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good evening, everyone, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. >> frankly, we have got to stop governing by crisis here in this town, because if it weren't for washington's dysfunction, i think all of us agree we would be a lot further along. >> president obama under fire for the health care fiasco, facing any questions and the site's security. beirut bombing, the deadly attack targeting the iranian embassy. up in smoke, new york's tough new stand on young americans lighting up. what the ban means for big
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tobacco. >> four score and seven years ago -- >> tonight 150 years to the day that changed everything. ♪ we begin tonight with questions of confidence and credibility at the white house. the president is getting hammered day after day over the rocky rollout over the health care website. today it was warned that the website is a security risk to americans. we begin with mike viqueira at the white house. mike? >> john, if it's a scandal it is not necessarily of who knew what when, it's a scandal of government inneptude.
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today this morning on the front of the "washington post," a leak that ended up having a hearing, a document six months before the law from mackenzie and company, a private outside consultant warning of some of the problems with the website. the president was informed. he was briefed about this report. the white house has said time and time again and again today repeated in response, that no one could have anticipated the size and scope of what was to come in terms of the problems and glitches as they initially called them. the president earlier today in georgetown at a hotel, a forum sponsored by the "wall street
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journal," of course he was asked about the trowelled rollout. >> we probably underestimated the complexities of rolling out the website. there is a larger problem, that i probably speak personally but also as the administration could have identified earlier, and that is the way the federal government does procurement and it is just generally not very efficient. >> i talk about undermining the confidence in the public in the affordable care act not to mention the political support it has on capitol hill. the key to make it work is to get a critical mass of individuals, the so-called young invincibles to buy into the system. that is what threatens the very balance of the act. >> mike viqueira at the white house. mike, thank you.
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on capitol hill republican critics tried to make the case that not only does health ca healthcare.gov work but it is not safe. >> we talked about how 30 to 40% of the it web infrastructure for the marketplaces are not ready as of today. this isn't what the consumer sees. this isn't where you log on to select your insurance policy, but this is important back end stuff. we're talking about how insurance companies will get payments and the office infrastructure. and then there has been so much continued focus on when healthcare.gov will be up and
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running to the degree that americans can really take advantage of it. there are continued fixes every day. henry ciao said literally day by day it gets better, but we're continuing to hear so much republican pushback. a month ago democrats were very unified. republicans were the ones who were really sinking in the polls. now the tables are turned. republicans haven't gone up very high in the polls, but the democrats are getting dragged down by what are seen as not just problems with the website, but john boehner is going over a litany of things that he cease as president obama's responsibility. healthcare.gov and now premiums are going to change. we are hearing from some democrats, including governors that if there's buy-in at the
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state level that this healthcare system can be a success. we saw an op-ed by the governors of states like washington state and kentucky, who said we're able to do this at the state-wide level because we weren't resisting it. so that is going to be really significant. are people buying in? are states buying in? can it move forward and function. >> libby casey in washington. thank you. let's bring in paige winfield cunningham, health care reporter at "politico," she has covered the affordable care act extensively. welcome. >> great to be on. >> so is the politics having an impact on the usefulness of the way that this website runs or is going to run in the future. >> well, what has been really interesting all along this whole healthcare law is that it's really politics that has dominated everything up until the actual launch and now it has been these concerns about is the
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policy going to work? even so you are not seeing the political concerns go away. the big concern right now for president obama is to convince democrats to be patient, to wait to see whether the website is going to be fixed as the administration as promised and to try to make sure that this doesn't bleed into next year's elections, but there are a lot of concerns by democrats and republicans are definitely trying to capitalize off of this. >> how healthy is this law politically? >> politically i don't know if you could say -- maybe there hasn't been a sicker law ever. [ laughter ] >> republicans have been trying to repeal it ever since it was passed, and even though things died down a little this year, now they voted some 40 times to repeal it, and now ever since the rollout you are even seeing a good number of congressional democrats call on the administration to delay
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enrollment, some are calling on postponing the mandate penalty. so politically, i think the plot is really just thickening, and it's no longer democrats versus republicans all the time. >> do you expect good news before or at november 30th? >> i think the administration is sort of backing away from the expectations that they have been setting over the last month and a half. all along for the last few weeks, they have said over and over again, they do plan for it -- the website to be working well for most people by the end of this month, which actually is next friday. but very recently over the last few days, you saw them backing away from that a little bit. and now we're to the point where jay carney said yesterday, that still about two out of ten people won't be able to get through the site. now i should mention there was some good news. the administration is announcing
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fixes every day, and folks that are enrolling directly through private insurers, that pool of people able to enroll has exp d expanded. now people can go directly to their ininsurer and enroll directly. so we are seeing these fixes and the website get better little by little, but compared to what the administration was saying a month ago, it is probably not going to be completely fixed by next week. >> does this whole obamacare fight hurt the president as he begins negotiations? >> it certainly could -- it certainly darkened the picture for him after the government shutdown. you saw -- he kind of came out on very strong point after that, and republicans seemed to have lost a lot of their negotiating power.
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now republicans have this huge rollout to hold over his head, so i think it is definitely going to change the tone of the discussions that we're going to see next year, but a lot of that will be dependent on next january what is the website going to look like and how well will it be working? >> paige winfield cunningham, health care reporter at "politico," it's good to see you, thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> their homes were gone in seconds. across the midwest tonight survivors of sunday's deadly tornado outbreak are trying to cope. much of the devastation is in central illinois, and ash-har quraishi is there. >> reporter: this is a community banding together. here at cross roads church a red cross relief center has been set up. bottled water is stacked high and wide. the hallway is lined with donated clothing. the makings of a warehouse
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filled with the bare necessities. people just coming in the building just to get warm, sit down and drink a cup of coffee. we have had pastors and counselors and people helping folks deal with the shock. >> carroll herman's home was leveled. >> sit all the way down to the ground. the bare foundation, flooring, concrete, that's what is left. >> reporter: his wife kathy was inside at the time. kathy is meeting with an insurance adjustor. >> the drywall came off of the basement wall there and laid over and the coffee table in the middle of the room caught it and made a bridge for me. somebody was watching out for me. >> reporter: the hermans are now
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having to ask themselves a very difficult question. how do you start over from this? this is what their home looked like before sunday's storms. this is what it looks like today. >> there was just a small little area there that i crawled out of. >> reporter: while they are grateful to be alive, they say it is difficult to know about their future. >> i don't know if i wanted to live in washington after all of this. >> reporter: a question that lingers for them and many others when there are more pieces than can ever be picked up. ash-har quraishi, washington, illinois. and kevin corriveau is here to talk about the weather for the midwest. kevin. >> yes, john, i want to take you quickly towards virginia, because we're talking about a satellite launch by the united states air force. do we have that video to show?
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okay. this is it right here. the air force is going to be launching a rocket that believe it or not has 29 satellites that will be released in space. so that is going to go up right now from virginia. the weather is looking pretty good. normally we watch a lot of stuff that happens out of kennedy space center. wa -- virginia looks quite nice, but cool. okay. it's about one minute away. we'll come back to that. it has been confirmed what went through washington and parts of illinois was an e-4 tornado. it was devastated as it made its way through. now what is happening now is temperatures are getting much warmer in this area. we are looking at about 44 in minneapolis, 37 in chicago.
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believe it or not, these are a little bit warmer, and we're seeing a big trend right now. a big warmup is happening to towards the west. enjoy that because when i come back i'll tell you about another system coming out of canada. >> kevin thank you. it has been 12 days since typhoon haiyan hit the philippines, but in tacloban one of the hardest-hit areas significant amount of food is now being distributed. more than 4,000 people are confirmed to have died. more than 18,000 were injured. 4 million people were displaced. paul beban visited one town which today received its first medical care. >> reporter: two us seahawks are
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on a critical mission. the landing zone is the shattered schoolyard. a philippine search and rescue squad, doctors and nurses unload antibiotics. first order of business evacuate this injured man to manila. the townhall has been serving as an aid center. today it's also a triage center. >> people are coming in with all of these nail wounds. they haven't gotten tetanus injections. they are the walking wounded. >> reporter: haiyan's wind and waves pounded louwan. how did you survive? >> we swam over. >> you swam? >> yeah. >> up the streets? >> yeah, up the streets.
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>> wow. >> reporter: the official says the town basically needs everything. how many people do you think are homeless? >> almost 80% of the population. >> reporter: 80%. >> yes, is homeless right now. >> reporter: about 8,000 people? >> yeah. yeah. because it is almost destroyed. >> reporter: antonio immigrated here, and raced back when he heard how bad things were. >> if there will be no help from international community, this will be a ghost town, because right now about 50% have already moved to manila. >> reporter: but recovery is about more than food and medicine. these are some of the children playing in antonio's front yard. their games are being guided by social workers. the goal is to let kids be kids but also help them open up about what they have lived through.
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they are coping with disaster like everyone else here, some better than others. john what we have been hearing today from the u.s. military is that after planning to dial down the air operations for the past couple of days, as of today they are actually planning to step it back up. there was a very large thunderstorm here last night that may have blocked some of the roads, so they are stepping back up their air operations and increasing the number of naval and air personnel. john? >> paul beban, thank you very much. next, battle lines a city votes tonight on what could be the nation's strictest law on abortion. plus bank record. jpmorg jpmorgan's big money settlement with the government.
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>> five, four, three, two, one, ignition. we have liftoff. >> that was the scene just moments ago from virginia. the u.s. air force launched a rocket carrying 28 satellites into space. the mission will test space-based rocket-tracking technology and an autonomous flight termination system. the u.s. supreme court voted 5-4 to keep in place tough new abortion restrictions. the new law has forced a third of the clinics in new mexico to stop performing abortions. the federal court of appeals in new orleans takes up the case in january. for what is believed to be the first time in u.s. history, abortion is being decided on the
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local level. right now in albuquerque, new mexico voters are deciding whether to ban a procedure after 20 weeks. tamara banks ginning us with more on that story. >> reporter: john this could be albuquerque's biggest special election ever in their history. we'll have the numbers for you in just a little bit. i can tell you, though, that this has been an emotional and graphic campaign for folks on both sides of the issue. earlier today some anti-abortion protesters showed up at one of the polling sites with dead baby signs. to be clear the stakes are very high here in albuquerque. what happens in this city has national implications. voter turnout is reportedly high here on the controversial city abortion ban. >> it's the same as killing if
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it's 20 weeks. >> if you are a woman and you don't vote for things that involve your body, then people are just going to do whatever they want with it. and that's not right. >> reporter: they gathered thousands of signatures on a referendum that bans apportion after 20 weeks. it does allow one if the pregnant woman's life is at risk. the idea is to pass local anti-abortion legislation when broader attempts on a state and federal level have failed. >> given the gridlock that exists in washington, d.c., interest groups working together are pursuing their policy agendas. >> reporter: today anti-abortion protesters rallied outside of a local abortion clinic. >> we believe there are other more humane and compassionate
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ways to deal with a crisis pregnancy than taking the life of an innocent baby. >> reporter: pro-choice activists say this is just another way to chip away at roe v. wade. >> it's to ban abortions all together. and this is a really important point for the rest of the country to understand. >> reporter: both sides have plastered their messages across local media. >> it's just too far. >> but what it really is is government interference. >> reporter: new mexico is typically a blue state, democratic, and at times liberal, but it is also home to many catholics. >> this crosses party lines that people on both sides of the aisle are stepping up and voting against this. >> thirteen states have already
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passed a law similar to this one, and other states are looking to see how this succeeds. so this could be a real turning point in the abortion issue here in the united states. >> reporter: the polls close at 7:00 this evening, mountain time. if the referendum passes expect both a challenging court and copycat local anti-abortion initiatives to pop up in other places. now again if this does pass here, you can expect to see a challenge on the constitutional side. similar measures like this have been voted down in arizona and utah, john. >> tamara banks in albuquerque. tamara thank you. ♪ 13 billion dollars. that's how much jpmorgan has agreed to pay to settle charges
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that the company sold toxic mortgages. i asked ali velshi where exactly the money is going. >> about 8 billion dollars is going to settle claims made by four separate federal agencies. this is a bunch of deals all in one. another 1 billion dollars is split between the five states that sued the bank, new york, california, illinois, massachusetts, and delaware, but the interesting part, and this is a first, jpmorgan agrees to pay out 4 billion dollars as relief directly to consumers. >> will consumers see any benefit from this deal or not? >> yes, about 4 billion dollars is being paid to consumers, about half of that is going towards actually reducing the principal on jpmorgan held loans where the value of the loan is bigger than the value of the house. some of that will go towards restructuring some mortgages to reduce the monthly payments.
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that's 2 billion dollars. and some will go towards subsidizing new mortgages for low and middle-income borrowers, and some may go to cleaning up properties in distressed areas. >> so is this the end of the legal action against jpmorgan? >> it may not be, because there is one criminal case underway so far in california. jpmorgan is agreeing to cooperate with authorities in the criminal case against it, and unlike prior deals that we have seen this one does not give jpmorgan immunity to criminal prosecution. >> ali velshi great to see you. thank you. >> my pleasure, john. ♪ michael eaves is here with sports headlines. >> this was a surprising story
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when it first came out, but now we have more information. now we know where it take more than a year for a sexual assault charge against jameis winston. the case has been reopened. in soccer four more teams secured spots in the 2014 world cup today including portugal who beat sweden behind renaldo's hat trick. croatia and greece also advanced. and listen i have vaughn crashed today. it's not clear whether vaughn hurt her surgically-repaired knee just yet.
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she has been aiming to return to world cup competition next week in beaver creek, colorado. more sports news coming up, john in about 20 minutes. coming up, tough on tobacco, new york takes on young smokers and the city.
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welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york, and here are the top stories. the obama administration reportedly was warned about problems with healthcare.gov last spring. president obama said there were technical and procurement issues that should have been anticipated. 12 days after the typhoon slammed into the philippines relief efforts are at full steam. more than a thousand people are still missing. midwest tornado victims spent the day surveying the damage and volunteers in central illinois trying to help. the red cross and church groups are on the scene in some of the
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hardest-hit areas tonight. more than 70 twisters touched down across the midwest on sunday. here in new york a big step in the war against teen smoking. major michael bloomberg signed a law banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21. natasha ghoneim has more. >> reporter: city officials say new yorkers start smoking early. a satisfied new york mayor, michael bloomberg, signed the bill tuesday that will make it a lot tougher. >> i think it's a little bit of invasion into people's rights. >> too many people are dying of cancer, and i think if there is some way of trying to stop people from getting cancer, then by raising the age would be a good thing. >> reporter: at this shop in manhattan the clerk didn't want
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to talk on camera. he says this will hurt his p profits. >> this century a billion people will die from smoking around the world, and we don't want any of the people that die to be new yorkers. >> reporter: this is mayor bloomberg's final public health initiative before we leaves office at the end of the year. in 2006 he passed a ban on trans-fats. now the fda is considering enacting a similar one. and last year he tried to push through a ban on large sugary drinks. on the streets, they didn't think it would stop young people
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from smoking. >> i think it will be more trouble actually. >> the people who really still want to smoke are still going to get the cigarettes. >> reporter: but the shift away from nicotine is well underway. since 2002, teen smoking as decreased from 19 to 8%. major bloomberg hopes in a generation or two this law will ensure that smoking is no longer a problem with young people. creigh deeds was listed in fair condition this afternoon, his son died from gunshot wounds at their home. authorities spotted the senator walking down the road, took him back to the house.
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a motive for the shooting and stabbing have not been released. the double suicide tacks appear to be the latest in a spring of bombings linked to the war in syria. >> reporter: scenes of devastation. two powerful bombs were detonated in beirut early on tuesday. many were killed and the iranian cultural attache was among the injured this firefighters rushed to the scene. >> i am syrian. i work opposite the iranian embassy. on my way to work the latest explosion took place and moments later a second took place. >> reporter: al-qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. >> it is a message that says clearly that we can hit you
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anywhere you are. you cannot hide. if you are going to be involved in syria, we can hit you in front of the iranian embassy in beirut or anyone else. >> reporter: the attack appears to be the latest spillover from the syrian war. it wasn't the first of its kind. in august massive car bombing kills many civilians. those who care rid out that attack said it was in realation for hezbollah's participation in the syrian war. >> translator: this message is useless. iran's position cannot be changed by such bloody message.
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iran and hezbollah will remain allies to syria. >> reporter: lebanese people are already divided about syria's civil war, and shunny and shiite factions support both sides. many people now warn of more attacks in the days and weeks to come as syria's war is now also being fought in lebanon. tonight we are getting new incite into one of the most significant detainees now being held at guantanamo bay. al jazeera has obtained exclusive access to his personal diaries, and they reveal how he went from being with the son of a health think saudi businessman to living at an african camp. the u.s. government has used information from those diaries to justify his continued detainment. joining us now is the former
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federal prosecutor who has convicted several suspected terrorists. ken has interviewed hundreds of members of the taliban and documented his experiences in his book "terrorists in love." >> thank you, john. >> are we to believe everything that is said in this diary? >> no, but there are a lot of intimate thoughts that he puts down, and there's no reason to believe he put them down for propaganda reasons. he talks about the abusive family situation he grew up with, and i think there's no reason to believe he didn't experience that. >> you think he never intended for the world to read his words here? >> no, there are a lot of personal details in there, and i don't think -- he intended it for himself. and it's pretty extraordinary stuff, and in my research in
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interviewing people i found this same kind of pattern with many people where they grow up in an abusive family situation or they were escaping something else. and there are some extraordinary passages where he talks about his fellow jihadis escaping from reality. >> it is -- it's in the mind of a suspected terrorist in this case, so -- so is this really a lot more about psychology? the psychology of a suspected terrorist? >> i think the psychology is critical because why people join this movement, what leads them to it is the way ultimately to figure out how to diffuse it and defeat it in the long run. >> their mind set is different than a soldier, correct? >> it can be different than a soldier. as he said in this diary, everybody has a different story.
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some people join because they think it is the right thing to do to serve the cause. other people join because they are escaping from family problems or believe that this is the way to redeem their life. i mean, i interviewed one person who couldn't marry the woman of his dreams because he didn't have enough for her diary, went to be a suicide bomber so he could go to heaven and meet his love in heaven. so there are a lot of reasons people join. >> and you have interviewed more than a hundred members of the taliban and say what surprised you is that they seem so normal. >> i interviewed taliban and al-qaeda members, and they all give surface reasons. i'm in this to fight against the united states. i'm in this because i believe i'm going to go to heaven, but if you peel back the seasons that they say, just like in
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these diaries, you'll find underneath -- like one member of the taliban was raped as a young man -- as a boy of 11. so if you peel back the layers, you'll uncover deep psychological scars for many of these young men that lead them into this jihad as a solution to their own problems. >> is that the most significant thing that you see coming out of these diaries? >> i think it is. i think we need to understand why these men join the movement. if we can understand it, and -- and then within their own communities, they can begin to work to counter it. >> but is there one theme or -- it's many reasons, correct? >> it's many reasons, but what underlies it all is this desire to join this greater cause that they see as rescuing themselves and helping others.
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so if you can penetrate the ideology, then the psychological reasons that they might join become less determinative of the outcome. >> one of the most interesting things in the diary to me is there is a lot of anti-american sentiment there, but also his love of pepsi, and -- and some things american. what do you make of that sfl >> well, i have encountered that many times, and people are contco contradi contradictive. they love american products and yet they will fight against the united states. many of these individuals are lost souls, and this is the way they are rescued, through this kind of movement. it's a cult, if you will, and they become immersed in it because they think they are doing the right thing, and they often come from very damaged
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lives. >> all right. thanks for your incite ken. >> my pleasure. >> now let's go adam to tell us what is coming up at the top of the hour. >> hi, john, good evening. we revisit the now flattened neighborhoods of te tacloban, je chen travels to the astrodome meeting with travelers trying to deal with their uncertain future. the president tells "america tonight" that his leadership on the ground is motivating relief workers, but we're still seeing an anxious people hungry for more. >> right now we're giving out food, but they need more than that. they need water. shelter. and a lot more. >> "america tonight" most joie
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chen will join us from the philippines with her full report. also a visit to the tornado-ravaged neighborhoods of central illinois. one family's incredible story of survival. these stories and more are coming up in just 20 minutes at the top of the right. >> all right. adam thank you very much. environmentalists usually see eye to eye with whale lovers, but not this time. alan has more. orcas or black fish as they are sometimes called are a big tourist draw in the sailor's sea. but this man sees a new threat to the species. >> if we don't have fish, we have no black fish. >> reporter: this is what he is
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worried about, two huge turbines 40 feet high. they will spin with the wides nearly 20 feet down. it is a 20 million dollars project testing the viability of tidal energy. >> there is simply no basis for which this project as it stands out could harm fish or marine mammals. >> reporter: craig caller hopes to have the project fully licensed by the federal energy regulatory commission within months. an extensive review found no threat to wildlife, but the plan is still opposed by four tribes in the area. >> you can only get out there in the wear and see how things work. >> reporter: this professor is
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designing the cameras for what he sees is a valuable underwater laboratory. >> it's an opportunity to learn about tidal technology, and how animals and fish use these areas. >> reporter: but they worry any experience bringing these animals and this technology together could be a mistake. tour boat operators say they are not against trying to tap tidal energy, it's just in the wrong place. this is the site for shipping traffic and marine animals it's the main entrance to busy puget sound. >> we're kind of swimming upstream because this is alternative energy. this is green energy. this is something we all support. >> reporter: energy which could be spinning up from the bottom by the summer of 2015.
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four score and seven years ago, the gettiesberg address is remembered 150 years later. and in sports one of the nba's biggest stars could soon be ready to make his much anticipated season debut.
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president lincoln gave the getties beck address exactly 150
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years ago today. lisa stark reports from gettysburg. ♪ glory, glory hallelujah >> reporter: it was a day to remember the past and look to the future at the soldier's national cemetery in gettysburg where thousands of union troops are buried. >> our father's brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty. >> it's the most important speech in all of american history. it's two minutes of presidential poetry. doubling down on the decoration of independence saying we really do believe all men are created equal. >> reporter: it called for national unity. >> his words chiseled on the walls of his memorial are likewise chiseled on our hearts. they tell us what it means to be an american.
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they call us to unfinished work, not just to win a war, but to continue to perfect our nation. >> reporter: on this day, 16 immigrants were sworn in as american citizens here and welcomes in a taped message from president obama, who declined an invitation to attend the commemoration. >> you can help write the next great chapter in our american story. >> i never feel more patriotic than i do on this day. >> to me that last stanza of the speech just is everything that -- that america should be; that it's a government of the people. >> reporter: also marked today an often overlooked part of the civil war, the nearly 200,000 black americans who fought for the union, just two are buried at gettysburg. inequalities are still felt by
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many today. >> the mission of the civil war, the mission of lincoln, the mission of these black troops was a more comprehensive equality than what we see today. >> it is coming, but those words are the most meaningful out of the whole thing to me. >> reporter: all men are created equal. >> yes, all men are created equal. [ tapping playing ] >> reporter: lisa starks al jazeera, gettysburg, pennsylvania. ♪ >> michael eaves is here with sports and another update on the family dolphins. >> there is so many angles to this story john. despite the ongoing investigation into claims of hazing and bullying, ricci incog nita wants to return to the team
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immediately. and an arbitrator said they must grant his hearing scheduled for thursday. the lead investigator is currently in miami interviewing players and coaching ago any environment of the team. he has missed two games thus far. we know why it took nearly a year for a sexual assault case to reach the attorney's general's office. the case which was declared inactive in february was reopened last week, because someone involved in the case brought forward new evidence. neither the victim for-winston have spoken to the police about the alleged assault. when kobe bryant tore his
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achilles tendon, it raised serious playoff hopes for this year. bryant went through a second full practice today with the lakers, and this workout followed several weeks of conditioning before joining the team for his first workout last saturday. both coaches and players seemed impress, and that goes for kobe himself. >> i just went out there and just -- just played and just tried to do what i normally do, and try to figure some things out about my game, and what can i do at this stage. and what i can't do at this stage. it felt good to compete, get out there, move around and play with my guys, play against my guys, and, you know, it feels good just to get out there and move. earlier today i spoke with mark spears, and i asked him in
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the wake of chris paul, if the clippers point guard would be his early choice for mvp most valuable player? >> we only have got like 65 games left, but that's besides the point. i know chris paul, great player. 19 points 12 assists 5 rebounds, nothing to sneeze at. but i'm going with another paul. paul george. this kid still young in the game, is really, really made himself into a superstar and pushed a great roster to even a higher level without danny ganger. so i'm going with the paul in indianapolis. >> the pacers are 9-1 to start the season. of course george is an all-star some people say he is a superstar as you just said, but around the league do insiders believe that he is enough to carry a team to a title?
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>> i not only respect him, i respect their whole roster. as you remember, i picked the pacers to win it all. they have west, granger will be back, stevenson is going to another level, hibbert is one of the best in the league. and they are only a game away from making it to the finals against any heat. this team is better now. a guy that no one is talking about scola, right off of the bench can start for another team. this team is scary. >> if the pacers are one of the more surprising teams to open the season, the nets have to be one of the more disappointing teams. it seems there are rumblings around the league that kidd is not the coach that everyone thought he could be. >> look, mike this is a really,
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really hard job. remember when doc rivers and mark jackson got their jobs going from player to coach, the expectations weren't high. jason kidd walked into a job with championship -- which i thought was too high -- aspirations. and you got to think these are his buddies, so you wonder if he can really get the most of the guys. kg and paul not talking after the game last night spoke volumes. jason kidd put the blame on him. really keep an eye on the situation. i think lawrence frank may be the guy that has to step up to help right the ship, but they have been terrorized by injuries and they will get healthier. and kg promised me last week, that they would get better.
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>> all right. thanks michael. kevin has the weather right after this. al jazeera america brings you more us and global news than any other american news channel. find out what happened and what to expect. >> start every morning, every day, 5am to 9 eastern with al jazeera america. every sunday night, al jazeera america presents...
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♪ hello again, well, we are looking at a weather pattern is is beginning to repeat itself. this started in canada, came across the northern plains, the great lakes and now settling over parts in the midwest. the winds are kind of high and that is making the temperature feel a little bit lower in places like boston. now overnight temperatures are going to go substantially anywhere above highway 95 we think it is going to be below freezing. then as we go towards the next couple of days, temperatures are going to start to increase. i said we are looking at a
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repeating pattern. let me explain what we expect to see as we go towards the end of the week. another area of low-pressure is beginning to develop here across western canada. in the next couple of days that is going to start to make it's a way towards the great lakes just like this past weekend. the difference is with this particular system we don't expect to see the severe weather that we saw previously, and the reason being we still have the cold air behind, but we don't have that very warm air lingering ahead of it. but this will be much colder than the previous storm single digits across many locations this coming weekend. let me show you what we expect to see for chicago. we'll see the temperatures really drop by off saturday, a high only getting to 27. that's a look at your national weather. have a great evening. ♪
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welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. and here are tonight's top stories. president obama saad today some problems with health cacare.gov should have been anticipated. he said government bureaucracy hurt the project. texanty abortion advocates got a victory today at least temporarily. the supreme court has agreed to keep tough new abortion restrictions in place while they are being repealed. the case goes before a federal appeals court in january. a

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