knows there are some changes and modifications that need to be made, but i don't think that anyone can doubt that it has brought a new level of accountability to american schools. we are looking at data in a way that we never have before. we are paying attention to subgroups of kids and saying that it's not okay for certain
groups of kids in your school or your school district to be failing and in those ways, it's been incredibly important. >> there are teachers, though, who just hate this. they say all of this testing and they say it's nonsense and it's not helping them. they are teaching for no child left behind and teaching not to teach. you know, are we getting -- i know that you've heard that. but from the administrator perspective, i mean, is this a valuable way to find accountability? >> well, i don't know what, you know, we want to teach to teach means. we have to teach so that kids learn. and what the standardized tests do is they test the standards. and we want kids to meet the standards. now, is that all that should be happening? no. because, i mean, one of the things that you see and the secretary talked about was the fact that tests only test certain subjects, you know? observe times, math and reading and sometimes what schools do is go overboard and they just try to then, you know, jam reading and math down the kids' throats.
that's not the answer. the research shows that kids who have access to a broad-based curriculum are the ones who do better academically. we shouldn't go the other direction to say that testing is evil and testizing bad. we have to be able to, in a very objective and consistent way, know whether or not kids are learning and meeting the standards and the way to do that is through a standardized test. >> but the white house wanted congress to sort of revamp this and didn't get a plan. surprise, surprise, couldn't get a plan out of congress on this. so they allow the waivers for some states. but it seems like there is no plan now. so now we are going to have waivers but what happens next? if you're going to redo it and make it better and more thoughtful and really work in terms of standardized testing and a plan, what should we be doing now? >> well, you know, interestingly, i've talked to folks on both sides of the partisan debate and i don't think they are that far off from
each other. philosophically, i think the democrats and republicans right now believe in a lot of the same things. i think if we can take politics out of it and just focus on the policies themselves, we might be abe to actually get something done. >> what are the policies, the policies that will work? >> so, for example, i think that one of the things that we have to look at is a value added growth model. one the things that drives people nuts about no child left behind is that it sets certain benchmarks for proficiency. x-percent of your kids have to be at proficiency and goes up every year until 2014 when 100% of your kids are supposed to be at proficiency and people look at that and say it's not realistic. i think we have to look at growth and say is the school moving student achievement in the right direction? are the students growing? you know, to meet certain targets and i think that instead of having a binary distinction
you either met adequate yearly progress or you have not, it's, you know, what has the growth looked like. and so i think that we have to be able to modify the achievement records -- not the achievement records, but modify the system to that achievement and growth can be taken into account without there being sort of a strict binary yes or no. >> we have to see how many states will apply for these waivers and you know what happens to student achievement in the subsequent months and years, i mean, because we don't know how long the whole waiver system will go on. michelle rhee, thanks for joining us, michelle. >> thanks for having me. morning headlines coming your way next including another rocky ride on wall street this morning. what else is new. who will be on the super committee in hear reid makes his picks. "the playboy club" is it a fun soap opera or a sexist show exploiting the past? we will talk to some critics and
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baucus of montana and john kerry of m. to serve on a congressional super committee. next week 12 lawmakers will be appointed and 90 days to agree on $1.5 trillion in spending cuts. a major victory for the gop. wisconsin republicans put up enough wins in yesterday's recall elections to hold their majority in the state senate. the republicans backed the law which strips most public workers of their rights to bargain on labor contracts. american woman is missing in aruba. last seen a week ago on the western i tip of the eyelid. her 50-year-old traveling companion said she vanished while snorkeling. he is now a suspect. david cameron says his government is prepared to do whatever it takes to end the rioting in the cities across england. 16,000 police hit the streets to restore order. group of hackers known as anonymous is at it again and this time planning to go after facebook. in a youtube video the group
announced plans to destroy the social network on november 5th because of privacy concerns. so far, facebook is not commenting on the threat. hollywood once football back. the l.a. city council okayed plans for a 1.2 billion dollar stadium that city vows taxpayers won't pay a gim for. the last teams to play there were the rams and the raiders in '94. chad ochocinco wants you to be his roommate. he is looking for a place to stay in foxborough, massachusetts. he hoping to move into a lucky new england fan the first few weeks of the season. he asks that you have internet access and an x-box. you're caught up on today's headlines. "american morning" will be back after the break. ♪
good morning to you. new york city, sunny and 74 right now. later today, oh, it's going to be a beautiful day. mostly sunny and 88 degrees. can't ask for much more than that. >> you can't. beautiful today. a.m. house call now. good news for expected parents. while those of you who can't wait to decorate the nursery ama says tests that look at dna in a mother's blood is nearly 100% accurate in whether a baby is a born as soon as seven weeks. you the catch is you have to wait seven weeks. >> people don't know they are pregnant that time shra o.
>> tests are less invasivinvasi >> the playboy club" is stirring controversy before its season debut next month. one nbc affiliate is refusing to air the thing. >> hugh hefner is defending his prime time bunny. kareen wynter has the story. ♪ >> reporter: this fall, television is turning back the clock to a time of rabbit ears. not this kind! but this! >> good evening! >> reporter: nbc's new drama "the playboy club" takes place in the early 1960s in hugh hefn hefner's very first club where men dropped cash and bunnies showed skin. >> how do you know i want to be on stage is. >> reporter: hefner's company coproduces the show and he
otherwise plays a limited creative role. >> we capturing some sense of retroromantic connection from the early '60s. it's wonderful. >> reporter: not everyone thinks it's so wonderful. nbc salt lake city affiliate owned by the mormon church is refusing to run the show. they linked the program to pornography. >> curlish sees it as a issue of public health. >> reporter: the parents television council, a conservative media watchdog group shows nbc's decision to not highlight the show disgraceful. >> they are promoting an industry that exploits women. >> it's the playboy club. not a knitting club. >> reporter: the parents television council, boy, have they sounded off about this. >> sure, but who are they? you know? who do they raep represent? these right wing groups that feel they have a right to redefine, you know, what is appropriate for other people to watch. >> that's perfect.
>> reporter: some feminists also are blasting it at nostalgia for sex steria. nbc executives describe "the playboy club" as a fun soap with a crime element and promise it will carry, quote, appropriate rating. at a presentation last week, cast members told journalists the show is really about female empowerment. "the detroit news" who covered the event says that claim met with skepticism. >> the slogan of the show is the men have the keys but the women run the show. at least the press, nobody is going for that! >> reporter: hefner says critics have the wrong. >> why don't you talk to the original bunnies who worked at the playboy club and see whether they felt exploited or they felt empowered. i know the answer to that. >> reporter: the controversy almost guarantees that when the show debuts in september. all eyes and "ears" will be on it. kareen wynter, cnn, hollywood.
>> i don't know. can you empowered in a bunny suit? i'm just thinking, maybe not. >> i don't know. a lot of people draw the peril to "madmen." women smoke and chasing the secretary around the desk. we look at that with a weary eye. >> yeah. gosh i'd want to go back to that state but "madmen" is the evolution of the feminist movement so it's different from this. another new program coming out in the fall about stewardesses. you know when you had to be thin and you had to wear the cute little uniform in the old times? the networks are come up with these shows but that is not really the point. maybe it will attract a young audience. >> maybe you have to watch them to find out if they have the evolution of feminism. maybe they are looking for your eyeballs. >> no. i think they want women in bunny suits to attract an audience! >> i agree. coffee, tea or me? 54 minutes after the hour. [ male announcer ] to the seekers of things which are one of a kind.
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♪ you mean well but you make this heart on me ♪ ♪ i'm not going to write you a love song ♪ >> washington, d.c. partly cloudy and 82 and now mostly sunny and 93. a little bit more steamy than we thought earlier. >> whatever you say about washington, it's a gorgeous city so good morning. talk back on one of the big stories of the day. we asked should president obama call congress back right now to deal with the budgeted? here are some of your responses. rodney, absolutely. aside from them taking five weeks off the country is in a major tail spin. so many issues to address from the budget deficit to social issues and state taxes that sunset at the end of 2012. don't leave it to the last minute. put together an agenda and get these matters addressed. it's about us, the united states. bring them back to d.c.! this from mike. no. if they come back and still cannot work together the american people will be the ones who suffer. we need a vacation from congress! let's see how the markets rebound without them.
this from rusty. let them get an earful from their angry constituents back home and come back with cooler heads. >> they have a lot of work to do. they have a lot of work to do by december. already called it the christmas crisis if they can't get their act together with the super committee and the like. really great thoughts there. >> yeah. thank you for your comments. facebook.com/americanmorning if you want to continue the conversation. >> do you think they will get it together? >> they have to. they built stuff into the super committee rules so that they have to come up with something. >> don't you think it's sad they had to build in punitive triggers just to do their job? >> congress is punishing itself for not doing a good job. >> who gets punished really? we get punished because you have not very well thought out sharp cuts to defense spending and sharp cuts to entitlement programs that maybe shouldn't be an act,