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heading north. what's making headlines on cnn money this morning? >> freddie mac's ceo. he is stepping down. he has only been ceo of freddie mac since 2009. and the group is not give anything reason for his departure. he just said he wanted to retire. keep in mind since 2008, freddi mac and fannie mae have cost taxpayers about $41 million. so it's a rough job to say the least. >> thank you very much. "american morning" continues right now. survey says, mitt romney. a brand new poll showing romney out in front in the first four voting states and rick perry hanging around newt gingricging. a madoff bombshell. what ruth says she and her husband vowed to do together following bernie madoff's arrest
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nearly three years ago. occupy wall street protesters were met by police. clashes break out, arrests were made. on this "american morning." good morning to you. it is thursday, october 27. welcome to "american morning" an incredibly busy morning. >> it sure is we start with europe. investors across the globe, news they've been waiting for. europe striking a deal to address its long-running debt crisis. this agreement made overnight after a marathon 11 hours of talks. that has sparked a major rally in europe and asia. u.s. stock futures are also significantly higher. we begin coverage this morning in brussels, belgium. >> after 11 hours of fraught negotiations, eu leaders did finally manage to come up with what they call a lasting and incredible agreement to solve
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the eurozone debt crisis once and for all. here it is. in the 15-page draft communique that was wrapped up soon after talks, they aim to solve problems. these leaders decided to boost the eurozone firepower or esff, by no less than four fold or maybe even five fold to reinforce the problem of greece and to prevent italy and spain from being infected by the same issues. another particularly sticky point of constitution that took hours of negotiating was the issue of agreeing to a haircut or writedown with private bondholders that owned greek debt. they managed to push through proposals for a voluntary 50% haircut with those investors and last but not least, the banks have had people worried for quite so long, seem to be the last of these ministers' problems. they managed to push through early in the negotiations to
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recapitalize the european banks to the tune of 106 billion euros. will it be enough? and how long will it take to put into place. nina dos santos, cnn, brussels. >> let's take a closer look at this deal. let's talk about what it's really meant to do, what it solves. not only at least for now some of the greek debt crisis, it solves the instability of euro banks and european bailout fund. what is it in deal specifically? private holders, meaning nongovernment holders of greek bonds are taking as nina said, a 50% haircut. 50% of value of the investment is dropping what that does for greek debt. it drops gdp -- debt to gdp ratio from 50% to 120%. that is big, by the way, but a lot more manageable. a big $100 billion monetary fund of money.
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this boosts the impact of the existing eu bailout fund. what's important in this deal? it creates new ways for others to invest in the eu and china which has lots of money, could be a major investor. european banks need to increase their core capital. the safe amount of capital they have to 9%. here is the danger, though. in the long run, this deal may not be enough. we're still waiting to see what the reaction is as investors in the west start to wake up to this and study it and see whether it's enough. some say it may not be enough. >> when you talk about core capital. the amount of money they have to have that is safe. the money in their bank that they can't be lending out 10 times, 11 times, 12 times, the big, overleveraging that gets banks in trouble. that starts to cause concerns about how much the economy can grow if banks are holding so much cash. >> the amount of core capital the bank has to lend, minimum they have to have is 9%.
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the average person thinks banks have a lot more cash on hand than -- >> yes, they do. absolutely do. early numbers, futures are looking good this morning. >> that's encouraging are. >> exactly. now on to politics. the republican battle for the white house. brand new poll numbers on four key early states. in a race where we know momentum could mean everything. mitt romney is blowing out the field in two of them. and herman cain is right there with him in the other two. cnn deputy political director paul stein haushauser is live i washington. >> we talk a lot about national polls. there is no national primary. that's why state polls are so important. these are the first four states in the battle for nomination. it is a battle for states and delegates. you can see in florida. we'll start in florida. florida has become a power player. remember it will have its primary on january 31st. mitt romney, a 12-point lead over herman cain.
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one reason? he's doing really well with those at or near retirement age in florida. and they are a really big factor in the sunshine state. in new hampshire, you could say home field advantage for romney. why? they know him really well in that state. governor of neighboring massachusetts and a lot of southern new hampshire. he has a home in new hampshire. spent a lot of time out there the past few years. he leads among all of the subsets and we're talking about tea party supporters and even christian conservatives, carol. >> herman cain, let's talk about him a little bit. much closer in a couple of other key states. tell us about that. >> let's start with iowa. iowa will have its caucus on january 3rd. they lead the calendar. let's take a look at the cnn timeline. when you break this down, what's happening in iowa, romney gets most of that establishment and
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moderate republican vote. cain, ron paul, and all of the rest seem to be dividing up the tea party vote and social conservative vote in iowa which is pretty important. south carolina, first southern state to vote. they will have their primary on january 1st. romney and cain knotted up at the top. and romney getting more of the establishment vote and the others spl others splitting the social conservative vote. it's only october and a lot of people are still undecided. only a quarter have definitely made their mind up, sticking with their candidate. things could change between now and the middle of january. >> you got that. thank you. rick perry was right up there with mitt romney in the polls until the debates began. now perry is thinking about skipping some of the remaining debates. per ooh camp saying he might
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rather spend time with the voters. >> we certainly respect the process, but when you have eight or nine candidates and 30 seconds to a minute, it takes valuable time away from campaigning in iowa, as those elections approach. >> do i take that as he's not -- are you saying he's going to look over the calendar and scratch some of them out? >> there are 18 more in the planning phase. no way that the candidates can do all of those debates. >> perry says taking part in the debates was a mistake. analysts called his performance anything from instead to a flat out disaster. anywhere from a dozen to 18 more gop debates in the works right now. can you imagine, 18 more debates? >> i don't think it's fair to call anybody up there a disaster. we were at the last debate in las vegas. to get up there and, you know.
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>> carol says disaster. >> not in the last one, because he did better. but he got into an argument with mitt romney. and that diminished him even more, because he came off as petty. so maybe it's a good idea for rick perry not to participate in in 19 mo 918 more debates. but by like number 15, key be good. >> lot of experts say this crowd will thin out by february. >> you think about how much heat around him before he was declared. when everyone wanted him in, and he gets in, and now at 9%. >> what if he hadn't participated in debates until later? his campaign people knew debating wasn't his thing. what if he met with smaller groups of voters and talked to him one-on-one which he's very good at and then practiced and participated in later debates? >> maybe he's going to try that out. >> we'll see.
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hundreds of wall street protesters took to the streets overnight to show support for the occupy oakland movement. as you can see, a number of clashes broke out after protesters started walking in the street, something pro police have problems with. ten people taken away for disorderly conduct. in oakland itself, occupy protesters held a vigil for scott olson, a two-time iraq war veteran, whose skull was allegedly broken in a clash between police wednesday night. a stunning revelation from ruth madoff, wife of bernard madoff in an interview with "60 minutes," madoff says the burden of her husband's crimes was so heavy they attempted suicide. >> i don't know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves, because it was so
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horrendous, what was happening. we had terrible phone calls, hate mail. just beyond anything. and i said i can't -- i just can't go on anymore. >> ruth madoff says they tried to overdose on pills, but they woke up the next day. her husband now serving a life sentence after his conviction of serving billions of dollars in the largest ponzi scheme in history. testimony at the manslaughter trial of michael jackson's doctor, conrad murray, drawing to a close. the defense will call its final two witnesses. scientific experts say they hope will convince jurors that jackson gave himself the drug overdose that killed him in court yesterday, five character witnesses said dr. murray saved their lives. their testimonials brought murray to tears at one point. they described him as a gentle, caring doctor. not the inept opportunist that the prosecution has portrayed. >> that man sitting there is the
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best doctor i've ever seen. >> i have never had a doctor more caring, never, and dr. murray is a very caring doctor. he is a very thorough doctor. >> i've known him, know him, know his love, compassion, feelings, for his patients. you can ask every one of them and they will say exactly the same thing. he's the most -- he's the best doctor i've ever been to. >> i've gone to a lot of doctors. a lot of doctors. and i've never had one who gave me the care that he did. >> the jury in the michael jackson death trial could get the case early next week. amanda knox's former italian boyfriend says she and knox have been speaking or writing each other every day since they were acquitted of murdering meredith kerchner earlier this month. rafael sollecito plans to visit
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knox at her home in washington. while they are not together as a couple, he can't wait to see amanda again and talk to her about the experience that nearly crushed them. champagne still on ice for the texas rangers who lead 3-2 over the st. louis cardinals. game six in st. louis was rained out. rangers and cards will try again tonight with texas. one win away from the first world series win. if the cards win a seventh and deciding game will be played on friday, unless it rains. the next generation of american drones could operate under war. barba sta a starr tells us ab. and hurricane rina has cancun bracing. and president obama's memoir required reading? the state department under fire
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asia, are urgently trying to get their hands on them according to a new pentagon report. targeting the u.s. with industrial he is peonage is a growing problem. the pentagon witnessed a stunning increase of over 140% in attempts to get military information of all types. industry reports everything from phone calls, asking for pricing and technical information, to cyber attacks aimed at outright stealing. >> if it's a choice between stealing our technology and developing your own, it's a lot cheaper to try to steal our good stuff than to try to develop it with your own money. >> reporter: weapons expert john pike says china is most likely behind most of the efforts to steal underwater secrets. >> the chinese are interested in underwater drones the same reason that everybody else is, over the last decade, we've seen this explosion of activity in aerial drones and everybody believes that underwater drones will be the next great thing.
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>> reporter: the pentagon found more than 70% of all attempts to get access to this technology came from east asian and pacific nations, but the report does not name countries. it's a region getting increased military attention. defense secretary leon panetta now in asia promises stronger ties in the face of growing chinese military power and an unstable north korea. >> we'll maintain our presence, not only maintain our presence, but we're going to strengthen our presence in the pacific region. >> of course, there are commercial uses for this type of underwater technology as well. monitoring fisheries, offshore oil drilling, and even looking for old shipwrecks. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> the white house now defending the state department's decision to buy more than $70,000 of president obama's books, saying embassies provide them to help
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advance u.s. foreign policy. the white house saying the decision was made by individual embassies around the world and that washington had nothing to do with it. "the washington times" first reported that embassies from egypt to south korea to indonesia spent thousands of dollars to stock their libraries with copies of the president's memoirs. also new this morning, y italian lawmakers literally at each other's throat. a dispute over pension reform led to fisa cuffs. the issue a hot topic of debate as italy deals with its own debt crisis. kenyan trooped backed by tanks is poring into somalia, aimed at rooting out rebels. air strike launched against several training sites used by al shabab.
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thousands of women in yemen are taking a stand. they burned veils and head scarves and accused yemeni government of killing women and children and called on tribal leaders to speak out against attacks. the occupy movement spreading to pakistan. 75 people came together yesterday for an occupy islamabad rally. protests aimed at the world bank and what they call an unfair capitalist world. still to come, republicans furious over the botched fast and furious gun running program. homeland security secretary janet napolitano getting an earful. one lawmaker could barely stay in his seat. and a lawsuit against pe seaworld. more, when we come back. it's 22 past the hour.
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welcome back. minding your business this morning. right now, markets on track to open sharply higher, after european leaders reached an agreement, finally overnight to deal with that region's debt crisis. overseas markets are also significantly higher at this hour. that agreement coming after a marathon 11 hours of talks. the plan involves three parts. private investors, holding greek debt, will take a 50% loss on their investment and that will in turn reduce the amount of debt that greece owes. it also shores up the region's banks and creates a stronger, more dynamic bailout fund. this morning, we're waiting for the first estimate of how much the u.s. economy grew in the third quarter. economists predicted 2.5% growth
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rate in the quarter that report out in two hours, along with a new read on how many americans filed jobless claims for the first time last week. for the first time since last year's deadly deepwater horizon explosion, bp is getting ready to drill for oil in the gulf of mexico. the company has been granted a drilling permit by federal officials. a spokesman for bp says work on the well will begin as soon as operationally possible. a new milestone for women in business. with the add of virginia rommety of ibm and a woman at the helm of pharmaceutical company ryland. by the end of 2011, 18 women will be running 500 of the largest corporations. "american morning," back after this break. ♪
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welcome back to "american morning." 30 minutes past the hour. mitt romney on top in the first four voting states. he has double digit leads in new hampshire and florida. but herman cain within striking distance in iowa and north carolina. weeks after bernie madoff's ponzi scheme was revealed, he tried to commit suicide with his wife. that according to ruth madoff. and occupy protesters marched through lower manhattan last night to show support for demonstrators in oakland who were pushed out of their encampment by police. ten people were taken into custody for disobeying orders to stay on the sidewalks. hurricane rina bearing down on mexico the storm isn't
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packing much punch. that's a good thing. it's now a category 1 hurricane. >> american tourists are worried vacation plans might be washed out. >> we were upset. we waited a long time to come here, and we thought we're going to have fun, and the first thing they told us is we have to evacuate. >> i love the sun, i love the beach, and now everything's downhill. >> just enjoying the last bit of sun we can get on the beach, so we'll be all right. they took real good care of us. >> all right. reynolds wolf, tracking rina. 24 hours ago, rafael romo told us if you weren't out by then, you weren't going home. >> i would expect travel conditions to be relatively the same. there are some fluctuations. we still have as it a category 1 storm. drifting northwest at 6 miles
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per hour. over the next several days, we'll see fluctuations, which is usually the case of these tropical systems. move up toward the north towards cancun and cozumel and fear east. and sunday at 1:00 a.m., latest forecast we have is 45 miles per hour maximum sustained winds and what's interesting, if you take a look at computer models, they go everywhere. some toward florida, and two of them pull back toward havana, cuba, and some of them back and south across the yucatan. we don't know where it will go in excess of 72 hours or some of we'll watch it carefully. no question. certainly will cause delays. anyone trying to get out of cancun will have a difficult time. getting in, same situation. just trying to get to the airport, you might be facing delays in new york and philadelphia. due to rain and win. new york, boston, same situation. delays an hour or less.
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chicago and detroit, low clouds and showers could delay you. and dallas, showers in late afternoon could cause problems. the frontal boundary from parts to the northeast still down to the central plains, top happlf the system, out of denver, colorado, yesterday, some 8 inches of snow. across parts of the great basin we go. very dry conditions and the wind picking up out of the west coast. san gabriels to the sierra nevadas, fire threat will remain in effect as far south as san diego. for central plains and midwest, the freeze threat, hard freeze, warning, watch, advisories in effect through tomorrow. a lot of it will shift off to the northeast. by tomorrow morning from buffalo, back to new york and even into boston, chillier conditions. in new york city, you will be just away from the hard freeze warning and watch and advisories. good news for you. pitch it back to you in new york. >> thank you, reynolds.
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>> you bet. >> thanks for that good news. not looking forward to cold weather. i'll admit it. janet napolitano grilled on capitol hill about the botched fast and furious gun running program which put illegal guns in the hands of drug cartels in an effort to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons south. it literally backfired and some weapons found at the murder scenes of two federal agents. republicans shocked to find out napolitano never met with attorney general holder about the program. take a look at this heated exchange. >> i find that absolutely stunning. and for you to have two dead agents and to have never had a conversation with eric holder about fast and furious and about this is totally unacceptable. totally unacceptable. >> your time is expired. >> mr. chairman, i know repetitive chafetzz has his opinion on this matter, as his tone reveals, but i would
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suggest that no one takes the deaths of agents more seriously than i. >> attorney general eric holder has been subpoenaed for documents related to the fast and furious program. also new in morning, the attorney for the parents of a missing 11-month-old missouri to toddler, a day after investigators say lisa irwin's parents have refused separate interviews. the irwin's attorney says that the couple is not opposed to separate interviews. police are scheduled to interview lisa's 6-year-old and 8-year-old brothers. we're about to fin out if killer whales are protected under the u.s. constitution. peta will file a lawsuit against seaworld. the 25-page complaint claim that the whales are held in slavery or involuntary servitude. seaworld calls it a baseless publicity stunt. >> really? crews have uncovered a
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you need a car you can count on. all right. welcome back to "american morning." this has been a year of historic global upheaval. in the middle east, the arab spring uprising drove egypt's
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president out of office and in libya, a dictator of 42 years met his bloody end. here in the u.s., the occupy wall street is building momentum. in cities like oakland, california, we're beginning see violent clashes with police. we're taking an in-depth look at these movements and where all of this is heading. cnn international correspondent ben wedeman is joining us. he has covered every arab spring uprising and is looking now at occupy wall street. wheres that occupy wall street fit in? >> you have to fit in, the arab world has very unique circumstances. almost every one of these countries have been living under dictatorships for decades. brutal dictatorships. where if you step out of line, you will be arrested, tortured, possibly executed in a dark
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room. they realized they needed a long time to organize an effective uprising against the regimes. and that's what happened in egypt. it happened very suddenly, this january, but behind the scenes, behind closed doors, they were working and organizing and making contacts. i think what we're seeing here in occupy wall street is a genuine manifestation of unhappiness with the political and economic system. but it's more spontaneous. clear that even though there is a core of people who are dedicated and well organized, it's attracted a motley group of people that don't know where it's going. >> the egyptian flag flying, beneath the american flag in zukati park in lower manhattan. many of the organizers, if you can call them organizers, they say they are not organized, say they modeled themselves after
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the arab spring. one of the organizers in egypt, i want to listen to what he said quickly. >> they need more communication and more clear, united goals, united demands, and a plan on how to reach more people. >> they say the point is they are not going to have a list of demands, they are against the status quo. will they get more organized? do they need to get more organized? will that make them more effective? >> should they get more organized? that's definitely the case. will it happen? it's a beginning. and accident melthmed maher saie first step of the first step them have a long way to go. he was a bit baffled by the whole thing. he, like i, was surprised by how small it is. when they took over the square in egypt, we are talking about tens of thousands of people
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paralyzing a city of 18 million. i was down there, i walked one block, and you wouldn't know anything was going on. >> we have pictures of you in benghazi that i find very moving. all of the people in the streets. i mean, look at you on this rooftop and the people behind you, can you compare that with occupy wall street, what they want, what they are fighting against, and i guess the emotional image of that? >> i mean, you have to realize, 42 years of this dictatorship and essenticertainly the first s in libya it was incredible, mind blowing. people would come up and say how much they hated gadhafi, how much they wanted basic rights, freedom and dignity. not really a comparison with the united states, where life is relatively good. >> losing its status.
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>> losing its edge, but it's apples and oranges. the situation in libya was completely different. >> when you went to occupy wall street, did you feel the -- and we've noticed the people who are there really feel like they will change something. >> of course you feel the passion. you have to be passionate to sleep out there night after night. it seems to be attracting a lot of other people who aren't really part of the occupy wall street movement. activist s for tibet, and when you have a small group like that, it's diluted by all of the other people that have latched on to the movement. >> when you look at libya i want to end, such an expert of what is happening there, so monumental, do you see this national transitional council moving forward in this country having the hope it hasn't had for four decades? are you hopeful for the future for libya here?
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>> i'm hopeful for the long term. in the short term, it's going to be messy. if you look at every system, every country, where you have had a long dictatorship, followed by the end of it, like yugoslavia, like iraq, there is going to be a period of uncertainty, chaos perhaps. but libya has a lot going for it, it has a small population, wonderful real estate on the mediterranean. >> natural resources, unbelievable. >> most oil resources in africa are relatively well educated population. so i just think they need to get their political house in order. there are a lot of problems between the islamists and the secularists. the military and the political, but in the long term, i think libya will find its way. >> if journalism is a rough draft of history it will be quite interesting to see what the history books say about people, and people rising up here, there, all over the country, all over the world in
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2011. ben wedeman, on the front lines for all of it. thanks, been. carol. still ahead on "american morning," a drunken, topless 128-mile-per-hour car chase. i don't think i can go on. >> say it! >> in a g-string. now, tell me you're not sticking around for that one. >> that's way more interesting what i'm about to tease. herman cain's new ad featuring his chief of staff smoking on camera it was right in letterman, conan and leno's wheel house. you'll want to hear what they have to say. it's pretty funny. 46 minutes past the hour scott olson is it at again, the inventor of roller blades has a new way to move people around. this is skyride. a human powered elevated monorail. >> my ideas have all been pretty much moving with the roller blades, and the row bike, the
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skyride. >> reporter: skyride's capsules hang from a track and can travel up to 30 miles per hour, no gas required. it gets its power from you. two versions, one where you row, and one you pedal. >> the important part of the development has been the actual drive system. what allows people to propel themselves along the track, smoothly, quickly, efficiently safely. so we can adapt it to different people's needs. >> reporter: they expect skyrides at ski resorts in the future and they eventually see it as a replacement for cars and buss in cities. brooke baldwin, cnn, atlanta.
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49 minutes after the hour. here is what you need to know to start your day. new cnn/time poll shows mitt romney on top. double digits leads in new hampshire and florida. herman cain within striking distance in south carolina and iowa. in a new interview, ruth madoff says she and her husband were so distraught after his ponzi scheme arrest in 2008, they tried to commit suicide on christmas eve of that year. two more survivors pulled from the rubble, the death toll
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now stands at 471, with more than 1,600 injured. heavy monsoonal rains triggered the worst flooding in more than half a century in thailand. the government plans to open evacuation centers in eight provinces. thousands forced to leave the city. more than 370 people have been killed since july. occupy wall street protests getting out of hand last night in the streets of manhattan. police arresting at least ten people. they were marching to show their support for an iraq war veteran who was hurt when police forced them out of encampments with teargas. cardinals versus texas rangers. first series washout since 2008 in philadelphia. that's the news you need to start your day. "american morning" is back, right after this.
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welcome back to "american morning." 51 minutes past the hour. why do these things always happen in ohio? a high-speed chase with the top down. well, if it was a convertible, it would be normal, but in this case, it really wasn't. police in ohio were forced to chase down a car that hit speeds of 128 miles per hour on the highway. they put out the spike strips and finally brought the car to a stop. >> whoa! what's going on there. >> that's the driver of the car, topless, tattooed stumbling and a g-string on and nothing else. came out with hands up. did you see that. >> she had sneakers on too. >> good, always want sneakers.
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>> started kick screaming in the back of the cruiser. her name is 28-year-old erin holzworth. she is charged with a list of crimes, including dui and driving with a suspended license. >> wow. >> you're from ohio? pumpkins are pimp kins. not hard to find in the suburbs of detroit. rolling all over 69 6, bouncing off cars, breaking windshields after a truck lost its load during the morning rush. it's so wet, pumpkin prices going up, that's a lot of inventory there. halloween tradition, look, ohio. the annual pumpkin roll in th shagrin falls, just outside of cleveland. most don't reallily are. then kids slide down the slop. everyone knows halloween can get
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messy. >> that's the kind of clean fun we're used to in ohio. >> and everyone is wearing clothes. what we like to see in ohio. okay, the stuff late-night dreams are made of. herman cain's new internet campaign ad that features the campaign staff dragging on the cigarette. it has set off a firestorm of parody. >> jeanne moos had to hahn out awards. >> reporter: suddenly, everybody is pretebdsing to smoke. and it's all because this man, herman cain's chief of staff. >> we can take this country back. >> reporter: took one little drag in a campaign ad. >> i'm not the only one that smokes in america for god sake. >> reporter: no everyone is inhaling his smoke, one parody even paraphrases charles sheen. >> i'm on a drug, and it's called herman cain.
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herman cain has tiger blood. >> reporter: from a left leaning political group in south carolina, asking herman cain, what are you smoking? not since the famous witch ad -- >> i'm not a witch. >> have we seen a spot so parodied. we'll send out the silvery smoke ring award to our favorites. one measly smoke ring to the letterman show for its video parody. >> rich lowrie here, chief economic adviser for herman cain. >> reporter: for all those who replaced the cigarette with booze, we award two smoke rings. our three smoke ring award goes to conan's show for most imaginative prop. we aword jimmy kimmel and his crew four smoke rings for
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inventive voiceover. >> i'm herman cain and i approve cigarettes and if that doesn't make me sound crazy, check out this smile. >> reporter: the smile that takes eight seconds to develop prompted stephen colbert to challenge cain to a slow smile contest. >> go! >> reporter: colbert managed to stretch his smile 25 seconds. >> we'll be right back. >> reporter: the coveted five smoke ring awards goes to "the colbert report" for replacing smoking with sniffing. >> we hope you share our vision. >> reporter: by the way, we'd like to bestow a shortened lifetime achievement award to the human smoke machine who provided us with our smoke screen. jeanne moos, cnn. new york.
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>> i am still unclear as to what the genesis of that ad was. herman cain is effective getting people to talk about his stuff. >> his campaign manager was trying to be just like -- >> every man. >> every man, right? ev ever. >> we are talking about it. >> joe versus the reporter. we'll hear from the self-proclaimed ambush reporter who got under the vice president's skin. 57 minutes after the hour. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com honey bunny. [ babbles ] [ laughs ] we would do anything for her. my name is kim bryant and my husband and i made a will on legalzoom. it was really easy to do. [ spits ] [ both laugh ] [ shapiro ] we created legal zoom to help you take care of the ones you love. go to legalzoom.com today and complete your will in minutes. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side.
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your kids, here on "american morning." and good morning to you. it is thursday, october 27. welcome to "american morning." >> new developmented in occurity to tell you about. another strong earthquake hitting overnight. the 5.4 mactud earthquake hit southeastern turkey near the boarder with iraq and iran. no word on damage or casualties. the death toll in sunday's 7.2 quake rising overnight. and stands at 523 people killed. rescuers are still finding survivors. three more people pulled from the rubble alive, including a 19-year-old student who spent 91 hours trapped in a five-story building that collapsed. >> all eyes on the market as europe struck a deal to fix its long-running debt crisis. europe and asia responding positively. investors will take a 50%
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loss -- private investors take a 50% loss on greek bonds. and they must raise $150 billion in new capital to protect themselves from potential debt default and they'll expand the region's emergency bail unit fund. now to politics. brand new poll numbers from four key early states. mitt romney holding strong in two of those states. herman cain right there with him in the other two states. paul steinhauser live in washington to break down numbers for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we talk about national polls. no national primary. a battle for the states and delegat delegates. let's get right to the figures and start with florida. cnn time/orc brand new numbers. sunshine state has become a player, on the 31st, their primary, of january knee. romney with a 12-point advantage over herman cain, former god father's pizza ceo.
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romney does very well with seniors and those about to retirement age. they are very influential in florida. new hampshire, the first primary state in the nation, for mitt romney, kind of home field advantage. a humongous lead over everybody else. why? he used to be the governor of neighboring na ining massachuse. they watch boston tv. they know mitt romney. ahead in all of the subsets, including tea party activists and born-again christians. >> interesting. let's talk about the other two important states. romney's lead not so impressive in those states. >> pretty much a dead heat. iowa, the caucus on january 3rd will lead off the primary caucus calendar. romney, 24% support among republicans. cain 21%. everybody else lower. three-point advantage of romney within the sampling error. what's going on in iowa? romney getting more mainstream establishment vote. cain, paul, gingrich, and the
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rest, dividing the social conservative voters, born-again christians and tea party activists. same story in south carolina. they vote on january 21st, first southern state to have a primary or caucus. romney and cain dead even at the top. of everybody else a little lower. same story in south carolina, carol. >> the caveat still, most gop voters have not made up their mind. no one candidate has really strong support, right? >> exactly. that's why things can change. we valts over two months until voting begins. check out the numbers. we ask, are you firmly with your candidate, 100% not going to change your mind? you can see only a quarter of the voters in iowa feel that way, slightly more in new hampshire. but a lot of opinions still not made up. time to change your mind, carol. >> paul steinhauser, thank you. another new poll from ohio shows president obama has a slight edge over mitt romney and other major gop don'ters.
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a state president obama won by five points in 2008 and put president george w. bush over the top in 2004. t romney is behind obama 45% to 41%. that is within the margin of error. perry was right up there until the debates began. now perry is thinking about skipping some debates, saying he would rather spend more time with the voters, anywhere from a dozen to 18 more gop debates in the works right now. and the white house defending the state department's decision to buy more than $70,000 of obama's books. embassies provide them to advance foreign policy. the decision was made by individual embassies around the world, washington had nothing to do with it. embassies from egypt to south korea to indonesia spent thousands to stock libraries with the copy of president's
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memoirs. a stunning admission from ruth madoff, the wife of convicted con man bernard madoff. she tells cbs's "60 minutes," christmas eve 2008, just after madoff admitted to the biggest ponzi scheme in history, they decided to check out. >> i don't remember whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves, because it was so horrendous what was happening. we had terrible phone calls, hate mail, just beyond anything, and i said i can't -- i just can't go on anymore. that's when i packed up some things to send to my sons and my grandchildren. i had some lovely antique things and things that i thought they might want. i mailed them, it was christmas eve. that added to the whole
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depression. we took pills. and woke up the next day. >> what did you take? >> i think ambien. >> how many? >> i don't even remember. i had -- i took what we had. >> did you leave notes? >> no. it was very impulsive. and i'm glad we woke up. >> it's the first time ruth madoff has spoken publicly since her husband's arrest. bernard madoff is now serving a life sentence. hurricane rina closing in on mexico the storm not packing the punch it once had. a category 1 hurricane. but on mention mexico's yucatan peninsula, they are bracing for an intense storm surge. what's happening right now, rafael? >> reporter: well, we have had periods of torrential rain overnight. it stopped right now, right now just a light rain and winds have started to pick up.
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one thing i can tell you is that two strategic locations in this part of the yucatan peninsula and mexico have been evacuated, about 2,800 people who were evacuated from the islands of hobosh. and 2,800 people, 200 were tourists. speaking of tourists, there was chaos last night and all of yesterday at the international airport here in cancun, when thousands, upon thousands, of domestic and international tourists, many of them were american, were frantically trying to get a flight out of cancun. they didn't really listen to the warning from authorities saying if you didn't have a flight already reserved, there was no way you were going to get one, so it was a very chaotic situation at the airport. we also understood that the mexican government has deployed about 1,800 troops to this part
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of mexico the main concern now seems to be torrential rain. not so much the winds as they were talking about a couple of days ago, christine. >> rafael romo, thank you so much. we watch the satellite pictures. a real punch for some of the people there. thank you so much. let's go to reynolds wolf to tell us what's going on with this and everything else. >> good morning. rina pulling itself to the north, doing itself near 75 miles per hour, maximum susta sustained winds. not expected to strengthen. in fact, the latest forecast from the national you are hurricane center has it weakening once it gets closer to cancun. possibly because of interaction with land, away from primary power source it will begin to die out. water helps things strengthen, warm water, plenty of it. the path according to the latest forecast. brings it partially over land. winds near 65 by friday morning. saturday, begins to pull north of the yucatan. winds of 50, 45 by sunday.
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again, expecting this to weaken from now toward the end of the weekend. something else we're watching is the forecast around the rest of the nation, which includes delays. delays in cancun. people trying to leave. people trying to arrive. not going to happen with the system. rough weather in parts of new york and philadelphia. thunderstorms possible later on today in dallas and also in d.c. metro, chicago, detroit, boston. showers and winds could keep you grounded. delays in most spots just under an hour. philadelphia and new york, due to the rain and wind. we're going to be seeing not on delays, but delays on i-35, parts of texas and oklahoma city. central plains, a lot of cold air funneling down from the north. that will be felt not only this morning, but possibly for days to come. morning low temperatures in the 20s and 30s for portions of the central plains, and the wind will make it feel even colder with wind gusts topping 30 miles per hour. that is for thursday and friday. a great deal of the cold air will pull its way to the
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northeast as we go into friday morning. saturday, morning lows 20s and 30s for the eastern great lakes to spots like philadelphia, new york. you should escape those freezing conditions. to the north of you, you will certainly have that. boston, you will have a bit of that. same deal for burlington and the nation's capital. we fast forward into tonight's game again. 8:06. talking you about cold weather. fairly mild. 53 degrees for the first pitch. winds out of the north at 5 miles an hour. first pitch at 8:05 eastern. that's the latest, let's pitch it back to you in new york. >> thanks, reynolds. >> as the defense nears the end of its case in the michael jackson death trial, doctors hear from dr. conrad murray's trial, bringing murray to tears at one point. >> he says he is anything but the greedy physician that prosecutors made him out to be. ted rowlands in l.a.
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>> we will hear from their medical expert. yesterday was an emotional day in court for dr. conrad murray. taerd up a couple of times during the series of character witnesses, all patients of his, five in all that got up on the stand and said dr. murray was a great doctor. >> i know him. i know his love, compassion, his feelings. for his patients. he's the best doctor i've ever been to, because of the treatment, because of the clarity of what he's doing. and the followups. and i just don't think he did what he's being accused muof. >> reporter: the defense is using these witness forces two reasons. one to build up the doctor, and to dissuade the jury that he's a greedy doctor.
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specifically, they had him talk about murray's practice in an underserved area of houston, texas. >> if this man had been greedy, he never would have come to an area, a community. 75% poor, on welfare and social security. >> the main witness, though, for the defense is coming up later today. dr. paul white. is he their anesthesiologist and propofol expert. he will have a lot of pressure to convince the jury that it wasn't dr. conrad murray that michael jackson accidentally killed himself. >> thank you. moammar gadhafi is gone. libya would like to see nato's no-fly zone lifted by this month. before a final decision is made, an ability of libya's ability to
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secure its own border is needed first. in the case of missing baby lisa irwin, authorities plan to interview irwin's young brothers. both boys were in the house the night she disappeared. parents are refusing to be interviewed separately. but the couple's attorney says they are not opposed to being interview as long as their attorneys are present. and crews have uncovered a one-ton canon from blackbeard's ship. mother nature says play ball. the world series resumes in st. louis tonight. game six. if rangers win it, the first championship. the cardinals are going for number 11. >> sure to be a great game. still to come this morning, fighting the taliban on twitter. how u.s. troops are using social media to take on the enemy in afghanistan. occupy wall street protesters take to the streets.
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it is 17 minutes past the hour. welcome back to "american morning." the so-called supercommittee appears stuck and the clock is ticking. they are to have a plan to cut 1$1.2 trillion from the deficit in less than a month. here is kate bolduan. >> after more than a month of closed door meetings, a fast approaching november 23rd deadline, sources tell cnn the so-called supercommittee is making little progress. the co-chair appeared unfazed. >> i remain encouraged that the members of the joint select committee know how serious the situation is i believe they are all committed to achieving the goal and until the stroke of midnight on november 22nd, we still have plenty of time to do the committee's work. >> reporter: that may be so but with so much at stake, many are growing skeptical that they can
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strike a deal of 1.2 trillion in deficit savings. mia mcginn necessary is chair of committee for a responsible federal budget. >> this is not about creating new programs. it's a huge leap of faith and say we'll do the tough stuff that everybody knows needs to be done. >> reporter: the tough stouf ufl along? democrats oppose cuts in benefits, and republicans oppose tax increases. >> all of the commissions that have looked at this problem have come to the conclusion you can't do it by spending cuts alone, you can't do it by revenue increases alone. >> reporter: add to that, the fact that experts michael is rivland, a former white house budget director, if they meet the required savings, it may not be enough to fix the country's
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debt problems. >> if you stick with the 1.2 trillion over ten years, it sounds like a big number, but it doesn't actually stabilize the debt. >> to fix the problem, we need $ 4 trillion to $6 trillion debt reduction. >> reporter: the committee could reach agreement on 1.2 trillion on savings or more, a partial agreeme agreement, where some of the required trigger or across the board cuts would set in. they could also possibly reach some sort of a two-step process, including some cuts and then also an outline for future deficit savings, leaving the details for the relevant congressional committees to handle later. they, again, have only four weeks left. kate bolduan, cnn, capitol hill. >> all right. hundreds of wall street protesters took to the streets overnight to show support for the occupy oakland movement. as you can see, a number of clashes broke out after some of the protesters started walking
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in the street, blocking traffic, and ignoring police orders to stay on the sidewalk. in all, ten people were taken away for disorderly conduct. we are joined now from our affiliate, wpix in new york. clearly tensions rising from the police and protesters. >> reporter: absolutely. what happened last night all of the protesters and we're hearing more than 400 actually, were in the streets, marching up in lower manhattan into greenwich village and soho, which is quite a bit from here. when they met with cops it was chaos. to say the word chaos is one thing, but i want to play video that was tweeted to me by one of our viewers. let me play it for up to hear the word chaos is one thing, but to hear chaos is another. listen to this. this is from someone who was right there in the crowd. and that's why twitter is so valuable.
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we get to see these images and hear this. chaos is out in the streets right there. but i want to tell you a little more. we were there as well. not as close as this. police were keeping the press back, but listen to our video and let's take a look at that at this point. i want to show you that. the situation, they were out there, supporting the people in oakland. and huge, huge clashes occurred. basically, the goal was to show solidarity. fellow protesters kicked out of encampments in oakland and atlanta. result was chaos and arrests. one of the protesters left to go to city hall. the crowd tried to change their route. they quickly met a police barricade and that's when the clash began. some tried to call off the march. some walked in the streets, as far as soho and greenich village. by 11:00 last night, things back to normal. this morning, things pretty
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quiet out here, people are resting, just sleeping, hanging out in tents. seems like it's all back to normal for now. now we're hearing there are problems here within the parking because some people think there are free loaders coming in and taking all of the wonderful food that's been donated. organic chicken and other things, so we'll have to wait and see what will happen with that. >> all right. the drama continues. thank you so much. in oakland, california, occupy protesters held a vigil for scott olson, a two-time iraq war veteran seriously injured during a clash with police on tuesday. protesters say scott olson suffered a skull fracture when he was hit by a projectile filed by police this is a youtube video of scott from that night. a police investigation -- >> what's your name, what's your name? >> he can't answer. they carried him off the streets and he's in the hospital today. all of this puts police in a tough position, i must say.
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there is criticism on both sides of the aisle from police and protesters. if you're a police officer and people are sort of egging you on in a way, because they want to be arrested, they want to post these arrest videos on youtube and the internet, what do you do? you know? an investigation going on in oakland about this specific incide incident. >> in new york, it's very clear mayor bloomberg is being very careful on how he's treating the next step. letting people stay in zucati park. people don't want someone to get hurt. >> interesting you bring that up. in contrast, oakland police wanted those people to clear out, because protesters were gathered in front of oakland city hall and impeding traffic into the building. police made the decision to clear them out. here in new york, they let them stay. it's getting interesting. still to come this morning, when politicians attack. italian lawmakers not exactly
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26 minutes this morning. minding your business. markets on track to open shar y ly higher. dow futures up 200 points, all because european leaders reached a deal to deal with the debt crisis. that agreement coming after a marathon 11 hours of talks. the plan involves three parts. private investors holding greek debt will take a 50% loss, which will reduce greece's debt. it shores up the region's banks and creates a stronger bailout fund. whoever in the united states, we're standing by for a report on the number of jobless claims
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filed last week, that report along with the first estimate on how much the economy grew in the third quarter will be released next hour. some of the big banks are now reportedly getting intelligence on foreign hackers from one of the nation's top spy agencies. according to reuter's, the national security agency is providing banks information to help them fend off cyber attacks. calls to the nsa have not been returned this morning. the makers of blackberry is being hit with a lawsuit after the four-day outage. it accuses research in motion of breach of contract, and unjust enrichment. no comment from blackberry's maker. next week, google's youtube is expected to announce a major overhaul. the site will announce its creating channels around topics like sports and arts. those channels will feature hours of original and professionally produced programming.
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welcome back, everyone. 31 minutes past the hour. arrests were made after occupy wall street protesters marched through lower manhattan last night to show support for demonstrators in oakland who were pushed out of their encampment. ten people were taken into custody for disobeying orders to stay on sidewalks. hurricane rina is expected to make landfall in mexico today. it could create devastating storm surge when it hits the beaches of yucatan peninsula. three more survivors have been pulled from the rubble in turkey. including a 19-year-old student who spent 91 hours trapped in a five-story building that had collapsed.
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the death toll now stands at 523, with more than 1,600 people hurt. u.s. troops in afghanistan are ramping up the war against the taliban, not with guns and missiles, but with words and hashtags. 140 characters at a time. it's an all-out twitter war erol burnett has the story. >> blitzes, bombs, and tweets. u.s. forces in afghanistan, fearing they were losing the information war with the taliban are fighting back with twitter. using short, 140 characters to get out their side of the story. here is a recent example of what coalition forces call taliban proppa ganda a tweet from a taliban spokesperson reads, mujahidin bring down u.s. helicopter in kunar. coalition forces fired back we have no reports of any missing
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helicopters. take any taliban reports with a block of salt. and then reports of a shootdown are false. the online war of words started last month with the taliban attack on the u.s. embassy in kab kabul. seven afghan police officers and civilians were killed arc long with six insurgents. but even before the 20-hour gun battle was over, tweets were flying. the outcome is inevitable. the question, how much longer will terrorists put innocent afghans in harm's way? i don't know. you have been putting them in harm's way for the past ten years. razed whole villages and markets and still have the nerve to talk about harm's way. >> really? 80% of civilian casualties are caused by insurgent, as in your activities. with 14,000 followers on its twitter account, isap media may
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38 minutes past the hour. welcome back to "american morning." vice president biden going after a reporter from a conservative news organization who approached him about using a rape reference in a speech. he has been pushing the president's jobs plan by quoting to rising crime statistics in cities where police have been laid off. listen to the vice president
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making that point in a speech last week, followed by his encounter with jason materra with the news organization human events. >> many cities, the result has been, and it's not unique, murder rates are up, robberies are up, rapes are up. >> do you regret using a rape reference to describe republican opposition to -- >> no, no, no. let's get it straight, guys. >> you've been using a rape reference. >> listen it me. >> i'm listening. >> i said rape was up three times. those are the numbers. go look at the numbers. murder is up, rape is up and burglaries are up. that's exactly what i said. >> and if the republicans don't pass this bill, then rape will continue to rise. >> murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crime will continue to rise. >> do you think it's appropriate for the vice president to use language -- >> we have to go. excuse me. >> jason materra does not hide
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his intentions. he says he's well known for his trademark ambush interviews. this one could cost him his press credentials. joining us with his side of the story is the editor of human events with his side of the story. >> good morning. thank you for having me on. >> thank you for being here. we appreciate it. he are being investigated by the senate press gallery for the way you approached the vice president and asked your question. have you heard from them yet? >> they are investigating my press credentials. the gallery is made up of a bunch of reasonable people. the only protocol that i violated is asking a question that the others failed to ask about the rape reference. the vice president's office actually complained to the wrong gallery. they flubbed their outrage as well. >> let's go back to the initial criticism of the way you went up to the vice president. you -- you clearly misrepresented yourself. you didn't introduce yourself,
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you didn't say you were from any organization. you actually asked the voice president f vice president for a picture and then launched into that. you didn't say i'm jason materra with human events, i have a question for you. you came across as a tourist and not a reporter, and a lot of journalists say that's a big no-no. >> well, i -- it's funny to hear some journalists, and i think most of them are on my side, howard kurtz on the program yesterday morning, cnn, saying it's a fair question. >> no, howard kurtz said it was a fair question, but the way you approached the vice president wasn't totally cool. >> it's a public place. i was wearing my media credentials. enough for other members of the press to see it. what's interesting, all of this attention focused on the tactic. in fact, i wish there was this much attention focused on me as there was on vice president and his ludicrous claim that has
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been debunked that rape is surging across the country. in fact, we only know that the vice president was lying and misleading the american people to get this jobs bill passed, only because of my exchange. then the media started to take notice, so i wish they would direct their ire and outrage to wh where it's deserved. to the vice president using a despicable rape reference. >> he did use wrong numbers, but hes given them by the local police. >> i don't think so on that end. you had "the washington post" factcheck.org were able to get the right numbers, and the voice president who has an army of researchers can't get the right numbers? he wished his republican colleagues wished that they themselves knew what it was like to be rape victims. >> you do have a point. let's get back to the original discussion. you have a reputation for ambushing politicians. we have video of you ambushing
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bernie sanders in may. the senator was signing a book on corporate greed, and you asked him to sign it to capitalism. you found it ironic actually that he's selling this book when he called himself a socialist, i get that. but i'm curious, what did you get that out of that exchange? besides an awkward moment. >> it's fun to show the hypocrisy of a self-described socialist, out selling a book for profit at a corporation. many of the corporations that the left wingers like to treat as boogiemen. i did it once i was leaving work. let's not forget, the nature of ambush interviews is nothing new. in fact, mike wallace won emmys and peabodies for targeting private citizens using undercover cameras. heck, abc news to this day uses actors and manufactures
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scenarios to prove some type of journalistic point. i'm going after a politician using my media credentials in a public place. it's a little -- it's selectively outraged. >> you told john king, are you looking to go after politicians that are used to spin and protected by teams. i get that. here is a sampling of some of your questions, this is from human events. some of our questions put to republicans. let's look. >> senator santorum, did barack obama provide the american people a bait and switch campaign about bringing historic levels of accountability and transparency to government? mr. speaker, we're celebrating the centennial of the american people what would the gipper say to the american people? is this just another con job? >> are you tough with joe biden. why not be tougher with republican candidates, even though you work for a
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conservative website. >> i'm an unapologetic conservative. a world view that i'm looking to advance conservative ideas and expose liberal lies. we are tough on republicans when we need to be. >> the same way you are tough on joe biden and bernie sanders? >> no, i don't think the republicans you just show ready ruining the country. i do think joe biden, bernie sanders and other liberals are very destructive to this country and i'm going to do everything in my power as a conservative journalist to bring awareness and attention and i've been successful doing so. >> that's where got you journalism fails i think. we want frtruth from both sidesf the aisle. when it behoove your readerston the truth from both sides? >> it's a conservative first. it's not chilling to any particular party. the exchange with joe biden was
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impromptu. i took the opportunity afforded to me. the media, though, has a bias and a presupposition. they hide it well. it's a veneer. >> i know, i know. >> this is my world view, this is my standard, and i'm going to ask questions that comport with my world vow. but at least i'm up front about it. >> you are up front about it, that is true. jason mattera, thank you for joining us. >> thank you very much. >> you knew that was going to come up, didn't you? >> i think that the discussion here is he a journalist, or a partisan? >> and advocacy journalism. some people like to say it's advocacy journalism, where you wear your affiliations on your sleeve. >> only going around and targeting people to make them look silly or provide got you moments. how much can people really learn from that? when are you selectively using parts of things that you have done with politicians.
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>> if your audience only wants one kind of news, then that's what they want. they just want that. >> to me, i think the audience wants a lot of information. and they want the truth from both sides of the aisle so they can make a decision when they go into that voting booth. >> that's why we're here, we think you want lots of information. still to come, information on something else. measles making a comeback? over 200 cases reported in the united states so far this year. there aren't supposed to be measles. we have vaccinations for these things. elizabeth cohen says why people should be concerned and what they can do to protect their kids, after this. 47 minutes past the hour. and i just decided i have more to offer than that. i put myself through nursing school, and then i decided to go get a doctorate degree. university of phoenix gave me the knowledge to make a difference in people's lives. my name is dr. kimberly horton. i manage a network of over a thousand nurses, and i am a phoenix. [ male announcer ] find your program at phoenix.edu.
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here is what you need to know to start your day. occupy wall street protests getting out of hand in the streets of manhattan. police arrested at least ten people. they were marching to show support for an iraq war veteran who was hurt when oakland police forced protesters out of their encampment using teargas. bernie madoff's wife, ruth, telling "60 minutes" that they were so distraught after bernie's arrest they tried to commit suicide. they swallowed sleeping pills, but not enough to themselves. they woke up the next morning. mitt romney on top in the first four voting states. romney with double-digit leads in new hampshire and florida. herman cain within striking distance in iowa and south
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all right. meseles making a comeback. 220 cases in the u.s. so far and that's more than triple the usual number. >> but get this. during the first half of the year, europe reported over 26,000 cases. >> wow. i'm really curious. i'm really curious about this because if you have a baby and your baby isn't immunized for this for like a year. elizabeth cohen. 220 cases here in the u.s. how much cause is that for alarm especially if you have a baby you're carrying around that you're not immune to that? >> christine you are an intuned and empowered mother, you are absolutely right. babies don't get their first measles vaccine until their first birthday. let's say they're near an older child whose parents have chosen not to immunize that child, that child gets measles they could spread it to that baby and
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measles could be deadly. you can see why there is so much concern here. 26,000 cases in europe, not nearly as many cases in the u.s. still, the numbers are higher than usual. so far in 2011, 220 reported measles cases in this country compare that with previous years 63 and 71. you can see those numbers truly are much higher. the cdc thinks that's mostly americans who are grooing abroa particularly to europe and france and catching measles there and bringing it home. >> why aren't people, why aren't people getting immunized here in the u.s. and why are there so many cases in france? >> it's not quite known why there are more cases in france than any other country. in this country when you look at those 220, they are not immunized. many are babies who cannot be immunized and others are adults and children who should have been immunized and weren't, perhaps because they have objections to vaccines and don't want to get them, perhaps they
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never got around to it. a lot of reasons people aren't vaccinated. if you don't vaccinate yourself or your kids, you're putting other people's babies at risk. >> what do you do to avoid getting the measles. for those of us immunized, this isn't an issue. >> let's look at what you can do if you're concerned about your babies. make sure you and your children stay current with vaccines. if you're traveling aboard particularly to europe, you can get a baby vaccinated early before age 1. make sure you get that vaccination at least a month before travel because the vaccine needs some time to work. also, if you're not sure if you were vaccinated. if your mom and dad didn't keep great records or you can't go back that far, you can go to your doctor and ask to have you checked. they can see if you were vaccinated and if the vaccination was effective. >> you can't go to school in this country until you're
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vaccinated. i can't send a kid to camp that can't be vaccinated. parents are deciding to do this. >> each state handles it differently. if you have a religious or philosophical rejection to a vax seen, you can fill out the paperwork and the school will take you. if you have an objection, in many states, relatively easy to send your unvaccinated child to school. >> thanks, elizabeth. ahead in the next hour, ruth madoff's stunning admission. the swindler and his wife. they had a suicide pact. hear it in her own words. you're watching "american morning." the postal service is critical to our economy--
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europe makes a deal. i'm christine romans. after days of tense negotiations, a deal to prevent that region and much of the developed world to keep from plunging back into rescission and good news for your 401(k) this morning. i'm carol costello this morning. president obama has a new strategy against republicans and we can't wait. i'm alli velshi. depression was killing them and now ruth madoff reveals what she
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and her swindler husband plan to do to relieve their pain on this "american morning." all right, good morning, everyone. thursday, october 27th. welcome to "american morning." >> can you believe it's october 27th? >> i can't believe it. couple days we'll be saying november. >> in a couple days, on saturday it will be the 29th of october. >> that is, drum roll, please. ali's 21st birthday. >> happy 21st. >> you don't look a day over 45. first up this morning, it's a deal. europe reached a deal to address its debt crisis and hopefully prevent it from spreading across the globe. overseas markets are up and here in the united states the dow and nasdaq and the s&p 500 futures also in strong, positive territory. >> now, the president of the european commission says that they're still ironing out a few minor deals. let me lay it out for you.
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here's what this deal solves. not only some of the greek debt crisis the instability of european banks and the problematic european bailout fund. what's in the deal? private holders, meaning nongovernment holders of greek bonds will take a 50% hair cut. they're giving up 50% of the value of their bonds. debt was 150% is now 120%. that's still serious, but it's a lot better. and a new $100 billion international monetary fund that has been set up. fund fund. this also boosts the impact of the existing eu bailout fund. it has some mechanisms that make it easier for others to invest in the eu. that's the important part. it creates new ways to invest in the eu, china, a country that has a lot of money will be one of the countries that might actually be a major investor. one of the other things it does, it makes european banks increase their core capital. that's capital that is easily
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traded. it's money or things that are like cash to a minimum of 9%. i bet a lot of people think banks have a lot more than that in core capital. in the long run, some critics who say this deal may not be enough. as you just said, markets right now reacting very, very positively. >> we have to get this behind us. this concern about america's largest trading zone partner is the euro zone. you know, if they plunge into recession, it will be very bad for the u.s. now, hundreds of wall street protesters took the streets overnight to show their support for the occupy wall street. a number of clashes broke out after some of the "occupy wall street" protesters started blocking traffic and ignoring police orders that they had to stay on the sidewalk. in all, ten people were taken away for disorderly conduct. >> the occupy movement now spreading to pakistan. around 75 people came together yesterday for an "occupy islam bad" rally. what they call an unfair
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capitale capitalist world. stunning conviction from ruth madoff. she tells cbs "60 minutes" that on christmas eve 2008, just weeks after this whole thing came apart, just after madoff admitted to the biggest ponzi scheme in history, the couple decided to kill themselves. >> i don't know whose idea it was. but we decided to kill ourselves because it was, it was so horrendous what was happening. we had terrible phone calls, hate mail. just beyond anything. and i said i can't, i just can't go on any more. that's when i packed up some things to send to my sons and my grandchildren. i had some lovely antique things and things that i thought they might want. i mailed them, it was christmas eve. added to the whole depression.
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we took pills and woke up the next day. >> what did you take? >> i think ambien. >> how many? >> i don't even remember. i had, i took what we had. he took more. >> did you leave notes? >> no. it was very impulsive and i'm glad we woke up. >> first time ruth madoff has spoken publicly since her husband's arrest. bernie madoff is now serving a life sentence. >> one of her sons did kill himself, leaving his children and his wife behind. but the pressure was just too much. >> what was interesting there is how she said the pressure was too much, it wasn't, it wasn't the fact that bernie madoff had swindled everybody. >> it was because -- >> the hate mail and the backla backlash. >> december 11, 2008. things really got hot in the
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weeks and months ahead and became clear how people were so destroyed by this. with less than three months before voting begins for the republican presidential nomination. mitt romney has got to be feeling pretty good about his chances after seeing these brand-new poll numbers. new orc polls showing romney out in front. double-digit lead in florida and lapping all of his opponents in new hampshire, but in iowa and south carolina, herman cain, herman cain is running a close second to mitt romney. >> rick perry on the other hand is now in single digits. 4% in new hampshire and after a series of stumbles, he is now thinking about passing on some of the remaining debates. the perry camp saying he would rather spend more time face-to-face with voters anywhere from a dozen to 18 more gop debates in the works right now. that's a lot of nights up watching gop debates. while republicans are battling to find a nominee,
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president obama is reframing his fight against him from yes, we can to, we can't wait. here's jessica yellin. >> reporter: have you picked up on the president's new message. >> we can't wait for an increasingly dysfunctional congress to do its job. we can't wait for congress to do its job. >> we can't afford to keep waiting for them if they're not going to do anything. >> reporter: yes, he's running against congress, but there's something else. notice a new message discipline. he was famous for it in 2008. >> yes, we can. yes, we can. >> reporter: now it's back. >> pass this bill. we need to pass this bill. pass this jobs bill. >> reporter: it began with his push for the jobs plan. >> one thing that sometimes hasn't occurred in the past in this administration is the president saying the same thing over and over and over again, repetition matters in politics. >> presidents need to lay out
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their vision, that's an important part of what the president's doing right now. >> reporter: for democrats, it's all about drawing a contrast with republican plans for the future. >> he seems to have made the turn strategically and say, wait a minute, i have to talk about the future. what are we going to do tomorrow? >> reporter: this republican thinks it's already too late. >> the fundamental problem for the president's message is that three quarters of the country believes we're off on the wrong track. and, so, they pretty well closed their ears to the president's message. president obama's message is not resonating with most americans. >> reporter: according to the latest gallup tracking poll, 71% of americans believe economic conditions are getting worse and 15% disapprove of the job the president's doing. those are tough numbers for an incumbent president to overcome. jessica yellin, cnn, washington. all right, the white house now defending the state
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departme department's decision to buy more than $70,000 of president obama's books saying embassies provide them to help advance u.s. foreign policy. the white house saying the decision was made by individual embassies around the world and that washington had nothing to do with it. "the washington times" first reported that from south korea to egypt to indonesia stocked libraries with copies of the president's memoirs. still ahead, women in power. how secretary of state hillary clinton is trying to use the power of social media to change the world. even using some top secret technology. an in depth look at the power of the internet. also ahead, hurricane rina barreling towards mexico chasing tourists from their resorts. could it hit the u.s.? we have an update on the storm coming up next. a massive weapon lifted from the wreck of a pirate ship. what other booty did they find?
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heavy monsoon rains triggering the worst flooding that thailand has seen in half a century. thousands of people fleeing the city now. the government says it plans to open evacuation centers in eight provinces. more than 370 people have been killed in the flooding since july. hurricane rina bearing down on mexico. the storm is not packing the punch that it once had, but it's a category 1 hurricane and on mexico's yucatan peninsula they're bracing for an intense storm surge. rafael is live in cancun this morning. you look like you have some wind on you right now. >> that's right, ali. we have some winds and i just wanted to show you this flag, this is a warning flag for tourists meaning that it's not a good idea for the rest of the day, once the hurricane gets here, to be here. but this shows you the kind of wind that we have-not too strong just yet, the hurricane is still a category 1, packing wind of 75 miles per hour and the fact that i'm being able to stand here
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when we're only a few hours before the hurricane is really good news for the peninsula. many were unable to leave and there was a really chaotic situation yesterday at the airport because thousands upon thousands of tourists were trying to leave, not really listening to the warning from authorities and if they didn't have a reserve flight, they were not going to be able to get away from here. 2,800 people were evacuated from an island just north of here. among them, 200 tourists. hotels are telling tourists that if the hurricane is very strong, they need to go to a secure location, possibly multiple use inside the hotel. that's the latest from here, ali. >> all right, we'll keep on top of it with you. let's check in with reynolds
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wolf in the cnn hurricane center. >> it looks like this hurricane will weaken over the next several hours. winds are right at 75 miles per hour. remember, 73 and higher. as soon as you get to 74, category 1 hurricane and now 75. again, it's right on the precipice. its it is moving to the northwest at 6 miles per hour and it is expected to interact a bit with the yucatan peninsula and it is expected to weaken. the deterioration will happen quickly. by the time we get to saturday, winds of 55 miles per hour. for the time being, we do not expect this to threaten the united states. one of the key reasons why is because what will develop a bit farther to the north. a frontal boundary will make its way from the southeastern united states to the southern plains right across the gulf of mexico and that's almost like a barrier. and an atmospheric barrier that should keep this away from the united states and possibly push it farther south into the caribbean where it should begin
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to die out. that's the latest we have in terms of that. anyone trying to get to cancun, obviously, widespread delays. no one is getting out and no one is getting in. that is a situation we're seeing in any other places. new york because of bad weather. ground delays at laguardia, 1:15 wait. we might see more backups. not only in places like new york, but philadelphia, chicago, dallas ft. worth with a couple thunderstorms. then the top half of the system, we have that cold air coming through. with the moisture in places like lubbock we had some thundersnow this morning. yes, thunderstorms with some snow mixed in and had some snow yesterday in denver and high pressure building and giving them a break today. one thing we won't see a break in the central plains, cold air. morning lows from the 20s and 30s and not only for spots like lubbock and 30-mile-per-hour gusts and delays by will rogers airport before the day is over.
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that cold pocket will begin to drift off more to the east moving into the eastern great lakes and back into parts of pennsylvania and the empire state of new york and perhaps even jersey before all is said and done. you're up to speed with the forecast, let's pitch it back to you in new york. >> we got it, thanks, reynolds. a piece of pirate history raised from the deep. researchers have salvaged a canon from the black beard's ship which is found on the ocean's floor for three centuries. the canon is actually one of 25 that were found since blackbeard's flagship was discovered back in 1997. they believe his fleet of 400 pirates ran it into ground intentionally as part of corporate downsizing. >> there are just too many ships out there. >> he had too much inventory and he needed to get back to his core mission. also salvaged shackles, crystal wine glasses and canon shots. >> isn't that amazing?
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>> an older version of opening too many stores. >> it's amazing they found that, though. i am going to go see those artifacts. forget the march of the penguins. a new study says north american diso dinosaurs may have migrated like birds every six months in search of food and water. they figured it out by analyzing fossilized teeth. they tracked the plant eating on a six-month 186-mile trek from wyoming and utah to the mountains out west and back again. scientists always suspected dinosaurs migrated. what's surprising in this study, how far they actually walked. >> it's not like they had anything else to do in those days. >> yeah, dinosaurs were bored. let's just walk across the country. >> it's kind of all you could do if you were a dinosaur. let's eat this animal.
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>> choking on their cheerios. okay, well, snoring. you know, a lot of women have a hard time with their husbands snoring. we found a young lady who gets a kick out of it. check out this video, it's making the rounds on youtube. >> the dog's snoring. >> oh, it's a dog snoring. >> that's right' you're looking around wondering where the snoring is coming from. >> so cute. >> there you go. >> ali loved it this morning. this is his special request in the show. >> kind of disturbs me you were mesmerized by this youtube vid quo. >> i feel that people are anti-snoring. >> this is a personal issue for
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ali. >> not to say too much about my personal life. >> he wants to main stream his own snoring somehow. a busy day ahead at the markets. we'll check out the movers and shakers. they combed through all the resumes and ordered their first pilot to fly tourists into space. who got the job? 21 minutes after the hour. road trip buddy. let's put some music on.
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good morning. 24 minutes after the hour. minding your business this morning. in just a few minutes, a new report on the number of jobless claims filed for the first time last week. we'll also get the first
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estimate on how much the american economy grew in the third quarter. economists expect maybe 2.5%. just into cnn, exxon mobil releasing third quarter results. the second largest corporation in america reporting a profit, $10.3 billion. that is a 41% increase from last year, the rise is because of higher gas and oil prices. right now markets are on track to open sharply higher. dow futures are up more than 200 points all because european leaders reached an agreement overnight to deal with that region's debt crisis. overseas markets like it, too. they are up significantly right now. it was concern about this deal in europe that helped gold regain its luster. the precious metal rallied more than 100 bucks in the past week. the price of gold is down this morning quite a bitp down to $1,700 an ounce. for the first time since last year's deep, deadly explosion. bp is getting ready to dig. it has been granted a drilling
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permit by federal officials. a spokesman for bp says the work will begin as soon as possible. usair force test pilot keith colmer will begin testing and training new revolutionary aircraft. virgin hopes to fly commercial flights in the next two years. a new milestone for women in virginia. there are now a new record number of female ceos leading fortune 500 companies. how many of them? 18. by the end of 20 11, 18 women running some of america's largest corporations. she is one of the most powerful women in the world. what are secretary of state hillary clinton's priorities? "american morning" back right after the break. [ male announcer ] it's true...
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welcome back and good morning to you. time for our top stories. 30 minutes past the hour. arrests were made after "occupy wall street" protesters marched through lower manhattan last night to show their support for demonstrators in oakland who were pushed out with tear gas. police say ten people were taken into custody in new york for disoobeying orders to stay on the sidewalks. a shocker from ruth madoff. in her first interview since the ponzi scheme was exposed, she tells "60 minutes" they tried to commit suicide together. >> i don't know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was, it was so horrendous. we had terrible phone calls, hate mail, just beyond anything.
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and i said, i just can't go on any more. >> one of madoff's sons did take his own life. bearing down on mexico's yucatan peninsula. it is expected to make landfall today as category 1. now that moammar gadhafi is gone, libya would like to see nato's no-fly zone lifted by the end of this month. a libyan ambassador telling before a final decision is made and libya's ability to secure its borders need to be completed. the coalition to allow nato to start that campaign didn't come easily. it happened in part because of a lot of the behind the scenes work by the secretary of the state, hillary clinton. the former first lady remains a fascinating figure for many americans. in fact, a lot of people still want to see her run for president. a recent poll says for democrats she might just be a better bet than president obama. "time" magazine looks at all of that and more in its new issue
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"hillary clinton and the rise of smart power." he's the washington correspondent for "time" magazine. good morning, great to see you. >> thanks for having me, carol. >> the article is called "hillary clinton and the rise of smart power." explain that to us. what is smart power? >> we all grew up in a world that we imagined had power concentrated in the capitals of countries that now we're moving into an era where power is seeping away from traditional centers like that to new groups. whether it's network individuals like al qaeda or powerful nongovernmental organizations like the gates foundation. power is locating else where in the world from capitals. so, what clinton is responding to with the notion of smart power is coming up with ways of influencing these other areas of power. so, smart power is rather than
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the military hard power, it would speak directly to another country's capital. something like using technology to reach out to women everywhere around the world. >> and speaking of technology, you suggest hillary clinton is somewhat obsessed by social media and, you know, i guess we always wondered how some of these amazing images are making it online so quickly perhaps it's because maybe the state department has provided these people with what you say is top secret training and equipment. >> that's right. clinton as one of her technology initiatives has boosted funding for training of dissidents and surveillance of aiding software for them from $15 million to $45 million. state claims that in syria, which is sort of the next focus of the arab spring where there's been an ongoing revolution. one reason why that uprising has been able to continue despite
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the suppression from the regime is because state claims they gave them some of the surveillance abating software back in 2009 that the dissidents are using to communicate and to transmit images of their uprising. >> so, hillary clinton has perhaps proved to be a successful secretary of state because she embraced this new way of dealing with other countries and she's also adepth, you say, at the old-fashioned kind. >> that's right. when you talk to foreign policy traditionale aa traditionalists, they focus as much, if not more, on her traditional diplomacy. she started relations in russia in a way that they say allowed her to get their support, not just for, for example the libya invasion, but also for sanctions
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against iran and then she's also done some things to constrain china's expansion in asia in ways that centrists and tradition a traditionalists tend to support. >> she remains this popular figure, at least among many democrats. we always see her, maybe hillary clinton should run for president and maybe she should be president obama's vice president. is there any chance that either of those things could happen? >> her closest aides say, absolutely not in 2012. they, they say they doubt it in 2016. she will be, she would be 69, she will be 69 at the time of the vote in 2016. so, they see her moving on to other things. moving out of public service. her numbers, though, are very high.
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she pulls at the moment 12 to 14 points ahead of obama, versus romney or perry. >> let's put up that poll. if she were running for president and running against mitt romney, she would be 17 points up on romney and president obama is now 3 points up and on herman cain she would be 22 points above herman cain and president obama 12 points above. rick perry 26, as opposed to obama's 12. so, i know she's saying, no, no, no, but we often heard politicians change their minds, especially when they see polls like that. >> yeah, that's right. when a politician looks at numbers like that, awfully hard to walk away. she's not giving any indication of breaking ranks and there's no sign, also from people i speak to in the white house. so, i think it's highly unlikely for 2012 short of some dramatic turn around that nobody's forecast that she would enter into it. i think you also have to think about those numbers in the
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larger picture. she hasn't had to be involved in the domestic policy issues that are the area of greatest discontentdisco discontent. people are satisfied with foreign policy at the moment given the death of osama bin laden and so forth. she's in an area that is protected from some of the fwhegatifwheg ati negatives at the moment. >> thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure, thanks for having me. just in this morning. the first estimate of the third quarter gdp on how strong the economy was in the third quarter. 2.5%. exactly what economists are expecting, but nearly doubled the second quarter rate. the economy is the strongest it's been in a year. >> this means the economy in the third three months of this year grew twice as fast as it did in the second three months. so, this is -- >> pick up a little bit. >> 2.5% is not a terrible
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number, compare it to china which is -- >> 9.1%. >> which is way up there. but it's better than nothing. better than very low. europe is near nothing. >> it shows some improvement. but 2.5% is not enough to create significant jobs. however, it shows you that you have an economy that is picking up a little bit of steam here and you hope that eventually that could help. >> we are all so used to getting these numbers that are worse than we thought they were going to be and we've been sucker punched on unemployment numbers and growth numbers. to have something kind of where you thought it was. >> always a big number that comes out on thursdays on jobless claims. 402,000 people filing for unemployment for the first time that week, that's down a couple thousand. >> but it's in that range. 400,000 a week is a big, bad number to be looking at. so, bottom line, nothing is worse than we went into this morning think it was. europe's got a deal and markets are looking up and this
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information has helped markets stay up. we might be looking at a strong day on the markets. >> i hope so because when they told me the gdp numbers are coming out, i hope it's not bad news. >> it's not bad news and we go on with our day. thinking it's all right. >> maybe not all all right, but at least a little better. do you get a flu shot every year? >> i do. >> i get them. do you work out regularly? >> yes. >> no. do you watch what your eat? >> why is this my responsibility? >> i watch it and saver every minute of it. >> well, look, what we're talking about here is the secret to a long and healthy life. is it what you do or who you are? why do some people live long, healthy lives regardless of how well they live? well, scientists are on the case, they are looking for the fountain of youth and how they're doing it is actually fascinating. we'll talk about it on the other side. it's 39 minutes after the hour. [ man ] i got this citi thank you card
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welcome back to "american morning." ever wonder why some people can eat fatty foods and smoke cigarettes and still live long, healthy lives while others exercise regularly and they eat healthy and die young. our next guest would also like
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an answer to that question. bob weiss, his organization is offering $10 million to the scientist or team who can sequence the genomes of 100 healthy 100-year-old people or older and find out what it takes to become one. what are you trying to figure out here? >> we're trying to figure out the secret to healthy life. each of us has a map, if you will, that really tells the tale about how we interact with our environment and what diseases we might get and how we would react to different kinds of therapies and we're looking into that secret. >> now, the x-prize foundation you offer basically a prize. you say, here is the standard we want to meet and if you can exceed that, the person that exceeds it or the team that exceeds it the best gelts this prize. the idea that you're incentvising this competition. what are you trying to beat? what standards do these people who enter this have to meet? >> sequencing the human genome.
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it's a map of our dna. dna is in every one of our cells. every one of us walks around with it. so, we're trying to decode the sequence. there are 3 billion pair of chemicals that make up our dna and that has never been sequenced to the completeness, accuracy or with the speed that we're asking. and the reason we're asking that is because we want to be able to get large sets of data. >> we've all heard that the human map has been sequenced. are we looking for a better way to do it, a cheaper way to do it, a faster way to do it? >> a more complete way to do it and we're looking for a less expensive way to do it. >> what's the implication? what happens if you achieve that? will more people be able to get their dna sequence. will we be able to have dna faster? >> that's the next revolution. god forbid you get a cancer, even though that's the result of your individual genetics, you're
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being treated the same pretty much as everyone who has that cancer. imagine if we have this map, we can treat you for exactly the type of disease you have. in fact, we can derive preventative therapies so that you don't get sick. of course, preventive medicine is much less expensive than treating the disease itself. >> you needed a control group. one group of people to aim at and target. what's the point here? you're trying to find healthy people who lived longer than 100 years, why? >> because these folks that have lived over 100 years or more have figured out or their bodies have figured out how to survive disease. not that they've never been sick, but they figured out how to beat it. in sequencing what is essentially 10,000 years of life, we're looking for the wellness genes, if you will. what is the secret these folks have that we can learn from to help the rest of us. this is not just about elderly
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people becoming healthy but a secret to help people of all ages. >> we talked to george everheart who is 107 years old and it's not like george has been healthy all his life. he survived cancer twice. here's what he told us about his secret to longevity. >> i've been reading books about longevity and seeing how i could increase in it my age. one of my doctors said the thing that contributed to my age is humor. my wife's objective is, i should eat five meals a day. and i agree with that. if i know ahead of time that there's going to be some really good food. >> george, does george and his behavior and his humor and his five meals a day have something to do with how old he is? >> i think it certainly contributes to his health, his lifestyle, but i'm sure it's
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important to eat your vegetables to keep your mind active, but really about your genes and your parents' genes and we're trying to unlock that secret. >> when do you think you'll have results to this? >> we'll have results in the first part of 2013. the head-to-head part of this competition. the x-prize presented and the playoffs, if you will, are from january to february 2013 and that's when we'll find out who can do this the best way, the most accurate and fastest way. >> it's going to open up an entire world to treatment and help a lot of people. robert weiss and vice chair of the x-factor foundation. 47 minutes after the hour. to one's military oath. the same set of values that drive our nation's military are the ones we used to build usaa bank. from free checking to credit cards to loans, our commitment to the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. ♪ visit us online to learn what makes our bank so different.
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usaa. we know what it means to serve. so if i didn't know better i'd say you're having some sort of big tire sale. yes we are. yeah. how many tires does ford buy every year? over 3 million. you say you can beat any advertised price on tires? correct. anywhere? yes. like this price? yes. riously? yes what about this one? i'll beat it. this one? s we will. right, i only have one more question for you...this one? (laughing) yeah. get $100 rebate when you buy four tires.
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100 bucks! only at your ford dealer. 3 million tires. 11 major brands, fiona's kind-of-nice. i don't know why you're not here. here are your morning headlines. new data shows the economy picking up a little steam. the first estimate of the third quarter gross domestic product, 2.5% is nearly double the growth rate for the economy of the second quarter. the fastest the economy has grown in about a year. also, the labor department says 402,000 jobless claims were filed for the very first time last week, that's down from the previous week, but still anything above 400,000 shows weakness in the labor market. markets open in 45 minutes and u.s. stock futures are up sharply. dow futures are up more than 200 points right now all because european leaders finally reached an agreement overnight on a deal that will hopefully solve the
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region's debt crisis. convicted conman bernard madoff will die in prison but ruth says it could have a different ending. after the ponzi scheme was exposed in 2008 they took sleeping pills but woke up the next morning very much alive. hurricane rina expected to hit mexico. it weakened now to a category 1 storm but could trigger a storm surge along mexico's pristine beaches. the world series continues tonight after last night's rainout. game six in st. louis. the rangers lead the series 3-2. that's the news you need to start your day. "american morning" is back after the break.
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lindsay lohan's father, michael, is back in custody and being checked out by doctors after he jumped off a third floor balcony this morning to avoid being arrested. jason from tampa joins us live. jason, this story gets crazier by the day. what's going on? >> it does. michael lohan has himself in a lot of trouble here in tampa, florida, ali. overnight tampa police say that kate major called 911 reporting several harassing phone calls made by michael lohan. tampa police officers responded to major's tampa apartment and officers in tampa say that they, themselves, heard one of those harassing phone calls when major put the phone on speaker.
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tampa police then went to the tahitian inn, that's a hotel in south tampa where michael lohan was staying. that's when they say lohan tried running before they could arrest him. he, of course, was caught shortly after that stunning jump from the third floor balcony. a video now of michael lohan who just yesterday bonded out of the orient road jail here in hillsborough on $5,000. he was also given a condition of bond to have no contact with his girlfriend, kate major. that turned out not to be the case overnight. a tampa police responding to her apartment and then rushing to the hotel where they say lohan jumped from his third floor balcony to the ground trying to run from police. he was apparently injured in that fall. and he is now at tampa general hospital having his ankle or foot looked at. we have heard that he may have a broken foot because of that fall. now, yesterday judge walter hinerich issued some stern words in his order to lohan to have no further contact with his
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girlfriend. here's what that judge had to say yesterday. >> does your client have a restraining order out? >> i believe there is a restraining order. >> come up here. he shouldn't come up here. he's not allowed to come up here and be around her. does he know how to read? >> yes, your honor. he better understand if you dream about her and violate my order, you will go to jail. >> now, there could not have been a more crystal clear order from a judge for an injunction. in a case like this, tampa police telling us lohan violated and now the big question, will lohan end up sitting for quite some time in jail just outside of tampa. right now we would guess that the judge presiding over this case will not be happy with lohan's actions overnight. ali? >> no kidding, jason. thank you very much. having a busy morning, thanks for joining us on the story. >> that's just pathetic, isn't it? >> like you said, sometimes you might say, well, maybe he didn't
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mean that. clearly he said, if you violate my order, you're going to jail. >> if you even dream. >> if you even dream about violating my order. >> like he's standing up for alleged domestic violence victims. which is a good thing. lindsay lohan, i know she's crazy and all that, but with a father like that,b you know, your heart breaks in a way. >> i hear you. six minutes until the top of the hour. ♪ ♪ hey! it says just take one! i can't read. ♪ [ male announcer ] walmart has low prices, every day for halloween. from bags of candy to bigger bags of candy. backed by our ad match guarantee. save money. live better. walmart. we asked total strangers to watch it for us. thank you so much, i appreciate it, i'll be right back.
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beautiful even in the rain. >> good morning, chicago. gosh, we love you no matter what season it is. cloudy, showers later 45 degrees. ali and i will be there december 16th. >> i wrote a book, christine. >> i wrote a book, too. >> we wrote a book together. we will be in chicago promoting our brand-new book which hits the shelves november 9th is the official date, but you can buy it now. "how to speak money." the arguments that carol listens to us have all the time about money. we finally put it down on paper after ten years of doing it. >> very interesting because you
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write about financial news and financials from a women's perspective and a man's perspective and they're very different. in just reading a couple pages i found it helpful because i have these conversations with my husbands all the time and he's talking this way and i talk this way and it creates tension. >> the last thing ali writes is, christine is right. you can skip the last page. >> i wanted you to go on about your book, but we have to talk about this house in california. you heard about it. decked out with all the big halloween stuff. like a big light show on display at this house, even late night comic jimmy kimmel knows about this house. take a look. >> really not into halloween. even as a kid i didn't like halloween. to me, it just seemed like begging to me. it is. some people go all out. i saw this on the news. every halloween a guy here in california that makes a big light show on the outside of his house for halloween

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