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life. >> i feel really good. the last guess the doctors had was it was a viral infection the week before vacation, i had a cold. but as for actual evidence, they have nothing. >> very happy family. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. >> she's a bookkeeper to apparently puts on her super woman outfit in the phone booth. her name is tuft. more national news, name, rank, serial number. two of those are different today. private bradley manning plans to live the rest of his life as chelsea from prison. i'll talk to someone who helped him as he was struggling with
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his identity. and how many women does it take to force a mayor out of office? well, now we know. san diego's bob filner finally takes a deal. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." we'll begin with the national lead and breaking news out of california where a dizzying rescue scene is unfolding. a tour bus carrying dozens of people flipped over on a busy stretch of highway about 20 miles outside los angeles. we're still trying to sort out the exact number of passengers hurt. but local media is reporting at least five people had to be flown by helicopter to trauma season terse. the cash shut down three lanes of traffic on interstate 210, turns parts of the highway into a virtual parking lot. officer gomez, thanks for being with us. there are any updates on the
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number injured and the severity of those injuries? >> we have a preliminary number of 46 people injured as a result of this traffic collision, most of which are moderate to minor injuries. we did have some trauma that were airlifted. we used three air helicopters to transport these victims to local hospitals. luckily none are life threatening. >> is there any idea about the cause of this crash? >> numerous witnesses that we have to interview as a result of this crush, we're unable to determine what caused this bus to traverse four lanes where it overturned. this stretch is highway is popular for tour buses going to local casino, out of state and within the state of california. it appears the folks traveling in this bus were headed just to
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a casino here in california before this incident took place. >> officer gomez with the california highway patrol, thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. >> her antoinette touuff and yo can only hope every school employs someone as fearless. her only weapon was her compassion and her sympathy for a very sick young man. we now have the 911 call that tuft made when the first shots rank out. let's take a listen. >> police, what is your emergency? >> ooh, he just went outside and started shooting. can i run? >> can you get somewhere safe? ia, i got to go.
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no, he going to see me running. he said to tell them to back off, he doesn't want the kids, he wants the police. so back off. and what else, sir? he said he don't care if he die, he don't have nothing to live for. he said he's not mentally stable. don't feel bad, baby. my husband just left me after 33 years. but -- yes, you do. i'm sitting here with you. we all go through something in life. no, you don't want that. you going to be okay. i thought the same thing. you know, i tried to commit suicide last year after my husband left me, but look at me now, i'm still working and everything is okay. >> the call lasted for almost 25 minutes and true to tuft's words the suspect was taken into custody unharmed. miraculously every student and everyone at the school,
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including tuft came out similarly unscathed. the reaction of the school's interim superintendent was simple and spot on. >> it's a blessed day, all of our children are safe. >> michael thurmond, interim superintendent joins me now. tell me about the moments you spent with antoinette and she made this call. what we didn't play after the young man was apprehended, her relief, her terror comes through on the call. she was putting on a very brave face but she was terrified. >> absolutely. i first engaged her sitting there on the sidewalk on a curb after the alleged shooter had been apprehended. tears were streaming down her face. but you knew you were in the prosence of a hero.
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she's such a compassat and loving purn. she placed her life on line to save hundreds of children and employees. >> she's a bookkeeper. did you know her before this happened? does she have a reputation for being a very compassionate person? >> the principal and all of her colleagues saturdtated this is this woman is, she's loving and caring and she has a tremendously strong faith in god. this could have turned out in a much, much more horrific situation. she talked the gunman down, bought time for law enforcement to arrive and saved countless lives. >> that must have been a huge relief for you as the interim superintendent. what was your reaction as you got on the scene with memories of columbine and newtown in your head, what was going through your mind? >> we were listening to events as they unfold.
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it was actually on the video. we were listening to the radio, and all of these thoughts, columbine, sandy hook, all going through my mind. my one goal was to get there and work with law enforcement and save our kids. i'm proud of present pal bolton, of the staff and especially miss tuff. thank god no one was injured and there was no loss of life. >> it's a great thing that nothing happened. there's a big debate about whether or not there should be police officers in schools, security officers in schools, whether or not teachers should be armed. we can't rely on there being an antoinette tuff at every school. what's your opinion on that? >> we need to look at what's going on in this country, when our children can't be safe in school, we need to look at the
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entire spectrum, whether it's gun control, particularly as it relates to people who might be mentally disturbed or have psychological issues getting access to high powered weapons. we're going to look at everything we can within the dekalb school districts and do everything we can to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. >> my understanding, sir, is that there is a buzzer system and there is some security at that school and this young man just followed a parent who had been buzzed in into the school. is there any additional security that you think you should be considering in the dekalb county schools? >> it's not generally understood but the front office is a part of the security system. if an unauthorized person enters the school system, the people now is a redundancy.
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that's one of the reasons miss tuff was in the position she was to engage the person who should not be there. a human being engaged the intruder, and she was just smart enough, brave enough, and compassionate enough. >> and without question, most importantly, how are the kids? >> the kids are fine. the little kids, some, they just wanted to get home to mom and dad and they are so resilient. i just want to thank the parents as well. we've not said a lot about them but in this crisis situation, they were there, they were anxious, some were frustrated but at the same time they supported the plan that was in place, they worked with law enforcement and when we delivered those little babies over to the reunification location, it was just a sight to see to see them putting their arms around their kids. we had a thousand plus parents, 600 kids and every kid went home
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and we're just so blessed and proud that occurred. >> we're looking and showing some pictures of the kids being put back in their parents' arms and it's just moving watching that, thinking about what might have happened and thank god and thank antoinette tuff that it did not. michael thurmond, thank you so much for your time. >> thank you, jake. >> coming up on "the lead," his secret life was exposed. now bradley manning said he wants to be known as chelsea manning and he wants hormone therapy. will you pay for it? and he's the highest paid actor on television who support democrats so why are sarah palin and other republicans suddenly big fan was ashton kutcher? la's known definitely for its traffic, congestion, for the smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus.
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. welcome back to "the lead." private bradley manning had secrets that were not smuggled out on a thumb drive, they were personal secret, ones that came out during the course of his court martial for the single biggest military intelligence leak in u.s. history. today manning made it clear with these words in a letter read on the "today" show this morning, "i am chelsea manning." that's right. private bradley manning plans to live the rest of his life as a woman. his struggle with identity issues is something that did come up during the sentencing phase of his trial with the defense team showing this photograph of manning dressed as a woman. while the army does not provide hormone therapies, there are different standard for federal prison. manning is headed to leavenworth, but his lawyer says he will fight for the prison to
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provide hormone therapy. and that means that, well, you could end up paying for it. we should note that cnn will continue to refer to him as bradley manning since he has not yet legally changed his name. i want to discuss all of this with a friend of bradley manning's, laura mcnamara. she communicated six months with manning online as zina jones before she identified herself as a transgender and changed her name. she was a defense witness in manning's trial. laur lauren, thank you for being here. can you talk about your relationships with manning through these chats in 2009. what sorts of struggles did you guys talk to each other about? >> well, at the time she never talked to me about any questions of gender or anything of the sort. she identified as a gay man at the time. we mostly talked about her difficulties growing up, her struggles with her family and
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her struggles in school and her difficulties prior to joining the military. and she did speak extensively about her role in the military as an intelligence analyst, and she did speak about some difficulties she had adjusting to the culture and with other soldiers who had harassed her but overall she still expressed a belief in the military as a force for good made of diverse people. >> and you at the time were a gay man as was bradley, but you independently came to these similar statuses, is that right? >> yes. i started transitioning last year. there's evidence that she was considering transitioning as early as 2010, if not earlier. >> and when you refer to bradley manning because at the time certainly he was bradley, when you refer to him as saying that people were harassing him, were they harassing him for being a gay man?
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for what? >> well, he didn't seem -- she didn't seem to fit in very well with the military's culture sometimes. people seemed to see her as vulnerable, she was short statured and she did seem to have difficulty relating to other people there. as it came out in the trial, her co-workers testified that she often cared about her doing her job much more than others seemed to. she often made it a goal to go above and beyond, and she might have been bullied for being effeminate and still at the time under doesn't ask/don't tell, being openly gay, let alone being trans, would have meant being separated from the army. >> do you think this has anything to do with what happened with wikileaks or is it separate and apart from the situation? >> i think it directly related
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to the decisions she made. various people shoe she talked to in the military, psychologists and counselors spoke about where she had many previous incidents where she was in need of imminent treatment and yet this was often pushed to the side because the unit was underpowered and they could not afford to lose any analysts. although the army does exclude trans people currently, there's no reason for this to be the case. our allies a lot of trans people serve openly. as the psychologists and counselors testified at the time, this created extreme stress for her and could have affected her decision-making abilities. >> as you know, because bradley manning is in custody and the
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army said it does not provide hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery, do you think she should sue? >> i think it's important she receives the needs. this is a medical necessity. it been established by all major professional medical bodies recognize that the most effective and recommended standard of care for gender dispeoria is transitioning. it highly effective and without it jend -- gender disforria can be associated with suicide, depression. to deny someone treatment for this just because they're in
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prison is similar to denying them treatment for depression, or diabetes or if they needed an organ transplant. there is really no excuse for this because it is established a medically necessary. >> thank you for your time. >> coming up on "the lead", he once said he'd be vindicated as this and kept smiling when woman after woman after woman after woman after woman came forward with reports of sexual assault. and stocks today were completely shut down by wall street. we'll tell you why ahead. we do? i took the trash out. i know. and thank you so much for that. i think we should get a medicare supplement insurance plan. right now? [ male announcer ] whether you're new to medicare or not, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. it's up to you to pay the difference.
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after weeks of ignoring calls to step down over sexual harassment claims, there are now reports that san diego mayor bob filner is finally ready to resign and the timing, frankly, couldn't be better seeing as how we "the lead" were running out of ways to describe his creepy advances. san diego tv stations are now reporting that filner will resign tomorrow pending a mediation deal with the san diego council. the news comes a day after the 18th woman came forward accusing the mayor of sexual harassment. yes, i said 18th. each of these women have made separate yet skeevy claims against the mayor the latest
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said he put his hands on her buttocks and she said his staff saw him do it. >> reporter: we learned today the settlement included a provision that mayor filner would step down. there will be a closed session of the city council where they'll take up this proposed session that was reached in mediation. just within the last few minutes, there's been a development that could complicate the entire thing. gloria allred, the attorney for the first woman who came forward, she filed a lawsuit. she has now called a news conference saying that she and her client have not agreed to any deal and they are not aware
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of the contents of any deal. furthermore, they are saying that she is adamant that she does not want any san diego taxpayer money to go toward bob filner to pay off any legal claims that may arise out of this lawsuit. now, what implication that has for the city council's decision on whether to approve this deal tomorrow and pave the way for mayor filner step down we don't know. but it's a complicating factor that the woman who began this whole thing and who we zoomed p assumed was part of this settlement that was announced by the city attorney last night, her attorney is now saying she has not signed off any any deal, jake. >> a stunning turn of events. casey wian, thank you so much. let's check in with our political panel in the green room. hey, guys, senator tom coburn
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welcome back to "the lead." it's time for the money lead. if only the i.t. people could unplug the machine and plug it back in and it works. a technical problem should down the nasdaq for more than three hours. big stocks like apple, microsoft, frozen. market officials say the problem was with a security system. they're not getting too specific. the market is so automated now
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that one hiccup could stop everybody. the last time there was a problem was last year during facebook's bumpy ipo. >> yesterday we referred to google as our overlords. but is this really the face of yahoo!? now there are reports that yahoo! is in talks to pair up with four square, that app where you share where you're eating or hanging out because all your friends are dying to know where you are every waking moment. this all happened under the leadership of marissa meyer. jesse, how big a deal is this claim of yahoo! having more traffic here in the u.s.? >> well, it's certainly a big deal, particularly for yahoo! because you'll remember when marissa took over the job of ceo
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about a year and a month ago, yahoo! was nowhere. it had really been lost. jake, it's important to talk about what this is not, in order to understand it. these figures suggest that yahoo! had a really grood month in july and that it was more popular than google on desktops in the united states. now, we know that increasingly people are surfing the web from their mobile devices and surfing the wood all over the world. google, if you use the word overlord, it's safe a to us thinking about the broader context here. >> so they're picking and choosing. >> it's a big deal, jake. i don't want to suggest that it's not. because it suggests that yahoo! is coming back and i think anybody who signed up for a yahoo! e-mail account back in 2002 and then wondered for the last ten years why yahoo! started getting worse and worse and worse is excited to see
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maybe the yahoo! experience might be coming back. >> how much this much do we credit to marissa meyer? >> i would say all of it. marissa's strength is product and she's a real leader. and yahoo! was a company in search of a new leader. she got there and began aggressive acquiring and focusing the team there. i think we're beginning to see the outcome of that now. >> thank you very much, jesse. great stuff. >> coming up on "the lead," as college costs soar, president obama puts his foot down. but therewill it change anythin? and senator marco rubio heads to beverly hills for some of that cash. can he pull in the money his democratic rivals do? man: 'oh i can't go tonight' woman: 'i can't.' hero : that's what expedia asked me.
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welcome back to "the lead." it's time for the politics lead. so long summer vacation, hello astronomical education rates. president obama's new plan is create a government rating system that ranks colleges and universities, not in terms of the best places to party. >> what we want to do is rate them on who's offering the best value so students and taxpayers get a bigger bang for their buck. >> ultimately with congressional approval, the white house wants to link those ratings to
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financial aid, a move the administration hopes to make happen by 2013 and congressional approval being key there. chris cuomo will be interviewing him about all of this and more tonight to air tomorrow morning. tell us more about this plan. i know college tuition is a big issue for you that you cover all the time on "new day." can mr. cuomo hear me? apparently we're having some technical difficulties. chris, can you hear me? we lost chris cuomo. we'll come back to chris cuomo. and if we don't, you should watch his interview with president obama tomorrow morning. oh, we have him now. >> the main message is about college affordability. but the message is as much about congress as it is about college. why? there are two big prongs about the an. the first is to make colleges -- >> all right, we're having some
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technical difficulties. upstate new york sometimes brings the worst in our satellite servers. coming up next, call it an inconvenient analogy -- oh, we're going to go right to the panel now. at this point everyone knows how former vice president al gore feels about climate change but some were a little taken aback by what he thinks of those who disagree with him. gore compared them with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned so everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace. that comment has some temperatures rising. let's bring in our panel. i want to read more of what gore had to say, quote, i remember as a boy was wh the conversation on civil rights was won if the south, the same thing happened on apartheid, the same thing on
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the nuclear arms race, the same this evening happened in an earlier era with abolition. is this hurting or helping him? >> i think his name calling is hurting and i think al gore is hurting things now. i think many suspect this is more about al gore than it is about global warming. i think anybody who is serious about global warming needs to be complete and factual in their assessment, which is to say all of the scientists agree this is going to take a sustained global effort costing trillions of dollars. there is no silver bullets are there is no perfect solution. we have to have a rational conversation with the american people about what this actually will take. so far i don't think we are and i don't think al gore has been helping us have this conversation. >> well, there are many things that al gore does that makes me want to sigh.
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>> that's an old school reference. >> that's very old. >> in his defense, he's not killing the effort on global warming because it's dead already. i see no movement at all in terms of legislation here in washington and i think people are in a way pivoting towards forget about trying to stop the thing, it's already too late, people are starting to pivot towa towards trying to fix it. >> are you optimistic, olivia? do you think something -- the way that mr. gore is about whether or not something will happen in congress, can anything get through? >> we're going to know a lot more about that in september. there's a house committee on megaclimate. they're invited everybody area that touches something on climb act and global change.
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>> carly, where do you come down on the subject? i remember this being a point of contention when you ran about senator barbara boxer. you said something about you were focused on jobs and boxer was focused on the weather. do you believe man is causing climate change. >> i think it is a distinct possibility, although there are a minority of scientists who do not believe it's the case. let's say it real. it's also true that the scientific community is in agreement that a single state acting alone will have no difference. a single country acting alone will make no difference. that the best way to make a difference is to get the two biggest act so for those people who believe it's true and i'm willing to stipulate for the sake of argument -- >> are you one of them? >> probably. when the bulk of scientific evidence come down on that side
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i'm prepared to say, yes, we're probably having an impact. but then let's being realistic about what it takes. my view is the obama administration, the best thing they could do is not to get all hung up on whether a pipeline is contributing to global warming, but instead to engage in a sustained conversation with the nation of china about what it is we're going to do. and, second, to encourage innovation to solve this problem because ultimately it's not by shutting down oil that we're going to solve a problem, it's by innovation. it won't be wind turbines that solve it either. >> the three of us have been in the white house press corps and have covered international summits where the white house goes under bush and obama, trying to do something, get china or india, the other partner they have difficulty with and finding them even more recalcitrant than house republicans. but carly has a point, the united states can't do it alone.
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>> no. i think this is a clear sign that carly's out of politics because she's making complete sense right now. >> oh come on, dana, i said all the same thing during my campaign. >> i'm teasing you, you were always sensible. >> that's not what we're hearing on the hills. al gore was maybe hyperbolic about the alcoholics. international conference, they can't agree on bicycle sharing. we're not going to get anywhere on that. >> marco rubio is headed to hollywood for a fund-raiser. a meeting with facebook founder mark zuckerberg. i think a lot of people hear marco rubio is going to beverly hills to raise money, isn't that
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liberal democratic -- >> not necessarily so. he's likely going to be running for president in 2016 and he's going to need money to do it. >> day and >> dana, rubio was one of the first tea party crowds -- >> i'm sure the beverly hills tea party is ecstatic about this. >> that's actually a tea party, really old rich ladies drinking tea. >> let's watch our stereotypes here, guys. >> hen whthen what would we tal about? >> what's happening is important. marco rubio, they're basically hanging him in effigy. literally at a rally i went to,
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it's like he's president obama. he's representing what's left of the mainstream establishment of republicans. he's a deft fund-raiser and savvy politician. this isn't going to help him a lot in primaries, but the fact he could bring in the bucks and have a broad appeal, this could definitely help. >> miss fiorina, are these people who just don't want their taxes raised? >> yes, there are some splits but it's not quite as dramatic as the media would like it to be. there a lot of republicans in california who will welcome marco rubio with open arms. some of them what you would call rock rib conservatives and some are more moderate but i think
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they understand that marco rubio has the opportunity to appeal to the conservative wing of the party and he is pivotal in racial reform and they want racial reform. >> and coming up, conservatives having a bromance with demi moore's ex. how did that happen? >> and tapes show richard nixon was ahead of his time but not in a good way. that's coming up. and that means growth, lots of cargo going all around the globe. cars and parts, fuel and steel, peas and rice, hey that's nice! ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪ ♪ helping this big country move ahead as one ♪ ♪ norfolk southern how's that function? ♪
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welcome back to "the lead." now it's time for our pop
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culture lead. he's a member of the hollywood elite who once blamed republicans for the bp oil spill in the gulf of mexico. his post movie rolls include a stoner, an assassin, an a sex-craved hitcher. this is not some effect of the butterfly phenomenon. no one traveled back in time and transformed "dude, where's my car" in a good movie. it has something to do with a speech he gave at, of all places, the teen choice awards. >> a record is real and take hard work. >> the value of work -- >> hard work, effort, a favorite conservative applause line. >> values, hard work. >> and a classic mantra for success, recently championed by ashton kutcher. >> and i never quit my job until i had my next job.
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>> the hollywood star gave this speech at the nickelodeon teen choice awards earlier this month. >> so opportunities look a lot like work. >> and to some viewers his words looked a lot like a golden ticket to the gop's good side. cue rush limbaugh. >> what he said could have been written by me. >> and glen beck on "the blaze." >> what's he's saying is the american position. >> sarah palin put this tribute to kutcher on her facebook page. are we being punked? kutcher, the truck are hat trend setter who created "punked," he's best known for cranks and his role as kelso on "that 70s show." he reigns as primetime's highest
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paid actor. unfortunately for his newest fans, kutcher gave $50,000 of those earnings to democratsic campaigns last year. but that's not all. the iowa native who separated from demi moore is also a successful investor. his backing of new tech startups has reaped rewards. >> i try to invest in companies that solve problems for real people. >> he starred agrade investments. his or business, catalyst, is a media content creator and wound up on fast company's top ten companies. this year he's earned $24 million according to forbes and it's only august. so maybe we should all listen up. >> i've never had a job in my life that i was better than. i was always just lucky to have a job.
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>> study up, work hard, good advice, whether you're liberal or conservative. >> the cheerleading on kutcher's behalf comes at a good time for the actor. his latest movie based on the apple co-founder steve jobs just bombed at the box office so he could probably use a little moral support. >> it wasn't a matter of if but a matter of when "law & order" would do its take on the trayvon martin classic, but in classic svu classic, the shift. and cybil shepard will be in episodes that will tackle issues of raid head on and there will be references to new york's
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they allegedly shot and killed an australian student because they were bored. james said on twitter he and his friends were, quote, ready to take some lives and said, quote, 90% of white people are nasty and in a video, he's seen showing off a rifle. the victim was a 23-year-old baseball player living in oklahoma. i will talk to the australian ambassador to the united states in the 6:00 p.m. eastern hour about these troubling new details. in the buried lead, the nixon presidential library has released the last set of his white house audiotapes. we start with a dubious little gem in 1973. here's nixon on black people governing jamaica. >> but, wait, there's more.
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he was also afraid jews would cause problems with an upcoming summit in the soviet union. >> it's going to be the worst thing that could happen, if they torpedo the summit, it might go down for other things. >> interesting note about that, one talking to henry kissinger. who is jewish. believe it or not, out there someone was even slicker than slick willy in the white house. the presidential chef. marty mangiello tells "the washington post" he used to sneak healthy alternatives for cream and cheese into low-fat meals. he once got called out by then
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first lady hillary clinton for serving her husband too many fatty foods. if you think it's bad for a chef to deceive a sitting president, to that i say it depends on what the meaning of is is. i turn you over to jessica yellin, who is filling in for wolf blitzer in "the situation room." >> and a demand for an immediate investigation into claims that the syrian government launched a chemical weapons attack on more than a thousand civilians. >> plus, disturbing new details emerging about the suspect behind the murder of a australian native. and one of the queen's prize swans