tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN August 31, 2011 8:00pm-9:00pm EDT
>> thanks very much, candy. good evening, everyone. there's breaking news tonight in the flooding and big controversy over how to fund disaster relief. a leading congressman says we should pay for it but only with spending cuts in unrelated programs elsewhere. even though during another big disaster, he wanted relief money for his own district with no strings attached. we're keeping them honest tonight. also in a moment, we'll take you live to a town that's still under water and you'll hear from a man who has been stranded by hurricane irene and he says forgotten by fema. rising waters leaving him surrounded. roads are gone. nearby houses gone as well. power is out. supplies are still limited. he says he hasn't seen a government official or fema worker and only local sheriffs trying to deal with the problem. he joins us shortly by phone. breaking news tonight, late word that president obama will hit hard hit patterson new jersey over the weekend. flood warnings in effect for the area up and down the east coast in fact days after rain from hurricane irene first began falling. susan candiotti is in the middle
of it in little falls, new jersey. parts of little falls have been evacuated. what's the latest on the flooding there? >> reporter: just to give you a sense of where i am standing on the ledge of one of those vacuum cleaners at a car wash now dipping into the water so you can see how high the water is. putting this piece of paper in there to show you how fast the current is flowing. it's cold here. there are 18,000 people in new jersey who have remained evacuated. 3,500 of them remain right here in this county. they are out of their homes and they don't like it. anderson, you know what? this is like the third time for some of these people they have been out of their homes this year. first time for a hurricane. two other times because of just bad storms. >> you went around the town in a boat today. what did you see? >> reporter: well, there's a street right down here that's a dead ender and someone who has a rowboat with a motor attached to it, we went down there. you know, the homes have water halfway up in many cases. there are some where you see
garages where they left the doors open and it almost looks like the homes are on stilts because the water went all of the way in. we went back there with one man who lived here for about 15 years. he said he's never seen it this bad. i asked him what he saw about seeing his house for the first time, he said i don't have the words to describe it. it's just that bad. >> a lot of people there also have been refusing to evacuate. how are they handling it? >> reporter: yeah. i talked to a lot of those people too. you know, they say we've been through this. i refuse to leave my house. we have flood insurance. a lot of them are simply worried about looting for both themselves and their neighbors. there's a strong police presence out here. we've seen police turning people back if it looks like they don't belong. your heart goes out to everyone not leaving. >> any idea when the floodwaters might start to recede or fully go away? >> reporter: they hope it will be by this weekend when people might start to be able to come back in where the waters are the highest. some people already started the
cleanup. they are going to have a rough go of it. >> susan, appreciate the reporting. thanks very much. i want to tell you about the situation in vermont now. they haven't seen things this bad since 1927. crews have been working hard reopening dozens of roads but people are still stranded from back on sunday including the man you're about to meet. todd is stuck in a small town of g gaysville. i spoke to him a short time ago. you say there are a couple hundred people stranded in your area. what's the situation now? >> the same as it has been for the last several days since the water came through. a bunch of the major roads have been cut by the flow and local guys are slowly getting it together at least around the bridges and culverts that had problems. there's a lot of activity from the local contractor. any farmer with a front loader is trying to clear roads. >> it's hard for people who are
familiar with the region to be stuck in an area with roads being impassible. how is everyone holding up? >> caller: generally everyone has been pretty well. i know state troopers organized something where they were getting prescription medicine dropped in. not everyone has a generator. with we do. so do the neighbors. people have come up our way. we're housing someone's whose house the river went through and someone next door the bridge went out and there's a landslide up to the house. we emptied the house out yesterday completely because it won't be safe. they're not staying there. it won't stay on the hillside. >> have you heard from fema or state, local officials? >> caller: just local. haven't seen anyone further up the chain than the local person. i've been out busy doing things. there's a local meeting at the
end of the bridge where we get updates. people are trying to talk to insurance people. it's going to be a slow process because there's not a lot of good cell service in the valley. i'm up on this foot trail that we cut because it's got a good spot where i get a decent signal. we get something at the house but it isn't always reliable. >> you had to hike up a trail to get cell service to talk to us. a lot of the homes in the area were washed away. does everyone have shelter? >> caller: i think everyone at this point has been accounted for. that's the big job we did the first day making sure the neighbors we knew were where they they were supposed to be. i got a phone to someone who wasn't able to talk to the outside and their relatives were worried. we've been passing messages for folks. if anyone has a shower, we can get them into the mix. >> todd, i wish you the best. we'll check in with you and i
hope the folks that need medication are getting it regularly. state troopers were trying to make that happen. thanks, todd. hurricane and flooding damage could break the bank for fema. leading congressional republicans say they want to pay for disaster relief by cutting money elsewhere in the budgets. governor chris christi had sharp words for those in washington with that idea and those who support it. >> nobody was asking about offsetting budget cuts in joplin. i don't want to hear the fact that offsetting budget cuts come first before new jersey citizens are taken care of. you want to figure out budget cuts, that's fine. turn it into that fiasco like the debt limit thing. i will fight to make sure that they don't. >> governor christi taking aim at house republican leaders
mainly majority leader eric cantor pushing for those offsets. >> the federal government does have a role in situations like this when there's a disaster there's an appropriate federal role. we'll find the moneys. we'll had discussions about these things before. those moneys will be offset with appropriate savings or cost cutting elsewhere in order to meet the priority of the federal government's role in a situation like this. >> keeping them honest tonight. in other situations like this, congressman cantor has had a different plan. just give us the money. that was his plan before. this is damage from tropical storm gaston which hit richmond, virginia, back in 2004. the congressman sent out a press release after funding arrived. it reads the magnitude of the damage suffered by the richmond area is beyond what the commonwealth can handle and that's is where i asked the president to make federal funds available for the citizens affected by gaston.
the president then was george w. bush and the house was controlled by republicans. he wasn't talking about offsets then. a year later a gop colleague proposed an amendment that would tie relief cut to spending cuts doing precisely what congressman cantor now wants to do. back then, the congressman had a different view and he voted no on putting any strings on disaster relief. what's changed between then and now? between it being in his district and being in new jersey and vermont? well, the budget deficit is also larger and national debt is bigger but the political climate is also different. keeping them honest. there has never been much of a partisan political issue before. "the new york times" citing research by senate democrats showing that congress has approved 33 emergency appropriations and none of them called for budget cuts elsewhere to pay for them. as for congressman cantor, his office declined our invitation
to come on the program tonight and when he asked what the congressman would cut to pay for emergency funding, his spokesman refused to give an answer. he says any cuts would be hypothetical. this is a political food fight. there's another one over when the president will address congress about his jobs plan. tonight mr. boehner turned down the president's date which coincided with a gop presidential debate. this has not happened before. we'll talk about that after the break. let's talk about this fema controversy and the funding. i spoke earlier where republican strategist and a democratic strategist. back when the hurricane hit his district, he wasn't calling for offset for federal disaster money. >> of course he's being hypocritical. he's being political. he's a smart guy. he must see political angle here. i frankly don't.
not only did he support aid for his district which was necessary when tropical storm gaston hit a couple years ago and has voted for $50 billion of rebuilding aid for iraq and $56 billion of rebuilding aid for afghanistan with no offsets and he's voted for $40 billion over ten years in aid to oil companies. subsidies for oil companies. i suppose the people hit by the hurricane have two options. hope that cheney and bush invade them and then eric cantor will send them aid or incorporate oil companies because eric cantor supports aid to oil companies as well but not american citizens hit by a hurricane. >> using fema to push for spending cuts during the debt ceiling fight, this now just the agreed upon tactic of using one issue to fight another battle? is that going to be the way business is done now in washington? >> i'm not sure that it's just a political point or a politically useful issue. i think the president here is
blaming atm machine for not giving him money when he drained the bank account. he spent a trillion on a stimulus that didn't work and a health care bill that america didn't want. all republicans say this is important. great. let's take $6 billion we're throwing away on ethanol right now and use it for something more important. >> we see governors saying attacking the cantor approach saying now is not the time to start a big fight in spending cuts in terms of disaster assistance. >> in a trillion dollar budget, something in washington has to be left important than helping the people that we saw with homes flooded and homes destroyed. i think that's what you can get support for in congress. if it's that important and it is it why did the president spend all the money? >> paul, what about that? what's wrong with an offset for federal spending? >> for emergency spending you don't have an offset because
here's the tricky part, it's an emergency, alex. there's a regular order of these things. we should have budget debates through the normal budget process. should we subsidize oil companies the way that eric cantor wants to do? should we spend billions and billions rebuilding afghanistan and iraq with no offsets but no money rebuilding america. those are the kind of debates you can have in the regular order. when there's an emergency, what do you do? americans drop everything and go to help people who are in need. that's what cantor should be doing. >> paul and i are going to agree on this. you should have money saved away for rainy day and president and democrats should have thought about that when they spent a trillion on stimulus and trillion on health care we didn't have and now that rainy day where we need that has come and we don't have it. >> i got to say i helped the president balance the budget -- >> you can tell the atm it's an emergency and it still won't have the money. >> excuse me for talking while you're interrupting. the republicans squandered the
clinton surplus and so they did it here's how tax cuts for the rich which we can repeal if we need the money and i think we do. a war against a country, iraq, no threat to america. we could -- we should revisit these republican parties. when the republicans talk deficits to me, it's like an arsonist complaining about the fire department. it's not the fault of the people who are hit by a hurricane. come on. >> it's not fair to say that it's republicans saying it's anybody's fault. we're just saying the bank account is drained. let's find the money somewhere. if democrats are going into the next election saying there's nowhere in the federal government that we can find a few dollars to help people in need and nothing less important than that and republicans are going into the next election saying let's try to act like we're broke because we are, then i think that's the advantage that will go to republicans. knock yourself out. >> alex, should eric cantor
proposing these offsets, should it be part of his responsibility to least list his priorities for what he would cut in order to do these offsets? >> i think republicans have demonstrated a lot of willingness to do that. that's a good point. >> can we ask cantor's office? they haven't listed specifics. >> republicans are willing to prioritize spending and that would be great place to get democrats and republicans together on the hill and say let's prioritize this stuff because we've run out of money. >> paul, republicans are saying, look, we send democrat controlled senate a fema funding bill and they left town for the month. >> fine. whatever. these people are hurting. we need to help them. i'm serious. they left on their vacation. whatever. when a storm hits, people need help. they need help right away. they don't need help because they're democrats. they don't need help because they're republicans. they are american citizens suffering through no fault of their own. what is really going on i
suspect is an insidious thing where the republicans are trying to discredit government. when they ran fema they discredited it and it is run by competent people. now fema is doing a good job. republicans want to defund it. i think really what they want to show is that the government cannot help you when in fact it can when there's an emergency and we need to help our neighbors. >> if i can offer a slightly different point of view. i don't think republicans are trying to discredit government. it's done a good job of that by itself. republicans are saying where's the money? there has to be priorities. it's time for washington to start acting like grown-ups. >> more with paul and alex in just a moment. a war of words between the white house and boehner over when the president will talk about the economy and jobs. what day and when? can't they agree on anything? let us know what you think.
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breaking news. if the speaker of the house has snub the president of the united states for the first time in this way. speaker boehner is accusing the white house of ignoring decades and centuries of protocol. in case you wonder what game playing is about, it's not about jobs or politics. new numbers tonight showing the private sector created fewer than 100,000 jobs this month. all of this drama is about a speech. president obama requested time to speak to congress to lay out his new jobs plan.
the date he asked for would preempt a gop debate. this evening speaker boehner's office made a counter offer for the following night, opening night for the nfl. the white house says speaker boehner was informed about the address. boehner spokesman says he wasn't consulted. jessica, speaker boehner rejected the president's request to speak before congress. has the white house responded? >> the white house has not said whether they're going to move the day. he can't speak before congress unless he gets the approval of speaker boehner. this is sort of unheard of in politics. >> has this ever happened before? >> so most people say they can't remember a time when it's happened because what usually is done is it's worked out behind closed doors in advance. the white house goes to the senate and to the house and they make an agreement and then it's announced. so if there's an objection, it's raised in private and smoothed over in private. usually you don't see this breaking out in republican. what it does is foretell just
how ugly a lot of these negotiations in public are going to be, i think, in the coming weeks. >> paul, were you surprised by this? >> i find it hard to believe that they picked that without knowing that it was the night of a republican debate. come on. i think speak boehner is doing the president a favor. i don't want people to have to choose between watching the president's plan for jobs and watching the republican debate. people should watch both and then evaluate. i want everyone to watch the republican debate and everyone watch the president's speech. >> talk to your president. he chose to do it the same time as the debate has been scheduled for months. he chose to do it not from the oval office when he could do it any time he wants, he tried to play the presidential trump card and do it in front of the republican congress. who is playing politics here? who picked this fight? i'll get my tongue out of my cheek for that one. >> he's kind of good at giving a speech. i think he ought to have a right to give him. congress should welcome him. i'm sure they will.
ba boehner is a reasonable guy. they will work it out. much to do about nothing. >> paul, the speaker suggested an alternative time for the president's address which happens to conflict with opening night for the nfl. is that coincidenceal? >> i don't think on either side. i want both to see both sides. it's good for the country. we ought to have a debate about this. it ought to be a robust debate. no doubt that speaker boehner who knows his football knew that that was opening night for nfl football and wanted to jam the president the same way. it's why they ought to just work all of this out. >> this is unprecedented that you are seeing this kind of resistance from a republican congress. it's also unprecedented that you are seeing a white house go to the campaign trail spending taxpayers' dollars riding around in million dollar buses and playing hardball politics this early to a republican congress. the president has polarized this
environment and made it very political and that's what he has to live with now. >> let's do a little reality check for a minute. the truth, anderson, also is that congress is in session next week for exactly two nights. so because they take a lot of break, they are here wednesday and thursday. so it didn't give -- >> congress is in session for two nights next week? >> they are on break and the entirety of the house and senate will be in town for only two nights. if you need them both here, that's either wednesday or thursday. >> when does their vacation end? >> the house gets back at 6:30 on wednesday evening. >> i'm sorry, paul, you wanted to jump in, i think. >> yeah. i can't see alex but i hope technicians run for cover for the lightning bolt that's going to strike him. i couldn't see if he was straight faced when he actually pretended to decry barack obama playing politics. the fairer criticism of republican from my party is that he hasn't been playing enough politics and he's been trying to pretend the republicans are reasonable. of course he should go around the country. of course he should talk.
by the way, congress should take breaks. i'm weird this way. i like when congress is on recess because often it means they are actually learning something. talking to american people. out in the country or god forbid they are traveling around the world learning about america's role in the world. i don't mind when congress is in recess. >> do you know what's in the president's job plan? >> a combination of short-term jobs growth effort. a lot of payroll tax credit extensions and sort of tax breaks for businesses to try to create new jobs and maybe even giving businesses new money, extra money, if they hire people who are the long-term unemployed. a lot of people think there will be money to renovate schools that are delapitated and low income housing up to grade, up to par, those kinds of things and infrastructure and then a lot of talk about how he'll offset that with some spending cuts in the deficit committee and he wants to do it before
congress because he's calling on congress to pass all this. it's his one shot to say, here's what i propose. now you guys do it. they can take it or leave it and it's out of his hands. >> saying a lot about politics. jessica yellin, paul begala, alex castellanos, thank you. in a preview of piers morgan tonight, rick perry taking a hit from rick santorum telling piers that governor perry is ducking scrutiny. >> we haven't seen govern area perry in a debate yet or do much in the way of interviews yet. i've done this for 12 years in the united states senate where i was under the scrutiny that a national figure is under. i've done it in a state like pennsylvania where i haven't backed away from any questions or any interviews. i don't hide myself from the public or from the press. >> you can see more on "piers morgan tonight" after "360" at 9 9:00 p.m.
moammar gadhafi's sons are speaking out. they're not backing out at least not verbally. the latest from tripoli tonight and new developments in aruba where the search for the missing woman goes on. why the key suspect, this man right here, gary won't be going home any time soon. ♪ [ male announcer ] they'll see you...before you see them. cops are cracking down on drinking and riding. drive sober, or get pulled over.
they've given the city until saturday to surend arender or f attack. two of gadhafi's sons are speaking out. one defiantly and some may see delusionally. he told a syrian tv station, we'll have victory soon. he said he was speaking from a suburb of tripoli. he didn't reveal where his father is but listen to what he did say. >> translator: we are fighting and we're drinking tea and coffee and we're sitting with our families and we are fighting. >> they called for libyans to rise up against the gangsters, rats, mercenaries attempted to get control of his country. wherever you see the enemy attack them, they are weak they have suffered lots of losses and they are now licking their wounds. his brother's comments were a bit more restrained but suggested there's room to negotiate with opposition forces.
nic robertson joins me now from tripoli. we heard from his son when he phoned into that syrian television station. are there any credible reports about where he may be? nic, can you hear me? clearly we're having some trouble getting in touch with nic. we'll try to check in with him in a moment. a grim report from amnesty international. it documented the deaths of at least 88 detainees in syria during the five-month uprising against the government. according to the report, at least 52 of the victims' bodies showed evidence of torture. all of the victims were male. some as young as 13. growing tensions in bahrain. protesters say a 14-year-old boy was killed by police today.
witnesses said officers fired a tear gas round directly at the child during clashes with protesters. a former nba guard will be returned to georgia to face a murder charge in the death of an atlanta mother. he waived his right to fight extradition today. he was arresteded monday in california on a fugitive warrant. a settlement between mel gibson and oksana grigorieva. they will share time with their young daughter. thankfully, the agreement requires both parties to not speak about each other publicly. >> a wise idea there. now the baby to be has its own animation thanks to mma-tv. take a look.
>> discussing what to name the baby. i don't know. i don't know how they come up with this stuff there. we'll try to get in touch with nic robertson after the break and the latest on the case of the missing american woman in aruba. the decision on whether her traveling partner, gary giordano will be released from custody or if he'll be held for two more months. we'll get the latest from martin savidge in aruba and katai may soon become a hurricane. we'll have the latest on the storm. north america actually has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. a large part of that is oil sands. this resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. at our kearl project in canada, we'll be able to produce these oil sands with the same emissions as many other oils and that's a huge breakthrough. that's good for our country's energy security and our economy.
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we are back and established communication with nic robertson in tripoli. we hard from one of gadhafi's sons, saif, when he phoned into a syrian television station and insisted that his father was alive and well. any credible information on where gadhafi may be? >> reporter: there's none. already saif discredited himself by saying he was in a suburb of tripoli. it's hard to imagine how that would be possible. he talked about there being 20,000 troopsloyal to his father in the town of sirte that rebels surrounded at the moment. that sounds like an outlandish figure as well. there's a lot in there that didn't really add up and certainly what he had to say about his father, i don't think that has anyone particularly convinced. >> the national transitional
council issued an ultimatum yesterday. saif says they are willing to defend those towns. sirte is where his father is from. a, do you think they'll defend that town and b, do you think the national transitional council is going to attack it? we often heard misleading reports from both sides. >> reporter: you know, the evidence on the ground is that the national transitional council is massing rebel force outside of sirte and they do intend to go there. they have to capture it. it's part of the sort of key strategic coastal highway. they have to get to the highway and then push south. there's another town on the coast they have to capture too. that's important. they do intend to do that. the other town saif talked about is sort of thumbing their nose at the national transitional council. some think maybe moammar gadhafi or at least saif and other members of the family may be in
that town. maybe no one sure. rebels also gave that until saturday. now saif said go ahead and attack now. it's anyone's bet with when the ntc will actually lead the advance on these towns. >> you're in direct correspondents with another one of gadhafi's sons online through e-mails. he seemed to go back on something he told you earlier before which is that he's no longer willing to negotiate with opposition forces. why do you think there's that change? >> reporter: i think what's happening here is -- i think what he said on television was consistent with what i was hearing in e-mails. the way that the national transitional council had tried to play what he was saying by saying he was trying to negotiate a surrender. what he said he's willing to do is to negotiate with and talk to national transitional council military commanders. he's not willing to surrender but willing to talk to them about a cease-fire. i mean, what i take away from
all this from his sons speaking at the same time, their first public broadcast with a completely difficucomplete ly divergent message, he is loyal to his father and favario times told to shut up and stay in the corner and now speaking his mind saying something different. we're seeing the first fractures come within the family. this is an indication that for his part he's trying to look to the future about what he's going to do and he's perceived a weaker link in the chain compared to the rest of the family. i think that's what's happening here. >> nic robertson, appreciate it. stay safe. crime and punishment next and youaruban mystery the ameri man held there in disappearance of a woman is not free to go. they decided that gary giordano could be held for another 60
days. giordano says he was snorkeling with robyn gardner and she was swept out to sea on august 2nd. there have been troubling questions about his story after he told authorities that he's the bishary of a life insurance policy he took out on gardner. giordano has to stay in jail for another 60 days. did the court elaborate on the decision at all? >> reporter: no. we didn't get any elaboration whatsoever. the judge threw the book at him so we expected there would be some explanation as to what it was the judge heard or saw but instead there was none. the only thing we did get from court observers is this hearing took place at 9:00 in the morning. the answer from the judge didn't come until 4:15 in the afternoon. those who follow the legal says when it comes to a detainment hearing, they never heard of it taking this long. >> i don't understand under
aruban law which is dutch law if i'm not wrong, they can just continually hold him and then have hearings and then decide to hold him even longer? >> reporter: well, in theory it's not supposed to be so capricious where they say we would like to keep him longer and judge says that's fine, thank you. the way it's supposed to work is every time you go before the detainment judge the level of witness and the level of evidence you have to provide is that much higher. in essence they were going for 60 days. that meant they should have had to provide the judge some very clear proof and some very good persuasive argument as to why gary giordano needs to be held and where their investigation is going. did they do that? we don't know. it was a closed proceeding. that's how it was supposed to be. we assume that's how it happened. >> i want to bring in jean je ,
casarez. >> two women missing. no bodies. when i was in aruba last fall because they found a jaw bone they thought was natalee holloway. i pressured him about why they didn't file murder charges against joran van der sloot and they said they didn't have a body. they don't have a body here. >> there's no body here and it makes the case -- can they just keep holding him? if they don't find a body, can they still go ahead with charges if there's not a lot of evidence on the beach? >> that will be determined. it's very difficult when you don't have a body. what else do they have forensically? we don't know as martin said. it's secretive there. the fact is they continue to hold him. they didn't do that with joran van der sloot. they kept letting him go and rearresting him. there's a risk of flight here.
as martin said at the end of the 60 days, they have to press charges if they want this to go forward or release him and he'll fly back to the u.s. >> at the end of 60 days he could pick up and leave the island if he's not charged? >> reporter: well, in theory, yeah. he could walk out the front gate. his lawyer waiting there to pick him up and they would head off to the airport and he would hop the next flight back to the united states. it is possible, i'm told, that the prosecution might ask for an additional 30 days. if they get that far, they better be ready to go to trial and the question is do they really have enough at this point or in 60 days to go to trial. >> jean, if he's released and comes back to the united states, could he be charged here? >> that's a good question. u.s. officials were never able to charge joran van der sloot in the death of natalee holloway. she was an american girl. this is an american girl. the fbi is helping aruban authorities. they weren't asked to do that with natalee holloway. with the text messages and phone records. are there anything that can
provide charges on american soil and what about that life insurance policy? he was the beneficiary. fraudulently obtained. an official could determine that. >> on that insurance policy, she would have had to know about it, right? >> reporter: right. this is a result of a conversation i had with american express. you can't take a policy out on somebody. you're the beneficiary and they don't know their life was on the line. she would have had to sign a document that said i allow for gary giordano to be the beneficiary if something were to happen to me. the question is did she know what she was signing or someone forged that signature? the question is did she know what documents she was signing. >> what is the legal system and law enforcement system like in aruba, jean? you've been down there. are they up to a big investigation? >> that's a good question.
i mean, they work with the hague. they work with the dutch authorities. these are not aruban officials. they are from holland and they are circulated and appointed to serve in aruba. that jaw bone that washed up on the shore was human. it wasn't natalee holloway's but it was human. i could tell they just really weren't aggressively wanting to find out whose human being jaw bone that was. that was a person that died and no one knows who it was. >> appreciate the reporting. up next, tropical storm katia gaining strength expected to become a hurricane within hours. we'll have the latest on its path. plus, why prince harry will head to america this fall. and snooki's latest wild moment in front of the cameras. it lands all of the networks on the rediculist because they missed an opportunity. i include cnn and msnbc and all those other folks in on that.
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i don't know the exact timeline other than that he told authorities that he last saw katelyn around 11:00 or 11:30 and received a picture message. >> john, these text messages went back and forth between you and her until what time? >> around -- i mean, like the last picture message was the last thing i got. which came at -- i can't remember, 12:45 or 12:50 something. >> and, john, have police asked you to take a polygraph yet? >> no, they have not. >> are you willing to take one? >> yes, i am. >> everyone, tip line, 513-352-3040. it's too early to tell if it will hit land. firefighters are having a tough time battling a wildfire in northern texas.
about 7,500 acres have burned about 50 miles west of dallas-ft. worth. 125 homes have been evacuated. at least 39 other homes have been destroyed by the flames. also in texas, polygamist sect leader warren jeffs has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. the decision was made before he was flown from a medical center in tyler to a prison hospital in galveston. the convicted child rapist fell ill earlier this week while in prison. britain's prince harry will be in the u.s. in october for british military exercises. the prince known as captain harry of whales to his comrades will take part in apache helicopter training in california. you'll know where i will be in october. >> are you going to follow him there? >> off to bag me a prince. i'll put him in the bag.
>> all right. there you go. all right. i like that you are just putting it out there. >> he can now hide. >> sure. why not. coming up, snooki is trying out for a new line of work and like everything else she does she's really, really good at it. watch out, diane sawyer, you have stiff competition coming up and networks are on our rediculist because of it. naturals from purina cat chow. delicious, real ingredients with no artificial flavors or preservatives. naturals from purina cat chow. share a better life.
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time now for the rediculist and we're adding cnn, fox, hln, abc, cbs, nbc. every major news station. they have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime. they put diane sawyer and brian williams and me behind the anchor desk when they could have gone in a much different direction. a tiny, tan, poofy hair
direction. >> welcome to the news according to snooki. >> now, i have always known that snooki is a renaissance woman. so much more than you see on "jersey shore." she drinks and dances and parties and smooshes but she holds the key to my heart. i for one am not at all surprised to see that snooki can counts anchoring the news among her myriad of talents. >> i always wanted to be an anchor woman and i look hot doing it. >> i know what you're thinking. she's no ann curry but you know what? you need to give it a chance. the news is according to snooki has something for everyone. she covers important current events like hurricane irene hitting the northeast. >> you can't blow your dry hair or go on twitter or facebook and can't talk on the phone. you sit there and do nothing. you can't even watch tv. >> i know what it's like to be
powerless. powerless against your charms. >> she covers all of the important environmental issues like global warming. >> every time i go down a seaside i'm spweating in placesi never sweated before. the sun is coming closer to hear earth. >> she covers news with a buzzed pine sized sanjay gupta. >> a surgeon general calls for health over hair. what does this mean? >> that's actually not a lot of spray for an anchor. she's not afraid to show the lighter side of the news. take it away, wolf blister. >> a montana dog becomes a local celebrity for his math skills. supposedly this dog can add, subtract. i don't believe that. i have a dog of my own and she can't even walk straight. i can't even do math really. let's get real. >> i don't believe that about the dog either. snooki keeping them honest. she even covers news from galaxies far, far away. >> obviously aliens do exist.
i've been abducted by aliens before. what happened? i wake up the next day and i remember being at the club but i don't remember getting home or whatever. obviously they're real. >> you know what i think heaven is like? it's like curling up for eternity in a big fluffy cloud made of snooki logic. all of the ground breaking news anchors have memorable tag lines and that's the way it is, good night and good luck, all pale in comparison to what our cutie couric has come up with. >> later bitches. >> your loss, every news station in the world. your loss. you may never know the audience you could have attracted with snooki on your size but you are getting great ratings on the rediculist. see yo at 10:00 p.m. eastern. "piers morgan tonight" starts now. tonight he calls himself a little engine that could but could rick santorum make a serious run for the white house? >> i don't hide myself from the