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you just want to check out the runners-up, i'll have links at facebook.co facebook.com/suzannecnn. thank you. her family has testified against her, her car trunk, computer, even her own words have been used to paint casey anthony as a monster. the killer of her 2-year-old daughter. now crime scene photographs of the brutalized caylee anthony are the focus of casey's murder trial and the latest complication for the defense. you may recall caylee's remains were found six months after she was last seen alive in some woods near her grandparents' home. the haeart rending images, including a tiny skull wrapped in duct tape are not being broadcast but their impact in the courtroom is clear. that's where i want to begin this hour, steve helling's covering this trial for people magazine. we're glad he's with us again on the phone from orlando. steve, what did it feel like in that courtroom when those pictures of caylee's remains
were shown to the jury and the lab tech went into her testimony? >> well, you know, this was not the first time those pictures have been shown. in the opening argument the jurors did see a picture of caylee's skull. but it was only on the screen for a few minutes back then. and then today, it was on for, you know, they were showing these pictures and they were showing several pictures. and there were jurors who were sniffling. there were a lot of people looking over at casey. then of course casey was crying and would refuse to look at the pictures of her daughter's remains. >> what did you make of casey's reaction? >> well, you know, casey has never seen these pictures of her daughter. she's they ever seen caylee's remains. and so because of that, i know it was a shock to her just to see them. no matter what her involvement was, or what -- whether she ultimately turned out to be guilty or innocent, you know,
seeing these remains is a very gruesome thing and it would be very tough for anybody. so she really didn't look at the screen while she -- while those pictures were being shown. what i'd make of it was probably that she was just seeing them for the first time. >> i want to play a sound bite from the crime tech, jennifer welch, who was on the stand. then i have some more questions for you. >> sure. >> can you orient us to the items in the photograph and tell us what is happening at this juncture? >> yes. in this photograph is the black plastic bag, the red plastic disney bag, in this photograph is the skull with duct tape present, and in this photograph the chief medical legal investigator, steven hanson, is picking up the skull to remove
it from the scene. >> steve, do you think that this has more emotional impact than legal impact from your vantage point? >> you know, absolutely. yes. because they're never going to be able to explain exactly how caylee anthony died. but you can look at these pictures and you can understand that, this is a 2-year-old girl who is dead now and that's going to sink in with the jurors and these pictures are going to remain with them throughout the rest of the trial. >> what else does the prosecution have to do here? this case is supposed to go on for another five weeks. so what else do they have up their sleeve? what's expected next for them? >> well, they're going to have to connect some of the dots. we know right now that there were searches on the computer for chloroform. and we also know that chloroform was found in the trunk. but whether or not the prosecution wins or not, they're going to have to explain kind of the middle step, where was the chloroform gotten and how was it applied and that type of thing we haven't heard yet.
so there's still some gaps in the theory of the prosecution and they have weeks left to prove it. >> all right, steve helling from people magazine for us in orlando watching this trial, steve, thank you again for your time today. we want to know what you think. should casey anthony take the stand in this case? join the conversation on our blog, cnn.com/ali. you can also post on either ali's or my facebook and twitter pages as well. our sister network, hln, is your destination for complete coverage of the casey anthony trial. there you can watch special coverage of the trial throughout the day. our "sound effect" today is the ever increasing loneliness of anthony weiner. the new york congressman who admits tweeting raunchy photographs of his self-to female followers is rapidly losing his own following on capitol hill. at least six of weiner's fellow democratic representatives are publicly urging him to give up his office as are two democratic
senators. here's one of each. >> his behavior was, again, unacceptable. to me it was appalling. again, as a woman, as a colleague of his, just this really does violate his relationship, i think, with his constituents. and calls -- i call for his resignation. >> what do you think about congressman weiner? should he resign? >> it would be fine with me if he did. ultimately that's up to him and his constituents and his family, but i think at this point it would probably be a good thing if he would go ahead and resign. >> technically, weiner can be expelled, but it's generally the views of his constituents that really matter most. as we reported yesterday, a poll shows 51% want weiner to hang on. but get this -- weiner's district will almost certainly be eliminated when the maps are redrawn based on the 2010 census. he had been seen as a favorite in the 2013 race for the mayor of new york. we're also watching the raging wildfires in arizona
which are now threatening power supplies to hundreds of thousands of people. you're looking at a satellite image of the wallow fire, the second-worst wildfire in arizona's history. talking about a fire about half the size of rhode island, if that puts it in some perspective for you. it has destroyed 389,000 acres, burning what looks like a giant bear paw in eastern arizona. fire officials say the wallow fire is expanding and is dangerously close to taking out transmission lines. a tucson electric spokesman says the fire is just eight miles from some of their main lines. firefighters are hoping to gain an upper hand with winds dying down just a little bit today, but they still have an uphill battle. i'm about to show you some remarkable video. the next 13 seconds are critical to an incredibly quick thinking and brave sexual assault victim who used her cell phone to capture this. >> will you please leave?
how did you get in here? >> what's amazing about this is the woman captures the suspect as the man -- you see there -- is burglarizing her home in oakland, california. you see the box he's carrying? police say that box is filled with the women's stolen electronics. there he is on his way out. but most importantly, it's taken moments before the man then sexually assaults the woman, recording this video. i want you to take a very good look at his face. the suspect is described at a bald black male in his early 40s, about 5'9", weighing 160 pounds. we take a much closer look at that video and the woman behind it in our next hour. u.s. military personnel traveling on orders will now be able to check more bags for free on delta flights. the policy change takes place immediately. it follows the outrage stirred up by two u.s. soldiers returning from afghanistan who vented that delta charged them hundreds of dollars in bag fees and posted it on youtube.
>> we had actually to end up paying out of pocket our own money to allow that fourth bag to be taken on the plane. >> how much you pay? >> $200. per bag. >> in all they played about $2,800 together. military personnel will now be able to carry four bags in coach an five bags in first and business class for free on delta. united continental has made similar changes, an american airlines will now allow five free checked-in bags for the military. you punch something into your browser, you view a webpage and you think it's gone forever. right? if you hit delete? well, the murder trial of the decade is proving that almost everything you do on a computer does leave a trail. we look into this right after the break. don't touch your computer or cell phone until you hear this.
now a look at some high-tech testimony from the casey anthony trial. prosecutors called a witness who said someone conducted key word searches on chloroform and neck breaking using a desktop computer in the home anthony shared with her parents. searches were found on the computer's hard drive and that indicated they had been deleted. but still fully retrievable. the editor in chief of pcmag.com joins us now. lance, help us understand, if you will, what this all means. if these files were deleted no matter who did that -- because we certainly don't know at this point -- but how can deleted files be retrieved?
>> well, you have to understand how storing digital data actually works, how computers work an very simply, when you delete something, it doesn't mean that the computer has wiped it out, scrubbed it away. it only means that you've said, look, this space is open for you to store something else. the problem is, hard drives today are massive. so usually that stuff never gets overwritt overwritten, and if you work hard enough, can you find it. >> break down for us what happens when we send an e-mail or text or tweet, where does it go? >> boy, it goes so many places. obviously if you send out a tweet, it's hitting that twitter server, it is also going to the person who received the tweet. right? you've got it on your desktop, you've got it on the servers, you've got it with someone else. but what it maybe you sent it in a direct message, that means a private message. everything's fine, right? not really. because someone can simply copy that message, copy the link you sent them and make it public with one click, the private in the digital world becomes
public. this is something people really don't seem to understand. >> so we do leave a trail then, nothing's really private. >> we leave a trail everywhere we go. we leave a trail on our hard drives. we leave a trail on the server. say if you take photos of something and you share it privately, well it's still on that server somewhere and, for example, twitter has all of your tweets. even though you can't see all of them, they have all of them. so they could be subpoenaed and someone could have to show those tweets to the world. >> oh, boy, that's very good to know. lance, hang with me here because i want your help on this next story. a british group owned by media mogul robert mu dock is fighting accusations it hacked the phones of the royal family and top politicians. british media named tony blair and cate middleton as possible victims. if player and middleton are vulnerable, what information about us, lance, can be obtained by hacking a cell phone? that's my concern. >> you know, smart phones are
simply computers that we hold in our hands. they work very similarly. everything you do there is stored on there. lots of times people say i've been texting and i ran out of space. why did you run out of space? because all of that stuff is stored on your phone. typically the only way to really get that information off the phone is if you can get your hands on the phone. for example, some police officers, it was a case in michigan where they were taking the phone from stopped drivers, plugging it in to something and basically downloading everything that was on there. that's one way. there's also sort of a digital reader like over the air reader that can possibly grab information over the air. i know that's something they used to do in england a while ago. it is illegal to sell those devices now, but there are a variety of ways to do it. and if you lose your cell phone and everything's not encrypted, certainly people with access it and find everything that you've done there. >> anyone watching right now is probably thinking if the royal family can get hacked, is there a way to keep our information safe from hackers? >> not if they're aggressive enough. if they truly want to hack you,
they're going to hack you if they want to. look, we just heard about citibank, 200,000 records from customers that were basically stolen from them? it can be done for your phone, it can be done for your desktop. so really it is about thinking about what do you store, how do you store it, how do you keep track of it when you throw out your computer, what do you do with the hard drive? do you just simply throw it out with it? no, you take that hard drive out an run a nail through it or you keep it stored with you so you have to make sure you understand how easy it is for people to access this data and to get at it, basically any way they want. >> wow. that's some interesting information and certainly important information for all of us to know in this digital age. lance, thank you so much. some car dealers are jacking up prices by $20,000. yes, you heard me right -- 20 grand. but that's not all they're doing. find out what else they're doing. stay with us.
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with high gas prices, many consumers are changing their driving habits, and in some cases their mode of transportation, hybrid an electric cars, have become an alternative. but when demand goes up, well, so does the price. take the chevy volt, for example. because of heavy demand for gm's first hybrid electric vehicle, dealers have marked the price up as high as $20,000. also, there are reports of dealers buying and selling the cars among themselves. that way, they can claim the tax
credit on the vehicle and buyers are left with a used car that is ineligible for that credit. exxon mobile has announced a big discovery in the gulf of mexico. the company says it's found the equivalent of 700 million barrels of oil about 250 miles south of new orleans. exploratory drilling started in 2009 but was halted last year after the bp oil spill. drilling resumed under stricter rules in march, exxon says the size of this new field may actually increase as drilling continues. citigroup has alerted its customers of a major security breach. it occurred last month and affects about 200,000 customers. roughly 1% of citibank card customers. hackers accessed information such as name, account number and cac in contact info such as e-mails addresses phone numbers, but
social security numbernumbers, f birth and security codes were not compromised. time right now, 20 minutes past the hour. here's a look at the top stories this hour. alabama governor robert bentley has signed in to law an immigration bill considered by both supporters and critics as the toughest in the nation. among the measures in the bill, businesses must use the e-verify database to confirm the immigration status of new employees. if any business knowingly emplois an illegal immigrant, it will be subject to fines and possibly a revocation of its license. as a number of people in congress continue to call for rep anthony weiner to resign, his office says that option is not on the table. a weiner spokesman says polling indicates a majority of the voters in his district want him to remain in office. the congressman has come under fire as lewd texts and other electronics transmissions have come to light between him and several females he met online. jurors at the murder trial of casey anthony were shown
pictures today of the skeletal remains of her 2-year-old daughter. the photographs from the crime scene investigator brought anthony to tears. other items found at the crime scene were duct tape, a black plastic bag and clothing remnants. up next, candy crowley takes a look at the republican men and women who are trying to unseat president obama. it's part of her "contenders" series. right after the break. [ female announcer ] the healing power of touch just got more powerful. introducing precise pain relieving cream.
since our "contenders" series began in february, one of the things we've followed is the republican side of the race to the white house. what we have seen taking shape is a contest without a front-runner or a real marquee name. our candy crowley sizes up a wide-open field that's moving toward its first real test. >> reporter: no argue ing the field has breadth. they're mitt romney, the former governor of liberal massachusetts who needed to convince primary doubters of his core conservatism. >> we're going to return the responsibility and authorities to the states for dozens of government programs. and that will begin with a complete repeal of bombcare. >> reporter: texas congressman ron paul is on his third run at the oval office. sometimes referred to as the intellectual godfather of the tea party, he'll need to
convince doubters he's more than a conversation mover. >> there are many who would like to belittle this effort, but let me tell you, there is an old saying, three's the charm. >> reporter: it's largely a field of formers, not a contemporary marquee name, nor a perfect fit in the bunch. >> when you going to announce? >> 9:00 tonight. >> reporter: former house speaker newt gingrich, a conservative big-idea guy, who often careens off message and carries some personal baggage. >> if we want a new and better direction, we're going to need a new an better president. >> reporter: former minnesota governor tim pawlenty, chief executive material, he maneuv maneuvered his way through two terms in one of the bluest states in the country, but he'll have to defend some of that record to a conservative base and work on upping his campaign skills to the national level. >> who are you, mr. president, to say that you and your administration should take 40 cents out of every dollar and borrow it from future
generations to prop you up? >> reporter: former pennsylvania senator rick santorum, a fave of social conservatives whose first pressing problem is convincing people he has a shot at powerhouse team obama. >> hope and change is not a solution. hope and change is not a job. >> reporter: and the former ceo of godfather's pizza, herman cain, a conservative radio host, dismissed by republican stalw t stalwarts as entertainment, he has found, nonetheless, some poll traction. almost 40% of republicans say they're not satisfied with this field. critics have called it weak, but a top republican strategist thinks it's more like wide-open -- american style. >> people like to have a lot of choices when they go into the grocery store and they're looking at cereals, they want a big array of choices. the same is true for activists and others -- they want lots of choices. that will be the case until things are settled.
>> reporter: tea party star congresswoman michelle bachmann and former utah governor an u.s. ambassador to china gone huntsman are two of the premier unsettled pieces of the republican puzzle. but they need to get in now, if not earlier. people are choosing sides, campaign money is finite, and time is almost up. >> the new england straw poll is a few months away, and that's the first real event of the primary cycle. time's beginning to -- the calendar's beginning to accelerate. >> reporter: just 516 days until the 2012 election. candy crowley, cnn, washington. one of the first big tests for the gop field will occur monday. that's when cnn will host the new hampshire presidential debate. join us as the republican hopefuls gather to size one another up and debate the issues. new hampshire republican presidential debate, next monday night, only on cnn. a horp horribrible scene in
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affecting transmission lines with the fire just eight miles from power lines in tucson. tucson electric serves about 400,000 customers. firefighters have been aided today by calmer win in the area. rapper florida has been arrested in miami. police say he was pulled over early today when he was spotted driving his car irradically through the streets of south beach. the rapper blew a .185 on the breathalyzer test, more than twice the legal limit. flo rida made it big in 2007, you may recall, with his hit single "low." this next video we're about to show you is very graphic. take a look here. residents in the indian city were stunned when two wild elephants stormed in to the city. the elephants kept police and forest officials at bay for about six hours yesterday before
they were knocked out by tranquilizers. at least one person was killed, three others were injured. police believe the elephants came from a nearby forest. still ahead, part two of our investigation. the sissy boy experiment uncovering the truth. today we confront the psychologist, this woman you're about to see blames for her brother's suicide. >> this was a little boy who deserved protection, respect, and unconditional love.
picture of kirk andrew murphy taken in the early 1970s. that was a year before he was enrolled in a government-funded study aimed at making effeminate boys more masculine. his brother says it is the last time he remembers kirk happy. kirk was just 5 years old when he was treated at ucla's gender identity clinic under a pseudonym to conceal his real name. the man who ran the study was a graduate student at the time. he called kirk's treatment, which his family says involved beatings at home, a success. well, decades later the research that was done on kirk is still being cited by those who think kids can be prevented from becoming gay. that's what infuriates kirk's family. they say the treatment that the researcher called a success literally destroyed kirk. they want you to know what he went through and the impact it had on the rest of his life. in today's report, we confront the researcher with the allegations.
anderson cooper reports. >> kirk, what do you thing of your new nephew? >> reporter: kirk murphy killed himself nearly six months after this video was taken in 2003. he was 38 years old, and had struggled with being gay for most of his life. a struggle his family blames on experimental therapy that kirk was subjected to as a 5-year-old child, experimental therapy that identified him as effeminate, a so-called sissy boy, and tried to fundamentally change his behavior. kirk's mother enrolled him in the experimental therapy at ucla in 1970 because of concerns he was playing with girl's toys. >> and i trusted these people because they were supposed to be the experts. >> but what they really told him was that the very core of who he was was broken. >> i think my husband and i and kirk were manipulated by this program. >> i think kirk would have been
better off if i hadn't taken him. >> kirk's family had no idea george rekurs has for the last three decades used kirk as a child hos effeminate behavior was successfully altered. in numerous publications he's written about kirk, calling him craig to hide his identity. >> i blame them for the way his life turned out. if one person causes another person's death, i don't care if it's 20 or 50 years, it's the same as murder in my eyes. >> the actual reason someone commits suicide is difficult, if not impossible, to know. kirk's family's allegations that george rekurs' therapy caused kirk to take his own life are just that -- allegations. >> i'd like to talk to you about your therapy that you did with kraig? >> reporter: he didn't respond to cnn's repeated requests for an interview, so our producers track him down in florida to ask him about the murphy family's
allegations. would you just talk to us for a second about your therapy with the patient named kraig? >> it's published. >> we've interviewed kraig's family recently. they say the therapy you did with him as a child led directly to his suicide as an adult. what do you say about that? >> i didn't know that. that's too bad. >> you're not aware of his suicide? >> no. >> what do you say to the family if they say that the therapy that you did with him as a child led to his suicide as an adult? >> well, i think scientifically that would be inaccurate to assume that it was the therapy. but i do grieve for the parents now that you've told me that news. i think that's very sad. >> he pointed out that his work with kirk took place decades before his suicide. >> that's a long time ago. have you a hypothesis that a positive treatment back in the 1970s had something to do with something happening decades later. that would -- that hiypothesis
would need a lot of scientific investigation to see if it's valid. two independent psychologists of me had evaluated him and said he was better adjusted after treatment. so it wasn't my opinion. >> one of those psychologists has since died. the other, larry ferguson, told us he did evaluate kirk murphy as a teenager. he told us is family was well adjusted and he didn't see any red flags when evaluating kirk. but a psychiatrist who followed up with kirk when he was 18, dr. richard green, wrote kirk told him he tried to kill himself the year before because he didn't "want to grow up to be gay." rekers insists the therapy was intended to help kirk and his parents. >> i only meant to help. the rationale was positive to help children, help the parents, who come to us in their distress asking questions, what can we do to help our child be better adjusted. >> reporter: george rekers has
had a nearly three decade career as a champion of the anti-gay movement. in addition to being a founding member of the family research council, he was also a board member of the national association for research and therapy of homosexuality or narth, an organization whose members attempt to treat those who struggle with what they call unwanted homosexuality. just last year, however, in a surprising twist, george rekers days as a prominent anti-gay activist abruptly ended. he cass caught with a young male escort he had hired to accompany him on a trip to europe. this photograph was taken of them in the airport in miami. rekers says he's not gay and denies any sexual contact with the escort. he says he hired him to help him carry his luggage. the escort says he gave rekers sexual massages while in europe. rekers resigned from narth after the scandal and the family research council said in a statement they haven't had contact with him in over a decade.
rekers' reputation among those who oppose homosexuality may be tarnished, but his research is still being cited. in this book he co-authored, handbook of therapy for unwanted homosexuality attractions, he continues to cite his work with kirk, whom he calls kraig, as a success. he writes that the case was "et first experimental demonstrated reversal of a cross-gender identity with psychological treatment." the book was published in 2009. six years after kirk murphy took his own life. >> the research has a postscript to it that needs to be added. and that is to acknowledge that kirk andrew murphy was kraig and he was gay, and he committed suicide. >> what do you want people to remember about kirk? >> that this was a little boy who reserved protection, respect, and unconditional love.
and i don't want him to be remembered as a science experiment. he was a person. >> tomorrow, part three of the "sissy boy extreermt." what happened to kirk andrew murphy isn't just a piece of history. today all around the country, children whose families are concerned they may be gay are being sent to therapy based, in part, on george rekers' research. it happened to ryan kendall when he was 14. >> i thought there was some legitimacy to this idea that i was an evil sinner who was going to burn in hell. and for years, i thought that god hated me because i was gay. >> ryan says the therapy he was forced to get drove him to drugs and into a very deep depression. well, tonight in part three of our investigation, i'll share ryan's story on "anderson cooper 360." you'll hear from ryan and the psychologist who treated him who says he's kept hundreds of children from growing up to be
gay. despite mounting calls from colleagues, representative anthony weiner gives no indication that he will resign. dana bash will join us right after the break and she'll tell us what weiner's wife, hue ma abedin is advising him to do. gah! [ children shouting ] [ grunts ] [ whacking piñata ] [ whacking piñata, grunting ]
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dana, you've been covering this weiner controversy since day one. what is the very latest today? >> reporter: well, you know, randi, we were reporting yesterday about a stepped up effort by weiner's colleagues to try to get him to resign. but we understand that that is not in the cards, at least from his perspective. i talked to a source describing a conversation that weiner had with one of his new york colleagues, a democratic congresswoman, congressman from the house, who said that the way that weiner was talking is that he said that he's not going to resign and he actually explained the reason for that by saying that he does not believe that his wife huma abedin wants him to resign, she wants him to stay in congress. and he cited some polling from new york this week that says the majority of new yorkers want him to stay in office. the source described him as dug-in, that he has no plans to go anywhere. in fact, the "new york post" just caught up with the congressman in new york city and he basically said something very similar. listen to this.
>> look, i've betrayed a lot of people and i know it and i'm trying to get back to work now and try to make amends to my constituents and of course to my family. >> where are you headed today? >> i'm going back to my community office, try to get some work done. >> that's where you're headed now. >> don't know whether to tell you or not. but yes. >> you said you're not planning on resigning. >> i'm not. >> are there any more pictures out there? >> as i've said in -- when i spoke at the press conference on monday, that i exchanged in appropriate things with people and you know, i think that i've now got to deal with those consequences. but i was being honest on monday after i hadn't been for a while. >> what was that last part? >> i said i was completely honest on monday after i had not been for a while. >> what about the wife and your pregnancy? do you have any comment about that? >> i have no comment. >> do you know if it is a boy or girl? >> see you soon. >> as you saw, obviously the congressman is back in new york.
the house is not in session and hasn't been all week long but there are some meetings going on today. one of the members of anthony weiner's democratic leadership, jim clyburn, was just talking to reporters and said that he's not going to comment on whether or not he believes weiner should resign but he did say that the democratic caucus will have something to say about it at some point when they come back. he wasn't specific about what that meant but very interesting, even if anthony weiner's saying he's not going to resign now, congress has not been here, at least the house, and when he comes back next week, it's going to be pretty intense for him with his colleagues in new york. >> it is interesting just to watch him. he certainly seems comfortable answering whatever questions that reporter from the "post" was throwing at him. that is nice to see. dana bash, thank you so much. a key u.s. ally in the fight against al qaeda engulfed in political turmoil. why u.s. air strikes have resumed in yemen after a pause of nearly a year.
attack. yemen president ali abdullah saleh has been a solid u.s. ally in the fight against al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, which is based in the country. but a violent political conflict has left him struggling to cling to power. he fled the country last week for medical treatment in saudi arabia after rebels attacked at his presidential compound. cnn's nic robertson following developments and joins us now. what can you tell us about the new u.s. air strikes and what some call really a secret campaign against al qaeda in yemen? >> reporter: randi, it's very interesting. secretary of state hillary clinton was here earlier meeting at a contact group on libya and asked that question about the bombing runs in yemen, and she offered no answer at all. she said, i'm not going to comment on operations. certainly gives the impression that those operations may be ongoing. there have been drone strikes in the past. they have targeted al qaeda
leaders, anwar awlaki the yemeni cleric who inspired a number of attacks inside the u.s. and other parts of the world, there were strikes against him. what's happened in the past, though, sometimes they've missed, it's angered the yemeni population. right now it seems al qaeda, particularly in some of the southern provinces, is trying to take advantage of the sort of fighting in the rest of the country to take territory for weakened government forces. and by targeting them now, if that's what's happening as they come at them in the open is easier than it has been in the past where forces have been better hidden and less well easy to see, randi. >> talking about al qaeda, let's stick with that for a moment. any idea of the strength of al qaeda there? and is it really trying to take advantage of the political crisis? >> reporter: absolutely. there are towns that would like to be able to take control over,
at least in the interim, put pressure on the governors of certain provinces, if they can because they would like to be able to operate more freely. al qaeda is an undisputed danger for any yemeni government, undispute danger for saudi arabia that borders it. but some of the bigger dangers for the international community, because yemen and al qaeda and yemen are able to use the space they have available there to develop new weapons and we've seen them putting a bomb in a printer and then sending that by air cargo, we've seen them putting bombs in underpants, so-called underpants bomber christmas 2009, almost blew up a plane over detroit. they are a great danger to the rest of the world because they have the space to train and to operate and come up with new bomb making techniques. so that's the concern now that they can take control of towns, villages, take the pressure off of them in their camps and
wherever they develop these weapons, randi. >> nic robertson, thank you. 52 minutes past the hour. check top stories. a new development in allegations that libyan leader gadhafi's security forces are using viagra-type drugs to rape women. the chief prosecutor for the international criminal court in the netherlands says he's become more convinced that gadhafi decided to punish women by using rape as a weapon. he says his office is investigating reports that, in some areas, 100 women were raped by security forces. scores of syrians are fleeing across the border into turkey, ahead of a feared government shutdown. turkey says more than 1,000 crossed the border overnight. the refugees say they fear a revenge attack from the syrian military after the government claimed that 120 security forces were killed by what it called armed gangs. in northwestern pakistan now, some 100 militants stormed a security post today killing eight soldiers and wounding 12.
at least 12 insurgents were killed. the attack near the afghan border happened the day after a u.s. drone strike killed 23 suspected militants at a training camp. here's a question for you. what do bedbugs and the george foreman spin fryer have in common? it may be something every home wanted in the future. we will show you what it is after the break. [ artis brown ] america is facing some tough challenges right now.
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bedbugs, yes, the name sounds kind of cute, but if you've had them, you hate them. the blood-sucking pests can infect anyone's home, leaving behind itchy bite marks on that skin of yours. you can't wait for the critters to die since they can live for one year without eating. historically, only trained dogs have been used to sniff them out for extermination. but my next guest created an electronic dog nose that anyone can use to locate the agitating creatures. popular science named it one of the top inventions of the year. the creator of the bedbug detector joins me now. chris, your resume includes everything from military missile electronics to the george foreman spin fryer. so what on earth inspired you to make this? >> well, hi. good afternoon, randi. nice to speak to you.
well, my background, you know to keep fresh, i get bored easily. so i have a very eclectic collection of projects that i work on. and the reason for that is actually for inventors is a very good one and that means you can draw in all kinds of different ideas, concepts, technologies from all different seemingly eclectic nonconnects areas and bring fresh ideas out of the box ideas into this. this started several years ago as a termite detector project and a low cost version of thatting and tthat i ing, and the local exterminators, they've been cooperative in helping in developing this product, they're a local exterminating company here in north carolina. >> tell me you have been able to get a machine to sniff out what trained dogs can. >> well, inspiration came from
our dog, nina, our cogger spaniel and it started out as a basic elemental gas detect, detecting methane and carbon dioxide, gases that all living things give off. the problem was that was, was that we needed something that would identify specifically what you're looking for because all living things, you and i, other animals give things off. >> can you show how it works here, quickly. >> shoo sure. this is the unit in popular science. it's one switch here in the back. i'm going turn it on. and display will come up, and it goes through a short little warm-up cycle here. and a few seconds it will be ready to go. and that's it. it's pretty much designed to just like our iphones and the things we expect to use these days. it's a user friendly device. it's got a graphic flat planle graphic display here that steers you through. >> does this sniff out bedbugs or get some of the other
critters, too? >> well, at the moment, it's programmed just for bedbugs but what we're doing is endeavoring to make this pretty much an identifying tool. if you're near bedbugs, you'll see bedbugs. so it's right now just specifically bedbug detecting tool. what it's doing now is -- yeah, it's been a fun project. it's sniffing right now and it's taking in air samples. and then it's reporting. >> chris, we'll continue to follow that product and keep an eye on it when it gets to market. thanks for joining us today. of course, for more about electronic bedbug detective, check out our blog, cnn.com/ali. don't forget to tune in tomorrow. as always, same big i time, same big i channel. now, i want to begin this hour with a video clip that doesn't look all that menacing until you know what's really going on.
first, let's me play you some cell phone images with the sound off. you see it there, a man carries a box down a hallway. watch again, this time with sound. >> i'm sorry. can you leave? can you please leave? how did you get in here? >> if you recognize the man, well, i sure hope that you'll call the police in oakland, california, because after he stole a box of electronics from the woman who shot this video he allegedly hung around and then sexually assaulted her. police say he's a black male in his 40s, about 5'9", 160 pounds. there's a screen grab of the video for you. the victim is okay, we're happy to report, and being called a hero by victims advocates. you can see what a fighter she is, she's videotaping it and wants to make the report and is
okay with it being out on the air. it's just amazing. >> howard bloom joins me now from oakland. mr. bloom, thank you for coming on the show today. it seems most everything is captured on cell phones nowadays. but this, of course, got our attention. is it rare for victims to photograph their attackers? >> i think it is. i think this is case is pretty unique. i think her presence of mind to do that was incredible. but i don't hear of cases like that very often. >> does your group recommend that women like this woman try to document their assaults or should they get out of the house and get away from the guy? >> we at bay area women against rape our thought is whatever you can do to survive the event is a good strategy. so if somebody is able to do that, that's fantastic. whatever she can do to survive the event is the most critical piece. >> apart from the specific manhunt for the suspect in this
case, what would you like view to take away from the story and this video that this woman took? >> i think the most important thing is to, as i said before, to survive the event. for some people, fighting back is a good strategy. for some people being comply ant and going on is a great strategy. whatever she can do. also, working with a local rape crisis center. if you've survived an incident like this, would be helpful for folks so they can get the appropriate support. >> truly amazing she had the courage, certainly to take this video and considering what happened to her certainly good news that she is doing okay. howard bloom, thank you so much. appreciate your time today. our sound effect, the ever increasing loneliness of anthony weiner, the new york congressman who admits tweeting raunchy photographs 0 to female fol
lower is losing his own following on capitol hill. publicly urging him to give up his office as are two democratic senators. here's one of each. >> behavior was, again, unacceptable, to me it was appalling. as a woman, as a colleague of his, this really violates his relationship, i think, with his constituents, and i call for his resignati resignation. >> what do you think about congressman weiner? should he resign? >> it would be fine with me if he did. ultimately, that's up to him and his constituents and his family. but i think at this point it would probably be a good thing if he would go ahead and resign. >> technically, weiner can be expelled but it's the views of his constituents that matter most. as we reported yesterdaying a poll shows 51% want weiner to hang on. weiner's district will be eliminated when the maps are redrawn based on the 10 20 10
census. he had been seen as a favorite in the 2013 race for mayor of new york. first, there was arizona, then georgia, now alabama. its governor signed the toughest illegal immigration crackdown into law today. the law requires the police, public schools and employers to check immigration statuses and make it a crime to knowingly provide an illegal immigrant transportation or housing. >> we want anybody that wants to make their home here to be able to do that, but we want every one of them to do it the right way, through legalized immigration, through processed employment. we don't think that's asking too much. >> the aclu and southern poverty law center say the law's unconstitutional and plan to file a lawsuit before the law takes effect, which is supposed to happen september 1st. u.s. military personnel traveling on orders will be able to check more bags for free on delta flights. the policy change takes place immediately.
it follows the outrage stirred up by two u.s. soldiers returning from afghanistan who vented that delta charged them hundreds of dollars in bag fees and posted it on youtube. >> we had actually ended up paying out of pocket, our own money to allow the fourth bag to be taken. >> how much did you pay? >> 200 per bag. >> all that added up to nearly $3,000. mill ter personnel will be able to carry four bags in coach, five bags in first and business class for free. united continental made similar changes. american airlines announced today it will allow five free checked in bags for the military. powerful moments in florida. photographs of anthony's murdered 2-year-old daughter were shown in court. [ female announcer ] only yoplait original has twice the calcium of the leading yogurt. that's 50% of the daily value. pass on the news and make sure you and everyone you know is getting the calcium they need.
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visit tempurpedic.com now. a difficult moment at casey anthony capital murder trial in orlando. photographs of 2-year-old caylee anthony's skeletal remains were shown in court. sunny hostin, legal contributor for "in session" joins us new york to talk about this. first of all, you're a former prosecutor. why show these pictures? >> you certainly have to show the pictures to show that caylee anthony was indeed is no longer with us, no longer alive. some pictures don't always come in, randi, because their
probative value is so outweighed by the effect but these pictures were put into evidence, shown to the squlur jury and i will see in every single murder case this is an extremely sobering moment for everyone, for the prosecutor, for the defense team and also certainly for the defendant, but especially for the jurors. the jurors today were looking at their monitors, each juror has a monitor to see what evidence is being placed into evidence. and casey anthony, when caylee anthony's remains were shown, her skull was shown, just sobbed. just cried throughout the evidence being placed in. i will say this, judge perry let everyone know in the courtroom that these graphic images were going to be introduced into evidence and george and cindy anthony took that moment to leave the courtroom. so they were not in the courtroom when caylee's remains were shown to the jury. >> and just so you know, we're
continuing to watch live moments from inside the courtroom as we continue our discussion. sunny, i want to ask you, though, about casey. a woman who hasn't shown a great deal of emotion certainly lately in court, correct? >> that's right. i mean we saw a lot of emotion coming from her in opening statements. we saw a lot of emotion coming from her during jury selection each time the indictment was read. but recently we haven't seen that. we've seen a much happier casey anthony. that is not the case today in the courtroom. again, very sobering, sobering moment in any case when the victim's crime scene photos are shown, when autopsy photos are shown, and that is what is playing out in the courtroom right now, the medical examiner's on the witness stand. >> her brother lee was called back to the stand today. what was the importance of that? what did they want to learn from him today? >> sure. there was some evidence put in yesterday about computer searches and one of the searches that was done on july 16th,
2008, was for zenaida fernandez gonzal gonzalez, the nanny casey anthony claimed taken little caylee anthony. lee anthony described for the jury he was the one that did that computer search based on the story that casey anthony told him on that day. >> all right. sunny hostin, following it for us. along with us, thank you, as always. we want to know what you think about this. should casey anthony take the stand there in court? join the conversation on our blog, cnn.com/ali. you can also post on ali's or my facebook and twitter pages. and hln is your destination for complete coverage of the casey anthony trial. right there, watch special coverage of the trial throughout the entire day. its a state that could serve as a poster boy for all that's wrong with the economy and it issing expected to be a key battle ground in next year's election. a live report from nevada.
as wildfires continue to burn in arizona a red flag alert has been lifted for the eastern part of the state. some residents are refusing to leave, and fighting for their homes. jim spellman joins me live from apache county, arizona. what's the latest from there where you are? >> reporter: i can't -- >> can you hear me? >> reporter: sorry, are you there? hi, randi.
yes -- >> tell us what's going on there. >> reporter: they lifted the red flag warning, winds are lower, humanity's up and it's given them their first break in ten days to get a handle on this fire. they've got a large plane, initially they were going to get i 747 now it's a dc-10 ready to drop retardant if conditions stay like this. they're working backfires where they intentionally set some fuel on fire so when the fire gets to it, it's starved and won't make it into any towns and hit structures. 300, 400 feet is their goal. we hope to see what kind of progress they make. hope today is first day they can get some handle but containment is days off, at least. >> so far where you are, what's the damage like? what type of equipment do these guys have to battle something like this? >> reporter: well, they're up to now over 3,000 firefighters here, all of the stuff you might
see, pumper trucks, plus giant bulldozers and a lot is heavy work on hand using hand tools, they have to hike into place farz frfar from any roads. they're able to do aerial tours and use infrared cameras to see where the heat is, where things are progressing. so far, still only a handful of structures have been destroyed in a couple of small towns they're able to hold the line and keep that away from the larger population centers. of course they hope they'll keep being able do that. they're saying they're going to be here for a long time. could be weeks at least before they have this fire under control. >> jim, we'll let you get to the front lines with them. be safe. talk about a state hard hit by the recession. nevada's got it all. a record rate of home for closu closures, high unemployment, evenly split divided electorate. a battle ground state in next year's elections.
casey wian joins us henderson. does any party right now have the upper hand? >> reporter: absolutely not, randy. a state that is very closely divided. let me give you background. what's been happening here economically. we're in henderson, nevada, second largest city, a city that's grown from 65,000 people in 1990 to 270,000 today. we're in one of the recreation centers that the community's built. seven of them like this. it shows explosive growth they've had here. but now half of the homes sold in this area are under foreclosure and the unemployment rate is around 12%. and that is weighing very heavily on the mines of prospective voters in 2012. we met one man who voted for president obama in 2008. that was about the same type his small business really took a significant hit. he went from 40,000 in revenue a month to just $1500 in revenue. who's he going to vote for this time? he's not sure.
>> and, casey what are folks there saying about the issues, in general? >> reporter: the issues that they're keshed about are health care and the number one issue is the economy. they are very concerned about jobs, they are very concerned about the home foreclosure market. there are 10,000 homes just in clark county in southern nevada alone per month still going into foreclosures. it's not the same rapid rate that they've experienced in the past but it is still weighing heavily on this community. they are -- this state has about 460 -- excuse me, 560,000 democrats, 460,000 registered republicans. about 100,000 voter difference there. there are 300,000 registered voters who are either nonpartisan or belong to smaller parties. so that's a huge swing vote. people you talk to say they haven't seen anyone to jump
behind from the republicans and they're not all that thrilled with what president obama has done so far. so they're really waiting to see what happens in the republican campaign to decide who they're going to vote for. it's going to have a big impact because the nevada caucuses are the third primary next year, just eight months away from now, after iowa, after new hampshire comes nevada. even though this is a state with only 1.3 million registered voters it will play a very, very big role in the 2012 election. >> casey wian for us in henderson, nevada, thank you. remember, next monday, cnn will host the new hampshire presidential debate. join us as republican hopefuls gather to size one another up and debate the important issues. the new hampshire republican presidential debate next monday night only on cnn. 20 minutes past the hour. a look at some of the top stories this hour. alabama governor robert bentley has signed into law an immigration bill considered by supporters and critics as the toughest in the nation.
among the measures in the bill, businesses must use the e verify database. if any business knowingly employs an illegal immigrant it would be subject to fines and possibly a rev indication of its license. as people in congress call for weiner to resign his office says that option's not on the table pap a weiner spokesman says polling indicates majority of the voters in his district want him to remain in office. the married congressman has come under fire as lewd text and other electronic transmissions have come to light between him and several women that he met online. facebook seems to be everyw. these days and now it's trying something different. disaster leaf, at the palo alto office a dozen disaster relief workers got together, trying to find ways the site and the relief organizations can work together. that would be pretty cool. cloud computing, is it right
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hello, richard. >> hello, ali. we're actually here together in person in new york and each week ali and i are coming to you around the world, because we have to talk business. >> yep. >> travel. we have to talk innovation. and nothing's off limits. >> today it's about innovation. all about the cloud, cloud computing specifically. we had a big announcement from apple this week. it's becoming increasingly popular allowing users greater freedom in an on demand world. >> he hasn't even started and he's talking. it's when you store things in a central server not on your home computer, sites like flicker, hotmail. the question, ali, and you're going first this week, should you ditch your conventional hard drive for cloud computing? is it time to ditch the drive? >> all right. let's talk about it first. people who don't know what we're talking about, this is a hard drive. could be one that you carry around with you, it could be one in your computer. it's where you use to store
data. this is the cloud. now what's the difference? the cloud you still store information on something it's just not your hard drive, not your computer. and the question is, whether or not this as safe as this. this is the same conversation we had years about this. should you use your credit card to buy things online. the bottom line, this cloud, you don't have to store it. you can't lose it. it's cheaper. it's more efficient. it's more accessible. instead of arguing over the pros and cons of this versus this, what we need to do is make this safer and more useful. look, let me give you numbers here. u.s. e-commerce sales last year -- not last year, 2000, $42 billion. last year 142 billion. we're going to add another 100 billion next year. this is how we do business. you've got store stuff. this is old fashioned. this is the future. it's the way i'm going. >> answer the question, is it time to ditch the -- >> totally time to ditch that. >> that is why you are so
seriously wrong. >> you've got to be kidding. >> here we go. >> 60 seconds. >> is it time to ditch the hard drive? absolutely not. yes, this may well be the future. but the reality we've got a long way to go before -- it's too difficult to use the cloud at the moment. there are too many issues. of course the cloud will be there in the future, just not yet. whether it's companies like amazon or sales force.com, which are making great leaps and bounds in making us allowed to use this sort of computing. but when it comes to you, the consumer, you would be a fool to rely on the cloud just at this point. it's simply not there. amazon, google, apple, all offering music services. but at the moment, it is simply not reliable. it is not safe. there are bugs. there are viruses. and most important of all, ali, there are costs involved in using the cloud which ultimately
you may find to your detriment. so i've no doubt in the future we will be bobbing along on a cloud but -- >> for now he's going old school. this is where we separate the men from the boys. time for the quiz. it's when the voice comes on. hello, voice. >> hello, gentlemen. both of you may be starting on cloud nine but one of you will suffer an unsceremonious fall t earth. first question, which of these is the top language for the majority of internet users? is it, a, english? b, chinese. c, spanish, d, arabic? ali? >> english. >> english is correct. very good, ali. you're on the board with one. english barely edges out chinese though there are more users in china than anywhere else. richard, get ready. you are way behind.
china -- >> whoa! >> way behind. >> way behind? >> china has the most internet user but was lags in so-called internet penetration. which of these countries has the highest percentage of their population connected to the internet? is it, a, qatar, b, south korea, c, iceland, or, d, germany? ali you are first again. >> south korea. south korea. >> ali, first is not always best. >> richard, your chance to steal. >> iceland. >> that is correct, richard. iceland is number one. it's a perfectly valid question. the u.s., by the way, ranks 16th. the uk, 15th. all right. we're now tied, 1-1. this is where we separate the men from the boys.
number three, now to clouds we can actually see. which of these clouds forms highest in the sky? is it, a, stratus, b, come cup cue lus, cirrus? >> ducouple u list. >> this is amendment bembarrass >> stratocumulus. >> cirrus are the flat little ones. >> it's stratocumulus. >> ali, take another shot? >> come on! >> okay. i'm going go back to my latin now. it's got to be stratus. >> this one should be easy for you, richard. >> it's the other one! >> that's right, richard the
other one. >> cirrus. >> congratulations on what we have to call a win but that's questionable. >> well, all right. get them next week. that will do it for us this week. >> we are off for lunch on this card. remembering we're here each week on quest means business. >> 18:00 gmt or "cnn newsroom" 2:00 p.m. cnn.com/qmb and cnn.com/ali. we'll see you next week. what's this option? that's new.
half past the hour. a look at stories you might have missed. in the capital murder trial of casey anthony, jurors were shown two photos of her daughter's skeletal remains. anthony cried as the photos were displayed. a crime scene technician described what was found along with remains including a red plastic disney bag and duct tape seen on the girl's skull. wildfires burn in arizona, a red flag alert has been lifted for the eastern part of the state. but utilities are now planning for the possibility of transmission lines being affected with the fire eight miles from power lines in tucson. tucson electric serves 400,000 customers. firefighters are aided by calmer winds in that area. rapper flo rida arrested in miami on suspicion of dui and driving on a suspended license. the rapper was pulled over early driving his 2008 irradically in
south beach. the rapper blew a .185 on the bethlizer test more than twice the legal limit. flo rida made it big in 2007 with his single "low." this next video we're about to show you is very graphic. residents in the indian city were stunned when two wild elephants stormed into the city. the elephants kept police and forest officials at bay for six hours yesterday before they were knocked out by tranquilizers. at least one person was killed, three others injured. police be believe the elephant came from a nearby forest. a phone hacking scandal sweeping britain. high-profile couple among the alleged victims. yes, the duke and duchess. details in globe trekking after the break.
into britain it seems everyone is talking about a phone hacking scandal and at the center of it all, rupert plur do murdoch's media empire. this isn't the first time he's been accused of involved in some hacking. >> far from it. there's already a police investigation under way in the hacking of people's cell phone voice mail and he's already settled i think it's five cases against high profile people for this. what would happen, he was having people, newspaper was having an investigator hack into people's cell phone voice mails, use information for these hugely sensational stories -- >> that's not how you're supposed to get a scoop. >> that's not journalistic.
siena miller settle ford 100,000 pounds. this has become broader, big somewhere calls for the investigation to get more and more widespread. and it all centers on one private investigator, jonathan reese, accused of targeting politicians, royalty, as you mentioned, even terror informants who are informing on the i.r.a. and things like that. the list of names is amazing, er eric clapton, george michael, the prime minister, tony blair, when he was in office hacking and getting information, getting the voice mail open. it's extraordinary how this allegedly happened. >> they can get a lot. with siena miller they had conversations of her talking to her ex-boyfriend at the time, talking about having children. >> she said it made her paranoid. she didn't know if someone in her family was betraying her or how information was getting out until it came out, this. this piece saying it needs to be
widen out, a huge investigation. >> taking it seriously. >> very, very, yeah, yeah. >> something else that caught our attention today is the story out of china, the two cases and in both cases somebody was killed but it has to do -- it's like a class situation, it seems is what what's happening in term of the punishment. >> a young fellow, 21-year-old music student from a well-to-do family, hits a girl, a pes ant, she was a worker from villages. >> he was driving a car. >> hits her on a bicycle. she's injured, badly, but she's alive. she -- he sees her taking down his license plate number, registration number, so he goes back and he kills her. he stabs her eight times and kills her. and four days after this happened another case of a guy who ran over someone and as he was leaving the scene of the accident and the cops were there he's yelling out the name of his father saying i'm the son of -- >> a big --
>> a senior police officer. >> right. >> and yet, he got six years for his. this other fellow was executed. >> but that's -- that's the problem, right? these are two very similar crimes. >> yeah. part of the one with the guy who got executed was there was an internet outrage and hundreds of thousands of tweets and facebook outpourings ofger about this, and there are those, bloggers in china, saying that that's what pushed the courts to execute this guy. >> normally they wouldn't someone of that stat us. >> not that status but someone who turned themselves in, unusual to be given the death penalty for that and the crime as well. seemed to be a show of the power of the internet and also the anger that exists in china with the children of the upper class and the powerful who do things and do get away with it, and seem to run around town, you know, breaking the law and getting away with it, acting with impunity and this was the situation of people being fed up
with that and there was this outcry against this guy and he got executed for it. >> this other guy didn't turn himself in, ran away, right, shouted his powerful father's name and got six years in prison. it's interesting when you talk about executions, too, remember with china, 2008, figures of 1700 people executed in china. that's 3/4 of the executions around the world. there are only, i think, 600-something that was the rest of the world combined. china's long had a reputation for being the biggest executor of people in the world as well. >> do you think anything would change? after something like this, so much anger and so much attention on it? >> well, what the chinese are saying in the last few years they're going to do is reduce the number of executions. they have stated that. we don't have figures for the last couple of years at the moment, but 2008 was the last one where i saw figures of 1,700. they're trying to reduce the number of executions. but in terms of the societal aspect of this, it's
fascinating. there has long been anger at the privileged and the kids of the privileged getting away, this in this case, with stabbing a woman on the street because she was taking down a number because he run her over. >> plus, this other guy, think about, he ran away. he knew what he was doing when he ran and shouted his father's name because he knows how much that weight that has there. michael holmes. >> a couple of weird stories. she is beautiful, smart, and glamorous, but still a mystery to many. anthony weiner's other half in our growing fascination with her. (screams) when an investment lacks discipline, it's never this obvious. introducing investment discipline etfs from russell. visit russelletfs.com r a prospectus, containing the investment objectives, risks, charges,
voices are growing louder on capitol hill, calling on congressman weiner to resign. despite the embarrassing fallout, weiner is clinging to office. why? for his wife, huma abedin, who is pregnant. a source familiar with the conversation says weiner told another new york house member his wife wants him to stay in congress. tom foreman gives us a look at the woman beside anthony weiner in today's big breakdown. >> reporter: as she travel as broad with secretary clinton, huma abedin appears to be do what she always does, tending to her work and keeping a low profile. friend says she has indicated she will fight for her marriage and her husband's career but
they openly worry about the couple's future. james carville nose abedin. >> every conversation starts the same thing, god, wonder how huma's holding up. she didn't do anything to deserve this. any variation of that, any conversation starts with that. >> reporter: abedin a rising star in the democratic party since she interned for first lady clinton in 199. 35 this year, born in michigan to parents college professors, largely raised in saudi arabia, came back state side to go to george washington university in d.c. she is a practicing muslim, fluent in arabic, and has emerges over the years as one of clinton's closest aides and friends. >> anybody else? anybody? >> reporter: famously professional, untiring, and dissecret. candidate clinton wrapped up her white house bid and thanked her staff -- >> to my extraordinary staff,
volunteers and supporters. >> reporter: the cameras went to abedin. they often do. her success striking looks and love of high fashion even landed her a vogue magazine feature in 2007 calling her hillary's secret weapon, and mentioning close ties to actor john cue sack and cyclist lance arm strong. in that article, clinton, described as having more of a mother/daughter relationship with abedin said her combination of poise, kindness and intelligence are matchless. >> right here. >> reporter: but it was abedin's relationship with anthony weiner 12 years old somewhere jewish, that made washington buzz. he says she knew of his weakness for internet sex chat before the wedding he but 4 told it was past and took vows presided over by former president bill clinton. ironic since abedin's internship at the white house occurred around the same time another intern was there, monica
lewinsky. >> i love her very much and she loves me. >> reporter: representative weiner insists like the clintons he and his wife will stick together but that's what he says. with the first anniversary coming up in a few weeks, she is not talking. tom foreman, cnn, washington. should your doctor be able to ask you whether on you own a gun? should your doctor go to jail for asking you whether on you own a gun? our stream team will tackle this topic.a ers, fters. it can get really complicated. not nearly as complicated as shipping it, though. i mean shipping is a hassle. not with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service. if it fits it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. that is easy. best news i've heard all day! i'm soooo amped! i mean not amped. excited. well, sort of amped. really kind of in between. have you ever thought about decaf? do you think that would help? yeah. priority mail flat rate shipping starts at just $4.95, only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship. that's how it is with alzheimer's disease.
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a bill proposed in florida would have put doctors in jail for up to five years if they asked their patients this question -- do you have a gun in your house? the bill pitted the gun industry against the medical community and a compromise was passed. it is not unforgiving as the original but sftill require tha will doctors and health care providers not ask about gun ownership unless the information is relevant to the patient's medical care or their safety. our question, should a doctor be able to ask a patient about anything, including guns? dr. david evans with the national physicians alliance and andy hilling a retired sergeant
with the phoenix police department. joining us for the stream team today, thank you both. dr. evans, i'd like to start with you. what is wrong with limiting doctors' questions to relevant medical care only? >> this is really an issue about patients and doctors being able to freely and confidently communicate in the exam room. we talk about a lot of sensitive subjects, whether it be substance abuse, bodily functions, sexual issues, and all of this needs to be confidential and easy to communicate. >> but anyone watching this might wonder, why would a doctor even need to ask a patient if they own a gun. how would you respond to that? >> well, the issue here is safety issue and just as i asked patients who -- whose children ride bicycles if they wear helmets, it's not unreasonable
to ask if there are guns in the home. >> andy, i'm curious, did personal questions from doctors to patients really ever help you as a police officer? >> well, all the time. when you think about it, as it related to law enforcement, police officers are responding to calls to emergency rooms, where there are gunshot wounds of gun crimes involved. so the police officers depend a lot upon information from the physicians attending. not only that, but the focus that we've had over the last six months since congresswoman giffords was shod what information was available ahead of time and can something like that be prevented? you have to allow physicians to have freedom to release information if they come across it, and they have -- need to have that patient/doctor relationship where they are able to get information and sometimes able to help for safety's sake prevent loss of life. and that law that had a good idea in terms of its intent certainly in practicality was not good if it restricted in any
way a physician/patient relationship. >> andy, let me read you something from the nra lobbyist marion hammer. he says, we pay doctors to be doctors and give us medical care. instead they're trying to be social workers and bring their gun ban politics into the examining room. andy, you say some of notes that these doctors take can help you in crime solving. >> well, absolutely. you know, investigators always have to try and get physicians' notes if there was a gun crime that they responded to or something that turned into a homicide and they have to subpoena those records. therefore there needs to be good records. i'm sure physicians would be concerned about liability issues if there were certain restrictions. law enforcement does not want doctors to have to go into a written medicine protocol. law enforcement needs to access in order to present cases and keep the public safe, really. >> doctor evans, is this about bringing gun politics into the
examining room? >> i don't think so. the national physicians alliance doesn't have a position on guns one way or the other. this is really more about safety and about the confidentiality of the doctor/patient relationship. it's important for me to be able to discuss any safety issue with my patients. i want my patients who have pools to have fences around their pools. i want my patients who bring in their newborn baby to know that car seats are important and how they should be positioned. as anybody who has a child knows, when you bring a child into the home, everything changes, including the safety -- the relative safety of firearms. >> all right. dr. evans, andy hill, thank you both. interesting discussion. it's time for cnn political update. cnn white house correspondent brianna keilar joins us from the political desk in washington.
brianna, president obama naming a new political director. >> reporter: that's right. taking the political desk over to the white house today, randi. president obama beefing up his re-election team with katharine archiletta. as political direct, the first latina to hold a role in the presidential campaign. right now chief of staff to hilda solis. going from d.c. to chicago, joining the re-election team, including campaign manager jim messina and former white house deputy chief of staff, david axlerod, spearheading re-election efforts. also on the ticker, you'll find new poll numbers, a spike in support this poll shows, among americans for bringing home u.s. troops from afghanistan. you can check out the new cnn opinion research corporation poll at cnnpolitics.com. what it show is almost 3/4 of those surveyed said the u.s. should withdraw some or all troops from afghanistan. this significant because it's a
10% jump from may and if you ask our polling guru, keating holland, he'll tell you, randi, it's likely because of the death of osama bin laden. thank you. next update from the best political team on television is just an hour away. so we although that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, right? people who don't wear skirts shouldn't bill glass staircases. yes. we'll explain that. [ airplane engine whines ] [ grunts ] [ dog barking ] gah! [ children shouting ] [ grunts ] [ whacking piñata ] [ whacking piñata, grunting ]
>> time for my x, y, z. columbus, ohio, where they are awfully proud of their brand-new $105 million courthouse. there's just one problem, it also has a shiny, new glass staircase that's proving to be a real challenge, you might say, for women who work at the courthouse. you see, a glass staircase and women who wear skirts or dresses to work, yeah, that doesn't make a good mix. anyone standing below that scare case can see right up through it, brilliant, right? who designed this? maybe they should have thought of this before they dropped more than $100 million on the courthouse. judge skrjulie lynch thinks the courthouse must have been designed by men. clearly, women would have thought of this, right? after all, half 0 the employees at the courthouse are women. so some women aren't just worried about a stolen glance,