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president romney, you can find a full list at cnnmoney.com. thanks for joining the conversation. all ali is back next week. have a great weekend. hello, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield in washington. in the next few minutes, president obama arrives in wisconsin, taking his campaign to paul ryan's home state. it is his first trip, the president, that is, there since february. with only a month to go before early voting starts, it's a state that could play a role in deciding this election. athena jones is with the president, traveling with the president, that is.
you're becoming the advance team, too. he has two events there and he rides in with a lead in the polls in that state. so is he trying to keep down any possible bump the republicans might be getting from adding ryan to the ticket or what is the real ambition here? >> good afternoon, fredricka. they want to make sure they can keep wisconsin in the win column. in 2008, the president won this state with 14 points, by 14-point lead. and wisconsin has been a pretty reliably blue state. the last time it went red in a presidential election was back with ronald reagan in 1984. of course, putting paul ryan as a running mate for romney changed the game a little bit. we haven't seen many recent polls with the president with a huge lead. recent polls have said he's in the lead, but our cnn poll puts him up 52% to 43%, but it's a state the campaign may not have expected to really spend time in, but they certainly don't want to let it go.
it's got ten electoral votes and in a close race, every little bit counts. >> and so republicans are trying to counter obama's campaign in wisconsin. in what way? >> well, it's interesting today, the romney campaign says that the fact that the president is coming here to wisconsin, this reliably blue state, shows he has a, quote, wisconsin problem. they have also paid for digital advertising. we haven't had a chance to see any, but blasting the president's record. the rnc separately has a similar message. they said the president has been ignoring wisconsin for 220 days and they have a new web video out. they're trying to capitalize on the fact the president is here in this state, that hasn't voted for a republican for president in many, many years, fredricka. >> okay, and with every stop besides stumping, sometimes the candidate wants to raise a little money, too. the president will be doing that at a fund-raiser with hank aaron? >> that's right.
that's his first stop. he'll attend two fund-raisers. one is a low-dollar one. one is a high-dollar one. they expect to bring in at least $600,000. but of course, fund-raising is going to be a big part of all of this as we head into the last 45 days, fredricka. >> athena jones, thanks so much in milwaukee. appreciate that. >> all right, republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan was not in his home state today. instead, he is spending the day campaigning in florida, including a stop in miami's little havana neighborhood. ryan took the president to task on his policy towards cuban leader fidel castro and promised a tougher stance. >> in a mitt romney administration, we will not keep practicing this policy of appeasement. we'll be tough on this brutal dictator. all it has done is rewarded more dezpettism, we'll help those pro democracy groups. we'll be tough on castro, tough on chavez. and it's because we know that
that's the right policy for our country. >> paul ryan's next stop is in orlando this afternoon for a town hall at the university of central florida. mitt romney, by the way, is in california focusing on fund-raising there. but it's romney's personal finances that are creating quite a buzz. he released some of his tax documents including his full 2011 tax returns. it shows he made $13.7 million last year and paid nearly $2 million in federal income taxes. because romney's income came largely from investments, he is taxed at a lower rate, $14.1%. we'll have more on the debate surrounding romney's taxes later on this hour. meanwhile in washington, lawmakers worked well into the night wrapping up final business before the november election. senators approved a roughly $500 billion package to fund the federal government for the next
six months, avoiding a possible shutdown come october 1st. if passive was delayed for days over partisan bickering. and the u.s. senate also passed a measure almost unanimously that strengthens america's resolve on iran. the non-binding resolution allows the u.s. to pursue a policy other than containment if necessary to prevent iran from equiring nuclear weapons. the one dissenting vote came from rand paul who said it was a de factod declaration of war. >> the surge in afghanistan is over and officials are saying it has been a success. if all goes to plan, there will be a withdrawal of u.s.-led international military force by the end of 2014. pentagon correspondent barbara starr has details now. >> as commander in chief, i have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 u.s. troops to afghanistan. >> the president in 2009
announcing a surge of troops into afghanistan. now, those troops are on their way home and the military is saying mission accomplished. >> the surge has effectively covered and enabled the training of the afghan national security force and it's an amazing outcome in and of itself. >> this is why the administration says it worked. the number of afghan forces has more than doubled to 340,000. the u.s. believe surge troops pushed the taliban out of southern strongholds long enough to let the u.s. train new afghan units and get them into the field. over 80% of operations in the south now are led by afghans. but it's come with a heavy cost. more than 1100 u.s. troops killed, more than 12,000 wounded in that time. behind all of the numbers, deep problems remain. the taliban still has plenty of
fight left. one week ago, 16 insurgents breached the u.s. and british base in southern afghanistan, killing two u.s. marines and destroying six aircraft. and many joint u.s. and afghan combat patrols, the backbone of the war, have been stopped because of the disturbing number of nato troops that have been killed this year by afghans in military uniforms, many believed to be disgruntled troops. there are fundamental questions about those afghan forces. >> the troops know what their officers really care about, and that the officers are more worried about siphoning fuel off into the black market than they are in planning patrol to keep the troops alive. the troops see this and they aren't willing to riv their lives under these circumstances. >> and the cost of america's longest war continues to mount. about $430 billion so far. about $7 billion every month. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon.
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at least three militants are dead in a u.s. drone attack in a town in north waziristan. two mizzles hit a car. two other militants were injured in the attack. the fighting in syria is spreading beyond its borders. there have been skirmishes near turkey and the lebanese border. lebanon says they have deployed military reenforcements to the area. >> the investigation of the secret service scandal is over, officials say. the agents who hired prostitutes in colombia did not harm presidential security. although they did engage in misconduct, the report is not going to be made public. taking no chances, the u.s. government has temporarily closed several diplomatic facilities in the middle east. more protests have been happening today over the anti-islamic film that has ignited so much anger in the
muslim world. this is what daylight brought after friday's protests turned violent there. 27 people were killed and more than 100 injures. >> protests of a different kind erupted in libya. a rally in support of america and against extremism sprung up late last night, but it quickly unfolded into something else. here is arwa damon. >> it's probably one of the few countries where we are seeing mass demonstrations, not just in support of the united states but more condemning the attack that took place on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. people taking to the streets yesterday in the thousands demanding democracy, but more importantly, demanding an end to these extremist militias whom people and the government here say were behind that attack that took the lives of four americans. at night on friday, hundreds of these pro democracy
demonstrators began taking situations into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known militias in the city of benghazi, including the headquarters of the militia, and if you'll remember, the libyan government has said that it has detained individuals who are part of that group in association with the attack on the u.s. consulate although they say the group as a whole was not behind that assault. >> thank you so much for that reporting. meantime, president barack obama and u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton will be heading to new york next week for a meeting of the u.n. general assembly. the violence in the muslim world will likely be high on their talking points. they say the president will likely talk about the attack in libya during his speech tuesday. he will also reiterate the u.s. stance that iran must not be allowed to build a nuclear bomb. it's a gift from mother to daughter that few might have ever imagined could happen. a first of a kind transplant
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a 25-year-old man is in critical condition after jumping into a tiger pit at the bronx zoo. the man was riding on the zoo's monorail yesterday when he jumped out of the car and launched himself eefrb the tiger exhibit fence. and no big surprise there, one of the tigers bit him several times. >> is the tiger going to be put down? >> no, as i said, the tiger did nothing wrong in this. did nothing wrong in this case at all. i really want to emphasize that. you know, this is a bad situation, but you know, it was a really good day at the bronx zoo because we had the cat which is still alive and we have this guy that we pulled out of the exhibit, and he's still alive. >> while the man was being attacked, staff members ordered him to roll out of the reach of the tiger, and that likely saved his life. still unclear why he did that in the first place.
all right, doctors in sweden performed not one but two first of a kind transplants. in both cases, they transplanted the uterus of a post menopausal woman into the body of her grown daughter. neither of the younger women had a uterus. one was born without one. the other had her uterus removed because of service ic cervical . i talked about this with elizabeth cohen. >> they took the moms who were done having their children. the daughters were in their 30s. they took the uterus out of the moms and put it into the daughters, and then left them there, kind of kept them open on the operating table for 20 minutes. you can see it here. they sort of reconnected everything, took all the vessels and reconnected it into the daughters. that's out of one body and put that uterus into another body, into the daughters. reconnected everything, sewed it in place. attached it. >> and as far as they know right
now, it's working. >> it's working, meaning it can hold a baby for nine months, and they don't know. they want to wait about a year. they want to wait a year until the women get pregnant, but then in a year, hopefully they'll know. what's really crazy is me is if these women do get pregnant, that baby is going to be in the same uterus that the mother was in. that mother was -- they're -- that uterus is carrying their baby, but they were also in that uterus. >> has this ever been attempted and now it's down to perfection, or is this the first all the way around? >> this happened in sweden and they tell us it was tried twice. once in a living donor and once with a cadaver. in one case, the woman didn't get pregnant, and in the other case, no one has heard if she's gotten pregna. in other words, no live birth from a transplant. if it's a live birth, it would be the first.
>> they're going to wait at that point to see if effectively these two women are able to use their new uterus before they're to perform any more surgeries? >> before they start doing more transplants? >> yeah. >> i would imagine they're going to be quite patient about this because they tried this surgery out on rodents and then they tried it on larger animals. i would imagine they're going to be quite patient about it. >> that's fascinating. that's a big old medical breakthrough. thanks so much. appreciate that. and every saturday at this time, we bring you information about medical breakthroughs or ways to improve your health and quality of life. on the campaign trail, we mentioned the president's long awaited arrival in wisconsin. air force one has touched down there in wisconsin, and we're awaiting his arrival to emerge from air force one there. he's in milwaukee for at least two reasons. both are fund-raising efforts. but just different audiences. he's returning to a state he
actually won back in 2008 and is hoping to maintain that kind of leverage over his republican opponent. and of course, the president, when he lands there, he'll be heading to a couple fund-raisers. looks like -- there he is arriving right now. a couple fund-raisers, one is considered a big-money fund-raiser and the other one not as substantial, but important nonetheless, as he continues to kind of build those coffers as he chrrisscrosses th nation trying to garner more support. just now 45 days away. the president there in wisconsin, milwaukee, wisconsin, before he carries on with his fund-raising efforts there. all right, mitt romney meantime has released some tax records, but are they enough to quiet the critics? [ male announcer ] this is the land of giants.
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family said he was investigating cigarette smuggling for a private company. fbi billboards are now up in new york's times square in hopes that visiting delegates to the u.n.'s general assembly will see him. what makes you think he's still alive? >> i just believe it in my heart. i know that from the video that he has lost weight and hopefully all of his health problems are at least at bay and he will be able to get home safely to us. i can never lose help. >> please help me get home. 33 years of service to the united states deserves something. >> what gives you hope when you look at that video and see how he looks? >> i know when he looks determined, and he looked very determined to make it home safe and sound.
>> her husband has missed walking one of his daughters down the aisle. another daughter's wedding is in february. >> his closet is still full of his clothes that i know won't fit him anymore, and i haven't touched his dresser. every morning i'm reminding the nightmare continues. >> if he's able to see this, what do you want to say directly to him? >> we will never, ever, ever stop looking for you. i miss you every day. love you. >> the u.s. has offered no new information about where levenson is and who is holding him. i spoke to a source with knowledge of the investigation who says, quote, there's every reason to believe based on all of the evidence that levenson is alive and well. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. now to the race for the white house. today, president obama is zeroing in on a state that could be key to winning the election,
wisconsin. you saw just moments ago that he touched down, now live images of him greeting people there at the airport. so the president holds two campaign events in that city today. wisconsin is the home state of republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan, but a cnn poll shows the president with a nine-point lead in that swing state. meantime, mitt romney is in california focusing on fund-raising, but it's romney's personal finances that are creating quite a buzz this weekend. yesterday, the republican presidential candidate released some of his tax documents including his full 2011 tax return. it shows he made $13.7 million last year and paid nearly $2 million in federal income taxes because romney's income came largely from investments, he is taxed at a lower rate, 14.1%. the documents also show that romney or the romneys, rather,
donated more than $4 million to charity, but they only claimed about half of that as deductions to conform with romney's earlier statement that he has never paid less than 13% in income taxes over the last decade. >> all right, so now that those tax records are public, what impact, if any, might it have on the race? joining me now to talk about all of this, the latest from the campaign trail is the associate editor and columnist for the hill. good to see you. >> nice to see you, too. >> anything ominous about the release of this information now just 45 days to the election and the release taking place on friday? >> all releases are done on friday on information that the campaign doesn't want to discuss or highlight, but it is really puzzling to people that it happened at all. this is something that the press has asked for, democrats have taunted the campaign for for a
long time, even republicans have said get it out so it's no longer a distraction. it comes so close to the debate, so close to the election and continues to withhold. they're continuing to withhold the information so the release of the 2011 summarization of the tax rates from the last ten or so years just raises more questions about what is in those returns and what the details actually are. as you pointed out, it's great he gives so much money to charity, but it is true he had to forego deductions in order to stay true to the rate of 13% or more he said he's previously paid. if he had taken advantage of the deductions, he would make less. he doesn't want to provide too much information about too many years going back, and it's puzzling to even republicans about why it came out now. >> so that summarization you called kind of mysterious, all of this being puzzling, senate
minority leader harry reid is accusing romney of manipulating his return. we don't know what the evidence is mr. reid has. why would he say that? >> reid, as you remember a while back, actually kept romney on the defensive by saying something outrageous, he had no evidence and senator reid said i've heard a rumor that mitt romney didn't pay taxes one or more years. he had no information, no evidence to accuse him of such a thing. but mitt romney and his campaign spent days distracted by it. answering to it, and so what reid did was succeeded in dragging out a story that wasn't a real story. he's back at it, attacking mitt romney. he likes to do this. i don't think it makes much difference, the most important thing here is to the new voters who remain. he's looking for new voters. romney has all of the people who
are desperate to destreet president obama, but is it going to change the minds of new voters? >> romney is in california fund-raising. his partner paul ryan is in the very important swing state of florida campaigning. a couple interesting things have happened involving ryan over the course of the past 24 hours. he was booed when in front of the aarp. and then today, apparently, people spontaneously broke out in song, "god bless america" when he was in south florida. is there a feeling that romney and his partner, ryan, are kind of in sync, their campaigns are in sync? >> they are. the interesting thing is when paul ryan was chosen, however, on the 11th of august, we thought it was going to be a new campaign, a different one than the one we had seen for all these months since he became the nominee or the presumptive nominee and it hasn't. they were on offense for medicare for about a week. they got a bump in the polls. then they went to the
convention, didn't speak much about it, and they have really to the frustration of republicans, not drawn a huge, bold contrast that republicans expected them to. so what you're seeing now is sort of a campaign where ryan is doing what romney wants him to but not making the big contrast. >> a.b., good to see you. thanks so much. >> thank you. all right, planning a trip to the big apple anytime soon? if you are, don't just think about visiting manhattan. don't think about those, you know, classic trademark kind of places. there are a couple hot neighborhoods that you've got to visit. and they're offering so much. we'll take you there. at shell, we believe the world needs a broader mix of energies. that's why we're supplying natural gas to generate cleaner electricity... that has around 50% fewer co2 emissions than coal. and it's also why, with our partner in brazil, shell is producing ethanol - a biofuel made from renewable sugarcane.
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great destination. but don't stop there. now a new draw, people know marcus samuelsson for aquavit, but now he's got the red rooster and then there's another interesting place, ginny's supper club. tell me about the two places. >> the new generation of harlem, he has kind of become a figurehead. he's passionate about the renaissance in harlem. he's made this corner of 125th and lennox the hot place to be, whether you go to red rooster harlem and have your chicken or his grandmother's meatballs you'll see people from celebrities, music stars, president obama is a fan. this is a place to go every time of day. people are just gorgeous, and then downstairs is a brand new supper club called ginny's. you can see live jazz, and my favorite thing they do is another traditional thing in
harlem, a gospel sunday brunch. that's off the hook and amazing. >> fantastic. he has struck gold once again, this time in harlem. where do i want to stay? i want to stay in harlem if i'm going to do this whole harlem thing? >> absolutely. and a home base close to the apollo theater and silvia's is the incredible loft. you can stay there for $189 a night and great rooms with floor to ceiling windows and bliss amenities. just because you're staying in harlem doesn't mean you're not staying in style. >> you may think you know brooklyn, but you don't. there are hot areas, particularly williamsburg, not virginia, but new york. >> absolutely. williamsburg and brooklyn, i live in a different neighborhood, but last night, i was in williamsburg because it's a hotbed of coolness. >> take me to this boutique, this chocolate boutique. that alone will take me to brooklyn. >> so mast brothers chocolate,
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colorado shooting are suing the theater owner, they say the theater didn't have proper security and alarm systems. they want to be compensated for their loss and injuries. 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in the july 20th shooting at the aurora multiplex. >> on the same day the lawsuits were filed, the president of cinemark usa announced a plan to reopen the century 16 theater by the beginning of the new year. it's been closed for two months since the accused gunman went on that shooting spree. some of the victims' friends and family members believe the target date for the reopening is too soon.
but a city spokesperson said they conducted a survey on facebook and the majority voted in favor of it. caters, florists, limo drivers, you don't see them on tv, but they are vital to the successful production of a television show. in hollywood, these workers say they're suffering as the result of some big industry changes. tv producers are moving to other cities like new york and atlanta to produce their shows, and they're taking a huge economic stimulus with them. kareen wynter takes a deeper look at how the industry has changed. >> and action. >> for a man who prefers to work behind the scenes of films like "wedding crashers" and tv shows like "blind justice" longtime key grip gary dag never imagined he would be part of an unscripted hollywood story line. >> it's a shame, but the whole paradigm of film making has changed. >> hollywood is on the brink of
losing its title at the entertainment capital of the world. >> the people who serve the industry and have served the industry for a long time are in a world of hurt right now. >> a shrinking world of job opportunities that has left thousands of workers including dagg feeling the pinch. >> the people who serve the industry, the people, the kalterror, the people who run the flower shops, the ones who run the limo service. >> hollywood first lost its edge more than a decade ago when many film productions lured by better tax incentives began shooting elsewhere like the big apple, the big easy, and canada. now tv dramas are the latest to move out. only two of the 23 new fall dramas are being shot in los angeles. big tv dramas mean big-time jobs. >> a typical drama, 22-episode drama will hire 840 people. >> paul keeps track of area production as president of film l.a. >> california is way behind.
if they had at the beginning of the incentives race come out with a modest incentive that was broadly based, it would have shut down the whole race. >> now states like new york are battling for bragging rights as the new entertainment hub. >> we see the mayor and governor of new york claiming in this century they will be the center of film and television production. >> the loss of tv drama production alone. >> we're down so far that where we used to own 80%, we're down to about 29% this year. >> a decline that's draining the wallets of local production workers like dagg along with california coffers. the solution, dagg says it starts at the legislative level with a push for more competitive tax incentives. >> what will this place look like if things don't turn around? >> i don't think any of this -- i don't think any of us want to lose what we look at as the glamour of hollywood. aside from the glamour, it's the nuts and bolts kind of industry that has helped sustain a lot of
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jewel has been nominated for four grammys, her debut album sold 12 million copies, she's a singer, songwriter, actress, poet, and producer, and now you can add children's book author to the list. she's just released her new book called "that's what i do." congratulations on the book. it's so sweet. >> thank you so much. >> tell me, what inspired you to write this book?
>> i wrote this song for him when i was pregnant, and as i was writing the lyrics out into a notebook, it struck me that i wanted to make it into a children's book and have it illustrated so a year later, here i am. >> here you are. was it a difficult thing to do, to kind of extrapolate what you had written for music and now putting it on the pages? >> i would like to say it was an arduous process that took a lot of time to craft, but honestly, it's the exact lyrics from the song. once i had it done, it's just in song form sort of in here. it rhymes which i like because i want to teach my son rhyming when he gets older, and mainly a sentiment. a love letter to my son. i wanted him to know how loved he was and all the things i would do for him and where wanted to give it to other parents as well. >> would you mind reezing a favorite verse or two? >> if i had a sun i would paint yellow in a brush. the sun would hit your face from my picture filled with light and
as darkness came, the canvas would fill up with night. that's what i would do do do because i love you you you. >> it is very rhythmic. in fact, we have a portion of that cd that's included in the book, and we're going to listen to it right now. ♪ if i was the sky i tell you what i'd do gather up the clouds and leave only the blue ♪ ♪ if i had the sun >> so sweet, and what is his response when he hears your music? >> he loves music. i don't know if he loves my music or not, but he seems to be agreeable. he loves the book. he points to the animals and things he recognizes. it's a neat gift we have been able to give him. >> is there any way to recognize whether he might be musical, too? >> he likes my guitar and likes music, but i think all babies do. we'll have to see with time. whatever he's into, i'm 100% supportive. >> let's talk about another
project you have in the works. this summer you shot in atlanta a movie about the life of june carter cash. you have a lot in common with her besides the musical background, coming from musical families. is that kind of what lured you to that part? >> i was very honored to get to play june carter cash. a lot of people know her as johnny cash's wife but not really as her own artist in her own right. and she really was. she was a comedian, she wrote her own skits. she wrote songs a lot of people don't realize she wrote the ring of fire. so i was really honored. i'm not an actress and so one of the things that drew me besides my affection for her is really the challenge of the role, not many women are offered scripts that are so dramatic, that cause such a transformation, and i was very honored to take that opportunity and hopefully run with it. >> gosh, and speaking of transformation, that picture, we're going to show it again, is one you tweeted. this is your transformation of
june carter cash. what did it take to kind of become her? >> i studied her a lot. luckily, the internet, there's so mane videos of her in her 20s, and i really imitated her walk and her talk and her speech and her rhythm. it was very fun to transform into her mentally, emotionally, and through my voice. when i got to set, the wig, the blue eyes, prosthetic teeth, it put it over the top. >> wow, the movie will be on lifetime later on this year. we look forward to that, and we can enjoy your book right now," that's what i do." thanks so much for being with us and sharing this beautiful musical message to all moms and dads they can share with their kids. >> thank s for having me. >> jewel is also raising money for breast reconstruction awareness. she's donating proceeds from downloads of her song flower for research and charitable care of breast reconstruction patients. she's also performing a benefit concert in new orleans at the
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18-year-old mitch at this grey' hound bus station in l.a. he was so small and malnourished he looked like a 12-year-old. he told police his mom and step dad, sheila and paul, locked him away for four years and he was starved and abused under their care. about a week ago on his 18th birthday, mitch says hes step dad grove him from georgia to jackson, mississippi, and put him on a bush to los angeles. their next door neighborhood talked to hln and says looking back, there was something different about that family. >> the girls would often just stare at us, they would stare at my daughter, at our family as if they were trying to say something or, you know, wanting to come over. they had this look on their face. i just thought it meant, poor babies, they can't cross the street. i never thought about it beyond that. as i think about it now, maybe they were trying to say we need help or we're hungry or you
know, we do have a brother that's in the home. who knows. i'm not sure. and it was unusual, they didn't go to school. i just assumed they were home schooled because we knew for certain they didn't go to school. they never participated in any activities. and just, i don't know, just very different. there was something, you couldn't quite pinpoint, but there was something that was different. and had i known their ages were 37 and 11 and 13, i would have been more suspicious because they looked like they were 7 and 9 or 7 and 8. >> police searched the home and said they found evidence that corroborates parts of mitch's story. his mom and stepdad are charged with child cruelty and false imprisonment. welcome back to the cnn newsroom. i'm fredricka whitfield. we start in libya where new
fighting in benghazi has left the city in chaos. it's not the libyans who support the u.s. who are under siege. it's the radical islamic group that is tied to the atang that killed the u.s. ambassador and three others ten days ago. hundreds of pro u.s. libyans ma marched and took over the extremist headquarters. arwa damon is on the ground in benghazi and shows us how these citizen militias have gone on the offense and have the radicals on the run. but the battle isn't over yet. >> there was an initial sense of euphoria, people saying that this is the real libya. cleansed of extremists by its own people. but the situation quickly turned sinister. >> boom, boom, boom. >> be careful.
>> wait. >> there's gunfire. >> just on the other side of this wall is the second location that we're told is being struck tonight. but contrary to what we witnessed at the first place, here, there seems to be something of a gun battle going ob. we are hearing sporadic gun fire as well as other small explosions. the location, it would turn out, is actually the headquarters of a battalion backed by the government. >> arwa damon now joining us live from benghazi. arwa, guv us an idea, how powerful are these demonstrations now that are kind of more pro u.s. and trying to push extremists out? >> well, the very essence of
these demonstrations, these pro democracy demonstrations, is to demand that the government bring about an end to these extremist militias and also to other militias that exist outside of the government's umbrella, outside of the government's authority in and of itself. what we saw last night was these pro democracy demonstrators taking over the headquarters. they still had it under their control. the group itself saying it has withdrawn from the city, but then somehow the situation becoming manipulated and then these very same individuals going and attacking the headquarters of one of these battalions that are yes, a militia, but at the same time, endorsed by the government, and there in lies one of the challenges for the nation at this point in time. because their security forces, the police and army, are effectively nonexistent, and security is still in the hands of these various militias that are the by-product of the
revolution. many of them formed during the revolution, and at times they do have competing agendas. >> so might this be kind of a turning point? >> well, this most certainly is libya at a cross roads. that's what the prime minister was telling us during interviews we did with him a few days ago. on the one hand, you have the vast majority of the population as far as we can tell, demanding an end to these extremists, demanding an end to the impunity, wanting to see the government taking a firmer stance. establishing a nationalistic army and police force, but at the same time, when it comes to the extremist entities, the government is approaching it very softly and very carefully because they want to first take the plit kg track because they say if they try to confront them mill tearally, it's going to create bloodshed and more chaos. >> thanks so much for that update.
in just the last hour, president barack obama arrived in wisconsin taking his campaign to paul ryan's home state. it's the first time in the state for the president since february. and with only a month to go before early voting starts, it's a state that could play a role in deciding this election. athena jones is with us now. she's traveling with the president. so the president there, likely to have two fund-raisers. is he feeling like he has the advantage given that he won that state back in 2008 and still seems to be in the lead with recent polls? >> well, you know, the campaign would say the only poll that matters is the poll on election day, but it's got to be heartening that the three recent polls have the president up. one with a 14-pnt advantage. cnn averages those polls for our poll of polls and that poll of polls shows that the president is leading romney 52% to 43%. but you know, wisconsin has been
a traditionally blue state. it last voted for a republican in a presidential election nearly 30 years ago for ronald reagan. and the president won here in 2008 by 14 points, but of course, mitt romney chose paul ryan, a wisconsinite as his running mate. that changed the game a little bit, and of course a couple years ago, we began to see a republican surge here. you'll remember those efforts to recall governor scott survived. that involved a lot of money from republican groups inside and outside of the state to put it in play. right now, the president seems to be leading and they want to make sure they can keep the state's ten electoral votes in the blue column. >> and here, this is paul ryan's home state, wisconsin, but the republicans have a strategy, how to kind of counter obama's advantage there? >> well, it's interesting. part of it seems to be certainly today they're trying to call attention to the fact this is the president's first campaign event in this state.
that earlier than february, an official event. the rnc is saying the president has ignored wisconsin for 220 days. they put out a web video hitting him and talking about what the republicans have been doing in terms of door knocking and voter contact here in the state. and the romney campaign says the fact that the president is here raising money and here talking, holding this rally shows he has a, quote, wisconsin problem. they're trying to play on this idea that this has been a reliably blue state and now the president is being forced to defend it. that's a little bit of their tactic today, fred. >> okay, and some potentially big money at stake at the fund-raiser this evening. particularly talking about the one that will involve hall of famer hank aaron, right? >> that's right. so he's arrived, we know, at that location, that theater, and so these events should be getting under way soon. one of the lower, i should say, dollar fund-raiser, about 550 people expected who are donating $250. the other is much, much smaller,
about 20 people expected at a cost of $25,000 a ticket. so if you add up all the numbers, he's likely to raise more than $600,000 today. that, of course, is going to be very important as we head into these last 45 days, fred. >> all right, in milwaukee, wisconsin, thanks so much. athena jones traveling with the president. >> paul ryan brings his campaign to florida today. he's already made a stop in miami's little havana neighborhood. ryan attacked obama's policy toward cuban leader fidel castro and promised tougher action. >> in a mitt romney administration, we will not keep practicing this policy of apiecement. we will be tough on this brutal dictator. all it has done is rewarded more despotism. we'll help the pro democracy group. we'll be tough on castro, tough on chavez. it's because we know that's the right policy for our country. >> all right, that was in miami earlier today.
right now, paul ryan in orlando, florida, making his rounds in that swing state. ryan is there this afternoon for a town hall at the university of central florida. while paul ryan is in florida, mitt romney is focusing on fund-raising, but it's his personal finances that are creating the buzz this weekend. yesterday, the republican presidential candidate released some of his tax documents including his full 2011 tax return. it shows he made $13.7 million last year. paid nearly $2 million in federal income taxes. because romney's income came largely from investments, he's taxed at a lower rate, 14.1%. we'll have more on the debate surrounding romney's taxes later on in the hour. mitt romney may not think his presidential campaign needs a turnaround, but sarah palin sure thinks he does. she's the latest conservative to voice her frustration with the direction of the romney campaign. the former vice presidential
nominee told the "weekly standard" quote, with so much at stake in this election, both mitt romney and paul ryan should go rogue and not hold back from telling the american people the true state of our economy and national security, end quote. she went on to say, there's more, quote, america desperately needs to have a come to jesus moment in discussing our big dysfunctional, disconnected, and debt-ridden federal government, end quote. that from former alaska governor sarah palin. all right, guns pointed at mothers and young children as police search for a bank robbery suspect. they arrested their suspect, but will the aggressive manhunt end up jeopardizing that case?
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peaceful protests in islamabad, chanting we love our holy process. the demonstrations are over the independently produced film mocking the praufophet muhammad but demonstrations over the same film in bangladesh's capital city turned violent today. several protesters were arrested. protests are planned in at least four other countries today. on to canada now, the parents of a 2-year-old girl are mourning her death. cana's highest court overruled her parents and pulled the child off life support at an edmonton hospital. the baby who was brain dead died thursday. the parents had applied for an emergency stay after doctors recommended ending the girl's life. jonathan mann with us now, so john, how unusual was it for the court to have this ruling that really defied the parents' wishes? >> it's a precedent setting case in canada. it would be here in the united
states states. it would be practically anywhere because the care of the child is the responsibility of the child's parent. in this case, the doctors treating baby m decided she was so sick that damage to her brain was so profound and permanent that there was no point taking extensive and invasive measures to prolong her life. the parents said that it was a matter of love. it was a matter of faith, as you mentioned, that the child should be kept alive. they went to court. they went to court in edmonton, alberta. to the supreme court of canada, and the court decided the child's interest was not in having her life artificially prolonged. the judges heard the case and decided against the parents. it is a strange case. all the stranger because the reason that baby was so sick was because of the parents themselves. >> and so these parents, 34 years old, they are charged with assault and negligence for failing to provide the necessities of life.
might there be other charges that are going to be more severe that are down the line? >> that is what this case really turns on. the child was not sick because of natural causes. paramedics arrived at the home back in may and found this baby girl and her twin sister, 2 1/2 years old, one weighing in at 13 pounds, the other 16. the smaller of the two was unconscious. both children were badly beaten about the face and their older brother was malnourished and unwell. the parents are charged with leaving the children in that kind of state. they told the paramedics, oh, the girls had fallen down the stairs when they were playing. essentially what we're seeing is a terrible case of child abuse. the parents have been charged with child abuse, neglect, endangering the life of a child. so much so that the courts say they can no longer speak for their children. and so baby m is now dead and the expectation is even though she died while outside of the parents' care. even though she died as a result
of the authorities' decision, they may be charged with second degree murder. >> oh, my goodness. sad, very tragic. all right, thanks so much. john mann, appreciate that. all right, police pull over 19 cars looking for a bank robbery suspect, all the adults are handcuffed and some children have guns pointed at them. did law enforcement go too far to nab their guy? hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol
a bank robbery case in colorado is raising serious questions about how far police can go to catch the bad guy. in the process, finding and arresting an alleged bank robbery, police also held innocent civilians at gunpoint, handcuffing teenagers and then pointing rifles at moms. ted rowands reports. >> marcie stopped at a light on her way home from shopping near denver, colorado. the next thing she knew, police had her at gunpoint. >> i said i have kids in my car. they had rifles pointed right at me. >> 19 cars were held at this intersection that saturday afternoon. everyone was ordered out of
their cars at gunpoint, including children. the boy in the green shirt is 16-year-old michael hamps. >> they had rifles, guns and everything pointed everywhere. shields and canine dogs. >> a robbery just occurred with a gun at wells fargo. >> police were looking for this bank robber seen here wearing a beekeeper's mask and armed with an air horn and loaded gun. he had just made off with $25,000 from a wells fargo a few miles away. >> seen wearing a beehive mask. >> police thought the bank robber was at this intersection because there was a gps tracking device hidden in with the money. the problem was they had no idea what car he could be in and because of the beekeeper's mask, they didn't know what he looked like. everyone was treated as an armed and dangerous suspect. >> we all had to have our arms showing and we had to keep our arms like that. >> one by one, police approached each car with guns and shields. nearly everyone was handcuffed,
marcie's 4-year-old daughter was asleep for most of the ordeal. her 8-year-old son, however, was awake. >> my son was crying and i kept telling him to keep his head down between his legs because i didn't know if open fire was going to happen. >> that's crystal de guzman in handscuffs moments after she watched police take her 16-year-old son away at gunpoint. >> i think any mom would be upset, not knowing what is going to happen to your kid. >> police eventually searched this white expedition. inside, they found two loaded guns, the money, and the beekeeper's mask. >> they have the suspect in custody. >> 45-year-old christian taesh, a school teacher with no record was arrested and charged with armed robbery. was this a case of good police work or did they go too far? federal law gives police some leeway to detain citizens for a reasonable amount of time as part of a criminal investigation. >> a little bit of
inconvenience, getting cuffed for a minute to see if you're armed. getting deatained, you have t put up with that. but twou hours at rifle point, i think that's excessive. >> no question we inconvenienced citizens. we feel badly about that. we apologize to them, but we made a tough choice here and arrested a very dangerous armed bank robber. >> what police did may have put the entire case in jeopardy. the accused robber's attorney said there was no prauzable cause to search the vehicle and police violated his client's rights by pressuring him into a search after he initially reviewed. if the judge agreed, all of the evidence could be thrown out because of the way it was collected. and as crazy as that sounds, some legal experts say they have an argument. tim olson, who was among those handcuffed at the intersection, says that would send a message to police. >> the inbank robber gets away with it, that says you didn't do your job properly.
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looks like there won't be a government shut down in a 62-30 vote in a session that stretched past midnight, senators approved money necessary for the government to function for the next six months and they asserted a tough stance over iran's nuclear program. president barack obama is in milwaukee at this hour. it's his first trip to wisconsin since february. he's got a fund-raiser just over an hour from now, and then he moves on to a campaign rally at a downtown park. the president is leading his opponent, mitt romney, in state
polls there. mitt romney is fund-raising himself, but on the west coast this weekend. but it's his own money that's getting all of the attention. the republican presidential nominee released some tax records, but critics say it's still not enough. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta has that. >> mitt romney came to las vegas and rolled the dice. releasing new tax information in the hopes of putting a lingering campaign issue to rest. according to romney's 2011 return released by the campaign, the gop nominee paid nearly $2 million in taxes on almost $14 million in income. an effective rate of 14%. but romney had to make some adjustments to get to that figure. according to that 2011 return, romney donated $4 million to charity but only claimed a deduction of $2.25 million. he reduced his deduction and in essence paid more in taxes, the
campaign said, to conform to the earlier estimate that he paid a 13% rate in 2011. that's despite what he told abc news earlier this summer on whether he had ever paid less than 13% in taxes. >> i don't pay more than are legally due. frankly, if i had paid more than are legally due, i don't think i would be qualified to become president. >> the campaign also posted this letter from romney's tax preparer stating the republican candidate had indeed paid federal and state income taxes for more than 20 years. that appeared to be a direct response to senate majority leader harry reid who claimed without any evidence that romney had paid no income taxes for a decade. >> the word's out he hasn't paid any taxes for ten years. let him prove that he has paid taxes because he hasn't. >> despite the flood of new information, romney is still refusing to release more than two years of tax returns. standing by what he told cnn. >> those are the two years that people are going to have, and
that's all that's necessary for people to understand something about my finances. >> the document dump comes after a week of attacks over the candidate's perceived gaffes. president obama on the hidden video of romney talking about the 47% of americans who he said all dependent on the government. >> i don't see a lot of victims in this crowd today. >> and romney on the president's statement this week on changing washington. >> the president today threw in the white flag of surrender again. he said he can't change washington from the inside. he can only change it from outside. >> also released were letters from the physicians of both mitt romney and paul ryan declaring both candidates in good health and ready for the rigors of the rest of this campaign. jim acosta, cnn, las vegas. so what impact if any might those tax records have on mitt romney's campaign? here's a.b. stoddard, associate editor of the hill. >> it is really puzzling to people that it happened at all.
this is something that the press had asked for, democrats had taunted the romney campaign over for a long time, even republicans have said just get it out so it's not a subject anymore. no longer a distraction. so it comes so close to the debate, so close to the election, and actually continues to withhold, the campaign is continuing to withhold information so the release of the 2011 summary and the summarization of the tax rates from the last ten or so years just raises more questions about what is in those returns and what the details actually are. as you pointed out, it's great that he gives so much money to charity, but it is true that he had to forego deductions in order to stay true to the rate of 13% or more that he had previously said he paid. if he had taken advantage of the deductions, he would have paid less. it continues to remind people he makes a lot of money. he doesn't want to provide information about too many years going back. it's puzzling to even
republicans about why it even came out now? >> romney released the tax records on friday. stoddard told me it's typical for a campaign to release information on friday that they really dont want to talk about, she says. >> we could ditch our credit cards for our phones soon. we'll show you mobile payment technology. it may make our wallet seem useless. with the spark miles card from capital one,
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the days of carrying credit cards or money may soon be over. our cnn money tech reporter goes shopping in new york city with no purse, cash, or credit cards. just her phone in hand. >> many people are saying one day your smartphone could completely replace your wallet. well, how close are we to that actually happening? today, i'm officially ditching my wallet and using my smartphone to pay. so we're starting our day out with dwayne reed. if i want to pay with my mobile done, i can use google wallet. let's test it out. so selected my card here. and i just hold it against -- >> slide it backwards. >> oh. no card enabled. i'm enabling it. now i can hold it against here. >> it took. >> all right. thank you very much. >> google wallet only works on sprint, virgin mobile devices and the nexus seven tablet. >> next up, morning coffee.
here's a service called level up that's going to allow me to pay with my smartphone. >> you put your phone right here and level up will scan the bar code. >> i just bought a coffee. >> yep. >> great, thank you. it's projected to be $171 billion business this year and it's on the rise. so what does the future look like? we asked one of the major players. >> if you're paying with your name, you don't need your phone or wallet at all. >> i should be able to pay using square just by telling you my name? >> yeah. >> i would like to get a scone, please. and my name is laurie. >> okay. your name is laurie. >> okay, i see you right there. >> my picture just shows up? >> yeah. you're all set. >> i learned ahead of time you have to have a tab already open on the square app, so it's not totally phone free tech just yet. last stop of the day, home depot. the store recently launched a partnership with paypal. all i need is my mobile phone number. i don't actually need my
physical phone to pay for the plan. >> you're going to be paying for this with your paypal? >> yep, this is a pin i set up beforehand. i paid and i didn't have a smartphone, didn't have a wallet. all i had was my number and a pin. >> okay, so let's find out if laurie really likes this. she's joining us from the time warner center there in new york. did you like this? and then also let me know what were the apps you thought were the best to work with. >> yeah, look, this is all new technology. it took me a little bit to set up. it's not like i can walk into any store around new york city and pay with my phone. i would be very hungry if i tried to do that for lunch. ia know, fredricka, the one that stuck out to me was square. so you know, it's the idea that maybe one day i don't even need my phone. you have your phone in your back pocket. you can walk into a place and it will know you're there using gps. i walk eed up to the barista, h
said, hi, laurie. and i paid. this is the one that was like, this is the future. this could be cool. it could be creepy if there are a lot of pictures popping up and they're not sure if i'm laurie or not. that's the one that stuck out to me. >> okay, so what about that kind of feeling of being very vulnerable when you're using your phone? being a little concerned about whether there are some huge security risks? >> think about this, fredricka. let's say you have your phone and you're putting all your credit card information into your mobile phone. what if someone walks off with it? you have to think to yourself, this could pose some security risks, but a lot of these apps have safeguards so one of them, you have to enter in a pin. i would say if you're going to do this, always password protect your phone. that's really important. google wallet which was the first one you saw, you have the opportunity to go online and wipe out your account without your smartphone in case you lose
it. with any new technology, i say be careful. know where you're putting your information and don't lose your smartphone. >> for now, a little limiting because you can't really be spontaneous about your shopping and purchasing with urphone. you have to know that certain stores correspondent with those apps you have, right? >> yep. people say your phone is going to become your wallet, but we're not there yet. i learned that, but we are on our way there. >> maybe on the flip side to that, you're going to spend less money because not everybody is going to take your phone. cost cutting measure. all right, laurie. thanks so much. >> thanks. >> for more in depth looks at all other ways this kind of technology is changing our world, check out cnn.com/mobilesociety. >> all right, a police dash cam captures some pretty frightening moments. take a look at this. oh, boy. close call there.
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international airport this afternoon. it will go on display at the california science center. >> it's the first day of fall, and mark the occasion. a challenge for you. go outside, use your smartphone to take a picture and upload it to cnn ireport by by using one mobile apps, the only requirement? that the photo be horizonal and unfiltered. we'll check back to see if yours is chosen. dirt bikes are dangerous enough, but when you add a muddy track and 40 other riders going at top speeds it can be quite scary. now imagine being on that track and not being able to hear a thing. dr. sanjay gupta has this week's human factor. >> reporter: motocross racing is in her blood. >> well, my dad brought me to
race, and i fell in love. >> reporter: but there was something different about ashley, she can't hear a thing. ashley was born completely deaf and speaks to us through a translator, and her friend, natalie. >> i grew up, and i was born deaf. >> reporter: in a sport that pri prides itself on making noise and hearing the opponents coming, can be the difference between winning and losing, ashley stands alone. >> she really has ahold of my lines when i'm riding, because it is hard to see when somebody is coming up behind me. >> reporter: she uses the vibrations in the engine to hear, and she is the only deaf rider to ever compete in motocross, was fighting for the fourth championship title. >> i felt really good in the big double, i hope you can win. >> reporter: and she achieved just that. beating out her closest rival with a national championship.
but for ashley, it is about more than just winning. >> i think it is really cool to be a role model to the deaf community. and it is a cool feeling to have people look up to you. >> reporter: and for natalie, her friend's impact is important, as well. >> she is an idol for motocross, and for others, whether she is deaf or not she is smaller than i am and can ride a dirt bike like that. it is crazy. >> reporter: proof that anything is possible. dr. sanjay gupta. >> wow, that takes incredible courage. be sure to watch dr. sanjay gupta today, at 430, and 7:30 sunday, eastern time. and an unforgettable encounter, next. and you can also watch cnn live from your desk top, just go to cnn.com/tv. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol
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scare the tiger away. the tiger will not be put down, because it did nothing wrong, the zookeeper said. and safari is a chance to look at african wildlife, but one tourist got to see more. >> reporter: it was just another safari when this person decided to hitch a ride. or at least a seat, and thus began 45 minutes of eye to eye contact, only a foot or two from a creature one person called? >> rita. >> reporter: her husband was shooting the video. >> how are you feeling there? >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: although not known for being vicious, they easily kill their prey. >> i am not sure, i was breathing, and my knees were buckling, my whole body. she was stunning. >> reporter: when the cheetah
leaped up, the guide told the tourist what not to do. >> don't move, don't talk. >> reporter: the expression made famous by the lion king. >> and these worries ♪ ♪ ♪ >> she was not interested in us, at all. >> reporter: for her, the vehicle was just a perch with a view so she could scan for prey, later, they started the engine. and seconds later, rita, the cheetah stood up. soon she presented a new threat. >> don't spray us now. >> reporter: not at all far-fetched in which the animal planet video shows the animal answering the call of nature. >> no. >> reporter: through the sun roof into the napkin of an expert trapped below. but rita behaved. the tourists realized later that the license plate on their
vehicle began with the letters kat, finally? >> yes, thank goodness, oh, man. >> i can breathe. >> oh, good-bye! >> it was elation and relief. >> oh, oh. >> reporter: they had but one request of their guide. >> edward, if we could get a line out there, mate. >> reporter: actually, cheetahs parking themselves on cars and sun roofs are pretty common on youtube. it is almost as if it is raining cats. jean jeanne moos, cnn, new york. all right, welcome back to the news room, i'm fredricka whitfield. and barack obama making a campaign stop, the first time in
paul ryan's home state since ryan was added to the republican ticket. and with only a month to go before early voting starts, it is a state that could play a role in deciding the election. athena jones is with the president today. does the president feel like he has an advantage in that state? well, certainly, fredricka, the democrats have a historical advantage here, but you know, the campaign spokesperson was asked about it on the way over on air force one. and she said we always thought that wisconsin would be closer this time than last time around. you will remember that president obama won the state by 14 points in 2008. and it has not gone for a republican since ronald reagan, so nearly 30 years ago. but she also said yes, you can see the latest polls showing that the president is ahead. our cnn polls have him up 52% to romney's 43%. but sake said they will treat
wisconsin like any battleground state, which is they will act like they're five points behind. >> all right, what is the expected message from the president today? >> well, the day will be all about energizing the supporters. when we got here today there were people lined up. it is also, they expect him to touch on the early voting. it is not expected to start in wisconsin until october 22rd, and absentee voting has already started, idaho, south dakota, by some estimates by election day 40% of voters may have already cast their ballots. so this is something we're hearing the president and surrogates stress a lot, along with registered voters, making sure they're registered, walking up and down with clip boards, energizing the base and making sure they get out and vote. >> and does the president and the team have high expectations for the fundraising today?
>> well, looks like they will pull out at least $600,000 with the two fundraisers, with hank aaron, one is a lower dollar fundraiser, $250, the other $25,000, all told, given to people who they expect to come. over $600,000 they expect to raise here, which will, of course, be important when we head into the last days of the election, fredricka. >> all right, hard to believe, just 45 days, athena jones, thank you so much from milwaukee. and our republican vp nominee, paul ryan, teaming up. while there, he vowed that a romney-ryan administration would be tough on fidel castro. >> look at where we are today. this is our public debt. this is the -- is not even the
full total debt. this is the amount of treasury bills our treasury department has to sell on the open markets, 48% of our debt today is owned by foreign governments. by overseas. number one is china. >> jeb bush told the crowd that he thinks romney and ryan will carry florida into the election. and mitt romney spending the day focusing on raising money for his campaign, but it is his personal finances that are getting most of the attention this weekend. yesterday, the republican presidential candidate released tax documents, including his 2011 tax return, showing he paid nearly 2 million in federal income taxe because romney's income came largely from investments he is taxed at a lower rate, 14.1%. mitt romney may not think his presidential campaign needs a turnaround, but sarah palin sure thinks he does.
she is the latest replican to voice her frustration with the romney campaign. the former vice presidential nominee told the weekly standard "with so much at stake in the election, mitt romney and paul ryan should go row and not hold back telling people the state of the economy. she went on to stay "america needs to have a come to jesus moment in discussing our dysfunctional and debt-ridden government." that from former alaska governor, sarah palin. in libya, new fighting in benghazi. but it is not the libyans who support the u.s. who are under siege. it is the radical islamist group tied to that that killed the u.s. ambassador. hundreds of pro-u.s. libyans stormed the center, forcing the
group to flee the city. they still have no organized force. and the leader of the free syria army says his troops are moving in to better coordinate with rebel soldiers. this is the city of holmes. they cannot independently say the video is authentic, but activists say 166 people have been killed across syria today. and a prisoner on death row claims he is too fat to execute. the legal guys are weighing in on this case.
a . all right, just seconds away from our great legal minds who will take a swipe at a case that could make its way all the way to the u.s. supreme court. richard, what is it about the case? the swabbing, the dna for everybody? >> unreasonable search and seizure, the ninth circuit court of appeals will overturn the case, going to the supreme court. >> avery? >> well, what is the difference between the swab and fingerprints, i don't think it will every get to the supreme court. we have the answers for you and more coming up. all right, in 90 seconds, in fact. no. why? apparently my debit card is. what? i know. don't worry, we have cancelled your old card. great. thank you. in addition to us monitoring your accounts for unusual activity, you could also set up free account alerts. okay. [ female announcer ] at wells fargo we're working around the clock to help protect your money
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all right, over the years we've heard different arguments as to why a state should not go through with an execution. but is weight a good reason? an ohio inmate claims he is too obese to die by lethal injection in january, and wants it to be delayed. our legal guys are back, all right, gentlemen, so this convicted killer, ronald post weighs 480 pounds. and he has tried to lose more, but at 54, he says you know what, it is not just an issue of his weight, but his veins are not good enough for lethal injection, and it would be a complicated process, leading to cruel and unusual punishment. so avery, you know, what are the options here? >> well, you know, it is interesting that the opinions
about this have been thermo nuclear, but under the constitution this is not how we do these things. the fact is, there are legitimate arguments that u.s. district judge, leslie wells, who has the case, has to make the decision on, but what is really interesting, i haven't seen opinions on this. the federal officials had to know, fredricka, this was coming, this was coming. why didn't they just do a quick gastric bypass, with that, he wouldn't be 500 pounds. >> in order to make sure -- so a procedure like that -- >> to make sure. >> to make sure that his execution would be able to go through? >> absolutely right. why in the world do the prison officials screw around with this? this thing should have been taken care of a long time ago and the federal judge has to make the decision. should have never, never
happened. >> interesting, richard, so how often does this happen that somebody's physical condition precludes them from being a candidate for execution, when they have been convicted and are serving what is left of their life on death row? >> you know, fred, there must be something in the water in cleveland these days. avery, come on, this guy has been in prison for almost 30 years. they have exhausted every single appeal right they could. he is in a wheelchair right now. he is not going anywhere. he will get stuck with those needles. they will give him the three-drug cocktail. he says i'm going down. i tried to lose weight, i went on the exercise bike in prison but it broke because i was too fat. the fatness didn't preclude him from killing and murdering somebody, so it is not going to protect him from getting the death penalty. >> irrelevant. >> i know doctors who will find
the veins, this guy is going down, there are no further defenses. it is over. >> this is interesting, of course, the family of the hotel clerk that was killed in the 1983 murder, says this is just another last-ditch effort to delay his execution. so it will be interesting to see what happens. it is not over yet. okay, let's talk about another case, gentlemen, i want you to take a swipe at this one, involving the aclu that is looking into a case that involves a -- a cheek swab for dna. and this taking place involving a person before they have is actually been charged with a crime. and this is all, you know, predicated on a california case. avery, what happened in this case? >> well, the protester was told by the cops look, we'll let you out of jail early if you let us do a little dna swab. well, she did. a federal district judge said that was not unconstitutional. was not an unreasonable search.
the federal court of appeals said yeah, that is not unconstitutional. this week, 11 federal appeals judges got together and heard arguments on the question. even if they rule it is unconstitutional, you have cases like the maryland supreme court that say it is unconstitutional. so the question is, will this case, a dna swab find itself in the u.s. supreme court as an unusual search? and that is really the question that is posted. is it different than fingerprinting? >> well, that is my next question, how different is it from fingerprinting you will be asked here -- to give up a swab before you are charged? >> that was one of the arguments made in the court of appeals. and the judges completely rejected that argument, fred. >> two to one -- >> in 2004, the interesting people in the great state of california, many of whom participate in those legal
marijuana sales facilities that they have there, voted in this law, which says that even if -- even if you are arrested upon a felony arrest, you must give up your dna swab. you must give a swab upon a felony arrest. the people voted that. so what happened was avery gave you the facts of the case. it is on appeal right now. look, defense attorneys argue this all the time, it is an unreasonable search and seizure, i think this is going to d.c., get your tickets now, this will be in the u.s. supreme court. >> u.s. supreme court -- wait until it happens. >> right, right. >> and then i'll consult with you, as well, yeah. >> and you can swab it, weigh it in and just hang out there. >> okay, as long as the weather is good. all right, thank you, gentlemen, always good to see you, always a great treat. appreciate it. the legal guys are here every saturday, noon eastern, to
give us their take on the most intriguing legal cases of the day. a suburban atlanta couple charged with unspeakable crimes. it is a bizarre story that you just have to see to believe. i'm interesting in neuro law, it is where science is going, you translate it into social policy, how we actually are running the system here. i'm david eagleman, and i'm a neuroscience, at some point there will be a tech shooting or the aurora theater shooting. and we'll find that the suspect had a brain tumor, at some point that will happen. and then society is going to have to deal with this very difficult question about this relationship between brain and behavior and the question of
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18-year-old mitch comer says he was in a blacked out room, starved, and abused. his stepmother and dad were arrested after he was found walking in downtown los angeles, more than 2,000 miles away from home. he spotted and mistaken for a lost child. >> he weighed 97 pounds, he was 5'3", the lapd said his skin was too white, he was obviously malnourished. >> reporter: he said the family put him on a bus to l.a. with a list of homeless shelters, he said despite the years of torture and being a captive, investigators say the teen is talking. >> he is very polite, very timid, and surprising to me, he let us in. >> reporter: neighbors say they were not aware the teen even
lived in the home. and investigators say his 13 and 11-year-old sisters had not seen their brother in two years. right now, his two sisters are in protective custody. a family has volunteered to care for comer until the investigation is completed. the teen's parents have been charged with seven counts of child abuse and are being held without bail. nick valencia, cnn, atlanta. the u.s. is on alert as new anti-american protests erupt overseas. demonstrations in bangladesh's capitol city turned violent. the demonstrations are over an independently made film mocking muhammad. and saying the security didn't have proper alarm systems, they want to be compensated for the injuries, 12
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thing to do, take out what you had written for music and now putting it on the pages? >> i would like to say it was a difficult process, taking time to craft. but actually, it was the lyrics from the song, so it is just sort of song form, rhymes, i want to teach my son rhyming as he gets a little older. this is a love letter to my son, i wanted him to know how loved he was, all the things i would do for him and i wanted to give it to other parents, as well. >> would you mind reading a verse? >> if i had the sun, i would put yellow in a brush, the sun would hit your face, and as darkness came the canvas would fill up with night. that is what i do, do, do, because i love you, you, you. >> it is very rhythmic, we have a portion of the cd, and we'll listen to it right now. >> if i owned the sky ♪
♪ ♪ i would tell you what i would do, gather up the clouds and leave only the blue. if i had the sun, i would put yellow in a brush ♪ ♪ ♪ >> awww, so sweet. >> he seems to be agreeable to it. he really enjoys the books and likes pointing to the little animals, and it is a neat book to be able to give him. >> is there any way you can recognize whether he may be musical, too? >> he loves my guitar, and may be musical. i think all babies do, though, so whatever he is into, i am 100% supportive. >> that is what i do, very cute book. jewel is raising money and awareness for cancer, and downloading for research and construction. she is also performing a benefit concert in