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this is cnn br nshgs nshgnn hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield and welcome to legal view. and we will begin with this breaking news as if immigration is not destined to be a huge issue in the 2016 election the supreme court of the united states just guaranteed it. the justices have agreed to take up a challenge from texas and 26 other states to the reforms that president obama ordered unilaterally more than a year ago. you pay recall those executive actions where where he sought to spare the undocumented parents
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of children born in the united states from being deported, and to even grant them work permits. and he sought to spare children born outside of the united states, but brought here to this country unknowingly by their parents. the legal battle started instantly, and our justice correspondent pamela brown is boing to join me now to preview this legal battle. walk me through what happened today, and what these challenges really mean? it is significant, ashleigh, an one of the biggest cases of the supreme court term, because essential ri will, the high court will take up what has been the centerpiece of president obama's second term, the immigration policies, and the program that the president announced more than a year ago allowing the parents of legal citizens, and young adults who came as children the stay in the u.s., and to apply for the programs that could give them work authorization, and other benefits, and this is 4.3 million undocumented immigrants. now it was immediately challenged by texas and 25 other
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states, and you may remember because they said that this violated the law, and outside of the scope of the president's executive authority, and that basically they said that you may be able to defer the action, but you can't change immigration law. the president came back and said, that's wrong, this is within my prosecutorial discretion when it comes to immigration, and so it appealed to the high court, and it decided today that we will take it up, and it is a big deal, too, ashleigh, because had the high court not decided to take up the case, that means that the program would continue to be block blocked in texas, and in other states. >> and so, what's the white house saying other than the irony of this being a victory, and when you hear that someone's executive action is going to be challenge and heard from the high court, it is not a victory, and for the white house, this is a victory, and what is the response to this? >> well, it is, and they are saying, look, we are pleased with this, and again, it is going the give them the opportunity for a program to
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continue to go forward in texas and these other states, where it is currently blocked, and also, you know, the immigrants, these undocumented immigrants eligible for the programs have been in the legal limbo, and it is hoping for the court to clear everything up, and released the statement of the white house saying that like millions of families across the country, immigrants want wanting to be held accountable on the books, and to pay taxes and contribute to the society openly and honestly, we are pleased for the supreme court to review this immigration case. and even though it is pleased, the stakes are still very high for the obama administration, and also, ashleigh, this is coming right at the heart of the election season, and this is something that we have heard the candidates say on the trail, and the republican candidates saying that the president went outside of his scope of constitutional authority, so it is certainly a hot topic, and now the high court will review the case. >> all right. pamela brown, thank you for that, and if you could standby, because when pamela gave the
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white house response, there was this, we are confident a that the policies are will be upheld as lawful, as a statement are from the white house. not everyone agrees. joining us is eric seeingle from the constitutional law profes r professor, and eric reyes, and also, a new york writer, and cnn legal analyst jeffrey toobin, and e jeffrey, there is extreme polarization, and i don't have to remind you or anybody else who is watching on the high court. are there any expectation at this point as to what the nine will do? >> well, i think that predictions are always difficult at the supreme court, but i think that this case in particular should, it is a difficult one to predict, because it is scrambles the usual ideological position. the liberals usually want a broad conception of standing of the right to sue, so they would, you would think would be in
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favor of texas's right to sue. conservative conservatives usually like a broad conception of executive power. so you would think that they would be in favor of president obama's unilateral action of immigration, but here, you have the liberals arguing, and the administration arguing that texas does not have the right to sue, and you have conservatives arguing that president obama doesn't have the right to this action. so how those distinctions will play out in front of the court, i think it is very difficult. >> and so what you are saying, jeffrey, effectively, there is this argument about standing, and can you evenb say that you are somehow injured, texas and the other states? do you have an injury that allows you to be the person that the state to challenge this? is that what you are saying, standing alone? >> that is right. because it is an executive order that applies to individuals, and these individuals who have children legally in the united
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states can go to the immigration an and, and can go to the immigration office and say, look, i want to get certified as legal. the administration says, that has nothing to do with the state. the states are not affected by that, and it makes no difference to the states, so they have no right to go into the court and sue to stop. that is the argument. >> and well sh, and for the rec, texas brought this action by saying, we are injured, because we have to issue all of the additional driver's licenses, and there is a cost the that anded a mip administrative aspect to it, and that is the argument. let me go to the issue of merit, because if we can get past the standing, we will get to mer richlt and so far the contents of this action, and they have not been litigated the actual merit has not been litigated. and eric, what about the notion that critics say it is outside of the president's constitutional authority. with your background, is it? >> well, i don't think it is, but that issue has not yet been litigated anyway. and the lower trial court and
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the court of appeals in texas did not resolve any constitutional issues about the president's immigration policy. the most interesting thing that happened today, and i think that jeffrey would likely agree with this is that the court added a question to the issues that were already involved in the case. they do that sometimes, but it is el relatively rare, and the question they added today cut right to the heart of the constitutional issue, does the president have the power even if he was somehow authorized to enter this policy, and this is a new issue in the case that has not been decided by any lower court judges. and one more thing to the understanding of the case, justice scalia and thomas would be the type of justices who would not think that texas has stand manage the case. so this whole -- >> why? >> because they are take a very, very narrow standing generally speaking, so their desire to do harm to the president politically and their
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intellectual commitments to standing are going to be conflicting in this case, and that is going to be fascinating. >> and that is without question extremely fascinating, and now, l let's just talk about the actual logistics of, th s of this, rau. and say the administration prevails, and then they have seven months until the end of obama's term to jam in the policy and get it up and running, and how many people, and how many people are going to be trusting that it are will stay running after the elections, and that they should put themselves into the public eye, and come out of the shadows with the risk that seven months later, it could all be up in flames? >> exactly. that is with one of the real risks that immigration rights advocates have seen as the processes has dragged on. the longerer the court battle has gone, we are seeing more and more undocumented people start t starting to worry and feeling confused and starting to wonder
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whether it is worth the risk to come forward at the appropriate time to sign up for the programs. that said, some of the obama administration officials said that they plan to implement it, and remember, they were close to setting it up before the injunction came forward and they say they are ready to go when and if the court allows it, and they pointed to the doca program set up in six months and running right away. and so the window of time that people have to come forward is much more narrow, and the big "if" is that it is a temporary program, and a new president whether it is democrat or republican could very well cancel this, and there is so much confusion in the immigrant community over what to do, but tim grant community is saying to get your papers and the the documents to prove how long you been in the country, because they are very confident based on the legal precedent, and the actions of past presidents, and
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their own analysis of the case that it will be held up by the court. >> and i will guarantee you that a lot of them will get the papers ready, and they will watch so carefully what happens in november. thank you to all three of you, raul reyes, and eric segall and jeffrey toobin joining us by phone. and coming up, skin lesions, hair loss, memory loss, and ainnxiety and it sounds like a disclaimer to those commercials in tv, but it is what can happen if you drink the water in fingerprint, michigan, where the lawsuits are starting to pour in. but the omega-3s in fish oil differ from megared krill oil. unlike fish oil, megared is easily absorbed by your body. megared. the difference is easy to absorb. ♪ beth, i hear you calling.♪.s ♪ but i can't come home right now... ♪
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this is cnn break news. i want to take you right away on this breaking news to landstuhl, thehe regional medic
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center where we are seeing the first images of the two american prisoners brought out of iran. let's listen in. >> i i want to thank everybody for all of the support. i feel extremely lucky, and alive for the first time in a long time. and very humbled at everybody's support from the president to congress to my fellow marines and especially my family who have really gone through so much throughout this time. i hope tov give more details in the future, and we just, we are still, and this is so surreal, and we are soaking it all in right now, but there is a lot that i have to say about the experience and what happened, and i hope to bring it to the american people and the world. but i'm very thankful, and god bless you all. really, i appreciate all of your help. >> how does it feel to be back, amir? >> i feel great, and i feel very lucky. like i said, i feel alive for
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the first time, and it is like being born again, and i just really feel proud to be an american. >> how bad was it in there? >> well, it wasn't good. i have spoke to that before, and i was luckily able to get some of my stances on how my treatment from prison and i do want to talk about that in more detail, and i will. >> what was your biggest surprise once you got out? >> you know, i was at a point where i had just sort of accepted the fact that i would be spending ten years in prison, and so this is, it was a surprise. i feel extremely blessed to see my government do so much for me, and the other americans. >> how much warning did you get that you were going to be released? >> nothing really. they came one morning, and said to pack your things. >> and did you believe them? >> no. absolutely not. i did not relax until we were outside of iranian air space. but it is finally starting to become a reality. >> and when do you hope to get
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home, amir, and what is the first thing that you are going to do? >> that is a good question. i hope to get home soon. i really want to see my family, and in the land of the free. back home. >> what did you say to your family when you saw them for the first time after all of those years? >> well, i have only seen my brother and sister-in-law, and we were speechless for a while. and i have said a lot, and said a lot. >> hugs and tears. >> absolutely. >> and do you know how many people were campaigning for you, and how did you feel when you found out how big the movement was to get you back out, and people keeping it in the public light? >> well, i don't know. and i still don't know, but i know that everybody are from the president and the congress, and even the iranian officials who were our captors essentially were amaze and asked why ist it that they are working so hard for you? and i just said, well, that is america, and they love their
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citizen, and even the other iranian prisoners were really moved, by all of the support, but there is a lot that i don't know. and it is all coming to me slowly. our communications obviously for the first two and a half year, i had very little communication, and if any. and we were, when i did get access to the telephone, i was not able to get all of the details, because of the sensitive situation that i was in. but i just know that so many people had supported us, and i'm extremely humble and grateful. >> and what was it like when you were waiting for the plane, because there was a big delay from the time that you were supposed to leave to when the flight took off? >> well, it is nerve wracking and i was worried ta maybe the iranian side was going to make new demands in the last minute or that the deal would not work out. so up until the last second, we were all worry and concerned, and we were put in a small room,
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and we had no telephone or access to any information and we kept being told that we are going to be take off in two hours, and two became six and became ten, and so a total of almost two and a half days was nerve wracking, and when we got to see the swiss ambassador, ambassador haas who really did a lot for us, and the swiss government, and we just felt an immense pressure come off of our shoulders, and when we finally got on the plane, that is when we knew. >> and amir, did your marine training kick in at this time? >> i think so, because i did not want to let my fellow marines down, and the reputation of the marine corps, and so i tried my best to keep my head up, and withstand all of the pressures that were put upon me, and some of which were very inhue map and unjust, and then hearing about some of my fellow marines supporting me really gave me the strength to put up with over
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four years of some very difficult times that me and my family went through. em -- semper phi to all of those marines out there. >> and how do you feel right now? >> well, i have so much energy. and so for all of the people out there in prison, and especially those in prison unjustly, and i am sure that the other americans feel the same way, it takes such a toll on you, and so to be out now with congressman kildee who has done so much, and my family, it is amazing. i can't describe the feeling. >> and how about the fellow americans who were on board? >> ecstatic, happy. anxious to get home. >> at that moment -- >> nobody really believed it. everybody was sort of in a state of disbelief, and we still are. >> and apparently cheers as the flight left iranian air space. >> as soon as we got out of the iranian air space, the champagne bottles are pop and the swiss
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are amazing with the hospitality and chockt las and veal served and we were on a private jet that usually the foreign minister of switzerland or the ambassador uses so they did an excellent job, and we thank them for the hospitality. >> you seem to well, amir, and people will be stunned and delighted. >> i i am well. i am only going to get better i hope, and this is an exceptional time for me. >> and we are going to get some rest now. and we need to get back home. >> thank you. >> thank you, amir. >> thank you all. >> amir heck mkmati and his fam and the congressman joining him at landsthl regional medical center right at ramstein air base where he has been recovering and debriefed after spending four years as a prisoner inside of iran. he was part of a prisoner swap. they have spent a couple of days in transit, and amir hekmati saying that he can't wait to get back to michigan where he is
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headed right now. key to what he just said, i am well. they came in one morning and said to pack your things, a and he knew so little about the outside world having been exposed to so little information and when on a telephone being censored, so all of this is coming as such a surprise to him. he says that he has a lot to learn a about the years, and what was happening on this side of the oceans, and how the efforts unfolded to free him and those fellow prisoners as well. he was detained back in 2011 because he was in iran to visit his grand mo ether, but he was accused of espionage, and he is an arabic and persian linguist and he was charge d in 2012, so it is quite an amazing moment. our first pictures and sound from amir hekmati, and we are waiting to hear from jason rezaian who we were expecting as well who we might hear from today who is joined by his family at ramstein in landstuhl.
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i want to go to fred pleitgen who is on site, and he listened to the news conference, and really, miraculous that the condition that amir is in given what he has been through, fred. >> yeah, absolutely. i mean, he was very strong, and his voice is very strong, and the statements were very strong. it is interesting for him to, you know, sort of going into a little bit how tough it was inside of that iranian prison, and how harsh the conditions were, and yet how intent he was not to allow it to break him, and how it was also the train manage the marines that also helped him to get past all of this, the and so certainly, he is someone who is a very strong individual, and someone who is clearly went through some tough times. and ashleigh, we have to keep in mind that on top of the fact that he was incarcerated there in prison, there was a time when he was sentenced to death there in iran until that sentence was commuted. so really it was not looking good for him at all. and still, he says that is not something that ever caused him to give up. he are remained strong, and also, he found out that there were people campaigning for him,
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and that is something that even the iranian captors found absolutely remarkable. in his words, someone who says that he very glad to be back and proud to be an american, and someone who is looking forward to going back to america as fast as possible, and of course, he knows that he has to go through the protocols here, and both the psychological and physical tests to get back on track, but he wants to go back to america as fast as possible, and continue on with his life. >> i can imagine that. any word from him at all as he was walking away from the microphones about those fellow prisoners who were also swapped and thinking about jason and sayed, and are they coming out soon? will they be talking to us as wel well? >> that is not clear at this point in time, and there was a talk of jason coming out, but we are not sure whether or not that is actually going to happen. they will do it on their own time when they feel they want to, and he is obviously, going to have contact with them, and he says they believe they want
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to go back to the u.s. as fast as possible as well. we know from the representatives from friends and family close to them, that they are also in good spirits, but also, all of them going through the protocol, and certainly, they are going to be coming out to say some words when they are ready to in their own words. >> and don't leave me, fred, because he said something about the flight out of iranian air space on a private jet arranged by the swiss, and he said that champagne corks were popped and veal serve and cheers, and he said that in the four years of difficult incarceration that he is a marine, and he did not want to let down his follow marines. it is just remarkable to think that he has been through this ordeal and the others as well, and yet, this deal has freed him, and yet nas troe toe t-- r
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decided decided to say. >> and yes, it is amazing that he decided to say. and he also said that nos ra nosratoliah's case was not in the public case, and not much is known about him, and it is really unclear at this point why he decided not the go on that flight. whether he wants to leave iran at some other point or whether he wants to stay there, and it is unclear, but certainly from what amir was saying, it seems that the other three who were on that plane were ecstatic once they left the iranian air space, and he said it is nerve-racking
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waiting for the plane to leave, and if jason rezaian's mother and wife could fly, and that needed to be sorted out, and then at the end of the four-year detention to have the last hours to be nerve-racking, and it certain areally ta l-- it certa takes a strong personality to be standing here in that strong way. >> and nerve-racking up to the last second he said. thank you, fred pleitgen who is reporting from ramstein air base right outside of the medical center in landstuhl, and you can see there, amir hekmati addressing the reporters and probably the last time before grabbing a flight as fast as he can to michigan where he andhis family live. the first images and the sound from one of those prisoners freed from iran. we will continue to update you as soon as we see jason rezaian as we expect to address the reporters as well any time soon. and meantime, back to the top stories of the lawsuits of the lead in the drinking water
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it is a disaster so big that it is being compared to hurricane katrina, and now, attorneys are meeting to discuss two class action lawsuits, and the target is the governor, and the state of michigan over toxic drinking water. this started back in 2014 when the emergency financial manager and the administration switched the city water source from lake huron from where it was getting the water to the flint river. this is a move that is
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supposedly to save money, but that river water is very, very corrosive, and researchers say that the corrosion caused the lead from the pipes that carry the water to seep into the water. water that people drink and bathe in. the doctors say that the lead levels in ed toddlers double ann some case, tripled as a result. >> it causes these long term lifelong ir e versable impacts of how it impacts the cognition, and actually drops your i.q. and impacts the behavior. it is implicated to be associ e associated with criminality, and so it has a lifelong multi generational effects, and that is why we know that the lead, and we know that there should never be lead in a child. and imagine that we have now exposed an entire population. >> so the governor of michigan rick snyder is not only facing a lawsuit, but he is under a lot of pressure from his people, and dozens and dozens of people protesting outside of the and a arbor michigan home, and they
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are calling for the resignation, and some of them are going far enough to say they want to prosecute him criminally, and breakt down for me, exactly, and what is the culpability right now of the government for having switched that water and then endangering people there. >> well, that is probably in the hands of the attorney general, because the attorney general has launched his own independent investigation, and here is what the governor has done so far, and declared a state of emergency for flint, and that has allowed the national guard to come in, and they have been handing out water, water test kits, and water filters to the people of the community, and the governor made the decision back in october to switch back to detroit's water which is a very good water source. and the governor has said, and the class action suit that we have seen follow suit, and even though they name him as a defendant, it says that he was not directly responsible for
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making the de sicision to switco flint water. that is left with the department of environmental quality, and it lists individuals in this lawsuit of who exactly made the decision, but they are saying that the governor did not act fast enough once he realized that something was wrong. we will show everybody an interview that the governor did with the "national journal" recently, recently, and he talks about in that where they ask him about the fact of katrina, and is this his katrina, and do you think it is unfair? and governor rick snyder says, no, it is a dis a sas ter, and trust is something that once you lose it, it is much harder to earn back. that is the point we are at, and ashleigh, tonight, everybody's eyes are on lancing to see the state of the state address to see what the governor is going to be saying to the people right here in flint, michigan. >> and you can bet that he is watching carefully what he says carefully, because everything he says can be used against him and now class action suits.
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treatment with xarelto® was the right move for us. ask your doctor about xarelto®. 15 years ago today, the drug lord known as el chapo made the first escape from a mexican prison, and it would not be the final time that the kingpin made a brazen jailbreak. you may remember that last year, he escaped from the same prison
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where he is held now, but the officials are changing it up. they are going to new lengths to make sure that history does not repete itself a third time. according to the "el universal" newspaper, he is transferred to new cells frequently, and hundreds of cameras are to monitor him with no blind spots, and the dogs trained specifically for his scent are standing guard. those are some of of the extreme measures to be taken, and plenty more as rafael romo is joining us live to tell us how they want to keep him locked up this time. >> well, i have been to the mexican prisons multiple times report, but i have never seen this type of security for anybody in mexico. and this is important, because it is a guy who has escaped twice. in addition to everything that you have mentioned, we are talking about the fact that mexican officials have installed sensors that detect movement, and the viewers are will remember that el chapo escape in
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july through a tunnel, and they were excavating right underneath his cell. so that is very important. so they is have reinforced all of the concrete floors with listen to this 3/4 inch steel r rods to make sure that if anybody attempts to dig a tunnel in the cell that he is in, they won't be able to, and another important thing here, ashleigh, he is being moved constantly, and there are about 30 cells that he is being transferred to, and the space between movements can be anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. and so that his people, el chapo's people cannot pinpoint the exact location are where he is being held at any given time. >> well, fingers crossed it does not happen again. rafael romo, thank you so much for that. and this weekend on cnn, i have been fascinated by the anchors who have been revealing the people who changed their lives. we have all had that person who shaped us. and meet the person who helped
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bringing you story from the cnn anchors about the person who changed their lives. the person who had a big impact on the direction of their lives, and when they asked me who was the biggest influence on me, it was very easy, my mom. but it is not for the reason that you would think. >> reporter: this is a hairpin. look out. >> i have come from new york city where i work to winnipeg, my hometown in canada, and then 2 1/2 hours by car to a remote cabin on a lake. it is sort of like the annual family reunion and i will tell you why, my mom. okay. here we go. woo-hoo. my mother's name is suzy lount. isn't that wonderful for a firet
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the lake. she has the elegance of jackie kennedy. and the strength of hercules. and without her, i am certain that i would not be where i am. i am certain. so how many pounds of fish total? this is my sunday brunch, my brothers joe and jeff are there. >> and that is a decent fish. >> and my sister alex, and as the youngest, i get zero respect. >> only because there is no such thing as less than zero. >> and so it is a a pilgrimage of sort, because we all come back to mom. >> and this is the ra traditional way that we cook our fish. it is bacon drippings. >> i'm out.
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>> and so she is the boss. the glue, and the mom, and the friend and the mentor, and she is pretty much every role. >> certainly more roles than she ever expected. my mom just out of college m married john banfield in 1959. he was from and upper class family, and seemed des ttined t to a promising career as an architect. >> i envisioned being a wife, a moth mother, and everything looked perfect. >> reporter: but it was not perfect. dad struggled with alcoholism, but back then, people didn't talk about it. the disease had such a tight grip on dad, that he went bankrupt, twice. i was too young to understand, but my mom did. we don't have any money. we don't have any money. don't spend any money. well, the children need socks, and the children need shirts. the children need whatever, well, don't spend any money. to pinch pennies she bought
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day-old bread and meat and produce from the back of the store. everybody was moving up, and i was moving down. i was terrified. i was terrified. i was a housewife with four children and a home economics degree which was not going to get you a job anywhere. >>. >> reporter: and nonetheless, mom entered the cut throat male dominated world of real estate in 1970. >> those days ambition and a woman was a bad thing. >> it didn't matter, because it turned out that mom was really good. how good? >> i became the breadwinner. >> was it uncomfortable for dad? >> you know, i think that by the time the role reversal took place, your father, i think that he had sort of given up. >> mom on the other hand soon opened up her own company with my aunt and a friend.
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>> and we were laughed at by quite a few people, because women just didn't do that. they ought to be at home with their children. >> reporter: what started out as a way to keep the family afloat became a lesson about independence. mom's style the of mentoring was simple -- >> tough love. no complaining and no excuses. mom taught by example. as she bought and sold homes in winnipeg's toniest neighborhood s. >> we were unbelievable successful for three women who had no business training at all. >> so successful that i was off to the fancy private school. it was not long before my adolescent rebellion began. >> she was full of fire, full of beans. >> that is when the trouble began, and mom halled me in to see the head master, and place that you do not want to be and
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between the two of them, they read me the riot act. in that moment i had to ask myself a question, what do i want my future to look like? and sure enough on the next report card good grades and look at what the head master wrote, "now we are beginning to see what ashleigh can do." mom nipped that are rebellious brat in the bud. i think that the trajectory began there. after college, i started at cgbn tv. it was a teeny tiny station in the sticks. >> rick, can you tell me how you got involved in duck carving and how long ago? >> well, i have been at it for five years now. >> over time, i graduated to bigger stations in canada, local news in the u.s., and then american networks. but along the way, i went from
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rising star to has been when i was demoted or fired and not just once. >> did you get as many phone calls from joe, alexings and jeff with the tragic news about their jobs as you got from me? >> well, the stage is, the stages that you all went through, you know, you are trying to -- >> you are trying to gently say, no, i was fire more than they were. >> oh, that is so cute. i guess you were. >> and each time, mom offed a shoulder to cry on and maybe more importantly, blunt words if i sounded like giving up. >> move it. don't complain. get to work. those words have followed them all of the way along in their life. tough it out. to have all of my four children around the table right now is extremely special for me.
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>> i often think about the impact that she's had on me as a professional, as a person. >> i love you all. >> i love you, too, gummy. >> i love you, too. she may not look it, but mom is now 77. i can never actually think about losing mom. i can't. i just cannot. i don't know who i would call. i don't know what i would do. there is no one like her. >> oshg, gang. >> there is really no one else. have i thanked you properly? >> i i think that i will cry. and you have, sweetheart. just sitting here today, i am so
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proud of you. i am is so proud of you. >> woo! >> she is awesome. you can watch sunday at 8:00 p.m. as more of my colleagues here at cnn tell their stories of the person who changed their lives. thanks for watching, everybody. my other colleague, wolf blitzer starts after this quick break. your heart loves omega-3s.
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wherever you are watching from around the world, thank you very much for joining us. breaking news into cnn and for the first time since being freed from iran, the former american prisoner amir hekmati has spoken to the world. the former u.s. marine went before the cameras moments ago to deskrcribe his emotions duri the 4 1/2 years in captivity and the release three days ago. >> and how did you feel when you found out how big the movement was to get you back out, and people keeping it in the public light? >> well, i don't know. and i still don't know. i just know that everyone from the president, the congress, and even the iranian officials who were our captors essentially, they were amaze and they said, why are they working so hard for you, and i just said, well, that is america, and they love the citizens, and even the other iranian prisoners were really moved,


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