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i'm suzanne malveaux. this hour in the cmn newsroom demonstrators launch a new round of protests around the world over an anti-islam film. striking teachers in chicago are going head-to-head with the mayor. pointing it right to it. fights between striking chicago teachers and the city is now taking a new twist. just the last couple of hours the city said it is going to go to court to get an injunction to end this strike now in the second week. mayor rahm emanuel is calling the strooit strike illegal. 147 so-called children first centers, they are expected to open today. those are the places to help out parents that are trying to juggle their jobs child care and everything else. it's all happening between the tentative agreement that is taking place between the two sides. describe for us where we are because we thought this morning
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it looked like this had been settled. now the teachers are saying they need more time essentially to look over the offer. >> they are saying that what they want to do is go out to their membership and make sure everyone is agreed on this complicated contract. clearly, this has made some people with the city not very happy. namely, mayor rahm emanuel. familiar to many of us for his fiery personality. so he instructed the city's corporate council to go ahead and file an injunction seeking relief, a temporary restraining order against the union, calling the strike illegal and saying that it's endangering children now. we've just gotten a response from chicago's teachers union and they have called this relief asking for this relief some six days later and it appears to be a vin district courtive act instigated by the mayor and union again calling mayor emmanuel a bully. so the war of words now in the
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legal system, as well as the war of public opinion, what does this mean for the 350,000 students? well, they're left scrambling along with their parents, suzanne. >> explain to us, how soon could the kids get back into the lass rooms? what is the greatest outlook, the cheeriest scenario in all of this? >> reporter: well, the scenario is that after the house of delegates meets with their various members -- we saw in the picket line today that they were actually sharing this document, making sure that all their members took a look at it. once this is all done tomorrow, tomorrow night they're going to nooet meet and actually decide whether or not to lift the strike. that vote is going to happen tomorrow. if they decide to lift the strike, students could be back in school as soon as wednesday. if they decide to have the strike continue on, well, we just don't know what happens on wednesday, thursday, friday, and the days following. >> we keep hearing about these children first centers that they're being called here. first of all, what are those, and how is this putting the
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pressure on some of the churches, the social organizations, the ymca, the boys and girls clubs -- >> it's an elementary school in the south loop neighborhood of chicago. it's an elementary school and what they've done is they brought in volunteers -- to accept students and they are doing arts and crafts. some computer classes. they're actually providing a full school day from 8:30 to 2:30 central time. as he was dropping. >> what was your reaction when you heard what happened? >> a little bit of disappointment, but, you know, i mean, i understand why they're holding out, so, yeah, i definitely still support the teachers. >> i think a fair number are.
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>> so getting back to your other question, suzanne. >> there really is incredible what they are doing, and actually what they are able to do just within the last week or so. pamela, thank you so much. appreciate it. give us an update if there's a breakthrough, of course. remember, wisconsin law, they caused an uproar by limiting the rights of public unions. well, it was struck down by wisconsin circuit court judge. now, he rules that eliminating collective bargaining rights violated workers free speech. the law was passed last year and sparked, of course, the recall election of governor cot walker. he survived that. the state plans to peel this ruling. >> to the war in afghanistan. six more american troops were
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killed over the weekend. four of them in the latest apparent insider attack by afghan forces. such attacks, they're also known as green on blue because the uniforms worn by nato and afghan troops. there have been more than -- u.s. marine greg buckley, he was one of them. he was killed by those he trained in afghanistan in an attack earlier this month. also, david reports buckley actually told his family it would happen. >> reporter: this was the game greg buckley jr. was supposed to see. back home on leave from afghanistan where he helped train afghan forces. the 21-year-old marine had only two days left before heading home to see his brother play varsity high school football for the first time, but before getting word that he was to go home early, he phoned his dad. >> he told me that i have to stay here until november. he said i'm not going to come
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home, and i said i don't understand. he said i'm going to -- you have to be able to tell my mom and jesse and shane, you know, that i'm going to be killed over here. i said out in the field? you know, whatever? >> he said, no, in our base. >> reporter: then it happened. greg was gunned down august 10th by the very forces he was training. like he said, it happened inside the base. and by his phone calls and letters, he knew it was coming. and on one particular night on guard duty, he had a run-in with a trainee. >> the guy turned around and said to greg, you know, we don't want you here, we don't need you here, and greg said, what are you saying? he said it again, and greg turned around and said to him, you know, why would you say that? you know, giving my life for you to help you to make better for yourselves, and the guy just started tormenting him all night. >> his dad says greg spent the rest of the night -- >> pitch black out, and all he kept on saying over and over
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again is we don't want you, we don't need you, we don't want you. >> building up local security is considered the lynch pin of nato strategy for withdrawal, but attacks by trainees have become disturbingly more frequent. families like buckley's say it's a sign america's longest war has gone on long enough. >> i basically collapsed and his mother collapsed, and we were both on the floor bawling. >> reporter: greg's two brothers refused to cry. at least during the day. >> one night i went into shane's room, and he was on the bed, and his head was hanging over the bed. i thought he dropped water on the floor. he was just bawling. heart broke for him. later on that night i heard noise from justin's room, and he
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had a pillow over his face 4:30 in the morning screaming at the top of his lungs. heart wrenching. and i said why don't you guys cry during the day? they both turned around and said at the same time we can't. we have to take care of you and mom. >> reporter: with the community behind them, the buckley family is now coping as best they can, and justin, oceanside's star running back wearing cameo to honor greg, made sure to salute his fallen brother each time he scores. >> yes, baub. justin. >> greg was supposed to be home for this game. >> what would you tell him right now? >> i would tell him i love him and i miss him. that's about it. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> david, cnn, oceanside, long
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island, new york. >> we wish the very best for the buckley family. president obama is campaigning in the battleground state of ohio today. he is at an event in cincinnati. we heard frim had him in the last hour. we heard what he has to say about mitt romney's experience with china. >> he has been running around ohio claiming he is going to roll up his sleeves and take the fight to china. now, here's -- here's the thing. his experience has been owning companies that were called pioneers in the business of outsourcing jobs to countries like china. he made money investing in companies that uprooted from here and went to china. pioneers. now, you can't stand up to china
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when all you've done is sent them our jobs. you can talk a good game, but i like to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. >> here's what we're working on for this hour. >> the man who made the anti-islam film that sparked worldwide protest faces questions from the feds, but not about the film. we'll explain. protesters are marking today's first anniversary of the occupy wall street movement with more protests. hear what the movement by the so-called 99%ers did and did not accomplish. >> you got to love him. saturday night live's new president obama.
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new protests ignited by the anti-islam film. this is a scene in afghanistan. thousands also packing the streets in lebanon. pakistan and indonesia as well. in a rare tv appearance hezbollah's leader call on supporters to start even more protests.
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about an hour from now muslim and -- they want to condome the violence has happening now in the middle east as well as the deadly attacks that happened last week. well, now we're learning more about the man that federal authorities say is the key figure. behind that movie that sparked more details on how this was made. >> reporter: a week when she answered an ad on craig's list for an action adventure film called "desert warrior." >> first job. first week in l.a. just moved out here. >> reporter: she met this man, sam bassel, seen here for the first time on u.s. television. she says he was in charge of everything. >> it was jurors sense he was the writer and producer? >> yes. yeah. i really believe he was the writer. he definitely was the producer. he was the one writing the checks, handing out the money. he was running the show.
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>> you should the name sam bassel zoosh the shoot a little weird, but never heard any talk of politics or religion. the actors thought they were making a low budget cheesy film with little plot. >> we did wonder what it was about. he kept saying -- they kept saying george. we're, like, this is the middle east 2,000 years ago. who is george? we don't really ask questions. >> george turned out to be mohammed's character? >> he did. >> the script handed out piecemeal. other actors, she says, went to the same sound studio. also after the shooting was done to record the words that sparked a firestorm. >> they brought the actors in in post and had them say specific words like mohammed, for example. then they took -- it was isolated. it wasn't in context. okay? they said say mohammed. you're, like, hey, mohammed,
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why? >> they were engijing in cheerful on set. there was no indication the film's real intent or story. >> i was shaking with when i found out. >> were snu. >> yeah. i mean, i had no idea. this is a movie that i thought was never -- nobody was ever going to see. >> you were shaking when you heard about the ambassador's death? >> yeah. >> deon feels betrayed by a man who claimed to be a filmmaker and friend, sam bassel, a convicted fraudster and identity thief. >> he had a vision, okay? him and the directors had arguments. he wanted things a certain way. he was playing us all along. he knew what he was doing. >> in this town a common experience, but the making of this film, deception, and dark motivation. it would be oscar worthy if hateful was a category. >> i know it's hard to believe how little these actors knew
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about the film itself. do they -- is this typical in hollywood in temz of how films are made, or nobody really seemed like they were taken aback too much. >> yeah. well, one thing they will say is that, look, no film set is normal, although this young woman -- this was her very first film in los angeles, which you find kind of amazing. they said it was weird. the entire thing was weird. the script was weird. the direction was weird. the process was weird. some little voice inside said there might be something strange about this film, but it didn't overwhelm just the overall cheesyness of the film. they never understood the full picture. sam bassel kept all the information very compartmentalized. this is a guy who knew what he was doing, set out to do it, and seemed to have fooled everyone until now. >> miguel, what more do we know about the filmmaker? i understand the feds actually visited him this weekend, and thief got more information? >> yes. federal probation officers wanted to talk to mr. bassel because he is under five years
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probation. l.a. county sheriff's department did it around midnight on friday night, early saturday morning. they took him for a half hour to talk to probation officers. you know, there are 26 different conditions of his probation. one of them is about not being able to access the internet or have devices that access the internet without permission of his probation officer, but more worrisome perhaps for him is that another one is that he cannot use any other name than his legal name, nakoula bassely nakoula, and that's a big question we have asked of probation officials, but they've not gotten back to us yet. >> miguel, what do we expect out of this news conference in the next hour? >> this will be muslims and coptic christians from across southern california coming to the steps of city hall, which are right behind me here -- right in front of me here, and they want to condemn the violence, both sides are shocked by the outrage, this convulsion of violence that's been produced by this crudely produced piece
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of anti-islamic propaganda, and they both want to come out and, you know, talk about the violence and talk about the fears, especially on the coptic christian part. not just here in southern california, necessarily, but for their family members in egypt. suzanne. >> all right. miguel, thank you, miguel, appreciate it. the tents from occupy wall street are gone now. the leaders say that just means that the movement is different. not dead. we're going to tell you what occupy planned for its first anniversary today. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 let's talk about that 401(k) you picked up back in the '80s. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 like a lot of things, the market has changed, tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 and your plans probably have too. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 at charles schwab, we'll give you personalized recommendations tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 on how to reinvest that old 401(k). tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 so talk to chuck tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 and bring your old 401(k) into the 21st century. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 rollover your 401(k) or ira and receive up to $600. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 see schwab.com for terms and conditions.
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in new york 99%, they are back. dusted off the protest signs for the first anniversary of the occupy wall street movement. this was the scene just hours ago as protesters, they were hoping to form a human chain around the new york stock exchange. police stopped them. several protesters were handcuffed, taken away. we've been following the movement over the past year. >> reporter: some folks think this movement has fizzled, that you guys are done for. >> they've been writing that obituary since day one. >> people power! people power! >> reporter: it started with this one year ago. >> it's our duty as americans to
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fight for our country and to keep it, you know, true to serving its people. >> reporter: a grassroots movement that made the 99% and the 1% part of our lexicon. occupy. in a brooklyn work space justin is keeping occupy alive today. >> what's changed is people now recognize the game is rigged, and as we organize and as we evolve and grow, we're going to continue to resist. that's the impulse behind occupy wall street. >> reporter: that impulse grew in new york's ducati park that took over stoops in brooklyn. >> i want banks to stop foreclosures. >> reporter: spread from oakland to berlin to hong kong. we saw thousands of arrests and got people talking. >> all great movements start with just a few people. >> reporter: police are trying to clear us all off the street right now. >> show me what repolice day looks like? >> reporter: on november 15th surrounded the park and evicted the protesters who have been
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camping out here for two months. they didn't go calmly, and they vowed to keep the movement alive. >> this is it. this is the continued stand. >> reporter: for a few months they worked out of an office. ironically, right off wall street. when you walk in, you get a name tying like this. >> this is some of our working space. as you can see, lots of occupiers working here. ♪ >> reporter: hoping to reinvigorate the movement, may 1st, a day of action around the globe, but it wasn't sustained. do you think it's relevant today? >> i think the message has got diluted. >> i don't see any reason that it would have diminished in importance. >> they just seem to be a rag tag bunch of people. >> reporter: stronger? weaker? >> different. i think that there are things that are stronger. i think our kicks to actual organizing issues are definitely stronger. >> reporter: occupy says it has about $40,000 left in the bank and has formed groups focussing on specific issues, like student debt and housing. there from the beginning mark bray says give it time.
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>> if you look at all the social movements in history, whether it be the civil rights movement, the fell mist movement, it takes decades before you get going. >> reporter: the park is no longer occupied, but it is still surrounded by police barricades. a reminder of the past year. >> we don't need to sit in the park. we've got your attention. now what we need to do is actually follow through. >> reporter: poppy carlo, cnn, new york. organizers say they have about $30,000 to $40,000 left in the general fund. leaders of the boy scouts of america say they take child abuse seriously. here are their responses to a detailed report about how the group addingly protected child molesters. okiephenokie. [ male announcer ] layaway's back. earlier than ever. through december 14th. walmart. has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does!
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this just in out of chicago here. as you know, the teachers have been on strike. kids have been out of school. they're trying to have
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negotiations taking place between the teachers as well as school, city officials. well, the city, the mayor, rahm emanuel, as well as chicago school fifldz essentially went to a judge, a cook county judge, to ask the judge to hear the argument that essentially would have forced the teachers to go back to work. what has just happened now, we have learned that the cook county judge has declined to hear that argument, so essentially it means that the city, the school officials, chicago school officials, and the mayor, they have essentially lost out on their case, their argument, to force the teachers to go back into the classrooms and teach. what does this all mean? it simply means that the kids are still going to be out of school. the teachers will remain negotiating with city officials to try to come up with some sort of reasonable way to end this strike, but so far the mayor's last move to force the teachers back in the classroom has been rejected by this cook county judge. we're going to have more as soon as we can get those details. millions of parents are
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trusted this organization for years, right, but the boy scouts of america now at the center of a scathing accusation of children being raped, molested, and decades of alleged cover-ups. in fact, the los angeles times got ahold of more than 1,000 confidential files known by scout leaders as "perversion" files. one of the journalists that reported the stories the files were detailed accounts of sexual abuse in the organization. the documentation was an effort, he says, to keep track of those abusers who should be kicked out of the organization. earlier today on cnn a reporter talked about whether or not these recent changes in policy have helped change the culture. >> there's no doubt that the boy scouts of america has implement aid number of policies over the years that are intended to protect kids from sexual abuse. the question that we are not able to answer that i don't think anybody can able to answer is are those policies working? the boy scouts continue to keep these perversion files. they are detailed accounts of
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imagine being able to go to an ivy league college for free. believe it or not, it is actually happening. cnn's christine romans has the scoop. >> i'll be offering an on-line course called introduction to sociology. my name is mitch deneer, and i'm a sociology professor here at princeton. there were 40,000 students enrolled in the class this summer from 113 different countries. >> reporter: you heard right. 40,000 students took this professor's mass i have open on-line course, or mooc, for free, thanks to a partnership between princeton university and coursera, an education start-up found bid two stanford professors in 2011. >> if they're working professionals, it's tough to go back to school every tuesday and thursday to take classes, but with on-line education, now it's much more convenient. >> reporter: moocs are camping on. coursera has now partnerships with 16 top universities, some of them in other countries. a separate partnership between m.i.t., harvard, and cal berkeley called edex launched
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earlier this year. who is taking these free classes? what are they doing with them? >> i think it will help lend credibility to some of the concepts i am talking to my clients about. >> to better help my customers better. i need it to provide -- to get a depth of knowledge in a subject area. >> it's actually a really great thing to add to my profile or my resume that i took a course in computer science from stanford. >> reporter: coursera's survey found that a majority of students taking -- who are working professionals, hoping to improve their kidz skills for their current job or get themselves a better one. only 3.5% were unemployed. >> there is a gap between training and unemployment that can be addressed. i think that if you are unemployed, a good way to spend some of your time is conducting some training so that you maintain your skills and also develop new skills. >> for now -- students admit it's not all that's missing from the free classes.
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>> i wouldn't want to give up the experience you have of going to a college. >> unfortunately, it will not have. many of the people that i have had in my class this summer p were not choosing between a princeton class and an on-line class. they were choosing between an on-line class and no class at all. >> christine romans, cnn, new york. president obama is getting tough on china saying the country legally helped its card companies at the expense of american ones. here's what he said next.
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it's a decision to file a trade complaint against china. both president romney there out on the campaign trail today, and, of course, we heard the president just the last hour in ohio about two hours from now --
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so we than the world trade organization is focussing on china's auto industry. no surprise. how is this all playing out, how the card manufacturers have been doing? do we think that either mitt romney or the president, is there anything that you can really do . >> reporter: he has had one campaign event after another. one in eight jobs in the all-important state of ohio tied to the auto industry. romney has criticized president obama on trade, on china very recently, so this is president obama saying that he is standing up for american manufacturing and for the auto industry. here is some of what he just said in ohio.
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all right. i guess we don't have that sound ready. the case he was trying to make is that he has stood up against china, and he -- the thing that he has been saying, suzanne, is that he has done a lot more than mitt romney is giving him credit for, and he is referencing as well some action that he took back in 2009 because what we've heard from mitt romney recently, you mentioned, and actually, you know what, i think we have the sound. let's listen. >> okay. >> who brought more trade cases against china in one term than the previous administration did in two, and every case we brought that's been decided we won. when governor romney said that stopping unfair surges in chinese tires would be bad for america, bad for our workers, you know, we ignored his advice, and we got over 1,000 americans
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back to work creating tires right here in the united states of america. >> reporter: now, mitt romney for his part, his campaign and republicans are saying that this is blatantly political, that this isn't coincidental, that president obama is making this announcement today as he is in ohio and he called it too little too late. as i mentioned before, suzanne, president obama is saying, you know, i have been doing things for a while, pointing back to 2009, an action that he took on tire imports from china, so trying to make the case that, no, this is something that he has steadily been doing. it is an issue that matters, and, obviously, you know, in a state like ohio and other manufacturing states, this is something that is on the mind of voters. >> briana, do we know how it's playing out in ohio? i know that there's a new poll number that is out as well. >> reporter: yeah, there are some poll numbers out. it's kind of a mixed bag because one of these polls -- and nbc news-wall street journal maris poll, and i should mention that awful these were taken after the
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convention show that president obama is ahead by seven points in the state of ohio, so that's very good news for president obama. that's outside the margin of error, but on the flip side, another poll done as well last week by the american research group shows things tied up. obama at 48%. romney at 47%. this is why you have this going back and forth, suzanne, because obviously a mixed bag here, but certainly some concerns that things are very tied up. they're very close. even if president obama does have an edge. >> briana, i admire the fact you can get through all that with that crane in the back there of that tree. >> american manufacturing. >> at its best, i guess. thank you. this complaint with the world trade organization, it is the fourth since the president came into power. this time china is now accused of illegally subsidyizing auto parts that are bound for the united states. allison costic is watching all of this from the new york stock
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exchange. give us a sense of whether or not this will make a difference. we still have a huge trade deficit with china. >> reporter: exactly. we certainly do. you know, you've got the obama administration, president obama, coming out today and saying china is violating trade rules, and that has really been what gives china -- or their goods an unfair advantage over ones made by american companies. now, china, no doubt about it -- china is america's most important trading partner. it's a very important relationship between the u.s. and china, but there's also a huge imbalance. look at this. as of july our trade gap with china is more than $29 billion. here's why. it's because the u.s. exports to china were $8.5 billion, but look at how much we imported from china. almost $38 billion worth of goods. you know, we just keep buying stuff from there. we keep buying clothes and text times and shoes and technology from china because they're cheaper than u.s. versions, and this is a danger because it's costing u.s. jobs. in fact, there's one study that says that 1.2 million sugs jobs
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have gone away since 2001 because of the u.s. trade deficit with china. beefing up u.s. exports and cracking down on chinese trade advantages would be more u.s. jobs. suzanne. >> all right. alison, thank you. appreciate that. we are going to go to a study that says one out of every five people on active duty in the u.s. military drink heavily. we discuss if the defense department is actually doing enough about it. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues
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spokesperson, who issued this campus alert to all the student and the staff to evacuate the campus. he is telling us, and this is his quote, our s.w.a.t. team has gone to the campus to assist with evacuations, and they have bomb dogs, if needed, to be utilized on site. they're not telling us why they're evacuating the campus, but it is out of abundance of caution that they have issued this alert. you might recall it was just last friday that the university of texas and north dakota state both issued campuswide alerts after threats on those campuses. those threats were found to be unfounded. out of an abundance of caution, lsu, louisiana state university, now issuing a campuswide evacuation alert because of some unspecified threat. we now have more information as soon as it becomes available. new report now recommends changes in how the military treats and prevents substance abuse. it says that binge drinking and prescription drug abuse, they're
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both on the rise. elizabeth cohen joins us to talk a little bit about why this is such a big problem. >> it is interesting, elicit drug use seems to be going down in the military. as you said, binge drinking, prescription drug abuse up. let's look at the numbers to try to put this in some context. when they looked at this back in 1998, they found that 35% of active military had engaged in binge drinking, which means five or more drinks at a time over the course of the past month. and then in 2008, that number went up to 47%. so almost half of the people included in this study had engaged in binge drinking in the past. >> why do they suppose this is happening? why is this getting worse? >> they're seeing prescription drug abuse also going up. they think the reason why, not just this report, but the reason why, there is more stress, there are more overseas commitments now. the numbers from 2% to 11% for prescription drug abuse. more overseas commitments leads to more stress, time away from your family.
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all of that. and a lot of people point to that as the reason behind the numbers. >> does the report recommend anything that can be done? >> they do. there are two specific things they recommend. the first is more confidential treatment options because, you know, if a military person goes to their doctor, that doctor is going to report that to the commanding officer. so more confidential treatments, and also long-term use of methadone. right now, tricare, the insurance, doesn't cover long-term use of methadone, as a maintenance medication. and so it was recommended that they start doing that. >> all right. elizabeth cohen, thank you. >> thanks. for more about dealing with substance abuse issues, go to cnn.com/empoweredpatient. politics serious business, but "saturday night live" is not. they got a new guy playing the president and "snl" puts him to the test. >> and i can prove it. the power of a v8 with the highway fuel economy of a v6. incredible! right? an amazing test drive. i agree.
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people in syria are trying to get on with their lives while a civil war is raging. our nic robertson is in
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damascus. he explores all of it. >> reporter: driving back into damascus, after an absence of eight months, clouds of black smoke signal conflict is closing in on syria's capital. but first impressions are deceptive. at the city's heart, its fabled mosque, all appears tranquil, no one flinches when artillery shells explode just a few miles away. nearby, the ancient bazaar is teeming, stores all open, shelves well stocked, supplies are plenty. we have tried talking to several store keepers here, but they all tell us they're too afraid to talk on camera, worried about what the government might say, worried about what the rebels might do to them. they all tell us that despite the abundance of people here, business is down. when i asked them about the shelling that we can hear in the background, they tell me they're worried, afraid, afraid because they think the war is getting
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closer. and they are right. ten minutes' drive away, destruction. government forces chase the free syrian army. on many days, the death toll around the capital far higher than for other cities. but where they can, people are trying to hold on to their old lives. for this woman, that's a few minutes at the beauty salon. it may look like normal life, but it's not. >> every day we hearing this boom, boom. everything else. there is a life going on. >> you don't worry about it? >> i worry. i'm worried sick about it, but there is nothing we can do. >> reporter: she tells me she hates the killing, supports neither government nor rebels, wants them to talk, feels stuck in the middle. so too the salon's owner. >> i cannot go to the country side without being worried
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somebody will stop me. is it the real army or the other army stopping me? what answer i should answer if they ask me with whom i am? so it is really difficult now because you are really stuck in the middle. >> reporter: at a news conference, under the banner of unity, an array of anything but united opposition figures call for talks with the government. reality is, none of the armed opposition like the free syrian army are here. they would be arrested. the groups gathered here are the ones the government tolerates. they know they are powerless. with nightfall, the city looks serene, but like daytime, it is deceptive. the shelling continues, the only talking now is with guns. nic robertson, cnn, damascus, syria.
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"cnn newsroom" continues now with brooke baldwin. >> good to see you. good to see all of you here. i'm brooke baldwin. we begin with it. seven weeks and one day until the election, 50 days remaining here. mitt romney is tweaking his message. romney is responding to gop fears supported by his polls that he's losing ground in the presidential race. here he is, six points behind the president. this was before the conventions even. so queue the new ad out for romney. here is a look. >> my plan is to help the middle class, trade has to work for america. that means crack down on cheaters like china, it means open up new markets. next. >> -- team romney says the republican nominee will address a set of themes. you heard him talking there about china and an hour or so from now he'll be speaking on immigration. we'll take part of that for you live from los angeles. the question is, can romney turn it around? barack obama blitzing crucial ohio where a statewide poll
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shows him seven points up on romney, seizing advantage of his office, the president is unveiling a legal challenge to china's auto parts industry right there in america's manufacturing belt. and he took a shot at romney too on china. >> he's been running around ohio claiming he's going to roll up his sleeves and take the fight to china. now here's the thing, his experience has been owning companies that were called pioneers in the business of outsourcing jobs to countries like china. >> that is the president, two speeches today in crucial ohio. keep in mind we're watching the electoral votes, 18 electoral votes up for grabs there. mitt romney making some changes on the fly, and with me now from new york, john avalon of "newsweek" and "the daily beast", the news beast, nice to
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see you here. let's talk specifically about the changes of romney's messaging which, if you think about it, that suggested something is broken. what is it that is broken? >> well, there was an article out last night detailing a lot of the discord inside the romney campaign. that politico put out. this sent out ripples, finger pointing, leaking to the media. that's not a good thing, even 50 days out. full stop first, a week is a long time in politics. this is a tight, tight race, nine, ten, 12 battleground states and the romney team has time to turn around. but what they have been doing hasn't been working. all the trends are moving away from the romney campaign with the president gain something points in crucial battleground states. there is an attempt to reorient the campaign, make it a case of change versus the status quo. the message like the economy, but even playing to the base in some swing states. it indicates a recalibration because the romney camp knows the old way they were approaching things isn't working to date with 50 days out. >> let's get back to the finger
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printing. you point out the political article getting huge buzz, aids and friends within camp romney being sourced here in this article, and a lot of finger pointing at this guy. take a look. this is romney's senior strategist, stuart stevens. my question is what is the republican rap on this guy? what has he done wrong? >> well, stuart stevens is famously described as the most interesting man in politics. he's not just a political consultant, he's an author, he's an extreme sports advocate. the problem is -- >> eclectic. >> yes. but he's taken extreme amount of power with inside the romney campaign. that is an unforgivable sin in politics. everyone is looking for their own piece of the pie. stuart stevens positioned himself as the key figure inside the romney campaign and so when things don't go well, people start pointing their fingers at him. and they say that stevens doesn't have the record of being able to connect with the base. theoretically stevens is someone who should be in a perfect position to lead a general election campaign, pitching not
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to the base, but to the vast center of the electorate but it hasn't been working and you saw today, ed gillespie being brought him, him trying to make that case. the camp reorienting. but finger pointing never good in the campaign this day. >> they chuck the speech, only one story remains, and basically stu stevens and mitt romney worked this thing together with a few days remaining. i'll be talking to the editor in chief of politico on that. with all the hand wringing and the finger pointing on the romney side, we looked at a poll today, the gallup tracking poll and his lead is shrinking from the post convention high we have been talking about. it is down three points. with a downward trend, i'm wondering, it is hard to see a reason for republicans to panic or am i missing something? >> well, look, there is no question that that post
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convention bounce, it is a bounce because eventually you revert to the mean. despite historic levels of unemployment that should bring down an incumbent president, they have been neck and neck, they have been tight, but they really haven't been ahead this cycle. and president obama got a much bigger bounce coming out of charlotte than mitt romney out of tampa. they realize it is later than you think and they need to start recalibrating. no room for panic, but the status quo for their campaign, that clearly isn't working either. so that's the real contest they're having inside the campaign. you can't reinvent your candidate. that famous etch-a-sketch, it is a little late for. you have to make clear decisions about how to reorient your message in a way that can connect. 50 days out, it is tight, we're in the final stretch. but they still have a shot to pull this out and they got to do everything they can because there are no do-overs. >> there are no do-overs in politics when you're looking at seven weeks in one day. john avalon, thanks so much for us, from new york. so what do you think about this? here is a number for you. $200,000.
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is 200 grand a year, is that considered middle income? watch what mitt romney says when he's asked to define middle income. >> $100,000 middle income. >> no, middle income is 200, $250,000 and less. >> let's fwauk thtalk about thi alison kosik. the median income in the u.s. is just over $50,000. back to mitt romney, is he technically correct? >> okay, here's the thing with this, brooke. there is no textbook definition of what the middle class is. you know what it is, it is more of a feeling. that's why there is so much wiggle room with this. if you look at households sitting in the middle of income distribution, those in the 40th to 50th percentile, they'at's o way to define the middle class.
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only 5% of households make $186,000 or more. but however you define the middle class, brooke, it is getting smaller. there is a recent study that found that just one third of americans now consider themselves part of the lower class. of the middle class, rather. four years ago, it was bigger, a quarter of the population. >> it needs to be pointed out, though, this number, $250,000, we heard it before, because president obama is calling for extending the current tax cuts, so-called bush tax cut for income below that $250,000 mark for families. and $200,000 for individuals. by making those figures, allison, his, you know, dividing lines, is the president also saying middle income tops out in the same ballpark? >> you know what, he kind of is, right? you're right that romney, he's not -- romney is not far off from what president obama has been saying himself. president obama says, he wants to keep tax cuts for the middle class and he's been using the exact same cutoff, individuals
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making $200,000, families making $250,000, but the difference is, he hasn't actually labeled people. president obama has not labeled people, meaning people who are just below that line as middle income. he hasn't put that label on them. what you have here is that president obama is not saying it outright, so that may be why we're seeing romney take more heat on this because he was -- he more so spelled it out, brooke. >> i'll ask you about the heat he is taking because, you know, you talk about dollars and cents and mitt romney's total wealth, it is not really known. some estimate it to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. and critices say statements like this talking to abc news, you know, puts him once again out of touch with your quote/unquote regular working joe. when it comes down to who would handle the economy bet, we have seen the polls, see the numbers, virtually neck and neck here, it doesn't look like, you know, president obama really has a superior edge. so when it comes back to the heat that mitt romney could be taking on this, do we really think that would be substantial? >> democrats are certainly going to try to make most of this
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because it is all about perception, and he has that perception meaning romney does of seeming out of touch with the average joe. but, you know, there are policy implications for romney has been saying. romney has promised not to raise taxes on middle income people and he wants to cut taxes -- he wants to cut tax rates by 20% for everybody. and to pay for that, he's going to have to limit deductions on high income earners. that's why we want to know where he draws the line, but at least with romney, we are getting some specifics, and in a surprising way. >> alison kosik, thank you. curious to what you watch and think about what is middle income. tweet me at brookeb@cnn. the leader of the terrorist grub hezbollah says america must pay for the film attacking islam. and now he's calling on muslims around the world to unite. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now.
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chicago. i thought the strike was so close to ending, even into late last night. and now school district attorneys showed up in court? what happened? >> reporter: that's right. we were talking thursday, friday, things took sort of a more optimistic tone. folks on both sides really of this issue, the teachers and the city, sounding much more optistic. but then saturday and sunday rolled around when the union -- the teachers union house of delegates had a meeting. they got together. they thought this might actually end. they were going to decide whether or not to lift the strike that did not happen. instead, folks got together and said we need more time to take this contract this deal that has been presented to us back to the entire union, and then make a decision. so they're now saying they'll meet tuesday night. in the meantime, as you mentioned, the chicago -- city of chicago, the public school system now suing the teachers union saying the strike is illegal. but, the union firing back with a pretty strongly worded statement. i want to read that for you now. cps, the chicago public school
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system, spur of the moment decision to seek injunctive relief some six days late area peers to be a vindictive act instigated by the mayor. the attempt to thwart our democratic process is consistent with mayor emanuel's bullying behavior toward public school educators. >> let's roll back for a second, because, you know, maybe people are sitting there thinking, why injunction, why sue? let me read what the school district says. quote, state law expressly prohibits the ctu from striking over noneconomic issues, such as layoff and recall policies, teacher evaluations, class sizes and the length of the school day and year. so not only is the school district saying, this is illegal, but it is also saying the strike is endangering the health, the well-being of these children. how is that so? >> reporter: that's right. you know, the public school system saying, you know, these kids are out of the school, some of them who, you know, rely on school essentially for lunches for nutritional value, a lot of
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them going to be out on the streets. it is a safety issue they're saying. more than anything, they're saying this is not legal because they're arguing over things that are noneconomic. now if you were to talk to the teachers union, they would say wages, salaries and working conditions, these all have to do with our economic struggles. they would say, this is completely nonsense. they also say if this were really truly illegal, why didn't you sue a week ago when the strike began. so they're sort of saying, we don't really believe they have a case here, and we also heard word of just an hour ago that the judge would not even take this case up until as early as wednesday. we know the union is going to be meeting tuesday night. so that may be a moot point by then. >> in the meantime, chris, what about the parents? what are they saying to you? >> reporter: a lot of parents said, look, we thought this would be over by now. we didn't think we would be here a week later, here it is monday, still talking about this. and a lot of parents kind of split. they try -- they're trying to take the argument that, you
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know, we see the side, the points the teachers are making, but we also want our kids back in school. so you kind of have got a 50/50 kind of situation going on. we talked to one parent who was dropping his kid off, children first locations the city set up for kids to go to. here is what he said. >> what is your reaction when you heard what happened? >> a little bit of a disappointment. but, you know, i understand why they're holding out. i definitely still support the teachers. >> parents in the city you think are supporting the teachers? >> i think a fair number are. it seems to be kind of split between, you know, people i talk to, maybe 50/50. >> reporter: so parents saying, you know, it really has been a struggle. we had to find baby-sitters, we had to take days off work, we can't do this for much longer. >> you can hear the frustration in the parents' voices for sure. we'll see where this goes on day seven. chris welch for us in chicago. chris, thank you. now this -- >> he goes, you have to tell mom and justin and shane, you know,
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that i'm going to be killed over here. i said, out on the field, you know? he goes, no, in our base. >> this is one of the most compelling interviews i have watched in quite some time. i hope you join me next. because the chilling words from that man's son, an american marine, who was killed during a green on blue insider attack in afghanistan. please stay with me. don't miss the cnn interview next. americans are always ready to work hard for a better future. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader. the heart of a one-to-one relationship. together for your future. ♪
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they wore u.s. army uniforms, destroyed six military jets and toted automatic rifles. these new details, they're coming into us from nato on that brazen insurgent attack at a joint u.s. and british base in afghanistan friday. that attack is being called well planned and well rehearsed. and although the use of u.s. uniforms is quite rare, attacks on coalition troops by their supposed allies sadly are not. three separate deadly attacks on nato forces in afghanistan, not by obvious taliban fighters or by al qaeda, but by infiltrators
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acting alone or in groups, oftentimes wearing the uniform of nato allies. in fact, just this year, 50 people have been killed in these types of attacks, including lance corporal gregory buckley. he was killed last month by the very afghan forces he was there to train. in an incredibly emotional interview, his father spoke with cnn's david ariosto. he said his son had this feeling, he wouldn't die in battle, but on base. >> reporter: this was the game greg buckley jr. was supposed to see, back home on leave from afghanistan, where he helped train afghan forces. the 21-year-old marine had only two days left before heading home to see his brother play varsity high school football for the first time. but before getting word that he was to go home early, he phoned his dad. he told me that, i have to stay here until november, he says, i'm not going to come home.
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and i was -- i don't understand. he goes, i'm going to -- you got to be able to tell mom and justin and shane, you know, that i'm going to be killed over here. i said, out on the field, you sn know? he goes, no, on our base. then it happened. greg was gunned down august 10th by the very forces he was training. like he said, it happened inside the base. and by his phone calls and letters, he knew it was coming. and on one particular night on guard duty, he had a run-in with a trainee. >> the guy turned around and said to greg, you know, we don't want you here, we don't need you here and greg, said, what did you say? he said it again. greg turned around and said to him, why would you say that? i'm here giving my life for you to help you, to make better, to better for yourselves, the guy just started tormenting him all night. >> reporter: his dad said greg spent the right of the night with the trainee. >> pitch black out and all he kept on saying over and over again, we don't want you, we
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don't need you, we don't want you, we don't need you. >> reporter: building up local security is considered the linchpin of nato strategy for withdraw, but attacks by trainees have become disturbingly more frequent. families like the buckleys say it is a sign that america's longest war has gone on long enough. >> i basically collapsed and -- mother collapsed and we were both on the floor, bawling. >> reporter: but greg's two brothers refuse to cry. at least during the day. >> one night i went into shane's room, and he was on the end of the bed, his head was hanging over the end of the bed. i thought he dropped water on the floor. and he was just bawl iing. heart broke for him. and later on that night, i heard a noise from justin's room, and i went inside and he had a
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pillow over his face, 4:30 in the morning, screaming at the top of his lungs, heart wrenching. and how do i explain to justin, why don't you cry during the day? and they both turned around at the same time and said, we can't. we have to take care of you and mom. >> reporter: with the community behind them, the buckley family is now coping as best they can. and justin, oceanside star running back wearing cameo with his team to honor greg, makes sure to salute his fallen brother each time he scores. >> yeah, baby. yeah, baby. >> greg was supposed to be home for this game. what would you tell him right now? >> i would tell him i love him and i miss him. that's about it. >> thank you. >> reporter: david ariosto, cnn,
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oceanside, long island, new york. >> there are no words. just a heads up, i'll be speaking with greg buckley sr. this coming wednesday and i'll ask his father what he thinks should be done about these insider attacks. just ahead, mitt romney expected to speak live as the president hits ohio hard. you'll see where each stands in the very important swing state. both men fighting over how to cut america's debt and if congress does nothing, the white house is revealing what exactly gets cut and who gets saved. that's next. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. governor of getting it done. you know how to dance... with a deadline. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. this is awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is, business pro.
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specifics on the policies he would pursue if and when elected to the white house. president obama meantime is back in that all important swing state of ohio. here he is, campaign stop this morning, this was cincinnati. he has another event just about two hours from now in columbus. now, these two campaigns, they are, of course, battling it out for the state of ohio and it is really tough to tell who has an edge there. you see the numbers with me. this recent nbc wall street journal marist poll gives obama, a seven-point advantage. but then look at this. the american research group ohio poll shows the race is basically a tie. obama at 48%. romney at 47%. now, there is a word you are going to be hearing and we have talked about this, but you're going to be hearing this word more over the next couple of months, sequestration. it is really an inside the beltway word, a bureaucrat word, what does it mean? it means if congress doesn't find a way to agree on how to reduce the debt, those automatic
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cuts, they kick in in january. sounds simple enough. it is anything but because the debt is $16 trillion. so the cuts would be deep, and the cuts would be brutal. to help us understand and looking ahead here, with sequestration, how to would work, we asked bob cusack to join us, the managing editor of "the hill." bob, welcome back. >> thanks for having me on. >> the white house released some projections late last week. this is sort of the new nugget if you will in the whole story. this is the first time we're seeing specifics of these automatic spending cuts if congress doesn't agree on, you know, how to reduce the debt. i want to begin with the top of the list, that being the military. the military cuts, the dollar figure $7 billion. can we be more specific? who would be pinched? >> it is about 10% of defense discretionary spending. and it wouldn't affect some things. it would affect war funding. but it will not affect the pay that military personnel get or their benefits. but both to defense and on the social side doctors, hospitals,
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medicare spending, food safety also would be cut, as well as security for embassies. so both sides agree that these cuts would be destructive. that's a word the white house used in this report on friday, the house headed by republicans has passed a bill that would replace those cuts. so, you know, both sides want to avoid the sequestration, but they have different ideas of what to replace the cuts with. this $1.2 trillion. and, remember, you know, if we don't cut, if we say let's add to the deficit, the credit rating agencies might say we're going to downgrade the nation's credit. this is a major problem. both sides want to get rid of it but don't agree on the solution. >> we'll get to the back and forth here in a minute and the white house. i want to continue down the list here because we have a couple of examples. $140 million cut from federal student aid. $285 million cut from heating assistance to low income families. $104 million cut from the agricultural disaster relief fund at a time of extreme
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drought. i mean, you know, look, anyone realizes these are tough, tough cuts. i thought the idea of forcing these cuts was to maybe, you know, this tactic of scaring lawmakers into striking a deal, but so far, that isn't happening. >> no, and this is because of the failure of the so-called super committee, both sides thought that was going to yield a deal, but there was no grand barri bargain. there will have to be cuts, whether to defense spending or tax increases, that's what democrats are pushing for. there will have to be some cuts that are going to hurt some people. they just can't reach a deal, a grand deal that will both satisfy the credit rating agencies and also not -- have enough votes to pass in congress. it is hard when you're cutting something, it is hard to get members to vote for that. >> no one likes to cut, it is a painful process. the deadline, into the year. the white house have held off in supporting the democrats' plan. i know a lot of jobs will be lost. is that part of the reason why?
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>> it is. i think the white house is -- it may have to change tactics here because the house democrats have offered a plan like the house republicans. the white house has not officially endorsed that bill, but republicans are going after the president on this, calling it his defense cuts, you know, not noting that the paul ryan also backed the bill that set this up, set up the super committee and set up sequestration. i think this could come up in the debates and i wouldn't be surprised if the white house backs some type of detailed plan that would say, hey, we're not for this to make it crystal clear that they don't want these cuts to go into effect. >> the question is when. when would the white house change tactics? are we talking post election? >> i think could be before. it depends how much pressure and how successful republicans are in their messaging that these are obama's defense cuts, even though it was a bipartisan vote on this. i think that will depend on the timing of it. >> managing editor of "the
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hill," bob cusack, good to see you. thank you. >> thanks for having me on. ahead, oh, boy, a royal scandal, more revealing photos of kate middleton are published, the royal couple looks to press criminal charges against those responsible. before you switch your insurance. [ horn honks ] just plug snapshot into your car, and drive like you -- to see if your good driving could save you up to 30%. so try the way to save that's as unique as you are. now you can test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit progressive.com today. how did the nba become the hottest league on the planet? by building on the cisco intelligent network they're able to serve up live video, and instant replays,
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it is the much anticipated last flight for the space shuttle "endeavor." the road has been cleared. we talked about the trees in los angeles. the festivities planned. and the shuttle is loaded on to the back of the 747 jet liner. but here is the but, it is going to have to wait because nature apparently has plans of its own. chad myers is here with this. we talked about the trees being cleared in l.a. that's not the problem anymore. the problem is the weather. >> simply too wet. >> oy. >> in between cape canaveral and houston, it is a mess. there is just rain everywhere. they wanted to take a couple of low passes over nasa facilities, kind of in honor of the nasa facilities in louisiana and mississippi. there is not a chance that you're not going to get that
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shuttle wet when you look at that radar now if you go through mississippi. they could have taken a big long route around the gulf of mexico. but that wouldn't have been cool. people wouldn't have been able to see it. they want people to see it. >> piggy backing on the 747. >> they have to strip the entire 747 to the gas tanks. there is nothing inside. there is not a seat inside. there is no heating exchangers, nothing in there, except the big, big hole and then this thing sits on top. >> those pictures are incredible. hopefully some day this week you and i will be talking about that. >> doesn't look like tomorrow either. looks pretty bad. >> eventually this week. in a different form of astronaut ability, soyuz, three astronauts are home after, what, four months? >> they land on dirt. i just don't get that. you think about how hard it is if you do a belly flop on water, i'm not sure the apollo was that much softer. >> is this the landing? >> yes. boom, big cloud of dust. still had to hurt. >> and welcome home from the iss.
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>> and then the parachute blew over and tipped the thing on its side and they had to dig them out. >> that's how they get home now. >> yes. thanks to russia and the soyuz, hopefully with private enterprises that will soon change. thank you. >> thank you. >> good to see you. >> welcome back. >> thank you. good to be back. rolen martin is weighing in on this one, the whole topless fiasco involving the royal couple. and, you know what, he doesn't feel sorry for the duchess. he's going to explain. he'll join us live. it will be interesting. his morning starts with arthritis pain. and two pills. afternoon's overhaul starts with more pain. more pills. triple checking hydraulics. the evening brings more pain. so, back to more pills. almost done, when... hang on. stan's doctor recommended aleve. it can keep pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is rudy. who switched to aleve. and two pills for a day free of pain. ♪ [ female announcer ] and try aleve for relief from tough headaches.
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today, more photos of the duchess of cambridge wearing less than the palace ever wanted you to see. the italian magazine called chi released this 26-page spread showing new images of kate topless on the balcony in the private chateau in the south of france owned by william's uncle. the palace is seeking damages and a court order stopping further publication of these photos. since the story broke, we in the newsroom, let me tell you this, shall we say, some very loud discussions over who is at fault, the paparazzi, the future queen of england. catherine received no sympathy in the article written by roland martin.
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roland is joining me now. roland, let me just be totally transparent to our viewers, you and i normally talk politics. we were on set last week talking foreign policy. why, my friend, do you care about the duchess of cambridge in this story? >> actually, i don't. i think what it speaks to is this whole issue in terms of the decisions you make and how it impacts you later on. when i saw the story, the first thing that came to my mind was obviously paparazzi are atrocious, i can't stand these folks, i hate all the celebrity magazines where they take photos of people walking down the street getting coffee. but let's be honest, if you don't take your top off in public, there are no photos. there is no controversy. and so i immediately thought about michael jordan, other -- >> michael jordan? >> when michael jordan played in the nba, michael jordan never got dressed in the locker room. he always got dressed in a side room. you go into the nba or nfl locker rooms, guys are walking around butt naked, coming out of the shower, literally changing
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clothes right in front of the media. jordan never wanted to be seen any way he could not control. and so i understand being on a private 640 acre chateau. >> let me play devil's advocate. this is private, on a balcony, i would imagine the land is dense where she is. i'm not sure how far away the photographic lens was. i can't help, i personally felt sympathy for her. can this woman not have a single private moment in her life? >> the moment you -- here's the deal. when you walk outside of a door, that is now outdoors, the reality is you might be photographed. there are people with literally lenses that can shoot photos from a mile or two miles away. look, i totally agree on the whole notion of privacy. what i'm saying is you have to protect yourself. there is a phrase protect yourself at all times. you talk to any number of celebrities, they tell you, they have to think about this
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beforehand and protect themselves beforehand. the reality is, when you walk outside of that door, you are in the open space. unfortunately, that's the world we live in. >> if you are -- if it were to be a michael jordan, lady gaga, lindsay lohan, now the duchess of cambridge, it doesn't matter, you have to be mindful of where you are, what you're wearing, what you're not wearing, what you're tweeting, et cetera. let me point this out, she's also married to the son of, you know, the late princess diana who was the most photographed person in the world. >> i know any number of celebrities they're careful about the people who are they are even around with privately in terms of are you recording photo or videos. i went to the house of one of the biggest musical artists of all time. and in his bathroom there are photos all around saying, no photos, no videos, put this in your memory bank. so what i'm saying is, it is about protecting yourself and, again -- >> is that not so sad that
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person has to go to that length. >> it said halle berry has to go off on paparazzi and she's trying to move to france because they're following her when she's picking her daughter up from school. but with that said, celebrities will tell you, they have to protect themselves and all i'm saying is if you want to -- if you want to get your full tan on with no clothes, guess what, it might have to be inside in a tanning booth, it might have to be with a special machine, but the moment you step outside and open air, you risk the paparazzi invading your private space and that's what we have here. >> here is something else you point out. you say not only really is she a celebrity, you know, to blame, you point to some americans, let me read part of this, our culture has not only accepted it being part of -- our interest in these kinds of photos, we revel in it. do you think all the celebrity magazines and websites with photos of stars working to the star to get coffee lose money. no. you go on. we live in the age of voyeurism and long lenses of the paparazzi
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fill our desire. so are we to blame? >> yes, if somebody is paying a photographer seven figures or high six figures of a nude kate middleton -- >> we don't know how much they paid, do we? >> we don't know. other paparazzi have gotten significant amounts of money for these kinds of photos. guess what, they know if i spend this amount of money, we're going to make that money back in terms of newsstands sales. you're right. i sit on airplanes and i see women, men, mothers, sitting there looking through the magazines and nothing but photo magazines of just stars just doing their everyday life, we drive this. and it is our voyeurism and that's the problem. so we can say, oh, the paparazzi is bad. well, stop buying the magazine. >> we could go off on that, but i have to stop, roland martin. thank you. you can read roland's article, go to cnn.com. and to you watching, tell me what you think.
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send me a tweet. i read all the tweets. >> keep it real. >> tweet me @brookbcnn. coming up next, the leader of the terrorist group hezbollah makes a rare public appearance and uses it to call on muslims to unite against america. you'll hear his direct orders next.
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want to show you video taken in the streets of lebanon just a couple of hours ago. see the protesters there, clearly filling, calling for more anti-american demonstrations. the comments come days after violence erupted outside the u.s. embassies after that anti-islam video. want to bring in cnn's mohammed jamjoom. the leader of hezbollah rarely makes public appearances, the clo crowd looked pretty huge. do we know how many turned out, a. and, b, was there any violence. >> reporter: you're right. it is rare that he would show up in public. it is the first time he made a
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public appearance since last year, 2011. that was a brief one. he spoke for around 20 minutes in front of tens of thousands of his supporters. there was no violence at all, no injuries reported. it was significant because you have nasrallah and hizbollah entering the fray on this film now. but we also must remember that even though nasrallah is coming out and calling for more demonstrations in the days to come saying this is the beginning of a serious movement in the muslim world to defend the dignity of the prophet, also, this only happened in the southern suburbs of bedwit. it took place in a shiite stronghold. hezbollah stronghold in beirut and was orderly. that is quite significant. this is not close to any embassies, western embassies or any symbols of america. and yesterday when this rally was called for, hezbollah was insisting that this needed to be peaceful. brooke? >> i want to just play, mohamed,
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a little bit of his speech. not translated, just a heads up to all of you watching. we want to hear the force behind his words and the crowd's reaction. so take a listen. >> what is being said there? >> reporter: well, brooke, this is nasrallah rallying the crowd. he is saying, if i may paraphrase, oh, prophet of god, he's having the crowd repeat after him, that we will gladly sacrifice ourselves for you, our parents, our children, our blood. he's saying we will do everything we can to defend the dignity of the prophet. this is not rhetoric that you would -- that would be unexpected at a rally like this, where they're trying to defend
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the prophet and the dignity of the prophet. it just goes to show how serious an offense this film has taken as by these communities, these muslim communities. they consider this sack religious, blasphemous. >> we'll see if this continues in the coming days. mohammed jamjoom in beirut, thank you. the man responsible for that film, the man really at the center of all of this has remained a mystery until now. cnn did some digging. wait until you see what we found. plus, mitt romney expected to speak live in a couple of minutes from now as his opponent to the president hits a very important swing state today. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues
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now to flare-ups of anti-american violence fuelled by this low budget cartoonish movie trailer that mocks the prophet muhammad. protesters turn on police to try
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to block their march to the u.s. embassy in kabul. 15 officers are hurt. their vehicles set on fire. once again, more photos coming in to us here from beirut. crowds chanting death to america as the leader of hezbollah calls for a week of protests. and in indonesia, you saw the flames, protesters burned the american flag and bombard police outside the u.s. embassy in jakarta. this is day four of protests there. now to that film. we are learning more about the man behind that anti-muslim film. cnn's miguel marquez uncovers the first photo of the filmmaker we have seen. >> you like hollywood? >> yeah, i do. >> reporter: lilly had been in hollywood a week when she answered an ad on craigslist for

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