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taking a quick look at some headlines that will be making news later today, president obama visits a chrysler plant in toledo today to highlight the auto comeback and the role his administration played in that. the first lady will hold an annual spring harvest and joined by american indian children and plant greens and corn and squash in the white house garden. i'll talk to suzanne malveaux and talk more about the auto bailout and whether it was worth it for american taxpayers. appreciate it. i want to get tube speed for friday, june 3rd. a federal grand jury in north carolina indicted presidential candidate john edwards on six counts just a short time ago, prosecutors contend edwards used campaign donations to cover up
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an affair and pay his mistress. edwards' attorney says known was not a campaign donation but a gift from two edwards supporters. joe johns is following the latest developments and he joins us by phone from near raleigh, north carolina. joe, you've been following the twists and turns how this unfolded. what do we know about the specific counts against edwards now? >> reporter: the indictment, as i looking through it, has a lot of the information we expected to be in there, essentially, illegal campaign contributions, a number of counts on that. there's a conspiracy count and the other thing is the thing we've been looking for forever since we really heard about this case, a false statements count. that is essentially, that edwards was able to falsify wilfully conceal, cover up and
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otherwise keep information out of the public eye about contributions that he received from at least two individuals we've talked about again and again. that would be a woman named bunny melon, a philanthropist, who lives in the state of virginia and now deceased attorney named fred barron, who lived in texas. these two people kicked in, we've called it a million dollars, according to documents, we're talking roughly 925, $50,000. >> sounds like we lost joe. can you hear us? sounds like we lost joe johns on the phone explaining those federal charges. we will actually get more analysis on the story in a few minutes with cnn legal analyst jeffrey toobin and ask him about the possible punishments now that edwards is indicted.
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where does this go from here and could other people also face charges? the unemployment report for may is out today and it is ugly. the labor department says the economy added just 54,000 jobs last month. experts predicted the may increase would be three times that number. it was enough to bump up the overall employment rate a notch to 9.1%. stocks are sinking because of concerns the economic recovery may be puttering. right now, the dow jones industrial average is down 65 points. yemen is on the brink of civil war. tribal fighters launched a bold attack on the presidential palace in yemen today. rocket propelled grenades hit a mosque inside that compound and 11 officials wounded. the president ali abdullah saleh
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had a slight head injury but is okay and will address the nation soon. loud booms shatter the early morning quiet in libya's capital. air strikes hit military planes, ammunition depots and radar system. in washington, house republicans are voting on libya today. one resolution demands the president end u.s. involvement in the operation. the other requests a written explanation of the costs and goals of the mission. assisted suicide advocate doctor, jack kevorkian died today in detroit. kevorkian helped people end their lives in the 1990s earning him the nickname, dr. death. he went to prison in 1999 for eight years. he was hospitalized with kidney disease when he died. a 14-year-old from pennsylvania wins this year's scripps national spelling bee.
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cymotrichous c-y-m-o-t-r-i-c-h-o-u-s. [ applause ] >> sukanya roy won $40,000 in scholarships and prices and it means having wavy hair. we will talk to her life next hour in the cnn newsroom. here's a chance to talk about one of the big stories today. was the auto bailout worth it? carol costello joins us with more. that was a big big deal for the obama administration bailing out the auto industry, a lot of critics saying it wasn't the right way to go. >> a lot of critics. president obama will visit a chrysler plant in ohio to tout
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his auto industry bailout, how it saved jobs and the economy and testing the waters for 2012 when he will be asked again and again, what have you done for our economy? republicans saying, get real, mr. president, with this economy, this is no time for a victory lap. mitt romney wrote in 2008, let clooi chrysler go bang bankrupkrupt. >> who said that is smoking illegal material. they had to do it because the consequences would have been too large to deal with. >> according to the treasury department, american taxpayers will lose about $14 billion from the bailout. yes, the deal did save chrysler. two years ago, chrysler and general motors were on the brink
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of collapse and ford teetering on bankruptcy. they are all profitable and ford did not take a bailout and bounced back faster than gm and chrysler. it did change the way cars are made and unions negotiated and according to the center for automotive research, it saved 1.5 jobs. what about the -- 1.5 million jobs. what about the rest of the country? with 9.1% unemployment, americans are still hurting. was the auto bailout worth it?, i'll read your responses later this hour. this is in orlando. it's the ninth day of testimony in the trial of a mother charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. right now, the jury is hearing recordings from jail visits between casey anthony and her parents. i want you to listen. >> i've already talked to everybody. i know who i'm allowed to talk
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to and i'm not allowed to talk to, who i can see and can't see and who is going to see me and not see me. i've arranged all of this. it's already been set up. again, he's the one person keeping me in the loop because he's the only person that can and he's making sure he's doing that in every way possible. >> i just hope he's telling you honestly what you're up against. >> mom, i know what i'm honestly up against. you guys understand what i'm honestly up against. keeping me here, you're not helping me help myself. i'm story say that. >> you're safe, honey. we don't have the means to get you out anyway, sweetheart, we don't. >> understand that but the opportunity was there and it wasn't taken advantage of and- >> we didn't have an opportunity. i don't know where you're hearing that? >> just give dad the phone, please, i don't want to get frustrated, just give dad the phone. >> hey, sweetie. >> this is seriously the first time i've been angry, this
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frustrated to where i can't even think straight at this moment. throughout this entire thing i was pissed off that day at the police station, mad when all that happened but i tried to look at things objectively. in this entire time, i haven't sat in my room for the entire month and been mad, not once, not one time. but right now, this is the most agitated and frustrated i've been even when i sat with jose and watched that episode of nancy grace and stuff being said about mom and being said about me and him and everybody else and stuff that i've heard. it's frustrated me but i've let it go. right now, i'm so hurt by everything. i don't even know what to say. i hate to say that. >> well, i'm not trying to upset you and neither is mom. we're not trying to. if we are, i'm sorry for that. >> i know that's not your intention. you have to understand where i'm
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coming from in this. obviously none of you are by expecting me still a month literally it of the loop to have some sort of new insight on stuff, i mean, really? >> okay. i realize this is hard for you to talk about, especially -- >> because i can't do anything. because i've done everything. i've said everything, i've thought about everything. that's all i can do is sit and think everyday. that's what i've done. any information that i've given has been passed on. i know that. >> okay. it's just hard, i know for you, and hard for us because none of us have ever been through any of this kind of stuff before, none of us. >> obviously not. we need to stick together in this. it's hard for us to at this point. >> well, we are sticking together. we are. >> for mom to say that rue guys have nothing -- what i told her,
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you guys still have each other to lean on. i don't have anybody. i have myself and the occasions i can see my attorneys who are trying to do whatever they can for myself and for caylee. so you guys at least have a crutch or multiple crutches throughout the community with everybody. >> well, even that is waning at the moment, believe me. even your mom and i are having our issues every single day. realize -- >> dad, i know it's going to take a toll on everybody, but understand again where i'm coming from on this. you have to see everybody's side. i've looked at everybody's side about this, i've been praying every single day for insight and everybody's thoughts and everybody's feelings so i know where you stand and where you're coming from and i know where you're sitting right now and mom and lee and joe schmo walking on the block that's seen this every day on the media for the last month, i can understand everybody's side in this and the
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worst part is nobody can see my side. i have to keep my mouth shut. i have to keep my mouth shut how i feel. all i can do is give everybody more stuff and detectives to throw back in my face when this goes bato trial. >> all i know is i'm trying to do everything i can to get a chance to see you. just you and i. >> i know. >> so is your brother and i know your mom would like to do that. >> i know that. when i had that choice and told me they were initially setting it up with lee, i would do anything to see any of you right now, absolutely anything. i wanted to see lee and i wanted to talk to lee. i knew most of that would be an interrogation with him, he'd have a whole list of questions he'd ask me. with mom -- >> honestly, no. honestly, no, he really doesn't. >> that's how it's been, dad. i'm thinking how it's been with everything, with mom, mom would dominate a lot of the
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conversation, which is how it's been. you and i, we've been separated for a while. we were just -- i want to see all of you but i wanted to see the one person i've been so far disconnected from the longest. that's been you. >> i'm thankful for that, thank you. >> it was hard for me to make my choice. i sat there for a half hour with jose trying to think about this. he told me it's up to me who i wanted to see, how i wanted to do this, how he wanted to figure it out. it was hard. i don't want to have to choose between the three of you, you know, who i want to see or talk to, but i made a choice. i stand behind that. >> that's good. i'm glad you made that choice on your own. thank you so much. i appreciate that. thank you. i know it's a tough decision for you, i know that.
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>> everything's a tough decision just because i'm so limited on the decisions i can actually make now. >> i know. well, let me see if i can handle it a different way to get in to see you even sooner, would that be okay with you? >> do what you have to do. i'm not obviously going anywhere right now, so i'm here. i'm biding my time. >> okay. >> well, you know, you could always -- just, here's a thought for you a second. the people with you right now inside where you are at, you can expedite this very quickly if you want to, okay? >> how? >> just mention to the people that are there with you the corrections people, you know, that i want to see my dad and i want to see my dad now and they can expedite that through mr. barry and stuff like that. they can do it within a matter of hours, they really can. >> yeah. i tried that. negative.
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there's only so much they can do. i can make phone calls, i can take these visit, there's only so much i can actually do. it will have to come from the outside from someone else. i can't -- i've asked those questions, i tried that already. i've been asking every question i can possibly think of. >> okay. well, i'll do what i -- i will do this on my own and make sure you and i can get together very quickly, okay? >> okay. >> i will do that. i really am. so how did you -- how did you get through last saturday? >> i didn't. i spent the day almost completely by myself. with my head under the covers. i read my bible almost the entire day. i was miserable. just completely and utterly
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miserable. just like i have been the entire time. that was the first time outside of our visits i've really showed any emotion and i was open and didn't care because i couldn't hold anything back. i broke down. it was the first time that i truly truly broke down. it hurt and i'm still recovering from that. hearing about the fact that mom was making chili and there's probably a bunch of people at the house. >> no, no, there wasn't. there was just your brother and i and your mom and mallory came over a little bit after work, so i mean that was it. so whatever else you heard was totally wrong. >> i was just told mom was making food, i'm just going off what people were telling me they were reading from many the media. i was just speculating myself. >> mom did some -- made her great chili, we had bread and cornbread, you know, this whole things like that, it was just
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us. there was no one else. there was -- i'm sorry, mom did remember, there was a young guy who just called who was alone and wanted to have a little bit of family and came over and we talked about an hour. we never met the man before. he was alone so, we opened our heart to him just to come in and talk a little bit. >> well, that's what you should do. >> that was something he needed and truthfully, we needed also. >> the bible says to love thai neighbor. >> yep. >> share the things you have, to give up to other up to --unto o exactly what you should do and it meant more than you could possibly imagine. >> it really is. he was a nice guy and nice to talk to and a chance to get to know him a little bit. so how about you?
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are you eating and stuff? getting a chance to enjoy baloney sandwiches and coleslaw? >> a little bit more than that. yeah. i'm eating so i'm not being bothered with, are you eating because if i don't eat, they'll say something, sleeping trying to sleep when i can, not getting bothered about that, trying to do whatever i can. >> we've been listening to recorded conversations between casey anthony and her parents while she is in jail. this is being played by the prosecution side. you may know, if you've been following this case, casey anthony has been charged with capital murder for this murder of her daughter, 2-year-old caylee missing, casey anthony did not report the child missing until a month afterwards, there's a series of conversations she had with investigators about that. what we're seeing here and is compelling is the fact casey anthony revealing some sort of emotion and frustration over the
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whole process here, even coverage of the case she mentioned on nancy grace, she said she's been reading her bible, breaking down, praying. what is also interesting is she's urged the family, you can hear it, we heard it here, to stick together, the perhaps of them to stick together. this is clearly before the defense launched its case, casey anthony's attorney, saying it was the father, we are seeing the father there in the jailhouse visit, that the father and casey together had found the child accidentally drowned in the swimming pool and that according to casey anthony, her defense, she didn't say anything about this because she was so fearful of her father because her father allegedly sexually abused her as a child and she had grown up covering up and making excuses and full of fear. so she did not actually reveal what she says was the true reason, the true story for explaining how it was that
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caylee was missing and how she came to die. so it is very fascinating to hear these kinds of conversations, where she's urging unity with her mother and father and there is anything but that we have seen and heard on the witness stand, among all these family members, this family simply torn apart as each one of them has pointed a finger at the other. we heard conflicting testimony from mother as well as casey in terms of whether or not casey anthony was a fit mother for her child, whether or not she in fact knew where caylee was, the circumstances surrounding her daughter's disappearance and even the urgings of her parents, who had asked time and time again, the brother as well, if you believe their testimony, asking where the little girl was. the various responses casey anthony provided. this really is just a window, forever you will, into the
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family dynamic involved in this very high profile case that has taken place. i want to play very quickly, it's a dramatic piece of sound here, these are investigators who were trying to get to the bottom of the story that casey anthony provided, in terms of where was the little girl, the 2-year-old, who was missing? did she know where that little girl was, and the circumstances around her disappearance, as they tried to poke holes in her various stories. listen to this. >> i have not seen my daughter. the last time i saw her was on the 9th of june. >> and what happened to caylee? >> i don't know. >> sure, you do. >> i don't know. >> something happened to caylee. the longer this goes, the worse it will be for everyone, everyone, the worse it will be for everyone. right now, everything you've told us, we locked you into a lie. >> and there you see the reaction, the tears coming from casey anthony, a lot of people
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looking for the emotion, for the frustration and obviously a lot of the different various stories that is coming from this young woman as they try to solve this mystery, very controversial and a lot of attention being paid to the casey anthony trial. we will continue to monitor this trial and bring the latest developments. you can watch the special coverage all day long on our sister network, hln. i depend on myself to take charge of my financial future. [ bell dinging ] ♪ [ male announcer ] if you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, on second thought... ♪ she got an attitude never will. the 2011 jeep wrangler. adventure is never ordinary.
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yemen's presidential compound shelled. the president and prime minister are ammong the wounded, part of the latest violence rattling the capital of sanaa. here's a look at the palace compound today right after missiles fired by rebel tribesmen slammed into it. i want to get straight to our reporter following all the developments from abu dab bin the united arab emirates. this is very significant, talking about a place with incredible security. what do we know about the injuries and the compound itself? >> suzanne, as you said, this was shocking to so many people in yemen i've been speaking with and government officials, these tribesmen battling it out with
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the government security forces they were able to get this close to the presidential palace, practically a fortress with so much security around it, they were able to shell it, it's just shocking to government officials there wondering how vulnerable ali abdullah saleh is now and how close they could be to taking over that capital. as for all the injuries for president abdullah saleh, we heard he sustained slight injuries to the head and will give a press conference in the next half hour to make remarks to the people of yemen. the press conference has been delayed and there are a lot of rumors how circuit significantld he might have been but those in the compound and mosque when the shelling happened we heard the prime minister and deputy prime minister were wound and don't know the extent of the injuries. this is very concerning the fact the presidential palace could sustain this kind of damage when
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there's so much security making people wonder how vulnerable it is and the capital is and violence spread through the country, a lot of chaos. >> the president is clinging to power and people trying to influence him to leave and that has not worked. now you have other officials wounded inside their own presidential compound. do we know? is there anyone in charge there? >> government officials are telling us president saleh is still firmly in charge. yemeni state television has been putting out statements all day saying the president is safe, will address the country. they're clearly trying to send a message he is in charge. that's one story. one side. other side of the story, if rebel tribesmen are able to get this close to the president, able to in inju injure the president, who is in charge and
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grand jury today indicted former presidential candidate john edwards. the indictment accuses him of illegally giving campaign known his mistress, rielle hunter. taking a look at john edwards spectacular fall of political golden boy to tabloid sensation to now grand jury indictment. >> reporter: john edwards, the politician, remember him? >> we have much work to do because the truth is we still live in a country where there are two different americas. >> reporter: as it turned out mr. two me here had two different faces himself. one wasn't very pretty. people close to him said it was
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the face of betrayal of people closest him. his literary wife, elizabeth, supporters, staffers, contributors. granted, edwards was a promising politician at first, successful democratic senator from the south, rich trial lawyer but spokesman for the poor. smart but homegrown. talked such a good game, he got picked up as john kerry's running mate in 2004. >> i have chosen a man who understands and defends the values of america. >> reporter: but it didn't work out. so next election cycle edwards jumped into the race for the white house once again. by early 2008. >> it's time for me to step aside. >> reporter: he was out, but not before getting entangled in a messy relationship with a woman named rielle hunter. she eventually gave birth to edwards child. edwards at first denied having the affair and then denied being the father. last year, he finally admitted
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it. the story reached a sleazy low point when a videotape surfaces reportedly showing edwards and hunter having sex. the tape wound up in the hands of former staffer andrew young, who turned it over to the court after rielle hunter filed a lawsuit. it took over eight months before edwards wife, elizabeth, suffering from terminal cancer learned the extent of the affair. before she died last month, she went public in her book and made numerous tv appearances. >> maybe it was that 30 year investment i had in the marriage and maybe i could not separate the flawed boy i fell in love with in 1975. it doesn't matter now. >> reporter: the death of elizabeth might have been the end of the story except there has joyet to be a full public accounting. edwards raised $3.9 million in campaign money in his bid for the white house. where it came from and went has been carefully scrutinized.
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rielle hunter worked for and got paid as videographer. questions have been raised whether campaign fund to support edwards might have been used improperly, and not reported or used to keep it quiet. he -- young went to great len h lengths to conceal the affair. >> this was john edwards idea from the beginning. >> i want to bring in our cnn legal analyst, jeffrey toobin and chief political analyst, gloria, for insight on this case. first for you, jeffrey, explain for us in very simple terms, what are the charges here? what is this criminal indictment about? >> it's not a charge he had an affair, it's not a charge that he lied about fathering this baby. the charge is very specific. what happened here was two
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wealthy supporters, bunny melon, a philanthropist in virginia and fred barron, a trial lawyer in texas, paid almost a million dollars to rielle hunter, to andrew young, the aide, to keep them quiet, to take care of them while the campaign was going on. the charge is that those funds were in a legan illegal campaig contribution. you're only allowed to give candidates for president $2300 in a primary. this million dollars nearly was an illegal campaign contribution john edwards solicited, facilitated, encouraged. that's the charge against him. >> does edwards automatically go to trial? what is the next step? >> well, he'll be arraigned shortly. certainly, there will be a lot of legal motions. this is a very unusual charge in
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a criminal case. there are very rarely any kinds of criminal cases that come out of the federal election campaign. so there will be a lot of legal issues, but assuming there's no plea barrigain and at this poin unlikely there will be a plea bargain given the negotiations have gone forn mont months. there will be a trial six months from now. >> gloria, you and i covered john edwards in 2004 and 2008 and he really was the golden boy and got a lot of attention and praise and built up quite a following here. what do you make of his fall? is there anything he could potentially do to redeem himself? >> first of all, the fall was stunning, you were covering barack obama. you remember when barack obama and hillary clinton in the 2008 campaign were competing for john edwards' endorsement, remember
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that? >> right, absolutely. >> it was huge when barack obama got john edwards' endorsement. what he's been trying to do, obviously he knows he's gotten a an image he needs to rehabilitate and life he needs to rehabilitate, he was interested in starting a public interest law firm and presumably, if they were going to negotiate any kind of a deal here, it might have included the fact they would say to him, you can't practice law anymore, you would lose your law license. if that's the case, how could he start a public interest law firm. i think that was key to john edwards trying to get his life back on track, why we may now be seeing this go to trial. but the fall from grace is kind of stunning. the big question now is going to be whether we're going to see his whole life again played out before us in some kind of trial,
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really, as jeff points out about whether these contributions were illegal campaign contributions or gifts in a way, to john edwards and what he knew about them. >> jeff, if he's found guilty, what's the potential punishment here? >> i certainly think if he's found guilty, he will qgo to prison. how long is hard to say, probably a year or two. if he's convicted after trial, i don't think there's any doubt in the world he'll lose his law license for good. one of the things you learn when reading the indictment is how ugly this trial is likely to get. >> right. >> it would be one way to frame this case, this is a dispute about whether a certainly financial expenditure is a campaign contribution or a gift. that's certainly how the defense will try to frame it. >> sure. >> but if you read this indictment, the argument here is going to be, john edwards is a
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bad man who did this illegal campaign contribution but he's a terrible guy and this trial is likely to be very ugly. >> and that he was trying to hide this affair so he could continue his political career. you know, he's not very popular back in his home state of north carolina. that could also really pose a problem for him. so no matter how much they try and make it about this particular law, about campaign contributions, it's going to be so messy, because it has to be about a political career and why, what his motives were if indeed he tried to hide this money. >> we'll be watching for -- >> if i can add one peculiar fact here, is that fred barron, who gave much of this money has died, and bunny melon, who gave the other amount, is 100 years old. so one clearly will not be able to testify.
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the other might not be able to testify. i'm not sure which way that cuts but certainly another odd fact. >> we'll be watching all of that and john edwards first court appearance could happen later this afternoon. thank you very much. next, new dismal job numbers released today. what the numbers mean for our long term economic outlook. g ups network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible.
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recovery is now running out of steam. the u.s. economy created just 54,000 jobs last month, far fewer than folks expected. with us now, danny bosen, professor of economics at georgia tech. the unemployment rate went up to 9.1%. people thought it would go down to 8.9%. how significant is that? >> very significant. over the last three months, the economy created about 250,000 jobs and we're at a period of growth and needed 250 to 300,000 each month to make a significant dent in the high unemployment. last month we had a dip to 54,000, a significant decrease. there's troubling signs, if you look at broad sectors of the economy, troubling signs indicating the economy has really slowed down and likely stay there some time. >> we've seen bad news this week when you talk about the housing
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market, value of housing going down, the stock market taking a plunge and now you have this unemployment figure coming out. what alarms you the most right now? what is the biggest problem? >> if you look at all those things individually, they don't amount to a lot but collectively, almost like a perfect storm. as you mentioned, the housing market, we also have high oil prices, food prices have increased. we have this continual string of natural events, tsunamis and floods and global supply chains and continual political football raising the debt ceiling all those things together have created a pessimistic environment. >> what can be done? >> we've almost run out of options. >> really? >> we're just about out of options, absolutely because there's no more money for fiscal stimulus, even if there were
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money, congress doesn't have political will to do it and the federal reserve has kept the interest rates so low so long if they lower it any further, you'd almost have to pay people to borrow. we don't have any leverage. we have to look at this as a long run challenge and begin to invest in the kinds of policies that will make things better in the long run. there's no short run fix. >> danny, thank you so much. it's bad news but we have to hear it and got to know what we're dealing with here. >> thank you. we have a good story from a 14-year-old from pennsylvania, crowned the national spelling bee winner. we will talk to her life next hour. >> first, can you guess the winning word from the first national spelling bee? host: could switching to geico really save you
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the first word to win a national spelling bee was uttered in 1925. what was it? i will try to pronounce this. gladiolus. it's a term used in botany and also means the large middle section of the sternum.
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each week, we take a look at people who have accomplished extraordinary things. this week's human factor profiles a rookie driver who became a first by finishing 13th in this year's indianapolis 500. here's cnn's chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. >> growing up, i wanted to race professionally, wanted to race in the indianapolis 500. >> he is 10.9 seconds behind the race leader. >> this year, charlie kim ball finally fulfilled his dream. in order to get here, he had to overcome a big hurdle. >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: four years ago, he was told he had diabetes and took time to cope with his diagnosis and figure out if he could race with diabetes, something indycar officials said was a first. to qualify for these race, he not only had to be fast, he had to be healthy. >> if i go too high, my reaction time is slow and not
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competitive. i go too low, get light headed, go low enough, i could pass out, cause an accident. >> reporter: his diabetes let him to a sponsor. k kimball's pit crew consists of mechanics, engineers and his doctor. he has to >> i wear a continuous glucose monitor which is a sensor i have on my body and it reads blood glucose, wirelessly transmits to a pager like display i velcro to the steering wheel. >> reporter: and he has a backup system designed by his father just in case. >> i've got a drink bottle mounted with the car, fill it with orange juice, filled with sugar and the tube runs into my helmet and without having to take my hands off the steering wheel, i can drink that orange juice, bring my sugars up and don't have to stop. >> reporter: he's determined to get the message out diabetes doesn't have to stand in the way
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of your dreams. >> i'm living proof that you can do almost anything you want in life with diabetes. even drive a race car at a couple hundred miles an hour. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. this week on sanjay gupta m.d., aids turns 33. about 33 million in the people are living with hiv or aids and more than a million in the u.s. alone. dr. sanjay gupta takes a look at the disease that has killed more than 25 people. that's saturday, 7:30 a.m. on cnn. following breaking news developing story, former presidential candidate john edwards indicted for using campaign financing, campaign cash, to hide an affair and pay his mistress. we are getting word from his defense attorney greg craig issuing this statement moments ago saying that john edwards will tell the court he is innocent of all charges and will plead not guilty. he did not break the law and will mount a vigorous defense. the defense of job edwards, we
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today at a chrysler plant to talk about the auto bailout which brings us to our talk back question and carol here with your responses. carol, what do we know? >> well, talk back question today was was the auto bailout worth it? this from jean. based on the news that a new factory will open in detroit and second shifts are being added elsewhere i think obama's bet on the u.s. auto industry was worth it. i have to hand it to obama he doesn't shy away from too many risky bets. this from jim, yes, it saved millions of families. the real question is, was the wall street bailout worth it? unemployment is still up because the banks we bailed out still aren't giving loans to small businesses. this from don, adam smith must be rolling around in his grave. an invisible hand allows for markets to self-regulate as it should be. the government had no business giving bailouts to the auto industry. this from dan -- keep the
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conversation going, >> the obama administration got a lot of flack for trying to bail out the auto industry and now they are just -- they're simply trying to put it behind them and say look, good thing, we have to move on here. that was controversial. >> the conundrum for the president today, touting the auto industry bailout and how many jobs it's brought to the state of ohio but you have this terrible jobs report coming out and so -- does one balance out the other? >> what about the governor, the ohio governor? >> governor of the state of ohio invited to appear with president obama. he said he had other engagements. republican ins in the state of ohio says the president has not done enough for the economy in ohio. the ohio unemployment rate isn't exactly great. in fact, it's worse than in many other parts of the country. the auto industry doing better but what about other people in other jobs. >> ohio, a battle ground state, they need the voters in ohio. >> that's why the president is there today in part. >> thanks, carol.
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top of the hour. i'm suzanne malvo. up to speed. former presidential candidate john edwards is due in federal court in two and a half hours. a grand jury indicted edwards on
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six criminal counts. prosecutors contend edwards used campaign donations to cover up an affair and pay his mistress. edwards' attorney says the money was not a campaign donation but a gift from two edwards' supporters. edwards will plead not guilty today because he says he did not break the law and plans to mount a vigorous defense. tribal fighters slam the presidential compound in yemen with rocket propelled gre raid ins. a source tells cnn that president ali abdullah saleh has a slight head injury. but is going to address his country soon. what began as a protest against the government last february appears to be turning into a civil war. there is heavy fighting on the streets of two major cities, sa na and taiz. tribesmen have descended on taiz to protect anti-government protesters from security forces.
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tribes men turned on yemeni troops in late may when president saleh backed out of a deal to step down. the unemployment report for may is out today. it is ugly. the labor department says the economy added just 54,000 jobs last month. experts predicted that the may increase would be three times that number. the poor showing was enough to bump the overall unemployment rate up a notch to 9.1%. the jobs report sent the dow skidding for a third straight day. investors clearly worried about the economic recovery that it may be sputtering. right now the dow jones industrial average is down by 60 points. another round of nato bombs fell on libya's capital early today. nato says it hit military targets in tripoli. in washington, house republicans are voting on libya today. one resolution demands the president end u.s. involvement
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in that operation. the other requests a written explanation of the costs and goals of the mission. a u.n. representative is trying to check on the woman who says libyan soldiers gang raped her. eman al obeidy fled libya, you may recall, and was waiting for resentiment in qatar but qatar deported her yesterday back to libya. activists say al obeidy arrived with a black eye and bruises on her legs. the u.n. refugee agency calls her forced return a violation of international law. former bosnian serb war commander ratko mladic made his first appearance before a war crimes tribal at the hague today. he refused to enter a plea on charges that he ordered the massacre of thousands of muslims during the bossy nan war. his demeanor was described as defiant and combative. >> translator: i would like to
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receive what you've read out just now, these obnoxious charges leveled against me. >> assisted suicide advocate dr. jack kevorkian died today in detroit. kevorkian helped more than 100 terminally ill people end their lives during the 1990s. earning him the nickname dr. death. he went to prison in 1999 for eight years. kevorkian gave his last tv interview to cnn's dr. sanjay gupta and it happened a year ago this month. >> any regrets about anything? >> no. >> none? >> no. no. the only regrets i have is i could have treated my parents better and my sisters better, you know, it's personal relationships. but anything else i've done, anything i've done publicly, especially since graduation, is all my doing. i take full blame. more now on the indictment of former presidential candidate
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john edwards. our cnn's joe johns has been reading through the indictment and he joins us by phone. he is on his way to winston-salem, north carolina. joe, give us a sense of the specific counts against edwards. what is he being charged with? >> well, he's being charged with conspiracy to accept illegal campaign contributions, filing misleading campaign reports and furtherance of that. he's also being accused of false statements. in other words, not fully disclosing the fact that he had received something like almost a million dollars from a couple contributors to try to cover up his affair with this woman rielle hunter who eventually had his child and he's also being charged with false statements. so, it's sort of a complete package filed by the united states government against john
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edwards, in a case that sort of sprang out of the 2008 presidential campaign when he's getting ready to run and now he has to defend himself. he has a very good attorney. it's been pretty clear for a while that edwards was thinking about fighting it out in court, as opposed to making some type of a plea agreement that would have seen him essentially pleading guilty to a felony. he didn't want to do that for a variety of reasons we're told, especially because he's a lawyer and it would have affected his law license. so now he is getting ready to show up in court and it sounds like we're on our way to a battle in north carolina over whether or not this was legal. there are a lot of legal observers who question whether john edwards did, in fact, commit a crime here or whether he simply received a gift from
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people who didn't want his wife, who was dying of cancer, to know he had an affair and fathered a child out of wedlock. >> you're on your way there. tell us a little bit about that. what do we expect from the defense there, from his attorney, greg craig. they res leased a statement. he's going to make a court appearance. lay out the land for what we can expect here? >> what's pretty clear from greg craig's statement that he put out not long ago, that john edwards is going to say he's innocent of the charges, that he didn't break the law, as i think you read there at the top, that he's going to mount a vigorous defense and really, the mounting of that vigorous defense has already started just minutes after word came that there was an indictment. i started receiving e-mails from the defense team laying out their case as to why they believe john edwards did not commit a crime and, you know, essentially that he's entitled
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to receive gifts from friends if they want to give money as long as the intention was not to influence a federal election. that's the position. it wasn't intended to influence the election. it was intended to keep quiet the affair from the wife of john edwards, elizabeth edwards, who as everybody knows, died of cancer. >> all right. joe johns, thank you. we'll be following the case and, obviously, following his court appearance going to happen later this afternoon. thank you, joe. here's a chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. today's question, was the auto bailout worth it? carol costello with that question and more. hey, carol. >> interesting question. president obama will visit a chrysler plant in ohio today to tout his auto industry bailout, how it created jobs and save our economy and he's also clearly testing the waters for 2012 when he will be asked again and again what's he done for the economy. republicans are saying, get
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real, mr. president, with the economy reeling, this is no time for a victory lap. gop front runner mitt romney was never a fan of the auto bailout. in 2008, romney wrote in "the new york times" let detroit go bankrupt. what does chrysler's yee think of the naysayers like mitt romney now? >> whoever tells you that is smoking illegal material. the government stepped in as the actor of last resort. it had to do it because the consequences would have been just it too large to deal with. >> according to the treasury department american taxpayers will lose $14 billion from the bailout. yes. the deal did save chrysler, though. two years ago chrysler and gm were on the brink of collapse and ford was teetering on bankruptcy. now the big three are profitable. but remember, ford did not take the bailout. it bounced back even faster than gm and chrysler. to be fair, the bailout did change the way cars were made. and unions negotiated with. and according to the center for
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automotive research it saved 1.5 million jobs. what about the rest of the country? the job market has stalled with unemployment over 9%, americans are still hurting. so the talk back question today, was the auto bailout worth it? i'll read your comments later this hour. >> thank you. sheer's a look at what's ahead on this hour, the casey anthony trial, jurors hear uds audiotapes of her interrogation. and working part time, but not because they want to. it's like the -- what it's like to be underemployed. >> i do my bills it's just like, oh! when you really look at it all, it's just -- oh. >> the head's up, the dow jones down again, a check of the markets real quick. and helping a child who is struggling in school. it can be a struggle for a divorced parent. finally, we are covering this
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york. tell us what it means to be underemployed. >> sure. this is something i think every month when we get the jobs report doesn't get enough attention. millions of americans are facing it. if you work 34 hours a week or less, a lot of people out there work much less than that, they would like to work full time or more than full time to make enough to support their family and have the lifestyle they used to have, that's not the case. it's not the case for millions of americans. just look at these numbers. i think it's pretty astounding. we got these numbers, if you dig deep into the jobs report from this morning, i think we can pull them up. look at underemployed americans, 8.3 million americans underemployed don't have as much work as they want. unemployed americans almost 14 million. add them together more than 22 million americans. 22 million in this position. that's about 14.5% of the labor force, suzanne, and these are people that have college degrees, they've worked, you know, high up in companies. i'm going to play you sound from a number of people we talked to at cnn money that have been in
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the work force, one woman more than 30 years, she was president of a company and now she is struggling to get enough work to get by. take a listen to what four different people have to say about their underemployed situation. >> the day i do my bills, it's just like, oh! when you really look at it all. it's just -- oh. not where you want it to be. >> this week, i picked up two days, two days of work. my next line is not getting back to me. it could be like three weeks, a month. what do you do with yourself? >> i just always try to find other work, even if it's work that's not at the rate that i would normally work at. >> one thing that comforts me when i'm worried or upset about where my next meal is coming, there's a lot of us in the same boat a lot of us. >> and that's henry. he's exactly right. so many people in this boat. those are just four of the more than 8 million americans going through this. the question, suzanne, why are they going through this? companies have learned how to
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operate so much more leanly. they have temp workers many times more than full-time workers. it costs them less. that's unfortunately the new reality. you sort of have this tale of two americas. corporate america doing very well, turning very strong profits, and you have people like this with degrees, with solid work backgrounds that cannot find enough work. >> it's so unfortunate. you look at those unemployment numbers today. what is the outlook for those underemployed when they see how many are out of work? >> it's not good, the situation for the underemployed didn't get better month to month. i talked to an economist who said if we are, indeed, going into this slow down, this economic slow down, possibly, if we're going into a double dip, the outlook for these underemployed people is worse because they're not working full time at a fast clip, they're not at that skill level that many other people are. also you have to think about the long-term unemployed, another couple million americans. it is harder for you to find a
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job in this country the longer you're out of work. that's the horrible catch 22 of the situation. if you have been out of work six months, a year, two years for some people it's going to be that much harder to find a job. the jobs report was so much worse than expected, only 54,000 jobs added. the past few months were revised even lower in terms of the jobs we thought we added. a very bad outlook, something we're all waiting to hear from president obama on today, when he speaks in ohio. suzanne. >> we'll be listening. thank you very much, poppy. appreciate it. a ninth grader is coming close to failing and his divorced parents don't know what to do. hear principle perry's solution to this family crisis. an education make-over up next. on the other end of the spectrum an eighth grader wins the national spelling bee. we'll talk with the pennsylvania teen in about 20 minutes or so. first a quiz, out of 275 contestants, how many have at least one relative who competed in prior national spelling bee finals.
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275 contestants competed in this year's national spelling bee. they crowned a winner last night. how many of those spellers had a relative who competed in past spelling finals? the answer? 24. apparently spelling skills run in the family. it is hard to be a parent but it's even harder if you're divorced and sharing the responsibility between two
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households and that is where cnn educator contributor principal, steve perry, steps in for an education make-over. >> guys, come on. it is almost 10:00 at night. we are eating dinner. >> my name is la tonya. i have three sons. i share custody of my sons with my ex-husband. we used to be married and he has four additional children, two dogs and a lot of stuff going on. i'm remarried and i have my husband and also two additional children that come along with our union that we made. i'll be honest, if i'm struggling with how to put in a better structure to benefit them. >> one of my parnss ask me do i have homework or something i'll say no so they don't keep asking me about it. i'll tell myself i'll do it later and keep putting it off. >> today he skipped class and because i know him, i don't know if it's the force driving me or whatever, i walked into the school and my jedi powers
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located him. there he was with the look on his face like, i'm caught. >> how do you know she didn't give you a test today? >> i don't. >> so had you been able to be there in the beginning more often -- >> you keep saying that, it's like your you' punishing me today about it. >> i sat down and talked to jacob and jacob did not tell me he had these grades. i'm looking at three fs, c minus. is he in danger of failing ninth grade? >> it's up in the air. steve, this special is called education make-over but you can almost call it an intervention. seems to me like the biggest challenge for a lot of divorced parents, when it comes to raising kids, the communication. how do you do that? how do you actually get two families and parents who are divorced to talk to each other and figure out what's, you know, how they can help their kid here? >> suzanne, when i walked in the house, i thought the same thing. one of the biggest challenges of being a principal is not having
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access to some of the root of the problem which is what happens at the home. and in this particular case, we have two adults who spent most of their adult life together making a wonderful life for themselves, traveling the world, living in africa as well as the middle east and then came back an got divorced. that's not the divorce itself that's the problem it it's the discord that came after, that the inability to communicate and divorce has a different impact on different children. they have two biological children who are doing just fine. don't like the discord, don't like the inability to communicate but then one child who when i met them, i only had one month to work with the family to get them to communicate in such a way so this child could make it out of the ninth grade, a big hurdle for most families getting children out of the ninth grade. >> do you think that they're going to be able to actually go ahead and get their kid back from the right track? who do you think is mostly responsible for this? is it the kid? is it the parents or everybody? >> it's both. from the parents' perspective,
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they got to cut it out. they really have to put the children first, and they have to decide how they're going to work together. these two parents have since remarried as you heard and now they have between them an additional six children to add to the three children that they created together. it's a complicated situation. that's what we do. what you'll see on saturday, at 2:30, is you'll see how we took the family from where we met them to surprising place. when i went back for the second visit, i was shocked. i honestly, when i left the first one, i was exhausted. when i left the second time, i was blown away. >> wow. we can hardly wait to see this. we are going to watch the cnn educator contributor principal steve perry attempts to help one teen who is failing ninth grade. he mentioned the special we're going to mention it again "education make-over" airs tomorrow at 2:30 eastern.
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computers are hard to come by in many poor communities and that's creating a so-called digital divide. it's leaving many people without the skills to survive in the it 21st century job market. there is a new program that may help close that gap. randi kaye has the story in today's "what matters." >> reporter: christopher bradley is an eighth grader with a vision. >> i want to become an architect. >> reporter: not every student at this atlanta school has the resources they need to succeed. >> many of our students do not have access to computers. if they do have computers they may not have access to the internet at home. >> reporter: this year, however, students got some much-needed help. their own personal computer. thanks to a new program called learning without walls. >> the learning without walls program was really developed as a pilot project to ensure equal and affordable access to underserved communities. >> reporter: 1,000 laptops with wireless cards have been distributed in the past two
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years. directors say students in the fram have increased their standardized test scores by an average of 30%. the technology is helping students inside the classroom, but also preparing them for life outside of it. christopher's family sees the difference. >> he does everything on his own. he rarely leads assistance. he can tell me things about the computer i don't know. it's been very beneficial. >> reporter: and the entire community may also see the ben fits. >> families become more digitally literate, they will improve their economic status. >> reporter: learning without walls may soon expand nationally. so that other students like christopher can get the tools to survive in a digital world. randi kaye, cnn, atlanta. casey anthony's own words used against her at her murder trial. prosecutors played jailhouse tapes to paint the young mother
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roy, going to be joining us. first it was linkedin and now groupon going public. are we looking at another possible tech boom? a ninth day of testimony is under way in the trial of casey anthony, the mother charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. the jury is hearing recordings from jail visits between casey anthony and her parents. yesterday jurors heard tapes of detectives accusing anthony of lying about daughter caylee's disappearance. christine romans has a recap. >> reporter: eight of the casey anthony murder trial. jurors heard from casey anthony in her own words. not from the stand, but from audiotapes of detectives aggressively interrogating casey after her daughter was reported missing. >> i have not seen my daughter. the last time that i saw her was on the 9th of june. >> and what happened to caylee? >> i don't know. >> sure you do. you need to -- listen. something happened to caylee. the longer this goes, the worse
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it's going to be for everyone. everyone. the worse it's going to be for everyone. right now everything you've told us we've locked you into a lie. >> reporter: casey's web of lies were fully shown to the jury. in jailhouse visits that the defense fought to suppress. remember, the defense is claiming that caylee was never missing, but that casey knew her daughter accidentally drowned. >> dad has blown up at the media. >> yeah, i heard. >> someone just said that caylee was dead this morning, she drowned in the pool. that's the newest story out there. >> surprise surprise. >> reporter: the defense says casey anthony and her father panicked and kept caylee's accidental death a secret. george anthony has denied that claim. throughout the week the prosecution showed casey's family trying to figure out just what happened to 2-year-old caylee. and the emotional toll it has taken. casey's mom cindy took on the stand on tuesday and broke down when she heard her own 911 call to police.
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>> there's something wrong. i found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a body in the car. >> reporter: family against family as casey's brother lee testified on wednesday about his frustration with casey's behavior. >> nothing was making sense to me. >> what's not making sense to you? >> why couldn't we or anybody just go get caylee and bring her home. there's no reason to fight with, you know, mom at this point. >> reporter: the trial continues today. casey anthony charged with first-degree murder in the death of her toddler caylee, pled not guilty but if convicted she could be sentenced to death. christine romans, cnn. lot of developments in the trial this week. and joining us to help sort it out, put it into perspective, attorney and former prosecutor holly hughs. another very impactful day in the courtroom. it really quite incredible when you take a look at all these recordings we are seeing here and the reaction from casey.
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but first of all, tell us about today. we saw some tapes of the parents, she was talking to the parents, from jail. what did it reveal about their relationship? she talked ability being emotional, upset, reading the bible and let's all get together and figure this out. >> wow. suzanne, these are what we call power-packed tapes. now remember, what the jury is looking at, they're not just hearing the words spoken between george and cindy, the parents and casey, the defendant daughter. what they are watching is the interaction, they're listening, watching the attitude, how do these people interact, what's the dynamic. i can come on and say to you i love your dress or say, i love your dress. it means two completely different things exactly words. what the jury is getting is an insight. they're getting a bird's eyeview into the mind of casey anthony and what we are finding out,
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what we are hearing is, she is an incredible liar. she knows that these jailhouse tapes are going to be released to the media. they actually discuss that, suzanne, on the tape. if we say bad things about the sheriff's office maybe they won't release the tape, ha, ha, ha. it's a joke. we see that really hurts the defense today, when cindy says yes, the media is reporting that caylee drown in a swimming pool. what does casey do. scoffs. surprise surprise. now, today, three years later, they're claiming that that's what happened. if that's truly what happened, and you are the mother of a drowned 2-year-old, wouldn't you have a different reaction? wouldn't you say, like why would they say that, that's not true. you would panic, think there was a witness, was a neighbor looking over the fence when the baby's body was taken out of the pool. you're finding out number one, casey is very adept at lying.
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when she says things i'm reading the bible, it's not helping because the bible says thou shall not lie. what else can i do, what else can i do? tell the truth. >> let me ask you this. another tape as well, which we saw, the investigators they were really pounding her, you're lying, tell the truth. tell the truth. is that going to play well for the jurors? they might look at that and say you're really badgering this woman here and she's trying to explain her story. >> right. i have to tell you as a former prosecutor this is not badgering. i thought that detective melitch, the lead detective, we saw him testify yesterday, i thought he was actually very gentle with her. of course once you are -- they're trying -- when you lie and say you a job you don't have, how does that help me find your daughter? and he asked her that question over and over.
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when you tell me that a nanny took her and nobody knows the nanny, how does that help me find your daughter. your daughter is my number one concern. and clearly, casey's not getting it because she continues to lie. >> okay. holly hughes, thank you for putting it into perspective. it's a case that everybody, so many people are watching right now. lots of twists and turns. >> absolutely. >> thanks. watch special all day coverage of the casey anthony trial on our sister network hln. wall street reacts to a troubling new jobs report. we're going to go live to the new york stock exchange for the latest numbers. researching ways to enhance its quality and performance, and making their factories more environmentally friendly. producing products that save on fuel and emissions, and some that can be reused again. ♪ and promoting eco-friendly and safety driving campaigns. ♪ one team. one planet.
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a big disappointment on the economic front. the u.s. economy added just 54,000 jobs last month, far fewer than people expected and the jobless rate inched up to 9.1% now. alison kosik is with us from the new york stock exchange. tell us how are the market reese acting to this bad news? >> immediately, right out of the gate at the opening bell, we saw markets really tank. they've cut their losses, the dow down only about 50 points. overall you know what the markets seem to be headed for the fifth straight weekly loss and the lousy numbers and jobs report are adding to those worries that the economic recovery has hit the pause button. we found out today that the economy added just 54,000 jobs last month, well below the gain of 232,000 we got the month before. the unemployment rate, by the way, ticked up to 9.1%. you have to look at the real issue, the number of jobs out there. with 14 million people out there looking for work, and not finding jobs, that's really the
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crux of the problem here. still, though, even with these dismal numbers that we got, that they showed that the economy is really hitting this slump, many are saying we're not headed for a double dip recession. a report that represents 80% of the economy on business activity from everything from hotels to restaurants and retailers, we found out today that it moved higher. so the service sector and overall economy is still growing, suzanne, it's just at a real anemic rate. >> and alison we're hearing buzz about groupon going public. it was linkedin last month. do we think this is perhaps the start of another tech boom sh. >> i don't think it's really close to the '90s boom we saw, but these hot internet based businesses they're definitely a growing industry. those of you who don't know what groupon is, it partners with businesses to offer discounts to its members on local products and services and what groupon, gets a significant cut of the proceeds. what happened is groupon filed to go public. it's the website, of course,
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that offers these deals you can purchase. it expects to raise $750 million out of this initial public offering and if it does, it would be bigger than linkedin's ipo. what's interesting, we get our first look into groupon's financials because they filed this paper work. the company tells of a real tale of extremes, it's had huge sales, huge losses. to watch. suzanne. >> alison kosik, thank you very much. have a good weekend. ever win a spelling bee back in the day? well this smart young lady knows what it feels like. i'm going to talk to the new champion live next hour. i'm going to hear the way she actually prepared to win. but first, what's the favorite school subject for most of the spellers? the answer, that could surprise you. [ male announcer ] to the 5:00 a.m. scholar. the two trains and a bus rider. the "i'll sleep when it's done" academic.
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so what was the favorite subject in school for most of the spellers who competed in this year's national spelling bee. the answer, it's kind of counterintuitive when you look at it, it's math. actually not english but math. an eighth grader from pennsylvania won the national spelling bee last night. watch as she spelled the winning word. >> c-y-m-o-t-r-i-c-h-o-u-s.
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that is so awesome. spelling champion sukanya roy joining us from washington. i was up last night watching this. i was so excited about this. you went from 20th to like number 1. i mean that was really incredible. how did you feel? >> just amazing. it was like hard to put it into words. i just couldn't believe it. i think for the first few minutes i was in shock. >> tell us what that word -- what does that word mean? i've never heard of that word. what is that? >> cruickshanit means having wa >> i didn't know there was a name for my hair and your hair. there's an official word for it. >> yes. >> how did you prep for this? what did you do? >> a lot of different things.
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i did go through the dictionary a couple of times. >> really, cover to cover? >> yeah. >> wow. >> i also kind of -- it's not just rote memorization, i studied language patterns to help piece words together by their roots because understanding those really helps. >> and when did you become interested in spelling? how did all of this start? >> i think my first spelling bee was in elementary school and it was just a community bee. >> and i noticed last night, what was really cool about whachg you guys, is that you were all high fiving giving fist bumps to each other, seemed you were having fun, become be a close bunch, is that true? >> yeah, we are. in spelling bees, like some competitions people are against each other, but in spelling bees how someone else does doesn't affect you. we're all against the dictionary and the words. >> that's pretty cool. >> so we're all pretty good
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friends. >> that's nice. how did you get ready? were you nervous? because when i saw you, you looked come as a cucumber. >> thank you. i was kind of nervous right before i went up to the microphone because i had no idea what my word was going to be and i just wanted to get one that i knew or could piece together. but as soon as i heard my word a lot of nervousness would go away. >> that's great. you don't just spell, you like to rock climb, you ice skate, play the piano. how will you celebrate with this $40,000 that you now walk away with? >> oh, my gosh. i haven't even started to think about it yet. i mean i guess some of it is going into my college fund but some of it i'll just get myself. >> all right. again congratulations. you're beautiful, smart, hard working, you deserve all of it. thank you so much for joining us. good luck to you. >> thanks for having me. thank you. >> okay. well, he caught some ribbing
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about his last name and now with a lewd photo showing up on his twitter account, congressman anthony weiner is a prime target for jokes. jeanne moos on that story. >> time for the help desk where we get answers to your financial questions. joining me this hour, the personal finance author and doug flynn a certified financial planner and founder of flynn zito. to kathy asks, can a mortgage company or bank holding your house loan get money out of your savings or checking account if they foreclose on you? >> the painful question. there's not a clear-cut simple answer in the sense what we're talking about here is not wage garnishmen garnishment. rules vary from state to state. a lot of people think if their house is foreclosed on, there's no other obligation. depending on the nuances you might be liable for the difference between what the home was able to sell for and your mortgage. you definitely want to be
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talking to your lender if you're in this situation and find out, perhaps, could you arrange a short sale at this stage instead. >> good luck with that. and wayne in arkansas asked us -- does a charitable gift annuity make sense for one with a modest income? >> i typically don't see it for people in a modest income because what you're saying i want to take a chunk of munny to i will never have access to the principle again, put it away, i can get income off of it and when i die the charity will get that money and i get a tax deduction. modest income those aren't typically the people that would do that versus making an outright gift to the charity where they could use the money. we see it with higher income because of the tax benefit. it can be done if you need an income but not a modest income. >> send us an e-mail any time to the cnn help desk at ♪ you love money
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central comedians and tv hosts. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: over memorial day weekend we went interest toasting weiners to roasting congressman weiner. >> weiner gate. >> the answers to him are unweiner-like. >> weiner in a bit of hot water. >> reporter: leaving those of us in the media searching for the right words to mention the unmentionable. >> bulging underpants. >> sending a picture, an aroused -- well anyway. >> it might have been my area. >> his below the waist area. >> may or may not be his package. >> what's being delivered often comes in puns from front pages meant to tickle to editorials.
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>> this weiner is cooked. >> is this or is it this not representative weiner's chief of staff? >> reporter: as "new york times" reporter john schwartz tweeted all the bad weiner puns show that america is, emotionally, a sixth grader. >> the long and short of it is over the weekend you discovered -- >> you didn't just introduce that by saying the long and short of it, did you? >> reporter: congressman weiner punning himself. >> another reason i was perhaps, forgive me, a little bit stiff yesterday -- >> reporter: everything is starting to look weiner like. weiner cartoons. isn't that anthony weiner in the ballet tights? the news is coming across as comedy. >> do you guys know what your drawers look like? >> of course. >> i know what i look like in my drawers. >> you do? >> i could tell you i could identify my pelvis in a lineup. >> reporter: some can identify with anthony weiner. the guy behind the camera, jamie -- weiner.
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>> well, you know being a weiner is not that bad. >> we both know a little bit about being called weiner. look what my high school nickname was indescribed even in my yearbook. >> i was so tall and skinny. but no one has -- just watch where you point that thing. ♪ oh, i love to be an oscar meyer weiner ♪ >> reporter: anyone named weiner has a love/hate relationship with that song. ♪ i'm glad i'm not an oscar meyer weiner ♪ >> reporter: anthony weiner probably wishes he wasn't one. even old friends are making jokes. >> my cat is he had a lot more anthony and lot less weiner. >> for comedians it's like shooting fish in the barrel of their pants. jeanne moos, cnn, new york.
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that will help make a better world for all of us. ♪ one team. one planet bridgestone. president obama is in ohio today at a chrysler plant. he'll be speaking in the next hour about the auto bailout which brings us to our talk back question. carol costello with the
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responses. hey, carol. >> he'll be bragging about the auto bailout in light of the terrible jobs report that came out. he says if not for the bailout could have been worse. the talk back question, was the auto bailout worth it? from bill, president obama couldn't watch what industry this country has left go down the tubes. jobs were saved and probably saved other businesses associated with the auto industry. this from rob, it should have been allowed to go bankrupt. market forces will have filled the void created and we could have gone a new way. all the bailout did was keep rich people rich. loud in this studio today, isn't it? >> >> it is. >> what are you doing over there? >> it's randi kaye, look at her. >> it wasn't me. it was not me. >> i saw you, randi. she's going to be up in two minutes. i have to hurry. from rob, i read rob. from michelle, saving jobs was the priority and at least the auto industry held up their side of the bargain. not so with the banking industry. huge bonuses and parties are their priorities. this from stan, it was certainly worth it.
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it saved jobs which would have cost the american taxpayer more. i mean we lost 14 billion dollars right, but that was worth it in light of all the manufacturing jobs that it actually saved. keep the conversation going and thanks for your comments. we enjoy them. >> great to have you in atlanta. you have to go back to washington. >> i'm going on vacation next week but back in washington after that. but i've loved being in atlanta these past three or four months. it's been great. kyra phillips will be back. >> that will be great. >> 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. it's been great anchoring those hours and the viewers are great. enjoyed talking to you while i was on the air. >> see you out of washington. thanks. >> we're about to air thursdays, news winner bumped by breaking news, sometimes happens. i want to give you a look of that winning story. a marine corps veteran in texas is fighting his homeowners association for the right to fly the american flag. >> i served eight


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