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sexting scandal has people calling for him to back out of the race for mayor of new york. so will he give in? plus the woman who was sexting, sydney leathers, did she spill of course to make money off the online relationship? when will more women actually come out? then new video of a train derailing in spain. the train may have been going too fast, but was it human error or a mechanical one. this is "cnn newsroom." i'm suzanne malveaux. former congressman anthony weiner pressing ahead with his campaign for mayor of new york. he is resisting now calls to drop out of the race because of his latest sexting scandal. new poll shows him falling out of first place. that's right, weiner was back on the campaign trail today, visiting a non-profit group in brooklyn. things however you see him in the kitchen getting a little hot. he couldn't escape more questions about the lewd e-mail exchanges. we'll bring in mary snow who
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joins us with the latest. what is he saying now? >> well, suzanne, anthony weiner keeps trying to stress this is behind him but clearly the questions at this brooklyn campaign event were focused on how many more women may come forward. this, of course, after revelations became public on tuesday that he had been carrying on a sexually explicit relationship online with a woman after he resigned from congress in disgrace in 2011, saying that that relationship had ended last summer. he was pressed on several occasions and he said finally that in his words, "i don't believe it was any more than three." when asked how many women he had these sorts of relationships with after he resigned from congress. he was also asked about how many women all together did he engage in these kind of conversations with, this also includes before he resigned from congress,
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here's what he had to say. >> it's not dozens and dozens. it is six to ten i suppos but i can't tell you absolutely what someone else is going to consider inappropriate or not. >> reporter: and suzanne, at this event today, he was asked straight out, does he think he has an addiction, and he said that he does not believe that he has an addiction. he said that he has spoken previously about his therapy and he acknowledged today that he is still getting help. >> mary, we see a new poll out today. give us a sense of how this is impacting the race. >> reporter: one thing weiner keeps stressing this is a personal issue between him and his wife but obviously questions about credibility and judgment have come into the public realm and this poll was taken after tuesday's revelations came out. it was a poll done among registered democrats showing him
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dropping to second place. [ horn honking ] we're on a busy new york city street, excuse the horns. he has dropped, he had been in the lead just about a month ago. people in the poll were asked should he remain in the race, 47% said yes. 43% said that they felt he should drop out. >> mary, thanks. good focusing on there with all that going on in the background. appreciate it. we're going to talk about the political implications straight ahead with "state of the union's" candy crowley and hear from sydney leather's friend about this incident. turning to spain witnesses say they heard thunderous bang, what they saw horrified them. this is a passenger train sprawled out on the tracks, this happened last night. security footage now showing the train speeding around the bend and then a huge plume of smoke, it flies off the tracks, you see it on its side, slams into that concrete wall.
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at least 80 people were killed from that crash, more than 140 injured. >> translator: we heard a huge explosion, there were lots of people injured. we started to help the injured in the train car there. we went to the other cars and that was shocking, indescribable. it was crazy. i was shocked. wounded people carrying children. there are no words to describe it. i was devastated. >> it is devastating. many people were traveling to the town for religious celebration. spain's prime minister has declared three days of national mourning to honor the victims of that crash. in florida, hazmat teams are working to contain an ethanol leak after a train derailed there. you can see firefighters using foam on that spill to prevent any kind of fire. the accident happened just after 1:00 this morning. this is in tampa. officials are still trying to figure out why that train jumped the tracks. fortunately no one was hurt. and disgraced cyclist lance
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armstrong raising some eyebrows again today saying his former sponsor the u.s. postal service should have known that he was doping. that is his defense for $120 million lawsuit filed by the postal service. the suit claims armstrong defrauded the government by using performance-enhancing drugs. well, armstrong told the "des moines rental stgister" he was by public reaction when he admitted the drug use. >> the reaction and the fallout was more than i expected but that's life. i'm a big boy. >> hmm. earlier today two "wall street journal" reporters who have covered armstrong talked with my colleague, carol costello, about this lawsuit. >> i mean, it basically says you can't sue us for, you can't sue me for defrauding you because basically my fraud was all over the news, and there were rumors of it. >> it's interesting that his lawyers are arguing essentially the u.s. postal service renewed its sponsorship at a time when
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there were allegations about lance's doping. most of the allegations though were covered in europe but didn't make their way to the united states and the postal service in fact did renew the sponsorship in november 2000 around the time when there were some allegations covered in europe. >> we want to talk more about armstrong's claims, dominique romano is a sports and entertainment lawyer. it sounds outrageous when you think about the claims he says you guys should have known. didn't you know? >> in audacity it's unmatched. he's saying i lied and you should have known that i lied and i was guilty until proven innocent. i haven't been proven innocent. actually i admit lying but i get to ride away into the sunset with $18 million. agency of the u.s. government, see you later. that's his argument. >> how is that going to work? does that argument stick at all? >> i can't imagine a judge accepting a motion based on that premise and dismissing this lawsuit and not allowing it to go forward.
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i mean, you know, he says this morning in that interview that he had no idea the public would react this way. it's his advisers must be tone deaf. i don't know who is spearheading his team but it doesn't seem like they're in touch with the public. >> have we ever seen this before where there was a similar case by a celebrity or athlete who thinks you should have known better and this is my argument? >> his argument is basically there were $30 million of exposure, lots of spectators of events and you didn't conduct an investigation into my veracity into my telling the truth, into my performing the contract that i should have. in 20 years of being an attorney i've never heard that argument made much less been made successfully. >> and how many years was he being untruthful that he was actually lying about his drug use? >> it goes back to the 1990s. we're not talking about one or
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two instances here. the government's position is that they asked him about it during the whole investigation in 2000 when the contract was renewed they asked him and his team and they said we're clean, haven't been cheating, haven't been doping. this is just the french authorities and now we're seeing the result. >> does it make a difference whether or not he was lying under oath or not, if he says well you should have known during this time but not this time? >> yes, it does make a difference and there could be other consequences, so it's quite a remarkable legal strategy. >> all right, dominic romano thanks so much, we appreciate it. we'll follow that closely. coming up he spilled the beans on nsa surveillance techniques and congress responded by keeping the controversial data collecting program. coming up how the white house is responding and a look at what edward snowden's next move could be. and she shared her sexual conversation with anthony weiner with the world, and now people are asking did sydneyleters come
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out to strategically destroy new york city mayor hopeful? we'll hear from an acquaintance straight ahead. it is mysterious and frustrating, als, it ravages the body but not the mind. it challenges the notion of what it means to be alive. my mother was diagnosed a year and a half ago and she, like others, relies on life-saving measures and equipment to sustain life. former football player steve gleason is also battling als and he is a big promoter of using technology to improve patient's quality of life. we're going to bring his story in the next hour. >> it has not been easy. it hard. but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can help make this a great block party. ♪ [ male announcer ] advair is clinically proven
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christening, that ceremony expected to take place sometime in the fall. good for them. calls for formercongressman ant anthony weiner to drop out of the race are growing louder by the day. new poll shows him no longer leading the race for the democratic nomination. it is the first poll since new sexting admissions by weiner. the nbc 4 "wall street journal" marist poll shows christine quinn at 25%, weiner at 16%. we bring in candy crowley, host of "state of the union." what do you think this means for him and his campaign moving forward. >> seems pretty determined to move forward. i think anybody that got into the race with the history of what he had done not all that long ago is impervious to calls to folks saying you ought to get out, you ought to be ashamed, you ought to get out even when you find out that actually as
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recently as nine months ago he was sexting someone. so it doesn't, this is not a man i think that will be listening to the calls for him to get out. you saw on that poll more new yorkers thought he should stay in than get out. i think you're looking at a crowded race for the new york mayor's race, and it is crowded. when you go into that kind of race without the machinery behind you, without big named politicians behind you, in what will be low turnout because it's a mayoral race in an off year, it's a distinct disadvantage and i think that organizational disadvantage is probably greater than the disadvantage of what he's done, but what he's done has meant that he doesn't have the organizational advantage because there are not big named republicans -- democrats willing to put their name behind him or their organization. >> candy, when you see him out there, he's in the kitchen and going through with all these different schedule campaign events does it help or hurt him do you think to be out there and
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try to convince people that he's the right guy for the job? i mean, i imagine the questions will continue to follow him as he goes along. >> well, we thought they would from the first time around, from the things we knew from when he left congress, and we thought oh he's getting into the mayor's race, that's all anyone's going to talk about. sure enough that was all anybody talked about but it died down. i'm assuming he thinks this, too, shall pass and he can't -- you can't hide from questions because you come out and they're still there. what do you do? if he is determined to stay in the race he's going to stay in the race and he's going to have those questions until the story moves on or dies away. >> candy thank you so much. we'll be watching that race closely and of course you can see candy on "state of the union" sundays 9:00 a.m. eastern here on cnn. thanks, candy, we'll be watching. mysterious stomach bug spreading across the country. the cdc doesn't even know what it is or what it really, what really even causes this.
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investigating now an outbreak of this nasty intestinal bug. it is getting hundreds of people sick in 11 states. the cause behind this is still a mystery. i want to bring in our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen to tell us what is making people so big? >> something called cyclospora. it's a parasite. this is a parasite, not a bacteria or virus. the mystery is they don't know where it's coming from. you think it's in this food, that foot. that's what it looks like under a microscope, pretty gross. it usually comes from produce when they've had other outbreaks it comes from produce but in this case they can't trace it back so they can't tell you don't eat this or don't eat that. >> what do you do? >> well -- >> what do you do to avoid this? >> i'm the empowered patient all about being empowered and active and doing things, there's not a lot you can do. wash your produce but we're also told this parasite is sticky and you might not be able to wash it
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off. >> how dangerous is it? >> it's not going to kill you but you may feel as if you want to die. you, you're going to have sorry to be disgusting with you i have to say it, watery diarrhea, low grade fever and vomiting. it can go on for days or even weeks or even longer than that. some people who are healthy can fight it off and they're fine but other people it goes on and on. here is my one empowered what you can do. >> please! >> i think most of the time people feel like this, they'll go like this will go away and don't go to the doctor. we know what's causing so many problems, tell your doctor you've heard about cyclospora and tell them you may have it and there is something they can give you. that's the good news why you don't see deaths. there are 18 people in the hospital but that's not many considering the hundreds who have been sick. >> if you were to take the
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medication would it run its course days and weeks? >> it probably wouldn't take days and weeks but wouldn't be immediate either. be patient but it does help. >> thank you. appreciate it. she shared her intimate conversations with former congressman anthony weiner. people want to know who this young woman is. we'll tell you all about sydney leathers next. >> she initially contacted him through twitter, said she was a fan. i assume that based on how beautiful young lady sydney is, anthony weiner had no choice but to act on his instincts. [ male announcer ] this store knows how to handle a saturday crowd.
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before we begin the show i want everyone to turn off their cell phones. it has nothing to do with our program. we just want to protect you from anthony weiner. he may try to send you a text. >> so yesterday anthonyogized a ready to move on and yeah, take it from me, it's just that easy. >> of course late night comedians having a field day with the latest scandal involving anthony weiner. now weiner has admitted that he continued sexting after he resigned from congress. we're learning more details about weiner's latest sexting exploits. we now know the identity of one of the women he exchanged these explicit messages with, she is 23-year-old woman from indiana who seems to have a passion for
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politics. randi kaye has her profile. >> reporter: the woman at the center of the latest anthony weiner sexting scandal is sydney leathers who also identifies herself online as sydney elaine xo. we don't know much about her but we do know she's very comfortable in her own skin. these are just some of the pictures she posted of herself on twitter that have since been removed. so how did she meet anthony weiner? lou colagiovanni is a friend of leathers. >> she initially contacted him through twitter. she was a fan. >> reporter: colagiovanni says the conversations quickly turned from politics to sex. this was the result, dozens and dozens of sexually explicit text messages and photographs, including images of his anatomy that are simply too explicit to show here. their online relationship continued for quite a while. >> it's been important for eight or nine, maybe even possibly a year.
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>> reporter: we came here to princeton, indiana, hoping to talk with leathers about her communication and relationship with anthony weiner. this is where a friend of hers who told me not to be identified told me that sydney leathers lived with her father, and the same friend told me that sydney leathers never mentioned anthony weiner by name but did say she had met a lot of people with strong political contacts online, politics was her passion. it seems long before sydney leathers first communicated with anthony weiner she had her eye on him. one of her websites that's since been removed listed him as one of her heroes. sydney leathers is now 23, her friends say she never slept with anthony weiner or took any money from him but that he did offer to help her get an apartment in chicago and suggested he visit her. at one point she told the website that weiner asked her "do me a solid and hard delete all our chats." randi kaye, cnn, princeton, indiana.
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>> "cnn money" spoke to sydney elaineleters confidant who leaked the conversations with weiner and her decision to go public. listen to this. >> i'm a would-be journalist and i do get paid for what i put out in the public and i told her listen, this is an opportunity if this story does come out, you should make money from it. it's your story. that was absolutely my position with her. i don't know if she's profiting from the story now. i know i'm personally not profiting from any of this whatsoever, but i didn't think that was unreasonable for her to tell her story in the media. in my opinion her life is going to be ruined because of this. she'll be forever tainted by this so if she could make a couple dollars i would have saw that as a silver lining and i did counsel her to that fact. >> if you want to see the full conversation logon to it is mysterious and
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frustrating, als, better known as lou gehrig's disease it ravages the body but not the mind. my mother was diagnosed a year and a half ago and she like others rely on life saving measures and equipment to sustain life. former football player steve gleason is battling als and using technology to improve patients' quality of life. he can tweet by just blinking his eyes. i got a chance to meet him and his family. up next i'll share their story. hey linda! what are you guys doing? having some fiber! with new phillips' fiber good gummies. they're fruity delicious! just two gummies have 4 grams of fiber! to help support regularity! i want some... [ woman ] hop on over! [ marge ] fiber the fun way, from phillips'.
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it is mysterious, frustrating and even frightening. little is known about it. we are now shedding light and going in-depth on a killer disease. it is called als. it stands for amiotropic lateral sclerosis. it kills more than 100,000 people a year, it moves fast taking away people's abilities to control their muscles causing patients to quickly lose their ability to speak, swallow, breathe or move. on tuesday i shared my mother's story, she was diagnosed with the disease a year and a half ago. the disease forces her to breathe with a machine, she has a great attitude, getting around in a motorized wheelchair and enjoying our family. technology is improving als
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patients' quality of life in many ways. one of them is former nfl player steve gleason. with the tap of the toe or a blink of an eye gleason and others are redefining what it means to be alive. here's his story. it was the play that brought back the city of new orleans, saints' steve gleason blocking the punt that would send his who dat nation to victory. >> who dat! >> reporter: the win was especially sweet because it was the saints' first home game in the superdome since hurricane katrina. in that moment, steve gleason, the handsome 5'11" rock solid 212 pound safety instantly became a new orleans hero. but five years later, in january of 2011, at age 33, gleason got the shocking news, he was diagnosed with als, or lou gherrig's disease, a fatal condition that would soon par lies him and rob him of his abilities to speak, eat or breathe. >> it's a disease where the cells in your brain and spinal cord, the cells that control our
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muscles slowly degenerate. they die. >> reporter: when i met steve and his wife michelle at their new orleans home in march, i was struck by just how young and how beautiful they are. their playful relationship and his flirtacious smile. >> he was just like this big heman, strong guy and he's still strong in certain places but it's a huge contrast. >> reporter: two years into the disease, steve is paralyzed, and uses his synthetic voice to speak for him. >> it has not been easy. >> reporter: steve recently was thrust into the spotlight after three atlanta radio deejays mocked him using a fake automated voice as his own. >> knock knock. >> who's there. >> smother. >> smother who? >> smother me. do me a favor. >> reporter: the deejays were fired and apologized to steve later. steve issued a statement saying "received and accepted. we have all made mistakes in this life. how we learn from our mistakes
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is the measure of who we are." steve says he's changed, too. >> my capacity to love and to love myself, to be loved has been exponentially increased since my diagnosis. >> reporter: when steve first got the diagnosis, he and michelle were faced with a critical decision, whether or not to have a child. >> in reality i don't know what i was getting myself into or what he was getting himself into, let's be honest but i still believe it's the best decision we've ever made as a couple. >> reporter: when rivers was born steve also knew he'd soon lose his ability to speak, so he started recording bedtime stories that he plays for rivers today. >> papa pea would fling little pea off a spoon. >> reporter: they also made a decision to go public with the disease. >> this is the first time i've
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been in front of any cameras since we went public in september, so obviously i don't know how to move or talk quite the way i used to. >> reporter: launching the no white flags campaign. at the super bowl in 2012, he teamed up with one of his mentors, former ravens linebacker o.j.brigantz who also has als. steve recruited star nfl players and coaches to generate this dramatic psa. >> you can't move your fingers. >> your mind keeps working but your body doesn't respond. >> soon you can't hug your mother or pick up your child. >> reporter: while he doesn't believe the head injuries in his football career led to the disease, researchers are looking into the possible link. steve is looking to improve the quality of life for those with als, he's raised millions of dollars to build a state-of-the-art facility in new orleans for als patients. >> control the ac, turn on
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lights and working on their computers. >> reporter: it's outfitted with eye tracking technology like that in his home to give residents the ability to control everything around them. but even with all this, michelle says they have their difficult days, most recently as they prepared for a dinner date. >> he's in the suit, just pissed, mad at the world, actually, drove into our office and drove him into the closet and got stuck and started crying so i started crying, called my mom and said we're not going to come, she started crying. ten minutes later after we both sobbed, with he said look we're going to do this. >> reporter: and they are doing it. steve marked his one-year anniversary with als with a skydive. he also sponsored adventure trips for other als patience, recently trekking up ma machupichu and canoeing down the missouri people. he says most people live as if they'll never die so that's why he's living life to the fullest. seeing steve and michelle the
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two have teamed one scientists and techies and patients at a summit in new orleans to further technology to improve als patients' lives. one person who is using his platform to push for a cure is ka caption cake boss" buddy velastro. he announced on his show his mom was diagnosed with als. >> she's not doing that well. >> buddy joins us next live after the break.
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so i know how important that is. all this week i'm talking about als a fatal disease that kills off motor cells rapidly taking away people's abilities to move, eat or breathe. it affects some 30,000 people in the united states. bud buddy valastro "the cake boss" is bringing attention to his mother having als on his own reality show. >> she's not doing that well. >> you think a cup with a handle on the side is easier to hold? >> mama got diagnosed with als.
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and it's a horrible, horrible disease. >> "cake boss" buddy valastro joins us and buddy, it's hard to watch. i know your pain. i know your experience. my mother has als as well. i love your show. it's a lot of fun. you're a no nonsense tough guy from hoboken but you make these beautiful, beautiful cakes that we see there, something passed down through your family. give us a sense now of how you and your mom are coping with this disease. >> well, i'm really excited to be on, suzanne, because i really want to bring attention or awareness to als and let people
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know what a horrible disease it is, and you know, my mom was diagnosed in 2011. she's probably had it since 2009, and you know, it's a very tough disease to see somebody full of energy and somebody who was full of life just, you know, little by little have everything taken away from them. it's really tough, but i got to tell you, when i watched the video of your mom, the thing that inspired me was that her will to fight and you know, have the support of the family. that's kind of what my mom does. my mom comes to the bakery every single day. she sings actually. our favorite song is "i will survive" and what an ironic song. but it was before that, before als and every day she comes in and belts it out for the whole bakery, so she's really such a strong person and her will to live and survive is just
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amazing, and you know that's what i got from watching the video of your mom, you know, and the family, and i think there's such a good connection but i just really want people to know what this disease is about and you know, we need to raise awareness to help potentially have a cure for this. >> absolutely, buddy. you're preaching to the choir here. i love that song "i will survive." that's one of our favorites as well. you talk about the will to live and obviously it is, you can see it in your mom there, and see in your featured show. right now there isn't a cure and the clinical trial is very much in the beginning stages. my mom it happened so quickly she was no longer even eligible to participate in these trials, and i know that your mom is taking a really bold step. tell us what she's doing. i understand she's actually going to israel to participate in a trial. >> yes, she's actually going to israel to, they took stem cells
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from her brother, who has a perfect dna match to her, and they grow the cells and they inject it into her. we opted to do this because this cannot hurt her in any way, shape or form. is it going to help her? we pray and hope, but at least it can't hurt her, so you know, she's actually going next week. she was there a couple months ago. they extracted the cells from my uncle's bone marrow. now they're growing it and i truly believe that the future of science and medicine is going to be able to cure this disease, but right now, all's we can do is try to raise awareness to get money so that we can do more research because at the end of the day, i'll never forget the day my mom was diagnosed. i was in the room with her, it was me, her and the doctor, and we had suspicions that it could be als but we weren't sure, and when the doctor said you know you have als and she said to the doctor, what are we going to do,
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how are we going to treat this, and the doctor kind of like shrugged her shoulders and was like, we make you comfortable. i don't know if my mother -- i know what that meant, if you get cancer or other things all right we'll try to treat it and give you chemo. als it's like you know, there's nothing we can really do for you. >> yes. >> other than you know these trials at the end of the day, the condition that a lot of these patients become, you got nothing to lose, you know what i'm trying to say? >> yes. >> you might as well try again. >> i understand exactly what you're saying, buddy. one of the things i would just say to you and your family, we wish your mom the very best, your whole family the very best. just to take advantage of those little moments, the things we somehow take for granted just to be able to hear her voice, to have those conversations while you still can and to take those trips when you still can. buddy, thank you for your courage and for your strength and for your mom's courage and
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strength and to bring attention to this, and of course, you and i are going to keep in touch because i know it's a really difficult journey and i think we can be there for each other. thank you, buddy. >> absolutely and the same goes to you. thank you for you and your family sharing your story. god bless. >> god bless, thanks, buddy. "the cake boss" airs monday nights 9:00 p.m. eastern on tlc, it's a great show. if you'd like to read more about als and how you can push for a cure go to or a wonderful wife, a booming business and his health. then he was diagnosed with als and of course he is paralyzed. well we hear his amazing story of survival, how he uses a machine to speak, how he has used his fame to raise millions of dollars for a cure. that is tomorrow. also how close scientists are to
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this just in. president obama just touched down in jacksonville, florida, where he's going to be delivering another economic speech in about an hour or so, this time in a warehouse in jacksonville's port authority. the president plans to push for new infrastructure projects as well as investments. this is going to be the third consecutive speech on the economy as he tries to change focus and to allow people to listen to that message. this just in. we have another anthony weiner poll. this one shows his favorable rating has taken a big hit. that's right. the nbc4/wall street journal, marist poll shows new yorkers'
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favorable opinion of weiner is down to 30%, down from 52% last month. these are the latest poll numbers since the latest sexting admissions by weiner. talk about this. this is a close call. watch what almost happens to this wisconsin state trooper. unbelievable. you can see this. this 18-wheeler slams into the police cruiser just as he's walking away. the crash captured on the dash cam, you see it there. thankfully, he managed to escape. he was not injured. and former president george h.w. bush sporting a new look for a good cause. look at this, bush 41 shaving his head in solidarity with this young cancer patient. he's the son of one of the secret service agents who is battling leukemia. the former president joined his entire security detail in showing his support for this 2 yearly. his name is patrick. he also made a donation to patrick's treatment fund. the president and wife barbara lost a daughter to leukemia at
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the age of 4. next thursday, cnn films takes an intimate look at president nixon. discover the footage the fbi locked away for 40 years. "our nixon" airs next thursday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. he spilled the beans on the nsa's surveillance techniques. congress responded by keeping the controversial data collecting program. coming up, how the white house is responding. first, this weekend on the next list. how one man is using his knowledge of the ocean to save lives. >> this week on "the next list," we talk to archie, chief of ocean safety for the hawaiian island of maui. he pioneered the use of jet skis for ocean rescues 12 years ago, and he's been saving lives ever since. >> for us, the rescue is way offshore, and it's all about response time. how quickly can we respond from
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now to a case that has strained relations between the united states and russia for the past month. of course, we're talking about the saga of edward snowden.
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the nsa leaker has been holed up in the transit area of moscow's international airport since arriving back on june 23rd. yesterday the russian media reported that snowden received a document that would have allowed him to leave the airport and enter the country, but his lawyer says they actually have not received the paperwork. so last week snowden wrote to the russian government asking for temporary asylum. if that happens, snowden would be able to live in russia and even travel abroad. brianna keilar joins us from the white house. what's the white house reaction to all of this, this request now to leave? >> reporter: well, a couple of things, suzanne. first off, they're not happy, as you can imagine, but one of the things that we heard from jay carney is they want clarification from the russian government on exactly what the status of edward snowden is, and we also heard from the spokesperson for the state department that, as far as we know, the highest level communication -- and this is pretty high -- is that secretary of state john kerry has called his counterpart, russian foreign
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minister sergei lavrov, and he's communicated to him, not only wanting to know the status but also if snowden does leave the moscow airport, the u.s. would find this very disappointing. i know to the average person this sounds pretty mild, but once you put that through the diplo speak filter, it sort of says the u.s. will be very upset if he is able to go beyond the moscow airport. >> got to translate the diplo speak a little there, brianna. yesterday, tell us about this, just yesterday the house narrowly defeated the proposal to sharply restrict the nsa's phone surveillance program. this, of course, was the program exposed by snowden. does congress really believe that program is really that good? >> reporter: i think there are a number of key democrats and republicans and members of the obama administration who feel that it's necessary. that's what you saw. when you look at the house vote, what's fascinating about it, one, it was a narrow defeat,
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217-205, but there were also very strange bedfellows voting to try to defeat this, a lot of liberal democrats joined by republicans. you don't often see that. they were not happy, obviously, by this program. i think this is really it, suzanne. they registered their discontent. it was a narrow defeat, but we're not expecting the senate to take this up. the white house certainly was not on board with getting rid of this -- i guess the ability of the nsa. let me tell you what the bill would have done. it would have said, if you're going to get phone records from americans, it has to be related to a specific investigation. it can't be done in a blanket way. so for now, that continues to be at the disposal of the nsa. >> brianna, thanks, we appreciate that. remember julian assange, the founder of wikileaks, the online group that published hundreds of thousands of secret u.s. military documents, he says he is now running for a seat in the australian senate. he says he has informed an official wikileaks political party to help his candidacy.
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we're not sure exactly how that campaign would work. assange remains holed up in the ecuadorian assembly in london where he's been given asylum to avoid extradition to sweden on sexual assault charges. that's it for me. have a wonderful afternoon. brooke baldwin takes it from here. there's no sound, no warning, just a terrifying image. as crews search the rubble of a deadly derailment, the question we're asking, how safe are america's trains? i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. a 6-year-old found murdered. the manhunt for her killer takes a dramatic turn when police approach her neighbor's home, the home of a teenager. the pope's security team on high alert as he kisses babies, shakes hands, and walks right out in the open. plus who's the woman at the center of the anthony weiner