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website. we'll see you next time. >> good evening. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. >> stop recording - sweeping proposals for the spying program. my interview with the journalist that shared n.s.a. leaks with the world. >> home sweet home, scaling back the stimulus and now a booming housing market. is the economy on track. dose of reality, a new report on multivitamins, will they make you healthier. tonight, what the doctors say. >> true lies, millions can't get enough of "homeland", are the
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plot lines real. we talk to the expert, a former c.i.a. operative. >> the n.s.a. says on its website that it specialises in signals intelligence and information assurance. translation - it is in the spying business collecting data, especially from phones, possibly your phone. >> the agency is under fire for vast surveillance programs and a presidential panel says it's time to change the way the n.s.a. operates. >> the 46 recommendations spelt out in the report are surprising and sweeping. the panel chosen by president obama asks them to stop phone calls. surveillance program creates risk to trust, personal privacy
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and civil liberty, and spying on citizens, including world leaders must be carried out by a duly enacted law and must be directed at protecting nationality security interests. >> we need to endure intelligence is supporting our foreign policy and national security objectives, . that is including being focussed on the threats to the american people. the president has been clear. as we review efforts, and make changes in how we do thinks, we will not harm our ability to face those threats. >> this on the heels of a judge's decision suggesting n.s.a. surveillance tactics may be unconstitutional. the debate to privacy and protecting security was fuel by the leak of classified
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documents. leaks coming from edward snowden, a contractor for the n.s.a. edward snowden's couldn't duet was glen green walled, a journalist who published the documents. their actions called justified, giving people the truth. others condemned them as traitors and worse. edward snowden fled america to hong kong and moscow. edward snowden was definal saying: >> green has a lot to say about the changes. >> the recommendations are from an advisory board that president
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obama created. >> it's unclear whether all our any recommendations will be followed. the main program is that the program is the subject of reporting which caused whether it's constitutional. metadata for the telephone calls, that this review panel is concluding that the program should be scrapped and the government should not collect the information and it should remain with the telephone company, if that's true, if that's how it functions that would be a meaningful change. >> what was your reaction to the ruling? >> the ruling from the court is moment us. this is the first time since the edward snowden revelations began that the court examined the constitutionality and other forms of legalitiy aimed at american citizens, the court ruling was veriment about the
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facts that the program violates core constitutional guarantees of privacy that all americans have, and it was rather strong in rejecting the government's claim that this program is necessary to stop terrorism. the judge said there's no evidence it stopped terrorist attacks. democrats said the same thing. what it does is vicinity kates edward snowden. he came forward because he said he discovered what the government was doing was illegal and a federal court, not a liberal, great with him. i think it's a huge turning point in how the story played out. >> you said that the megadata collection is more invasive. >> the government tried to claim if we collect just megadata. that somehow it is not invasive. megadata is a list of every
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person that calls you, how long you speak on the phone, when you call them and where you are when you do so. the same is true for emails. it reveals your location, the type of device you use and the reason megadata is more ipp vasive, if you think of the example i use, a woman who calls an abortion clinic. if you listen to the woman, eavesdropping on her call, you'll hear somebody pick up the phone, answer with a generic sound, hear the woman make an appointment and hang up. you'll have it no idea what the purpose was. if you collect metadata you see that she's calling someone you identify was an abortion provider. same is true of an hiv patient. you will learn immense amounts from knowing who they are calling how often they are speaking to that person or anything else like that, in a
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way you wouldn't know if you were reading their emails or listening to their calls because human being speak cryptically. tools that the n.s.a. has can provide a picture of anybody. even the n.s.a. considers metadata more valuable. >> more of my conversation with glenn greenwald. the economy is the other big story. the federal reserve has supplied billion in stimulus for years. many in washington said that it was scaling back. i asked "real money "s ali velshi about what it means. >> i was surprised. i listening to people saying they knew it was coming, nor was the market. >> i thought it would be the
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opposite move. >> yes, because every time we had a threat that the fed would pull back, stocks went lower. again, i was surprised at the cut and the 1.86% gain on the do you. kind of incredible. here is the thing. the fed's thought the economy was starting to be okay with the idea of standing on its own two feet without endless gigantic contributions. that encouraged people to say maybe the economy is getting better. we are creating more than 200,000 jobs. maybe the feds are on to something. they are only cutting $10 billion, they are putting $10 million into the economy. how fast or slow will this happen. >> they did not say it's happening twice. this is a one-time pull back in january. it doesn't mean they won't announce another. they heard speculation that they'll pull $10 billion back
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and be done by the ends. year. they did not give clues, but the thinking - they think the economy is stronger. they don't want to cripple economic growth. the market thinks this is the right time to pull back on economic support. is it? >> this is five years of the fed contributing money. one has to wonder what does an economy look like that the fed is not contributing to. maybe it's a way to do it, to taper. there was never talks of turning off the taps. i think it was testing the waters. maybe it is the right time, hard to know. >> investors can see the impact. what about people on the street? >> mortgage prices will do up, rates, car loans. but if the economy is strengthing at the same time they offset each other. housing has been strong.
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the fed tapering and interest rates going up will slow it down. no question about it. it's the pace at which they'll do it that matters. once the fed is out of the housing market. 4.5% now, they could be 6-7%. it may not happen until 2015 or 2016. the bipartisan bill cleared the senate with 64 votes despite opposition from conservative republicans. the spending plan ending three years of gridlock will prevent another shutdown for two years. now to health news, to many, multivitamins are like an apple. do supplements work? the ke bait has been waged for efforts. doctors say it's time to put the issue to rest. >> if you take a multivitamin,
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you might want to rethink it. these pills are, for the most part, useless. doctors write: >> critics say the key phrase is well half nourished adults. if americansate a balanced diet, no one would need a diet. a single multivitamin is a good thing. >> the editorial admits the value of the vitamin depends which type you take. vitamin d could be helpful to prevent falls in older people and pregnant women should take foalic acid. >> others may do more harm than good. beta cara teen, invita mean e
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and a may increase mortality. sales of those have dropped. >> half of all americans take a vitamin regularly. the title of the editorial makes a blunt request, stop wasting money on supplements. >> i don't think doctors will change anything about that. we deal in the real world. >> since many studies on vitamins are controlled for age, gender or ethnicity, the case may not be closed at all. >> coming up diplomatic dispute. secretary of state john kerry weighs in on the indion diplomat strip searched in new york.
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>> now to a follow up story,
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thousands of reports of child abuse ignored by protective services. they were all marked with the letters ni - not investigated. authorities in arizona say the top priority now is determining the status of the children involved. paul beban reports from phoenix. >> here is a cps report that we received >> outside phoenix in the city of scottsdale detectives are getting their marching orders, investigating ni reports, some dating back to 2009. exactly as if the case had come in today. if there was a case reported a year ago, two years ago, three years ago, our urgency continues. did it go on, could there be a child in worse continue than two or three years ago. >> lieutenant todd told me he received 143 cases stamped ni. >> we have to put eyes on the
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child. how is their health, demeanour, physical appearance. are they safe and well? larson is the commanding officer of the scottsdale advocacy center where multiple areas of law enforcement and social service work hand in hand. >> everyone in the building is an expert in dealing with crimes do with children. >> the goal is to have a collaborative effort. and to have a location that a victim can come and have a one-stop approach. >> for the more than 100 ni cases, the victims will not come here. they'll go to the victims. >> double-check it in the reporting system. i might have missed it when i was looking at it myself. >> the detective told me the tact that these are cold cases is troubling. >> the concern is the cases that
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have been delayed. they live somewhere else, we are unable to find where they live. deal with that information that's a huge concern. >> do the new cases represent a lot of work for you. you were busy before this. >> absolutely, it is more work. it has to be done. >> the work has to be done. even though detective gall braith is a cop, she's a mun with two young kids. >> it's sad to see that when you are speaking of a child that is your child's age. that is when it gets tough. you have to do it. >> you have to push through. >> if you can help one child, that outweighs it all. >> ukraine's president is turning his back on the european union. ukraine's opposition leader says
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the country's president has given of national interests, independence and prospects of a better life. russia agreed to a $15 billion bailout for the struggling country. >> in south sudan, fears of a civil war. the president said he is willing to speak to his opponents in an effort to end blood shed. stefanie dekker reports. >> in the world's newest country people are finding themselves without a home. the u.n. says up to 20,000 are seeking shelter at its camps in the capital jooub a. >> -- juba. >> we are getting medical assistance, emergency medical assistance. >> fighting broke out over what the government says was a coup by the ousted vice president.
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riek machar denies there was a coup. soldiers like to president salva kiir are fighting the other forces. >> the dinka. where's the other is nuer. some familiar with the region says it's about power. it spread to bore in the oil-rich states. there has been conflicting reports over who is in charge. there are fear that the conflict could descend into a civil war. this is a political crisis. it needs to be dealt with through dialogue. >> there's a risk of this violence spreading as we have seen some signs of this. >> president salva kiir offered to sit and talk with riek machar, whom he dismissed. riek machar has gone underground
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and a warrant is out for his arrest. this country split from sudan after years of conflict. none of the people want to see a return to violence. there's little they can do to stop it. >> now to india. tonight a diplomatic battle playing out between the u.s. and india following the arrest of a woman in new york. now secretary of state john kerry is speaking out about the controversy that sparked protests. >> the international incident centres on a pomman, devyani khobragade -- woman, devyani khobragade, india's deputy consule general. she was arrested last week, charged with visa fraud and accused of paying a housekeeper less than she promised. authorities say the woman received about $3 an hour, below the legal minimum wage, allegations her attorney denied. >> she paid her employee what
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she should have been paying her. >> it's what happened next that adds fuel to the fire. indian officials allege the diplomat was taken into custody and handcuffed after dropping her daughter off at school. she as strip searched and locked up with drug addicts before posting bail. >> we know this is sensitive. we are looking into it to see what transpired. reaction to arrests and treatment set off angry protests in new delhi. >> indian authorities asked u.s. consular officials to return identity cards and stop them leaving the country. the controversy has strained relations between the allies, and now secretary of state john kerry publicly addressed the situation. he called india's national security advisor. the state department released this statement.
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as: >> as continue entertainment and sports merger. representing marketing icons like pink , justin bieber, william moris brought out sports marketing company img in a deal worth more than $2 billion. ross shimabuku is here with port. this is a huge deal. it affect college sports. >> it's hollywood and sports.
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img has the rights. they'll be strapping it up with the d.c. s national game. this was spearheaded by ari eanual. ari started an agency in hollywood, called endeafor. i spoke to daniel kaplan from the sports business journalt. between serena williams and sharp maria sharah pov re. >> serena williams left ing and was the only sports client of william moris, and is now under the corporate umbrella as maria sharah poefa. while that might sound catty, i don't believe the two of them would like the see the corporate resources of their agency
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directed to their competitor. it's something that largees sis have to handle. how does it affect peyton manning? >> peyton manning is all about football. i don't think you are going to see a great deal of difference in how people consume sports. the athletes may have hollywood opportunities, perhaps, than they otherwise would have. this is really not about getting peyton manning a book deal. i believe it will be a good thing for sports. you get efficiencies of scale, the athletes should be better served. there'll be some that break out into smaller niche emerge. a number of clients. when you get a big new competitor like this. you will see smaller niche firms
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emerge. >> why does william moris need ing? >> they handled the lebron james decision. it didn't go well. ing had a strong sports position. the marketing, revenue sharing and that's where they make money. they combine the agencies. it's like hollywood actors that want to be athletes. the synergie is there. >> do we know what they'll call this thing? >> ing. >> coming up. more of my conversation with glen n greenwald and what is next for him. plus a million dollar piccaso showed for what, $140.
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>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new
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york. here are the top stories. construction on new houses soared almost 23% last month, the biggest jump in 20 years. home builders broke ground on 1 million homes in november, the most since early 2008. it's a deal of bipartisan budget agreement passing the senate avoiding a government shutdown for up to two years. the bill eases automatic spending cuts caused by the sequester. 48 recommendations on how to reg eye late the n.s.a. a suggestion from the presidential commission - appoint a civilian head instead of a military general running the n.s.a. >> more of our conversation with journalist glenn greenwald. he's been highly critical of the n.s.a. and the secretive green lighted activities. now that the advisory panels and a federal court ruling called
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the practices into question i asked glenn greenwald if he feels vindicated. >> the first article i wrote was about a secret court ordering verizon to turn over to the usa telephone calls. we discovered later this was all telephone companies. to have a federal court less than six months later say that the program our reporting revealed is a violation and abuse of the core liberties of american citizens is a huge vindication. >> when you got the documents from edward snowden, what did you hope to accomplish with your stories? first of all, to make my fellow citizens in the united states and around the world aware that their privacy was being rapidly and aggressively eraded by the system of
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surveillance that had been built without their knowledge, or trigger the global debate that has been triggered over whether people want to live in a world like that. the u.s. government said their intention was to keep americans safe. you don't believe that. >> i know that's not the case much much of the reporting is spying on targets that have no conceivable relationship to national security or terrorism. if you look at how the n.s.a. collected data, they are collecting billions, with a "b" of telephone calls every day. if you ask surveillance experts. they'll tell you when the n.s.a. is collecting that data it makes it harder to find the people engaged in terrorism. there has been successful attacks. attempted attacks that didn't get stopped by the surveillance
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date and bombing of times square. there's little evidence as the judge found that the program do anything to stop terrorist. they have many other purposes besides that. are you saying that the u.s. government used terrorism as an excuse to collect the information that had nothing to do with terrorism. >> they use terrorism as an excuse to do anything, invading iraq, torturing people, putting people in cages without access to lawyers or charges. the minute they are caught doing something, it starts trying to square people by screaming terrorism. if you look at the documents published, the reports written and what the judge said, there's very little evidence that supports the claim about stopping terrorism. economic advantage and the accumulation of power. >> how much information from edward snowden has been
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released. 1%. more. >> we released less than half. not just the material he gave us, but what he thinks was newsworthy. these documents are complicated and may take time to get right. accuracy is the first concern, we are reporting them as quickly as we can. >> how much more will you release. ? >> i intend to release every last document that doesn't endanger the lives of human being, that is newsworthy. that's the normal standard. there's a lot more reporting, many months more. >> are you in contact with edward snowden. >> and i'm in regular contact. he follows the debate. he participates. when he thinks it's justified and worthwhile, which he did. >> when you hear him called a trial dater, a thief, someone
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who should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, how do you respond. >> as more americans learn about the true nature, i think more and more they'll come to see how heroic edward snowden's effort were. he's been vindicated by the day. >> what do you say the goal is? >> it's to eliminate privacy. not in hyperbolic or melodramatic terms. to ensure that all forms of electronic communication by human beings, anywhere they take place is collected, stored, monitored and analysed. >> now to the repairs for the international space station. >> nasa says several space walks are needed to fix the cooling system. >> american aft ra nauts will suit up for a space walk on
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saturday to fix a system that prevents the station adds mechanical equipment from overheading. one of the valves shut down after detecting abnormal temperatures. it did not pose a threat to six crew members, but they have turned off unnecessary cipt and stopped several research projects. there's two cooling loops, with one down, there's no backup. nasa set up two space walks, a possible third to fix the problem. >> i looked around saying, "what are people worried about?", i think we are ready to go out the door on saturday, and our team is - has no lingering understanding show-stopping issues. u.s.-led space walks came to a halt when luke's helmet began to fill with liquid. they have not found the cause. they are confident in the repairs to the suit that they'll
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give it to mike hopkins. >> in addition to training given to the crew on how to respond in the event that they have water in the helmet, we have upgraded two pieces of hardware. this is a helmet absorption pad, a modified pad designed to be installed on the back of the crew members's helmet. >> the two astra nauts will have their work cut out. they will attempt to complete the mission on saturday, in monday's space walk. if necessary a third is scheduled for christmas day. >> if we have free time to think about the fact that it is christmas and we spend time looking back at the earth, we'll have time to reflect on that and enjoy ourselves. we are always on the look out for santa up here. we have a great vantage point. we'll report any sightings. >> nasa put the repair mission
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as a top priority, cancelling a launch that was supposed to bring supplies to the station this week. >> like many big cities, dallas has a traffic problem. what sets it apart is a solution that is surprising and unique. mark schnyder has that story. the lbj is the second-highest and busiest highway. >> a 5-year, $2.7 billion project is underway to relieve congestion. how? to allow drivers to pay more to drive. next to the free highway lanes there are toll laneses, going up and down with the traffic. between noon and three traffic was moderate. the price $0.35. at five, during rush hour, it cost $0.45. by 6.30 the highway is more
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congestive and the cost $0.65. >> how is it going to save time. cost benefit versus what's it going to cost. >> at the end. day it's making sure that traffic moves. there's not congestion. economic develop grows in north texas. >> john marks is a salesman on the road constantly and thinks it's great. >> i experienced it driving in a situation like that in seattle. it seemed to work good to control the traffic. >> depending on where i needed to be, i'd take advantage of it. the concept was good. >> critics call the lanes lexus lanes, suggesting they are a way for rich people to avoid sitting in traffics. there are as many free lanes. if hundreds move to the toll lanes, fewer cars in the free lane. >> if it worked like it was
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designed to, it will spread traffic out and keep it moving more. >> the money from the tolls goes back to keeping the pay and drive lanes open. >> the first dollars that come off go into operations and maintenance. >> then it will go paying off construction loans. if traffic slows to 35 miles per hour, they say you'll get your money back. the hope is to keep traffic zipping along 50 miles per hour, a speed some commuters may find worth the price, whatever it is at the time. >> a woman from stone mountain georgia came forward as one of two winners in a megamillions lottery. >> now, ira curry says she asked her daughter to check the numbers after hearing a radio announcer mention the number seven. a million bonus will go to a clerk in san jose, california, where the second ticket was sold. because of different rules the
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store in georgia will not get a bonus, just publicity. >> coming up... >> you know that, right. >> ..fact or fiction, a former c.i.a. operative gives us the truth about homeland. detroit's assets in art. what it's worth.
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>> our big snow event across the north-east is almost coming to an end.
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as you can see on the satellite and radar there's snow towards new hampshire and main, and that is where the advisories are out. you can see winter storm warnings in effect. for the rest of the area we are clear, except for we are looking at late snow advisories and effect. tomorrow this will be the big problem. here just towards the east some places are expected to receive about 10 inches of snow. for the rest of the area, things are looking better for new york. over the next five days temperatures will be on the increase. but will you see more rain in the forecast. sunday will be a bad day. over the next couple of days, we'll watch what happens over the central plains the next storm is brewing. this will bring severe weather. on friday, here you go, rain across the mississippi valley,
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and we do expect to see severe weather, winds and thunder storms a problem for many people. hail can be a problem as well.
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>> you can co whatever you want. >> don't you think i know that >> that is the theme from "homeland" showtime's hit. season three ending, with the finn articly getting the biggest hits. it centres around carrie, an agent that suffers from bipolar disorders. plots are fascinating. let's bring in boko haram.
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during the iraq war nada was involved. i'm a fan of this program. can you tell me, first of all, in this season, friendships, you had an iranian official turned doublehomeland, the pace of their operations. >> what about female agents. are they portrayed fairly? is carie portrayed similar to what you do? >> "homeland
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job. aside from the mental health this, would she, or be promoted. >> she'd be identified on the application process. yes, she'd have a hard time climbing up the ladder. >> the mental illness aside claire danes istry, they are no brained to do that. going rogue is not a common
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theme. >> explain what you think happened in the bob levison case. >> i'm largely reading it like everyone else. i was shocked to find out an analyst had crossed the line from receiving information to operationally running an asset, according to we learn early on where the line is. >> if i met you on the street and look at you on television now, i would never suspect that you work with skill sets and
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they train you to achieve the operations. >> great to see you. maybe we'll have you back during next season. thanks for explaining what you do and how it compares to fiction. >> thank you. >> now, to detroit. facing bankruptcy and considering selling an art collection, while the masterpieces are not priceless, they are worth a fortune. it could help detroit out of its financial crisis. bisi onile-ere has more. >> the detroit institute of arts is considered a top museum, a cultural gem in a city gone bankrupt. now a collection of masterpieces
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held in trust for generations to come faces an uncertainly future. christy's city-owned artwork amounts to 5% of the total clecksz is worth $450 to 870 million. 18 billion in the red. a federal bankruptcy judge ruled nothing is off the table. pensions and retiree health care could be caught. >> art is not a bag of money on the wall. >> todd is a new york art advisor and thinks selling the artwork is unethical. art is sold to buy more art, never to settle did i debts. >> it was the government's job to make sure that the artwork was hotel in a way that would be off limits. they didn't do their job, they assumed it would be a
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non-starter. >> nearly 3,000 pieces are up for sale. >> it's not going to be an open door where artwork will flow out. on the part of court are mediator appointed by judge rhodes to ensure there's no unfair disadvantage. >> in a city that endured lose, the reality that detroit may have to sell off part of its heritage is painful. >> it has to be for the public doma domain. >> it's for the city to enjoy, the people to enjoy. that's after the art was created, for people to enjoy and learn from it. >> or is expected to have his restructuring plan into the federal judge in the coming
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weeks, and it's then that we'll learn what, if anything, the dia stands to lose. m >> a pablo picasso drawing for $140. that's how much it sold for today. a couple of weeks ago we spoke to the grandson of pablo picasso. who brought along a drawing valued at $1 million. he said he'd been looking for a picture to hang on his living room wall. he purchased a raffle ticket. in sotheby's online. proceeds go preserve the ancient city of tyre in lebanon. next up on al jazeera america: >> the disney classic makes it into the library of congress.
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>> the super bowl is around the corn, officials are working to ensure a good game. this year it takes place in new jersey at an open-aired stadium. what happens if it snows. john terrett has the answer from
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met life stadium. >> i hate to mention this super bowl fans but we get a lot of while stuff in new jersey in the winter. february is key for large snow dumps. met life stadium has no roof, meaning there's a chance 80,000 high-paying fans could be freezing in the stands or worse, the game could be postponed. wait, this is new york and new jersey, the first time two states hosted. in this part of the world they are made of stern stuff. >> a snow tomorrow can hit at any time. it doesn't mean football should not be played or people not moved around. >> he said the key is to have resources in place and have snow cleared. >> this is what they are worried about, a giant patch of know. >> not just here, but the roads
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around. this will be the first ever pass transit super bowl. >> 820 vehicles like these will be an standby to clear the roads within a 30 mile radius of the stadium, with access to 60,000 tonnes of salt. no sooner was the news conference over, than the met life stadium transformed to being outside the hot spription of iceland. meet the secret weapon. mother nature you stand no chance. 600 tonnes of snow can be dispatched by this bad boy. they have more than 30 of them. >> the man that runs the stadium says she's never missed a match because of the weather, and he doesn't intend to start now. >> we are ready for anything. >> and warmers, hats, gloves,
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tissues. my nose has been dripping. >> too much information from brad, but the get the idea. every effort is made to keep the super bowl from becoming a snowball. >> pull m fiction, mary poppins, and the right stutf are three of 25 films added to the national film registry. they'll be reserved by the library of congress. it's a mix of movies, add perspective on the list. the editor in chief of movie city news joins us from los angeles. t the rules are
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for getting it on the list. >> let's talk popular film on list. mary poppins is find of a guilty pleasure, they loved the music, the songs, the memories, that's one thing, paul is a game changer. it truly changed ideas about independent films, about the dark innocence that the audiences would like. it was the first 100 million movie that was that dark. >> what legacies time.
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this is a young list as it is. >> michael moore's documentary made the list "roger and me", what is the significance of that. >> documentary was very stayed, the mazel brothers were the idole of a documentary. it was you show up, take cameras, document what is going on. michael moore changed that, doing it in a way that made it popular on top of being interesting. it's a documentary that for the first time had a big audience. followed by farenheit 9/11 which is still the biggest document of all time.
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>> the right stuff is included. when it came out it was considered a failure n its release. why is that? >> it was a bomb. it's a great, great movie, a great piece of american history. it was interesting, i realised when i thought about it that it came out the same year as "sudden impact", the clint eastwood movie "go ahead, make my day." the right stutf is patriotic about winning, moving forward. america was not in the mood at that time. they were interested in clint eastwood waving his gun around saying, "go ahead, make my day", it's taken a period of time to appreciate how great the film is. >> unlike the academy awards. the library of congress to talk
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very much. >> to our viewers, thanks for watching. today's top stories ahead in a moment.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york. here are the top stories. sweeping recommendations today from a presidential commission looking for ways to change national security and the national security agency and their investigation of tactics. one of the most significant suggestions - stop collecting and storing millions of american citizen's calls. secretary of state john kerry expressed regret for the incident moving an indian diplomat. >> the senate passed a budget that could prevent another government shutdown f


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