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their military mission will be of by the end of this year. president obama's mission to end the war is bringing a lot of reaction. also, college students drowning in debt. what you need to know about students loans and the best way to get them paid off. marketing genius behind kiss, we'll go behind the backstage and reveal the secrets of kiss, inc. let's start with one of our top stories. military families are gearing up to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones who are serving in iraq. one of the nation's longest wars will be over by the tend of the year and nearly 39,000 u.s. service members will be heading home. that decision just came from president obama yesterday. it's been nearly nine years since the war started with
bombes and missiles exploding in baghdad and that shock and awe as it was called. since then, more than 4,400 service members have died in iraq. the cost of the u.s. military operations, more than $700 billion. but billions more in related expenses. with us now, the president as he made that announcement. >> after nearly nine years, america's war in iraq will be over. over the next two months, our troops in iraq, tens of thousands of them, about pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. >> well, the end of the war. can you imagine? the holiday gift a lot of military families across the country are now going to get. many of them already celebrating, but many of them who have lost sons, daughters, fathers in iraq, this sa bittersweet moment for them. we have reaction from families and troops in chicago. >> this one is the picture in the house.
>> pictures and paintings of omni corporal albert fenton, 20 years old when he was killed by a roadside balk in iraq 3 1/2 years ago. their parents have mixed reaction from the families of troops currently serving in iraq, but regretful the full withdrawal didn't happen sooner. >> -- for my son. >> fighting back tears, he recalled the moment he found out his son had been killed and says no family should ever have to experience that kind of pain. that message to the troops who finally get to come home. >> they're very lucky. my son was not lucky. >> children we spoke with serving in the illinois national guard are happy about the president's announcement. >> it was a good feeling. >> specialist michael rose from dekalb served in iraq for ten months. >> do you know a lot of people still serving over there?
>> yes. currently my sister unit is over there. they took over for us when we left. and they are, from what i hear, doing a great job. >> more reaction from families ooh soldiers serving in the inter-national guard. san sandy holtz's son returned from iraq last month. >> i'm very happen. a lot of families will be relieved that their soldiers are coming home. we put on a request, as well. our children are home during holidays or home with us getting on with their lives. but we're glad. we're glad they're all coming home. >> athena jones is at the white house for us. good morning to you once again. there is no doubt the president stepped out yesterday and he clearly was putting a check by promise kept. >> exactly. this is one of his campaign p m promises, one of the issues that the president ran on. you'll remember back in the
primaries, his opposition to the war was something that set him apart. in the lead up to the war in iraq, he said he wasn't against all wars, he was against a rash war. yesterday when he came into the briefing room were the words that as you pledged as a candidate, he pledged to bring the war in iraq to a responsible end. so the white house used this as a promise cap. let's listen to what the president had to say this morning in his weekly address. >> in iraq, we've deeded in our strategy to end the war. last year, i announced tend of our combat mission in iraq. we've already removed more than 100,000 troops and iraqi forces have taken full responsibility to the security of their own country. thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, the iraqi people have the chance to forge their own future. and mow the rest of our troops will be home for the holidays. >> and so one thing that the
president didn't stress yesterday or today is that there were security agreements reached during the bush administration in 2008. it was those agreements that set this end date of december 31st, 2011. and so what the president is doing is fulfilling that commitment, t.j. >> we know the end date now. they'll all be home by tend of the year. but a lot of people have questions. well, when if the first couple of waves? how soon might we see some of those reunions at airports, at bases across this country? >> well, it's already happening. these deployments are already happening. there's still a lot more, tens of thousands of more to come back. 39,000. there's something like 800,000 pieces of equipment that remain to be the redeployed. so this is going to be a massive operation. it's going to take hundreds of convoys, thousands of trucks. and so it's really a big scale operation. i don't have any dates yet for what ports expect troops home,
but it's all happening over the next couple of months. and even though this is welcome news by a lot of troops and family members, there is some criticism out there from familiar naems names. >> yes. not surprisingly, you have democrats applauding this, calling it a victory for american troops and taxpayers. but you have republicans expressing concerns. i'll read to you from the statement that senator john mccain sent out yesterday. he said today marks a humble and sad setback in the united states in the world. i respectfully disagree with the president. this decision will be viewed as a extra toojic victory or our enemies in the middle east, especially the iranian va sheem which has worked relentlessly to ensure a full withdrawal of u.s. troops in iraq. it is a continue sensual failure of both the obama administration, which has been more for the record on withdrawaling from iraq than succeeding in iraq since it came into office as well as the iraqi government. iraq may not be ready to handle
its own security and iran, its neighbor, iran's influence in iraq could grow as the u.s. withdrawals. so these are some of the criticisms we're hearing, t.j. >> thank you so much. and over the years, the war in iraq has steadily lost support from americans. a new cnn opinion research poll, one-third of the respondents favor the war. 69% against it. when the war started, more than half favored it and in a few research polls, just over a third of the respondents says the war has been worth fighting. 357% say it has not been. also a cbs news poll, only 4% say things are going as well for the u.s. in iraq. just over half say somewhat well. 25% say they're going badly. reacting to the troop withdrawal from iraq, the iranian president, mahmoud ahmadinejad. he's a relative outsider in the
international community. we scored an exclusive interview with ahmadinejad. >> president obama said all american troops will be out of iraq by the end of the year. in light of this announcement, will your government increase its efforts to train the iraqi army, since there will be a need in iraq for training and support? will the iranian government be providing greater support in that area? >> translator: i think we should have -- sooner, maybe seven or eight years ago. and they could avoid killing so many iraqi people or americans, as well. i think we should have done it much earlier.
but the people and the iraqi government did not accept the increased presence of the americans. the iraqi government is independent and sovereign. they should decide how to provide training for their military personnel. >> that's iran's president, mac plume ahmadinejad. watch the full introoufr interview sunday on gps, 10:00 a.m. eastern time and 1:00 p.m. eastern time, as well. we turn to libya now and the body of former libyan dictator moammar gadhafi being held in cold storage in misrata. his family wants the body, but the united nations and two major human rights groups wants an investigation. there are questions about how the former dictator really died.
the national transitional council says its forces captured gadhafi alive, but he was fatally shot in crossfire. others suggest gadhafi may have been executed. defense secretary leon panetta hailed his death as a success for nato. >> it wasn't a u.s. drone combined with several other nato planes that fired on the convoy. that, i think, is a reflection of the partnership that came together in nato and in libya. >> meanwhile, the vice president, joe biden, says the operation has shown that the u.s. did not have to carry the weight of international military intervention alone. it's 11 minutes past the hour now. the man first in line for saudi arabia's throne has died in a new york hospital. the crown prince sultan was one
of the members of the of his royal 80s. the saudi government says the print died from an illness but does not give specifics. he had reportedly been battling cancer. prosecutors wrap up their case against conrad murray. we'll tell you what they did that got his visibly upset. also, a squeak well to 9-9-9. it's called 9-0-9. herman cain, trying to explain. stay with us. capital one's new cash rewards card gives you a 50% annual bonus! so you earn 50% more cash.
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critics say, his proposal would not require the poor to pay income tax. to maine make the point crystal clear, he gave this new provision a new name. if you add up the below the poverty level, your plan isn't 9-9-9-it's 9-0-9. say amen, y'all. 9-0-9. in other words, if you are at or below the poverty level based upon family size, then you don't pay that middle 9 tax on your income. this is how we have the pool. another way we have to pull is we get the economy going so we can let people find jobs. >> now, cain also wants to allow businesses and high unemployment areas to detect certainly payroll dispenses from their corporate taxes. cain and his gop rivals are in iowa weekend for the conservative fais faith and freedom coalition forum. and cnn political reporter
shannon travers is there to shed a little light on this situation. shannon, tell us which candidates will these social conservatives be watching closely tonight? >> well, they're going to be watching all of them. let's run through quickly who is going to be there. michele bachmann, rick perry, rick santorum, newt gingerich and the man you were just talking about, herman cain. they'll be paying especially close attention to him. the reason is because of something that he said on piers morgan on wednesday. they were having a conversation about abortion and herman contain made very clear that he is very much against abortion. but something else that he says has some conservatives against abortion and against the government declaring it illegal. take a listen to this quote. if a family member of his were raped, if herman cain would want the family member to raise that child. he said it's not for the government to decide.
what i'm saying is it ultimately gets down to a choice that the family has to make, not me as president, nos not some politician, not a bureau bure bureaucrat. some supporters have said, this is pro choice, like president obama. some of herman cain's critics are saying, this is not different from what a lot of democrats are saying. these conservatives tonight, about ,000 of them here in iowa will be grilling herman cain. tell us exactly what your stance on abortion is. >> and romney didn't think this was worth showing up for tonight? >> yeah. romney is not coming. we're trying to nail down exactly why not. but the organizers of this event rpt happy about it. they say you know what? if you become the nominee, mitt romney, you will need these an gel kals in iowa and elsewhere throughout the country.
and what signal does it send by you not showing you? romney has been to other large gatherings of social conservatives in the past. he just had that values voter summit two weeks ago in d.c. >> and we all remember so much attention on that iowa straw poll in august. michele bachmann won that. does she still -- i mean, do they still love her there, the state of her birth? she's focusing a lot on new hampshire. she's having issues with staff up there. what does she have at stake in this? >> well, in terms of iowa, her crowds have been -- from the events that i've been covering for bachmann in the past few weeks. i would say that there's still a lot of passion for her, but her poll numbers have plummeted. and in terms of new hampshire, one of five staff members is leaving. the news up there is reporting all five are going to go, as
well. they're saying she's not committed to new hampshire. >> all right. shann shannon, thanks so much. we're at 18 minutes past the hour now. student loans, they can keep you in debt for years, sometimes a lifetime. well, how do you deal with that student loan debt? we'll tell you after the break. stay with us on this cnn saturday morning. ♪ it was the best day -woohoo! -yes! ♪ it was the best day ♪ it was the best day yeah! ♪ it was the best day ♪ because of you [echoing] we make a great pair. huh? progressive and the great outdoors. we make a great pair. right, totally. uh... that's what i was thinking. covering the things that make the outdoors great. call or click today.
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months sometimes and work out repayment plans. you have to communicate with them, whether it be a standard payment plan, they work it out based on your income. sometimes it can be six months or nine months after you get out. >> that's an important point. sometimes people want to run from debt, avoid the problem, don't answer the phone. but this is one debt that they will help you with. >> they will help you with it because otherwise they can garnish your wages, they can sue you and they can do a lot of things that hurt you or delay you from starting your life cycle. when you think about that, coming out of school one may not be able to pay, you may not be able to buy a house, buy a car. some people decide not to have children. >> parents out there and students, as well, how do you know how much is the right amount? everybody wants to go to that good school, more expense because that looks good on the resume, right? >> that's going to get me the job. >> how much should you take out? about 10% of the pretax income that you're planning to get
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we're getting close to the bottom of the hour now. celebrities open restaurants all the time, but not quite like this. john bon jovi opened his soul kitchen in new jersey this week. but there are no prices on the menu because customers can pay only what they can afford or they can volunteer in the kitchen in order to get a meal for free. bon jovi says the restaurant whose time has come when one in five households now living below the poverty level. meanwhile, lindsay lohan made sure she got to the los angeles morgue early yesterday. the actress has been ordered to serve 120 hours of community service as a janitor as part of her sentence for convictions, she was supposed to start her first day of work thursday, but was turned away after she showed up late. we could be seeing closing arguments sometimes sometime next week in the conrad murray
man slaughter trial. this comes after testimony this past week from an anesthesiologist who specializes in propofol. ted rollins is following this case for us. >> reporter: t.j., this was the week that the trial came to a screeching halt. 2 1/2 of the 5 days were dark mainly because of scheduling issues. when court was in session, dr. steven shaffer was on the stand. he is by far the most important witness through the state. he's not only an expert in propofol and anesthesiology, but he laid out for the jury what the state believed happened to michael jackson the night that he died. and it contradicts what dr. can rad murray told police. >> michael jackson died while the infusion was running. >> so propofol was going into his body, even as his heart was stopping? >> that is correct. >> also this week, t.j., we saw for the first time some emotion out of dr. conrad murray. he was visibly upset when the district attorney took off a
piece of plastic at the handle on a very important piece of evidence. it's a bottle of propofol. both sides were brought into the judge's chambers after this happened. the defense was very upset, they ironed it out and explained it to the jury. bottom line, the sense in that courtroom has changed. the defense is very aggressive. ed cher nov is aggressive on the cross-examination of dr. shaifer. we're seeing a real change in the courtroom. we expect when court resumes on monday, that slaifr shaifer will be on the stand. closing arguments are still expected at some point next week, despite the slowdown. >> thanks as always. with the war in iraq drawing to a close now, the holidays are here. it's going to be something extra special for thousands of american troops and their families.
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some of the stories making headlines today, one of america's longest and costliest wars drawing to a close. president obama is ending the war in iraq at the end of the year. nearly 39,000 men and women in uniform will be home for the holidays. in iraq, we've succeeded in our strategy to end the war. last year, i announced the end of our combat mission in iraq. we've already removed more than 100,000 troops and iraqi forces have taken full responsibility for the security of their own country. thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, the iraqi people have a chance to forge their own future. but now the rest of our troops will be home for the holidays. >> well, afterdy employing only a small number of forces, there's about 50,000 left in iraq. saudi crown prince died at
that new york hospital. he was a very public mp member of the royal family. the saudi government says he died of an illness. he reportedly had been battling cancer and was thought to be in his 80s. the burial of former dictator moammar gadhafi is on hold as his body remain necessary cold storage. the united nationes and two human rights groups want an investigation into his death. forces captured gadhafi alive, but it is said that he was fatally shot in xwad xwalt crossfire. and a private ceremony is happening today in birmingham, alabama, for reverend fred schultzsworth. he was an activist that helped lead the civil rights movement. his body will lie in repose on sunday. his fooum funeral and burial will take place on monday. and a cadaver dog smelled something in the missouri home of an 11-month-old girl who has
been missing since early october. the dog got a hit on something, the scent of a body in the home. baby lisa is her name. her mother has admitted recently that she was drunk the night the baby disappeared. police did a new search of the home this week and that's when the dog smelled something. no one has been charged in this case. meanwhile, in glenndale, arizona, there will be a candle liej vijit for jhessye shockley. she has been missing since october 11th. she wandered out of her home while her older siblings were watching her. her family members appeared on our show earlier today and asked the grandmother why she thinks race has something to do with her granddaughter's appearance and why end hasn't gotting more national attention. >> there's no way that you should stop looking for a 5-year-old child that comes up missing after two days. when i first arrived from
california, i was so happy, i saw the command post and all this activity was going on. but not once did i see somebody going through that house which i just assumed they probably did before i got there. but they were just sitting at that post every day. and the day after i got there, they just left. you know, they told me they were moving the command post. but you don't stop looking for a child after two days and take an amber alert after two days and then you don't need anything else from anyone for over a week until i just was outraged about it and started speaking out. >> glenndale police say finding jhessye is the number one priority and they've investigated hundreds of leads. we're at 36 minutes past the hour now. and this economy, a lot of people looking for jobs, but also could use some quick cash.
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about 39 minutes past the hour. let's say good morning to our reynolds wolf keeping an eye on the tropical weather. >> november 30th is when the season ends. but that doesn't mean things are going to come to a screeching halt. we have some activity out there. here is the latest area of concern, national hurricane centers keeping a very sharp eye on this development just off the coast of central america. to be more exact, this is the western caribbean. this earlier today had about a 07% chance of development. still, computer models show that it may, indeed, strengthen and even move in a very and sudden direction. these are our spaghetti models that be be a sign of them moving. some over towards the yucatan peninsula and a few of them,
alarmingly enough, bring them up through parts of the caribbean and right past cuba and the yucatan, perhaps into the gulf of mexico. that would be thursday at 1 o'clock a.m. a lot can happen between now and then. we can also keep a sharp eye on a storms developing in the southern plains. you might have some back up and say, maybe, dallas/ft. worth, maybe even love field, perhaps even some of your small aprils, say, oklahoma. also for the big game today, between texas tech and oklahoma, you can expect a chance of severe showers and maybe some storms late in the date. for the east coast, pretty nice. high pressure building in. nice and cool for you in parts of the southeast. in the northeast, clouds, the high going to 59. 70 in denver. 81 in los angeles. 61 in portland city. that's the forecast. back to you. >> thank you. we're at 41 minutes past the
hour now. a lot of people, as we know, have been looking for jobs in this country. it can take quite some time to go through that long process of finding a job. and people need quick cash sometimes. i talked to digital lifestyle expert mario armstrong. he had tips on where you can find that quick cash, starting with a website that you heard. >> a lot of people know that, though, t.j., for buying goods and selling goods and looking for apartments and things of that nature. but when it comes to jobs, craigslist has started to proven to be a hot bed for people not only posting for positions, whether parmtd, full time or special projects, but people say i'm available to be hired. so use craigslist to put your skills out there, what you're good at, what you're willing to do and see if people will be willing to hire you for those short-term projects. >> this next one helps people who are working for themselves? >> this is called elance.com.
this is for people already working for themselves or have skills that have been laid off and need to find short-term income. elance.com is a place where companies post short-term projects. so maybe i need a new proposal written, maybe i need a website design, maybe i need someone to do data entry for me. from legals to everything in between, they have over 30 categories that you could be putting your skills up so that you could be getting paid for the work that you do. so this is all about the freelance economy and helping people put through their passions and make money on the side. >> and you said about 30 categories, but is that jam packed with projects? >> 55,000 projects are posted in the last 30 days. >> i like that. 55,000 projects. >> all right. let me get that one down. all right. let's look at the iphone app now. this is one, help you make some money here. with an app. let me hear this. >> this one is called gig walk.
so you go to gig walk.com or download this app. ufrlt right now, only available on an iphone. here is the idea, the idea that k companies can go on to gigwalk and post short-term gigs. a short-term gig might be go check my competition's restaurant and take a photo of their menu so i can get competitive intelligence. anyone with an iphone can accept that gig, get paid for it, they pay anywhere from $6 to $650 for each gig that you do. there's all kinds of competitive information, looking for what your competitors may be doing or even -- i saw one example where a company said why am i losing sales? do i have long lines on the weekend? they hired a couple gig walkers to hire those stores and take pictures of what is going on with the shopping experience. >> that is interesting. that is really short-term cash if you need to go on a date that
night. you could go -- >> that's right. >> but these aren't -- are all of them those type of smaller jobs where you're going out on a little assignment? >> that's right. it's just a little assignment. you can get more and more assignments and build up your cash flow depending on the amount of assignments you take on. people need to understand, technology is enabling us to put our skills out there, pursue our passion and find smarter ways to make shows ends meet in between trooil trying to look for a full time gig. >> important to note, gigwalk, that app, he said it is a free app. coming up, we want you to know first of all, fredericka witfield is in the building. she's in studio. i'll be sitting down talking to her for our saturday segment. but also coming up, what georgia woman defines her long lost family. look at this. i'll tell you why it took 22 years for this reunion to
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across country. former presidential candidate john edwards will walk his daughter down the aisle today. cate edwards is marrying her long time boyfriend. cate's mother helped her plan the wedding before dying of cancer last year. john edwards faces a trial for campaign finance law violations in january. and take a look. that is a seat of shelving that came crashing down under the weight of 7,000 bottles of wine. this surveillance video -- i know. it's painful to watch. fredericka, turn away. >> i didn't say it was painful. wow. >> it took 25 people to clean up the breaken glass and all of that spilled wine. say it ain't so. also, a georgia woman now, who was sold as a baby by her drug addicted mother is now being reunited with her family. look at this. >> i said, you know, where is the baby? and they said, we don't know.
>> they had been looking for me for a lifetime. and i never knew that i was lost in the first place. >> so i thought that she was so much better off and then when i found out she wasn't, it broke my heart. >> she grew tired of not knowing who she was so she hired a private investigator. get this, fredricka, she grew up just 40 miles away from the two sisters and just had no idea. we see these stories every once in a while, these big reunions. >> the kinds of stories like that usually do span, maybe the separation was 20 years ago. now with the advent of social media, when families are separated or adoptions take place or things like that, people are going to be able to reunite much quicker because of
social media. we've seen that take place as well. >> another plus for social media. @fredricka whitfield, right? >> i have a problem. >> you don't have a problem. >> i do. i'm just not good at that. i like interface real contact. i'm really not. big admission, i'm really not good at the whole reaching out and connecting via technology. >> have you made a single tweet. >> i'm already here. i'm on the sofa and admitting i have a problem. now, don't beat me down. >> okay, i'm sorry. >> how are you doing? i'm so glad to see you back. >> it's good to be back. it was good to chat with you out there. i'm still getting over the highs, not right, haven't gotten the red out, exhausted. >> the time difference. you did a great job. >> you know who you saw out
there. >> richard herman. >> your guy. >> our new york criminal defense attorney who is most often in las vegas. i'm glad you all connected. we will see him today during the noon eastern hour, he and long with avery friedman. you know the case of casey anthony. high-profile cases, jurors like the idea of their identities being protected for a long time. in this case the judge made the decision he's going to keep the identity of the jurors private until a cooling off period is to arrive. next tuesday the names of those jurors is going to be made public. our legal guys are going to talk about that and really what's at stake for high-profile cases when the jurors want anonymity, can they get it, does a court try to extend that to them. what happened when that anonymity goes away. >> should they get it, you know? >> yeah. >> some news organizations have
gone and argued togs them release. >> we're going to see how that plays out. what richard and avery think about that. 2:00 eastern online fix, banking, set up your personal savings, pay your bills. we're going to have an expert that's going to be along with us to talk about some of the things you don't take advantage of with online banking. are you still a check writer? >> on a couple of things, not a lot, just a couple of things. >> she's going to say checks, get rid of them, sayonara, bye-bye. i do, too. i write checks on some things. then mark whittaker, managing editor for cnn. he is now an author. add that to the many things he does. he's done extraordinary things in his journalistic career. he and i sit down and talk face-to-face about my long trip home. this is an incredible very personal book he writes about his own personal journey with identity, his family members. catch some of that noon eastern and again 2:00 eastern time. >> fredricka, always good to see
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look at these heels. what man gets to put red lipstick on nightly. how many can say they have done gene simmons makeup. >> i would say none. >> gene, is this all your hair? where did your hair come from? >> that's a good question. >> i hide my lunch in here. ♪ >> watch this. >> wow. ♪ shout it out loud. >> i have no problem wearing the suit here and getting up on stage and looking like your mom's worst nightmare. and i know your mom, so cut it out. we literally invented the idea of licensing and merchandising.
>> this is what we heard about, right? oh, my goodness. >> we have kiss lottery, scratch but don't sniff. kiss mr. potato heads. kiss boots. you kind of go like that. one forward, then put all your weight forward. >> that's good. am i rocking? >> not so much but pretty good. >> i've heard there's a kiss coffin. that is true? >> it is true. would you like to crawl in it? look at the quality. they also double as coolers. >> what's your favorite piece of merchandise in this entire place? >> my fifrt piece avorite piece merchandise is me. >> we have created four iconic images around the world. have we always been on top? no. but we've always stuck to what we felt was ride. >> we've