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ideas, most of which turn out to be succinct, but there are a few winners in the pile. >> with every project, david is striving to decipher how each brain creates its own reality, and then to use that knowledge to create a safer and more just society. that's what earned him a spot on "the next list." thanks so much for joining us. i'm dr. sanjay gupta. you're in the cnn newsroom. thanks so much for joining us. i'm susan hendricks for today fredricka whitfield. the eighth highest mountain in the world had a deadly avalanche. at least 11 people are dead and a desperate search for more people is happening right now.
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a whole camp may have been swept away by that avalanche. it happened at 5:00 a.m. this morning. there are some survivors that have been airlifted to local hospitals. we are told over 204 mountaineers broke up into teams of 25. they were apparently attempting to climb the mountain. at least 38 people are believed to be still missing. we're going to follow that, of course. libya's militias have 48 hours to leave tripoli or else. that is the warning from the army. the military says it will use force if needed to push those militants out of bases, public buildings or property belonging to the former regime. the threat follows passionate anti-militia protests like this one in benghazi. libyans who are determined to show they are not standing for the violence that left four americans dead. pakistan is condemning the bounty for the movie that started the violent protests. this man said he will pay
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$100,000 for the death of nakoula basseley nakoula. he is said to be in hiding, but they hope to defuse this situation before it grows even worse. take a listen. >> translator: i come from the corporation of laws and resisting hatred and against violence, against terrorism, against killing and against c confrontatio confrontations. >> the pakistani government is making it clear the bounty is not an official position. president obama arrives in new york to attend the u.n. general assembly tomorrow. the president speaks to the assembly on tuesday. administration officials say he more likely will talk about the worldwide protests on the film that insults the muslim religion. the president is expected to restate his position on the movie and also denounce the violent acts of some protesters. both president obama and republican rival mitt romney
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will talk policy and presidential politics during interviews tonight on "60 minutes." they're both bracing for a busy week on the campaign trail. here's editor paul steinhauser. >> mitt romney will be in the battleground state of colorado tonight and tomorrow. the polls indicate it's a close contest for president obama and mitt romney in the state's nine electoral votes. on tuesday both candidates speak separately at the global initiative gathering in new york city. after that, romney heads to ohio for a bus tour through the crucial swing state. >> i need ohio to help me become the next president. >> our polls in ohio indicate that right now mr. obama has the upper hand in the state's 18 electoral votes. both men have been frequent visitors to ohio this year, and while romney rolls through the state on wednesday, the president will be coming through there as well. >> it's great to be in this
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beautiful setting. >> also this week with the first presidential debate closing in, both men will continue their debate preps. susan? >> paul, appreciate that. while the president and mitt romney are getting ready for the debate, first lady michelle obama is speaking out on voting rights. she spoke at the professional black caucus gala last night about the importance of protecting the right to vote. >> we all get a say in our democracy no matter who we are or where we're from or what we look like or who we love. so we cannot let anyone discourage us from casting our ballots. we cannot let anyone make us feel unwelcome in the voting booth. >> now, the first lady didn't specifically refer to it, but there is an election battle brewing right now over americans' access to the voting booth. a lot of states have passed laws that many people say could make it harder to vote. those laws could be game changers come november. joe john shows us how.
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>> reporter: in the past two years, almost every state in the country has introduced or passed some kind of restriction or change to the voting laws. 41 out of 50 states since the last mid-term election. we're talking about all kinds of changes to the voting laws here, for early voting, voting registration, absentee ballots, and almost all are to laws requiring voters to show photo identification. 11 states are already gotten the photo i.d. laws in place. another six states have photo i.d. laws that have now been challenged in the courts and are under review. this is going on mostly in republican controlled states. we have to say here, again and again, voter i.d. laws are very popular and make sense to people. the people who support these laws say they're needed to avoid voter fraud, but in previous elections and the primaries this year, we've not seen a significant number of people charged with voter fraud. democrats who are fighting these laws state to state say it doesn't have anything to do with
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fraud, it's just a plan to keep minority voters, including blacks and latinos, away from the polls on election day. as you might imagine, some of the biggest balttles over these laws are being waged in some of the most important battleground states like ohio, pennsylvania and florida where the election could be decided if it's a close race. they appeal to the secretary of state as to whether all voters will be allowed to go to the polls on saturday, sunday and monday before the election. the state stream court told him he had to make sure there is enough time for voters to get i.d.s. and in florida, it's been a bruising battle over voting rights for the better part of the year. democrats won a few parts of this, republicans have as well.
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now it's coming down to a lawsuit filed by democratic congresswoman corinne brown as to how many hours polls will be open for early voting. why is all this important? well, it's about electoral votes. ohio has 18. pennsylvania has 20. and florida has 29. the candidate who wins or loses these states has a leg up in the race for the white house. back to you. >> yes, that is key, joe. appreciate that. and if you would like to see more on the legal battle over voting rights in florida, joe johns has an hour-long documentary premiering next month. tune in to "who counts" on october 14th at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. yoko ono you'll see there. we're going to talk to one of the husbands of the band. that's next. ♪ you give it bold new styling,
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welcome back. yoke o yoko ono just got together with the len on-ono grant for peace. she was given a two-year jail sentence after a protest of vladimir putin in a church in france. you may remember that. peter joins me now in new york. peter, great to talk to you. >> good to talk to you. >> peter, let's talk about what this reward means to you and your wife. does she know about it? >> yes. in fact, on monday before going to the united states.
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i get to see yoko ono. anyone with political activism, who like to raise political questions, get in the works for yoko ono, a person who has championed these causes for decades, it's incredible. >> it sounds like she's able to keep her sense of humor considering it's a two-year jail sentence. i know it's up to appeal. how is nadia doing overall in terms of her spirit and well-being. >> nadia, as well as the other two jail members is an incredibly strong woman, and all of us have been amazed at how given the brutal circumstances of a russian prison and russian court system they've put in, they manage to keep their spirits and make these amazing political speeches to smile and just basically to keep themselves together really good.
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so obviously all of them are really worried about being sent to penal colonies, what the treatment is going to be down there, but they have their courage and they're finding the strength to keep on smiling and continue to fight even from prison. >> you have a daughter, peter, she's four years old. i saw a picture of her. so cute. i understand she knows her mother is in prison and she's drawing die a gr-- diagrams, tag about how to free her mother. >> putin in recent years have been taking on the role of dictator who is never going to leave. he's like this evil twin now. so basically it's really easy to explain what's happening in russia to a four-year-old kid, and this is how she understands what's happening to her mom and what's happening to russia. she thinks that putin, as the evil hero, has locked up nadia
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in a castle in a cage and we have to fight to defeat this evil prince and get her out. >> i'm always surprised to hear how strong you sound when talking about your wife and the two other members. do you ever have bad days about this, and when you think about how long two years could be without seeing much of your wife. >> imagine not seeing the person who you love, the person who is very close to you not only personally but also professionally for two years. it's an amazing -- it's a very big period of time, and, well, the quiet moments obviously give you very hard feelings. >> what do you think will happen? i know you're ready for the worst, but do you think your wife and other members will get out before the two years on this appeal? >> so, yes, we do not have any hopes that the appeal will do any good, na it withat it will significantly rechange the rules. we might get six to eight weeks
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off the sentence, but i think in general it will change most of the sentence and given the present political situation in russia, things basically get worse by the month. more people get sent to prison, more criminal cases get opened. we don't really have any optimistic hopes that things will change before putin gets out of the kremlin. >> does the group have any regrets? i know when the sentence was handed down, they were smiling and people weren't too happy about their reaction. do they have regrets on what they did in terms of the protes protests? >> no, the band and the girl have been saying that the amazing international and internal outcries that appeared after their case and all the issues that have been raised and picked up after their performance and after their arrest is just an a demonstrati that there was no law or separation of the state and
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church. all these issues basically point out to the fact that their performance was actually very key and it was vital, and if the government is making them pay this price, then they have to pay it. it's not like anyone is asking them if they want to pay it or not. they're there and they have to live with it. >> it is something they are doing with the sentence. peter, we wish you and your daughter well. thanks very much. >> thank you. thank you very much. echoes of the cold war. we look at the modern day problems posed by russia and china coming up, and the tough decisions that await the next president. and zoom... in your car. introducing the all-new cadillac xts with cue. ♪ don't worry. we haven't forgotten, you still like things to push. [ engine revs ] the all-new cadillac xts has arrived, and it's bringing the future forward.
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welcome back. china and russia, whoever is serving in the white house after the election in november will have to deal with these two countries. how do the candidates' strategies differ? cnn correspondent's affairs jodi daughterty takes a closer look. >> president obama made cooperation his motto. >> in a global economy, an interconnected world, glaconcer including our own, will be more
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able to be worked on when we work together. >> he's found that approach more difficult. >> after a decade in which we fought two wars that cost us dealer in blood and pleasure, we're turning to the vast potential of the asian pacific region. >> with his visit to asia, mr. obama made a strategic decision for the u.s. to play a larger, more long term role in asia. and facing a more than $200 billion trade deficit with china, he brought suits against beijing at the world trade organization. >> we're going to continue to be firm in insisting that they operate by the same rules that everybody else operates under. >> he fended off republican and democratic demands to designate china a currency manipulator, concerned with a trade war. angry at beijing, he signed off on armed sales to taiwan but
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refused to sell them advanced f-16 fighter jets. but mitt romney vows to take off the gloves. >> if i'm president of the united states, i will finally take china to the carpet and say, look, you guys, i'm going to label you a currency manipulator and apply tariffs unless you stop those practices. china is stealing our no-how, our brand names. >> romney said he would sell more arms to taiwan and he would challenge china on their human rights record. with russia, he tried ret set button. >> we want to reset our relationship, so we will do it together. >> he won a new start arms control agreement, got vladimir putin's green light, opened supply lines for coalition forces in afghanistan, and canceled the bush administration's plan for putting missile defense
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components in poland. mitt romney blasts obama's approach. >> under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty and mr. putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone. >> romney says if he's elected, he'll ditch obama's reset button. russia, he says, is -- >> without question, our number one geopolitical foe. >> he aims to recreate that treaty. but would mitt romney substantially change the relationship with russia and china. he tempers that with diplomatic calculus. right now moscow and china oppose revolutionary efforts to remove syria. but they need their help on other challenges like iran and north korea. debates over russia and china often are black and white, but
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seen from inside the white house, there's a lot more gray. jill daugherty, cnn, the state department. >> be sure to tune in for a special hour of cnn newsroom at 4:00 p.m. today. we're going to have a special on where the candidates stand on the big issues of america. we're going to find out why a man jumped into a tiger's den at the bronx zoo. it probably won't make much more sense to you than it does to us. stay tuned.
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. pakistan is making it clear that the nothiy have nothing to with the death threat fortunate filmmaker after they offered a bounty for his death. new york police say the man who leaped into a tiger den at the bronx zoo had, quote, a desire to be one with the tiger. commissioner ray kelly added that the victim was not drunk or insane but just temporarily had no common sense. david villalobos is hospitalized in stable condition. he suffered a variety of injuries, most from his jump from a monorail into the den. a lot of folks travel for a living. when they do, it helps if they can find a place to set up shop, and if that place has all they need to accommodate them, that's
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