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welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the stories we're following for you. >> my simple message today is call a vote. >> president obama says the house speaker is the only reason the government remains shutdown. dozens of migrants die trying to reach beater life. ♪ >> president obama is taking his
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case to the american people about the federal government shutdown. here are the latest headlines. plt participate spoke a short time ago. he blamed the shutdown on a republican obsession with repealing his health care reform law. the house and senate are back in session. house republicans plan to keep submitting bills to restart popular programs. we have two reports on the latest developments. libby casey is live on capitol hill, but we begin with mike viqueira at the white house. mic, yesterday the president brought out bankers, said he saw him speak from a construction plant. what is his message. >> well, there are 800,000 federal employees out of work,
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and this construction business goes -- has some business that goes away because of the shutdown. that has an effect on all of the businesses that support it in the surrounding area. but he was really there to blast john boehner saying time and time again if he could just bring democrats into this process, then the bill would pass. there is some justification for that. i don't think there's any question that that is the case. but he blasted john boehner time and time again. >> the only thing that is preventing all of that from happening, right now, today, in the next five minutes is that speaker john boehner won't even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party. that's all.
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that's what this whole thing is about. >> so where are we? >> we are nowhere? there is no glimmer of hope or outward signs of a change. the president brought though congressional leaders, including john boehner to tell them face-to-face what he has said from his podiums, he will not negotiate with a gun to his head. here is a little bit more. >> the longer this goes on, the worse it will be. and it makes no sense. the american people elected their representatives to make their lives easier, not harder, and there's one way out of this reckless and damaging republican shutdown. congress has to pass a budget that funds our government with no partisan strings attached. >> now there is one casualty of this among the many that is going to effect the president in a personal kind of way.
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he was due to go to asia on a six-day trip. part of that was canceled now calling into question two very important international conferences in indonesia and brewnay. that might be canceled due to the shutdown. stephanie. >> the president also talked about the looming debt ceiling. are republicans still talking about tying obamacare to that debate? >> oh, absolutely. and now the longer the shutdown lasts, the more likely these two negotiations could bleed into each other, and you are right, economists say, yes, the shut downis bad, and it could cost more in the long return, but all of that will pail in comparison. >> and we're already seeing
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market reaction. >> right. >> thanks, mike. we turn now to libby casey who is live on capitol hill. libby have republicans reacted to president obama's comments this morning? >> even though president obama is taking his message on the road, it's the same talking points, so don't expect republican reaction to change much either. stephanie they are saying we're not going to bargain either, and as mike just pointed out, we haven't gotten any closer to ending this government shutdown. so what are the opsuns on the table? here in the house of representatives there could be talk of a grand bargain. that sounds dramatic, when republicans and democrats are trying to reach an agreement, sometimes they will throw more on the table. and harry reid said last night that there is potential to
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discuss other big-picture items if they can get over this hurdle of funding the -- >> okay. we just lost libby casey's live shot there, but she was talking about the grand bargain, which is a potential option for lawmakers throwing more on the table and giving more points for negotiation. as the shutdown drags into day three, the cost to taxpayers continues to rise. that reflects the $12 million in lost productivity which add up to about $300 million a day. if it stayed closed a week, it could cost $1.6 billion. those numbers were based on average federal salaries, and the government accountability office is unable to a verify those figures, because it has
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been shut down. libby you were saying this grand bar done is a potential option what else is there? >> yes. yesterday there was a hot mic open and we heard an interesting conversation between rand paul and mitch mcconnell both of kentucky, and they talked strategy a little bit when they seemed to not realize they were being recorded. and they talked about the republican stance saying we're willing to negotiate, it's the democr democrats fault. so that's still how they are willing to march forward. john boehner said he will not accept his pay while this furlough is going on for federal workers, so a lot of back and
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forth and this blame game, and people are wondering who the american public is going to point the finger at. they had members who are doctors, or in the medical profession do a press conference. let's listen to that. >> we passed a bill in the house last night that would provide the nih to reopen the clinical trials that give hope to parents who may not have hope otherwise when they find their kids have cancer. and i believe that senator reid must take up this legislation today for the sake of those children and their health. >> renee is another member of congress. republicans are pushing forth bills that would fund the government peace meal. we're looking at one to fund veteran's affairs and the national guard and reservists.
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>> thank you libby. as flu season kicks off there will be no one tracking the virus has it spreads. robert this is quite a big deal. they have an important job at the cdc. >> a huge job, and the headline here is they need to save lives and they can't right now. there are 12,000 employees that the cdc employs, over 8,000 are now on furlough and 4,000 spread out across the country are on active duty. there are just a few hundred people in this building trying to do the best they can. and for the organization and
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country that their soul purpose is to investigate infection diseases and viruses that break out across the country, they cannot do that because the government is shutdown. >> what does this mean for flu season? i understand the cdc already was dealing with bought crunch. >> exactly. sequestration has cut $285 million of their budget, so there is slim pickings already. all of the immunizations that everybody gets, you go to walgreens, your doctor, all of those are being sent or already in place. none of that will be effected but the most important thing they do is map and monitor outbreaks. for example, here in atlanta, let's say there is a pocket, maybe a suburb where a few
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schools come out with a flu outbreak. well no one is going to know that because they send field teams in to figure out, how do we prevent the flu from spreading in this particular area, and thus getting to a larger region, they don't be able to do it. people's lives are at risk, elderly, them what are pregnant, small children, the people that are the most affected by flu -- thousands of people die every year in america even with the monitoring that the cdc does. it's a major issue and the people here are very, very concerned. >> all right. robert thank you. the obama administration is scrambling today to add computer servicers to handle the high
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demand on the new health care exchange website. it is getting about 4.7 million visitors a day. the government says it is working to resolve the problems caused by the high volume. open enrollment will continue until march 31st of next year. the use of drones and possible talks with north korea. craig gleason reports. >> on the table were three major issues, the nuclear question, and the territorial dispute with japan and china, and cyber security, but for the u.s.'s ally, north korea is still a major concern, particularly giving the ballistic tests
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earlier this year. john kerry said that they were willing to engage north korea after initially turning their back on north korea because of this kind of rhetoric, but the pressure from japan and china to some degree which doesn't like the bully boy in its own backyard destroying its own attempts to foster relations with nations around southeast asia. they said they would reengage north korea, and john kerry said he had a list of conditions which would enable that to happen. >> north korea needs to understand that the united states of america is prepared to engage in negotiations, providing north korea makes it clear that those negotiations begin with the issue of de-nuclearizing the korean peninsula. japan's crippled fukushima
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nuclear plant has a new leak. a storage tank overflowed and poured more than 100 gallons of radioactive water into the pacific. the obama administration is asking that no new sanctions be placed on iran right now. under secretary of state wendy sherman said it would be help if they held off on additional sanctions ahead of a meeting later this month in geneva. coming up on al jazeera america, tragedy off of the coast of italy, dozens are dead after a ship carrying migrants catches fire and capsizes. details ahead. a new voice in journalism. >> good evening everyone, welcome to al jazeera. >> usa today says:
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america i'm stephanie sy. moments ago president obama spoke about the government shutdown. >> take a vote, stop this farce, and end this shutdown right now! >> president obama calls out the house speaker for holding up a vote in congress. obama said john boehner is the only thing keeping the government shutdown. secretary of state john kerry is listing conditions to open negotiations with north korea. a boat was traveling from libya when it capsized and caught fire. hundreds of migrants were on board. >> reporter: a grim scene on an
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island where many were hoping to reach a new life. italy's coast guard says the boat ran into trouble and set offflairs, which is likely to have started a fire. >> translator: the first witness report we heard said the boat caught fire, and everyone started to panic. >> rescuers arrived at the scene in the early hours of the morning. more than a hundred people were pulled from the water and taken to shore. but it is believed that 500 people were on board, including pregnant women and children. it is the second deadly accident involving migrants this week. >> behind this tragedy there are criminals and criminal networks who are exploiting human beings in despair, and the reality is
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smuggling is a crime that is again rating huge profits for these networks, so we really have to step up our efforts in order to fight these criminal networks. >> reporter: thousands of desperate migrants arrive in italy every year in unsafe or overcrowded vessels. hundreds are dead or missing, but hundreds will still make the journey despite the risks involved. in nigeria a plane crashed in an open field shortly after takeover this morning. the brazilian-made plane left the sort city and was headed for ondo state. more than two dozen head start programs across the country may close their doors because of the government shutdown. that means parents will have to scramble to make arrangements
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for their kids and staff will not get paid. natasha reports. >> reporter: these four and five year olds don't know what negotiation means, but each day inside their classrooms they are learning how to compromise and play well with one another. it's a lesson at least one teacher says congress should learn. >> there has to be a point where you negotiate and compromise, and i think they need to learn what our concern already know. >> reporter: if they don't reach an agreement before next week, 900 children will have to stay home. that's because all of their budget comes from the federal government. with the shutdown the government hasn't been able to disperse its
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funds. >> how would you feel if you couldn't come back here? >> really sad. >> reporter: and the employees won't be paid. the staff is putting on a happy face for their kids and for their parents who are extremely concerned. the staff worries about parents who can't afford to take time off to pay for their kids or pay for day care. the kids are also fed two meals and a snack at head start. with washington at a stand still, teachers here are determined to squeeze in as much learning as they can, until their dollars dry up at the end of the week. >> can you tell me some of the things you learned here. >> my a, b, c's. >> and families wait. >> it's crazy. >> reporter: everyone hoping that washington can get back to the basics and learn how to get
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along. still to come on al jazeera, fifa is said to make a major decision about the 2022 world cup. i'm meteorologist nicole mitchell. we have a tropical storm beelining for the gulf cost and it could come a hurricane. from washinton politics, to the real impact on you... >> there's harworking people that want to do their part.. but the government isn't doing theirs... >> coverage continues on al jazeera america.
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soccer's governing body is debating whether to change the dates for the 2022 world cup in qatar. that time of year temperatures in qatar routinely exceed 120 degrees. there are also concerns about the migrant workers building the facilities. lee is live in zurich. hi, lee. >> reporter: hi, stephanie. well there are 27 items on this
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executive committee agenda, but it's item 25 that has dominated proceedings. as was proven by the protests at the gates of fifa they said this is not the first time they have challenged fifa on human rights. they are extremely concerned about reports coming out of qatar, and they wanted to make sure they have said their peace. the organizing committee, they are in sur rick, making sure they are start of the discussion. >> i don't think it has damaged the reputation at all. in the very beginning we have always indicated we are committed in terms of worker welfare, the state of qatar and
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the committee are dead -- dedicated to the safety of everyone involved. there is an independent body that will be reviewing all of these issues raised, and will be reporting to the government, and the government will be taking steps regarding that. >> the major idea of the meeting was supposed to be where the 2022 time of the world cup was shifted because it is so hot. >> yeah, we thought it would be a shift from summer to winter, but in fact as usual with fifa, there has been political maneuvering, and disagreement behinds the scenes. where they have said how can you have a disand then a
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consultation period? the consultation period needs to come first, however, they do want a decision and they want the world cup to move to winter. and he has found a way to get what he wants. so there is still time, we just can't guarantee it. >> all right. lee wellings reporting from zurich. ♪ i'm meteorologist nicole mitchell, and we have a lot of weather going on, so let's get it to. karen has just named this morning, and it is a potent storm already. despite the fact that the hurricane hunters were furloughed, they still have been doing their duty and flying into this storm, which is very beneficial, finding it stronger than expected.
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winds already to 65 miles an hour. that's just under hurricane strength. it is expected this will make it up to a hurricane as it makes its way into the gulf and possibly hitting the coastline either as a hurricane or a strong tropical storm. so something we have to watch. it is expected to make landfall somewhere between louisiana and the florida panhandle probably saturday night, but we'll have to monitor that. we have hurricane watches going up. those are the pink, and already florida starting to get some of the moisture associated with this system, so some flood warnings up. you can see some of the already bands of this storm starting to move in. what we're seeing along the rest of the gulf coast that has been another disturbance that has been making the soil moist, but
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here is a look at the forecast for today. you can see some of those clouds already approaching the gulf coast. otherwise another potent system in the northern tier of the country. look at this, some of these temperatures, rapid city for example in the 40s, ahead of this 60s and 70s, so some of these areas that you see as rain are going to shift over to snow, combine that with wind and some of the areas on the ground will be very treacherous. so large area of moisture, and we'll see all of the areas in blue, those are winter storm watches and warnings. and the mid-section of the country could see strong storms with hail being our primary threat. so a lot going on. now back to you. >> nicole thank you. thank you for watching al
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jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. "the stream" is next. and for more throughout the day head to our website, hi, i'm lisa fletcher and you're in the stream. young adults can make or break the affordable care act. but are they buying in to health care reform? >> looking out -- we have a ton of community engagement on this. everybody oh is curious about obama care. how does this effect the generation. that's what we're going to dive in to. >> we actually have a poll. if you are eligible for the affordable care act.


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