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>> reporter: take two things that many travelers love to hate. the tsa and ticket fees. add them together. >> what is it that's prompting them to ask for more? >> reporter: the agency backed by democrats in the senate wants to increase the security fee everyone pays for the ticket. from $2.50 a flight to $5 per one-way ticket. $10 round trip. >> 10's pushing it to a limit. i guess it's only $5 more but i wonder, you know, how that fits in. they already have a budget. >> reporter: tsa's budget is set to be cut. the agency says boosting this fee would help cover the increasing price of security like the costly scanners. the fee hasn't been hiked in ten years. but a powerful lobby is pushing against it. airlines. they don't want the cost shifted onto their customers. >> air security is a national security function and something all of us need to be behind as
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americans, and the government should be picking up the cost. >> reporter: many travelers we talked to didn't mind. >> it's like using a toll road. you use a toll road you pay the toll. >> as long as it makes us secure. >> reporter: they want to know it's well spent. >> does increasing the fee increase the level of security tsa can provide? >> it means that tsa's budget will be a little less likely to get cut just to save money in the overall deficit reduction effort. so, in that regard, it's useful. it's useful if you can tell where the benefits go for a particular program, then the people who get the benefits generally should pay for it. >> i want to bring in lizzie. what happen this fee is not increased? >> well, this has been a battle for about ten years, suzanne,
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and the airlines and their allies fought back the increase in fees, so a lot of what would happen would be pretty much what you see right now. you would see some small cuts to the tsa budget. they say they would be able to do more with less, but you also know that a lot of airports don't have the highest tech stuff, only about 36% of airports have what government auditors call optimal screening, the best things, that's in some cases because those airports are small. but there is a question of whether having a little more money would help those airports do that. >> lizzie, thank you. now to north carolina. jurors back at it again, talking about the john edwards trial on federal corruption charges. diane dimond is a special correspondent and has been following this from day one. good to see you. i know everybody had a break over the holiday. what's the sense now, the mood of the jurors, of john edwards, now that everybody is back on
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board and looking forward? >> reporter: you know, there has been a wave of gosh, do you think there might be a hung jury here going through the media section mostly. i think it's way too early to say. that when you look at the history of major cases, it's been six and now a half day. it's 36 hours, i think i had. i don't think that's too long for such an important case, six-count indictment. everybody seems to be plodding along, so zan. it's getting hot in north carolina and how do i put this. the courtroom odor smells of that. so there's a lot of people getting up and leaving. but staying close to the courtroom because we're not going to get any sort of warning that a verdict has happened. they not going to e-mail us, if you're not here, you miss it. that's why we're sitting so close. john edwards entered the court house today with his parents and
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his daughter as usual, and then left quickly. so, we all surmise he is a couple of blocks away off green street at his lawyer's office waiting. >> how do the jurors look? how are they holding up? >> reporter: well, you know, we had that little brouhaha with the alternates wearing the same color last week. first yellow, then the next day red and a couple of the jurors were wearing red. my gosh. today i noticed all of the alternates are in black or gray. they are very subdued, not giggly and bouncy as last week. maybe somebody said something to them. the main jurors, the 12, are engaged, still engaged. especially number 2, he is the foreman i believe, the financial adviser and he is very affable, comes in with a smile every time we see him at lunch, then again when they are dismissed for the day. but there are some jurors looking kind of weary, suzanne. i wrote about this in the daily
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beast peels i filed. juror number nine looks exhausted. seven still has that skowl on her face sometimes. juror number eight i think it is, no, six, is the retired railroad worker. he seems very engaged. >> and also you write some interesting new details in your daily beast column, when the baby was conceived. can you tell us why that's significant and what you learned? >> reporter: well, you know, it's one of those things, that you get a piece of information and go hmm. we heard in this trial that the baby, rielle hunter's baby was conceived between may 25th and may 28th, 2007. so i've been trying to struggle to find out where was john edwards during this time and more importantly where was elizabeth edwards? what did she know and when did she know it because the
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defense's case is he didn't misspend campaign money to hide his mistress. he was hiding it from his wife. well, this jury has really not heard definitive testimony about what liz knew and when she knew it. so i found in a twitter feed that still lives on the internet, john edwards twitter feed, that he was in iowa on those days, that the baby was conceived, and according to one of his own tweets, he's glad to welcome his wife elizabeth and his children to iowa. so, i wondered why that wasn't put into evidence because that would certainly go to show that elizabeth edwards had no idea that her husband, while she was visiting iowa with their children, was making another baby with another woman somewhere. but for some reason the defense did not enter that twitter feed into the record here. so the jury didn't know about it. >> that is interesting. and i understand that the
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jurors, too, have asked to see more exhibits. do you think that indicates anything specifically that they are taking this seriously or some sort of point that they really are trying to get to that they are struggling with? >> reporter: well, you know, they were coming in and asking for a lot of specific exhibits, so we with our big exhibit list, we could follow along and see what they were looking at. last week, the judge, darn it, said to them, well gosh, do you just want to have all of the exhibits back there in the room? it might make it easier and they all bounced their head yes, please. that makes it so we don't know what they are looking at now. i wish i did. there is something or maybe more than one thing that's hanging them up in that deliberation room. we know that they saw a lot of exhibits about bunny mellon and fred baron t two that donated all of this money. after that, i don't know. >> all right. well, a lot of unanswered questions and again, what that
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verdict is going to be we don't know. we're going to be waiting, obviously, and diane, if you've got anything more we'll come back to you. >> it was on the world stage when president obama hosted leaders at the nato summit. today chicago is making headlines because of a long weekend of killings. police say ten people are dead, more than 40 people were shot over the memorial day holiday including a 7-year-old girl. chicago mayor rahm emanuel talked about the violence 18 press conference a few minutes ago. >> there are a set of economic issues we're not even talking about, a settle cultural issues we're not talking about that also feed into this. and when i say that, at a certain point a community gets i don't want to say almost immune where there should be more outrage by a community. >> most of the violence happened on the city's south side in the area represented by ald man willy cochran. he sits on the chicago council
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reaching the 20th ward and joins us by phone. thank you for joining us here. i want to ask you to respond to mayor rahm emanuel's comment. he said something about the culture here. and that people have become immune to this, that there is not more outrage. what do you make of his remarks? >> well, i think the mayor hit it directly on the head. i think the communities that are plagued with this are suffering from youth that has grown up in an environment where normal is not normal. where you hear gun fire, where you see people being shot, and killed, and that you adjust to that environment because if you look at the economic balance, in the communities where these things are happening at, you'll look at a community where education has been a challenge, where employment is a challenge, where disinvestment occurred and
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parental or nonparental presence. we talk about parents, but the fact is many of these young adults or teenagers are homeless. and they are staying wherever they can with friends who allow them to come in. so, we look at social and emotional issues that are going unaddressed. we have to turn that around. we have to make social emotional education and character building part of our strategy to make our community better. >> do you think the mayor was addressing race, do you think he was being specific about it being predominantly 18 black community? >> well, no. i think when you look at recent statistics reveal that 53% of the midwest have low literacy rate. you have low literacy rate you have comprehension problems. you have comprehension problems
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you have challenges in education and you go away from being educated. you drop out of school, and that per pet waits the system. and that's in the midwest. so what i say that to say that that literacy rate may be lower, maybe even higher in some of these communities that are in chicago. popular to join a gang than it is to become part of a sports team. >> let me ask you this because we are seeing the violence this year at this time, it is now 50% higher than it was this time last year. why is this getting worse in your community? what is happening? >> well, it's become popular, it's a popular trend to have a young adults. we have identified about 600 different small gangs now and we're talking three, four, five-block areas that these
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groups of young men, 13, 14, 15, have decided that this is our gang. rather than it being a club when i was growing up, rather than it being a sports team when i was growing up, they lock themselves into an area and the idea of making those gangs violent seems to be perpetuated. they get a gun, they feel the power from the gun and this is the way they react. >> do you think that this summer as people are out of school and you talk about this poor 7-year-old girl who was killed, you think the kids in chicago are safe this summer? >> it depends on the economics of the family, the location, the education, and the social setting. that's what it all ends. you can trace all this violence back to those communities that are challenged, that need to be lifted just like other parts of the community, of the city that
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has investment in it. as long as there is disinvestment and no economic balance, then we are going to have these challenges. as long as we don't address the social, emotional challenges that we have, then there is going to be a child that thinks that normal is abnormal and they are going to be adjusting to their environment they live in. we have to do better, the system has to be improved that we work in and live in. we have to have the better system or nation. >> before we let you go, i really want to get to the heart of the matter. is there one thing, what is the one thing that can be done immediately to address this problem? is there something that is -- that can be done right now to address the kind of situation that you're dealing with in your city? >> well, i don't want to sound like i'm a gestapo, enforcement
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has to be taken on these people who are terrorizing and shooting. they are to be incarcerated and we'll work from there. but the penal system has to do what it's supposed to do. it has to reform and prepare people to come back out into the system. >> you think the mayor's doing a good enough job, the police department doing a good enough job in enforcing that and taking on as you say the terrorists in your community? >> well, we are deploying people into these communities, wish we would hire more police officers i think chicago needs a lot more police officers than we have. we can deploy. but if your numbers aren't there, just putting a strain on the system. what we find is where we have a flare-up and put policemen in there, two weeks we oversaturate an area it does a great job of reducing crime. that demonstrates to me we need more police officers as well as
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all of these other strategies, intelligence gathering and deployment issues. >> all right. thank you for your perspective. i know you have been a former police officer for 26 years now, i know you have really a good sense of the community and what is happening. we hope that it gets better there. we want to continue that conversation when we bring you back and find out what is taking place in the community there in chicago and hopefully that violence, what is being done, it will be abated. >> >> here's what we're working on. loving, hating the euro. a lot of europeans willing to put up with the currency causing so many problems. and then, new warning for women going through menopause.
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the old currencies. to break this down explain to the us, richard quest, good to see you here. so, help me understand this. you got five countries that use the euro including greece but say it has not been a good thing, yet don't want to go back. why? >> you have put your finger on the core problem. it is basically schizophrenia, dysfunctionality, they have this complete contradiction of views about the currency. on the one hand, they love the fact that they can take their e rurks os and without changing money go from one country to the other and spend, spend, spend. but, they loath the fact that with this comes the possibility of greater integration and that's why with these surveys, let's take greece. time and again the surveys show
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70% want and like the euro. the the pew survey shows that. if you then ask, ask about austerity. it's schizophrenic. >> greece you mentioned because the folks were most likely to say their country has been weakened by the euro. it has not been good for the economy yet their support was the highest. what is going on in greece? >> the same thing.drakma was disrespected. they got the euro, they have a currency they can live with, travel with but they hate the strictures that come with this. i want to show you one other part about the survey. it's the stereotyping. here is a question for you. who do you think people think,
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which country do you think they believe is the most hard working country in europe in the eurozone? >> i don't know. >> i'll give you a clue. >> germany? >> exactly. well done. there is the quest bell. germany is the one. but when you then ask these countries who is the least hard working, you get greece, italy, romania, who is the most corrupt, italy, italy, spain, italy, poland, the sec republic. who is the least corrupt? the answer? >> germany. >> well done. you see. and you can do the same thing. i suppose you could do the same thing in the united states with hard working states, least hard working states. but the truth is, you have this complete contradiction. people love the fact they can
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spend the euros country to country. they hate the fact that it means national identity is going down the toilet. >> i got to ask you this question, i got to bring it back to the united states. should americans care about whether or not the euro exists, doesn't exist? what is the bottom line on whether it's good or bad for us? >> well, the only thing that americans need to bear in mind is if the euro goes down the toilet, the sea wash will be so great it will go across the atlantic, the sewage will end up on your doorstep. that much i guarantee. this is not a one-way bet. 50%, i mean, the sheer amount of trade between the u.s. and the eu is so vast, so much bilateral trade, tourism, that i guarantee you, if the euro is in trouble you better get an umbrella out. >> all right. going to get my umbrella out. richard, good to see you as
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an education, now 160 afghan girls are lying in hospital beds after being poisoned at school. this is the second incident in a week in which female students were poisoned in afghanistan. officials blame the taliban. they are blaming the united states and nato forces. he has been the unofficial republican nominee for weeks. mitt romney about to clinch the nomination. today's texas primary should give him enough delegates to seal the deal after a stop in colorado romney add tends a fundraiser tonight in vegas. jim acosta is there. what's his plan for today? what is the strategy moving forward now that he is presumably going to get the magic number? >> reporter: i got to tell you, the strategy today for the romney campaign is talk about jobs and the energy sector. he was in colorado, you mentioned that. he wrapped up an event in a tiny town of craig, colorado, talking
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about the coal industry and would like to see energy jobs developed by tapping into the nation's pretty large coal reserves, something that already happens now but he would like to develop that further. unfortunately, that message is really being drowned out today because of these comments made by donald trump, as you know suzanne, donald trump is hosting a fund-raiser in las vegas here on the las vegas strip, at the trump hotel. and trump was on tv earlier this morning, on cnbc, sticking to his belief that president obama may not have been born in the united states, he went on twitter shortly after that appearance on cnbc and put out a tweet saying that mitt romney should use this issue to his advantage, that john mccain did not use this issue. and that was a mistake, that john mccain lost because of that. so mitt romney will be at this furniture company here in las vegas that i'm standing outside of in a few hours to
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hold an event, then head over to this fundraiser. i have to tell you, the romney campaign has been inundated with e-mail questions from reporters asking about these trump comments, and i put in my own request for a statement from the romney campaign. they have gotten back to me to say mitt romney still believes that president obama was born in the united states but this is a distraction for this campaign. >> why are they doing it? what's the up side to hanging out with donald trump? >> reporter: well, obviously it makes a lot of noise. you're going to get a lot of attention when you make an appearance with donald trump. that is happening here in las vegas. in nevada is an important battleground state. the romney campaign is expected to raise around $2 million tonight, that is one of the numbers floated out at various press reports. and of course the romney campaign is going to need every dollar it can get its hands on going up against president obama so. there is a calculated risk they
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are taking here. maybe it's a gamble that that is worth some of this bad publicity from donald trump. donald trump is saying he has a legitimate concern and issue here but the white house as you know has put out that long form birth certificate, they posted it and president obama has even mocked donald trump at that dinner back in 2011, so a lot of people thought this was resolved and put behind president obama but donald trump once again putting it out there to the chagrin, i think, of the romney campaign. >> i guess appropriate the gamble in vegas. jim, thank you. picture this. massive radioactive fish swimming across the pacific ocean all the way from japan to the shores of california with might sound like science fiction but no, after fukushima disaster we're going to tell you what it
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voters in texas heading to the polls. latino voters are reshaping the political landscape in texas. they will play a big role in the general elect. carlos lopez joins us with a look at the growing political clout of the latino community. first of all, tell us how does this community impact the congressional districts in texas, the fact that the community has grown? >> reporter: well, between 2000 and 2010 there was a growth of 4 million new residents of texas, 65% of those were latinos, what did texas gain from that, four congressional districts and a big battle on how to redistrict the state. so, that's their main role now. will latinos be going into the
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districts, that's anybody's guess. they might not be latinos taking these new districts but they are playing an important role in changing the landscape. there is this big demographic shift and texas is one of those. >> four additional districts in texas. talk about the fact when you look at the general election here, latinos, the fastest growing population in the country, what is that going to mean for the presidential race? >> reporter: well, you're going to have key states, texas is a red state and will be a red state but you have nevada, arizona, colorado, new mexico and especially florida, that's where latinos can make a difference and can help decide who reaches the white house in november, so that's where most of the efforts of the campaigns are going to be. then you have this shift, the growth of the hispanic community and who knows what that will bring for the future. for this year for november those are the states that everyone is looking out to. >> and we always talk about immigration when we talk about an issue that's important to
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hispanic voters but that's not their only priority, there are others dealing with the economy and jobs, specifically when you talk to folks, what do they say matters to you? >> reporter: immigration is not even the top three. probably four or five. it could be six. main issue is the economy. and i guess one thing to highlight is that hispanic voters aren't different from other american voters. they care about the economy, about jobs, about health care. an issue for latinos is education and access to good education. immigration is a wedge issue many feel bothered by the tone on immigration and it gets them involved in the issue and they feel that the debate on immigration sometimes is portrayed or felt as if a debate on latinos, not only on undocumented immigrants. that's where it gets people involved, or pushes them away but it isn't the main issue for hispanics. it's an important uniting issue
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a list of the most affordable cities in the country, so alison, where are they? >> let me walk you into this. think about it this way. these low prices are a big factor but you also have to factor in that you have to have the money to buy a home. so incomes are also factored into why this makes it the most affordable city, the affordable place to buy a home and mortgage rates are factored in. drum roll, please. the most affordable city to buy, indianapolis. look, your average house costs about $100,000 and the median income there in indianapolis is about $67,000. and prices are low, partly because there is a lot of land to build out on there. also, incomes are high because it has a lot of higher paying jobs like in manufacturing and health care and pharmaceutical sales, coming in at two is dayton, ohio. there the houses are cheap, the median house there, the price for a home there t median, is
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$81,000. that's about half what it is nationally. income there is are also high, too, at $63,000. >> that's great. any trends that you're seeing in parts of the country? >> it's interesting. you look at the top five and several of those are in the midwest. home prices there are low, also on the list california and florida, states there of course were hit hard by foreclosures, the housing bust so they are nice and low. also great places to live. you've got a lot of sunshine there as well. >> wall street also has a report on home prices today, shows that it hit a new low. how bad are things looking? >> there are two ways to look at this. this is improvement in this index that came out. it showed that prices fell but the decline in these prices has slowed down, meaning we may have just hit bottom. the the silver lining is it's helping to bring in buyers. we saw this last week with new and existing home sales up last
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week, also some cities are showing improvement. five cities hit new lows. you compare to the last report where nine cities hit new lows, so nationwide we're seeing prices, they are still falling but we're also seeing pockets of improvement. that's the good news. >> all right. a little bit of good news. thanks. a lot of menopausal women have taken hormones. now a panel is saying the risks outweigh the benefits. hear why. it helps me get back in the game. but don't take his word for it. put bayer advanced aspirin to the test for yourself at fastreliefchallenge.com.
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it's debated whether women going through menopause should get hormone injections. now a government task force is testosterone. the answer is no. elizabeth, hormone replacement therapy was used for all kinds of, like, chronic ailments. they thought this would help. why the change now? what do we think? >> well, women were told to take these pills to stay forever young. because what happens is at menopause, you have this very steep decline in hormone level, so the thought was, well, if we just give them more hormones then hey, they will be like they were in when they were 30. well, that didn't work out too well. this has been noin now for a while. and this group, the u.s. preventive services task force is once again chiming in with what we've really known for a
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while, which is do not take hormone replacement therapy with thoughts of staying forever young. it's not going to keep heart disease at bay, it's not going to keep dementia at bay and, in fact, it could lead to all sorts of bad things. it puts you at higher risk for getting all sorts of bad things. it puts you at higher risk for stroke, a higher risk for dementia, deep vein thom bo thrombosis. it doesn't help you all that much with other things. >> is there any reason at all to take mhormones then? >> i said long term. there could be reasons to take hormones short term, maybe six months or a year or two. let's say a woman is going through menopause and she's having terrible hot flashes and she's uncomfortable. going on hrt for a short, short period of time just to get through those symptoms may be
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useful. many women swear by it, saying it worked for them. >> are there side effects? >> at that short term, there don't appear to be the side effects we're talking about here. the side effects were more with women taking it for years and years. at one point, women were told stay on hormone therapy your entire life. start it at menopause and take it until you die, 80, whatever. >> bottom line, hormone replacement therapy not a good idea for the long term? >> right. we try to really spell it all out there for you, sort of what are some okay uses and not so okay uses for hormone replacement therapy. the key is to be smart about it. don't say yes to it without thinking and don't say no to it without thinking. and think of it as almost two different therapies. there's the long-term therapy that a lot of doctors are very worried about, including this group, and the short-term therapy, which many women have found very helpful.
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miles west of tallahassee. some parts of northern florida and southeast georgia could get slammed with 15 inches of rain today. fish for dinner tonight? you've got to listen to this. scientists found new levels of radiation traced to the fukushima nuclear disaster in japan in blue fish tuna caught off the california coast. want to bring in casey wayen following the story from alaska. you saw the tsunami debris washing on shore there. this is another warning. what do you know? >> when we saw the tsunami debris, people are saying there's no radiation threat from that, but now that it's been published in a prestigious scientific journal that they actually found no levels of radiation in seafood across the coast of california, that raises a lot of alarm bells. scientists are saying that for now at least in the immediate
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future, there is no real cause for concern for the public. that's because the levels of radiation found in this blue tin tuna caught by sport fishermen off of san diego are only about 3% higher than the levels of radiation that naturally occur in the ocean. also those levels are far below what is considered safe to eat by both the japanese and the united states government. however, they were very surprised by these findings because they thought with the amount of time it takes for these blue fin tuna, these large fish to travel from japan to the west coast of the united states, that the radiation would have dissipated by then. and clearly, it has not, suzanne. >> we talked to one of the scientists who did research earlier today on cnn. he said he was pretty surprised about what they actually found. i want you to listen to how he described it. >> we caught 15 blue fin tuna
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off san diego in august 2011 and dissected them and analyzed their muscle tissue for cesium, radioactive cesium, knowing that these ice sotopes were released from fukushima. and we were quite surprised to find that these blue fin carried both of these radio isotopes, cesium 134 and cesium 137 to waters off california. >> so casey, i imagine people are probably thinking i shouldn't be eating blue fin tuna at this point. >> well, there's probably people that are thinking that. we should point out that most of the blue fin tuna consumed in the united states is actually farm raised atlantic blue fin tuna. what we're talking about here is pacific blue tin tuna, wild caught by recreational fishermen. we should also point out that even when that tuna was off the coast of japan, priegt after the fukushima accident
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happened, the levels that were found when it was in japan were below those considered safe for human consumption but that doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet. scientists are going to test the blue fin that's beginning to arrive off the coast of california. because those fish were actually babies, born right around the time of the fukushima disaster. so there could be different levels. they could be higher, they could be lower. they're going to see if those are safe. for now, all the government agencies say that the seafood, that blue fine tuna in particular is safe to eat. even one of the scientists who conducted the study said he wouldn't hesitate to eat blue fin right now. >> and do we know how much of the fish they're actually able to test? or is this just a very small sample? >> it is a very small tampl. we're talking about 15 fish here out of tens of thousands that are caught and consumed in the
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united states and japan every year. >> all right, casey wian, i think i'll hold off on the sushi. but a good report. thank you. i'm brooke baldwin. top of the hour, a lot bubbling at this moment. first, some exciting pictures over the next two hours. live, the president is going to be giving out 13 people, the highest award a civilian can received, presidential medal of freedom. and by the looks of some of these faces, i know you recognize a couple of them. you have legendary rocker bob dylan, former secretary of state madeleine albright, john glenn and tennessee basketball legend pat summitt. but first, as primary voters in texas hit the booths, words of a shooting near a polling station. here's the video just back at the scene. this is san juan, texas. here's what we know. a campaign worker reportedly shot in the leg and the suspect
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is on the run. this is happening as i mentioned in san juan, texas. this is very close to the border of mexico. yvonne, this happened near a polling station? what happened? >> allegedly, brooke, there was a shooting that took place. some supporter of a candidate was standing in their sight and allegedly a vehicle drove by and the person was shot in the leg. and i called the poll location immediately as soon as i found out and the judge of the poll location had no knowledge that this had taken place because, of course, it didn't happen in the poll location area. it was across the street. and a ways away. so there was no ruckus or anything like that that the polls have remained open and the people have continued to vote.
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the only details that i have is that the person was taken for medical care. >> that was my next question, how is that person's injuries was it a he or a she? >> it was a man. >> the man was shot and he was taken to the hospital? >> yes, he was. he was taken for medical care. and i just got off the phone with san one police department and they did say that they do have extra security there now but everything is calm and things have continued as they were before. >> so really the obvious question is why. just to be clear. if we can help you, you said this person is now on the run. do you have any kind of vehicle description? what this shooter looked like? >> the officer i spoke to said no one heard the shots. that's why it took a while for
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them to respond. and it wasn't until the alleged victim went ahead and notified that this had happened. >> i understand. thank you for calling in. if you do finally find this individual, please let us know. we would love to update it. meantime, let's talk syria here. syria is spiraling out of control. they have fighting across the country. we're going to show you some of that here. but we're also getting some new details about that massacre that happened friday night. we talked about it yesterday. just sheer numbers, 49 children among the victims total 108 victims. today, the united nations is saying yes, it is clear beyond a doubt that the syrian government absolutely played a role here. so let me show you this. watch this with me. this is newly acquired video. this shows when and where it happened. this is friday evening. this is the syrian city of hula. you can see the tank shell exploding.
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but that is not the way most of the victims died. listen to this, if you would. >> a tiny small number appeared to be killed by shelling and tank fire, which took place over a period of more than 12 hours, but the majority appear to have been the result of house to house summary executions of armed men going into houses and killing men, women and children inside. >> going into houses and killing these children in inside of them. it's an astonishing charge. it's now vaing the syrian government massacred these women and children. ivan, the shocking charge, it's pretty shocking, is it not, coming from the u.n.? >> yeah, brooke, if you listen to more of that interview, he goes on to accuse the pro government militia, known as
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shahiba that roughly translates into ghost, directly accuses them of killing these people, saying that they are probably the ones who killed most of the people who died, including some 49 children under the age of 10. some of them who appear to have been hit with axes. and in my nearly 15 months of covering this crisis and this brutal crackdown on the syrian opposition. it began as a peaceful protest movement, calling for democracy, i don't think we've ever seen atrocities to this scale. and this is a country that's seen no shortage of bloodshed with thousands of people killed. even worse, it's talking to eyewitnesses and survivors of of what happened in hula on friday night. we talked to a little boy who's supposed to be around the age of 11 who witnessed shabiha, these pro government militia, who sometimes wear jeans and sneakers, shoot his mother in
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front of his own eyes and at least two of his siblings. they left him for dead, he says. he's now an orphan. >> in the 15 months you've been covering this, you say this is absolutely the worst of the worst. we have reports of fighting from all around the country. we want to show your viewers just some of that. take a look. >> so ivan, my next question, is this beginning to resemble a bosnia situation where you have ethnic groups fighting and killing another ethnic group within the same country.
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it's basically everyone for themselves. is that a proper way of characterizing this? >> well, there's definitely a sectarian and growing sectarian dementia to the violence. i think it's important to note that there's still a government in syria that has more weapons than anyone else. the syrian government has tanks and helicopters and artillery and has shown no hesitation about using them even after signing on to a u.n.-brokered peace plan about two months ago. that the u.n. envoy is trying to revise today, if you can imagine. we were getting reports the syrian artillery were shelling in another city, hama and killing scores of people there. there's no sign the violence is going to stop.
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the reaction we've seen since the hula massacre, revelations have come out, is the u.s. and seven or eight other countries have expelled syrian ambassadors and senior diplomats from their capitals. i don't think that's going to bring an end to -- >> that was my question, right? you have all these countries. they're kicking out the syrian diplomats, but the question really is, by doing this, how does that really hurt the assad regime? >> to be honest, is that going to stop the kind of massacre we saw on friday? no way. this government has been condemned repeatedly by the international community. it's been accused repeatedly by the united nations of committing crime against humanity for the better part of a year and three months. and it has not stopped carrying out this kind of violence. why would using its ambassadors and in a coup of western capitals stop it from continuing
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what it's doing? and in the meantime, the rebels are arming themselves up dramatically. they're not a cohesive armed unit and they're carrying out revenge attacks as we speak right now. one rebel commander i talked to, brooke, claimed responsibility for torching a police station in a town hall in the northern town just monday. and these people are calling for the blood of the same sectarian group as the syrian president bashar al assad, which is disproportionately represented in the syrian security forces and the government. >> ivan watson, 15 months and counting. it is horrendous and it needs to stop. we have more news for you here unfolding on "rapid fire." roll it. >> too noo tigt, the presumed republican nominee will finally
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the world. >> a and a witness says a piece of that plane that fell from the sky yesterday was so hot you couldn't touch it. this happened in toronto. canada's transportation safety board confirms pieces of an engine fell for an air canada 777 shortly after takeoff. >> it dpid haid have a if failu the back end of the engine that produces power. and this came from the tail pipe. exactly what happened with the initiating event was, as of yet, we haven't gotten into it enough so that we don't really know. >> can you imagine having that fall on your car? the plane heading to tokyo with 344 people onboard. the engine problems forced the plane to turn around. no one was hurt. michelle obama making the tv rounds today. she stopped by "good americaning america" stopped by "the view." she's talking about growing
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groups or not talk where others can't overhear. perhaps this is a problem in north carolina. let's go to joe johns. he joins us in greensboro, north carolina. this is day seven now of deliberations. tell me why is the judge saying this? what's going on? >> she's been giving these instructions the entire time, she's sort of suggesting to them, don't form groups in and among yourselves. don't talk among yourselves when you're not all together pop don't form coalitions. we don't know why she started changing the instructions slightly. and the other big secret or the ore big thing of interest right now is there have been two secret meetings. just the judge and the lawyers present, apparently not the jury, no public allowed in the
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courtroom, no media allowed in the courtroom and they' been talking something over. for about half an hour on friday and again this morning about 9:00 before the jury came in. we've been trying to get some sense as to what the judge is talking about and whether it could affect the outcome of this trial. but, you know, nothing conclusive. all of this, secret proceedings, right? really nobody know what is goes on back there. anybody's guess. >> right. so no point in guessing right now. but what about the news apparently there's some scheduling conflicts with some of these jurors. are they going to have to put off deliberations? >> some jurors apparently raising concerns about high school graduations coming up here. >> oh, no. >> what are you going to do? if you have people who really want to go out to these graduation ceremonies and they're not able to, is that going to affect their ability to deliberate. that's something else the judge said she has to take into consideration. who knows. is she going to cancel?
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postpone or tell them to keep push on through. there are also four alternates. perhaps they can be put into place, too, if time allows. >> can you imagine not being able to see your child graduate high school because of the trial going on? i guess that's why they have alternates, we'll see. meantime chicago is on the world stage just a week ago. president obama hosted the nato summit. today, the city is making headlines because of a very long weekend of killings. police say ten people are dead, more than 40 people were shot, just other this past memorial day holiday, including a 7-year-old girl. the chicago mayor rahm emanuel talked about it at a press conference just a couple hours ago. >> there's a set of economic issues we're not even talking about. a set of cultural issues we're not talking about that also feed into this. and when i say that, at a certain point, a community gets -- i don't want to say, is almost immune, it should be more outraged by a community.
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>> we are told most of the violence happened on the city's south side. two towns hit by earthquakes days apart here. now people forced to live in tents afraud of the aftershocks and wondering if they can ever rebuild .3
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italians are very much on edge. for a second time, they suffered an earthquake. at least 15 people died when an earthquake hit northern italy today in the same area an earthquake struck back on may 20. when you have an earthquake, you have afterr aftershocks. some have been as strong as the initial quake themselves. this is one aftershock caught on camera. >> i will never feel safe because we have -- we're still having quakes every 35 minutes.
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-- three or five minutes. >> i just want to point out. these are the network's first live pictures from the earthquake sewn. hundreds have been hurt. now we're hearing 14,000 displaced. do those numbers hold snl shin ? show me some of the damage. >> we've come to one of the hardest hits areas. and when you're approaching the villa village, all the roads were closed off. once we got beyond the red tape, we started to see evidence of the impact of the earthquake, great big cracks down the sides of the buildings like the one over my left shoulder hooer. it's only when you come to the center where you see the impact of the total destruction and the power of this earthquake. >> wow. >> completely floored this
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building. it used to be on the ground floor and offices and on the top floor, some residential flats. and the areas that we're in at the moment, we're standing in the car park of the center of kavet kav kavetzo. we saw a lot of people in open spaces and sitting down on fun chur and chairs. >> can i ask you to -- we'll just do this live. you tell me if you can do this. step out of the picture and have whoever is behind the camera sort of push in on some of the destruction. and my question to you, if we can do this, is what we're seeing there is that indicative
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of this entire town? >> with el, there have been reports -- let me just step ott of the shot so we can get close shots of the destruction. but there have been reports that 75% of this village have been destroyed. locals say about 30% of the really old buildings haven't been so lucky, but driving through the village, we see a lot of houses and restaurants and shops still intact. but there is a definite sense of sadness and a little bit of caution, which is understandable after an earthquake this morning and the recurrent aftershocks throughout the day. >> absolutely understandably so. and hopefully they are prepared and have places to go for the night. our very first live pictures
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about an hour if now, the presidentials medal of freedom will go to entertainers, the firmer secretary of state and others. very exciteded to see the first american in space, first to orbit the earth, mr. john glenn
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honored today. who else? >> that's right. i know you'll like this one. among the 13, someone who will be honored for their contributions to music as well as civil rights. that is bob dylan. he's being honored in part ouz of the impact that his music had on the civil rights movement. and john glenn, as you mentioned, probably most remembered -- not remembered, but sort of honored in our minds for the fact that he was the first american to orbit earth, but also that as a 677-year-old, he was the oldest person in space and pat summitt. this is one very dear to the heart of a lot of female athletes. the former coach of the tennessee lady vols. she recently stepped aside as she has a battle that she's fighting against alzheimer's. but she is, remains the most winningest ncaa coach. so some very important names. >> led her team to more, what is it. more nba final four appearances
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than any other team. but there are other names, some of these folks are no longer with us. but their story is equally impressive? >> that's right. others will be at the ceremony, but others are receiving this award post hue mousily. juliet gordon lowe, the founder of the girl scouts. it is the 100th anniversary of the organization, so that's probably why she's being honored. and gordon hirobayashi, it's pretty interesting. he's a japanese american who contested his evacuation order to an internment camp during world war ii. took his battle all the way up to the supreme court. lost, but ultimately come 1987, his criminal charges for violating that were taken back. so he had quite a battle. >> so just about an hour from now, we will dip in live. bree jana keeler, thank you so
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>> happening right now, this frantic manhunt is on for these two murder suspects in arkansas. get a good long look here. their escape tactics seemingly pulled right out of the movies. authorities say they somehow had a hacksaw blade to then cut through the metal bars on their second floor cell window. used the bars to shatter the glass.
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used the mattress to cushion their fall. they then climbed over a 10 foot tall razor wire fence to freedom. how they got the blade to saw with they don't know. >> we're going to use every method at our disposal to try to find them and get them back in the jail as soon as possible. >> let's get a little bit more on this manhunt, shall we, from duke scofield, the chief deputy. sheriff, let's just begin with the latest. how is the search coming? and really, how in the world do these guys get a hacksaw in jail? >> that's a secondary investigation we're conducting at this time. there should be a use press conference around 4:00 today. we plan on clearing that matter up, but i'm not at liberty to divulge much more on that.
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>> so you have an answer to that, we just have to wait until 4:00 your time to find out? >> that's correct. we're work on that and i think we're going to sort it out by 4:00 this afternoon. >> you don't want to tell me on live tv, just break the news with us right here? >> no, ma'am, i cannot. it's still under investigation. we're at the point where we're getting some warrants issued. and not until a suspect in custody will i divulge this snfgs. >> can't blame a gal for asking. back to the search, how is it going? >> i'm sorry, i apologize, i cannot hear. >> let me try this sheriff, can you hear me now? >> no, ma'am, i can't. >> okay, we're going to work on getting the sheriff back up. th we'll see where that obviously the search stands and what the deal is with the hacksaw. meantime, i'll move on. the second annual cnn ireport awards are under way. we hope you participate
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a spy network is hitting iran especially hard. we're not talking about a human spy here. i'm talking about a sophisticated piece of malware being called the flame. that firm that discovered it is calling them one of the most complex threats ever discovered. let me bring in suzanne kelly. she's all over this. cnn national security unit. so suzanne, the biggest question is who created this flame malware, this virus. might it be israel? might it bh the u.s.? >> well, brooke, the world would love to know the answer to that question. a russian lab discovered it. they decided to dedicate
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resources to take a closer look at it. it took several days, but a picture started to take form because of the sophistication of the code. you think source, think sophistication. now, they believe this malware originated with a nation staid, a country. judging by the list of targets, one chief of security at an analysis said it's likely a western country behind it. we don't know because they're not making a habit of stepping up saying yeah, with edid it. >> do we know exactly what the flame does. >> we do. we saw another used against an iranian nuclear facility last year. that wrote in a code that caused september fujs 20 spin to the point that it caused physical damage to themselves. this is different. this is an intelligence gathering tool. it can report coop ver sagss, instant message chats and it can delete data. it can create screen grabs.
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it's putting the person on the other end in the same room with you. >> so as we're listening to this, it sounds pretty sophisticated for the takeaway for the viewer who has a computer and is thinking might this happen to my computer, is that possible or no? >> well, you know, it's interesting to look at how sophisticated it is and then look at the target. the russian lab tried to follow the command and control servers and the infrastructure, but it turned out to be more than a dozen different servers located in many different countries, geographically far from each other. one of the reasons why there are no traces pointing to any particular country, it's a little tough. so far most of the countries that have been affected are mostly in the middle east. we don't have reports of anybody here in the u.s. being a target, but 189 incidents were detected in iran. that was by far the biggest target. 98 in israel or the palestinian territories. 32 incidents detected in sudan, 30 in syria, 18 in lebanon. u.s. intelligence agencies have been unusually careful about
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what they say about this. now, a dparmt of homeland security official did tell me that dhs was notified with the ma mallware and is looking at the po ten against the u.s. but right now, it doesn't look like the u.s. is a target. she's been on the throne for 60 years, married for 65. she's known for her walk abouts and her speeches. but her private life has remained just that, behind palace doors. we get ready for the diamond jubilee. bulence. the key is to have a good strategy. the same goes for my retirement. with the plan my financial advisor and i put together, a quick check and i know my retirement is on course. [ male announcer ] with wells fargo advisor's envision plan, you always know where you stand. in fact, 93 percent of envision plan holders
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so exciting. we are days away from the crown jewel event. the diamond jubilee, celebrating the queen's 60 years since ascension to the throne way back in 1952. this is going to be a huge celebrati celebration. the pageantry alone is supposed to dwarf prince charles' wedding. joining me live from london is mark sanders, royal biographer.
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i'm hopping a flight to london tomorrow after the show. i'm so excited to be covering this. and in all my raeing, and i just finished reading the latest biography on the queen, i was most amazed that she has never done in her 60 years, never done a sitdown interview. why? i don't know the answer to that, to be honest with you. i think it's because anything the queen has to say is usually ced through parliament and her advis advisers. there's a mystique that she's always wanted to keep. and sitting down and being asked what is probably personal questions is abhorrent are to her. but in 1969, the queen did allow bbc cameras to film the royal family. and even though the documentary was a major success and for the first time the british public saw the royal family in the
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comfort of their own home, the queen hated it. she really did feel the cat was left out of the bag. and what was to happen in later years pretty much proved her right. >> i know she writes in a diary every night. so perhaps one day someone will have access to that. we perhaps hope. it's interesting to me the difference between her public persona, so stoic, so regal. she's criticized for not smiling enough. or the private side of her, i was reading tony blair calling her very street wise. i know she loves to drive. she owns an ipod thanks to president obama. why is that that the public and the private is so different? >> i thinkite simply because the queen, the monarch has to be all powerful. and the private side of her, she's a person who loves to laugh. ern everyone who has ever spent time with the queen in private says she does enjoy a very good
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laugh. she also enjoys be being surrounded by her family, but i think the pressure of monarchy, it must be one to be relieved to kick off their shoes a the end of the day. and windsor castle is her home. and she often just puts her feet up and indeed actually has a pizza. >> and she loves her corgies. you talk about the pressure of being queen. i listen to reports from nairobi, there's the queen elizabeth tree top suite in kenya. tell me about the day she learned her father died and she became queen. >> well, i mean, king george vi had been ill for some time. it was quite a lingering illness. the queen attended a dinner at the white house in washington,
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d.c. with president truman. they had a declaration ready to go if the king died that night. there probably would have been a certain amount of irony involved with the next queen of england being announced from washington, d.c., the white house. but later on, they went unofficially to australia, new zealand. they had a holiday in kenya and it was all they were there that they died. t duke of edinborough was told. they asked her which name she would like to be called. she said i would like to keep elizabeth and she walked out. and now her aides were suddenly her subjects. >> i'm going to be in london in 48 hours. what one thing in london can i not misas i cover the jubilee?
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>> you mustn't miss buying me a cup of coffee, obviously a major thing. but just enjoy it. you know, i always say to everybody here, everybody at cnn seems to be 30 years younger than me. a eni always say don't let it go over your head. you're watching history. this is 60 years of one monarch. not since queen victoria has this happened. so just enjoy the time. >> mark saunders i cannot wait and i'll see you for coffee, sir. thank you so much. the big event, by the way, this coming weekend, we're going to bring you all the incredible, historic festivities live in london. it's a royal celebration. our live coverage begins this sunday morning. i'll see you from london. mitt romney unofficially clinches the nomination tonight. but in the spot lite, donald trump and trump's fascination
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romney will likely hit the magic number in the texas primaries tonight.
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1,144, the number of delegates leaded to clinch the nomination. he's been doing the celebrating in las vegas. donald trump along with newt gingrich. i want to bring in texas senator kay bailey hutchinson. she's a romney supporter. you can thatting texas, how excited are you that he's going to clinch the party's nomination tonight in your state. >> well, we're very excited that texas is going to put him over the top. we had hoped to be more of a player in the primary. usually our primaries are march 3, early march. and we wanted to really work for him and give him that boost that he certainly needed burke we a problem with redestructing. so they put the primary off until today. so now we'll put him over the
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top and hope that's a good thing that he'll recognize. >> why wait until this's two weeks to go? why was he not your first choice? >> actually, it was because they moved the primary. i wanted to make my endorsement dpurg the texas primary because i thought that that would make the most sense. i was prepared to go in march and it got put off, put off. now obviously after he had the nomination, there was no reason to hold back until this primary because it was a done deal. >> this fundraiser with donald trump. he's still not letting this birther nonsense go. and this is what romney said when asked if that worried him.
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>> i don't agree with all the people who support me just as they don't agree with everything i believe in. but i need to get 51.1% and i appreciate the help of a lot of god people. >> romney says he believes the president was born here in the united states. why can't he just answer the trump question directly and say you know what, donald trump, you're wrong. why can't he do that? >> i sort of thought he did say that. i think he has said it before. i think he said look, the people who have spoken on that issue, and it's not anything that's going to determine how people vote. >> isn't it that just sort of nebulous and maybe dodging the direct, i don't agree with you, you're wrong. why not go that far? >> i think because he dependent want to offend donald trump that maybe differ from his. donald trump has been a
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supporter of mitt romney, why would he want to openly offend donald trump. he doesn't need to do it. he's on the record, h he's said he thinks this is not an issue that people ought to be talking about anymore. he says he thinks that president obama was born in america. let's let it all go. let's stop nitpicking and talk about the issues people care about. like jobs. >> let's talk about this supposed war on women. i know you battled it out with governor rick perry, the state of texas. he defunded planned parenthood in your state. it to talk about something mitt romney said about cutting the deficit. >> is the program so critical it's worth borrowing many frun china to pay for it? of course you get rid of obamacare, that's an easy one. planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that. >> so why is rick perry wrong for wanting to get rid of planned parenthood but mitt romney isn't. if romney becomes president, perry is ov

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