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i have to agree with you there. this from sonja. it only works for the extreme left or right and those looking to jump on the bandwagon. for me it's ridiculous. it's time to act like adults, people. keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carolcnn. thanks for your comments. i'm carol costello. thanks for joining me this morning. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with kyra phillips. hello, everyone. i'm kyra phillips. 11:00 on the east coast, 8:00 on the west. new this hour, federal agents making a big drug bust at puerto rico's airport. the massive effort included about 200 federal agents and 160 state police as well as the department of justice. at least 33 people were arrested thought to transport cocaine, heroin. they came on a commercial flight from puerto rico to several u.s. cities. three other suspects were arrested in the u.s., two workers at miami's international
airport. another work in the dallas-ft. worth airport. cops say they were members of two puerto rico-based drug trafficking operations. that bust after airport officials installed a new system for checking cargo that makes it possible to track more drugs on the island. we're expecting a press conversation this hour. we'll take you there as soon as it happens. all right. day two of jury selection and it's moving quickly. the judge has made it very clear he wants opening statements in the jerry sandusky child rape trial to start next monday. then comes all the witnesses. dozens for each side. but that's not all. the lawyer for the man known as victim four is confirming that sandusky wrote his client letterings and they'll likely be read in court. now, abc news says they were love letters. victim four's lawyer won't confirm that. we do know this accuser is 28 years old and expected to be the first prosecution witness. sara ganim won a pulitzer prize for her coverage of the sandusky
scandal and fallout. she's watching day two of jury selection in pennsylvania. have any more jurors been cho n chosen? >> reporter: we don't know. they're in what they call one of the early phases here today. this morning they brought in a new group of 40 people who weren't questioned at all yesterday, and they're starting to ask them broad questions. later on, they'll do individual questions in chambers with the judge, things specific to what they do, who they know, and whether or not they work at penn state, which has been something -- an answer a lot of people have said yes to just because of the nature of this town, how small it is, and how large penn state university is. however, the judge isn't using that as a reason to dismiss anyone. in fact, yesterday a penn state student, a rising senior, made it onto the jury, and several people who said that they had some kind of affiliation. so they graduated from penn state or one person's parents works there. >> all right. so, sara, tell us more about
these love letters. abc news broke this story actually calling them creepy. we're not calling them that. but what more can you tell us about this victim and apparently these letters that exist between sandusky and him? >> we don't know the contents of them. however, victim four is expected to be the first prosecution witness when this trial starts next week. so it's expected that we'll will be introduced as part of his testimony. we also know from someone close to victim number one expected to testify second from the prosecution, he also received birthday cards and notes from jerry sandusky. and the person close to him said they were not sexually explicit. we've not called them love letters, however said they did include the phrase "i love you." >> interesting as this develops, that's for sure. sara ganim, thanks. prosecutors estimate one in three residents attends, graduated from or works for penn
state university. well, it's never made it into space, but the space shuttle "enterprise" right now is still making its final voyage up and down the hudson river. live pictures now as "enterprise," we talked a lot about this shuttle, was the first-ever space shuttle orbiter that was built for nasa, and it's making this slow river ride atop a barge heading to its new home in manhattan, and that will be the ""uss intrepid"" sea, air, and space museum. former aircraft carrier, by the way. lizzy o'leary is tracking its trip, smashed shuttle wing tip and all, right, lizzy? >> reporter: yeah. it had a little run in or one of the wings did, just the foam on the edge with what would be kind of a wooden support on a bridge. so it got a little bit dinged up on this trip, maybe fitting because this, as you said, this shuttle has never made it into space. you look at some of its sister
ships -- there's the picture of the little consistent that happened there. its sister ship, "discovery," when you look at it, has got the kind of singes and kind of i guess road scars of a craft that has been up in space, and the two of them were actually nose to nose for a while in d.c. after "discovery" made its last flight, looped over the city and came to the air and space museum's satellite museum just outside of d.c. so they're swapping places. "enterprise" now getting this very lovely long, slow barge trip up the hudson. and if i were on one of those boats i would be taking a lot of pictures of this craft. it's been around since 1977, and this is as you said sort of the granddaddy, the prototype of the shu l program. >> you know what i love, and i didn't know about this and had to make sure it was right and run it by you, but apparently all the "star trek" fans back in the '70s wanted this to be named
"starship enterprise" and they sort of got their campaign satisfied. right? >> reporter: they did. this was originally supposed to be the constitution. it was slated for constitution day. and i guess president ford kind of went along with this and said, all right, i'm partial to the name. that's how the legend goes. and he had served on an aircraft carrier that had something sort of to do with the "enterprise." he was okay with this idea. he basically said to nasa, look, we're going to go along with this. we're going to do it, call it the "enterprise." >> there you go. we'll follow the live pictures as it continues to make its way to its final home, the intrepid museum there as it's cruising down the hudson. we'll follow the live pictures. we'll keep talking to you, lizzie. thank you is so much. you can continue watching the "enterprise's" trip from your desk top. go to cnn.com/tv. of all the times that i've been live in iraq, what went through your mind? >> this is the geographic south pole.
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doesn't keep his majority. he had a majority in the senate and in the assembly here in wisconsin. he has the power, so democrats are saying we're very disappointed this morning but that is the bright spot on this whole recall, the fiasco, if you will. that's what wisconsin voters will call it at this point having to live through it. so democrats are saying that's one thing they can move forward now with walker having at least a chip in the game, and they believe that will help the discourse from this point on. >> all right. so all the money, all the effort, all the bad blood, what was accomplished? >> reporter: well, again, talk to both sides, you get different answers. the republicans believe a lot of -- a lot was accomplished. the tea party types think they can replicate what has happened here in wisconsin to other states because the unions didn't oust walker. had walker lost his job it would have been a tough sell to go to other governors in other states to try to implement what he did here in wisconsin, specifically cutting the collective bargaining rights on public
employee unions. so they think they've got the green light or possibly, especially as time goes by, and they believe walker's plan will help the bottom line here in wisconsin. democrats don't see it that way. they say it's just a -- they lost one battle but the war continues. then the other side of this equation is how does this play into november? will this help snorm does this look like wisconsin is now ready to turn? democrats say absolutely not. exit polling does show that obama had a seven-point lead yesterday despite the seven-point loss by barrett. >> all right. ted rowlands in madison. ted, thanks so much. well, aides to mitt romney are veging the hacking of an e-mail account that romney apparently used as massachusetts governor. the website gawker says the hacker claimed he got access merely by guessing romney's favorite pet, the so-called security question. well, "the wall street journal" has published some of the hacked e-mails dealing with massachusetts health care reform. america's choice 2012.
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what do we know, barbara? >> reporter: good morning. u.s. military officials are saying they do believe a u.s. army helicopter was brought down by insurgent gunfire in eastern afghanistan. this took place in an area called gozny in southeastern afghanistan, a place of a lot of combat over the years. it was a u.s. army oh-58 helicopter armed. both crew members on board, we are told, were killed. they believe it was brought down by enemy small arms and rocket-propelled grenade gunfire. this is a helicopter very small, very fast, not easy to get to but by all accounts brought down by enemy fire. >> is anyone claiming responsibility? >> reporter: as you know, the taliban always claims responsibility, don't they. there has been a taliban statement issued. they made a lot of claims about killing a significant number of military personnel. we are told as far as the u.s. military and nato knows, it is
only these two -- sadly these two crew members of the helicopter that were killed in this incident. they have no information they tell us about any personnel being killed on the ground despite taliban claims. we want to clear that up. that's where it stands right now. but the taliban claim that it brought the helicopter down apparently by all accounts true. the u.s. will investigate this, but they do believe it was brought down by enemy fire according to these reports. keer ya? >> is this area known as a hotspot, barbara? >> reporter: yeah. gozny province, if you put the map back up for a minute, this is an area of southeastern afghanistan where there has been very heavy insurgent activity all through this region over the years. it's a place where isaf and other fors have been fighting over time. they go in and conduct reconnaissance, they look for enemy target positions, they look for where the friendly troops are. they radio down to troops on the
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this story begips with one man, kelly thomas. after nearly a year, controversy over his beating death has brought down top leaders and is reshaping fullerton's city government. the community's demands for accountability and leadership have ousted the city's old guards. all three councilmen were ousted last night in a major recall election. we're talking a huge political upset in the wake of kelly thomas' death. let's get straight to casey wian, who's been following these developments for us for weeks and weeks, actually. the community was loud and clear with all their votes. all three members of the city council -- well, who were up for these recall elections lost their seats. >> that's right, kyra. it was quite a stunning message. all of these margins of defeat were about 2-1, and pat mckinley, who we spoke with yesterday, the current city
council member and former police chief of fullerton, said that he expected the recall effort to succeed. he was sort of resigned to the fact he was going to be losing his job because of all the money that had been put into this effort, over $200,000 donated into this recall effort by one local businessman. but it's definitely a sign that there is a lot of voter discontent in the city of fullerton over the beating of kelly thomas. one other things that came out last night is ron thomas, kelly thomas' father, who doesn't actually live in the city of fullerton, told reporters last night he may move there and run for mayor one day, kyra. >> what do you think is going to be the fallout from all of this? >> well, it's interesting. all of the three candidates who were successful in ousting these current city council members have talked about some very sort of normal things that you would expect city government to be dealing with, things like a water tax that residents are upset about. many residents weren't even aware that this was going on
until the kelly thomas beating. they started attending city council hearings, got more involved in their government. they found out that this water tax in their words is being illegally collected. so a lot of the candidates are going to change that. they want a top-to-bottom review of city ebs penld churexpenditu and pension reform, things that are common for city government. one thing these candidates have not specifically talked about but is being discussed, that is the possibility they may decide to try to disband the police department entirely. that is something other cities in orange county have done with police departments, fire departments, in an effort to save money, disband the police department, turn those responsibilities over to the local sheriff and they're able to save some money. that's an effort we could see happen down the road, kyra. >> what do we know about these men who are now going to replace the old guard? >> well, none of them are political novices. all of them have served on
different volunteer city commissions, so they're experienced people. we're just going to have to see what they're going to do down the road with this city's future. they haven't really given that many specifics. there's also two members of the city council who were among those who spoke out against this beating immediately who remain on the council. we'll have to see how all that comes together. but they are all saying expect big changes in the city, kyra. >> how about big changes at the police department and how the training goes forward with officers on how to deal with schizophrenic individuals? >> well there already have been big changes in the police department. the former police chief, not mckinley, the one who was ousted in this recall election, but the immediately previous police chief, right after this beating was put on some sort of a medical leave for undisclosed reasons. there is a new acting police chief in place now. and i spoke with one of the
recall supporters yesterday who was out carrying a sign in support of the recall, and she said that they're actually supportive of this new acting police chief. so we may not see changes there at least immediately, kyra. >> all right. casey wian, thank you so much for staying on this story for us. we appreciate it. and the three challenger who is won last night's recall election will take their seats in the fullerton city council as early as july 17th. let's take you to canada now. police say what appeared to be a human hand and foot were sent separately to two schools in vancouver. now, cops say they believe the gruesome discoveries may be connected to the case of luca rocco magnota. he's accused of murdering a student and mailing the body pars. >> first of all, talking about the the same body parts we're looking for, the right hand and the right foot. secondly, it was shipped from montreal. we know that as a fact. >> and police say right now they
have no evidence to believe that this was done by anyone else but m m magnotta. the hand and foot are being sent to montreal for a dna test. one of the contestants in last week's miss usa pageant is givinging back her state crown, calling the pageant rigged. miss pennsylvania said the announcement -- or she made the announcement on her facebook page. she says one of her fellow contestants saw a list of the top five even before the show had begun. well, the miss universe organization in response says the allegations are false and that she changed her story. they say that she sent an e-mail opposing the organization's new policy allowing transgendered contestants as the reason behind her quitting. meantime, co-owner donald trump didn't hold back his thoughts on the matter. >> it is so ridiculous. and what we authorized today is we're going to bring a lawsuit against this girl. >> she describes herself as conservative on her facebook
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our servicemen and women heroically put themselves on the front lines all the time. we want to introduce you to a war veteran who's hoping to be on front lines of change. this is specialist on iist john. he served with minnesota national guard for six years. he was deployed to iraq in 2009, and after choosing to not reenlist, he was honorably
discharged just last year. why did specialist john ackley not want to reenlist? because john is now ashley ackley. ashley joins me now live from minneapolis. ashley, you waited to make the transition from john to ashley after your active duty was over. why? >> because i knew that the military had a very negative look on transgenderism and anyone who would even mention that they would like to go through it, through the process. ? and you've been trying to reenlist into the military and get back into active duty, but you've been denied. and this obviously raises a lot of questions about your rights as a transgender. what was the army's response to you? and how did you respond to that? >> in trying to reenlist, i was contacted by many recruiters.
they were very excited to get me back in and tried to get me back in until i mentioned that i was transgender. there's a specific policy against my enlist m or reenlistment, and they would -- they would be all excited and then i would tell them, and they would go, oh -- click. >> really. they would just hang up on you? >> yes. i finally found a recruiter that would take up my case, and we hit a definite brick wall with that one very specific policy. >> and let me -- i'm going to ask you, because i do have that exact policy here. i want to get back to the recruiter, if you don't mind, that picked up your case and find out why -- well, actually, why don't we start there. was it a male or a female? >> it was a female recruiter, a
sergeant steele, and she really takes her job seriously and was really intrigued by my -- by my story and by my case and wanted to see if she could get me back in. >> interesting. so you actually did have an experience within this whole process that was positive. somebody did support you and wanted to make things happen for you. >> yes. >> all right. so here's what we did. we reached out to the minnesota national guard and the army just to let you know. i want to get your response to this. they gave us this statement that confirmed your honorable discharge and told us that the reason that you're not back on active duty is exactly what you were saying the reason was, due to army regulation 40- 501, the standards of medical fitness. and this is what it says exactly, this regulation. "a history of or current manifestations of transsexual, gender identity disorder, to
include major abnormalities or defects of the genitalia such as change of sex or a current attempt to change sex or dysfunctional residuals from surgical correction of these conditions render an individual administratively unfit." how did that make you feel to be described as administratively unfit? >> i thought it was sort of funny, almost ironic in that this didn't just crop up. this will jernd identity disorder has been an issue my entire life. but i managed to with this disorder serve for six years and have a successful tour in iraq. >> you could still be called as a reserve, though, right? >> it is possible but very, very
unlikely. the inactive ready reserve, which is what i'm in now, they are the last ones to be called in any situation. all other resources have to be exhausted. >> so it is possible -- have you been told that it is possible, then, that you could in a worst-case scenario or a desperate scenario be called in to help? >> yes. i would be called in and be looked at for my deployment readiness but most likely be denied and sent back home. >> interesting. let's talk about why you're going to continue to fight this and why you want to see change. what do you -- how do you express to those in the military what is important about whether -- i mean, already done ask don't tell has been
abolished, and you can serve in the military as a gay american. now you're taking it to another step and saying, look, i want rights for all lgbt. and tell us why it should be okay to have transgenders serving in the military. >> it is more than okay because we're not broken. we are -- i have had been reached out to by many, many prior service members who are now going through this transition who have had very distinguished -- very distinguished careers. i believe we are just as capable as any other person of supporting our country. >> do you have a plan b or is there not a plan b? are you going to battle until you can change this policy?
>> i've realized that it is logistically impossible for someone who is preoperativing, pre sexual assignment surgery to be enlisted as the genitalia's still in a middle state. so as a plan b, i'm really now fighting for the postoperative men and women to be able to serve as -- as there is no excuse and no part of that document that should discriminate against someone after those procedures have been done. >> you know, you're not alone. i was looking at the national center for transgender equality where more than 6,000 transgender people just like yourself were surveyed and 90%,
ashley, of those surveyed experienced harassment or discrimination. aside from this, what's your experience been like as you've been making this change and just trying to be out in the community and live your life normally? >> i have actually not received as much discrimination as i was led to believe would happen or that i was prepared for. everyone has been very good. i think a big part of that is putting yourself out there and being friendly and just being talkati talkative, but i haven't really, especially in public situations, received any problems. >> well, i sure appreciate you talking with us, ashley. and keep us updated as you go forward.
thank you. >> no problem. thank you for having me on. >> you bet. the advocacy group, the transgender american veterans association estimates there could be as many as 300,000 transgendered people among the millions of u.s. veterans. the medicare debate continues in washington... ...more talk on social security... ...but washington isn't talking to the american people. [ female announcer ] when it comes to the future of medicare and social security, you've earned the right to know. ♪ ...so what does it mean for you and your family? [ female announcer ] you've earned the facts. ♪
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well, she battled and beat breast cancer in 2006. now sheryl crowe is sharing news about another health issue, a brain tumor. the good news is it's noncancerous. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here. a lot of interesting comments made about this. one in particular, apparently her rep came forward and said this type of brain tumor is very common, quote, half of us are walking around with them but you don't really know. that's a bit exaggerated, isn't it? >> yes, it is. i understand what the rep was trying to say, which is that this perhaps is more common than we think, but half of us are not walking around with tumors. some of the best studies have found something like 3.7% of us may be walking around with these. they're more common in women. they looked at 1,600 women and
3.7% had these and didn't know it, had these benign brain tumors and didn't know it. that's a fair number of people but it's not half. >> now, there are a number of people in my life who have been impacted by brain tumors, cancerous and lost my grandfather to one, one of my best friends had one very similar to sheryl crow's, and i remember his eyesight was affected, his balance was affected, his memory was affected. so let me ask you something because there was this much publicized moment when she forgot her lyrics. do you remember this, so the song "soak up the sun." >> a song they sung a gazillion times. ♪ i'm stuck here watching tv >> oh, what's the words? it's live. nothing on tape here.
>> no now looking at the situation that she's in, is there a connection that's been made between losing her memory and this tumor? >> she says there's not. she actually spoke with our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta and she said, sanjay, my doctor told me there was no connection. i just had this momentary memory lapse, i'm 50 years old, i have two small children, i don't get a lot of sleep. >> baby brain. >> exactly. sometimes you just forget things so it didn't have anything to do with that. i think it's important to remember as sanjay pointed out this, tumor is between the outer layer of the brain and the skull. it's not in the brain. it's between the outer layer of the brain and the skull, so what sanjay said is it's not anywhere near where her memory would be impacted. >> got it. and the fact she's a breast cancer survivor, could there be a connection here? >> this is a really interesting medical question because some studies have found that breast cancer survivors do have an increased risk of getting a tumor like this later in life. other studies have found it
doesn't really matter. the reason why it's interesting is women tend to get these tumors more and that may be because there are hormones involved and, of course, there are hormones involved in breast cancer. so breast cancer patients, you know, might be at a higher risk for getting these and certainly they need to do more research and breast cancer survivors should probably have that in their mind, that it's possible. >> thanks, elizabeth. >> thanks. >> if you want to learn more about brine tumors, specifically with children, please log on to braintumorkids.org. i mentioned losing my grandfather to a brain tumor and that's when i got involved for the brain tumor foundation for children. we have all kinds of information and resources for you right there on the website. listerine cleans virtually your entire mouth. so take your oral health to a whole new level. listerine... power to your mouth.
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president obama took a lot of heat and aloss of praise when he came out in support of gay marriage. today he's going to be at a fund-raiser in california for gay and lesbian supporters. at the same time a new cnn/orc poll show that people are changing their views on gay marriage. 54% say gay marriage should be recognized. 60% say they have a family member or close friend who is gay. our kareen wynter takes a look at hollywood's reaction to the president's endorsement. >> i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> reporter: when president obama made his bombshell announcement on gay marriage, hollywood rejoysed. >> president obama just came out in support of same-sex marriage and i say wow. >> i could not be more proud that he is my president. >> i was ecstatic. >> reporter: now it's time for
the president to reap some rewards financially speaking. hollywood's gay community is welcoming him not with one, but two fund-raisers that should rake in millions. >> by coming out for gay marriage he has mobilized his base. >> reporter: historian steven ross says the president's reversal energized many celebrities who had been threatening to sit out the 2012 contest. >> the minute he announced his support of gay marriage, they publicly changed their mind. norman lear, immediate le he and his wife donated $40,000 each and will be active in the campaign again. >> reporter: rex lee, best known for "entourage" admits hollywood had been disenchanted with the president before his announcement. >> a lot of people that want to support him were disappointed that he hadn't said anything up until now, so we're all glad he did it. as a gay man i'm glad he did it. >> i have been going through an evolution on this issue. >> reporter: some in the
industry believe the president didn't go far enough. >> it's a baby step. i wish we didn't always have to take baby steps. >> reporter: howard stern faulted the priz fesident for leaving the future of gay marriage for individual states to decide. >> i wish he would have been stronger about it. i would like the president to really get behind this and push it. >> reporter: celebrities may continue to drive the debate on same-sex marriage, but hollywood's biggest influence on the public and the president may come from tv shows like "glee," "smash," "true blood," and "modern family." >> it's the repetition of certain ways of looking at the world over and over again until they seem normal. i think this does begin to change the way people look at the world. >> all right, you mentioned two of my favorite shows. i know they're two of your favorite shows "glee," and "modern family." could we see more of these types of shows on the horizon where gay marriage is a part of the
conversation? >> kyra, absolutely. in fact, ryan murphy, the creator of "glee," he's also hosting his own lavish fund-raiser for obama, he's coming out with a new series this is fall, and check out this title. it's called "the new normal." it's going to be a series where they look at a same-sex couple, two men, and their quest to have a baby. he's trying to explore those themes so many americans can relate to and an issue that's at the forefront now. these men are going through things that everyone goes through, whether it comes to relationships, finances, and trying to have a baby. you'll also love this, kyra, nene leaks is also cost in this new series. she always makes for an interesting story line. one thing ryan murphy wants to make sure that he doesn't do here is try to package this family, this whole concept in a perfectly packaged format. so guess what? he's going to have characters there who are opposed to this
whole issue of same-sex marriage. they will be throwing in those story lines as well and it will be interesting to see how the audience receives this. >> all kinds of good conversation. so apparently ryan murphy is also hosting his own lavish fund-raiser where the president's going to be involved? >> reporter: absolutely. it's a big night ahead for president obama, not just here. he will be stopping here, outside the regent beverly hill shire where the lgbt council will be hosting their found razor. ellen degeneres will be on hand. after that ryan murphy and his partner will be hosting their fund-raiser at their private home in los angeles. a big night for the president and while it's so interesting for us to cover this as the media, of course, we're talking the president here. it's very challenging for us to try to see who is on that guest list. it's kept under wraps. not every celebrity like eva longoria who is one of obama's national co-chairs is so
outspoken in terms of her support. you have those players in hollywood, those vips, who like to do their work behind the scenes. again, big night for obama. kyra? >> thanks so much. if you plan to attend, the price tag for tonight's gala goes up to $25,000 per couple. thanks for watching. you can continue the conversation with me on twitter @ky @kyracnn or on facebook. i'm suzanne malveaux and i want to get right to it. >> the only governor elected twice in one term! >> republican scott walker keeps his job as governor of wisconsin. walker defeated milwaukee mayor tom barrett in a recall race that has implications for the presidential election. the vote followed a 15-month battle between unions and their democratic supporters up against republicans and fiscal conservatives. walker's move to limit the power of employee unions set off the recall showdown.
two things we are watching in afghanistan right now. one, a u.s. army helicopter went down today killing both crew members on board. military officials believe it was shot down from the ground. i'm going to get more details as they come in. also today, two separate suicide bombers hit a crowded market in kandahar. at least 22 people were killed. it happened near a nato airfield. and just the last hour, the white house denied allegations that it is leaking classified security information. speaking to reporters aboard air force one, white house press secretary jay carney said, and i'm quoting here, any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible. republican senator john mccain and democratic senator dianne feinstein, they are calling now for a hearing. they're simply outraged over the report in "the new york times" about u.s. cyber attacks on iran's nuclear facilities. mccain says that these leaks could actually hurt u.s.
security. >> the leaks that these articles were based on, our enemies now know much more than they did the day before they came out about important aspects of our nation's unconventional offensive capabilities and how we use them. such disclosures can only undermine similar ongoing or future operations, and in this sense it compromises our national security. >> want to bring in senior national security producer susan kelly. she's in washington. first of all, i notice what jay carney said. it was very deliberate and it was very specific. he talked about intentional leaking. when they investigate this and they accuse the white house of leaking, are they saying that they believe it's intentional or maybe this is just something that's happening accidentally? >> well, i think, suzanne, as you know, the president has enormous capabilities when it comes to classifying and
declassifying information. and so the accusation is really that the president is using his power, some five months away from an election, to sort of let information slip which we've just heard the white house is denying. but when you see things come out like these articles last week that senator feinstein and senator mccain were referring to, they have detailed information about meetings that were so secretive and with so few people in them that the idea is the president had to say it was okay to go ahead and give information to certain reporters, details about these highly classified programs, otherwise it just wouldn't have happened. so that's the inference, but you're seeing the white house coming back saying, no, that's not it. these are definitely fighting words in this town, as you know. >> absolutely. let's talk a little bit about national security here because that's senator mccain and feinstein's contention here, that this is really going to be very damaging when it comes to people who are involved in these kinds of operations, when it comes to iran or other places. how significant is that?
do we know? >> well, i would say it's very significant, but you're talking about different kinds of leaks, and it was interesting. i had coffee this morning with a hill staff mother works in intelligence and basically said, you know, some of this information is stuff that is getting out -- or actually could sort of compromise ongoing operation where is people could get killed, which is what we saw last month with the al qaeda leak in yemen. and others seem to be more of a managed message, which does sort of appear to be what's going on when you look at the information that's getting out. also, with the drone program, you know, john brennan, who is the top adviser to the president on national security, cape out and gave a public speech basically saying, yes, we do use drones and we want to be clear that, you know, we use them because they're a very important tool in our arsenal against terrorists. however, that speech when i went back to the white house and asked, was never declassified and that is a classified program. so you sort of add up, some of these have like direct implications for operations and those are sort of more probably
the leak category, and the rest is more sort of falling into this you're using this for political gain category. >> suzanne, it's interesting here because what seems to be the distinction, i covered the white house many years, they leak all the time. there are people inside the administrations, whether or not it's the bush administration, clinton, or obama, that do leak, but they are talking very specifically about the kinds of leaks that would impact national security and they're talking about classified information, is that correct? >> that's correct, yeah, absolutely. as a matter of fact, senator feinstein was so upset about this she's sort of really flexing her muscle now and saying she's going to introduce new provisions to the authorization bill, the intelligence authorization bill, and she wants a timely notification of when these disclosures are made and the rationale. essentially she wants to call the president or the white house on the carpet, if, in fact, they're the source of this information. as chair of the intelligence committee, she has that ability
and they're really sort of now flexing that muscle and it's probably more muscle flexing than grandstanding but you know this town very well. sometimes the two can look remarkably similar. >> absolutely. all right. good to see you. thank you. the whouite house calls it another serious core to -- blow to the core of alexand qaeda. his death this week from an american drone strike is the most significant blow to al qaeda since the raid that killed osama bin laden. i want to bring in peter bergin live from washington, our national security analyst. peter, first of all, explain to us the significance of this number two. >> i think he was significant because he enjoyed a lot of fame in jihaddy circles because he escaped from bagram air force base in afghanistan. he's got some serious religious credentials. he's the number two in al qaeda or was, but suzanne, i think
he's representative of a generation which is increasingly no longer with us, the generation of people in al qaeda who were in their 40s or 50s, people who are people that bin laden dealt with. we know from the documents that were recovered where bin laden was killed that he was in communication occasionally with this guy, al libi, and the bench -- that bench has been very much decimated in the last several years. >> talk about that bench here because being number two in any terror group, not the place you want to be here. i assume there's somebody who is already stepped into his shoes. >> i think we will, suzanne, find out it may not be immediate. typically -- it took six weeks for al qaeda to get its act together and appoint the former number two to become the number one, zawahiri, to replace osama bin laden. they may take a little time but obviously the people in this organization have problems communicating with each other. the reason it took six weeks to
elect bin laden's successor was probably because of communications problems as much as anything else. so, you know, i'm sure there will be an announcement on a jih jihadi website. >> i want to play a quick sound bite. this is jay carney, the white house reaction, the significance of what it meant to bring this guy down. >> and that represents in the wake of the death of osama bin laden another serious blow to core al qaeda in what is an ongoing effort to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat a foe that brought great terror and death to the united states on september 11th, 2001. >> peter, is the white house overstating the accomplishment or are they spot on? do they have this right? >> no, i don't think they're
overstating the accomplishment. i think it's part of a broader pattern where al qaeda is an organization in deep trouble. this is further confirmation. if al qaeda was a stock for publicly traded stock, i wish i'd started shorting it several years ago. this has been a process that's taken many years, suzanne. it started under the last six months of george w. bush where the drone program was much amplified. it was also al qaeda's own mistakes in iraq where they killed a lot of muslim civilians. they've been losing the war of ideas now for a long time. people got polling data from morocco to jordan, al qaeda, its ideas, suicide bombing, very few people are sympathetic to that range of thought. >> peter bergen, thank you very much. sunny days are going away on cea sesame street in pakistan.
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it's a show we all know and love. many of us grew up on it, not just an american favorite, it is seen all over the world. ♪ >> all right. you might know that red guy's name, but the show, of course, it is "sesame street" starring elmo and his friends. this is how kids in pakistan have seen the show for the past six months. elmo speaks the you aurdu langu p.m. he speaks about gender equality, ethnic tolerance. all this coming to an end. sesame street in pakistan is shutting down. i want to bring in michael holmes. i think people might not realize how significant this is. the role of sesame street 2007 went with the first lady laura
bush to egypt. she visited sesame street, their version, in egypt, and it was about promoting democracy and literacy, that kind of thing. what is the significant of having this little show, an eight foot bird, across the world. >> maybe may not realize how big it is. "sesame street" i think is total 150 countries over something like that. most of it, like in australia where i'm from, it's the u.s. version. he just run it. in a bunch of other places they will revoice it in the local language. in pakistan, it's one of 20 countries that has a co-production and it's actually made in country with a local set and all of that sort of stuff and the local language, as you say, and they pulled the funding. >> so u.s. taxpayers in part are paying for "sesame street" in pakistan which might surprise a lot of folks. what is the point? what is the meaning of having "sesame street" in pakistan?
>> it's not a trojan horse or something but it's part of the aid package which runs into the billions of dollars. in this case it was thought that you empower kids by teaching them knowledge is power. you start with the education and education then spreads into a thirst for knowledge and they want to educate kids there because, of course, an educated population is probably less likely to be a radical one. >> why did they pull it? >> they pulled it because the company that runs the local version, they got word through a hotline, a tip hotline, that some of that money was being misused. it was being misused in paying for old debts and giving some what were described as lucrative contracts to friends and relatives of the people who are running that. so they pulled it for that reason. it was a corruption reason. the people who run the workshop say they don't believe that's the case. they were told the u.s. ran out of money which i don't think is the case.
>> talk about the importance of getting the message early to folks who are overseas because we take a look at the former first ladies and we have michelle obama and you have laura bush, barbara bush, all of them, hillary clinton, on "sesame street" promoting "sesame street" as well as abroad. >> that's right but i don't think the key is there's a trojan horse of getting the american message or american push for democracy or whatever out there. it's more a matter of getting education out there and in pakistan 22% of pakistani girls graduate from primary school let alone high school or college. what was significant about this pakistani version, the lead character was a girl who played cricket and had a thirst for knowledge. so it's about education and education then has its own benefits down the track in some of these countries. you know, it's in iceland to afghanistan. it's everywhere. >> yes. and they're trying to -- at least it seems like what they're trying to do is promote for
michelle obama it is the healthy eating. >> good messages. >> literacy for the bushes and hillary clinton it was about education as well as girls' rights. >> these are all universal good messages to have, but in some countries more than others. it is a way of building up a next generation, if you like, who might be a little less, i don't know, extreme or open to messages from others who thrive on the lack of education of young people. >> all right. michael, thank you very much. >> good to see you. it's a small town with deep ties to penn state, and some of the jury members in jerry sandusky's trial actually work for the university. plus, don't forget, you can watch cnn live on your computer while you're at work, head to cnn.com/tv. so we invented a warning.. you can feel. introducing the all new cadillac xts, available with the patented safety alert seat. when there is danger you might not see, you're warned by a pulse in the seat.
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now to the child rape trial of jerry sandusky. he's the former penn state assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing ten boys to more than a decade. right now attorneys are questioning potential jurors. sara gannon won a pulitzer prize for her coverage of the story. she's a cnn contributor joining us from pennsylvania. what is the update here with the potential jury selection?
>> reporter: well, this morning no additional jurors have been selected so we're still at nine jurors which is where we ended yesterday when jury selection ended for day one. jurors were dismissed for lunch, told they don't have to come back for two hours. we're not exactly sure what's going on. we're waiting for an update behind me. that's where we are, we stand with nine jurors. they need three more and four alternates. >> are they questioning some of the potential jurors there? are they having a hard time actually getting a full jury pool because of the closeness, the connection, with community, with penn state? >> reporter: we do know it's a continuing theme that a lot of people in this county have a connection to penn state or to the second mile which was jerry sandusky's charity that he started for children and where prosecutors say he met a lot of these alleged victims. it's a small town, and it's a big university, and that's expected. however, the judge has said that, you know, he wanted to try to pick a jury here that just a
tie to penn state would not preclude someone from getting on a jury. we know that's going to be true because a penn state rising senor is on the jury. another person whose father worksed a penn state, there's a retired professor and someone with two degrees from penn state university. >> sara, talk about this abc news report that sandusky actually sent these letters, what they're describing as love letters, to some of these accusers. is that actually going to be introduced as evidence or how is that expected to play out in court? >> reporter: well, anything could happen. we do expect that one of those men who is known as alleged victim number four is going to testify first for prosecutors, and his attorney says that letters do exist from jerry sandusky and that they will be introduced at trial. so, you know, when we get to that point in this case, i'm sure we'll know more. we don't know the content of those letters at this point. i also talked to someone very close to alleged victim number
one last night, and he said that that person has also received birthday cards and notes from jerry sandusky that contain the phrase, i love you, however, they were not sexual in nature. >> sarag ganim thank you so much. nothing has changed in wisconsin but the ruts of last night' recall election could have a big impact across the country. so at&t showed corporate caterers how to better collaborate by using a mobile solution, in a whole new way. using real-time photo sharing abilities, they can create and maintain high standards, from kitchen to table. this technology allows us to collaborate with our drivers to make a better experience for our customers. [ male announcer ] it's a network of possibilities -- helping you do what you do... even better. ♪
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in the end what happened yesterday, last night, scott walker won by 7%. the republicans seem to be encouraged. they think they could make wisconsin a battleground state in november. are they being a little bit overconfident? >> no, i don't think so. you know, it's been over two decades since the republicans have won the state in a presidential contest but last night's victory for them really improves their lot in the state which a lot of organizations were labeling either as lean obama or a true tossup. here is why. they have the momentum, now they have the energy in wisconsin. tea party groups, fiscal conservative groups are now pumped up and they have energy and they're excited about trying to win the state come november. plus, the get out the vote efforts, the ground game on the republican side, getting your voters to the polls, while their efforts were very successful obviously in their win in wisconsin. >> and not surprising, paul, we know the democrats and obama supporters, they're looking at some other numbers and those are the exit polls showing strong support for president obama still in wisconsin. break down the numbers for us briefly. >> this is interesting. you just mentioned scott walker
won by seven points but take a look at this exit poll from last night from the election of people who voted, and we asked who would you vote for in november. look, just the opposite here. a seven-point advantage for president obama over mitt romney in wisconsin in the general election. and if you go to the next number as well, who would do a better job on the economy, you can see right here the president as well with a narrower advantage but still an advantage in wisconsin. these are the numbers that democrats are pointing to, the obama campaign and the democratic national committee right now, suzanne. >> want to bring in amy cramer with the tea party express movement. governor walker says that his win is a validation americans want leaders who are going to cut spending, but i want you to listen here. this is joe cline of "time" magazine. here is how he figured what happened last night. here is his take on it. >> i think that what this election says is this, people don't like gimmicks. scott walker was elected two years ago. he tried to govern according to the way he saw fit. he did nothing illegal, and the
public employees unions who are used to getting their way, didn't like it, and they tried to unseat him and it's kind of like when the republicans tried to impeach bill clinton in the late 1990s. the public saw it as just a tremendous waste of time and money. >> amy, what do you think of that analysis? >> suzanne, i think that the people of wisconsin and the people all across the country are ready for us to get our fiscal house in order and that's what this is about. it doesn't -- i mean, i agree that, you know, they didn't think that the recall was necessary, that he was elected, let him serve his term, and it was definitely a waste of taxpayer dollars but at the end of the day the reforms are working and the facts are the facts. you see it with the exit polling that 35% of households that have unimembers voted for governor walker yesterday. >> does it bother you at all that the cost of this? we're talking about $64 million
this recall election. does that make you cringe at all when you think about the amount of money that was spent just to prove a point? >> well, of course. i mean, you know, it was an unnecessary recall. we didn't need to go here. they should have waited. he was elected fair and square in 2010, and he should have been able to serve out his term without going through this. but it was a big victory yesterday, a seven-point win, and i think that speaks volumes for not only wisconsin, but the rest of the country as well. and it's about educating people, educating people on the facts and why the exit polling may have shown that, you know, barack obama is up there in wisconsin, i think once we start educating on obama's record and focusing on november, i think that's going to turn around because the fact is president obama didn't go into wisconsin and campaign for mayor barrett because he can't talk about job creation, and governor walker could. so, look, i mean, look at where we're heading with our national
economy. it's not good. we're on this cliff about to go over and i think washington can take some lessons from governor walker and lieutenant governor cleefish. i think we will be victorious in november. >> do you discredit the exit polls? it shows this he still believed in president obama. you know you don't believe he created any jobs but according to people in wisconsin, they still believe he's a better choice over romney. >> what i said is that it's all about educating voters with the real facts, and everybody has been so focused on wisconsin and governor walker and what he's done since he's been in office. i think now that we can move forward, they have an important senate race there in wisconsin. we need to focus on november, and i think that mitt romney will carry wisconsin in november. >> all right. amy, we're going to leave it there and bring in reverend jesse jackson. reverend, this is undoubtedly a major blow to the labor movement. our senior political analyst david gergen put it this way, he said a substantial defeat for labor, for public employee
unions, substantial victory for those who have been trying to curb them. how do the unions, how does labor actually get back some of that political clout? >> well, it was a devastating blow, but not a fatal one. for example, last night democrats regained the senate. they won where the strongholds are in madison by big numbers, in milwaukee and racine. so now governor walker has a democratic senate with which to deal. secondly, governor walker outspent barrett by 9 to 1. there are whole rural areas in which there was no investment in, democrats lost in a big way, so all is not lost. my concern is that president clinton -- president obama offered an $800 million stimulus for infrastructure and fast rail to connect milwaukee and madison, and mr. walker turned that -- sent that back. the result is not having the access to where the jobs are
within the city of milwaukee, 55% black male unemployment. there's been no economic growth under mr. walker. it's been austerity but not growth. >> i want to talk a little bit about the union membership here. this is really where it seems a lot of power was lost. back in '83, the rate was above 20%. there were more than 17 million union workers. last year you look at that rate, 11.8%, fewer than 15 million union members essentially, so what does that mean for the strength of unions here? i mean, clearly a loss in wisconsin and -- >> collective bargaining is under attack and there is an attempt to move from right -- they are under attack. yet it's the power of working people that gives us our basic benefits and gives us our -- >> so how did the unions become more attractive do you think, reverend? how do the unions attract the folks who were in the unions before? >> i think just as the laws have come north, unions must go south
where people are working often without the benefits they deserve. this victory last night for governor walker is not the final arbiter on what will happen in wisconsin. there will be an attempt around the country now to catapult this victory into right to work laws, voter suppression laws, and not just defeating unions but removing them from the table. that was the most insulting part. not that you offer $10 ver us a $8 and come up with $9. what mr. walker did was purge unions from the table, and that will meet great resistance all around the nation. >> since we have you in the chair, want to ask you a couple questions about the presidential collection. first of all, former president bill clinton has been campaigning with president obama, but he has said some things that really have not been in line with the obama campaign calling romney's business career sterling at bain capital, talking about the potential of the bush tax cuts being extended. do you think that he has been
helpful to president obama here? >> well, he has. every disagreement is not a deal breaker. for example, while some in the campaign want to focus on bain and focus on a romney success or lack thereof, there's the other issue of 3 million jobs that go looking for skilled labor, 3 million jobs that are looking for where those jobs are, and given the need to create jobs and access to jobs, president obama's idea of mass transit, which say you can connect madison and milwaukee, milwaukee and chicago, those would be more interesting in a massive jobs creation program than just narrowing the focus on bain. i beg your pardon. no, no, please. there are some people who think perhaps president clinton is in some way trying to undermine the campaign. do you agree with that? >> no. i think he is not a staff member. he is not a consultant. he is a free speaker, and every
disagreement or challenge of strategy is not a deal breaker. he clearly supports president barack obama. he knows when he came in office we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. there were 100,000 troops in iraq and they're home now. president barack obama has a record that's substantial. >> would you campaign with president obama? >> i certainly do support him. >> you support him. do you plan to campaign at all? >> well, i will be campaigning in the field. i'm not a surrogate, i'm not on the staff, but i believe my investment in him as a voter was a vote i'm proud of because when i look at where we were four years ago with the banks collapsing, the banks have been revived. that the automotive industry running three shifts again in ohio, for example, so when one looks at the record on balance,
president barack has a record of growth we can all be proud of. >> do you keep in touch? do you ever reach out to him or does he reach out to you? >> i certainly reach out to him, talk to some of his staff people just today. >> you reached out to him today you said? >> talking to some of his staff people just today because i appreciate the road he's on because our economy is growing, albeit slowly, and it would grow even more if the statements had been greater. when mr. walker made the case that $137 million deficit and sent back $800 million they could have built a mass transition,transit, i think that was a job breaker as opposed to a job maker. >> we have to leave it there. thank you so much. >> it was sheryl crow's biggest song but one night she forgot some of the lyrics. that led to a shocking diagnosis for the grammy winner.
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part of an anti-terrorism surveyance program. the program spied on entire neighborhoods including student groups, mosques, restaurants. cnn spoke to the head of the group that actually filed that lawsuit. >> all americans, including american muslims, care deeply about our safety and security, and so we want law enforcement to basically bring those bad actors, those criminals who want to do harm, and to stop them in their tracks. the problem here though is that the nypd's program target went beyond those who might be engaging in criminal activity. it targeted innocent americans and targeted them simply based on their religious identity. >> i want to bring in dean obadaylla. you're a comedian who uses comedy to promote some understanding. what do you make of what the nypd is alleged to have done.
>> i performed at many of the student groups. obviously it's wrong to target people by race, religion, or ethnicity. i think few americans would say it's okay to call someone suspicious because of their heritage or their religion as we have in this case. and the muslim community is not seeking special treatment. we want equal treatment. the same thing. if someone has done something wrong, follow those leads, prosecute those people. we don't want them in our community either. at the same time we cannot be considered suspicious or there's problems for investigation because of our faith. that's where the issue is. >> the new york police commissioner ray kelly came back, he responded to this -- to these allegations back in february saying, look, in his words, we're doing what we have to do to protect the city. he doesn't think that people's civil liberties were violated and the mayor backs him on this. there's no internal investigation at all. what can be done?
>> that's why you have to file a lawsuit. that's exactly what's being done. in america we have a history of using the court system to enforce civil rights. most famously brown versus board of education. a case like loving versus virginia to end the ban on interracial marriage. you have to use the court system when you have no other recourse. that's what happened in this situation. also you bring attention to it. yesterday there was a press event in new york by african-american community leaders against nyp dsmd becaus their stop and frisk policy which 80% of the people being stopped and frisked are african-american or latino. it's not just the muslim community. we're sharing this racial profiling, religious profiling going on by ray kelly and his policies. >> we want you to follow up on that, let us know how this lawsuit goes. obviously it's very contentious issue there, and we'll see. we'll see if there's some recourse there. thank you. it's easier than ever to connect with friends and family thanks to video chat. well, now the creator of napster
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>> okay. so as for the fizzle, there were a lot of tech problems at this event. many called it a complete disaster meaning the rollout. these celebs were trying to test it out but they weren't able to connect. the thing wouldn't work. they had to fall back on a video demonstration, but i assure you at least through this cnn money tech writer tells me that they tebsed it a few times after the event and it worked just fine. suzanne? >> they're working on glitches there. we'll give them a chance, a second chance there. how about stocks? >> we've got a nice rally going. the dow is up 230 points. a lot of this actually has to do with what's happening overseas. european central bank, that's kind of the equivalent of our fed, it extended some of the current stimulus measures. thee u unveiled a plan calling for a coordinated banking plan. that's giving a big boost to the market to see that support finally happening in europe. >> thanks, alison.
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is now being fought. arwa damon brings us the story. >> reporter: this man peers out from his makeshift battle position and spots his target. give me the radio, give me the radio, he calls out, as a hail of bullets from syrian government forces drowns out his orders. movement is spotted to the left. there it is, there it is, someone shouts. as the armored personnel carrier moves back into sight, a voice cries out. look, kofi annan, he shouts, mocking the idea of a cease-fire. these rebels say they are protecting residents of the homs neighborhood from an assault by regime forces. cairo street is now the front
line separating the rebel stronghold from the neighborhood held by the government. once a bustling middle class shopping area, the street is now in ruins. the local rebel commander crawls through holes fighters smash between buildings to take up position. there are government forces on a balcony across the road. the 32-year-old peers down the scope. is it where the red and blue towels are, he asks? affirmative. the street seems deserted but the fighters of the free syrian army say it's not just about defending residents still here, but the property of those that have fled. they say assad loyalists would steal or destroy anything they can get their hands on. at another position along the street,h mazim is on high alert.
there's movement, be ready at my signal, he says calmly. syrian government forces are fanning out across the road. there's movement in your direction, the call on the radio warns. i am ready, he responds. the 30-year-old machine gunner fires off two rounds, takes aim again, and his weapon jams. cursing under his breath, he clears it and aims again. we can't just have a one-sided cease-fire, he says indignantly. they can't expect us to come under fire and not respond. some of these men are army defectors, but a growing number of civilians are joining the armed struggle. like 26-year-old abu. he used to attend protests but that all changed. at brother defected from the army because he refused orders to kill innocent civilians and