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senator bob corker is outspoken in his problems about the plan. he says it doesn't sound serious. is he as serious about having a vote in his office called and said don't unfairly criticize the senator. he's called for a vote and like debate. i'd like him to come on the show and make that position. that's the the leadership they need to have a debate about this, see where the senate takes it. the isis problem is not getting any better otherwise. >> not going away at all, only getting worse. with that let's hand you over to "newsro "newsroom" with carol costello. >> good morning, have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. happening now in "the newsroom" arming the rebels. >> congress cannot be providing a blank check for the anti-isil campaign. >> the ground game against the terrorists heats up, the house backing obama's plan bringing us one step closer to conflict. >> isil must be defeated, period, end of story. what do we want?
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>> independence! >> independence. will great britain survive? >> the uk will split. >> reporter: without scotland. >> and we will go our separate ways forever, and the death of joan rivers, new questions this morning about the clinic, should it even stay open? also for shame. >> instead of fighting injustice off the field for the sake of the sport, the nfl chooses deafening silence. >> reporter: is the nfl doing enough about domestic violence? >> breaking overnight another star football player arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife and child. >> reporter: this morning, representative jackie spear joins us. >> anything for football. i say bench them. >> reporter: let's talk. >> president obama, reiterated that the u.s. will not be sending ground troops to fight the militant group isis in iraq. he has a much better idea. he's going to send suspended nfl
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players. >> live in the "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning now. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin with breaking news in the global fight against terrorism. australians foiled a plot by isis supporters. the suspects planned to target a random citizen, behead them in public and then drape a black isis flag over their bodies. so far, two people have been charged in the grisly plan, dozens of others served warrants, all of this as the united states tries to bolster international support to snuff out this terrorist group. cnn senior international correspondent ivan watson begins our coverage. >> reporter: predawn raids across australia's largest city. authorities are calling it the country's biggest anti-terror operation, armed with dozens of search warrants, australian security forces detained at least 15 suspects.
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the australian media reporting disturbing details, the suspects allegedly planned to film the public beheading of a random individual, and then drape the body in the black flag of isis. >> it is of serious concern that right at the heart of our communities we have people that are planning to conduct random attacks and today we work together to make sure that that didn't happen. we have in fact disrupted that particular attack. >> reporter: among the suspects detained a man timed omarjan azari who appeared briefly in a sydney court charged with a terrorism related offense. he did not enter a plea. his neighbors shocked a suspected terrorist lived next door. >> i never thought i would see anything like this. >> it's actually quite frightening. my heart is pounding. >> reporter: prime minister tony abbott says he believes at least 06 australians are fighting alongside isis and other militant groups in the middle east. he's repeatedly voiced fears
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these australian jihadis could pose a threat if they ever come home. australian intelligence revealed isis was urging home-grown sympathizers to carry out attacks in australia. >> direct exhortations coming from an australian who is apparently quite senior in isil to networks of support back in australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country. >> reporter: last week australia raised its threat level to high fort first time in the country's history, warning a terrorist attack is likely. ivan watson, cnn, hong kong. >> let's talk more about this with cnn's national security analyst peter bergen. welcome, peter. >> good morning, carol. >> peter, this is, i don't know how to characterize this. it's such a strange act of terror, behead a citizen and drape the body with the black flag of isis. why this method of terror and
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not something bigger? >> well, i mean it's possible that there isn't a huge support network for isis in australia. the british government assesses there are 100 facilitators facilitating the 60 people that the prime minister tony abbott identified as being fighting in syria, but you know, obviously there would be a huge shock value. you recall the attack on the british soldier in london who is sort of randomly selected but of course he was an off-duty soldier, and the horror that surrounded that attack. obviously it would be, i mean there would be great coverage of this in the sense that it would be widely disseminated and it would be a way of, for these isis supporters in australia to protest what they know is the fact that australian government is going to be part of this international coalition, sending advisers to fight isis in iraq. >> the australian prosecutor also said this plight involved an unusual level of fanaticism,
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more fanatic than the terrorists who flew planes into the world trade center? >> it's an interesting question, carol. there's a certain level of fanaticism obviously beyond which most normal people would find surprising obviously beheading somebody in public is equally horrible as what the al qaeda hijackers did on 9/11, except on a much smaller scale, but you know, they're ideologically aligned. isis and al qaeda are in a public dispute right now but the fact of the matter is their etiology is pretty much precisely the same. >> the final question, should we expect this sort of plot to unfold in the united states? >> i think it's unlikely. carol, 60 australia is a 20th of the size of the united states, we've seen 100 americans go to
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isis and two are already dead. i think it's a lot less likely in the united states, obviously we've seep something like 2, 00 europeans go, and that i think is more likely that we'd see some kind of attack in europe before. we've seen one in brussels by an isis guy who killed four people may 24th at a jewish museum. that's where you're much more likely to see these kinds of things if they do happen at all. >> i hope and i pray they don't. peter bergen thank you for your insight. checking out other stories at seven minutes past these are live pictures from capitol hill where the house intelligence committee can focused on the threat from the terror group isis. lawmakers are hearing from retired james general and ryan crocker and other security experts. this is just one of the hearings under way on the hill today to discuss isis. >> to scranton, pennsylvania, now. this is the funeral site for the slain pennsylvania state trooper corporal bryon dickson.
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mass of fellow troopers are gathered outside the cathedral where the funeral is to be held. his suspected killer eric matthew frein is at large, a skilled marksman with a longstanding grudge against law enforcement. they're worried he could strike again today at the funeral. police are releasing new surveillance video they say shows university of virginia student hannah graham the night she disappeared. you can see her there on the left and a white man right behind her. man later told police he was follow her because she looked upset. graham texted a friend she was lost early saturday morning, the 18-year-old has not been heard from since. and heavy rains from the remnant of tropical storm odile could pose a threat to the southwest. some areas have seen three inches of rain in just 30 minutes. another storm system has soaked part of texas. number of people reportedly were trapped in their cars as the waters rose. there are new questions this morning about the new york clinic where joan rivers went
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into cardiac arrest while undergoing surgery. chief among those questions with what investigators are learning, should that clinic even be opened right now? cnn's susan candiotti has more for you. >> reporter: at the yorkland endoscopy clinic it appears to be business as usual pending the outcome of a state investigation follow the death of joan rivers, but the clinic's accrediting agency has for two weeks been calling yorkville to suspend procedures and surgeries immediately. it's the non-profit american association for accreditation of ambulatory surgery facilities. yorkville and more than 2,000 other medical facilities pay the group for inspections to assure the public of quality care. in some states accreditation is the same as being licensed. >> it shows you're a member of the club, that you're in good standing and recognized to be good at what you do. >> reporter: cnn has exclusively obtained letters written by the
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accreditation group to the clinic and we've learned to the federal agency that governs medicare payments, stating yorkville is in "immediate jeopardy" putting it on emergency suspension, adding it must stop procedures and surgery until accreditation questions are settled. one letter was written to dr. lawrence cohen, who cnn has learned performed the endoscopy on rivers. according to the letters, the agency jumped in on its own when it heard about rivers' cardinal arrest at the clinic. accreditors made an unscheduled visit to yorkville and cited two so-called deficiencies, both an expert tells us involve possible uncertified, uncredited staff, doctors, and unauthorized procedures at the clinic. the same allegations cnn has been told that state investigators have been looking into, including rivers' personal doctor, not certified by the clinic, who was asked to begin
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an unauthorized vocal chords biopsy. if rivers didn't concept at all -- >> that's malpractice. you're not allowed to operate on a patient without consent to perform that operation. >> reporter: because one penalty of even temporarily losing accreditation could mean losing all medicare reimbursements according to an expert, yet with activity wednesday inside and out of the facility on new york's affluent upper east side, there was no sign of an emergency suspension. how can that be? medical malpractice attorney andrew smiley. it appears to be open. it appears that they are seeing patients. what are we to make of that? >> what i would make of it is that they're not too worried about medicare. they're on the upper east side and they probably have a lot of private paying, wealthy patients that don't want to deal with hospitals. >> reporter: the fact is, new york licenses yorkville clinic, not the accreditation association. so far neither the clinic nor
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any doctors have been accused of wrongdoing. the malpractice attorney you just heard from, mr. smiley, also makes the point that if doctors saw something that really concerned them while examining joan rivers, then it would have been malpractice not to perform a biopsy. so a lot of still unanswered questions here, carol. >> so what's the clinic saying? >> reporter: you know, they provided a statement to us last night maintaining that they are adhering, as they put it, to all of the federal and state accreditation authorizations, and that they continue to provide the very best in-patient care and continue to do so, maintaining they say their quality. what's interesting about that is we also spoke with the accreditation company again and they told you, we can't comment because the clippic remains under investigation. so hard to put all that together, but we're still working on it. >> all right, i'm sure you are.
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condition conditioned, thanks so much. apple is announcing major changes to its privacy policy, the company says that even cops will now have to go through you if they want to get access to your phone's data. apple is ruling out new encryption software that makes it impossible for the company to access certain smartphone and tablet data, even if law enforcement serves the company with a search warrant. cnn technology analyst brett larson is here with aa long with cnn legal analyst and criminal defense attorney joey jackson. welcome to you both. good morning. so brett i'll start with you. what's different about this policy specifically what type of data will now be inaccessible. >> from what we're reading on their end user license agreement which i will say is probably one of the few times any of us ever read one of these privacy policies they are saying anything that's contained on your phone will no longer be accessible by them, in the past if you were to misplace their four-digit code they can walk you through several steps that
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would unlock your phone. now what they're saying is if you lose this code we have no way of getting in to help you, you'll have to wipe all the data off of your phone and basically start fresh. what's interesting about this is they're not saying that about the day that held on icloud, so anything that is backed up to icloud, which would hopefully be your entire phone if you're a smart user who likes to keep backups of your stuff, that will be accessible to authorities and will be accessible to apple, should they be questioned or be served a warrant. >> interesting. i'm going to read you apple's website statement. it says government information requests are a consequence of doing business in the digital age. apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a back door in any of our products or services. we have also never allowed any government access to our servers and we never will. do you believe him? >> that's a loaded question, carol. how dare you?! listen, the reality is this. people need to trust their
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government institutions and they need to trust their corporations and from a public relations perspective, hallelujah, it's great business practice, because people want to be secure, and that's particularly true, carol, you remember all the stories you've been, you know, reporting over the years, where there are encryption data violations, there are break-throughs, there are leaks and there are so many people who are driven crazy. you have the fourth amendment, people have the right to be secure and places are in effect. there's always attention to my right to privacy and law enforcement's ability to detect crime. we can't have it, we can't give it to you, we wipe our hands clean. >> if law enforcement can't get data they want by serving apple with a search warrant, how will they get it? sometimes they need it to solve major crimes? >> it's true. that's the delicate balancing test i speak to. i have a right to privacy, we all do, but at the same time we
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want to feel protectioned, we want to feel the government is detecting crime, deterring crime, weeding out crime and so they're saying apple, that is, you go to the user, you have an issue, our encryption is such that we can no longer break the code, in a regular modern day age we had the key but we threw it away, it's no longer ours so your beef, government, is not with us. it's with the individual user who has the smartphone. >> fascinating. brett, will other companies follow suit? >> absolutely. i think when we saw what edward snowden revoeld what they know about all of us, what they're able to dpaert about all of us, a lot of the tech companies stepped in and said we're not getting in the middle of this. we'll do whatever we need to do to separate ourselves from this controversy. i think it's great an zl this. it's definitely a pr move if they want to search and seize your phone, they can get a warrant and take it from you but i think other companies will follow suit and i think over the nextor we're going to see the way that different companies are saying hey, look, we'll put our
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servers in another country if that's what it takes to keep the government off of your data. >> thanks as always. >> pleasure and a privilege, r car carol. >> thank you. ukraine's president come to congress for help for ukraine to give russia the boot, they need american money. erin mcpike is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: carol, good morning. president poroshenko want more help from the you state but just how much more is the white house willing to give? more on that next. the average person will probably drink something that is acidic on a daily basis. those acids made over time wear the enamel. i recommend pronamel. pronamel helps to defend the enamel from the acids in our diet... it helps to strengthen the teeth. ♪ ♪ imagine the luxury... of not being here.
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dave, i'm sorry to interrupt... i gotta take a sick day tomorrow. dads don't take sick days, dads take nyquil. the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, fever, best sleep with a cold, medicine. president obama meets later today with the president of ukraine. first petro poroshenko though
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will address a joint meeting in congress that will happen in just about 25 minutes. as you know, poroshenko and obama were side by side at the nato talks earlier this month and mr. poroshenko is on a mission to get economic and military aid to help his government battle pro-russian militants. cnn's erin mcpike is in washington. how much is he asking for? >> reporter: well, carol, more is really the key word there, but at this point it doesn't appear that the white house is willing to give much more, as you know, this conflict has been going on in eastern ukraine for six, seven months and has been damaging to not only ukraine itself but also ukraine's economy causing serious inflation. yesterday josh earnest was asked what president obama would be willing to give. he said he didn't have any specific anoings thes to make and the meeting between the
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presidents is going to be. there have been some u.s. lawmakers who have been to kiev in recent months and seen that they think that ukraine does need more military assistance through the you state, the words they're using are lethal assistance and right now the united states is giving nonlethal assistance. at this point it doesn't look like the white house and frankly other western nations want to give any more, because they don't want to enflame russia to make this conflict worse. >> how would russia respond to that? >> how would russia respond to? >> to america not giving ukraine any more money. >> well look, currently what the u.s. has been doing and they've been doing it in an incremental fashion is step up sanctions against russia. so that's been really the line they've taken so far. they're really just focused on russia and more sanctions.
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the key is the united states is obviously very involved in the fight against isis right now, there are resources there to give but it's a matter of priority, and right now the priority for the u.s. is isis. >> true story. erin mcpike thank you so much. it is decision day for millions of scotts as they vote on splitting from the uk. nickrobertson is live in glasgow. >> reporter: an historic day in scotland, 4.25 million voters registered to vote, half way through the voting day, how is it going? we'll have all of that on the other side of the break. ♪
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good morning, thank ou for joining me. i'm carol costello, ahead this half hour, the big breakup, who wears the kilt in this family? scotland voting to separate from the uk, the oil, the pound, the nukes, keep calm and carry on, people. also, pad behavior, a new day, a new nfl domestic abuse scandal. seriously folks, we're keeping track that's six players in just a few days. and this -- >> where's the beef? >> where is the beef? it's four bucks a pound, that's where, the highest price ever. let's talk, live in "the newsroom."
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>> voting now under way as scotts decide whether or not to split from the united kingdom and the historic measure is earning quite a bit of attention statesid stateside. >> if it votes yes it will leave the european union and nato responsible for itself. or as vladimir putin put it "i got dibs." if scotland breaks up with england, england will do what everyone else does, stop them on facebook. >> scotland has gained a lot of weight. >> this is the official ballot. this is real, we did not make this up, this is the wballot, should scotland be an independent country. why is it i have to go through 18 pages of terms and conditions to download ios 8. whole country can secede from the uk by checking a box that says yes?
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>> let's be clear, this is no laughing matter, more than 4 million people have registered to vote, the largest electorate in scotland and regardless which way the vote goes it's worth noticing some of the things to come out of scotland, pencilin discovered by alexander fleming in 1928, the bicycle in 839 and in 1929, john baird transferred pictures through the television. nic robertson invetted a few things himself, i'm not sure what at this point. he's live in gloss gao to tell us how the vote might go. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. it's going very bitterly. 4.25 million people registered to vote, 97% of the total electorate of the country is expected to vote. turnout is high.
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they're 7 1/2 hours into the voting, 7 1/2 hours to go. we were here just before the polls opened and it was quiet. in the minutes right before you could hear the feet thundering down the pavement here, and the doors opened there was a line of people, a lot of people in suits on their way to work and that's the way it's been, a continuous stream of people coming and going since then, people who moppered the outside of polling stations here this one in particular in the past this is the busiest they've ever seen so the prediction of a high turnout is what we're seeing right now. the notion it's as easy as one line, if there is a yes vote good tomorrow the detailed work that probably involves more than 18 pages will get under way. carol? >> what are the polls showing, nic? >> reporter: right now, too close to call, neck and neck, the no vote for staying part of the united kingdom is ahead by
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about two percentage points but because of statistical margins it's too close to call. the reality is here that's how it looks if you exclude the people undecided. the undecideds are perhaps 10% to 5% of the population. no one really knows exactly, and those are the people that everyone's going to be watching for at the end of today, to see which way they go. i used to live here, i talked to a few friends here and one of them i talked to was sitting on the fence but shading toward the yes side. andy murray tweeted he is in favor of a yes vote so at the moment it's all down to the undecides, carol. >> we'll chaek back wieck back . still to come in "the newsroom," another day, another player controversy for the nfl. this time involving the arizona cardinals. andy scholes has details. good morning. >> good morning, carol. running back jonathan dwyer, the latest player eer to be chargea
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in the wake of felony child awus stars nfl star adrian peterson has been deactivated by the minnesota vikes and dropped by high-profile sponsors. this morning peterson is getting strong support from someone very close to him, his mother,
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juanita jackson speaking publicly for the first time she tells "the houston chronicle" when you whip those you love it's not about abuse, it's about love. you want to make them understand that they did wrong. she adds peterson was only using the same discipline he received as a child, noting she and his father were "big disciplinarians" and that they were only trying to prepare their children for the real world. just hours after the nfl aunnoed carolina panther greg hardy was taking a leave of absence to deal with domestic violence charges. we got word of another player caught up in off the field trouble, this time it's arizona cardinals running back jonathan dwyer. he was arrested and later deactivated by the team for his alleged role in a domestic dispute. andy scholes joins me now. what is with running backs, andy? >> dwyer's arrest yesterday stems from two separate incidents that occurred in july involving a 27-year-old woman and 18-month-old child.
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dwyer was charged with one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor and a few other charges. according to fee nix police the woman provided information about her injuries and police say dwyer allegedly threw a shoe at or towards his son. dwyer denies physically assaulting the female and the child, and again, carol, this happened in july, but the woman didn't come forward until last week, from a league perspective, this couldn't be worse timing for the nfl, just adding to the pr nightmare they're going through right now. >> you're not kidding. now that the panthers' greg hardy has been deactivated for his domestic violence conviction, wasn't he. you the back on the team? >> he was but just like adrian peterson they placed him on the exempt commissioner's list, banned from all team activities going forward and this was not just to keep everyone content, he's not going to be on the field, the team is not going to
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have to deal with the distraction and the big part is, he's going to get paid. hardy's attorney says he doesn't expect his case to be heard until sometime in 2015, carol, and that means he's going to collect his entire $13.1 million salary by playing just one game this season and that's what keeps the nfl players association from fighting him getting suspended without due process, the fact he's going to collect all of his money. >> got it, thanks so much. my next guest is making a public call for the nofl take more action on the issue of domestic violence and she's doing so on capitol hill. >> of the 56 football players arrested for domestic violence, they only saw a combined 13 games suspended. the nfl would rather see these players on the field than take a stance against violence. after all, anything for football.
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i say bench them. >> joining me now, democratic congresswoman jack see spier from california. good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> the nfl has improblemed a new domestic abuse policy, it suspended players, it appointed four female advisers to deal with this issue. what more do you think the nfl should be doing? >> i think the envelope first of all we should look at the four advisers, all of whom are white women and suggest to the nfl they need to create a little diversity there. beyond that, i think they have got to put some money where their mouth is. funding programs in high school and college sports around domestic violence and respect, you know, if you look at the domestic violence shelters in this country, they turn away about 9,000 victims every day.
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80% of the shelters have actually reported a decrease in funding in the last few years. they could show a little love by funding many of these programs that are really inadequately funded and so many victims are going without services. >> it is possible that could happen as you know there's also an investigation going on into the way the nfl deals with domestic and violence issues along with sexual assault issues and it's being done by a very respected man, so what do you expect that investigation to uncover? >> well i'm hoping that the investigation will uncover the fact that for decades, and certainly under roger goodell, this issue has been swept under the rug, and the result has been that it is exploded and now in literally a week we have seen countless cases, and many victims now for the first time feeling that they can come forward, and that's a good sign as well. more often than not, intimate partners will make excuses for being attacked by the person
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they love, and the result is that it just escalates. so helping those victims come forward is really a good step forward as well. >> probably a good many people in the country that feel that this controversy won't go away until roger goodell steps down, until he resigns as nfl commissioner. should he? >> well, i think that he certainly should resign. i don't know if that's going to happen, but regardless of whether he resigns orne the nfl has to put strong policies in place. once you're arrested for neck violence you shouldn't be allowed to play in the game. i'm deeply concerned about my own san francisco 49ers and the fact that ray mcdonald is going to play this weekend. i think it's shameful. if they're really going to take this seriously, if they really believe there's a problem here that they need to show that they're going to fix it, they've got to take some action that shows that they are serious about it. >> congresswoman jackie speier
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from california, thank you for joining me this morning. i appreciate it. still to come in "the newsroom," beef prices surge, they're topping a record $4 a pound. wow! why, alison kosik? >> yes, where is the beef? i don't know where the beef is, but i can tell you why prices are going higher, that's coming up right after this.
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i must bring you to scranton, pennsylvania now. take a look at these incredible picture, hundreds of state troopers gathered for the slain pennsylvania trooper corporal bryon dickson. he was gunned down on friday. the suspect eric matthew frein still on the run and there are concerns this morning frein could strike again at that funeral.
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cnn's chris welch is the at services right now. he joins me live by phone and it's such a touching picture. >> it really is, carol. you brought the fact that frein is still on the loose but no one here this morning is really focused on him. this morning, you've seen these pictures. this is just an incredible show of support, respect for really the entire law enforcement community. we've got several blocks here in downtown scranton, completely blocked off. you have state troopers, police, you've got police departments from all over the state, you've got various state patrol from neighboring new jersey, i've seen a couple nypd representatives walk by. you've got u.s. customs and border patrol, it's just a sight to see and as i speak to you right now, carol, they're actually, the bells of st. peters for people here in downtown january to be are tolling signifying a moment of silence if you will, before the funeral is scheduled to start at
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10:00 a.m. local time. >> is there added security around this funeral? i feel kind of silly asking that with so many police officers in atte attendance. >> reporter: well, there's no question, this is an event that the entire downtown scranton has been essentially ready for this morning, everything within an eight-block radius is patrolled if not blocked off entirely. i think the simple answer is yes, carol, there's definitely a lot of security down here, there's more police presence than usual obviously in addition to the law enforcement officers we see lining the streets right now for this ceremony/funeral. there are plain clothed officers stopping people with bags, just making sure that anyone who gets close to this area does have a little extra screening and extra eye on them this morning. >> such an impressive picture. chris welch, thanks for bringing it to us. we appreciate it. i'm back in a minute.
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o. we want to take you inside the senate.
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ukrainian president -- president poroshenko is expected to ask the united states senate and washington in general for money to help fight pro-russian rebels within his country. he hasn't officially done that yet. according to our sources he's probably not going to get much money from the united states, but we'll keep you posted. jim sciutto, our nshl correspondent is here. jim sciutto, will poroshenko have much luck with senators and the president today? >> well, it's a big moment. democratically elected president of ukraine who accuses russia of an invasion of his country, he use it is word invasion even if u.s. officials, including the president, do not. it depends in public if he'll say something different than what he says in private.
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when i speak to ukrainian officials in private, they're frankly not happy with american support at this point. they want more robust military aid to help push back the russian advance. they want tougher sanctions. they think the sanctions against russia have been too weak and too slow to truly change russia's behavior. they are much less patient than this administration has been with russian advances inside their territory. so i think he'll be more likely to be forward leaning in his private conversations than in his public conversations, but will he get that kind of aid? it seems that the administration has been satisfied with the success of its policy so far, the gradual rollout of sanctions against russia, they see hope in the cease-fire that is under way right now in eastern ukraine. although when you speak to ukrainian officials, carol, they don't have much hope that the cease-fire is going to hold and they suspect russia is using the cease-fire as a chance to just perpetuate the disruption of
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things in eastern ukraine. so it will be that split between what he asks for in public and probably what he says more frankly in private. i think it's likely it he bell be disappointed by the kind of support he gets on this trip. >> jim sciutto reporting live for us. we'll keep you posted throughout the day on what happens with the ukrainian president. let's talk about the economy now. it's going to hurt for meat eaters, actually. the price of beef hit an all-time high, topping $4.00 a pound. alison kosik is here to tell us why. >> just crossed the threshold of $4.01 a pound. this is for ground beef. this time last year it was $3.45 a pound. that's a 16% increase. wow. it's not just ground beef. it's steak, veal, other foods going up as well. milk prices, as you know, going up as well. fresh fruits and vegetables are lower from last month, same with
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non-alcoholic beverages like juices and sodas, those are also down. >> i like how you look at the glass half full. some people say it won't be long before beef possibly hit five bucks a pound. >> it could go to $5.00. if supply continues to be low and demand continues to be high, it's the simple supply and demand. we could see prices hit $5.00 a pound. we're still eating our hamburgers and steaks. part of the reason this is happening is because of the drought in california. when a calf is born, they need to eat grass. when things dry up, they'll eat feed. if you're a cattle producer, they would rather sell off the cattle and maybe grow corn. >> that's the quick explanation, quick and dirty. >> we get it though. alison kosik, thanks so much. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" after a break. [announcer] play close-good and close.
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you very much for joining me. let's begin on capitol hill. you're looking at live pictures right now. this is ukraine's president, somewhere in the crowd of people, petro poroshenko, about to address a joint meeting of congress. his goal, to get economic and military aid to help his government battle pro-russian
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militants. we'll be hon touring this throughout the hour and bring you any new developments as they happen. before poroshenko begins speaking, we want to get insight into this. let's check in with national security correspondent jim sciutto. nice to see all house members and senate members together mingling and greeting mr. poroshenko. >> this was a big moment. it was a few weeks ago poroshenko was elected democratically in ukraine. he's a western-leaning ukrainian. he wants ukraine closer to the eu, closer to nato and standing up for russia. i was there for the election and this was not an easy one. in eastern ukraine you had pro-russian separatists disrupting the vote, burning down polling stations. ukrainians voted. they chose a man like poroshenko and they know what poroshenko wants. he wants a closer relationship with the u.s., a closer relationship with europe. he's fighting a war on his territory right now. he

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