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,, captioning funded by cbs request berpy madoff's wife says she and her husband tried to kill themselves. >> we had terrible phone calls and hate mail and just beyond anything and i said i can't -- i just can't go on any more. >> as ruth madoff tells her story, victims say don't forget about us. you will hear from them this morning and we will show you more of that explosive "60 minutes" interview.
stock markets soar after european leaders make a deal. what will this mean for your wallet and wall street? we will tell you. testimony could end today in the michael jackson manslaughter trial after defense witnesses bring dr. conrad murray to tears. the big, will he take the stand in his own defense? we have the very latest from inside the courtroom. winter comes early in colorado after an october storm drops more than a foot of snow on the ground. now parts of new england is bracing for their own snowstorm. we will tell you how much is expected "early" this thursday morning, october 27th, 2011. good morning to you on this thursday. good to have you with us. i'm erica hill. >> i'm chris wragge. >> how about the snow could be headed our way? doesn't this always happen before halloween? you have your costume set and it
gets cold and your mother says you have to put a coat over the top of it. we will more on that ahead. stunning claim by bernie madoff's wife. in a "60 minutes" interview, ruth madoff says she and her husband tried to kill themselves after his ponzi scheme was exposed in 2008. >> "60 minutes" correspondent morley safer spoke with ruth madoff and her son andrew who said his mother sent him a package. >> i tore up the envelope and dumped it out and it was absolutely heartbreaking. these were pieces of jewelry that i recognized, things that i had seen my mother wearing over the years. and i couldn't tell understand how she could do this. i mean, what were they thinking? and it wasn't until three years later that i had a chance to ask her what were you thinking when
you sent me that jewelry? i don't understand. and she told me that she and my father planned to kill themselves and they put together that package beforehand and sent it out. >> reporter: did they try to kill themselves? >> yes, they did. >> i don't know who -- whose idea it was. but we decided to kill ourselves because it was -- it was so horrendous what was happening. we had terrible phone calls, hate mail, just beyond anything. and i said, i can't -- i just can't go on any more. that's when i packed up some things to send to my sons and my grandchildren. i had some lovely antique things and things that i thought they might want. i mailed them.
it was christmas eve. that added to the whole depression. we took pills and woke up the next day. >> reporter: what did you take? >> i think ambien. >> reporter: how many? >> i don't even remember. i had -- i took what we had. he took more. >> reporter: did you leave notes? >> no. it was very impulsive and i'm glad we woke up. >> it is a riveting interview but this morning as you can imagine some people say it's a mistake to talk about bernie madoff's troubles. >> they want to focus the focus back on the billions of dollars that were lost. >> reporter: ruth madoff and her son andrew tell a stunning story but for many victims of bernard madoff's fraudulent crimes it's a tale they don't care to hear. >> it doesn't really bother me that the madoffs are making a fool of the country once again.
if the media wants to buy into it, i can't stop it. >> reporter: larry leif seen her in a vbs interview is a successful entrepreneur who lost his entire retirement fund to madoff. >> now we are told in 25, 30 years, it was all fictitious and we're not going to get any money. >> reporter: but earlier this month, more than $300 million in repayments finally began going out to a small percentage of madoff clients. 16,500 claims were submitted and only 2,400 were approved, leaving many felt left in the lurch and two years into his life's sentence victims are believed to believe the mastermind of it all was to remorseful that he attempted suicide. >> bernie madoff is not the type to commit suicide but i
understand that they would of thought about it, that they might have even impulsively thought deeply about it. >> reporter: while madoff remaining family members have not been prosecuted they are felt by the -- >> andrew is being pursued as is a good deal of the madoff family and that will drag on and on. i assume they will pay millions of dollars. >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> joining us with more is diana henriques. the author of "the wizard of lies bernie madoff and the death of trust." we heard in ruth's interview with, she said i'm glad we woke up. in "the new york times" she goes on to tell you i'm not so sure i was glad he woke up. >> that startled me. she has a dry sense of humor
even in all of this dreadful turmoil, but she said that quite sincerely. she went on to say though, she does not know he ever contemplated suicide again, she doesn't know why he didn't. she said i don't know how he lives with it. i actually e-mailed bernie in prison when his daughter-in-law's memoir came out. that of course, focuses on his son's suicide. i asked him, did you ever consider it? and he wrote me back this week and said, well, it crossed my mind. he acknowledged only that it crossed his mind, but he gave an elaborate explanation for how he thought by staying on, he could help collect more assets for the victims and that he couldn't abandon his family. now, of course, we see that, you know, the damage done to his family is irrelevant to whether he was still around or not. >> the big question do we believe ruth? do we think this is kind of a
ploy for sympathy? do you believe bernie he says he wants to stay around to recover some of the assets. there is talk he knows where some money is hidden. >> let's distinguish between believing ruth and believing bernie. do i believe bernie? you got to take that with a big grain of salt. he has been only confirmative of information the trustee has had, although he keeps saying in e-mails to me and everybody else he is trying to help the victims. ruth is a different mat. i think this is a very good barometer for what kind of emotional state she was in in those weeks and months after his arrest, so i do find it credible that she attempted suicide and then regretted it. suicide has been a dreadful theme in this family's life. we know now that her son mark attempted suicide at least once before he succeeded, so i think looking back now, she is glad that she didn't succeed, but i think it did show us how much emotional pain she was in at the time. >> chris mentioned is this sort of a ploy for sympathy in some
way. she says at one point she is speaking out now because andrew asked her to to help promote the book. is this instead about selling books? >> no. for her, it's about restoring the relationship with her son. her son wanted her to participate in this publicity. i think he genuinely feels the public will help know her better but certainly she preferred to stay in seclusion, no doubt about it. >> diana, thank you. you with see the entire interview on "60 minutes" on sunday night on cbs. jeff glor is here with a check of other headlines. >> good morning. stocks in europe soar this morning following the big news we got overnight. a deal has been worked out to help resolve europe's debt crisis. cbs news correspondent elizabeth palmer is in london this morning with details. hey, liz. good morning. >> good morning, jeff. after so many year misses and false starts, the european leaders were under tremendous
pressure to come up this time with a really convincing deal. and they did it. but european leaders and their top financial advisers were hammering out details long past the deadline. it was after midnight when they finally emerged with a hard one deal that follows a lot of political sniping and even violence. there were riots in rome and athens after demonstrations by workers whose standard of living is bound to take a hit and even a fist fight in the italian parliament. but today in the early morning house, finally an amounsment that would calm world financial markets. >> we have at the end of the day a comprehensive plan which included all of the ingredients. >> reporter: the ingredients are a vast trillion dollar bailout fund for european companies borrowing on international markets and agreement to strengthen fragile european banks with new agreements.
their measures designed to reassure the money markets that europe is, indeed, solvent. this is good news in the u.s. as well. the congressional research service estimates the fully 5% of u.s. banking assets are vulnerable one way or another to the european debt crisis. >> liz, thanks very much. developments overnight at the occupy wall street movement in new york city. hundreds swarmed through police lines, streaming towards city hall, in part, to protest yesterday's police crackdown in oakland, california. there arrests overnight in new york and another march in oakland. several hundred protesters filled downtown streets there watched by riot police. they were able to re-enter a pla plaza. 25,000 homes are without electricity in snowy ceo this morning following an early autumn storm.
5 inches fell in the denver area and bringing down power lines and early snow is not limited to colorado. forecasters predict an inch or more in today could be the final day of testimony in the michael jackson manslaughter trial. >> on wednesday, dr. conrad murray was brought to tears in court as defense witnesses praised histories medical skills an compassion. cbs news correspondent ben tracy
has the story. >> that man sitting there is the best doctor i've ever seen. >> reporter: one by one, five of conrad murray's former patients came to his defense. >> i'm a live today because of that man. >> i have never had a doctor that was more caring. >> reporter: murray was moved to tears wednesday, as his grateful patients took the stand as character witnesses. >> he's a great guy. >> reporter: they say that dr. murray they knew from his time as a houston cardiologist was diligent, kind, and not out for money. >> you did not see a sign when you walked in that say pay at the time services rendered. >> reporter: for three weeks, prosecutors argued that murray was in it for the money and in way over his head. they say he gave michael jackson what he wanted, the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him sleeping turning the singer's bedroom in a pseudohospital room. >> it is four weeks the prosecution accused him of being
incompetentent and uncomparing in terms of his quality of care. so these witnesses help to humanize conrad murray but i don't know that it eradicate, advi testimony where he was battered and bruised. >> reporter: the big question remaining will dr. murray testify? >> if i was his lawyer the way this trial has been going and as poorly as it has gone for him i would consider that option and we will know that answer very soon. >> reporter: the defense is expected to finish this week and then dr. murray's fate is in the hands of the jury. joining is jean casarez covering the jackson trial as a correspondent of trutv's "in session." dr. murray visibly moved yesterday as the witnesses testified to his character trying to humanize this man. you were in the courtroom. let me ask. did it work? how did it play with the jury? >> it was emotional in that courtroom, because this was the
doctor that everybody wants. we heard story after story of someone that was kind and caring who explained procedures, who, if someone didn't have money, treated them anyway, bought prescriptions for people if they couldn't afford them. then on cross-examination, that is the thing. did he do propofol on you? no. did he dot procedure in your bedroom? no. did he have any monitors when he did the procedure? no. the prosecution got their point out but a good day for the defense. the jury is left saying, wait a minute, this looks like a really good doctor, so what happened? maybe michael jackson exerted his power and influence and he he wanted that medication but but the standard of care that prosecutors say were violated. >> will dr. murray take the stand in his defense? >> most people say no. but listen to this.
you know, in every trial, the judge constitutionally is required to advise the defendant of his constitutional right to take the stand if he wants to or his constitutional right to remain silent. well, the judge told the defense a couple of days ago he was going to advise the defendant outside the presence of the jury and ed chernoff, lead counsel, said, your honor, he doesn't have to do that. he has four counsel. we can talk to him. no, the judge said, independently, i need to ask him. the minute i heard that because i've heard it many times, it never goes like this, i said he might want to testify. the judge outside the presence of the jury yesterday went on and on, chris, for ten minutes saying it is your right, no one can stop you. if you want to testify. and just apprising him. he hasn't asked him yet but he is going to outside the presence of the jury conrad murray has to respond what his choices, his personal choice. >> do you think he needs to testify to win this case? >> it will be a tough
cross-examination. there are things the defense does not want to come out that would if he takes the stand but questions the jury may want to know so by taking the stand maybe they will have some answers and compassion the defense wants to show is a good doctor under the influence of michael jackson. >> we will wait and see. thank you for reporting for us from los angeles this morning. >> thank you. still ahead, our latest poll shows unemployed americans are getting more discouraged and desperate. we will look at where the jobs are and how you can improve your chances of landing one. china's empty cities could be the sign of another real estate bubble may be about to pop? a closer look for you ahead. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. it burns! it's singeing me. it's the sun. get out of the office more often, with chili's $6 lunch break combos, featuring texas toast half sandwiches. chili's lunch break combos. is saturday. hurry in for your last chance to get the lowest prices of the season.
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♪ welcome back to "the early show." thursday morning, cannot get the sun to rise around here today. >> we will do our best. >> just not happening. i'm chris wragge, along with erica hill. coming up, vice president joe biden shook up some democrats over the weekend saying he wouldn't rule out running for president in 2016. if you know the vice president he happens to say things that get political people talking. >> joe biden, the wife of the vice president, is with us this morning. we will see what she has to say about her husband's political
future. you're looking at the pictures about the work she is help refugees in east africa. we crossed path in the refugee camps when i was over there and we will talk about new efforts she is behind. look forward to that conversation. a look of growing concern among the millions of americans who are out of work in this tough economy. the latest cbs news/"the new york times" poll 41% of the unemployed are not confident they will find another job. >> 54% say their finances are bad and spending their savings and cutting back on necessities and borrowing money and 20% threatened with foreclosure and conviction. here are some of the voices now of the unemployed. >> i started out as an art director and worked my way up until i was a creative director. >> my most recent position i was a senior consultant for sales proposal development. >> i was hired as the art teacher. and ended up staying there for 19 years. >> i knew that the company was slowing down a little bit, but i
wasn't expecting to lose my job. >> my manager started off by saying fairly bluntly that my position was being eliminated. >> i went into panic mode. >> it wasn't even a long-range thought of what do i do now for the future. what do i do right now? >> because i assumed that finding a job within four or five months. >> after about a year of looking for work without success, it became clear i was no longer going to be able to afford to keep up the mortgage on the house. >> i don't think i can go on to too much longer without working. >> my wife and i split up. i can't blame at all on the fact that i lost my job, but it was a very big last straw. >> now we struggle to put food on the table, keep the power on, keep the heat on. >> there are long periods when what i have is not enough to
cover all of the bills each month. >> if i run out of unemployment, we are not going to be able to handle supporting the household. >> after three years of this, do i feel discouraged? absolutely. >> it's hard for me to even say the word unemployment. >> one of the hardest parts of it is accepting rejections. >> one jon that i did go on, i said, you know, how many people have applied for this one job? and they said, 2,000. >> you know, i can get 99 rejections, but all i need is one acceptance. >> i want to be positive and i want to ble that there is a job out there. >> i'm three years down the road. i don't have a job, but we're still here, we're still healthy, we're still alive, we are still in the same place. we're making it, barely, but we're making it. >> one woman who has heard all of those stories and many more is john challenger, ceo of the
outplacement firm challenger, gray, and christmas. we know it's so tough. you look at the stories of people and i think we know one person if not more who are going through the situations you just heard from. with unemployment hovering around 9% here what do you say to people to give them hope there is something out there for them? >> well, the economy is growing. it's growing slowly, it's growing primarily in the private sector, so it's businesses that are creating jobs every month. we are losing jobs in the public sector so governments, at all levels, are cutting jobs. in this slow growth economy, you do have to stay upbeat, you have to fight for your job. >> which is easier said than done for a lot of folks. you mentioned job cuts. up 212% last month. that is the most in nearly two years. are you expecting it to change any time soon? >> i do think we're not going to see any miracles come in this
economy but see slow steady growth and that is what happens when the country, people, government, businesses all go into debt. what happens is you slow down. businesses are slowing down their investment, new, say, divisions or new products, they are not creating lot of jobs but they are slowly growing as the economy comes. so you have to be positive and stay at the search day in and day out. >> stay positive and stay on it and look in areas that are hiring. so you have a few that we should go through. health care, seems like we have been hearing this a long time. technology and retail. >> retail right now is certainly a great place to be looking. say you've been out of work six months. a lot of these numbers coincide with the fact that about 45% of the unemployed right now have been out more than six months. that's when you begin to become more pessimistic. maybe you go take a job in retail just to bring some income in, to know that you are valued, you're going to work. you can keep on looking while
you're in one of those jobs, but the holiday season, you know, is a good time to pick up that extra job. >> we hear oftentimes it's easier to find a job when you have one. even with a temporary one, it could work. what other things can you do to your skill set to boost your chances of finding a job, especially inner you may not be familiar with. >> go back to school get classes and education and pick up technology in a particular area and do that at night so you can continue working during the day. also join organizations. just don't sit in front of that computer sending out applications or your resume. go out and volunteer for organizations, whether it's a political campaign for this upcoming season or a volunteer organization, a charity you care about. that gets you out seeing people and those people working at those organizations work at other places and often your route in the door. >> great advice. good to have you with us, john challenger. thanks. >> thank you. here is jeff glor at the news desk with a check of today's other headlines for us.
>> good morning to you. a stunning interview from "60 minutes" as the wife of bernie madoff says she and her husband tried to kill themselves. ruth madoff told morley safer that weeks after her husband was caught in 2008, they tried to overdose on pills on christmas eve. >> i don't know who -- whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves, because it was -- it was so horrendous what was happening. we had terrible phone calls, hate mail, just beyond anything. and i said i can't -- i just can't go on any more. >> you can see the interview with ruth madoff and her son andrew sunday on "60 minutes." stocks rallied in europe morning after european leaders agreed on a new debt deal to bailing greece and they will take a 50% loss on greek bonds
in urn are the banks get a major infusion of cash. death toll from sunday's earthquake in turkey reached 523. new images of the youngest survivor of the quake. a two we-week-old . here is news outside your area. the clouds are hanging listen in a minimal, if not gentle breeze. on the doppler, there are showers in the area. it is pretty calm, but it is pretty wet and has been for self hours. the forecast today, calling for high temperatures, 67, maybe a thunderstorm, clearing from 36 tonight, it will be cold up next, china's real estate boom where they are building cities for people that don't even live there yet. >> we will tell you why it could
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welcome back. any past decade china has become the second largest economy with much of that growth riding on an exploding real estate market. >> yeah. sound familiar there? a real concern that understandably about a housing crisis there like the one we are spill experiencing in the u.s. cbs news business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis continues her series on china this morning. good morning. >> good morning to you. concern not only for china but for the united states. because last year, we did 92 billion dollars of sales with this country and that is an important factor. china is the fastest growing economy in the world. one of the things that chinese government has done to spur that growth and develop jobs is develop real estate. experts warn china could be facing the world's biggest real estate bubble. >> reporter: at the heart of china's rapidly expands $6 trillion economy is a massive building boom. skyscrapers and shopping malls
and high speed trains and even new cities are popping up. one of the those cities is dontu located 150 miles northwest of shanghai, it's streets on modern and freshly paved and crane dot the sky line between parks and housing developments but the bustling crowds have yet to materialize. leo is a teacher in this city who repeatedly bought a home here with a loan from a bank. can you show me where the apartment that you bought is? >> oh, it's over there. and that is one of the best in this area. >> reporter: one of china's so-called empty cities, dontu was created by the government to spur economic growth and to help urbanize the country's largely rural population. here in the center of dontu you can feel the emptiness and plays to the old thinking if you build it, they will come. and the chinese government is hoping the people eventually will. china's steady economic growth has made it the second strongest
economy in the world. its population at 1.3 billion is the largest, yet only a tiny fraction of the chinese people can afford to live in a city like dontu. >> many places, these cities are going empty while right around the city there is a shortage of housing for china's attempt to urbanize. >> reporter: rodger baker say the overdevelopment could set off a real estate crisis even larger than what we faced in the united states. >> i think that people would certainly call this a bubble. we see the prices continuing to rise. we see them being fed in many ways by speculation. >> reporter: baker warns that could take a serious toll. not just on china, but on the world. >> at a time when the european economies are in a state of crisis and the chinese economy goes into a state of crisis, you basically knock off line what? two-thirds of the world's economic activity. >> reporter: but for locals lie leo, less concerned with the value of his home, he is happily
enjoying something rare in china. the quiet of a big city. >> it's quite relaxing, i think. it's just really clean and the quality of all the houses are really good. >> reporter: leo told me that the average home in dontu costs about $75,000 and might sound affordable but when you compare it to wages in china, it's quite expensive. the average wage there runs about $2 an hour or $200 a month. >> wow. >> so, obviously, that is a big disparity between what you make and what you have to pay to own a home. >> could china experience a similar housing crisis what we have here or have they learned what we have been going through in this country? >> what they have been doing is stimulate growth by feeding that real estate market. the chinese government at the national level goes to the states, goes to the provinces and says we need a certain level of growth to keep our 9.1% growth as a country going. at the state level, then at the province level, they are stimulating that growth by investing up to 60% of their
money in real estate. so, frankly, when you take a step back, it's really looking like a very similar scenario to what we had here. a lot of banks there are doing risky lending as well. >> it's frightening when you know what the ending was here to that story. you would hope maybe they would take a cue but it doesn't sound like it. >> they are trying but still a very difficult thing to do. still to come, the latest on the biggest refugee camp in the world. population? close to 500,000. >> jill biden, wife of the vice president, is here to tell us how you can help. you're watching "the early show" on cbs. [ airport announcer ] now boarding group 4 to barbados.
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occupy baltimore protesters to pull back. >> it has been two nies since they were told, only two people can camp here and the rest have to leave by midnight. the occupation movement has made it clear that they are here to stay. the baltimore leaders said that they are wearing out their welcome. they have been there over three weeks and the mayor said she does not want any violent clashes, arrests will be possible and made case-by-case. the city comup tea leaders spent the nice voicing concerned at a board meeting after the mayor said she wanted to focus on touring the number of recreation centers over the 33 total to be turned over to
♪ welcome back to "the early show." at the top of the hour. i'm erica hill, along with chris wragge. ahead this morning, why the democrats think they can make a comeback in congress after last election when dozens of newcomers knock off long time democrats. >> that means finding their own outsiders to run against the washington status quo. we will talk to some who they
say with congress more unpopular than ever, they have a good chance to make the kind of change in washington that they feel washington needs. also ahead an update on the humanitarian crisis in the horn of africa. a rise of threats and violence there which makes life more difficult for refugee families who are part of this massive exodus. i went there in august to visit the biggest refugee camp in the world. many seeking safe haven in kenya spend days trying to get to camps like this one. do you feel relieved at all now that you and your family are here? >> translator: he arrived here with life with his family. >> reporter: since the beginning of the year, more than 150,000 somalis have gathered the last of their possessions while hoping their most precious ones would survive the journey. >> i think what seeing here is the resilience of the human body
and still be able to make it a miracle. >> reporter: awaiting each refugee, food and supplies that guarantee at least a chance at a new life. >> it's about hope. and they need to have hope because year after year, doing the same thing, as you can imagine having to do this thing every two weeks, to come and get your food, it's about dignity as well. >> reporter: despite their plight, the children we met provided the most hope in this 50 square mile piece of the kenyan desert that has been receiving refugees for nearly 20 years. in 1993, famine in somalia and capital of mogadishu forced people from hair homeland into refugee camps across the kenyan border and this year another fighting from al shabaab sent refugees to kenya at a rate of nearly 3,500 a week. aab sent >> we think we are very close to the point that the maximum population capacity of this area will be reached.
>> reporter: on october 16th, the kenyan military launched a unilateral attack on al shabaab territory in somalia. the kenyan government claims that action has reduced the number of refugee crossing the border to 100 people this week. but 500,000 remain in kenya today and required a large scale humanitarian effort to provide relief. >> right now, familine and drout is killing children in the horn of africa. >> reporter: dr. jill biden, she is leading the effort to distribute food there to help raise awareness for the continued plight in the horn of africa. joining us is the wife of the vice president, dr. jill biden. the last time we saw each other was under very different circumstances. we were the kind of place where you're there it never leaves you. >> no, that's true. it made quite an impact on me
when i was there, but it made an impact before i went when i was watching all of the coverage on the tv shows and i just thought, you know, look at those mothers there with those children and being a mother myself, i just thought, you know, i would want someone to help me and i thought something has to be done, we have to do something more. >> these women, you mentioned the women because oftentimes the mothers go through so much just to get their children there. and in their minds get them to a little bit of safety a place where they can have security and food every day. yet even that place the refugee camp is stretched to the limit and it is harder and harder for people to get there and receive that kind of help. what realistically can people in this country do? >> well, we can give a donation to help these mothers and children no matter how small, even $10 will feed a mother and her family for three weeks. or $2 pays for i am thatizati i
sayingses for children. >> they are concerned about feeding their own families at home and find ago job or a christmas tree or gift this year. there are things you can do that don't involve giving money as helpful as that may be. how else can people get involved? >> i think they can make creative awareness and tell their friends, tell their neighbors, tell their church groups, their school groups that maybe together they could maybe pull together a small sum of money or they might say to their child, you know, there is -- children are starving in somalia and kenya and if you would forego maybe one of your christmas gifts and give a gift of -- it's really a gift of life to a child in a refugee camp. >> is it hard sometimes do you think to raise awareness for issues that are happening overseas in a place that is so foreign to so many of us here in
this country and when we are struggling with our own things? >> you know, i definitely think it is hard because people in america are struggling today. but, really, the level of really desperation in the horn of africa, when i was there, erica, i heard of a mom who was walking days and days and she had two children and they were all so weak. you know you have two little guys. and here she had two children and she was just so weak that she knew she had to leave one along the road and just take one with her. so when a mother has to make that kind of a choice, i mean, it's unimaginable, i think. and they are the kind of choices, i hear it over and over again that these mothers are having to make to feed their children and to get them to safety. >> it is unthinkable and you would never even want to have to deal with that situation. we should point out too some of the work that is being done, it's not just about sending
money to give people food. i know c.a.r.e. is involved and they are teaching people sustainable farming in the middle of a desert there in kenya. >> yeah. feed the future is doing a great job. usa i.d. is learning how to use new farming and irrigation methods for better crops, bigger vegetables so things are being done and they have already done that in ethiopia and kenya, so that is why the drought has not affected them as badly. but in somalia, we can't get in there because of the unstable political situation. >> and because of al shabaab keeps them out. speaking of politics. we do have to ask you quickly before we let you go. your husband saying over the weekend he would be open to running for president in 2016. how do you feel about that? >> i think you have to take each day as it comes. look what happened the last election. we ran against barack.
we lost and then he was chosen vice president. so you never know what is going to happen so you never say never, but, you know, we will just see what happens. >> going to be a busy year for you. >> oh, yeah. >> we will let you go because i know you're losing your voice so we don't want to take too much more of it because we know you are busy. thanks very much. for more than about the crisis and the horn of africa and organizations accepting disaster relief donations, visit usaid.gov for more. ruth madoff says she and her husband bernie tried to kill themselves. the startling revelation came during an interview on "60 minutes" during which ruth told morley safer she and her husband did this two weeks after he was arrested in 2008. >> we took pills and woke up the next day. >> reporter: what did you take? >> i think ambien. >> reporter: how many? >> i don't even remember.
i had -- i took what we had. he took more z. >> reporter: did you leave notes? >> no. it was very impulse sieve and i'm glad we woke up. >> you can see the entire interview with ruth madoff sunday on "60 minutes." big news from europe overnight leaders agree to a deal to help fix the european debt crisis. it was hashed over overnight in brusse brussels. the focus on reducing greece's crushing debts. europe big banks will take a loss on greek bonds and $148 billion injected into the banks to cushion the loss and it will boost the bailout fund with other countries with debt problems as well. britain's queen elizabeth winds up in australia and took in a show and went to a school in the west coast city of perth and then it was lunch time. that is roo stew.
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a potential to change the transplant landscape. so an actual living windpipe grows in that jar? >> exactly. that is what was transplanted. >> reporter: only one transplant of what is called a synthetic windpipe and done at a swedish hospital in june. the recipient, a man who had previously been diagnosed with an operable throat cancer and now who is recovering well. >> injected me and then i was feeling okay, you know? i was feeling hope about the future. >> reporter: the technique involves making a glass mock-up of the diseased body part and then coating it in a new type of polymer. a rubbery type substance developed in this lab. it's a plastic? >> plastic, yeah. >> reporter: special kind of plastic? >> special kind of plastic.
>> reporter: a plastic with microscopic pores on to which stem cells taken from the patient can attach and grow. chemicals in the red liquid growth medium determine that the stem cells grow into the required type of tissue. in this case, a kind of cartilage. so, basically, you're providing, you call it a scaffold but a kind of a foundation or a form around which the patient's own cells then regrow the diseased body part? >> they call remottle itself. and the cells remottle itself and become patient own. >> reporter: because the cells are the patient's own, they are not rejected by the body's immune system. the usual problem with transplants. and the trachea, dr. seifalian says, may be just the beginning. >> heart is possible but more complex organ like lung and brain and more complex to build but liver is possible. >> reporter: already, the lab is growing blood vessels to be used in heart bypass surgery.
the frankenstein label is one dr. seifalian has heard before. do you think of yourself in the kind of frankenstein way? >> not so. we are not making a human. we just making human spare parts. you know? just simple. >> reporter: a start? >> yeah. >> reporter: this might well be the start of a whole new medical industry. while the technique is not yet approved in the united states, doctors seifalian's lab is already getting body part orders from other countries around the world. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> truly fascinating. coming up next, the democrats lost control of the house in last year's republican landslide. now they want it back. we are going to hear from some congressional candidates who like their chances. this is "the early show" on cbs. announcer: this portion of "the early show" sponsored by levemir flex pen. ask your doctors about the benefits of it today. and i've learned a lot
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♪ in last year's elections, republicans took over the house of representatives with a lot of help from tea party members who promised to change washington. well, today, polls show americans are more fed up with congress. ever and democrats now see an opportunity. cbs news congressional correspondent nancy cordes is on thrill with more for us this morning. >> good morning to you, chris. >> reporter: democrats are taking a page from the republicans in 2010 and trying to recruit as many outsider candidates as possible who have never served in politics. they brought more than a hundred of them here to washington this week to show they are determined to bounce back from their big losses. it's part pep talk, part show of strength. >> you want to be in the majority? >> yes! >> we are going to do this. >> reporter: democrats call them their top recruits in their bid to win the 25 seats they need to take back the house of representatives. 107 candidates from 36 states. we sat down with three of them,
two of whom are new to politics. you're all running against tea party members. they had all of the momentum in 2010. what makes you think it's going to be different this time? >> they may have had a lot of momentum but they have forgotten their number one responsibility and that is to put people above politics. >> reporter: val demmings spent her life in law enforcement and rose to become orlando's first female police chief. >> i think folks have buyer's remorse. >> reporter: jose hernandez of california is an astronaut who flew on the space shuttle "discovery" in 2009. >> most congressional folks are lawyers by trade and they are trained to litigate. i'm an engineer. i'm trained to solve problems. >> reporter: one candidate who wants back in is ann kirkpatrick of arizona. she served in congress for six years but was defeated last year when republicans won 63 new seats. what do you think the voters in your district were saying in 2010 when they elected your challenger? >> i think they said we want
something new in congress. we are not getting exactly what we want. we are not not there yet but they realize now it's actually worse than it was. >> reporter: approval ratings for congress sunk to a record low of 9% in the latest cbs news poll. >> god bless you, speaker boehner. >> reporter: becomes hope the anti-incumbent mood that helped the republicans in 2010 will work in their favor in 2012. how will you deal with the fact the president is unpopular right now in some parts of the country? will you invite him to campaign for you? >> well, you know, the president has a tough job to do, number one. he has done some things very well. he probably could have done some things differently. but the president has to run his own race and i have to run my own race in florida. >> reporter: republicans say they have got just as many of their own candidates waiting in the wings and that they are focusing on those 27 or so districts where they think they could pick up even more seats from the democrats this time
around. they also point out that democrats may not be doing these, quote/unquote, outsider candidates any favors, chris, by bringing them here to washington when washington is so unpopular. >> cbs's nancy cordes on capitol hill for us this morning, thank you. so much pessimism out there. you got to wonder. they have to do some campaigning out there to turn people's mind,
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asking the producers to reduce their overnight presence in the square. >> the police have not removed anybody, two nights after they were told that only two people could camp here and the rest would have to leave by midnight when it opens back up to business. they said that they are rear to stay. the campers are said to be wearing out their welcome, there for over three weeks and the mayor does no want violence clashes, and arrests are possible, but they will be made chase by case. the police need help to find two men that raped an baltimore girl. she was asking for directions and they are looking for a fan van, but with win thes keffing
of the day. >> you know what happens if it rains in norkted. new york city. if it rains, you're crippled. you can't do anything in new york city. enough of my venting. something says new york as much as central park and the statue of liberty, there is traffic and then the blair of horns from those taxis. all of those impatient cab drivers. now one new yorker has had enough and he is convinced the city getting serious about stopping all of the noise and we will see what the cabbies have to say about that. >> he wants them to do more than just post signs warning they will be fine. also ahead a visit with kal penn. he spent the last two years working at the white house and now going home for the holidays starring in a new comedy. kal penn is here to tell us all about that. on wednesday, president obama announced plan to help americans pay off their student loans more easily.
>> it allowed 6 million borrower to combine their debt into a low interest rate. cbs news correspondent dean reynolds has more on the high price of higher education. >> reporter: you don't need to be a math major to know that the cost of college is adding up. increasing 8.3% in just the last year, with tuition, room and board and fees the average charge at a public university for instate students is now $17,000 a year. >> what is this? >> reporter: 80% of american college students are in public institutions. people such as katrina manilack, a senior at the university of illinois at chicago. she has paid with her education with student loans. $50,000 worth of loans. tell me what that's like. >> it's a really overwhelming feeling. i like as much as i don't want to think about it, i have to think about it. >> reporter: in hard economic times and with federal stimulus dollars running out, states have had to make painful budget cuts.
public education is a regular target. and for many governors, raising taxes to cope is politically risky. so schools have little choice but to raise their fees. >> the biggest reason for tuition increases, quite simply, are state budget cuts. in the unrelenting mathematics of public higher education, state budget cuts equal tuition increases. >> reporter: it's a trend that seems to be accelerating. >> the last 30 years, states have been consistentlily reducing support for higher education and letting tuition make up for the difference. >> reporter: the college board reports roughly 56% of graduates at public four-year schools left campus with an average debt of $22,000. and while it's not clear how long this can go on, students and their parents would love to know the answer. dean reynolds, cbs news, chicago. >> joining us now is personal finance expert carmen wong
ulrich, author of "the real cost of living." who benefits from this plan? >> here is the thing. current students and students just graduating. the plan goes into effect later on. we are talking about 10% of discretionary income payment plan is recapped but 1 trillion of outstanding student loan debt. i'm still paying my graduate loan. >> i'm paying undergraduate too. >> it's quite the bubble. you have incredible college costs. you have so many student loans. but then you have really high unemployment. so the jobs aren't there to pay those bills. >> then what do you do now as you are, you know, as people may be visiting schools or try to decide if they want to go back to school to get a job. what do you have to take into account? >> it's not a rite of passage. it's an investment. it has risks so you have to treat it as an investment and really consider what am i studying and what kind of loans are you getting?
you need to know the difference between federal loans and private loans. you want federal loans. you want as many federal loans as you can get. lower interest rates, great repavement plans and if you're out of work, you can file for deferment or. >> there is no flexibility with private loans so you really want to avoid those. those are the riskiest to get. >> when reviewing the pros and cons, what would you recommend? >> the consumer financial protection bureau, if you go to their website consumerfinance.gov they have tools that show you if you're having trouble repaying your loans what to do, where can you go. it takes you through the process who to contact. it's a very useful and easy to use site. also with the president's plan is the income based repayment plan. this is if you're working and you're having trouble making those payments because your salary is so low, go to ibrinfo.org and more information there on the plan and how to use the plan. the key thing here i think is the biggest change isn't to that actual plan but the fact out out
there, we are learning more about it because folks need to know. >> what is this other website? fin aid? >> it's a fantastic free site deep with information as to where to go and find out what is subsidized versus unsubsidized and what is better and what loans to get and scholarships and grants. you want exhaust all of those options and do a ton of work. you have to be a really informed consumer. as much time as you spend on buying a house, a car, you can spend as much time on these. >> the federal loans a number of different types fall under that category. >> you want to look for words like stafford, grad plus, direct loans. perkins loans. know this. when it comes to subsidizized loans these loans are the interest is paid for by the government while you're in school. okay? and while you put it into deferment or forbearance. the loan doesn't grow. unsubsidized is the second best and make sure they are federal. always go for the subsidized
first. >> talking between 5% and 6%. >> carmen, thank you. >> nice to see you. here is jeff glor at the news desk with a final check of today's other headlines for us. almost 37 minutes past the hour. >> just about there. another 13 seconds or so. good morning to you. new numbers out this morning indicate the economy is picking up speed. the government has released the latest gross domestic product number for the third quarter july through september. gdp grew 2.5%. the fastest pace in a year. solid improvement over the second quarter's 1.3%. third quarter earnings also are out for exxonmobil this morning. the company's net income rose 41% as higher oil and natural gas prices made up for lower production and listen to this. exxonmobil earned 10.3 billion dollars! in new york city at least ten occupy wall street protesters were arrested overnight. hundreds jammed the streets near city hall defying police lines. they were protesting yesterday's police crackdown in oakland. in oakland, overnight, a
similar street demonstration. riot police kept tabs on the marchers but unlike tuesday they did not fire tear gas and no violence overnight. a 5-year-old in ohio had car trouble. no one was home on monday when the little girl returned to school, so she got in the family suv to look for her mother. she got the vehicle started and managed to roll it down the driveway right on to the lawn across the street. and that is when she called 911. >> the 911 operator got a little bit suspicious about her saying that it just happened by
accident. >> that's a banned word! not supposed to say that. turns out the girl's mother had been taken to the hospital. everyone is fine now. >> she is only 5? >> 5 years old. >> not only impressive she got the car out of at 5, not advised of course but she called 911. >> but she used bad language. >> according to jeff glor. >> and bad, bad language! >> jeff as son will never speak that way. >> he already is and he is o
. the little girl used accurate language. she did! >> keep your umbrella. you will need it today. 67, clear skies, overnight, down to well, imagine driving around the world 40 times in the same car. a man in maine just finished putting 1 million miles on his 1990 honda accord. the odometer isn't built to go that hoe so joe sis row joins us now along with the car he calls "true blue." joe, good morning. >> good morning. >> when you first bought this car way back when, 15 years ago, did you ever think you would get 1 million miles out of that thing? >> i never did, no. in fact, i was a technician for 18 of those years and i never had seen it done myself. >> you must take pretty darn
good care of it. not that hondas aren't built to last but 1 million miles is a a lot of miles on a car and you do a lot of driving obviously. >> i certainly do and it does take a lot of work and passion to keep it running. >> now your wife says she tends to get a little jealous of the car because it its own name, true blue and you spend a lot of time with the car no saying there is a love affair with this car but she says she gets jealous at times so what do you have to do to keep her happy? >> i have to make special time and i try to break up my maintenance into smaller pieces so that rivalry is not as big. >> give me an idea. how many miles are you putting on this car annually? >> well, because of the economy, i'm averaging around 55,000 this
year, past couple of years. >> honda found out that you had this car, this 1990 honda accord thaw were nearing 1 million miles. they threw you a one block parade. here is the parade right now. so was quite an honor. there is your face on all of the banners right there. let's bring you back on camera. i know gave you this number too. you got true blue but now midnight blue, your brand-new honda accord. is this something you were looking forward to when honda said they were going to give you a new car? >> very much so, very much so. i love honda. i love this particular color. and i love the fact that it's 20 years newer technology. >> what are you going to do with true blue now? it looks kind of sad next to this newer model. >> it does! it does. i haven't quite decided. i'll have to let you know in the future what we come up with. >> we will talk -- >> i'm going to drive it a while longer. >> you hit a million, why stop
now. joe, thanks for taking the time. congratulations. make sure you buckle up every time you get in that car and thanks. best of luck to you up there in maine. 1 million miles on a honda accord. >> he could give it to his wife as a gift. >> true blue is all yours! >> that's when the locks get changed. kal penn was popular in hollywood a number of years. but in 2009, he left l.a. headed for washington. >> to d.c. would work two years as a public liaison in the white house and now going back to his old stoner ways in a 3d christmas. look who is with us here this morning! kal penn. thank you for being here. amazing story, the man with the honda accord. >> it was awesome! >> you would like a parade. >> i was laughing at the parade because it was so cool. the flags and everything? good to be here.
>> congratulations on the movie. >> thank you. >> a couple of years detour to the white house. what brought that on? >> in 2007 way back a writer's strike in hollywood and i had friends who couldn't afford college and over in iraq serving and why don't i go to iowa and knock on doors for a guy who is trying to change things for the better. when he won, a lot of people packed up and took a leave and moved to d.c. so i was one of many actually. >> it's such an eye-opening experience when you do that going from two worlds that seem so different. you hear washington is hollywood for ugly people. how much is there in terms of similarity between hollywood and washington? is it a big fat zero? >> i don't think they are similar at all in terms of the day-to-day. i love being creative in l.a. and love being an actor and love the cerebral service side to me but they are one hi talents is probably the similarity. >> it's exhausting. it can be exhausting on a film
set obviously. the hours in washington and you probably can give a better sense to people at home what it's like there. a high level of frustration that things don't get done but why is that? >> i'm, obviously, biased in terms of having worked in the white house. >> sure. >> you are right. we would show up at work at 7:30 and there until 11:00 at night and a text from a friend of yours who says at 4:30 you want to say grab drinks? you say, no, we are working until 11:00! why are you grabbing drinks on the hill? you should be working to pass the president's bill. >> this is the secret? >> i agree with you. there was a lot of frustration in terms of that because you're trying to do a lot. >> you were secretary of state when you are were there. no! associate director of the white house public office engagement. what is that? >> outreach arm and point person for outreach for any conceivable issue or community. i was mostly doing youth outreach there. i love you guys did the story on
financial aid right now. that was so huge and so many folks, the president especially, are fighting for it the last three years. and that is kind of the stuff i worked on. thankfully not particularly partisan, things like don't ask don't tell repeal and outreach around that and around student aid and bring our friends home from iraq and interp. >> i'm sure people -- >> actually it's different. i found my coworkers at the white house he had known since i was 7 and plenty of folks had taken a leave and worked there. even when we were doing outreach people would meet with the white house for really substantive real issues and it never seemed conflicted with my old life. >> let's talk about the movie. >> yes! >> a little 3d action. 2d wasn't good enough, bring 3d. >> here is the stuff. >> you have magic. >> a lot of stuff is in 3d right now. this is not a big budget action movie. one explosion, you'll see that. but the rest of it, i think, the
3d heightens the relationship between the character and this is not a children's christmas movie so the gags you will see i think are things we haven't seen in 3d. >> you miss one another when you're not filming together? >> john and i? we do. the first moof tavie tanked in theater. >> those are the best movies. >> the cast and writers were close and like working with old friends again. >> patrick in this one? >> absolutely, he's in this one. >> you're not just back in hollywood. we should point out. you're writing. you're in the process of getting your graduate degree. you're pretty busy guy. by the way, if you don't follow him on twitter, you're funny. >> am i? you like my tweets? thank you. >> give you an 8 out of 10 on the funny scale. >> as my mom would say, why isn't it a 10? what happened to the other two
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honking horns are as much a part of new york city as the empire state building but it's about to change thanks to one man. >> city officials have basically said surprisingly that's it. they are listening. karen winter brill tells us it's about the change, right? >> good morning. for out of towners honking may be part of the fun but thanks to one sleep deprived new yorkers this week cab drivers received o an award that is loud and clear. unless it's an emergency, honking your horn is against the law. they are a part of the sights. and sounds of new york. in a city that never sleeps, they are keeping everyone awake. e-mail from one annoyed new yorker saying he can't sleep at night has the city reminding cab drivers that honking comes with
a heavy price. a 350 dollar fine. when you heard that they were coming out with this warning and reinforcing the warning, what was your first reaction? >> it's ridiculous! it's impossible. this is new york! >> reporter: honking cabs have been glorified in pop culture as part of the fabric of new york city. from "seinfeld". >> oh, we're not moving! >> so "sex and the city." controlling i city of noise in 8 million people might be considered a daunting task. we came to one of the busiest taxi stands in the city, penn station to see what people i think. >> it's it's the atmosphere to hear them honking. >> i'm just getting into new york city. i think the honoringing could be very scary if it's not for a real reason. >> i kind of like the honking? >> reporter: why? >> the ambiance. >> we have something to discuss over dinner. >> reporter: david aski says it
may be part of the experience but honking should only be used to avoid an accident. >> the hustle and bus will is part of reason people are drawn to new york but everything, when it gets to an extreme, it's too much. so here honking, i don't think there are too many new yorkers who would say, yeah, i want to see more honking. i think they generally would like to see less. >> reporter: how long does it take you to make $350? >> oh, man! not easy! you can't move! how are you going to make $350? >> reporter: but for taxi drivers time is money and they say when distracted drivers aren't moving, they need to honk to get their attention. and the 350 dollar fine is crossing the line. david aski says it's not about the money. >> this isn't about enforcement. we are not talking about issuing tons and tons of tickets. we are just saying you're part of the new york community. be a good neighbor. don't use the horn when you don't need to. >> they are working on low
annoyance horns with nissan. it's in the works. >> part of the new cabs we are getting in the city. >> it drounds owns out the swea >> very good. that's going to do it for us. thanks for with being this morning on "the early show." we will see you back here tomorrow morning. we will see you back here tomorrow morning. enjoy the rest o bge's instant discounts got our homeowner to switch to energy star® cfl bulbs. these covered cfls look great and last longer- perfect for 'them hard-to-reach places. 3-way cfls really click with my style. go to participating retailers for bge's instant discounts on select cfls. learn to speak the language of energy efficiency at bgesmartenergy.com.
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behind this front in the area, 36 clearing scions overnight. that is wild. high tomorrow around 50 and it will be cooler. here is a look, the flag up on the federal hill, how about that? >> just barely a breeze at down level. there you go. the city officials may take action after occupy baltimore protesters would not leave after being told to scale back their res sense. police has not removedd anybody, even though it was pro teffserstroke able to catch here. the aped moving said it was clear they were here to stay,
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