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>> it's going to be a tough time for you and your family for the next few weeks. i wish you luck with it, jermaine. thank you for being so honest. an extraordinary book. i recommend people to read it to get a better understanding what your brother was really like. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. >> it's been a pleasure. life. thank you very much. it's been a pleasure. >> thank you very much. and good sunday morning to you all. president obama last night taking a swipe at every single republican presidential candidate, accusing them all of doing something not so presidential at one of their latest debates. also, protesters managed to
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shut down the brooklyn bridge. the bridge is open again today, but this grassroots movement against wall street seems to be growing in new york and across the country. also, would you mind paying a little extra for some of your favorite foods? maybe that burger, cheese, pizza? one country is putting a fat tax on foods they say are harmful to your health. at the top of the hour here, this is your cnn sunday morning. i'm t.j. holmes. thank you for being here. we want to give a special good morning and welcome to the men and women of the armed forces watching now on the american forces network. thank you for being here. thank you for what you do. let's start with what we saw yesterday in new york. an extraordinary scene really. the brooklyn bridge is, again, open this morning after protesters shut it down. police took away as many as 700 demonstrators who had taken to the bridge as parts of a wall street protest. they're calling this thing the occupy wall street. that's what they call
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themselves. look, they did occupy wall street for a time and other parts of new york city. they've been gathering in new york for more than two weeks now. this has been a loosely coordinated effort to protest what they say a financial system that favors the rich at the expense of everybody else. this is the biggest disruption we've seen in the two weeks of their protests. police have been trying to keep the protesters away from wall street up to this point. they set aside alternate protest areas that were not being used. the protest movement has spread to other cities. demonstrators turned out in los angeles, chicago, denver, as well as a couple of other cities. president obama now, he called out his palestinian rivals. every single -- his republican rivals. every single one. he said it's time to stand up. he was talking about the don't ask, don't tell policy and the reaction to a gay soldier's question at the last republican debate. listen to the president.
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>> we don't believe in a small america. we don't believe in the smallness that says it's okay for a stage full of political leaders, one of whom could end up being the president of the united states, being silent when an american soldier is booed. [ applause ] >> we don't believe in that. [ applause ] >> we don't believe in standing silent when that happens. we don't believe in them being silenced. you want to be commander in chief, you can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the united states even when it's not politically convenient. >> you hear the president there. again, talking to every single one of the republican candidates. if you don't remember the moment he's referring to, here's the incident. >> in 2010 when i was deployed to iraq, i had to lie about who i was because i'm a gay soldier. do you intend to circumvent the
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progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military? [ booing ] >> yeah. i would say any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place -- >> the republican candidates were largely silent about that reaction that the audience had, even though rick santorum, who you saw, put out a statement saying he didn't hear the crowd reaction and was certainly defending the men and women who defend this country. also, president obama's comments came during a speech too the human rights campaign, a major advocate for equality to the gay and lesbian community. he talked about his opposition to the defensive act but stopped short of openly endorsing same-sex marriage. governor rick perry is prepared to send american troops into mexico to battle drug cartels. the texas governor and gop presidential candidate made the comments at a campaign event in new hampshire. >> the way that we were able to stop the drug cartels in
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colombia was with a coordinated effort. it may require our military in mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border and to destroy their networks. >> now governor perry went on to say that the u.s. and mexican governments should meet after the 2012 election to discuss possible strategy. there is a new alert this morning for you, for americans, for all americans traveling anywhere. the state department issued the worldwide travel alert due to the fears of retaliation attacks over the government's killing of a key al qaeda leader, anwar al-awlaki, killed in a ceo drone attack in embassy not last week. earlier the fbi and department of homeland security sent out the same warning to local law enforcement. also, another top al qaeda bombmaker may have been killed in the drone strike. a u.s. official sells cnn indications that are ibrahim hasan al-azri was killed but
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that has yet to be confirmed. he is suspected of being behind the plot to blow up a plane in detroit. that was underwear bomber case of christmas, 2009. there was also a plot to blow up cargo planes last year. investigators think he was involved in that, as well. the man who shot president reagan may be closer to getting out of the mental hospital where he's been for the past 30 years. the hospital says john hinckley should be allowed longer trips away from the facility leading up to his eventual release. federal prosecutors say he is still a threat, that his mental condition hasn't improved enough. hearings on the hospital's request are scheduled for late november. we're at six minutes past the hour. good morning to reynolds wolf. how you doing, sir? >> a-okay. how are you? >> well. we're both doing well. >> it's this time of year that many people want to explore and see the fall colors. you can see the brilliant reds and orange and all that kind of
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stuff. guess where there's a new color that people will be seeing in parts of the country today -- white. snow in parts of pennsylvania and new york. we're going to talk about that specific white color coming up in a few minutes. let you know how long it may stick around and an update on the tropics. another full plate, a weather pot pourri if you will. >> snow, i didn't see that coming this morning. >> a curve ball coming at you. >> i shower sent the note you sent -- i should have sent the note you sent to the team. >> really? you didn't read it? >> i usually do. thank you. reynolds and i in a good mood. the tigers, razorbacks pulled off a good victory yesterday. we know it's a physical sport. sometimes it goes -- i don't know, a little sideways. we've got video you've got to see of a new method of tackling in college sports. grab the ponytail. going to show you in a second. also this morning, a lot of people going to be drinking coffee. ladies, drink up. two, three, four, maybe even five cups. yes, it will give you a jolt
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similar but different. >> nine machines painutes past . there's bad tackling in football, but sometimes you got to do what you got to do. last night -- you see that? the game between ucla and stanford. josh smith returning the kick. you know, sometimes you can't get hold of the guy and you grab whatever you can. and if the guy has hair coming out the back of his helmet, you do what you got to do. >> you know, i don't think he did it on purpose. i think in the speed of the game you're trying to get the carrier down any way, shape, or form. it just happened. >> and that could be awfully dangerous. they do have the horse-collar penalties they put into the game
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a few years ago actually. a lot of guys have the longer hair sticking out from the back. and it, frankly, can be dangerous in my opinion. a lot of guys have it. >> do you think the ncaa is going to outlaw that at some point? >> the hair? >> you have to tuck it in the jersey or something? >> it unfortunately is probably going to take somebody getting seriously injured and -- or too many incidents like this before something is done. we hope it doesn't get to that. that's dangerous. >> it seems like only yesterday that i had to get rid of my dreads because of the same thing. walking from the weather office to the set, snaggeded it on something, took down light fixtures, half the studio, it was bad news. >> we have the pictures. he's not kidding. >> the dreads, i love them, but you have to do what you have to do. crazy like that. today is one of those days it might be a bad hair day for people in parts of the northeast. the reason why is because of all the moisture. we're talking about the rainfall, but something more. we have the chance of seeing snow in a few places. that is precisely what we are seeing compliment of an area of low pressure off the eastern seaboard. with that wrap-around moisture,
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you've got a couple things going on. first and foremost, moisture coming in from the atlantic. something else is going to happen. cold air is funneling right in the same time, moving at it with the cold base of air and the overrunning moisture. guess what you got. as we zoom in, you see a little pink popping up on the radar, especially altuna, along i-80. rain drops, snowflake. a couple of those. you might see that stick around through the afternoon before that low eventually lifts out. what you can expect up and down the eastern seaboard, rain is going to end when you get to washington, d.c., southward. things are going to improve. sky conditions will be better. at the same time, you'll have a lot of cool air, it will feel fantastic. warmer toward the west. say san francisco northward to the strait of juan de fuca, near seattle. you can anticipate scattered showers and possibly some rainfall over parts of the four corners. your temperatures -- 60s for seattle, portland, 84 in salt lake city. still warm in billings with 86. with the trough, here's where the cooler air is building.
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washington, d.c., 53. 63 in new york and boston. atlanta with 67. very quickly let's wrap it up as we look at your forecast out toward the tropics. bermuda, thankfully, you've got hurricane ophelia moving away. still heavy surf. rain is moving out, too. as the system churns north, it will begin to weaken considerably. as soon as it interacts with cooler waters, that could be a difference-maker. the other system in the atlantic, this storm is falling apart. still has deep convection, but the structure looks horrendous. we anticipate that it's going to curve north and perhaps back to the northeast as we fast forward to tuesday, wednesday, and friday, with winds of 65 miles per hour. and then as we get to later in the week, friday, do saturday, it should become part of history. that's the latest. >> reynolds, thank you, kind sir. we will be checking in with reynolds plenty throughout this morning. at 12 minutes past the hour, imagine this -- you use your debit card to buy a bottle of water that costs $1, it's actually going to cost you $6 because of a $5-a-month fee that
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bank of america is about to charge you for using that debit card. can you get around this? not sure if you can. stick with us.
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and quarter past the hour on this cnn sunday morning. good morning to you, atlanta,
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georgia, headquarters. the cnn world headquarters here in downtown atlanta. hello to you all this morning, though. something we've been telling you about. bank of america has a new plan. tp it wants to start charging customers $5 a month for access to your own money. that is, if you use your debit card to purchase something. other banks trying this fee, other fees, as well. our financial analyst says there are ways to avoid the charge, but it's going to take some effort on your part. >> this is what everybody's talking about. now it's like the david and goliath. goliath is now stepping again on the small guy. and people are feeling it. they've got a lot to say about it. >> their explanation for why they -- they almost say they need to do this. >> yes. what's happening is the regulations changed. they've been handed a new mandate that says they cannot charge retailers as much as they used to charge for the debit fees that they usually get. >> they're saying they're out of money. we need to make it up. >> they'll make it up with you. it's almost $3 billion that
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we're talking about that they'll make up with the $5 charge that adds up to $60 per person per account, that's about $3 billion a year. the trend is here. we're seeing suntrust, wells fargo, trying it out. we're seeing people bring it in. $5 is higher than what we've seen in other banks. we've seen the trend happening. >> okay. is there any way you can get around this? >> well, one of the ways -- they talk good on line. for $8.95, you can to all e-banking. do all your statements, banking on line. also you can go to the atms. they're saying you only get charged the fee if you use the debit card at a store. >> you can't walk around with that much cash. we don't do it. >> we don't do it. it's not realistic for a lot of people depending on what you're doing. everyday purchase, it may be normal. sometimes we spend less than $100 a day. if that's the case, you may be able to be prepared. >> here's the other problem. people saying i'll give up the debit card, use the credit card.
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but you might get hosed because -- >> you're paying interest. what you really have to look at and people are saying that they're smaller bank. people don't realize that the smaller banks, less than $10 billion in assets, are doing the majority of the loans. the community banks, credit unions. >> they're not doing it now. could they eventually? >> could in the future. >> is this a bad sign? if the biggest dog on the block is doing it, everybody's going to fall in line. >> with the big banks -- that's why people have problems, they got bailed out. they've got the bank bailouts and we're paying for it. our tax dollars help them get out this mess. now they're hitting us agai with this fee. people are having a hard time swallowing it. >> other people are saying i'll switch banks, stick it to bank of america. that's not easy. >> especially if you have direct deposit, accounts already set up. it's not easy. there's a lot of red tape and hurdles to jump through. bank of america have an enhanced
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account as well as a premium and platinum account. platinum is for people with an investment with the bank. they have a minutes mun-- minim. >> most don't have it. so carry cash or look into smaller banks' credit unions? >> that's what i say now. >> how much cash you got -- we don't carry that much cash. >> nothing there. >> man, always good to see you. >> the pleasure's mine. >> thank you very much. 18 minutes past the hour now. it is morning. so for a lot of you, you got to get that morning cup of coffee. ladies, for you especially now, go ahead, drink up, drink as much as you want. at least that's according to a new harvard study. it says that women who drink coffee have a lower risk of depression. now they studied this thing over ten years. women who drank three, four or more cup of coffee just had a lower risk of getting depression over the long term. yes, of course we know it does have an impact. so your instant jolt you get
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from drinking a cup of coffee. again, this could also have a long-term jolt. now they believe even though men weren't studied in this particular study that you could have the same effects if you're men. it's important to note here, they don't necessarily say if you drink ten cups of coffee you decrease the risk. so maybe around three, four, five cups is the effect you're going to get. again, doctors say, ladies, go ahead and drink up. 19 minutes past the hour. and coming up tomorrow, we could see amanda knox, the american in italy, finally get out of an italian prison after all these years. she is getting up in front of a court tomorrow and is going to speak herself to try to convince a jury to set her free. ♪
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22 minutes passed the hour
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on this cnn sunday morning. there are two trials really the world is going to be watching and has been watching. one, of course, being the conrad murray trial. on trial for his role in the death of michael jackson. we'll have an update in a moment in case you missed some of the highlights from the first week. the other trial people are watching from around the world, the amanda knox trial. her -- essentially her appeal trial is going on in italy, and she, she will get up herself tomorrow and plead her case. let's go to our paula newton in italy here for us. how is this going to go tomorrow? do we have that right? she essentially is going to plead for her own life and to get out of a prison. >> reporter: she will, and she's done it before. during the original trial, she pleaded to the jury again. it didn't work that time. the family says she has pleaded
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for her life before. in court she originally tried to tell the jury, look, meredith kircher was my friend. i would have never killed her. i would have never killed anyone. she pleaded for someone to believe her. her parents say she's been working on this for three months. you can imagine how intend she is today. at least she does get to address the jury on her own. here in italy as well as back home, t.j., this comes down to the fact that there isn't any more evidence than there was during the original trial. so as the italian parents have pointed out -- italian papers have been pointing out for years now, the question is, is this woman an assassin or an angel? it's charactrieerizations that family is opposed to and they want the jury to go pack to the evidence. go to the evidence and try and think is there any evidence that really connects amanda knox to the murder of meredith kercher. the defense has been saying now, no. and you must believe amanda knox. she had nothing to do with this murder. t.j.?
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>> paula, how much time will she have, and also do we expect a decision on her fate tomorrow, as well? >> reporter: so she will have from 15 to 20 minutes, we're told. i doubt she'd want to speak any longer. she wants to remain composed and not break down and get too emotional. she was very composed the first time. keep in mind, there are six people from the public, two professional judges. the professional judges will begin to lead the deliberations very early in the morning, fresh in the jury's mind will be that plea from amanda knox for her innocence. we expect that it will take the full day. but that there most likely will be a ruling late tomorrow. >> paula newton, thank you. we turn to the other major trial getting started. the e.r. doctor who pronounced michael jackson dead testified that the pop star had signs of a dying heart and was clinically dead on arrival.
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we have a recap of all the week one drama and a look ahead to this week of dr. conrad murray's involuntary manslaughter trial. >> reporter: in week one, of course, we heard a lot of testimony from prosecution witnesses that were at michael jackson's house or with him in the hours and days before his death. those people that were there when michael jackson was unresponsive and trying to revive him. on friday, we heard from those two paramedics that came to jackson's home and unsuccessfully tried to provide cpr to jackson. they testified to the jury that they thought jackson was cold to the touch and almost bluish in color, meaning that he may have been in that state for sometime before they arrived. the most compelling testimony the prosecutors got out of the ambulance drivers or paramedics is they said -- they asked dr. murray pointbank, who have you given him, what drugs are in michael jackson's body, and dr.
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murray, they say, never mentioned propofol. next week we're likely to hear from the doctors at the ucla medical center, and they are expected to tell a very similar story. that when jackson arrived with murray in the ambulance, they, too, asked, what have you given him, and there was no mention of propofol. that, of course, prosecutors would hope would show a sign that murray was trying to cover up his tracks. that we was using propofol -- that he was using propofol with michael jackson, highly irregular and, of course, the reason he's on trial here because it caused michael jackson's death. next week we'll likely hear from detectives assigned to this case, and we may hear from a couple of dr. murray's girlfriends. one of those girlfriends lives here in los angeles. that's where dr. murray had all the propofol shipped. to the other in houston, texas. she was the woman conrad murray was on the phone with when he realized michael jackson was in trouble. >> thanks to our ted rollins.
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wall street, demonstrators have a message for you. they are getting bolder and louder with their anti-establishment protests. but some people still wondering exactly what is their objective. they accomplished one thing yesterday -- shutting down the brooklyn bridge. that story ahead. first, this hour on sunday morning, we always like to say good morning to our american men and women who are serving in the armed forces and watching on the american forces network. but that's my message to you. tyreese has a message for you, as well. >> want to send a special shout out to all of the troops. for all of you all listening to this. the reason that we're safe and your families and loved ones are safe, because you put your life on the line to keep us safe. we don't take y'all for granted. i know i don't. god bless you.
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protests actually occupied the brooklyn bridge yesterday. stopped traffic. some 700 people were detained. these protests have been going on for the past couple of weeks now. as susan candiotti reports, they stint don't have a clearly -- they still don't have a clearly defined message. >> reporter: their message -- end corporate greed -- they say is killing america's economy. ♪ solidarity forever >> reporter: but will they be heard in washington? >> politicians can be bought. political influence can be bought through political donations. this needs to be addressed. >> reporter: organizing isn't easy. there's no money for microphones, so protesters act like human mega phones to relay messages to the crowd. admittedly, most of the time is spent trying to figure out what they're trying to say and how to organize. no one's in charge, and that's the way they like it.
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>> we're gathered here in this place to join the craft of that mission statement. to shape a statement of what it is we want and how we're going to get to it. >> reporter: this new jersey mother used a school holiday to take her 4 and 5-year-old to join a peaceful protest for a day. >> we are 99%, you know, the rich and powerful are 1%. you know, we all need to be a lot more equal than that. >> reporter: is it hard to put together a solution? >> very hard. very hard. that's why i'm skimping on my words here. there are many ways to come to the end, to a solution. you know, in the meantime, it's kind of about wakening people up to know what's going on out there. >> reporter: the new york group insists it's staying put with no exit strategy. and police say they have no plan to move them out. susan candiotti, cnn, new york. at 33 minutes past the hour now. give you a look at stories making headlines. the u.s. state department has
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issued a worldwide alert urging americans traveling overseas to be mindful of possible retaliation. after friday's drone air strike that killed an american-born militant cleric, anwar al-awlaki. the alert is in effect through november. the americans abroad are being asked to register with the government to make it easier to contact them in case of emergency. also we're just a few hours away from the 58th annual red mass in washington's st. matthew cathedral. a catholic church service open to people of all faith. it's dedicated to jurist and lawyers, held every year on the sunday before the u.s. supreme court convenes. also today is it, folks. he's done. the last broadcast of cbs news magazine "60 minutes" that will include andy rooney's parting thoughts. on tuesday the network announced the show's 92-year-old pundit will deliver his final monologue as a regular contributor. that's going to happen today. he's been with the show more
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than 30 years. and that's some 1,100 essays he's had at the end of that show. what do you think, reynolds? what is he going to talk about on the last show after that many years? >> i have no idea. i know what i'm going to talk about. that guy looks fantastic. for 92 years old, the guy's brilliant. he's been a great writer. he was a war correspondent, world war ii. an amazing life, career. sad to see him go. >> it is. but he's had a good run. >> yeah, and i think he's going to stay busy. that guy's going to do something. we'll do something now about our weather. take a look. we're not going to do anything about the weather, i'll tell you what's happening. in the northeast, plenty of rain. we're going to be seeing that for the next couple of days. that system, area of low pressure will lift up and move out. toward the west, we're seeing precipitation that's forming from seattle southward, right into parts of the willamette valley, the river gorge. over the next day or so, that will get on the increase. what we're talking about, we'll
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see big changes out there. that ridge of high pressure that's been keeping things relatively dry over the four corners and parts of the great basin will lift out. this low is going to drop in, opening the door for more precipitation for parts of, say, the san joaquin valley, san luis obispo, back to san francisco bay. even california into portland. big change are coming. still, warm conditions are going to persist for parts of the central rockies. today, although we have the warm conditions toward the west, it's going to be rainy and cool for much of the northeast. and to the southeast, high pressure over portions of the midwest will make thing delightful. chicago, des moines. picture perfect for you today. same deal in texas, beautiful, high temperatures will be warming up into the 80s in spots. 86 in dallas which, of course, is warm. but a far cry from the triple digits we had just a few weeks ago. 76 the high in kansas city. 76 in minneapolis. 66 in chicago. as we wrap it up, washington with 53. 63 in boston. 83 in tampa.
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and 75 in los angeles. all right, t.j., we'll pitch it back to you. >> thank you, reynolds wolf. we'll talk to you again shortly. 36 minutes past the hour now. and president obama had a message, and he spoke directly to every single republican presidential candidate last night telling them they need to stand up for america's soldiers. we'll play this for you in a moment. stay with me on this cnn sunday morning. really have people talking... [ guy ] ring, ring. hold on a sec... progresso... i love your new loaded potato with bacon. that's what we like to hear. where was i? oh right... our rich & hearty soups.. people love the thick cut carrots... we do too! where was i? progresso. right, our new rich & heart soups... [ ring, ring ] progresso... switch our phone service? [ ring, ring ] [ ring, ring ] ...no, i think we're pretty happy with our phones. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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39 minutes past the hour. good morning to the nation's capital. good morning to the washington monument which is closed as you know right now. it is closed endifferent after it sustain -- indefinitely after it sustained damage on the earthquake that hit the east coast. that 5.2 magnitude actually had more damage to the monument than first thought.
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they closed it indefinitely. many of the engineers have been up top literally rappelling down from the top to inspect the monument. that work expecteding to o for the next couple of weeks. they want to make sure everything is okay and the monument is all right before they let people back in. we'll keep a close eye on it there. and why not? talking about d.c., let's talk about politics, shall we? and herman cain, on a hot streak the past week. now a loss to tell you about. his communications director decided to leave the campaign for what she says are personal reasons. insists now this has nothing to do with any recent events, and there's nothing nasty about the breakup here. just for personal reasons. but some odd timing for a campaign that's really starting to pick up some steam. cnn deputy political director paul steinhauser with more for the week ahead for herman cain and the rest of the republican presidential candidates. >> reporter: good morning. the spotlight's on herman cain this week. two nights ago the republican presidential candidate joined
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jay leno on the "tonight show." tomorrow the former godfather's ceo meets with donald trump at trump tower in new york city. you know, paying a visit to the donald has become the thing to do for gop white house hopefuls. rick perry and mitt romney both met with trump last month. tuesday, he mixed rounds on the talk shows as his book "this is herman cain: my journey to the white house" goes on sale. also, all eyes on governor chris christie to see if he makes any announcement on running or not running for president. for months, republicans have been urging christiey to jump in. he's kept saying no, no, no, until a few days ago when at a speech at the reagan library in california, he didn't yeas is, but he -- didn't say yes, but he didn't say most. at the end of the week, there's a pitch to conservative voters gathering in the nation's capital. t.j.? >> thanks to our paul steinhauser. president obama, he was speaking to the republican candidates last night. they weren't in the room, but he had a message directly for them,
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and that was -- if you want to be president, you need to stand up for the troops. he was talking about the don't ask, don't tell policy and the reaction to a gay soldier's question at one of the republican debates. listen to the president. >> we don't believe in a small america. we don't believe in the kind of smallness that says it's okay for a stage full of political leaders, one of whom could end up being the president of the united states, being silent when an american soldier is booed. [ applause ] >> we don't believe in that. we don't believe in standing silent when that happens. we don't believe in them being silent. you want to be commander in chief, you can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the united states even when it's not politically convenient. [ applause ] >> the president was referring to an incident at one of the
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debates. if you don't remember that, here is that incident when a gay soldier was asking a question of the republican candidates. >> in 2010 when i was deployed to iraq, i had to lie about who i was because i'm a gay soldier. do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldier in the military? [ booing ] >> yeah. i would say any type of sexual activity has -- >> now, you're seeing rick santorum there answering the question. he didn't make any direct reference to the time to the people in the crowds who were booing. he went on later to say after the debate he did not hear the booing and would have condemned it had he heard it. president obama was speaking last night to the human rights campaign. that's a major advocate for equality for the gay and lesbian community. he talk good his opposition to the defensive marriage act. stopped short of endorsing same-sex marriage. alarming number of this
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country's veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. but some are getting help now. a new kind of help. virtual help, recreating conditions a war could actually be helping them to get better. that story after the break. one again, to our men and women who are watching on the american forces network right now, james todd smith has a message for you. >> to all the troops overseas, we appreciate your commitment, your dedicated, and the sacrifice that you're making to preserve democracy. and we just want you to get home safe. so keep your head low, keep your honor and your integrity intact. be strong. peace.
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to the quarter of the top of the hour now. as we know, so many of the country's fighting men and women come back home from war with post traumatic stress disorder. but now there is a promising new treatment for them. and it actually uses virtual reality. if you can imagine, a video game that creates the conditions of war is helping them get better. ♪ >> scenes like these motivated joshua musser to enlist in the marine corps. he was sent to iraq where he fought in the battle of fallujah. the bloodiest battle of the war. >> getting home, getting used to being home and everything. then all of a sudden it levels out, and then the nightmares start. >> as a marine, joshua thought he would be able to control his feelings. >> for you to actually admit that i'm struggling and it's something that i can't control because to a marine, they can control everything. we adapt. we overcome.
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>> help came in the form of virtual reality exposure therapy. under the helmet, as demonstrated here, joshua experienced the sights, smells, vibrations, and sounds of war. a customized virtual scenario targeted specifically to treat his psychological trauma. >> people often try not to think about what happened to them. and what we found over time is that that's the worst thing that you can do when you experience a trauma. you don't think about it and don't process it and deal with it, that's what eventually can cause ptsd, and a chronic problem. >> it put you back in iraq where you kind of have one foot here and one foot there. the only thing outside of iraq that you hear is her voice. and so when she sees that i'm really starting to stress out -- because i would shake really bad, i would sweat. she would be in my ear and be pulling me back. >> joshua was also feeling with drawn from his newborn son,
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which further motivated him to seek treatment. >> it was killing me. so that's one of the main reasons why i went to get help and that's one of the main reasons why i wanted to do something as fast as possible. that's why i chose virtual reality each though i knew that it was going to be tough, painful. i felt like it was going to help. i hoped that it was going to help. thank you. want to slide? >> three months after being treated, joshua's doctors say his ptsd levels have significantly improved. >> i know that with my ptsd, i'm never going to get rid of it. it's never going to be gone. now i feel like i'm on the way to controlling it and on the way to living with it and managing it. and i feel 100 times better than i have. now i can play with him and he calls me daddy. >> dada. >> he kisses me. you know, he'll run up and hug me. and i can enjoy every second i have with him. it's a blast. now, i can harness all those
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emotions and can feel things. and that's worth everything that i went through. >> at 48 minutes past the hour now on this cnn sunday morning, the world is watching what denmark is doing. taxing their citizens for all those fatty and delicious foods. could it work to fight obesity? we'll find out soon. also, till death do us part. is that reasonable? you don't have to worry about that maybe in mexico. until of till death do us part, we'll reassess in a few years. [ tires screech ] ♪ oh, it was the first time i fell in love ♪ ♪ the first time i felt my heart ♪ [ man ] people say i'm forgetful. [ horn honking ] ♪ ...all through the night [ man ] maybe that's why we go to so many memorable places.
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many believe this is the first of its kind in the world. so the world is watching to see -- to see if it work there, then maybe other countries around the world including maybe the u.s., could they jump on board with this? there in the u.k. and parts of europe, some have the highest levels of obesity at some 20%. now, this has been talked about in the u.s. before, but no plan for it necessarily. still, all eyes on denmark right now. . let's turn to our "morning passport." good morning. this is the story that got viewers worked up yell e yesterday. we're talking about marriage, till death do us part according to the vows. in mexico city possibly it could just be for two years with the option to renew. >> well, it is a propofol. >> yes. >> leftists in the city council have proposed a statute. so at this point it is only a propofol to get a temporary marriage license. and that would be the minimum amount is two years. so every two years, you could
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renew. the idea is in mexico city, over half the amount of people get divorced. >> yeah. >> of those, many have only been married for two years. so they are saying let's not if through all the expense and the torture of divorce. this way after two years, you can simply -- you don't annul the marriage as such. you will have been married. but you simply dissolve the marriage. >> so do you after the two ye s years, then it becomes more permanent or you re-up -- >> you keep renewing. but of course it's -- the elections are coming next year. some person calls this electoral theatrics, and remember that mexico is a very catholic country. the seconds largest catholic population to brazil. there's huge opposition. then again, mexico city in 2009, the first latin american country to legalize gay marriage. so anything's possible in mexico city which is so much less conservative than the rest of the country. >> how much opposition -- you said there is a lot because of
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that. but still, you said they have been open before with the gay marriage and maybe this is something they could progre progressively -- >> it's interesting to see. huge opposition from people who see marriage, as you said, till death do us part. i'm interested in the lawmaker himself, leonel luna. what was he thinking in it's not very romantic to get married and think about it for two years. how much couples are going to do that? >> at the same time, you talk about the divorce rate. all those people who are saying till death do us part, yes, i do, and get divorced in two years anyway. it's not like they took the vow that seriously. >> exactly. imagine going to a wedding -- do the guests know this is only a two-year contract? do you get less expensive gifts than -- i may be having to do it in another couple of years. >> that's a great question. >> what about if you have children the first two years? there is going to be a propofol for childr -- to be a proposal for children
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and things. i guess it's not going to pass. >> nadia, everybody loved this topic, and your comments are coming. thank you very much, and thank you for the comments. we're getting close to the top of the hour. not only did they find their missing father, they also helped another family with a missing loved one. we will tell you this remarkable story when we come back. stay here. it could be very abrasive. if the surface gets abraded, it's just the environment that bacteria likes to nestle into and they can cause the odor. your denture needs to be cleaned gently on a daily basis. i like to recommend polident, it kills the bacteria without causing any abrasion. when my patients follow my instructions, their dentures feel clean and fresh. they look forward to putting them in their mouth and smiling. i want healthy skin for life. [ female announcer ] don't just moisturize, improve the health of your skin with aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. the natural oatmeal formula goes beyond 24-hour moisture.
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as we dpetd close to the top of the hour, an incredible story out of california. a family finds their partially disabled father who was missing for almost a week. and they also help police and another family solve a missing persons case on their own. cnn's tina kimm explains. >> reporter: two cars mangled at the bottom of a ravine. that was the sight of a family reunion unlike any other. one that has likely solved a missing persons case and saved a father's life as this show shows. the worry began when the man being airlifted did not call his kids. >> my dad would never not call his kids. there's four of us. and it just -- by the time the fourth day, the fifth day and then the sixth day -- we knew something was wrong.
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>> reporter: and so the children of david laveau started searching on their own, pinpointing an area of the angeles national forest after detectives helped track their dad's cell and credit card activity. the brother and sisters with family friends began driving. >> we sopped at every ravine and looked over every hill. >> all the sudden i thought i heard a cat or a dog. and -- i said, hello, and it echoed. >> reporter: sean lavau found his father thursday, 250 feet down a ravine. he had been missing for six days. >> i hugged him. we both cried. i said, you know, how did you make it? he said, i drank the water in the river, and i ate leaves and bugs. >> he was heading this direction. another car was heading toward him health care reform bright lights on. so he -- him, had bright lights on. so he flashed lights. i believe swerved, went off the road. >> reporter: he ended up near another wrecked car with a decomposing body inside. as his children worried about him, lavau, too, worried about
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how his kids would find him. the "los angeles times" reports, "he wrote on the dirty trunk. "i love my kids, dead man is not my fault." the other victim's family is thankful for answers. >> we may have never found him. we tried to prepare for the worst but hoped for the best. >> reporter: authorities have yet to confirm the body's identity. what is certain, david lavau raised some determined kids. cnn. good sunday morning to you all. president obama last night takes a swipe at every single republican presidential candidate, accusing them all of doing something that's not so presidential at one of their debates. also, protesters manage to shut down the brooklyn bridge. the bridge is open again today,
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but this grassroots movement we've been watching the past couple of weeks against wall street seems to be growing. welcome to your cnn sunday morning. it's 7:00 in atlanta, jgeorgia. police had to take away as many as 700 demonstrators who had taken to the brooklyn bridge as part of a wall street protest. they're calling themselves occupy wall street. protesters have been gathering in new york for the past couple of weeks in a loosely coordinated effort to protest what they say is a financial system that favors the rich at the expense of everybody else. this is the biggest disruption we have seen so far. police is been trying to keep the protesters away from wall street. up to this point they had set aside alternate protest areas. the areas not being used, however, by the protesters. the protest movement has also spread to other cities. demonstrators turned out in l.a., chicago, denver, as well as a couple of other cities yesterday. meanwhile, the president
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last night giving a speech at the human rights campaign. and he took a moment to take a swipe at his republican rivals. all of them. he was talking about don't ask, don't tell and the reaction to a gay soldier's question at the last republican debate. listen to the president from last night. >> we don't believe in a small america. we don't believe in the kind of smallness that says it's okay for a stage full of political leaders, one of whom could end up being the president of the united states, being silent when an american soldier is booed. [ applause ] >> we don't believe in that. we don't believe in standing silent when this happens. we don't believe in them being sile silenced. you want to be commander in chief, you can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the united states even when it's not politically convenient.
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[ applause ] >> so even though those candidates were not in the room, it was clear he was speaking directly to them. now the incident he was referring to, you may remember, but here it is. this was at the last debate when a soldier, a gay soldier, was directing a question to the candidates. >> in 2010 when i was deployed to iraq, i had to lie about who i was because i'm a gay soldier. do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military? [ booing ] >> yeah, i would say any type of sexual activity -- >> you see rick santorum. that question was for him. he did not make any mention of what was going on in the crowd at the time. everybody watching the debate could hear it clearly. he claims he could not. a couple days after the debate he put out a statement saying if he had heard the booing, he would have condemned it on the spot. president obama's speech came at the human rights campaign last night. that's a major advocate for
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equality for the gay and lesbian community. he talked it his opposition to the defense of marriage act but stopped short of openly endor endorsing same-sex marriage. and governor rick perry says he's prepared to send american troops into mexico to battle drug cartels. the texas governor and gop presidential hopeful made the comments at a campaign event in new hampshire. >> the way that we were able to stop the drug cartels in colombia was with a coordinated effort. it may require our military in mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border and to destroy their networks. >> governor perry also said the u.s. and mexican governments should meet after the 2012 election to discuss strategy. there's a new alert this morning for americans traveling anywhere. the state department issued the
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worldwide travel alert due to fears of retaliation attacks over the government's killing of a key al qaeda leader. anwar al-awlaki of killed in a drone attack in yemen last week. earlier the fbi and department of homeland security sent out the same warning to law enforcement. and a top bomb-maker may have been killed in the strike that killed anwar al-awlaki. indications are that the man there, ibrahim al-asiri, was also killed. it has yet to be confirmed. he's suspected of being behind the plot to blow up a plane in detroit. that was the case of the underwear bomber, christmas day in 2009. and there was also a plot to blow up cargo planes last year. investigators think he was also involved in that. six minutes past the hour. let's turn to the amanda knox trial which could be wrapping up. she is pleading her case. she's do it herself tomorrow , and a jury will decide her fate.
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she was convicted of killing her roommate. we have more from italy. what do we expect tomorrow? >> reporter: well, tomorrow we expect final argument from the defense. they'll speak for about a half-hour, 45 minutes. then amanda knox will once again get a moment to address the jury just like she did in the original trial. her plea did not work in the original trial. parents have said that she's been working on it for months. but they've also said that they're worried about her. she's not eating. she's not sleeping. of course, completely understandable. but i saw her in court this week -- i hadn't seen her in almost a couple of years. and she does look like she's in a state of despair really. so it will be interesting to see how passionate she can be about her own case and if she can maintain her composure during it. she was very, very composed the first time she did it. and in terms of what she's going to say, i think she's really going to make an, emotional plea like the first -- make an emotional plea like the first one. concentrating on getting them to believe her when she says that
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meredith kercher was a friend of hers and she did not have anything to do with the murder. >> how quickly do we expect a decision from the court? and if she loses this case, say, will she have any options after this? >> reporter: well, the court will begin to deliberate right after the statements. we expect that by 11:00 a.m. back home, that would be 5:00 a.m. eastern time, they'll be deliberating. it will be a long day, but many people expect that they will return a verdict -- a ruling tomorrow. having said that, it's not the end of the road. whether -- whether amanda knox wins or loses, either the prosecution or her defense can take this appeal process to the supreme court. that will take at least four or five months, and that's pretty much at the soonest. this is not the end of the road. really if you're her family, you're thinking the best thing is that if she is exonerated tomorrow, she can get on a plane home and stay in the united states. and then if the appeal were thrown out again and they wanted her back in italy, they would at least have to fight for extradition. they want her home tomorrow.
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>> all right, paula newton for us in italy. thank you very much. another case that's drawing international attention, the case of dr. conrad murray. his trial will resume tomorrow. there are 13 witnesses for the prosecution last week, in week one of the trial. the e.r. doctor will be back on the stand tomorrow. as you know, dr. murray charged with involuntary manslaughter. he's accused in the death of michael jackson, accused of injecting drugs that eventually killed the pop star. the man who shot president reagan may be closer to getting out of the mental hospital where he's been the past 30 years. the hospital says john hinckley should be allowed longer trips away from the facility leading up to his eventual release. federal prosecutors, though, say he is still a threat and that his mental condition has not improved enough. hearings on the hospital's request scheduled for late november. and tonight is it. the last broadcast of the cbs news magazine "60 minutes" that
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will include andy rooney's parting thoughts. on tuesday the network announced the show's 92-year-old pundit will deliver his final monologue as a regular contributor after some 30 years and 1,100 of his classic essays at the end of that show. after that many years, reynolds wolf, what would you say to say good-bye in your final broadcast? >> my gosh. it's hard to say. he's had such an amazing career. how do you finish it? that's going to be the big draw as you see how it's done. it's mind-boggling to think about that whole thing. what a transition for him to make, being -- basically working all those years. we have a huge transition that we've been seeing weatherwise around the country. in fact, some places around the u.s. have been dealing with temperatures well above normal. some places, for example, atlanta, georgia, temperatures well below normal. take a look at these beautiful skies we have. a little sun and clouds mixed in. 46 in atlanta, georgia. more coming up. [ male announcer ] do you know how you will react
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>> hi, guys. >> good morning, wyoming. explain this picture here. you've been out to yellowstone a number of time. this came from one of our ireporters. what are we looking at? >> i have no idea. >> nice. you told me -- >> teasing. just teasing. what you're seeing is an amazing thing. the cool thing about yellow 19 stark, it is actual -- yellowstone national park, it is an actual area with liquid rock not far beneath the surface. you have geysers, heated pools like that. sometime the extreme heat causes incredible colors to build up. are you satisfied with the answer i just provided? >> i'm impressed by the answer. >> all right. don't you love how there's --yithere's -- it's the ying and the yang. >> you have an amazing breadth of knowledge. you do. you've been all over, traveled, studied these things. there's more to this guy than meets the eye, folks. >> lies. all lies. >> good stuff. we talking tropics? >> we do have things going on in
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the tropics. we really haven't had any huge impact along the eastern seaboard other than, you know, a few storms that we had earlier. say, irene. in term of a cat claclysmic eve in the united states, hugo, katrina. and remember the hurricane season last until november 30. there are times that it overlaps. although things have been active, namely with o phelia, this is going to stay clear of the united states. winds actually moving north at 29 miles per hour. it's trying to gain a little speed and will continue to move a little more to the north and northeast. winds at 125 miles per hour. strong surf toward bermuda. heavy rain no longer an issue. look for heavy surf in st. john's, halifax, into monday. by tuesday, moving farther north. tropical storm philippe, the latest -- whatever flavor you choose -- structure very poor at this point. the shear a tremendous detriment
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to the storm. it's going to march west, then veer to the northeast as we get into friday. 2:00 p.m., winds expected to be around skierp miles per hour. back home what we're dealing with, fairly nice conditions in parts of the southeast. nice for you in the southern plains. northeast, a different situation where we have rain in the picture. anywhere from one to two inches of rain possible. the additional rain yesterday, an inch or so in spots. we even had on top of the rain snowflakes in the higher elevations. that could happen again. i'd expect it to fizzle into monday and tuesday. this system will lift out. high pressure is going to to see build in to the eastern seaboard. temperatures well above normal. that's the situation for you today. in fact, look at these temperatures. 87 degrees in denver. 86 in billings. t.j., a huge fan of the warming conditions. this would be the place for him, especially going to the mile high city of denver. toward seattle, a different story. 65. 66 in san francisco. to our friends in los angeles, 75. 87 in el paso. 66 in chicago. 67 in atlanta. 86 in miami.
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nice day out here, and dry in the afternoon. hey, it's florida. it happens. back to you. >> reynolds, thank you very much. at 17 minutes past the hour. in is a story you're not going to believe. president obama endorsing a food chain? he is the new face of the new fast food craze in china. you're seeing that correctly. i'll give you a second to take it in and figure out for yourself what you're seeing. yes, there is a sign for obama fried chicken or ofc as it says there. now this is on the u.k.'s "daily mail" web site. it's a chinese ad. has obama wearing a bow tie and suspenders. the logo or slogan says "we're so cool, aren't we?" now, can't imagine the reaction you might be having to seeing this now.
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a lot of people are having that same reaction. calling this racist and that it plays into stereotypes. over in china, apparently somebody believes this will help them sell some chicken. 19 minutes past the hour now. supreme court is heading back to session tomorrow. freedom of speech one of the many issues the court will be taking up. we'll take a look at some of the bigger cases and how they could affect us all. cadillac borrowed technology from ferrari to develop its suspension system? or what if we told you that ferrari borrowed technology from cadillac to develop its suspension system? magnetic ride control -- pioneered by cadillac, perfected in the 556-horsepower cts-v. we don't just make luxury cars. we make cadillacs. ♪ ♪
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22 minutes past the hour now on this cnn sunday morning. and the supreme court starting up tomorrow. they'll start hearing arguments in a number of important cases. we wanted to get you caught up on a few.
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that certainly will be making news this go round. let me bring in supreme court producer bill mears. thank you for being here. might be tough, but pick one for our audience. which one would you say could really get a lot of attention and could really have an impact on us all down the road? >> in a word, health care. the issue that's coming before the court in a few months. the justices are almost certainly to take it. that's the massive reform effort championed by president obama. it's been floating around the appeals courts for months now. the supreme court's poised to take on this issue. there are almost -- they're almost forced to take it. we expect to hear the case probably next february or march with a ruling by june right in the thick of the presidential race. >> and we shall see how that plays out. there's also a couple of others i'll go through with you. the issue of gps surveillance with police. >> yes, great privacy case. the issue really is dealing with -- do motorists enjoy any privacy when they get on the public roads. the case deals with a drug suspect that police in washington were tracking for
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several weeks. they attached one of those gps devices to his car, followed him, and tracked him to a house that was dealing drugs. they arrested him. he got life in prison. he's suing. he says he deserves a measure of privacy when he got in his car. police had no right to put that device without a search warrant. >> another -- this has come up over the years, talking about indecency on tv. >> yes, we've been back and forth on this issue for years. it's a free speech dispute dealing with the broadcast networks, not what's on cable. the broadcast networks and whether the fcc, the federal communications commission, can clamp down on the broadcast networks when they air feeding examples of nudity and dirty words. >> now is this a free speech case here, and what have courts done in the past on this topic? >> it is a free speech case. and the supreme court actually took it up a few years ago. they never really got to the heart of the issue. it was more on the enforcement power of the sec to claim down
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on this and fine the broadcast networks. we're talking about the more fundamental free speech constitutional issue and whether the fcc's policy goes too far and infringe on the rights of the broadcast networks who argue that the case could have broader implications not only for their medium but for radio, movies, books, what you see on the internet, and a whole range of expressive media. >> one more that will be awfully timely as we hear about so many cuts being made out of washington, d.c. but the right to cut funding of medicaid. >> right. which is a big component of the health care law, the broader health care law passed last year by congress. the issue here is really medicaid. that's the government program for funding health care for poor people. and it's funded by both the government -- by the federal government as well as the states. but you know, state budget cuts have been a big problem around the country. they've cut back their share of medicaid funding. and the issue is -- here is whether patients can go into court and personally sue states to try to get the funding back.
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the obama administration surprisingly, they've supported an expansion of medicaid under their new law. but they're saying case individuals, you can't go to court and try to get that medication money back. it's really up to the federal government to decide this. >> all right. big mears for us. it's good to have you go through some of these important cases that will be making news in the coming weeks and months. thank you so much. and to our viewers, we're also, another case the supreme court is taking up is about the ministerial exception. that's kind of a rule that's been on the books for the past 40 years. and what it essentially does is exempt churches and religious institutions in this country from having to adhere to anti-discrimination laws. that's being challenged now. we're going to take that up at our phase of faith coming up for you -- faces of faith coming up for you in the next hour. 26 minutes past the hour. a protest movement targeting wall street seems to be growing. they grew so much in new york yesterday, it actually shut down the brooklyn bridge. there's a big reason to lower your high cholesterol...
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just about at the bottom of the hour on this cnn sunday morning. couple of the stories making headlines today -- police in new york have now reopened the brooklyn bridge. this was after hundred of demonstrators showed up. they were protesting corporate greed. they were ticketed yesterday, a number of them. the protest campaign began in july with the launch of a simple campaign web site calling for a march and sit-in at the new york

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