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twitter. number 41, george h.w. bush, and number 39. just a good-natured ribbing from members of an exclusive, i shall say, very exclusive club. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'll see you 5:00 p.m. eastern, in "the situation room." newsroom continues right now with brooke baldwin. hey, wolf, thank you so much. great to be with all of you on this tuesday. i'm brooke baldwin. we begin with some news just into us here at cnn. an apology from suspended miami dolphins player, richie incognito, straight to his ex-teammate, jonathan martin. "i would like to send jonathan my apologies as well. until someone tells me different, you are still my brother. no hard feelings." on friday, an individual report about the accusations inside the miami locker room was released and in that report it says there was a, and i'm quoting from
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that, a pattern of harassment by incognito and two teammates towards martin. let me bring in lead nfl analyst from the bleacher report. from what i've just seen, this is one of several tweets from the guy. give me the bigger context. >> the report came out and mr. incognito went on a bit of a tirade and deleted his account and all of a sudden is back on twitter, professing, as you see, his friendship for mr. martin. obviously, some pr work has been done inincognito's corner. >> you think? >> i think after seeing what has happened with the bounty scandal last year in the nfl, you can expect to see the nfl come down pretty hard. it will be a while before incognito sees a financial field again. >> how long do you think the suspension will stick? >> it's going to be significant. you look at roger goodell and his, i'm going, desire to, quote/unquote, protect the shield, you can expect a hefty suspension.
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i wouldn't be surprised if it was even a full year. it may not be that long. maybe it's only eight games, but i think he's in for some pretty severe punishment. >> poof, back on twitter a mea culpa. aaron neighler, thank you so much. let me shift gears now and move to the war on terror. there was one phrase we have heard over and over. that being this. the u.s. does not negotiate with terrorists. but right now, the u.s. appears to be doing just that. reviving the idea of a prisoner exchange. here's what we're learning. the u.s. telling the afghan taliban, if you give us one of yours, we will give you -- if you give us one of ours, i should say, we will give you five of yours. those five in question are taliban operatives currently being held at gitmo in guantanamo bay in cuba. the american in question here is this young man, army sergeant bowe bergdahl, held captive since 2009. in january of this year, the u.s. was sent this video by the taliban, a proof of life video,
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which some predicted was a sign that they were ready to negotiate for his release. this coming after his father made the promise to his son, we will never leave you on the battlefield. >> a father does not leave his son alone on the battlefield. i do not live here. i live in afghanistan. my cell phone is set on afghan time. i will not leave you on the battlefield, bowe. these people here will not leave you on the battlefield. your country will not leave you on the battlefield. you are not forgotten. to the people of afghanistan -- [ speaking foreign language ] may the peace of god and the blessings that come from god be upon you. may we somehow, after 12 long years, find peace in afghanistan. so that our soldiers and our american personnel can come home. >> also today, his family
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released this statement. let me read it for you in part. "we are cautiously optimistic these discussions will lead to the safe return of our son after more than 4 1/2 years in c captivity." bob baer joins me now. and bob, let me just also, looking down, because this has just happened in the white house daily briefing, our own joe johns was asking specifically jay carney about this discussion with the taliban, if you were. let me just quote jay directly. we are not to go to directly to a question involved in active negotiations with the taliban. clearly, if negotiations do resume at some point, then we will want to talk with the taliban about the safe return of sergeant bergdahl. that just coming from the white house. what do you make of this, bob? >> well, i think there's almost definitely a back channel, whether it goes through pakistan or political entities in afghanistan. we are talking to the taliban. i know the white house doesn't like to admit it. we've always talked to terrorist groups in one way or another, through intermediaries. maybe they're not direct in
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negotiations, you know, it's what -- why we were leaving afghanistan, it's what we have to do. >> so back channel here, and obviously jay carney saying, we can't discuss all the details, but no doubt we're working every day to try to secure his release. let me switch gears, so we can talk to you about this new explosive interview with the director of national intelligence, james clapper. because for months and months, he has been saying that edward snowden's nsa leaks weren't just absolutely devastating to national security. here he was just last week. >> as a consequence, the nation is less safe and its people less secure. what snowden has stolen and exposed has gone way, way beyond his professed concerns with so-called domestic surveillance programs. terrorists and other adversaries of this country are going to school on u.s. intelligence sources and methods and trade craft. >> way, way beyond. that was james clapper one day, and now the interview with the daily beast he says this, quote,
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i probably shouldn't say this, but i will. had we been transparent about this from the outset right after 9/11, we wouldn't have had the problem we had. does that sound like a total 180 to you, bob baer? >> it does. they don't want to admit it, but frankly, getting into this metadata and running algorithms through it and data analytics, it's done on a private basis and it doesn't surprise me that the nsa did it, and they should have come out at the beginning say welcome h ing, hey, guys, we've done this in the past, and we will be looking at your metadata. clapper's absolutely right, this guy has done more damage to u.s. intelligence than i've seen anybody do. and he's gone way beyond this brief of protecting privacy of americans. so he's right on both accounts. what do you do about it now? >> what do you do about it now? >> we're going to have to redo all our software.
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it will cost billions upon billions of dollars to fix this. >> bob baer, thank you. now i want you to take a look at what's happening down in socialist venezuela, this growing challenge to the iron-fisted government there. troops into the building of the leading opposition. one, look at this with me, one raises a gun. then there's this brief discussion, then he kicks -- there he goes, kicks his way in. reports say the troops tried to haul off several people, but a crowd outside simply would not let them. supporters of the government are marching today in caracas, a scene of days of strident opposition, protests here. the government claims washington is behind all of this and that three american diplomats expelled on sunday have until tomorrow to leave venezuela. also this, within the last 90 minas, we have confirmed the arrest of the harvard-groomed leader of venezuela's
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opposition. this is him, leopoldo lopez, white shirt here, in police custody. he is charged with murder in connection with violent protests. cnn's karl penhaul has just arrived in caracas and, karl, let's talk about this guy here. we have leopoldo lopez. he's in custody right now. is there any reason to believe he is in danger? >> reporter: i think right now, because of the very public way he turned himself into the security forces, i think that in many ways guarantees his safety. in some ways, you can also see this as a media ploy by leopoldo lopez, to get perhaps the international community involved, because we've already heard from secretary of state john kerry, calling for an end of the arrests of anti-government protesters by venezuela's socialist government, and the fact that leopold lopez was an ohio state graduate and also a graduate from harvard, also puts
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additional pressure on the venezuelan government to respect his rights. but also, what this is likely to do is to galvanize his supporters. his supporters are certainly going nowhere after his arrest. in fact, right now, several tens of thousands of them are blockading the main six-lane freeway that cuts through the heart of caracas. now, so far, there have been no clashes with security forces, but certainly the evevenezuelan government is in no mood to tolerate these kind of tactics by opposition forces in a public address on sunday, venezuelan president nicolas maduro said that caracas must be a zone free of what he calls fascism, because what he accuses the opposition of doing is both drawing on help from the united states and through radical right-wing elements to stir up trouble. and certainly, talking to some of the young protesters, anti-government protesters out on the streets today, they say
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their demands that grown much larger now, and they don't just want the government to tackle the rising crime waves, they don't just want the government to bring the economy under control, but these anti-government protesters say that the socialist government comes this far and no further. they believe that this is their arab spring. they want an end to the socialist government, brooke. >> just all these pieces of video, the throngs of crowds, as you're reporting, so far. no clashes, karl penhaul. let's stay in close contact with you for us in caracas, venezuela. folks, it's happening again. a snowstorm pounding parts of the northwest. this is what it looks like. some in the northeast could get another foot of snow. listen, i know, it has been a brutal winter. shows no signs of letting up. chad myers is here with more of this wintery mess. a foot, you say? >> you know what, vermont and new hampshire, you know, they can handle it. they want it. they want to go play in it. it's not for new york city and it's not for boston. i guess, if you want to go
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upstate and get your snowmobiles out, like you need more, but there is more coming. look at the numbers, brooke, though. the third snowiest year ever in detroit, 77 inches of snow already this season. now, this is not just this year, this is the snow season, really from october to now. toledo, 72 inches, indianapolis, 52. and there's the big number, new york city 57 inches of snow, already. and it's not done. now, what is done, though, is some cold air, because i think we're going to start to get warm air in here. we could even get the chance of severe weather later in the week. the snow way up here for this storm, but it starts to warm up tremendously. we even have some flood watches out now and even a couple of flood warnings likely as it gets warmer, because some of that snow could melt so quickly, brooke. >> okay. do we know when this will be over? >> let me go talk to punxsutawney phil and see what he says now.
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>> what's going on there? sorry, i have to ask. >> we are finally breaking down -- the pattern finally broke down. we have been in this papttern fr a long time. ridge, ridge, warm, dry, trough in the east, very, very cold. finally this is breaking down for this storm. it's going to come back, don't worry about it, the cold air comes back, but this is the first breakdown we've seen all season. i finally get to wash my car, maybe, probably get dirty again anyway. but finally, the salt is still stuck on it for like months now. >> my car is just gross too. chad myers, thank you very much. >> you're welcome. coming up, spanking your child, is it an effective form of discipline? do you do it? maybe not. what about giving permission for teachers, for others to spank your child. it's a proposal by one lawmaker that has a lot of people talking today. plus, a remarkable new study about ivf, in vitro fertilization. you don't want to miss this. you're watching cnn. stay right here with me. spokesperson: we decided to settle this. a steel cage death match of midsize sedans.
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. a debate over discipline is erupting in kansas. have you heard about this? the state is looking into a new spanking law. you heard me, spanking. not to get rid of spanking, because it's perfectly legal there, but to let those who are doing the spanking spank harder. use more force. this is what's coming from kctv our affiliate that's reporting this bill proposed by democratic state representative, gail finney allows schoolteachers, allows babysitters, whoever has the guardian's written permission to hit a child harder. let me quote how bill 2699, quote, corporal punishment means up to ten forceful applications in succession of a bare, open-handed palm against the
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clothed buttocks of a child acknowledging that redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a result. okay? but many child experts do not want this bill to pass. >> 20, 30 years ago, we department sit in car seats, yet we do now. so maybe they did spank or were spanked as a child, but now that we have research that has shown that it is less effective than time-out, it tends to lead to more aggressive behaviors with the child. >> a county prosecutor suggested the bill to the state representative, so, quote, it is easier to prosecute the abusers who often claim their rights of discipline as a defense, end quote. that coming from kansas. also, we're learning today, even more women than ever before are using medical help to have their babies. the society for assisted reproductive technology is reporting there were a record number of babies born through in vitro fertilization, ivf, in 2012, about 2,000 more than the year before.
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huh. cnn's senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen is here, and i read this morning about all these ivf babies. i was surprised. but we got into this whole discussion this morning with my team, because half wasn't surprised, the other half said, you know, you know, no big deal. how many more babies are being born? >> you know what, it's a lot more. so when you look at it, it's 61,740 babies being born a year, according to this new study. so that's, you know, in 2012. that's a lot of babies, and what's really notable, the number of ivf babies is going up and the number of babies being born in general is going down. the birthrate in general is on the decline, but ivf babies are going up. and that doesn't even count people who use other kinds of things, this is just ivf. >> do we think this is because people are waiting later, do we think this is because people are having a tougher time conceiving au naturel? what do we think? >> no one knows for sure, but the waiting longer for giving birth is probably the best bet. and the numbers are really pretty significant. if you look back to 1980, the
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average new mom was 22. if you look now, the average mom is 26. and so the average isn't the issue. because 26, most people don't have trouble conceiving. but if you're waiting until your late 30s or your early 40s, that's when it can start getting a little bit dicey. >> you shouldn't be waiting too late, they say. >> they say not to wait too late, because the difference, even when you're using ivf, the success rate in the late 30s versus your early 40s is a huge difference. so i think sometimes doctors get anxious that someone in their late 30s, married, ready to have a child, and says, oh, i'll wait to use some kind of assisted technology until later, that can be a problem. you're going to be much more success at, say, 37, then you are going to be at 42. >> don't put it all off. >> just go see someone, go see what's going on. it's worth asking a question. >> elizabeth cohen, thank you very much. jimmy fallon, launching into his "tonight show" hosting last night. tons of celebrity guests. the cameos kept coming. did you see the evolution of hip
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hop with mr. will smith? we'll play a clip and discuss, coming up next. also, a college student in chicago found dead in his dorm room, and the thing is, he had been there for more than a week. why did it take so long to find him? that's coming up next. you're watching cnn. ♪
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evelyn holmes with our affiliate wls in chicago went to the university and talked with shocked students who knew this young man. >> reporter: a moment of silence as a school community mourns the death of fellow student, nicholas barnes. >> nick, you might not have known him, but we believe god knows him and he cares for him. he cares for his family and friends. >> reporter: police found the decomposing body of the university college student in his campus dorm room after others noticed a strange odor in the hallway and alerted authorities. >> when i was going to my friend's room, i smelled this foul smell. >> reporter: the 20-year-old was found facedown of his room where he lived alone at the school's international house residence ha hall. >> i don't understand how the people that lived next door and like, people that are responsible for his well-being, could have not seen that he's been gone for a week. >> it's uncomfortable, yeah.
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i can't believe no one noticed. >> reporter: university officials informed students about the death by e-mail, which reads in part, university staff are making every effort to understand the circumstances surrounding nicholas' death. nicholas was an excellent student, admired by fault and peers alike. nicholas barnes was a third year student from pittsburgh, pennsylvania. he majored in enginegermanic st. he was involved in the campus literary publication. >> just mostly confused and shocked that this could have been going on since february 7th or whatever it was and we had no idea. >> reporter: this afternoon, students remain shocked by the news and are still looking for answers. >> it helps us to know the person who died and to talk about why this was important and how we can move past this. >> evelyn holmes with our chicago affiliate, wls with that story. coming up, members of northwestern university's football team pushing to unionize, should they get the benefits of a full-time job.
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that's coming up. and, did you watch jimmy fallon's "tonight show," off to a huge start. all kinds of special guests. quite a few surprises, including, did you catch the pop and lock? and the robot? and the twerking, or maybe one of them twerked. will smith and jimmy fallon, the montage of hip pop, we'll show you that coming up next here on cnn. to quote from whitman, "you are here." "that life exists and identity." "that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." "that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." what will your verse be? my dad has aor afib.brillation, he has the most common kind...
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just about the bottom of the hour. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. now a college football team trying to form a union. a handful of football players from northwestern university are making their case today before the national labor relations board in chicago. they say since most of the players on a team get scholarships, they should also get the benefits of a full-time job. we'll keep you posted. did you watch last night? maybe you sat in front of the computer watching clips today. talk show host jimmy fallon officially took over the reins of "the tonight show." he began this era in late-night tv with a new set, huge stars, the trademark grin here. he wasted no time putting his comedy skits to the test. one of the highlights, this dance segment with his first guest, will smith. roll it. ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ >> i could watch that on loop. by the way, i'm told there is a guy standing outside the window, you can't see, in the cnn tour, trying to do the leg thing. the leg move that no one could do. will smith, he's from philadelphia. the debut, though, was very much a new york show. a who's who of the big apple a-listers paid surprise visits to the set. take a look. >> joe nameth.
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>> thanks for bringing it back to new york. >> thank you. >> that was all the people who, you know, had betted he'd never had a late-night show, bet him a hundred bucks. all the people. by the way, the show is opening a smooik lee joint. the famed new york filmmaker directed it. no bones about it, the new "tonight show" starring jimmy fallon is decidedly empire state of mind. let's discuss with reliable sources host brian stelter. so welcome to both of you. nice to see you. >> thank you. >> stelter, let me begin with you, and then christina, to you. quick out of the gate reaction. how do you think jimmy did last night? >> fantastically. and i think the reviews have been almost unanimously
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positive. of course, it's going to be a lot harder. he's got a thousand or 2,000 shows to go. but for a first night, i thought he did a great job to introducing himself, warming up older viewers and younger viewers, and of course creating lots of viral video moments. >> christina, what'd you think of the monologue? >> i just caught the monologue and he's so lovable and so endearing. and obviously, from what i see, it's a star-studded event, and i could watch him dance all day. >> forever, on repeat. >> we showed the celeb roll call, but he also got a very special welcome from one of his late-night competitors. watch this. >> be careful. be careful in those shoes.
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>> welcome to 11:30! [ bleep ] >> so, stephen colbert with the penny, the selfie, you had lady gaga, kim kardashian, rudy giuliani, the list goes on, you had the cameos, i love u2 rocking the roof of "30 rock." ryan stelter, he came out swinging, got a lot of shows to go. what of this can he maintain three months in? >> it's going to be a brutal booking war between him and letterman, because both he, his "tonight show," and the "late show" are both in new york. celebrities who come to town will have to choose which show to do. but i think jimmy fallon has an incredible amount of goodwill, he's eager to please, he wants to do those kind of videos like he did with will smith, doing the evolution of hip hop. he's going to try to use his stars, his guests in different ways than leno did before him on "the tonight show," and that may warm-up some guests.
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>> so christina, you wrote for the only woman on late-night tv, you know what it takes. you know what it takes for that late-night tv magic. what do you think is that special formula? >> oh, well, i think you have to be likable, number one, and you have to be willing to take risks, and listen, anyone that can survive "saturday night live" can survive late-night. so i think jimmy's going to do just fine. >> when do you think, christina, we will see a woman, you know, creating the laughs on network television? that was a deep sigh. >> oh, i don't know. that would be nice, but i don't know if it can happen. but us gals, we can't stay up late, because we have to wake up early to make breakfast for our husbands and children. >> who are the possibilities? other than chelsea? >> yeah, okay, chelsea, obviously. i think, i love wanda sykes. why not tina fey, hello! she's already owning nbc. amy poehler, amy schumer.
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there are so many wonderfully talented women. christina pewjitski. the list goes on and on. >> thank you so much for joining me. best of luck to jimmy fall lon d the show. coming up next, we'll talk about michael dunn convicted of three counted of attempted murder in the so-called loud music trial. he is facing the rest of the life in prison, but after being recorded calling his fellow future inmates animals, what will life be behind bars for this guy. we'll discuss. ] are you so stuffed up, you feel like you're underwater? try zyrtec-d® to powerfully clear your blocked nose and relieve your other allergy symptoms... so you can breathe easier all day. zyrtec-d®. find it at the pharmacy counter. did you run into traffic? no, just had to stop by the house to grab a few things. you stopped by the house? uh-huh. yea. alright, whenever you get your stuff, run upstairs, get cleaned up for dinner. you leave the house in good shape? yea. yea, of course. ♪ [ sportscaster talking on tv ]
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in newly released jailhouse calls, you heard the man who shot and killed 17-year-old jordan davis call himself the victim. during a conversation between michael dunn and his fiancee, rhonda rouer, reported shortly after his arrest, keep in mind, this is back in november of 2012, dunn talks of being
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victimized and complains about being housed alone in a cell. >> i was thinking about that today, i was thinking, i'm the [ muted ] victim here. i was the one who was victimized. i don't know how else to put it, like, they attacked me. i'm the victim. >> right. >> i'm the victor, but i was the victim too. i guess it would be better than being in a room with them animals. >> saturday night, michael dunn was found guilty on four of five counts, but the jury deadlocked on the most significant charge, first-degree murder and the death of jordan davis. let me bring in former federal inmate, larry levine, founder and director of wall street prison consultants. larry, welcome to be back. >> glad to be with you, brooke. >> here's what i'm wondering, larry, i'm wondering if prisoners, these so-called animals to whom dunn refers, if they would even know who michael
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dunn is. how closely do people behind bars actually follow the news? >> you do. you've got a lot of time in prison. a lot of time on your hands. and people are watching cnn, fox news, reading "usa today." the inmates are up on what's going on in the world, and he's going to have a rough time when he gets in there, being, he'll end up in a reception center first. florida's got 62 actual prisoners. four of them are reception centers. so they're going to classify him as such. and i'm sure that the black gang members. i mean, you've got the black guerilla family, the black gangster disciples, they'll be waiting for him and they can get to him. >> now, given the target that will likely be on dunn's back, i know you're betting that he'll ultimately be put in pc and protected custody, but how protected will he actually be from the general prison population? >> well, the state of florida calls it close management, where they have three levels. cm-1, cm-2, cm-3.
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when he first gets there, they'll assess the threat against him. they've got rats throughout the entire organization, and determine if there's any chatter going on. eventually, they may remove him to less restrictive custody, but he'll have a target, crosshairs on his back while he's there, because you'll have some of the younger gang members who want to make a name for themselves. and they'll take this guy out. you can take a toothbrush, turn it into a knife, stick it into his throat, slit his throat open, you can take a pencil, a pen, make a papier-mache knife out of newspaper and kill this guy. so he's going to have a rough time ahead of him, really. >> how does he survive that? >> well, i mean, he's 47 years old. he could ally himself, potentially, with maybe the aryan brotherhood or one of the white gangs. if i was him right now, i would
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have someone send in a book on personal self-defense. but it's not like he's a child molester or something, it's not like he's going to be an outcast, but the white supremacists may view this guy as some kind of hero for killing the black teenager or something. so he really -- that's really his only option, is to ally himself up or live in protected custody the rest of his term, which potentially, 60 years inside, he's 47, he's going to be living in there the rest of his life. >> that's right. six decades, is what he's looking at. larry levine, thank you. coming up, president obama hosting some big names at the white house tonight, including, hmm, george clooney. they're screening the new film "monuments men," but we'll take a closer look at the real-life men who inspired the story. this fascinating story, next. 3 not gonna happen.
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. the talks in iran have begun. here we go. major powers including america sat down with iran today in search of that deal to keep tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. as you know, talk of possible war in the absence of a deal makes these talks of crucial importance. john king with me now from washington, our chief national correspondent. and so, we have these talks, john, they're beginning in geneva. we have a congress considering more sanctions, something we know the president doesn't want at all. could the talks be a progress or
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lack thereof play a role? >> the president has said, i don't want sanctions now, give this diplomacy a chance and i'll veto anything you send me. but, a, a lot of lawmakers feel strongly about this, b, it's an election year, so some may feel extra strongly about it if they think it helps them. so what is said publicly could affect the climate here in washington, and that's hard for the administration. because iran just today drawing a red line saying, we'll negotiate, but we're not going to dismantle any nuclear facilities. well, they want iran to dismantle some of those fat facilities. now, will that happen on the first day, after the first day? no, because the white house can go back and say, hey, look, everyone's going to come in with a little bluster on the first day, give this time. but if you see over the next couple of weeks and maybe the next couple of months, iran saying no, no, and no, there will be in congress who say, the only way to get them to negotiate in good faith is to threaten sanctions. >> so you have talks on iran,
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then the talks in syria. the u.s. blaming russia. we have secretary of state john kerry today, saying he has spoken with the russians today about a future round of talks. should anyone be optimistic about this? >> no. i hate to say that, but, no. i mean, if you want to be real and you talked to people who understand this issue, you know, understand the private conversations, understand the details, there's reason to be more more optimistic about iran than there is to be about syria. and i'm not telling anybody to be terribly optimistic about the iran talks. when it comes to syria, this is a huge frustration for the white house and the president has as many critics in congress who say, he should have gotten involved earlier, he should be doing more, he should be more muscular. jay carney just voicing exasperation. shouldn't you be putting regime change on the table for syria? and he says, what do you want us to do, invade? the administration has been frustrated with everybody, but especially the russians, because they believe russia is the one
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power that can nudge assad, perhaps to some sort of a compromise in the talks, something in the talks to -- they're talking here about trying to get some kind of a cease-fire, try to get some kind of a dialing back. there's no one who has a road map for any peaceful settlement of this, brooke. but all i can say, you'd rather be talking than not talking, despite the fact there's no clear path for rog. >> john king, thank you very much. let's stay in washington, tonight the president is hosting one of his biggest supporters a to the white house. recognize that guy in the middle, those two gentleman, you probably recognize as well. george clooney. along with his cast, they'll be watching the new film "monuments men." clooney stars and directs the film and cnn takes a look at the real-life soldiers who inspired the flick. >> the nazis are on the run, taking everything with them, so we have to get as close to the front as we can. >> reporter: "monuments men" is an action-packed movie based on a true story. but what was the work of the real monuments men like? we went to their former headquarters in munich, joirp.
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>> and they arrived here outside of this entrance stall. they were brought in. this way, straight ahead. >> reporter: today, the building is an institute for art history and she is one of those in charge. the recovered art was first brought into this atrium, where it was cataloged and photographed. she says more than battlefield adventures, documentation work was the monuments men's daily routine and their greatest achievement, especially with all the shortages in post-world war ii germany. >> they complained about not getting bicycles, not having type wrirs, and not having paper or these normal things. of not getting gas in order to go by jeep somewhere and to take things. >> reporter: the monuments men managed to get tens of thousands
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of pieces back to their rightful owners. but even today, not all lost art has been returned. more than 1,400 missing paintings were spectacularly discovered with a german collector named cornelius golic. and just recently, 60 additional master pieces surfaced in this apartment in austria. lawyers are now trying to determine if any of them might be art looted by the nazis. one of the places the german stashed a lot of works was this castle in the bavarian alps. part of the movie is also set here. this is the front gate of the castle. the inside area is absolutely massive, but, still, it didn't take the monuments men long to find the artworks that were stashed here and to bring them to munich. that's because the master pieces were hidden in plain sight. hance worked at the castle as a young carpenter when the germans moved the art there in 1943.
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it was all on the second floor and in the kitchen, he says. there was nothing on the floors above. anyone who says the whole building was full of art, that's not true. but, then again, george clooney admits that the movie is only loosely based on the real monuments men. they were heroes, whose greatest feat was saving much of the cultural heritage of europe. fred pleitgen, cnn, germany. >> fred, thank. coming up next, this 8-year-old with some pretty awesome dance moves. an artist just smashes a million-dollar vase. and the pope gets a passport. cnn pop, coming up. also, incredibly intense turbulence hits this commercial plane, injuries five people, sending a baby flying out of its mother's arms. how does something like that happen? and what, if anything, can be done to prevent it? stay with me. this is mike. his long race day starts with back pain... ...and a choice. take 4 advil in a day which is 2 aleve...
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cameras are everywhere. they caught the guy creeping through a stranger's house, right past the bedroom doors, while this family, including a brand-new baby, was sound asleep. >> he broke in through the side door of the house and came right through this hallway, went all the way through the house, looking around for things. >> the homeowner says the guy got away with car keys and the family car. police say he may have broken into another house in the same neighborhood. fortunately, he didn't hurt anyone, but police are hoping this video will help catch him. and if you want to watch a million dollars smash on to the floor and compare your passport picture to the pope's, you won't want to miss this. here is cnn pop. >> reporter: the kid's got moves.
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and this isn't your average 8-year-old. this is the breakout star of "india's got talent," performing in front of a mesmerized audience on "ellen." no one likes a passport photo. not even the head of the catholic church is immune to an awkward one. pope francis may technically be the leader of his own country, vatican city, but he's not giving up the right to travel as just an ordinary citizen of arranggentina argentina. "sports illustrated" 2014 swimsuit edition hitting the stands today. just look out for the, uh, cheeky cover. >> don't touch! >> that vase he just smashed was worth a cool $1 million, made famous by artist eyewayway. the guy who smashed it, also an artist who citizen it was iwayway's thought-provoking artwork that inspired him to destroy this precious piece of
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art. that's today's cnn's pop. okay, we're going to beginning the hour here with breaking news. these are live pictures out of the ukraine, the ukrainian capital. and you can see the masses of crowds and obviously smoke, fires. we've been watching this intermittent ly
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global companies can put jobs anywhere, so the argument is well if wages become less competitive, the jobs can go overseas. that's a big argument and a risk. >> what about the big picture. you weigh the pros with the cons. you look at the hundreds of thousands of people who are out of poverty if we raise the minimum wage or the 500,000 or so jobs being lost. >> that's right. and this is the sort of exercise you can only see in real time, frankly. there are big arguments to be made for raising the minimum wage. about 70% of the economy is made up of consumer spending. when they don't have it to spend, it slows down business growth and dampens the growth of the economy. that's the argument that folks will be making. >> again, just hoypotheticalhyp. thank you. thank you.
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in the war on terror, one phrase over and over, the u.s. does not negotiate with terrorists. but right now the u.s. appears to be doing that, reviving the had idea of a prisoner exchange. so the u.s. telling the afghan taliban, if you give us one of yours, we will give you five of yours. they are taliban operatives held at guantanamo bay. the american is this young man, bo bergdahl, captive since 2009. and the u.s. received this proof of life video which some predicted was a sign they were ready to negotiate for his release. this after his father made the promise to his son, we will never leave you on the battle field. >> a father does not leave his son alone on the battle field. i do not live here, i live in afghanistan. my cell phone is set on afghan
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time. i will not leave you on the battle field, bo. these people will not leave you on the battle field. your country will not leave you on the battle field. you are not forgotten. to the people of afghanistan [ speaking in afghan, ] may after 12 years find peace in afghanistan, so that our soldiers and our american personnel can come home. >> joining me now, cnn's ed lavendera, ed, you have been in touch with the bergdahl family, you have been all this story since he went missing. what are they saying, about the latest talks with the taliban? >> well, mr. bergdahl, you heard him, that was from last summer, when there were talks of this prisoner exchange and there was, a family was very hopeful back then. and these talks have come up several times, and they have fallen apart every time, in the past. so, you know, the family very cautious. they've been here before. it's been a long, incredibly
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brutal ordeal that they've gone through. you see that video of bob bergdahl. he started growing that beard of a sign of solidarity, a symbol of solidarity with his son that has been held captive. that is a beard that is almost five years old this summer. so with the renewed interest in the story and some of the information that is coming out, the family put out a statement today that reads, we welcome this development and we applaud the unity of purpose and resolve at the white house and other u.s. government agencies involved. we thank all involved for this renewed effort and we hope everyone takes this opportunity seriously. we are cautiously optimistic these discussions lead to the safe return of our son, after more than 4 1/2 years in captivity. you know, the bergdahls have been here before. they've seen this happen. and they have also seen it fall apart, every time before. so this is something that they watch closely, you know, they go about their lives there in the small town of idaho, where they live. but it has been a long, long ordeal for them. >> ed lavendera, thank you very much.
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coming up next, it started as a simple pranks. teens egged a car, tossed some toilet paper on it, but then it took a drastic turn. because a man inside that home came outside and what he did next has his community in shock, parents calling for action. plus, americans given a warning in ukraine, as violence in kiev spirals out of control. we will take you there, live. [ telephone rings ] [ shirley ] edward jones. [ male announcer ] with nearly 7 million investors... oh hey, neill, how are you? [ male announcer ]'d expect us to have a highly skilled call center. kevin, neill holley's on line one. ok, great. [ male announcer ] and we do. it's how edward jones makes sense of investing. and better is so easy withrning you cabenefiber.o something better for yourself. [ male announcer ] and we do. fiber that's taste-free, grit-free and dissolves completely. so you can feel free to add it to anything. and feel better about doing it. better it with benefiber.
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hotels. phil black is in kiev for us, our correspondent there. phil is joining me by phone. and phil, let me just back up. because for the american viewer, who has not been following this story quite as closely as you have, can you first just explain to all of us, who was protesting what? >> reporter: i'm sorry, brooke, i'm having a bit of trouble hearing you at the moment. at the moment, i am walking in for the first time into kiev's independence square. this has been the center of the protest movement in this country for the last two months, and it is where we're seeing some fairly dramatic pictures coming live from london. on the streets of kiev, there was some pretty terrible violence. and it has resulted in the death, we believe, or the deaths, we believe, of at least ten people. around seven protesters and potentially three police officers as well. as i say, i'm just walking into the square at the moment, and
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the reason why we are coming here is because we understand that the authorities are threatening to clear this place out tonight. it has been occupied, for something close to three months now. it resembles a large fortified camp. as i get close, we are hearing a lot of explosive-type sounds, fireworks, and we're told that police officers were using flash bangs, stun grenades today to clear out this crowd. i have come up to what is the last barricade now, and tried to see around it. we believe there is some sort of police operation going on here, right now, and that they could possibly be clearing out the square tonight, brooke. >> phil black, be safe, stay close to your phone. i know you're having a tough time hearing me. nick paton walsh, let me bring you in, because i think it's so important for the bigger picture, the u.s. audience, nick paton walsh, are you with me as well?
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all right, let's back up. this has been going on, this is my remedial, you know, explanation. because the president there, the president in ukraine, essentially reversed this decision, this deal with the eu, some months ago, would prefer going more toward russia, which is inflamed all of these people in the ukraine. is that correct? >> reporter: absolutely. this has been going on for over ten years, brooke, in many ways. 2004, the orange revolution. that's when ukraine pushed out an old autocrat and tried to move west, that didn't work. they moved back towards the east. the current president taking place there. he looked like he was moving toward the eu, siding up with a good deal there, but at the last minute, changed his mind. many saying he was pressured heavily with economic potential consequences by moscow. moscow then moved in, offering billions of dollars in hard cash. remember, ukraine is in a real economic mess right now, and the
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simple answer, i suppose, in kiev, is let's take the russian cash. that caused people to pile on to the streets. many of them feeling that that pro-russian government, that eastern-looking way of life was corrupt, wasn't bringing them the standards of living they wanted. they wanted to move more west, more towards the eu. that's where the standoff begun. and it's ratcheted up tension, bit by bit, as we've seen protesters abducted, beaten, some even turning up dead in some places, and increased violence in standoffs. the protesters better dug in. more right-wing radicals in their ranks, and now the police increasingly violent, emboldened, setting an ultimatum, 6:00 local time today to clear that square, nobody did. they're staying in force. that's why you're seeing these quite remarkable pictures of violence now in the very center of kiev. that's times square, that you're talking about in comparison to manhattan. brooke? >> talk about the tension. this is a fiery manifestation of the tension that's clearly been bubbling, as you described for years and years, and especially most recently. nick paton walsh, thank you very much. we'll keep a close eye on kiev
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and also stay in close contact with our correspondent there on the ground. let me move along, though. because the next question we're asking is will americans flock to a new movie about the bible? there are multiple movies coming out this year, one this week. so we're going to take a closer look at the business of the bible. plus, it started as a simple prank, some teens egged a car, tossed some toilet paper on it, but then the story took tragic turn, because the man inside the home came outside, opened fire, and a teen was killed. there is now talk that he could use a stand your ground type defense. we're on the case. no two people have the same financial goals. pnc investments works with you to understand yours and helps plan for your retirement.
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the teens involved call it a prank, but the vandalism police say they committed may have triggered a much worse offense. the shooting death of 18-year-old adrian broadway, seen here on facebook. >> love you, adrian! >> i'm just going to miss him, all the way. >> family and friends gathered to remember the young girl. they called her goofy, the life of the party, and someone who lived life to the fullest. but the teen's life was cut short saturday after her friends reportedly egged a car belonging to the father of another car. josh berry from our little rock affiliate krak has the story. >> pow, pow, pow, pow! >> reporter: but those shots welton alexander heard just before 1:00 saturday morning didn't surprise him. >> sometimes, you hear some shots in the park there. >> reporter: little did he know at the time, those shots were much different as his neighbor
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from just down the street, 48-year-old willy noble, now faces first-degree murder charges in the death of a 15-year-old girl. >> they said it was him this morning, and i was just -- i was just amazed. >> reporter: little rock police say it may have all started with a prank. >> this is an ongoing friendly feud between teenagers. >> reporter: this time, friends took an unfriendly turn when he heard noises in front of iz h home and came out to find his car vandalized. >> there was toilet paper on the vehicle, a bag of leaves, eggs and may noise was thrown on the vehicle. >> and a car full of several teenagers, including adrian broadway, sitting in the front seat, tried to get away. >> at that point, he came out of the residence and fired multiple shots at the suspects as they fled the residence. >> reporter: police found the teenagers and the cars with bullet holes in the side at the
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couple skum & go down the stree. >> by no means did any one of them think that this was going to be a horrible event. they thought, it will be a mischievous thing. they department think it would end up being a deadly prank, and this ultimately ended up being a deadly event. >> willy noble is being held on a $1 million bond. it appears noble does not have an attorney, at least not yet. news website arkansas reports that noble told the investigators he only meant to scare the teens when he opened fire. the mother of the shooting victim's friend addressed the question, where were the parents? >> i know it was late for them to be out. they went to the movies and they went to get some taco bell and they just decided to play a joke. it's a vehicle with teenagers. everybody played a role in this. >> with me now, cnn legal analyst, sunny hostin. and here we have a young woman, lost her life.
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it was a horrible prak. what defense would this guy even have? >> you know, believe it or not, i think there is the potential for a defense here. he clearly has shown remorse, though, saying he only meant to scare the kids, but the bottom line is while arkansas doesn't have a traditional stand your ground law, brooke, i've learned that they have sort of an expanded castle doctrine law, which means not only can you defend yourself and your property inside your home, you can also do it around the perimeter of your home. now, remember, these kids were outside of his home, but on the perimeter of his home, basically, you know, egging his property, his car. and so, under arkansas law, it is quite possible that he has a defense to first-degree murder. and that's why this kind of thing just infuriates me. brooke, you know you and i have been talking about this for years. it's about sort of not only stand your ground, but guns. and the protection of those two, just use them, stupidly, in a who uses a gun to scare kids? who does that?
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>> it is a whole other conversation. we've had it and i'm sure we'll have it again. but here's what else i'm thinking. because i'm thinking ahead. if, you know, if there was a trial and there was a jury, because of this teen's crime, it's perceived as a prank, even though, i guess, it's a felony. how do you think that would play with jurors? >> you know, i think we've learned, at least from the zimmerman case and from the dunn case, that we can't really predict what effect certain testimony will have on jurors, but again, given the state of the law and given the state of the laws all across our nation, i think it's very possible that a juror, at least one or two, may think, well, they were there committing a crime. remember, we heard about justin bieber committing a felony by egging someone's house, $20,000 in damage. so who's to say there's not someone on the jury who's going to think, you know, they were on his property, committing a crime. he has the right to defend himself and his property. i suspect that we're going to be covering this one also for a little bit, brooke. i mean, i'm so tired of talking about kids and guns. >> i know, here we go again.
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>> but here we are again. >> i'm sick of it too. sunny hostin, thank you. >> thanks, brooke. a major twist for a story that has international implications. protesters in venezuela take to the streets again in a strong show of defiance against the government, but today their leader has been arrested. wait for him. you'll see him in a white shirt. here he is. what is next for him and his followers. plus, the bible on the big screen. several movies are coming out based upon the big book. why the sudden surge? we'll look into the business of the bible ahead. and much more of our breaking news out of the ukraine. anti-government protests are erupting in the capital city there. this is independent square. live pictures, americans at this moment are being warned, stay indoors. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] you're watching one of the biggest financial services companies in the country at work.
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these pictures. we want to stay with this story here. live pictures out of kiev. this is basically like the times square of ukraine. this is what they call independence square, and we have been watching these protests, between this group of people and really this is just manifested in this fiery demonstration here, in this prominence square. we've gotten news now from the u.s. embassy out of kiev, basically telling any americans in the capital city, stay in your hotels. we will take you live to the state department for an update on this situation, as clearly it is escalating there overseas. meantime, three american diplomats expelled from venezuela must leave the country by tomorrow. this is according to venezuela, the country's socialist leaders accused the u.s. of encouraging violent protests, rocking that nation's capitol. today, however, supporters of the government commandeered the streets here, in this massive support, show of support, i should say, for president nicolas maduro. plans for an opposition rally raised fears of confrontations.
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but that, as we've been watching, has yet to happen. also this, we have confirmed the arrests of the harvard-groomed leader of venezuela's opposition. he's there in the middle of your screen, in the white long-sleeved t-shirt, in police custody. he is charged with murder in connection with violence protests. rafael romo joins me now. he's our senior latin american affairs editor. first, just explain, why is this happening now? >> i could tell you that inflation in venezuela is 56%, in only one year. i could tell you that there's 5,000 workers in a country of 30 million people. but to illustrate it better, i have this bill. officially it is 30 cents. allow me to make a contribution to the brooke baldwin retirement fund. you have 30 u.s. -- 30 cents u.s. money. >> okay. that's not a big contribution. >> but in reality, brooke, it's worthless, because of inflation, because of the way prices have gone up in the last few years.
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if you were to buy a whole chicken, that officially cost $3, you would probably find it at $12. and people, the reason why you see those people on the streets, protesting, is because they're fed up, insecurity is impossible, prices are through the roof, people's salaries are not going up. and today, the demonstration was called by the opposition to say, enough is enough. >> so then you have the opposition, the leader of this opposition, as we mentioned, this man by the name of leopoldo lopez. you know, guy wears khakis and button-down shorts, and now he's in police custody. what is he all about? what's his story? >> well, essentially, the government has been trying to reinvent socialists. and leopoldo lopez has said, no, this is not going to work here in venezuela. i have better ideas and the idea is to give freedom to the people, let them do what they do best, which is produce. but the government instead of
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listening to his demands, said he was to blame for three deaths during demonstrations last week. that he was to blame for all of the violence during the demonstrations this weekend and a couple of days ago. and they issued an arrest warrant against him, and today, he decided to turn himself in. and that's what we just saw. >> that's what those pictures are. okay. rafael romo, thank you very much. i want to take you back to those live pictures in kiev here. let's stay on this story out of the ukraine. again, this is the capital city. this is what they call independence square. we've been watching this for some time. you hear the blasts, the smoke, the fire. the latest from the u.s. embassy there in kiev, warning u.s. citizens in town to stay inside, stay in your hotels, elise labott is working this for us on the domestic side, at the state department. and elise labott, tell us more about what you're learning about what's happening there. >> reporter: well, brooke, the u.s. embassy in kiev, issuing a warning to u.s. citizens in the city to stay in.
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do not leave, because they do not want any americans to get caught up in the violence and be hurt. you know, the u.s. has been criticized for its role in ukraine, by members, supporters of the government. you remember, last week, over the last couple of weeks, there's been this to-do about the top u.s. diplomat for europe, victoria newland, on a conversation with the u.s. ambassador to kiev, giving the f-bomb to the eu, because they weren't getting involved enough in the ukraine. so their role, the government is really critic sooizing them for working too closely with the opposition. but the u.s. ambassador said, listen, we are friends to the people of ukraine, we want our voices to be heard, and they've been tough on the government to let these protests take place. >> do we have any idea, elise, how many americans right now could be in the capital city, in the ukraine? >> reporter: well, if they're not registered with the state department, it's a little hard to know. there are thousands of people
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there, obviously, there's a lot of business that goes on, there's a lot of ngos going on right now. don't have exact numbers right now, but certainly the u.s. is concerned that even just walking along the street, you know, these protests kind of have a life of their own. they spiral out of control and are very unpredictable and they want to make sure that no one gets caught up in the violence or possibly even get arrested. >> absolutely. elise labott on the state department angle. we've got a white house angle as well, reaction there. we'll talk to the host of "the lead," jake tapper, on what's happening next. [ tires screech ] [ car alarm chirps ] ♪ [ male announcer ] we don't just certify our pre-owned vehicles. we inspect, analyze, and recondition each one, until it's nothing short of a genuine certified pre-owned mercedes-benz for the next new owner. [ car alarm chirps ] hurry in to the mercedes-benz certified pre-owned sales event. visit today for exceptional offers.
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all right. jake tapper is up next with "the lead." and jake tapper, i wanted to talk to you about james clapper, the director of national intelligence and the sort of 180 he has made on the nsa. i want to focus on these pictures here, as we have been reporting on. this is the capital of the
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ukraine, this is kiev, what they call independence square. these clashes between these protesters, these opposition groups, and of course the government, and we have heard from the state department specifically, u.s. embassy there, warning americans to stay inside, stay in their hotels. what are you hearing from the white house? >> oh, the embassy there is also warning americans that it's dangerous to travel to ukraine right now. the white house has put out a statement, talking about how they're shocked by the violence. secretary of state john kerry spoke earlier, saying that he called, or that the u.s. government called on the government and protesters to take immediate steps to de-escalate situation and to resolve political differences through high-level dialogue, translating that from diplospeak, that they are definitely holding both sides accountable for the situation, by talking about the protesters and the government to de-escalate the situation, brooke. sometimes the white house will give a statement, or the secretary will give a statement,
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where they only talk about one side needing to de-escalate. this time both sides. >> that is the ukraine, now back to james clapper, director of national intelligence, made these candid remarks about the phone data collection by the government. this is what he said in this interview here. he said, "had we been transparent about this from the outset right after 9/11, we wouldn't have had the problem we had with the explosive public reaction." it is worth pointing out, phone data collection proceeds the obama administration, so clapper wasn't there to make those early decisions. do you think he's shoving blame for the heat east takhe's taken the bush administration here? >> obviously there's some of that, because he's talking about this needing to have been done ten years ago. but i think more theoretically, obviously, president obama could have come in and clapper, when he was appointed director of national intelligence, could have come in and announced that this program section 215, the collection of metadata, the
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surveillance on americans, they could have announced it at the time. i've spoken to others in the obama administration, who have voiced similar regrets, not that this debate is going on. they think it is a healthy debate, but they said they wished that it had happened a different way, not because of these leaks from edward snowden. now, of course, it's easy for them to say that, because by and large, it appears, at least, according to congressional action, and many polls that i've seen, it appears that the american people are not all that concerned by these surveillance programs. i'm not saying that that's the right thing, but that does appear to be the case. so, perhaps they wouldn't feel like it would have been a good thing for us to have got, out and announced this and this debate would have happened, if the administration had found themselves facing a little bit more blowback. they haven't, really. >> okay. jake tapper, we'll watch for you as always in 15 minutes on "the lead." thank you, sir. it is back -- here we go again. the winter weather. we are getting word of another
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winter. i guess we should not be surprised that many of you are seeing this out on the roads. but the thing is, chad myers -- >> yes. >> -- is that with all of this snow, we're getting record levels of snowfall for the year. yes? >> there's no place to put it. >> problem. >> people are tweeting me and saying, please don't send me any more. i can't shovel it any higher. i can't get it over -- look at this. 77 inches of snow. not currently on the ground but currently for the year. there's been melt and compaction. cincinnati, 44. philadelphia now running at 60 inches of snow. all that said, brooke, and you get to go home pretty soon -- >> uh-huh. uh-huh. >> and it is now owe fitfficial degrees outside here. >> we don't want to rub that in. >> not at all. from new hampshire all the way up to east maine, this is the snow that you were talking about. probably 8 to 10 inches of snow.
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nothing significant for boston. new york city, warm enough. if you get up here in the poconos, we're going to see a bit of ice tonight. it only takes that much in some mountain areas to get a real fun event. be careful in the poconos. after dark tonight, you may get a little bit of rain and 31 degrees. that is what is coming. that means spring. that is a severe weather event that may happen from chicago to detroit and down to memphis. i mentioned it not because we're hoping for severe weather. we're hoping that warm air is coming back north to get that to happen at all. and finally, a break in this ugly weather. at least for a day or two. >> i was starting to do my happy dance during the commercial break. chad myers, thank you very much. >> you're welcome. an apology now from richie incognito to his ex-teammate, jonathan martin. he said "i would like to send jonathan my apologies as well. until someone tells me different, you are still my
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of course, hollywood is always looking for a good story. you know that. i just want to go back to the ukraine, to the capital city of kiev as we've been watching this clash of protesters which is at independent square in the ukraine. they have been fighting back and forth for a number of months but it's been he is ska it laing as we watch the fire and smoke and the blasts. the latest that we have in kiev is to stay indoors. if you were planning on traveling to the ukraine, do not do it. several religion-themed films coming to a theater near
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you, including the hit tv mini series "the bible". >> if you were son of god, command that this stone become bread. >> man shall not live alone. >> "the bible" scored monster ratings, more than 13 million viewers but also stirred controversy because you saw the man in the cloak here. look familiar? a lot of people looking at that and saying, hmm, looks a lot like president obama. by the way, this is satan in this series. so now the movie executive producers are hoping to avoid that. they are cutting this character from the film's version.
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and then there was this movie "passion of the christ." it grossed more than $80 million opening weekend at the box office. so it appears olympiad hollywoog to the bank. michael, why is it so hot? >> brooke, i'm working on a piece for i haven't read the bible that close, i have to admit. >> but still. >> industry insiders tell me that these are solid stories with clear cut good and evil. also "the son of god" is being promoted as an action film. the official description of the film says it has the scope of an action film. so i guess it's like "thor." also, big stars are attracted to it. the heyday of the bible films
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was long ago. some people are still clinging to religion. they are going to like these films. but also people that are skeptical, they are going to like them. ridley scott is doing "moses." these are edgy people and they have unconventional ideas of god and religion. these are not going to be your typical bible movies. >> it's not necessarily religious but revisionists? yes? >> "son of god" is very different. it's very evangelical. that movie is based on scenes and outtakes from the history channel's hit series about jesus. they've cut satan which i think is perfect. get rid of satan. >> satan is gone. quickly, big names, who can we look for starring in these films? >> russell crowe is noah and emma watson says it could be set
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at any time. that's another reason they are going to be able to make these films more accessible. christian bale, as i mentioned, is moses. he's the new charleston heston. >> michael, thank you, as always. appreciate it. i'll see you back here tomorrow. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. the world is burning at opposite ends as anti-government protests reach a fever pitch. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." "the world lead," two capital cities, two different hemispheres but protests in kiev and caracus share more than just an ideology. weighing in as americans are warned to stay away today. the national lead. you are now free to be thrown about a cabin. a flight so rocky that five