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rebels. we're hearing that regular troops have entered and retaken the salahuddin neighborhood. rebel commanders say it's not true and they inflicted heavy casualties on the government forces detroying between one and four of the government tanks and they have not fleeted any ground at this point. >> that was ben wedeman inside syria. another story we're watching closely is the mission to mars. rover is on its third day on the red planet. this is one of the new images that nasa released this afternoon. it's a panoramic view of the mars horizon. the team at the jet propulsion
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laboratory pieced it together. what struck them and how much is mars like earth? >> the thing that really struck the science team about this image is you would be forgiven for thinking that thnasa is tryg to pull a fast one on you. a little l.a. smog coming in there. the thing that's amazing about this is to a certain extent, you see how earth-like this seems looking at that landscape. >> that's pretty incredible. yesterday, engineers released the first color photo from mars. there it is. all of it more evidence of what a stellar success this mission has been even in this early stage after launching the rover just eight months ago. more than half of nasa's landings to mars have failed.
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john, you're on the surface of mars or something sort of like that? >> yeah. i think it's as close as i'm ever going to get. that's for sure. i like to call this the stand box. this is place where they replicate right down to the lighting. this lighting you're seeing above me is pretty much exactly the yellowish kind of tint that's, we talk about mars being a red planet, that's because of the iron that there is in mars. you can see right now this is the math and it started to twist just a bit. it turned. the reason it did this is because you're looking at an engineering model of the curiosity rover. this is an exact replica of curiosity on mars. what they d is everything that curiosity does or has done they replicate it. they duplicate it here so they make sure that everything is working properly.
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what you just saw, the turning of the mast cam is something that already took place on curiosity hours ago. it may move a bit more here because what they are doing here taking some of the images you saw released today. you can see it moving again. were taken by two cameras up underneath here and the stereo cameras. some of the pictures released tothd sh today showing in the crater wall taken by the cam. they make sure that everything, if for example, something goes wrong, they run into a boulder, something stops working. they use this rover to test and try to figure out what they need to do to make the one up there
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work. this is a key piece to the success of this two-yearlong mission. >> one of the things that struck me is he said that the surface is not unlike earth. i'm curious to know we're in this early stage of the mission, from the photos they've seen, what have they been able to glean? >> well, what they told us was they haven't gleaned a whole heck of a lot yet other than one of the key things they were talking about is in the martian, this is sort of what mars looks like. those rocket engines from that dissent stage pushed all of this dirt aside and revealed to them bedrock. they've already seen something they didn't think they would see that bedrock is very close to
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the surface at that spot. already the science team is saying maybe one of the first things we'll do is go over there and look at that bedrock and see what's under there. they thought if there were water on mars it would be a slushy, icy water underneath the surface. maybe they'll get lucky and find water buried underneath the surface. you never know, and that's why they're there. >> that would be almost as good as little green men. thanks for joining us. great to see you. president obama speak frg state in which he is trailing mitt romney in the polls. we're going to bring that to you live in a moment. stay right here. do i look like i'm stalking plants? [ male announcer ] most dry foods add plant protein, like gluten but iams never adds gluten. iams adds 50% more animal protein, yum! [ male announcer ] ...a naturally complete protein source. look at this body! under this shiny coat is a lean, mean purring machine
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following the theater shooting there. let's listen. >> and the reason it's intense is because the choice we face in november could not be bigger. it's not just the choice between two candidates or two parties. more than any election in recent memory, this is a choice between two fundamentally different path f s for our country's future. the direction that you choose, the direction you choose when you walk into the voting booth three months from now will have a direct impact not just on your lives but on the lives of your children and the lives of your grand children. that's true for everybody, but it's especially true for the women in in country.
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from working moms to college students to seniors. when it comes to the economy it's bad that our opponents want to take us back to the last policies of the past decade, the same policies that got us in this mess in the first place. the same policy that saw jobs go overseas and saw people's income and wages go down as everything from the coast to health care and college was going up. that's bad enough. when it comes to a woman's right to make her own health care choices, they want to take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century. colorado, you got to make sure it does not happen.
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the decisions that affects a woman's health, they're not up to politicians. they're not up to insurance companies. they're up to you. [ cheers and applause ] you deserve a president that will fight to keep it that way. that's the president i've been. that's the president i will be if i get a second term as president of the united states to keep moving this country forward. [ cheers and applause ] on the issues that matter, you don't have to take my word for
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it, you can take me at my record. four years ago i delivered on my promise to pass health reform before the end of my first term. that's what we did. the affordable care act also known as obama care. i actually like the name cause i do care. that's why we fought so hard to make it happen. to affordable care act helps make sure you don't have to worry about going broke because one of your loved ones get sick. insurance companies can no longer place lifetime limits your hon your care. they can no longer drop your coverage when you need it most.
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they can no longer discriminate against children with preexisting conditions and they'll no longer be able to deny you coverage on a preexisting condition like breast cancer or cervical cancer or charge you more for care because you're a woman. those days are over. [ cheers and applause ] this allows young adults under the age of 26 to stay on their parents health care plans. >> president obama on a two-day swing through colorado. a state that he won back in 2008. according to the latest new york times poll he is trailing mitt romney by five points in that state. within the margin of error but a appealing to woman saying when it comes to women's health care
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choices, his opponent wants to take our country back to the 1950s and he wants to go into the 21st century. we're watching that closely. as president obama continues to campaign, his challenger is planning a bus tour this weekend. there's a lot of speculation that romney could announce his running mate very soon. john king, nobody better, has been digging into this. he'll join me live to break down the v.p. possibilities. stay tuned. ( whirring and crackling sounds ) man: assembly lines that fix themselves. the most innovative companies are doing things they never could before, by building on the cisco intelligent network.
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welcome back. we want to take another look at the poll that was released that reflects wariness towards mitt romney's favorability. the number you need to look at is 49. that's his unfavorable rating today. we should mention it's four points worse than may and the worst such showing for a presidential hopeful since back in 1984. john king is with us from washington. he's been watching very closely. we're getting close to the day
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when romney selects his running mate or you think. there's thought it might happen tomorrow, either friday, ahead of his bus tour he's launching on saturday. what is your best guess? >> you just made an important note. he would be competing against the olympics. mrs. romney is not back from the olympics yet. he knows the closing ceremonies is sunday night. the smart money in the campaign is look for next week. most people think the window really opens on monday. they think that some time next week we'll bet the governor's pick. you made an important point about that polling. with a 49% negative rating, vice presidential picks don't settle the election. he owns the second half of
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august. this pick is part of what is a very crucial stretch. >> one thing that came out earlier this week, the list of speakers who will be at the rnc including rick scott, john mccain, mike huckabee, jeb bush, rand paul. it's the names that we don't see on the list that we want to pay attention to. you've been looking a lot into this. who should we be watching closely? >> i think you want to watch people out of midwest. governor romney sees the midwestern states. he has to win ohio. it's almost impossible to see him winning the presidency without winning ohio. look closely at rob portman. he's served in the house and the bush administration and as the budget director. he's high on the short list. governor tim pawlenty was a candidate. he was a rival earlier in the campaign. when he dropped out he quickly endorsed. he has midwest appeal.
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he's very good at the small towns. very good in small towns unlike governor romney very comfortable in an irish pub mixing it up with blue collar voters. you also hear about paul ryan. he's from wisconsin. he's a house member. never won a statewide election but a lot of conservatives say that would be a bold pick. those three at the top of the short list. maybe even pennsylvania critical to the governor's math. >> you were just watching the president appealing to women voters. the obama campaign likes to talk about the fact that he's strong with women and romney is not so strong with women. what's the odds that we could see a female candidate? a sarah palin coming in 2012. >> when governor romney ran for governor of massachusetts, he
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picked a female running mate. he knows the data. he studies the data. he knows about the gender gap. they would love to have a woman on the short list. ko she's no longer in contention. the question is who. if you look around, susana martinez, if she were in her second term, you know she would be on the short list. thai s they say they have looked at female candidates. >> it's so exciting. i love win this announcement comes. it's just one more thing to watch for in this hotly contested race. we thank you as always for joining us. as president obama and mitt romney bicker over the middle class taxes, women voters, in one country there's a proposal to tax the rich 75%. you heard me.
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as if greece, spain and italy weren't dragging down europe's economy enough, a report says france is heading into recession. the new president has bound to sure up the recession sheet by slapping the wealthy with a 75% tax. you heard me. richard joins me from london. richard, he made this promise during the campaign to tax the wealthy at 75% . is this going to happen? >> entirely possible. he has a lot of support in the presidential election. the tax will be 75% on anyone earning more than a million euros a year. that's about $1.2 million. it really does put a lot of blue
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water between them and other countries. the uk at 50% going down to 45%. even belgium at 60%, but 75%. you know the old bit, a bit for you, a bit for me. that's the bit that would go to the tax man. that bit and you would be left with that bit. just an little bit at the end. this, of course, is what they are saying is the fair way. in a funny, perverted way it's a modification. it's an extension. it's a gross exaggeration of the buffet rule which says the wealthy shall pay their fair share. what he he's squeezed them till
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they squeal. >> it has one of the largest governments in europe. it has among the best social policies according to supporters who will say we're happy to pay it. having said that, i remember very, i was in france during the election. i was speaking to my french friends. this is all they would talk about. they said if this happens, there's going to be a mass exodus in france. what's the reaction been? >> people are saying the last person out switch off the lights the word you're trying to avoid using is socialism. there's no doubt that the policies that he was quite open about it raising taxes, increasing spending on certain social welfare, increasing the national minimum wage, all these things when the rest of europe is austerity.
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what we have is france on a frolic of its own with a potential tax policy. i'm curious to note, your friends would be in the 70% range. >> you know what, it's not going to be add good as your prop. nobody beats you in terms of that. we did the math. on 1 million euros worked out to 930 u.s. dollars in taxes. it still leaves a lot but in the eyes of some doesn't leave much. richard quest. always great to see you. listen to this, the obama administration reportedly wants to cut a deal with the taliban. we're talking about a prisoner
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swap involving an american soldier. the u.s. apparently just seat sweetened the deal. [ obama ] i'm barack obama and i approve this message. [ male announcer ] you work hard. stretch every penny. but chances are you pay a higher tax rate than him... mitt romney made twenty million dollars in two thousand ten but paid only fourteen percent in taxes... probably less than you now he has a plan that would give millionaires another tax break... and raises taxes on middle class families by up to two thousand dollars a year. mitt romney's middle class tax increase.
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we're just getting this into our news room. the obama administration wants to cut a deal with the taliban and it involves a prisoner swap. this has been going on for quite some time, but what is the back story? >> reporter: the u.s. has been trying to talk to the taliban for a long time. the u.s. and other nato troops are trying to get out there. they feel like peace talks not just the u.s. and taliban but with the afghan government and the taliban rp the only way to end this war. the u.s. has been trying to make a prisoner exchange in exchange for five taliban prisoners.
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the u.s. wants the taliban to release army sergeant bergdahl. earlier this year the u.s. was proposing that the u.s. would release some of these prisoners and hoping the aal taliban woul release sergeant bergdahl. now the u.s. is trying to sweeten the pot. they'll say we will release all five and then you'll release bergdahl. >> all right. we know you'll be wachg it closely. i want to pass on some news. we're getting word that police in new york have received new information in the aton case. he's the 6-year-old boy that
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welcome back. one of the most famous families on television is in a nasty dispute with nbc over allegations of discrimination.
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today we should mention that the feud got uglier. jack says that nbc fired him from a new boot camp reality show after learning he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. it requires that celebrities battle each other in rigorous military training exercise. jesus christ blasted nbc on twitter today calling for a boycott. he says that nbc fired him for no other reason than his medical condition. now his mom, sharon, you know her, just quit nbc's america's got talent in support of her son. she told the new york post, i just can't be fake. it's discrimination and it was badly handled. think of the good it could have done to show other people that have this condition that your life is not over. joey jackson is on the case for us.
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joey, what do you make of all of this? >> we have to be very careful because we don't want to get boycotted. there are federal laws that protect against medical conditions and disabilities. you have the americans with d disability act. it's very difficult in they pursue a lawsuit on those claims. the employee has to be fit to do the task that the employer wants them to do. in this particular instance if there's multiple sclerosis or an ailment, it would get difficult. >> you make an important point. we should mention that nbc did release a statement. we hold medical information in strict confidence and cannot comment specifically about jack. as a company that cares about the health and safety of everyone on our shows especially one like stars earn stripes that require dangerous water stunts,
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strenuous activity, we require them to undergo medical vetting to ensure they could safely participate. we didn't ask him to participate in the kompb ticompetition, we e to offer him alternative roles, both of which he declined. seems pretty thorough. >> that's a problem because if you're not fit to do those chores or those issues or whatever stunts they're doing, then it's problematic to the employer and the problem that the ada, american with disabilities act says if what you cannot do, although they have to provide reasonable accommodation, unduly interferes with the employer and if you provide reasonable alternative assignments then they is a no, what can you do. >> even though as


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