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for sharing their story. that does it for me here at the cnn headquarters in atlanta. i'm brooke baldwin. in the meantime, let's take you to washington to my colleague, jake tapper. "the lead" starts right now. breaking news, the israeli government agreeing to another cease-fire, but this one has a definite built-in expiration date. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead, just a day at the beach, but the beach is in gaza. the lives of four palestinian children, little boys, wiped away as they played on the sand. wiped away by an israeli strike. a cease-fire now in the offing, but it's being described as a limited one. the politics lead. she's got a book out. she's on tour and she insists she's not running for president. no, no, i'm not talking about hillary clinton. senator elizabeth warren. she's just one of the names who could chip away at the hillary juggernaut. >> and the pop culture lead.
♪ ♪ ♪ >> wasn't that song great the first 5,000 times you heard it? help us, weird al! you're our only hope! ♪ ♪ >> the song spoofer extraordinaire joins us in a question to release eight new question to release eight new videos in eight days. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good afternoon, everyone. welcome to to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we'll begin with the politics lead you may have missed. democrats and republicans alike are already exploding out of the box. maybe not officially running, granted, but certainly undeclared jogging for the white house? whether it's democratic front-runner hillary kissing the ring of median jon stewart or trying to out-rayingian one another over the future of the republican party, vice president biden cozying up to liberals while senator elizabeth warren makes a play for the same piece
of the progressive pie or new jersey governor chris christie portraying himself as a big screen conservative hero red for the fight. no candidate is thinking past the 2014 midterms. that is gone. it is now game on for 2016, people, with everything on the line. we begin, of course, with democratic front-runner hillary clinton making a swing by "the daily show" last night and she's not the only democrat making the rounds. brianna keilar is here with the details. does anyone believe this is still about selling books and not hillary clinton selling herself to the younger generation? >> i think it's both and her publisher certainly wants her to sell book, right? has to make up that reported $14 million advance that she got, but hillary clinton is no doubt positioning herself in a run. someone in her own party, they're looking left of hillary clinton keeping elizabeth warren to get in the game. >> even hillary clinton doesn't
seem to believe hillary clinton isn't run for example president. >> i have a career aptitude test. >> with "the daily show's" jon stewart, she said she prefers a home office versus a commute. >> would you like it to have corners or not corners? >> you know, i think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners that you can have -- >> reporter: fun e i'll bet she knows just the base, but not all democrats are measuring the oval office drapes for clinton. some liberals want to draft massachusetts senator elizabeth warren who got quite a reception. >> you are people who can't wait for change. you are the ones who know, we have to jump in and jump in now and make our own change. that's why i'm here today. >> reporter: she's one of the most in-demand democratic surrogates taking her populist message to west virginia monday to campaign for senate hopeful natalie tenant. >> the way i see this, citibank,
goldman sachs and all those other guys on wall street, they've got plenty of folks in the united states senate who are willing to work on their side. we need some more people willing to work on the side of american families. >> reporter: clinton, by far is the democratic front-runner. she has two super pacs backing her up including red for hillary whose bus shadowed her on her book tour, but ready for warren just launched online by activists trying to convince her to enter the race. there's just one issue. >> i think hillary is terrific. >> reporter: warren, along with other senate women has signed a letter urging clinton to run. >> i'm not running for president. i am working rate now on the issues i talk about in this book. >> joe biden, not to be left out, also spoke at the certain for american progress' youth summit today and he and warren will be at net roots nation and
a big gathering of activists and bloggers on friday and he was making his case for liberal credentials. >> he suggested what everybody thought was a gaffe, him saying that he was in favor on of same-sex marriage before obama did wasn't a gaffe. >> certainly that doesn't play poorly for him when you're talking to liberals when he came out with that opinion. >> this was an interesting -- i just don't remember it that way. but brianna keilar, thank you so much. >> let's bring in cnn senior white house correspondent, jim acosta who just spoke with someone else in the potential running. maryland governor martin o'malley, another democrat with rumored oval office ambitions of his own. he's not exactly being shy about taking swings at the current administration especially over the humanitarian crisis at the border. >> reporter: that's right, jake. he's in a bit of a flare-up with the white house and that flare-up is a sign that the white house has had enough with democrats breaking ranks with president obama over the border crisis and maryland governor
martin o'malley knows that all too well, but as the contender told cnn, he is standing by his comments. appearing like a candidate running to the left of the white house for 2016, maryland governor martin o'malley slammed president obama's plans to return thousands of undocumented children to central america. >> we are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death. >> reporter: the president's top aides were furious. just hours after his remarks last week o'malley took a call from white house adviser cecilia munoz, a source familiar with the conversation said o'malley sounded like a hypocrite telling munoz please don't send these kids to western maryland, a place that was under consideration for housing for children. >> was it hip critical for you to say to cecilia munoz don't say. i said that that wouldn't be the most inviting state. >> reporter: in an interview with cnn, o'malley stressed he
was warning munoz of sending it to a conservative found of the state, the word illegals misspelled. o'malley said he's not backing down. >> do you feel they threw you under the bus? >> i really don't care. i'm far more concerned about children being penned up and cooped up in conditions that look more like kennels. the bigger point is that we are americans and we do not return refugee kids who find themselves on our doorstep back into war-torn or famine-racked places where they will face certain death. i think we have to act like americans. >> the white house says that's what's happening. >> it's the position of this administration, jim, that our treatment of these individualses who have been apprehended at the border should be in line with our values as a country. >> reporter: while the administration grapples with state officials worried about children in their communities
and democrats criticizing the president. >> with all due respect to the administration, they're one step behind. they should have seen this coming a long time ago. >> o'malley is apparently making his own migration beyond the white house and on to 2016. >> now it should also be noted that o'malley's take on this crisis also sets him apart from hillary clinton who said the young migrants should be sent back as soon as possible and as for the president he'll be meeting with congressional democrats this afternoon and many of them do not want the president to rush the children out of the country. they're falling in line with o'malley's take on this. >> thank you so much. let's bring in our panel, diana navarro and co-host of cnn's "crossfire" and democratic strategist van jones. van, let me start with you. obama beat clinton in 2008 by running to her left. there seems to be a lot of space there. you hear especially when it comes to this issue, this crisis at the border. take a listen to what clinton
had to say to cristiane amanpour. >> they should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who the responsible adults in their families are because there are concerns whether all of them can be sent back, but i think all of them who can be, should be reunited with their families. >> i mean, away from the policy of what's right and what's wrong here in terms of the humanitarian border crisis, there is definitely room on the president a's left and on hilla clinton's left on this issue and it sounds like o'malley is sensing an opening. >> i think that's true. i also think he may be speaking from his heart. i think a lot of democrats have been concerned that we are being looking at these kids as though they're some kind of infestation and the first thing is to get rid of these kids as opposed to making sure that they're safe here and if they do go back home that they're treated safely. i think this idea of o'malley is machiavellian guy. >> i'm not saying that. i'm not suggesting he doesn't believe that. you don't have to speak up about
every single thing you disagree with the administration on. >> here's what i think is going on. hillary clinton is a global superstar. elizabeth warren, her star is rising. it will be beatle mania for elizabeth warren at net roots nation this weekend. he's the guy nobody's ever heard of. for him to speak passionately on democratic party values is good and appropriate, but i don't think that will be a pathway for him by himself. he's got to come up with a much bigger way to identify himself to the party. right now he's a guy no one's heard of. >> and the latino vote here, it's not one uniform block, you would think a lot of the progressive latinos are happy to hear someone like o'malley say that and i just got word that pelosi said something about this will that would rescind the bill and the republican henry cuellar from texas had brought forward so it would be easier to send these kids back to central america and minority leader
pelosi just announced she'll oppose it. >> i'm sure president obama will hear the same thing from the members of the congressional hispanic caucus today. i think he's hearing the same thing from senator menendez. there is this feeling that there needs to be some compassion shown to the kids. i don't think it's progressive latinos. when hillary clinton said that to cristiane amanpour. she was probably the first democrat to say these kids need to be sent back and the reaction amongst my latino friends and some of whom are leaders of national organizations and are big depp democr democrats and a big cringe and eye roll wondering who in the roll is advising hillary clinton because what her answer lacked was empathy and compassion towards these kids showing some heart. you can wrestle with this decision of what to do with the kids and there's a lot of hispanics and non-hispanic-americans that are wrestling about what to do with these kids. we understand they're being
taken advantage of by criminal organizations in central america. >> right. >> misrepresenting u.s. policy, but at the same time, you are talking about 7, 8, 12, 13-year-olds who have gone through harrowing journeys to get here who are, you know, sheltered in places, conditions that are hard and whose parents have gathered together maybe all of the money that they could and who will will get sent immediately back. of course, it's a very difficult thing to reconcile your conscious with. >> absolutely. frankly, we have refugee populations here in new orleans. vietnamese population in miami. you have a huge cuban population and let's not forget and i'm glad o'malley is fighting back on this. we send back jews in the middle of world war ii who wound up in ovens because we did not take refugee crises seriously two generations ago. our grand parents learned that
lesson and for o'malley stood up for that principle. >> o maly is in a way stick up for his own constituents where there are a lot of central american people living in the tri-state area, washington, d.c., virginia and maryland and he represents a lot of the people who have a personal stake in this issue. >> i know you weren't comparing what's happening in central america to the holocaust. >> american values, this is the place where refugees can come. that is something that we learned the hard way in world war ii and we shouldn't throw those values away easily. our grandparents learned those lessons. >> very quickly, let's touch on joe biden trying the go left strategy bringing up the marriage equality act and the marriage equality movement at this gathers of generation progress. >> i'm proud to say that i think the country's moved further and faster toward full marriage equality than anyone ever thought it was possible, although i thought it was possible. i believe and spent my -- i
really did. i really did because you know what? i've been hanging around long enough to know the american people are usually way ahead of their leaders. >> are you suggesting, van, that his famous gaffe was not such a gaffe? >> he's trying to remind people that he was ahead of our leader, the president and that's a subtle thing that he's doing, you know what? >> suths? >> subtle for joe. subtle for joe biden, but listen, he was out front and the democratic party has been out front, and i'm glad to see the vice president is still out there, and i'll tell you beatle mania today at the center for american progress. not for joe biden and it was for elizabeth warren. >> i'll tell you what, joe biden has spent the last few months doing a lot of reminding. reminding people he has less money than hillary clinton, and reminding people he drives a car. not so subtle. >> there's a lot of room to the left of hillary. >> coming up next, four boys being boys, four boys playing
soccer on the beach, that is until the israeli military opened fire killing them all. how is israel explaining today's attack. plus republicans taking on the white house demanding to know if one of the president's cabinet secretaries broke the law. the white house response, take a hike, but will a newly leaked audiotape prove republicans right? ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪ ♪ hooking up the country helping business run ♪ ♪ trains! they haul everything, safely and on time. ♪ tracks! they connect the factories built along the lines. and that means jobs, lots of people, making lots and lots of things. let's get your business rolling now, everybody sing. ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪ ♪ helping this big country move ahead as one ♪ ♪ norfolk southern how's that function? ♪ of swedish experience in insidperfecting the rich,ars
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theirnames are israel, mohammed, 10 years old, 10 years old and one moment they were playing soccer on the beach and the next moment they were dead. forget for a moment what you think of hamas. forget what you think of the netanyahu government and forget about tactics or the peace long term, just think for one second if you would about four little boys going to the beach to play soccer and four little boys being killed. killed by the israeli military as part of its campaign which they say is targeting hamas, an organization that the united states considers a terrorist organization, one that continues to fire rockets into israel indiscriminately and while you're thinking of these four palestinian boy, these four innocent victims, maybe also take a moment to think about the israeli children killed by palestinian terrorists in this conflict, say for instance, the kidnapped three teenage boys, one of them with american citizenship.
is there room in your heart for all seven of these boys? jewish and palestinian? right now we're not talking about the history of the occupation or the history of terrorism. we're not discussing who is to blame for these conditions, we're not making moral equivalencies. we're just talking about seven dead kids and whether any of them, any of these deaths serve anyone's interest? joining me right now on the phone is nick casey, foreign correspondent for "the wall street journal" and witnessed what happened to the four little boys in gaza. nick, you were in your hotel and you were just feet from the beach when this happened. what did you hear? what did you see? >> reporter: yeah. i was on the phone with my translator when i heard a really big explosion that was bigger than anything i'd heard since i got here so i knew it was really close. i went downstairs to see some smoke rising up in the area and for a while i had to stay away from it because sometimes the israeli air strikes or artillery fire that comes in from the sea
because we're right on the sea takes a while and they'll do several. so we finally went ahead and saw them pulling out the bodies of several people, one of them was a boy who was probably 9 or 10. there was a 9 wroe-year-old and 10-year-old there and he looked like he was dead. his body was fairly mutilated and he was burned, his leg was twisted and the building that they pulled him out of was a small building, a small hut that was near the harbor that was also in flames and sort of in tatters and beside the hut was a larger building that was also looking like it got hit by the strike as well. >> nick, is there any legitimate target on that beach where these kids were killed? >> i don't know. i haven't seen anything there. i've been at this hotel for a while. there certainly haven't been any rockets that i've seen come out of here and in fact, people have said during the last wars that hamas has made sure that no one
launches any rockets because this is where the journalists are and they don't want the israelis attacking back with the rockets going the wrong way, and i have seen a couple of people ask me -- i've seen some people out on the beach and some kids play on the beach, you know, during these days even though most people are staying indoors. there's not really that much to do in gaza right now. it's ramadan. there's also a war on and most people are unemployed, so a lot of people are sort of milling about if they venture out at all. >> have you seen these kids before? nick, have you seen -- >> hello? >> nick, have you seen these kids before? >> no. i hadn't seen any of them before. they weren't people that were known to me, but i have seen other cases where it's very difficult to say why israel attacked where it did. i was looking a couple of days ago into the case of a pharmacist whose apartment was
hit by an apache helicopter, a hellfire missile according to people who saw it, according to his wife who was in the kitchen when this happened. she survived. the kids survived, but he was out close to the window because the first rocket had had hit below and he was trying to figure out what happened when the second one came and killed him. so it's very hard to say at this point who the people are exactly that are getting killed and they're investigating that right now, but as a reporter wandering around, trying to have a look at who some of the victims are of these aerial strikes from hamas, it's clear that not all of them are hamas. it's clear that some of them are civilians that are being hit here. >> nick casey, thank you so much for joining us and stay safe, my friend. >> thanks so much. i want to bring in wolf blitzer who joins us live from jerusalem.
these kids killed on a gaza beach by israeli shelling. what is the reaction from the israeli government to this? >> reporter: the israelis make it clear they think these four boys would have been alive if hamas would have accepted the cease-fire that the israelis accepted the egyptian-sponsored cease-fire yesterday. israel had stopped its air strikes for six hours. hamas continued launching rockets into israel. israel then resumed air descrst and we see what the results were today and tragedy in gaza and i did speak with one of the israeli cabinet members and naftali bennett. he spoke with me earlier and he's a lahard liner and voted against benjamin net net. li netanyahu. >> i think it's terrible that hamas is butchering their own children. i would never place my children and place them next to missile launchers. >> they were playing on the beach and the israeli military
was aiming for some sort of target, but in the process what they used to call at the pentagon, collateral damage. >> israel never targets civilians deliberately, period. >> reporter: so he's got strong views, obviously, and he disagreed with prime minister netanyahu. we will get the official reaction from prime minister netanyahu's spokesman mark regev. he will join us at the top of the hour. the israelis have accepted the u.n. temporary truce, as you point out. we will also get the first official reaction from hamas. the spokesman, osama hamdan. he'll join us as well, we'll speak to other palestinians and we'll get reaction from the israeli defense forces. so a lot coming up on "the situation room" at the top of the hour as we continue our special report. >> very quickly, how significant do you think this limited cease-fire is. i know it's just so humanitarian aid can get through. is it more than that, potentially? >> it potentially could be an opening and i think it gives
hamas an opportunity right now to accept it. if hamas accepts it and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. local time in israel and in gaza until 4:00 p.m. local time, if there was a humanitarian truce, if there is no shelling, no rockets and no israeli air strikes, if everything is quiet and supplies come in and palestinians in gaza can go back to their homes and deal with some of the issues they want to deal with free. if that happens it might be an opportunity for egypt and the palestinian authority and some of the others involved to prolong it and hopefully they can because as you correctly point out you've got to stop the fighting over here. it's brutal on both sides and people are traumatized and they want to see a cease-fire. >> wolf blitzer in jr. jer, we' jerusalem. >> he called himself a regular person who called hockey and fishing and he gave up his normal life to fight with jihadists in the middle east. how his story is inspiring others. plus deadly viruses sitting in random refrigerators.
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welcome back to "the lead." in the buried lead, his likes included fishing and hockey and eventually waging jihad. his real name is andre pullen and he traveled to syria in 2012 to fight on the side of isis terrorism. it's believed he was kill lasedt year, but a video just released lives on. >> i was like any other regular canadian. i watched hockey and went to the cottage in the summertime and liked to fish. i was a regular person and, you know, mujahadin are regular people, too. >> he puts his camouflage pants on one leg at a time, just like you. the point of releasing the tape is to serve as a recruiting tool. pullen uses it to call for others in the west to join the isis cause. when you fund raise for a candidate it's your right. when the secretary of labor does it it's quite possibly illegal.
republicans on the house oversight committee who are demanding to know whether the white house illegally used taxpayer money for political purposes released this audiotape today which they claim reveals hilda will solis asking a subordinate to contribute money and recruit others for a fund-raiser for a pro-obama group while she was still secretary of labor in 2012. >> hi. this is hilda solis calling. just calling you off-the-record here. i wanted to ask you if you could help us get folks organized to come to a fund-raiser that we're doing for organizing for america for obama campaign. i wanted to ask you if you might help contribute or get other folks to help out. just calling off the record. is what solis did actually illegal? well, that was never officially determined because the office of special counsel which was looking into her activities in that call, they effectively dropped the case when solis
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>> welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. the national lead. germs in zip lock bags, anthrax in unlocked refrigerators. now that some labs at the cdc are being accused as operating with the same rules as your employee break rooms, congress wants answers. they're calling the director of the cdc on the carpet today and our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is following all of this for us. sanjay, these are terrifying lapses at least to a layman like
myself. did he give any answers remotely satisfying? >> i don't think so, to be fair, i don't think anything that he said could be satisfying and this is pretty frightening stuff and the cdc is supposed to be the best in the world. he focused on this idea that there was a lax culture with regard to safety because the scientists have been around for so long and they're just more comfortable with the viruses and become more careless with it and i'll tell you, jake, that is not what the folks wanted to hear on the hill. take a listen to this. >> i have to think what in heaven's name would go through the minds of scientists thinking a zip lock bag is enough to protect someone from anthrax. >> once the laboratory has said he has killed anthrax it was handled by the staff in those lower containment laboratories as if it were not infectious. our subsequent studies suggest that it is leakly that it was not, but the core error there
was the failure to -- >> dr. friedman, this is like saying i didn't know the gun was loaded, but somebody got shot. but you should always assume it is. >> the cdc director was grilled by a congressional committee on the mishandling of the deadly pathogen as well as other recent safety lapses including the improper danger of the strain of bird flu as the smallpox vials on the nih campus. >> one of the more disturbing findings of the cdc's own report. >> reporter: question after question asking how could this happen at the cdc? the gold standard of biosafety. >> if you work with something even if it's a deadly microbe, day after day and year after year you get a level of phil familiarity that may lead to doing things that you shouldn't do. >> reporter: no one has been hurt by these lapses, but dr. friedman says that is no excuse. >> the fact that it appears no one was harmed and that there
were no releases does not excuse what happened. what happened was completely unacceptable. it should never have happened. >> it was a narrow miss, jake. there were some potentially problematic things that occurred, two labs have been shut down. they reassigned personnel and set up an external advisory committee and that will cause a huge culture change in the cdc, jake. >> it's terrifying. dr. sanjay gupta, thank you. >> you bet. he's not the sort of guy that takes no for an answer and that's what fox news owner rupert murdoch got when he offered to buy cnn's parent company, but will he give up that easily? plus, if you've had enough of this -- ♪ ♪ ♪ clap along if you know what happiness is for you ♪ >> i have the latest for you, the latest from weird al. it's called "tacky" and weird al is here to talk about it in the pop culture lead. ♪ because i'm tacky
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>> welcome back to "the lead." now it's time for the money lead. rupert murdoch's company 21 the century fox made a big offer to buy cnn's parent company time warner for $80 billion. so what was time warner's response? >> no, no, no. >> that's from "family guy," of course, which was produced by 20th century fox, one of many murdoch's american assets that could have been combined with warner brothers and hbo, cnn would have been sold off
separately to prevent a monopoly because of fox news, in any case, how would a sale like this potentially change the media business? let's bring in cnn senior media correspondent, brian stelter, host of "reliable sources "qwest. >> still laughing at that "family guy" clip. >> did anyone see this offer coming and why did they say no? >> rupe ert murdoch is back in deal making mode. he was trying to recover from a phone hacking scandal and he had to split his company into two different companies and now he's got his swagger back and back in deal making mode and there were rumors that maybe he had his eye on time warner and he had actually made this proposal, this bid for the company and on july 8th, the time warner board met and decided pretty clearly, no, thanks, but no thanks. oui not interested at this time. anything can happen down the road, but at this moment there are no active negotiations and
discussions. >> do we know why they said no? >> you get this corporate boilerplate if i may call it that talks about how they believe their long-term plan for the company is much better for shareholders of time warner than any bid from fox would be. that's the basic gist of the language that came out this morning and they list a lot of reasons for that. time warner has been trying to grow its main three divisions, hbo, turner broadcasting and warner brothers. it has a beautiful plan for the future of all three of those divisions and is better off than a stand alone company. media analysts say murdoch is not going to be content to go away quietly. he's the kind of guy that will come back with another bid and another bid and we'll see something more in the weeks or months to come. >> if this deal had gone through, a lot of ifs embedded in that. >> sure. >> if it had gone through, how would it have shaped media, particularly it of of it? >> what we would see is media being consolidated into even fewer hands. right now there are four or five
big, big media companies that own most of the tv you see and most of the films you'll see and you mentioned family guy is one example. "modern family" is a show that people may not realize is produced by fox's studio. "homeland qwe "homeland" that appears on another show, but is produced by warner brothers. and you can see synergies in the sports area and rupert murdoch is building a rivalry to espn. and he would love to have baseball and basketball, et cetera. one area you would not see synergy is between cnn and fox news. there's no way cnn would stay a part of time warner if this deal would have happened or if it would have happened with some other buyer. it's not just murdoch. there's speculation from media analysts and wall street analysts that maybe other companies will now take a look
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alfred matthew yankovic better known to you as weird al yankovic has had his first song debuted on radio hour in 1976 when he was just a teenager. well, he's grown to become a true cultural icon. he has, in the last few decades, dropped four gold records and earned three grammy awards and sold 12 million albums. he's no longer just doing funny spoofs of madonna and michael jackson or even coolio. weird al yankovic is today, if i may say, being recognized for not just the joy he brings into our lives and not just his longevity, but his artistic growth. his new album mandatory funds features this diddy that approaches perfection. it's a grammatical masterpiece turning robin thicke's catchy pop hit "blurred lines" into a word smith's rant about the folks who don't speak english
good "noe ♪ ♪ going to familiarize you with the nome nclature ♪ ♪ >> the prince of parody, weird al yankovic. al, good to see you. thank so much for coming in. >> my pleasure, good to see you, jake. congratulations. i have to say, your new video and song "word crimes" is so well done. you're not just changing words in a song. you're creating an entirely new work. i know you're humble, but do you think this is a new level of parody for you? do you think that you've grown significantly as an artist? because i do. >> thank you. i appreciate that. i've taken a song that people had a problem with because it was slightly misogynistic and i made it into a song about grammar so it could ostensibly be part of a school curriculum. >> but you really capture where a lot of language nerds including myself really -- things that really irk us, the people who mess up, irony and
coincidence. it's masterful. it just posted on tuesday and it has since at last count racked up north of 2 million views on youtube. do you think this might be your best work ever? >> it might be and it makes me happy because it makes me think i'm not alone, and i'm not the only grammar nerd out there and there are a lot of people that share my pain. >> the apostrophe "s" one is great. your album runs about 12 tracks. when you put together these albums do you know which ones are going to be hits when you finished war crimes did you drop the mike and say that's it? that's going to be the hit on this album? >> well, you know, i love all of the songs on the album equally and that's one of the reasons i said there is no lead single because i don't know what people will respond to the most and that's why we're doing the eight videos in eight days and we're putting the strong stuff out there and letting people make their own decisions as to what the hits are. >> you don't have a favorite or are they like children?
>> they are. that's part of of the whole soviet totalitarian theme. >> mtv is no longer the gatekeeper of the artists as you were when you burst out in the '80s like madonna and michael jackson, and obviously mtv helped make you famous, but do you feel where it's just you going right to the audience, do you think you're freer to do more sophisticated songs? >> i would think so. mtv doesn't stand for music television anymore and for my purposes, the internet is the new mtv, so i'm basically marketing toward the online audience. and it allows me to try things that i wouldn't try before because i was trying to go for the heavier rotation think and i was thinking what would the mtv executives like? what do i like? what do the fans like? >> were there sock songs over
years that you couldn't grab the rights on and you wish you would have grab one? >> i can't always, and a lot of those songs wiendz up in the the poka medley. >> it's great to see you and continued success. this is a really, really fun album. >> thank you so much. good to see you, man. >> this just in, president obama will make a statement concerning russia and ukraine in just minutes. that's it for "the lead." here is wolf blitzer live from jerusalem. thanks very much. happening now, we are following breaking news. the the united nations proposes a limited cease-fire between israel and hamas. this is "the situation room" this is "the situation room" special report, brink of war. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com gaza grief, four children killed on the beach by israeli militair