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and that means that at the end of the day, its ability as a minority regime, the aloe whites are 10% of syria, for this minority to stay in power, they just don't have enough walking around money as they sometimes all it in the united states. >> fareed, thank you. >> pleasure is, john. >> that's all from us tonight. hope to see you back here tomorrow. erin burnett out front" starts right now. thanks, john. in egypt, voters go to the polls today and an american college kid who was jailed in cairo comes home. he's out front tonight. and late breaking news on herman cain's campaign. a woman claims she had a 13-year affair with him. is this the end of cain's candidacy? and the latest on the economy. something nice to say tonight. something nice to say tonight. let's go out front. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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i'm erin burnett. outfront tonight, ratings agency fitch affirms of the united states aaa credit rating but says guess what, we're going to downgrade your outlook to negative from stable. this happened after the markets closed. obviously, something negative and all relate the to the lack of action and the failure of the supercommittee, still stocks is soared on wall street. because the markets closed before that action happened. the dow up by nearly 300 points. the reason was a wow weekend for the american economy. retail sales over thanksgiving surged. that's a fair word. they were up 16%, according to the national retail federation. ibm says it was the best kickoff to the holiday shopping season ever. topping it off today the federal reserve said household debt fell $60 billion. the outfront strike team called this optimism. 85% of them said they were not going to go into recession. when the pundits of america were sure of just that. well, as you can see, they ended up being right.
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the question is, can this really last? peter kenny is a managing director at night capital. peter, what's your take of this market rally? will it last, especially because after the markets is close, we got that hit from fitch, the ratings agency, which yes, was expected, but is another reminder of the failure in washington. >> it is about the failure in washington, but the real story and the real reason why this fuse was lit this morning was for the very reason that you started off with by talking about the strength of the american consumer. that really lit the fuse this morning. marks took off right out of the gate, closed up 300, regained close to 3% or a little under 3% on the day. really taking back much of the weakness we've seen over the last three or four weeks. so markets are firm were firm this morning and closed at the high of the day which is important. they didn't sell off midday. they closed off at the high of the day. the news from fitch was largely expected and i don't think it's going to have a terrible down
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draft on the markets tomorrow. >> do you think the optiism for the markets can continue through the end of the year or will it hit the pensions and 401(k)s of the country where we get a bad headline from target saying guess what, people only want things on sale and don't have a lot of money to spend and the market goes down. >> it's about the profit and not so much aggregate numbers. profit margins are important but aggregate numbers play a role. given the fact that volume has a lot to do with the shopping season and volume is being delivered by the american consumer, i think we do have legs. keep in mind, gdp's positive. housing las largely stabilized. unemployment has stabilized. consumer confidence has been rising over the last two months. there's a lot of positive work going on within the economy. so i do think there's legs. i do think we could see more on this. we did open this morning at very, very oversold. so there is still some buoyancy left in the market. >> peter kenny, thank you very much optimism and buoyancy may
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be there, but one weekend does not a strong economy make. far, far from it as so many know. in dallas today, the federal reserve bank released a survey of businesses in the region and a plastics company said "we wish we could receive some encouragement from the stalemate in the congress." the super committee's failure is hurting the u.s. economy and col affect the president's chances for re-election. john avlon from the daily beast is with us. leslie sanchez and paul begala, democratic strategist and contributor. john, let me start with you. a few good economic headlines. granted they come amidst an overall picture which is still very grim but they get the market to go up 3800 points. they change sentiment. headlines like this, good holiday, not great jobs creation, but some enough to deliver him this election on a silver platter. >> this is not a silver platter election. but the trend is his friend. if you look at overall where we've been in political history
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before, that's the important thing trend. reagan in 1984 had 8.58% unemployment at this time but 8% gdp growth. the fact that the economy seems to be stabilizing is a positive sign. that is a certain wind at president obama's sails. this is not over till it's over. this is going to be a squeaker. >> one thing that could help the president, today, this afternoon, on wolf blitzer, you saw it, a woman accusing herman cain of having a 138-year extramarital affair. shears what she told atlanta station waga about the fair and why she decided to speak out. >> he made it very intriguing. it was fun. it was something that took me away from my sort of hum drum life at the time. and it was exciting. i didn't want to do this but it was something that i felt at the end of the day was the right thing to do. and is it going to hurt a lot of people? yes.
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i'm sure i will be one of them. >> all right. so there she was and her background so you're aware in this piece to this investigative reporter, she talked about admitted she filed a sexual harassment claim in 2001. which of course, and there's a libel order right now on her, which of course, may not palestinian anything but it's background we wanted to share with you. cain was on the situation room earlier and denied the affair and also said this. >> as long as my wife is behind me and as long as my wife believes that i should stay in this race, i'm staying in this race. >> all right. cain as a lawyer issued a statement, this appears to be an accusation of private alleged is consensual conduct between adults. mr. cain alerted his wife and discussed it with her. he has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the immediate." >> paul, true? >> yes, in my opinion. lin wood is a respected
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attorney. if i were advising mr. cain, i would tell him to listen to his attorney. mr. wood said in the statement basically none of your business. this is not an allegation of harassment, not an allegation of assault. it is an allegation of a consensual adult affair and mr. wood says that's none of your business. and you know what? i think he's got a good point. the problem is mr. cain didn't say that. he didn't stick to his lawyer's line. he said no, no, it's not true. so now we are in that he said, she said. i have to say i think none of your business is a perfectly good answer for an allegation of an adult consensual relationship. but mr. cain has deviated from that and i this i that's going to cause him political problems. >> he actually came out with wolf blitzer on the situation room" and said, hey i know that this story is going to come out somewhere else and i want to come and break it to you first and give my side of it. >> you're absolutely right. it was a really, paul and i were talking about that. it was a very uncomfortable interview 0 watch because it was
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so personal, because he was trying to do that, but he wasquiv indicating there. i think it was unfortunate that wolf blitzer had to be so direct about these questions because he wasn't direct in his response at the beginning of that, denying everything. and then he kind of eventually came to that. the point being i think many voters are going to look at this and say where there's smoke, there's fire. this casts additional doubt. and i think politically as republicans are looking at who is best set to go into a general election it's seen as another distraction, something else that chips away at our viability in terms of winning the white house in 2012. >> extramarital fairs is, john avlon is, personal, sure, some people mail say they are. they always come out and do affect some voters. newt gingrich has been open about he's had affairs. >> that's right. and given enough time he can transcend them. >> this isn't just smoke in a fire, this is a forest fire. herman cain was going down in the polls.
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this won't help him with anybody. his numbers will continue to implode among women and evangelicals in particular. this is sort of sad. this isn't an allegation of harassment. this is a deeply personal and it's not -- >> i want to get each of your views on this. 17% was his rating in the latest poll. where does his support? go. >> going down. gingrich has the momentum to be the conservative alternative for mitt romney. anything that pushes cain down probably goes to gingrich. >> absolutely. what you'll see is the rise of evangelicals moving over to gingrich. >> paul i would imagine that is something that barack obama likes too, having a go at gingrich, not mitt. >> i would think so. i don't talk to the president about anything for that matter, but the president -- i mean the democrats want the most extreme candidate to be nominated. and you know, i actually think other people col benefit from this could can be congresswoman
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ba michelle bachman and rick santorum who is the only person in the race so far who hasn't gotten a bump. >> baiting for his turn. >> no, you know, the truth be told, we like especially for these high level kind of candidates, people like to narrow it down to one antoine choices. that's what this invisible primary is supposed to do. i think we've pretty much run the course in this set. it's gravitating toward romney and gingrich. >> there could be that independent dark horse galloping like a knight in shining armor. >> who is going to be the knight in shining armor? thanks so much to all three. up next, the latest details from the syracuse abuse scandal. the wife of the assistant coach accused of molestation claims that incriminating tapes were tampered with. and then barney frank, his days in congress are numbered. what are we going to do without
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the number tonight, 16. that's how many terms representative barney frank has served. earlier today, the 71-year-old from massachusetts announced he won't seek another term. he's retiring in part because his district was recently changed to include more conservative areas. frank is the top democrat on the powerful house financial services committee. but unlike many former congressmen, says he's not going to become a lobbyist. >> i would be a lobbyist, look, i will miss this is job and have regret when the new congress is signed up. but i will tell you this and maybe you're going to laugh but one of the advantages to me of not running for office is, i don't even have to pretend to try to be nice to people i don't like. now, some of you may not think i've been good at it, but i've been trying. >> that's what we like about barney frank, just that curmudgeonly no b.s. sort of
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attitude. i have to say from experience as he did financial reform, even people who detested what he was doing really respected his acumen and his ability. there are a couple moral 16s about mr. frank. he's tied for 16th in the length of time served among current house members and that is actually the number of people on our staff who were not born when he took office in 1981. that's frightening. let's bring in keeb ablow, one of the leading psychiatrists in the field out front to help us get a better understanding of the cases in syracuse. thanks for being with us. appreciate it. >> anytime. >> and let me just ask you, obviously the background here is that there was a conversation that was taped between bernie fine who is the man who was accused of molesting now potentially three young boyce, a conversation between his wife and the first of those boys, now nearly a 40-year-old man, which i believe we have the sound bite don't we, andrew?
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okay. here it is. >> go to a place where there's gay boys. find yourself a gay boy, you know, get your rocks off, have it be over with. >> yeah. >> you know, he needs a -- that mail companionship that i can't give him. he is not interested in me and me vice versa. >> what do you make of this, keith. >> laurie fine is maintaining that this tape has been doctored. if it hasn't been, then what you have is rare insight into just how toxic child sexual abuse can be. and how people who look quite normal can be engaged in it. here's a woman with her head in the sand if things are what they seem to be, literally allowing her husband to continue sexually abusing a boy. why? i don't know. did she like the money from his
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basketball salary? i don't know. but the bottom line is it's going to be very tough to argue, hey those aren't my words and i didn't mean what i said. a lot of doctor would have to go on on that tape. >> it is pretty amazing. keith, let me paws for a second and bring inning ed lavandera in syracuse to get the latest. what is your understanding of the situation here with the tapes? which can i also want to add are tapes that go back to i believe 2003. at the time they were given over to espn, the network looked into them and didn't find enough to corroborate them. and actually put it on the air, report or report it at the time, right, ed? >> yeah, that was what they've been saying also the local newspaper here in syracuse as well saying they had that. we've reached out to the syracuse police department who said that there had been -- it's hard to say. they say there was no investigation into this case, that the initial accuser, bobby davis, had called them and said that he had kind of inquired
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whether or not charges could be filed against bernie fine. it was kind of left at that. syracuse police say they were not made aware of these phone recordings, as well. >> so, what is your understanding here about you know, the relationship between laurie fine and bobby davis, who have yours, is the man here allegedly who was both abused by bernie fine and then in a bizarre and very unpalatable twist also apparently when he turned 18 had an affair with bernie fine's wife laurie? >> you know, outside of just the tone of the way laurie fine was speaking with bobby davis went very much against the grain of the little bit of a glimpse that we've gotten of laurie fine in the last couple weeks. her demeanor on these calls if they haven't been doctored is anything different than i expected to hear, quite honestly. in the course of those tapes and the espn report as well, does make and bobby davis mentioned as well that he did have a
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sexual relationship with bernie fine's wife. clearly the relationship in laurie fine's words, the relationship between her and her husband seemed very strained at best. >> yeah. i mean, keith, let me ask you. the situation seems to be just utterly bizarre, right? a man accused of abuse and pretty much everyone who knew him, several of whom talked to this show and other shows thought it was shocking. now it comes out not only is there tape between his wife and the accuser but that the wife may have had an affair with the accuser. is this bizarre or are these sort of things knot as uncommon as we wished they all were? >> i wish they were uncommon, a husband and wife potentially abusing the same person even though he turned 18, rare, of course. i've got an office in massachusetts north of boston. i've had several people in their 30s and 40s come to me and are reach out to past abusers and
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get corroboration that yes it happened and a check. if that's my one office, imagine the whole country. this is rampant. and so it's not an exception in that regard. >> and keith, how in your experience, as you talk about your office, is it possible or how common is it for a spouse to not know their significant other has these types of tendencies? in this case, laurie fine is saying she was well aware. but in general, how often are spouses not aware? >> well, psychologically, it's very often the case that the women who marry these guys want to keep their heads in the sand. they're in denial to start with. that's why they picked someone they didn't know at all. very often the roots for that level of denial go back to their own childhoods and life experiences. so by nature, they keep their heads in the sand. if you listen to that tape, by the way, you'll hear something very disturbing in laurie fine's tone when she asks him, whether
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there was oral sex involved. there's a voiristic quality as though she's enjoying hearing the story. that's tremendously disturbing. >> i think that's a good word to use to describe it. keith, you're the author of a new book "inside the mind of casey anthony." as you look at these sorts of situations, i wanted to ask your view on everything you've learned now about casey anthony. do you think that she was abused? what kind of conclusions did you come to? >> well, when we talking about families where parents have their heads in the sand or one spouse does, casey anthony grew up in a house where her parents denied her existence. all of her pathology went unaddresseded. her mom didn't know she was seven months pregnant. she delivered her baby in a suite with her father looking at her. when people say how could it be she let her daughter go missing
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without reporting it, guess what, casey anthony had gone missing a long time before that, and her tattoo she got saying beautiful life, that wasn't for her winning hot body contest, that's saying good-bye to her daughter who had a short beautiful life without the abuse she suffered. >> thank you very much, keith. we appreciate it. of course, also to ed lavandera up in syracuse. coming up, an american college student released from an egyptian jail comes out front and we lighten up with a story we can't resist. nyquil: you know i relieve coughs, sneezing, fevers?
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resist. with thanksgiving behind us, oh, we can finally focus on christmas. my favorite time of the year. for a lot of people, that means decorating the outside of the house. so every year there are amazing displays out front of the homes in this country. and when we asked our facebook followers about their favorites, we got a lot of great submissions. lots of him. but the craziest most over the top display is the oak dale street display in st. petersboro, florida. produced by the same family since 1977, it covers almost an acre, half an acre and inincludes an 18-train railroad, a tight rope walking bear, 70-foot christmas tree and 600,000 lights. just how big is it? well, the christmas tree display at rockefeller center in new york city has a tree roughly the same height but uses just 30,000 lights. the display in florida is a lot bigger than the largest one in the other st. peters berg,
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russia. which has a lot less christmas lights and if their accident reports are any indication, a lot fewer traffic lights, as well. now, that's st.petersburg home to arguably the most dangerous intersection in the world. we caught video of crashes caught at the prospect intersection. we've tried to make it just as festive as the display in florida. ♪ >> gosh, the person came flying out of that car. all right. well, maybe the ice and snow contribute there. we couldn't resist. still out front, the outfront five. released. >> i thought that there was a good chance that they might kill
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we start the second half of our show with stories we care about where we make the calls and find the outfront five.
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up first tonight, the stock market had a very strong finish, up nearly 300 points, 291 to be exactly. one of the reasons strong internet sales on then monday. it's called cyber-monday. ibm predicted cyber-monday sales would be up 30%. we got this statement from ebay ceo john donahue. he said "the thing that stands out about this holiday season is how consumers are using their mobile phones to shop. consumers now feel like they have a mall in their pocket." those smart phones have done it. number two, u.s. internet use sers watched 42 of 6 billion online videos in october. it is a new record. 184 million users watched with the videos with the average person watching 21.18 hours of content during the month. that's kind of disturbing. we looked through the come score data. google sites rank number one. facebook came in second with 59.8 million viewers. new home sales climbed 1.3 last
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month up 9% from last year. the report released today found roughly 160,000 new homes on the market at the end of october. we spoke to analysts. despite the increase in sales, most indicators which includes mortgage applications and housing permits really show only a modest improvement in the housing market. without an improvement there, the economy is still in the doldrums. new satellite images is show damage to an iranian military compound which blew up earlier this month. analysis of the images which you see here appear to show buildings were destroyed and that there was a lot of debris. senior defense officials told barbara starr the u.s. believes the iranians were missing volatile fuel for a ballistic missile when the explosion happened. it has been 115 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? right now it looks like we're doing enough for fitch to maintain its rating, but the
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outlook revised to negative which means we are far from in the clear. they say $1 in $5 of american tax dollars will be going to pay the interest on our debt alone by 2020. egyptians took to the polls today in the first parliamentary since the democratic uprising which ended the dictator ship of mubaraking in february. peaceful crowds are gathering tonight in cairo's too rear square. a far cry from the violent protests against egypt's interim military leaders. caught up in that were three american students, derek sweeney and 21-year-old luke gates. the three were arrested on the rooftop of an american university building accused of throwing fire bombs and molotov cocktails at security forces dealing with violent protesters in the streets below.
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last wednesday, they were unexpectedly set free. one of them, derek sweeney, joins us along with his mother joy. she was on the show last night. derek, while -- at that point she didn't know where you were. she talked to you one time before she came on the show. great to have you both with us. derek, let me start with you and tell us what happened? >> yeah, well, we were actually never on a rooftop. and we certainly never handled or were involved with these fire bombs as they say. we came to the protests that night around 11:00 p.m. hoping to see democracy being born, hoping to adhere ideas of liberty and freedom and hoping to partake in the spirit of revolution. certainly. and we were in the square itself, and it was quite peaceful. and it was really exciting. but then around midnight, we got
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a call from an egyptian friend and he invited husband to come onto the side streets where i knew that it got more violent to some degree, though i didn't quite know the full extent of it. we decided to go with him. and we ended up on a street next to the building for the ministry of the interior. and where there was an especially large and dense gathering of protests, and police shot something into the crowd. and shortly after that, we ran away and some folks offered to take us to safety. and that's when they actually started hitting us and arrested us. >> all right. so you're saying totally some had said maybe you guys just, you were dalistic but got swept up in the moment. you're saying no, you didn't. none of these allegations were true at all. >> >> no, not at all. i would say i was quite passionate about the protests
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but quite passionate in a peaceful manner. >> joy, where were you when you heard he was going to be released? when you and i spoke last, you were unsure when you would hear. >> yes, it was actually about 6:00 a.m. on thanksgiving day that i heard, 6:00 a.m. local time that i was -- it was confirmed to me that he would be released. so it was a tremendous gift from god and the universe of love for thanksgiving day. so we had much to be grateful for. >> derrk, everyone is talking about what it's like in egypt right now. in the two nights that you spent, what happened? how were you treated? >> well, the first night was horrible really. we spent about seven hours on the ground in the dark in the fetal position with our heads to the floor, our shirts over our head covering our eyes and there were guys behind us, egyptian
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policemen with guns telling us that if we moved, we would be shot. if we spoke, we would be shot. so, there's certainly the idea of death at least crossed my mind in that period. but after that, we were in sort of the more formal legal process and we were in prisons and jails. the treatment was improved. >> quickly before we go, in a word, derrik, do you still believe. >> would you go back? >> yes, one day i hope to go back. though i think it may take awhile. >> i'm glad for the optimism and happy for both of you on that reunion. good to talk to you again, joy, and to see you, derrik. >> great to be here. >> many thanks. it's a police force dream. drones used by the military to
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track down terrorists. are shrunken to fit in the trunk of a car yet able to soar across america's skies to track down criminals. drones like the remote controlled cube with a q, which is currently being tested by engineers in southern california. it all sounds well and good and until the same kind of drone flies over your backyard and falls into the hands of the very criminals or terrorists law enforcement wants to track. the aa still has technical issues to hammer out but plans to propose new rules for their use in january. obviously this raises serious questions about drones, about privacy in america, what the government can look at when you don't know they're looking. paul cowan joins us to talk about this issue. this is an interesting issue because we've been talking a lot about this lately with the rise in homegrown terrorism and we will use drones overseas to look for these people. we're not allowed to use them in the united states. >> it's a fascinating issue and
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gross out of the military's development of this technology to track terrorists and very effective lili fight terrorists overseas. now, of course, they're selling the drones to commercial enterprises and local police forces and literally, a local police force, might have the ability to have one of these small helicopters come right down outside your win and look through the window taking photographs of a suspected crime scene. the question is, is that a violation of the fourth amendment to the constitution, which protects us from unreasonable searches and is it an invasion of privacy. >> but isn't it -- first of all, what do you think about that? secondly, isn't it just a matter of time, and maybe i'm cynical, it would seem if we have the technology and the fear that people are doing bad things, someone's going to do it, they're going to look. >> they're going to look. but should the police be looking into your window? traditionally in the united states, we've had a doctrine if you have an expectation of privacy and it's a reasonable expectation, then the government
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can't do a search unless they get a search warrant from a judge. that goes back to a case when they put a listening device on a public telephone booth. and the court there said you know something? even though it's in public, you when you go into the booth it's private. out of that has grown all of this law in this area that's not kept up with the technology at all. >> so what do you think is going to happen here? you have to get the permit i guess? >> what's going to happen ultimately is the government's going to need a search warrant for certain kinds of searches. if the helicopter can literally cross your land line and look in your window, you would have an expectation of privacy. you have to get a warrant for that. on the other hand if the drone is flying overhead much like a commercial airplane, then tough. >> google is doing it every day. you can look at someone's house. i remember sitting with my former coon chore mark haynes and he could see his car parked in the driveway. they're doing it. >> they are.
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>> why can't. >> why can't the police do it? i think the difference is, at least with google, that's a satellite shot. we know maybe the roof is fair game, maybe even the yard. >> not looking in his house. >> they can't look in your window yet. i think the courts will be somewhat restrictive about this. otherwise we'll have no privacy at all. eventually you'll have technology you can look through walls with from red analyst. . the government needs laws in this area if we're going to having any privacy or if our lives will be open to public view. which the younger generation seems to say okay. they're putting it all up on facebook as it is, so why not take a picture of it, too. i don't agree with it. i think the fourth amendment is there for a reason. i vote for get a judge if you're going to look at my house. >> paul kallen, thank you very much. interesting issue on privacy. whether you think the government should be allowed to fly drones over america if that means they could thwart eight terrorist
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attack. let's check in with anderson cooper with a look what's coming up on ac "360." >> allegations of a 13-year affair rocking the campaign of candidate herman cain. ginger white says the affair ended only eight months ago when he declared his candidacy. white said she didn't want to come out with this. we'll tell you why she says she did. you'll hear from cain himself ho denied the affair. our political panel ahead on whether his campaign can survive the latest accusation. who knew what and when in the sexual abuse allegations swirling around now fired syracuse' assistant basketball coach bernie fine. gary tuchman spoke with the coach's wife about the taped conversation between her and one of the alleged victims that was released this week. a conversation where she seems to admit she knew what her husband was allegedly doing to underage boyce. those stories and tonight ridiculist at the top of the
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we do this nearly the same time every night. our outer circle where we reach out to our sources around the world. tonight we start in russia, no, we start in pakistan where the
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prime minister says his country is reassessing its relationship with the united states. this comes just a couple days after a nato helicopter strike killed 248 pakistani soldiers. here's what prime minister ghalani told rez reza sayah. >> business as usual will not be there. therefore we have to have something bigger so that to satisfy my nation. >> rez is in islamabad. what does this whole situation mean for the u.s.? >> that has a lot do with what the investigation shows by u.s. central command. there's still question whether these u.s. and nato forces drew fire first. but if indeed u.s. forces made a mistake here, look for washingtoning to going into diplomacy overdrive. that means for the time being less criticism of pakistan, less tough talk in an effort to win back good will and do some damage control.
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>> reza, thank you very much. going to be interesting considering the u.s. put quite a bit of its military on hold. now to russia where putin formal little accepted his party's nomination for the 2012 elections. malth p matthew chance, are russians happy about his third presidential run? obviously, he's currently the prime minister. >> in general, i think they are. we will have seen indications that there's a growing sense of uneases with put ton return together kremlin. recent opinion polls suggest his ruling party may not win the overwhelming majority it usually enjoys. earlier this month, putin was heckled by a crowd for a man who is hero worshipped by the russian public. >> it's been three weeks since 28-year-old sky mate wau la disappeared in washington. so far investigators have not come up with a solid lead. according to his mother, she ran out of gas and left 2-year-old
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sky an lobby in the car as she walked for help. police have since questioned the mother's story after determining the car was not out of gas and was working fine. police have also questioned her link to a website which helps women searching for "sugar daddies." she has been daddies. she's been estranged from solomon bir yu kometawala for a. let me start with you. what do you think happened to your son sky? >> we can just take a guess what happened with sky. the police and fbi are working on the case night and day. all we know right now is that sky is missing and we need to find him. >> and do you have any idea as to where he might be at this time or who might have been
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responsible? do you think it was your estranged wife? >> like i said, you know, the police and the fbi are working on it day and night, and i have great trust in what they're doing. i've been to their command center, and they are doing everything possible to get sky back. >> let me ask you, there were reports of ransom note that turned out to not be true. are you hearing anything about a possible suspect at this point? >> no. we pretty much suspect that the mother has more information to tell us than she's actually telling. the ransom note was bogus. somebody sent it and asked $25,000 for the return of sky, but it was a bogus note. it was too bad people are enjoying the tragedy of this family. >> solomon, when was the last time you spoke to your wife? i'm under the impression you haven't seen your kids in more than a year. what kind of custody deal are you trying to get here? >> what kind of custody i'm
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trying to get here? >> yes. >> was that your question? >> yes, sir. >> 100% custody for both my children. >> why do you think you were denied it the first time? >> it was all of julia's lies in court. that's what was so difficult to -- i mean, the truth is always right there, but it's all fouled up by so much false. >> thank you very much. solomon metawala, the father of sky. we certainly hope he is found and found okay. and clay terry, thanks very much. solomon's attorney. >> thank you, erin. coming up, machines could be smarter than humans? uh-uh, uh-uh. that's what the teleprompter says. and you know what we say to that? hmm. impact wool exports from new zealand, textile production in spain,
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computers versus brains. who is winning? well, when it comes to storage and processing speed, okay, the computer. but that's not everything. fujitsu's latest computer holds ten times more data than the human brain. but pound for pound and watt for watt, is the brain still more efficient? we're joined by "time" magazine's senior editor jeffrey
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kluger. but just use of the word "watts," our brain has wattage power equivalent to turning on light bulbs. >> we don't think of ourselves as electrical machine. we think of ourselves as gooey masses of living stuff, but we do run by electricity. the computer, the fujitsu k requires 9.9 million to operate which could run 10,000 homes. our brains require 20 watts which is all it takes to run a refrigerator bulb. a teeny bit more efficient. >> but human brain, refrigerator doesn't sound quite so inspiring which gets me to the crux of the issue, and that is who is smarter, the computer or the human brain? both in terms of -- i like the words here -- bites and mega flops. so what's the answer to the question? >> here's the thing. you look at the way watson, the computer that won -- >> he won jeopardy, yes. he, like we personify that.
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>> he's capable of moving 500 million bytes in one second or a million books worth of data in one second. >> a million books in a second. >> in a second. but that's steam shoveling. he's just going through enormous quantities of stuff, pulverizing it. human beings go to the key data. we do it through intuition, through nimbleness, through our ability to learn, to draw information from multiple senses and get there the same -- in a much different way from the way the computer does with much smaller processing capacity. >> when you look at this over time and i know you've been looking at interesting studies "scientific american," is it going to continue to stay this way? because we're seeing this push towards snart cars that can park themselves and ways to avoid getting in accidents or robots who can really take over for human beings. >> in certain areas they're more efficient. but they're more efficient in the area of the jobs we don't
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necessarily want to do. think about a computer dying knows igs versus a doctor, if you give a computer a series of symptoms, the computer will go through all of the hundreds or thousands of diseases that can come up with these symptoms and come up with your diagnosis. a doctor will look at you, he or she will intuit things, a sense of how you look, how you're describing your symptoms. they can tell the difference between sharp pain or cutting pain. two very different things. >> which is very important and in most cases good, but in others, that esoteric case the human brain misses. now this is the who is smarter question. who is smarter, the ipad or the human? >> the human is smarter than the ipad at many, many levels. i think siri on the iphone is terrific but you don't get past the third question before you realize -- >> anderson was wondering ipad one or two. does it matter? >> ipad two has

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