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the most smokers and new smokers in low the middle-income k countries. the ma jor si in russia with 60% of men and 22% of women smoking. and also in turkey with 48% of men and 15% women. it issest hated that more than a billion people will die this this scentury from smoking. this scentury from smoking. working on other stories. -- captions by vitac -- we are on the campaign trail, and i wantb to go to our own jim acosta who is covering the romney/ryan campaign. and jim, tell us what is going on where you are d how that it is shaking out. i know that there are a lot of developments going on. >> that is right, suzanne.
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mitt romney and paul ryan wrapped up a joint appearance here at the campus of the saint anslem college here in new hampshire. they went after the president on the deficit, taxes, medicare, and undoubtedly, susae the distrack sun of this -- suzanne, undoubtedly the distraction of the day is the congressman akin out in missouri who said that women could not be pregnant by quote, legitimate rape. and his comments have been denounced by almost all republicans this the last 24 hours including paul ryan who said that the comments were inexcusable. when i talked to president ob e
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about whether or not he should get out of the race, they did not say. they said it is up to representative todd akin, but there are others calling for him to gett of the race and most noticeably scott brown who is running for re-election just to the south here, buto question, suzanne a day when the romney campaign wanted it to be about mitt romney and paul ryan reunited out on the campaign trail one week before the convention, they are talking about todd akin today and mitt romney will be doing an interview with the local tv station, and if he has not done it, he wi be undoubtedly be asked about it, and from what we understand todd akin the embattled congressman is going to be doing an interview with mike huckabee any moment which is happening on the radio, and we should get those comments as well, suzanne. >> so, jim, into per spspective here, we are talking about a week away from the national republican convention, and the rnc has done a lot of work and made a lot of effort and outreach to the female voters,
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and it is something that romney is behind president obama when you look at the polls here. >> yes, that is right. >> how much of this is going to hurt this campaign or this candidate or is this merely a distraction until the next issue? >> well, i think that it depends how long todd akin hangs on. he could hang on and decide to run in the race against claire mccaskill out in missouri, but i have to tell you that what we are hearing from a lot of to republican sources, there are people inside of the gop who would like for him to go away and go away soon. i think it depends how long he stays in the race, and apparently he has until 5:00 tomorrow, suzanne, to withdraw from the race. if he does not do that, it gets dicey. he has until sometime late next month to get out of the race, but he would need a court order and also have to pay for the cost of rewriting the ballots in missourik so it would be a huge hassle and undertaking for the missouri republican party for
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the national republican party, and they don't want it. but as for what the romney campaign is trying to do to appeal to the women voters, you are right, a disadvantage tor the romney campaign, but keep in mind, suzanne, look at who they were going to put out there for the very first speaker of the republican national convention, ann romney. as mark preston said, ann romney is to open up the convention and she is very popular in the republican party, and it goes to show you that they are thinking of the women vote, and this is not going to help matters. >> thank you, jim acosta. and two congressmen under fire, one for what he did and another for what he said. we mentioned congressman todd akin who said he misspoke when he called legitimate rape rarely results in a pregnancy, and he was explaining why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape. dana bash is joining us live. let's talk about the congressman and the comment that he made and specifically, i wanto listen and have the viewers listen to
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what he said. >> first of all, from what i understand from doctors, that is re really rare. if it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down, but assume that maybe that did not work or something, i think that there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be in the rapist and not attacking the child. >> so, dana, you listen to that and it is very offensive and bizarre and you cannot understand really what he is talking about here, but people have taken issue with this. and he is a six-term congressman here, and up in every poll, so specifically, when you look at his race in missouri, does this basically go away and limit his chances at all for running against mccaskill? >> well, it is certainly could limit the chances in terms of the he stays on the ballot in the race and continues on to november. i want the read to you first of what the specific comment that he made to try to explain or
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clarify what we just heard. this is what he said. he said, in reviewing my off of the cuff remarks, it is clear that i misspoke in the interview, and it does not reflect my deep empathy i hold for the thousands of women who are rape and abused every year. suzanne, that might be true, but you played it and we heard it and the viewers just heard it, and it did not sound like he misspoke and seem like he had said this and spoke about it and it is his conviction, and that is the reason why you were talking with jim acosta that the republicans are to say this colloquially freaking out, because this is a race that they were really, really banking on to get the majority in the senate, to get that 51 for republicans. they wanted to beat claire mccaskill. >> and how close are they? how damaging could this be when you take a look at the possibility of them capturing the majority thof the senate? >> well, it could be very, very damaging. look, the republican establishment, so to speak, did not want congressman akin to be
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the nominee in the first place. there were others on the ballot or others in the republican primary i should say they felt would be better to run against claire mccaskill and better equipped and they knew as a six-term congressman, there were problems in a general election with claire mccaskill, and claire mccaskill, already a good politician, and she is jumping on this. listen to what she said. >> for me in race, i want to make sure that this is a moment where missourians can take a close look. he was elected by the republican primary voters by a wide margin, and i know that there are people that are out of the mainstream who really support todd akin, but for most missourians, e hope it is a gut check moments when they realize this is not somebody we want speaking for us and our values. >> just to give you an example to illustrate how problematic congressman akin thought was for the republicans, paul
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steinhauser our political director just reminded me that claire mccaskill waded into the republican primary and aired an ad touting the conservative credentials of congressman akin, because she knew he is the person that she would want to run against the most on the republican side that she had the best chance of beating, and clear clearly, we can see why. >> and dana, talk about this other story that is brewing here or percolating, another congressman making headlines for skinny dipping, is that right in the sea of galilee? >> i mean, this is in the category of you just can't make this stuff up, right? the thing is that this first of all i should give a shout out to our friends at politico who broke this story. it happened a year ago. almost a year ago exactly, and there was a large group of republicans and maybe 30 lawmakers, i'm told, and their families and some staff who went to the israel on a long trip, and they were at the sea of galilee having dinner, and some were drinking and they decided that it was an appropriate time
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to jum into tp into the water. i talked to a number of source, suzanne, who are tam yar with the incident and some said for the most part it was a little bit odd, but it got very odd when congressman yoder of kansas decided he would skinny dip. he took off all of his clothes and jumped in, and that is when the skwimming i am told came to an end and two of the republican leaders eric cantor and edward mccarthy who were not swimming, but they were on the trip and ripped into the members and said it is absolutely inappropriate, and i am told that at the time there was a lot of preparation for damage control, because they were shocked about it not coming out and worried about it not coming out, but not just what happened, but the debt ceiling debacle and the dow plummeting and it would look awful, and it
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still looks awful a year later. >> thank you, dana bash. to the latino vote, we are going to talk to ta mhispanic leader, and he is joining us now. tell us why you are pushing for the debate. >> well, it is not okay to not include us. the presidential debates was supposed to be wise and sophisticated, but i think that the moderators that they chose are first rate journalist, and i truly admire their work, but the u.s. is much more diverse than that. i think that they should have noticed that the country is changing rapidly. minorities surpassed whites in u.s. births and those changes are not reflect ed. i can't believe why they didn't choose a member of a minority
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group to be part of at least one debate and i can't understand why it an inside journalist from the fastest voting bloc in the united states, latinos, and there are going to be 20 million latinos eligible to vote, and say only 12 million go, they will decide who is going to decide who goes to the white house. so nobody can make it to the white house without the hispanic vote, so they are not going to invite us to the party, then we will have our own party. >> and let me ask you about this, have you made efforts to approach the commission, itself, and potentially, put another debate in motion? is that possible? >> yes, yes. yes, suzanne, we did, and they responded last week, and they rejected our idea. they think that the same issues that the latino think about are the same issues of americans. but in a certain level, it is right. i mean, we latinos care about jobs and education and health
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care, but on this other hand, we have unique concerns and interests. for instance, our unemployment is inkrcredibly high at 11% and the drop-out rate in the hispanic rate is huge, and 1 in 3 hispanic students don't finish high school, and then a special relationship with latino america, and i don't know if president obama and mitt romney are going to recognize that the new president of mexico is convicted of widespread fraud or have trade agreements with other south american country, and if chavez is a threat to the u.s., and so, yes, we do care about the same issues, but at the same time we have unique concerns that we're not sure they will be addressing them in the four presidential debates. >> jorge ramos, we appreciate your perspective, and we will follow up on that as well.
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four lucky kids have a state dinner at the white house today. they are being reward ee eed fo winning a healthy lunch recipe contest. they were greeted by the first lady, michelle obama. >> i u heard thheard that theree dinner going on here, and i usually get invited to them. this time i had to crash. i had to crash, because i did not want to miss out on all of the fun. >> the kids are between the ages of 8 and 12, and they visited the white house garden. here is what we are working on for this hour. >> despite jelly fish and strong currents 62-year-old diane ni yad niad is halfway through her swim from florida to cuba without a shark cage. we are tracking the strokes. and out of this world, a laser is useded for the first time to zap rocks on the martian
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take a look at this. two cosmonauts outside making repairs to the football-field sized satellite. cool stuff, john zarrella. explain what is going on? >> well, we don't often get a look at the russian side of the space station, and most of the time when we see the space walks, it is the u.s. guysb and briefly on the live pictures and some of the tape are two of them outside, and they are moving a handheld crank. a handheld crane out of the way, and moving it to another location, and then they are going to put in a shield for some micro meteorite deflection, because even the tiny, tiny specks flying through space at 12,000 miles an hour can put a
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horrible hole in the space station, so they are working to put up a deflector out there as well, and they are doing the stuff for the arrival in 2013 of a new science module that they are going to put up on the russian side. so it's pretty interesting to see the, you know, the russian team out there, and you know, suzanne, this is the 135th space walk from the international space station and hard to believe there are that many. >> you have covered most of those. >> yes. >> and tell us about the conditions of of the guys there, because they are in a situation to not go to the bathroom or eat or scratch their face for more than six hours? >> yes, six and a half hours, and they got started late, because there was a leak in one of the seals of the airlock, so hay had to deal with that, so you are right, 6 1/2 hours at least outside before, and then they have to go back inside, and they have to go through the decome propression, and all of that, and it quite a while and incredibly strenuous, and any of
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the astronauts i have talked to who have ever done the space walks, have said, but your mind is not on any of the other stuff when you are outside and looking down at the earth and it is the most phenomenal image that you can imagine. >> yes, you are focusing on other things, i'm sure. let's talk about the nasa rover, breaking out the laser to blast a small rock on mars, and what were they are trying to do? >> well, you hear the old expression that dumb as a rock, and rocks are pretty smart at least as nasa is concerned. what they did is from the mast cam, they fired 30 laser blasts at a rock, and it vaporized tiny, tiny speck of the rock is all it was, and the plasma charge that is emitted, as a telescoptakes a picture of that, and we can see the rock and the rock's name is coronation for the first rock, but they take a picture of the plasma, and then they can analyze it for the elements of the rock and get a better idea of what mars is is made of.
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>> pretty cool. and tell us a little bit about curious i the here, because we have a new cnn/orc poll saying that most americans believe it is a major achievement, but they won't find any life on mars. >> yes, 72%. this proves that good percentage of americans are at least space geeks. 72% said that they think that the curiosity mission was a major achievement. only 18% said that it was a minor achievement, and as far as finding life on mars, i believe it was a broad question. 31% said they thought we would find life on mars and 62% said no, but we should have qualified that, because they are looking for microbial life and not people like us who walk upright on mars and maybe the number would be different if it were asked that way. >> i am still holding out for the little green men. thank you, john. >> good to see you. >> and after eight years of
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rejecting women as members the all-male augusta golf club is accepting women, and condoleezza rice is one of the first. we will tell you why the club picked her. ♪
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it may have taken 80 years,
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but one of the world's most famous private golf clubs is now admitting women. that is happening today. the georgia national golf club is allowing condoleezza rice and dar la holmes into the golf club. you may remember it where tiger woods and phil mickelson won their green jackets. we are here joined by the editor of "golf magazine." and you have a augusta with the men-only rule since the opening and in 1932, so what took them so long? >> i think that part of it is that they were just out of step with what is going on in the world, but part of it is that they are a club of tradition and the phrase better late than never applies, but it is a great day for golf and augusta national. they have taken the tradition at the greatest tournament which is an embarrassment and move
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forward and put this issue behind us. >> who was at the forefront of this? was it from the pressure or something inside that finally they said, you know, it does not make sense anymore to stick with this tradition? >> well, certainly, the thing that finally changed it, i think, this year the new ceo of ibm, jeanne romminetti is traditionally a member, but because of what happened in the last masters and the public pressure and dlub felt out of step, and that is why you see the change here. >> and i want to point out bubba watson who is won the masters told our piers morgan, this day and age, i don't see why admitting women could hurt, so do you believe that the bad press essentially was at issue? >> yeah, i mean, i think that
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augusta national is more than a golf club. i mean, they host this tournament, and they see themselves as stewards of the game. certainly legally they could keep excluding women, and that case has been decided for other golf clubs, and there are a ton of golf clubs that do exclude women, but as leaders of the game, they felt they were out of step where in sports in this country, and they made the change, and bubba watson and so many people with the pressure, and warren buffett, and they made the change. hopefully the club wants to put the issue behind them. i think it will, and it is not a rush of a lot of women members, but you will see more. the ibm ceo would be one they would look at, and certainly condoleezza rice and miss moore would be couple of good candidates certainly. >> would they have to change the rules in order to allow women?
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>> well, et not a long course. it is a short course. and it is short tees. and it is not like women were not allowed the play the course, but not allowed the be members so they won't make changes as far as the kcon struck thun of the club, because women were always welcomed to play the course. >> and why condoleea rice? >> well, i mean, i certainly think that condoleezza rice being an african-american woman from the south is a significant candidate for them and also a real supporter of golf and sports in general and i know she is a big nfl fan as well, so she is part of golf and wants to support the club, but certainly her background is a big reason why she is a member. i mean, augusta having a history of social change in the south, and she is a perfect member. >> all right. we have to leave it there. president obama is in the briefing room at the white house, and let's listen in. >> before i take questions, let me just mention that since
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medicare has been a little bit in the news lately, i thought it would be useful to start with some actual facts and news about the program. today, hhs announced that thanks to the health care law that we passed nearly 5.4 million seniors with medicare have saved over $4.1 billion on prescription drugs. that's an average savings of more than $700 per person. this year alone, 18 million seniors with medicare have taken advantage of new preventive benefits like a mammogram or other cancer screening at no extra cost. these are big deals for a lot of american americans. and it represents two important ways that the improvements that we made as part of the affordable care act have strengthened medicare and helped seniors everywhere get the better care at less cost. that's been our goal from the beginning and i will continue to
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do everything i can to make sure that we keep the seniors healthy and the american people healthy. so with that, let me start off with jim. >> thank you, mr. president. thank you for being here. you are no doubt aware of the comments that the missouri senate candidate made on rape and abortion, representative akin, and i wonder if you believe that the views represent the republican party in general, and they have been denounced by your opponent, but are they outliers? >> well, first oft all the views expressed were offensive. rape is rape. and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types off rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the american people.
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certainly does not make sense to me. what i think that these comments do underscore is why we should not have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men making health care decision on behalf of women. so although these particular comments have, have led governor romney and other republicans to distance themselves, i think that the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions for qualifying forceable rape versus nonforceable rape are broader issues. that is a significant difference and approach between me and the other party. but i don't think that they would agree with the senator from missouri in terms of his statement which is way out there. >> should he drop out of the race? >> he was nominateded by the
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republican republicans of missouri and i will let them sort that out. nancy? >> yes, mr. president. thank you. as you know, your opponent recently accused you of waging a campaign filled with anger and hate, and you told "entertainment tonight" anyone who at the ends your rallies can see they are not angry or hate-filled affairs, b recently the campaign has been proving without proof that mr. romney might be hiding something in his tax returns, and that he might be a felon for the way he handed over power at bain capital and your white house has been linked to an ad that links him to the death of a woman who was diagnosed with cancer. have you asked the campaign to change the tone when it comes to defininging mr. romney. >> well, first of all, i don't know if those examples are accurate. first of all, nobody accused mr.
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romney of being a felon. what is absolutely true if you watch me on the campaign trail, here's what i am talking about. i am talking about how we put americans back to work, and there are sharp differences between myself and mr. romney in terms of how we would do that. he thinks that if we roll back wall street reform and roll back the affordable care act known affectionately as obama care that people will somehow be better off. i think that if we are putting teachers back to work and rebuilding america and reducing our deficit in the balanced way, that is how you put people back to work, and that is a substantive difference and what i talk about on the campaign. when it comes to taxes, governor romney thinks that we should be cutting taxes by another $5 t l trillion, and folks like me would benefit disproportionately from that. i think that it makes a lot more sense and put out a detailed plan for a balanced approach that combines tough spending cut
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s with asking people like me, millionaires and billionaires to do a little bit more. that is a substantive difference in the campaign and whether it is on wind energy or how we would approach funding education, those are the topics that we are spending a lot of time talking about on the campaign. now, if you look at the overall trajectory of the campaign, and the ads that i have approved, and are produced by my campaign, you'll see that we point out sharp differences between the candidates, but we don't go out of bounds. when it comes to releasing taxes, th's a precedent that was set decades ago including by governor romney's father. for us to say that it makes sense to release your tax returns as i did, and as john mccain did, and as bill clinton did, and as the two president
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bushs did, i don't think that it is anyway out of bounds. that is what the erican people would rightly expect is a sthaens if particularly when we are going to be having a huge debate about how we reform our tax code and how we pay for the government that we need, i think that people want to know that, you know, everybody's been playing by the same rules, including people who are seeking the highest office in the land. this not a spite element of being president of the united states, but a privilege, and we have to put ourselves before the american people to make the cas case. >> why not send a message to the top super pac that is supporting you and saying that an ad like that is out of bounds, and we should not be -- >> well, take that particular issue, as opposed to, because you lumped in a whole bunch of other stuff which is entirely legitimate, but i don't believe that governor romney is somehow responsible for the death of the
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woman who is portrayed in that ad. but keep in mind, this is an ad that i didn't approve, and i did not produce, and as far as i can tell, has barely run. i think it ran once. n now, in contrast, you have governor romney creating as a centerpiece of his campaign, this notion that we are taking the work requirement out of welfare. which every single person here who has looked at it says it is patently false. what he is arguing is that we have somehow changed the work requirement in our welfare laws. and in fact, what has happened was that my administration responding to the requests of five governors, including two republican governors agreed to approve giving them, those states, some flexibility in how they manage the welfare rolls as long as it produced 20%
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increases in the number of people who are getting work. so in other words, we would potentially give the states more flexibility to put more people back to work and not the take them off of the work requirement under welfare. everybody who has looked at this says that what governor romney is saying is absolutely wrong. not only are his super pacs running millions of dollars worth of ads making this claim, governor romney, himself, is approving this and staying it on the stump. so the, you know, the contrast i think it is pretty stark. that is, they can trun crun the campaign they want, but the truth of the matter is that you can't make stuff up. that is wone thing that you lean as president of the united states, you will be called into account. i feel very comfortable with the fact of the campaign we are running, we are focused on the
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issues that matter working families all across america. that is exactly the kind of debate that the american pele deserve. jay. >> thank you. i am wondering if you could comment on the recent spike of green-on-blue incidents in afghanistan and why the commanderers are saying that there is an uptick in this kind of violence and second with the economy and unemployment still the focus of so many americans, what they can expect in the next couple of months out oft washington if anything when it comes to any attempt to bring some more economic growth to the country. >> on afghanistan. obviously, we have been watching with deep concern the so-called green-on-blue attacks where you have afghan individuals, some of whom are actually enrolled in the afghan military and in some cases dressing up as afghan
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military or police, attacking the coalitions, including our own troops. i just spoke today to marty dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff who happens to be in afghanistan, and he is having intensive consultations with our commander john allen on the ground, but also with the afghan counterparts, and i will be reaching out to president karzai as well, because we've got to make sure that we are on top of this. we are already doing a range of things, and we are seeing some success when it comes to better counter intelligence, and making sure that the vetting process for afghan troops is stronger. and we have what is called the guardian angel program to make sure that our troops aren't in isolated situations that might make them more vulnerable, but obviously, we have to do more, because there is an uptick over the last, over the last 12 month
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s on this. part of what is taking place is that we are transitioning to afghan security and for us to train them effectively, we are in much closer contact and our troops are in much closer contact with the afghan troops in an ongoing basis. part of what we have to do is to make sure that the model works, but it does not make our guys more vulnerable. in the long-term, we will see fewer u.s. casualties and coalition casualties by sticking to our transition plan and making sure that we have the most effective afghan security force possible, but we have to do it in a way that doesn't leave our guys vulnerable. so we are deeply concerned about this from top tom b bottom, and hopefully over the next several weeks, we will see better progress on this front. in terms of the economy, you know, i'd love to say that when
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congress comes back they've got a week or ten days before they go out to campaigning again that we will see a flurry of action. i can't guarantee that. i do think that there are specific things that they could do to make a big difference. a couple of examples. first of all, just making sure that we have what is called a continuing resolution so that we don't have any disruptions and government shutdowns over the next couple of months. that is important. it appears that there's an agreement on that, but we want to make sure that is done. number two, you know, we have put forward an idea that i think that a lot of americans thinks makes sense which is that we have historically low interest rates now. and the housing market is beginning to tick back up, but it is not where it needs to be, and there are a lot of families out there whose homes are under water and they owe more than the
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house is worth, because of the housing values dropped so precipitously. and they are having trouble refinancing, and we are going to be pushing congress to see if they can pass a refinancing bill that puts $3,000 into the pockets of the average family who hasn't yet refinanced their mortgage. that is a big deal. that $3,000 can be used to strengthen the equity in the home to raise values and that is ultimate ultimately $3,000 in people's pockets to spend on a new computer on the kid going back to school or new school clothes for the kids. and that would strengthen the economy as well. obviously, the biggest thing that the congress could do is to come up with a sensible approach to reducing our deficit in ways that we had agreed to and talked about last year. i continue to be open to seeing
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congress approach this with a balanced plan that has tough spending cuts building on the trillion dollars of spending cuts that we have already made, but p also, asks for additional revenue from folks like me, and folks in the top 1% or 2% to make sure that folks who can least afford it are not suddenly bearing the burden, and we're providing some additional certainty to the small businesses and families going forward. alternatively, they could go ahead and vote for a bill that we've said that would definitely strengthen the economy, and that is giving everybody who's making $250,000 a year or less certainly the taxes won't go down next year. and that would make a big difference and obvioly the republicans have voted it down already once.
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it is not likely realistically, but they will bring it back up again before election day, but my hope is that after the election, people will step back and recognize it is a sensible way to bring down the deficit and still invest in things like education and help the economy grow. chuck todd? >> mr. president, can you tell us about the latest thinking of where things are in syria, and whether in particular you envision using u.s. military, if simply nothing else for the safe keeping of the chemical weapons, but i also want to follow up on the answer that you gave to nancy. you said that one of theeasons that you wanted to see mitt romney's tax returns is that you want to see if everybody is paying to the same set of rules which goes to the question she asked which is the implication t that you think that mitt romney is not telling us something in the tax returns that he is not playing by the same rules? >> no, there is a difference of playing by the same sets of
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rules and doing something illeg illegal. in no way have we suggesteded t the latter. in the first years of tax returns we have seen disclosed indicate that he used swiss bank accounts for example. and well, that may be perfectly legal, but i suspect if you ask the average american if they have one, and is that part of how you manage your tax obligations they would say no. they would find that relevant n information particularly when we are going into a time where we know that we are going to have to make tough choices both about spending and taxes. so, you know, i think that the idea that this is somehow exceptional and that there should be a rational or a justification for doing more
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than the very bare minimum has it backwards. the assumption should be that you do what previous presidential kacandidates did dating back for decades, and governor romney's own dad says the ason he put out 10 or 12 years, bause any single year, it might not tell you the whole story. and everybody's, i think followed that custom ever since. the american people have assumed that if you want to be president of the united states that your life is an open book. when it comes to things like your finances. i'm not asking him to disclose every detail of, you know, his medical records, although we normally do that as well, but, you know. i mean, this isn't sort of
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overly personal here, guys, but it is pretty standard stuff. i don't think that we are being mean by asking you to do what every other presidential candidate has done, right? it is what the american people expect. on syria, obviously, this is a very tough issue. i have indicated repeatedly that president al assad has lost legitimacy and he needs to stepdown. instead, he has doubled down on the violencet his e own people, and the international community has sent a clear message that rather than drag his country into the civil war, he should move in the direction of a political transition, but at this point, the likelihood of a soft landing seems pretty distant. what we have said is that number
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one, we want to make shure that we are providing humanitarian assistance and we have done it to the tune of $82 million is far, and we will end up doing it more, because we want to make sure that the hundreds of thousands of refugees that are fleeing the mayhem that they don't end up creating or being in a terrible situation or also destabilizing some of syria's neighbors. the second thing that we have done is that we said that we would provide, you know, in consultation with the international community some assistance to the opposition in thinking about how would a political transition take place and what are the principles that should be upheld in terms of looking out for minority rights and human rights, and that consultation is taking place. i have at this point not ordered
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military engagement in the situation, but the boint thpoin you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. it is not just an issue that concerns syria, but our close allies in the region, including israel. it concerns us. we cannot have a situation where a chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people. we have been very clear to the assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is that we start to see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moved around or utilized and that would change my calculus, and my equation. >> it is somehow it is under -- >> in a situation this volatile, i wouldn't say that i am
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absolutely confident. but what i am saying is that we are moner toring the situation very carefully, and we have put together a range of contingency plans, and we have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region, that is a red line for us, and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing moveme on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons that would, that would change my calculations significantly. all right. thank you, everybody. >> thank you, mr. president. we want the bring in dana bash about what we have seen here. president obama was under a lot of pressure and criticism for not going before the press corps more often, and lot of republicans and journalists calling for more time with the president, and it is interesting, dana, that he made a couple of points here and he addressed each one of the critical and important voter groups in the points that he
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made in attacking mitt romney. first of all, he talked an addressed seniors talking about the affordable health care act and how 18 million seniors were now getting additional benefits. this is no accident that he is actually coming out of the gate and discussing that explain to us, describe the importance of this issue because we know in looking at florida, looking at mitt romney, looking at paul ryan that that is a key issue for the elderly people and certainly the seniors in florida. >> absolutely. the democrats, and we've seen this all week long since paul ryan was picked, they believe they can target the specific voter sector and that is the seniors because of the fact that paul ryan is the author o of a budget that tries to revamp medicare. democrats have been trying to argue that seniors would lose their medicare. we and other news outlets have been explaining that paul ryan's
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plan doesn't affect anybody who is 55 years and older. when you're the president of the united states you might as well use it. he's been doing it on the stump and this is another chance to make a play for seniors using paul ryan on the republican ticket to do it. >> i want to bring in wolf blitzer. i want to ask you about another group he addressed. he's got the advantage over mitt romney now. it was no accident that he brought up the issue of the missouri congressman's comments. the comments say there were cases of legitimate rape. he said he misspoken. the president was very clear. he said rape is rape. swh why is this so important at this time in terms of how this is playing out? >> this is a huge development in
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this case. it was the first question out of the box. that reporter asked him to comment on what congress aken said. the president was very forceful. i'll play if clip for ou viewers. listen to what the president said. this was in response to that first question. >> the views expressed were offensive. rape is rape. the idea that we should be qualifying and slicing what types of rape we're talking about doesn't make sense to the american people and doesn't make sense to me. what i think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a
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majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women. >> as you know this is an issue that is obviously very, very sensitive, but the democrats believe it will further help the president with female voters and a lot of male voters as well. as the news conference was under way, senator john corning of texas issued a very carefully worded statement saying this congressman should reconsider, should think about what he wants to do. the congressman insists he's going to fight on. he's not dropping out. he's got until 5:00 p.m. till tuesday to drop out. if you take a look senator co corning's statement, he was suggesting he's got to talk to his family and his loved ones and take a look what the the republican party is up to. a lot of republicans now fear that what this congressman has
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said could undermine their chances of winning over this senate seat in november. >> i'd like you to say there. dana, you've been covering the issue of the congressman and the controversy. how much pressure is there now whether or not it's coming from the romney/ryan campaign or the republican themselves. congressman this is a distraction to the campaign. be this not helping our voters. you neat to quietly go away. >> a lot of pressure. i was talking to a republican source who told me that not only did john corning put out that very public statement that congressman akin should consider what's best for him privately. the committee that john corning is in charge of has communicated to congressman akin's campaign that they want him to get out of the race and if he doesn't, he's
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not going to get the support from the national party that he will need especially in a race that is going to be as tight and as fierce as we expect this general election race against claire mckaskill to be. another candidate for senate from the state of new mexico, heather wilson relaced a scathing statement calling on akin to get out of the race that his comments about rape were inappropriate. >> a lot of moving parts happening behind the scene. we're seeing the president up there at the podium in the briefing room making it obvious that he needs to weigh in at this critical time during the campaign. i want you to stick around. we're going to take a quick break. we'll be back on the other side. great shot. how did the nba become the hottest league on the planet?
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guest here. >> jay tells me you guys have been missing me. >> he has been getting quite a bit of heat for not taking questions from the white house press corps. out he pops president let's go to our white house correspond t correspondent, brianna keilar. how long has it been since the president stood at that podium? >> it has been months. it was june when we last, at that podium, it was june when we last had a press conference where president obama took questions from the white house press corps. the press corps that covers him and day out. he done a lot of interviews nationally, locally, some radio, some magazine interviews but it was in june when he was at the g-20 in cabo san lucas, mexico. then they were very much foreign policy related questions.
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there weren't a lot of questions about the economy and that really had been even months before then since we heard from him. not only had he been getting some flak in the white house and getting flak from reporters saying when are we going to ask more questions but republicans very much pushing that as well asking when the president would take some tough questions. >> one of the tough questions was the fact he was asked about romney's tax returns. the president isn't backing away from demanding that mitt romney release certain years, certain tax returns. we know romney is calling cease and desist on this one. here is the president pressing his case. take a look. >> if you look at the overall trajectory of our campaign and the ads that i've approved and are produced by my campaign we point out sharp differences between the candidates but we don't go out of bounds.
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when it comes to releasing taxes, that's a precedent that was set decades ago including by governor romney's father. >> the question was really about the upped ante that the rhetoric in this campaigns, not just mitt romney but from camp obama as well. >> that's right. that question was about the tone of the debate. it's gotten pretty nasty. we have seen ads run really from both sides of the fence here that are outright in accurate. we've seen a ad from the super pac that president has endorsed to raise money that linked mitt romney to the death of a steel worker. president obama did say that he doesn't believe that mitt romney is responsible for that. what he did was pointed to an ad
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about welfare that the romney campaign has put out there and saying that president obama gutted the work requirement for welfare. obviously a concern for the obama campaign when you're talking about a lot of white voters out there and he pivoted to that. he was saying none of it is out of bounds. a lot of voters don't discern from the super pacs. >> thank you. wolf blitzer, let me just bring you in. sitting in the pentagon at part of the briefing reminding america that folks there's war happening in afghanistan. let's not forget. secondarily, the president as we have been reporting on these multiple attacks, these green on blue attacks, the numbers keep increasing. what did the president say? >> reporter: he's making it
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clear he's not going to change his policy. still another two and a half years for u.s. troops to remain in afghanistan until the end of 2014. they are supposed to be some sort of orderly withdrawal but most of the troops will remain for the time being. there's 80 to 90,000 troops in afghanistan right now. it's extraordinary what's going on. e they can no longer walk around even on their own bases and their own barracks and buildings without their weapons. they are so scared there will be afghan military or police personnel that will pick up their weapons that will start shooting. this sts turning into a real dicy situation. this prolonged withdrawal is going to cost a lot more
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american lives before all of this is said and done. i'm not sure what the end result in afghanistan is going to be. the president's not changing his policies right now even though they are stepping up security for u.s. troops. that withdrawal is still on schedule to not be complete until be end of 2014. it's still costing u.s. taxpayers about $2 billion a week to main that i know that huge u.s. military presence in afghanistan. more than $100 billion a year. the pressure is mounting to accelerate that withdrawal and get them out quickly. >> the ending chapter in syria yet to be written. the president today talked about this red line. mentioned chemical weapons and the moving of chemical weapons. here was the president. >> i have indicated repeatedly that president al-assad has lot
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legitima legitimatecy and he needs to step down. he's doubled down in violence on his n people. the international community has sent a clear message that rather than drag his country in this civil war, he should move in the direction of political transition. at this point the likelihood of a soft landing seems pretty distant. >> what do you make of the president's comments? you look at polls and americans are not as interested in foreign policy. we have watched this slaughter and it's an election year. manyeople are sayi nothing will be done before november. what do you make of all that? >> reporter: there's no great desire on the part of the american public. there's no great desire to get militarily involved in syria
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despite the brutality that's going on right now. the president fully appreciates that and there's sensitive political issues. he did say something significant. he said that if the syrians, if the military there and the regime of bashar al-assad were to start moving around and they've been in control of that until now, that would be effectively a game changer for the u.s. and the international community. it could result in the u.s. stepping up its military activity. right now no military activity. no military, no fly zones. no nato activity. no supplying direct military assistance to the rebels, for example. the president did say that if the chemical or the biological
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weapon stockpile would be a game changer. no evidence yet that the chemical or stockpiles have been moved or vulnerable or in danger. that's a huge, huge issue. >> that would be the so called red line. thank you. we'll talk with you later next hour. the president also weighing in on another issue lighting up the political world this hour. it was auestion one of the reporters asked right out of the gate. asked about the comments about a missouri congressman on abortion. he was asked if he was opposed to abortion in cases of rape. here is what he said. >> people always want to try to make that as one of those things how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. it seems to me, first of all, what i understand from doctors that's really rare. if it's a legitimate rape the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down but let's
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assume maybe that didn't work. there should be some punishment but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child. >> those words have unleashed a political storm. not long before the president spoke congress akin went on a radio show and tried to explain what he meant. >> i care deeply for the victims of people who have been raped. they are equally vulnerable. the rain is equally tragic. i made that statement in error. ra rape is never legitimate. it's an evil act. i used the wrong words in the wrong way. what i said was ill conceive and it was wrong. for that i apologize. >> not long after the congressman issued that apology the president entered the white house press room and asked if he believe the remarks reflect a wider view. here was his response. >> the views expressed was
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offensive. rape is rape. the idea that we should be qualifying and slicing what types of rape we're talking about doesn't make sense and doesn't make sense to me. what i think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions for health care for woman. >> romney and his camp are running as far from akin as they can. romney said congressman akin's comments are insultings, inexcusable and wrong. we found them to be offensive. one important wrinkle to this story, congressman akin is
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challenging senator mccaskill. if republicans want him off the ballot they have to act very quickly because the deadline to make a change is 5:00 pam tomorrp.m. tomorrow. the republican candidate has yet to make foreign policy a major part of his pitch but a question from a veteran prompted romney to spell out for afghanistan. >> i want to know what you're going to do about afghanistan? we've got those characters over there shooting our guys and our guys oo coming home in body bags. what are you going to do about this mess in afghanistan? >> i can tell you this when i become commander in chief i will address the american people about the issues and with regards to afghanistan, i will do everything in my power to transition from our military to
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their military as soon as possible, bring our men and women home and do so in a way consistent with our mission which is to keep hafgs from being overrun by a new entity that would allow afghanistan to be a launching point for terror again like it was on 9/11. thank you. >> mitt romney today in new hampshire. one week from today i will be anchoring the show live from tampa, florida. i hope you join me. it kicks off august 27th. i'll be there all week long. a lot more news happening. roll it. for dedes it's been an exclusively boys only club until now. you'll hear why augusta national welcomed two women for the first time. a big time movie director behind some major hollywood block blusters jumps to his death, but why? plus, tempers flare in a
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. it's very name has symbolized power and fame for more than 75 years. i'm talking about augusta club. access to this one of a kind place has always been reserved for men and men only until today. augusta national chairman has announced that former secretary of state kond lecondoleezza ric accepted an invitation to join th club. they fit the mold in every way except they happen to be women. the last time you and i chatted
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you were at the mastmasters. is this the day you've been waiting for? >> it's a big day for girls and women and for our nation in the same summer as the olympic games and more women than men on the u.s. team and more women than and most gold medals were won by the women. to think a week later you've got this news, this last male supremacy finally and not just one woman but two. finally bringing them on board is terrific as a statement to our nation that discrimination against girls and women is no longer acceptable. >> just for the obvious question, why? why did you think they did this? >> i think what happened and you and i talked about it in april with the ibm a woman, for the first time ever there was a woman ceo, i think that's what brought it to a head.
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billy payne is the chairman of augusta. he's the one that brought these two women in. he was in charge of the atlanta olympi olympics. i think he was disturbed and not pleased by how he was portrayed by me and others by the questions he had to take. it was uncomfortable. it was a horrible time for augusta as everyone turned from saying it's a private club they can do what they want to saying this is 2012 and this is embarrassing. i think they realized they had to do something unprecedented for them to be announcing this. never before have they made their private membership public. that shows they were really hurt and stunned by the criticism back in april. >> that's interesting. you think it's more the story in april and less billy payne.
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he's been chief for seven, eight years and now this is happening. do you think he deserves kudos? >> i do. i'm one of those people that say this has been a long anguished convertion. i started writing about this in 1999. they told me they would take care of this in due time. 13 years later it's dow jones. i picture the 12-year-old girl, 8-year-old girl watching this next year seeing a woman in a green jacket and believing that anything is possible for her. a girl, a dpirl of color, a boy of color looking at condoleezza rice in that green jacket, what an incredible statement that makes. >> what picture that will be when we see that. thank you for calling in. always a pleasure. now this one.
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a freshman member of congress has some explaining to do. you heard about this guy in this is republican kevin yoder is he is apologizing to his voters amid surfaced report offense a wild night in israel. the fbi was called in to investigate claims that he disrobed in front of others and went swimming in the nude. according to politico which first broke this story, yoder and other republican freshmen were on an expenses paid junket. they were staying in a hotel where rooms go for more than $1,000 a night. they received a dressing down from this man eric cantor who was on the trip but did not take part in the hijinks. it's important to point out this
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happened one year ago. question is, was this skinny dipping congressman sanctioned in any other way other than being talked to by cantor? >> reporter: our understanding is no as this point. they're trying to see will there be any investigations because this is public. i was told there was a dressing down by the house majority leader eric cantor. i spoke earlier today with one of the congress members on the trip. he was not one of the swimmers but he explain what had the leadership told the members. >> it was a little bit on the ethereal side. it was a scolding for anyone that may have acted up and made it clear this shouldn't be tolerated and wasn't going to be tolerated. >> reporter: you talked about
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the revelry and i was told there was drinking going on. the other thing i was told by several sources is this a holy site. this is where it's believed that jesus walked on water and so a couple of the congressmen went in with their family members. one jumped in with his wife. another jumped in hand and hand with his 21-year-old daughter. there was a religious aspect to this for some members but fo congressman yoder who decided to take his clothes off, who knows what the reason was behind that except for the fact that i'm told by sources there that it ended the swimming as soon as they realized he was not wearing any clothes. >> let me ask you this in terms of dollars and cents, do we know who paid for the trip? what business they have before congress? >> reporter: an organization that is sort of a part of apac
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which is american israel lobbyi lobbying organization. this is just republicans. there was another a month later with just democrats. this was not the first time and won't be the first time this group takes members of congress and both parties to israel. it happens quite a bit. it'sone as part of a discussion with israelbout impoant issues. this is something 've not heard about in the pas >> kind of swimming. we'll leave it there. thank you. appreciate it. you have seen his movies even though you may not have known he was the director. i'm talking about to gun, days of thunder. many are looking for answers after tony scott jumps off a bridge to his death. read it
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director, producer, even actor at times, tony scott has died. he committed suicide by jumping off a california bridge. he had his hands on many projects. here is a look at a few. ♪ >> have you protected a lot of children before? >> you sacrifice everything for me. ♪
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>> nice one. >> unlock the door. do it now or i kill you. >> excuse me lieutenant, is there something wrong. >> bobby rayburn was san francisco's lightest star. to one fan he meant so much more. >> i love it when a plan coming together. >> how come you ain't smiling? >> i'm smiling. >> smile real big. >> it's a little game of show and tell. you not going to show me nothing but you gone tell me everything. i know you know where they are so tell me before i do some damage you won't walk away from. >> i think maybe it was my
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fault. i don't know. >>uge movies, movie stars. as far as what we know here, l.a. police say scott parked his car on this bridge in l.a., climbed fence and he jumped. do we know anymore about this note left in the car and also at his office? >> we do. we have some information i was able to confirm. i just checked with the autopsy officer and they will be conducting an autopsy today on director tony scott a day after he jumped from the bridge. they found a suicide note. one that was left in scott's l.a. office that coroners say was found by a friend and there was another note left in his vehicle that was parked near the bridge that he jumped from. that note included a lot of
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information, contact information for family and friends and investigators tell me it was clear that it was left there deliberately for someone to find and notify family members after all of that happened. you look at all those films and that montage, some impressive movies. he leaves behind quite a legacy. the big question here and the coroner said why did this happen. that's what they are hoping these test will fill in the blank. there are reports he had some sort of inoperable disease, brain cancer. they haven't been able to confirm this. they said they won't note anything definitively until the tests are done. >> that's my question if he was si. we're work to confirm that. just awful. thank you so much for us in los angeles. it's a popular coupon site generating a lot of interest. customers love it. why are some backers now backing away?
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you know groupon promises deals on everything but investors have been jumping ship. should investors have seen this coming? >> some investors did see it coming. groupon shares have been selling off since the day they started trading. some early investors tried to get them to delay their ipo and take more time to get their accounting in order. since the ipo, no earnings reports have been troubling. it's had to revise fourth quarter 2011 results lower. this is because of the the number of customers asking for refunds. groupon shares are down 85% since the ipo and it's down 37%
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last tuesday. they warned about growth problems in europe. groupon gets more than half of its revenue from outside of north america, mostly from europe. a weak economy led to slower sales growth. you have fewer people going for those higher end deals because money is pretty tight now. >> you have groupon. we've talked about facebook. why are investors souring on these internet companies? >> investors, it all comes back down to they want to know how companies can grow their business. all these companies like a pandora or facebook have one thing in common, unclear business models. in the case of facebook user growth is slowing. for zynga it's how it can grow
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independent of facebook. linkedin unlike facebook offer premium memberships. the business is growing for them. they have premium subscriptions. it doubled in the second quarter. it saw a 50% jump in the number of overall users. people see the value. thank you. a 76-year-old suburban chicago man, the latest victim of the deadly west nile virus according to the cdc some 700 cases have been reported in more than 32 states and 26 people have died. texas, we talked about texas. it's the state hardest hit. i talked to dallas mayor mike rawlings. he said spraying will hopefully
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kill the insects that cause the disease. >> last night we were able to cover the areas we targeted. tonight we go back at it. we have a fifth plane. we should have everybody done this time tomorrow morning, twice. >> the mild winter in texas and a lot of rain is contributing to the dallas west nile specifically. britain's prince philip is getting better and left the hospital. the he was admitted last week for a bladder infection. it was his third hospital treatment in eight months. the public appearance will be alongside the queen on august 29th. it's the highly anticipated list that gets a lot of buzz, america's best places to live. did your own town make the cut? we're bringing out the magic wall to break down where and why, next. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day
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got some news in here at cnn. what you're looking at is a crane. this is toronto. it'sd electrical wires to fall on a truck. they say the crane operator is trapped inside and is not able to get out because of the
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electrical wires. i'm getting call. we have learned that everyone is off the bus. everyone that was on the bus is okay. we're still waiting to find out if this crane operator is still trapped because of those live wires. police, firefighters, paramedics and toronto hydro crews were called to the situation. there could be periodic power outages as crews are working to repair the down power lines and get the worker out. we'll keep you posted. let's talk about america's cities. it's no secret america is full of great places to live. this week the folks at money magazine have revealed the top small cities to live in. the ranking is based on quality of life, job growth, income and affordable housing. what we did is took the top ten that are across the country and wondering if your town is one of them.
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number ten. this is where i went to college so a special place in my heart for chapel hill, north carolina. number nine here, overland park, kansas. the largest employer here is print. number eight we go to columbia, maryland. best of both worlds because you have the historic downtown district along with plenty of big box stores. not too far is reston, virginia. major technology firms have hubs in reston. for six we go to irvine, california. it's got amazing weather. you have surf, sand and sun. 20,000 acres of parks in irvine. number five to washington state we go. remond, washington. home of microsoft. for number four back over this way. newton, massachusetts.
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a town near universities like m.i.t., boston college. you have newton as well. number three is hiding from me. number three eden prairie, minnesota. this town has all kinds of natural beauty and healthy employment prospects. that's really great. number two we have mckinney, texas. low taxes mean companies with white collar jobs in technology and energy. number one is carmel, indiana. the unemployment rate is just over half the national average. you can take a look at this whole list. the best places to live and see where your town ranks. go do i love this story. this real life indiana jones wants you to find his million dollar treasure. this bizarre treasure hunt is
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. what a story this is. i know you've seen the indiana jones movies with harrison ford. this man is being called the real life indiana jones after collecting priceless actifacts. he want you to find his fortunes and him along with this whole treasure-trove. the 72-year-old relic collector has issued a challenge. he urged would be diggers to find his treasures. they are buried in the mountains in santa fe and he's hoping to bury himself there one day.
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tony, i was fascinated when i read this this morning. this guy has hidden a million dollars worth of treasure. do we have any idea what's in it? >> we do. he details it pretty carefully in the book. there's a spanish ring. there are pre-columbian idols. there's a vile of gold dust. a lot of gold coins. he says a lot of jewels. tiny diamonds, sapphires and rubies. a combination of precious metals and jewels and artifacts. i'm confident there's more than a million dollars of stuff in there. >> big bucks. i know people already searching for it, including you. this plan speman spent his life treasure hunter.
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my next question is to the why. why is he doing this and how is he planning to bury himself along with the treasure? does someone else know where this is? >> no. it's a fascinating psychological situation here. he's an individual who has loved history and pursued physical history his entire life. he's an avid collector. he got cancer in the '80s. he started thinking about a way to insert himself into the record. he loves finding history. how could he matter a thousand years from now? how could he be part of history? he came up with the idea of insert himself, taking sleeping pills and when they find the treasure they will find the bones. >> sleeping pills. he sounds eccentric.
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>> i would say that's fair. he's also passionate. he really loves history. he wants to become part of history. in this treasure chest there's a copy of his autobiography. whoever finds it will read of his life. his dream of mattering of having his voice be heard or his life be talked about many years from now will become true. he hopes. >> he came into his riches very quickly. you talk about in this article how state and federal officials are very curious about that too. that's how you learned about that man because of this investigation. what is the fbi investigating? >> when he retiered from the ai force he didn't have a lot of money and he established himself in santa fe and established one of the finest galleries in the world. it's long been a mystery.
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where did he come from? where did his artifacts come from? an undercover agent took a tour of his home and it's like wall to wall artifacts. sitting bull's piece pipes. maps that are older than the birth of christ. they said this is suspicious. they raided the house. the case remains open. it's part of the biggest suspected case of grave robbing of all time. there was 24 people arrested. he was never arrested. his case is ongoing. i became interested in him at that point and i discovered the treasure scheme after the fact. this is perfect marriage of true crime and amazing true treasure hunt. >> then as you point out, we know reporters, you don't want to get too involved but clearly u had to go searching for the treasure. this is for our viewers as well. this is a couple of lines from
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the poem. here me all and listen good. you're effort will be worth the cold if you are draif and in the wood i give you title to the gold. what does that mean? can you give us a hint? >> if you find it, you keep it. i was in the area around issant fe with four guys from iowa. they are thinking about doing vegas and thinking treasure hunt would be more fun. we spent a day walking around. we totally struck out. our interpretation of the poem utterly wrong. i'm not sure but i think there's a few paragraphs that really explain the clues in the poem. we don't want to give them away. if i get the opportunity, i
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