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worth it. >> normal people have to get up and run. >> you know, if you oh could help us with $500, that would really help our campaign. >> reporter: political office is still in reach for in other wordsary folks in 2012. athena jones, cnn. cnn newsroom continues right now. af special guest that want to toss it to you. my parents are here in atlanta today. they are going to take it away. >> how nice. maybe we should let them do the 1:00 hour today. >> maybe they could actually. >> how sweet. welcome to them. thank you, suzanne, and thank you, everyone. held co-everyone. i'm randi kaye. it's 1:00.
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mitt romney is coming off his second place win in south carolina with nonstop attacks on the rival who beat him. newt gingrich. with the biggest contest to date just eight days away, even his temperment are talking points for mitt romney. >> he's gone from pillar to post like a pinball machine, from item to item in a way that is highly erratic and does not suggest a stable, thoughtful course which is normally associated with leadership. >> so far three republican contests have picked three different winners ron paul will take part in another debate in tampa. a state of emergency is in effect in alabama after storms in late january. two people are known dead in the birmingham area.
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dozens of people are hurt in what appears to be one or two tornadoes. many homes are damaged or destroyed and many thousands don't have power. a possible tornado touchdown in arkansas as well. overseas now, europe tightening the jus on iran. eu foreign ministers say they won't sign any more contracts to buy iranian old. they are freezing european assets of iran's central bank all to protest a nuclear program that iran insists is peaceful that the u.s., u.n. believe is not. they hope to resolve all substantive issues. more than two billion barrels of oil a day, threatened to close the vital strait of hohmuz. the bodies of two women have been recovered from the capsized cruise ship off the coast of italy. that raises the number of confirmed dead to 15.
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searchers are still looking for 17 still missing. the ship now appears to be stable after it ran aground. in honor of joe paterno, the winningest football coach. paterno's beloved penn state is mourning the loss. soon after paterno was fired, his family announced he had lung cancer. funeral arrangements were announced just moments ago. a private ceremony will be held on wednesday, two days after
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public viewing. gabriel giffords is finishing one more important job before she leaves congress. she's in tucson today wrapping up the meet and greet event that exploded in a deadly shooting spree one year ago. that's when a gunman opened fire on giffords and others. her office released this picture. giffords announced yesterday she is resigning this week to focus on her recovery. senator rand paul had a run-in today with tsa agents. he went through a scanner and set off an alarm. he requested to go through the scanner again instead of getting a patdown. according to tsa regulations, they must complete the screening process. officials say paul was not detained and left the checkpoint voluntarily. he's the son of republican presidential candidate
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congressman ron paul of texas. a key supreme court ruling to tell you about. justices say that police reacting wrongly when obtaining a tapping device. this can be placed on a car to track it. this concerns antwan jones when he was suspected of trafficking co cocaine. they say this was unreasonable search and seizure. jones was sentenced to life in prison but an appeals court overturned his conviction. two people are dead and more feared trap right now after severe storms ripped across alabama today. a state of emergency as crews race to find survivors. cnn's reynolds wolf is live in birmingham. we'll go to him next. first, we've heard too many
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these are neighborhoods ripped to shreds and possible tornadoes near birmingham, alabama. at least two people are known dead and rescuers are looking for other people who may be trapped. chad myers is upstairs in our weather center. reynolds, what are you seeing? how widespread is the damage? >> what we're seeing is we are actually situated on a small hill overlooking part of the subdivision. as far as i can see, you've got homes or what is left of these homes just demolished. i know there's been congestion stur as to whether these were tornadoes or straight line winds. i can tell thaw i've been in television meteorology for almost 20 years. this is signature marks of tornadoes. one thing we're seeing is we're also hearing something. the sirens happen and you can hear the chainsaws behind me.
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and what we have in clay, center point, oakville, across seven counties in alabama is plenty of damage. they are trying to clear out these roads. a lot of these back streets so emergency vehicles can get back and not only at the cleanup but to also look for more people. we have two fatalities. earlier we were telling you about a 6-year-old boy who lost his life in clay and schools here in jefferson all closed today, understandably, as this happened last night at 3:30 and lasted close to 4:00. it's just a tremendous mess. there are two -- there are actually 100 injuries reported by the jefferson county sheriff's department. scrapes and bruises by many people but quite a few are a bit more serious. people are trying to clean up
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and it's going to be something that will take quite some while. back to you. >> have you had a chance to talk to any of the people on the ground who may be missing loved ones? i'm curious how the search is for those that are missing? >> we've been trying to fight our way through the checkpoints, as you might imagine. law enforcement, emergency personnel trying to wade people through. in terms of trying to speak of people who are directly affected by this, i tell you, most of the people here tell us -- it's almost like they are trying to they are stunned at this point. >> reynolds, thank you very much. let's turn to chad. a lot of people are wondering where the storms are now. what's the answer? >> the last tornado watch of the day was just canceled. this all started, randi, on saturday in arkansas. then moved into mississippi and alabama and overnight last night
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regenerated into central alabama proper. that was the problem. 3:30 in the morning these tornadoes were touching down north of birmingham. there's the city of birmingham right there. these tornadoes were north up into clay and center point and birmingham, alabama, right here. no damage through downtown other than wind damage. no damage in mountain brooke. very old trees, subdivision there. a lot of trees came down with the wind but up here, this is where this thing skipped along up towards center point. keep ongoing. one more spot for you. this is the airport for you. this is the dog track and up towards grayson valley and into clay. and those are the latest pictures that we have from clay. storms on the ground for a long time. this was on the ground for the entire time. i concur with what i see and len nolds was saying, that this was at least an f-2, maybe f-3.
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no chance that this was just wind damage. no wind can damage the top of a house like this tornado did. >> chad myers, thank you. >> you're welcome. they were set free by mississippi's outgoing governor but these four convicted murderers could soon be headed back to prison. that story is next. i've been in. one day i'm on top of the world... the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain. it progressively got worse. my rheumatologist told me about enbrel. i'm surprised how quickly my symptoms have been managed. [ male announcer ] because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. don't start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. tell your doctor if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treated for heart failure,
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the freedom of four convicted murders pardoned by mississippi governor's hayley barbour could be heading back to prison. the state attorney general says the pardons violate the state constitution but barbour still
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defended them on sunday on a talk show. >> sure, we could have done it better because we had no idea that the reporting of it and particularly the misstatements by political opponents would let the public think that we let 200 some people out of the penitentiary. we let 26 of them out. half of them for health reasons. most of them have been out for years and years and years. they are no more threat to mississippi now than they were the week before they got their pardons. >> ed leaf vvendara is joining n mississippi. how will this play out? >> reporter: what we've been focusing on, you heard the former governor talk about the vast majority of people already serving their sentences and are out of prison. there are five people in particular, four of them murders that have began nered the most
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attention that have gotten these high-profile pardons. we have been told that a man by the name of joseph they believe to be on the run. they haven't been getting any help from his family that he needs to show up here in the court in jackson, mississippi today. we anticipate to see those three men here and what the judge will do is still very much up in the air. or will they be able to stay out or will the judge rule in favor of these pardoned former inmates and let them walk free again? it will be interesting to see what happens in a couple of hours, randi. >> let's talk about options. that's on a lot of people's minds wondering, do these guys, murderers, who after all, were pardoned, do they have any legal resource at all? >> well, you know, we've
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anticipates that the ones that worked on the grounds that have gotten most of the attention, many others have served their sentences and have the pardoned papers in their hands and anxiously waiting to see, will it all be lumped in together and the attorneys generals office says there are a couple dozen that were properly notified. they are hanging their hat on that they had to put out these notices for 30 days leading up to the pardon and in the vast majority of those, that 30 days were not reached and in many cases got to 28 days. will the judge see that and say, look, that wasn't enough? all of these pardons get thrown out. >> ed lavandera in jackson, mississippi, thank you. still ahead, bear cubs being shot in their dens. grizzlies being shut down and killed while hibernating? some of the questionable hunting practices legal in the state of
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hunting is a big part of life in alaska. i want to show you a video that defenders of wildlife put together. the images are graphic and graphic. this is called aerial hunting and is legal. now for the first time in alaska's history, it will soon be legal forebears as well. according to the los angeles times, the board of game is looking to expand the game. it's also removed a historic blanket band against aerial bear
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hunting. jim stratton is joining me. welcome to the program. let's talk about this historic prohibition on bear hunting. this is completely new turf now. by lifting this ban, they are allowed to the red line there on the map for those of you watching at home. does this open the door to other areas, jim? >> yeah, i think it eventually probably will, randi. i mean, the way that the state of alaska has tried to increase the killing of wolves and bears historically, they started making the limits longer and seasons longer and when that didn't kill enough, they went to things like shooting cubs and in their dens, snaring bears. when that didn't kill enough, they took it one step further and now they say they are going to start shooting bears from airplanes.
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you've been to alaska. they started that in one small area and has grown to more areas over time and i anticipate the same thing will probably happen with bears unless people really scream and yell about it. >> just to be clear, snaring is when they get caught in a trap? >> the bear will put their paw into a bucket with bait into it and then a wire wraps around its paw and hold it there until the trapper comes along and shoots it. they are indiscriminate. it gets mama bears with babies and -- >> and they could be waiting there for days suffering as well. let me ask you about what the state is saying. the state says it's just trying to control the predators from depleting food for moose and caribou. i've spoken to alaskans who say that they feed on a moose for a month. alaska passed a law in 1994 that
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orders state officials to adopt this intensive management. >> the primary purpose is to grow more moose and caribou. it's not the only purpose. they are interpreting the intensive management law and the only thing is to grow as many moose and caribou as the land can provide for and i don't think that was the intention of the law. there's a big difference between the primary purpose and only purpose and that's a big discrepancy that we have going on right now. >> in some parts of the state they are not a problem at all. there is much so salmon to eat they don't go after the younger moose and caribou. young moose and caribou is a very important part of a bear's diet earlier in the summer when the animals are firstborn. bears have every right to be out there as long as with the other animals and the indiscriminate
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war is going to put the entire balance of nature out of whack. you're going to get too many moose and caribou by reducing the predators. >> are there more human ways of saving the moose and the caribou and moving the bears out of the area? >> i think the question isn't saving the moose and caribou and moving the bears out of the area, i think the question is to understand that they all need to live together and bears are going to eat some moose and caribou babies and that's just the way it's been for millenniums and millenniums. we should say that's okay and get on with it. >> is there a more human way to hunt the bears if that's the way they are going to go? >> i think the most human way is to shoot a bear rather than to snare it. that was the last controversy at
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the last board meeting. >> jim stratton, appreciate your time on this. keep us up to date on what happens with this. thank you. >> we'll do. thank you, randi. no more mr. nice guy for romney. he's calling gingrich a failed leader and erratic. will this tougher tactic work and what will we learn from romney's revelation tomorrow? all of that is next in tomorrow's "fair game." and now our political junkie question. who are the only two candidates who won the florida primary but failed to get their party's presidential nomination? tweet me the answer at @randikayecnn. i'll give you a shout out at the ends of the break.
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before the break i asked you, who are the only two
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candidates who won the florida primary but failed to get their party's presidential nomination? the answer is, gary harn in 1980 and hillary clinton in 1988. and we don't have a winner. nobody got it right. this is the part of the show where we get right to the heart of the campaign. joining me now is gentry collins and robert zimmerman. welcome to both of you. after gingrich's double digit win, i think we're seeing a different tone for mitt romney. listen to this. >> he was a leader for four years as speaker of the house and at the end of four years it
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was proved that he was a disgraced leader. >> romney on the attack. good move? what do you think? >> i think it's a great move for governor romney. i think the lesson from iowa is that negative ads work. the difference is that romney's super pac was not as aggressive with newt gingrich in south carolina as it was in iowa. i think the first three contests is that negative ads work. >> here's the problem. in many ways the republican parties become the victims of their own rhetoric. you've got a climate where the right hand doesn't know what the extreme right hand is doing because it's become so intense and so personal that it's not just going on the attack, it's the way you go on the attack. obviously going after newt gingrich with his record as an insider, lobbyist, and certainly with his ethics problems isn't going to work.
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the problem for romney is capturing the revolutionary spirit that they feel from the republican base. >> let's talk about mitt romney releasing his taxes. is this a good move? >> i think it's too late and i fear for governor romney that it's a little too little as well. i think he would have been better served if he rolled out four or five years of tax returns to go all the way back to the last campaign and cover that entire period. it doesn't look like that's what we'll get out of governor romney. we'll see if it's enough. i certainly hope it is. there are bigger issues in this campaign to be talking about, like how to get the economy going again and create jobs again. we'll see if this releases enough. i fear for him that it's not enough. >> robert, i want you to hear what he said about his taxes today. >> the speaker was very animated about my releasing tax records. i am. i think it's an appropriate
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observation. the people should know if there is going to be an october surprise and in the case of the speaker, he's got to represent an october surprise. we could see an october surprise a day from newt gingrich. >> robert, your take? >> well, look, obviously no matter what he releases, gingrich and his super pac are going to claim that it's not enough. they are going to try to exploit and traumatize. unfortunately his candidates are not there because they are piling on each other. it's too little, too late in many represents frespects for romney. >> how unique is florida, gentry? >> it's a -- i don't think it's particularly close to any of those. i think it's a unique race for a variety of reasons. it's a closed primary.
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we've seen up to a quarter of a million votes already cast. that's not something we've seen yet. and it's a very large state with big and expensive media markets. retail on the ground kind of campaign like we saw for rick santorum in iowa or mitt romney into new hampshire, i think it's very difficult to put together in florida. it's a unique contest, a much bigger contest, and features some election law components that we haven't seen in the first three contests. >> >> you know, what i think is interesting, it's almost like republican voters speed dating and each of those contests, iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, the voter found a different suitor each contest. florida is different. in 2008, voters turned out in the republican primary. that's more than double that has already taken place this year. it's a very serious media market and requires a very serious campaign with an electorate that can't be a real test as to
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whether each candidate can go the distance for the nomination. >> 88% of people in south carolina said that debates played a part in their decision. does that give gingrich an advantage because he's been coming out strong on those. >> i don't think he has the same opportunity that he had last week. he used the debate last week to respond to the story from his first wife -- or his second wife about marital infidelity. he responded with a lot of support. i think on the basis of having a moment of strength, people wanted to see a fighter and someone that would stand up. they saw that spirit in newt gingrich. i think this week's debate is going to be more about the back and forth between mitt romney. were there enough tax years released? has gingrich released the appropriate materials? i think that's what these debates are going to be about.
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>> i think republicans are going to have to decide, do they want revenge or are they going to focus on winning? because when all is said and done, they can scapegoat the elite or however they want to pursue but they've got to come up with agendas for the future. neither newt gingrich nor rick santorum or ron paul has really stepped up you know something, that's the way the election is going to proceed. all they are busy doing is attacking each other and the media. ultimately, revenge isn't going to really provide leadership for this country. >> robert zimmerman, gentry collins, that's "fair game." thank you for seeing both of you. join moderator wolf blitzer from the campus of north florida university in jacksonville at 8:00 p.m. eastern on thursday night. if you're a yogi like me, you probably heard about the possible dangers of yoga with warnings of cracked ribs and
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yoga, the risks and the rewards." is the author off the mark? we went to find out. >> as you breathe in -- >> all it took was this article in the new york times to mark the zen out of the yoga community. the headline, how yoga can wreck your body. >> when you first read the article, what did you think about it? >> i was shocked # a little bit. kind of alarmed at the extremity, it seemed, of the talk on how yoga can wreck your body. i thought that was a very extreme argument. >> reporter: yoga instructor at first she told us she's the poster child for it. >> have you ever been injured doing yoga? >> i have. when i first started doing yoga 12 years ago i came into the yoga studio with a lot of imbalance. my body was sort of triwisted a
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unaddressed imbalances were there. >> reporter: one year into practicing, she injured her hamstring but it wasn't all bad, she says. >> the same poses where i hurt myself, i was able to create healing and then the issues that i had from my badly broken leg from my accident has healed through yoga. >> reporter: in the article, he says that it can cause serious injury such as nerve damage, muscle damage, torn cartilage and even broken ribs. >> pulling these studies from the '70s with what sounded to me like people doing yoga were on their own in their dorm room, for instance, and without the guidance of a teacher. clearly they are legitimate. they are documented but i just think it was to support the side of the article how it can wreck
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your body but it was too specific and too almost unusual to show what really often happens. >> i'm one of the tens and millions of americans who practice yoga and while anyone can get into oppose, the yoga instructors we spoke to said the best way to avoid injury is to find a studio with qualified experienced teachers. in the 14 years joe has been teaching yoga, he has never had any injuries in his classes but he says they do happen if students don't use proper technique. >> i think a lot of the injuries that this gentleman was describing in the article could possibly have been created through doing something over and over incorrectly out of alignment and or pushing way too hard in oppose. >> you're a little bit tight there. >> reporter: physical therapist akre agrees with the claims, that
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manyiers are possible but agrees with the fanatics who feel that the article was alarmist and didn't provide the proper context in the examples used. >> reading that article, if somebody wasn't familiar with yoga or let's say that they were planning on doing yoga, if they read that article they would say, let me find something else to do. and so in that aspect, no, i don't think it was fair. there was too many negatives thrown out. obviously with more people doing a form of exercise, you're going to have more injury, whether it's softball, football, baseball, whatever. so when they pick and choose these specific injuries, yes, some injuries like that do happen. >> reporter: broad told us he's glad that his book and the excerpt in the paper are, quote, stirring a debate on the safety. the evidence suggests that smart changes in personal routines can help prevent injuries and even save lives. this may seem surprising given
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yoga's perception for gentleness but as the book shows, scientific studies have revealed many ways that the practice of yoga can be improved. if that's true, it's going to take a lot more than tales of injuries from long ago to convince yogis that they may be wrecking their body. >> i cannot emphasize how critical it is to find a certified yoga teacher. there's a simple kit to get you certified to teach yoga. if you practice yoga, be sure you are in good hands. historic use of stem cells in humans to tell you about. for the first time, embryotic stem cells have been used to treat the eye macular disease. the two patients involved had
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welcome back. time now to check the stories making news at street level. let's start in miami. a rough ride for 143 passengers aboard an american airlines flight. the plane hit some major turbulence. according to our affiliate, wfor, six people were taken to the hospital and the crew members appear to have the worst injuries. luckily there was an e.r. doctor on board who helped some of the injured people. in los angeles, today is the deadline to submit a bid to buy
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the dodgers. so far there is a star-studded list of potential buyers, including mark cuban and former dodgers owner mark torre. into in tacoma, washington, parents have quite a story to tell about the birth of their son. katie got stuck in the hospital elevator for two hours on the way to the maternity ward. luckily her midwife and were with her when she went into labor. they named their baby boy otis after the elevator company. very clever. a rare car from the jfk car collection, a hearse, sold for $160,000. a man from colorado bought it and said it will be part of his collection, which includes a limousine once owned by john
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lennon. we now go to university has in honor of joe paterno. there will be a memorial service next monday with a private service following. mike, how is the campus dealing with paterno's death? >> you just nailed it, randi, somber. the feeling is, it wasn't supposed to end this way for a man who gave so much to a university, a school, obviously a football team, for his rein to end like this. i think that's what people are still coming to grips with. randi, there was a vigil last night where literally thousands of students turned out, candlelight vigil, to pay homage. the tears were shed. and it continued at the statue of joe paterno. they continued the shrine there
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with candles, photos. i was shocked to see the tears flowing. i almost got more from those who were older, the alumni. there was a college girl who didn't want the light to go out and kept lighting candles. a son who went there. here's some of his emotions on the set. >> it's inspiring to see all these people and see just how much he meant to this university. >> to me he was the glue who kept the fraternity together. we had ball games together as students, as alumni. we would also have a drink for joepa. joepa was the glue that kept everything together. >> and randi, that's it. the people here want everyone to remember the six decades and not the 78 days that ended his rrei, ending with joe paterno's
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passing away. >> have you had a chance to hear from any of the players? are they speaking out? >> some of the players spoke at last night's vigil. very emotional. from the time his death was announced, so many players have talked, and they don't even talk about football, they talk about what joe paterno did for them as men, building them as men. basically he taught more about life than about football, and that's what's lasting with these guys. >> mike galanos there. mike, thank you very much. live pictures now from tampa. these are not live pictures. we'll still take you to tampa where newt gingrich will be speaking at a rally. then we'll be live. will he hit back at mitt romney? we'll take you there next. and here's a political junkie question for you. what non-incumbent captured the highest percentage of the vote in the florida primary?
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right answer. so i will tell you we will blame my producer, doug fernaud. you can feel free to tweet him and let him know what you think of these tough questions. @diagnose ougfernaud. it's the sight of newt gingrich's first campaign stop in florida after winning the primary in south carolina over the weekend. he and mitt romney were both in florida yesterday trying to get a head start. the florida primary is eight days away. newt gingrich is expected to speak very shortly here. set the scene for us, shannon. >> reporter: it's like a coronation for mitt romney heading into florida, but not so fast after the south carolina results. it's turning into a real dogfight, and as you mentioned, newt gingrich's first public stop after his win in south carolina. there is a crowd accumulating,
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people kind of coming in, the music piping in right now. i found one of gingrich's supporters. her name is marcia sadler, and marcia, why are you out here today? >> we're honored to be able to help newt in any way we can. we're supporters and have been for years. i always thought he was extraordinary in what he can accomplish against all the adversaries, and i don't think obama has a chance against him. >> earlier we were talking about south carolina, that we were both a little surprised about that win. >> actually -- well, of course, since we were rooting for newt, we were thinking he might win, but the way it turned around this last week is phenomenal. i think that just shows to people that he has the ability to bring other people into his way of thinking, which is what we need. we have to be able to -- i'm not saying work together, but he needs to bring people who have another opinion or adverse opinion over to his side and our side. >> and i asked you also your
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opinion of the claims from the ex-wife last week in that abc interview. >> i really was not impressed with her interview at all. i just feel like she would some kind of an ax to grind, and it really didn't impress me at all, her opinion. and, besides, what we want newt for is his work and his ability to get things accomplished. i had no interested in his personal life. >> thank you, marcia, for joining us. good luck out here. randi, there you go, at least one newt gingrich supporter out here giving her opinion of the former house speaker. we've heard, obviously, some harsh words from mitt romney today, calling the speaker erratic, saying he's like a pinball machine, demanding him, urging him to release his records and dealings with the mortgage giant freddie mac. we'll probably hear some equally strong pushback from newt gingrich once this gets under way. randi? >> very quickly, shannon, do you feel the momentum there?
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do his supporters feel the momentum there coming from south carolina? >> reporter: i'm sorry, randi, repeat that. >> do his supporters feel the momentum there coming off newt's win in south carolina? >> reporter: a lot of them i have spoken with have said they feel a little bit of momentum, again, because they were surprised he did so well in south carolina and heading into florida. obviously, we know the campaign says they raised a million dollars right after south carolina in a money bomb, so that's partly momentum. they've been counting that they have organization to match romney's, and of course there's that work we keep hearing, newtmentum, randi. >> right. thank you, everyone, for watching. you can always contact me and continue the conversation on facebook or twitter. cnn newsroom continues with brooke baldwin. hi, brooke. >> thank you so much. top of the hour, let's get you caught up with everything making news. rapid fire.
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let's begin. powerful storms absolutely pounded the southeastern part of the u.s. today, and what we know as of now, at least two people have been killed near birmingham, alabama. 16-year-old girl and an 82-year-old man. the girl, in fact, died here. this is clay, alabama. we're also told at least 100 people are reportedly injured, and the search is on for folks who may simply be trapped in these collapsed homes. >> we made it just in the nick of time. the good lord blessed us. we lost our house, but at least we have -- i'm sorry -- we got our family, and that's all that matters. >> in south central arkansas, at least one person was injured today when a possible tornado touched down in four days. now, let me take you to some live pictures. this is, and there she is, she and her husband, gabby giffords, and her husband there in tucson, arizona. she is holding her last official event. she is finishing the congress in your corner meet and greet she was holding when she was shot this month a year ago.
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giffords says she has announced she will resign from congress to focus on her recovery. a plane last night hit major turbulence just two hours into the flight on american airlines. >> i was watching the movie and the entire plane, everybody just -- everybody just moved up from their seats. >> moved up in the seats. you heard him. six crew members, in fact, were injured including a flight attendant who was trapped underneath a food cart that went flying. the european union is hitting iran with new sanctions over its nuclear program. they include banning the import of iranian crude oil starting july 1st, and blocking trade in gold, diamonds and precious metals. the penalties are meant to force iran to give us its nuclear program which the west fears will be using to develop nuclear
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weapons. now do you use gps when tracking bad guys? it all started with a drug suspect today. what they found is that police should have gotten an extended warrant before placing an electronic device on this man's car for multiple weeks. but the court was split. the majority said it was a governmental search, the minority said it was an invasion of privacy. the president of yemen she hadded to a medical center for treatment. he was hurt in a bomb attack back in june. he is supposed to step down next month from the country. he has ruled now for 33 years. he apologized to the yemeni people, asked the protests there against him to stop. unless his trip to the u.s. is not approved, it's not clear when he will actually reach the united states. a pardon of mississippi's governor could learn they have to go back to prison. a court hearing is scheduled for
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two hours from now to find out if the proper notice was given before haley barber granted the pardons in his final days as governor. these pardoned, nearly 200 of them, included some convicted murderers, and just yet on cbs's "face the nation," barber responded to the controversy. >> 26 out of the penitentiary were let out for health reasons. most of them had been out for years and years and years. they're no more threat to the people of mississippi now than they were the week before they got their pardon. >> we'll have a live report coming up on that. also, you like to hike? me, too. this is not how you want your hikes to end, though. a paramedic with a helmet camera caught this dramatic rescue yesterday. this is a mountain just south of pasadena, california. this woman found herself trapped on the edge of a cliff with a 100-foot drop. so after the paramedic, you see ultimately reached her, they were both finally pulled to
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safety. a mudslide in a water main break. no one is actually sure which one came first. it damaged at least three homes in belleview. another home had to be evacuated. a witness said he heard a huge crash and then just saw a lot of mud start to slide down. the "new york times" said a jack started to float around like a snake. we've got a lot to cover in the next few hours. mitt romney versus newt gingrich. there is no secret there is already some bad blood there, but there appears to be a showdown coming over their bank accounts. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. a man's heads, hands and feet all found near the hollywood sign. did the murder have anything to do with his career at an airline? plus, police say a dad put duct tape on his daughter and
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her final, official event. she is finishing her congress meet and greet. she is recovering from that shooting last january. she announced she will resign from congress to focus on her recovery. she, as you know, has spent the last year recuperating from that brain injury she suffered when she was shot in her head. and in this youtube video, the congresswoman is expressing her gratitude to all the people in her congressional district. >> i don't remember much from that horrible day, but i will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. >> i want to bring in casey wian who is covering that for us. casey, you set the scene for us,
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but also tell me, have you or anyone been able to talk to the congresswoman? why is it so important for her to really begin what she couldn't quite finish? >> well, brooke, we haven't been able to speak with the congresswoman this morning. she's not expected to make any comments publicly here today, but we did speak to a source very close to her, and obviously she wanted to finish what was interrupted by that terrible shooting a little over a year ago. it was also a meeting to meet with constituents, and because of that shooting, she never got to meet with those folks. so she was able to do that this morning. she also had private meetings with some advisers and her staff sent out a couple twitter pictures i hope you can see, and one of them is a picture of congresswoman giffords with daniel hernandez, which is that intern who is credited with saving her life. we're expecting congresswoman giffords to arrive at any moment at what's called the gabrielle giffords assistant center.
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this is a food bank but it also provides lots of needy services to folks, like helping them get access to medical care, getting access to food stamps. this is a charity that people wanted to help out the congresswoman and they've been sending money. the food bank has raised $325,000 just in the past year in donations. of course, this is going to be the final official event of her term here in the tucson district of arizona. later today she'll be traveling to washington, d.c. to hear the president's state of the union address tomorrow night. and, of course, well wishers from official washington are pouring in, including the president, who said that congresswoman giffords taught us the meaning of hope in the face of did he spare. also lots of praise coming from republicans. congressman ted paul in texas who she worked with on border security issues said that congresswoman giffords embodies
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the spirit of bipartisanship. and finally arizona governor jan brewer said that she is a model of what can be accomplished with persistence and determination. now, her staff says that the congresswoman's recovery is going dramatically well, yet it's going to take perhaps years for it to be complete. brooke? >> beyond the officials, though, casey, you're on the ground there in tucson, how are her constituents reacting to the news that she does plan to resign? >> what we're hearing is it's a bitter sweet feeling. they're happy she'll be able to focus on her recovery and happy that this recovery is progressing as well as it is, but if he feel like they're losing a very strong voice for southern arizona and someone who is willing to cross the aisle and work with republicans, that spirit of bipartisanship that ted po talked about is what folks felt they badly needed in
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washington and something she felt, too, in that youtube video demonstration. brooke? >> as soon as we city ssee the congresswoman stepping into her car, welcome back. in the meantime, newt gingrich speaking live. the candidate hitting the trail now in florida. one of the questions, will gingrich respond to mitt romney's new attack involving the speaker's time as a consultant for freddie mac? we'll take you there live. plus, a little commotion outside the airport today involving one u.s. senator, senator rand paul. find out what happened after the republican refused a pat-down. that's next.
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all right, talking politics now. i got to turn to florida, the primary vote there, count them with me, eight days away. mitt romney starts up his campaigning in the sunshine state with his sights set squarely on newt gingrich. >> he's gone from pillar to post, almost like a pinball machine, from item to item in a way which is highly erratic and does not suggest a stable, thoughtful course which is normally associated with leadership. >> pinball, erratic? hear those words? take a look at this. take a look at the results from south carolina's primary and you can see why romney is not holding back. 40% versus romney's 28.
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remember, it was just one week ago when mitt romney was heavily favored to win south carolina. even more numbers that are sure to concern the romney camp. it is this pulse of registered republicans. it shows in one week romney dropped from a 23-point lead over gingrich to virtually a statistical tie here. i want to bring in shannon travis in the gingrich camp in tampa. last time i saw you, you were shivering in des moines, so welcome to florida. let's talk about those attacks, though. mitt romney is opening a line of attack pertaining to gingrich and his time as a consultant for freddie mac. what is romney saying? >> reporter: well, romney knows that this is a new battleground. this was supposed to be a coronation for mitt romney, right, he was the front runner coronation to the nomination. now it's a real dogfight and the dogfight comes right here to florida. you heard some things played from him earlier, and we expect
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probably some heavy return of fire from newt gingrich when he steps up on stage in just a few moments. we're expecting him at any point now. but earlier, in addition to what you just played for mitt romney, brooke, there was another little drubbing from mitt romney of newt gingrich. take a listen to this. >> i'm talking to speaker gingrich, again, to do two things. one, release altogether work product associated with his work at freddie mac, and also return the funds that he made from freddie mac. i wouldn't normally suggest that except that he was the one who said if you made money from that failed model, you ought to return that money. >> reporter: now, there is a reason why that may be an effective line of attack from mitt romney. it's because florida here has a high number of foreclosures and kind of tarnishing newt gingrich with his ties to the mortgage giant freddie mac may be effective for romney. brooke? >> this may be the narrative we'll see in the next couple
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days from florida. we can't talk politics without also talking money. it's not cheap to campaign in florida, specifically. people helped gingrich outwei w a million dollars in south carolina, shannon. you need money to campaign. >> reporter: that's right. much bigger, much more diverse and much priceyer. that means that penetration is going to be the key, reaching all the different groups in florida. and the tv markets to air your ads and radio spots is way more expensive than south carolina. so you're absolutely right, that $1 million that the campaign said it raised in south carolina will come in handy. also organization is going to be key, brooke, mitt romney's organization versus newt gingrich's organization. those will be two key things with just a few days away from the florida primary.
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>> shannon, thank you. i want to remind all of our viewers that cnn is hosting the remaining republican candidates. a lot of it is about the debate this thursday night in the crucial, crucial state of florida. it begins at 8:00 eastern. and on a personal note, i'm going to florida as well. we're taking the show on the road live to tampa. tune in to cnn monday, tuesday, wednesday. i'll be there. rand paul had a little issue at a nashville airport. he wanted to go through the scan instead of getting a pat-down, but tsa refused. when there is any kind of irregularity, passengers have to go to a secure area to complete the screening process. the kentucky republican was not detained, he did leave willingly and he did catch a later flight
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to washington with no problems. he's going to be on with wolf blitzer coming up at the 4:00 hour in the situation room. over 1500 people died in libya. that was before nato launched their operation there. but in syria, how about this number? more than 6,000 are believed to be dead, killed in the protests there. we're going to talk to nic robertson. is there a breaking point? he just got back from a rare trip to the country getting a fierce first look at the regime getting clearly defiant. look at these pictures. folks in alabama significanting across, next.
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the video we've been getting here at cnn coming out of alabama, it's heartbreaking to look at. this is what's left of just one neighborhood. this is clay, alabama just
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demolished neighborhoods after these powerful storms hit the state overnight. in fact, the 16-year-old girl was killed in clay and an 82-year-old man died in birmingham. i want to bring in chad meyers. you look at this. you're the professional, but you can't help but think this had to be a tornado. >> i'm sure. the way it happened with so many places in a line with the same tornado type damage that the weather service office are out there surveying it will come back and say it was a tornado. there's no doubt in my mind it's a tornado. it's how big was it, a 1, 2 or 3? when you knock down trees, knock down homes, take the second story off real brick homes like this subdivision, you know it was somewhere between 120 to 150-mile-per-hour tornado. that's significantly less than what they had in tuscaloosa and what they had back in april. back in april, these were
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200-mile-per-hour tornadoes just plowing through neighborhoods. here you have homes down, trees down. it's the fatalities there are so difficult to take, and i wonder how many people had their weather radios turned on to hear this. this was 3:30 in the morning. where do you sleep? usually upstairs. >> you see they hit one neighborhood, could skip next door, continue on through. do we know how widespread is the damage there? >> this is a long track tornado. i would say this is probably in the neighborhood of 60 miles long. but if you look at the birmingham topography, it's very rugged. it's up and down, up and down. it wouldn't surprise me if the tornado hit the top of the hill here but missed a valley here, hit the top of the next hill and missed the next valley. that's why you see this type of skipping. this tornado was on the ground for a very long time. this was a dangerous thing no matter what. if you don't have a weather radio, get one as soon as you can before the severe weather
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starts for real. this is just showing you what could happen to your neighborhood. they will wake you up at 3:00 in the morning, you can go downstairs and be at least a little bit safer. >> tough to look at these pictures, and think about the people there in clay and in birmingh birmingham, alabama. chad, thank you. if you get any more information or pictures, we'll pass them on. >> more people get hurt after the damage, after the tornado than during it because now you're stepping on power lines, stepping on nails, getting tetanus. we need to be very, very careful out there right now. >> good point. we want to take you back to florida as we are getting these live pictures. we mentioned a moment ago newt gingrich is speaking. oh, forgive me. we're going to arizona. do we have -- congresswoman gabby giffords is in the room and you and i are just going to look at this together and see if we can see her and her husband rick kelly. there she is kissing, hugging,
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saying hello. this is the moment. this is the congresswoman on your corner event that she is officially culminating. this is the event, obviously, not the same location in tucson. it was in january where she was shot, so many others were shot in tucson. now this is the event, a meet and greet continuing the congress on your corner, and she also made the big news that she will be resigning this week. we'll just take a listen. globe trekking now in syria. syria has been arguably the most glaring exception when you look at the arab spring. people have protested against the government there for nearly a year, and the government is still in power. one monitoring group, the local
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coordination committee says 23 people died today in syria alone. these images, obviously you can see a sniper posted on youtube. even when the country allows outsiders in, visitors from the arab league, the violence didn't stop. the league had to admit its powers were limited. >> the meaning is to investigate and serve, not to stop the killing. >> today even more evidence of that after syria rejected the arab league's proposal for a sawed to step down. i want to bring in correspondent nick roberts who was actually just in syria. first, nick, we're hearing european leaders now. they're stepping in. >> i dare say this arab league initiative as the arab league themselves has said should go to the united nations. . they want to force this pro
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poechl, and indeed, the arab league recognizes that both parties right now, might allow him to compromise enough to get around the table. moving this in the the united nations and the monitors in country, did they really think ahsad would accept this? truly? >> they would be crazy if they did. he had ahsad pull i see troops, pull his equipment because the russians so far, there's no indication that.
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i don't think any of them. >> and nick, we just found ourselves sitting around in our meeting wondering if and when the other nations would step in. we noticed that when it came to libya when some 1500 people were killed there, reports are now that 600 people have died in syria. >> there doesn't seem to be and this is the message that many western diplomats. they both talked about how he should step down. he doesn't have the plig stomach we're on the verge of pulling troops out of afghanistan.
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we are eight days from the all-important florida primary. as we mentioned a moment ago, we have newt gingrich now. we're going to eaves drop for a moment and just explain that he had been talking about the differences between he and mitt romney. now he's talking about president obama. let's listen. >> i'm glad you guys got that one right. i was a little worried there. but in all seriousness, he's going to have a billion-dollar negative campaign reinforced by the elite media. i already said with your help i win the primary and i come back to tampa for the convention as the nominee. [ applause ] >> that i will challenge president obama to seven three-hour debates in the lincoln douglas edition, but i
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also want to concede in advance, he can use a teleprompter if he wants to. sure, look, if you had to defend obamacare, wouldn't you want a teleprompter? and obamacare is going to be the central issue, and quite frankly, that's going to be one of the central arguments for nominating me rather than romney. obamacare and romney are about that far apart. how do you have a debate particularly when the president is going to say, wait a second, mitt. i brought in all your advisers. i relied on romneycare to design obamacare. that makes it pretty difficult. whereas with a reagan conservative and a radical, the gap is about this wide. so when you look at -- i'm not a reagan conservative?
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[ booing ] >> did you know ronald reagan? right, and in 1980 i was campaigning for him. in 1980 i was campaigning for him, and in 1981 i helped pass his program -- i'll talk to you later. [ chanting ] >> so as i was saying, the gap between a genuine conservative and barack obama is very wide. and you need it to be this wide because you need to be in a position that most of his billion dollars falls on empty space in between the two of you. this is how reagan beat carter. in the end the gap was so clear between lower taxes and higher tax
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taxes. it's okay, it's a free country and it's all right. she's made her case. now we'll go ahead with our rally and she can go -- well, look, it is a free country and mitt is allowed to have two people out of this number. [ applause ] >> i mean, it would feel really good if that was the margin of the primary. so we'll take -- now, so -- i try to sometimes find out, you know -- so here's the core of this campaign. there are three basic themes. the first is how do we get the
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economy moving, how do we create jobs, how do we get back to a balanced budget, and how do we get housing prices back up? all of those are part of the same challenge, and that's why i believe the very first three things i will ask congress to do is i will ask the congress to stay in session on january 3rd when they're sworn in. i will ask them first to repeal obamacare completely. [ applause ] >> okay, we've been lirstening o a couple minutes. he did well in the south carolina primary. it was tough to hear what was being yelled from the crowd as he talked to this group in tampa, florida. the primary is eight days away, so it's a week from tomorrow. so right now the whole romney attack against newt gingrich is affected. gingrich consulted for freddie
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mac, there's $1.7 million he apparently received. there are questions over that. in the meantime, as you all know, it was gingrich releasing his tax returns before the debate last thursday, but now we learned that romney will be releasing some of his income tax returns tomorrow which, by the way, is also the same day as the state of the union. a lot happening in the world of politics. wonderful if you are a political junkie. i do need to move on, though, so we can talk about politics. i want you to listen to the democrats here, and you would think the biggest threat to the election isn't mitt romney or newt gingrich but cole rome. rome didn't running for the white house, but why all the fuss? this is about the crossroads and crossroads gps, and our chief correspondent is standing by to explain all of this and explain to me why democrats are so
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fixated on carl rome. >> $3 million is what crossroads is planning to raise to try to defeat president obama and stop the president's agenda. carl rove is the most public face across the gps, but he doesn't run the groups. the man that did rub them are a few hours away, and i did ask how he proposed to stop that group. here's what he said to me. >> we believe president obama and the labor unions will use their financial advantage to go after the republican nominee as soon as that person is selected examine try to make them unelectable prior to the elections. mitt romney will not have those
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resources and they can come in and fill the gap and provide that accuracy at. >> democrats refer to this group as shadowy, they get to keep their donors a secret. it's pretty hidden, correct? >> there are actually two groups. one is a superpack and their donors can write fat, multi-million-dollar checks and they can declare them. they can make very hard-hitting political ads. about you but they also had a picture. they have to make issue ads but it's sort of hard, but the democrats have a similar group. brooke. >> you mentioned it's an office not too far away from you, it's
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not the most glamorous office, but that's quite a chunk of change, and this is to make tv ads, yes? >> you know what's interesting, i didn't know this when i went to their offices which look surprisingly like a call center. for a multi-million-dollar operation, you would think it would be swanky. they actually do two other things. they acted like a venture capital fund for other conservative groups or groups on the right, so they give money to other groups that are doing things they believe in, like the organization that's fighting the court challenge to the president's health care law. they gave almost $400 million last year. or the group that said, make everybody on the right take a tax pledge got $400 million last year. they also hold meetings to coordinate their message. it's sort of a hub for organizing and they're trying to build a network on the right.
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okay, i want you to close your eyes. really. close your eyes. imagine the year is 1930-something. you're sitting on a front porch and there are instruments made out of everyday items all around you. now open your eyes and allow us to transport you. today's music monday, they're the carolina chocolate drops. they make old time music a thing of the present. ♪
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>> carolina chocolate drops, describe your sound. describe your music. >> good time old-fashioned banjo music. if they ask more about it, there's blues in it, there's jazz, there's country music. there's different stuff like b r&b. a mix of songs. >> what i like, it's like real roots music because it's a lot of things that are played at the root of the american genre. >> speaking of your genre and that it dates back a long, long time, who is sitting in your audience? young folks, old folks? >> it's changed over the years, but where we are right now, i think it's one of the best things we do and people remark on it.
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they see a mixture they don't usually see. they're usually all 20-somethings and all 50-somethings. that's one thing we've noticed as we've ghaone along is we get people coming up to us and saying, my grandfather introduced me to you. it's awesome, we love that. ♪ push now, don't you wake up ♪ we believe in that first light ♪ ♪ mama's buying you a mockingbird ♪ ♪ to lull you through the night ♪ >> what kind of emotional response to you hope to evoke through your music? >> that's hard. that's really for the individual to take away. all we're doing is trying to find songs that speak to us and then also say a little bit about those songs and hope that would evoke something in somebody. >> you mentioned instruments. >> yeah. >> okay, help me rattle them
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off. banjo, four-string, five-string and minstrel. three kinds of banjo. mandolin? saw a guitar. >> a couple guitars. >> what else? >> we got the fiddle and bones. >> bones? i'm sorry. >> bones are like -- i got one set that's wood, but these are cow rib bones here. >> they're bones. >> and you hold them between your fingers and make a rattling sound with them like that. she and i both play two sets of bones apiece. >> and there's kazoo. >> kazoo, snare drum. >> cello. >> she stays on the cello because we can't play cello. >> there's harmonica and the
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quills. >> all of the instruments will be represented through the night. >> did you know how to play these instruments when you formed, or has this been an evolution. >> oh, and the jug. >> and the jug. >> can't forget the jug. >> you start picking them up as you go because you get one going and then you hear another one and you're like, oh, i want that one, too. you kind of run after that one and they all form each other and start mixing together. >> especially in the groups where everybody plays several different things, there is a lot of room to change the instruments and also develop new material based on that. >> the audience seems to like it as well because it's not just four people with their four instruments. each time is like every song, it changes. it kind of keeps the interest up a little bit. ♪
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♪ got to get home >> how do you pick your songs? you mentioned the different genres. how do you select what you play and sing? >> that's at random. it's completely at random. sometimes you listen to it on the cd, other times you learn it from another person, other times you get -- >> -- get a manuscript in the mail. >> from whom? >> from people we know. people have been working on this for years and now we're kind of the performing arm of the scholars and they're generous with their knowledge with us. it's been a great honor to be able to play these things that people have had weak versions for years. >> carolina chocolate drops, ladies and gentlemen. tell me what you're listening to. we love discovering new artists
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now it's quicker and easier for you to start your business... protect your family... and launch your dreams. at, we put the law on your side. it's top of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin. here's what we're watching on this monday. first, mississippi's controversial pardons could possibly c