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back here tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. eastern. until then, i want you to check out this cool interactive tool at it's on why the debt ceiling matters to you. really explains how the american economy works. it's worth a look. see you tomorrow. hello, en. you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm fredericka whitfield. good to see you on the launch of the 2:30 eastern hour. let's get started in washington where we saw some action today around government -- the got shutdown crisis. the house passing a bill to approve backpay for federal workers who had been furloughed but the larger issue of ending the shutdown is still hanging over washington. joe daugherty is live for us at the white house. jill, what have we heard from the president today? >> well, we had the radio address and he talked about
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stories, letters that he's gotten from average americans who are being effected by this. obviously negatively. and he made that same statement that it's time to end this and he would argue it can be ended very quickly. so in an interview with ap, the associated press, he said, we can vote to open the government today, but then he blamed it on john boehner, the speaker of the house, once again saying, we know there are enough members in the house of representatives, both democrats and republicans, who are prepared to vote to reopen the government. the only thing that's keeping that from happening is speaker boehner and he's made a decision, the president argues, to hold out to see if he can get additional concessions. so that sounds very much like what we've been hearing for quite a while. up on capitol hill where you had some movement getting backpay for furloughed workers, it's
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piecemeal, that the white house, even though they support that, would say they don't want pooes piecemeal. they want the whole budget. >> all right. yeah, the president saying he likes the idea of the backpay for furloughed government workers but no piecemeal measures in any other fashion. thanks so much. jill daugherty at the white house. appreciate, let's go to capitol hill now, the house unanimously approve that backpay bill today but the agreement ends there. athena jones is joining me live now from capitol hill. the house is voting and then is the senate convening today? >> well, the senate is in session, fred, but they're not scheduling by votes for today. right now it's unclear when they may take up this bill for backpay for four lowed workers. we know the president has said he will sign up but we don't know when it might get to his desk. when the senate will take it up just yet. they are in session.
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speeches on the floor. the big action took place here on the house side. afterwards we had a chance to speak with and hear from both house democrats and house republicans. let's listen to house democrat steve israel from new york describe how he sees this back an forth when democrats and house republicans. let's take a listen. >> in this game of ping-pong that john boehner is playing, his side of the ping-pong table is getting smaller and smaller and smaller. he keeps creating excuses not to vote. we keep taking those excuses away from him as we have today. and it's simply time to vote. >> so there you heard congressman israel echoing what you heard from jill, in democratic argument it's just time to sbring us spending bill, opening the doors of the entire government to the house floor for a vote. he's referring -- he just said that he took away speaker boehner's excuses again today. he's referring to a letter that
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200 democrats signed and sent to speaker boehner reaffirming their position that it's time to bring this bill to the floor for a vote and they believe there's enough support from republicans to pass that bill. and then we'll sit down and talk. that's t not what house republicans want to hear. listen to what house majority leader eric cantor had to say after the vote this morning. >> what we are looking at here, again, is an administration, a president, that seems to be unwilling to sit down and talk with us. we have a majority leader in the senate that seems unwilling to sit down and work out our differences. and, you know, it's really, if you think about it, it doesn't make any sense. >> so there you heard the argument from the republican side. they say that they are the ones being reasonable here. let's sit down and negotiate on all of these issues. the democrats saying let's pass these bills first. get the government running again and then talk. i should mention one development that we've heard from our own
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gloria borger who said that one idea that's being floated around is this idea of a six-week spending bill, so a bill to get the government running again for six weeks, and paired with a raising of the debt ceiling. that could give them room to sit down and have the negotiations that republicans have been demanding. that's just an idea that's kind of floating around. we don't yet know how much traction it's going to get. fred? >> thanks so much. perhaps we will be hearing more about that later on. let's talk about something else that's gotten a lot of attention. it involves new york. new york city police now wanting your help in finding this man who is wanted for questioning in connection with that clash between the group of bikers and the driver of an suv. margaret conley is covering this for us from new york. two bikers turned themselves in. one has been charged. what more can you tell us?
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>> fred, it happened right here. the suv driver, he was trying to get away from the bikers. he pulled off the freeway at west 178th street and this is where the most violent parts of the incident took place. now, two bikers, they are in custody right now. one has been charged. the police are still looking for another biker as they try to piece together the rest of this investigation. the motorcyclist seen here who repeatedly smashed this car window using his helmet with a family trapped inside has been identified. authorities have also found the motorcyclist who shot this helmet cam video showing how the incident escalated from the start. they were driving an suv with his family here on manhattan's west side high why. according to police he struck a motorcycle that had slowed in front of him slightly injuring the rider. that's when other motorcyclists surrounded him the the bikers hit and sparked the car's tires. as he escaped his koran into three more bikers including one
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who was critically injured. that's when the motorcyclists gave chase, cornering the suv and then beating and slashing him in front of his wife and 2-year-old daughter. we returned to the scene with retired police officer and asked him how things went so wrong. >> they shut this road down. >> reporter: he puts the blame on the motorcyclists. >> see him? just driving normally in the center lane. nothing really dramatic. we're about to see this motorcycle operator pull in front. he's going to slow down and turn and look back at him. now, i'm just curious. what precisely were you thinking at that moment that you thought that that would be appropriate? >> could the suv driver have done anything differently? >> in my opinion, he was in fear for his life. he had a baby in the car. i don't think that he believed he had any other option. >> so if someone, the average person is driving down the freeway and this happens to them, what's the advice that you would give to them? >> call 911, number one, and just basically try to yield the
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right of way to these bikes. the issue here is really the volume of motorcycles. the issue here is the operation of these motorcycles. >> with that off-duty police officer was on the scene. he was riding his bike in the group. but there are a lot of questions right now for this possible key witness about why it took him four days to come forward. this happened on sunday. he came to police on wednesday. fred? >> thanks so much, margaret conley there in new york. appreciate that. let's talk about some crazy weather taking place. a storm slamming parts of the plains states overnight. there are reports of as many as 18 tornadoes touching down in three states. iowa, south dakota, and nebraska. in wayne, nebraska, as many as a dozen homes were destroyed in the storm. unfortunately no one was killed.
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the storm also knocked out power to half the residents of rapid city, south dakota. a little further north, some states got a dumping of snow. parts of south dakota saw more than 30 inches of snow. that's unbeliefable. here's a look at the mess in rapid city. things weren't much better in other parts of wyoming where blowing snow created blizzard like conditions for drivers. so a tornado, blizzard, aren't enough that we've got in a tropical storm out in the gulf, as well. no longer a danger to becoming a hurricane but residents along the gulf coast are still being warned. cnn's chad myers is here with more on this. so tropical storm, might it dissipate into a depression or is it still threatening as a tropical storm? >> you know, i've seen storms get stronger over swamps. literally. and the bayou of southern louisiana is just that, it's wet. it's not dry land where storms usually die. you get a storm to move in on
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mexico and it's a desert and this storm is destined to die. actually it doesn't make any sense. i know the clouds are here but the center is way over here. if this storm decides that it's taking its sweet old time right through here it can still develop into something a little bit bigger. that's not the forecast but it can happen. forecasts are up and down, left and right. you know the whole deal. 40 miles per hour. it's going to move over land, over areas this summer that have picked up so much rainfall. do i have to tell you, fred, how much rain we've had this summer? >> a lot. >> oall of these trees are sitting in mud. the roots are just sitting there and waiting to fall over. if that happens, power lines are going to come down. here's the forecast for tomorrow morning. not that far south in new orleans. up towards pensacola. here's a shot from pensacola. you would think, wow, this must be terrible, must look awful because a hurricane is coming. it's a hurricane. it's not. tropical storm it might not do that at all when it gets there.
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might just be a 30-mile-an-hour wind maker. clouds, wind, people are still enjoying it. this is why all of those ships crashed back in the 17 and 1600 was all of that gold and silver on board because it was very pleasant the day before a big storm. a storm is coming. it's not a big storm but it's coming for pensacola beach and mobile and gulf port for tomorrow. >> hopefully it won't do any damage. no significant damage. a lot of rain but no damage please. thanks so much, chad. all right. later, we'll head further west on the gulf coast to find out how they're getting ready for this impending storm and find out how they're bracing. and day five of the government shutdown. federal workers staying home but they're not the only ones suffering. copd makes it hard to breathe... but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can help make this a great block party. ♪ [ male announcer ] advair is clinically proven
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>> we have liftoff. >> reporter: lockheed martin is one of the world's top aerospace korgs corporations employing $16,000 people, many on government projects. so the company is scrambling telling people who now nompl ali work at now closed government offices to go to other lockheed buildings or work from home. while the company braces for whatever is coming next. in a written statement saying, any effect on lockheed martin and its employees depends on individual contract terms and, of course, on the length of the shutdown. far beyond washington and dozens of states with federal offices the ripples are not just hitting civil servants but private companies that rely on trade with the government. >> a terrible thing. it's a terrible situation. >> reporter: colorado, for example, is home to a large number of federal research labs studying energy, the climate, wide life, and more. they directly employ nearly,000 people. the university of colorado study
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found that pours $1.2 billion a year into the state's economy. that money is not flowing now. >> they spend their paychecks in their communities. they spend money at restaurants on rents, car payments, entertainment. >> reporter: some companies with longer-term business cycles say they can wait to see what happens but at city view bar and grill in baltimore the impact has been immediate. it's close to a huge social security office and the lunch crowd has been hijacked. >> the last three or four days, it's very difficult. if you continue, i'm noting go to be able to survive. >> it is difficult to calculate how many jobs in the private sector may be effected if this goes on. but just to make it a little bit harder, the people in the government changed with counting such things, they're not working either. tom foreman, cnn, washington. and dr. sanjay gupta is getting answers to some of your questions about the affordable
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residents are still being braced for some serious stormy weather. cnn's john zarrella is on the road for us near destin, florida, giving us his point of view there. out side the windshield there. lo looks like a lot of folks are heading in the right direction you are but no one looks like they're panicking. >> no, they certainly aren't. you can tell, fredericka, we're out here just along the road here. highway 98. going across a bridge here that takes you right into destin, florida. now, you know, i remember back in '95 hurricane opal through here. there were boats on this road. but that was a major category 3 hurricane. nothing like that with karen. so we're fortunate about that as we head over this bridge here you can see destin's just on the other side of the bridge. a lot of people on the beach. we've got a static camera. we can give you a shot of the beach and across the water and we can see from here a lot of
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boats that are in safe harbor on the other side. that's a good thing. not too many boats out on the water but there are a few. but all the businesses are open. nobody boarded up that we've seen anywhere. so people getting this weekend in without concern. but by tomorrow, expect certainly here later in the day rain, some wind, and even panama city and appalachia cola and st. marks. all of the way back to tallahass tallahassee, rain and wind. certainly the story will be the rain and potential coastal fl d flooding because all of this is very, very low lying area. now you can see we're driving back into destin. see all the traffic on the road here. again, everybody is out having a good time this weekend. and, but, they've all got one eye on the gulf just in case. making sure that this storm doesn't do anything funny,
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fredericka. and doesn't become anything more than what the frooorecasters sat will be, a weak tropical storm as it makes its way ashore. >> a big soaker. let's hope it's nothing more than that. john zarrella, appreciate that. a pretty nasty legal case up ahead. a newlywed facing new charges in the death of her husband. he died after he fell off a cliff. and she is accuse odd pushing him. life with crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis is a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps end our night before it even starts? what if i eat the wrong thing? what if? what if i suddenly have to go? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers you need, talk to your doctor and visit
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hd the stakes just got higher for a woman accuse of pushing her husband over a cliff a few days after they were married. cnn's casey wyan has that update for us. >> fred, a not guilty plea to first degree murder charges for alleged newlywed killer jordan graham. prosecutors originally charged
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montana newlywed for second degree murder for pushing her husband off this cliff in glaser national park. now a grand jury has added a charge of premeditated first degree murder which carries a minimum sentes tnce of life in prison. the couple was only married for eight days when they got into a fight on july 7th. still upset they decided to take a hike where the fighting continued. things got physical and johnson pushed her husband in the back, sending him face first off the cliff. prosecutors say graham admitted nine days later to pushing johnson off the cliff in a fit of anger. he defense attorney says it was all an accident and following her arrest last month graham was allowed to live here with her parents under home confinement where she remains today. they have known graham since childhood. levi introduced the couple. levi says the bride-to-be was acting strangely before they walked down the aisle. >> she was crying hysterically
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before she even got to the alter. there was no joy that she was about to get married. >> reporter: after her husband's death they noticed more strange behavior from the widow'd bride. >> whenever i saw her she was just herself. nothing happened. no emotion, nothing. it was her same old life. so we always had that little bit in the back of our minds saying she may be involved. >> reporter: graham also is charge with making false statements about her husband's death to authorities forcocting about a trip to the park with out of town guests. her attorney calls the murder charges represent prehence i believe. it's the top of the hour now. and fredericka whitfield looking at our top storys we're following for you. new developments in that biker attack investigation. two of the bikers are now in custody. and we've learned one member of the group might have been an undercover police officer.
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if that was the case, why didn't that person do something? plus, the gulf coast bracing for impact. tropical storm karen is expected to strike this weekend. and we're talking with martina, martina of the tennis legend has taken up a new cause. let's get started. in washington the house unanimously approves a bill today to give backpay to furloughed federal workers. athena jones is joining me live now from capitol hill. it was unanimous, right? is there any hope that there might be some momentum into something bigger and broader? >> hi. i wish i could say so. you know, this vote cleared the house several hours ago. now the house has adjourned. the senate is in session for an hour or so more and there are not any votes scheduled. it's unclear when that bill will head over to senate. we know it's something the
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president has said he supports. but really it's the only small positive development we've seen in the last couple of days in terms of something getting lots of bipartisan support. i'll show you what house majority leader eric cantor said after this vote. he is urging if there's a support by democrats why isn't there support from the other smaller spending bills. house republicans have passed in the last week. let's listen to what he had to say. >> what about the vets? do the democrats not feel it's important to make sure the pain is eased on them? what about the sick children that need access to clinical trials, is it not as important to ease the pain of the shutdown for them? or is it just the federal employees that the democratic minority thinks is important? >> and so leader cantor is talking about smaller funding bills to fund the veterans administration, national parks, and for instance the national institutes of health so that people can have access to clal


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