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of eight years. the system is very intim indicating and asking questions is risky. julia says, i believe all sides are to wlam. the russian orphan age, american family and the adoption agency. justin is a human being who needs a lot of love and attention. i am sad for him. we want to hear from you. log onto to share your comments. tony harris picks it up from here. ready? >> i am so ready. >> happy monday. >> happy monday. have a great day. it's beautiful outside. the big stories for monday, april 12th, we are live in buffalo, new york where the tea party express rallies this hour. i will ask a supporter how tea parties would have handled the economic meltdown, how the tea partiers would have handled health care, and more. plus this -- >> having these things around is nothing but major security threat to the united states.
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>> president obama hosts a summit. world leaders ponder loose nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists and -- >> be frugal. try to keep things streamlined best you can. you never know when the hard times will come. >> reporter: a new main street emerging from the global financial crisis. small business owners vow to be ready for the next rainy day. i'm tony harris. those stories and your comments here and now in the cnn newsroom. let's go straight to al qaeda's plot to blow up new york's busiest subways. suicide bombers on martyrdom issues. chilling details about the foiled plan. jean, good to see you, first of all. give us some details here. >> reporter: najibullah zazi, the shuttle driver from denver, has been cooperating with authorities and a federal law
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enforcement source tells susan candiotti he targeted times square and grand central station saying he and cocop spir tors planned to jump on the 1, 2, 3 or 6 trains to detonate bombs in the middle of the subway cars, the placement intended to maximize casualties. the chosen date, september 14th although zaz told investigators september 15th and 16th were also possibilities. two high school classmates of zazi have been indicted and have pleaded not guilty. during their arraignment it was mentioned that individuals over seas were expected to be arrested in the case. all three men allegedly attended training camps in pakistan where najibullah zazi learned to assemble bombs. >> any word on how this unfolded? >> we know zazi got wise to the fact that he was under
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surveillance. he was driving into new york city and was stopped by authorities who wanted to search his car. he figured out he was being watched, he and his confederates allegedly got rid of the explosives. he went back to deaf and was eventually arrested. >> thank you. other big stories, a massive outpouring of grief outside poland's presidential palace. the scene this morning and last night as the body of president lech kaczynski is lying in state all week. he and other polish leaders were killed in a plane crash saturday. polish-americans moved by the event. >> his politics was to bring the polish people together and try to work on the right and left of the polish politics and the country tried to -- to make the country rich. >> i came out because my family is from poland. my grandfather fought in world war ii. i have been to poland studying
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there and i came out to pay respect. it's a tragedy what happened. >> the soviet airplane crashed while trying to land in heavy fog. the russians call it pilot error. live pictures from upstate new york. the tea party express in buffalo for a rally. the protesters are on a 47-city tour which ends on tax day with a big protest. inside the tea party express, two guests at the half hour. mitt romney was a no-show but he topped the republican straw poll at a gop gathering with 24% this weekend. romney edged ron paul by a vote. sarah palin was third. former house speaker newt gingrich was close behind. imagine for a moment a nuclear attack in your city or in any capital around the world for that matter -- washington, london, paris, moscow. preventing that terror is the focus of a summit in washington.
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president obama hosting many world leaders now. suzanne, good to see you. what do the leaders hope to accomplish in the coming days? >> reporter: tony, the target here is specific. we are seeing pictures of the leader of china, hu jintao. the president will be meeting with him on a sideline meeting from the sumsummit. the president will say he wants within four years to secure the vulnerable nuclear materials scattered around the world -- the loose nukes, as he calls them. he wants all those present to sign on to secure the loose nukes, acknowledge that nuclear terrorism is a serious threat and come up with their own ideas and plans to try to secure materials. he is really trying to present a sense of urgency here. we heard it from bill clinton,
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president george bush. now you have president obama saying, i've got intelligence to back it up. this is one of the most dangerous threats to world security, to american security. we need to come together and deal with this now. >> you know, at so many of these gatherings of world leaders the joint communique is written before it even starts. there there be a concrete agreement these countries will sign at the end of the summit? >> you bring up a good point. we essentially know what will be in this joint statement. just the four points made before. it's not a legally binding commitment here. it's just a political document, if you will. what's important is to listen to what the leaders say about what they will do in their own country and the changes they will make, whether it's cracking down on people smuggling these materials, taking a look at the regulations, because a lot of nuclear materials are held by
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private companies, private industry. what do they do when it comes to their legal system, the laws in place. are they cracking down on smuggling activity? also, very important here is the materials themselves. it's two different things -- plutonium and highly enriched uranium. what do they do with this dangerous stuff? chile, for instance, says we can't deal with it. we'll give it to the united states. you deal with it. that's an idea tossed about there. these are the kinds of things you will hear in the next 24, 48 hours from world leaders in terms of individual commitments to secure the material. this is something the president is trying to do within four years or so. >> let me see if i can sneak in another quick one here. north korea and iran not participating at the summit, but my guess is those countries are at the top of everyone's agenda. >> reporter: certainly. white house officials are saying, we are focused on nuclear security, but i can bet
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you when president obama hits down with china's hu jintao, that will be on the top of the list. what do we do about sanctioning iran? how do we change iran's behavior? china reluctant to push forward on any kind of new sanctions or tougher sanctions. that meeting will be an important one to watch and look to today. what do they come away with when it comes to china's commitment in that sense? you also have international bodies sitting there as well. the united nations, international atomic energy agency will be looking to sanction iran as well. these are things that will come newspaper the sideline meetings that will be equally important to what comes out of the summit. >> way to go on handling the lye pictures of president hu arriving. i'll be quicker next time. way to go. suzanne malveaux at the white house. >> directions in my ear. >> i could use that information, by the way. still to come, more on the importance of the summit. next hour, a conversation with
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nuclear weapons analyst joseph sorencioni here in the cnn newsroom. they have been going hard at it. 24/7 for 30 years. one group's mission to rid the world of nuclear bombs never sleeps. and another stormy day. particularly out west we have the storms. rob marciano in the cnn weather center playing a video game there, i see. we'll get him on the maps in a second. we're back in a moment. you're in the cnn newsroom. youtube didn't exist. and facebook was still run out of a dorm room. when we built our first hybrid, more people had landlines than cell phones, and now, while other luxury carmakers are building their first hybrids, lexus hybrids have traveled 5.5 billion miles. and that's quite a head start. ♪
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47 world leaders are in washington discussing ways to lock down loose nukes. sandra endo is there where they are campaigning for a nuclear-free world and they are going strong. >> reporter: nuclear weapons protesters are usually camped out in front of the white house behind the trees, but because world leaders are in town they have blocked off the entire park. still, protesters haven't broken their 24-hour, seven day a week protest right here. >> this is the most crucial time in human history. >> reporter: the message -- rid the world of nuclear weapons. >> their major purpose is to enable rogue states to gain power over the superpowers. having these things around is nothing but major security threat to the united states. >> reporter: do you feel your message is coming across? these are powerful pictures.
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>> the answer is yes. most people just mosey on by and don't notice. but people of all ages that are really alive come and see this and they get it. it really awakens them. they are the ones that can then go back and wake up other people. >> reporter: this is the pack you bring every day to sit here for nine hours. >> uh-huh, yep. people are almost allowed to starve doing this kind of work, but not quite. there are enough good souls around that whether it's high school or middle school students throwing a dollar in a jar, not asked. gandhi said of himself, i consider myself a soldier. we are soldiers. soldiers just do this stuff. >> reporter: to hold vigil around the clock requires a shift change. >> this is connie coming. >> reporter: you're the woman who started the whole thing. >> yeah. look at this. >> reporter: nice to meet you. we're from cnn.
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>> they're coming to their senses. >> reporter: how long do you think you will continue this movement? >> as long as it takes. >> reporter: this tent and display will be here even as the president takes up the issue they have been protesting for nearly 30 years. it's a pinnacle time in their fight but they say they're not going anywhere until they see a result. >> that's sandra endo reporting. more on the importance of the summit next hour. i will speak with nuclear weapons analyst joseph cirincione. and you will hear from a man whose success is built on strategy and help from the saints. [ advisor 1 ] i have clients say it's really hard to save for the future and they've come to a point where it's overwhelming.
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we have a pretty good idea of when the recession started. a panel of economic experts narrowed it down to december of 2007 but they have so far stopped short of declaring it officially over. the latest report from government researchers say it would be premature to pinpoint the end of the recession given the data they have so far. many private economists believe it ended in june or july of last year. these days, it's really helpful to be able to roll with the changes. ♪ >> that's a little r.e.o. speedwagon from back in the day.
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"roll with the changes." that's the big takeaway from this economic downturn for a small business owner in new orleans. chris survived hurricane katrina and the recession. here he is in his own words. >> my name is chris reems and i'm an artist. i may spend two or three hours on a design. i was working on a masters in mental health counseling. i started printing t-shirts in my apartment. did we get that order in yet? i opened up about four months before hurricane katrina. you know, everything was going great. when hurricane katrina hit, i was in a trade show in las vegas. i paid cash for everything, so i didn't have money left to rebuild that location. we had to close after the storm. after hurricane katrina my life was upside down.
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i started skipping and whistling. i'm 6'4", so skipping and whistling at night down the sidewalk. i was able to laugh at myself. it made me feel good. it was like, well, let's get this business back. ♪ >> if i had advice for anybody starting out, there is no time like the present. there will always be economic downtimes, things like that. just do it. do something you love. the saints winning was awesome. awesome for every business in new orleans. a couple of nuns came in to buy the "jesus love it s the saints t-shirt. one of my best sellers was jesus going "jesus loves the saints," black and gold. everybody wanted black and gold. thanks for coming to my store. yeah, i had a business plan, but i don't know how official it
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was. you have to roll with the changes. the hardest part about being the owner and boss is i don't have anybody else to go to. what i have learned is to be frugal. try to keep things streamlined best you can. you never know when the hard times are going to come. when you run a businesslike that, you're prepared better for when the storm does come. ♪ . >> that is good, good stuff. you know, they want to put the brakes on big government. the tea party express stops in buffalo this hour. we'll go on the bus and behind the scenes next in the cnn newsroom. ( tires screeching ) there's never been a better time...
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we are on the second floor and they banged on the door and said, the building's on fire. get out. >> there was smoke gushing out. we're just -- we grabbed all that stuff they told us to get out. mississippi governor hailey barber stepping into the flap over confederate history month. initially the declaration didn't mention slavery. mississippi had similar decrees under republican and democratic governors. barber said to cnn it goes without saying, slavery was bad. >> there is a feeling that it's insensitive but you clearly don't agree. >> to me it's a feeling that it's not significant, that it's not -- it's trying to make a big deal out of something that doesn't amount to diddly. k one! where? [ vrrroooooomm! ] black one! where? [ vrrroooooomm! ] black one!
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oh, man. don't we love a good implosion here? poof. go, go, go baby! that is texas stadium disappearing in a cloud of dust and debris. they levelled the landmark with 3,000 pounds of dynamite. how about this? the miracle on the 13th hole. did you see this? rob marciano, did you see this yesterday? for the world, i'm thinking -- >> what is he doing?
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>> he's going to lay up. what does he do? land that is shot between two georgia pines, it landed as softly as a glass of georgia sweet lemonade on a coaster on a warm day. >> 200 yards out, off the pine straw. >> just as nice as you please. hello, mommy. >> he could have put it in the drink, too. another five feet short. but that's why we love phil. >> he goes for it. >> goes for broke. >> one more time. >> i guess he clipped the branch on the follow-through. >> really? isn't that a two-stroke? >> we would be getting the putter to get it in the grass. >> it was a perfect weekend. >> oh, man. beautiful masters. multi generational story lines. if only they would let me in the gates. here's a live shot of atlanta, tony. gorgeous today. doesn't seem to want to stop now. this created problems with the
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pollen. we don't see much rain not only across the southeast but much of the east coast. not a lot of rain for the next few days. not going to wash that out too much. here's the map. most of the action is out west. that's where we start off. this is a decent storm for this time of year from san francisco up through parts of is he all the, portland stretching back through san diego as well. by the way, u.s. open this year, pebble beach right there. when they have that in june typically it shuts off the rainmakers for california. we have rain across parts of south florida. these were generic showers and thunderstorms earlier. there has been rev rain north of ft. lauderdale. in fact, the airport has been under delays because of thunderstorms here. an on shore flow and strong southerly jet stream will impact folks in haiti with the survival efforts there. heavy rains there in the onlying
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days. 82 in atlanta. gorgeous stuff. you have to go to the west to get to cooler temperatures with rainfall. we mentioned ft. lauderdale, one-hour delays if you're traveling. san francisco with one hour and five minute delays. i guess everybody is flying out to get in the practice rounds at pebble beach for the u.s. open. >> you see those shots and feel motivated. as a kid i would see kung fu movies and think -- until -- yeah. >> i feel like a loser. i didn't even think a superstar could pull it off. >> not even. >> shows you what separates the men from the little baby boys. >> good stuff, rob. the tea party approach as they rally in buffalo. what if the tea party ran the country? think about that for a second. how would they have handled the health care reform or financial
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you know, a peek at the republican mindset. 31 months ahead of a 2012 election a straw poll at a gop cop frens this weekend gives
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mitt romney 24%. ron paul followed with one vote less. former alaska governor sarah palin and former house speaker newt gingrich in third and fourth. cnn asked congressman paul about the goals of the tea party movement. >> i think clearly there is a fair amount of disagreement on where they come down on, say, the war on drugs and foreign policy. what unifies them is they are disgusted with hearing promises and not being fulfilled by the politicians. they don't trust the government. they are concerned about the size and scope of the government and bankruptcy of government. >> the tea party express is rolling toward a tax day protest in washington on thursday. the road trip started in the far west. today the tea party express is in buffalo then on to syracuse. cnn's political producer shannon travis is along for the ride. boy, how long have you been on the road trip. >> reporter: it's hard to hear you.
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we're in buffalo. but these tea party activists are calling it a victory tour. they say the fact that congressman bart stupak decided not to seek re-election is a major win for their cause. they mentioned the republican wins in new jersey and virginia and in massachusetts. so they are portraying this as a major win for the movement. obviously congressman bart stupak decided to step aside because he said for family and other reasons. they're saying this has reinvigorated the movement. >> all right. shannon travis for us with the tea party movement in buffalo, new york. appreciate it, thank you. what would america look like if the tea party supporters were in charge? we'll ask one next in the cnn newsroom. been true since the day i made my first dollar.
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okay. the tea party movement. you are looking at live pictures. do we have live pictures from shannon's camera? we don't. from today's gathering in bouf lo, new york. -- buffalo, new york. they are against big government spending but what would america look like if tea party ralyers had hair wtheir way. tim's group has helped organize some of the rallies. he joins us live from washington. tim, on a day like today where we have more than 200,000 americans without unemployment checks because congress -- the senate didn't act before taking the easter recess, what would you do? what would tea party members do? do you say that because of
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concerns over the budget deficit we won't fund these benefits? >> i think that whatever's been promised ought to be funded to folks. however, the real question, tony, is how to create real opportunity that's not just government subsidies. that means getting away from the top-down big government approach like the health care legislation we saw passed which will hurt jobs, not create jobs. that's the most important thing to do and what tea party folks stand for. giving opportunity a chance as opposed to having the government subsidize things. when the government subsidizes it means higher deficits which chokes off jobs in the long run or bigger government, bigger programs from washington that don't work for people. >> you can have the lay of the land as it is today or have it as it was in 2007 at the start of the recession. so you and those who think the way you do would have allowed lehman brothers to collapse. am i correct? >> we would certainly not have had a bailout there. we also wouldn't have had
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christopher dodd and barney frank and their committees dictating and pressuring banks for a long time to make loans that were too risky and resulted in fannie mae and freddie mac and a lot of the collapse we saw a year and a half ago. that's the big difference. we would not have had government pushing social policy using the financial sector of the economy. the government has a big stick and they were using it then. >> didn't the republicans have an opportunity for most of the bush term -- >> you bet they did. >> have an opportunity to stop that and didn't? >> you bet they did. they fell just as much on this issue as dodd and frank did. this is a bipartisan problem. that's the problem with the tea parties. it's not about blaming it on one party. the democrats with health care and cap and trade are a disaster now, but the republicans spent way too much money. i remember the medicare prescription drug program we fought. that was wrong. it shouldn't have been passed. added to the deficit, spent too
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much money. republicans in congress spent too much, too. that's one reason the movement you're seeing with the tea party express is wary of both parties. >> why is the tea party movement aligned with the republicans? you tell me it's bipartisan, but you know as well as i do and the polling indicates it's more aligned with the republican party than the democratic party. why is that? >> more aligned because the democrats are in power in washington and the policies they are pursuing whether cap and trade energy taxes or the health care takeover are dramatically at odds with where the vast majority of american tea party activists and i think where most americans are according to polling. they are in power pursuing a big government agenda that gives pause to most americans now. when the republicans were in power they, too, pushed too hard on spending. the democrats are in power. when you have cap and trade
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coming, the health care takeover that americans witnessed. they used elections, town hall meetings to say no. every public opinion poll inskuding some cnn polling said they were opposed to the takeover. the arrogant house and senate did it anyway. >> did you think -- was health care better for everyone in the country before the so called obama/pelosi/reid fix? >> i think it will be worse for people. we'll see the impact in coming months. it will be worse because you will see insurance costs go up. that's going to happen, i bet, in the next few months as this thing is instituted. i do believe that there were ways -- you have an intriguing point. what would tea party folk dos if they were in charge? there were three or four simple quick ideas allowing folks to buy insurance across state lines, allowing small businesses, farmers, individual families to risk pool. those were two examples not involving big bureaucracy or
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government programs that would have made a difference for millions of americans with insurance issues. >> those fixes wouldn't have coffered an additional 32 million americans. >> but the numbers we have now, the fix is going to make health care worse for 200 million americans. i don't think that's a good trade-off. >> yeah, but the cbo says it will save money over time. you don't trust that? >> the cbo said medicare was going to barely inch up and it's exploded. they missed medicare by a factor of 20 over the last 30 years. i don't think americans have confidence in a washington, d.c. group to tell them that. it doesn't hold water. >> when the tea party movement comes to washington are gou going to put forth a better governing model? we get the opposition model out there, but a better governing model or just no and in some cases hell, no? >> in the short term it's no. the fact is that the ideas we
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have like the ones i shared with you on health care are not going anywhere right now. we have to a pose the immediate threats and the biggest one now with health care legislatively over. it's not over as far as the american people sending a message to the guys and folks who voted the wrong way on health care. right now it's saying no to bad ideas that will kill freedom and jobs and raise taxes and spending. >> where in modern life can you say no without a fix? where can you say, no, no, no and not offer a fix? >> i just gave you two ideas on health care. paul ryan, a member of the house i respect, his health care plan is superb. it talks about reigning in medicare, social security over time, keeping promises but reigning in waste, fraud, abuse. also looking at a way to make it over time not the unfunded liability we have. i think folks on our side offer good road maps for the future. i just gave you a few of those.
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>> but it's not a 100% world. right? no one gets everything. >> no one gets everything. but this health care takeover that just passed, tony, it was 90% of what the left wanted. there was no republican vote for that reason. there are republicans who probably wanted to vote for this thing. it was so bad some of the moderate members open to big government solutions said, this is too extreme. trillions of dollars, more debt, et cetera. >> all right. good conversation. appreciate it, sir. come back any time. our top stories now. nuclear weapons the subject of today's high profile summit as president obama talks with lawyers from 47 other countries about keeping arms from the hands of terrorists. next hour i will speak with joe receive cirincione. and an investigation under way into the plane crash that killed poland's president and 97 others. pilot error may be to blame.
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they say there were no problems with the soviet-made plane n. a bit we'll speak with cnn's jim clancy. he's getting the latest on funeral arrangements and how this is affecting the markets. a huge welcome home for 4,000 national guard troops. the brigade from north carolina spent ten months serving in baghdad. >> it's different over there. they don't have very much. i'm thankful for what i have now. >> very difficult. you miss your family and the people around you driving you crazy. >> it was a great experience. i wouldn't trade it for anything. i'm glad to be back home. [ crowd cheering ]
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school -- will probably depend on the price tag and the financial aid package attached. love talking about this. i'm just a couple years away from this. stephanie elam here with some -- yes, help us out, stephanie. >> getting close. >> advice for students? >> it's that time of the year, right, where it's exciting, scary, all those things. filing all the right financial aid paperwork is just as important as submitting your application. if you missed a college or university's deadline you should still file as soon as you can. deadlines at most schools are set for giving out money from their own resources. colleges give the aid money to students who apply on time first, but if you missed the deadline apply anyway. the school may have leftover money. it's worth an application even at this late date. i wouldn't suggest waiting any longer, tony. >> yeah. stephanie, what if the college has given out all the aid money? are there other options available to you? >> sure. there definitely are. even if your dream school
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exhausted the aid money you're eligible for pell grants, federal stafford loans, plus loans for parents. to qualify for the loans you need to fill out a free application for federal student aid. you have to do it by june 30th, 2011. for more information, head to it's right there on the screen. it's not too late to apply for scholarships. there are a ton for community work to excellence in academic subjects. they can get personalized. you may fit one perfectly. start in your local area by checking with large corporations and nonprofit organizations. >> one more quick one. what if your family's financial circumstances have changed since you originally filed and filled out the paperwork. what do you do then, stephanie? >> a lot of people probably fall into this category, especially when you see what's going on in the economy. if you had a big change like a lay-off, a divorce or a death of
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a parent or guardian, go ahead and alert the school's financial aid office right away. if possible, try to contact the aid office before you receive your award package so the amount can be adjusted accordingly. if you received the package, and that's likely at this point, you may have to make an adjustment based on new circumstances and you can appeal for more money. it usually takes at least several weeks to happen. so keep that in mind. of course if you have any questions like this, send them to us at and we'll get the answers to you, tony. >> see you next hour, stephanie. thank you. poland's tragedy -- how the death of a president is affecting world markets. [ advisor 1 ] i have clients say it's really hard to save for the future and they've come to a point where it's overwhelming. [ advisor 2 ] oh gee, i'm scared to tell you i've got this amount of credit card debt
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a week of mourning, thousands have been flocking warsaw to pay respects to poland's president, president kaczynski was killed in a plane crash along with 95 others. we've been showing pictures of the candles and crowds. if you would, tell us what you're seeing on the ground there today. >> reporter: well, we're out in front of the presidential palace where we've been keeping watch here, as a nation grieves for its president, its first lady and so many other important leaders. the head of the central bank. people have been coming, and i actually think the crowd has been swelling here over the last hour or so. let me show you what's happening right now. we've got people that have lined up for a chance to go in and sign a condolence book. you've got scouts in there, they're trying to clean up some of the many thousands upon thousands, if not tens of thousands of candles. more will be replacing them almost immediately as they're picked up. flowers heaped high here outside the presidential palace. we understand now that the funeral is going to be held on
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saturday for the president and his wife. and then, tony, frankly, it could be a process of many days, a period of many days, as lawmakers are laid to rest. some 20 of them that perished on that plane crash. this is going to be an extended period of mourning for this country. it's trying to cope as best as it can. back to you. >> jim, one more quick one here. how did the financial markets, we've been alluding to that most of the morning, how did the financial markets open today on this news? >> reporter: well, they opened down. but here's the way we look at it. this was a key test of the institutions of democracy. it's not about one man, it's not about even a group of important men, it's about the institutions that supported entire nation. by the end of the day, 4:30 here in the afternoon, in warsaw, we saw that the market was actually up 1%. many people saw that as a sign of real stability here, real
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confidence by many of the important players in poland today that see a future for their country, despite this unprecedented loss. tony, no country in history, to my knowledge, has ever undergone this kind of a painful loss of its entire leadership. back to you. >> it was really shocking news. in the small hours of saturday morning eastern time. jim, appreciate it. thank you. here's what we're working on for the next hour of "cnn newsroom." the new face of the blue collar worker as old manufacturing die, smart-tech workers are changing what it means to work on a factory floor. a report on where the jobs are. taking the fight against nuclear war to the classroom. the surprising responses from children in pakistan after watching one of the most scarier nuclear war films of all-time. i mention i'm going to e, the bathroom more often. he checks it out. good thing. turns out...
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let's see if we can squeeze in a quick market check before the top of the hour, before we get the lunchtime in the east. the dow, as you can see, in positive territory. up 19. almost 20. bang, 20 points. and the nasdaq at last check was up, too. we'll follow the numbers throughout the day in the cnn newsroom. thousands of people gathered in florida this weekend in a unified plea to president obama to extend the shuttle program. they say grounding the nation's fleet of space shuttles cost the state and aerospace industry as many as 30,000 jobs, and we must extend our dominance in space exploration. >> we're very supportive of
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america's human space flight program. we want to send a message all over the world that we want to continue our leadership by maintaining our own capability of putting astronauts into space. >> for those of you wondering how far your dollar can actually go, a couple of cnn ireporters are getting surprisingly good mileage out of a single dollar bill. you're looking at angel's flight out in los angeles. it only costs, i guess, about a quarter to hop aboard. marie sager says she rode it up and down and up and down and couldn't figure out how to spend the whopping $9.50 she had left. so in true l.a. fashion, she used the change to stock up on water and batteries for her earthquake preparedness kit. nor ireporters are sharing how they can find these items for $10. it is coming up in our next hour. let's get going with the next hour. i'm tony harris in the "cnn newsroom." it is 12:00 in new york, where cnn learns the time and place
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against landmarks in washington. a look at new blue-collar jobs. today's workers don't only operate machines, they program them, too. let's do this. let's get started. new details emerging about al qaeda's plot to blow up new york's busiest subways. we are now getting dates, locations and more. let's get straight to jeanne meserve in washington. jeanne, what are you learning? >> reporter: tony, we've been expecting additional arrests overseas in connection with this case. a federal law enforcement source tells susan candiotti a fourth person has been detained for some time in pakistan, in connection with the case. but it is not clear whether or when this individual will be extradited to the united states. we do not know this individual's nationalality, but they say he is not american. na zazi, the shuttle driver from
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denver has been cooperating with authorities. and this federal law enforcement source says he was targeting two of new york's busiest transit hubs, the rail stations at times square and grand central. and also targeting the trains that ran through them. the one, two, three or six trains, according to this source. azaz irksz told investigators he and his co-conspirators planned to detonate their bombs in the middle of the subway cars, intended to maximize the casualties. the chosen date for the mul multi-pronged attacks, november 14th. they said september 15th and 16th were also possibilities. now, two high school classmates of zazi have also been indicted in the plot and pled not guilty. the three allegedly attended training camps in pakistan where zazi learned to make those bombs. his sentencing scheduled for june now. >> how did this all unfold for u.s. security officials and against zazi?
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>> reporter: it's never been clear exactly how they got wise to zazi, but he got wise to the fact they were watching him when he was traveling to new york city, allegedly to carry out these detonations. and his car was stopped and searched by authorities. then he realized that he was under surveillance. he allegedly got rid of the explosives at that point, flew back to denver, and denver is where he was arrested, tony. >> jeanne meserve for us, appreciate it. thank you. young pakistanis come to grips with what's at stake in the nuclear race. >> i feel like all this destruction in this movie, i think that nuclear weapons aren't that good. >> i thought that it could be used for defense. but after i saw the movie, i think it is just wreaks havoc with the country. >> nobody wins. it's a lose-lose situation. >>
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so imagine for a moment if al qaeda got hold of a nuclear weapon and launched an attack in the middle of your city, or any city around the world, preventing that terror is the focus of a major summit under way in washington, d.c. right now. president obama hosting dozens of world leaders. foreign affairs conference jill daugherty is at that conference. what's going on there? >> reporter: well, tony, number one, this is the nuclear summit. and it's really an incredible operation here. we're at the convention center in washington, d.c. and it is a gigantic collection.
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there are 50, 5-0 -- leaders of different countries, the u.n., et cetera, coming here. let me show you physically what's going on. behind me, you have places for 1,200 journalists from all over the world. then beyond that, kind of in the distance there, you can see the podium where president obama and other leaders who will be coming out to brief reporters, and make statements, and then way beyond that, where we can't even see, is where these meetings are taking place. and discussing the issue of loose nukes and materials that they are trying to keep out of the hands of terrorists. now, president obama already, before this two-day summit began, over the weekend, he's been meeting with delegations. and i think we have some video showing one of those meetings, the latest, fresh video, president obama meeting with the prime minister of malaysia. he has met with the leaders of several other countries, discussing what specifically they can do.
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and then also, the delegations have been arriving. one. biggest, of course, the chinese. they arrived this morning, and there will be many, many others. tony, as i said, the whole idea about this is actually very specific. it is what the president would say the gravest threat to the united states right now. and that is, if nuclear materials or nuclear weapons were to fall into the hands of terrorists. and especially al qaeda. so that is the one thing that he believes is the greatest threat. but he also has some convincing of other countries to convince them that that is the biggest threat. and then also, what they will do about it. so he's looking for concrete suggestions and promises by these countries of what they can do. >> okay. jill daugherty for us. jill, appreciate it. as jill outlined, the goal is to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorists' hands. is it possible? we're going to continue this discussion just after the break. discussion just after the break. you're in the "cnn newsroom." nis
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so, what can be done to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists? 47 heads of state, including president obama, are meeting right now in washington to tackle that question. nuclear questions analyst and president of plow shares funds. that is a group dedicated to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. joe, it's been a while. >> pleasure to be back. >> good to talk to you. 47, or 50 leaders, whatever the number really is, a lot of leaders on hand in washington, d.c. to talk about this. what are your expectations for the upcoming couple of days here? >> well, we have 47 countries represented, plus the head of the united nations, head of the international atomic energy agency.
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so 50 leaders all together. so what you want coming out of this is not a communique, that's a two-page press release. you want real commitment. one, recognizes that nuclear terrorism is perhaps the greatest threat facing most of these nations today. and then commitments on locking up their nuclear material and eliminating them where possible. as you just heard from your correspondent, you also want individual nations to step up to the plate, to say, here's specifically what we're going to do, and we've already had a couple of examples of that in the days leading up to the summit. finally, you want to have an action plan that says we'll do a, b and c, by days x, y and z. i'll judge the success by how concrete the action plan is and where the countries agree to come back in, say, two years, and assess the process. >> you know the big gatherings, i believe this is italy's president richg, silvio
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berlusconi arriving. there's nothing much that comes of it. is there something that leads you to believe that this will be more substantive? >> yes. one, i've been talking to national security council staff, who have been working on this since december. they started drafting the communique in december. and second, you heard president obama say in his interview with "the new york times" last week that he didn't want some ghazi communique. he wants to get serious about this. third, his commitment to get this job down in four years. we've been working on securing nuclear materials for almost 20 years. what you now have is a president that wants to accelerate it. he says we have to be serious about locking these materials up, as al qaeda is about getting them. i think all of that points to a real action plan, and some real steps forward, if it works. we'll know by the end of tomorrow. >> right. is preventing nuclear terrorism something that you can actually
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accomplish? and there's the italian president there right now. some nations of this world can actually accomplish in your estimation? >> absolutely. it is by far the greatest threat to our country. a bomb in an american city would kill hundreds of thousands, cost trils of dollars in damage and throw a country in panic. international trade would probably stop as countries would refuse to accept cargo from ships or planes that might be carrying another nuclear weapon. the good news is that you can prevent this. you can prevent terrorists from getting the one part of the bomb they cannot make. the stuff, the highly enriched uranium and the plutonium. that takes a factory to produce. we know where most of this is. we can, with a concerted effort, lock it up. we haven't lost an ounce of gold from fort knox, we shouldn't lose an ounce of enriched uranium. >> the agreements signed by u.s. and russian presidents, and why is this arms reduction agreement significant in your opinion?
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>> what's so encouraging about what the president is doing now, you can see this comprehensive plan. so these days we're concentrating on stopping nuclear terrorism. in order to get some of they was countries to accept this as a serious threat and take on the expense and difficulty of securing their materials, of tightening trade, you've got to show them that you're serious about reducing your own stockpiles. the u.s. and russia have 95% of the weapons in the world. that starr treaty was an important step in its own right, but a gate through which the president had to pass to get the international cooperation, that hopefully we'll get in these two days. and will get next month at the united nations when there's an international review conference on stopping new nuclear states. it's all part of a multi-level, multi-dimensional nuclear agenda. >> another quick one here. did the president make the right move, smart move by ruling out using nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states in compliance with the npt?
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as you know, the language in the npr is called soft by some on the political right. >> i think this is a political talking point rather than a national security issue. we have said this for decades. republicans and democratic presidents have said this, we just have modernized the language to take acknowledgement that the soviet union doesn't exist. what we're telling the country is that you don't have a nuclear weapon, we're not going to attack you with our own nuclear weapons. but it's also the reverse, if you do, or if you're seen as acquiring one, like iran, then you add a greater risk. so it's against your own interests, because then we will attack you with a nuclear weapon. i think this is just a recognition of the military realities. we haven't needed to use a nuclear weapon for 65 years. in any of the wars, korea, vietnam, iraq one, iraq two. we simply don't need to use these kinds of weapons now. we have the most powerful conventional military in the world. we can make this kind of pledge without any consequence to u.s.
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national security. >> joe, good to see you. thanks for your time. >> thanks, tony. >> come back anytime. >> we'll do. >> just go and hang out with us. appreciate it. thanks for your time. pakistan is one of nine countries known to have nuclear weapons. the country fiercely guarding itself against its larger neighbor, india. pakistan's leaders are taking part in the president's nuclear summit. paula newton visited a school in pakistan to get the thoughts of young folks when it comes to nuclear ambition. and they really gave her an earful. >> reporter: weapons at the ready, security is tight. a typical morning drop-off at beacon house school in rawalpindi, pakistan. more pressing, how not to become the next ground zero. in fact, most of these middle school children are proud. pakistan is one of nine in the
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nuclear club, it can defend itself. so i wondered, how would they react to an old, but influential film? we invited them to watch "the day after." a 27-year-old thriller about a nuclear attack that helped frame the way an entire generation of americans perceived the threat. ronald reagan said the movie depressed him, and helped convince him to pursue nuclear peace. the path barack obama wants to pursue today. before we showed them the film, some students told us weapons do help keep the peace. >> what do you think? do you think pakistan should have nuclear weapons? >> in my opinion, yes. they should. it's for every country. >> if some country declares war on us, they will not declare war because they know we have nuclear weapons. >> earnest and smart, these students took in every minute. just as i and millions of students like me did in classrooms in the 1980s.
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as doomsday loomed, the reaction was no different. >> they've taken about 30 minutes to reach their target. >> so do theirs. right? >> reporter: so, what did they think? did it change your mind about nuclear weapons at all? >> yes, it did. it does have many advantages, but now after all this destruction in this movie, i think that nuclear weapons aren't that good. >> i thought that it could be useful defense, but also after i saw the movie, i think it just wreaks havoc with the country. >> nobody wins. it's a lose-lose situation. >> reporter: but do you think pakistan should keep its nuclear weapons? >> only because all the countries now have it. so if we give it up, nothing would happen. instead, india would be like more powerful than us. >> reporter: these students have grasped all too well of the dilemma of the nuclear arms
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rafls. the cold war might as well be the ice age to these pakistani students. the nuclear equation has changed. >> the effects of nuclear war, it's breaking us all up, telling us we can all die in a glimpse of a second. >> reporter: do you think pakistan should have nuclear weapons? >> yes, i do think pakistan should have nuclear weapons. >> i don't think this movie changed my opinion. and it made me like think that we should have nuclear weapons. >> reporter: barely teenagers, these students offer some remarkable insights. academics write about it, but here they're living it. the nuclear surge. a tipping point where, for all the best intentions of peacemakers or thought-provoking film, the balance of nuclear terror has changed. and pakistan's future leaders are taking note. cnn, rawalpindi, pakistan. >> afghan civilians gunned down on a bus, in a city that they
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international troops opened fire on a bus carrying afghan civilians, killing four of them. the incident in kandahar sparking outrage in the city that is the spiritual home and birthplace of the taliban. chris lawrence is in the afghan capital of kabul. chris, if you would, tell us all what happened. >> reporter: yeah, tony, we're just two months away from this big offensive in kandahar. so any incident that sends protesters into the streets chanting death to america is not good for coalition troops. officials here are telling us that this happened just before sunrise. a route clearance team was moving through the area very slowly, sweeping for ieds, where they said a large vehicle came up behind this vehicle. and the troops, because it was a fairly steep embankment, they couldn't move over to the side
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and let it through. what we're hearing is that they tried to wave it off three times with flares, followed that up with hand signals. but again, they perceived it as a threat. the vehicle kept coming at what they said was a high rate of speed. they opened fire on it. it turned out to be just a passenger bus. four civilians were killed, another 13 were wounded. president karzai has come out and con kemd this attack. isaf has apologized. they sent a team of investigators to figure out whether the rules of engagement were followed. again, as you're trying to lead up to this offensive and win some of the people over before this mission kicks off, something like this obviously not going to help that effort. >> chris, i think as you mentioned, this incident could not have come at a worse time as u.s. troops hope to gain public support in that coming offensive against the taliban. and let's leave it there for now. chris lawrence reporting from kabul, afghanistan. chris, appreciate it. thank you. checking our top stories now
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in west virginia. recovery crews are hoping to bring out the nine bodies remaining from a mine explosion a week ago. west virginia's governor is calling for a moment of silence this afternoon at 3:30. we will learn today if pittsburgh steelers quarterback ben roethlisberger will face sexual assault charges in georgia. the district attorney in mill edgeville will hold a news conference. a woman said he sexually assaulted her last month in a club. an economist has narrowed down when the recession officially started november of 2007. but stopped declaring an official date when it ends. many say they believe it ended in june or july of last year. we'll get another check of our top stories in 20 minutes. russia begins the investigation into the plane crash that took the lives of poland's president and the first lady. we will have the latest from cnn's nic robertson next right here in the cnn newsroom.
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a seven-alarm fire raced through the lower east side this morning near chinatown. it quickly spread to three other builds. it took 250 firefighters to get the flames under controlled. at this point it's still not clear how the fire started. poland begins a week-long period of mourning after this weekend's devastating plane crash. thousands of candles lit up the sky in warsaw last night. they remember their president, his wife and 94 others who died in the crash this weekend. meanwhile, investigators say they have found the plane's
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flight data recorder, and are piecing together what actually happened. the plane carrying poland's president and first lady crashed in russia, and that's where the investigation is taking place. senior international correspondent nic robertson with details. >> reporter: slow, solemn and somber, moments before president lech kaczynski's casket is loaded aboard a plane. putin is leading the investigation into the crash standing side by side with poland's ambassador to moscow. this is beginning to close the first chapter in this very painful ep i soed, standing together on the runway, now a lot is at stake over how the investigation develops in the coming days. in the nearby woods, that investigation still under way. experts searching through the wreckage. aircraft parts littering the ground where it crashed in heavy fog 24 hours earlier.
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>> they're looking at the black box and looking at what the air traffic controllers talked about. clearly, this point we're standing at here where the plane came down, half a mile short of the runway, down through the trees there. already investigators say the black box data recorder shows the plane had no mechanical faults. poland's ambassador cautions against jumping to judgment against the pilots. >> many people think that this is -- you know, that some think the pilots were wrong. but it must be investigated. >> reporter: he had come to say good-bye to his president. but warns relatives of others killed in the crash, they may have to wait to get their loved ones back. >> many people are in moscow, and maybe they expect that they will -- they could take the corpse with them.
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but it depends on the specialists. >> reporter: on the investigation it depends? >> yes. >> reporter: polish and russian investigators are working closely, according to officials of both countries. the tragedy, they say, has brought the two nations closer than they've been in years. >> let's talk to nic robertson for a moment now. nic, what is the latest you're hearing on this crash investigation? the maker of the plane released a statement over the weekend, and there have been several suggestions, i think we heard a couple in your piece, of pilot error. >> reporter: well, that certainly seems to be the direction the russian investigators are going. we heard from the russian prime minister today, he said they now have hard proof, what he called hard proof, that not only did the air traffic controller tell the pilots that they shouldn't be landing because the weather was too bad, but they know they
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had this hard proof that the pilots actually did receive this message. he hasn't detailed exactly why they're saying they know this, but this is more strong evidence on the russian investigation side that the pilots really had clear information not to land. sgls our senior international correspondent nic robertson for us. nic, thank you. the tea party express rolls into buffalo today. what are members driving to accomplish on this bus tour?
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all right. let's see, just about three hours into the trading day. we try to get you to cnn for the latest financial news and analysis. we love the big headlines story there. what is it, earth-shaking ways to tackle the u.s. deficit. we're going to be talking about that article with our jeanne sahadi, tomorrow, wednesday, planning it on the fly as we go. as you can see, the dow is up 16 points. we've been in positive territory for much of the day. the nasdaq is up three. we'll follow these numbers for you throughout the day right here in the "cnn newsroom." the tee party express is driving home the activists'
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points. less government, less taxation. for a rally this hour, then on to syracuse come thursday. the tea partiers will be in washington for a tax day protest. last hour. i asked a tea party supporter how the movement would have handled the financial crisis if it ran the government. >> we would certainly not have had the bailout there. we also would not have had christopher dodd and barney frank really dictating and pressuring banks for a long time to make the kind of loans that were way too risky. and that resulted, especially with fannie mae and freddie mac that resulted in a lot of the collapse that we saw a year and a half ago. that's the biggest difference. we would not have had government pushing social policy, using the financial sector of our economy. the government has a big stake, tony. they were using it then. >> didn't the republicans in control of both houses have an opportunity for most of the bush term? >> you bet they did. >> have an opportunity to stop that? >> you bet they did. and they failed just as very
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much on this issue as dodd and barney frank did. this is a bipartisan problem. and that's the other point about the tea party. it's not about blaming it all on one party. >> the political climate nowadays seems to be one of extremes. the far left and far right get headlines for incendiary language, name-calling. but where is the middle? i talked to anchor john king about that. the retirement of supreme court justice john paul stevens. >> there's a big debate in our country right now being dominated and pushed by what i'll call the left and right extremes. the question is, if you're in the middle, describe yourself as a moderate as john paul stevens would, as these other political figures would, could you survive in today's age. that will be the framing of the big political debate over once the president picks a nominee in the weeks ahead, that nominee is going to have a very interesting time before the senate judiciary
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committee later this fall. >> you have tapped into the debate in this country right now. so beautifully with that statement. i've often wondered just how wide and deep is the middle in this country right now. and i know that the extremes on either side get a lot of the attention. they rally. they jump up and down and they scream. but i felt that there is a wide and deep middle in this country. those voices are being squeezed out a bit. i think you have tapped on it. and what is your sense of that middle right now as you talk about these issues every night on your bram? >> we need to define where the middle is. it used to be a term radical middle, which is an oxymoron, which if you're a moderate, you don't get passionate about things. you're trying to be a pragmatist, trying to get this done. we only agree on 50% of this, let's get that part done and we'll argue about the rest of it tomorrow. we saw it throughout the bush
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presidency and throughout the clinton presidency before that, that it's very hard for the middle to solidify and be the dominant force in our politics. right now, tony, and this is not to criticize anybody, dochst get me wrong, because one of the great gifts we have in this country is the free speech. but you have the tea party to the right, less government, get washington out of our way. and you have the people on the left saying the president gave up on the public option and the liberals aren't fighting for the labor unions. these are the people who can raise the money, who have the dedicated foot soldiers in this midterm election year. as we watched the debate over justice stevens going into the summer and fall, that's who you want to watch. who's motivated, who's speaking out, coming out. those people out in america who are motivated will influence the positions senators take here in washington when it comes to the president's next pick for the supreme court, and how contentious that fight will be. >> good, good stuff. we're talking about political
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conversation that is well-mannered and on point. weeknights at 7:00 eastern on john king usa. al qaeda's plot against new york's transportation hubs when we get to top stories next.
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okay. let's get to chad myers in the severe weather center. we've got rain in the west. good to see you, doctor. >> good to see you. snow above 4,500 feet. that will get in the grapevine, i-5 north of l.a. cold and low enough for that snow to even affect your travel plans. here's what it looked like yesterday. here's sacramento. kcra, our affiliate there. and a cold storm for this time of year, getting that snow all the way down through and into the passes. the pass there is i-80. obviously the truckee pass picking up between four and eight inches of snow. advisories for more snow in the sierra. and we could probably see 8 to 12 inches of snow down further south. and that snow will melt eventually. the lower elevations will pick up rain. and that rain potentially could see some burn area problems as we had heavy showers overnight.
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some spots picked up one inch of rain. that was the first wave. you notice there's another wave that's going to come down through l.a. tonight. maybe another 3/4 of an inch. if you're near one of those burn areas, you absolutely have to pay attention today, because there could be something coming down from, literally from the sky above you, or the dirt above you. snow in the west, gets all the way to the east in the frontal system. windy couple of days through the plains. that could also affect fire danger. we're kind of in that fire season now. i'm sure we'll see those wildfires burn through oklahoma, parts of texas, even eastern colorado when we see wind gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour. those fire storms are hard to stop. >> that's for sure. chad, thank you, sir. let's get to the top stories right now. more details about an alleged plot to blow up new york subway planes. zazi said he and two others would stand in the middle of subway cars to kill the most people. the president is hosting king abdullah ii of jordan and 45
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other world leaders in a nuclear summit over the next several days. how about phil mickelson. taking home his third green jacket. he won the masters yesterday with guile and ice water in his veins. do we have the shot on 13 from yesterday? we don't have the shot from 13 from yesterday? this shot that won him the tournament? coming out of the pine needles between two georgia pines? landing softly on the green like it was on a string? and then the birdie? it was good stuff. still to come in the newsroom, where are the jobs in this economy? would it surprise you to hear back in the factory? but it's not what you think. >> if i were only running the machine, it wouldn't be a very satisfying job. if i were only programming, it wouldn't be a very satisfying job. but when i get to do both, i
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couldn't make myself do anything different. >> the new hybrid job, part blue collar, part white collar. my special report on where the jobs are next.
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you know, the economy may be recovering, but the old type of manufacturing jobs are nearly gone. the demand for american innovation is turning blue collar jobs into some seriously highly skilled work. here's a look at a south
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carolina company that may change your opinion of what it means to be blue collar these days. snapshots in time of manufacturing's past in the deep south, when cotton was king. the textile industry employed hundreds of thousands of workers over the last century. today most of those textile jobs are gone. this is all that's left of that dying industry. decaying factories, jobs gone overseas where they can be done cheaper. even jobs that stayed were fewer than before. automation meant companies could do more with less labor. the recession saw south carolina's unemployment rate more than double in just two years to 12.6%. the highest in two decades. now south carolina is fighting back. turning things around with a different approach to manufacturing. welcome to the new high-tech factory operated by adex machine
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company. sean and jason run the company. the shop makes parts for the aerospace and energy industries. employees spend as much time in the office as in the plant. they get their hands dirty, but their brains are stimulated. you might call these guys the new blue collar worker. they don't just operate machines, they program the machine, telling it where to drill. >> we actually draw a picture up ourselves. these are actually location holes and dowel holes where we're going to bolt the fixture together. >> reporter: then they head to the factory floor and make it happen. >> you get to see the finish work is what i really love about it. we take what's on paper and we bring it to life. >> reporter: they make mathematical computations on the fly if adjustments are needed. >> c .038. >> reporter: each worker is a computer programmer, machinist and quality control engineer. what typically was three different jobs now wrapped up in one. it's called lean manufacturing. and the workers love it.
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>> if i were only running the machine, it wouldn't be a very satisfying job. if i were only programming, it wouldn't be a very satisfying job. but when i get to do both, i couldn't make myself do anything different. >> in the assembly line method, you might have a single person who does single tasks all day long and that's all they do. it's repetitive, doesn't tax the mind, it's simple work. what you're seeing is the world has changed. >> reporter: adex received 100 resumes for every job it filled last year. even so, sean and jason had a hard time finding qualified applicants. >> it's like a minny mba to be the high-tech worker on today's factory floor. >> reporter: it pays from $50,000 to as much as $80,000 a year, depending on experience and job training. unlike in an assembly line factory, the employees say they feel empowered. >> it's hands-on.
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you get to actually make something. but you still have to think about what you're doing. >> reporter: sean is hoping to change the negative stereotype of manufacturing, hopes of drawing more young people into the industry. and help american industry get back on top again. >> i think a lot of people associate manufacturing with 20 and 30 years ago, when detroit was big. it was very dirty. it was very long hours. your boss beat up on you all day. but that's changed. we work with our employees. it's not a bossman mentality. we're asking them, what is the best way to produce this. >> good stuff. and many thanks to the guys at adex machining in south carolina. in our next report on where the jobs are, we take a look at how the state is helping to train out-of-work factory employees to do this job. that is next week right here in the "cnn newsroom." tina fey returns to "snl." or is it sarah palin making a comeback? teens gone wild in california. and what did facebook have to do with it. it's what's hot on the internet.
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good choice. only meineke lets you choose the brake service that's right for you. and save 50% on pads and shoes. meineke. so how far can you make $10 last these days? solicited your ireports. and here are some of our favorites. an ireporter from spokane, washington, was able to buy all of these items on the screen here. this new yorker says everyone in the city should spend their 10 bucks on a one-day unlimited
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metro card. he says it will take you from the bronx zoo down to coney island, everywhere in between. an ireporter in the netherlands spent his 10 bucks on chocolate. pretty tasty. reaffirmation that not everyone is out for the almighty dollar. meet california's betty ratcliffe who searched unsuccessfully for $240 in all her usual hides places. and then a call from katherine who went online to buy a purse betty had previously returned. inside her purse, betty's i.d. and the missing 240 bucks. then the phone call. >> i love the purse. it wasn't cheap, was it? it was an expensive purse. >> i have to tell you, though, you're not going to be too happy. i got it on sale. >> not only honest, but a bargain hunter too boot. for a quick look at the
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stories generating buzz over the internet. this one's from youtube. and most other sites out there. tina fey back on "snl" channeling her inner palin, like she never left. here's one of the skits. >> do you hate gotcha journalism? get ready for hey, journalist, i gotcha. i made them look like they were the ones who were woefully unprepared. so, katie, what newspapers do you read? it's an easy question, katie. well, better luck next time. gotcha. all right. check this one out from our own spring break gone wrong. the kids call it flutoppia. i guess that's how you would pronounce that. it's usually on a much smaller scale until they promoted it on facebook. rowdy teens showed up making it a real challenge for law
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enforcement on duty there. at least 33 kids were taken to the hospital. property damage, as you would expect may be everywhere. getting the wounded to safety no matter the risk or the cost. it is the life of an army medic. we will talk to a few of them stationed in afghanistan.
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three months after -- actually, to the day after haiti's horrendous earthquake, survivors are heading to higher ground. the first wave of haitians
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relocating this past weekend from tent cities that sprang up after the january 12th trembler. officials want to get earthquake survivors out of low-lying areas and into settlement camps that are less prone to flood. the island's rainy season increases chances of disease such as diarrhea, typhoid and malaria. they race up and down the battlefield picking up wounded soldiers and getting them to help in record time. pentagon correspondent chris lawrence goes inside the army's trauma unit and tells us the extraordinary lengths they go to to keep our troops alive. >> reporter: an armored emergency room doesn't have to wait for wounded. it rolls right up to the front line. >> this is the mobile trauma bay. it's the front line of medical defense for the marine corps. we basically take a patient who would probably die without immediate life-giving care. we stop bleeding, we secure an
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airway, we keep them alive long enough to get into the o.r. >> they talk about the golden hour. if you get help within that first hour, you're pretty much good to go. >> unfortunately in theater it's not always feasible to get a patient to a hospital within one hour. especially if you're dealing with things like weather getting involved. if you can't get your air access in, you need something that can hold those patients over until you can get that helicopter in. so our job is to keep them alive for longer than that golden hour, extend that golden hour to an hour and a half, two hours. >> they're by far the greatest mental asset that keeps marines like myself and my buddies who go out on these convoys, you know, if we end up getting hit, you know, knowing that, hey,
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it's going to be okay. >> reporter: but all that means nothing if wounded troops can't in a very short time frame get to that next level of care. like the surgeons. >> we get somebody here alive that 98% of them will leave here alive. >> reporter: a collection of tents and trailers is being replaced by a new concrete hospital. and the doctors are already prepping for the big offensive against the taliban come june. >> we don't know the exact date when that's going to occur, but we've already made changes in the way we receive casualties. we've increased the number of trauma teams that we have. >> reporter: the doctors have been rehearsing what happens during a mass casualty, and they've also beefed up their recall system so they can get medical teams from their bar racks or really anywhere on base quickly back to the hospital. chris lawrence, cnn, kandahar. very quickly before i leave here,


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