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is tragic, but what's also tragic is the hubris of america thinking we know best. keep the conversation going. faceboo facebook.com/carolcnn and thanks for your comments. that does it for me. we continue with kyra phillips. with a victory in texas, mitt romney clinches the republican nomination for president. but for latino voters, he has a lot to prove, especially with his unpopular position on immigration. juan carlos lopez going in depth in texas. so national survey last week, juan carlos had obama leading romney among latino voters 61% to 27%. how can romney climb? >> reporter: it's going to be interesting to see what he does now.
we had the primary season. we heard him talk about important issues to latinos and non latinos, but so far, the polls are proving his positions, which were tough on immigration and other issues didn't convince latinos. now, he's at 27%. for a republican to win, they need anywhere above 35%. the last one to do that was george bush. he had a very aggressive campaign and mitt romney hasn't done that. so far and we'll see if he has time for november to change his message and to bring latinos on board. he has a strategy. president obama has a wider lead. there are questions and doubts from latinos and republicans, but obviously, we see the numbers confirm what has been historically a trend and that's up for more democrats than republicans. >> we talked a lot about immigration and romney's views. how that impacts latino voters. we haven't talked about board
security. how's that playing into this? >> reporter: well, they're tied and one in all and mitt romney made very, very tough statements on board security. president obama has said that he has doubled the size of the border patrol, that the border is more secure. republicans don't buy that argument. people have a different take. they can see a different reality that maybe e we see out of washington and congress. now, mitt romney said for example that one way that the immigration problem can be solved is self-deportation. pressure from laws similar to alabama's could help people leave on their own. many people believe that's not going to work. but it's more than his position on border security is what he said so far. there has been this discussion, dream act. that will allow kids who arrive in the united states with the parents who have no say in
deciding to come or not, he would veto. today, there's a republican proposal for a version of the dream act, so he has a long way to go and he's going to surround himself obviously with people who will help him get that message out, but board security and immigration are not his strong topic. >> thanks so much and coming up at the half hour, the battleground state of florida and the push for the latino vote there. more aftershocks rattling northern italy where a 17th body has been pulled from the rubble of tuesday's earthquake. the government has declared a state of emergency following the cake which came just nine days after an even stronger jolt killed nine people. the city was about 70% destroyed. next monday has been declared a national day of mourninging. ruthless killing going on in syria. 13 bodies with hands tied behind their backs, some apparently shot in the head at a short distance. these images are said to be of
some of the victims, but cnn is still working to confirm authenticity. officials say they were discovered in the eastern part of the country coming just days after the massacre in the town of hula. the head of u.n. observers calls it inexcusable. ivan, any idea who killed these latest victims? >> reporter: the answer is no. the u. observers have not suggested who may have carried out the attacks. the images we see like this coming out every day just indicating how nasty and awful this conflict has gotten. the general in command saying that all of the victims had their hands tied behind their backs. some of them shot in the back of the head. apparently, some executed. some activists claim that syrian security forces say syrian security forces dumping the
bodies. we can't confirm that because the syrian government will not allow cnn to work in syria legally to report what's happening there. in that bloody country. >> is there any hope at all? you've been monitoring this for months and months and months, for this peace pan? >> reporter: i think everybody a agrees it's pretty much in shambles. you still have scores of people being killed every day. the syrian government signed on to this peace plan, but hasn't carried out basically any of the six points it was supposed to do, which was allow people to protest peacefully, to pull back troops from syrian populations. instead, we're getting reports of syrian security forces lobbying shells into syrian cities. scores of people reported killed in the city of hama by artillery
strikes there on sunday and in the meantime, the rebels are increasingl armed. in the southern city of dara, there are negotiations underway for one rebel brigade to release policemen of the druz sectarian group they kidnapped about five days ago. in hopes that will not trigger a sectarian crisis between sunni muslims there and that minority in the southern city. >> ivan watson, thanks so much. and to london now where julian assange is one step closer to extradition. he's wanted in sweden in a pair of sexual assault allegations in 2010. he's been confined while insisting the sex case is payback for publicizing military and diplomatic documents. in a twist, invited assange to
appeal one last time. we'll keep you posted. his first apology since being convicted of spying on his gay roommate. he was back in a new jersey court this morning where he gave up his right to remain free during his appeal. he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for bias intimidation for using a web camera to spy on his roommate. ravi yesterday for the first time apologized saying quote, i accept responsibility for and regret my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and thoughtless decisions i made. of all the times i've been live in iraq, what went through your mind? >> this is the geographic south pole. [ music plays, record skips ] hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high.
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of jerry sandusky is due to start next tuesday and the final pretrial hearing the today. but it's an unannounced, closed door hearing yesterday with sandusky himself in attendance that has everyone talking. including sarah gannon. a cnn contributor and pulitzer prize winning reporter for her work on this story. what exactly do we know about what went down? >> all we really know is that he was in the courthouse yesterday in a conference with the judge, with prosecutors and with his attorneys cht it lasted about two hours. as far as i know, it wasn't something that was announced. it could have been on a court schedule some where, but it was open to the public in any kind of way. but reporters had gathered around the courthouse. saw sandusky and his attorney leaves the the courthouse and
because of the gag order issued by the judge a few weeks ago, they can't say, but the sheriffs told me yesterday that the meeting, he couldn't tell me what happened in the meeting, in the conference, he said it had no effect on today's hearing. sandusky still won't be in court today for this hearing that's going to take place basically on some housekeeping issues. it's still scheduled and he's still not going to come to court today. so it's leading a lot of speculation. >> and of course, part of that is there are a lot of people extremely concerned about a plea deal, sarah. is that even a possible ility? >> well, it's always a possibility up until you know, up until the point there's actually a verdict announced. a defendant can decide to go to route of a plea at any time, but it's something that -- said over and over again that while anything always possible,
they're taking this trial and so you know, again, it could be all speculation at this point. all we know is that he was in there for a conference and that could mean a million things. it could be an issue of yesterday, some of the representatives for the victims filed a motion that will protect their identities in court. they could have been talking about evidence. they could have been talking about a whole variety of things. it's really only speculation at this point. >> we do know the defense wanted to slow things down, right? >> i'm sorry, can you repeat that? >> we did know, or we do know the defense definitely wanted to slow things down. >> oh, yes, the defense has been asking for more time for months now saying that the prosecution and police had years to put this case together and they've only had months to create a defense, but the judge is dead set on having this start next week on tuesday, jury selection. i think at this point, the only
thing that could delay it is if they can't find a jury this the county, which has been talked about and if they have to go somewhere else and try to find a jury somewhere else, that could create a delay, but the judge had not, has repeatedly denied a request on any other basis. >> thanks so much and today's hearing gets underway, 1:30 eastern time. about two hours and 15 minutes from now and you'll hear any new developments right here in the cnn news room. ahhh, now that's a clean mouth. i just wish it wouldn't fade away so fast. let me show you something.
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on the long celebrated history of the us navy, only men have served on submarines until now. 24 women have completed the training and are now officially submariners. on memorial day, they met with president obama and the first lady at the white house. their achievement comes two years after the navy decided to open the elite submarine force to women. barbara starr joining us from the pentagon. tell us more about these pretty fascinating young women. >> well, that picture is a piece of military history, really. as you said, these are the first female us navy officers that will be going to see on board us navy submarines as part of the
crew. a real moment in history because that was one of the last places in the navy that women could not serve. the navy a couple of years ago began to struggle with that issue. where where they sleep, shower, solved that problem and the women accepted into the program focused very much over the last couple of years on their education and training to join us navy submarine crews, so it's a moment forward. they met with the president, with the first lady, who is continuing the tradition of first lady. she will sponsor a us navy submarine as many previous first ladies have, and a step forward for those who think there are still barriers. the navy has dropped one of the last barriers it has for women. >> and these women have been serving on these subs. what have they been saying about the experience? >> they've all gone on some of the initial training out to sea. so far, no problems.
by all accounts, all of them really embracing the program and really wanting to make this the focus of their naval careers. these women come from all over the country. all sorts of backgrounds. just like everyone else in the u.s. military. no t a surprise. so, they really are mostly talking about is they're anxious to move ahead and get on with the job. >> speaking of that, the marine, you and i have been talking about what is the latest with regard to women serving there in ground combat units. >> that's absolutely right. you know, it goes back to what is perhaps the military and public p perception that women do not serve in combat and they absolutely do. you've seen that over the years ourself. but what's happening now in the other services is the army and the marine corps are actually looking at opening up more ground combat jobs to women.
more in those small front line units that they haven't been allowed to serve in to see if there's ways they can get women into those types of jobs. really, putting women into the infantry. that kind of thing. right on the front line. there's some programs going on, especially in the marine corps and and army right now, to try it out and they expect to report back to see if they can make it work. >> barbara starr, thanks so much. an unbelievable story of courage and going to the extreme to save the life of a comrade in arms. the afghan war zone in january called those out for a medevac chopper for a wounded girl. turns out the person in danger was a u.s. marine. a live rocket propelled grenade imbedded in his leg. no one would blame the army
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this november getting hispanic voters, but it's no shoe in that either one of the candidates will get the majority. patrick enjoys a good cigar and a game of darts at his favorite hangout in tampa, but the publisher of a small weekly newspaper is not your traditional cuban american. he's a democrat, not a republican. he says that the issue that will decide how many hispanics in florida will vote is not what you might think. >> immigration at the end of the day doesn't affect many voting hispanics. schools affect them. social security. medicaid. medicare. all these other issues. jobs, jobs, jobs. >> reporter: experts say stereo typing florida's voters has focused on only hot button issues like gay marriage or immigration is just flat wrong.
reuben perez says there's no question about it. >> small batches, you're going to receive a -- that goes every week, fresh. >> reporter: perez owns a restaurant and a small coffee business in orlando. he hears and overhears a lot. >> getting people to work. >> reporter: and getting them out to vote. the interstate 4 corridor between tampa, orlando and daytona beach is split nearly 50-50. republican and democrat. with a large voting block of cuban americans in tampa and puerto ricans in orlando. perez himself is 50-50. half cuban and half puerto rican. >> it's amazing. they got a strong opinions, tired of it. i don't think my district -- so whatever political party can can get those particular folks out to vote probably can win or lose. >> reporter: that may come down to which candidate does a better job at court ship.
>> the issues are clearly economic like they are for everyone else. but hispanics really like to be appealed to. they love for candidates to come to their fi es tas, to events at their churches and to speak a few words in spanish, but to not look fake about i. >> reporter: cuban american raul hernandez said one was granting his daughter permission to attend a conference in san francisco. experts say some hot button issues could gain enough traction between now and november to turn florida's hispanic vote one way or the other. absent that, it will be as patrick says, jobs, jobs, jobs. >> i know you're a domino player, john, so my question is have you been back there mingle
ing with those gents, talking with them about which political party has the advantage with latino voters in florida? >> well, you know, that there are more registered latino democrats in florida than republicans, but the fact of the matter is that four years ago, many people who might have voted for change and the thinking now is that people might be voting for change again. although here in this crowd, predominantly cuban american, they have always very heavily voted republican and that's not likely to change. and kyra, quite frankly, i was never very good at dominos. i might go take a couple of lessons. >> yes, i know, you always mingle with the folks. you've taught me about cafe versailles, domino park. that's what i love about you. thanks so much. the construction of a mosque in tennessee may have to stop. a judge has now ruled the county failed to give adequate notice
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settle for a slow ride to fresno at a higher cost. so, who's paying the price? drew griffin looks into it. >> reporter: it sure looks like the future. an animated version of california's high speed rail and it sounded really cool, too. l.a. to san francisco at more than 200 miles an hour. no planes, no cars, no fuss. that's why californians voted for it back in 2008, passing a $10 billion bond measure for a train that was projected to eventually cost $34 billion. keeping them honest, it's now four years later. not a single track has been laid and a bombshell report was dropped last fall. there are $34 billion train would actually cost closer to three times the estimated amount.
>> the new business plan puts a cost estimate to about 198 billion. >> reporter: this was a shocker. three times the estimated cost and guess what? you, the federal taxpayer, might be on the hook for a big chunk of it. we'll get to how that's possible in just a moment, but in california, the sticker shock caused yet another change in accounting. a big turnover with california's high speed rail authority board and yet another rethinking of just where the train will go and how fast and how much it would cost. >> today, we are releasing the revised plan. >> reporter: in a press conference, a new route, a new slower speed and new cost estimate. now in the neighborhood of 68 billion. still twice as much as originally sold. >> there's no question that the cost has gone up. >> reporter: dan richard is the new chairman of california's rail authority and co-author of that report. >> that report was a draft.
it was intended to ingender comment and we're looking now at how we revise and strengthen the plan and go forward. >> reporter: but that is very troubling. it turns out the latest plan could be for a much slower train. not actually the high speed futuristic ar toon california voters approved four years ago. more of a hybrid that goes slower, makes a few more stops and doesn't quite deliver the l.a. to san francisco promise of just a few hours. and that's not the half of it. this is about to become really political. california's high speed rail has one huge backer. president barack obama and that is where you come in. the administration has pledged $3.5 billion in stimulus money, also known as federal tax dollars and that's just so far. now, california admits it will need even more. tens of billions of dollars more from federal taxpayers to finish
it. but first, you have to start and that's where it really gets s dicesy. the foundational segment, the first stretch of track, will cost at least $6 billion alone and will connect fresno to burbank. it won't go anywhere near san francisco and in the process, will dissect generations old dairy farms, nut orchards and towns that don't want it. >> we want them to stay off the pland. it is not our intention to allow this to happen through our property. we farmed here for a reason. the tranquility of it all. this is farming country. and we want to keep it like that. >> reporter: usc's lisa short says the board is doing everything it can to justify spending tens of billions of dollars on a train that may be a
huge economic blunder that few want to ride. >> every infrastructure project has the potential of being another solyndra. the construction costs can overrun like that and that's especially true in california, where our permitting process is tough. >> reporter: does all this have californ california rethinking its plans? absolutely not says -- they've got the promised 3 billion of your tax dollars in federal stimulus. california may not get another dime from president obama, but it has no intention of giving back the 3 billion dollar already promised. >> so, r let's be very clear on this point. we have $6 billion to build the foundation. >> reporter: even if that foundational segment turns out to be a high speed rail, well, to nowhere. >> could this really end up being the train to nowhere? >> you and i both live in
california. who is going to ride a train from bakersfield to fresno? if that's where it ends, yes. >> and we're talking, okay, first of all, yes, because we worked there. we lived there. we remember this project almost 20 years ago and where was it going to go? the price. i mean, not just the route, but how much it would cost. >> yeah, it, you know, it's all a numbers game. california voters really wanted this in 2008. now, they've got something that's going to cost twice as much. it's going to be a little slower than advertised. not quite sure where it's going to connect the cities. burbank to now outsds of san francisco near san francisco, and keep in mind, not until 2028. will this be completed. if it all goes fine. california is starting this program without having the money to finish it. there's a lot of fear and a lot of questions about whether or not this will ever come to completion.
>> and back to the routes. that's, i remember, those in los angeles, that i even thought, oh, wouldn't that be great to hop a train to san francisco. yes, it's a beautiful drive, but to be able to get on to a high speed train and go, that's what sold so many people in the area. >> and if you went from downtown los angeles to san francisco, that would be perfect. but they're not talking about a blended system where you might have to change trains. you can't go down to orange county now. you'll get on the local trains to do that. it's a bit more complicated. a lot more expensive and a bit slower. so will this work in the very end? there might not be a very end. >> and will it get to san francisco? not if there isn't an end, right? >> that's exactly right. it will get you to fresno if you're leaving from bakersfield. >> thanks, drew. it's funny, but it's not funny. that's a lot of taxpayer dollars. just yesterday, a new ceo was named to the california high speed rail authority. jeff morales is an executive
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sure is good to be queen, especially when suggests throw you a big party to celebrate. this weekend, queen elizabeth begins her 60th year on the throne. coverage will be right up there with last year's wedding of future king william and kate middlet middleton. >> when we were young, easy to take our grandmother for granted and it's only really sort of been over the last sort of five, eight to ten years, that we understand it and the huge deal that she is around the world.
>> they sat down for interviews with katie couric and max foster joins me now. conversation never strays far from princess diana. >> both talking about how she would have really liked kate and such a shame she didn't get to meet kate, actually. william saying that it's the one part of his life since diana died that he really wishes she could have been involved with, but har wii come up with quite a nice line saying probably during the royal wedding last year, that diana had the best seat in the house. also very reminiscent. still tough for them of course. what they went through in those early teenage years. >> they also talked about how much they looked forward to
being parents, right? >> absolutely, but william never being completely drawn on that issue. he never quite comes up with it, but what he does talk about is how he has always wanted a family. harry similar. let's see what they said about it. >> i'm just very keen on family and looking forward to having a f family. >> is there anything you'd like to tell me about that. >> you won't get anything out of me. tight lipped. >> i've longed for kids since i was very, very young. waiting to find the right person, someone willing to take on the job. >> absolutely true with harry as well. he connects with children like no one i've ever seen, really, he really bends down, talks to them. he's fascinated with kids, but he'll wait to settle down, i think, before he goes into all that. >> definitely having lots of fun, isn't he? the party prince. did you get a sense they really understand their roles? >> yeah. they're getting much more serious about their royal lives.
harry certainly this year has really come out of his shell and grown up a lot. and certainly, he took that on in a much more mature way. dancing, also serious events as well and william has some comments, talking about how he's struggling with balancing his military career with his royal career. the royal career is really starting to pile up pressure on him, but he wants to stay in the military as well. actually, it's linked with starting a family. the suggestion being that if he has children once he's in the military, he's going to be much more protected in terms of privacy that if he left, so i think the bets are really on him staying in the military and starting a family soon. >> you're the one we always talk to about the royals. where are you going to be for the big jubilee? >> all over london. on sunday, of course is the big
day. watching these thousands ship going down the river. people can't really imagine what it's going to look like because it hasn't been done for 300 years, but the big event is on tuesday when we see the carriage procession. i was out -- kate and william used last year in their wedding will be out again and you'll see lot of kate, william and harry each step of the way. >> do me a favor. send some picture, well wi will? >> we're going to have more on the royal family sunday june 3rd. watch the royal celebration. elizabeth's 60 years as queen hosted by brooke baldwin and piers morgan. ? where ? it's getting away ! where is it ? it's gone. we'll find it. any day can be an adventure.
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collect. >> mr. lund is 80 years old now and he plans to donate his money to the ladies of the quilts of valor. he gave up his daily morning talk show last year, but regis philbin is back on the air right here on cnn. he was a guest host for our piers morgan last night and he sat down with his close friend david letterman. letterman opened up about his fears of going back on tv after 9/11. >> television, as we knew it, was shut down. it was all about the news and over and over again we would live through this horrible phase of our lives, and then one day you called me about 2:00 in the afternoon, and you said i'm going back on the air, i'd like you to join me. i was very flattered and sure enough you want -- do you remember that night? >> i remember that night and i remember not wanting to go back, not feeling ready to go back, but knowing we had to go back, and, you know, my concerns were minimal compared to people who
really suffered. >> it's guest host week. watch cnn tonight at 9:00 p.m. thanks for watching. you can continue the conversation with me on twitter @kyracnn. i'm suzanne malveaux. the former rutgers university student who spied on his gay pro roommate with a web cam appeared in court today. ravi plans to turn himself in tomorrow to serve his 30 day jail sentence. the jury convicts him of bias intimidation. his roommate, tyler clementi, killed himself after learning ravi had recorded him with another man. ravi apologized for his choices. international court today sentenced former liberian president charles taylor to 50 years in prison. taylor is the first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes since world war ii.
the court found him guilty last month of backing rebels in sierra leone in a horrific campaign of terror. the judge read a list of atrocities from rape, murder, amputations, forcing children as well to become soldiers. more civilians in syria were killed today. just like yesterday and the day before, it just doesn't end. the weekend massacre of entire families sent the u.n. security council into emergency talks on the question what to do with syria. this scene emerged today from eastern syria. these are the bodies of 13 people all with their hands tied behind their backs. now, a u.n. observer says it looks like they were shot dead at close range, executed. who are they? who killed them? not even clear yet. now this, 11 countries, including the united states, say they are throwing out syrian envoys and diplomats, sending them home. cnn has no camera teams or reporters inside syria right now. the government is not going to let them in.
so our correspondents who know the country well, they are watching from nearby. i want to bring in ivan watson from istanbul. ivan, let's talk about what is taking place on the ground in syria. you know you have u.n. officials there, u.n. officials other places saying they are getting tougher, they're kicking out these enjoyvoyenvoys. is there anything taking place inside syria to actually quell the violence? >> reporter: absolutely not. i mean, what you have is a 300-man united nations unarmed observer mission. these are not peacekeepers. they have become the eyes and ears of the world to some degree and the deputy envoy to syria is going to brief the united nations security counsel -- council on what they're saying. in light of this atrocity committed in houla, these
observers were able to bring us firsthand accounts. there have been repeated calls and demands and criticisms from the international community for this syrian government which has the most powerful fighting force on the ground to stop fighting, but it clearly is not doing that, and now you also have an increasingly weaponized rebel movement there, so there's really no end to the fighting in sight. we could see more massacres like the one in houla in the weeks and months ahead, suzanne. >> so kofi annanyria is at a tipping point? tipping into what? how much more chaotic can it even get there? >> reporter: you could move further into a bigger phase of civil war where there are efforts to try to stop a sectarian conflict from erupting, but there's been so
much bloodshed that you can anticipate and some of the rebels have said this, that they're going to carry out reprisal acts against the minority sect of bashar al assad whose family has ruled the country for 40 years. another scenario, could you have a proxy war fought there. and countries like qatar, saudi arabia, turkey backing other militias. it would be a terrifying scenario, and this would be only the tip of the iceberg. the loss of life, more than 9,000 people killed over the last 15 months. >> there's a real debate that's taking place here in the united states about whether or not the obama administration should get more directly involved in syria. there's not much of an an pit
fr -- appetite to enter into another conflict. there's the possibility of sending weapons to the opposition but jay carney did not think that was a good idea. here is what he said yesterday. >> the concern is that further militarization of the situation could lead to greater chaos. could lead -- could make it harder to achieve the political transition that the syrian people deserve. >> ivan, the people you talk to, what do they say? do they agree with that? do they think it could get worse if we decide we're going to start arming the opposition there? >> well, the fact is, suzanne, if anybody starts running guns to the syrian rebels, no government is going to admit it because it's basically illegal. and there are indicators that the rebels are getting their hands on new supplies of weapons.
the cost of assault rifles and ammunition have plunged at least in half within the course of the last months. when you ask rebels why, they get coy about where these sources of weapons are coming from. they are clearly outgunned because they do not have tanks and attack helicopters and howitzer artillery, which the syrian military continues to use against population centers, but there are signs that they are better armed now than they have been. i have talked to rebel commanders who have carried out attacks and said that their new access to weapons have made it easier for them to attack syrian security forces, so i believe that some of that weapons and funding have started to flow and that's where you get into that scary scenario of an escalating proxy war. we saw this in lebanon in the 1980s when you had rival mill lash shas tearing that country a apart. >> ivan, thank you so much.
really appreciate your perspective. i want to go to the united nations. that is where the security council has a number of options on the table. richard roth, aside from condemning syria yet again, what can the u.n. do that has a bit more teeth here? >> reporter: i'm not sure how many options they have at the moment considering there doesn't appear to be an appetite for military intervention, even to threat be that that. the security council is behind closed doors getting an update briefing from kofi annan's deputy. he's the main envoy on the syrian matter. he is just in damascus yesterday. and the u.n.'s department of peacekeeping with i is in charge of those monitors. this diplomat who leads the peacekeepers, he echoed what kofi annan and others have said, including the current
secretary-general, that right now they feel there's no other option other than this annan six-point peace plan. >> i think the goal is very clear. we have to proceed and to advance now solidly on all the plans of that of mr. annan because simply there is no alternative. there is no other game. nobody has come out with any other plan. this is the one that we support, the one that we work for. >> reporter: nevertheless, the british ambassador said that this meeting -- they've got to have a serious strategic discussion about what to do in the wake of this massacre. the british ambassador called it a game changer, but i think we've heard those types of words before when there was some significant violence the british or west thought would change things. the german ambassador says they've got to study whether more troops, accountability for violations, all of these things
one could have thought might have been happening and be ready in the wake of attacks when they passed and approved these observers. >> in light of the fact that that's the only thing they got going on is this six-point peace plan, clearly a failure, president bush used to say often he was very critical of the u.n. saying it was largely an infective, toothless organization. is the u.n. in danger of proving him right? >> reporter: well, this question is asked all the time when we have these types of crises. it wasn't asked as much during the libya situation. the institution of the u.n. blames the member countries of the u.n. the member country blame the u.n. you have a big divide between russia and china and the west and that's where we really are, this stalemate. and there's still a libya hangover if you believe the russian ambassador. the u.n., there have been calls for reforms as early as 1947. one u.s. official in charge of reform said the problem is there's a problem of management, a culture that they don't
manage. they just kind of have a bureaucracy. here it requires tough decisions and a lot of countries ban together on one side against another group of countries. and there doesn't appear to be the teeth, the want, the guts you might say to do something when one member country's leaders torture, kill its own citizens. >> thank you so much. here is more on what we're working on this hour. thousands slaughtered in the streets of syria. so how do we end the violence and what would happen next if we brought down the current syrian government? then, more than 200 dead on the streets of chicago just this year alone. i'll talk to a congressman who knows what it's like to lose a child. and the little storm that is smashed records and still dumping rain on the southeast. we'll tell you where beryl is headed next. ♪
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now despite both sides of the conflict agreeing to stop the fighting. nobody is taking the so-called cease-fire seriously, especially after the weekend massacre in houla where about 100 people killed, half of them children. michael holms from cnn international is joining us. michael, first of all, let's understand how the obama administration is dealing with this because there's a lot of pressure and there certainly is a debate whether or not we should be doing more to stop this, what is taking place. you have mitt romney who says why don't we arm the opposition. why don't we help those guys on the ground. we heard from jay carney, white house spokesman yesterday, who said, no, that would create more chaos, not a good idea. do we even know who the opposition are at this point? >> this is part of the problem. this is why the u.s. doesn't want to get involved in arming. they're helping out in nonlethal ways at the moment. not really saying what they are. there's a lot of people who think that the saudis and the qataris are putting arms in. we don't really know these guys
on the ground, they're the rebels. we don't really know who they are. we do know there are a lot of claims that islamist fanatics are involved in the fight now, have come through, even al qaeda. what if some of those arms end up in the hands of al qaeda. >> the human rights watch have not criticize the obama administration at this point, although they're seeing this carnage. they're worried this is going to turn into sectarian violence. who are these people that are fighting each other right now? >> the sect of islam that is that of assad is the 10% to 15% of the population. the vast majority of the people in syria are sunni. the attack that happened in houla, a lot of people on the ground are saying people from neighboring village were part of this militia that came in and
carried out these killings. that already is bringing a sectarian element into it. there could be reprisals. if the regime fell, you can imagine the blood beth that would take place. >> we've heard from senator john mccain. he really wants to see what took place in libya, he wants air strikes or he wants some sort of ground where you cannot actually drive through certain areas. could that work in syria as opposed to libya or are there actually physical logistical problems in that plan? >> there are all kinds of problems. as we have said before, syria isn't libya. libya was more of a desert campaign apart from some of the outskirts of major cities where you saw the air strikes. this is an urban battle. you could hit major infrastructure of the military, intelligence buildings and things like that. what does it achieve? what are the risks of doing that? you could get iran involved. iran is already supporting syria on this. you don't want to trigger something in lebanon where hezbollah has a reaction to military action on the ground.
syria has air defenses. there could be casualties. how would that go down here? the other thing, too, what happens if assad goes, if it all falls down in a house of cards? chaos. you have chaos on your hands. if we precipitate that with military action that's not -- any kind of military action, you broke it, you own it. what are we going to do? put boots on the ground there to quell the inevitable chaos and blood letting that would go on? if we put boots on the ground, what do you have then? iraq, are we going to be there for ten years? how is that going to work out? it's a very complex situation. and you can really in a way understand why the u.s. is going a bit hands off on this. you don't want to get mired into something. >> all the polls are showing most americans just can't stomach another war, too. that's another aspect. >> the political pressures that you could add more sanctions but how many more sanctions can you put on? you could get it referred to the international criminal court. have some of the leaders
threatened with what we have seen go on in the criminal court lately, but to get something referred to a criminal court, you have to go through the u.n. security council, russia, china, they will say no because they have their own self-interests. >> i want to turn to another story we found fascinating. we couldn't believe it when you actually took a look at this. this is the united nations endorsing a world leader to be a so-called leader of tourism, but that's not the strange part. the strange part is really who this guy is. he's the president -- former president of zimbabwe, robert mugabe, the same guy who has been called one of the most brutal dictators on earth. how is it he has this honor bestowed upon him? >> not very bright, was it? this is the world tourism organization. he was given this -- well, look, let's keep it in context. this is not a very exclusive list of people who have this open letter as it is. basically the leader of countries is given an open letter in which they will
support tourism for the good of their people. there's a whole bunch of countries that have this, dozens of them, in places like myanmar, too. but was it a good idea? no. i mean, really. mugabe? this is not a nice guy, not running his country in a way that benefits these people one little bit. so you would think that this was probably a bad idea. >> do you think it's a little -- they're throwing him a bone to try to help him change? >> it could be partly that. again, let's be fair, the head of the human rights commission was there just last week and she was pushing for the lifting of sanctions against zimbabwe or at least some of the core sanctions because they're hurting the people. the people are the ones that are suffering, not mugabe. there is in some areas a call to lighten up a little bit. maybe that's part of that, but, you know, in a pr sense, it doesn't look good. >> michael, good to see you. imagine flipping over your iphone and seeing made in america sticker on the back.
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eventually to see on an apple product. one of the many revelations tim cook made at a tech conference in california. cook also talked about his predecessor, apple co-founder steve jobs. jobs died last year from pancreatic cancer. this is how cook responded when asked if he considers himself a visionary like jobs. >> steve was a genius and visionary and, you know, i've never really viewed that my role was to replace him. i think he's an irreplaceable person that -- steve was an original, and i don't think there's another one of those being made. >> dan simon is joining us from california where the conference is being held. dan, you were at the event. cook, he talked about the last advice that jobs gave him before he died. can you share it? >> reporter: yeah. first of all, this is the first
time that tim cook has spoken out publicly at a forum like this taking questions from both journalists and executives, and there was a lot of talk about steve jobs last night, and he talked about when he actually met with steve jobs shortly before his death, and one of the things that steve jobs told him is that don't try to be like him, don't have employees ask what would steve do? he said steve jobs related to him that's what happened at walt disney. when walt died, people would ask what would walt do. tim cook says he's focused on trying to run the company the way he thinks it should be run. he also talked about his grief over losing steve jobs. here is a little bit about what he said. >> at some point late last year i sort of -- somebody kind of shook me and said, it's time to
get on. and so that sadness was replaced by this intense determination to continue the journey, and that's where it is today. so what did i learn from him? i learned -- we could be here all night, probably all week, and maybe a month. i learned that focus is key. >> dan, what has he been focusing on? what kind of ground is he trying to break here? >> reporter: well, first of all, what he said to the attendees last night is that apple is doubling down on secrecy. and that's really saying something considering apple is probably the most secretive company on the planet, but there were many questions dealing with apple television. apple makes a set top box called apple tv. there's been a lot of rumor that is apple will make its own television, it's own flat panel. he said it's an area of intense interest for the company. he wouldn't go farther than that, but there's a lot of speculation that maybe sometime this year apple will come out
with its own television. he also talked about siri, the feature on the newest iphone. he said there's going to be a lot more features with siri and we should stay tuned to that. those are the two things he really talked about, apple tv and siri. >> what about the fact that he wants eventually to make apple products like this one in the united states. do we think that's realistic or cheap labor from china too much of a draw essentially to change? >> reporter: well, in his words he said he'd like that to happen, but he said currently the infrastructure does not exist in the united states where you could manufacturer iphones and ipads at scale. he said the problem is that there simply aren't enough companies here who can make the machines and the tools and everything that goes into an iphone. he did note that there are certain things in the products like the glass in the iphone that's manufactured at a plant in kentucky, but the
infrastructure doesn't exist. he didn't rule out in the future that sometimes that could happehappen but clearly it's a huge challenge facing the country. nonetheless, he said he'd like to see it happen some day. >> dan simon thanks. thanks a couple months ago he was a sugar daddy to newt gingrich's super pac pumping millions into the race. last night he had a meeting with mitt romney. don't forget, you can watch cnn live on your computer while you're at work. head to cnn.com/tv. [ wind howling ] [ technician ] are you busy? management just sent over these new technical manuals. they need you to translate them into portuguese.
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mitt romney reaches the magic number needed to lock up the republican presidential nomination. within the past hour president obama called romney to congratulate him. the president says he looks forward to a healthy debate about america's future. meanwhile, donald trump steals some of romney's spotlight while romney tries to focus on jobs and the economy. trump is hammering away at the so-called birther issue
questioning whether or not president obama was born in the united states. i want to bring in our political editor paul steinhauser to talk about that and some other things. paul, we talked about this yesterday, so romney he finally reaches his milestone. he's getting the delegates he needs to become the nominee. it's trumped, pun intended, by this birther issue. how does he get back on message? >> romney made history last night. he was the first person of mormon faith to actually clinch a nomination of a major party. he was trumped by donald trump. we're not talking about him clinching the nomination. we're talking about the birther issue, about whether the president was born in the united states because of one of his surrogates, donald trump. that is a problem. as we talked about yesterday, is it just a distraction or is it more than that? is this going to hurt mitt romney with people who really matter come november, the voters that really decide who wins an election like the moderates, the independents in the middle? what does mitt romney do? he tries to get back on message today. all week they're trying to go
after president obama saying he's a detriment to crosby creators and they're trying to slam him over wasting of taxpayer dollars bringing up solyndra. that's what the campaign is trying to do today. you won't hear from the candidate. he's fund-raising all day. >> one of the things he talked about, and it really had a couple folks raising their eyebrows over this. he did talk about the economy, but he did slip in the idea of citizenship and of what should be done in terms of the constitution. i want to you listen to what he said carefully. >> i was speaking with one of these business owners who owns a couple of restaurants in town, and he said, you know, i'd like to change the constitution. i'm not sure i can do it, he said, but i'd like to have a provision in the constitution that in addition to the age of the president and the citizenship of the president and the birth place of the president being set by the constitution, i'd like it also to say that the president has to spend at least
three years working in business before he can become president of the united states. >> paul, does it seem like romney is trying to have it both ways here? that he is in some kind of roundabout way addressing this idea, the birther issue, and yet he's still talking economy. >> we were a little puzzled at those comments. it came at an event in las vegas at a furniture store before the fund-raiser with donald trump. you can see at the end this is part of mitt romney's trying to talk about his business background. that's one of his big -- what he tauts often as touts often. he mentioned citizenship. he mentions birth place on a day when he knew and everybody knew that the big conversation was going to be over whether the president was born in the united states and those comments about donald trump. yes, very puzzling comments. >> we're talking about trump, but really i think the big story here is the fact who he met
with, the billionaire he met with yesterday. that was sheldon adilson. this is a guy who poured $15 million or $20 million in the super pac supporting newt gingrich. does it mean now we are talking about some of that cold cash finally getting behind romney? >> romney met for 45 minutes with adilson at the venetian hotel and casino which adilson owns. adilson and his family donated a lot of money to that super pac backing gingrich. he has said he will help and support romney. is a check on the way? we're talking big bucks in this campaign and especially money going to these independent super pacs and the casino magnate has a lot of that money, suzanne. >> paul, thank you. he's a congressman. he also buried a son. he knows better than anybody what hundreds of parents are going through right now in chicago as the gun violence is boiling over. [ female announcer ] research suggests the health of our cells plays a key role
40 people shot, 10 of them killed. we are not talking about syria. we are talking about right here in america's own backyard in chicago. leaders, they are trying to get a handle on the violence that in the past several days has left carnage in the streets, including the death of a 7-year-old. the mayor and the police superintendent have outlined new measures they hope to halt the killing but they say don't expect a miracle. >> it's not okay that we had 53 shootings last week, but that 53 shootings is the same exact number of shootings that we had last year, so this is not a new problem. what it is is a new solution we're applying to it and it's not going to happen overnight. it's a process we have to move forward with. >> one of those who suffered personal from the violence in chicago is congressman bobby rush. he's joining us live from chicago, and, congressman, thank you very much for being here. i know you lost your own son in
1999 due to this type of violence, and i understand that now your chief of staff's 18-year-old cousin jaylin johnson was one of those who was killed over those shootings on the weekend. i want to talk about jaylin, but first, can you tell us, can you give us an idea of why this is happening in chicago? what is going on there? >> well, i'm going to be quite straightforward and honest and frank with you. this is a problem, this is a result of failed strategies over many decades by the ones who are responsible for solves these problems, and this is the failure of past administrations, past police departments, past mayors, including this one that we have right now. it's a failed policy. it's not going to produce the
results. chicago is the quintessential center of urban violence in this nation, all right? >> congressman -- >> this administration and others have failed to commit themselves to providing adequate resources, adequate strategies to evolve the community residents, to evolve all of the elected officials. this is a top down policy that is doomed to fail. >> congressman, i want to play for our viewers, the mayor, romney emanuel, how he dressed this and get your take on the other side. >> there's a set of economic issue s we're not even talking about, there's a set of cultural issues we're not talking about that also feed into this. when i say that, at a certain point a community gets -- i don't want to say, almost immune, where there should be more outrage by a community.
>> congressman, do you agree that your community is immune now, that there should be more outridge? >> let me just tell you this, without a vision the people perish or in some instances the people throw off restraints. what is happening now, there's no vision, there's no restraints. look, this city is divided. this is two chicagos. one chicago is very well off, very happy. one side -- in one neighborhood one side of the community has 15 years longer life expectancy than the other side of the community two blocks away. this is a chicago that's divided, two cities. and, of course, the mayor can give prescriptive words and
phrases to this problem but until he deals with some of the systemic issues, unemployment. this is also a city where you have in terms of contracts, public contracts, where you have contracting entities that have not, what we call 2% where there is not minority owned contracts. there are fake organizations, fake contracts -- >> i want to if i may -- about the solutions here -- >> let me just, if i can say this. you have young men on corners watching other men from outside the community coming in to do work in the community. these are unemployed people. the mayor has got to address -- he has some control over these kinds of issues. the school system, a parallel school system that goes on here in chicago. the mayor has some authority to try to deal with that parallel
school system instead of him working -- instead of him working to try to concentrate resources on this problem, he's down in springfield trying to enact other laws that really don't speak to the issue. >> congressman, let me ask you this here because the mayor did address something that does bring up a lot of questions, of course. you bring up the issues of unemployment, of the resources, the lack of resources in the community. he also says this is a cultural thing, this is something the community needs to deal with. do you think there is a failure in some way of people inside their own community dealing with the violence that is now seems to perpetuate itself? >> it is a cultural violence that permeating really the entire community and the entire city. this is -- look, these guns come
from some place, all right? we haven't dealt with the gun issue, the issue of gun manufacturer. what i'm saying is, yes, it's a culture, but that culture is squandered or that culture is dictated and dominated by the lack of jobs, the lack of adequate health care, the lack of good schools, and appropriate schools, the fighting that's going on between the union and the teachers. i mean, there are all kinds of issues here, but i tell you the one thing that i say and the one thing that i really believe that is missing here is that this mayor has to reach out. this can't be a top down solution. if he's really sincere, he's got to start working with everybody including myself to try to deal with this problem. this is not just a police problem. >> sure. we're going to bring the mayor on as well, invite him as well to talk about this so he can
address some of the many concerns that you have, and again we want to mention jaylin johnson, who was killed. obviously he was an innocent victim caught in the cross fire here. we want to wish his family condolences to your chief of staff and to all those who have been impacted by this horrific and violent three-day weekend that we are seeing there. we certainly hope we can talk a little bit more at another time about some of those solutions. congressman, thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. >> yes. jobs are on the line as a tech giant facing an uncertain future. we'll tell what you is causing tough times for the maker of blackberry. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics...
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well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. troubled company behind the blackberry talking about cutting jobs and other big moves just to stay in business. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange, and this is a company, it's called research in motion, and they are trying to essentially dig themselves out of a hole. how bad off are they, alison? what do they have to do here? >> it's really hard to sugar coat this one. you know, blackberry maker rim is having a real tough time of it and it has a lot to do with competition. they have had a lot of trouble keeping up with their rivals like the iphones and the phones made by sam song and -- samsung and gnocchi na.
shar they've hired jpmorgan and rbc capital to review some strategic options. that's kind of business speak for, yeah, we're a company that's at least considering putting ourself up for sale. they are looking to lay off a significant number of workers, from 5,000 to 6,000 people looking to be laid off. it's hoping to save 1 bmds $1 b by the end of the year. >> what does it mean for the company. especially for a lot of us, company-issued phones. >> the device is going to live on. it's got a new operating system that should be out later this year. it's called blackberry ten. though many companies they still mandate their workers to use blackberries. the problem with rim though is that it's losing its market share. it's losing that hold on the corporate world, suzanne. a lot of workers are choosing to just sync their own iphones or android devices to company e-mail. that's another big issue for rim as well.
>> all right. thank you, alison. sushi lovers, beware before you bust out the soy sauce and the wasabi, you will want to hear what all the talk is about radioactive tuna and wh it means for you. [ male announcer ] fighting pepperoni heartburn and pepperoni breath? fight both fast with new tums freshers! concentrated relief that goes to work in seconds
considered dangerous for human consumption and today we want to find out more about this fish that we are now eating. sara is with cnn. she's joining us from new york. tell bus this, this tuna that contains in radioactive compound. is this a type of tuna we are eating here? >> we are but we shouldn't be. bluefin tuna is severely overfished. you're mostly going to see this type of tuna in high end sushi restaurants. it's highly prized for its fatty belly. what you see in the grocery store is albacore tuna, the type in the can, or big eye or yellow fin. so bluefin tuna, unless you're going to a high end sushi restaurant isn't something you're going to encounter and you hl shouldn't be purchasing it to begin with. >> i want to know if my sushi is safe. i wanted to know my sushi is safe. >> yeah, it is.
and according to the national fisheries institute, about 80% of seafood is imported. about 40% of that is farm raised. so there is the debate about farm raised versus wild caught, that this radioactive tuna is also bringing to light. >> about half the fish we get overseas you mentioned is farm raised. should we have concerned about farm raised fish as well? >> yeah. so as with any type of farming, there's going to be concerns about how you do it. with farm-raised salmon, for instance, there is the risk that there's going to be antibiotics in it because it's in a smaller pen, it's not allowed to roam freely through the oceans, lakes, and rivers. the farmers may put antibiotics in it to decrease the risk of disease. there's also when you build these pens, there's a risk of harming an already existing ecosystem, and you really don't want to do that in a marsh or in a aqua culture environment
because some of the by-products of the farm can run off. just because it's a farm-raised fish doesn't mean that wild caught fish aren't involved. salmon, for instance, is fed anchovies which are wild caught to fatten them up. just because you're eating farm raised fish doesn't mean that the fish themselves isn't eating something that is caught wildly. and really the ultimate thing you can do is empower yourself. there are a number of resources out there. the monterey bay aquarium is a great online tool you can go to. the next time you go to the grocery store or to a restaurant, they have a mobile app. they also have a thing you can print out that says whether or not something is sustainable, whether or not this is something you should be eating, and if it isn't something you should be eating, here are some alternatives that might taste the same. >> great advice. appreciate it. especially for our lunchtime folks who are going to bite into that fish. thanks. hurricane season hasn't even started yet, but tropical storm beryl already busting records leaving a trail of destruction across the southeast. we're going to tell you where it is headed next.
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moving tropical system because it brings rain for days. that's what beryl is doing. even though the storm is a depression with maximum winds the 35 miles an hour, it's still a huge rainmaker. all the way from north carolina straight up to the jersey short and it's hitting areas of the south shore of nassau county and long island. we're seeing a lot of rain that will continue to work through this coastal region for at least the next 2 12 to 24 hours. we're watching for that and watching for the threat of severe weather in the center of the country. just to give you a heads up, today could be a dangerous day for oklahoma. we're running the risk for large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes across some major cities like tulsa and oklahoma city. keep that in mind. we had a volatile day yesterday. today could be similar. we have beryl in the east and definitely quite a bit of severe weather breaking out in the center of the nation. here is the low that you can see that's beryl. the heavy rain doesn't quite go into new york city but it will bring about that chance for a sudden downpour throughout the day