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took the photo saying that rivers would think it was funny. investigations into rivers' death are still under way. well, that wraps up our week at this hour. thanks for joining us. i'm michaela pereira. >> and i'm john berman. "legal view" begins right now with ashleigh banfield. hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. finally after a very long silence, the nfl commissioner roger goodell is manning to come out of the shadows and answer the questions live on camera from actual reporters. mr. goodell is going to hold a press conference this afternoon. the news has come to us. this is going to happen at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. that announcement comes after pretty shocking details have been released on the nfl's latest big headache. you might even call it big nightmare. you think the ray rice domestic violence fiasco was bad?
wait until you hear the details on this one. jonathan dwyer head-butted his wife so hard he broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances. this happening back in july, allegedly. his wife says he later texted her a picture of a knife, threatening to kill her. and that the couple's son could be killed as well if she told police about the assault. in the attack that spanned two days, dwyer also punched her, took away her cell phone so that she couldn't call for help, allegedly, punched walls and even threw a shoe at his 18-month-old son striking him in the stomach. in the meantime, the white house is weighing in on the nfl's handling of the recent abuse controversies, saying that the league needs to, quote, get a handle on the situation since so many young people look up to these players as role models. and we're also learning this morning that the military is now
looking into its relationship with the nfl. joining me to talk about these latest nfl woes, rachel nichols is joining me, host of "unguarded." roger goodell is going to appear at 3:00. >> we don't know what he's going to say. look, no one expects him to resign. this is a guy that is expected to hold on to his job. however, he has a lot to answer for. and i went and counted, it has been nine days since we've seen him. this is a guy who makes $44.2 million a year. people have been asking him to earn that salary, leave through th lead through this crisis. we've gotten reports of roger is working 24/7 on this but people need to see him and they need to
see what he's going to say this afternoon because he's got a lot to answer for. >> this is so disturbing to see these details and do we have that quote from the coach of the arizona cardinals? we do, the coach had this to say about his own player, about jonathan dwyer. have a listen because there's something else i want to talk about on the other side of this. >> we didn't look for this fight but once you go into it, you don't tell youred a v adversary advance. he really decried what was going on here, but our sara ganim did a spectacular report on something that went under the radar and that's the hiring of a
young man by the name of chris rainey after this issue surfaced. rainey is a player who has a history of some kind of abuse, including domestic abuse. and when cnn started to press and push and product bruce about this, all of a sudden yesterday chris rainey is not on the roster anymore. >> this is the problem. they have no clue what they are doing when it comes to issues of domestic violence and players controlling relationships with children or significant others through violence, they have no history of knowing what to do about this. >> i can't understand the double-speak, though, rachel. he's on camera yesterday. i'm sorry we don't have the bite. let me assure you he's livid about it. but his vetting process of mr. rainey came from no one other
than the young man he's actually decrying, jonathan dwyer. >> you have to look at the history here. the nfl as a whole has told its coaches and players, we don't really care that much about this. it's not that important. there are all kinds of players who were let back on to teams with history of this, all kinds of players who had arrests and play the next week and next week and next week and our society as a whole has told a lot of men in this culture, this isn't all that important because he was put into a pretrial diversionary program. finally messages are being sent to these teams and players, this is not okay. that's why you're seeing a change. we're seeing people wake up in front of our eyes and they are saying, okay. and we have to let them make that change because it's what we want them to do. >> so there's myriad of stuff to
talk about. you mentioned breaking point, rachel. kate, it's breaking point, tipping point, dominos. now the military is stepping up. i'm not going as far to say that it's an investigation. our barbara starr has tamped that down. but she's reported that they are looking real carefully now at their relationship with the nfl. but what does that mean? >> it's huge. and then you throw into that the p & g backing out of -- >> procter & gamble? >> yes, backing out of the breast cancer fund-raiser they were about to launch. and the nfl is not a brand that you're universally attaching yourself to. roger goodell is not putting himself at the mercy of the reporters and the public. the nfl was above reproach. now you're saying the procter & gamble and the military, this is
huge. >> there's a heck of a relationship between the military and n fchlfl. >> absolutely. the social issues and when it comes to masculine. >> pregame shows, et cetera, it's a real critical appearance no matter what. >> and talking about that teflon status the nfl has had. that has changed. >> real quickly about the memo that we're now hearing, roger goodell has sent out a memo since yesterday and the media is getting their hands on it. effectively, he's saying to teams and staff, i need to update you on significant -- >> by the way, there's been some news going on this week. >> we want to update you on significant steps we're taking as part of our long-term commitment to help people with domestic violence and assault.
he lists a couple of things, the domestic violence hotline, to make sure that they can answer calls, citing massive calls since the ray rice scandal came out. i wonder, from your perspective, the things that he's listed -- and he says, by no means, are these the final steps. is this enough? what does he need to say at 3:00 today? >> there has to be something big and definitive. they have taken a lot of little steps in a positive direction. i don't want to say that they are nothing. they are not nothing. they are important. but they are not big enough when you compare to the big drama of these allegations. >> real quickly, guys, what does he need to do? >> zero tolerance to me. once a player is charged, that says, hey, this is a public facing, representative of this league, just like any public facing member of a business. once someone is charged, once the place say, we have enough evidence to levy a charge, i
think that player should be deactivated or sat and not be public facing anymore until things are worked out. due process applies to the court. it doesn't apply to corporations. >> and i would add from a cultural strand point, also i would love to see him say, we're going to empower women in the league office, on teams, they have never done that. i would love to see him make a statement about that. >> they have hired four important people in this area, they are women. we'll wrap it there and see what he's going to do. he'll have free air time at 3:00 and i'm guaranteeing -- >> a lot of people watching. >> particularly you, host of "unguarded." kate, thank you. it's good to have you. cnn will bring you that live coverage of roger goodell's press conference. 3:00 p.m. eastern. pop your popcorn and buckle up. the president says he has a plan to destroy isis. but here's what is weird. he may be at odds with the guys that have to carry that out.
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if you got in on it real early, better for you. it's breaking news and we're going to take you down to the new york stock exchange shortly. in fact, alison kosik has been collecting a lot of information about alibaba. that's a big number from a massive company, twice the size as ebay. in fact, she is right on the money. this is an amazing story that so many people had no idea about. alibaba is a bohemeth. >> it really is. this stock opened at $92 po.70. it beats out facebook, bank of
america, intel, amazon, you name it. >> crazy. >> it is nuts. you should have seen how it was on the floor just now. i just had a chance to run into jack ma and i asked him, how does it feel, your baby went public. he said, it's an honor. it's an honor. >> so alison, i have to ask you this because, of course, people who hear about these stories, they want in on the action. but it's important to know that they can tank like mad and then madder and this company is tied to the chinese government. you can never separate the two. if you're investing in al bee baub ba, you have to be certain that you love every aspect of it. >> it's interesting because you look at the corporate structure of this company. there's 27 board members who are basically controlling this
company. control is not in the hands of the shareholders like many would believe and this actually is a growing trend where a lot of the control is kept at the top. so, yeah, shareholders get a cut of the profits but they don't have any voting rights so that rubs people the wrong way. it rubbed those in hong kong the wrong way, meaning that al bee wanted to list in hong kong and then he took it to america. he's not rubbing people the wrong way enough because we saw it spike, ashleigh. >> you know that crazy facebook ipo, alison, i decided to keep my real money out of it and at the time i was pretty glad but now i kind of wish it weren't a fantasy. but for the average investor, alison, it's not an easy choice. >> this is a risky bet.
>> okay. >> volatility is king here, especially on the day. any analyst will tell you, probably better off to sit this one out for a little bit and make sure things settle down before you invest in it. >> have a good weekend, alison. nice to see you. when we come back, what is going on with the message about iraq and syria and air strikes and boots on the ground? why is there such a disconnect or is it possible that might just be a strategy, considering there's so much criticism of telegraphing actions while we're actually in the planning? that's coming up next.
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. in other news this morning, france is joining the fight against isis and not in a small way either. france is launching air strikes against the terror group in iraq. that news comes as congress gives president obama the green light on his plan to destroy isis by arming and training moderate vetted syrian rebels. the problem continues to fester. isis has captured 24 kurdish villages in northern syria just this week. so what's next? when is the president going to act in syria in is it imminent? and is he at odds with the military's top brass when it comes to this? boots on the ground, no boots on the ground? former commander of u.s. central command, general james mattus,
testified yesterday before congress criticizing president obama for taking the boots on the ground option off the table. >> we didn't look for this fight. but once you go into it, you don't tell your adversary in advance what you're not going to do. we have the most skillful, the most -- the fiercest and certainly the most ethical ground forces in the world and i don't think we should reassure the enemy in advance that they will never face them. i think it's good to leave that in the commander in chief hands and should we need to deploy them, you do so. it also sends a reassuring note to the coalition that secretary kerry is trying to pull together that on the military side we're all in. i'm not saying we have to commit them right now but don't pull it off the table. >> so that was that. but this is the director of national intelligence, james clapper. he's also criticizing the united states' ability to estimate the
will of isis. effectively saying they may have made a miss stake. he told "the washington post" this. "what we didn't do was predict the will to fight." that's always a problem. we didn't do it in vietnam. we underestimated the viet cong and the north vietnamese and overestimated the with of the south veet na me. in this case, we underestimated isil and overestimated the fighting capability of the iraqi army. >> the reason that i think the president's strategy to combat isis has a chance to succeed is that the iraqi government finally includes sunnis who were representing those tribal leaders who are moderate and without whom isis cannot be
defeated. we can't wind a land war in iraq. we've proved that. but they can. and we can help them win it. >> let's bring in cnn's national chief correspondent jim sciutto, pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara starr, first to you. there are a lot of critics that are making a lot of hay but the difference between the military and the white house. sometimes you've got to wonder if it's just because it's fine tuning in progress or if there might be a different strategy to this given that critics are also upset that we're telegraphing plans effectively to the enemy. >> ashleigh, the bottom line, the pentagon says on all levels that there simply is no rift between the president, the white house, and his top commanders and generals, that everybody is on board. let me have you listen very quickly to what the pentagon press secretary had to say earlier this morning on cnn. >> there's complete alignment between the white house, the
president, and his military leadership here at the pentagon from secretary hagel on down to all of the planners putting together the options for the president to consider. as you know, he was in tampa this week and had a chance to get an update from general austin. he was very pleased with the work that they've done, very satisfied with the prlanning efforts. there's still work to be done to continue here but i can tell you that all of the military leadership, civilian and military leadership alike, they are fully supportive and we're ready to go. >> u.s. commanders, generals, they always ask for more than they are going to get. they know they are not going to get everything that they ask for. that's a given. they like to have as many troops, as much equipment and as much of everything as they possibly can. it's very well understood. they are not going to get everything they've asked for and this is a president who has set parameters and by all accounts wants to stick to them. he's told general dempsey, come back to me if something changes.
come back to me with more options if you need to. but right now don't look for a big change in the plan. ashleigh? >> colonel, weigh in here. there are a lot of pundits that look at every sillable that is being said. the white house says what actually is happening and it's as simple as that. >> general dempsey did this the other day. he explained to congress, lee tell the president what i think but the president will make the decision and once the decision is made, it's up to the military to execute that. >> is that a disconnect? >> not at all. admiral kirby is absolutely right. here are the parameters we're going to work on and everybody is planning within those parameters. are there people who think the parameters are wrong? of course. but they need to carry that out.
>> jim sciutto, the comments that the national intelligence made to "the washington post," i think they are very significant. i quoted part of it. i want to be real clear on what i think might be the most significant part of it. in this case, james clapper says, we underestimated isil and over estimated the fighting capability of the army. i didn't see that. it boils down to predicting the will to fight, which is i am ponderable. is this james clapper trying to take away the sting from the president? >> i don't think it's connected to the president's comments. i spoke to a senior intelligence official moments before you went to air, ashleigh. they told me that they've issued multiple reports about isis capabilities and aspirations, including aspirations to strike as far south as baghdad. this is even before they came
across the border from syria. i think what you're seeing here from clapper is 20/20 hindsight saying, why he, we knew that they had increasing growing aspirations for the land that they wanted to capture and establish the islamic state. what they didn't predict is the army would melt away so quickly so overestimating the iraqi army's willingness to fight and perhaps underestimated isis' intensity and its ability to operate as a standing army, as we've seen. i don't think it's connected to the president's comments. and this is what you hear from intelligence officials. they say, we are not clairvoyance. we can make the best assessments we can but some things are going to surprise you and, in effect -- >> and if you slip up, you're going to hear about it. hello, 9/11.
we could go on and on. but the three of you, thank you, jim sciutto, barbara starr, colonel rick francona, thank you. hillary clinton is speaking at a live democratic national committee event in washington, d.c.. she's speaking out about empowering and helping women. what exactly is she saying but, maybe more importantly, why is it that she's saying this? does this have to do with maybe looking at a demographic that was overlooked before in case -- and a big in case -- mrs. clinton decides to run for president? that's next. narrator: these are the skater kid: whoa narrator: that got torture tested by teenagers and cried out for help. from the surprised designers. who came to the rescue with a brilliant fix male designer: i love it narrator: which created thousands of new customers for the tennis shoes that got torture tested
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hillary clinton is surrounded by a cloud of ifs right now. if she decides to run for president, if she is planning a campaign strategy, if she is going after key voters when she speaks in places like iowa. but one thing is pretty sure, if she does have something in the works, women are going to be a very big part of her strategy. just moments ago, she spoke to the women's leadership forum, the democratic leadership forum. here's a little piece of what she said. >> it has been more than 20 years since tipper gore and i began gathering democratic women together and formed this organization. now, a lot has changed since
then. we've elected dozens of women senators and congresswomen. we've seen our first speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, and most important, we brought the concerns and hopes and dreams of women from the margins to the mainstream of american public life. you've done that. you've moved those political mountains and i thank each and every one of you. but as much as things have changed, here's what's stayed as true as ever. the democratic party is at its best just like america is at its best when we rally behind a very simple yet powerful idea. family. family is the building block of any society. it's the building block of our
party and our country. when democrats fought for labor rights so more families could make it into the middle class, when democrats fought for social security so that our parents wouldn't live in poverty, when democrats fought for health care and education and civil rights so all our children could grow up with opportunity and equality, we have fought for families, for moms and dads and kids and the values that hold us all together. so don't let anyone dismiss what you're doing here today as women's work. don't let anybody send you back to the sidelines. we're here, proud, democratic women and proud democratic men to stand up not just for ourselves, not just for women, but for all our people, for our families, our communities, and our country. >> all of this comes a day after
mrs. clinton said equal pay for women should become a political movement i'm joined by political commentators donna brazile in washington. i'm going to start with you. that's a lot of lady talk that seems to be missing from '08. and i know you have strong opinions about that. >> absolutely. i think if hillary clinton would have given that speech in '08 and especially early and often and those caucus and primary states, she would be president hillary clinton. it was a bad strategy, a bad campaign year for her. although she won the popular vote, it's clear she wasn't able to mobilize the kind of vote she needed to in order to win the delegation. it's going to be a crucial period for her. not only are women voters, swing voters in the midterm election, they will determine the outcome in the next presidential race. her speech was very strong. she highlighted the issues that
she's heard about all her life, her entire career, because she's fought for women and to close the equality gap for men and women for many, many years. this is a crucial moment for her. whenever she decides to run, as you say, if there's no question, the women vote will be an important vote for hillary clinton. >> so i get it, that this is a targeted demo. but then on the flip side, sally, i'll get you to weigh in on this, when it's your image that you're promoting, clearly she's a woman, it makes me think about the rudy giuliani factor when all he did was promote 9/11 and security and it really backfired. being a woman, promoting the woman, does it get to be too much? >> women are not a majority of this country so there's not much to lose here. there's also a lot to gain. people never say when they are talking about the middle class or, working class or white working class. we tend to have these issues
when you're talking about certain communities. i think what hillary just did in this speech, it maybe possibly signals a very smart shift for her and if she follows through, it's a winning strategy. women voters are going to be crucial to her in the primary as defining her against other candidates, likely no doubt if she runs. they tend to favor democrats. but we've seen this divide historically in our politics between social issues, like women issues, abortion, reproductive justice, family medical leave, all of those things and on the other hand, economic issues. what hillary did in that speech was say, there is no divide and what is good for women as workers is good for women as women and it's good for america and it's good for families. that's a very powerful message for every voter in america. >> you each have ten seconds to give me your answer to this.
she's the presumed front-runner for 2016 s that a dangerous place to be? donna, you first. >> yes. >> you have five left. >> because she needs the energy and the excitement of a candidate that is going to build america's future, a pro-growth candidate, a candidate that will keep america safe and secure. a candidate that will lift the middle class. she has to be a candidate that is an insurgent but also someone with a deep experience and vision to lead our country. i think she can do both. >> sally, you only get five now. >> it seems to be helping her because she has an advantage to shape her message and get better at it and has the attention span of the nation to keep getting better as opposed to having one bite at it. >> ladies, great to have you. love having all of the ladies on. donna brazile, sally kohn, thank you. the search that we've been reporting on for the missing college student, this morning there were search warrants executed on not only a car but the residence where that car was
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a missing university of virginia student named hanna graham. search warrants were executed on an apartment and a vehicle in charlottesville, virginia, early this morning. we don't have a lot of details available yet. nobody's in custody but we can tell you this. the car that they looked at was impounded and it's being checked for forensic evidence, according to the police. miss graham is the fourth woman in five years to disappear from this college town. the uva sophomore has been missing since early saturday morning when apparently she texted friends seemingly lost having earlier left a dinner party and that was it, no one heard from her. police are scouring surveillance footage, including one man following hanna graham. randi kaye has more. >> reporter: new video of hanna graham caught on camera while out for a long night of drinking with friends. at times, she appears disoriented and confused.
at 1:06 a.m., these surveillance cameras show hanna on the mall in downtown charlottesville. see the man in the light colored shorts, he ducks into a doorway when hanna passes by, he follows her. >> she was vulnerable. she may not have been in a position to protect herself or defend herself. >> reporter: the man seen in the video tailing hanna told police she appeared distressed and he wanted to make sure she was safe. also, that he stopped following her after he saw a black man approach hanna and put his arm around her. police have not commented whether or not they believe the first man's story. as for the second man, he isn't seen anywhere in the surveillance video. though, late thursday police did say they want to speak with him. about 20 minutes after hanna was seen on that mall surveillance camera, 1:20 a.m., police say she texted friends about a party but never showed up. the text was the last anyone heard from her. >> there was a particular text that will lead us to believe
that she was lost. >> reporter: lost in an area police say she was familiar with and there's more. surveillance video from earlier in the night. 9:30 p.m. friday night, that's when hanna graham left her apartment. she grabbed dinner with friends, then went to a party. after leaving that party around 12:15 a.m. saturday, she headed towards an irish pub. 45 minutes later, about 1:00 a.m., police say cameras caught her running towards the downtown mall. strangely, nobody appeared to be chasing her. which brings us back to this video, a jewelry store on the mall at 1:08 a.m. the last time hanna graham was seen on camera alive. >> pick up the phone and tell us something regardless of how insignificant you think it might be. >> her parents release this statement. hanna is beyond precious to us. we are truly devastated by her disappearance. it's totally out of character
for us not to have heard from her and we fear foul play. and they may have good reason to. at least three other young women have disappeared here in the last five years, including virginia tech student, morgan ha harrington. she went missing after a rock concert. police have reportedly checked the area where her remains were found for clues in this latest case. that has some raising concerns about a possible serial killer. but police remain laser focused on finding hanna graham. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> and yesterday the police said that they want to question a man witnesses say they saw talking to graham on the downtown mall around the time that she vanished. that person of interest is said to be a black male, 5'10" to 5'11" with a closed shave head and a goatee and slight beer belly. one of the things that the
police chief said, and this is critical in the virginia area, there was a pub called mcgrady's irish pub where she was seen speaking to someone. the police chief is desperate to hear from anyone who may have spoken with hannah who may have seen her or spoken to her. we are going to switch gears after the break. chris brown has just released album number six. is his violent past still overshadowing his current music? the lightest or nothing. the smartest or nothing. the quietest or nothing. the sleekest... ...sexiest, ...baddest, ...safest, ...tightest, ...quickest, ...harshest... ...or nothing. at mercedes-benz, we do things one way or we don't do them at all. introducing the all-new c-class.
about, chris brown is it a musical success story. his first ever single roared to number one on the charts and this week brown released his latest album. but five years after assaulting his then girlfriend rihanna, brown's legacy is seemingly as much about violence as it is about music. nischelle turner joins me live with this now. so here's the deal. i know you have this fantastic spotlight coming up tonight, 10:00 p.m. eastern time. it's not just what he did to rihanna five years ago, it's that the stories kept dribing and drabbing out because he was not changing his behavior. he was doing lousy things that give you a lousy image.
is it unfair to brand him a very bad boy? >> he's a complex person. we're talking about him now because of the whole ray rice domestic violence issue and brown spoke about it this week and we'll talk about that in a second. but long before the ray rice issue, there was chris brown and he was a musical genius at the time but his issue with rihanna and that domestic violence situation quickly turned him from pop's it boy into the face of domestic violence. >> extremely happy and in love just hours before. >> reporter: happy and in love, sitting side by side at the party. >> there was an argument that they had in the car and that erupted into a fight. >> reporter: a fight, rumor had it, sparked by a text from one of brown's former flames. >> it was an extremely massive argument and fight that escalated in a very physical way. things got out of the control.
and he physically assaulted her and left her bruised and bloodied. >> there have been reports of him trying to get her out of the car, reports of him saying that he was going to kill her. >> reporter: hours after the brutal attack, brown turned himself in to police. news of the incident sent the country into a tailspin. >> unbelievable arrest of chris brown. >> accusations of domestic violence. >> the victim is rihanna, the singer's girlfriend. >> it was shock, disgust, horror, and it was confusion. >> reporter: the boy next door no more. >> in a lot of people's minds, chris brown became a monster. >> reporter: brown was slapped with two felony assault charges and hired famed michael jackson attorney mark geragos. >> chris from day one wanted to take responsibility so he did what he was advised to do.
>> reporter: in 2009, brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault and took a plea deal. five years probation as well as counseling, community service, and a restraining order. he'd have to stay far away from rihanna. >> and i will always wish that i could take it back. >> reporter: brown gave his first tv interview about the incident on cnn with his lawyer and his mother by his side. >> probably the most painful time of my entire life. >> reporter: brown apologized again and lamented the loss of rihanna. >> do you love her? >> definitely. >> reporter: but this time, love wasn't enough. >> i can't wait. i'm such a fan of his and it drives me nuts that he keeps behaving so badly and right now he's talking about ray rice? >> he was asked about it in an interview earlier and he was talking about the fact that he recognizes now that he does have
some anger issues. he's got some things that he needs to work on and his advice to ray rice, is you can't leave that in, that's when you explode. i don't know if this is trying to be a rebirth pr for him. >> right. >> but we go into it tonight, the good, the bad, and very ugly. >> 10:00 p.m. right here on cnn. have a great weekend, nischelle. nice to see you. have a great weekend, everyone, i'm going to hand the baton over to wolf blitzer. well if you start putting that towards your retirement every week and let it grow over time, for twenty to thirty years, that retirement challenge might not seem so big after all. ♪
hello. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from washington. president obama has been given the go ahead to put his plan into action to arm and train the syrian rebels. the senate followed the house's lead in approving the measure. moments ago we heard from the president's national security adviser susan rice. she was asked about a timeline for the training but would only say that the white house is going to move rapidly. the process will take several months. the administration also touted the cooperation of coalition partners in the mission at hand. >> we're getting in the middle -- not getting in the middle -- we're going to be part of a coalition that is engaged in