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some rebels for humanitarian assistance, suzanne. >> it is a difficult situation for the white house to be in, but clearly beyond the humanitarian aid, and the $12 million that you mentioned, are they talking about doing anything else or making any other moves or wait and see who this new envoy will be when that person is named? >> they are keeping at lot of what they are doing under wraps, but we know that for an unspecified amount of time the president has had the option, because he did sign, we have learned from the sources, an intelligence finding to provide assistance and not just humanitarian aid, but talking about coordination and communication with the rebels, and this allows this cia to be involved and talking about intelligence, but the details still very sket chishgs suzanne. >> thank you, brianna keilar at the white house. appreciate it. suzanne malveaux and welcome to the cnn newsroom. this hour we are focusing on three planes coming close to crashing on reagan international airport. we will look at what went wrong, and mitt romney speaking to voters in colorado.
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we will bring him the speech live, and plus should the rich shoulder the tax burden or should it be spread evenly among all americans? well, that is the battle today as president obama calls out romney on the tax plan. i want to get right to it. three commercial airlines nearly collided in midair over reagan international airport when air traffic controllers were making adjustments in stormy weather and caused what officials call a miscommunication. the faa is looking into exactly what happened. house republicans taking their turn in the back and forth of the bush era tax cuts and they passed a gop plan to extend the tax cuts for everyone for one year, and most democrats want to extend them only for families making $250 a year. well sh well, a senate minority leader nancy pelosi and house speaker john boehner went before the cameras a short time ago and neither sign showing a sign of budging. >> on september 15th, 2010, president obama said that preventing the tax hikes was
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necessary to quote help our economy. what's changed? economic growth is even worse now, and the american people are still asking the question, where are the jobs? >> this blueprint for again extracting money from the middle-class and giving it to the wealthy in our country. you have to give the republicans credit, they very clear about their agenda. when they talk about tax cuts for the rich, they talk about rewarding success. what they don't talk about is the tax increase for the middle-class. >> the battle over your taxes, and it is now front and center in the presidential race. mitt romney is speaking at a campaign rally in golden, colorado, which is going to happen in 15 minutes. he is expected to keep hammering away at president obama over the economy. the president says that romney's tax policies would help wealthy americans and hurt the
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middle-class. he points to a study by researcher at the urban brookings tax policy center. >> they found that if governor romney wants to keep his word and pay for this plan of this $5 trillion tax cut, the only way the do it is to cut tax breaks that you middle class families depend on. the home mortgage deduction that you use to pay for your home. the health care deduction that your employers use to provide you health care. some of the tax credits that we have put in place to send your kids to college. what this means is the average middle class family with children would be hit with a tax increase of more than $2,000. >> romney's plan calls for 20% cuts to the current bush era tax rates and eliminate the al
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turntive minimum tax and limit deductions, be hbut he has not which ones he would eliminate. and the romney camp fired back saying that this would call for more tax hikes and more government spending. we have been down this road and it has led to 41 straight months of unemployment above 8%. and we go the our dan lothian, and first of all, do we expeck that the president is going to be keeping the focus on what he is talking about here and that is trying to help out the middle-class? >> he will. the president will continue to hammering that message and why? because the obama reelection campaign believes it is a message that resonates with the voters. the president has talked often about building this economy from the middle out rather than from the top-down and trying the draw the contrast between his policies and the policies of the
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opponent mitt romney. you will hear the president talk about that, and also talk about how he continues to push support extending the bush era tax cuts, but only for those making up to $250,000. incomes up to $250,000 a year. the overarching theme of the campaign continues to be that president obama is looking out for the middle-class, and mitt romney is looking out for the very wealthy. so that will be the message here today. at the same time while mitt romney is out in colorado, he does have a top surrogate here in the orlando area, marco rubio, and senator rubio is holding an event not far away from where we are standing where he said, yes, the president did inherit a bad economy and he made it much worse. he told the voters that the president will raise their taxes and then he proclaimed that the obama presidency has been a historic disaster, and so both campaigns are fighting very hard for the key battleground state, a state that most polls are showing the president is leading by six points, suzanne. >> and there are things that the
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romney campaign is pointing out, and that is growth has slowed to through the fourth quarter and unemployment is stuck at 8%. and the white house, the campaign, how do they counter that? are they vulnerable when it comes to the two points? >> well, it is, look, a very big concern for the campaign. they'd much rather see the unemployment rate below 8% and in fact, much lower. it continues to be at that level and the way that the president counters that and you listened to him yesterday in ohio, he tells the voters that he is making progress. he believes that his policies will impve things over time, but that there are no quick fixes. it will take time to turn things around, so that is really how the obama campaign has been countering it, but you know, it is a key issue for voters when they go to the polls what will be in the back of their minds is do they have a job? can they afford to keep their homes? can they afford the send their kids to college, and so that the economy is a huge issue, and the
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job numbers coming out tomorrow, everybody will be watching closely to see, because it could have a big impact on who wins the election, suzanne. >> yes, huge. dan, thank you so much. good to see you. a widening gap between the richest and the poorest americans is hitting home literally and we are talking about according the a new pew research study that poor are more segregated based on the income. the percentage of upper income households in an affluent neighborhood rose from 9% to 18% from 1980 to 2010, and meanwhile, low income households in poor neighborhoods rose from 23% to 28%. and the income in middle-class neighborhoods shrank from 85% to 76%. and in a senate runoff in texas, newcomer ted cruz backed the candidate backed by the establishment. but the leaders in congress warn that if he wins in november, it is more gridlock on capitol
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hill, and the tea party backers say just the opposite. our store pri from dy from dana >> reporter: a familiar rallying cry. >> millions of texans and millions of americans are rising up to reclaim our country to the defend liberty and to restore the constitution. >> reporter: 41-year-old first-time candidate ted cruz walloped the well funded republican establishment candidate in the gop senate primary with this promise. >> politicians cut deals. principled conservatives deliver. >> reporter: democratic leaders warn if cruz wins in november, the gridlock in the senate will be worse. >> anyone who elected to the senate starts off i won't compromise is not going to help us. >> reporter: the tea party is a good foil for the democrats, but cruz's vote won't make that much difference, because he is replacing kay bailey hutchinson, and she voted with the gop 90%
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of the time. but cruz like any senator would have a lot of power to grind business to a halt. >> you know what the senate is like. one senator stands up and says no, we stop the train. >> reporter: and cruz would not be the only possible new senator willing to do that. in indiana richard murdoch beat veteran incumbent richard lugar and vowing confrontation over compromise. >> what i have said and i continue to believe certainly is one side or the other must prevail, and i'm hoping that the candidacy will help to move the republican party forward to become a permanent majority. >> reporter: and the senate is bound to be a more polarized place because so many moderates chose to leave. more than half a dozen are retiring this years, and still it is a open question whether the tea party rhetoric on the campaign trail translates into action in office. two years ago a handful of tea party backed senators promised the hold their leadership's feet to the fire and protect civil
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l liberties, but once there, a few uncompromising demands like rand paul on the patriot act. >> call your congressman and tell them in washington you are unhappy. >> reporter: and also a kingmakers who says that ted kroousz can help the country. >> i think that ted cruz can empower the democrats to make the decisions. >> reporter: he says that the more tea party backed senators, the less gridlock and here is why. >> if we have a strong mandate election who will work with people like ted cruz and marco rubio and pat toomey and some of the senators here in a sensible way to change the course of the country. >> reporter: talking to the republicans here in the halls of congress, it is clear that if the leaders understand that the gop retakes control of the senate next year expectations will be higher and pressure more intense on the republican leadership to make good on campaign promises to make the federal government smaller. dana bash, cnn, capitol hill.
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here is what we are work on for this hour. the psychiatrist who treaedd the accused movie theater shooter was so alarmed by his behavior she reportedly notified the campus threat team. we will look at why james holmes was not taken into custody before his shooting spree. women's gymnastics takes n center stage today at the olympics. i will have some of the highlights. and we will take you through exactly what happened on the runway at reagan international airport when three planes nearly collided.
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>> well, suzanne, we can tell you that he h told her something that disturbed her enough to call members of the threat assessment team, and the university's threat assessment team, and let me set the time line for you, and this is the early days of june. the court documents say that holmes was treated by dr. lynn fenton for several weeks. on june 7th, and again, this is the first ten days of june, on june 7th, holmes took a preliminary exam, oral exam and ba basically failed it. he was also having trouble getting a mentor to continue in the ph.d. program in the neuroscience program in the university of colorado. on the same day of june 7th after he failed that test, he went out and bought a ar assault rifle, and in this period, he was talking to dr. fenton, and during this period he told her something so disturbing that she decided that she h to contact this team, this threat
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assessment team, and we don't know specifically what she told him, but we know it involved her concern that he might be a threat to others. >> and how did the university respond here? because i know they have some sort of system that is set up in place, a threat assessment team. >> yeah. doctor, and dr. lynn fenton helped to form this threat assessment team in 2010 and she is a member of the team. we know she contact ed members f the team in separate conversations and discussing at this point whether to convene about the holmes' matter, but while they were doing that on june 10th, holmes made it known he was dropping out of school and initiated paperwork to do so and at that point the team decided that since they he was dropping out of school, they had no control or jurisdiction over him so that the team never convened and at that point holmes was gone and the team never convened and we don't know what happened after that. >> you actually talked to an expert when it comes to the threat assessment who believes that the university didn't do enough. why do they say that? i mean, was there more that the
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university should have done at this point since the student had already, holmes had left the campus and the university? >> here's the crux of the matter. we have two tracks here. first the threat assessment team, and dr. lynn fenton who is a psychiatrist and she had an obligation to report something to the police if it got to a certain bar, and we don't know whether that information met that bar. we know she went to the threat assessment team which could have been information far below the bar. what we know is that the threat assessment team didn't do -- did not convene. what the experts are saying is that it should have been a huge red flag when he left school that could have been a mental break, and in fact, he could have been at the end of the rope, and that is the time, they say when the threat assessment team should have swung into action. now on the other side, suzanne, we don't know if dr. fenton continued the treat holmes or if she referred to him to another psychiatrist and that what we don't know. >> still a lftot of questions, t
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world class swimmers back in the pool at the olympic games in london. athletes from bahrain and iraq and will be taking on the michael phelps in the 200 butterfly. on the women's side, american missy franklin posted the fastest time in the qualifying heat of the 200 meter backstroke. and zimbabwe's christy kovb tri qua -- coventry qualified for third. spoiler alert. gabby douglas captured the gold in the women's all-around competition. you remember of course, raisman and douglas helped the women win
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gold for the first time in 16 years. and before the games a lot of talk about london's mass transit and whether it could handle all of the olympic tourists and phil han went to find out. >> i am here at circus station which is usually one of the busiest underground stations in london and i want to test it over to go to olympic park. i have the tickets here, and let's see how good or how bad the tran port system is holding up. let's head on in. ♪ >> well, it has been 12 minutes since we left oxford circus and he here on the central line at liverpool station, and you have been traveling this line for a couple of days and how have you found it? >> yes, i started traveling here on monday and it is very, very -- it gives access to the whole cit and it is so useful. of all of the lines i use this one the most.
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>> this is manageable. it should be much fuller though when you think about how many people are intended to come to london for the olympics. >> i think it is quite good, you know. there haven't been many delays or strikes, so people can get from one place to another quite easily, yeah. that is, it has been quite good so far. >> reporter: well, that is the exit point for statford station, and we are at olympic park and we had to walk through a couple of underground tunnels to get here, but behind me, you can see a steady stream of people heading through the gates and now it is my turn to go down to the finals. there is more fallout today from the badminton scandal at the olympics. one of the chinese players d disqualified from trying to lose, she is quitting all together and she is accusing the
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governing body of ruining her dreams. she wrote this in the microblog. farewell my moved badminton. and earlier yang was expelleded for failing to uphold her olympic obigations. who knew that badminton was so controversial? zain, how are people responding to this? >> well, it is emotional here sh, and this is a debate, because this is someone's whole life has been badminton and dreamed it, breathed it and eat enit for her whole life and this is the goal. she was finally here at the pinkel, and this is what has happened. one of the interesting things that people are talking about, suzanne, is basically, they are wondering now whether the coaches are the ones who instructed the players to just throw the matches. right. so the coaches have apologized and the players have apologized, but one other area that is also being raised is the thing that was different about this badminton tournament is that the officials decided to make it a
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round robin which meant that if you lose, you are not automatically booted out, so it allowed the room for the maneuver, so that the question is, why didn't those officials even think that this kind of thing may happen? >> and the coaches, could they be held responsible as well or are they in the clear? >> they could be held responsib responsible, and there is a strong possibility that they will be investigated by the badminton governing body and their own national team so they are not off of the hook. >> are people talking about that over there, zain? >> yeah, they are talking about it. they are saying, gosh, we never knew that badminton could get so much attention, because it never normally does. talking about it and the fans are annoyed saying they want their money back. >> a lot of of people are thinking badminton, an olympic spo sport, and who knew? didn't realize that, but now a lot of attention to badminton. and talking about the women's gymnastics and it is okay, if you want a spoiler alert and give us the winners,
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because the americans are doing pretty good? >> spoiler alert. spoiler alert. okay. yes, gabby is actually at the top of the leaderboard. she is doing really well, and she is managing to keep off that russian gymnast at bay. >> woo-hoo. >> and woop, woop, and gabby is fourth, but the u.s. is performing pretty well, and they have a while to go. and don't forget, too, suzanne, that the u.s. in the individual women's all-arounds won gold twice in previous olympics. keep the fingers crossed. >> and there is a birdie in the ear saying that gabby actually won, but does she mind being called the flying squirrel and have you got a sense of why she got that name in the first place? the flying squirrel, i don't know how that happened? >> well, i mean, you know, the flng squirrel, it is a compliment and i am sure she does not mind. it mean she's is deft and
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nibbleable and fanibbl nimble and fast in the air, and to get a great nickname is great. but aly needs one and maybe the magical maneuverer or something. >> how about swimming, michael phelps and anything else that is popping right now? >> well, everyone is just waiting for this epic, this historic, this great rivalry in american swimming. michael phelps versus ryan lochte, part two, and it is must-see tv and you can't see it live, suzanne, but we can in a few hours. really, like a lot of people are just talking about, you know, well, what happened here and who has the faster underwater kick? you know, who can make the quickest turn? who is stronger in which stroke, and the bottom line is that michael phelps did come forth and ryan lochte beat him the last time they swam together, but if michael phelps wins this, it is history again and he is the only olympic athlete to win
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three consecutive races in three different olympics, but the great thing about the rivalry is that you need a great rival to push you to be the best you can po possibly be, so in a way, they kind of need each other to perform at their best. >> yes, in two hours you will send out a tweet to tell us who gets it? ly be f-- i will be following, . >> okay. i will. >> and the man chosen to deliver the keynote at dress at the democratic national convention is only 37 years old. he is the first hispanic to ever deliver that address. while you are at work, you k can watch cnn by going to gonna need more wool! demand is instantly recognized and securely acted on across the company. around the world. turning a new trend, into a global phenomenon. it's the at&t network --
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whether that law is constitutional. a steel beam signed by president obama and the governors of new york and new jersey is being raised at the site of the new world trade center. it is going to rest on the 104th floor of the newly called 1 world trade center. the beam was hoisted into place, and the president and mrs. obama signed it on june 14th, and he wrote, we remember, we rebuilt, and we will come back stronger. and at center stage in the u.s. democratic convention, will be a important gesture for a very important voting bloc before november. >> reporter: it is a golden opportunity for julio castro who is only 37 years old. the mayor of san antonio was
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selected this week to the deliver the keynote address at the democratic national convention in september, the first hispanic to do so. >> it is a real honor to get to speak on behalf of re-electing president obama. i believe he has done a terrific job for the united states considering where we were when he started and where we are now. >> reporter: but being the mayor of the seventh most populous city in america and a young charismatic latino leader may not be enough. >> i know i have big shoes to fill, because two years ago the keynote speaker was barack obama. >> reporter: they say there will be pressure on him to deliver a home run. >> the problem is that exp pecktations are sky high and he looks like the man who can meet the expectations, but nobody is coming into the thing expecting an okay speech. >> reporter: castro who is also the youngest mayor of a major american city has shown before he is media savvy. when basketball star charles barkley suggested that san
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antonio had more than its share of overweight women, instead of demanding a apology, castro fired back with this video that went viral. >> we have four nba championship rings and on the way to the fifth, and you -- okay. >> reporter: obama has honored castro before, and he has been elected to sit with the first lady at the state of the union address just weeks after san antonio was ranked the fourth economy, and then castro was named co-chairman. he is a graduate of stanford and harvard law school says he is a strong believer in affirmative action which is a policy that gave him and his identical twin brother, joaquin, the opportunity to attend two of the most prestigious colleges in the world. after alienating many latinos the president is trying to court a voting bloc that heavily favored him in 2008. >> rafael joins us now, and a
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lot of people don't know the mayor, but i have relatives in san antonio and they know who this man is, but he does not have a big national footprint if you will, and tell us who he is and what impact this might have for him? >> wel, he has one of the "only in america" kind of ostories. his mother ran for the city council at a time when it was difficult for the hispanics to enter politics. his grandmother came from mexico when she was 6 after becoming an orphan, and never had anything more than a third-grade education, and worked as a cook and maid and babysitter, so it is incredible that in only two generations you go from poverty to having two children who went to stanford and also he graduated from harvard law school together with his brother joaquin, so that is probably one of the reasons. he has also been a successful m mayor and probably one of the reasons he is selected. >> he is young, and are people looking at him as a future presidential candidate perhaps? >> well, he is a sfar in the democratic party and he, as you
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said, very young. he was in the late 20s when he successfully ran for city council in san antonio. but when you take a look at the big picture, sit is probably to early to tell which way he will go. he would probably want to have him have more experience in maybe the governor's office or run for the senate. his brother is running and apparently a good chance of winning the 20 congressional district in texas. so, both brothers are very involved in politics and also very successful as well. >> and he is very different than marco rubio who the republicans have pushed out as someone representing the hispanic community. >> and he as aligned himself with the democratic party, and supports things like affirmative action and also he says that he benefitted from affirmative action and also he has a more liberal stance when it comes to immigration. and when you look at the numbers and the fact that president obama won the election in 2008 with 67% of the latino vote, it
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is easy to tell why he was elected, because president obama's trying to court the latino voting bloc. >> thank you, rafael. good to see you again. and mitt romney breaking another record on campaign spending, and we will tell you what it is. the us bank wealth management advisor can help you. every step of the way. from big steps, to little steps. since 1863 we've helped guide our clients, so they can take the steps to help grow, preserve, and pass along their wealth. so their footsteps can help the next generation find their own path. all of us serving you. us bank who are these guys? oh, that's just my buds. bacon, donuts. -my taste buds. -[ taste buds ] waffles. how about we try this new kind of fiber one cereal? you think you're going to slip some fiber by us? rookie. okay. ♪ nutty clusters and almonds, ♪ ♪ almonds.
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mitt romney on the campaign trail in colorado right now, and it is one of the swing states that could make or break the presidential race. romney is reaching out to middle-class americans. he is also firing back gaiagain claims by president obama that his policies are going to hurt the middle-class. paul steinhauser is joining us live from d.c. the paul, the economy is a key issue for both of the campaigns as well as the voters and tell us about romney's strategy and how he believes and how the campaign believing that this is playing out and just weeks away from the election. >> well, you got it. 96 days and counting now and that is part of the romney strategy to portray him as a friend of the middle-class and say that president obama's policies over the last 3 1/2
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years have made the economy worse for the middle-class and the middle-class has lost jobs. a lot of pictures in golden colorado, suzanne, where you will mitt romney say that in suburban denver there, as you mentioned the crucial battleground state that barack obama won four years ago that he turned from the republican to democratic camp. and the campaign out for romney with new campaign ad in florida. that is where president obama is later this hour, and next hour campaigning and in that ad, again, the romney campaign talks about the tough economy and how it has hurt the middle class, and the romney campaign is touting 24 events across the country in the next two days saying they are friends of the middle-class h. this is to counter the obama's campaign claims, and especially when he says that romney's tax plan would only benefit the rich and not the middle-class. well, what do the polls say? this is a gallup/"usa today"
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poll which asks who is better in touch with americans and the daily struggles, and according to the poll, and others it indicates that the president has the upperhand and so crucial with the middle-class, because those determine who will win in november, suzanne. >> and paul, we have seen an extraordinary amount of money spent on the presidential race, and romney and the supporters spending a record number especially in the key battleground states and how much money has come out to? how much are we talking about? and what is the point where this is really, there is a diminishing return on all of this that is being thrown out there? >> well, i was just on vacation the last week and able to take a couple of days off in new hampshire where my relatives live, and when i turned on the tv all i saw was campaign ads. you will be indun dated with them in those states, but if you don't live there, you won't see them at all. talking about the national republican committee and romney estimating $8.2 million of ads in the next week. mind boggling numbers and seeing
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them on both sides, suzanne. and the difference of this time than last cycle, it is starting earlier this time. and we are a month away from the conventions, but they have been flooding the airwaves in the battleground states, and the romney campaign has been out spending the obama campaign, but when you average in the pacs, it levels out the playing field there. >> a lot of money. and can one man save the euro? his sole job is to make shure that the european currency does not collapse. he sends the markets into a tailspin, but can he make good on the promise?
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chick-fil-a has confirmed reports that yesterday was a record setting sales day. two weeks ago the company's president as you may recall set off a firestorm of controversy when he announced the opposition of gay marriage. fo former arkansas governor mike huckabee called on and the folks to show support by buying food at chick-fil-a and he dubbed it chick-fil-a appreciation day, but apparently people showed up and it worked. it has been a big week for the world's central banks with both the federal reserve and the u.s. and the european central bank handing down key policy statements, and the ecb today failed to give concrete plans to deal with the region's debt crisis. inv investors quite frankly are not happy with this. i want to bring in alison kosik standing by at the new york stock exchange. alison, first of all, did folks expect that they were going to
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get something, some stimulus today? was it a big disappoint? >> yes, it was a huge disappointment, because wall street did expect some grand announcement from the ecb, and what you are seeing play out on the board today all of the red with the dow falling 154 points is just this disappointmentt over a lack of commitment both with the fed and the fed equivalent in europe tecb. this is after ecb president mario draghi spoke big last week saying that the central bank there would do whatever it takes to protect the euro, but in the decision today, it didn't put any action behind the words and instead, said that tcb would get the plans together over the coming weeks and that took the wind out of wall street's sails and hoping for immediate action. europe is a big deal here to the u.s., because what happens in europe impactsconomy here in the u.s. it can boost it or pull it down like what we have seen from the earnings of general motors and fedex and mcdonald's and many companies that are getting hit
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by the slowdown in europe. the problem is that we are hearing the same thing from the u.s. fed. the u.s. fed did not announce any stimulus plans yet, and all of the central banks are in a wait-and-see mode. all combined the dow is down 154 point points on this big fat disappointment. suzanne. >> and hearing about a survey of american workers looking at getting a pay raise next year of 3% on average. is there any truth that most companies are actually going to be giving out raises next year? >> well, you are hoping that the bosses are hearing this, right? this is according to a survey done by mercer which is a consulting firm. and what this consulting firm did was to survey 1,500 mid to large-sized businesses and found out that most all of them, 95% plan to give raises next year, but the size that you would get depends on the type of employee you are considered. look at this. the survey found that if you are a top performer expect a 4.5% raise next year. if you are more of an average worker which makes up the
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that is really exciting. just a colorado girl with a big heart. i met another colorado girl with a big heart this morning. he name is mikalah hicks. you don't mikalah, but she was involved in that terrible shooting in aurora. she was hit by a bullet. she was in the theater next door to the most terrible one, and the bullet went into her mouth and took out some teeth and part of her jaw, but she is here and doing well. i guess maybe by applause, we show how united we are with the tragedy of those people, how much we love them, how much we care for them. [ applause ]
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our -- i'm sure you know this. i mean this tragedy has impacted the community of aurora. i'm sure it's impacted the entire state, the trauma here has got to be extraordinary, but across the country, people are thinking about aurora and the tragedy there and the lives that have been lost and lives changed forever. we love you and we pray for you. you're in our hearts and you're in our prayers. today i come to talk about making things better. and i'm going to start off with a bit of a report card. some of you have been handed a little piece of paper here. if you haven't gotten that, you will. and i see some people opening these things up. i'm going to talk about that in a minute, you don't need to open it up yet, but we're going to talk about that, because ever since we were in elementary school, we had report cards. and you saw on the report card, how you were doing. when i was younger, they used to give us a, b, c, d, e, f, and
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then later they would just say, he could do better. but when the president was here as a candidate, accepting the nomination four years ago in colorado, he laid out the report card on which he hoped to be judged by. and in this speech he said, look, i can tell you how we measure success and we measure progress. and he went through one by one the things he would use to evaluate whether he was making progress or not. he said, number one, i can judge progress by how many people find a job. now, on that basis, we haven't seen what we would have hoped to have seen. in fact, we have fewer jobs that have been created. we have 23 million americans today that are out of work or underimp underemployed, people who have pulled out of the workforce. 23 million. and of those technically unemployed by the bureau of
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labor of statistics numbers, it's still above 8%. he said he would hold unemployment below 8%. it has not been below 8% for 41 straight months. that's the longest period in american history. and so the president has been unsuccessful in his number one objective, as laid out by his own measure. then there was the next one. he said, we're going to see how many jobs we have that can pay for a good mortgage. then we've seen record numbers of foreclosures. and, of course, home prices that are down. he said one more thing. he's going to judge success by what happens to average family income. well, that's gone down. did you know the average family in america has seen their income go down by $4,000 over the last 3 1/2 years? now, another measure, he said i'll measure success by whether someone who has a good idea will go out and start a business. yeah. yeah, i hope he understands that actually the people that have a good idea and start a business are the ones who actually build
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the business. [ cheers and applause ] we're at a 30-year low in the number of business start-ups that have occurred. a 30-year low. perhaps because he thinks government is the one that helps build businesses as opposed to people. we're seeing that kind of result. and then one more. a little later he said this, he said he was going to cut the deficit in half. [ laughter ] you know, it's -- it's sad, i mean, it's just extraordinary to have someone to go out and make those kinds of promises and not be able to deliver on them. i've got a little report card here, and it shows his report card, if you look on there with the arrows, it shows there. jobs, and on the far left, the obama record, it has a little downward arrow. fewer jobs under president
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obama. then there's unemployed and underemployed. that's gone up, that's in red because that's a bad direction. then we have the unemployment rate, that's bad too, that's why that's in red. and then we have home prices, they've gone down, that's in red too. then we have the budget deficit, that's gone up, that's in red. and finally we have family income, that's gone down. all measures he laid out are measures that have gone in the wrong direction. now, when i got elected governor of my state, i had the people i was traveling, i said, i want you to write down all the things i promised during my campaign. all the things i said i would fight to try and do. now, i had a legislature that was 87% democrat, and so i knew that not all the things i wanted to do would get passed, but i'd get as many passed as i could and i'd fight for all of them. and i said to the people who will traveled with me, would you please right down all the promises i made during the campaign. and i entered a few more in my inaugural speech and in the state of the state address, so we end up with 100 promises.
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and halfway through my term as governor -- >> mitt romney speaking in golden, colorado. you can keep watching mitt romney. just head to also keep in mind, he is in golden, colorado, going to be meeting with a roundtable of republican governors in just a couple of hours. and tell me if these are live pictures, guys, my ear. okay, no, this is, obviously, president obama earlier. he is in florida today, so we will be taking the president as he will be speaking in winter park, florida, this hour. keep in mind, he was actually supposed to be speaking in winter park, it was two fridays ago when that horrendous shooting happened in aurora, colorado. he had to hop back on that plane and head back to the white house. so he is back to finish what he would have started in winter park, florida. we'll bring that to you live a little bit later this hour. and as we have begun the show every day this week, we begin in syria, where peace envoy kofi annan calls it quits.
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i want to begin with really this increase in violence. take a look. [ explosion ] [ speaking foreign language ] >> another blast rocking the city of aleppo, this is syria's commercial hub. this is the largest city, and you see the aftermath, the damage. and as of today, in aleppo, it is getting even worse. now, south of aleppo, you have the capital city of damascus. these images purport to show shelling in a suburb of the capital. cnn, we have to tell you, cannot independently confirm the authenticity of this video. it was posted on youtube earlier today. same situation with this video, also posted to youtube. it appears to show burials in a mass grave, allegedly, after dozens were killed in a government raid in a damascus
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suburb. now, add to all of this here, the frustration of the peace envoy, the man on the right of your screen, kofi annan, he quit today. he's frustrated. he says he's frustrated, i'm going to quote him here, with quote, present divisions within the u.n. council, those divisions supporting china and russia, who support the assad regimes. we've been watching their vetoes, thus far, when they've been vetoing those who want to get tough on assad. and on th note, there was this happened in london today. look at this, russian president vladimir putin arriving at 10 downing street. he stopped by for some face time with the prime minister of great britain, david cameron. cameron tried to push putin to take a tougher line on the syrian regime, and after some 45 minutes, face to face, no progress. cnn's ivan watson recently left northern syria. we've been talking to him, what he's been seeing the last week here.
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so much fighting there. he is now back safely in turkey. and i spoke with him minutes ago about this news of the annan resignation and also the escalating violence in syria. >> reporter: they basically failed to get either side to stop fighting. if anything, the fighting has escalated and gotten much, much, much worse since that peace plan was supposed to have gone into effect months ago. it was basically irrelevant. >> irrelevant and then the blood on the streets, which you saw with your own eyes. i know you're back in turkey, but just tell me, paint the picture for me, what's the last thing you saw as you were leaving syria? >> reporter: the last thing i saw, brooke, were refugee families, an old man with a cane, who couldn't stand up, in the middle of the night, 4:00 in the morning, by the border fence with turkey, wanting to escape with his family and a bundle of
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his belongings. that's what syria has been reduced to. massive portions of the population uprooted by this conflict. running from one village, from one town to the next, trying to find shelter to escape fighting. it's gotten worse over the course of the past 17 months. what we're really going to start seeing and start documenting, i believe, is an increasingly impoverished population that is no longer able to grow food to sustain itself, no salaries to pay for food and the most basically necessities. a truly escalating humanitarian crisis. and what's incredible is how much ordinary syrians have taken in their extended ed ed familie their cousins, their neighbors, complete strangers into their homes, providedhem shelter, fed them, according to the local culture of hospitality, to try to take care of people. how much neighboring countries
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like turkey have taken in over 40,000 refugees and given them homes and camps and fed them for more than a year at a time. this problem is only going to get worse now that over the course of the past two weeks, the largest city in the country has become a free-fire war zone. largest city, that's aleppo, a city of millions of residents, and they've all had to flee. they have no place to go. this is a spiraling humanitarian catastrophe that is just spinning out of control. >> that was ivan watson talking to me minutes ago, safely back in turkey, having been on the ground in northern syria. i want to talk now about this other major development in the conflict. sources are now telling cnn that president obama has signed this secret order, authorizing the cia, other u.s. agencies to help the rebels fighting the assad regime. and i want to bring in bob baer. and bob has a unique perspective. bob, welcome back. we don't know when exactly the
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president signed this secret order, but what does -- and i know it's referred to as an intelligence finding, what does that really mean? >> that means that the cia can support with money and medications and things like that, nonlethal items can go to the oppositioning an, and frank right now, that's what they need, is money. the opposition is running out of ammunition. they can't afford things, and if they're going to sustain this holding on to aleppo, they need this money. and i think it's also a diplomatic move on the part of the obama administration to support the governments in the region. in particular turkey, which is panicking. two days ago, the prime minister said that they would consider sending troops into turkey to control the kurdish areas, there are maneuvers on the border. and brooke, i think we have to the look at this, it is getting out of hand. there are reports unconfirmed
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today that the opposition has artillery, they're firing it at the airport, outside aleppo. if they have artillery, how far are they away from getting some of these chemical weapons? we don't know and neither does washington. >> when i was talking to ivan, one part that we didn't include, he was saying part of the fear, also, is that the kurdish militants, right, he was talking to me about pkk. that's a fear. fears of jihadists, possibly al qaeda infiltrating the rebels within syria. let me get to that in a minute, but you mentioned, you know, that the rebels in syria now, they need more money. they need more weapons. they need more ammunition. but we have learned that they do now have, bob, they have these powerful shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles. what more do they need? >> well, they're going to need to train on these. you know, they're infrared, they're soviet-made, generally. they lock on to a plane's engine by heat. you just don't pick up on these things and learn how to fire.
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it's a waste of a missile. >> who trains them, then? >> you have to be trained on this -- well, the cia used to do it in afghanistan. they did it themselves. they're going to need outside people or even people in the syrian army, but it has to be better organized if they're going to defeat the syrian air force. and i think that this siege on aleppo continues and continues to get worse, we're going to see a move to get these trainers in. >> part of the fear, this is what i alluded to a moment ago, the fear that the presence of jihadists infiltrating these rubble groups, we saw the youtube video, the al qaeda tradema trademark, black background, white lettering, and the longer it takes, perhaps, you have the training and then the military intervention, when then happens to these rebels? do they begin to the feel abandoned and fearful, and at who point do more and more tend toward jihad? >> well, if history's prologue, all places that have fallen
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apart, like afghanistan, somalia, northern mali right now turned islam, in a militant form. call it al qaeda, call it militant jihad. it really doesn't matter the name. we're not dealing with an organization, we're dealing with an idea. and people who are desperate in situations like this turn towards islam. >> bob baer, former cia operative and a cnn contributor, bob, thank you so much. we'll be following what's happening in syria every day. got a lot more for you in the next two hours, including these three terror suspects, ready to act in spain, europe, captured with enough explosives to, to quote one of these investigators, blow up a bus. and they were learning also about motorized paragliders. and then terror here at home as we learn more today about this colorado movie shooting suspect. could his psychiatrist -- could she have done more, or do federal laws prevent her from speaking out? f morocco. have you seen this road we're going down?
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reports dr. lynne fenton became so concerned nearly six weeks before this massacre at that midnight screening of "the dark knight rises," that she was concerned so much that according to kmgh, that she told her colleagues at the university of colorado. john ferrugia is the investigative reporter on the story for that affiliate. i want you to listen closely here to what specifically he found out from his sources, who have knowledge of the current investigation. >> something that he said to his psychiatrist caused her to contact the university of colorado threat assessment team. now, that threat assessment team was formed in part with her help, and she's on that team. so she's a member, she helped form the team, she contacted several of her colleagues on that team. we don't know what she told them, we don't know what triggered her to call them. on the 10th of june, he dropped out of school. they then thought, the team thought, we're told, by our sources, the team thought they had no jurisdiction, they had no control over him, so there was
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nothing they could do. we have been told no one contacted the aurora police department with any of these concerns. >> now, we don't know whether dr. fenton referred holmes to another doctor or if she had any further contact with him after he left the school. holmes is charged with murdering 12 people and attempting to murder 58 more. pop singer miley cyrus, this latest victim here of swatting. swatting, that's when an anonymous caller makes a false report of a crime in progress. so what happened here? police, firemen, paramedics, they rushed to miley cyrus' california home last night. someone had called 911 to report a kidnapping in progress. apparently they were reporting that shots had been fired, but, guess what, no one was home. if they had been, someone could have been hurt here, making phony 911 calls is a misdemeanor offense with up to a year in prison in california. a texas man lucky to be alive today after a car slammed into him at work. look at the video. obviously, we're showing it to
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against his own teammate phelps next hour in the 200-meter individual medley. also on the women's side, gold medal winner missy franklin, lb. back in action in the final of the 100-meter free. that is also next hour. we will keep you posted. u.s. swimmer rebecca soni is adding to her olympic medals this week in london. she is a three-time medalist from 2008. she's already picked up a silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke and set a world record during qualifying there for the 200 meters. and dr. sanjay gupta here reports that before she became this elite superstar swimmer, she had to undergo surgery on her heart. >> and she did it. >> a great swim by rebecca soni. >> reporter: these days, rebecca soni is used to getting to the wall first. but being an olympic swimmer wasn't always part of the plan. >> just never crossed my mind. when we grew up, my family, we didn't watch a lot of sports. my parents were from europe, so we didn't understandhe american sports, football,
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baseball, and they just didn't watch very much tv in general. so i never had those people to look up to and be like, oh, i want to be like them. >> reporter: as she began to excel, she refocused her goals. but an unexpected obstacle got in her way. >> i was diagnosed with svt. it was basically a rapid heart rate, but only at certain times, usually exercise-induced, and all of a sudden my heart rate would go up to the highest i counted was 400 beats per minute. it would only last about five minutes, kind of lose feeling in my arms and legs. i would just climb out of the pool. >> reporter: her heart condition required her to take it easy in practice, something soni doesn't like to do. >> it would always happen in the hardest part of practice, the most important part. >> reporter: six years ago, as the supposed became more frequent, soni decided to have an operation to remove abnormal tissue from her heart. when she was healthy again, she dove back into training and qualified for the 2008 olympics
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in beijing, where she won one gold and two silver medals. >> i definitely feel like i had the meet of my life in 2008, the race of my life, with the 200 breaststroke. to win a gold medal, break a world record all in one race was kind of that ultimate moment of sport. >> reporter: even so, soni wasn't ready to hang up her suit. >> i could have probably walked away and been happy, but i still felt like i had a little bit more to give to the sport. i'm just excited to race. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. >> sanjay, thank you. suspected al qaeda members learning about, of all things, paragliding, stowing explosives. authorities say they were ready to move, but now they are behind bars. we're digging on this one. we're live in london, next. [ buzz ] off to work!
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you could sigh see it in city after city. chick-fil-as, really across the country, their lines of people. look at this with me, wrapped around restaurants. this was yesterday, cars snaking through parking lots, lining up in the streets. this was a massive show of support for chick-fil-a amid controversy over the company president's stance against gay marriage. so just how big was this chick-fil-a appreciation day? the company will not reveal numbers, but it confirms, it was a record day for sales. the world's largest automaker reporting gloomy sales here. i'm talking about general motors. their net profits actually tumbled 40% in the second quarter from a year ago. still, this was well ahead of analysts forecasts. gm's biggest losses was in europe, which as you know, they're experiencing widespread recession, tough times over there, high, high unemployment.
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the once-bankrupt car maker has been profitable now for more than two years. a frightening near-miss at one of the nation's busiest airports, as in the airport at our nation's capital here. three us airways commuter jets came within seconds of gliding tuesday afternoon. how did it happen, you ask? there was apparently a miscommunication between air tractor controllers during some bad weather. as a result, they spent two outbound flights directly at another plane coming in to land here. this is dca in d.c. listen to the confusion. >> 180, we were cleared there what happened? >> we're trying to figure this out too. stand bee. >> approved as requested. you said route three to zone five? >> are we still going to land on 19? >> okay, we really don't can -- >> we've got a temporary stop on all departures right now. >> we've got to get on the ground here pretty quick. >> pretty quick, indeed, because
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the planes came within 12 seconds before hitting one another. the national transportation safety board is investigating that. and what an emotional moment at the world trade center. a very special beam signed by president obama was put in place at the top of one world trade center, just this morning. first lady michelle obama and new york city mayor michael bloomberg also signed the beam. the 104-story skyscraper is set to be finished early in 2014. the custody battle for michael jackson's kids taking a new turn here. a judge today restored katherine jackson, the singer's mother, as permanent guardian and approved a plan to add their cousin, t.j. jackson, as co-guardian. you know the story. we went through this recently. a judge granteded t.j. temporary custody of paris, blanket, and prince after family members say katherine had gone missing for ten days. turned out she was just in arizona at the spa. three suspected al qaeda members caught before they took
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new evidence today that al qaeda may still be obsessed with staging attacks from the air. and it was apparently pretty close to carrying them out. this comes from what's being called one of the biggest operations against al qaeda in spain. police in southern spain arrested these three suspected terrorists. spain's interior minister said the terror cell had gathered new explosives to blow up a bus and they had information about remote-controlled planes. i want to go straight to our senior international correspondent, nic robertson, has been gathering the details for us there in london. nic, let's begin with these three men. what more do we know about them, their background, and how close were they to pulling off some kind of attack? >> well, one of them was believed to be turkish. he was arrested today. two of them believed to be chechn
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chechnyan, or of russian decent. they didn't have any identification papers on them when they were arrested. they were on a bus traveling north, but they put up a ferocious resistance to being arrested when they were caught. how close were they to being caught isn't clear. but these two men on the bus had both had training in afghanistan or pakistan jihadi camps and are believed to be affiliated with the terrorist group lashkar-e-tayyiba, so these men very, very well trained in explosives and weapons according to spanish officials. >> so they're in spain. this is where they're caught, in southern spain. were they planning on attacking spain, other parts of europe, somehow targeting the u.s.? do we know? >> what the spanish are saying right now is they think that these men were trying some kind of aerial attack. the police said they had some kind of light aerial flight manuals. another source is telling us that the police were saying that they were going to fly a
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motorized paraglider into a joint spanish u.s. naval base. now, if you look at the south of spain, not so far from cadiz, the rock of gibraltar, it's high up above that port area. were they planning to use the sort of high mountains to gain a height advantage, fly this aircraft, whatever it was, with explosives? so police are saying enough explosives to blow up a large bus. one bomb, several bombs. the specifics aren't clear at this stage, but what we do know is that the police are still looking for more explosives, brooke. >> do we know if you're talking about paragliders or some sort of remote-controlled planes. is this a new tactic, sort of an attack from the sky for al qaeda? >> yeah, we're used to them to trying to get on aircrafts, explosives, the underpants bomber, 9/11. they're fascinated with this. when you think back to last year, a man living in the united states, a 20-or-something-year-old was arrested for conceiving a plan to fly a model aircraft packed
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with explosives into the white house and potentially into the pentagon as well. so al qaeda's wannabes with, if you will, have flirted with this idea a lot in the past. so it's kind of not new, but using the type of aircraft that they might have been at a fold up, carry on their backs, and fly off a mountain, that might be new. >> and these men are part of a cell, might there be additional arrests? >> there are so many questions out there, the police are searching for explosives. they say they've got a laptop they recovered during the arrest. they want to search that for more data. they believe, because these men were being watched for about a month before they were arrested, the western intelligence agency, not spanish, was tracking the men, a bugging device in one of the buildings where they were gave an indication that somebody was coming in, the wife of one
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of the men was coming in to clean the apartment, which subsequently they discovered perhaps meant the explosives had been moved. so where's the wife? why were these men traveling north on a bus, potentially to the rest of europe? were they trying took into account vactivate other members of other cells? so there's a lot not clear, but it does seem there are likely to be more announcements, more arrests. >> nic robertson for us in london, appreciate it. back here at home, florida, a key state in the race for president. and this recent poll shows the president with a six-point load over mitt romney. we are waiting on the president now to come to the podium in winter park, florida. we saw romney not too long ago in golden, colorado. as soon as we see the president, we'll take him live. more on politics after this quick break. on once empty fields. everyday you see all the ways all of us at us bank are helping grow our economy. lending more so companies and communities can expand,
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both mitt romney and president obama on the campaign trail right now, creating some buzz in several swing states. let's begin with mitt romney. his swing state today, here he is in colorado, the race there, very tight. so tight, in fact, take a look at the poll with me. this is the most recent poll. it gives the president a one-point lead over his republican contender, but with 8% saying they still don't know who they want for president. colorado very much so, still up for grabs. i want to the play some sound. mitt romney spoke just a little while ago to a packed crowdin golden, colorado. >> it's sad, and i mean, it's just extraordinary to have someone go out and make those kinds of promises and not be able to deliver on them.
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i've got a little report card here, and it shows -- his report card. if you look on there with the arrows, it says there, jobs, and on the far left, the obama record. it has there a little downward arrow, a little red arrow, all right? jobs, we have fewer jobs under president obama. then we have unemployed and underemployed. that's gone up, that's in red, because that's a bad direction. then we have the unemployment rate, that's bad too, that's why that's in red. then we have home prices, they've gone down, that's in red too. then we have the budget deficit, that's gone up, that's in red. and finally we have family income. that's gone down. all measures he laid out are measures that have gone in the wrong direction. >> mitt romney there speaking within the last hour. also in colorado right now, a group of republican governors, romney is set to swing by the for a chat with them a little later and cnn will be going live there right around 5:50 eastern time today. to florida we go, orlando, specifically, where the senator of that state, marco rubio, rallied for romney earlier today. rubio, one of the republicans often mentioned as a potential
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vp pick, and at today's rally, the florida senator went on the attack, hitting president obama on a favorite republican theme, taxes. we have the sound. dan, roll . >> threatened to raise taxes on people to historic levels. do you realize that next year, when you add up all the taxes that barack obama wants to impose on the american economy, and you add in state and local taxes, some people will pay close to half the money they make to the government. >> and not too far away from where marco rubio was in orlando, you have the president in winter park, florida, today. he is making a campaign stop there. the president really on a swing state roll. it was ohio yesterday, florida today. got another poll for you, because before we -- and we're waiting for the president to speak, i should remind you. you can see this poll. these are the numbers in florida during the last week of july. the president polled is six points ahead of romney in this all-important swing state.
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so again, we're watching, here we go, live pictures, no one there quite yet, but as soon as we see the president, we'll bring him to you live. coming up, though, the son of soul train's don cornelius is going to talk to me live about the day his father took his own life. he was, in fact, the one to find him and to hear his father's final words. he wants to talk about this. he wants to break the silence, because, he says the silence cloaks suicide. hear why he and not his father is the, quote, face of suicide.
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don cornelius. you know his name. he launched all kinds of music careers through soul train, his tremendously popular tv show that was on air for 37 years. >> i'm don cornelius, and as always, we with wish you love and soul! >> six months ago yesterday, the man behind love, peace, and soul shot and killed himself.
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and now his son is launching another project, not on the songs people want to hear, but about the struggle he says people don't want to talk about. and that being suicide. >> do you know the faces of suicide? i'm the face of suicide. and countless other family members. suicide affects family, friends, loved ones, and coworkers. suicide affects everyone. be it depression, prescription drugs, mental illness or accidental, suicide is on the rise in our communities. >> tony cornelius joins me live from los angeles. tony, welcome, and i'm sorry about the loss of your father, but i appreciate that this is something that you want to talk about. take me back. six months ago, your father kills himself and you are the one to find him. tell me about that phone call. what happened in that phone call to make you go find him at his house? >> well, first of all, brooke, thank you very much for having
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me on the program, and as i go back and think about that day and that night, and that evening, and that morning, prior to that, he had talked to me about not wanting to be here anymore. in other words, he didn't think he would be here. i didn't know what that meant, but when i got that call that morning, it was just a call of urgency. and i replied to it by getting up out of my bed, immediately, and going to his home. i mean, his thoughts were that, i'm sorry to call you, tony. but i just don't think i'm going to be here anymore. and those words just resonated for me. >> so i imagine that alarm bells sort of start going off for you. you go immediately to his home, and i understand that you immediately smell gun powder. did you know, tony, in that instant, what your father had done? >> actually, no.
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you know, when you smell gun powder, i mean, it's almost like a match, but it's even more pronounced, you kind of don't know what it is. i thought maybe it could have been, maybe a small fire somewhere, but then, you know, walking into other parts of the house and finding him, that's when i noticed that there was something a little different going on. >> so you find your father and, you know, i've talked to people who have loved ones who have committed suicide, and the first thing they say, it's such a selfish act. is it something -- i'm sure it saddened you, but did it anger you as well? >> well, of course. it angers me now periodically, but it's really about celebrating, at this point. i go through my periods of being upset and disappointed about it, but, of course, we're very angry pip me p . i mean, he should be here. he should be here enjoying his
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family, his granddaughter, his sons, his nephews. i mean, he should be here today. >> you're here today because you're taking action. you started the don cornelius foundation, and i understand, tony, that the person who actually gave you the idea was mr. stevie wonder, who, by the way, i talked to, shared his own personal story, his anecdotes about your father when he died, and i just want to play part of that interview. >> it's a heartbreak to know that he's gone at 75. what do you do? you hear about these things and your heart aches and you wish that you could have been there for that person, for those in the past who have lost their lives in that kind of way. but no matter the way someone loses their lives, you wish you were able to prevent that the from happening in some kind of way, to encourage and to inspire them. we have to give them as much love as we can and let them know that, listen, no problem is so big that it cannot be solved. >> do you agree with that, tony?
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and tell me more about this foundation you've started. >> yes, i totally agree with that. and thank god for stevie wonder. stevie wonder was one of the first people that i spoke to after my father's death. and he gave me words that i'll never forget. and those words were that life is worth living. and from that, the don cornelius foundation was started. it's basically to help people transition, help people who are in need. it's actually, life is beautiful, precious, and worth living. and that's what stevie wonder did for me. unlike others who would either, you know, close up, i kind of attacked it. i wanted to really do something about it. and that's where we are today. >> i love how you say, thank god for stevie wonder. you know, having people like that in your life, tohen help you forward. and as part of this foundation,
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tony, i understand you're focusing really on minorities, specifically. you say when this happens, this being suicide, happens to a loved one, they don't talk about it, at least not with a professional. why is that? >> well, it's a veil of shame. and if you will, i'll say that it's not just minorities, it's all people. we're all, as i say, we're all a st starfish, and every starfish is worth saving. and i feel that as i express in the psa that it's prescription drugs, it's old age, it's health, it's divorce. i mean, there's all kinds of things that draw us to hopelessness and pain. and that's who i want to reach out to. i want to make sure that people have a place to go, have someone to talk to. >> so you never know, tony cornelius, who's watching right now. could be people who are seeing similar signs in their own loved
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ones. just, finally, advice for them? what do they do? >> well, first of all, you get to an organization, a suicide prevention lifeline, which is part of the american foundation of suicide, and that phone number is 1-800-273-talk. there are people there 24 hours a day who can talk to you and let you know that it's okay, your problems can be solved. you have someone to speak to. and that's what the don cornelius foundation is really about, is awareness. it's letting people know that there's somebody you can atalk to. i mean, had i had the opportunity to save my father, believe me, i would, but it was too late. he had thoughts in his head that -- of hopelessness and those things sometimes, without expressing those, being able to express that to someone can be devastating. >> tony cornelius, thank you for talking about this and coming
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on. again, the phone number, 1-800-273-talk, your foundation, don cornelius foundation. thank you, sir. >> thank you very much, brooke. president obama, he is talking middle class and the economy when we come back. then next hour, neighbors storm into a pastor's home, saying a gang, some kind of gang is after them. a frightening night for all involved. but, wait, there's no gang, only hallucinations. bath salts, again, a huge problem in our country. we're going to talk about that, next. ♪ [music plays] ♪ [music plays] it's something you're born with. and inspires the things you choose to do. you do what you do... because it matters. at hp we don't just believe in the power of technology. we believe in the power of people when technology works for you. to dream.
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didn't happen overnight. and that was even before the middle class was hammered by the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. a crisis that robbed too many of our friends and neighbors of jobs and their homes and their savings. and pushed the american dream even further out of reach for too many working families. but, you kno you know what, ovet 3 1/2 years, i have taken strength from you, the american people. because i have seen your resilience, i have seen folks get knocked down and get right back up. you are tougher than tough times, and that is the reason why we've been able to see 4.5 million jobs created. that's why we've been able to see the housing market just barely slowly start to tick back
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up. that's the reason the auto industry come all the way back. it's because of you. see, there's one thing that the crisis did not change. it did not change who we are. it has not changed our fundamental character. it hasn't changed what made us great. it hasn't changed how we came together in 2008. it's only made us more determined to make sure that america is doing right by everyone. that our prosperity is broadly based and broadly shared. and we're here to build an economy in which work pays off so that no matter who you are or what you look like or where you come from, what your last name is, here in america, you can make it, if you try. that's what we're fighting