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who had more interaction with animals, actually had fewer health problems and needed fewer drugs. sedentary people who get a dog they lose on average about 14 pounds a year. and that's without dieting. it's going to wrap things up for "sgmd" today, but keep tuned with me, and keep the conversation going at twitter. and here's a check of your top stories making news right now. hello, everyone, i'm don lemon. as we go on the air this hour major news breaking an air show disaster, a stunt plane crashes into a fireball with a performer on the wing. thousands watched in horror. one of the most famous chefs in the country under fire and accused of being a racist. outrage and support for paula deen across the country and at her restaurants as we speak. what will happen to the man lawmakers call a traitor now that the government has filed federal charges against edward snowden and are vowing to bring him home to pay? we begin tonight with a widening murder investigation involving a star athlete, not just any athlete, but a highly
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paid player for one of america's premier football teams. police officers are at the home of aaron hernandez right now had for the second time in two days. he's the starting tight end for the new england patriots. state police are there, local police. they even have police dogs with them. they're looking for clues in to the shooting death of a friend of hernandez a man whose body was found nearby just a few days ago. going to get now to massachusetts and cnn's seussen candiotti, she's outside the hernandez home. so, sues besausan, do we know e what police are looking for right now? >> reporter: no, we don't. because no one has disclosed exactly what is in this search warrant. everything has been kept under wraps until now, but we can tell you this, we did spot a locksmith going into the house a few times during the course of the search, which has been going on for about 3 1/2 hours now, don. we have seen at its highest point at least 20 investigators counted around the house and
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inside the house, a couple of dogs as you mentioned and other police officers also involved in and around this area and if we go to our second camera, we can give you a better sense of the number of cars and vehicles that have been here at one point. they were also spending time on the white suv if you can still see that at this time. they were looking inside of it. they were putting some items out of it. they were puttin items back inside. the significance of that car is it's the same one we have seen aaron hernandez himself driving over the course of the last few days. we have not seen him today, don. but we have seen his lawyer, and he arrived here about two hours into the search. don, you indicated that indeed yesterday a couple of investigators were here, but they only spent about a minute after arriving with some paperwork and then we know on tuesday of this week at least a dozen investigators were also here conducting an intensive search, don. >> so, no charges for aaron
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hernandez. let's just say that right now. but here's the question, susan, i want to know more about this man who was killed and his connection to aaron hernandez. his body was found not far from aaron hernandez's home and he's 27 years old and supposedly they were friends and they were hanging out on the night before the man disappeared and his body was found. >> reporter: that's right. and, again, let's stress, police are not calling aaron hernandez a suspect in the shooting death of oden lloyd at this time. but oden lloyd as you said is indeed -- was 27 years old. he was a semipro football player and according to lloyd's family, he was friends with aaron hernandez and he's known him for a time. he said they liked to party together. they know he was together, for example, on sunday, or rather, last friday, going to a nightclub together, the two of them. and we also know from some reporting from "the boston globe" that video surveillance cameras captured those two men
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on the same street where lloyd lives just a few hours before police say mr. lloyd was murdered. >> so, police are also looking in to a strip club in rhode island. how does that figure into this investigation, susan? >> reporter: well, that's a good question, and it's hard to say, but police do confirm to us that a search warrant was executed at the strip club in providence, rhode island called desire gentlemen's club and this was conducted, again, on thursday. police say it is indeed part of this ongoing investigation, but we don't know to what degree. we can tell you this. authorities tell us that they retrieved and made copies of video of surveillance cameras from inside that nightclub, videos that went back more than a day at least, so exactly what they're looking for there, we don't know. we were unable to reach the
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club's owner. we don't know for a fact at this point from anyone in an official capacity whether hernandez has visited that site, whether he or his friends, for example, mr. lloyd might have visited that club as well. >> and, susan, we see police officers behind you and police are on the scene now searching the home of aaron hernandez for a second time and our susan candiotti is there. new developments, we'll get back to you. we appreciate that. another story unfolding right now is about celebrity chef paula deen recently asked under oath if she'd ever used the "n" word, yes, of course, that comment on race went public and her world hasn't been the same since. deen has spent the last 24 hours issuing public apologies. human behavior expert wendy walsh is standing by to talk about this story and she has passionate and insightful views and we'll talk about it in a moment. i want to get you up to speed about deen's remarks and the fallout and the apologies
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about it. nick very lealencia has the sto. >> paula deen is in full public support, and she's asked fans on the food network to forgive her for what she's done but despite the criticism and negative backlash that paula deen has received there are still some of her supporters that are coming out and really speaking for her character and saying there's no way she could be a racist. >> would a racist give thousands of dollars to an organization to help black boys? and not only that, but we can't count the amount of things that she's done charitable for black organizations. i mean, she's not keeping a record on everything that she does to help black people. she don't have to. she just do it because it's in
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her. >> deen has lost the contract with the food network after 11 years they say they won't be renewing her contract which ends at the end of this month and she has so many more sponsors, cookware, and she's sponsored by a diabetes medicine as well, we'll be taking a close look to see if any other sponsors back out. don? >> all right, nick, thank you very much, nick valencia. last night cnn affiliate wtoc spoke with people outside of deen's restaurant in savannah, georgia, many seemed ready to forgive the popular tv chef. >> was it right? no. i mean, she could have used another term, but, hey, it was a mistake that she made. >> she made a mistake and she probably shouldn't have said that, but she has apologized and i think maybe we all take that for what it's worth. it sounds like it was sincere. >> i think it's a learning lesson for her and it's a learning lesson for people to forgive, so i will forgive her. >> all right. now, let's talk about this with psychologist wendy walsh joining me now from los angeles.
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we had a very lengthy conversation yesterday. i appreciated your insight on this, so, wendy, i'm having you on to talk about it. let's talk about all of it. first the reaction from the patrons outside of the restaurant, does that surprise you? >> no. and i love all those women. i want them all to come to my house for dinner. it's just that really what america is about is learning to forgive and understand each other. and look what happened. i mean, the food network fired a 66-year-old white woman from the south for being a 66-year-old white woman from the south. i mean, we should put her in a museum, she's a dying breed. we shouldn't -- you know, let consumers choose whether they want to buy pots and pans or her recipes but to have her entire media brand fall over this when she's apologizing publicly and learning things, it's confusing to me, don. >> you are not condoning what she said or her actions? >> no, absolutely not.
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absolutely not. but she's a culture of her generation and her zip code, that's who she is. it would be like saying every black person in america should never say anything negative about a white person or they will lose their job. and i want to stand on the record today, don, and tell you i have used the "n" word in my car
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but the gentleman said in nick's story that racist doesn't give money to black charities or help black people. and i'm not saying that paula deen's a racist, but you can have racist attitudes and still be a nice person and not be aware of it. >> absolutely. i think she became very aware of it in this situation and identify also think, you know, she didn't use this publicly. she was in a deposition and it was sort of goaded out of her in a way to try to get evidence and it was never meant to be public anyway. but, again, i don't want to give this woman a free pass. what we need to look at is widespread institutional racism. you need to look at demographics
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and companies and their hiring practices. this is the kind of racism we should chase down vigilantly in our culture, but a sweet white woman selling pots and pans, bless her, she made a big mistake. she doesn't get a hall pass. let her consumers decide if they want to support her or not. >> i'm a louisiana boy, i grew up in the south, i know a lot about the "n" word, and i heard the "n" word a lot and i lived in georgia and i hear the "n" word, and i lived in new york and i hear the "n" word, and i'm not sure how paula deen is -- >> 66. >> 66. okay. there are a lot of people what's new, what is new. a white woman from the south has said the "n" word in her life at one point or another. what's new about that? >> she's a dying breed. i mean, we should literally bottle her and put her on a shelf and look at her in
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amazeme amazement. because she certainly doesn't reflect the majority of progressive thinking americans, but, you know, you almost feel a little bad for her. and look at her asking for forgiveness. >> she should know better. she should know better and i think she realized it in that video. you can hear her pain in that video and, again, i'm not condoning it. anything she said or what she did may have done in the past, but guess what, most people would not even admit to using that word. she admitted it and that says something about her honesty. >> but, don, did this woman break a law? >> it was in the privacy of her own home. >> right. did she hire only white people in her world and not look at black people as great employees
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for her company? these kinds of laws we need to vigilantly look at. these kind of practices. you know, something said at a cocktail party or whatever as a joke it's wrong, it's absolutely wrong, met me get this straight, but has she broken a law here? i don't know. >> but here's what's just as wrong, just as wrong and we put up with it all the time. can you tell your viewers about your experience at a country club recently and how you chose to deal with it? >> you read my e-mail. we have to vote as consumers. i actually was invited to a luncheon at a country club, i won't say where in this country, but it was in this country, and i was shocked that the dining room represented this ideal that paula deen spoke about when she was trying to plan her brother's wedding. the dining room was filled in this day and age with all black wait staff.
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have to be generally accepted in the scientific community and the
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way they got their result is generally accepted, it's not ) get to decide for themselves. they will and they are calling tracy and sabrina and they will be able to say in my opinion that's my child screaming, so it's not as if the jury won't hear this, but they won't have an expert telling them what they should think about it and think about it this way, if you had dna evidence and you put a mechanic on the stand, they go, oh, yeah, that's the same dna, you wouldn't pay much attention to him, but if you put up a scientific dna analyst, the jury gives that expert testimony more weight. same token, i don't want a dna expert telephoning me about a catalytic converter, i want a mechanic, so juries listen to experts. they're not going to have that now. >> okay, so, holly, it looks like zimmerman's fate may be
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decided of a jury made up entirely of women. >> yes. >> that is for a women. you have had to impanel lots of juries, what's the strategy behind that? >> the strategy is when you are picking a jury you look for the people that can be fair and impartial, the ones who say, yes, i know something about it, but i can set it aside. this jury pool, remember they started with a pool of 40, they got down to 40 after asking all the questions about pretrial publicity. that pool was a majority of females, so the county itself is 78% white. and the jury is 83% white, so those numbers legally speaking are okay. and the defense came out and said, look, i'm happy with this jury. we have people on this jury who can listen to the evidence, keep an open mind and make a fair, logical, reasoned decision. so, i think both sides are going to do well with this jury. the six women, first of all,
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they know the eyes of the nation are on them and they're going to go above and beyond to make they fairly listen to the evidence. >> here's the thing, this just struck me as we were talking here, we are talking about the death of a teenager and everybody is talking about race, right? >> right. >> because we're talking about the neighborhood watchman and there's a black teenager and he's white or white hispanic and, wendy, you and i just talked about paula deen and it just seems like and my twitter feed is going crazy. anytime you talk about race or racism, anything, it just fires people up. what's going on here? what lesson haven't we learned? what are we not getting, wendy?
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>> you know, because it hurts. because these are very sensitive, sensitive things and there are lots of people in america who have experienced racism firsthand or were told about historical acts of racism and that's a very painful, awful thing. listen, i have children of color. we talked about that and i, like, a mother bear protecting them from ever being treated a different way because of the color of their skin -- >> is that the first place we go to, wendy, is that the first place most americans go to when it involves two people who are not of the same race? >> you said the key word, america. because it's, you know, so much of the history of america has been with racial. >> there you go. >> has been about racial tensions, i'm canadian and i come from a different kind of culture, if anybody ever said the slight bit of racist language, they would be so put down by people because it's so politically incorrect. but i think with this case the gender is an even bigger issue in terms of this jury because if you think about the psychology
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of women, don, women tend to be more often the victims in our culture. they definitely are the consumers of most true crime whether it's tv or books. the whole investigation, discovery network is about love and crime and it's a women, female audience, no how much women rise in economic power, they still know that one man can overpower them with physical strength. are they going to have compassicom compassion for zimmerman and will they have compassion with trayvon's mother because of the loss of the child. i think the gender piece will be interesting in how this jury plays out. >> it's interesting to me to see if the country tunes in for this particular trial like some of the other high profile trials, the casey anthony trial. what was the one before this that we covered? >> jodi arias. >> yeah, yeah. so, we'll see. 9:00 a.m. monday morning. >> we've forgotten already. >> thank you. thanks to both of you. >> all righty, thanks.
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all right. welcome back, everyone, half past the hour right now. want to get a look at your headlines here on cnn. you're about to see some frightening video, it is an airplane crash that killed two people, one of them a famous air show performer. watch. >> jane wicker sitting on top of the world. oh, no. >> so, there you go. we froze the video because it is our policy there not to show you that. here's another angle the moments just before the crash. it happened this afternoon in dayton, ohio, at one of the biggest air shows in america. the plane went down right in front of a huge crowd. the pilot was killed. jane wicker was also killed. she was a wing walking one of the best known performers in the national air show community. paula deen tries to say i'm sorry. the celebrity chef has issued
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two videotaped apologies trying to limit the damage from reports that she has acknowledged using the "n" word. well, the food network says it will not renew her tv contract. but deen supporters are rising to her defense. a facebook page created to support paula deen has more than 110,000 likes. a big step in the george zimmerman case today that could change the course of this trial. the judge ruled testimony from two prosecution witnesses who analyzed screams on 911 calls cannot be used. those calls were from neighbors who heard a fight the night trayvon martin died. however, the judge noted that the audio can still be played during the trial. and witnesses familiar with the voices of zimmerman or martin can still be called to testify. there it is. >> yeah, that wasn't a boat, okay? deadly floods are devouring
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it costs a whopping $27,500 probably good it's expensive so a lot of people captain gn't ge hands on it. here's the best part, it allows a person to hit a target ten football fields away. cnn talked to the ceo of tracking point. >> this is the most advanced shooting system in the world in that it can within minutes an untrained user can be able to hit shots out to 1,000 yards, 1,200 yards using this technology. in addition, we have a wi-fi server embedded in this scope that allows a shooter to be able to stream video out of the scope, download the recorded videos of every shot sequence he's taken. >> all right. i want to bring in cnn money's lorie siegel. help me under that, i can only say it's remarkable technology. it's a little scary if it gets in the hand of the wrong person but it's expensive so -- >> yeah. the idea that i've never shot a gun and i can shoot and hit a target 1,000 yards away, pretty
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eye opening. it uses image sensing technology and the gun decides when it's going to shoot and it val cue lates variables and you can pull the trigger and if it isn't aligned with the target, it won't shoot. >> if you don't have your best shoot, the gun says, not going to do it. >> not going to happen. but if you shoot it, and it is a shot, it will go. and my colleague tested it. >> identify lift the gun up and you can see what we're seeing right there. >> i want you to see the 250 yard mark. >> my hands aren't nearly as steady as i thought they would be. is that 1,000? >> that's 1,000. i want you to shoot the target there on the far left. good tag. solid tag. all right. let er rip. squeeze and hold. move it into the -- >> three hits.
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>> looking like this, three hits and he's never even really shot a gun before, so wrap your head around that one. >> i don't know. i'm afraid of guns. even though, you know, i grew up in the south and a lot of them -- >> sure. >> 27,000 bucks, that's really a steep price tag. are people buying this? >> you would think people wouldn't because it's so expensive, but if you talk to them they said they sold 500 this year and they will tell 1,000 next year and they say the demand is completely overwhelming, a lot of people want to get their hands on this kind of technology. >> what about regulation? this will make anyone quite honestly a marksman or a sniper. >> anyone buying a gun has to get a background check, but think about this, someone can sell this technology and that can go unregulated, anytime there's a new technology lawmakers need to understand it, we talked about it, and they need to wrap their head around it and say, look, this is manage that needs to be monitored. >> wow.
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$27,000, you can hit a target 1,000 yards away. all right. thank you. >> thank you. >> good story. appreciate it. he's got a lot on the line. talking about brad pitt. he takes a big gamble with his new film. you'll hear from the actor and the man and the man who started the entire "world war z" craze. ( bell rings ) they remind me so much of my grandkids. wish i saw mine more often, but they live so far away. i've been thinking about moving in with my daughter and her family. it's been pretty tough since jack passed away. it's a good thing you had life insurance
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superman is still going strong. the producers are just happy that "world war z" has begun to rake in some cash. our nischelle turner explains. >> reporter: the box office showdown is the final frontier in the battle to bring "world war z" to theaters as "vanity fair" documents in its june cover story. >> we know that movie had a huge budget. there were a lot of problems with it. >> everything started to go wrong when they went into production without a finished script. there were third act problems. everybody knew that. and they went into production anyway, which is what you do in hollywood. you have a big movie star, he has a schedule to keep, and they just went for it and started filming. >> reporter: early on hollywood buzzed with sets plagued of problems, rewrites and reshoots and a budget which reportedly ballooned to $200 million. the industry whispers, uh-oh, zomm by boondoggle. >> what is going on. >> reporter: going into it, you think, oh, gosh is this going to be a flop or a disaster.
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>> the buzz, the director who created "lost" came in and rewrote a good chunk of the movie and from what we're hearing, it works. it works. >> reporter: pitt and the studio paramount launched a high profile publicity tour beginning in a world premiere in london where brad brought his fiancee, angelina jolie just after her double mastectomy surgery. >> i'm very proud of brad. >> reporter: and they fueled positive word-of-mouth. >> the buzz has grown over the past few weeks since they've been screening it and i think it's, yeah, i think paramount has averted disaster for sure. >> reporter: the battle offscreen may have been epic, but the one onscreen? the producer and actor wants us to know for him, nothing but a popcorn fun good time. >> you know, let's do the motion, that we get to do, and
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put in really good scares and people are having so much fun. it's fun for me. really good fun. >> reporter: nischelle turner, cnn, new york. we're not done with "world war z" yet, she gets brad pitt, but you know the man that started the entire "world war z" xra craze? he's the son of mel brooks, that's who i get to interview next.
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in the blockbuster zombie movie "world war 12" the hero played by brad pitt is looking for patient zero. the first to infect everyone else. and in that light we have exclusively brought you the world war z patient zero all the way from london right now, max brooks. there he is, the author of the novel "world war z" and essentially the guy who infected the entire planet with the current "world war z" fever. there are big differences between your book and the movie. obviously we're not going to get you to comment on the film but for an author this story came out of you.
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what is the first thought in your head? what was it when you heard them say, hey, we're making this into a movie? >> well, you know, for me, ironically, growing up in hollywood the movie wasn't half as exciting as getting a book published because i grew up with movies. hollywood premieres, hollywood parties. that's my childhood. but to have your name on a book shelf, to go to a book store and see your name, that was a first for our family. that was where the rush really came. >> "world war z" the book and the movie, it's a huge universe. most zombie stories are small and claustrophic and cramped spaces. you cross the globe with literally dozens of characters but all created while alone, you're writing, one guy with a computer in his room or wherever in your travels. how odd is that? doesn't that make you a little bit insane? >> well, i think the insanity was there before i wrote the book. the book is just an outgrowth of
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that. i wanted to write a global zombie book, because to me zombies are a global crisis. but all the zombie stories i had read up until then are very local. i always had global questions. i wanted to know how our government was reacting, how other governments are reacting. i feel in the times we live in there are no more local problems and what affects one group of people affects all of us. that is sort of what i wanted to capture in the book. >> one reviewer wrote this about "world war z" and says it is rooted in the current mood of economic panic and terrorist fear and impending chaos. it presents the zombie army as a culmination of what it is going to look like if and when the bottom falls out of society. do you see your story and other zombie stories as sort of a pashl for a potential heads up for other global disasters? >> i wouldn't want to speak for other zombie authors but i can say for me what i find so interesting about zombies is that they do literally eat the threads that hold society together. you know, no other monster
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really does that. every other monster is small scale and you have to find it but then you can run back to society and be safe. zombies are really a slate wiper. if you look at zombies as the pairab parable for any sort of mega disaster, global disaster it fits perfectly. >> i'm sure it didn't hurt being the son of one of the most famous comedic actors and producers mel brooks but as you establish yourself apart from mel what was the hardest part of being mel's kid? >> well, i think whenever you grow up in the shadow of great people they expect you to be an out growth of that person. my early years were spent being cast as sort of mel brooks jr. my first book "zombie survival guide" was put in the humor section. a lot of people bought it and were waiting for the jokes. i kept saying, if there is a joke, it's on me. i'm not a funny guy. i'm a genuine nerd. >> you know, everyone -- well most people do.
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i look for my parents' approval. do you look for your dad's approval? what does he say about "world war z?" >> i think my dad is very happy that i have a job. >> as simple as that, right? as long as you're working, he's happy? >> right. i mean, let's face it. what hollywood parent doesn't want their kid to not ask them for money? so i think he's very proud when he comes over and he says, hey, you need a little money? dad, i'm fine. we're good. >> that's great. thank you so much, max brooks. we really appreciate it. best of luck to you. >> thank you, don. stay safe. >> mel, you did good. you raised a really nice kid, and talented. okay. he is going to risk his life again but unlike last time, this time there are no safety measures. that's next. efore and didn't know where to start. at angie's list, you'll find reviews on everything from home repair to healthcare written by people just like you. no company can pay to be on angie's list, so you can trust what you're reading.
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how would you grade the economy? if you don't have a job you might give it an f. if you're in the stock market you might get it an a. what do the financial experts think? we'll find out. cnn's christine romans this week, smart is the new rich. >> summer is here and stocks are in turmoil after a 13% gain this year. unemployment is still too high. investors are making a fortune in housing but nearly 10 million people owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth. there are a rash of statistics to measure this recovery. let's look at this way and give it a good old fashioned letter grade starting with a man whose firm manages $2 trillion. >> i would give the economy a b to a b plus. it is getting better but not fast enough. >> reporter: he buys and sells bonds. these guys are real estate tycoons. >> i'd say it's a c plus rnkts
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what do you think, mort? >> c plus. >> reporter: here is a harvard professor. >> i think b plus at this point. we should be creating way, way more jobs. >> reporter: the view from the stock market? >> i think b minus. the economy has held up well. maybe more of a c plus. i give it a b minus because the government sector is fading. >> he is talking about washington belt tightening at exactly the wrong time says this former clinton adviser. >> on fiscal policy from the congress i am afraid i will not give a passing grade right now. >> reporter: "the wall street journal" editorial writer and critic of the obama administration. >> i give it about a b minus but i'm optimistic about the future. you got the low interest rates, housing recovery. i'm pretty optimistic we may see that b minus turn into a b plus. >> reporter: and, finally, the former chair of president obama's economic team doesn't give a grade but nails how many americans are feeling about the economy. >> i don't know. the economic conditions i'd say modest at best. >> reporter: christine romans, cnn, new york. >> thank you very much.
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a guy with a famous last name is going to try something tomorrow that would make his great grand daddy very proud if he doesn't die trying. nick wallenda, yes, of the wire walking, flying wallenda family takes on his most terrifying challenge tomorrow when he steps out on a cable stretching across a gorge near the grand canyon. wow. 1500 feet in the air. here is a part that will really make your stomach drop. no safety line, no safety net to catch him if he falls. wallenda says he's got a secret and that's to accentuate the positive. >> when you're walking at a height greater than the empire state building it can play tricks on your mind. it is important i'm always in control of those thoughts. one of the challenges leading up to a big walk like this is all the media that wants to talk about the doom and gloom. this is real, untethered. this isn't like niagara falls where my network partner said i had to wear a tether. this is with the discovery channel and they believe in me and are allowing me to do this
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with no tether. this crossing is life or death and it is important i'm mentally in control of everything. >> well, nick will step out on that steel cable tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. eastern. you have to tune in at 7:00 one hour from now. it's going to be a great show. i'm don lemon, cnn world headquarters. see you back here in one hour. new evidence in a mysterious and deadly airline crash. investigators say the official cause is wrong. the feds release a video of bombing in times square. they want your help finding the attacker. and the surprising ingredients in many burritos. a major fast food chain comes clean about its menu. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm jim acosta. you are in "the situation room." we begin with what senators are calling a border surge, a breakthrough deal to double the size of the border patrol and hundreds of miles ofec