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pen. for example, if the president is hospitalized, not fully alert can an aggressive cabinet member interpret that as an auto pen signing? mystery novel. >> interesting. >> so you're hanging out with us but you didn't just come down for me. >> no. i'm going to be hanging around all weekend. >> and for t.j. all weekend starting bright and early. tell everyone -- is it 6:00 a.m.? >> yeah, on saturday all the way through 11:00 eastern and get off about 9:00 on sunday. >> all right. now to candy crowley sitting in for wolf in "the situation room." candy, to you. happening now, stunning new revelations about osama bin laden just weeks since his death. why u.s. officials now believe he may have been considering a deal with pakistan in exchange for his protection. plus, a fluctuating death toll in joplin, missouri, as officials juggle to identify the
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bodies of those killed in a devastating tornado almost one week ago. just ahead, one of the coroners involved in the daunting and grisly task. and clash of conservative men for the race for the white house. will it be sarah palin or michele bachmann? i'm candy crowley and you're in "the situation room." first to the u.s. investigation into osama bin laden and dramatic new clues revealing that he may have been trying to reach out to pakistan for protection in the years before he was killed. this comes as hillary clinton paid a visit to the country in a new effort to ease tension in the wake of bin laden's death. chris lawrence is at the pentagon with all of the details. chris? >> candy, all of this is coming out of the massive treasurer trove of intelligence that the navy s.e.a.l.s pulled out of bin
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laden's compound. this revelation is fascinating in that it really reveals one of the ways in which osama bin laden thought about trying to evade u.s. detection. documents seized show that he was ready to make a deal, pakistan, no attacks if pakistan protected its leaders and allowed them to live there. pakistan's ambassador told cnn there were no contacts with his country. >> you can think of many things of wanting to do them and so did osama bin laden. question is, did erase any of them and the government shows that it did not. >> bin laden did communicate with the operations chief about brokering protection and while there's no evidence that he ever approached pakistani leaders to make a deal, there's still an open question about bin laden's links to people in pakistan.
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>> our counterparts in the government were very forthcoming in saying that, you know, somebody somewhere was providing some kind of support. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton and admiral mike mullen have left islamabad. the israeli pakistan relationship has been walked back from the brink. >> but this was an especially important visit because we have reached a turning point. >> reporter: the question is, turning where? pakistan is again demanding a decrease in drone strikes and telling u.s. military to send its 200 trainers home. >> they are talking about reducing the joint intelligence fusion centers. >> reporter: pakistan agreed to let the cia send a forensic team into the compound. they can swab surfaces for dna samples and look for anything embedded in the walls. >> there is potentially
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explosive material in this intelligence find. >> u.s. officials reiterated again today right now there is no evidence that senior or any pakistani officials new bin laden was there. in fact, secretary clinton hinted that there could be announcements of new u.s. and pakistan joint missions, just in the coming days, possibly focused on counterterrorism. candy? >> chris lawrence at the pentagon, thanks. we want to get more on these revelations. joining me now is peter bergen. clearly, osama bin laden by having plans to reach out to the pakistani government at some level felt that there was a soft spot somewhere willing to protect him. >> it was kind of a strange thought for bin laden. in 2007 he made it a policy to attack the pakistani government. we've seen a rash of suicide
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attacks in pakistan that they were encouraging attacks on the pakistani government. that said, bin laden has had a fairly high favorable rating and it's been dropping precipitously over the years. somewhere in the pakistani army there are people sympathetic to this in the sense that think of general musharraf who was for many years after in charge of the country. he was in charge of assassination attacks. and that involved members of the military. so it was -- but it was a -- it was not like he had actually done it. >> it seems -- what do you make -- let's think of the total that we know so far that came out of that house. that he thought that maybe he could make a deal somewhere, the pakistani government, in exchange for not attacking pakistani targets. it seemed in his final years
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that may have been more of a dreamer than a doer? >> if you look at sheikh mohammed, he told american investigators, gave a 30 different scenarios of things that they would like to do. very few of them did they actually recruit people to do. so bin laden had a lot of time on his hands, he's thinking about attacking on july 4th in washington, with sort of unsurprising things. but i think you're right, he was doing a lot of dreaming. he wasn't doing a lot of stuff that actually ended up with anything that happened. >> and let me ask you just listening to this piece from chris about, well, now we've turned the corner. was there any doubt in your mind, given how much these two countries need each other, that they wouldn't find a way out of this where we insulted it pakistan and going into their military and kill osama bin laden and embarrass them? we think maybe they protected him. but in the end, was there any
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doubt that they wouldn't come back and say, okay? >> the relationship is way too important for both sides. pakistan is about to be the fifth largest country in the world, has nuclear weapons, the taliban is vital to what the united states does in afghanistan and pakistan understands that the relationship with the united states is also important. there was no doubt -- the relationship took a huge hit. it wasn't just the bin laden discovery. it's also being the raymond, the drone attacks which chris mentioned in his piece. >> thank you so much. peter for coming by. 156 people in joplin, missouri, still remain unaccounted for. 90 that were originally listed as missing have been found alive. new signs of life amidst the
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rubble. the first business is just beginning. we're going to bring in casey wian. >> reporter: candy, that's right. you can see the wreckage behind me that is percent vase sif but we came across one sign of hope that there's a good chance that joplin will recover. >> this is america and we're going to rebuild it. >> reporter: four days after an historic tornado demolished much of joplin, missouri, contractor darren collins started construction on the first new building to remerge from the rubble. >> at some point we're going to have to stop scratching our head and staring at the rubble and roll-up our sleeves and get things back to normalcy. >> he's rebuilding his wife's beauty salon which he built once before 17 years ago. on tuesday, he discussed the idea with city officials and on wednesday they gave him the idea to start and thursday
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construction began. >> we've had just an enormous out pouring of generosity and help to get prepared to get back to this point. the city has been great, the city of joplin has allowed us a permit in record time. >> there's still no electricity in this part of joplin. the substation across the street remains in ruins so a generator powers the tools. >> time to roll-up our sleeves and do what we can do to move on with our lives. >> reporter: passers by continually stop by. >> i just had two police officers stop by and said, man, we want to shake your hand. the first glimmer of hope that we've really seen towards the town rebuilding. >> reporter: four nearby homes that collins built in the past year are in ruins. already he has at least six projects waiting to be rebuilt. >> my heart and prayer goes out to everyone. >> i hate for it to bring business to the area like this but i believe everyone will
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surprise everyone in the country with the rate that we can come back. >> reporter: after so much tragedy and so much devastation, collins takes solace in the cross that remains standing in the rubble of st. mary's church across the street and the support that he's received from his community. >> i thank god to live in such a place. >> reporter: collins says he expects to have the roof on that structure as early as this sunday and hopes to be open for business in 45 days and that will allow five stylists to be back to work in their home location. candy? >> it's so wonderful how such a little piece of news can sort of up everybody's spirits. casey, you profiled a national guardsman for us yesterday and you have an update on it. >> reporter: absolutely. army reservice in the name of dennis osborne killed in the home depot collapse during the tornado. his body was found across
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someone else and they believe that he was actually trying to protect someone from that tornado. we profiled his grieving widow, stephanie, and part of the problem that she and so many others have been having here in joplin is trying to get the remains of their loved ones out of the morgue. the identification process has taken a very, very long time. she was frustrated as many here are. we got word from the county coroner that his body has been positively identified and she should be able to get her husband's remains either later today or perhaps tomorrow and be able to schedule a funeral and that's something that a lot of families here are really hoping that they can get done as quickly as possible. candy? >> not good news but comforting news i'm sure for his widow. casey wian in a very wounded joplin, missouri, thank you, casey. there is growing frustration of families trying to get information about loved ones. i'll find out what is holding up the process. former president george b.
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as authorities continue the grueling pros is he of identifying those killed in joplin, fine better prints are being used in the effort. the newton county coroner is joining us from joplin. mr. bridges, thank you so much. i cannot imagine what your job is like and i know you can't imagine what these families are going through as they await for confirmation of the death of a loved one. could you just first -- why does it seem to be taking so long to identify these bodies?
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>> well, it's frustrating to the families and it's frustrating to me. when you depend upon people coming in from all over the country to help start your identification program, it takes a while for them to ramp up. so we have adjusted from that point at the request of these families, at the family meeting last night at 6:00 and we have started pulling people out of the line that are readily identifiable and that process has been taken place since about 8:00 last night. >> so if i read you correctly, what you're saying is that there are people who are recognizable that you can say, all right, i have someone that roughly matches the description of your loved one. will you take a look? but that there are others that are either either too gruesome
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to look at or unidentifiable to look at that are taking more time. is that correct? >> that's right. basically, we've put the people identifiable to the front of the line now at the request, of course, of the family members and that is something that we've wanted. that's not protocol for the federal identification team but the state of missouri reacting to the family's wants and needs has assigned a number of personnel to make this happen and it is happening today. >> and so do you expect to be completed with the identification of the bodies that you have today? >> no. it will be a long process with people. i'm sure that there will be some that -- i'm fairly sure that there will be some that will even have to be made with dna and that will take a matter of
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weeks. but the people that are ready blee identifiable, i would say in the next few days they ought to be able to be identified. >> i guess i don't understand why it would take a couple of days to be identified a love one. >> i hope i'm giving you a worst case scenario. i hope that doesn't take that long but i would rather be far out than be close. once they find an individual, they pull him out, they have information on the body bag, then they take that information, they -- just involved with one a while ago, they look at the picture, we looked at the picture in this case, it looked like the individual, he -- the only thing is, it just wasn't -- you know, somebody laying there that is dead versus a picture, we were a little bit hesitant so they are running through dental. there are five dentists on the
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scene. we have dental records on him but that will take a little bit of time. so that is the process right now. and we don't want false identifiers at first. early on they were releasing an individual, for instance, that the family had i.d.ed and it was in fact not their loved one. they came into the funeral home after he was cleaned up and said, oh, that's not our loved one. we don't want that happening anymore. so i apologize to the families. it takes longer but the steps we're taking is i think we're going to have positive i.d.s and it takes time to go through those identifiers and get them to the families and get them cleaned up so they can look at them and actually say, hey, that does look like my loved one and we've got to have them say, that is my loved one.
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>> real quickly, can you tell me approximately how many bodies you have in this morgue and how many people you have working helping to identify them? >> weshlgs i'm going to say right now they have been releasing bodies. so i don't have an exact count but it's probably in the neighborhood of 115 and there's probably 75 people working in that morgue right now. >> okay. mr. bridges, no one envies you, your job. thank you so much for taking the time out to talk with us. >> thank you, appreciate it. >> sarah palin has played coy about whether she's ready to run for president. could a new poll give her pause before taking on president obama? and mitt romney could throw his hat in the ring next week but he had an alarming experience in iowa today. that's ahead. you're in "the situation room."
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mary snow is in "the situation room." mary? >> president obama is wrapping up his six-day trip. tonight he co-hostsed a dinner for central and european leaders. it's seen as a chance to remind allies in the region that the u.s. remains committed to them. libyan leader moammar gadhafi is losing support. moscow was a critic of the nato-led mission in libya but leaders asked russia to mediate in the conflict and gadhafi's
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regime has asked for the same thing. mitt romney is not running for president yet but already learning to cope with the crisis. sort of. at an appearance in iowa, a fire alarm interrupted the possible republican contender in the middle of a speech. in his own words that forced him to take his campaign to the street. take a listen. >> question here from our audience. we are still recovering from the economic -- >> well, let's see. i believe in following safety first so i would it's going to keep ongoing. who can tell us what the circumstance is? you know, discretion is the better part of valor. i think we ought to be very careful and carefully go outside and i'll be happy to get pictures with each of you and i want to say thank you for being here and let's win a good one here. >> all is fine.
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mitt romney's aide tells us that the fire alarm was set off by a bag of burned microwave popcorn. >> actually, it doesn't seem like anybody was in a great rush to get out. he had a pretty calm audience. >> they seemed pretty calm. >> they did. thank you so much, mary snow. it is being called the wave of future. law enforcement using facebook to solve more and more crimes. plus, with the stroke of a pen, president obama keeps a critical anti-terrorism bill from expiring. it's not your ordinary pen and now it's sparking controversy. transitions adapt to changing light so you see your whole day comfortably and conveniently while protecting your eyes from the sun. ask your eyecare professional which transitions lenses are right for you. ask your eyecare professional for your transitions certificate of authenticity for your chance to win instant monthly prizes or our $20,000 grand prize!
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out with a surprising name at the top. >> it sure is a surprising name, candy. somebody that we're not talking about much in politics right now, actually in the lead. former new york mayor rudy giuliani and that's interesting because you haven't heard much from him. a couple of points behind him. we see mitt romney and a tick or two behind mitt romney, we see sarah palin. if you look at that poll very carefully, there are two people that haven't shown any intention of getting into the race doing pretty good right now. >> i always thought politicians were doing the best when they were not running for something. but nonetheless, sarah palin, who has not said whether she's decided to get in that, should make republicans happy? >> we have numbers that show that there is a lot of polarization. people, as we've always said, either like sarah palin or they really don't like her a lot. if you look at this poll, it
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sort of reflects that. 40% of the people polled do not show sarah palin much love right now. conservatives say that there's an x factor, an unknown factor, that even though you know a lot about sarah palin, you don't know what she stands for politically. they would like to see more about what she supports rather than the stuff that she opposes. there's also a question of, you know, the business of leaving the governor's office in alaska. i'm told that there are some conservatives that don't like that very much and it makes her look like a quitter. so there's polarization. and let me ask you about one other female sort of standing around who we believe will also or at some point announce that she's in it. that is michele bachmann who is also a tea party favorite and you know that the comparison is inevitable. if the two of them get in the race, going from the same
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element to the republican party, having many of the same stances, does sarah palin take away from bachmann support? >> well, right. the assumption is that they would be competing for the same value vote, social conservatives, that they appeal to both in iowa and they have to fight it out. she is well known for her policy. she's been on capitol hill sort of crafting language. and she's also known very well for raising a lot of money and she could possibly stand toe to toe with sarah palin for a little while. nonetheless, you talk to people that worked for palin and this woman can save -- raise money unbelievably and she would probably just blow bachmann right out of the water. at least on finances. >> well, both of us would love to see a race of any sort. any time it's exciting, we're for it. that's all i can say. >> joe johns, thanks.
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appreciate it. >> thank you. i want to talk more about this in today's strategy session. roland martin is a contributor and terry holt is a republican strategist who served as spokesman for george w. bush's re-election campaign. here we have this poll in two of three in the top three have been running at this moment. any surprise there to you, roland? >> no, it's not. look, i think more people are like me. they are concerned whether or not the lal das mavericks are going to go. people are not going to pay attention to this race until after labor day. the rules have changed, candy. it used to be -- remember, 2007 we had senator barack obama. he got in in february. you had senator hillary clinton. she got in. we had all of that time in '07 and the primary in '08. this is different. they are not going to get serious until after labor day. you don't have the same pressure to get in early as you did in the last cycle.
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so i think wait until labor day and then folks will pay attention. >> isn't it kind of weird -- rudy giuliani -- people recognize his name and he has the 9/11 mystique around him. it seems weird. >> it's a time of testing and rudy giuliani had a lot of excitement associated with this candidacy in 2008 and i think in this period you see rudy giuliani at the top. but you also see everybody in very low double digits. and what that means is, that for various reasons this race is still very open. there are people that think they can come in and grab the nomination and so they are floating their names. there is nothing wrong with that. roland is right to a certain extent. the issues are going to take the stage this summer. we're still talking about the debt ceiling and cutting spending and capping spending, those are still the front line issues for the american people. they want to see results from this president, from this congress, and we'll do this republican nomination in due time. i think roland, after labor day,
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you've got it right on the nose there. >> let me ask you -- >> candy -- >> yes, sir. >> just one thing. there's a lot of folks excited about rudy giuliani but he ran one of the worst campaigns. >> come on. there's lots of bad campaigns out there. >> that was a really bad campaign. you know that. >> there have been a few. but let me say, it's going to take a national name awareness and rudy giuliani brings that. but for most republicans, pawlenty has a legitimate operation. i don't think that anybody but mitt romney has a truly national operation. so while these guys have their foot in the door, there is still a lot of voters out there and that's what we see in all of these polls. >> might as well keep your place marker when the field is so unsettled, at any rate. speaking of mitt romney, he met with reporters and said this. i like the president. he's a nice guy. but he doesn't have leadership
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experience. so i thought maybe he got in one of his old three by five cards because it seems that that message, which didn't work four years ago, might not work next year. what do you think, terry? we need to focus on the issues that people care about in their homes and regular lives. he's generally much more on message and aspirational and positive and on message than that. and i give the guy a break. it's early in the campaign. >> and -- let me ask you, roll land, just to like reverse rolls here and tell me where you think president obama is vulnerable because it says to me you cannot
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go after this guy or his qualities. where is his vulnerable point? >> he said in 2009 that he will be judged by the economy in 2012. that's a real issue. it becomes job growth, unemployment rate, and is the economy rebounding? are consumers more confident? that is still going to be the primary issue. it's been the issue for the last two years and it's going to be the issue in 2012. his own words, he will be judged by the voters for re-election, pure and simple, nothing else. >> last 20 seconds. >> the disconnect here is that people have a legitimate affection for barack obama. but his policies are not popular. people disconnect his nature with his unpopular policies. >> and you've got jury job cut out for you, that's for sure. >> absolutely. it's going to be a tough
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campaign. >> thank you both so much. appreciate it. >> thanks, candy. social media helps people stay connected but also help police connect the dots when they are investigating crimes. you're in "the situation room." car connection calls the xf,
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hollywood is remembering the man known to men as the grease man. in later years he battled drug and alcohol addiction. he was hospitalized after being found unconscious in his home
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this month. jared lee loughner was found not competent to stand trial after being diagnosed with paraknow yeah schizophrenia. prosecutors hope he will be able to eventually stand trial after treatment with medication. republican mitt romney is no friend of president obama's but he may have some admirers in the president's campaign office. the gop contender was in mr. obama's hometown of chicago. afterwards he had pizza sent to the president's re-election campaign head quarters. no word on whether the slices were eaten or thrown out. investing in social media is a cutthroat business. facebook's founder takes that literally. he only eats what he kills. he has killed a pig and a goat
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for food and each year he picks a project. last year it was learning chinese. zuckerberg admits that since he doesn't kill often, he's mostly a vegetarian. who knew, candy? >> certainly i didn't know. thanks, mary. zuckerberg may not mind sharing these intimate details but some facebookers like their privacy. dan simon joins us with more. >> reporter: there's a new tool, social media, so much of our personal lives going online, they say it makes sense to go after that information. any time to askbruft privacy settings. you can make your photos and personal information available to friends instead of everyone. but that doesn't guarantee it will always be private. law enforcement are now turning to facebook.
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>> let me apologize to our viewers -- go ahead, dan. we lost your audio. so why don't you complete the story for us. >> what i was going to say is, civil liberties groups clearly are upset for this information to be misused. the bottom line is that people are concerned about their information getting on facebook, on twitter. there is really only one solution for that and guess what it is, don't go online. but if it's there, law enforcement, they can go after it and get a search warrant. they can get all of your facebook photos and all of your information, even if you click on that one tabitha says that information is private. if you are suspected of committing a crime, law enforcement can go to a judge, get a search warrant, and get access to all of that information on facebook and all of that information on twitter. >> essentially that's not unlike getting a swarpt for
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getting a search warrant for home. if you have reasons to suspect somebody and it's good enough for a judge, you can go to their home and toss their drawers. so it's kind of the same thing but only in cyberspace. >> it's exactly the same thing. but i think people have the perception that if you use facebook and you click on that privacy tab, that there's no way anybody can have access to it. well, guess what? the cops, if they suspect that you did something wrong, what they can do is, you're right, just like going into a search warrant and getting access to your house, they are getting access to the cloud, if you will. and again, that's something that civil liberty groups are concerned about. they just want everybody to be aware of that, candy. >> dan simon, they should always be aware of what they put out there in cyberspace. appreciate the information. it's a medicine saving thousands of live from aids in africa. why it could be on congress's chopping block. imagine plunging 38,000 feet
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in egypt, a quiet street as it's been 100 days since hosni mubarak was thrown out of power. in aannapolis, graduates take their seats during today's commencement ceremony. austria, lanterns fly over the harbor. hot shots, pictures from around the world. dramatic new details about the racial breakdown about the u.s. population. the u.s. sense sus bureau finding that more than half of the country's population is made up of hispanics. here is cnn's tom foreman. >> this is something that we've been waiting for for a long time. let's start with the big part of it first. the growth of the hispanic population. this was on the questionnaire this time. not meerl merely are you hispanic but what type are you? >> exactly.
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there are two type of questions that we answered. it asks us to self-classify in terms of hispanic origin. that was followed bay ray a rac question. >> so where you can check no, not of hispanic or latino, yes, mexican-american. another hispanic latino. what did you find in terms which box you check the most? >> interesting that there are about 50 million people who did one of the yeses. growth rates of the -- all of the categories that see the growth rate of the whole pop zblags let's look at this. this is a fascinating number. this is the trend line since the last census. here we are over here. 181 million folks back in 2000. here we are today. 308.7 million. and as you mentioned, latino population, 35.5 million now up to 50.5 million. 9.7% growth for everybody.
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but that population. >> 43% growth of hispanic population. if you drilled into that, and asked what was the growth rate of the mexican population we are in the hispanic -- about 54%. even more interesting, if you separated out the mexican population from other central americans -- groups, they were growing at an average of 137%. >> wow. >> over this ten-year zblerd that's huge. let's go over here and look at how that is happening. i also find this fascinating. this is the map. so many of us, as you know, have always associated with the growth in the latino population being here. texas, northwest, over here, california, down to florida, a little bit. but here, look at this closely. all the blue areas are 100% or more change and these are all over the place. >> absolutely. the story of the 2010 census the dispersion of the latino population throughout the whole
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country. big growth rate are in counties throughout the country. west and south. that had fewer hispanics in prior censuses. >> as you said, the bull section not so much a question of mexican -- which we always thought about but central american folks. >> absolutely. in maryland and the district of columbia, the dominant latino population is from el salvador. rhode island it is the dominican population. we are varied throughout. in the northeast, puerto ricans and -- florida, cubans. >> you make no distinction in counting here if people are here legally or illegally. you want everyone to participate. >> absolutely. >> and it is important to you to remain nonpartisan because you know there are a lot of people that use these for political purposes, number. >> our jobs at the census bureau is to count every resident of the population, every ten years.
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that's what we have done since 1790. and then -- our -- value to this society is dependent on people believing our numbers we must be nonpart is an in how we do our work. >> a lot more numbers to come out of this. thank you. we appreciate it. candy will be covering it for a long time. >> that we will. saudi arabia may be an important ally but the kingdom's treatment of women can be appalling. how one saudi woman went from behind the wheel to behind bars. constitution says bills have to be sign bid the president to become law. a machine has taken the place of president obama while he is in europe. can this be legal? that's up next. ♪ you love money
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this woman in calf can a is dying of a.i.d.s barely able to lift her arms or open her eyes. here she is again. days later after treatment with inexpensive anti-drugs. talking, walking. it is called the effect. captured in an hbo special. it has been repeated all over the continent thousands of times. michael wants to you know the story because you are paying for it. >> there are good foreign policy reasons to do this sort of thing. >> reporter: a conservative columnist with the pasch pasch coast, senior fellow with the council on foreign relations and he was once the chief's speechwriter for the man who got this rolling. >> the president of the united states! >> reporter: he was george w. bush. in 2003 bush started the president's emergency plan for a.i.d.s relief.
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unprecedented $3 billion a year to help the world fight a.i.d.s. he led the charge for renewal and expansion. >> we can bring healing and hope to many more. >> reporter: he was not alone. driving force of the effort was evangelical christians that pushed the administration and members of congress on both sides of the aisle to support it. >> this is, you know, something that is really important. and it shouldn't be an issue. >> reporter: but division, subtraction, are precisely what supporters now fear. program comes with a hefty $50 billion price tag. as congress wrestle was the debt limit and trillion dollar budget worries, foreign aid is under sharp fire. even in 2008 the last time it was reauthorized, budget hawks went after it. including texan ron paul. >> i think that if we are to do any social engineering or social suggestions, it ought to be
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here, and that we ought not to be naive enough to believe we can change habits in africa. >> there is a perception that it is wasted. a lot of people believe that. >> that does happen in some cases. the argument is not should there be any cuts of government. there need to be. everyone recognizes that. the question is whether we are going to have indiscriminate cuts. >> what do you mean by that? >> you know, are we going to have cuts that are working, that are saving people's lives. when we make those cuts it has a tremendous human cost. >> you can see the full report tomorrow night on "stories reporters." 7:30 eastern here on cnn. you are in "the situation room." happening now. anguished families wait to find out the fate of loved one lost in the missouri tornado. increasingly that grim job is in the hands of coroners. we will show you what they are up against when it comes to identifying the dead. when doomed airliner plunges
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38,000 feet in 3 1/2 minutes, we are learning new details of the final moments of an air france flight which went down in the atlantic. president obama orders a machine be used to sign the patriot act extension for him. is that constitutional? breaking news, head lines and jeanne moos straight ahead. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm candy crolly and you are in "the situation room." have you seen the terror filled moments when the tornado struck joplin month, mont joplin month, mon joplin, missouri. watch this. >> look at this. oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. >> it went right through here.
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i don't know where we are. we have to keep going this way. don't step in any of this. come on. keep going. >> i feel like i need to help with someone. >> we will keep asking. look at this house. it is gone. >> are you okay? >> yes. >> oh, my gosh. >> look at these houses. >> are you okay? >> yes. >> what street is this?
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they are not here. >> they must have left. >> i think they are gone. >> kirby? kirby jean? come on. they are not in the basement. >> no. i don't think so. >> okay. okay. >> sarah, mike zblam they are not down there. you went down there? >> yes. can't really see anything, though. >> they are not here. >> that couple were searching for erin's sister and eventually they did find sarah and mike who had made it safely to their parents' house and the cat, kirby, also fine. there has been a dramatic drop in the number of missing in joplin where emergency management crews are working around the clock on the recovery effort. there are now 156 people unaccounted for down from 232 a day earlier. number of confirm dead is rising up to 132 now. many families are still waiting to learn the fate of loved ones.
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that task is in the hands of coroners and fury of that tornado will make the job extremely difficult. our brian todd is in joplin. brian? >> reporter: the process of finding those miss iing is pickg up there's serious kinks and the family are dealing with them as best as they can. they file into the church to pay tribute to a man who is not there. the family and friends of radonald miller iii also known as trip are determined to memorialize him regardless of what authorities do with his body. trip seen here is one of several people killed in the tornado whose bodies couldn't be immediately released to their families. we couldn't get an answer on why his body was held. even though the family know he is deceased. officials here are trying to streamline the process of locating those missing and i.d.
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agriculture t 'ing the bodies. >> they use a process using medical records and fingerprinting. it is not necessary for family members to go out to the morgue to identify their loved ones. >> reporter: it certainly is not possible for them to. the morgue for tornado victims is an undisclosed location but we found it. >> this is a temporary morgue where they are identifying examining bodies. it is supposed to be secret. there's heavy security here. when another cnn team tried to take pictures of the place, they were hassled by security personnel. >> do you have cameras? >> yes. >> put them in the back of the vehicle. >> reporter: it has to do with false identifications right after the tornado. he has been working with local and federal mortuary teams in this process. he says these teams now have to treat every case as unidentified until they go through dna and
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fingerprint matching and other forensic. >> i had individuals look at a body and say that's my son, that's my brother. that's my daughter. and they get to the morgue and into a prep area for their prep and come back and they look at them and they say wow, i was wrong. >> reporter: how can they get it wrong? are the bod niece such a condition -- >> sometimes it is the condition of the bodies. usually it is just pure shock. >> reporter: inside a local morgue that handled tornado cases in the early going, he described what a tornado can do to the body. >> the average condition of a body is going to be what we call viewable. but it is probably going to involve restorative arts. you get to the worst case scenarios we see and decapitations, things of this sort. that's going to take dna. >> reporter: it will take dna unless there are some good very definitive markings on the body like intricate tattoos and piercings.
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he says these days there are a lot of those. a family members can tell the forensic teams about them and may be able to get their loved ones back a little sooner. >> how many of the bodies in the temporary morgue are not identifiable? >> reporter: he estimates about half of them are not identifiable because of their condition. he says that good restorative technicians can make them identifiable and bring them back so their familiar crease at least get a good look at them and make sure that's their person. he says that takes a few hours for each body. that may be what's holding up the process. >> brian todd in joplin month, month. for some tornado survivors the recovery process is well under way. cnn's jacqui jeras has that for us from joplin. >> reporter: the help is pouring in here in joplin, missouri. insurance agents have been going door-to-door and helping people who have been left homeless from the tornado. this is the kerr family and already their company has issued
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them checks for living expenses and for the home itself. they bought a new home and relocating to a different part of a house. they decided they will bulldoze their home they lived here for years and years. and they are going to build a due bleks and make it into a rental property. that's the good news out of this. but not the story for everyone. they are still waiting to heart how much money they might get to cover the house. in people relocating. some people still waiting for that help which continues to pour in to this devastated city. candy? >> as much of the country reels from natural disasters federal agencies are still focused on the recovery mission in alabama. a month after that state was hit by deadly tornadoes. fema announced today almost 77,000 individuals and households have registered for help in alabama and more than $60 million in federal aid has gone to tornado survivors there.
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the case of a saudi woman who dared to drive a car has become a cause championed by people around the world. you know, i guess i shun be surprised except for we are not surprised. >> a long standing ban on female drivers. but this woman committed a small act of defiance. one that caused outrage around the world because of the context in the arab world, uprising. this woman is a really one-woman army who is calling on other women to take to the streets in another act of defiance but was arrested by saudi authorities and for getting behind the
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wheel. take a look. she is in jail for driving a car. defying a ban on women drivers in saudi arabia. arrested last sunday, her detention was extended another ten days on thursday. the 32-year-old has become an icon of sorts. activist. for several years now, she's uploaded videos of herself in her car. even before her arrest, she said there is still a long road i head good we have a saying. rain starts with a drop. this thing is symbolic for us women. driving. basically very insignificant for us. >> reporter: insignificant but not here. there is no law against female drivers in saudi arabia. but culturally the ban is
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accepted, enforced. women caught drive ring usually held a few hours and then released. but she was punished more harshly. some are saying the kingdom are concerned that revolutions will turn a small act of dissent into something bigger. around the world her case caused outrage. there are facebook pages and petitions. calling for her release. but a woman who wants nothing more than to be behind the wheel is spending at least the next ten days behind bars. she had a facebook page that was deactivated and when she called for this mass movement on june 17, calling on female drivers across saudi arabia to take to the streets, we will see if they respond to her call. >> you can't help think of rosa parks in the united states when she moved from the back of the bus to the front of the bus.
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uprising that cause. what i'm curious what the united states government is say being this. >> one of the things that caught the attention of many around the world is -- president obama's middle east speech is the country he did not mention. that is saudi arabia. an important u.s. ally. important strategic ally in the region as well. we asked the state department's spokesperson for a reaction to the story. here is the response. not the most enthusiastic condemnation ever. there is an ongoing social debate within sawed sxaud there are voices that need to be respected and heard on a variety of issues. that's the response we have gotten from the u.s. now so far in this. >> well, i like -- like the president said, it needs to come from the countries and sounds like it has. we will check back in with you on this story. the secret deal. osama bin laden considers with pakistan. we are learning what he was offering and what he wanted in exchange. plus, the chilling end to a
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it is the pet project spending that many lawmakers love to hate while happily filling the pork barrel. earmarks are banned but we have a loophole. so have some members of congress and leave it to the senior congressional correspondent dana bash to find the loophole. >> defense bill that passed is the first test how congress handled it in the first earmark ban world. what we saw is tens of millions of dollars that may not be earmarks by definition but could certainly be pork.
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red stone arsenal in northern alabama. it could get $2.5 million added to defense bill to develop unmanned vehicle technology. thanks to congressman brooks who represent it is district. that is probably going to go to your district and help your constituents. >> i can't say that it is going to go to the fifth congressional district but i will say this. that's a service we can offer to america, i will be tickled pink. >> reporter: in this press release brooks boasted about getting more jobs for his district. that sounds like an earmark which the house banned this year. so what's this all about? watchdogs worry it is a back doorway around the ban. the house armed services chairman cut hundreds of millions of dollars from a variety of defense programs and put the money in a newly created pot dubbed the mission force enhancement transfer fund. lawmakers are using it to pay for projects in policy proposals. to some, it is a pet project slush fund. >> this money has never been in
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this bill before. it is certainly suspicious that it has occurred the first time earmarks have been placed under a moratorium. and -- it looks like -- >> reporter: another form of pork. >> no. i disagree. i don't think that it is pork because you are not able to allocate where it goes. >> reporter: that is a big difference. with traditional earmarks lawmakers garden teepd funding for projects back home. here the defense department has final say over the money. but? some cases there appears to be little doubt lawmakers districts would benefit. betty sutton secured more than $30 million for defense corps ocean prevention program and projects. it so happens university of akron in hero owe district has the first corrosive engineering program in the country. sutton declined an interview request. then there's the tea party backed freshman steve pilazo, scored $19.9 million for navy ship design in feasibility
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studies and sent out this press release promising much of it will directly benefit south mississippi shipbuilding. he also declined to talk to cnn. aides said the navy would ultimately decide how the money is spent. senator mccaskill, longtime earmark opponent, says she knows the way things work and does not buy it. somebody will call the defense department and say this is what it represents. this is what i want it for. if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, it is a duck. it is an earmark. >> reporter: other law makers in both parties secured millions that could benefit their districts. rejected cnn's request for interviews to explain. the pentagon will make it a competitive process. congressman that did talk to us said if he can still help his district in the post earmark world, no apologies. >> none whatsoever. >> thank you. >> i'm doing my job. >> pentagon ultimately decides, we won't know for sure if some lawmakers successfully steer pork to tharg districts
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regardless some deficit hawks say members of the house armed services commission should have used hundreds of millions of money they found in pentagon savings to pay down the deficit. >> you hit it here and it pops up someplace else. >> go figure. >> exactly. thanks so much, appreciate it. we want to turn to the bin laden investigation. mary snow has new details and some of the other top stories. mary. >> startling new nugget and it has been found in the reams of documents seized from bin laden's compound. u.s. official tells cnn that bin laden considers striking a deal with pakistan. trading protection for al qaeda leaders in exchange for a halt to al qaeda attacks on pakistan there is no evidence that possible deal ever moved beyond an internal al qaeda discussion. update on yesterday's twin bomb blasts that killed eight nato soldiers in southern afghanistan. the pentagon now says all eight are americans. they were killed by improvised
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explosive devices that went off one after another in remote area of about 60 miles south of kandahar. it is the same area where taliban forces unleashed multiple attacks earlier this month in the spring offensive. two internet giants poised to go head-to-head in court. papal is suing google for stealing employees and secrets. lawsuit came on the same day google unveiled google watt end. new payment system. papal's lawsuit alleges google stole the technology for it by hiring away two pay pal employees. google isn't commenting. you can add texas governor rick perry to the list of republicans considering running for president. a bill signing ceremony today told reporters he would think about it after the state legislative session ends monday. but he is -- big but. added coyly, i think about a lot of things. he was tempted to run for
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president. >> 'tis the season for a lot of politicians to be tempted. thanks very much. doomed airliner plunges 38,000 feet in 3 1/2 minutes. what we are learn being the last moments of an air france flight which went down in the atlantic. plus, is it conti constitutional for president obama to have a machine sign the patriot act extension when abroad? memorial day is monday. they travel to germany, ckuwait on uso tours. >> we can make an impact for our troops. >> love to entertain our heroes. let them know how much we love them and miss them when they are overseas. this is the greatest country in the world. we can say and dream as big as we want to in this great country. we don't give up enough for our american heroes.
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ever since the tubes became clogged, we believe, with ice, the speed sensors failed and plane began to stall. pilots we know were aware they had lost certain crucial indicators. but it is their reaction to that that they started to raise eyebr eyebrows. initially the pilot raised the nose and then tried forward again to try to prevent a stall. but just after that, they called the captain back from his rest where he was -- behind the cockpit and more serious and fatal and final stall hit the aircraft. this lasted for three minutes and 30 seconds. normally the pilots push the stick forward and plane would go -- nose down. for some reason this continued with the nose lifting higher. what happened, of course, was the wind really did stall. the air over the wing -- speed was simply not sufficient to
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keep the lift and the inevitable took place. the pilot for some reason continued to keep the nose in the up position. even the stabilizer kept in the trimmed-up so the plane remained in that altitude and we know that the angle of attack of the wing to the air was 40 degrees. the pitch altitude of the nose remained 16 degrees. that is almost takeoff direction. inevitable plane continued to fall out of the sky. as it did so, it was a terrifying rate of speed. 10,000, 11,000 feet per minute is how fast this plane fell. that's the altitude just about upon which it went into the water. there are many questions that have been answered by the findings from the flight data
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recorder. but the call question, the final report, may never really get to. it is why the cockpit crew continued to keep the nose of the aircraft pointed up when every conventional wisdom from cessna fliers to jumbo jets and you are in a stall, you need to lose height to gain speed to save the plane. richard quest, cnn. >> let's get more now with our former cnn colleague, myles o'brien. pilot. aviation analyst. so -- you need to -- get speed, plane stalls. to get speed you have to go down. why would you put the nose of the plane -- >> there's something -- counterintuitive about it. you get taught in flying pull back, nose goes up and you go higher. if you are in a situation where you are in panic, for example, you might pull up when the thing to do is go down. you see yourself falling. you don't want to push down.
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even further. that is what they train you to do. that's the proper stall recovery. the big question, though, candy, is on the airbus, computer controlled airplane. who was really controlling that plane as it went down? that's a big question we don't know yet. >> we heard the pilot had gotten up. i'm not sure how we know that. maybe from the black boxes. >> the captain came in in the final -- moments. but he did not -- you know, sit down himself. it turns out what you dash senior first officer actually had more experience on that particular aircraft than he did. to say because the captain was out is what caused this. maybe not so. they had a senior first officer and very junior second officer. >> the sensors on the plain that detect air speed may have iced over. >> yeah. >> is that what happened? is that what caused it? >> you have to back up. they flew into a terrible thunderstorm in the middle of the atlantic, some of the worst thunderstorms in the world occur. icing does occur in that
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situation. it turns out those -- tubes that measure the air speed which are critical were faulty. needed to be replaced. there was not an emergency air worthyness directive issued for it. they had conflicting -- >> did afterwards. >> they did. conflicting bad information about air speed. computer which normally flies the airplane finally said i give up. it is your airplane. you know. raise the white flag. this is in a very confusing situation with lots of alarm bells going off. in thands of the crew. and it appears the wrong inputs went into the controls, by the crew or did the computer set the nose to go up too high? we are not sure yet. >> then they couldn't have counteracted the computer? >> they could have. they could have. there were two instruments in 2008 involving air corpsian flights. similar situations. icing on the tubes. both of those crews were able to get out of it i have a live. >> so bottom line, could something have been done from what you know? >> you know, it is tougher to second-guess this. we want to know more but always
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better to put that nose down. they went down in nose-high altitude and exactly what they tell you not to do from almost day one in fly. >> you know, just as a passenger and not knowing much, i know you would answer this sensitively. in that three minutes, as they are going down at a very fast speed, would passengers -- you know, would they be knocked out in some way? were they aware that whole time? >> it would have been a very wild ride. i don't think they would have had any perception it was 10,000 per feet per minute but obvious something was very wrong with that aircraft. >> would have had the falling feeling. >> yes. >> nothing would have caused them to lose consciousness? >> not necessarily. >> an awful thing. nobody knows it like you. thank you so much for come. >> good to be here. >> a writing machine raises serious constitutional questions. is a law still a law if the president himself doesn't sign it? building our wiress network all across america.
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as if the patriot act was not enough, the president may have touched off a new debate by ordering a machine be used to sign extensions of several key provisions because he's overseas. joining me now is constitutional expert and george washington university law school professor jonathan turley. for people who have forgotten this particular thing from their constitutional class, i just want to for our viewers read this part of the constitution. article i, section 7 of the u.s. constitution says every bill which shall have passed the house of representatives and senate shall before it becomes a law be presented to the president of the united states. if he approves he shall sign it but if not, he shall return it. so doesn't say specifically he's
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got to be there. now, we are -- we have some -- video of these auto pen which is mimic a person's signature. >> well, obviously the framers could not have foreseen an auto pen. but actually the issue of people being able to sign for you goes back before the -- one of the earliest case is the lord lovelace case. less racy than it sounds. in 1632. the -- you can start -- starting with those cases courts allowed other people to sign for clients or other attorneys. and that's done routinely. i have colleagues that signed for me if i am out town. the president, it is obviously more problematic. the assumption of the framesers the president would physically sign and in fact, that's best -- best practice. this is, in fact, a worrisome trend. having presidents that speak off teleprompters and now sign bills
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virtually. there's a danger of being too detached in perhaps -- less accountable. the greatest danger is if the president lost some capacity as the suggestions with ronald reagan at the end of his last term, there is a concern that you could have staffers who are directing signatures and the president becoming too detached from his official conduct. >> sure but -- if a president becomes incapacitated there is a constitutional way to hand over power. it is not the same thing. if someone wanted to sort of pretend the president was still in power, they would be signing things? >> not just that but if the president is losing capacity, if you have staffers that have the ability just to get his consent and sign bill after bill after bill, there is a certain danger to that. best practice that the president actual shrined the bill in front of him to be connected, understand what he is doing. that's obviously a remote danger. particularly today when presidents are such a -- such and such transparency.
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so -- the answer is that a court would probably uphold the use of an auto pen even if most judges would not look at it favorably. it is not a good practice. >> this was an -- an important act about to expire. they saw the necessity to do this. did he give his opponents -- is it -- is it enough of an opening for his opponents to go to court? >> i don't think so. i wouldn't -- expect to see the auto pen brought in front of a committee and ask, you know, what did you zmoe when did you know it? this is not going to be a very good dog to have in the fight if you are trying to attack the president. for civil libertarians upset about the pat act it was an all too telling moment, you know. this bill was -- >> perception than any actual constitutional problems. >> constitutionally, it is -- better than it is political. >> thank you so much. naacp's involvement in education lawsuit is sparking controversy in new york.
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our mary snow has that story. mary? >> the head of the naacp's new york chapter says the organization has taken up this fight like others in the past to secure equal access to education. it is coming under fire by african-american parents. children wearing t-shirts reading future naacp members as their parents rallied in harlem against the civil rights organization in a fight over education. >> everybody's skin has a color! yes? so to the naacp, don't divide us, unite us. >> reporter: division is over a lawsuit involving the naacp's new york chapter and the city's teachers union. the suit seeks to stop the closure of some public schools that the city deems as failing. while the same time preventing charter schools from opening or expanding. educator jeffrey canada joined parents demanding civil rights organization drop the lawsuit. saying that these charters schools are the best chance
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these kids have at a good education. >> naacp is always backed by minorities and african-americans. it is just very surprising that they are going against us now. it is like moving backwards. only supposed to be pushing forward. >> reporter: hazel dukes, president of the naacp's new york chapter, says that the group is fighting for equal education for all. much like the landmark supreme court decision of brown versus the board of education. duke's also wants to end the practice of charter and public schools being housed in the same building. >> the facilities should be in good condition on both sides. there should not be a 10:00 lunch hour and 12:00 lunch hour. there should be a 12:00 lunch hour. >> reporter: charter school parents worry that this fight will shut a door on her daughter's future. >> i'm a single parent. limited income. and if -- they close her school, i have to return to put her in catholic school. i'm not going put her in a public failing school. >> reporter: a mother of white is part of the lawsuit and sides
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with the naacp's stance. she says that charter school parents aren't seeing the big picture. >> saw the writing on the wall of this day in 2011 where we are engaging parents and having them coming out in busloads to fight against other parents for the same thing. the right to a quality education. we are not asking for more. >> 4% of the city's roughly 1.1 million students attend charter schools. about 50,000 students on waiting lists. >> wow. to me this is an amazing story. charter schools always have sort of -- invoke such passion on both sides of the issue. i suspect this one will continue. >> absolutely. you know, parents feel so passionately. they say that each side said this is all about equality. they see that issue very differently on either side of the fight. >> when it comes down to your child and what you want for your child. hugely different issue how you look at things. thanks so much. appreciate it. newly released video of a
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police raid. it left a young iraq veteran dead and now his family is demanding answers. it's true. you never forget your first subaru.
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an investigation is under way into a police raid that left a young iraq war veteran dead.
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now for the first time we are seeing video of the incident. cnn's ca >> it began the morning of may 5 with the raid of houses near arizona and investigators suspected a violent drug smuggling operation was being run. within minutes, it ended with a s.w.a.t. team killing now sparking community outrage. 26-year-old iraqi war veteran who investigators say grabbed but never fired his semi automatic rifle and shot 22 times. paramedics kept away while police say they secured the home. also inside, his young son. and wife who called 911. questions since mounted about whether deadly force was justified and whether they understood it was police and not invaders storming their home. >> saw this guy like -- pointing at the window. i got scared.
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please don't shoot. i have a baby. >> reporter: the sheriff's department has released this video of the crucial minutes when they say warnings were sounded. the general council for the police unit describes what s.w.a.t. team members say happened s.w.a.t. team members say happened next. >> makes eye contact with the officers that are in gear, the shield says police, helmets say police. they have patches that say police. he makes eye contact with them, raises his weapon and points it right at these officers. >> reporter: also just released, hundreds of pages of investigation documents which detail what officers say they ultimately found inside the home. body arm or and a large number of weapons, but no huge cash of drugs or money. the family attorney released this statement in response saying we just learned the sheriff's department has
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released volume news amounts of information in regard to this incident. we will review the documents and cds and will make ourselves available for comment in the near future. his wife says he was not involved with drug dealing. sell especially ee says the sheriff's department tried to defame him, he had no criminal record, worked for a mining company since leaving the marine cor corps, and was a husband and father of two. they say the internal investigation of the final minutes that led to the death continues. supporters of his family critical of the department announced plans for a march to the scene of the shooting memorial day. kara finnstrom, cnn, los angeles. many veterans have needs not being met. i talked about this with the army advice chief of staff. when you look at some of the
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statistics that deal with veterans these days, a higher rate of suicide, particularly in young group, homelessness about 20%, higher rate of dependency on alcohol or drugs and high rate of joblessness, again, particularly in the younger group, what does that say about the u.s. commitment to its veterans? >> well, we need to reach out. we need to reach out and first identify those veterans. what i worry about is they blend back into the community and don't get the three things they're looking for. they're looking for education, they are looking for access to healthcare, and looking for fulfilling and securing unemployment. >> you can see the full interview this sunday morning on state of the union at 9:00 a.m. eastern. outgoing defense secretary robert gates today choked up as he delivered his final commencement address at the u.s.
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naval academy. take a look. >> as i look out upon you this morning, i am reminded of what so struck and moved me when i went from being a university president to u.s. secretary of defense in a time of war. at texas a and m i would walk the campus, see thousands of students age 18 to 25, typically wearing t-shirts, shorts, and back packs. the day after i became secretary of defense in december, 2006, i made my first visit to the war theater. and there i encountered other young men and women also 18 to 25, except they were wearing body armor, carrying assault rifles. putting their lives at risk for all americans. and i knew that some of them would not make it home whole and that some would not make it home
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at all. i knew then that soon all of those in harm's way would be there because i sent them. ever since i have come to work every day with a sense of personal responsibility for each and every young american in uniform, as if you were my own sons and daughters. my only prayer is that you serve with honor and come home safely. i personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service. serving and leading you has been the greatest honor of my life. may you have fair winds and calm seas. congratulations. >> we'll be right back. lexus holds its value
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trip to europe is winding down. we thought we would take a moment to review some of the moments things got hairy. here is jeannie mows. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama kicked off the trip with a new hairstyle, wind swept, as she hugged, her hair flew, no matter how many times she tried
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to subdue that updo. they compared the look to an irish pop duo, and the winds that swept this irish airport followed the obamas to buckingham palace, where the bear skin hats of the scottish guards flew, and the hair of prince charles stood at attention, or at least half mast, while mrs. obama belt with the double whammy of blowing hair and blowing dress, and the queen she clutched her hat and beat a fast retreat. after all, it is one thing for a weatherman to lose his hat. >> so much for that hat. >> reporter: or guy at the daytona 500 to have his cap decapitated, or a soldier to have his beret blasted by a twitch ee trigger finger from the row behind him. but what happens on the queen's head stays on the queen's head.
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certain hats are susceptible to swift breeze. not this one. we're talking about this one. the pope is always losing his hat. this guy on youtube wore ships the moment. >> oh, my god, his hat blew off. >> reporter: but you couldn't eat special k out of this. larry king landed on a website called bad friging hair. to avoid that, hillary clinton had this solution. >> this is going to be a short speech. >> reporter: but the queen wore a bow trimmed hair net to the chelsea flowers show. the hair net caused a fashion stir, but not the scorn reserved for the head piece worn by princess beatrice to the royal wedding, auctioned on ebay for $131,000 for charity. >> i was in love with this