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let's get started here. let's start with the developing news this morning out of egypt about the health of former president hosni mubarak. we're getting conflicting reports about his actual condition. a state news agency is reporting the 84-year-old is clinically dead. but his lawyer says that he is in a coma. the military says mubarak's condition is critical. but that he is, indeed, still alive. all this confusion coming at a very critical time for egypt. thousands gathering overnight in cairo's tahrir square to protest the military leaders who were supposed to oversee the transition to democracy. instead, they are grabbing more power. ivan watson is live in cairo. ivan, what is the latest on mubarak's condition? >> reporter: the latest is that his wife, we're told, has been able to visit his bedside at the military prison that he was -- military hospital, rather, that he was transferred to. he appears to be on life support after suffering a heart attack,
being revived, and also possibly suffering a stroke as well. we're not getting much more information, though. no press conferences, nothing like that. and some of the egyptians i'm talking to are expressing frustration about that. they're saying, jesus, this guy may be on the verge of dying and no doctor coming out to give us more information just as one statement that's been disputed from the official news agency of egypt saying he's clinically dead. a bit of frustration from egyptians at the lack of information about their former president. >> do you think his death will have any impact there? >> reporter: you know, i'm sure that egyptians will be fascinated and transfixed by images of a funeral of the man who governed their country for nearly 30 years. but i think that for the most part, they're very concerned about the -- that -- the hit the
economy has taken over the past year and a half. who's going to run the country next. this news of mubarak suffering a health emergency is coming as the entire country waits to find out who won the presidential elections last weekend. and also amid concerns about where the country's going. it doesn't even have a constitution right now. and the parliament was just dissolved last week. so there's a constitutional and legislative vacuum right now while the country waits to find out who's the next president. they're not too worried right now about their former president who was ingraciously kicked out of power. >> let's talk about all of those protesters that showed up at tahrir square and what exactly it is that they are protesting and what it is that their expectation is. >> reporter: for the most part, these people last night, and they were there till about 3:00 in the morning, thousands of them, were supporters of the muslim brotherhood's candidate for president. his name is mohammed mursi. his camp has claimed victory in
the election with 52% of the vote, even though his opponent, hosni mubarak's former hand picked prime minister, ahmed shafiq is also claiming victory. state media is reflecting mohammed mursi's numbers for a victory. these people were out there to celebrate what they think is their candidate's victory, but also to say no to military rule. because it has been a power grab by the ruling military council in the past couple days, assuming wide ranging legislative and executive powers and also inserting itself in the process of writing a new constitution. zoraida? >> could we see a repeat of the deadly clashes? do you think that could potentially be the outcome here? >> reporter: i think there's concern about that, but also some of that energy, the street protests that have convulsed egypt for more than a year and a half now, has dissipated some. a lot of those initial revolutionaries that we saw in
january and february in tahrir square are deeply disillusioned and angry at the political process here. angry at horse trading in the back rooms between the muslim brotherhood and the military. angry at the recent power grab by the military as well. and i think some of them have conceded that street protests are not the only answer to egypt. but there is a lot of concern that the power grab by the military council is killing the revolutionary fervor and enthusiasm of a year and a half ago. >> ivan watson live in cairo for us. thank you very much. coming up at 7:00 eastern on "starting point," former ambassador to egypt daniel kurtzer will way in on the possible death of a dictator. what failure could mean for the united states. five minutes past 5:00. president obama is back here in the u.s. and back in washington this morning. this after the g-20 summit that was being held in mexico.
world leaders were meeting to discuss, what else, europe's financial problems. the president said that he is confident europe can get back on track with the u.s. economy and his election hopes in mind. our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty has been following this summit. she joins me live now from washington. so no big consensus. the president holding this news conference last night live on tv. and not with anything terrific to report in terms of how the leaders came out of this. >> yeah. i think that's pretty accurate, unfortunately, ashleigh. not a lot of specifics. they talked generalities. and essentially what they're saying is, you know, we're for european integration. that means some things that are good. namely, making a coordinated banking union. and also creating kind of an -- id an idea of creating an fdic, the type we have here in the united states that's a guarantee for money you put into banks. overall they were saying, look,
we're not going to spend to help our economies unless things really go south. here's how president obama explained it. >> what i've encouraged them to do is to lay out a framework for where they want to go in increasing european integration, in resolving the financial pressures that are on sovereign countries. even if they can't achieve all of it in one fell swoop, i think if people have a sense of where they're going, that can provide confidence and break the fever. >> break the fever. that sounds pretty serious. it really is. because, you know, ashleigh, there are different philosophies in europe. you know, germany's pretty tough. other countries want more spending. so at least you have an overall view, but not a lot of really
nitty-gritty. >> you listen to ail velshi, christine roman talking about the weakest links in the chain and how that chain stretches across the atlantic ocean to us. the press corps was tough on the president last night. they pushed him on the situation in the united states. particularly jobs. every one of us probably has some kind of a spanish bond in our 401(k) in some way. when it translates to this economy here and jobs here, what was his answer? >> he had to admit that there's a direct connection. you know, he was asked, would his election go down because of europe? he didn't quite get there. but he did make that connection. here's what he said. >> slower growth in europe means slower growth in american jobs. if we take the right policy steps, if we're doing the right thing, then the politics will follow. and my mind hasn't changed on that. >> you know, ashleigh, really it's kind of the debate that's here, that's going on in europe as well. do you spend your way out of a big problem or do you get tough and look for austerity?
that debate is there. it's here. and we'll see how they -- how they move forward. >> the world is flat. we were all having the same exact debate. there's no right answer. jill dougherty, thank you. good work. nine minutes past the hour. new information about a russian ship reportedly carrying military helicopters to syria. it appears to have turned back for home this morning. but another ship loaded with weapons may be on the way. british officials reporting the original ship has changed course after word of its controversial cargo made international headlines. russian officials are not commenting. pentagon officials have also told cnn that the russians may be sending another ship carrying weapons, ammunition and a small number of russian troops to syria to help fortify its naval base there as the situation spirals out of control. cnn has learned that jerry sandusky is prepped and ready to go. ready to testify today in his child sex abuse trial. the defense is expected to rest its case this afternoon.
but before that happens, the lawyers for the former penn state assistant football coach have to make that big decision. do they or don't they put him on the stand? closing arguments could be heard as early as tomorrow. the case then going to the jury shortly after that. attorney general eric holder could find himself on the business end of a contempt of congress citation today. a meeting between holder and the house oversight committee, the chairman there, darrell issa, failed to resolve a dispute over the botched fast and furious sting operation. issa says he asked for more documents related to fast and furious which is linked to the death of a border patrol agent. but holder did not deliver it. so they are going forward with the planned contempt vote. this just in. gas prices falling overnight. don't you just love hearing that over and over again? this time a big fall, too. a full cent. right now the national average for a gallon of unleaded regular, $3.49.
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welcome back. it's 15 minutes now past the top of the hour. we've got record heat that is set to scorch the northeast today on the first official day of summer. happy summer. sadly, highs will be in the mid-90s if you're in this area. yesterday in cleveland and across the midwest, it was a baker. dangerous blast of heat now heading for d.c., philly, new york. rob marciano who's no strange tore the heat because he is coming to us live from atlanta. fun anyhow we always talk about these record heat waves and how we're going to freak out at 90 degrees plus. you deal with that a lot. >> actually, atlanta is going to be cooler than everyone around the northeast. it's going to be comfortable. come on down. i am inside the air-conditioned studio, always nice. here are the number of states under heat advisories for today. a bunch of them. eight or nine i can count from maine all the way to the mid-atlantic. dangerous heat expected in philadelphia in some spots.
outside of new york and boston will set records. actually high temperatures anywhere from 90 to 100 degree. these are measured in the shade. we've got dewpoints in the 60s. heat indices will feel more like 105, 110 at times today. that is definitely, especially for the first time of the season. we haven't seen temperatures up over 90 in many cities. it's going to feel even hotter than that because your body is not used to it. 98 today in boston. tomorrow 96. new york city, 96. 98 the next couple days. two solid days of 95-degree-plus heat in the big cities from boston all the way back through d.c. won't really cool off until we get towards the weekend. then it will be a gentle cool off. severe storms possible across parts of the upper midwest. there you go. we're moving everything around the southeast. the heat pump is from the great lakes up towards the northeast. want to cool off? come on down to hotlanta. back over to you. >> coolanta.
i'll take that invitation any day, my friend. 17 minutes past the hour here. let's get you up to date. christine romans with this morning's top stories. >> developing news out of egypt this morning. egyptians rallying for power as their former dictator lies on his death bed. we're waiting to hear whether hosni mubarak is dead or alive this morning. a state news agency is reporting the 84-year-old is on life support after having a stroke and being declared clinically dead. this comes as thousands gathered in tahrir square to tell the military to hand over power. a former tsa worker is facing battery charges for allegedly groping a supervisor at a florida airport after she was subjected to a long patdown. it's all caught on tape. that's carol price being patted down for two minutes last april at southwest florida international airport. she was so upset by the treatment from her former colleagues, she went to a tsa supervisor to complain and appears to grope him to show her
displeasure. price is also facing charges for resisting an officer and is due in court on july 3rd. a man in northeastern ohio was arrested for allegedly making meth inside a walmart. store security says it spotted 37-year-old james richardson, there he is, placing meth ingredients in his shopping cart and then combining them in a salt shaker he pulled off a shelf, then shaking the container. it's a method known as shake and bake, apparently. and he was arrested as he tried to leave the store. the miami heat now just one win away from an nba championship. they beat the oklahoma city thunder 104-98 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. lebron james led the way with 26 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds. the heat can wrap it up with game five tomorrow night at home. history is on their side. no team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the nba finals. there's a first time -- oklahoma city fans, there's a first time for everything. >> yes, there is, christine. >> keep hope alive. 18 minutes past the hour. we're getting an early read on
the local news that is making national headlines. first out of wcco in minneapolis, a man in intensive care at a hospital after a minneapolis s.w.a.t. team officer allegedly sucker punched him in the face. take a look at that picture. a friend of the victim says sergeant david clifford attacked the man because he was talking too loudly on his cell phone on a bar patio. >> he got a 15-step running, leaping, super man punch and hol lered something on the way in to get him to turn around. >> that victim has undergone two brain surgeries, remains in intensive care. clifford eventually turned himself in and he is facing assault charges. want to bring you to l.a. now. one of these stories that you always shake your head. octomom and her 14 kids apparently close to homeless now. nadya suleman's home was placed in foreclosure after no bids were put on the house in l.a. when it was put up for auction yesterday. she shot a porn video last month. despite that she still couldn't
make the mortgage payments on the property. and the home was officially given back to the bank. from boston.com, it's like they're already cooked. six rare orange lobsters turned up in a shipment to a deli in mansfield, massachusetts. the guys thought someone put cooked lobsters in a shipment with the live ones. but they were all very much alive. a spokesman for the new england aquarium says the odds of finding a single orange lobster are in the ballpark of 1 in 10 million. >> that's freaky to see them moving. because when you see a lobster like that, it is usually on your plate, and it is not moving. >> ready to eat. >> so that it's moving is creepy. for an extended look at all of our top stories head to our blog. cnn.com/earlystart. wall street listening closely to one man today. will fed chairman behr bernanke announce new steps to boost the economy? christine romans with a look ahead. that's coming up. through,
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manhattan. check on your elderly neighbors. >> that's a great idea. what's the name of this song, christine? >> "waiting on a friend." mick jacker is waiting on the fed. >> we're playing that because everyone's waiting on the fed this morning. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke will hold a news conference this afternoon at 2:15 p.m. eastern in washington. >> christine romans chose that song. is the fed your friend at this point? >> i'm tell ing you, the fed's the only game in town many say. you've got governments paralyzed by politics around the world. and you've got the focus on growth and people want more growth. look, let's talk a little bit about the fed today. ben bernanke, today, fed meeting. later today he will give a press conference. and he'll be answering questions about what the fed is doing and what the fed can do to keep the economy humming along or at least keep it from sputtering. there are a few things the fed still has nin its tool box. operation twist, we're doing it
right now. that expires june 30th. a lot of people are expecting the fed will extend operation twist. basically more stimulus in the system. qe-3, qe-2, qe-1, these were all more stimulus into the system. some would say when you look at how low interest rates are and still, still we are having an economy that's kind of having trouble getting off the mat, you know, we need another -- we need more quantitative easing. that's what the qe stands for, quantitative easing. most people are telling me they think it's unlikely there'll be a qe-3. >> what's the difference between qe-3 and operation twist? >> a different way of doing it. twist doesn't add to the fed's balance sheet. politically more palatable. then they could change their interest rate forecast, unlikely. i'll parse for you the g-20 statement. i took the g-20 communique, g-20 group of lead ers down in los cabos. we put it through word cloud. one word popped out to me here
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ready to testify. jerry sandusky's lawyers could have him take the stand in his own defense today. a desperate call for help. the 911 tape from the time that rodney king was found dead in a backyard swimming pool. case closed. a grand jury refuses to indict a texas father who killed another man while trying to protect his daughter. welcome back to "early start." we're happy to have you with us. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> 31 minutes past the hour.
i'm ashleigh banfield. will he or won't he testify? all eyes are going to be on a courtroom in the jerry sandusky case today. cnn has learned that former penn state assistant football coach has been prepped and is ready to go. ready to take the stand. whether or not he actually does that isn't going to be decided until the very last moment when the defense is expected to make the decision and then wrap up the defense case. yesterday, though, his wife of 45 years, dottie sandusky, did take the stand. and she faced up to 45 minutes of questioning. she told the jurors that many of the accusers had been to their home over the years and that she had never witnessed any inappropriate contact between the accusers and her husband. cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti is live from bellefonte, pennsylvania, this morning. susan, talk to me a little bit about this possibility of jerry sandusky taking the stand. because clearly the jury has a lot of questions after hearing two different sides of this story. >> reporter: they sure do, ashleigh. good morning.
well, i can tell you this. his attorneys have worked with him. they have prepared him. they've given him questions. so he's ready to go. but, as usual, attorneys never make that decision until the very last second. and that's what they're going to have to do today on the fly. you know, the question is, can he hold up to a tough cross-examination? so one of the things i'd want to know is somehow can they control him? can they limit him to certain questions? is that even possible? because as we've seen in the past, when he's done interviews, he's had some troubles, to say the least. but the defense did have a very strong day yesterday as they tried to attack, for example, investigators in the case, accusing them of trying to coach the young men, the accusers who had come forward. they also put on, the defense did, a slew of character witnesses who all called jerry sandusky a wonderful man. including one woman who said that she heard nothing during the trial testimony that would change her mind.
here's what she told anderson cooper. >> is there any explanation for -- in your mind why jerry sandusky would be naked showering with a little boy and soaped wup eed up with a little? >> i think a lot of guys are working out. they were playing basketball. then aithey'd go take a shower. where is this little boy that mike mcqueary supposedly saw? why hasn't he come forward if there's even a witness to say that this happened? >> so you see no possible reasons why somebody doesn't come forward and talk about sexual abuse that occurred to them as a child? >> i -- i don't know. >> reporter: now, this woman, when she got off the stand yesterday, she tapped jerry sandusky on the shoulder as she walked past him. ashleigh? >> wow. and i understand from, you know,
in courtroom reporting that jerry's wife, dottie, winked at him before she began her testimony from the stand. that's a real tough line of questioning. you know, once the defense gets through with their questioning, which is the easy part, the prosecutors have to come back. this is a woman who's been married to him for 45 years. she is not in any way at this point accused legally of anything, any kind of collusion. what was that like? and how did the prosecutors try to mitigate what she said to the defense? >> reporter: well, i would say that they were fairly gentle with her. i mean, you can only go so far. as you've just said, it's a fine line if you start attacking the wife. however, they did try to ask her as many pointed questions as they could. she was very cool and composed throughout. she staunchly defended her husband of more than 45 years. she insisted that she never saw any inappropriate conduct. she said that she never heard any yelling coming from the basement.
she said that -- acknowledged that her husband did put the boys to bed. at least she said he -- he said good night to them. and she also had a different story about what happened after one young man had testified that -- that dottie sandusky had interrupted him and her husband as he was about to sexually attack him in a hotel room. she said that when she came into the room and said what's going on, that her husband was yelling at the boy because he was refusing to go to an expensive lunch. and that's what that was about. and she also said that she -- that she also accused one of the other young men of being conniving. one of those youngsters that stayed over at their house. >> sometimes less is more. a prosecutor that just leaves it at that and says what else is she going to say? you can leave a deafening silence and it's just as impactful as well. susan candiotti live for us. developing news out of
egypt. conflicting reports about ousted president hosni mubarak who was given a life sentence two weeks ago. a state news agency is reporting the 84-year-old former dictator shown here at his trial is on life support after having a stroke and being declared clinically dead. this comes at thousands gathered in tahrir square to tell the military to hand over power. president obama makes his case for stopping the ripple effects of europe's debt crisis. the g-20 summit last night, he encouraged european union leaders to focus on a long-term vision for the euro while making short-term economic fixes. president obama also brought it back to the basics, explaining why troubles in europe mean troubles in the u.s. >> europe as a whole is our largest trading partner. and if fewer folks are buying stuff in paris or berlin, that means that we're selling less stuff made in pittsburgh or
cleveland. all these issues, economic issues, will potentially have some impact on the election. but that's not my biggest concern right now. >> tis the season for summits. eu leaders plan to have their own summit coming up next week. frantic and anguished. rodney king's fiancee, cynthia kelly, clearly distraught and clearly suffering. she made a desperate call to 911 this past sunday when she discovered king unresponsive at the bottom of his pool. during the 5 1/2 minute call kelly told the dispatcher that she tried to revive king by throwing a shovel into the water. she also said she couldn't pull him out herself because she did not know how to swim. >> how old is he? >> rodney king, the guy that got beat by the police! >> okay. how old is he? >> he's 47 years old. he's at the bottom of the swimming pool. i don't know how to swim. >> is he out of the pool or is
he still in the pool. >> yes! i was asleep and i heard something fall off the table. i looked over and i went to find him and he was at the bottom of the swimming pool. >> in the call kelly repeatedly pleads with the hurry. she says, quote, oh my god, over and over again. she says she needs to get off the call in order to call her mom. the call ends with fire and rescue arriving on the scene. a texas father will not be charged after killing a 47-year-old man who he caught sexually assaulting his 5-year-old daughter. the father is not being named in order to protect the young victim's identity. police say when he walked into a barn on his ranch on june 9th, he witnessed a man on top of his screaming little 5-year-old girl and then beat that man to death. here's the district attorney who investigated the case. >> deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault or
a sexual assault. all the evidence that was presented by the sheriff's department and by the texas rangers indicated that that was, in fact, what was occurring when the victim's father arrived at the scene. >> details in the case are critical. the little girl was examined in the hospital after the alleged incident. then authorities said the forensic evidence collected at the hospital, that collected with the witness accounts was a corroboration of the father's story. despite a report to the contrary, mitt romney insists florida senator marco rubio is being vetted as a possible running mate in november. there sure was a lot of buzz after abc news reported yesterday rubio was not being vetted. the popular senator looked uncomfortable discussing it last night on fox news. after romney moved quickly to shoot down that story. >> the story was entirely false. marco rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process. >> it's an interesting day, yeah. look, i don't want to talk about the process. i haven't up to this point.
it's governor romney's process. and i want to be respectful of that. i think all of us should be, all of us involved in politics should be respectful of this process. >> abc news report cited knowledgeable sources and said rubio has not -- or had not been asked to turn over any financial documents that are typically required of a vice presidential candidate to be vetted. speaking of presidential politics, do not expect an end to the heckling wars on the campaign trail. because mitt romney's camp is refusing to tell staffers to stop interrupting president obama during his campaign stops. all of this even though the president's top strategist is condemning hecklers who drown out romney during his bus tour last weekend. romney says it would be nice to do away with the heckling but he's, quote, not sure it's possible. mitt romney sending in his sons. conan o'brien's going to need a bigger couch. because all five romney boys,
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today. hot. scorching, probably. >> and dark. very dark. >> sorry about that. rob marciano, are you standing by to tell us what the weather is like? no? >> yes, i am. hot, hot. it's going to be smoking hot, at a matter of fact. as you guys mentioned earlier, zi rhoo zoraida, summer arrives evening for all the heat out west is making a move. mccook, nebraska, 109 yesterday. second day in a row they've touched 109. pueblo, colorado, 104. detroit, michigan, 95. the heat pump is bringing everything from the gulf of mexico. with that comes humidity. it's making the right turn into the mid-atlantic and northeast states. these are the forecast highs for today. 94 expected in boston. 9 96 in central park. potentially touching 100 in d.c. and philly. that, of course, doesn't include humidity. these temperatures measured in the shade. we're not going to see much of a
relief tomorrow. i don't think we'll see much relief till the weekend. with the humidity, obviously it takes a toll on your body. that coupled with the fact that this is the first real heat wave for the northeast for this time of year, for the season, that's going to put an even tougher toll on your body. heat advisories and heat warnings from eight or nine states from maine all the way down through the mid-atlantic. tough go here. there's tl is a little cool front. it's a weak one trying to push through the upper midwest. it won't get towards the northeast until the weekend. next two days are going to be in some cases dangerously hot. >> mccook? 109 in nebraska? how is that possible? nebraska. >> nebraska gets hot. they have some tough summers there. >> 109, though. mercy. >> stay hydrated. christine was saying earlier, check on the elderly. that's really good advice. thank you. 47 minutes past 5:00 on the east coast. speaking of christine, she's been working very hard, very well hydrated this morning getting the top stories of the day. hello, there. >> good morning. a lot going on overnight. a dying dictator and a
struggling democracy. conflicting reports out of egypt this morning about ousted president hosni mubarak. a state news agency is reporting the 84-year-old former dictator shown here at his trial, he's on life support after having a stroke and being declared clinically dead. this comes as thousands gathered in tahrir square to tell the military to hand over power. an ohio mother is behind bars this morning accused of prostituting her preteen daughter. police in akron say the girl, who's now 16, was 11 when she was allegedly forced into having sex with men for money and drugs. the mother's facing felony prostitution charges. she's being held on $100,000 bond. they're supposed to answer to a higher authority. a lawsuit claims he brew national's hotdogs and other meat products fail to meet the proper kosher standards. the class action suit accuses conagra foods which owns the hebrew national brand of consumer fraud. the company rejects the claim. to cape canaveral where the
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saying, quote, i suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and i shot him it would all blow over. >> i don't think that's a good tweet. i'm a big alex baldwin fan. i don't think that's appropriate. sorry, alec. no legs? no excuses. spencer west, remember that name, folks. he's a double amputee. lost both of his legs at the age of 5. that man has conqueredproblems? you listen up. these pictures are from the personal blog. west made most of this 19,000 foot climb with no help. just using his hands. his friends did give him a hand every so often carrying him just a small fraction. >> oh, my goodness, is that remarkable. >> spencer west, you are my hero. a casting of president obama's debate prep partner getting some analysis from stephen colbert and jay leno. >> with the presidential debates right around the corner, just a
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possibly today, a very risky move by him and his lawyers. one win away from the nba championship. good morning to you. welcome to "early start". >> it's nice to have you with us. it is exactly 6:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started here. this is cnn breaking news. the founder of wikileaks, julian assange could be arrested for breaking the terms for his bail because he tried to claim asylum in u. kk and then being sent to sweden and possibly the united states. what is the deal here? the last we heard he was about to be extradited and all of a sudden he shows up at the embassy. >> reporter: well, the uk supreme court has ruled he will
not be able to appeal the appeal on his extradition request to sweden. there was potentially some hope that he could take that all the way to the highest european court, the european court for human rights, but it seems assange wasn't fancying his chances and claimed asylum. part of his bail conditions are that he is at the registered residence until 8:00 local time in the morning. this is the condition he has now of course breached. you have to expect if he's gone as far as to seek asylum in the hope he'll be sent to ecuador, which does not have an extradition treaty, he probably thinks his chances are pretty much limited. >> what are the bigger concerns, the sex crimes charges in sweden or potential charges in the united states over leaking sensitive documents and whole wikileaks scandal? >> reporter: both the u.s. and
sweden have maintained consistently throughout this saga that there is no u.s. extradition request to sweden on espionage, the only chance assange has to go and answer for is those rape and sexual molestation charges in sweden. what's important to note, by the u.k. supreme court, denying him the opportunity to reopen his appeal, they are not in any way judging on his guilt or innocence. ener saying there's no basis for him to not be extradited. his lawyers had been saying that the prosecutor in sweden was not a judicial authority and could not request a europewide arrest warrant. the u.k. supreme court has found that is not the case. it is an incredibly torturous legal saga playing out. we understand the ambassador is heading to the british foreign office to formally inform them of everything has happened and to try as they say to find a way
through this. >> diplomacy versus the law. thanks. it is three minutes past the hour, president obama back in washington from the g-20 summit held in mexico. world leaders met to discuss europe's financial problems. the president saying he is confident europe can get back on track with the u.s. economy and his election hopes in mind. foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live in washington this morning. jill, did the president and other leaders actually figure out a plan? i know there were a lot of meetings, but a plan to get the global economy back on track? >> i don't think that you can say that they did really at all. some generalities, maybe a direction, you know the word stovepiping, that's what's the problem in europe. different countries doing their own thing.
they are talking about some type of integ race and it would include a coordinated banking union and something like we have in the united states, the fdic that guarantees the money you have in the bank to a certain extent. here's how president obama explained all of this. >> what i've encouraged them to do is to lay out a framework for where they want to go in increasing european integration and resolving the financial pressures that are on sovereign countries, even if they can't achieve all of it in one fell swoop, i think if people have a sense of where they are going, that can provide confidence and break the fever. >> and that was really one of the things, zoraida, they were
trying to do, at least give the impression to the world they know what they are doing or the direction in which they are going. >> interesting to say break the fever. we're always talking about the debt crisis in europe and how it affects us here in the united states. the president also tied together the relationship between europe and jobs here in the u.s. what did he say? >> well, you could almost say the relationship between europe and jobs and his re-election, but here's how the president explained it. >> slower growth in europe means slower growth in american jobs. if we take the right policy steps, if we're doing the right thing, then the politics will follow and my mind hasn't changed on that. >> bottom line, you got the same debate in europe that you have here. do you spend your way out? do you use stimulus to solve problems or use austerity. and that's one of the debates here and there. >> that continues, jill dougherty, live in washington for us.
thank you. jerry sandusky may end up testifying today in his own trial. cnn has learned he is prepped and ready to go, ready to take the stand in this case. the defense is expected to rest its case this afternoon. before that happens, his lawyers have got to decide, make that final decision whether or not to let him face questioning and it could be blistering. closing arguments could take place tomorrow and that case could go to the jury as early as this week. eric holder could find himself on the business end of a contempt of congress citation today. they failed to resolve a dispute over the botched fast and furious sting operation. issa asked for more documents which is linked to the death of a border patrol agent but holder did not deliver. they are going forward with a planned contempt vote. developing news out of egypt about the health of former president hosni mubarak, we're
getting reports about his actual condition. a state news agency is reporting the 84-year-old is clinically dead but mubarak's own lawyer says he's not, he's in a coma. the military is saying his condition is critical but that he is still alive. a lot of confusion, all coming at a very critical time for egypt because thousands are poring into the streets overnight this is tahrir square which you've become quite familiar with on the news. they were protesting the leaders that were supposed to oversee the transition to democracy but grabbed more power before the leader could take office. coming upg at 7:00 eastern, the former ambassador to egypt, daniel kurtzer will weigh in on the death of a dictator and whether democracy in that country is at risk. what could a failure there mean for the united states? the miami heat just one win
away from an nba championship. they beat the oklahoma city thunder. 104-98 to take a demanding 3-1 series lead. lebron james leld the way with 26 points and nine rebounds. the heat can wrap it up tomorrow night at home. history is on their side. no team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the nba finals, but there is always a first time for everything, oklahoma fans. >> we have that same philosophy playing out last week with the stanley cup, no team has ever come back with the three down or not since '52. it's exciting to see the series play out. the thunder tries to beat the heat, people in northeast and great lakes are really, really trying to beat the heat, the real thing. we'll have more on the sweltering forecast across the northeast and elsewhere in the country coming up. mine stopped hurting faster... [ female announcer ] neosporin® plus pain relief starts relieving pain faster and kills more types of infectious bacteria.
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we're driving safely. and sue saved money on brakes. now that's personal pricing. welcome back, it is 12 minutes past the hour. good morning to you, washington, d.c., you are enjoying really nice temperatures, 75 degrees, later get ready for 99. a lot of northeast is feeling that record heat set to scorch the northeast on this first day of summer. highs in the mid 90s yesterday in cleveland, across the midwest. that dangerous blast of heat is heading for d.c., philly and here in new york. rob marciano has the details. what a way to welcome the summer. >> that's right, summer arrives later this evening but more importantly, this is going to be the first big blast of heat and humidity that we're going to
feel. nasz that's a bit of a shock to the system. some of the records are in the upper 90s over 100 degrees, it's going to feel awful. there are eight or nine states in heat advisories or heat warnings for temperatures that will get into the 90s, maybe touching 100, with the humidity you're talking about it feels more like 110. these are the expected highs for boston, new york, philly and d.c., all in the upper 90s today. tomorrow, maybe cooling off a degree or two in some spots but two solid days of dangerous heat. take care of your elderly neighbors and pets of course and drink a lot of water. we have a little weak cool front, it's going to take time to get through over towards the northeast and until it does so, things will be on the toasty side as the heat pump, heating up the northeast and mid-atlantic more than the southeast, we're in a bit of a bubble and temperatures will remain seasonable here. it's going to be a chilly 89 degrees in atlanta.
you guys are welcome any time. >> i'll take it. thank you, rob. 14 minutes past 6:00 in the morning on the east coast. let's get you up to date with the top stories with christine romans. >> let's start in egypt, developing news there, egyptians rallying for power as their former dictator lies in his death bed. we're waiting to hear whether hosni mubarak is dead or alive. a state news agency is reporting the 84-year-old is on life support after having a stroke and being declared clinically dead. this comes as thousands gathered in tahrir square to tell the military to hand over power. president obama's legal team has filed a complaint with federal election regulators demanding to know the name of donors who are contributing millions to karl rove's cross roads gps organization. right now it is organized as a non-profit social welfare organization and not a super
pac. in the 7:00 hour of "starting point", soledad o'brien will be joined by david maraniss. >> u.s. coast guards are investigating two hoax calls that led to costly searches on the taxpayer dime. one call came in off the gulf of mexico and second one happened monday, that a yacht exploded off the coast of new jersey with fatalities and injured survivors. they think someone on land made that call with their cell phone and they are investigating. >> and we hope they find that person because that the not only a nuisance, it's extraordinarily costly. thank you, christine. >> wall street listening up because fed chairman ben bernanke may have something to say today, may announce new steps to try to boost the economy. christine does not get a moment off, she's coming back with a look ahead at what this means
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tell us what wall street is hoping he will say. >> markets closed higher because they are hoping the fed will do more systtimulus in the economy. the fed is the only game in town. congress doesn't do anything, the president is held back by congress. republicans would say rightfully so and europe is paralyzed with political process too. it could extend this thing called operation twist. that's where they, they are buying some securities and then selling others to try to keep interest rates low. it's likely, many people think they could extend this operation twist, there's something called qe3, probably less likely, raw stimulus, pushing money into the system. we know rates will stay low for a pretty long time so that is unlikely there. people in the markets are saying they want to hear from bernanke, the fed is going to do everything humanly possible to
keep the oxygen flowing in the u.s. economy because things have been slowing a little bit. all about keeping interest rates low and they have been kept low for so long. doesn't mean your credit card interest rates are going down or creating jobs, what else can the fed do? it is all about growth. i want to talk quickly about the g-20 meeting. i put the g-20 communicate, i put something through a word cloud, i use the one called wordal, to boil down that speak into what is important for the world and the word is growth. g-20 and growth. they want these economies to grow and create jobs. a lot of critics, say there's a lot of talk and words on that screen, welcome, welcome, financial, global. but growth is the most important
thing here. and they don't really have a concrete plan with all buy in from everybody about how to get growth again when the focus has been on austerity for so long. >> i hate to be debbie downer but all i hear is that the summits are useless. >> the people called sherpas do an awful lot of work. it's three steps forward and two steps back on these things. and you have fires burning all around you too. they have different goes. these different countries have different goals, they have to work towards more integration and a common purpose, but all of that is really being tested. when you have prosperity, these summits tend to be much happier. people can give a little here, take a little there and move forward. but when you have prosperity that is strained like it is
right now or struggling for growth, that's where people try to -- it's every man for himself. >> hard to reach a consensus. >> it is hard. the one thing you need to know about your money today, there are 3.7 job seekers for each job opening. 3.7 job seekers for each job opening, that's according to the labor department and that is a number to remind you why growth is so important. if the u.s. economy is not growing more, you'll have a long line of people you'll have to elbow aside. everybody wants more growth so we can get more people back to work. >> i'm not debbie downer, you are. >> it's the facts, ma'am, if there's a storm in the gulf of mexico, i want to know about it. maybe it's going to turn and somebody can protect me from it. i want to know what's happening, don't snu. >> yes, i do. >> we adore you. first for the southern baptist convention, an emotional moment for this man right here. we'll tell you about the trail
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julian assange facing arrest for breaking his bail. ready to testify, jerry sandusky's lawyers could have him take the stand in his own defense today. co-captain of the women's soccer team heading into the london olympics, amy wom back joins us live. 28 minutes past the hour here. >> let's get you up to speed on breaking news, we've got this coming into cnn, wikileaks leader julian assange is facing possible arrest in the u.k. because he has broken the terms of his bail by trialing to seek asylum at the ecuador yan embassy. he's doing this to avoid being sent to sweden to face possible sex charges and possible extradition to the united states. he lost an 18-month legal bid to halt his extradition to sweden where he's accused of sexually
attacking two of his former volunteers. in a matter of hours, we could see jerry sandusky take the stand in his own defense. cnn has learned the former penn state assistant football coach is prepped and ready to testify. whether he actually does won't be decided until later today when the defense is expected to wrap up its case. yesterday sandusky's wife of 45 years faced 45 minutes of questioning. she told jurors a lot of boys had been to their home over the years and she never witnessed any inappropriate contact. cnn national correspondent susan candiotti is live from bellefonte, pennsylvania. we'll get to mrs. sandusky in a moment. i want to start with jerry sandusky because a lot of people think perhaps he'llty the stand. it sounds risky. >> reporter: well, it does sound risky, certainly. the question is will he do. why would he want to do, zor
ride day? one reason is it would give him a chance to look jurors in the eye and let them assess him, let him talk to them and tell what he thinks really might be at play here. of course, he's not obligated to and things could go round. we saw what happened when we did the interview with bob costas. so will his defense attorneys want to take that risk? we'll have to see what happens. but, you know, the thing is defense spent the day yesterday trying as best they could to attack, for example, investigators on the case accusing them of trying to coach the alleged victims in this case during questioning. and they put on more than a dozen character witnesses, all saying that jerry sandusky is a wonderful man. anderson cooper spoke with one of those witnesses afterwards, who said she doesn't believe the testimony of any of the alleged victims. here's what she said. >> do you believe that they are all lying?
>> well, i believe in jerry and i believe in the thousands of lives he's already touched to have been bettered by his relationship with them. and when you count that plus knowing him for 40 years -- >> why do you think these eight have testified? >> you know, you'd have to ask them. >> but i mean, you must think they are not telling the truth. >> yes, i must think that. >> reporter: and when she got off the stand and she walked past jerry sandusky, she patted him on the shoulder, zoraida. >> let's get to dot ty sandusky, you were there. there was this critical moment where they asked her if there was any inappropriate contact between her husband and any of these kids. there was a moment of silence. could you watch us through that? >> reporter: sure, after they asked her that question, she paused and said, well, the only
thing that i can think of is that one time when we were watching television something happened on the television and the boy ran over and jumped into the lounge chair with my husband. it was unclear what she meant by that and gave one other example of being at the wrestling match and when she and her husband watched into the gym, she testified that one boy, the boy who was wrestling who knew jerry, ran over and jumped into his arms. again, unclear in her mind how that might be considered to be inappropriate, zoraida. >> it almost seemed to me she was claiming that the child was being inappropriate, not her husband. anyway, we know you are following this for us and we really appreciate it. susan candiotti live for us. thank you. in the meantime, jerry sandusky's attorney, joe amendola is taking serious heat for a questionable comment he made to reporters outside of court yesterday. here he is walking outside of
the courthouse. some people are saying he really kroogsed the line with a response to a question after he was asked whether he would allow his client to testify. listen for yourself. >> stay tuned. come on, it's like a soap, you have to wait and see. if you know the answers, it takes the excitement out of it. >> is this days of our lives? >> i think it's general hospital. >> general hospital. actually, it could be "all my children". >> when you asked what soap opera, all my children? it is not clear whether the remarks were inadvertent or made in extremely poor taste. >> we have developing news out of egypt to talk about this morning. conflicting reports about the ousted president, hosni mubarak who is given a life sentence. but now a state news agency is reporting that this the 84-year-old former dictator shown here at his trial is on life support having suffered a stroke and then being declared
clinically dead as thousands of people gathered in tahrir square to tell the military to hand over power to the newly elected officials. president obama makes his case for stopping the ripple effects ofo europe's debt crisi. he encouraged eu leaders to focus on a long-term vision for the euro while making short-term economic fixes and brought it back to the bases explaining whi troubles in europe mean trouble for the u.s. >> as a whole, our largest trading partner. if fewer folks are buying stuff in paris or berlin, that means that we're selling less stuff made in pittsburgh or cleveland. all of these issues, economic issues, will potentially have some impact on the election. but that's not my biggest concern right now. >> there will be more discussions about the global
economy. eu leaders will have their own summit next week. new information about a russian ship allegedly carrying military helicopters to syria. it has appeared to have turned back for home. that's not the end of the story, there is another ship loaded for weapons and may be on the way to the mediterranean coast. the original ship had changed course from the north sea off the coast of scotland after news of its controversial cargo made international headlines. russian officials are not commenting on what the ships or what they are carrying. pentagon officials have told cnn that the russians may be sending yet another ship carrying weapons and small number of russian troops, this to help fortify a small naval base situated there as the situation spirals out of control in that country. we're going to talk about russia and all of the different issues relating to syria and russia at
8:00 eastern when soledad is joined by republican congressman peter king of new york. egs the p4u'i59 of the homeland security committee. the southern baptist convention has elected its first african-american president. reverend fred luter was elected with no opposition in the city he calls home. he was hailed for rebuilding his church, franklin avenue baptist church after katrina. [ applause ] >> to god be the glory for the things that he has done. god bless you. i love you. >> kind of short and sweet. before he takes over as president tonight, reverend lut er will join us live, join
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rob marciano has been taking a lot of heat for the forecast he's giving out. he's gone silent. >> nobody spoke in my ear and spoke giberrish. i've been waiting for this all spring, it was a warm winter and it's going to get warmer now. summer arrives tonight and temperatures will cooperate. these are the record highs from yesterday, detroildetroit, 95 d and 109 in alaska. the expected high, 94 or better in boston, 96 in new york and 94 in atlantic city, maybe as close to 100 in d.c. tomorrow we don't cool off much. the cool down will come as we get towards the weekend. with the humidity, it's going to feel like 100 to 110. we've got a dozen states, from maine to the mid-atlantic under heat advisories. in some cases warm since july of
last year. a bit of a shock to the system. take care out there and try to stay cool. >> it was an official forecast but it's a downer. >> come on now, embrace the heat. >> i'm loving it. soledad joins us with a look at what's ahead on starting point. >> lots of breaking news. julian assange is now facing arrest in london for violating the conditions of his bail. he is inside right now the ecuadorian embassy. we'll bring you a report. also this morning, the u.s. attorney general, eric holder, getting ready to vote him on contempt of congress. we'll look at what could happen over the botched fast and furious program. the defense attorney was joking around with reporters and
likened the trial to the soap opera, all my children." we'll tell you exactly what was said. southern baptists are experiencing a game changing moment today. they've elected a new president, fred luter, the first african-american president of the organization. we'll talk to him live. you can watch us starting at the top of the hour in roughly 17 minutes. you can follow us at work at cnn.com/tv. >> thank you, soledad america loves a good comeback story and we have one for you. the u.s. olympian coming back from a broken leg. she's smiling, i think she has good news for us. amy wombach coming up. my cut hurt!
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let's get you up to date. christine romans has your top stories. >> some breaking news for you this morning, julian assange facing arrest in britain. assange broke the terms of his bail by seeking asylum at the ecuador embassy. assange lost an 18-month bid to halt his extradition to sweden where he's accused of sexually attacking two volunteers. we've also just learned assange is inside the embassy and there's no possibility that he will be arrested while in the
embassy. a whole lot of groping going on at southwest florida international airport, a former tsa worker is facing battery charges for grope being a supervisor after she was subjected to a lengthy patdown. that's carol price being patted down for two minutes last april. she was so upset from the treatment from her former colleagues she went to a tsa supervisor to explain and she appears to grope her to show her displeasure. she is due in court on july 3rd. it turns out people who go to mcdonald's aren't loching it, scored the lowest in a just released consumer satisfaction index with a 73% satisfaction. they have historically scored poorly but has gained since 61% satisfaction score and that means 73% are satisfied with her
big mac. weeks away from their shot at gold this summer. for one player, physical training is only half of the battle. take this woman, wambach fighting a battle after the break heard around the world. this was an on-field collision before the 2008 olympic games. i hate looking at that picture. it looks awful and painful and gives me the willies, broke her leg in two places. that was then, this is now, 2012. right now her nemesis isn't the leg necessarily, it's japan because that might be the only thing between her and her team and their chance at the top of the podium. japan is the team that stopped them from clinching the 2011 world cup. guess who's here right now? you look so healthy. you look awesome. a far cry from that picture with
the broken leg. i cannot believe that was really what stimyed you from competing. >> it was devastating but my team still went over and was able to score gold for our country and for me that was the most important thing. obviously it is devastating to break your leg but it's more about the team. >> how are you doing? we're weeks away and this is an exciting time. >> it's really exciting. the older i get the more experience i have and the more i realize it is about the process. the weeks leading to any kind of big tournament, it's so special, the players and people and the hard work. we've all put so much hard work into and invested into this olympics, we're going to do everything we can to bring home gold. >> i remember the mia hamm and chastain story and world cup when women's soccer got back on the map big time but got on,
literally got on the map. and it doesn't seem like that's gone away. what do you think it is about the game and the particular players on the american team who seem to keep the brand going? >> that was what was really special about the world cup. we were able to create household numbers for some of the players, hope solo, and it's exciting. it's exciting to be not only an icon but a role model in the craft that we all take part in. >> i'm looking at your stats, and you are a head case, like literally. >> yes, i love that. never heard that before. >> it came to me on a whim because what did i see, of your 125 goals, 51 have been scored from your head. >> i scored a lot with my head. i actually -- it's all about the balls that get sent in from my teammates. >> is that accidental or just aim better with your head than your feet? >> some might say that i'm actually better at hitting the ball with my head than i am with
my feet. it's what i do well and whatever i can do to help my team win games. >> you do it really well. second leading goal scorer next to mia hamm and fourth in the world? >> something like that. >> something like that, so shy. the older you get, it's not about the stats but championships. i think that any kind of legend status like mia has with the goal scoring championship, that's for retirement. that feels good when you're retired. right now i want to win as many championships as i can. >> do you think about retirement? >> yeah, that's why -- >> you break your leg, do you think about retirement? >> of course. you never know if you can come back healthy. the really unique opportunity that all of us, especially female athletes have when competing in four olympic games, we're not just competing for on the field stuff. we're trying to get into the community. i work with a few olympic partners, arnold and wheat
breads, i'm allowed to go out and inspire kids to be active in nutrition and promote good health and good ways of being. >> with london coming up, who do you fear more, brazil or japan? >> i don't fear anybody. >> that's my girl. >> that's not who we are as a team. we've always done really well by -- >> let me put it this way, who are you focusing on more? >> i think probably japan is going to have a more difficult team because they play different style of soccer. brazil is a team always to be reckoned with. everyone is excited. >> you better bring the medal back? >> it's gold or bust for us. we got so much attention from the world cup, so it's exciting. >> usa, go abby, she just flew in from sweden. >> bright eyed and bushy tails
this morning. >> awesome athis hour. good luck to you. we have news out of france, hostages were taken at the bank there. al qaeda has claimed responsibility. we're going to have a live report coming up. we're going to take a quick break. is ! there it is ! where ? where ? it's getting away ! where is it ? it's gone. we'll find it. any day can be an adventure. that's why we got a subaru. love wherever the road takes you. wow, there it is.
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really comes from. it's not original, comes from a professor named joseph gamble. >> i love how he credits it, figure out what it is in your life and follow that. >> he did that for a career, but for life in general it's really great. >> follow your bliss. i like m&ms they are blissful. >> skittles for me. >> now we know what to get you for christmas. >> if i follow that, i'm done for. that's the news from a to z, i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. starting point starts now. our starting point is breaking news, police in london are seeking julian assange after he sought shelter from sex abuse charges. and confusion and chaos in day row again. a dictator is dying and people are demanding power back from the military. the former ambassador to egypt will weigh in. a new memoir is raising
questions about president obama's own version of his life. the author will join us this morning. plus, it's going to be a scorcher, record heat set to blast the northeast today on first day of summer. it's a jam packed show this morning. we're talking to the former u.s. ambassador to egypt, kurtzer and author maraniss is going to join us. "starting point" starts right now. welcome, everybody, we're going to start with breaking news out of london. there is a bit af standoff between police and julian assange, held up insidethe ecuadorian embassy, asking for ai' asylum on the allegations that he sexually assaulted some women in his office. we're going to update you on this story as we get more details. but we're watching that for you
this morning. other breaking news to get to as well for people taken hostage in a bank in france. the man is claiming to be an al qaeda militant and demanding they talk to him. we'll update you on that story as well. other headlines from christine romans. good morning. >> good morning, developing news out of egypt, just one day before we learn who is actually going to be running that country. we'll have that story in just a minute. first, president obama is back in the u.s. after making his case to stop the ripple effect of the economic crisis. he encouraged eu leaders to make short-term economic fixes and leaders will have their own summit next week. he explained whi troubles in europe mean trouble for the u.s. >> europe as a whole is our largest trading partner. if fewer folks are buying