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hello. i'm wolf blitzer. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. we begin with the deadly amtrak train derailment in philadelphia. investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the train to accelerate to more than 100 miles an hour in the seconds just before the accident. surveillance video from a nearby business shows a bright flash and sparks as the train derailed. national transportation safety board says another video shows the train barrelling down the tracks at 70 miles per hour. that was 65 seconds before the crash. it continued to accelerate. the investigators are hoping to learn more from the train's engineer brandon bostian. he has agreed to be interviewed
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although his attorney says he doesn't remember the accident. and one of the eight people that died in the crash is being laid to rest today. the funeral for justice dempster taking place today. we're learning more about the train's engineer brandon bostian. parentally he was an advocate for the safety equipment that might have prevented tuesday's crash. the senior investigative respondent is digging into this part of the story. what have you learned? >> it turns out he's been a writer about trains and transportation since back in his high school days. but it's specifically some blog that's we believe are related to brandon bostian. back in 2011 where he is talking specifically about the exact safety equipment that would have according to the ntsb prevented this accidents from happening. take a look at this blog post that he wrote after an engineer caused a crash while texting.
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he says any point over the previous 80 years the railroad could have voluntarily implemented some form of this technology on the line where that fateful wreck took place, instead it took an act of congress to get them to do it. and yet another blog he write, i wish the railroad has been more pro active from the get go. the reality is that they've had nearly 100 years of opportunity to implement some sort of system to mitigate human error but with a few notable exceptions have failed to do so. that was the engineer who was involved in this train wreck posting on blogs years ago. >> it's really amazing when you think about it. you also had a chance drew to speak to a friend of brandon of bostians. what did the friend have to say? >> not just a friend but a colleague on this very route. he was a flag man on brandon bostian's crew for several years. he ran hundreds of routes from new york to washington, d.c. and
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back. and he says this engineer always checked out fine. there was nothing that would alarm him about anything when the engineer was behind the train. >> let me ask you some tough questions. ever see him drinking? >> never. >> ever see him too sleepy? >> never. >> texting? >> no. >> phone calls? >> never had his phone out. it didn't matter what the situation was. never had his phone out. >> let me ask you, what do you think happened? >> i -- i honestly don't know. i really believe something happened prior to him getting to that curve. we all know what the speed limits are. and it's not a mystery to us. again, i went up and down the rails with brandon hundreds of time. >> wolf as that flagman says the crews of the trains especially experienced ones know every inch of that track. know the speed limits. he says he can't imagine what the explanation is but it must come he says from the engineer
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brandon bostian. >> we'll see what develops during this investigation. all right. thank you. let's examine the latest threads in this entire case. the engineer his on line postings and the first lawsuit actually to be filed in the case already joining us our aviation analyst. he's here with me. our aviation attorney justin green is joining us from new york. peter, let's get your reaction to what we just saw in that report from grew grifdrew griffin. he was right in the blogs, wasn't he? >> he was correct. everything i heard about this guy is that he was an outstanding employee and an excellent engineer which makes it all the more you know just in explicable what happened. >> was he right that it took an act of congress to even begin some of the safety measures? >> well this was a major expenditure in the end it is estimates it is going to cost $9 billion. and it did take an act of
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congress to mandate that it be done on the 6 o thou0,000 miles of rail in the u.s. >> let's talk about the legal parts of this justin. as you know with, the first lawsuit that has already been filed, let me play this clip. and then we'll discuss. listen to this. his only remedy is against his employer under what is called the federal employers liability act which is a statute that mandates nordz for him to recover sh he has to prove that his employer failed to provide him with a safe place to work. during the period of time that he is unable to work he is not eligible for any kind of compensation benefits such as a regular employee would be under state compensation law. >> so this was the lawyer for one of the amtrak employees. what do you make of this potential lawsuit? >> i think when lawyers file a
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lout soon after an accident sometimes the filing is more motivated by a desire for publicity in order to get other cases. now everyone who is watching this now knows there is a lawsuit filed. and now knows the name of the lawyer who filed the lawsuit. they contact that lawyer. so i think it's -- the truth is that there should be really no rush to file. most of the very seriously injured people you need to figure out what the extent of the injuries are before you start bringing claims. one thing is there is a federal law that requires amtrak to have $200 million worth of insurance to cover the competence sorry and punitive claims. so in this case with the extent of the injuries and the deaths involved we're going to see whether that is enough money to even just provide compensation for the families. >> peter, i assume there is a lot of lawsuits in the aftermath
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of this horrific accident. you've been -- you've been an investigator in a lot of similar kinds of accidents. what's going to happen legally as we go down? how much trouble, for example, the enkgineer brandon bostian, how much legal trouble is he in? >> usually in the u.s. there are no criminal proceedings following an descent such as this. we understand that people make mistakes. it's not a criminal act. unlike the eeu where they do file almost immediately a criminal investigation. but as indicated, there is a $200 million cap with the number of injured, the number of dead they're going to hit that cap very quickly. >> what do you think, justin? how much trouble is brandon bastion, the engineer in in? >> well, it's a good question. this seems to be a repeat of the 2013 mts derailment. the engineer said he fell
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asleep. they investigated him for criminal charges. ultimately said we're not going to charge him. i think in america we don't send people to jail for making what i might call an honest mistake. however, if they take his blood and they find out he is on some sort of medication that he shouldn't be on illicit drugs, if they see on his phone that he was texting at the time i think he could be in quite a bit of trouble. >> well his on line blogging warning of the dangers out there help him or hurt him going into any possible legal bat snl. >> i don't think it will matter. you know i think we have to see what his -- you know in the law we have this thing calls what is real intent. what his intent was. if he has no evil intent if this was, you know, an descentaccident one thing that strikes me just like in the german wings case that we talked about a month ago, you know you have the safety of everyone onboard this
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airplane in the hands at kind of the whim of the health of one person. or the mental well-being of one person or the good intentions of one person. i think that is something that has to be looked at whether that's -- you know without the safety devices we've been talking about, whether, you know it's a good plan to have one person in charge of everyone's safety. >> i think he makes a good pointst don't you agree? >> there have been debates about one person and two person crews for many years the railroads obviously want one person crews because it cuts the labor costs. the labor unions point to safety as a reason to have a second person in the crew cab. >> peter and justin, thank you very much. we'll have more on the amtrak derailment impacting traffic up and down the east coast in the united states. flights jam packed. airline ticket prices soaring. we'll take a look at the economic damage.
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later, it's not easy being related to a former president of the united states. jeb bush learned that over and over this past week. so how does he move forward now and what can hillary clinton learn from him? we'll talk about that and much more coming up.
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the amtrak derailment is causing major problems in the northeast. many rail passengers are turngs to the airlines packing flights, often paying high prices for the tickets. our money correspondent is joining us from new york. how much are airfares rising? >> a typical ticket from new york to d.c. can cost between
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$200 and $400. i was just on all of the airline siteses, i'm seeing fares up to $1,000 for just regular airfare. and i'm pressing the airlines to really address this issue, whether or not this is price gouging. initial lit airline said look this is what is left over. all of the cheap fares are taken. but i was just tweeting at american airlines and it says that it offers a variety of fares. i tweeted back saying look i can't find any cheap fares. please direct me to them. i'm waiting to hear back. clearly there is something infuriating a lot of consumers. there's been quite a reaction on twitter already. >> are they taking unfair advantage of the situation? the airlines? is there anything illegal about the prices going from a one way ticket let's say $300 or $400 to $1,000 or even $1200? >> the airlines had initially told us there is nothing illegal what they're doing is perfectly within the realm of the law and
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that it's just a matter of supply and demand and the only tickets that are left are the ones that are higher priced. but honestly wolf have you ever seen a ticket from new york to d.c. even the first class you want to take at $2,000? i personally never seen that. >> number i do it all the time. i go between washington and new york on either the delta shuttle, us airways shuttle and the tickets go frommed ed$200 to $300. we're talking about coach. if they're charging $1,000 for a coach ticket i never heard of that myself. what about amtrak? what do we expect travel to resume through philadelphia? between washington and philadelphia? washington and philadelphia i think is going. but from philadelphia to new york? >> yeah. i mean that -- amtrak is saying at this point it hopes that tuesday is the day that it can resume somewhat normal service.
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but this is costing an exorbitant amount of money for disruption expenses. amtrak says it is totalling economic costs are about $100 million a day. so the outages started on tuesday. talking about potentially $77$700 million in total costs. we're talking about 260 million people who use the northeast corridor on an annual basis. many of them to get to work. amtrak said that workforce contributes $50 billion and annually. i think it's important to point out these costs as washington debates the financial support that the railroads needs to upgrade their system and implement technology like positive train control. wolf? >> thank you very much for that report. up next missing u.s. marine helicopter is finally found. we have more on the recovery
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dedicated to the international humanitarian aid mission here in nepal. we are deeply saddened by the discovery of this wreckage and we will remain dedicated to the recovery effort until every last marine and nepali soldier is brought home. >> our will rippley is joining us live right now. what is delaying the recovery efforts, the identification of the victims? >> first of ail, the conditions here, 12e 11,200 feet on the side of the mountain. the weather conditions throughout the day. it was deemed to be unsafe with the crews on the ground to remain there. and also deemed to be unsafe for aircraft to fly throughout that area. you heard the lieutenant general describing what a very violent crash. three bodies so far that were burned. have been at least located. but they are having to scour the area to try to locate the rest
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of the crew. it's really an awful picture that we're painting as we learn more details. >> on tuesday when this helicopter disappeared, it was conducting a humanitarian mission. hit just dropped off a load of badly needed supplies to the remote mountain villages that have been cut off since the earthquakes. it was on its way back. there was a report of a radio transmission possibly a fuel problem. we believe the helicopter was heading back east towards katmandu from a location about 80 miles. it got within 21 miles of the city. and then of course the helicopter lost contact. was it a fuel issue? did the weather conditions change? those are the questions that investigators are asking whether they head back out to the crash site tomorrow.
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the governor of ramadi in iraq says isis has launched a wide scale attack to retake that critically important iraqi city. we know the terror group ceased control of the main government building. ramadi is just 70 miles or so west of baghdad. if the it is ji captured by isis it will be the biggist victory yet during this current campaign. earlier they took mosul, the second largest city in iraq. meanwhile, an audio message said to be from an isis leader -- the isis leader i should say, has been released. it calls for new recruits to join isis or to carry out attacks on behalf of the terror group. the fate has been unclear amid reports of air strikes by u.s.-led coalition fighters. in syria, meanwhile, anarch logical gem of the middle east is now under threat. isis is within striking distance of some of the world's most magnificent antiquities right now. there was a hearing in texas
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this morning for an iraqi-born american citizen who the fbi says pledged allegiance to the isis leader. he's accused of lying to the fbi about the tweet. he admitted to investigators he did travel to syria. he fought alongside the free syrian army. here with me now is mick mccall. he is the chairman of the house homeland security committee. mr. chairman thank you for joining us. i know you're just back from the region. i want to get to that. but the arrest of this iraqi-born american citizen in texas. supposedly supportive sympathetic to isis. >> we know he traveled to sear yachlt he said he fought with the free syrian army. i believe that was a false statement. he actually is one of the foreign fighters. that left the united states trained in syria and then came back. in this case to dallas texas. these foreign fighters was a
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subject of investigation by my committee. we look at the travels. they go in and out of iraq and syria through turkey. the istanbul sirpt not fully secured. then they go to europe where they don't screen european citizens and then the visa waiver can you come into the united states. >> are you reassured? you met with leaders in turkey right? >> they were doing nothing a year ago. they were letting the foreign fighters go in. now they were screening inbound. it's the out bound screening that is completely inadequate. and that's what we're most worried about. >> so you're worried about what is going on in turkey. it seems to be an easy gateway to go between europe and syria and then iraq. >> correct. it is the epicenter of transit for the foreign fighters. and that's when we were in iraq and met with the prime minister of iraq. you mentioned in your piece. ramadi is falling to isis. the black flag is going up. >> i thought the coalition, the iraqis backed they were taking
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over ramadi. what happened? it's been a couple weeks and all of a sudden isis is back in control. >> well it's a bad sign. they're bringing in shia militias. >> who? >> the iraqi government. the iraqi government is so inadequate and ill prepared they cannot defeat isis. to do that they're bringing in shia militias into iraq to fight isis. and it's enflaming the sunni tribes. >> iraqi sunnis? >> right. maliki disenfranchised the sunni tribes. we didn't have a residual force. now we bring in the shia militias and the sunni tribes are enflamed. the political reconciliation will be very difficult to take place. >> you met with the new prime minister. he was just in washington a few weeks ago. and the administration the obama administration was painting a relatively upbeat picture that this guy a lot better than al maliki.
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>> he's better. the fact is he is a shia and supporting the shia many lishilitias coming in. then we met the speaker of parliament who is against this strategy. you have a very divided government within iraq. i think the shias militias income iraq is very dangerous. >> you also went to israel. you met with the prime minister of israel benjamin netanyahu. i take it is still pretty concerned about the u.s.-led nuclear deal with iran? >> very much so. he views iran more of a threat than isis. he sees iran as an empire that could go nuclear in the region. and is very very -- he can compare it to a tiger in the middle east that eats red meat every day and he was very concerned about these negotiations. and, of course we saw the gulf states that president tried to rally behind the negotiations fall apart. >> i want to play a clip. yesterday the president had a rare news conference after his meetings with the six gulf arab
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state leaders, four deputies two leaders. he said. this i'll play the clip. >> in the event of such aggression or the threat of such aggression the united states stands ready to work with our gcc partners to urgently determine what actions may be appropriate using the means ott our collective disposal including the use of military force. >> all right. so he was trying to reassure them about the proposed -- there is still no deal. the proposed deal involving iran's nuclear program. what are you hearing? did you succeed? are they still worried? the kuwaitis the amanis? >> the gulf states are not supportive of the iran negotiations. i was over in saudi last year. they questioned why are you negotiating with iran? i think they disagree with the underlying premise that you can negotiate with somebody that chants death to america. remember over there, it's largely the sunni shia conflict. and so they're not supportive. >> where do you stand on this
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proposed deal? >> i think there are too many problems to access to military bases, the fact that the centrifuges continue to spin. i think netanyahu talked about the fact that they're still enriching uranium. and from a homeland security perspective, wolf is the icbms the intelligence estimates are by the end of next year could reach the united states. >> from iran? >> precisely. and the ayatollah says we'll move forward with the icbms. there is only one reason why you create those and that is to deliver a nuclear warhead. >> do you think they'll be that nuts to launch a nuclear warhead against the united states? >> i'm not sure if mute aolly sure if that applies to that part of the world like it did to the russians. i wouldn't want to test that tear theory. >> you're the chairman of the house home land security committee. the secret service detains a guy at lafayette park across the street from the white house. wanted to fly a drone over the white house. what's going on over here? >> second time we've had that happen. a gyro plane almost hits the
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united states capitol. these uavs are -- they go. >> narrator: radar very hard to detect very quick. i'm concerned this is a road map for terrorists if they put an explosive device on one of these. in this case it's innocent. it is like a toy. but what if -- you have an explosive device on that. it could do quite a bit of damage. >> the u.s. uses the drones unmanned aerial vehicles very infectively with hell fire headquarters whether in yemen or elsewhere. they can be very very deadly. thank you very much for joining us. still to come congress is getting closer to putting some weight behind cause for iraq to release americans including this u.s. marine veteran. one congressman is leading that effort and we'll discuss when we come back.
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for nearly four years an american marine veteran is held in iran. now congress is taking action in an attempt to try to win his freedom. a house resolution calling out iran to release other american political prisoners being held there. a vote could come as early as next week. just this week the senate unanimously adopted a companion resolution. he was arrested by iran accused of spying for the cia back in 2011. originally sentenced to death,
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he's now serving a reduced sentence of 10 years. here with me is michigan democratic congressman dan killedy. are you optimistic that the resolutions passed overwhelmingly will have any impact on the iranian regime? >> we think it does make a difference. the discussions we've had with people closer to iranian officials are confirmed for us it mat whaerz the u.s. congress thinks and says despite what the bluster might indicate or what some of their public statements might show us. it matters what the congress says and thinks about iran. and i think it will make a difference. >> a lot of people think it was a blender on the part of the obama administration. not to specifically include release of him and the three other americans as part of the deal to ease sanctions and to get this nuclear deal with iran off the table. now should have been a direct linkage to that and it wasn't.
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was that a mistake? >> if there was a mistake, it may have been not requiring the release before any negotiations would even be considered. >> why didn't they? >> it's a good question. i think there is an argument to be made that we don't ever want to conflate the freedom of the americans or their situation with the consideration that would be traded or negotiated regarding the nuclear capabilities. but that's a question that is long since passed. once the negotiations are underway i have made it clear and i know that this is his own opinion he does not want to be a part of this deal. he doesn't want to be traded. the implication, the clear implication would be that there would have been concessions regarding iran's nuclear capabilities in order to extract his freedom. this guy is a u.s. marine. he's a patriot. does he not want to put himself or his country in that position. so his position our position is iran must unilaterally act outside of the context of these
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negotiations to release these americans. otherwise, they'll never be treated fully as a member -- >> you would think the iranians they'll get a wind fall tens of billions of dollars. if the sanctions are eased after a deal is signed, we don't know if a deal will be signed assuming it will be they'll say, you know what? we're going to release these prisoners. there is no indication of that as far as you know? >> no indication. we wouldn't even ask for it to be a part of the consideration. iran needs to understand this deal or some other engageme innts that they're involved in. that will be clofrd by their behavior. that includes whether or not they hold innocent people as political prisoners. >> how is he doing in this prison in iran? >> well he's doing okay. he's tough. he's a marine. you know but it's -- there are times when he really struggles. and when he struggles, his family really feels that pain. so you know part of my job is
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to keep them optimistic by continuing to raise this case and keeping the profile as high as we k we know it matters in terms of ultimate freedom. but it also makes a difference to him that he knows that his country has not forgotten him. >> how does he know that? >> there are opportunities to communicate with him from time to time. i have not. through his family and others it really makes a difference to him. i can only imagine how it must to know that he's not forgotten. that the congress of the united states perhaps, very soon will take up a resolution calling for his freedom, would give him a lot of strength. while we think ultimately the reason to get him home we know it matters in terms of his ability to sustain himself. >> as far as you know you're a democrat. republicans, liberals conservatives, you are going to get almost unanimous support. is anybody opposing what you're doing? >> i haven't had a member say no yet. chairman mccall signed on to the resolution. he was just on your show.
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members on both sides of the aisle and the entire political spectrum have signed on to this resolution. we're gaining new members every day. >> thank you so much for what you're doing. good luck. we hope this american and the other americans are released quickly. appreciate it very much. thanks for keeping the issue out in the forefront. >> thank you, wolf. >> besides this prisoner there are three other americans being held in iran. he has been held for ten months. he is charged with he is spee naj and cooperating with enemy government. a christian pastor who has been held for 2 1/2 years. he's serving an eight year sentence after being accused of helping underground churches. then there is robert levenson he disappeared from iran's kish island eight years ago while working for the cia and believed he is being held in iran. the fbi offered a $5 million reward for his safe return. still ahead, the father was the 41st, his brother was the 43rd. but will his family ties hurt
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jeb bush's becoming the 45th president of the united states? we'll discuss.
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the families or political dynasties on the one hand you have jeb bush son and brother of a former presidents. then on the other, you have hillary clinton, she's the former secretary of state, former u.s. senator as well as the wife of a former president, bill clinton. family connections like this certainly can help a candidate
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or as jeb bush saw this week they can hurt as well. let's discuss with our senior political correspondent. she's here with me in washington. and in scottsdale arizona, our political reporter. jeb bush spent this week trying to explain, clarify his assessment of his brother's decision to invade iraq and go after saddam hussein. listen to what jeb bush said last night. >> my brothers and sister are different than me. but i'm not going to go out of my way to say that you know my brother did this wrong or my dad did this wrong. it's just not going to happen. i have a hard time with. that i love my family a lot. [ applause ] >> all right. so what do you think? it has sort of been complicated all week. he's almost every single day he's had to address this issue. >> well i think that was entirely his prerogative. basically what we've seen here is that jeb does not have the
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raw political instincts that his brother did and he took you know five attempts to clarify what his position was on an issue that is really important to the american people. and at the same time when he finally cleaned this up yesterday, he gave a very human answer. i mean obviously this is a tough issue for him. he wants to be loyal to his brother. and it's just interesting that his family name is proving to be one of his, you know perhaps his greatest liability at this point, more than immigration or common core and all those things we were focused on earlier. >> let's talk about hillary clinton. she's been relatively quiet. i don't think she's given any formal television or print interviews since she formally announced she's running for president of the united states. >> she hasn't. she's only answered a few questions really in the scheme of things questions that have been yelled at her by reporters on these visits. she's not going to these early states iowa new hampshire, nevada and soon south carolina to answer questions from reporters. she's there to talk with voters
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and to sort of introduce herself in a soft way. you saw her book tour when she starts answering questions this is an area where she can get tripped up. but at least for this week hillary clinton's been very quiet. she's she's down done some fundraising. for instance on the issue like trade, which has really dominated the scene here in washington even though she was for this trade agreement that the president is pushing, she as a candidate now has sort of stepped back and saying any trade agreement needs to create jobs and hasn't take an position on it. she's trying to lay low, do no harm. >> let's get back to jeb for a moment. i know you've been covering this story closely. is it going to be short term long term the damage if he knew then what he knows now, would he have gone to war against saddam hussein's iraq? is this going to go away quickly or linger? >> you know i think that's the big question here. i don't think anyone can answer
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that at this point, how much of an albatross will his family name been. at the same time, you did see jeb this week come out and have a human moment talking about his family. sometimes vote ertsrs like it when they catch a glimpse of the candidates struggling and then coming back and finally getting to his answer. what we're waiting to see on the iraq issue is whether it's more of a liability for jeb or for hillary clinton. i think a lot of jeb's allies and his donors would have liked him to have cleaned up that answer a lot quicker than he did. >> and you notice and you obviously remember, one of the first things he said earlier in the week about the invasion of iraq whether he agreed or disagreed with his brother, he pointed out, well he was working on the intelligence he had and hillary clinton was a united states senator that supported going to war against iraq as well. >> she did indeed. you can argue it cost her the election in 2008. but she's evolved on this over
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time with the american electorate electorate. initially she sort of went somewhere in between. even in 2007 2008 about how she was wrong or knowing what she knew. then that has changed over time. most recently in her latest book she says straight out, i was wrong. so the thing we see about hillary clinton is that she has evolved more with i think, the electorate on this issue and on other issues. for instance same-sex marriage and criminal justice reform. i think because of that whereas jeb bush sort of went against the tide in his initial answer whether he misheard the question or what. so for her, that gives her some protection that jeb bush did not have in his answer. >> finally, by jeb bush saying -- go ahead, make your point. >> i think also that what's important to remember here is that it has taken jeb bush a long time to come to where his answer was, right. you know the reason donors were
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lining up behind him, giving tens of millions of dollars to the pacs around him is because he was supposed to be the steady focused candidate. instead, he's been all over the place, even though he has a talented staff. you have what 20 candidates that are all trying to get on the stage. and that's a big topic of discussion here in scottsdale. he's got to compete with them. you have santorum coming out and hitting him on this issue and all the other candidates. he'll have to really recover from that over next couple weeks. >> it's going to be a long campaign. we'll watch every step. maeve, thanks very much. guys thanks to both of you. when we come back the thrill is gone and lucille. those things add up to one thing, b.b. king. we'll look at his remarkable life. i have type 2 diabetes. i started with pills. and now i take a long-acting insulin at night. i take mine in the morning.
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the son of a sharecropper b.b. king rose from rural mississippi to star on the world stage as a blues singer and guitarist. ♪ b.b. king influenced musicians from jimi hendrix to eric clapton and so many more. he's won grammys, a member of the rock and roll hall of fame and was even awarded the congressional medal of freedom. b.b. king died in las vegas last night. he was 89. >> it is hard to imagine the blues without b.b. king. the legendary blues man released over 50 albums with hit songs as "the thrill is gone" and "let the good times roll." born riley b. king in
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mississippi, he worked as a tractor driver in the cotton fields before embarking on his musical career. he began recording in the 1940s and became known as blues boy king and then more simply b.b. king. in 1956 at the height of his popularity he played an astonishing 342 one-night shows. ♪ he continued a rigorous touring schedule into his 80s. king's persistence and passion for the blues paid off, winning 15 grammys. >> it always feels very, very good to go on stage whether you win a grammy or not. >> throughout the years, king worked with various artists like u2 on the song "when love comes to town" and with eric clapton on "riding with a king." in 1987, he was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame and was given a spot on the hollywood walk of fame in 1990. he was rarely seen without his faithful black gibson guitar
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lucille. >> this is my girl lucille. >> the gifted guitarist became the first blues musician to be honored with the kennedy lifetime achievement award in 1995. president george w. bush also honored king in 2006 with the presidential medal of freedom for his musical contributions. ♪ king's health was often a concern since he was diagnosed with type two diabetes in his early 60s. >> to me blues is a type of music that's like a tonic. it's good for whatever ails you. >> in 2012 president obama hosted a concert celebrating blues music. b.b. king was one of the featured performers. >> the king of the blues, mr. b.b. king. ♪
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>> a great talent. b.b. king we all loved b.b. king. that's it for me. i'll be back 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." for our international viewers "amanpour" is next. for out viewers in north america, "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. we have to begin in philadelphia where at any time this train driver in this amtrak crash, the engineer will tell investigators exactly what he remembers about the minutes before that derailment. he is brandon bostian. he's in the hospital apparently suffering memory loss after his train rolled. but really a bigger question right now is this. what the nine-year amtrak veteran can add to what the evidence already shows. his lawyer says he does want to cooperate fully, but the thing is he can't remember the crash. but the evidence here in this case doesn't lie. what we now know is that not only did the train not slow down