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informing the strategy, there's good ideas and bad ideas. >> the world is full of bad ideas. this was one of them. >> but to the discomfort of the romney campaign the focus remain ossen that quote, bad idea, that proposal to attack the president's character by reviving reverent wright. let's go ahead and bring in today's panel, lynn sweet, washington bureau chief for the washington "sun-times" and hutchinson, political naltd and author of "how obama governed." good afternoon to all of you. >> how are you. >> good afternoon. >> lynn, i'm going to start with you. >> hello. >> brian baker. the end of the federal action spending fund was on mo"morning joe" earlier today. let's take a run. >> the proposal itself knows that we asked for a document based on ending spending, based on fiscal responsibility and jobs in the economy and this was far afield from that.
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>> lynn, so far the author of this proposal is strategist named fred davis has not addressed the controversy. is davis getting thrown under the bus here? >> well, this doesn't enhance his reputation as an consultant. usually the super pacs are run by political professionals. they usually stay within, you know, a certain lane because they have to make a living in the business. this potential campaign went out of line, was repudiated by romney as not being helpful. i don't think that helps. the whole point of a super pac is to hoelp, not hurt. >> i want to come back to that in a moment. earl, does either campaign benefit as an issue this fall? >> romney was clear on one point. in fact, he pulled a page from the play book of john mccain. he said we're going stick to one
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point. the jobs of economy and fiscal responsibility. i think he's very mindful of the minefield of race. who comes in, who's to say. obviously you'll have some of the gop who will play the race card. on the other hand, romney, as far as he's as good as his word, he feels this is not a winning card for him. >> he might, but what about his surrogates and what about some of these other super pacs out there who might decide at one point it's the way go. >> i think that's an important point. there are others who are out there who have a lot of money to spend, tens of millions of dollars. who's to say some o rahhive in the super pac may at some point may decide they want to play the reverend wright card, the race card. romney has no control of that and think he doesn't. >> jimmy, what were you about to say?
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>> i was going to say there's more than super pacs or surrogates of the romney campaign that are bringing old 2008 issues back up. for example, they evening going to bring up whether obama was born in the united states. >> the birther right. >> these are racism canards. they're not telling the truth. >> here's my question. if race becomes an issue again in the fall, does it not for the president revive the base, and does it not also motivate some of those centrist independent voters who might not show up at the polls in november? >> i think that's an absolutely legitimate thing to say. at the end of the day, if you want to motivate the black base, the african-american base in the united states of america, all you have do is pull the race card. if you don't believe me, look at
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2008. the other demographic, women age 30s to 50, they don't like this kind of campaigning, and i should also say every single day that mitt romney is not talking about the economy, that he's talking about gay marriage, that he's talk about about his lack of credibility or birtherism or having to defend things that even his own campaign is not doing, it's bad for mitt romney and good for the obama campaign. >> lynn, one of the things we'll see over the next few months, the super pacs that work independent and work independent of the campaigns, in a lot of ways making mistakes like this, do you thing this is something we see a lot more of as we approach november? >> very potential for it to happen, of course. the more super pacs you have that are not closely aligned with the campaign, you know,
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there is a pac that is the kind of -- the official super pac of the campaign. the obama campaign has the official super pac, but anyone with money can go start a pac, figure out a message, and put it on the air or get it out somehow. and the chances of something happening then that are counterproductive to the campaign are great. anyone in the mitt romney campaign will tell you the minute you walk into their headquarters in boston or you see them on the road, all he wants to talk about is the economy. they've been so public about it, i'm surprised the professionals working on the pac in question didn't understand they had a winning message. >> earl, romney had an event in new hampshire this afternoon where he tried to get back on message with the economy. what does it say to you that a super pac within his own party is diverting attention away from what is essentially his most powerful argument for election? >> and that's the danger too because when you have so many
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super pacs out there, they can take a candidate off the message. they can take them off point. you know, romney seems to be very focused. every time they try to pull him away from it, he very quickly steps in and says, no, i'm not about that. i don't have control of the independent expenditures and what super pacs do. i do have control of what mitt romney does, what i spend it on. i think the key we're going to have watch over the next few months is, yes, there's always a temptation to bring in the negatives and especially race. i think with this case with romney, he's smart enough, savvy enough, been down the road enough times to understand if you bring that in, that's damaging. stay on point. really, that's the only thing i have in terms of the trump card against the obama administration, jobs and the economy. >> his message, romney's message could be as disciplined as it has been for the most part when it comes to the economy. but you've got to wonder how difficult, if not impossible it is going to be to manage all of the different factions that have
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come to define the modern republican party. you mentioned how money's being spent. as i mentioned, the romney campaign out with its first ad in the general election. it ooh going to air in four battleground state. a spanish translation of the ad, not a version but translation is going to air in north carolina only. so far the romney campaign has not pursued the hispanic vote. lynn, is this step won? >> the buy for that hispanic ad has been strong. i think they look back to their florida campaign. they have been very aware of the hispanic vote. they paid attention to it, made a target on it in the florida prima primary. they have constituency organizing and hispanic is there, so i think the ad isn't the first time that they thought and said, hey, there's an important population we need to target. they've been on it. >> jimmy williams, lynn sweet,
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earl ofari hutchinson, thank you. we're following breaking news where thousands of nato con very subsequents are meeting at the 38th g-8 summit. chicago was the original site but it was moved to camp david, maryland. a warm-up that will get bigger. protesters are calling for a raman hood tax as a way to offset cuts in social services, education, and welfare as well. they're hoping protests there helps their message reach a global audience. just a few hours from now president obama will host a dinner for working leaders at camp david. nbc's mike viqueira standing by. mike, good afternoon to you, what can we expect from the
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dinner tonight? >> well, you know, they got the day twhanlted when they moved the from chicago. they said, oh, the weather's going be beautiful, may, the mountains up in maryland, part of that, the unspoken portion was they wanted to get away from some of the protests that we're seeing now in chicago that have beleaguered these g-8 meetings over the years since the antiglobal nations started taking to the streets more than a decade ago, really, craig. what hangs over us besides the sunny weather is the specters in greece, including eurozone. how many times have we heard they finally got this resolved, 27 countries led by germany and france, the two biggest economies had worked out a debt repayment plan in exchange for cutbacks in greece. of course it turns out they had other ideas and now a reassessment. of course, the greek election
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still in flux. they won't have a government till june. and in france we saw a bilateral meeting with the newly installed president there. he was in the oval office with president obama, francois hollan hollande. that's what they're going to be talking about for the next 24 hours before all of the leaders lift off and head to chicago for the nato meeting. a lot of diplomacy. >> mike, we know the g-8 summits in the years past have been violated by slienlt protests. how is security being handled given the fact that this year's summit is being held here in the states? >> well, they simply moved it from chicago to the top of a heavily secured mountain 70 miles from downtown washington. i mean that was part of the plan here, yes. it's going to be a formal opportunity. yes, there's going to be an opportunity. each leader is going to have their own complex.
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they're going to have a chance to talk informally without each other, without the glaer of the media, without a lot of protests at the base of the mountain. here there are protests going on. nothing like what we were expected to see going around this. so there are some controversial issues here. iran and syria are more. we talked about food security. president obama's initiative there. greece and afghanistan, two big issues this weekend. >> thank you, sir. appreciate your time. a live look at wall street right now. nasdaq investigating possible problems with facebook trading already. in case you hadn't heard, the stock opened about a half hour late this morning. opened at $38. as you can see, it's up about 6%. cn b bc julia boorstin joining . you'll see her in just a bit.
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we are back with new details on florida's case against george zimmerman. prosecutors have released nearly 200 pages of documents, photos, and recordings that shed new light on what happened the night trayvon martin was killed. the evidence includes the last known details of the teenager inside a 7-eleven. and injuries to george zimmerman's head and his nose. it could have been avoided if,
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quote, he had awaremained in hi vehicle and waited the arrival of law enforcement. kerry sanders joining us. kerry? >> reporter: the evidence can clearly be seen from two points of view. the proof of that is when the evidence was initially reviewed by a local prosecutor, the decision was no charges. then a special prosecutor was brought in, reviewed all of the same evidence and concluded that george zimmerman should be charged with second-degree murder. these are police evidence photos of george zimmerman just hours after he shot and killed trayvon martin. a bloody wound on the back of his head, his nose broken, according to his doctor. the 28-year-old told police he was defending himself against trayvon martin that rainy night in late february. just minutes before the shooting the 17-year-old had been at a
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ne nearby 7-eleven picking up skittles and an iced tea. these camera photos are the final moments of the teenager's life. in a few moments he would be shot to death by neighborhood watch captain george zimmerman and in this gated community in sanford, florida, some of the police evidence like witness interviews support zimmerman's defense, that he was protecting himself. this was one interview with the police and a within. >> the one guy on top in the black hoodie was pretty much just throwing down blows on the guy kinda mma style. >> that's mixed martial arts. >> help. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> reporter: it's been unclear who that voice was. martin's mother said it was her son. but zimmerman's father told police in an interview that was
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his son. >> that is absolutely positively george zimmerman. myself, my wife, family members and friends know that that is george zimmerman. there is no doubt who is yelling for help. >> reporter: in the mountains of evidence, another witness says despite looking out her window, she was unable to determine who was the aggressor. >> when we heard a shot, i looked out and that's when i saw two men on the grass. >> okay. you saw two people? >> two people. >> were they both on the ground? >> no. one was on top of the other. i don't know which one. >> okay. >> reporter: crime scene photos show the single bullet casing found in the grass. >> the medical report says the bullet tore through martin's heart and thc, marijuana, was found in martin's blood. >> reporter: at least one police officer felt zimmerman should be
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arrested. he wrote, i believe there exists probable cause for issue yans of a cape yas charging george michael zimmerman with manslaughter. but at the time the stand your ground law gave zimmerman immunity. it was only when there was a special prosecutor was zimmerman accused. none of the surveillance shows what happened that night but even without video police concluded earlier on the encounter between george zimmerman and trayvon martin was ultimately avoidable by zimmerman if zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement. the very mountain of evidence that was released will not only support the prosecution but the defense if this ever goes to a jury trial, and the reason i say "if" is it's possible the judge could rule that george zimmerman has immunity under florida's
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"stand your ground" law, which would then mean there won't be a trial. but i still think we're a long way from that, craig, and there's going be more evidence released from that. this is the first evidence to be put out publicly. there's a lot more to come. >> kerry sanders with a their row look for us from sanford, florida. thank you, sir. appreciate your time. on the "today" show zimmerman's attorney and the lawyer representing the martin family seem to be at odds that it could have been avoided. >> if he wouldn't have pursued him and confronted him, he wouldn't be in jail and more importantly, trayvon martin would be living today. >> reporter: in every life event or experience, we could go back to one of the premises and say had it nod happened, had he not been going to the target store, had trayvon martin not been in neighborhood, we'd have to
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explain that away. >> zimmerman's attorney says he's received half the evidence he've received in the trial. he says so far he sees nothing too compelling on either side of the case. the jury could reach a verdict at any time in the john edwards case. will they believe a man whose own lawyer admits he's lied several times. also, "the washington post" is reporting that al gore has a girlfriend, but he's technically still married. it is just one of the things we thought you should know. let me show you something. [ dr. rahmany ] as soon as you leave here... plaque quickly starts to grow back. but now there's a way to keep the clean longer. introducing new crest pro-health clinical rinse. it's a clinical breakthrough that actually keeps your teeth 91% clean of plaque at 2 months after a dental visit. plus, it gives you these key benefits. new crest pro-health clinical rinse. crest. life opens up when you do. also try new crest pro-health clinical plaque control toothpaste.
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south carolina. janet, i understand the jurors are asking for manufacture information or exhibits? can you tell me more? >> reporter: that's right. they began their deliberations. at 12:30 they asked for a lot of information. they asked for eight exhibits and most are contributions from bunny mellon. they asked for all the exhibits. that entails 1,200 exhibits. the court did not have it readily available so the court can present it to the jury. so the defense and prosecution are working right now on getting that together. so as we're approaching 2:30 on a friday afternoon with no court currently scheduled for saturday or sunday, it would look like, although there's no certainty, that we might get a verdict today. perhaps more telling is the jurors passed a note to the
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judge catherine eagles, what their potential schedules would be for monday if they were to continue deliberations at that time, if they were to start at 9:30 on monday morning. >> so it looks like jurors could be there for a while. for folks not following the trial closely, what were some of the main points that edwards' lawyers made like i say? >> they didn't do a lot of things that were expected of them. they didn't put john edwards on the stand. they didn't put cate edwards on the stand. they didn't put rielle hunter on the stand. what we got was a very dry listing of state acounts and phone records. they really put it into a somewhat dry context of what he did and didn't do and their main point was he didn't knowingly break any campaign election laws. >> janet shamlian in north carolina on this friday for us. janet, thank you. we'll continue, of course, to keep an eye on the edwards
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trial. we're also keeping an eye on facebook right now, it started on nasdaq. started trading up at 5.5%. the ipo dropped like a bomb with 82 million shares trading in the first 32 seconds. was the deal overhypoed? we'll talk about that. plus, it's become a rough month for one of the supreme court justices. he's been the victim of a crime for a second time. it's something we thought you should know. folks, check out the news nation tunblr page. it's newsnation.tunblr.com. we'll be right back. that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8.
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sitting at 40 buck as share. however, on the heels of the facebook ipo, the first day stock sales have not done a great deal for social media stocks on wall street in general. cnbc's julia boorstin watching it from facebook headquarters in kach california. julia, great to see you. >> reporter: great to be here. >> what did you expect? >> reporter: we expected facebook to trade around 11 and they said expect 11.05. it sounded like some glitches really prevented the stock from trading as early as we expected. so now we're going to talk with nasdaq about what was behind that. >> how is wall street reacting in general to facebook's stock.
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>> reporter: there was a lot of speculation that the stock might get a big bump. it's the third largest ipo ever. we didn't know what was going to happen. i spoke with some folks out here at the facebook's road show who thought we'd see a huge jump after the open looking at exampled of like linkedin who saw a big boost in the first day of trading. now it's up 5%. facebook did raise the prize. so it seemed like the bankers had a pretty good sense of what the demand was for the stock. >> jewel yarks thanks so much. appreciate your time. so is the facebook stock worth the hype? is it lived up to all the hub-bub? zachary karabell is a cnbc contributor and writes for "the daily beast." the man has about 12 jobs, so we really appreciate your time. let's start withndices.
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they're on track to post their worst weekly drops this year. what if anything can this facebook fever do for the mood of the street today? >> well, of course, we don't know what the markets would have done if facebook had an ipo, so you can't look at the markets being down today if they had been down for the past four days and go, well, it didn't matter because it could have been a lot worse. it's certainly true that how these things pofrm is, you know, a game of chance depending on what day they open. if the mood's great, this might have been up 20%. if the mood is lousy, it's up five. i'm not sure yo can glean a whole lot from that. >> are you surprised at all by where the stock sits today? >> i was with a group of institutional money managers a week ago. most thought it would be up 20%, 30%, 407 just looking at how hot stocks have done. there are a lot of retail investors in that. thing that says a lot about --
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this is the kind of stock -- they use facebook. they think it's important. they think it's valuable. a lot of people are investing in it who aren't just fast trading. >> you mentioned something earlier to me. you said all of this is against a very interesting backdrop. we've got a neat juxtaposition here. facebook on friday, meanwhile, oversees the eurozone, greece, about to go off a cliff. >> think it's like is our future going to be defined by the structural issue os testify 20th century or the innovations of the 21st. and maybe facebook's hyped. i don't know. it's certainly 900 million, counting you. i use it, you use it. some use it for entertainment. some for real business experience. that's the kind of thing that created the web, the stuff we used today that's going to create a 21st century economy. the other thing is are we going to be create that before greece and the eurozone end it?
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>> there have been a lot of folks over facebook's ability to generate that kind of revenue in the future that it's generated the past. what's your take on that? >> people should be concerned. it's a new company. it didn't exist five years ago. it's $5 billion. >> on paper. >> on paper. 4.5 million on paper. apple went up and almost died and went up again. so they're going to have to prove that they are a viable long term, but every business has to prove they're a viable business long term. if it fails to do so, will it have been hype? no, it would have be that they weren't able to execute on it. >> zachary karabell, thanks for your time? >> i didn't. i suppose i could get some now. it wouldn't make a whole lot of difference. to the "news nation" political script now. this is where we learn from
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stories that went on this week. this week centers around the attack on president obama, the nation's debt and romney's time at the private equity firm bain capital. >> bain capital walked away with a lot of money we made with this plachblt we've named mitt romney as job destroyer. >> i think ad is unfair. look, mitt romney made a mistake talking about the fact he created 100,000 jobs, to pick someone who lost their job unfortunately. >> romney made sure the guys on top got to play by a separate set of rules. he ran up massive debts in the middle class laws, and, folks, he thinks that experience is going to help our economy? >> a prairie fire of debt is sweeping across iowa and across the nation. i will work with you to make sure we put out this spending and borrowing prairie fire.
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>> my reform is greater than the debt limit increase. >> the president has made it clear he will -- that eroded confidence and hurt the american economy. >> whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. i am not threatening default. >> let's bring in our man from washington, our senior political editor mark murray. good afternoon to you, sir. let's start with bain capital's introduction to the general election. you point out in first read that mitt romney still has not seemed to learn how to respond to this issue. what do you mean? >> well, craig, you know, a lot of the attention this week with the first introduction of the bain capital ad by the obama campaign focused on whether it was fair or focused on the fact that president obama continues to raise money from wall street, but mitt romney was asked about this, and it was a little bit uncomfortable. we actually have some sound of him responding to it.
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and actually let's take a listen. >> there's this fiction that some have that somehow you can be highly successful by stripping assets from enterprise and walking away with lots of money and killing the enterprise. there may be some people who want to do that. i sure don't. >> so, craig, what was interesting there there are examples with what the obama campaign pointed out in their new ad as well as back in the 1994 race with ted kennedy, examples of people losing their jobs, and pensions, and salaries, and benefits, and that's going to be hard for him to explain like staples that bain capital went in and created. he's going to have answers for when people did lose their jobs when bain capital was actually making money. >> how can his campaign respond? is there a message we haven't heard from the romney campaign or is maybe there a message they used that works or is there a
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message that works? >> i think the thing that probably will work is a little bit of a counterattack on president obama and they started doing this with a web video about delphi workers who ended up not benefiting from the bailout that obama put in. the romney camp responds, look, a similar thing when he had his auto bailout. that's going to be their response. i think they're trying to draw at least even but the main purpose of this bain capital ad is to ding romney on what is his perceived strength. >> the reverend wright controversy, what did we learn from that report in "the new york times" yesterday? >> craig, thing the biggest thing that we ended up learning is and, of course, what happened with that jeremiah wright ad was rejected aed by all parties. they said, look, let's move along, but it did highlight the fact that you're going have billionaires like people with a lot of money, joe ricketts, the founder of ameritrade, the
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person who had that super pac. they're going to play a huge role. outside money is going to be one of the biggest issues this election season, and that is something for all of us to read. >> senior political editor mark murray from washington, d.c. on this friday. mark, thank you. >> thanks, craig. are black lawmakers being unfairly targeted for ittics violations in congress? representative cleaver is calling for people to tempora temporarily step aside. he writes, quote, i write to express my deep and abiding concern with the protracted length, abnormal number, motive, and fairness of pending matters. manu, good afternoon to you. five black lawmakers currently under scrutiny in some shape or form by the ethics committee. first of all, is this an unusual
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number? >> there are at least fierchlt remember the ethics committee is a very secretive committee. there could be even more. you know, cleaver, there are questions about whether this is racially motivated or not and a lot of these members are senior members of congress, people who have been on rounds for a long time, people who have been targeted over the years, and when you're that senior and that powerful, sometimes like -- you get hit with some ethics kplanlts. the question is whether or not it's coincidence and cleaver thinks it may not be. >> the congressman cytoed the case of congresswoman maxine waters who's been under investigation for the better part of three years. are there no rules on things like this and how long they could drag on? >> they could drag on for years. that's part of the concern waters has. it's very critical for her. she's in line to become the top
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democrat on the financial services committee, a very powerful committee if the democrats win control of the house, she would become chair of the committee. if this investigation were to continue to drag on, it would be difficult for her to ascend to that spot potentially. her critics could use that against her. she think she's been allegedly targeted. back in 2008 she intervened on bank in which her husband served on the board and owned stock. she said she didn't do anything wrong and this investigation has been completely mishandled and there's an outside council investigating this investigation right now as well. so, look, these can drag on for a while and these are very uncomfortable for members of congress because they get dragged through the headlines. >> one last thing. specifically in the waters investigation to make the aft affidavits public, would
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transparencies be a good thing or wow it open a whole new can of worms and undermine the process. >> the concern is it could undermine the process. all the times there are little pieces of information floating in the press or someone says something about an investigation, suddenly it could blow up into a major story, even if there's nothing there. that's the concern that lawmakers have. at the same time, folks want to know are members of congress being looked at for potentially doing something unethical. it's a fine line they have to balance. >> manu raju, thank you. i want to apologize. we put up a graphic of five. we mistakenly put up a picture of jesse jackson senior -- junior, we apologize for that. he publicly admitted to a $2 billion mistake at his company and now jp moore began ceo jamie
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dimon is going to go before congress and try to explain how it all happened. first, though, there's a lot going on today and here are just a few of the things we thought you should know about. someone burglar rised the washington, d.c. home of justice steph stephen breyer. you might remember he was robbed at his caribbean home by an armed man with a machete. "the washington post" reports that former vice president al gore has a girlfriend. he's been dated democratic from florida. she apparently joined him on a trip in january joining people like branson and others. he and tipper gore separate bud the couple remains married. you know the expression you
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all right, martin. looking forward to it. a georgia woman who told her she will have to have her hands and one remaining foot amputated with a deadly flesh-eating bacteria says, quote, let's do this. amy copeland has been fighting for her life since contracting that infection. she's received an outpouring. that's despite a grim forecast from doctors. thanh troung. thanh, what's the latest on this. >> amy's father said she's a very sick girl. he started to cry. in a facebook posting he said his tears were not out of sadness but amazement. amy showed that strength when she responded to the news of the amputations. his father looked at her hands,
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didn't cry and started mouthing the words let's do this. her doctors wrote not enough blood was flowing to her hands. the hospital won't say if the amputations have already taken place. since doctors have been trying to contain the spread of the bacteria in the last two weeks it is likely they'll move quickly. >> that's an amazing response from that young lady. do we know at this point whether she could be outfitted with prosthetics or is it too early? >> she has been asking about that and her father posted that in his facebook posting today. they said, let's take some time. the first step is to get you stabilized. obviously right now the biggest problem and the biggest concern is the lack of flow of blood going to her limbs at this point and, of course, as we know, the amputations will have to tareck place. we just don't know exactly when they will take place. his father said she is remarkably resilient. >> thanh troung, our thoughts
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and prayers go out to the copeland family. jpmorgan chase had jamie dimon has agreed to speak before the u.s. senate banking committee. he will be grilled about his company's $2 billion trading losses. at this point, we have not heard when he will testify. police in mississippi say their suspect in two deadly highway shootings is not, not a police imposter. officials originally captured james willie on rape claims but later discovered he had used the same gun that was used in the shootings. guiltiers first suspected a fake officer was to blame because the victims had no reason to stop on the expressway. and reinforcements are on the wi to help colorado crews battle a growing wildfire. winds are spreads flames that have already scorched 12 miles near ft. collins. they say a person started the file but they're still investigating.
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good afternoon. it's friday, may 18th, and here's what's happening. what's right is wrong. >> not god bless america, goddamn america. >> i've repudiated that effort. been disappointed in that today which is focused on character assassination. >> mitt walks the high road but at his own peril. >> i think romney's made a mistake. if this was him, they would go after him with a vengeance. >> don't fret, mr. hannity. >> i don't know which is worse, listening to reverend wright or -- >> i'm not sure precisely what i said but i stand by whatever i

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