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that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i turn you over to the table and willing hands of one mr. wolf blitzer. mr. blitzer, over to you. >> jake, thanks very much. happening now, a deadly building collapse in one of downtown philadelphia's busiest areas. the mayor says an active search and rescue is still under way right now. we're going there for the latest. stand by. plus, president obama's controversial pick to be the next national security adviser at the white house. is he igniting a new battle with republicans by naming ambassador susan rice to the post? plus, the first lady, michelle obama's rare run in with a heckler, and it's all caught on tape. you're going to see the exclusive video right here. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with a massive and sudden building collapse right in the heart of downtown philadelphia. one woman is confirmed dead.
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12 people have been taken to area hospitals after authorities say a vacant building being demolished collapsed onto a thrift store trapping those inside. some of them for hours. and you can see the chilling before and after pictures from that scene showing just how severe the damage is. the mayor, michael nutter, says an active and dangerous search and rescue effort is still under way to find any remaining victims in the rubble. cnn's don lemon is standing by. we're going to him shortly. but first, listen to the mayor, michael nutter, speaking out just a little while ago. >> they're doing a spectacular job out here. and they are diligent. they're focused, they're determined, and as i said earlier and i know you have carried this. if there is anyone else in that structure, in that building, under that rubble, our folks will find them, and they will not stop until they are assured
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by their own standards that we have completed our job and found anyone who might be there. >> still a situation that is unfolding. cnn's don lemon knows philadelphia well. he used to live there. he's on the ground just outside that collapsed building for us. set the scene for us, don, because we saw the before. we saw the after pictures. and it looks awful. tell our viewers what we know? >> it is awful, wolf. we're looking at a backhoe, two of them, pulling debris out of that building. the facade of that thrift store is the only thing that is standing. a 130-foot wall at least at least fell onto the thrift store today. we're also hearing from sources that are close to the investigation that at least one person has died, a woman. the mayor will not comment on
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that earlier. he said when he was more comfortable with giving us information, he would comment at a press conference. but it's an unbelievable scene here. many firefighters, many police officers, many rescue workers on the scene of the collapsed building. earlier, i spoke with a resident of a senior facility who witnessed all of it. his name is claude davis. let's listen to him. >> sitting by the union building next to us. and i heard this great big crash. and i looked and i seen the building crumble. oh, it was painful. oh, my goodness. and i thought about all them people in there. that couldn't get out of there, and i screamed and hollered. i can't say no more. >> reporter: and so, wolf, she
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said there were people in traffic waiting at the red light here to get through, and they were involved. he said there was a big cloud of smoke that fell on all of it. and as i'm standing here, i am looking at a big dumpster that they have brought in to remove the debris, at least two orthree of them, and firefighters lined up down the streets. one thing in all of this, may have saved the people in there is that the fire house is in the same block, literally feet away from where this collapse happened. >> and that salvation army thrift shop at the corner, all of these bricks, all of the rubble, basically fell on that thrift shop. even though it's still standing, it's a disaster, and i just want to be precise. do officials -- do rescue workers over there still think there may be a person or two trapped underneath that rubble? >> reporter: what they're saying is that they believe that it could be one person. it could be more. they're not exactly sure. earlier, they thought it was two
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people. and then they had one person pulled out, a woman, and she walked away from the scene, and they were surprised by that, taken to the hospital. so they're not sure. what they're doing is they're stopping traffic, stopping helicopters in the area because they don't want any vibrations to cause any other collapses. just to give you an idea, five people taken to one hospital, the university of pennsylvania. five were taken to jefferson, and three were taken to hahnemann hospital. one of those is released. more information, i'm sure, we'll get from the mayor when we speak to him. >> we're going to speak to the mayor. hold on just for a moment as well. the mayor, michael nutter, is joining us now from the scene. mr. mayor, thanks very much. this building was being demolished, i understand. then all of a sudden, it collapsed. how is this possible? what do we know, how did this happen, mayor? >> what we know is we have an active demolition of a building
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which happens to be next to the salvation army thrift store. the store was actively operating. the building had already been partially demolished some time ago. this was an active demolition site. the building being demolished, of course, was vacant. we don't have all of the details, but we think it's pretty clear that part of the wall of the building that was being demolished collapsed onto the salvation army thrift store. the store was active and open. there were employees and customers. we didn't -- do not know how many people were actually in the store at that time. so active search and rescue continues. we're taking away the debris. we still have an area to be examined. and we are hopeful that we have actually gotten out everyone who was in the building, but at this moment, we do not know for sure. so police and fire are still on the scene. fire rescue operations are still active. this is an active search and
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rescue operation. we will not stop until we are certain that anyone who was in the building has been recovered. >> and so is it your assumption that maybe one person, maybe two may still be trapped underneath that rubble? you want to make sure no one is traps, i understand that, but what is the best estimate right now? >> wolf, we're not making any assumptions and we're not going to speculate. what we're going to do is be sure. we're going to do everything we possibly can. philadelphia fire department and the pennsylvania task force, these are experts at what they do. we will not stop. and our efforts will not be impeded by anything. we will get the debris out. that's what they call layering. we'll take layer after layer after layer off of the street and off of the scene until we know for sure that there are no people there. we've had the rescue dogs in for some time. and now we're doing this
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layering and taking away this debris so that we can get our personnel back in to the location to then do personal search, but we need to get this debris out of the way. >> that's critically important. what can you tell us about the woman who died in this horrible, horrible tragedy? >> wolf, i'm not in a position to talk about that at this moment. later on, in the evening when we have the full press briefing, we'll try to confirm all of the details that we have. but i'm not in a position right now to comment on that at all. >> who will lead the investigation, mayor nutter, into how this could have happened? >> well, there will be a number of investigations here. our own building department, known as licenses and inspections, they'll have an investigation. the fire department will have an investigation. the fire marshal's office because of the nature of this collapse and that it was a active demolition site,otia is
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already on the scene and has been engaged with our folks as well. there are multiple agencies, and each one has a role to play. there's a sequencing that takes place for these investigations to make sure that everyone can do their job and do it well. this is, again, an active site, and we need to preserve it so that we can best understand what happened, why it happened, and whether there is any responsibility to be assigned to whoever was doing the job. >> because if we don't learn from this mistake, whatever happened here, we potentially could repeat it down the road. that's why this investigation is so important. some people, and i know you're pressed for time, some people are suggesting some residents in the neighborhood, that they thought this building was unstable for a while if not weeks. i assume you have heard that. >> i can't comment on things that are speculative in nature. what i know is there were no violations that we have any record of on this building.
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the permits were secured some time back in february, work may have started some time in either late february or march. we have no violations at the site. and certainly we'll check to see if any complaints or concerns were expressed. at the moment, this was an active demolition site. no violations, no complaints that we're aware of, and all permits were valid. >> mr. mayor, good luck to you. good luck to everyone in philadelphia right now. let's hope no one is still trapped underneath there. and if a person is that you find, that person quickly and save that person's life. we'll stay in close touch with you. we appreciate you joining us. >> thank you so much. our efforts will continue. i appreciate it. >> you're on top of the scene, as you should be. that's the mayor of philadelphia, michael nutter. we'll have more on the story coming up later. there's other news we're following today, including president obama. he named one of the more controversial members of his administration to a key national
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♪ helping this big country move ahead as one ♪ ♪ norfolk southern how's that function? ♪ a big shakeup in the obama administration today involving the controversial u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. the president had named her his new national security adviser, and nominated samantha power to replace rice at the united nations. but she comes with a little bit of controversy herself. our national political correspondent jim acosta is walking into "the situation room" to update us on what's going on. these are critically important positions. >> absolutely wolf. president obama had no shortage of options when it came to these two key national security posts, but in the end, he went with two longtime political loyalists who go back to his first presidential campaign, no matter the controversy.
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>> i am absolutely thrilled that she'll be back at my side leading my national security team in my second term. >> in selecting united nations ambassador susan rice to become his next national security adviser, president obama may have reignited the controversy over the deadly siege at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. it was rice who went on the sunday talk shows with inaccurate administration talking points that blamed the attack on protesters. >> the copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. >> comment on the pick, any comment on susan rice and samantha pow snr. >> i don't know. >> while a number of gop senators took a pass, a few notable conservatives who slowed down just enough to talk were livid. senator rand paul told cnn he's convinced the white house is hiding something. >> i think because of that appointing susan rice or promoting her is probably not the best way to try to regain
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authority, and you know, really by all accounts, i don't think anybody who disputes she misled the nation for several days. >> the rice pick assigned, president obama doesn't mind the fight. just last month, he brushed off the issue. >> the whole issue of talking points frankly throughout the process has been a side show. >> former national security spokesman tommy vitor said rice's critics are wasting their time. >> if you want to talk about talking points ten months later, the case is closed, documents have been released. susan did nothing wrong. it's time for these feel who are taking political cheap shots to move on. >> either way, rice does not have to worry. her appointment does not have to be confirmed by the senate. >> it would be the honor of a lifetime to fight for american values and interests at the united nations. >> that's not the case with samantha power. the president's pick to replace rice at the united nations. well known for her passion on human rights issues, including the genocide in rwanda, she's
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also had some missteps. as an aide to then candidate-obama in 2008, she called his rival hillary clinton a monster. some jewish groups don't like her comments on the israeli-palestinian conflict. >> it might mean constituency of political import. >> some republican say it's too early to pass judgment. >> i'm not going to express an opinion. >> power later apologized to clinton and they buried the hatchet. john mccain put out a statement praising the pick for the u.n. as for rice, mccain said he'll make every effort to work with her. it sounds like at least in some sections of the republican party, they're comfortable. >> looks like she should have relatively smooth sailing throughout the foreign relations committee in the senate floor, but we'll see what happens. >> exactly. >> jim acosta, thanks very much. and congressman mike rogers, the chairman of the house intelligence committee is joining us from capitol hill right now. congressman, you have confidence
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that susan rice will be an excellent national security adviser to the president? >> well, wolf, i think it's certainly a curious choice. she's a very political lightning rod right now, and that's an odd choice for the one position that is supposed to be as nonpolitical as you can get. so i hope all of that attention and all that effort isn't distracting to her mission. because it's a critically important one. it works with congress, the national security committees, to try to solvebug problems. syria, north korea, iran. i mean, the list is pretty extentance. sooiber. all of that has to happen, and that's the one job you just don't want politics to creep into. i hope that doesn't happen. i look forward to working with her in that role. the president has the right to appoint somebody he wants to be his adviser on national security issues, and i'll work with her in that capacity. but again, i think it's curious given all of the other distractions for the administration to pick such a
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high-profile, somebody right in the middle of all that political in-fighting in that position as i said was curious, and again, i hope it's not distracting to her mission. >> your republican colleague jason chaffins of utah tweeted earlier that her judgment in his words should disqualify her as the national security adviser. the "new york times" in their story reporting this, the reporter suggested it was, quote, a defiant gesture to republicans who harshly criticized ms. rice for presenting an erroneous account of the deadly attacks and the american mission in benghazi, libya. so would you go as far as jason chaffins in saying her presentation that sunday should disqualify her? >> well, you know, i can't say that. i'm not sure i could raise that level, and i don't know that the "new york times" is right that the president did it to poke republicans in the eye. but if both of those positions prove my point, wolf. this is going to be a political lightning rod. it's going to have all of this discussion pulling both ways on
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both parties on a position that should be as nonpolitical as you can get it. that's my concern. >> quaickly on syria before i lt you know, the french now sumging they have hard evidence that gas, poison gas, serine, was used, and if it's true, that would certainly cross what the president has called that red line. do you have hard evidence that the syrian regime of president bashar al assad has used serine gas or other poisen gas against the rebels? >> listen, you and i i think have talked about this before, i have, i believe, as the chairman of the intelligence committee, reviewing all of the intelligence over the last two years including all source development from people, from electronics. from forensics, all of that evidence together gives me a high degree of confidence they have used some small degree of chemical weapons in the past. the french have said it, the british have said it, folks on the ground there have said it. that to me, we have crossed that line a long time ago. here's the issue, wolf, on this.
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this is deteriorating out of control. you have now iran using proxy fighters in the country. you have every flavor of terrorist in syria now that we can imagine from al qaeda to hamas to pkk elements, all of those folks operating now in syria. that's dangerous, and all of the refugee problems it causes putting prressure on jordan, th very structure of lebanon is in doubt now, the southern border of turkey is under immense pressure with refugees, israel is under a bit of pressure. we have to have a solution that regains the confidence of the opposition in the united states and the arab league in any hope we might have of having a negotiated peace settlement. if we don't get that credibility back, womp, we're toast. this thing is going to spiral out of control and we will be passive observers to one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in recent time. >> do you want the u.s. to provide arms to the rebels? do you want the u.s. to engage in a no-fly zone over syria?
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what do you want the obama administration to approve? >> what i have called for early on -- we have unique capabilitieso this doesn't mean 1 1 zr w 101 airborne or -- a, leadership to the arab league, which by the way, they're asking for on providing certain specific training, intelligence vetting of the opposition forces, intelligence packages, and we can help the arab league create a safe zone that would include the ability to knock out airplanes and helicopters and scud missiles if they went into this particular safe zone. we think that's best along the turkish border. so the north portion of syria. that makes a lot of sense. it's arab league driven. we're providing leadership and unique capabilities. we don't have big boots on the ground. and that would allow at least a push-back on what assad is getting from the russians and the iranians now that's just leading to the wholesale slau slaughter of civilians in syria. >> and he's grerting a lot of
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support from hezbollahezbollah. they're a formidable coalition fighting the rebels. thanks for coming in. >> thanks, wolf. >> when we come back, a winner has finally come forward to claim the nearly $591 million record powerball prize. you'll find out who it is. >> also, the first lady of the united states, michelle obomb om, as we have rarely seen her, confronting an audience heckler. we have the exclusive video for you. you'll see it coming up in "the situation room." ♪ bonjour ♪ je t'adore ♪ c'est aujourd'hui ♪ ♪ et toujours ♪ me amour ♪ how about me? [ male announcer ] here's to a life less routine.
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the other stories we're working on here in "the situation room" right now. a u.s. army sergeant hoping to avoid a death sentence has entered a guilty plea in the killings of 16 afghan civilians. rort bales allegedly went on a house to house rampage in two villages in afghanistan back in march 2012. the massacre strained already tense u.s.-afghan relations at the time. the death toll in friday's devastating oklahoma tornadoes has now climbed to 20 people. an official says a child's body was recovered this morning from the oklahoma river in oklahoma city. he also says two children and an adult remain missing. one of the tornadoes that struck the area was an ef-5. that's the most powerful on the scale. and measured in as the widest ever in u.s. history. more than 2 1/2 miles wide. a single winner has come forward to claim the second largest lottery prize in u.s. history. officials announced that 84-year-old gloria mckenzie has claimed the nearly $591 million
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power ball jackpot at a news conference today, but she didn't attend. she passed up a payout spread over 30 years for a somewhat smaller one-time lump sum of just over $370 million. she bought the ticket at a grocery store near tampa, florida. up next, president obama makes a defiant pick for a top national security post. is he rewarding loyalty of his controversial united states ambassador, and exclusive video of michelle obama confronting p blunt choice for the woman who interrupted her speech. softens the look of lines. the serum instantly thickens the look of lashes. see wow! eyes in just one week with olay.
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let's get some more now on the obama administration shakeup today. the president tapping his controversial ambassador to the united nations susan rice to be his new national security adviser. let's get some expert analysis with our chief white house correspondent, jessica yellin,
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our chief national correspondent, john king, and candy crowley. the state of the union chief here. what does this say, jessica, about the president of the united states? >> he wanted to stick with a team, a foreign policy team he's had a lot of his view, success with. this is a vote for loyalty, familiarity, and stability. both of these people have been in the national security meetings that he's been holding over the last four years so there isn't a change here. they know the policy and they are people who have been here before he was at the white house. these are people he trusts. >> never has so much change been nade to kind of get nowhere. io have the secretary of defense, a new secretary of sta state, a new head of the national security council and a new u.n. ambassador and no one expects anything to change because they're all people who are either not going to be in the inner circle and therefore he's not listening to tha much or they have already been in the inner circle.
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>> what do allies worry about? they think the president is too insular to begin with, and now he has a chorus around him who is not going to say, how about thinking outside the box? what do some republicans say? you heard the political argument against susan rise. republicans say she was in the middle of misleading the american people about benghazi. they're not going to let that go. another question to watch is management. national security adviser, wolf, as you know, has to manage the bure accuracy, is at the middle of the spokes, all of the information comes in. the national security adviser is supposed to manage it, decide what gets to the president. a lot of people question whether susan rice has the experience for that. >> samantha power, is that a controversial nomination? >> it would be. on the one hand, it's not necessarily going to be. she's not terribly well known to republicans. on the other hand, she has a long record of writing as a journalist about intervention, about the fierce need in her view for the u.s. to get
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involved in hot spots around the world, to rescue people in need. which is a position a lot of republicans don't support. she's said things that make supporters of israel worry she's not a fierce enough advocate for israel, which is why the president went out of his way to say she is. and she has been -- there's a long history and record of what she said so they can throw it up if they want to and use this as a battleground to fight over the president's foreign policy. >> one of the things with her, is intervention for humanitarian purposes, and despite whether there's strategic value in it. that's not something -- this is a president hesitant to use force in some places that people have been pushing him to. remains to be seen whether they would push him on syria. i judge probably not. in response to your question, i think it was completely interesting that the first person out of the box for the supportive press release was john mccain. i think that's really telling that one of the senior guys and certainly one of the senior voices on the republican side on -- >> syria. >> syria and national security affairs said, i really like
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power. we should confirm her. >> not the reason the president picked these two. he likes them, he trusts them, but if republicans are fighting with them, yet again, they're fighting with two women and fighting in susan rice's case with an african-american. the white house is not afraid of those contrasts if the republicans choose to draw them. >> you were there in the rose garden today when the president was there and making the announcements, tom donnell leaving, susan rice coming from new york to washington. samantha power is going to be going up to new york if she's confirmed by the senate. then we heard a little bit of this. >> from our tough sanctions on iran to our unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation with israel, it's true. from new start with russia, to deeper partnerships with emerging powers like india to stronger ties with the gulf states, tom has been instrumental every step of the way. >> then we heard a baby crying for a few more seconds. what was going on? >> that was samantha power's
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1-year-old daughter, i think it's pronoused rian, an irish name, yammering in the front row, and finally someone carried her away. it was amusing because you could see power watching nervously her daughter like a mom does, like, please, don't do that. as the person walked her away, she had a sigh of relief. it's also a sign of the times, there's two women who are young enough to have not just little kids, little kids in powers' case, school aged kids in rice's case, taking on these very important foreign policy roles is a sea change in our country and it helps the president, i think. don't you think? >> absolutely. >> with this woman issue. >> hold on a second. >> got good ones here, too. speaking about interrupting a president. in this case, the first lady, she was heckled last night at a private residence, a fund-raiser, and this occurred. let me show our viewers. >> i can take the mike, but i'm
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leaving. you all decide. >> no, no. i need your husband. >> all right, you guys. >> no. >> please don't leave. no. >> let me make the point that i was making before. we are here for our kids. >> she had been speaking, she was rudely interrupted by a gay rights advocate, a woman who had attended this, and she handled it directly. she said you can -- >> she said being a mom really helps. it was like, well, ork, you talk or i talk, but if you're going
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to talk, i'm leaving. this was classic mom 101 to me. you know, and look, she can do this in a way her husband cannot. he's the president. she's the first lady. heckling the president comes with a certain amount of, okay, i get it. heckling the first lady, people hold their first ladies generally in higher esteem, and it comes across ruder when you are doing spouse of. she didn't get elected to anything. the president. >> a public campaign rally, you might expect. this is a private fund-raiser where you think you're among friends. i think she was offended, saying i'm helping you raise money and now i have someone yelling in my face, fine, i'm going to leave. >> this administration, this white house has been very supportive of gay rights, same-sex marriage, other gay rights issues as well. for them all of a sudden to be heckled by somebody who wants even more hit a sensitive nerve. my bottom line is you don't mess around with the first lady. she's a tough lady. >> or in the crowley home,
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apparently. >> you talk, i talk, i'm leaving. >> this first lady, she's tough. thanks very much. just ahead, it's the number fueling a controversy. 157. why was the irs chief visiting the white house so many times? plus, michael jackson's daughter paris hospitalized. right now, learning new details of an apparent suicide attempt. [ female announcer ] yoplait greek 100. 100% greek. 100% mmm... wow, that is mmm... it's so mmm you might not believe it's a hundred calories. yoplait greek 100. it is so good.
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michael jackson's 15-year-old daughter paris was rushed to the hospital today. a source close to the jackson family telling cnn she cut one
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wrist and reportedly called a suicide counseling hotline last night. cnn's miguel marquez is in los angeles. she's joining us now with the latest. what happened here, miguel? >> bottom line is family spokesperson said paris is a-okay and getting the medical attention she needs. she's going through a difficult time at the moment and with the loss of her father some years ago and now with the trial she's going through, but she's okay and getting medical attention. that said, as you said, she apparently called a suicide hotline. it was the 911 operator called by the counselor from that suicide hotline that got them going to her house. two things reported, one, that she cut one of her wrists. also, l.a. county fire department says that they responded to a possible overdose. now, it is very important to keep in mind this is a 15-year-old girl. just a few days ago, she released a video on her paris jackson youtube site, of her putting on makeup.
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it underscores the fact that she is just 15 years old. >> hello, people of facebook, youtube, watching this. i'm going to be experimenting with makeup. for those who know me, i am pretty familiar with me, my eye makeup, and those of you who have not seen me without makeup, well, hello. this is my face. >> now, hours before that 911 call went out, she did tweet a couple of things that may or may not indicate her state of mind at the time. one of them was, i wonder why tears were so salty. and another tweet a short time later, she tweeted out a beatles song from yesterday. yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. now it looks as though they're here to stay. the underlying message here from the jackson family attorneys and spok spokespeople is that she's fine and getting the help she needs
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right now. wolf. >> she clearly needs some help and let's hope she is fine. thanks very much for that, miguel marquez reporting from l.a. coming up, conservatives want answers about a former irs chief's multiple white house viz tsz, as many as 157. we're checking the facts. >> plus, a multimillion dollar marijuana operation. the alleged ringleader, a suburban mother of two. i am an american success ory. i'm a teacher. i'm a firefiter. i'm a carpenter. i'm an accountant. a mechanical engineer. and i shop at walmart. truth is, over sixty percent of america shops at walmart every month. i find what i need, at a great price. and the money i save goes to important things. braces for my daughter. a little something for my son's college fund. when people look at me, i hope they see someone building a better life. vo: living better: that's the real walmart.
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"the situation room" right now, the breaking news, the first tropical storm of 2013 hurricane season has now formed in the gulf of mexico. the name, andrea. our meteorologist chad myers is joining us on the phone. june 1st, the hurricane season officially started. now we have tropical storm andrea or maybe it's andrea. i don't know how we're pronouncing it. >> it's andrea. five days into the season, our first tropical storm. it flew through the storm earlier today, found a closed low-pressure system. enough that in a couple hours, it will initiate tropical storm andrea. likely going up to the florida
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panhandle and into georgia, maybe as far east as the mid-atlantic states with a lot of rainfall. i don't think this is going to have enough time in the gulf of mexico to be a really great wind maker or a storm surge maker, but we could still see 40 or 50-mile-per-hour winds up toward panama city and destin as this gets -- this is warm water, this water is almost 80 degrees already. the potential for it to get stronger is not quite there yet, but you know, if this was happening a month from now, you would be worried about a bigger storm and a lot of rain, a lot of flooding. at least 7 to 10 inches of rainfall in some spots and tropical storm andrea, the first named storm of the season. >> we don't expect andrea to become a hurricane, do we? >> well, i don't think so. if it's going to make landfall in 36 hours, that's a very short time to be in the warm water. even though the water is ready and willing to be a hurricane, we're not -- we really almost need 48 to 60 hours to get that kind of wind to make that kind
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of generation. now, the warmer the water, the more heat, the more fuel, the higher the octane of the water, and >> it will get stronger, but this is going to be maybe a floodmaker, not so much a damagemaker with this. >> we're only a few days into this new hurricane season, chad. what does it say to you that we're already seeing a tropical storm? >> it means that that forecast with the hurricane center of 13 to 20 named storms will likely come true. a much-above normal season expected. only a 5% chance of a below normal season expected from the hurricane center. it's going to get busy, and it's going to get busy fast. >> all right, chad. that means you and i, and all of our staff here at cnn, we're going to be busy as well covering all of these storms. thanks very much, chad myers reporting. there was a fascinating political subtext for senator
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lautenberg, who died on monday. the vice president, joe biden, and hillary clinton, possible rivals in 2016, they shared one of the front rows. the former secretary of state looking rested and sporting a new hairstyle, got plenty of attention. there you see her in the middle of the screen. both she and the vice president spoke during the service. >> but you'd sit with frank, and you just couldn't help but have a smile on your face, at least one time during the conversation. and as frank would say, you know, it's not where you sit that counts, it's where you stand. >> he's left you all an incredible legacy. his children, stepchildren, grandchildren. what an incredible legacy he's left you. frank once said, there's no end to what can be accomplished, if you work like the devil.
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and my god, did he work like the devil. he was tenacious. he worked, he worked. he wanted my advice, should he run again. [ laughter ] i said, frank, look, i think you'll win again if you run again. i think even christie will vote for you. [ laughter ] >> the vice president wearing a skull cap, because the service took place in the synagogue in new york city. frank lautenberg was the last remaining survivor, a veteran of world war ii to serve in the united states senate. the vice president, of course, referring to another possible candidate for president in 2016, the new jersey republican governor, chris christie. conservatives want answers about a former irs chief's
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white house visitor logs are throwing new fuel on the scandal over irs targeting of conservative groups. they show the head of the tax agency cleared to visit the white house, a staggering number of times. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash is looking into all of this for us.
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what are you finding out, dana? >> wolf, you and i talked last week about this issue, and the fact that we could answer some questions, but not others, about the whole question of douglas shulman visiting the white house. we wanted to take an even closer look and dig deeper. in the irs tea party targeting saga, one number has taken on a life of its open. 157. >> former irs commissioner douglas shulman visited the white house -- ready? 157 times. >> since that was first reported by the conservative daily caller, conservatives are pouncing, maybe saying the white house was involved in irs tea party targeting. >> you know that there had to be an agenda. 157 visits? >> let's look at the facts. it is true, douglas shulman's name shows up on official white house visitors' logs at least 157 times over three years. that's available to the public online.
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but that does not mean shulman was really at the white house 157 times. these logs only track who was cleared to come into the white house complex, not necessarily everyone who enters. white house officials admit their system is flawed because visitors' logs often do not include people who come through these gates all the time. but they do tend to list people who are cleared for meetings who never show up. white house officials insist shulman did not come to every meeting he was cleared for. often sending deputies instead. but obama sources cannot answer a key question -- how many times shulman actually did come. they say no one takes attendance at meetings. regardless of the number of actual visits, it does appear shulman was mostly cleared to attend meetings dealing with obama care. the irs plays a key role in its implementation. he was on a standing list for biweekly health reform meetings, was cleared in 40 times by nancy, a top obama health care adviser, 54 times by sarah,
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another obama aide working on health care. >> many of those meetings were for health care implementation. i was in them with him. there's nothing nefarious going on. >> shulman said under oath last week before congress -- >> about singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny, that's what we're talking about, i'm absolutely sure i did not talk to -- >> shulman didn't do himself any favors when asked why he did go. >> what would be some of the reasons you might be at the white house? >> the easter egg roll with my kids. >> one important thing to remember is that we still do not know who came up with this plan to target tea party groups at the irs. one capitol hill source said to me today they're actually continuing with the investigation as we speak, trying to get the answer to that critical question. in fact, wolf, i'm told that a cincinnati employee was interviewed yesterday, another is going to be interviewed tomorrow. that should be the last in this round. and they're hoping that those
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interviews will really shed light on how this happened, who came up with it. >> we'll soon find out. dana, thanks very much. happening now, in you hope for a 10-year-old girl who could die within weeks without a lung transplant. we have details of a judge's new ruling. first, right here on cnn. plus, breaking news. a dangerous search through the rubble from the deadly building collapse. we're standing by for a news conference in philadelphia. an exclusive video from michelle obama's smackdown with a heckler. the first lady's frustration was clearly showing. i'm wolf blitzer. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. the world. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- a federal judge is giving a 10-year-old girl a better chance by giving a life-saving transplant. sarah americanahan's emotional story has gotten national
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attention. she has cystic fibrosis and she could die in a matter of a few weeks. but federal rules made her a lower priority for a transplant because of her age, until today's decision reported first right here on cnn. let's go to jason carroll. he's joining us with the latest information. what do we know, jason? >> wolf, first of all, i have to tell you when i spoke to the family, sarah's mother, when she was in the hospital room, she literally said people in the hospital room were jumping for joy. this is a huge legal victory for sarah and her entire family. and other children like her. late this afternoon, a federal judge in pennsylvania ruled in favor of a ten-day temporary restraining order telling the secretary of health and human services at least for now, to allow sarah to be put on the adult donor list. the order basically says in part, it is hereby ordered that the motion for a tro, temporary restraining order, is granted, and that the secretary shall direct the opt, that's the or
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gab procurement and transplant network, to immediately cease application of the under 12 rule as to sarah murnaghan so she can be considered for receipt of donated lungs from adults based on the medical severity of her condition, as compared to the medical severity of persons over the age of 12. now, wolf, this basically means for the next ten days, sarah will compete for a donor lung based on how sick she is, not her age. she does have late-stage cystic fibrosis. for the past 18 months she has been on the donor list for children, but not adults. her parents now say she will likely be at the top of the list for adults based on her critical condition and blood type. this comes after the murnaghan's filed today. kathleen sebelius was in this
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decision. all children should be eligible to be put on the adult list and in the lawsuit, they say sebelius had the power to change the guidelines. it was just yesterday that sebelius said she did not have the order to make the change. she was questioned in washington, d.c., sebelius told the panel she could not imagine anything more difficult than what the murnaghans were going through. and there are also pennsylvania adults waiting for transplants, what about them. sebelius has said she has ordered a trans plant poly review. but if there were to be any sort of change in that policy, that could take years. for now, during this ten-day period, the murnaghans, and for that matter any other child in the region who is in need of an organ transplant and legally challenges the federal guidelines, they, too, potentially could be put on the
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adult list as well during this ten-day period. the murnaghans say they just want a fair system, one that can be measured by the severity of a child's illness and not one's age. a very huge legal victory for the murnaghans and other sick children as well. >> we're joined on the phone by sarah murnaghan's mother. janet, thanks so much. what's your reaction to this decision? >> oh, we are just thrilled over here. we are thrilled for sarah, because she's been getting sicker by the day, and we've had really two rough days here. it's been a little stressful. now we have a lot of hope. and we have another little guy in this hospital who is in the same -- he's not quite as sick, but he's 11 years old. and he was wanting and needing a transplant like sarah, in the same position. now they're speaking with him and he should be getting the ten-day under 12 exemption, too.
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so it's really exciting news over here. >> sarah's 10 years old. have you told her about this latest development? >> well, she knew a little bit, about the rules, and how people were given organs, and we were fighting it. so today she herd that things went the way that mom and dad wanted it to go, so she cheered with us. was very excited. so we had a good moment. >> so she was excited, she was happy? can you give us a little sense of how she reacted, how she's reacting, how she's doing? >> she's doing good. i mean, overall she was having an extra hard day. her heart is more involved in the past two days. she has pulmonary hypertension that's increasing. they did things with her today that have not put her in the best of moods. so it was sort of a high point in her day, and she said woo woo, cheering, raising her hands up and down. i have a little video of that that i can send you over. but it was a very exciting day here.
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sarah's lung scores are 78. and scores go from 1 to 100. 78 puts her in probably the 99th percentile. i haven't looked today but i would imagine she's number one in the region for her blood type right now. >> medically, what do the doctors say about putting adults into a 10-year-old's body? >> our doctors here say they have just as good outcomes, that the surgery is more complicated. but if the surgeon knows what he's doing, there's a good outcome. and they're very capable of this type of surgery. their two-year survival outcomes are equivalent. >> now, obviously the chances right now of her getting a lung transplant are better, but by how much? give me an assessment of the next ten days, how much more likely she potentially could receive a lung transplant as opposed to if she were still
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barred from receiving adult lungs? >> well, i think there was no chance in the next ten days. i think there was no chance. i think we're looking at a 75% chance that she'll get lungs in the next two weeks now. >> that's a pretty good odds. >> yes. it's a big difference. >> 0% versus 75%. >> when you assess people based on how sick they are, it makes a lot of good sense. give it to the sickest people first, and let the people who can wait, wait. their system has proven that for the over 12 set. that since they instituted the severity first, more people have lived. i don't know why they've left the babies out of the equation, but we're real excited here. we're having a little victory. we're going to keep moving forward. we want this for all kids. >> have you had any direct contact with the secretary of health and human services, kathleen sebelius? >> she kept scheduling meetings with me yesterday and canceling
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them. never came to anything. >> janet murnaghan, good luck to you and your daughter, sarah. we'll stay in close touch with you. we're all hoping for the very, very best. >> i thank you very much. we are very, very hopeful. thank you very much. >> good luck. let's get to other breaking news from philadelphia right now. witnesses heard a scary rumble. they felt a shake, and then a vacant building simply collapsed, toppling onto a thrift store right next door. we're told one woman is dead. a dozen people are injured. some were trapped in the rubble for hours. a dangerous search-and-rescue operation still under way right now. our mary snow is on the scene in philadelphia for us. mary, show our views, tell our viewers what we know. >> well, what we do know right now, wolf, we're getting some new information from the mayor, and the fire chief and other officials. the fire chief has confirmed that one person was killed, and that victim was identified as a
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35-year-old woman. as you mentioned, this is still an active operation here. firefighters and police still on the scene, seven hours after this four-story building collapsed onto a salvation army store. and you heard mayor michael nutter in the last hour, right here in "the situation room," say that he believes everyone was pulled out of the rubble. but he said he couldn't say that for sure. he said the operations will continue until he can say that absolutely, he knows that everyone was pulled out of the rubble. when this happened, wolf, when this building collapsed, people just passing by raced to try to pull people out. it was shortly after 10:30 in the morning when witnesses described hearing what sounded like a freight train. a building being demolished, collapsed onto a salvation army store. >> there was people standing on the corner that was right next to the thrift shop. the building was like -- it had
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really big aftershock on the ground. you felt it shake. there were people that actually fell over. people started screaming across the street. there was people inside the building, you heard them scream. >> jordan mclaughlin ran to hef rescue people and so did harold corbin. corbin, a maintenance worker, said he climbed onto what was the remains of a roof to help people. >> we were on top of the roof pulling them out. they were on the angle where the building had divided. there was just a narrow space. when we got there, all you could hear was help and maybe see a hand through the rubble. that's when the guys kicked in. they ran straight up, jumped and started moving stuff. >> describe for me what it was like in that rubble. >> as everybody says on tv, it was like a war zone. you know? the dust, the debris, the planks, nails, hanging from out of the wood and stuff.
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that was real dangerous. we were carrying the lady, she was like, please don't drop me. as i was backing up, the guys were like, watch out for the nails, and stuff like that. we had tar, sheetrock. you name it. a bunch of dust. you heard a bunch of cries, help, help, help, help. >> corbin said they pulled two women and two men to safety before firefighters told them it was unsafe for them to stay. and wolf, once again, just to recap what we know, 13 people, according to officials, are being treated at hospitals. five that we know of have been released. and again, the fire chief confirming that there was one death, a 35-year-old woman. and the mayor saying that this operation will continue until he can be 100% sure that no one was trapped still in that building. wolf? >> let's hope no one is still trapped. and if there is, that they find that person very, very quickly. tom foreman, he's standing
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by over at the magic wall, breaking down all this all happened. tom, how could this happen? >> wolf, that really is the question for investigators and they look at this site right off of downtown philadelphia here. as with efly inside, because there's supposed to be safety measures in place to keep it from happening. this is that block before the collapse. several buildings here, this one, this one and this one. these two had already been taken down. this one was coming down. here's the thrift store over here. they have reached this point. two buildings gone. this one is a shell. and then the collapse happened. and came in on top of this building. here's a reference point here. this is where the thrift store was. and everything over here is gone. here's where the big building was. all of that is gone. investigators have to look at it carefully and see how this came about. that was a four-story building over there. the market value in 2014 when it was upgraded was going to be about $2.5 million. it was vacant at the time.
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we mentioned this so you have an idea of the size of the property. next to it was this other place, which was the thrift store. it was a one-story building. about $825,000 in value. to give you a relative sense of it. and it was operational. that really is the key, wolf. what investigators have to do is look at the layout we just showed you there and ask themselves, why did this shell that was being taken down in a systematic way suddenly give way, and how is it allowed to collapse into the thrift store itself. those are the big questions they'll be asking, wolf. >> mayor michael nutter told me in the last hour, there will be multiple investigations to determine what happened, and to learn, make sure it never happens again. tom, thanks very much. up next, a hollywood mystery. how did the makers of the film zero dark thirty get top information about the osama bin laden raid. we're learning the results of an investigation. and the witness to a horrific accident talks about a fiery jeep explosion. chrysler fights a recall. ♪
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we're now learning new details about the possible leak of top-secret information to the makers of the film "zero dark thirty" about the raid that killed osama bin laden. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr. she's working this story for us. what's going on, barbara? >> wolf, with all the talk in washington about leak investigations, now more revelations, if you will, about the world's most secret counterterrorism operation, and secrets still being kept. the top-secret raid by navy s.e.a.l.s and cia to get osama bin laden became an international thriller in the movie "zero dark thirty." but an even bigger mystery? how did the filmmakers, especially producer mark bowl, find out so much about the mission? >> we ga therd as many firsthand accounts as we possibly could about people who had direct
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knowledge of the events. but beyond that, i won't get too specific about who those people were. >> reporter: congressman peter king said the cia privately told him secrets were spilled against the rules. and the chief offender may have been the cia, and its director leon panetta. an early draft of a pentagon report made public by a watchdog group says mark boal was allowed into what should have been a secret cia ceremony acknowledging those who participated in the raid. and, quote, during the awards ceremony, director panetta specifically recognize the the unit that conducted the raid and identified the ground commander by name. the navy community and the commanders were all supposed to have their identities kept secret. a source close to panetta said the final pentagon report won't deal with what panetta during during his time at the cia. he says the director was told everyone in that room had the
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necessary security clearances, and panetta never knew mark boal was there. now, cnn has not independently confirmed what this watchdog group says. a former cia official very familiar with all of this says that no classified information about the mission was ever disclosed to the general public. wolf? >> barbara starr at the pentagon, thanks very much. let's bring in congressman peter king, who commissioned this report. what can you tell us about this, congressman? >> wolf, first of all, i asked for this report two years ago when c.i.a. employees and special forces came to me and said that security had been compromised in the -- for the movie, that people from hollywood had been given access to areas they shouldn't be. they had been put in contact with people that didn't want to talk to them. i at the time talked to the
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inspector general and cia to conduct an investigation. jay carney attacked me in the press room and said he had more important things to worry about than hollywood. i can tell you, the cia and inspectors general, did preliminary investigations in the fall of 2011. then they moved on to full investigations. and the cia completed its first investigation earlier this year. they told me, and i can tell you this, that there were breaches of security, regulations by the cia, that they did not keep adequate records regarding their dealings with hollywood. there's other information in there. that's all i can say publicly. the defense department to the report, i was told months ago it was completed. no one's seen it. apparently it was leaked by someone and there is a draft out today. that has been asked for at least five or six months. i'm saying, why did they wait so long -- the inspector general is supposed to be independent. who is putting the political pressure not to release that report. it raise significant issues
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about the breach in security by the cia. also by certain military people. >> what does it say specifically about the then cia director, leon panetta, who later west on to become the secretary of defense? >> it says that director panetta, who i have great regard for, by the way. i believe whatever he did would have been inadvertent and he probably was not properly briefed on this. there was one person from hollywood, mark boal, was in the audience at an event that he apparently should not have been at. director panetta gave the okay on the ground for the s.e.a.l. team, all of which violated, and certainly was classified information, if not top-secret. it caused great concern to the military. they're very concerned this came out. they're also concerned mark boal had been there. e white house, even though they were critical of me, it turns out a deputy press secretary from the white house helped coordinate this cooperation with hollywood.
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also, a democratic lobbying group was involved in setting up these meetings. and i know that you had people from hollywood, mark boal, katherine bigelow, meeting with people who didn't really want to meet with them, but were told to cooperate, so this movie would be more realistic. but again, cia told me that much of what went on, or a significant amount of what went on did violate cia security regulations. >> basically what i hear you saying, and correct me if i'm wrong, congressman, that leon panetta, when he was at that event, he was told everybody was cleared to hear what he was going to say about the s.e.a.l. team, and mention some names. he didn't know there was somebody from hollywood inside that room, is that right? >> well, reports say that. but people close to leon panetta are saying that. i have no reason to doubt it. but the cia made the arrangements to have mark boal in there. after that event, only people who had security clearances were supposed to be.
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these special operators were there. these people who took part in the raid. these people who are for the most part unknown to the outside world, they had no idea someone was there, not only didn't have security clearance, but was from hollywood. that's the last person they would want to have observing them and know who they are and their commander was on the ground. >> peter king, the congressman from new york. thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. still ahead, a fight over whether to recall certain jeeps. the obama administration is warning of significant danger. chrysler, though, is pushing back big-time. exclusive video of michelle obama at a fund-raiser where she told off a heckler. [ lisa ] my name's lisa, and chantix helped me quit. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior,
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fund-raiser where the first lady, michelle obama, got in a heckler's face. the fed accused a suburban mother of leading a double life as the ringleader of a multimillion dollar marijuana operation. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." president obama, some republicans pouncing, two women got promoted, including his controversial u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, who's getting a new job as the president's top national security adviser. let's bring in our white house correspondent, jessica yellin. she was over in the rose garden when these announcements were made. >> if you recalling, republican critics previously derailed any efforts to name ambassador susan rice to become secretary. well, today the president gave her a job that's arguably more powerful, running his foreign policy shop from inside the white house. the he elevated her along with
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another long-time trusted adviser, samantha power. in a reshuffle of his national security team, president obama elevated ambassador susan rice to become perhaps his closest foreign policy adviser. >> patriot who puts her country first. she is fearless, she is tough. >> reporter: rice has been the lightning rod for republican attacks over benghazi for saying -- >> spontaneous protests began outside of our consulate in benghazi. >> reporter: those comments were based on cia approved talking points. but some republicans believe she intentionally misled the public. and they don't look kindly on this appointment. >> judgment is the key thing if you look for it. obviously susan rice has dem on straight in the case of benghazi that she has very poor judgment. >> reporter: there's no senate confirmation. this move does. >> the president nominated security adviser samantha power
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to take rice's job as u.s. ambassador to the u.n. >> we've got an experienced, effective and energetic u.n. ambassador in waiting in samantha power. >> reporter: power is a pulitzer prize-winning writer known for her fierce advocacy of human rights and intervention. >> as the most powerful and inspiring country on this earth, we have a critical role to play in insisting that the institution meet the necessities of our time. >> reporter: her confirmation could become fiery if republicans use it so slam president obama's foreign policy and take issue with powers past writing on u.s. engagement in human rights crises abroad. while some republicans see these appointments as defiant, democrats say they're about stability, familiarity. jeremy bash was chief of staff at the cia and pentagon. >> in a word, i think the president wants continuity. he believes that his national security policies are working, from the drawdown in afghanistan
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in saying in the offense in al qaeda to the rebalance to asia. he wants the same team in place, the same players, the same policies to keep moving forward. >> reporter: in rice and power, he's getting fierce loyalty and strong advocates. aides who knew him before the white house. in power's case, so close, her son has played ball in the oval office. on that note, wolf, i'll also tell you during the events, samantha power's 1-year-old daughter started to cry out and was carried out of the rose garden. it was a cute moment, but also a reminder the fact that this is the first time two women who have school-aged and younger children are being elevated to such senior foreign policy posts, and for the president, it will help him quiet those critics who accused him of not including enough diversity in his cabinet. >> i think you're right on that. i think it will quiet some of those critics. thank you very much, jessica yellin. the president's top spokesman is
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describing michelle obama's response to a heckler as brilliant last night. aaron mcpike reports. >> reporter: these are exclusive images of michelle obama last night. speaking at an exclusive fund-raiser hosted by a lesbian couple at their tony washington, d.c., home. she was giving an impassioned speech on one of her favorite topics, children. >> they're counting on us to give them the chance for the futures they deserve. >> reporter: but one woman in the crowd wanted to talk about something else. gay rights. it's hard to hear, but that's ellen sturts. she's from the activist group get equal. she interrupts the first lady to ask her why the president hasn't signed an executive order that would bar a company that does business with the federal government from discriminating for sexual orientation or gender equity. it didn't go over well with mrs.
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obama, or the crowd. >> and i don't care what you believe in. wait, wait, wait. one of the things that i don't do well is this. i'm leaving. you all decide. >> no, no! >> all right, you guys. >> no. please don't leave. no. >> reporter: she made her way back to the podium to make her point. >> let me make the point that i was making before. we are here for our kids! >> someone in a sense verbally got in her face and she didn't hike it. >> reporter: lynn is with the
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"chigao sun-times" and has covered the obamas for years. >> i think obama is very disciplined. she rarely goes off script. she rarely puts herself in a position where she could have something happen unexpected. >> reporter: the first lady's unscripted response was different than how her more practiced husband tends to handle hecklers. like he did just two weeks ago during a major foreign policy speech at national defense university. >> this is part of free speech. is you being able to speak, but also you listening. and me being able to speak. all right? >> reporter: a softer touch maybe than michelle's tough talk. but today the white house gave her performance a rave review. >> it's my personal opinion she handled it brilliantly. >> erin mcpike is with us. a lot of people were very impressed the way the first lady handled that. and i know you've been looking into that. >> well, yeah, president obama has been saying for years, since his first senate campaign, about how tough michelle obama is.
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we just don't see reactions like this from her. so this was very interesting to finally see one of her getting so tough. >> you don't want to mess with the first lady of the united states. >> you sure don't. >> i think she sent a powerful message there. thank you, erin, for that report. a fight over whether certain recalled certain jeeps. chrysler is pushing back. and she raised kids in a suburban home. but the feds say she also ran a huge marijuana ring on the side. you know throughout history, folks have suffered from frequent heartburn. but getting heartburn and then treating day after day is a thing of the past. block the acid with prilosec otc, and don't get heartburn in the first place. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. and didn't know where to start. used a contractor before
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millions of u.s. consumers are now caught in the middle of a new fight between the obama
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administration and chrysler. it's a fight you literally could be betting your life on. the highway traffic safety administration wants the obama administration to recall jeeps. investigators say their plastic gas tanks can break open in an accident spilling gas and creating a deadly fire risk. these kinds of tanks are on jeep grand cherokee made from 1993 to 2004, and jeep liberties from 2002 to 2007. chrysler says its jeeps are safe, but this is what can happen. the government knows of at least 37 accidents that caused fires, resulting in at least 51 deaths. cnn's brian todd caught up with some people who know the heartbreaking risk all too well. he's in winchester, virginia. brian? >> reporter: wolf, chrysler says the designs pushing for a
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recall are exaggerating the dangers, they say. a horrific accident right here, they said the company is misleading the public. janelle looks at the stretch of road and recalls the accident with cringe-inducing detail. >> the whole thing had gone up in flames. we watched those people burn to death. >> reporter: last october, she and her father were in a traffic jam along interstate 81 near winchester, virginia. a tractor-trailer rear ended the jeep cherokee behind them. the cherokee with heather and her 18-year-old son and fellow teenager inside, slammed into em bri's vehicle, accordioned and burst into flames. harry hamilton broke the windows with his bare hands, pulled zachary out alive. but heather san tor and breckenridge died. >> he was hollering and screaming and waving his hands. the back of his head was
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burning. >> reporter: he said santor and breckenridge were alive right after impact and is convinced that the fact that the grand cherokee's gas tank was right in the crush zone was the reason they died. the experience has prompted janelle embri to change her life and become a safety advocate. she's got a petition to get the models of jeep grand cherokee and liberties off the road. she's gotten the attention of clarence ditlow of the center for auto safety who compares this controversy to a notorious recall in the 1970s. >> the old ford pinto killed 27 people. liberty and grand cherokee have the same type of design, 51 deaths. >> reporter: including 4-year-old remington walden, killed in march of last year in georgia when the 1999 jeep grand cherokee driven by his aunt was struck from behind and engulfed in flames. but chrysler is fighting an effort by the government to
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recall millions of grand cherokees made between 1993 and 2004, and liberties made between 2002 and 2007. chrysler says the government's data and analysis are incomplete. and i asked embry about another point from the automaker. chrysler says so many of these accidents were high-speed, high-energy, and the design would have made no difference. what do you say to that? >> they can take another vehicle and run into the back of that vehicle up to 70 miles an hour and it doesn't catch fire. because there isn't a gas tank right there. >> reporter: embry's faur was haunted. >> it was days before i could sleep over ten minutes' of time. what a horrible experience. >> reporter: chrysler officials would not comment specifically on her remarks about this accident, other than to say that model of grand cherokee meets safety standards. but she's going to take her petition to the department of transportation officials, she says she's going to meet with them soon in washington, hoping to pressure chrysler through
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we now have the new video just coming into cnn of one of the world's newest millionaires
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in florida. the winner of the second largest lottery prize in u.s. history. today, powerball officials revealed mckenzie won more than $590 million before taxes in last month's giant drawing. mckenzie skipped the news conference but tv crews found her. and she asked everyone to respect her privacy. multimillion dollar marijuana operation, the alleged ringleader unlikely, suburban mom of two. alena, what are you finding out? >> well, wolf, it's hard to believe someone could lead a double life like this, but federal agents say that's exactly what was happening. they say that this suburban mom of two, who lived in a very nice house, on a quiet street, and drove an suv, had a state of the art marijuana operation worth millions of dollars. >> single mom, nancy boughtwin,
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is learning to deal. >> the story is straight out of "weeds" a showtime tv series. but this story line is real. a suburban mom by day, alleged pot grower by night. take a look at what federal drug enforcement agents found in a warehouse in the queens area of new york city. more than 1,000 marijuana plants, large amounts of dried marijuana, street value $3 million. state of the art lighting, irrigation, and ventilation systems. and the most incredible part is that authorities say the woman had enough in this pot growing farm, is a 45-year-old mother of two from upscale scarsdale, new york. >> it's not something i had op the radar screen. certainly not from a neighbor. >> you wouldn't expect it in this kind of a safe community. good school district. marijuana and someone busted for marijuana? >> reporter: the woman who was busted is andrea, or andy
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sanderland, arrested may 20th. >> i saw her, drove by, she didn't stop. she usually stops. that's when they pulled her and all the guys came out. they're like, open the door! it was nuts. >> reporter: she's charged with narcotics trafficking. her lawyer says she's pleaded not guilty. still, it's not what you would expect from a mother of two girls 3 and 13. a woman who until recently took her teenage daughter riding at twin lakes farm. the owner says sanderlind told him she worked in interior design. >> she was like all the rest of the moms. there's 45 moms, and she was just like all the rest of them. she had two daughters. was very nice. never stepped out of place. i had no inclination this could be a possibility. >> sanderland is in jail pending a bail hearing. if she's convicted, she could face up to ten years in prison. >> thanks very much, alena
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of the first tropical storm of this the 2013 hurricane season, which began on june 1st, the tropical storm is called andrea. our severe weather expert and meteorologist chad myers is tracking the storm for us. we now know, chad, basically where it's heading. >> well, you know, we still have that cone of uncertainty.
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but yes, we do. all the way north of tampa, landfall. landfall is not so -- that's not a big deal. this will be a 40, 45 mile-per-hour storm. it will make rain. it's going to make flooding rain anywhere in that cone of uncertainty heavy rain seven to ten inches of rainfall possible although moving at a pretty good clip. between friday 2:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. how far it goes is good news. storms that stop or move slowly that's what causes so much flooding. >> warm in the gulf is pretty warm. that makes it even a little bit more dangerous. >> if it's going to be warm until november. we're going to have any storm that goes into the gulf of mexico start to develop, i believe this year. when it goes into the gulf of mexico it has to hit something. there's no real place for it to miss. it's going to hit the keys, tampa, houston or mexico. once it's in that big bowl there in that warm water it gets
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bigger and hits something. we'll have possibly 20 storms this year. 20 named storms. so get ready. make those preparations earlier and get ready for a busy season. >> we'll do exactly that. thank you. jeanne moos found a company that specializes in lollipops with weird flavors. one of them is getting a lot of attention. mom always got good nutrition to taste great.
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weird flavors aimed at adults. a couple of his friends started breastfeeding. >> i asked my friends if i could try it. they said yes. it was pretty amazing. >> reporter: jason's mothers share their be milk so they could recreate the taste. now he's selling breast milk lollipops four for 10 bucks. but his lollipops exist that's more than you can say for the hands-free whopper holders. ♪ i need my hands >> reporter: the video tells a whopper. it was mean as a joke produced in puerto rico to celebrate the brand. critics on gawker compared to it a horse's feed bag. we in the media feasted on another creation the pizza drone designed to deliver pizzas. this was created for dominos in the uk and while they didn't call it a stunt dome no, sir in the u.s. distanced themselves from it using drones for commercial purposes like this
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would not fly in the u.s., but these are flying off the shelves. you probably never wondered what you get when you combine a croissant and a doughnut. it's called a cronut. this bakery sells out of them every morning. they sell for 5 bucks a piece but on craigslist entrepreneurs willing to wait in line resell them for $20 and up. the cronut gets competition this week from dunkin' donuts with the glazed bacon sandwich is introduced. they say there's a sucker born every minute. they don't taste like breast milk. it's what jason did after the bulldog licked the lolly. jeanne moos, new york. >> while the lollipops taste like almond milk some say more
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like cinnamon toast or cantaloupe. that's it for me. thanks for watching. follow what's going on in "the situation room" on twitter, tweet me @wolfblitzer. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next president obama thumbs his nose at republicans elevating susan rice to national security adviser. it's a position that does not require congressional approval. plus new details from the investigation in cleveland. tonight ariel castro was he planning the fourth abduction. the u.s. government asking a car company to recall nearly 3 million vehicles. usually the answer is yes. not this time. the carmaker says no. let's go "outfront". good evening everyon