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do it for us. on behalf of myself, dan, thank you for watching. enjoy the season. i know we will. >> all right. happening now in the newsroom, 11,000 ref joes making their way through austria today alone. the crisis so grave that pope francis is imploring catholics across europe to shelter them. and what sarah palin would do if she were in charge. >> i don't think the public gives a flying flip if somebody knows who today is a specific leader of a specific region or religion or anything because that leader will change. >> and speaking of flying flips, for the second time in a week, a drone crashes at a major sporting event. newsroom starts now.
hello everyone. thank you for joining me. i'm martin savage. so we're going to begin with powerful images from the refugee crisis. where an estimated 11,000 are crossing into austria. and that's over the last 24 hours. police say some 5,000 have also crossed into germany. after weeks of exhausting travel, a heart-warming scene finally unfolding in munich and vienna. take a listen. [ cheers and applause ] >> okay. so that's the good news. the bad news is the u.n. says austria cannot sustain this influx of asylum seekers and other european countries must step up and share that burden. the pope said that it's going to start with his own diocese right in rome.
although thousands of refugee families have reached the countries where they plan to seek asylum, it's important to recognize their excruciating journey to get to that point. she has climbed into the same fishing boats these refugees have taken across the mediterranean. she has boarded those crowded trade cars. she traveled from turkey through macedonia, serbia and hungary. along the way, she filed this reporter's notebook. >> reporter: at the macedonia border, four days spent under the rain after they shut it down. >> we'll die. >> reporter: the children's clothes did not even have enough time to dry before the showers started again. and no one, not a single nonprofit, not the government, to even provide something as simple as a tarp.
a pregnant syrian woman who did not want to be interviewed grabbed my arm in the crowd. she pleaded, please do something. i don't want to lose my baby. hours after me met, the police finally started letting people through. so so desperate they threw themselves across. others making a run for it. a mother lost her son. she frantic begging the police to let her through. it just didn't make sense. how could they be treated like this? brief flashes of relief. trains departing carrying them through macedonia. hands waving. but the respite, short-lived. the further into europe they moved, the worse their treatment became. often traveling overnight on
foot. train tracks lead the flow of humanity from serbia into hungary. here, the real nightmare for most begins. parched they arrive, but there is no water. just hours of waiting under the beating sun where buses finally arrive to take them to a transit camp where all say the conditions are inhumane and they are treated like animals. herded around like sheep and forced to scramble for food and water, and we are not allowed in. at the budapest train station after having waited for days if not over a week sleeping on cement, a moment of slight hope as a packed train departs, also short-lived. an hour into what should have been a journey to the hungary/austria border, it stops. whatever hope they had shattered. a little girl unconsolable.
her mother unable to speak. all they want to do is get out of hungary. bedding down for the night, up in the overhead compartments, parents trying to make their children as comfortable as they can. still struggling to believe that in europe they are finding them themselves reduced to this. it is heartbreaking to witness. thousands take matters into their own hands and start walking from budapest to the austrian border. no longer willing to exist at the mercy of european leaders. we are in awe of their resolve. here, they see the compassion of some of the hungarian people, ashamed of their government's treatment of the refugees, handing out water, food, and more. he was on his crutches the entire way. but then again, someone stopped and gave them a child's
stroller. the injury's from a barrel bomb. the men have children living under isis and syria, getting to germany means a chance of bringing and saving them. almost all of these people have fled the war zones of syria, iraq and afghanistan. homelands that no longer offer a future for them or for their children. the world yet unable to resolve those wars, the people suffering the consequences deserve better than this. cnn, hungary. >> thanks to arwa for her remarkable reporting. joining me now, michelle nun. she is the president and ceo of the organization carol. welcome back. >> thank you. >> the situation there is quite dire. and this of course is sort of the source for everything we're starting to see take place in europe. what did you see there? >> so first of all, have to understand this are 4 million
refugees that have spilled out across the borders of syria, jordan and turkey and lebanon. what i saw, i was visiting cares work there supporting refugee families, trying to give them the shelter, food, and support that they need just to get by. and it's an enormous set of challenges. and it is at the root of this migrant crisis that we now see in europe. >> is c.a.r.e. able to keep up? can you look after our care for that number of people? >> well, the larger global humanitarian response is falling far short of where it needs to be. only 30% of what the u.n. said it requires to meet the needs there are being met. c.a.r.e., only 40% of what we set our sights for. we're falling short. >> i presume some of what we're seeing this migration, people
deciding they can't go home, now they're going to look for a new life. and the closest place they look to go is europe. they turned away from the past and realized life has got to be somewhere else. >> well, i sat with a family of four little boys and the mother and father, the two older boys in jordan were working to support their family. so not going to school. the mother was devastated by this. she pulled up the shirt of her 6-year-old boy with -- showed me the shah rapnal. she said, what choice did i have to leave? now she faces a future without hope for her children. so again, she is considering what are her options. >> and we have to think -- we talked about this. ten, 15 years down the road, syrians may be returning and how do we prepare them for that? >> how do we make sure that the children of these refugees have the chance for schooling.
right now in jordan and turkey, only 25% of the refugee children are in school. when you think about that, several years of interrupted education, what are the possibilities for that generation? do we face a lost generation? we need to make sure we get them in school, give them some hope for the future. in the meanwhile, that they can be productive citizens supporting their own families. >> michelle nun from care. thank you. >> thank you very much. now, let's talk a little bit more about the pope's response to the refugee crisis. at the end of his message today, he said, i appeal to the parishes, the monasteries, shrines throughout europe to accommodate a family of refugees. every parish, every religious community,er sanctuary of europe has to host a family and that is starting with my own diocese of
rome. we're in rome. how many families are we talking about that the vatican is likely to host? >> reporter: well, to begin with, the pope says he's going to start with his two parishes inside the vatican. there's another small one called st. anne's. one family for each of those parishes. i spoke to the pope's spokesman who said that the families will not necessarily stay inside the vatican. that the pope's appeal was not just to the priests of the various churches, it was also to the families who attend mass at those churches. the hope might be that the families who attend mass at the vatican may also host refugee families. now, there are some 75,000 parishes between france, germany, italy and spain alone. that doesn't even include the monasteries, the convents and other religious institutions that the pope appealed to today.
so clearly, an opening of doors would go some way to helping this refugee crisis. we should also say that a lot of this is already underway in some of the diocese in europe. in milan, they already have some 900 places made available in their arch diocese. an archdiocese is made up of the church parishes. in vienna, some 1,000 places are also available. there are the catholic relief services and aid charitities which work on the front lines with immigrants. one of those agencies, based here in rome, gave an early response to the pope's appeal saying we could go even further and offer a sponsorship program whereby european families would pay for families to come to europe and it will be avoid the
harrowing journeys by land or sea to get to europe. >> joining us from rome, thank you very much for that. coming up, hillary clinton, she's falling behind in the presidential race in new hampshire. and we'll have an exclusive interview with sarah palin. she speaks out about very personal feelings including down syndrome and abortion. as my diabetes changed, it got harder to control my blood sugar. today, i'm asking about levemir®. vo: levemir® is an injectable insulin that can give you blood sugar control for up to 24 hours. and levemir® helps lower your a1c. levemir® lasts 42 days without refrigeration. that's 50% longer than lantus®, which lasts 28 days. levemir® comes in flextouch, the latest in insulin pen technology from novo nordisk. levemir® is a long-acting insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes and is not recommended to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.
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the race for the white house is heating up on the democratic side certainly. a new nbc poll shows that bernie sanders now has a nine-point lead over hillary clinton in new hampshire. but first, sarah palin in an exclusive interview is speaking out about what she would do if she was in charge. and she opened up about a subject that hits close to her heart. >> ohio lawmakers are soon going to bring up legislation that would ban women from being legally allowed to terminate a pregnancy based on a diagnosis of down syndrome.
governor kay sich has not taken a position on the bill. do you want him to? >> yes, i want him to. do you think it should be legal for a mom to snuff out the life of her baby just because the child has one extra chromosome. trig's inside. i wish he would come over and tap me on my shoulder and whisper something to me. i wish that more people could meet kids like trig and so many others that have that extra chromosome. they keep us grounded and put things in perspective in our lives. no i don't think because the child has one extra chromosome they should be able to snuff that life out. when i was pregnant and very early on at 12 weeks got the diagnosis that trig would be
born with down syndrome, i know what moms go through when they're giving that -- at the time to be honest with you, kind of devastating news. it makes your world stop spinning for a bit there. there's some fear this of the unknown. certainly there was fear many my heart about how in the world are we going to be able to handle the challenges up ahead. not necessarily thinking of the beauty that could come from a child being different, being unique. and ased months went by and as i prayed about it, god, please change my heart and my eyes so i can see the beauty in all this, so that i'll be ready to be a good mom to this child. he answered my prayers. but i do know what moms go through. the think the reason that 85% in some areas 90% of babies who
have down syndrome are aborted is that fear of the unknown and because culture has told these women -- and again, i was there -- has told these women, you're not capable of being able to handle and nurture and love and raise a child with special needs. it's just so much easier and convenient for you to just end it, pretend like it never happened, get rid of the child, get rid of the baby and get on with a convenient life of your own. with culture's overall mind set of life being able to just be thrown away, i know why that stat is what it is, is so high. it's tragic. heck, whatever i can do to help parents, though, facing such a challenge at the beginning especially to let them know, you can do it and it's beautiful. i wouldn't change anything about trig. i wouldn't change anything about how this has solidified our family support for the sanctity
of life and for tolerance, for accepting people who are a little bit different. >> donald trump says he would love to have someone of your strength in his administration. is there a particular area you think would line up best with your strengths, a position you'd want to serve in? >> that's a great question. i think a lot about the department of energy. energy is my baby. oil and gas and minerals, those things that god has dumped on this part of the earth for mankind's use. instead of relying on unfriendly nations. i think a lot about department of energy. if i were head of that, i would get rid of it and i'd let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states. if i were in charge of that, it would be short-term job, but it would be -- it would be really
great to have someone who knows energy and is pro responsible development to be in charge. >> sarah palin speaking to jake tapper. that gives us a lot to talk about here. and we've got a great panel to do just that. brian morgan stern and ellis hen ken. good to see you both back again. ellis, let me start with you. as we know, sarah palin has a down syndrome child of her own. she spoke very personally about the topic. i'm wondering, do you think that her voice and her stance will sway the opinions of, say, those in ohio when it comes up for a vote? >> it's heart wrenching to listen to her tell that story. you've got to honor and respect whatever decision any mom in that situation makes. there's a political question underlying it that goes beyond that. it's ultimately, who should make
these decisions. should women and their doctors and clergymen or should politicians and police officers and governor and legislators. and then what kind of penalties would we impose against women who violated sarah palin's view of the right decision? do we want to send those women to jail? to me, the personal story is absolutely riveting. the political story, i don't know. it seems pretty scary to have a bunch of politicians making those decisions. >> i get the difference you point out there. she said that she wanted to be head of the energy department, but then she said she'd immediately get rid of it, handing this kind of federal empowerment down to the state level. do you think that makes sense? >> well, it goes along with a very popular republican theme which is states' rights and getting centralized control out of washington. that's been a theme on a number of topics, not just energy.
that is a particularly hot one because of the keystone pipeline, because of drilling licenses. a lot of coal regulations in west virginia. in a lot of key states, energy will be a very important topic. so, you know, giving power back to the states is going to be a pretty appealing message for a lot of voters. it's come up in a lot of different areas. common core is a big topic in the education realm. a lot of republican candidates over the years have talked about getting rid of the department of education and putting the power back into the hands of parents and students as opposed to having some bureaucrat in washington what your kid's going to learn in school. this is not a crazy idea in that a lot of people at home want control over energy policy because they feel like washington bureaucrats are taking away their livelihood just in the same way other areas people feel overwhelmed by government intrusion. >> it's not common though to
hear somebody say i want a job and the first thing i want to do is get rid of that job. let's talk about the polls. hillary clinton saying yesterday that she expected a competitive race. she's got one. ellis, do you think that the hillary camp could have ever imagined that bernie sanders would pull ahead in new hampshire as he 'peered to have done? >> there's no way. listen, it's got to be worry some. if bernie wins in iowa and new hampshire, then it's onto south carolina. that will turn this race upside down. nobody was expecting that. >> i tend to agree. speaking of potential upsets, carson now kbaning ground on donald trump. should donald trump will worried at all about this? >> i don't think donald trump knows how to worry. i don't think that's an emotion that he has in his basket of emotions. he's the most confident guy i think we've ever seen run for
office. worry, i don't think so. frankly, i don't think any of these candidates really need to be worrying about polls. it's really when you get into the four to eight weeks before an election that polls have any sort of predictive value whatsoever. while they're fun for us to talk about, these don't necessarily tell us what's going to happen. >> brian, ellis, thank you both for joining us and keeping us politically grounded. thank you. reminder to pass along. be sure to watch the next republican presidential debate because it will be here hosted by cnn, wednesday september 16th. it starts at 6:00 p.m. eastern. we'll be back in just a minute. we thought we'd be ready. but demand for our cocktail bitters was huge. i could feel our deadlines racing towards us. we didn't need a loan. we needed short-term funding. fast. our amex helped us fill the orders. just like that.
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as college football kicks off this weekend, authorities had to deal with a drone scare at the university of kentucky last night. the unmanned aircraft crashed into the stadium just before the wildcats took on the louisiana lafayette team. we are joined now from the u.s. open where they had a drone issue of their own. sarah? >> reporter: that's right, martin. you know sporting events are one of the few places where it is illegal to fly a drone.
just think about it, you're at a football game watching your team playing. you're looking down at the game. you're not looking up at the sky thinking a drone might fall out of it. but twice that has now happened in the last week. >> seemed as if they fell from somewhere. >> reporter: just days after a drone crashed into the stands at a match at the u.s. open, a second drone crashes into a kentucky stayed jump. this black and white drone fell into the stands just before kickoff at the university of kentucky football team's home opener. officials say it was being flown by a student and it was hovering near the scoreboard during pregame fest activities. drones are banned on the university's campus and the faa has banned them from sporting events. authorities are considering what to do next. >> what we have right now is a real patch work of laws.
>> reporter: mary ska voe says banning drones over stadiums simply isn't enough to protect people. >> there's no requirement that the drones have what's called a go home chip. if your radio signal is broken, what does the drone do? does it tumble out of control and fall to the earth or does it go home? >> seems to be that a drone has landed in the stadium seats. >> reporter: friday, a new york science teacher was arrested. confusing broadcasters. >> we have a moment here where we're not entirely certain as to what it is. >> reporter: and temporarily halting games. >> i think both players heard it. >> reporter: no one was hurt, but the laws simply have not caught up. >> there isn't a regulation right now that says those blades must have be protected. these incidents are becoming more frequent with at least three people detained or
questioned by police for flying drones over sporting events in the last several months. martin, if you have a drone at home and you're thinking about taking it out for a flight, there's a few other places you can't fly it here in the u.s. one of them is airports. also sporting events, not just here at the u.s. open or at college football games. also major league baseball, the nfl and many racing events. also military bases, another place that they are banned and finally national parks. martin? >> interesting. and sad to see. thank you very much for that. the u.s. is warning russia about building up its military preens in syria. still ahead, how could this complicate the civil war there. could it get anymore complicated for the coalition fight against isis? what do a nascar® driver...
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pretty interesting article. it was asking is russia secretly conducting a military intervention in syria. writing about that is michael wise. he said there are quote, a flurry of reports that russia has made plans for a direct military intervention in syria's four-year civil war and may have started one already end quote. the u.s. is so concerned about that possibility, that john kerry called his russian counterpart to raise the issue. let me bring in michael weiss. he's covered the fighting in syria from its inception. what evidence have we seen or have we been seeing of russian involvement in syria up to now? >> the most compelling was introduce produced by a pro assad media outlet. the television channel for the national defense force that has been fighting alongside the
syrian army against the rebels. this was footage taken from the coastal province where the assad family had come from. it showed a btr-82. that is an infantry fighting vehicle sent by russia. you could hear russian operators driving the vehicle. so was this a training kperds or were they engaged in active combat operations. it has been contested that they are indeed pushing into the coastal region. other bits of evidence have included a report in an israeli newspaper which cited russian diplomats that russia planned to send an expedition force there. the al qaeda franchise in syria uploaded to a social media platform photographs of what i know deed look to be the russian
air force flying fighter jets and drones. they said that the footage was taken in northwest syria. there's no isis in that province. there is nusra and other rebel groups. >> before we run out of time, here's the basic question. what for the united states is the real concern here? we know there is a coalition force and u.s. air force that planes that are flying in that area. are we concerned of some sort of direct confrontation or accidentally or intentionally between the russians and the u.s. over syria? >> the greater concern is what are the russian's motives in syria. is it going to be to fight isis or bomb rebels that the pentagon and the cia have been working with. putin came out and said, we'll only work with the healthy opposition. he means people still loyal to the assad regime.
that i think is what is exercising secretary kerry and the u.s. government. >> it's very interesting article in the daily beast. thank you very much for talking to us about it. clearly going to complicate what is ever a very complex situation even more. thanks. >> ahead, muslim flight attendant, she fighting back after being grounded for refusing to serve alcohol. why she says her religious freedom is under attack. ♪ a good host, is a good host
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a muslim flight attendant says that she was suspended for refusing to serve alcohol. charee stanley says her faith doesn't allow her to consume or serve alcoholic bev ranls. and she says that she's being discriminated against because of her rely job. of course this story resonates because of another story out of kentucky along these lines. >> critics would say she knew what she was getting into before she took the job in kentucky. the clerk had her job change on her. that changed about two months later when a co-worker complained that ms. charee stanley was not fulfilling her job responsibilities. now her lawyer says she's the victim of discrimination. charee stanley says she was suspended from her job because
of her religious believes. stanley converted to islam two years ago. she says she only learned recently her faith prohibits her from serving alcohol. she and the airline worked out a compromise. until one of her coworkers filed a complaint against her. four weeks later, stanley's religious accommodation was revoked by the airline. she was suspended. >> what we're asking for is that her employment be reinstated and her reasonable accommodation be reinstated as well. >> her lawyer says her sincerely held religious beliefs should not keep her from being a flight attendant. >> the law requires that her employer accommodate her beliefs. >> a spokesman for expressjet
declined to discuss stanley's complaint. but in a statement to cnn said, we embrace and respect the values of all of our team members, we are an equal opportunity employer with a long history of diversity in our workforce. mary schiavo says a reasonable accommodation for stanley may be difficult given that she works for a small airline. >> where you have just one flight attendant on a flight of 50 seats or less, the pilot can't come out of the cockpit and serve the drinks. >> the equal employment opportunity commission will launch their own investigation at which point expressjet has an opportunity to respond. she is suspended right now. >> we'll watch that. thanks to you. coming up, late night tv is getting the newest addition. >> this is a huge chance to see the very first steven colbert
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i knew something had to change on my end to stay healthy. i go anywhere between nine to 12 hours, all sitting at the desk. may be working a lot, but you're at the desk sitting. >> how far do you think you could walk before you had to stop? the number one problem i see my patients face as a cardiologist is a sedentary lifestyle. i was frustrated at my
ineffectiveness to create change in my patients. so i said, if my family goes to the park, would you be interested in joining us. the response was phenomenal. i wanted to talk about how easy taking care of ourselves can be. there's no better way that you can show a patient that you care about them than by going the extra mile with them. there's no way in the office. there's no fear of bad news. it's just the patient and the physician talking about whatever the patient wants to talk about. >> the beginning, i used to walk a mile or two. by end of the year, i've completed a full marathon. i'm thinking of signing up for my second marathon. he taught me you can achieve things that are really big, but it all starts with small steps.
>> how many miles do you have in already? >> 80% of cardiac disease is preventable if we just go for a walk. if people just take that first step, they will never look back. just in, there will be a new democratic candidate for president starting this week. that guy. harvard professor says he's going to announce his bid on wednesday. he tweeted today that he hit the fundraising benchmark he had set. he raised a million dollars through a kick starter program. he says he's going to focus on changing campaign finance laws. he says once that change is made he would step down and put his vice president in the oval office. interesting. late night tv will look a lot different starting this week. step ven colbert is replacing david letterman. the comedian is said to be
ditching the fake newsman perso persona. which of course made him famous. with speculation on which steven colbert will show up, he addressed those very thoughts on cbs sunday morning. >> i worked really hard to be that other guy for ten years. but i hope people, thank god, you know who i am. i hope they'll find out pretty quickly that the guy they saw for ten years with my sense of humor the whole time, it is flattering that people thought i was a newsman eventually over the years. but it's really nice to not have to pretend it anymore. >> i bet it is. colbert has been busy this summer becoming his own kind of king of self-promotion. filling in as a cable tv show in michigan. and eminem. cbs is hoping the unique appeal will translate to ratings.
joining me now to talk about the whole issue here is comedian pete dominic. he warmed up the crowd for the colbert report. pete, very good to see you. >> martin sa vanl, great to be here with you, buddy. >> let me ask you this. what kind of show is it going to be? you already know what the competition is. is this going to be heavy thinking, political, what kind of man is now going to take over this late night program? >> well, a brilliant man, probably the greatest comedian of our generation simply because he can do anything. sing, dance, he can speak latin during the writers strike. he wrote the entire show himself, so he's a writer. i don't think he's going to reinvent late night. to be fair, he's been doing late night, 11:30. for ten years he did a sketch as the colbert report. it usually only lasts two
minutes. i don't think he's going to e reinvent the wheel, but he's definitely going to reinvent himself every night. from the white house correspondents dinner when he roasted george w. bush. he went to iraq and broadcasts the colbert report from one of saddam's former palaces. under the president's orders, shaved his head. the rally for sanity and fear. he went to the vancouver olympics and made a mockery of the citizen's united, the horrible supreme court decision with all of the money in politics, he brought so much enlightenment to that. >> before i run out of time because i quickly am re. as far as what we think the show is going to be like, is it more cerebral than some of the other fare we're watching at this hour? i think he's going to challenge the audience a little bit. he has the goofiness of conan, he can do everything jimmy
fallon can do. he's got all of their tools in his box. i think everybody is going to love steven colbert as the host of the late show. >> i look at the list of guests and there's certainly politicians or politically active people. what do i make of that? >> he's hosting a relevant show. let's going to have more than just politics. he's going to comment on everything from culture to parenting. i think he's going to do a little bit of what john oliver is doing at hbo. but a lot of what stempb colbert does best which is make us laugh every night. >> thank you very much for your insights. we'll be back in a moment. i w. noooo... ...but then if i want to come back again... yesss... it's perfect. now that we've added an adjustable base, my favorite part is to be able to lift your legs up a little bit... ...lift the head up a little bit, and it feels like i'm just cradled. right now, save up to $500 on select tempur-pedic adjustable mattresses sets. plus get our best financing offer
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the next hour of cnn newsroom begins right now. top of the hour. hello, everyone. you are in the cnn newsroom. i'm in more poppy harlow. 12,000 people terrified and desperate. some of them solo, all alone. that's how many people have traveled through austria and into germany this weekend. refugees getting away from terrorism and civil wars, persecution in their own home countries austria and germany both countries opened their borders to thousands of moi grants, the only european countries so far to do so. these are the people who have made it to relative safety. the u.n. estimates that nearly 3,000 people died or are missing this year in their quest to reach western europe for a