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i think, is what we would say. you've always had a great heart and you're a very warm generous person and anybody who doesn't understand the unique pressures of being a member of the royal fam and coming into what you did, doesn't real understand what you went through, and i do, and i think you're coming out other end. i wish you all the best. >> thank you, piers. thank you very much. >> nice to see you again. >> thank you. >> it's sunday night. big news in the last 48 hours that will continue to make headlines in your week ahead. the biggest story by far, congressman anthony weiner. tonight nude photos believed to be taken inside a gym on capitol hill, and in some of them he's nearly nude. from those images to some of that are much more pleasant to see, congresswoman gabrielle giffords nearly killed five months ago. tonight we're seeing pictures of her for the first time since
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that fateful day, and she still has that great smile. >> the only thing they did was destroy o destroy him. he was empty, nothing there. >> it is a stunning story about an experiment on a 5-year-old boy, the brother of that man. his parents thought he had too many feminine traits so a government-fund research program set about trying to change him. this hour the doctor who performed the experiment reacts to news that his subject committed suicide. take a look around. let's go up on the new stage. and the candidates are arriving, and the stage now set for monday night's gop presidential debate that you'll only see right here on cnn. we're live on the campus of st. anselm college in manchester, new hampshire, counting down to the gop presidential debate right here on cnn. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. you're in the cnn newsroom. it has been one of the worst
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weekends of congressman anthony weiner's life as his political career appears to be hang by a thread and the embarrassing pictures keep cropping up. tmz published these latest ones while weiner is off seeking professional help. the website says these pictures were taken in the house member's gym and sent to at least one woman. these aren't even the most graphic ones in the bunch this. comes a day after the democratic leadership called on weiner to resign. here's a statement from house minority leader nancy pelosi. congressman weiner has the lover of his family, the confidence of his constituents and the recognition that he needs help. i urge congressman weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of congress. the head of the democratic national committee representative debbie wasserman schultz was a lot more blunt talk to say about it. >> it is with great disappointment that i call on my colleague representative anthony weiner to resign. the behavior he exhibited is
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indefensible and wooern's continued service in congress sun tenable this. sort of affair has become an unacceptable distraction for representative weiner, his family, his constituents and the house, and for the good of all he should step aside and address those things that should be most important, his and his family's well-being. >> so as democrats started to abandon weiner, we got word saturday that he is seeking professional treatment. he made no mention of that just hours earlier when our own jason carroll caught up with him on the streets of new york, and he seemed adamant about hanging on to his seat. >> reporter: just to reconfirm about resignation, you no plans. >> no news. >> reporter: no plans to resign. >> nothing has changed. >> reporter: so you're not resigning? >> a majority of weiner's constituents in new york apparently don't want him to resign, but he may not be able to withstand the pressure in his own party to quit. so let's talk about this now with cnn contributor errol
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louis. he also covers new york politics as an anchor for new york one news. errol, good evening to you. will the support be enough to save wooener? >> it's not just support but support of new yorkers in his district and we did a poll that show 64% say he should in fact stay in office now. that can change in the weeks ahead, but for now his district seems to think that he ought to hang in there, and it sounds like that's what he's going to do. >> you know, he wanted to run for mayor. even if he does resign, do you think we can still see him run again in the 2013 race for new york city mayor? >> not a chance. the -- the head of the -- the mayor is also the head of the school system, and by a convincing majority, that same poll showed that new yorkers don't want him to run for mayor in 2013. it hasn't really even come up. on the other hand, he's a young man, don n.2021 he'll be just 57
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years old. time to revisit that, but definitely not this this election cycle for mayor. >> all right, errol. let's turn to the reason i'm in new hampshire tonight. cnn is response oregon a republican debate here on monday night. i want to pop up a new poll we're release on the eve of the debate. we asked should government promote traditional values, 58% say no, 46% says yes. the first time the yes has dipped below 46%. who is the best candidate in light of this? >> very interesting. some of the lesser candidates who have sort of a non-orthodox positions for republicans, like the rudy giulianis of the world, people who have wavered on some of these issues, who have been open to things like abortion or same-sex marriage or at least not toeing the most conservative party line, seems like they are in for tough sledding, it seems to me. this is also a state by state
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kind of question. have you to ask that question in new hampshire. you'll get a different answer in iowa, yet another answer in nevada and another answer in south carolina and in florida, so those early states, i think there's considerable diversity which is actually a good thing, but for -- for iowa, where it all starts, iowa is a bible belt scene. i mean, you've been there, i'm sure. if you have it, you're going to get your fill of it, and they are very serious about -- about cultural issues, about what they call traditional values, and very -- very hard to get past that. and some -- some candidates in fact may skip it rather than go into the heart of what is a very tough place. if you are not toeing the line on traditional values. >> all right. back here in new hampshire now, who has got the most to prove in tomorrow night's debate. >> oh, i think by far it's mitt romney. i mean, he's from a neighboring state. he won the state last time. he's clearly staking a lot
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there. he's not participating in some of the early iowa straw polls, and it's not clear whether he's even going to participate in a debate later this summer, so he's got to win and got to win convincingly. he's got to not just win in whatever polls you and others take, but he's got to do well on the stage. it's just too easy for him for an ambitious guy like tim pawlenty or a guy like herman cain who seems to be good on the stump and gets attention. too easy for mitt romney to get picked off, and he'll real very to make a strong case. he'll have to be confident and show he's got support up there. >> all right. errol louis, thanks very much and should point out that newt gingrich is relaunching his campaign at an event tonight. let's hope tomorrow night. newt gingrich is going to relaunch, and he'll be speaking tonight, and we'll bring it here to you on cnn. up next, the first pictures of congresswoman gabrielle giffords since she was shot in january.
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posted today on her facebook page. giffords was signature outside during the photo shoot. in this one she's sitting next to her mother looking happy and relaxed and cnn's lisa sylvester has more from washington. lisa? >> don, an gabrielle giffords' face fook page people have sent her well wishes. a sample of them. freight to see you smiling. you're a wonderful inspiration. another one reads same smile, same attitude. can't wait to see you back in congress, and she continues to improve. she's walking more. her verbal and cognitive skills are coming along, and now we have these pictures, and you can see some of the differences. in the latest pictures, her hair is darker, cropped short. she is wearing glasses. the most obvious difference though is the indentation on the left side of her head and in the second photo, that's her mom, by the way, with her in the picture, she still has that same gorgeous smile. these pictures were taken may 17th. that is the day before she had surgery to replace the skull bone. that surgery was to put in a
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synthetic bone and shouldn't, and her doctors said it went very well, so physically speaking her condition has improved above and beyond what the photos show. i spoke to her communications director and just saw her last week. he said she was talking about politics, the mitt romney announcement and overall in good spirits, and i asked him how long before he expects her to be back and running the office. >> i don't know. hopefully it will be soon. if you look at the amount of distance that she's traveled so far and how far she is come, i think we're confident it's going to be soon, but if there's one thing we've learned in this whole process, lisa, that is the need to be patient. c.j. said the plan is to have her moved from the houston rehabilitation center by the end of the month so she will stay in houston and continue with outpatient treatment. don? >> lisa, thank you very much. he's taking the stage right here tomorrow night in new hampshire for the gop presidential debate,
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but first he talked to me >> i get ready every day. i'm here in new hampshire, and the folks here in new hampshire, they ask a lot of tough questions. not to slight john king, but they -- they are pretty tough here, and in iowa, south carolina, so we've been going through debate prep pretty much every day for the last 18 mon s months. >> i met up with former pennsylvania senator rick santorum to talk about his place in the race. can a social conservative get tracks job when voters are so focused on the economy? . where do you go to find a business
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>> i think people promote the value and the values change as society changes. if we did traditional values we'll still be in a segregated society. think about that. >> i don't think what people do in their homes is any of the government's visit. if people want to do something, as long as they are not hurting somebody else, i don't have a problem with that. >> voters here in new hampshire, site of cnn's republican presidential debate, echo the findings of a new cnn poll. results indicate that voters are now less concerned about social issues like abortion and more concerned about the economy. that should be very interesting to a candidate like rick santorum who can be very devisive on social issues like gay rights.
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here's what he had to say on that subject when i caught up with him. >> i was recently on joy behar, and she said that she called you i think it's bigoted. bigtd or homophobic. >> i have a disagreement on a public policy issue. it doesn't mean that i'm, you know, i hate anybody. i don't hate anybody. i'm called by my faith to love everybody. i do. i mean, i pray for people whether they are for me or against me because that's what i'm supposed to do, and just because i disagree with a legal definition of what marriage is doesn't mean i dislike anybody or hate anybody or am spiteful of anybody, because i think that's what's best for society. we should be able to disagree without calling people bigots. i think that's really sad that -- that you have people on the other side, because you stand up for something that has been an institution in this world for 2,000 years, that all of a sudden now you're a hater. you're a mean person. i'm not.
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i've never been. >> do you have any gay friends? >> in fact, i've had gay people work for me. >> yeah, and friends? >> yes. >> people with black friends? >> i was with a gay friend of mine two days ago and they respect that i have differences of opinion about that. i talk with them about that and we have conversations about that. they differ from me and they know that i love them because they are my friends and they know we have respect for our differences. >> that's the headline, ray santorum has gay friends. >> it's well known that gay santorum had a leading gay republican working for him for ten years. i don't know -- i don't know what the -- you know, what the shock value is here. i mean, the fact of the matter is when, for example, when there was a man who was working as the executive director of the national republican senatorial committee who was outed by one of the gay papers, the first person who came to his aid was me because he was doing a great
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>> larry: after 15 days of battling one of the largest forest fires in arizona history, a huge sigh of relief tonight. fire fighters believe they finally had the upper hand in the monstrous wallow fire. cnn's jim spellman reports from arizona. jim? >> reporter: don, despite this fire being 6% contained, fire fighters here are very optimistic about where the fire is headed and very pleased with the progress they have made this week. they took advantage of two days of low winds to build lines between the active fire and the populated areas. so happy with their progress, in fact, that they were able to reopen some of these areas. >> as of sunday, june 12th, at 10:00 a.m., residents of the springville area who were evacuated because of the massive
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wallow fire have been allowed to return to their homes. after consultings with fire officials, it has been determined that the fire risk has diminished enough that it will no longer be a threat to the citizens of the towns. >> that is good news for the thousands of people who evacuated eager and springerville. they will return to find absolutely no damage to any struckures in either of these two towns, but they will find smokey conditions. authorities have recommended that small children, the elderly and people with pre-existing respiratory conditions should consider staying away. don? >> all right, jim. thank you very much. let's move on to weather and our monday morning commute. meteorologist alexander steele will tell us where travelers can be seeing delays. >> good evening two. let's get to you if you're traveling tomorrow around st. louis. delays and strong storms possibly. isolated tornadoes. gusty winds and hail maybe the biggest threat. how about 96 tomorrow in memphis and an isolated storm may slow
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you down for a bit of time at airport. washington, d.c. and baltimore, very stormy today. improving conditions after midnight tonight and smooth sailing through tomorrow morning and through the afternoon, so certainly much improved conditions there. so it's really the center of the country that will see strong storms. st. louis and kansas city, including those areas. what we'll see in the southeast especially is the incredible warmth, so very warm temperatures. we'll continue to look at those. especially hot in the southeast. where don is, a few showers, especially in northern new england, but, again, it's right here. in the center of the country we'll see from iowa toil know, the stormy hot spot tomorrow. once again some hail, and even some high winds. that's a look at tomorrow's commute. back to you, don. >> all right, alexandra, thank you very much. some good news for the arizona congresswoman shot back in january. two new pictures of gabrielle giffords were released today, and we'll tell you when doctors expect her to be released from a rehab hospital. and the speaker of the house has some fun at his own expense.
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when you begin to go out there and ask people to vote for you, they are probably not going to vote for you if they can't say your name. you know, my name looks like beaner, bonner, boner, thank god it's not weiner. >> that was house speaker john boehner speaking during commencement ceremonies at ohio state university today poking fun at his own name and also congressman anthony weiner, as you heard there. we're live in new hampshire where cnn is getting ready for tomorrow night's gop debate, and we're going to be talking more
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about that coming up, but first let's go to the cnn world headquarters in atlanta with someone's name who i always get correct, doesn't always get mine correct, so richelle carey. >> still tweeting about that, about the fact that i called you another co-anchor of mine, but that's a funny joke from representative boehner, that's a funny joke. i liked that about anthony weiner, and it actually gets me to the top story. more explicit and embarrassing photos of congressman anthony weiner cropping up. tmz posted these pictures. wonder where he is, they say it's the gym where house members work out. weiner is off seeking professional help after the designation called for his resignation on saturday. delaware police have closed their investigation into his twitter contact with a 17-year-old girl without finding any wrongdoing. gabrielle giffords will leave a houston hospital by the end of the month to begin outpatient therapy. take a look at some new photos
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of the arizona congresswoman posted today on her facebook page. that's her mom, right there smiling with her. the photos were taken about a month ago. giffords was critically wounded, of course in, a shooting in january at a tucson shopping center that killed six people. and before there was watergate, wick leeks and other whistleblowers and blockbusters, there were the pentagon papers, a secret study on the vietnam war, and monday the national archives will release all 7,000 pages to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their publication. back then whistleblower daniel elsberg leaked incomplete copies to the "new york times" revealing top government officials new the conflict in vietnam was unwinnable. all right. back to new hampshire and my friend don lemon. >> all right, richelle, thank you very much. >> you bet. >> last night we told you about kirk murphy who was just five years old when he was treated at ucla's gender identity clinic under a pseudonym to conceal his real name. the purpose was to eliminate his
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feminine behavior and make him more masculine. the man who ran the study was a graduate student at the team and he called the treatment which involved beatings at home a success. decades later the research done on kirk is still being cited by those who think kids can be prevented from becoming gay. that infuriates kirk's family. they say the treatment that was called a success literally destroyed him. they want you to know what he went through and the impact it had on the rest of his life. cnn confronted rekers with their allegations. here now is anderson cooper's special report on the sissy boy experiment. >> kirk, what do you think of your nephew? >> you taking pictures? >> 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
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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 fundamentally tried to change his behavior. kirk's mother enrolls him in the experimental therapy at ucla in the 1970s because of the concerns he was playing with girls' toys. >> and i trusted these people because they were supposed to be the experts. >> 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 rekers has for the last three decades used kirk as an example of effeminate behaviors
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being altered. >> 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. >> of course, the actual reason someone commits suicide is difficult if not impossible to know. kirk's family allegations that the therapy caused kirk to take his own life are just that, allegations. >> like to talk to you about your therapy that you did with craig. >> george rekers didn't respond to cnn for repeated requests for interviews so our producers tracked him down to ask about the murphy family allegations. >> can you talk about your therapy with a patient named craig. >> we've interviewed craig's family recently and said the therapy you did with him as a child led to his suicide as an adult.
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what do you say about that? >> i didn't know that. that's too bad. >> you're not aware of the suicide. >> no. >> what do they say if they say the family 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 dpreef for the parents now that you've told me that news. i think that's very sad. >> coming after the break, dr. rekers defends his therapy, yet is caught up in his own scandal with a gay escort. in here, the planned combination of at&t and t-mobile would deliver our next generation mobile broadband experience to 55 million more americans, many in small towns and rural communities, giving them a new choice. we'll deliver better service, with thousands of new cell sites... for greater access to all the things you want, whenever you want them. it's the at&t network... and what's possible in here is almost impossible to say.
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dr. george rekers says his treatment for-to-rid a little boy of feminine behavior was a success even though that boy, kirk murphy, committed suicide at age 38. his family now blames dr. reeker's therapy for the death, an allegation the doctor dismisses because of the decades that passed between kirk's treatment and his suicide, but as you're about to see, despite claim his treatment can treat homosexuality dr. rekers had his own scandal with a gay escort. now the conclusion of anderson cooper's special report. >> reporter: rekers pointed out that his work with kirk took
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place years before his suicide. >> that's a long time ago. you have a hypothesis that positive treatment back in the 1970s had something to do with something that happened decades later, that hypothesis needs 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 the family was well adjusted and 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 that kirk told him he tried to kill himself the year before because he didn't, quote, 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
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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? >> 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. rekers was caught with a young male escort he'd 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 denied any sexual contact with the escort. he says he hired him to help him carry his luggage. the escort said he gave rekers
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sexual massages while in europe. rekers resigned from narth and the family research council hasn'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 sexual attractions" and continues to cite his work with kirk, whom he calls craig, as a success. he writes, quote, the first experimentally 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 craig, and he was gay, and he committed suicide. >> what do you want people to
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remember about kirk, to know about kirk? >> that this was a little boy who deserved protection, respect and unconditional love. and i don't want him to be remembered as -- as a science experiment. he was a person. >> want to spring in now behavior expert dr. wendy walsh. wendy, i'm sure you've heard of george rekers and the work that he did. what do you make of it? >> well, you know, my initial thought is that, you know, the american public thinks, don, you're either gate or you're straight. when the research clearly shows that most of us lie on a continuum somewhere, both in fantasy and behavior, that's a scale. it was called 1-6 so i would think if this therapy had any positive results, it was probably because he was taking bisexual people and suppressing
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the homosexual part of their inclination. so he could probably try to ride on that for a while, but i'm so disturbed to think that he would try to treat children when sexual orientation isn't even clear at 5 years old, led alone gender identity. it just seems like it's not the developmental window to even begin to deal with this, and so inappropriate and so damaging. let me get this straight. in the psychology community, is there any support for this kind of therapy, dr. wendy? >> i wouldn't think so. i mean, the psychiatric association clearly does not endorse anything he does. there is no support. i mean, psychology is about having personal growth and learning to be who you are in the world and accept who you are and having self-esteem and self-confidence. it's not about changing who you are. i -- i really, it's so disturbing to think that this work is being done in 2011, 12,
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almost. >> yeah. yeah. dr. wendy, thank you so much. appreciate you joining us tonight. >> coming up, the reason i'm in new hampshire, monday night's gop debate. more about the seven candidates who will be on the stage, including newt gingrich who is speaking in california right now just a few days after all those staffers resigned from his campaign. . your own complete four-course >> seafood feast for $15. start with soup, like our hearty new england clam chowder. then enjoy a fresh salad with unlimited cheddar bay biscuits, followed by your choice of one of seven entrees, like new shrimp & scallops alfredo, spicy coconut & citrus shrimp, or wood-grilled fresh tilapia. then finish with something sweet, all for just $15. right now at red lobster. even if you think your mattresses is just fine, ask me what it's like to get your best night's sleep every night. why not talk to someone who's sleeping on the most highly recommended bed in america.™
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>> live now to california. beverly hills specifically where newt gingrich is making his first appearance since his senior staff members resigned en masse last week. let's listen. >> during this last week, today's generation of jews made a similar pilgrimage to the streets of jerusalem knowing that the freedom that allows them to visit their holiest sites is more endangered at this moment in history than at any time since that morning four and a half decades ago. indeed, both israel and america are at a dangerous crossroads in which the survival of israel and the safety of the united states
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both hang in the balance. while the united states and its allies have won important victories in the war on terrorism it's impossible to look at the totality of the world ten years after 9/11 and conclude that we are on the winning path or that the world is a safer place. y. >> year after here. >> speaking about the conference in beverly hills, california, and making reference to jewish people there. i want to bring in our senior political editor, mr. mark preston. mark, do you think he's going to talk about the past week and what's happened on this? this is his first appearance? >> his first public appearance, really be surprise that had he addresses the turmoil that's faced his campaign in the half furr or five days. as you said, all the senior staff have resigned. they were upset at him because they didn't think he was as dedicated to this presidential campaign as he should have been, specifically raising money, and, two, retail politics going out
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and meeting voters, but i don't think he'll do it tonight. >> do you think that america loss of a comeback story? i've been saying that this week. do you think he can relaunch his campaign and be successful at it and that will be important? people will be listening to that tomorrow night during the debates if he references that. >> yeah, and, again, that is going tonight focus for newt gingrich tomorrow night. can he show he's not been knocked off of his feet for what's happened over the last four or five days. can he reboot and relaunch? absolutely. anything is possible. we saw john mccain go through a terrible shakeup in 2007. he went on to win the republican nomination, although for newt gingrich it's going to be really hard. it's going to be very difficult. >> there are some comments regarding the campaign. let's listen. >> we charted tonight with many of you, and various people commented on recent weeks. as someone who has been in public life for near hi 40 years, i know full well the rigors of campaigning for public
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office. in fact, i've had some recent reminders. >> all right. so i stand corrected. i stand corrected. he actually addressed it. maybe it was the elephant in the room, so to speak. >> he address it had but didn't address it and made light of it. didn't talk about how he'll redo and come out of this. >> and he'll have to explain, not only to us, not only to his staff that has surrounded him and that have remained with him, but he's really got to focus on those key primary voters to let them know, and donors as well, to let them know that he's serious. even though he gets a laugh out of it, he does address, it albeit very minorly, he does need it address it with donors and voters that are going to help him win the nomination if he's to win the nomination. >> has the highest name recognition out of everyone? >> such a polarizing figure back in the late '90s. >> but everyone thought newt gingrich, because he turned it around, put the gop on top, that
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he would have the best chance this time. what was it? was it his past or his present? what really put him into the position that he's in now? >> well, you know, because newt gingrich certainly is a very smart man. he is a great politician. it might be that he was too smart and he might have been too good of a politician that he wasn't willing to listen to people around him. he surrounded himself with very smart staffers, and in order to run a successful campaign, don, a good ceo has to look at his lieutenants and take advice and apparently he didn't do so. >> and maybe a bit arrogant. >> i'm sure some of those departing staffers would say that. >> what is it? was this a thing with tiffany's, or did they feel slighted in the sense he wasn't paying attention to them, get on the stage, get on the phone, start making money and not go on vacation and said his wife had too much influence over him and his campaign?
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>> a couple of factors. first of all, for them to be successful he had to be successful, and they -- they thought that they needed to take his advice and in some ways they are correct but there was a bunch things, the credit line at tiffany you're but really the straw that brochet camel's back was the fact that he took two weeks off, went out to the mediterranean on a cruise. he did not stay here in the u.s. he did not meet voters, did not raise money and enough is enough and here we are. >> thank you, mark preston. >> top stories are next. more explicit photos from the new york congressman. what are anthony weiner's plans for the future? ♪ ♪ ♪ introducing purina one beyond a new food for your cat or dog.
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now to the big stories in the week ahead, from washington to hollywood, our correspondents tell you what you need to know. we begin tonight at the white house. >> reporter: i'm dan lothian at the white house. this week president obama will be touting jobs, raising money and fulfilling a campaign promise. first on monday president obama heads to raleigh, durham, north carolina, where he'll visit a company that makes, among other things, l.e.d. lights. he'll also be talking about job creation there. later in the day he heads down to miami for a fund-raiser. it's more money in the bank for a campaign that's expected to
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raise $1 billion. then on tuesday, the president flies to puerto rico, a place he visited during the campaign and said he would return to if elected. he will be the first president to make an official visit there since john f. kennedy. >> i'm kate balduan on capitol hill. the house returns monday after a week home in their congressional districts and a big top nick both the house and the senate, the federal debt and raising the debt ceiling. debt talks between democrats, republicans led by the vice president are ramping up. the bipartisan group has three scheduled meetings this week as they try to hammer out a deal to raise the federal debt limit. also, we're keeping on eye on scandal surrounding congressman anthony weiner. lawmakers will be returning this week for the first time since the congressman acknowledged he did send those lewd photos, and we'll see how lawmakers react to their colleague as they try to get back to work. >> i'm poppy harlow in new york. wall street will be watching the
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economic news very closely. beginning of the week two key readings on the inflation, both the consumer and wholesale level. the housing market will be in focus when we get the latest report on housing starts. we'll also see how conummers are feeling about the economy and how much they are spending and the consumer sentiment report and also the latest retail sales numbers. all of this coming up. a big week for wall street. we'll track it all on cnn money. >> i'm "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer. all the big controversies from tonight's tony awards and the season premiere of "keeping up with the care dayshaans," kim and her fiance talking baby names, but there will be more news about the kim kardashian cheating scandal. "showbiz tonight" exclusively at 10:00 fm eastern and pacific on hln. >> all right. thanks, guys. live in new hampshire where cnn is getting ready for tomorrow night's gop debate. right now let's get you caught up on some of the hour's top stories. for that we turn to richelle carey at cnn world headquarters. >> hello, don.
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been holding it down for you. top stories right now. more explicit and embarrassing photos of congressman anti-any weiner keep surfacing. tmz posted these pictures since they were taken in the house member's gym. wooener is off seeking professional help after the democratic leadership called for his resignation on saturday. however, delaware police closed their investigation into the twitter contact with a 17-year-old girl without finding any wrongdoing. gabrielle giffords will leave a houston rehab hospital by the end of the month to begin outpatient therapy. new photos of the arizona congresswoman were posted today on their facebook page and taken about a month ago. some of these before and after pictures. giffords was critically wounded in a january shooting at a tucson shopping center that killed six people. people in two evacuated arizona towns are being allowed to go home. fire crews believe they now have the upper hand on that monstrous wallow fire, although it's only about 10% contained, controlled burns have robbed the fire of
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fuel to advance. and the dallas mavericks did it tonight. check this out. celebrations in dallas after the mavericks defeated the miami heat to win the nba championships, four games to two. the first championship in franchise history. jason terry led the mavs with 27 points and dirk nowitzki had 21 and lebron had 21 for miami. back to new hampshire for don. able to sneak in a little bit of the game, just a little bit. >> now you are rubbing it in. how sure? was that dallas or was that cleveland that's celebrating, probably celebrating more in cleveland tonight, don't you think, richelle? >> probably are. you got that right. >> i'm looking at twitter here and starting to trend. they are saying chris bosh broke down in the hall in the tunnel and started to

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