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>> better than bumpers. they have this thing that you can put up and roll the ball off it. it goes right down the middle. >> you know what's interesting, so many things that we think is american. when you bring production back home, that becomes news. >> a good thing. meanwhile, "cnn newsroom" starts right now. kyra phillips. it's 9:00 a.m. on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. i'm kyra phillips. this morning, we are keeping tabs on a western wild fire the size of new york city and threatening to get bigger. more than 5,000 people in arizona and new mexico forced to leave their homes to get out of its path. a dangerously hot day shaping up for much of the east. it will feel like 100 plus in
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some places. this summer heat wave is baking in areas from texas to new england. the fallout from the congressman wiener's scandal, this just in to cnn, former democratic national chair, tim kaine, now calling for his resignation. more on that in just a minute. first, we begin this hour with the war in afghanistan and the future of u.s. troops there. just a short time ago, congress released a two-year investigation into the longest war in the nation's history and its findings unfortunately are not good. >> by us killing osama bin laden, getting al qaeda back on its heels, stabilizing much of the country in afghanistan so the taliban can't take it over. it is now time for us to recognize that we have accomplished a big chunk of our mission and that it is time for the afghans to take more responsibilities. >> this is no surprise. the majority of americans are actually fed up with the human and financial cost of the war. according to a cnn opinion
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research poll from last month, 52% opposed the war. 42% of americans want to remain there. also also, today, president obama is going to hold a video conference with his afghan partner, hami karzai. we will talk who are about what this means. we will talk about jim jones, retired marine corps general. he served as president obama's national security adviser. he will join me live at 10:25 eastern. displaced congressman, antony wiener, fighting for his job and for the most part, fighting alone. republicans say that the sexting scandal could cost him his job. even leaders of his own party are backing away from him. the new york democrat spent much of the past 24 hours apologizing over and over to congressional
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colleagues. the newspaper quotes fellow new york democrat velazquez, how can you explain that somebody can be so smart but so stupid? kate bolduan is on the hill. on top of that, some democrats are trying to get rid of campaign contributions that they got from wiener. >> reporter: you can call it a. >> sign of the widening political fallout. at least two democrats why up for re-election who are in competitive re-election battles in two districts. they have already come out to say that they are unloading cash and actually giving to local charities dhash was donated to their re-election campaigns from congressman wiener. the first person to announce was betty sutton, announcing that she was donating $1,000 that wiener had donated to her re-election campaign to two local charities, a local veterans group and a homeless shelter. minnesota democrat, tim walz, is
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unloading the $3,000 cash donated to him. he is donating it to a local veterans group as well. what's additionally interesting is that not that so shortly after this scandal has broken, these democrats are unloading this cash. you need all the cash that you can get in a competitive re-election campaign. these moves came hours after the national republican congressional committee, the committee that's dedicated to getting republicans elected to congress. they came out with a press release that they said they released in many districts pressuring these two democrats as well as a dozen more wondering if they are going to give up or return their campaign cash that was given to them by wiener and the spokesman for the nrcc released a statement saying in part that members now face a choice between returning the scandal-tainted donations they have received from congressman wiener or silently condoning their colleague's rude and
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bizarre behavior. republicans are jumping on this as maybe a bonus for them. it is also possibly a signal, kyra, that while wiener faces a potential ethics investigate, that his political troubles may be a bigger problem. carol? >> not looking good. kate, thanks so much. also, just minutes ago, we learned that another member of anthony wiener's own party has turned against him. we just told you about former democratic national chairman, tim kaine, now saying that wiener should resign. in his words, quote, lying is unforgivable. kaine is now a democratic candidate for senate in his home state of virginia. mitt romney topping a gop presidential poll for the second straight time. our deputy political director, paul steinhauser, here with all those results. hey, paul. >> you can call me whatever you want, kyra. great to see you back. i was changing diapers this morning and thinking about you. >> yes, you sent me a note but i've got twice the fun. you only have to worry about one
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right now. >> i got it easy. >> exactly. >> mitt romney, two days in a row, two polls, with mitt romney on the top. take a look at this. this . newt gingrich and ron paul down in single digits. everybody else in lower single digits. an abc washington post poll had similar results in the hypothetical head to heads against president barack obama romney does better than any other republican. talking about gingrich, he is in new hampshire. he may be asked some questions, newt, where you been? the last time he was on the campaign trail was on may 27th in south carolina. there are reports that he and his wife, calista, were on a cruise overseas. >> carol? >> you can call me whatever you want. i got your name wrong. you got mine wrong. we are back on track.
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there has also been some trash talk coming from the bachman camp to palin. a little cat fight going on. >> reporter: we reported that if bachmann does decide to run for president, we expect she will, he will steer her campaign. this is what he said about sarah palin. on a radio show, she has not been serious over the several years. she had the vice presidential thing handed to her. she didn't go to work in the sense of trying to gain more substance. she gave up her governorship. that's some smack talk from ed rollins, gop strategist. he was the guy that steered ronald reagan's re-election in '84. stay tuned on that one. >> paul, thanks so much. a reminder for all the political news, you can go, of course, to our website, 24/7, cnn we told you this morning that president obama is going to be holding this video conference
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with his afghan counterpart, hamid karzai. it comes amid increasingly strained relations between the two countries. we are going to get in touch with nick payton walsh. he is in kabul, afghanistan. you have been there on and off for the last four years. what do you think will happen if the u.s. speeds up its troop withdrawal? the congressional reports we are seeing here and sources within the military saying it could mean big trouble for afghanistan if, indeed, troops leave and the money goes. >> i think we are seeing in some areas of the country perhaps the beginning of the impact along the eastern border. they have pulled out of some of the less populated areas. there are reports that suggest that the taliban actually has found new safe havens there. separately, i think the most important thing is the message. effectively, you're saying to afghans, you have to choose a side in this that nato is not
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going to be here an awful lot longer. that leaves them with a choice. do you back the guys that say they are leaving or do you go with the guys that were here yesterday, here right now and will be here tomorrow? that's the taliban. frankly, leaving a much more difficult job for the already weak afghan government when nato finally pulls out in 2014. >> also, we are keeping a close eye on syria and the growing volatility in the arab nation. refugees are trying to cross into neighboring turkey right now. they feel violence will lead to a slaughter by government troops. in most accounts, the situation is growing more ominous. monita tracking this. >> the uk and france are calling on the u.n. security council to vote for a resolution condemning
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violent crackdowns going as far as to see it is inconceivable to think that the u.n. would do nothing. today's zaman says, syria at the core of the great struggle. there is also an opinion piece in the wall street journal, europe division. >> a couple samples of what newspapers around the world are saying on syria. >> monita, thanks so much. we have told you for more than a year about big problems at the department of veteran
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we have told you for years about big problems in the veterans affairs. the department has failed the men and women it is supposed to serve. we are talking about congress' new government report about sexual assaults within the v.a. system. 284 reported from january, 2007 to july, 2010. many not reported to the v.a. leaders also who needed to know and could have done something about it. the cases include rape, inappropriate touching and forceful medical exams. v.a. patients and employees were among the victims as well as the attackers. both men and women were attacked and this is the same v.a. that put so many veterans at risk over the last couple of years because of dirty instruments. let's get straight to our barbara starr. how do these cases go unreported or underreported, barbara? >> according to the congressional watchdog report, one of the biggest problems that has resulted is lack of
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guidance, lack of a system at the department of veterans affairs to track all of these cases quh they come up. what the report says, it starts at the very beginning with what is this definition of sexual assault. there is not a clear understanding of that at the v.a. unclear expectations on which incident r incident requires reporting. what the report says is that the conclusion is that the v.a. cannot identify and make changes to serious problems that jeopardize the safety of veterans in their medical facilities. the report found even that the va simply has not taken the proper precautions to prevent these cases of sexual assault. >> kyra? >> that's pretty unbelievable to hear this. now, barbara, of course, the v.a. will respond or has it responded? have you been able to talk with your sources there?
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two things to point out. the veterans commission on the house side is going to have a hearing on this. expect to see more on what's transpired and what needs to be done. the v.a. has issued a statement saying, quote, patient and employee safety and security are paramount to the v.a. we take all alsgalegations seriously and investigate them thoroughly. according to this report, perhaps not everything was investigated as thoroughly as it should be been. >> we will stay on the story. in arizona, strong winds fan fears that the second largest wild fire in state history will likely spread. the national weather service has issued a red flag alert for much of the state in neighboring new mexico. woon sock rhode island, still on the scene of a massive firefighter. it ignited before 8:00 last
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night. hundreds of people lost power. in pearl harbor, hawaii, the navy ship that buried osama bin laden at sea made its first stop on u.s. oil. the crew of the "uss carl vinson" will spend the next few days on oahu before returning to san diego. in new york, simon weezen that you will center unveils what is being billed as adolf hitler's first-known, written stance of his intolerance of jew schl. > joren vandan van der sloot k in court facing murder charges in connection with the death of a 21-year-old student. live in lima, peru. what is expected to happen in
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today's hearing? >> reporter: juroran van der slt will appear in court along with the father of stephany flores, he is charged with murdering. it will take place at the jail where he has been detained since july last year. joran van der sloot was accused of murdering a 21-year-old, stephany flores, in a hotel room here in lima. today's hearing is part of a process before a trial date is set. the purpose is to identify stephany flores' alleged personal belongings that joran van der sloot had with him when he was arrested in chile in june last year. it is part of the process and will be there in front of the jail later this afternoon.
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>> we will follow those developments with you. thank you so much live from lima, peru. a new dutch law could change a lot of people's travel plans. amsterdam's famous coffee shop and their marijuana, about to be off limits for foreigners. that story straight ahead. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ with aveeno nourish plus moisturize. active naturals wheat formulas target and help repair damage in just 3 washes. for softer, stronger... ... hair with life. [ female announcer ] nourish plus. only from aveeno.
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on the menu at the white house state dinner, a heaping
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helping of friendship. that was the theme last night as the president and the first lady honored german chancellor, an held la mercle. he presented her with the presidential honor of freedom for what she achieved when she gained her freedom after the fall of the berlin wall. >> the white house chefs served up two salads, two veggies, three on trays and german apple strudel. amsterdam officials are smoking mad and tourists are bummed. foreign anothers will be banned from the famous dutch coffee shop where marijuana is on the menu. monita rajpal has more from london. why is the dutch government doing this? >> reporter: they are saying that the cannibis that's readily available is posing a built of a
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nuisance and drug tourism. these coffee shops have gone into large points of sale for cannibis. hard for them to control and manage. a big concern of cross-border drug trafficking in and out of the netherlands. they are saying this is what is necessary for them to do to curb any sort of sale of cannibis or pot. if you are not a dutch native, you can't buy pot. >> how are they going to keep the foreigners out and monitor the customers? >> this is interesting. what they are going to do with the coffee shops, they are going to be given the weed pass. so, basically, this weed pass will be given to these coffee shops which will then be turned into private members clubs so dutch nationals can then apply to be members of these private
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clubs they will then have to show identification and they will be allowed into it. they are not going to be coffee shops as we know it, walking in and looking at a menu for any sort of marijuana flavor that they want. they are going to have to be members of these private members clubs. >> we will see how this all pans out. if you need customer service help, good luck. companies send you to an automated service or steer you to their website instead. what's your top customer service complaint? we will go to the new york stocks exchange for details. what's your favorite bible verse? >> how about spare the rod, spoil the child. it's classic. hold on a second. that's actually not in the bible. one of many expressions that sounds biblical but it isn't. it sounds biblical but it isn't. we have a whole list coming up. and unsurpassed uva protection.
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>> top stories as we almost hit the half hour. president obama holds a video conference with afghan president, hamid karzai. white house aides say that the president has not decided on the size of the u.s. troop drawdown that begins next month. the recovery operation from the air france jet crash into the atlantic ocean has ended. 74 bodies will never be found
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from that crash. facebook will start scanning and i.d. g all pictures unloaded to the site. users can opt out. the u.n. security council has been under fire for not dealing with the crisis in syria. today, that changes. the council will take up the bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters today. france and brit tarn are pushing the u.n. to take action against syria. the u.n. says that more than 1,000 people have been killed in less than three months. meanwhile, there are fears that syrian security forces are preparing for an all-out assault, a small city near the turki turkish border. the government claims they killed 80 soldiers over the weekend. syrian president vows retaliation. most of the town's residents are scared to death if left hoping to take refuge in turkey. 100 of them are allowed to cross into the territory. the rest are still stranded.
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ivan watson joins us along the syria/turkey border. how many people have gathered along the border trying to enter turkey? >> reporter: we have seen pockets of several hundred in different places along this very long frontier. it is just out behind me here less than a mile away. we have been talking to an awful lot of very frightened syrians on the other side of that border. they have all fled a town where there has been some very floody fighting taking place. the syrian military government claiming that more than 100 soldiers were killed there by what it calls armed groups. the people we have been talking to say that snipers were opening fire at funerals. many are fleeing the town. many have come to makeshift safe
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haic havens. some coming across the border as refugees to be treated with bullet and shrapnel wounds. others hanging out waiting to see what the syrian government's next move will be. >> when we talk about these syrian p troos that we troops t killed, there are conflicting reports of what happened. >> we have been hearing from some of the locals that they were attending a funeral. a dem on stray tore who they say had been tortured to death when syrian starting opening fire. some of the security forces starting fighting amongst themselves. some that defected didn't want to open fire on syrians. some of the several00 that have gathered in the shade of trees,
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that they are, in fact, included among them, syrian soldiers that have defected and taken off their uniforms. the syrian government call these people armed groups. they have called for the regime of the president. >> ivan watson, thank you. we hear it all the time. customer service just isn't what it use to be. customers get put on hold or don't get any help at all. what's the number one complaint about customer service? alison kosik at the new york stock exchange with td details of a new survey. what is it, allison? >> the number one gripe, we can't get a human being on the phone. other complaints, too many phone steps you have to go through. you have to keep on pressing 1, 2, 3, or 4 to navigate through a phone tree. people complained they are on hold too long and when they get
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through, the solution isn't helpful. technology is driving a wedge between companies and their customers. it is not just about technology. 64% literally walked out of a store because of bad service. it happened to me this week. i couldn't find a salesperson. i walked out. i put the clothes down and said, forget it. walking out is big. it is lost revenue thatdy and maybe forever. talking about losing, stocks losing some ground today, extending a five-day losing streak at least now at the open. analyst say fed chief, ben bernanke spoke yesterday. the dow now a little bit into positive territory. kyra, back to you. >> when you do those phone calls, you keep saying, representative, representative, representative and eventually, you do get one. >> i know but then do they really help?
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you know. >> put the pressure on them. thanks, allison. coming up, we are going to test your bible knowledge. a lot of expressions just sound like they came out of the bible but there is nothing biblical about them. [ waves crashing ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] and just like that, it's here. a new chance for all of us: people, companies, communities to face the challenges yesterday left behind and the ones tomorrow will bring. prudential. bring your challenges. sweet & salty nut bars... they're made from whole roasted nuts and dipped in creamy peanut butter, making your craving for a sweet & salty bar irresistible,
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still let's talk about what your favorite bible verse is. okay? how about this? god helps those who help themselves. do you like that one? well, that's great but there is just one problem. it is not in the bible. how about god works in mysterious ways. let's see, what book, what chapter and verse is that in? you are going to be looking forever, because it is not in the bible either. cleanliness is next to godliness. nope, sorry, that's not in there either. john flake is a long-time religion writer. his article on calls that expression that sound biblical but they are not. >> thank you. >> here is one that stood out. somebody actually thought this dog won't hunt was a bible verse. that sounds like something out of dukes of hazard. >> this person was a student in a college religion class. you would think they would know better. that's how pervasive biblical
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literacy is. the bible is like the constitution. we quote it, we revere it but a lot of people don't read it. >> and you add your touches here. this might sound better this way and the next thing you know, it has become a verse to people. >> right, right. people embellish things. if i told you a story right now and i went down stairs, five minutes later, the story has changed. so people embellish and add poet cpoe poetical touches. >> let's take a look at some other examples, shall we? how about -- actually, let me ask you this first. how did these expressions actually become biblical to people? is it just because they heard them from somebody and then kind of took it as the truth or how did it -- >> that's one way.
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various ways. often, one way is that people would tell bible stories through pictures. if we take the garden of eden, there is no satan in the garden of den. if you are an artist and you want to draw a picture, so much better to draw satan as a devilish tem pt tore. >> we have heard our coaches and our parents say what are verses from the bible to inspire us and get us motivated. you found one from coach ditka. let's take a listen. >> scripture tells you that all things shall pass, this too shall pass. >> i'm so disappointed because that's not in the bible.
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there was a religion professor who lived in chicago and saw that press conference and said, wait a minute. that's not in the bible. he figured out where ditka got that. on one level, it is kind of funny. these things aren't really in the bible. at another level, it can become dangerous. >> how? >> people can impose their own values on the bible. the phantom biblical scripture, god helps those that help themselves, that is not in the bible. it celebrates individual liberty. >> that's not what the bible is about. >> about helping the poor, the outcast. the ultimate virtue is not what you do for yourself but for your neighbor. >> i feel like i just went to church, john. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> if you want to learn how to quote the bible correctly, you have to look at john's article. it is not in the bible but it should be, because he totally nails it. it is a big hit on check it out, ou belir belief b.
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>> cnn is on a listening tour talking to people about the issues that, well, they say will sway their vote. so when we come back, we are going to head to florida where the down economy has voters feeling pretty low right now. 85 years of rooting for the new york giants finally pays off big for a 91-year-old man. we are going to tell you just how next. coldwell banker. we never stop moving.
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cnn is going in-depth with a listening tour, finding out what issues will motivate it voters in next year's presidential election. david mattingly is in sunny, central florida. what kind of stuff are you hearing out there? >> reporter: what we have got here in florida is a lot of economic gloom, all about the economy when people start talking about issues. everyone i talk to almost every single person says that they believe that washington is not feeling their pain. four different people from four different walks of life all feeling the pain of a down economy. in kissimmee, the mortgage crisis hit areliz rodriguez. i purchased it for $255 and right now, it is $87,000.
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>> reporter: the biggest investment of her life whit they aring away in a market chilled by one of the nation's highest rates of foreclosure. >> i am stressed out. i need a house for my kids and for me. i am trying to work with the bank. the bank doesn't want to work with me. >> reporter: strawberry farmer, charles grooms knows what that if i ams like. >> i am like most folks, filling in the pocketbook. >> reporter: rising costs from everything from labor to fuel has him thinking there is a disconnect from d.c. >> i don't think they have a clue. they have never walked in the shoe of the common person. they have never been down here at the level and wondered what they are going to eat or how they are going to get their fuel tank filled up. >> reporter: donna thomases of the villages worries about that all the time. >> we basically had to give up our regular insurance and go to an hmo. we have had to cut back on everything. >> reporter: when her real estate company of 40 years went
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under during the mortgage crisis, she lost everything she was saving for retirement. >> harold williams can't think that far ahead. >> the pressure is, you don't want your family to be without. they look upon you to be the strong leader. i don't want to let them down. >> reporter: in two months, this former orlando math teacher has had just two interviews. williams says the job market will affect his next vote for president. >> i don't want them to have sympathy for me but empathy. >> reporter: it is going to take a lot of empathy here in florida, kyra, because at 10.8%, the unemployment rate here is exceeding the national average by more than just a full point. >> david mattingly, thanks so much. continuing our listening tour for us here at cnn. checking stories across country in orlando, florida. prosecutors in casey anthony trial introduced more forensic
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evidence. yesterday, jurors heard how a dog trained to detect remains reacted as it sniffed the defendant's vehicle shortly after caylee was declared missing. near ft. meyers, florida, drivers got an earful at the bayshore/i-75 interchange. a large boom truck flipped. it took hours to get it rideside up. in new jersey, new york giants head football coach, tom coughlin meets and greets the team's ultimate fan. a 91-year-old man actually won the contest. he and the other winners will have their photos on individual game tickets in the upcoming football season. u.s. soccer team opens gold cup play with a win over canada. coming up in sports, eight minutes away. [ female announcer ] the healing power of touch
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get this. he has gone from secret service agent to a political candidate. cnn's brian todd introduces us to this man who has thrown his hat into the ring in maryland. >> reporter: it wasn't long ago that danielle bongino would have taken a bullet for president obama literally. >> reporter: are you
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disappointed for him? >> i want to say personally, i have enormous respect for him. he treated me with dignity and respect. he is a wonderful man. i just disagree with the ideology. the country is going on the wrong path. >> reporter: he says it repeatedly. it isn't personal. as part of thepersonal. as part of the protective detail, he literally shadowed president obama for nearly two years, and president bush before that. he has nothing but compliments for both men personally, but there's a political fire in him, and he's quit a rising career to make a run for the u.s. senate in maryland. the odds don't favor him. he's a republican in a state that hasn't had a gop senator, if he wins the nomination, he'll challenge ben cad aren. when we question whether he has, he talks health care and recovery in tea party terms. people might be wondering what
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will you be able to do from the secret service policywise that will make you legitimate? >> i've done an enormous amount of research on make roe economic. the government is in the way, standing in front of the entrepreneur. we've done this before. >> reporter: aside from saying they don't gra el with his politics, cardin's office wouldn't comment on his candidacy. then there's the matter of the secret service, which is known for being fiercely nonpolitical. the agency wouldn't comment on his candidacy, and a former officer told us as long as bongino doesn't reveal any privileged information, there shouldn't be any issue. as we walk a few feet from the white house, i pressed him on the toll he's seen politics take. why drag your family through there? >> it was a tough decision, really tough. my wife and i thought about this for a long time. i never thought about jumping into politics, but always followed the issues.
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when i left the job, we want we'll take a week, and she was willing to get in with me. we had that rocky/adrian moment. >> reporter: he says he and his wife have no illusions about how hard it is. he's had to travel 27 countries as a secret service agent, that it's been rough on his family, but they have stuck it out. brian todd, cnn, washington. those stories making news. joran van der sloot is set to appear in a peruvian courtroom at the top of the hour. and closing arguments expected today in the trial of rod blagojevich, said to resume 10:30 eastern. at 3:00 eastern at the white house, president obama hosts the college football champs of auburn, university. a lot of developments in the next hour of "cnn newsroom." kate bolden? >> drawing calls for a
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resignation of anthony weiner. i'm nick paton walsh in kabul, and we'll be reporting on how many troops will withdraw from afghanistan and how fast. thanks, guys. next hour, the war in afghanistan, we'll tame with general jim jones about the situation right now, and once american troops pull out. in your grocer's freezer. buitoni shrimp and lobster ravioli with garlic butter sauce. simple ingredients, artfully prepared. create an italian masterpiece. buitoni. in the freezer section.
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well, the dallas mavries seven-footer dirk nowitzki has been dominant during the nba playoffs, but he was tested last night not just by the miami heat, but the 102 degree fever. nowitzki did not have his best game, but scored to put dallas up by three points. miami would have had one last shot at the game, but at the buzzer, it couldn't convert. dallas wins the nba finals at two dame. it's the sixth comeback win during the fourth quarter in this series. the u.s. has the opener of the gold cup, the tournaments that pits teams from -- landon done avan passes, and altador
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has the -- they the u.s. beats the canadians 2-0. and our catch of the day from the ballpark by a phillies fans. she reaches over the railing, grabs the ball in her glove. attagirl. the souvenir probably made up for her team losing, unfortunately to the dodgers. all right. as if this that first photo wasn't enough, you can barely turn out without seeing his bare chest. but as jeanne moos reports, it's the latest body shot that the body politique has to endure. >> reporter: when his shirt drops. >> the guy's my age and he's totally cut. >> he's ripped. >> with his chiseled torso, do you see that? >> yeah, it would be hard not to tweet a photo like that. >> that's why i have made the
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moral choice to let myself go. even head less folks were able to identify him, but these days there are so many half-naked congressmen, you would be forgiven to getting them mixed up. with the representative on "men's health" to the craigslist congress plan who resigned after putting this picture online, to the massachusetts senator who posed for "cosmo" in his youth, and let's not forget about vladimir putin. but the naked truth can be disconcerting. >> this weeks weird. >> why would you think that would be attractive with all these hangs here. >> he's got a bit. >> when i first thought the photo, i thought, is that me? >> that is some cleavage. can we zoom in on that?
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>> please, i'm in the canyon. help! >> reporter: it used to be we would only see them in movies. >> i'm a congress mean. >> are you kidding? >> no, no, i'm absolutely serious. i'm charlie wilson. i represent the texas 2nd congressional -- >> reporter: now they're staring up at us. forget the politician's war chest. it's his chest hair being analyzed. >> it's a shaved chest, which tells me psychologically he was putting effort into trying to make this thing as sexual as possibility. >> is he waxing himself all over? >> reporter: for some female anchors, it was too much for the naked eye. >> i think we all understand, you know -- i don't think we need to see that -- >> i do also think there's a -- >> take that off, please. >> congressman wiener got his guilt off his chest, leaving us
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with his chest and his drawers. jeanne moos, cnn -- would you want this chest? >> if we could get tanner, maybe -- >> reporter: new york. good morning, everyone. it's 10:00 a.m. on the east, 7:00 a.m. in the west. weeking up to a fire risk. threatening to get even bigger as the day goes on. more than 5,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. watch for prosecutors in orlando to bring out more forensic evidence. casey anthony is accused of killing her daughter caylee. yesterday jurors learned how a dog alerted to remains. and a new government reports says nearly 300 patients were sexually assaulted in the v.a. system over a three-year period. the report also says many of the cases were not even reported to
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the proper v.a. leaders. just out this morning, a bombshell report. it says afghanistan's economy is in danger of collapse when u.s. troops leave. talk about timing. this morning president obama videoconferences with afghan president hamid karzai. odds are they'll discuss the troop drawdown slated to start next month. >> by us killing osama bin laden, getting al qaeda back on its heels, stabilizing much of the country in afghanistan so the taliban can't take it over, it's now time for us to recognize we have accomplished a big chunk of our mission and it's time for the afghans to take more responsibility. >> but defense secretary robert gates is warning the white house not to move too quickly. >> nobody wants to give up the gains that have been won at such a hard cost. >> so here's where the war stands right now.
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we have about 100,000 troops on the ground, and the u.s. is spending about -- the latest research poll shows that 32% of the americans actually support. >> nick paton walsh, what do you think will happen if the u.s. speeds up its troop withdrawal? >> reporter: on the practical side there are some suggestions on some parts of the country from which nato, who's withdrawn, leaving the afghans to handle security, but the insurgents are back in full throttle, almost perhaps controlling some area, something that nato strongly contests. on a more basic level, there's constant discussion about how quickly nato and the u.s. can afford to leave. imagine your ordinary afghan trying to work out which side to fall on. do you wait out for the
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insurgency? are the people who were here yesterday or here now, definitely here tomorrow, that's the taliban? so this discussion about the pace of withdrawal doing nothing to assist the government of afghanistan, already weak but surely further weakened by this message being given out, kyra. >> you probably heard it at the top of the hour, the senate report released about an enormous amount of money flowing into afghanistan, but not seeing the results we had all hoped for. so by your experience, what have you seen happening to the cash? huge amount of cash flowing into that country. >> reporter: it's absolutely remarkable, totally disproportionate to what was really one of the poorest rural societies in the world before this war started. we're talking about large amounts of money not spent on building mud walls or digging wells, the development work which this country so badly
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needs, but the money needed to persuade people to assist nato forces, who the insurgent considers to be occupiers. one amazing statistic in that report is a suggestion that about 97% of the economy here is somehow bound up in the war effort or helping development to that particular end, so real fears that once suddenly that cash withdrawals, the agricultural section is so weak that it's not going to provide livelihood, kyra. next hour we'll talk to retired marine general jim jones served as president obama's national security adviser. he's going to join me live here, 10:25 eastern time. disgraced congressman anthony weiner fighting for his job and for the most part fighting alone. republicans say the scandal should cost his jobs. "new york times" reports that the new york democrat spent much of the past 24 hours apologizing
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over and over to congressional colleagues, and the newspaper quotes fellow new york democrat nitia velazquez explain -- how can you explain that somebody can be so smart but so stupid? indicate bolden is on capitol hill. tim kaine saying he definitely should resign? >> reporter: yes, and possibly the biggest name so far to come out and call for the resignation, but you can be sure that the democratic leader in the house, like nancy plosist, they're not running to his defense, in calling for an ethics investigation. on the republican side, a very big name, eric cantor calling for anthony weiner to resign, then the telling comment from the top democrat in the senate, harry reid when asked what advice he would give to anthony weiner if asked -- he said i would tell him to call someone
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else. so we'll be looking today, already making calls to see how this list of -- how this list grows, if there would be growing calls for him to resign, but you can see this already, kyra. while he is facing a potential ethics investigation, it seems his political troubles are worse. >> also now some democrats apparently trying to get rid of campaign contributions that they actually got from wiener? >> a shot of the political fallout widening. at least two democrats in competitive reelection campaigns are unloading the campaign donations they have receive from congressman wiener. $1,000 from one, $3,000 from another. one of them is ohio democrat betty sutton, and another is tim wals, both saying they're giving the donations they had received from anthony weiner to local charities, this comes after the republican committee in charge of trying to get more -- came
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out asking the very question, if in their words, if these embattled democrats in tough reelection campaigns could be getting rid of his tainted cash. they put out statements, too. these two democrats and more than a dozen others, so it shows that democrats are trying to move as far and as quickly away from him as much as possible. >> indicate bolduan on the hill. alan duke will take a closer look. and we've all been stressed out about the economy. stocks haven't been doing so well. home prices are doing okay, but should we fear the worst? a double-dip recession? president obama says no. >> i'm not concerned about a double-dip recession.
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i'm concerned that the fact that the recovery we're on is not producing jobs as quickly as i want to happen. >> alison kosik, what do you think? >> you know, kyra economists are pretty much adamant in sailing no. only one group can declare recession, the national bureau of economic research, but nber doesn't have a technical definiti definition. basici it's a recession followed by a short recovery, then another recession. pictures often help. i want to show you what you can see is we've had a recession, the orange bars there, and then we've had a recovery, but following recession hasn't happened. now, fed chairman ben bernanke came out yesterday and spoke -- he said the economy is still expanding, albeit slowly. >> overall the economic recovery
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continues to be continuing at a modest rate. and frustratingly slow. >> the bottom line here, kyra, is recovery is what they often call uneven, meaning we see progress in some areas, sluggishness in others, but it is unlikely we'll see gdp decline at any point this year. kyra? >> all right. but still what do you say about the weak economic reports that we got last week? >> exactly. the recovery is slowing, but it's not another recession, just weak growth. some economists are saying housing may be ripe into falling into a double-dip recession, because home prices have fallen to new lows, but jobs are still being created. that's a good thing.
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manufacturing is still growing, retail sales are still solid. all of this isn't at the pace we want, but growth nevertheless. kyra? >> apparently some developing business news right now. we're seeing a big spike in oil prices. >> yeah, this was immediate. we saw oil prices jump over almost 2%. opec is deadlocked on whether to raise its output. they'll keep production levels at the same, where they are right now. they could meet again in a few months, but this is pretty unexpected. beer seeing a lot of conflict in the decision making going on. kyra? >> alison, thank you. a her from hitler is made public. ♪ [car horn honks]
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secretary of state hillary clinton left the u.s. last night for a week-long trip to the uae and africa. her top aide is with her as well, huma abedin, congressman wiener's wife. you might think they'll have a lot to talk about over the next week. alan duke is in los angeles. huma is definitely well respected and well known among democrats, but a lot of us know
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very little about her. >> she's a fascinating lady from a very interesting background. her father is from india. he an islamic scholar, a college professor, her mom a college professor from pakistan. she warn born in kalamazoo, michigan moving to saudi arabia, where she stayed, and then went to college at george washington university. it was then about age 20 she got an internship, incidentally about the time that monica lewinsky was serving, so was huma. that's where she was assigned to the press office of hillary clinton. she had -- she had requested the press office, because she said she decided at age 15, she wanted to be the next christiane amanpour. instead she's the right-hand
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person to the secretary of state. >> let's talk more about this relationship between these two women. do you think that huma will lean on clinton for advice and support, probably already has? >> well, as you said, just last night they boarded a flight. they're in the united arab emirates right now. i'm sure they talked about it. at least working for. to monica lewinsky. and she saw her go through that, and perhaps there are some lessons learned. >> alan duke, thank you so much. well, checking other stories. firefighters are still on the scene of a massive eight-alarm fire. that huge blaze ignited before 8:00 last night.
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well, no blues this morning for country music legend willie nelson. it looks like he cut a deal on his recent drug arrest. a.j. hammer is here. how did he get out of this one? >> i was hoping the original plan would hold this one, but it turns out he didn't have to sing his way out of trouble. his lawyers negotiated a more typical deal. a $500 fine, and according to his lawyers, the charges will disappear from his criminal record as long as he stays clean for the next 30 days. the prosecutor previously suggested he could pay just a $100 fine, like the money
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matters to him, if he would serenade the court with his hit "blue eyes crying in the rain." the judge overruled that plan, said the courtroom was not a jester court. still would have liked to have seen that happen. he's a known use of marijuana, but he has nothing on this next story on flava flav. he talks about this huge crack cocaine addition, a.j., $2600 a day? >> yeah, these are some staggering numbers. flav is talking about his drug use and a lot more in a new book. and while promoting the book, he just told pop eater he spent that every day for six years. that's almost $5.7 million worth of cocaine. that's not the only surprise that he apparently has in print. he talks about his seven kids with three women.
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kyra, he lost his virginity as a 6-year-old. he said he was 6 and it happened with a girl his own age. i'm having trouble understanding exactly how that happens. >> i'm having trouble with the whole story, period. a.j., just to drive home of point of what this guy could have done with all that money. if you take $2,600 a day, we thought how much would that be in gas? all the people struggling in this economy who need to get to work, it could have pay for 693 gallons of gas a day based on prices from aaa. $2,600 a day that this guy spent on drugs? we could have fed at least 86 families a day, or 31,633 families a year. those were -- we based the numbers and money according to usda estimate. can you believe that? think of what he could have done for homeless or families
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struggling in this economy. >> it puts all that in perspective. the fact that he didn't wind up dead is pretty dumbfounding to me. >> yeah, it is. always good to vent with you here and there. good to see you. if you want information on everything breaking, a.j. is your guy. "showbiz tonight" tonight on hln, 11:00 p.m. eastern. all right. straight ahead, american troops supposed to start leaving afghanistan next month, but we still don't know how many and how fast. coming up, a tough look at where things stand and where they're headed. i'll talk live with former national security adviser general jim jones.
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soon as foreign military and money for development are gone, that afghanistan would actually slide into a, quote, depression. do you agree with that? >> well, i don't know that i would be quite that confident. there's been a lot of effort going into afghanistan for many year by many, many countries, and there are some encouraging signs in the afghan government, in the various agencies. there's some real talent there. so i think it depends on how you measure it, but by afghan standards, i think afghanistan is going to, you know, be whatever it's going to be, and there's -- there's hope there, i think, for the future, but it's certainly not going as fast as we would like. >> well, you say there is hope for the future there, so for the americans, who are sitting at home right now, looking at the $10 billion a month that's being
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spent in afghanistan, how do you justify those troops that are there are on the ground. how do you say to the american that they're watching the men and women die on the ground, they're reading or hearing about this report this morning, how do you make the case to them that we should still be there? >> well, first of all, it's not just about afghanistan, it's about the region. we adopted -- the administer adopted early on a regional strategy that included afghanistan, pakistan, and of course a very strong developing relationship with india. so it is more than just about afghanistan. afghanistan is one of the essential elements of it, since that's where our troops are fighting, but 18 months ago when we committed to the surge of about 30,000 u.s. troops and 10,000 nato troops, we did that so we could buy time so that the afghans could bring about their development in the afghan army, which they have done, to the
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tune of about 80,000 more soldiers, and i think that they will be better off as a result of this effort. and we will be strategically better off if in fact on the other side of the border with pakist pakistan, which i think is probably the one country that could -- if it did certain things that we've asked them to do and they know they need to do, would actually hasten a better solution in afghanistan. it's not just about afghanistan. so let's talk about the strategy in afghanistan that will impact the entire region. we've heard from secretary of defense robert gates recently. i want to quote him. he said it would actually be, quote, premature to make any significant changes to the military campaign in afghanistan before the end of the year. however, as you well know, the white house continues to argue that cuts in the numbers of
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troops will be, as the white house aides have been reported to say, real. so what's your opinion when it comes to a drawdown? >> well, i think there is going to be a drawdown. obviously i think this is the moment where the white house and the defense department and our military leaders are debating just exactly what that will look like, but i don't think there's any question in this strategic formulation of what it is we intended to do in afghanistan that that has been on the table all along. significantly the international community has also agreed that by 2014 there will be a major hand-off to the afghans. so this 2014 date is really important. how you get there is also very important. i have no doubt that the president and the secretary of defense and the chairman and general petraeus will all get together and figure out how to start this. but there's no question, at
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least from my standpoint when i was in the white house, that the president is very determined to start the process this year. what that -- >> do you support that? because i know there's been a lot of debate in that situation room, and you haven't always agreed with the tough voices in that room. do you agree with his strategy right now? >> i do agree with the -- the general parameters of the direction. i participated in the discussions. so i think that the increase in troops has bought us time. the afghan army is bigger and more capable. there probably isn't as much progress in the field of governance, rule of law, and the battle against corruption in that society as we would have liked to have seen, but -- and the safe havens in pakistan still exist. so it's a complex issue, but we've been at this for almost --
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well, it will be over a decade. it's time for the afghans to stand up, be counted and to take charge of their country, and i agree with president karzai on that. >> interesting. i think a number of people would agree with you as well, and i want to ask you about hamid karzai. you mention the corruption in that country. as we well known, hamid karzai has been shrouded in corruption, and i've had key military leaders tell me on the ground there in country, that they don't trust hamid karzai. right now the president obama could be talking to hamid karzai right now via this teleconference. do you believe that hamid karzai can be trusted, knowing his background and knowing what he's been involved with? >> well, a couple points, kyra. one is i have known president karzai since i think we met in 2004, and worked with him confide closely during his first term. not quite as closely the second
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term, because i retired and was working at the white house. he is the elected leader of afghanistan, has been reelected. he is who we have to work with, and despite the fact that many of us have pleaded for years with efforts to bring about better governance and rule of law, to work hard a reducing corruption, there's still a lot of work to be done and that's unfortunate. however, there is progress in terms of security. there's progress where the army is concerned. the police are still a bit further behind. and, again, i have to say that it's been xligted by what hasn't happened on the other side of the border in pakistan. anytime you have a safe haven somewhere, that is a disadvantage for our efforts. >> you mentioned that hamid karzai is the man that has been
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elected to lead that country, but would you trust him? >> what i think doesn't really matter. the fact is that the afghans have elected him. he is the democratically elected leader. i wish, and i think all of us wish, there could be more and faster progress in certain areas. there are three things he has to work about. one is his economy. he has to be able to provide for a brighter future for his people and their children. second is governance and rule of law. the third pillar, of course, is security. all three of those things have to be working together. we've spent an awful lot of time on the security pillar. the other two have been lagging, and those are things he can do something about. >> general jones, sure appreciate your time today. >> my pleasure, kyra. thank you. >> thank you. more than 1,000 people have been killed in antigovernment protests over the past three
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months. and joran van der sloot, the man suspected in the disappearance of natalie holloway, but this time he faces murder charges. and the man president obama picked to be the next u.s. ambassador to afghanistan is being grilled on capitol hill. a confirmation hearing take place for career diplomat ryan crocker. "daily show" host jon stewart good friends with anthony weiner. or maybe you heard. it turns out weiner-gate has hurt stewart on many levels. check out the mock news conference last night. >> that's not good.
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[ laughter ] >> i'm probably going to need to go to the hospital. there's definitely no rest for the weiner in today's "political buzz." each of our brilliant political observers gets 20 seconds to answer three probing questions we probably all need margaritas now. dana lohse is a cnn contributor and ahead party leader, and robert trainham. guys, first question, broken glass on the daily show, broken alliances on capitol hill. is it worth defending weiner?
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cornel? >> no, and i would like to reserve the balance of my time, madam speaker, for the other questions. >> okay. my goodness. dana? >> i agree with cornel. i don't think there's any way he can be defended. pelosi and reid have already thrown him under the bus. it's done. >> robert? >> no, and i reserve the rest of my time for a margarita with the three of you. >> money talks, especially to voters. should the president change his tune. dana? >> o. i think he should. there's no way he can answer this, though. there hasn't been a president since fdr that's seen unemployment rate over 7%. so it's a dangerous time for him political politically. i don't think there's anything he could have said that would have made it okay, that would have been safe for him to say. >> cornel?
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>> i think as a president he has to reassure the that the country is moving in the right direction. look, it took eight years to tear down the piece of prosperity that bill clinton built, he won't be able to return it overnight. so he has to reassure the country. >> robert? >> it's always about the economy, stupid. jimmy carter got devoted in 1980 because of the economy. in 1991, the bush folks were begging the clinton folks to run against them and look what happened in 1992. if the president is not more substantive and more caring about the economy, i'm afraid he could do down in history books as the third to lose reelection. michele bachmann's new top strategist ed rollins dismissed sarah palin as, quote, not serious in a radio interview. it begs the question, palin
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versus bachmann, is this the matchup to watch, cornel? >> it is, and ed rollins is crazy like a fox here. he's got to remove sarah palin from the space. if she's remove, i like bachmann as being the number two person standing. >> dana? >> it will be the cat fight. i'm not a fan of ed rollins. i don't know why bachmann has him. >> finally, robert? >> this is where primaries are all about. it's republicans and democrats sometimes eating their own, going back and forth. this is a fight to watch. stay tuned. >> can you imagine bachmann and sarah palin drinking margaritas and then going into the wring? more interesting, yes? >> very interesting. >> i would watch that. >> we all would. >> dana, cornel, robert, it's 5:00 somewhere. thanks, guys. >> thank you. it could be another sign that the end of privacy is near.
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few weeks. alison kosik, why is facebook doing it? >> for several reasons. one, they say that it will make it easier for you to go ahead and put names on the photos that you upload. and also, you know, other people are chiming in on facebook, you know, many people calling it creepy. i put the question out on twitter. asking if it's creepy our genius. everybody said it's creepy. basically it allows facebook to build a data base of what its users look like. facebook recognizes you and then suggests your friends tag you. you can op out of this by setting some privacy options. facebook will still know that's a picture of you. as a user you're still included in this data base. a lot of people can actually do this right now. it was tested out late last year, and they faked this out,
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and critics say you can upload a random picture of a tree and tag yourself as being that tree, that will fake out the system. stocks are pretty flat after fed chief ben bernanke didn't give the roseiest of outlooks. kyra, back to you. a new setback for tiger woods. he announces he's peg out of next week's u.s. open. [ waves crashing ] ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] and just like that, it's here. a new chance for all of us: people, companies, communities
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well, tiger woods will miss next week's u.s. open. his doctors have adviced him actually not to play. on his website, after only nine holes, woods recently slipped
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out of the top ten world rankings. then in the nba finals dirk nowitzki struggled with a 102 degree fever, but put dallas up. mavericks beat miami 86-83. the series is tied at two games each. they relocated a bowling pin factory from mexico and was able to increase pay while kiting costs. cnn's tom foreman has the story. >> reporter: there are 7,000 places you can bowl in america, buying nearly a quarter million sets of bowling balls, so one company is betting big on bring manufacturing back to the united
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states. >> we really felt with moving the product here we would have much better control over our manufacturing, our quality, and really our cost structure. >> when ebonite bought this factory last year, it was in mexico employing 27 people. the labor was cheaper, but company officials believed they could move all the equipment here, apply the latest time and labor-saving techniques, and a dozen american workers could produce just as much. >> yes, we do pay them more than what they were making in mexico, but our actual dollars of labor per pin is less here in hopkinsville. >> reporter: the wood primarily comes from pennsylvania and ohio, cutting shipping expenses. by bringing the factory until closer supervision, they have also improved their ability to make sure each pin is precisely like the next one, that's critical. >> you could have different reacting pins, because it brings
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inkonzancy in the scorability of the pins. >> ebonite, a giant in the manufacture of bowling balls, expect to make 150,000 of pins in the first year, and they're aiming for five to six times as many down the line. tom foreman, cnn. still ahead, a police shooting in miami beach, a burst of gunfire and outcry of accusations. this morning, our response from the police department. [ female announcer ] you've never had
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police swarm a car and open fire. now, here's what happened. one person who shot the video of that incident says when the shooting stopped, the police intimidation began. now the miami beach police department is responding. brian todd joins us with the latest. brian, what do you know? >> kyra, the miami beach police are brushing back on that allegation, as you mentioned, this was video shot at ground level by a man named narzis
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benoit. it shows the policeman approaches and appearing to at least level a gun at the car. he and his girlfriend accused them of intimidation, trying to confiscate the phone, taking their phone that they shot the video with, smashing it on the ground and putting him in handcuffs on the ground. police deny smashing the phone. this is a picture released. there's the front, you can see a crack on the right-hand side of the lcd screen. the miami police deny smashing it, and saying it could have come in another incident. mr. benoit's attorney told me that damage is consistent with what mr. benoit described. the police issued a statement saying that because mr. benoit matched the description of one of the suspects just reported fleeing the scene, and further because he ignored repeated
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demands as he quickly walked toward and entered his vehicle, he was detained by officers. they're going a step further saying mr. benoit matched a description of a suspect. we spoke with his attorney a short time ago, and he says the police never told him that he matched a description, and his girlfriend, erica davis, certainly debit match any description of a suspect, and according to benoit, police pointed guns at both of them. >> thank you, brian. president obama talks about jobs training next hour in virginia. and secretary of state hillary clinton expected to discuss the libyan conflict this afternoon. and president obama welcomes national college football champs auburn university, the tigers. protecting future generations of athletes, the nfl and ncaa now asking states to make laws designed to prevent and properly treat concussions
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in young athletes. they say legislation should be modeled after a law in washington state named after a youth football player who almost died, says kids must be removed from a game if suspected of a concussion, and only a licensed health care professional can clear that kid to resume. and coming up, the prime suspect in the disappearance of natalie holloway goes to court on a separate charge. it could reduce his potential sentence from 35 years to just three years. a live report from lima explains why. [ nurse ] i'm a hospice nurse. britta olsen is my patient. i spend long hours with her checking her heart rate, administering her medication, and just making her comfortable. one night britta told me about a tradition in denmark, "when a person dies," she said, "someone must open the window so the soul can depart."
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glee all right. house democrats who face close races in 2012 are feeling some fallout from the anthony weiner scandal. no surprise. mark preston joins us to talk about the issue of the campaign donations. hey, mark. >> hey, kyra. democrats are starting to distance themselves from anthony weiner. in fact, two democrats, tim walz, from minnesota, as well as ohio representative betty sutton have decided to return some of
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their donations, or rather they're going to give them to charity. this comes as tim kaine, the former head of the national committee, running for senate in virginia now, told a television station last night that anthony weiner should resign. let's quickly talk about 2012, kyra, two candidates you don't hear a lot about. first is rick santorum. the second one is herman cain, a very successful businessman. they're both seeking the presidential nomination, they'll both be at the cnn debate on monday night, and both are running as the conservative candidates. we'll see what they have to say on monday night. rick santorum, a two-term senator. he thinks he's the most conservative candidate, so we'll see how that plays out on monday. kyra? >> thank you, mark. that does it for us. we're back bright and


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