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they stole a statue of it from the home of his widow. there's only two the statues in the world. return it now and they will not press charges. that does it for me. i throw it over to fredricka to talk more about health care. >> that's right. that will dominate the afternoon. thanks so much, carol. have a great afternoon. hello, everyone. i'm frederiqricka whitfield. we have a busy hour ahead. let's get straight to the news and top it with the what p if. it's a what if day at the u.s. supreme court. what if if the justices decide the government can't require americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty? would the rest of the health care reform law and i'm talking about the 400-plus provisions have to be thrown out as well? a high court is nearing the end of a remarkable six hours of arguments on four separate issues arising from the affordable care act of 2010. the session that began last hour is due to wrap up 45 minutes from now. soon after that the final health
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care arguments will center on the power of the feds to compel states to broaden medicaid coverage. we don't expect any decisions until june at the earliest, but our jeff toobin and kate baldwin will step out of the courthouse to bring us up to speed when the what if arguments are over today at the u.s. supreme court. the facts surrounding trayvon martin's death are getting more complicated by the day. so far there have been conflicting reports as to what exactly happened and whether george zimmerman was really acting in self-defense when he shot trayvon martin in the chest. now shocking new evidence that sanford police were taking steps to arrest zimmerman early in the investigation. "the miami herald" reports the police incident report categorizes his death as a homicide and negligent manslaughter and officers requested an arrest warrant for zimmerman. those details are in sharp contrast to statements made by
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sanford police chief bill lee who said there was no probable cause to arrest zimmerman. we're taking a closer look at these developments eight minutes from now. since trayvon martin's death george zimmerman is a household name, but the anger and bash lash have consequences for a school lady and her husband who have nothing to do with the situation. the couple's address was identified as that of george zimmerman and tweeted by film director spike lee. it turns out george zimmerman doesn't and has never live at this address. the only zimmerman then is william george zimmerman, no relation to admitted shooter. all the hate mail and unwanted visitors forced the elderly couple to move out of their house and they are now living in fear. jetblue's ceo says the pilot who had a mid mif flight
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meltdown has been professional. he believes it was a medical security that turned into a security issue. this is the pilot in blue taken off the blaine. flight 191 from new york made an emergency landing in texas after the pilot started behaving strangely. the co-pilot was the first to notice it and locked him out of the cockpit. passengers rushed to subdue the screaming pilot. >> he started to curse at me and telling me you better pray about iraq and iran. i said, you know what? i'm going to show you what iraq and iran is. i took him in a chokehold, and i was able to get my hand underneath his chin and put probably enough pressure where his legs gave out. once his legs gave out, i was able to take him down to the floor. >> we'll have more on that story a little bit later on this hour. his campaign manager is out. a third of his staff is being laid off, but newt gingrich says
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he's forging ahead. gingrich is blaming cash flow troubles for the staff departures. an aide says the moves are part of a new strategy to invest in low-cost communications. he trails mitt romney badly in the battle for republican delegates, but he vows to stay in the race all the way to the convention. gingrich's republican rival rick santorum is back on the trail this hour in wisconsin. he's holding an event where health care was among the top issues on his agenda. he's hammering away at a favorite topic, the health care reform law currently before the u.s. supreme court and why he says it is bad for america. wisconsin is one of two states plus the district of columbia holding contests next tuesday. a new poll of three key swing states offers a snapshot of how a romney versus obama head-to-head match-up would play out. the president leads mitt romney
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49% to 42% in florida in a new survey. he leads 47% to 41% in ohio, but in pennsylvania the president is ahead 45% to 42%. a statistical tie within the poll sampling error. all three states are considered crucial for any candidate. since all three are rich in electoral votes and independent voters. just southwest of denver a massive wildfire continues to burn out of control, and it has torched 4,500 acres. crews are searching right now for a woman that went missing in that area. the fire has already killed two people. firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze, which has destroyed 23 homes and threatens thousands more. authorities say the wildfire may have started from a controlled burn, but they're still trying to determine the exact cause. all right. revelation plaza in havana. live pictures right now.
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for the second time in a little over 14 years, the scene of a papal mass. pope benedict xvi is precesidei in a country that was publicly atheist. he wants them to move beep i don't understand maxism and they politing declined. he's going to meet fidel castro who hosted the first papal visit by john paul ii in 1998. he exorted cuba to open itself to the world and the world to open itself to cuba. in afghanistan women are jailed for apparent, quote, moral crimes. human rights watch says they're punished for running away from domestic abuse. also, rape victims and women forced into prostitution are considered adulterers and punished with prison time. the report is asking the government to release all women being held for such crimes. all right.
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the los angeles dodgers set to get a magic buyout. a group including former basketball star ervin magic johnson will acquire the time. the price tag? $2 billion. the most ever for a u.s. sports team. the group will officially take over after the deal is approved by a judge overseeing the dodgers bankruptcy. the dodgers filed bankruptcy last june after major league baseball took over the team. it jumped in after the dodgers hit financial troubles during the time the owner frank mccourt's divorce from his wife jamie was taking place. magic johnson says the sale will be a new chapter for that team. was trayvon martin's death originally considered a homicide? new evidence today indicates some in the sanford police department didn't buy george zimmerman's story, so why wasn't he arrested? we go deeper into the investigation coming up next.
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like oil changes starting at $19.95. my money. my choice. my meineke. it's a complicated case. the outrage has a lot to do with one simple facts. trayvon's killer at least for now has not been chanched with any crime. police from sanford, florida said from the outset they had no evidence to refute his claim of self-against. now come reports from abc and "the miami herald" that the police did raids doubts about zimmerman to county prosecutors but weren't allowed to arrest him. andy hill is not involved in the case, but as a veteran of the phoenix police department he has worked many violent crime scene and high profile investigations. good to see you, andy. so what in your view might have
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given sanford police pause if there were some on the scene who thought that this would be at the very least homicide or some type of manslaughter case? >> it's a great question, because the process of the investigation is what is at hand here. when police officers have a high profile crime like this, the first officers responding to the scene secure the scene. they obviously have a homicide situation, and they contact the investigators. in most police departments the investigators will contact the prosecutor. at some point they have an interaction with the prosecutor, and once the prosecution authorities have been contacted, they generallily may may the de whether or not the arrest is made and how they work forward. >> at the very beginning you say in most cases of a high profile case, this wasn't high profile until a month later. so, you know, by all accounts this seemed like a crime scene that perhaps any number of the police investigators with that
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police department might be familiar with and know exactly what to do and how to treat it, et cetera. >> yeah. actually, to a police detective or police officer, any homicide scene is going to be high profile. number one, the horrible tragedy of what occurred is key, but number two, we have to look at what did the police department do initially. did they do their job at the scene? was it processed thoroughly? was all the evidence gathered? was there a statement taken from george zimmerman right away so they had something on hand? the decision about whether or not to prosecute and to arrest, you know, the prosecutors may decide to wait because there's a speedy trial law to deal with or the clock may start ticking. if they're not ready they may want to wait a period of time. the real focus is it if the police department did their job at the beginning and gathered the evidence and presented the case and were in communication with the prosecuting authorities. there's a good chance that justice will be served. if any steps in the process were not taken correctly there will be trouble.
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i think with all the attention that's rightly being paid to what happened, i think that the process will reveal how things went and that justice may still be served in this case. >> would it be typical or unusual for anyone within the police department to press prosecutors and say i need you to take another look at this. maybe you're initial concerns are it's not a homicide. it's not a negligent manslaughter, which apparently that initial report may have suggested. would the police department do that, try to apply any pressure, try to reveal any more information to prosecutors so as to try to coerce or encourage them to take another look? >> right. i was not there, but in a typical that i'm familiar with, the detective has a lot of input. they will tell their supervisors and prosecutor, this is what i have. this is how i feel about it. this is what i want to do. the prosecutor would say this is going to end up being prosecuted by us and this is what we see at noint. the prosecution has to think about all the things that deal with the trial.
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the police department and the investigators begin with the scene, but they also have to think about the trial. so it's a give-and-take type of process. i don't know how it worked in sanford at this point. i don't know who else was at the scene that night, whether the police chief was there and the prosecutor was on the scene or not. the initial investigators form the opinion and that opinion usually takes precedence at the time. if the long-term issue of the trial and the prosecution gets involved, it's a give-and-take. it may or may not happen that night. >> i understand you have nothing to do with the sanford police department or investigation. your experience as one in law enforcement, what bothers you most about the handling of this case or the evolution of this investigation or lack thereof. >> well, there's a few things that bug me. number one, i think the focus has gotten a little bit off of the family. the ones who are suffering in this process. i think the focus needs to be on the case itself. i think that giving out investigation, police departments often have their hands tied when other entities
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get involved. the lack of release of information that could have been released, transparency about the simple fact that the two police officers arrived on the scene, little things like that could have been released should be released to allow the public to begin to understand the process of investigation. the last thing that happens i think about is really george zimmerman walking around with a handgun. there's a lot of talk about whether or not people can carry concealed weapons and there's a privatization of police services. police officers are trained thoroughly. they do make mistakes at times, but they're trained for situations that get very violent and very active and they have gunned. when somebody has a gun and they're not used to that situation and not trained, you often get a tragedy. this is a horrible tragedy that probably would have been prevented, but it happened. now it really has to be done and investigated thoroughly and properly. >> andy hill, thanks so much for your time and insight. appreciate that. >> you're welcome. there's more to this discussion.
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join soledad o'brien when she hosting a special town hall, beyond trayvon, race and justice in america friday night at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. one more time, more live pictures now of the papal visit in cuba. this is havana where pope benedict xiv is celebrating mass at revolution plaza, a historic visit with an equally historic meeting planned later on today. we have a reporter there on the ground. we'll check in with him right after this. ♪ when your chain of supply goes from here to shanghai, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ chips from here, boards from there track it all through the air, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ clearing customs like that hurry up no time flat that's logistics. ♪
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pope benedict is in cuba. take a look right now. it's live pictures of the pope saying mass in havana. thousands turned up at the
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revolution plaza, the very same spot where pope john paul ii stood 14 years ago. this coincides with the 400th anniversary of cuba's patron saint. patrick joins us by phone. how is the pope's visit to cuba being viewed in that country? clearly thousands of people have turned out. >> reporter: yes, and i'm standing amidst that sea of people. the people of havana have come out to see the pope's final mass in cuba. you find the streets almost eerily deserted, but as you get closer to revolution square, the thongs of people begin, even though it's boiling hot in cuba. as you get closer in the plaza, you're struck by some of the changes. in the heart of the cuba's communist government. usually you would look and see
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murals of revolutionary icons. today next to the murals are large posters of the virgin mary where the pope is addressing the cuban people, that's usually in years past where fidel castro addressed the cuban people and gave us some of his most firing anti-i am peerism speeches. today a religious mass is held there. as was announced early this morning after this mass before returning to roam, the pope is expected to have a brief meeting with fidel castro. >> do you know anything more about that brief meeting? is that to offer any special blessings for this ailing man who is believed to be in poor health? >> reporter: you know, it's quite striking. here yesterday the pope met with cuba's court head of state, current head of state of a communist government. of course, that's raul castro, and today meeting with a former communist -- former head of
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state, fidel castro. all fidel castro has said because this is really the result of back channel diplomacy we learned about in the last day or so. all fidel castro would say publicly about this, why he sought the meeting with the pope is he wanted to have a simple and honest chat with the pope. the pope will have a brief meeting because the pope's time is coming to an end here. won't be as long as the 40-minute discussion yesterday with raul castro where he asked for specific reforms and with fidel castro it will probably be more of a meeting between two historic figures. so again, waiting to see images of that meeting once it happens after this pope's final mass in han va na, fredricka. >> patrick, thanks so much. how about pope benedict? how does he appear to be doing? there have been initial reports about his health as well. how's he holding up?
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looks like i lost patrick. some live pictures right there of the large crowds and what appear to be a choir right now at this mass, this massive mass taking place in the streets of havana. all right. by now you've probably heard about that mid-air meltdown on jetblue flight where passengers had to wrestle the captain to the ground? seeing these images taken on board. now jetblue ceo happens to know that captain is speaking out. what is he saying about his friend coming up next. e diabete. your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's new glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] new glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes.
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we're getting more details about the jetblue captain and his mid-flight meltdown that has many of us talking. >> oh, my god. we got israel. we got iraq. we got israel. we got iraq. we got to get down. >> just a glimpse of what
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happened after the crew and passengers were forced to wrestle the captain to the floor of the plane. federal officials say that captain is clayton osbon who has flown for jetblue for more than a decade now. the jetblue ceo who has known the captain for a long time told "today" he was a consummate professional. here's what he said about the meltdown. >> what happened at altitude is we had a medical situation. that's how we responded. clearly, especially in today's media is real time, matt. we know that it also became a security situation. as we know less than 24 hours later, it started medical, but clearly more than that. >> passengers say they could already tell this was clearly more than a medical situation. the co-pilot was so worried about the captain's erratic behavior he locked the captain out of the cockpit. captain osbon apparently tried to break down the cockpit door,
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and that's when six or seven passengers then took action. >> he went towards the -- one of the doors on the side, so i got up and i asked him what was his problem. once i -- he started to curse at me and trying to tell me, you better pray, iraq and iran. so i said, you know what? i'm going to show you what iraq and iran is. i took him in a chokehold, and i was able to get my hand underneath his chin and put probably enough pressure where his legs gave out. >> captain osbon is receiving medical care under the custody of the fbi, but this is raising serious questions about airline crews, their mental health and the procedures in place to deal with situations just like this. here's a little perspective from aviation expert miles on brian. >> there are operating manuals that every airline has that are approved by the faa that go through a scenario.
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what happens if a crew member becomes incapacitated? they frequently in simulators drill situations where they're about to take off, and one of the crew members plays he's having a heart attack. what is that sole crew member supposed to do and what's the mechanism? this is not unlike that, whether it's a heart attack or mental breakdown. >> jetblue is looking at other procedures, but it says it will confident with the procedures already in place. mitt romney aeis not just by campaigning, he's planning a $12 million renovation for a beachfront home. this isn't any old renovation. he wants to build a four-car garage with an elevator for the cars, that is. out of touch a bit too much? that's fair game coming up next. [ man ] hmm. a lot can happen in two hundred thousand miles...
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cnn contributor james carville says if the health care reform law is overturned it could be a good thing for democrats. here's his argument. >> just as a professional democrat, there's nothing better than me than overturning it 5-4. then the republican party will own the health care system for the foreseeable future. i really believe that. that's not spin. >> supreme court politics are always fair game. let's bring in tara and anna in miami. so, tara, you first. it sounds like james carville is expecting the law to be tossed out by the high court. should democrats hope it's overturned? >> i sure don't hope it's overturned, but i agree with james carville to the extent that if health care reform is, in fact, overturned, it will expose republicans because republicans have no real plan to
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address almost one-fifth of our economy and the millions of americans that have been denied coverage and struggling right now to afford medical services. the issue for me about this health care reform battle going on is that from day one republicans oppose obama's efforts to fix our health care system. this was never about the constitution, because republicans previously supported individual mandates. they previously supported different formats of health care reform. the issue is about as jim demint put it who previously supported the individual mandate, jim demint said this was about breaking president obama and about making health care reform his waterloo. the collateral damage are the american people. >> is that the fallout if overturned? >> well, listen, the minute you hear james carville say it's not spin, you know you're about to get spin. he's a great spinner. he's a great strategist, and i think there's lodge logic to his
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madness. it holds true for the realm side. nothing has fired up our base as much as defight willing obama care. i think the silver liner is if it's a democrats they fire up their base and if it's a plos for the republicans, we fire up our base. make no mistake about it, a defeat in the supreme court is a huge blow for barack obama and a demoralizing blow. it's the excuse to not do immigration reform. it's a huge victory for republicans and a huge loss for democrats. at the same time, yes, car ville is right there's a silver lining. >> gingrich's campaign is resgined. he laid off a third of his staff and replaced his campaign manager. what's really going on here in your view, tara? >> newt gingrich being newt gingrich. newt is a dead man walking in this campaign.
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he's polling horribly, and i think he certainly is still holding a grudge and that's why he's sticking around. i think newt gingrich thinks had he not been carpet bombed by mitt romney with the negative campaigns in iowa that he would be the front-runner right now. so he's sticking around. i mean, he's really a nonfactor at this point except actually he's a fact or in one sense. he's attacking mitt romney a lot, and mitt romney doesn't need that. >> even without a staff, though, anna, does he still pull a little power to be that anti, you know, romney contender? >> look, newt gingrich does have a little power. newt gingrich runs the newt gingrich show. he's the author, the writer, the producer, the actor and audience. only newt knows what's going on in his mind. i agree with tara on this. if newt gingrich had an advanced health directive on his political life dictating it not be prolonged by artificial
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means, we would have pulled the plug a long time ago. he cheated political death a few times this season. he might think he can do it again. i think he's way too smart to think he can actually win the thing, so he has to be angling for something. >> what is that something? what would that something be when 6 in 10 republicans want gingrich to drop out? he insists he's staying in whether he's got a staff or not. what's that thing? what's keeping him there? >> this is a fight over delegates, and any little delegate count. he does have over 150 delegates, so he does have a few chips that he can use. >> dangling the carrot. okay. let's move on. mitt romney in a very different sense, maybe not what he wants to talk about on the campaign trail, but here it is. politico has obtained the plans for the california beach house that mitt romney wants to renovate. it will feature a 3600 square
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foot basement and a four-car garage with an elevator not just for people but the cars. is this the right time for him to be doing this? maybe not so upset with the man because he has money, but timing is everything, isn't it, tara? >> yes. from an optics perspective this is not good for mitt romney. his opponents have pounced all over it and are playing it up. also mitt romney -- many americans can't afford a car, and he has a car garage. the other thing, i think, from my perspective honestly, i'm not going to bash mitt romney for being rich. he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and he's privileged. i don't think he should run from it and pretend he's not. he is. what i think the real issue here is the fact that mitt romney acts like everyone else was born with a silver spoon in their mouth. he wants to take away social safety nets here for most of us scraping and scrapping to survive. he wants to do away with the programs. he supports the ryan budget,
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which eliminating funding for student loans. things we really need. most were not born with a silver spoon in our mouth like mitt romney. >> mitt romney will say he wasn't born with it, he earned that. his capital is based on his earnings. >> his father was wealthy, though. >> anna, about the timing. how does mitt romney kind of separate himself from his personal pursuits to trying to connect with the people by saying, i feel your pain, to borrow bill clinton's words? >> he's wealthy. we all know he's wealthy. this is a country where we do not resent wealthy people. at least now we know the dog riding on the roof of a car is going to have an elevator to go up to the top floors of the house. i think this is a silly, minor distraction. he's wealthy. he's got a bunch of kids and a bunch of grandkids. even though it's expensive real estate, it probably is too small to fit all his brood. at the end of the day, this is not going to solve jobs
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problems, not going to solve our foreign policy issues. il it's a minor distraction. his timing could have been different. he's running for six years, and he has to learn something about timing but it's not a big deal. >> we have to leave it there. good to see both of you ladies. appreciate it. >> thank you. still ahead, the tiger woods tell-all. tiger's coach talks to me about "the big miss." hank haney joins me next. great shot.
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extra strength relief to the sight of your pain. feel better? yeah...thanks for the tip! did you see that this weekend with that final putt? tiger woods making a comeback winning the arnold palmer invitational last weekend? it was his 72nd pga tour win. one man who ka take credit early on is swing coach hank haney. he's out with the new book "the big miss" and joins us now from new york. good to see you. >> thanks for having me on. >> you worked with tiger woods
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for six years. what are your thoughts on his latest win and swing and did we see evidence of a true comeback? >> yeah, i think so. tiger played great at bay hill. his ball striking is very good. he got his putting going, and that holds him back. it looks like he's going to be, you know, off and running from here. i would expect him to win a lot of tournaments. >> now to your book, "the big miss." when did you decide to write the book? did tiger you know you were going to write the book? >> no, tiger didn't know i was going to write the book. i had thought for a long time it would be interesting to write a book about my experiences coaching tiger woods. i mean, he's a fascinating person and he's an incredible golfer. i think the greatest golfer that has plaid and a very complex personality. the book is about coaching. the book is about golf. the book is about life in many,
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many ways. a lot of people that read the book make that comment, too. it's something i really enjoyed doing. >> but does all of that really take an aside because your book title is "the big miss: my years coaching tiger woods." it would seem as though this book is about your observations of tiger woods and less about you and your experiences and what it is to impart on other coaches. >> "the big miss" is golf jargon for the big miss tee shot that puts you out of play, the big miss putt, the big mitt opportunity to win a tournament. it also, you know, can mean the big misses that both tiger and i had in our lives and in times working together. >> big misses like what? was there conflict between the two of you? his agent had said that you were considered a dear, good friend to tiger woods. so what could be the business miss between the two of you?
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>> i was a very good frenld of tiger. at the end of any relationship, in terms of a working relationship and friendship, everything kind of gets a little blurred, and it certainly tends to get that way with tiger. but as far as his being a great friend to tiger, i know that i was. >> what happened upon your parting? why are you no longer working with him? is this book kind of to get back at you because you're no longer working with? >> not in any way, shape or form. i've been teaching touring pros for 32 years and i worked with tiger for six years. the last three years i worked with him he won 45% of his tournaments, and we had a lot of great times. obviously, tiger won a lot of tournaments. it was a great experience for me. i felt like six years was enough. i had been doing it for a long time, and i wanted to move on with my life and my career, and it was time for me to leave. i think there's a time and place for everything, and it was just time for me to go.
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>> you moved on, but you circled back to reflect on your experience with tiger woods. his agent released a statement saying haney admits he never had an in depth personality discussion with tiger. this self-serving book is full of guesses and false assumptions. what's your response to steinberg's response and that tiger woods told espn he has no intention of reading this book? >> well, mii mean, tiger always says that. in the time i was with him, he read just about everything. as far as mark steinberg's comments, obviously, how you would describe somebody's in depth conversations would be up to the person. i spent 110 days a year with tiger. i was talking to him on the phone probably another 100 days a year. i played golf with him probably 50 times a year. you obviously have quite a few discussions. tiger is a very closed-off person. you don't get a lot of in depth
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conversations with tiger. obviously i made a lot of observations and did talk to tiger a lot during the six years, over 200 days a year. you have a lot of conversations. >> what do most people not know about him? upon reflection you did talk about how you thought tiger always had a wall up, that, quote, on some deep level i've been expecting something to break. what do you mean by that, and is that wall something many people don't know about him, or is there something else? >> well, i think a lot of people know there's a wall up. i didn't know anything about the affairs that he was having. in fact, you know, the first time that i really heard an inkling there might be a problem, mark steinberg called me and he said, hank, there's an article coming out in the "national enquirer" about tiger and this girl, but it's not true. everything's going to be okay. if anybody interviews you, just don't say anything.
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of course, two weeks later tiger hit the fire hydrant, and then we found out that everything was true and there was much more behind it. there is a wall up. i mean, that's something that you see with a lot of people, especially, you know, somebody that's playing an individual sport and is an incredibly great achiever like tiger woods is. it's not that unnatural for them to be very self-centered and have a wall up to insulate themselves. he's been dealing with a lot of pressures for his whole life. >> and then given that really quick, was there ever any trepidation or feeling you were betraying that coach/athlete relationship writing about it. many athletes look at their coaches as their father or parent figure. >> i really, really thought that, you know, these were my memories, too. these weren't just tiger's memories. he sdint have an exclusive on the memories. i'm not the first coach to ever write wrote a book, joe
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torre wrote a book, john wooden wrote a book, tony la russa is writing a book. i'm just one of a long line of coach that is have written books. if there's some code that i broke, i guess all those other coaches broke it, too. >> hank haney, thanks for your time. the book is "the big m: my years coaching tiger woods." if you're like me you're already grabbing your cup of joe this morning or tea, but if you're more of a frappuccino kind of drinker, you might want to hold off until you hear this next story coming up. the new ingredient starbucks is using that might make you switch to some other brew. ♪ when your chain of supply goes from here to shanghai, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ chips from here, boards from there track it all through the air, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ clearing customs like that hurry up no time flat that's logistics. ♪
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attorney describes him as, quote, broke, and extremely ill. the exact illness not described. stockton, california, now. that's where a greyhound bus made an unscheduled stop to put a fire out. the bus carrying 26 passengers burst into flames just one block from the stockton station. it was heading there from sacramento. another driver noticed the rear of the bus was on fire and then alerted the driver. the bus driver pulled over and the flames were put out. the fire appears to have been caused by a mechanical issue. no one was injured. very lucky passengers. the weather is warm enough for to you grab that strawberry frappuccino at starbucks perhaps, but hold on a minute before you sip your deliciously pink drink. the color you see in there comes from crushed bugs. yes, you heard me write, bugs. the natural dye is considered safe by the fda, and starbucks
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issued a statement saying it is trying to reduce use of artificial colors. los angeles now, a story that will make animal lovers cry. that moving thing that you're about to see in the trash right there is an abandoned dog. she's blind, sick, and full of flees. well, when the founders of hope for paws found her last year, they named her fiona and after a nation wide fund-raising effort and eye surgery, she got well and has since been adopted. the rescue video has gone viral on the internet around the organization hopes it will encourage others to help abandoned animals. that is one happy dog now. happy pooch, fiona. arguments just ended in the u.s. supreme court on health care reform. jeffrey toobin is just out of the courtroom there. he will tell us exactly what happened inside right after this.
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individual mandate is doomed. i mean, anthony kennedy spent much of this morning talking about if we strike down the individual mandate, how should we habitual the rest of the law? now, it is less clear that they are going to strike down the whole law. there does shem to eem to be so controversy in the court about that. certainly there are some members of the court who want to strike down the entire law, but it seemed almost a foregone conclusion today that they were going to strike down the individual mandate, and the only question is does the whole law go out the window with it? >> oh, my goodness. okay. so i have got about 20 seconds or so left. how might this impact arguments later on this afternoon, jeff? >> well, it's hard to imagine how things could be going much worse for the obama administration, but now they're going to be dealing with the medicaid portion, and they may decide to get rid of that as
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well. >> okay. all right. jeffrey toobin, thanks so much. kate bolduan, we'll be talking to you on the other side of the break. much more of the noo"newsroom" continues with my colleague don lemon. live from the cnn word headquarters in atlanta where it's 12:00 noon, 9:00 a.m. out west. i'm don lemon and we're going to get you up to speed. you heard it, high drama at the supreme court today. can the health care reform law survive if a key part of it is thrown out? can it survive? you just heard our jeffrey toobin. he doesn't think so. the u.s. court just finished hearing an hour and a half of arguments on that issue. the central focus is whether the whole law has to be scrapped if the individual mandate to have insurance is found to be unconstitutional. next hour, the court hears arguments on expanding medicaid. details coming up in a live report.
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the parents of slain florida teen trayvon martin say they have faith in the agencies investigating their son's death and are patiently awaiting justice. abc news reports the lead investigator in the case recommended that george zimmerman be charged with manslaughter right after the shooting, but the state attorneys office determined there was not enough evidence. zimmerman told police he killed the unarmed teen in self-defense. the boy's parents spoke this morning to cnn. >> a crime has been committed here. everyone is trying to turn the focus off of george zimmerman and trying to make george zimmerman become the victim when, in fact, trayvon is the victim, trayvon's family is the victim. we have a dead 17-year-old son that life will never be replaced. >> trayvon martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed. it's become a symbol of this case. this morning bobbi rush was reprimanded for wearing one on the house floor. the video is going viral.
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we will take a look. >> racial profiling has to stop, mr. speaker. just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum. the bible teaches us -- mr. speaker, in the book -- >> the member will suspend. the member will suspend. >> these words. >> the member -- >> he has shown you a man -- >> the chair just remind members of the clause 5 rule 17. the member is out of order. >> as you walk humbly with your god. >> all right. you don't want to miss this because i'm telling you, representative bobby rush is going to explain that when he joins me next hour to talk about this speech coming up. in the meantime some jetblue
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passengers expecting a routine flight from new york to las vegas, got this again. >> can you imagine being on this plane? this amateur video shows a midair meltdown by the flight's captain who was locked out of the cockpit by hess co-pilot after that captain displayed what was described as erratic dehafd behavior. ran back banging on the door and sending the crew and passengers into action. >> i saw guys next to him jump up and another like four guys rush by towards the front of the plane. >> he started to curse at me. you know, started to tell me you better pray iraq and iran. i said, you know what? i'm going to show what you iraq and iran is, and i took him in a choke hold. >> jetblue ceo says a quote
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medical condition triggered the incident. the captain is now getting medical care under fbi custody. stay tuned. the supreme court is wrapping up its third and final day of hearings on the fate of the sweeping health care reform law. part of the focus is whether the fate of the law hinges on the individual mandate, the requirement that almost everyone have health insurance. they just finished their morning segment on severability. should the entire law fail it a key provision is unconstitutional? senior analyst jeffrey toobin and congressional correspondent kate bolduan were just inside the courtroom. i just heard you, you had been referring to it as a train wreck, possibly now a plane wreck saying the whole law is in jeopardy. what is going on? >> reporter: well, the issue today, as you pointed out, was if you find the individual mandate unconstitutional, how much of the law do you have to get rid of? because it's a 2,700-page law,
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and the leader of the questioning today was anthony kennedy, who every question was based on the assumption that the individual mandate was unconstitutional. now, it may be he just has intellectual curiosity about that but it seemed likely he had made up his mind that the individual mandate was, in fact, unconstitutional. now, the question is does the whole law go, and there are clearly people on that court, antonin scalia and justice alito, who think the whole law should go. chief justice roberts and certainly all the liberals were at least trying to keep alive the possibility that some of this 2,700-page law would stand, but there is considerable sentiment on this court that it's just all one big package, and it needs to be gotten rid of altogether, which is a stunning turn of events, bad turn of
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events, for the obama administration. >> i'm going to bring you in, kate, but just real quickly, jeffrey, you wrote a book called "the nine." is this any indication from your years of observing and writing about the court the way they have been questioning and their responses to this, is it an indication on how this, you believe, is going to go? >> reporter: yeah. that's how i think it's going to go. i think the individual mandate is gone based on the questioning. it is true that questions are not entirely predictive of how justices vote, but, you know, this is what i do. i watch these questions and they don't play devil's advocate very much. they are talking about what they believe, and it sure looks like there are at least five votes to get rid of this law. >> kate, you're -- >> reporter: the individual mandate. >> kate, you're in there as well. what do you think about what you're observing and what jeffrey has said? >> reporter: one of my observations was what a difference a day makes in terms of the attorney arguing on the
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part of the state. today paul clement. yesterday he was arguing the individual mandate is unconstitutional. today he was arguing because of that the whole law should be thrown out. yesterday he had a banner day. he made his argument very well. today he faced some very tough questions from the justices. they really came out of the gate really hammering him with questions and it seemed pretty clear -- i should say there were also tough questions on the part of when they were talking to the attorney representing the government here. it seemed pretty clear to me that the justices were very careful, wanted to be very cautious, and had some concerns about being the decider of who's the winner and who is the loser, what should stay, what should go in this law, but one observation that i made is that all of the justices seemed very engaged. if you want to read into the tea leaves and i'm sure many court watches would think the fact they're very engaged in this issue, the severability issue,
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that is working under the assumption that the individual mandate will fall, seems to keep the possibility alive that they're working under that real assumption. otherwise, if the justices were leaning towards, on the flip side, that the individual mandate is constitutional and can stay, this whole argue am, this whole past 90 minutes is a total exercise in a rhetorical discussion. it seemed the justices were kernd and careful about stepping too far in their judicial power of picking winners and losers, what should stay, what should go in the bill. what that means in the end, we'll have to see. >> it is high drama and we can hear part of it playing out on the steps of the court. listen, i want to talk about the hearings. they're going to resume next hour. kate, tell us -- or jeff, whoever wants to jump in, tell us the issue before the court then in the next hour when it resumes. >> reporter: this is a really important issue. this has to do with the
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expansion of the medicaid program under the law. it's a real states' rights versus federal authority issue that is equally important. we've been talking a lot about individual mandate, but this is a very important issue as well. the question here is, is the expansion the medicaid program, does it unfairly step on state power? of course, the states believe that it is unfairly coercing them in their word to take a bigger share of the cost of this increased eligibility in the medicaid program. the government does not think so. it's a very important question that could have big policy impli ka implications down the road. this issue individually apay fr -- apart from the rest of the skution is very important. >> man, what a ruckus going on in washington today. we're going to continue to follow this. the fight over health care reform is not just a legal battle, it's a political one, of course. president obama championed the
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law and he used a lot of political capital to get it passed. so what happens if the court throws out all or part of this law? and what would that mean for the republican race for the white house? our chief political correspondent candy crowley joins me from washington. candy, let's start with the president. this is his signature issue so far. would this be a major blow if the court throws it out? >> it's going to be a major blow to someone. look, it's not going to help the obama administration for a couple reasons. first, this is the president's signature accomplishment of his first term. the underpinning of it -- remember, president obama when he was campaigning was against the individual mandate. it was insurance companies who said to him, if we must insure everyone regardless of their medical condition, we need everyone in the pool, and that's how the president came to believe that the individual mandate was necessary in order to bring in really sick people and make sure that they get
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coverage. so that goes out the window. so the more popular parts go with this unpopular part, and it brings -- it tears apart his signature issue. if it stays and the court says, look, the law is fine, i think what you'll see is a republican party regale van nu party regale van nuysed. by and large, i know we have heard from james carville who is quite a political analyst who has said, listen, i think this is great. if they throw it out, all we have to do is say, listen, you want health care coverage? go talk to the supreme court. go talk to the republicans who took this case to the supreme court. so you will see it being spun on both sides and we'll know who win that is argument come november. >> so you said that if it is left intact, talked about the
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democratic strategist who said it's actually good for the democrats. let's talk about the republicans a bit more because this is a major issue for them. if it, in fact, remains intact, or if it's thrown out, does it take the pinned out of their sails in the campaign say ising i want to be in office because i want to throw or does it -- because we want to throw this law out or does it actually help their chances here? >> well, listen, i think then what you hear on the campaign trail -- what do we know? we know we have four candidates still out there in the republican presidential primary who have all said i'm getting rid of this law completely. we're going to start with the way republicans want to attack this. so some of that law at the moment at least what i glean from both jeffrey and kate is that some of this law will stand. so i think they will change their rhetoric around it, and you will hear even the supreme court thought he was wrong, but there's still some of this law that's left and we want to get at that, too, because there's a
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better way to build this, et cetera, et cetera. so i think it says as an issue, but the whole -- health care for republicans has become the symbol of government overreach, so this argument, the government overreach i think stays in in many different forms, and they will adjust to that. >> okay. let's talk about really mitt romney here because that has been -- that was sort of the cornerstone of what he's been saying is that this is okay on the state level as i did it, talking about romney care, as it was put into lace in massachusetts. it is not okay on the federal level. i'm wondering does this bolster his argument and take the wind of the sails out of someone like rick santorum who is saying it's the same thing as romney care, obama care, they're both equal. >> i think probably rick santorum will say to you but mitt romney did the exact same thing and the supreme court just threw it out and did it wrong.
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i think that argue continues. i can't get into whether states rights and the federal rights, that's a whole court thing, but i think on the campaign trail i will tell you that rick santorum can continue that on going, look, the highest court in the land said it was unconstitutional to force people to do this and look what mitt romney did. i think for mitt romney health care is just a difficult subject for him. he has said he is going to throw out obama care. he has said i think it's wrong on the federal level, so he can stay on that course, but it's just a more difficult argument for him than it has been for the others. >> states' rights versus federal rights. like you said, it's a whole other show. it's a whole other show next ho hour. first, we're learning more and more about the death of trayvon martin and about the man who pulled the trigger. then chaos at 35,000 feet.
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you'll be delighted to discover how good they taste. this just in. we're following some developing news. you see the flames behind me. this is an apartment building in lower manhattan. as a matter of fact, it's on the lower east side. a 21-story building, flames shooting out of the 16th floor. it all started this morning just before 11:30. it's on columbia street. no injuries so far, but again an apartment building, 21-story apartment fire. no injuries so far.
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don't know a cause, they're working on it. courtesy of wabc. meantime, we're getting new information learning more about the killing of trayvon martin. the more complicated the case becomes. search reports say police considered homicide and map slaughter charges against george zimmerman but the state attorney office said no. our martin savidge is in sanford, florida, where trayvon martin was killed. before we get to that, we want to play a little bit of the coach here, the coach's name is jerome horton. he is trayvon martin's high school coach. here is what he said about trayvon and then you and i will talk, martin. >> he was like i want to fly planes. i said no black people want to fly planes, and he goes i'll be the first one. >> that was his high school coach saying, hey, listen, that's what trayvon -- just talking about trayvon martin.
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we should let you know, the full interview will be tonight on "ac 360" at 8:00 p.m. here on cnn. what are you hearing about the investigation as we start to get more information about trayvon martin, about george zimmerman, his side of the story. what are you hearing about the investigation and the reaction there in the community? >> reporter: well, this is another day and another leak really of information. this time though not so the beneficial if you are on the side of george zimmerman because what it seems to indicate is that the lead investigator on the night of february 26th when 17-year-old trayvon martin was killed, wanted to file charges. in fact, we have obtained the initial police report and here under the area of offense section they had put negligent homicide and manslaughter/unnecessary killing to prevent an unlawful act. that's how it's listed on the police report. that is overruled but the state attorney who was norman wolfinger.
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he said the reason was they had this problem, that george zimmerman has declared that this was self-defense and under the stand your ground law, once you make that statement, the rules of investigation begin to change. the burden changes for investigators because you're essentially saying my life was in jeopardy, i had to take a life to save my own. and that's why you had chief lee, who was head of the sanford department until just recently, he was saying we couldn't file charges because of that very clear state law. so that's why you seem to have this conflict. you have the lead investigator saying one thing but he gets overruled. he was overruled because the state of florida law says you can't charge someone until you get more proof and that's what they're trying to do. >> so is the confusion here between the law and what the state attorney says and what have you, the recommendation by the lead investigator, is that what's at issue here? because if there was not -- if not for the stand your ground
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law, would we be discussing this particular situation now? >> i think it's fairly clear when you talk to law enforcement, if there were no florida stand your ground law, george zimmerman would be charged by now. that's not to say the investigation is over, that the ruling has been made. it just is going to take more time. now you have state investigators working again. in the meantime, the leaks keep coming and that's what adds and fuels the emotion. >> it's certainly getting more interesting as we learn more. thank you, martin savidge. he was screaming they're going to take us down and ranting about the middle east and a bomb. a jetblue pilot breaks down in the middle of a flight. what's the matter?
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the news just keeps coming in. another new development shovi involving that jetblue emergency landing. the ceo just told our producer that the pilot has been suspended pending further investigation. that is from the jetblue spokesperson saying this pilot has been suspended. he's being checked for medical reasons now, and the fbi is there watching as well. we're talking about that emergency landing that ended with a jetblue captain being physically removed from his plane after he tried to force his way into a locked cockpit, and according to one passenger, he mentioned a bomb. now, the airline's ceo is also speaking out telling nbc that the incident was out of
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character for that captain while admitting just how serious the situation became. >> i have known the captain personally for a long period of time and there's been no indication of this at all in the past. really what happened at altitude and the call is that we had a medical situation. that's how we responded. clearly, especially in today's media is realtime, so we know it also became a security situation. so i think as we know, less than 24 hours later, it started medical but clearly more than that. >> all right. aviation and regulation correspondent lizzy o'leary joins me from washington. you heard the news i just reported. he has been suspended. so -- and let's hope so, right? so what happens next? >> reporter: well, there is a whole list of investigations that's going on here and the airline said, you know, suspended pending further investigation. we know that the faa, the fbi, local law enforcement is all looking into this and that he's being treated at a local
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hospital. i think there's something very important that you heard from dave barger, the ceo there, and this is something that jetblue representatives have told me, they're now considering this both a medical and security situation. initially certainly when you listen to the air-traffic control tapes we know that the co-pilot, who essentially got the captain out of the cockpit and then locked him out, when he talked to air-traffic control, he said they had a medical situation. jetblue was clearly characterizing it as something more now. i want to play you a piece of video and audio that cnn obtained from a passenger and in it you can hear the captain talking about a number of things, saying he's distraught, referring to iraq and to israel. listen to this. >> oh, my god. i am so distraught. we've got israel. we've got iraq. we've got to get down. >> we know that pilot had worked for jetblue for about 12 years. certainly this investigation is
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continuing, and it seems like there seemsto be updates almost every few minutes. >> and they said he had no issues, was an exemplary pilot before that, and maybe he just lost it, lizzie. luckily though, nobody was hurt in that because of those quick-thinking passengers. thank you very much. newt gingrich scaling back, cutting campaign appearances and laying off staff. is the end near? we have some new polling on who republicans say should get out of the race. more energy. where's it going to come from? ♪ that's why right here, in australia, chevron is building one of the biggest natural gas projects in the world. enough power for a city the size of singapore for 50 years. what's it going to do to the planet? natural gas is the cleanest conventional fuel there is. we've got to be smart about this. it's a smart way to go. ♪ never took life too seriously... till our son was born.
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i'm to talk politics. newt gingrich plays off a third of his staff and replaces his campaign manager, but gingrich says that's not a sign he's dropping out. the campaign says it's just a response to financial realities. the gingrich shapeup tops our political round table. joining me from washington lenny mccalster and democratic strategist robert zimmerman. we all have been there before. >> absolutely. every day. >> what about it, lenny? is this the last gasp of the gingrich campaign or is it a leaner, meaner gingrich who is staying all the way to the convention? >> this is a last gasp, but he may stay on until the convention. he has to hope romney doesn't get to 1144 and he can somehow
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work his magic who get these delegates who are not committed to go for him. the problem is nobody has confidence in him anymore. you see him canceling campaign appearances. it means the confidence is going down. you can't swing a convention if people don't have confidence in you. all of these signs with the campaign appearances trimming down and the like indicate this is a ramp down and hopefully he will leave the race with grace and be inspiring for the nominee versus doing what he's been threatening to do, which is stay in this the whole time and cause some problems. >> lenny -- >> hang on, robert, did you just outright laugh at lenny? >> i would like to stand up and cheer. i haver in hea er ir in -- neve better talk about a defeated candidate. at the end of the day nothing is more dangerous than a scorned trophy candidate and that's because his sugar daddy pulled the plug on the funding. >> okay.
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let's move on. lenny is quiet about that. so a new poll shows most republicans want gingrich and ron paul to drop out. in a cnn/orc international poll 61% say poll should quit. 60% want gingrich to throw in the towel. we learned former president george h.w. bush is scheduled to endorse romney tomorrow. is it a sign the republicans are coalescing around mitt romney? lenny? >> no. this means they want to see the one-on-one match-up that everybody is dying for, the romney versus the anti-romney and as long as gingrich is in the race and is taking some of the media attention and ron paul's folks are going to follow ron paul. they're not necessarily going to go behind any one candidate. even if he sticks around, that's not that big of a deal but they would like to see some debates with romney versus santorum one-on-one, direct contrast and see what the voters decide going into april and the only way to really have that happen is if
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newt gingrich sunsets out of this presidential campaign. >> i want to talk about health care and the case wrapping up right now before the supreme court today. democratic strategist james carville says that the supreme court loss could be the best thing to ever happen to the democratic party. i want you to listen to what he told a panel on ""the situation room."" >> just as a professional democrat, there's nothing better for me than jooverturning this thing and then the republican party will own the health care system. i really believe that. that is not spin. >> could this actually be good for democrats and what would a loss mean for president obama. >> i'm a james carville devotee, but i have to differ with him. if they rule against the obama act, obviously it will be a setback for democrats. you can't just look at the polling numbers and see the country split 50/50. you have to look where the energy is behind the numbers and
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the energy consistently has been with those who oppose the obama health care reform act. many republicans got elected on it. not too many democrats, if any, won by embracing it. however, where james carville could be on target is if the republicans champion taking health insurance away from people with pre-existing conditions, take away health insurance from people who are older or have illnesses. on top of their plan to really end medicare as we know it according to "the wall street journal," they could be overplaying their hand. and they could be a party that could find themselves on the extreme fringe of this issue. we have not seen that yet in the polling. >> we're going to have to end that particular topic because i want to talk about this. both of you are passionate about this, but, lenny, you tweeted out something on the trayvon martin case that many people found interesting. you said when gop race and democrats start -- when gop talks race and dems talk unity, situations like trayvon will
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finally cease in usa. some republicans slammed president obama when he spoke out calling his remarks divisive on this. what possessed you to tweet this and what do you mike of the divisive remarks by the republicans? >> well, nothing possessed me. i would say if anything possessed me it was the truth. we have a republican party, particularly two candidates, santorum and gingrich, that made it a point to bring up race in iowa, not ohio, iowa. they brought up race in january there, but then slammed president obama for talking about something and saying he racialized something that has already been racialized. republicans run from the issue of diversity in a way they should not. we have to embrace it. we have to understand in order to be conservatives, to lead in the 21st century, we have to have a good handle and a good understanding and partnership with diversity and diverse communities in america. when the gop can do that and the democrats will stop demonizing and making it seem as though the rnc, they walk around with a
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bunch of hoods and robes on, will finally get to a point in time to have some honest conversations about race, diversity, and diversity when it comes to the disparities in the 21st century america and then we can heal from that moving forward. >> that's coming from a republican. go ahead, robert. >> lenny, i give you a lot of credit for speaking up and taking your party to task on the issue. where i must respectfully disagree is it's not an issue of anyone demonizing the republicans. their approach to the issue of race has been one that's been very divisive in this country, and i think they have an obligation to put the politics aside and focus on unity, and i give very frankly yourself credit for making that point as i give president obama great credit for his remarks last week. this is a time for our country to pull together. come together around this issue. and i think the trayvon martin tragedy should be a powerful wake-up call. >> robert, lenny, thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you, don. god plbless. gingrich's chief of staff,
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we have all heard the reports, pink slime in your hamburgers, e. coli on your vegetables. what is person to do? you can grow your own food.
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it's safer, cheaper, and satisfying. cat has her own vegetable garden at her new york apartment. you know i love you to pieces. we have done the secret supper together but how can you do this? some people are so busy. how can you make time to grow your own food now. >> no excuses. this is the year you garden. if i can grow corn on my rooftop in brooklyn and sweet potatoes on my front doorstep with a bus going by, you can do this, too. i started doing this when i was a broke grad student. i had no money, i had no idea how i was going to feed myself, and it occurred to me i was looking down at a tomato, there are seeds in there. i bet i could stick those in the ground and they would grow and they did. it's my mission to ask people to grow just one item of this year, just one. >> you're not asking them to provide sustenance for them and their family in its entirety
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from graardening. you're saying start small. >> exactly. people think they have to be martha stewart. you can put dirt in an old pair of tights and grow something in there. start out with the herb you're tired of spending money for at the store. or something that makes a dish taste the way it tasted when you were growing up. just that one little thing. if you empower yourself and put sides in the ground, the ground wants to grow things. it's on your side. doesn't matter if you don't have enough light, nature will figure that out. there are ways around it. this is your year. >> what's the ultimate goal here, ka the? >> i think to decrease people's reliance on the current food system. it's broken and there's no denying it. we're getting our vegetables trucked from 1500 miles away. things are being bred to go across country rather than come right from your backyard. there's a taste difference. there is a huge toll on the environment when trucks are going across country bringing
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our vegetables to us when it's really the easiest thing in our power. it's a really tremendous thing to teach your children that they can feed themselves and it doesn't cost much money and things are free right in front of you, you're just not seeing it right now. >> can we put that graphic back up? this is some advice that you have and that other people have when you're doing it. you say stay local. beware of frost. consider the container, not too deep. and sun and water are essential. talk to me about those. >> okay. these things are all going to vary wildly depending on where your garden is. the best thing you can possibly do is find all the wonderful gardens freaks who are already growing thing around you. they're easy to find, happy to help you. they will practically throw at your head once they find out you want to get involved. there is no doubt a community garden right around the corner from you. you just have to go to local harvest.org and type in your zip code and those wonderful fabulous people will help you. >> better still to have a
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neighbor like cat where you can just go over and say, can i borrow -- oh, how about some tomatoes. how about whatever? >> i'll share my okra with you anyday. >> thank you. chaka khan leads celebs in a musical tribute to trayvon martin. we'll show it to you. ♪ now i'm a geologist at chevron, and i get to help science teachers. it has four servo motors and a wireless microcontroller. over the last three years we've put nearly 100 million dollars into american education. that's thousands of kids learning to love science. ♪ isn't that cool? and that's pretty cool. ♪
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the shooting death of trayvon martin has sparked a national cry for justice. celebrities are adding their voices. singer chaka khan gathered a group of stars to tape a musical tribute to the teen. >> i am wendy. >> i am kevin. >> i am debra jackson.
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♪ >> kevin frazier, co-host of "the incompetent sider" is one of those featured in that psa. he joins me live from los angeles. kevin, thanks for joining us. what was it like getting that call from chaka khan and did you immediately say, yes, i will do it? >> well, there's no question. boris, kojo, and shaka got together and in 48 hours they put the entire group together. boris was the one who reached out to me and said, kev, can you come through, take a few minutes. this is something we feel is important. it was a great day because, don, it was really a family atmosphere. everybody brought their kids. courtney vance and angela bassett did their psa with their kids. boris had his kids there. it was fun, a family atmosphere, and everybody talking about a very serious subject, but also trying to keep in mind that we
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want to do something to help this situation and not hinder it. you know, done want to stir up the flames. actually just want to make people think about it and realize we need to kind of reach out to each other and find a way to stop things like this from happening in the future. >> as we're looking at it, we can see the family atmosphere there. kind of like you remember the "we are the world" thing when we saw all the selects in one room together in commune. >> it's actually the same studio as "we are the world." that was part of the significance of that day. it was also just that everyone that showed up, there was no e gegos. folks waited in line to get a hoodie or take their turn. they exchanged stories and talked about how they wanted to help kind of ease the tensions in this world right now because everyone is really getting so worked up and we're not looking for solutions coming out of this case. >> i've got to ask you this though, more questions are being raised about the night trayvon martin was killed.
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are celebrities -- are they less sure now about lending their voices to this cause or does it matter because this is a natural progression of an investigation? >> no. people are going to lend their voices and want to lend their voices. earlier this week i was at the think like a man junket, a new movie coming out. gabrielle union talked about how proud dwyane wade and the miami heat wore the hoodies and took that picture and sent it out. the bigger concern is not what went on between the two men, it was trayvon martin was followed because he was a young man wearing a hoodie in a neighborhood. it had nothing to do with what happened before. and george zimmerman had no idea of trayvon martin's past, what had been going on with him at school or who he was or where he had been. he looked at him and fell threatened. that's what everybody is more concerned about, is changing the perception of how people look at each other. >> kevin frazier from "the
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>> no, you wouldn't. >> okay. if you say so. there's something called the lotto pro app. it looks for numbers that are frequently chosen, also numbers that haven't been used in a while or are ripe for winning. that's one app. another app is called a mega millions app. it will cost you $1 and it gives you some historical data to help you pick some numbers but come on, let's be real here. the lottery is random. if it was this easy, don't you think that a lot of people would have won this already? but you know what? a half a billion dollar jackpot, it makes people try just about anything. >> what are the odds? >> what are the odds? the odds are always the same, 1 in 175 million. and just so you know, i don't think these apps are going to be boosting your odds anytime soon. i think they're kind ofb s to be honest. the odds are actually much higher for you to cash in on several much less desirable things like you're more likely to die of cancer.
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there's a 1 in 7 chance of that. in fact, you're more likely to die in a car accident. guess what? there's a 1 in 88 chance of that. think of that when you're driving to buy your lotto ticket. you're more likely to die in a fireworks accident. someone has to win. maybe it could be you, don? >> alison, you're killing me, so to speak. oh, my gosh. you could die in a fire, you're going to get cancer, you'll get run over by an 18-wheeler. >> good luck with those apps. >> maybe we should just talk about the markets now? how are they doing? >> what do you think the odds are that the market will end in the red today? don, what do you think? >> i think it's 50/50. safe, very safe. the odds are pretty good you're going it see the market end in the red. it's in the red right now. the dow down 88 goods. durable good orders, they missed expectations. also, the market has had a nice
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up. you're seeing everybody take a pause. >> alison kosik, thank you very much. we surely appreciate it. all right. getting close to the top of the hour. i'm don lemon. suzanne malveaux is on special assignment. we want to get you up to speed right now. the parents of trayvon martin say they have faith in the agencies investigating their son's death and are patiently awaiting justice. the initial police report says homicide and manslaughter charges were considered against the shooter, george zimmerman, on the night he killed the unarmed teenager, but the state attorneys office determined there was not enough evidence. zierman toldolice he killed the unarmed teen in self-defense. his parents spoke this morning to cnn. >> a crime has been committed here. everyone is trying to turn the focus off george zimmerman and

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