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republican candidates gather in the shadow of the white house tonight for the big cnn national security debate. it is the first test for newt gingrich as front-runner. cairo bracing for a million-man sit-in. police beating demonstrators on the fourth straight day of violence, and now late word three americans have been arrested. is there anybody out there? nasa relaunching a program to listen for alien life, searching for signs, on this "american morning." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning.
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it's tuesday, november 22nd. ali and christine are off this morning. i'm alina cho along with carol costello on this "american morning." so glad you're with us. >> glad you're with us. up first this morning, breaking news out of cairo. three americans arrested outside the interior ministry in tahrir square accused of throwing molotov cocktails. thousands of demonstrators are packed into the square for a million-man sit-in. a short distance away, our reporter says soldiers are pelting the protesters with tear gas. 24 people killed, 17 injured during four straight days of violence. a live report from cairo coming up. a big story we're watching this tuesday morning -- it's a chance to convince voters you're commander in chief material. the national security debate takes place just a few feet away
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from a place every candidate wants to call home -- the white house. there's a look at the stage and time lapse video of it going up and just hours before the contest, a new candidate surged to the lead in a new poll. >> a cool video. isn't it? >> yeah, it is. >> i just want to watch it go. it's complete, almost. joining us, joe johns, paul steinhauser and chris lawrence with voters shifting opinions on the war. first question, the debate is foreign policy. ed super committee's implosion. well, i'm sure that will come up. >> reporter: hey, carol. i hope i can hear. i'm having a difficult time hearing what you are saying. i can tell you this, number one, this was sort of about what you could expect. the questions tonight that are sure to come up include, what happened to the super committee? in some ways it's political science 101. had you put a system in place in washington, d.c., it's very
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difficult to change. now, of course, we have another element of political science 101. that is, of course, the blame game. democrats blaming republicans. republican blaming democrats. we all know the outlines of all this. it's tax cuts against entitlement spending. so is this over? certainly it's not over. a long way to go. we have automatic spending cuts that will go into place starting in 2013 if nothing else is done. we'll also hear from the candidates as we move towards next november's election. we've got a preview, of course, from some of the republican candidates running for president. themes we'll probably hear in tonight's debate. let's listen. >> the failure of the super committee, which i had suggested several months ago was the dumbest, single legislative idea i have seen. >> you have a president who didn't get involved in the process. who didn't pick up the phone, bring in the republicans, bring
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in the democrats. make a proposal of his own. >> the problem isn't we aren't paying enough in taxes, the problem is the government is spending too much money, and the president has been awol. no disrespect to the president, it's kind of like, "where's waldo?" >> reporter: the president, too, would like to see some other arrangement than the spending cuts, but if they try to go around what is now in place with the automatic spending cuts, he says he will certainly veto that. back to you. >> thanks, joe. >> all right. we want to bring in cnn deputy political director paul steinhauser now. paul, newt gingrich for the first time in the front-runner in our cnn/orc poll heading into the debate, but mitt romney seems more electable. how do you see it playing out? >> with gingrich on top, according to poll numbers, you'll see him maybe the target of the other candidates for the
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first time. look at the numbers. cnn/orc out last night, as you mentioned. 24% gingrich. 20%, mitt romney, former massachusetts governor, second bid for the white house that four-point margin, and basically it's all tied at the top. in third place, herman cain. you can see there at 17%. he was tied for the top with romney but his numbers have been slipping with kroerchs covntro. these debates have been extremely influential. all eyes on tonight's contest. >> part of the reason why newt gingrich is polling better. all right, paul steinhauser, thank you. >> let's bring in chris lawrence live at the pentagon. chris, moments ago cnn and orc released foreign policy polls. what are they showing? >> reporter: they show some of the candidates may be in a tricky position tonight when
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they have to defend some of the positions they've taken on national security. look at this first poll. loop at the difference from about seven years ago and how americans feel about attacking another country. the cnn/orc poll asked, should the u.s. attack another country that has not attacked the u.s.? look at in a change. only saying yes, about 24% now. no, the answer from about 74% of americans. that could cause problems for candidates like mitt romney who said yesterday that iran needs to understand that the u.s. does have military options, that america will take military action. he may be asked to explain that position tonight. another big issue on the table is getting troops out of iraq. obviously, the president announced all troops out by the end of the year. take a look at this next poll. it asks, should president obama remove combat troops from iraq by the end of the year? nearly two-thirds of americans say, yes, we should.
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now let's drill down on that topic just a little bit more and look at the breakdown. president obama should remove combat troops from iraq by the end of the year. think was asked of democrats, republicans and independents. take a look at the difference knop surprise. democrats at about 71% agree with that. but look at the disparity between independents and republicans. that 4-point gap could cause problems for candidates like newt gingrich who last month when the policy was announced said obama is right. no short-term advantage for iran to even be in iraq, also it was ushering in defeat. thousands of lives would have been lost for nothing more than defeat. it really shows the very fine line the candidates have to walk appealing to the base now to get the nomination, but also taking positions they'll have to defend if they are to be the nominee.
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>> wow. what a change. >> this round-robin we have going, joe, question with you, a debate focusing on the national debate and foreign policy. which candidate or candidates will benefit the most, do you think? >> reporter: it's funny. when you look at newt gingrich's comments, he's been pretty consistent saying this was just a bad idea. the super committee was not going to work. so that's an interesting point of view. he's always tried to portray himself as the adult in the room, and to that extent, it might be to his benefit. there's any number of questions in all this. you look at mitt romney. this is a guy who says, yeah. i can do better. i have a better idea. i think the president of the united states has really sort of been asleep at the switch, if you will. so it might help him, too, but right now this is largely a talking point on the campaign. i think a lot of people know
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what the voters believe, and a lot of people also think that the voters haven't been real engaged on this issue. so, we'll see. >> okay. to you, paul. who needs a breakout performance tonight? >> i think a couple people. first of all, herman cain. foreign policy has not really been his wheelhouse. maybe he's been studying up and will have a breakout performance. rick perry, the texas governor, was the front-runner in august but stumbled because of poor performances in debates. no doubt about that. we've seen it several times. some of the lower tier candidates, rick santorum and jon huntsman. a lot of foreign policy and national security experience. this may be a format for them to shine. who's in the bull's eye? gingrich and romney. they're the front-runners. when you're at the top, could you have more scrutiny. we could see that play out tonight. >> chris lawrence, you're an expert in foreign policy and national security.
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what's the one thing we should be watching for tonight? >> reporter: well, i think you know, some of the candidates obviously, you've got -- have different expectations. herman cain has to show he sort of has the chops to be commander in chief. that he has a firm understanding of foreign policy. look, even hope to the economy is far and away the number one issue for most americans heading into this next election, there's still a baseline that people expect from a commander in chief. a certain knowledge of foreign affa affairs. the ability to command troops. to make decisions on an international level. so i think some of the candidates will be trying to meet that baseline. others who have already surpa surpassed it, such as mitt romney, will have to explain some of the more definite positions they've taken on issues, like libya and iran. >> joe johns, paul steinhauser and chris lawrence, thanks so much for being with us. we'll catch you in the next hour of "american morning." thanks. coming up at 8:05 eastern time republican presidential
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candidate congresswoman michele bachmann will join us live. >> don't forget. tonight is the night. cnn hosts the national security debate starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. wolf blitzer hosts. that's live at 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. still to come, chaos in cairo. violence erupting again in tahrir square as the entire interim government in egypt resigns. and actor hugh grant fighting back against the british press calling tabloid reporters cowards. the latest on the hearings into the uk hacking scandal when "american morning" continues. it's 12 minutes past the hour. you saved us hundreds. what was that? the discount double check? it's when we comb through your policies and make sure that you're getting all the discounts you deserve. no, i get that part, but you guys are doing my move. the discount double check move? that's my touchdown dance. so you're a dancer? no, i'm a quarterback. oh, a quarterback. mrr. i'm a robot. mm, mm. ee, er, ee, er. get out of here. [ male announcer ] aaron rodgers got his. how about you? rodgers! discount double check!
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set the scene for us. >> reporter: well, i don't think we're quite at a million people yet, but definitely the numbers have swelled, if you want to see, alina. joe will pan out across the crowd. thousands of people slept in the square overnight, they're establishing camps, first-aid stations as well. we're going to zoom in and show you the direction where the clashes have been going on now for three straight days and nights, in the direction of the interior ministry, where riot police are firing pretty much every minute canisters of tear gas, despite that and despite the effects it's had, where you have people being rushed out, overwhelmed by the tear gas, by ambulances, the angry egyptian young men and women, facing off against police, are not backing down. they are continuing to stand their ground. they are not going to give us this territory. in addition to the 24 people
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killed here in egypt, according to the ministry of health, i expect that number to rise due to the number of ambulances we saw streaming out of here through the night. at least one person killed in alexandria in similar clashes and at least 60 people killed there. alina -- carol. sorry. >> reporter: that's all right. we heard a reportedly american was among those detained in egypt. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, alina, the images of these three prisoners were shown on state tv last night. they were shown their i.d. cards. it looked like they were students at the university of cairo. we haven't confirmed that yet. one appeared to have a driver's license from indiana. now, the prosecutors office here is accusing these three americans of hooliganism, saying they were caught throwing
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molotov cocktail. now, the u.s. embassy here says it's looking into this report. it hasn't been able to confirm the detention of these three apparent americans, but they say one american female student was detained yesterday, and later released. there's a large number, a large expatriate population in cairo and egypt. this is a major tourist destination as well as a place of study for a lot of students. so it's not surprising to hear that foreigners and americans are getting caught up in this. the bigger picture, elections are just six days away. can you still hold parliament rip elections with this kind of violence going on in the egyptian capital ? alina? >> ivan watson live in cairo. thank you so much. also an armed standoff at an air force base in colorado ended peaceful peacefully. an aamerican with a gun surrendered after 12 hours after
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barricading himself in a building at the base. no shots fired. no one injured. the airman was facing a discharge over legal action in a civilian court. more than $1.2 billion in customer funds may be missing from the bankrupt brokerage firm mf global that nearly is double the original estimate. the fbi is now investigating by a firm headed up by the new jersey governor, jon courrzine, and interstate 30 in little rock, arkansas was closed. a stretch of roadway almost every trucker in the country knows well. more rain is on the way this morning. jacqui jeras, more rain? >> mostly south of i-40. that's the good news. this whole system is moving now, and pushing off to the east, but we still have a lot of areas impacted by it. really from the central plains states through the ohio valley then stretching on down into parts of texas, and some really
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intense thunderstorms crossing along i-20 in northern parts of louisiana. the rainfall has been incredible. every city you see listed here in arkansas, this is a daily record rain report. so little rock itself, more than six inches, and this is a record now also for the month of november. so flood watches and some warnings remain in effect. this is going to be the area we're concerned of. you see the i-30 corridor as well as along i-55 and paducah, kentucky. a good one to two inches on top of what you have in those area. on top of that, getting really warm air pulling up ahead of our system. so thunderstorms could be severe later today. places like new orleans, over towards birmingham, up towards cincinnati. cold air on the back side of this system. so highs only in the 30s today for you in minneapolis, but we're pushing 80 in places like atlanta. not great for a lot of travelers out there today, guys. >> already, jacqui jeras, thank you very much. the so-called super
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welcome back. "minding your business" this morning. u.s. markets closed sharply lower yesterday, and stock futures are already up today following european markets higher. but volatility is very high right now because of concerns about europe's debt problems about also the u.s. super committee's failure to cut a deal. stocks sank on that news,
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but at the same time investors breathed a big sigh of relief when both s&p and moody's ratings agency reaffirmed america's credit rating. the third agency called fitch this morning announcing it could knock down the u.s. rating but won't have a decision until the end of the month. up next for congress and your money, whether or not to extend the payroll tax holiday or let it expire at the end of the year. it's worth about $934 to the after worker. critics argue it could hurt the growth rate of the u.s. economy. delta is cutting back on international travel. much of the cuts come from transatlantic flights. the changes to the routes are necessary because of high fuel costs and economic uncertainty. delta plans to trim its flight capacity by 2% next year. bad news for bargain hunters this holiday. companies are apparently cracking down on online shopping at work. a new survey finds that 60% of
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companies interviewed have blocked shopping sites. and a warning for those who do have access -- nearly a quarter of companies track your every online move. and some good news on the jobs front. big three automaker general motors is restarting its plant in spring hill, tennessee, bringing back about 700 jobs. the company plans to bring the assembly plant back online to boost up extra production needs. "american morning" will be right back after the break. ne ks taste great. but did you know they're good for you too? they're high in vitamins and potassium. and idaho potatoes are now certified to carry the heart checkmark from the american heart association for foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol. so they're good for my family, and for yours. heart smart idaho potatoes. always look for the grown in idaho seal.
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rising up in rage. protesters at a million-man sit-in as a new crisis erupts in egypt on this "american morning." welcome back to "american morning." it's 30 minutes past the hour. time for this morning's top stories -- the gop field getting ready for tonight's big cnn national
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security debate in washington. it will focus on foreign policy, terrorism and defense, but it's a virtual lock that the super committee's failure to find $1.2 trillion in budget cuts will come up. new york city mayor michael bloomberg slamming the highest levels of government including the president for the budget gridlock. >> i just think that the failure of the super committee to come to an agreement is just a damning indictment of washington's inability to govern this country. i don't know how you'd reach an agreement if you don't sit down at the table and talk to each other, and i think it's a failure -- people say, who do you blame? the blame is both sides of the aisle, and both ends of pennsylvania avenue. president obama saying he won't stand for any attempt to roll back automatic budget cuts triggered by the super committee's failure. >> already some in congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. my message to them is simple --
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no. i will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts, domestic and defense spending. there are will will be no easy off ramps on this one. we need to keep the pressure on for compromise. not turn off the pressure. >> almost every level of government, and his defense as hashed as domestic spending. egypt is unraveling. the country's interim civilian government resigned overnight days ahead of parliamentary elections and for a fourth consecutive day there have been bloody clashes in cairo's tahrir square between protesters and the military. demonstrators today are staging a million-man sit-in. just nine months ago the egyptian military refused to stand in the way as demonstrators removing hb osni
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mubarak from power. all of that has changed. joining us, mr. burns, the ambassador to greece and nato. good morning, ambassador. so who could forget those massive demonstrations in february that brought down mubarak. as you can see, it's happening again. a lot of people, really, are scratching their heads and still don't understand why in a post-mubarak egypt this is going on. so what's happening? >> well, it's certainly the most serious crisis in egypt since the fall of mubarak. the military is losing control of the streets and losing credibility with the people of egypt because they've used excessive force and live ammunition against protesters over the last three or four day, arrested thousands over the last several months and tried them in summary fashion and widely perceived as trying to carve out protection and autonomy for themselves when this does transition to civilian rule. all that's made them very unpopular and now you have calls by many political parties in egypt for iraq to transition away from the military towards a
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civilian rule, but it's unclear who would rule egypt before an election. it's a chaotic political scene. >> egypt's entire cabinet resigned in protest. how significant is this in the larger scheme of things, and who is in charge? >> it's a very significant blow, really, to democracy. you know, the elections are planned for next monday, november 28th. the first round of elections, parliamentary elections. there was a well-defined process over the year to vee lectihave , write a parliament, and now it's in question, to have the military and have them step down. it's a big country with a lot of poverty and sectarian tensions. it's not going to be easy to find an interim government that could rule a civilian government as effectively or at least with as much authority as the miller that done. >> while all of this is
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unfolding, egypt's economy, as you know, is struggling. i found this so interesting, that a quarter of people under the age of 25 are unemployed. so people are hopping mad. are you saying that these elections, you don't think, will make a difference? >> it's unclear whether the elections on monday will now go ahead. will the military be able to hold the elections, oversee them, at a time of massive social instability with thousands, even millions of people in the streets of cairo and alexandria and other parts of country. this is all taking place at a time of severe economic meltdown. egypt itself with lacks jobs, lack of hope for the young people who comprise the majority of the country. this situation is quickly sliding out of control and the military needs obviously to find a way to placate its critics and go ahead with these elections. >> hmm. which is why you see all of those people pouring out into the streets right now. you have been privy to back door diplomacy. so far the u.s. is not
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commenting directly on the situation in egypt and not directly involved officially, but if you had to guess, what do you think is happening diplomatically behind the scenes? >> oh, i think the administration must be very worried. the state department spokesperson criticized the egyptian's treatment of the protesters yesterday. i think the administration will try to reach out to the military. we have a close relationship with the egyptian military. counsel them not to use force or live ammunition. open a political dialogue with the political leaders, the civilian leaders, if you will, especially in the islamic parties to try to get this situation under control. >> ambassador nicholas burns. thank you for your perspective this morning. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. a tsa worker in virginia now under arrest and charged with sexual assault. police say 52-year-old ronald was wearing his uniform during the attack and showed a badge to the victim. the tsa immediately removed the suspect from his security post and is helping in the investigation. actor hugh grant is taking on the british press.
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yesterday in london he testified at a government hearing into the uk phone hacking scandal. insisting reporters hacked his phone. he also told the panel that he believes the tabloid hire criminals to get their stories. >> i just think that there has been a section of our press that has become, allowed to become toxic over the last 20 or 30 years. it's -- its main tactic being bullying intimidation and blackmail, and i think that needs a lot of courage to stand up to, and i feel it's time, this country's historically had a good record standing up to bullies and it's time this country find courage to stand up to this bully right now. >> that's something you don't see every day. the parents of milly also there. they say they hacked their daughter's phone after she went missing, even leading phone calls giving false hope that their daughter was checking
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messages and still alive. >> ah. let's talk about sports. one of your favorites, i'm sure. justin, the american legal most valuable player this year. detroit tigers pitcher justin verlander. the mighty right-hander catcher, becoming the first starting pitcher to win mvp honors in 25 years. captured the cy young award winning 24 games pitching a no-hitter this season. >> you knew before you head that he was called the mighty righty. that i did not know. >> just so you can watch justin verlander. >> some day we'll do it. i actually like baseball. >> make her drink a beer. >> hey, i like beer. do you believe in aliens? some people say there is proof out there. coming up, we'll meet a team of scientists on the hunt to find it. and it's air travelers number one complaint. too many carry-on bags taking up space in the overhead bin. now a few members of congress say they have a plan to unstuff
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it's 40 minutes past the hour. major league baseball eague lea mourning the loss of greg halman, the 24-year-old was found stabbed to death in the netherlan netherlands. his brother is suspected. penn state announcing former fbi director louis freeh will lead an independent investigation into child abuse sex allegation. the university was slammed fearing the investigation would be handled by its own people. freeh saying this investigation will go back as far as 1975. a much longer period than the jerry sandusky grand jury covered. by going back that far, freeh's investigation would cover the entire time the second mile charity has existed. now to overstuffed, overhead bin. the number one complaint of air travelers. with the holiday travel season under way, two democratic senators from maryland and louisiana want to tackle the problem. they've introduced a bill allows passengers to check one bag for
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free. that way you don't have to try and cram everything into a carry-on. >> i love this idea. a chilly, but safe landing, for three astronauts. the u.s. commander and two flight engineers from japan and russia landed safely in kazakhstan this morning spending nearly six months at the international space station. a new crew headed by a u.s. astronaut has already been sent up to replace them. so do aliens exist? believe it or not, we might soon find out. an extraterrestrial project once backed by nasa is searching for signs of life. no martians just yet, but scientists discovered hundreds of new planets and who knows what or who may be living on them. sounds like a project for cnn's john zarrella who joins us live from miami with details. so what is this all about, john? >> reporter: hey, alina and carol. you know, later this week nasa's going to send a rover to mars that has the capability to find signs of life. so we decided to take a look at
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how the search for life in the universe is going, and what we found is pretty amazing. probes to mars. telescopes searching for other earths. listening for life out there. there's no proof yet, but the body of evidence is growing. we are not alone. >> but one thing that strikes you is every time we learn something new about the universe, what we learn is that our situation doesn't seem to be all that special. and that suggests that life is not all that special either. >> reporter: but it is still just that. a guess. based in part on astronomy in overload. findings from telescopes like hubble, spitsal, chandra, new discovers as a breathtaking rate revealing the mind-blowing grandeur of the universe. consider these heavenly numbers just for a minute. perhaps 1 trillion, with a t, that's right, trillion galaxies
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in the universe. stars, you ask? okay. how about 300 sextillion. that's three followed by 23 zeros. so where does that leave us with planets? more specifically, planets like our own? >> we're learning that the fundamental importance to mankind. how frequent are earth around other stars? >> reporter: this is the principle investigators for nasa's kessler telescope. its mission, find planets similar in size to the earth orbiting their suns. so far it has been successful beyond expectations. of the 1,200 planet candidates keppler has found, nearly 70 are earth sized. >> the indication from data we have in hand is that small planets are common. that the galaxy makes them efficiently. so they're going to be abundant. >> the number is large enough.
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so there must be many billions of such planets in our galaxy. that's been a very happy surprise. >> reporter: how many are orbiting at just the right distance from the sun to support life? more than 50 candidates found so far where life might be possible. what keppler can't do is detect life. so for now, that will remain just a guess. so it's amazing. some billions of planets the size of earth just inside our own milky way galaxy. again, keppler can't tell you exactly whether they have life, can't even see their oceans. that's going to be left for spacecraft of the future to do, but it's found one planet, big planets, 1,200 in all. one has the density of styrofoam. so tomorrow what we're going to do is look at nasa's next great observatory called "the web telescope" which promises findings even greater than
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hubble. but wait until you hear how much it's going to cost. alina, carol. >> who's going to pay for it, i wonder? >> reporter: i wonder? >> it can't be the only -- we can't be the only planet in this universe with life. right? right? i mean -- >> it's a start. >> anyway, i'm glad they're probing. thank you, john zarrella. >> glad they're probing. all right, coming up, chaos in parliament. the free trade vote that turned into a free for all for some lawmakers. and talk about flower power. jeanne moos with two toddlers who got their hands on a five-pound bag of flour while mom wasn't around. look what happened. you're watching "american morning." it's 46 minutes after the hour.
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saying we have to keep the pressure on. more rain on the way in the south after downpours shut down parts of i-30 in little rock yesterday. reports say as many as 88,000 cars and trucks were detoured. a chaotic session in south korea's parliament. look at this, after free trade with the united states was approved. a shouting match broke out with opposition lawmakers and one lawmaker even set off a tear gas bomb in the chamber during voting. the trade deal takes effect as early as january. and a plane packed with marijuana touched down in houston's executive airport last night. the really strange part. no pilots found onboard. it made an unscheduled landing causing damage to its nose gear. police are city trying to figure out when the pilots bailed. that's the news you need to know to start your day. "american morning" is back after this.
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welcome back. >> so what do you get when you mix five pounds of bleach flour with two rambunctious toddlers? >> nothing good. in fact, one big mess. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: not feeling so well. stays a little longer than usual in the bathroom. when she comes out -- >> what are you doing? >> stay at home mom stayed eerily calm. the boys by the way are 1 1/2 and 3 1/2. >> uh-oh. what's the matter, mommy? >> reporter: what could possibly be the matter with having flour
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all over your house? >> i sat in the middle of the floor on the living room and started crying. >> reporter: talk about flour power. the entire mess caused by one five-pound bag. >> i don't know what to do. look at the house. i think i'm going to throw up. >> reporter: but instead of throwing up, mary kept regurgitating one phrase. >> oh, my gosh. >> from the chair seat to the window ledge on the door. >> oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. >> we counted at least 27 "oh, my goshes." >> oh, my gosh. not fair. >> reporter: mary had just gotten home from the grocery store and forgot to lock the cupboard. >> it's like a snowman puked all over my living room. >> reporter: reminds us of the dog gets in the trash videos, one where the culprit has an incriminating clue. >> can you tell me what happened? >> reporter: the flour kids weren't talking either. >> what happened? >> what? >> reporter: mary called her
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mother-in-law for help. by the way, those of you who say this video is fake or fakie mcfake ohvitch, you don't know how flour flies. mary and her mother-in-law used a shop vac to remove most of the flour but there were two items beyond salvaging. she had to throw away this light and hardest to clean, the couches. >> we haven't even paid out of the couches yet. >> reporter: during cleanup, zach slipped on the flour and cut his lip. so mary left the kitchen sink and came running. unfortunately the faucet was running, the sink overflowed and flooded the kitchen. so next time you think you've had a bad day, remember mary -- >> well, i said to my mother, i feel like i have so much flour i'm about to rise. >> reporter: at least andrew was
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dressed for bad behavior. like a prison inmate. jeanne moos, didn't cnn -- >> see? see? >> yeah, i see. >> reporter: new york. >> i don't know what to say. she has a nice mother-in-law who helped her with all that. >> you've got to laugh, because you can't cry. >> oh. okay. just ahead in the next hour, let's talk about egypt. it's erupting right now in extreme brutality in a mass street fight. live to cairo, next. welcome to idaho,
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breaking news. a million-man march in cairo going on right now. word this morning americans are among those under arrest. newt gingrich surging all the way to the top. the brand new poll and the gop front-runner deflecting shots about health care and a mortgage giant. past the bull's eye, newt
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gingrich, front and center, gathering for tonight's cnn security debate. and double the money. global investors asking where $1.2 billion went on this "american morning." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com and good morning to you. it is tuesday, november 22eneden, ali and christine are off. i'm alina cho along with carol costello on this "american morning." thanks for being with us. >> we begin this hour with breaking news. deadly fighting with protesters and the military raging in egypt. 24 people killed, more than 17 others injured. also developing this morning, cnn has confirmed that three americans are among those under arrest right now for taking part in the egyptian protests. egyptian state tv is showing what appears to be i.d. cards of three young american students
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studying abroad. an indiana driver's license was clearly shown along with what appeared to be an american university in cairo i.d. card. the names of the students could not be made out. the country's officer said they're accused of throwing molotov cocktails and carrying in passports when picked up. we saw a lot of tear gas lobbed by the military into the crowd. is that still happening? >> reporter: haven't been down in about an hour. run you pictures, carol, of what we saw about two hours ago in one of the streets just on the other side of the square. which is probably about 800 yards from where i'm standing right now. where you had these young egyptians, many of them with makeshift gas masks, standing up, holding their ground against egyptian riot police. in these side streets. determined not to give up any
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ground, and furious at the authorities for what they say was the killing of at least 24 demonstrators, that's according to the ministry of health, within the last three days. we've just learned one more demonstrator at least was killed in the second egyptian city of alexandria in a city to the north in similar clashes that took place overnight. a combustible mix here, these demonstrators insisting they are not going to leave. many calling for the ruling military council to step down, and all of this taking place six days before the country was supposed to go to the polls in the first round of parliamentary elections. carol? >> ivan, also, what can you tell us about these three american students being detained? >> reporter: we're still trying to get the latest, an update here. the u.s. embassy told us they're looking into this. meanwhile, egyptian authorities, the general prosecutor's office, says that these three americans
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were detained and are accused of throwing molotov cocktails at the egyptian authorities, and they were shown on egyptian state tv last night. we saw what appeared to be identification cards from the american university of cairo and well as at least one driver's license that looked like it was from the state of indiana. we've called the american university of cairo a couple of hours ago. they said they were involved in crisis talks, which suggesting maybe they are, in fact, the students are involved in this. the u.s. embassy here told us one american student, a female, was detained by egyptian police yesterday, and later released. egypt is a major destination for tourists as well as for students. so expect that there are a number of foreigners mixed in to the crowd of tens of thousands right now. carol? >> i'm assuming, ivan, the pictures you were showing of the young men, the americans we were
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talking about. where would they is been taken if they had been placed under arrest? >> reporter: i presume to some kind of a police station or prosecutor's office to be looked into that. and this is going to play into one of the trends that we've seen over the course of the last year. there's a lot of scapegoating of foreigners that often goes on, particularly on the side of government-controlled media, and that raises paranoia among the egyptian populist and sometimes has led to attacks on foreigners in these moments where you get crowds together and a lot of frenzy. from my point of view, from my perspective, since last night, being in this crowd for the most part, the demonstrators are very supportive of us as foreigners, as journalists coming in. they're asking us to film, and some are even waving tear gas canisters that clearly are marked that the tear gas was made, in what i saw, in jamestown, pennsylvania. that is raising anger against the u.s.
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many people saying that the u.s. has supplied the police with the very same tear gas that is resulting in smoke inhalation and injuries among so many of the demonstrators so much. carol? >> ivan watson reporting live from cairo, egypt. i know you'll keep us posted and we'll get back live to you when you can. thank you so much, ivan. the other big story we're watching today, a new candidate at the top of the pack, when the republicans square off tonight live at the cnn national security debate. it will take place in washington in the shadow of the white house. a brand new cnn/orc poll shows that 24% of republican voters now support former house speaker newt gingrich. he's pulled ahead for the first time. this is with the poll's margin of error. gingrich at 8% in a cnn poll just last month. what a difference a month make. let's go to joe johns live outside the debate site in washington. joe, good morning to you.
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while the focus is on foreign policy and national security, i'm guessing the super committee's super failure will come up tonight? >> reporter: yeah. you can pretty much say that. i mean, did anybody really think that they were actually going to get some kind of a grand bargain? i don't know. it will be interesting to see from the candidates what they think about why this happened and what to do next. frankly, alina, we've already gotten at least a taste of that from some of the candidates on the campaign trail as they get ready to come here for the cnn debate tonight. let's listen. >> the failure of the super committee, which i had suggested several months ago was the dumbest single legislative idea that i had seen. >> you have a president who didn't get involved in the process. who didn't pick up the phones, bring in the republicans, bring in the democrats. make a proposal of his own. >> the problem isn't that we aren't paying enough in taxes. the problem is that government is spending too much money and barack obama has been awol and with no disrespect to the
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president, it's kind of like, "where's ". >> reporter: you can see where it's going. one thing that is clear, one person not in the room of the super committee will probably take a lot of heat nap would be president barack obama, even though think was supposed to be a congressional super committee. we'll see where it goes tonight. >> joe johns live in washington for the debate preview. joe, thank you. joining us now, our partners in the debate. james carafano, and from the heritage foundation and mark thiessen, visiting fellow at the american enterprise ins student and chief speechwriter for president george w. bush. welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> mark, start with you. tell me what you're hoping to hear tonight. >> the most interesting thing for me is, if you think about it, few presidents enter office planning to have foreign policy dominate their legacy and presidency. look at the last four
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presidents, two republicans, two democrats. all faced crises no one anticipate brd thbefore they to office. george bush, bill clinton, george w. bush and barack obama, the war in libya, none discussed during they're campaign. the most interesting question, what is the question we are not asking the candidates that they are worried about? the things they think about that keep them up at night about what may dominate the presidency? >> an interesting point, because it seems the american public, concerned about the economy, sort of pushing national security issues off the table. do you think that they'll tune into this debate and they'll be really interested to hear what these candidates think about national security? >> well, i think the most important thing is that the candidates are going to spend 90 minutes talking about one issue, an open-book test. just on foreign policy and just on national security. as mark said, the world changes. the world is going to be
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different in 18 months from now when somebody puts their hand on the bible. you're looking tonight for character. what kind of commander in chief is this person going to be? what is their vision for the u.s. placed in the world? how will they keep us free and prosperous? you can't get this in a sound bite. these are complicated issues. america hasn't been tuning in. only in a 90-minute format when you have the opportunity, i think candidates will be jazzed about this. they have 90 minutes to tell people how they're going to lead this country. a unique, historic opportunity. >> of course, mark, all eyes will be on herman cain, because he's made a share of gaffes in the past couple of weeks. can he recover? >> he needs to do very well tonight. it's interesting, because his plummeting in the polls, partly related to allegations of sexual harassment, were not proven yet, but the other thing that's really hurt him are these gaffes. almost all have been related to foreign policy. he said that he might negotiating with al qaeda to release the prisoners at
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guantanamo bay. he said china may become a nuclear power when it's already been and then that terrible moment on libya saying the other day the taliban might be involved in libya. you're right when you say the jobs and the economy are dominating the debate. people want to see that the next president will also be commander in chief and capable of taking on those responsibilities. >> talk about newt gingrich who tops our latest poll. compared to mitt romney, people think newt gingrich is more qualified to be commander in chief and better understands complex issues. he's not exactly your average surging candidate. is he? because we've seen surging candidates during this primary race. is he just another surging candidate or is he the real deal? >> i think we'll see. he obviously has a lot of experience and knowledge on foreign policy, but probably the greatest washington debate ever was 1960. nixon versus kennedy. all about foreign policy. nixon was the leading
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anti-communist in the country yet kennedy walked away from the debate with the american people believing he would be tougher on global communism than richard nixon. so this can be done. >> kennedy had h that likability factor going, and voters, while they think newt gingrich is smart, when you look at his likability numbers, he's certainly not first. in fact, if you look at the polls, he comes in fourth. so will that matter much, mark, when all is said and done? >> you know what people like about him is his blunt talk. what you said earlier, the clip, super committee, the single stupidest idea ever. the super committee is a super disaster for national security. we are going to now cut $1.3 trillion from the defense budget. we're going to get rid of 60 ships and 2 aircraft battle groups. a third of army maneuver brig grades. no enough marines according to
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the commandant to carry out one marine operation. the candidates have to take on, how do we undo this disaster of that is the super committee for our national security? >> you have to remember that the defense budget, which is less than one-fifth of the federal budget understanders this automatic cuts is taking 50% of the cuts. >> we're not going to be a super power if these cuts happen. >> talk about these major, these big issues the candidates have to deal with. maybe likality won't matter so much in the election in 2012? >> i think likability is important, but newt is a happy warrior. he takes these tough issues and has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye and i think people are attracted to that. likability is important but you also have to be strong on the issues, and make a strong case for yourself. >> it will be a fascinating conversation tonight. thank you both for being here. james, mark, see you again tonight, and tomorrow, hopefu y hopefully. thank you so much. >> thank you. coming up at 8:05 eastern,
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republican presidential candidate congresswoman michele bachmann will join us. we'll ask what she thinks about the super committee and its failure, and don't forget, tonight is the night cnn hosts the national security debate starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern, wolf blitzer the moderator, co-sponsored by the heritage foundation. still to come, thousands of investors left holding the bag and looking for answers as investigators sdov a lot more money missing at a bankrupt brokerage firm run by former new jersey governor jon corzine. and a vote turns ugly in south korea's parliament. we'll tell you why one lawmaker even set off a tear gas bomb. that's ahead. it's 13 minutes after the hour. ♪ there's a place i dream about ♪ ♪ where the sun never goes out ♪ ♪ and the sky is deep and blue ♪
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morning." president obama saying he won't stand for any attempt to roll back automatic budget cuts triggered by the super committee's failure. so-called super committee announced last night after 2.5 months of work they simply could not agree on where to cut $1.2
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trillion from the federal budget. the president saying cutting nothing is not an option. >> already some in congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. my message to them is simple -- no. i will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts, domestic and defense spending. there will be no easy off ramps on this one. we need to keep the pressure up to compromise, not turn off the pressure. >> the across-the-board cuts will affect every area of government will half the cuts coming from defense. and south korea's parliament, free trade approved with the united states. a shouting match broke out. one lawmaker even lobbed a tear gas bomb in the parliamentary chambers in an effort to stop the vote. the u.s. ratified the pact last
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month. it takes effect as early as january. >> that looks ugly. >> that's the way to get deal through. more than $1.2 billion in customer funds may be missing from the bankrupt broesh ratch firm mf global. >> nearly double the original estimate. now federal prosecutors and the fbi are investigating the firm once headed up by former new jersey governor jon corzine. we have more for you. >> it's scary and that's all i can say about it. it's just scary. >> reporter: this 63-year-old wakes up at 2:00 in the morning and can't go back to sleep. half of his life's savings, $200,000, was invested at mf global. the brokerage firm headed by former new jersey senator and governor jon corzine. >> a bunch of people's money was stolen. what's left has been frozen. jon corzine hasn't answered one question. we can't hardly get any information out of the trustee. we just found out at this late
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date it could be a much bigger loss. >> reporter: mf global originally said about $600 million in customer funds was missing, but the trustee overseeing the liquidation now says that number is closer to $1.2 billion. money that was supposed to be in sealed customer accounts. mf global invested heavily in the european debt market until its rapid collapse ended in bankruptcy. now federal regulators are investigating if the company used customer money to cover its risky bets. 7,000 of mf global's former customers formed a new group called the commodity customer coalition. this man from capital management and this attorney are helping them recover as much money as possible saying many of those impacted are farmers, small businesses and working people. >> we've heard from people who have their retirement funds completely frozen. people who depend on the revenue
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from their commodity trading to fund their daily lives, to shop for groceries, et cetera, and this is really having a severe impact on all of those people. >> reporter: the trustee's office planned to distribute to customers 60% of what they had in their accounts. but the balance of the money, will it be returned? that's uncertain at this point. the fbi launched an inquirinqui. somebody needs to be held responsible. >> if it's proven illegal activity was done here, damn right someone should go to jail. if corzine had knowledge about this and intentionally and willfully injured his customers in a legal fashion, he fleedsne go to jail. >> reporter: we tried to contact him, but no comment. no call returned. $ 200,000 with mf global. so far gotten back over $1,100. he was a public trader. 2 wasn't just his savings, his
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job. he used it for trading on the commodities market. lisa sylvester, cnn, washington. still to come this morning, how the failure of the so-called debt super committee could mean less money for new your paycheck? >> a lot of people traveling to grandmother's house. today's forecast with jacqui jeras. >> hey, a rough go across parts of the midsouth after record rain flooded highways. look at this video from interstate 30 out of little rock, arkansas. rivers went out of their banks and shut down the river for a short time. back open. but the storm system continues to move off to the east and could bring severe thunderstorms this afternoon to new orleans up towards birmingham even into cincinnati. we also have a storm in the pacific northwest bringing windy conditions, up to two feet of snow in the cascades and flood issues expect there at least through wednesday. that's the latest on the forecast. "american morning" is back right after a break. [ man ] i got this citi thank you card
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egypt on the edge. the military's bloody crackdown on protesters continuing for a fourth day, and now three americans have been arrested for their alleged role in the y uprising on this "american morning." welcome back to "american morning." for a tuesday, your top stories now, cnn now confirmed that three americans are among those under arrest right now for taking part in the protests in egypt. egyptian state television is showing what appears to be the i.d. cards of three young american students studying abroad. the names of the students could not be made out. the country's general prosecutor's office saying they're accused of throwing molotov cocktails and carrying no passports when picked up by
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authorities. flash flood warnings and reports of people trapped in arkansas. the south in line for another soaking this morning. part of a major highway between memphis and dallas reopened this morning after an intense down pour washed it away yesterday. interstate 30 in little rock, arkansas, was closed. the stretch of roadway almost every trucker in the country uses. newt gingrich topping a brand new cnn/orc poll. the former house speaker with 24% of the vote. he's pulled ahead of mitt romney for the first time, but that's with the poll's margin of error. gingrich was at just 8% in a cnn poll just last month. and gingrich's first test at the top is hours away. cnn hosts a republican national security debate starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. wolf blitzer moderates co-sponsorsed by the heritage foundation and american enterprise institute right here on cnn tonight. and protesters clashing violently with military police. ivan watson is following
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developments from tahrir square. what's happening right now? good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. well, you know, it's a political drama unfolding once again here in the egyptian capital where you have thousands of, if not tens of thousands of people, in the sent of the square, many of them angry young egyptians, furious that 24 people have been killed at least here according to the ministry of health, due to the clashes with riot police and soldiers here. take a listen to what one young adult had to say this morning, who traveled all the way down from the northern city of alexandria with two of his friends, 22 years old, saying he wanted to participate in this. i'm hearing from our control room, carol, we don't have that sound, but he basically says, they started it. he accusesed egyptian authorities -- take a listen to what he had to say. >> we didn't start the mess. they started. when they kill 34 person and
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they put them -- they started. not us. >> reporter: there you go. you're hearing it from the voice of some of the people who are standing their ground, despite being hit by continuing rounds of tear gas. back to you. >> what else can you tell us about the americans being arrested? >> reporter: well, we're hearing from the egyptian authorities that they detained three americans. they showed them on television. showed their i.d. cards, which seemed to suggest they were students at the american university of cairo. we haven't been able to confirm that one of them appeared to have a driver's license from the state of indiana. the u.s. embassy says it's looking into these reports. the general prosecutor's office here accused these three men of throwing molotov cocktails, and we do know that that is one of the weapons that the demonstrators have used a lot in
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the ongoing clashes. the u.s. embassy also telling us at least one female student was detained yesterday and later released. back to you. >> ivan watson reporting live from cairo, egypt this morning. thanks. also an armed standoff at an air force base in colorado ended peacefully. an airman way gun surrendered to authorities more than 12 hoars after barricading himself in a building at the base. no shots furred. nobody hurt. officials say the airman was facing a discharge over legal action in a civilian court. a tsa worker in virginia is now under arrest charged with sexual assault. police say 52-year-old harold rodman, wearing his uniform during the attack. he showed a badge to the victim. local reports say the tsa immediate hi lee moved him from his security post and is helping in the investigation. penn state announcings the former fbi director louis freeh will lead an independent investigation into child sex allegations. the university, you recall,
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slammed by critics who feared the investigation would be handled by its own people. freeh saying that his investigation will go back as far as 1975. that's a much longer time period than the jerry sandusky grand jury covered, and by going back that far, freeh's investigation would cover the entire time the second mile charity founded by sandusky has been in existence. thousands gathered for a massive rally at the you've of california davis campus. students in the davis faculty calling for a resignation. the rally sparked by this. video of police officers pepper spraying non-violent student demonstrators in their faces at point-blank range. two officers and a police chief are now on administrative leave. and an apology by the university. in south korea, this got our attention. take a look here. free trade agreement with the united states approved after
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weeks of negotiations. then shouting matches broke out between opposition lawmakers. then it got even worse. one lawmaker even set off a tear gas bomb in the chambers hoping to stop the vote, but it didn't work. the trade deal takes effect as early as january. >> brought a tear gas canister into parliament in south korea. a mysterious situation in texas. a plane filled with bundles and bundles of marijuana made an unscheduled landing. the touchdown was hard, caused damage to the front of the plane. here's where it gets weird. when people at the airport went to investigate, there was no pilots onboard. police are trying to fig are out when the crew bailed and exactly where they went. >> talking about the juxtaposition of marijuana on the plane and no pilots makes me laugh whenever i hear that story. anyway -- we're counting down to the big cnn national security debate tonight. our own wolf blitzer is
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with speeds up to 10x faster than 3g. ♪ oh, rain, rain, go away. you're looking live there at washington, d.c. and, of course, the white house. light drizzle now with 50 degrees. later on it will go up to a high of 56 and more rain. kind of apropos that it's a gloomy day in washington. >> it is. >> welcome back to "american morning." republican presidential candidates face-off for the 11th time tonight just a few blocks from the white house. the focus tonight, national security. a chance to convince voters that he will be the best commander in chief. moderator wolf blitzer has a preview of the showdown. >> thanks very much.
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we're here at historic constitution hall in washington, d.c. we're only, what, half a block away from the white house. a couple of blocks away from the washington monument, the lincoln memorial. this is a real beautiful building. very historic. every president, by the way, since calvin coala acoolidge ha to this building. the eight republican candidates will all be up here together with me on the stage, taking questions on national security, foreign policy, the economy. we have our partner, the american enterprise institute and the heritage foundation. experts from both of those think tanks asking questions as well. i'll be directing the questions, making sure that the viewers out there especially the voters, republican caucus voters, the republican primary voters, will be a little bit more knowledgeable about where these candidates stand on the most important issues after the debate than they are right now
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going into the debate. we want to know where the candidates agree and where they disagree. whether they agree with president obama on critical issue, whether they disagree, amon themselves as well. it's going to be important. i hope you'll all be watching tonight. the cnn national security debate at constitution hall here in the nation's capital, 8:00 p.m. eastern. >> all right, wolf. we love you and be watching. for the first time tonight, newt gingrich will walk on to the stage at the top of the republican pack. joining us now talk about this, cnn's senior political analyst ron brownstein, editorial director at the national journal. ron, good morning. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. >> you just wrote a piece for the "washington journal" showing newt gingrich with 24% of the vote. romney at 20%. the first time he's been on top even though it's with the margin of error. you point out that gingrich is
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now the sixth republican to lead our poll making it the most volatile race since 1964. having said all of this, how significant is this? >> the wheel has been spinning. there's no indication it will stop. a quick plug, in national journal we've been following the cnn poll through the year. it shows the republican race unfolded in neglect as two almost distinction races. one hand, roughly half the party identifies with the tea party, more religious and ideological, steadily against mitt romney. he's been between 12% and 19% all year. they haven't been able to settle on one alternative to him. michele bachmann has a moment. rick perry around 40% among the voters in late summer. herman cain was around 40%. in your last polls, newt gingrich is ahead with the tea party side of the party. on the other side of the party, the voters who don't identify with the tea part, mow pragmatic, mitt romney ahead in
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the last several polls. most dramatic in this poll is not newt gingrich going ahead, romney's decline. gone from 35% in your polling in mid-october down to 19% now. steady decline over the last month. more worrisome than gingrich's overall number. >> presenting a bit of a conundrum if you will. talk more about this. let's talk about, talk more about why newt gingrich is doing so well against mitt romney. more people think he's more qualified to be commander in chief, according to our polling and people think he better understands complex issues. but the same polls show that romney is more electable. doesn't that create a bit of a problem for republicans? >> it really does crystallize that problem that we've had all year in that if you look at polling, romney clearly polls best against president obama in a general election, but in this primary process, there is clearly resistance to him. so there is that kind of contradiction for republicans,
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and by the way, newt gingrich's strong showing on the other two measures is and indication how much the process for running for president changed. he has emerged almost entirely through his performances in debates. look at him by traditional measures presidential candidates usually had to pass in building an organization in the states or raising money having a vibrant campaign trail presence, he really -- really checks none of those boxes. it's been strong performances in the debate. he's used the media as a foil to allow him to emerge. a reminder hour the debates like tonight's of dominating the race. >> voters appear to respond to what some are calling his "straight talk." right? as we sgee a big debate on national security and foreign policy, what are some of the things you're watching for? >> competence, not contrast. less about a debate among the candidates, than kind of each in their own lane trying to cross the threshold as commander in chief. convincing republican primary
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voters that are plausible as commander in chief and plausible to carry the case against president obama in november. one of the reasons newt gingrich has done so well. he's been in national politics since the 1970s and has a valuable but serious command of many issues. ed second thing i'll look for is continuing to draw out the differences on afghanistan, which is one area we are seeing the candidates go in different directions, particularly jon huntsman talking about bringing troops home. like to see wolf blitzer tonight, always enthusiastic in your spot, button down distinctions on waterboarding my league brought up in the last debate in south carolina. several republican candidates saying they believed waterboarding was not torture and others, like huntsman agreeing. we freneed to know where mitt romney and newt gingrich and rick perry stand on that. also the emergence on the hard line on china from newt gingrich. a lot more older, blue collar voters voting republican and
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more protection sentiment in the republican party than there used to be and romney's language on china is a first reflection on that and finally, how sharp a line in the sand do they draw on iran and the acquisition of nuclear weapons and what commitments they make in this debate to shape how they actually proceed on that very important question, if they win the white house. >> you mentioned waterboarding. that was one of the surprises in the debate last time around. some of the responses we heard. 68% of people we've polled are against waterboarding. consider it torture. of course, as you know, one of the big headlines this morning is obviously the super committee's super failing. >> torture. >> exactly. talk about tore colture. how do you think that will play out tonight? and if you advising candidates, what would you tell them on how to deal with that? >> well, the republican candidates have already kind of basically positioned themselves against the super committee.
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all arg sued memorably, not taka deal even if balanced by $10 in spending for each dollar of taxes. even though federal revenues as a share of the overalleconomy at the low elf level since 1950. a poll, congressional connection poll out this morning showing 61% of americans oppose sequestration, automatic cuts scheduled to go into effect with the super committee failing, thapd is really part of a larger parcel, though, that almost all of the big spending cuts ideas face a lot of resistance in our poll and other polls. there's more support, actually, the only ideas that have majority support in our poll were raising taxes on the top earners over $ 250,000, what republicans are dead set against doing. that's a warning against republicans. even if they win unified control of government in 2012, certainly possible. the house, white house and senate, it will be more difficult to sustain public support for the kind of agenda
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they're running on. reducing solely by spending cuts. >> thank you so much for joining us, ron brownstein. great to see you. >> thank you. and 15 minutes away, congresswoman michele bachmann will join us and don't forget, tonight is the night. cnn hosts the republican national security debate starting at 8:00 p.m. wolf blitzer will moderate. that's tonight at 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. we will not let you forget. >> in case you forgot. your morning headlines are next. plus, a health warning for pet owners. causing illnesses and even death in dogs. forget 6 degrees of separation. we're actually closer than that thanks to facebook. so how much separates you and me? it's 49 minutes past the hour.
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ten minutes until the top of the hour. here are your morning headlines. u.s. stock futures are trading mixed after markets closed lower across the board yesterday. volatility is very high because of concerns of europe's debt problems and the u.s. supercommittee's failure to cut a deal. a million man sit-in is under way in tehrar's square. resigned just dwa days ahead of parliamentary elections. three americans have been arrested accused. newt gingrich topping a brand-new cnn/orc poll. the former house speaker with 24% of the vote has pulled ahead
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it's actually a pretty good day when you consider. that's great. i'm carol costello. three americans arrested in cairo during violent clashes with the military. they're accused of hooliganism. egyptians are staging a million-man sit-in. the bullseye goes to newt gingrich. we will speak to michele bachmann on how she plans to get back in the mix on this "american morning." good morning to you, it is tuesday november 22nd. ali and christine have the day off. it's me and alina cho.
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first, breaking news from cairo. protesters escalating right now. thousands of demonstrators are packed into tahrir's square. soldiers have been pelting protesters with tear gas. 24 people have been killed, 1,700 injured during four straight days of violence. cnn has confirmed that three americans are among those under arrest right now for taking part in egyptian protest. the i.d. cards of those three american students. you see them standing there. they're studying abroad. an indiana driver's lice clearly shown with what appeared to be an american university in cairo i.d. card. the name of the students could not be made out. they're accused of throwing mall tav cocktails and no passports. live reports out of cairo,
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coming up soon. another big story this morning, a new candidate at the top of the pack when the republicans square off tonight live in the cnn national security debate. it will take place in washington in the shadow of the white house. >> that's right. a brand-new cnn/orc poll shows that newt gingrich has shot to the top. joe johns is live outside of the debate hall this morning. so, joe, can we expect newt gingrich to be taking many pointed questions, not only from the moderator, but from his fellow candidates? >> that's absolutely true. you know, as the frontrunner, that person is always going to take some slings and arrows. you know, carol, the question we wake up with this morning is about the congressional supercommittee and its failure and how that's going to affect the government. automatic budget cuts will go into effect that could affect the department of defense in a very significant way. so, we'd like to see what these candidates are going to say about that. as far as the individual people in front of the microphones,
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based on their resumes, there are probably three candidates you'd expect to know a lot of this stuff. newt gingrich the former speaker of the house, jon huntsman the former ambassador to china and rick santorum who was a member of the senate leadership. so, those three you expect to know a lot of the stuff. some of the other candidates, not so much. there could be a real fact checkers bonanza there. watching very closely to see how herman cain does and then the question of barack obama. he, of course, will take a lot of heat even though he isn't in the room and after these candidates say what they think about his policies, presumably they propose many of those policies. what do you do next? what do you want to do aside from what this president has already done and being opposed to that? so, should be a very interesting debate as we look at the foreign policy issues, the national security issues and, also, get
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into the issues of the economy. carol? >> they've all been fascinating debates. i can't wait for tonight's debate. joe johns, thanks so much. >> bring in paul steinhauser now. paul, you heard joe talk about it. newt gingrich, the man to go after tonight? >> yeah, look why. look at our cnn/orc poll. let's check out those numbers and guess who's on top now for the first time in cnn polling. there he is. the former house speaker at 24%. the former massachusetts governor mitt romney at 20%. that four-point margin for gingrich all tied up and herman cain the businessman at 17%. his numbers have been slipping lately because of allegations of sexual harassment and rick perry holding steady down there at 11%. ron paul at 9%. everybody else in the lower single digits. so, what explains gingrich's rise. go to the numbers right here. the debates are helping newt gingrich out. is he the most qualified candidate? well, look, number one right
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there. gingrich over romney on qualified to be president, understand the complex issues and same thing on commander in chief. these debates are giving newt gingrich a lift. but as joe said when you come to the top, you rise under more scrutiny. we could see that tonight in our showdown. alina? >> paul steinhauser with a debate preview. carol? >> thanks, alina. congresswoman michele bachmann fresh off a meeting with donald trump and she's predicting an upset in the caucuses. she also has a new book out "core of conviction my story." she joins us before she heads to washington to mix it up tonight. you're here, you're going to travel to washington to be ready for your 1 1th debate. you must be exhausted. >> i'm excited to go. this is my favorite topic of all, national security. i sit on the house intelligence committee of all the candidates in the race, i'm the only one involved in foreign affairs and
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national security. this is one of my favorite topics and cnn always does a great debate. we're looking forward to it tonight. >> let's talk about newt gingrich who shot to the top of the polls. a lot of people polled said he's the guy that has the most comprehensive, informed answers about national security. do you agree with that? >> i think that i'm the best prepared when it comes to national security, but i think one thing that we've seen is that 70% of the voters are still undecided about who their pick is. this is very fluid and very much in flux and we think there's going to be an upset on january 3rd in iowa. we worked very hard. we got a good ground organization and we think we're going to be the winner in iowa. >> why do you think so many republican voters are not sure about their pick at this point? >> well, i think that people usually don't make their minds up until they absolutely have to and they're doing a good job, too. they're vetting the candidates. after all, we're vying to be the leader of the free world. this is a very important
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position. we want someone who is familiar with national security and with economics. i'm a federal tax lawyer, i'm a private businesswoman. started my own profitable company and they want to know where you are on social issues and what is your affiliation with believing that we shouldn't raise taxes and the government needs to get the house in order. >> republican voters seem to be all over the place. you have your surge and mitt romney can't break the 30% aruvl rate. what is it when you think it comes right down to it. what are they undecided about? >> they're taking the full measure of each candidate. i think what we've seen is a lot of surprises from the candidates. that's one thing that is very different about me. i won the iowa straw poll. the most important election that has been held so far and i'm the one that won that race but what people are seeing is as they're peeling back each candidate and taking a look, they're trying to find out who is the consistent conservative in this race. there are no surprises with me. we have our website,
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michellebachmann.com and we also put one up that is nosurprises2012.com -- >> if you are not that steady, conservative candidate, why have you lost the surge? >> because the voters have taken a good look at each candidate, which is a good idea. but i think they're going to come back home on january 3rd after taking a look at the candidates and they'll see i'm the consistent conservative in the race. >> what will happen in newt gingrich's surge? >> i'm not sure what will happen in that. i will win the iowa caucus because it's time to have a mother in the white house. we never had that before to have a mom in the white house, i think it's time. >> you talk about being a mother a lot in your book and i just wonder why is it important to have a mother in the white house? >> because i think the perspective that a mom has. we give birth to these babies. we pour our entire life into them and if there's anything i know it's that this next generation is worth it, these children are worth it and what's happening to our economy right
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now is unconscionable. we had to have a future for them. we didn't raise these children to walk into a life of not having sufficient resources and now the economy is collapsing and i think we need to have someone who gets the economy. i do. >> so, with the mother's sensibility, the supercommittee failed to reach an agreement. >> they did. >> how would you have gone in if you were barack obama and you were in his seat. how would you have gone in and said to the two sides. get it together? >> i would have engaged. the president didn't engaged. he was completely disengaged last summer with the debt ceiling fight and completely disengaged with the supercommittee and gone for the most crucial nine days. where's waldo, where is the president? >> as you as president how would you have inserted yourself into the negotiatations? >> what i would have said last summer is we're going to pay the interest on the debt and we're not going to default and no need to lose our aaa credit rating, unfortunately, it did. i would have said to the members of congress, we're going to stay
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in washington. we're not leaving until we prioritize our spending. that's the problem. congress is spending money we don't have. we're acting just like greece. >> specifically the supercommittee, how would you have gone and said, look -- >> i would have never done the supercommittee. that was a ridiculous idea. >> that was the reality we faced right now. >> we didn't have to do it. >> we did. it's the reality. >> that was the problem with barack obama. he was just fine reducing down to 12 members. that's not what people sent us to congress to do. they want to have the 535 members get together. we need to be about the good of the country right now and the good of the people, not about partisan. this has to be about solving this budget problem and the president failed to lead. >> the country is very partisan right now. so, knowing what you know about the, you know, how both sides think and the issues on what both sides will not budge. how would you get them together? how would you make them work
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together as president of the united states? >> well, one thing that i wouldn't have done is to have not been engaged in the process. so, what i would have done is say, here's our maximum number. this is what we're going to spend. now, each one of the committees, we already have committees. each one of you will function and have to reach this level and no more. i would have drawn a big red line in the sand and said, that's it. we're not spending more than this money, now figure it out. >> would you have said something like, hey, republicans on the supercommittee. maybe you should think about maybe raising some taxes and, hey, democrats, maybe you should think about cutting some entitlement programs. maybe if you're both open to those ideas, maybe you can come to some sort of compromise. >> isn't it interesting that republicans offered tax increases. i wouldn't have gone with tax increases, but the republicans on the committee offered that. but, again, let's get the context of what we're talking about. in the next ten years, we're looking at taking on another
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$8.5 trillion in debt. it took us 219 years to get this much debt. in ten years we'll take on that much debt. all the supercommittee had to do was back off that debt, $1.2 trillion. that in itself is failure in my mind. as president of the united states, i don't intend to add any more debt. we already had 15 trillion in debt. we had to balance our budget and chip away at that debt. that's the direction i want to go because it's the next generations that are going to have reduced standard of living because their taxes are going to be so high. that's going to kill the american committee. >> already congress is trying to get out of this, these automatic cuts of a trillion dollars, right? . the president says, look, if you're going to do it, i'm going to veto it. >> what we need to do is get our books to balance. the president isn't focused on the main thing. the president is wrong. the president is approaching this wrong.
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he's being reactionary rather than leading. it's just like his foreign policy. he leads from behind by the administration's own words. he needs to lead from the front. by saying that he's going to veto, what he says is he likes the results of the supercommittee because recognize what we're talking about. tonight's cnn is having a foreign policy debate because of the failure of the supercommittee next year, 200,000 troops might have to be cut when we're engaged in four wars. four wars. uganda, libya, afghanistan, iraq. never in the history of the united states have we cut back on troops when we've been at war. the president has failed. that's why we're looking at failure in foreign policy, as well. >> thank you so much. are you excited about the debate tonight? >> oh, i love it. i can't wait. it's my favorite time. >> i was going to ask you because you said in this book when you decided to run for president you got together with your husband, marcus, and god gave you the message that you should serve your country.
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call 855-get-slate today. good morning to our friends in memphis, tennessee. kind of rainy and windy there. 63 degrees and it's not going to stop either because thunderstorms later with a high of 69. >> they need to wash the camera lens off. flash flood warnings in arkansas. forced several highways to close yesterday, including i-30 in little rock which has since
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reopened. forecasters say some areas may see more than eight inches of rain. live in russellville, arkansas. good morning, what is the latest? >> last night we had about 6.2 inches of rain here in russellville. that's as much as the city gets in an entire month. they got it in a 24-hour period. one inch per hour and that will overwhelm some storm drains and a creek that runs outside of russellville and they have to pump it into a lake. we're in a strip mall called the city maul and that's exactly what happened last night. two or three feet of water that came into this pizza store and doughnut shop. they were swamped with water. water line in there about two feet deep and still see water here in the parking lot of the city hall parking lot here, but behind us, several stores back. the water came up so quickly and nobody was really prepared for
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it. they didn't have sandbags. what you can see in the store here, which is going out of business. they came over to the store and they took their mulch and their sand and potting soil and they packed it around the doors and for the most part, that kept the water out of the stores. there's no water that got into the at&t store, the quizno's. this is the highest the water has been in this parking lot since 1988. i talked to the city police and they said all the water has receded and the drains are working pretty nicely and the roads are moving and traffic moving smoothly along the highways. things are getting a little bit better here in the city of russellville. >> we're glad to hear that. even though it's a little bit better. >> little bit better. >> thank you so much for the update. >> let's head to atlanta now and check in with jacqui jeras. just a little bit better. >> little bit. when it's that bad, any little bit helps. that's for sure. we will continue to get better throughout the day today. the storm system is on the move now. we'll watch for the areas to the
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east of there for the threat of flooding, as well as severe thunderstorms. here you can see on our map how large this system is and stretching through the ohio valley and all the way down to parts of texas. look at that nasty line of storms just to the west of houston area and a ground stop has just been issued for houston, busch intercontinental airport because of those storms until 9:00. philadelphia looking at delays around 40 minutes because of the low clouds. you're not getting the rain just yet. that's enough to cause some delays. big focus area today from houston over towards new orleans and up towards nashville and even into cincinnati. damaging winds are our primary concerns today, but isolated tornadoes will be possible. warm air up ahead of this system and near record highs in parts of the southeast and the west dealing with the storm system out here, too. it is incredibly windy. we're talking as much as two feet of snow into the higher elevations and wind gusts along the oregon coast could reach 60
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miles per hour. for those of you traveling for tomorrow, the nation's midsection is your best bet for smooth sailing. the coast of the country going to expect some delays. back to you guys. >> all right, jacqui jeras, thank you. a computerized christmas light show to the angry birds theme song. enough said. just look. ♪ >> that's not as annoying as i thought it was going to be. kind of cool. >> it is kind of cool. >> john storms sent us this video. building light displays for ten years but tonly the second time it is computerized. >> somebody got a little bit too
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25 minutes after the hour. minding your business this morning. u.s. stock futures are trading mixed after markets closed lower across the board yesterday. volatility is very high right now because of concerns about europe's debt problems and also the u.s. supercommittee's failure to cut a deal. stocks sank on that news, but at the same time, investors breathed a big sigh of relief after moody's and s&p reaffirmed america's credit rating. the third agency announcing this morning it could knock down the outlook for the u.s. rating, but it won't have a decision until the end of the month. more than $1.2 billion in customer funds may be missing from the bankrupt brokerage firm mf global. that's nearly double the original estimate. now the federal prosecutors and fbi are investigating the firm
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once headed up by former new jersey governor jon corzine. delta is cutting back on international travel. most of the cuts come from transatlantic flights. high fuel costs and economic uncertainty. delta plans to trim its flight capacity by 2% next year. consumer reports is putting out its annual holiday list of naughty and nice companies. take a look, the naughty ones include airtran for tacking on fees. if you want to choose advertised vacation prices and siriusxm radio. what about the nice list? free movie tickets. american express for providing providing refund of $300 if a retailer won't accept returns within 90 days of purchase and costco for automatically
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not be made out. the country's general prosecutor's office said they're accused of throwing molotov cocktails and carrying no passports when they were picked up by authorities. newt gingrich topping a new cnn/orc poll. the house speaker with 24% of the vote pulled ahead of mitt romney for the first time but within the poll's margin of error. gingrich was at 8% in a cnn poll last month. gingrich's first task at the top is just hours away. cnn hosts the national security debate that starts at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. wolf blitzer will moderate and co-sponsored by the heritage foundation and the american institute. that is tonight right here on cnn. right now in cairo, egypt, protesters are clashing violently with military police. ivan watson is following the developments in tahrir square. ivan, it doesn't look like things have calmed down, anyway.
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>> the crowds have swelled and so has the death toll. 28 people at least have been killed since saturday. most of them here in cairo, but also somebody killed in alexandria and also in another city called -- the demonstrators that are gathered here for the most part, they're calling for the downfall of the ruling military council which took over after similar protests brought down the former president, hosni mubarak last february. a lot of anger particularly among men and women who are engaged in running battles with riot police in the streets beyond the square where we're looking right now. take a listen to what one young man had to say. he traveled here from another city this morning to join into the protests. >> we didn't start the mess. they started. when they kill 35 person and they put them, they started, not us.
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>> so, you get some of the anger there that we're hearing, unlike last february and january in the anti-mu barrack protests. i would say the crowd here is much more angrier, much ready to fight and much younger. i don't know what they're going to try to do to try to come to some kind of negotiated solution. we've seen military officers, army officers trying to come between the riot police and the demonstrators to then only get pelted with stones when they've tried to meetiate between the two sides here. back to you. >> all right, ivan watson live for us in cairo. we apologize for the technical difficulty there, but, obviously, so many people gathered for a sit-in. they were upset at mubarak and then they were upset at the military. meanwhile, thousands have gathered for a massive rally at the university of california
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davis campus. students and the board of faculty are calling for the resignation. the rally was sparked by this here video of cops pepper spraying nonviolent student demonstrators in their faces at point blank range. it happened on friday night and since then the video has gone viral. two officers and the police chief were put on administrative leave. he has since apologized for the incident, but now it may not be enough. jerry sandusky's attorney telling abc news he thinks his client may soon end up in jail if prosecutors bring up new charges. the penn state coach was released on bail after charged with 40 counts related to sexual abuse of young boys. this coming as penn state announced that former fbi director louis free will lead an investigation into the allegations. the u.s. peace corps is
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good morning, atlanta, georgia. not a bad day there. partly cloudy and 59. thunderstorms later with a high of 77. home of the mothership of cnn. welcome back. it's 38 minutes after the hour. it's a celebration the u.s. peace corps is turning 50. the peace corps is, of course, a very special program volunteers devoting two full years of their lives to helping others. and leaves volunteers with an experience they carry for the rest of their lives. watch. >> one day a posse of men came. five of them on horseback with a horse for me. they knocked on my door and brought me up the mountain for the first time. and they said, we want to build a school and we need to figure out how to do it. it took us about a year to build
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the first two-classroom school. even today when i come up the mountain, i can barely get through it without, my throat catches. >> that is maureen norris. she will never forget that school. just returned from columbia, again, where she just helped to deliver 600 computers to the one laptop per child program. hey, maureen, great to see you. welcome. >> thank you. >> you know, so, you're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the peace corps in a very special way by creating these peace corps video postcards. we just saw yours in the intro you were a volunteer back in the 1960s, why did you decide to do it and how formative were those years for you? >> honestly, back in those days there weren't a lot of opportunities for women other than being a teacher or a nurse or if you wanted to see the world, maybe to be a stewards on
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an international airline. john kennedy had recently died and ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. all those things played into it. it helped me with journalism, too. i didn't realize until many years later. >> in what way? >> teaches you to fit in into a different culture on any level and teaches you empathy which you need to get people to talk to you and listen and be sensitive to hear what the other person is trying to say. >> you can do a number of things. you were involved with schools, of course, as we see here. i had a very good friend who talk bee keeping, if you can believe it, in southern paraguay back in the day. after having said that chris dodd is featured in these postcards, he said beside his family, the most important thing he has ever done in his life. is this something you hear a lot from the former volunteers? >> i think so. i think the peace corps allows
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americans to live at a level that and with different people that they never would have dreamed of and i think the real lesson of the peace corps and what we tried to show on peace corpspostcards.com god doesn't discriminate in who he gives intelligence and sense of humor and artistic talent to. people need an opportunity. when we can go live in these remote places, we are the americans that probably most of these people have first seen. so, what i want to say is that the peace corps cost five hours in iraq, our annual budget. i think it's really one of the best programs for cultural understanding and cross communication around the world that the u.s. possibly has. >> i mentioned my friend who was in paraguay and we actually went back years later and what i found fascinating is, first of all, he sent a letter and it took three weeks to get there and it arrived after we arrived
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and then the other thing was that they had just gotten electricity. it is a part of the world. it's mutually beneficial, isn't it? >> absolutely. you learn so many -- peace corps volunteers had been at 139 countries and you learn all these languages and you really form these friendships. for example, i have this foundation now, foundationmoney.org which we have three schools that we do english and laptop computer training and leadership. we now got two kids from my computer club at my school sent two technical solutions to the m.i.t. media lab which developed one laptop per child just from the use of the computer and everything. for us, who have served srxz, particularly at a young age. it give use a wide, universal view you might not have otherwise and it also influences. your family comes down to visit
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you and it could have a much wider effect than just the one volunteer. >> i know you said, as we saw in the video, you can barely get up that hill without crying every time you go back and i know you've been back several, several times since your time there in the '60s. i don't want to let you -- >> i go three or four times a year, actually. >> do you really? >> three schools and i've got this whole foundation through public, private partnerships. >> that is amazing. i don't want to let you go before i ask you about this. all of our viewers, not all of them know you were married to tim russet. your son, luke, is following in dad's footsteps. he is working as a correspondent for nbc and for the first time yesterday he sat at the anchor chair at msnbc. what has that been like to watch your son do something your husband did for so many years? >> i have to say watching him host "daily rundown" which he is about to do in a few minutes
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today and tomorrow, for me to be able to see him hold his own with people sort of mine and his dad's age i'm sitting there going, am i really watching him talk to people like jim miklaszewski in the pentagon and i said, this is what tim used to do. he's 26 years old. i'm a very proud mom. >> i bet you are. your twitter handle is @luker's mom. i love that. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to you. >> all right, maureen, thank you so much. over the decades, the peace corps has left a big impact on the lives of so many people. you can hear more stories and inspiration and celebrate the 50th anniversary by checking out maureen's new website, peacecorpspostcards.com. your morning headlines are next. it's 45 minutes after the hour.
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46 minutes after the hour. here are your morning headlines. just in to cnn, bad news for the u.s. economy. a new report just released says the economy actually grew at a slower rate than first thought in the third quarter. the second estimate for third quarter gdp says the economy grew at a rate of 2% instead of 2.5%. u.s. stock futures are trading lower off that news and markets closed lower across the board yesterday. volatility is very high right now because of concerns over europe's debt problems and also the supercommittee's failure to cut a deal. a million man sit-in is under way this morning in cairo's tahrir's square. 28 people have been killed in four days of violent clashes between demonstrators and the military. overnight egypt's entire interim government resigned just days ahead of parliamentary elections. three americans have reportedly been arrested, accused of
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throwing molotov cocktails during yesterday's demonstrations in egypt. newt gingrich topping a new cnn/orc poll. the former house speaker with 24% of the vote. he pulled ahead of mitt romney for the first time, but that's well within the poll's margin of error. cnn hosts the national security public debate starts at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. the focus, national security. don't be surprised if candidates face a barrage of questions about the supercommittee's failure to cut $1.2 trillion from the budget. our wolf blitzer will moderate. flash flood warnings issued in arkansas. torrential rain forced several highways to close yesterday, including i-30 in litting role which has since reopened. destroying thousands of homes and businesses. a memorial service held this afternoon in 161 trees will be planted in memory of each
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victim. 48 minutes after the hour, that's the news you need to know to start your day. "american morning" is back after this.
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is there anywhere in the country where it's not raining? i need to go to florida or something. >> probably raining down there, too. good morning, new york. cloudy, 46 degrees and showers today with a high of only 49. are you stressed? just take a second, focus. and breathe. oh, i feel better already. a new study finds that people who meditate are usually happier. mri images show those that can
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focus their thoughts are better linked with day dreaming, anxiety and even adhd. so, you want to give it a try. researchers say focus on something as simple as your breath. that's called mindful meditation or yoga. >> exactly. tell that to people working in newsrooms all across the country. so, what separates me and you? well just about a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend. a new study finds that the number of acquaintances separating any two peeping in the world is 4.74 in the u.s. only 3.37. that scraps the old saying of six degrees of separation. study done by facebook and milan. they looked at more than one-tenth of the world's population. >> excuse my cup. i'm like dealing with this cold. it's lemon tea and it's making
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me feel a lot better. okay, kiss, one of the most successful rock bands in the entire world, but here's something you did not know about kiss. the lead singer paul stanley was born deaf in one ear. that does not stop him from making music, you know that. here's dr. sanjay gupta with this week's "human factor." ♪ >> to rock 'n' roll all night and party every day. that's always been paul stanley's dream. >> if somebody had told me at 58, 59 i'd be running around on stage without a shirt and in tights and high heels, i would have said, what drug are you taking? >> reporter: but the road to rock stardom as the front man for kiss was difficult. few people know it, but stanley was born with a condition that should have steered him away from music. >> i had a physical deformity
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called a mikroesha. >> reporter: one of stanley's inner ear, the erica nalthat conveys sound to the brain never developed. figuring out the direction of sound was particularly challenging and he was also born with an underdeveloped outer ear. did you get teased a lot? >> it was horrible. i have to say that childhood was not fun. >> reporter: you decided to grow your hair out, that's become such a signature look of you and the band. was that in part because of wanting to hide your ears? >> absolutely. >> reporter: strength and a bit of defiance got stanley through the taunting. >> something told me inside that i could do music and, interestingly, being duff deaf in one ear was not something i saw as a hardship or hindrance at all. >> reporter: but off stage hearing loss did become a hindran hindrance.
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stanley had surgery. >> you take a power drill and aim into the head. >> reporter: the surgery was successful, but does not equal self-acceptance. that stanley learned over time and by working with kids. >> you talk to kids who have micmi michrocia. >> how great for them to hear somebody say, i was there and i got through this. find out what something means to you by finding out how hard you work to overcome it. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, los angeles. honey, i love you... oh my gosh, oh my gosh.. look at these big pieces of potato. ♪ what's that? big piece of potato. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points?
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it is too late to apologize. >> way, too late. welcome back. what do you get when you mixed five pounds of bleach flour with two rambunctious toddlers? a recipe for disaster. >> reporter: mommy's not feeling so well, so she stays a little longer than usual in the bathroom and when she comes
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out -- >> what are you doing? >> reporter: mary napoli stayed eerily calm. >> oh, boy. >> reporter: the boys, by the way, are 1 1/2 and 3 1/2. >> what's the matter, mommy? >> reporter: what could possibly be the matter with having flour all over your house? >> as soon as i stopped recording i sat on the middle of the floor in the living room and started crying. >> reporter: talk about flour power the entire mess was caused by one five-pound bag. >> i don't know what to do. i think i'm going to throw up. >> reporter: she kept regurgitaregurnl regurgitating one phrase. >> oh, my gosh. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: we counted at least 27 oh, my goshes. mary had just gotten home from the grocery store and says she forgot to lock the cupboard. >> it's like a snowman puked all
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over my living room. >> reporter: reminds us of the dog gets in the trash videos. >> i wonder if tank had anything to do with it? >> reporter: the flour kids weren't talking either. >> what happened, zach? >> reporter: mary called her mother-in-law for help. by the way, those of you who say this video is fake, you don't know how flour flies. mary and her mother, mary and her mother-in-law used a shop vac but two items beyond salvaging. she had to throw this rug away and a light bulb emitting a burning flour smell. hardest to clean, the couches. during clean different up zach slipped on flour and cut his lip. mary left the kitchen sink ask came running.

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