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lives upside down. it just simply comes down to trying to decrease your risk in waiting for more of these studies to come out. big conversation today. that does it though for this edition of "sgmd." set your dvr for 7:30 eastern, get our show every single week. i'm dr. sanjay gupta. more news on cnn starts right now. good morning, everybody. just days after president obama angered many when he suggested israel go back to its 1967 borders, he talks to a key pro-israel lobbying group this morning. also, another republican has made up his mind about the 2012 presidential race. mitch daniels says thanks, but no thanks. even says he's sorry. you'll hear his one reason for not running. also, happening right now. we've been keeping a close eye on this throughout the morning
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and it continues as we speak 200 miles above us. this is coming to us from the international space station where two astronauts have been doing a spacewalk and they've got some serious work they're doing up here and have been at it for the past five hours or so. we'll give you an update about this historic "endeavour" mission. this is your cnn sunday morning for sunday, may 22nd. i'm t.j. holmes. also a big breaking news story we are following for you this morning. cnn has been able to confirm the earth did not end yesterday. more on that in just a bit. let me tell you about president obama following up on his vision for peace in the middle east as he addresses a group in about 2 1/2 hours. apec is t-- aipac is the name o. they can't be pleased with the president's stance as winds of change blow through the region. >> calls for change may give way in some cases to fierce contests for power. the question before us is, what role america will play as this
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story unfolds. >> cnn's senior state department producer live for news washington in advance of the president's speech. how is this supposed to play throughout the day? >> well, it is really a tense atmosphere that president obama goes into. these are some of america's fiercest defenders of israel. the israeli lobby aipac. they're really going to be looking for president obama to kind of clarify what he said the other day about those returning -- that a palestinian state should return to those '67 borders which prime minister netanyahu in the meeting the next day called indefensible, really a tense meeting. i think what they're really going to be looking for him to do is kind of re-affirm that deep bond with the u.s. has with israel and try and talk about some issues that are important to them like israel's security, what about some of those other areas of possible peace deals such as refugees, how do you deal with hamas.
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they're really going to be looking for president obama to show that the u.s. has israel's interests at heart. >> this is coming up in just a couple of hours. how will the president be received as well? even some are suggesting they were warning their members don't boo the president. >> well, it's a real rowdy crowd. there are thousands of people there. you can't discount the fact that some people may boo him. they have booed u.s. presidents and secretaries of state in the past when they don't like what they say. but in the end of the day i think the crowd knows president obama will give a speech talking about the close alliance between the u.s. and israel and also talk about some other issues in the relationship about how the u.s. will defend israel against iran, some of the other winds of change in the region, what about syria to its border. it is not just about the israeli-palestinian peace process that he's going to be talking about today. so there may be a fubus but at the end of the day i think he'll be perceived pretty warmly. >> elise, thank you so much.
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of course to our viewers, cnn, this is the place to be. we will cover the president's speech live happening at 10:30 eastern time. plus post-speech analysis with our candy crowley, host of the "state of the union," along with the best political team on television. the latest string of deadly bombings that have rocked baghdad today. at least 18 people have been killed from estimated 15 explosions in various parts of the iraqi capital. 80 more people are hurt. those explosions coming from a mix of car bombs and roadside ieds. the latest targeted iraqi security forces. iraq's interior ministry tells us the bomber wore an explosive vest and killed a dozen people, 23 others injured there. turning to what was certainly the developing political news overnight. indiana governor mitch daniels says he is not running for president. while daniels doesn't have the flash maybe of a donald trump or maybe the name recognition of
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mike huckabee, his decision could be sending some shockwaves through the republican party. gop insiders were pushing him to get into the race as he was the clear fiscally conservative choice. but here's how he summed up his decision in an overnight e-mail to supporters, "in the end, i was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, and that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all." coming up a little later, we'll hear a little more about his -- what some say -- is a complicated family dynamic and why republicans wanted him to run. some nasty weather once again overnight that's left at least one person dead after a reported tornado ripped through a kansas town and we're told it damaged just about every home there. this was in redding, kansas. at least 20 homes were destroyed. hours after the storm, that's when we finally got the official word from folks there that in fact one person had been killed,
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two others were injured in this storm. you can see in this picture here, it's kind of dark, you can't see what's happening. in that flash of light you see that ominous picture in the back. also 200 homes suffered some sort of damage. the majority of the homes in the town got some kind of damage. we are efforting an emergency official from the state of kansas to hop on the line with us here in a bit to give us an update about how folks in that state are doing. people in oklahoma, look at the scare they got. >> it's coming! there's some power lines right here! >> storm chasers here capture this on video, a tornado there in oklahoma. no reports of any damage or major damage or injuries to tell you about just yet. also, disturbing sign out of yazoo city, mississippi where a few caskets are in the water here. they popped up out of the ground around a flooded cemetery. the missouri governor, haley bar
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baue bour is warning people against e. coli dangers. much more on the florida flood in about 20 minutes. jeanne meserve is right along the mississippi rivers. she'll tell you what people there are doing to try to hang on. new storms popping up across the south and midwest. let me say good morning once again top reynolds wolf. talking about the same storm system that caused problems last night? >> same one in kansas? exactly. everything's connected here. it is funny how we're seeing more of this stuff than we ever have before. doesn't mean there's a greater frequency, everyone has a camera able to capture, document and share with others so we're seeing more of this. >> is that really what it is? we know we get bad springs sometimes. is it really not that? are we outside of the norm, if you will, for what we would get for a springtime? >> it's very active but we still have a long way before we're really done with the season. could come to an abrupt end but
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i don't think so. the thing is with our technology world, we can really hone in on some of these spots and detect more severe weather. certainly numbers are increasing as far as that's concerned but in terms of are we having just an outrageous year, it sure seems like it. numbers are still high but it is not over just yet. this morning we're seeing a large number of storms, some moving to the northeast of st. louis, east of peoria. some of these are beginning to fade apart. but in arkansas this morning we had some storms that erupted quickly from hot springs to little rock. little rock had this one element that came through, a little bit of a breather, now developing again. you have the first round that came through, the ground is saturat saturated. the second installment of rainfall could bring some possible street flooding. that could develop all the way from the central and western great lakes clear down to the central plains through into the mid afternoon hours and perhaps
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evening, more tornadoes a possibility. >> reynolds, we appreciate you. we'll check in with reynolds once again. we are standing by trying to get some of those daytime images, this tornado we were telling you about, hit overnight. we are waiting for daylight there in kansas and maybe that will give us a better idea of just how bad the situation is. on the line, spokeswoman for kansas division of emergency management. ma'am, we appreciate you hopping on the line here. just how bad did parts of your state get it last night? >> certain the toucwn of reddin took the brunt of it but 16 counts were impacted in some way but numerous touchdowns of tornadoes or strong winds and hail so the governor has declared a state of disaster for the 16 counties just to ensure there -- this paves the way for state resources to assist. should we need federal help, that could be requested later. >> ma'am, we got the confirmation that one person had
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been killed in these storms. has that number gone up? can you update us on the numbers of injuries you have been getting? >> yes. the one fatality is the latest information that we have and about five people injured in that town. we expect numbers could change throughout the day. those numbers -- the fatality came in about 3:00 in the morning. that was confirmed then. but we do not have any reports of any other injuries in other counties. we did have a report of an elderly couple that was temporarily trapped in a mobile home that had been destroyed but they were okay. we were very fortunate in that sense but unfortunately we did lose one life in the town of reading. >> ma'am, how widespread is this damage? there are some reports of just about every home, hundreds of homes, in the town of reading at least damaged in some way, form or fashion. you talk about 16 counties. are we talking about a lot of daniel to homes an businesses? >> most damage was certainly in the town of reading with about
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200 homes and also 20 homes completely destroyed in addition to those 200 that have some type of damage. but there were other counties with the same damage, not nearly to this degree but certainly some areas that had a mobile home or two that was significantly impacted and just a lot of damage with trees, as well as broken glass, hail damage throughout the area. >> is it fair to say -- i know a lot of parts of kansas, you have a lot of rural parts of your state. the areas, these 16 counties we're talking about, the area of the state, fairly rural, not major population centers. again i know it's not the most populous state we have in the union but still as far as your state goes relatively speaking, not very populous areas where these stwrorms hittinorms were ? that's correct, excepts of a touchdown in the county where the state capital is but most of the damage seems to be from hail
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and strong winds this morning. most of the other areas would have been in more rural areas. >> ma'am, we appreciate you taking time. sharon watson, spokeswoman for the kansas division of emergency management. it is a busy time for you all. we appreciate you giving us an update. good luck to you there. we're at 12 minutes past the hour now. to our viewers, something a lot of people are keeping an eye on yesterday. we can tell you that geologists are not reporting any major earthquakes anywhere on the planet or any other major natural disasters. the world is still here. the world still goes on. so what are you saying today about the failed doomsday prediction from yesterday? >> better luck next time. that's all i can tell them. >> last time it was wrong they said they had to recalculate. they recalculated to this date. so maybe they'll have to recalculate again. >> you know the deal by now -- months and months went on and followers of christian broadcasters harold camping were
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warning the world that the world would end yesterday. not immediately clear what camping and his followers are saying today. we haven't heard from him just yet. people around the world have been making light of it, making a lot of jokes but this was something that certainly got a lot of people talking, got a lot of attention on the internet, including on twitter. what exactly happened? at the bottom of the hour in our "faces of faith" today, people have been making light of this but it is still a very serious topic among some in the christian community. we're going to have an ordained minister and professor of the old testament studies at emory university who will actually show you the serious side and give some theological perspective. that's coming up. you might not have noticed there was a big fight last night. good news for the old guys. bernard hopkins did something last night in the ring that has never been done before. also, mitch daniels is saying no, thank you. the indiana governor is skipping out on this presidential campaign and he's doing it
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for exceptional offers through mercedes-benz financial services. 17 minutes past the hour. our friend joe carter from hln sports here with us now. so officially horse racing season is over now. right? >> yeah, i guess the commodores are not going to tune in to the belmonts. >> we try every year for a triple crown. you had my attention, man, for two races. it's tough. >> for 33 years we've waited for this next triple crown winner. we didn't get one this year and will have to wait until against year. but shackleford. >> did anyone see this coming? >> no, just like they didn't see animal kingdom coming last week at kentucky derby. he was the favorite because he won the kentucky derby but shackleford walked away with the win but animal kingdom just.
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to the end. had a chance and 50 yards more and perhaps animal kingdom would have won. came in second. for those that bet on shackleford to win, it paid pretty well. for every $2 bet it paid $27.20. $100 put you about $1,300-plus. not bad. betting totals from all sources -- $60 million put on this race. over 107,000 folks showed up. this has been a problem in years past because people have protested the whole not allowed to bring your own booze into the infield. they changed the rules, they introduced some nonconventional advertising to this year's campaign. people in the baltimore area might recognize the half man, half horse? very entertaining. >> they throw booze into it and people -- oh, my goodness. this was a good one yesterday. i am a big boxing phone. we all know box is has fallen off, unfortunately. the fight everyone wants to see.
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bernard hopkins making some news here. crazy he's this age. >> 46-year-old bernard hopkins is now the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a major world championship. george foreman held the previous record winning at 45. look at that. hopkins not only beat him physically but also mentally, doing push-ups between the sixth and seventh round. what's that say? i got you. >> how old a kid he fighting? >> 18 years younger. he's 28. >> hopkins says he actually plans to fight until he's 50! we joked earlier about how he promised his mom he wouldn't fight past 40. he's had 11 fights since he turned 40. >> why not if you can still do it? he had to mix it up a little bit. >> it started off slow but then he pick it up and put on pretty much a clinic about five rounds in. >> i like these throwbacks. i love this stuff, the uniforms, throwback to the old days. >> it was turn back the clock night in boston last night. 1918 was the last time the cubs
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and red sox played each other in a series at fenway park so to commemorate this historic meetings teams will replica uniforms. no p.a. announcer, they used a mega phone to make announcements during one inning. notice how basic the red sox uniforms are. off-white pants, off-white tops, off-white pants. no logos. cubs were pretty decorative but the red sox were pretty simple. >> good stuff this morning. joe carter, always good to see you. 20 minutes past the hour. speaking of boxing, he's the man they call the golden boy, considered one of the greatest boxers ever. well, he's fighting again -- but it's not in the ring. we'll explain that a little later. also, you pay taxes every time you fill up your tank, of course. there's a plan being floated out there to tax motorists by the
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all right. at about 24 minutes past the hour, time to welcome in carl azuz, good see you. every time people pay up, they pay taxes, about 18 cents per gallon when they fill up. how about the idea of being taxed by the mile you drive. >> it is a controversial idea. we can safely say that. we've had a couple presidential administrations, the last two in fact, the bush administration, the obama administration, telling us to buy more fuel-efficient cars. side effect to that -- there's less federal gas tax revenue coming in so that's the main reason for this idea. on the plus side, this tax i want to say is an idea. it is not a bill yet, hasn't been sent to the floor. it would either replace or add to the current federal gas tax so this could essentially be a new tax. on the plus side, you have increased revenue for the government. the congressional budget office looked into this, said it would be easy to track now with electronic mileage counters.
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on the cons, there are privacy concerns. should the government know how many miles we drive. also varied commute. some folks live in rural areas and have to drive farther to begin with. this would be unfair to them. and obviously the next one, it would be a new tax. >> how would you do this? >> the government could monitor your odometer and tax based on the miles you actually drove. that's the idea that's being kicked around right now. it is still up in the air. if you want to talk to students about it -- i remember insurance when i was in high school -- painful. they don't want anything that's going to make driving any more expensive. we tossed this to our student audience at gives us a general non-scientific idea of where kids stand. keep the 1-cent tax, ditch the
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tax on mileage if they had to pick one between them. one comment said people are going to figure out how to take the miles off their cars. she said we're smart about cars, just not with money. >> i'm thinking about how i'm going to do it, too. >> don't say that on the air. >> please continue. >> alicia is actually seeing some pros, saying folks are going to drive less, they'll be taxed less, air pollution could be reduced. on the other side, writing for the majority, the reason why people buy fuel efficient cars for more money is to save money, when they tax us by the mile, it's as if they're charging us for being fuel efficient. >> exactly. they're taxing us for what they told us to do. >> it's going to be a hard-sell. >> just an idea, folks. >> not an official proposal. up in the air. >> carl, good to see you. to our viewers, take a look
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at the scene we saw play out in oklahoma. >> it's coming! some power lines right here! >> these storm chasers, amazing that they do what they do. this was the scene in oklahoma but it was kansas that got the brunt of the severe weather. i'm back in 607 secon seconds we of this. ♪ do not attempt at home. always wear your seat belt. ♪ and please drive responsibly. [ male announcer ] it's the most fun you can legally have. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for exceptional offers on the c-class. women have discovered the secret to a great day because they've discovered the power of aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. the only one that nourishes with active naturals oats,
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she says at least five people were injured, anticipating that to go up as well. the governor has declared a state of disaster for more than a dozen counties in eastern kansas. >> it's coming! some power lines right here! >> this is what some storm chasers caught up with in oklahoma. they saw the funnel cloud forming. no reports of injuries from this one. also, out of yazoo, mississippi, as if it wasn't bad enough in some places, this is what some people are having to deal with -- flooding there has washed some -- a cemetery, some of the caskets have now come up and are floating around in the water. floodwaters in the region aren't really going anywhere any time soon. some places expect to still be underwater until at least mid-june making it tough for a lot of folks, especially people living and working right on that river. jeanne meserve has been on the river for us this weekend.
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jeanne, good morning to you. tell us what they're dealing with. >> reporter: well, they're dealing with some very high water and some very strong currents. we spent some time out on the water from the folks who run this dock and storage company yet. they have tubboats. they went down yesterday to link one a barge and tow boat that needed some help on this part of the river. the current is just so darn strong that they're really having trouble making headway, particularly past the bridge which spans the river between vidalia and natchez, mississippi. yesterday we had this tug and a tow boat boat pushing between them, they had about 3,600 horsepower pushing and they still had trouble getting a single chemical barge over a speed of about 1 miles per hour. that's just how strong the current is. they haven't seen anything like it here ever before, according to the people who work on the river. as for the system as a whole, the levee system appears to be holding up. there have been some sand boils
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but they've been able to cope with those. the system has maintained its integrity thus far and although water is rising in some points along the river and other locations, it is going down. if you look at the building behind me, you can see at the water level that you can now see a yellow mark. that signifies where the water was and how the water has dropped but they're saying it will be mid-june or so before it gets back to normal levels and they can really assess the sort of damage that's been done fully. t.j., back to you. >> jeanne meserve, we appreciate having you on cnn sunday. reynolds wolf is back with us here on cnn sunday morning. the forecast over the next couple of days in the flood zone, there was a little rain yesterday. how are they over the next few days? >> i think they'll be okay. obviously the flooding situation but in terms of the additional rainfall over the next several days from the storm system as it pushes eastward certainly will
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not help matters, although things are pretty bad in parts of southern louisiana, parts of mississippi also. i would think a stray thunderstorm or two is not going to make the situation that much worse than it already is. right now the type of reason we're seeing is very quick moving. some strong storms developing this morning in places like arkansas. on this map you see little rock, some storms just popping up, hot springs has had some fairly heavy rainfall this morning. would not be surprised at all if we have a little bit of flash flooding this morning in little rock and places with poor drainage and low lying areas. the major catalyst is this storm system driving from west to east has already spawned tornadoes across parts of kansas just yesterday. now we may see the threat exist all the way from the central western great lakes clear down through portions of the mid mississippi valley and back down into north texas. dallas, ft. worth, denton, texas, maybe even later today as far south and austin you may have a rumble of thunder, perhaps even an isolated
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tornado. >> back to you. >> come on over here, reynolds. many of you may have noticed reynolds was not here yesterday and we were so happy that he was not but there is a very good reason. look at your television screens, folks. and say hello to the newest member of cnn saturday and sunday morning. >> he's quite a munchkin. that's my first borne son. william patterson rhodes wolf. is he an absolute mess. he's a great sleeper though, eating everything in sight. it is amazing. as you know very well, i lost my father about a month ago. now we have a new baby who been named -- his name william after my father. a man he never had a chance to meet. but it is kind of a healing thing, it is a wonderful thing for family. obviously very happy and very sleepy. not a whole lot of sleep in the wolf house right now. >> your family has been through a lot in the past month or so but we couldn't be happier. you know we are excited. you got two little girls running
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around the house. three women all together if you throw in erin. but now you got two guys, now you got a little homey there. >> it helps. you're right, we're still outnumbered no question about it, but it kind of evens the score a little bit. the kid is definitely his father's son. i've got feet the size of aircraft carriers. the kid could surf on those things. just tremendous. he's just a big skinny kid and we're so happy to see him. we -- i offered up the name t.j. but my wife wouldn't sign off. >> viewers probably have some questions, we just don't even want to go down that road. reynolds, good have you back. thank you for sharing that with us. there's patterson. thank goodness patterson just god here. his birthday just last wednesday. then doomsday was right around the corner. thank goodness that prophecy did not come true. we have confirmed here at cnn that the world did not end wed.
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but for weeks followers of a christian radio broadcasters have been warning us all of judgment day. well, we're going to sit down and give some perspective here from an ordained minister and professor of old testament studies, find out how the bible played a role in the prophecy. there he is, he's here with me. you'll hear from him right after the break. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. if you have painful, swollen joints, i've been in your shoes. one day i'm on p of the world... the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain.
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christian radio broadcaster harold camping. he did the math, he says, and says it is all based on scripture in the bible to come up with may 21st as the day he and his followers have been warning about for a while now. let's get some theological perspective here, dr. brent strawl is director of biblical studies at emory university. are you surprised to be here? >> relieved. >> people have been making light and some say rightly so. but this whole idea of the rapture and end of days is deeply rooted in a lot of religious belief. >> that's correct. a lot of this goes back to specific texts found in both the old and new testaments. >> put up the first one here for many of you, pull out your bibles. thessalonianses 4:17, those who are alive and left will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the lord in the air and so will we be with
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the lord forever. is this the idea? that's the idea of the rapture. >> the idea of the rapture comes from this specific text but other texts that talk about the end of the world or apocalypse don't speak about it in quite that same way. one of the real questions about these end-time speculation is the relation of one text to another text. the rapture in particular though comes from that text you just read. >> how many references are there? are there a lot in the bible to both? hundreds, thousands even? >> it depends on how you analyze them. right? a lot of texts will speak about the -- go god's coming but not necessarily coming in a final cataclysmic sense or end of the world kind of thing but coming in judgment. very few speak specifically about jesus' second coming, or coming to earth. >> matthew 24:36 -- did the but about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the son, but only
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the father." now that seems to suggest you don't have to be a biblical scholar. it sounds like nobody knows the date. >> that text is pretty definitive. jesus says something very similar in acts 1 which seems to suggest that no one knows, not even jesus, only the father. this sort of calendarization about the end times is misconstrued and wrong-headed. >> misconstrued but as a professor, do you find it even silly for anyone to try to predict when any of this is going to happen? >> oh, definitely. definitely. in light of these texts that you just mentioned, as well as the fact that live family radio that makes these predictions are relating texts that aren't related. they draw direct connections between texts that are really disparate and different. >> again, we have -- i certainly have and many people have out there -- been making light of this, but is there serious damage you think can be done to the -- to religion and to the idea of christianity because maybe some casual observers out there are looking at this and
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saying, well maybe christianity is not what i thought it was and maybe it leaves even some atheists saying, see, we told you? >> i think it does cause damage, particularly those who adhered to the particular belief. they're disenchanted and dismayed today. but these kinds of people also have very supple and flexible beliefs. they'll probably run the numbers again and come out with a different number in the future. >> don't tell me that. >> but people need to know that christianity is a complex phenomenon and these sorts of groups that attach specific dates are very few and rare and they don't represent the mainstream of christianity. >> all right. another date is coming, i'm sure we'll cover them as well. dr. strawn, thank you so much. if you want to explore more about your faith, other faiths or the math, when it comes to predicting the rapture, by all means, go to cnn's belief blog, president obama had kind of
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top of the hour. time for candy crowley coming up at 9:00 eastern here on cnn. i know you're going to be part of our special coverage of the president's speech at 10:30 this morning to aipac. before i ask you about that, let me get your reaction to news overnight. mitch daniels saying he is not going to get into the race. what kind of impact will that have? >> listen, i think there is a group of republicans right now saying, looking at the race and who's in or who they think is definitely going to get in, we don't like any of these. i think that's why there was so much pressure on daniels, in fact people saying he looks good, he's had success in indiana, he's conservative, he comes from the midwest which looks wide open for republicans this year. i think all that attention now probably turns to jon huntsman. i think huntsman gets more headlines out of this, if anything, as people wait for him to do it. at this time in the race, all
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the time, i think you find whether it is the republican party or democratic party, a big group saying we don't like anybody, this just takes a while to play out and mitch daniels was the, oh, my gosh, the grass is greener guy. now i think that group turns to huntsman. >> let's turn to president obama now. does he have kind of a certainly a tough crowd, some even suggesting he might get booed when he goes to aipac in a couple of hours when that speech is going to come. pretty tough hill to climb today? >> well, first, i'd be surprised if he was booed. but he did, as you're indicating, sort of rile up a lot of friends of israel here in the u.s., aipac is a very important lobbying group, americans you supporting israel who lobby for israeli causes on capitol hill and at the white house here in washington. so listen, when the president said what he said, we had one group of people saying, well, because the president said that israel and the basis for negotiations is the 1967 pre-war
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borders, that this is a huge change in u.s. policy and we had another group saying well not so much, that's pretty much where the u.s. had always been, only in different wording. he nonetheless -- the reality of the politics of this is that he created a bit of a stir and caused some concern among pro-israel supporters here in the u.s. so insofar as this, which is a long-planned speech, by the way, which he is giving today, gives him a chance to clarify what he said and put himself firmly back into that strong alliance the u.s. has already had with israel. i think he will do so. >> all right, candy is coming up here in about 14 minutes. for your show, "state of the union." i know you're going to have dick durbin on as well but you're also going to be a part of our coverage. folks are going to get a lot of candy this morning. always good to see you. to our viewers, stay with us. the president's speech to aipac starts at 10:30 eastern time. before we get to that, candy for
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about 12 minutes to the top of the hour now. he says he has one reason and one reason alone for not running. his family. that's coming to us from indiana governor mitch daniels. he says he has concern for his family and that will keep him out of the 2012 race. daniels was a popular pick among some in the republican party. overnight though he released a statement to supporters saying, no, thank you. even offered a bit of an apology saying, "if i have disappointed you, i will always be sorry. if you feel that this was a
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noncourageous or unpatriotic decision, i understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise. i only hope that will you accept my sincerity in the judgment i reached." joe johns now taking a closer look at the indiana governor, his complicated family dynamic and why some republican leaders saw him as a good choice for 2012. >> reporter: for indiana governor mitch daniels deciding whether to run for president has been a rough ride, a decision made even worse by all the guessing about his intentions. >> if i switched from oatmeal to cornflakes, someone would say it was a move for the iowa caucus. >> reporter: who is this guy and what makes some republicans think he has a shot at the white house? friends and former co-workers say he's right for a job because he has a penny pinching mindset to tackle the budget which many see as the country's biggest problem. chip andre who worked for him on the hill saw it negotiating his first salary with daniels. >> he and i worked through what the monthly expenses would be for me, my rent, food and et
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cetera. he said i'll throw in an extra $100. i said per month? he said, no, for the end of the year. >> reporter: but that could be a chink in daniels' armor as a former budget director under george w. bush, dance was there when the country went from a surplus to the deficit. he says the problem wasn't him but that the bubble burst and we had a recession. >> wouldn't have mattered what policies you tried to implement. >> reporter: he's been a conservative governor pushing for a balanced indiana state budget, killing funding for planned parenthood, enacting one of the most aggressive school voucher programs in the country. but he's been whacked by conservatives for proposing a truce on social issues until the country gets its finances fixed. >> someone who doesn't believe that the social issues are part of the agenda and are part of the total platform, that person is not going to be nominated by the republican party in my lifetime. >> reporter: daniels, the guy, has a colorful story. he admits he was arrested on a marijuana charge while attending
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princeton but those charges were dropped in a plea deal. he paid a $350 fine for maintaining a common nuisance. he and his wife sherry divorced in the mid 1990s. she married another man and divorced him also. later sherry and mitch daniels reconciled. he was a lobbyist and executive for pharmaceutical giant eli lilly. all issues that could get close scrutiny in a run for national office. >> so daniels is out. in the race, the republicans are newt gingrich and also texas congressman ron paul, conservative radio host her mma cane, gary johnson and tomorrow former minnesota governor tim pawlenty expected to announce his candidacy. former south african archbishop desmond tutu hit the streets in connecticut yesterday. why? i'll tell you that in just a moment. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss
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told you earlier the president's scheduled to address the nation's largest pro-israeli lobby, aipac, in about 90 minutes. cnn will bring you that speech live set for 10:30 eastern time and candy crowley will lead our post-speech analysis. candy's also coming up at the top of the hour which is just one minute from now for "state of the union. a look though at stories making headlines. sun is rising over kansas this morning and people are getting more perspective about just how bad things are. a suspected tornado touched down last night destroying 20 homes in reading and damaging some 200 homes. also, one of pro boxing's lived legends admitting he may not some help. espn reporting oscar de la hoya is in a rehab clinic california. he admits in a statement he has issues to work on but does not elaborate what those issues are. he also asks for privacy as he goes through the recovery pr


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