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that wraps it up for us. happy friday, everybody. >> have a great one. right now, "cnn newsroom" with kyra phillips. if you were here, you would have made it. the cameras were off and we went to commercial, we both sunk the shot. >> i can imagine. i was glued to the u.s. open yesterday. i will admit it right now. great to see you, ladies. 9:00 a.m. on the east coast and 6:00 a.m. out west. right now, we are following breaking news near the pentagon. police have closed several nearby streets as they investigate a suspicious vehicle. our barbara starr will join us with the latest.
earlier today, oil prices fell to their lowest levels in four months. the price had sunk to 29 bucks a barrel but have since been inched back up just a couple of dollars. defense attorneys for casey anthony will call more witnesses to the stand. she is accused of murdering her daughter. they are trying to cast doubt on the state's evidence. we are pushing that case forward. he's out. disgraced congressman anthony weiner resigned. while you may be jubleging him for lewd pictures and lies, one place doesn't judge him but rewards him. the federal employee retirement system. the "the wall street journal" breaks down the benefits weiner will take with him. in a few years he will take pension payments $25,000 to $35,000 a year. in a nutshell he is getting about $1.3 million for 12 years of work and three weeks of scandal. but mary snow, he says he didn't break any laws or rules so this
is his money. let's talk about what is next for him. >> reporter: many pundits are written off any chance he would be mayor in 2013, the ambition anthony weiner had had. but not all are ruling out a potential comeback to be politics and one of them is dan abrams. take a listen what he had to say. >> by the way, i do think that he will be back in new york city politics within three years. he will have a leading role, i predict. i don't say he is necessarily going to be a married man. i have no idea. >> reporter: you were talking about money should anthony weiner ever decide to go back into politics, he does have a war chest. he raised nearly $5 million for the mayor's race. he has a couple of options. obviously, he can't use that for any personal use. he could give the money back, he could donate to either
candidates or committees or keep it in the bank for any potential comeback if he decide, at some point, to run for office. >> we will follow it. that's for sure. mary snow, thanks so much. we take you straight to the pentagon. breaking news story we have been following for about the past 25 minutes or spoke. barbara starr, what is latest on the suspicious vehicle that has shut down the nearby roads? >> reporter: well, kyra, it's a traffic mess around the pentagon this morning, to say the least, because of this potential security incident. this really started overnight when a suspicious man was found in nearby arlington national cemetery. the cemetery is closed at night. he was found in the early morning hours. he was not responding to officers' questions. they took him into custody and he pointed them to a vehicle that was parked in the bushes near the pentagon. of course, arlington and the pentagon are right next to each other. police began to examine this vehicle. they called in the e.o.d.,
detonation team out of concern there was explosive material inside of it. then they began to shut all of the roads down. that has kept thousands of people from getting to work in the pentagon this morning, but the security is paramount, of course. at this hour, the roads are still shut down. there are security sweeps going on throughout the area because there are reports which the police are not yet totally confirming, but there are reports that explosive devices potentially were placed at the iwo jima memorial and in arlington cemetery, as well as potentially near the pentagon. these are the reports they are looking into and in an abundance of caution, they are conducting security sweeps throughout the area to make sure everything is safe and they will open it back up then, but really this is -- this is one of the most significant ones we have had in terms of disruption to local morning traffic and the security situation which is always on high alert around the pentagon.
>> barbara starr from the pentagon. appreciate the details. let's move on now to politics. republican presidential candidate mitt romney stabbed at self-deprecating humor falling flat among democrats. listen to what romney said yesterday to a group of unemployed people in florida. >> well, i should also tell my story. i'm also unemployed. >> the group laughed but others are not laughing. mark preston is joining us, senior political editor. is this a blip on the campaign trail or turn into something bigger? >> reporter: let's stay with the whole golf theme. i'm sure mitt romney wishes he had a mulligan on this comment. not something you want to be heard saying, especially when your whole campaign is going to be based on trying to turn the economy around. mitt romney was trying to make a bit of joke there. but not a very good joke when you're talking to unemployed folks certainly who are feeling the devastation of what this economy is doing to us.
in fact, democrats are seizing on this. let's look at what the democratic national committee chairman debbie wasserman schultz fired back when she heard this. it was inappropriate and insensitive to the millions of americans looking for work. kyra, mitt romney has a new web video out this morning where he is very critical of president obama and the fact that we have a 9.1% unemployment rate. certainly mitt romney wishes that he wasn't having to have to address questions about this comment yesterday. as you said, he says he has some self-deprecating humor and he is basically saying the president doesn't understand the plight of the unemployed. >> mark preston, we will watch it develop. your next political update in an hour. go to our website for more political news, cnnpolitics.com. today in saudi arabia, women are daring to get behind the wheel and drive. it's not illegal but religious
people there strictly limit women's activities. last month, a female driver was jailed. jonathan mann is joining us with the story. we look at this and say how could that be possible? >> how did you get to work together? you probably drove. millions of men and women do it around the world except saudi arabia. that is what is all about. saudi women activists encouraging women across saudi arabia to get in their cars and drive. a newspaper headline tells the story. saudi women basically can't wear what they want in public and can't go with where they want in public. saudi women seek driver's seat with the help of social media in the international herald tribune. across the arab world, even in those countries, women can drive but not in saudi arabia. they are trying to get women out on the streets to exercise this right to drive. >> they are taking a huge risk, because we know what they face, the punishments are brutal. >> the truth is, to be fair,
basically, when women in saudi arabia get caught driving, they get pulled over and held a few hours. now they are getting arrested. the authorities who are very nervous about what is happening in egypt, what is happening in tunisia and elsewhere are getting nervous about this too. these women are calling on hillary clinton to say something publicly about it and calling on women around the world and calling on every woman to do one simple thing. get a video of themselves driving or at least behind the wheel honking their horn and put it on youtube as a sign to saudi authorities that women around the world think the last country on earth to let women drive, saudi arabia ought to make that step. >> john mann, thanks. angelina jolie paying meet with refugees camped out on the turkey side of the border. new york lawmakers might vote today on a same-sex marriage bill. one former football star says if it passes, anarchy could follow.
his underwear. crew members asked him to pull up his pants or leave the flight. he refused and arrested for trespassing. new york city is reporting birds captured around their airports to a pennsylvania slaughter house. the meat distributed to area food banks. taught in a tram at the st. louis arch. a tram was stalled. one passenger said the temps passed 100 degrees. a modern day greek tragedy but the financial crisis in greece may have you shedding tears as well. the public enraged there by the government's efforts to avoid bankruptcy. hiking taxes and eliminating jobs and guess what your retirement plans? they may also feel the pain. christine romans is in new york. christine, we have all been checking our 401(k)s and a number of us talking this morning about the shock.
>> reporter: yeah. you're right, kyra. seven weeks now that stocks have been lower and one of the ingredients of that formula is that greece is in trouble again. we have been here before. it matters for so many reasons because big european banks are exposed to greece and its financial troubles. just this morning, we heard the french president sarkozy and german chancellor merkel saying no time to lose in trying to get a bailout arranged for greece for the second time. means uncertainty in the euro zone which is a huge trading partner of the united states. if that economy were to slow further it would be difficult for this economy. concern over the european currency. these are 15 sovereign countries all in it together and maybe say only as strong as its leng and the weak link right now is greece and it's the second bailout. worried about exposure to this debt all at a time when the u.s. economy is not as robust as many
want it to be. alan greenspan told charlie rose if greece fails, goes into default, it could mean a recession, it could mean a recession here in this country. >> wow. well, that is definitely what we are most fearful of. we will watch it. kv christine romans, thanks so much. the wall street looks to end another tumultuous week. ankle lean yeah jolie travels to syria border today and meet with refugees who fled to turkey to escape the government's violent crackdown on anti-government protesters. arwa damon is from one of the refugee camps. angelina jolie traveling as u.n. ambassador, correct? what do we know about the visit? >> reporter: well, kyra, she is expected to arrive here at this refugee camp about any moment now. and she is going to be speaking
with the refugees inside and this is a fairly unique opportunity for her. up until now, the turkish authorities have barred the media from entering the camp and even barring organizations like amnesty international to be able to get a firsthand look at the conditions the refugees are having to live in. this particular camp used to be a tobacco factory and on two levels. thousands of refugees inside. there was, earlier, a small demonstration. people chanting for the downfall of the regime. people imploring the united nations to help them. one person was holding up a sign saying, our own military is killing us. please make it stop. and also earlier, children had crawled underneath a tarp that's been placed around the camp and they were holding up signs saying, please stop killing the children. syrians have been imploring the international community to pay even more attention to what is happening, using any means they can to really get their message
out. this is a crisis that now needs international intervention, kyra. >> arwa damon, let us know with when she gets there. we want to follow-up. a prayer for his family as he battles cancer. >> what is going to take all of god's grace, which is never in short supply, to make me live longer. >> we are talking about the kourlg of one of our former cnners. sports anchor nick charles in his own words.
this is a story about hope and bravery. it's a man's fight with cancer and his prayerful message to his family. but this story hits close to home for a lot of us here at cnn. the courageous cancer fighter is actually former cnn sports anchor nick charles and chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta actually had some time with nick at his home in santa fe, new mexico. to put it in perspective, you think of randy posh and tuesday with maury and professor with words of wisdom and there is nick. >> no question. the lessons you're suddenly forced to learn because you're smacked in the face with your own mortality. we know this but we forget until all of a sudden you don't have much time left and that is nick's story. he is a healthy guy and two years ago, he was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer and told
two years to live. what would you do if you in that situation? it has made me think about these things. also the specific things as well. for example he keeps a journal every day letters to his family and his friends, notes about his day, a legacy. take a listen. >> i know it's going to take all of god's grace, which is never in short supply, to make me live longer. i want to, for you and mommy, so we can be a family here in santa fe. if -- sorry about this. if god takes me home, it will be forever. meanwhile, i'm not going anywhere today. >> reporter: it's so tough for nick to write and it's tough to hear, but nick knows he at least had the chance to leave something behind. how do you feel when you read those? >> oh, they are so reinforcing to me that i know she is going to read them. i've talked to people that they would lof long to hear their
parents avoice or read something from them. >> such a positive guy. as you know, kyra, it was interesting. it's a legacy thing and it is tough to hear still even as i am hearing him talk about it now. >> how is he doing now? >> well, he is on oxygen internetly and lost a lot of weight as you saw there a little bit. he's at the time now where doctors thought he would not survive any longer. he stopped chemo because it was to toxic for his body. he and his wife made that decision to do that. he is very positive still, remarkably so and i don't think in any way it's insincere. he is dreaming and he and his wife built a dream house after he was diagnosed. >> that is what they are concentrating on. >> colors in the room and bought a piano all the while knowing he will not spend of much time there. >> makes us think about death in a different way and his
daughter, incredible to see how she is responding to him and the messages that he is writing. >> and the relationship that she is going to have and always remember, despite the fact that it won't be a long one. >> thanks, sanjay. >> thank you. >> you can see more of sanjay's conversation and what he learned from nick charles, what we are all learning from nick charles. tune in saturday and sunday at 7:30 eastern for a special sanjay gupta m.d. nick charles, less lessons from the fight. men are like peacocks. one conclusion we are told from a new study about guys who spend some serious money to strut their stuff. but alison kosik, as you learn from check out this study, that it doesn't always pay off! apparently, you know, women may be attracted to the man with a porsche but it doesn't mean long-term commitment! >> reporter: exactly. you said it. here a little tip for men. you don't necessarily have to spend big bucks to get the ladies. so, yeah, the basis of this
study, believe it or not, is peacocks and porsches and it found men find porsches and other flashy items the other way peacocks show their feathers to get girls! it works! women found the flashy guys to be more desirable but a catch in awful this, of course. the porsche guys are more intriguing for a date but they were not considered marriage material so that is the difference. and when it came to looking for the long-term relationships, women consider the porsche drivers equally with the guys who drove honda civics. makes you feel better if you're driving a junky car there! one of the authors -- go ahead. >> no, no! i was going to say sanjay is sitting attracted to me. that is what attracted my wife to me. i'm poor, broke, i rode a scooter. >> why wasn't alison telling me this ten years ago? i could have saved a lot of money! >> reporter: there you go. . i think the ruggedness of guys that attracts the ladies.
they don't have to drive the perfect car. show you're like a guy, you know? i think that is what really matters. you know, it really -- the author of this study wound up saying it makes him more attractive meaning the porsche men but many men might be sending women the wrong message. think about it. if you're the guy looking for the short-term fling, maybe it is about the porsche. all guys aren't looking for the long-term thing so the porsche is the way to go. >> beatup jeans and good employ boots! thanks, alison. >> reporter: i hear you. barack obama, president, world leader and faurge of two daughters, which job do you think he finds the most humbling? as father's day approaches, he opens up about being a dad in the white house. newt gingrich's wife under fire. critics blame her for his staff revolt and says she is too controlling. is she a help or hurt for his run to the white house?
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11,000-acre blaze in southern arizona has already burned 40 homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate. today, defense attorneys for casey anthony will call more witnesses to the stand. she's accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee. yesterday, forensic experts tried to cast doubts on the state's evidence. barack obama may be one of the most powerful men in the world, but you can bet behind closed doors at the white house his daughters subject him through the same things that any other dad goes through. dan lothian here with a closer look at the father in chief. i would love to know if they sass back to their dad! >> reporter: i'm sure they do. i'm a father, and sometimes my kids do talk back to me so i have to expect they roll their eyes and do the same things to him as well. as you know, the president has been pushing his fatherhood initiative for quite some time and talking about the importance of fathers in the home. he has made this argument that sometimes when fathers are not engaged, it can lead to problems
in school for the kids or problems with drugs. and so the president sat down with "good morning america" this morning and talked about a whole host of issues, some of the triumphs and challenges in fatherhood. he said sometimes when he is focusing on what to do in his parenting skills, he would think back on what his mom would do. the president said it's important to set limits and instill values, but he also is bracing for the teenage years. >> i could not ask for better kids. i'm not anticipating complete mayhem for the next four or five years, but i understand teenagehood is complicated. i also should point out i have men with guns that surround them often and a great insendive for r incentive to running for re-election is they never get in the car with a boy who had a beer and that's a pretty good thing.
>> reporter: it's a big advantage of being the president of the united states. now, you might recall late last year, the president released a book inspired by sash a and malia and attributed to ground-breaking americans. the boim line, the president says it's not what you do for your kids in terms of throwing big birthday parties or giving them big bigs, but it's about the quality time you spend with them. >> wait until the girls start dating, dan. can you imagine? i'm going to pick up the president's daughter or the former president's daughter! exactly. >> if you're that guy, you're trembling. it's going to be a difficult situation. intimidating! >> dan lothian at the white house, thanks. let's talk about a man who wants to knock president obama out of the white house and that is newt gingrich. could his biggest obstacle to winning the white house be the mrs.? those are the whispers right now. carol costello is joining us. carol, what the heck is going on? >> reporter: whispers? did you say whispers? >> okay, shouts!
>> reporter: that's more like it. >> over his shoulders. >> reporter: exactly. those accusations are getting louder and louder. newt gingrich's campaign is not so much about the man who would be president but about the would-be first couple doing almost everything together. producing and starring a documentary and celebrating conservati conservatives and conservatism. >> 30 years ago, america was confronted with bad economy and serious crisis and foreign enemies who threatened our freedom. >> at the time americans were told a crisis of confidence, one man changed history. >> that man was ronald reagan. >> calista gingrich is featured on gingrich's campaign website. not unusual but not a good thing necessarily for mr. gingrich. she wears awfully nice jewelry. word gingrich had $500,000 account at tiffany they were put on the offensive.
like she controls newt's schedule and she pushed him to take the two-week greek cruise which promised half of his campaign staff to quit. gingrich pushed back on, where else? fox news. >> for all of my years in public life, i don't mind people attacking me. i'm the candidate, i'm a big guy, i can take it but to go after anyone's wife, i think, is pretty despicable. >> reporter: gingrich says calista is being treated like nancy reagan. after all, he says calista and newt are a lot like ronnie and nancy. >> imagine having dinner with them. that could be very interesting. carol costello, thank you. >> reporter: sure. rory mcilroy bounces back from his masters meltdown. coming up we will show you how well he is doing at the u.s. open. david tyree was known for his great catches with the new york giants and now he is catching some heat for some comments he has made about same-sex marriage. he is joining me live.
it's u.s. open weekend but saturday, the big golf event is obama/biden versus house speaker john boehner and ohio governor golf digest ranks barack obama number 8 of president shl golfers. his handicap, 17. president obama, of course, swings left. john boehner has an impressive 7.9 handicap. the speaker, as you know, swings
right. the last time most people saw rory mcilroy he had a hideous final round at the masters. forget about it because mcilroy was masterful at the u.s. open's opening round and that is what cnn's patrick snell is following today. what do you think? he is keeping up the momentum? >> reporter: talk about a comeback, kyra. fantastic stuff from the 22-year-old from hollywood, northern ireland, producing a blockbuster of an opening round shooting a sizzling 65, 6 below par. he is already on the course to my left here and a short time ago he was at 7 under par is he is putting that masters misery behind him. he went out and shot 08 on the final day and blew a four-shot lead and the green jacket promptly went to a close and fear rival. let's say schwarz will benefit from this. mcilroy recently taking a trip to haiti and he has been talking
about that really has kind of restored him and given him a fresh sense of perspective. he saw things there firsthand which he said, look, it doesn't matter if i go and blow a lead at the masters. i saw a nation rebuilding itself and i think it has helped him immensely. >> we have to keep our eye on the 16-year-old that everybody is turning heads and watching as well. bo is on the course as well. >> reporter: yeah. young bo junior shooting a 5 over 76 on the first round thursday and he is out on the course as well. he has to go a little bit to make the cut and what an achievement that would be. . this is a high schooler from california. not only does he learn that he is qualifying for the u.s. open but he also gets his driving license in the bag as well and just to give you some perspective of how young he is, he was born in 1995! >> oh, my gosh.
>> playing in the field was fred funk built in 1966. he is quite a talent and wish him well. when i saw him on the range, he doesn't even have a caddie. let's hope he makes a cut. what a story going into the weekend. >> he can drive that ball already. u.s. lawmakers might vote today on a same-sex marriage bill. one nfl star says if it passes, anarchy could follow. david tyree joins me live coming up. [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. multigrain cheerios... five whole grains, 110 calories.
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former super bowl star is in the middle of a controversial battle over same-sex marriage in new york. the state senate could vote today on that bill while former new york giants star david tyree shocked some fans with this. >> if they pass this gay marriage bill, you know, and, you know, i guess you could say my peace is in god's sovereignty, you know, but what i know what happened if this does come forth is this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, you know, a strong word, but anarchy. >> david tyree on the phone with me now. david tyree, it is a strong word and tell me what you mean by anarchy. >> oh, definitely. no problem. you know, my definition, at least when i'm using in the
sense of morality and, you know, and -- >> all right we lost divavid tye there. do we have him? >> i'm back. how are you doing? >> are you still there, david? >> i'm back. sorry about that. >> got you. i was asking you, lead to anarchy. same-sex marriage leading to anarchy. what exactly do you mean by that? >> i'm saying that in the sense of basically morality. you know, if there is no basis of, you know, a moral fiber in a community, you know, and we continue to slip away from that, i believe that that will essentially lead to lawlessness. does not mean there will be riots? that is not necessarily what i'm referring to. >> that is what anarchy means. it's social and political disorder due to the absence of a government or control by the government. so i'm -- >> i think if -- if we look up the word of anarchy there are a
few different definitions. i'm speaking i speak highly in favor of marriage and i speak heavily in favor of one man, one woman. as far as nuclear family, that is the ideal, that was the way a family was intended to be shaped and molded in marriage is the backbone of society. i don't think anyone with disagree with that. >> where the evidence, though, that gay marriage has any negative impact on other marriages, or the sculture of marriage? where is your evidence? >> where is the evidence? i'm sorry. i can't necessarily get into statistics. that's not my voice. i do know marriage didn't necessarily start with our country. i've said this in the video as well. marriage long existed before our country. i don't think that we are -- you know, we are messing with something that god has actually ordained, set in order. and, you know, if we have adopted into our government that we should adopt it in a sense of
just like you adopt a child. you adopt a child and change their name. redefining marriage changes everything, it changes how we educated our children. i really, you know, believe that you should have the choice to make their lifestyle choices but marriage is something that is holy and something that is sacred and i believe it's something that should not be tainted with. >> let me ask you a couple of questions. first of all, i'm thinking of a segment i did months back and came out of the williams institute at ucla school of law. and i had to go back and review my facts. it was 23 years that they did this study and what it proved was that kids raised by lesbian parents had actually gained more respect for diversity, more respect for differences and i'm just curious as an african-american male, can you appreciate that? >> i can certainly appreciate
that. i think those are qualities to be applauded. i still don't necessarily think that has any, you know, reflection on my views, my beliefs and what i believe to be true as far as what marriage is. that's, you know, essentially that is irrelevant as far as what the picture, what is a marriage. a marriage is between a man and a woman. that is -- that has always been the backbone of, you know, our society, a culture and moving forward, you know, i'll do everything in my power and my voice to preserve that and protect that. i think it's worth fighting for. >> the research, david, also shows that two men and two men -- or two women and two men also have very strong marriages and raise kids very well in addition to that. i'm just curious. you know, you talk about your dad not being in your home while you were growing up and that had a big impact on you. you know, what if you were raised by two women that loved each other and loved you, or two men that loved you and raised
you in a very committed relationship? are you saying that that's worse than a single parent home? >> no, i never said anything -- i never said anything of the sort. but what it is is it's unnatural. you know? i don't think that -- you know, i don't think that is necessarily a healthful model. >> explain natural to me, explain unnatural to me, david. >> well, if you look at what a man and a woman, a marriage, what -- that the original intent of a marriage is to pro create and spawn our family and continue, you know, to be the reflection of god in that sense of creation and multiplication and being fruitful. >> you are going into your religious perspective. but what you have come out -- >> that is just if -- if that is the makeup of every home, that this is, you know, then can we pro create as a country? >> it's not the makeup of every home, though. there are many same-sex marriages and relationships that have a very happy home and are raising very successful children.
>> that doesn't mean that it's natural. >> i'm still -- i still am trying to understand what you mean by it not being natural. >> i don't understand why it's difficult. a man and a woman actually come together to pro create. a man and a man will never pro create. so, you know, can they actually have values and sense of raising -- raising children? most certainly. >> what about infertile couples? infertile couples have children all the time. is that unnatural? >> how is that -- what is that? that has no bearing. it makes no sense. a man and a woman are still coming together to raise a child which paints a nuclear family. >> there are women and women come together and raise a family as well and a man and a man come together and raise a family as well. >> i understand. i understand your views. >> oh, no, i'm not expressing my
views. i'm just stating a fact. >> i understand your view of a relationship. to redefine marriage did not start with our country. it has always been throughout ages between a man and a woman and that is the central theme. i believe that a man and a wo n woman, you know, raising a child has the best chances and i believe that there are studies that would also say that, as the best chances for that child to do well in its upbringing and as immature as a person to be fruitful in our society so i'm telling my beliefs. >> a number of your fellow athletes have come forward disagreeing with you. even former teammates. charles barkley, steve nash, michael strahan and sean avery and all speaking out for marriage equality and in support
of gay neighbors and friends. what is your response to that? >> they are entitled to their opinion and that is fine. but i believe that, you know, if you remove marriage, if you redefine marriage, you are tinkering with the fabric in our society that opens up the gateway for everyone to, you know, basically top polygamy to come in? a polygamist saying i should have my five wives. it opens up the door to what i believe is lawlessness. so, yes, it was a very strong word, but essentially that is what, you know, it leads to. it's not about having a riot but i do believe that is social where we are redesk the family. >> david tyree with his opinion. the vote could come down today on the same-sex marriage bill in new york. we will follow that story. david tyree, thanks for calling in. >> thank you. casey anthony's lawyers have kicked off their defense.
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their defense case. you're looking at live pictures now from her murder trial in orlando, florida. yesterday's witnesses answered questions about dna and other trace evidence. expect more about forensics today. even three weeks in, this trial is still a hot ticket and it sparked some more hot tempers as well. >> don't. let him go! let him go! >> there were a number of fights outside the courtroom, this one this morning. wkmg, it all started after two men cut into the long line for trial tickets. investigative journalist and syndicated columnist diane dimond joining us. she's covering the trial for "newsweek" and the daily beast. we keep hearing casey's lawyers are working to free her or at the very least, quote, unquote save her life. realistically which strategy is it at this point?
>> i think every defense attorney will tell you they're out for a full acquittal. in this case, this is a defense that has already admitted their klein the is a known liar, a repeated liar. she has imaginary friends. her car smelled like a d axdamnd body, according to her mother. they're just trying to keep the lethal injection needle out of her arm at this point. >> it's interesting about what you said about the terms being used. we've heard the defense raise issues of incest, paternity, cover-ups, they're trying to plant seeds, provocative seeds in the jurors' minds. >> reasonable doubt. yes, they are as they say in my business, throwing a lot of spaghetti on the wall. here's the deal. they said all of that in the opening statement. their case just opened yesterday. in the opening statement they talked about incest, a meter
reader who stole the little girl's remains to wait for the reward to get bigger. all sorts of things. now they have to prove what they said. they're not legally bound but you know if you're a juror sitting there listening you're waiting to hear about the incest and the meter reader and why your client is such a liar and that's not what they're doing. they instead of staying, no, no, that's not what happened what the state says, here's what happened, instead they're chipping away at the forensics of the state's case. frankly it's pretty boring stuff. this morning you see the live feed they're talking about, blow flies and maggots again. we've had days of this already. i keep waiting for them to say, and now we call to the stand casey anthony. that would be a real bombshell. i don't know, kyra, i don't think it's going to happen. >> thanks, diane. back to afghanistan for another tour. we'll tell you about prince harry's future plans. actually
and you might miss it. i'm telling you, it flinched and it happened. that's it. the braves win on the balk, right there. all right. four members of the tampa bay lightning traded in their hockey sticks for baseball bats. at least long enough to take batting practice with the rays. star forward steven stamkos almost reached the seats. the biggest hit comes from the goalie. mike smith. look at that cut. 400 feet. flips a bat like big papi. smith grew up a toronto bluejays fan and played fast pitch softball. watch as he comes home, celebrates and then the interview, yes. that's how you do it in baseball. all right. dallas mavericks star dirk nowitzki is so happy about winning an nba title, he has to sing. listen to him at yesterday's play in celebration. >> one, two, three --
♪ we are the champions ♪ we are the champions >> oh, yeah. sing it, dirk. >> that is painful. >> at least he's coming out of his shell. >> go back into your shell. thank you, jeff fischel. no "american idol" there, that's for sure. 10:00 a.m. on the east coast, 7:00 out west. thanks for joining us, everyone, i'm kyra phillips. sign of emotions outside the trial of the casey anthony murder trial. a fight broke out. why? people wanted to get into the courtroom. in saudi arabia, women daring to get behind the wheel and drive. it's not illegal but religious edicts strictly limit women's activities. now they're jailed. oil prices fell to their lowest levels in four months.
the price had sunk to 92 bucks a barrel but has since inched back up a couple of dollars. a big factor in the fluctuations, greece, where they're dealing with the spreading debt crisis. it's got governments, bankers and economists around the world worried and you might want to watch what happens, too. why? well, it's that 401(k). and if it's been tanking or your stock options are sinking, greece is a big reason why. alison kosik joins us live from the new york stock exchange. explain the link. >> the good news is, greece is very close now to securing a second bailout from the european union, but i'll tell you what, it's been a bumpy ride, it's rattled markets on both sides of the atlantic. investors are worried about the domino effect. if greece defaults, others countries would follow. there's also concern that if financial troubles spread to the u.s., you'd see u.s. banks here impacted that are holding loans
to that are tied to greece. we want to see a strong recovery. but there is an upside to this. at least a short time upside for american consumers. all these worries causing the euro to fall against the dollar and that causes oil prices to fall, because the dollar is stronger. right now oil prices are sitting about $93 a barrel. pretty low. oil's at a four-month low as you said, kyra. >> this makes us all wonder how can we protect our 401(k) from the effects of the world economy? is it even possible? >> you know what, one word, you can't. no way. chances are that your 401(k) is a mix of stocks, bonds and both can be hit by a spread of the european debt crisis. many investors, you know, they move out of riskier assets like stocks when they get more worried about the global events. if you're worried at all, now is a good time as any to review your 401(k) options. think about your long-term and short-term goals and discuss them with a financial adviser.
all 401(k)s come with access to experts. greece has been on investors' radar screens since last april. the stock market has risen since then. chances are, so has your 401(k). the best advice is to leave it alone. >> exactly. we have plenty of time to watch it, hopefully, ride itself out. >> we hope. >> thanks, allison. >> you hope so. a brawl erupted this morning outside the courthouse where casey anthony is on trial. >> let him go! let him go! let him go! hey! >> why the blows? they wanted tickets to get in. apparently this guy cut in line. we are following the trial in orlando and, of course, all the drama. david? >> that's right, kyra. we didn't expect that kind of drama outside the courthouse today. that just shows you what a hot ticket this trial has become.
only 50 people from the public are allowed inside each day. they begin lining up in the middle of the night, some of them all night long. today when the line was disrupted by apparently two men trying to cut and you saw what happened, this is all because anticipation keeps building. that casey anthony might take the stand in her own defense, that does not appear to be happening. as the defense goes along. instead, they're trying to chip away at what the prosecution has put out there. yesterday they spent a lot of time chipping away trying to drive the point home to the jury that there is not any dna evidence connecting casey anthony to her car where the body of her daughter was believed to have been stored. and then also there's no dna connecting her to the duct tape that was found on her daughter's body. this does not say she was not involved in a murder, but it does raise an important point, that this case that the prosecution has laid out, does
have very serious holes in it and they're going to try to exploit those as they go along. >> david mattingly, live in florida. thanks, david. right now we're following a developing story near the pentagon. police re-opening roads after a suspicious vehicle triggered a massive sweep of the area. just minutes ago, law enforcement officials confirmed no explosive devices were found but one person does remain in custody. let's check in with national security contributor fran townsend joining us by phone actually from dublin, ireland, the world traveler she is. fran, no matter where you are you've got your sources. tell me, what do you know about this? and is this a concern among our security folks right now? >> well, you know, i think what they want to do is get to the bottom of exactly why this guy didn't respond to their questions, tried to evade them. and what you see, the closing of the roads around the pentagon, restricting access is a standard
protocol, even if this turned out to be nothing, you always treat it as a serious event until you candice miss it. i think in a post-9/11 world we shouldn't be surprised. the fact that he didn't have explosives on him is a good sign. the fact that he was in the custody of park police is also a good sign, that the fbi didn't really believe this was going to be a terrorist incident. >> the do we know anything about him? >> you know, not yet. they haven't released very much information. he's a young man, we know he's in his early 20s. but other than that, they've been very -- there's been very little said. there were some items that were suspicious to authorities inside the backpack, which is what i think triggered greater interest. but, again, the fact that he didn't have explosive device on him is a good sign. >> fran townsend, thanks for calling in. we appreciate it. >> sure. let's get to britain's royal family. reports that prince harry could be headed to war. he's a captain in the british army air corps. various british newspapers say he could pilot an attack
helicopter against insurgents. we look at the international headlines. >> they used to call him the playboy prince except when he was in afghanistan. then he was called hero harry. he served secretly for ten weeks until journalists blew his cover and he had to be withdrawn. he's training as an apache helicopter pilot and the daily telegraph says he's going to go back. it's not clear when. we're talking about a few months, maybe next year. he's training. he's been working on evasion. the apache helicopter pilot will be tracked by dogs for three days in the welsh brecon beacons to learn how to cope if he was shot down behind enemy lines. they may go as soon as 2012. >> has a royal ever flown into combat the way harry is going to. >> prince william is a helicopter pilot as well.
does he search and rescue. there's an important distinction. their uncle, prince andrew, flew into combat during the faulklands war. harry called himself a bullet magnet. the concern is that's what the apache helicopter will become and all apache helicopters may become a target by the insurgents. >> both of the royals have said, both of the young men, they want to go in and serve. thanks, john. barack obama, president, world leader, father two of daughters. which job do you think he finds most humbling? as father's day approaches, he opens up about being a dad in the white house. and o.j. simpson in oprah winfrey's dream interview, just ahead, we'll tell you what the talk show queen wants him to reveal. new york lawmakers might vote today on a same-sex marriage bill. one former football star just isn't supporting it. he says if it passes, anarchy
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arizona already burning 40 homes and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. new york city plans to feed geese to the homeless. the city will send the birds captured around its airports to pennsylvania to a slaughterhouse. the meat will then be distributed to area food banks. trapped in a hot tram atop the st. louis arch for nearly an hour. that's what happened to about 40 visitors after a motor failed causing the tram to stall. one passenger even says the temps topped 100 degrees. don't forget dad this weekend. sunday is father's day. maybe a happier holiday for some, though, than others. >> father's day this year is a bonus year for arnold schwarzenegger. barack obama may be one of the most power fell men in the world but you can bet behind closed doors of the white house his daughters subject him to the same things any other dad goes through. dan lothian with a closer look
at the father in chief. >> the president is saying he's bracing for those teenage years because he understands they're very complicated. that's to say the least. this is a president who's been pushing his fatherhood initiative for quite some time, talking about the importance of fathers in the home. making the argument that if there's not a strong father figure, sometimes there can be problems for kids in school or problems with drugs. he sat down for an interview with "good morning america" and talked about some of the triumphs about fatherhood. >> it is not the big spectacular things, it's not the lavish birthday parties. it's not the big gifts. it is those moments where you're just together and you are enjoying each other's company. that's the stuff that lasts. i suspect that's what is also
going to last for them. you know, at the end of your life when you think back as to what was worth it, those will be one of the things that's worth it. >> reporter: the president during that interview was also asked if he missed his father. that was kind of a sad moment. the president said, quote, i can't say i miss my father because i just didn't know him. the president went on to say that he did not have an emotional bond with his father but that he does miss his grandfather, his grandmother and his mom. kyra? >> dan lothian live from the white house. dan, thanks. all right. wedding bells for jesse james. the latest on a likely summertime walk down the aisle. and david tyree made the highlight reels for catches with the new york giants. now he's catching heat for things he said about same-sex marriage. you'll hear from him in just a few minutes.
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in a nutshell, he's getting about $1.3 million for 12 years of work and three weeks of scandal. weiner leaves behind a campaign war chest worth millions and that has a lot of people wondering what will become of all that cash. here's our brian todd. >> reporter: the outgoing congressman references his humble financial background. >> the middle-class story of new york is my story. and i'm very proud of that. >> reporter: as for his current finances, anthony weiner has a few hundred thousand dollars in assets to fall back on if he needs it. according to disclosure forms that includes a stock portfolio worth between $190,000 and $285,000. he's got more in campaign money. election records show he has more than $365,000 cash on hand in his war chest for a congressional re-election campaign and $4.5 million in his perspective campaign for new york city mayer in 2013. >> what can he do with all this
money? >> he can't take it with him and go to disneyland. he's not able to convert it to personal use. >> reporter: campaign finance expert ken gross was once chief of enforcement for the federal election commission. gross says weiner could keep those accounts intact if he decides to run for either of those offices in the future. but if he doesn't, he'd have four options for those accounts. he could give the money to other candidates. he could give it to charity. he could give it to a party committee or he could give it back to donors. ken gross says donors to disgraced politicians often demand their money back. as for other candidates -- >> if he wants to give it to other candidates, would they take it or is he just too radioactive? >> i don't know. that's a tough one in his case, because yes, he's leaving under a cloud but he's not going to prison. he didn't violate the law. i think some for the time being may think the money is a little radioactive but over time i would not be surprised if others would accept contributions from him. >> reporter: since the scandal
broke, democratic candidates have been under increasing pressure from republicans to return the money weiner gave them. according to the national republican congressional committee, the republicans have targeted 20 of the democratic candidates who weiner gave money to during his time in congress and demanded that they give it back. the nrcc says so far, only seven of the candidates have given the money back. brian todd, cnn, washington. the off again, on again engagement of jesse james and kat von d apparently on again. there maybe wedding bells this summer. "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer following that and more. hey, a.j. >> i know you've been following this impending wedding very closely. never mind the stories you may have read. they've not called off their wedding. this wedding is on between tattoo artist l.a. ink star kat von d and jesse james.
they are planning to get married this summer on the one-year anniversary of when they started dating, that's according to james. this will be the fourth marriage for james who began dating kat von d in august of 2010. they announced their engagement this past january. what are the chances this wedding will wind up on reality tv? i say pretty good. >> they know how to work it, don't they? some not so happy marriage news for a former astronaut. what can you tell bus buzz? >> i never like reporting this stuff. he was the second man to walk on the moon but quite frankly a lot of people know him now as a popular "dancing with the stars" contestant for last year. buzz aldrin and his third wife have split after 23 years together. buzz filed for divorce in california on wednesday citing irreconcilable differences. they tide the knot in 1988 on valentine's day. it's disappointing.
if there was ever one guy that could give his wife the moon and the stars, it was buzz. >> you had to get that in there, didn't you? oprah is calling it quits on her daily talk show as we know but she's opening up about a few famous people she still wants to interview. >> she has dream interviews she'd like to do. she's spoken to television industry event in chicago. o.j. simpson is at the top of her list of interviews she'd like to do. in his case she'd only do it with a condition and it's a big condition, that he confesses to oprah that he killed nicole brown simpson and ron goldman in 1994. we all know o.j. was acquitted of that. i don't see that interview going down. besides simpson, she said there's only one other person she'd like to interview, susan smith who infamously killed her children and lied about it. i would like to see oprah
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checking top stories. >> let him go! let him go! let him go! >> cutting in line doesn't go over very well when you're waiting for a ticket to the trial. just outside the casey anthony murder trial this fight broke out when this guy didn't want to wait his turn in line. police re-opening roads around the pentagon after a suspicious vehicle triggered a massive sweep of the area. just minutes ago law enforcement officials confirm nod explosive devices were found but one person does remain in custody. oil prices have dropped to their lowest levels in four months. now around $92 a barrel. fears over the greek debt crisis are to blame. cnn's big republican debate was earlier this week but
late-night comediennes are still finding plenty of jokes to tell you. conan o'brien jokes about a subsequent poll and mitt romney. >> according to a poll, over 50% of viewers thought mitt romney won this week's presidential debate. they thought mitt romney won. he credits the win to his preparation, his grasp at the issues and the good people at mattel who built him. political buzz is your rapid fire look at the hottest political topics of the day. three questions, 20 seconds on the clock. playing today, robert zimmerman. talk show host, dana losch. here's mitt romney talking to a group of jobless folks in florida. >> i should also tell my story. i'm also unemployed.
>> will voters find this joke funny? robert? >> you know something, maybe it's me but a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars joking about being unemployed in a time of record unemployment with 14 million americans unemployed really doesn't work for me. ironically, the romney campaign launched a very effective viral commercial on the internet about obama's administration's insensitivity on the issue. unfortunately his consultants can teach romney sensitivity, respect or awareness. >> dana? >> i don't think it was as bad as debbie wasserman schultz talking about her party turning the economy around. i think it was a ridiculous mistake. he shouldn't be making this mistake. this is the second time he's done this. they should know better. >> pete? >> i heard he had a follow-up joke, sounded like this, i'm as disconnected from the american public as you good folks are to be from your phone company. is this thing on? come on.
>> hello, can you hear me? >> you're way ahead. hold on to the ball, man, you can hang in there. gaffe. >> the obama/boehner golf sum sit tomorrow. first we had a beer summit, now we have a golf summit. what do you think they'll be talking about and more importantly, who is going to win? >> i hope they don't talk about anthony weiner. gosh. i don't know what they're going to talk about. i can bet president obama will win. he's played golf almost 70 times. he plays golf almost every weekend. it's his sport. i would wager on him. >> boehner has the better handicap, robert. >> leave it to dana to turn a golf game into a partisan sound bite. i give her credit. i'd feel a lot more comfortable with both of them sitting in the oval office with a calculator trying to pass the debt ceiling. >> amen. >> shorts are a privilege, not a right. >> pete?
>> i'm sure boehner and obama will be solving the country's problems. by arguing the whole time. who's driving the cart, which tree should we hide behind to smoke? the ironic thing here, kyra, is one of them will probably be wearing adidas, another one will be wearing nike and they'll be arguing about how we should get jobs back when those two companies shipped them all to asia. >> congressman anthony weiner has resigned. what do you think his next gig should be? robert? >> i know and i believe deeply that his next gig is going to focus on healing his marriage, healing his life and also helping to heal his family. i really just -- my prayers and thoughts are with him as a private citizen. >> dana? >> "dancing with the stars." i would pay to see that. i would pay good money. >> why do you think he's going
to say he should take larry flynt's offer to work for "hustler"? >> he could go on tour with charlie sheen. a cable network will probably reach out to him. i'm out of time. i could make so many more suggestions. >> i am making the list. >> he could be a model. >> i'm making the list. i will bring you back. >> he could work for howard stern. >> thanks, guys. there may be a thief in your house and, well, it's not the type of thief that you're probably thinking of. we're talking about an energy thief. believe it or not, a study shows how much energy you're wasting on your cable box and dvr. alison kosik with the details. is it that much? really? >> you know how much, kyra, $2 billion a year. that's just when these boxes aren't being used. even when you're not recording or watching anything, the dvr is
still on and using full power. how much? take a look. a dvr uses more than half the energy of a fridge. it also uses more than a 42 inch lcd tv and the cable box uses the same as the lcd tv as well. there's a catch 22. you can shut the box off. the problem is your shows aren't going to record. if you do have a chance to power down the system, it will consume less energy and there's usually a way to set most of those consoles to power down automatically after they've been sitting idle for a period of time. kyra? >> let's hit this wild week for the markets? up 100 points one day, down nearly 200 the next. now back up. >> it's been a crazy six weeks. the stock market has been all over the place. stocks are moving higher today, the dow up 73 points. investors are focusing on good news. we have positive signs coming out of greece that it's close to hammering out a second bailout from the european union. some sm are saying those worries
about greece and overall economy, that slowing down has pushed markets down too far, too fast. where are saying we're oversold. investors what you're seeing today, they're coming in, looking for those buying opportunities. but the trick here is to see if the gains will hold until the closing bell today. we'll keep an eye on it for you. kyra? >> thanks, allison. david tyree made the highlight reels for his catches with the new york giants. now he's catching heat for things he said about same-sex marriage. you'll hear what he had to say in just a few minutes. [ female announcer ] in and out. out and in.
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checking stories cross country. a 780-year-old religious relic stolen from a church in california has been found. a and 41-year-old woman faces burglary charges. that relic was a piece of bone from st. anthony enclosed in a gold-plated case. a standoff ends. police eventually took the man into custody. in florida, mass gunmen stormed a rental company in orlando, forcing the people inside to hand over their cash and drop to the floor. it was all caught on tape. authorities say the three men stole a car and got away. this is a story about hope and bravery. a man's fight with cancer and his prayerful message to his family. this story hits close to home for many of us here at cnn. the courageous cancer fighter is former cnn sports anchor nick charles. chief medical correspondent
dr. sanjay gupta spent some time with nick at his home in santa fe, new mexico. charles shared special thoughts for his family. >> i know it's going to take all of god's grace, which is never in short supply to make me live longer. i want to for you and mommy so we can be a family here in santa fe. if -- sorry about this. if god takes me home, it will be forever. meanwhile i'm not going anywhere today. >> reporter: it's so tough for nick to write and it's tough to hear. but nick knows he at least had the chance to leave something behind. how do you feel when you read those. >> they're so reinforcing to me. i know she's going to read them. i talked to people. they would long to hear their parents' voice or read something from them. >> for more of sanjay's conversation and what he learned from nick charles, tune in
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new york senate vote on a same-sex marriage bill could come as early as today. one republican reporter says he's tired of conservative groups and religious leaders pressuring him to vote against it. some of that pressure is coming from a former new york giant. listen to what super bowl hero david tyree told me. >> if they pass this gay marriage bill, you know, i guess you could say my peace is in god's sovereignty. what i know will happen if this does come forth, this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, you know, it's a strong word but anarchy. >> that's from a national organization for marriage
interview. i had tyree on the phone just a few minutes ago and asked him to explain what he meant by anarchy. i also wanted to know why he's so opposed to the same-sex marriage bill. >> i'm saying it in the sense of basically morality. if there's no basis of moral fiber in a community, you know, we continue to slip away from that, i believe that will essentially lead to lawlessness. does that mean that there will be riots running around? i don't think so. that's not necessarily what i'm referring to. >> that's what anarchy means. it's social and political disorder due to the absence of a government or control by the government. so i'm -- >> i think if we look up the word anarchy there's a few different definitions. i'm focusing on the -- i speak heavily in favor of marriage. i speak heavily in favor of one man and one woman. and as far as a nuclear family, that's the ideal. that's the way a family was
intended to be shaped and molded in marriage is the backbone of society. i don't think anyone would disagree with that. >> where is the evidence, though, that gay marriage has any negative impact on other marriages or the sanctity of marriage or culture or children. >> where's the evidence? i can't necessarily give you statistics. that's not my voice. do i know marriage necessarily didn't start with our country, i said this in the video as well, i'm not interested in a thee theeocracy. we're not messing with something that god set in order. if we're adopted into our government that we should adopt it in a sense of just like you adopt a child, you adopt a child and change their name. to redefine marriage changes everything, how we educate our children. i'm not, you know, i'm not -- you know, i really believe that
they should have the choice to make their lifestyle choices but marriage is something that is holy, something that is sacred. i believe it's something that should not be tainted with. >> let me ask you a couple questions. first of all i'm thinking of a segment, david, i did months back. it was about this study that came oust williams institute at ucla school of law. and i had to go back and review my facts. it was 23 years that they did this study and what it proved was that kids raised by lesbian parents had actually gained more respect for diversity, more respect for differences and i'm just curious as an african-american male, can you appreciate that? >> i can certainly appreciate it. i think those are qualities to be applauded. i still don't necessarily think that has any reflection on my views and beliefs and what i believe to be true as far as marriage.
essentially that's irrelevant as far as what the picture, what say marriage? a marriage is between a man and a woman. that has always been the backbone of our society, culture and moving forward i'll do everything in my power, my voice, to preserve that and protect that. that's worth fighting for. >> the search shows two men and two men -- or two women and two men also have very strong marriages and raise kids very well. in addition to that, i'm just curious, you talk about your dad not being in your home while you were not growing up. that had a big impact on you. what if you were raised by two men who loved each other and loved you or two men that raised you in a committed relationship. are you saying that's worse than a single parent home? >> no. i've never said anything -- i never said anything of the sort. but what it is, it's unnatural. i don't think that that's
necessarily a healthy mod. >> explain unnatural to me. explain unnatural to me. >> essentially, if you look at what a man and a woman, a marriage, what was the original intent of a marriage is to pro-create, spawn off family and continue to be the reflection of god in that sense of creation. >> again, that new york senate vote on same-sex marriage could come as early as today. a few golfers good enough to win the coveted green jacket at the masters usually find a nice spot at home for it but charl schwartzel now fighting for the u.s. open lead is not like the other champions. cnn's patrick snell covering the open for us in congressional country club in bethesda, maryland. patrick, what do you think? where is schwartzel's green jacket? >> all right, kyra. welcome back to congressional. we're bathed in sunshine right
now and lighting up the course currently, rory mcilroy at 10 under par. at forementioned schwartzel not really challenging for the lead right now. he's nine shots back. he has plenty of work to do. what a fantastic few months it's been for this native of south africa who won that coveted green jacket as you rightly say, recently at augusta when he finished in spectacular fashion, four straightbirdies. he goes back home to south africa every couple of months or so. in his mind, what's the point of leaving his green jacket there? what does he do, he takes it with him on tour. sometimes he wears it, yes, but other times he says i just like to stare at it to gain inspiration. that's the story of charl schwartzel. you'll know from your own stellar performances at the cnn open we have every year in atlanta how inspirational even a little glimpse of silverware can
be, in this case, the green jacket, of course. >> i can see who's behind my comment, my favorite producer working with you obviously at the u.s. open. it's father's day this weekend. fred funk, his son, has a great gift for him, doesn't he? >> yes. fred funk with his 15-year-old son on the bag. what a potential story that can fb it's a big if right now, fred funk can actually be around for the weekend. he's at over par, he's yet to go out. he's going out around lunch time, early afternoon local time here and the 15-year-old, look, a chance to caddie for his dad. fred funk, a veteran, the oldest man on the field at 55 years of age. compared to the 1 -year-old from california we mentioned in the previous hour. so fred funk trying to hang around for the weekend on father's day come sunday. for all you grandfathers out there, i think we've all heard of a legendary arnold palmer. of course he's not playing but his grandson is. doesn't share the same last
name, though, sam saunders, 23 years of age. he's here playing in his first u.s. open. he turned pro a couple years ago. what a story. how proud arnold palmer must be. he has work to do as well if he's going to feature on the weekend. he's at 3 over par. he has work to do but sam saunders for one, looking to try and make it through to the last couple of days of play here, kyra. >> patrick, thanks. looking ahead at some other stories making headlines, a vote on legalizing same-sex marriage could come today in the new york state senate. lawmakers take up the issue beginning at 11:00 this morning. the man dubbed barefoot bandit due in a seattle courtroom for a change of plea hearing. colton harris moore is accused of dozens of break-ins and airline thefts. he's pleaded not guilty to multiple federal charges. in california, groundbreaking is set for the world's largest solar powered facility to be built on public land.
foot soldiers of the arab spring, we track down some of the central players and look at how they use the internet to help bring down a government. with new extra-strength bayer advanced aspirin. it has microparticles so it enters the bloodstream faster and rushes relief right to the site of your tough pain. ♪ in fact, it's clinically proven to relieve pain twice as fast. new bayer advanced aspirin. extra strength pain relief, twice as fast.
the year arab spring. here's the story of how one man protest and a determined group of bloggers actually helped bring down a government. >> reporter: to protest government kprupcorruption, a 26-year-old fruit vendor set himself on fire in a rural town. the images of his burned body were posted online and instantaneously available worldwide through the internet. >> i heard about this the same day and it was on facebook. >> reporter: and the offline battle began. lina a 27-year-old teaching asiftant was one of the foot soldiers who would spread the flames. armed with only a computer and her camera, she drove to the center of the protest in rural tunisia. >> what inspired you to get in
the car and drive there? >> the fact that the traditional media wasn't doing their job. they were either hiding or telling lies. >> reporter: the reality was shocking. lina said she learned that government was opening fire on the protesters. >> when i entered the first house, i just started crying. my hands were shaking, especially when i saw the corpse of a young man of 20 years old, his family, his mom who was crying. >> reporter: within days, thousands of blogs, tweets and retweets turned into hundreds of thousands of people in the streets. but the mainstream media never picked up on the story. >> you can go with cnn to tunisia, bahrain and egypt for the revolution online warriors of the arab spring. that's sunday night, 8:00 eastern.
coming up, new in the newsroom with suzanne malveaux, the impact the new immigration law is having before it even goes into effect. >> translator: he says he'll take all of his family and many friends with him. it will be hard, because his u.s.-born children will have to move to a new place where they know nobody and start their life all over. >> we'll break down the economic and social impact. plus, buy a pair of shoes and have a pair given to a child in need in a third world country. we're going to talk to the man behind a new business plan that makes money and helps needy children at the same time. that and more on "cnn newsroom" with suzanne malveaux. whole grain oats can help lower your cholesterol. you are so sweet to me. bee happy. bee healthy. i thought it was over here... ♪
a lot of talk on capitol hill right now about deficits and debt. tim pawlenty touting a tax cut plan for the super rich that makes the bush tax cuts look lame. >> i think that's probably a line right out of his economic plan, makes it look lame, i like that. topping the political ticker right now, tim pawlenty trying to flex his economic muscles you will, proposing in his recently revealed economic plan pretty big tax cuts that people will be taking a closer look at. some of the highlights in terms of the tax cuts, the proposal as
scored in one analysis, the proposal would offer on average the top 20% of earners would see a drop by almost 9% in their tax rate, at the same time, the lowest 20% of the income bracket would see a drop of less than 1% in their tax rate. also pawlenty is proposing to eliminate taxes on capital gains as well as calling for some pretty dramatic cuts in federal spending. you very well know, kyra, talk of tax cuts or raising taxes on the flip side and talk of deficit and getting our federal spending under control, big issues with voters right now. >> thanks, kate. we'll have another political update in just about an hour. go to our website for the latest political news, 24/7. you'll have two more hours to watch suzanne. >> this is the first father's day for john and the twins. >> that'gh