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us to the attention, don, that hurricane season is june 1st. >> early doesn't necessarily mean more or stronger, right? >> it does not. it just means we have to be ready for hurricane season to begin and sometimes it can start before the season actually officially begins. >> pull out the red jackets with the big cnn letters on them. we'll all be out there and hope there's no injuries. it's all good this year. thank you, appreciate it, bonnie schneider, and thanks so much for watching. i'm don lemon at the cnn headquarters in atlanta. i'll see you back here next week. have a great week. we're going to leave you with the eclipse. war and peace. protesters battle in chicago, where nato signs off on an exit strategy for the war in afghanistan. another disco icon gone. robin gibb of the bee gees,
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loses his battle with cancer. and millions watch. a rare sight in the sky. solar eclipse. good morning to you. welcome to "early start." welcome back, ashleigh. we got you a new look. how do you like it? >> the music. it's such a special day. i'm going to assume it's for me. >> it is for you. 5:00 eastern, very early in the morning. let's get started. we're going to start with breaking news. new trouble for the former imf chief, dominick strauss-kahn. he could face new charges in the alleged gang-rape of a belgian prostitute, during a party at her hotel in washington, d.c. this was almost two years ago. french prosecutors saying they're launching a new investigation, based on statements two escorts made to police. dominick strauss-kahn was imf chief. he was also arrested after a
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new york hotel maid accused him of sexual assault. but he was cleared after her story fell apart. also, world leaders gathering in chicago to decide the exit strategy for the war in afghanistan. it's part of the nato summit. and as expected, things turned violent in the street between the protesters and police there. president obama is playing host. and he is facing a lot of pressure from allies who want troops out sooner than 2014. all the while, demonstrators, making their voices heard like this outside in the streets. check out the chaotic scene near the summit site. 45 people have been arrested. >> is a lot of the work outside of chicago, being done by the streets outside? >> not really at all.
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they don't even notice what's happening, either. a lot of this is happening miles away from the conference site. president obama and his aides are keeping abreast of what's going on. the war and this other occasion of nato leaders. >> what is going on there? there's a lot on the docket. but afghanistan seems to be issue number one. >> yes. well, yesterday, they talked about issues like missile defense and sharing on resources in this time that everybody's budgets are shrinking. as you mentioned. today, it's about afghanistan. that's about getting out of afghanistan. how do you do that? at first, by the end of 2013, they want to hand over all of the afghan provinces to the lead of afghan security forces, handling security for the country.
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and by 2014, all nato troops will be out. what the leaders will be discussing today, is how to make that transition. how to move from helping the afghan securities to take the lead. and the way to do that is to sustain them. to pay for training and advising and sustaining them over the next few years. president obama will have his hat in hand, asking allies to help fray the costs. and at a time when everyone's budgets are shrinking, president obama is going to make the case, this is how we get out of afghanistan. we make sure there's an afghan force that can stabilize the country when nato forces leave. >> it's about a $4 million ticket going forward. how much is expected to be shouldered by the other 28 of the allies? and how much is expected to be shouldered by us? >> well, the u.s. will pay $3.2 billion. afghan security forces $500
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million. and the rest works out to about $1.3 billion. that's what president obama is asking to foot the costs. the 60 partners in the coalition. what u.s. officials tell me, is they think they're quite on their way almost to a billion. some nations will make their announcements today. the u.s. making the case this is the way to get out of afghanistan. and this cost is really important. we don't want to lose all of the gains that have been made over the last few years by not continuing support the afghan forces. >> this may be stating the obvious. but this entire global scene is extraordinarily exhausted after more than a decade of war. and is this boding badly for syria? do you think they're going to get to the heart of what this coalition can do to help the syrians? >> that's a good question,
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ashleigh. and the answer is yes. i asked nato officials and the secretary general, what about syria? you went into libya with nato, with a partnership. what about the people of syria? the violence continuing. and the annan peace plan isn't working. they the secretary-general said, is nato has no intention of getting involved in syria. there's a lot of fatigue. they're saying they don't want to further militarize the country. police in chicago are bracing for more summit protests today. 45 people were arrested yesterday in clashes near the summit site in mccormack place. officials say the cops were dg assaulted. >> we have four officers that
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went to the hospital. not too seriously. >> we will bring you live pictures throughout the day. thousands of survivors are living in tents this morning. it was a 6.2 magnitude quake. >> we deucing buildings that have stood for hundreds of years. and destroyed $65 million worth of cheese. that's in a region known for its parmesan production. bee gees singer, robin gibb, has died after a battle with liver and colon cancer. gibb, along with his brothers, helped to define the sound of the disco era with their
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"saturday night fever" soundtrack, which included "staying alive." and "how big is your love." robin give was 62. authorities in mississippi are trying to figure out what turned a quiet prison into a deadly battleground. minimum security prison. >> a 23-year-old guard was killed. five prison workers and an inmate were injured. the prison houses over 200 illegal immigrants. >> the only person convicted in the bombing of pan am 103, has died. he was 60.
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the former libyan intelligence officer was released from prison because he was suffering from prostate cancer. that outraged many victims families. >> it's appalling, he died in libya, comfortably with his family around him. >> he claimed that he was not guilty. it is sentencing day in the rutgers web cam spying case. dharun ravi got convicted of spying and intimidating his gay
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roommate. clementi jumped off of george washington bridge and killed himself, after ravi used a web cam to spy on him and another man. hurricane alberto, creating choppy seas and cancelling cruises. it's expected to stay away from georgia and south carolina. june 1st was the official beginning of hurricane season. let's check in with rob marciano. good morning. >> good morning. we're getting it going a little early. the eastern pacific season got going a day early, also. this is the first time we've seen the eastern pacific and the atlantic hurricane season start early. this satellite picture, not looking all that impressive. the circulation, on the georgia, florida border. and the radar, not bringing a lot of rain in on the coastlines at the moment.
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heavy surf is an issue on this. and the track is going to keep it offshore. we'll go through the forecast later on the program. >> thank you, rob. last night's solar eclipse. an event for so many people. you can stare at your screen. but what's different about this eclipse? what makes this one special? [ t] sweet! [ male announcer ] the solid thunk of the door on the jetta. thanks, mister! [ meow ] [ male announcer ] another example of volkswagen quality. that's the power of german engineering. right now lease the 2012 jetta for $159 a month.
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meanwhile, near the summit site, 45 people were arrested. chicago police have arrested three men in an alleged terror plot. the suspects were plotting a series of attacks in chicago. they allegedly planned to target president obama's campaign headquarters and the home of chicago mayor, rahm emanuel. chen, a vocal critic of the chinese government, fled his country. he tried to visit chen back on house arrest. he and a cnn film crew were chased away by security guards then. president obama is visiting joplin, missouri, one year, after a devastating tornado killed 161 people. the president will be speaking at the graduation ceremony for joplin high school.
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hundreds are living in fema trialers. the jury was dismissed after a first day of deliberations. covering up the affair. and focusing six counts of campaign fraud. >> christine romans, thank you. parts of kansas ravaged, over the weekend. hey there, rob. >> the month of may has been quiet as far as tornadoes go. this one out of kansas. it's been quiet since then. since then, you see it touching down. no real threat for severe weather, or tornadoes today. we have a decent front pushing across the appalachians.
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this one, alberto, that will stay offshore. and rain from that and another disturbance, will keep it wet across the peninsula. very, very hot across parts of the desert southwest, battling those fires. highs today will be up over 100 degrees. we have heat advisories, over extreme parts of southeastern california and southern parts of arizona. 25-mile-per-hour to 35-mile-per-hour gusts. 84 degrees. >> if you missed it or live in a spot that saw it, the eclipse happened last night. folks on the west coast got to see it. the celestial bodies colliding. it didn't cover up the entire disc of the sun. about 94% of it. you saw that ring of fire,
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nonetheless. that one is -- that's my favorite one there. pretty rare stuff. we'll have a total one here in 2017. and parts of north america. doesn't come around all that often. that's for sure. i know you wanted to see those. and they got a little view of it. >> that's gorgeous. >> thank you, rob. 18 minutes past the hour. time for your "early reads." new jersey is considering whether to decriminalize marijuana possession. more like a traffic ticket. people caught with less than 15 grams would face a $150 fine on their first offense. currently, people face up to six months in prison and a $1,000
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fine. a hearing on the proposal is expected today. >> something tells me 420 people will be happy about that story. my inside joke. "the seattle times" has an amazing story about a teenager trapped within into waterfalls. they're very pretty. but this 15-year-old was wading in the river. but he slipped and fell down a 10-foot waterfall. >> that looks pretty impressive. >> yeah. he just missed falling down the second waterfall. the second waterfall is a 270-foot drop. that little guy climbed out on to a rock. and he had to crouch there, spending eight hours before he was rescued. imagine how cold that would be. authorities say it was wet. it was cold. beautiful scene, but scary. for an expanded look at our top stories, head to our blog.
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welcome back. 23 minutes past 5:00 now. it's going to be a rough week ahead for stock markets. i wait to sound like a broken record. but i will. greece, an uncertain future. last week, the markets had the worst week of the year. on friday, all three major indices were down. the nasdaq losing the most ground. the nasdaq, where facebook was. >> we're talking facebook. the stock will be watched closely this week. it closed flat on friday. christine romans tells us what we can expect for the stock and the weeks ahead. fair warning on facebook. >> i said they're risky. you don't know how they're going to do. and this is a company that had so much hype, i think a lot of the week, a lot of retail investors, you and me, saying i don't know. i know facebook. but i don't know about facebook as an investment. that's what happened on the market. anytime an ipo doesn't close 5%,
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10% higher, it's a disappointment. this was not a healthy opening. it's almost certain that the syndicate, the underwriters of the stock, made sure it didn't close lower. that would have been a disaster. the brokers trying to sell the stock by thursday. and that's what they started to find this week. >> and the nasdaq ceo said this was not our finest hour. for many, you couldn't get trade cancellations. you couldn't find out if your order had been placed or filled, for hours. there's technical confusion on top of week demand, that made it an icky day.
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add on that, the worst for stocks on the year. it was bad timing for the company. speaking of timing, a lot of people thought they were going for the graduation party for mark zuckerberg's girlfriend. hi got married. and he announced it via his status update. >> you think they had a prenup? >> congratulations. speaking of money and them. in 90 days, the insiders will sell their stock, as well. there's some who think there could be more selling pressure, as some of the early investors and employees -- >> millionaires on paper only right now. >> they're millionaires on paper. maybe may want to buy a house in the south of france. one thing you need to know, you're waking up to lower coffee
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prices, folks. coffee prices are down. maxwell house, folgers, dunkin' donuts will be 4% lower. >> you didn't say starbucks. >> i don't know if starbucks is there. but j.m. smucker and kraft says they're lowering their prices. >> maybe that will pressure starbucki starbucki starbucks. >> that would be fantastic. >> full of stuff today. prom night, about to make serious memories. not like normal, though. are you ready for this? they're going to be talking about this in miami over the weekend. mostly because of the porn. yeah. yeah. you're coming back after the break. if you're leaving the house, you can watch us anytime on your desktop or mobile phone. ♪ i can do anything today ♪ i can go anywhere ♪ i can go anywhere today
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president obama is called one of the most divisive and polarizing figures. who said it? cory booker, backing off comments he said criticizing president obama. and you will not believe how much babe ruth's jersey went for auction this weekend. we have a little hint for you. keep going. even when you think you're at the high range, up, up, up, in the millions. 31 minutes past the hour. >> very happy to have you this morning. nato allies are expected to
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sign off on president obama's exit strategy. hamid karzai supports the president's plan. how is it painting out in the afghan capital? >> i think the key question, and many people aren't paying that much attention to the chicago summit. it doesn't affect their daily life. but the question that afghans are asking themselves, what does it mean for the number of foreign troops who are going to be here in the years and months ahead? the key phrase you're going to hear is milestone 2013. that's the point in the middle of next year, when the obama administration wants to see afghan security forces.
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what do the american troops then do? it depends who you are listening to. if you listen to the president, he makes it sound like that becomes the end of the war. if you listen to the top commander here, general john allen, that sounds more like a stay, potentially fighting if necessary. now, that's not because there's daylight between the two men. it's more because they're trying to play to different audiences. the president campaigning for re-election, wants to make it sound like it's more to an end. and general allen wants the afghan people not to feel they're being walked out on. >> americans want to know what does it really mean? will america need 68,000 troops? >> that's the most important question for the american public. i'll be hugely surprised if we move into a noncombat supporting role. combat isn't our main job. but you need that many thousands of troops.
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obama said the troops should come home at a steady pace at the end of this summer. there's going to have to be a reduction in number. that changes it right now. given the tense election campaign, the debate with mitt romney, the challenger, is going to be difficult to make an early call, regardless of how popular it may be domestically, because it opens up from attack from republicans about running away from this decade-long war. >> thank you. here at home, florida senator, marco rubio, getting his fellow republicans fired up, with a verbal assault against president obama. he picked up on a line of attack used by the party's presumptive nominee, and possible running mate, mitt romney. >> for all of the disagreements
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we may have with the president, it is hard to understate how much he inspired people across this country four years ago. with his promises to unite america and lift it up. the man who occupies the white house is a very different person. we have not seen such a divisive figure in modern american history as we have over the last 3 1/2 years. >> tough words. the democratic national committee spokesman saying that rubio's attacks are as dishonest as they are desperate. cory booker is backing off comments he made, criticiziing president obama for his attack on mitt romney. on sunday, booker appeared on "meet the press" and said attacks on romney's record at bain capital, made him uncomfortable. >> if you look at bain capital's record, they've done a lot to
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support to grow businesses. and this, to me, i'm very uncomfortable. >> booker now is examining romney's record at bain, as fair game. or he's saying now. he released a new youtube video where he says the president is, quote, reasonable, to scrutinize romney's business record. >> i believe that mitt romney, in many ways, is not being completely honest with his role and his record. even while a business person and is shaping to serve his political interest. and not necessarily -- not necessarily including all of the facts of his time there. >> booker says, his earlier remarks were meant to express his frustration at negative campaigning. booker is supporting president obama in this year's election. this morning, a company in china has announced it is taking over the amc theater chain, in a $2.67 billion deal. the company has offered a group of cheaters in china. the acquisition will create the
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largest cinema chain in the world. amc operates 5,000 screens here in north america. it was prom night and porn night. the miami beach convention center played host to two events on saturday night. >> hello, what? >> the miami beach high senior prom and exotica. a porn convention. >> i didn't know about this convention thing? >> what do you think now that you know? >> it's odd. >> it's miami. things happen everywhere. >> it's odd. it's miami. the school says they chose the convention center over a hotel to discourage drinking. >> oh, right. >> this was one of the few available dates they had. it was still a safe choice, despite all of the skin being shown right next door. imagine that. >> those prom dresses can be dismacon for -- anyway.
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the big news last week, the passing of donna summer, going to be buried today. it's a favorite funeral in nashville. five-time grammy winner. she lost her battle with cancer on thursday, at just 63 years old. whitney houston's daughter, bobbi kristina, giving a tearful tribute to her mother. this was at the billboard music awards last night. the late singer was honored with the millennium award. and bobbi kristina accepted it. >> i want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all. not just from when it was good. but when it was bad, too. just everything. thank you so much. for how showing that much love. she deserved it. >> so many people were happy she showed up to accept that. also remembered last night, donna summer, robin gibb, and the beastie boys founder, adam
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yauch. hundreds of pet owls are being abandoned in the u.k. from the looks on the screen, you possibly know it's the end of the harry potter phase. owls serve as messengers in the stories. harry potter has a pet owl. now, fans, seemingly getting rid of their pet owls. and they're doing it by the hundreds. i know. awful. authorities are worried now that many are being illegally released into the wild. because they don't have skills to feed themselves, those owls can starve themselves. >> that's terrible. he's hollywood's iron man. now, jackie chan says he is done playing the action hero? what? the 58-year-old actor who is famous for performing all of his
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old stunts, announcing that the film, "chinese zodiac" is his last action movie. he has spent seven years on the movie, coordinating the fight scenes. at some point, you have to hang it up. >> i'm not a fight movie fan. but you can't help but know jackie chan. >> he's amazing. i would imagine, you have to stop. it's got to be hard on the body. >> no kidding. 39 minutes past 5:00. we're working on a lot of stories for you. including the deadly earthquake in italy over the weekend. here's something odd. this could affect your dinner table in the u.s. we'll make the connection and explain it in a moment. your new, thank you at&t. first, why don't you show her the curved edge... now move on to the slick navigation tiles -- bam, right into the people hub. see megan, colin has lots of friends. hey, colin, what kind of phone is that? whaaa -- oh megan -- when did you get here? [ clears throat ] ohh yea no, let's... [ male announcer ] introducing the beautifully different nokia lumia 900.
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we have information on the mother of newborn twins that's trying to find a cure to a disease that's eating away her body. she's undergone a series to remove the dead tissue. but the infection appears contained to her legs. >> she does respond sometimes. you can see in her blood pressure. >> kirkendoll was admitted to the hospital after a bruise on her leg. but that discoloration started to spread quickly. it was diagnosed as that rare fresh-eating bacteria. a second case reported in less than a week. you probably remember the young georgia student, named aimee copeland, in critical condition. doctors say she lost most of one of her legs.
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she will lose her hands and the other foot. she is breathing on her own. >> i was reading the mom with twins, her husband insisted she go to the hospital. he saved her life, probably. let's get you up-to-date. here's christine romans. >> good morning, ladies. police in chicago are bracing for new demonstrations and new violence at the nato summit there today. president obama and the allies are focusing on an exit strategy for nato forces in afghanistan. protesters demanding an end to the war, confronted police in the streets nearby the summit site. at least 45 people were arrested. hackers striking back at what they sperceived as police brutality in chicago. the group is responsibility for taking down the chicago police department website. a mississippi prison rocked
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by deadly riots. a guard was killed yesterday. five prison workers and an inmate were injured. things were brought under control, not until late last night. the prison houses 2,000 illegal immigrants. most charged with low-security crimes. officials say none of the inmates escaped. the deadly earthquake that shook northern italy, it destroyed buildings and $65 million worth of cheese. the region is known for making parmesan cheese. some 200,000 huge round cheese wheels were damaged by the earthquake. three, young men have been charged in the assaulted carjacking of detroit pastor singing icon, marvin wians. unarmed robbery, carjacking and conspiracy charges. the 54-year-old pastor was attacked wednesday, at a detroit
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gas station. a suspect stole his suv, a rolex watch and his wallet with cash and credit cards in it. incredible pictures of the solar eclipse. millions looked to the skies to see the eclipse. it created a silhouette around the moon. visible on the west coast and in asia. the next one happens in 2023. >> such is a great shot. you remember when you were a kid. we're not that far apart in age. but we watched a total eclipse of the sun. way back when. don't believe me hanging, christine. you saw it. >> was that between reruns of "brady bunch"? >> 47 minutes past the hour. everything is going digital these days. how your virtual self can get down.
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time to look at what's trending on the interwebs. if you want to know why so many people take public transportation on new york city, here's the reason. manhattan is posting its first million dollar parking spot. that's the cost -- >> to park a car, yes. more than -- many times more than the average family home. this is a private parking spot that's located in a condo building. >> so, it's heated. >> there's that. the price of oil. the owners have to pay maintenance fees, like it's a condo. all this according to "the new york post." feast your eyes on the
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million-dollar parking spot. >> i heard they can give you a lift also. >> maybe he can auction off the $500,000 upper deck. i don't know. >> never ceases to surprise me. the man, the myth, the memorabilia. an anonymous bidder bought a game-worn babe ruth jersey, from his first season with the new york yankees in 1920, for a record $4.4 million yesterday. experts were able to authenticate the jersey because of the placement of the "y" in new york. that's right above the button. that makes it authentic. the jersey has the bambino's name. >> i wonder how many people know george herman was his name. >> $4.4 million. >> it's incredible. are you going to frame it? hang it on your wall in the office? remarkable. >> a lot of money to spend. >> obviously, in this economy,
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heavens. tim tebow. going digi. i kid you not. the creative director of the popular madden video game franchise has tweeted that tebowing is going to appear in the next version of the game. how about that? it's not clear if this will be reserved for tim tebow, who is starting with the new york jets. but the game is set to release on august 28th. keep an eye on that. find out if you make your favorite players tebow if it's just tim doing so. >> mick jagger, rocking "saturday night live" with best steven tyler impression. >> our guest host tonight, is from "money morning" and the weird burger king commercials. we're lucky to have her. steven tyler. [ cheers and applause ]
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war and peace. protesters battle with police in chicago, where today, nato signs off on an exit strategy for the war in afghanistan. inmate uprising. a pierce uprising at a low-security mississippi prison, leaves one guard dead. and our eye is on tropical storm alberto. the latest track of the storm,
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ahead for you. and the ring of fire. millions watch a rare site in the sky. >> good morning, everybody. getting off to a nice start this morning. i'm ashleigh banfield. >> we are bringing you the news. it's about 6:00 a.m. in the east. let's get president obama and world leaders meet again at the nato summit. thousands of people hit the streets sunday to vent their opposition to the war in afghanistan. at least 45 people were arrested when things turned pretty violent. the protesters are happening blocks away from where world leaders are meeting. at the summit, itself, the u.s. and allies are trying to agree on a way to get troops out of afghanistan without giving up what has been accomplished so far. cnn is live in chicago. you know, i was there over the weekend and the protests started out quite benignly but seemed to have escalated. is it over shadowing the summit?
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>> not really, because it's miles away from the conference site. it is not reaching the leaders obviously as they go back and forth to visit but this video over the weekend of the police van driving into the protesters and believed to have hit one of the protesters initially. if you see there is one gentleman that was right in front of the van. later as more angles of this video came out and the police gave a briefing it seemed as if the protesters threw themselves in front of the van after it left. the one gentleman you saw in the beginning actually walked away. what police said was that the driver was punched in the head, had a concussion. his tires were slashed. really these protesters, some of them not just peacefully protesting but really trying to wreak havoc. >> what can we expect today as they continue to meet? >> well, today the big issue on
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the agenda is afghanistan and how nato, the u.s. and its allies can get out of afghanistan as planned by 2014. next year in 2013 at the end of the year the afghan security forces are expected to have the main lead in security and the other nations will be training and assisting. but what they're really going to be doing is trying to find their role for nato post 2014. what's going to be happening? a lot of that the way they get out is to pay for the afghan security forces to sustain them. president obama is really going to have the hat out as you say to get these allies to pay, sustain the afghan security forces. the u.s. is going to be paying a bulk of that with the afghans putting in their part but really looking for allies to contribute up to about $1.3 billion in what the u.s. is saying is this is the way we get out, making sure afghan forces can stabilize the country once nato leaves. >> all right.
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i wanted to talk about syria because i was reading in all of the reports here that the topic did come up as to whether or not there is going to be any nato involvement in syria. what do you know about that? >> well, the short answer is no. i really pressed u.s. officials and nato secretary general yesterday why not syria? nato went into libya, got rid of moammar gadhafi and you see the violence in syria continuing to escalate. what mr. rasmussen said is nato has absolutely no intention of going into libya -- syria -- excuse me. it kind of sends a bad signal to president assad. many experts and people on the hill say because if he doesn't think there is a credible threat of military action he has no incentive to stop the violence. but u.s. officials, nato officials saying there are absolutely no plans for nato to get involved in syria. >> it almost seems like a green light for the violence to continue there.
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thank you so much for that report. coming up at 7:00 eastern on starting point sheila simon, illinois's lieutenant governor is going to be on with soledad o'brien. new trouble for the former imf chief dom nique strauss-kahn. he could soon face brand new charges in the alleged gang rape of a belgian prostitute during a party at a hotel in washington, d.c. all of this happening allegedly about two years ago. french prosecutors are now saying they're launching a brand new investigation. a french newspaper saying the allegations came from statements that two exports made to the belgian police. he held one of the most powerful positions in the world imf chief and was arrested after a new york hotel maid accused him of sexual assault. he was later cleared criminally after her story fell apart. another star of the disco era has died. robin gibb was 62 years old. gibb along with brothers maurice
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and barry formed the bee gees and helped define the disco era. his battle with cancer the same disease that claimed the life of donna summer just days earlier. authorities in mississippi are trying to figure out what turned a normally quiet prison into a deadly battleground. fierce riots broke out yesterday at the adams county correctional facility in memphis. a 23-year-old guard was killed in this incident. five prison workers and an inmate were hurt. despite what you're hearing on your screen, late last night. the prison houses over 2,000 illegal immigrants, most charges low level security crimes. officials saying none of the inmates escaped. the only person ever convicted in the bombing of pan am flight 103 over lockerbie, scotland, has died. al megrahi was 60 years old.
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270 people died in the bombing. the former libyan intelligence officer served eight years in prison before being released three years ago on humanitarian grounds because he was suffering from prostate cancer. at that time scottish officials say al megrahi's death was imminent and that outraged many victims' families. the bomber's death gives them very little satisfaction. >> i think it's appalling that he died in libya comfortably with his family around him and my daughter, 20 years old, with everything to live for, died a brutal, horrible death. >> right up until his death al megrahi claimed he was not guilty. thousands of survivors are living in tents this morning after one of worst quakes to hit northeast italy in centuries. the 6.0 magnitude quake killed seven people, injured at least 50, but also knocked down a clock tower, reduced buildings that have stood for hundreds of years to rubble.
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it also destroyed $65 million worth of cheese in a region that is known for its parmesan production. it is sentencing day in the rutgers web cam spying case. he could get ten years in prison for hate crimes against victim tyler clemente who jumped off new york's washington bridge and killed himself after raabi used a web cam to spy on him with another man. an ad released ripping apart mitt romney's record at bain capital focuses on the closing of an office supply plant in indiana in 1994. >> took our benefits. we didn't have any more retirement and bain did not care about us as workers. they were working at the mighty dollar. >> over the weekend the newark, new jersey mayor, an obama surrogate, surprised a lot of people by criticizing the attack
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on romney's record at bain calling this among other kinds of campaigning nauseating. tropical storm alberto the first named storm of the atlantic hurricane season changing direction this morning. what's that mean if you're holding a ticket for a cruise? i guess that's a pressing question. rob is tracking alberto from atlanta. what's going to happen to those poor folks who have been planning this all year long? >> you know, from a guy who hasn't been on vacation in a while -- it's not a huge storm okay? look at this on the radar image. the seas are rough. the surf is rough. but this isn't going to last too long. there is the radar. it's actually drifting a little to the south and east. it's about a hundred miles off the coast line. there it is in the satellite picture again. not a whole lot to it. the forecast is to drift off toward the north and east. the waters aren't really warm enough to sustain a tropical storm call system and it'll remain offshore. so you got a cruise and they
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canceled it. i'm sorry. if you live along the carolina coast line the worst that's going to happen is big waves. just stay out of the water. >> there's the good news/bad news. thank you, rob. >> we'll just tell them all to spend time -- head on over to rob's house. thanks rob. now eight minutes past 6:00 and last night's solar eclipse was a once in a lifetime event for a lot of people. we have more video of the ring of fire but also a little nugget. what made this so incredibly different? a different kind of eclipse? mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. 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,
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it is 12 minutes past the hour. let's get you up to date on the top stories with christine
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romans. >> day two of the nato summit in chicago will feature more talk about what is ahead for afghanistan and more street protests. at least 45 people are arrested on sunday as demonstrators clashed with police. this is the picture on sunday. let me show you what it looks like right now. we're monitoring these pictures from our affiliate wls. this is a makeshift police station, police location in case of trouble today. the sun is just rising in chicago. we are expecting, police are bracing for potentially more protests. chicago police say the nato summit attracted three men who planned to carry out terror attacks in the city. they say the suspects jared chase, brent betterly and brian church were plotting attacks on president obama's campaign headquarters also at the home of chicago mayor rahm emanuel. actor christian bails says he is hoping to meet with chinese activist chen guangcheng now that he has arrived in new york city. the vocal critic of the chinese government left his country and
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will be studying law at new york university. bale tried to visit chen in december while he was under house arrest in china. the actor and a cnn film crew were chased away by security guards then. president obama is in joplin, missouri today one year after a devastating tornado destroyed a third of the city and killed 161 people. the president will be speaking at the graduation ceremony for joplin high school. families in joplin are still recovering from the devastating tornado. hundreds are still living in fema trailers, unable yet to rebuild their homes. we're on verdict watch in the john edwards corruption trial. the former presidential candidate is accused of using campaign cash to cover up an affair and is facing six counts of campaign fraud and conspiracy. lebron james with one of the most dominating playoff performances of all time. 80 points, nine assists as the
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heat evened the series with the pacers at two games apiece. dwayne wade added 30 points. >> all right. thank you. it is 14 minutes past the hour. here parts of kansas ravaged by a tornado over the weekend. rob marciano with the very latest from atlanta. things okay now? >> things are okay now. it's been such a quiet may. we haven't seen stuff like this in several weeks. here's the video out of central kansas where this funnel cloud touched down just over this ridge. you don't see much in the way of damage and thankfully there wasn't a whole lot but nonetheless kingman county and this storm chaser caught up with the funnel as it touched down. there were reports of 20 tornadoes across the area on saturday including of course a little bit of hail. we start you off with the radar picture across the south and east here. this is what's left of tropical storm alberto. yes, hurricane season begins june 1st. we are early with this one. we had our first tropical storm named on the eastern pacific as well a day early. so that's the first time that both basins the atlantic and
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eastern pacific have seen tropical systems before its time so to speak. alberto is not going to bring a lot of rain -- it'll bring some surf to the carolina and georgia and florida coast line and this rainfall with the difference, an easterly flow will keep things rather damp across d.c., philly, new york city area as well. behind this front that will push some of that moisture out things are real nice in say chicago and denver where they get a little rain over the weekend to help out the fire situation there. no such luck in arizona where the gladiator especially continues to burn with only 15% containment. the fire in colorado got a little rain over the weekend. the heat will continue across the southwest. highs today 107 to 110 near the mexican border and the winds will pick up as well. fire danger will remain high. out here in this part of the world you saw the eclipse last night in some spots. here are some of the pictures that have been coming into the cnn newsroom. gorgeous stuff. the solar eclipse with the moon passing in front of the sun.
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because it was little further away it didn't cover up the whole thing. you get that ring of fire. a spooky look. >> love it. so johnny cash. >> very johnny cash. yeah. i think the next time we'll see one of these is probably at least ten years. we'll see a total solar eclipse i believe in 2017. very, very rare thing. if you were lucky enough to see it i'm very jealous. >> this is particularly cool because the ring is thick and a total solar eclipse you barely get that glow but in this one because the moon was in a certain position, you get to see a very large, thick ring, right? >> yeah. it's the same, remember two weeks ago we told you about the super moon, the big moon because it was so close to us? the reverse was true two weeks later. the new moon was a little bit further away. it doesn't quite cover up the whole thing. you get that annular solar eclipse, ring of fire as you mentioned. a different look for sure. >> thank you for the pictures. appreciate it. >> nice to see you.
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17 minutes now past 6:00. she has one of the greatest success stories in american history. who better to give the commencement at spellman college than madame oprah winfrey? oprah was telling the graduates at the historically african-american women's college to strive for success, walk tall, and remember your ancestors. >> when they see you coming it ought to make them proud. because you're a woman. you are a spellman woman. >> all right. google chief eric schmidt issuing a challenge to college grads during his speech at boston university to tear their eyes away from their smart phones and their computer screens. can you believe it? he said, quote, take one hour a day and turn that thing off. take your eyes off that screen and look into the eyes of the person you love. have a conversation, a real conversation. fantastic advice. he also acknowledged that some in the audience were probably tweeting what he just said.
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also true. >> turn that thing off? sounds like my dad in the '70s. turn that thing off. wow. eric schmidt saying that of all people. all right. she is a real life indiana jones for the digital age. 34-year-old dr. sarah parkaq is a space archeologist. who knew there was such a thing? she is also a professor at the university of alabama and she is uncovering the world's ancient secrets using space age satellite technology. have a look. >> the most exciting moment as an archeologist happened when i was looking at the great site we all know from indiana jones. we got satellite imagery of the city, processed it, and literally from thousands of miles away from my lab in alabama we were able to map the entire city. using the technology is an enormous short cut. >> this completely invisible world comes to life when you process the satellite data.
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there is this whole other way to use geography and gps and light and she absolutely turned me on to this entire field. >> very cool. find out more about her revolutionary work on the next list this sunday 2:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. >> i bet she is a fabulous professor. she was oozing passion. a cool job too. >> can you imagine her passport? >> my gosh. >> awesome. 19 minutes past the hour here. after facebook's rather modest debut as a publicly traded company the company faces a crucial week on the nasdaq. christine romans with what you can expect coming up. [ male announcer ] trophies and awards lift you up. but they can also hold you back. unless you ask, what's next? [ zapping ] [ clang ] this is the next level of performance. the next level of innovation. the next rx. the all-new f sport.
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it's 23 minutes past 6:00 on the east coast. nice to have you with us. we're minding your business this morning as you get up. worried about concerns of greece for you because that is expected to weigh on the markets this week. take a look at the closing bell on friday. sedate right? way more sedate than the opening bell. last week u.s. markets had the worst week of the year. downward arrows across the board the nasdaq losing the most ground, the place where facebook was trading. >> facebook will be watched closely this week. it closed flat on friday up just a wee bit. christine romans is here to talk about this. a disappointment. >> i mean, when you have a stock that closes at $38.23 that was ipo priced $38 and it actually opened at $42.05 that is a disappointment. and many are telling me the only reason it closed positive was because morgan stanley and the banks that were underwriters of this ipo were in there buying it furiously so they didn't have egg on their face for having a
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stock debut that was not succ s successf successful. the nasdaq also coming out and acknowledging trading problems that made it very chaotic to find out if you could cancel your order, if your order was in. >> does that play into -- >> you know, it didn't play into the stock price move as far as i can tell but it did play into the whole story of a botched opening. now all of that said, it was not a botched opening for all of those people who are now millionaires quite frankly in palo alto and the early investors who are now in some cases billionaires. they are still making a ton of money and still really did well here. in fact, in about 90 days there will be this blackout period that expires so some of these people will be able to sell their shares on cnn money this morning there is a really interesting story about what to do with all that money in palo alto if you're watching us this morning or last night i guess if you're still -- >> i think that's what your advice would be. >> buy one thing and put the rest away. >> all these 23-year-old coders who are looking at their paper portfolio now and saying, look
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at me. i am the king of the world. >> in some cases it is on paper. it will not be real money for them until their blackout expires. in other cases a lot of this is stock options. there is also this culture of under statement in silicon valley where, you know, no one is going to show up in a lamborghini i'm sure. not just facebook but silicon valley in general. people are in hoodies and sweats and jeans and this is the way it is. in the cnn money story which i'll tweet out there is advice from a guy who made a ton of money. his best advice to the palo alto millionaires is don't buy a house. build one. slows you down. you got all that money. just slow down. focus on something. build an awesome house and let the rest of the money grow. >> great. a man after your own heart. >> in. though he is probably a hundred millionaire and i'm not. >> i love the fact they're going to show up in the same they were wearing on friday. >> just like business on friday except mark zuckerberg showing up with a wedding ring.
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he got married this weekend in a surprise ceremony. something is different for mark zuckerberg and his wife. >> not really over shadowed with the nato protests. people misthed one. like a blip. happy nuptials. 26 minutes past 6:00. thank you. he is finally free and he is here in the united states but that is not the end of the chinese activist named chen guangcheng and his challenges. we'll talk with somebody who played a big role in helping that man on your screen get to this country right here. i love cash back.
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that is coming up. >> also president obama is being called one of the most divisive and destructive political figures that this country has ever seen but find out who it is saying those things. >> plus newark, new jersey mayor cory booker now backing off comments he made criticizing president obama. we'll tell you about his change in tune straight ahead. 30 minutes now past the top of the hour. welcome back to early start. i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm zoraida sam blin. nice to have you. a mississippi prison rocked by deadly riots. a 23-year-old guard was killed yesterday at the adams county correctional facility in natchez. five prison workers and an inmate were injured there. things were finally brought under control but it was really late last night. the prison houses over 2,000 illegal immigrants. most charged with low security crimes. officials say none of the inmates escaped. also making news the queen the disco era donna summer will be buried today during a private
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funeral in nashville. five-time grammy winner lost her ten-month battle with cancer on thursday. she was just 63 years old. it was a cheese catastrophe. the deadly magnitude 6.0 earthquake, i don't mean to make light of it folks. it shook several towns in northern italy, crumbled a clock tower and destroyed centuries old buildings, also destroyed $65 million worth of cheese. the region is known for making parmesan cheese. an italian farm official says some 200,000 huge round cheese wheels were damaged. all right. this story out of miami has a lot of people shaking their heads. prom night meets porn night. no kidding. the miami beach convention center playing host to two parties on saturday night. the miami beach high school senior prom and also this, exotica with three xs. a porn convention. no joke. >> i didn't know about the whole convention thing. >> what do you think now that you know? >> it's odd.
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>> things happen everywhere. >> it's odd. it's miami. the school says it chose the convention center over a hotel because the effort was to discourage drinking. no word that they knew this was going on at the convention center at the very same time. it was also one of the few dates available so they grabbed it. yes. that was still the safe choice though despite all the skin being shown off next door. no word if anybody was mistaken for part of the convention that should have been at the high school event. >> they all look very well dressed. whitney houston's daughter bobby christina giving a tearful tribute to her mother. this was at the billboard music awards last night. the late singer was honored with the millennium award. bobby christina accepted it. >> to everyone who supported us through it all, not just from when it was good but when it was bad to just everything, thank you so much for showing that
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much love. she deserved it. >> how's that for heart felt? also remembered last night donna summer, robin gibb, and adam yaunk. adele won the most awards last night. she walked away with 12 stroefies, earned them. a journey to freedom ends in new york city for a chinese activist whose escape from captivity sparked a week's long diplomatic clash between washington and beijing. you know him as chen guangcheng and he arrived on saturday almost to papparazzi at newark airport. he then made his way to new york city where he is about to begin a fellowship at new york university school of law. through a translator he thanked the u.s. government for its work on his behalf and also offered praise of sorts for beijing. >> translator: i am very gratified to see that the chinese government has been
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dealing with the situation with restraint and calm. >> mr. chen escaped from house arrest arriving at the u.s. embassy in beijing on april 26th. this was just days before our secretary of state was scheduled to travel there for previously planned economic talks with china. chen was transferred to a state-run hospital where he remained until his sudden arrival here two days ago. he had spent years fighting his government's brutal enforcement of the one child policy and forced abortions in that country. joining me now is a man who himself was arrested in china for his activism and played an instrumental role in chen's arrival in the u.s. he is the founder of the china aid association. welcome. give me a feel for how mr. chen and his family are doing. they're two days now in this country. how is it working out? >> thank you, ashleigh. as i have heard, actually, mr. chen and his family are doing
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well, obviously still having jet lag and with the exhaustion, but he was able to enjoy some sunshine in the city of freedom for the first time in the past two weeks ordeal. >> how did this actually end up happening? i think a lot of people were surprised to see that video over the weekend. everyone was waiting to see if it would happen. it did but what were the mechanics. >> i think it is a great result of the international pressure especially within two weeks' time the congress had conducted two hearings just to focus on chen and his fate and of course the plight of his family members and supporters. i think of course both governments of the u.s. and china have been working hard to solve this problem in their eyes. and they obviously speed up and
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with the whole world watching whether they are able to deliver what they have committed to have chen travel to the u.s. to study and rest. >> part of the reason he is almost like a rock star, you could see the flashbulbs going off as he arrived, was because of his remarkable and unrelenting work to fight human rights abuses. in fact, he goes back to 1989 for those who remember tiananmen square he was one of the student protesters instrumental in getting that to sort of end up on the world news and then of course on our radar. so i guess the question would be he's here now. how does he continue the fight he says he doesn't want to abandon in his country, china? >> yes, ashleigh. i think we are now realizing that if chen continues to stay in china along with his family
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members he would not have the freedom and liberty and basic rights protected. i think that's why he has reached from the first deal to the next by choosing to come to the u.s. to recuperate and study first in a free environment. i think he will find more freedom, of course a better platform to speak up for what he has been for, basic human rights and freedom, for those people that he cares a lot about. obviously his family members that he has left behind including his nephew and his brother and his sister-in-law are all facing tremendous retribution by the local authorities in the days ahead. >> that has to be really
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difficult for mr. chen at this point. just quickly, he is on a fellowship to nyu. that is not permanent. does he want to stay in this country permanently? if so, how is he going to ensure the safety of the people back home who he has said have already been assaulted? >> i think he certainly understands he cannot work shoulder to shoulder with his fellow human rights defenders inside china by living in the united states and he has expressed very clearly he comes to the u.s. really for the purpose of study and rest. and he certainly wants to preserve the freedom and liberty to go back to china to continue his fight for the freedom and basic rights for his people. i think basically not only his
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family members are his concern. many of his supporters including one just put under criminal detention for simply his awareness for chen. >> right. >> many other supporters are facing similar problems. of course many human rights lawyers, a christian human rights attorney, are also serving three years in prison. >> we also certainly wish mr. chen and his family and extended support group safety as they move forward in their philosophical battle against the chinese. thanks very much. good to talk to you. appreciate it. it is 40 minutes past the hour. the obama campaign taking dead aim at mitt romney's record at bain capital. the brand new ad just released is coming up. fairs quick check on your travel forecast. rob marciano, very busy this morning. >> yes. we're getting an early start to the hurricane season. tropical storm alberto just off the carolina coast line will remain there but if you're
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traveling there to do some beach time or if you had a cruise book you may want to double check. it is barely showing up on the satellite imagery. here is the forecast track. keep it offshore. official start of hurricane season by the way is june 1st. we are definitely early. this front will push to the east some moisture in the form of rain across i-95. chicago looking good, cool, and dry. meanwhile steamy and hot across the desert southwest. 79 along the coast in los angeles. 66 in chicago. 62 degrees, a little damp in new york. that's a quick check on weather. stay right there. early start is coming right back.
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44 minutes past the hour. welcome back. let's get you up to date. here is christine romans. >> good morning. police in chicago are bracing for a new demonstration and
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potentially more violence at the nato summit today. president obama and the allies are focusing on an exit strategy for nato forces in afghanistan. meantime protesters demanding an end to the war confronted police in the streets sunday. nearby the summit site at least 45 people were arrested. the music world is mourning the loss of another disco i-con. robin gibb died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. he was 62. he with his two brothers formed the bee gees. his voice was an essential part of the group's distinctive sound in the 1970s. did you see it? tweet it? incredible pictures yesterday of the solar eclipse. millions looking into the skies catching a glimpse of the ring of fire. the eclipse, the first of its kind in 18 years, created a golden ring around the moon's silhouette and was visible on the west coast and in asia. it also lit up social networks. people sharing their photos. the next one will happen in 2023. ashleigh? >> sounds like a scene out of twilight. that last shot? >> awesome. >> goofy. thank you, christine.
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soledad o'brien joining us live with a look at what's coming up. so many visuals to look at over the weekend. >> we have a lot going on on starting point this morning. we'll talk about the protests, also the policy in afghanistan of course which is the focus of that nato summit which is happening in chicago today. a day after the protesters were clashing with police, president obama and the world leaders are trying to map out an end to the war in afghanistan. we'll bring you live to chicago to talk about all of that. plus we'll take a look at what is next for facebook and mark zuckerberg. facebook began selling stock to the public on friday. then mark zuckerberg gets married on saturday. all that constitutes a very busy week for a guy who is now a billionaire many times over. where is it all going to go? >> prenuptial? >> we'll talk this morning to the author of the book that spawned the movie "the social network." also a crazy story to tell you about this morning about an american man who has been locked up in bolivia. bolivia prison 3500 prisoners, more like a village than a
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prison. he has been held for almost a year without being charged with a crime. his name is jacob oestricher who puts down floors, from brooklyn, decided to get into rice farming in bolivia and now is being held in this prison and is on a hunger strike to try to get out. we'll talk with his wife this morning about what she is trying to do to get her husband freed. don't forget you can watch cnn on your computer, mobile phone while at work. go to cnn.com/live. i'm back on twitter. i took a couple weeks off. >> welcome back, ashley. >> you know, it wasn't the travel. i just got kind of sick of it. >> god bless you. i love honesty. >> i just decided i'm too busy so i decided to take a little break. now i'm back on twitter at soledad underscore o'brien to all my fans and frenemies. >> right there. a rock star. good luck with that. >> we'll see you at the start of
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welcome back. 50 minutes past the hour. brand new this hour the obama campaign releasing a new ad ripping apart mitt romney's record at the private equity firm bain capital. it focuses on the closing of an office supplies plant in indiana back in 1994. >> took my benefits. we didn't have any more retirement and bain, mitt romney, they did not care about us as workers. they were looking at the mighty dollar. >> over the weekend newark, new jersey mayor cory booker, an obama surrogate, surprised a lot of democrats by saying he is uncomfortable with this line of
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attack. cnn's political editor is live in washington for us. boy, paul. what a weekend for you. i came in this morning and said i wonder where paul wants to begin. i would like to begin with cory booker. i didn't watch on nbc's "meet the press" but i read it and re-read it because i thought, really, did that come out of cory booker's mouth? >> i think he got a little off script. i think that is what the obama re-election team would say. he was on the sunday talk shows and talked about these negative attacks especially those directed against bain capital and said they were nauseating and said the negative attacks on both sides were going too far and he was personally pushed back against all that. well a couple hours later he put out a video on youtube on social media explaining that he is still a very big supporter of president obama regardless of what his earlier comments in the day were. of course, cory booker, you've seen him, a very popular person, an up and comer in the democratic party, but trying to explain himself i guess you could say. yeah the obama re-election teams kind of picking up where they dropped off last week which is
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those attacks on bain. we saw them in a tv ad and a bunch of web videos last week. they've got a new one this morning. last week it was a steel plant in indiana. this week a supply company in indiana. take a listen. >> makes me sick to my stomach when i sit there and watch mitt romney tell the american people about how he creates all these jobs. >> a job for a middle class person, you would have to work his job and two other jobs just to maintain. >> you can tell by the way he acts, the way he talks. he doesn't care anything about the middle class or the lower class people. >> you know, as mitt romney runs for president he is saying, i can do a better job creating jobs than president barack obama. what the obama team is trying to do is rip down that message that he did not create many jobs when he was at bain capital. in fact, he destroyed jobs. that is their message. >> i know. but team romney now can have booker right after that saying, stop attacking private equity. right? >> i think you'll hear a lot about cory booker today when the
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president maybe, yeah, holds a news conference in chicago at the nato summit. >> oh, yeah. let's talk about marco rubio. he was in south carolina and he called president obama the most divisive and destructive political figure the country has ever seen. >> yeah. he was at a republican party dinner over the weekend and of course marco rubio very popular, freshman senator from florida. >> he got a one-minute standing ovation during that speech. they loved him. >> take a listen to what he said. >> for all the policy disagreements we may have with the president, it is hard to under state how much he inspired people across this country four years ago with his promises to unite america and lift it up. the man who today occupies the white house and is running for president is a very different person. we have not seen such a divisive figure in modern american history as we have over the last
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three and a half years. >> some tough talk there, tough language. rubio is somebody that romney may be considering as a running mate. one other thing. romney this week in the campaign tells me he'll focus on education. he also has a speech here in d.c. reaching out to latinos who may even turn off, may have been turned off by his tough language during the primaries. five and a half months to go of this. stay tuned. can you handle this? >> i'm kind of excited. i can't wait to talk to you about it for the next five months. thank you. five and a half months to go. aye. >> i'm kind of psyched. >> i'd like to have it all in two weeks like the parliamentary folks do. coming up the best advice you could ever get from a world class economist. that will set your week on the right note.
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every day we like to get you started with your week with the best advice we can collect from all the people we interviewed. >> today's best advice comes from nobel prize winning economist paul krugman. >> probably figure out what you want to do and don't think too much about where you make money. >> don't think too much about where you're going to make money. isn't that interesting? he is of course at the center of the debate about how the united states can start making money again. >> interesting advice from him. >> he doesn't like austerity one bit either. >> thanks. that's it. that is the news from a to z. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >> thank you very much. welcome everybody. our starting point this morning those violent clashes in chicago, protesters fighting with police outside the nato summit on

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