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the head, i'm still myself. i hope people get inspired by my story and know that you can make it through anything if you have faith in god. >> even those holdings missed the last few months of school, he had enough credits to graduate. he wasn't well enough to be able walk at the graduation. he wasn't going to let a shooting keep him from missing his high school graduation. >> taik take that inspiration with you today. thank you so much for spending time with us. go make some great memories. cnn "newsroom" continues right now. hello, everyone, i'm ashleigh banfield. we have a busy show ahead t. day's news and always our take on daytime justice. right this moment, the government secretly collecting phone records of tens of millions of us. attorney general eric holder being grilled on what he knows about the stunning report in a
british newspaper, happening on capitol hill just a short while ago, irs leaders also in the hot seat. law-makers just out raged over that agency's spending. millions of taxpayer's money on a special conference for themselves, where employees perform silly skits and oops can't seem to find their receipts, yes, irs workers. and also buried alive for more than 12 hours, a survivor is pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in philadelphia. but is there any 81 else still underneath? at this very hour, tropical storm andrea, the first named storm of the atlantic hurricane season now lashing parts of florida. we bought the the live radar for you. you can see for yourself just what's happening here, heavy rain is in those pictures and gusty winds already pounding
that state's west coast. a tropical storm warning is right now in effect from north of ft. meyers to south of tallahassee. that's a big swath. there is also a threat of tornadoes for the people who live in this area. our george howl is in clearwater, florida this morning with the conditions and it looks like as we watch the conditions deteriorate, it is getting tougher for to you report, george. >> reporter: ashley, absolutely. just a few minutes ago, we really had that wind coming in. we know that as this storm gets closer to us that center of circulation, we see sustained wend gusts -- wind gusts of 60 miles per hour, can get up to 70 at times, heim having to hold on to a few things for the make thur they don't blow away. yeah, these winds are picking up substantially out here. here's the thing, this is a more than tropical storm when you look at it. we're talking about flooding in different places.
anywhere from three to six inches of flood water, but right now, we are seeing some streets flooded, but more than flooding is what we are seeing. then the storm surge is the other big concern, anywhere from one to three feet higher than the average the tide out here the high tide. so as the storm blows in, ashley, you can tell i'll having some trouble. we are seeing those stronger winds as they come here into the tampa area. >> definitely, do take care, george. we will continue to follow what the conditions are if your area. i also want to go to chad myers who is watching things develop and seeing them in the severe weather center. so, listen, george just said it, this is only a tropical storm. sometimes if are you there, sometimes that doesn't matter, whether it's tropical storm or hurricane status. what are these people expecting? >> there is still that flood warning today, that flood issue for all these areas. three to six inches of rain in florida will flood streets, will flood roads, possibly have enough water to wash your car off the road into the creek it's
flowing there through. is clear water beach, florida. he is in the wst of it right now. in 20 minutes, if we go back to george, there won't be anything there. there will be clear skies, it's one of those moves right through there. this is where it's clear, it's raining up and down the east coast. there is a potential for tornadoes today. we will see small tornadoes, not the ef-5 i was right next to a couple days ago. small tornadoes, they can do damage, 100-mile-per-hour winds, the storm will travel to the north, along southern georgia, to richld richmond, making heavy rein about everywhere it goes. we will see 60 miles per hour today. >> 60 miles an hour today alone. you are always good about that, let us know if it changes, chad myers, live for us. another one for you, the government is watching who you call and who calls you. this is a potentially explosive story that is still developing at this hour.
according to british newspaper, "the guardian," our national security agency obtained a secret court order forcing verdes, the company, verizon, to turn over the telephone records of millions of americans, millions, not just afy, not just a few, millions, the white house is having to react to this. our dan lothian jones us now from washington. i can only imagine, there is damage control. make no mistake, this is not the first time this has happened. this is huge to hear this many people, their data is being checked and it all happens in secret. what itself the white house saying? >> reporter: that's right. and this is the kind of story i think that gets the attention of a lot of people. everyone has a phone. they make calls. they're concerned within they hear a story like this, is the government listening to my conversation? i should point out the administration the o'bomb ma administration is not confirming or denying the existence of this order. because this is something that
is top secret, but nonetheless, a senior administration official putting out a statement to cnn that read in part quote the information of the sort described in the guardian article has been a correct, al tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the united states as it allows counterterrorism personnel to discover whether known or suspected terrorists have been in contact with other persons who may be engaged if terrorist activities, particularly people located inside the united states. again, this senior administration official emphasizing what we are talking about here is mefa-data such as time of call or length of call. this is not someone eavesdropping on the contents of a conversation. nonetheless, raising eyebrows even up on capitol hill, some lawmakers concerned, senator diane dine stein a short time ago defended this practice. >> this renewal is carried out by the fisa court under the business record section of the patriot act. therefore, it is lawful.
it has been briefed to congress and the letters that we have distributed and this is, you will note on the dates, this is prior to the patriot act amendments coming before the body each of those. as you know, this is just meta-data. there is no content involved, in other words, no content of a communication. >> and again, experts will point out, this is all possible under the ford intelligence oversight act. nonetheless, there is a lot of concern of news getting out on this top secret document, this order. the fbi which made the request for this information is not commenting. verizon not commenting either. ashleigh. >> well, guess what, just as you are reporting, we got something in from verizon. so this news is breaking right now, dan. let me read this. i will do it as quickly as i can
here. effectively, randy milch and executive counsel, we have no accuracy on the guardian newspaper story or the documents referenced, but a few items in these stories are important. and i just want to go on to say verizon continually takes steps to safedpard its customers' privacy. nevertheless the law authorizes the federal courts to order a company to provide information in certain circumstances and if verizon were to receive such an order, we would be required to comply. here's what is so fascinating. just go back another administration and democrats were up in arms about the put aiot act and the civil libertys that we were all going to suffer, you know, an encroachment on, but it's very interesting to see dianne feinstein suggest that this is all legal, this happened and it's just meta-data. is that what we were expecting? >> reporter: i think so.
it is legal when you look at the law. there is a process by which i pointed out this oversight that exists to make sure it stays within the law, but, you know, a lot of people having pointing out this did take place under the bush administration but what seems to be a little different this time is what we are talking about is gathering records on calls within the united states. in the past, what we were looking at are foreign phone calls, maybe having some link back to the ung. this is solely calls that are taking place within the united states, ashleigh. >> by the way, dan, i want to clarify that comment that randy milch made from verizon. it wasn't a statement to us. this was a statement to its own employees cnn was able obtainment you are right, they are not commenting publicly, they're talking to their ploy i don't see other than to say the law is the law. we gots to do what we have to do. dan lothian at the white house, thank you for that. a moment of joy for you, for
rescue workers in philadelphia at that collapsed building as it broke during this hour. a 61-year-old woman was pulled out alive last night. this is after being trapped 12 hours beneath that rubble. she is the 14th survivor of this disaster. six people sadly were killed, though, when they abandoned building in the process of being dem learned instead crumbled on to a thrift store right adjacent to it. the philadelphia mayor michael nutter said they are still in search and rescue mode. >> 75% of the site has been searched. obviously, that means that 25% yet still remain, part of which is the actual structure with the thrift store sign on it. there is also a wall to the south of the building that needs to be taken down.
>> our don lem isn't live now in philadelphia following this story. so you know, don, i have heard there was a brief pause in some of the rescue efforts. i'm not sure what it was for or if it's back on, but what's the status? >> no, not a brief pause, they came out and the mayor said there were false reports from the media there was a pause in the rescue and in the cleanup. not at all. we never reported that. the interesting thing, though, can you see, they're on the scene trying to remove that debris. there is a wall. you see the workers working up there in the crane, they are trying to remove and shore up at least as much of that south wall as possible because there is concern that that wall in the back there, that it may collapse as well and then you will have a secondary collapse. who know what is they will have on the other side of that is a viable building, residential and business as we, ashleigh as you know, these stories not always what is they seem when we come out to these stories, having
lived here, this is really just the beginning of this. what you may have missed, the mayor and all city officials saying all the inspections were in place. all the permits, everything seemed to add up. >> well, that was for the building next door. the building next door the one there, the parking and entrance is 2134 and that's where all the inspection serths and all that stuff, that's what that was for. but the building that collapsed was 2136 and the building next door the thrift store was 2138. so it appears that the city is now saying, they're saying we can't talk about we're there, the inspection session, were all of the permits in place? i'm not at liberty to talk about that right now. there is a citizen complaint for 2134 that they came out for on may 14th, but nothing for 2136 and what they're saying is, it was a contractor's
responsibility to notify they were going to dem tlish building at 2136. apparently, that never happened. >> oh, lord. there will be issues with courtors. we will be discussing that at another time. don lemon, thank you for that reporting. interesting without question. sanction snooping. we just talked about it. the government is getting up in our business. a british newspaper reporting verizon is forced to hand over the phone records of millions of americans. that's you, your neighbors. every day americans. is this actually legal? how legal and where is the line? we will ask the director of the center for national security coming up in this hour. also, saving sarah, a judge cuts through the red tape and now sarah may just get the lungs that she needs to continue living. but is this at the expense of someone else? and michael jackson's daughter, 15-year-old seemingly living the life, so what pushed paris jackson to apparently try
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>> the government is watching you, watching who you call, watching who calls you back. according to british newspaper "the guardian," the national security agency here in the u.s. obtained a secret court order forcing the company verizon to turn over the cell phone records of millions of us americans. a lot of people are pretty outraged over there. the director of the center on national security at fordham university law school is concerned about it. container greenberg joins frus washington. thanks for being with us. i get it. i get there is national security. i get there is a fisa court and i get the government has to go to that fisa court sometimes secretly to get a warrant, on what potential bad guys might be doing. doesn't it have to be pretty darn narrow and isn't this extraordinary in its scope and breadth? >> well, it couldn't get any broader in its scope and breadth from what we have learned in the past 24 hours.
the question really is, and i think you have really hit at the center of it. it's usually, these kind of requests for information and data are come with minimization procedures that are attacked onto the order that comes from the fisa court that says, there will be a minimization that will take place about this information as it comes in. so that's one kind of target of selectivity. another kind is in the actual collection, itself. this seemed to be make the case that is all data could potentially be important? therefore, we have to be all the data we can get? so you are exactly right to focus on i think how broad this is, what that really means from a national security point of view. >> most people say, honestly, hey, whatever the government needs to do to protect me. i'm okay with it. i'm a god guy. they're never coming knocking on my door, doesn't this tell us? even if it's me the a-data.
it's a tough word. it's effectively, what time called, what phone number you called, what phone number called you. it's a bit freaky. i think, let me see the american civil libertys unit called it beyond orwellian, isn't there some kind of limit or maybe not, might this be showing critical pattern that the government needs? i'm plague dimpbl's advocate. is there something you can see in this extraordinary, again, geeze, all calls between april 25th and july 19th when the order expires, is there any merit that you can ascribe to that broad request? >> reporter: well, think about it logically. if you are collecting this amount of data, how do you know how to parce through it? how do you know what you apply to it as a resoirs mechanism as a search mechanism is going to work? the more data you have maybe the more difficult that is. to say the more the better we
can secure ours the more we can know, i'm not sure that's so true. isn't the trau u value of intelligence and intelligence operation and intelligence collection to be able to know how to specify? so this seems to me perhaps not the best tool in a national security arsenal. let me ask you this, this order did come a week after the boston bombings. i think that's very relevant to your point and, you know, that's something that you could put into that, but it's something you want to know about. it's something you want to think about. we don't know that verizon is the only company that received such an order, so we actually -- don't know how bad this was. >> that is my point i have to make it quick, i'm out of time, poor verizon, they're taking it a on the chen. do stray a resource? they put out a statement saying we have to what the government ccs us, what if they start losing business out of this could they go after the government and say back off? >> reporter: this could be a bigger story. we have to see if and to what
extent other companies may be involved and think about in the future damages and what this all means. >> thank you for your insight. to a courtroom in sanford, florida now, live. we are just days away from the start of that man on the right-hand side of your screen, george zimmerman, his block buttser trial. today the judge is deciding on something very important. what the jury gets to hear in this case and manitoba more parentally, what it will not hear.
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>> a key hearing happening right now. a live picture in a courtroom in sanford, florida. this could be the last time that george zimmerman and the lawyers involved in his case will be in this court before his actual murder trial starts on monday. he's listening to witness testimony right now. he is charged with second-degree murder, of course you will probably remember this was the killing of 17-year-old trayvon martin back in february of last 84. the big question today that seals to be grabbing a lot of attention, who were saying what on the reported phone calls from
that night? like the 911 call we are about to play for you is from a neighbor and on the call you can hear someone screaming in the background. have a listen. >> does he look hurt to you? >> i can't see him. i don't want to go out there. i don't know what's going on. they're sending... >> ah. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> all right. what is your -- >> that ended with the gunshot. >> look, this case is all about whether the man on the right was in self-defense acting when he shot trayvon or whether he was being far too aggressive in targeting that young man. whose voice was it screaming for help? george's or trayvon's? here's the deal, voice identification experts have tried to determine exactly that, in fact from both sides of this case. and unfortunately for everyone,
different conclusion were reached and neither conclusion could be conclusive. sadly, in terms of the opinion. but today lawyers are going to argue on the admissible of this. well, the defense claims now it's new technology is being used to perform this technology. should it make its way into the case? is it good enough? martin savidge is following this case. before we talk about that, let's talk about the defense getting slammed yet again on one of its oceans. it was how big or small, maybe you can let me know what it was like. >> well, if are you talking about the loss as far as the nonidentified witnesses. >> yeah. >> yeah. >> then, you know, this is a point that the defense has made, that this case is so emotionally charged that tempers have flared as we have seen in the lead-up. they believe there are witnesses, witnesses that could support george zimmerman that are fearful to come forward and testify because if they're seen
on television, if they are identified, that they could suffer some sort of backlash. so that's why i think mark o'mara, the defense attorney was saying, look, we would like them to give their testimony, we want a screen, do something so you don't know who they are. the judge said, no, they will be identified. so that's why it could be seen as a setback, ashleigh. >> for those who don't understand why, the process, that's something a lot of people is critical. it's transparency in these processes. martin, to the tapes, it would seem to me in murder case, any case where you have expert analysis, both sides can hire experts, both sides can present the analysis, if it's conflicting, it's a bit of a wash. it's the jury's decision, where is there a battle to exclude the experts? >> that 911 call you played is so crucial to the crux of this
particular case an both sides know it. and so, the problem is, remember, it was a very dark -- it was gloomy, it was rainy. most people. we heard of one person that might have seen something, otherwise, this confrontation, the altercation between these two people was not scene, but it was heard and that means, that tape is a crucial witness. it's not a human witness, but it's a witness. so understanding what was being said and how is violate i vital potentially to the outcome of the case. the problem is, those who have been brought in to make a determination of whether that was george zimmerman crying for help or trayvon martinstream screaming for help, they have had conflicting opinion, it's the science that the defense says is too debatable. don't introduce it. >> the defense may say that t. martin family put up the statement. we are getting a lot of statements last minute on this
program. ben crump says it is ridiculous for the zimmerman defense team to argue that expert voice analysts should not be permitted to testify at the trial when george zimmerman himself stated that the voice krooiing for help on the 911 recording doesn't even sound like me. if they come to a resolution, we'd like to hear it from you. thanks, martin. five days into our tropical season, our first tropical storm is dumping heavy rein on florida. how bad is it going to get? where is that storm going to go after florida? the very latest next. hey. they're coming. yeah. british. later. sorry. ok...four words... scarecrow in the wind... a baboon... monkey? hot stew saturday!? ronny: hey jimmy, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico?
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there, it's awful, awful weather. it's dangerous, too? >> reporter: ashleigh, absolutely. from our van tage point here, what a difference 30 minutes makes. just a few minutes ago, you saw it. we had the strong winds coming in here t. winds have died down a bit. we had that torrential rainfall. i had to take my jacket off. it drenched from all rain that came in here. still, this is how it's been all day, these off again on again showers as thee storm bands continue to come into the florida coastlean area. there is always a concern about flooding. as it drops all of that rainfall, i believe there is a concern from airplane from three to six inches of rainfall that -- anywhere from three to six inches of rifle. about 1 to 3-feet higher, that's what's expected. i did want to ask chad myers. chad, i know you are looking at the radar, we got hit with a bad
storm band that came through. is there more coming through the tampa area? >> everything i see for sui probably no, unless another band forms to your west and i don't see it. the next band which would be out here close to the center of circulation, almost an eye. you can kind of see it right there would be on towards newport richie, towards cedar key and jacksonville. there is an awful lot of weather to your south, george. it is coming into the southwestern part of florida. we even have now tornado warnings around venice, florida, almost to ft. meyers. every time a big cell comes in it could be spinning. the whole thing is swinning. so one small spin. remember these are not ef-3s or 4s. take cover, if you see one t. wind will be 90 miles per hour with any one of those cells. i don't see any more for you, most of them to the south. >> thank you, both, chad myers, george howl, good to see you a
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. >> there is nothing like the sound of a little girl's voice as she hears the news that she may survive a disease that is on the verge of killing her. her parents have told her a federal judge intervened in her case to make it easier for her to get a life saving transplant. whew! >> little sarah, just 10-years-old has been slowly dying of cystic fibrosis in a
pennsylvania hospital bound by red tape that kept her off a golden list, an adult list of potential lung recipients that now because of that judge's ruling donor lungs could come in at any moment and sarah could be saved. cnn's jason carroll jones us live now. are we any closer to fining out if there is a donor neighbor in the pipeline, jason? >> reporter: well, there are a lot of var -- variables that will play out. she has to be a match for this donor that eventually may or may not come forward. so a lot of things still have to play out in terms of whether or not they will find a match. in ten days now they have because of this legal decision. i also want to bring something else up here, ashleigh, within the past few minutes, i received a letter, a copy of a letter from kathlene sebelius' office.
ed the v it is directed to dr. john roberts. dr. john roberts is the head of the organ procurement, that organization basically manages the donor list. basically, this letter says, as you are already aware yesterday, judge michael bielson, a federal judge in pennsylvania, issued an order requiring me to direct optn, once again, that itself the organ procurement and transplantation network to immediately cease application of the under 12 rule. i understand that in compliance with the journal's order, last night at 10:34 p.m. eastern time, optn created a second candidate record for miss myrnahan with a birthdate that makes the system treat her as a 12-year-old. as you know, ash leak, this issue is about age. sarah is 10-years-old t. adult list says you got to be 12 years or older in order to be on that list. so apparently, what they've done
is created a new dir birthdate so she can then get into this computer system and try and get that organ donation. >> how? it's such a bizarre pattern of how they have to go about this. they keep us, the clock is really ticking. keep us posted on whether, this could happen so fast, too. so let us know, jason, if something comes through. jason carroll reporting for us live. you know, further in the legal briefs, it is hard to imagine there is any downside to saving a little girl. does it mao enthat somebody else could die because of this? does it mao enthe court is playing god and decide who can gets a chance to live and who doesn't? is this a legal mess that is brewing? let's bring in our defense attorney and legal analyst liss so bloom from avo via skype. it does seem odd that a court can do this. it seems so right and yet there do seem to be questions looming. >> reporter: well, this is what
courts do. they often step in and issue decisions that are immediate and necessary when prompted by applicants or appellants looking for relief. one of the big issues here, as you've said if your introduction is age. this young girl is 10-years-old the adult list requires her to be 12. what this decision does is it opens the floodgates now and allows for possibilities for children to be on that list and, remember, there are still deciding factors that would allow someone to be able access that lung such as proximity, the lung factor, how difficult their situation is. so there are a lot of things that come into play. she doesn't automatically get bumped up onto the list, her family never asked for her to be given that special treatment. >> but he she is so dire, in some reports, she's at the top of all lists at this point as well. lisa, that brings me to the question, if a 10-day injunction, who knows if there will be a donor within 10 day,
once that runs out, is there a case to be made if there is time for discrimination? age discrimination? >> well, first of all, if the time runs out, if it's not day nine and she dill doesn't have a transplant, i would expect her family to go in and seek another injunction or an amendment to this injunction. the big question have i have is why on earth in the first place are adults given priority for lung transplants over. wouldn't wety if you have to make a terrible choice between saving a life, you would save the life of a child over the life of an adult? perhaps there is a medical reason children can't get adult lung transplants. maybe they are less likely to work in a child n. this case the judge said she is appropriate to get a lung transplant. i think the whole policy should be re-visited and all children have priority. >> i can imagine some of the
criteria that has to consider is longevity of life, the ability to use those organs for the longest and most successful period. perhaps that gives the children the advantage, i'm not sure. thank you both. our next case, paris jackson, michael jackson's child, now in the hospital after her family is in the middle of a multi-million dollar lawsuit. the daughter does more than a cry for help after strange youtube videos and some di pressing tweets. the stress and strains of being a teen ager, whose every movement is in the spot the light. ♪ [ mom ] for big girl jobs there's bounty select-a-size. it's the smaller powerful sheet. one select-a-size sheet of bounty is 50% more absorbent than a full size sheet of the leading ordinary brand. use less with bounty select-a-size.
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>> those close to the jackson family are calling it a cry for help. michael jackson's only daughter paris is recovering this morning after being rushed to the hospital earlier yesterday. sources say she cut one of her wrists and that a suicide prevention hotline operator called 911 after speaking to the 15-year-old girl. jackson has been tweeting about her troubles recently. one of the tweets said using a beatles song, yesterday, all my troubles seem so far away, now it looks as though they're here to stay. avo.com legal analyst lisa bloom and defense attorney nedwhen charles is joining me. this comes with a high profile trial. the jackson family is suing the
promoter aeg. i want to hold up a couple new york papers. so you can see this media coverage, jacko curse has been so intense over this young girl, apparently a suicide drama. lisa, let me begin with you. you are out there in california. there is a lot of coverage nationally. there is a lot of coverage locally. this child has been deposed twice in the aeg case apparently in tears both times. she is expected to have to walk into that courtroom and testify about all of this. it all seems like, it just doesn't seem worth it for this family. yet, are they suggesting that the pressure might be too much for this girl? >> listen, teen age depression and suicidality is a very complicated subject and i'm not here to say the lawsuit is the only reason, but i will also say that i handle wrongful death cases in my law firm and i always tell my clients before they begin to think long and hard about bringing children into it. because the kind of questions
that she would have had to answer in her deposition and at the trial that's under way right now are questions like tell me about the moment you found out that your father had died, tell me about how upi -- up setting this is, do you think your father is a drug addict? these are gut wren wering questions for the loss of a loved one for an adult. for a 15-year-old, it's overwhelming. remember, this is a civil case about aeg. this is about money damages. i think it's appropriate to ask the question, was it worth it? >> medwin, under cross examination, all cross examinations are blistering and some more than other, could you see an aeg defense attorney saying, you just attempted suicide, water your mental state? i mean, could this be used against her? >> of course. i think it can. i think that's exactly what they're going to do. lisa raises a very good point.
was the family oomp aware the depth at which these attorneys would go after tease children? any time you file a wrongful death suit, these kind of questions are yes, unfortunately, i do see these attorneys doing that. and frankly, that is their job. it is not their job to go easy on her and be soft on her. it is their job to defend themselves in this civil case. and it's unfortunate, but it is what it is. >> it is what it is. and it's just sad. these are kids. they're just kids, period. lisa bloom, midwin charles, thank you both. appreciate it. coming up, i'm a canadian, now american. i came to cnn. so did george "stroumboulopoulos," you're going to meet the man who does not anchor "good morning america." he's coming up right after the break.
there is nothing like a good canadian. i'm here to say it. and i got a fellow canadian joining me now here. george stroumboulopoulos, nice to have you here. welcome to the good old u.s. of a. >> nice to be here. >> you have a brand new show that will be on friday nights all summer long. you don't take any time off, is that it? >> what else am i going to do? i have motorcycles and pets in my life. it's an interview show. i'm going to sit down with two
or three guests each night and just kind of dig into it. as an interviewer, sort of want to act as this emotional archaeologist. and i like digging into stories and trying to relate it to people. you find these artifacts in their stories and you try to use it to put stuff in a context, maybe connect to people at home, bit of wide-eyed extravaganza is part of it. it's fun. we're going to do that each friday night, but the first one's on sunday. >> how much grief have you been catching for the whole george stemgs -- >> i spoke to his wife on the phone, which was weird. >> does she get you mixed up? >> i started engaging and i forgot i was on tv and george hung up. >> okay. since you're here, straight from good ka canada up north.
are you ready for this? question number one, in the war of 1812, who prevailed, u.s. or canada? >> technically it was a draw, but we won, canada. >> which u.s. president got stuck in a bathtub? >> a u.s. president got stuck in a bathtub? which one didn't? i don't know. roosevelt. >> it was taft, you got to know that one. how many pounds of bacon does the average american consume every year? >> as a vegan i no longer know bacon statistics. how many pounds of bacon each year. god, if the answer's more than three we have -- >> go bigger. >> 12. >> we got burger king here. >> more than 12 pounds of bacon a year. >> 17.9 pounds. >> that's too much hog, man. >> you're going to have to revisit that whole vegan thing i think. who is cnn's worldwide president? >> jeff zucker. >> you knew that. >> i was going to say wolf
blitzer, but -- >> winnipeg boy. >> and toronto. so jeff and wolf. >> this is a really important one. it's thick and wonky. who is america's biggest trading partner? >> canada. >> nice. he pointed to himself. >> i'm sure china doesn't like that, but canada. >> for now it's canada. >> because we have oil and soft wood lumber in canada. >> and all that water and tinder and minerals and george stroumboulopoulos, who's your first guest? >> keano reeves and i are going on a motorcycle ride. he's passionate about building this new kind of bike, so it's martin short and we have all kinds of guests like bill maher. >> do you have a rule one canadian every show? >> at one point i was like there's two and a half canadians on this show. >> you could have included two and a half in the title. >> two and a half canadians. >> it's very successful. it's tested. >> no kidding.
taft got stuck in a bathtub? >> he got stuck in the bathtub. >> seriously? that's so weird. >> george stroumboulopoulos joining us here on cnn. thanks so much. so just to reiterate, martin short and keanu reeves kick off the series. 10:00 p.m. eastern time right after the season finale of "parts unknown" with anthony bourdain. [ female announcer ] the only patch for the treatment
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the u.s. government makes verizon turn over millions of americans phone records. is it an invasion of privacy, or crucial tool in the fight against terror? >> now, this picture has become a symbol of protest of the movement in turkey. who is the lady in red? >> and, brazil is no longer happy with its so-called i'm happy to be a prostitute campaign. that's right. we're going to tell you why the health minister changed his mind. welcome to "around the world." i'm suzanne malveaux. >> and i'm michael holmes. thanks for your company today. now, if you are a verizon customer, the federal government may have your number and the number of everyone you've been talking to here in the u.s. and overseas. >> so this is according to "the guardian" newspaper. the government asked for and got a secret order requiring verizon to turn over millions of phone records. now, privacy advocates as you can imagine are