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also -- ♪ snoelt they started rocking 50 years ago. the rolling stones celebrate a truly golden anniversary. >> panic, violence, death, and fear returning today to beirut, lebanon. that's where a car bomb blew up in one of the city's busiest and most peaceful neighborhoods. the latest official word. eight people dead. almost ten times that many wounded. the explosion filling the street with burning wreckage, broken glass. this all happened just a few hours ago. police are still helping the injured securing the area and trying to find out who did this. mohammed has been covering this. you're not that far from a where this happened. you heard it go off when you were out there reporting on another story. what did you see when you first got there? >> michael, it was a chaotic scene. the people that were there on
the scene, many of them clearly in a state of panic. you were speaking today about a neighborhood where you have malls and coffee shops, schools, and churches. it's very tolerant neighborhood, and the people that i spoke with today were very concerned about what this means. there has been so much worry these past several months that there would be more spill-over violence from neighboring syria where that brutal civil war has been raging for so long. when we got on the scene there today, many people i spoke with were worried that this could be a return to the old days. 2005 when there was a wave of car bombings and political assassinations that was going on in beirut. people were really worried that could happen again, and if this could be a sign of those days yet to come. we did speak to one person there, mr. edwin butrose, the capitolic christian league here if lebanon. here's what he told us about why he was so concerned about what happened today. >> i'm afraid that years ago we had explosion in lebanon, and i'm afraid that this explosion
will not be the first -- many people we spoke with say this might be the first of many such explosions to come. nobody has yet taken responsibility for this bombing today. right now there is a meeting of a security counsel here in lebanon, an emergency meeting that is taking place at this hour as we speak. nobody has pointed the fingers to one specific group who might be behind this at this point, but the cabinet here has declared tomorrow a national day of mourning. michael. >> always such intrigue in that part of the world, mohammed, and it was only just not that long ago that a senior -- a lebanese politician allied to al assad in syria was arrested and has been charged over explosives being brought into lebanon and fears that attacks and targeting was going to be carried out. we are getting word -- i don't know if you have heard this yet -- that a senior lebanese intelligence official was actually killed in this
explosion, and interestingly, he was the brains behind uncovering that plot. >> that has been confirmed now, michael, and that just adds another layer of concern because he was so involved with the inquiry. we're trying to find out who was behind the assassination of the former prime minister of lebanon, which happened in 2005, so this certainly to stoke more fears about what this will mean. many people will assume because of this that syria had a hand in this. already when we were speaking to people out in the streets today, they were concerned that some sort of connection would be established. that's not been established yet at this point. nobody has been named, but there has been so much tension in lebanon of late as to if what's going in syria would rear its ugly head and hear more in lebanon and a country that's still trying to get back on its feet between 1957 and 1990. syria, very much inextricably linked with lebanon. very close ties with lebanon. you have those here who are
opposed to the regime, and you have those here who are very much with the regime of syrian president bashar al assad, and many people had thought that bashar al assad in one way or the other would show up somehow in the internal politics yet again here in lebanon and cause more chaos in a country that is still recovering from a civil war that only ended in 1990. >> of course, with the veneer of stability that exists in lebanon, mohammed, they feared that al assad would try to destabilize the situation in lebanon to divert weights what's going on within his own borders, so this obviously is a very worrying thing. and when you look at the neighborhood that was attacked, predominantly christian neighborhood, usually peaceful, very social sort of area. as posed to the trouble that's already spilled outside the borders, which have been in the north, in tripoli, the port city where you had sunni and alawat issues. >> we should point out, you know, violence in lebanon can happen at any time in pretty
much any place, but the fact that this happened today in a neighborhood that is known to be tolerant in which people of all faiths are welcome, it's predominantly a christian neighborhood, but it is a populous and popular place with kids, with adults. there are schools, churches, malls, coffee shops. it's really considered to be a wonderful place in the heart of beirut, a place that is trying to show how this country had moved on from the sectarian violence that wrought its ugly head in the past. in the north of the country, in places like tripoli, oftentimes you see violence, you see clashes between factions that are with the syrian government and factions that are against the syrian government, so if this is spill-over from the violence in syria happening in the heart of beirut, in a neighborhood as tolerant, a christian neighborhood that is an extremely worrying development. yes, violence can happen here any place, but the fact that this happened here today very worrying for the people we spoke with about what's yet to come here in lebanon. >> thanks for your reporting on this, mohammed. thanks so much. mohammed there in beirut. interestingly, it was just two
days ago the u.n. and arab league's new point man on syria was in beirut. ironically while he was there, he warned leaders there in lebanon that the syrian conflict could not be expected to remain inside its borders if things continue the way they are. we're talking about lakdhar brahimi. he is in damascus today. what he is trying to do is broker at least a temporary cease-fire at the moment. a u.n. spokesman says brahimi expects to meet with the syrian president bashar al assad -- standing for the first time since she was attacked, even communicating with doctors. you'll remember mallalla, she is that courageous 15-year-old who spoke out for girls rights to go to school. she explained her position in an interview last year with our
rezah sayah. >> i have the right to education. i have the right to play. i have the right to sing. i have the right to talk. i have the right to go to market. i have the right to speak up. >> brave girl. malal awas spot on october 9 and as she headed home from school. the taliban have vowed to shoot her again now that she survived. her story is parking outrage around the world, including within pakistan. tens of thousands rallying in karachi sunday in support of malala who has become a symbol of resistance against the taliban and in favor of education for girls. she was taken to the united kingdom where she has been undergoing treatment at a hospital in birmingham. dan rivers is in london. dan, some remarkably good news by the sound of it. tell us what you know. >> it's amaze, isn't it? you just look at that picture, and clearly, you know, she has been in a very grave situation, but the fact that she has regained consciousness, she's come out of this medically
induced coma. more than that, though, despite being shot at point-blank range in the head is able to communicate, to write, to stand, and that she clearly her memory is intact is remarkable. doctors are saying she's not out of the woods yet, but she's doing well. they are cautiously optimistic about her prognosis. they're basically saying that, you know, what -- there are several risks. one is infection along the track that the bullet went through her head, and also that bone fragments that were sent not actually by the bullet, but by the shock wave of the bullet is also a risk. that's something that they are going to have to look at. they're talking about possibly rebuilding the part of the skull that was damaged and possibly inserting a titanium plate. they think once that tube has been removed, tlaz good chance that she might be able to speak as well. some really encouraging news,
and, you know, the most amazing thing despite everything she had gone through, she was able to write a message of thanks for all the people that had shown support and interest. just showing what a remarkable young girl she is. >> any idea how long -- this is not going to be a short treatment. how long will she be there, do you know? >> when we were talking to the doctors earlier on in the week, they were talking about months basically of recuperation. whether that's now going to be revised back a bit of how long she spends in this particular hospital, we still haven't been told, but it's really encouraging. i think this is probably, you know, a lot better than they dared to dream when she first arrived.
it's too early to say. i don't think anyone could have dreamt that she would have been able to write and to stand and communicate so quickly just a few days after arriving in hospital. >> yeah, dan. thanks so much. dan rivers joining us there from london. want to tell you that the president is speaking live in virginia. we'll hear more from him after the break. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes. do you churn your own butter too? what? this is going to give you a head start on your dinner. that seems easier sure does who are you? [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. five delicious cooking sauces you combine with fresh ingredients to make amazing home-cooked meals. ♪ ambiance [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. your head-start to home cooked. your doctor will say get smart about your weight. i tried weight loss plans... but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes.
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welcome back. president obama making one campaign stop before a weekend at camp david. he is at george mason university in fairfax, virginia. let's listen in. four years ago i told you we would end the war in iraq, and we did. i said we would end the war in afghanistan. we are. i said we would focus on the terrorist that attacked us on 9/11, and we have. al qaeda is on the path to defeat. osama bin laden is dead. four years ago i promised cut taxes for middle class families, and i have. i promised to cut tacks for
small business owners. we have 18 times. we got every dime from banks that we used to rescue those banks. we've passed laudz to end taxpayer funded wall street bail-outs for good. we repeal don't ask don't tell to make sure that nobody that wants to serve our country gets kicked out because of who they love. four years after the economic crisis of our lifetime, we' moving. after losing 800,000 jobs a month, when i took office, businesses have now added over 5 million new jobs. unemployment has fallen. home values are back on the rise. stock market has nearly doubled. 401ks are starting to recover. manufacturing is coming home.
assembly lines are humming again. we've got to keep moving forward. we've got to keep moving forward. it's not a sales pitch. it's a real plan to grow the economy and create jobs and build more security for the middle class. i want to send fewer jobs overseas. right here in america. i want us to control more of our own energy, cut oil imports in half, create thousands of clean energy jobs. i want every child to have the same chance at a great education that michelle and i received. i want to hire more teachers in math and science, train two million workers at community
colleges, bre down the cost of college tuition. >> i want to end the wars in iraq and afghanistan to pay down our deficit, put our people back to work right here doing some nation building here at home. that's the agenda you need. that's the agenda we need. that's how we strengthen the middle class. that's how we'll keep moving forward. and in 18 days you will have a chance to say whether we keep moving forward. in 18 days you can choose between top-down economic policy that got us into this mess or the middle class out policy that is are getting us out of this mess. can you choose a foreign policy that gets us into wars with no plan to get out, or you can say let's end the afghan war responsibly. let's bring our troops home.
let's focus on making sure that we're building america. in 18 days you can let them turn the clock back 50 years for immigrants and gays and women or we can stand up and say we are a country in which everybody has a place. >> mitt romney and running mate paul ryan, they're going to be holding a rally this evening in daytona beach, florida. michelle obama is in ryan's home state of wisconsin. keeping an eye on the candidates there. now, aa lot at stake from president obama and mitt romney in monday's third and final presidential debate. joining us now to talk about what we should be looking out for is cmn's fareed zakaria, host of fareed zakaria gps and a man who knows his foreign policy. let's talk a bit first about the back and forth over libya in tuesday night's debate. what did you make of it? >> well, i think clearly
president obama got the better of that exchange, and romney just made a mistake and dug himself deeper into that mistake by insisting that he was right on what was really kind of a technical point, and it distracted attention from his larger argument, which was a perfectly fair one, which was the administration had been at the very least very clumsy in the way it had handled the aftermath of the crisis, so -- >> do you see that being rectified in the next round? >> i think he'll be very hard on obama. yes. i think what romney has decided is that the benghazi attack provides an opening which allows him to talk about the attack and then tie it to all the unrest in the middle east, from egypt to tunisia to syria, so iran, and say you see, president obama's middle east policy is unraveling. it wouldn't be a particularly powerful critique if not for the benghazi thing because it doesn't seem -- otherwise, it just seems like, you know, the middle east is an unstable
place. it's always been an unstable place. but now you have a point of attack. >> and, you know, i wanted to cover this with you. the middle east and israel and the palestinians in particular always high on the foreign policy agenda, but that whole issue is slipping from view, that particular one, and mitt romney's famous hidden camera speech to donors pretty much indicating he sees no point in pursuing a middle east peace agenda when it comes to israel and palestinians. it was pretty pessimistic. how will that be received in the arab world? >> i think it was very pessimistic, and it was a reflection really of the current israeli deposit's position. romney's position on these issues are essentially netanyahu's positions, and netanyahu has made clear that he really has no interest in trying to get some kind of a serious peace deal right now. he takes advantage of the fact that the palestinians are divided, and they are, and that is a huge problem. but that has become an excuse for the netanyahu government to do absolutely nothing, and romney in a sense is saying
that's how things stand, and we'll just kick the can down the road. it's disappointing because it provides -- you know, it means the palestinians continue to live in hardship. it also means the israelis don't solve what's an important issue for them, which is getting rid of this albatross around their neck. >> exactly. you're going to talk about china too. the chinese leadership must be burning every time there is an address from either candidate. a lot of tough talk. i want to just play a bit of the sound from tuesday's live debate, and we'll discuss. >> on day one i will label china a currency manipulator. >> they are taking unfair advantage of our manufacturers. >> when he talks about getting tough on china, you have to keep in mind that governor romney invested in companies that were pioneers of outsourcing to china. >> china, of course, leads the
u.s. as a market, and the u.s. leads china as bait of a bang. what is the reality here? how likely is it either of these men will take tough action against china? what exactly could they do? >> mitt romney is making a very specific promise? he says that on day one he will label china a currency manipulator, which does -- the only point of doing it is that it then allows you to raise tariffs against china. well, the chinese will certainly retal wrat. there's no question about that. they may also argue that what the federal reserve is doing with quantity takive easing has the effect of lowering -- the value of the dollar, and that it is in its own way the manipulation of currency. we're setting the stage for what could possibly be ae trade twar between the number one and number two economies in the world. that should be a very worrying prospect because we haven't seen anything like it for a long, long time. >> fareed, got to talk to you
about syria. especially perhaps in the wake of the apparent target in lebanon today. syria. republicans have accused the president of a failure of leadership in syria leading from behind, and what we've heard from the romney campaign about how he would respond to the crisis in syria, you know, it's such a thorny issue for a country trying to get out of two wars. it's a thorny issue for anyone. if you look at the turks, they tried to get involved and be more aggressive, and that foreign policy has sort of collapsed and they are now trying to find some way to -- it's a gruesome military intervention. it's explore the possibility of looking at some of the groups that are battling the assad government and whether they are
not extremists or radical islamic groups and find a way to get them arms. >> he knows who will get the arms that you send in there. really an impossible situation. fareed -- >> and if you end up two years from now a u.s. passenger airline that shot done with a missile that was provided by us, all hell will break loose. >> yeah, absolutely. always great to get your thoughts on foreign policy, fareed. really appreciate your time. >> and do watch fareed's special, by the way. it's coming up on sunday. what america can learn from the countries leading the green revolution, from manufacturing practices to energy resources. find out what we're not doing that could help reduce our
dependency on foreign oil. a lesson for the road map for powering america and a gps special documentary. that is sunday night 8:00 eastern. he knows his stuff. now, creating a single watchdog to keep an eye on banks in the euro zone. a live report coming up on new efforts to help prevent future catastrophic bank loans.
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sgrimplts leaders agree to install a watchdog. right now each of the 17 euro zone countries is supposed to keep an eye on its own banks and bail them out if they get into trouble, but that, of course, has left some countries deep in debt. forced to take wildly unpopular austerity measures. think about spain and greece as well. we saw demonstrations just this week. fred black joins us now to help us see what this all means. fred, you think this is the best way to protect against the crushing debt problems some members are face sng why? >> well, because it seems there has been a lack of oversight in
some countries, especially one of the ones you just mentioned. namely spain that actually led to a lot of spain's problems. if you look at right now what that country is having to do, they're having to pump a lot of money into their banking sector because a lot of their banks are in danger of going breek, and quite frankly, the spanish don't have that money at this point in time. this new oversight body is there to do two thing. one is oversight overall european banks, and the other thing is actually bailing these banks out, and the money that it draws from could come from the european central bank, but it could also come from the european stability mechanism. that is a bail-out fund that the euro zone has. it is a very, very important thing, and it was a lot of political wrangling at this e.u. summit before this deal was actually made, especially between the germans and the french, and what happened was the french wanted this thing to come earlier. the germans said we need more time to actually hammer this out. of course, what the germans are worried about is that they are going to have to pay a lot of money into this oversight body and end up bailing out banks in other countries than their own,
and that's something that is very difficult to explain to voters in this country. >> it was an uneasy compromise in many ways. they're not necessarily on the same page when it comes to this crisis. the timetable of this is pretty crucial, isn't it? >> it is very crucial, and one of the things that the french always wanted is they said if this thing has to be in place by january 1st, 2013. they said that that was something that they were not willing to budge on. the germans said it's not going to be in place by january 1st, 2013, and so angela merkel and francois alland went head-to-head at this summit for about 11 hours, and they came up with a compromise, as they usually do here in the euro zone. there's two positions that seem completely at odds with each other, but in the end they reach a compromise, and what's going to happen is that the legal framework is going to be in place by january 1st, 2013, but the thing is not actually going to go into force into way later in 2013. probably towards the end of the year because a lot of details have to be hammered out.
whatsoever powers this authority is going to have is going to have to be hammered out, and one of the reasons people see behind that and one that we always have to keep an eye on is that angela merkel faces elections later this year here in germany, and she certainly doesn't want to be seen to be giving money to other countries' banks before that election. michael. >> yeah, and, of course, fred, as always, what happens in europe matters in the united states, doesn't it, because of -- >> certainly does. >> -- the trade. exactly. fascinating stuff. always good to get your thoughts. fred plank there in berlin for us. well, one business in spain is riding out the european debt crisis. richard quest checks out a reusable diaper start-up that is surviving on its own. when we come back. anne's tablet was chatting with a tablet in sydney... a desktop in zurich... and a telepresence room in brazil. the secure cloud helped us get some numbers from my assistant's pc in new york. and before i reached the top, the board meeting became a congrats we sold the company party.
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cost of paying for them over and over again until their babies are toilet-trained. our richard quest found a woman in spain who sees a business opportunity in all of that. ♪ >> the wheels of new industry are turning in this tiny work room. >> this is modern clothe nappy. >> it's an uphill struggle for this woman who set up her reusable nappy business in 2010. >> we have key advantage in recession, which is an economical advantage for parents with the first baby -- with the first baby where they have to invest in cloth nappies. they already save 900 euros, and this is a saving strategy for the family. another type of customer buy them because of ecological motivations. while it's obvious. >> this is the original small
business. opened in the teeth of recession, but because it has a niche market is expanding. it's got one machine over here. come with me. >> yes. >> and this is the empire. >> yes. e se. that's it. you don't need much more. >> second-hand machines at that. because, like thousands of small businesses across spain, there's precious little support from the banks for investment. >> to get one euro from a bank, you have to put through two euros in the business, and you have to guarantee it with five euros of your own, so if they give you, i don't know, 1,000 euros, you need to have 5,000 euros in the bank to make them sure that you will pay them back, so you need such guarantees that it makes impossible to get a loan. >> a lack of access to funding means growth must remain modest.
she reinvests her earnings back into the business. she is proud her products are made in spain. she's frustrated that the current tax regime makes local production uncompetitive. >> the cost of labor is not because of the salaries because spanish salaries aren't that high. it's because of the taxes. for every 100 euros i pay to a person, i have to pay 40 to 50 to the state, and that is very expensive. extremely expensive. >> you take the baby. >> yes. and you close the nappy. >> i don't know what all the fuss is about. >> it's like so easy. >> get on with it. there. to continue to move forward, the one thing businesses here crave is predictability. that is the one thing in today's spain that's a long way off.
richard quest, cnn, barcelona. and he is english. that's why it was nappies, not diapers. it is in my country assist well. all right. the death of a tracker, a riot in china. lots of unanswered questions about what happened. we'll look into it when we come back. rld... ...you see they all have something very interesting in common. they have teachers... ...with a deeper knowledge of their subjects. as a result, their students achieve at a higher level. let's develop more stars in education. let's invest in our teachers... ...so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive.
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welcome back, everyone. a rare look at a searing protest in china. show you there the city which is in southwest china. this happened late on wednesday. thousands of people rioting in the streets setting fire to police cars. they say a truck driver was beaten to death by police. state media, though, say that he was parked in a no parking zone. then got sick and died after a scuffle with police.
media report 20 people were arrested. to london now. a once popular children's television and radio host is accused of sexual abuse. he died a year ago. now sexual misconduct allegations are pouring in against him. he was a whacky and dynamic bbc presenter who was actually knighted and given an honor rather doctorate. he is accused of preying on teenage girls for decades. cyclist lance armstrong is scheduled to address a crowd at a fundraiser for his livestrong cancer foundation in austin, texas, tonight. this will actually be his first public appearance since that scathing report by the u.s. doping agency alleging that he ran an elaborate doping scandal, did so for years, they say. the armstrong scandal has cost cycling a big sponsor, meanwhile. dutch bank, and it's a big bank, rabo bank, will stop supporting professional cycling at the end of the year. the bank says the decision is a direct result of that report.
the statement from the bank expresses doubt that the world of professional cycling can ever "make this a clean and fair sport." armstrong, of course, denying the allegations against him. well, finding deals in europe for hip hotels. some advice for you from a travel and leisure expert on where to look and where to buy. people have doubts about taking aspirin for pain.
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up isn't easy, and we ought to know. we're in the business of up. everyday delta flies a quarter of million people while investing billions improving everything from booking to baggage claim. we're raising the bar on flying and tomorrow we will up it yet again. plan aing trip to europe? well, if your wallet is full, try booking a $400 a night luxury suite at london's dorsett square hotel. that's in the rather fashionable neighborhood. it is one of europe's new chic hotels, and there is lots more for the discerning traveller. senior correspondent at travel and leisure magazine. that's a heck of a job. >> i know. it's a good job.
>> not bad. >> not so bad. i am in new york. not all the time. most of the time i'm on the road. >> yeah. in luxury hotels. the dorsett square hotel, not to be confused with the dorsett hotel, has only 38 rooms. does small mean chic? >> i love intimate. right now, actually, you know, the idea of having a small boutique hotel where you can have kind of a more curated experience is definitely something that we're seeing as a big trend in travel and leisure, and the dorsett square and the firm dell property, the firmed out properties that own the dorsett square really do a great job with this. this is their seventh property in london, and what i love about it is that what they've taken a little bit of the neighborhood and taken as a motif and use it throughout the hotel. the neighborhood as you mentioned, this little guard thaen they have right outside which a lot of the rooms look out on to used to be cricket park, and so they have these cricket motifs throughout the hotel, and kit camp is just the queen of doing intimate and
using beautiful embroidery. this is a place where you will feel really special. >> the malibu. of course, the mcc legend in cricket. i don't think our audience follows that. >> i love the aussie bringing in the cricket. >> you got it. great sport. what about other sites across europe? yol, there are plenty of these things popping up. >> well, there's the monmouth shelter in marseille. it's a town that we have our eye on because there's a lot of creative energy going on there. monmouth shelter opened in paris and actually got a design award from travel and leisure because it is philippe stark. it's this young creative set that wants to have fun in a hotel, and when you think about deals, this is only $90 a night in marseille. there are about 120 rooms. they all have imax in them. it's all about communal dining when you are downstairs. there's a pizza rea. it's all about fun, and what i love about that is that for $90 a night you can have a great experience, and you don't have to sacrifice the idea of having a comfortable stay with the idea of having a fun stay.
>> yeah. when cnn sends me away, it's normally iraq or afghanistan, and it's a cot in a tent. next time i'll travel with you guys at "travel and leisure magazine." >> we're happy to have you. >> kneela, great to see you. >> thank you. all right. a lion out of the rolling stones song jumping jack flash. the london red carpet debut of crossfire hurricane. it's a new documentary about the rolling stones, but the buzz is all about their 50th anniversary tour. do you feel old now? 50th? [ ryan ] it doesn't get any better than endless shrimp at red lobster.
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♪ >> you can sit down now. the band agency label says after a cnn interview people in the united states started to take notice. stay with the music. well, rolling stones fans will be getting some satisfaction from the legendary rockers as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. the group is going on tour -- a short tour, though. there's always a documentary chronicling their rise to fame. it's going to be out in theaters. neil curry caught up with the band. >> reporter: i was born in the summer of 1962.
in the months that followed there was a phenomenon in the birth of british talent. the beatles, the first james bond film, and the first gig by a band that became known as the rolling stones in this building behind me in london. ♪ >> 50 years on the band members are performing to hold themselves on stage once more. >> soon we'll be back on stage playing for you in two cities that know how to rock 'n' roll. ♪ >> with a total of just four performances in london and newark, it's not so much a tour, but a celebration of the career which has spanned three generations of fans. ♪ >> reporter: a new hits album on the way, the stones defied their
combined 273 years and walked the red carpet with a spring in their step. >> can you tell me what it was like back in those early days with the first gigs of the stones? >> there are so many songs to rehearse. like 300 songs laying on my head when i first was rehearsing. we would stay up day after day and churn through the songs, and i luckily know them all in my head. i was blessed. >> what about the stage? how did you learn to own the stage? >> well, they kind of make you feel welcome and take you under the umbrella of getting comfortable within the stones. >> what sets the rolling stones apart from other bands? >> well, near very, very talented and very clever, and they've been together 50 years. that's quite an achievement, and they make the greatest music in the world. >> how are you looking forward to the new gigz? >> the rehearsals in paris will be fantastic, and playing all
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daredevils in central china took part in the wind suit flying world championship. oh, yeah, there is such a thing. the birdman is gliding down from a 4,600 foot peak in the country. the winner a south african who swooped to the ground in less than four seconds. >> crazy. >> that was such a unique thing to one particular jumper out there, but now when you stee it en masse -- >> no, no, no. everyone is doing it. you don't do that? >> sorry. >> i need to jump on the bandwagon. go wind suiting this weekend. i know i am. >> videotape it along the way. thanks so much. we'll look forward to seeing you in a few minutes. thanks so much, michael. hello. i'm fredricka whitfield in for suzanne malveaux. let's talk about the presidential race. the campaigns are going after
key groups of voters like women, and they're targeting those make or break swing states. wisconsin is one of about nine battleground states that will likely decide who wins the white house. our miguel marquez went to a swing county in wisconsin to talk with women voters. some of them still trying to make up their minds. >> here we are milking cows in racine county, wisconsin. what else would we be doing in a place that offers -- this is a county and state in play, a place that hasn't voted for a republican since reagan in 1984. the rank family has farmed here since grover cleveland was president. they have run the family dairy for 16 years. >> look there. >> twice a day 3:00 a.m. and p.m. they milk their 80 cows. >> this is a first. >> reporter: they want to expand, but credit.
their biggest concern? government debt acting like an anchor on the economy. >> either of you made your mind up about who you are going to vote for? >> i have a pretty good idea. >> yeah. >> reporter: but still could change it? >> could change it. >> anything could change. >> reporter: so what is it they want out of the white house? >> it's going to take someone that wants to strap on their big boy boots and really take charge and say, look, we are in a world of hurt. we need change. >> reporter: voters here take elections seriously. turn-out is high, and most voters independent. to give you an idea just how swinging wisconsin is, these counties voted for george bush in 2000 and 2004. those same counties voted obama in 2008. even in the same family votes often split. >> i am voting for romney. >> you are voting for romney? you think because his business credentials? >> yes. >> he is a businessman first.
>> you make your -- >> no. i am not -- i have no clue who i'm going to vote for. it kind of teeters depending. >> four years ago laura and her daughter, marjorie, started their own bakery. >> making upside down stars. >> they struggle, and the business grew, and now in a bigger space and three new employees. >> are social ishdz or economic issues bigger for you? >> i have to go with economic just because of our country and everything like that, but social issues are important. it isn't anybody's right to tell women what they can or can't do with their body. >> carol rents out most of her farmland and says she works harder than ever just to keep her head above water. >> do you have a sense of a campaign? >> on the phone. >> five women. one battleground state. both campaigns working for their votes in the final stretch. >> our miguel joining us now from waterford, wisconsin. miguel, i know some of the ladies say they're still undecided, but it really is hard to understand how anyone doesn't
know at this juncture what they want to do. we're just talking about 18 days until election. they've heard all this campaigning and they still don't know? >> you know, they're not completely undecided. had he feel they know who they're going to vote for, but they have weak preference wrshz that's what everybody says in ohio and now in wisconsin. there are a lot of people out there who have just weak preferences. they're not sure. they like one candidate, but they can still be swayed towards the otherers, and that's what the campaigns are working so hard at right now, fred. >> what do the polls say where you are right now? >> a couple of the polls this past week. one from marquette university here which had the race literally dead heat. just millimeters apart. another one that nbc-maris poll came out. that one took into account a few of those responses took into account the second debate, and that had obama up by six points. i do want to show you one thing here because we are on a dairy
farm. in a barn. these two don't care about polls at all. these will two new additions here. this is barack, and this is mitt. they named them in honor of us being here doing this story. they are absolutely adorable, and they -- these two -- this barack and this mitt they don't care about polls at all. >> okay. meantime, those are the stars of the show for now, but we understand some other big names are going to be crisscrossing the state, including michelle obama that will be in racine county as well stumping for the president, right? >>. >> yeah. we're in racine county now, and she's not too far from here. bill clinton will be in green bay, and matt romney will also be in town, so all these campaigns hitting it hard. we're also one county over from janesville where paul ryan is from, so, you know, this is an area, this is a state that they are working incredibly hard. >> excellent. thanks so much. miguel marquez, appreciate that from waterford, wisconsin.
>> all right. abortion is one of the issues that could affect how women vote in the presidential race, and it's in the spotlight again after a comment by an illinois republican congressman. representative joe walsh is in pretty tough re-election fight. here's what he said to reporters just last night about exceptions to abortion bans. >> this is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable. there's no such exception as life of the mother and as far as health of the mother. same thing. with advances in science and technology, there is -- health of the mother has been -- has become a tool for abortions any time under any reason. >> let's bring in our political editor paul steinhouser. is this a sign of how tough walsh re-election bid is, or what's the trlgsz translation here? >> this is getting a lot of attention both on-line and on
tv. no doubt about that, fred, after his comments last night. that was after his debate with tammy duckworth. she's the opponent. she, of course, is a war hero in a way. she was flying helicopters during the iraq war and had both of her legs shot out. how is this going to play? well, listen, joe walsh is known to say a lot of controversial things. we have got tony expect that over the last two years. how will this work in the suburban chicago district? it may hurt him to a degree. polls are kind of all over the place in this rates. some polls indicate that duckworth has an advantage. other polls indicate that the race is a little bit closer. it's hard to say right now. this is still -- i will say, fred, this is one of the most high profile house races out there. a lot of attention to this race, and now with the congressman's controversial comments from last night, it is even more high profile, fred. >> many can remember duckworth actually speaking at the democratic national convention as well. meantime, the obama campaign has tried to keep the focus on romney, and rooen's position on
abortion. we heard from the president on the campaign trail in virginia last hour, and he was out with a new line trying to hit romney on women's issues as a whole. what did he say exactly? >> of course, right now we are talking so much about the female vote and abortion is an important topic for a lot of women. take a learn to these new lines from the president at that campaign event in have a have just in the last hour. >> if you say women should have access to contraception, but you support legislation that would let your employer deny you contraseptive care, you might have a case of romnesia. if you say you'll protect a woman's right to choose, but you stand up in a primary debate and say that you would be delighted sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases, then you definitely got romnesia. >> you know well, keep saying that the economy is the top issue with american voters, but take a look at this poll from gallop that came out yesterday. this is among women voters in
the battleground states, and take a look at what is there they are their top issue. abortion. it was very different, of course, for male likely voters. again, this is just one survey, and just in the battleground states, but it is interesting that it goes to the point of what the president was just talking about. written response. this is fresh off the black bear from the romney campaign. they respond to the president's new line of romnesia, and they say women haven't forgotten how we've suffered in the obama economy with higher taxes, higher unemployment, and higher levels of poverty. that is their pushback every time the president or the democrats bring up abortion. they say that women have suffered under the obama economy. you're going to hear a lot more of this between now and november 6 election day, fred. >> all right. a whole lot over the next 18 days of everything. all right. thanks so much. paul steinhauzer, appreciate that. >> remember, you can watch the third and final presidential debate right here on cnn. our live coverage from boca raton, florida, beginning at 7:00 eastern time. here's what we're working on for this hour. sexual harassment and dediscrimination on capitol
hill, and the settlements costing you big money. and she is the youngest of robert kennedy's 11 children. i talked to rory kennedy about the legacy of both her father and mother, ethel. >> he was obviously on the forefront of so many extraordinary moments in our nation's history and civil rights movement, the missile crisis. really significant events, but my mother played a significant role in those as well.
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assassination attempt and that he, indeed, the victim, was the target. >> well, i mean, it's one of those join the dots situations. when this happened, one of the things we're all asking, those who know beirut, is why? why there? as we said, it's a peaceful part of town. one of the nicest places in beirut, actually, and also, just a couple of months ago it was the curious case of the politician pro-syrian politician that's with explosives himself, and being part of an alleged plot to create bombings missed lebanon to destabilize lebanon, which is, you know, potentially
fractured at the best of times in order to divert attention away from what was happening in syria. this was part of assad's plan to have the conflicts. now it's starting to make sense. if, indeed, he was killed, which it looks like he was, he would be a target or pro-syrian elements. who? we don't know. >> there had been a warning to lebanon recently. what does this mean? a warning to what degree and what does this mean about relationship to syria? >> this is the u.n. and arab league envoy who has an unenveeable job on behalf of those two groups. he was in lebanon a couple of days ago. he is now in syria. when he was there he said to lebanese leaders, keep a lid on things here. watch out. he said that you can't keep this conflict inside syria's borders, and this happens two days after he left the place, and it was -- >> is it believed that this vehicle was parked -- the victim went to his parked vehicle, started it up, blew up, or did
we know any chances like that? >> dwoent know that at the moment. you know, the thing with syria -- with lebanon, you have to remember, you have 18 distinct religious groupings. of course, the majority are muslim and christian, but within those groups -- catholic and subsets of catholic simple. protestants as well. it's a place that always has potential to explode. when i was there, the piece around this part of town was wonderful. >> yes. and more, and it was a very neat place to be. so see this happening in this part of town, everybody is worried about what it could lead to. >> it's happening at peak kind of afternoon rush hour people in cafes and going home. >> a lot of cafes, bars, coffee shops, that sort of stuff in that area, and residential as
well. >> okay. thanks so much, michael holmes, for bringing us those stories. appreciate it. back in the country every workplace has rules, right, and many of them were written by u.s. congress, but a new report shows the mof complaints of harassment and discrimination by congressional employees is up sharply. cnn's dana bash reports from capitol hill. >> reporter: florida democratic alsi hastings accused of sexual harassment last year. the case was dismissed in court, but it's one example of a sharply rising number of harassment and discrimination complaints by congressional employees. 142 people made claims in 2011, and settlements last year cost taxpayers $46 1,366. >> why are my taxpayer dollars going to settle cases of people who are not treating their employees well? >> well, in an ideal world, members of congress would not be discriminating against their workers. >> reporter: keb are a katz
represented congressional employees in harassment cases, including some against former congressman eric massa who two years ago agreed to tickling his male staffers. katz thinks the real number of harassment cases is much higher than a new report states. congressional aides are too intimated to formally complain. >> it's young apiring people who want political careers, who want to do great things, who believe in parties in the office that is they work in. they don't want to be disloyal. they know that by filing a complaint against these very powerful people, it's the end of their careers functionally. >> reporter: before a complaint is filed, the first step is a request for confidential counseling. often a person alleges more than one claim. in 2011 there were 196. that's up from 2010, and if you look at this graph, a significant climb since 2008. the report also tracks retaliation. last year there were 108 cases of bosses retaliating against employees. most complaints come from police
officers and capital support workers in less political jobs with unions who inform them of their rights. it's not the case for congressional employees. see this? workers' rights on the wall at cnn. that's required by law. members of congress are exempt from posting that. the report also unearthed how inaccessible the capitol is to people with disabilities. listing 154 so-called barriers to access. 84 post safety risks. this curb right outside the longworth building is a classic example of a safety risk. look at this. the cracks are so wide xshgs this sloed slope is so steep that wheelchairs can easily flip over. in fact, 93% of all park ramps are not compliant with the american disabilitiesability. this is a law, of course that, congress itself passed. >> the fact that people in wheel chairs can't get occupy a curb to get to what's supposed to be the people's house -- >> is disgraceful. >> one bright spot? we did happen to see one curb
ramp being fixed. dana bash, cnn, capitol hill. >> and the candidates took time out from campaigning last night for a little stamp-out. >> everyone please take your seats. otherwise clint eastwood will yell at them. >> it's nice to finally relax and wear what ann and i wear around the house. >> we'll hear more of the best punch lines.
sxwrirchlgts president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail today after appearing on the same stage last night to trade in one-liners. the two men were front and center at the annual alfred a. smith dinner in new york. they took pot shots, mostly at themselves, at the white tie affair. >> after my foreign trip in 2008 i was attacked as a celebrity because i was so popular with our allies overseas. i have to say i'm impressed with how well governor romney has avoided that. >> in the spirit of sesame street, the president's remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter o and the number $16 trillion.
>> president obama also stopping by john stewart's "daily show" but his conversation turned serious when he talked about the september 11th attack and benghazi libya that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. >> we weren't confused about the fact that four americans have been killed. >> sure. >> i wasn't confused about the fact that we needed to ramp up diplomatic security around the world right after it happened. >> i would say even you would admit it was not the optimal response, at least to the american people as far as us all being on the same page. >> well, here's what i'll say. >> yeah. >> if four americans get killed, it's not optimal. >> cnn political director mark preston joining us now live from washington, so, mark, what have you learned last night about the two candidates, particularly not at the john stewart there when we heard the president talk about a rather serious matter, but we're talking about kind of this roast, this dinner. >> well, we learned that mitt romney can actually tell a joke and people can laugh at it, fred, you know? although he didn't have a great delivery. you know, when you talk to folks
who watched the dinner over and over again, you know, it seems like mitt romney had better jokes, but barack obama just can deliver the jokes better, but, you know, we're in the closing days of this campaign, and this was really the last rest stop along the way where these two candidates could not be vicious xardz one another and could put politics aside or at least largely put politics aside before they get back on the campaign trail because it is going to get very ugly, and it's going to get very heed heated as we close into november. >> the overall movement at the dinner, i mean, the expectations were high that it would be jovial and funny. >> yeah. they did okay. they both did pretty good, and they -- you know, their jokes were good. i was telling you last night i was watching it on cnn, and i walked away from this thing, and it was a draw. they both did very well. >> what do we expect from these candidates going forward? we know they're already campaigning. we've got 18 days to go. the pressure is on. monday night, last presidential debate. there's a lot on both of their late. >> you know, fred, you and i talk about this all the time. this is going to be the most
important night of the campaign, monday night. especially where we are right now in the campaign. it's all basically tied up across the country. nationally these swing states are really closing up. mitt romney taking a lead in some of them. we do know that president obama did campaign today. virginia. he is now at camp david. he will be prepping for his debate. mitt romney right now prepping as well, but he will be down in florida for a campaign event tonight, and then expect these candidates just to do a lot of studying and getting prepared for monday night. really the campaign will be shaped by what happens on that debate monday night. >> all right. indeed. thanks so much. mark preston, appreciate that. all right, more on the president and host john stewart sharing some of the lighter moments now, and actually making fun of vice president joe biden. >> how many times a week does biden show up in a wet bathing suit to a meeting? just ballpark figure. >> i have to put out a presidential directive on that. we will to stop that.
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all right. when the september unemployment rate came in at 7.8% nationally, it was widely seen as a boon for president obama's re-election campaign, but state by state numbers just out this morning show a murkier picture, especially in some swing states. we're joined by alison at the new york stock exchange. alison, let's start with two of the biggest electoral prizes, ohio and florida. how is the job market looking in those states? >> these are the powerhouses, ohio and florida, because 47 electoral votes are up for grabs in those states, and we did just get these state by state unemployment numbers. these are the last ones before
the election, so we focus in on this swing states. we found out that unemployment rates in ohio and florida fell, but the job picture is a little different. in ohio there's 7% unemployment. that's below the national average. partialingly because there's a big recovery going on in manufacturing and partially because people are just dropping out of the labor force. you're seeing a little good. you're seeing a little bad in ohio. for voters, of course, it really depends on their personal situation, and the positive and negative forces in ohio means it could really be a close call. all right. let's turn to florida. florida, there is a clear picture of improvement there. for more than two years, though, florida was dogged by double digit unemployment, but at 8.7%, that is where the unemployment rate in florida is now. it's down for more than 10% a year ago. that's a huge decline, and you look at florida's labor force. it's growing. more people are looking for jobs, and more people, fredricka are getting jobs, at least in florida. >> let's talk about another swing state, nevada.
big housing bust over the years. you know, there have been some signs that that sector is kind of improving, but the job market overall -- >> job market still having a real hard time in nevada. nevada had the highest unemployment rate in the country. it's at 11.8%. get this, it's gone up since president obama took office. when he took office, it was at 9.6%. you compare that to florida and ohio where unemployment is the same or lower than when the president took office. you know, this could realistically be an issue to the president's campaign. nevada's biggest industry is tourism, and some, but not all of those jobs, have come back, but the unemployment rate is recovering. it is down quite a bit compared to last year, but they're certainly still feeling the pain there. >> the flip side to that, iowa, unemployment rate is fairly low. why? >> yeah. iowa is kind of interesting because it's got a diverse economy. many people, you know, think agriculture when they think iowa, but it's also a hotspot for high-tech jobs, for banking, for insurance. it's a well-educated state. not a surprise you're seeing the
unemployment rate at 5.2%. you look at 2008 for president obama. just to pull all of these states together. he won ohio. florida and nevada and iowa. now the economic picture is mixed. you know, iowa is strong. florida is kind of getting there, but nevada is still in the midst of a recovery, and there is still a lot of discouraged workers in ohio, so you know what, with these states, it could go either way. a lot of these states could wind up being toss-ups. >> all right. alison, thank you so much. appreciate that. all right, mitt romney gets a little love from the orlando sentinel. that newspaper made its pick for president official today endorsing the republican. "the sentinel" endorsed candidate barack obama in 2008, but it's now picking romney with the condition. the paper's editors say from the doesn't produce results, they'll "get behind someone who will in four years." president barack obama had his biggest single day of fundraising this week.
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as first lady, then u.s. senator, and nor u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton has spent the last two decades in the van garde of american politics, but she tells "marie claire" making sfwleen that her current government job will be her last. in this week's issue clinton says definitively that she will not run for president in 2016.
cnn's ellise lavitt joining us. you've spent thousands of hours with the secretary. how serious is she about leaving politics, or is there wiggle room that maybe after a respite she would reconsider? >> well, fred, you know, it's not the first time that secretary clinton has said this. in fact, i did an interview with her in february where she said that she's out of politics after this job and basically what she has told me and "marie claire" and countless other reporters is that she wants her life back. she's been in public service for 20 years, and she really just wants to be her own person. i don't know. i don't think we've heard the last of this. i do think after she might take a rest. i think she might, you know, maybe write a book or something like that, and i think once her supporters come out of the wood work, and you know that there has been lots of supporters still looking for her to run, i think that perhaps she might reconsider. i believe her right now when she says she's not running. i just don't know if that will be her mindset a year or so from now. >> right. she's feeling that in the moment. you know, you mention there a
lot of her supporters who have wanted her to run. there's even a facebook page apparently. not her doing, but someone else's, about her running in 2016. if, you know, she were to take a break and stay away from politics for a while, is she saying anything about wanting to spend more time with the clinton foundation or perhaps even create her own? >> well, i think these are things that she's definitely thinking about. i mean, she's very interested in women's issues, in children's issues, and issues of poverty that she's worked on. not just as secretary of state, but as first lady and as a senator. so i think that she's going to want to do those type of philanthropic type of things maybe with president clinton's foundation. maybe of her own. she's tired, fred, and all of those who travel with her for the past three years or so are tired too. i mean, she's got an incredible energy. the frantic pace which she travels around the world and the hours of secretary of state are really all-consuming, and so i
think right now she wants to take a little bit of distance from this whirlwind of the last four years and kind of regroup, but, you know, again, her aides have said, a lot of supporters have said to me, i would drop anything if i heard she run. a lot of people looking for her to, you know, think about it a little bit longer. >> i'm sure she will. rest does a body and mind very good. >> all right. ellise, thank you so much. appreciate that. all right. and they are considered american royalty. a rare glimpse inside the kennedy family. >> he was obviously on the forefront of so many extraordinary moments in our nation's history and civil rights movement, the cuban missile crisis. really significant events, but my mother played a significant role in those as well. >> and more details from the interview between mother and daughter in the new documentary "ethel." 7 [ male announcer ] there's a better way...
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sdmrimplt many has been written about the ledge endary kennedy father. now a different glimpse into their world. rory never knew her father. she was born six months after robert f. kennedy was assassinated. well, together with archive pictures from the kennedy library and 16,000 images from her mother's private collection, rory interviewed her mom and siblings in a documentary now on hbo. >> your mom was reluctant to do this. >> why should i have to answer all these questions? >> well, we're making a documentary about you. [ laughing ] >> that's a bad idea. >> so what provoked you to do a documentary about your mom, ethel and be so persistent about it? >> well, hbo had approached me to do this film, and i was resistant to it. i said no a number of times, but
they were very persistent. sheila nevams, and then i thought i would ask my mother, and she would say no because she doesn't like doing interviews. she hasn't done one in 25 years. she has never told the story of her life, and i asked her, and she surprised me and said yes. >> your mom and dad met skiing. >> we made a bet right away about who could get down the mountain faster. >> your mom says it was love at first sight. your mother amazingly athletic. your dad athletic as well. you depict they really did compliment each other as individuals, as parents in the world of politics. is that kind of one of the big reveals in this documenta? >> well, i think it is. i think to show the world that my mother played a role. there's been a long of attention over the years about my family, which has been really wonderful, but it has mostly focused on the men in the family, and it's nice
to show the role that women played that, my mother played as a partner with my father because, obviously, on the forefront of so many extraordinary moments in our nation's history and civil rights movement, the cuban missile crisis. really significant events, but my mother played a significant role in those as well. so this film really shifts the perspective of it to explore what she did, how she contributed, and how they really worked together to create social change. >> do you think in large part people knew that, or do you believe that's one of the surprises about this documentary about your mom, ethel? >> i think that it's a bit of a reveal in the film to change the spotlight a bit and to look and really examine the role she played. so many people come up to me afterwards, after watching the film, and say i have no -- i had no idea both who your mother was
as character ask & as a person going throughout world, and then also her contribution, and i think it's significant. it adds a new dimension to, you know, to this story that i hope is helpful and, you know, is meaningful to people. >> one of the other fun surprises was that, you know, your dad actually dated your mom's sister, pat, for two years, and also that arthur schlesinger would write that your mom, once they finally got back together again that, your mom really did bring out your dad emotionally. what did you learn about your parents, your family as a whole, in all of this? >> well, it was such a great experience for me. i was able to sit down with my mother for five days and ask her every question i have ever wanted to ask. i'm the youngest of 11 children, and so it was also nice for me to be able to speak with my
older brothers and sisters because they had a very different experience growing up than i did. i'm on the other end of the spectrum than my siblings cathleen, joe, bobby, my older siblings. they had a very different childhood, and sometimes, you know, life goes by and you don't have time to sit back and ask these questions. what was it like in the house during the cuban missile crisis? what was it like during the civil rights movement? there's some insights into those answers that i think have never been shared before. i found them fascinating, and i'm hopeful that other people will find it interesting as well. >> like you said, you have been wanting to talk to your mom about these questions for a long time. it really has been a labor of love to get this off the ground. >> well, it was -- you know, it was a difficult prostz project for me because i am -- i make documentaries, and i always shed light on issues that are outside of my own world and try to bring
attention to things that otherwise might not be focused on in the mainstream media, and so this was a very different experience for me to kind of focus more in towards my own family, but in that way it was probably my hardest film, but i think -- i hope that people will find some insights into it. i certainly did. i hope others will too. >> and to see more of my interview with rory kennedy, tune in tomorrow in the 3:00 p.m. eastern hour of the cnn newsroom. the film "ethel" airs again on hbo sunday 1:45 p.m. eastern time. all right. you could help turn back the biological clock for women trying to have children. we'll take a look at a fascinating new study. was found, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader.
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fertilization, frozen eggs are as good as fresh eggs. that's according to a new report that brings it -- its own stamp of approval on this idea. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here to explain what this could mean for women trying to conceive and believe they need the help of ivf. so, fresh or frozen, stamp of approval says they're equally good? >> it says that they should no longer be considered experimental. this is from the american society for reproductive medicine. frozen eggs have been out there for a couple of years now, maybe five years or so. but everyone is saying, are they really good? should we really give our stamp approval and this group says yes. let's talk about the success rates. when you harvest your eggs at age 30, your success rate at getting pregnancy later on is 50%. and at age 40 it is about 15%. we want to put that out there, that it is better to harvest young than to harvest old and this is not cheap. at age 30, harvesting your eggs will cost about $10,000.
and at age 40, harvesting your eggs will cost about $15,000. it takes more sort of stuff to make it work when you're 40 than when you're 30. and really harvesting your eggs at 40 is probably not the best time to be doing it, you should be doing it sooner. it is expensive and it is not a guarantee that you're going to have a kid, but certainly is sort of, like, an insurance policy. >> there are a lot of situations where one will consider, you know, harvesting eggs, i guess. so if you are the young woman who says somewhere down the line i want to conceive, but i'm just not sure if my career, my life will allow it, is this good news, particularly for that 20-year-old woman who says, i just kind of want something in storage? >> right. let's say you're 30 years old, you have not yet met mr. right, you don't think mr. right is on the horizon, you say, gosh, what if i meet someone at 39 and i get pregnant at 40, i want to freeze these eggs now. the american study for
reproductive medicine says they don't think there is enough proof out there that would persuade these women to do it. it is not necessarily going to work. it is an invasive procedure to do t fertility doctors will say, look, if you're concerned about this, why not go ahead and do it? the chances you're going to get hurt are really quite tiny and you may need these later. is there proof absolutely this is going to help you? no. but it is -- some women are not risk takers and they want to make sure. >> it is a possible safety net. you brought up some numbers. those are pretty sizable numbers. so a lot of women or couples, families, would want to rely on their insurance. does this, i guess it is a breakthrough or does this -- does this make a difference tass pertains to whether insurance would cover it or not? >> yes, it could make a very big difference. now this group has said this is not experimental, insurance companies will be under more pressure to cover it. for example, a 25-year-old has cancer, is about to have radiation, wants to preserve those eggs before she has
radiation, there is now a pretty good chance that insurance will cover that, with this stamp of approval. they weren't so likely to cover it before. going back to the 30-year-old woman who hasn't met mr. right and just wants to preserve those eggs in case she needs them later, chances are insurance still isn't going to cover that because she doesn't have a medical necessity, she just has anxiety. this is potentially really good news for, for example, cancer patients that want to preserve the eggs for medical reasons. >> fantastic. fascinating information. thanks so much, elizabeth cohen. to become an empowered patient, and learn more about fertility treatments, visit cnn.com/empowered patient. all right, texas just lost a part of its heritage after big tex catches fire. smart comes with 8 airbags,t3 a crash management system and the world's only tridion safety cell which can withstand over three and a half tons. small in size. big on safety.
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recognizable texas figures went up in smoke. this is what's left of big tex. just his iron skeleton. 52 feet tall. big tex welcomed visitors to the state fair of texas for 60 years. well, today, something caught fire inside the giant fiberglass body of big tex and it simply burned. the mayor of dallas is already promising to rebuild him. i can't believe i missed big tex when i lived in dallas. much more of the "newsroom" straight ahead with brooke baldwin. have you ever seen him? >> a travesty. r.i.p., big tex. >> he'll make a comeback. everything is big in texas. hello to you. i'm brooke baldwin. good to be with you on this friday. i have news just into us at cnn. the tsa plans to fire 25