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what do you think? >> i'm sitting next to two great lawyers. i know i can get away with anything in life and will be just fine. >> what do you think, jose zblrges i will give you the final word. >> i want to take away, now we can go back to football and stop talking about the refs. >> we're not talking about politics and can talk about football and not bad plays that have been mangled. thank you. we will start with carol costello. the filmmaker that sparked international protests is arrested and held without bond and nothing to do with the controversial movie trailer. and refs return and fans show their appreciation. it was a standing ovation but it did not take long for fans to return to their bioing ways. even before new orleans states in' coaches and players were accused of a bounty program
offering payouts for big hits on opponents another team may have beat them to the punch. a pee-wee football team. now a former assistant coach is blowing the whistle. combining religion with technology. we're talking to the man who invented a bible lab aiming at bringing the good book into the 21st century. newsroom starts now. good morning to you. happy happy friday. i'm carol costello and begin this hour with the man who ignited so much violence around the world from nakoula basseley nakoula. picture pictures earlier this month. even he couldn't decide which name to give the judge. according to these documents, he
has used at least 17 fake names. it's the web of lies, not the in siend jere film that has him sitting in jail this morning. good morning. >> reporter: i should be very clear about that. this is a federal probation violation that has him sitting in jail, as you say. there are two terms of his probation violation for a 2010 bank fraud conviction. he was not supposed to use any computer devices without the consent or prior knowledge of his probation officer. he also was not supposed to use any fictitious name. the great span of the hearing yesterday dealt with his identity. in fact, when the judge asked him, what is your name? he identified himself not as nakoula basseley nakoula, we have been working on, he identified himself as mark basseley youseff. she said, what's your name again? he aid mark basseley. a lot of identities being thrown
out there and why so much of the hearing is dealt with who exactly this man is and what he was working on, not specifically about the film but the federal probation violation. his attorney said he needed to be released with bond because he felt his safety was at risk sitting in jail because of the prison population and the percentage of muslims who make up the prison population. the prosecutor said he will be isolated, not be in the general population and the prosecutor also said if he's released, he poses a flight risk, carol. >> reporting live for us this morning. if you will remember, it was that anti-islam film first blamed for the consulate attack th that kurd in the death of four americans and it took the white house over a week to blame it on terrorists. now the white house says there is no toubt. >> as we determine what took
place there and the attack that took place, it became clear there were terrorists who had planned that attack. that's when i came to that conclusion. again as to who was involved, what specific groups were involved, the investigation that's ongoing hopefully will determine that. >> the obama administration is facing serious questions whether the deaths of the four men could have been prevented because of ongoing security concerns. the state department official says the u.s. is drawing down its staff and embassy in libya's capit capital. we just got word mitt romney will have a phone call conversation with benjamin netanyahu and so will president obama. it comes two days after president obama stood before the united nations and warned against a nuclear iran. yesterday, netanyahu underscored
iran having a nuclear bomb and shrugged off. he said the world may be months away from the point of no return. >> where should a red line be drawn? a red line should be drawn right here. befo before, before iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. before iran gets to a point where it's a few months away or a few weeks away from amassing enough enriched uranium from making a nuclear weapon. >> mahmoud ahmadinejad accused israel of carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing. netanyahu fired back saying the state hood of palestinians cannot be resolved with quotes
libelous speeches. it's been 37 years since the body of jimmy hoffa went missing and now it may be found. crews went digging in detroit. this is a live picture. investigators will dig under that driveway and take a coarse sample to determine if any human remains are down there. the home is in roseville, michigan. they got a credible tip a body was buried there around the time hoffa went missing. hoffa's disappearance is one of those bizarre mysteries and years later remains firmly planted in pop culture. >> jimmy hoffa, the mafia backed union guy remained unvowed despite the efforts of kennedy. >> the justice department has plenty on you, mr. hoffa. >> you don't impress me, i don't need $3 million and my brother elected president will whop
your -- >> and anti-hero was born and many believed the mafia killed hoffa and buried his body under the former giants' stadium until they eventually dug it up and built a new stadium, no body and no hoffa. they removed floorboards in 2002 to find traces of his blood, no go. in 2006, they raised a michigan horse barn, no hoffa. today, in roseville, michigan, police will dig up a driveway. >> kill the bill! kill the bill! >> hoffa's son, james, is now president of the international brotherhood of teamsters without connections to organized crime. still, he can't escape his father's notoriety. last year, he urged fellow union members to defeat tea party candidates. it was the way he said it that caused a firestorm. >> you know what, everybody here has to vote. if we go back and we keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son of a [ expletive ] back and get america back to
where we belong. >> hoffa refused to apologize an his union is equally tough when it comes to jimmy hoffa's death. quote the hoffa family does not respond every time a tip is received by authorities and will not comment until there is a reason to comment. what about this credible tip, from this man who had information for 37 years and didn't share. on "early start" this morning, some insight who this man is. >> he is a gambler who had a -- had an affiliation, a connection with a bookmaker in detroit, who was working with tony jackalony. what is interesting to me, tony is one of two people jimmy hoffa was supposed to meet at the time of his disappearance. >> police say the tipster was too afraid to come forward, supposedly, he's on his death bed today. the dig, it will begin in just about an hour and we'll take you
live there when that dig begins. fans at last night's browns-ravens game showered returning referees with something they've never gotten before. that would be a standing ovation. and, yes, the refs acknowledge the crowd as they walked on during the season. and the home game boo'd as they ruled against the ravens. they agreed to a new contract and both agreed the game went smoothly. >> welcome back to the officials, good to have you back. >> did you notice the difference? >> sure. these guys are pros, really good. the communication was good. didn't agree with every call. love to know what happened on the last one there that gave them the extra play. haven't seen that yet. heard about it. they were excellent. gene does a great job communicating and the guys on the sidelines does a good job
communicati communicating. we're on the same page from a consistency standpoint. >> that doesn't mean the refs didn't get the fans wrath at all. more on cheers and boos, later this hour. with 39 days to go until the election, both campaigns are running at full steam trying to convince america they're the best candidate for president. so it's kind of odd, they would actually be lowering expectations for the first presidential debate next week, in a memo sent to quote interested parties, romney campaign senior adviser, bette myers said, quote, president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker and widely regarded as one of the most talented communicators in modern history. this will be the eighth one of on one presidential debate of his political career. for mitt romney, it will be his first, end quote. really? obama is a more gifted speaker than oh, ronald reagan?
paul steinhauser joins me now. you have the memo. read me more, we want to know. >> interesting not just the campaign doing this, the candidates lowering expectations. take a listen to mitt romney himself over the campaign trail the last couple of days. >> he's president of the united states. he's a very effective speaker. >> he's a very eloquent speaker. so, i'm sure, in the debates as last time with senator mccain, he'll be very eloquent. >> reporter: what they're trying to do is lowering the bar, expectations, so if mitt romney does better in this debates next wednesday in denver. >> caller: they will say it's a great victory for him. this is what campaigns do. i don't know if americans really care but definitely what the campaigns do. >> curious they're saying mitt romney has absolutely no experience. he participate in 20 debates during the primaries. don't those count? >> yeah. bingo.
that's what the obama campaign is doing because they're doing the same thing, trying to lower the bar as well. a lot of their surrogates have been saying similar things. listen to robert gibbs on the sunday talk shows. >> look, mitt romney, i think, has an advantage because he's been through 20 of these debates in this primaries over the last year. he even bragged he was declared the winner en16 of those debates. i think in that sense having been through this much more recently than president obama, think he starts with an advantage. >> reporter: carol, if you listen to these campaigns, i guess neither of these guys will be any good in denver wednesday night. who do you believe? >> i think there have been some polls that people mostly say president obama will win the debates. remember in 2008, obama's debate performance when he said this? >> he's very likable. i agree with that. i don't think i'm that bad. >> you're likable enough,
hillary, no doubt about it. >> i appreciate that. >> okay. so he said, you're likable enough. that didn't go over too well with the voting public. in thanks for that trim down memory lane. that was from the primaries back in '08. >> its true the president hasn't debated since 2008. our poll, we did earlier this month. almost 6 in 10 aid the president was more likely to win the debates and only 34% said mitt romney. the way you look at it regardless who you think will win or lose, the key is what they say and talk about on policy. the debates may be the last thing that maybe moves that needle when it comes to the election. >> we'll see, paul steinhauser, many thanks. the presidential debate, watch it wednesday night at 7:00: cnn and cnn.com. apple's ceo is apologizing this morning to millions of
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surprise apology by apple. he's issue iing an apology overe maps. it's gotten terrible reviews. i think customers want more than an apology, aly son. >> i think they're working on a solution. tim cook coming out, we're sorry for this mapapcation, the one that replaced google maps. customers have been very very vocal how frustrated they are how this thing is working or not working in the latest version of the mobile operating system, the one on the iphone 5 that just came out. it did say it strives to make world class products that provide the best service for our customers and we are sorry we fell short and that it caused
frustration for customers and are doing everything we can to make maps better. meanwhile, while apple tries to make this better for primetime and make tweaks on the application. tim cook says you can try other alternatives by downloading map quest, ways, and good old google maps, the one it had in the first place. >> allison, thanks. >> and pee-wee players ordered to make big hits. the players were 10 years old. ♪
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now your chance to talk back on one of the stories for today. the question for you this morning, is there such a thing as economic patriotism? time to take out your flag pin and slap it on your lapel. turns out it is not only patriotic to salute the military but the economy, too. according to president obama, there is such a thing as economic patriotism. >> during campaign season you always hear a lot about patriotism. well, you know what? it's time for a new economic
patriotism. an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> it's become sort of a democratic man tra. in 2008, it was said the richer needs to pay more. >> no wone has more patriotism than even money needs a passport. summers on the beaches of the cayman islands and winters on the slopes of the swiss alps. >> ouch. the romney campaign is firing back as in, hey, a humongous deficit is not patriotic. >> this is a land where economic freedom has allowed people to pursue their dreams and in doing so and achieving success, they lift us as a nation, they give
us jobs, i will not apologize for success here and i will never apologize for america abroad. >> how's that for economic patriotism, whatever that is? so the talk back question for you this morning, is there such a thing as economic patriotism, facebook.com/carolcnn, your responses later this hour. when we think of bounties in football now we think of the new orleans saints. saints' head coach, sean payton is on the golf course instead of the football field this season after the nfl suspended him for his role in bountygate. a former assistant of another team says his players were offered cash for big hits on opponents. these weren't nfl players. they were 10 year-olds. here's casey wian. >> reporter: the 2011 red cobra's pop warner football team went undefeated in the regular season. >> this was a team that knew it
was on the verge of greatness and indeed went to the pop warner super bowl in florida. because it knew it had the players in place to get that far, it was probably willing to push the boundaries of what was acceptable and they got carried away. >> reporter: john zann nelly, then an assistant coach for the team of 10 and 11 year olds now says other coaches on the team offered the boys $20 cash bounties for big hits on opposing players. zanelly declined to speak on camera with cnn but off-camera confirmed the alleged bounty program first confirmed by the orange county register. >> all in all we now have six parents planeders saying this happened, 6 out of a team of about 22 confirming this happened. there's little doubt -- there's no doubt in my mind this happened. >> reporter: we spoke with one player from the 2011 tustin cobra's team whose parents did not want him identified because
they feared retaliation. the players told us coaches did discuss cash incentives for big hits and after games, coaches would vote which player would receive money and a player said he saw a coach give a player cash. the coach calls these claims nonsense. >> reporter: did you ever suggest or pay for a player to hurt a player on another team? >> absolutely not. i think they're trumped up charges. i think john zannely made these charges in his head and submitted them i believe to national pop warner. nothing like that ever happened on my team. >> i have been a team mom for him two of those four years so i'm not what you consider a casual bystander. i was at practices and at the games and i never once heard anything mentioned in this nature of any kind of bounty. >> the local conference initially investigated the claims and called them unfounded or overstated. late thursday, the national pop warner organization suspended
crawford and the tustin reed president saying in light of new information and players coming forward who did not participate in the league investigation, national pop warner will intervene to further investigate. crawford and other parents with boys still on the team say zanelly's claims are the result of a vendetta stemming from long running disputes with the local pop warner conference. he has since left and formed his own team in another league. the season ended with a loss in the national semifinals. a successful season tarnished by a bitter rift among team's coaches, parents and players among allegations players were paid to play hard. casey wian, cnn, tustin, california. talk about awkward, the leader of palestine speaks up in front of the united nations accusing israel of racism and ethnic cleansing and a few minutes later, the israel prime minister, he fires back. , keys,. ♪ well, he's not very handsome
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good morning. happy friday. i'm carol costello. stories we're watching in the "newsroom" at 30 minutes past the hour. investors eye the end of the third quarter today and hope it ends on a high note. the dow jones industrial average is up almost 5% and 3% for the month. ringing the bell, chairman and ceo of mackie shields and president of mainstay funds. outside a home resuming a 37 year search for jimmy hoffa. the former teamsters leader disappeared in 1975. crews are drilling a core sample today in search of human remains. it comes after police received a credible tip about a possible burial around the time hoffa disappeared. the man behind the
controversial anti-muslim film was arrested earlier and nakoula basseley nakoula and one of his films was "innocence of muslims." he was on probation following a prison sentence for bank fraud. the battle of the speeches at the u.n. general assembly. the president of the plin authority and israel prime minister slamming each other. israel rejects the two state solution and waging a war on ethnic cleansing of palestinians benjamin netanyahu denies. >> translator: israel refuses to end the occupation and refuseses to allow the palestinian people to obtain their rights and freedom and rejects the establishment of the estate of palestine. >> we won't solve our conflict with libellous peaches at the
u.n. ly bell -- libelous speeches at the u.n. we have to sit together and compromise in which we recognize the one and only jewish state. >> remember, it's all about palestine and whether it should become a state alongside israel. throw in jerusalem and who should claim that city as their capital, you have centuries long tension. joining us is an international human rights lawyer and founder of "islamic pasi phils" in the post osama era. wow, working on anything else? takes guts to accuse a jewish guy of ethnic cleansing. >> i think what most vuers need to understand, general assembly
speeches traditionally speaking when world leaders get their 15 seconds in the limelight to basically give out bombastic bleuser. whether it's benjamin netanyahu, mahmoud ahmadinejad, hugo chavez, u.n. speeches generally are not known for their nuance and objectivity. >> really, they're speaking to the home crowd, not necessarily to world leaders. question most often hear about what will happen to israel if iran acquires nuclear weapons. palestinians are in this, too, if iran bombs israel, won't palestini palestinians be involved in this, too? >> we're mostly in chess hair. benjamin netanyahu's speech focused on iran and didn't address some comprehensive lasting peaceful resolution to
decades long plin c s long pale conflict. what was interesting to observers like myself when n netanyahu pulled out a cartoon image of a bomb in which was called his wylie coyote moment, left us all scratching our haze. some people as mr. goldberg observed found it condescending. i was waiting for a picture of an anvil and roadrunner to come up next or maybe angry bird bombs. it definitely was one of the most humorous moments at the u.n. general session? >> it was a hum rouse moment and important topic that could affect all of us. i want to ask you about the egyptian president, morsi, from the muslim brotherhood. he said it is important to have a workable relationship with the
wider middle east. not many people believe the two party state will ever happen. what does this mean? >> it means there's a changing landscape within the changing middle east and north africa today after the arab spring of last year after we saw the dictator ships of egypt and libya and tunisia fall in one calendar year. whereas bb netanyahu would have the world think iran this is greatest problem in the world. for many in the middle east finding a lasting durable solution to the palestinian israel conflict would lead to a lasting resolution. they will honor the peace treaties with israel and i think at the end of the day, when it comes to palestinians and israels and netanyahu, like the hat fields and mccoys going to the united nations and in this case, wylie coyote and we need
yosemite sam to play between the two parties. >> thanks for joining us. >> any time, carol. looking for a cool new app for your smartphone or tablet? how about one getting about 3 million downloads every month. it's not angry birds. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] you've been years in the making. and there are many years ahead. join the millions of members who've chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. go long. and the family car to do an experiment. we put a week of her family's smelly stuff all in at once to prove that febreze car vent clips could eliminate the odor. then we brought her family to our test facility to see if it worked.
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used to be, the only tablets allowed in church were the ones that had the 10 commandments written on them. times are changing. a new ebook is taking them by storm making it's easier for people to take the word of god with them wherever they go. now when you see someone playing on their phone in church, they might be reading scripture, not playing angry birds or checking facebook. welcome. snow thank you for havi . >> thank you for having me. >> your app is incredibly popular, did you expect that? >> no. we've been blown away by the result and the people who have downloaded it. >> not only that, people bring
it to church, i'm sure to the chagrin of pastors and priests giving their sermons. >> it definitely is disruptive in the sense that it's a change and something different. we found a lot of pastors and priests that have really embraced it because they recognize if people have the bible on their mobile device, tablet or phone, they're much more likely to read it during the week. we have a lot of pastors and priests will promote the use of the bible app within church and really changing the way people vu using your phone in church. >> is it also changing the way the service itself is conducted in church? >> we definitely see pastors, when they preach, a lot of times, many of them are starting to use the app to preach from. we have features built into the bible app that allow people to follow along with the message or notes, if pastors have that. there are some ways people are int interacting with the services in church. the main thing is there are millions of people in the
congregation bring their bible with them to church and engage with it not just on sunday but throughout the week. >> polls show many young people aren't so religious any more. is it your hope this app will make the bible more readable for them? >> absolutely. what we've found is that there's actually a really strong desire for people to want to read the bible. it's just we had to get it in a format that can intersect people in their daily lives and why we made the app and get people excited to reading the bible to the tune of 2 billion minutes spend every month reading the bible app. we hope that does change it. we feel like it's disruptive, a counter trend break through-type phenomenon how people are leveraging technology with their faith. >> fascinating, bobby. thank you for joining us this morning. from education to health,
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just about 45 minutes past the hour. just 39 days until the election. one of the big zblooerks health care, back in the spotlight this week after governor romney said people without insurance can always go to an emergency room to get care as the presidential candidates prepare to debate next week, chief medical correspondent sanjay gupta zeros in what's at stake. >> reporter: since president obama's health care law was enacted 3.1 million people under the age of 26 are now carried by their parents' plans and preventive care is carried 100% by insurance companies. seniors in particular have benefitted on prescription drugs. >> seniors who fall in the coverage gap known as the donut hole will start getting some help. they'll receive 250 dollars to help pay for prescriptions and that will, over time, fill in
the donut hole. >> reporter: 5.5 million seniors have saved a total of nearly $4.5 billion on prescription drugs since the law was enacted, according to the health and human services department. he also plans to slow spending on medicare. >> i have strengthened medicare. we have added years to the life of medicare. we did it by getting rid of taxpayer subsidies to insurance companies that weren't making people healthier. >> reporter: by 2014, the law requires everyone to he health insurance whether they purchase it themselves or through their employeers. insurance can't deny you if you have a pre-existing condition or increase our rates. the law has become a cornerstone of the obama campaign. >> i refuse to eliminate health insurance for millions of americans who are poor and elderly or disabled, also those with the most can pay less. >> reporter: but romney says the affordable care act is unaffordable. >> we know that health care is too expensive.
obama-care doesn't make it less expensive. >> reporter: he wants obama-care gone, including the prescription drug benefit for seniors. but he does want to keep one of the most popular pieces of obama-care although he doesn't say exactly how his plan will work. >> we have to make sure people with pre-existing conditions can get insured and folk that get sick don't get dropped by their insurance company. >> reporter: romney and paul ryan plan to cap malpractice insurance. cut medicaid by $810 billion over the next ten years, give states more control over their medicaid funds and overall mediocri medicare. overhaul, people up to age 55 would get a voucher to purchase private insurance or they can stick with traditional medicare. >> this financial support system is designed to guarantee that seniors can always afford medicare coverage, no exception exceptions. >> those are some major
differences between the candidates. perhaps the biggest split is over medicaid, not medicare, medicaid, what most people consider the safety net for america's poorest. let's bring in our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. what are the major differences in the way the candidates deal with medicaid? >> i think if you look at the obama-care plan overall, one of the ways he plans to insure a lot more people was to expand medicaid. the way they do that, they raise the poverty level at which people can qualify. the states don't have to do this. that was part of this whole decision. the states can opt in or opt out of this program. as part of obama-care, they were going to give more federal dollars and have states take in more people. that was part of the original tenet. obama-care wants to give block grants to states and states decide ultimately what they want to do with that money. romn romney. would they drop some of the medicaid programs, would you cover fewer people and say there
will be less federal dollars going to it. those are the two fewer differences. >> interesting, mitt romney at times appears to be softening on obama-care and embracing his plan in massachusetts strongly and people are kind of confused about that. has his posture changed? shifted? what? >> that's fair. i've talked to governor romney about this in this past. interesting certainly one of the things he said about massachusetts in order to get universal health care done one of the benefits patients wouldn't have to go to the emergency room where it's the most expensive to get health care, you probably heard the other day, americans do have health care, they can go to an emergency room. that was clearly a bit of shift and tough one to explain. overall, think he's still -- if you ask him, he still believes people should get health care insurance. i think the strategy how he wants to get there is very different. >> he always adds, i will repeal
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honeymoon time in the nfl. at least for a little while. yes, the fans gave the returning refs a standing ovation before the baltimore ravens took the field to play the cleveland browns last night. carlos diaz from hln sports was lucky enough to be at the game. good morning, carlos. you survived. >> by the way, you mentioned the money hoon stage. this is all out blind love going on right now, carol. let me tell you one thing.
what i learned by talking to ravens fans, they hate two things, pittsburgh steelers fans and refs. let me say it. last night when jean saratori, the lead official walked out on the field and got a standing ovation they cleared a referee from pittsburgh. what is going on in the nfl right now? made the three and a half hour drive and cheered when he walks out. i have to tell you, you couldn't have scripted it better than a hollywood movie. tipping the cap there. looking great. fit. good head of hair and the crowd cheering referees now that they're back and the replacements are gone. >> what makes it stranger, ray lewis came out and hugged a referee. >> yeah. the funny thing, i talked to so many fans before the game. when is the love fest going to stop. >> the first holding penalty called and it lasted until the third quarter when a flag was thrown on unnecessary roughness
penalty and as you can see here in the first quarter there was a really physical play that went and the referee stepped in immediately and took control of this situation and that is what the fans missed, control of the situations in games, and it is what we saw last night. >> definitely. these two teams really don't like each other either. usually there is a lot of physicality in games between the ravens and browns and the referees needed to do that. oddly, the end of the game was a hail mary like monday night. how did that crowd react? >> ironically, it wasn't a call that was made after the hail mary, it was a call made before the hail mary. on a fourth downplay there was a call for unnecessary roughness that allowed the browns to have one more play and the fans, of course, hated that. they booed although it was the right call. it was the correct call and we got set up for another hail mary pass and thankfully for possian
ravens won by seven as you see here. no more controversy like monday night in seattle. much to the delight of nfl officials. >> awesome. thanks for sharing. that was really fun. i wish i could have been there. >> it was a great time. i learned several things including crab cake sandwiches are delicious in baltimore. >> i bet you learned many new curse words, too, from the fans. >> yes, there you go. >> they're passionate and the crab cakes are the greatest in baltimore. thanks, carlos. appreciate it. let's go live to detroit, michigan, a suburb of detroit, roseville, michigan, the drilling has begun. police are drilling underneath what used to be a driveway. they say a credible witness told them they saw a body being buried there. police suspect that body may have been jimmy hoffa's. we'll tell you more about this story at the top of the next hour of newsroom.
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question this morning, is there such a thing as economic patriotism from nicholas. to me economic patriotism is not shipping our jobs overseas and having faith in our system to bring money back from foreign accounts and invest in and bet on the united states. from nancy, what's patriotic is economic freedom, not the government seizing the wealth of wealthy americans and redistributing that health however it sees fit. this from perry. buying things made in the usa is i think the gettest example of economic patriotism. boycott the cheap, low quality chinese products and from ricardo, i better get an earth pin. our economy doesn't belong to just us anymore. it is a global economy. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" begins right now.
stoeshz we're watching right now in the newsroom, more u.s. staff leaving the embassy in tripoli, libya, as u.s. investigators try to figure out who is responsible for the attack in benghazi that killed the u.s. ambassador. a film maker hated by millions because of his anti-islam film is in jail. not because of the movie. really. the jimmy hoffa mystery solved? this is a live look at the suburban detroit home where investigators are digging right now. more from the scene in a bit. get your flag pins and sense of pride. we're talking economic patriotism on the campaign trail. newsroom starts now. good morning. happy friday to you. i am carol costello. we begin this hour, new intrigue in one of the most iconic crime mysteries in u.s. history. police in the detroit suburb of roseville may be breaking new ground in the 1975 disappearance
of the former union boss jimmy hoffa. minutes ago crews began drilling a core sample from what used to be a driveway. they say a credible tip alerted them to a possible burial just around the time hoffa vanished. susan candiotti is in the neighborhood. i know, susan, you have been down this road before. >> reporter: i have. we were back here in 2006 when fbi received what it believed to be a credible tip, and they dug at the horse farm quite a bit. they spent a lot of money doing so but didn't find anything. now they're working on another tip. as you can see what's going on just over our shoulder here, the digging has begun inside that shed. what the police department is doing with some expert help is digging a small hole in concrete inside there so they can fit in a drill to get a soil sample. then they hope to deliver that on monday to michigan state university to try to determine
whether there are in fact human remains below there. the question of course is one of many questions. why do police think that the tipster in this case is credible? one reason why is that they said that he claimed that he saw what could have been a body being buried right here in this area around the same time that jimmy hoffa disappeared back in 1975. the police chief says the tipster never claimed that he saw jimmy hoffa being buried here, but the timing is in the vicinity of when that might have happened. number two, this man also we know for a fact according to the chief that a book making operation was going on at this house during that time that was being run by the mob are alleged connections to tony jocaloin at the time. there are a lot of people that are skeptical about why it would
have happened in a quiet neighborhood and some of those skeptics involve fbi agents investigating the case. >> i was just thinking about the people lifting in the house now. i bet they never knew the history. >> they didn't. all they knew is one day recently the police showed up and said we have a search warrant and it is possible that jimmy hoffa may be buried under your driveway. the police chief said they reacted like you would have reacted. what? it is an elderly woman and her son that live there and they couldn't be more cooperative. everyone wants to try to get answers here. we might find out as early as monday when they got the results back to find out whether they are human remains. if they are human remains, then they will do more digging here and then they have to figure out who it might be. carol. >> we'll get back to you. thank you. the man believed to be behind that film that ignited so much violence and bloodshed across the muslim world is in jail this morning.
this is. it is not the web of lies, not the incendiary film that has him sitting in jail this morning. legal contributor and former prosecutor is here with a closer look and he went into court and gave a different name and the judge asked what's your name again. >> it is astounding. he is charged with using phoney names and violating his probation by doing that. i guess he just can't resist the urge. >> so why is he in jail this morning? what many people are saying the government is really behind this and they say he is in jail on a probation violation but really he is in jail because of the
film. >> it is true. a lot of people think that he has a first amendment right to make this film and to make political statements and this is really the u.s. government throwing into prison so that we'll nullify the muslim world. i do think it drew attention him. he was flying under the radar before. you decide to make a movie and post it the way he did and they pay attention and here is what they find out. he has 17 credit cards in his name. he is using 17 different names. by the way, he was convicted of fraud originally for defrauding a big bank and sentenced to 21 months in prison. of course this is a violation of probation. >> the odd thing, too, in court his lawyers argue that because of this film he made that muslims who were in prison would endanger him and he shouldn't go
to jail at all. i found that ironic. he fooled these actors into being in this film and they're now getting death threats. >> not only are the actors getting death threats, the actors are suing him saying that he defrauded them because he made misrepresentations to them about the film and about who he was. now, on the death threats, this is a good argument his lawyer is making. don't put him in jail. there are muslims in jail that will will come after him. he will be in protective custody and probably be safer in jail than wondering the streets given the number of enemies he created with the film. i think we should be crystal clear on this. there is absolute support for dloeing this guy behind bars, forgetting about the film. this is such a clear cut case of a probation violation that his lawyer asked for a bail in the case. he didn't even say no bail, judge. this is a nonsense political case. set low bail and we'll have a hearing. >> i keep wondering does he
work? as far as we know he kind of does. where does he get his money? is he still defrauding people? who knows. >> when he defrauded bank of america in a check scheme, he was ordered to pay $782,000 in restitution. he said he was running a gas station at that time. he has a real strange background, and he is very adept at convincing people that he is legitimate and taking their money as a result, and of course causing this worldwide controversy with this film which i think is not getting great reviews. >> maybe some day he will be brave enough to show his face to the world. thanks so much. >> always nice being with you. >> thanks, paul. you remember the anti-islam film was first blamed for the consulate attack in libya that killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans and took the white house a week to back away from the claim and concede it was likely the work of terrorists. now, today, the administration says there is absolutely no doubt. >> as we determined the details
of what took place there, and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack and that's when i came to that conclusion, as again as to who was involved, what specific groups were involved, i think the investigation is on going. hopefully we'll determine that. >> the obama administration is facing serious questions over whether the deaths of four men could have been prevented because of on going security concerns, a senior state department official says the u.s. is drawing down its staff at its embassy in libya's capital and in other words they're calling some people home. why did it take so long for information to come out? the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya was indeed a terrorist act. the administration's response has drawn sharp criticism from republicans. >> casual observer, first year cadet at west point, will tell you that that kind of attack is
not a spontaneous demonstration. here, darling, let's go to a demonstration, bring the mortars. this is -- it is insane that they would somehow believe that that could be the result of a spontaneous demonstration. >> white house correspondent dan lothian is with me now. these kinds of things will continue to daunt the obama administration because a lot of people feel that republicans have a point. >> you're right because there has been a lot as you pointed out conflicting information. there have been a lot of questions asked of jay carney, white house spokesman, at just about every briefing and trying to get at how the administration views the attack and for so long he held with the narrative that it was a spontaneous attack that was sparked by this controversial film. then he used the word terrorism. that is something the president
himself has not said but as jay carney was questioned yesterday he said he speaks for the president but it is much different when the president actually says that word. the question is why is there that conflicting information and the way that white house aids describe it is that the information they released initially was based on the assessment that was made on the intelligence that they had at the time and that the fbi was doing an investigation to fully determine what had happened there, but clearly as senator mccain point out there were a lot of indications early on this was something much more than just a group of people protesting about this controversial film and now what you have republicans making a very big deal about this and the white house saying that the republicans are just trying to use this event in libya and in egypt in order to score political points. >> you can see why. the cynic says it was probably politically motivated because
you don't want the president saying there was a terrorist attack on american citizens right before an election. >> that's right. you want to be safe. it is a very difficult word. you want to make sure before you use it that you have all the facts behind it. it can have political implications, so that's probably why you're not hearing the president use that word but his spokesman is certainly using it now. >> dan lothian reporting live at the white house. mitt romney making campaign stops in pennsylvania today, a state that barack obama carried in 2008 and the romney camp is hoping to make head way there. he attends a fundraiser in the next hour in philadelphia and then he will head to nearby wayne pennsylvania for a campaign rally at the valley forge military academy. after that romney will travel to boston where he will join paul ryan for another round of fundraising. the polls give a sense of which way people are voting but it is social media that will indicate which candidate they're really talking about and cnn has
new data provided exclusively by fb auto. it says people are mentioning mitt romney more on facebook in 41 of the 50 states. you see them in red there. of course that can be misleading. president obama is leading in nine states. those are the ones in blue. those are all considered swing states by cnn. romney's staff said he is focusing on using social media to drum up support. i am sure the other side says that, too. it is not just facebook. youtube, yahoo! even xbox planning to get in on the political action. allison is following that from the new york stock exchange. >> it is the dawn of a new era in the land of presidential debates as well with an emphasis on how to use social media to get everybody involved. what's happening now is the presidential debate commission is working with aol, yahoo! and google through youtube and what they're doing is launching a digital initiative called the voice up that will feature the debates live on the sites and people can weigh in on the
issues and the commission says by having all of these outfits involved as partners it has the potential to reach and engage more people than ever participated in the voter education for ams and even xbox is playing a role. microsoft view election 2012 on xbox live. it means that xbox 360 users can watch the debates live. not sure if they can do the mario cart statement but they can use the controllers to register reactions, answer questions and see what others think in realtime and of course what you said, carol, always twitter and facebook and those are really going to light up during the debates. >> alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. programming note, the first presidential debate starts wednesday night. watch it live 7 p.m. eastern on cnn. karm get on the sequel, a major freeway stretch in los angeles closing again this weekend. the big question, will drivers stay home like last year or flood the highways? we'll be back. [ male announcer ] if you stash tissues
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a motive behind a deadly mass shooting at a minnesota office. a gunman opened fire inside a minneapolis sign making business and police say he killed four people before shooting himself. a rare apology by apple computers in an e-mail to customers apple ceo tim cook is apologizing for the problems users are having with the new map application on the iphone. they recently dumped google maps in favor of its own software and the maps application has been plagued by issues and getting terrible reviews. usually it is the other guys in uniform getting the cheers and the nfl welcomed back the refs and fan that is came to clear on the browns and the ravens gave the refs a standing ovation, too. here is the ravens head coach after the game. [ cheering ] >> that's not the ravens head
coach. we don't have that. that was of course the head referee who got that standing ovation as he went out on the field and the crowd turned a little in the latter minutes of the game and booed some bad calls but overall they were quite happy with the regular refs' performance. if you live in southern california you suffer with traffic tie-ups daily. to relieve some of the congestion l.a. planners decided to add a car pool lane t sounds simple. to do that a ten-mile stretch of the 405 had to be closed last year. the weekend came to be known as car ma get on. get ready for the sequel. case sigh here to tell us what is new this time. good morning. >> good morning, carol. what is new is they're actually closing or demolishing a different section of the bridge that you can see behind me. last year as you mentioned they demolished the southern section of that bridge on the other side and this year starting at 7:00
local time tonight they will be demolishing the north section and reconstructing it over the next 12 months. as you mentioned we had carmageddon last year t turned out to be not the big worry officials were afraid of because people generally stayed away from this area. what they're concerned about this year is complacency because it was such a non-event in many people's eyes last time and they're worried people are going to think it is no big deal and they can drive through here over the weekend. also, they have 30% more construction work to get accomplished over this weekend so they're worried the construction process is going to take a little longer and they're not going to be able to reopen the freeway as early as they did. they opens it hours early, well before the monday morning commute last year. just to give you perspective of what this means, this is the busiest freeway in the united states behind me, the 405 freeway. a half a million cars would normally go through here on a normal weekend.
all of those cars are going to have to find other ways to get around or simply stay home. there have been warnings throughout southern california, traffic signs on the freeway lit up as far as 50 miles away on freeways that don't even connect to this one. the word is out. the request he is whether people are going to heed all of the warnings that officials have been giving for weeks now. >> we'll keep our fingers crossed. grab your flag pin. what the heck is economic patriotism anyway? [ female announcer ] the power to become a better investor has gone mobile. with features like scanning a barcode to get detailed stock quotes to voice recognition. e-trade leads the way in wherever, whenever investing. download the ultimate in mobile investing apps, free, at e-trade. there's natural gas under my town. it's a game changer. ♪
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now is your chance to talk back on one of stories of the take. the question this morning, is there such a thing as economic patriotism? time to pull out the flag pin and slap it on your lapel. turns out it is not only patriotic to salute the military but the economy too. according to president obama there is such a thing as economic patriotism. >> the great campaign season and you always hear a lot about
patriotism. well, you know what, it is time for a new economic patriotism. an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> it is sort of become a democratic mantra. in 2008 joe biden said wealthy americans should pay more taxes because it is time to be patriotic. perhaps no one said it better than former ohio governor ted strickland. >> matt has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport. it is summers on the beaches of the caymen islands and winters on the slopes of the swiss alps. >> ouch. the romney campaign is firing back. governor romney using the patriotic card himself as in a huge deficit is not patriotic. >> this is a land where economic freedom allowed people to pursue
their dreams and in doing so and achieving success they lift us as a nation. they gave us jobs. i will not apologize for success here, and i will never apologize for america abroad. >> how is that for economic patriotism? whatever that is. so the talkback question is, is there such a thing as economic patriotism? facebo your responses later this hour. we could all use extra sleep but juggling all that life throws at you doesn't make it possible. learn to listen to your body clock. you can do certain things much better at certain times of the day. we'll fill you in just ahead. [ male announcer ] this is anna, her long day teaching the perfect swing
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friday. happy friday to you. i am carol costello. president obama may have a new rallying cry. listen. >> during the campaign season you always hear a lot about patriotism. well, you know what? it is time for a new economic patriotism. an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> economic patriotism. it is a good talking point. sounds good. what does it mean? joining me now maria cardona and republican strategist anna navaro. welcome. >> anna, i will begin with you. what does economic patriotism mean? >> well, i don't know what economic patriotism means but i can tell you any time you put patriotism behind anything, it is a good thing. it is a good follow-up. it is a good combination to put
with any given word. i suspect it doesn't mean 8.2 unemployment. i suspect it doesn't mean 10.2 unemployment for hispanic, and i suspect it doesn't mean so many americans under foreclosure and it is something that makes americans feel warm and fuzzy and makes us think about sacrifice and defense of the homeland. it is a nice word to use. it is a nice term. >> usually, maria, republicans use that word and quite effectively. >> yeah. actually, that's why i think it is very smart for the president to do this and ann is right. it does work. i think he is smart to do this for the simple reason that what it really means is betting on america. it really gives the president a chance not just to contrast his policies against mitt romney's and how the president's policies will build out the middle class, and how romney's policies will build out the 1%, but it makes him focus or let's the focus be
on what romney has actually done throughout his lifetime. on his taxes we see that he has invested in foreign countries with secret corporations in bermuda, banks in the cayman islands, switzerland -- >> a lot of americans invest in foreign countries. doesn't mean they're less patriotic. >> but it means that mitt romney's policies are not focused on building out the middle class in america. that's where i think it comes down. the contrast between somebody that really understands what it is and what policies need to be put in place for the strength of this country to come from the strength in the middle class and he can also put in there the auto bailout, carol. we all know that mitt romney -- >> i don't know. >> exactly. >> patriotism is personal for me. i have my own personal beliefs, what you think is patriotic but patriotism to me doesn't have anything to do with the economy.
>> let me tell you, carol, i think before the end of the campaign is over what we're going to see is a blow up doll draped with a chinese flag and both of these guys will be going up to see who is harder and harsher and tougher on china, and that may be what they mean by economic patriotism. patriotism is one of these kind of -- it can be for political terms, it can be a one-size-fits-all type of term. i am telling you, it is like a chaser. it is a great word to throw in there in a political speech. all americans want to be patriotic. >> during the first debate both candidates are wearing the requisite flag pins because we haven't seen that this election season and i kind of miss it. >> and i think also -- what this word also means in addition to ann's focus on china which i
agree with her, both candidates will focus on how tough they are on china and the president can point to policies that actually prove it, but also the wars, carol, all of the foreign wars we have been in for the past decade and how this president has focused on ending them and, guess what, rebuilding america as opposed to rebuilding communities abroad, and i think that for a lot of americans is personal, and it is important. >> we have 30 seconds left for this segment. i will ask you both about the first debate. who do you think will win, anna? >> listen, as a republican, i am supposed to say that barack obama is going to win because what we're supposed to say is that our candidates are blum bering idiots that will walk into the debate stage and go like this and it is all about lowering expectations. >> point taken. >> anna is exactly right. i am supposed to say that mitt romney will win, but i will say this. the pressure is on mitt romney
because if he dwz in there and he is flat or even just even with the president, he needs a game changer, and i think that puts a lot more pressure on him than it does on the president. >> anna, maria, thanks so much for being with us this morning. >> thanks so much, carol. >> what is the best time to exercise or the best time to have a tough conversation? there is a new study out and says there are certain times of day you should perform specific activities all based on your body clock. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing a stunning work of technology. introducing the entirely new lexus es. and the first-ever es hybrid. this is the pursuit of perfection. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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actually when you're most creative. the dean of the college of arts and sciences at the university of southern california, an expert on biological clocks. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> i am good. i must say that your most creative at 9 p.m. was most surprising to me. by 9 p.m. i am exhausted. >> yes. what we're learning from research over the last few years is really our bodies are an orchestra of different biological rhythms coordinated by a central clock in the brain. we're able to perform different tachks optimally at different times of the take. the creative aspect of the 9 p.m. comes from a combination of being a little bit sleepy and what research has shown us is that kind of state enables us to be more creative and less held down by our common worries of the day. >> interesting. why is it best to have a difficult conversation in the
morning? >> that i think comes from research that shows us that we have quite strong 24 hour rhythms in our cognitive abilities to our abilities to perform computation, complex tasks, all of that tends to start to peak from the middle of the morning through to the middle of the afternoon and so that would be the kind of day when you would want to bring your best game first thing in the morning when you're most alert and at your best ability to present your own argument for yourself. >> interesting. do people have different like body clocks? is everybody's body clock essentially the same? >> we're absolutely not the same and scientists like me came up with a funny word for it called the chrono type. they tend to morning people or
night owls and almost everything in between. i tend to be a lark, certainly best performing earlier in the morning where as my wife is somewhat of a night owl. >> exactly the same way in my marriage. interesting you say that. how can we better get to know our body clocks to live more productive lives? >> it is really quite difficult. what research telling us is we develop these to be most adaptive to the natural environment and perform tasks in a natural environment and be successful, and so modern life of course really impinges upon that. it is particularly acute, of course, for people who are doing shift work but ae also see it in things like jet lag where your biological clock may be messed up just for a few days, so i think the principles are trying to have temporal organization in
your life. it is important to do the best that you can to consolidate sleep for a good six to seven hours. when it comes to eating, studies are showing us it is really best if you only eat during your active periods. for most of us that would be during the day and really try to cut out the nighttime or late night meals, and so giving yourself a little light during the active part of your life, making sure you consolidate sleep, getting your eating patterns to be coordinated with when you're active, those are the kind of things that will give you an edge in life. >> fascinating. thank you so much for sharing. we appreciate it. >> thanks, carol. >> we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. it has more of 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day 50+.
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>> i am just overwhelmed. i am like so many people care and they want this to end. >> my daughter is out there as an inspiration to a lot of people and it is a really cool thing. >> that is a cool thing. in sports the nhl cancelled the rest of the preseason hockey games saying it can't come to an agreement on a contract with the players. the lockout started almost two weeks ago and negotiations set to resume today and the regular season is scheduled to start on october 11th assuming the lockout is resolved by then. the clock is ticking in the presidential election and early voting is under way in much of the country. that includes in battleground states like iowa. both campaigns are scrambling to gain an edge. here is our chief national correspondent john king. >> thank you so much for coming. >> okay. >> reporter: mind made up and ballot cast 40 days early. this opening day line is in iowa
city. >> here we go. >> reporter: this one is in des moines. >> scan it under the red light here. >> reporter: iowa's early voting part of an important and growing national trend. 35 states now allow some form of early in-person voting including seven of the nine presidential battle grounds cnn ranks as toss-ups. here in iowa the early numbers and early turnout suggest a big obama head start. so far, nearly 5 to 1 democratic advantage statewide in requesting early mail-in ballots >> i was wondering if the president will have your support this november? awesome. >> reporter: when it comes to early in-person voting there is added emphasis on getting younger voters in the bank early. >> you may know that in-person early voting starts tomorrow in iowa. basically for us here at the campaign every day is going to be election day. >> yes, we can. >> reporter: johnson county, home to the university of iowa, led the state four years when
55% of the ballots were cast early. >> the entire world is watching us. >> reporter: as president of the university democrats, katherine's job is getting her fellow students to vote now. fair to say not the most reliable if you just wait for one day? >> no. i mean, things come up. you can have an exam. you can wait until election day and realize you don't know where your precinct is. with early voting it gives us more chances to catch people. >> reporter: veteran republican strategist concedes president obama is ahead as september winds down and early voting opens. >> anybody that knows football the fourth quarter is when most of the action appears so october will be big and if romney has a good start to the month, we'll be fine. >> reporter: he warns against making too much of the early rush. >> in 2010 democrats had an edge in early voting as well. i can't tell you exactly what the edge was but it was a significant edge and republicans still swept the state. it is the difference of strategy, you put your money in the last three weeks or the
early voting. >> reporter: the gop sent the first early vote mailing just this week. >> can mitt romney and paul ryan count on your support this november election? excellent. and would you be interested in voting early this election? >> reporter: karen is credited with making the iowa gop's 1 millionth voter call this cycle. >> i am calling with a brief three-question survey about issue that is matter to iowa. >> reporter: she is doing her part as republicans play early voter catch up. >> we're working hard and rolling up our sleeves and putting our boots on and going at it. we still have time. >> reporter: john king, cnn, iowa city, iowa. some news just in to cnn that involves syria and the chemical weapons. apparently they're on the move. barbara starr will be live from the pentagon next. ♪
this news just in. u.s. defense secretary leon panetta says the united states received intelligence indicating syria is moving its chemical weapons. he made the comments moments ago at a news conference. piers morgan correspondent barbara starr was there. what did he say? >> i asked him what the latest information was about syrian chemical weapons on the move and was surprised to hear his answer. have a listen. >> we do believe that those sites still remain secured by the syrian military. there has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place. where exactly that's taken place, we don't know. >> so here is what he is saying, carol, the u.s. now has intelligence that the syrians have indeed moved some chemical weapons. we knew about one incident
several months ago. we were not aware there had been multiple incidents. the secretary not talking about the time frame here but goes onto say that they believe the syrians are moving these chemical weapons to consolidate their own inventory, to have less sites, let places they have to guard in late of their own deteriorating security situation. still, even though the secretary says all the main sites and he was very specific, the main chemical sites are under syrian military control, these moves around the edges of syrian chemical weapons, he acknowledges, he doesn't have a lot of information. he is not sure. he says the belief still is that the main sites are secure but there have been some moves basically by the state in syria to secure them better. >> a couple of things. of course syria is in the midst of this terrible civil war. there has always been fear the syrian government could use chemical weapons on its own
people. and i think that the administration has said there is some red line if syria moves its chemical weapons that that could be seen as an act of war, military actions, what? >> you bet. let's just drill down a bit on this. absolutely right. what the administration or at least what secretary panetta is saying is they don't see the latest moves of syrian chemical weapons being a move towards using the weapons. they believe it is for security consolidation. look, make no mistake. syria has one of the largest chemical weapons arsenals in the world. multiple sites, dozens of sites that need to be guarded. already the rebels have been making claims that they have captured some military installations where they believe there may have been some chemical weapons, stock piles. none of that verified. the claims are wirling around everywhere. we know there are iranian forces inside syria, the cast of actors
inside this country right now is really very, very much up for grabs. so any movement of these chemical facilities, of these chemical sites, of the stock piles, is obviously of great concern. i think it is really interesting here that the secretary says the u.s. believes the main sites are concerned are secure but he is not offering a lot of detail and says although there have been moves, he is not really sure what they all involve. >> got you. barbara starr reporting live from the pentagon. we'll be back.
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