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ogramming note tomorrow hosting "state of the union" at 9:00 a.m. eastern and hope to see you then. ti paul. >> i'm joe johns, in for victor blackwell. 10:00 in the east 7:00 in the west. you're in the cnn newsroom. >> always good to have you here joe. >> good to be here. >> we want to begin this hour with new developments in the death of russian opposition leader boris nemtsov after a week or just about a week after one of president vladimir putin's most vocal critics was shot in the back and killed in the heart of moscow. two suspects are under arrest this morning. >> and there is surveillance video that captured nemtsov's assassination. he was gunned down walking across a moscow bridge with his
girlfriend. he died just steps from the kremlin. cnn senior international correspondent matthew chance is live in moscow. >> thanks very much. the head of the fsb, which is the main security service here in russia appeared on national television earlier today making this announcement that two people had been detained on suspicion involvement in the killing. the fact such a high level officer, official would appear on state television indicating the kremlin wants to be taken seriously, tahat it is trying to get to the bottom of this crime, genuinely. the reason for that is there's a great deal of opposition politician opposition supporters who believe it's the kremlin that is ultimately responsible for boris nemtsov's killing. he was a prominent opposition figure as you mentioned. he'd spoken often against vladimir putin, the russian president. so many opposition figures say look, wit you the kremlin that probably had a hand in his
killing. the kremlin for its part categorically denying that. vladimir putin coming out and saying look we're going to get to the bottom of this find those responsible. so these are the first signs one week after the killing took place that some kind of progress however skeptical you are about that progress some kind of progress is being made at least officially. >> any type of skepticism being voiced by anyone there about whether these are actually the suspects and if there might have been some other theory of this case that's a bit more plausible? >> yeah. well, of course, the theory that's got most traction in russia as i mentioned because of his opposition politics boris nemtsov was killed by the kremlin. that's been denied by the kremlin but that's what a lot of opposition figures believe, if not putin directly ordering the killing and creating the atmosphere in russia in which people who are opposition figures are seen as enemy of the state by nationalist groups and
other radicals. for many people including his own family i spoke to his daughter earlier, they hold the kremlin responsible for this. >> do you have any faith that authorities will bring those responsible to justice? >> no. it's a short answer. no. i don't believe in that. and i think that it's -- now we have -- russia has crossed the line because after this murder and people will be frightened to express their ideas which contradict the official standpoints. >> okay. . that was janet nemtsov the daughter of boris nemtsov, who i spoke to earlier, saying she didn't have any faith that kremlin was really going to find those who truly carried out the murder of her father. >> so many questions in this
case and it will be interesting to see how it progresses. thanks for that matthew chance. >> cnn law enforcement analysts and former fbi assistant director tom fuentes joining us to talk about this. tom, do you suspect that these two are the only two suspects or that it could be much bigger than these two? >> i think it would have to be bigger christi. i mean if it's just these two, who paid them who wanted them to do this is there a bigger movement behind them? you know we have all those questions coming up. but again, you know, there are so many suspects nemtsov had many enemies, yes, putin was one, people in the kremlin, people on the strongly on the kremlin side or others rivals within the democracy movement so there are many possibilities here of who could have had a motive to have him killed. >> it's said they -- i was wondering how they deduced it to these two. they found the getaway car, forensic evidence but they found this in north d in the
north caucasus in a region? southern russia that borders georgia. do you believe that's plausible? i mean geographically they're quite a distance. how would they have tracked them all the way there, let's say? >> well, it's plausible because yu've had, although, you know many of the attacks from that region the chech knee yans, for example, have waged many fatal attacks in moscow, blowing up airliners, attacking the opera house, attacking subway stations so there have been attacks from that region. the question is why in this particular case would somebody want nemtsov himself, who -- because most of the people in that region are anti-moscow, anti-mush ran, anti-putin and the regime who have been brutal in keeping them down since the early '90s. it kind of doesn't fit that it would be someone from that region especially a muslim
terrorist. it's doubtful that's behind it. >> there is a muslim population there. what is your reaction to the arrests and the fact that they came a week after this? did you suspect it would take longer? >> not necessarily. i mean we're talking about a police agency the fsb is the fbi's equivalent although unlike the fbi, they really have no restraints so they can wire tap at will they can do whatever they in their mind think they need to do in terms of the investigation, so i'm not surprised that they would come up with somebody involved in this. whether these are the individuals that were hired to do it and we still don't know who's behind it that we'll find out. i should say we probably won't find out. >> yeah. all right. boy, well, tom fuentes, appreciate your insight, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. >> want to take you to madison, wisconsin, to protests erupted overnight after a police officer shot a 19-year-old african-american teen.
investigators say the officer fired after the teen tried to attack him. now police have not released his name but according to our affiliate wkow he's been identified as tony robinson. and that identity came from a woman who says she's his mother. she told wkow her son was fearful of this happening. listen. >> the things that are happening all over the united states, another black kid shot by the police for no reason this has got to stop. >> police say the officer was responding to calls that a man was jumping in and out of traffic and that's when this incident began. listen here. >> once inside the home the subject involved in this incident the same one that had been allegedly out in traffic and had battered someone, this same subject then assaulted my officer and in the context of
mutual combat in that sense, the officer did draws his resolver and subsequently shot the subject. >> you heard him say there was also the allegation that there was a call of battery by the suspect as well. the division of criminal investigation has already been brought in to investigate this incident. the mayor of fergenson, missouri is speaking out to cnn after the latest fallout over the justice department's scathing report that found widespread and systemic discrimination by ferguson police against african-americans. two police officers have now resigned. the city's top clerk has been fired over racist e-mails detailed as part of that report. this is video of the officers some critics are even calling for the entire department to be disbanded and chief to resign. sarah sidner asked mayor knowles
if that should happen. >> if those doj notes that were put out, those e-mails, are coming from your city manager and your police chief back and forth, why are they still here? why are they allowed to still be here. >> i think it's important to recognize that everybody has -- deserves due process. what we see here right now there is a finding from the department of justice, a finding which they say is probable cause to believe these things and we will do our due diligence and hold people accountable as necessary. people who have engaged in practices against the policies of the city government of the elected officials and the will of the people we absolutely will take, you know all appropriate action necessary. >> meanwhile, the attorney general eric holder is saying that if necessary, he would dismantle the ferguson police department. >> you know we're hours away from president obama commemorating bloody sunday in selma, alabama. the president is with thousands
of others honoring those who marched 50 years ago today. >> it's been almost one year since malaysia airlines flight 370 vanished without a trace. what the families are saying today as officials prepare to release a new report on the investigation's initial findings. normally people wear pants. yeah that's why i'm hiding captain obvious. not very well. i found you immediately. you know what else is easy to find?
whatever you're doing take a moment and look at your screen here. this is a bird's eyeview of the edmond pettis bridge in selma, alabama, captured in this drone video. think about it 50 years ago today, on what became known as bloody sunday civil rights marchers tried to cross this bridge on the way it to
montgomery to bring attention to voting rights but they were violently attacked by alabama state troopers. >> president obama will be among those in selma today to mark the 50th anniversary of bloody sunday. house majority leader republican kevin mccarthy will be there also after there were talk that gop leaders would not join in the ceremonies. another lawmaker expected to be there, georgia congressman john lewis, one of the marchers attacked on bloody sunday. see him there on the ground. let's bring in cnn's athena jones, spoke recently with lewis about that day on the edmund pettis bridge. how did he describe those events athena? >> good morning, joe. i sat down with congressman lewis who talked to me about the shocking violence and the brutality he witnessed on this bridge 50 years ago today and also talked about the legacy of that historic march. >> the bridge of selma is almost
a holy place. it is a place where people gave a little blood to redeem the soul of america. in this city people clearly registered to vote simply because of the color of their skin. we had to change that. >> reporter: john lewis was 25 years old. >> i can never forget what it felt like to be on this bridge on bloody sunday. we came to the highest point down below. we saw a sea of blue, alabama state troopers and behind the state troopers we saw men on horseback. so we got within hearing distance of the state troopers. >> disperse go home or go to your church. >> troopers advance. i thought over and over again, they're going to arrest us. they came toward us. beating us with night sticks. trammelling us with their horses. i went down on my knees.
my legs went out from under me. i thought i was going to die. >> reporter: he was carried back to the church where the march had begun. it was there he issued a challenge to president lyndon johnson. >> i stood up and said i don't understand it how president johnson can send troops to vietnam, but cannot send troops to selma, alabama, to protect people who desire to register to vote. >> reporter: president johnson spoke before congress it. >> it is wrong, deadly wrong, to deny any of your fellow americans, the right to vote in this country. it's not just negros but really it's all of us who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. and we shall overcome.
>> he was the first american president to use the theme song of the civil rights movement. i looked at dr. king tears came down his face. i didn't like for anybody to see me cry, but i cried. president johnson federalized the alabama national guard, called out part of the united states military to protect us all the way from selma to montgomery. >> reporter: on august 6th president johnson signed the landmark voting rights act, ensure that all citizens could vote regardless of their color. the supreme court struck down a key provision of that law in 2013. efforts to fix it have stalled in congress. >> if we fail to fix it, many of our fellow citizens will not be able to become participants in the democratic process.
>> reporter: it's why he returns to this bridge every year. >> the vote is as powerful it is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society. i don't want people to forget that people paid a price. >> now the commemoration gets under way here in a few hours. we understand that congressman lewis will be introducing president obama. the president will speak for about 40 to 45 minutes and then after that he and his wife and his daughters will take a ceremonial walk across this bridge you see here behind me and tour the national voting rights museum. joe, christi? >> 50 years. thanks so much for that atheen ya jones. be sure to stay tuned because starting at 11:00 a.m. cnn's fredricka whitfield will be hosting live special coverage from selma. >> meanwhile, major changes are coming to one of the most secret agencies in the world. what the cia is doing to better
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2 minutes past the hour. i want to take a look at other stories developing. mali's government is now calling a deadly shooting a criminal and terrorist act. >> a french citizen, a belgian and three malians were killed in the attack at a bar in mali's capital. eight people were injured. it's not known who's responsible, but government troops have been battling islamist militants in northern mali for years. >> senator robert menendez says he's done nothing wrong and not going anywhere. cnn has learned that the justice department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against the top democrat on the senate foreign relations committee. prosecutors will allege menendez used his office to help a donor in exchange for gifts. >> former vice president walter mondale is in the hospital this morning. he's 87 years old and was admitted to the mayo clinic in minnesota after diagnosed with the flu. former president carter said
mondale is doing well. he serveds as vp under carter between 1977 and '81 and ran for president but lost to ronald reagan. the cia making major changes we're told to its overall structure. the goal to better deal with new threats. among the changes being introduced. a leadership position focused on digital and cyber security and the cia plans to create ten new mission centers focused on things such as terrorism and weapons proliferation. >> coming up it's one of the biggest aviation mysteries in history. why we could, could, learn new details about the malaysia airlines flight 370 later today. >> plus, did top lawyers at the state department tell hillary clinton it was okay to use her private e-mail account when doing official business? we are on the e-mail fallout. and we could hear from her later today. but first, this week's ones to watch series examines the art of
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okay. . so far there's been just one tweet posted in the middle of the night, that's all we've heard out of hillary clinton on the e-mail controversy that's been sparking a political firestorm. >> today the big question is will she finally speak on the controversy in miami tonight because she's expected to address the clinton global initiative university conference there. erin mcpike joining us now from washington. you know i know that her advisers are saying look she didn't break any rules, but i have to think, is the state department if damage control
mode right now? >> it's both the white house and the state department right now, handling the bulk of the response effort here in the absence of an official and ramped up clinton campaign. officials have begun complaining about that telling cnn they have more pressing tasks to tend to and wish her personal aides would manage more than they are right now. state spokesman marie hart reminded yesterday she spokes for the department and does not represent clinton. >> i'm not going to prejudge the outcome of the review. >> reporter: in a contentious briefing facing questions on how the state department will review 55,000 pages of e-mail. >> she has asked us to look at all 55,000 and determine what is appropriate for release. that process is going happen. >> reporter: after a controversy erupted over a use of a private e-mail as secretary of state she took to twitter on wednesday saying, quote, i want the public to see my e-mail.
department officials are reviewing the tens of thousands of e-mails she has turned over to make sure no sensitive information is made public not whether she did anything wrong. they warn it could take months be to pour through the documents. she used a personal account, clinton e-mail.com reason on her own server never conducting business from a government issued address leading to suggestions she had something to hide. >> whether we're going to get to the end of the line and conclude there was an unequivocal rule they broke i am more dubious it's going to be a big factor one way or the other in her presidential campaign. >> reporter: as she moves closer to an assumed presidential run the gop is piling on pointing to negative headlines across the country and a leading republican contender jeb bush as governor of florida did use private e-mail at times connected to his own server weighed in on radio iowa. >> for security purposes you need to be behind a firewall
that is recognizes the world for what it is and it's a dangerous world, and security would mean that she couldn't have a private server. it's a little baffling to be honest with you, that didn't come up in secretary clinton's thought process. >> reporter: on the other side of the aisle, mrs. clinton's high-profile vocal supporters say their bigger concern is when will she jump into the race. so she has a fully formed campaign apparatus to respond to inquires and related attacks. >> all right. erin mcpike, thank you so much. >> want to stay with this a little bit. hillary clinton has acknowledged she's thinking about running for president. it's all but assumed she's going to do it. what about that firestorm over the e-mails? is getting to hurt her? joining me from palm beach, florida, chris moody, senior reporter for cnn.com politics. chris, what's she going to say
tonight? do we have any idea? is there something she needs to say to sort of get off of the page on this? >> well she really needs to start out by answering some questions. i think a lot of people want to see her take questions from reporters about this not just release a statement, and then leave it at that. if you remember when chris christie was in the bridge-gate about a year or so ago, he stood in front of reporters for what seemed about an hour or two, just asking questions until reporters ran out of things to say. i think hillary clinton would do well to do that. we don't know what she's going to say. if you look at the tweet, there's an indication she's going to call again on the state department to review her e-mails and say she'll be a part of that review. but she really probably needs to take this head-on, although it doesn't seem like she necessarily will. from the reporting at cnn politics it seems as though the clinton world is kind of waiting
for this to go away. >> we haven't heard a whole lot from democrats on this. senator chuck schumer, democrat from new york former maryland governor martin o'malley talking about it. listen to these. >> i think hillary's great. i think she'll, you know she's already said she wants the e-mails out. and what do americans care about? good-paying jobs a good country, good family all that stuff isn't going to matter. it's a lot of spinning right now. >> i don't think it's going to hurt her prospects, no. >> openness and transparency are required of governing in the modern age. >> so clinton supporters they've kind of been through this with both clintons before. there's always some kind of controversy, always some kind of fire to put out it seems, and it doesn't necessarily seem that people are going to jump off the bandwagon because of that but it does kind of infuse republicans and critics of hillary clinton to get fired up
is that a reasonable assessment? >> yeah, look democrats have good news and that's that they have a candidate they believe in that they can put millions of dollars of resources into over the next year and a half of the campaign. democrats have bad fuse and that is that they really only have one candidate they can pour all of that into and if that person implodes in a certain way, a series of problems over the next year and a half that's going to be tough for them. whereas, on the republican side they've got people looking for running for president and it's a lot easier for the republicans to pile on one democrat that being hillary clinton, and it's always dangerous to put all of your eggs in one basket and that is what the democrats have done here instead of going through what's going to be i think on the republican side a pretty long and tough primary where it emerges on the republican side. >> still early but yeah that's pretty good indication that democrats do not have a plan b as of now. chris -- >> if you look at what
they've -- if you look at what they've invested into clinton world in the past year all these outside groups super pacs they're pouring millions of dollars already, i mean clinton has really cleared the field in a lot of ways and they've put all this money into it. they're deeply invested already. it's going to be difficult to turn that ship around and go with someone else. >> thanks so much. >> thank you. >> stop avoiding us. that is the message from a woman who lost her husband on malaysia airlines flight 370. hours from now, officials will release a new report on the investigation investigation's initial finding. will families get answers. also this american woman something different for lent not giving something up but wearing something. a hijab. she will be here with us to tell us what the experience has taught her thus far. eal the deal. sure! i offer multi-car, safe driver, and so many other discounts that people think i'm a big deal. and boy, are they right.
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just hard to believe it has been one whole year after malaysia airlines flight 370 vanished from the sky. officials expected to release a new 600-page report on that vanished plane. >> take a look at what was happening yesterday. families holding a candlelight vigil remembering the people they love and still wondering what happened because they have no answers. despite months of scouring the ocean floors searchers have not
found a single piece of debris and a lot of familyies are saying they're fed up with malaysian authorities and insisting they want more done. >> this is a torture. it's changed our life a lot. i hope the plane will appear soon. that my husband will come back soon. now that we're in malaysia we hope the malaysian government can meet us instead of avoiding us. >> so let's talk with former chairman of the ntsb jim hall. jim, thank you, thank you very much for joining us. now what do you expect we're going to see in this new report that's coming out just hours from now? >> well first, let me just say, this is inexcusable tragedy for the victims and families of of malaysia flight 370 and the way that the malaysian government has handled their investigation of their own airline, has left a lot to be
desired. i can't imagine there will be much value in the report that's to be submitted. >> right. because they haven't found the plane and all we know is they've been searching a lot. what more is there to say with any, you know, certainty? >> well they have failed to be open and transparent in their investigation and particularly with the families since the very beginning of this tragic event and i would hope that they might begin with this report, but we'll have to wait and see. >> a lot of questions about whether there was a call made by someone in the cockpit moments before the plane crashed. there were a number of little mysteries floating around that still have not been resolved even though they haven't found the plane which is the biggest mystery of all. there's been a question about whether the crew had something to do with the plane's
disappearance. listen to something the malaysia airline ceo told cnn's ana corewin. >> speculation. we do not suspect any one of our crew. this evidence is such captain is a very capable man. he's a 77 7 flight examiner. not just an instructor he's an examiner of the fleet. we have to reason to suspect. >> now jim hall as your role in the ntsb suggest, you've have had a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge about investigations like this one. what in your judgment happened to this plane and do you think the crew might have had something to do with it? >> well in my personal opinion, and everyone has their own opinion on this this aircraft appears that either an individual or a group of individuals intended to put this
aircraft where it could not be found found. now you have to put on the table both an investigation as well as a criminal investigation in order to pursue this matter. what keshsconcerns me most is, after air france the aviation industry and the international civil aviation organization sat on their hands and didn't use available technologies to prevent something like this from recurring. fortunately, in 2016 we will have a requirement that the board made while i was chairman in 1999 for dual recorders, and hopefully one of those recorders will float or be deployable so as we saw with the delta accident where we have a number of victims that are survivors,
that individuals that are in an accident over water, will be able to know the location and send search and rescue immediately. >> jim hall, former ntsb chairman thanks so much. good to see you. much more on that report coming up tomorrow morning. >> thank you. >> thank you. much more coming up on that report tomorrow morning, including our own aviation expert richard quest. >> meanwhile, the christian mother of two is doing something really different for lent. for 40 days she's wearing a hijab. so what surprised her most about her experience so far? we're going to talk to her. plus a lot of eyes and hearts in selma, alabama, right now. a live picture for you, as there is the 50th anniversary of bloody sunday. taking you there live throughout the day. stay close. hey, you forgot the milk! that's lactaid®. right. 100% real milk just without the lactose. so you can drink all you want...
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how has it been so far? >> well honestly i came up with the idea the night before lent started, and my husband was already in bed and i was on the couch and said hey, what if i wore a hijab for lent and we talked about it and we decided -- i decided i was putting on the practice of hospitality stepping into the shoes of another person just to kind of get a glimpse into what their public life is like and i wanted to do that to remind myself what it feels like to be on the margins of society. >> sure. let me ask you, what negatives might you have -- have you noticed? >> well first of all, i want to say that i'm doing this so i can remind myself to better love neighbors, strangers and enemies. >> yes. >> alike.
and you know out in the -- out in peoria in my real life it's ban nonissue. i haven't gotten any really negative things from people. >> sure. >> the internet is a different story. that's where people come out and, you know, they come out of the woodwork and they -- i've gotten a ton of praise and a ton of people trying to rip me apart on my blog. >> really? >> i allow those comments to go through. because i witnessant to remind people unfortunately there's still a lot of hate in the world, but i think if we work together positively to love people to love our neighbors, to love people we don't know strangers, and to even love our enemies which seems extremely impossible that we can make a difference in the world. >> well have you heard from any muslims and gotten reaction from them? >> actually the night before
when i thought of this idea i had talked to my muslim friend from the islamic school here in peoria to see what she thought. i wanted to make sure i wouldn't offend anyone. >> right. >> and she thought it was a great idea. she didn't see any problem with a peaceful act like this. and she told me that her hijab drawer was open to me. >> that's so sweet. quickly, we only have a couple seconds left, what do you think is the biggest lesson you've learned so far? >> you know what it's been super important to me for my children especially. i want them to grow up accepting and engaging with friends, strangers, and enemies. to have meaningful conversations with them and i think that both of my kids have learned a lot so far. >> that is awesome. jessica egan we appreciate everything that you're doing. really a great understanding and lesson in empathy. thank you.
best of luck to you. >> thank you so much. >> sure. take care. joe? >> thank, christi. look at this. we have a picture coming up that was 50 years in the making. live pictures from selma, alabama, this morning where 50 years ago, a peaceful civil rights march changed america. president obama addressing the crowd there at the edmund pettus bridge to commemorate the anniversary. more live coverage coming up. and sometimes i struggle to sleep at night, and stay awake during the day. this is called non-24. learn more by calling 844-824-2424. or visit your24info.com. real transformations can happen as much inside a person as out. that's why you should take the listerine® 21 day challenge. use listerine® and over 21 days you'll experience a transformation. take the listerine® 21 day challenge and start your transformation today.
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. there is evidence that suggests the more books you have the better your child is going to do in school. this morning cnn heros recognizes a 14-year-old girl who's getting books into the hands of kids who need them most. meet maria keller. >> i've always loved to read. it kind of takes you to a different place. my mom told me when i was 8 that some kids don't have books and that shocked me because everybody should have the option to read so i started by just doing a small book drive. and then told my parents that i wanted to collect and distribute 1 million books to kids in need
by the time i turn 18. so welcome to the warehouse. i was 13 when i reached my goal. we've given books to about 16 countries and 40 states. all the pink squares -- >> my new goal is to distribute books to every state in the u.s. and every country in the world. >> i am a preschool teacher with english language learners. >> i'm looking for second through fifth grade. >> meeting the teachers it's amazing. i hear about the kids they serve. >> thank you, sweetie. keep up the good work. >> good afternoon, fifth grade. >> good afternoon. >> we have about 1280 students. a large homeless and highly mobile population. they're in great need. >> when maria keller came to my school i was so excited.
she gave us books for free. it was amazing. >> literacy is so important in education. i want kids to have a better life. i know reading can do that. >> awesome. if you know someone making a difference in your community we would love to know about them. nominations are open right now as cnnheros.com. >> 14 years old. don't let age stop you, whatever you want to do. hey we have to toss it over to fred who is in selma. hope you make great memories today. you will give us a lot to think about and good stuff. >> oh, christi and joe, it is going to be an xwroerds day here in selma. i am at the foot of the edmund pettus bridge and thousands have turned out and it's unclear how many people will come to commemorate 50 years since bloody sunday. on the minds of many people here of course reflection at the same time moving forward,