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hazy days. ironically, they've had a couple of clear days in the last week or so about. >> good for them. >> boy, it can be bad. >> thank forward watching "around the world." happy birthday to you tomorrow. i know you're off. >> thank you. it's my present. >> newsroom is next. over to wolf. right now the house is closer to voting on a compromised budget deal. live from capitol hill. we'll break down who's for the deal, who's against it. right now, response from the man accused of being a fake sign language interpreter at the nelson mandela memorial service. he says he's not a fake but also acknowledges he is sick. and right now, nasa's looking for away to fix the problem with the international space station. six astronauts and cosmonauts, including two americans, they are up there, wondering if they have to leave the station to help repair it.
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-- captions by vitac -- hello, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. the budget deal, based on cooperation, compromise, about to be put to the test. the house voting this afternoon on the agreement. we're tracking developments minute by minute up on capitol hill. a lot at stake. the house speaker, john boehner, calls the budget deal a giant step in the right direction. just a little while ago, he again took direct aim at his conservative critics of the agreement. >> i came here to cut the size of government, that's exactly what this bill does. why conservatives wouldn't vote for this or criticize the bill is beyond any recognition i can come up with. >> the house minority leader, nancy pelosi, isn't crazy about the deal, she predicts democrats, though, will support the bill, though it doesn't extend federal unemployment insurance, which she refers to
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as u.i. >> what i also said if it's a stinking lousy budget even with u.i. in it we may not vote for it. there's much improvement that had to take place in the bill for us vote for it, and that improvement did take place. >> dana bash following all of this up on capitol hill. so is the bill likely to pass later this afternoon despite some differences, a rift among republicans, and some democrats aren't crazy about it either? >> reporter: it does look like it is heading towards passage. we'll see how big the split is in both parties, as we see the vote take place later today. the most interesting drama that has been going on and escalating today, wolf, within the republican party. specifically, john boehner lashing out at outside conservative groups because they came out very strongly, and are continuing to do that as we speak, against the budget bill. but the problem is they did it
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before the budget agreement was even announced. and so, i asked john boehner about that. listen to what he said. mr. speaker, you were pretty tough on outside conservative groups for their criticism of the budget deal. they've had a lot of sway in a lot of the decisions that your members have made over the past couple of years. does this budget mark a turning point, and are your members at your behest going to be more focused on maybe compromise and less on what the outside groups are pressuring them to do? >> listen, i take my fair share of criticism from the right and from the left, you know. i came here to fight for a smaller, less costly, more accountable federal government. think the budget agreement takes giant steps in the right direction. it's not everything i wanted. but when groups come out and criticize an agreement that they've never seen, you begin to wonder how credible those
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actions are. >> reporter: wolf, he also said that these groups are misleading their followers. really, really strong stuff from the speaker. clear willy a lot of pent-up frustration about this and what the kind of tactics they used for the past couple of years, but probably most specifically with regard to the budget -- the government shutdown, rather, earlier this year, where they pushed members to support defunding obama care and attaching that to a budget which, as the speaker said today, he knew was a strategy that was never going to work. so it's coming to the fore now, and the speaker really seems to have -- feel that he is able to voice some of the things that we know he's been saying in private, now in public because he built up political capital allowing the government shutdown and saying to conservatives, you want do this, okay, so they feel they have confidence in him as a leader. >> i suspect they, in the end, will get enough, 218 votes they
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need to pass the house. a lot of democrats and republicans might hold their nose voting yea but probably get the votes. what about the senate? >> reporter: we don't expect the senate vote to happen until next week. the house will leave for the holiday break this week but the senate's in next week. it does, senate is of course run by democrats. it, again, you have a situation where nobody loves this deal but they like it enough. and it looks like democratic leaders have enough confidence that they can pass this as well, again one subplot how many republican deflections there will be. we expect the republican lead, mitch mcconnell, who's got primary challenges in his own state of kentucky, likely to vote against this. probably enough senators to vote for it to pass. >> tweaking that filibuster issue nominees. what about this issue? will they need 60 votes or 51? >> reporter: they will likely need 60 votes to get it passed, because the change in rules
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dealing with the filibuster was just focused on the president's nominees. >> all right. thanks very much. dana watching what's going on. a closer look at republican family feud over the budget deal. at the center of it, paul ryan who helped broker the deal, and senator marco rubio, two rising stars in the republican party, two possible rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination. on "the lead" paul ryan defended the deal. >> you can't get everything you want, but you can get things done if you focus on that common ground area. i'm not going to begrudge anybody for one reason or another chooses not vote for it. these are not perfect but it's a step in the right direction. >> in an op-ed article on the website, rubio blasted the compromise. this budget deal fails to address the biggest obstacles that stand between our people and the american dream. it keeps us on the same road to
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ruin that washington has placed us on. ryan responded later on msnbc this morning. >> you have said that this budget deal, quote, advances our principles. marco rubio said this, though, last night. quote, either your deal is going to make it harder for americans to achieve the american dream. what would you say to marco? >> read the deal and get back to me. >> chief politic the analyst gloria borger is here watching what's going on. there is a real split among republicans right now including major players. >> yeah, major players, both of whom are looking towards the presidency. marco rubio upset the republican party, because he was for a compromise on immigration reform. so he upset the conservatives. now paul ryan has upset the conservatives because he wants a compromise on the budget. so, rubio this time is looking for his conservative credibility
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here. but, look, this is a party that right now is having a showdown over how pure they're going to be. if you listen to john bayne, the tape you played of john boehner, what he's saying is, i'm not going to allow a hostile takeover by the tea party. we've already done it their way once. the shutdown. our poll numbers are way low, people like democrats more than they like us, i'm tired of losing elections because our guys get into primaries with people to their right and they become the nominee and then they can't get elected. republicans in the senate feel the same way. they're tired of losing elections that are absolutely winnable. and he said, look, okay, you can't take over everything. i mean, it might have been better if he had done it in october when they actually had the government shutdown, but i think right now he's saying okay, enough, we've got to get this done. >> there's a division among democrats especially because this deal does not include
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extended unemployment benefits for long term unemployed people, unemployed for more than 26 weeks. >> it doesn't include that, nancy pelosi, as you showed, very upset about that. liberal democrats up set about the fact automatic spending cuts rema reremain in place as part of the compromise. . wolf, their trying to avoid another shutdown. what would each of these sides have these two people do? patty murray and paul ryan do? this may be a moment, and i'm not sure it is, but it may be a moment when the leaders say, okay, we're going to have to leave the left wing out there and we're going to have to leave the right wing out and there and we may have to get some stuff done with the larger group willing wil willing to compromise. >> i suspect the house will pass it, the senate will sign it the president will pass it into law. is this a new era of bipartisan and goodwill in washington? >> it's hard to say at this point, wolf, because on the one
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hand you can say, okay, they got this done. but this is incremental. now you're going to head into a fight over raising the debt ceiling, and conservatives may say, you know what, we gave in on this one, but we're not going to give in on the next one. we are going to want to do tax reform, entitlement reform, we're not giving in on the debt ceiling. we're going to make that our huge fight. public opinion on the debt ceiling may be with them on that, with the republicans. so i would really be hesitant to say that all is going to be kumbaya for the next going into the new year. >> fair assessment. mere in the newsroom, lost in translation. the south african interpreter slammed as he's a fake by experts. he's now firing back at his critics. i'm beth... and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store.
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the memorial for nelson mandela has taken one man from the center of the stage to a serious controversy because of this performance which sparked claims the interpretations were all a fake. brian todd following the story for us. he's been doing that for a while. i understand cnn has spoken to this individual. what's he saying? >> he spoke to david mckenzie, the man's name is thamsanga jantjie, interpreter who is at the center of this. he stands by his work, he's a fully qualified sign language interpreter and he's been trusted in the past with other big events. but he also said to david, that he suffers from a mental illness. take a listen.
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>> suffering from schizophrenia which is controllable and i'm under treatment positive ly. >> separately, he told the newspaper "the star" in johannesburg he was hearing voices during the ceremony and hallucinating. he told the associated press he saw angels coming into the stadium and he had violence in his past and once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than a year. the big question is, did anybody in the south african government catch any of this? a woman, south africa's deputy minister for women, children and people with disabilities, addressed that to reporters. take a listen. >> i don't think it will get us
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anywhere to begin to get into his health, his violence, his schizophrenia because i think the south africa users of psychiatric services would not allow us to begin to have us say he's going to be violent and i don't think any of the people that provided services on that day's health profiles were discussed. i mean if that was the case, i might have missed something. he was a service provider. and i don't think any of the other service providers that were there or yurjournalists th da health profiles were discussed by their organizations. >> the south african minister of the government saying they did not catch this beforehand, had no indication of. there's some question about the african national congress and their involvement in all of this. that group has said they have hired this man in the past but did not hire him for this event. they said the government hired
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him. and here is a quote from a statement from the spokesman. quote, up until yesterday, the african national congress had not been aware of any complaints regarding the quality of services, qualifications or reported illnesses of mr mr. jantjie. that's what the anc is saying. some members of the deaf community in south africa have told news organizations they have raised this in the past with this individual, there have been problems with him. >> what does the company that he's supposedly works for have to say about this? >> that would be a good question, if we can reach them. s.a. interpreters, we have tried to contact the company. people in south africa have gone to the dress. people whoa he said he worked for were not there. south african deputy minister, whose sound we heard a short time ago, said owners, quote, seem to have vanished. they may have gone underground, at least in hiding not wanting to answer questions. >> strange, very strange story. thanks very much, brian, for
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you may or may not be able to use your cell phone above 10,000 feet. the fcc voting on whether to consider lifting the cell phone ban later this afternoon. but check out this associated press poll. 48% of the people questioned oppose allowing in flight calls, that opposition jumping to 78% for frequent flyers.
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rene marsh is watching the story for us. a huge meeting under way with the faa right now. even as we're speaking, new information coming in. right. new information, you they, this is slightly different, because we're focusing on cell phones here, allowing passengers to text and talk while flying to your destination. and today, the fcc is moving forward with its proposal, but, and this is a big but, we just got word minutes ago the department of transportation secretary is beginning a process that will look at the possibility of banning phone calls in-flight. what does that mean? it means you won't get to make calls mid flight after all, possibly. ultimately, it is the d.o.t. that decides aviation rules. now this morning, fcc chairman tom wheeler defended the proposal at an oversight hearing on capitol hill. the fcc says technology is very advanced, it's advanced enough to allow people to text and talk on cell phones above 10,000 feet
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without interfering on -- interfering with cell towers on the ground. here he is. >> but where there is new on-board technology that eliminates that potential for interference, there is no need for interference rule. this is the responsible thing to do where the rational for a rule doesn't exist. the rule shouldn't exist. >> well, in just over an hour, all five fcc commissioners, they will vote on whether to consider lifting the ban after the fcc vote. the issue will be up for public comment. of course, those is a lengthy process. >> very lengthy. what about the airlines? how are they responding to this? airlines do want us to have access to internet service and wi-fi, if you will. talking on phones, that could be irritating. >> it can be irritating. you know, so here's the thing. some airlines, they're saying that they would in the allow
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insurance coverage so he can actually get well. my child's illness gets 30 days coverage a year maximum with a in-patient stay of 11 days, no social workers or psychiatric coverage. your child's illness gets treated in the emergency room quickly. my child's illness gets ignored in the e.r. for 24 to 36 hours before even seen. >> those words are resonating with millions around the country who struggle with mental illness on a daily basis. a story of a texas teenager who suffers from severe psychiatric disorders and his mother waging a fierce battle to get her son some help. >> when people meet my son they don't see the mental illness. >> mom, i'm going to go. >> reporter: i want to tell you a story about the love between a mother and her son. >> they don't see the 20 hospitalizations, they don't see
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that he's hallucinates. he strives to be a normal kid but he has something that holds him back from doing that. >> reporter: to protect his privacy, we're not going to show you his face or use his real name. for the next few minutes, he'll be known as daniel. we wanted to get to know daniel and understand what life is like for a teenager with mental illness. there's laughter. fights about homework. >> all i got. >> reporter: daniel's in the eighth grade but also, this -- >> any way that i can show up there and wait in the waiting area? i don't want to be driving around with him like that. >> hearing voices and all of a sudden i had an urge to cut, so i started cutting my arm. >> reporter: he was cutting himself again. it ended with a trip to the hospital. daniel stayed for a week. if stephanie seems to take it all in stride, it's only because she's seen worse.
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even worse than what you're about to see. >> go away, please go away. >> reporter: what is that like to record your son? >> it was horrible. what gets me most his eyes on the video. he's got huge, beautiful eyes and he's just crying you see the despair in his eyes. it breaks my heart. >> breaks my heart as well. joining us from san antonio, texas, daniel's mom, stephanie escamilla and in atlanta, chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. thanks for that report. i'll get to you in a moment. stephanie, first, your son suffers from these terrifying hallucinations, voices that tell him to hurt himself, his family. what challenges have you faced getting your son some serious help? >> well, when it all began it was really difficult. if you didn't have a plan to hurt himself or anyone, they
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would just direct me to -- they would tell me to keep an eye on him, just to follow up with this -- his psychiatrist. at the beginning, it was really difficult to get her to believe that he was having these psychosis issues. that is why i had to record that one episode that you just witnessed. it was really difficult. i felt really -- i had no direction. i had nowhere -- i felt like i had -- there was nothing i could do for him. it was really difficult. and it wasn't just one hospital, it was multiple hospitals. and it was just really hard. >> why did you decide, stephanie, to tell your story, the a powerful story, to the world? >> because i -- i started off as a single mom and it was really hard. the stigma was really difficult
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to deal with because it really ended up -- the stigma was so bad that i ended up doing it by myself. every day i would come home, i was, you know, i was isolated, you know? i couldn't sit and talk to anybody and get it off my chest without them just changing the subject, you know? and so after i moved over here to san antonio i made a promise to myself that one day i was going to do something to help others that were just like me and now here we are. and it's -- it's actually very overwhelming. i fight back the tears because it's something that i wanted to accomplish and i'm actually doing it and the overwhelming responses, i mean, everybody is -- i have a lot of people behind me supporting me and it's
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awesome. i -- i started with no one and now i have many people. and it feels really great. >> let me bring san jay into the conversation. you obviously support stephanie. you've seen this story up close. give us some perspective on what's go on because we all focus so much attention when there's a horrible gun shooting, stephanie points this out herself on mental illness. but we've got to focus on this more than just after a horrible gun shooting. >> there's no question. and that was exactly our thinking as well, wolf. and stephanie, i mean, it's good to see you and hear your voice. i will tell you one of the experts told us that sometimes it's the love of one person that can make all of the difference. i don't want to overly simplify that, but stephanie, i think, clearly embodies that, what she's able to do for danni dani, her son is remarkable. it's not easy at all to get the
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mental health care. i think there's reasons, stephanie would agree, to be optimistic about daniel, he's 14, in eighth grade, in a regular school. he's getting bs and cs. he could continue to do well in school. but stephanie shared with me as well she literally comes home every night not sure what she's going to find. has daniel asearched suicide? as he done something to hurt himself? is he someone who is going to be with her for a long time to come, well into adult hood. there's a lot we don't know. but you look at the stat there's, 1 in 4 adults, 1 in 4 children, rather, 1 in 5 adults have mental illness. the statistics are really important to realize, wolf. >> and, stephanie, your son, daniel, he's been, what, in swut of the hospital 20 times. there seems to be a revolving door. when you ask doctors, psychiatrists, professionals,
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what's going on, do they have a progress flow sis for you? what do they say? >> at this point, daniel's doing better than what he had been a year, a year or two ago. he now reads books. we couldn't get him to read a book before. they give me a good prognosis. his doctors are actually really good at what they're doing with him. it's been a few months since -- it's been several months since he's been hospitalized. and he sees his therapist twice a week. we're very consistent with everything that they tell us to do. he seize his psychiatrist once a month. and before then it was really -- it was really hard. it was really difficult to have a consistent therapist. it was really difficult to get the psychiatrist to understand where we were coming from.
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and i'm just so grateful for the fact that i came across clarity and their doctors. they have been awesome. and i -- i feel look i owe them a lot because they have helped me with him. even if he's been there 20 times, it's -- it's his safe haven. it's a place where he can go, where he knows he won't hurt himself. and i -- i have so much appreciation for that because i don't know where i would be if he wasn't here. >> medications, i assume daniel's taking medications. but very often, correct me if i'm wrong, finding the right dosage, right medication, is so important because if you take the wrong medication there can be really even worse consequences if you're on bad meds, shall we say. give us a little perspective on that. >> so many issues around that, wolf.
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first, you're absolutely right. trial and error feel to this. you try different things, see if they work for a period of time which can be weeks, even months before they tell for sure, and then maybe switching off of those medications. they can have significant side effects. both in adults and certainly in children as well. some of the side effects, it's a real balancing act. how much side effect do you want and how do you balance that with the benefit? finally a lot of medications -- he's 14, he was diagnosed just after -- when he was 10 years old. many medications are trialed in adults and subsequently approved for for children but you don't have the same clinical trials often times for medications in the pediatric population so it's more of a guessing game. daniel's on four different medications, including medications like lithium, anti-anxiety medications. these are powerful and it has to be judicious how it's used. >> you are to be careful, if you
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stop taking medications you do it in the way doctors say you have to do it. i'm sure stephanie, you're familiar with this. stephanie escamilla, thank you so much. good luck with you, good luck with daniel, with your family. we'll stay in close touch with you. sanjay thank you for doing this report. it's very meaningful. i want to alert our viewers, sanjay will have more on this story on his weekend program, saturday 4:30, p.m. eastern here on cnn. also sunday mornings, 7:30 a.m. only here on cnn. you can also watch and read a lot more about the story on for all those who sleep too hot or too cool,
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there's a problem with the international space station right now. parts of the station's cooling system automatically shut down. but right now it's not known what caused it or how they can fix it. cnn's john zarrella joining us from our miami bureau. first of all, john, are the astronauts in any immediate danger? who's up there right now? >> reporter: no, wolf, they're not. in fact the life support systems are working just fine on the international space station. astronauts are going about their daily business. the astronauts up there, there are three -- two u.s. astronauts, three cosmonauts and a japanese space agency astronaut up there. in fact, one of the u.s. astronauts, rk, hails from my parents' hometown, water berry, connecticut, we wish them well. they're in good shape. the problem is they think within
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a pump that is used for cooling part of the international space station, you mentioned it failed. they had to transfer some of the load to a second pump. when you only have two pumps, one isn't working right, that's problematic. they've got to get to the bottom of this. nasa said they'll wait a couple of days, try to see where they go from here-they makenyash decisions on needs t done. wolf? >> well, if there were a need, let's hope there's not a need for evacuation plan for the astronauts and cosmonauts, what do you do? what's the plan? >> reporter: there's always a russian spacecraft that is up there as the, quote, lifeboat, ready to get them out. there have been times in the past they thought they might be getting hit by space junk, they've had to evacuate into the lifeboat just in case. but this is not that kind of a situation. certainly not at this point. and certainly we hope it doesn't get to that point. >> how many people can fit into
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that lifeboat? >> reporter: they can get them all in there, it's a tight fit. sometimes, arrow indications, there are two of those up there. >> normally they'd do a space walk, go out there and fix the problem. but they're not doing that yet, why? >> reporter: that's right. what they did was, the last time that a space walk, the astronaut, with the european space agency, had an issue where his spacesuit filled with water. nasa hasn't completely got a handle on what has caused that. but at this briefing this morning, they discussed going forward, how they were going to handle space walks. >> how long -- >> we're a lot smarter now. there are some things that we'll have to do a little bit differently in preparing eva going forward ensuring the suit's in good shape, we put every mitigation possible in place and there are a few since that time frame to ensure that
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we've got the crew member protected. >> bottom line, wolf, at least a couple of days before they make any decisions on a space walk. the one impact is going to be this orbital sciences cargo vehicle supposed to get off the ground on the 18th. nasa saying they are, quote, deferring the go/no go on launch until they get this problem figured out. they still can go on the 18th, but that could slide a few days. >> you'll keep us up to speed. let's hope for the best for the astronauts and cosmonauts. john, thank you. the house minority leader says democrats are disappointed what's not in the compromise but predicts they'll support it. what she had to say to jake tapper. he came back from an interview with the minority leader. he's standing by. stick with innovation.
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once a day xarelto® means no regular blood monitoring -- no known dietary restrictions. for more information and savings options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit just a few hours, the house of representatives is scheduled to vote on a bipartisan budget agreement. while the deal is expected to pass, there are lawmakers on boat sides of the aisle who are upset with what's in the budget and not in the budget. "the lead's" jake tapper had an exclusive interview with nancy pelosi in the house. how is she liking the bill. >> she's going to vote for it. but it would be difficult to argue that she's a fan of the legislation. in fact, she had some choice words for her fellow democrats when describing the bill earlier today. so this morning, you told your members embrace the suck.
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that's a quote. >> yes. >> that's a quote. >> that's a quote, yes. >> first, before i get to the substance of the bill, where did you get that? >> i think it really captured the moment. wouldn't you think? >> i'm not criticizing it. it seems to sum up what you think of the legislation. >> it's not just the legislation. it's the whole process and the fact we don't have unemployment insurance and those kinds of things, but at the end of the day, we need a budget. what we decided was our approach would be -- >> you're not going to say -- embrace the suck. okay. >> now, her two big issues with the bill are one, it doesn't include extensions for unemployment insurance, wolf, and two, that it doesn't do anything about job creation. we should also point out that minority leader pelosi credited former democratic congressman patrick murphy, an iraq war veteran with having taught her the expression embrace the suck from his time in iraq, and when it comes to that experience in
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iraq versus voting for the bill, it's not even a comparison about which one sucks worse, although she did not use the term. >> she confirmed she had said it. >> >> she absolutely said it, she just wouldn't say it on camera. >> the unemployment benefits. more than a million people. 1.3 million. they were getting unemployment benefits for 26 weeks. unless it's approved, they're not going to get more money. >> pelosi said she's going to continue to fight for that. although senate majority leader harry reid said they're not taking that up until january. even if pelosi wants it, her fellow democrat in the senate is not onboard with it immediately. >> in separate legislationer? >> yeah. >> jake will have the whole interview on "the lead" later today. we look forward to that. thank you. child porn investigators have arrested a key senate aide. meanwhile, we'll tell you what his boss is saying ability the aide's alleged indiscretions. a subaru...
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an aide to a key republican senator is facing charges related to child pornography. he was chief of staff for lamar alexander until his arrest yesterday. he was due in court today. chris lawrence is outside the krou courthouse for us. what are the charges? >> basically, wolf, it comes
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down to two things. possessing child pornography and attempting to distribute it. and this is not just images of naked children, wolf. we're getting new information from that criminal complaint filed against him. these are basically videos, hundreds of videos, the complaints says, of adults having sex, raping very young children, girls and boys. that were found on the hard drive of what prosecutors are saying belonged to ryan. basically, back in october, they saw on a file sharing site that some of these videos were being downloaded. they then went in and downloaded about 99% of those videos to verify what it was, traced it back to his if address, and then yesterday, agents came to his house, announced themselves. when no one responded, they used a battering ram to smash their way in. when they got inside, one of the
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agents outside, according to the complaint, saw a man in the window trying to drop mng out of the window. that was later found to be a hard drive, which is one of the prime pieces of evidence. as you said, he had worked on capitol hill as the chief of staff to lamar alexander, but no longer. lamar alexander fired him basically saying in a statement, i am stunned, surprised, and disappointed by what i have learned. the courts will judge his guilt or innocence, but under these circumstances, he cannot continue to fulfill his duties as chief of staff. again, fired after about 13 years on capitol hill working for a number of prominent republicans, not only lamar alexander, but senator jon kyl and marsha blackburn as well. >> i think they confirmed this, chris, people are stunned all over capitol hill. he was relatively well known. >> very well known.
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again, for the past 13 years had worked for a lot of prominent republicans. had worked on a lot of legislative issues and very horrifying crimes of which he has been accused. not convicted, but accused. >> chris lawrence watching the story for us. what a horrible story it is. thank you very much. i'll be back 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." "newsroom" continues right now with brooke baldwin. hi, there, ymg brooke baldwin. thank you for being here with me on this thursday. let me tell you, it's a big day for washington and a big day potentially for folks all around the country who are flat out sick and tired of this partisan food fighting here. you have the u.s. house of representatives, tah-dah, will soon vote on a long-term budget. no government shutdown, no crisis talks at the white house, no temporary fix concocted on the fly. no, no, i'm talking today about a real live budged. very adult of