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i'm drew griffin. a lot going on this morning. let's get you caught up. the talks are in crisis. top republicans pull out of the vice president's talks saying they want to talk directly to the real boss, the president. i'm christine romans. casey anthony's mother dropping a bombshell on the witness stand telling jurors she was the one doing a computer search for the word chloroform. what could it mean for the prosecution's murder case on this "american morning"?
welcome to "american morning." friday, june 24th. friday. >> i know. >> kiran and ali are off. i'm drew griffin. happy to be here. >> thank goodness it's friday, right. talks on the verge of collapse this morning. >> with weeks to go before the nation supposedly can no longer pay off its debt a key republican walked away from the talks hosted by the vice president biden. dan lothian following the president live in pittsburgh this morning, dan? >> yes, that key republican eric cantor walking out of those talks. you know, this is, obviously, a critical moment in the 7 week old talks and republicans are blaming democrats for talking about tax hikes. speaker boehner saying tax hikes are completely off the table. you heard the president while on the road last night several fund-raisers bring up the point that there needs to be a balanced approach in order to
reach a solution here. the president also pointing out that over the next several weeks, this whole situation was really going to start heating up and those were the words that the president used. but, what the administration is laying out in these talks it's critical that a decision be reached. there will be tough choices that have to be made, but take a look at the consequences. they keep reminding americans as we have the august 2nd deadline approaching that if the debt ceiling is not raised, then the country will not be able to pay its bills. it will just be a catastrophe, will only hurt the economic situation, reverse some of the gains that have already been held. -- been made, rather. so now as we look at these talks and how they appear to be falling apart, most people look at it as more of political maneuvering, each side trying to force the other, so we'll be watching closely to see if they can get back together soon there, drew. >> you mention that august 2nd deadline if they don't figure
this out, don't raise the debt ceiling, america has to figure out which bills to pay first, its debt gets paid first, less money to do things like run the country and reminder, too, that congress already spent this money, congress, same peek arguing about it, already spent this money. this is simply being able to borrow to pay for it. why is the president in pittsburgh? he's touting manufacturing there? >> right. he's here to talk about jobs and the economy, in particular as you pointed out manufacturing, the carnegie-mellon robotics institute. why robotics? many believe that, you know, the reason that some of the companies here in the u.s. can't compete is because they are facing countries like china that can produce things much more cheaply and so if you have robotics, if you have new technology, then you're able to do a lot more, a lot faster. we were talking to one business
owner who said if i didn't have robotics, i would be out of business right now. the president will talk about how the new technology will create new opportunities for job creation. >> the president, thanks dan for getting up early with us this morning. president obama making headlines in new york city last night. he received a standing ovation for his comments during a gay rights reception. take a listen. >> and i believe that discrimination because of somebody's sexual orientation or gender identity run counter to who we are as a people. it's a violation of the basic tenants on which this nation was founded. i believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country. >> legal rights but the president didn't say the word "marriage." president obama has said he
supports same sex civil union, not same-sex marriage. the president's visit to new york as new york state sits on the verge of becoming the sixth and biggest state to legalize same-sex marriage. negotiations continued in albany in as protesters circled the capitol. a vote could come this morning. tallies show that bill needs just one more vote to pass. a surprise move that could help you save at the pump this summer, that's the hope. the government tap iping -- abo 27 other nations will release 60 million barrels from their emergency stock piles. the white house says it's because fighting in libya has disrupted world oil supplies. oil prices were headed lower because of worries about an weakening economic recovery and drop 4% on this news. courtroom shocker, possibly a game changer in the casey anthony murder trial. on the witness stand the defendant's mother crinty
anthony dropped one of the biggest bombshells in this case. >> do you recall in march of 2008 you doing any types of searchs for any items that might include chloroform? >> yes. i started looking at chlorophyll and then that prompted me to look up chloroform. >> now, the prosecution alleges it was casey her daughter who did the chloroform searches and used it to murder her daughter caylee. joining us to taukts about the impact on this case sunny hostin and legal contributor for "in session" on trutv. it shakes the prosecution's allegation, its case, that it was casey anthony doing those searches. >> no question. i think it shook the prosecution's case to its core. this is a premeditated first-degree murder case, that's why it's a death penalty case and the premeditation as far as the prosecution is concerned comes from the fact that in march of 2008 caylee died in
june of 2008, that casey anthony was performing these searches for chloroform. so their theory is that casey anthony knocked her daughter out with chloroform, then placed duct tape over little caylee's mouth and nose, suffocated her and placed her in the trunk of her car. without the chloroform premeditation is off the table. not necessarily the death penalty because they've charged some other things that could lead to felony murder which could lead to the death penalty, but i think everyone can agree premeditation would be off the table if even one juror, christine, believes that cindy anthony conducted those searches. it was a bombshell. my draw dropped. i was shocked that cindy anthony said something like that. >> i keep getting surprised. this case gets weaker as it goes on. i thought this was a slam dunk after all these years, the prosecution finally had a case, they brought it. all we're hearing about is the smell of this, the residue of that. we're not having any real hard evidence of what i would be on a jury looking for.
>> exactly. i never thought it was a slam dunk. i will tell you having tried circumstantial cases they are very, very difficult because it's like putting pieceses of a puzzle together. they don't have any direct evidence against casey anthony. i think the most direct evidence they had was this chloroform -- these chloroform searches and that's out the window. i will say this, the case for the defense didn't look so great to me because it was almost like a science class. a lot of forensics. we don't have molecular ph.d.s on this jury. this is a down-to-earth, real-world jury and i thought a lot may have been going over their heads but they were leaning forward during this testimony. four were taking notes. this is real emotional testimony. and that really strikes a chord with jurors. >> will the jury think the mother is lying to protect her daughter. >> that's the question. >> wasn't there evidence that a myspace account within 20 seconds for how to make chloroform, an update of a myspace account which is something cindy anthony said she didn't do. >> that is true.
but in 2009 she said this, told the prosecutors during the deposition she may have searched for chloroform. >> they shouldn't have been surprised. they seemed to be thrown off by her answers and i was surprised at that because i went back last night and read over the deposition and she did say this in 2009. she's been consistent. >> sort of. >> thank you. 30 guns, fake i.d.s, 800 in grand that's what the fbi says they found inside the hideout of the notorious gangster whitey bulger. he could be in a boston courtroom in hours facing 19 counts of murder after the feds caught up to him in california after 16 years on the lamb. the arrest is the talk of new england. people who were too afraid to speak out before his arrest are coming forward. like one real estate developer who says he would have been a dead man if he didn't pay whitey $200,000. >> .45, puts it to my head and
he says, you don't pay, i'm going to kill you and -- takes the gun out, hits me, says because you're a good guy and a stand up guy, i'm not going to kill you. >> bulger was the inspiration for jacque nicholson's character in "the departed" a gangster ahead of the feds because of a corrupt agent he planned inside the force. one boston native questioned whether the fbi wanted to see him get caught because of what he might say. two u.s. citizens charged with plotting to kill americans at a military recruiting station in seattle. fbi officials say abu ka lead abdullah tif and walli mujahidh planned to use grenades and guns at the military entrance processing station in seattle. authorities say the suspects tried to recruit a third member. that guy confessed to police. floodwater rushing deeper and faster than expected into
north dakota's fourth largest city. 12,000 people have been warned to get out of their homes in minot. the souris river is expected to crest monday, six feet higher than a record set a century ago. no new evacuations have been ordered yet. only in california, actress lindsay lohan won't be going back to jail, but listen to this, a judge has ordered her to stop having parties while she's under house arrest. lohan was summoned it to court after failing an alcohol test. the judge said that didn't violate her probation, but she said lohan was guilty of extremely poor judgment by having rooftop parties during her home confinement. >> home -- house arrest is supposed to be like instead of going to jail. >> sounds like a new mtv reality show. anxious moments, i wouldn't watch it, it's too true. anxious moments overnight after an earthquake struck near alaska. we're going to tell you where it hit and how powerful it was. >> yeah. >> and putting more of the war in his hands, afghan leader
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enable anybody to take a village or -- these are ied attacks and suicide attacks which we cannot stop unless you have addressed the root cause of all of this trouble. so in terms of overall security of the country, in terms of the mobility of the forces, the mobility of the people, things are better. >> and this sunday hear more of that exclusive interview on fareed za car za's show. rare interview with karzai. hear what's next for afghanistan. nearly 12,000 syrians have reportedly fled to turkey to escape the crackdown of anti-government protests. turkish news agency says 1500 syrian refugees crossed over yesterday. >> meantime we're getting our first look inside syria since the crackdown began. cnn has been allowed into the country, not easy to go.
government minders close by. arwa damon is live on the phone in damascus. can you tell us not only what you've seen, what you're reporting, but potentially what you can't tell us? >> well, drew, we arrived here early yesterday morning and we were able to go into the heart of damascus bearing in mind this is not an area -- certainly it was a concern if it was au theptsic or not. the capital was supportive of the president bashar al assad. everything from party hats to t-shirt with the president's photo printed on them. anti-american sentiment. people coming up to us saying that it is absolutely not america or the west that needs to be meddling inside syria. we had put in a request yesterday to go to some of the neighborhoods that historically have seen clashes according to
acty it vists between government demonstrators and following friday paurs. we were informed we would be heading out into the heart of the capital, in part for our own security, because the government is continuing to maintain it is these armed gangs the one still causing unrest and because of these armed gangs and so-called terrorists that they were forced to conduct the military crackdown and being one in the northwestern part of the country that caused that refugee influx from syria to turkey. most certainly every time we're out on the streets when we want to be filming something the government minders are with us. >> arwa damon live in damascus, we'll look forward to your reports, i guess when you get out of there. >> amazing reporting from there. her reporting on the border, i said this yesterday, reporting on the refugee crisis is really compelling stuff. to be in the country with the government minders to get a view inside the country is really
great reporting from arwa. rob marciano in the extreme weather center this morning. awful rainy in the northeast, rob. what will you do about that for the weekend for me? >> we'll try to dry it out for you. good morning, drew, christine. more showers in the forecast for the new york area. actually much of the northeast. this has been the problem. very slow mover, not moving at all, and it's going to continue to create the unsettled mess. but in spots it just came down in buckets yesterday. look at the video out of my yak which saw its fair share of problems. flash flooding through downtown my yak, new york, suburb of new york city, pouring through the streets there. 911 calls, people stranded in their cars, swift water rescues being done across this area. scary moment in spots as this water just rushed through the town in a dangerous fashion. we can expect similar -- well not similar scenes like that, but the potential for that especially now the ground has been so saturated across the northeast, expect more in the way of showers.
rough night in knoxville as well. possible tornado touch down there and then another cell of thunderstorms rolling through this area right now creating a little bit of a in mess for the morning commute there. thunder and lightning and thunderstorms expected across the northeast as the front makes its way to the south and east. we will see delays because of the scattered showers in the afternoon. from boston to new york city to cleveland and atlanta, georgia, as well. as far as daytime highs are concerned, looking at 90s across the south, although it will be just a little bit cooler with the system moving in. 87 degrees expected across the southeast, including atlanta, georgia. want to touch on this, 7.2 magnitude earthquake off the aleutian islands last night that prompted a tsunami warning for the aleutian island chain from what we can tell there have been no reports of any sort of tsunami there. that has since been canceled. scary situation when you get a 7.2 magnitude quake, that is big enough to have a tsunami warning. looks like all is okay.
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half past the hour. time for the morning's top stories. talks to solve the nation's debt crisis are on the verge of collapse this morning. a key republican walked away from the talks hosted by the vice president. house majority leader eric cantor says the president, the president needs to be directly involved to salvage talks on raising the debt ceiling and that democrats are refusing to drop their push for tax increases. the notorious mobster james whitey bulger could be back in boston right now facing 19
counts of murder. his arrest after 16 years on the run, stunning that city. he was arrested out in santa monica, california. the fbi says they found him hiding in plain sight there with 30 guns and $800,000 in cash. the u.s. and other nations tapping emergency oil reserves releasing 60 million barrels collectively. the move expected to save you a few cents at the pump this summer. oil prices falling sharply on that news. let's talk more about that. washington's powerful business lobby the chamber of commerce slammed the president's move saying that reserve is intended to address true emergencies not politically inconvenient high prices. but the white house says since fighting in libya began in march, 140 million barrels of oil have been lost in the market supply and tapping america's oil reserves is simply now necessary. so what is this? let's look at oil prices. after the fighting in libya you can see oil prices rose sharply topping $109 a barrel in april.
since then, prices have come down and slipped below $100 a barrel. why? because the economy is weak and there's a worry we're going to be using less oil as the economy weakens further. with prices already moving lower, the president has decided to tap into that strategic petroleum rejev injecting light swede crude on to the marketplace, about 5% of the country's emergency supplies. some 30 countries have actually agreed to dip into emergency stockpiles and saudi arabia big huge oil producer, of course, and five other middle eastern countries say they'll start pumping more crude as well. a reminder where all of this crude oil is going, here, the u.s. is by far the largest consumer of oil, accounting for 22%, almost a quarter of all oil demand. china consumes less, about 10%. but it's growing fast and furious so there are some who say, no matter what you do, china's insatiable and growing appetite for oil will continue to keep prices elevated. only the president can tap
america's emergency supplies. the last time was in 2005 when president bush after hurricane katrina tapped about 30 million barrels back then too. drew? >> just confusing but interesting. let me ask you something, can i ask you something? >> absolutely. >> there is no shortage of oil. >> people in the markets are saying there isn't a shortage of oil right now. because the economy appears to be weakening, oil prices were already headed a little lower. oil prices heading lower and the president and the other countries dipping at the same time hoping by the peak summer season when demand goes up they can keep oil prices at a more comfortable level if you will. there are also others who say it's hard for governments to control the oil market. that you can tap into the oil reserve but if you're talking about 30 million barrels, 60 million barrels overall with all the other countries i think we consume about 82 million barrels every day. that's not even a day's worth of
oil. >> the libyan price spike was speculation on futures. >> this might send a message, i will say this, send a message to speculators if you have governments that are willing to step in every now and then you don't want to be buying up oil, speculatively because you might get burned in the end. might tamp down the speculation a little bit. other news, floods in north dakota are worse than expected. federal o officials say the river in minot is set to break flood records, set 100 years ago. thousands of residents have packed up and left. jim spellman is on the ground there. is it as dire as i'm making this out to be? >> it's going to be huge, drew. i mean listen, take a look at this. the water has already started rising overtopping the levees in the town here. this water is going to come up about nine more feet. that's going to put it above the first -- into the second story of many houses. they've given up here even attempting to protect the whole
city. there's no way the existing four-foot high dikes are going to hold. they need at least 20 feet and in the last couple days they've kept revising that. all they're going to dro is try to save vital infrastructure. they've built likes like this around selective infrastructure. they've got revised numbers and had to add three feet to the secondary dikes around the vital infrastructure. they say they have the resources, bulldozers, almost 700 national guardsmen here but running out of time. this thing could crest saturday, maybe into sunday and it's going to start going really fast. another ten feet to come up in two days. so it's -- you're not overexaggerating anything. this is going to be catastrophic for the people of minot. >> jim, we'll watch it with you as this develops over the weekend. thanks. meanwhile, police in arizona are under attack this morning from hackers because of the state's controversial immigration law. the group luz sec stole and
released private information about officers, names, addresses, phone numbers and slew of internal documents. the group says it's against sb 1070 calling arizona an anti-immigrant police state. law enforcement officials say the move puts officers and their families in danger. it's been a big loss to anna nicole smith's estate. the supreme court ruling against the 15-year battle for some of her late husband's billion dollar fortune. the actress was only married to j. howard marshall before he died. the majority of his money left to his son, even though smith claimed she was promised $300 million. smith died of a drug overdose in 2007. legal proceedings continued on behalf of their estates. >> it goes on and on. coming up on "american morning," what a cell phone could reportedly say about osama bin laden's support network inside pakistan. it's 36 minutes after the hour. car connection calls the xf,
u.s. intelligence officials reportedly looking at a cell phone as they try to piece together bin laden's time in hiding in pakistan. >> "the new york times" says this phone belonged to one of bin laden's trusted couriers. zain verjee live in london with more on this. zain? >>, hi, guys. what's significant here is that they have traced phone calls to a group known as har ka mujahedeen. the question is, is that militant group in pakistan responsible for sheltering and protecting osama bin laden while he was in pakistan? even more critical question is, did pakistani intelligence know.
this militant group in pakistan has very, very close ties to pakistani intelligence. that's because the isi is basically mentored and grown them for the last 20 years. they set the group up to fight the soviets in afghanistan, to fight india over kashmir, so they go hand and glove. now "the new york times" when it talks about tracing the phone calls it says that harco commandos had called pakistani intelligence officials but also says quoting officials this is not a smoking gun, that the isi knew that bin laden was at this compound in abbottbad and were protecting him but it does say they're going to investigate this further because there is the crucial link between this pakistani militant group and the pakistani intelligence historically. >> we're just still getting so much new information that hopefully that will help investigators as they try to figure out what kind of threats are out there. zain, another question, in other international news, michele
obama, sit-ups? please explain. >> yes. another important story breaking today, michele obama doing sit-ups. let's go to the video. she is in south africa and she met with archbishop desmond tutu and here they were playing soccer. you call it everywhere else it's football. so she was playing football and she dribbled the ball around a bit and then, there she goes, fitness first. she's working out there with some of the kids there and one of the stars of the south african football team. there's desmond tutu on the left-hand side of your screen. he's doing the pushups. he's not quite going down. but there he is. the arch. michele obama looking pretty good shape there. right, guys? >> yeah. she's -- her form for sit-ups and pushups was impeccable and i can do maybe three pushups. >> and the archbishop being helped up. >> i don't think he did one -- i don't see him doing one sit-up
and i didn't think that was really a pushup. more like a -- >> come on. cut him a break. >> drew, come on. how many do you do? >> i do as many as you want, zain. i'll go toe to toe with you and tutu. >> let's see you go. >> might give you a run for your money. i'm in the gym every day. >> zain verjee, thank you. talk to you again soon. >> speaking of sports one of the greatest olympians of all time, michael phelps has 16 olympic medals, 14 of them are gold. and he's not done yet. phelps will compete in the 2012 london games through his foundation, he's helping kids find that same passion for swimming. you might not know it, his mom threw him into the pool because she got him swimming lessons because she wanted him to be safe in the pool. this week i sat down with michael phelps and asked him about his motivation to succeed. >> a lot of people were telling you you couldn't do it or a lot of people were -- kids maybe picking on you a little bit about what, about your ears? >> ears, shaving my legs,
whatever. wearing a speedo. >> you must have had some kind of confidence to get over that. >> i got to the point i didn't care and i was happy and love what i do. >> right. >> i have goals that i want to accomplish in the sport before i retire and i didn't care what anybody else said. when people doubt me now, just fires me up and gives me more motivation. >> can you tell me what those goals are? you have so much medal around your neck. i can't imagine you could hold your neck up. what are those goals? >> everybody wants to know and you'll find out in 15 months after the olympics if i were successful or not. it's going to be hard but it's something that's doable and something i want. >> 400 days of training left, folks. much more of my conversation with michael phelps on "your bottom line" 9:30 eastern saturday morning on cnn. >> interesting guy. he's trying to inspire kids and also trying to diversify who's learning how to swim.
like they're going out and trying to get -- not to be such a white sport. want to get more kids from all kinds of backgrounds because that's going to make the sport more exciting too. something else he's doing, passionate about. >> good deal. coming up ahead on "american morning," we were glued to our computer screens, 165 million hits if i'm remembering correctly, watching those guys there, bald eagles, about to hatch and then they hatched and grew up. they've flown the coop. we're going to talk with the people behind streaming this bird's nest. big deal days are back and better than ever! right now, go to priceline for a sneak peek at recent winning hotel bids to find where you can save up to 60% on hotels. * we'll even email you other people's winning bids, so you'll know what price to name. *á with new hotel bid alerts, from priceline. ♪ now the healing power of touch just got more powerful. introducing precise from the makers of tylenol. precise pain relieving heat patch activates sensory receptors.
46 minutes past the hour. a look at your headlines. tax fight stalling talks to raise the nation's credit card limit. top republicans have pulled out of vice president biden's talks saying president obama needs to step in and settle the issue. the notorious gangster james whitey bulger could be back in boston this morning. the man who inspired the mob boss in "the departed" movie is facing 19 counts of murder. two u.s. citizens charged in a terror plot. authorities say they planned to use grenades and guns to kill victims at a military recruiting station there in seattle. explosive testimony that could potentially blow up the prosecution's case at that casey anthony murder trial in florida. casey anthony's mother cindy anthony said she googled the word chloroform on the family computer. prosecutors claim casey made the searches and used the chemical
to kill her daughter. no letting up for the floods in north dakota. parts of that state bracing itself for record water levels. 12,000 people in minot have been warned to get out. and president obama getting a standing ovation at a gay rights reception in new york city. after saying he supporting equal rights for same-sex couples. the president still didn't say he supports same-sex marriage. caught up on the day's headlines. "american morning" back right after this.
music we could have used into this segment. millions of on-line viewers are experiencing an empty nest syndrome. since january watching live video feed of an eagle's nest 80 feet up in a tree in iowa. >> a bird's eyeview of three bald eagle chicks hatching, growing, and finally this week leaving the nest. the eagle cam is going to go dark. amy reese is web master and volunteer with the resource project joining us from minneapolis. man, this was a huge hit on-line. did you guys know this going in? >> no. we had no idea. this is actually the third year of the cam and the following that we picked up, it was amazing. we had no idea. >> some 165 million views. i mean, any given moment there are hundreds of people tuning in to see what these babies are doing, watching them you noer tear a rabbit limb from limb, watch them perch pe cares youly if they're going to learn how to fly. what is it about the three
little eagles, now and are they eaglettes now or officially juvenile eagles? >> we still call them the eaglettes, they may now on the wing be juvenile eagles. >> what are they doing now? >> right now, i would guess they're probably either up in the tree or flying around. they could be back in the nest feeding. mom and dad are still bringing food into the nest. they go back to eat and then usually out in the tree or flying around. >> they can fly, they're venturing further and further and they're getting closer and closer to being their own little people -- i mean eagles? >> yes. yeah, they are. >> so you're going to have to close down -- you've closed down the facebook page for comments on friday, right? >> yes. >> at some point, i mean, they're going to leave the house -- i mean the nest and then this thing is over? >> yeah. we're going to probably keep the camera up for as long as they're visible in the tree and on the limb and then close it down.
we expect that they'll remain in the area until early september and we will be getting video footage and posting that on youtube so our followers can still see the eagles. >> what happens next year? do mom and dad, now that the kids are gone, retire and move to florida? or do they come back to this same nest and you do this all over again? >> here's what usually happens, although you never know for sure with wildlife. what usually happens, the kids should leave in about september. mom and dad will stay at the fish hatchery, although they won't be in the nest a whole lot. they will be out flying around. maybe in early december, middle december, they'll start to build the nest with sticks again, part of their courtship and we'll start all over again in january or february of next year. >> and then we'll do it all over again. i want to talk about a little bit of the drama along the way. a late spring snowstorm was something that people who were watching the e 1, e 2, and e 3 as they're known were concerned about this snowstorm. there they are.
there was an owl attack that was -- i mean i guess when you're watching minute by minute what's happening in the nest, i mean, this is -- this is the wild. it was kind of scary. they survived both of these just fine. >> uh-huh. it's really engaging to watch because they're wild life. i have a dog. if something goes wrong the dog goes to the vet. with wild animals such an intimate feeling watching them, so close to them, but these things happen you have no control over. it's really amazing to watch them go through, get through everything and here they are, they're on the wing, it's just wonderful. >> amy, just one last point. maybe 20 years ago in the '80s we were worried about bald eagles because the eggs were so soft from the pesticides and chemicals and worried about saving these. now that the story about eagles is being able to watch three healthy eaglettes hatch and grow, that's a real conservation success story, isn't it?
>> oh, absolutely. i remember, you know, when i was growing up, if you saw a bald eagle it would have been like a bald eagle! my kids i go a bald eagle and they go, yeah, that's nice. it's absolutely a conservation success. >> awesome. amy reis, thanks for being with us. we're going to dip in and watch the eagles. you might not see them longer. they are flying the nest. >> you do this next year, i want names for these things not e 1, e 2, e 3. >> drew 1, drew 2, drew 3. >> joe, bobby sally. >> that's good. >> thanks, amy. >> thank you. >> here's our question of the day. what could be proof that the pressure of city life can get people pretty worked up. scientists found higher activity in the part of the brain that controls stress in people who live in the city. compared to those who live in rural areas. >> that leads us to our question of the day. is city living worth it? even if it's more stressful and possibly harmful to your health. laurie stewart on facebook says
duh, the people in the country have more peace. i dream every day of moving there, hate the city and not happy in the suburbs. >> joe, it's worth it if it means less travel to work. commuting is stress in itself but for me, rural is the only way to go. i see deer, i see bear, not people where i am. i can deal with bear and deer. >> sand man says i love living in town. i can't sleep without the noise. >> paul, how is city living good at all? i don't know, paul. keep your comments coming. send us an e-mail, tweet us, facebook us. we'll read some of your thoughts. >> are you city or country? weigh in. >> i sound like a dolly parton song. i'm a little bit country, little bit city, girl. i'm a suburber. >> suburbite. >> i'm still trying to figure out which one i'm going to end up with. currently i'm in the suburbs. >> monday, ali will be getting up earlier, why he lives in the city, he doesn't travel too far.
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[ male announcer ] stop the uh-oh fast with kao. a bombshell at the casey anthony murder trial. her mother cindy says she's the one who searched a computer for the word chloroform. how much damage did that do to the prosecution's case on this "american morning"? welcome to "american morning." friday, june 24th. kiran and ali off. i'm drew griffin. >> welcome you to "american morning." nice to see you drooshgs. welcome. >> nice to be here. >> up first, stunning testimony from casey anthony's mother that could damage the prosecution's case as that trial wraps up week number four. on the witness stand yesterday, cindy anthony said it was her, not her daughter, who did an internet search for chloroform on the family computer. now, prosecutors plan to use the
searchs to link casey to the premeditated murder of her daughter caylee. >> the attorney for cindy and george anthony tried to clarify statement hess made to cnn's gary tuchman concerning their daughter's innocence. gary joins us from orlando and gary, you're right in the middle of this trial all of a sudden. the attorney told you, right -- tell us what he told you to begin with. >> all right. well i'm going to save that for the end, drew, and christine, because i want to start with this dramatic testimony yesterday. in this case, the prosecution says that casey anthony used chloroform to poison her daughter, knock her out, and then used duct tape to suffocate her. but the major piece of premeditation evidence has been computer records from three months before caylee died, that show that somebody was on the computer looking up the word chloroform and one case going on a particular chloroform website looking 84 times, they say that was casey anthony.
that's why yesterday's testimony was shocking. cindy anthony was a sympathetic prosecution witness. now she's a defense witness and says she was the one looking up chloroform on the home computer. even though records show she was at work the day she supposedly was at at computer. she said she was looking up chloroform because her dog was sleepy. >> do you recall in march of 2008 you doing any types of searchs for any items that might include chloroform? >> yes. >> and could you explain to the ladies and gentlemen of the jury why you did that? >> well, i started looking at chlorophyll and i was concerned about my smallest yorkie, we have two yorkie puppies and the smallest one was having some issues where she was extremely tired all the time and both of the dogs would eat the bamboo
leaves out in the back. i started looking up sources from the backyard that could potentially cause her to be more sleepy than it would affect the larger dog. and i started looking up chloroform -- i mean chlorophyll and that prompted me to look up chloroform. >> problem with that story, though, is that also in the same time, these terms were looked up on the computer, shovel, self-defense, household weapons, neck breaking, cindy said she looked up some of those terms because she claims a friend of hers was in the car accident, doing research, but did not look up all of those terms and it was looked at at the same time. >> bring us back to the lawyer for casey anthony's parents. they had given you some very interesting perspective on their daughter and her case this and that lawyer is trying to clarify. when he saw it in the light of day and print, he didn't like what he had to say. >> frankly, i'll be honest, i
don't like being the center of attention. i like covering the story. i did do an interview with him. they're fascinating, george and cindy, because it's so sad, they lost their grandchild, could lose their child to the death penalty. george has been thrown under the bus by the defense attorney, with no evidence so far that he sexually molested his daughter and that's why it was kept a secret she accidentally drown, the defense claim. i wanted to find out from the family attorney how george and cindy felt about their daughter and he told me on the record, he said that they feel she's not innocent. but as soon as we aired that he called me and said i'm very upset, how could you put that on the air. did you say i misquoted you? no. saying it was off the record. no. it wasn't clear what he was upset. he held a news conference to talk about what he said to me. >> i said that they don't necessarily believe she's not innocent but we didn't complete the conversation in that the full text of is they do not know whether or not she is guilty of the crimes that have been alleged. certainly we know she is not
guilty of anything that the state has not proven yet. she's still not guilty until the jury comes back and makes a determination as to what they believe happened. >> still a little ambiguous from him but it's clear he's not denyinging he said they don't feel she's innocence. it is a difference, guilty and not guilty is a legal term and innocent is not a legal term. >> thanks for that fantastic reporting. the story gets weirder and weirder as it goes on. >> bring in sunny, shall we? on that note. >> on that note. you can't make this stuff up, right? it's sort of this trial has taken so many twists and turns. i think that's one of the reasons why america is captivated, actually become international. i mean there are international outlets now covering the trial. >> tell us about this mom now admitting she's looking up chloroform, chlorophyll, coloro
this, neck breaking. it's bizarre. >> it is. a lot of people think she's making this up, she's testing the line because she wants to save her daughter from the death penalty. mark lipman told gary tuchman they were against the death penalty and did not want their daughter to die. but she did in 2009, drew, say this to the prosecutor during her deposition, she did look up chloroform. but she also had said she was at work at this time and her work records reflect it. but it really put a hole in the prosecution's case because the prosecution's theory is premeditated murder and that means that they believe that casey anthony searched for chloroform in march of 2008 and then in june of 2008 put her daughter sort of down with the chloroform and then used duct tape over her nose and mouth to suffocate her. that's the prosecution's theory of premeditation and now, with cindy anthony sort of taking the fall for the chloroform that, i think, could take premeditation
off of the table for this prosecution. >> which takes the death penalty off? >> it could. the prosecution has also charged aggravated child abuse and in that sense, if this jury finds there was aggravated child abuse, leading to murder, that could constitute felony murder and that is death penalty eligible. so, the premeditation piece could be off the table, but with aggravated child abuse, i mean if no chloroform was used it's possible that's off the table as well. >> the body language of the jury, they were very -- >> they were riveted. they leaned forward. four of them were taking notes during cindy anthony's testimony. so imagine that after two weeks of this forensic testimony a lot of people felt on my facebook page, they were bored to tears back in high school in science class, now talking about the emotional piece of this case and i think that's probably the strongest piece for this jury. >> who do the jurors believe? they've heard so many competing
theories and lies again and again. >> i'm a mom. you're a mom. if you're put in this position would you lie for your child? i've told people i would be in contempt, i wouldn't testify against my kid. she's trying to help. she has a dead grandbaby. this is such a difficult position for cindy anthony to be in. who knows what happened on that stand? i mean perhaps she was telling the truth, perhaps she wasn't. >> sunny, new term, test a line. >> that's a prosecutorial term we used to use that. >> insider. >> when i was at the u.s. attorney's office. >> thanks. sunny hostin, thank you, sunny. 30 guns, fake i.d.s, $800,000 in cash that's what the fbi says they found inside the hideout of the notorious gangster whitey bulger. he could be inside a boston courtroom within hours facing 19 counts of murder. the feds finally caught up to him in california after 16 years on the lamb. the arrest is the talk of new england. people who were too afraid to speak out before his arrest, now
they're coming forward. like a real estate developer who says he would have been dead if he didn't pay whitey $200,000. >> comes out with a .45, puts it to my head, and he says if you don't pay, i'm going to kill you. takes the gun out, hits me. he says because you're a good guy and stand up guy, i'm not going to kill you. >> wow. bulger was the inspiration for jack nicholson's character in the movie "the departed" a gangster a step ahead of the fed because of corrupt agents he planted inside the force. one boston native speaking to kabc tv questioned whether the fbi wanted to see him get caught because of what he might say. president obama making headlines during a fund-raising swing in new york city. he received a standing ovation for his comments during a gay rights reception. listen.
>> and i believe discrimination because of somebody's sexual orientation or gender identity ran counter to who we are as a people. it's a violation of the basic tenants on which this nation was founded. i believe gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country. >> same legal rights but you didn't hear him say the word marriage. president obama has long said that he supports same sex civil unions, not same-sex marriage. the president's visit to new york and comments on gay rights come as new york state sits on the verge of becoming the sixth and by far the biggest state to legalize same-sex marriage. negotiations continued late into the night in albany as protesters circled the capitol. a vote could come this morning. tallies show the bill needs just one more vote to pass and many people say if new york becomes the sixth state it will pave the
way for other states to follow suit. talks to get the nation's checkbook in order on the verge of collapse. why? well, with weeks to go before the nation can no longer pay off its debt, a key republican walked away from talks hosted by vice president biden. house majority leader eric cantor saying the president needs to be directly involved to salvage the talks on raising the debt ceiling and that democrats are refusing to drop their push for tax increases. republicans want tax increases off the table. one democratic involved in the talks accuse republicans of walking away from the mess they created. the fbi stopped a terror attack on a military recruiting center and the suspects are u.s. citizens. officials say they planned to use grenades and guns to kill victims at the military processing station in seattle. authorities say the suspects tried to recruit a third memberer who confessed to police. overflowing rivers in north dakota rising faster than expected.
officials plan to release more water on the swollen souris river this weekend. 12,000 residents are gone from minot. >> actress lindsay lohan won't be going back to jail but a judge has ordered her not to have any more rooftop house parties while under house arrest. lohan was summoned to court yesterday after she failed an alcohol test. but the judge said she didn't technically violate her probation. she said lohan was guilty of extremely poor judgment by having rooftop parties during home confinement. ahead on "american morning," the u.s. tapping into emergency oil reserves. should you take that summer road trip? we'll talk about the impact at the pump and whether this is good or a bad sign? 11 minutes past the hour.
coming down. and now this pretty big message from the president, and some other country, that they're going to try to keep oil prices down. poppy harlow joins us now. a lot of oil traders i talked to were skeptical about this. saying where is the hurricane that's disrupted gasoline supplies. we have gasoline supplies. where are the real shortages? we knew libya was happening. >> we have an oversupply of domestic crude right now, in oklahoma where we hold a lot of this. this was a total shock to me, oil traders, christine and most business reporters. you're going to feel it at the gas station. i want to show you where oil was going before we tapped these emergency reserves. i think we have a chart we can pull up because in the month alone, oil is down almost 11%. it fell 4.5% again yesterday. that means your gas prices folks have been down for 21 straight days. national average today $3.60 a gallon. why did this happen? was this political? senator chuck schumer pushing for this, the shot in the arm the american economy needs if
you spend less on gas you spend more on other things to prop up this economy. republicans don't agree. the chamber of commerce saying it's ill-advised, a short-term fix at best. let's think about the timing. tapping our oil reserving which we've only done twice in history since the 1970s after -- during desert storm in '91 and after katrina in '95, this comes one day after ben bernanke said our economy is on very, very thin ice, that the job picture is worse than we thought, that we're going to grow a lot worse than we expected and by the way, in about an hour, hour and a half, we'll get the number that shows us how much our economy grew. the timing is interesting. you will hear this as you said, on the campaign trail. what the white house is saying, we've been talking with other nations about this since april and this was the timing of it. you know, apparently president obama reportedly called saudi king abdullah to talk to him. they usually don't like it when we tap these reserves. this is far beyond what it's going to mean for you at the gas station in many ways this is
politically controversy and that fed program to stimulate the economy, they nicknamed it qe 2 ends this month, is this the next bullet the government has or only bullet left to try to bring down prices? >> we'll see if it -- it comes at a time when prices were moving lower. i think it might send a message to speculators in the oil market, don't get too ahead of yourself, bidding up prices. if you have governments stepping in to sell that could help speculation. >> it could. and the government said we're going to watch this for 30 days and see what it does to oil and gas prices and let's be honest if it does prop up the economy as intended and we may tap more. read through the lines, 60 million barrels a day released, half from us, half from other nations. that is not even one day worth of the oil used in this world, we use 87 million barrels. >> the other message it sends they have to be careful when they do something like this, it sends a message that the economy is having some sort of emergency. >> it freaked out the market.
>> an emergency situation, what are they saying about the economy and the slow down of the economy and trying to prevent and starts to make people nervous. we'll see that gdp. >> another desperate move, try anything because they don't know what they're doing. >> this morning i was talking to someone about this and what they said, do they know something we don't? that's not a good feeling. i said i don't think so. i hope not. that's not a great feeling. so -- but for you, your gas is going to be cheaper. starting today. but you'll see it more in about two or three weeks. >> thank you, poppy harlow. rob marciano, what you got for us? nice beautiful weekend somewhere. >> we're going to work on that. it's been slow to change some rain -- >> a very big map. somewhere on that map is a beautiful weekend, i know it. >> if you guys are willing to travel we could make it happen for you. this is the problem right here. this guy has been meandering and spinning across the western great lakes. created this flash flooding in upstate new york about an hour, not even north of the city. nyack on the west side of the hudson river there coming down,
two, three inches an hour. created a flash flood situation there. downtown we had across putnam, orange, and aroplin counties a lot going on with swift water rescue crews out in full force, even fairfield, connecticut, seeing some stormy conditions with trees falling on the parkway and a fatality there. more in the way of showers and thunderstorms today because this storm isn't moving all that much and when it's not raining, especially along the i-95 corridor, it's going to be awfully steamy. you felt that the past couple days. humidity sky high and delays where the thunderstorms pop up in the afternoon. temperatures will be in the lower 80s in new york city. 87 cooler than it has been, 87 and 98 degrees expected still hot in dallas. that's a check on weather. "american morning" is coming right back.
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>> wicked. >> yeah. the notorious mobster james whitey bulger could be back in boston to face 19 counts of murder. his arrest comes 16 years after being on the run and it stuns that city. stunning that city. >> we're laughing but the guy is really -- >> he really is -- >> brutal. bulger the inspi rags for jack nicholson's character in "the departed." deb feyerick has more on that. >> reporter: on the streets of south boston, in a largely irish-american neighborhood, word of james bulger, aka whitey bulger's arrest, spread fast. >> basically it's just weird how they caught him. >> reporter: for more than two decades bulger ran the irish mob known as the winter hill gang. he paid off police and politicians and disappeared christmas 1994 after a tip from a corrupt fbi agent alerting him federal agents were closing in. >> the state police knew, the
fbi was in his pocket. >> reporter: bob stutman was in boston running the drug enforcement agency and working with the task force to get bulger. >> there was a saying in boston that whitey walked down the street, the sidewalk shook. that's how bad he was. that's how tough he was. that's also how mean, crazy and nasty he was. >> bulger is said to have modeled himself after gangsters immortalized by hollywood's jimmy cagney. his brutality was well known. like new york mafia john john gaddy he killed his boss to take over the gang. he once pulled out someone's tongue. >> he could kill you for good reason, kill you for a bad reason, kill you for no reason. that was his reputation. >> his criminal operation included extortion, gun running for the ira and drugs, charging traffickers as much as $1 million to bring marijuana and cocaine through boston harbor.
>> who's laughing now? whitey. >> reporter: radio show host howie car wrote a book about whitey and his good brother william a boston politician who denied he knew of his brother's whereabouts. bulger was captured in santa monica, california, after the fbi ran a television ad seeking bulger's long-time girlfriend catherine greig. neighbors describe them as the elderly couple on the third floor known as mr. and mrs. charlie gasco. among the charges bulger is facing 19 counts of murder and attempted murder. some former law enforcement officials believe the actual numbers could be higher. deborah feyerick, cnn, new york. >> follow that story later today. top stories, two u.s. citizens allegedly plan to shoot up a military recruiting station in seattle. the city's mayor says they tried to hire a third man. he went to police. court documents show the suspects wanted to retaliate for alleged crimes by u.s. soldiers
in afghanistan. president obama placed in the middle of the same-sex marriage debate in new york last night and received a standing ovation for his comments during a gay rights reception. here's what he said. >> and i believe discrimination because of somebody's sexual orientation or gender identity ran counter to who we are as a people. it's a violation of the basic tenants on which this nation was founded. i believe gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country. >> you didn't hear him say the word marriage. president obama has long said that he supports same sex civil unions not same-sex marriage. the new york state senate could vote on legalizing same-sex marriage this morning. talks to solve the nation's debt crisis on the verge of collapse. a key republican has walked away from those talks which were hosted by the vice president.
house majority leader eric cantor, you see him there with the vice president, says the president himself needs to be directly involved to salvage the talks on raising the debt ceiling and that the democrats are refusing to drop their push for tax increases. congress only has until august 2nd to get the nation's checkbook in order and we're already tinkering with the books to buy more time. now, there's some serious political gridlock on this issue. >> joining us in washington, strategist kiki mcclain and columnist tony blankly. this is very, very much a political thing now, which i don't think they intended when they went in. kiki, let me begin with you, eric cantor says we went into these talks telling the democrats, don't raise taxes, taxes are not on the table. according to republicans, the democrats refuse to take the tax hikes off the table so they walked. >> then eric cantor didn't go into the negotiations in good faith. i work with an organization called no labels and we've run a
campaign recently saying no deal, no break. everything on the table and everyone at the table. i think anyone who understands anything about our economy agrees that we have to deal with our spending issues and we have to deal with our revenue issues. er ear cantor played to his own politics and only hyde and what he wants for himself not what he wants for the country. if you go into a set of negotiations taking things off the table you're not serious about getting a solution. i think he's going to pay a price for that. >> tony, here's what's irritating to americans. they see politics and squabbling about how to fix this, but at its core the reason why we keep raising the debt ceiling over and over is because congress still keeps spending the money and giving the tax breaks over and over again. they see very short term, they don't see long term and here we are at the end of the road and the debt ceiling has to be raised? >> look i've been warning for months a possibility that washington will not be able to function politically and get this done. on the other hand, keep in mind,
i don't think this is a short-term issue about raising taxes. we had an election on this last time. i don't think the public is going to get taxes raised by a republican congress. if they want taxes raised we're going to have an election in a year and a half and vote for the party that wants to do it. i think this is a fundamental polarizing issue between the country, the public, and i think we're in a dangerous political moment. >> let me toss this out. the election is a year and a half away. this crisis is now. so any political games being played, i don't see playing a big part in this election unless the whole world falls apart here. i'm asking you, tony, who's going to be the bigger person and how is this going to get solved? does it need to have a president step in and say guys, let's get this done? >> well, look, i mean i was involved when newt and clinton negotiated the budget in '95 i have involved when bush negotiated with the democrats in
1990, and ultimately the president has got to be involved because he's the one who's going to be decisively speaking for his party. he has to pay attention to his rank and file in congress. we aren't going to get to the serious stage of the negotiation until the president and leading republican, speaker, presumably, and mcconnell. >> i don't know there's a lot of room for the president to be at the table if there's going to be disingenuousness on the part of the people who go to the table. if the president of the united states sits at the table mr. cantor better show up and have everything on the table. that's what we haven't seen. >> you can't have a table field with people being disingenuous. that's the nature of the political process. >> you know you can also go to the table with a real commitment by people to come to a solution at the end of the day and i think what we saw from mr. cantor yesterday he wasn't willing to do it. >> the republicans are not going to raise taxes. this isn't a ploy, a game. the republicans don't believe in it, voters don't believe it in it and not going to raise taxes.
how we get around the problem is a challenge for the political leaders. >> another issue, the president, the strategic petroleum reserve, taps it, only he has do it and says we have a situation because of libya we want to get some oil into the market, 30 million barrels of oil and kiki he does that and shows leadership on that and you have all these people saying it's political, not going to make a difference, oil prices were moving lower, what is he doing? >> one of the things people aren't talking about is the fact that requires the president's authority to do it and two, this is not a unilateral decision on the party of the united states. this is us working in cooperation with other entities around the world, other producing nations. this isn't just sort of a short-term issue of gas prices. >> my point -- >> a bigger discussion around the market. >> what it does, republicans bash him on it. he steps in on the debt debate, i mean is he really going to be able -- >> it's not republicans bashing him. the financial times of
london opposed it, "the washington post." let me make another point about trying to manipulate the futures market, which is a lot of people think what this is about. a real danger because the futures market rationalizes supply and demand through time and if you false the future market to be too low you risk shortage in the future. so this is a very dangerous game that's being played. >> this is also a move that's in cooperation with the other producing nations, it's meant to look at this from a global point of view -- >> not producing nations. the countries, united states, japan, italy, france -- >> in cooperation -- >> china is not involved, saudi arabia is not involved. this is the consuming nations with their stockpiles that are giving it up, not the -- venezuela is not involved, iran. >> producing nations knew about it and were -- -- was done in cooperation. >> against the interest of the saudi arabian government. >> tony, very interesting conversation. we should know very, very soon what's going to happen with gas prices i think, and that one we
probably won't have to argue about for the next year and a half. thanks a lot, guys. >> thank you. still ahead, must-see video, must-see video, first lady michele obama, ends her week-long visit to south africa doing sit-ups and pushups with a nobel peace prize winner. >> it's not her husband. >> plus a buried mystery, egyptian archeologist digging a farrow's boat. >> how about great white shark cage diving. the hot tourist trend sweeping the world and very controversial. that story, 38 minutes after the hour. and with its virtualinstr, sensuous leather interior and modern design, jaguar has once again raised the bar. learn more at jaguarperforms.com.
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good morning, washington, d.c. mostly cloudy, 76. partly cloudy, 89. and a threat of thunderstorms over debt negotiations. >> a cloud over the capitol. >> we don't see this often, democrats and republicans getting together, they did it last night for a good cause, beating the washington press corps in softball which i find hard to believe. must have been the writing press. the third annual congressional women's softball game, supreme court justice sonia sotomayor, a big yankee fan, threw out the first pitch. >> the lady lawmakers beat the press 5-4. debbie wasserman-schultz got the game-winning hit. it grew a bipartisan crowd with john boehner and nancy pelosi on hand. it benefited the young survival coalition, assisting young women facing breast cancer. >> i can't believe the press lost to those guys. first lady michele obama wrapping up her goodwill visit
to africa after a visit to botswanna. >> cnn's zain verjee following this, live in london. good morning, zain. >> good morning. let's just go straight to this video because, you know, african archbishop desmond tutu can do pushups, so can everybody else, okay, guys. he does it, but the first lady, michele obama, is really spearheading this. she's at a football stadium with some kids there and there she goes. some sit-ups there. doing them pretty well. and then you see the archbishop himself, there he goes, down he goes. >> down he doesn't go. down his butt goes up and down, don't see the hands moving. >> come on, drew. >> give him a break. >> he's like 80. >> is he going to do them or not. >> she looks amazing. >> so the kids were there and they were all chanting, yes, we can. it was a good health message all around. michele obama and the arch getting up.
>> can you imagine, drew griffin as a judge on "american idol," i know you're a great singer but come on. >> look at the slouch next to michele obama. >> drop down and give me 50. >> hey. zain, they're digging up an old boat in egypt. >> it's 4,500-year-old boat and it actually belongs to the egyptian king kufu, known as [ inaudible ]. when they used to die, they would bury all the treasures with the pharaohs and they buried a couple of his boats and discovered back in 1987 and the last couple of years they've been excavating the important site and so they're bringing it up in little bits. then they're going to restore it and reassemble it. the whole idea of burying boats and other such treasures to be with the pharaohs during the after life. this guy was important. he built the pair are mid of giza. >> hope he doesn't need those
boats. now we're -- >> we're going to learn something here. chops, shops, what's his name? >> i say chops. you saw shops. let's call the whole thing off. >> want to make sure i got the right guy. >> what about shark cage diving? ever been shark cage diving? >> well, tourists like this. i tend to just prefer a nice beach and cosmo and great sun. people, tourists go to south africa and it's this huge controversy where they go down in this little cage into the atlantic ocean and the idea is, is to attract the great white shark. isn't that fun? so there they go. kind of submerged. then they throw out this bait like fish oil or tuna heads and atraktsz the great white to it and then they get this sort of, you know, big rush and see it up close. the reason it's a big fight, is because when you are feeding the shark, this kind of food, and they associate it with humans,
and so when ordinary people go out into the atlantic they become targets for sharks. so there have been more shark attacks because of this stuff. that's the big fight. >> disrupts their natural feeding patterns. see this in the bahamas with sting rays or dolphins and the local environmentalists saying we shouldn't be messing around with the food cues we're giving what can be dangerous creatures. >> still pretty cool. >> yeah. it is cool. and you know what else is cool? research that just came out about great white sharks and music and it turns out, according to researchers, that they love acdc. >> i knew it. >> not surprised. >> aggressive and more inquisitive, says this research and they don't actually have ears. it's the vibrations of the music. apparently "shook me all night long" is a big hit with the great white. >> sounds so classy when she says ac/dc. >> like they took a survey of
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getting ready about 11 minutes before the top of the hour. the morning headlines. president obama getting a standing o at a gay rights reception in new york city last night after saying he supports equal rights for same-sex couples. he didn't say he supports same-sex marriage. at the same time, new york state a vote away from legalizing same-sex marriage. a vote could happen this morning after the state senate puts it off for days. a tax fight stalling talks to raise the nation's debt limit. top republicans pulling out of vice president biden's talks saying hey, they want the president. he needs to step in and settle the issue. a check on the markets, stock futures for all three indices are trading up right now. riding on news of an agreement for austerity measures in greece. you're caught up on the day's headlines. "american morning" back after the break.
good morning, atlanta. cloudy, 74. partly cloudy later today, we're told. 87. wow. >> hot and steamy. let me tell you. want to feel less stressed? move out of that city and every other big city. it's how our brains are wired. >> people who live in the city compared to those who live in rural areas, it's the first -- i know, doesn't even the video -- >> i could reach in there and take the horn out of his head! >> first study that links city living with high levels of stress. no word on how long you have to live in the city to feel the effects.
>> we want to know is city living worth it even if it's more stressful and possibly harmful to your health? our question of the day and interesting responses. absolutely, have more access to a wider array of services. medical, transportation, et cetera. >> cities only make us stressed and unhealthy because of the kind of cities we build. more walkable cities with a more centralized and more urban population is the solution. >> sharon says i have lived in both. give me the rural life. the city was scary at best and constant police sirens and gunshots and fear of break-ins. they can keep it. granted the job market in a rural setting is not as good but the more peaceful lifestyle makes up for it. >> i've lived in both and there are advantages to both and disadvantages to both. >> you can make anyplace home. pharmacies sell your prescription information to a drug company. did you know that? in a recent ruling the supreme
court decided it's okay. >> perfectly legal. joining us more on this is chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. why do the drug companies want this information? how do they use it? >> i think, again, i think you're both right. this is surprising to a lot of people but this is an example of very targeted marketing and advertising. the pharmaceutical companies want all kind of information but what you probably didn't know when you go to a pharmacy and fill a prescription your your age, gender, the type of medication, the dosage and the doctor who prescribed this medication for you that information is collected and could potentially be shared and exactly what the supreme court ruling was about. they said that they wanted to say that this is okay to do. that this information can be shared and that drug companies can get the information on who the doctors are specifically. now, what you might guess, you're going to be right on this, let's say they find a particular doctor is prescribing a medication a lot but it happens to be their competitor's medication? then a pharmaceutical company can start going to that doctor's
office and showing up, sending their reps and sales reps over there to try and tout the benefits of their drug to enhance that competitiveness. that's what happens. that's why a lot of these drug reps go to these doctors' offices and doing it with more information than you might think. >> that stinks! i'm smelling a rat here! >> i thought what happened between me and my doctor's office doesn't go past me and my doctor's opposite. >> the hippa rules. >> it's not your names but more aggregate information. personal protection is there but they are getting a lot of information. >> but, sanjay, all of this, right? the end game here is for a pharmaceutical company to use this information to get my doctor to sell me their drug. >> absolutely. and what they have shown is that with this sort of information, it can be very effective. a lot of studies on this, drew. one study was actually sort of looking at 29 existing studies and they found that when they send these sales reps out there,
they definitely see an increase in sales and to put more specific on that, about a dollar's worth of effort in terms of sales reps and in terms of some of the targeted advertising can lead up to $10 and more than that in terms of sale. 10-1 return for this sort of thing on the pharmaceutical company so they will keep doing it. not to say the drugs they are touting are not good or maybe the better drug, but you don't know for sure. that's part of the problem here. >> how do you avoid be prescribed something a drug company is pushing and how do you make sure -- i don't know. it's amazing! it's amazing how much information they have and how much leeway they have. >> i completely agree. i think a lot of it is on the patient to ask questions. why exactly am i being prescribing this drug? are there cheaper alternatives? is there something that, you know, this is being created because drug reps visiting here? what are the options? but, you know, the cost here, i think, is an important point. for example if you look at
certain blood pressure medications. benakar which is a blood pressure medication costs $142 a month supply and different types of drugs. but the lasix may be as beneficiary for the patient here as the much more expensive one and the much more expensive one might be more costly in terms of out of pocket cost to the patient. just ask questions why you're prescribed what you're being prescribed. >> maybe the rules are five or six years old but the pharmaceutical reps can't be, you know, giving gifts to doctors any more. a lot of things they can't do to try to tamp down on some of the undo influence they have but they still have an awful lot of information. >> it's rashlable. i was surprised and both of you it sounds as well that this went the way it did. i thought it might go the other way. the idea that the pharmaceutical companies will continue to collect this information sounds like it's here to stay for now. >> i'm not a lawyer, i'm a
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president obama getting a standing ovation at a gay rights reception in new york. i'm christine romans. but how do his views on same-sex marriage really evolve? a cell phone recovered in the bin laden ring. i'm drew griffin. a report is saying that traced calls may point to pakistan on this "american morning." ♪ all right. good morning, everybody. friday! friday! june 24th. christine romans and ali velshi have the day off. drew griffin is in. >> trying to fill in as best i can on this friday. this is the hardest couch in the world. up first, he ended up in the middle of the battle of the same-sex marriage in new york. president obama making headlines during a fund-raising swing in new york city last night,
calling for equal rights for same-sex couples, but still not marriage. >> and i believe that discrimination because of somebody's sexual orientation or gender identity ran counter to who we are there who say a civil union, equal rights. you know, spousal visits at hospitals, things like that. certainly they feel should be up there and should be allowed for
same-sex couples. the question, i think, at this point is the president, this is a very important community to the re-election campaign of president obama, and there is a sense inside the lgbt community that, in fact, the president is for same-sex marriage and that it will take just a little push, but that he will get there. in fact, his own aides have talked about his own views are evolving. so there's certainly a push within the gay and lesbian community to try to get the president to come out in favor of same-sex marriages. but you heard, he said this is a matter that really should be -- the state should, you know, talk about and this is what democracy is all about. it is still a hard sell simply because even though, obviously, the popular opinion has also evolved on this, our polls show people evenly split about
whether same-sex couples should be married. so it's still a difficult political position for the president. >> and, candy, you would know more than me, but this seems to fall in line with a lot of issues that the president, quote/unquote, takes on leadership from behind, if you will. new york state about to approve same-sex marriage. if he gets enough states that, you know, if he just sits on the sidelines and waits until this is a fait accompli, then he can come out and say, i'm for it, too. >> this is a cautious president. i think it is a hallmark of his leadership we have seen for the past two plus years, that his decisions are cautioucautious. i mean, he has been leading from behind, is used to describe u.s. involvement in libya. when he made his decision about afghanistan and it struck people as kind of another fish nor fowl, just somewhere in the middle. this is a president who makes cautious decisions both policy wise and politically.
>> let me ask you about the debt talks. eric cantor, republicans walk out of president's debt talks. are they on the verge of collapse? 230 house republicans have signed a pledge they will not sign on to anything that raises taxes. so it's really not a surprise to democrats, i would think. >> reporter: no. but i think you should also look at it as a ploy to get to the next phase. at some point, president obama and speaker boehner on the house side are going to have to engage with one another on this. the senate side is, one assumes, has in the past, because it's dominated by democrats, will go along with whatever deal the president can make. so i think this is -- you can look at this as the next phase. it's a gamble for republicans because we're right up against that august 2nd deadline when the u.s. will blow through its debt ceiling or already through it, but will be unable to pay some of its debt. so i think you will see more of
this because congress tends to expand the amount of time it's allowed and it has up till august 2nd so the brinksmanship gets intense at this point. >> the clock is ticking. it really is. candy crowley, thanks. don't miss "state of the union" with candy at 9:00 a.m. every sunday on cnn. guns and grenades part of a alleged terror plot. officials say these two guys latif and wally mujahad want wanted to blow up this federal ble. they tried to recruit a third guy but that guy ran to police. it was in retaliation for alleged crimes committed by u.s. soldiers in afghanistan. hackers striking back against arizona's controversial immigration law. the group lulzsec, talking names
and addresses and phone numbers of law enforcement members and a slew of internal documents. the hackers say they are protesting a law called sb1070 and called arizona a police state because of that law. law enforcement officials say the move puts officers and their families in danger. yeah. u.s. intelligence reportedly looking at a cell phone. it was recovered in that bin laden raid. "the new york times" is saying that the phone belonged to bin laden's trusted courier and the contacts may point to pakistan. >> joining us now is cnn national security analyst peter bergen. what do you make of the recent report there is a cell phone and there may be information on it? >> reporter: it would be very typical in these kind of situations to pick up somebody's cell phone. we saw with shaikh mohammed what arrested in pakistan in three that computers and cell phones were recovered. but i think the time story is quite interesting. it's not entirely surprising. reported by three of their best
reporters. indicating that the courier was in touch with a group which is a kashmiri militant group and prevalent in the area where bin laden was discovered in and killed. this group has links back to bin laden that go back to even long before 911. y 9/11. you may recall the attacks in 1998. president clinton ordered those cruise missile attacks and they killed a number of people and most of those who were killed were not members of al qaeda but members of this kashmiri militant group. al qaeda had long links with these militant groups. one was killed in an area they have a strong presence and a whole slew of these groups al qaeda is linked to has worked in the past. why would al qaeda want to consult with these groups? of course, these groups are pakistani. they operate to some degree with the acquiescence with the
pakistani state and sometimes with the support of the pakistani state. while the story in "the times" it's convoluted. the burden of the story suggests here is a group that has operated with some degree of pakistani support from the state in the past and does that in some way link up with people in the pakistani intelligence operators. >> so i guess the question is to not beat around the bush, peter, where does the united states government go from here? it doesn't past the smell test when the pakistan government said they didn't know anything about bin laden in their country and now dribbles and drabs of more information saying somebody in the government looks like they must have or might have known. does pakistani have any intentions to rout out the terrorist supporters within its own community? >> reporter: well, we actually, drew, we have actually seen the arrest of a recently bringing de brigadier who has links with
militant groups. you know, it's a complex country. and the fact that the courier was in touch with a group that has links to -- has had links to the pakistani state does not mean they know where bin laden was? no. in fact, if i was bin laden i would be very careful about letting anybody know where i was. but it does bring, you know, six degrees of separation or a little bit closer to elements the pakistani intelligence service, but i don't think there is proof here of really anything. i mean osama bin laden is extremely paranoid and secretive and disciplined guy. and i think that he would be very careful about what he was letting his courier let other people know about his presence. so these -- the courier's cell phone is an interesting story. does it prove that bin laden was known to be in abbottabadabbott? >> does it fix the strains between the u.s. and pakistani?
no. it's already a strained relationship to date with a lot of repairing to do if they can even get back to the status quo. peter bergen, thanks so much. cnn national security correspondent. james bulger could be inside a boston courtroom this morning to face 19 counts of murder. the feds caught up to him in california. he was on the run for 16 years. the feds say they found 30 guns, fake i.d.s and 800,000 dollars in cash inside a santa monica apartment. >> makes you wonder how much money he started with when he disappeared in 1994 if he has 800 grand left. casey anthony's mother takes the stand and drops an internet search bombshell. live in florida this morning. plus, whoa nelly! high-speed police chase on a motorcycle. show you how this one ended up. also, l.a. lakers star ron artest wants to legally change his name and this one seems a
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good morning, houston! that's pretty much a picture perfect sunrise in houston. 75 degrees and later hot and partly cloudy, 93. >> grab that picture while you can. a huge metro bus snapped in two like a twig. the driver of the houston city bus died after this. slammed into a bridge support on a freeway. look at that. wow. nobody else was on board. the driver of a dump truck told police that the bus veered into his lane and hit him just before it careened off the road. a fugitive on a motorcycle tackled by police for about an hour. the man sped down a texas highway. police cruisers closely tailing
behind. the suspect appears to give up. he pulls over to the side of the road. that is when officers make their move and pounce on him. authorities say the man was wanted for a federal parole violation. this next video making the rounds online. a motorcycle crash that turned into a competition. the motor bikes locked into each other and round and round they go dancing as the riders trying to figure out how to get back on them. when the motorcycles finally did come apart, both men were disqualified from the race. the video has close to 2 million hits so far. >> i think it was in france. that's amazing. it looked dangerous. rob marciano in the extreme weather center. good morning. >> good morning. not a great day yesterday to ride your bike up the hudson where they had flash flooding across areas. check out the video coming to us. just to the west, on the banks of the hudson, i'm not sure if this is runoff heading towards the river or if it's part of the
river overflowing. it was dangerous in rockland and putnam and orange county and fairfield county, connecticut, tremendous amount of rainfall and swift water rescue crews inactive. southwest china seeing similar action in a different scenario. flash flooding there. brought to you by cctv. appreciate that video. they are saturated that part of china with the monsoon happening. feels like a monsoon across the northeast where it's not raining. it's going to feel steamy again because this guy is not moving all that much so that is the ongoing problem, i think, as we go through time. last night, we had a lot of rainfall. 3 to 6 inches in parts of this area and because of that, is why we saw that flash flooding across parts of upstate new york. if you are traveling today because of the pop-up thunderstorms, probably see some delays in the afternoon. day time highs sticky again in dallas, although relatively to what we have seen. 98 seems cool.
87 high in atlanta seems cool and humid across the northeast and toasty across parts of the southwest as well. i want to mention this. you probably didn't feel it unless you live somewhere out here. along the these chain of islands, we didn't see much in the way of reports. any time you get a major quake like that and the u.s. or off the coastline of the u.s. is enough to go on high alert. so far, so good with this one. guys, nice playing with you. have a good weekend. >> you, too. thanks, rob. >> thanks. this lady calls herself lady gaga of the women's tour. she likes to make a statement on the court. a fashion statement. here she is supporting a white jacket with a cowgirl feel. she made sure not to break wimbledon's all white dress code. she says she never competes in owner wacky eye tire.
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got this notorious mobster james "whitey" bulger, his arrest after 16 years on the run is stunning that city. >> he was the inspiration for jack nicholson character in the movie "the departed." if you saw that, the stories we are hearing on the streets made that movie seem tame. deborah feyerick has more. >> reporter: in a largely irish neighborhood word of james bulger spread fast. >> basically, it's just weird how they got him. i never thought they would catch him. >> reporter: for more than two decades bulger named the winter hill gang and paid off police and politicians and disappeared christmas 1994 after a tip from a corrupt fbi agent alerting him that federal agents were closing in. >> the state knew the fbi was in his pocket. >> reporter: bob was in boston running the drug enforcement agency and working with the task
force to get bulger. >> there was a saying in boston that whitey walked down the street, the sidewalks shook. that's how bad he was. that's how tough he was. that is also how mean, crazy, and nasty he was. >> reporter: bulger is said to have modeled himself after gangsters immortalized by hollywood's jimmy cagney. new york mafia john gotti, he allegedly killed his own crime boss to take over the gang. he also reportedly once pulled out someone's tongue. >> he could kill you for a good reason, he could kill you for a bad reason, he could kill you for no reason. that was his reputation. >> reporter: bulger's criminal operation included extortion, gun running for the i.r.a. and drugs, charging traffickers as much assess $1 million to bring marijuana and cocaine through boston harbor. >> who is laughing now? whitey! >> reporter: radio show host howie carr wrote a book about whitey and his good brother
william. a legendary boston politician who knew about his brother's whereabouts. bulger was ultimately captured in santa monica, california, after the fbi ran a television add featuring bulger's long time girlfriend. neighbors described them as the elderly couple on the third floor known as mr. and mrs. charlie gasco. among the many charges bulger is facing, 19 counts of murder and attempted murder. to some former law enforcement officials believe the actual numbers could be much higher. debra feyerick, cnn, new york. >> top stories now. terror plot in seattle and two u.s. citizens blamed for it. these guys planned to build up a center there and the third man ran and told the police about it. they were retaliating what they thought was alleged crimes by u.s. soldiers in afghanistan. president obama in the middle of the same-sex marriage
debate in new york last night and received a standing ovation for his comments during a gay rights reception. listen. >> and i believe that discrimination because of somebody's sexual orientation or gender identity ran counter to who we are as a people. and it's a violation of the basic tenets on which this nation was founded. i believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country. >> you didn't hear him say the word marriage. president obama has long said he supports same sex civil unions, not same-sex marriage. the new york state senate could vote on legalizing same-sex marriage, meanwhile, this morning. talks going on to solve the debt crisis. a key republican has walked away from the table. vice president biden.
house majority leader eric cantor says he doesn't want to speak to biden any more. he wants to talk right to the president and deal with solving these debt ceiling issues and says he wants democrats to stop with their push for tax increases, something that the republicans say they are not going to budge on. testimony about to resume this morning at the casey anthony murder trial in florida. prosecutors are still reeling from the revelation by cindy anthony that it was cindy, not her daughter, who did an internet search for chloroform on the family computer. that serves a key to the whole premeditati premeditation. >> sure is possibly a game changer on this. cnn's gary tuchman joining us us live from orlando on this stunning testimony. gary? >> reporter: drew, christine, could be a game-changer if they believe her but it's not clear if the jury does believe her. firstly, we know from cindy and george anthony's thorn, their most important goal is she not go to death row and the premeditation issue would send her to death row possible.
you got to consider that. also some of her testimony, for example, cindy anthony said she did not know what an interbrowser was but did remember pop-up ads from three years ago so it's up to the jury to decide. here was the issue. the prosecutor say that casey anthony used chloroform to poison her daughter and suffocated her daughter with duct tape. they say they went to one website that mentioned chloroform 84 times. yesterday, cindy anthony, the mother, took the stand said even though the records said she was at work she wasn't at work. she was looking up chloroform on the computer in regards to research about her dog. >> do you recall in march of 2008, you doing any types of searches for any items that might include chloroform? >> yes. >> and could you explain to the
lath ladies and gentlemen of the jury why you did that? >> well, i started looking at chlorophyll and i was concerned about my smallest yorkie. we have two yorkie puppies. the smallest one was having some issues where she was extremely tired all the time. and both the dogs would eat the bamboo leaves out in the back, so i started looking up sources from the backyard that could potentially cause her to be more sleepy than it would affect the larger dog and i started looking up chloroform -- i mean chlorophyll and then that prompted me to look up chloroform. >> reporter: okay. what could be problematic did about the testimony is around the same time records show there were searches for words like shovel, self-defense, household weapons and neck breaking. sippedy anthony says she did look up some of those terms because shefgs investigating an accident that a friend of hers was in but now she did not look
up all of those terms. also a visit to a myspace page and sippedy anthony said she did not know in ig about myspace at that time. i will tell you at one point, casey anthony sat there and didn't look in her mother's house and mouthed this. she went -- it appeared to us that was silent purposely because we couldn't hear her but appeared to us she was saying, wow, while her mother was talking. >> so is casey going to talk? are we going to see casey take the stand? will she testify? the people who are obsessed with this case are wondering if she dares take the stand. >> reporter: i'll tell you, christine and drew, if she does testify, it will be a television spectacle. i will tell you that we know from last week that defense attorneys had not made a decision about that yet. they wanted to see how their case was going. but, this is a big but, we may find out more today, because the judge has ordered the defense to tell him by the end of the day
today how much more time they need with this case and it's possible, based on that, if they say they need a lot more time, that could be an indication that they plan to call casey anthony to the stand. so stay tuned. >> the cindy anthony stuff, sunny hostin said there is testifying and test a lying and up to the jury to decide the veracity of that testimony. >> i don't know, gary. you were there. you watched. i mean who looks up chloroform and shovels in it's just weird. >> reporter: i don't know. i will tell you, though, anyone who tells you this he know how the jury feels, i'm sorry. i will bluntly say they don't know what they are talking about, but i will tell you the jury was paying very, very, very, close attentions. i say six very because that was the case. science testimony early in the day they weren't paying close attention but they were listening very closely to what si cindy anthony had to say. >> thanks, gary. named the best high school
in america and where is it and why are the kids there so much better prepared for college and life after graduating from the school? we're going to talk to that principal and find out why next. ♪ hey, dad, you think i could drive? i'll tell you what -- when we stop to fill it up. ♪ ♪ [ son ] you realize, it's gotta run out sometime.
the best of the best. "newsweek" studying more than a thousand top high schools to determine which ones are best at producing kids ready for college and life. >> drum roll, please. they put dallas school of science and engineering at the very head of the class. joining us now from dallas is the school's principal, jevon
wells. congratulations! the best in the country. tell us what is the secret in your sauce because we need it all over the place! >> thank you so much. i guess the secret is a combination of several different things, but the one thing that stands out. of course, you have to have great teachers and teachers has are willing to go above and beyond. and willing to train throughout the summer and willing to stay long hours without being paid. and we have an abundance of this at the school of science and engineering and they really make the difference and they are there for the students. >> yeah. you also have great kids. tell us how you get into your school there in dallas and how you select these kids. >> well, we do select from the entire city of dallas. the students have to meet entrance criteria, of course. we look at their itbs scores, we look at gpa and because we are a math and science school, we also have on-site math assessment and
essay and interview to assess their interest in our school because it's a school of choice and they have to be interested to want to go through this rigorous process, so we look at those scores and we also make sure that it's even and across the district. so we're taking, you know, students from the entire city of dallas so it's very representative of our district. >> these are kids that have shown some success and selecting into math and science program, magnet program. tell me about the time that they spend in the classroom, because you talked about the extra while the teachers go. this is not your typical 8:50 to 2:50 school day, is it? >> not at all. our school hours are actually 9:00 to 4:00 and they have been adjusted to 9:15 to 4:15 for the next school year. however, we started about 7:30. teacher arrive there and a students in a tutoring and a night period that lasts until 5:00 and we have several students that participate in that, as well as after-school
tutoring. it's maximizing the time on task and students are there before and after school just as if it was the entire school day. i mean, they are there working and really taking advantage of that extra time available to study and work with the teachers. >> javon, so many parents are watching this and might be feeling bad. number one, they don't live in dallas. number two, their school district doesn't have this kind of magnet opportunity that you are giving them. and they are trying to figure out in their own little education plan how can i make my kid a success, given the school we're at now. what would you say to those parents as the one or two things they need to be doing to get success on an individual basis? >> well, as a parent, myself, you know, i look at the things that these students are doing and it's just very good foundation and always actively involved in things like chess camp or math camps or something that keeps them on their toes. so whether it's, you know,
supplementing what they are being offered at the schools in their areas with programs that are available at the university level. you know, there's several programs available there. there is always something that can help students to achieve if they get that extra push. so i would just research some areas if there are local universities and what kind of programs are they offering to help assist the students what they are doing at their local high school. >> both of you, higher expectations are something. so your school, jovan, has higher expectations the very get go for these kids. they have a certain gpa and already shown that they have some dedication to the subject matter. but parents could do that, too. higher expectations all up and down the expectation process for our kids. these kids, for example, their gpa, 86 seniors graduated all of them, all of them going on to college and average s.a.t. scores 1786 and compares to 150 for the rest of the country so these are great kids. good stuff. >> great stuff.
jovan wells, congratulations to you and your school and your teachers and your kids. thanks for being with us. >> thanks so much for having me. still ahead the pollution. stress in the city. it turns out living in a city does more than stress you out. messes with your brain. >> obviously! that plus more headlines next. just about 15 minutes before the hour. st: uld switching to geico reallyavyou 15% or more on car insurance? host: is the pen mightier than the sword? ninja 2: ow vogeico. 15 minutes uld save you 15% or more on car insurance.
46 minutes after the hour. the morning headlines. president obama in new york while he said same-sex couples deserve equal rights, he stopped short of endorsing same-sex marriage. at the same time, new york state a vote away from legalizing same-sex marriage. a vote that happened actually this morning after the state senate put this one off for days. a tax fight stalling to raise the nation's credit card limit. top republicans pulling out of vice president biden's talks saying president obama needs to step in and settle the issue. the cell phone of osama bin laden's right hand man may show links to pakistan's spy agency. it was recovered in the raid that killed both men. two u.s. citizens charged with plotting to kill americans. fbi officials say these guys were going to use grenades and guns to murder victims at a military roux kruting center in
seattle. they tried to recruit a third guy who eluded police. james "whitey" bulger could be back in boston this morning. he was caught after 16 years in hiding. the man who inspired the mob boss in "the departed" movie is facing 19 counts of murder. you're caught up on today's haents. we're back after a break.
like? columbus circle a little damp this morning. >> i don't know what that is. i know it's classic something or other. guns n' roses. >> people who live in the city have higher activity in a part of the brain that controls stress. >> that compares to those living in rural areas. the first study linking city living with high levels. >> you walk down the street in new york city or chicago or any big city in america. you see the tourists looking around saying i could never live here. is city living worth it even though it's possibly stressful and harmful to your health? it is our question of the day. here are some of your responses. i was born and raised in the country on a farm. still living there after 49 years and would not trade it for
anything. ronald wall, deep no. >> can you. >> you can? >> hell no! that is precisely why i live in the country. but then if everyone lived in the country, it would be just another big city. >> that is true. we don't see it that often. democrats and republicans coming together but they did it last night for a good cause. not raising the debt ceiling, but beating the washington press corps in softball. it was the third annual congressional women's softball game. throwing out the first pitch was sonia sotomayor. >> congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz got the winning hit. there it was. look at this. minority leader nancy pelosi with john boehner. the game benefited the young survival coalition, a group that assists young women facing breast cancer.
in the meantime, a world away. first lady michelle obama was delivering her message about health and fitness in south africa and she elicited archbishop desmond tutu. mrs. obama pretty good at doing sit-ups. the bishop tutu is there for moral support, i think. >> some kind of support. all right. this guy is one of the greatest olympians of all time, swimmer michael phelps. 16 olympic medal and 14 of them solid. >> gold. >> that's right. >> he not done saying he is competing in the 2012 london games and through his foundation he is helping kids find that same passion for swimming. this week, i sat down with him and asked him about his motivation to succeed. a lot of people are telling you you couldn't do it or a lot of people saying kids are picking on you a little bit about, what? about your ears? >> ears, shaving my legs, whatever. wearing a speedo. >> some kind of self-confidence,
to get over that. >> i got to the point i didn't care. i was happy. and i love what i do. >> right. >> you know? i have goals that i want to accomplish in the support before i retire and i didn't care what anybody else said. and, you know, when people doubt me now, it just fires me up and gives me more motivation. >> can you tell me what those goals are? because you have so much medal around your neck. i can't imagine you could even hold your neck up. what are those goals? >> everybody wants to know and you'll find out in 15 months after the olympics if i were successful or not and it's going to be hard, but i think it's something that is doable and something i want. >> so his mom made sure he learned how to swim for safety reasons and she thought it was a good thing to do as a parent and pushed him all along the way and he brought her home 16 medal. much more on my conversation with "your bottom line" saturday morning at 8:30 eastern time on cnn. >> he looks very largish.
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