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murdered officers is saying now. and -- some are calling it a royal snub. the saudi king not meeting with president obama this week. but what's really behind his decision to skip a summit of arab leaders in the united states? let's talk, live in the "cnn newsroom" newsroom". good morning i'm carol costello thank you so much for joining me. we begin with the severe weather that's devastating towns across the midwest. violent storms ripping through texas, oklahoma arkansas, and iowa. >> first time don't tell me [ bleep ] just been hit. there goes the school. there goes the school. that's the [ bleep ] school. >> a tornado blowing the roof off this central iowa school while at least 100 people were inside, incredibly no one was
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injured. in arkansas possible tornado ripping through a mobile home park killing two people and injuring two others. in texas, a rural town just east of dallas has been left devastated. a possible tornado cutting a path of destruction. leveling homes, knocking down power lines, and toppling trees. 26 people hurt in what one official called a mass casualty event. meteorologist jennifer grey joins us now live from van, texas. tell us more, jennifer. >> well carol, we are seeing now the first hours of daylight here in van. and you can see the destruction behind me. we have trees and power lines littering the roads. all across this town. in fact they pushed us back a little bit because crews are now in there sawing the trees and trying to get power restored. also cell service restored for a lot of people. you can see in the distance that brick building. that is actually part of the school. they still use that part as the gymnasium. however, they have built newer additions. but that one has been heavily damaged.
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the roof is completely blown off, insulation just hanging down. everything that was once inside of the building is now just all over the ground and we also have seen all the windows blown out, as well. we took a closer look just about an hour or two ago. we also talk to residents here who said the tornado sirens did go off, however it was only about five minutes before the tornado hit. and one lady we spoke with in this house that we're right in front of she said that she didn't even have time to get in to her storm shelter, so she just had to huddle in their bathtub with her two dogs. she describes it as just extremely frightening, and she was very very lucky. of course the red cross is here. we have shelters here. the first baptist church people have been coming together bringing in supplies they've also been going door to door to make sure everyone is okay and accounted for. but a lot of cleanup ahead here, carol, for the people of van. >> all right, jennifer grey reporting live for us this morning. thank you. for more on the deadly storms in arkansas i want to bring in rick
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fehr the public information officer for the arkansas department of emergency management. good morning, sir. >> good morning. >> i know two people tragically died in arkansas. is everyone accounted for? >> at this point in howard county where that possible tornado went through, yes. it struck a mobile home park near the town of nashville, arkansas. as you said two people died. there were several other injuries but it appears that everyone is accounted for there. the one problem we are still having in several locations throughout the state is especially in the mountainous regions, we've had a ton of rain in the last 24 hours, and we have had numerous reports of motorists stranded in rising water. so that's the main threat that we face now. >> so you have emergency workers deployed now trying to rescue people? >> yes. in numerous counties. the latest report i saw came in
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just a few moments ago from a county about an hour to the northwest of little rock. and we had two other reports of stranded motorists in that same general area last night. so flash flooding can be a tremendous threat and that's one thing that we're going to struggle with probably the rest of the day. >> all right. rick fahr thanks so much for taking the time out to talk to us this morning. we appreciate it. so the threat is far from over. 57 million people could be at risk for severe weather. cnn chief meteorologist chad myers here with more for you. good morning, chad. >> good morning, carol. dozens of reports of tornadoes over the weekend. and hundreds of reports of wind damage and power lines down and hail and they continue right now but the rain in parts of texas was one drought helping, not drought breaking but drought helping but also flooding. south of dallas that's 11 inches of rainfall just in 48 hours along the red river,
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everywhere that you see white was ten inches of rain or more in about 72 hours. and it's still raining in some parts. we're going to get severe weather from detroit all the way down to texas again. it's cold and dry in the west. even cold and white in parts of colorado. had some snow over the weekend. but here you go this is the warm air. this is the muggy. this is the frizzy hair kind of day that we're going to see across the deep south. when you get the humidity down here like we have we will see severe weather pop up and right now we still have some strong weather here across parts of texas. even though it's the morning hours, just had a tornado warning north of conroe texas. there are still more storms that could rotate and kind of rotate down toward or sink down toward houston later on today. but look at this line of weather all the way from st. louis, all the way in to eventually this is this afternoon, all the way in to detroit, columbus cincinnati down into lexington, louisville kentucky and the rain continues storms continue as well later on this afternoon. all the way into parts of texas.
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carol, it just doesn't stop when you get the trough out here and the ridge in the east it's severe weather season. that's when it happens day after day after day. that's what we're seeing. >> all right, chad myers thanks so much. i appreciate it. still to come in the "newsroom" two police officers gunned down. their families wrestling with heart break. we'll hear from one of the officers' mothers. a cnn interview, next. >>who... is this?! >>hi, i am heinz new mustard. hi na na na na >>she's just jealous because you have better taste. whatever. >>hey. keep your chin up. for years, heinz ketchup has been with the wrong mustard. well, not anymore. introducing heinz new better tasting yellow mustard. mmm! ameriprise asked people a simple question: in retirement, will you have enough money to live life on your terms? i sure hope so. with healthcare costs, who knows. umm... everyone has retirement questions. so ameriprise created the exclusive confident retirement approach. now you and your ameripise advisor....
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helping them afterwards. one victim officer benjamin deen 34 years old and the father of two children. he was a decorated veteran of the police department. the other slain officer had less than a year on the job. liquori tate was living his lifelong dream, though. last june he wrote on facebook quote, i graduated the police academy today. i am now a police officer. i would like to thank god, the police academy, the police department my family friends and loved ones. just last hour we heard from tate's mother on cnn's "new day." >> he always wanted to be a police officer since he was young. playing with police cars and having xbox games, and just having a protective spirit. that has always been one of his dreams. >> let's go to hattiesburg now and cnn's alana machado. good morning. >> good morning, carol. you know heartbreak is a good
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word to use to describe the mood here in this small mississippi town where those two police officers lost their lives by simply doing their jobs. >> did you do it? >> no sir, i didn't do it. >> reporter: asserting his innocence while being hauled into the police station. 26-year-old curtus banks, one of the now four suspects in custody this morning. two of them facing capital murder charges. in connection with the shooting death of two police officers in southern mississippi. >> you never want this to happen. the men and women who go out every day to protect us the men and women who go out every day to make sure that we're safe. >> reporter: 34-year-old officer benjamin deen and 24-year-old liquori tate were shot and killed after a traffic stop ended in a hail of gunfire saturday night. police say curtis and his brother marvin fled the crime scene, allegedly stealing a police cruiser and using it as a getaway car. authorities have divulged little
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else about the time line of events, and any suspected motive. only saying officer deen initiated the traffic stop called for backup and then officer tate responded to the call. deen was a seasoned officer who won officer of the year in 2012 for his department. the other a rookie who joined the force in june of last year. >> this is my baby. this is my baby. >> i know. >> reporter: in an emotional interview with cnn, tate's father ronald says his son, quote, loved everyone and had a passion for policing. >> he was a guy who was willing to put the risk out there. put his life out there at risk and he really knew the risk. but he thought, i think my son just thought, you know, people are generally good. and that's just the way he was. he thought people are generally good people. so let's treat them all with dignity.
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>> reporter: now all four suspects are expected to go before a judge at some point today. meanwhile, carol, it's worth noting that this is the first time in 30 years that a police officer has lost his or her life in the line of duty in this small town. >> alina machado reporting live from hattiesburg, mississippi, this morning. now the capital murder charges filed against these two suspects means prosecutors could pursue the death penalty against them. so let's take a closer look at the legal aspects of this case. for that i want to bring in hln legal analyst joey jackson and criminal defense attorney brian claypool. welcome to both of you. >> good morning, carol. >> joey i want to start with you because we were talking briefly in the commercial break about how dangerous routine traffic stops can be. >> you know interestingly enough carol, from my earliest days as a prosecutor when the officer would sit across from me and we would write up the charge i would say, so it was a routine traffic stop? and they would remind me that there's nothing at all that's routine about a traffic stop. and even you know it's a bad
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habit i might say it now and i'm reminded again, but unfortunately, you're reminded through cases like this. where you see it's anything but routine. an officer stops someone, apparently noted something was amiss, because they called for backup and now you have two people dead. so certainly a very dangerous job. and you know now it will move forward where there will be an accountability process and that accountability process starts today in terms of the court appearance when they're brought before the judge, and bail is set and ultimately a grand jury convenes for an indictment. >> and of course brian, investigators will have to put together how exactly this went down. because, you know as joey said there was a call for backup. do you think there was a dash cam video or something like that? >> well we'll find out whether there was a dash cam video. and we also need to hear the audio dispatch tapes, carol, to find out, for example, did the officer run a license plate check on the vehicle that prompted him to pull the car over? and why did he pull the car over? what was the cause of that?
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did they run a background check to find out who might be the owner of the vehicle? was it a stolen vehicle? we need to investigate things like this. and another thing, you know joey's right. i mean there is no safe traffic stop. you can't let your guard down. this is an unfortunate grim reminder too, that when you're pulling a car over in the evening like that in a corridor a lot of times it's best to have two officers so there's anything we can learn from this two officers one coming up on the side of the car, on the passenger's side and then the other officer on the driver's side so we can always learn from a tragic situation. so hopefully this might not happen here. >> the other puzzling aspect of this case is why did they steal the police car as a getaway car? why didn't they use their own car? >> yeah well you know what a great question. but you know regardless of them doing that it's interesting how quickly they were apprehended. initially apprehending the two and then ultimately getting all of them. and when you look at each charge remember as you
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mentioned, carol, this carries the death penalty in mississippi. capital murder charge for taking the life of a police officer and in addition to that there's the accessory after the fact charges. so if you harbor and provide aid to someone who commits a violent felony certainly that becomes problematic. in that you could face up to 20 years for that alone. and so even that charge the hindering prosecution charge the possessing a weapon when you're a felon and you shouldn't have one. so there's a lot of accountability to be had here. and i would think that the police certainly will be very motivated as will the prosecutor to get justice, whatever that means when you have two officers who are dead. >> and just very briefly, brian, what's going to go down today in court? >> well carol, before i comment on that i thought there was another important point we should bring up two suspects had prior serious felony convictions for weapons charges. so i think at some point we do have to look at the criminal justice system there to find out why these two thugs were actually released and on the street. i think that's an important
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point. and today i believe will be a bail hearing to answer your question. and i don't think either of these -- these thugs will receive bail. i think they won't have any bail. >> all right. brian claypool joey jackson, thanks to both of you. i appreciate it. still to come in the "newsroom," a stunning new report alleges the obama administration lied about the hunt for osama bin laden and the raid that killed him. we'll talk about that next. it's more than a network and the cloud. it's reliable uptime. and multi-layered security. it's how you stay connected to each other and to your customers. with centurylink you get advanced technology solutions, including an industry leading broadband network, and cloud and hosting services - all with dedicated responsive support. with centurylink as your trusted technology partner you're free to focus on growing your business. centurylink. your link to what's next. when broker chris hill stays at laquinta and fires up free wi-fi, with a network that's now up to 5 times faster than before you know what he can do?
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some are calling it a royal snub. in an apparent blow to the obama administration's plan to build arab support for a nuclear deal
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with iran saudi arabia's king salman announced that he's not going to meet one-on-one with the president in washington or attend a camp david summit with other gulf allies. the white house is downplaying the significance of this last-minute change of plans. but others say it's a clear signal from the new leader that he's not happy with president obama. cnn's white house correspondent michelle cosen ski live in washington with more. good morning. >> right, carol. hi. kind of depends on who you talk to. which an slist talking to what unnamed official sources here in this game of snub or not a snub. but not surprisingly both the u.s. and the saudis right now, are saying this is not a snub. saudi arabia is saying they have to deal with fighting off the houthi rebels in yemen at the moment that this is not some kind of intentional message they're sending. the scheduling just wasn't going to work. even though the change seemed to be at the last minute. but what you have here is president obama inviting these leaders to a summit of gulf states at the white house at
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camp david, and they don't seem to be treating it as all that big a deal i mean very few actual leaders are going to attend. and and the white house keeps emphasizing how important these relationships are right now. i mean, dealing with isis. the situation in syria. in yemen. regional stability while the u.s. is trying to negotiate this nuclear deal with iran. which these gulf states aren't exactly thrilled with. so on the one hand i mean you could say, it's a long trip. some of these leaders can't make it for health reasons. in the case of saudi arabia the king is almost 80 years old. he is sending the crown prince. so everybody's going to have a high level delegation there. and work could get done let's see what happens. but on the other hand you have people questioning now well is this sort of sending the message that things aren't going well with the iran deal? or not as happy as expected with that. and they want to make that known in this subtle but very noticeable way. or are they looking for military
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and security reassurance from the u.s. that the u.s. just isn't ready to provide right now? so i think we're going to have to see what happens during this summit. and also i think if there is a major development as it's kind of being, you know read ahead of time now, with yemen that would make it more understandable as to why the king didn't want to come right now, carol. >> we'll see. michelle kosinski reporting live from the white house this morning. thank you. a stunning report out today by journalist seymour hersh alleging the obama administration lied about key details of the osama bin laden raid. citing an unnamed retired senior u.s. intelligence official hersh writes that quote bin laden's location was given to the u.s. by a pakistani informant looking to cash in on the $25 million reward also pakistani officials did know about the raid and even helped coordinate it. also there was no firefight. helicopters were allowed in to pakistani air space, and guards at bin laden's compound were ordered to leave. hersh also says bin laden's
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burial at sea, you know the burial at sea. he says it never happened. last hour hersh told cnn's "new day" why he says the u.s. lied about the raid. >> the initial plan was, the plan that everybody agreed to it would be announced seven to ten days later as the result of we did a drone hit in the hindu kush mountains that separate pakistan and afghanistan. we took a look and there was a tall guy turned out to be bin laden. we did a dna test and the president is going to announce it a week later. >> what happened? >> the president decided that night to go pub rick. >> so let's talk about this with cnn national security analyst peter bergen. good morning, peter. >> good morning, carol. >> good morning. peter you wrote the book on bin laden. did the president lie? >> i mean the short answer is there's no evidence for that at all. you know sy hersh has had a distinguished career as an
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investigative journalist but i think he misfired with this one. a number of claims he makes in this piece just defy common sense and the evidence that we know. for instance he says because the u.s. and pakistan these were collaborating on the hunt for bin laden, and they all knew that he was in this compound in abbottabad in northern pakistan that there was no firefight. the s.e.a.l.s just walked in and shot bin laden. well i was in the compound and i saw evidence of considerable number of bullets that were exchanged. we know from two of the s.e.a.l.s on the raid who publicly said that other people were killed that night. other shots were fired. we know from multiple u.s. officials that four other adults in the compound were killed. and that's just one example of where the reporting just doesn't make sense. another, carol, is he says that saudi arabia was financing bin laden's stay in abbottabad which makes no sense at all. after all bin laden's principle goal the overthrow of the saudi regime. they revoked his citizenship,
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he's their mortal enemy and somehow they'd be subsidizing his stay none of this adds up. not to say there might not be something in the article that's true but what i can tell what's true isn't new and what's new isn't true. >> you don't sound like you think much of this article at all, peter? >> well you know i, you know i'm somebody who has admired sy hersh, he broke the abu ghraib story along with "60 minutes." he's had a distinguished career. this is based really on one source and literally hundreds of people in pakistan and the u.s. government would have to be lying for years and years about this issue. and you know, we live in an open society. and when there is a conspiracy like watergate, people start, you know, people start talking about it. not just one person. but number of people. so you know it fails a lot of commonsense tests. >> you also did your homework on this one. you, you actually contacted hersh's main pakistani source. he's a retired general. his name is assad durani.
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what did he tell you? >> well assad durani was head of the pakistani military intelligence agency in the early '90s. so that's two decades ago. so it's not like he's super current on the bin laden raid. but what he told me is that there was no evidence of the assertion that the pakistanis knew that -- that isi knew that bin laden was in abbottabad. but he said plausibly it could be so. but there's a big difference between plausibility and evidence. and so simply having somebody say hey, it's plausible, i mean you know, anything's plausible. but as historians and journalists we try and traffic in what is true. what is provable. or disprovable. >> okay. so my final question, and the thing i found most shocking i don't know why, is bin laden's burial at sea. seymour hersh says that was a lie. was it? >> you know i have you know i have no idea about that about
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that. you know we haven't seen pictures of the burial at sea. there doesn't seem to be much out there that backs up the burial at sea. it's been said that it happened. you know maybe this is the time for the administration to come forward with pictures, or with evidence. it's a part of the story that's very very hard to get at because it happened in the middle of the indian ocean with almost no witnesses. so you know i -- i think it's a reasonable question to ask, you know is the story as it's been presented for real or not? but i have no reason to disbelieve it. and i have no reason -- there's been no evidence proffered that it actually happened except you know some aversions that it did happen. but, you know that said i think the onus is more on people who've said that it didn't happen rather than those who say it did. because, right now there is also no evidence that it didn't happen. >> peter bergen. thanks for your insight. i appreciate it. programming note to share with you, watch fareed zakaria special on isis called
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for protests by no later than tomorrow a madison district attorney is expected to announce whether or not charges will be brought against matt kenny a white police officer for the march 7th shooting death of an unarmed biracial teen. tony robinson's death sparked a series of peaceful but emotional protests in the city. and officials tell affiliate wsin that they've been quote, diligently preparing for this announcement for several weeks of course we'll keep you posted. politics, peace, and rock 'n' roll. prince in baltimore last night for a rally for peace concert inspired by protests over the death of freddie gray. there were lots of special guests, as advertised. but the most surprising person to make an appearance might have been marilyn mosby. yes, the baltimore state's attorney was called on stage with prince. the legendary rock star playing activist shouting at the crowd that the system is broken and
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it's up to you young folks to fix it. and also sharing his new song "baltimore" about the unrest. listen. ♪ now we're gonna see another bloody day ♪ ♪ we're tired of crying and people dying ♪ ♪ they take all the guns away ♪ >> all right. so let's talk about this. donny glover joins me now from baltimore the publisher of be more news dotcom. >> hi carol. >> glad to have you back. >> how are you? >> i'm good. the song i'm wondering about this song "baltimore." does it help? >> yes! of course it helps. any time the, you know one of the most talented if not the most talented musician performer in the world, is dedicating a song to your hometown, who wouldn't love that? >> who wouldn't love that? i was -- i did find it rather ironic that the tickets were so
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expensive, some cost up to $400. nobody in that neighborhood could afford to even go to this prince concert. >> that is so mr. prince has to come back and do one for the whole city. >> i think that would be an excellent idea. >> i mean as much as 500. yeah. >> i know. >> as much as 500 on the streets. >> it was crazy. really crazy. so the state's attorney marilyn mosby was at the concert. supposedly she had her husband had bought the tickets for her previously for mother's day. but she appeared onstage with prince. and that's sure to get the critics' tongues wagging. why would she do that at this particular time? >> oh, i don't know. but i think it was really -- i don't know. it makes sense if you're -- you know that's a great question. you know on one way if you look at it from a political standpoint she's going to do whatever she needs to do to
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solidify her position as state's attorney. and who knows maybe even travel up the political ladder. or maybe it's her husband that's looking to move up the political ladder. hard to turn down an invitation from prince. >> well it is hard to turn down an invitation from prince but she is the state's attorney and there is a very serious case coming up and she's already -- she already has allegations of conflict of interest against her and prince was squarely in the protester's camp right? so why would you chance that? >> you're absolutely right. so from a legal standpoint let's -- i would think the people hope that she has dotted her "is" and crossed her "ts." that's the only time that you really have a chance to go and party when you've actually done the work. so there's the presumption that everything is on lock. she has the charges. she'll get her convictions. and she'll continue to be this media darling, and source of hope for future generations. >> but that's not really her role is it? >> technically, no ma'am.
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that is not her role. her role is to charge and uphold the constitution. to charge people appropriately. the big question that a lot of people have, are the correct charges going on the correct people? what we would not want to see is people who actually did harm get off and the people who did not do harm, go to prison. >> so are people on the west side of baltimore thinking that too? >> well i think right now, that's a mart of it. throughout the city throughout the state, throughout the country, the other caveat to this case is actually as a result of the news all of these outside sources, nonprofits entities ngos, are coming to stay in town but we don't know these people and we just want them to make sure they take the time to talk the people in town. what we don't want to see after
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15 20 years of nonprofits is the same people come in swoop up this money, resources, take the money out of sand town. we want people who are going to be committed to building sand town rebuilding it the way it should be. so the law we certainly hope that the state's attorney has -- has dotted her "is" and crossed her "ts." we certainly hope so. >> all right. doni glover thanks for being with me. i appreciate it. >> thanks carol. >> you're welcome. still to come in the "newsroom" michelle obama candidly confronts race in america. the speech everyone's talking about. next. why do we do it? why do we spend every waking moment, thinking about people? why are we so committed to keeping you connected? why combine performance with a conscience? why innovate for a future without accidents? why do any of it? why do all of it? because if it matters to you it's everything to us. the xc60 crossover. from volvo.
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the first lady michelle obama, delivering a powerful speech on race in america. mrs. obama speaking passionately at tuskegee university talking about her experiences as first lady recalling some tough
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moments, including being called uppity. her husband's crony of color, and even obama's baby mama. >> i realized that if i wanted to keep my sanity and not let others define me there was only one thing i could do. and that was to have faith in god's plan for me. i had to ignore all of the noise, and be true to myself. and the rest would work itself out. >> shelly wade is one of the country's top radio air personalities. she's based in san diego. shelly, thanks for joining me. >> hi, carol. thanks for having me. >> thanks for being here. so i'll ask you an obvious question first off. why did the first lady decide to share this at this particular time? >> well first of all, i'd like to say, like the students at tuskegee i also attended an
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hbcu for those of you who don't know what that means, historically black college and university. i went to texas university go tigers but i'm completely sure that those graduates were honored to have our nation's very first african-american first lady be the speaker at their graduation. and i know with tuskegee's reputation and history, that first lady obama was very honored to speak at the graduation as well. and what i loved about her speech carol, is that she talked about just letting everything else be noise. and just defining who you are. because everybody's got an opinion. you see it on twitter every day, all day. everybody's got an opinion about how you should look. how you should sound. how you should carry yourself in the world. but the true question is do you have an opinion about how you should look sound and carry yourself in the world? and so you really have to come to terms with who you are and everybody else's opinion doesn't matter. >> you have to stay focused.
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>> one of the things that really resonated with me was when mrs. obama said quote, was i too loud or too ee mass cuating or was i too soft too much of a mom and not enough of a career woman? i think this resonates with all woman. >> yeah. because you're never enough. you're never going to please everyone. that's why you have to stay true to who you are. i really am proud of the job she did with the commencement speech. and the job she's done as our first lady. >> well you know she, she is the focus of a lot of criticism. >> yeah. >> especially for her campaign for healthier children right, and her obesity fight. she also said this during the speech, quote, i also work to ensure that my efforts would resonate with kids and families and that meant doing things in a creative and unconventional way. so yeah i planted a garden. and hula hooped on the white house lawn with kids. i did some mom dancing on tv and at the end of the day, by staying true to the me i've always known i found that this journey has been incredibly freeing. and i think as you said that
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mrs. obama came to the conclusion that you can't please everyone so it's best to be who you are and ignore the rest. >> exactly. you have to stay focused and stay true to who you are, and with that she's setting a great example not only for the rest of us in the country, but a great example for her girls. >> i think it also brings to light something we've always known, how difficult it is to define the role of first lady in modern times. it's incredibly difficult. because, michelle obama was also criticized for being a mom figure, over a career woman. you know a lot of women said why don't you show your strong side? and a lot of other people saying you're the first lady, you shouldn't show any side at all. >> again, the point is you can't please everyone. and i think she's done a magnificent job, you know. she's -- she's proven to be who she is and stay true to that. she's proven that she's caring in the way she raises her daughters. and the way she's worked with the military families.
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and wanting to help parents raise healthier kids and how they eat. you know the school lunches and like you said planting the gardens and getting the exercise in. she's shown that she has a really fun side. you know the mom dancing with jimmy fallon. and again i think she should just be true to herself. there's no -- there have been examples with previous first ladies but she has to be true to who michelle obama is. and you know set the standard for what she wants to do and the message she wants to leave as first lady. so, stay true to yourself. >> one aspect of her personality, right, because it's not the whole michelle obama. >> exactly. >> shelley, thanks so much. i appreciate it. >> thanks carol. >> still to come in the "newsroom," the nfl's deflate-gate investigation pointing the finger at the patriots' quarterback tom brady. will he be punished soon? we'll talk about that next. olive garden's all new duos are here. but not for long starting at $11.99. our most craveable classics like chicken parmigiana,
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underinflated footballs in january. will brady face punishment? some say that punishment could come down as soon as this week. cnn's sports correspondent coy wire joins me now. will a decision come down this week? >> it's likely. on friday i spoke to a prominent attorney who said he's intimate with this type of situation and has experience in high profile nfl cases. he's familiar with the process. he said likely that tom brady after that report came out would meet with the vp of football operations for the nfl and after that he would have a follow-up meeting with roger goodell to discuss the report some more and this process, he said usually takes a week. that was information i received on friday. that would put us at this friday. could be thursday maybe at the earliest i'm thinking before we know what and if any punishments will be handed out to tom brady and the patriots carol.
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>> so is it possible -- is it possible that the nfl is putting off this punishment because you know the first game of the new season features the patriots versus the steelers and it wouldn't be as fun without tom brady. >> this is true. that's a good game. i will not miss it. i do not think they're going to let this factor into that decision at all. i think they want to be done with this as quickly as possible. if there's going to be punishment they want to clear their hands of it. secondly that first game even if tom brady isn't there tv ratings might be higher to see if the patriots can win without tom brady they're such a good team. i don't think that will come into play at all. i think we'll see a decision sometime this week and what punishments may come for tom brady and the team. >> i'll put you on the spot. what do you think the punishment will be? >> i'm thinking it will be four games. i really do. goodell is not going to -- if he looks at this report and says that it probably happened that means that tom brady also lied
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about it. that will not sit well with roger goodell. i think there will be suspension for tom brady and look out for fines for the organization being their second occurrence of a cheating scandal roger goodell with bounty gate with new orleans saints he said it didn't matter that sean payton didn't know about it. what happens in your house, for that you are responsible. >> we'll see what happens. coy wire thanks as usual. i appreciate it. still to come two police officers gunned down. their families wrestling with the heartbreak. we'll hear from one of the officer's mothers, next. when broker chris hill stays at laquinta and fires up free wi-fi, with a network that's now up to 5 times faster than before you know what he can do? let's see if he's ready. he can swim with the sharks! book your next stay at!
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happening now in the "newsroom," protecting his family until the end. a heartbroken sister remembering her brother shot and killed in the line of duty. >> he would always make sure i was all right. i didn't know that would be the last time i would hear his voice. >> now the suspects preparing to face a judge in mississippi. plus -- >> there goes the school. there goes the school. >> a deadly round of severe storms. tornadoes ripping through
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several states. flash floods rising so quickly choppers called in for rescues and it ain't over yet. and touchy topic. "snl" taking on the draw muhammad controversy. did it cross the line? let's talk in the "cnn newsroom." good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. heartbreak in hattiesburg, mississippi, coming together today to remember two police officers gunned down over the weekend. its memorial service set for this afternoon and today court appearances for the accused cop killers and two others accused of helping them afterwards. >> did you do it? >> no sir, i didn't do it. >> obviously that's one of the suspects. one
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