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the way that he said it did. so i was very thankful for that evidence. >> you can have five witnesses to a crime, and you're probably going to get five different scenarios. you do the forensic science, >> you do st forensic science, you are going to get one. that's it. good morning, everyone on a saturday. certainly not news anyone wants to wake up to. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. breaking news in mercer county. actor, comedian tracy morgan was involved in a serious accident. >> this is very, very early in the game here. but, jersey officials telling us that the star is in critical condition at a hospital. details are still coming in.
as i said, word is just coming in to us here. not clear whether he was traveling alone. we don't know if he was behind a wheel. sergeant first class gregory william is with us here to tell us more about this. gregory, can you let us know more about what you have heard this morning? when did it happen? >> caller: yes. well, it's all preliminary investigation at the investigation. 1:00 a.m. this morning on the new jersey turnpike, 71.5 northbound, which is i-95 here in new jersey. six-vehicle accident, two tractor trailers in vol ved. tracy morgan is in intensive care in new brunswick. a limmo bus, suv, limmo bus overturned.
tracy morgan was in the bus, he was alive in intensive care. preliminary right now, possibly one fatality. the roads are closed. heavy diversion. this accident occurred between 7a and 8a on the turnpike. that's all we have. >> do you have any indication as to the cause? >> caller: the cause of the accident, we do not that have. it's under investigation. active investigation. >> sergeant, the one fatality is the passenger or the driver of the limmo bus? >> caller: do not know whether it was a passenger or driver. believed to be a passenger, also. >> inside the limmo bus? >> inside the limo bus. >> what other injuries do you
know of? >> caller: well, seven people have been taken to the hospital, all injuries are unknown at this time. >> are those seven people all passengers, drivers inside this limo bus? >> caller: unknown whether or not they are drivers or passengers, seven persons have been taken to the hospital. >> is there any way to know if alcohol was involved? we talked about cause, but if there's any element of being drunk or anything at this hour of the night? >> caller: no, at this time, there's no way of really knowing whether or not alcohol was involved, as of yet. i do not have that information right now. the information i have doesn't indicate that.
>> do you know how many persons were in that limo bus with tracy morgan? >> do not have the exact number on that but seven persons were transported to the hospital. >> at what stage are you right now? what is happening on the freeway as we speak? >> caller: as we speak, the turnpike, northbound, is shut down. the road is closed for this investigation between 7a and 8a northbound on the turnpike. >> that critical condition characterization of tracy mor n morgan's condition, at what hour did you get that? how old or new is that? >> caller: this is the latest information i received about 45 minutes ago. he is in intensive care at robert wood johnson. >> all righty. did you say it happened around 1:00 a.m.? >> caller: 1:00 a.m. is when the
original accident occurred this morning. >> do we know if he or any of the seven people taken to the hospital are in or in need of surgery of any kind? >> caller: i do not have that information. >> okay. six vehicles you said were involved in this accident and two were tractor tractor traile? >> caller: yes. and a limo bus. >> did any other vehicles overturn? i'm trying to get a sense of what you are dealing with at the scene. >> caller: the limo bus is the only one that overturned. one of the tractor trailers may have rear ended the limo bus. it's all preliminary at this time. >> are there three other vehicles involved in no injuries to drivers or passengers in the
other three vehicles? >> caller: that is not clear right now. all the injuries are from the over turned limo bus. >> do we know how many people are on board that bus? >> caller: i do not have that exact number right now. >> again, listen, if you are just joining us, we want to get you caught up here. a very serious situation on the turnpike between 7a and 8a northbound. the turnpike is closed because of a serious accident involving six vehicles. one of them was a limo bus where tracy morgan, you know him as an actor and alum of "snl." >> "30 rock" as well. >> he's in intensive care at a hospital in new jersey along with seven other people who were transported to the hospital as well. we do not know their conditions. there is not a cause, yet, given
as this is an active investigation. the turnpike is closed in that area. but, involving two tractor trailers and the sergeant there, sergeant gregory williams, thank you so much for being with us, sergeant. it is believed one of the tractor trailers may have rear ended that limo bus that then flipped over. >> one fatality in that. tracy morgan known for his work on "30 rock" and "saturday night live." in intensive care in new jersey. of course, we will continue to follow the story and get the latest on his condition that intensive care and critical condition status update is 45 minutes old. the latest after this 1:00 a.m. car crash. we'll continue to follow and get you more as we get more in. also this morning, the big story people have been talking about
for a couple days now and president obama making news hours ago with this fire back of critics on capitol hill. he said he would do the prisoner swap if he had to. >> you don't do prisoner exchanged with friends, you do them with enemies. >> the release of five taliban sparked an outcry from republicans and democrats both including some of the president's staunchest allies. >> we are learning details about bergdahl's five years in captivity. let's go to aaron for more on president obama's defense on that deal. >> reporter: president obama returns to washington from a whirlwind tour facing the release of bergdahl.
a key question, why didn't he tell congress beforehand? >> we saw the opportunity and i took it. main concern was we had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no publicity. >> reporter: sources say the taliban didn't threaten to kill bergdahl as they suggested the senators. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are skeptical including dianne feinstein. she told bloomberg news -- >> i don't think there was a credible threat, but i don't know. i have no information that there was. >> reporter: what's more, lawmakers from both parties don't buy the administrations explanation that bergdahl's health was deteriorating. defense secretary chuck hagel is under pressure to release the video of bergdahl from last december that they made the case. despite the shifting stories and
growing political backlash, former secretary of state hillary clinton defended the president telling abc news -- >> if you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values. one of our values is we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. it doesn't matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation. >> reporter: general jim jones, one of president obama's national security advisers questioned the deal kelling cnn -- >> i come down on the side you don't negotiate with terrorists. that's a rock solid principle. i think once you show that there's weakness there, you open the door for other bad things to happen. >> cnn, the white house. bergdahl is recovering at a
hospital in germany. doctors say he's in stable condition, but not ready to travel back to the u.s. we are live from germany. matthew, so good to see you this morning. have doctors release add gauge of time of when bergdahl may be able to head home? >> reporter: no. we have been consistently asking them to give us a time frame, for guidance and lodgist cals. there's no predetermined time frame they are operating on. it depends on the pace he is healing, sergeant bergdahl is healing. it's a very structured approach at the medical facility, it's a u.s. medical facility. a structured approach to reintegration involved medical needs, privacy laws. they are not going into detail of what is wrong with him.
part of the treatment is to address nutritional and dietry shortcoming that is emerged from being in captivity for five years. there's psychological issues they are looking at, clearly having been in such a difficult situation for so long. it will have had an enormous psychological toll. before that is stabilized, they will not release him back to the united states. >> there are always scars one can see and those one cannot see. matthew chance reporting this morning. thank you. police say it was very close to being a catastrophe. a man in georgia straps himself down with grenades and guns and a mind set to kill. we have a live report, next. mayo? corn dogs? you are so outta here! aah! [ female announcer ] the complete balanced nutrition of great-tasting ensure. 24 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and 9 grams of protein. [ bottle ] ensure®.
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right now on a saturday morning. we are told he came to quote, inflict mayhem. that's how a sheriff described a gunman who tried to go in a courthouse. >> he died in a gun exchange. he was strapped with bachs. we have more on the arsenal they found. he didn't go there by happenstance to shoot one person or two. >> he had bad armor on, a homemade grip to stop first responders. he showed up at the courthouse friday morning with every intention of inflicting major damage. listen to the chaos as it unfolded. >> we have pepper gas going off. >> pepper gas going off. >> tear gas.
>> he's down. he's down. >> a very tense situation for the officers and everyone in that community. we are told the plan was to take over the courthouse and take hostages. he had a water supply and flex cuffs. they found devices, homemade explosives. they were very, very cautious when they entered that home. >> phil, i understand you talked to one of his neighbors. what do we know about this guy? >> terry sweeney lives a few houses down. he said he saw the s.w.a.t. team there. they were familiar with him. they had been there before. that's why the caution of entering. they thought it was booby trapped. he said he was shy and shocked he was involved on this and didn't put the entire blame on
him, either. >> apparently the system failed him. apparently, he went overboard, clearly, where i think that was suicide by cop. i think they drove him to the end. they did it. he didn't do it himself. i blame the judges and the cops. >> do you have empathy for what he did today? >> he did everything the wrong way. he should have stuck with the system longer. >> he said there's a lot of mistrust in the government coming. i spoke to a lot of residents that said it's a small pocket. there are those with mistrust and identify sovereign citizens according to sweeney. >> than goodness they got it taken care of the way they did before he got in there. >> could have been much worse. >> thank you so much. this hasn't happened in 36 years. on a lighter note, could the long wait for a triple crown
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it's been a 36 year dry spell, people. it is time. joe is with us here. >> this horse is now a mile and a half away from sports history. i think the story, the back story is that america is pulling for horse. it's the too good to be true. which actor is going to play which part of the movie. if you look back at the history, the horse doesn't have great history in this race because, since affirmed last won the triple crown in '78, 12 horses have come and won the first two legs and lost at belmont. california chrome has the odds on the favorite. given the history of the race, it doesn't treat that well, if you follow me. california chrome has to beat out ten other thoroughbreds today. this horse will start from the number two position. the point is the horse has to get it clean.
two is two positions from the rail. that's the winningest position in this race, the number one position closest to the rail. at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. the horse gets a good start, it will get out there. win or lose thrks is one heck of a story and one heck of a ride for the horse and the team. >> it is a beauty. >> i'm pulling for you, california. come on chrome. >> you are not placing bets? >> i'm not. i'm from baltimore, we are pemly coe people. >> maybe this is the time i'll bet or go to the tracks. >> good point. the odds to win, this is the post position. california chrome is in the second position. 3-5 odds. you have to put up $100 to win $60. the book kies are saying we kno
it's probably going to win, so you have to put up a lot to get a little. matter horn, if you put up $1,000, you get $3,000. there's a million ways to bet and a million ways to get money. california chrome, if you want the horse to show, finish one, two, three or four, you get even money. now that i have confused you both. >> trifectas. >> just enjoy the two minute race. >> will indeed. >> we trust you and know you know what you are talking about. >> thank you, joe. president obama and vladimir putin, they have not been on talking terms over ukraine, however, they did chat for a few minutes in france. take a look at this. we are going to tell you what was on the discussion board there. okay, listen up! i'm re-workin' the menu.
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exchange of five high-level detainees for bergdahl. he says it's part of winding down the war in afghanistan. another american is being held in north korea. the nation says it's detained a u.s. citizen who entered in april as a tourist and broke the law. he's identified as jeffrey foul. ukraine's new president says he'll do everything possible to protect his country's independence. he was sworn in earlier today and said he doesn't want war or revenge, despite russia's annexation. talks with moscow are due to begin tomorrow. wisconsin joins the list of states where same-sex marriage bans were ruled unconstitutional. a judge struck down the ban and
did not say when the ruling takes effect. the attorney general will appeal it. it restricts marriage to one man and one woman. the 70th anniversary of the "d" day invasion honored the soldier who is landed in normandy. french president expressed his gratitude to the men who came to liberate people they have never met. the president and russian president, vladimir putin. they have been logger heads during russia's actions in ukraine. >> president putin talked with ukraine's new president, as we mentioned. cnn's national correspondent has more for us. hi, jim. >> reporter: they have spoken on the phone a number of times
since the start of the crisis. tense exchanges with common ground with repeat outs from the white house and the kremlin. they haven't met face-to-face until friday. once again, one that appeared serious in tone and with a firm message from president obama. it was the first face-to-face meeting between presidents obama and putin since the start of the ukraine crisis. coming at d-day ceremonies commemorating a time the u.s. and russia were allies. speaking for 15 minutes at a lunch for heads of state, president obama demanded russia recognize the new ukrainian president and support for pro-russian militants and stop the flow of arms. sounding less than accommodating himself, mr. putin put the burden on kiev to stop the military operations against separatists. >> translator: the operation
must stop immediately. it's the only way to start a real negotiation. >> reporter: until they got to talking, they were seated six feet apart, separated by two queens and a president. when the official television broadcast put the two leaders side by side, in a split screen, the crowd cheered. mr. put tin looked slightly less than thrilled. mr. putin's isolation is relenting. aside from the talk with mr. obama, he met with the leaders of britain, france, germany and the newly elected president of ukraine. the message from all of them, susan rice told cnns jim acosta, it's a warning to back down or face new, broader, economic sanctions. >> what the president has done over the course of the week in meeting with our g-7 colleagues
is to come together around a mutual understooding of what our shared posture will be and has been. >> reporter: the administration is offering an opening to president putin, but finite one. russia has one month to call off pro-russian militants or face sanctions against the economy. the diplomatic outreach on friday is a test of whether russia is serious, whether they are willing and able to end the violence in ukraine. >> jim, thank you. gm says 13 people died because of the deadly ignition flaw. some families are saying that number has got to be much higher. they are loved ones aren't being included in it. we are going to meet one of those families. stay close. a complete multivitamin with 7 antioxidants to support cell health. age? who cares.
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general motors released a scathing internal report this week. the ceo revealing a pattern of, quote, incompetence and neglect that allowed them to wait a decade for recognizing an ignition flaw. that change can cause a car to shut off, enabling air bags and brakes. >> they say there were 13 deaths as a result. there could be more. one georgia couple believes their daughter's death was caused by the defect. they are trying to take the auto giant to court saying they were deceived. here is poppy harlow. >> the pattern of incompetence and neglect. >> reporter: the gm ceo admitting the failures. >> in short, we misdiagnosed the
problem from the beginning. >> reporter: the words aren't enough to the parents of brooke who died driving a chevy cobalt on her 29th birthday. >> i kept thinking this is not possible. it's her birthday. it can't have happened that she died. >> i knew in my heart and my gut there was something wrong with the car. that it wasn't her fault. >> reporter: it was here that georgia state patrol says brook's 2005 chevrolet cobalt hydroplaned four years ago. it dropped 15 feet into this creek. the accident report says she was driving too fast for roadway conditions, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. >> she was driving 58 and the speed limit was 55.
>> reporter: do you believe that could have caused the accident? >> no. i believe she lost power. >> it's known the ignition switch was defective. this analysis provided by their attorney shows the switch was in the accessory position at the time of the crash, shutting the engine off and disabling the air bags, power steering and antilock breaks. >> the evidence is overwhelming the defects in the key system resulted in her death. >> reporter: gm would not comment on it. 2.6 million cars were recalled. before the recall, they settled their case for an undisclosed amount. now, they are fightinging an up hill legal battle to reopen it. >> they thought they had the truth when they settled the case. they now know they had some of the truth, not all of the truth. >> reporter: they say gm hid
documents and an engineer lied. their attorney gave cnn part of the deposition who denied approving any changes to the ignition switch. >> there was never a work order, that i saw, outlining this. >> any such change was made, it was made without your knowledge and authorization? >> that is correct. >> reporter: in 2006, he signed this form, authorizing a fix to the ignition switch, making it harder to turn inadd ver tantly. >> the subcommittee will come to order. >> reporter: they were questioned about this. >> you know he lied under oath. >> the data indicates that. i'm waiting for the full investigation. >> reporter: that came out thursday and he is among 15 employees dismissed from gm.
he did not return cnns calls. >> good evening. >> reporter: gm declined an interview with cnn. gm denies it engaged in improper behavior. they admit 13 people died as a result of the defect but won't release the names. gms list only includes frontal crashes where air bags didn't inflate. >> they are playing with numbers. they don't count brooke's death and she's dead because of that ignition switch. >> why is general motors only counting frontal crashes? >> we have analyzed all the information we have available to us, based on one specific definition. we counted 13 people. >> her death not being counted is like it doesn't matter. >> he keeps his daughter's
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47 minutes past the hour. have you heard about the strange, newly discovered planet? it is expanding the possibilities of life, other life in the universe as well as raizing questions of how planets or formed. >> itd's dubbed megaearth. it's a giant, rocky planet like our own. we talked about the possibility of life. here is one thing we need to know. it weighs 17 times as much as earth, more than twice the size of earth. scientists didn't think it was
possible for it to exist. it's 560 light years away. let's talk about this via skype from australia with a physicist, lawrence. lawrence, thank you for being here. he's the executive producer and star of the most popular documentary on itunes, called "the believers." lawrence, when you made this discovery -- >> unbelievers. >> unbelievers, sorry about that. what did this discovery mean to you when you heard about it? >> it continues a long tradition of the fact there's imagination of nature is much greater than our own imagination. every time we look out and discover new planets, with this, we have 2,000 new planets. planets exist where they shouldn't. solar systems we didn't know were possible are there. anything we can imagine is out there.
that's very good news. first of all, if we are looking for life elsewhere, most solar systems are like ours, with the rocky planets inside, the big giant gas giants outside. that's not the rule. there are no rules, basically. almost anything is possible. for me, the fact this rocky planet is 11 billion years old is the most exciting. we didn't think rocky planets could form that early. it take as long time for the elements to form you and i to build up. every atom was inside. we didn't think 3 billion years after the big bang or less than 3 billion years after the big bang you could do that. there could be planets. our earth and sun is only 4.5 billion years old. there are planet that is are 7 billion years old. think about that. >> let's talk about the
possibility of life in other places. kepler 10c, too close for humans to live there. could life exist on it or would temperature make it impossible? >> the temperature would make it impossible for life like we know it. we don't know what kind of life can exist. it's a famous thing in science where we are like drunks coming out of the bar. you lose your keys, where do you look? under the lamp post. why? not because that's where you lost them but it's where you are going to find them. water about the same distance from a star like our sun. we know life can form. we are an example. we have discovered on earth, life seems to be robust and able to live in a huge number of different environments. maybe there's exotic life on that planet, we don't know.
>> colorful view. it is beautiful. see if we can get it up here. this one picture contains -- what you are looking at there, this is amazing, 10,000 galaxi s galaxies. put that in perspective for us. >> if you held up a dime size hole and look at a dark spot in the sky, you can see 100,000 galaxies. each one contains 100 billion stars. that means somewhere around basically 10,000 billion solar systems. the gal laxies are 10 billion light years away. many stars in that image no longer exist. our sun is going to die out in 5
million years. many stars in that picture no longer exist. if there are individuals on those galaxies, we don't exist any longer either. >> a beautiful picture. it's an amazing picture. congratulations to your success on "unbelievers." >> it was fun. >> those of you waking up in the midwest, we feel for you. rain, hail, tornadoes. look at this picture that was snapped. we are tracking another round of destructive storms. stay with us. we have a live forecast next. (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go,
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all right. as you are sitting inside, you are probably wondering what does the weather have in store for me today. >> let's find out, especially in new york in belmont. >> it looks like it is going to be fairly warm for the mile and a half race. the temperature could be in the low 80s, partly sunny to mostly sunny skies. big storms erupting across the central plains. we just saw an 87-mile-an-hour wind gust reported in oklahoma city. thunderstorms now moving across kansas city. heavy downpours, the big problem. we could see a couple more inches as we go through the afternoon, but already, this area has been saturated. already, as much as two inches of rainfall in some areas in oklahoma. the ground is saturated.
flash flood warnings out. be careful, if you don't know the depth of the water, don't go driving through it. we have seen that kind of activity with the heavy downpours. about 21 million people in the slight risk for thunderstorms throughout the day from amarillo over to memphis, tennessee. so, watch out for those afternoon and evening thunderstorms. some of them could be strong to severe. now, let's show you this picture of a tornado. this, out of colorado. spectacular view of a tornado. we don't have reports of damage or any injuries from this, but spectacular, nonetheless as we are in tornado season. >> thank you. ♪ it's time for the good stuff. this is the part of the show where we share good news. we all need it. we need it. >> yes, we all need it.
this is texas middle school students that turned programming into an app to help a visually impaired classmate. >> it's called hello avi. it's not only won the app challenge, but the all girl group, yes, all girl group, won a trip to the white house science fair. >> it satisfies me that, you know, i'm not just doing stuff for myself, but i can do stuff for other people. >> what you can do with regular kids, you give them time, you make them believe they can and they can. if they can do this, if they can problem solve in this manner for this school project, they have the road ahead of them paved in gold. >> the app is going to be available this month in google play at no charge. congratulations to them. >> all girl team. >> and middle schoolers. impressive. they are so far ahead of me.
>> i have trouble using the app sometimes, instead of creating them. >> thank you for spending part of your morning with us. >> the next our of "new day" starts right now. saturday morning, 7:00 a.m., we are glad to have your company. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. we are following breaking news out of new jersey this morning where "30 rock" actor and "snl" alum, tracy morgan was involved in a major accident there, auto accident. >> he was struck in a six-car pile up along the new jersey turnpike. nick valencia is working the latest developments. we heard there is one fatality. does that still hold? >> this is all preliminary. the story is still unfolding. we got a lot of detail last hour from local police.
actor tracy morgan from "snl" was involved in a six-car accident on the new jersey turnpike at 1:00 a.m. it happened, you know, it involved two tractor trailers and an suv. one person confirmed killed, four others in critical condition. morgan was performing at the dover downs casino in delaware. we are scouring social media, so many people tweeting their prayers hoping this materializes into him being releaseed from the hospital. we know tracy morgan is in critical condition after being involved in a six car accident. guys? >> we have one of the officials, is that from -- let's listen to one of the officials who can give us more about the crash. >> six vehicle accident, two tractor trailers involved. comedian/actor tracy morgan was
involved. he is in intensive care at robert woods johnson hospital in new brunswick. looks like two tractor trailers, a limo bus, suv. a limo bus overturned. tracy morgan was in the limo bus, he is alive in intensive care in new brunswick. preliminary right now, possibly one fatality. >> if you look at video and pictures from the scene, a local reporter is there. it looks ominous. an overturned limo bus. several passengers in the car. look at the video. upsetting video for the fans of tracy morgan. he was on "saturday night live," a funny man there, also on "30 rock." he made a lot of people laugh. he's a famous comedian. >> he has an inspiring story. we'll continue to follow the
story. nick, i know you are on top of this. we'll bring you more as we get it. we are learning new details, startling about sergeant bergdahl's captivity. they tell cnn he was kept in a cage after he tried to escape the taliban. president obama is firmly defending his release of five taliban detainees for bergdahl in exchange for him. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want more answers. >> we are the latest on president obama's defense of this controversial prisoner swan. >> reporter: president obama returns to washington from a whirlwind european tour facing a growing storm over the release of sergeant bergdahl. a key question in this nbc news interview, why didn't he tell congress beforehand? >> we saw an opportunity and we took it. i make no apologies for it.
the main concern is we had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no publicity. >> reporter: sources say they didn't threaten to kill bergdahl. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are skeptical, including democrat, dianne feinstein who chairs the intelligence committee. she told bloomberg news -- >> i don't think there was a credible threat, but i don't know. i have no information that there was. >> reporter: what's more, lawmakers from both parties don't buy the administrations explanation that bergdahl's health was urgently deteriorating. defense secretary, chuck hagel is under pressure to release the proof of life video from last december that the white house showed senators to make the case. despite the shifting stories and growinging political backlash, hillary clinton defended the president telling abc news --
>> if you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values. one of our values is, we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. it doesn't matter how they ended up in a prison of war situation. >> reporter: even general jim jones, one of president obama's former security advisers questioned the deal, telling cnn -- >> i come down on the side you don't negotiate with terrorists. i think it's a rock solid principle. i think once you show that there's weakness there, you open the door for possibly other bad things to happen. >> ann is joining us live from washington. good morning to you. we know president obama says he would do this swap over again for bergdahl despite the fire storm it's causing. what are you hearing?
what are the rumblings there. >> reporter: that's right. the white house was expecting a controversy over the decision to make this exchange. what they didn't expect were attacks on bergdahl. now, they have to fight back harder than they expected to. >> senators got a classified briefing last week on the bergdahl case. many of them are not satisfied with the answers coming out of the white house. what can they expect as we go into next week? >> victor, this is going to move to the house. five administration officials will be briefing house members on monday afternoon and on wednesday, the house armed committee is going to hold a hering and chuck hagel will testify there. >> thank you so much. ahead, some fellow soldiers say bergdahl is a desserter, his comrades died looking for him. others say it's a rush to
judgment. we are going to look at whether he could face charges and that conversation. it's ahead here on cnn "new day." stay close. republicans are lashing out at the obama administration for exchanging five gitmo detainees. some were not so angry when he was released last weekends. >> on sunday, susan rice prased bergdahl in the hours after he was released. >> he's going to be safely reewe nated with his family. he served the united states with honor and distinction. >> yesterday, you heard a different stance from her. she twisted it when she spoke to jim acosta. here is this. >> reporter: let me ask you about comments you made last sunday on a sunday talk show. you said that bergdahl served with honor and distinction. it's come out since then that fellow soldiers say he was a desserter, he may have wondered
off post there in afghanistan. did you misspeak? did you get that wrong? >> i realize there's been a lot of discussion and controversy around this. i was referring to this is a young man who volunteered to serve his country in uniform at a time of war. >> reporter: but honor and distinction? >> really, this is a young man whose circumstances we are still going to learn about. he is, as all americans innocent until proven guilty. >> a political analyst says this is all, in his opinion, he's seeing a lot of hypocrisy. >> especially with the tweet that is were deleted. several members were praising the work done to bring him home, then a day or three later, they erased them. >> we'll have that conversation. tweet us.
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>> he loves cookies and media attention. competitors will try to spoil the party. >> trying to spoil it the last two races. >> reporter: california chrome will earn more than the $600,000 share of the belmont if he finishes first. a jackpot of future breeding rights for his offspring, which will make the small business owners, california blue bloods. they have seen crowds disappear over the decades. supporters hope a triple crown will provide a badly needed shot in the arm. victor? >> all right, thank you so much. >> we also continue to keep an eye on the breaking news, the condition of actor and comedian tracy morgan. he's in critical condition at robert wood johnson hospital in new brunswick hospital. he was involved in a deadly six-vehicle crash involving two
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course there are competing interests and values. one of our values is, we bring everybody home, off the battlefield the best we can. it doesn't matter how they ended up in a prison of war situation. >> it doesn't matter? >> it does not matter. >> that was hillary clinton, former secretary of state defending the president's decision to bring home bergdahl in exchange for five taliban members who were in prison in guantanamo bay. >> she's got a new book, "hard choices." it comes out tuesday. she supports the president's decision, she distanced herself in others. that's a sign that could signal a run for the oval office in 2016. we are more now. good morning. >> for hillary clinton, this is about driving the sale of books and keeping herself well
positioned should she decide to run for president. if she throws her hat in the ring, she needs to distance herself from some of his decisio decisions. in her much anticipated memoir obtained by cbs news, hillary clinton details her role in negotiations for bergdahl from taliban forces in afghanistan. >> it's not how war works. >> reporter: the controversy surrounding his release in exchange for five top taliban leaders does not surprise her. she writes, i acknowledged as i have many times opening the door to negotiations with the taliban would be hard to swallow for many americans after so many years of war. her difference of opinion in president obama is on civil war. she pushed him to arm moderate rebels, but he disagreed. no one likes to lose a debate, including me, she says. this was the president's call and i respected his
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bay. he broke the law by not talking to members of the congress. l michael, i want to start with you. did the president break the law? >> i think it's rather clear he did. the national defense authorization act passed last december specifically required that congress be notified 30 days in advance by the secretary of defense so that congress could be assured that adequate provisions were made that the baddest of the bad would not go out and engage in terrorism or other acts of violence against united states personnel and citizens worldwide. so, i think there's no debate on that, the law was violated. whether or not actions and circumstances, as the president said, justify a devuation, i would equate it to the iran affair where president reagan
violated law and he was criticized for that, but he said, and it was said by his supporters that the ends justified the means. >> so, what do you think, bob, does this meet the level of iran contra? >> i think it's similar. i was part of iran contra and i was in cia at the time. a colleague of mine had been kidnapped in beirut and being tortured and would eventually die of pneumonia. that's who drove the reagan administration to trade arms for hos tontages hostages. >> let me stay with you, bob, about the detainees at gitmo. the president said, essentially, day two of his administration in 2009 his goal was to close guantanamo bay. the war in afghanistan is
winding down. would these men have been released anyway? is there a way to keep them beyond that or is this a way to, if you have to release them at the end of the conflict, get something in return? >> that's a good question, you know, the idea of trading hostages for a prisoner of war is one thing. these five were senior political leaders. they probably would have been released at the end of the war. there's no evidence, that i have seen, that they committed crimes against americans, namely 9/11. certainly, they were in afghanistan at the time, but there's no evidence they participated in that attack. so, it could be hard to take them to trial unless there's a secret intelligence file that hasn't been made public. i don't know. >> they were prisoners of war. really doesn't apply in this
case. as bob so correctly pointed out, we don't know what the evidence is against these detainees. we know, however, that they were not charged and they were certainly not in the course of a trial as some of them are at this time. there are no charges brought against them. i think it's beyond conjecture that these were top level detainees, the chief of staff of the taliban. the chief of intelligence of the taliban. they have vowed, they have made public statements already, that they intend to get back into it. they intend to get back into the fight. whether or not the friendly government and i mean friendly to them, not necessarily to us, whether or not their promises they can keep tabs on these gentlemen is going to be achieved is yet to be seen.
>> all righty. bob, i want to ask you one more quick question. we only have a minute but you mentioned earlier this week you think it's hypocrisy of politicians deleting the tweets about bergdahl being released. now they are lashing out at the white house. is it the evolution of this knowledge that is now out there much more than it was before about whether or not and we do not know whether or not he was a desserter? >> exactly. this is politicized way too fast and the elections are coming up. we are looking at 2016. why did he leave his post? did he leave it a lot? was he mentally unstable? i have no idea. looking at him and listening to the stories, he was suffering problems. he's not strictly a desserter if he was mentally disturbed at the
time. we need to get those facts out first, before we judge him. >> very important point about deserting. it requires the intent to remain away permanently. if he made two escape attempts, his council is going to make a hay day out of that, whether or not he had the intent to remain away permanently. >> thank you both. we'll continue to have this conversation throughout the morning and throughout the week as sergeant bergdahl continues to recover at a military facility. in internet character called slender man is the inspiration behind a brutal stabbing attack on a 12-year-old by her two friends. we'll talk about the legal and psychological ramifications of this disturbing incident. so imagine -- what if there was a new class of medicine that works differently to lower blood sugar? imagine...loving your numbers.
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girl who was stabbed 19 times is out of the hospital this morning. the family released a statement calling her a strong, brave girl. they expressed gratitude for the support their daughter received at home and around the world. >> here is the thing, two other 12-year-old girls are accused of attacking her. it was all to impress a fictitious boogie man, slender man. they are charged as adults with first degree intentional homicide. thank you for being with us. paul, i have to ask you, charged as adults, what are the two girls facing, if they are convicted? >> good morning, christi. believe it or not, 28 american states let children as young as age 10 to be charged as adults,
particularly when there's a brutal act like this one. it's 10 in wisconsin. >> do you think there is a possibility of an insanity defense here considering this is a fictional character? >> it is interesting you ask that question. wisconsin, as harsh as they are in terms of criminal responsibility age of age 10, they have sort of an easy insanity law called the model penal code law and it says if you have a mental disease and that affects and creates inability really to tell the difference between right and wrong you could be found insane. i think that's an uphill battle in this case for a couple reasons. first, you got two kids. can they both be insane at the same time? secondly, there is a lot of planning involved in this slabbing and a lot of focus on this slender man.
i kind of think they'll have a problem with the insanity defense. i'm sure you'll have a more solid grip on that than me. i can only tell you the legal standard. >> let's get to that. a lot of us are sitting here thinking from the medical perspective, could 12-year-olds have a problem making that distinction between what's real and what's not? >> it's possible not just because they're 12 but because basically they're -- well, let's put it this way -- their ability to really use judgment, good judgment, is not the same as an adult, certainly. because the internet has really changed things so much i think in some ways the law has not caught up with the possibility that, yes, a 12-year-old could believe something they're reading and watching over and over again and that's displayed in a pictorial way could be real.
and actually to the point that two people, two children could plot such a thing, in my field there's a term fully abdu. it means basically a delusion of two. it's possible for two people to actually join in something that's not real, that's not a real thought. but that they believe basically the same delusional idea and that they feed off of each other. that is actually something that can occur. but i don't know obviously whether it's occurred with these two girls. >> gail, i don't want to break any hearts or give anything away, but every year there are lots of people who try to convince children of fictional characters being real. is there any way that you can see the signs in your child that maybe they are seeing things in a way that probably they shouldn't? >> you know, we're never going to catch everything, but this is what i would say.
if you're going to take a, sadly, a learning point away from this horrible, horrible story, it's that parents are not aware enough of what their children -- and 12 is young -- are looking at and the contents they're pursuing. you know, kids have computers in their room, etcetera. you need to know what your kid is involved with on the computer when they are this kind of age, and you need to talk with your child about the fact that many of the things that they see are not going to be real and that we under estimate the impact of violent content on children, so i will say this. for a 12-year-old, seeing a lot of and reading a lot and watching a lot of violent content, we know that for boys and girls it influences the number of aggressive thoughts they have and the number of aggressive behaviors they have. and i think, you know, there are many, let's say, money making companies involved in producing
this stuff that really want to suppress this information. but the information is out there. it's a reality. kids who play recurrent violent video games and watch recurrent violent material, it changes their thinking about this, and they think it more and they are desensitized to it, and they are more likely to act in an aggressive way. >> okay. definitely food for thought today. thank you both so much. i want to let you know that later in our 10:00 hour we'll have more on exactly who slender man is. we'll talk to a.j. meadows the director of the movie "x" which is all about suspicious bogey men. tell the truth. what would you do if you found $125,000 cash, but it wasn't yours? >> that's the kicker. it wasn't yours. wait till you see what one man did. we'll make you feel good this morning. ♪
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> ♪ time for good stuff. the part of the show where we tell you about good news happening out there. this hour, joe cornell. you see, joe's been down on his luck, a recovering addict trying to get clean at the salvation army rehab center in fresno, california. >> you would think things would start looking up when a brinks truck goes by and a bag of $125,000 falls out. that happened. nobody saw it. so joe could have kept it free and clear. but you know he returned it. >> i just did it because it was the right thing to do. i wasn't sure anything was going to come from it. that's not what i was thinking.
>> something did come of it. brinks was so impressed they gave joe and his wife a debit card, $5,000. >> i'm proud of him and we're going to start all over. this is like a new start for us. >> the story isn't over for joe. he is set to come out of the rehab program in a few weeks clean, ready to go, and then he'll need a job. >> please, anybody that needs an honest man to hire, we know he's an honest man. he just gave back $125,000. >> good luck. best of luck to them. hopefully we'll hear how things work out for him. best of luck to you as well. just kind of opening your eyes and thinking oh, is it morning already? >> it is. the next hour of "your new day" starts right now. all right. just edging toward the 8:00 hour officially. >> this is "new day saturday."
>> breaking news we've been following this morning just within the last couple hours, comedian and former "30 rock" star tracy morgan we know is in intensive care in a unit there at a new jersey hospital right now. >> state police tell us the limo bus that he was on collided with the tractor-trailer along the new jersey turnpike about 1:00 a.m. there is at least one fatality. cnn national reporter is tracking the latest on this story from many different angles. nick, i wonder, i asked the officer if alcohol was a factor. he said no. but is there any cause yet? >> no. we're still trying to determine that cause, very preliminary information coming out. we're still beginning to piece together all the details. six-car accident on the new jersey turnpike about 1:00 a.m. tracy morgan was traveling with several others in that limo bus. you're looking at it right now. according to sergeant gregg williams with the new jersey state police that limo bus
overturned after it was involved in a wreck with two tractor-trailers and an suv. again, to reiterate, one person confirmed killed. seven other hospitalized. tracy morgan in critical condition. let's have you listen to what sergeant williams of the new jersey state police department said about the incident. >> six-vehicle accident. two tractor-trailers involved. comedian/actor tracy morgan was involved. he is in intensive care at robert wood johnson hospital in new brunswick. looks like two tractor-trailers, limo bus, suv, limo bus overturned. tracy morgan was in the limo bus, but he is alive. he's in intensive care at robert wood johnson hospital in new brunswick. preliminary right now that possibly one fatality. >> here is what we do know about
where tracy morgan was last night. he was scheduled to perform at a casino in delaware and earlier we saw a comedian alongside tracy morgan who actually opened for morgan last night, they performed in front of a crowd of about 1500 people and it went well, posting on his facebook page they had a great night and went off in a luxury car. we don't know if he was in the vehicle but tried to make contact with him to see sort of how morgan was last night, glean any more information from that. >> to reiterate, these are some of the first pictures from the scene this morning. let's bring in our guest joining us by phone. good morning you to. morgan is so well known in hollywood circles. i looked at his twitter page today. he's got almost 3 million followers. tell us more about him. >> yeah. good morning to you, christi and victor. not a great way to start our saturday morning. you're right. tracy morgan one of the funniest
guys in hollywood. in fact, he is on tour right now as part of the standup comedy tour. he was performing last night in delaware as part of this tour. he is scheduled to perform tonight in charlotte, north carolina, as part of this tour but, of course, we expect that not to happen. you know, tracy is an emmy nominated actor for his work in "30 rock" and also for naacp image awards. he spent a lot of years with the cast of "30 rock" because he first started with" saturday night live" kind of where he met and got a really great relationship with tina fey going so when she developed "30 rock" she wanted to bring him on. of course, he was so funny on that show. he's also apparently in the process of creating a new show, working on a new show right now, the title hasn't been announced but it is apparently with the crew from "it's always sunny in philadelphia."
so he is doing work. he always said standup is his first love like we see with so many comedians. that's why after "40 rock" wrapped he decided to go back on the standup comedy tour. by all accounts, the tour is going very well as his standup has evolved. tracy has had a bit of a tough road in hollywood, too. he had a drinking problem a while ago. he did stop drinking after getting a dui a few years ago. he talked a lot about the fact that he was proud that he was very sober and that he was living this entirely different life and lifestyle now. i remember a few years back at the sun dance film festival in park city he passed out and people didn't know why. it was because he is diabetic. and the altitude got to him. he got very sick there. so he definitely has had a hard road going. and now, you know, there's a lot of prayers and good thoughts going out to him for being critically hurt in this car crash. >> his health has been a concern for some years.
now we know he is in intensive care again at robert wood johnson hospital in new brunswick. thank you both. we'll continue to follow this and bring the viewers the late aets soon as we get it. now to the political firestorm over the release of sergeant bowe bergdahl in exchange for five top level taliban detainees. it will no doubt heat up on capitol hill again this week as last week. >> right. president obama insists this prisoner swap was the right thing to do. he is defending his decision not to tell congress about it before hand, defended it actually in an interview with nbc news. listen to this. >> the main concern was that we had to act fast in a delicate situation that required no publicity. by definition you don't do prisoner exchanges with your friends. you do them with your enemies. >> the former secretary of state hillary clinton is also coming to the support of her former boss on the bergdahl prisoner
swap. listen. >> i think this was a very hard choice, which is why i think my book is so aptly named. if you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values. i mean, one of our values is we bring everybody home off the battle field the best we can. it doesn't matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation. >> it doesn't matter? >> it does not matter. >> bergdahl was in the hospital in landstuhl, germany. we're learning alarming details, though, about what he went through from those five years. a u.s. official tells cnn that the sergeant was physically abused. he's suffering psychological trauma, and was locked in a cage after he tried to escape his captors. >> covering this story from every possible angle, cnn's erin mcpike is with us from washington right now. >> and martin savidge joins us
from san antonio, texas. sergeant bergdahl will be flown to the military complex there in texas. any indications of what will happen once he arrives? >> reporter: good morning, victor. a lot of people wonder why san antonio. san antonio and the u.s. army south is tasked with the job of bringing back all soldiers that have been held in captivity. fortunately in recent conflicts there haven't been that many but bowe bergdahl fits into that category. right now he is in landstuhl, germany. they are working to medically and mentally stabilize him. you go through three phases. one, get him into friendly hands. that happened last weekend. two, get him to a regional medical center to be checked out. that's going on right now. three, bring him here, because here they specialize in everything it takes in every way to bring you home both mentally and physically. your question, victor, no timetable has been set. no word on when he will come here. we know his personal recovery team as they're referred to is in germany ready to receive him
and bring him here but they haven't got the green light martin, quickly, a lot of people are wondering why he hasn't been reunited with his parents yet. have you gotten word as to why that is being delayed and when it might happen? >> well, we don't necessarily know if it's being delayed. he does have access to a telephone and access to speak to his parents. we're told if his parents wanted to go there they could indeed do that. let me just point out. after decades of experience the military has had all the way back to world war ii with returnees it is the reunion with family that turns out to be the most emotionally overwhelming, which is why it is so carefully handled. it's been studied for decades. so, it'll happen not plane side rushing into the arms of family. it'll happen probably inside of a hospital room here and the first meeting is only going to be for a few minutes because the returnees have said, it is so intense, so emotionally powerful, they can only take it for that time. they step out for a couple hours and then they come back.
it's a very slow process to come home. >> let's go to erin at the white house now. we know senators have had a classified briefing about sergeant bergdahl's time and the swap this week. we'll see hearings on capitol hill this week. who should we expect to see? >> victor, it is first going to start on monday afternoon with another briefing but for house members. and that briefing will be led by deputy national security adviser to the president, tony blinken. he's been on our air in the past week and he'll be joined by two, high ranking defense department officials, as well as a state department official, and an intelligence official. then on wednesday what we'll see is a hearing in front of the house armed services committee led by buck mckeon who has also been on our air in the past week and has been critical of this deal. the person they're calling to testify is defense secretary chuck hagel who is going to have to defend them. we're going to be seeing a lot of this activity on the house side this week, victor. >> all righty, erin mcpike and
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i know it's not supposed to be a funny subject, but that's funny. >> comedy is often rooted in truth. that was "the daily show" this week. a humorous spin on a story that a lot of people just don't find funny at all. >> you may have heard by now about the group called open carry texas. they're these young men armed with rifles and they walk into restaurants like chile's flaunting their firearms to advocate what is already legal in texas, openly carrying long guns. >> now they're moving from restaurant chains to retail chains, and target is their newest, well, target. >> yes, exactly. understandably a lot of patrons and parents say, look. i'm scared straight about this. the gun control group, moms demand action, successfully lobbied chipotle and starbucks to issue statements they no longer welcome guns in their establishments and now are urging target to do the same thing. >> joining us to talk about this now is a member of open carry
texas. it's good to have you this morning. you know, i'm not in for the shouting back and forth. i'm really trying to understand here. the point here and how you get to that end by walking into a target, chipotle, chick-fil-a, with this semiautomatic rifle strapped to your back. >> well, i see this entire situation as very, very simple. i continue to hear about the feelings of people who see firearms. i want to talk about the feelings of moms who want to be armed so they can protect their children. i want to talk about my wife who needs to be armed so she can protect my children from being in a situation where she cannot protect them because we all know good and well that gun control when it comes to signs, criminals don't read signs. they don't care if the sign says you may not carry in this establishment. we've seen that time and time again that whenever law-abiding citizens are not armed and not able to protect themselves they become victims and quite often they die. so this situation really is not
just about people's feelings at seeing a gun or knowing people are armed. let's talk about the ones they don't know are armed, the criminals. no one talks about the criminals who you can't see are armed. i want my wife to be armed. i want her to be able to protect my children. i want to be armed so i can protect my family. it is a simple concept and millions of moms and dads across america feel the same as me. we want to be empowered to not be victims you're right. i am a parent. i get that on a very real level. we will do whatever we can to protect our kids. but this is something that's already legal in texas. so a lot of people are looking at this and saying, what is the point? i wanted to ask you from a parent's perspective because you said you're a parent, if there is a parent who has a small child in one of these establishments and comes up and says, you know what? i know you got your rifle here but that's really scaring my child, making me feel threatened. what do you do in that instance? do you leave? do you take the gun away? >> we have not been in that
instance. that's the whole thing. every time we've gone to a restaurant we have been invited in. we respect private property rights every bit as much as we respect our rights. >> what would you do if a parent came up and said, this really makes me uncomfortable and is scaring my child? >> i would explain to them the same thing i'm explaining to you right now. i would explain, look, there are people armed around us all the time, concealed carrying. some legally, some illegally. and the fact of the matter is we don't know where those people are. we can't see them. it doesn't change the fact they're armed. we continue to run into the same situation over and over where armed assailants walk into gun free zones and they gun down victims and there is no one there who is able to stop the attacker. all that we see is a situation where they become victims and they die. no one wants to talk about those people. no one wants -- everyone wants to talk about the feelings of these people who see guns but no one wants to talk about the victims who were not given the opportunity to take down the attacker. that's why we continue to see mass killings happen in gun free zones like fort hood, like the
massacre october 16th, 1991 in texas. that's why we continue to see newtowns, columbines, we continue to see these things happen because there are not legally armed, law-abiding citizens able to take down these evil people. we continue to do the same thing over and over. it's insanity. >> let me get in here about this nra statement. i gaes reveruess a reversal is way to say it. on the 30th of may they condemned what you were doing calling it, quote, dubious, weird, downright scary. this week after threats from your group and i'm sure a lot of your supporters to withdraw your and their support the nra has retracted the statement saying they now support you. do you buy the explanation that their rebuke was a mistake and came only from one staffer's opinion, or do you think they felt some pressure? >> i can't get into the mind of the national rifle association but i can say groups like the national rifle association and
gun owners of america and other gun organizations have stood behind us in trying to get open carry legislation passed in the state of texas and, yes. whoever wrote that did make a mistake. look, this is what i keep telling people. you can't control everyone inside your organization. we've made plenty of mistakes. the national rifle association has made plenty of mistakes. what we all learn is it's not about the mistakes you make but about how you react to them. i'm sure you guys as reporters, as correspondents, you make mistakes and sometimes you have to go back and correct those because no one is perfect. as an organization, we're learning just like the national rifle association is, but i do have confidence they're going to stand behind us all the way to the finish line when we get open carry legislation passed in the state of texas. >> okay. well, tov, we are so grateful that you talked with us this morning. thank you. again, he is with the open carry texas. we want to bring in now, and, tov, glad to have you with us, shannon watts is with us now, the founder of the group moms demand action, so first of all, i want to get your reaction to what tov said.
>> well, what you just heard was a creation by the nra leadership. all that paranoia, all that fear, all those inaccurate statistics, none of that is true or happening. you know, i have a right as a mother in this country to take my children to target and know they'll be protected from people who think that they are somehow vigilantes. these guys may not have had a background check. there is a 40% chance they haven't. they don't have to have a license. they don't have to have any training. is that the person you want standing next to you and your child at the checkout line at target? i don't. >> i think it is often easy especially for people in this seat and in media to easily kind of dismiss what tov just said but i want to challenge you on something, shannon. wayne laperriere, executive director of the nra, after sandy hook, said the only thing that stopped a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun and i
think essentially he says he wants his wife to be able to carry, he wants her to be the good person with the gun. is there an example in which maybe school shootings or mall shootings or these public facilities where that has been wrong, where this bad guy with a gun has been stopped in any other way by something other than or a person other than a law enforcement officer with a gun or him killing himself? >> it's never happened. data shows it doesn't happen. data shows that actually a gun in the hands of a woman is more likely to be used against her or by one of her family members to commit suicide. we had an example just the other day in seattle of a mass shooter who was taken down. he intended to be a mass shooter. he was taken down by a student with pepper spray. you know, congress and the leadership of the nra believes that we should put students and teachers on the front lines and yet they don't allow guns in the halls of congress or even in the headquarters of the nra. it's time for women and moms to stand up in this country and say
even though we're the majority of the electorate but a minority in congress and in our state legislatures, we are going to have a role in shaping these policies. this madness will stop and it will stop when women and mothers say, enough. we will not sacrifice our children for the profit of the gun lobby. >> so, shannon, we know that your group started this twitter campaign called off target. have you realized that had any real impact thus far? >> absolutely. you know, we believe that very shortly we'll see target make some kind of announcement based on the pressure we're applying online and off line, because our moms are, so to speak, up in arms. we are not going to allow companies where women are 80% to 90% of their customers have policies in place that actually endanger our children. if you see these pictures, it's very alarming that they're allowing people with assault rifles inside their store. this is clearly not meant to defend themselves. you know, they're not going to
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it appears the white house is paying a heavy price for bowe bergdahl's freedom. the p.o.w.'s rescue has morphed from this crafted, feel good moment in the rose garden at the white house when his release was announced to, now, something the president has to talk about every time he is in front of the microphone. >> administration officials say they anticipated some criticism over the terms of the trade, but they've been pretty taken aback by the personal attacks on bergdahl, himself. the full incident has left the president in a pretty uncomfortable position. let's talk to cnn political commentator ryan lizo about this, also washington correspondent for the new yorker. >> good morning. thanks for having me. >> thank you. these men we know were top ranking taliban leaders. >> yes. >> a lot of people are looking and thinking, how can you, president obama, guarantee that they're not going to plan attacks on the u.s. again? >> i think the truth of the
matter is he can't. right? a prisoner exchange is a prisoner exchange. we don't get to control these guys anymore. we don't get to keep them locked up. we have a one-year deal it looks like. we don't know all of the details of the deal but from what has been revealed, for one year, the qatari government will make sure they don't travel outside of the country and there are a few other restrictions on them, but after that, as far as we've learned so far, they can do what they want. that is the nature of a prisoner swap, right? you don't get to control these guys anymore. the president the other day was relatively honest. he said, look. yes, there is some danger they could threaten the united states down the road. so, you know, he believed it was worth it to get bergdahl back and, yeah. i think this is probably one of the most controversial and difficult decisions he's had to make as president. >> you know, there are people who say, yes, absolutely the
president broke the law here by not notifying congress 30 days in advance. some people in the gray area there. >> yeah. >> do you believe there will be some formal consequence on capitol hill for the president? >> i don't know. look, there is no doubt the law says you have to tell congress 30 days before you remove someone from guantanamo. it's very hard for me to look at that law and i think a lot of legal commentators have made the same case and say he did not break that law. he did not follow the letter of that law. they have a very artful, sort of legalistic explanation for why they were allowed to do this but the letter of the law says 30 days and they didn't follow it, no doubt. the only thing congress can do frankly is impeach him, right, if the president breaks the law. the only thing, only recourse congress has is impeachment. i don't think that's going to happen. certainly not with the senate in democratic hands. but it makes it very, very difficult for the president moving forward to do this again. if he wants to get guantanamo prisoners out of there, he's
going to have to work a lot more closely with congress. i think politically it's going to be more difficult because there's so much outrage among republicans but more quietly among some democrats over this deal. >> that's the part of what i wanted to ask you about, too. do you think or is there talk that perhaps there was an ulterior motive of some sort for president obama to release these men? because from day one he's wanted to close gitmo anyway. >> absolutely. there's been pressure on the president to find a way to get these prisoners. i think there's about 160 left now. there's been pressure to find some avenues to get them out. now, these five prisoners under international law i think most people will agree were p.o.w.s. they have a very clear political authority to keep them locked up but in another year we'll be out of afghanistan and then the pressure would be to treat p.o.w.s under international law as no longer allowed to keep
them. so in other words these five prisoners were the ones most likely to have to be given back to their host country, their home country after the war is over. so i think some people in the administration said, you know what? we were going to have to get these guys out of there once the war is over in a year anyway. why not get something in return? i think that is one justification that they had. you know, if we have to get rid of these guys anyway let's get bergdahl back. that is not sitting well with congress because i think you have some folks in congress who didn't believe they were p.o.w.s and ever had to be given up. >> some just believe they're enemy combatants and what do you do with them? thank you so much for unpacking this for us. >> hey, thanks for having me, guys. the breaking news we're following this morning, actor tracy morgan involved in this terrible accident. >> rushed to a new jersey hospital. we know at this hour he is in critical condition after this six car crash. we'll let you know what we know that has happened so far this morning.
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35 minutes past the hour right now. so glad to have you with us. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. let's update you on the breaking news. actor tracy morgan is in intensive care at a new jersey hospital, rushed there after being involved in a six-vehicle crash. >> our reporter for our new york affiliate wabc is at the hospital. robert wood johnson university in new brunswick, where we know tracy morgan is as well. marcus? >> reporter: the comedian was on his way back from a standup comedy performance in delaware
when the limousine bus he was traveling in was involved in that multi car pileup in the new jersey turnpike. it happened after 1:00 this morning near cranberry township. straight away a particularly dangerous part of the new jersey turnpike where vehicles are known to speed. there were several vehicles involved, as many as six, including a walmart truck that may have rear ended morgan's limo. one person inside of the limo was killed. three others including tracy morgan brought here to robert wood johnson medical center in new brunswick. now, morgan is 45 years old. of course, best known for his many seasons as a regular on the sitcom "30 rock." he was in the midst of a comedy tour and it performed last night at the dover downs hotel and casino. he had a performance scheduled for tonight in charlotte, north carolina, which has been canceled. again, comedian tracy morgan in intensive care as a result of a multi car pileup on the new
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good morning. the night bowe bergdahl disappeared soldiers from his unit searched frantically for him. this morning you'll hear from one of the men who was there that night and what he has to say about bergdahl's disappearance. plus, the mother of one of the men who was killed shortly after bergdahl vanished with a very important message. also joining me retired four star general james mattis who ran the command during the majority of the time bergdahl was in captivity. we've got a great program planned for this morning. please join me at the top of the hour. victor, christi? >> you know we will. "smerconish" airs this morning at the top of the hour as he said 9:00 a.m. eastern. keep it right here. we want to talk about this new film opening this weekend about two teens who fall in love at the same time they're fighting to live. >> it's called "the fault in our stars" and here's a clip.
>> what's your full name? >> hazel grace lancaster. >> beautiful. >> i guess i'm a grenade and one day i'm going to blow up and obliterate everything in my way. >> you know, talks to me all the time. >> we're just friends. >> i'm in love with you, hazel grace. >> this is from the best selling book of the same name. hazel grace lancaster is a teen living with thyroid canser who falls in love with augustus wallace who is also battling cancer. hazel and gus meet at a support group hazel's character is inspired by the real life story of esther grace the massachusetts teen who lost her battle to cancer in 2010. she was just 16 years old. esther's parents join us now from boston for this exclusive interview. thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> thank you for having us. >> great to be here. >> first question.
what did you think of the movie? >> it was amazing. we got to see it at the new york premiere on june 3rd and being in that theater with all kinds of fans who laughed and cried together was pretty awesome. >> it was a great movie. >> go ahead. >> i was just going to say it was a great movie and made sure we had our bucket full of kleenex with us. we were fine. >> i think a lot of people are going to need the same thing. i know the author john green talks about your daughter on his youtube channel, how she was such an inspiring person. have you talked with him about the movie? i'm wondering what it means to you to have your daughter personified in it. >> we're having esther, you know, john's always said that she was really, the story is not about her. it's a novel about a teen named hazel, but that he was very much
inspired by esther and his friendship with her and, you know, her empathy as a teenager gave him the voice that he really was kind of looking for in his story. >> the story, lori -- go ahead. >> go ahead. i was just going to say, you know, this -- >> this happens because we have a delay. i'll let you go ahead. >> you take it. >> well, i was just going to say, we're taking our son to see it this weekend and, you know, a little concerned about them seeing it before hand but after seeing the movie ourselves, you know, our young son was 6 when esther passed away, and he is certainly going to conflate esther and hazel grace and that's a good thing. >> lori, part of the story explores the character hazel's relationship with her mother. how closely does this mirror your relationship with esther?
>> i think there's a lot of parallels. john not only gets the voice of esther, the teenager, gus the teenager, but he gets the voice of the parents. maybe he's a parent now himself and so he puts, maybe he gets, he's just more in tune with those kinds of emotions. yeah, i think that he, one of the scenes that really riveted me was where there's a time in the movie, no spoilers for those who haven't seen it yet, but there's a time when hazel is upset at her mom and she says, she's worried about what's going to happen if she dies. and her mom says, you know, hazel, you of anybody should know that it's possible to live with pain. and, you know, that's just what it's like to be a parent with a child that's sick, so, yeah. he gets that voice really well. >> we're so sorry that you lost
your daughter. as a parent -- >> thank you. >> -- i can't even fathom it. i'm wondering, how you feel seeing her on that screen, you know, and what you hope people will get from the story, itself. >> it was wonderful to see the film, to read the book. you know, we had esther for 16 years. an amazing life. and seeing the film especially when the father is carrying his daughter, those are real life experiences for me. we don't want to give away too much. it's in the book. but, you know, we had esther in the hospital here and there was a time we thought we were going to lose her and the nurses seemed to be unconcerned and nonchalant and i was with her alone for a few minutes thinking my daughter was leaving us and i stopped and, you know, i can't
tell you what we shared but i can tell you she was the one comforting me. she said, daddy, i don't want you to be sad. and i said, well, your example of bravery and strength will give me the strength to go on. i think hazel grace has that same spirit and that same powerful message. >> wow. >> wonderful to know that was included in this film. it is not just a big hollywood premiere but it really grabs the essence of esther. lori and wayne earl, thank you so much for spending some time with us this morning. >> thank you. >> thank you very much for having us. thank you so much. "new day" will be back in just a moment. on my count. the one where you step up and save the day? make it happen. (crowd) oh no... introducing verizon xlte. hey guys, i got it right here!
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headlines now. actor and comedian tracy morgan is in critical condition this morning after authorities say his limo bus overturned on the northbound side of the new jersey turnpike. >> investigators tell cnn it appears a tractor-trailer may have rear ended morgan's bus. it happened in mercer county about 1:00 a.m. this morning. it involved six different vehicles and state police say there is at least one person who has died now. chilling 911 audio just released from thursday's shooting at seattle pacific university really illustrates the panic and terror on campus moments after a man started shooting students, barricaded in classrooms and whispered pleas of help to dispatchers. listen. >> please hurry. in the lobby. he's in the lobby. >> there were two people standing there, and this guy walked up behind one of them, lifted his rifle, and shot directly into the back of the person's head. >> a police source tells our
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