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you know what that means? it means 20,000 people are out of work, it means loss of benefits to many people. stick to your guns on your own dime and make sure it doesn't affect anybody else. that's the xyz of it. time for the newsroom to continue with ad drkedie hill a bro -- i'm e.d. hill and i'm here with brooke baldwin. you got to see the launch? >> i did. this is a moment in history. we're going to remember it together, and about now the space shuttle atlantis is climbing. it's about 200 miles up in orbit
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chasing the international space station before it docks there early sunday morning. if you were under a rock, i don't know, if you weren't watching television this morning, we're going to replay that major moment, the moment in history, the launch. it happened just about three miles over my shoulder from launch pad 39-a. it was amazing. quite a suspense ful morning, though. we'll have that. also you're going to meet a woman as i was in the midst of thousands of spectators this morning. she was wiping away tears, talking to me about the patriotism and the poig in answer -- poignance of this last space shuttle launch. and who knows how they will next get into space. back to you. >> so this is exciting for you. >> 20 years ago. it was amazing. it was amazing. >> we'll rejoin you in just a couple minutes. thank you.
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the other news today not so great. job gains slowed to a crawl last month, and the rate of unemployment climbed for the third month in a row. now, the jobless rate is now at 9.2% up from 9.1%. nearly 40,000 government jobs went away and 57,000 private jobs. the government conceded this is indeed a setback. >> we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do to give people the security and opportunity they deserve. >> after hearing this morning's jobs report, i'm sure the american people are still asking the question, where are the jobs? the stimulus spending binge, excessive government regulations and our overwhelming debt continue to hold back job creators around our country. >> you can tell the tit for tat,
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it's your fault, no, it's yours, continues. let's go to the new york stock exchange. a year ago economies were losing jobs, and you can see it turned around for a little bit, and we had some job growth for a few months at the beginning of this year, and then may and june the bottom fell out. what was it that caused the increase at the top of the year and then this dip now? >> e.d., you talk to some analysts and they say, you know what, we had some really big shocks to the economy, to an economy that's already in trouble. first we had that ripple effect from the earthquake and tsunami in japan. that really hit manufacturers and automakers really hard and stopped production in its tracks. that's one effect and one reason we're seeing such low numbers. another reason, these higher oil prices we've been dealing with. they jacked up gas prices, so consumers pulled back on spending on other discretionary items. now, that doesn't help to give companies any extra confidence to hire when they see that nobody is, let's say, walking
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into their store to buy things. also these high oil prices cut into company's profit margins because for them it costs more to produce these products and distribute these products. these companies, you know, just overall, they aren't hiring. in the economy itself there is just a lot of uncertainty. if the economy would be on solid footing, then they'll hire but we're just not there. and of course amplifying this whole situation is what's happening on capitol hill. congress has yet to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling. you're not going to see companies take a gamble at this point because what if the u.s. falls on this debt? companies are saying, hey, i'm not going to do any hiring until i see something happening in washington. e.d.? >> let me ask you, because you're the expert here, a bit more about this hiring. i look at these numbers and i kind of get them, however, what's the difference between the government jobs? because we showed a loss of 40,000 government jobs, and then we've got the increase in the
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private sector. what kind of government jobs are these? are these the ones like the census takers that all went away, are these temporary ones, anyway? >> no, these are actually state positions. for instance, like teachers. we're seeing -- and you know this, we're seeing budget cuts across the country, and that's why we're seeing such huge numbers of government jobs going away. 39,000 government jobs gone in june, 48,000 government jobs gone in may. so the government sector is getting hit really hard. what used to be a sure thing for many people to go into, the government jobs, it just isn't because of these huge budget cuts. then we talk about the private sector. this is really where you want to see hiring done because it's the private sector that really powers the economy as far as jobs go. private sector accounts for two-thirds of all the jobs in this economy, and you really don't see the private sector doing its part right now because there is no confidence there in the economy. why should they go out and hire people if they don't know what's going to happen in the economy and then not to mention the
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uncertainty with the tax code and uncertainty with health care. these small businesses, this private sector is really reticent to hire at this point. e.d.? >> it helps to understand a little bit that it's the private sector if they hire somebody, they might do well enough they can hire somebody else. if the government does their job, they're not going off and saying, i'm going to create my own government job and hire some people. it does really seem to be that private sector. you said it's primarily small businesses, not the large corporations. >> right, exactly. what's interesting is that next week we get -- it's earning season that kicks off without coa, one of the biggest companies we know, traditionally starts off the earning season, and these earnings are expected to be stellar. so you've got that disconnect of corporate america expected to do really well, have a really good showing, and yet we have millions of americans who are out of work because we've got these companies who have a lot of cash on the sidelines.
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they're not looking to invest it at this point because they don't know what's going to happen, and they're not going to hire because they don't know what's going to happen. so you do have this disconnect of what's going on kind of in the macroeconomy and in regular old america. >> it boils down to uncertainty, and until we get some royal direction in washington, and that's addressing both sides, until you get that direction, people just don't know what to do because you never know what is coming tomorrow. all right, allison, thank you so much. >> i think so, yeah. sure. the other story we've been covering for a couple days, that u.k. hacking scandal that brought down a tabloid? now it is reaching britain's prime minister. >> the decision to hire them was mine and mine alone and i take full responsibility for it. >> this is the man he's talking about, david cameron's former press secretary arrested today. we'll tell you why coming up. and the duke and duchess of cambridge ready for their close-up in america. and the paparazzi are ready for them. we're back in a moment.
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. a former press secretary to britain's prime minister is arrested in a phone hacking scandal, and that's bringing down one of britain's most popular tabloid papers "the news of the world." in its attempt to postpone scandals it began by attempting one. it began by hacking phone calls with the rich and famous but what brought it down was hacking voicemails of a murder victim and terror victims and british troops. we bring in a media critic for "the daily beast." we mentioned that the prime minister's press secretary was
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just arrested. can you put that into context for us? >> sure. andy colson was at the center of this scandal as editor of "news of the world" and of course the paper owned by rupert murdoch who can throw around a lot of political influence when it comes to british politics endorsed cameron for prime minister and then cameron takes office, hires the former officer of "news of the world" which i bet he wishes he hadn't and then the guy arrested today, which you mentioned. >> "news of the world" is this tabloid newspaper. it's as if the president of the world would go pick this man from a newspaper and say now you're press secretary. things are just different in britain, it seems. >> true, they play a much bigger role in the newspaper world more than the united states. i think it also points up, you know, the tactics. it was the same "news of the
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world" last year that did that sting with the fake shake of a reporter impersonating a person asking fergie for money on television. it's the same fabrication that's not so funny when it's applied to hacking into the voicemails or phones of ordinary people. as you know, what really made this scandal take off and led to murdoch's decision to close the paper on sunday was the fact that families of terror vicvict, a missing girl who turned out to be murdered, their phones also being hacked by the tabloid. >> what about this whole phone hacking, this kind of journalism they practice there? is that more acceptable in great britain that it is here in the states? >> well, certainly fleet street has its own sort of moral code or immoral code in this case.
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it gets winked at a lot more. there is allegations that police were paid off not just by "news of the world" but perhaps other newspapers as well. so it was a very cozy situation between the politician, the law enforcement who investigated this before and did a lousy job, frankly, as everybody now acknowledges, and the media who allow allowed this to fester. two other people are losing their jobs because of murdoch's decision to close this paper. a lot of people think he's protecting his top executives, particularly a woman named rebecca brooks who was the editor of "news of the world," and -- >> turnabout is fair play. >> yeah, and he wants to buy a broadcast company, a $12 million deal -- >> i need to tell you what just came in. andy coulson has just been
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released. >> murdoch's effort to buy the broadcasting company is greatly complicated, which is why he made that dramatic decision to shut the paper. >> that one did come out of the blue. thank you very much for being with us. the clouds cleared, the space shuttle began its final journey. the launch, as nasa described it, 4 and a half million pounds of hardware and humans. our brooke baldwin was there to watch it live. we'll check in with her, coming up. nationwide insurance. talk to me.
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houston now controlling the flight of atlantis. the space shuttle spreads its wings one last time for the final sentimental journey into history. >> you were probably doing the same thing at home we were doing in atlanta. that was a shot of control room a in atlanta. it was so quiet in the newsroom as you just waited for this to happen and realized the history of the moment that we were experiencing there. atlantis on the last space shuttle mission ever. today's 135th launch marks the end of an era. i found it fascinating they described the lift-off as 4.5 million pounds of humans and hardware bound for the international space station. they are due to arrive at the floating observatory on sunday and deliver some supplies. they are expected to land back on earth july 20th. nasa got a break in the weather
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just when it was needed. listen to the crowd reaction. >> 2, 1, 0 and lift-off! >> whoo! whoo hoo hoo! >> it gives me goosebumps, you know? brooke baldwin is at the kennedy space center in florida, and i know that's what was happening on your arms, too. your hairs just lift up as you're watching it. it never ceases to be absolutely awe-inspiring. >> it is tremendously awe-inspiring. it's one thing to watch it on television. it's quite another to stand here watching it. different members of our crew are walking by saying, did you cry? did you get a little teary eyed? yes, we did. the words don't describe it. in case you missed this magical
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moment, let's replay it for you. >> lift-off. the final lift-off of atlantis. on the shoulders of the space shuttle, america will continue the dream. >> houston now controlling the flight of atlantis. the space shuttle spreads its wings one final time for the sentimental journey into history. 24 seconds -- >> as we watch this beautiful space shuttle lift off, remember, this whole program started back in april of 1982, so a 30-year era coming to a close. the next chapter, nobody really knows the specifics yet, but one man knows. here's the statistic for you. once this whole shuttle program is said and done, 7,000 people will lose their jobs. and i spoke with one of those men. his name is todd mclaughlin. he is a husband and a father of two little boys. he's a u.s. navy veteran, and his last day is the final day of this shuttle mission here up in
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space. and, you know, he works in avionics, he works with the solid rocket boosters, srbs on the space shuttles, and he talked about how he was hoping this day, this morning would be when the shuttle would lift off. because as much as he wanted to see the shuttle lift off with his actual family, this was really the final day that he could share this moment with his nasa family. listen. >> everybody is part of the a-team. just having them move out of the area is going to be hard. >> it's your family. your extended family. >> exactly. in fact, we were just talking about if the weather doesn't work out for us and the launch extends into the weekend, we were just saying, we'll get to be with our family to watch the launch, at least, and this being the last launch, love my family and everything, and i love having them with me. i love being with them to watch the launches, but that last launch you really want to watch with your work family. i'm really hoping it goes off
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friday because being able to spend that last moment with the people that i work with is definitely something that i'm looking forward to. >> so todd and his family, you know, their roots are deep here in the cape canavaral area. they don't want to leave. his fingers are crossed he can find some sort of avionics job similar to his history so he won't have to leave. he's eager to learn what the next step will be. and you know who else is eager to learn what the next step will be, e.d.? a couple precious little kids. i tell you what, i walked this lift-off this morning at the kennedy center visitor complex, and i kept turning my head and seeing all these little kids in their commander space suits. i want you to meet one of them. five and a half years old. watch this. >> let me introduce them. they are david, jay, both of whom are four. kindergarteners, aspiring astronauts. cade came in all the way from colorado. cade, high five for the
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commander suit, buddy. why do you like space so much, bud? >> because, like, i never been there before, and so -- >> me, neither, by the way. >> -- so when i grow up, i'm going to be an astronaut and i'm going to the moon. >> you're going to go to the moon? maybe i could come with you as a journalist? i could come with you on board? >> yeah. >> what's so exciting about being here all the way from colorado and seeing this launch? what are you so excited about? >> what i'm so excited about is that, like, i never seen the launch before, i only saw it on the computer, but now is my first -- my last time to see it and -- >> it is your last time. this is the last space shuttle. are you a little sad about that? >> yeah. >> so even, you know, a little kid from colorado kind of guessed it, e.d. he guessed this is the end of an era, and what do you do when
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you're a child and you dream of being an astronaut and you don't have a space shuttle to go up in? that's kind of the next big question. coming up next hour, i also want to share some sound from a woman who was just breathless, wiping away tears. this particular launch was so emotional for her and the three generations of family she brought here to florida. back to you. >> brooke, thanks so much. we'll see you next hour. well, they were promised a revolution. so far all they've gotten is a bunch of talk. up next, tens of thousands of protestors pack egypt's tehrer square. their message? give us reform now. plus a horrifying story out of texas caught on camera. a fan trying to catch a ball falls 20 feet. that is coming up next. ♪ ♪ look at that car, well, it goes fast ♪ ♪ givin' my dad a heart attack ♪
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a quick check of our top stories today. 34-year-old rod rick dantzler reportedly killed seven people, including two children, in separate homes. he ran into a separate home and took hostage. after hours of stand-off, dantzler killed himself. police are still looking for a motive. mike mullen is looking for heat as it said it sanctioned a journali journalist. his reports about links between pakistan's security agencies and muslim extremists. mullen said thursday he has not seen anything to, quote, disabuse the report that he knew about shazad's death. basically that means he thinks he knew but he didn't have
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proof. they call mullen's comments irresponsible. tens of thousands of protestors poured into tehrer square in cairo today to pressure the government to slow reforms. some groups say they'll protest in the square for 18 days, which was the length of the revolution. and there was tragedy at a texas rangers game. look at that video, that fan falling 20 feet to a concrete area behind the scoreboard at rangers ballpark. he was reaching for a ball thrown by rangers outfielder josh hamilton. the man was raisced to the hospital but he died. the rangers said their thoughts and prayers are with the man's family. a man was injured last year after falling about 30 feet trying to catch a foul ball. they are willing to cut
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well, back to today's disappointing jobs report. the nation's rate of unemployment climbed last month to 9.2%.
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we've now seen two straight months of meager jobs after march and april. just 2,000 jobs created since june. we'll get to the talks on the debt in just a moment, but first, let's talk about these jobs reports, and let's listen to representative jeb hesserling. he's a republican out of texas. here's what he said. >> the president always said he inherited a bad situation. i can see his point, but he has made it worse. and after two and a half years, it is time for him to take responsibility and to answer the question, where are the jobs? >> john boehner saying the same thing, where are the jobs. however, senator, thanks for joining us. we just had a poll that came out and most people still blame the bush administration for where we are right now. however, what he says does have,
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you know, a bit of concern for the current administration and that's eventually it may have been somebody else's to start with but now it's sort of stuck in your lap. what would you do? >> i'll tell you what i would do. i would start investing in infrastructure and rebuilding a cr our crumbling water systems, roads and construction, and when you do that, you can create millions of jobs that will not go to china. i would transform our oil system so we're not spending billions importing oil from other countries, and move aggressively to sustainable energy. that will create a lot of jobs. and i'll tell you, most importantly, we have to change our trade policy. it is harder and harder to buy products manufactured in the united states of america. over the last ten years, we have lost 50,000 factories, millions of good-paying manufacturing jobs. we cannot continue to allow corporations to throw american workers out on the street to
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china and bring those products back here tariff-free. unfettered free trade has failed for the american worker. it needs to be fundamentally revisited. >> let me ask you about your idea about spending money on infrastructure and roads, that sort of thing. i was driving from new york to texas two summers ago, and i kept on passing these signs, your federal tax dollars at work, and they were out there repaving highways, and ones i happened to be on actually were not that bad, but they were repaving the highways. the stimulus dollars, those type of projects, didn't seem to make a long-term difference. so how do you know that if you start using stimulus dollars again on projects like that it's actually going to, long term, change things? >> well, it wasn't designed to make a long-term impact. it was designed to create jobs when we needed them the most. the gentleman you had on a moment ago criticizing obama forgot to tell you that when the
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president took office, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. so we're saying 18,000 isn't good, no question about that. it's a hell of a lot better than losing 17,000 jobs a month under the bush administration. what the stimulus package did do, as a matter of fact, was not only rebuild a lot of roads and bridges, and in my state help with the water systems and the railroads, but it created somewhere around 2.5 million jobs when we needed it the most. >> let me turn to the big problem we're facing and they're going into this weekend where the president is going to be meeting again with house and senate leaders. and there really is this entrenched group on either side, and some on the republican side are saying any kind of tax revenue increases we're not going for. it is a deal breaker. and i understand that you and another group on the other side are saying, look, any tax on social security, medicare and that is the deal breaker for us.
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do you think there is common ground? >> look, e.d., every poll that i have seen, what i see every day here in vermont, is people understand that the middle class is disappearing, poverty is increasing, and the people on top are doing if he nphenomenal. so you have them doing better, and their tax rates are lower than they've been for 50 years. >> but the big picture argument, the problem right now is, like it or not, there are a lot of freshmen in the house, especially, that are there not to get along, not to compromise but to do exactly what they were sent there to do for basically one term. they know if they don't do it, they're not coming back. their heels are dug in. is there someplace -- >> but the point i'm trying to make to you is what the american people are saying, when you ask the american people, what is the most preferred way, what way
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would you most prefer to deal with deficit reduction? you know what they say? reduce the wealthy taxes. the extremists in the house don't like it. i don't know what to tell them. that's their problem. but i'm not going to sit here and look at working families who are already suffering, unemployed people, children who in some cases don't have anything to eat, elderly people living on $14,000 a year, i'm not going to see them attacked while the richest people in this country don't contribute a nickel to deficit reduction. we have the vast majority of people on that side. the president has got to remain strong. and i think the word will get out to some of these right wing extremists that, you know what? you better start compromising. you better start asking your wealthy friends to do away with these company loopholes. >> mr. boehner says that by the
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end of this weekend we'll find out whether or not they think there can ever be any kind of compromise. senator sanders, thank you very much for your time today. i appreciate it. >> thank you. the royal newlyweds head to america. in just a couple hours they'll be here. the destination? l.a. coming up next, we'll check in with fmax foster. he's already there along with everybody else hoping for a glimpse of glamour. but first, sanjay gupta with "human factor". >> he thought he was going to develop the next heart rate medicine. but in 2002 when he was offered his dream job, there was a catch. he was in the army reserves and he signed up with a unit that he knew was headed to battle. so army major kit parker told harvard -- >> hold the job, i got to go fight. i took off for a year to go fight in afghanistan. >> he spent much of 2002 and
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2003 near canned -- kandahar hunting for the taliban. but then he went back to afghanistan. >> i spent a lot of time with route clearance units looking for i.u.d.s. my vehicle never got hit. i was very, very lucky. when you run up there and pull open the door and see your injured buddies, you never forget that sight. >> this time back home, he began to explore the science of brain injury. >> what happens when the brain gets hit by a blast wave and slams up against the inside of the skull? >> with colleagues at new york university, parker built new tools to discover how a blast affects the brain. it could be years before this leads to new treatments, but parker hopes eventually will have a broad impact. >> a concussion a football player suffers or a car accident
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and your head snaps forward or shaken baby syndrome. these are all examples of head injuries that can cause a traumatic brain injury. >> today his lab is humming with young graduate students. about half a dozen are veterans. >> we're very focused on this because these are our buddies. these are our guys. this could have been us. it might still be us. so it brings a certain level of urgency to what we're trying to do. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn reporting. and we want to take you to some breaking news in arlington, texas. nolan ryan, the president of the texans there, the texans baseball team, is making a statement following the death of a fan. the texas rangers, i should say. he's making a statement following the death of a fan who fell about 20 feet to his death trying to catch a foul ball. let's listen in.
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you know what, we're having trouble getting the audio there. nolan ryan, a man who has been a baseball fan his entire life along with being one of the greatest pitchers ever, he is the president of the club there, the owner, ceo, president of the texas rangers and the round rock express. so we're going to try to get that audio fixed and bring that statement to you. oh, got it up. let's listen in. >> we'll see what you might all have and what we can answer. i talked to her by phone this morning. >> is there grief counseling available for the players and staff? >> yes, we have a counselor on staff with our organization, and that person is going to be available for our players. and then we also have
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availability for the responders last night that responded to the accident, and i'm going to tell you we could not be any -- feel any stronger about the job that they did, the arlington police department, the fire department, the paramedics. they were on the scene immediately. they responded in the manner that our expectations are, and so we feel that from what they did that he with did everything we could possibly do. >> nolan, how are the players taking it? have you had a chance to talk to them? >> i haven't talked to the players today. we spoke with them last night after the game. they're coming in late today, so i haven't seen the players this afternoon. so i really can't speak on that.
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>> i know this is a tough question, but a year ago today there was another fan that fell and was seriously injured. why didn't you raise the rails after that? >> what we did last year when we had the accident last year, we came in and did a study of our rails and they are -- exceed code, and because of that, we felt that it was -- the fact that we have an international code, building code, that everyone goes by and that we exceed that code, we felt what we had was adequate. it was a first incident. >> we're listening right now to the president and owner of the texas rangers, nolan ryan, legendary pitcher. this is about the accident, the tragic accident, where a fan at
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rangers stadium fell out of the stands, fell about 20 feet, got to the hospital but later died. he was an 18-year veteran of the local fire department. as mr. ryan mentioned, the local fire department in arlington showed up on the scene there. i don't know if he was part of that division or not. he was there with his son, and he was apparently reaching out to grab a ball that had been thrown by josh hamilton and just fell. someone else was close by and tried to grab him and hold on but was unable to, and he continued down. again, out of respect for the family, nolan ryan has been asking media outlets not to show that video anymore. but that is what is happening now in arlington. we are going to take a quick break. back with more here on cnn in a moment. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um...
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the duke and duchess of cambridge are about to head to los angeles. a lot of people hoping to snap a photo of the royal newlyweds, but one group won't be welcome. paparazzi. l.a. police taking special precautions. they will be arrested if they get onto private property where the couple is staying.
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max with a preview. max? >> e.d., if we take you to the toronto airport in canada, you can see the royal couple saying goodbye to officials. this marks the end of their nine days in canada. very successful. they took in all sorts of different activities. they had a huge welcome everywhere they went, even in quebec city, which is anti-monarchy, traditionally. they went to the calgary stampede parade. that's where they were this morning, dressed up appropriately, and they walked the parade route and they spoke to the crowds, adoring crowds yet again, and then they watched the parade go by. the next stop, of course, e.d., is california, and they're going to be coming here. this is beverly hills in los angeles. lots of excitement here, i would say. >> they wear those cowboy hats pretty well. you know what's so cool about her? she's a duchess. she's going to be queen of
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england. i read that unlike every royal you seem to hear about, she's traveling with one in her entourage, one person who is barely helping her fix her hair. it seems she is really down to earth. >> the policy is very clear. they were facing questions about the entourage before they left and they wanted it clear she wasn't taking a large entourage. she's taking two people, one who did her hair during the wedding and an assistant who is helping with the dressing. katherine chooses her own clothes but she helps organize it. she has dozens of outfits throughout this visit and she's been changing constantly. so she has had a bit of help and they've had some support locally as well when they arrive at places, but we're not sure how much that is. i think she does try to be down to earth. you saw that, not being very formal. >> it's refreshing royalty, how
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about that? max foster, thanks so much for being with us. if you're a big harry potter fan, you will be envious of this guy. >> it was amazing. i was blown away by the special effects. >> coming up next, larry king talks about his favorite film of the year, and a special treat for all potter fans out there. hey ! chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ? chocolate ! chocolate it is ! yeah, but i'm new, too. umm... he's new... er... than you. even kids know it's wrong to treat new friends better than old friends. at ally bank, we treat all our customers fairly, with no teaser rates and no minimum deposit to open. it's just the right thing to do. it's schwab at your fingertips wherever, whenever you want. one log in lets you monitor all of your balances and transfer between accounts, so your money can move as fast as you do.
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for harry potter fan, it's
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the end of an era. >> the boy who lived. come to die. >> the harry potter movie series reaches its much anticipated conclusion with the release of the final movie. "harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2." this sunday night, cnn has a very rare treat for you. our very own larry king hosts a behi behind-the-scenes special. and last night on "in the arena, i had a chance to talk to larry about that. the magic began in 1997. so were you swept up from the start with this? >> in '97, i took my two boys to the first -- i never read the potter book, but i interviewed ms. rawlings and was very impressed with her. i took my 6 and 7-year-old and they didn't get into it. i didn't get into it.
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i followed it with interest over the years as i do when anything big is occurring. then i went and saw the final picture before doing this special and it was amazing. i was blown away by the special effects, by the way they put things together. the makeup, the graphics. and you've got to see it in 3d. this movie is going to make a ton. it's a great wind-up to a series. if you're going to do a finale, they close it great. and the ending is wonderful. >> i understand that people who get to watch your special are going to see things that have not been seen before. and one of the nings that i heard is you talked to daniel radcliff, and you asked him what happened the last day, he said he wept. did you sense that was distraught or is it perhaps a bit of relief? you know, when young actors -- think back to ron howard, henry winkler, sally field, when they
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get too heavily identified, it makes it difficult to get past that. >> this is an unusual kid. i just saw him do "how to succeed in business without really trying." you ought to go see it. he is fantastic. he's a terrific little actor, singer, dancer. but he also did "equis" on stage in london. he's got a new film already in the can coming out next year, a murder kind of mystery. a ghostly kind of film. i think he'll be a director someday. ehe'll never put harry potter totally behind him, but he will go on. he's the kind of kid who will totally go on. >> you also asked him about marriage and children. what did he tell you? >> he wants a ton of kids. he's got a girlfriend. didn't tell me who it was.
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i didn't care. i didn't pry. he's going to get married apparently pretty soon and he wants a brood of kids. he's thinking 8 or 10. he's an only child. all my life when i met children who are an only child, when they get married, they want to have a lot of kids. >> married pretty soon. did he drop any secrets? >> my guess would be 2012. . >> yeah, wasn't that surprising? it is a great special. be sure you watch sunday night. larry king takes you behind the scenes of the making of the final parry potter film. the final chapter, a larry king special right here on cnn. now, coming up at the top of the hour, today's dismal job number, even worse than can'ted. can president obama turn things around? the republican candidates today ramping up the rhetoric.
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>> we have the very latest from the cnn political ticker. mark? >> michelle bachmann is taking a slight and turning it into a compliment. it all started when win weber, a very well known republican here in washington and an adviser to tim pawlenty is quoted of saying this, e.d. he said she's got hometown
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appeal, she's got ideological appeal and i hate to say it, but she's got a little sex appeal, too. so once that quote got published, vin weber came under a lot of criticism. in fact, the tim pawlenty campaign had to issue a statement where he apologized. today, michelle bachmann addressed that comment head-on and listen what she had to say. listen, i'm 55 years old, i've given birth to five kids and raised 23 foster kids. so give her credit for turning that one around. speaking of tim pawlenty. some say that he might be weak. bottom line is he's a very soft spoken person. but he tried to take that head-on as well. he's addressing being weak. i'm an old hockey player and
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i've probably been in more fights than all of the candidates combine pd .so take notice, we might see tim pawlenty, the former minnesota governor perhaps become a little more boisterous and vocal. >> watch out for the checks. all right, mark, thank you very much. >> the another political update in about 45 minutes. now watch this. right about now, the space shuttle atlantis is 200 miles in orbit. i watched the final blastoff with about a million other speck tai tors. i tell you what it was like to watch history unfold. fl >> plus, the numbers are out and the news isn't good. 14 million americans are now out of work. that's the worst number in eight months. now damage control from the president. i'm e.d. hill, the news starts no uh.
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>> two, one, liftoff. >> nasa sends a shuttle into space for the final time. >> we still have a big hole to fill. >> the unemployment is 9.2%. >> i'm willing to roll up my sleeves the next several weeks, next several months. >> the u.k. phone hacking scandal reaches new lows and hits high places. >> the decision was mine and mine alone and i take full responsibility for it. >> this man, with ties to the british prime minister and the tabloid behind the corruption. the royal newlyweds are ready for their first american trip. and the hords of hollywood paparazzi are ready for them. welcome. i'm e.d. hill. we'll be joined by brooke in just a little bit. we start at this hour with the
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white house. another high-level meeting set for sunday, 25 days before the u.s. treasury runs out of funds to pay all the bills. unless congress steps in and approves more borrowing. that is what the meeting on sunday is about. so stand by for that story. but first, another anemic jobs report. last month, the economy created just 18,000 new jobs. the rate of unemployment up to 9.2%. let's take a look at this graphic. the blue-shaded bar shows jobs gains began last october. then the bottom drops out, may and june. here's the president speaking today from the white house. >> we've added more than 2 million new private sector jobs over the past 16 months. but the recession cost us more than 8 million. and that means that we still have a big hole to fill. >> the chief white house
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correspondent, i thought they knew the number was going to come out beater and do that victory dance. instead, it came pout bad. the president didn't mince word, did he? >> no. and they can't defend these jobs numbers. they knew it wasn't going to be pretty. the numbers are a dark cloud hanging over the white house. but in their view, they're hanging over all of washington. >> the white house is reminding everyone that they were handed a disastrous economy. they took enormous steps to try to shore up the economy and they are now publicly blaming congress for not letting the white house, letting all of the elected washington do more to use what they consider the remaining tools to get jobs growing. more investment in infrastructure, speed up the patent process, extend the payroll tax holiday, which is also on the table as part of the debt talks. so these jobs numbers are bad
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for everyone. >> yeah, you know, i get the sense and you, of course, know this more. but i get the sense that on both sides, there's this calculated, you know, move top just dig in and hold off and blame the other side and hope more people believe you then a the other side. >> this is going to harden positions. the republicans oppose raising taxes. democrats refuse to touch entitlements and more signs of a sputtering economy like these jobs numbers will only make both sides more dug in and therefore make a debt deal less likely. the hope among negotiators is that somehow the jobs jerusalem bers will have the reverse effect, put mer pressure on all sides to get a deal done because they know that voters are so fed up, they're blaming everyone in washington for all this gridl k gridlock. a that is all parties feel
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enormous pressure to reverse the direction of the economy and the staaled debt talks. so that there's arguably a political reason to have a big deal. >> let's listen to john boehner speaking today and being very candid about the crucial damage. >> at the end of the day, we've got to have a bill that we can pass through the house and the senate. this is a rubick's cube we haven't quite worked out yet. >> he's saying after this talks, if we had a 50-50 chance, what do the sources think the chances are? >> publicly, they say they're optimistic, privately they say they're hopeful, but who knows. you know, so far staffs are meeting. it's the staff level negotiations are taking place. there's not a deal yet as you and i speak. but one wasn't expected at this point. the idea is that by sunday, we
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will know if a deal is not possible. if a deal is possible, it will drag on into next week. if there isn't, we'll see this trickle on for a little by longer. >> the more weekends we make them work, perhaps more incentive they have to get something done. >> excellent point. >> jessica yellin, thanks very much. you know the dole, if it's interesting you're about to see it right now. "rapid fire." cairo pressuring the government to speed up reforms. demonstrators angry about the slow pace in which mubarak was pushed out of power and some groups say they'll protest in the square for 18 days, the length of the revolution. in texas, the controversial execution of a mexican national
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went ahead as planned last night, despite pleas from president obama and international supporters who say he was never informed of his right to contact the mexican consulate. that right is protected by an international agreement signed by the u.s. rick perry and the u.s. supreme court both refused to stay the man's execution. also in texas, a violent jailbreak caught on security camera. watch this. two inmates talking on the phone in the hallway, or at least pretending to. jailer opens the door. they bust through. one inmate breaks free, runs outside and outside there's a waiting getaway car. however, he was caught three days letter. officers managed to restrain the other inmate long enough until backup arrived. and you can add big hair to the list of things that tsa finds suspicious. the woman you see right there was expecting to breeze through the security line at sea-tac airport when they pulled her
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aside she claims security told her they have to examine her hair because in their words-poofy. and that's after she had already gone through the full body scanner. >> there were many other females around me who were not black who were not having their hair searched. i distinctly remember looking at a woman with a pony tail, very curly big hair thinking why isn't she being accosted as well. >> i've had poofy hair. that's not poofy hair. she's claiming discrimination. the tsa says it was just doing its job, keeping the flying public safe. now to california, yesterday we told you about that stolen picasso. it's been recovered. and today police arrested that man, 30-year-old mark lugo for allegedly swiping it from an art gallery. it's valued at nearly $200,000. surveillance video allegedly showed the man walking by, see that? there he is. holding it.
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catches a cab. police track down the cab and caught lugo. he's charged with burglary, grand theft and possessing controlled substances without a presipgs. -- prescription. judge set bail at $5 million. the clouds cleared, now history is in the making. shuttle atlantis blasting off for a final time today, mark, the end of an era. and our brooke baldwin was there to watch it happen. we'll check in with brooke coming up.
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atlantis has reached orbit for a final time. after a minor hiccup, the
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shuttle launched off for the final space shuttle missing. and here's what the end of an era looks like. >> t minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5. >> all three engines up and burning. two, one. and liftoff, the final leftoff in atlantis, america will continue the dream. >> the four astronauts are due to arrive at the international space station on sunday to deliver supplies. they're expected back home july 20. millions watched the blastoff on the space coast on tv e even in new york's time square. >> whoo-hoo! >> the last shuttle mission is symbolic right down to the mission patch. now take a look at this patch. you can check out the art work and you can see there's a gold arch that surrounds the image of
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atlantis. that's omega, the last letter in in the greek alphabet, designed to recognize the conclusion of nasa's 30-year shuttle program. well, brooke baldwin was lucky enough to be at the kennedy space center for today's historic launch. it's been a pretty emotional day for a lot of the shuttle fans, right? >> it has been emotional. they say there was something like a million people down here, according to the space coast tourism bureau. i was with a couple thousand of them around 11:26 a.m. when we saw here at launch pad 39-a, we saw space shuttle atlantis take off. and one woman, i want to share with you, her name is linda johnston, and it was so important for her to be here. she traveled all the way. she prepared to stay a coup of days as it was unsure when atlantis would take off. she was here with her
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grandchildren, her own children. three general prapgs she says seeing this poignant picture, it's all about patriotism. listen. >> well, this is something i always wanted to do. i've always been interested in the space program and i think it's kind of a real shame that it's not going to be around anymore. but i understand why. it's just amazing to me the number of people who are here today, from all over the world. >> two things i want to point out, where i was earlier this morning. the visitor complex, you can go in two years to actually see not good touch, but see the lat tan lis. it will be put on display thanks to nasa and $100 million complex in which the actual space shuttle will be housed. they're retiring four of them, d.c., l.a. and right here, kennedy space center. another interesting fact because
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i'm into facts here. i think space is fascinating. the launch was today, july 8. they will be back down july 20 and that date is significant and perhaps part of the pressure to get this thing up, july 201969, 42 years ago, nathat was the lur landing that so many people remembered. they wanted this crew of four to come down and be down the same day that buzz aldrin and the others were able to touchdown on the moon. now, the uk hacking scandal that brought down a tabloid is reaching up to britain's prime minister. >> the decision to hire him was mine and mine alone and i take full responsibility for it. >> that is david cameron. and that is is his former press secretary, arrested earlier
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today, and then released just last hour. we'll tell you why coming up. and the duke and duchess of cambridge, ready for that closeup in america. they took off the cowboy hats and got their regular duds back on. and the paparazzi are waiting for them in l.a. we're back in a moment. ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ my only sunshine ♪ you makes me happy ♪ when skies are grey ♪ you'll never know, dear ♪ how much i love you ♪ please don't take my sunshine away ♪ [ male announcer ] as long as there are babies, they'll be chevy's to bring them home. ♪
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former press secretary to britain's prime minister is arrested in a phone hacking scandal. but he was just released last hour. it's part of a story bringing down one of britain's most popular tabloid papers. "the news of the world dwoech dwoechlt." it began with the alleged hacking of voice mails with the rich and famous, but what
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ultimately brought it down with accusations of the voice mails of the murder victims and terrorist victims and british troops. >> reporter: it was an ig that minnous way to end 16 years of journalistic history, protesters venting their anger at the antics of the british tabloid, news of the world, as staff prepared the paper's final edition. it started with clyde goodman, jailed in 2007 for hacking into prince william's phone. now it's believed the paper was awash with the legal eavesdropping and bribing policemen. the practices of the "news of the world" in the building behind me here have been widely condemned by all political parties. but the focus of the story has now shifted on to the prime minister, david cameron. and his decision to hire a former editor of "the news of the world" as his communications guru.
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a decision that has come back to haunt him with a vengeance. >> i'm not hiding from the decision i made. i made the decision there had been a police investigation. someone had been sent to prison, this editor resigned. he said he didn't know what was happening on his watch, but he resigned when he found out and i thought it was right to give that individual a second chance. >> reporter: almost at the same time the prime minister was speaking, andy coalson himself was in a police station answering questions about whether he sanctioned a legal phone hacking during his tenure at the paper, a scandal that forced him to stand down as a journalist and then a government press adviser, even though he denies knowing anything about hacking. preparing the damage of his appointment means the government has a lot to do, like -- >> apologizing for bringing him into the center of the government machine. and coming clean about what conversations he had with andy coleson before and after he was
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appointed about phone hacking. >> rebecca brooks hasn't been arrested yet, maintaining she knew nothing about phone hacking. david cameron said her offer to resign last saturday should have been accepted but still she remains. just a week ago, it would have been unthinkable that a british prime minister would have suggests one of murdoch's favorite lieutenants should stand down, such was his influence and power. but as the saying goes, a week is a long time in politics, and these past seven days have seen some tectonic shifts, many wondering if murdoch's influence over british politics is now on the wane. as we mentioned, we learned last year that andy coulson has
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now been released but is due to return to a london police station in october pending further inquiry. . co-up, brooke's special report on how to catch a suspected serial killer. >> but i have to ask you, there you are in a cell across from this alleged serial killer. you're eating breakfast with himg. what was day to day being with this man like? >> what was it like? find out the answer to that question after the break. king fountain at the mall. [ male announcer ] great tasting tap water can now come from any faucet anywhere. introducing the brita bottle with the filter inside. ♪ [ doug ] i got to figure this out. ♪ [ dr. ling ] i want to spend more time with my patients. [ jim ] i need to build a new app for the sales team in beijing. [ mrs. davis ] i need to make science as exciting as a video game.
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plan, find another criminal who had everything to lose and put him in a cell with a killer to get a confession. >> convicted drug dealer jimmy keene was 10 months into his sentence when federal prosecutor larry beaumont brought him in to talk. >> scared me. i thought it was some trick. >> keene watched nervously as beaumont pushed a folder across the table. >> i opened it up and the first thing i seen was a picture of a mutilated dead girl and i flipped it to another page err there was a different mutilated dead girl. >> and there was a portrait of t trisha. >> i looked up and he said we need you to help us with his case. >> reporter: beaumont wanted him to go under cover to a dangerous prison and to befriend alleged serial killer larry hall. >> here's beaumont's conversation with jimmy keene about what it was like to go under cover in prison. >> you're supposed to get some
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information from this man by the name of larry hall. he's the alleged serial killer. he's in prison on a federal kidnapping charge. what specifically, what information are you supposed to get from him? >> the main thing was to try to find the bodies. the next thing was to get specific con dpegs fessions abo he did it, why he did it, what prompted him, what girls and so fort. >> and again, it's alleged. he's only in prison for a kidnapping charge. but there's a belief by many in law enforcement that he could be connected to many young girls' deaths in indiana and elsewhere. so here you go, you go into this maximum security prison, you're under cover. what was your worst fear, jimmy. you were risking your life to do this. >> well, sure. obviously i think your worst fear is that anybody, other inmates would find out that you
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were working with the government. and if they did, they may feel it was something in regards to them. although most general criminals in general, they look at somebody like larry hall as a real bad seed and they actually commend you for doing something like that. i know we had spoke about hall allegedly doing these crime, but just as of recently, he's confessed to 39 murders, all based on everything that i had found out from him. and that's just really in the recent here, in the last month. >> that's amazing that your story and getting it out there has led to look into these cold cases. but i have to ask you, there nur a cell across from this alleged serial killer. you're eating breakfast with him. i mean, what was day to day being with this man like? >> it was no fun, i can tell you that much. he was a very strange, bizarre character. to have to be around him day by day really was repulsive to me.
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but i was in a catch-22 where i didn't have a lot of options. but yeah, he was definitely a strange character. there's no question about it. >> strange. i don't want to give away what happens because i want people watching our documentary, but your story is turn into this hollywood movie. your book has reopened cold cases. what do you think of these ce recent developments in hall's case? >> i think it's fantastic. when you look at the type of criminal that i was, we were all a goodfellows bunch of guys. like i said, a studio 54 flavor. everybody was out having a good time. nobody was really harming anyone. but when you take a guy like a larry hall, this is like the lowest form of person really on the planet. i mean, somebody that would go and kidnap young girls and rape and torture and mutilate these girls, i mean, that's just a terrible person in life in general. >> but to think that you could perhaps bring closure to some of
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these parent, how does that make you feel. we have new information coming in. hall is confessing to new information based on what he told me. makes me feel really accomplished and it does make me feel reveem deemed for what i had done myself. >> if you want to see how all this turns out, watch "to catch a serial killer." saturday night 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. today's dismal jobs number even worse than expected. now many wonder if president obama can turn things around. my next guest says not so sure. republican senator rob portman is standing by now. bag can hol. and while that leaves a little room for balls and tees, it doesn't leave room for much else. there's no room left for deadlines or conference calls.
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joining us now, rob portman, ohio republican, and as you are well aware, senator, the jobless rate just ticked up to 9.2%. but here's something we're wondering about. i want to take a look at the graphic. there's pretty good job growth february, march, april and then the last two months, it just dropped. it just dropped away. what's the explanation do you think for that? >> well, the president today, e.d. talked about uncertainty.
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and i agree with him on that. he focused on the uncertainty as to what's happening with the debt limit. there may be some of that. there's also a lot of other uncertainty out there. there's uncertainty about the deficit and debt. higher taxes, the country perhaps going into another recession due to financial crisis. there's a lot of uncertainty as you know about energy prices. the all economists say that's had a negative impact in the last two months. and no national energy plan to enable us to get away from our dangerous dependcy on foreign oil. higher regulations, the prospect of higher taxes, higher health care costs. so there are a number of things going on in the economy that create unpredictability and uncertainty that led to less private investment and fewer jobs. >> i spoke with bernie sanders and he said what's needed -- and you talk about the energy costs -- he says we need to spend more money right now. we need to spend money on infrastructure, on fixing roads, railways, dams, and we need to spend money on alternative
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energy sources. so this spending money going to help us create more jobs? government spending. >> i think we've learned in the last coup of years that we cannot spend our way out of prosperity. it didn't work. we tried that. and by the way, infrastructure projects are good. it takes a while. we don't have, as the president acknowledged, shovel-ready projects. we need to try something else. take s us even more into debt that will make the situation worse and not better. the president talked today about passing these export opening agreements, so-called trade agreements with korea and colombia and panama. and of course, we should pass those. that's about 250,000 job as soon as we pass them. we should also move forward quickly with tax reform. that's something that i think economists across the board would agree is needed to spur
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economic growth, because our current code doesn't make any sense. it hurts jobs and it hurts growth. so there are things that we can and should do. >> senator sanders also thinks he thinks the wealthiest 1% need to pay more taxes. so when you talk about tax reform, what do you mean? >> well, what we need to do is actually have a lower rate, but get rid of a lot of the deduks and credits, exclusions, preferences. the president calls them loopholes. others call them tax expenditures. it's about $1 trillion a year. and be able to lower the rate to make us more competitive. we have a problem with the individual income tax system, which is way too complicated. it does encourage investment and job, but also the corporate rate which is now higher than any other country among our developmented country trading partners. >> let me stop you there. the corporate rate, i understand, we've got a lot of loopho loophole, when you talk about closing loopholes, and closing down the corporate rate, those would go hand in hand, right? >> yes. >> so in essence, what you do is you simplify the code as happened in 1986.
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get rid of a lot of the underbrush in the code and be able to lower the rate, which will encourage economic growth. these are common sense things which we should be able to find common ground on. even in the con text of the debt ceiling, by the way. the context is not about reducing spending, which is very important. it's also about generating economic growth through tax reform. hope that stays on the table and i hope we'll see the next few days and we'll see the president make a commitment to that. >> you know, we are head into the presidential election. and i was intrigued by a comment made by president obama's campaign manager. and he said, referring to this unemployment number, he said the average american does not view the economy through the prism of gdp or unemployment rates or even monthly job numbers. the decision will be based on two things, how do i feel about things right now and ultimately, do i think who has the best vision for the country. do you think that people will go into the voting booth and not
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really care that much about the gdp and the unemployment number? >>ening they'll care a lot about the economy. and it has to do with again with this uncertainty i talked about earlier. i'll be talking to people this weekend. i'll be at the nascar race. folks are concerned about their jobs. when they see the unemployment numbers go up, even if they're not directly affected, one of their friends is, one of their family members are. what people are looking for is some real hope. it comes from sound policies that make sense in termses of increasing private investment, improving our free market economy. this is what's made this economy the envy of the world. we're getting away from that. so i think we need to get back to some basics. and again, there should be consensus on some of these issues. fewer regulations, tax reform, and energy policy that lets us use our own resources here to get away from our dependence on foreign oil. there's things that we can do.
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and of course, dealing with the debt and deficit issue and this debt limit issue takes away some of that uncertainty. i hope over the next few days we'll hear some of that from the president and the negotiators. >> that's right, they're getting together sunday to talk more. senator rob portman, thank you very much for ginning pups. >> thanks, e.d. thanks for having us on. >> joan i the races. the royal newlyweds are just two hours away from arrive on their first trip to america. the destination -- l.a. coming up next, we'll check in with cnn's max foster. he is there, waiting along with a lot of other eager media. who d
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welcome back. the progression accuse of a mexican national went as planned in texas. and we'll take you behind the scenes of today's final shuttle launch. time to play "reporter roulette." let's start with jill dougherty in washington. why was this execution especially controversial? >> it's controversial because number one, this was a man who was a mexican citizen, executed in the united states, and not given a right that he is guaranteed under a treaty that was signed by the u.s. president, which gives citizens of any country from another country, if they're here in the united states, the right to talk to their consul, a person that
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can advise them on legal procedures and help them through the process. so that's why it's controversial. it's really raising hackls. a lot of people criticizing it. secretary of state hillary clinton described as very concerned and very disappointed in that ruling. in that decision. >> the president tried to get the supreme court to step in. what happened? >> well, the supreme court for some technical reasons, basically said that look, congress has not passed any type of law that can allow us to rule any other way. congress, if you go back and pass a law that gives the federal courts the right to deal with this, and the responsibility to deal with appeals like this, then that solves theiish shoe. but now the push is on to get that kind of law pass pd. >> that would be a states rights fight there, would nlt it? >> it really is. it's a huge states rights issue.
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it's an international issue and you know, the argument that they're making really is if you don't give those rights to citizens from other countries in the united states, then when americans go abroad, they might not get the same rights guaranteed by other countries who are csignatories to that agreement. next up, max foster in l.a., waiting for the arrival of brita britain's newlyweds, the duke and duchess of camcambridge. they have a pretty busy three days ahead. don't they? >> they have. they're due here at the beverly hilton to promote new uk businesses in america. you'll see them hob knobbing with some fairly famous names. we don't have the guest list next. then tomorrow, a polar match. the prince will be playing. the duchess will be presenting the trophy. in the evening, a red carpet
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event. they will be in fool evening wear and jewelry as well. they'll also squeeze in a visit to skid row,down homeless people. and a veterans fair. will we see the same scenes as we saw in canada with the canadian tour. incredible scenes today as you saw them amongst hundreds of thousands of people in calgary at the stampedes. they toured the route and saw the stampede parade. a very successful tour in canada, e.d. will it be reflected hooer? we'll find out soon. >> what about this whole thing regarding the paparazzi. they of course want to take pictures. and the police are warning them. why? >> yeah, that's right. the police are basically have gone to all of the venues where the duke and duchess rf dare du be and said if you step on any private land in these areas you're going to be arrested immediately. around the consul general's
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resident where is they'll be saying, they've spoken to residents and have been given the ability to arrest on private gardens there. >> thank you very much. next up, it is a day for nasa's history books as the last space shuttle took flight on a final mission. chad myers and brooke baldwin are both at kennedy space center. i know the weather was pretty iffy. i've got to ask you, as we were all watching it in the news room at 31 seconds to go, the clock stopped. what happened there? >> you know, that's an excellent question. because i was at the visitor complex, i didn't see the count down. i just heard the big three, two, one. but once i came back here and was talking to all these crews. they said you should have been here at the 31-second mark. everyone just sort of -- then i guess time stopped for two minutes. and then that was some issue they had. obviously everything was fine
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and then they sent atlantis up, up and away. >> the weather was iffy and all of a sudden it cleared. >> add of a sudden it cleared, naf in fact, chad and i were at the same location this morning at the visitor complex. chad all serious, scientist, meteorologist guy, we were all bugging him. people kept coming up to chad in the crowd, is it a go? is it a go? he gave me some sort of atmosphere, humidity, some sort of explanation. and he was sort of leaning towards no, you know? somehow they found just this little pocket in the sky. and right, chad? you remember. >> you're the hero of the day. >> the skies were cloudy all morning long. we knew we only had a 30% of it going and a 70% chance of it not going. literally, guys, we had a 35-minute window where it was green. the rest of the day it was red and it's still red. it looks great there. that's where the shuttle went off, but you turn around over
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here, and those are cumulus clouds going straight up. we're hearing thunder and lightning over here. clearly we would never be able to fly the shuttle right now. but for literally 20 minutes, we were good. we were groan aeen and it was r to go. and it was centered right over 11:30. and they shot it off and boy, it looks great. it was a fantastic shot from here. a lot of bleary eyes. this place opened at 2:00 a.m. we were seeing little 5-year-olds getting walked down here. and they're all probably in the car asleep on the way back to orlando or to their hotel. >> people were bleary eyed because the place opened at 2:00 in the morning. i met guys who came all over the uk. but they were already emotional. i met lyndon johnston right after the launch. you know, we were all -- i wanted to experience it with everyone else so we sort of jumped in the crowd for the final three, two, one. i want to play a little bit more sound from her.
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she really lost it, talking about just that magical moment thatch so many people got to share together at the visitor complex. take a listen. >> i always wanted to do this and i got to do it, thanks to my son and grandchildren. and i just really patriotic person and that just represents what our country has been about. and i think it's a real shame that they're doing away with the program, but i know they felt they needed to. and i don't know what else to say. i'm just so happy to be here. >> so happy to be there. i was so happy to be there. chad myers, i was happy to share that magnificent moment with you and my producer and a couple of the camera guys and our booker janelle. it's a moment you kind of remember back years from now where you were and who you were with. >> brooke, you said that you had one of those -- >> i had tears in my eyes. >> did you get to get any autographs while you were there?
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>> i'm sorry, did i get autographs from whom? >> you said you went to space camp when you were a kid and you had the cool suits and stuff like that. did you get to keep that? did you bring it down there to maybe get autographs on this final launch? >> nerd alert. i thought about it. i do have a flight suit. maybe it has my name on it and a few patches. maybe not. it might be sitting maybe back in cnn. so no, i did not bring it. i didn't want to embarrass my crew totety. i left it at home. i kind of regretting it. but i do have a flight suit. >> chad, you wouldn't have cared. >> no, but nasa did because on our little media signature to get our credentials, it says you can't do that. you can't ask for any autographs. and no bringing anything else into the area. so it was a great day and brooke, i really enjoyed being with you here as well. i'm glad the weather finally
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cooperated. didn't look like it. yesterday was ugly, today finally cleared up and we finally got this thing launched off. and now we have four great astronauts in the sky. >> here in atlanta, you can just feel the excitement that you all felt being there for this special day. this historic moment. thank you, both for helping us feel like we were there as well. thanks a lot. and that is today's "reporter roulette." so could another big name be jumping into the presidential race? here's a hint. he's a governor and a popular one. who it is next in the "political ticker." ek 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.
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welcome back. we have the latest news from the political ticker. paul? >> well, e.d., you've been talking about the last two hours, the biggest political story of the day is the unemployment report. there was an avalanche of responses immediately after the report came out this morning at 8:30 eastern from republicans. republicans running for president. my blackberry was bouncing around. i'm sure yours was, too. i want to give a word to the first responders from the house side. john boehner was the first congressional republican who had a response out. in my e-mail, just four minutes after the report came out from the labor department. among the presidential candidates, those running for the gop nomination, the honors
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goes to michelle bachmann. congratulations to them, you were the first responders. and all the republican responses were pretty negative and pretty tough on the president and his policy, no doubt. >> the president was pretty tough on himself there. ho uh about speculation about texas governor rick perry running for president. any new developments? >> yeah, new development, not from rick perry and his camp. they still say maybe august, stay tuned on that within. but this is from an outside group, an independent group based in california. they're called americans for rick perry. and they say -- i spoke to one of their top guys they say they've raised $400,000 in the last three weeks. they're an independent group. they're set up as a 527 and they say they're going to spend it on direct mail and associate networking in iowa about five weeks from now, e.d. >> that's a pretty good amount of money for them to raise, especially if the governor wasn't expecting it. >> he can't use it, maybe just to influence him and talk to
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iowa voters, of course. stay tuned on that one. >> dangle that kind of cash out there, and it might get his attention. >> they carried half a billion miles and carried more than 300 astronauts into space. the beginning of the end of the space shuttle era. we take an historic look back. up next.
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>> today's launch of atlantis marks the 135th and final space shuttle mission. through the decades, shuttles have ferried some 355 astronauts past the bondsover earth. shuttles have logg 500 billion
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miles in space. let's take a look at some of the most remarkable moments. >> t-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 -- >> we have engine start. >> 5, 4, 3 -- >> 2, 1. >> and we have liftoff. >> space lab two. >> cleared the tower. >> launch is initiated. >> americans return to space as discovery cleared the tower. >> liftoff of columbia in the first dedicated research flight. >> 500 miles an hour.
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>> 100%. the rate of speed will virtually triple. >> standing by for burnout and je jettison of the twin rockets. >> columbia, houston performance is phenomenal. >> head down position on course. >> space shuttle columbia with the microgravity science laboratory. >> about one g vertical acceleration. >> all systems are onboard and continue to perform well. >> good solid rocket booster acceleration. >> houston new controlling the flig


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