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silly little people failing every common sense test available to them and going bonkers. let me spell it out for those responsible in language even their miniscule brains may possibly understand loudly and clearly. you put a six-year-old girl in handcuffs. shame on you all. that's all for us tonight. ac 360 starts now. >> good evening. it is 10:00 on the east coast. we begin keeping them honest with president obama doing what presidents do in election years with proposals they know will win votes and don't have the votes to pass in congress. they try to pass them anyway even if they expect them to fail. sometimes, especially, if they expect them to fail to make a point. two examples tonight. one in texas and one on gas prices which the president appears to be doing with just a couple weeks ago he mocked. >> this has been going on for years now.
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every time prices start to go up, especially in an election year, politicians dust off their three-point plans for $2 gas. >> president obama, that was march 15th mocking challenger newt gingrich. today he wasn't promising $2 a gallon gas or dusting off a three-point plan. he did unveil a five-point plan to lower prices by cracking down on speculators. >> we can't afford a situation where speculators artificially manipulate markets by buying up oil, creating the perception of a shortage and driving prices higher only to flip it for a quick profit. we can't afford a situation where some speculators can reap millions while millions of families get the shortened of the stick. it is not the way the market should work. >> keeping them honest, not even his own advisers could say how it would affect gasoline prices.
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brian dees saying image not going to speculate about the provision or the provision and the specific effects it would pump. president obama is pitching it after spending the last few months arguing this. >> there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices. there is no silver bullet. >> what i also said about gas prices is that there is no silver bullet. >> no short-term silver bullet when is it comes to gas prices. >> there are no silver bullets, short-term, when it comes to gas prices. >> there is no silver bullet for avoid being spikes every year. >> there are no quick fixes or silver bullets. >> in fairness, president obama has not forgotten that line. he used a variation today. he is not promising his plan will fix everything. there are a lot of economists of all political stripes that don't think it can fix much of anything. as we have been reporting there
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is not much a president, or drem accurate or republican can do but it hasn't stopped any of them from trying to dodge the pain while prescribing unlikely cures. president obama talks about silver bullets and quick fixes. here is george w. bush using almost identical language. >> if there was a magic wand to wave, i would be waving it of course. i strongly believe it is in our interests that we reduce gas prices. >> like president obama, president bush downplayed any easy solution to the problem and two months later the proposed one, legislation to expand offshore drilling, legislation that could not get through congress and could and did become a large campaign issue. president obama seems to be doing pretty much the exact same thing and as we said at the top, he has been following the same playbook on taxes. >> on this vote the yays are 51 and nays 45. three fifths dually chosen and sworn not voting in the affirmative the motion is not
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agreed to. >> that's a so-called buffet bill winning a majority in the senate and not the 60 needed to proceed. every republican but one voted to block t every democrat but one voted for t the bill would have required people earning more than a million dollars a year to pay 30% in taxes. president obama talked up the idea in several ways, first to put a dent in the debt and when a congressional study revealed it may only make a tiny dent the white house changed course and last week on a conference call jason affirmative said it was, quote, never our plan to bring the deficit down and get the debt under control significantly through the buffet rule. president obama later said even though the legislation wouldn't do enough to cut the deficit it would help the economy grow. economists are skeptical about that. what is clear, it shows 72% support among americans and 53% among republicans. where it different have support is in the senate. the white house expected that,
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pushed the bill anyhow and as anticipated they blocked it and moments after the white house put out this statement from president obama. quote, tonight senate republicans voted to block the buffet rule choosing once again to protect tax breaking for the wealthiest few americans at the expense of middle class. was the white house playing politics here? you can decide for yourself. the lone democrat that voted thinks they were. i spoke with mark pryor earlier today. >> i have heard you call the buffet rule a political ploy which essentially is agreeing with republicans that say the white house was pushing it knowing full well republicans would kill it. supporters say what's wrong with one party putting something up for a vote and getting congress on record? >> well, you know, that happens up here all the time. i decided i don't want to play that game anymore. i think people in arkansas are sick and tired of the partisan games up here. it didn't have the votes to pass the senate. it was never going to be brought up in the house. i understand it is a good political issue for the president. i think he is sincere about it,
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and i think that what will happen is that will get folded into tax reform either at the end of this year or as we do major tax reform next year. it is political season up here and with all due respect to the president and the republicans, i think both sides are trying to be very political with it and let's get back to governing and stop the games up here and get back to govern zg how much of this is about politics for you? your critics say you're going to be up for re-election in 2014, you're a democrat in a conservative state, don't want to be a top republican target. is that fair? >> i know people say that. i wouldn't say that's particularly fair. that was not my motivation. i wasn't trying to position myself somehow in arkansas. by the way, i voted for increasing taxes on millionaires and i will not first to tell you that i think millionaires should pay their fair share. i have no reservation about that. trying to do it right now under these circumstances didn't make sense to me. we should do it as part of a
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larger package. i supported something like this with a larger package before but we need to get back to really focus on our deficit. we need to connect our tax policy and our spending policy to the deficit and do serious deficit reduction. >> you are, though, in an awkward position. you really are the last national democrat standing in a red state like arkansas. >> well, i am, let's say two of us in the delegation, one house member and me and several election this is fall and we'll see what happens. you're right. the state's politics have gone through a change and who knows if that's a permanent change or if that was just one or two cycle blip and it will return back to the way it normally is. >> the flip side is there is probably plenty of democrats that are fine to let you vote whatever the way you want as long as it keeps you getting reelected. >> from my standpoint this tax issue is not about getting reelected. like i said before, i actually
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voted previously to increase taxes on millionaires. i think millionaires should pay their fair share. i don't think we should single them out and pretend like and present that it is really going to change our deficit number because it doesn't change it that much. it doesn't move the needle that much. we need to do overall tax reform and again i did not try to be political with this. i thought the best policy is to wait on this and do it later as part of a larger package. >> senator mark pryor, appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you. >> bring in the political panel, democratic strategist and pollster cornell bol cher and mary madelyn. your response taking putting the buffet rule up for a vote was basically a political ploy? >> you know, i am a little confused. i have to get this straight. so the senate majority leader, senator reed puts forward a measure that 72%, 72% of americans think is a common sense goody deal measure to but
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forward, and it is not a toss up, not even close. 72% of americans think this should be done and he puts it up for a vote and quite frankly you have 72% of american that is support this and you have a majority of senators who would vote for it, so i am a little baffled. the question shouldn't be why senator reed put this up for a vote. clearly the american people want it. the question is where are republicans blocking common sense legislation that a majority of americans want? that's the question, not why senator reed put up something that's common sense in the 72% of americans want. >> mary, is this common sense legislation or a political ploy? >> of course it is a political ploy. the problem is it is not an effective political ploy because the voters are concerned about the deficit which senator pryor properly point out, this buffet rule doesn't do anything for the deficit f we took all of warren buffett's money, 44 billion, the third richest man in the world, that would get us through about four and a half days.
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the president will not reduce the deficit or stabilize the debt which is another rationale he gave. he just wants to be fair, fair, so if you ask cornell is an excellent pollster. if you say to a voter do you want somebody else to pay more taxes than you, they will say yes. when you say it is not helping the deficit, not helping debt, it will hurt small business that is do create jobs, they don't have the same fear and loathing of millionaires, successful people, that this president seems to have. he has been attacking them forever and it might be good with the base but it is not going to have any long-term political impact on independents who are not, again, do not despiez or loathe and it is a limited half shelf life. >> the who's has changed the reasoning several times. >> here is the thing. 69% of independents support this rule. i feel sorry for mary having to sort of spin her way from that
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number of 72 but truthfully the fact of the matter is there is not one solution. there is not a silver bullet solution to the ideal of one thing will fix the debt. we have to take four steps to fix the debt. part of the first step for fixing the debt is asking very wealthy people to pay their fair share. we have to stop asking the middle class to carryall the burden and that's what the middle class in this country get and that's why it is so overwhelmingly support the rule. it is a common sense rule, built on american values that everyone should pay their fair share. the question shouldn't be why they bring it for a vote. the question should be why is it a small majority of republicans in the senate can stop the majority of american people and stop the majority of senators in the senate. >> it is a political calculation in bringing it up for a vote even though you know it is not going to pass. >> there should be a political calculation. you should pay a political cost when you go against the overwhelming majority of this country.
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this is a democracy. the will of the people should have some play, some say in this and when you go against the overwhelming majority in this country there should be a political cost that's paid. >> mary, both sides of political aisle do this. this hamz all the time, especially in election year. >> yes. i appreciate cornell's concern about me that in this occasion i don't have to spin. the numbers don't add up. i will say when you ask particularly independents, they have been saying research and republic, cornell knows it is a good outfit, we keep finding they want the president to focus on economic opportunities, not these inequality arguments, not the fairness arguments. they don't think that warren buffett paying higher taxes is going to create anymore jobs. they do think this unsustainable debt and run away deficit is going to impede job creation. that's what they care about. that's what the general election
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will be about. you can be concerned for me but you don't have a message. you just have the tricks and they're cute tricks to be sure. they're good for your base. >> we're going to leave it there. mary, cornell, appreciate it. you can find more political insight cnn.com and facebook and google plus. follow me on twitter. breaking news, warren buffett has cancer. we'll talk about the outlook in his case and someone right in the middle of this and may have died as so many syrians have in the middle of what's supposed to be a cease-fire. we'll have the latest in syria. [ male announcer ] lately, there's been a seismic shift in what passes for common sense.
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mary, cornell, appreciate it. the middle of what's supposed to is that rain? [siri] yes, it appears to be raining.
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the very same day observers were in the city, however, this was going on. crowds being fired on. we don't know by whom, but the targets fit the familiar pattern of government snipers shooting at civilians. there is new video claiming to be from muhammed. take a look, appears to be a military sniper's nest and one of the troops holding a camera while the rest of the troops ham it up and dance. snipers are still in cities. people are still getting shot and especially in homes the shelling goes on. listen. >> opposition members say at least 70 people in killed in syria today. we can't independently confirm the number or the video. the pictures haven't lied. the regime however has and does and the american unambassador is
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saying plainly. >> you deal with syrian representatives all the time. i've had them on the program and they have said things that are not true and have lied and demonstrably untrue time and time again. do they have any credibility to you? i don't know if you can say that. >> no, they don't. let's be plain. you're right. they have lied to the international community, lied to their own people, and the biggest fabricator of the facts is asad himself, his representatives merely doing his bidding and under probably some not insignificant personal duress. words as we have said repeatedly are meaningless. the actions are what married and thus far have continued to disappoint. >> earlier today i spoke with the activist that we spoke to a number of times over the lst year and right in the middle of shelling in homes over the weekend and that shelling that wasn't supposed to be happening
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at all. >> you were in holmes on saturday. what did you see? what happens? >> in fact, on saturday i went with a journalist from national just to see what the two sides committed to the cease-fire and the syrian army and the regime army and i started just recording every mortar or every shot i hear. i heard the first mortar fired at holmes at 10:56. the second one at 11:02, and then i stand recording because i realized that there was no cease-fire from the regime at all whatsoever and part of the shell came on over our camp and if i had just parked my car 30 seconds before that i would have been dead by now. >> the neighborhoods being hit in holmes, is the fire
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indiscriminate or actual targets they're trying to strike. >> it is indiscriminate. there is no target whatsoever. nobody can just guess where the shell is coming, where the bomb is reaching. they are very much accustomed to death now. people walk about and they just flee from the home and say goodbye to family and can just not come back. >> the u.n. has been trying to have a diplomatic effort. is there any chance that asad has any intention or desire to live up to his end of the bargain to the agreements that he has been making? >> this regime has one intention only, to see the community keep lying, keep deceiving them, and keep killing us.
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now, with the u.n. sending out 30 observers, excuse me, is that too many, 30? we need 30 observers for one neighborhood only. >> what do you hope happens? what do you hope the international community does? >> the international community should send 3,000 observers and, believe me, the regime will fall the same day. the regime will topple the tame day because people will be rushing to the streets for demonstrations. we want this regime to go peacefully, but we need help. we need the help of the rest of the world. don't tell me you couldn't send us more than 30 observers. 30? these are good maybe for examination, not observe an army of half a million people just firing all types of bombs
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against civilians, unarmed civilians. >> zaidoun, thank you for talking to us. >> from the hoover institution recently visiting the refugee camps in turkey, one thing to talk about this in an academic way and another thing to have just been in the camps. having seen it with your own eyes, what do you come away with? >> i think academic is right. i am academic and it was an education to be in the camps and education to talk to these people and it was an education to trust what the diplomats say, the phrases that you hear, and the diplomacy and the apple bass dar faning outrage about the lies and then you walk the refugee camps and i think it is something that breaks your heart and you see proud families bonded with one family and i can't tell the whole story but i can just tell you that the headline, the essence of it, this is a family from a city
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that early on we remember the cruel at this of the regime. this is a middle class family, property family, officially had a house with eight rooms and there they were in this tent, the whole family there, two of the sons killed. one son is missing. the word missing by the way, we have been talking about 10,000 people have been killed in syria. it is by far the number must be much larger because people know what missing means. missing means really being killed, so son is still missing, presumed killed. his infant who had never seen his father, six months old, there in the tent and this family with a memory of a life that they had is there in these camps and endured one harsh summer. this is the first summer, last summer. they endured one winter and it was unusually harsh winter this time and they are dreading now the on set of another summer and they know that all the things that are said in the corridors
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of diplomacy are false and they understand the situation they're in. it is really something. >> refugee camps the world over i find incredibly depressing and one can look at them. you look at the pictures on the news that we were just showing, the tents, and you start to think these are refugees, but these are not refugees. these are people who have homes but they have been forced to flee their homes. they have families but their families have been murdered and killed or disappeared. it is very easy to think of them as refugees, people who live in a camp. these are not people living in a camp. these are people that have homes and don't belong in the camp. >> it is a humbling experience. this one particular family because they came from an upper class if you will, solid middle class origin, understand they tried to reproduce the grace of their life. they had this potted flowers and had stuffed toys for the little children, and they understand that there is no easy return and
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the tales they tell, like one of the reasons why they left, for example, their town is they had five daughters and rape had become an instrument of this war. the things that are going on in syria are still not fully appreciated by outsiders because the press is not there because observers are not there. >> and we heard an activist that we talked to a lot over the last year essentially mock the idea of 30 u.n. observers saying we need 3,000 in order to flood the country and to stop the regime from killing people. >> absolutely. >> even that might not work. >> these observers will do nothing. the observers who already saw the mission that was led by the general nav i, the equivalent of it, and i think we have to understand what the regime has done. it has taken the mission as an opportunity for more killing and what they have deny if you look at the numbers. >> upped the killing.
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>> they upped the killing and not only that but the turkish authorities have the numbers and the jordanian authorities on the boards and through this mission the refugee numbers spiked. people have fled. we talk about the kind of diplomacy and the diplomats and the powers and coming to the rescue of the syrians and no rescue is coming and one thing we have understand to, there is american role here and american education here and the resistance to helping the syrians in this crisis now comes for the most part from the united states. >> i appreciate it. glad you were able to visit the camps. other news tonight, big news back home. jeff neily not a household name but this picture of him in a hot tub may make him a symbol of excess active spending by a sferl agency charged with keeping government costs down. he is pleading the fifth. ♪
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in rural positively picks house lawmakers grilled officials of the jeb services administration for more than five hours today in the outrage was palpable. until now the gsa was an object cure agency to keep federal costs down. it is ironic. instead it was doing the exact opposite, squandering tax dollars in lavish spending on its own employees. one of the key people called to testify before congress is a guy named jeff nealy. there he is on the right taking the fifth and the other on the left is what looks like a las vegas hot tub. we don't know if your tax drars made for the hot tub or the glasses of wine. a 2010 conference in las vegas that nealy organized is one of the most over the top examples
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of excessive spending that investigators have found so far. >> not only did this 2010 over the top las vegas gsa conference cost taxpayers more than $800,000, it turns out the lead conference organizer, regional administrator jeff nealy took eight trips to vegas to do advance work. the cost, $147,000. >> my anger and frustration have gotten to a boiling point. >> as tales of extravagant suspended unfolded during this hearing it is clear why. >> $44 for breakfast. i am a big man. i can't spend $44 for breakfast. somebody had to say that. are you kidding me? >> the gsa inspector general that investigated put it this way. >> we turned over every stone and every time we turned over a stone we found 50 more. >> this is the two-story,2,400 square foot suite where the deputy administrator robert peck stayed in las vegas. >> i question the organizers as to the cost. they told me that you will athe
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rooms were within the government rate. >> it is unclear what the cost really was. the organizer, jeff nealy, seen here in what appears to be a las vegas hot tub, invoked his fifth amendment rights for the second day in a row. he was very much the focus. story after story of allegedly skirting and breaking the rules and maybe even the law to have a good time on the taxpayer dime. for example, it is against government rules to spend money for meals at meetings unless awards are given out like here in las vegas. so they regularly made some up. listen again to the man investigating the whole thing. >> it was a running joke in region nine that in order to get food you had to give out awards. one of our witnesses characterized them as i guess fake awards and jack ass awards and things of that nature. >> there was so little accountability the own chief financial officer didn't even know what nealy spent on all of those trips and conferences.
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>> it was very difficult to have the visibility into the financial opportunity. >> at a different point the chairman lashed out about his ability to see their budgets. >> why are you hiding the information from this committee from the american public? >> mind boggles excess went far beyond las vegas. at least a week in hawaii for a one-hour ribbon cutting. >> would a one-hour ribbon cutting justify a seven to nine day trip. >> not in my opinion. >> they still haven't told congress how much that cost but a 2010 conference for interns in palm springs has a price tag of $150,000. two months ago after the inspector jeb worned him he brought his wife along on a 17-day junket to the south pacific paid for by taxpayers and just last month a conference in napa valley wine country to the tune of $40,000. one official said she raised a red flag to no avail.
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>> you notified the regional administrator, ruth cox, about the upcoming junket and expressed concern, right? >> i did. >> and what happened? >> i expressed concern and asked her to review the plans and make sure. >> and that called it off, didn't it? no. >> i mean, it is amazing. sounds like it is really a systematic problem. >> absolutely. it is stunning the lack of accountability that became crystal clear throughout these five plus hours that we set and watched today. first of all, what was really amazing is listening to these people that you would think or hope would really understand and know what costs are involved here in these conferences and these trips and they didn't only not have a clue, they didn't even think it was their responsibility to know. they said that's just the regional administrator's job meaning jeff neily and now we know he was spending lavishly and trying to get away with it. the other thing that was really disturbing is that it was also from the bottom up.
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we heard that he was really intimidating people who maybe in a lower level could have raised their hand and said this is not right, but the investigator said that he would, quote, squash them like a bug if they tried to challenge him. >> the idea he needed to take eight scouting trips to vegas before the conference, it is just ridiculous. >> ridiculous. >> incredible. appreciate it. thanks. we'll follow a number of other stories. >> we're learning more about the secret service prostitution scandal at the hotel in columbia. the agency's director told them that 20 or 21 women were brought to the hotel and an official tells cnn that secret service agents implicated in the scandal will be offered polygraph tests. the official also says that some of the agents claim they did not know the women were prostitutes. and at the trial of man accused of murdering 77 people last summer in a shooting and bombing rampage, and he boasted
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that he carried out the most spectacular political attack in europe since world war ii. and final touchdown today for the space shuttle discovery. it landed at washington's dulles airport as you see there atop a 747. it will be put on display at the smithsonian national air and space museum. bittersweet moment. >> it is cool that a 747 can carry the shuttle on top. that's crazy right there. >> and totally modified, but, yeah, totally awesome. >> thanks. in the trayvon martin case we're waiting on word on whether the judge assigned to george zimmerman trial will recuse herself because the conflict of interest or the perception of it. a lot of people think she will. there is new light contenders to are her replacement. tapas puck chinese takeout taco truck free range chicken pancake stack baked alaska 5% cash back. right now, get 5% cash back at restaurants. it pays to discover.
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>> guam, the florida man charged with shooting trayvon martin is due back in court this friday for a bond hearing. the judge assigned to the trials, the circuit court court judged jessica recksiedler will decide whether to recuse her. skbraum's attorney asked for a new judge because of a conflict of interest. the judge's husband is the law partner of a cnn analyst, the first lawyer ever asked to represent him. james referred him to o'mara and judge recksiedler was assigned randomly and if she recusing herself it will fall to the chief judge to appoint a new judge in the trial. there is a number of factor that is could influence the choice and based on that there is likely candidates mark e james
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joins me with the former florida state attorney rod smith. there have been names out there of judges that may replace this judge. we have pictures of some but not all. what do you know about the judges? >> quite a bit. judge dickey is a senior judge and could elect to keep the case or let it go normal and then it would be a random rotation and land in one of the three remaining four judges in the criminal division. you remember the casey anthony case judge perry kept the case as a senior judge, chief judge, excuse me and that could happen here. unlikely, but it could happen and there is a long shoot, judge eaton, that used to be the chief judge, very scholarly and well respected and senior retired judge and he knows death cases. he knows murder cases as well as anybody probably in the state. he has handled tough cases before and is not afraid of controversy. he will do the right thing legally.
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he doesn't look for what's popular. he looks at what's right and follows the law. the three remaining ones are judge nelson and judge lester, the remaining three judges out of the four on the criminal bench in seminole county. >> rod, you have appeared before judge lester before in court. do you think he could potentially be named the judge in this case? why? >> well, it will be a random selection if the chief judge decides not to keep it and the chief judge may or may not. a degree with mark it is unlikely the chief judge there. i know by reputation and i think i have been in one of his courts one time, but i would say that it is judge eaton that had a great reputation and somewhat unlikely in high profile cases they will keep a senior judge. they will probably put it in rotation. the only other thing is probably he will vet the other judges immediately to find out if anybody else has a potential conflict because you want to know up front. the rules were followed well in this case. the judge made a disclosure and
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the lawyer acted appropriately and quickly and the system is designed to do just this and my guess is that certainly lester is among the remainder and would be one that certainly has the status to handle the case like this and pretty well seen in that community as a middle of the road judge being neither side going in with an easy da. >> judge eaton as you mentioned is a retired judge. why would they appoint a retired judge? >> first of all, he doesn't have a docket. a case like this can be so demanding and as crushing as the judicial already is and could be a skilled seasoned judge would not have a docket otherwise and could handle the motions and the attention and otherwise that might be given to this. not only would he be excellent but the other three, none of them have had a significant controversy i am aer with a of at all. i have known judge lester for over 30 years. we were law school classmates and he is spectacular. judge nelson has a great
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disposition on the bench and go galu sdpl o is well liked and respected by all sides. i think any three of those or four of those, there will be -- they would act very, very well and we could find ourselves having the kind of trial that we hope to have. >> rod, when do you see this trial actually -- assuming he gets to trial, how long, what kind of timeline are we talking about here? >> the lawyers would be discussing that once they get kind of past the preliminaries and you know one of the things that i know that everybody will be focusing on is whether or not this case ends up being tried in seminole county. they may try to seat a jury before. i have done high profile prosecutions and i can tell you that o'mara's office is already in the process i am sure of gathering all of the pretrial publicity and evaluating it and there may be polling information and all of that will be determined. some of that will be a date set for trial and it will be substantially in the future and
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then there will be a question whether or not they can seat a jury there or move it and go somewhere else which again may shape whether or not a senior judge takes it or not. a degree with mark the convenience of a senior judge is typically they don't have an on going docket and keeps the rest of the court system moving but it is also pretty rare in high profile cases they go to senior judges. >> appreciate it. rod smith as well. thank you very much. breaking news tonight. warren buffett has been diagnosed with cancer. we'll tell you what buffet revealed so far and talk to a doctor from the american cancer society about it. >> announcer: this is the day. the day that we say to the world of identity thieves "enough." we're lifelock, and we believe you have the right to live free from the fear of identity theft. our pledge to you? as long as there are identity thieves, we'll be there. we're lifelock.
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breaking news about the health of billionaire businessman warren buffett. he has been diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer and made the announcement in a letter to shareholders today and said he will start radiation treatment in july and can his condition is not life-threatening and his energy level is 100%. we'll talk about it with dr. otis brouly. stage 1 prostate cancer, what does that mean exactly? >> stage 1 means the cancer is confined in the prostate. usually a good prognosis cancer and many of the stage 1 tumors don't even need to be treated. >> in the letter to stockholders he said he and his doctor decided on a two-month treatment of daily radiation to begin in july. why treat it? you're saying some don't need to be treated. is this standard? >> yeah. the national institutes of health about four months ago actually made an announcement that about 130,000 of these stage 1 tumors are diagnosed every year and most of them can
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be watched and not treated. in the united states most men choose to get it treated. younger men will usually choose surgery. older men will choose radiation. i personally believe it should be left to the patient and the doctor to decide what to do. many of these are such good prognosis tumors they can be watched. >> buffet says he discovered the cancer because his psa level jumped beyond the normal elevation. what is that and is that something most people get checked? >> the serum prostate specific antigen is a blood test, a controversial blood test and some organizations recommend we not use it for prostate cancer screening and only diagnosis or following known disease. other organizations such as my american cancer city society said they should know there is a potential risk and potential benefit and need to know the risks as to whether they want to be screened. >> if you do get treated, what are the ramifications of it?
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assuming it is successfully treated, what are the side effects? >> i should say a stage 1 prostate cancer has a 99 plus percent five-year survival in the united states. indeed the 15-year survival of all men with stage 1 prostate cancer is upwards of 90%. it is a very good prognosis tumor. radiation can causa lot of side effects, especially bowel and bladder side effects and surgery actually can cause similar problems, incontinence, as well as impotence, and unfortunately with radical prottectomy there is about a 1% chance the operation itself will cause death. >> the overall prognosis looks good. good survival rates. let's follow a number of other stories. >> anderson, breaking news, good
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news all things considered. a three day old baby kidnapped after his mom was shot and killed has been found alive according to houston affiliates. the station is reporting father and child being reunited tonight. the abduction hospitalized in montgomery county, texas. witnesses say a woman shot the boy's mom outside the pediatrician's office and took the baby and the shooter remains at large. >> a michigan woman that continued to collect welfare benefits after she won a million dollars in the lottery is being charged with fraud. authorities say she didn't report the winnings as required by state law and collected more than 5,000 dollars in welfare benefit that is she wasn't with entitled to. police in georgia are defending their decision to handcuff and arrest a kindergarten student having a tantrum. the police say they handcuffed the six-year-old for her own safety and anderson you talked about the theft of five guitars belonging to tom petty and the heartbreakers.
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the guitars have been recovered and the suspect arrested. police caught up with the suspect after he allegedly sold one of the guitars at a pawn shop. >> a chance to show off our staffers by coming up with a caption better than the one we came up with. santorum speaking in st. louis. our staff winner is with santorum campaigns for birmingham deputy comptroller 2013. that is nicholas from michigan and now i will play the air guitar and do some fancy pageant walking. the t-shirt is on the way. ♪ ♪ ♪ and i never thought i'd feel this way ♪ ♪ the way i feel about you [ male announcer ] it's time to clean out your garage for a car that's worthy of being
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time for the ridiculous. we're adding once again critics of teen bride/american sweetheart, ambassador of love courtney stoden. i talk about courtney a lot because the haters keep hating and i am determined to prove them wrong. i am talking about you. quick refresher. courtney married 51-year-old character act or doug hutchinson when she was 16. she sings, models, mosts conscious pseudoey rot i can poetry on twitter and does it all. tonight i think there is a way to succinctly silence the stofers once and for all. she has a message for the world. three messages that start the same. >> i was in the grocery star shopping for some sexy veggies. i was in the grocery store shopping for sexy veggies. i was in the grocery store today shopping for sexy veggies.
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>> she looks really tan. she is on an epic quest for sexy veggies, and did she find some. a warning, the produce we're about to show you is extremely graphic, dare i say pornographic. >> i grabbed these veggies but then i turned around and these were calling to me for some reason. they're sexy, aren't they. >> they were that sexy. stiechlz a pep certificate just a pepper. not in this case. trust me. i don't want to show you the cucumber. it was highly organic. the point of these new videos is that courtney is trying to get people to go vegetarian, a noble cause no doubt and thrown herself into it tirelessly working to expose cruelty to animals and also her foot hurts. >> my foot hurts really bad. i don't know what's wrong with it. >> the shoes, baby, i keep telling you. no, no. >> stop wearing the shoes. >> i am not going to stop wearing my shoes. >> that is part of the riveting new web-based reality series
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courtney is starring in although could someone get her a lapel mic because the ambient sound in the room is driving me crazy. somehow people still manage to have negative opinions about courtney but as a wise man once said, that's theirs to hold, not ours. >> people are welcome to their opinions. that's what the world is about. if they need to feel this way, that's theirs to hold. not ours. >> see, i always want to know what was happening in that clip right there. and now i wonder if she was just thinking about the shopping list, all the sexy vegetables. you keep on doing whatever it is you do all day long. i have no idea what you do all day long. don't listen to critics. we relish your new endeavors. >> government waste, tax dolla

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