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so. coming up on our t.v. floodwaters rising thousands being rescued and officials stay there's still a long way to go for country from harvey will have team coverage to bring you the latest. and tensions are running high on the korean peninsula as the north fires a missile over japan. president promises good relations with russia but the question is will he follow through on his word. good afternoon it's tuesday august twenty ninth four pm in washington d.c.
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i'm on your part you're watching our team america we begin this afternoon with the devastation caused by hurricane ike now tropical storm harvey the rain continues to pour over south texas as rescuers race to get those who are stranded as the water rapidly right is take a look at some of the most harrowing moments. you lisa.
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i. i. i. i. i. heartbreaking and harrowing images indeed well for the very latest on the
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devastation and we have live team coverage trinity chavez reporting from new york and marina port naya in miami trinity you know let's start with you how bad are things in the houston area what's the latest. this disaster is unfolding on an epic scale today marks the sixth consecutive day that hurricane harvey has just pummeled southeast texas just moments ago the mayor confirmed the death of a police officer who was trapped in his flooded patrol car raising the death toll to now at least ten people with dozens more injured this deadly storm is of historic proportions there has been over nine trillion gallons of rain that has fallen with rain reaching over forty nine inches in an area outside of houston the national weather service says that this is a new u.s. record and this storm can still dump around fifteen more inches of rain already hundreds of roads in houston have been completely turned into rivers at least two
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hundred and seventy six major roads have been declared high water locations the water is said to be neck deep in some areas cars are completely immersed city officials are urging residents not to go outside meanwhile around one hundred thousand people are left without electricity the houston police department reported today that well over thirty five hundred people have been rescued and that thousand of them were water rescues and the search and rescue teams are all are already out there they keep on continuing their services throughout the day and as this storm unfolds here's what the houston police department had to say earlier today at a press conference let's take a listen we will not be reducing our guards your officers continue to sleep in the stations and they will be continuously. throughout the response for these we are doing the response for these and we probably will not be we told you. for a matter of a couple more days we would not be going home. right now an estimated ten thousand
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people are still trapped in their homes authorities are urging stranded people to make it to high ground and to hang sheets or towels from their homes so it's easier for rescuers to find them an unimaginable situation really a trinity as hundreds of thousands of people are now in a situation where they need to evacuate and need emergency shelter how are officials responding city officials said today that more than seventeen thousand people are seeking refuge in texas shelters and with the search and rescue still underway that number is likely to grow houston mayor sylvester turner said the city is not turning anyone away and he said that he has asked for additional help from fema let's take a listen the reality is that not only are we providing shelter for houstonians but we're also providing shelters for people who are coming outside of the city of houston who have been directly impacted by the storm but not turning anyone away but it does mean that we need to expand the capabilities and our capacity in that
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regard and we've certainly made the official request to fema we need additional assistance and so we have been asked them to supply. food for an additional ten thousand individuals. shelters have also opened as far inland as san antonio austin and dallas but if we're just the management officials warn some shelters are beginning to reach their capacity. trinity thank you so much well as people are trying to get out of parts of texas donald trump the president arrived today in corpus christi reimport iowa has been following the story marina what can you tell us about the president's visit so far. well anya this was something of an early test for president trump's capability of handling a natural disaster while demonstrating compassion and leadership the president and first lady as you mentioned arrived in corpus christi texas this afternoon
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assessing the damage caused by hurricane harvey and underscoring the white house's commitment to the region the u.s. leader met with local state and federal officials inside a firehouse where the president was briefed on the impact of the historic storm and ongoing recovery efforts the acting fema director told mr trump the agency is still in a life saving life sustaining mission in houston speaking for only a few minutes the president thanked his cabinet members the acting director and insinuated that his recovery team will be better than what america witnessed a major hurricane katrina and superstorm sandy. relief.
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five years you know where you are. texas governor greg abbott praised the trumpet ministration for providing constant support assistance and resources to the state as far back as ten days before the storm hit now the president did make an effort to get ahead of the hurricane signing a disaster declaration for texas friday night as the storm was bearing down on the gulf coast he was also knowledge ing the recovery recovery and rebuilding efforts will be very expensive president trump has promised that congress will move swiftly to authorize disaster relief funds for the state the amount isn't yet known as the region remains in the grips of harvey bracing for more rainfall tonight and tomorrow officials estimate roughly thirty thousand people will be seeing seeking
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an emergency shelter and four hundred fifty thousand are likely to seek federal aid the president and first lady are also scheduled to visit austin texas where they will tour an emergency operations center and receive another briefing before heading back to d.c. . all right marine important for us in miami trinity chavez in new york both following developments surrounding harvey thanks a lot. thank you. while a massive hurricane rips through texas a far more silent killer is on the loose in san diego at least fourteen people died and two hundred sixty four in that into the hospital in a hepatitis a outbreak according to san diego's health and human services agency officials said the homeless population is feeling the worst of the incredibly contagious disease outbreak often transmitted through dirty needles experts said
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a lack of health care and the hepatitis a vaccine usually administered to children from poor communities is partly responsible for the spread of the months old outbreak. coming up on our team north korea launches yet another missile so what does it mean for relations on the korean peninsula that story next after a short break. i think the average viewer just after watching a couple segments understands that we're telling stories in our critics can't tell you know why because their advertisers won't let them. in the order to create change you have to be honest you have to tell the truth parties able to do that every story is built on going after the back story to what's really happening out
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face. of like your name and what your biggest fear. is of the moment a right so let's talk a little bit old you say if you ever met. one of the. it's funny topic those are. now i did you take question. my. welcome back to our team america the democratic people's republic of korea has fired another ballistic missile this time it flew over japan landing in the northern pacific ocean making this the d.p. r. k. s. longest missile test ever and the very first time this sort of missile has flown over japan here's our correspondent ashley bangs with more. u.s.
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officials call this the latest north korean missile launch aggressive due to the path in which the missile traveled for the first time p.r. nyang shot a missile over japan a close u.s. ally so was the joint chiefs of staff said the ballistic missile traveled close to one thousand six hundred seventy seven miles and reached a height of three hundred forty one miles making this north korea's longest missile test ever u.s. ambassador to the united nations nikki haley responded to the latest missile launch the united states along with japan and south korea have called for an emergency security council meeting this afternoon we are going to. talk about what else is left to do to north korea no country should have missiles flying over them like those hundred thirty million people in japan it's unacceptable they have violated every single un security council resolution that we've had and so i think something serious has to happen with japan's prime minister shinzo our base said quote we
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will do our utmost to protect people's lives this reckless act of launching a missile that flies over our country as an unprecedented serious and important threat survey lab rob minister of foreign affairs of russia chimed in we insist that north korea was fully old the u.n. security council resolutions this is the position that would stick to the u.n. security council meetings and will do so at the meeting that is now being suggested of the recent missile tests by north korea and in turn this is what north korea had to say to. put to choose great importance to the road to control and so on to some . remains truly continue to reach the future function for which is. south korea's foreign ministry has warned north korea it will face strong opposition from the u.s. south korean alliance if it does not act. talks over its nuclear program and
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abandon its nuclear ambitions south korea's foreign ministry said north korea security and economic development are at risk of these missile launches continue an addition to this south korea and the u.s. have stepped up their drills really sad as these drills are an invasion rehearsal however the u.s. and south korea say the drills are for defensive measures and are used to counter north korean aggression surely after north korea launched its miss old south korea's air force conducted a live fire drill involving four as fifteen fighters which dropped eight m.k. eighty four bombs that accurately hit targets on a military field near the country's east coast north korea's launch comes after the country fire three short range ballistic missiles and to the sea and just a month after the country launched its second enter a continental ballistic missile which experts say could reach deep into the u.s. mainland and although so far the situation on the peninsula remains tense but under
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control president trump warned gang that all options are on the table after the latest missile launch and washington actually banks are. president trump once again expressed his belief the u.s. would be better off getting along with russia than not this happened during a joint press conference with the finnish president sali yesterday well i hope that we do have good relations with russia i say loud and clear i've been saying it for years and i think it's a good thing if we have great relationships or at least good relationships with russia despite expressing support for the normalization of russia u.s. relations trump also highlighted the potential threat russia could pose if tensions continue to escalate between the two countries it's a big country it's a nuclear country it's a country that we should get along with and i think we will eventually get along with russia. however some of the president's rhetoric contradicts even his. own actions earlier this month trump signed
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a bill imposing quote seriously flawed sanctions on russia russian prime minister dmitry medvedev criticize the move calling it a declaration of quote fully fledged economic war so if you were in moscow would you trust the president when he says he wants to improve relations i toss that question to dan professor of international human rights at the pittsburgh or university of pittsburgh law school he's also author of the book the plot to scapegoat russia well i certainly would not take the us at its word i mean it's interesting obviously would trump it's hard to know if he was ever truly sincere about having a friendship with russia or whether he was sincere but he's been really painted into a corner by this russia gay scandal in feels he cannot you know i mean the truth is . you know putin trumps seemed to have a good talk at the g twenty and then of course congress quickly followed their you
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know diplomatic breakthrough with sanctions which of course he signed into law but he seemed reluctant to do so in any case whether he won't or can't have good relations with russia i think russia has to believe the good relations are not in the card for the few forseeable future do have the actions that match his words though when it comes to u.s. actions around the world whether it be in afghanistan ukraine or venezuela is the administration pursuing policies which would lead to a good relationship with russia no well i mean it appears the trump is on the warpath. in in many different. spheres as you know his. recent sanctions against venezuela predictably upset russia russia russia has actually said it may lead to to war.
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meanwhile he's threatening. him. iran which is of course as an ally of russia he has doubled down in afghanistan as you point out which is seen also as a hostile act towards russia so as you say it's hard to see where trump is headed except toward some coalition collision course with russia at the present time what would good relations with russia look like and why has the political media faddish been in the united states so hostile that to that concept it seems if you believe a working with russia is a good thing you must be a putin puppet. yeah well that's an interesting thing i mean i think cooperation would manifest itself in the u.s. and russia fighting terrorism together in the middle east including in syria maybe trying to bring some stability to the region. while the u.s.
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appears to do everything it can to destabilize the region. it would it would manifest itself in russian the u.s. working together in ukraine again maybe bringing some resolution to that conflict maybe the u.s. and russia in a working towards greater goals like the end of nuclear pull or ration fighting climate change it seems like those are things we would welcome but you're right there's huge sectors of the u.s. government in establishing media that seem to be afraid of cooperation between the u.s. and russia. i think certainly one reason is because the u.s. is in constant. a search of enemies it has been for many years to justify eternal war and conflict and it seems like russia has been certainly the flavor of the month for some time is as a country. that we need is an enemy to justify these these constant wars in
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two weeks russia will hold large scale military exercises in the western part of the country and also with its ally in nato is not happy about this new york times recently ran a headline quote russia has that military drills in near nato border raised fears of aggression then what does that headline tell us about the us mentality towards the region. well it's just insane i mean it's just it shows how. the media here views the world i mean russia has a right to to do military exercises on its own borders. divers have recovered all remains of the soldiers ten soldiers sailors who went missing after the u.s.s. john mccain collided with a merchant vessel near signal pour last week that's according to a statement made by the u.s. navy's seventh fleet their manes were reportedly recovered from the ship's flooded compartments by u.s.
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navy and marine corps diapers the incident is currently under investigation although the waterway is known as one of the world's most congested shipping lanes this is the fourth time a u.s. navy warship has been involved in an accident in far east waters this year. boom bust is that next here on our team america lindsey france is here now for a preview of what is up lindsey hey there well my guest says we are just beginning to see the oil and gas price fallout from hurricane harvey the price gouging has just begun and homeowners in the gulf are in a race to file those insurance claims before an important insurance law changes also consumer confidence is up but it's on shaky ground we take a look at those numbers all right thanks lindsey. and that's it for now for more on the stories we covered go to youtube dot com slash r t america also check out our web say our team dot com forward slash america you can always follow me on twitter on your part until question more.
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i come in. i'm a troll i don't argue america i'll make sure you don't get railroad you'll get a break in the break through. our culture is awash in lives dominated by streams of never ending electronic hallucinations that. fiction until they are indistinguishable we have become the most. society on politics as a species of endless and needless political theater politicians more than just celebrity are two ruling parties are in reality one party corporate. those who attempt to conquer this. breathless universe simply designed to push through the pool to an exploitation of the little for our first so far to the margins of society including by
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a public broadcasting system that has sold its soul for corporate money that we might as well be mice squeaking against an avalanche but squeak we lost. business empire recently reported that at the end of twenty sixteen facebook shut down an anonymous online group for employees called facebook anon after they started using it to talk politics the group was. one of the only places where facebook employees who support donald trump could share their opinion around the election posters went up around the facebook campus advertising facebook anon with the headline trump supporters welcome it was one of the very few places where right
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leaning facebook employees could force their opinions but according to business and later sources it was a safe haven for them at a company which many feel is super left leaning after all facebook itself stands accused of silencing conservative voices on their site last year it was widely reported by insiders that the company regularly suppressed stories that leaned conservative from their trending news section which has massive influence on the planet one individual said that facebook employees regularly suppressed stories about the pack mitt romney rand paul and many other conservative topics lots of stories came out about how facebook was pushing left leaning content while suppressing the other side on their website which the whole world knows that they're biased to the world seemed pretty obvious now with the shutting down of the internal group their bias seems to be folding in word at least that's how a lot of facebook years view it for their part facebook said that they shut down facebook and not because people were using it and nominally and that violates their terms and when people post stuff anonymously they end up being complete jerks
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saying awful things to each other hiding behind anonymity so facebook says they shut down the group not because it was conservative but because people were being awful anonymously to each other with it which i totally believe and which brings up a point which facebook is totally missing apparently because their entire business is made up of people who can create anonymous profiles from which they can harbor as the each other and say horrible things and that's the thing they've put into this world they want tolerate it internally the just let the rest of the world do it they'll actually facilitate it and promote it and make millions of dollars from it so while it's nice. facebook is pretending to care about people being horrible to each other it be nice if they cared about the horrible up back their entire business is wreaking on our planet outside of their posh little fake space of a camp.
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but. a lot of. it is not a bad. time once a france has been bought broadcasting around the world from washington d.c. tonight cryptocurrency is just keep on climbing bitcoin heads above forty seven hundred this comes as countries scramble to build regulations around it and up. chain in general also consumer spending is up but the numbers are shaky we take a look at what's contributing to this also my guest former u.s. trading commissioner chilton is with us to explain the damage hurricane harvey has caused on the oil and gas industry and on your wallet stand by starts right now.
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the prospects of a u.s. rate hike dimming the euro soared to one dollar twenty cents for the first time since january two thousand and fifteen following hurricane harvey in texas most analysts assume the federal reserve will delay major changes on top of that frequent confrontations with north korea have left the markets nervous as a result the euro has made some pretty big gains in two thousand and seventeen it rose nearly fifteen percent against the dollar monday's extended gains following last week's surge after european central bank president mario draghi speech at the jackson hole summit it also jumped after a fed chair janet yellen spoke at that same conference but made no mention of
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monetary policy. and across the global exchanges big coin is trading at its highest level ever at four thousand seven hundred three dollars and twenty one cents big coin split back in august first but then it hit a high of four thousand five hundred twenty two on the eighteenth the crypto currency is up now three hundred fifty percent from roughly one thousand dollars on january first also of note is a light point it has reached a record high of nearly sixty five dollars a thirty six percent rise it holds the fifth spot worldwide with a market capitalization of just under three billion dollars according to coin market cap dot com that is now it rallied fourteen hundred percent since the start of the year. when it traded at around four dollars thirty three cents vigorous trading in the last twenty four hours was seen in south korea which has a soft spot for light coins a warning though that country is set to see massive regulatory adjustments to crypto currencies which could change the landscape there
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for like that cited as a major reason for the dramatic upswing in cryptocurrency asset classes as a whole. consumer confidence numbers were released and the conference board numbers saw a rise of one twenty two point nine higher than one twenty in july which was surprising to some economists that predicted a drop the university of michigan also saw an increase with consumer sentiment up to ninety seven point six from ninety three point four but a drop in how consumers feel about the current economic conditions from one thirteen down to one eleven let's bring in danielle de martino both president of money strong and author of fed up an insider's take on why the federal reserve is bad for america look if we go up these numbers alone what does that tell us about how consumers as a whole feel about our current economic situation well currently they're getting. i have to tell you. i can't take credit for this one of my buddies is an economist
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mentioned to me the fact that there right now americans are feeling really patriotic for the first time in the better part of a decade and you know what that thought had not occurred to me that why all this saber rattling and especially with what we saw with north korea flying an actual missile over japan why this wouldn't be pulling down consumer confidence and here's a reaction which makes perfect sense is that americans are really feeling there are patriotism right now i would warn you though that this will not be very long lived ok well let's take a look at some numbers we've got a graph here which shows you're sixteen years worth of consumer confidence levels why do we still see numbers so. i even though we haven't really seen any major financial legislation pushed from the current administration you point to patriotism but do we see anything else he's well remember about a third of americans are still very much in favor of trump being in office that's not a small number and then when you tack on the twenty percent of americans who have
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benefited from the fact that the stock market remains near record highs you're talking about a good chunk of the population here who has yet to see a dent in their four a one k. statement and who still remains hopeful that the president's going to be able to push through legislation i for one have my doubts and they're increasing by the day especially as we see the distractions for the current administration begin to multiply ok let's talk about some sales numbers we seem to keep seeing these high confidence numbers but that's also against the backdrop of being box store retailers macy's sears stores closing down their stores are we seeing customers just have stronger faith in spending elsewhere are they becoming more discerning where they spend their money price comparisons trying to save what do you think this is well i think you hit on both of the factors that are driving what's going on here and look it is not it is not a feel good situation to see these stores closing down and the more stores that we
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see closing down my mother just mentioned it a few days ago my gosh i'm worried that my local mall has a sears and amazing it will start to chip away at consumer confidence but by the same token you hit the other major factor that's driving confidence and that's that they are able to exert their own pricing power by switching to e-commerce where we've obviously seen seen sales rise much more appreciably grow much more strongly ok but there's lots of oil refineries we need to talk about in the gulf texas we look at at this chart right here we can see west texas intermediate benchmark starting off strong and sinking in the week leading up to her. harvey we're still seeing massive fallout from that what kind of effect could this hurricane recovery do to consumer confidence in the long term if we account for not just dropping oil prices for something like home repairs there's tens of millions of dollars that are going to go into i'm sorry millions billions they're going to go into cleaning up
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the mess this size. look the one factor that's missing and the huge whammy that's going to be suffered upon consumer confidence and what economists will tell you is the very first thing to make households turn on a dime on confidence is rising gasoline prices now as it pertains specifically to the houston area it will be a double economic quickly if oil prices stay low on the one hand which is going to keep people out of work it's going to keep those refinery shut down it will be a drag on the fourth largest economy in the country but by the same token the entire nation feels that gasoline prices prices at the pump rise by thirty forty cents a gallon this could that we could potentially for this current cycle be seeing the peak in household consumer confidence and we've got analysts pointing to the effects of this hurricane as you as you mentioned some of the refineries closing down the platforms have been evacuated refineries closed down supply lines many of
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them wiped out still trying to analyze that situation and a lot of analysts are saying look the dominoes are just beginning to fall are you keeping your eye on the fall out of the situation as we hear that the hurricane maybe you know winding up off off off the coast and coming back in. absolutely look this is unprecedented i don't know that this is katrina because new orleans is not near the economic powerhouse that houston is nor does it have the same impact on the energy industry lindsay i don't think anybody can make any sort of a determination at this point about what the potential ramifications were are going to be i saw a statistic earlier today that said ten to fifteen percent of homeowners in use didn't have flood insurance you're talking about a ton of devastation it's not that these repairs aren't going to happen in the coming years but what about so many millions of households who could potentially be deeply harmed by this situation and not have the financial wherewithal simply not
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have the money. to repair their homes that they need it's a terrifying and catastrophic situation they're dealing with down there let's talk about the month of september which we are heading right into we're talking raising the debt ceiling with the potential government shutdown on the horizon mitch mcconnell even said quote there is zero chance no chance we will not raise the debt ceiling and quote if numbers aren't wavering now what kind of a drop can we see once these talks begin just real quick before we go well i think that there's a lot of vulnerability right now to any kind of a shock talk about cruising into the eye of the storm in the month of september if there's any kind of a wavering at all i would say that the markets right now are highly highly vulnerable to any kind of doubt that enters into these discussions will be will all be on red alert in the weeks to come that's absolutely right when congress goes back to school on capitol hill thank you so much danielle de martino the president of money strong an author fed up an insider's take on why the federal reserve is
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bad for america thank you. over the past few decades the cost of higher education in the us has skyrocketed along with that came a jump in student loan debt which just reached yet another all time high. has more on that for us now what's the average number of loans americans have now well to be exact the average american has three point seven loans so on average anywhere from three to four compared to ten years ago that number was two point four per person the student loan balance in the u.s. has changed a lot over the past decade according to the latest data we have hit the one point four trillion dollars mark up more than eight hundred billion dollars from two thousand and seven and currently the average american has a total of thirty four thousand one hundred forty four dollars in student debt that's a sixty two percent increase from ten years ago and that's not all a report from the consumer financial protection bureau shows that the number of borrowers with over fifty thousand dollars of debt has tripled during that same
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period and while members of every generation deal with it it's generation y. or the millennial that have taken out the most the average millennial has four point four loans more than both their parents' and grandparents' generation z. notably has less than that but that's because some of them haven't even started their freshman year yet and what's more interesting is that members of generation x. the highest average balance at almost forty thousand dollars meanwhile have average less than thirty four thousand dollars regardless of those differences going to college has become one of the biggest expenses we make next to buying a house but the growing balance of student debt has hampered the ability to do that across the country in fact the u.s. home ownership rate sits at sixty three point seven percent down from sixty eight point four percent in two thousand and seven and to make matters worse the housing market hasn't adjusted to the rise in debt that young americans are taking on. and
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neither have we. you know it's down but even sixty eight point four percent back in two thousand and seven was an impressive zero home ownership for upwardly mobile adults let's talk more about these home prices though how do they play into this debt problem so they're not exactly connected to student debt but they do kind of depend on each other obviously with more americans taking out more student debt and having more or bigger balances it makes it harder to save for a down payment to buy a home that's why we're seeing one a decrease in the homeownership rate but also an increase in the rental rate and of course rent prices that goes along with that. and on top of that the housing issue wages have not kept up and in fact in sixteen of the twenty biggest metro areas in the u.s. housing prices grew twice as fast as wages in those metro areas so when you combine student debt with stagnant wages it becomes almost impossible to really buy
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a home unless of course you live in an affordable area in the u.s. we can make a good info graphic of that and put it on it will do a whole segment of that to find where those are in the united states because we're all on the hunt for those because it's exorbitant now a lot of the focus here is on the debt millennial specifically hold how does that affect other generations so you know every single generation has taken out some amount of student debt obviously taken out the most but because we're taking out more loans they need cosigners on these exorbitant amounts that they're taking out right means their parents and in some cases their grandparents are cosigning these loans so it's not just a millennial is that i've been hampered down in one hundred thousand dollars of debt when they graduate it's going to their parents and their grandparents accounts so that affects them not only because they're taking out for their kids or their grandkids on top of the debt that they might have so it's really an interconnected problem it's not just a separate one else have it worse than the older generations haven't suffered as
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much as problem. tax everyone it's a family affair thank you very much. time now for a quick break to stick around because when we return a u.s. visa holder seeking green cards based on employment are set to face mandatory in person interviews my guest fills us in on how the oil and gas industry is tearing in the gulf after hurricane harvey we go to break here at the numbers because in the. all the world's a stage and all the news companies merely players but what kind of parties are in
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legion. for breakfast yesterday quietly to put the. biggest fear a little bit on the hayride was the last time medical board you say if you ever met the best quarterback or exploring the topic that doesn't belong in the piece now i've interviewed you to question more. starting on october first visa holders seeking u.s. green card based on employment will be required to undergo in person interviews with u.s. citizenship and immigration services the same goes for visa holders who are relatives of refugees or asylum seekers it's all part of president extreme vetting plan for immigrants the interview has largely been waived for employment based card
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seekers because of the backlog it creates in processing and the strain it puts on resources such as personnel u.s. citizenship and immigration services says the agency will expand these categories of green card seekers requiring an interview on an incremental basis. homeowners hit by hurricane harvey in the gulf coast are racing against the clock to file insurance claims current texas insurance code gives claimants eighteen percent interest if their insurance company pays late pays too low or doesn't pay at all but house bill seven hundred seventy four changes that starting september first penalties for insurance companies will be reduced and climate lawyers will face stiffer requirements to file suit supporters say it will help shut out for the us lawsuits but opponents say it allows insurance companies a cheaper way to act in bad faith but that's just homeowners insurance flood insurance is another issue in harris county texas which includes houston fifteen
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percent of homes habit in two thousand and five hurricane katrina half of homes were covered by flood insurance people without coverage will have to apply for grants or low cost loans from other branches of the federal government homeowners in high risk flood zones are required to pay into the national flood insurance program but it can be hard to track if they're actually obeying that directive and premiums can be very expensive also those zones deemed high risk are growing fast hurricane hurricanes can. and sandy led to claims of nearly twenty five billion dollars this left the national flood insurance program in debt by twenty three billion dollars to the u.s. treasury grants and low interest loans could be the only way out for those without flood coverage. and the storm has also given ramifications reciprocal ramifications and worries for fuel costs as the oil coast as it's called produces more finds oil into gasoline
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a huge chunk of it for the united states gasoline prices have surged more than four cents nationwide as a result former u.s. trade in question marks health and says we can expect more at the same time price gougers are out there in the impacted areas gosh you said it we're seeing some dirty stories out there or oil prices have gone down gasoline prices have gone up what's happening in oil and gas markets well i mean there's fifteen percent of the refining capability is gone offline that's two point five million barrels a day lynsey and there are some concerns that it could go high as thirty percent with the storm coming back around into the port arthur and parts of louisiana so with that reduced refining capability refining capability it means that the actual crude oil is sitting there and growing a surplus and with that surplus comes lower prices so we saw on the new york mercantile exchange prices of west texas intermediate which is the u.s. benchmark go down to
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a five week low forty six forty four now at the same time we've got the gas the they need more of that right and so that's in you know tight supply or tighter supply and that's why we've seen a two year high in wholesale gasoline prices to a dollar seventy six a gallon for the rest of us that prices the prices are also going up to two dollars and thirty seven cents on the average right now. so that's sort of the market dynamics on the stock market side some oil companies are doing better and some are sixteen what's going on to our viewers well really it's like they say about real estate right location location location and so if we look at the one that's really taken a tumble it's exxon mobil who's been pretty hard hit one with their beaumont texas plant that they've shut most of that down the refining capability and then just a little bit north and east of that is the number two refinery in the united states
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and that's in baytown and they're having big problems there they even had to report to the texas environmental quality folks they've had a spill that's not sure what it is but it really reeks and this is a plant that's known for having some problems in the past and i knew a few years ago they had a twenty million dollar fine so exxon mobil during this circumstance not looking too good others are up just a little bit marathon valero philip sixty six but again it depends where you are and what you know the impact of this hurricane on your refining capabilities as you say depending on where you are with some of the these refineries shut down gasoline cracks and should people be going out to fill up their cars and trucks right now i would i did i mean this is a normal thing at this time of year right labor day weekend people will go and fill up but even now more than ever like i said the average cost nationwide is two
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dollars and thirty seven cents that's up four cents in a week but it's one of the larger price surges we had this summer the other day when we were talking about the storm coming in i said that you know estimates were from five to fifteen cents a gallon those estimates are up to ten to twenty cents a gallon but quite frankly when i look at what's going on in the reduced capacity of these refineries you know i could see thirty cents a gallon more and that could last for a long. time to it could last for you know a month or six weeks or longer and as you noted you know katrina and we saw forty cent increase in prices so it might not be that high but i think it's going to be higher than most of the experts are predicting i certainly higher than you know five to fifteen cents i'd say so katrina as you mentioned we saw forty cents in two thousand and five. gasoline prices how high could they go how how likely are they
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to stay high what think it's likely they'll stay there for a long time stay high for a long time whether or not it's thirty ish cents a gallon i think a long time because. they'd have been able to even assess the damage and this is not just damage to that we don't know yet absolutely we don't know it's like i said yesterday to somebody it's reminds me of that old song the midnight oil song where they say how can we sleep when our beds are burning well how can they assess the circumstances when they're in the middle of the disaster and it's relentless and it keeps on and on they can't even get in workers can't even get there to do the assessment and it's not just the refineries too it's all of the logistics i mean the pipelines are closed the ports are all closed there's four or five i'm on the texas coast no oil is going out nothing's coming in so everything's that a standstill and underwater and it's relentless so i think this is going to last a long time i think prices are going to go up i wouldn't be surprised if we see
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another nickel in the next couple of days then another nickel left over the weekend and we get up to that thirty cents a gallon and it stays there for a month well then we've got the holidays when terror and all those events and household expenses going up and it's going to be a real pinch on people at these prices they high you've always been a consumer advocate you've got a book about consumer protection last week on this show you warn viewers we could see price gouging update on that they're doing it bad actors are out there. lindsay over five hundred reports to the texas attorney general of price gouging now this isn't all just gasoline although the reports that the attorney general's office is taking it in shows that some of charging four dollars a gallon which you could say well maybe there's a reason for dollars but allen coming up to ten dollars a gallon some of them you know it's just crazy and it's look the free market is one thing but during these times when there's an emergency out there and people need
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fuel to survive you know that's a big deal and the fines by the way are also pretty hot doing this and you get fined twenty thousand dollars ok unless you are doing it to somebody not you but somebody that sixty five or older then the fine is two hundred fifty thousand because shame on you shame on you now by the way if this goes into louisiana and there's price gouging we did see that back in two thousand and five with katrina there you're doing jail time six months jail time and if somebody is injured by the price gouging you know as a result of what you've done then you could go to jail for even longer up to twenty one years if somebody dies so big deal this price gouging and they're doing it with water by the way they're doing i'll tell them. that i read a report that taxes are services for water ninety nine dollars for a case of water somebody was trying to charge so. be careful when you're like just
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how do you go about reporting and telling someone about it getting on to you and you know and both tattle you call the texas attorney general or the losing anna general's office they have a hotline i've looked at their forms they're pretty easy to fill out and it's definitely something people should do these bad actors need to be caught it's just not right particularly when everybody's in such a hurry right circumstance what are you looking at me coming down whether or not use find these other talk about the number two refinery in the country the exxon mobile in. john but we're also looking at the. port arthur which shut down a little bit today that that's something that if they're closing the largest refinery and second large refinery in the country that's going to have a longer term impact than others might and how the reassessment works over the next couple of weeks and it's going to be weeks to do this reassessment that's the key thing i'll be looking at is not going away thank you very much part of us.
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i'm on your parm pill you're watching our team america we begin at this hour with the devastation caused by hurricane and now tropical storm harvey the rain continues to pour over south texas as rescuers race to get those who are stranded as the water rapidly rises take a look at some of the most harrowing moments. to
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. live. lives. i i. absolutely terrifying scene some of those images for the very latest on that devastation we
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have a live team coverage trinity chavez reporting from new york and running important in miami trinity let's start with you how bad are things in houston right now this disaster is unfolding on an epic scale today marks the sixth consecutive day that hurricane harvey has just pummeled southeast texas just moments ago the american firm about the death of a police officer who was trapped in his flooded patrol car raising the death toll now to at least ten people with dozens more injured this deadly storm that is of historic proportions there has been over nine trillion gallons gallons of rain that has fallen with rain reaching over forty nine inches in an area outside of houston the national weather service says that this is a new u.s. record and this storm can still dump up to fifteen more inches of rain this week already hundreds of roads in houston have been completely turned into rivers at least two hundred seventy six of them have been declared high water locations the
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water is said to be thick and deep as deep as your neck and some areas are completely immerse the cars you can't even see them city officials are urging residents not to go outside meanwhile around one hundred thousand people are left without electricity the houston police department reported today that well over thirty five hundred people have been rescued a thousand of them are water rescues in the search and rescues continue here's what the houston police department had to say. we will not be reducing our parks your officers continue to sleep in the stations they will be continuing. throughout the response for these we are doing the responsibilities and we probably will not be moving towards recovery for a matter of a couple more days he will not be going home. right now an estimated ten thousand people are still trapped in their homes authorities are urging stranded people to make their way to high ground and to hang sheets or towels from their homes so it's
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easier for rescuers to find them trinity's so many people are finding sell themselves in this horrific situation we know hundreds of thousands are needing to evacuate and will need emergency shelter and how are city officials responding city officials said today that more than seventeen thousand people are seeking refuge in texas shelters and with the search and rescues continuing bad numbers likely to grow houston mayor sylvester turner said that this city is not turning anyone away and he said that he has asked for additional help from fema and let's take a listen to that the reality is that not only are we providing shelter for houstonians but we're also providing shelters for people who are coming out of the city of houston who have been directly impacted by the storm but not turning anyone away but it does mean that we need to expand the capabilities and our capacity in that regard and we've certainly made the official requests to thema we need
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additional assistance and so we have been asked them to provide a supply. of. food for an additional ten thousand individuals. shelters have also opened as far inland as san antonio austin and dallas but emergency management officials warn some shelters are already filling up. all right thank you well as many are trying to make their way out of texas the president president arrived today in corpus christi rain important i have been following updates as he arrived in marina what can you tell us about the president's visit so far well anya the president just recently completed his second briefing on the disaster response in texas speaking to a group of officials in austin mr trump claimed there's never been anything so expensive or historic in terms of damage and ferocity harvey brought in hours earlier the president and first lady arrived in corpus christi assessing the
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damage caused by harvey and underscoring the white house's commitment to the region today was something of an early test for president trump's capability of handling a natural disaster while demonstrating some compassion or some leadership but the u.s. president met with local state and federal officials inside a firehouse where the where mr trump was briefed on the impact of the historic storm the acting thema director told president trump the agency is still in a life saving and life sustaining mission at least in houston i was speaking for only a few minutes in corpus christi the president thanked his cabinet members the acting fema director and insinuated his recovery team will be better than what america witnessed amid her king katrina and superstorm sandy. we have had a tremendous. correction the latest thank you very much for the job
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and a man in the ceiling become famous on television the day that mr obama we appreciate it very much. indeed and i can tell you my father telling me al how great your representatives have been working together. it's a real team. you want to do it better than ever before we want to be looked at in five years in ten years from now is this the way to do it was. president trump did make an effort to get ahead of the hurricane signing a disaster declaration for texas friday night as the storm was bearing down on the gulf coast acknowledging that the recovery and rebuilding will be a very expensive effort president trump has also promised that congress will move swiftly to authorize disaster relief funds for the state but the amount isn't yet known as the region remains in the grips of harvey bracing for more rainfall tonight and tomorrow officials estimate estimate thirty thousand people will be
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seeking an emergency shelter and four hundred fifty thousand are likely to seek federal aid the president and first lady will be touring austin a little bit longer before returning back to washington d.c. . as in new york and rain important miami thanks so much for keeping tabs on those stories. the democratic people's republic of korea has fired another ballistic missile the methyl flew over japan this time at landing in the northern pacific ocean making this the longest d.p. r. k. missile launch ever and the very first time this sort of my style has flown over japan here's our correspondent actually banks with more. is officials called this the latest north korean missile launch aggressive due to the path in which the missile traveled for the first time p.r. nyang shot a missile over japan a close u.s. ally so was the joint chiefs of staff said the ballistic missile traveled close to
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one thousand six hundred seventy seven miles and reached a height of three hundred forty one miles making this north korea's longest missile test ever u.s. ambassador to the united nations nikki haley responded to the latest missile launch the united states along with japan and south korea have called for an emergency security council meeting this afternoon we are going to talk about what else is left to do to north korea you know. contrie should have missiles flying over them like those hundred thirty million people in japan it's unacceptable they have violated every single un security council resolution that we've had and so i think something serious has to happen with japan's prime minister shinzo our base said quote we will do our utmost to protect people's lives this reckless act of launching a missile that flies over our country as an unprecedented serious and important threat survey lab rob minister of foreign affairs of russia chimed in we insist the
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north korean food bowl the u.n. security council resolutions this is the position that was stick to the u.n. security council meetings and will do so of the meeting that is now being suggested off of the recent us by north korea and in turn this is what north korea had to say that deep. blue to choose greeting potence to the rule to come from some to some. remains truly to reach the fisher functioning for which is. south korea's foreign ministry has warned north korea it will face strong opposition from the u.s. south korean alliance if it does not accept talks over its nuclear program and abandon its nuclear ambitions south korea's foreign ministry said north korea security and economic development are at risk of these missile launches continue and addition to this south korea and the u.s.
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have stepped up their drills really says these drills are an invasion of rehearsal however the u.s. and south korea say the drills are for defensive measures and are used to counter north korean aggression surely after north korea launched its missiles south korea's air force conducted a live fire drill involving four as fifteen fighters which dropped eight m.k. eighty four bombs that accurately hit targets on a military field near the. entries east coast north korea's launch comes after the country fire three short range ballistic missiles and to the sea and just a month after the country launched its second enter a continental ballistic missile which experts say could reach deep into the u.s. mainland and although so far the situation on the peninsula remains tense but under control the president trying to gang that all options are on the table after the latest missile launch and washington actually banks are tape as ashley just
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reported there president trump responded to reported improved abilities from d.p. r. k. a by saying all options are on the table refusing to rule out military options signaling an impending u.s. military escalation to discuss this we're now joined by national security policy analyst investigative journalist gareth porter to discuss his latest article can the u.s. and north korea move from threads to negotiations gareth hi how are you good thanks it was reported earlier this month in the washington post that d.p. r. k. is making miss are already nuclear weapons that's according to the defense intelligence agency should we accept these reports as fact amidst this escalation no not necessarily at all i mean the best estimate from those who are outside the government who are experienced and have no axe to grind is that they are not close to being able to do that that doesn't mean they can't ever do it but we are not at
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that point at this stage and when there's so much bellicose rhetoric surrounding peninsula at the moment it was interesting timing for sure to see that report come out do you write in your east and alice's quote that kim jong un regime seems to have sought to use missile launches as signals to the trumpet ministration to convey not only north korea's determination not to give in to pressure but also its hopes to stabilize the situation in a boy. further escalation in the u.s. north korean military relations missile launches and hopes to stabilize might sound counterintuitive for some can explain exactly no you're right because of the fact that the news media has not really done its job at all in covering this whole sequence of events and has merely presented you know the situation as one of the north koreans threatening the united states and trump firing back and
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threatening to go to war with them we've lost the the reality in the background of this that neither side really has a military option it's simply not realistic for either side and they know it the united states has not had a nuclear military option with regard to north korea for many many years and that's because seoul korea the capital of south korea is only twenty six miles away from the north korean border of the thirty eighth parallel and the north koreans have eight thousand artillery pieces ready trained on the capital and could decimate more the decimate they could they could destroy a large part of the capital and as many as two hundred thousand two hundred fifty thousand americans live in the runs of seoul so this is a pretty strong incentive for the united states not to try a military option against north korea and the north koreans on the other hand know
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perfectly well they have been destroyed almost completely by american bombs by fire bombing in one nine hundred fifty by the united states and they know perfectly well that they are totally vulnerable to u.s. nuclear weapons as well as conventional weapons they're not going to do anything like that either so both sides are posturing this is very clear the north koreans are posturing in order to try to get the united states to sit down with them without preconditions. so that they can try to get some concessions from the united states specifically to end the korean war the state of war has never ended between the united states and north korea very importantly primary thing they want but they were they also want to help have normal relations with the united states you covered negotiations concerning enron xin nuclear program quite closely what lessons from that diplomatic success story do you think can be applied to this situation well i would i would sort of back up a couple of steps and say the lesson of u.s.
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relations diplomatically or non diplomatic relations with iran for so many years diplomatically is that the united states has a dominance problem we've had a dominance problem both during the early period of the cold war when there was no real balance of forces between the united states and the soviet union or the communist world and then after of the collapse of the soviet union when the there was that what they call the unit polar moment since that moment the united states government the security state if you will has believed very profoundly that nothing prevents the united states from forcing smaller weaker countries to come to heel and there are three cases in particular that everybody knows about iraq north korea and iran and in the case of iraq we know what happened axis of evil the axis of evil the united states invaded and occupied and in the process destabilize the entire middle east in the case of iran the united states has threatened to go to
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war finally came around to negotiating something under obama in the case of north korea they have not yet summoned the political will to go that far but the problem is with the fundamental understanding or misunderstanding of the u.s. national security state that it doesn't have to practice diplomacy with smaller weaker powers the fact is that those smaller weaker powers have the ability to resist and they've certainly learned a. yes and if you're in pyongyang or teheran and you look at what happened in iraq or libya you know the minute you give up your weapons and even give the united states what you want your very survival could be at risk what's often lost in the main stream coverage in a conversation about north korea gareth is the fact the country has repeatedly offered to give up its nuclear weapons if the u.s. stops threatening and people don't understand the dynamic necessarily they see it as the koreans constantly escalating but can you explain in what ways d p r k sees
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us as the instigators here and why the u.s. isn't receptive right political solution we have to once again the news media total failure to provide historical context both longer term as well as more recent the longer term context is that you know after many years of refusing any diplomatic contact with north korea. the the oh the congress minister a student of the clinton administration agreed to sit down with them after one moment of almost near war with with north korea they negotiated very quickly in one thousand nine hundred for the agreed framework and that agreement without going into detail actually provided the basis for the north koreans to give up their nuclear program. the united states agreed to normalize relations with north korea and that included trade relations and u.s.
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officials later acknowledged that the united states did not hold up its side of the agreement did not certainly did not begin to normalize economic relations and north korea did uphold its side of the agreement on the on the nuclear side if i remember the history correctly the republican congress in fact blocked a major parts of the peace agreement prevented the clinton administration from carrying it out and then just a few years later the north. koreans only pulled out of the nuclear non clear fresh ration treaty after bush let them on the axis of evil so that's really very clear history there people often forget gareth porter investigative journalist analyst always appreciate you coming in thanks a lot. coming up on our team u.s. led coalition forces have exchanged fire with turkish backed rebels which were once backed by the united states we'll have those details after a short break. all
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i. now to syria where nato allies the united states and turkey are in the spotlight what yet again because that u.s. led coalition forces have exchanged fire with turkish backed rebels near the city of monday's just one catch the u.s. ones back to these very same rebels artie's chapman booga explains it's a very complicated situation of course in northern syria and the coalition spokesperson actually confirmed today that u.s. backed forces have clashed with pro turkish troops not once but multiple times in recent weeks over patrols that have been conducted patrols in their area to keep tensions down received multiple times over the course of the last two weeks that the u.s. has already responded warning turkey that to pull its rebels that they support in the area back into line saying that attacking u.s.
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forces of is of course not acceptable the spokesperson added that patrols will continue however and that u.s. backed troops are ready if need be to defend themselves and this is those of course not the kind of dialogue that you would expect between close friends and allies but the fact is the situation is extremely tangled the u.s. is fighting beisel with the support of kurdish fighters who of course do not get along with turkey and the rebels that they have back to say the least turkey in fact that is the kurds to be terrorists and the u.s. troops are sort of caught in the crossfire it seems up till now america has managed to navigate the murky waters between its allies to keep them both happy but conflicts like this one however really been a long time coming if my b.g. units and then american military advisors go. oh a fool would not kid american the weather carries out the will of assad by accident if you rockets can hit them now the u.s. of course was never officially invited into the region and it seems that they may
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have blindly rushed him without fully understanding the lay of the land. if that had a here again when the school season begins for children around the world and while the first day of school can be frightening for any child as aren't his policies they report children in palestine face unique challenges the night before the new school year started israeli bulldozers arrived here on the outskirts of the palestinian city of bethlehem to demolish seven caravans that have recently been erected as a school for some one hundred bed when students from the area now this was one of fifty five schools in the area that had recently been given demolition orders but the difference here was that the demolition order came the same night that the school was destroyed there was some bombs there was tear gas and the solution has been this tent that was put up to try and accommodate at least some of the children so they could hold classes and when there is a strong wind we get colds we have classes in direct sunlight some of us might get
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sunstroke and get sick and one gets cooled our people get ill too what kind of middle of the love to believe in nuclear kids from a village was so happy when they had a squint and when it got destroyed they were very upset the kids used to love going to school and they were so enthusiastic about it and now they're asking all the time why do i have to study in attempts the children need water bathrooms and there's nothing like this in this so-called second july and the situation inside the tent is extremely cram there are four classes that are happening simultaneously now and most of the students are not in there they've been sent to a school that is around ten kilometers away and as you can well imagine that is a far distance for children this age to go and many of them say along the way they are often accosted by say a quote actually you know we generally feel console in the first hater of this should be between cheapo cases of schools like this being destroyed by the israeli
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army post here our team too but i did outside the through him. divers have recovered the remains of all ten sailors who went missing after the u.s.s. john mccain collided with a merchant vessel near signal poor last week that's according to a statement made by the u.s. navy seventh fleet the remains were reportedly recovered from the ship's flooded compartments by u.s. navy and marine corps divers the incident is currently under investigation even though the waterway is known as one of the world's most congested shipping lanes this is the fourth time the u.s. navy warship has been involved in an accident in east waters this year. coming up on r t donald trump promises good relations with russia but will he follow through on his word will be right back. there's a real irony going. to be showing up plenty of things that
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a responsible way to meet people and there is always well that's what. it always seems. to be a little ordinary not a wholesale surveillance you feel you have already while as you mentioned to size united in trying has used social media while it always on the story goes it's garbage and real. so. what politicians do you should. put themselves on the line to get accepted or rejected. so when you want to express it i'm sure. somehow i want to be rich. to try to be first that's what the four three of the four people are. interested in the lives of. there should be.
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i. welcome back to our into america president donald trump who once again has expressed his belief the u.s. would be better off getting along with russia than not this happened during a joint press conference with the finnish president sali nice job yesterday well i hope that we do have good relations with russia i say loud and clear i've been saying it for years and i think it's a good thing if we have great relationships or at least good relationships with russia despite expressing support for the normalization of u.s. russian relations trump also highlighted the potential threat russia could pose if tensions continue to escalate between the two countries it's a big country it's a nuclear country it's a country that we should get along with and i think we will eventually get along with russia however some of the president's rhetoric contradict his own very
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actions earlier this month from signed a bill imposing sanctions on russia which have been described as seriously flawed russian prime minister dmitry medvedev criticize the move calling it a declaration of quote fully fledged economic war so if you were in moscow would you take the president at his word when he says he wants to improve relations i toss that question to dan kovalchuk professor of international human rights at the university of pittsburgh and author of the book the plot to scapegoat russia. well i certainly would not take the u.s. at its word i mean it's interesting obviously would trump it's hard to know if he was ever truly sincere about having a friendship with russia or whether he was sincere but he's been really painted into a corner by this russia gate scandal and feels he can i you know i mean the truth is. you know putin trump seemed to have a good talk at the g. twenty and then of course congress quickly fall. there are you know diplomatic
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breakthrough with sanctions which of course he signed into law but he seemed reluctant to do so in any case whether he won't or can't have good relations with russia i think russia has to believe the good relations are not in the card for the few forseeable future do have actions that match his words though when it comes to u.s. actions around the world whether it be in afghanistan ukraine or venezuela is the administration pursuing policies which would lead to a good relationship with russia. no well i mean it appears that trump is on the warpath. in in many different. spheres as you know his. recent sanctions against venezuela predictably upset russia russia russia has actually said it may lead to to war.
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meanwhile he's threatening. him. iran which is of course is an ally of russia he has doubled down in afghanistan as you point out which is seen also as a hostile act towards russia so as you say it's hard to see where trump is headed except toward some coalition collision course with russia at the present time what would good relations with russia look like and why is the political and media establishment in the united states so hostile that to that concept it seems if you believe working with russia is a good thing you must be a putin puppet. yeah well that's an interesting thing i mean i think cooperation would manifest itself in the u.s. and russia fighting terrorism together in the middle east including in syria maybe trying to bring some stability to the region. while the u.s.
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appears to do everything it can to destabilize the region. it would it would manifest itself in russian the u.s. working together in ukraine again maybe bringing some resolution to that conflict maybe the u.s. and russia you know working towards greater goals like the end of nuclear proliferation fighting climate change it seems like those are things we would welcome but you're right there's huge sectors of the u.s. government in establishing media that seem to be afraid of cooperation between the u.s. and russia. i think certainly one reason is because the us is in constant. search of enemies it has been for many years to justify eternal war and conflict and it seems like russia has been certainly the flavor of the month for some time as as a country. that we need is an enemy to justify these these constant wars in
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two weeks russia will hold large scale military exercises in the western part of the country and also with its ally and nato is not happy about this at the new york times recently ran a headline quote russia has that military drills and here in nato border raised fears of aggression then what does that headline tell us about the us mentality towards the region well it's just insane i mean it's just it shows how upside down the media here views the world i mean russia has a right to to do military exercises on its own borders. in germany security services say they foiled a right wing plot to kill a leftist politicians artie's peter oliver is following developments from berlin police have uncovered what they describe as potential kill ists a hit lists of containing the names of their left wing politicians and political activists here in germany they also uncovered
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a stockpile of weapons as well from two properties that were searched in the northeastern state of mecklenburg vorpal mountain. now the two men that were arrested they are believed to have connections to an extreme far right group one of them is a serving police officer in the region now in this statement from the prosecutor general here in germany he said that they investigated and proceeded with this these raids after they found a web chat room chat between the two men and which they talked about angler merkel's as they put it failed refugee in migration policy that they also talked about how they feared for an economic collapse across the country and that they were scared of an increase in terror attacks that they put down to the policies of the german chancellor the two were apparently prepared for the collapse of the
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state late stockpiled food ammunition for their weapons as well but what we do see is two people two men here that had raged against one particular policy and that particular policy is so tied to the german chancellor angela merkel that back in twenty fifteen when she said that all refugees and migrants will welcome to come here to germany now she's just been speaking on cheese day to the collective press as part of her summer address and the german chancellor said that she stands by the decisions she made in twenty fifteen. it's a decision we made back then in that exceptional situation to take in those people was important and right but this is quite a different statement than we've heard from the chancellor the very recent past that's the sentence we can do this is part of my political work but so much has been read into this every day expression it has become a simple motto in the discussion around it has turned into an unproductive endless
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loop we didn't embrace the problem in an appropriate we currently the chancellor leads sixteen to seventeen points from her nearest rivals ahead of next month's general election and looks almost certain to be returned as chancellor so she doesn't need to question her own legacy her own policy decisions that she's made however as this ongoing investigation shows of two men arrested for potentially plotting to carry out murders and what has been called a terrorist attack by plenty of potential terrorist attack by investigators it does show that her policies still remain controversial to this day back at home and now and massive hurricane rips through texas a far more silent killer is on the loose in san diego at least fourteen people have died and two hundred sixty four admitted to hospital and a habitat as a outbreak according to san diego's health and human services agency officials said
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the homeless population is feeling the worst of the incredibly contagious diseases outbreak often transmitted through dirty needles experts at a lack of health care and the hepatitis a vaccine which is usually administered to children from poor communities is partly responsible for the spread of the month old outbreak. the aliso canyon storage facility in porter ranch is back in business following a lengthy manes period in late twenty fifteen a breakdown at that aging site caused the largest uncontrolled methane leak in u.s. history for nearly four months the potent greenhouse gas spewed into the atmosphere releasing one hundred nine thousand metric tons in total but since reopening at the end of july problems at the troubled site continue in the past month regulators have detected at least two methane spikes over the facility the los angeles county
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department of public health says complaints have increased since gas injections are resumed on august first locals are reporting methane odors and many say they're still suffering from health problems associated with leaks. canada is shelling out some big bucks to protect the arctic ocean according to that country's federal government the plan is quote the largest investment ever made to protect canada's coasts and waterways artie's allison hell of it is in toronto to tell us more alex what exactly does the canadian government have in mind when it comes to protecting the arctic ocean it's this is really all about transport you know we hear a lot about the military up there are trying to stake a claim in the arctic and obviously a lot of environmental projects going on to which we will talk about but this is primarily about transport the melt ice is melting ships are going through and we know that the canadian government is preparing itself for him to subpoena more traffic in the order and there will be canadian traffic included nevermind other
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countries so let's break down that this huge sum of money that they're putting in here it's kind of interesting where the money is actually going so the total sum for this project is a part of a one point two billion dollar initiative for all oceans around canada but this is one hundred forty million dollars spent over five years nearly seventy six million will be used to fund safety equipment. infrastructure and training on our to coastal communities the goal is to really to create safer and more efficient supply operations and resupply operations because a lot of these communities are not attached to any type of big roads and such another twenty four million will be to build an arctic national aerial surveillance program complex now this complex accel itself will be there to increase surveillance capabilities of ships that are going around in the arctic itself also the improve the spill prevention in that area spill preventions a big thing we've heard about the disasters in the past the exxon valdez and if
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that goes on so this is something that they want to stop the fourteen million will be going to establish an office for incident management that's the transport canada that's a little bit boring you know so it's just going to be one of those a bureaucratic basically stage of the little bit of money put into that eleven million to expand transport canada's community participation fund raising program now this is interesting because this really delves into the native communities that are up there we call them to you what you might know them as the eskimo it's a fifty fifty thousand dollars contributed to these communities to be able to educate these communities through what i say fifty thousand these are engine of grants that will go to educate communities about these transportation initiatives and how to move forward on them it's basically it's an all encompassing system to protect not only the way the waterways work but also to make transportation in that area more viable and just basically make more sense in general so canada is doing its best but when it comes to preserving parts of our earth there's only so much one country can do our other major players in the arctic doing their share to
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protect the area well absolutely and we know how the arctic is a very very sensitive region and you cannot forget the two major players in that area that would be russia and the us someone to talk about russia the north of russia is where russia has resources laid siberia it's the northern part it's the arctic it's the gas it's the oil it's the minerals it's everything so russia has been there for a. long time they've been exploiting these resources forever and now we've heard from the minister of national resources just over the weekend he's saying you know it's time to clean up and actually the russian government is and has been cleaning up for a few years now back at it was two thousand and twelve two thousand and fifteen forty thousand tons of waste recycled clean up two hundred hectares of land now that is one of one hundred two areas that russia has basically a red flag that needs to have the same type of cleansing let's say it had to be cleaned up also it russia is talking about protected areas itself you know there's polar bears up there there's walrus there's other creatures up there that the
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russian government has been protecting in the past they want to move forward they want to get into this area with the with the ice melting but the fact of the matter is protection is a big idea now when it comes to us we have a very different approach it seems with the president trump we we've heard so many reports about him talking about going into what are protected areas in alaska up in the arctic drilling offshore drilling into the arctic ocean so these are some appears that people are getting when they when they start hearing about this and you know this area being exploited everybody wants to be up there that's that's true and as the ice melts there's going to be even more activity in the far north but the fact of the matter is that you know in the past russia and the us that actually worked very very closely on a scientific basis to keep that area clean and to share research about how to approach the the environment in the arctic circle so this now moving forward it's
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it's a little bit iffy when you have trump attacking the e.p.a. talking about possibly moving some operations there into the alaskan offshore so the question is how is canada how's the u.s. how are the states going to approach this this is about transport when it comes to canada and obviously russia and the states want to use these same transport routes because getting from europe to asia is. much more quick when you're going over the arctic circle than it is going through the panama canal let's say so these are this is an area that's going to have a lot of attention paid to it in the next few years and obviously a lot of money invested and it will be a have to be a team effort to protect it that just one example of how cooperation between countries can can lead to more good alex may help it's in toronto thanks a lot thank you. coming up on our t.v. a study suggests sugar is just as addictive as cocaine but that's about a strong response from the medical community that story that.
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welcome back to our team america and new paper suggest sugar may be as addictive as cocaine sugar consumption has been linked to drug like a facts including bingeing craving tolerance and withdraw all the latest findings have evoked strong reactions from the medical community as artie's proceed to santos explains from los angeles. is sugar addiction real that's the question a team of u.s. health researchers have set out to answer in their latest study the paper published in the british journal of sports medicine outlines how sugar consumption produces. symptoms that are similar to other addictive substances like cocaine according to the authors it can alter mood possibly through its ability to induce reward and pleasure leading to the speaking out of sugar in animal experiments sugar has even
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been found to be more addictive than cocaine with heart disease obesity and diabetes on the riots researchers say that sugar should because the fight as an addictive substance however responded from the medical community are mixed some people disagree with these findings arguing that sugar is not addictive to humans while others agree based on the metabolic and he donek properties of sugar only they do not consider sugars to be as powerful of a drug as heroin instead they compare it to weaker substances of abuse like nicotine dr james dean a colon tonio a research scientist at st luke's mid america heart institute who coauthored this study told me in an e-mail talk to anyone in food addiction anonymous or sugar addiction anonymous look them in the face and tell them they aren't addicted to sugar. he also says there's a tremendous release of opioids and dopamine when we consume sugar if we eat enough of it eventually it causes periods of dopamine deficiency in the brain this can
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lead to withdraw or other states similar to those found in patients with depression whether sugar is addictive or not it's in everything from candy and soda to pasta sauce and baby food and there's no denying that it's wreaking havoc on human health in los angeles but she did santos r t. and before we go don't forget to tune in for politicking with larry king into night's episode at larry talks with former cia operative valerie plame who's the launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy twitter and band president trump here's a snippet of what's to come in an e-mail statement to the l.a. times white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders called your campaign in the attempt to shut down the president's first amendment rights an expression of hate and intolerance how you react. i respectfully disagree with miss sarah huckabee sanders along with cerro
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other republican operatives like roger stone have said the same thing again this has nothing to do with the first amendment the first amendment protects people from their government and not all speech is protected when you are ratcheting up in an already very dicey incendiary potentially incendiary situation. i think twitter has an obligation to step in and say to president trump what you need to buy abide by the same rules as everybody else you know inciting violence and no hate speech we do agree valerie that your gambling. toeava laudatory. is a long shot. i would agree it's a long shot a billion dollars is a whole bunch of money i totally get that. the idea is to shine
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a spotlight on how dangerous donald trump's tweets are and it undermines our national security. thanks to people like you we've gotten a lot of attention and i do hope people are thinking. you know maybe it doesn't have to be like this i want people to fear oh feel that they can actually do something they don't just have to sit by while we are moving ever closer toward a nuclear catastrophe watching the hops is that next here on our team america mr tyrrel ventura is here now for a preview of what is to come what's going on all right tonight we examine how the. big guilty rigging the primaries the games bernie sanders the courts say so and how president from his bringing back the police militarization that obama rolled back then the country of commuters making some rather bold moves of the war against plastic birds and finally top of the wall is brings us the truth behind the law to
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. and when you question more find what you're looking for this is the fifth. we'll go deeper investigate and debate all so you can get the big picture. business insider recently reported that at the end of twenty sixteen facebook shut down and anonymous online group for employees called facebook anon after they started using it to talk politics the group was one of the only places where facebook employees who support donald trump could share their opinion around the election posters went up around the facebook campus advertising facebook anon with
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the headline trump supporters welcome it was one of the very few places where right leaning facebook employees could force their opinions but according to business insider sources it was the safe haven for them at a company which many feel is super left leaning after all facebook itself stands accused of silencing conservative voices on their site last year it was widely reported by insiders that the company regularly suppressed stories that leaned conservative from their trending news section which has massive influence on the planet one individual said that facebook employees regularly suppressed stories about c. pac mitt romney rand paul and then many other conservative topics lots of stories came out about how facebook was pushing left leaning content while suppressing the other side on their website which the whole world knows that they're biased to the world seemed pretty obvious now with the shutting down of the internal group their bias seems to be folding in work at least that's how a lot of facebook years with for their part facebook said that they shut down
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facebook anon because people were using it and nominally and that violates their terms and when people post stuff anonymously they end up being complete jerks saying awful things to each other hiding behind anonymity so facebook says they shut down the group not because it was conservative but because people were being awful anonymously to each other with it which. i totally believe and which brings up a point which facebook is totally missing apparently because their entire business is made up of people who can create bunk anonymous profiles problem which they can harbor as the each other and say horrible things and that's the thing they've put into this world they won't tolerate it internally and they'll just let the rest of the world do it they'll actually facilitate it and promote it and make millions of dollars from it so while it's nice that facebook is pretending to care about people being horrible to each other it be nice if they cared about the horrible of back their entire business is wreaking on our planet outside of their posh little fake
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greetings and sal you take. this week well the united states government convulses in the horror of having to react to another crisis of whether there are a few other horse or horror shows that have conveniently ducked under the radar of the news cycles let's start with the recent revelation that according to a federal court judge. the democratic national committee and former d.n.c. chair your friend and mine debbie wassermann schultz bid in.

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