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shutdown. thanks for watching "around the world." cnn newsroom with wolf blitzer starts right now. starts right now. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com right now obama care opponents are shifting attention back to the health care law now that the fiscal showdown has ended. some are calling for a cabinet member to resign because of all the problems with the website. right now, republican members of congress have all left capitol hill. they're back in their home districts trying to explain the shutdown to their constituents. but how will that message play in peoria and in houston and in miami? and right now, the markets are just barely rising since the u.s. has averted hitting the debt ceiling for now. investors can now turn their attention to earnings. hello, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we begin with the fiscal stalemate. it may have ended, but the issue
that triggered the standoff is now the front and center once again. we're talking about obama care. republicans bent on trying to do away with the health care law are calling for hearings next week and they're calling for health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius to step down. the website for people to enroll in health care exchanges has been plagued by major problems. the chairman of the house energy and commerce committee is demanding answers. representative fred upton says the american people deserve to know what caused this mess. delays in technical failures have reached epidemic proportions. our senior white house correspondent brianna kilar is standing by over at the white house. what is the obama administration saying about these republican calls, if you will, for sebelius to resign for someone 0 to be held accountable for the website problems? >> so far they're kind of brushing them aside. it might be that we wait till the situation is resolved before we get the real answer to that. but they're emphasizing that this is a near-term problem.
jay carney said yesterday in the briefing it's just day 17. now we're into 1 of a 182-day process because enrollment does go through march. he kept saying that the website is not obama care, that basically obama care shouldn't be judged just by this website. but no doubt, this is very embarrassing. this is a failure. you've heard from robert gibbs, the former white house press secretary saying as much and saying that someone should be fired. i asked carney yesterday be whether someone may be held accountable. here's what he said. >> he said he wants it at 100%. so when do we see that, and who's held accountable for the failure of it? >> i think that the people who are responsible for making it work are hard at work fixing the problems that need to be fixed. and that is the focus of the president's attention and the attention of those at hhs and cms who are working on this. and the president wants the work done so that the consumer experience is improved.
>> and as you noted, wolf, republicans have been seizing on this. they say this is just proof that the individual mandate should be delayed or that obama care all together should be scrapped. we're expecting hearings on this. but something else that's interesting is because the shutdown and the debt ceiling threat was such a huge story, a lot of the issues with obama care that certainly republicans would have liked to highlight kind of got lost in all of that, wolf. >> brianna, on a very different subject, two hours or so from now, the president is going to nominate jay johnson, the pentagon's top lawyer to be the next homeland security secretary, you can seeding janet napolitano. is the is white house anticipating any confirmation problems for johnson? >> i think ultimately they don't think the there are going to be any problems. i think we could see certainly some tough questions when he comes before the senate judiciary committee, wolf. there are already some senior republicans on that committee raising concerns. we've heard from jeff sessions,
the ranking republican. we've heard from john cornyn, another senior republican on the committee who is also the senator of a border state of texas. the concerns they raise is johnson doesn't have management experience and he doesn't have law enforcement experience. he does, as the former top lawyer for the pentagon, wolf, have some management experience. there are 10,000 military and civilian attorneys beneath him, but he really had a lot more to do with terrorism. identifying certain al qaeda targets and if it was okay for the u.s. to pursue them to kill them. so happy he really has a lot of experience with terrorism. i think since you're seeing immigration reform going to be something president obama is pushing, we expect that to be a bit of a partisan fight that you're hearing from republicans who are sort of honing in on really the issue of border enforcement and when it comes to things like immigration enforcement. >> we expect the announcement at the top of the next hour, isn't that right, brianna. >> yeah, that's right, wolf.
>> 2:00 p.m. eastern live coverage here on cnn. brianna keilar, thanks very much. the shutdown and near default put the spotlight on divisions inside the republican party. the american people have are taken notice. that accounts for pretty low poll numbers. let's take a closer look at what the lies ahead. we've got some midterm elections seemingly right around the corner, and then of course, a presidential contest in 2016. our chief national correspondent john king at the magic wall. break it down for us what we're looking at over the next two election cycles presumably for the gop right now. >> you have the internal fight in the republican party and then you have the parallel universe between the president of the united states and his republican critics, especially the most conservative tea party members of the house. we watched this play out both sides, the president and house republicans saying we are representing the american people. here's what the president thinks. this is a little more than a year ago when the president won re-election, he was a constitutional law professor.
he think thes the question of obama care is asked and answered because mitt romney promised to repeal it. look, the president won big. so the president says i won this debate. it should have been over. but house republicans especially the most conservative house republicans, look where they live. they live in red america. this is county by county across the united states in the presidential level. mitt romney won more counties than president obama. i'm going to switch this to the house races in 2012. this is the republican house majority. even as the president won re-election big, the republicans kept their majority jort in the house. part of the driving force in the debate has been a lot of these members think they speak for the people at least in their district back home and those people do want them to fight the president. let's deal with the shutdown question. it happened because republicans did not want to fund obama care. let me show you this. it started 0 republicans. they live all across the country but mostly if you look in red america, they wrote a letter to the speaker saying we will not support that continuing
resolution, the funding to keep the government open unless it strips money for obama care. 80 signatures on that letter despite all the olympic opinion polling showing the republican brand taking a beating, in the end when they voted on the compromise, only nine decided to switch and vote yes even though the continuing resolution did not defund obama care. 71 most conservatives, the base of the republican party they give the president headaches and speaker boehner, they voted no. >> all right, john. thank you very much. cnn has learned the former house speaker tom foley has died. foley served 15 terms as a democratic congressman from eastern washington state from 1965 to 1995. he was house speaker during the presidencies of presidents george h.w. bush and bill clinton. foley lost his re-election bid during the republican revolution as it was called back in 1994 becoming the first sitting house
speaker to lose since the civil war. the current house speaker john boehner released this statement. "fourth right and warmhearted tom foley endeared himself not only to the wheat farmers back home but also colleagues on both sides of the aisle. that had a lot to do with his solid sense of fairness which remains a model for any speaker or representative. with his passing the house loses one of his most devoted servants and the country loses a great statesman." tom foley was 84 years old. the government shutdown is over, but president obama says the economic effects could linger for a while. we'll talk with a former top economist to the president about the costs of the shutdown. [ male announcer ] if you can clear a crowd but not your nasal congestion, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®. powerful relief of nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. zyrtec-d®. at the pharmacy counter. and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill.
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we note that potential home buyers have gotten fewer mortgages and small business loans have been put on hold. we know that consumers have cut back on spending. and than half of all ceos say that the shutdown and the threat of shutdown set back their plans to hire over the next six months. >> austan goolsbee is a former chief economist for the president of the united states. he's joining us right now, formerly worked at the white house. he's an economics professor at the university of chicago right now. thanks for coming in. >> great to see you again, wolf. >> that $24 billion estimate that s&p put out how much it already cost the u.s. economy in 16 days, that's only part of the downside. the other part of the downside is they are lowering their estimate of fourth quarter growth. they thought it was going to be closer to 3%. now it will be 2%, maybe some suggesting under 2%. explain to our viewers potentially what a half a
percent lower growth means in terms of job creation. >> right. you hear half a percent, that doesn't say, well, it's not even a full percent. but remember, if the economy's growing 2%, that's kind of the threshold that if you're growing faster than 2%, unemployment's coming down. if you're growing slower than 2%, unemployment's likely going back up. we've been lovering right around 2%. so what they're talking about, this downgrade for the second half of the year when you combine it with what a meezally first half of the year we had, that could mean the difference between unemployment starting to inch back up again. so that would not be fun. >> a lot of economists and ceo types i've spoken with over the past few days, they're worried we've only kicked the can down the road till january or february. you could have another debt ceiling crisis in february. could you have another government shutdown crisis in january. and that deters folks from going out there, investing money,
creating new jobs, promoting the economy, if you will. do you buy that? >> yeah, look, they should be worried about that. i mean take the defendant's exhibit exhibit -- ceiling fight of 2011. we had the biggest drop in consumer confidence, the second biggest drop ever on record after only the collapse of lehman, bigger than iranian hostage crisis, bigger than 9/11, bigger than a whole lot of major events. and it took almost five months for consumer confidence levels to go back to even the kind of measly levels they were before the crisis began. so this time you again saw a big drop in confidence and if it's going to take four or five months to come back, there's every chance that we're back in the middle of another one of these fights before that even happens. so i am a little nervous and i hear the same thing from business leaders. they say whoa, what are you doing to us. we almost were back. >> what does it mean, as you
ten, if some of the credit rating agencies whether fitch, s&p, any of them downgrade the u.s. -- basically go ahead and downgrade the united states from its current aaa status to aa stat news what would that mean in terms of the average american watching right now as far as interest rates are concerned and their 401(k)s? >> realistically, i don't think that can downgrading would have much more than a symbolic impact. china an objection to the fact that the ratings agencies in. the u.s. has their own chinese rating agency is going to downgrade us. i think those are more symbolic because this is such a huge market. i don't think that itself would have an impact on interest rates. the thing that would have the impact on everyday people if you tried to get a mortgage, you want to buy a car is the closer they get and the more shenanigans they play with that debt ceiling, you will see the interest rates start going up as people who are buying bonds say
wait a minute, we thought that was the safest asset in the world. maybe it's not. that spills over into everybody else's interest rates because a lot of the banks hold those treasury bonds. >> you served in the white house when obama care was actually being created in the first term. did you ever imagine that the first hi-tech president, if you will, very savvy as far as technology is concerned, that there would be these enormous problems with the roll out of the obama care website, the first three weeks? >> you know, it's a fair point. i twhaent centrally involved in the health care. i think everybody anticipated if you look at previous big expansions of medicare or other health things like the medicare part d prescription drugs, that there would be glitches. what we're going to have to see is, is this more than just a i.t. problem of the first couple of weeks that will be sorted out? if it's sorted out within the
near future, i don't think that people will remember this as anything other than an early glitch. if it's going to last longer than that or be more pervasive than that, i think that would definitely be a problem. >> definitely be a problem. austan goolsbee, thanks for coming in. >> great to see you. >> austan goolsbee of the chicago business school. the former vice president dick cheney opening up about why he had a letter of resignation drawn up just days after he took the oath of office. our own dr. sanjay gupta spent some time with dick cheney. that's coming up. [ male announcer ] campbell's angus beef & dumplings. hearty cheeseburger. creamy thai style chicken with rice. mexican-style chicken tortilla. if you think campbell's 26 new soups sound good, imagine how they taste. m'm! m'm! good! i've got a big date, but my sinuses are acting up.
after decades in public office, the very private dick cheney is opening up about his health. at one point, he thought he was so close to death he said good-bye to his family members. the former vice president sat down with our own dr. sanjay gupta to talk about his revelations in his new book entitled "heart an american medical odyssey." >> most people have a pretty strong opinion about dick
cheney. but whatever you think of him, you may be surprised to know over the past 35 years, he's had five heart attacks, surgery, a heart pump and heart transplant. he ve he revealed all of this in a book. he was so concerned with his health at one point just two the months after taking the oath as vice president, he took this unprecedented action. >> basically, what i did was i resigned the vice presidency effective march 28th of 2001. >> so nearly for your entire time as vice president, there was a letter of resignation sitting there. >> pending >> cheney discovered there was no provision in the constitution to replace a vice president who is alive but incapacitated. so he drup up a letter of resignation to give to the president. >> it says in accordance with section 20 of title 3, of the united states code, i richard b. cheney, hereby resign the office of vice president of the united
states. >> how did president bush react when you told him about this? >> he was a little surprised. but he thought it was a good idea. >> we also spent time talking about the impact such significant disease had on his job, not only as vice president but also as secretary of defense and as a congressman. keep in mind, dick cheney had his first attack when he was just 37 years old. >> dr. sanjay gupta, thanks so much for that report. it's not every day you hear about a vice president who actually got drunk one night in the 2009 trying to buy twitter. but a new book entitled "hatching twitter," the author describes this scene at the st. regis hotel in san francisco when al gore met with the twitter co-founder evan williams and bizstone pouring copious amounts of wine and patron tequila. >> my partner joel hyatt and i back when i was with current tv which we founded tried to buy
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they're lowering the flags, have just lowered the flag on capitol hill toyota half-staff, tom foley the former speaker of the house has passed away. many members of congress have gone back home for the weekend. they're talking with their constituents about 9 government shutdown. their role in the near default and what comes next. one of those members of congress is the texas democrat sheila jackson lee. she's joining us from her home district in houston. thanks very much for coming in. >> wolf, it's a pleasure to be with you, and if i might offer my sympathy to the family of tom foley. he was a great american. we thank him for the service he gave to this nation. >> yeah. like you, i knew him and our deepest deepest condolences to his family. he was a wonderful, wonderful man. congressman, talk a little bit about this budget agreement,
that house and senate budget conferrees are trying to come up with by mid-december. they haven't done it in for or five years. how likely is it they'll be able to reach a deal, paul ryan, the chairman of the house budget committee, patty murray, the chair of the senate budget committee and all house and senate conferrees. is that doable? >> you know, wolf, the congress just experienced a self-inflicted wound. and as i'm in the district, i intend to not only tell the truth to my constituents but also give them hope. the budget conference committee's report is due december 13th has to be hopeful. and they have to realize that we put the nation and veterans and military personnel active duty and women and infant children and seniors and contractors and public employees, federal employees that are needed on the job through a manmade crisis, if you will. and with that as a backdrop and
the loss of $24 billion to our economy, i hope they are serious. and the democrats have been serious, as you well know, we took the 986 poison pill for many of us in terms of the funding for this government. i think there will be several issues that we very to confront. the sequester is not hurting democrats. it's hurting the nation. it's hurting growth. that really has to be addressed because it's like a hatchet. it cuts straight across. >> i'm sorry for interrupting but given the well-known differences let's say between someone like paul ryan how know well in the house of representatives and democrats like yourself or patty murray, are those differences on entitlement reform, tax reform, social security spending, medicare spending, stuff that is really, really important, are they bridgeable? >> well, i will tell you that it is painful for me to even think about cuts to the most needy and social security and medicare. however, what i think is important is for them to be
talking and present a proposal because our constituents want to see that. they want to see us fighting for high moral causes. obviously the one we just came out of was not. it was a political grandstanding that had no value. but if we have a moral fight, they understand it. but let's put a proposal forward because what americans most want to see is this great nation operating. i will say that democrats wants to see that and sheila jackson lee wants to see that on behalf of her constituents. i have hospitals that need dollars. i have researchers involved in research. i've got public employees at nasa johnson and many other that need the federal government to the operate. so here's my point, wolf. give us a proposal. talk about it. put it in writing. don't do what the supercommittee did which really ended all opportunity and it put us in the most jeopardizing position which is the across the board cuts which is mindless because it does not invest in growth. we need a transportation bill. we need to rebuild
infrastructure. so i say give us a proposal. >> here's when's worries me, and i assume probably worries you and a lot of other folks, as well. they failed to come up with a so-called grand bargain by december 13th and you know by mid-january, there could be another government shutdown. by early february, another debt ceiling crisis could emerge. the last thing we need is another battle over that. so the pressure is really enormous to come up with this deal. but i've studied paul ryan's views. i've studied patty murray's views, studied the president's views. it doesn't look like they're relatively even close on these matters. >> i think the overriding cloud in the sky or the overriding roof that's over everybody everybody ahead and it's a leaky roof is this miserable experience we mut the american people through for the last 17 days. if anyone wants to go through that again, i want to see their hand being raises. there are some voices that have said it. i think the leadership and
people of good conscience, people concerned about the greater good and really are patriots and who have said over and over again as i've said as a progressive, i love this country. it is the greatest nation in the world with all of the mountains and valleys. i think patty ryan and mcconnell and reid understand it. i can tell you that nancy pelosi the former speaker understands it and speaker boehner who said we ran a good race and we lost. >> what about your fellow texan ted cruz? >> well, i know leadership doesn't want to go through it. let me say this. it's a free country to express your view and the first amendment. but there's something about good common sense that is isolates voices that are strabed and strident. he has every right. i've met with him. i hope to work with him on issues for texas but he has every right to the speak decidently and to continue that sound of drums. but i tell you, i have every right to join with the majority and stand for the american
people and we're going to win this. we're not going to shut the government down. there may be a poison pill. i don't even want to speak what i might be willing to accept. we'll be in a lot of meetings huddled in a lot of meetings. but what i will say to you, it was so vial the experience, the words were so shrill, the comments about the president and faith and despicable comments about his faith or nonfaith, the carrying of the con if i had rat flag, the raising of tempers, i can tell you we do not want to the go through that again. i do think there is some discussions that may be very, very heady that may take a longer period of time. tax reform, maybe we'll have language on that issue. the entitlements is painful. but maybe there can be discussions that will reasonable heads will say it's a longer process to do. but if we can get an efficient budget that doesn't cut the head off everything that so many of us care about and the growth in
this nation and creating jobs, then there will be many of us who will be willing to listen. i can tell you as i go about my duties here in houston first congratulations and appreciation, that's wonderful to hear. certainly there there are other strident comments but they appreciate the fact that we stood fast. every democrat voted, every democratic member that night voted for that are sequester budget. i'm sorry that we didn't get more republicans, but republicans did do it, and i thank them. so if it has to be in that context, both on the house side and the senate side, i just think the backdrop of what we went through, worse than we ever went through previously and so i hope that will happen. >> one quick final question before i let you go. how angry, frustrated are you right now by this roll out of the obama care website? >> enormously frustrated. and prepared to roll up my sleeves if it's necessary and
get in the room and make sure that it works. i will tell you that i met with the navigators about 40 of them. maybe about 35 to 40, and i will tell you, they are all happy and they have experienced people who are desirous of getting the health insurance. that's a good sign. if we've got a crack in the armor, wolf, we just have to fix that crack. nobody is smiling about it. i this i it's fixable. we know google had glitches. this is more than a glitch. i know that. but i'm going to be going around in the district. we're planning a big enrollm in the november with three members of congress here in houston. we've seen people who said please, this is something i need. so we're not going to give up on this. but the glitch turned into a monster has to be fixed. >> should heads roll? >> i'm unhappy. and i know that the administration is, and i'm going to leave it to the president to be able to make the right decision on how this is fixed
and who has to fix it and then what other decisions may be made. i'll listen and determine how we address it. i hope we'll have some constructive discussions and hearings maybe to be helpful. see, i believe in being helpful because there are too many people waiting in line for health insurance. i hope right now, somebody's in a room right now addressing this and won't come out of that room for days and nights to come until they can get this up running. there are too many. people hurting and too many people need health insurance. >> sheila jackson lee, thanks very much congressman upton's commerce committee is going to be holding hearings on this website crisis going on. thanks so much for joining us. >> wolf, thank you for having me. coming up, the president's agenda. is he aiming too low? what about the republicans? can they get back to being unified? we'll answer those questions and more when we come back.
let's get some analysis where we go from here. jonathan is a writer and author, new yorker magazine. thanks very much for coming in. you've got a lot of good insight. can we avoid another crisis in january and february, or are begoing to go through this again early next year. >> i don't think we'll go through a crisis like before. i think republicans figured out that this is not a hostage they can shoot. this is not a bluff that they can pull off and make obama fold. so i don't think they're going to shut down the government and i don't think we'll have a debt ceiling crisis. if we can have normal construct stiv budgeting, that's a different question. we may it be lurching from day to day, live by the skin of your teeth, always on the end but won't be having these kind of crises. >> i remember when i covered the white house, after the government shutdown in early '86 that lasted 20 plus days, all of
a sudden, bill clinton got re-elected and he and newt gingrich really worked closely together, welfare reform, balanced budget for for our five years. impeachment was another story. on substantive issues they got some stuff done i think in part because of the shutdown. having learns the lesson of this all of experience, can john boehner and president obama work together and get something done for the country? >> i don't know. look, president obama was really trying on immigration reform. you had a handful of partners in the senate on the republican side willing to go along with that. i think some house republicans want to do that for their party. but so many republicans are so strongly against that bill, i think they're just going to try to the hide from it and stay away from it. the lowest common denominator is to get through the deal doing the least amount they can do. that's the way john boehner keeps his job from day to day. >> he allowed the vote to come up even though the hastert rule
was not in play. he didn't have a majority of the majority. he had a third of the majority on this vote. a few other times he allowed that to come up. if he allows that to go on down the road, the democrats will probably be in favor of something but a nice chunk of republicans will probably, as well. >> that's right. the problem is, when there's a deadline, a gun to his head metaphorically speaker, boehner has to act, then he'll get the democrats to pass the bill for him. but there's nothing forcing him to act on immigration and nothing forcing him on a broader kind of budget for the year. they can do what's called continuing resolutions. let's keep it going, let's keep the lights staying on and they can keep doing that in2ke68. >> every second term president worries about their legacy. i'm sure this president does. he's got three years left. what does he do now in the next three years? >> he's got a lot of administrative action on the environment. i think that's the big story. >> he mentioned yesterday the budget, he mentioned immigration, the farm bill.
i didn't hear anything about the environment. >> yesterday is what he wants congress to do. he can do the environment without congress. that's the attraction. >> you think that's going to be a legacy issue for him? >> i think that's the big move of the second term. >> he can doing that without congressional action. >> he can. the epa is moving forward. >> can he get any gun control legislation? >> nothing. >> so these are major issues. >> i never thought he could get gun control through. immigration is a possibility. maybe some kind of small budget deal where they get a little bit of cuts here, a little bit. >> entitlement reform, social security reform, medicare reform, the big ticket items as you will, tax reform, you think he's going to be able to do that within three years? >> no, he wants -- he wants the boles six son grand bargain. >> which he rejected at the time. >> he didn't reject. >> he didn't accept it. >> he didn't endorse it. he said let's talk about it. he didn't say this is my plan. he says let's do something like
that. you close tax loopholes and tax deductions and i'll give you cuts to medicare and social security. >> which will irritate a lot of his base. >> the republicans say no, zero. so obama is going to be saved from the split in his party by the republicans and has been saved by republcans for three, four years in a row because they won't touch that deal. >> jonathan chait, jonathan write writes for new york magazine. he writes well. it's a banner day for google and the s&p 500. both hit record highs. we're going to have a live report when we come back. [ male announcer ] this is claira. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for her, she's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with her all day to see how it goes. [ claira ] after the deliveries, i was okay. now the ciabatta is done and the pain is starting again. more pills? seriously? seriously. [ groans ] all these stops to take more pills can be a pain. can i get my aleve back? ♪
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enrollments are riddled with errors. brian todd has been following this for us. >> until now, most of the problems we have been hearing have been customers having problems logging in. now, as you mentioned, hearing problems on the insurance side. we got off the phone with an official with priority health, an insurance company in michigan. she tssaid they got three or fo submissions for one individual. this person hit submit over and over because he wasn't sure they were going through. early on, they had a lot of the duplicate problems. they are trying to streamline this, but this is now where you're hearing about problems on ininsurer's end rather than just the customer's end. faulty applications. the wall street journal reported with insurers, spouses are being reported as children. they showed an example that one customer successfully signed up
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but if you give him a mask, he will tell you the truth. >> hero or villain? it's the question many have asked about wick kileaks founde julian assange. now hollywood is entering the debate with "fifth estate." >> 12 million people have seen the video. >> it stars laurie liny, stanley tucci. >> we got on incredibly well. it was a really, beautiful, beautiful collaboration. he's so smart and so sensitive. >> the beautiful collaboration is with the film's director, bill condon, not the man he's playing. >> i also tried to get in contact with julian and meet him, but i got a firm rejection. >> firm, direct, and in writing. assange e-mailed him back in january calling the film negative, harmful, and toxic. quote, by meeting with you, i would validate this retched film and indorse the talented but debauched performance the script will force you to give. >> he thought the film was based
on two poisonous events he didn't want to condone by meeting me and he was concerned it was damaging to him and his organization. >> in the e-mail along with the script posted on wikileaks, he implores him to give up the role, writing you will be used as a hired gun to assume the appearance of the truth in order to assassinate it. i believe you should reconsider your involvement in this enterprise. >> this is information the world needs to know. >> he said he tried to reason back. >> i want to present all your complexity. i don't want to color you nice or bad. i want to play something true to the full spectrum of how you're perceived. >> assange, holed up in london to avoid an international arrest warrant, remains unmoved. speaking to abc's "this week." >> i know he tried to ameliorate some of the worst elements of the script, but unfortunately, with limited success. >> as for the film's success, it
hits theaters this weekend, but like assange, critics have been mostly unkind. >> that's what they're afraid of. >> cnn, los angeles. last weekend, i saw a good movie called "rush." if you like that kind of film, go see it. that's it for me, the movie critic, wolf blitzer. i'll be book at 5:00 p.m. on "the situation room." the news continues right now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you very much. i'm brooke baldwin. happy friday to you. we'll start our hour here at the white house. live event coming to us moments from now. take a look at who we will soon be seeing. this is jay johnson. he spells his name j-e-h, jeh johnson. pictures, people trickling in there. he will be in a matter of seconds here, nominated to lead the massive department of
homeland security. remember, that is the scrawling federal agency created after 9/11 to prevent and respond to emergencies such as terror attacks. so huge, huge job. who is jeh johnson? take a look at the bullet points. a 56-year-old man, a career lawyer. first federal prosecutor, and then partner at a prestigious firm in new york. from 2009 to 2012, he was pentagon general counsel, so in that job, he wrote legal justifications for drone strikes against terrorists. and also for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the u.s. military. jeh johnson is married. he has two kids. he is active in party politics, serving as a fund-raiser and adviser to both the john kerry and barack obama campaigns for president. b