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bigger and facebooking is going public. it's time 0 play reporting roulette. first up, we'll begin with suzanne kelly in washington. she's following these hearings over cyberattacks. officials are warning they could be the number one security threat to the nation. so suzanne, what would the worst scenario be? >> well, the worst case scenario is going to be an instant loss of life, something like an attack on a nuclear facility or an attack on the air traffic control system. things like that which have the immediate impact. cyberthreat does go on in the economic world, too. you could definitely feel the effects of that coming. imagine for a second what this is like if you could imagine there's a criminal or terrorist already living in your house with you. but you don't know they're there. that's sort of how lawmakers and how the administration officials are looking at the cyberthreat now. >> okay, so how exactly are we going to fight these threats? >> that's a great question. and i wish if i had the answer, i'd be the most popular person
in washington today. lawmakers need to pass some legislation that allows a lot of these government agencies to free up the tools. we have the national security agency. we have like the largest eaves dropping apparatus in the world, and they have tools right now i'm told by a former head of that agency that they could be using if they had the guidelines and the authority to actually do it. so that's something that's being discussed on congress now to get legislation passed and let's get moving before it's too late. >> find more reporting from suzanne and the rest of the cnn security team cnn.com clash security clearance. the government's no fly list doubles in just one year. lizzie o'leary joins me now. how many people are we talking about here? >> we're talking about 21,000 people. that's up. it doubled in the past year. essentially what we're talking about here is mostly foreign-born nationals, some americans, about 500 americans
are on the list, skooaccording kouvter toirl official. >> why the jump? >> the biggest motivator was the person people refer to as the underwear bomber. remember that planned bottoming that authorities allege was planned for somewhere around christmas of 2009. his sentencing is coming up. that's one of the things that sparked the associated press to initially report this number, this doubling in. the no fly list but the reason is, american officials essentially expanded their criteria. they didn't any long ver to look at someone who might be a threat just to an airplane but a threat to national security or someone who had in their words attended a terrorist training camp. they expanded the criteria and the airlines themselves stopped basically giving in names. this is secure flight one of the government programs looking at passenger names here. that's also part of what's going on. >> lizzie, the government tracks other lists, too. what do you know about those? >> the no fly list is your small list of these. now we're talking about some
21,000 people. there's a much larger list, half a million people looked at in a larger terrorist screening database. when you think about people pulled aside for a secondary screening, that's bigger than the no fly list. that means you're not getting on the airplane. this is a bigger list that gets you pulled in and certainly extra time spent with the tsa or other folks questioning anyone who looks suspicious in an airport. >> no fly means that, you don't fly. thank you, lizzie. next, facebook going public. what does that mean for the ample investor? lisa tail earl live at the new york stock exchange. hi, felicia. >> what this means is that average investors may have a chance to own a piece of facebook but probably not at the initial offer price. that's what makes it a little dicey. it's a great chance. we'll see a big jump on the day it does begin trading. often what happens institutional taders get the first offering
and then sell for the initial pop. that means the ample investor will pay the higher share price and limit the potential gain they might have had on that stock. that's usually the way this, would out. we'll have to wait and see when he they do tart to begin trading that stock in a few months. >> you know what, fa lishia, some big internet names debuted in 2011. give us some perspective. google was one of them. how are they doing now? >> it's kind of a mixed picture on tattoo. three of the four big internet ipos now trade below where they closed on their first day of trading. linked in, shares shot up that day almost doubling in price. right now they're up about 5% on the day which is pretty good obviously. but they're down 20% since they opened. if you bought after that initial pop, you've lost money. similar for groupon and pandora and also zynga, it's up about 17
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the middle east and fans. we have seen soccer violence before. in this case, there seems to be much, much more going on here. take us through it. >> essentially what you're seeing is a situation in which the police forces are reluctant to intervene. they've been largely absent from the streets of see gypion cities and certainly from the stadiums in the last year because they are viewed as a remnant and as the hempblmen of the mubarak regime and they're trying to improve their image basically by being low key. they're avoiding clashes with the soccer fans who are very popular because of their key role in the overthrow of the egyptian president. on the other hand, you've got soccer fans who for the past -- for the four years in prior tore mr. mubarak's departure, almost weekly clashed with the security forces in the stadiums of egypt. and so they have really is been
forced to set. now the numbers that you're seeing, the number of dead in port said 24 hours ago is indeed the highest figure in the history of soccer in egypt. and the highest figure of people killed since the fall of the president. the 500 and something wounded today really is not that high. you've had in the last year days on which 1,000 people have been wounded. >> our reporting here and that number could have gone up, but we have 442 at last confirmation here at cnn. you mentioned the security and the image there and police what have you. i want you to talk more about that because there have been rumors, claims, accusations, conspiracy theories that security didn't act because that gives the military government the ability to impose more stringent security laws across egypt. you write about that and you say it may not be just a theory.
>> that's correct. but then also, it's nothing new. the only thing that is new is that the military rulers of egypt very recently lifted the state of emergency that have been in place for many years. however, from the beginning, and i have been to riots like this, not with these kind of casualty figures but nonetheless in principle the same thing in soccer stadiums. and every time this happens, the assumption is that the police are not present or present in develop low new numbers because they don't want to have a clash. and they respect to some degree the fear of soccer fans. they've met them in clashes for many years. and at the same time, there's the assumption that if an incident happens, it bes the police's purpose to dem mon trait that without the police, the country would descend into chaos and anarchy. what's different this time is that the absence of the police on the streets of for example,
cairo over the past year has put the military in a very difficult position because there was a breakdown of safety and security, and people would question the military and ask why they were not capable of preserving law and order. this time round, because of the militant opposition by the youth groups and by the soccer fans last december or last november and december erupted into vicious street battles around tahrir square which more than 50 people were killed, this time there's an assumption that the military may have tacitly endorsed the police attitude because that would serve their political purpose and furd undermine the militant groups. >> it might be hard for an american audience, i'm being audience, we had our basket brawls, we see hockey the fights go on. it might be hard for an american
audience to understand the soccer violence. what does soccer mean to egyptians if you can put that in perspective and help us understand that? >> it is next to religion certainly prior to the popular revolt of last year the institution that evokes the deepest passions in egypt. prior to mubarak's down fall in cairo, you were identified not by your age, not by your ethnicity but by which soccer eem in the city you supported. essentially, there were only two release valves in egypt on mubarak. one was religion and the mosques and the other one was soccer. and the battles against the regime really took place on the soccer field. >> james dorsey, thank you, sir, we appreciate it. still ahead, ben bernanke didn't exactly sound optimistic on capitol hill today as he revealed his economic forecast. >> plus, hear what inspired
if it is interesting and happening right now, you're about to see it. let's go rapid fire. the fed chair ben bernanke appears on capitol hill telling lawmakers he's frustrated by the slow recovery. >> over the past two and a half years, u.s. economy has been gradually recovering from deep recession. while conditions have seven improved over this period, the pace of the recovery has been frustrating ily slow particularly from the
perspective of the millions of workers who remain unemployed. >> he told lawmakers the economy can't turn around without a better housing market. what could bring the leader of the free world to his knees? prayer. president barack obama opened up about his faith in a way he rarely does. he told a crowd at the national prayer breakfast how a visit with the reverend billy graham has ached him to this day. >> i have fallen on my knees with great regularity since that moment asking god for guidance not just? my personal life and my christian walk but in the life of this nation and in the values that hold us together and keep us strong. >> the attorney general eric holder getting grilled on capitol hill today over a botched fbi gun running sting to mexico called fast and furious. holder insists there's been no cover-up attempt by the justice department. republican congressman darrellis sass heads that committee and he's been highly critical of the handling of the failed operation
and current investigation. >> this committee has lost its patience to wait longer. we will not wait until next groundhog day to get answers for the american people. >> the department of justice stands ready to work with you. not only to correct the mistakes of the past, but also to strengthen our law enforcement capacity in the future. a rare victory in small claims court for a los angeles woman against the auto giant honda. heather peters was awarded just under $10,000 yesterday. she claimed she was misled by honda's claim that its civic hybrid could get 50 miles per gallon. she said her car never came close to that. >> it's justice in a very small place, but it problems that sometimes the little guy wins. >> well, peters sued after learning honda's proposed settlement would pay trial lawyers millions while civic owners would get as little as $100 and coupons toward a new
honda. honda plans to appeal that. amazing dashcam video to show you of two police officers rescuing a man from a burning car in new jersey. listen to that. the officers arrived to find the car engulfed in flames in a residential neighborhood. they broke the driver's side door to get the door open and pulled out the 57-year-old man. he was treated but is doing just fine. more dashcam video from bell county, texas. sees ta fireball streaking across the sky? see that? well, the faa says this was likely a meteor soaring over texas and oklahoma. was spotted from waco to as far as north as oklahoma city. wow. ufos. up next, a story that has a lot of people scratching their heads. first, police say a polo mogul drove drunk and he killed a college student.
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picture there. we're going to go live there when it happens. we're awaiting donald trump to step to that podium in las vegas. cnn has learned ellen doors mitt romney for president. we're monitoring that for you. we won't go far for that story. a story out of florida involves what could be the king of all legal maneuvers. a billionaire named john goodman, pay close attention, he's a billionaire has adopted, yes, adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend. his lawyer tells our florida affiliate wpec it has to do with estate planning. but many legal experts suspect this is a way for goodman to protect his assets. a legal suit by the family of scott wilson, he is -- there's a legal suit now. he's the 24-year-old man that goodman allegedly hit while driving drunk. then police say he left the scene as wilson drowned in a drainage ditch. the billionaire is headed to trial on a manslaughter charge
in march. all right. whew. that's a lot. unbelievable. cnn's legal analyst sunny hostin is on the case. many people didn't know that you can actually adopt an adult, someone you're dating, a girlfriend. >> that's right. it's sort of the underbelly of family law. it's been going on for quite some time as an estate planning tool. i will tell you this though, don. it's illegal in about half of our states to adopt an adult. clearly it's not illegal in florida. even in those states that allow adult adoption, there are really, really strong restrictions, but it is -- i think this case in particular has sort of brought it to the forefront. it's been used for many years, some lawyers that i spoke to today by same-sex couples that weren't allowed to marry. so it was a way to be able to bequeath their goods to their partner. it's also been used to protect let's say long-time employees or
distant relatives. so while it's been used, i think for good, this is an occasion when it's being used, many people are saying, to shield his billions from the family of a man who it is alleged he mowed down and killed. >> his name is scott wilson. imagine what his poor family is going through right now. so you say it's legal in some states. what happens if he splits with the girlfriend? >> that's what's so interesting here. it's not -- it's unlike marriage. marriage as we know can be reversed pretty easily. not so the with adoption. so if they break up, she now stands to inherit many, many millions of dollars from him. it's something that legal experts are saying you know, this is just not done. but apparently, it's been done in this case and i don't know that it can really be kalged. >> and again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of that young man who as they said,
he left him there to drown in a drainage ditch. want to move on to a case, a california teacher accused of taking pictures of children bound and blindfolded with cockroaches. the los angeles times is reporting mark berndt can keep his pension for $4,000 a month and other biffs. how is that possible? >> this is remarkable. certainly when a teacher is terminated, they don't get to keep their pensions but this is a teacher who was a teacher for over 30 years and apparently because it took about a year for them to bring charges and there was a lot of discussion about his dismissal. he challenged that dismissal and then resigned before being terminated. therefore, he is allowed to collect almost $4,000 a month. of course, there's been such outrage here. the school district is trying to figure out a way to stop these payments but it's going to be very difficult because under the law, he is entitled to these
payments unless perhaps he secured his job by fraud. we know that that isn't true. so really a difficult position for the school district, but right now, they have to keep on paying him about $4,000 a month. if he's convicted, people are saying, perhaps that will change. but right now, not much can be done. >> that's my question. can the la unified school district create a rule to stop it or is it a done deal? >> i believe it's a done deal. i'm told that they are searching, of course, and researching all sorts of options to try to prevent what many people are saying is just an injustice here. right now the law is the law. there doesn't appear to be anything on the books that prevents him from collecting that $4,000 a month. >> sunny hostin is on the case. thank you, sunny. you see the little picture that's going to become a big picture. there it is. we can show it. there it is right there. any minute now, donald trump is expected to make what he calls a
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okay. as we have been reporting here on cnn, the donald, donald trump makingis choice for president and it's not himself. endorsing mitt romney. jim acosta standing by. >> we expect the two of them to come into this room in just a few moments. it's interesting because a lot of people are saying, what's the big deal about donald trump endorsing mitt romney? one is, we're just a couple of days, keep in mind, before the nevada caucuses which are on saturday and this swallows up a whole new cycle for mitt romney. that is good news for mitt romney, bad news for newt gingrich out here in nevada. other thing is that this potentially keeps donald trump on the sidelines in a 2012 race
remember, donald trump has said repeatedly in the last several months that he may decide to run as an independent for president. well, earlier this afternoon, he came into this room, talked to a few reporters including myself and said if mitt romney is the nominee for the republican party, donald trump will not run for president. trump about some of the comments he's made about mitt romney in the past. here's a few moments what he had to say a little while ago. >> it sounds like you've had a change of heart about mitt romney. you haven't also said many complimentary things about him. >> i never knew him. i knew of him and i respected him but i really got to know him over the last few months. i've had numerous meetings with him and really got to know him over the last few months. >> what did it for you? >> i think his general attitude but the last two debates were impressive. i thought he did really well, plus, he's the one person that really speaks strongly about china because china is ripping
the country like nobody is ripping the country. he's the one person that continuously mentions china and opec. >> reporter: now, about the stories in the last 24 hours that donald trump was going to come out and endorse newt gingrich, i can tell you from talking to somebody inside the romney campaign earlier this afternoon, they saw those reports and say they knew those reports were false. they were keeping quiet about all of this because they knew this endorsement was coming their way. >> can i ask you real quickly, my sheet says 3:00, donald trump. is this at a trump hotel? >> what's that? say that again. >> is this happening at a trump property? >> this is happening inside the donald trump hotel on the las vegas strip. an interesting side note, we're inside the trump hotel in las vegas. across the las vegas boulevard, across the strip is the venetian hotel owned by a big supporter for newt gingrich. a battle of the strip going on
right now between these two campaigns. >> of course, it's at a trump property. we've been hearing so much and people actually honest, people in social media are asking me, why does it matter? we've been saying that endorsements really don't matter. that months of polling will show you that. what's the big deal, jim? >> that's true. endorsements will show you that they don't matter very much. the polling does indicate that. but at the same time, keep in mind, coming out of florida, newt gingrich really could have used this endorsement. he came out of that primary very beat up and bruised. it was a tough loss for the former speaker down there in florida. had he gotten this endorsement because of donald trump's street cred inside the tea party, it would have given him a boost. would it have been enough to take the nevada caucuses, probably not. but it had have changed the conversation somewhat. fact that mitt romney was able to snatch that endorsement away from newt gingrich i think is a pretty big development. is it going to change this race fundamentally?
is it going to tip perhaps you know this race to mitt romney in the fall against barack obama? probably not. but in this very short time period between florida and nevada when every day in this news cycle counts for each of these candidates, mitt romney being able to swallow up this entire news psych with donald trump is i think a rit consequential thing. >> stand by for donald. >> i'm standing by. >> thank you, sir. as we wait for that announcement, republicansening millions of dollars on a new campaign to attack president obama and they're picking one of his more controversial moves to high height. we're live at the white house. that's next. yeah, i'm married. does it matter?
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and laid off everyone. cost the taxpayers $535 million. solyndra is a black mark on president obama's record. and republicans won't let him forget it, launching multi million dollar ad campaigns to remind voters what happened. chief white house correspondent jessica yellin is on the case. jessica, there's plenty of bad economic news to hit the president on. why are they focusing so hard on this particular failure? >> right. outside republican outside groups have spent $9.4 million on solyndra ads since the fall, don, and the answer is it's called in politics attack the strength. let's look at the message and then we can talk about it. look at this. >> a big government fiasco infused with politics at every level. $500 million to solyndra, now bankrupt. >> investors raised campaign money for obama. the government gives solyndra half a billion in taxpayer money. >> president obama's view of a
free economy is to send your money to his friends. >> reporter: so don, on the face of it, it would seem ta they might be attacking, oh, what critics call government, big government, big spending. but really what the emotional message in all of this is from the conservative -- from conservatives driving this is that the president is scores well with undecided voters on ethics and honesty. they're trying to send a message that he's just a typical politician who does favors for his friends and is part of so-called "crony capitalism." >> how has the obama campaign responded to these attacks? >> well, they're well aware of the fact that this is an attempt to try to influence voters, undecided voters subtly while everybody seems to be focused on the republican candidates who are running in the primary. so they put out their very first ad of the obama campaign in response to the solyndra ads.
here's a piece of the obama first ad. >> the ads fact checkers say are not tethered to the facts. while government watchdogs called this effort unprecedented. >> the big take away for president obama defending the brand that he is an ethical and honest politician above all else is essential. some people, some democrats think that might be worth one or two points in november and that could decide the lakds, don. >> breessnooempts trending toda family feud involving actor tracy morgan has turned into a very public he said she said involving his own mother. that's next.
all right. it's happening right now. there you see donald trump, mitt romney and romney on the is taken. donald trump about to do his endorsement. let's listen in las vegas. >> and just a little while ago, i didn't even mention this, but the cbo chief in washington announced that unemployment is going up to 9.2% by sometime in january. so it's going to go up. and the growth rate is going to be at about 1%. so this just came out, not good news. it's my honor, real honor and privilege to be endorse mitt romney. i've gotten -- and by the way,
this is a great couple. you look at this couple. but mitt is tough. he's smart. he's sharp. he's not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country that we all love. so governor romney, go out and get 'em. you can do it. >> thank you. thank you. >> there are some things that you just can't imagine happening in your life. this is one of them. being in donald trump's magnificent hotel and having his endorsement is a delight. i'm so honored and pleased to have his endorsement and course, i'm looking for the endorsement of the people of nevada.
donald trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy, would to create jobs for the american people. he's done it here in nevada. he's done it across the country. he understands that our economy is facing threats from abroad. he's one of the few people who stood up and said you know what? china has been cheating. they've taken jobs from americans. they haven't played fair. we have to have a president who will stand up to cheaters. we believe in free trade and free enterprise but we don't believe in allowing people to cheat day in and day out. i'm going to work very, very hard to make sure that the people in this country have a brighter future than that being projects by the cbo. their analysis of what's going to happen and the future of america is driven by the policies they're seeing from a president who's failing. he's frequently telling us that he did not cause the recession and that's true. but he made it worse. and he paid the recovery long and tepid. the people here in nevada are
suffering. so many people have their homes underwater. it's extraordinary. and nevada leads the nation in a very negative way, which is if you look at foreclosures of the last 90 days, nevada is number one in the nation. this is a tough time for the people in nevada. i want to do everything in my power to get this economy going again so people can be in homes this can afford, so we can have the american people have rising incomes again and make sure that america stands strong around the world. we have a president who may be a nice guy but he is way over his head. he does not understand what it takes to get america working again and i do. i spent my life in the private sector, not quite as successful as this guy but sufficiently successful to understand what it takes to get america to be the most attractive place in the world for innovators entrepreneurs and job creators. i want perk to be the place people want to come and grow. and i will use all of my energy to get america working again to
help the people of this country have rising incomes, good jobs, and homes that are worth something again. so i want to say thank you to donald trump for his endorsement. it means a great deal to me to have endorsement of mr. trump and people across the country. we can't keep going down the road we're on. we have 0 dramatically change course. we have to restructure the way government interacts with people. our government's too big, it's too intrusive, it's placed to too great burdens on the people in this country. il dramatically change the way this government is working and stand up for our friends abroad and make sure america remains the shining city on the hill. thank you very much for your help and your en'doresment today and look forward to seeing you on the trail. >> live pictures from las vegas. you see mitt romney on stage with his wife and donald trump telling mitt romney today through an endorsement at least
you're hired as far as he is concerned. one rich guy to another very rich guy. donald trump addressed that. he said listen, i think it's great for the american people to see someone who has made a lot of money and added to employment in this country rather than unemployment. he said that was one reason he wanted to make the endorsement today. they're on stage now live in las live in las vegas. and if you want to hear what donald trump has to say about this more, and i'm sure there will be interesting comments as there always are, he'll be on with wolf blitzer in the situation room coming up at the top of the hour. so stay tuned. now this. first thing we talked about was food and how there would be more macaroni and cheese. >> trying to make everything last a little longer. >> once in the middle class, a family making more than 100 grand a year, suddenly loses it all. you'll hear what happened, how they get by and how your life can change in one instant. that's next. as never been hacke.
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i'm sure suzanne will get his prediction, giants or patriots. let's see if he makes this move, as well. i want you to tebow, suzanne. now the economy and the staggering number of people who have lost their jobs. poppy harlow has been tracking families living this nightmare in an effort to bring attention to what so many americans are facing in this economy. >> had 401(k), savings plan, money here and there. we were doing fine. >> and how dramatic was the decline? >> it was almost instantaneous. >> reporter: unwilling to so he their faces on camera, but wanting to share their story, this new jersey family went from living on $130,000 a year to just about $15,000 now. >> we went completely off the charts. our decision is do we go out for a date or do we pay the electric bill. >> we don't have our home phony
more. it's definitely cooler in the house. >> quicker showers. amazing this is dinner. something wrong with it. >> reporter: this father watched as his fiction figure telecom job went to india. >> i remember the first time they told us about the situation. >> reporter: then the unemployment ran out. >> like the first thing we talked about was food and how we were going to eat more macaroni and cheese. >> reporter: and the savings went. >> trying to make everything last a little longer. >> reporter: do you wake up and wonder if today is the day that you'll get evicted? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: unable to sell their house, they stopped paying the mortgage. >> where i came out of was a white collar world. and the white collar world for two years or 2 1/2 years that i banged my head against it doesn't want me back. >> after a while when you keep getting all the news, you feel like what can you do, what good am i. >> reporter: now mom works part-time in a bakery for $9 an hour.
dad sells shoes. >> we have teenage salaries both of us running a home and a family. >> reporter: you united way calls it alice. asset limited income constrained and employed. in other words, the working poor. >> the people we know, they're the guy that works across the street and behind the meat counter, the mechanic who works on your car, the folks that take care of your kids, middle class families are more and more falling into this category of i can't make it. >> reporter: here in morris county, new jersey, about a quarter of the population falls somewhere between the poverty line and just getting by. and united way says it costs roughly $60,000 for a family four here just to make it. >> only one box really feeds like two, three people. >> reporter: wednesday evening at the food pantry. they've been coming for two years. >> it's never occurred to them that this could possibly happen to then. if i put a sticker on the forehead will of every client that comes here that works
within a enmile radius, you would be walking around and you would see all these people with big purple stickers on their he forehead. >> reporter: they're certainly not alone. but they're also not without hope. >> yeah, our family is stronger. we're stronger. you have to as a result of it. >> interesting report. poppy. she joins us now from new york. some of the long erm implications, people may not even realize. >> reporter: yeah. i think absolutely. what i learned talking to this cup he and what came to mind is if and when they get back on their feet, they're starting from scratch. no savings for retirement, no savings to send kids to college, likely for a lot of families in this situation, mountains of debt. so if they get back on their feet, they have to start from ground zero. another thing that stood out to me is what this has done to their friendships. the friends that they used to have that were on the same economic level as them now don't
understand what they're going through. they can't go out to dinner or on vacation. they can't do the same things their friends can, so it's broken a lot of friendships and that's something you don't think about a lot. >> and the kids. i understand the kids told you they have one wish for their parents. what is it? >> reporter: i think if all teenaged kids could be like these kids, this world would be a better place. they were so understanding. they want to send their parents on vacation. the mother has always wanted to go to the grand canyon. they said one thing would be to send them on vacation so they can just relax. it won't fix their problem, but it struck me. >> all right. follow up, let us know. great story. thank you. >> reporter: we will. let's tell what you is trending today. tracy more began in a family feud. his mother faces foreclosure and tells cnn she asked the comedian for money to help. morgan offered some cash but not as much as she needs.
now, morgan's sister says he needs to help. so their mother doesn't end up on the streets. morgan's mother told cnn she asked for money, but told a different story to our affiliate. listen. >> i don't see anything wrong for asking him for help, you know? it's not like i said, tracy, can i borrow $20,000 or can i borrow $10 or something like -- i don't ask for money. i asked him for some help. >> tracy morgan has given this statement to cnn. he said i am saddened that these untrue stories about me have people questioning my commitment to my family. we all have personal family issues that we have to deal with in life, but i choose to deal with mine in private and not through the media. again, that is coming from tracy morgan. he's responding to, you know what, i want to deal with this privately. he says he's