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to 20, feel like you have a minute left in you -- >> call them. >> blood pressure on you. i'll let you go as long as you can. >> keep working up the hill now. any chest pain or anything like that? >> no. >> want you to go as long as you can. >> if you guys won't stop i won't stop. 22 minutes and 8 seconds later i'm tapped out and i'm worried as dr. cooper sat me down for my results. >> exercise wise you're doing okay. your time on the treadmill had you in the good category compared to men your age. your blood pressure was high, consistently 130s to 140s which is high. your risk of heart disease at this point appears to be low. >> so the result, fredricka, blood pressure is too high. i need to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet. i need to cut out some of the drinking, just to be honest with you here. so things change right now. if i keep this up for 10 years
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and go to the doctor i might have a problem. i need to know it, change it now. >> big kudos for getting your checkup after 10 years not doing so. it speaks volumes that was tough to do the treadmill, even though you work out regularly. >> it keeps going up. the incline goes to 25 and you're climbing the matter. >> a real test of fitness. >> you did great. glad you got to the dr. now, get some fruit and vegetables and fiber in your diet. dr. fred speaking. >> i promise. >> lots ahead in the noon eastern hour. we're going to talk first off about aung san suu kyi. t.j. has been telling you about her all morning long. she told the crowd, i'm very happy to see you again. the nobel prize laureate was
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released after years of confinement. the reason unclears. we have a correspondent in burma but we can't identify him by name. he's standing by with what we're learning in myanmar. >> reporter: hi, fredricka, as she came out of her house, she was confined for seven and a half years. that was about six hours ago. now there was a cheering crowd in front of her house cheering her on. as you said, she greeted the crowd. she told them she was going to hold a major political speech tomorrow at noon and lay out what she sees as her own political future and the political future of the opposition in this country. there was a lot of momentum leading up to this moment. a lot of people gathering outside of her house. of course, many of them haven't seen her in more than 20 years. that was really a big moment for this country, of course, especially for the opposition in
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this country. really it was quite a special moment in burma. many people in america don't realize how repressive this country really is, where people cannot speak their political opinions. they can get into a lot of trouble if they do. those people today were putting on t-shirts with her picture on it, which is really something that's quite dangerous for them to do. so that's the sort of emotion that she's able to inspire here in this very reclusive and very repressed country, fredricka. >> okay. now, we just want to explain to people the reason why you can hear the reporter. you're unable to see him and we're unable to reveal his name. the ruling junta has refused to allow cnn into the country to cover the election and its aftermath. the regime has also stopped international monitors from overseeing the vote.
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this is why we're having to allow you only to hear from the correspondent but not identify him. now, give me an idea about aung san suu kyi, where she is now and what her plans are, especially after there was recently an election in this country. >> well, right now she went straight back into her house. what she's doing there, what she did there for the better part of the evening, it is now very late, about 11:30 p.m., she spoke to a lot of people very close to her in that opposition party called national league for democracy. basically outlining what their fear as their strategy. basically what's going on right now, in the time she's been in detention, the opposition here has gotten weaker and weaker under this military repression. so many people believe now she's able to get out, she has been freed. she will take the reins of this opposition party again, try to unite the opposition and make it a strong force again.
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no one here believes change will come very quickly. a lot of people place hope in this figure, aung san suu kyi, that she can get some sort of movement going and possibly even get some sort of change going. however, this is going to be a very, very difficult task. as i said, this regime is very repressive. in the past they have crushed uprisings that tried to start democracy or change in this country, crushed them very brutally. it's very, very dangerous for her also. we've known in the past the junta has tried to find reasons to detain her again. she is treading on some very, very difficult territory but there are a lot of people here in this very repressed country that do place a lot of hope. >> thanks so much for that report. suu kyi's release from house arrest comes as president obama tours asia. the president saying this in a written statement from the white house, quote, she is a hero of mine and a source of inspiration for all who work to advance basic human rights in burma and around the world.
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the united states welcomes her long overdue release." that statement from the president while he's overseas in asia. the president is wrapping up his tour with a stop in japan, attending apec, an international summit where the focus is trade. the president held separate meetings with australia and japan and tomorrow he meets with the russian president dmitry medvedev. today he called on all nation toss work together to expand trade. >> i make no apologies for doing whatever i can to bring those jobs and industries to america. but what i've also said throughout this trip is in the 21st century there's no need to view trade, economics where one country has to prosper at the expense of another. if we work together and act
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together strengthening economic ties can be a win-win for all nations. >> president obama heads back to the u.s. tomorrow. his asian tour included a stop in india where he announced a multi-billion dollar export deal. but in south korea he and other world leaders walked away from the g-20 summit without a so comprehensive plan to boost the economy. o several other setbacks. >> to be fair to the president he did have a good trip before this, a good trip to indonesia. this was a really bad day for him. as you say, basically he went into this trip to south korea wanting a trade deal with south koreans and saying he would have it by this time and it fell through because they resisted his demands. he wanted a deal from the chinese on currency manipulation. they rejected that. he wanted a deal from the other nations on basic trade imbalances. they rejected that. i think that what was more fundamental here is a growing
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sense that america itself, especially in relationship to others in the world is no longer the leader it once was. >> pretty strong statement there. let me pring in deputy political director paul steinhauser in washington. paul, there was a lot of talk when the president began the trip he was heading to summit weekend from the democratic losses in the elections. has the president lost his clout on the world stage? >> you can take away from the defeats he got everyone was talking about and say yes. that's what a lot of pundits are talking about. he's not the same president. his approval rating is not the same and he was weakened by the midterms. our senior white house correspondent dan henry and white house corn dan lothian has been following that. take a listen to the question on south korea. >> do you feel the election has weakened you on the global
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stage? >> the answer to the second question is no. >> reporter: there you go. a big no from the president. but i think some pundits will see it the other way, though, fred. remember, the president comes back tomorrow to the united states. when he gets back he's got two humongous issues to deal w the lame duck congress coming back. the president is going to have to deal with them about tax cuts, extending bush era tax cuts to the wealthiest men's or not. the deficit commission, we've seen initial reports. the full report on december 1st. these will be the two overwhelming issues dominating us in the united states in the next month. >> okay. i guess the white house, their retort would be one out of four in terms of those asian countries visited. maybe one defeat but perhaps three other victories. it will be interesting to see how the white house interprets this asia trip as well. mean time let's talk about some other domestic matters. even after the republicans' victory midterm elections the
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rnc chairman michael steele is facing challenges. there were rumors leading up to midterm elections and now big challenges in a big way. >> yeah. his term is up in january of next year. it's almost up. the big question is will steele run for another two years in office. he's been hinting, yeah, maybe he will. he hasn't made a firm declaration. he's been criticized, as we know, for almost his two full years in office at the democratic national committee not only for his foot in mouth but fund-raising. they have done extremely well since he's been chairman. they won gubernatorial, special election in massachusetts for the senate this year and did very, very well last week in the midterm elections. but yesterday the former republican chairman of michigan announced he is going to run for
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the rnc chairmanship. he ran last time against steele, among others. he didn't win, obviously steele did. he's doing to run and we may see others run. this is going to be a fascinating next two months and we'll see what happened. steele the first african-american to run the republican party. >> all right. paul steinhauser, thanks so much. appreciate that. >> thank you. all right. straight ahead, russell simmons, you know the name. media mogul, fashion, music mogul. he gives a public inside look into his personal and public life in a new reality television show in part one of my face-to-face interview with the hip-hop mowing gul. i asked about controversial images and languages in the show. >> you use the b word, your daughters, would you want them to watch that? do you want them referring to themselves as bs or hearing dad refer to other women as bs.
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>> the show is a real life example of 7th avenue. i'm comfortable with the different characters. i'm more concerned with suffering farm animals than bad languages. i'm more concerned with the lack of interest in gay rights.
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creating an international multi-million dollar business. for russell simmons, that was just the starting point of his career. after co-founding def jam in the 1980s the hip-hop career branched out, clothing lines, communications company, reality tv. i haven't mentioned all he's involved in. i talk face-to-face with russell simmons about his new show, why he says it's important to keep his brand relevant and how this show portrays women in particular. >> great to see you. >> good to see you. >> you have a lot going on as you always do. this latest venture, running russell simmons. i know you've been involved in
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reality tv before with your brother and wife laura, what made you try it again. >> it's a fun process. a good branding. if you have something to inspire, let them see it in the making. we've been involved in so many philanthropic, social, political activities, all of which i think are helpful to communities and people and me. so i have five charities i run. they all need exposure. >> do you think people will get that message? because there are other -- there are a lot of distractions from that message? >> you can't -- you don't hit them on the head. i'm a yogi, not a priest, i'm not religious. you might be referring to i operate out of 7th avenue, a lot of fun stuff going on. not hurtful stuff. >> i'm referring to, there were
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a lot of theatrics involving interns. there were images of women, because your business, it seems, or you surround yourself with a lot of women. >> i'm on 7th avenue. >> what does that have to do with it? what does that mean? >> i'm in the fashion business. >> have you a couple of interns profiled very heavily in t show and you even tease in the next episode there's a basic instinct moment. >> that wasn't a tease. that was upsetting. that was kind of fun y, kind of real life. >> decisions made to include that kind of material if that will distract from the message you're trying to send. >> it will add to the message so ratings can be sold. >> is that a conflict the ratings versus the message. >> you have to have a balance. one foot in this world and one footed in the spiritual one. i notice kim kardashian has more twitter followers than the president. >> what does that say. >> i sent her to africa and we
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were able to raise a lot of money. i'm able to do a lot of fundraisers because of the my celebrity. >> i'm wondering if you're comfortable with the images of women? >> this is drama of life. i'm more concerned, there's lots of judgment about the language. >> you use the b word. your daughters, would you want them to watch that? do you want them referring to themselves as bs or hearing dad refer to other women as bs? >> i think the show is a real life example of 7th avenue. i'm comfortable with the different kind of characters. i'm more concerned about the 10 billion suffering farm animals than i am language. i'm more concerned with the lack of interest with gay rights. >> do you end up having these discussions with the network and producers of this show, does it become a real boiling point? >> it is a boiling point. >> about what to include, what kind of political statements to
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make. how much control do you have about the content that ends up in the show? >> there is an ongoing battle, it's true. i want to put a tweet in there. can we put the tweet in. >> happiness comes from relieving the suffering of others. >> we tweeted quite a bit. >> when people are watching, though, and they are saying that juxtaposition of that phrase up against the tease for the next show with the young girls we're talking about, the basic instinct moment, everybody remembers sharon stone of crossing her legs. >> to her it's revealing. when she gets in trouble and her mentors get her in trouble. >> that's a powerful spiritual message you are really wanting people to sit up and look at themselves and appreciate the show. >> i like this discussion. let me say this to you. i know the pop world, i don't regret being in it. i don't have any misgivings about what it is, and i don't judge it so heavily. i live in it.
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i have my instincts about what i can do with my relationships in there. i'm pleased with my results. i'm pleased, certainly pleased with the show. there's a little bit of everything. there's a very broad audience we're going after. i don't judge people. i like to go speak at prisons more than i like to go speak at harvard. i feel i resonate better there. in fact, sometimes i like those people better. my service is not to those people who are sitting in church, you know. it's really not. i believe i'm a servant. i believe my messages resonate. i believe you've got to plant seed where ground is fertile. >> pretty extraordinary messages. face-to-face with russell simmons. we'll continue at 2:00 eastern time. i'll talk with him about his new book, "super rich." he says why being rich has very little to do with money. making sure you don't miss
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time for our legal segment now. elizabeth smart testified against the man accused of robbing her childhood. let's bring in our legal guys. good to see you, gentlemen. >> hi, fredricka. >> good afternoon. >> let's talk about this trial. brian david mitchell charged with kidnapping and the rape of elizabeth smart. her testimony was unflappable. it is detail oriented. so one has to wonder, richard, this suspect here standing trial, he equated himself with king david. so what kind of insanity defense are we anticipating especially after this provocative testimony from elizabeth smart. >> you've said it. it's insanity d they have employed it. about 3% are successful when they seek insanity. the guy is walking around making crazy statements.
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he was singing hymns in court. they removed him from the courthouse. so when she testified she wasn't there looking at his face. what she did was she told the jury that this man is not insane. everything he did was calculated. he understood and could appreciate the nature of his actions, because that's what the definition of insanity is, someone who cannot understand or appreciate what they are doing. she basically blew the lid off of it. >> in fact, avery, one of the examples of that is when she tried to convince him, return me back to salt lake. you would want to find another mormon girl, in her words, and that he said, according to her, that it would be a good idea. so that certainly showed he had the capacity to reason or at least have this kind of conversation with her. how powerful is that? >> that's right. remember, she's 14. this guy -- mitchell is in his 50s. she said she prayed let's go back to utah, we'll find another
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14-year-old to be your wife, steal her from camp, mormon camp and the numb skull bought it. imagine a 14-year-old manipulating this guy, getting him back to utah, increasing the chance of discovery and escape. that's what happened. poise, unflappable, riveting testimony. i don't buy the insanity defense at all, and i think elizabeth smart is locking this prosecution up for a conviction. >> i wonder if his defense, mitchell's defense attorneys would use against her, you know what, she was held against her will for nine months. there was at least one opportunity where she would have gotten away, where she came face-to-face with a police officer who was describing that they were searching for her. she didn't say anything. she testified, richard, she was paralyzed at the moment, couldn't say anything, when really, i guess his attorneys would say why didn't she take advantage of that if she really
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was being held against her will. >> slippery slope. it's very difficult to attack a victim like this where she detailed daily rapes and abuse by this guy. don't forget she was taken at knifepoint from her bedroom and whisked away by this animal who threatened her if she went to the police, he was going to kill her family. this was the fear she was under. i don't think they will attack her that way. i think her testimony was riveting. this guy, the insanity will not hold for him. let's move onto cigarette warning labels. fda using graphic images, much bolder statement about why you shouldn't smoke. i wonder, richard, the tobacco companies are saying, wait a minute, this is an example of government getting too involved in private industry. might this actually be executed or might there be success in challenging it. >> i don't think there's going to be success, fred. the intent of the government is to make sure the consumer knows the dangers of the product that they are consuming.
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the government is not saying, okay, you all can't smoke. you can smoke. but if you want to smoke, we want to make sure you know. now half of the package of cigarettes is going to be -- contain some 26 different types of warnings. they are going to have very graphic like those commercials you've seen with the person smoking through their tracheotomy. they are going to be graphic and horrific but i think they are going to stand. >> is this a prelude to the government doing something more stringent as it pertains to the tobacco industries. >> i think so. the tobacco industry actually brought to the federal district court saying first amendment right freedom of expression. it's very interesting. of course seriously considering it. at the same time the same federal court in kentucky said the fda has authority. these new rules with the graphic important trails of people dying of cancer and diseased lungs will actually take affect in two years. i don't think there's any
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stopping it. it's an engine on the track. >> in a few s.e.c., cia officials admit to destroying, waterboarding evidence. why is this being protected, to destroy this kind of evidence, avery? >> it should not be. john durham an experienced federal prosecutor did the assignment very quickly. attorney general wanted to look into it, said the people that destroyed, operated on advice of council used that as an excuse to destroy this criminal evidence. i think it's an outrage that these people in the cia, some of them, are going to walk. >> fred, there was a standing order by a federal judge, do not destroy those tapes. despite that order, the cia destroyed those tapes. this is outrageous. >> when we come back, gentlemen, we're going to talk about mel gibson going to court, custody battle with his ex. what's next for mel gibson. avery, richard, we'll see you in
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with rain and sleet. i hate driving on that. well, if you're in minneapolis, conditions have gotten worse, particularly north, well north to northern minnesota. that's where we're getting reports of intense snowfall where it could be snowing as hard as an inch an hour. that's intense. it's a deep area of low pressure that's going to trigger the heavy snowfall that will continue through the evening hours. so we'll be watching for that, shoveling out wet snow mixing in with rain at times. here is something interesting. check out the temperatures, mid-30s. just below that, brisk winds out of the north, feels like the 20s. snowfall totals five or six inches. remember, it is still snowing out there. we're still tracking definitely more accumulation. light rain across the northwest. then to the south we are tracking some intense wind. wind advisories posted through the afternoon today in sacramento where winds have gone up since our last report. we're tracking strong winds developing across southern california. this is especially true for
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santa claritclarita, intern and riverside. for those traveling on saturday, look at this. thousands of planes in the area. look at this. guess where it is? i'll tell you. minneapolis. an hour due to snow right now. >> thanks a lot, bonnie. check back with you through the day. appreciate it. to haiti, around the clock battle against cholera. the illness killed 800 people and still spreading. part of the problem, hundreds of open dumps. cnn's paula newton in port-au-prince. >> there is no delicate way to put this. port-au-prince looks and smells like a dump because it is. 10 months after the earthquake, the city has generated into a filthy calderon of water, garbage and human waste. the garbage situation has always been a problem here.
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but now no one pays any attention to where they dump it and the government makes virtually no effort to pick it up. >> don't you think haitians deserve better than this? >> we got used to it. we got used to it. everybody grow up in this country. we got used to it. >> but the stakes are higher now. as cholera stalks the city, these are the conditions that worry health expert. look, patients desperate for water collect it at a pipe right next to a burning collection of waste. >> the city is like an open garbage pit. this is the central canal that cuts right through the city. garbage of all descriptions flows right there it. and this is where it ends up, right down the canal and piled up, tons of garbage, just laying waste here in the canal that no one ever seems capable of collecting.
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>> cnn spoke with haiti's environment minister about the garbage problem in haiti. he said the government is working on it and plans to partner with the private sector to try and deal with that issue. a sad situation being made even that much more deplorable. refugee children in a small georgia town are getting a new lease on life thanks to one woman and the game of soccer. cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta has the story in today's human factor. >> reporter: at first glance they just look like a bunch of kids playing soccer. but take another looks a closer one. this is the fugees family. >> anybody who wants to be a part of this family can be. >> any refugee that wants to be part of this family can be. >> that is what binds them together. they are all refugees. 86 children and teens from more than 28 countries. >> any country that's had a war in the past 20, 30 years, we've
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had kids from those countries. >> what started as a casual soccer team six years ago is now a school full of students, most of whom have never been in a classroom before. >> robin, sharply dressed in the school's uniform, blue sweater and tie is in the academy, something impossible in his native sudan. >> right after you moved to the u.s. and someone said, robin, what are you going to do with your life, what would you have said? >> i don't know has wha to say during that time. but now when i look at myself, i want to be someone very good and make my people proud. >> life in america has not always been good to robin. >> when you're an outsider from sudan and living in the united states, what is that like? what happens to you? >> it's very hard. everyone is picking on you, treating you really different like you don't belong here. >> what did you do?
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>> i used to fight a lot. nowadays, i don't get into fights. i try to resolve them. >> while there are refugees all around the united states, the fugees family is the only group combining soccer with the hope for a better future. >> are there other organizations you know of like this around the country? >> no. >> this is it. >> this is it. we get e-mails every week from people around the country and around the world, why don't you bring the fugees to us. >> how many years before you finish? >> four more years because i'm in eighth grade right now. >> four more years and then? >> another four years. >> of? >> college. >> dr. gupta, cnn, clarkston, georgia. fired for trashing her boss. on facebook one woman was fired. our legal guys ready to weigh in. ♪ this is the age of knowing how to get things done. ♪ so why would you let something like erectile dysfunction get in your way?
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all right. the war of words continues for actor mel gibson and his girl flend oksana grigorieva. this time in court. good to see you again, gentlemen. avery, you first. so they are going to are words in court. this time mel gibson says, you
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know what, i want my child, but i don't want anything to do with oksana. so she is, of course, saying how can he have the child when he allegedly abused me. where is this going this week? >> actually this week, part of that wound up being addressed because he's not in the house. lucia, the baby and oksana are in the house. nchd paying child support, what does mel do? he decides he shouldn't have to pay it because they should be renting. that turned into a big blowup. you're right, the district attorney in los angeles fredricka continues to investigate the domestic violence claim against him. interestingly enough the family judge says he does have a right to have access to the baby. that sounds right. hate nothing to do with the criminal case. we'll have to see where that goes. the criminal case will impact the rights of mel gibson and
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having rights to the baby one way or the other. >> how do you see this unfolding, with mel gibson saying i want a gag order in place. i want to keep her from talking publicly from details. >> it's not surprising this racist drunk would want a gag order on his actions. this is family court. all these proceedings are closed and private proceedings. i kind of understanding where he's coming from not wanting what happens in court to spill out. he's a public figure. the judge denied that q the battle in court is she claimed he doesn't even spend time with the kid. there's a nanny that's there in the huge house. the child stays with the nanny. has he no interaction with the child. so therefore he has no basis to even have the child. but the best interest of the children are always the standard, fred. as as avery said if that criminal case comes with a conviction, he'll not have siftation or supervised is the best he can
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hope for. >> this might get heated. let's talk about what's taking place in connecticut now. a connecticut company says, you know what, we don't like the comments. we think they are derogatory placed on our employee's facebook page, so you're fired. i wonder, avery, can a company fire you for your behavior outside of company grounds? and company property. >> i love this case, fredricka. that's exactly the question that the national labor relations board, first time prosecution the very issue you raised. that is if you're saying something like your boss is unfair on your personal facebook page, can you be fired for that? well, this ambulance company fired the employee for putting something on her facebook page and the federal government said that's unfair. there's a hearing coming up in january 2011 to answer the question. you know what, i don't think a company can go that far. i think the employee walks away with a victory, gets back pay
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and her job back. >> richard, agreement? >> as you said with t.j. earlier, of course we're going to disagree on this one, fred. the company, the company has a clear, clear -- he was concerned about it, by the way. check his facebook, t.j.'s. the company here had a crystal clear zero tolerance policy if you're an employee in this company you must not post on the internet disparaging comments. that's their policy. if you don't like it, don't work for them. that's their rules. in addition there's another wrinkle in this case. they claim they didn't terminate her for facebook, they claimed her for two incidents where she acted discourteous, that's really why. >> has nothing to do with anything. the employee is going to win this one. employee is going to win. >> back out west now. let's go to alaska, at issue the intent of the voter this involving the senate race. joe miller is saying, you know
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what, voters weren't spelling murkowski's name right, so we want to make sure those ballots are thrown out completely. now, avery, this is heading to federal court. one has to wonder whether the intent of the voter will, indeed, be challenged here, or it's clear. not murkowski has a similar spelling to miller. >> that's right. ironically this tea party candidate who said the federal government is overreaching when he needed help, where did he go? not to state court. he went to federal court saying voter intent doesn't matter. look, a couple of voters in alaska voted for elmo, but most of them voted for lisa murkowski. the fal is the federal judge we think is likely to say voter intent does count. murkowski wins, miller loses, justice prevails. >> awesome. always great to see you all. you always make us so much smarter. >> i don't know about that, but it's sure fun. >> avery, richard, thanks so
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if you're in the u.s. military and in uniform when you go through the atlanta airport, for instance, get ready to be hugged. our photojournalist william walker takes us to meet the hug lady. >> my name is betty rose bowers, and i'm at the atlanta airport. >> god bless you. where y'all heading? >> we welcome the troops as they come in for two weeks of r and r. they are coming in from afghanistan, kuwait, iraq.
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>> welcome. where is home? >> huntsville, alabama. >> i've been told i've been affectionately called the hug lady. >> god bless you. thank you. >> i'm a sucker for a man in uniform and i hug them. i want them all to know they are appreciated. seeing a service person see his child, his baby for the first time probably just a matter of weeks old little baby and he got to see her for the first time. if that doesn't bring tears to your eyes, you're pretty heartless. that's worth all the pictures in the world, isn't it? having that father see his baby. that was great. it's unbelievable the feeling that it gives you. seeing a little girl. >> i love you. >> see their mother or daddy and run, just run into their arms. >> i'm waiting on my son. he's coming home from kabul.
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>> welcome home, son. love you, love you. >> parents seeing their sons or daughters that they haven't seen for several months. >> here we go. >> i can't tell you how many times i have shed tears, but good tears, happy tears. >> i'm happy he's here in one piece and safe and sound. >> i have a grandson who is in the army. i can't help but want to put my arms around these young people. i want them to know that they are cared about and we're proud of them and what they are doing. they are putting their lives out for us. you're welcoming them home. they deserve a hug. >> cnn is honoring the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. today at 3:00 eastern we're bringing you veterans in focus. don't miss it. first in the 2:00 eastern hour, with the changes in the new

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