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problems with corruption and crime and poverty and is this the think th type of thing that the people are convinced of? does it make a difference? >> well, chavez is ahead 15 percentage points, and many people argue that it is targeting the base, the poorest of the poor and give iing them houses and refrigerators and other items and they see it as, well, this president is actually doing something for us, and he is getting the votes. >> a trade off, too, because the people who are given the homes, they criticize the government, they take them away. >> well, the writing is on the wall, and every time we see one of the live shows in which the president gives away the houses, you see the people saying all of the most beautiful things that you can think of, and chavez is my commander, and he's my benefactor and so good for the people and so good, but not once have i seen anybody say anything
wrong about chavez, and that tells you a lot. >> and he also recently awarded an apartment to a woman who became his 3 millionth twitter follower, and he is a big twitter follower. >> yes, he is wildly popular and the message is getting through to twitter again, and he did this, and he is rewarding somebody for being the 3 millionth follower. >> can you imagine if president obama or mitt romney were giving away homes on live television? >> no. >> thank you, miguel. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com i'm suzanne malveaux and this hour in the "cnn newsroom," we will tell you how the worst drought that america has seen in 50 years is affect iing the cro and the economy and our pocketbooks. and the white house takes mitt romney and two possible vp candidates to ohio.
and the fda bans a chemical from baby bottles and why are adults still living with it? we go to wilted crops in fields, and soil drying up, and half of the country's farms are reaching drought which is the most since 1956. and today, president obama met with agriculture secretary tom vilsack, and 39 more counties declared disaster areas, and we are taking an in-depth look at the crops, and how the drought is affecting corn and the farmers and what it means for the food budget and you are likely to see some prices going up as well. the drought is taking a devastating toll on the crops and especially corn. the agriculture program is saying that 50% of the corn acro across the country is in poor or
very poor condition and that is with only 11% last year. and we will go to talk with rob marciano there in burnettsville, indiana. and tell us what you have been seeing there in the fields. how bad is it? >> well, suzanne, it is sparse. of all of the states that are in the cornbelt, indiana, has been hit the hardest with the heat, and with the drought. i mean, yesterday, indianapolis hit another record high of 101 degrees and the last 46 days, they have had less than 0.01 of rain. and that breaks a record. we are 2 1/2 hours north of indianapolis, but that is not going to help. you need feet of rain, but it may be too little too late. we have been talking to the farmers all morning, and they are struggling with this, because there has not been a drought like this since 1988. here is what the folks who own this land had to say earlier today. >> the news keeps referring to the drought of '88, and i guess
at this point that we are probably better at this date, but we have potential to be much worse until we get major rainstorms coming through. >> so, then they need major rain and i happening today where we will be close to 100 degrees again. this is what you expect the corn to look like. another month of ripening and beautiful look. this is what is it is hard to find and this is more prevalent. the guys are telling me that the crop this year, 30% in there right now and that is if they hold on to everything they have, and you can imagine the stress they are enduring while this is going on. i want to say that one of the undersecretaries of agriculture is going to come here this hour and talk to the farmers and other officials to see what kind of federal help that maybe they can offer in this di ssaster. >> i wanted to ask, rob, because if they get a break and some rain here, does it matter all that much? is it too late to salvage the
crops for the season? >> yeah, well, it will help them to hold on to what they have, but you know, for the ears like this, that may not have been pollinated yet, they are done. therein lies the problem, but they will take it. they will get some federal assistance from the low interest loans, but a lot of the guys have insurance for this such occasion. they have had decent years in the past, and hopefully they have been conservative in saving the money, but it is well beyond the rmers affected here, but it is to me and you and what we will pay at prices in the grocery stores and the cattle ranchers and the pig farmers and a big deal. and now well over 1,000 counties under the federal disaster declaration, and no rain in sight. >> and thank you, rob. the governor of illinois is calling it a national disaster of epic proportions and one for the history books and more than half of the country is experiencing drought conditions. it is the largest drought since 1956. how'd it get so bad so fast?
well, chad mcnutt is the deputy director of the national drought information system, and he is joining us via skype from boulder, colorado, and thank you for joining us. first of all, any signs that this is coming? >> well, we started initially when we started to developn el nino back in 2010, and then again we developed la nino back in 2011 and we saw the conditions sort of on the horizon, and it is difficult to sort of forecast the extent and the size and the intensity of the drought, but we do have things la nina and el nino indications of the early warning conditions. >> what makes this so historic and put it in perspective for us? >> well, it is large in extent. this is sort of touched off by temperatures that we have had above the average temperatures over the past year, and it is severe, but not unprecedented as
mentioned earlier. the '56 drought is somewhat comparable, and we certainly had a very severe drought in the '30s, so it is very bad, by it is certainly not unprecedented. >> we have pictures that the cnn producer took as he flew over the mississippi river, and we can see where the river appears to be shrinking here, and what does that tell you just about how tough this is? >> well, when it is to the point of actual large rivers like the mississippi declining in the stream flow, that tells us that we have reached sort of another stage of drought and not just based on the rainfall, but a number of other factors like the temperature, and it's been somewhat prolonged. so it is definitely another stage of drought, ands i sa as , it is severe. we have to keep monitoring. >> do we know how long it will
take to recover from the kinds of drought conditions we are faced now? >> well, we won't see anything until the fall or the winter. looks like we are setting up in el nino pattern and the '50s drought was that we were brought out of it by going into the el nino pattern which brought lots of moisture into texas, so it's very a very good sign that we are going into the el nino right now, and very likely in the winter we may see the conditions improving. >> thank you, chad. we appreciate it. it is not just the farmers getting hit by the drought. we will feel the effects of the grocery bills and alison kosik isoining us. where do we expect to see the higher prices? >> well, at the meat counter and dairy. because corn that is affected by the drought is going to the feed to feed the chicken and the pig
and if it is more expensive to feed them, it is going to roll downhill that the food coming from the animals is going to cost more. that means that the average cost of beef which rang up at $4.35 a pound last year, could jump more than .40 this year, but remember, it would not happen overnight, and maybe we would see this sort of happen maybe at the end of this year, and fwe gining of next year, and it is, suzanne, the farmers who will feel the impact more than the average consumer. one of the analysts at bank of america says outside of produck is shun and the pop that we may see, it is not going to affect the broader economy. and this is interesting comparison, because listen to. this compare a spike in corn prices to oil. when we see the oil prices go up, we see the gas prices go up, bang, almost immediately, because crude oil makes up 66% of the price of a gallon of gas. but in a box of cereal, 4% of
the cost is affected by what is in the box. so most of it is advertising and grocery store fees and so you would not see as big of an impact. >> and the corn exports, how would that be impacted if you saw an overall decline? >> well, the corn that we exported, we exported more last year than 2010 and with that, corn accounts for only 10% of the exports and so it will be only 2.5% if you factor in the dairy and so it is not to take a bulk of the drought effects, but because corn is so strong around the world, farmers planned ahead and planted more corn than usual and that may offset the effects of the drought, but the farmers are still praying for rain at this point, suzanne. >> we will pray right alongside them, allison.
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pictures coming through now. joining us by phone bulgaria's btv anchor who is in sophia, bulgaria, and what do we know about the attack? do we know if it was a terror attack? >> hi. first of all, nobody has officially confirmed that ed e is a terrorist attack, but this is what everybody proposes, because it occurred in the luggage compartment of that bus, so everybody is specks speculat nothing could explode there except for a bomb put in one of the bags. so that at burgas, they are saying it is yes, probably a terrorist attack, but it is not confirmed. >> do we have any idea that anybody saw anything that is
remnants of some sort of bomb? >> reporter: well, not ta time. because at this time, everything at burgas airport, and there is an investigation going on and witnesses will confirm and talk about their experience, but as of yet, we have not heard anything confirming that there was a bomb on this bus, but again, this is the only version that the police is working on. >> we are looking at photos and it looks like the bus was engulfed in flames. can you tell us whether or not that is true, the whole bus is basically destroyed and paint a picture, if you will, of what that was like on the ground. >> reporter: yes. the picture that i have in my mind is from the witness support that we v ahave, and some of th we could not put up on the air, because they were too graphic, and apparently, mayhem when this bus exploded. it was really massive explosion and people who were driving on
the road going to and from there saw it, and then they saw the huge cloud of black smoke coming from the bus. people on the ground described that they saw pieces of luggage, parts of the bus and the unfortunately body parts strewn all over the place of the parking lot where the bus was parked. so it looked like a mayhem that happened there. people were screaming and it was terrible. >> venelin, do we have a sense of how many people were killed there? we have three confirmed dead? is there a sense of it being worse than that? >> reporter: those confirmed dead are three people, and we spoke to the mayor of burgas who said that one of the people who was taken to the hospital just died and at least three people were in critical condition, so i
guess that the number of people casualties would go up, and there were at least 30 people taken from the airport to the hospital. >> we understand that these were israeli tourists. has anybody taken responsibility for this? >> reporter: not for the time being. we have not heard anything about anybody claiming responsibility for this. and for the time being, there is a a version of the terrorist attack, and that is what they are working off of it, but that is the only version so far. >> and obviously, if you have any more information we will come back to you venelin petrok. today, the leaders of the syrian uprising struck close to the president. we are talking about four top officials and three cabinet members who were killed when a bomb went off in damascus. this is onef them, the syrian
defense minister who is the highest ranking member of the government to die in the fighting. his deputy was also killed. the man who happened to be bashar al assad's brother-in-law. barbara starr is live at the pentagon and we know that at least one of the men killed today is the equivalent of the u.s. secretary of defense. this is high up, and pretty big deal here. and how is the pentagon responding? h. >> well, suzanne, oddly enough, a press conference was scheduled earlier this morning by defense secretary leon panetta here at the pentagon and that was the question he was asked about. what about the fighting in damascus and the latest attack and we expected the usual d diplomatic answer and the administration is relying on diplomatic negotiations, and what we got was something different. >> we are very concerned about the increasing violence taking place in syria, and the tremendous loss of life with the
associated increase of violence. the violence there has gotten worse, and the loss off life has increased which tells us that this is a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control, and for that reason, it is extremely important that the international community working with other countries that have concerns in that area have to bring maximum pressure on assad to do what is right, to step down and allow for the peaceful transition. >> but listen to those words in the middle of all of that, rapidly spinning out of control. from the u.s. defense secretary, this is now clearly the u.s. asse assessment, and it is causing a lot of concern. he was also with the british minister of defense at that press conference who endorsed the notion that syria is spinning out of control. both men talking about the the need to insure control of syria's chemical weapons and
expressing some of the toughest concerns in days that we have heard about the fate of the weapons and the need to keep them security. what we are seeing now, the question that is at the pentagon and throughout the obama administration is all of this potentially the beginning of that critical tipping point against the syrian regime. suzanne. >> barbara, maybe too soon, but any talk in the pentagon of the circles of the people that you talk to that because it has escalated to this level, it might involve and require a more u.s. robust presence on the ground or support that would be some aid to the rebels there? >> well, let's be clear. possibly. one thing that we do know however is that the u.s. is working with jordanian forces on the syria's southern border to train up to be ready to go up and secure those chemical weapons if it came to that. if the u.s. sees that those
weapons are not secure or if they are on the move or looks like assad heaven forbid was about to use them. there are contingency plans in place to move in and secure the chemical weapons facilities if the order comes. the opposition, i thought it was very interesting today that the british secretary for defense talked about the opposition having increased access to weapons which is part of the assessment about why they've been p able able to move into d to start engaging and monitor the attacks within the supply lines and they are starting to move the command and control, and they are doing it, but it is watched carefully. >> thank you, barbara starr, at the pentagon. who is to blame when a sixth gra grader is reading at the third grade level? well, the aclu blames the entire
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it is fuelling a heated debate on capitol hill. there is a study shown that foreign students are not adequately screened. you might recall that the hijackers were trained in u.s. schools. they are to be compared against a terror database, but it is said that it is not being done. and we are joined by chris lawrence, and it is pretty simple, but why are the lawma r lawmakers saying it is not wel has improved a lot, it is failing on many accounts. when you read the report, it is chilling to think that there are foreign nationals perhaps training at flight schools here in the united states just like mohammed atta did before he crashed a plane into the north tow ore of the world trade center, and basically what is happening is that there is a failure on several levels.
one of them is that the fact that some foreign nationals are not being vetted. every foreign national before they are supposed to get flight training is supposed to go through a threat assessment program by the tsa, and that is not happening there. are other gaps in the system in that u.s. citizens are not part of the vetting list, so a u.s. citizen who is on the no-fly list, cannot be a passenger on a plane, but they can go to learn how to fly one. >> and what about students who are here with a student is visa? crowd c could you get a pilot license? >> yes. it is a way that many foreign people come to the united states on student visas. the report found that what the hearing found as well is that some of the schools are shamal
-- sham schools, and they are not checking to see if people are coming to class or background or anything like that. and also, about eight years ago, the government was supposed to do an audit of all of the schools that were eligible to provide student visas. to date, eight years later, only 19% of those schools have been re-certified. >> what kind of information does the tsa look for in background che checks for the immigrants who are applying for pilot licenses? >> criminal background checks, and things like that, the criminal record, and there was a case in boston two years ago where a federal agent arrested 25 people, and they found out that 25 people here illegally, and some of them were just came into the country illegally and others had overstayed the visas, but many of them had been certify ed
certified by the tasa and three of them had the pilot's licenses, and so although some improvements, some glaring holes, suzanne, and remember, it only takes one mistake. >> thank you, chris lawrence. don't forget to watch cnn live on your computer. while you are at work go to cnn.com/tv. le spirit present. it's the priceline negotiator. >>what? >>sorry. he wants you to know about priceline's new express deals. it's a faster way to get a great hotel deal without bidding. pick one with a pool, a gym, a great guest rating. >>and save big. >>thanks negotiator. wherever you are. ya, no. he's over here. >>in the refrigerator?
federal regulators are investigating reports of sticking gas pedals. the highway national transportation administration had received reports that could involve more than 700,000 vehicles. the investigators want to know if gas pedals caused one fatal accident and a number others that left people injured. >> the state of michigan is getting sued for failing to do their job which is teaching students how to read.
the aclu has filed a first of its kind lawsuit against the state for actually failing to teach students to read at grade level. we are joined by the director of the aclu of michigan. than you for being hek you for y sue the state? >> well, thank you, suzanne, for having me, and we are suing the state and the state board of education and the state superintendent for education and anybody who has some role and responsibility for teaching children is named in the case. >> well, why do, why such a big goal here? why not focus more specifically on say if a teacher has failed a student or a specific school? >> well, we were looking at thele schools that are in the bottom 5% of testing scores, and in this district in particular, the numbers e just shocking. 90% of 11th graders are not reading proficient.
100% of 11 thd grade gra 1th gr proficient in math or social study, and the levels that are not required. and so we say at the end of the day, it is for the state and the school district and every adult to make sure that bottom line kids are learning how to read. >> i understand that you can sue because the state law is that students have to be taught to read at grade level. the state's response, and michigan governor spokesperson would not directly comment on the case, but said that everything that we are doing is to ensure that the kids at highland park schools are getting what they deserve. by suing the whole state here, how do you, what do you think that is going to accomplish by the very specifics that need to be done when you take a look at the kids and how they need to be taught? >> well, we are representing all
of the children in the district. it is less than 1,000, 970-some kids, so we are the voice for these children. what we are saying is that the state and the district have not followed the law and they say when kids are not at reading level, the state is required to provide intervention services. that is not happening. the occasional programs that do woman in are not effective and implemented properly. so somebody has to speak for the kids, and that is why we are calling it the "right to read" lawsuit. >> i want you to hear what one mother had to say regarding this. >> i have an 11th grade daughter in highland park high school who is reading on the 3rd and 5th grade reading level on an assessment test. the district is not where it needs to be. >> it is shocking when you hear that, but there is a line that you have is to draw between the schools' responsibility, the
state's responsibility, and even the parents' responsibility, and how do you determine that the kids are failing the way they are? >> well, we just heard from mrs. johnson that woman is in the scol every single day. she goes to every school board meeting and does everything that any parent could reasonably do. is there blame to go aroundb? absolutely, but bottom line, all of the adults in these childrenchildren 's lives have failed them. they are not literate or taught to read. these statistics should sound the alarm that we have to think differently and work together differently to make sure that bottom line we are graduating a literal generation of children. >> all right. thank you so much, kary moss of the michigan aclu. >> thank you. and tonight, piers morgan will talk to supreme court
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mitt romney on the campaign trail in ohio today. several of the surrogates also making appearances on his behalf in the battleground state. romney is holding a town hall meeting in bowling green, and jeb bush in hamilton, and bobby jindal as well. why are they all there in the same time? >> right. well, the romney campaign is certainly flooding the zone today, suzanne, after these attacks that have been coming from the obama campaign on bain capital, mitt romney's former
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the comment, and they are trying to fund raise for this, and the matt rose, the romney campaign manager, called this is a slap to the face of the american dream. now the obama campaign, for their part, suzanne, they are saying that the romney campaign is taking that out of context, and what the president is really talking about is a need for teachers and infrastructure and people who are paid by taxpayer dollars and those folks, that p public infrastructure is needed to help the private sector grow. suzanne. >> jim acosta, thank you so much. good to see you, jim. if you want to make more money, you may have to move, again. a new study says that canadians are richer than americans, and we will tell you why. s and never ever have to fill up gas in the city. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. the last time i went to the gas station must have been about three months ago.
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in thousands of different scientific analysis and have been shown to mimic the female sex hormone estrogen and exposures that happen early in life have been linked to a wide range of abnormal thing like abnormal development of reproductive organs or a predisposition to breast cancer and abnormal behavior in children. time and time again when this chemical is studied it's been found to have harmful effects. >> if companies have already stopped using this, why did the fda feel it was necessary to go ahead with this movie? >> the fda was responding to a request from the american chemistry council which is a trade group that represents the chemical companies. i think they were responding to
what has happened in states across the country. 11 different states have beened bpa in children's product produ. >> explain for us, this is something we're quite confused about. why bpa is not banned in some of the food packaging and in adult products. . >> that's a really good question. the fact remains that almost everybody is exposed to bpa by eating canned foods and beverage containers lined with bpa. while it's a great victory for parents and consumers who dem d demanded the change in baby bottles, over 90% of us will remain exposed to this chemical.
>> is there a different reaction that adults have than babies? >> the things we're most concerned about with adult exposure that pregnant women eating canned food or canned beverages are exposing the baby in their womb to bpa. exposures that happen not womb are linked to wide effects throughout life. cancer that might develop in their 40s or 50s obesity, heart disease. vaul been li all have been linked to early life exposure to bpa. canned goods marketed for children have bpa in the lining. >> it's a good first step. we appreciate your time. thank you. are you sitting down watching us on your tv right now? we think you should stand up.
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that means 5.3 million people are dying early every year because they are inactive. >> how much does it count? get off the couch. >> i want counts a lot. it doesn't mean run a marathon. too many americans are sitting for hours and hours and getting up and walking around is helpful. let's look at how much it can help. if you sit for less than three hours a day, you'll live two years longer. sit fewer than three hours a day. you'll live an average of two years longer. >> if you're in a job and sitting, if you just get up after that three hour, move around a bit an sit for another three or so and get up again, that will help? >> it does make a difference. when you're sitting there are these little enzymes that help clear fat out of your blood and they don't work. they kind of come to halt.
your glucose, your blood sugar goes up. you have more fat in your blood. you have more sugar in your blood and all this sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity and diabetes. we're not meant to sit for a long time. >> we're supposed to be hunter gathers. >> we're supposed to be hunting and tending to the crops and getting the children. we're not supposed to sit there. our bodies go what is this and bad things happen. >> we're going to get up after this segment and move out. >> i know i am. i'm walking out of here but you have to stay put. >> five more minutes. it's a phrase you might not have heard of. it's triplings. they were conceived on the same day in a petri dish but they were born years apart. the technology to freeze embryos keeps getting better and you'll see more of these families in
the future. c "cnn newsroom" continues now. it's a very busy hour ahead. happening right now we want to show you, this is where mitt romney is going to speech. he's not alone in that battleground state. these are live pictures. two big name surrogates also in the buck eye state with him. two surrogates that are on the list of possible vps. we'll bring you some of romney's comments. we have some breaking news. the breaking news is out of bulgaria. three people have been killed and dozens injured in an explosion on a bus outside the burgas airport. the blast occurred on a bus carrying israeli tourists and there are several casualties. it's not clear if the explosion
was the result of an attack. the prime minister is already pointing the finger at iran. the blast is clearly a terrorist attack. what more can you tell us about this news story? >> reporter: it happened just a few hours ago. after the israeli tourists landed at burgas airport, moments later there was an explosion. eyewitnesss are talking about accounts of hearing that explosion, seeing at tour bus just feet from them. there were a group of tour buses and seeing dead women, dead people lying on the ground trying to grab their bodies. defense minister just spoke moments ago. left no doubt about who he thought it was. let's take a listen. >> this is clearly a terrorist
attack initiated by jihad or any other group. we're in a continued fight against them. we're determined to identify who send them, who executed it and to settle the account. >> reporter: we have to be careful to note that cnn has not confirmed that this is a terrorist attack but that's what the israelis believe and the prime minister put out a statement a moment ago. there's been a lot of threats against israeli targets in the last year in georgia and areas like india and kenya. there's been a feeling that iran has been targeting israel for some time and fears have come true. >> thank you vy much. we're going to stay on top of
this story and bring you updates just as soon as we get them here on cnn. if it's interesting and happening now, rapid fire. let's go. syrian rebels dance in the streets after an explosion strikes major blow to assad. the blast killed four top government officials including the defense minister and his deputy who is assad brother-in-law. leon panetta says it's time to put maximum pressure on assad to quit. harry kennedy says doctors believe a partial seizure were part of the charges of driving impaired. she was found by state police behind the wheel of her damaged suv last friday. >> remember getting on the highway and i have no memory
until i was stopped at a traffic light and a police officer was at my car door. >> kennedy said she was tested for drugs and alcohol and the results were negative. the doctors concluded she suffered a partial seizure. we showed you a plane flying over penn state, take the banner down or we will. today cnn has learned more about the person behind the banner. it's the same person that paid for the banner that threw over the tiger woods event. the owner of the plane, the person is a do gooder and when he sees something that he thinks is wrong or offensive he says something about it. a renovation celebration in texas. governor rick perry and his family are moving back into the governor's mansion after four years of repairs that cost $25 million. the arsonist that threw a malov
tov cocktail has not been caught. in columbus, ohio a burr lar's escape is caught on camera. police responded to reports of shots fired after after detaining a suspect he gets loose and sprints to a police cruiser. that's when police began to shoot. it's really incredible video. the man crashed the cruiser and he was arrested. police say one man was found dead outside the burglarized apartment and another suspect is on the loose. they're trying to figure out what went on there. rush limbaugh has a warning this week for his listeners. there's a liberal conspiracy hidden within the new batman
movie. that is bane, the latest evil doer. limbaugh sees a ref reference to the company mitt romney used to run. >> do you think it's that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named bane? >> you can probably imagine the internet is buzzing with his assertions that it has an ulterior political motive. mitt romney about to speak to a crowd in ohio as rumors swirl about who he will pick as his running meat. let's go to our political editor. paul, any new buzz on the vp pick. >> the reason people are buzzing is because of that live picture
you're showing. people are wondering would mitt romney make his announcement today. four years ago you flash back john mccain announced sarah palin. some people were thinking it could happen today or maybe friday when romney is in new hampshire, another important battleground state. he's going to do it after he comes back from his overseas trip. next week he leaves for london for the olympics. the idea is he will probably do it after he comes back. ann romney said, quote, we're not there yet when it comes to the running mate hunt. you've got a couple other interesting things. there's a short list. these are some of the names that may be on it. senator rob portman comes up all the time from ohio. tim pawlenty ran against romney.
paul ryan and bobby jindal. guess where he is today, ohio. >> jeb bush is there as well but he said no, no. >> his name did come up but he said no, no. >> you're the man that has the poll numbers and every day you're like i have some new poll numbers. how do they play into how people vote? >> most people say you're voting for the person at the top of the ticket not the number two. this is interesting. cbs new york times poll announced how important is the vice presidential nomination. about one in four say it matters a lot. almost half says it's matters a lot. >> thank you very much. ohio is not just, it's not a
battleground state. it's the battleground state. we'll keep an eye on the speech. romney just can't shake calls to release more tax returns. campaigning in pennsylvania he reiterated that he will not release added years. added years of tax returns claiming democrats would distort what they find. >> my experience is that the democratic party these days has approached taxes in a very different way than in the past. they're opposition people look for anything they can find to stort, twist and try to make negative. i want to make this a campaign about the economy and creating jobs. they want to make this a campaign about attacking people and diverting attention from our job fixture in this country. >> republicans are calling for romney to release more tax returns. the latest, texas governor, rick perry. we have a lot more to cover in the next two hours the take a look. striking syria's inner
circle. a bomb blast kills top officials including the president's own brother-in-law. as the opposition celebrates, the world waits and wonders. the drought of the century wreaking havoc. >> some of our corn is so hot and dry that it tassled early. the boy scouts of america reconfirm their national message, no gays allowed. one ousted scout leader has a message of her own. make that 300,000 messages. sorry. sore knee. blast of cold feels nice. why don't you use bengay zero degrees? it's the one you store in the freezer. same medicated pain reliever used by physical therapists.
a device exploded during a crisis meeting of top government officials in damascus today killing four members of the president's inner circle. among the dead was his close friend and brother-in-law. syrian rebels are claiming responsibility. this attack is grabbing the attention of the highest levels of world governments, president obama and russian president putin talk about syria by phone. today leon panetta talked about getting president assad to quit. >> this is a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control. it's important that the international community working with other countries that have concerns in that area have to bring maximum pressure on assad
to do what's right to step down and allow for that peaceful transition. >> tracking the developments in syria from her vantage point in arwa, this is the rebels boldest move yet. they are better armed and coordinated that many expected. >> reporter: they are developing pretty sophisticated capabilities if this was an attack they did carry out. according to one of their deputy commanders this was a by-product of some pretty lengthy coordinations. they managed to get this into the national security headquarters where this meeting is said to have taken place and detonate them by remote. an indication there must have been some sort of inside help. someone who had access to these individuals, to this highly
secure location. this is certain to be sending president assad a clear message that he and his inner circle are not safe. there's been some conflicting reports to what has taken place. the government is saying it was carried out by a terrorist who was wearing a suicide vest. we're seeing the ripple effect of this throughout all of damascus. >> they think it's an inside job. where was president assad at the time? >> reporter: his locations always very difficult to ascertain. he was not at this meeting. he could have been at the presidential palace. it's not that far away from where the meeting is safe to have taken place. it's just in the hill tops above it. this neighborhood is close to where the u.s. embassy is. it's also close to where the
president asides. out of the four individuals that were killed it's perhaps the deputy minister of defense he was the president's brother-in-law. the man who many people said was really the strong arm, the iron fist behind the president himself. the news that we're getting from damascus right now are of complete and total chaos. clashes in neighborhoods. reports that thugs are taking to the streets with knives. it's not an image of a government that has control. >> thank you, arwa. can anything be done about the unrest in syria? we have a rare interview today. watch "situation room" right here. 96 million acres of corn planted this spring. millions of acres dry as a bone
one of the worst droughts to hit the u.s. in 100 years is taking a huge toll on this year's crops and that means your wallet will take a hit as well. hot dry weather is crippling corn and natural disasters have been declared in 26 years. this has devastated farmers who are worrying about how much damage their harvest and livelihood can take. rob is in indiana. >> reporter: of all the states in the corn belt, this one, indiana, hit theardest by the drought. they have seen less than a .10 of an inch of rain. it's going to be another steamy day today. spring was perfect conditions to plant. then the heat and drought hit. these stalks that should be up and over my head well below,
stunted because of the drought. we talked to one gentleman who helped us facilitate what will happen between them and the federal government. there's been a lot of misconceptions about what the americans think of farmers. listen to this. >> farmers are individual businessmen who are true, one of the last really entrepreneurs ji left as far as small business. there's a misconception they're on the government payroll. that's not true anymore. there was a time period when he had low, low prices where we had payments to some some assistance going there. the last four or five years the prices have rebounded. the farm life has been pretty good. this is the first set back for several years. >> 80 to 90% of our corn has already established itself.
the rain is not going to help it at this point. >> reporter: this is what they like to see more of. this is what most look like or have. they're trying to hold onto what they have. 30% of what they consider to be good. that's doing a number of things. it has the farmers scrambling and praying for rain and it's shooting commodity prices up. you and me are going to see this at the grocery stores before too long in the way of higher food prices. which states are hit hardest by this drought. >> we'll talk with our meteorologist chad meyers who has interesting information for you. just a quick note for those heading out the door. maybe you're heading out to lunch or going to work. you can continue watching cnn on your phone or watch it live from your desk top. i'm barack obama and i approve this message.
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as promised at the top of this broadcast we would take you back to bowling green, ohio when mitt romney took to the stage. take a listen. >> what would happen if the president's tax policies were enacted because this tax policy is to take the tax on small business from 35% to 40%. i say that because most small businesses are taxed as individuals. he wants to raise the marginal tax rate from 35 to 40%. they said if that policy gets put in place, it will kill 710,000 jobs. that's the direction this president. there's something else i think you ought to know. that's when something is in trouble, when people need good jobs, you would think the president would focus his energy and passion on helping people get jobs. you know what he's been doing over the last six months?
in the last six months he's held 100 fund-raisers and guess how many meetings he's had with his jobs council. none. zero. zero in the last six months. it makes it clear where his priorities here. his priority is trying to keep his own job and that's why he's going to lose it. [ applause ] >> he is simply out of touch with what's happening in this country, and he's out of ideas. he's offered no new ideas to get the economy going other than to send it to bailouts. do you want another bailout governor? the republican governors aren't looking for another bailout. he's out of the of touch. he's out of ideas. he's out of excuses and that's
why november we got to get him out of office. [ applause ] >> now, on friday he said something which the governor eluded to which really reveals what he thinks about our country, about our people, about free enterprise, about freedom, about individual initiative, about america. you've heard it already. i've seen some signs that reference it. i want to say it exactly as he said it. speaking about small business and businesses of all kind, he said this. if you've got a business, you didn't build that. somebody else made that happen. how many people here, would the be people that began a business or leading a business stand up. thank you. thank you. [ applause ] >> don't sit down. stand up. keep standing up.
>> mitt romney in bowling green, ohio. he's going to be hammering home that message until the november election coming up very soon. it's going to get harder and harder. he's in bowling green, ohio where it's no green on the ground according to our meteorologist. a huge drought is affecting more than half of the country with disaster declarations in 26 states. i want to go to chad meyers for more on which states are taking the biggest hits. >> he's getting a birds eye view. he is seeing the devastation in ohio from indiana back to illinois. all the states that are the bread basket, the places that make the food that we eat. let's get to it. let's go state by state. we'll break it down for you. we had an amazing planting season. we have great corn prices because ethanol has raised the prices of corn because they use the ethanol. we put it in our tanks.
that's great. so many farmers planted corn this year trying to cash in on that money. we have corn planted where it shouldn't be planted. starting in may a drought started through here. it stopped raining. we didn't have a severe seas in may or june. that's the area that was hit very hard by the lack of rain. indiana has planted 12.2 million acres of corn this year. 71% is poor or worse. illinois. 22, almost 23 of it poor or worst. you're going to make 10, 20, maybe 30% of what you could have. iowa 27% poor. that's the biggest state at 24 million acres.
nebraska 27%, 19 million acres planted. we talk about how cow's eat corn. cows eat grass. they eat hay. you can't just start feeding them corn when they are born. missouri 92% of your pasture is in poor or very poor condition. indiana, there's no hay. there's no grass for these animals to eat. you're going to have to ship it place else and all the other towns and states are not making hay. they say make hay while the sun is shining. the sun is shining too much this year. we need some rain. i don't think we're going to see it. >> you're depressing a lot of people, but it is reality. >> it is reality. we're going to live with this for the end of the season. i don't thk a lot of rain will help those crops now.
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this next story has been trending. if you are gay you cannot be a boy scout or scout leader. that's what the boy scouts of america just reaffirmed yesterday in a national announcement. that didn't stop one former den leader from pushing forward with her petition. today she dropped off 300,000 signatures to the national scout headquarters in irving, texas. the petition asked that the boy scotts of america reinstate her and end their policy on banding
homosexuals from the group. in april her troop dismissed her because she is sga. she joins me live from dallas, texas. thank you for joining us. you doing okay? >> i am. thanks for having me. >> we just confirmation that you will not get your job back and be reinstated. the statement reads that bsa values the freedom of everyone to express their opinion and believes to disagree does not mean to disrespect. what's your response to that? >> that's pretty much the statement that they've put out there numerous times before. i knew the statement going into the meeting. i didn't expect to change anything today necessarily, but it was still nice to be heard along with those 300,000 signatures were tens of thousands of comments from scouts, former scouts, current
scouts who disagree with the decision to keep this policy in place. during our meeting i asked for proof of this two-year 11 person committee. i wanted to see some records saying where is the proof that people want this. they couldn't produce it. >> let me ask you this. you said you disagree with them. they disagree with you and they said that doesn't mean they are disrespecting you. do you feel disrespected? >> i don't think it was their intention to personally disrespect me. unfortunately, it's just a policy that we need to update a little bit. i love scouts as probably knows now. crews love scouts. we just want to be included. just because we delivered the petition today doesn't mean we're done. we'regoing to continue that petition to change that. >> how is crews doing?
he loved being a boy scout. if i had been pulled out, i would have been heartbroken. i'm sure you're torn about taking him out. how is he dealing with this? does he understand what's going on? >> he understands to the best of his ability. he doesn't really understand discrimination because he's not been taught to discrimination. he treats everybody equally and doesn't understand why people aren't treating us equally. he's sad because he doesn't get to do the things he thought he was going to get to do this summer with his friends in scouts. ultimately we can't continue to support this organization that doesn't support our family. >> does he understand that he has two mommies? have you spoken to him? he gets that, right? >> for sure. he has two moms. he has a dad. he has more people to love him
than most kids. >> what the scout said is that children shouldn't learn about sexuality at all except from their own families and at a time when tennessee parents or families feel it's appropriate to them. what does that have to do with you? >> i don't know. i agree with that statement. i've never taught anybody's child about sexuality. it never came up. it never came up until the boy scouts of america brought it up. we were just scouts. we went about our daily lives with our scouting and knot tieing and whatever else we do. it never came up. i agree with that statement. i didn't bring it up. they did. >> you sound a little downtrodden and i don't know what your normal tone but you sound a little -- >> i'm not. it's been a day. i'm very optimistic. i think the fact that they've
met with me is a huge turning point. i think the fact that they came out with their findings yesterday, to me doesn't deter me in any way. it feels me like they're finally listening. >> are you going to sue? >> no. i'm not interested in causing any grief. i just want to be included. we love scouts. we're going to keep up. this petition will be open until we win. >> give our best to crews. thank you. >> thank you. listen up. sure your favorite team might be priceless to you but forbes magazine begs to differ. coming in fifth. even with only three playoff experiences the washington redskins are still $1.6 billion
list of most valuable sports team. we gave you three of the top five. taking the number two spot here. call it soccer or call it futbol. real madrid is worth $1.88 billion. the number one most valuable sports team. it's manchester united at $2.23 billion. we knew that. let's talk more about sports. president barack obama welcomes the 2012 ncaa women's basketball champion baylor bears to the white house. there they are. looking good. he's gratie i congratulating th their himmic historic unbeaten system. the president will highlight the
lady bears for their commitment that they have made to their community including their work with students and the homeless in the waco area. very impressive team. congratulations to them. michigan detectives ask for the public's help to solve cold cases. four kids killed and evidence is found in a 1966 pontiac bonnville. ♪
thnchts is fascinating cold case to tell you about. dna has brought new life to a cold case. a string of child murders in michigan from the mid-1970s, the evidence led to a convicted sex offender who is already serving life. get this, he's not the killer. prosecutors hope by putting his name and face out there the murder of these two boys and another victim will come to light. kevin deates explains it. >> reporter: take a look at art
sloan. he's serving life in prison. police say a hair found in his 1966 bonneville to hairs found on the victims of mark and timmy king. >> those hairs have the same mt dna profile as the hair recovered from the 1966 pontiac bonneville. >> reporter: the hair is not art sloan's hair. police believe it belongs to one of his friends or associate. police are asking for the public to help. this is what sloan looked like in the 1970s. do you know him. do you know any of his friends. one of them may be the oakland county child killer. >> this has physical evidence on two of victims. physical evidence in the car or a person we think is connected to or knows who the hair belongs
to. >> we are asking for any assistance that the public can give to identify and locate sloan's associates and friends from that time period. >> that was kevin deates reporting. we're going to go to the prosecutor we saw in that story. her name is jessica cooper. she joins me by phone. miss cooper, he's serving life in prison and it must be so frustrating to have him sitting there and not helping you out. is there anything more you can do to get him cooperate like improve prison conditions or anything like that. >> he is serving a life sentence and he really has no incentive. we'll help you in on that life sentence to something that will give you another life sentence. he's a very sophisticated man. he has a considerable iq. they have interviewed him for a
period of time. the task force spent time tracking down family members, friends, as much as we could. we reached a point about a month ago when we got confirmation on the fourth hair where we sat down in terms of law enforcement and said okay. we have done what we've done and we have investigated as best we can. now we're going to turn to the media who has always been fascinated by this. we want the public to know that what we have been working at is science. >> can we talk a bit more about this science because as you said in the story, you're looking with mt. it doesn't belomean it belongs
the person that killed the kids. it could be a family member. >> it means that we're in the ballpark. we don't have the pew. what it means is that it's been use used to identify specific people. we have something that is half of the chromosone. >> can i jump in and ask you something? >> sure. >> this evidence has been linked to two killings. the killings of two boys. is there any indication that the
same person killed the girls. the 10-year-old and the 12-year-old? >> that hair, there were no hairs found on jill robinson and on christine there was a hair but it's not related to these four hairs that we're talking about. that is not a profile here or an mtdna. there was a hair on one of the girls but it bears no relationship to what we're talking about. what we have is a tie between the two boys and between this hair that is found in the 1966 bonneville. it will give you probabilities into the thousands. what we find to be as we say the
moe mentous decision or finding is there are four items and those items, mark was killed in 1977 and timothy king was killed in 1977 and the profiles are the same. >> jessica cooper is the prosecutor in this case. it's fascinating. we appreciate it here. an explosion outside an airport in bulgaria. several people are killed and the israeli prime minister is pointing t finger at iran. more than a decade after the september 11 attack, could american flight school be unknowingly training terrorists? book one. tell me, o muse... famous town of troy... book three. book 12. poseidon... book 17. book 20. thunderbolts. book 24. the end. [ ryan ] alright, what's next.
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schools and killed more than a thousand people. it looks like we're not doing enough. i want to bring in chris lawrence who has more on a homeland security meeting that got under way this morning. what does this report say? it's disturbing? >> bottom line, it's scary. ten years after most of us thought the problems had been completely fixed, this report shows there are serious loopholes in the program and that terrorists could still be receiving flight training right here in the united states. anyone who is not a u.s. citizen is supposed to go through a threat assessment program before being allowed to take flight training. that includes a criminal background check checked against the terrorist database. everything is supposed to be checked out. some foreign nationals are not being vetted and still allowed to go to flight schools. others who have been vetted