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gains. they claim this video shows a police station they took over. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity of this video, however. opening statements got under way today in the drew peterson trial. now, he is the former chicago area police officer accused of murdering his third wife, she was found dead in the bathtub in 2004. her death was treated as an accident. but peterson came under scrutiny when his fourth wife stacy disappeared. the trial is expected to last about a month. now to what is going on in the olympics. okay. we got a spoiler alert, though. so put your tv on mute if you don't want to know who the winner is. the u.s. women's gymnastics team now in first place in the finals after the first rotation. they just did the vault. now, if the u.s. wins, it is going to be their first team gold since 1996. we'll watch this one and keep you posted. now, in swimming, the women's
200 meter freestyle happens in about two hours. 17-year-old american missy franklin takes on the world record holder federica pellegrini of italy. in men's swimming, michael phelps could win two medals today. first up is 200 meter butterfly. if he pulls it off, he jumps back in the pool for his 4 by 200 freestyle relay. if he wins both, he'll have a record 19 olympic gold medals. in men's gymnastics, whole different story. after saturday's preliminaries, team was in first place. but last night, they finished in fifth. a couple of moments of defeat like a fall off the pommel horse. former team member says a lot of it is nerves. >> it is a weird animal once you get out there. there is olympic rings on the equipment, it is all over the venue, and all of a sudden the reality of where you are and what you're doing hits you. sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. >> something else a little embarrassing for nbc, the home of the olympics.
they aired a promo last night giving away that 17-year-old u.s. swimmer missy franklin had won a gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke. they showed it before the tape delayed event was shown on tv. that was enough for stephen colbert to jump all over it. take a listen. >> the london olympics are finally under way. i tell you, there is nothing like the thrill of seeing team usa triumph in an internet headline and then waiting to see it confirmed on nbc seven hours later. i mean, the suspense, did the cameras capture what happened? did my cable go out? all right. so real time versus tape delayed time. it is a pretty big issue for some this time around in the olympics. with stuff like twitter, facebook, hard not to know what is going on in real time. alina cho has the story. >> reporter: one of the most talked about upsets of the olympics so far may be michael
phelps' loss to rival ryan lochte in the 400 individual medley. it happened saturday, just before 3:00 p.m. eastern. but nbc didn't broadcast the race until six and a half hours later, primetime in the u.s. >> i understand the old time business rational for that, but in the internet, it is outmoded. for one thing, we can all talk about these things on twitter and twitter becomes a giant spoiler machine. >> reporter: the siwtwitter-ver lit up. can't believe michael phelps came in fourth again. just like ten hours ago in the same event. and, pssst, phelps lost. nbc later. isn't this deja vu all over again. >> nbc gets hammered over this every four years. it is in a box. it pays billions of dollars for the right to care ritt olympics and it only makes money if it
puts the most popular sporting events on in primetime, which means tape delay. primetime is where nbc makes its money. the network paid $4.4 billion to a air the olympics through the 2020 games, makes it up in ad revenue, charging $725,000 for a single 30-second spot. in a statement, nbc sports group chairman mark hlazarus said our strategy of driving people to watch nbc in primetime is working. the opening ceremony was the most watched in the history of the summer games. so was the first night of competition when phelps experienced the agony of defeat. and nbc says its live streaming hundreds of olympic events on the web. >> it is just hard to find it and you got to go through a bit of rigmarole to sign up for it. >> reporter: so what's the answer? do you just want to say, come on, stop complaining? >> i do think some of the people
who are carping and complaining on twitter maybe have too much time on their hands. >> reporter: things likely won't change unless people flock to catch the games online instead of waiting for the primetime olympic experience. alina cho, cnn, new york. so a lot of us tied to our smartphones these days, avoiding social media for the olympics might almost seem impossible and the use of social media skyrocketing in the four years since the games in beijing. look at this. 2 wha 2008, twitter had 300,000 tweets per day. today there are 400 million per day. and facebook had 100 million active users. so now that number is up to 900 million. joining us to talk about the games, social media, justin peters, an editor at the columbia journal review and he's covering the games for slate. nice to see you here. how do you actually maneuver all of this?
you can get it real time. >> everything, yeah. >> yeah. so how do you prevent from being a spoiler? >> it is not easy. but you can try. what you got to do is unplug, right? if you're really adamant you don't want to know anything about what is happening in the olympics until 7:00 at night, you got to stay away from twitter, got to disconnect from facebook, got to walk down the street with earmuffs on or something, do everything you can to try to avoid getting the news broken before you want to hear it. >> might look a little weird with the earmuffs, but you wrote in an article here, you've personally been a spoiler, you tell folks the results before they actually air and the events air on television. i want you to hear what some folks think about what you are doing. >> i saw you the results of the 400 im where, you know, lochte, phelps, i was alitt little anno because i tried to avoid it all day. >> people post them on twitter,
facebook, social media or pop up on the news headlines before i get to watch them online. >> so, justin, how do you maneuver all of this? you do have a network here that is trying, you know, making some money, they say, they're getting great ratings here, but there are people who are disappointed that they have lost some of the suspension in aus isuspense in >> you got to understand where nbc is coming from, first of all. they make most of their money on the primetime slots and most people in this country are not, you know, around watching tv during the day. they're working. so i got to give them a little bit of slack for saying, all right, we're going to save this stuff for when our biggest audience comes. but, you know, as you were saying, all this stuff is available online if you do want to see it. you're talkingo someone right now who has been up for about 24 hours, watching every single sport under the sun from archery to wrestling. you can find it if you want. the trick is knowing when to say
when, i guess. >> you got to take a break there. 20 hours. that's a bit much there. >> i love the olympics. >> i love the olympics too, but you got to take a break. we have seen some tweets that have got someone folks in trouble, particularly athletes. this greek triple jumper, she was dropped from the team over an offensive tweet about africans. swiss soccer player sent home after derogatory tweet about koreans and a british reporter had his twitter account suspended after tweeting the e-mail address of an nbc official. how do you actually control what is taking place here? are we seeing a different kind of event, different kind of olympics because of all of this? >> absolutely. i don't think you can control it. i think what we're seeing for first time ever is we're seeing participants in the olympics giving unfiltered messages while they're in competition. they're sending it out without any intermediary telling them what to say and what not to say. and it can turn out badly for the athletes who are a little bit in politic with the tweets
that they use to send. for the rest of us watching at home, it adds a bit of an exciting and unpredictable element that wasn't there before. it makes it a bit more fun. >> all right. it is fun watching the olympics, but take a break, take a little bit of a break and tweet us, let us know what you're watching. appreciate it, justin. good to see you. >> thanks, suzanne. technology not just changing the way we watch the olympics, also changing the way the athletes are competing. the way swimmers kick to what they we are, dr. sanjay gupta will be with us to show us how it is shaping up the games. his overseas tour is over. but can mitt romney put it all behind him? the missteps and foreign policy fumbles. and we know the drought is impacting food prices. but listen to this, nuclear power plants need water for cooling and no water equals no power. his morning starts with arthritis pain.
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and defender of freedom. he says the partnership between the u.s. and poland is based on common beliefs and values. >> our nations belong to the great fellowship of democracies. we speak the same language of freedom and justice. we uphold the right of every person to live in peace. i believe it is critical to stand by those who have stood by america. solidarity was a great movement that freed a nation and the swiss solidarity that america and poland face the future. >> political reporter shannon travis is joining us from washington. good to see you, shannon. first of all, he's wrapping up his trip in poland. went there at the invitation of lech walesa. tell us why poland was important for him on this overseas trip. >> well, you got to figure, suzanne, this was a twofold goal for governor romney in this overseas trip of the political and the practical. in terms of the practical part, he wanted to basically praise
poland and show them as being a key u.s. ally. he did that and the sound bite you just played and the key part of the speech holding it up as a model for freedom, economic freed freedom, democratic freedom and showing it -- or saying it is a model, that poland is a model for the rest of the world. in terms of political and there were some not so subtle political overtures to an american audience. you got to figure that, number one, there are a lot of polish americans and a lot of key battleground states. they are receiving that message that they heard from governor romney as well as in his speech he praised the late pope john paul ii several times. that's going to play well with a lot of american catholics back here at home as well as obviously in israel when he had a high praise for israel as well. that will play very well with a lot of jewish voters and a lot of battleground states too. there was a political angle and a practical purpose. >> seems like there were two
audiences there as international audience and domestic audience on this trip here. not smooth sailing as we know for him. several missteps oversees on this trip. the criticism of the london olympics, and then also comments that angered palestinians when he was in israel. how do they think they did overall? >> there were the gaffes heard around the world. look, no presidential candidate who is going on a big splash abroad wants the really negative headlines that you have seen out of this and democrats are trying to play that up. obama for america's campaign is actually holding a conference call in 15 minutes to play up some of the gaffes. but if you think about it like this, stewart stevens is a romney adviser, senior adviser, said, you know what, the purpose was to go over there, for it to be a listening tour, learning tour and to play up some of the key alliances with some of these key u.s. allies and that he accomplished that, even today, bill crystal prominent conservative columnist called this, said the speech today was
the highlight of the trip. he's obviously speaking to two different audiences assessing the trip. but governor romney's campaign feels like it was by and large a success. >> this is a an aside, getting a lot of attention, there was a romney press aide who got angry, frustrated with reporters who were trying to ask questions. listen to this little exchange. >> governor romney -- >> some of the mishaps on your trip. >> governor romney, do you have a statement for the palestinians? >> what about your gaffes? >> governor romney, do you feel your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip. >> show some respect. >> governor romney -- >> show some respect. >> we haven't had another chance to ask him some questions. >> [ bleep ]. this is a holy site for the polish people. show some respect. >> so, shannon, you know, covering candidates and presidents, sometimes things get testy and reporters shout questions. that is not atypical there. if you want to get some sort of
response, there is frustration between aides and reporters, that is not unusual. do you think it matters all that much to voters when they look at this exchange? or, hey, we got other things to pay attention to? >> sure, again, given the string again of embarrassing headlines that have come out of this week-long trip for the governor, it is just yet another thing to pile on, just another bad news, piece of bad news. but in the general scheme of things, this probably won't rate that much to a lot of voters. this is a family channel, suzanne, we had to beep out what rick gorka, his traveling press secretary, actually said. he later told another reporter to, quote, shove it. but, again, this probably won't rate that highly on a lot of voters minds back here at home. >> i understand he since apologized as well. hopefully a little smoother over the rough edges there between the press corps and the romney campaign. shannon, thanks, appreciate it. so imagine no lights, no air conditioning, widespread traffic jams. that is the scene in india right
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there it is. all of a sudden, most of the power we have lost is up here across the northern part of the country. we'll get rid of that, show you here all of these states here are parts of india here, all of the states affected by this power blackout. 600 million people without power. now, understand, 300 other million people don't have any power anyway. not even one lightbulb in their house. and you take it for what is the u.s., we spin you around to the size of the same country, that's the same zoom in scale, 600 million without power. 50% of the population of india without power. twice the population of the u.s. without power today. trains are stuck on tracks. they're slowly getting this back up together, but it is being a slow, slow process. it is a booming population, wires are everywhere, trying to get this consumption with the irrigation to get crops going. have to irrigate if it doesn't rain and turn on the cooling systems, air conditioners if you don't have the rain as well to keep you cool. sunshine and no rainfall makes a
hot climate. indeed a hot climate, people want to get cool. want to get cool, people use electricity. sometimes the power grid goes out and it did, two days in a row. >> big problems in india. chad, you and i were talking about this before, you were 6 years old, you actually remember the -- >> i remember watching it on a black and white tv. with the tuner you have to dial back and forth. i think it was 2 through 13 were the channels we got. >> yeah. check it out. we're looking at this -- the iconic image of apo apolo astronauts. most of the flags survived and they're still standing. researchers examined the latest photos from the reconnaissance orbiters and they see the flags are casting shadows on all the sites except for apollo 11. >> if you can find the golf ball he hit, i would be impressed. >> yeah, absolutely. pretty cool. thanks, chad. when every second counts, the swimsuit you wear or the shoes you run in could make a difference, especially if you
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>> the breakout portion of the race as compared to michael who is coming out at a little bit faster time, move over here to the 15 meter mark to the 35 meter mark, he's at 11.3, 11.2. michael is at 10.9. itoesn't sound like a lot, but in swimming it is a lot of time. >> reporter: bmw has taken video analysis to the next level, adopting its expertise and adopting it to swimming. >> kicking underwater is one of the most important parts of swimming. it is faster than on top of the water. you don't know why they go so fast or why you go faster than them. this technology adding numbers, adding equations to this will help us evolve as swimmers. >> reporter: ricky barons is experimenting with this new technology. by marking six points where the body bends on the swimmer, the wrists, shoulder, hip, knee,
ankle and toe. the software connects the dots. >> we have the kick frequency, we have the kick depth, we have the kick rate. this is really going to help u.s. swimming to help determine what makes a great dolphin kick. >> what swimmers wear affects their aerodynamics. and this year, it is evolved even more. >> the more fabric you can put on the human body, the faster it is going to be. the whole idea is to keep the body as uniform as possible, like a torpedo. >> reporter: incidentally the same goes for track and field athletes. >> we added texture to the suit to make it faster. if you look really close, there is dimensions to it, texture to it, so it turns out smooth does not equal fast. it shaves off 0.023 seconds, not just a difference between first and second place, this is the difference of being on the podium or not. this is the sprint shoe for the 100 meter, extremely lightweight, extremely
supportive, independent, loose cables that gives you a perfect fit. >> reporter: for marathoners, shoes have to be even lighter. >> it is only 160 gram light, can save yourself 19%, which is how much lighter the shoe is compared to other favorite marathon shoes. at the end of the race, you would have saved yourself the weight of a car. for basketball players, the weight of their shorts can impact their game. and their shoes can track their performance. just some of the ways technology is shaping the london olympics. >> 33. that's awesome. >> that is so cool. and sanjay joins us. now i know where i run so slow, it is the shoes. >> the new technology. >> i thought we would see you in swimwear in that piece. >> it is under my suit. commercial break. this is something you just saw. you can take a feel of this. you heard the comment, you want longer swimsuits. you think speedos and stuff,
they want more fabric because they think it gives them an advantage. they give you gloves. this is from the olympic and they give you gloves because they don't -- pulling it on, you can tear it, it is so snug and skin tight that you use these gloves. the cap, you know, people have been talking about the caps recently. women are typically wearing two ca caps. one cap is a hair compression cap, they put the hair near the back of their head and then a second cap as well over here on top of it to give them a better profile in the back of their head. they don't want anything to impede the way the water tracks over the skin. >> the idea he said is just to be like a bullet. you have to be shaped like a bullet, right? a torpedo. >> right. it is all ergo dynamics. even the goggles follow that. they have two seals. an outer seal and inner seal. this goes around your eye. but that outer area gets filled with water so if gives you more suction against the face and keeps the temperature -- so you're not fogging up when you come in and out of the water. pretty cool, right? >> what are they going to think
of next? it seems like every time they get more and more sophisticated and you wonder how much of it is the body and how much is the equipment that is getting the advantage. >> i think it is a great question. everybody has access to this. so it is not like the united states is at an unfair advantage. other countries have access to this sort of technology as well. but i think over time you're seeing this year records being broken, you know, quite a bit, and i'm sure the technology shaves off even fractions of a second, makes a difference. >> you have a triathlon coming up. you're going to sport this gear for us? >> this will make me swim faster and the goggles. >> you're going to win the triathlon. >> i'm going to win. exactly. >> sanjay, thank you. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. you can catch more coverage of the games this weekend with sanjay looking into the science behind doping and profiles an olympian who almost could not compete in london due to a heart defect. watch sanjay gupta md saturday at 4:30 p.m. easte and sunday
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we have been talking about how a drought this summer is ruining crops, driving food prices even higher. well, believe it or not, the impact of the drought is also extending to the country's nuclear power plants. the lack of water could lead to plants cutting back or even shutting down. that means less power to run our homes as well as our businesses. cnn's sandra endo she is looking into all of the scenarios, she joins us from washington and, first of all, talk about this issue that these nuclear power plants need a lot of water. what kind of shape are they in now? >> yes, suzanne, it is not the most immediate thing you think about en you consider the effects of extreme heat and a widespread drought. but power plants, both conventional and nuclear power plants depend on a significant supply of reliable water to cool reactors. now, we're talking about up to a billion gallons a day in some
cases for a large plant. and because of the severe weather this summer, there have been several instances where power plants in the midwest and northeast needed to reduce power because of the strain on its systems and some plants have had to ask for waivers to discharge water from their plants at higher temperatures. now, that poses an environmental threat to fresh water, wildlife. here is how it works. if power plants do not have enough water for cooling systems, they may need to cut back on production. if the incoming water into the plant is too warm from fresh water sources, power plants may have to reduce electricity production if the water is more difficult to cool. and if the outgoing water emitted back into rivers and lakes is too warm, it could harm wildlife like fish and turtles. the union of concerned scientists says that is not the only problem. >> the question is if power plants are getting water they need, and there is not enough
water in general, so who else is losing out. what does that mean for how much water farmers are getting. what does that mean for what kind of cuts we're going to be asking for from our cities and towns. >> the nuclear regulatory commission says despite the drought, plants continue to operate safely and what they're seeing now is consistent to what they have seen in the past during heat waves. suzanne? >> so what can be done if to ensure the water temperature you talked about that is being discharged from the power plants that it is not too hot. how do you control that? >> well, this is what a lot of people may not want to hear because besides from power plants scaling back on their energy production or asking for a waiver to discharge hotter water, the best thing for everyone to do is scale back on using electricity, but that's also very hard given the extreme heat. >> all right. sandra, thank you. appreciate it. you've been waiting to buy a plane ticket, might want to wait a few more weeks because prices are going down. we'll tell you how much up ahead. ct swing
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so if you have flown at all in the past couple of years, or even recently, you know firsthand airfares have been going up. just theup. just the first three months of the yore alone average ticket costs almost 5% than the year before. if you're planning a trip you might want to wait a bit. we know air fares are expected to start dropping. alison kosik to talk about why this is happening and how much of a drop are we expecting. >> it's a nice surprise. these could be some pretty sizable price drops depending on where you go. he's expecting fares to drop anywhere from 10 to 20% on flights beginning on august 21st. we ran some test searches just to see. you can save a lot of money. see you get a trip from newark
to los angeles that will cost you around $533. it drops almost 10 bucks in august. some of these fares don't change at all but in some cases we did see a modest decrease which is a nice surprise. >> that's great. why is this happening? >> for one, many kids head back to school in mid-august. it's not the peak travel system for these carriers plus demand this summer hasn't been as strong as expected. carriers realize this. they aren't trying to push their luck by hiking fares even more. keep in mind experts say you should really shop now if you're looking to travel in september and october. these sites tend to have best deals if you buy tickets between tuesday and thursday. a flight from la guardia to
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witnesses said they saw a fin in the water before that unidentified man went under while screaming for help yesterday. he has non-life threatening cuts on the lower parts of the legs. seals might have attracted the shark. all eyes on the u.s. swim team at a olympics. besides winning. it's the first time the team has more than one person of african-american heart aritage. >> reporter: 2008 olympic gold me dalist collin jones loves the idea of being a role model. >> i think that's huge. i can't tell you how many family members picked up a driver because they saw tiger woods doing it. the beacon of seeing someone that looks like you that is excelling in a sport, getting out of a bad situation, those
are the glimpses of hope that people see. >> reporter: jones is part of something different about usa swimming. he's one of three athletes with african-american heritage that will compete for the u.s. the first time there's been more than one. growing in new jersey, jos learned to swim at age five after nearly drowning at a water park. he helps teach other minority kids swim through usa swimming foundations make a splash program. >> good job. all right. i don't know if it's going to be in my lifetime or not but i just think that the ball is rolling. make a splash initiative is an amazing step in the right direction. i think there are going to be other programs that will be just like them. >> reporter: 17-year-old lea neil is just the second african-american woman to swim for team usa.
she saw first hand the effect she had on other african-americans after qualifying for the london olympics last month. >> i was taking a nap and when i woke up i saw i had 30 new twitter followers. i was like something must have happened. i looked at my mentions and i saw alisha keys tweeted me. i said that's cool. spike lee also tweeted me. that was really cool. >> reporter: anthony blazed the trail as the first u.s. swimmer with african-american heritage at the 2000 games. he made a remarkable comeback to qualify for the london games. deite the progress and the makeup of the u.s. swim team, he thinks it will be a while before the support gets so diverse that race won't be a topic anymore. >> i mean the race question is
always going to be involved one way or another. it may not be the same exact race question that it was ten years ago but there's always going two a race question. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you so much. hello and welcome here. we want to start once again today with the civil war in syria because the syrian government forces have hit really this brick wall in the wars most decisive battle yet. we're about to show you again, talking about this battle in aleppo. this is the commercial hub. the largest city in this country where government forces were expected to win in that route. that's yet to happen. as we told you yesterday rebel forces captured an army base and today here they have captured two, possibly three police stations in various parts within the city of aleppo. we have video of up with of those battles.
just watch. as you can see this battle raging on. these are the syrian rebels in the process of capturing this police station in this crucial battle for aleppo. now in the process o f capturin this military base, the rebels have taken scores of prisoners. ivan watson has this exclusive access to some of these captives. he joins me live just outside of aleppo. tell me about these prisoners and what you see. >> reporter: well, we were brought to a school that had been turned into a makeshift prison, brooke. within probably 25 miles drive of aleppo.
this key city. there the rebel ls had abouts h prisoners. they usher us into two classrooms. there were about 40 men crowded on t floor. all of their heads were shaved. one of the classrooms, they were described as malitia. that's the pro-regime malitia that terrifying that anybody supports the opposition in this country. the other room had soldiers and army officers and a lot of these people have been captured in the last week or so. >> hearing about these troops being captured this makes me wonder, the rebels sound like they still have the upper hand in this night over aleppo. is that what you're seeing? >> reporter: i think it may be a stretch to say they have the
upper hand. >> how would you qualify it? >> reporter: the fact they feel safe enough to hold that many prisoners that close to aleppo signifies they feel they have complete control of the country side. they are not afraid of syrian government forces coming in and shows how long they have controlled that area that they can establish a permanent prison type place where they put bars up over the windows of classrooms and set up a rebel prison system. >> in the meantime, as we look at this map and we've been talking this last week, aleppo is the cradle of civilization. you have these people that have been known in what was a beautiful city. there are people that live there. are you seeing many of these people fleeing? >> reporter: absolutely. the villages and towns are chocked full of refugees.
they are overflowing the rural communities and streaming across the border to neighboring countries like turkey. the village i'm staying in is power grid. there are so many people staying in this tiny little farming village that the power grid couldn't support all the electricity that these refugees are consuming. the price of fuel has skyrocketed. fuel for cooking even. people were relying on electricity to cook. they can't buy fuel to drive around in. the descriptions that i got from one of the displaced people who fled aleppo. he described saying the bakeries couldn't make bread anymore. there hasn't been electricity in alep aleppo neighborhoods in days. that paints a dire, dire grim picture. we saw an ambulance drive by in our village carrying the body of
another fighter killed, a rebel fighter killed in the battle for aleppo. >> ivan watson, we'll continue talking to you. i was to talk about the assads. these are the folks that have run syria for as long as anyone with remember. he left power to bashar but only because his more favorite son died in car crash. bashar was plan b. a trained eye doctor was summoned home from a life in london where he met the woman he would go onto marry. here they are in happier times. joining any from new york, a writer who wrote a controversial profile is joan juliet buck.
we refer it to as a puff piece and she writes about the back story of that piece in the current edition of newsweek. here is the headlines. syria's fake first family. my notorious interview with mrs. assad. welcome and thank you for joining me. >> thank you. >> it's crystal clear at the top of this piece that when vogue reached out to you in december of 2010, you very clearly had misgivings. why didn't you say to them, vogue, thanks but no thanks. i don't want to go? >> you said it yourself a couple of minutes ago, it's the cradle of civilization. she just made an accord to take a look. i thought her main interest was archaeology. this is what i was told. i had misgivings.
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really was. it was one day when i managed to get away from the people who were watching me. there was a driver. it was parked outside. i've been told there's no crime anywhere in the streets of damascus. it was a big metal box. like seven feet long, six feet high on wheels. it was the kind of metal you don't want to touch. it looked like if you touched it you would scrape your hand and it had a barbed window in the back. i figured if they catch anybody doing anybody they throw them in this box and haul them off. >> you never knew but that was part of the toxic aura. that's how you described syria. >> yeah. when i asked about it afterwards, i was told what box. what do you mean? never seen that. there was a lot of everything is fine. >> let me ask you, when you
first met. this assignment vogue had been wanting her for two years. what was your first impression? >> somebody british. born and raised in england, educated in england. she sounded english and she was very present. she was on as people are when being interviewed. he was on and getting her message across. she was friendly but you know. i didn't make anything of that. she seemed sincere. she seemed sincere about her mission to empower the children of syria to have the courage and the confidence to build a civil society. >> yet as you focus in your piece about she talked so much about the next generation and the youth. we see the youth being slaughtered. how can this woman who is about to go to harvard for her mba stand by her husband and watch this happen? >> this is the personal question i've been living with since we
found out about the slaughter since everything we began in march. i believed her when she talked about empower the youth of syria. i believed her and i saw the way she was with the kids. she was a little weird with them but she still cared. from the moment the 15 boys were arrested from doing the graffiti and tortured, from the moment her husband's forces begain not only killing mourners at funerals but arresting and deliberating torturing and castrating children, i wondered how this english woman i met who believed in the youth of syria could standby and not do anything. i really wondered about it all day long. >> joan, to her husband, you met bashar assad. he wasn't supposed to be president but his brother died and he had to come home and be the president of this country. you ask him why he wanted to be
an eye doctor and he said it's never an emergency. it's very precise and there's very little blood. very little blood. how tragically ironic. >> how tragically ironic. i thought maybe she's trying to tell me that his regime is very precise and there's very little blood. i didn't actually really infer that. i just thought this is a really weird thing to be telling me. it sounds like he's trying to tell me he's a good guy. >> were you duped? do you feel like a fool? >> i feel like a fool because i believed her. i believed her engagement with the syrian children. before i met her i hasn't thought about syrian children once in my life. she talked to me about them. she showed me things they had done. she was so proud of them, it seemed and sobout what
they were learning to do for their country. now, as they are getting not only slaughtered, but tortured by her husband's forces, i'm telling myself i was duped. i fell for the line this woman fed me. >> joan juliet buck, your piece is in newsweek. we appreciate it. >> thank you. barack obama 2008 versus mitt romney 2012, we're comparing their first overseas trips as presidential candidates, next. throughout our entire lives. ♪ one a day women's 50+ is a complete multi-vitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. ♪ it has more of seven antioxidants to support cell health. that's one a day women's 50+ healthy advantage.
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kiss my [ bleep ]. this is a holy site for the people. show some respect. >> rick gorka called reporters and offered an apology. his travels revive memory offense a similar trip by senator barack obama in the summer of 2008 and our white house correspondent joins me live. looking at these two trips side by side how do they compare? >> when you're looking at it in terms of political liabilities then senator's barack obama trip went more smoothly. he didn't have the level of unforced errors that you're seeing in mitt romney's trip. the campaign, the obama campaign as well as the white house have just jumped all over this. the campaign had a conference call for reporters a short time ago where robert gibbs, former press secretary here at the white house who is now a senior advisor and he was on president obama's trip in 2008. he said about mitt romney that
he certainly didn't convince anyone that he past the commander in chief test. i will tell you president obama, then senator obama went to eight countries. mitt romney has gone to three. on the flip side obama faced criticism from the other side saying that he was running to be president of the world instead of president of the u.s. i remember the pictures that came out in 2008. i especially remember all the crowds in berlin and the overwhelmly positive reception that then senator obama received. do you think if he were there in berlin today, would the reception be the same? >> he's still pretty popular overseas. i've traveled over sseas with t president and when i talk to normal every day people who are excited about the prospect of him becoming president of the united states. they still like them. there's some disappointment. it's more muted then people in
the u.s. there is a lot of positive good will towards him. when you're talking about that gathering in berlin, you had 300,000 people coming out to see him and that looked pretty amazing the turnout. but i spoke with one expert who said when you're trying to get favor it doesn't help to have a lot of support in eastern europe so that wasn't a good thing. it was kind of a double edged sword. >> with mitt romney, we covered the gaffes beginning in london and the comments he made about security not being prepared, et cetera, you could hear one of the reporters yelling this question when he was walking away complaini ining about his speech in israel and this press guy losing his cool. did anything like that happen in 2008 with then senator obama?
>> when hef was in germany his campaign set up for him to go to the army medical center where he would have visited with troops. a lot of members from the military are getting treatment there. they cancelled that. aids said it was because the pentagon campaign stop out of it. president obama was criticized for not visiting troops. he did make a little news but in the hospital as much as mitt romney has made. >> being skroocrutinized. it is how it goes. we have the story of a jourmijourm i journalist who got the boot from twitter. you'll only see it on cnn. [ male announcer ] count the number of buttons
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phelps has the opportunity to become the most decorated in history. after that the men's 200 free style relay. one more medal will tie him for the most ever. a second medal would break the record. we're watching for this. when twitter shuts down the account of one of its members it's not national news but a journalist got the boot for criticizing nbc olympic coverage and went a step further. he tweeted out the e-mail address of an nbc sports executive. apparently at twitter that's a no-no. now there's been major development here in the story. let me bring him right in. here is guy adams live with me in los angeles. guy, i'm sure you're frustration. i see you're all smiles now because the news has broken. you got your twitter account back. tell me how this happened.
>> sure. i feel delighted and relieved. i received an e-mail about half an hour ago from twitter telling me that after further consideration or their words were after nbc dropped its complaint against me i was going to be allowed back onto their site. i was a working journalist. i need twitter to do my job properly. i'm pleased to get back on with things. >> nbc dropped the complaint and they winked at twitter and they came back and said you can tweet again? >> yes. what's happened here isn't clear. nbc issued, allegedly issued a complaint against me over the weekend. twitter immediately suspended my account saying i breached their rules. i don't think i had. i don't think any reasonable person reading their rules think i did. twitter haven't commented on whether they think i breached their rules or not. they have just unfrozen my
are we not talking about the same thing here except spike lee was never booted off twitter. that's the big difference. >> you've raised two interesting issues. first of all, yes, why was i targeted for suspension and spike lee wubts. i suspect, i have no way of proving, but i have quite good reason to suspect that twitter took the complaint against me seriously is because they have a commercial relationship with nbc. they wanted to give nbc special treatment. i think twitter needs to clarify whether that did happen. i didn't share someone's private e-mail address. i didn't share the address of their house. i didn't share their phone number. of course, online bullying is a serious thing and i wouldn't want to share any information that could lead to anything that might represent a physical
threat to anyone, at least of all an executive for nbc. i shared an e-mail address. e-mail is very different from a phone call from sharing someone's physical address. it's a very uninvasive means of communication. carry on. >> let me ask you this. even though you are back on twitter, do you think this is precedent setting? >> i'd like to say that it isn't. i'd like to think that twitter can't at the behest of commercial organizations can't shut down a journalist and take them out of circulation for 48 hours. i think it could b precedent unless twitter explains exactly why i was suspended in the first place and explanations what its rules are and how they should be applied in future. >> guy adams we're trying to reach out to get that precise explanation as are you.
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a lot of times on this show we talk about how we can do better. we talk about kids that were subjected to a abuse so cruel it proves monsters are real. you'll see how one foster child is choosing to do better. she was taken from her family when he was seven along with her brother who was about three or four at the time. now she is 22. she's a senior at temple
university in philelphia. she's joining me on capitol hill. she's one of 15 in this program called the foster youth internship. they want the foster system to help improve life for young people currently in the system. one of those kids could be her brother. she has not seen him in 12 years. she is joining me live from washington. welcome. we're going to be get to your brother in a second. i want to help you. first, to your story. i know you with shuffled from family to family. you talk about being a victim of sex abuse. you talk about your brother being a victim of emotional abuse. can you share as much as you can about that experience. >> absolutely. i was very young when it started out. i didn't know what was right or what was wrong. it began happening so much that i didn't realize it was as negative as it was. i would expect it to happen. it wasn't until i was taken away
from that situation and placed my adoptive mother that i realized there was better for me and i realized that people who love you don't treat you that way. i. >> hate to hear that you expected it to happen and go home to stop it from happening to your brother. when you talk about your experience and talking to other former foster kids, do you think that experience is the exception or the norm? >> unfortunately, i think it's the norm in the foster care system. countless amounts of times you can read reports that show that there is neglect going on in foster homes. it's crazy to me because it seems these are the reasons we're being ripped away from our families. we're placed with people half of the time we don't know and we suffer from the same abuse and sometimes it's the first time that people have experienced such abuse in foster care. it's really a travesty. >> it is. we report on stories like this
when they are happening. i wonder could they, could you have picked up the phone and called someone for help. did you know you had that power? >> i didn't know i had that power. honestly, i didn't know that i should have done it. it wasn't, like i said, that i was taken out of that situation and placed in stable environment that i realized that everything that was going on was wrong. i had counselling and i talked to my mother and talk to my grandmother and they would explain to me those kinds of things aren't supposed to happen to children especially young children and that was what helped me come through it and encourage myself to become an advocate for youth just knowing i had a support system there. i knew it was wrong after the fact. the important thing is to instill in children that it's wrong when it's happening. >> you survived the system. you talk about how you found stability with an adoptive mother. during that whole process you're
separated from your little brother who you are looking for now 12 years later. i'm going to ask you about that in a minute. i want to talk about why you're there on capitol hill. you're part of this internship. i want you to rattle off one, two changes you would make to the system if you were talking to congress. >> well, as a part of our internship we write policy reports. my report is on establishing federal database for all the services that are provided for youth that are in the system. we do have many services. we have counselling services and mentor services. i think a lot of the times youth don't know these exist. i didn't know they existed when i was being abused. for other youth they need to know these are out there. they need to know they can pick up the phone and call for help. they need know. if we establish a federal database into one place, i think
it will be better suited for the youth that need it, that thrive off of these services that are provided to us. >> we'll talk about your brother here. the first thing i said to my team, let's get his picture because if she hasn't seen him in 12 years, let's throw his picture up on cnn and hopefully someone can recognize it. you do not have a single photo. help us help you find him. >> i wish i had a picture of him. i've always wished i had pair of him. right now the way i picture him is three or four years old. i was nine, ten, 11 years old wishing i had a picture of my brother. i do have faith i'll be able to find him without it. i think there are resources out there available to me that i have now been familiarized being on capitol hill with. i think i can find him. i'm sure it will be a struggle and i'm sure it won't happen overnight but i have faith i'll be able to find him.
my mother taught me to have faith. >> i hope you find him. let us know when you do. best of luck to you. >> thank you so much. a deadly flu-like virus killing people in africa. could it come to the united states? dr. sanjay gupta will talk to me about ebola, next. i'm the second owner. the what? i will own this car after you. look, i'm not telling you how to drive our car. our car? if you're gonna have a latte in the car, keep a lid on it. it's a cappuccino. still needs a lid. [ male announcer ] the highest-quality cars plus an exceptional certified pre-owned program. good news for the second owner. take care of my car! [ male announcer ] experience the summer of audi event with 1.9% apr for 60 months and a complimentary first month's payment on certified pre-owned audi models. ♪ i want to go ♪ i want to win [ breathes deeply ] ♪ this is where the dream begins ♪ ♪ i want to grow ♪ i want to try ♪ i can almost touch the sky
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even a handshake can be deadly. that's the warning from the president of uganda for this ebola outbreak that's killed 14 people. this virus is moving so quickly here through this african country, the affected district. it's in the western portion of the uganda. it's already killed nine members of one family. it's spreading. a health care worker has died as well. as many as 36 people are sick. dr. sanjay gupta is here. i know you've been in africa and the jungles of the congo.
that's where this originates from? >> it was named after a river in africa. it is daeadly, deadly virus. it can have up to 90% mortality. nine out of ten people getting it dying. it starts off as the flu. >> that simple? >> that simple. it's a bad flu and you start to get joint pain. the thing that's very characteristic is it's not as a hemorrhage fever. it's very horrific. it's part of the reason it's gotten so much attention. >> it sounds horrible. the president of uganda gave a warning about how to avoid the disease. take a listen to that. sglo be vigilant. avoid shaking of hands.
avoid promiscuity because the sickness can go through sex. >> what jumped out at me there is avoid shaking hands. >> it did to me as well. this is not airborne. there's been a lot of movies suggesting its airborne. it's transmitted through bodily fluid so saliva. it's from an animal's blood. people have touched that. it happens in people that are bush meat hunters and then if they touch somebody else you can transmit it. i think the casual shaking of hands is not that dangerous but you can see the heightened concern. you have this many people dying, that's something they're paying attention to. >> it's concerning there. should we be concerned here? >> i don't think so. part of the reason is if you
look throughout history, it doesn't spread like wildfire through the region or through the country. >> good. >> in part it's because of, sad reasons is the patient just die. the ones that don't die are so sick they don't travel. that's how a lot of the diseases are transmitted. people get on plane and go somewhere else. in this case that's probably not going to happen be t. you can see the pattern in this case. >> we'll watch. hopefully the numbers do not go up. easy money. no skill needed. one attempting option is drawing in more and more women during these tough times. just how much can they get for selling their eggs?
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out of work almost triple the u.s. unemployment rate. what are people doing? they are selling pieces of themselves to try to survive. i'm talking about egg and sperm donations. they are up by a lot. >> reporter: this female donor wasn't want to be identified for fear of being sigmatized. she's here to donate her eggs. a process she's been through four times before. >> translator: i was accompanied by my mother. >> reporter: today she's come alone. she knows it will help others start a family. it will also help her family survive financially. >> translator: i work at a house and i do manicures and work as a cleaner. >> reporter: the crisis has impacted their income. she made a decision to begin
donating her eggs for cash. it requires a series of hormone injections and surgical remove of the eggs. >> translator: once i made three day donations and. >> reporter: the process is long, painful and carries risks. once accepted as donors men can give sperm once a week over a period of three months and receive 50 euros every time. >> translator: when you don't have enough money you take the donation money and pay the bills. >> reporter: this is her fifth donation and it will be her last. >> translator: they only recommend a maximum of six donations so it doesn't affect your health. >> reporter: she's surprised by the number of donors walking to her clinic. the industry is closely regulated. they don't take everyone who comes through the door. apart from physical testing potential