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them around the world. amazing how little it costs to change somebody's life. listen to dawson's mom. >> it's less than $50 to make one of these hands. you can't put a value on what it does to your kids. >> there it is. >> beautiful. >> we'll leave you with that one. thank you, dawson, for being "the good stuff." "the newsroom" with carol costello. >> something good, we appreciate that. have a great day. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- and good morning, i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we begin with a monster storm hitting the west coast. so-called river in the sky now bursting its banks over california. take a look at these live pictures of the bay area, the camera bouncing around from the heavy winds and rain, gusts could get up to 80 miles per hour later today. and this is in san rafael, where
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up to ten inches of rain is expected in some areas. waves are hitting the the coast at 20 feet in the sierra, nevada, mountains, a few feet of snow will fall, whipping winds will make out for whiteout conditions, mudslides also a danger. the river in the sky called an atmospheric river is a band of heavily moist air hundreds of miles wide. the national weather service tweeted this overnight satellite picture showing much of the storm still offshore but it's getting closer. cnn's dan simon is covering the storm, he's in san francisco this morning. good morning, dan. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we are in downtown san francisco. the rain just starting to come down. as you said this area is going to get hammered and the city itself could get up to nine inches of rain, and if it isn't the rain, it's the winds. you talked about hurricane force winds could see 50 to to 0-mile-per-hour gusts in the city, maybe 90-mile-per-hour gusts outside of the city. they've been preparing for this
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event here over the last day or two. we had the utility cruise trimming tree limbs to make sure they don't fall on power lines, clearing storm drains to prevent the possibility of flooding. some say this is a welcome relief given the fact that the state is in the middle of an historic three-year trout so we could certainly use all the precipitation but if you have so much rain of course in a short period of time you could have monumental problems, carol. >> dan simon reporting live from san francisco, thanks so much. let's head to the middle east. terrorists retaliated for a failed attempt to rescue an american hostage. officials in southwestern yemen say militants fired a half dozen rockets at u.s. targets stationed at the country's largest military airbase. there were no fatalities and no major damage. the al qaeda affiliate al sharia said it was to avenge the deadly u.s. raid aimed at freeing luke somers as american commandos
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tried to advance on the compound, captured the killed the american photojournalist and also south african teacher pierre korkie. foreign relations committee is divided whether an issue should be passed on to a full congressional vote, that move is being pushed by senator rand paul who wants to place limits on the obama white house. he says to prevent the open-ended war we saw in iraq. paul believes obama overstepped his authority by launching a war against isis without the consent of congress. here's a new measure of the far-reaching impact of the senate's so-called torture report. best-selling ebook on amazon intelligence and espionage section. part of the intrigue is whether the cia withheld details on brutal interrogation techniques of terror suspects. former vice president dick cheney dismisses the claims and
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criticism as a partisan pick job by democrats. >> what happened we asked the agency to take steps designed do catch the bastards that killed 3,000 of us on september 11th. that's what they did and they deserve the credit, not the condemnation they're receiving from the senate democrats. >> the feinstein report suggests president bush was not fully briefed on the program and deliberately kept in the dark by the cia. >> not true. didn't happen. read his book. he talks about it extensively in his memoirs. he was, in fact, an integral part of the program. we to approve it before we went forward with it. >> the report also claimed that secretary of state colin powell was kept in the dark for almost two years because the career military man would "blow his stack" over the abuses. the government's top law enforcement officer at the time disputes that claim. >> i don't remember that
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concern, but at an appropriate time people would be read into what the administration would be considering, and so at the appropriate time general powell and others would be advised of what the administration was considering, what the cia was proposing, what the department of justice was saying in terms of legality, and then they would have the opportunity to present their views and the same thing happened for example with respect to the application of the geneva conventions. people at the appropriate time was informed and they had the opportunity to make views known to the president of the united states. >> cnn's jim acosta at the white house with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. so far the white house is steering clear of the two big questions coming out of the torture report, should cia officials be prosecuted for the harsh interrogation tactics and did those tactics save lives? there is one person who will say dick cheney. with the debate raging over the fallout of the torture report the white house is staying on the sidelines.
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josh earnest refused to weigh in whether cia officials should be tried for tactics the president described himself as torture. did those details warrant going back and reexamining whether they should be prosecuted? >> decisions about prosecution are made by career federal prosecutors at the department of justice. >> reporter: the justice department says the federal prosecutors who looked into the program won't be launching a new investigation based on the report from the democratic chair dianne feinstein. trial or no trial, the cia has some big names coming to its defense, from former vice president dick cheney who blasted the report on fox news. >> i think it's a terrible piece of work. we did exactly what needed to be done in order to catch those who were guilty on 9/11 and to prevent a further attack and we were successful on both parts. and i think -- >> this report says it was not successful. >> their report is full of crap. >> reporter: to the agency's former director michael hayden. >> what stunned me about the report most is the fact it was written in the way it was written.
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it is an unrelenting prosecutorial document. >> reporter: both men say the cia is right inserting harsh interrogation techniques like shows shop in the film "zero dark thirty" methods prevented attacks and saved life. but on that crucial question, the white house takes no position. >> it is impossible to know the counter-factual. it's impossible to know whether or not this information could have been obtained using tactics that are consistent with the army field manual or other law enforcement techniques. >> the cia is lying. >> reporter: colorado democratic senate mark udall called on the president to clean house at the cia. the review conducted by former udall said an internal review of the interrogation program directed by former cia director leon panetta found the cia repeatedly misled congress about the brutal tactics. >> the president needs to purge his administration of high level officials, instrumental to the development and running of this program. for director brennan, that means resigning.
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>> reporter: there is no indication that is going to happen any time soon. the white house maintains the president still has full confidence in cia director john brennan and brennan will have a chance to defend himself at a news conference at the cia later on this afternoon, carol. >> jim acosta reporting live at the white house and in just a few hours we should hear more from the cia director, john brennan, in a rare public exchange, the head of the nation answer spy agency will also field questions from reporters. cnn will carry the news conference live. it is scheduled for 1:30 eastern time. still to come in "the newsroom," countries with human rights abuses of their own slamming the u.s. over the torture report. so have we lost our moral authority? should we care? we'll talk about that next. [ male announcer ] are you so stuffed up, you feel like you're underwater? try zyrtec-d® to powerfully clear your blocked nose
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fallout from the torture report is reverb grating around the world. iran's eye toeia khomeinei slamming the united states as a symbol of tyranny against its people. china's news-sponsored state agency blasting the americans as hypocrites when it comes to human rights and pakistan's foreign ministry says his country deplores torture, the acts should never be repeated. there are repercussions when you consider yourself a moral authority. here's president george w. bush in his 2003 sachb. state of the union. >> iraqis tell us how forced confessions are obtained by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. international human rights
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groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of iraq, electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape. if this is not evil, then evil has no meaning. [ applause ] >> no cia interrogators did not go to the lengths but they resorted to extreme measures some call torture. let's talk about that with john hudson, senior reporter at "foreign policy" magazine and the reverend ron steve, director of the national religious campaign against torture. welcome to both of you. >> thanks. >> thanks for being here. reverend, why does the united states have to be the moral authority? >> well, we have to be the moral authority because we are among nations who look up to our democracy, and the faith
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community has been working on this issue for years to get the torture report out so that we can admit our mistakes, we can move forward, we can go ahead and lead in this world on this issue. torture is immoral. >> why is it so important that we lead? >> well because we're world citizens. torture is immoral, and we're actually having one of those rare moments in u.s. politics where we're having a huge public discussion about an incredibly important moral issue, torture. torture is always wrong. that's what the faith community has said from the beginning and now we're hearing that from our president, we're hearing that from senate intelligence committee. it's important that the world hears that, so that we can move beyond this horrible episode, horrific acts that you read about in this report and get to congress starting to take some action so that we permanently ban torture and that this never happens again in the name of the u.s. citizens.
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>> dick cheney certainly isn't saying any of that, john, he actually says he'd do it again in a minute because it saved lives. your magazine writes "how osama bin laden would smile where he'd see us debate such things, how he must have delighted he and a comparative handful of others could goad the united states to behave so rep. henrehensibly ov fear of a band of thugs." that band of thugs killed 3,000 innocent americans. >> yes, it's absolutely true, and the things that have been revealed and the torturous details we have seen shocked the conscience legitimately. what you've seen is really a bold act of airing our political laundry out in the open, and if you look at china and you look at russia, of course, they're seizing on this report, but the important thing to remember is the kind of debate that we're having right now is something
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that would never happen in those countries. what you would have is mass censorship, self-censorship and the intimidation of anyone going after the state in the same way that senate democrats have done in this report. >> so having said that, john, how damaging is this torture report, as far as america's role on the world stage? >> it certainly degrades a lot of the values that we talk about that you showed very well in that clip that showed george w. bush declaring that torture is evil, and it's very easy for other countries to look at the united states and call it hypocritical, but it's important to remember that when foreign nations do this, we're doing it for domestic consumption, and that shouldn't sway us from reflecting on our own political system and trying to make it better. >> so reverend, have we sent a strong enough message that most
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americans think torture is wrong or does more need to be done? do heads need to roll? >> i think we sent a really strong message. by international standards, of course, impunity is something that we're going to have to address as a nation, the administration and the department of justice have said they will not prosecute, but i think we have actually come to terms with the fact that the united states acted wrongly and immorally. the best way for us to move forward is to give the international committee of the red cross access to future interrogations, give the cia, get it out of the detention business, out of setting up prisons for detainees to basically restore order in the interrogation and detention of suspects, so that we can, again, be among the global community of people who respect human rights. >> reverend ron steve, john hutchson, thank you to both of
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you. i appreciate it. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> you're welcome. congress is set to vote on a huge government spending bill today. the controversial headline "obama care's immigration programs are funded." who are the other winners and losers? well, first the winners, wealthy donors, boy scouts and white potato producers. the losers? d.c. pot legalization backers, portrait painters and school lunches. dana bash joins me with more. good morning, dana. >> good morning, carol. massive $1.1 trillion bipartisan bill, a kind of bill bill everybody grouses about but all of the reasons that we know because there are lots of things inside this. massive $1.1 trillion bill to keep the government running and avoid a shutdown, but tucked inside the 1,603-page bill lots of add-ones that have to do with
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the powerful getting help for their priorities. on page 1,599 a change in campaign finance laws that allow wealthy donors to give thousands more to political parties than they do now or a new rule easing first lady michelle obama's controversial healthy school lunch standards, and a federal program that helps feed women and children can call white potatoes a fresh vegetable, it happens congressman mike simpson who comes from potato-producing idaho chairs the subcommittee in charge of the program. other high-profile add-ones, no federal dollars will be allowed to implement washington d.c.'s new recreational marijuana law, no money either to stop manufacturing incandescent light bulbs. yes, light bulbs. when republicans took control of the house four years ago it was supposed to mean the end of the big bills negotiated in back rooms. >> this is exactly the christmas tree bill throwing everything on that you campaigned on and you
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were against, you promised not to do this. >> understand all the provisions in this bill have been worked out in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion or they wouldn't be in the bill. >> reporter: it is true all the extraneous things in this bill were agreed on by both parties, things like reversing regulations on truck drivers that require shorter work weeks and taking the stage grouse bird off the endangered species list. >> when we get to the end of session, members are trying to find a way to get their legislation across the finish line, because of not really the issues on the house side, more issues on the senate side to facilitate their ability to move legislation, some of this stuff ends up in one bill. >> reporter: there is a new money-saving measure likely to make taxpayers happy. no longer will they pay for official portraits for presidents or members of congress. right now, carol, the biggest issue that is keeping democratic votes away from this is actually
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something that is in to strip away some of the reforms, carol, that were put in place after the financial meltdown in 2008. the wall street has elizabeth warren and a host of other democrats railing against the bill because of the reforms chipped away in the bill even though their democratic negotiators agreed to it. that is part of the reason why we'll watch the vote closely, in a few hours to see if republicans and democratic leaders can get enough votes because of the opposition in both lanes of both parties. carol? >> we'll be sure to check back. dana bash reporting live from washington, thank you so much. >> thank you. still to come in "the newsroom," the latest draw ma from sony picture, definitely not coming to a theater near you but from hackers. angelina jolie slammed, and called a spoiled brat. live in tin selltown next. [ male announcer ] nearly 7 million clients.
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as the holiday season gets into full swing, so, too, does the hollywood awards blitz. the 2015 golden globe nominations were announced. topping the nominations "birdman" from hbo with seven. for best actress in a drama, jennifer aniston for "cake"
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felecity jones "the theory of everything" julianne moore "still alice" rosamund pike and reese witherspoon. boy hood, fox catcher, the imitation game, selma and the theory of everything. for more go to golden globes are a bit overshadowed this morning by some of the humiliating details coming out about that hack attack at sony studios and how bad it really was. now we hear from the studio co-chair amy pascal and producer scott rudin and their e-mail war slamming angelina jolie and president obama. first a little background for you. you may not know the name scott rudin but seen his movies, social network, no country for oldman, the truman show, he's the one everyone at the academy seems to be thanking. >> thank you, scott rudin, for
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bringing us this novel and giving us the opportunity to make the movie. >> thank you to scott rudin who brought me over here and somehow had the vision that a jewish- jewish-nigerian brit could come over the pond and play one of the most iconic parts. >> scott rudin. >> scott rudin. >> scott rudin, you fought so hard for this film to get it made. >> and america's best living film producer, scott rudin. >> oh, you get the idea. rudin's, mails, well, likely won't be hurting him. any thank yous this morning, one e-mail saying angelina's jolie pet film project "cleopatra" would make him the laughing stock of the industry and "i'm not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat." in a separate e-mail rudin and pascal joke about president obama and the movies he probably
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prefers, rudin wrote "i bet he likes kevin hart." i'm joined by brian stelter, cnn's media correspondent and host of "reliable sources" and nischelle turner corresponder of "entertainment tonight" and cnn contributor. >> hi. >> i'm dying to start with you, initi nischelle, i want to start with the spoiled brat but you'll start with the newsy portion with brian stelter. this hack was really serious. >> it has been and continues to have these repercussions. it was about three weeks ago that some of sony's upcoming films leaked onto the internet and we started to see some private information leaked out. now all the e-mails are doing much more damage because we are seeing the relationships that really exist in hollywood, the good, the bad, but mostly the ugly. >> i never heard angelina jolie referred to as a spoiled brat, nischelle. >> yes, you know, that was a new one. that one leaked out yesterday. we also saw some leak out about kevin hart. they called him and i hope i can say this on television, a
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"whore" and said i'm not saying he's a whore but a whore, saying he was greedy, and also alluded to the racial off-color jokes they were making about president obama, so this is really kind of starting to snowball here, and you know what? this group, the guardians of peace, with then started several weeks ago, they promised that they had some really embarrassing information that they would leak and they're delivering on their promise. this is embarrassing for sony. >> it is painful. talking about private e-mails these folks never thought would leak out. i talked to them privately and won't speak on the record saying this could happen to any movie studio and they obviously feel like they're being taken advantage of and exploited now the e-mails are being talked about. it's not as if the media companies are hacking this information. we're not hacking the documents. we're just sharing what is now available in the public domain. this is a cyber attack and now
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we see the damage. >> i'm sure sony doesn't want us to share these e-mails with the public, but they're out there, and you can't help -- they're all over the internet so we're not sharing anything new, right? >> exactly. and you know what? this is actually having repercussions in other areas as well. we know we've all kind of been focusing on the movie "the interview" with soeth rogin and james front coon christmkri and there will be no broadcast outlets there tonight. no one is invited to it, still photographers and a house crew. no one will ask questions about this because we won't be there >> no interviews at the premiere of the sbe view. sony hasn't explicitly said north korea is behind the attack. there's speculation north korea or their allies are responsible but the company hasn't said so.
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i this a feeling they're afraid seth and james franco might say something they're not supposed to say. >> they already went on "snl" and joked about it. if you're amy pascal and scott rudin what are you thinking? some of the biggest stars you have movies for, they have kevin hart's next two or three movies and i can bet, i talked to his people yesterday when the e-mails leaked about him, they hadn't seen it yet, so they were just getting wind of this, but you have to, you know, think that these people are not going to be happy, and not only do you have that, a lot of these stars, their agents have other huge stars, so this could definitely have a snowball effect. they've got some cleaning up to do, because this isn't good. >> nischelle turner, brian stelter thanks so much. i appreciate it. i'll be right back.
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to the next level. i mean, if you're into that kinda thing. yeah, if you're into that kinda thing... watch out for that enemy turret, koshka! i got it, glaive! alright, now let's destroy the vain crystal! wait, i'm going to upgrade from barbed needle to serpent mask. i'm going to buy some minion candy too. don't forget an eclipse prism. why would i want an eclipse prism in a situation like this? stop playing like a noob, glaive. oh... really koshka? like the time you took on adagio with nothing but some journey boots and a scout trap? i knew you were going to bring that up! ♪ good morning. i'm carol costello, thank you so much for joining me. comedian bill cosby is getting hit with a new lawsuit by one of his accusers. ta mara breen claims cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her back in 1970. cosby has denied her claims. now she is taking the case to federal court and trying to get around the statute of limitations in her case. her goal, to prove that cosby's
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repeated denials have damaged her image. so far, at least 22 alleged victims have come forward. let's bring in cnn national correspondent susan candiotti with more. >> this someone really a different one, carol. ta mara green's lawyers thinks he has found a way to file a lawsuit that will force bill cosby to public address sex assault allegations. miss green says she hopes it will work. ta mara green finding a creative way to get around the statute of limitations, largely shielding bill cosby from criminal and civil sex charges. green is suing him for basically calling her a liar. >> i want the truth of this matter to be finally established forevermore. >> it's a defamation lawsuit claiming that when cosby's lawyers and publicists issued statements saying he "didn't know her" and the "incident did not happen in any way, shape or form" branded green as a liar
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and damaged her reputation. >> we shall all now have our day in court. bill cosby will also have his day in court. he will have his day in court to defend himself and i look forward to that event. >> reporter: her lawyer, joe ca camero who represented paula jones in a sexual harassing lawsuit against president clinton. >> she will have to litigate and mr. cosby will have to answer the allegation that he, according to ms. green, sexually abused her. >> reporter: green was an aspiring model and singer, like so many other accusers, she says cosby drugged and assaulted her, but she eventually fought him off. >> the center of my being understood that, you know, he had gone from helping me to groping me and kissing me and touching me and handling me, and you know, taking off my clothes. >> reporter: green, now an attorney, signed on as a jane doe to andrea constance's
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lawsuit that cosby settled in 2006. when the cosby scandal broke wide open last month green spoke out to cnn and others. >> i hope that women have been saved by not having been victims after 2005. >> reporter: cosby himself is not directly responded to his accusers examine ento say he should not have to answer to innuendos. in response to green's lawsuit, cosby's lawyer issuing this statement, "we are very confident that we will prevail and we will pursue claims against the attorneys who filed this action." >> this will give us a chance to go to a forum where we will speak our stories and tell our truth, and the most important thing is that bill cosby will be required to appear in court and to speak and he will finally be heard. >> green's lawyer predicts another accuser will soon be filing a similar lawsuit proclaiming defamation of
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character. the whole idea is to get cosby to talk before a jury and explain what happened. will this move work? >> that is the question, that's why we have paul callan, cnn legal analyst. is that a good strategy? >> you know, i want to start by saying, i'm not expressing an opinion about whether cosby did it or didn't do it. we're only talking about legal doctrines here. and i think it's a strategy that's going to lose in the end, is it a good way to get into court and try to air these things publicly, it is. it's a back door effort to get around the statute of limitations. this thing allegedly happened over 40 years years ago and is it fair to subject somebody to defending themselves against an allegation that's 40 years old. i don't a even think she's saying she was under some sort of psychological disability. >> why doesn't cosby sue her? >> cosby is not going to sue her because that would open the same box and create all of the public
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embarrassment, and in terms of how a court will look at this in terms of defamation, what we're really saying here is that cosby's attorney came out and his publicist came out and said hey, he's innocent, and now they're saying that constitutes defamation. whenever somebody accuses you of a crime and you say i'm innocent. you accuse them of being a liar. you could make that an allegation of every lawsuit. federal lawsuit will say do i want to create a precedent where, in every single lawsuit arising out of a criminal case 40 years old later with he can have a round of defamation charges and this stuff gets complicated, it goes on for months and years when you litigate, did cosby ex-plitily authorize singer to say these things and the publicist to say these things? remember, cosby is being sued for what they said and there's another document called the
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opinion doctrine, if the publicist was just saying, in my opinion this has been discredited, that's a doctrine that's protected under first amendment law so there are a lot of defenses available here. >> the interesting facet of this, cosby's lawyers threatened to go after green's lawyers, so green's lawyer commented this morning on "new day" so let's listen. >> let them bring it on. you know, let them take his best shot. i just think it's the m.o., their tactics, but we've got a case, it's been filed appropriately in court. we have a forum, like i said, where truth can be tried in our system of justice. we don't engage in hand-to-hand combat on street corners. we have a battleground. the battleground is in a courtroom. >> okay, so co-cosbys lawyer sue
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green's lawyers? >> bill o'reilly was accused of sexually harassing an employee at fox news, they sued his attorney. they sued the attorney of the case as well and that suit disappeared in a quiet super secret settlement which by the way is of course what this attorney is hoping in the end just to make it go away, even if he may lose it, maybe cosby thinks i should do a settlement in the case and that's how most of these cases end. >> now this woman also of course could very well prove injury to herself, and how she is regarded. she's a lawyer, as a matter of fact, and what she has undergone and the mental anguish and what she said -- >> the hard part about that, i think, that claim she's been damaged by it, by publicly coming forward and bringing the lawsuit, she's kind of outing herself and subjecting herself to attacks that maybe would not have occurred, had she not
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brought the lawsuit involving something that happened 40 years ago. >> i've got to end it there. wish i could go on. >> i started out by saying, i don't have an opinion about this. >> you're talking about legal doctrines, paul, i heard you. >> okay, thank you very much. >> paul callan, susan candiotti, many thanks to both of you. i'm back in a minute. like my potassium and phytosterols which may help lower cholesterol. new ensure active heart health supports your heart and body so you stay active and strong. ensure, take life in. earning unlimited cash back on purchases. that's a win. but imagine earning it twice. introducing the citi® double cash card. it lets you earn cash back twice, once when you buy and again as you pay. it's cash back. then cash back again.
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he ofischels tell cnn new information suggests this bomb mastermind survived u.s. drone strikes in syria last month. french jihadist is the up feared khorasan group and is an expert in smuggling explosives aboard airliners. barbara starr is working her sources and has more for us. good morning. >> good morning, carol. you'll recall the khorasan group is a group of al qaeda
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operatives in syria, very hard core, many of them having moved from pakistan to syria a number of years ago. the u.s. has been conducting air strikes against the khorasan group, even as that war against isis goes on, a number of air strikes, they thought that they have perhaps killed this french bomb maker busan a number of weeks ago but new intelligence shows he likely did survive, unless they have a dead body or picture of the dead body, all of these things are assessments and now the assessment changed that he is alive. also the leader of the khorasan group, musan al fadhli, also alive. the big worry, these are people capable of making bombs that can get past security airport measures and there's a lot of concern. it appears after weeks of u.s. air strikes the leadership of this very dangerous group still
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very much alive. carol? >> barbara starr reporting live, thank you. i'll be right back. ♪ ♪ thanks. ♪ [ male announcer ] fedex® has solutions to enable global commerce that can help your company grow steadily and quickly. great job. (mandarin) ♪ cut it out. >>see you tomorrow. ♪ e financial noise
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the ride sharing service uber is hitting major roadblocks. first it gets kicked out of countries like thailand and spain for violating local laws. now it's under legal pressure in its own back yard. two california cities are suing
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the company to block the service over its allegedly shoddy background techs. cnn money technology correspondent rory segal has more on the story. >> it's been a rough couple weeks. you had a passenger allegedly raped in new delhi. this isn't good for the company's image. you go to their own back yard in california where the business is booming. they decided that they've been sending cease and desist orders for the past year. the san francisco d.a. says there's something wrong with the screening process. he spoke to me specifically about the background checks. take a listen. >> the quote, unquote, best background system, you have to fingerprint people. we know the system they have for a potential driver simply sends his or her information through the internet. they can be sending anybody's information. there's no guarantee that the person they're backgrounding is the person that will be driving the vehicle. you have a company that is
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saying openly they're so concerned about public safety. what they're actually doing is the contrary. >> carol, this is a company that got its start by not playing by the rules, by going in, asking for forgiveness, not permission. you're beginning to see it is catching up to uber. one other thing the d.a. said that i thought was interesting and noteworthy. if something happens to you when you're inside an uber, you don't have the same protection and liability as if something were to happen if you were in a taxi cab. that's something to think about now. you're seeing the backlash. the company is valued at $40 billion. part of that valuation depends on how quickly they can keep expanding. >> let's go back to the taxi cab uber thing. how are you safer in a taxi cab? >> in general, i think people feel pretty safe when they get in a taxi cab, in an ish. the idea is if you go in a taxi cab, the background checks, they fingerprint you. that's a certain type of standard. they can find out more about their criminal background.
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when you look at uber expanding internationally, they don't have the same types of background checks everywhere. you're seeing that's become a bit of an issue and something they're looking into and trying to remedy. >> laurie segall, thanks so much. i'm back in a minute. get ready for some german engineered holiday excitement. at the volkswagen sign-then-drive event. right now, for practically just your signature, you could drive home for the holidays in a new volkswagen. like the sporty, advanced new jetta and the precisely engineered passat tdi. ah, the gift of clean diesel. for the new volkswagen on your list this year, just about all you need, is a pen. festive, isn't it? hurry in and get $0 due at signing, $0 down, $0 deposit, and $0 first months payment on select new volkswagen models.
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this week cnn films dives into the extraordinary story behind sue the dinosaur, the most complete t rex fossil discovered to date. the story reginns with the dramatic moment when the two brothers realize exactly what they found. >> crawl up on the cliff face and i see three articulated vertebrae. from that point on, i'm absolutely certain this is going to be the best thing we ever found and it's going to be a complete t rex. >> he called up and said, neal, i need you to bring a lot of plaster and two-by-fours. it took me a day to get everything ready. i got up there with all these
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materials and he took me over to this big cliff. and he said take a look. i looked at it and i looked at him. i said is that t rex? he said, yes, and i think it's all here. >> wow. so that's the story of how researchers found sue, but there's also an amazing back story on what it took to get her to a museum. joining me for more on that, cnn's poppy harlow. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. i have the best assignment of the day. i get to be with the real sue. look at sue. she is 67 million years old. those bones alone weigh 4,000 pounds. she is the -- not only the most complete t rex ever found in the history of the world. she is also the largest. she is hugely important scientifically. you're right, there was a massive legal battle. the scientists that found her in south dakota started unearthing her. then the fbi came, raided, the
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justice department got involved. she was held in storage in a legal battle for seven years and finally auctioned off for $8.4 million. she ended up here at the field museum. let's bring in bill simpson, he takes care of sue, the collections manager here for fossils. you're the only one who is allowed to clean sue. >> i do it with the expert help of our exhibits department. >> what makes sue so important scientifically? >> sue is a spectacular example of museum collection, advancing science and thrilling the public at the same time. >> when you look at what you have done for her, so many studies, so many papers, tell us about those? >> we've had over 50 scientific papers based on sue as an exhibit, over 16 million people have come to field museum and seen sue. we present mount ed travels dinosaurs. >> you can't overstate the
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importance of her scientifically. >> as the most complete t rex, she's like the row set that stone. >> amazing to be with her. thank you so much. i get to hang out with sue all day, carol. her story is absolutely fascinating, named after the woman who found her. you can see it tonight 9:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. we'll all with watching "dinosaur 13." >> i can't wait. you do have the best assignment of the day. thank you to both of you. >> i do. >> watch "dinosaur 13" tonight >> watch "dinosaur 13" tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. -- captions by vitac -- breaking news. alison kosik, the dow is surging? >> the bargain hunters are out after stocks got hammered yesterday. the dow surging 159 spoints. we do still see oil falling, more than half a percent, now
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$60.50. we're keeping an eye on oil. oil prices dropping. they were the catalyst to the huge selloff we saw yesterday where the dow lost more than 200 points. this is really -- with oil, it's one of those supply and demand 101 issues. if there's more supply and less demand, prices will fall. that is the exact equation that's going on right now with oil. but what investors are really worried about when it comes to oil is what it means for the global economy when you see oil fall so much. more than 40% over the past six months. investors are worried what's behind the decline in oil prices. is it because of more supply? or is the reason because of less demand in economies including in asia and in europe? the worry there is their economic slowdown can move on over to the u.s. and affect companies here. in the meantime, you can celebrate the dow in the green once again, up 159 points.
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we'll keep an eye on it for you today. >> alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock excha e exchange. thanks so much. the next hour of cnn "newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello, thank you for joining me. just a few hours from now a rare news conference from the head of the nation's spy agency. cia director john brennan is set to discuss the so-called torture report and claims that his agency brutally interrogated 9/11 terror suspects. he will also field questions from reporters. cnn justice reporter evan perez will be on hand for that news conference. he joins me now live from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. this is a rare press conference indeed. the only thing we can think of is similar, about a decade ago when the cia was having to answer questions about mistakes made in the intelligence -- on


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