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for the people who won't give up the phone. >> hand over the phone. hand over the phone. thanks for watching "around the world." cnn "newsroom" starts right now. cnn "newsroom" starts right now. have a good afternoon. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com right now we're learning startling new details about the moment right before asiana flight 214 crashed. we have details. right now the chances of a farm bill getting pass this had year don't look good. if a deal isn't reached soon, milk prices could soar. we'll tell you just how high they could go. right now, new questions about just who this man is. a translator for deaf viewers is now under fire. was he a fake? and how did he wind up next to president obama for the nelson mandela tribute? >> hello, i'm wolf blitzer in
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washington. as the we're learning some disturbing new details about what was happening in the cockpit. the first officer aboard the flight told investigators he called out more than four times the plane's excessive sink rate in the two minutes before the crash, ultimately three chinese teenagers were killed. cnn's rene marsh has been looking into all of this for us. we're learning more details. what are we learning right now. >> you spoke about the sink rate warning. that happened about 52 seconds before the crash, and pilots we spoke to who have flown triple sevens tell us that's more than enough time to correct the problem. for whatever reason, the problem was not corrected. we have brand new video, the ntsb released today. it shows a different perspective of the asiana crash captured on airport security cameras. you can see after the crash the plane landed in that crash
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landing manner and did that full spin. also, some incredible details coming out of this hearing. the pilot flying the plane was worried about landing. according to the ntsb, he told investigators visual racial approaches like the one he was tasked with doing at san francisco's airport was difficult and stressful. when asked how confident he was about his knowledge of the triple 7s automated flight systems, he said and i'm quoting, not so confident. he felt that he should study more. now, this hearing is going on as we speak. we know that investigators, they grilled an expert on the triple 7, and it's you the mated systems because they're looking into whether pilots are potentially relying too much on them. take a listen to that grilling session. >> we accept the fact that pilots as all humans make errors. we try to make errors that can be corrected and noticed.
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and lastly, at least for today, as we apply automation as a tool to aid the pilot, not replace the pilot. >> all right. so what we also know now is that this auto throttle, wilthink of the auto throttle as the equivalent of cruise control in i aveek. they thought that it was engaged. however, it was not engaged. that caused the plane to go dangerously slow. so we now know that possibly they didn't understand how this whole thing operated. but if you're a passenger on that plane, wolf, don't want to hear that the pilot in the cockpit may not know how the automated systems work into they're also looking at korean culture, korean airline. what role that may have played in the cockpit? >> yeah, that is one issue that they're going to be looking at. we can tell you that the pilot could have aborted the approach. or made the decision early on to abort the approach, but that being said, when the student
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captain was asked whether he contemplated doing this, he said that would be a very difficult or very hard decision simply because his senior had not had that decision. so he felt it would put him in a very difficult situation to make that call without the more senior person making that call. >> we're getting more information all the time. thanks very much for that report. plr new numbers out today and they show more people are signing up for obama care. according to the latest figures, almost 365,000 people have signed up through healthcare.gov and the state run exchanges. that includes people who have selected an insurance plan. in addition, more than 1.9 million people have been determined to be eligible but have not yet picked a plan. that's still far below the 7 million people that were projected necessary to enroll for 2014. up on capitol hill today, the health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius faced more questions about the website's flawed rollout.
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>> do you wish in fact that you had delayed the launch beyond october 1st? >> i certainly wish we could have saved millions of people a very frustrating experience and had a smoother technology launch. i acted on the best information that i had, and going forward, i think that having al eight-week delay in a fully functioning site is enormously frustrating and to millions of americans and their families. having said that, i this i there are millions of people who are going to begin receiving health coverage that they never had january 1st. >> when she was pressed again, the secretary said she would have done a slower launch and more beta testing >> the new budget deal is also a big focus on capital little. the bipartisan agreement was
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brokered by the committee chair patty murray and house budget chairman paul ryan after weeks of negotiations. the deal sets the government spending for two fiscal years and would avoid another government shutdown. it still needs to be passed by congress. republican and democratic leaders reacted to the agreement today. >> the deal is something that accomplishes deficit reduction, permanent pension reform for government employees, and it doesn't raise taxes. and it is consistent with republican efforts all along to try and replace the sequester with permanent savings that just make a lot more sense. >> it is a small step in the right direction because we are able to restore many of the cuts that would otherwise take place as a result of the sequester, those very deep and immediate cuts. >> white house also issued a statement welcoming the deal. the budget deal sets the
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spending level for the current fiscal year and the next physical year just over $1 trillion. it eliminates $63 billion in forced budget cuts. remember those are known as the sequester, the bulk of which were set to kick in next month. the package has a total deficit reduction of $23 billion. so president obama getting some good news on the budget and a little bit of good news on obama care, as well. but when it comes to public perceptions, results at least so far remain mixed. take a look at this "new york times"/cbs poll. it shows 41% of the people approve of the way the president is handling health care, a nine-point gain over last month's rating. then there's this, only 37% of people say they believe the president is honest and trustworthy. that's a 5% drop since may. our chief political analyst gloria borger has been crunching all of these numbers for us. i think it's way too early to
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say the president is over the hump. that he's out of the woods. >> look, i think that these things are going to fluctuate and go back and forth. he may be over the worst of it. but my theory, wolf, is that there's kind of a set point now, that you're going to see this range whether it's between 38% and 40 or 45% for the president, heading into the sixth year of his term, the public knows who he is. it's very hard to get back to where he was on competency or likability or trustworthiness. but the public kind of knows who he is. he's not as transformational as they hoped. they like him more than they like either of the democrats or the republicans but they kind of know this guy and moved on and got him in a place i tir mind the economy is a huge variable. if you get 3% gdp, the affordable care act starts working, he gets kets an iranian nuclear deal, his numbers might
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shoot up a bit, but he's kind of where he is. >> right. those are all still big ifs. >> and they are big ifs. but at a certain point in his presidency, people feel they've figured you out. >> here's what was really enurge canning when patty murray and paul ryan, a liberal democratic senator from washington state, a conservative be congressman from wisconsin who was the vice presidential nominee from last year come out and speak about compromise and bipartisanship on this budget deal. >> shocking >> not a one-year deal, a two-year deal to avert any government shutdowns. that's pretty significant. >> i think both sides understand that the public appetite for going over the brink again is zero. okay? the public doesn't want to do that again. both sides understand that. i think that also there's a sense in the republican party from the leadership at least of the republican party that if they just cool it, don't have another shutdown, that they can actually make some electoral gains because the problems they
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had was when they did do the government shutdown. so their feeling is politically, let's just take a step back, do this incremenlly, get this deal done. don't have the another government shutdown, which didn't do them any good. if you'll recall, and move on. now, the next big issue is, of course, the debt ceiling. i don't know what they're going to decide to do on that. >> that deadline is february. i assume they'll raise the debt ceiling as they do you an the time, maybe painful at some point but probably do that. where does this put paul ryan? because some very conservative republicans are irritated by this deal. they're not going to vote for it. looking ahead to 2016, because his name is out there potentially as a presidential candidate. >> i think he's decided to be the pragmatist here and telling conservatives that this has no tax increases. so this is good for us. but the original paul ryan that i met and when he was running for the vice presidency was somebody who saw himself as
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transformational. big things, reform the tax code, change medicare. what did we see him do yesterday? a plan that was very incremental he knew the whole kind of global let's push a big thing through doesn't work in this defined of divided congress. i think he's kind of tamped down a little bit of his sort of major goals and decided to working with what he can get done in this congress and not be overly ambitious because it's in his self-interests and it's in the republicans' self-interests to just kind of move on, right? >> and basically admonishing some of those republican conservatives critics saying remember, we just control the house. we don't control the senate or the white house. we can't do whatever we want. >> right, and he didn't want to have a another fight that left more casualties on the battlefield. particularly for the republican party which is what, another shutdown would have done. so he needed to avoid that, and
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now he's a -- you know, he's a leader in the house. and as chairman of the budget committee, it was his responsibility. >> g the backing of eric cantor and john boehner on this deal. >> thanks very much. members of congress can't seem to agree at least not yet on a farm bill. that gridlock could have a dramatic impact on milk prices across the country. just how high could those prices go? a deal to avoid the sticker shock even remotely within reach? we've got some answers when we come back.
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quickly take a look at the markets right now. wall street opened lower this morning as investors eye the budget deal, wait to hear
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whether the federal reserve will keep pumping money into the economy, checking the big board right now, it's down almost 73 points. we'll continue to watch. right now the dow jones down almost 73. members of congress who is have been unable to pass a farm bill all year admit they probably won't get the job done in 2013. if they don't reach a deal in january, we could see milk prices skyrocket. guess what, to $7 a gallon. athena jones is covering the story for us here in washington. tell us what's going on. give us the background, a lot of people don't pay a whole lot of attention to the farm bill in congress. >> no, they don't but they pay attention when they go to the supermarket. folks are calling it the dairy cliff. it's a cliff we don't want to go over. it's not just milk that would be affected. current law affecting price supports expires at the end of the year. if there isn't a new farm bill, we'll revert to permanent law, that's a law put in place back in 1949. under that law, the government,
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the usda would have to step into the market, buy big amounts of milk, butter and cheese at about twice the going rate. of course, producers of these products want to sell it to the government at twice the money. so that will lead to shortages in the supermarket eventually not immediately but eventually the prices of things like a gallon of milk could go beyond $7 and cheese, yogurt would be affected and other commodities affected eventually. >> you all the stuff i like. where doll things stand right now? is this a liberal, conservative, democratic, republican battle or a battle between farm states and agricultural states, nonagricultural states? there are a lot of issues in that farm bill folks don't necessarily understand are part of the farm bill. >> certainly. it's all of those bottles wrapped into one. i've talk the to the staff of these negotiators. they're getting closer and don't believe they're going to etch reach a deal now. they have a few days before the house and people begin to leave for the holiday break, but the
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hope is that they'll reach a framework on a deal in january and get something passed then. but there been sticking points over food stamps. republicans on the house side want to make big cuts to the food stamps program, eliminate folks they say are getting food stamps when they shouldn't be. senate democrats don't want to see that. there's been a loss of discussion about replacing direct payments to farmers with crop insurance. there's a lot of thorny issues that go into this bill, and that's what they're working on. the hope is that they'll take care of that have in january and avoid all of these big sticker shock. >> that food stamp program is part of the farm bill. 50 million people in the united states rely on food stamps. a huge number. it's gone up dramatically in recent years. that's part of this battle that's unfolding right now. athena, thanks very much. athena jones reporting. another story we're following, a growing ken for so many people out there. how safe is the meat and the chicken we buy in supermarkets? now the food and drug administration announced new
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measures to keep unnecessary antibiotics outs of our food. our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is joining us. what is the fda going to do about this. >>. >> the fda is trying to save lives because 23,000 people a year die because of something called antibiotic resistance. so you take antibiotics. i do, pretty much everyone does and animals do, too. those back tier are smart. they learn about these antibiotics and they outfox them and they antibiotics stop working. so the fda is saying today, look, what we're going to do is that in the future, there are certain antibiotics that farmers are not going to be allowed to give animals unless the animals are sick. because right now, farmers give antibiotics to animals just to get them to grow faster and bigger. so the fda is saying no more of that for certain antibiotics and no more over the counter antibiotics for certain antibiotics. if a farmer wants to give an animal certain antibiotics, they
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have to get a vet involved. they're really hoping that will limit the number of antibiotics that are going out to these animals. that in the end will help us. >> i know you're speaking with a lot of experts. here's the question. will this work? >> some of the experts i've talked to are really concerned about the way this new law is written. consumer advocates, some members of congress says there's not enough teeth in it and the way it's written there are hoop holes that farmers ands uld use in order to give the animals antibiotics to get them to grow bigger and faster. that's not a legitimate reason to be giving them. there's a little concern this law isn't strong enough and that some measures that are stronger have been resisted by agribusiness and by the pharmaceutical companies. those are the ones that would work some say but they've been resistant. >> elizabeth cohen with that report. thanks very much. coming up, a nuclear deal with iran, a handshake with raul castro. we're taking a closer look at how engaging america's enemies is shaping president obama's foreign policy.
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at least it seems to be the case right now. commentators paul begala and ben stein are both here. they'll join me next. people don't have to think about where their electricity comes from. they flip the switch-- and the light comes on. it's our job to make sure that it does. using natural gas this power plant can produce enough energy for about 600,000 homes. generating electricity that's cleaner and reliable, with fewer emissions-- it matters. ♪ to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us. and gave america back a profit. we're here to keep our promises. to help you realize a better tomorrow.
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president obama attempts to reach out to america's enemies and it's showing how diplomacy is helping shape a big chunk of his foreign policy right now. consider the interim deal to curb iran's nuclear program. it loosens sanctions on iran while some in congress want to tighten those sanctions. the israeli prime minister calls the deal a historic mistake. the saudis, the emirates other friendly countries in the arab world don't like it either. the president's handshake with
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the cuban leader raul castro at the memorial service for mandela has touched off a serious debate whether it was simply a cordial gesture or something more. joining us more to talk about the president's foreign policy, paul begala along with commentator ben stein. guy, thanks very much for coming in. you have a problem with the president shaking hands with raul castro? >> not at all, wolf. i keep thinking of president nixon, the world's greatest peacemaker shaking hands with may tse-tung zhou enlai even while threw in the process of murdering their citizens. if it's for peace, it's a great idea. if it it's peace for rirn, it's a great idea. it has to be peace through strength. as long as we can maintain our military superiority in the world, i'm all for reaching out for peace. >> here's what you wrote, paul. you said the president did the
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right thing. you said i'm not naive enough to believe ever believe castro will emulate mandela but i do believe in the transformative of sending out a ripple of hope from the right side of history. so explain. is put you believe the president on the right side of history. >> i think so. first off, america's been on the right side of history. we've had a con tensious relationship with cuba. castro regime has a horrendous human rights record and have for a long time if, right now they're holding alan gross for four years. you've been all over the store for years. if that small gesture of courtesy begins to open, then it would have been well worth it. right after that handshake, he gave a terrific speech, the president did, at the memorial service in which he called out dictator who's claim the mandela legacy. he said this in his speech, they claim the legacy but oppress
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human rights and don't follow democracy and stay on too long. i thought what he did yesterday was terrific. >> i think the ball is now, correct me if you disagree, in cuba's court. the president took the initiative. he didn't have to go through that line and shake everyone's hand. he made the gesture knowing because we've been talking about it for days since the death nelson mandela, we knew raul castro would be there and the president would be there. he made the gesture. now it's up to cuba. i believe to respond. >> i was fascinated that you described him as reaching out to america's enemies because i think there are probably no people in the world more pro-american than the cuban people. i think the government obviously not. if he can reach out and in that way reach out to the cuban people through the castro dictatorship, just the way mr. nixon reached out through the communist dictatorship to the very pro american chinese people he will have accomplished a great deal. again, military strength, we've got to be strong, friendly, peace loving out of strength, not out of weakness, not
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chamberlain is, eisenhower. >> what about the interim deal reaching out to iran right now? because as you know, they're not just republicans but plenty of democrats who don't like it either. >> i've talked to several on the hill, very loyal democrats. >> the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, chuck schumer the number three democrat in the senate they don't like it. >> here's what i don't understand. a lot of democrats and republicans on the hill feel like they would strengthen the president's hand by passing contingent sanctions, no the sanctions required, but they give him one moral stick as well as the carrots he's offering in terms of relieving sanctions. i think it would be a good thing. the proof in the pudding is in the eating. just an interim agreement. i this i it's a good start. you make peace with your enemies, not with your friends. let's see how the iranians perform. we will know whether they have stopped enrichment, whether they have limited to 5%, the uranium level which they can enrich. so we'll know whether this interim agreement will lead to
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something more permanent. now as ben said with the cubans, the ball as in the iranians' court. this president has pushed as farce as an american president has in 30 years. >> it's a strongest tour to the iranian people. $7 billion in benefits for them by easing sanctions over the next six months. if they accept the conditions the u.n. security council, the permanent members have put forward including the us the, they could benefit even more. >> but then we have a situation similar to the one with cuba which is the iranian people love america. there are probably no people in the world except for the mullahs and extreme islamists who love america more than the iranians. behave a lot of them in beverly hills. boy, do they love america. we can try to make an opening to them but again through strength. i say at this point, open smile, negotiate eyes open. that he would build an anti-missile defense system for israel, for saudi arabia, for america. but reach through to that core of pro american sentiment in cuba and iran. >> give the president and the
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secretary of state john kerry a lot of credit. they're trying to do some things that people would normally think would be a mission impossible like an israeli, palestinian peace agreement. john kerry this week is going back to israel, meeting with the israeli prime minister. again meet with mahmoud abbas, the palestinian authority president. he's really working hard on this, and he though so many quote experts think this is -- there's false hope there. >> enormously risky, enormously difficult. it goes with the job. you get the white house, you get air force one and you get the middle east. this president has engageded, the secretary has engaged. i worked for president clinton his second term. he brought us as close to peace as we have been. frankly, the palestinians wouldn't take yes for an answer. they had the best deal they'll get put on the table by hey hud barack and president clinton and didn't take it. i admire what the president is doing in the middle east. you have to keep your eyes wide open because the track record on the palestinian said has been
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they've been unwilling to make peace. >> israel has always been willing to make peace. >> let's hope kerry gets a deal. i want to show you a picture from air force one. you've been on air force one. there's the current president, the former president on air force one. they released a whole bunch of pictures. there you see the conference room where the be, they're looking at some pictures, some artwork from the former president. there's a ben rhodes, one of the deputy national security advisors to the president and george w. bush, laura bush were on the flight to and from south africa for the nelson mandela memorial service. when he see these pictures, paul, give us a little background. black happen on a 17-hour flight between johannesburg and andrews joint base andrews as it's now called outside of washington, d.c.? >> well you make friends across the aisle. first off, wonderful for the president to extend the invitation to especially former
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president bush. great of the bushes, secretary clinton, as well. and you know, the president could, you know, you've been on that plane, he's got a lovely cabin up front. but bathroom. he could just hide. and instead, he's interacting. they're having fun. >> he's a politician. >> thank goodness. i love politicians. >> i do too. >> this is nothing but good for the country. president bush particularly, nelson mandela was rough on george w. bush and the fact that he as an american former president went to honor that memory, i thought it was very important. it was a good thing he did. >> when i was on air force one, it was a by plane, but it didn't have. >> propellers? >> propellers and a big rubber band. of course, it's good to reach out to everybody who he can reach out to. i want to go back to what i keep saying. congress, please, mr. president, don't keep you the canning the defense budget. let's negotiate but always out of strength and then we'll get somewhere. >> you're happy with this deal they reached yesterday.
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house senate conferrees. >> yes, i am. >> that will remove some of the forced spending cuts for the defense department. >> the it's a gigantic plus for paul ryan. >> it's good to hear bipartisanship coming from democrats and republicans in washington. >> it's been a very good week port president. the catastrophe of obama care may be in the rearview mirror for him at least for a while. >> we shall see. >> he needs to reach out to the other side and bring ben back into the white house. he served in the white house. republican advice in there. >> i'd be happy to be there. >> he's expanding his team. >> i would be happy to be there. >> maybe they're going to bring you back in there. >> i have a job right here. the most trusted name in news. >> you worked with john podesta when he was the first in the bill clinton administration. he's now coming back. the cavalry, they need help. >> john and he's bringing back fill sher repair row, a well thought of guy with terrific experience on the hill. it was very good for the president to add those. >> you were there for tough moments in the clinton administration.
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>> you made them tough. you could have gone easier on me. >> paul begala coming back to the white house helping this president get through the remaining lee years. >> he's doing great without me. >> oh, you've got that one to yourself, paul. you've got that one all to yourself. >> ben stein, paul begala, thanks very much. still ahead, what would you do if you were stuck in the freezing wilderness with little kids and just a little food? family was stuck in this jeep for days. you're going to want to hear what our own dr. sanjay gupta's survival tips for sub freezing weather are. that's straight ahead. orbiting the moon in 1971.as ead afghanistan in 2009. on the u.s.s. saratoga in 1982. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve current and former military members and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote.
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correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. sanjay, it's a pretty remarkable story. we're still obviously getting a lot more details. but basically how did they survive? >> well, you know some of the bakes do apply here, and i should point we're hearing two of the family members are already being discharged from the hospital. obviously good news here. they appear to be doing well. some mild evidence of exposure, but no frank frostbite, no life-threatening problems. the basics apply as i said. if you think about it, just in terms of survival overall, the things you need, air water, food, we talk about this a lot in the context of natural disasters but you can see on the screen just a few minutes without air, three weeks without food, those numbers get ampli amplified when you are in such tough circumstances as they were. so they had some food in the car. they told people that they were leaving so a search was instituted much more quickly. also, one that people should
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always remember, if you ever find yourself in this situation, don't leave the vehicle. the vehicle is probably your greatest source of refuge and also mr. make it much more likely for you to be found. if you leave, it is very likely that you make mistakes and mother nature is not very forgiving is a couple of experts have talked about, wolf. >> sub freezing temperatures are pretty remarkable. they didn't get frostbite or something even worse. in addition to not leaving the vehicle, what else should folks do if they find themselves in this sort of situation. >> a lot has to do with preparation ahead of time. just with regard to how someone dresses. there's an acronym you can remember, cold. om sof this may be obvious, but keeping the clothing clean, in part because clothing that's very insulated designed to be insulated if it becomes dirty or contaminated may lose some of the insulation. avoid overheating. if you start to sweat, that sweat can lead to actually dispersing body heat more quickly later on.
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wearing clotheses in loose layers to allow heat to accumulate between the various layers. too tight and it can reduce circulation, make you more prone to frostbite and keep the clothing dry. this is no small task to be out in conditions like this. . so we just put together a quick list of things that people should have, should think about to keep in their vehicle. if they're ever going to be out like this. food obviously. a knife, a flashlight. blankets, pillows. and then a fully charged cell phone. it's that bottom one, wolf, that probably made the biggest difference in today's day and age, having a fully charged cell phone allows people searching for you to possibly zero in on your signal which is in part how they found this family. there are pings that are sort of given off by your cell phone. they were able to geo locate those pings and that helped them get the rescue. >> good advice, sanjay. life saving potential advice out there. appreciate it very much. another big question today,
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there's outrage today over an interpreter at the memorial service for nelson mandela in johannesburg. this man was apparently signing for deaf viewers during portions of president barack obama's speech and others yesterday. the only problem? the interpreter may have been a
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fake. ryan todd is here. he's been looking at this. three sign language aceh what he was signing was jibberish, if you will. >> several sign language experts in south africa saying he was not doing this correctly. he's standing right next to president obama, standing right next to dignitaries from around the world for several hours. the def federation of south africa says he's a fake and that they are outraged over this. in a lengthy statement from the federation, they say the man is not a recognized professional sign language interpreter in south africa. not known by interpreters workingsing in the field. to the best of their knowledge, they say he's not undergone any formal training in south african sign language. they say this is again the deaf federation of south africa say that he did not use faisal expressions which is a very important part of communication. you can see some of the video from there. he's not using any faisal expressions. they say the signs he used are not used in south african sign
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language. that he didn't use established recognized signs for specific people that they have in sign language in south africa. people like nelson mandela, like jacob zuma, the current and president and former president. people in south africa spoked to a sideline language interpreter from a group called deaf essay. she talked about the specific gestures you have to do for noted figures. >> he has now flicked his hand. this has no meaning. and i think he's even signed help because this is a sign for help. so or help someone. and he's indicated this. so who is being helped is not known because the speaker has said former president and nowhere does the sign name for him appear. >> she's speaking to airline an barnett in south africa ca.
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south african officials say they are investigating this. a key question we're not getting a answer to from from officials in south africa or anywhere else, who is he? >> has he been seen before. >> according to the guardian newspaper, members of south africa's deaf community have raised concerns about this before at events. he has apparently beense at events sponsored by the african national congress. the anc told our people in south africa they have used him in the past but did not hire him for this. he has been seen and apparently used at events in south africa before and concerns were raced about him before. there was also a security concern here. if he's a fake and just passing himself along, how did he get up ha close to these officials? we're asking questions of security officials, as well. >> you'll have more at 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." brian, thanks very much. we'll take a quick break. more news right after this.
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it's been nearly one year 6 the awful shooting rampage at an alimentary school in newtown, connecticut. anderson cooper takes a closer look at how the community is still in heart break. >> mark and jackie's living room is full of memories of their youngest son, daniel. >> that's a pencil drawing. >> people still send gifts and lett letters. >> his ginder garden teacher sent this. he was wise beyond his years and truly understood the importance of sharing joy and taking care of others. >> everyone who knew daniel talks about his kindness. >> he's the kid who the day after halloween, you would go over to his house and he would open up his basket and say what's your favorite kind of candy and want to give to you. i would say, it's your candy. he said, i enjoy it by watching you enjoy it. what little kid does that, you
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know? >> trick or treat. >> and he was musical like his father. >> christmas before this last year, we had a drum set. >> for jackie's father, his 90th birthday, the kids and i got together and played what a wonderful world, and daniel played the drums. >> he was really proud of himself. [ cheers and applause ] >> on the morning of december 14th, he said, can you show me something on the piano? i said -- i showed him how to play "jingle bells." i was watching his little hands, and he did, he dead it very well.
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>> five days later, the bardens were buries their son. a note handed to me while covering the story shows the family was already thinking about how they could make a difference on behalf of daniel. >> if you could read it because i can't. >> okay. >> the letter was written by daniel's 11-year-old sister. it says my name is natalie barden and i wanted to tell the president that only police officers and the military should get guns. how did that focus on guns so quickly come about? >> james and natalie had some good, honest questions like how did this happen? how does somebody go into a school with a gun and kill children? >> it really came from your other kids. >> yeah. >> we were not political. we were not engaged in any issues. >> that was about to change. >> anderson cooper's special report honoring the children, newtown, one year later, will
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a fishing trip that turned into a real adventure, and you can see why. jeff at a marine station in camp pendleton caught a great white
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on this california beach and lived to talk about it. his wife captured it on vid you. she was a little more than nervous. >> got it. >> yeah. oh, my god. look at it. >> whoa. >> oh! oh, my god. oh, my god. >> illegal to catch a great white, so he quickly set the shark free. he says it took him about 25 minutes to reel it in. he lives half a world away from buckingham palace and the united kingdom, but 83-year-old mary anderson received the royal teammate for a gift she sent to prince george. he knitted the prince a pair of booties and the palace sent her a thank you note. >> the duke and duchess of ca
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cambridge were most touched by the thoughtful gift and send you their warmest thanks and best wishes. >> very nice. that's it for me this hour. i'll be back 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." "newsroom" continues right now with brooke baldwin. wolf, thank you so much. hi, there. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for joining me here on this wednesday. we begin with more good news. thirst, this family and their incredible story of survival, and just in about their condition. for 48 hours, this nevada family of six including four young children did whatever they could to stay alive. stranded in the rugged terrain in nevada's seven troughs region, fighting for survival after they jeep slid upside down and

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