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window. they were on a break and they heard her crying and the toddler fell and they caught her. everybody is fine. there she is. one of the heros broke his arm. i'm don lemon, have yourself a great weekend. now "the lead" with jake tapper. >> i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. did you have know there is a board designed to call out the president on any policy violations? he's never met with them before today because it was mostly just on paper. suddenly he's very interested in what he has to say. >> please forgive me. >> super star chef paula deen begs for your mercy after she acknowledges using racial slurs.
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can her southern pride empire survive? >> and the sports lead. how i spent my weekend, as police try to unravel the mystery of a murder not far from his home. i'm jake tapper. we begin with the national lead. new documents published by "the guardian" newspaper leaked by edward snowden suggests that the british spy agency gchq, government communications headquarters, has accessed cables carrying the world's phone calls and internet traffic and it shares this information with the american national security agency. the obama administration had no comment today as law enforcement officials continue their feverish manhunt to locate edward snowden.
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the business partner of wikileaks says he has plans to fly him to iceland if iceland grants him asylum. >> we just want to make sure that if we start to transport the guy, that he will not -- he will be safe when he lands, you know. he will not be extradited to u.s. >> the bigger issue is this massive surveillance program. a recent poll finds that 53% of americans disapprove of the nsa surveillance programs and 5 % disapprove of the government collecting phone calls of ordinary americans. it's one of the reasons the obama administration is suddenly out there trying to defend the program. president obama attempted to do so earlier this week by heralding a special panel designed to protect your rights. >> i've stood up a privacy and
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civil liberties oversight board made up of independent citizens including some fierce civil libertarians, i'll be meeting with them. what i want to do is set up and structure a national conversation. >> a privacy and civil liberties oversight board. where was this panel when the nsa spying programs were being implemented? well, it didn't really exist, not in any real sense. in fact, the president's first ever meeting with the group is going on right now. president george w. bush formed a version of this panel in 2004 as part of the exit have office on the recommend days of the 9/11 commission and then vice president dick cheney was awfully proud of that fact. >> working with congress he has created the privacy and civil liberties oversight board on which ted olson is now a member. the president has made very clear as we fight for our principles, our first responsibility is to live by them. >> but how in the loop were
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members of this panel? well, they learned about the bush administration's terrorist surveillance program by reading the "new york times." and a report that the board wrote was heavily edited by the white house. one memory signed in protest. congress in 2007 made the board an independent agency, president bush nominated members in 2008 but the senate never took any action. president obama's turn came next and he promptly dragged his feet. he didn't even nominate everyone to the board until 2011 and his final member was not fully confirmed million may of this year, about a month before edward snowden began spilling the nsa secrets. for months they haven't had offices, no staff. let's go to their web site. wait, it doesn't exist. president obama told you about this board on monday and his first meeting with them is right now. joining me now to talk with these issues, michael chertoff,
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chairman and co-founder of the chertoff group, a security consulting firm. thanks for being here. we appreciate it. >> good to be here. >> the privacy and civil rights oversight board created during the bush administration, some members of the board complained that, first of all, they learned about some programs that they were supposed to be keeping an eye on by reading a newspaper, not by the white house, that a report that they did be edited by the white house. i guess some things were changed since then. how important was this board to you and the bush administration during the period you served as secretary of homeland security? >> when i was at dhs, we had our own privacy officer. that was kind of the department analog to the board. our privacy officer was very, very helpful to us. it was important to be able to get a perspective from the privacy standpoint about some of the regulations and measures we were considering and we viewed that person as an ally and as a
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valued adviser and not as an adversary. i think properly used the government-wide board, the oversight board, can play that important function. >> a new document was published by "the guardian," indicates that this fisa court has rules and it depends on your perspective, i suppose, but one of the things that came out in this document, and it dates from 2007 when you were at the dhs is that they can hold on to details of americans' data for five years and they can retain and make use of information that is called inadvertently acquired, stuff that they didn't mean to acquire but they have. they can use that. should americans not be concerned about that? that does seem to be a giant loophole through which any analyst could do almost anything if it's quote unquote inadvertently acquired. >> actually, it ought to comfort people. first of all, all of these rules are reviewed and approved by an
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independent court. and if there's a breach of the rules, the court polices that and if necessary sanctions the government. i know some of the judges of the court from when i was a judge, not on that court, and they take very seriously their responsibilities under the law. let's say you're monitoring a phone call involving a terrorist overseas and they call a number and it turns out that it's an american number. now, normally you would say, well, it's an american citizen, we're going to discard that. but let's say during the conversation before you ascertain who it is they're talking about a bombing attack. well, at that point you have the right to say, look, even though i'm not targeting the american, something has now emerged that indicates that this american is in fact involved in terrorism. then you go back to the court. the court then allows you to pursue that further. at each step of the process, and
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this was true prior to 9/11, there's a set of rules and a set of requirements and if someone wants to move to the next level, court get involved. >> there's a report that snowden is trying to get to iceland, though there is an extradition treaty the united states has with iceland. do you think that the government knows where snowden is and can the government, based on your knowledge of its capabilities prevent him from getting to iceland? >> first of all, i don't know if they know where he is. obviously if you're traveling and you're transversing countries that have treaties with the united states, those countries could run you land at an intermediate point, arrest you, pull you off the plane, provided there's an arrest warrant issued by the government. there may be one that may be sealed. this whole idea of going to iceland when you first go to hong kong seems odd to me. it seems odd he could go to china and say this is the place i go to get my freedom. so there are elements to the story i suspect are not clear
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yet and we're going to see some interesting things perhaps unfold in the next few weeks. >> and the last question, the u.s. and the taliban are in negotiations right now. i know the foreign minister of israel once said you don't make peace with your friends, you make peace with your enemies. >> there are a couple dimensions to this. sometimes you have to negotiate with people who have been your enemies and now we're very close friends with japan and germany. at one point we were mortal enemies. but on the other hand there are some people who are off limits, people who have committed atrocities shouldn't be part of negotiation. and we have to be care of of releasing people who are the worst of the worst. >> if you worked for president
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obama, this hypothetical trade between bowe bergdahl and senior al qaeda operatives, you would say you wouldn't make the trade? >> i would say it's a very dangerous road to go down. the israelis faced this over a number of years. when you do that, you're seasoneding ingsending a signal that people who are captured become bargaining chips. it's a dangerous signal to send. you can never say never but i would be very careful before i made any deal for releasing some very bad guys and getting a prisoner back. >> michael chertoff, thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> crisis management. she admitted to using ugly, racist language. how does paula deen begin to pull out of this tailspin? and nuclear winter avoided?
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[ female announcer ] if you can't afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help. time for the money lead. talk about the last word. it could be the last word of a person's career. i'm talking about the "n" word. having used the word, paula deen is in the fight of her life to save her empire worth millions and built on clogged artery. this is some sort of rough cut. it seems pretty heavily edited but she tries to apologize and maybe throw herself a life raft after it was revealed during questioning in a civil lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past. >> i want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that
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i've done. i want to learn and grow from this inappropriate hurtful language, it's totally, totally unacceptable. i've made plenty of mistakes along the way, but i beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, i beg for your forgiveness. please forgive me for the mistakes that i've made. >> again, those ed it's, you saw in that film, they were there when the video posted to youtube. that is not our work. the $1.2 million harassment and discrimination lawsuit was filed by an employee in one of deen's restaurants. she claims deen used the "n" word when she was talking about hiring black waiters for a plantation themed wedding.
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but deen denied using that word and when asked if she had used the word in other occasion, she said "of course." >> now in money news. do you exhale a passive sigh efr time the flight attendant tells you to shut off your gadgets for take-off? well, good news. you may be able to continue to use them during take-off and landings. aaron mcpike is here with why the faa plans to light i don't know up a little when it comes to gadget rules. there's a catch to this as i understand it? >> there is. one of the big devices we use, the cell phone, is actually not included. so no last-minute calls. but you could keep up with the news. just too fidgety to power down that gadget before take-off? >> your mobile phones and other electronic devices should be
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turned off. >> that instruction from the flight attendant may be a thing of the past if the faa approves a draft of new recommendations allowing flyers to use some of their gadgets during taxi, take-off and landing, though cell phones are not included. last year the faa began to look at loosening those restrictions. this morning the wall street journal published leaks from the alleged unfinished reports. but frequent flyers have long ignored requests to power down. alec baldwin was booted from an american airlines flight for using his mobile device. he's a bit game player. remember "word with friends." later he spoofed the pilot on "saturday night live." >> would you great get on an air plain that flu 30,000 feet in the air if you thought one kindle switch could bring it down? come on!
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>> and a survey by the airlines showed 30% of us accidentally fail to turn off our portable electronic devices or p.e.d.s. >> the long and short of it is we're going to be allowed to use our p.e.d.s in the not too distant future. there's guidance that's been out there for years the airlines have been waiting for the faa to make its position clear. the faa is about to do that and then the airlines will have guidance. it's going to take time because the aircrafts will be have to be tested to make sure they're p.e.d. tolerant. >> the faa acknowledged changes may be afoot saying today "we tasks a government industry group to examine the safety issues and the feesibility of changing the current
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restrictions. we will wait for the group to finish its work before we determine next steps." now, the report has been delayed twice so it's going to be another year or so until this actually goes through. >> during the commercial break was singing "we can leave your phone on" to the joe cocker song. you're telling me i can use my phone but have i to put it on airplane format. >> you can't make a text bu you could read things. >> and access wifi from this little baby. >> yes. so we're still kind of shut off from the world -- >> i don't mind that. when is that going to take place is. >> in the next year or so if it is approved. >> if the faa lifts its ban on gadgets, what would be you be most excited about? me, obviously playing words and
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friends with alec baldwin. >> in the time since we aired that paula deen video, she wanted a do-over. she released a second video just moments ago. >> i'm paula deen. i was invited this morning to speak to matt lauer about a subject that has been very hurtful to a lot of people. matt, i have to say i was physically not able this morning. the pain has been tremendous that i have caused to myself and to others and so i'm taking this opportunity now that i've pulled myself together and am able to speak to offer an apology to those that i have hurt. i want people to understand that my family and i are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are. i've spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others.
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your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me, but it's what -- >> all right. the latest video from paula deen up on youtube. thank you, miss deen. coming up on the "the lead," russia's president claims he never stole a super bowl ring from patriots owner robert kraft, but instead of just giving it back, he's extending an olive branch at that appears to be dripping with sarcasm. and on the sports lead, a high file athlete in a murder investigation. how the murder investigation is starting to play out like o.j. 2.0. ing big to keep our country in the lead. ♪ load! we keep moving to deliver what you need. and that means growth, lots of cargo going all around the globe. cars and parts, fuel and steel, peas and rice, hey that's nice! ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪
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welcome back to "the lead." get your things and go, that came at the urging of officials of calgary that is being swallowed by floodwaters. amazingly there have been no reports of deaths or injuries. the massive flooding is a result of heavy rain and rising rivers. >> now that the u.s. has agreed to start arming the syrian rebels, are we actually going to teach them how to use those weapons? turns out we already are. back in april cnn reported that officials quietly acknowledged that the cia was training syrian rebels.
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now it's being reported that special ops troops are training them, too. the white house has not spelled out how it's going to support the syrian opposition but sources say it involves small arms, ammunitions and possibly a anti-tank weapons. >> we have an update to a story that could have been the plot to the weakest tom clancy novel ever written. russian president vladimir putin is offering to pay back patriots owner robert kraft with custom bling after kraft told the "new york post" that putin pocketed his super bowl ring a few years ago. but putin is not giving back the actual ring. he said he does not remember the ring or kraft -- ouch -- during a discussion today with german chancellor angelam merkel, puti
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said this "i will ask our manufactures to produce a really good visibly valuable thing made out of very good metal and stone in it and so that this object from generation to generation, to be passed on within the team that is being represented by mr. kraft. >> it doesn't sound like he takes it very seriously. bob kraft has not responded to the offer yet. the partisan bickering in washington is reaching a feverish pitch just in time for a make-or-break vote in time for immigration reform. donna brazile, you're a democrat and you danced with republican karl rove last night i'm told? >> absolutely. for a great cause. we're trying to encourage americans to volunteer,
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regardless of your party affiliation. by the way, karl can shake a groove, fella. >> that's very nice of you to say. we might have to get the fact check guys in on that one. >> we both led. we took turns leading. >> hopefully washington can come together similarly. the politics lead is next. ♪ vo: traveling you definitely end up meeting a lot more people but a friend under water is something completely different.
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lloyd was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds less than a mile from his mansion in north attleboro on thursday. it's being reported he intentionally destroyed his security system and smashed his cell phone before handing over fragments to investigators. the victim's sister tells cnn the two men were at a boston night club together friday night and that lloyd was dating the sister of hernandez's fiancee. >> i was not there but i do know they did go out this weekend. >> reporter: and they went together to a night club? >> yes. >> reporter: as far as you know, did they ever have any angry words between them? >> not that i know of. >> reporter: and you talked to your brother a lot, didn't you? >> almost every day. >> hernandez is not talking but the whole country is talking
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about hernandez. joining me is a reporter from the "boston globe." >> we've been able to report that the police have recovered video. we're not exactly sure of the source. very likely could be security video from the neighborhood where odin lloyd was from. a man who appears to be aaron hernandez with lloyd in his company, and this would be an hour before he's found in his neighborhood. >> it's not the first time hernandez has been questioned over gun violence. another friend claimed hernandez shot his eye out after an argument at a strip club in miami back in february. tell us about that. >> this is a bizarre coincidence that these two incidents would come to light at about the same time. last week a friend or former friend now of hernandez filed a
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federal lawsuit against him in florida claiming that after an argument at a strip club known as tootsie's, they were in the car when hernandez pointed a gun at him, either intention ally o through gross negligence, pulled the trigger. according to his friend, mr. bradley, the bullet took out his right eye and required severe surgeries that is going to leave him disfigured for life. he's suing hernandez for a cash settlement in court. in february when this happened, local police investigated and bradley claimed not to know who shot him. >> and there's been ties of hernandez of his native bristol, connecticut. and had, quote, maturity issues.
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was it a thing that the patriots had to discuss with this guy ? >> i'm sure they did discuss it. he was a fourth round pick. they knew about the failed drug test in college. they knew they were getting a high risk/high reward player. he's been fantastic on the field when he's been healthy. he's a potential up-and-coming nfl super star before this happened. now we wonder if he'll ever see the field again. >> mark arsenault from the "boston globe," thank you so much. >> no problem, jake. >> coming up, we're not talking about an open mic night in congress, we're talking about what democratic leader nancy pelosi said about her republican colleagues. plus the pop culture lead. you might as well stay home and watch reruns this summer because the theaters are chock full of warmed over sequels of movies you've already seen. is hollywood completely out of ideas? stay with us.
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welcome back to "the lead." now it's time for the politics lead. call it the canary in the coal mine on capitol hill. a $500 billion farm bill just imploded in the house, in a defeat that speaks volumes about what's happening or more accurately what's not happening on capitol hill. the gop says the dems tore pped the bill but nancy pelosi pegged it all on the republican leadership. >> if we ever came to you when we had the majority and said we didn't pass a bill because we didn't get enough republicans
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votes, that's silly. it's sad. it's juvenile. it's unprofessional. it's amateur hour. anything else? >> anything else? i love that. anything else? well, for starters everyone wants to know if the same partisan problem is in store for the immigration reform bill, which could see a vote in the senate at soon as monday night on a key vote. we bring in donna brazile, former spokeswoman for alan stewart and gloria borger. can the house get its act together or -- >> no. >> no. >> there's such dysfunction there now that you'd have to be pollyanna to say, oh, yeah, suddenly they're going to get over this, they're going to pass immigration reform. immigration reform is going to pass out of the senate probably with a very big margin. and now that the house speaker has said that he needs to have a majority of his majority and lay
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down the law because, by the way, he needed to keep his speakership and that was probably a prerequisite for keeping his speakership, i don't see how you get around that. i really don't. so i -- i think that at a certain point unless the democrats are willing to do what nancy pelosi said they were not willing to do on this farm bill, it's going to be very difficult. maybe the democrats will save the day. >> well, i keep saying speaker pelosi but it's leader pelosi. leader pelosi made it very clear if you want our vote, you must have our input. the republicans want their cake and eat it as well, plus ice cream. she's been very clear that democrats will support these measures if democrats are able to have some input. without it, they are -- they basically have to rally their base to get everybody on board. >> alice, what are you hearing from republicans on capitol hill? do they think that immigration
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reform has a chance in the house? >> if we can continue to make sure that border security is a top priority, and that's always been what the conservative republican group has said, that has to be the top priority. >> this is a new amendment being introduced by corker and hoven, is that going to be enough? >> that's a great first start. i'm hearing that will be enough to help bridge the divide. but that's the key. making sure that's the top priority and not going ahead with what is for all intents and purposes amnesty. here's the key is that this is one of the many issues is i've been with the governor with when you have a divided house and senate in legislative process. it starts with the top. it starts with having conversations from the front end. and marco rubio's spokesperson said if legislation was like sausage making, then the obama administration is like a bunch of vegetarians. we have to have these conversations on the front end. here we are, july 4th --
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>> when you talk to people at the white house, their point of view is, look, we can't get publicly involved in this because then we're going to hurt republicans who actually want to vote for this bill. we kind of get in the way. but behind the scenes they are talking to staffers on the republican side. they are talking to staffers -- >> the fact that these conversations are going on behind closed doors is being used against marco rubio and other republicans -- >> exactly. >> -- by conservatives who oppose the bill. >> because two-thirds of the republicans are in the so-called g gerrymandered districts. they want to campaign against the obama administration and against democrats. >> i think there actually are people who actually oppose this immigration reform bill. >> of course. no question. but since 2007, we have met every metric on border security that's been laid out. 2007 was the last time we had immigration reform measures put up and then it failed. we have 1,969 miles of the
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border. we spent billions of dollars. i don't think that's the real issue. the real issue is the whole citizenship issue and many republicans have a problem with that. the steve king amendment, the anti-dreamer act -- >> i want to ask a question. you're in the real world talking to grass roots republicans. is it enough to have all this new border security if the price is all these new citizens who were originally undocumented illegals? >> we can't have automatic amnesty. those here in d.c. need to look at not what's best for their leb election, they have to look at what's best for the big picture. we have to stop the river flooding of people coming across the border and bring it down to a trickle. that's the most important thing. and we need to make sure those who are here illegally go to the back of the line and start the legal process after that.
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welcome back to "the lead." this just in to cnn. some things not even a heaping helping of crispy cream brepudd
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can fix. the foot network announced they are cutting ties with paula deen. apparently too little or too late. now to our pop culture lead, listen up, kids, we're going to spill the secret to making it in the hollywood biz. make an even halfway decent movie, step one. step two, make it again and again and again. that's it, you're done. this summer's box office lineup has been about as original as a beat in the p. diddy song. but you can't blame it all on hollywood. after all, the reasons the sequels keep coming is because we keep going back for more. >> yes, it's "fast and furious 6." you heard me right, 6.
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you've never seen this before? nonsense, paul walker. you've soeen this five times before. in fact, this summer is filled to the brim with sequels. 17 in fact. yes, 17. the most in a decade. second helpings of the new "star trek" franchise and monsters inc. third helpings of "iron man," "hangover" and something called "hatch "hatchet." and of course for those who just cannot fill up with enough diesels are fa"fast and furious 6." universal studios is already planning production for a seventh and eighth "fast and furious." it seems clear that this summer commerce has not only won, it has destroyed art. in a huge spectacle with explosions and cgi. >> the international box office
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has become essential to studios' finances. and and the world it's much easier to sell a movie that's already been sold before. so studios are increasingly relying on sequels because it's a sure thing for a global audience. >> why? well, the first six "fast and furious" films made more than $2 billion world wide. this latest one alone has already made more than $500 million. not all sequels are horrible, of course. i'm not just talking about "the godfather part 2." >> i'm smart and i want respect! >> we have high hopes for some of the newer efforts. >> hey, america, did you miss my hot breath in your ear? >> it's been nearly ten years since we saw the anchor man. the largest artistic question is where are all the original
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stories that these films are crowding out? >> original stories are tough sells at the box office because not only do you have to introduce all these characters to audiences, then you also have to say this movie is good and come see it. it's a two-step process. >> so all you smart screenwriters take note, "dumb and dumber to" has also just received the green light. >> so you're telling me there's a chance. and we learned big news about another big franchise. robert downy, jr. has just signed on to play in two more "avenger" movies. >> when hollywood needed to capture the essence of a complicated character, they
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turned to ashton kutcher, who stars as the apple co-founder. take a look at just how much they look alike. "jobs" opens in theaters nationwide on august 16th. coming up, he's not supersized anymore but morgan spurlock is still going all in for his new cnn show "inside man." i'll sit down to talk with him about his latest project and his grandma tootie next. [ panting ] uh... after you. ♪ [ sighs ] [ male announcer ] it's all in how you get there. the srx, from cadillac. awarded best interior design of any luxury brand. lease this 2013 cadillac srx for around $399 per month, with premium care maintenance included.
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grandmother, a woman who obviously does not know where the snooze button is. >> you're already up and all over the place. can i get you anything, tootie? >> no. tootie, what time did you wake up? >> about 2:00. >> i love that she's up two hours before i was. she's a machine, you can't stop her. >> welcome to the cnn family, morgan. >> thank you. >> how is living with tootie, besides the obvious lack of sleep? >> i think any time you move in with an old lady, the comedy is going to end soon. that's one of the things i love about this episode. to go back to virginia and move in with my grandmother was a real highlight. >> this episode talks about nursing facilities, end of life
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options, problems such as dementia. what did you learn? what do we all have coming down the pike here? >> well, i think the biggest thing that comes out of the show is you start to realize that most of us don't plan for it. most of us think we're going to live forever and have this great healthy life and it's one of those things you need to start planning as soon as you can for those years because those final years become incredibly expensive and those are a lot of the things we touch on. >> we've been talking about an episode coming later in the series but your debut show this weekend is about medical marijuana. we're actually just a few blocks away from a medical marijuana dispensary here in washington, d.c. tell us about your experience. >> one of the things we want to do is explore this whole idea of the legalization of marijuana. i worked at the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the united states. they sell about $25 million of cannabis a year. we wanted to get into this debate and the question of is it valuable, should it be legalized? what kind of an impact does it have on our culture? >> any conclusions?
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>> i think the biggest thing you start to realize and what was shocking to me is when i first went there, i kind of imagined a bunch of stoners coming out with their cards saying, dude, i'm just here to get some good weed. and you start to see along the way there are people who are really benefiting from this medical marijuana, people who have become addicted to medications like oxycontin and once they get off of those, they're able to have a reasonably functional life with their family. >> morgan, thanks for joining us. >> good seeing you. >> you can watch his new show "inside man" this weekend. >> we asked you what you'd be most excited about if the faa relaxed their gadget rules and "anthony weiner tweets,"
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"liftoffs." and check out our show page at cnn.com/thelead for videos, blogs and extras. i turn you over to jim april cos -- acosta, who is filling in for wolf blitzer in "the situation room." a jet is ready to fly. i'll ask a wealthy businessman why he's helping to arrange that risky effort. >> and a frightening near collision over new york city. why such a close call? and breaking news, the food network is dropping tv chef paula deen despite her videos apologizing for using racial slurs. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim acosta. you're in "the situation room." and the b