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we're out of time. "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. we'll see everybody else back here tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. good morning. hi, soledad. happening now in the newsroom, the greatest ever swimming sensation michael phelps smashing the record books, winning his 19th olympic medal. a chance at history being made again this morning as he gets back in the pool. it's happened again. another needle found in another airline catered sandwich. just two weeks after delta had to deal with the same issue. what's going on? controversial coverage. the mandate requiring employers to provide free birth control to women kicks in today. critics say it's the beginning of the end of religious freedom. this morning, a gut check. bad behavior in badminton. the future of eight players is on the line. did they throw their olympic game? i'm zain verjee in london. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. good morning. thank you for being with us.
i'm carol costello. we begin with chick-fil-a appreciation day. and what's become depending on who you talk to a fight for religious freedom. today, hundreds of thousands say they'll show support for chick-fil-a's coo dan cathy and his stand against same-sex marriage. that includes evangelicals, including the reverend billy graham, who's in poor health. a staffer will deliver chick-fil-a to his home. george, good morning. >> reporter: carol, good morning. according to chick-fil-a, today will be business as usual. the company does not officially support this idea that was sparked by a once republican presidential candidate mike huckabee. nor will it support the national same-sex kiss day that is expected to happen on friday. but when you look at huckaby's facebook page, the page he created to ask people to sign up and support chick-fil-a today, you find that more than half a million people will be showing
up to these different stores to show their support. that's what we expect to see at many of the stores today. but, carol, it really depends upon where you go. for instance, here in the bible belt, here in suburban atlanta, where this company was founded, you find a lot of support as opposed to cities where the company expanded. take a look. >> well, what gain a man if he loses his soul? who cares about money? money is not real. >> maybe wherever he comes from, that's good business. but in new york, it's terrible. it's terrible policy and terrible business. he should just shut his mouth. >> carol, we are expecting a lot of people to show up to these stores. some just looking for lunch. but others who will be showing up to support chick-fil-a for this particular issue. >> george howell reporting live in smyrna, georgia, this morning. as george said, thousands are expected to eat at chick-fil-a today, including rick santorum and billy graham. one man has already bought his staff a chick-fil-a breakfast.
he is alabama speaker of the house mike hubbard. representative hubbard is joining me now from birmingham, alabama. good morning, sir. >> good morning, carol. how are you? >> i'm good. thank you for being with us this morning. this controversy went from an argument over same-sex marriage to religious freedom. why? >> well, to me, it has nothing to do with same-sex marriage or the issue. it's about religious freedom and the freedom of speech. and what really has angered me and i know others are city officials in chicago and boston saying that they will not provide a business license for chick-fil-a or retroactively try to take a business license away because of a company president's political or religious views. and to me, that is just un-american. in fact, it's unconstitutional. and, you know, if it was on the other side, the left leaning people who are outraged at
chick-fil-a, you know, they are the ones who claim you cannot discriminate and that sort of thing. but now you come out and say that you should not allow chick-fil-a to do business because you don't agree with their statement by their company president is absolutely wrong. and i think it's just an un-american situation. plus they put out a great product and a great company, and they can do whatever they want to do. if you don't agree with them, then you don't eat at their restaurant. >> mr. kath cathy contributes a lot of money to those with anti-gay agenda. it's more than just about same-sex marriage. did mr. cathy go too far in explaining his beliefs so literally? >> well, in america, you can have any religious belief you want. you can make any statement you want. it's a privately held company. and they can do anything that they want to do. and, you know, i believe that i
happen to share the same belief as mr. cathy, and he has every right to do that. again, if you don't agree with the policy, you don't eat at the restaurant. but i believe there are a lot of people who agree with it, even on principle, that it doesn't matter what your stances are. you cannot cause a company to not have a business license or do business just because you disagree with their policies. i'm sure there are other companies who have left leaning agendas, and you don't hear the same argument on that side. >> representative hubbard, thank you for joining us this morning. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. in the next hour, we'll talk with jeremy hooper from glaad, a gay rights group, and he'll tell us about the kiss-in and why this has nothing whatsoever to do with religious freedom. an investigation after a passenger finds a sewing needle in a catered in-flight sandwich. air canada also increasing security. just two weeks ago, needles turned up in six sandwiches on delta flights in the united states.
the sandwiches came from one caterer in amsterdam. an air canada spokeswoman says the airline uses several different catering companies. and a united airlines flight from newark to switzerland is diverted after a flight attendant finds a camera in a seatback pocket. the passenger says it wasn't their camera, and the plane was on rced to fly to boston escorted by fighter jets. it turns out that camera belonged to someone on an earlier flight. authorities say terrorists have considered disguising bombs using cameras. now to phoenix, arizona, where rescue crews had a busy night. here you see them rescue a baby from a car trapped in floodwaters after a thunderstorm. at one point, the water was four feet deep on the highway. in all, rescuers helped nine people stuck in their cars in rushing water. everybody got out ok, though. it's been one of the more controversial parts of the health care law, and today a mandate for u.s. businesses to
provide contraception to employees officially kicks in. 58 lawsuits have been filed over the issue. some employers say it goes against their religious beliefs. birth control is just one of several preventative services employers must cover, including mammograms and screening of all adults for depression, diabetes, and colorectal cancer. republican ted cruz is claiming victory in texas, winning the primary runoff for the u.s. senate. this is a big victory for the tea party movement after high profile republicans, including sarah palin and rick santorum, stumped for cruz. cruz defeated fellow republican david dewhurst. he's been lieutenant governor to rick perry for nearly a decade. republican presidential candidate mitt romney is back in the united states after his trip to europe and the middle east. that trip is getting some mixed reviews. some say it was overshadowed by romney's gaffe on london's ability to hold the olympics. and his aide's off-color remarks to reporters in poland.
but a romney adviser calls the trip a, quote, great success. if you want to be the first to know who mitt romney picks as his running mate, guess what, there's an app for that. the campaign unveiling a smartphone app called mitt's vp. joining me now is cnn political director mark preston. good morning, mark. >> hey, carol. i remember getting that text at about 4:00 in the morning when the obama campaign had announced that it was joe biden that they had selected. the problem with that was is that john king had broken the story about three hours earlier. so now we see the romney campaign with this app trying to come out and try to control the message, so to speak. we'll see if they are successful in doing so. >> we'll see. mr. romney is also planning a big bus tour blitz later this month. where is he going? >> to three battle ground states. this is from our own peter
hamby, who did a little digging and found out what potentially could be the rollout tour or what appears to be the rollout tour of the vice presidential pick. mitt romney on the 11th, saturday the 11th, plans to be in virginia. he'll hit three media markets, including here in northern virginia. in the metro washington, d.c., area. on the 13th, the day after the olympics, mitt romney will head down to florida. another crucial state of course in the race for president. and then later in the week, mitt romney, they are scouting locations for him to be in ohio. and then of course there will be a week in between before the republican convention. and the romney campaign right now is planning a bus tour. peter hamby is reporting right now. you can read the story on cnn.com. it just leaves the speculation when will the pick be announced. and potentially it could be announced on the night of the olympics or at least leaked on the night of the olympics. that's kind of my working theory on that, that they would try to get the maximum amnt of people
to find out who mitt romney chooses by really honing in on those closing ceremonies. let's talk about harry reid. he had some pretty wild allegations to levy against mitt romney. he said he was talking to some anonymous source from bain, and he or she told senator reid that mitt romney hadn't paid taxes in 10 years. >> yeah. talk about refreshing the bain story as it's been quieted down since mitt romney was overseas. but the senate majority leader told "the huffington post" this in an interview that was published on their website last night, that a bain investor had told harry reid that mitt romney hadn't paid taxes in 10 years. there is a story right now or a column on cnnmoney.com that is critical of harry reid for making this accusation, because it's as it's written, how would he know this, and how would his source, a bain investor, know this. and it ticks through how the fact is investors don't know how much or where people are personally invested that are
managing their funds. so harry reid can make this accusation, throw it out there, but the fact of the matter is, we don't know who the name of this bain investor is. and the reid office hasn't said who it is, carol. >> i don't think he's going too, either. >> no question. >> mark, thanks so much. this just in from the olympics. get this. eight badminton players have now been disqualified from the games. the athletes are from china, south korea, and indonesia. they are accused of deliberately trying to lose their matches in an attempt to manipulate the draw. zain verjee is following the story in london. this is kind of depressing. >> yeah. they were shuttled right out, booted out of the olympics, carol, for deliberately trying to lose the matches they were playing. essentially, they were playing and just missing really easy shots, and then when they served, they served straight into the net. the crowd realized what was going on and everyone started
booing. people were so frustrated just watching this. but basically what they wanted to do was lose the match so they would end up in the next round, which was the quarterfinals, playing a team that was weaker than a lot of the other teams. so that's what happened. and it is depressing. it does cause a negative atmosphere. and it's not sportsman like at all. but they have been disqualified. indonesia i believe is the only country appealing the decision. but as of right now, they have been booted out. >> unbelievable. let's talk about michael phelps now. he set a record for the most career olympic medals. but the head of the london games is saying he's not the greatest olympian of all time. >> now hold onto your pants there, ok? he is not dissing michael phelps entirely here, because no one can take away his amazing victories. you know, he's just been absolutely fantastic. but listen to the way that sebastian coe put it, and then i'll tell you why he said this.
>> i think you can probably say that clearly by self evidently the medal tally is the most successful. i don't think my personal view is i'm not sure he is the greatest. >> don't get mad at that, ok? but the logic there is that swimming is one of the very few if not the only other sport in the olympic games where you can get medal after medal, and it just gives you opportunities to bag more of them. and there's so many relays and one swimmer can just keep competing and get all the medals. so if you look at athletes that compete in marathon running, track and field, any of those events, the decathlon, rowing, cycling. it's not that they are not the best or the greatest athletes themselves. they just don't have as many opportunities to win medals. i don't know, carol. it really depends which way you come down on this. no one can take away michael phelps' 19 medals. but is he better than jesse owen
or muhammad ali or the romanian gymnast nadia comenici? it really depends how you see what is great. but one thing is for sure. when it comes to defining greatness in olympics, it's also about reputation, about character, the olympic spirit. and losing gracefully too. so i think he is a champion on all of that too. >> thank you very much for saying that, zain. we appreciate it here in the states. thank you so much. zain verjee reporting live for us. another battle in the skies. bird versus plane. find out who won. ♪ [music plays] ♪ [music plays] ♪ [music plays]
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checking our top stories, it's 17 minutes past the hour. fast food chain chick-fil-a remains in the spotlight in. a show of support for the company's president and his stand against same-sex marriage, thousands are expected to eat at the restaurant today in what some are calling chick-fil-a appreciation day. transportation and smithsonian bird experts are studying a collision between a united airlines flight and a bird. the denver bound flight with 151 passengers aboard was 25 miles outside of denver coming from dallas when the bird hit the plane. no one was hurt, but the collision left the plane with a
hole in its nose. the plane landed safely. in money news, the u.s. postal service is likely to default on $5 billion it owes the federal government. the postal service borrowed the money to prepay health care benefits for retirees. postal officials say mail service will not be interrupted, and workers will be paid. in weather news, parts of the midwest and south are cleaning up this morning. severe storms caused so much damage in oakland city, indiana, it essentially is shut down. officials will declare the city a disaster. and in birmingham, alabama, strong thunderstorms caused flooding closing several roads. thousands also lost power. actually rain would be a welcome relief for farmers in the midwest. the country's midsection has been hit with one of the worst droughts in history. this week, the department of agriculture rated only 24% of the nation's corn crop in good to excellent condition. that's the worst rating since 1988. christine romans is in her native iowa getting a first-hand look at the problem.
and she's in a popular breakfast spot at the general store in leclaire. good morning, christine. >> reporter: good morning. i tell you, the mood here is pretty resigned. that's the best way to describe it. these guys come here and have for years every morning, having breakfast, talking about what the crop looks like. what the challenges are in the field. why isn't there rain? please, more rain. and they have still got some high hopes for the bean crops if they can get some rain, carol. you could see beans have a decent month of august. they go into the ground a little later than the corn. the corn crop is baking out in the fields, and they are just worried about how bad it will be. listen to what some of the regulars here were saying about the corn crop this morning. is this as bad as '88? >> i think maybe a little worse. it started earlier. in '88, it kind of happened later and then it dried up. >> it looked like it was going to rain, and then nothing developed. >> reporter: so frustrating. >> yeah.
>> it looked really good early, and then it's just worse and worse and worse. >> reporter: here is the iowa optimism. the farmers are pointing out other farmers are worse off than they are. p they keep pointing out that after 1988 when it was just billions and billions of losses, most farmers do have crop insurance. but still, i mean, that doesn't mean they are going to be covered completely in some cases. and also means they are not running out to buy a new truck or buy some new farmland. they are not able to rent more farmland to farm because they are just trying to figure out what is going to happen with this year's crop. so a lot of uncertainty still. all the hope is in the beans. please, if it would just rain, maybe the beans will be all right. >> i hope so. christine romans reporting live from iowa this morning. was mitt romney's overseas trip a success or a failure? that's our talk back question today.
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either or depending on whether you're a democrat or a republican. if you ask the obama campaign, the trip was an unmitigated flop. >> he both offended our closest ally and triggered a troubling reaction in the most sensitive region of the world. he certainly didn't prove to anyone that he passed the commander in chief test. >> that's because of what democrats are calling romney's gaffes, like questioning britain's readiness for the olympics and comments about palestinian culture which managed to offend both the brits and the palestinians. romney also accuses the media of being more interested in diverting attention from things like the bad economy than being accurate. and says he's just a man who speaks his mind. on the olympics, he told abc -- >> you know, i tend to tell people what i actually believe and the comments that were made in the media is something which i felt was an honest reflection of what was being concerned -- or what was concerning folks. >> to former house speaker newt
gingrich, romney's trip was a success. >> the visit to israel and the visit to poland were very effective and drew a very real contrast between obama's policies, which have been largely anti-israeli and anti-polish, and where romney would be, which is returning to a class cal american friendship with both israel and poland. >> but if the coverage of the so-called gaffes was to deflect attention from the economy, why did mr. romney go abroad to begin with? democrats say if he wants to burnish his diplomatic credentials that, means dealing effectively with not only people you like but those you don't. so the talk back question today, was romney's overseas trip a success or a failure? facebook.com/carolcnnf facebook.com/carolcnn. that chinese swimmer grabs another record-breaking gold. but whispers about her continue.
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it is just about 30 minutes past the hour. checking our top stories, fast food chain chick-fil-a remains in the spotlight this morning. in a show of support for the company's president and his stand against same-sex marriage, thousands are expected to eat at the restaurant today in what some are calling chick-fil-a appreciation day. republican ted cruz claims victory in texas winning the primary runoff for u.s. senate. this is a big victory for the tea party movement after high profile republicans, including sarah palin and rick santorum, stumped for cruz. cruz defeated fellow republican david dewhurst. dewhurst has been lieutenant governor to rick perry for nearly a decade. a new full service hospital is preparing to open its doors seven years after hurricane katrina. a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the facility. the hospital which plans to open in september will include a free
clinic and doctors offices. ok. so here is a question for you. would you buy shares of apple if they were cheaper? at least one expert is saying the company could soon split its stock, and if apple does that, it could join the dow. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange where the bell is ringing. good morning. >> the bell is ringing. but let's get right to that apple speculation. it really caught our eye because an analyst published a note yesterday saying that he actually believes that apple may go ahead and split its stock. that's fabulous. so what does that mean to you and me? well, for one, it would mean there's more of a chance of it showing up in your 401(k) if it becomes a member of the dow industrials. also, it means apple shares will become a lot cheaper. one apple share right now is trading at $615. so let's just say let's make it even. say it's trading at $600, and it did a two for one split. it means you could buy one share
for $300. the split could be a 10 for one. that would make 10 shares worth $60 each. now a cheaper price could wind up paving the way for apple to become a member of the dow, and that's because right now it's too expensive to be included. what could happen is apple could single-handedly skew the entire index. we asked a dow spokesman, and they said they don't comment on changes to the dow. >> i'm sure you'll keep an eye on it for us. it's also a big day for the federal reserve. what's the expectation for when the feds meeting wraps uppa this afternoon? >> it wraps up at 2:15 eastern. and everybody is expecting the fed to keep interest rates at historic lows, and opinions are mixed about whether the central bank will do anything to step in and try to give a jolt to the economy, to try to stimulate the economy. many believe that the fed needs to do something soon either today or the next meeting in september. if it does something too close to the election, it could viewed
as a political move. right now the dow is up 55 points as we all wait for that clock to turn to 2:15 today. carol? >> all right. allisoison kosik live from the york stock exchange. is one of basketball's most famous bad boys. dennis rodman is writing an inspirational book for children. powerful and secure cloud. y that cloud is in the network, so it can deliver all the power of the network itself. bringing people together to develop the best ideas -- and providing the apps and computing power to make new ideas real. it's the cloud from at&t. with new ways to work together, business works better. ♪
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here is the story of a lovely lady. you know, who was bringing up three very lovely girls. you know the rest. the theme song to the tv classic "the brady bunch." >> all i hear all day long in school is how great marsha is at this, or how great marsha did that. marsha, marsha, marsha. >> i wanted to look exactly like marsha too. we are hearing of a revival of the sitcom classic. it may be returning to the small screen very soon. "showbiz tonight's" aj hammer has more. really? >> yeah. two of my favorite carols, by the way, carol brady and carol costello. >> oh, thank you. >> but it does look like, carol, america's favorite blended family, "the brady bunch," could be make a return. vince vaughn is developing a my ta new take on the series. apparently the new version will revolve around the youngest brady, of course, bobby. who is now fully grown.
he is divorced and newly remarried with a new family in this version. but here is the big twist for the 21st century. bobby and his new bride share a child together, and their exes are still in the equation. this new setup really does reflect how tv and families have changed over the past four decades. remember in 1969, original brady bunch creator sher win schwartz broke ground by putting a mixed family on tv. and at the time he wanted carol brady to be a divorcee, but the network refused. so we never really got to find out why her first marriage ended. but with vince vaughn at the helm, it's sure to be funny. i just hope they manage to keep some version of the theme song, updated a little maybe. >> that would be cool. i love that theme song. two words you wouldn't necessarily put together, aj, dennis rodman and children's book. >> yeah. dennis rodman certainly has been called a lot of things over his lifetime. until now children's author was not one of them.
but the nba hall of famer has written a book for kids called dennis the wild bull. it be released in september and it will be dedicated to his children. what we do know is there's a cartoon bull involved, and that rodman probably has a lot of life lessons to dole out. and according to the book's blog, the book has the sole purpose of conveying good lessons to children based on dennis' own experiences as a world class athlete while overcoming obstacles as a child. carol, i want to know what's dennis going to wear for the big book lunch. remember when he showed up to that new york bookstore wearing a wedding dress, promoting his autobiography back in 1996. he has to figure out a way to top that. >> a clown outfit maybe? and i mean no offense by that. i just got three emails from people wondering who would play alice in the new "brady bunch." >> that's an excellent question. i don't even have a casting suggestion just yet, but i'll come up with one. maybe maggie smith. >> that would be great. >> i've been watching "downton
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42 minutes past the hour. fast food chain chick-fil-a remains in the spotlight in. a show of support for the company's president and his stand against same-sex marriage, thousands are expected to eat at the restaurant today in what some are calling chick-fil-a appreciation day. two alert tsa agents free a woman who was beaten and kidnapped last month while she was on vacation in miami. her abductors took her to miami's international airport, and they were going to catch a flight. they were going through security when the agents noticed this woman's bruises and her suspicious behavior. that's when the woman told the
tsa agent she had been kidnapped. the agents detained four people with her. two of them face charges, including kidnapping, false imprisonment, and battery. in money news, cinnabon is now open in downtown tripoli. they are the first u.s. company to open in libya, with plans to open nine more locations there over the next four years. excessive heat and little chance of rain is straining tulsa's ability to keep up with water demand. the mayor is asking people to voluntarily conserve water. they are asked to limit watering outside between midnight and noon. a virginia man literally owes his life to his daughter. the 22-year-old woman found him trapped under his car and she sprang into action. >> lifted up right here and just kind of -- i can't do it on your car. i didn't just threw it. i shoved my body into it as hard
as i could, and then i dragged him out. and started cpr. >> amazing. alec cornaki has broken ribs and other fractures but he is expected to make a full recovery thanks to his daughter. social media is bringing a whole new dimension to the olympic games as people hit twitter or facebook to celebrate the thrill of victory. but as matthew chance reports, it can also make the agony of defeat a whole lot worse. >> reporter: it's painful enough to finish fourth in the olympics. so tom daley didn't serve this. after narrowly missing out on a medal in the men's synchronized diving event on monday, the british olympian received an abusive message from a user called riley69. you let your dad down, it said. i hope you know that. daley was famously close to his father, who died of brain cancer last year. he retweeted the message and
responded, after giving it my all, you get idiots sending me this. british police say they have arrested a teenager on suspicion of malicious communication. online abuse like this is called troling, and big events like this really bring the trolls out. >> i think it has given people a cloak of invisibility, kind of an anonymous thing where they feel they can do anything, say anything, with no boundaries. we've lost our ability to think what is appropriate and to behave appropriately. >> reporter: already there's been more than half a dozen instances of twitter related olympic scandals. the swiss olympic team expelled one of its sportsmen earlier this week after he posted a threatening and racist message about south korea after losing a soccer match to them. michel morganela tweeted that the south keans could go and
burn and referred to them as a bunch of mongoloids. another olympian tweeted that the mosquitoes could feed off africans in the country. and hope solo was chastised for using twitter to question the soccer analysis of a once famous soccer player herself now working for nbc. most twitter traffic, of course, has been positive, allowing olympic athletes and spectators to participate in a communal discussion. but it has also exposed what can be a very unolympic spirit at these 2012 games. matthew chance, cnn, london. was mitt romney's overseas trip a success or a failure? that's what we're asking you this morning.
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his arm while playing basketball in gym class and a few days later, he dies. rory staunton went to the doctor after getting the t. he was throwing up, feeling pain in the leg. doctors said he was dehydrated. they gave him tylenol and sent him home. days later he returned to the hospital. doctors said he had sepsis, a preventable infection that killed him. doctors had missed the warning signs. that new york hospital is now changing the discharge procedures. cases like rory's are more common than you think, but it is not easy to track the numbers. so say medical mistakes result in 200,000 american deaths every year.
cnn's chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta wrote about the topic for an op-ed piece. it's in the paper today. >> right. >> you talk about overtreating and undertreating. >> the case of rory staunton was a specific mistake. out's something we have seen since we started tracking these. he had certain lab results checked while he was in the hospital initially. the problem was the lab results weren't looked at by somebody who should have done something about it. it was just a test ordered but there was no follow up on the test. when you talk about medical mistakes, the thing that got people's attention a lot was in 1999, a study came out that said medical mistakes could be killing up to 98,000 people a year. >> wow. >> i wanted to write about 12, 13 years later, how have we done? the answer is not very well. probably closer to 200,000 people die every year due to medical mistakes.
the numbers are going up, not down. >> you hear about lawsuits filed against doctors. you would think the number of medical mistakes would drop. >> it's very interesting. in some ways that's true. but it could be the opposite. that's the idea that as a result of being fearful of being sued, doctors or hospital institutions as a whole may be doing more procedures, more tests, more things to try and mitigate potential lawsuits down the road. >> that's where the overtreating comes in. >> now you're doing more treatment which has a stunning irony. you want to avoid mistakes but any time you do anything you inject the possibility of error. a medication could have an allergic reaction. a ct scan may require a biopsy and anesthesia. you could give someone general anesthesia and subject them to that risk. there are all sorts of different results of that. >> what's the answer? >> i think ultimately it's not a
mandate-type thing handed down in terms of specifically talking about medicine. a a lot of it comes within hospitals. hospitals, for example, when they see a mistake occur, the doctor operates on the wrong side of the e head. in my hospital there is a timeout protocol. any time you are in the operating room before anything is done, everybody stops. is this the right patient? are we on the right side of the body doing the correct procedure. does everyone agree? everyone is empowered. it sounds like a simple thing but it makes a world of difference. a lot of this is cultural and driven by the health care team members themselves. >> it's an interesting op-ed. thanks for sharing it with us. also, your novel "monday mornings" is on the new york times best seller list. out's fiction based on your experiences as a surgeon. it's going to be a tv show.
you're like superman. >> it's interesting. the tv show comes out next year. we'll see what you think. >> i can't wait. i really can't wait. i admire you. thank you, sanjay. >> appreciate it. we asked you to talk back on one of the big stories. the question, was romney's overseas trip a success or a failure? romney's trip seemed forced and artificial. he's ill at ease in front of people or crowds he or his people can't control. he desperately wants to be liked as much as president obama but he can want pull it off. michael says obama did the international trip since he had zero experience in that department along with many others. romney did nothing to hurt his chances and the britain thing is overblown. charles says, epic failure. he was better off campaigning here. we want to hear about fixing the economy, not the paychecks. joe says, i want to see governor romney do well. i was looking for good things but he and the staff have proved they have no concept what they are doing.
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snoop dogg, he changes his name and his musical style and it's causing a bit of an uproar. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: after all these years of dogg -- >> please welcome snoop dogg. >> snoop dogg. >> here's snoop dogg. >> reporter: suddenly we're faced with lion. >> give out up for snoop lion. >> i could never become snoop lion if i was never snoop dogg. >> reporter: did you hear the news? snoop dogg changed his name to snoop lion. >> why? >> snoop lion? >> uhi like the old snoop dogg. >> that's a dumb idea. >> reporter: but he's been reincarnated which is the name of a film about his journey. he went to a temple. a high priest suggested he's a lion, not a dog.
now -- >> i want to bury snoop dogg and become snoop lion. >> reporter: instead of rap he's doing reggae. ♪ >> reporter: but is the switch permanent? he better not be lion to us. >> snoop lion is the elevation of snoop dogg. >> reporter: we haven't had to i adjust to such a jarring name change since puff daddy became p.diddy and then -- >> enough is enough with the p. just call me diddy. >> reporter: the artist formerly known as dogg, the nickname came from his mom because he reminded her of snoopy. true, the name got a bad rap from alan simpson. >> snoopy snoopy poopdogg. >> reporter: somehow that doesn't work with lion. though snoop still applieapplie >> come on, snoop! >> reporter: there is this down side, pity the fans stuck with
merchandise like the snoop dogg floor meat or pajamas and snoop dogg slippers. >> reporter: some may shrug off the earth shaking change. he changed his name to snoop lion. i kid you not. >> back to things that sound cool when said by snoop dogg. number 10 -- >> yo. >> reporter: will yo still sound cool if said by snoop lion? >> yes. anything with lion. uh i'm a leo. >> reporter: in the lion kingdom the news merits something between a yawn and a roar. jeanne moos, cnn. >> what's your message to snoop lion? [ laughter ] >> reporter: new york. >> oh, wow. >> the next hour of cnn newsroom starts right now. happening now in the newsroom, the greatest ever swimming sensation michael phelps smashing the record books
winning his 19th olympic medal. a chance at history being made again this morning as the bullet from baltimore gets back in the pool. outrage over support for same sex marriage has some black as the past tors taking aim at president obama. one says what he wants black voters to do in november. and hotmail is replacing with with outlook. when will users have to make the switch? >> reporter: cuba gooding, jr., is a wanted man. new orleans have a warrant out for him after an apparent altercation with a bartender. what happened to make him snap? newsroom starts now. good morning to you. thank you for joining us. i'm carol costello. happening now, chick-fil-a appreciation day has become a fight for religious freedom. today, hundreds of thousands say they will show support for the
c.o.o., dan cathy and his stand against same sex marriage including the reverend billy graham who is in poor health. a staffer will deliver chicken and waffle fries to his home. george howell is in georgia at a chick-fil-a. good morning. >> reporter: carol, good morning. we have already heard from some high profile people like ed holmes from "the office." he tweeted about the situation indicating he will not support this restaurant. we have heard opposition from the mayor of chicago and boston about this. chick-fil-a says it will be business as usual. they will not take a side on this for chick-fil-a day sparked by mike huckabee. they will also not support the national same-sex kiss day set for friday. when you look at huckabee's facebook page where he asked people to sign on to support chick-fil-a on this day, more than 500,000 people have signed
on that they will be part of this today. it depends on where you look. for instance here in the bible belt in the south where chick-fil-a was founded you find a lot of support. it's different from regions where the company expanded. take a look. >> well, what gained a few customers for you to throw awe awe uh way your principles. who cares about money? >> maybe wherever he comes from that's good business. in new york it's terrible policy, terrible business. he should just shut his mouth. >> reporter: so, carol, the company says business as usual. they expect people to show up -- some for lunch, but some will be here to support this company given the position that its leadership is taking. >> george howell reporting live this morning. dpa and lesbian groups aren't silent while opponents of same sex marriage have their day. they will be raising awareness
and money at the same time. jeremy hooper is here from the gay and lesbian alliance against defamation campaign. thanks for being here. >> great to be with you. >> we talked to someone last hour who supports chick-fil-a and the stance on same-sex marriage. we want to hear from you this hour of "newsroom." what are your plans for today? >> first i would remind everyone this isn't about fast food, chicken or chick-fil-a specifically. this is about a prominent american businessman who runs a company who chose during promotional appearances for his company wearing a button for his company to say that gay americans can bring the judgment of god and that we shake a fist at god through our marriages. that goes well beyond marriage. people like mike huckabee and the national organization for marriage only want to talk about traditional marriage because that's all they ever want to talk and. so-called traditional marriage. this goes much deeper. it raises questions for the lgbt
consumer. >> well, i think some people -- i put this question on my facebook page last week. many people believe it's okay to boycott chick-fil-a for the c.o.o.'s belief because it's a free country. but they don't think it is right for mayors of city to say, chick-fil-a, you're not welcome in my town. >> personally, i have not weighed in on that. there is no express ban. these are public officials stating their opinions. >> do you support them? the bans? >> if this went to another level where we had to weigh the nondiscrimination elements where we weigh the value of the city versus the company, i would then. my goal -- >> what would bring it to that level? >> out would be one of the city officials who would try to take that step. right now they have stressed, most stressed they are speaking in their capacity as a public
official. christine quinn was clear and stressed this is not the city's opinion but it is her opinion. >> one more question for you. the controversy is fuel for late night talk show hosts, comics like roseanne barr said anyone who eats at chick-fil-a deserves to get the cancer sure to come from eating antibiotic-filled chickens. is that helping your cause? >> those are distractions. this started as a pure story. dan cathy had the choice to respond to what he said and to the company's anti-lgbt donations and the fact that the company's retreat center bans same-sex couples. but dan cathy, mike huckabee are using side claims about free speech and religious freedom. both of which are bunk. we would like to talk about the issues. if this was a pro equality company i would report this
story in the exact same way. the only difference is the way the company would respond. starbucks, facebook, those companies run into equality because they know it's good business. >> jeremy hooper from glaad, thanks for joining us. >> thank you so much. >> it's been one of the more controversial parts of the health care law. today a mandate to provide contraception to employees officially kicks in. 58 lawsuits have been filed as employers say it goes against their beliefs. birth control is one of several preventative services the obama administration says insurers must cover without charging a copay including mammograms and screenings of adults for depression, diabetes and colorectal cancer. >> ted cruz wins the primary run-off for the senate in texas. high profile republicans including sarah palin and rick santorum stumped for cruz.
do youhurst has been lieutenant governor to rick perry for nearly a decade. it's the state president obama has visited more than any other this year. uh'm talking about ohio. this hour, with just a little more than three months before americans go to the polls the president leaves for the buckeye state. he won ohio by five percentage points in the 2008 election. if the election were held today president obama could probably add ohio to the win column according to a new poll from cbs news and the new york times which shows the president with a six-point edge among likely voters over mitt romney. in the face of a tough economy everyone from politicians to officials a at charities are weighing in on the race. john king traveled to akron, ohio, to talk with them. >> reporter: it's the morning rush and demand has never been
higher. the workload at the akron canton food bank tells you a lot about battleground ohio. >> the process of coming to the realization that you can't feed your family and you need to ask for help is really just a crippling emotional blow for people to suffer. >> reporter: demand spiked in 2008 and 2009. ceo daniel flowers says it is still rising now. demand is going up but not at the rate. >> not at the rate it was a couple years ago. it's almost a sad fact that it feels like a win. it's been so bad. >> reporter: not so bad, but still the numbers are numbing. more than 2 million people in ohio, 18% of the state population go hungry or eat less than they should because they can't afford more food. akron is in summit county, a battleground within the battleground. >> if there were an election for u.s. president today would you vote for mitt romney or barack
obama. >> reporter: republicans acknowledge obama is behind and say it's impossible to win the white house without winning here. republicans don't expect to carry summit county. romney won't have a prayer statewide if he can't make it closer. >> in 2008 the enthusiasm wasn't there. i get calls from people who say, what can i do to help romney win. >> reporter: the unemployment rate was 9.3% when the president took office and is 7% now. in hamilton county, it is 7.2% now down from 8.1%. tim burke says republicans can want -- can't make the case ohio is worse off. >> take automobiles and the resurgence in ohio. we have three quarters of a million jobs that are automobile related here in ohio. we're seeing the benefits of that for president obama. >> reporter: some have a different test than the
unemployment rate. >> put this in the bag. >> you've got it. >> reporter: george is here four days a week for five years now helping the good neighbors charity and watching the face of hunger change. >> i'd say we are going into the middle of the middle class now. we are reaching up to the suburban people, people who used to have a nice home, a nice car. it is worse than it was three years ago. >> reporter: better or worse, the defining question in what could be the defining battleground. john king, cnn, akron, ohio. a scandal at the olympics and a black mark for badmin ton. eight players from south korea, indonesia and china have been kicked out of the games accused of trying to throw their matches, deliberately lose in order to fix the draw for the knockout round of competition. has this ever happened before in the olympics?
>> it definitely casts a cloud. i mean, there have been disqualifications over many things in olympics past, and also this olympics. but this is grabbing the headlines now. badmin ton, eight players kicked out. what they were trying to do was play a tactic and a strategy more than win the game. they were all qualified into the quarterfinals which is later today. but the only thing was they wanted to play a weak team. china didn't want to win their match and end up playing china as well. so they decided they would just throw the match. apparently they played really weak shots, served into the net. they just weren't getting the obvious ones. so the decision has been made. it can can be appealed. indonesia and south korea are appealing. china is launching its own investigation. the debate in all of this is it's not really just about badminton. it's about a tactic to win the gold. if you look at heats in other
rounds some people don't necessarily compete just to win. you know, they may come eighth but qualify or they may not play as well as they can just to throw off other players. but the bottom line was that the federation decided they should be playing to win because that's what it's about. microsoft is overhauling the hotmail e-mail service. in the months ahead users will be invited to try a new alternative service. good morning, allison. >> good morning. ah, the memories. remember in the '90s when your e-mail options were aol, yahoo or hotmail? yahoo! will be the last man standing as aol is considered a relic and microsoft is phasing out hotmail. this is a radical overhaul for the company. over the next few months a number of hotmail users will be invited to test out the new outlook. yes, what's olds new again.
eventually everyone will be transitioned over to outlook. but no firm deadline on when that will happen yet. don't worry if you are an existing hotmail user you can keep your hotmail or live.com address. new users will only have the live or outlook options. hotmail is still the world's biggest e-mail service with 325 million users. gmail and yahoo! follow with 298 million each. who knew? >> will there be exciting new changes in the new outlook? >> it seems that way. what microsoft says is the e-mail will maut matcally label e-mails it detects are newsletters or store promotions. it will have a universal unsubscribe button and promises fewer ads. we can hope. >> thank you. a woman kidnapped is now safe this morning. it's all thanks to the tsa.
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two alert tsa agents free a woman who had been kidnapped last month while she was on vacation in miami. her kidnappers took her to miami international airport. they were going through security to catch a flight when the agents noticed this woman's bruises and her suspicious behavior. that's when the woman told the tsa agent she'd been kidnapped. the agents detained four people with her. two face charges including kidnapping, false imprisonment and battery. a prominent american author gore vidal has passed away. he died following complications from nupneumonia. he was 86 years old. in weather news, severe storms are possible across the midwest today. minneapolis, across wisconsin, sioux falls and rapid city, south dakota, could see large hail and damaging winds. a strange story out of california. a professor is in jail this morning accused of a murderous
arson plot at the high school his son attended before his son committed suicide. police say they caught the university of california irvine professor red-handed trying to set fire at a park where his son died. they discovered e-mails with the plot against school students and officials. casey wyan is in los angeles with more. good morning. >> good morning, carol. it really is a strange story. 48-year-old pharmacology professor rainer reinscheid is behind bars accused of setting arson fires and resisting arrest. this after the suicide of his 14-year-old son back in march. police say they caught him red-handed trying to set a fire near his son's school last week. he was arrested and bailed out
of jail almost immediately. police began an investigation into the series of arsons around the area of the school. they discovered this professor was apparently holding school officials at his son's high school, university high school in irvine responsible for the suicide of the boy. they also found very chilling e-mails that this professor allegedly wrote detailing his plot to go to the school and commit assaults against school administrators and students. he was planning, according to police, to buy weapons, commit sexual assaults and then to kill himself. >> he appeared to be very serious about all this. he was clearly starting fires and working on burning the school down. so that was the beginning of his threat. he said that he was going to -- in his e-mails to his wife he
wanted to acquire some firearms and go to the school and just do a great deal of violence at the school, including sexual assaults and random violence against the kids. >> now, we reached out to -- we have been unable to reach his attorney. ktla, our affiliate in southern said they contacted him and he declined to comment. the arraignment for the professor has been postponed until next week. there is another interesting note here. very strange twist to the story. this professor was engaged in groundbreaking research into a specific type of protein and its impact on the brain and memory. let me read you something he was quoted as saying on the university website about this discovery two years ago is when he wrote this. it may better help us understand post traumatic stress disorder
which involves exaggerated memories of traumatic events. i can't think of anything more traumatic than the suicide of a 14-year-old child. carol? >> and something weirdly that could be used in trial and defense of his alleged actions in this case. wow. casey, thank you so much. was mitt romney's overseas trip a success or failure? we are asking you that question this morning in talk back. ♪ 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 [ male announcer ] even the planet has an olympic dream. dow is proud to support that dream by helping provide greener, more sustainable solutions from the olympic village to the stadium. solutionism. the new optimism.™ ♪ this dream solutionism. the new optimism.™ you see us, at the start of the day. on the company phone list that's a few names longer.
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now for your strange, strange accident of the morning. these pictures in from boston from wcvb. see that? the white thing is a large camper, 30 feet long. somehow got into someone's backyard and flipped over in a pool. don't know if anyone was in the camper at the time or whether anyone was hurt. imagine you're at work, you come home, look out the back window and see that thing in your pool. we understand the driver of the camper got out. don't know how the camper got into this backyard. did he go through some backyards or through the front? we don't know. as you can see, they are trying to figure out how to get this
thing out of the swimming pool. that's a tow truck you're seeing. they are trying to get as close as possible. but, wow. that would be a tricky maneuver. we just thought you would like to see the picture. it's just so darned unusual. let's talk a little politics now. your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question this morning, was mitt romney's overseas trip a success or failure? either/or depending on whether you're a democrat or republican. if you ask the obama campaign, romney's trip was an unmitigated disaster. >> he both offended our closest ally and triggered a troubling reaction in the most sensitive region of the world. he certainly didn't prove to anyone that he passed the commander-in-chief test. >> that's because of what democrats call romney's many gaffes like questioning britain's readiness for the olympics and comments about the palestinian culture which managed to offend both the brits
and the palestinians. romney accuses the media of being more interested in diverting attention from things like the bad economy than in being accurate. romney says, hey, he's just a man who speaks his mind. on the olympics, he told abc -- >> you know, i tend to tell people what i actually believe and the comments made in the media is something which i felt was an honest reflection of what was being concerned -- or what was concerning folks. >> to former house speaker newt gingrich, romney's trip was a huge success. >> the visit to israel and poland were effective and drew a very real contrast between obama's policies which have been largely anti-israeli and anti-polish, and where romney would be which would be returning to a classical american friendship with both israel and poland. >> but if the coverage of the so-called gaffes was to deflect attention from the bad economy
why did mr. romney go abroad to begin with? democrats say if he wants to burnish his diplomatic credentials that means dealing with those you like and those you don't. was romney's overseas trip a success or failure? facebook.com/carolcnn. your comments later this hour. they are calling it an effort to save the family. now some pastors in the black community are taking on president obama. hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high. i'm not juice or fancy water, i'm different. i've got nine grams of protein. twist my lid. that's three times more than me! twenty-one vitamins and minerals and zero fat! hmmm. you'll bring a lot to the party. [ all ] yay! [ female announcer ] new ensure clear. nine grams protein. zero fat. twenty-one vitamins and minerals. in blueberry/pomegranate and peach. refreshing nutrition in charge!
foot, one yard for a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman. for the president to bow to the money as judas did is a disgrace. we're ashamed. >> now the coalition of african-american pastors says it is taking action. joining me is reverend william owens. welcome. >> thank you. >> you say president obama thinks black voters are, in your words, in his pocket and that, quote, you refuse to give him a pass. you call him judas. those are pretty strong words. >> well, we meant for them to be strong because he's so loud. he has accepted the big money from the homosexual community and he did sell out. it's no different from what judas did. he sold out from the very people who put him in the white house. he would not be in the white house had it not been for the civil rights movement.
not only for the civil rights movement but the black press. he has ignored the black press. we are very ashamed of that, that mr. obama has soltd out for money and a lot of people are following him because he is the president. he holds the most powerful position in the world. >> but i would say, sir, that the majority of democrats and progressives support same sex marriage and they are president obama's constituents, aren't they? >> yes, they are. but they are the liberal democrats and from the pugh research, the survey, the african-american vote didn't change. it remained the same. african-americans are still not online with same-sex marriage. >> but if you look at the research poll over time the support for same-sex marriage, even among african-americans has grown and grown a lot. >> well, again, when you have the president of the united
states with the most powerful position in the world he has followers. he opened the door for other leaders to think it's good to follow power. instead of taking the high road he took the low road. it's not good for our families, our culture and some of the results, we will not see for 10, 15, 20 years. it's a bad thing for him to take that position. >> what are you suggesting voters do in election 2012? >> well, what we are doing is we are putting the facts out there. then let the voters decide for themselves what they should do. whether they should vote for mr. obama again. whether they should not vote because if you don't vote, that is a vote. we put the facts out there. we say what we feel and leave it up to the people to do what they feel they should do. >> do you support governor romney? >> no, i don't. we do not support any party.
we believe -- we say what we believe to be right. educate the public. but we do not support candidates. >> just a final question for you, e i think nearly every poll out there shows that same-sex marriage is low on the priority list for most americans. high on the list, especially among african-american voters is the lack of jobs. so why not go out and talk about that instead of same-sex marriage? >> well, i don't think most people realize what the same-sex marriage agenda is going to do to our children. as i said, some of the effects won't be known for 5, 15, 20 years. we do talk about a those issues. but right now i'm focusing in on the great evil that the president has done to america and especially the black community. the black community, we are behind every group -- education, jobs, economics. we are behind every group.
we encourage people to go to our website and tell us what they feel. 100,000 signatures. 100000 signatures4marriage.com. >> okay. i'm sorry to interrupt. we did hear the website. thank you so much for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you for having me. >> let's talk about the fab five. why this u.s. women's gymnastics team is so special. care of le. legalzoom has an easy and affordable option. you get quality services on your terms, with total customer support, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. so go to legalzoom.com today and see for yourself. [ music plays, record skips ] hi, i'm new ensure clear. clear, huh? my nutritional standards are high. i'm not juice or fancy water, i'm different. i've got nine grams of protein. twist my lid. that's three times more than me! twenty-one vitamins and minerals and zero fat!
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illustrated jinx and blew away the competition to get gold last night. they were amazing to watch. >> tell your jordyn wieber joke. bring it. >> it's so stupid. if jordyn wieber married justin bieber her name would be jordyn wieber bieber. >> justin did tweet missy franklin. >> it wasn't jordyn wieber? >> that would have made more sense. this is why the olympics are amazing because of the fact that these young girls -- these are teenagers! kyla ross is 15 years old! they had the weight of the country on their shoulders. monday in the all-around they were terrible. they didn't even medal. last night in the team competition they started out strong on the vault. you can see right there. this is gabby douglas. you saw jordyn wieber. this is the vault of the night.
sticks it without even stepping away. that's mckayla maroney. that confidence spilled over into their floor routine. it was an all-around almost perfect evening for the lady gymnasts. like i said, these are just young girls who have so much pressure on them, especially since they performed poorly on monday. you have to ask yourself, are they better than the magnificent seven, kerry rugg. >> she landed on a broken ankle. >> in atlanta in 1996. last night bela karoli said he believes this team is better all around, top to bottom. they are better than the seven girls who won in 1996. >> they were fantastic. jordyn wieber went first. she got the monkey off other back. >> when she landed the vault you could see her face was just like the relief was so evident from monday night. we'll try to contact justin
bieber to see what he has to say about going on a date with her. >> oh, gosh. >> i don't think selena gomez would like it. >> it might bel illegal. he's 18 now. >> let's move on. >> okay. >> let's talk about cuba gooding, jr. >> yeah. speaking of legal. >> you know him from his line "show me the money." he may have to get a new line. show me the warrant. we'll be right back. ♪ [music plays]
he's known as one of hollywood's good guys, but this morning academy award winning actor cuba gooding, jr., is a wanted man. showbiz tonight host a.j. hammer joins us. what happened? >> he's the likable guy from jerry maguire and red tails but cuba gooding, jr., was involved in a bar altercation in new orleans's french quarter. now they have a warrant for his arrest after he allegedly became irate and pushed a female bartender twice at the old absinthe house in new orleans tuesday morning. the bartender said gooding stopped by around 3:00 a.m. and soon became very aggravated with fans who wanted to take photos with him. the bartender told police she approached the star and asked him to calm down at this point gooding is accused of pushing her away with an open hand and
said he pushed her again as he was leaving. the bartender wasn't injured. gooding was presumeded to be intoxicated. e e-mails and calls to his reps haven't been returned. he's in new orleans filming "the butl butler" with big stars including oprah winfrey. new orleans police say cuba gooding, jr., is still at large. not good press for him right now. >> no. a.j. hammer, thanks so much. want information on everything in the entertainment world? a.j. has it tonight at 11:00 eastern on hn. d by... sorry, my liege. honestly. our sales have increased by 20%. what is this mystical device i see before me? it's an ultrabook. he signed the purchase order. with an ultrabook, everything else seems old fashioned. introducing the ultra sleek, ultra responsive ultrabook. a whole new class of computers powered by intel.
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reasonable. the web based service is getting a new look. microsoft saying hotmail will soon become outlook. it is named after the popular office program. it will have a cleaner look. no word word when all hotmail u will have to switch to outlook. record-breaking heat continues across several central states. tuesday's temperatures reached 111 degrees in several states. excessive heat watches and warnings are in effect through thursday. now that more people will have health inshurance before under the affordable care act or obama care, some say it might be difficult to find a doctor. the association of american medical colleges say in three years the united states will have 62,000 fewer doctors than needed. and that shortage is expected to get worse. in 13 years, we could be looking at a deficit of 125,000 doctors, another problem, doctors are expected to get less of a reimbursement from medicare, so
fewer doctors will want to work as primary care physicians. dr. james weiss is in baltimore and the associate dean of admissions at the john hopkins school. thank you for being here. >> thank you, carol, for asking me. >> you said the number of people interested in medical school isn't dropping, thousands get denied every year, so why is there going to be a doctor shortage? >> well, the -- you're absolutely right in terms of the number of applicants, versus the number of people accepted. just to give you a quick fix on that, there are something like 43,000 medical school applicants each year and that's been a pretty steady number over years. but less than half of those are admitted. so, there is no dearth of very good applicants. the problem is the number of slots in each medical school is probably insufficient for us to be training the number of
physicians we're going to be needing in the future. so, that increasing class size, maybe one solution to this deficit, at least in the long run -- >> but there's so many different kinds of problems attached to this. i noticed from reading articles about this subject, no shortage of doctors predicted for the fields of plastic surgery dermatology, so, why is that? >> well, the reimbursement rate for those types of specialties, the so-called prestige specialties is about twice that of the reimbursement rate for primary care physicians. many of whom depend on medicaid reimbursement which has fallen and many primary care physicians who are no longer accepting medicaid payments. so, it's a real problem. >> so, explain that a little more for us. is it because doctors don't want to deal with all of the problems and making less money that's
involved in being a primary care doctor or are they just not interested in that field? >> many are interested in the field. i think they are concerned that with medicaid reimbursements falling, they will not have sufficient reimbursements to meet their expenses. in addition to that, of course, the number of the aged in this country, the aging population is increasing remarkably fast. so that they're going to be overburdened by more, or they feel they are going to be overburdened by more patients than they can handle. the other issue, i would imagine, is lifestyle issues. primary care physicians may tend to have longer hours and be on call more frequently than, let's say, a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. all of these things, i think, figure into the issue. i should add, though, that i am told that the obama administration is providing some incentives for training primary
care physicians in terms of increasing medicaid reimbursement and rewarding them for serving in underserved communities. i hope that's true. >> well, it is true, but the question is, will it work? will it be enough? >> i don't think it will be enough in the short run. i think that two possible solutions are, as i said, increasing class size. and many schools are doing that. the other thing that should be done, and i believe is being done in several states, is increasing the number of medical schools. i am told that florida is one of those states doing that. that would certainly help, but, again, the lead time for getting a medical school up and going is not trivial. these are longerterm solutions, i think. >> thank you for being here this morning. >> i'm very happy to be here, thanks. was mitt romney's overseas trip a success or a failure? our talk back question today. i go ahead of you? instead we had someone go ahead of him
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mom or dad probably told you to eat all your fruits and vegetables, but how many of us really listened? in today's daily dose nutritionist elly krieger is picking up where mom and dad left off. >> you hear this world antioxidant all the time, but what exactly are they? they are compounds in fruits and vegetables that act like super heroes in your body, sweeping away or neutralizing these bad guy compounds that cause damage to cells and ultimately cause disease, so, it's so important to get antioxidants into your life through the foods you eat and, actually, eating a rainbow spectrum of fruits and vegetables all different colors will ensure that you get all the
antioxidants that you need. antioxidant impart color to food. one of my favorite ways to enjoy antioxidant rich foods this season is to make grape and banana skewers. it is a delicious way to get your antioxidants. >> we asked you to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question this morning, was romney's overseas trip a success or failure? >> it was successful. the brits didn't like the are you ready olympic comment, but he told the truth. this from marietta. in the sensitive field of world diplomacy where every action and word is a consequence, any misstep could have disastrous consequences, speaking one's mind is not an option. this from susan, president obama may not be perfect, but i hate the hot of going back to someone who will