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. >> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> deadline, time is running out on a nuclear deal with iran. what could hold it up, and what is at stake? fatal "d"fatal descent the new of course about the german co-pilot co-pilot. >> battleground state backlash against indiana's new religious freedom law now the proposed changes that critics say are not
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enough. plus night shift the man tapped to replace jon stewart, who can take "the daily show" into a whole new direction. >> we begin with the diplomatic showdown over iran's disputed nuclear program. the deadline to reach a deal is just hours away. like any negotiation it will come down to what each side wants and what each side is willing to give up. tonight it's increasingly clear that the west into iran are still very much a part. >> after months of talks whether there is hope for a deal depends on who you ask. >> is it going well, secretary kerry? >> we're working very hard. working hard. >> the united states is leading the negotiation along with
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members of the u.n. security council including russia, the u.k. and china. after some optimism over the week, a sign that a deal is still a long way off. >> russian foreign minister sergei lavrov left the talks a day after arriving to return to moscow for a scheduled meeting. his spokeswoman told reporters that he will return tuesday if there is a realistic chance of a deal. >> we have all the same concerns. first of closing a deal. second closing a good deal, and a deal that cannot make it possible for iran to have nuclear weapon. >> iran denies it's trying to build a bomb. but the u.s. and other countries want a guarantee. they say that sanctions should stay in place until iran has proved its peaceful intentions. but iran said that the sanctions should be lifted when tehran
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accepts restrictions on its nuclear program for at least ten years. >> the iran. s are saying that it's not going to turn into our oslo. the americans are insisting that we're going to start lifting the sanctions. it will have to be based on your performance. it will have to be based on performance. the iranians are saying no, lift the sanctions immediately. >> mike viqueira is in washington tonight. mike if a preliminary deal is reached in time how is the white house going to go along with the idea of lifting sanctions immediately? >> well, they're not going to go along with that. the white house has been clear about that. they're talking about a gradual lifting of sanctions. that is one of the selling points that they'll try to bring in, as they're lying in wait, deal or no deal. if there is a deal republicans have made it clear when they return from their two-week recess one of the first things they'll put on the floor is a
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bill that would require the congress to have final say to approve or reject a bill. the president is against that. if there is no deal we've heard it from john boehner as recently as yesterday the first thing they'll do is pass more sanctions ratcheting up the pressure on the president ratcheting up the pressure on the iranians in particular. there are majority both in the house and senate including a lot of democrats who are very skeptical and very anxious about what is happening in switzerland switzerland. >> it doesn't sound very optimistic. what other selling points could the president use to persuade congress? >> the key selling point is this one-year break out period, john. this is the essential argument they're making. if iran enter noose a deal and then decides at some point they're going to go back on it, remember part of it would include intrusive inspections an one-year break out time. it would take iran an estimation
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of experts one year to turn around and make make a nuclear device. that would give the international community time to develop a response, a response the president made clear could include a military option. the president's basic argument is this. if there were military option experts and the president seems to agree it would set back yawn and their request to make a bomb by a few months. or if one of their planets are buryied under a mountain and making making it impervious to an air assault. >> now limiting iran's nuclear capability could backfire. the fears seems to stem what is needed to build a nuclear
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weapon. talk about that. >> that's right. there is widespread confusion of how much nuclear material you need for whatever purpose. it turns out it takes far less nuclear material. it seems logical if the u.s. and allies want to deprive iran of a nuclear weapon they should limit the number of centerfuges which the county could enrich uranium. but plating a limit on centerfuges might have the opposite effect. >> by limiting them to a small in the of centerfuges we're limiting them to the number you need for a weapon. >> the reason is that it takes fewer centerfuges to create a weapon than it takes to create a steady supply of nuclear fuel. that's what few people seemed to not understand. it it takes 10 tons to create
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nuclear reactor. and only 55 pounds to create a nuclear weapon. it takes only 5,000 centerfuge toss build a weapon. and in a study published march march 28th a harvard researcher said that it gives iran the seven-month timetable for enriching enough for a nuclear weapon. of course it's not just a merit of centerfuges. weapons-grades uranium has to be 95% of the highly enriched variety. in theory the fuel for an energy program is easier to make, but that's not saying much. once you make the leap from raw uranium, the big technical hurdle is out of the way. you're well on your way to 90%. and you have to make 1,000 times
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fewer kilograms of that uranium to have something that you can put into a nuclear weapon. right now iran has only one nuclear power station the one at buchere. iran would need ten times more centerfuges that it has to supply that station as well. most observers believe that by are you duesing the number of centerfuges, they hope to length the break out period, the time it would take iran to build a nuclear bomb but it also wipes out any hope that iran might have of supplying it's own fuel to produce it's own nuclear power. john the report today, of course is that the american administration is basically proposing the idea that we would some how ship iran's nuclear fuel to russia, where it will be converted into fuel rods that are appropriate to use in a nuclear power plant. that would be one way of diluting the material iran has
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at its disposal. but it is not just a matter of simply limiting that material because it takes less to make a weapon than to supply energy for even a single year. >> now the fifth day of saudi-led airstrikes against houthi rebels. earlier an airstrike hit a camp and house for displaced people. several people were killed. the director of liberty and national security at nyu's and she's here tonight. welcome back. let's talk a little bit about the complexity of this. which countries is the united states with, and which countries is the united states against?
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>> well, it depends where. in iraq the united states is fighting along side militias that have been backed by iran. and in yemen the united states is providing intelligence support to the saudis, who are bombing militias that are backed by iran. >> so the united states is on both sides? >> well, they're different conflicts in a sense because a lot of these conflicts are usually viewed threw the prism of sunni-shia relationships. theit looks like a conflict, but, in fact, a lot of these conflicts are really about tribal loyalties ethnic divisions and controlling resources. so the united states seems to be trying to make the best of it in order to maintain the basic objective which is to degrade and fight isis. >> it's not a sunni-shia divide
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even though the arab league is more sunni than shia? >> well, there is over layers of sunni shia but there are a lot of things going on in these conflicts. shia-sunni is too simple police tick of a way to look at it. >> what is the goal of the united states government? that seems the most complex. >> i think the united states goal is really a counter terrorism related goal. they want to see stable regimes in all of these countries that will help them fight terror i am. >> let me stop you right there. what do you mean by terrorism? you're talking about stopping al-qaeda and stopping aqap and stopping isil. >> yes, all of the above. >> right. >> but there are lots of horrible acts that are being committed on both sides. >> that's right. it's a conflict. so terrible things do happen, and all sides of a conflict do things that are not acceptable under international law and under human rights law.
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>> after the united states has within been through iraq, it may be hard for the american public to decide what they're trying to achieve and which side they're on. >> it changes from month to month, so when go back a couple of years, and you look at what was happening in syria where the united states was very firmly opposed to the regime of assad. and now of course they're working and seeing that they like them less than they like assad. >> you need a score card. thank you very much. officials say an unauthorized car rammed the compound's gate, inside were two men reportedly dressed as women. one was shot and killed by police after he failed to follow
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instruction. the other is in the hospital with injuries. the police do not suspect terrorism. the germanwings plane that was flown into the french alps, investigators say that andreas lubitz had undergone treatment for suicidal thoughts. >> it's confirmation of something that public wondered. now we know that at that point he was experiencing suicidal tendencies. that is important because his company germanwings and it's parent company lufthansa had always stressed he had gone
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through assessment physical and mental assessment tests and passed them, and they considered him to be 100% able to take controls of the plane. now we know that he took controls of the plane locked out his tap captain and plunged that plane in its fatal dive into the alps. this is when president françois hollande the first leader to talk about this disaster and confirm there had been fatalities on tuesday of last week, we now know that there will be a memorial to be held in germany on april 17th. and chancellor angela americacal will bemerkel will be in
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attendance to remember those who had plunged to their deaths. >> paul, good to have you on the program. let me ask you first should pilots give up or is it in the best interest of the country and world that pilots give up privacy in order to make sure that airplanes are airlines are safe? >> i think when disasters like this occur we look for anything that could be an answer and anything that could prevent the next kind of catastrophe that might be out there. but since mental health conditions and in particular depression are not predictive of violent acts such as this, it may not an very good balancing act to suggest that we might not have pilots with depression, and that they might not be eligible any more for that kind of a workplace.
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>> how do you determine if someone has depression or they're close to the possibility of committing suicide? >> well, this is a million dollar question for you. i don't think people can answer with certainty to that. mental illnesses are not terribly predictive of violence. because they're not terribly predictive of violence. you could have half of america who will be diagnosed with mental health concerns and say there are certain occupations you should not be in, and that would not make more sense than to say all men and say because you're more prone to violence than women you should not be in these occupations. >> if the airline knew that this pilot has tried or is thinking about committing suicide shouldn't somebody know in the company where somebody works in the airline? >> well, i think it's absolutely
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the case that if if this is the case ear. if someone knows that someone is in immediate danger that there are reporting requirements here, and that's okay to disclose, but the problem we have is when people have had--even a past episode of mental illness who are not unitly showing currently showing signs of mental illness what do you do then? how do you balance the needs of of all individuals at the same time. >> there is a stigma when it comes to mental illness. am i right that you think it's a good idea for all people not just undergo a physical exam but a mental health exam as well? how often? >> absolutely. if we want to eliminate stigma we would be doing ubiquitous screening. we would be screened not only
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for blood pressure and heart problems, cancer, we would be be screening for mental health as well. we can't act in stage four of a disease process, we need to act before stage four with early intervention the same we do for any chronic disease that affects any other part of the body. >> if we don't know if they're going to commit a violent act. >> well, the problem is that we're never going to snow with respect to people with mental illnesses in particular if all we look at are the mental illnesses. but those are not the primary predictors of violence. exposure to violence, up bringing with parents who have been abusive is a predictor of future violence. other kinds of circumstances like that are really the kinds of things that we need to look at before we look at mental health diagnosis because we'll
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get more answer by looking at more people's histories and look at what they're exposed to. >> it will be a hot debate in the coming weeks. thank you for coming on the program. >> coming up next another v.a. hospital under scrutiny. >> the patients, a lot of them were just walking around like zombies. >> the new demand from family members and my conversation with labor secretary--former labor secretary robert raich his thoughts on the economy and his thoughts on a possible second clinton presidency.
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>> one of the nation's largest railroads announced new safety is procedures today. comes after derailments like this one that occurred earlier
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this month. now new federal regulations for trains carrying crude are later this spring. in wisconsin families shared their private pain in hopes of bringing about public good. it came during a hearing about alleged wrongdoing at a veteran's affair hospital. last year a young marine died at the veteran affair center, now that facility is focusing on a wide-ranging investigation. we have more on that, erica? >> it was an emotional congressional hearing in wisconsin. whistle bowers along side families of veterans express their concerns that doctors at one wisconsin v.a. are over overprescribing painkillers to veterans with tragic results. >> i miss him every day. >> emotions were running high at a congressional hearing in a
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small midwestern town. doctors at the wisconsin v.a. are being investigated for over overprescribing painkillers and sedatives. >> i saw the torture and saw the unsafe practice daily. >> they talked about the practice of overmedication in three cases that ended in death. >> august 30, 2014, was the hardest and most painful day of my life. >> he lost his son jason a 35-year-old marine. >> i regreet leaving my son alone in his room that morning only to get a call that he stopped breathing. i can't get that thought out of my head. i wish i had been there for him. the doctor had him on so many medicine. we were confused by all the medications he had to take. >> al jazeera sat down with his parents, who described their son's deteriorateing condition while under the care of dr. david hoolahan. they told them that jason died
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of aneurysm the autopsy showed that he died from something otherwise. >> he died from a combination of all these medicines together killed him. >> on monday the grieving father pushed the panel to hold the v.a. responsible for his death. >> i would like to have the doctors tell me how all these medications were going to do him any good. >> when he blew the whistle on those overprescribing practices they shut him out. >> there is a lack of cat ability in v.a. leadership. there were years of complaints concerning harm. >> it found no proof of criminal wrongdoing.
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>> the v.a. office inspector general has the blood of veterans on its hands. >> they had earned the name candy land among its veterans for aggressive prescribing practices, and dr. hoolahan was known as the candy man. it was known that veterans were streeted with unusually high amounts of medication likes oxycontin. >> what about the leaders of the v.a. were they held accountable by the panel? >> absolutely. the v.a. leaders say that there are changes in place at this particular facility, but there were fiery exchanges between one u.s. congressman and the under secretary of health at the v.a. and that produced some interesting information that some of the doctors and nurses at the center of this very controversy, including dr. hoolahan are still working at the facility, and still on the payroll.
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>> erica, thank you. general nutrition corporation said it plans to start new and better testing procedures for its products. the move follows allegations that the company and others sold contaminateed herbal supplements. they were ordered to stop selling the products that don't have ingredients listed on the labels. gnc said that new tests say that the supplements will exceed fda standards. anger over a new law some call it legalized discrimination. the fall out could bring unintended consequences in indiana. and building a tunnel under seattle.
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>> indiana debate. the so-called religious freedom
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why it's different than other states and why it matters. robert reich i spoke with the former clinton labor secretary about jobs, income inequality, and his thoughts on 2016. big bertha the race to free a huge tunnel-boring machine stuck under seattle and the budget concerns up above. plus introducing the new face of tv's "the daily show." >> in indiana changes are coming to the religious freedom restoration act even though it's only a few days old. many democrats say that the law can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. many see it as discriminatory. >> reporter: well, john, the governor of indiana is again defending this law tonight now
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in an op-ed in the wall street journal, it said it does not discriminate yet there is a lot anger out there. it is growing and so republican lawmakers admitted that this law needs to be clarified. [ protesting ] >> hoping to end the controversial over indiana's restoration build the state's republican leaders came out monday to say that the law does not discriminate against gays and lesbians. >> people are reacting differently to this law. we didn't see it coming and we need to clarify that this law will not be allowed to discriminate against anyone. >> some say that the law has been mischaracterized, but they need to fix any language that could be interpreted as discriminatory. >> we need to take immediate action to clarify that in every way. >> what we had hoped for with the bill was a message of inclusion, inclusion of all religious beliefs.
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what instead has come out a message of exclusion. >> bunted governorindiana governor mike pence insisted that no changes were necessary. >> this is not about discrimination. this is about protecting the religious liberty of every hoosier of every faith. >> he did not answer whether it opens the laws to discriminate against gays and lesbians on religious grounds. >> if there is a government action or law that an individual believes in it impinges on their religious liberty, they have an opportunity to go to court. >> they say a fix will not be enough and want the law repealed. >> there can be no fig leaf or band aid for what has transpired here. >> hundreds of people have come out against the bill, and businesses across the country are threatening to boycott the state. the controversy is also
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threatening to overshadow the weekend's final four in indianapolis. >> what they care about is an environment that celebrates diversity and provides for an inclusive environment. right now we're not sure that we have that. >> the ncaa has hinted in the past it might reconsider holding future events in indianapolis. stie leaders are very concerned about the fallout and the city council passed a resolution also urging this law be changed. >> jonathan betz in indianapolis for us tonight. thank you. supporters of indiana's laws say that it's similar to a federal law passed in 1993, and laws in 19 other states, but there are key differences. in other states the laws when private citizens accuse the government of discrimination against religion. and in indiana's law it allows people to claim special
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exemptions to any law even if the law does not violate a central belief of their faith and the law extends to special religious rights to corporations. that means for-profit businesses could use it to defend against civil rights suits. senate minority leader is calling for repeal of the religious freedom restoration act and joins us tonight. senator, are you surprised by the reaction? >> i'm somewhat surprised by the breadth of it and intense of it. we tried to warn the republicans that there would be negative impact to the passage of this bill but we did not see the extent of it, however. >> you're calling for the repeal of this law. you suspect that this legislature will repeal it or not? >> well, i don't know.
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we have sent the wrong message. the state of indiana is a great state and we have friendly and welcoming people. and this bill sent the opposite image. >> how much money do you think this has cost the state of indiana? >> i have not had an opportunity to calculate that in terms of the dollar. i fear in terms of multi national corporations, national corporationless which are weighing in and talking about possible consequences, those could be heavy. >> i saw calls to change the venue of the ncaa final four. what do you make that have? >> well, i understand that the ncaa has said that they're not going to change the venue for next week. but it does simply point out the extent, the severity of the impact of this very disappointing and very important bill that we change, actually.
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>> about 25 states in the country have similar laws to the one indiana has. why do you think that there--why do you think that indiana has gotten the biggest backlash? >> well, i think part of it is our bill is so proud. it's broader than the other bills. it describes it, that it applies to any person, and a person is defined as an individual, corporation, any legal or business entity, and says that the bill can be used for both the filing of a claim and defense, it doesn't have a definition of what constitutes a religion. it says that the person's religious tenant does not have to be central to the religion. it just seems to be an overly broad bill. part of this is timing. people today are much more sensitive to the idea that we should not discriminate and the importance of equality. >> with this law targeting gay
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people in indiana? >> i don't know if it was targeting gay people, but it certainly has been perceived as having that impact. i think unfortunately it could be used for that purpose. >> we had this mayor of seattle the governor of connecticut suggesting that city or state employees don't travel to indiana. did you expect that when this law passed you would have this sort of reaction? >> i did not see that coming. we were very concerned about the potential impact as far as economic development and just sending the wrong message generally. because we want to send the message of inclusion and we want to attract people of all diversity and talents to come to our great state. i didn't see the extent of this. i don't think anybody did but it's here and we need to deal with it and deal with it boldly. the way to do this is to repeal, get rid of this bad law and
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commend our civil rights acts to say that in indiana we protect all people from discrimination. >> thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you john. >> now to a setback for the u.s. economy. the government said that consumers spending showed almost know growth last month. it's blaming bad weather. the news is adding to fears the economy is slowing down. some economists are lowering their forecast for the gross domestic product to around 1% growth. the first quarter ends tomorrow. now to someone who has spent his life studying the economy he served in three administrations and was an economic adviser to president obama's campaign robert reich i spoke to him in berkeley are he teach at the university of california. we discussed a number of topics but first we discussed his
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friend hillary clinton's chances if she decides to run for president in 2016? >> i think she will--i think she will be president. >> you have some insight that we don't. you say she will. she has not even announced that she's going to run yet. >> well look i'm looking at the same odds that every else is. i have no insight and knowing hillary clinton since sheriffs 19 years old i think she would be very good. she would be a very competent president. here's what worries me frankly. i--without a democratic primary without a contest in which hillary clinton has a chance to develop her message and kind of train for the general election, and also without a primary in which the issues that we've been talking about privilege and power and stagnant wages for the middle class and widening
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inequality are front and center for the democrats all we're going to have for the next year and a half is a republican primary where you have eight or nine people who are going to battle it out over reducing taxes, shrinking the size of government, and sort of basically creating a 19th century social darwinist state in the united states, which is the least--just the opposite of what we ought to be talking about. so i really hope that elizabeth warren runs in the primary. i don't think she will. i hope someone will raise the questions and themes that i'm raising. >> you don't think that hillary clinton will. >> if there is not a challenger i don't think she'll raise these issues on her own. they're controversial, difficult, and i'm not sure that she would bite the hands that
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feeder. >> you mean big money? >> i'm talking about big money. president obama, i believes, will go down in history as an exceptionally gifted president. but even president obama to my way of looking at it was too close to wall street, to dependent on big money and big corporate money. >> these are people who are close--who you've advised and close to. is all of government simply bought and sold by big money now? >> i don't think it's all bought and sold by big money but there is too much big money too much reliance on big money and you have to, if you're going to have enough money to run and win an election you have to kiss some very wealthy posteriors. >> you were an adviser to president obama. you were supporter to president obama's administration. what happened during his six years as president? income inequality has grown
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during his administration. >> well, one thing when wall street imploded in 2008 the people who bore the brunt of that wall street crash were low-income people. people who could not pay their mortgage. people who arguebly created the conditions for the crash who should have known better, wall street bankers, for example traders, they got off pretty well. >> so the president doesn't bear any responsibility for this? >> i think the president has given the--the handed he was dealt in 2008 he's done a pretty good job. and there has been better equality. could the president have done more? yes, i think the president could have fought republicans harder. i would like him--there are pictures of lyndon johnson where he's holding the collars of congressmen, and he's telling them what he wants? well that's not exactly barack
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obama's personality. >> what are the main causes, in your opinion, of income inyou quality? >> one is globalization. increasingly you have workers in other countries that demand far lower wages and second is technology itself. in terms of displacing more and more workers from good jobs. then you also have a failure of government of politician to boost to maintain good jobs. i can say this because i was secretary of labor and i failed failed. we've seen change. >> what should we need to do.
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>> provide better education for particularly the bottom half. kids who are stuck in lousy schools and bust up the big banks on wall street. >> i can hear republicans listening to what you have to say, saying, this is--he's going ruin the american dream. he's going to prevent people from living their dream and making as much money as they want. he's going to let the government take their money. he's going to regulate the corporation. he's not going to let capitalism work. >> look at history. again, between the second world war and 1980, that economy has grown faster than it has grown sense. that economy was 20 times the average worker. >> would you serve on a begin
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cabinet again if you were asked? >> of course. >> wide like to-- >> wait a minute. i didn't say i would like to. but i would do it again. these are hard jobs. i worked 15-hour days six or seven days a week. i didn't see anything of my family. i would do it again if a president wanted me to because i think its important, but i wouldn't go in wagging my tail with a smile on my face. >> secretary, it's good to have you on the program. thank you for talking to us. we appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> now to seattle. big bertha is about to be freed. bertha is a 2,000-ton drill that got stuck digging the tunnel underneath the city back in 2013. and it brought a multi million dollars roadway project to a standstill until today. allen schauffler is in seattle tonight to bring us an update.
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allen? >> some very heavy lifting going on. you have the numbers. just do the math, 2,000 tons means 4 million pounds. that's what's being lifted by this enormous red crane back here. they're pulling the cutter head of that machine out of the ground, where it has been stuck for more than a year. it's hard to see this thing moving. it's moving so slowly that you can't tell that it's moving at all. we wanted to show you more of this operation and to do that we'll speed things up a bit. time lapse photography shows the cutter head emerging from the pit dug to reach this stranded tunneling machine. the crane pulse it out. enormous replacement parts sit nearby which project managers
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hope will get the project back on track. bertha is the biggest and most important tool for replacing seattle's double deck waterfront highway. >> we don't have an estimated cost yet. >> the tunnel itself was supposed to be complete by now with the whole project finished and cars using the new underground highway by this december. the current timeline pushes that date back to 2017. neither the contractor nor the state department of transportation will discuss just how much the 14-month delay all of bertha's repairs and upgrades could add to the budget. the official state stance is that this project isn't technically overbudget at this point. >> we're going to complete this job. we're going to be accountable to the public, the contract will be canyon to the contract, and the job will be completed.
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>> who is responsible for the blown budget will almost most probably be decided in court. >> that's what they need to fix. the cutter head, the main bearing and the drive unit. they have to bring it up and move it to the side, make repairs and assess the damage, put it all back together, sink it back down and reattach it back to bertha underground and drill north to seattle again. no timeline when we might get there. >> remarkable picture, and a tough job. allen schauffler. thank you very much. britain is gearing up for a general election just over one month' and antonio mora is here
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with a story you'll see in the next hour. >> the british parliament has been dissolved. that is setting the stage for general elections very interesting ones in may. >> by the queen the proclamation preparation for calling the new parliament. >> coming up in our next hour we'll take a look at the elections as well as the historic ties that bind the united states and britain, and how they might be effected by the parliament try election, john. >> antonio, we'll see you then. thank you very much. coming up next in this broadcast. the man chosen to replace jon stewart already a star in some countries, what you need to know about trevor noah.
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>> next! next! trevor noah. trevor noah?
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yes? >> trevor noah is hardly a household name in the u.s. but that may be about to change. say the south african comic was named to succeed jon stewart on "the daily show"." stewart announced he's leaving the show after 16 years. noah has been a contributor since december. he is a seasoned stand up comic and he hosted his own late night talk show in south africa. unclear when he might star. stewart mass not said has not said when he's leaving. what do you think of the choice? >> good evening john, boy i'm very impressed about it. this is a guy who is 25 years younger than stewart. he's not american. he's half black this is a
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chancey bid by they're very young and educated, you got to give them educated to do something out of the box. intellectual and surprising move on the show. >> what is surprising about it? >> he's not a famous person. we've seen all these musical chairs in these talk shows in the past 18 months or so, and you see all the normal names tina fey, amy poehler, it's great to see one of these named that's a great surprise, and they obviously think a lot of him. >> he's only been on the daily show three times. is he really ready? >> well, we're going to see that, aren't we. this could an disaster. but you watch this guy's stand ups. he has poise he's intelligent. he has global perspective and "the times" said that he speaks six languages. we'll see if that's true.
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but he brings intellectual firepower and jon stewart is a comic. he could do mimicry and voices and had potty humor about him. we'll see what happens. >> you mentioned that he's black. how does that play into this choice? there was a lot of chatter on this on social media today. >> there sure was. there was talk that maybe there should be a woman. lord knows we have not seen a welcome in late night for many years. at the same time they are taking a chance on someone. you've got youth and a global perspective, and also he has a very weird perspective on race as he talks about in this stand out. his dad was swiss and his mother was south african black. and he was an illegal child when he was born. he has an interesting story. >> bill, thank you. >> john, thank you so much. >> the museum in new york city is considered a jewel.
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critics say ruin it. the most controversial part of the plan getting rid of a garden that many say is itself a work of art. >> how do you respond to all the critics who are accusing of you destroying a beautiful work by an english landscape architect? >> what i find is that a lot of people just don't have the record straight. i try to give the facts. i'm happy to have this opportunity to talk about the history. >> ian is an executive director of the frick museum. he has been criticized for what he says is a necessary renovation to the frick. >> we have spatial needs to continue provide as beautiful an experience as we wish. >> the frick is on famous fifth avenue a private mansion built a century ago by this man industrialist henry clay frick who spent hundreds of millions of dollars to buy and house his
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enormous art collection. >> he had a large gallery the largest gallery to show works of art in new york. >> he gave al jazeera a private tour. >> we call this the fragina room or the progress of love. it's the single most important work of heart that henry clay frick ever bought. >> walking through each room he notes what sets the frick apart with paintings paintings by paintings by renior. >> you don't come to the frick to get an entire history of art. you come to the frick to see a few masterpieces at the highest level of quality that one person liked. >> and frick's vision is why he wants to expand the existing museum from this to this. >> what we need is more facilities mostly back of the house. because our audience has been
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growing larger and larger, so we don't have enough--a big enough coat room. we need more space for education, for classrooms. we have no dedicated rooms for that. >> but you will be changing the guard. that has been a bone of contention. >> the trustees have spent 32 years buying three townhouses in order to have a parcel of land on which to build and in the end they decided they could not afford it. now we'll propose this site to make our expansion. >> i'm disturbed that this museum with its spectacular design and garden is really going to be compromised and in the case of the garden completely destroyed. this is his only work in new york. >> critic andrew is opposed to changing the building's profile.
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>> it was designed to give visiters this intimate experience of seeing art in the way it was meant to be seen in the past. it was not meant to be the metropolitan museum of art or the louvre. i think everyone who visits the frick stands at the base of the stair and says wow what is up there? i want to go up there. >> they gray with the director. part of the second floor will be opened to the public. >> we're talking about opening up a circuit of five of the rooms, which include original bedrooms, dressing rooms a breakfast room. >> sharing more of the home. >> the plans expansion plan of the frick museum still need approval from the landmark commission. our picture of the day we leave you with that in bloom, at least
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in japan where cherry blossom season has already started and boy, it's beautiful. spring is almost on its way. that's the news. thanks for watching. i'm john seigenthaler. the news continues next with antonio mora.
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>> going down to the wire. >> is it going well secretary kerry? >> we're working hard, hard. >> time is running short to close a nuclear deal with iran. civilian casualties. >> we do our best to prevent civilian casualties. we reply to a source of fire, we have no confirmation, this was a refugee camp. >> a saudi strike hits a refugee camp in yemen.