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strong. >> i hope when people think about baby boomers they think about health, vibrancy, productivity, being engaged and taking care of ourselves. >> she says, as a baby boomer, she wants to stretch the years ahead of her to the fullest. sandra endo, cnn washington. >> thank you for joining us this morning. cnn news room continues now with kyra phillips. >> hello. it's 11:00 on the east coast, 8:00 out west. we have a busy hour ahead. we begin hours after five losses in the gop race. gingrich planning his departure. sources tell cnn gingrich will bow out next week, probably tuesday and throw his support to mitt romney. it's the guy gingrich called too liberal and a republican in name only. sources say newt will also focus
on winning back gop control of the senate and holding on to the house. the u.s. supreme court taking on the toughest immigration laws. the justices hearing arguments on arizona senate bill 1070. the key question, who has the power. january brewer signed the bill into law two years ago. the obama administration sued arizona arguing that the federal government, not the state has the power to enforce emigration laws. we'll have a live report in 22 minutes. just across the street, a secret service sex scandal. nine secret service members forced out of their jobs after the encounter with prostitutes in colombia. lawmakers are just getting started. they are talking homeland security now with janet napolitano. she says she will not fire the secret service director. she did tell him what she exp t
expects of him now. >> there are three things i immediately discussed with the director. one was to make sure the president's security was never at risk. two, make sure we instituted a prompt and thorough investigation into the allegations in colombia and three, what other steps we need to take for the future to make sure this behavior is not repeated. florida republican marco arubio getting 24 hour security in response to a possible threat. the police department increased his security around his home. no information around the threat or where it came from. rubio is on the list of running mates for mitt romney. he's delivering a major foreign policy speech next hour. we will dip into that and
monitor it for you in fair game. romney says he's ready to take on president obama. romney swept all five primaries. he held a victory rally in new hampshire where he kicked off his campaign. >> because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions and distractions and distortions. that kind of campaign may have worked in another place and at a different time but not here and not now. it's still about the economy and we are not stupid. >> so, is romney's former rival rick santorum ready to endorse? not quite. here's what he told piers morgan. >> he's the person that is going to go up against barack obama. it's pretty clear. we need to win this race. >> is that -- unless i'm mishearing things you endorsed mitt romney. >> if that's what you want to call it, you can call it what
you want. >> romney is in new jersey and new york holding fund-raisers for the long road ahead. >> can't wait to hear what comes out of the cross-examination of the john edwards trial after an ex-aide testified calling the mistress a crazy slut when he told him she was pregnant. young helped cover up the affair by pretending to be the child os father. he used campaign funds to keep the affair under wraps. the former presidential hopeful could face 30 years for felony and misdemeanor counts. police in london released a photo of a british girl that went missing in portugal. this photo shows what she might look like today. the family was on vacation in 2007 when she vanished. a new review of the case uncovered details that madeleine may be alive. portuguese investigators closed
the case in 2008. the trial surrounding the murdered relatives of jennifer hudson. william balfour is accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew. police officers detailed finding her mom facedown with a gunshot wound to her back and her brother in blankets on the bed. she was standing next to hudson's sister, julia, seen in the court sketch when she got a call just after the attack. more testimony expected today. if you own apple stock, you may have a big smile on your face now. apple shares up 9% today, ending a two-week slump. allison is joining us from the new york stock exchange. what is apple crediting for in the jump? >> it's about how much money apple made in the first three months and the products it sold. wall street was nervous leading up to the earnings report.
the nerves were there about how the iphones did in the first part of the year. turns out the sales did pretty darn well. apple blew away expectations yet again. here is how. it sold 35 million iphones in three months. that works out to be 16,000 iphones sold every hour. now, apple got a lot of help from the ipad that came out in march. clearly, we can't get enough of our gadgets. it's why apple is doing so well. this is during a recession. during a time companies were going under. apple managed to sell the products that aren't necessarily necessities. they kept buying their stuff. shares are up almost 400% over five years. it's because of that resiliency that apple stands as the world's most valuable company. the company that hit that mark was microsoft back in 1999. microsoft lost its mojo. doesn't look like apple is
getting close to that anytime soon. >> we'll continue to follow it. thanks so much. north korea's military threatening the united states. during a ceremony marking the north's 80th anniversary presided over kim jong un. the weapons capable of defeating the u.s. in a single blow. he gave no other details. the remarks are the latest in a series of threats. analysts believe the north may try to trigger a military incident as a way to shore up the authority back home. rupert murdock denies accusations he used influence to carry favor from british leaders and lawmakers. chairman of news corp. testifiid in the phone hacking scandal.
he was e-- >> i never asked mr. blare for anything. nor did i receive things. >> he called reporters lazy who used phone hacking or private detectives in doing their job. >> president obama, entertainer in chief. check out this slow jam on late night with jimmy fallon. >> the reason it's so important to keep down costs is so we keep college affordable. >> and the president knows his stuff, y'all. they call him the podist. it means person armed -- what is it? >> it stands for president of the united states. he's the podist with the mostest. >> the president stopped by "late night" on his way to iowa. looks like he's making the rounds. he's on the cover of rolling
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agents caught in an x-rated scandal. there's more than a couple. they wrapped up an investigation with nine members being forced out. three others facing administrative action. it's not just secret service. a dozen service members are being investigated for what happened in this hotel in colombia two days before the president arrived. now, congress is getting involved. live pictures on homeland security and you will see right there in the hot seat, the head of the department of homeland security. dana bash is there. tell us what's happening now. >> reporter: what's happening is i have lost count of how many times janet napolitano used the words unprofessional and unacceptable for what happened in colombia. a key question is whether or not it was an aberration or whether
or not it's happened in the past. >> over the past two and a half years, the secret service office of professional responsibility has not received any such complaint. over the same period, the secret service provided protection to over 900 foreign trips and over 13,000 domestic trips. so, from that standpoint, there was nothing in the record to suggest that this behavior would happen. >> reporter: you heard that, kyra, she was talking about nothing being reported officially. she was questioned by senators in both parties. they are looking into whether or not it was a systemic problem and how to fix it. >> okay. she was asked about that. bottom line, they think this was an isolated incident. >> reporter: for now. she said they are not done answering -- not done investigating by a long shot.
she understands, she said, that this is something they have to look into because she said over and over again, this has been a black mark on an agency that has been one of the most respected in the world when it comes to law enforcement. >> do you think it's getting political or beaten up by republicans? do you think there could be an independent investigation as some republicans are calling for? >> i actually thought it was going to end up more political than it did based on an interview i did with chuck a republican on the committee. he's saying he wants an independent investigation and wants the inspector general to look at white house advanced staff. he asked the question but buried it in a long string of questions and didn't get an answer. for the most part, this hearing has not been political. it's been bipartisan. homeland security secretary said
the first question she asked and the answer was no, the president's safety was never jeopardized. one thing i want to tell you before we go, i think you'll get a kick out of, so to speak. one of the senators, amy klobuchar asked about the picture we saw of the secret service putting up a shot of him checking out sarah palin and making light of checking out sarah palin. amy klobuchar said she wanted to make sure there's a social media policy. is secretary said there is. klobuchar said she's had those problems in her office. an intern took a picture sitting at her desk with a beer sitting on her desk. >> times have changed, to say the least. thank you so much. we'll continue to follow the hearing with you. we are not done with the story yet. drew griffin finds out what really happened.
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jennifer did. that is until the boy scouts of america learned she's gay. and removed her as den leader. the boy scouts of america says they are just following a long held policy. jennifer is now on a mission to change that. what began as a local protest is growing into a national campaign. her petition on change.org got more than 140,000 signatures in a matter of days. she's got the backing from g.l.a.d. and support from young hollywood celebs and stars from "90210" and "glee." her and her son is joining us from new york. cruz is excited. hi, cruz. >> hi. >> tell me what makes your mom such a great den leader in the boy scouts. >> that's you, cruz. >> yeah. >> it's okay. what makes your mom so cool.
what makes your mom so wonderful when you look at her and hanging out with her at boy scouts? >> she's fun. >> yeah, what else? how does she make you feel? when you are with her and you are hanging out and having fun, how does mom make you feel? >> happy. >> all right. okay, you are a fun mom, you are happy. tell us what happened when you found out you were being dismissed. what did the boy scouts tell you? >> i got a call from the local council representative saying that i had to resign because of my sexual orientation. i was devastated. i cried for two days. >> was that it? they just said look, you are gay, you can't be a den leader? did they explain why?
did they cite a policy or rule, any type of agreement that you signed, anything? >> yeah. it is a policy of the bsa. from the beginning, i was assured it would not be a problem, that there would be no issue with it. there never has been. >> here is my question. i was looking through the policies and the definitions and i didn't see anything specifically about sexual orientation, jennifer. i saw a lot of references to god, country, good citizenship. did you see anything in there about sexual orientation? >> i never personally read them. i was aware of the policy and supreme court ruling from 2000. being aware of the policies, i was hesitant to let cruz join the scouts. he was really excited about it, so i expressed my concerns to the local club master. he said there would be no
problems. there really hasn't been. there's been nothing but support from family, friends, scout parents. >> you pointed out in 2000 the supreme court can bar gays from being troop leaders. the law isn't on your side. why push this, jennifer? why talk to us? why get involved with all the folks that are supporting you and pick up this mission? >> it started out as a local rally to show that i didn't really want to leave my position as den leader. with the help of g.l.a.d. and change.org, it's been amazing. now, i feel like we owe it to these kids. we owe it to america to tell everybody this is the policy. maybe they don't know because a lot of people aren't sure. it just needs to be changed. we did get a statement from the
boy scouts of america. let me read this. cruz, i have a couple more questions for you, too. be patient with me here. here is what boy scouts of america told us, scouting and the parents it serves do not believe it's the right forum for children to become aware of the issue of sexual orientation or involved in discussions about being gay. it should be discussed with parents, caregivers and advisers in the appropriate time in the right setting. we understand and appreciate not everyone will agree. to disagree does not mean to disagree. we respect everyone's right to have a different opinion. i'm looking at the beginning of this statement. discussions about being gay with the kids as an acting den mother. >> no ma'am, absolutely not. that never happened. in fact, one of my parents
quoted a saying, she was always known as den leader jen, not gay den leader jen. another parent stated he's never had to have this conversation with his child before, now the bsa put him in a position where he has to explain what's going on and he's not happy he's had to have this discussion because it's something that doesn't come up. we were scouts. we were a scout family. we did community service activities. it's never been about anything other than that. >> cruz, do the other boy scouts or parents give you a hard time about having two mommies? >> no. >> do you think it's cool to have to mommies? >> yes. >> what makes that special? what is special about your two moms? why are you so proud of them? >> it's okay. >> it's tough being on national television. okay. you are by your mom's side showing your support.
that's enough said. >> he's a good boy. >> darn right he is. >> did anyone ever complain about the fact that you were in a partnership, jennifer? any fellow scout parents or kids? >> no. it's never come up. it's never been an issue. as i said, i have a very close relationship with my parents, we are a scouting family. it's just never been an issue kyra. it's never, nobody cares. we were just scouts. >> before i let you go, what's next? is cruz no longer a boy scout? does he want to stay in the scouts? what are you going to do? >> he's no longer a boy scout. we are sad about that, but we can't support an organization that doesn't support our family. sign our petition at change.org/scouts. we have 140,000 signatures. that's within a week. so, i think that we need to get this policy changed. if everybody would sign that and
share it with your friends. >> are you tired cruz or tears? >> tired. okay. i just want to make sure you are okay. appreciate it jennifer. cruz, thanks for joining us with your mom. keep loving her and taking care of her, okay? >> kay. >> thanks, guys. >> thank you. straight ahead, drew griffin finds out what happened that fateful night here. okay, team! after age 40, we can start losing muscle -- 8% every 10 years.
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earlier this hour, we told you more about the secret service members that resigned in colombia. what happened that night in cartegena? drew griffin investigates. >> reporter: prostitution is so open, part of the tourist trade, it's hard to imagine what crimes the cartegena police could find to investigation.
what's easy to imagine is how easy the u.s. security members got in trouble. a night on the town, a disco filled with scantily dressed women. seemingly at every corner, willing to connect single american men with available colombian women. >> just tell me. >> i want to show you, okay? >> reporter: show you to a back alley, a corner, private door. when they saw i wasn't interested in eating, he asked if i was interested in a girl, a chica. so, this is what he gave me. we got this a lot here. it's an advertisement for basically, what looks like a strip club and it's probably a
hor house. a dozen or so working women making their way to where the agents were staying. it's where the trouble began. the agent didn't understand the price or was trying to rip off the female escort leading to the infamous scene in the hotel hallway. colombia police were trying to negotiate a settlement and the agent refused to open her door. the woman involved hired an attorney. through statements, she demands she was an escort, not a pru prostitute. her attorney isn't talking. neighbors confirm she lives here down this dirt alleyway in a middle class section of cartegena. through the wall, they were stunned to see this picture in the paper was the single mother now credited with discrediting
the u.s. secret service. her neighbors say she has not been back since the news broke. they don't know where she went. someone came and removed suitcases from her apartment where she lived with her school-aged sun. she was a model neighbor. they never knew what she did for a living other than she worked hard and took care of her child. >> they would not confirm the rumors. she is now trying to sell her story. colombia police are not sure about the crimes, they have been investigating. police have spent the last several days trying to track down every single woman that came out of that bar with a u.s. soldier or secret service member trying to find out how old they are, what their story was. the other half of this story is gone. all the americans involved pulled out before police had a chance to talk to them.
colombia police admit the investigation is over because no one can seem to find a crime with one exception. colombian's like americans are wondering why they acted so irresponsibility. drew griffin, cnn, cartegena, colombia. just wrapping up, the supreme court hearing arguments on the arizona immigration law. kate baldwin will join us minutes from now. just stay off the freeways, all right? i don't want you going out on those yet. mmm-hmm. and just leave your phone in your purse. i don't want you texting, all right? daddy...ok! ok, here you go. be careful. thanks dad. call me -- but not while you're driving. ♪ [ dad ] we knew this day was coming. that's why we bought a subaru.
immigration, the arizona law sb 1070. they sued the state after the bill was signed into law two years ago arguing only the federal government has power to enforce immigration laws. kate baldwin was in there. just made it to the cameras for us. thanks so much. tell us how it went. >> reporter: it was interesting inside and outside the courtroom. there's a lot of protests and activity going on. inside the courtroom, very interesting. we don't want to call the judgment or decision before we hear from the justices themselves. it did appear, the federal government appeared to be in a bit of trouble following these arguments and appeared to be a surprising amount of support for the arizona law for this arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration. conservatives voiced a bit of
strong skepticism to the obama administration's argument that you summed up. the arizona law conflicts with federal immigration policy. that's been the real argument. this is federal authority that they are conflicting and interfering with what is in the government's court. there's a lot of skepticism to that. justice kennedy is usually the swing vote. he said at one point, if the state faces a massive emergency of economically or public safety wise, they cannot act. they can't do anything. he asked that of the solicitor general. that is one of the core arguments that the state of arizona is making and their attorney in the courtroom made at the podium. it was telling, real quick to wrap up, one of the more liberal judges said to donald in the courtroom, as you can see, he
was making an argument and she said it's not selling very well. it was a tough go. yet again for the obama administration in the courtroom today. a surprising amount of support for the state of arizona's argument. they did focus quite a bit, four provisions. they focused solidly on the one key provision having to do with requiring local law enforcement to check immigration status while they are enforcing other laws. >> kate? >> reporter: yes. >> am i hearing protests going on? it's getting louder and more active. is that protests going on? >> reporter: there are definitely protests going on. can we pan the camera? we are in the middle of it. this is over here, protests all morning. there was a very, very long line for the public waiting to get in to get a public seat inside the courtroom. passions high on both sides. protests on both sides.
everyone wanting to get the clue of where the justices are going to side. of course we can't give them that. they are going to voice their opinions on the court steps. >> got it. thanks so much and thanks for rushing to the cameras for us. appreciate it. s first on fallon, now the cover of "rolling stone" magazine. president obama's push for the youth vote. fair game is next.
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sober. it's also three years into the job and it's a tough job. i think it's starting to have an effect as well. >> he mentioned his hair is getting grayer. i think everybody noticed that, too, in the pictures. he told you straight up, when you asked about romney he wasn't going to talk about him. he mentioned john boehner. he said i have great relationships with some republicans. what was your take from that moment when he talked about boehner and other republicans? >> i think he was trying to draw a line and distinguish the majority of republicans from the republican caucus in congress that has seized control and taken the party in a more extreme direction. he made several references to that in the course of the interview. he said i think there are republicans in congress who want to work with me but they can't where rush limbaugh is setting the terms. >> you talked about race.
i thought it was interesting bringing up the fact that a lot of people expected things to change when it came to race and race diversions. he said you know what? it's been complicated. >> he said race, he never expected a post-racial environment but he recognized the importance and symbolism of him being president saying it's not just black children who see a black president and black first lady. people think it's the norm. it's going to have a tremendous effect going forward in terms of how it shapes the country. >> something else that grabbed my attention when asked about marriage equality. he made it very clear. here is the quote. i'm not going to make news in this publication. what did you think about that? >> it's very interesting. i interviewed him on his campaign plane a few weeks before the election in 2008. he gave a very different answer
and shrewd answer. he said look, martin luther king didn't lead with interracial marriage, he led with voting and other issues. that was signaling he was thinking strategy, long term. this time, he was more defensive. he said look, i have done lesbi. i support these issues, and he sort of ticked off a lot of things he's done, the most notable being the end of don't ask, don't tell. but he did end by saying something i thought was a signal. he said we're not going to stop until our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters are treated as full-flengfull-fledged membe american family. i think he sees that as a long term goal. >> i have to ask you about the fun stuff. he told you he loves the show "home land" he liked the movie diagnos "descendants." tell us what stood out to you when you had a chance to talk to
him about the personal side. >> one of the things that stood out was he told us about his gig singing at the apollo theater. >> wait a minute, hold on. we're going to get there in a second, eric. i'm going to set you up for that. >> one of the interesting things, we asked him about "home land" he said before he ligked the show. it's a show about terrorists plotting to assassinate the vice president. we asked him what do you like about it? >> he said it's very complex and he thought it was a terrific psychological study and there's a lot of gray in the show. >> got you. all right. now that moment. first, we've got to bring folks back because, eric, we have to see it again. the president at the apollo. let's roll it. >> then to know that reverend al green was here. ♪ i'm so in love with you >> so, eric, after you sang your
duet with him, how did you get the inside scoop of how this moment happened? >> well, he told us it was really interesting. he had arrived at the apollo, the fifth event of the day, he was really tired, and he was talking to some of the sound guys in the back of the room. they said you missed reverend green. he was great. and obama said, oh, darn, i really wanted to see hip and started to sing a little bit. the sound guy said, hey, you can sing. why don't you get up and sing. he looked at valerie jarrett and she went like this, no, don't do it. he turned to his press secretary jay carney who was there and carney was also tired from the long day and he basically said, oh, whatever, fine. and obama got up and did it. but he was also very matter of fact. he said i can sing. i wasn't worried about hitting those notes. >> that's great. eric, thanks so much for joining me today. sure appreciate it. by the way, we wanted to clarify cover story is coming out friday or over the weekend? >> friday. >> it is friday. i wanted to make sure. already. "rolling stone" magazine, pick it up this friday.
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president obama playing the role of joe college this week. let's talk about it in "fair game." keith boykin in new york, republican strategist ana navarro in miami. the president is talking student loans, he's doing the slow jam with jimmy fallon. he's on the cover of the new "rolling stone" mag zeazinemaga. will it win the youth vote? >> the youth vote was so important to his magic formula for winning four years ago. not only did he get their strong support, he also got a larger than expected turnout. he needs that in order to win again four years later, and the youth vote, the young people in america, have been very hard hit. one out of two college grads under the age of 25 are underemployed or unemployed. 3 out of 10 are going back to live at their parents' home. so you've got a group here who really believed and bought his
message, his promise of hope and change, and now they're being told to cope and wait and do it out of their parents' basement. so, yes, he's got a problem with the youth vote and he knows he needs them. >> keith? >> the question is not whether he's going to win the youth vote but by how much. in the last election he won the youth vote 2 to 1 in against mccain. the last poll obama is up by almost 20 points by people under 30. so i think he's definitely going to win the youth vote. the issue though is there's a real choice here, especially on this issue of student loan debt. on one hand you have obama offering people to make it easier for them to get student loans and to lower the interest rates and you have on the other hand mitt romney who is saying just find a cheaper school to go to. what kind of policy is that? he's offering no government assistance whatsoever. i think this is a long-term problem for the republicans. when you add that into the gender gap they have and the latino problem, the republicans are basically going to become a party of old, white men if they're not careful. >> we have about a minute.
i want to ask you about this because we found out senator mark rubio is going to be holding this speech next hour, this foreign policy speech. suzanne malveaux will check in on that. suzanne will have it next hour. this is one of the hottest names and the guy that everybody is talking about to be mitt romney's number two. he first said, nope, no way, i'm not going to do it. then he make this is slip up when he was doing an interview saying when i'm vice president. now he's giving this big foreign policy speech. okay. who is he kidding? ana? >> i nomarco rubio very well and i just think marco rubio is being marco rubio. he is the ranking member of western hemisphere and foreign relayings on the senate. he was just down in colombia for the summit of the americas and he wasn't cavorting with prostitutes. he was having bilateral meetings with the heads of state. this is the third such policy speech he has given.
he did one last year at the reagan center. he did one -- >> we have about -- >> a few months ago at the helm cent center. marco is just being marco. >> we have 25 seconds. jump in, keith. >> i agree. he's probably not going to run for vice president. he's probably not going to be selected. he's only been in the senate for one year. and it undercuts the republican's argument that obama is inexperienced. they picked a 40-year-old lawyer with only one year of senate experience and mitt romney has no federal government experience. they will come in with less experience than any ticket since 1948. >> all right, guys. >> i'll take marco rubio over obama. >> thanks for watching. you can continue the conversation with me on twitter at kyracnn or facebook. cnn continues now with suzanne
malveaux. newt gingrich gets ready to pull the plug on his presidential campaign. sources telling cnn gingrich will officially end his run for the white house next week, throw his support behind mitt romney. gingrich also expected to help republicans try to win back the senate, hold onto the house. here is what he said earlier today. >> we're going to stay very, very active. we're working out the details of our transition and we'll have information for the press in the next couple days, but i am committed to this party, i am committed to defeating obama. we will find ways to try to be helpful. i do think it's pretty clear that governor romney is going to be the nominee and we'll do everything we can to make sure that he is, in fact, effective. >> what do we want?
jui justice. >> kf states enforce their own immigration laws. arizona wants to keep the nation's harshest immigration laws. the federal government says that the state doesn't have that authority. we're live from washington in just a couple minutes. and more testimony today from a former aide to the former presidential candidate john edwards. the government's star witness, andrew young, has been revealing some pretty kor dsordid detailst edwards' affair. edwards is accused of using almost $1 million in campaign contributions to keep his mistress quiet. this afternoon the defense will start cross-examining young and they will try to show he used most of the money to build a $1.5 million home for himself. so what do you think? watch us here on cnn for more of the story. tweet me so we can get your thoughts @suzannemalveaux. going to read some of your responses in the next hour. racially diverse marriages
are on the rise here in this country. a bureau report shows that interracial and interethnic marriages grew by 28% between 2000 and 2010. it also shows big increase in the number of unmarried and multigenerational households. major retailer in south korea now pulling u.s. beef from the shelves. the store is stopping sales after a single case of mad cow disease was confirmed in california. now, the u.s. agricultural department says that the dairy cow had a rare genetic form of this disease. it was not in the human food chain. south korea is one of the largest importers of american beef. president obama trying to get his groove back with young voters by slow jamming the news on "late night with jimmy fallon" taking part in a comedy rue seen as a serious effort to reach out to the young votes. it was also pretty funny. take a look.
>> what we said is simple, now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people. >> have an affordable stafford loan. the pell grant is a beautiful thing, but with college getting more expensive, is it enough by itself to satisfy all your collegiate needs? oh pell no. ♪ the right and left should join on this like kim and kanye ♪ he said he would take his campaign all the way to the republican convention in tampa but it looks like newt gingrich has reached the end of the road. sources are telling mark preston that gingrich is going to basically end his white house bid next week. want to bring in mark who is in washington. we understand he's going to hold his final campaign event. we knew this was coming but he
says he's reassessing. he didn't do so well in delaware. why do we think this is the time? >> well, it's the time because it's the time, and, you know, newt gingrich has been holding out for several weeks now, suzanne. a lot of people thought newt gingrich should have gotten out of the race several weeks ago and should have endorsed romney. he decided to stay in. he wanted to see how he would do in delaware. newt gingrich on tuesday will be here in washington, d.c. he's expected to be surrounded by his friends and supporters. at that time he will announce he's formally suspending his campaign and will likely endorse mitt romney. >> why is he waiting until tuesday? >> it's a logistical problem. he will be here in washington before that. he does live here in the virginia suburbs and he will be at the white house correspondents dinner in fact with cnn on saturday evening. but it really is a logistical problem for him to try to get his family and supporters in town. they figured that tuesday was the best day. >> how important is his endorsement, his push behind mitt romney?
>> it's very important. for this reason alone. he's a very polarizing people. people were frustrated he refused to get out of the race. but let's have this takeaway from newt gingrich's presidential run, suzanne. he came back from the dead. back in june of last year his campaign was over. but yet he had the resilience and he fought on. he's a political fighter. he's very smart. and here is the key, he's very good with the donor community. he is in debt with this presidential campaign, but he knows how to raise money and that alone could very well help mitt romney go up against that huge obama money machine. >> ind we're looking at live pictures of him speaking before a group of supporters. i understand, too, he's going to have a very familiar role. he's done this before. he's trying to help republicans win back the senate, hold onto the house. how significant is that that he's going to jump into that and try to move that forward? >> huge. and in many ways we've spent too much time talking about the presidential race over the past year and not enough time about the battle for congress. now, newt gingrich made his name as, of course, the speaker of
the house of representatives, the architect of the republican revolution back in 1994. here is what you can see from newt gingrich. he does very well with deonors, he will be able to help these house republicans raise money at a critical time when this money is being soaked up by the presidential campaign. he can do well in the south, in many congressional districts. he can also do well for some senators who are running. keep these two numbers in mind, very important numbers. republicans only need to pick up a net gain of four seats in the senate to take back control of the senate. and in the house of representatives they need to protect a net gain, a democratic net gain of 25 seats. so as you well know, all your time up here covering the white house, white house is very powerful, but congress can stop the president in its tracks. >> absolutely. be very interesting. fascinating to see if republicans actually control congress and president obama won a second term, what that would mean for him. thanks again. >> daef stating. >> here is a rundown of some
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the state of arizona wants tough immigration laws tougher actually than the federal laws already on the books. that is why the supreme court is hearing arguments right now. arizona wants illegal immigrants to carry registration papers. the state wants police to arrest certain immigrants without a warrant. and to crackdown hard on day workers. arizona put it all in a new law and passed it two years ago. federal courts blocked it, said it was not constitutional.
want to talk to juan carlos lopez in washington. you have been following this case very closely here. what do we know about where the feds stand and the state of arizona? what is the main issue here that they do not agree on? >> hi, suzanne. let's start with the states. arizona says that the federal government hasn't done its job, that it hasn't fulfilled its obligation to provide border security. it hasn't stemmed the flow of undocumented immigrants into the united states, so that they had to take action into their own hands, draft their own law, and deal with this issue which they say cost the states millions and millions of dollars every year. the federal government says, no, immigration is a federal mandate. it is a federal government -- the only one who has the authority to deal with immigration, with border security, and they believe that the state is usurping the federal government's powers, and that's where they stand. the lawsuit has gone through different courts, and now the supreme court is hearing this appeal, and it's a very touchy
political case. yesterday there was a hearing in the senate where they talked about this law and the impact of the law, and senator schumer, one of the only two senators in the hearing, said that he is considering legislation to take action in case this law is supported by the supreme court. >> immigration is not and never has been an area where states are able to exercise independent authority. this makes sense both legally as a matter of constitutional intet prosecutortation and practically as a matter of sound public policy. immigration involves international commerce and sensitive foreign relations. just as we would never allow 50 states to have their own inconsistent and independent trade laws we shouldn't have 50 states establishing and enforcing their own inconsistent immigration laws. >> you know washington she well. this type of bill would make it
maybe past the senate. it wouldn't make it in the house. republicans didn't even go to this hearing yesterday because they said it was pure political theater and it's a divisive issue. >> talk about the timing of all this. we know this is the middle of a campaign season. obviously the candidates and the president's looking for support from these border states that are watching very closely. do we think it will have a domino effect here? >> it all depends on what happens in a couple months. important to highlight that. we won't know what the court decides today. it will be probably in june. now, states like alabama, georgia are waiting to see what happens with this law because their own laws are built on 1070 and judges have said they want to see what the court says, and if the court decides to let this go, then all these states will be able to go through with it. if it doesn't, then a new scenario will be presented. it's a very touchy issue for
hispanics. many believe it opens the door to racial profiling. >> we will talk more about that later. i want you to mention, it's interesting not all the justices are hearing this case. one has recused herself. can you explain why? >> yes. justice kagan was the solicitor general for the government. the solicitor general handles cases in front of the supreme court. she was also involved in the legal strategy when the white house and the justice department decided to file the lawsuit against the law in arizona. so she recused herself. we'll have a scenario where eight justices will be deciding. if it goes to a tie, the lower court ruling will stand and we'll be back at square one. that's why it's a very interesting process. >> juan carlos all over it. thank you very much. appreciate it. so i was in arizona just a couple weeks ago -- not a couple week ago, some week ago, for the republican primary. met a lot of folks there who would be directly affected by arizona's tough immigration laws. they feel they are being
unfairly targeted. i want you to listen to this. >> they pull you over and you ask them, how can i help you? they say -- they start just asking for your i.d. and stuff. i have experienced it. anybody says it doesn't happen, they're hypocrites or they just don't want to believe the truth. >> always stopping the latino community, always targeting the low income community. >> joining me from horford, arizona, is glen spencer. he runs a website. he says it illustrates this problem of illegal immigration in arizona. mr. spencer, thank you for being here. first of all, i just want you to respond to some of the concerns of your fellow residents there in your state who say, you know what, we are being unfairly targeted because we are hispanic,latino. we are pulled over for no reason at all. is there a concern there? are you concerned for your neighbors, your friends who say that that is a problem? >> well, certainly it would be a
concern, and i think as russell pearce told senator schumer yesterday, great care was taken in drafting this law to make sure things like that didn't happen. >> talk a little bit about what you see on your ranch. i understand you have a website. you create videos. you post these videos. show us what we are seeing here, and what are some of the problems you're seeing right there on the border? >> american border patrol is a non -- [ inaudible ]. >> we're having a tough time hearing him. i think we're going to try -- let's try to reconnect and then try to get back to glenn spencer when we have a better connection here. we'll get back to him in a moment. we want to move on. a case of mad cow disease turning up in california. this is the first in six years, but the u.s. government says there is no reason to worry about this one. find out why it's different than the past outbreaks.
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mad cow disease has a lot of folks afraid now for the first time in six years. authorities are looking into a case of mad cow disease here in the united states. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is joining us with the details. you had a chance to actually talk to the folks on this plant where they found this mad cow -- this cow that had mad cow disease. what did they find and where was it? >> let me talk about the process because i think it reveals something about what happened here. this is a plant that handles carcasses, not live animals. they have hub hundreds of these carcasses and they have to by law do these checks. they sent the guy in and said
pick 60 random test. one of these 60 is this now famous cow. as far as we know this cow had no symptoms. this cow looked perfectly fine. when they tested him, the cow had bse which is the technical term for mad cow disease. >> what would have happened if this cow had made it into some sort of feed that went to other animals and we ate those animals? >> right, ba us this plant renders those cows and sometimes they end up in feed for pigs or livestock or chickens or poultry. that could have happened, but here is the safeguard. because this could happen, the u.s. department of agricultural makes it so you don't process the parts of the animal that would have the infectious agent in it. you don't process the brain, which is where this infectious agent lives. you don't process the spinal cord. you don't process all of that. you leave that out so that this won't happen. that's one of the safeguards. >> is there any reason he should
be concerned about the beef we eat. >> this one single cow does not pose any threat. they caught it before they had done anything with it. it was a dairy cow but experts tell me the milk posed no risk because the milk does not have the infectious agent in it. this one cow really does not seem to carry any risk. it definitely opens up the bigger question, what if they hadn't randomly selected that cow. what if it had been processed and made into chicken feed and what if they made a mistake and did include some of the spinal cord in there? that's lots of ifs. here is what i would say. no one in this country has ever gotten mad cow disease from an animal in this country. in other words, no one has ever eaten meat from this country and gotten mad cow disease. so some people look at that and say, well, then the safeguards appear to be working. >> that's good news. you actually covered the original story back in 2006. you saw firsthand how devastating this is. describe for us what that was about? >> just one of the most difficult stories i have ever done. this woman here lived in
england, contracted the disease there. didn't get sick because this disease has such a long incubation period, then came here and ten years later got sick, and then it was just downhill very quickly, unable to speak as you can see, unable to walk. she died a couple months after i saw her. her name was charlene. it was just horrible. that's the reason why they are so careful with this disease is there is no treatment. there is nothing you can do. but, again, she contracted the disease in the uk. there's another person where the same thing happened, another person contracted it in saudi arabia and then moved to here. so people have contracted it outside of the u.s. and then moved here not knowing they had it. but no one has contracted it here that we know of. >> so we do not have to be concerned about this particular -- >> i think it's an ongoing concern we need to make sure that the meat industry and the usda are doing the right thing but this one cow doesn't seem to be making people nervous. >> thanks. >> thanks. just ahead, president obama serenading young voters with a little slow jam. check it out. >> the reason it's so important
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here is a rundown of some of the stories we're working on. newt gingrich calling it quits. what it means for mitt romney's campaign. then the federal reserve meeting behind closed doors to come up with a plan to help boost the u.s. recovery. and later finding love the second time around. >> as i age, i wonder will i be able to find somebody that i'm compatible with and i'm excited about. >> why baby boomers are divorcing at double the rate of prior generations their age. and today's punch line going to president obama. doing all he can right now to win over young voters. he swung by "late night with jimmy fallon" for just a couple laughs. >> at bubba brian and bubba says -- >> what does he have to say? >> i think that's the first time
you have -- >> i woke up wondering what bubba was going to say. >> of what buzz bubba have to say. due to economic pressures, influence on voters could likely see a dot, dot, dot -- oh, forget it. are you going to legalize weed or what? >> i figured that's what he was going to ask. >> sounds like something he would be interested in, yeah. >> we're not going to be legalizing weed or what anytime soon. president obama, pretty funny stuff. he wasn't just playing for laughs during late night comedy appearance. it's a serious effort to reenergize the young folks who played such a big part in the 2008 campaign. republican strategist lenny mcallister from chicago, democratic strategist robert zimmerman with us from new york. good to see you guys both.
you know, it was just -- it was classic, right? we had the slow jam in the news. i want you to look at this. >> what we said is simple, now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people. >> oh, yes. you should listen to the president. or as i like to call him, the prezzi of the united st. ezzie. >> it gets people to laugh. it draws you in, lenny. this is classic. this is smart. i mean, how does romney -- how does he go up against this? >> well, the very simple way you go up against it is just remind people, if you're up watching jimmy fallon, the chances are
you probably don't have a job to go to the next day. if you start going back to the economy and pivot back to the economy and say, you know what? this is a nice guy. this guy is somebody that you may want to shoot ball with like the president does or do brackets with which is just fine or talk about the super bowl with, which is all well and good. but me, mitt romney, i am better getting bauyou back to work. this president was out bragging about 120,000 jobs being added. he thinks getting down to 8.2% unemployment is a good thing. you can laugh with this guy, but if this guy can't get you back to work and can't get the economy back on track, he's a nice guy that needs to move back to chicago in january. >> you know, lenny, just because you're in bed by maybe 9:00 doesn't mean all of us who watch jimmy fallon are necessarily -- necessarily don't work the next day because all of us do get up and work the next day. the point here is simply this. what made the president's appearance so great was not just
the fact that he connected politically with young people, which is an important constituency but he also engaged them around an issue that shows why government is important to their lives. 7.4 million students are going to have their interest rates on their student loans doubled by july 1 unless the republican leadership in congress takes action. the president has called for extending this student loan interest rates at 3.4%, and all we're hearing from the republican congress is that are excuses as to why they can't take action. even though mitt romney says he agrees with the president, he supports the ryan budget like all the republican members of the house and senate do, which calls for raising student loan interest rates to 6.8%. >> lenny, i want to ask you this. if you were advising romney, would you tell him i think you should go on jimmy fallon. i think you should be light and funny and interesting to the young people here. you know, go in with a sense of humor? >> mitt romney has to be mitt romney. we've seen this previously. every time mitt romney tries to
be the everyday guy, he doesn't do a very good job of it. mitt romney needs to do what he did yesterday, which is basically saying and to robert's point, i agree with the president. we need to make sure that these students that are in college, the people we need to get back to work, to buy homes, to get this economy going, we can't burden them. we need to do something about this this year. >> but the reason it doesn't ring true -- >> and show voters out there that you know what? the democrats are going to try to scare you into thinking that i'm some scary, crazy republican. i am somebody that is on the side of the american people, and i can get this economy back going the way that president obama hasn't been able to in four years. >> go i ahead, robert. >> when you cut through the rhetoric, you have to get through to facts and policy. long as romney is going to advocate the ryan budget, which calls for raising interest rates on student loans -- >> we're talking about college students. >> we're talking about college students. we're talking about the fact that interest rates on student loans for college students is going to go up to 6.8%.
that means every student on a federal loan will pay $1,000 more a year and -- >> but governor romney agreed with the president on this. >> i warrant to ask you something. the president is using what robert is talking about as a way to get to these young voters. back in 2008 when i saw the young people, i mean the president, he does a great job of winning over the young people and really getting revitalized here. you have polls that show that mitt romney now is behind like 40 percentage points when it comes to young people. how does he make up that gap? because they're going to be really important this go around. >> it's a matter of -- the republicans are going to have to decide how much of the gap can they make up. if they make it about the economy, if they say things along the lines of, for example, we'll get back to full employment in america by the time the fifth graders in america today have graduated from high school. so those fifth graders have hope and change that they can believe in. but for the rest of you, those in high school now, those in college now, those that are
working now, you're going to be stuck with the obama economy for another ten years at this rate. when you start pivoting in that direction, you can make the argument to younger workers in america that perhaps, again, this well-intended nice guy in the white house is somebody that you can believe in but shouldn't be somebody leading you for the next four years as president. >> go ahead real quick and then i will play a little mitt romney. >> all i was going to say is hig biggest problem is first uniting the republican party. when you watch these people lining up to endorse mitt romney, they look like they need a blindfold and cigarette to go through the process because the party is still so badly divided. he doesn't even have confidence among his own party. >> you have good one-liners and zingers. >> i'm doing my best. >> i want to play a little bit of mitt romney. this is after he swept all five primaries yesterday. >> because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions and distractions and
distortions. that kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. but not here. and not now. it's still about the economy, and we're not stupid. >> lenny, the rhetoric here, do we think we're going to hear more of this kind of tone? do people want to be inspired or are we going to hear this kind of back and forth that is very negative and very critical? does that work even? >> we're going to see the back and forth and the balance that governor romney and his campaign has to have is enough red meat to keep the conservatives involved without saying the word conservative, without saying the word republican too much, but at the same time speak to independents and say i'm trying to unify this country and get us back on track from an economic standpoint. he's going to have to throw the red meat. he talked about the greek columns and the hope and change yesterday to get conservatives fired up and let them know he's still one of them, but he went specifically and primarily to the independents, and you'll see
governor romney going back and forth balancing the two as gently as possible for the next six months because if he goes one way or the other, it's going to be too much and he will be seen as an extremist one way or the other. >> got to leave it there. thank you both. keep bringing those one liners, too. also your insights. very good. thank you. god bless. eating out alone, some people dread it, but dining solo can actually be a lot of fun. we're going to tell you why. tion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. and celebrex is not a narcotic. when it comes to relieving your arthritis pain, you and your doctor need to balance the benefits
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wrant to try to talk again to our guest in arizona, glenn spencer. we had a technical problem a couple minutes ago. we're talking today about the state of arizona's attempt to keep its tough immigration laws over the federal government's objections. basically the state wants to patrol and control the border with mexico in a way that the federal government says is unconstitutional. so i want you to listen to what folks have to say here. mostly latino people in arizona told me when i was there a few months ago, they say that they are being targeted and mistreated.
take a listen. >> they pull you over and you ask them, how can i help you? and they say -- they start just asking for your i.d. and stuff, and, yes, i have experienced it. anybody says that it doesn't happen, they're hypocrites or they just don't want to believe the truth. >> always stopping the latino community or always targeting the low-income community. >> want to bring glenn spencer back into the conversation in herford, arizona. he runs a website. he says it i will vats that i will -- illinois straights that illegal immigration is a big problem. you're right on the border. i want you to address what some of your neighbors and fellow folks in arizona are saying, that they are targeted and they do not feel comfortable in the community. can you at least respond to some of their concerns? >> well, i think the job was done for me by senator schumer yesterday when he held a hearing
and he had former state senator russell pearce, who was the father of sb-1070 and i would encourage people to watch that interview and that discussion because russell really addressed these issues and explained in detail how they were so careful to craft the law to avoid the kind of thing you just heard, and i have every confidence that these kinds of problems will be avoided. >> so you are confident that your hispanic latino neighbors are not being mistreated? >> well, we would hope that they are not. we are confident that every attempt will be made and is being made in the law and in training to make sure that doesn't happen. >> okay. tell us a little bit about these videos you make and post on your website. i understand you see it firsthand. you have a ranch on the border with mexico, and you post these pictures. tell us what we are seeing here. >> well, we're american border patrol, we're a nonprofit. we have a ranch right along the
border. i'm looking into mexico right now. we've been here for ten years documenting what is going on. and we have heard many promises of the federal government. back in 2006 they passed the secure fence act of 2006. by the way, then senator obama voted for it, to build 700 miles of double layer fence on the border. we fly the border. we've documented it. if you go on americanborderpatrol.com, look to the left, click on that map, and you can see what is on the border from texas to california. there are 35 miles of double layer fence that they built and most of what they -- >> explain to us what you see. can you explain to us what you actually see as somebody who has a unique perspective right on the border. what are you actually seeing? what is the problem? >> what we see and i took your crew flying a while back. what you see is what the united
states government calls a fence, you can step right over. most of the border -- we flew over 30 miles and didn't see -- [ inaudible ]. >> all right. glenn spencer, i'm sorry, glenn. we're just having a hard time with your connection there, but we do get your point. we see the video there, the website that you are on the border, that you are having -- essentially you see people who are crossing illegally despite some of the efforts that the federal government has made. it's a very big and important case before the supreme court. the federal reserve has just made a big announcement on interest rates. we want to go live to the new york stock exchange and cnn's alison kosik to tell us a little bit about what's happening. what do we know? >> reporter: hi, suzanne. what we heard from the fed is a lot of what we heard from the fed in its last meeting in january. for one, the fed said it's going to keep interest rates between a target range of 0 and a quarter of 1%. no surprise. the fed says it's going to keep rates there for several years
because of the weak economy. what this means to you and me, it means that we can get loans cheaper. if you want to get a credit card, car loan, student loans, it's meant to encourage borr borrowi borrowing. some other langage in this fed statement. the fed saying the economy is expanding moderately, the labor market is improving but the unemployment rate remains elevated and the housing sector continues to be depressed. there were a couple different things we heard that caught my eye. the fed saying that inflation picked up. that's reflecking the rise in gas and oil prices but over the long term the expectation is that that kind of inflation will stabilize and one more thing that caught my eye on economic growth that the fed said. the fed said that it remains moderate, economic growth does, and then will pick up gradually. now, the language it will pick up gradually, that caught my eye for a couple of reasons, because on the one hand it sounds optimistic, but on the other
what does pickup gradually mean? we may get more insight into what the fed is saying in this statement at 2:00. that is when the fed comes out with its economic outlook for the economy and then at 2:15 the fed is going to be holding one of its four press conferences that it holds every year. we will certainly be listening for that. >> we'll be watching closely. thank you, alison. so we're asking you, do you like to eat alone? we have some tips on how you can make it an enjoyable experience. great shot.
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party of one, three dreaded words for some folks who eat alone. >> doesn't have to be. >> how many in your party, who? >> no, just the one. >> all right, party of one, follow me. ♪ i look around and once again i'm on my own ♪ ♪ my man is gone and done me wrong ♪ ♪ no one is going to stop this girl from having fun ♪ ♪ i throw my hands up high and have a party for one ♪ ♪ i'm having a me party >> a me party. amy adams who is all excited about it. so is our next guest, kat kinsman. i like to eat alone. i think every once in a while, it's cool, it's great. i usually have a favorite
restaurant. they know what i like. they know what i want to eat. it's good stuff. party of one, can you have a good time? i do. >> and that song is going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. well, our friends at cnn travel wrote a story about a website geared toward business travelers, female business travelers, who don't want to eat alone. it kind of depressed me because when i see somebody eating alone, i don't think, oh, poor baby, they couldn't get anybody to eat with them or what a friendless loser. i think that is a cool, confident, fantastic person who is happy in their own company. i hope they're treating themselves to a fabulous meal. >> what are some folks concerned about when they see, okay, you don't have anybody you're eating with here? >> they are worried about what other people are going to think. and a lot of times women eating alone are really worried that men are just going to hit on them, that they're just there to be picked up on. so we have a few tips that we got together to help people feel a little more confident about that. first of all, slam dunk, eat at
the bar. because all of a sudden you're not eating alone. yeah, you have the bartender on your side, so that is instant companionship. they can step in if anybody is being a little funny, but they're really great to talk to. >> that is true. >> second of all -- it is. that's their job. second of all, we say ask them questions about the menu because generally if you show that you're really invested in the food or the drinks, you start to get really special personalized service and that's a fantastic thing. and they know you trust their opinion and they want to talk to you a little bit more. third thing is as a friend of mine says, bringing a book is the universal symbol of please don't talk to me. >> leave me alone. >> yeah. exactly. and it's a polite way to do it and if you do get embroiled in conversation with, you know, a nice strange mother sits next to you, you can always just tuck that away. something that i love to do, i travel a lot for work is, it would be really rude to pull out your phone and start tweeting during a meal. i'm not a tweet and eat people,
but if you're sitting by yourself, you're bringing your whole social network to the table with you, and you can say, oh, i'm at such and such a restaurant. people can say you definitely need to order whatever it is and you have your friends with you at the table essentially. >> your world of virtual friends. >> exactly. >> we were tweet being this yesterday, and i tweeted i actually enjoy this to go out sometimes and especially when you're at the airport and you're sitting at the bar and you get a little something to eat. and then that is really easy. you talk to the bartender and the people around you and stuff like that. what are people tweeting you about this? >> people really jumped in there and i love that you jumped right into the conversation because it shows you're comfortable with it, i'm comfortable with it, we're all good with it. somebody who tweets at cow and crumb said they totally dig it because there's no sharing. there's great people watching, and you also know who is paying. so there's not that grabbing for the check at the end. and another person who tweets as nandita said they love it because there's a great sense of
empowerment that comes along with it. and that's true. one of the best things anybody ever said to me was a great friend in college who said there is nothing more intriguing than a woman eating lunch on her own. >> now we're intriguing as well. ka t, thank you. we will keep tweeting as well. >> i'll see you at the ba br. >> exactly. many baby boomers entering a new phase in life, learning how to live alone after 30 years or more of marriage. >> my grandparents were married for over 50 years. my parents have been married for going on 55 years. so, yeah, i mean, that was a legacy that i wanted to follow. >> why baby boomers are divorcing later in life. more than any other generation.
they were children of the post-war boom, baby boomers born from 1946 to the early '60s have had a huge impact on society. all this week our series looks at this amazing generation. a new study finds baby boomers are divorcing more than any previous generation this late in life. >> get a drink, get a drink. good girl. >> reporter: debbie jenkins takes a nature hike every day after work with her playful rottweiler bella. this fit 52-year-old started getting more active after her divorce last year, a man she had been married to 27 years. >> i had my family, my children to help me through it, and i joined the gym. that was the best thing i could have done. didn't think about being depressed or anything.
i just worked out. >> reporter: debbie was just 24 when she got married. she had every intention to be married for life. >> my grandparents were married for over 50 years. my parents have been married for going on 55 years. so, yeah, i mean that was, you know, a legacy i wanted to follow. >> reporter: the couple had three children together, but years later after the last recession her husband took a job out of state. they tried a commuter marriage for three years. it didn't work. >> you grow apart. emotionally, physically, and it kind of -- we just couldn't relate to each other anymore. >> reporter: new research using data from the census bureau finds 1 in 4 people getting a divorce these days are age 50 and older. that's more than double the divorce rate among the same age group just 20 years ago. the study's authors point to several reasons why so many baby boomers are getting divorces. women are more financially independent than they have been in the past. there's less social pressure to
stay married and the definition of marriage has evolved to a greater focus on individual happiness rather than fulfilling marital roles. >> too hot. >> caller: graham calhoun has been living a bachelor's life since his divorce nearly 12 years ago. the 55-year-old rentz a rom in a house with three roommates. at the time of the divorce graham and his wife had a 6-year-old daughter. >> we've kind of grown apart. the intimacy had kind of faded away. we are more friends than anything else. >> reporter: graham is photographer and website designer said he didn't have a hard time meeting women after his divorce. mostly through online dating and meetup groups for baby boomers. >> women had really changed a lot in the last, you know, 12 years since i have been on the dating scene, and they're much more independent and much more confidence, which i loved, and they knew what they wanted. >> reporter: graham says in some ways that's been a problem. >> women flot oat out just say
never getting married again. one woman i had a long-term relationship said she's never getting married again. >> reporter: while he doesn't care about the marriage contract, he does want a long-term relationship again. >> as i age, i wonder will i be able to find somebody that i'm compatible with and i'm excited about? i don't know. i just don't know. >> you know what to do. >> reporter: meanwhile, debbie says she's becoming a more independent woman since her divorce. she recently attended this baby boomers event for speed dating and joined an outdoors adventure club. she says she feels a sense of liberation and doesn't feel the need to settle down anytime soon. >> i was his wife and i was there, you know, to take care of the children and take care of him, and, you know, everybody's needs, and i just feel like it's my time now. >> four years ago he was running for president. today he's on trial brought down by lies, sex, and money.
we're going to have the latest in the john edwards fall from grace. [ mujahid ] there was a little bit of trepidation, not quite knowing what the next phase was going to be, you know, because you been, you know, this is what you had been doing. you know, working, working, working, working, working, working. and now you're talking about, well you know, i won't be, and i get the chance to spend more time with my wife and my kids. it's my world. that's my world. ♪
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