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for your safety and even your gas prices. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." heavy rain and snow, frigid temperatures and deadly road conditions all on the move and threatening to disrupt thanksgiving travel plans for millions of americans. a dozen people have died in road accidents, hundreds of flights have been canceled, hundreds of others are facing long delays all during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. cnn's renee marsh is at reagan national airport in d.c. we begin with our meteorologist chad myers at the cnn severe weather center. chad, what do our viewers need to know, especially those who are thinking of traveling this week? >> gulf of mexico moisture is going to try to run on top of canadian cold air that has run down into america. those two things don't like to happen at the same time. this rain now in the gulf coast
states will turn into snow and -- it already turned into some ice for denver, dallas last night. better now. planes are flying, don't get me wrong. 5,800 planes. should be about 6,000 but they're still flying. the deal is when it gets up here into this cold air, when that moisture from the gulf of mexico gets here, we are going to have watches and warnings all the way from canada all the way south even into virginia. we even have watches already posted right now. all because of this, that gulf of mexico humidity, moisture, whatever you want to call it. kind of like a conveyor belt. know how you put a box on a conveyor belt and it ends up higher or lower depending where you want to send it? this is sending cold air into ohio, virginia, kentucky, all going to be part of this, as the low turns to the north, it will rain a lot in atlanta tomorrow, big, big delays in atlanta with low clouds tomorrow -- i mean, could be a couple of hours. then by tomorrow night, 6:00 tomorrow night, it's raining in new york and this is the key. it's raining in all the big
cities. i-95 is just wet. but if you're going east to west from the rain into the ice, into the snow, this is going to be the problem. you are going to run from new york city over to state college, pennsylvania, it's going to be an icy mess. pittsburgh, again, ice. rochester, west virginia, eastern ohio, all the way down into west virginia, all of these highways, all of the roadways are going to be if not stopped, very, very slow. and the wind is going to be in the northeast. although it's just going to rain in new york city, it will be the wind that will really slow things down. winds in new york city could be 40 miles per hour. we were just discussing whether the big snoopy balloons in the big macy's day parade will actually be flying. they may have to make a big call that morning to see if the winds are just too strong. >> awful timing for rough weather, this week especially. chad, thanks very much. let's head to reagan national airport here in washington. our aviation correspondent, renee marsh, is standing by there. what's going on? what are you seeing?
what do we anticipate? >> reporter: well, this is the situation. you've got your bags packed, you bought your ticket and now it's that nail-biting wait for millions of americans, will their flight actually take off. that's the big question. so what are airports and airlines doing behind the scenes to make a bad situation better? we asked that very question today. airports say that they have been preparing for this kind of bad weather for months now. airlines in the meantime, they are tracking this storm very closely around the clock. they are protectively notifying customers if it's necessary. they are precanceling flights as well. we saw that american airlines, they precanceled hundreds of flights and are doing all of that just to ensure that these travelers aren't stuck at airports for the holidays. we also know that they are monitoring minute by minute all the flights in the air in their command center and are measuring that up against the weather conditions and that is when they're making the decision
whether to cancel these flights. take a listen. >> we have very rigorous checklists and coordination plans, communication plans, so we bring out our checklists, activate our incident response team. it's actually a very coordinated effort and you can call this the nerve center of the airline where we're able to bring all the groups together and then each of our airports is -- has a center of their own so that we're able to disseminate the information, make the best possible decisions, you know, getting the aircraft out of the severe weather zones. >> before it even got cold, we had folks training and refreshing their use of the snow plows and unique airfield snow equipment that we use here. we purchased all the de-icing fluid and solid materials that we would need to use throughout a winter period. >> reporter: so you look at
those radars, it looks really scary, especially if you have holiday plans and you want to make sure you get to your destination. but many of the airports that we spoke to here on the east coast, specifically right here in washington as well as some airports in the buffalo, new york area, they say they do expect delays this holiday. however, they don't expect that it would create a disruption that they would in turn have to shut down the airport. so a silver lining there for travelers but they still do expect the delays so be prepared for that. >> let's hope it's not too bad. thanks very much for that. to find out what really goes on at the world's busiest airports, a team of more than 30 cnn journalists is uncovering some amazing and moving stories, this time at hartsfield-jackson international airport. you can see them at cnn.com/atl 24. there's some breaking news we're following. connecticut authorities have just released their final report on the massacre at the sandy
hook elementary school, almost one year ago. cnn national correspondent susan candiotti has been going through the report for us. what does the report say in a nutshell? >> reporter: well, first of all, it tells us that he acted alone, that they have found no evidence that anyone helped him plan this or helped him carry it out. and also, that there is still no clear motive. at this very day, until this very day, as to why he did it and why he chose sandy hook elementary but for the first time, they are seeing photographs taken inside the school, the aftermath. you are not going to see any actual crime scene pictures, but first of all, you do see, remember when he made entry to the school, he shot at least six to eight times to get through a glass window. there it is right there. to make his way into the school before he began his shooting spree, taking the lives of 20 children and two adults. then later on, killing himself. and we also see a picture of the
bushmaster, that assault style rifle that he used to carry out these killings that day before taking his own life with a hand gun. but we're also seeing for the first time pictures inside the house, inside the house and some of the things they found. for example, we learned from this report that he was obsessed with -- we know he played some violent video games but also like super mario brothers. you should see his bedroom with all the windows taped shut with black garbage bags over them to keep out the light. we see that he also had a gun locker inside that house as well. all the guns legally purchased, according to prosecutors in their report. and we also know that he was obsessed with a game called "dance dance revolution" so much so that he would play it at least three times a week at a local theater near where he lived, where they actually show this game in the lobby, where you dance. you dance to music, you touch the floor, a very popular game. and exhibited a lot of odd behaviors as well. he liked to change his clothes
constantly, so much so that his mother was constantly cleaning his clothes as well. he disliked holidays. he didn't like light. de not like to be touched. he also didn't allow a cat in the room, no christmas tree was allowed to be put up for the holidays. his mother was not allowed in the room, or anyone else, for that matter. wolf? >> all right. thanks very much, susan candiotti with the latest on that. almost one year exactly since that horrible, horrible day. up next, secret talks between the u.s. and iran revealed. we're learning new details about what it took to reach this historic nuclear agreement with iran. and critics are slamming the deal. the president's deputy national security advisor is here in "the situation room." he will defend it, coming up. you really love, what would you do?" ♪ [ woman ] i'd be a writer. [ man ] i'd be a baker. [ woman ] i wanna be a pie maker. [ man ] i wanna be a pilot. [ woman ] i'd be an architect.
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we're learning fascinating new details about what was going on behind the scenes in the months and even in the hours leading up to this weekend's historic nuclear deal with iran. right down to the pizza that was ordered, the chocolates secretary of state john kerry shared that day, the day the deal was struck. let's bring in our chief national security correspondent, jim sciutto. he's in geneva with all the details. walk us through what happened, jim. >> reporter: well, we had this impression that these talks were a staid affair over the last month but it turns out they go back months to march, secret talks between u.s. and iranian officials and that the drama went right up to the final hours. secretary of state john kerry saying he wasn't sure a deal would be signed until after midnight on sunday morning and that there was one final meeting between him and the iranian
foreign minister, a make or break meeting before this landmark deal came to be. the landmark nuclear deal was signed and celebrated in public in geneva but was first negotiated in secret, including talks far away in ohman between u.s. and iranian officials. secretary of state john kerry made the first outreach while he was still a senator and right up to the final moments for breaks for pizza and chocolates, he wasn't sure a deal would happen. the agreement puts unprecedented limits on iran's nuclear program, restricts enrichment of uranium well below that necessary to build a nuclear bomb, dilutes or converts the existing stockpile of enriched uranium and iran allows daily inspections of sites. in exchange, the west will free up some iranian assets frozen overseas and relax some
sanctions including those on gold sales and airplane parts. in all, about $7 billion in relief. the president defended the deal this afternoon. >> international inspectors will have unprecedented access to iran's nuclear related facilities so this will help iran from building a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: the agreement will ask for only six months, pressing the pause button on iran's nuclear program but not deleting it. a point that critics of the deal say sounds ominously familiar. in the 1990s, north korea agreed to freeze its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, but they broke their promises and in 2006, shocked the world by conducting their first of three nuclear tests. >> i have seen a movie like this before called north korea. it did not end well. i don't think this, what does this deal accomplish in terms of the end game? the end game is to dismantle the plutonium reactor. the end game should be to stop enrichment. this still allows 18,000 centrifuges to stay in place. >> reporter: administration
officials counter there is unprecedented verification in the deal that would uncover any cheating immediately. the administration will launch an aggressive outreach campaign on the hill. secretary of state john kerry will be on the phone with members of congress this week, even during the thanksgiving break, and in person right after the thanksgiving break ends to build support, despite that stiff opposition. but still, it's going to be a tall order. >> certainly is. thanks very much, jim sciutto in geneva. let's bring in the president's deputy national security advisor joining us from the white house. tony, thanks very much for coming in. >> thanks for having me. >> now that the agreement was signed early sunday morning, geneva time, when will the sanctions actually start being lifted, those sanctions that are going to be lifted for the iranians? >> first of all, what's important to understand with regard to sanctions is throughout the six-month period, all of the core sanctions stay in place and indeed, continue to be implemented. the oil sanctions, the banking sanctions, the pressure on iran
will actually continue to grow. they will get some modest and very controlled relief that will be doled out over the six months to make sure they are making good on their commitments and that process will start probably sometime around the new year. >> $7 billion they will get over the next six months, they will begin to feel some of the benefits early, early in the new year, not in december. >> oh, that's right. at the earliest. but keep in mind, wolf, iran has about $100 billion around the world that is locked up in bank accounts that it can't access because of the sanctions. that amount will stay there and indeed, it will increase because the amount of oil that they're allowed to sell under the sanctions, the proceeds from that go into the same accounts and so that amount will grow. at the same time, they will be getting about $4.2 billion over six months from those accounts in a very controlled way. so when you put this in the context of the amount of money that will continue to be out of their reach, it's a very small amount. it won't have a material impact
on their economy. >> you heard jim sciutto's report from geneva. he said there has actually been secret u.s./iranian negotiations under way, including going back for months. when did those talks begin? >> wolf, we have long said that we would welcome having bilateral contacts with iran and throughout the years, there have been various contacts and conversations, but we also said very clearly that if any of those contacts got to the point where contacts turned into discussions and discussions turned into negotiations, then we would make sure that all of our partners knew exactly what was going on, including the p5, including partners like israel, and that's what happened just a few weeks ago. >> but for months, you had secret negotiations under way, high level state department officials traveling to meet with high level iranian officials, right? >> what we had were contacts to see if there was a basis for having a discussion, for having a negotiation and when we got to the point that in fact, the
iranians made it clear they were prepared to have a real discussion and real negotiation, at that point, all of this got channeled through the p-5 plus 1 process. that is, with our partners from europe, russia, china and also making sure that our other partners like israel knew what was going on. >> they released, the white house did, two photos of the president saturday night as he was reviewing i guess information coming in from geneva. there he is with you. he's getting the information. susan rice, we didn't know where she was then. we know she went to afghanistan. i think that's ben rhodes, your deputy, in the background. how involved was the president in the final deal that was put together? >> intensely involved. multiple times throughout those days, the president was asked to make sure he was comfortable with the deal that was being put on the table. we were seeking his guidance. we were seeking his okay. and so he was engaged throughout this process multiple times during those days and indeed, he's been engaged throughout as
we have established this policy. he's been directing it. he's the one who brought together all these countries to support our sanctions, working relentlessly over the years in all of his engagements with foreign countries to get them to sign up to the sanctions. he's been the one who has overseen our efforts to design a negotiating strategy and then to implement it. >> we know that at least three americans are being held in iran right now. the retired fbi agent robbed er levinson and a christian pastor, sayid abedini. the pastor's wife was just on cnn's "the lead" and made an appeal for the release of her husband and the other americans. listen to this. >> expect them to speak out and say we asked for his release and this is horrible what has happened. he's not going to survive even a few months in that prison. this is iran's continuous violation of human rights and here's an american citizen who is being held there because he's a christian and he needs to be
released immediately. >> so a lot of folks are asking, tony, in exchange for the $6 billion or $7 billion they're about to get in relief on these sanctions, why weren't they included, why are they still being held captive inside iran? >> first of all, i watched your report and i heard her, and it is very powerful, and the president has raised this. in fact, in his conversation with president rouhani, when rouhani was in new york for the u.n. general assembly and they spoke on the phone, the only issue other than nuclear file that the president raised was the three americans who are in iran, and he asked for rouhani's assistance in freeing them and allowing them to return to the united states. rouhani said that he would look into it. with regard to these negotiations, the only subject on the agenda is the nuclear file. there are unfortunately many things that iran does around the world that we don't like, including its support for terrorism, including its destabilizing activities in the middle east. none of this was on the agenda
for the nuclear negotiations. the only thing on the agenda was the nuclear file, to see if we can get to a point where the world is satisfied that iran has a nuclear program that is only for peaceful purposes, that it can't produce a bomb. that's what we're focused on. as i said, the only thing the president raised with president rouhani when he spoke to him other than the nuclear issue was the fate of these three americans and asking that they be returned to the united states. >> in the case of sayid abedini, they apparently intensified his incarceration, throwing him into a more hostile prison environment that looks like a slap at the u.s., directly at the president after he raised it with rouhani. >> we have been repeatedly clear that we are calling on iran to release them. the president's raised it. we will continue to raise it. and we hope to see them return home. >> we certainly do. tony blinken from the white house, thanks very much for coming in. >> thanks for having me, wolf. appreciate it. coming up, we will get immediate reaction to what we just heard from tony blinken. a fierce critic of this deal, the chairman of the house intelligence committee, mike
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you just heard the interview with the president's deputy national security advisor, tony blinken, defending the historic nuclear deal with iran. let's get some reaction from the chairman of the house intelligence committee, republican congressman mike rogers of michigan. mr. chairman, thanks very much for coming in. >> thanks for having me. >> you're supposed to know all the top secrets going on. you're the chairman of the intelligence committee. did you know that for months and months and months, the u.s. was engaged in secret talks with the iranians? >> there was no formal notification certainly that i received and my understanding is that neither did the senate, which is concerning. >> why wouldn't they -- they share a lot of the most sensitive secrets, classified information, with the chairman of the house intelligence committee, the ranking member as well, as well as the senate
intelligence committee. >> we have full access to every classified program, every covert action program, as we should in our role for oversight. it was concerning that they didn't believe it was important enough to do this, and that just raises questions about what did they prearrange prior to the p-5 plus 1. it raises -- this is why you don't want to do this. it raises unnecessary suspicions about what was agreed to prior to the p-5 plus 1. >> you don't like this deal. even though you just heard tony blinken say the initial easing of sanctions is very modest and they could be reinstated at any time. >> that to me is a little bit naive about how much time and effort it takes to build sanctions to the point where we had them. couple of concerns. one, i think their facts are wrong and i hope they didn't -- >> what facts are wrong? >> when they say it's only going to be $4.5 billion, that is inconsistent -- >> in their document they suggested maybe $6 billion or $7 billion. >> by the time it's done, experts believe it will be about $20 billion, number one. number two, it opens up gold and
precious metals. >> when you say $20 billion, over six months? is that what you're saying? >> right. >> you're saying gold and precious metals. why is that a big deal? >> the reason this is a big deal is because this is the way they can barter for other things. they have done this with other nations before. they have been trying to get around sanctions using the barter system and they have done it with other ways, having, you know, more money on one side, trading -- they have tried all different ways to get around it. now it opens up their ability to barter in gold and precious metals. this is a huge pressure release valve for them. and not talking about that worries me. we ought to know what the facts are of the deal. so if it's a good deal, i'm not talking about trying to sell the deal. you expect the white house to do that. but we ought to argue about the facts of the deal and what it means and what we didn't get so we relieved pressure which they needed desperately, and we got really nothing. >> you say we got nothing, the international community will have greater inspection opportunities, won't they stop
enriching certain amounts of uranium, won't they deal with their centrifuges? aren't there some major concessions the iranians have made? >> no. i don't think so. what they've said is we're going to suspend for six months where we're at. they didn't have to dismantle any centrifuges. remember, they weren't supposed to have any of this. so they went from six u.n. resolutions saying you can't do this to well, i guess you can do it now and by the way, we're going to freeze where you're at and approve enrichment going forward at whatever percentage they do, which is why, exactly why you had the secretary of state come out and say no, we really didn't say anything about enrichment and the iranian foreign minister saying this allows us to enrich uranium finally the world has recognized -- >> it's got to be under 5% which is presumably not enough to build a nuclear bomb. >> here's the problem with that. a program has three different components. missiles, weaponization, enrichment. so we know that they have gotten to the 20% enrichment, basically the tenets of the deal
recognizes and they admit they got to 20% enrichment. that's the hardest enrichment number to hit. once you hit that, very easy to get to 90. zero to 20, very difficult. what we've done is allowed them to do exactly what their intentions were all along, to get to a thing called the dash, so the dash is putting the whole program together so you have a nuclear bomb sitting on a missile ready to launch. the argument has been and the differences between intelligence services around the world is how long is the dash. so they're developing their missile system, developing enrichment capability and developing a weaponization. we think that this allows them to continue with the two pieces of it, the missile piece, nothing in the deal affects that. weaponization, that's the dangerous piece. we know that they have already hit the enrichment number. what we've said is you get to keep all the parts of your enrichment, we won't touch any of that other than you have to stop doing it for six months -- >> what's wrong with testing the iranians for six months to see if rouhani, the new president,
zarif, the foreign minister, say they have the support of the supreme leader, the ayatollah. what's wrong with testing to see if they're willing to cooperate and if not, at the end of six months, what has the u.s. and international community lost? >> first, we know they have been cheating on the program all along. we certainly established that. we know how aggressive they are in pursuing secret sites to develop a program. we know they are very good at that. we know that rouhani has done a great bait and switch in the previous negotiations, very good at that. think about what we have just done. we have just told them you can continue to enrich, we're not going to do anything about your missile and your weaponization sites, military sites. we have just given them permission. that's why khomeini came out today and said they just welcomed us into the nuclear world. that's a huge problem. >> is the only alternative to use the military option? >> absolutely not. in fact, that's what's so frustrating about this. the narrative of it's either war or this very bad plan. no. wrong. we were getting ready to do a third round of sanctions.
we being the united states congress. the president opposed the first round, opposed the second round. the third round was finally getting to the iranian elite. so what was happening is finally, the elite in iran, the governing class of iran, if you will, the business class, was finally saying we have to decide we're either going to get a nuclear weapon or going to financially ruin the country of iran forever. what they've done is relieved the pressure. you gave them everything they wanted. that's why the arab league thinks this is a bad deal. israel thinks it's a bad deal. a bipartisan group in congress thinks this is a bad deal which is apparently why they had secret meetings to talk about it, because most of the people who are concerned about it, including the neighbors of iran who are most concerned, now don't think it's a good deal and here's the worst part of this. you may have increased the likelihood of military conflict and you have increased the likelihood of a nuclear proliferation in the middle east. all of those are bad outcomes. i hope we reconsider in the next
few months. >> i hope none of that happens. mr. chairman, thanks very much for coming in. mike rogers, chairman of the house intelligence committee. up next, president obama interrupted by a heckler in a surprising location. you will hear his response. plus, two very different takes on obama care. you will find out why one man calls it mind-numbing while another says it's a relief. sfx: oil gushing out of pipe. sfx: birds chirping.
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president obama's in california talking about immigration reform. just a little while ago in san francisco, his speech was interrupted by a heckler in a very surprising location. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta is joining us. jim, tell us what happened. >> reporter: well, white house officials were asked a question earlier today, were they trying to distract the country from obama care. a spokesman traveling with the president told reporters if that were their strategy, it would
not work. case in point, this immigration event. but besides that, obama care, they know the target date for fixing healthcare.gov is only five days away. he's heard from democrats who are nervous about that. as for iran, members of his own party also nervous about that deal that was struck over the weekend. but as for the subject of immigration reform, you would think in a friendly audience the president would not hear from critics but that was not the case when he heard from one heckler during his remarks. here's how that exchange went. >> stop deportation. stop deportation! >> what you need to know, when i'm speaking as president of the united states, and i come to this community, is that if in fact i could solve all these problems without passing laws in congress, then i would do so. but we're also a nation of laws. that's part of our tradition. >> reporter: so even on the subject of immigration reform,
he is taking heat. the president said although he did make a little bit of news out there, saying once again he would accept a piecemeal approach to solving that issue instead of tackling it in one giant bill at once, he described immigration reform as a thanksgiving day turkey that can be carved up into different parts but make no mistake, if he had his hands on the wishbone it would be to wish for the obama care website to be working. >> hold on for a moment. gloria borger is with us. some disturbing poll numbers for the president today. our new cnn/orc poll asked the opinion of the president right now. look at how it's collapsed. 12 points since may. can he manage government, 52% said yes in may, 40% said yes right now. that's a pretty disturbing number. >> well, it is. if i were sitting at the white house right now, i don't think i would be thrilled by these numbers. look, the two most important bonds between the president and the public are trust and competency. you look at that 40% number, that's a competency number.
we also have numbers that show that only 46% of the public thinks that he's honest. so those are real problems. however, you might have said the same things about bill clinton. you might have been able to say the same things about ronald reagan in his second term. so somehow, those presidents managed to resurrect themselves. let's not write off this president just yet. >> does he have the clout to get stuff done right now? >> i think, you know, that's a huge problem for him, because if the public doesn't think you're competent to manage the government, and you grow increasingly unpopular, then i think people in congress are going to be able to challenge you a little bit more. does he have the ability now to get immigration reform done. we've heard the president say now that he's willing to do it in a more piecemeal fashion. and i think he would have to accept that. that's not something he would have said just a year ago. >> gloria borger, thanks very much. jim acosta over at the white house, thanks to you as well.
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the white house says tech experts working on the troubled obama care website are now on track to meet the president's goal, overcoming most online problems by november 30th. the president touted progress earlier in the day in california, where he says obama care is working as intended. >> so even as we're getting this darned website up to speed, and it's getting better, states like california are proving the law works. >> many people are frustrated
and angry over the way obama care is being implemented. there are others who do find it a godsend. recovering obama care with two special reports starting with cnn's casey wian. >> i thought it was a great idea. >> reporter: tom harris is a 62-year-old self-employed handiman who had high hopes for obama care. >> my expectations were that it would actually enhance my existing health care plan. >> reporter: how has it worked out for you so far? >> that wasn't the case. i was notified that my plan would be ended at the end of this year, in december. i was very surprised. >> reporter: harris suffers from debilitating allergies. he's seeing a specialist, dr. robert eichis at cedars-sinai medical center in los angeles, at least until january 1st when his bill go up. >> i know if i go see him, it's completely out of network and it does not apply against my deductible. so it's really out of network, almost in another orbit. >> reporter: the new obama care compliant plan being offered by harris' current health insurance
company will actually cost him $5 a month less but he and four of harris' five doctors are no longer in that network. >> i've had patients come to me saying please do whatever you need to do, because i don't know if i will be able to come back to see you after december 31st. >> reporter: he says 10% of his patients now must either find new doctors or pay steep out of pocket costs. >> it's mind-numbing. it's mind-numbing. >> reporter: even for dr. eitchis, less than six weeks before obama care takes effect, he still doesn't know which if any insurance plans he will accept. he's already stopped taking medicare. >> i may think about not taking any insurance at all. i have a lot of patients who have been seeing me for over 20 years and we have a bond. it would be sad to lose those patients. >> reporter: for harris, obama care has meant fewer choices and headaches. untreatable by presidential apologies. >> it's just so beyond. i certainly wish him well but the situation i find myself in, the dynamic i find myself in is
a real struggle. >> reporter: casey wian, cnn, los angeles. >> despite all the problems, there are in fact success stories as well, with obama care doing exactly what it was designed to do, get people >> reporter: today case and justin aren't insured. come january 1st, that will change. >> i recently changed jobs, so i took a contract position, where i don't have benefits. >> reporter: keeping up that previous insurance would have cost $1500 a month. too much. she tried private insurers, but the application process -- onerous. you would have to fill out paperwork? >> not just paperwork, but trying to remember every doctor's visit you had for the last year, and every like procedure or major issue you've had for the last ten year. >> reporter: and another problem for the 35-year-olds, who are healthy writer, actor stuntman
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their first bill, they say the real test for obama care -- the day they'll need to use it. miguel marquez, cnn, los angeles. here's a look at some of other top stores were monitoring right now. a contractor connected with a deadly billing collapse in philadelphia is charged with six counts of third-degree murder and six counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to the city's district attorney. last june, the four-store wall of a vacant building came crashing down onto an adjacent thrift store, killing six people, injuring 3. vladimir putin and pope francis meeting face-to-face for the first time. the closed-door meeting was part of the two-day visit to rome, a major point of discussion, reportedly syria's deadly war. another media icon is joining the ranks of yahoo!. katie couric will make the jump to the giant early next year as the global anchor. it appears to end her current
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sfx: oil gushing out of pipe. sfx: birds chirping. miley cyrus always seems to steal the show at awards program, but at the american music awards, it was the giant cat behind her that got all the attention. here's cnn's jeanne moos. >> reporter: it's the cat's pajamas -- no, not miley cyrus' outfit. we mean the cat. ♪ >> reporter: the lip sinking cat
and internet star is born. it left many scratching their heads. that cat in the background dural her performance is totally freaking me out, especially when the cat cries. ♪ >> reporter: the kitty tears cracked up the guy who posted this vine. it was a performance that had cats in living rooms glued to the screen, or at least posed in front of it, so owners could post a twitpic. not only cats. my dog just growled at the cat behind miley cyrus. she didn't just sing with the cat. she was covered in cats, at least the part that was covered. he french-cut two-peet was festooned with kitties galore, so were her shoes. next thing you know, the lond
london-based designer was posting pages. lip-s yiismt ncing cats eclipsed other felines on the internet. play yourself off, keyboard cat. ? ♪ >> a cat name little bob, known for having a deformed jaw that make hers tongue stick out, e-mailed mtv, complains that miley stole my facial expression. in this 3r678ance. the cat didn't get miley's tongue. the cat used its own tongue. the performance ended with a wimp and a tongue. at least miley didn't twerk the kit kitty. she behaved with the animal rather than like one. jeanne moos, cnn, new york.
happening now, snow, heavy rain and holiday misery. we're tracking a deadly storm threatening millions of americans' thanksgiving travel plans. you will find out when you may get walloped. plus some iranians are cheering the historic by controversial nuclear deal with the west. cnn has new details of the secret communications that led to the breakthrough. the wife of an 85-year-old american is standing by along with her son to plead for her husband's release. he's been mysteriously held in north korea now for a month. they're scared, they're worried, and they want him home now. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." an early and deadly winter storm is now on the move, barreling across the south and leaving behind snow, rain, sleet and bitter cold. it's making a mess of holiday travel, and it's likely to get
worse, as is storm moves east, and thanksgiving gets closer. hundreds of flights have already been kanszled at the start of -- our severe weather expert chad myers is tracking the storm for us. let's go to our aviation k0er7b9d renee marsh she at reagan national airport right outside washington, d.c. what's the latest? >> as the storm makes its approach, airports and airlines both say they're prepared, but here's the reality check if you're traveling this holiday season, they say you should definitely expect delays. as the holiday travel ramps up, a perfect storm of foul weather and increased traffic is making for treachery conditions on the road and frustration in the airports. >> hang on, you've got to let you go. >> reporter: a massive arctic front is moving across the country, putting the east coast on alert. >> i was ready for it, but there's a point where there's
just nothing you can do. it's just clear ice and you're a passenger in your own car. >> reporter: a dozen deaths and over 100 car accidents so far, just as millions of americans prepare to head home for thanksgiving. >> our first flight was canceled. luckily be got on in the 9:20. >> reporter: nearly in the past two days. and while some are taking it in stride -- >> athlete different updates, so we're not sure if it's 9:40, 10:40 or 11:00. >> reporter: others say an abundance of caution has led to abundant headaches. >> we drive through snow, sleet, everything, every day. for me, i just don't see why it's been so impacted here. >> reporter: so far, wolf, american airlines, the only one to have so many, a significant number of precancellations. other airlines at this point justaiting to seectly what
the weather does before they make a move. wolf? >> rene, thank you. let's go to our severe weather expert chad myers for the latest forecast. what's going on, chad? >> you know, a week from now or two weeks, we wouldn't be talking about this. you and i wouldn't be having this conversation. this story is a big story, because 40 more million people are going to be driving this weekend than would any other weekend. there goes the low for the next couple days. east of the low wind and rain, along the low, an ice storm. if you're west, you'll get a snowstorm. there's so many people that will be impacted by that snow, whether it's i-80, i-76, the turnpike, i-75, all crossing this rain/snow/sleet mix. even tomorrow morning there may be ice in parts of georgia, into the carolinas, certainly asheville, spartan burg, greenville, up into lexington. by tomorrow afternoon it begins to get colder, and moves farther
into colder air. back into ohio, and on the back side, it's not showing up very well on this map, but let me draw here, right through this area there, that's where the warm air is going to go on top of cold air. it's going to be 35 degrees at 1,000 feet. it's going to be 31 degrees where you are. that's going to ice up so quickly. i've seen pittsburgh in ice with all those hills, it's not a pretty sight. if you're in dubois, or anywhere through that altoona corridor where it gets high and hilly, it would be a mess. the big cities stay wet, but the problem -- another problem with this is the wind could be 40 miles per hour, wolf. that could maybe put a damper on the thanksgiving day parade, but certainly will put a damper on how fast those airplanes can last next to each other. i bet 30% to 50% of the planes may not make it to the ground because they'll be canceled
somewhere else. it will have to be really careful there. >> i just feel back for all those families that won't be reunited on thanksgiving. chad, thanks very much. other news, president obama pushing back on its critics on the new nuclear deal with iran, saying tough talk and bluster won't protect america's security. he's touting the u.s. role and sealing the historic agreement in geneva over the weekend. >> for the first time in a decade we've halted the progress on iran's nuclear program. key parts of the program will be rolled back. [ applause ] >> just a little while ago, i spoke with the anthony blinken, he revealed the process of easing sanctioning will begin around the new year. let's bring in our chief national security correspondent jim scuitto, he's in geneva. we've also learned, jim, there
have been secret negotiations that the u.s. was involved with at a high level for the iranians for many, many months. tell us about that. >> reporter: that's right, wolf, these talks did not just begin weeks ago, but months back in america, oman's secret talks between u.s. and iranian officials, but the fact that the first contacts go back even further than that. secretary of state john kerry back when he was a senator, chairman of the foreign relations committee, flying to ayman to explore the possibility of interest on the part of iran in talks, so secretary kerry can say he was involved from the beginning, in a long time, almost two years in the making. >> mike rogers just told me a little while ago, he was not officially informed of these secret negotiations. he said the senate intelligence committee chair dianne feinstein wasn't informed, either. they're upset about that. there's a lighter side to thinks talks as well.
tell you us. about that. >> reporter: you always wonder what fuels these talks, as they go into the early morning hours. we know that pizza was one of those fuels. u.s. and iranian negotiators bringing in pizza in the final hours when they were trying to get this deal finalized. we also know that secretary kerry shared his chocolates with the negotiating team. it's interesting, wolf, on saturday we got a note from the press pool say that secretary kerry went out to buy chocolates for his wife, so i have to wonder if he raided his chocolate supply to help get this deal through. pizza and chocolate, who knew. jim, thank you very much. still ahead, he's been mysteriously detailed for more than a month. now his wife and son are more worried than ever. they're standing by to tell us what they know about his fate. nearly a year after the massacre at the sandy hook elementary school, police reveal disturbing new details about the gunman and his very troubled life.
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authorities in connecticut have rereleased a nut report, including disturbing new details about the gunman who killed 20 young people and six adults. one thing we didn't learn was a mott i have been, right? >> reporter: that's right, the prosecutor who put together this report says for him he was unable to find any clear motive or why he tried to targets, adam lanza, his old school at sandy hook. for the first time we are seeing inside photographses 6 the
entrance to the school when he initially approached, where when he came in, he blasted out the front window. you can see the shattered glass there. that's how he got inside the schools, because the doors had been locked. there are no crime scene photographs of the classrooms that have been released, but we also got a look at the bushmaster, the assault-style rifle that he used, all of these guns legally purchased business his mother according to authorities. at the same time we're seeing photographs for the first time inside that beautiful home where he lived with his mother. there's a picture of his bedroom. oddly all the windows have plastic bags over them to darken the room so he couldn't see out, no one could see in. we learned at the same time about other odd behaviors that they said he displayed. his mother was never allowed inside the room. he never wanted to be touched. he changed his clothes
constantly. we also learned about other video games he played. we've had talked about some of these in the past, one "call for duty" one called "scoot shootings" and his hard drive had been smashed into a million pieces, so the fbi was unable to retrieve, but they also found a game called "dance revolution" he looked to, according to authorities, play that for hours. he would even go to a movie theater down the street and play for three days every weekend, constantly hours at a time. so interesting information, more inside, but again no reason why. susan candiotti with that report, thank you. our news we're following, new indictments in a teenage rape case. four adults now face charges, including the school's superintendent. two high school football players were convicted in march of raping a 16-year-old girl at a part, the case got national
attention when photos and videos of the rape were posted on social media. mike dewayne praised a grand jury investigation that looked beyond the teenagers who were involved. >> it is also just as much about the parents, about the grownups, about the adults. how do you hold kids accountable if you don't hold the adults accountable? >> let's bring in our legal correspondent jean ka sarz, who are joining us from steubenville, ohio. how extraordinary is this that they're going after the school superintendent and these other adults? >> reporter: i think it's very interesting, because we had wondered when that grand jury began to convene in april, does it mean adults are now going to be charged. we learned today that 123 witnesses appeared before the grand jury in 18 days of testimony.
the result is the superintendent selfschools is now charged with numerous felonies, including tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice. he faces up to five years in prison, and we also know that the assistant football coach faces charges of underage drinking, allowing minors to drink in the home his parents owned and he lived in. we know the elementary school principal is charged with failing to report child abuse. that is a mandatory reporting requirement in her official capacity, as is the wrestling coach. now, we don't believe there would be any more charges. they will face that first day before a judge on the 10th in steubenville, but beyond the jail terms, many could lose their teacher and administrator credentials, which is very serious for lifelong professional. >> i know some thing because it is such a shocking case, mike dewine wants to send some sort of larger example, a message out
there. do you get that sense? >> reporter: one thing he told me today, because i spoke with him after the press conference, and i think you are right, because he talked about, we looked at all the alcohol, all the alcohol that the kids got, where did they get it? he said it just crisscrossed. they were getting alcohol from everywhere. if you notice, only one person is charged with giving alcohol to a minor, encouraging the delinquency of a minor. that's an assistant former football coach. there were several parties that night, various parties. so it's very interesting the grand jury selected only four to bring charges against. jean, thank you, jean casarez on the scene for us in steubenville. i'll speak to a wife and son of an 85-year-old man now being held in north korea. they're so worried about his health, they're desperate to bring him home. they're going to share their story with us, and all of our viewers here in the united states and around the world, right after the break.
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we're hearing an emotional appeal for the release of a 85-year-old veteran being held in north korea. merrill newman's wife and son are standing by to share their story. we'll talk to hem in a moment. they're growing more and more concerned about mr. newman's health. it's been a month since he was mysteriously yanked off a plane and detained by the north koreans. >> reporter: mr. newman's case has brought a lot of concerns. his family has sent medicine, the swedish ambassador to north korea, who handles america's affairs there still has not been allowed to visit newman. there's been no answers from the north koreans, who detained him at the end of what seemed like a
benign tourist visit. >> a cheerful postcard from pyongyang to merrill newman to a grandson. we rode the metro the other day, it says. a woman got up, moved across the aisle for me to sit. i said thank you, she said "welcome" in perfect english. we both laughed. on october 26th, five minutes before he flight was to take off, he was pulled from the plane and detained. no one has heard from him. his family is worried about his heart condition. >> for them to do something like this is a finger in the eye of the united states. >> reporter: analyst victor cha says other americans have been detained because they were in sensitive border areas or acting as missionaries, which the north koreans view as a threat, but this case is very different. >> this is the first instance where an american has been detained while on an official tour group in north korea. >> reporter: why was he taken?
newman served as a u.s. army officers in the korean war, was questioned about that the day before he was to leave. the north koreans could have mistaken him for another american named merrill newman, who is also -- >> or the other is it is part of a broader concerted effort to put pressure on the united states to get them to come back to the negotiating table. >> reporter: he's talking about the effort to discussing north korea's nuclear program. but and fellow american kenneth bay and those tours when the north koreans count on for hard cash may also dry up. brian todd, thanks very much. we're joined by merrill newman's wife lee and his son jeff. thanks to both of you very much. we're hoping obviously for the beth. have you heard anything, jeff, from the u.s. government about his condition, about his fate, what's going on? >> well, we've had talks with
the state department, regular conversations since the detention, and i think they've been working very hard to secure the release to establish such communication to get some feedback, but at this point we don't think there's been any official feedback. as was reported just a minute ago, the swedish consulate, which would be the first touchpoint, hasn't had any contact with him. that's what we need to know, if nothing else, just to establish his well-being and the fact that he's getting his medication. >> mrs. newman, what kind of medication does he need? obviously you're very worried about that. >> primarily for his heart. he's had aidryial fibrillation and has been under a doctor's observation for this, an he as other issues, and we have
sent -- we've sent the second package of medications now. they should have arrived today, on monday, and the hope is that they can be transferred from beijing to pyongyang to the embassy there, and from there to wherever merrill is being detained. 6. >> jeffrey, do you think your dad was mistakenly targeted? or was there something else going on? what's your suspicion? you obviously don't know why they detained him. >> what we know is that he was on an organized tour, with a reputable tour organization. he was there for ten days, accompanied by two dprk guides the entire time, and from the couple of phone calls that my
mom received during the trip, and from the postcards that were received after he was supposed to be back here in california, the trip was going very well, and there was no indication of any kind of problem. >> why did he want to go there, mrs. newman, in the first place? 85 years old, we know he served in the u.s. military during the korean war. what was his thinking? >> well, i think in part because he is 85, and is looking at his li life. his time that he spent in the service was an important part of his life as a young man, and he was, i think, trying to put closure on that. he always has had an interest in the world, a respect for the korean people, and he was looking forward to this as an opportunity to see the country for whatever opportunity he might have to see the people,
and to come back with a sense of comfort on having completed that circle. >> and if they're watching you, mrs. newman in pyongyang right now. i've been there, i know that high-ranking government officials have access to cnn international, what do you want to say to the folks there who are holding your husband? >> i would like to remind them that this is the 30th day of his detention, that we're looking forward as a family to being together on thanksgiving, and we need to have merrill back at the head of the table for the holidays. and we ask respectfully for them to release him and let him come home. >> and you want to pass along a message to your husband? >> we're missing you. we want you home. >> we certainly do. jeffrey, you want to add anything?
>> yeah. we just want nothing more than to have this misunderstanding put behind us, to respect the fact that on a humanitarian basis, the rite thing to do would be to put him on a plane and let him come back and join us family that lives him and misses him here in california. >> well said. i echo those words if they're watching in north korea, and i suspect they are, let these man come home soon. he doesn't belong in jail, or wherever he's being held in pyongyang. let's hope for the beth. thanks to both of you. good luck. >> thank you. >> thank you. on this day 50 years ago john f. kennedy was laid to rest. cnn has been bringing you in-depth coverage of the anniversary be sure to watch a terrific cnn documentary on the assassination of jfk. it airs later tonight, 10:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. that's it for me.
thanks very much for watching. "crossfire" begins right now. tonight on "crossfire" -- is president obama surrendering to iran? will his new deal slow its push for nuclear weapons? >> tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do political, but it's not the right thing for our security. >> should the u.s. ease up on sanctions? ivlts it's a historic mistake. on the left van jones. on the right, newt gingrich. in the "crossfire", treata parsi, and cliff may, who doesn't support it. is the president making peace or getting fooled? tonight on "crossfire." welcome to "crossfire." i'm van jones on the left. i'm newt gingrich on the right. in the crossfire tonight, two guests who come down on different sides. my view is very