>> good evening, everyone, welcome to al jazeera america, i'm are are john siegenthaler in new york. breaking ranks, sexual assault in the military. the sweeping new promote on cases being investigated and prosecuted. >> i never pulled a firearm, i never displayed it. >> george zimmerman's 911 call. is it a plea or a ploy? his 911 recordings. the remarkable story about how john f. kennedy's final resting place was chosen. plus, road trip, forget the
best video games. what about the worst, it's about a very long bus ride. we begin with misconduct in the military. a pentagon study shows there were nearly 30,000 sexual assault cases reported last year, attacks against both men and women, and horror stories keep surfacing about cases that were reported but then ignored. today, senators discussed ways to overhaul the system, senator kristin gillibrand is discussing cases out of the chain of command. she says she's taking this on behalf of military survivors. >> sarah's story is extremely disturbing. she said i know the military was notorious for mishandling rape
cases. she said having someone in your direct chain of command doesn't make any sense. it's like getting raped by your brother and having your dad decide the case. >> libby casey is on capitol hill. libby the senate divided on this right? >> that's right, john. it's one that the pentagon is working on. the key factor is whether or not these cases should be taken outside the chain of command. that's what senator gillibrand is fighting for. not in the hierarchy not in the structure. a lot of push back from the senate armed services committee. hearing a lot from the pent gon, senator john mccain. >> i say it as passionately as to my colleagues, that if we do not trust the commanding officers who take our young men
and women to battle our most precious asset, if we don't trust them we obviously had better reevaluate our entire structure of the military. >> now, john, another republican, lisa merkowski from the red state of alaska, a very promilitary state, just she said she heard too many cases that were just not followed up on. >> there are many, many commanders, we all know that. and while our code of justice, our code of military justice, may be uniform, i think that we're seeing strong evidence that its implementation is anything but uniform. >> now, the latest on this john is the gillibrand amendment did not get through the senate today, it would have needed more
support, 62 senators stood up and said, i do agree with what the nature is trying to do. no movement so far today. >> libby casey, on the hill. joining us is paula kaufman, a former navy lieutenant, part of the scandal known as tailhook. she attended in support of the senator's amendment. what is your reaction to what senator mccain say? >> it's interesting, where he has the utmost faith in command and the command structure, and everyone does share that same faith. in fact he was instrumental in bringing forth my complaint in the tailhook debacle because of my chain of command basically in fact literally my commanding
officer when i gave him my complaint of being assaulted, my boss said, that's what you get. so right then in that moment i knew the command structure was not going to support me and ultimately and ironically now, senator mccain is expressing his deepest trust in that exact same dynamic where the chain of command can handle those kind of situations. >> is he saying he's expressing his deepest trust or maybe he's saying we got to change things so we can trust the chain of command? >> i think he's not in favor of the gillibrand amendment, to change the chain of command. that is my understanding. what he might be expressing is a need to overhaul how victims are treated and how the military justice system may adjudicate these cases, but he does not
wand to remove the responsibility of eradicating rape from the commanding officers. and neither amendment is suggesting that the commanding officers should lose that accountability. in the gillibrand pleament it is very clear that the commanding officers will be held accountable by in fact complying with a third party investigative prosecutorial team. i'm confused by what he might be suggest but i think it's consistent in the belief that the status quo that occurred in a very broken way, for me in the tailhook scandal 22 years ago, is exactly what exists now. and the mccastkell amendment doesn't offer anything different from that. >> this is very personal for
you. can you explain this issue within the military? >> i can tell you that since my attack in 1991, i have met thousands of victims. i have received a room full of letters. from men and women, asking for help. and it is -- it's extremely distressing and disappointing that these pleas for help continue. unfortunate that i work with a nonprofit organization called protect our defenders that does offer support to victims in physical, mental, emotional counseling and legal support and that's why i'm here again, is as a show of support for these victims, that have been out on the hill, they've been vocal in most recent weeks, we've really had an outpouring of support from the gillibrand amendment,
it's very personal. people enter the military with the sincerest intention of serving their country. and just as i did, i would never have dreamed that my own military could possibly have disappointed me more by ignoring my complaint and treating my complaint as if it just didn't matter. >> paula we preaches you bringing your story to us and telling it to our audience. thank you for joining us tonight. >> thank you for having me. >> let's bring in former air force colonel rachel voo vorn vn landingham. you were for the haskell amendment, why? >> i believe commanders need to be more accountable not lest. i believe senator mccastkell's
amend, taking the prosecutorial authority away from the commanders and putting it in someone who doesn't have responsibility for the unit doesn't solve the problem. >> she had to go around the system and got help from senator john mc.kane. if that system doesn't work what happens to those victims? >> that's where senator mccaskell's proposal
do you believe that the system that the military has failed so many men and women who wanted to serve their country honestly and honorably? >> i think it often has failed, and it requires greater guidance to prosecutors. so regardless whether it's a commander or some military lawyer making that decision, they need to have some type of guidance. and right now the guidance is minimal. they have many things such as fighting two wars on their plate.
and the department failed in the respect of providing that kind of guidance and training as to which cases should go to trial. and that is missing in the mccaskell proposal. >> raim el landingham thank you for joining us tonight as well. >> i appreciate your time. >> there is a new deal involving u.s. troops who stay in afghanistan after next year. secretary of state john kerry says the tentative agreement, involves the military who stay in the country beyond 2014 and the duties they will be performing. >> it is essentially, train and assist, no combat role for the u.s. force he, and the bilateral agreement is to are clarify what
the relationship is with that on going relationship. >> the main sticking point, whether american soldiers will have immunity in afghan courts. the final agreement still needs to be approved by a tribal assembly in afghanistan. talks over iran's nuclear program are under way again in geneva. will iran agree to limit its nuclear capabilities in exchange for erasing some u.n. sanctions? james bay has the story. >> back in geneva less than two weeks after the last talks stalled, the eu official had charge of foreign air force, katherine ashton. pressures possible constraints on both sides have been growing since they were last here. in teheran, the plan in
ultimate control in iran, supreme leader ayatollah khoumeini,. >> last time around, u.s. secretary of state john kerry, and his counterparts from the u.k, china, germany and russia, now the talks are being handled by lower level senior officials. israel, the gulf countries and inside the u.s. congress and they must overcome differences in their own ranks too. we know why a deal failed last time. france was unhappy that iran was able to keep for now its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20%. france was concerned about the heavy water plant currently
under construction. they want all work halted now. once activated, it would be hard to shut it down. it could release harmful radiation that could potentially kill thousands of receivables. those believe the next few days could be make-or-break. >> i think you could make a pretty good case that the opportunity is going to get a lot smaller if a deal is not made at this particular set of talks. on the american side we have seen in the last week in the last ten days the incredible pressure that the obama administration is under coming from iran hawks in congress, coming from the pro-israel lobby, that is only going to become more intense. >> one senior u.s. official said they were making good progress but added, this is a hard road to walk. james bays, al jazeera, geneva. >> i talked to are james bays
for his reaction that iran won't back down from these talks. >> i think both countries are preparing their publicize for no acceptance of the deal. you're not backing down, you are hang tough, then the deal comes through and you say, we hung tough and got the deal we wanted. u.s. officials say a deal is very close, the basic outlines of it are understood, the details are very tightly held. but i would just caution that often before the end of any negotiation, you get some hard line comments that are partly for domestic consumption. >> and we've had some hard line comments both from the french and the israelis. could they disrupt a deal? >> it's almost a certainty, that israel will oppose any deal that's like the one that's
contemplated. prime minister benjamin netanyahu has left himself almost no room in terms of being able to soften his position. he's said, this is a bad deal, it's against israel's interest. and so that sets the stage for what could be a quite bitter u.s.-israel confrontation if the deal goes forward. the french i would be surprised if the femp ended up -- french ended up sabotaging the deal. i think it's likely they would claim credit for having gotten tougher language on some key issues that french foreign min sister lowell fabeuse stressed in the last negotiating session particularly involving the iranian heavy water reactor at irak. >> how can this shape the middle east?
>> i think you can stand back a little and see what's happening in the context of the last few decades. for 35 years, since the iranian revolution, in 1979, the united states and iran have been bitterly opposed, and there's been the cleavage that a revolutionary iran brought to the middle east, the upheaval, the revolutionary fur vor fur fd the recent growing schism between iran a shiite muslim country and the sunni muslim countries, what the u.s. and their partners are doing are reaching cries across that divide, the divide of 35 years, the divide of deep sectarian antagonism to try to dry-run
into a deal that begins to put limits on its nuclear program, a program that has just barreled forward, you can talk all you want about hard line policies opposing it but this has been the first time that a negotiated limit on that program and iran's ability to enrich uranium will have been cheeived. so i think -- achieved. so this is a big deal. and your viewers understand that it marks a turn in the road, it's especially in the relationship between united states and iran. there is no question the sanctions are what brought the negotiators the this point. the question isment -- to this point. the question is if this deal can be reached and limited relief of sanctions is provided to iran, that's what the deal is. some, you know, my sense is, something less than $10 billion
will be released from the frozen assets. what then will happen to the sanctioned regime? the israelis fear that once you begin to open a spigot and provide a run some of this revenue, sanctions will collapse, your ability to maintain pressure will disappear and iran will be essentially unrestrained. that's why prime minister where netanyahu is so credit concerned, you're taking your foot off the gas about trying orestrain iranian behavior. whether that's true or not we'll have to see going forward. >> that's david ignatius of the the washington post. a blast struck mostly shia neighborhoods in and around why are the city. united nations say more than 5500 people have been killed in
violence since april. now to the philippines where the death toll from the typhoon haiyan has surpassed 4,000. a thousand of people are still missing and of the 13 million affected by the storm, at least four million are children. paul beban is in lawan, where volunteers are helping those kids feel a bit more like kids. >> so these are the children of lawan and they're playing a game, it's a race where they're supposed to hold onto each other and help each other go back and forth. this is really one of the times when this they've had organized play, they've been out of school, this is a team of child psychologists and social workers who have come here from man sla to help restore a sense of
normalcy. since the storm, some of the kids here are having trouble even talking about what they've been through. this little boy leer obviously really struggling, doesn't want to put into words or talk about what he's seen here. the goal ask to help the children get back to normalcy after such devastation and disruption of their young lives. >> paul beban reporting from the philippines. some of the tornadoes were some of the most powerful in the region. the tornadoes cost over $1 billion in damage. a throw structures were damaged in washington, illinois alone. eight people were killed. kevin cor corriveau joins us with the -- weather.
not going to help in the recovery efforts going on there, a precursor to the storms we expect to see over the next several days, unfortunately. let's put this into motion. can you expect to see over the next day or so, rain showers as well as a storm system up towards the north. that's the one we're more concerned with, especially with the cold air coming down with it. notice those purples indicating temperatures in the teens actually and that is sliding down towards parts of illinois. what we're going to be seeing is the rain showers quite heavy as it goes from thursday morning into friday afternoon. so this is going to be an issue all weekend long. and then once this goes through notice here we're looking at some snow possibly going into the region. temperatures are going to be the coldest of the year. back to you john. >> all right kevin. an exclusive club that includes bill clinton and oprah winfrey.
credit ratings than older generations. younger people are maxing out their are credit limits even though they are carrying less thaplastic. 66 and above have an average score of 735 and manage it the best. there. >> michael eaves is here with sports and the latest on major league baseball's fight with one of its biggest stars. >> it's starting to turn into a bigger soap opera than it was, alex rodriguez walked out. the players union filed a grievance on rodriguez behalf, in hopes of overturning his 200 game suspension. the alleged victim of sexual
assault, says the tallahassee pleas, warned her her life would be miserable because tallahassee is such a big football town. they refused to take a dna sample from winston. lindsay vonn where received a partial damage to her are pr acl tear. could damage her participation in the sochi olympics. very harsh words for the commissioner. >> michael, we'll talk to you later. comments that could be used in a court of law. >> i never pulled a firearm, never displayed -- >> he knows how to do this, he knows how to play this game. >> how 911 tapes could be used to manipulate facts or even
>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. crirs tin gilibrand said sexual assault issues should be taken out of the chain of command. iran's nuclear issues are redeparted in geneva. and the reverend billy graham is back in the hospital. the 95-year-old has been battling respiratory problems. are a expoaksman says he is expected to return home in a few days. george zimmerman is back in the news. accused of threatening his
girlfriend with a gun. growing concern that the people who make emergency calls like those are trying to spin the case before it goes to court. juan los molina explains. are samantha scheiib. >> katy: are george zimmerman had been living with scheib. >> you just broke my sunglass he and you put my gun in my frigging face. this is in your house. >> after the police arrived a 911 dispatcher got another call from the house this time from zimmerman who barricaded himself in the home. >> why are you calling? >> i just want everyone to know the truth. >> he goes on to say it was
scheib who broke the table and got violent with him when he told her he was moving out. >> i never pulled a firearm, i never displayed it, when i was packing it, i'm sure she saw it. we keep it next to the bed. >> zimmerman eventually came out and was arrested without incident but during the 911 call, she made this statement. >> he knows how to do this. he knows how to play this game. >> this game, is using 9/11 calls, on recordings to be used on public record. the practice has been more prevalent since 2006 when the supreme court ruled that some 911 calls could be used as evidence. are zimmerman's 911 call during the altercation were key piece of evidence that helped zimmerman get acquitted. following his acquittal
zimmerman's wife filed for divorce. made this call. >> he keeps his hand on his gun and says, step closer. >> the charges were dropped but true or not accusations played on 911 calls live on and can be used to build a case not only in the courtroom but also in the court of public opinion. juan carlos molina, al jazeera. >> let's bring in jamie floyd. welcome jamie. >> hi john. >> what do you make of these dueling 911 phone calls? >> i think we are living in the age of reality tv, rnd we? it felt very much like watching a reality television show. and people are beginning to as juan carlos pointed out, try their case in the court of public opinion, on social media, perhaps with the 911 dispatchers before we set foot in the
courtroom. >> what does that mean for the legal system? >> perhaps we need to rethink the value of evidence. perhaps our rules of evidence are now considered in a different context. you know there are all kinds of rules related to the admissibility of the 911 tapes as indicated in the piece. they are admissible in trial. traditional reply the prosecution will admit a 911 call, usually it's coming from a victim. increasing reply we do see them introduced by defendants. but a judge has to allow the 911 call to be admitted. they don't just come in as a matter of course. and perhaps courts will begin to pull back from that, if they feel the call is somehow staged or less than legitimate. >> look, there are plenty of people who said after this who are upset with the decision the court made in the trayvon martin case, look we told you so, look
what's happened again. there are plenty of cases that he's had confrontations with police since the decision in that case. but does it really matter when it comes to the legal system? >> each case has to be taken on its own merit. and even george zimmerman is presumed innocent until proved guilty. frankly john, we wouldn't be talking about this case if it weren't george zimmerman would we? he knows if he has a 911 call, it is going to go viral. the average person makes a 911 call and we nevertheless hear about it. i don't know if we have an epidemic of viral 911 calls that we have to worry about. but the average public knows that their 911 calls will be at least introduced into evidence. >> i can see the defense attorney argue for george zimmerman that the girl might know that as well that her phone
call would go viral. >> i think she might have. anyone who is involved with a high profile person is going to be aware that those interactions may become very public and are going to go viral and both calls come in or they don't come in if this ever goes to trial. >> but those could be used as evidence. >> absolutely. i believe they will be used as evidence and the lawyers will have to argue to the jury if there's ever a jury if there's ever a trial the context of the call. >> we will see. jamie floyd, good to talk to you. >> my pleasure john. >> it is one of the lasting lesscies, the medal of freedom created by the late president. 16 people were honored, including bill clinton, loretta lynn ernie banks and also receiving a medal television legend oprah winfrey. >> early in oprah's career
bosses told her, she should change her name to susie. [ laughter ] >> i have to pause here to say, i got the same advice catholic! advice! they didn't say i should change my name to susie, but to change my name. >> the tribute was paid to the man who started the tradition 50 years ago. mike viqueria has more on that. >> there are two very poignant sometimes, the president first appeared in the east room this morning, presenting the medal of freedom, the nation's highest honor to 16 people from across the world of sports science entertainment. the medal was initiated by john f. kennedy 50 years ago. 500 have received the award since then. the president and every
president who makes the awards have a bit of prerogative. all of them deserving but the president chose ernie banks from mr. obama's adopted home town of chicago, there was daniel inoue, he represented hawaii ever since it gained statehood. there was sally ride, ben bradle bradlee, the publisher of the washington post. and the obamas were joined by bill and hillary clinton. to lay a wreath at the eternal flame, of course the grave site of john f. kennedy junior. it was 50 years ago this week, the assassination of john f.
kennedy, grief across the nation and then the following monday, this coming monday will be the 50th anniversary of the president'president's intermentt arlington. came to washington as a young man, part of boys nice, who met bill clinton in the rose garden, president obama inspired and endorsed by the late president's brother edward kennedy and caroline kennedy who was just installed as the ambassador of japan tuesday in toqu tokyo. it was just 50 years ago this monday, the life of the dead is replaced in the living, 50 years ago on november 25th two chance encounters. >> john f. kennedy's life helped forever define how he was mourned in death. the eternal flame now draws visitors from around the world.
but it was supposed to burn in boston. as people reeled in tragedy, the kennedy family wanted it to burn in massachusetts but it was a stranger who played a role. paul fukudom fuqua had an unexpd visitor. >> it was late afternoon early evening and cars pulled up and gentleman with ear phone popped out and said the president is here. >> almost unthinkable now, the president was out on a lark. >> he said that he and his friend were just driving around town, looking at the city and they looked up here and neither of them had been here so they thought they would come up here so they did. >> fuqua led them on a tour of the house. >> the city is incredible in the evening.
>> the words kennedy spoke next would loom larger. >> he said you know this is so lovely, i could stay here forever. >> i could stay here forever. a friend with the president that day remembered those words as the family debated the site of the burial he told them the story. sun fuqua had more visitors to scout it out. >> robert kennedy asked could that be done, could that be a grave site and secretary mcnamara said yes that was army and he could just convert it to that use instantly and so that was it. >> the day came, kings, queens and leaders from throughout the world, joined jackie kennedy, a cortege a half mile long. shrouded in honest for the commander in chief.
[ taps ] >> but not all the military that day was american. two irishmen, jim shre rvetionnen and hugh o'donnell found themselves at arlington. straight from ireland, cadets, members of a drill team. they had impressed kennedy during his visit to ireland, his ancestral home. >> we were in awe of this young charismatic irish catholic who was the leader of the free world. >> the president often spoke of them to jackie when he was home. when the time came, she sent for them. >> the stunning message was get your act in order as quickly as possible, get your gear together, we're going to the kennedy funeral to do the funeral drill.
>> once in action, they were anxious, finding themselves at grave side. >> what if swomg go wrong? your mind would wand, you're here to do the job simply do the job and get on with it. >> 50 years later we're sitting here and it still ask something i will never forget. >> a young tour guide and a team of issue cadets. both playing an unexpected role in laying him to rest. mike viqueria, al jazeera, washington.
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adam may is filling in for joie chen. he's going to tell us about america tonight. hi adam. >> hi john. the legacy of our nation's 35th president as we led up to the 50th anniversary of the day our nation came to a standstill, civil rights, staring straight into this moral issue. john f. kennedy spoke about one country and the rights of all americans to enjoy equal opportunities. but the historic moments leading up to that speech and the ultimate civil rights act are what we're going ofocus on tonight. >> it's almost impossible today to go back more than 50 years and think about a south that is race i.t. virtually to its political -- racist virtually to its political core. and so the president comes into office aware that every, every
influential congressional committee particularly in the house dominated by southern segregationists, member of congress, racist. it's a very tough time to come into office. >> john f. kennedy's legacy and other stories on the tof top of the hour on america tonight. i'm guessing a rather familiar face. >> i'm looking forward to seeing my father on america tonight. thank you adam, appreciate it. >> absolutely. michael eaves is back with sports and more news on a-rod. >> more sides of this controversy, john. alex rodriguez's hearing, he stormed out of the hearing.
the independent arbitrator refused to allow bu bud selig to testify. a rod cursed at manfred before during the meeting. shared some harsh words with commissioner selig. >> i lost my mind. i kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room and just felt the system, i knew it was restricted and i knew it wasn't fair but what we saw today it was disgusting and the fact that the plan from milwaukee that put this suspension on me, with not one bit of evidence, something i didn't do, and he doesn't have the courage to come look me in the eye and tell me, this is why i did 211? i shouldn't serve one inning. and this guy should come to my -- to our city. i know i doesn't like new york.
i love this city. i love being a yankee. my daughters grew.in new york and for this guy the embarrassment that he has put me and my family through, and he doesn't have the courage to come see me and tell me this is why i'm going to destroy your career? and i thought rightfully so this should end with selig on thursday and me on friday, under oath put your money where your mouth is. >> but you were going to testify? >> put your money where your mouth is. >> you were going to testify? >> i didn't have a chance. you let the arbiter decide what he decide decides. i'm sure selig or whatever will be the interbenefit of the decision. reed smith, a lot of people waiting for us there and we'll huddle up and i'll see my daughters. >> did you do anything wrong? >> no. >> did you do any ped?
>> no. >> did you do anything they accuse of of doing? >> no. >> one day after a report of sexual assault evolve james winston was stalled, because the accusing witness refused to press choornlings, and an allegation against tallahassee police department. a tallahassee detective warned her that her life would be made miserable if she pursued charges against winston because tallahassee is such a big football town. authorities refused to take a dna sample against winston, because doing so would alert winston to being a suspect and the allegation would go public. winston is doing nothing wrong and his playing status of the
seminoles hasn't changed. fight in macao, tensions got a little heated. (bleep) (bleep) (bleep) (bleep) (bleep) (bleep) (bleep) (bleep) (bleep). >> well, the incident evidently started over the camp's allotted practice times. they share the same venue. it ended with alex ariza kicking roche in the stomach. if the camps are arguing like this and ready to go what's the fight going to be like on saturday, john? >> i just like the sound byte. beep beep beep how many were
there? >> there were eight total. >> thank you. >> no problem. >> it may be the oddest game you ever heard of. it's called desert bus. buy a tbus from tucson t to las vegas. allen schoffler explains. allen. >> helpings kids in need. i apologize i'm not paying too much attention to you john, i'm driving the desert bus for hope right now. what's hoopg back there, i can't be sure i'll explain it.
but this is a modern charity fund raiser. there it is, view from the desert bus for hope on the screen and on the road. down this yale and behind this blue door, you see something that happens beautifully every year. viewers have now checked in from 126 countries in the last few days and the more they pay the longer this event runs and the longer the bus rolls. dance and song challenges from a hyperactive chat room bring in dmietions. so -- drawings. so do sienl auctions almost live for basically anything. >> the unlimited band is sold. >> there's the bus still rolling. it is a modern type of telethon intensely interactivity, constantly cross communication.
viewers tweet post on facebook. 12 hour shifts. >> the right thumb makes you go and the left thumb makes you correct your steering. >> how do you drive while dancing? >> like this. >> keeping the bus on the road from tucson to vegas. eight hours and you get a single point. >> we just got a point. >> never released commercially, desert bus has a rabid following. it was credit designed by penn and teller. >> considering we wanted to make it the most boring video game whatever, i expect it to be a 100% success. >> we have a network of 98 hospitals worldwide, the are
funds go to improve the lives of sick kids around the world. >> the donations pour in. stunning organizers who wanted to have a little fun and help kids in the name of gaming. >> it's a wonderful feeling but it's sort of we all look around and go, how did we do that? to be honest we're not entirely sure. >> i've been here two days and i'm not sure how they do that either. can you take main bus cam? very clear. give us numbers. how many people are chatting now? >> we have 1698 user in our chat now. >> 1698. how many are following desert bus on twitter? >> 8668. >> a vm important number. how many volunteer hours getting this crazy circus through a week or so that you are going to be driving this bus?
>> at least 2500 hours just desert bus, 4200 volunteers. >> so 2500 volunteer hours, nobody here makes a nickel on this stuff. the expenses of putting this whole thing together john are borne by some of the sponsors who help them out. all the money raised currently at $268,000 for the year, that goes to child's play charity and helps out kids around the world. as the saying is here in the basement studio of desert bus for hope, it's all very cool. >> if i have questions i'll female them, allen thank you very much. >> all right. >> kevin corriveau is back with amazing images from space after this.
considerably and you want to get into those shelters if you have to. when you factor in the wind chill across that region it is going to be much lower. single digits in some places, northern illinois and parts of wisconsin you are going to be probably below freezing -- below zero consume and that's going to be a major for you there. midwest, much nicer, clearer skies towards seattle. believe it or not this is what we're looking at, clear skies for the next five days across the region. a little cooler. still same air mass from canada. we'll see the temperatures dropping overnight down to 27° in that area, as well as by the time we get to the weekend things are going to be clearing up, 50° and your overnight lows down to around 40. there's the look at your national weather, have a great evening.
>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. here are tonight's top stories. senators are debating how to handle cases of sexual assault in the military. new york's chris 10 gilibrand is pushing to take cases out of the chain of command. the pentagon says nearly 30,000 military personnel reported sexual assault last year. the u.s. and afghanistan have reached a tentative deal on the u.s. presence in afghanistan. after next year secretary of state john kerry say troops will continue to train and assist afghan force