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>> where is brooky? >> my journey to adoption, it is the best thing that ever happened to me. those seeking adoption, there is a happy moment at the end of your story. it takes us all a long time to get there but it is worth the wait. if you know somebody who is making a difference in your world. tell us about them. head to our american morning blog/cnn/am. no, ma'am name a hero. >> that's it for us. it is 9:00 a.m. on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. i am carol costello in for kyra phillips. good morning to you. right now, we are talking about president obama's meeting with israeli prime mipster benjamin
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netanyahu. the two world leaders very much at odds over the future borders of israel. the aftershock of arnold schwarzenegger's bombshell is now affecting his movie comeback. his acting career now on hold while he deals with his personal mess. speaking of bomb shells, a former teammate told cbs that lance armstrong took performance enhancing drugs. he says he has taken hundreds of drug tests and did not fail a single one. the former head of the international monetary fund can leave jail at any moment e has been staying at rikers island in new york indicted on several sex charges. his accuser, a maid at a manhattan hotel. susan candiotti is following this story. tell us what this man's life will be like once he leaves rikers. >> reporter: well, he has to stick close to home. when he eventually leaves rikers
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island, he will leave there under an armed escort. that's part of what the judge says he has to do. that's part of the bail agreement in addition to posting all this money. so they will escort him straight to this apartment that his wife, according to the defense, has just leased in manhattan. there will be an armed guard outside the place 24 hours a day. there will be cameras trained on the doors and the entrance to make sure he doesn't try to slip out. now, the defense has said that he will be actively working on clearing his name as they put it and to prepare a case in case they go to trial. so he will only be allowed to leave for court hearings. he has also petitioned the court that he might be allowed to leave for certain religious observances. >> so the guard 24 hours a day, who pays for that? >> reporter: he has to foot the bill himself. it has been estimated that the cost could run anywhere from -- at least $200,000 a month. of course, this is a man of
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means. so is his wife. they are both quite wealthy. apparently, i was going to say, i don't expect they will have much trouble paying the bill. who knows how long the bill will last. it could be another six months at least before this winds up in a trial. >> susan candiotti, reporting live from new york. thank you. don't expect to see a new arnold schwarzenegger movie any time soon. he is putting his acting career on hold to focus on personal matters. he admits he fathered a child with the family housekeeper while he was married to maria shriver. the boy is now 13 years old. "the new york times" is identifying her as mildred patricia baena. here is what her daughter told cnn. >> my mom is a grat woman. the most caring person you will ever know. >> there were also plans for a children's comic book based on his life.
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it is wa going to be called the governator but those plans are on hold. >> president obama is hosting benjamin netanyahu at the wheit house this morning. they sit down less than 24 hours after the president's speech where he called for israel's return to the pre-1967 borders. he called and asked if she could persuade president obama to take that idea out of his speech. let's bring in ed henry, our senior white course correspondent. how tense is this meeting going to be? was there some sort of strategy president obama had? >> reporter: on the tense front, these two leaders have not always had a very friendly relationship. so this obviously can get things off on a bad foot. there is no doubt about it. there was a strategy behind it. when you talk to white house aides, they say president obama was trying to first of all stick
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with the u.s. policy that has been on the books for some time. it is just that what drew so much attention is that this was the first time a u.s. president had specifically cited it in a formal address, especially the timing of it as well, coming right before this big meeting. it just dramtizes it even more. they say the strategy was to try to get the palestinians back to the negotiating table by coming up with this statement that they find more favorable. frankly, the israeli position is that with the palestinian government recently having reconciliation with hamas, the terror group, there is no reason for israel to give in on the border issue before talks to get the palestinians to the table when they are in now reconciliation with the terror group. the bottom line is that they are at a stalemate here. rather than focusing on the negative part, we should look at beyond the oval office meeting, statements of the press, these two leaers aders are going to hn
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open lunch. that is an opportunity to get behind closed doors away from the tv cameras and try to start working this out, carol. >> those meetings today, those are just beginning because both netanyahu and obama were tough audiences to face. >> the president is going to move quickly after this meeting. sunday morning he has added to his schedule a speech back, the american israeli group. he will try to use that venue to smooth over some of the hard feelings from yesterday's comments. prime minister netanyahu is giving a speech on monday on capitol hill. the reason the president is cramming all this in before sunday afternoon is that sunday later, he is heading for europe for several days of summit tri and whatnot. he is going to be at a gh summit in france. others that have a stake in these mideast talks.
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ed henry, live at the white house, thank you. >> after this morning's talks, president obama and benjamin netanyahu will issue that joined statement scheduled for 12:15 eastern. we will bring it to you live when it happens. john huntsman has not officially announced for president but he is sure looking like a candidate as he hits the nation's first primary states. shannon travis is here to tell us why. >> john huntsman is making a huge splash in new hampshire right now. he has a five-day trip he is on right now. he is going to be hitting up ruffle 12 stops. today, he is in an area our jim acosta reports in new hampshire but tomorrow, he will be at southern new hampshire university in manchester. that's note worthy, because president obama visited that same university, gave the commencement address four years ago. you and a lot of our viewers know that john huntsman who has just recently left the post as
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ambassador to china, that he has been getting some flack from some critics that say that he worked for president obama and that he might have a tough time in a republican primary. so it is of note that he is going to be giving the commencement address tomorrow at this university. moving on to another story that we are following. the first ad by a pro-obama independent group. the group is called priorities usa, run by bill burton who some may remember is the former deputy white house press secretary. we want to take a listen to this ad and take a listen to some of the people mentioned in the add. >> newt gingrich says the republican plan that would end medicare is too radical. governor haley thinks the plan is cure anyonus and gingrich shouldn't be culting conservatives off the athe knees. mitt romney says he is on the same page as paul ryan who wrote the plan to essentially end medicare. with mitt romney -- >> now, obviously, carol, democrats want to make a big
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deal with the republican stance on the paul ryan plan, specifically the medicare provision. mitt romney's campaign is firing back. he will be in south carolina for his first time tomorrow of this presidential cycle. let me read just a quick quote from his campaign, quote, president barack obama's first campaign ad is an attack ad. president obama and his team are desperate to change the subject to anything other than jobs and the millions of americans out of work. >> it is interesting this ad comes out awfully early. we haven't even been through the primary. >> that's right, two reasons. one, democrats, again, they want to make hay out of the republican proposal. a budget proposal, specifically the medicare provision that would drastically change medicare as we know it. secondly, mitt romney is going to south carolina tomorrow. they are going to be airing this ad in heavy rotation around the south carolina area.
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trying to find your political enemy as early as possible. >> shannon travis, thank you so much. we appreciate it. we will have your next political update in one hour. for all the latest political news, go to our website, cnn coming up as president obama prepares to sit down with an angry prime minister, we will pick the brain of a congressman, a big supporter of israel and a democratic. inside a test facility that determines how much radiation some cell phones are emitting. should you be worried? this is a new test. you will be intrigued. we will talk to dr. sanjay gupta just ahead. ♪ [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people
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a key issue in the israeli palestinian conflict. >> the united states believes that negotiations in two states with permanent palestinian borders with israel, jordan and egypt and permanent israeli borders with palestine. with he believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. israeli prime minister, netanyahu immediately fired back on the borders indefensible.
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he headed to the white house for scheduled talks about president obama. joining us now, eliot engel of new york. welcome, congressman. >> good morning. >> good morning. thank you for being with us. you are a drem kraemocrat. you are a strong support are. did he make a mistake when he called for pre-1967 borders? >> i think the president said some positive things. he talked about israel as jewish state, a jewish homeland. he said the bond between the united states and israel is unbreakable. i think those were very important things. yes, i do think he made a mistake on the emphasis. everyone knows that the 1967 lines are simply indefensible for israel. for the president to emphasize that was a very big mistake. but congressman, president obama, nothing else has worked.
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why not try a different tact. why not be tough? >> you know what works. it works when two parties sit down face to face and negotiate. when israel and the palestinians. for months and months now, giving every kind of precondition before they will sit down and talk. israel says, let's sit down and talk. i think the president should have emphasized that. >> congressman, the two sides have sat down. they have talk ed. the two sides have talked. still, no peace. >> let's look at why there is no peace. back in president clinton's days, there was a deal done which would have given the palestinians a state of their own. it would have given them 97% of the land on the west bank, billions of dollars of foreign aid and arafat turned it down. the israelis said yes. the prime minister before netanyahu made generous offers.
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the palestinians turned it down. a few weeks ago, they made a deal that brought the terrorists into their government. i don't know how israel negotiates with hamas. i don't know how israel can sit down with a new government. >> they are continuing to build settlements on disputed land. >> the meeting between president obama and netanyahu.
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i hope he emphasizes some of the good things they have done in terms of israel's needs. the 1967 lines are not defensible. having a state that's only nine miles wide is not something that is sustainable. i think he should show a willingness to sort of the palestinian leadership, to kind of prod them a bit. president abbas has sounded anything but a moderate over the past several, several months and years. they are going to go to the u.n. and try to unilaterally get a state declared. they don't have israel listed as a country in any school books. they call for holy wars and
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refuse to do it. to are the president to emphasize differences with israel is a tactical mistake. i think he has good in his heart. i think we ought to remember that israel is our only ally in the middle east. the palestinians have to decide. if they want a state, they are not going to get it on the backs of terrorism. they are going to get it by sitting side by side with israel and negotiating. the quartet in the united nations which the u.s. is a part of alongs with the european union and russia and the united nations say that hamas must the recognize israel's right to exist, renounce terrorism and abide by every previous agreement between palestinians and israelis. if the hamas terrorists refuse to do that, how does israel sit with a country that doesn't renounce terrorism? >> i am sure all of that will be brought up today. congressman, thank you so much for being with us this morning. i know how passionate you feel
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about this issue, thank you. >> thank you very much. coming up next, dr. sanjay gupta takes us to a test facility where they determine radiation levels emitted from cell phones.
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we have heard a lot in the past few years that the potential health hazards from cell phones. we are going to show you how they test the safety of those cell phones by using a liquid brain. that sounds so disgusting.
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>> and kind of low-tech. you think there is going to be a lot of safety involved. >> what is a liquid brain? >> it is interesting. you have to create these models of figuring how much radiation is being absorbed by these cell phones, they gave us access to this testing facility to see this. you take a look there. that's the skull that they use. they are literally using salt, sugar and water to create what they think eslikeis like a brai. they put the cell phone up next to it and figure out, are there radiation hotspots within the brain there? that is my cell phone taped to it. they put this monitor. what you are looking at, it looks low tech but this is how they test how much radiation is actually being emitted from one of these cell phones. >> so the headlines are confusing about this. what did you uncover by observing these? >> if you read the headlines, 13 countries participating, not the united states. 13 countries participated and
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they said, there is no association between cell phones and cancer. you dig one layer deeper into the appendix of the study, what they find in the small print is that people who use their cell phones ten years or longer, their rate of developing a glioma, a type of brain tumor actually nearly doubled. what this is sort of making the case, and i think this is important, so far, the time that it takes to develop a tumor can be 20-30 years. in this country, cell phones have only become popular for the last 15 years. there was 30 million cell phones in 1996. now, there is close to 300 million. the study raised the question are we going to start to see more brain tumors because of that period of time for these to develop? >> the fcc has been pretty clear in saying we don't have anything to worry about. >> not only that, you don't need to use protective devices. they are staunchingly against saying there is any kind of
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association as all. what we are starting to hear from neurosurgeons who take out brain tumors. the city of san francisco said they are going to put labels on it, the university of pennsylvania said they are concerned about it. they said it could be as big a health risk as smoking, leaded gasoline. the jury is still out. the thing is so striking. you see me with my wired earpiece. >> i figured that was become part of your body. >> i know. it is funny. the point for me, it is so easy to use. i do worry about that ten-year number, brain tumor incidents going up. this is easy to use. you use this and it greatly diminishes your risk. >> why not take any changes? >> we are not asking people to change their world. >> use a blackberry. did you read the big pamphlet that came with it? if you read that, it would tell you whenever you use your phone,
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it should be nearly an inch away from your body. you should not have this phone right up against your body. it says it in the labels for the phone. even the manufacturers by virtue of that particular language are saying, the safest thing to do is not to put it right up against your body. >> i think i am going to use my ipod ear buds with my blackberry. >> or you could text. >> i'm not good at that. interesting stuff. you can season jay's full investigation on cell phones, radiation and what it means for your family tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 eastern on soon jay gupta, m. d, right here on cnn. >> sanjay will come back with his prime time special this weekend on rhode island lawmaker, patrick kennedy, coming free from the grip of addiction. you are busy, sanjay. we will see you the next hour in the "newsroom." a thaw in u.s./bapakistan
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relations could lead to a warming with china. they are providing them with dozens of fighter jets. should they buy groceries or filling up their car? not if you believe the world really will end tomorrow. coming up, a man who says it is all a lie. the people behind the doomsday thing, well, this he should pay. we will be back. excuse me. just... get through here. oh, i won ! yes ! de-de-de-de-de ! scabbagabba ! honey, look, i won ! gas™ or brake. you can book a car anytime, anywhere. hertz, at the airport, in your neighborhood, or at
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with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at the white house. it is likely to be very tense, a day after the president's middle east speech where he talked about the way forward in the israeli/palestinian con flick. he renewed his push for a two-state solution. he said it should be based on borders that existed before 1967. here is what the president told the bbc about that starting point. our argument is, let's get started on a conversation about territory and about security. that doesn't resolve all the issues. you still end up having the problem of jerusalem and you still end up having the problem of refugees. if we make progress on what two states would look like, a reality sets in among the parties, this is how it is going to end up, then it becomes easier for both sides to make difficult concessions to resolve those two other issues.
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benjamin netanyahu pushed back saying for israel to return to pre-1967 borders would leave it indefensible and leave major population centers beyond those lines. after those talks, president obama and netanyahu will issue a joint statement at 12:15 eastern. we will bring it to you. new signs that pakistan is looking for allies outside of washington. china has agreed to provide dozens of fighter jets to pakistan. let's check in with chris lawrence. this announcement comes days after the u.s. raid, actually weeks after the raid on bin laden's compound. is this a sort of message that is being sent between pakistan and china? >> well, in some ways, carol. if you look at it, pakistan and china have been strengthening their ties for some time. a couple months ago, during a visit, this he talked openly about this renewed partnership and renewing the strength of the
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friendship between the two nations. remember, they share a lot of things in common. a, they share a border. they are very close. you have the factor of india, of china views india as a potential economic rival. obviously, everyone knows about the tension between pakistan and india. also, there is some feeling that by cozying up to china, what pakistan may be doing is sort of getting a little bit of leverage with the u.s. to show, look, we have this other ally. in turn, sometimes they use, they call china sort of an all weather ally which is sort of in contrast to how they view the u.s., which they view as sometimes sort of fickle. they view china as sort of a, you know, a stalwart ally of theirs. >> so will it affect u.s. pakistani relations at all? >> i spoke with them and they
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said more than likely not. the issues that the u.s. and pakistan are dealing with are very deep-seated. that goes back some years. remember, it was that pakistan has been using american fighter jets to bomb some of those positions in south waziristan where some of the militants are. it is not like it is stopping the relationship with the united states but it may be used as sort of a lefrm to say, look, we also have this other ally out there. >> chris lawrence, live from the pentagon, many thanks. checking some other headlines making news. former imf chair is expected to be released from jail today. arnold wschwarzenegger is putting his movie comeback on hold. his lawyer says he will focus on personal matters after it was revealed he fathered a child with his former housekeeper. two shuttle endeavor
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astronauts floated outside of the international space station for a six-hour excursion. that's cool, isn't it? they are getting the space station ready for operations after the shuttles are retired this summer. a celebration on wall street. linkedin, a social network for professionals, went public yesterday. boy, is it causing a stir. one of the biggest tech ipos single google -- one of the biggest tech ipos since google went public in 2004. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. we are still trying to figure this out. >> this is kind of fun to watch. we are watching the shares rocket higher today. as far as yesterday, linkedin shares doubled yesterday. we watched them peak at $122 before closing at $94. with the ipo, linkedin is valued
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. some recent tech ipos fizzled out quite a bit. so far today, looks like the enthusiasm is still here. shares are up more than 7%. carol? >> it starts to make you wonder. we all wonder about the value of facebook and if it is really that valuable. could this be the start of a new tech bubble? >> you know what? you make a good point. this could open a door for facebook, twitter, groupon, to go public. facebook is set to be next on deck. there is some concern that the tech market may be bubbling up. there are some big differences now compared to the tech bubble we had in the late '90s. we saw huge ipo jumps of 500%, 600% on the first trading day. the 100% jump yesterday doesn't even come close. there is another important difference i want to mention. linked in waited until it was
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profitable to go public. in the '90s, those companies were new. they weren't making any money. many were making those speculative betts. yesterday's big ipo shows investigators they are real hungry for something big to sink their teeth into or their money into, carol. >> many thanks. jason giambi wasn't supposed to start for colorado in last night's game but he wound up doing something he had never done in his long career. hln's vjeff ra shell is here to tell us about it. >> mostly a guy that rides the bench. todd helton had a sore back. giambi took the call and aernsed right away. in the first inning, two on. giambi takes kyle kendrick deep to right. a three-run home run. he comes back and goes deep to right. a two-run shot. giambi is not done. in the fifth, a third home run, again, deep to right. he becomes the second oldest
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player in mlb history to hit three home runs in a game. he drove in all seven runs for the rockies. he wasn't planning to play. talking about guys that come off the bench and do great. some oklahoma city thunder reserves were great in the nba playoffs. we will have that coming up in 20 minutes. it comes down to this. either you believe tomorrow brings us to the end of the world or you don't. up next, a man that thinks there will be no doomsday. he says, some religious leaders are just liars and mean you harm. the former head of the ims will be wearing one of these. cnn puts ankle monitors to the test to see how effective they are. that's coming up later. losing weight clicked for me when i realized
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if you believe christian fundamentalist, don't worry about the diet or taking out the trash. tomorrow, saturday, may 21st tomorrow will be the gipping of the end of the world. you see there is one day left. the 89-year-old camping predicts worldwide earthquakes followed by the rapture featuring 200 million true christians joining jesus in the sky. camping says for the next five months, there will be a world of hr or and chaos beyond description and god will destroy the earth on october 21st.
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that's when he will finish. he predicted the end of times in 1994. here we are, still here. earlier this morning, i got some reaction from the president of the american atheists. >> you call harold camping more than a liar. using religion for his own gain. does he have that many followers? >> he has enough followers to put billboards up all over the country. they have spent their money and sometimes their life savings and sometimes they have quit their jobs to follow this man. he is allowing them to ruin their lives for him. he is going to make a lot of money doing it. how much money he is going to make, we don't know, because, of course, churches don't get audited. >> not many christians would ace agree that harold camping isn't doing the right thing. many would say he is harming religion in general. you say that but you go to an extreme level. explain that to us.
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>> el wiwell, remember, all rels are the same. his interpretation of the bible is wrong. mine is right. they have no more or less justification for their interpretations than harold camping or fred phelps or anybody else. re religion is all the same. we have to use our intellect when we think about it. we have to not follow blindly. we have to think about the ramifications. >> in fairness, do you really think that most christians follow preachers blindly? >> no, but many do. certainly, harold camping's followers follow preachers blindly. we are saying it is a very dangerous thing to do. a lot of people are going to get hurt because they did it. we think that everybody should think very step particularly about their religious thinking. if they still like them, stay.
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>> we were talking about this in the "newsroom" and thinking to ourselves, maybe in the back of all our of minds, we have a feeling that doomsday is coming. why not tomorrow? why are we so fascinated with the idea of doomsday anyway? >> because doomsday makes it easy if you are a believer. religion fulfills a purpose. it allows people to not believe in death. religious people don't actually think that there is a human death. the body dies but the soul lives on. it gives us this safety net, to the a real safety net but a safety net nonetheless. people want this rapture because they can't commit suicide to get to heaven in advance but the rapture will give them a short-cut, this opportunity to laugh at all the people that aren't saved as well. >> i want to remind our viewers you are an atheist. why should we buy into anything you are saying, you are not a
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believer? >> you shouldn't buy into anything i am saying. you should look it up yourself, read books, think about it. i gave my daughter a bible and told her to read it. i am telling everybody out there. read your bible, not with a study group and not with a help guide. read it like a book, stem to stern and you tell me where you want to go. >> if you want to read more, go to and you will find his complete take on the doomsdayers. dominic strauss-kahn probably isn't used to this kind of jewelry. we are talking about an monitoring device to track his every move. john zarella tested one of these recently to see how they work. that story is coming up. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download,
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call this number or go to selectquote dot com. selectquote. we shop. you save. the former head of the international monetary fund could leave jail at any minute now. a jenlg has granted bail to dominique strauss-kahn. he blew a kiss and waved to his wife at one point. he has been indicted on several sex charges, including attempted rape. the accuser, a maid at a manhattan hotel. his freedom has a price and lots of restrictions, including $1 million in cash. a $5 million bond and surrender of his passport. strauss-kahn has been staying at rikers island this week. he will also have to wear a monitor too as part of his home
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detention, an ankle bracelet. how well do those devices work? cnn's john zarrella tried one on and cut it off to see what happens. >> i am going to size this up. >> reporter: for a couple of hours, i played the role of a convicted fell on out of prison. one condition of my probation is to wear this ankle bracelet monitoring system. >> there is no intention to make this nonremovable. if you wanted to cut and run, you could do it but we want to find out about it in a hurry. >> we went to one company that makes them, pro-tech, which has a contract with florida department of corrections. >> these pins you are putting in. >> these are retaining pins, the idea with these are so you can't excellently have this pop open on you. in florida alone, 1600 people are being monitored by the company's system. many are convicted sex offenders and predators. for the demonstration, i head
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out for a ride with company boss, steve khapin. i have my ankle bracelet on, which is connected wirelessly to this tracking device. >> reporter: as long as i am carrying this with me, i am fine. as long as i don't go into any hotspots. the courts have determined i shouldn't go near schools or parks. those are the hotspots or hot zones that have been programmed into the system. they show up as boxes on the computer screen. only when i do something wrong will a humani be notified. that's about to happen. the elementary school is off limits. i drive by anyway. almost immediately the tracking device sounds. thes system automatically notifies my probation officer for the day. >> i just received a page indicated that john committed a violation. the vile laying in this case was that he violated a rule called trinity elementary. >> he sends a message back to me
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through the tracking device. leave area now. so now my best bet is to get out of here as quickly as i can. >> you want to go up and then i have some explaining to do. >> through the tracking device and using global positioning satellites, my location is recorded every minute. now, i am about to make a big mistake. i would never be without the bracelet and tracker unless i plan to violate the terms of my probation. >> you can't making any tamper proof, completely tamper proof. that's impossible. what we do is we incorporate tamper detection. if you do anything to that bracelet to try to take it off, it will send out immediately an alarm. >> which is exactly what happens next. now, i am going to cut the bracelet off. this changes everything. it is an ir reversible violation. bottom line. i'm signing my arrest warrant. as soon as it is cut, the system sounds.
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my probation officer is notified and police would immediately be sent to my last location roared by the system. >> fascinating stuff. it is interesting. it brings up a lot of questions, just in case the monitor isn't enough, strauss-kahn must pay for security guards and a camera that cam that that will watch him 24/7. checking stories across the country, police in summerville, south carolina, say a 38-year-old suspect is accused of assaulting a cop before stealing his squad car. they say he admits to being high on crack during the chase and the capture. the whole incident caught on tape. the suspect has a long criminal history. in pittsburgh, a kindergarten student is accused of bringing small packets of heroin to school. the 7-year-old claims he found them at home and didn't know what they were. school officials are uncertain how many of the packets the kid may have given away to friends. and in utah, a family who recently bought a home found some $40,000 in cash stashed
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let's look ahead and see what's making news later today. a day after giving a major speech on the middle east, president obama meets with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at the oufs and then heads to the cia headquarters to thank intelligence officials for tracking down osama bin laden. he expects to make remarks around 3:10 eastern. tonight at 7:00 eastern, first lady michelle obama will make her first visit to west point. she'll be the banquet speaker for the military academy's more than 3,000 graduates. we're following a lot of developments in the next hour of the cnn newsroom. let's check in first with senior white house correspondent ed henry. hi, ed. >> reporter: good to see you, carol. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu will be here at the white house in just about an hour for what might be some
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tense meetings. we'll have inside details at the top of the hour. and i'm susan candiotti. dominique strauss-kahn is still putting together a multi-million dollar bail package. when will he be getting out of jail to prepare for his upcoming sex assault trial? i'll have the latest coming up. >> thanks to both of you. college grads who can't find work are signing up for uncle sam. we'll take an in-depth look at the trend in the next hour of "newsroom." membership rewards points from american express. they're a social currency with endless possibilities. ♪ na, na-na, na [ men ] ♪ hey, hey, hey ♪ goodbye [ male announcer ] with kohler's powerful, high-efficiency toilets.
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we're seeing a fantastic duel between two superstars on the basketball court. jeff fischel from hln sports is here. it's not who you might think at first. >> everybody is talking about derrick rose versus lebron james but in the west it's dirk nowitzki versus the thunder's kevin durant. dirk 48 points to lead dallas to the winning game one. durant had the play of the game in game two last night. look at him take it to the rack, the monster dunk. that's not just any dunk. that is right over a seven-footer, throws it down. durant is fantastic. he got a lot of help from supersubjames harden. this series is tied a game apiece. let's do baseball. some sweet fielding place. chicago's omar, cabrera bare hands and the double play.
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look at that, dives, going the wrong way, flips and the first of two. the white sox did win 8-2. giants closer brian wilson trying to get the last out but the dodgers have the bases loaded. jamey carroll to right, the diving catch ends the game. if he doesn't make that play the dodgers at least tie it or perhaps win it. a tough day all around for the l.a. teams. check out the angels. torii hunter in center field, he steals one in the seventh inning. great play, he of course a gold glover. then in the ninth, two outs. this is the last out except torii hunter loses it. the game-winning run comes home for the mariners. >> that is so not like torii hunter. >> lost in the sun, it happened. earlier we showed you college baseball players jousting during a rain delay. players from clemson and davidson are upping the ante.
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they had a bowling match. there he goes. >> he even put the spin on it. one player is the ball, his team players the pins. they went back and forth, it was a two-hour rain delay. the fans were not bored. the players did a tanning bed. there was a horse race, a tennis match, curling, there was even in fact at one point the teams faced off in a revolutionary war battle. >> do you get the impression they're not really practicing, they're just coming up with this stuff. >> clearly had far more fun doing that then playing the game. they eventually played the game but after two hours of hilarity on the field. arnold schwarzenegger's acting career is now on hold while he deals with his personal mess. we're keeping a watch on rikers island in new york. the former head of the international monetary fund should be leaving jail any minute now.
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dominique strauss-kahn is charged with sex crimes. an islamic radical leader charged with threatening the leaders of south park. we'll hear what he has to say at the bottom of the hour. in just over an hour, president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu sit down for talks at the white house. tension between these two world leaders has been building for the past two years. today maybe it will reach an all-time high. in president obama's big middle east speech yesterday, he angered the israelis with this. >> we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps. >> our senior white house correspondent, ed henry, joins us now. ten seconds out of a 45-minute speech and pre-1967 borders. boy, this should be an interesting meeting today. >> reporter: it really should be. you know, you make a good point that this was really less than 1% of a 45-minute speech.
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that was supposed to be a broader vision, what does the president want for the entire region. in fairness to him, he did lay all of that out. we're focusing on this, but also the israeli prime minister is focusing on this, even though it's really not new u.s. policy. there had not been a u.s. president to sort of put it so front and center in a formal address like this, number one. number two, it's of course the timing of this coming right before the israeli prime minister just a few hours before he landed in the u.s. they have got a meeting here in the oval office just an hour from now. we expect it to be tense. but i think we should also note that they plan after their statements to the media to go behind closed doors in the white house residence to have what they're calling a working lunch. so while we focus on some of the negativity back and forth, there may also bow an opportunity here for these two leaders, now that some of these differences have been aired, to try to go behind closed doors and get to work on the tough battles ahead to try to get the peace process going
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again, carol. >> today's meeting is just the beginning because both obama and netanyahu have big meetings in the day as head. >> reporter: absolutely. president obama is going to the american israeli group on sunday morning for a speech here in washington. monday, the reason the prime minister is here, he's giving a big speech on capitol hill mooned then president obama goes to europe all next week. he'll be at the g-8 summit in france with a lot of his colleagues on the world stage who have a big stake in the mideast peace process. i think the bottom line is the strategy behind all this is the president was hoping to get the palestinians to the table by talking about these 1967 borders, but the israelis are in no mood to talk about that and give a concession like that when the palestinian government recently got into reconciliation with hamas, the terror group. so the bottom line after all of this talk is that the peace process is woefully off track right now. maybe this flurry of activity will start, and i stress start, to get it back on track.
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>> ed henry live at the white house, thank you. we keep telling you about israel's pre-1967 borders and how controversial they are, but if you're still wondering why, cnn's ali velshi breaks it down for you. >> when the president talks about returning israel to the pre-1967 border, let me give you a sense what he's talking about. this might look nice and neat when you look at it like this until you zoom in on the west bank where jewish settlements started cropping up in the 1960s. you can see those little diamonds. more started cropping up in the '70s. then in the '80s they were supposed to stop after the oslo 2 agreement in 1995, but they continued growing, as you can see. the red and the orange round circles are all the extra settlements. those are unauthorized settlements. 300,000 people, jewish people, have now populated that area outside of israel's official boundaries. then you've also got jerusalem, which you can see right over there.
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well, that -- both israel and the palestinians see that as their capital city. that is a point of great contention. it's a city that the palestinians hope to get some claim to in the two-state vision and it's something that president obama alluded to in his comments yesterday. that is certainly going to be a hot button issue in his meeting with prime minister netanyahu of israel later today. >> ali velshi. after this morning's talks president obama and prime minister netanyahu will issue a joint statement at 12:15 eastern and of course we'll bring it to you. the former head of the international monetary fund could leave jail at any minute. dominique strauss-kahn has been staying at rikers island in new york and we're watching for him to leave prison. he's been indicted on sex charges, including attempted rape. his accuser is a maid at that manhattan hotel. susan candiotti has been following this story. susan, once he leaves jail, what happens then? >> reporter: well, he'll leave there under armed escort, presumably. i just spoke with the jail.
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he has not posted his bail yet. that's a $1 million cash bail plus that $5 million bond as well. until he does, the jail says he won't be getting out. but as part of that deal, he has to be escorted by armed guards who will bring him over to an apartment that his wife is now leasing in manhattan where he is not allowed to leave. not allowed to leave unless he is called to court or has asked the court for permission on occasion to attend religious services. carol. >> so he's going to be wearing that ankle bracelet but he's going to have this guard outside of his door 24/7. who pays for that? >> reporter: a guard as well as cameras. and he has to foot the bill for that. now, it was said in court that it may cost him more than $200,000 a month, but this is a man of means, and so presumably he won't have any trouble doing that. but if he doesn't stick to the terms of this agreement, he'll be in trouble and the judge gave him this admonition. listen.
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>> mr. strauss-kahn, i assume you are going to be posting this in due course. you will be subjected to and you will have the benefit of the protection of the criminal court system, the criminal justice system of this state and this country. i expect that you will be here for the occasion. >> reporter: now, carol, the other thing is that he will be allowed to have visitors at his house and that would include obviously his wife will be with him. she was in court yesterday. he smiled when he saw her, even blew her a kiss at one point during a recess. his daughter was also sitting in the front row. he got a chance to see them. so naturally he will be allowed to have family visits, certainly members of the defense team can come and see him and he's also asked for permission for close friends to come and pay a call on him from time to time. >> susan candiotti reporting live from new york, thank you. a few days ago hollywood was abuzz about a possible
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personal pricing now on brakes. tell us what you want to pay. we do our best to make that work. deal! my money. my choice. my meineke. for comedians, the arnold schwarzenegger sex scandal is a gift that keeps on giving. jimmy falon. >> arnold schwarzenegger and maria shriver have put their former mansion on the market for $23.5 million. and it's not that clean, though, because they had a maid but she was always busy doing other stuff. >> looks like schwarzenegger's plans to return to the movies and other projects now on hold. details from "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer. he joins us from new york. a.j., what is schwarzenegger saying? >> well, you know, carol, just yesterday everybody else was saying that arnold's return to hollywood and his career there was still a go, but then i think
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somebody realized maybe that's not such a good idea, so arnold's entertainment attorney released this statement. here's what they're saying. at the request of arnold schwarzenegger, we asked creative artists agency to inform all his motion picture projects currently under way or being negotiated to stop planning until further notice. governor schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or time lines. this includes cry macho, the terminator franchise and other projects under consideration. we will resume discussions when governor schwarzenegger decides. of course it may not be entirely up to him. the producers behind arnold's cartoon series, the governator, have said hasta la vista to that project. comics legend stanny is saying in light of recent events, a squared entertainment, p.o.w., stan lee comics and archie comics have chosen not to go forward with the governator
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project. and at this point all you can say is can you blame them. >> there could be other stuff coming out, who knows, right? >> it's definitely true. let me get to what's coming out today because there's plenty of unpleasantness here. the story, unfortunately, can really get a lot more uncomfortable for everybody involved, which is a real shame. you've got to consider there are five children in the mix here. let's get to today's unpleasant revelations. tmz reporting some creepy new details about the relationship he had with his house keeper. the website is reporting that baena was obsessed with maria shriver to the point she would dress in her clothes, wore her jewelry. tmz even saying when maria would leave the house, baena would take the chance to crawl into the marital bed with arnold. it doesn't stop there. according to the website, they say that while she was reportedly pregnant with arnold's child, she would ask shriver for advice on her pregnancy and even with to shriver for advice on her love life. as for shriver herself, is reporting she hired divorce attorney to the stars laura wasser so you know
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she's serious about something here. britney spears, angelina jolie and christina aguilera have all been represented by wasser. a close friend have revealed to cnn that maria and the children have circled the wagons and they say arnold is outside of that circle right now. right now, though, carol, i have to say people is also reporting that maria has not made a decision as to whether or not she's actually going to file for divorce, but with laura wasser involved, you can bet that filing is coming soon. >> i can't imagine she wouldn't, but i guess stranger things have happened. that's just really ugly and sad. a.j., thank you. do you want information on everything breaking in the entertainment world? a.j. has it tonight on "showbiz tonight" at 11:00 p.m. time now for a cnn in-depth. what does it say about the state of our economy when college graduates look to the military as a career choice, not because they desire a career in the
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military because because they can't find anything else to do? cnn's pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence, takes us from campus to boot camp. >> reporter: ben harris left campus thinking i'll get a good job and a place of my own. but he graduated ohio state in 2008, smack dab in the middle of an economic meltdown. >> for the past couple of years i've been finding myself mainly working in the food service industry. >> reporter: did you have any idea it was going to be this hard to get a job when you graduated? >> no. that's the thing. i've even tried to apply at local banks as just a basic teller, and because i haven't ever been given that experience of anything more than handling a restaurant cash register, i can't even get those jobs right now in this market. >> reporter: so ben talked to a recruiter and enlisted. >> you plan on using that degree in the u.s. army?
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>> yes, i do. >> reporter: he's not alone. some of these recruits are also trading campus for boot camp. >> 13.37. >> reporter: in 2007 just before the economy tanked, about 3500 soldiers joined the army with bachelor's and master's degrees. by last year, well over 6,000 were signing up. the air force and navy have seen increases too. >> the average recruit is 24 years old. >> reporter: and that, recruiters say, is making the military smarter. >> they come into the army with more experience, hands-on practice on some of the technology that we're using that a high school would. >> reporter: sounds good, except when you compare the u.s. to china. their defense minister says more than 100,000 college students apply to enlist last year alone. he says the educated students have improved the combat power of china's increasingly high-tech army and help bring less educated enlistees up to
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speed. america's numbers are naturally lower, but u.s. army recruiters say they have got enough quality college grads like ben. >> i just want to place myself in the best position for me as far as what my education will allow, which would also in turn probably help me most benefit my country. >> reporter: ben's eyes are wide open. he knows that he could be sent to afghanistan within the next year, and you might think, well, all college grads would want to be officers, but that's not necessarily the case. some want to go enlisted because sometimes they can better specify a specific job they want to do and get more hands-on skills than they would, say, from more of the officer ranks. carol. >> what's his degree in? >> reporter: he's got a dual major actually in political science and communications. >> a double whammy. >> reporter: yep. >> good for him. maybe serving his country, ain't nothing wrong with that.
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in libya, nato is launching an attack on moammar gadhafi's warships. an air strike hit eight of them this morning. nato forces were using naval vessels to launch attacks against civilians and hamper the flow of humanitarian aid. libya blames the united states. the clock is ticking. a deadline looms for congress to approve u.s. involvement or end american involvement welcome back 30 days. more on that from congressional correspondent dana bash. >> reporter: u.s. military action in libya began two months ago. now the president may be on the brink of breaking the law, if he continues the mission without congressional approval. >> bring democracy to libya while shredding the constitution in the united states. >> reporter: at issue, the 1973 war powers act which says if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days.
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the president formally notified congress about the libya mission in this letter march 21st, which makes friday the 60-day deadline. inaction is roiling lawmakers on the left. >> he cannot continue what he's doing in libya without congressional authorization. when a president defiant levi la -- defiantly violates the law -- >> reporter: with rare agreement from the right. >> no more important decision sending someone to war who could lose their life and yet we're not going to have a debate on it? i found that really appalling and it's a terrible precedent. >> reporter: to be sure, presidents in both parties often ignored another part of the war powers act, that had commander in chief should get congressional approval before military action, but it's virtually unprecedented for a president to continue a mission beyond 60 days without a resolution from congress. the administration is
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deliberating what to do. >> we are actively reviewing our role going forward. throughout the president has been mindful of the provisions of the war powers resolution and has acted in a manner consistent with them. he will continue to do so. >> reporter: angry lawmakers in both parties say part of the problem is their own congressional leaders are not raising a stink. >> very few people are talking about this, they're just letting the president do whatever he wants. and i think that's congress an dikating the rule of law and congressional restraints they should obey. >> some of my colleagues would just as soon not do their job because this is a difficult part if the. >> reporter: the administration could try to get around violating the 60-day deadline. they could argue the u.s. only has a minor role in what is nato's mission in libya or ask for an extension, but the "washington post" said ignoring the law of the land is not the way out. some republicans say they may take this issue to the supreme court, which has never ruled on the war powers act. carol.
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>> thank you, dana bash reporting from washington. a radical islamic leader charged with threatening the creators of "south park." that was jesse curtis warton in 2009. our drew griffin breaks down the charges he is facing now, that's after a break. and a day after he called on israel to return to the pre-1967 border scenario, the president meets up with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. netanyahu was pretty steamed. what will their meeting be like today? our political buzz coming your way next.
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a new york native who is the co-founder of a radical islamic group is now facing federal charges, accused of threatening the creators of "south park." this is jesse curtis morton, a aka -- his group tries to recruit followers on the streets of new york and online. he seems to think "south park" insulted the prophet mohammed when the writers portrayed the prophet wearing a bear suit. that episode aired last year, but our own drew griffin caught up with him in 2009 and interview was quoted in an affidavit so here's part of that report. >> commanded to terrorize -- >> the koran says very clearly in the arabic language, which means terrorize him. it's a command from allah.
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>> reporter: so you're commanded to terrorize -- >> you don't define terrorism as going and killing an innocent civilian. i define it as making them fearful so they think twice before they go rape your mother or kill your brother or go onto your land and try to steal your resources. >> the koran commands that you disavow and make hatred between democracy, between nationalism, between secularism, and that you see obama as the enemy he really is. >> drew griffin from our special investigations unit is joining me live. so what is the fbi saying about morton? >> well, the fbi is saying that when these guys put their warning, quote unquote, warning to the "south park" creators online on their website that they actually violated federal law by communicating a threat over interstate commerce, namely over the internet. and they're basing that not only on just what was said on that website, but on what we now
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learn is intercepted communications, e-mails, telephone calls that the fbi says it has which shows the intent. the intent was to communicate a threat. >> so is he under arrest? >> he is living in morocco, not surprisingly, a country that does not have an extradition treaty with the united states. at this point he is not under arrest. we'll have to see what the moroccan government will do. he is now isolated and will not be able to come back unless and until he faces these charges. >> you got ahold of him though, right? >> yeah, late last night he did sen send us an e-mail response to this, as you can imagine attacking the united states and saying this case is an example of intimidation forcing silence, while the u.s. goes on killing millions of muslims and defaming the sacred tenets and people of the true religion. that was from 4:00 a.m. this morning. >> so have the creators of "south park" responded to this? >> i have not seen a response
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from them yet. they have kind of laid low. this was a comedy sketch that they did last year but we'll keep monitoring and see if they have anything to say. >> fascinating. drew griffin, many thanks. checking stories across the country, years before he was convicted as the so-called unabomber the fbi now wonders if ted kaczynski had anything to do with the 1982 tylenol murders that left seven people dead in chicago. authorities want kaczynski's dna as part of their probe. actress rosie perez is suing the producers of "law & order" claiming she was severely injured while taping an episode in 2009. police in summerville, south carolina, say a 38-year-old suspect is accused of assaulting a cop and stealing his squad car. he admits to being high on crack. the whole thing caught on tape. police say the suspect has a long criminal history. the president's speech
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stirred up a bift a hornet's nest in israel. the speech to go back to the pre-1967 borders was not something the prime minister wanted to hear, but jay leno had some fun with it, don't you know it. >> earlier today president obama gave a speech outlining his vision for peace in the middle east. he suggested that israel go back to the pre-1967 borders. and of course native americans jumped right on this. they said why stop there? let's go back to the pre-1492 borders. >> a conversation hitting the hot political topics of the day. each of our political observers gets 20 seconds to answer our questions. dana lowe, robert zimmerman and comedian pete dominic lends his own unique perspective. okay, first up. president obama meets up with israel's prime minister today one day after obama called on israel to return to the 1967 border scenario.
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benjamin netanyahu not happy so describe the atmosphere in that room when president obama sits down with benjamin netanyahu. >> i'm thinking it will be incredibly tense. i think that netanyahu will ask, dude, why did you throw me under the bus like this in your speech, because even congress in 2004, house and senate both concurred with president bush that there's no reason whatsoever to go to the '67 borders, period. >> robert? >> look, probably the best rapport in that room is going to be between the u.s. and israeli food tasters. but the situation simply is this. prime minister netanyahu has every treasreason to demand app explanation from the president because all of us know it can't happen with conditions being imposed upon israel or with hamas not being held
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accountable. >> sorry, pete. >> i'm no washington insider, but i think this is all political theater. i think domestic politics influences the foreign policy and our relationship on both sides. i think president obama and the president minister are israel are probably laughing and benjamin netanyahu is probably saying thanks for not going too hard on me. i don't buy any of this personally, but what do i know, carol. >> what do any of us know really. question two, he was a big obama supporter during the campaign but now dr. cornell west doesn't seem to be feeling the love. in a recent interview west said i think my dear brother barack obama has a certain fear of free black men. it's understandable. as a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant african father. he's always had to fear being a white man with black skin. all he has known culturally is white. when he meets a an independent black brother, it is frightening. what is up with that.
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>> he has replaced the bitters and right wing demagogues as someone who is trying to discredit and delegitimate mize the presidency and his rhetoric is just as bigoted and racist as the right-wing extremists. >> dana. >> where are these crazy people coming from? i think it's something that black conservatives have been hearing for a really long time. i just hope now that everybody can get together and say talk of this kind is not helpful at all, period. it's just not. >> pete? >> well, i certainly can't speak to the racial aspects of this, and apparently cornell west, you know, is a little bitter. i guess he was slighted by the president. but listen, cornell west is a brilliant guy who is respected among the african-american scholar community and many others. he teaches, i believe, at princeton. it's pretty tough rhetoric, but i -- somebody has got to -- [ buzzer ]
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>> darn it! final question. according to a radio preacher and his followers, tomorrow is doom's day. so in ten seconds, what are your last plans for the last day on earth? robert? >> well, just in case, carol, he's wrong, i'm using newt gingrich's credit at tiffany's to be on the safe side. >> dana? >> i would break into the nice scotch that i have and enjoy all of that and throw a big party for my friends. where do these people come from? you're crazy! >> pete? >> i plan to be left behind with the rest of the heathens. i'll be performing tonight and tomorrow night at the stress factory in new jersey and we'll all be raptured together. i did a piece coming up later on on just this idea. >> nice plug for yourself, pete. thanks to all of you participating in political buzz today. we'll be back on monday. new accusations of illegal doping are level had at a former
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american cycling champ. yep, lance armstrong. we'll tell you what he's saying about it next.
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a former teammate of lance armstrong tells cbs's "60 minutes" armstrong used a banned substance in 1999 when he first won the tour de france. tyler hamilton says armstrong used the drug ep0 to win that race. hamilton said he took it to. >> i saw it in his refrigerator, you know. i saw him inject it more than one time. >> you saw lance armstrong
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inject epo? >> yeah, like we all did. like i did many, many times. >> the council to lance armstrong released this statement. tyler hamilton just duped the cbs evening news, "60 minutes" and scott peley all in one fell swoop. hamilton is actively seeking to make money by writing a book and now he has completely changed the stouffery he has always told before so that he could do so. greed and a hunger for publicity cannot change the facts. lance armstrong is the most tested athlete in the history of sports. he has passed nearly 500 tests over 20 years of competition. jason giambi is a former a.l. mvp. now at the age of 40 he's mostly riding the bench for the colorado rockies, but todd helton had a sore back so giambi
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took the call in last night's game in philadelphia and he answered right away. top of the first, two runners on, he takes kyle kendrick keep to right field for a three hef run shot. back up in the third he sends another pitch into the right field seats. a two-run homer this time. now top of the fifth, he sends a third shot right out of the park, another two-run homer. giambi becomes the second oldest player in mlb history to hit three home runs in a game. he drives in all seven of colorado's runs. the rockies win. giants closer brian wellson trying to get the last out but the bases are loaded. jamey carroll hits a hit to right field and the diving catch ended the game. i love seeing that. dr. cornell west was a big supporter of barack obama in 2008 but now west has harsh words about how he feels about the president and how the
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[ female announcer ] the yoplait you love, now in a 4-pack. try it today. dr. cornell west has started a war of words online and off, maybe you heard about it. he gave an interview to the "washington post" and he said this, and i quote.
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i think my dear brother barack obama has a certain fear of free black men. it's understandable. as a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant african father, he's always had to fear being a white man with black skin. all he has known culturally is white. when he meets an independent black brother, it is frightening. now, that statement has not only caused waves in the black community but, well, just about everywhere. mark is a professor from columbia university. mark, welcome. >> good to be here. >> i know west is miffed at the president for perceived slights, but why take it this far? >> well, let's be clear first. professor west isn't just upset at perceived slights. he's also profoundly frustrated with the obama administration's approach to addressing issues of poverty, equality. >> but why bring race into it? >> he's upset with the way the president has responded to poor black people, for example.
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i do disagree from a strategic representative that we want to say the president is a mascot or afraid of free black men. i think it takes away from professor west's more substantive point which is the obama administration has to take a stronger stance of addressing issues of marginalization. >> there are other african-americans who think that the president is overlooking poor black americans. i talked to tavis miley not long ago and this is what he had to say. >> the president has not done enough about black unemployment because he's afraid of being accused of being tribal if he does in fact help the african-american community in specific and unique ways. >> so there it is again, mark. i mean why bring race into this? because barack obama is president of the united states. he's president for all of us. not just one segment of the population. >> right. but black people are citizens of the united states and other constituent groups are allowed to be named.
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you can talk about jewish brothers and sisters, you can talk about the middle class, you can talk about all sorts of folk. whefr bla whenever black people get named, it's an entirely different situation. i think president obama is in a unique situation. when race talk emerges, he becomes nat a president that's black but a black president. when he becomes racialized that way, he becomes less popular with white americans. there's nothing wrong with bringing race into the conversation. race is a central part of the american project. we have to talk about it. the question is can we talk about it in sdpruconstructive w >> he's not dr. martin luther king jr., right? he's the president of the united states. >> that's for sure. >> aren't we expecting a little too much of him? >> i expect a lot from barack obama not because he's black but because he's the president and because black people voted for him. so i think he owes black people a whole bunch. the question, though, is what strategic approach do we take? i think the approach is to challenge president obama but for us to organize and drag him
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back to the left. other groups dragged him to the right. we saw him push to the right on offshore drilling, free trade, wall street reform. let's drag him back to the left on issues that matter around unemployment. that's what we need to do. does barack obama have a responsibility? absolutely. but i would love to see those of us who are critiquing president obama organize and form movements that force him the other way. that's the real work that has to be done. >> just talking about those critiques, something else is interesting that's going on. every time barack obama makes a decision, we tend to psycho analyze him. oh, it's because he had a white mother. oh, it's because he had a kenyan father. oh, it's because of this. why do americans, a lot of them, insist on doing that? why can't he just make a decision because he's a politician? >> well, part of it is because we have tons of free time and 24-hour news and have a lot of time to fill up so we have to do a lot of psychoanalysis just to fill time, i think. the other piece is that your culture, your identity, your background, it does inform how you make decisions. no one is independent of their history.
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we all are constituted, we are all made by all sorts of things. so barack obama is no exception. does his upbringing form how he governs? absolutely, as do his advisers, as to the opinion polls. there are a lot of factors. considering his identity is one of them is not a wrong thing to do. the question, though, is how accurate is that analysis? is it too simplistic to say because he has a kenyan father and white mother that he's governing this way or went to a particular church or make a particular policy decision. that's a tough call to make. he's been very transparent about saying that he's struggled with racial identity, struggled with cultural identity, knowing that does matter. >> mark lamont hill, i could talk about this all day, it's a fascinating topic. thank you for being with us this morning. >> can you introduce me as a free black man next time? >> i will. thanks so much for being with us. >> my pleasure. >> he's a kennedy and with that name comes a lot of pressure, lots of it. if you can't deal with it, a mental crash could be inevitable.
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>> the kennedy family is known for being persevering, on the football field, active, winners, so, of course, how did i feel? i felt like a loser. i felt like, oh, god, i'm not living up. what a shame. >> coming up next, dr. sanjay gupta's exclusive one-on-one with a kennedy who's coming clean about his addiction and his famous father and the pressures of life inside a legendary family. alls the xf, yet an instant classic." with sports car styling and power, plus the refinement and space of a luxury sedan, the jaguar xf is a timeless blend of performance and craftsmanship. see how jaguar outperforms the competition at or visit your local jaguar dealer.
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he had been in office since the age of 21, a member of the country's most storied family dynasty. but now patrick kennedy is coming clean. in an exclusive conversation with our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. and so many interesting things came out of this interview. you know, when it comes down to it, none of us know what it's like to be part of the kennedy family. >> yeah. in some ways what patrick described, it was very challenging for him to be a member of the family. and, you know, he was in rehab while in high school for cocaine, to give you an idea how
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far back this extends. most people remember the embarrassing moments. but even as a sitting congressman, as you might guess, a lot of this behavior was taking place. just the full extent of it, i don't think people have heard. i asked him specifically about that, carol. take a listen to this. >> how many times did you need to go to rehab? >> i would say i've been to rehab easily over half a dozen times. >> was there a time when you said this isn't working and this just doesn't work? >> well, one of the things that i knew i needed to do was to live a life that could support my recovery in a way that was more conducive to long-term recovery. and that's why i chose not to run for re-election because, frankly, living in the public eye and in political life was not conducive to really getting that kind of long-term, steady
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recovery that, you know, is absolutely got to be the number one priority in my life. >> i tell you, i mean he basically is saying he left office because he could not get clean while a sitting congressman still. >> so he was taking hard-core drugs while he was a congressman consistently? >> well, he's been off and on really since he was in high school doing this. we don't know exactly which times, but he did say -- i thought it would be quite the opposite when i asked the question, carol, about his drug use while in office because he is a candidate and under such scrutiny as a sitting congressman. but he said in fact it was easier in some ways because people try to curry favor with him as a congressman and part of what they knew he wanted was drugs. i found that really remarkable. but he left office in part because you know his father, senator ted kennedy, died of a brain tumor not that long ago and he took that very hard. he and his father were very, very close, they were in the office at the same time today, worked on legislation together. the pain is still underneath the surface for patrick kennedy as
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we talked. >> and he has this new campaign going on. >> he does. may of 1961 is when his uncle said, look, we're going to put a man on the moon. now it's 50 years later this month and he wants to use that same enthusiasm to talk about brain disease in general. he wants to come up with new ways of mapping the entire brain, coming up with diagnostics and treatments for all sorts of brain disease, addiction and mental health two issues close to him personally, but also brain cancer, traumatic brain injury and the soldiers returning from iraq and afghanistan. all sorts of different things. it's very audacious and it's funny, carol, we had this conversation when i had i would hate to be the guy in the oval office when your uncle said something about putting a man on the moon but somebody said that's not going to happen. people are saying that to him now because he wants to do some pretty ambitious things but that's his life work at this point. >> i'm sure it's a fascinating interview, thanks for the preview. you can see the special "patrick kennedy coming clean" sunday evening 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00
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