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returning for president. he is expected to figure that out in the next couple weeks. he made an impression here today, don. >> that's great. hey, pete, enjoy new orleans. don't eat too much, don't drink too much and be safe. i wish i was there. i will see you back here in an hour. 7:00 p.m. eastern. in the meantime, i will turn it over to """the situation roo" with mr. wolf blitzer. republican presidential hopefuls blast off. right here on cnn. the president tries to counter the gop attacks fighting hard in the one area where he may be most vulnerable. cnn's harwood damon goes where few western journalists are allowed, inside syria. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer.
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you are in "the situation room." the gop race to the white house plowing full speed ahead. seven candidates taking the stage this week for the first time together to square off on the issues only here on cnn here is our national political correspondent, jessica yellin. >> reporter: at the first major debate of the primary season. >> say hello to your seven candidates. >> reporter: there were seven different voices but one common message. >> this president has failed. he has failed at a time when the american people counted on him to create jobs and get the economy going. this president is a declineist. he views american as one of equals around the world. >> reporter: no surprise shall the candidates drew a bull's eye on the president's economic stewardship. >> has he done one thing right when it comes to the economy in this country? >> boy, that's a tough question.
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no, no, i can't think of anything. >> reporter: what did surprise some, minnesota governor, tim pawlenty, passed up an opportunity to confront mitt romney on health care even though just day before, he had ridiculed the president's health care plan as obamanecare. >> we took a different approach in minnesota. we didn't use top-down mandates and individual requirements from government. >> given a second chance, pawlenty ducked again? >> why isn't it obameneycar. >> i quoted president obama in saying he looked to massachusetts for designing his program. >> reporter: michele bachmann made some news. >> i filed my paperwork to seek the office of the presidency of the united states today. >> reporter: former speaker, newt gingrich avoided his news, never mentioning his massive campaign team defections,
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focusing instead on the issues. >> the congress this year, this next week ought to repeal the dodd/frank bill, the sar bane oxley bill, they ought to start creating jobs right now. >> reporter: for former godfather pizza ceo, herman cain, this was somewhat of a national debut. >> i am not a politician. i am a problem solver. this economy is stalled. it is like a train on the track with no engines. >> reporter: for former senator, rick santorum, it was an opportunity to underscore his dedication to social conservative issues. >> not only have i been consistently prolife. i have not just taken the pledge. i have taken the bullets to go out and fight and lead on those issues. >> reporter: all the candidates pledge to stand against abortion rights and same-sex marriage and to reinstate the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military. the main focus of the night. >> we are going to win. make no mistake about it. president obama is a one-term president.
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>> reporter: this is the spin room where operatives from each campaign tell us why they think their candidate won. one of the big questions, why was this such a tame debeat? big reason, it is still early days and none of the candidates wants to be scene as too negative attacking their fellow republicans, especially when they are only just introducing themselves to their key voters. jessica yellin, cnn, man chester, new hampshire. joining us, our chief national correspondent, john king, the moderator of that debate. the anchor of "john king u schl a." since that night, tim paw lendy acknowledges now that he made a big mistake. >> he faced a lot of criticism that he was too timid. if you are going to launch an attack on sunday, why do you blink and back away from it on monday in the first nationally televised debate? he put out a tweet acknowledging his mistake and went on fox news channel on a program to say he
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wish he had been a bit more xat tiff. the knock after was not only that he didn't keep up the health care argument against governor romney. he appeared to be timid. one question was, who do republicans want to debate barack obama next september. he faced some krit sim there. >> some are saying among the seven, some might drop out sooner than later. there might be an eight, nine, and ten. john huntsman, the former governor of utah. he is set to announce in the coming days. a lot of people are watching to see what rick perry, the governor of texas does. >> huntsman, statue of liberty will be his backdrop in the week ahead. rick perry says, let me finish my legislative session. that's about to happen. he will think about it. if you listen to his words and body language, he seems more inclined to think about it. a couple months ago, he said he didn't think he wanted to do it. much of the gingrich campaign staff that essentially fired td
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candidate, most of them are sitting and waiting available to governor perry. we know he can raise the money. the question is, can you put the nuts and bolts together? he has a pretty talented, experienced team waiting if he wants to run. >> i heard his speech in new york. he certainly sounded like a presidential candidate to me. >> he has fight and energy and passion and when a lot of people look at the republican field, they see that in michele bachmann. they question whether she can rise to being a nominee. maybe mr. cain has it. romney, does he have the passion, is he the right debater? pawlenty has people looking around. this happens a lot. early on, people say, they are look fog for something else. governor perry, god fund-raiser, a lot of passion. still, sarah palin, new movie coming out, very positive about her. we don't know what she is going to do. >> we don't. you have to read the clue. she took this bus tour, she said she was exploring it, contemplating it, looking at it.
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she said she loved the trip which has a lot of people thinking she is more inclined to run. she still hasser job as a fox news commentator. they have set the standard for the other potential candidates on the staff, if you are actively exploring a run for president, you have to take a leave of absence. has she privately assured them she is not running. she says we will get an answer. we might have to wait a month or so for that. >> is it mitt romney's to lose? >> you can't say that this early. owe is certainly the front-runner. normally, you could say that. normally, the republicans have the heir apparent. it was george w. bush, john mccain, ronald reagan. >> bob doyle. >> romney has been around the track. he is way ahead in new hampshire and has built a pretty good campaign team. a lot of republicans question whether those old next guy in waiting rules apply after what we saw from the tea party and after you see some of the conservative doubts about
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governor romney. yes, he is ahead. i wouldn't put him up there in john mccain, george w. bush, bob doyle status. a lot of people think this is a party in tur tomoil, a party trg to find a leader. >> newt gingrich, he seems to have self-destructed. he is passionate about the pol sichlt can he raise money after this happened? he was already struggling fundraising. watch how much he can raise. you have to look at the calendar. you can stay in the race but you have to win somewhere to become the nominee. you have to win delegates. is he going to win iowa? nobody sees that happening. is he going to win new hampshire? nobody he soos thees that happe. every other candidate can say, i can win iowa, a plausible track. he has a lot to proof, first, raising money, assembling a team and he has to find a place to win. >> thanks very much.
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newt gingrich's campaign nearly imploded over the past few days with a mass exodus of his top aids. some critics say part of the problem is his wife, calista. lisa sylvester has more on that. >> reporter: wolf, newt gingrich's presidential campaign got off to a rocky start including losing more than a dozen key members of his team. one of the issues is his wife calista. she limits the amount of time he has for campaigning. newt gingrich is hitting back saying, lay off my wife. gingrich 2012 is not about the man who would be president but about the would-be first couple. by his side is calista beginning rish, featured prominently on his campaign website. she is his third wife, married 11 years. he is 22 years her season. they began dating while he was still the married speaker of the house and she worked for the house agriculture committee. he may be playing up his family
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man role but calista gingrich has become something of a political liability according to officials close to the gingrich camp. first, it was his credit line of up to half a million dollars at the upscale tiffany's jewelry store where they were frequent customers. he was put on defense. >> i feel you are far more fascinated of that than most americans. most americans ask about jobs and energy and all sorts of things that affect their lives. >> reporter: earlier this month, more than a dozen of his advisers and campaign staffers resigned in mass over, quote, disagreements on how to move forward. calista's schedule took priority over his schedule. he pushed back. >> for all my years in public life, i don't mind people attacking me. i am the candidate. i am a big guy. i can take it. to go after anyone's wife is pretty despicable. >> newt and i together -- >> reporter: friends of the couple told cnn that calista was
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reluctant to schedule campaign events in the morning because she insisted on getting her hair done every day. we asked his campaign director about it. >> reporter: said said she is obsessed with her hair and she didn't want any campaign events in the morning because she had to have time to get her hair done. >> i am not going to respond to whatever gossip they are putting forward. newt and calista have a very healthy partnership. they make decisions together about their schedule as every other couple does. ultimately, this campaign will be about the challenges facing american and the solutions newt is putting forward. >> reporter: aides quit the campaign asking him to put off a luxury cruise to the greek islands but he refused. in iowa, a key state where it is all about aggressive retail politics, newt worked the crowds and was a great communicator meeting everyday folks. his former campaign adviser
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there resigned because he said he needed more of that from gingrich to move the political needle but it was challenging getting iowa on the schedule. there were also disagreements on newt gingrich's role, that he still liked playing the role of the strategist, the educator, the guy talking about the polling numbers. his former communications director said, no matter how good you are as a strategist, you can't be your own strategist when you are the candidate. wolf? >> lisa, thank you. the gop presidential candidates all hitting president obama hard on issue number one. just how vulnerable is the president when it comes to the economy. plus, billions of dollars airlifted to iraq goes missing. ahead, some very disturbing details on what authorities believe happened to all that cash. a cnn reporter gets inside syria after months of being denied access. her first-end account of what's happening to civilians amidst a very brutal government crackdown. stay with us. you are in "the situation room." the debate is over.
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as republican presidential candidates wrapped up the heat, the economy and the jobs, the president traveled to north carolina hoping to counter the blow. let's bring in our white house
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correspondent, can lothian. >> two things you have seen from the president recently. he has been pushing job creation, traveling across the country, even as the unemployment rate remains high. he is also visiting these key battleground states. you see him in ohio, you see him in florida, virginia. also, the state of north carolina. he is trying to hang on to a place that he won just barely in 2008. >> reporter: in a bad economy, president obama is trying to show americans that not everything is broken. so he traveled to north carolina, to a company that makes energy efficient led lighting. >> you are putting people back to work in a field that has the potential to create an untold number of new jobs and businesses. that's clean energy. >> reporter: it is an uphill battle despite promising to turn the economy around. the obama administration is still dealing with high unemployment. here in north carolina, the race is above the national average at
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9.7%. >> i wake up every single morning thinking about how can i make sure that anybody who wants a job is able to get a job? >> reporter: in a wall street journal opinion piece, two members of the president's job council jeff immelt and ken smith wrote. immelt traveled to north carolina with the president where a group of private sector leaders proposed a basket of ideas, such as career training and a focus on travel and tourism that they say can help create more than 1 million jobs. >> the private sector has to drive it but we need to work with government to facilitate it. >> reporter: jobs are critical to the president's re-election hopes in 2012, especially in states like north carolina, where he won by less than 14,000 votes. >> you look at the direction of the economy, the right track, wrong track, whether or not americans feel the country is going in the right direction. the president has a really bad
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record right now. >> there are always going to be a bumps on the road. >> reporter: referring to recent disappointing jobs numbers as a bump in the road, only fueled more criticism. armed republican opponents like mitt romney who turned that phrase into a campaign video. >> i'm an american, no the a bump in the road. >> i'm an american, not a bump in the road. >> reporter: in 2008 out on the campaign trail, president obama promised to create millions of green jobs over the next decade. critics point out that a lot of those jobs are just not adding up. some of these green companies are really, really struggling. you can expect this is a record that republicans will be pointing out out there on the campaign trail, especially the key battleground states, wolf. >> why officials acknowledge that there were bumps in the road was a mistake. >> reporter: they have been asked that question. they have not said it was a mistake. it is something you have not heard them repeat again. certainly, the president did talk about that when he was in michigan speaking to autoworkers
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there. but they say, listen, when you look at the economy, you have to look at it in the big picture. there will be times. there will be reports that come out that are negative. look at the overall trend. they believe that the trend is moving in the right direction. >> i know you went with the president to puerto rico. you used to live yourself in puerto rico. you had an opportunity to spend a few hours there, the first time in decade a sitting u.s. president visited puerto rico. was it simply designed to try to win over hispanic-latino votes, puerto rican votes come next year's election. >> reporter: the white house said the reason the president went there was because he made a promise during the campaign he would return. he was delivering on that promise. make no mistake, the president was also reaching out to those more than 4 million puerto ricans who live here on the main land but also to the hispanics in a broader sense. this is a group that voted overwhelmingly for the president in 2008. a lot of them have not been happy because they feel some of
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their key issues like immigration reform, have not been delivered for them. so it is unclear how they will vote in this upcoming election. so the white house realizes that and you see them hitting back, working very hard in states like florida where they have already set up these phone banks specifically targeting the hispanic community. >> i also noticed that even in puerto rico, he only spends a few hours there and manages to do a major fund-raiser while he is there. he seems to be doing that almost every stop wherever he goes. is that right? >> that's right. puerto r puerto ricans cannot vote but nothing stops them from giving money. he did collect some of their cash. >> i hope you enjoy a few hours. >> reporter: i did. very nice. how did billions of dollars of cash airlifted to iraq go missing. new questions about the staying power of syria's regime amidst escalating political
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it may turn out to be one of history's bigist heights. after the invasion of iraq, the u.s. followed up on its deployment of troops with plain load after plane load of cold, hard cash. much of it disappeared. now, we are learning more about what happened to it. our brian todd has been digging into this story. >> reporter: wolf, the inspector general in charge of investigating fraud in iraq says billions of dollars flown into iraq after the invasion have gone missing. he says it was a wild west like atmosphere in those days. eight years later, u.s. officials believe some of the money may have been stolen.
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the months after shock and awe, the mantra was spend and rebuild. u.s. officials airlifted billions of dollars to iraq to pay for reconstruction. now, the u.s. inspector general for iraq reconstruction hassan unsettling news about more than $6 billion of that money. >> it has not been properly accounted for. that is the purpose of our continuing audit. >> reporter: if some of it was stolen, who do you believe stole it? >> i don't want to speculate on who the potential criminals might be. this was delivered to iraqi control. we have in the past had a number of cases reported to us about interim ministers who did steal. >> who was responsible for safeguarding that money? >> during 2003 and 2004, that money was under the coalitionle provisional authority, the entity that was created to govern iraq after the fall of saddam hussein's regime. >> reporter: stuart bowlen sed says after that the pentagon and
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iraqi government shared responsibility for safeguarding some of the money. it was the pentagon that asked him to investigate. contacted by cnn, the spokesman cited that probe and found that the funds remained under the control of the government of iraq at all times. this is not u.s. taxpayer money. the cash belonged to iraq in the first place. the inspector general says the money was from the development fund for iraq which had taken iraqi oil money diverted by international sanctions and stored it at a federal reserve facility in the u.s. americans may still be on the hook for some of this. bowlen says iraqi officials indicated they may go to court to reclaim the lost money. what if they win? congressman henry waxman chaired several hearings when he was head of the house oversight committee. >> reporter: is congress on the hook for some of this if the iraqis reclaim the money? >> i hope not but the truth of the matter is, the u.n. said to the united states, you are now
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entrusted with this money, you have a fiduciary responsibility for the rociraqi people to use for their benefits. we can't account for $6.7 billion. >> we contacted the iraqi embass sichlt they didn't respond to comments that officials may have stolen some of the money. they said. wolf? >> brian, thank you. a brutal crackdown on civilians by the government in syria. it is escalating the crisis there. is it time now for nato to intervene? plus, a former cnn sports reporter, nick charles, he has a wrenching battle with cancer. what he is doing to hold on for his family, our own dr. sanjay gupta spent time with nick. sanjay will join us. [ male announcer ] a moment that starts off ordinary
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for the first time since the unrest in sear ra, ynn correspondent managed to get inside the country. they have refused to give international news organizations official permission to enter. arwood damon did manage to get across the border from turkey and spent a few hours at a camp where they escaped their homes. >> reporter: hunched over, this man tries to stay dry. all he has for shelter, a piece of tarp and branches. he is one of hundreds of syrians living in squalor and fear a stone's throw from the turkish
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border. we are right now on the very edge of this makeshift camp. you can see these crude tents that people have strung up for shelter. it has just started to rain now. it is just a plastic tarp. cramped together, six families, their feet caked in mud, mothers trying to provide their children what comfort they can. it was also raining last night quite heavily. they were saying that they had to spend the entire night on their feet, because the entire floor was just turned into mud. the women who don't want to be filmed simply asked, is there anything left that we haven't been through? the families here bathe in a muddy stream where they also wash the few clothes they brought with them. illnesses are already spreading. my biggest problem is the children, mohammed medley, a pharmacist, says, and people with heart disease.
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i don't have the medicine for that. he emptied his shelves as he fled setting up something of a field hospital. a child he was trying to treat returns. he had given the child pills but he can't swallow them so now he has to somehow give him an injection. he has been going through everything that he has trying to figure out what is suitable. >> reporter: the people here are mostly from the town and nearby villages. they fled as the security forces closed in. but not before witnessing brutal destruction. they set our fields on fire, destroyed our homes this woman laments. the military had started bombing as we left, she says. her family plans on crossing into turkey for protection. but others choose to stay here
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hoping against hope they will receive news of loved ones lost in the chaos. some even dreaming of returning home. 26-year-old musa tried heading back to his village a few days ago. i was on my friend's motorcycle and suddenly, i saw the military advancing through the olive groves. he tells us. for now, musa and many others watch and wait fearful that the government forces will hunt them down in this wretched corner of their home land. arwa damon, cnn, syria. meanwhile, syrians continue to flee their homes headed for their border area as the regime steps up its crackdown on the dissent. let's bring in a professor on middle east studies at john hopkins. thanks very much for coming in. you wrote a very stinging column
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in the wall street journal this week, entitled, "syria, where massacre is a family tradition." any signs that he is going to ease up on what's going on? >> i wish our words, our columns, our editorials, our programs would alter things on the ground. one's words are weak when you see the children and the poor people fleeing their own government and soldiers crossing the border into turkey carrying with them their hopes, their dashed hopes for what they had wanted for their own regime and their own country. there is no progress in site. >> are there any any cracks in that regime. >> the cracks are not quite what we would want. the killer units. the brigades of bashar's brother are still with the regime.
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i think they are gipping some attempts in syria to try to draw the community from which bashar hails to draw them away from bashar. they were named for resistance fighter in intend to get the alowes to believe there is a life after bashar. >> we saw in libya several countries go against the united arab emma arab emirates. do we see any split as far as the arab world and bashar? >> no. they are lamenting the great shameful arab silence. it is the turks who are helping the syrians, not the other arabs. you are absolutely right on libya. the libyan strongman, gadhafi, because he belittled the other arab leaders. they broke with him.
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in syria, the great shameful arab silence continues. >> nato, the u.s., they are making it clear. unlike libya, there is no desire to do anything militarily against syria right now. that is sort of telling the syrians, you know what, do what you want. >> exactly. secretary general of nato, rasmussen, publicly announced to the syrians that we intend no intervention in syria. why telegraph it to him? why help him with this? why create a moment's doubt that the powers of the world are coming? in every way that the world can telegraph this, i think bashar has been told that there is no rush to come to the help of the syrian people. >> in libya, saif al islam said if there were free elections they would do this.
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>> this is dr. saif islam. i have a quotation which is an elaboration. i have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of libyans stand with my father and see the rebels as fundamentalist terrorists stirred up from abroad. he calls upon the libyan people to accept an election at the same time that he insists that they are terrorists stirred up by troublemakers from abroad. >> do you believe that president obama should comply with the war powers act and get formal congressional authorization for what the u.s. and the nato allies are doing as far as military campaign in libya is concerned? >> i think no such things. i think some members of congress are really, in my opinion, basically kind of fishing in troubled waters. look, most presidents have looked at the war powers resolution and ignored it. i think what the administration is doing, it is saying this is short of a war. it is kind of on the horns of a
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dilemma, the obama administration. it fights this war but it is not really wholly committed to it. then, some members of congress, the republicans that have suddenly become isolationists. these are the tradition that believers in national seb kucur they are now second-guessing the administration. i think the administration should continue to do its best in libya. i don't think congress can micro manage this con tlikt. >> as usual, thanks very much. a dying father, a former cnn colleague determined to make sure he is there for his young daughter even after he is gone. plus, rape as a weapon of war. cnn uncovers new evidence of atrocities in libya. [ doctor ] here's some health information for people over 50.
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>> for those of us here at cnn,
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the name nick charles means a lot. one of the network's first sportscaster. he has been battling bladder cancer for nearly two years. dr. sanjay gupta recently spent some time with nick at his home in santa fe, new mexico. it is a heart-breaking story but an inspirational story. sanjay, tell us a little bit about what's going on. >> there is no question, wolf. first of all, it is hard to do stories like this, especially when we know nick. everybody knows nick so well. two years ago after being healthy his whole life, he was having troubles and went to the doctor and was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer. he was told at that time two years ago that he had about two years to live. it hits you like you might think it would hit anybody. he started asking questions like the one he asked me which is what would you do if you suddenly heard that sort of news? how would you change your life? he has changed his life in ways big and small, big changes.
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also, specific ones. he keeps a journal every day, notes to his family that he wants to leave behind, thoughts about his life. he wanted to read some of it for me as well. take a listen. >> i know it is going to take all of god's grace, which is never in short supply, to make me live longer. i want to for you and mommy so we can be a family again in santa fe. sorry. if god takes me home, it will be forever. meanwhile, i am not going anywhere today. >> reporter: it is so tough for nick to write and it is tough to hear but nick knows he at least had the chance to leave something behind. >> reporter: how do you feel when you read those? >> they are just so reinforcing to me that i know she is going to read them. i have talked to people and they would long to hear their parent's voice or read something from them. >> he is talking about writing that to his 5-year-old daughter.
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giovana. a little bit of a legacy he wants to leave behind for her. other things, little lessons, one things he really tried to reinforce to me, this diagnosis has forced him to live in the present like he has never done before. it hasn't stopped him from dreaming and imagining the future. it may surprise you to know that he and his wife, cory, decided to build their dream house after he was diagnosed. their dream house, picking out colors, designing rooms, buying a piano, all the while knowing that there is a good chance he wouldn't spend much time in this house. he walked me over to a closet in what would be giovanna's room where her clothes would hang. one day, her prom dress would be hanging there, something i am never going to get to see. it was one of the time his faces really fell to pieces. he lost his composure and i lost mine as well. he is such an inspiring guy. the changes he has made in his life after being smacked in the face with his mortality are
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really incredible. >> how is he doing right now? >> he is sick. he has lost a lot of weight, maybe 20 pounds. he is anemic, mink his red blood cell is not high. he is losing his balance. he is on oxygen. he is in the end stages of cancer. he has still got his spirit. it doesn't take away his insights, his intelligence. he was an incredibly inspiring time just to be with him. >> sanjay, thanks so much for doing this. we, of course, sent all of our love to nick cory, the entire family. appreciate it very much. for more on sanjay's talk with nick. sanjay gupta, nick charles, lessons from the fight. you want to watch it and read the blog at cnn.com/health. rumors have been circulating in libya for months and cnn uncovers disturbing evidence of
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atrocities, rape as a weapon of war. [ male announcer ] built like a volkswagen. the 2011 tiguan. [ grunts ]
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show you is very disturbing. it is about rape as a weapon in libya's civil war and evidence of those assaults that rebels say frequently found on captured cell phones. cnn's sara sidner explains, the videos are so awful that even the rebels are trying to erase the evidence. we should tell you that we blurred almost all of the video to make it possible for sarah to >> reporter: on the front lines of libya's war, rebel fighters say they are finding a lot more than weapons on captured or killed pro-gadhafi soldiers. [ screams ] >> reporter: they say they have confiscated cell phones that contain videos showing gadhafi loyalists torturing and raping citizens. after week of hearing of the rape videos, we for a first time have a copy of one. this was given to us by a source who does not want to be identified for year of being punished by this very conservative society. to be clear, we have been unable to verify its authenticity. we don't know where it was taken, when, or by whom. all we can do is watch and
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listen to it. [ screams ] >> reporter: in this video provided to cnn from what rebels say was the cell phone of a gadhafi loyalist, two men in civilian clothes stand over a naked woman who is bent over with her face on the floor. the man standing behind her is sodomizing her with what appears to be a broomstick. [ screams ] "i can't bear it, i can't bear it," she says. a male voice off camera says, "let's push it farther." "no, no, that's enough," the woman begs. one of the men puts his covered foot on her face. in this culture, it is considered the ultimate insult. but in this case, it pales in comparison to what the victim is already enduring. we blurred this video because it's extremely difficult to watch. arabic speakers who have examined the video say the voices are distinctly libyan with clear tripoli accent. there is no date on the video, and the men in the video are not
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wearing military uniforms. the victim's face is barely seen, so we have not been able to identify her. it has been extremely difficult to get anyone to talk about this video on camera because of the cultural sensitivities here. we asked abdullah al kabir, spokesman for the opposition in misrata, whether rebels have found many of these kinds of videos. his answer -- yes. >> translator: we were able to confirm that rape was used as a weapon of war because it was systemic. >> reporter: the international criminal court in the hague says the allegations are credible. it is investigating. but in a surprising admission to cnn, spokesman al kabir tells us some of the very evidence of war crimes prosecutors want may have been destroyed. >> translator: there was a commander here at the eastern front of misrata named muhammad al habous. he ordered all the revolution's fighters to give him all the rape videos they found on gadhafi's soldiers' cell phones.
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i heard he used to destroy every rape video he got. >> reporter: in the world would you destroy video evidence of rape that could be used as evidence of war crimes against your enemy? against the gadhafi regime? >> translator: because aside from being a heinous crime, rape is perceived here in our culture as damaging, not only for the girl but also the whole family. >> reporter: rape is such a taboo in this culture even some of the victims' families would rather erase potential evidence against the attackers than risk living with the shame. [ screams ] >> reporter: cnn, misrata, libya. the gadhafi regime has not responded to cnn's request for comments, but secretary of state hillary clinton did release this statement on the situation. "gadhafi's security forces and other groups in the region are trying to divide the people by using violence against women and rape as tools of war, and the united states condemns this in the strongest possible terms. it is an affront to all people
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who are yearning to live in a society free from violence, with respect for basic human rights. we urge all governments to conduct immediate, transparent investigations into these allegations, and to hold accountable those found responsible." that statement from hillary clinton. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] at quicken loans, we devote every second of every day figuring out how to give our clients a better mortgage. maybe that's why j.d. power and associates ranked us "highest in customer satisfaction in the united states." so, we thought we'd take a little time to celebrate. ♪
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a three-ring resignation? here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: there is light at the end of the scandal, lights, cameras, and maybe too much action. anthony weiner himself got bumped -- >> you're pushing me! give me a break. >> reporter: bumped as he was chased by the press to his own press conference. later, a hedge gave the media a payback. >> whoa! >> reporter: after a moment of stunned silence, the chase resumed, and prison stripes added to the atmosphere -- >> this is my book called "flush the toilet: why men cheat." >> reporter: a back he had trouble giving away. >> wow.
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>> reporter: and at weiner's washington office, his plaque became a tourist attraction. >> okay. >> reporter: with people using both thumbs and tongues while they posed so that they, too, could be part of a -- >> titillating like this, disgusting -- >> gross -- >> skeevy story -- >> reporter: and crass hecklers crashed weiner's press conference. >> today i am announcing my resignation from congress -- [ cheers ] >> pervert! >> and most importantly that my wife and i can continue -- >> the people demand to know -- >> to heal -- >> reporter: even the media were enraged, disowning the crashers. >> he's no weiner! >> thank you and good afternoon. >> will you maintain your hot physique? >> reporter: weiner's resignation may finally plug the slow leak of lewd news -- >> drip, drip, drip. >> drip, drip, drip. >> reporter: a splash of harsh realty for weiner's staff. >> the door was locked and the
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office lights turned out. >> reporter: only voicemail turned on -- >> thank you for calling the office of congressman anthony weiner. unfortunately there's no one available to take your call. >> reporter: even as the end was near, the scandal was still arousing passion. >> i'd be interested to see in alan would say the same in john boehner had sent these or any other -- >> i would, absolutely. >> call me skeptical. >> call me a liar. call me a liar, steve. >> i don't like to kick a guy when he's down. we all know -- >> we didn't put him there. >> reporter: perhaps the most brutally honest reaction to the weiner scandal came from none other than geraldo rivera, reminiscing about his prime. >> i just remember my days. and if there were twitter accounts, if we could have done that when you were -- you kidding me? i would have blanketed the country with every part of my body. >> reporter: at least weiner's resignation may help purge all those puns -- let's get that word out of our system with the help of jimmy kimmell -- >> which we've taken the liberty of putting to music. >> weiner. >>