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keep the comments going. i am carol costello. thank you for joining me today. "cnn newsroom" continues. hello, everyone, it's 11:00 on the east coast, 8:00 out west. airport security, what is supposed to keep you and me safe, all the scanners, the patdowns, all the time and effort, now, unfortunately, we've got our hands on a report that details lapses in tsa screening. homeland security took a hard look at checkpoints at newark airport and five others that are not being named. listen to this. the majority of breaches are never even reported to washington. almost half of them, never corrected. cnn's lizzie o'leary watching a congressional hearing that's under way right now. let's talk about the facts, the figures. lizzie, what the heck is going on and why? >> reporter: what's going on here, kyra, is you had folks, notably a senator from new jersey, start to notice reports
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of incidents, a lot of them were at newark airport, about things going wrong. a knife getting through a screening checkpoint. a dead dog that was not screened for explosives before it was loaded on a plane. so the numbers, you cited them. let's put them up so people can see. 42% of those security breaches were reported to headquarters. then only about 53% of them were corrected. there's no central reporting system, so they couldn't get the 30,000-foot view of what's going on. we've been listening to the hearing. listen to what members of congress are asking the tsa inspector general about how exactly all of this happened. >> so there is no depository where one could go and pull up all of the breaches that have occurred? >> well, first, they need to have, like i said earlier and the chairman alluded to, there needs to be a clear definition
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of what a breach is. and then tsa needs to give clear guidance to the airports, what to report and when to report. and then tsa needs to follow through that. >> reporter: so really the picture here is of a scatter shot system without a centralized way for everyone to be on the same page and report it so that they can understand any patterns and make bigger shifts in behavior. >> so new measures, remedies to deal with all of this? >> reporter: exactly. that's what tsa is saying that they want to do. they have already taken some of those steps and are trying to have this broader database so that it's not just the actions of one screener and then maybe they don't get written down and that's not translated. remember, this is a very large workforce we're talking about, some 50,000, 60,000 people so what they are trying to do is have a much, much broader picture so that these things don't happenen.
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>> lizzie, thanks. a big settlement in the beating death of kelly thomas. the city of fullerton, california, is shelling out $1 million. kelly's mom and her son, a mentally ill homeless man, died after being beaten by fullerton police. the city council voted unanimously to accept the million dollar settlement. in exchange, kathy thomas agreed to not pursue any further claims or lawsuits. the deal does not involve kelly's dad, ron thomas, though. >> good for her, okay. she felt that's what she should do and i support her. i'm not in the money game. whatever money i'm getting, will get, if i get, is going to go to the foundation that i started for kelly. >> fullerton's deal with kelly's mom comes a week after a judge ordered two cops charged with kelly's death to stand trial. the judge made the ruling after expert testimony and watching this video of thomas being beaten and tased by the
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officers. four other officers were put on paid administrative leave, but were not criminally charged. ron thomas is actually going to join me tomorrow. he's made it his life' mission now to change the way that we treat and think about those who suffer from mental illness. john edwards' trial may be coming to an end, but there's still one remaining question. will his mistress take the stand? sources tell cnn that it's unlikely rielle hunter will be called to testify. edwards, as you know, is accused of using campaign money to hide hunter and her pregnancy as he ran for president. they say edwards may be guilty of bad behavior but donations to hide rielle hunter cannot be considered campaign donations. the economic crisis in greece sending shock waves across europe now. a temporary prime minister was named today to lead the government until new elections are held next month. the big question, will greece honor its austerity commitments to its foreign lenders or bail out of the european union's
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single currency, the euro. worried greeks are pulling hundreds of millions of yeuros out of the country's banks and there is fear that could develop into panic. investors here in the u.s. are closely following the events but right now they're reacting to encouraging economic reports back here at home. it's looking -- reflected on wall street. the dow industrial is up 50 points. a massive wildfire is burning out of control just north of phoenix this hour. the gladiator fire is centered in the bradshaw mountains and is threatening the historic mountain town of crown king. two firefighters have been injured and at least three buildings burned. air tankers and helicopters are helping firefighters by dropping retardant over wide parts of the burning trees at this point. it started as a house fire on sunday and quickly spread to the dry pines this the prescott national forest. picture this, kodak, the iconic company that made
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photographers of us all, well, they kept weapons grade uranium in an underground lab for more than 30 years. the newspaper in kodak's hometown of rochester, new york, reported this week and kodak now confirms it used about three and a half pounds of -- no, that's not correct. i will double check how much of the pounds that they used. but it's called u-235 and it was used for research. the stuff was enriched to more than 93%. and by way of comparison, iran claims to have enriched its uranium to 20%. kodak turned its nukes over to the u.s. government in 2007. it's now in bankruptcy. of all the times that i have been live in iraq, what went through your mind? >> what do you do about this district attorney? >> this is the geographic sop. south pole. every time a local business opens its doors
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desktop. all you have to do is go to amy copeland is still fighting hard to stop that flesh-eating bacteria from ravaging more parts of her body. amy's dad is blogging that doctors are warning amy's condition will be a roller coaster ride of highs and lows over the next few days, weeks and months, but doctors are still trying to save amy's hands after they were forced to amputate her left leg. the roller coaster began more than two weeks ago when amy fell off a homemade zip line and slashed open her calf. but now the community is joining the battle. you're looking at the overwhelming response. hundreds of people flooding into two blood drives. huge lines at the shepherd community blood center and the university of west georgia's campus. >> i only hope that if my daughter was in this situation that everybody else would jump to do this. >> it's got love in it. it's not just blood. >> amy still could lose her
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fingers to the flesh-eating bacteria but her dad says she's gradually trying to breathe on her own. she remains in critical condition at augusta hospital. the name and the claim almost seem too good to be true. >> that's not completely true. i am working out. it's not someone else. it's something else. >> we're talking about sketchers shape-ups. you've probably seen the sexy ads featuring all the celebs. wear them, lose weight, tone your muscles. well, not exactly. we're just getting the details that the federal trade commission has now fined sketchers a whopping $40 million saying that the ads were deceptive and the fitness claims bogus. let's get straight to our sandra endo who's in the d.c. area with more details. sandra, i was looking at these commercials. i've had them and i was always wondering, okay, are these working or is it just the fact that i am walking more? >> reporter: do you feel toner and did you feel like you were burning those calories? >> well, i felt a little sore, i
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will say that, but who knows. maybe it's just because i was walking more. >> reporter: exactly. and you know what, you should listen up to this because you could get your money back. the federal trade commission actually investigated these claims that you can burn calories and tone up, but they found that the shoe maker's advertisements were false and misleading, which is a violation of federal law. and that is why they are actually making sure that sketchers forks over $40 million in this settlement, which is a whopping, hefty fee. this is the conclusion of a months-long investigation spanning 44 states and the district of columbia. so certainly some good news for people out there who maybe like you felt a little sore but didn't see those results. >> well, it's interesting. so there was absolutely no proof that they did anything. it's like you said, i'm assuming you bought a pair too.
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you definitely felt that something was working just because the way the sole was and how you moved differently when you walked. so, i mean, what's next? you're saying folks can get their money back. what are the other outcomes from this? >> well, yeah, this is good news because according to this new settlement, the ftc says customers can get their money back directly through the ftc or through a class action lawsuit. keep in mind as you mentioned so many people bought those shoes because you saw those ads with kim kardashian and brooke burke. some aired during the super bowl last year. they're so tempting because it seemed like a quick fix instead of going to the gym. these shoes cost $60 to $100 each pair. so a lot of people who didn't see results can get their money pack by filing claims with the ftc or a class action lawsuit. >> sketchers has a lot of other products. is there any concern with anything else or is it just strictly to the shape-ups? >> reporter: this didn't only include the shape-ups, it also
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included these resistant runner shoes, toners and tone-up shoes. so if you have any one of those shoes you can make those claims and try to get your money back. >> all right, sandy, thanks so much. under the ftc settlement, the company is barred from any advertising making similar claims unless it's backed up by scientific evidence. what sketchers plans to do with the shape-ups brand, that remains to be seen. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans and their families is without equal. begin your legacy, get an auto insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve.
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ipo mania. two days now before facebook goes public. some investors are hedging their bets. others see a massive gold rush. dan simon goes in-depth for a look at the high expectations. >> reporter: real estate agents, car dealerships and high-end retailers are hoping for a ripple from the facebook ipo. but nothing is for certain. that is, also you're the guy sitting in this chair. >> so over the next five years, the state can expect to get $2.5 billion to $3 billion in tax revenue? >> correct. >> reporter: that's the california state treasurer, whose office is expecting a windfall of money from facebook millionaires, money that could end up in industries like construction. he notes that for every $1 billion allocated, the state could produce --
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>> 20,000 jobs. and these are good jobs in the middle class, solid jobs. >> clearly the facebook ipo is unprecedented. whenever people try to draw comparisons to their ipo, they're at a loss because there are no comparisons. >> reporter: it's produced a little bit of ipo mania. websites like who owns facebook show individual shareholders expected net worth. >> there's nothing like a big conspicuous success to drive the next generation of investment in start-ups and that's very good for the valley. >> reporter: technology executives like saved sacks see the wealth as a broader phenomenon, one that could spawn the next facebook or technology company. >> in order for investors to want to keep pouring money into start-ups there has to be a return. so there has to be a lottery winner in order for us to keep wanting to fund the next generation of risky start-ups. >> reporter: the course the biggest lottery winner is mark zuckerberg himself. how he plans to use his wealth is unknown, except that he's already signed on to the giving pledge.
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the bill gates/warren buffett initiative that encourages billionaires to give most of their money to philanthropic causes. >> his goal is not to get rich with this, his goal is to change the world. that's always been the way he thinks and continues to be the way he thinks. >> reporter: the thinking here in silicon valley is the facebook ipo is a once in a lifetime event, destined to change many lives and motivate scores of entrepreneurs to launch innovative start-ups. >> and as we mentioned, the facebook ipo is set for friday. stay with cnn for extensive coverage of this highly anticipated event. just as facebook is about to go public, gm is pulling the plug on advertising on the social network site. the "wall street journal" said gm had been spending $10 million on the ads but they weren't delivering the buyers, so gm ads were only a tiny part of facebook's nearly $4 billion in ad revenue last year. gm, at least for the automaker, its facebook ads were
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well, if you're a fan of '80s soul funk i bet you'll remember charlie wilson, lead singer of the gap band. over the years he's battled drugs, alcohol, even prostate cancer. but his struggle with the disease has inspired him to educate others. his story is our human factor. here's dr. sanjay gupta. ♪ >> reporter: charlie wilson is best known as uncle charily. as a member of the '80s funk group, the gap band, and now a solo artist. but celebrity status has also had its ups and downs. >> the ride got wild, of course, with success. of course alcohol and drugs. and it just got unbearable. >> reporter: at one point, wilson lost everything.
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>> i became homeless. i didn't have anywhere to go. >> reporter: he did eventually get sober, went back into the studio as a solo artist and made eight more hit singles. then in 2008, life dropped another bomb on uncle charlie. he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. >> my life was devastated. i thought my career was over. because the word "cancer" just scared me to death. >> reporter: with surgery and radiation he was able to overcome the disease and he quickly realized that talking about prostate cancer was his new life's work. >> i wanted to educate people about this disease. i didn't know what i was going to say, i just knew that what i had went through was very scary and i wanted to share it with someone. >> reporter: so he's partnered with the fapharmaceutical compa and is helping educate black men about the disease. >> we're two times likely to die
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from this disease than any other ethnic group, and that scares me. >> reporter: for uncle charlie, the future continues to look bright. >> i'm 18 years clean and sober and i thank god for my life and i thank god for my wife. so here i am. ready to take on the world again. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. >> sanjay gupta, m.d., airs every saturday at 4:30 p.m. eastern and sunday at 7:30 a.m. eastern. a new little gadget is becoming the new eyes and ears of troops on the battlefield. take a look at this tiny dumbbell-shaped robot. all soldiers have to do is just throw it into a danger area and the built-in camera will show them exactly who or what is lurking before they even enter into a potentially deadly situation. now to charleston, south carolina. some lucky little kids were picked to throw the first pitch at the riverdogs game.
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the wife of former syracuse assistant basketball coach bernie fine is taking on espn. she says that the network has destroyed her reputation. laurie fine is suing espn and two of its reporters for libel. she's currently making that announcement at a press conference right now. we've been monitoring it for you. as you know, her husband was fired from syracuse last november after several ball boys accused bernie fine of molesting him. bernie fine has not been charged with a crime and maintains his innocence. his wife, laurie, became a part of that scandal after espn aired a recorded phone call with one of her husband's accusers.
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that suggested that she knew about the alleged sexual abuse and here's what laurie fine said today about espn's report and what she claims are defamatory accusations. >> it is impossible for me to describe here today what espn has taken away from me. they should apologize and retract these horrible lies reported about me. only after these defendants have taken responsibility for their reprehensible actions, they should be held accountable and then justice will be served. >> in response espn issued this statement saying, quote, we haven't had an opportunity to review the complaint. we stand by our reporting. the violence against women act is supposed to protect women from abuse and violence. unfortunately, the legislation has fallen victim to partisan politics. >> house republicans will continue their war on women. >> there is a war on women and this is a great indication of it. >> this attack on women is going to be noted across the united
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states of america. >> enter sandy adams, the republican from florida, who's trying to get the act passed in the house. the issue is close to her heart. she was a victim of domestic abuse. >> is this a war on women? >> no. >> congresswoman, why are democrats calling this a war on women then? >> politics. i guess it makes for good talking points, but it's not accurate. we are here trying to reauthorize a bill that would help all victims of domestic violence, and especially women. >> our kate bolduan, as you say got to sit down with sandy adams. she's joining me now live from washington. kate, this is where politics becomes so frustrating for so many people. this issue in particular, especially for women who have been impacted. >> reporter: that's absolutely right. and really politics are very much at the center of all of this. but where the controversy is at
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the moment and has been throughout is differences between the senate version of this -- of renewing this law and the house version. the senate version that passed with bipartisan support last month, it expanded current law and a couple of those measures is what house republicans oppose and are not including in their version of the bill. a couple of those -- among those measures are an expansion of the law to offer serves to more victims who are illegal immigrants. also the senate version specifies that the law cover include victims who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. house republicans, as i say, oppose those measures and are not including them in their bill. why, do you ask? well, republicans say, especially the language dealing with covering gay and lesbian victims, it's unnecessary. house republicans say and including sandy adams and i spoke with her again about it today, she says it is unnecessary because the law as is written is already written to be all-inclusive and include all
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victims. they accuse democrats by doing this of picking a phony fight for political reasons. but democrats are very firm and argue that the bill needs to be more comprehensive, because as the law is written, it can allow for ambiguity that may lead to discrimination of these certain groups. so there is that at play. there is a policy, differences at play, but by and large the big fight here is over politics. why a key constituency cares about this measure and this law very much. female voters. >> we're going to follow it closely with you throughout the day. kate, thanks so much. the vote is expected to happen this evening. we'll keep you updated every minute of the way. new developments in that alleged sex abuse case against john travolta. john doe one has withdrawn his case but he's switched lawyers. gloria allred is his new rep and she says since the lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, he is still legally entitled to file another one against the actor if he chooses. two massage therapists have now
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alleged that travolta groped them during sessions. supreme court justice sonia sotomayor returns to her native new york at this hour to address graduates at nyu. sotomayor is the first hispanic justice and only the third woman to serve on the supreme court. she's going to pick up an honorary doctorate at this event as well and it's a homecoming for sotomayor who once served as an adjunct professor at nyu's law school. pretty shocking story about the brutal beating of a soldier in florida. the attack in tampa was caught on a surveillance camera and we warn you, the images are definitely disturbing. this is 24-year-old soldier who was walking alone at night when approached by three people who just started attacking him and knocked him to the ground, repeatedly hitting him and kicking him. at one point another person just ran down the street and joined in on the attack before casually walking away, one of the
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attackers took the soldier's cell phone and wallet. that soldier managed to get to his feet and to a neighbor's house for help. he's still being treated at a local hospital. a law firm is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. baseball's big mid-season event coming to the big apple. live pictures right now. commissioner bud selig announcing this hour that the mets will host baseball's 2013 all-star game at citi field there. the league lights to field its event at big stadiums and the mets were expected to get it after they opened three seasons ago.
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well, if you're leaving the house right now, just a reminder, you can continue watching cnn from your mobile phone. you can also watch cnn live from your desktop. all you've got to do is go to the face, the voice, the dapper suits and unmistakable swagger. charlie rangel has been a larger-than-life member of congress and a champion of harlem for more than 40 years. well, this year he's facing a new field of opponents in a newly redrawn district and trying to put some old issues behind him. congressman rangel joining me to talk about the race, his career and the profession that he loves. good to see you, sir. >> thank you for the opportunity.
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>> well, let me tell you, congressman, i've talked to you many times, through the ups, through the downs. you're now a vivacious 80-plus years old. you've been out of commission for a little while with some back problems. you've also survived an ethics scandal that a lot of people thought you wouldn't. so let me ask you directly, why do you want a 22nd term? >> well, i'm still trying to get an answer that makes some kind of sense because i cannot see how i can resist that at this time in my life the opportunity to be involved in changing things in america at this most crucial time. i know every two years congressmen say that your life depended on it, but when you see the polarization that's taking place in this country, when you see actually the poor being the target of severe cuts because of
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the deficit and you see the sacred mold that's being put around the wealthy and you see that so far my dreams and expectations of having a president like obama has been achieved and that's being threatened, and i have the opportunity to continue my work in terms of the affordable health bill, concentrating on education, providing health care for everybody, making certain that we have a military but not at the expense of the poor, it is such a great opportunity. now, make no mistake about it. if i thought for one minute that there was somebody out there that had really wanted to talk with me about running, i would have to listen, if just because of my age alone. but when people cannot find any reason at all except that i've
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served for so long, i don't see any reason why i should not and will accept this great challenge. now, i have to admit, you talked about all of the problems. it's not a complete surprise to me. and what you so easily call a scandal, take my word for it and put down the date, that before june the 26th, you will see a major newspaper that had a reporter that had the courage enough to read the record of the scandals and right there the chief so-called prosecutor says that based on the record, rangel has been guilty of no crime but only sloppy bookkeeping and a concern -- an overzealous reaction to trying to raise money for minority kids. put that behind us, draper said two weeks ago that me and the secretary treasurer was on a hit
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list and i got a big multi national pac from texas. so my so-called scandals are understandable. >> congressman, let me ask you a couple thoughts. you mentioned the president of the united states, president obama. let me read to you a quote that he gave two years ago when you were seeking your 21st term, if you don't mind. he said, talking about you, he's somebody who's at the end of his career, 80 years old. i am sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. and my hope is that it happens. those are pretty strong words. do you think you need the president's support this time around, congressman? >> of course not. i would welcome it. but what did he really say, that i reached the end of my career. i've been here for 41 years, now going on 42. that he wished i leave with dignity. i have no question that i will and his wishes will be fulfilled. what did he say that was so derogatory if you take the words?
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now, true, he didn't hug and kiss me like i wish he would, but i don't have any problem. >> let me ask you this. he says he hopes you end your career with dignity. >> and i will, i will. >> let me throw one more thing out, okay. let me throw one thing out. senator john mccain, and i don't know if you read his book, "worth fighting for" but he mentioned in his book one of the biggest mistakes that members of congress don't hang it up when they should. they stay in there too long. and then i was looking at one of the quotes from one of your main challengers, and he said congressman rangel has been here since 1970. richard nixon was president. we landed on the moon and joe namath was wearing panty hose and throwing touchdown passes. let me ask you, congressman, do you think there's any danger to outliving your renown? >> no. you might say in 1960 charlie rangel was fighting the war in
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korea against communists, saving and rescuing american troops, coming back home with the purple heart and bronze star, walking up and down parades in california, but that shouldn't count either. but if you want to go back into the past where a kid dropped out of high school and tried to be a symbol for kids all over the country, hey, that should count for something. but just being old, come on, give me a break. >> as my grandfather said, old is just a number and you are one individual that is definitely made every minute count. redistricting, it's a threat to long-time office holders like you. and your district is now more hispanic than it is african-american. how do your challengers, one of whom is a dominican american, stack up against opponents that you faced in the past, congressman? >> well, everyone calls in love with their district. they hope their constituents fall in love with them. to a large degree that's all
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they know and they are so happy with it. and for me for 20 terms. i had a concern and one of the reasons i ran for re-election, because incumbents have had the power to influence their sdli s districts to make sure harmonious communities that live with each other that were able to put aside culture and language difficulties. now we are on the breach, of course, of people doing a cultural thing as opposed to experience thing and it's going to work out all right because no matter where dominicans are, puerto ricans are, african-americans, if you take a look at the diversity of my voting congressional district, there won't be a problem there in terms of getting re-elected. as i said and overspoke, there are people in texas, powerful political republican groups, there are people here in washington that have come up with my name as a target, and it's not just a guy running for re-election on the primary
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ticket. it's a guy they have been after for years. those things happen. i can't get away from it. but it's always exciting. remember this, i was not drafted to run for congress. >> congressman charlie rangel, indeed we will follow the race. thanks for your time today. >> thank you. in addition to all his other distinctions and honors, mr. rangel is a founding member of the congressional black caucus. great shot.
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and this just coming into cnn regarding the john edwards trial. we are being told that the defense team has rested. there will be no more witnesses to be called, and closing arguments scheduled to begin tomorrow. jury deliberations to begin on friday. once again, news in on the john edwards trial, the defense team has rested. no more witnesses. closing arguments scheduled to begin tomorrow. jury deliberations to begin on friday. americans want a president who can create jobs. they also want a president they can sit down with and have a beer or a ginger ale.
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democrat strategist and crystal wright knows exactly what we mean here. ladies, mitt romney when it comes to business, he says he's the good guy. take a listen. >> president obama is the good guy. >> president obama is an old school liberal whose first instinct is to government as the hero. >> you have david brooks saying obama is the guy you want to hang with. he has the, quote, espn masculinity. he's the leader who relates better with the peeps. what does this country need more? tara? >> well, i actually disagree with the premise of david brooks' article. while certainly personality does play a role in electing a president, would he have seen that happen, i don't think it plays a role in electing a president. i think what we see here is that president obama despite the fact that the economy is not
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recovering as quickly as we'd all like it to be, he's been a steady hand and you contrast that with mitt romney who has been indecisive and flip-flopped on almost every issue out there, and so i think people see that distinction. they also see that the main republican argument against this president is that he didn't fix the broken mess left by a republican president's policies fast enough. that's their argument, and, oh, by the way, we actually want to revisit those exact same policies. so intellectually americans see that that's the argument. they see what i say. we don't have a rich people aren't rich enough problem, and yet mitt romney's answer to our economic issues is to cut taxes for the wealthiest americans as if that's our issue. >> crystal? >> tara is right. this election is not about the president's personality or mitt romney's personality. this election is about a broken america. our economic problems, which are unemployment that's been above 8% since obama came into office
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and a $16 trillion debt. this is why the latest rasmussen poll has mitt romney 50% ahead of obama at 43%. but let's go back to personality. the president continues to run on his personality because that is all he has. and besides the late night appearances, i'm going to say something that's going to upset people right now, the president from day one starting in 2008 ran on his race, and when he got elected, he keeps going back to i'm the first black president to gain sympathy points from the american people and boost his personality polls because -- wait a minute, i want to finish this thought. he has -- republicans have become the code word for the bad guys in congress who won't rubber stamp the first black president's agenda. he has democrats like maxine waters coming out publicly, many others in his surrogates, saying the reason why this president has a failed agenda is because he's black, and that is absolutely not right, and i hope
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romney continues to call him on the mat on these economic issues and his utter failing. >> tara, i know you're going to want to weigh in and then i want to get to the final question, guys. >> well, i'm just surprised because republicans like crystal are always saying democrats use the race card and she clearly used the race card which i'm really surprised by. i think the issue here is we want to talk about the economy, that the bulk of the private sector jobs that were lost as a result of the policies under president bush, who is a republican, the bulk of those jobs have come back. where we've seen the job loss is on the government side, hundreds of thousands of government jobs have been lost, which is what i thought the republicans liked. >> 8 million jobs have not come back, tara. 8 million. >> i said the private sector jobs that were lost -- >> 8 million jobs have not come back. >> the recession. and with the obstructionism, american people see that the republicans are obstructing the president. they're blocking things they previously said they agree with like infrastructure spending which the chamber of commerce called a no-brainer. they wanted to block the payroll
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tax cut. republicans have never met a tax cut that they didn't like. so -- >> come on. let's be honest here. they're sitting collecting dust in the democrat-led senate. >> cut more taxes for wealthy people, i'm familiar with those. >> i'm talking about the 30 jobs bills the republicans have passed. >> and they're focusing -- >> all right. so much for getting to my part two of the conversation. obviously i see what gets you two fired up and will remember that. case in point. you ready? we wanna be our brother's keeper. what's number two we wanna do? bring it up to 90 decatherms. how bout ya, joe? let's go ahead and bring it online. attention on site, attention on site. now starting unit nine. some of the world's cleanest gas turbines are now powering some of america's biggest cities. siemens. answers.
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when it comes to the cloak and dagger world of spies, it's often hard to tell the difference between fact and fiction. hollywood has a long history of portraying spies who have come in from the cold and those that haven't. take the tv show "burn notice." that's a real cia term, or is it? suzanne kelly went on a covert operation of her own to find out. >> reporter: no doubt espionage sells. the world loves a good spy story, so we came here to miami on the set of "burn notice" to separate out the fact from fiction. >> action. >> reporter: jeffrey donovan plays michael westin. how much experience had you had no the whole spy world before the show? >> zero. i didn't know much about the intelligence community. >> creating a good diversion isn't about making noise and
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firing guns. ideally something big and very, very loud. >> "burn notice" is a term the cia uses to basically kick a spy out of their agency and never have to pay them pension. >> reporter: that's the hr nightmare. >> and they burn them. they burn records of who they are, what they've done, and when you have no identity and you're a burned spy, it's kind of hard to get a job. >> move around, clear the shot for them. >> we are having a little fun. you have to be pretty organized. when you think of movies like "diehard 2" and "cliff-hanger" that i have shot, we have 80 days, now we are doing one episode in seven days. >> our mission is to separate fact from fiction. to do that we're going to go to marty martin. >> that's me.
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>> covert officer overseas for the cia for a number of years. >> that's what they say. >> are there real takes in real life? >> absolutely not. >> are shows like this real? can a spy at the cia ever be burned? >> no. if you goof up, you get fired. >> you get fired. >> burn notice is issued because all around the people are trying to i.d. our officers or disinform us. eventually you're like this guy is done, he's a liar. >> right, we caught you. >> we're on to you and you issue a burn notice to your systems saying if that yahoo shows up, don't talk to him, don't waste your time, ant don't pay him money. >> reporter: hollywood may not mirror reality 100%, but it makes for good tv. i'm suzanne kelly for cnn. if you're new to burn notice you may not know that the show actually first premiered in 2007. thanks for watching. you can continue the conversation with me on twitter at kyracnn or on facebook.
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cnn "newsroom" continues now with our suzanne malveaux. it is may 16th, noon eastern, 9:00 on the west coast. here is what we're watching. first of all, breaking news on the john edwards corruption trial. the defense rested. attorneys wrapped up their case without calling edwards or his daughter cate or his former mistress rielle hunter to the stand. closing arguments are scheduled to begin tomorrow. jury is set to begin deliberations on friday. edwards is accused of illegally using almost a million dollars in donors money to hide his affair with hunter and the baby they had together. want to bring in our joe johns who has been following this case very closely. so how did it end, joe? what was the take away here from the defense? >> reporter: well, honestly, suzanne, i think probably the first thing you have to say is the defense was threatening just less than 24 hours ago to end this case with a big bang, and it certainly just goes out with a complete whimper. i mean, suzanne, you listed the
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details right there. there was a lot of expectation that at least cate edwards, the daughter of john edwards, would actually take the stand to try to humanize him a bit and tell whatever she knows. that didn't happen. there were also some suggestions rielle hunter, john edwards himself might take the stand, and the defense in the end opted to do none of that. of course, the question is why, and you talk to attorneys behind the scenes, they will say there's one of two things probably going on here. either the suggestion that all these people were going to take the stand was just a ploy by the defense to keep the government guessing or in the alternative some type of disagreement between the people in the defense and perhaps john edwards himself over the direction they should go in the last days. i did, in fact, see a lot of back and forth between the attorneys, particularly between john edwards and the one female attorney on his family, allison. a lot of discussion going back and forth between them, very
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animated while the jury was out. when the jury came in, big smile from john edwards and no sign of stress on his face. at the end of the day obviously the defense, the one thing they're thinking about is what's in the best interest of the client and have we established reasonable doubt. apparently they think they've done so in both counts, and they've decided to rest the defense at this point, closing arguments tomorrow. >> when you took a look at the jurors, did they seem kind of surprised that they were not going to hear from edwards himself or from any of the major players here? >> reporter: i didn't see a lot of surprise, but, you know, you wonder if there's always that expectation that you'll at least hear from john edwards. i think though people watch television shows that have trials on them, "law and order," what have you, and they understand that in the united states a defendant has a right not to testify.
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i didn't see a lot of surprise because the other thing i think you have to know is the talk about scheduling in the courtroom almost always goes on outside of earshot of the jury. the jury doesn't hear when the attorneys are saying, these are the people we think we're going to put on the stand or when. so they were never given an expectation in court that these people were going to testify, and they're also always warned not to watch television, not to read news accounts of the trial. so if they were following those rules by the judge, they may very well not have had an expectation that these folks are going to testify, suzanne. >> just us in the media having expectations thinking well maybe they will take the stand and it will be really interesting here. give us a sense of the edwards family, john edwards and when they left. what was their demeanor and where are they now? do we know? >> reporter: yeah. well, his mother and father were in court today, and i watched them for a while. his father looked very sad, in
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fact, and very tired, and there was a moment right before trial started where abbe lowell actually is the down next to john edwards' father and they had some type of private discussion that went on for a few minutes before abbe got up and went back over in the well and started doing whatever she was doing. so there looked to be a lot of stress and sort of exhaustion among the parents. cate edwards, interestingly enough, who has been here all along, this was the one day i did not see her in court at all, at least this morning. so i mean, that's about it with the family. those are the only family members i saw inside. john edwards himself, as i told you, seems stressed quite a bit. when the jury was outside but when the jury came in, he turned on the charm. >> okay. joe johns, the defense rests today and they'll do more obviously. president obama and congressional leaders are doing lunch. the president pushing for action on his to do list, but the big question is whether or not
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anything is really going to get done. the president is meeting with leaders from both parties. it remains to be seen whether they can find some common ground when you have election year politics in full swing. dan lothian is at the white house, and you're looking at the president's to-do list here. dana bash is on the hill, the push back from the republicans. i want to start off with you here, dan. economy front and center at the meeting between president obama and the congressional leaders. what does the president want congress to accomplish here? what are the top items on this to-do list? >> reporter: the president is putting pressure on congress to help struggling homeowners, to provide tax credits for small businesses, things that he says could really help millions of americans, and not only pushing this to congress directly face to face but this morning he went to a local business, a small business in the d.c. area. it is an italian deli. they have four different locations here in d.c., and that's where he sort of spelled out his to-do list and talked
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about what congress needs to do. take a listen. >> the economy is recovering, but we've still got a long way to go. too many folks are still out of work. we've got some headwinds, the situation in europe and still a difficult housing market, and so we want to sustain momentum, and one of the ways that we can sustain momentum is for congress to take some actions right now, even though it's election season, even though there's gridlock, even though there's partisanship, take some actions right now that would really make a difference. >> reporter: just to flesh out some of the things on the president's five-point to-do list. first of all, he's calling on congress to give small businesses 10% tax credit for creating new jobs or raising the wages of their current employees. the president believing that small businesses really are the engine of the economic recovery. in addition, the president wants some assistance for homeowners
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who are struggling with those underwater mortgages to cut through some of the red tape that would allow them to refinance at lower rates, and then finally in-sourcing which is a word the white house has been using. the president wants congress to offer businesses a 20% tax credit for bringing those jobs that they sent overseas back here to the united states. of course, he believes that that would create more jobs here domestically. in addition, the president wants to make sure those veterans returning from afghanistan and iraq can get jobs and that also there will be a greater investment in clean energy. but i can tell you there's a lot of skepticism that in this political climate anything can get done, and one sign of that, this morning the chairman of the rnc in a statement said in part, quote, instead of assigning homework to congress, professor obama should take a look at his own list of broken promises to cut the deficit in half, lower health care costs, solve our energy crisis.
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so while the president is pushing his to-do list, republicans are pushing their, quote, not done list. suzanne? >> dan, thanks. want to go to the hill. that's where dana is. dana, dan brings up a really good point here, the expectat n expectations are not much is going to get done. he has a to-do list here. we see the budget is an issue, the benefits for same-sex couples, another very contentious issue among members of congress. what are the republicans getting out of this meeting? >> reporter: that is going to be such a good question to see what they say coming out. i can tell you what they said going in, and that is the speaker of the house himself, john boehner, suggested that that to-do list is nothing more than gimmickry and he said it was small ball. listen to more of what he said. >> where is the president's plan to tackle our looming debt crisis? where is the president's plan to
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stop the largest tax increase in american history from occurring on january the 1st? where is the president's plan to replace these indiscriminate cuts to our military which will devastate their ability to keep america secure? it's time for us to deal with the big issue that is are affecting our country and our society. we spent enough time playing small ball. >> reporter: now, here is the reality check for viewers watching wondering what is going to get done before the election. not much. but what happens after the election is going to be very, very big and very difficult for washington to deal with, and yesterday the speaker laid out a line in the sand very similar, almost like a cut and paste from what we saw him do last year, saying that when congress needs to deal with that raising of the debt ceiling before the end of the year, he is going to demand spending cuts and you also have a very, very large issue looming, and that is the
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so-called bush tax cuts will be expiring. that's about $2 trillion in tax increases unless congress and the white house deals with it. >> a lot of people are paying attention to what happens there on the hill because, you know, this affects everybody when you talk about tax cuts, when you talk about the budget. i want our viewers to take a listen to this. this is what happened on the senate floor today. it proves again how difficult it is to get these two sides together. >> if you're looking for a simple three-word description of the democratic approach to the problems we face, it's this, "duck and cover." duck and cover. they don't have a budget of their own. >> my friend from kentucky has said number one issue is defeat president obama. so they don't mind wasting a day of the senate's time on useless political show votes. >> dana, if you will, cut through some of this rhetoric from both sides. i mean, you've got a lot of name calling here, but this is pretty important stuff when you talk about how we are spending our money and whether or not people
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are going to be benefiting from it. >> reporter: it is very important stuff. there's really very little that's more important at this point when you look at the economy right now. but what's happening on the senate floor today, suzanne, is six hours of debate followed by five votes on budgets that everybody knows going into today, they're going to go nowhere. it's president obama's budget, which we expect will actually get zero votes, that republicans want to use as a club against democrats, and then we have various forms of republicans budgets. republicans are forcing this issue because politically they are trying to make the point that democrats have not offered a budget in three years, even though they promised to balance the budget coming into this. and democrats are trying to make the point that, as you heard, that this is just gimmickry. what that means big picture for the american people is that the congress that they already see not a lot of -- they're not very
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pleased it's fair to say with congress, this is not giving them reason to be more pleased, watching what's happening today. >> dana bash and dan lothian. the dans and the danas, i like that. here is a look at what we've got this hour. the worst massacre in eursi world war ii. the ruthless man on trial for genocide is taunting survivors from the stand. then two black eyes, a bloody nose, and cuts on the back of his head. could new details from george zimmerman's doctor tell a different story about what happened the night trayvon martin was killed? and she's young, smart, beautiful. and she's fighting for her life against a rare bacteria that's eating her alive. now the community and the country are rallying around here. ♪ ♪
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7 a man blamed for murdering more than 8,000 people went on trial today. almost 20 years ago and now how he looks today in custody at the war crimes tribunal in the metherlands. the charges against him are the most horrific crimes against humanity imaginable. we are talking about mass
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murder, stystematic rape, ethni cleansing. he was leader of bosnian troops during a war that tore apart yugoslavia. he was nicknamed the butcher of bosnia. michael holmes is joining us. we used to have those live feeds of the video, and you would see the carnage, the body parts. i would say 80% of it we couldn't even put on the air, it was that horrific. remind people who we are talking about. >> he is one of the most infamous figures in recent history. known as the butcher of bosnia. he was one of those who basically coined the term ethnic cleansing. this is a man that wanted a purely serbian state and drove out everyone, hundreds of thousands of people who were bosnian muslims, croatians, to create this pure state. among the things he's accused of doing was the siege of sarajevo.
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he was the architect of that bombardment that went on for years. 12,000 people were killed. perhaps even more brutal was where boys and men were murdered. she were shot in groups of ten, machine gunned, purely innocent civilians in this case. these are people who are meant to be under u.n. protection at the time. >> he's now facing trial. what did he do in the courtroom that really kind of displays his personality, the cruelty, if you will. >> he's being defensive and argumentative all the way through the process. what he did today was he walked into the court, he looked over at relatives of the victims, and he made that sign. this is a man who absolutely thinks he is innocent, that he did the right thing. he said he was protecting serbs. he said i am general mladic, i
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defended my people and my country. why is he on trial now? 16 years evaded arrest, living in the countryside and keeping away from authorities. >> what does he face potentially? >> the rest of his life in jail obviously. this is part of like -- if you think of a troika of people from that war, milosevic, who was the president of yugoslavia, he was taken to the hague to be put on trial. went through several years on trial, died before the verdict was handed down. and he was sort of the political side of this. >> why does it take so long? why are we just seeing this happen today? >> the trial -- in mladic's case, it's because he was able to be on the run for so long. only caught him last year. in terms of what we're about to see, this could go on for years. and as i say, one man has been on trial since twooun a2009 and
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halfway through the trial. there's a lot of details. getting witnesses in, these things take years which to the outside observer it's like why? in fact, they cut the list of charges from 15 to 11 to try to speed it up a bit. but it's going to be months, perhaps years. >> perhaps we'll see justice done at some point. >> horrible, unspeakable things happening. i remember some of those things you're talking about, the marketplace shelling where dozens of civilians were cut into pieces. >> michael, thank you very much. appreciate it, as always. remember when folks were complaining about gas guzzling suvs? suvs are selling better now than ever and there's good reason. don't forget, you can watch cnn live on your computer while you're at work. head to
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despite having to pay $4 a gallon for gas, a lot of people are still buying suvs these days and more than ever. alison kosik is joining us. my mom has an suv. it's great. you see the road. everything in front of you, but, yeah, it does cost a lot to fill the tank. >> it does, but that's not keeping people away from buying suvs. you look at the numbers now.
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1 in 3 vehicles sold right thousand is actually an suv, and that is surprising because gas prices, they are still high. and you look at what happened during the recession. we couldn't run fast enough away from those gas guzzlers to buy the small fuel efficient cars. the difference between now and then is the suvs of today, they're really far different than the models that were sold more than a decade ago. you look at the 1990s, they were big, gas guzzlers, truck-like. now they're basically roomy cars, and these are smaller suvs that are bill on these car frames and they get good gas mileage. those are really the suvs that are selling well. the smaller ones. the chevy equinox, ford escape, honda crvs. that's what you're seeing people go out and buy. >> it's big enough you can put your bike in the back and keep on going. is it one of the reasons that the car industry is doing better these days do we think? >> it is. and that's a good point. it really is a big part of it. j.d. power came out and said the ford explorer sales tripled when
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it changed the way that the vehicle is from a truck base to a car base. maz da said we're pretty much sold out of the cx-5, a smaller suv. automakers are just getting better at building the cars and the suvs that people want. you know, it's really a lesson that was learned from the recession. a wake up call to pay more attention to what the customer wants and needs. if you want to read more about this, you can go to cnn money. it's got more on this suv craze. >> alison, how are the stocks doing? >> stocks are looking pretty good. we're keeping our eye on shares of jpmorgan, they're up a fraction of a percent. the fbi has opened up an investigation into that jap mpmn $2 billion trading loss. even after jamie dimon came out and said we made stupid mistakes, the fbi is looking into it. there are questions were there illegal mistakes made and the fbi is definitely looking into it because of the size of the loss and the bank that's involved. you have to remember jpmorgan chase is the biggest bank in the
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mitt romney taking aim at president obama over the economy today. he also took a jab at the president over his relationship with president bill clinton hinting about bad blood between obama and the clintons during the 2008 campaign. joining us to talk about it, robert zimmerman and republican strategist lenny mcallister. good to see both of you guys here. let's talk about this first topic here. a campaign stop in iowa. romney talks about the fact that you had president obama rejecting clinton's stand against big government. i want you to listen to what he
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said. >> president obama tucked away the clinton doctrine in his large drawer of discarded ideas along with transparency and bipartisanship. [ applause ] it's enough to make you wonder if maybe it was a personal beef with the clintons but probably it runs much deeper than that. >> ouch. i want to start off with you -- well, we've just lost lenny, so i will start off with robert. robert, 2008, south carolina, the congressional black caucus debate. they were going at it, obama and hillary clinton of course. there was bad blood, and in the weeks prior to that, bill clinton was coming out and saying some pretty harsh things about obama. do you think that this actually works for romney in any way to remind people that, look, it wasn't all rosy back then? >> look, governor's comments are the kind of snide gossip that would impress or for that matter perez hilton's
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website, but it really has no place in any intelligent discussion of the issues because for people with real lives, they're not going to focus on that kind of nonsense. they want to focus on what governor romney's budget represents for them. after all, independent sources like the center for the responsibility federal budget pointed out the romney bucket increases the national deficit more than it presently exists. >> to be fair obviously they have put a lot of the bad blood behind them. there was quite a debate between them, but they work well together now and now he's on his ticket. do you think that it helps romney in terms of making the case that this is going to be more big government when you see these two together? >> when you see -- i'm sorry? governor romney's making a case it's going to be big government? >> when you see bill clinton and president obama together, when you see those two together, do you think it helps romney in any way to make the case this is going to be more about big
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government and big spending? >> i think it's really governor romney trying to avoid discussing his economic record and his own program. for that matter, the clinton/gore presidency was a historically successful presidency and it brought us record economic growth. i think obviously president obama being with president clinton works to his advantage and also very frankly we know president clinton is so effective at communicating the issues and how they affect peoples' lives. i think the real issue is trying to shift the folks and trying to shift the debate. obviously democrats want to make an issue of governor romney's budget. he wants to try to make the focus on president obama. >> and, rockbert, we would have you play the republican side since lenny isn't here, but that's okay. i want to show you something -- >> i can never measure up to lenny but i can try it give his perspective. >> we'll try to get lenny back. in the meantime, i want to show you this.
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this is real has really got everybody's attention. chris christie and cory booker, this is a little parody they did and i want you to take a look at the two of them and the vp buzz that's surrounding christie and how he deals with this. >> i got to get going. i think we might have a flat tire here. all right. i'll hang up first. good-bye. >> hey, gov, gov, sit tight, i go the this. >> absolutely. >> governor, stand back! >> i got this, i got this. >> booker. >> governor romney, governor romney, yes, yes that was me running into the fire. yes, i do shovel snow as well. yes, you're very persuasive, but i'm not a number two guy, i'm not a background singer.
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mitt, sir, with all due respect, i know you need a big -- >> excuse me, mayor. i got this. >> i love this. i mean, everybody has been watching this whole thing because there's all this speculation about christie whether he's going to get that invitation to be the number two guy, and cory booker, who seems to always be playing the hero here, lenny, we have you back, lenny, right? we have you, lenny? >> yeah. no thanks to robert pulling the plug on the end over here in chicago. thanks, robert. good job as a democrat. the democrat machine back in effect in chicago. >> what do you think, is this a good lesson here? these two guys getting along, showing you can be, you know, on the opposite ends and still be friends and make a point. >> it's great to see, but we have to understand two things. number one, cory booker is a
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mayor. governor christie is the governor of his states. let's see what happens if they run against each other when governor christie is up for re-election. does this good tone go over to a great campaign where they're tussling with each other where there's above the board fighting or do we go back into the politics we've been used to seeing in the last ten years? hopefully this type of tone can permeate throughout the nation. people be disagree and be able to be on cnn without robert zimmerman pulling the plug on me. >> i you'd agree with me, every member of congress, every democrat should team up with a republican and do a video like that. i think it would be a great, as we say, educational moment, a great learning moment. everyone should go on and watch it. it's not only funny, it's very instructive. i think it really is just -- it's a great, great message about what should be happening in terms of dialogue. >> robert, to lenny's point there, can this happen in a
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campaign or is this just something where two guys who are not competing with each other right now can get away with? can you bring some of that spirit? do we need some of that? can that actually happen when the stakes are so much higher? >> you know something? we have to have more of that spirit for the future of our democracy, and i think it's worth noting that many -- we always hear and the media focuses on the tough biting comments in the campaign, but many of them are issue oriented. certainly the clinton/obama campaign was a very, very tough competition. but it really stayed focus on issues and you saw how well the democratic party unified at the end of the ro seprocess. >> lenny, you got a last word here since we lost you before? >> well, you know what? last word would be i think robert is right. if we can get some bipartisanship on how we're going to be statesmen moving forward, we can fix this country and elevate it to the standard we're used to having in the 21st century. but it boils down to who wants
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to be statesmen and who wants to be politicians. >> absolutely. >> well said. a little bit of bipartisanship here. >> i'm glad he got his sound back. >> we're not going to do that to you anymore, lenny, we promise. this is a serious issue. the shooter had two black eyes, a busted nose, a bloody head. a report from george zimmerman's doctor shakes up the trayvon martin case. today is gonna be an important day for us. you ready? we wanna be our brother's keeper. what's number two we wanna do? bring it up to 90 decatherms.
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the medical report by george zimmerman's family doctor provides some new details about zinl's inju zimmerman's injuries. if you look closely at the surveillance video at the police station, you can see marks visible on the back of his head. zimmerman claims he shot martin in self-defense. martin savidge is here with the latest developments here, and so we knew he had an injury or some sort of marking in the back of his head. we knew he had a broken nose. what does the medical report reveal that is new? >> what is different about this is we had heard all those accounts before from family members or from his attorney. this time we're hearing it from his own doctor, which he went to one day after this attack took place. we know in addition to the head injuries he had two black eyes, the broken nose, and an injury to his back. all of that is kind of more specific detail that we're getting. >> and it's significant because the defense believes that they can build a case around the fact that he was injured in some way.
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>> right. this, they say, goes to their argument that it proves that george zimmerman was in a fight, and the defense maintains it was trayvon martin who began that fight by punching him in the nose and hence the broken nose. >> his parents, trayvon martin's paurnt parents, how are they responding to this? >> they do not see this as clear cut which quite naturally they wouldn't being on an opposite side. they say, look, had the injuries really been serious to george zimmerman, he would have got attention right away. in fact, here is what their attorney said last night on anderson cooper. >> the family has very strong positions about the family physician's report that was done the next day. we know on february 26 the er personnel didn't believe his injuries were significant enough for him to go to the hospital. they didn't even put a band-aid on his head. we saw the video 30 minutes after he had shot and killed trayvon martin.
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that's important. he didn't have a concussion. >> and that's a big point that ben crump points out. he says, look, he did nota concussion. >> do we have more information about trayvon martin, his own situation, his own medical status. >> this is information from the autopsy. it indicates he had bruises, marks on his hands in keeping with what some would say was fighting. however, again, ben crump, the attorney, says he was fighting. he was fighting to defend himself from george zimmerman. in other words, this isn't the sort of smoking fist, so to say, that this was proof that tra>> medical report about zimmerman's mental state? >> not specifically, other than it talks about some medications he was on. in fact, those medications were edadde
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a family of a georgia woman fighting a deadly flesh eating bacteria says her ro gres is miraculous. 24-year-old amy copeland is mouthing words, she is smiling.
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her father said the doctors thought she had little chance of surviving when she was admitted to the hospital ten days ago. he fell from a zip line into a river cutting her leg. copeland's father updated her condition last night on cnn. >> she appears to be remembering day to day different conversations that we've had. we actually referred to some conversations she had yesterday, so her memory is -- short-term memory appears to be coming back which is a very encouraging sign. >> andy copeland is urging folks to continue to donate blood for his daughter's recovery. there are several blood drives held here yesterday in georgia. another planned for june 1st. want to bring in elizabeth cohen from washington. elizabeth, first of all, explain to us about this flesh-eating bacteria. just how rare this is, how dangerous this is. it just sounds so bizarre. >> it's really a very, very dangerous situation, suzanne. flesh eating bacteria infections, these infections are
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very, very rare. there aren't great numbers on it, but they are really quite rare. what happens is your skin is a great defense against bacteria, but if you have a combination of two things you can really be in trouble. one, if you have an open wound on your skin and, two, you're in the presence of one of these bacteria that can cause this illness, that can become a recipe for trouble. begi again, for most people, this will never happen to you. it can especially happen with a really big open wound which is sounds like amy had. >> where does this bacteria live? >> there are lots of different kinds of bacteria that can cause necrotizing fasciitis. sometimes it's strep a or other things. in this case it's a bacteria that lives in the water. this is a pretty common bacteria in the water. we have probably been in water with this bacteria, but we didn't have this open wound where a lot of this bacteria could get in. once it gets into your body, it
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really thrives and it thrives on eating your muscle and it can eat away at it very, very deep inside your body. >> wow. it just sounds so awful. how do people, you know, we get these skin infections all the time. how do we know if there's like flesh eating bacteria that we are deeting with aaling with? >> let's run through the list because i know that's what makes everyone nervous. how will i know if this is me, because, of course, getting treatment quickly is crucial. first of all, disproportionate pain. so what i mean by that is that you've got a cut, you expect a cut to sort of hurt, but i mean it really hurts. not necessarily just where the cut itself is, but in that whole region of the body sometimes. so way more pain than you would expect just for a cut in the skin. also fever and weakness can be signs of necrotizing fasciitis, also a lot of swelling or black marks around that area. you can go to
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9,000 people were killed in the fighting. desperate people who escaped to turkey, they have to cross the border that the syrian army has covered now with land mines. cnn's ivan watson is there. >> reporter: agony in the emergency room. this 25-year-old just stepped on a land mine planted on the syrian/turkish border. doctors amputated his mangled left foot along with the foot of another victim. in all six syrian men took several bloody wrong steps early saturday morning. this man was one of the luckier ones. the blast left him with only minor shrapnel wounds and burns. i was holding the border fence open so the guys could get through when i heard the blast, he says. i saw my cousin lying next to me screaming, and then there was a second explosion and i said, nobody move. there are land mines.
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something like this was bound to happen. we first met this man last march when he showed us some of the more than 300 land mines he and his friends pulled out of the ground along the border. nobody taught you how to pull this kind of mine out of the ground, right? >> translator: no, no. >> reporter: in this amateur video, he depp straights how he digs up anti-personnel mines buried by syrian soldiers along the border fence. he's got no protective armor and uses a kabob skewer to probe for the lethal devices. he applies that same instinct for improvisation when treating his own wounds. your bandage is a napkin and some tape. this isn't a professional bandage at all. the 800 kilometer long border between turkey and syria is riddled with smuggler's paths. they became an essential escape
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route for tens of thousands of refugees fleeing a deadly syrian government crackdown and the poorest frontier has since become a vital lifeline for rebels and activists smuggling in supplies, fighters, and weapons to the opposition. turkey authorities say troops began mining the border last winter. back in march we were told it was his duty to keep the smuggling routes open and he swears when his wounds heal, he'll go right back to work digging up land mines. you almost got killed. why would you go back and do this again? >> translator: we have refugees, women and children, coming through this border, he says. they must have a way to escape. ivan watson, cnn, turkey. top of the hour. i'm suzanne malveaux. here is what's crossing right now. medical records show the