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good evening, everyone. we begin with breaking news. we have learned the outlines of president obama's plan to boost jobs. the president is talking jobs everywhere he goes on a three-day swing between minnesota, iowa and illinois. this evening in illinois he hinted at new plans paid for by deficit reduction. >> when folks tell you we have a choice between jobs now or dealing with our debt crisis, they're wrong. they're wrong. we can't afford to do just one or the other. we have to do both. >> last night wolf blitzer asked the president why wait until september. just 26% of americans now approve of how mr. obama is handling the economy. 26%. that's down 11 points from the last time. jessica yellin has inside details of the president's new jobs plan, david gergen is here to analyze it and former george w. bush's press secretary ari fleischer is here.
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jessica, what do you know about the president's plans for next month? >> after labor day he'll reveal a jobs proposal that will have specifics in the way his critics have been calling for. according to my sources it will be actual legislation. that's real detail. i'm told the package will be new initiatives and not a rehash of the policies we've been hearing him promoting recently like patent reform or infrastructure bank. my sources say there will be proposals in three main categories. targeted tax cuts. another big one for the white house is new infrastructure investment and then long-term help for the unemployed. i should point out this is all being worked out right now. it will continue to be hashed out over the president's vacation. the president is meeting with his top economic advisers tomorrow. i'm told it will come up there. republican leaders issued warning shots saying this package should not include any new spending. the president says it will. sounds like we should brace for a fight. >> so, david gergen, last night on the program you raised concerns about the timing of all this.
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if the president is waiting until september, that means new legislation won't be for a while. it sounds like he's maybe proposing legislation in september. >> sounds like he is proposing legislation in september and we should welcome the fact that he has new job proposals and he's going to put on the table his deficit reduction proposals. people have been saying where's his plans on deficits and he hasn't done that. now he's going to do that. he deserves credit for doing both those things. it's also true if you wait until september to put forward your jobs proposals and then you basically say i'm going to go back on the road with my bus and promote this all over the country, there's sort of an expectation implied in that they're not going to pass this. and this is really about show. i'm going to put proposals out there. maybe i'll get them but probably not and then i'll use it as a hammer. >> that's what this is about? >> they're trying to have it both ways. >> is the fact that the information is leaking out now, clearly it's not an accident that someone is telling this to jessica. >> it sure ain't no accident.
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what would you want to do before you went on vacation with people hurting the way they are. putting it out that there will be action. the truth is most americans would like to see him have right now have people at the white house saying, okay, republicans, here are my proposals. what are your proposals? let's see if we can't make a marriage of the two and get going now. why wait, wait, wait. >> ari, what about that? what do you think of the white house strategy? does it put pressure on republicans in congress to release a jobs plan of their own? >> specifics are vitally important. presidents always do best when they lead the most. even if you don't like what they're saying, presidents get credit for leadership if they take the initiative. nobody heard specifics. the republicans will say president was vague. medicare needs to be on the table. this needs to be on the table without specificity.
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that's number one. i think the president would have been a lot better served if we would have come out with it in august and then took this bus trip he was on. he could have been going around the country trying to convince people he had the right policies to make america better and to create jobs. instead, he created a political tour for himself where he looks like mitt romney or governor perry or any other candidates. i think he's hurt himself politically in the last three days. we'll see what the specifics are in september. this comes down to the details. >> do you think it would have been better to do this in early august before this bus tour? >> there are some republican who is say this is 938 days into his presidency. what about doing it last year? what about doing it two years ago? it's late. i think he deserves credit for recognizing we need something on jobs. we'll have to wait and psee. i very seriously believe,
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anderson, that people want action more than words. he needs to be given credit for doing something, but it has a lot of political overtones. it's really colored with politics. it sounds like he's not seriously expecting congress to act. what he is doing is looking for a way to beat republicans over the head. >> jessica, do you think that's true? what do you think is behind the timing? >> there are a couple things. president's advisors think there's no real point in rolling out legislation right now when congress is away, calling them back for a fight isn't going to serve anyone's interest. don't do it when they're away when summer distractions drown out big news. doi do it when the focus is back on washington. it does give him the benefit of putting him on the road in the fall when real voters and real people when congress is likely to be back in washington locked in partisans fights. not only is the super committee coming back to talk about the deficit reduction, but keep in
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mind congress has not yet passed the next budget. there's now talk in washington there could be a government shutdown fight brewing in the fall. this gets the president out of town and away from those fights. >> but the very point is everything jessica says is helpful and reported right. the whole conversation was about the politics of it, not about creating jobs. >> that's what matters. dave, ari, jessica, thank you very much. let me know what you think on twitter. up next, the war of words between president obama and rick perry over jobs. what do the facts say? we've checked them. later, are forces in libya getting cloer inting closer to ? first, let's check in. >> a stunning revelation in the deadly collapse at the indiana state fair. it could answer the question,
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why on earth wasn't the area evacuated? it may also pave the way for lots of lawsuits. that and more when "360" continues. every day, all around the world,
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that the government would prefer someone like him who has worn the uniform. yesterday, president obama hit back. >> mr. perry just got in the presidential race and i think that everybody who runs for president probably takes a little bit of time before they start realizing this isn't like running for governor or senator or congress. you have to be more careful about what you say. i'll cut him some slack. he's only been at it for a few days now. >> today in new hampshire governor perry counterpunched. >> the president said i need to watch what i say. i just want to respond back, if i may. mr. president, actions speak louder than words. my action as governor are helping create jobs in this country. the president's actions are killing jobs in this country. it's time to get america working again.
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>> that's point number one of a three-point critique from governor perry that he's a job creator and president obama is a job destroyer. keeping them honest is not quite true. all three points stretched the facts. here's point two. the private sector creates jobs. the public sector doesn't. that's what he says. listen. >> mr. president, you have tried now for 2 1/2 years of government creating jobs. and it's time to let the private sector get back to work. that's the real way to create jobs in america. >> okay. that's point two. point three, part of his economic success stems from how carefully he spends taxpayer dollars. listen. >> one of the things that we did in texas over the decade was we had some guiding principles. number one, don't spend all the money. >> keeping them honest. all three points glide over a number of inconvenient facts. one of governor perry's claims
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that texas has created half of the nation's new jobs during the recovery, that's absolutely true. according to the bureau of labor statistics, texas created about 262,000 jobs between the summer of 2009 and now. that's out of 524,000 jobs nationwide. but that hardly makes president obama as governor perry claims a job destroyer. in texas, the population growth in the form of migration into the state has been so massive it's creating huge demand for goods and services and that means jobs. health care jobs up more than twice the federal rate. private education up nearly three-fold. clearly texas is creating jobs but in large part due to people migrating there and not necessarily because of rick perry's policy. the bottom lienl line, they're
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both job creators. governor perry is benefiting from certain advantages unique to texas. when you look at the type of jobs created, and this is really interesting, look at this. u.s. news and world report crunched numbers going back to 2008 through the end of last year. federal government jobs in texas were up 7%. state government jobs, government jobs, up 8.4%. local government jobs up 6.1%. private sector jobs, down .5%. so governor perry's second point that the private sector creates jobs and the public sector doesn't, that simply doesn't hold up. it's not true. not in texas. as for point three, spending discipline. texas had a $6.6 billion shortfall in the last budget back in 2009. instead of using the state's rainy day fund to close that gap, the legislature took $6.4 billion in federal stimulus money. federal stimulus money. in fact, the very same day he requested it he posted an anti-government item on his blog. the headline help us turn the tide in washington and stop
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these irresponsible bailouts. the irony this we're with federal money running out, governor perry had to balance his budget without stimulus money. that meant major cuts to state and local workers. spoke earlier with donna brazile and a republican strategist alex castiano. >> it's true that texas has led the nation in creating jobs since the recession but many are in the public sector and funded by federal stimulus money. when he criticized president obama's performance, isn't he hypocritical here? >> that's a difference between playing in the minor leagues and big league ball in a presidential race. you have to think two or three moves down the road. i think on some of the big government issues, governor perry will have a lot to explain. his ben bernanke comment will come back to bite him because it turns out as a governor he wrote a letter to bernanke asking for that t.a.r.p. program. what you say has to match up
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with what you do at the presidential level. >> governor perry isn't alone though. a lot of governors who criticized this went to accept the funds. >> in the case of texas governor perry used the money to basically fill that gap with the budget shortfall and it allowed him not to tap too deeply into the rainy day fund. also at a time when other governors were cutting back and furloughing their employees, this governor kept many private sector employees on the payroll. >> anderson, i also want to defend perry a little bit. it was their money originally. washington did take it from all the states. you can't blame governors, democrat or republicans, from trying to get their money back. >> i want to play what you reference comments he made about the fed chairman, bernanke. i want to play that for our viewers in case he didn't see it. >> if this guy prints more money between now and the election, i don't know what you all would do
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to him in iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in texas. i mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in american history is almost treasonous in my opinion. >> duds -- does perry have a problem with the swagger on campaign trail? >> you know, on one hand he demonstrates strength and right now people feel their president has lost control of washington and is on all sides of everything. but a president is someone who's got his finger on that nuclear button. you want someone in that chair in the oval office that's solid and steady and you can count on and when you shoot from the lip, that doesn't convey that. what does it do? it scares suburban voters and swing voters. one thing republicans want is a candidate who can beat barack obama in the fall. texas is a big state.
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they are allowed to have big oil and big business and big colorful language but if perry develops a pattern of this, again it's something that will hurt him in the fall and that will hurt him in the primary. >> donna, do you think the white house sees perry as the most potent candidate right now? >> the white house shouldn't take any candidate for grant right now including michele bachmann and mitt romney. that said, i thought he made a very big mistake in the first 72 hours of his introduction into the country. people might know him down in texas. louisianans know him quite well and people in arkansas. many don't know rick perry. don't know his record or background. they don't know that he's a former democrat. he was a democrat until 1989. what voters are looking for especially on the republican side is someone who could beat president obama.
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what the country is looking for is someone who could lead the country at a difficult time to help grow the economy and i tell you, when they heard rick perry the other day, they probably said we'll take a pass on him. >> that's the worst thing i heard that rick perry was a former democrat. only thing worse is being a current democrat. oh, my. >> he only left because he couldn't stand the water. >> we'll leave it there. thank you. >> up next, of tthe battle for control. we have two reporters on the ground in tripoli and with the opposition. they'll give us the latest. also ahead, our special investigation. i'm calling it ungodly discipline. parents who believe the bible tells them to physically discipline their kids. it led to one little girl's death. we'll speak to a woman who was beaten by her parents. we'll talk about how many pastors are encouraging parents to do this and whether that
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there are reports the capital of libya, tripoli, might be about to fall and moammar gadhafi along with it. the end might, and i repeat might, be near for moammar gadhafi. rebels have made strategic gains and are on the cusp of having the city surrounded. let's take a look at the map.
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tripoli in gadhafi's hands as is the area in red. the rebels, opposition forces, whatever you want to call them, now control regions to the east, south and west of tripoli. nato says they are making advances in the city of zlitan east of tripoli and rebels say they control parts of the key city of zawiya. the fighting there has been bloody. gadhafi is not giving up easily. a rebel commander says gadhafi's forces are staging fierce resistance in the eastern part of the city and reports of gadhafi snipers shooting from the rooftops and heavy shelling. a spokesman says the key supply route is secure. sara, you talked to people today. what's the latest from there? >> certainly the families are
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quite scared because they were mentioning that there was heavy shelling early in the morning that had continued throughout the day. they were scared for their families. they were scared for the safety of their children. we did see car loads literally of families leaving because they were just afraid. they were afraid, number one, for being hit by anything but also afraid of the reaction of gadhafi forces knowing that the rebels are now inside that city and trying to push them out. it gives you some sense of the fact that rebels are not in full control of that city. we also talked to a colonel who said they are not in control of the city. they are in control of part of the city. the southern most part but that gadhafi troops are on the eastern most part and shelling into the city and there are snipers, some of those snipers near hospitals and people are scared and understand why people are leaving. >> early on there was a huge problem with opposition forces with lack of training and discipline and firing into the air and them just going toward
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the front line and retreating quickly. have they become a lot more disciplined and a lot more organized? >> it's fair to say that they have become quite a bit more disciplined although today we saw people shooting in the air randomly celebrating in some way or trying to get morale up by do ing that kind of things which commanders we talked to early on in the beginning really of this conflict who said we're trying to stop that. it's a waste of ammunition. it still persists. it does seem that they have become much more coordinated but this is really important to mention. almost every single significant gain that the rebels have made have been made only because they have nato's help and the same is going on with the areas in and around zawiya. they have had air strikes over the last 72 hours that have been help. that's the case in benghazi and quite a few other cities. without that help there's
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questions as to whether or not these rebels can become strong enough to actually hold these cities and push forward towards tripoli where gadhafi has the most firepower and has the most support. >> matthew, in tripoli if the opposition forces were able to take full control of zawiya, would that mean for the gadhafi regime? >> it would be a devastating setback. it's the main supply route to the west. people in tripoli, the capital, would have to go there for fuel supplies and there's also an oil refinery, one of two controlled by the gadhafi regime at the moment. it would have a big impact if that's lost to rebels. it would be a huge loss. i think more than anything else, it would be the enormous psychological impact inside the capital that people in this city
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would be cutoff and that would put enormous pressure on the people here and the idea they couldn't escape when things got tough so that's the real importance of this battle right now. >> matthew, libyan government officials have continuously made up ridiculous stories and lies. how are they characterizing the current situation? >> well, if they are concerned about being encircled by the rebels, they are not talking about it publicly. they are being defiant. defiant speeches from the leader himself, colonel gadhafi, urging factions of people who gather in the main square in central tripoli every night urging them to be ready and to take up arms and to prepare to defend the capital tripoli. certainly the belief here is that the government will know
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very well that the circumstances which they are now confronting and i expect that behind closed doors they are very worried about it indeed. >> matthew chance, appreciate it. sara sidner, stay safe. coming up, the ridiculous. it involves a french actor who you may know urinating on an aircraft. anderson, the united nations moving some of its personnel out of syria because of perpetual violence. a top u.n. official was especially concerned about crackdown of security force. new questions about the stage collapse at indiana state fair. a fair spokesman tells indianapolis station wish that the crowd should have been told that the national weather service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the fairgrounds area. the collapse killed five people and injured dozens more. for the second time since
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sunday, hackers have struck a san francisco bay area transit website and published personal information about 102 transit officers. it's the latest controversy surroundsing the bay area rapid transit system after an officer shot and killed a homeless man last month. and take a look at this. scary scene in queens, new york. a driver was pulling a salt truck into a repair bay when it smashed through a second-floor wall and dangled over a group of parked cars. six hours later, cranes pull the track back into the building. thankfully, the driver is said to be fine. as you can imagine, anderson, really shaken up. >> i wonder, was the driver stuck in there the whole time? >> six long hours. >> wow. that's incredible. how scary was that? time now for the shot tonight. we have a rapping delight from an unlikely source. i'm not talking about the young sorority ladies.
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ann hathaway puts them to shame on conan. she raps her troubles away. take a look. >> it's in the style of lil' wayne. i'm a pap a -- paparazzi. i don't play know yahtzee. i pop my cameras up in your crotch. i tell people what i see. don't call me scuzzy making money. hell, no, i'm not needy. don't act so hotsy i know you're from jersey. scream all you want won't make me stop. i know you like to feel my pop. >> wow. >> oh my. >> she committed to it. i like that. >> as cool kids would say, she's ferosh. >> who says that? >> you don't know cool kids. >> clearly not.
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>> are you going to bust a lyric sometime soon? >> that what the cool kids say also? >> yes. i could see you doing some vanilla ice. >> are you mocking me? >> no. does it sound like i'm mocking you? >> yeah, kind of. vanilla ice. doesn't he have a reality show now? >> he does. >> bye-bye. more of our "360" investigation. it's interesting. parents who believe the bible tells them they should physically discipline their kid. we're not talking about slapping in an open hand. we're talking about using belts and rods. we'll hear one woman talk about how she and her siblings were beaten by her father and how a number of pastors talk about using punishment that cause pain. are some parents hearing this and misinterpreting that to justify their own bad parenting? we'll talk about that ahead and developments in the case of the american woman missing in aruba.
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in crime and punishment in a special "360" we call ungodly discipline, we look at fundamentalists that believe the bible calls on parents to discipline their children in a way that causes real pain using a switch to a stick to a belt. the basis of our investigation was the death of a 7-year-old girl whose parents pleaded
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guilty to killing her. according to california authorities, the couple said they beat their kids regularly because god wanted them to. among the items found in their home was a book called "to train up a child" which confirmed their belief. gary tuchman visited the author of the book. they demonstrated how they believe god wants parents to discipline their children. >> rubbing the spaghetti all over your head, you shouldn't have done that at 7 years of age. >> okay. that hurts. i'm 50. >> are there any marks on you? >> no. you would hit a 5 year old like that? >> sure. >> many preachers agree with the minister. one example is the leader of the fairhaven baptist church in indiana. this is part of a sermon he gave last month. >> this evening i would like to preach on spanking according to
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the bible. now, this is not a new subject here at fairhaven baptist church. >> he then talked about the proper way to administer discipline. >> what is a rod? i don't think it's a ball bat. i don't think it's a club or whatever the parent can grab at the moment. the rod and scriptures never carefully define but it's obviously some kind of a stick or a switch and this is it. it's designed to give a sharp, unpleasant pain. if that isn't the result of your spanking, then you're failing. a sharp, unpleasant pain. >> fairhaven is part of the network of independent fundamentalist baptist churches and it raises questions if people are using the bible to justify their own bad parenting
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or justifying things. you say you and your siblings were beaten. what was your upbringing like? you underwent what i think was called biblical chastisement. what did that actually mean? >> there are a large network of churches known as the independent fundamental baptists. they believe in breaking the will of a child. so my father was an ifb pastor. currently is an ifb pastor and practiced this form of discipline that is advocated in the book "to train up a child." the beating sessions could last for 15 minutes to several hours at a time. basically these pastors believe that a child needs to have no will of their own. they will continue to administer
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discipline until a child is completely docile in a way that they show no negative emotion. that's the goal in the discipline session. >> all these pastors say, look, we're not calling for abuse of a child. we're not calling for -- this can be misused by bad parents out there who act out in anger and are irresponsible but that's not what they're calling for. >> that's right. even in the segment in the past two nights michael pearl said that he does not advocate anyone spanking a child in anger or being out of control. that's what's really difficult to explain to outside ifb because ifb pastors are not advocating losing control and beating a child to death. these pastors are advocating a very systematic form of punishment that outside of their community would be referred to as abuse but inside it's caught -- called spiritual spanking.
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it's a matter of semantics. they say you shouldn't lose your temper and be out of control. we think of parents who lost control completely and then it ended in the death of a child. but these parents are making a conscious decision to beat a child for several hours at a time because it's something that's embedded within their belief system. >> you run a website called where you try to bring together people who say they were victims of abuse at the hands of their parents who believe they were following biblical rulings. but i mean plenty of parents believe in some form of corporal punishment. >> you think of corporal punishment in our country, most people would say or i think majority of people at this point in time would say at a time or two i swatted by 2 or 3-year-old on the butt when they ran out into the street. that's not what's promoted within this group. this is a systematic form of brainwashing of these children
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to again to break them completely of a will. we were to be completely submissive. here's another way i would explain it. you can imagine a 3 or 4 year old being spanked, the parent is laying the child down. they are spanking them. and if you're a 3-year-old, you're going to squirm during a spanking session like and that's a revelation to them that the child is exerting their will and that will needs to be broken so the parents continue to spank. in lydia's case, i believe they interpreted any kind of bodily movement of lydia as a willful spirit that they needed to break and so that's why the session lasted as long as we've heard of seven hours. >> i guess, i mean, there's clearly abuse and in the lydia case i don't think anybody in this church would say that was acceptable and they would all say that's horrific. it seems like -- is it fair to be casting aspersions against an entire church organization
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opposed to just bad individuals who clearly abused a child? >> i think that that's where the history of the ifb has come into light now. abc 20/20 did an investigation on april 8 on which they took a year to do a piece on this culture. and the findings were yes, this is what's being taught from the pulpits of these ifb pastors. >> we called the church for a response and talked to the pastor and did not get a response but we look forward to continuing that discussion. i appreciate your time tonight. thank you very much. up next, new twist in the case of an american woman who vanished while vacationing in aruba including new blood evidence and an insurance policy taken out on her before the trip and ridiculist coming up. urize. active naturals wheat formulas target and help repair damage in just 3 washes.
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marty, what details do you know about a bloody hand print on a stone where they were allegedly snorking? >> reporter: this is coming to us from a couple of different sources. when i talked to investigators directly about them finding blood evidence at the scene there, they said only that they couldn't confirm it. they couldn't deny it. they called it interesting which of course would be a lot more than interesting. it could be absolutely key to their investigation. sources we talked to close to that investigation say it was blood on the rocks or blood on stones and some said it was actually a bloody hand print. the reason this all works out is they need to know if it was human, is it robyn gardner's blood or someone unrelated. if he's telling a story that she's lost at sea in a snorkeling accident, that's not bloody. that would be a significant find for authorities but they have a lot to run down on that yet. >> what about the stories or allegations that he took out a
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travel insurance policy for robyn gardner? >> reporter: yeah, again that is huge. if in fact it turns out. again, when i talked to authorities about the insurance plan, they said yes, indeed. they knew that gary giordano had taken out insurance for himself and robyn gardner. i said how did you find out? they said he told us. this was information that came to light in the very first interrogation that they did of gary giordano. it was in the first statement he made. apparently he admitted he took out insurance. he called it and it's what authorities call it. travelers insurance. if you got sick or ill while traveling on a vacation you would be transported back to the united states. the real question is there an accidental death benefit and who would benefit as a result of that? the authorities don't talk about the amount and they don't talk about who would benefit. we talked to other people who again are close to this investigation and say that gary giordano told authorities that
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it wasn't he that was going to benefit but the money if robyn were to die would go to her mother. >> is he in custody now or what's his situation? >> reporter: he is in custody. prior to the first -- i believe it was 12 days that he was in custody, he was actually held at a police station. he's now because his stay will be extended in detention for 16 more days, he's been moved to the correctional institute of aruba. he's in prison. you might not believe this but his life actually got better. he has more space and gets to talk to people. something he couldn't do at a police station. >> martin, appreciate the update. other stories about another aruba disappearance. >> joran van der sloot, the former prime suspect in natalee holloway's disappearance could be freed by december if prosecutors don't file their case by then. the family of stephany flores who was found dead in van der sloot's hotel room is urging
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prosecutors to act soon. standard and poor's is reportedly under investigation by the justice department for the rating given to bond deals leading up to the financial crisis. that according to the new york times. they're looking into whether s&p business managers overruled analysts to earn more deals. casey anthony's lawyers are asking the judge to appeal a ruling saying she has to return to orlando for probation on a check fraud ruling. the ruling says anthony has to come back to orlando by august 26. police in tampa, florida, say they've headed off a columbine-style massacre, arresting a former high school
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the flight attendant told him he would have to wait to use the bathroom until takeoff. he created his own jet stream. when i first heard this story this morning, i thought there was no way it was real. the airline confirmed it beyond any shadow of skepticism. i mean they vaguely tweeted about it. "as you may have seen on the news, we're busy mopping the floor of one of our planes this morning. we would like to remind all passengers that all of planes are fully equipped with toilet facilities." the airline was busy putting the pee back in pr, some passengers couldn't hold it anymore and started spilling their versions of the incident to the press. can you blame them? they saw a thespian thes-pee-an.
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as a celebrity he's not accustomed to being told he can't do things he wants to do when he wants to do them. things like going to the bathroom. he's probably used to being pampered. i would go as far as to say he depends on it. put a graphic in case you didn't get the reference. depends on it. sad when you think about it. this guy has been in hundreds of movies. we'll be he remembered for that? probably not. will he be remembered for "green card?" probably not. this incident will probably go down as his number one role. there's a bright side. whether you stop laughing? it's distracting. now that we know he doesn't have any stage fright when it comes to public urination, maybe he can get together with his fellow castmates and they have a pissing contest. like a pee off. the movie was about that. so after he took his solo flight
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to urination, the plane had to turn around and go back to the gate and some unlucky cleaning crew had to deal with the tinkle. he hasn't commented on this incident. [ laughter ] i know you got it. all right. sorry. [ laughter ] this has never actually happened to me. you see this on youtube and you don't think it will actually
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happen to you. all right. sorry. all right. he hasn't commented on the incident, but if i know the european celebrity spin machine and i think i do, there will probably be some excuse like he was doing research for a movie role. as we speak i bet somewhere in paris a screenwriter is furiously typing out a piece about the periodic misadventures of an overgrown drunk. they say he wasn't drunk and tried to pee in a bottle. i'm not sure that version holds water. in any case, chin up. this incident was in all of the paper but nothing but yellow journalism and soon it will be flushed from our memories. go with the flow on the ridiculist. we'll be right back.
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