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all the scientists before, i have been told that you're going to have a shock wave go through the suit. never saw it, never felt it. and that supersonic boom happens way behind you. >> it happens behind you. do you notice anything? >> not at all. still until i hit, until i open the par chute didn't know if i broke the speed of sound or not. when i touched the ground with the par chute, i was told by a lot of people on the ground they heard the supersonic boom. that's the first and only supersonic boom created by a human person, which is kind of cool. >> to say the least! >> all of it very cool. we have much more ahead in the newsroom. that too is pretty cool and it all starts now. i am fredricka whitfield. welcome back. here are the top stories we are following in the cnn newsroom. who is this little girl? police in greece want to know.
she doesn't look like the couple claiming to be her parents, and they're now under arrest. and florida prison officials are trying to live down the embarrassment of two murderers that simply walked out of jail using fake documents. a massive manhunt now under way. and look what happened while the government was shutdown. a and nasa workers sat home. in space terms, this asteroid fly by wasn't exactly a close call, but it will be back. greek authorities are looking for help solving a mystery. they're trying to identify a little blonde girl found outside athens with a couple who claimed to be her parents, but investigators quickly discovered the man and woman are no relation to the child. ateek a shoeburg is joining us. how do they begin?
>> reporter: it was incredible. they found this little girl when they went into the roma village, unrelated to the case, but became suspicious when they noticed she didn't look anything like her parents. when they asked the 39-year-old man and 40-year-old woman where they got the child, if she was their child, their stories kept changing, that's when police got suspicious, had a dna test taken and discovered it was not their biological child. that's when suspicions were raised they may have abducted her, that's what they're now under arrest for. the mystery of where to find the little girl's parents, where did she come from? they just don't know. so she's in the care of a charity called the smile of a child and they're asking for help to anybody in the area in grease, across europe, if they have any information on this little girl. they are putting out her photo to call the charity or the help line for missing children in europe, hoping for a lead on who
she is. >> further complicating matters, she's four years old. she was allegedly i guess given to this family or abducted or somehow removed from biological family, maybe when she was just a year old or under, so it is not like this little girl can explain to them what her life has been like or from where she came. >> reporter: exactly. as far as investigators know, she seems to have grown up with this couple. obviously she's only four years old, but she is not able to tell them her original name, she is not able to tell them where she was taken, if she was taken from, who her biological parents are. so this is what's complicating matters. all they have is this photo. they're hoping the public can help them. >> oh, my gosh, that's extraordinary. atikashubert on that investigation. the parents of a missing autistic teen are desperately asking to find him.
>> it is terrible, like a nightmare i can't wake up from, every day waiting to see my son come home, praying that someone has found him. i don't wish this on anyone, any family, to experience this. none. and it should never happen. >> if someone sees avonte, what do you want them to do? how should they handle it? >> i want them to call the authorities. i don't want them to call the next day, a couple hours later saying i seen him, you know, you see him, you know, just hold onto him if you can, you know? follow him, if you can, but make that call. make that call. >> this family desperately asking for help. avonte avonte hasn't been seen since running out of his school. they pulled out all the stops to
find him. today they're looking in a rail yard. apparently he really loves trains. for the first time they're using cadaver dogs as well in the search. two convicted killers that walked away from a florida prison are still on the loose. today officials offer $10,000 reward each for their arrest. charles walker and joseph jenkins have been free for awhile now using forged documents, although authorities only learned of their escape this week. nick valencia is live outside franklin correctional institution in florida. nick, do authorities have any clues about these men's whereabouts? >> reporter: fred, i want to start with some new information we just got from the orange county sheriff's office a couple minutes ago. we are now learning the mother of one of the suspects that's currently on the run will hold a 2:00 p.m. eastern press conference to address the media. we have no idea what she will say and we don't know actually
at this time which convicted killer's mother will make statements to the media, but we know that will happen at 2:00 p.m. this all started about a week ago when the mother of one of the victims of charles walker, one of the convicts on the run received a letter from florida department of corrections informing her her son's killer was to be freed. that struck her as bizarre because she knew that this man, charles walker, was not eligible for early release. take a listen to the reaction she had and what she told us when she found out that her son's killer was on the loose again. >> i couldn't believe it. i couldn't believe somebody got those documents and falsified everything. i don't know whether it was an inside job, besides, because i don't think charles did this. whoever did it helped him. i do believe that they had to have help. >> reporter: as far as the investigation is concerned,
there are no new leads today. we checked in a little while ago with florida department of law enforcement. we do know from a press conference yesterday from the sheriff's office that authorities here believe the two men, joseph jenkins and charles walker, are suspected to be in the state of florida, perhaps even in orange county, the orlando area. the victim's mother said she had a family member or family friend contact her to tell her charles walker was spotted in an orlando area mall, walking free like everybody else. fred? >> nick, clearly while officials are looking for these two men, are they also trying to figure out how to make sure this doesn't happen again given that these documents and the release of these two, i mean, there was a week in between. who knows who else used fraudulent papers to get out? >> reporter: that's right. we learned there is a third person tried to use a similar
fraudulent scheme to get out, that happened back in 2011. that man was caught before he was let out, but it has a lot of people locally scratching their heads, wondering why florida state officials weren't better prepared for something like this. we took florida department of corrections to task on that, asked them how could this embarrassing blunder have happened? how did no one check the court paperwork, how did this slip by so many different agencies and they told us, fred, they weren't at fault, no one is going to be punished or blamed in their department because they have no legal stature to push back on the court's decision and the court's decision was to let the two men free. >> nick valencia, keep us posted. two days after president obama signed a bill to reopen the government, tourists are getting the first chance to spend the weekend at federal sites that were closed during the 16 day shutdown. but if lawmakers can't reach a compromise, the nation could find itself back on the edge of the fiscal cliff. chris lawrence is at the world war ii memorial, an area that
just a few days ago was filled with angry protesters. chris, what are you hearing from people there? >> reporter: well, fred, i mean the mood in washington is as divided and bitter as ever, but it is a lot more upbeat here. as you mentioned, this was the spot we saw so many protests and show downs during the shut down, barricades put up, politicians coming down to grandstand here. now it is back to what it is supposed to be, with hundreds of veterans literally coming from all over the country to see the world war ii memorial. we spoke with one veteran just a couple minutes ago who really talked to us and opened up about his frustration at the way people in congress have been acting. >> they're being paid a lot of money, all of them. they should be able to sit down like sensible people and settle things without doing this stuff. how can you say this is the way to settle it, block people from seeing the memorial.
that's foolish. >> reporter: good word for it. in fact, some veterans, although their health benefits are funded a year in advance, and were not effected by the latest shutdown, some veterans are pushing to have all benefits funded the same way, in case this happens again. fred? >> all right, hopefully it won't happen again. some senators like mccain and even mitch mcconnell say it is not going to happen again. we shall see. thanks very much. chris lawrence at the world war ii memorial in the nation's capitol. some say the gop learned a post shutdown lesson. how the party can regroup. and a boy brutalized on a school bus, video of the fight is shocking. but just as stunning is what didn't happen. and a three mile long asteroid buzzed by earth. it is expected to return in 19 years. could it strike?
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breakfast this morning. >> we want to look for ways to get common ground for a budget agreement. >> reporter: after 16 days, it is understandable if you're skeptal. it is the first budget negotiations in four years, only forced to reopen the government. several house republicans tell cnn there's reason for optimism. ted cruz may not have regrets over a losing strategy to defund obama care which led to the shutdown, but others do. >> it was the right cause to fight for, probably not the smart fight to pick. i think we learned some lessons. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner never thought it was a smart fight but stuck with it anyway. gop sources are nearly unanimous. they say boehner earned new trust. >> i think they're willing to listen, he was proven correct and quite frankly without rubbing anybody's face in it, a lot of other voices were proven wrong. >> reporter: tom cole is not one of the tea party backed voices,
calls himself a pragmatic house republican or as aaron shock calls it. >> the same caucus. >> reporter: whatever you call them, they do make up the majority of house republicans and shock admits they have to speak up more. >> i think you'll see more of us become more vocal and not be taken for granted when it comes to counting on our votes. >> reporter: house republican leaders are silent, intentionally lying low. no statements responding to the president's remarks like we normally see. privately, house gop sources say they wish the president struck a more unifying tone in the immediate aftermath of the crisis instead of giving the gop a lecture. dana bash, cnn, washington. and dana is interviewing senator ted cruz in texas today, see excerpts tomorrow on "state of the union." if there were divisions in the republican party leading to the shutdown, now that the government is reopened, indeed is there growing unity within the gop?
let's bring in presidential historian. as we heard in dana's report, leaders like ted cruz had no regrets about how it all went down, but is he outnumbered by republicans that say this can't happen again? >> ted cruz turned himself into the barry goldwater of our time. like gold water back in '64, he is loved by a strong conservative base but nobody else, and like goldwater, he could get the republican nomination, but he would be trounced in a general election. but the problem is the divisions within the republican party are absolutely fundamental and they're going to be very difficult to heal. it is not just a matter of con sil sill agency. you're going to see it glaringly when the debate comes on immigration, you're going to see
a big divide between the business oriented conservatives who want to see immigration reform and the social conservatives who don't want to see it at all. you already saw this with the national association of manufacturers and the chamber of commerce, very conservative business groups backing off from the conservatives in the house. >> and likely that fight on immigration is soon to come because that is what the president said a few days ago, he wants to be front and center on that, wants that tackled soon. if indeed as you put it the great divide is going to be revealed again within the republican party, then this is to great advantage of the president or i suppose the democrats who want to see the president's initiative move forward. >> reporter: it is enormously to the advantage of the president. look, congress is like wall street, it operates on only two principles, fear and greed. a lot of moderate republicans that you heard from are very fearful. there's about 20 or so of them
in pretty vulnerable districts. they realize if they go down the tea party route, they're probably going to lose next november and the gop will lose control of the house. given that fear, there's going to be some pressure from the moderate wing of the party to go along with the democrats on immigration reform, and they have more than enough votes along with democrats to do it in the house. >> professor lickman, always good to see you. thank you very much. >> take care, fred. we're going to talk about something out of this world, many hope it stays out of our world, an asteroid. it just had a close encounter with earth, and guess what, it just might be coming back. what will nasa do, and what do we do? the answer is straight ahead. se: the burns family bbq. guys, you took tums® a couple hours ago. why keep taking it if you know your heartburn keeps coming back? that's how it works. you take some tums®. if heartburn comes back, you take some more. that doesn't make any sense. it makes plenty of sense if you don't think about it! really, honey, why can't you just deal with it like everybody else?
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an asteroid slipped past the earth, and no one was there to track it. in space terms, it wasn't really that close, about 4 million miles. but experts say it will be back in 2032. denton able is a geologist specializing in meteorites and curator at the museum of natural history. joins us from new york. hey, should we worry at all about this thing? >> not this one, but the next one and the one after that, and the one after that. we have two coming near the earth in november. >> oh, my goodness. so how worried should we be about that? >> we should be worried because we don't know what to do as a nation and as a world. we can't get insurance on the planet, and the only insurance on the planet is to be able to do something. >> when we say do something, what are we talking about, trying to target it, trying to
break it, we are talking about stuff that's so incredibly heavy and dense, we really can't even do that. >> it is probably a rubble pile, a pile of rocks that are sort of loosely attached to each other, and this is not a bruce willis movie. to break it into pieces, you still have to worry about the pieces. it is about a quarter mile in diameter. in december had a rock come just as close, three miles long, would fit nicely in central park in new york city. >> if you talk about the asteroid that already graced the earth while the government was shutdown for 16 days, and if we're talking about it doing it again or potentially hitting earth by 2013, some experts say that it would have the same force as a couple thousand atomic bombs. >> that's right. >> that's pretty huge. so how do we prepare ourselves. what do we do with that kind of information? >> well, we, meaning nasa funded
researchers, are building telescopes in hawaii that will actually be able to give us some notice of objects of this size, and we have a mandate, astronomers, meteorite people have a mandate from congress to go after and find in space all of the objects that are greater than about 140 meters in diameter, which would include this particular object. luckily the ukranian astronomers were on watch and found this and were able to see it coming. >> i saw that movie, "gravity" and space junk of the breakup of a satellite did great damage to the international space station. how realistic is something like that as it pertains to space junk or asteroids or big rocks as you put them flying around? >> the hazards to people and satellites in space is incredibly real. to test anti-satellite weapons,
for example, by blowing things up that are high inert orb-- in earth orbit, a, it is expensive, b, who keeps track of the space junk. the jet propulsion lab, again, our government keeps track of this stuff so that industry and our astronauts and the space station are safe, seeing these things coming. it is small space rocks like the one that hit russia in february that are the real things we can't see coming. >> that was small in your world, but at the same time it was pretty sizable, and did do some damage. >> it was scary. glad i wasn't there. and luckily no one was killed. >> right. >> we have some pieces of it in the museum. >> good. and it is heavy stuff. denton able. folks have to check it out. thanks so much, good to see you from new york. >> thank you, fredricka. it took nature millions of years to create, took these guys
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say testing has revealed she is not related to either of them. now police are trying to find the child's real family. the couple is charged with abduction of a minor. number two. a florida mother of a 14-year-old girl accused of bullying a classmate who later committed suicide has been arrested. vivian vosburg faces charges of child abuse and neglect in a separate, unrelated case. investigators are still looking into what exactly drove the 12-year-old rebecca sedwick to kill herself. vosburg's daughter has been charged in that case with aggravated stalking. number three, nba hall of famer bill russell got arrested at seatac international airport in seattle. he was cited for carrying a gun into a prohibited area of the airport wednesday. the former boston celtics star has been released, but still could face a fine of $7500. and there has been another
arrest in that biker attack on an suv in new york. police say cal eek douglas was part of the group that chased that suv and beat the driver whose wife and toddler were in the car. several others have been arrested, including an off duty officer that rode with the bikers. ha-ha-ha! >> and then there's this. number five. man versus nature in utah. an old boulder, millions of years old, was destroyed by three men who say it caused a hazard to visitors. the problem is the boulder is in a state park and it is against the law to deface state parks. it was at the top of a slender rock pedestal in the state park. officials are determining if the men that pushed it to the ground
should be charged. it has been eight months since hillary clinton stepped down at secretary of state. since then, speculation has been rampant. will she make another run at the white house? clinton is expected to make her first public campaign appearance, not for herself but for someone else in the next hour endorsing terry mccauliffe for governor of virginia. peter hamby is there. the appearance is fueling the fire of hillary 2016. what is the latest on that? >> reporter: yeah, look, hillary says she is not making a decision until sometime next year about possibly maybe running for president in 2016. no one really believes that. the clintons are very political family, they think deeply about this all the time. like you mention, every one of her appearances since she left the state department has been mined for clues about will she or won't she run for president. she has been giving public speeches to charities and universities, and also delivered a number of paid private
speeches that are close to the media. this is her first political appearance. we're all going to be watching this closely to see is she rusty, does she still have gas in the tank. this is her getting back into the political game for the first time really since the 2008 presidential campaign, which she, of course, lost the democratic nomination to president obama. so we will be dissecting i am sure every one of her words today here in virginia as she endorses terry mccauliffe, fred. >> you never know what she's going to say, but she's already on record said she's kind of thinking about it. so one would guess that she is not likely to talk about herself and her potential campaigns while she's, you know, giving props to her friend, terry mccauliffe. >> reporter: yeah, right. she and bill clinton and terry mccauliffe have known each other almost two decades, terry mccauliffe, democratic nominee in virginia used to be the dnc
chairman, he was top fund-raiser for bill clinton in the white house and he is frankly close with the clintons, he is their friend, so this is not surprising she's endorsing him at a women for terry event. it plays to her strengths, female voters. mccauliffe has a strong edge with female voters in virginia against republican ken cuccinelli. mccauliffe has about an eight point lead over cuccinelli into the final stretch before election day. most in the state, close political watchers, think mccauliffe has an edge, probably will win. this is kind of a safe bet for hillary clinton. there's another woman running for governor in new jersey against chris christie, barbara bono. she is not campaigning for her. this is sort of in her comfort zone today here in virginia, fred. >> peter hamby, thanks so much in falls church. looks like the line is getting long behind you. this is going to be a popular event. thanks so much, peter.
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a brutal attack on a school bus leaves a student with a bloody nose and chipped teeth. video of the fight is simply shocking. but what's really stunning is the driver sitting quietly, apparently doing nothing. pamela brown has more. >> reporter: it starts with these two students being relentlessly taunted on board a ride home from a pennsylvania school last wednesday. things quickly escalate. watch as one of the agitators suddenly punches a 17-year-old in the face. the result, a bloody nose and three chipped teeth. the victim's friend claims he was also punched. watch as the injured 17-year-old pleads with the driver to let
him off the five person van. >> let me off the bus. >> reporter: but the 34-year-old driver didn't intervene, call for help or pull over in the minute long video posted to facebook. >> i can't understand how he could sit there and see this happening and not putting a stop to it. >> reporter: and police apparently weren't notified about the incident until tipped off about the video going viral over the weekend. >> i have a problem with a grown adult not reporting it. he has a responsibility to inform his superiors and the police of a criminal act. >> reporter: pennsylvania state law requires bus drivers to pull over and call 911 for help or report the incident to authorities in an expeditious time frame. on tuesday, the district attorney charged two of the 16-year-old aggressors with aggravated assault, simple assault, terrorististic threats and related crimes. it is the latest school bus beating to go viral this year. remember this vicious attack in
tampa, florida, where three teenage students beat this helpless 13-year-old. in that case, the bus driver came under fire when he called for help, rather than intervene, a choice he had under school policy. >> thanks so much to pamela brown for that. in the pennsylvania case, the 17-year-old had to go to the hospital to get treatment, his mother is outraged and she told cnn's chris cuomo she can't believe the driver didn't do anything. >> he does not even stop the bus. >> and doesn't tell the school and doesn't tell police. >> no. >> what do you think of that. >> i am horrified. he was the adult in the situation. and i mean, i just can't believe that he did absolutely nothing. i mean, he did not even hand my son a cotton ball or tissue to clean his nose off. my son had to use his flannel t-shirt to clean his face off. and he did nothing.
i mean, everybody nowadays has a cell phone. so i am pretty sure he had a cell phone, and he didn't even call 911. and i am being told that that is required. >> what do you think should happen to him? >> i don't know the legal system but at the very least, i want him fired. >> two of the kids have been charged. >> yes. >> is that important to you? >> yes. >> why? >> because they need to realize they're not going to get away with it. >> the idea that kids will be kids, this happens, they're just kids though, you can't punish them like adults, fair? >> yes, i understand that, i do. kids will be kids, teenage boys fight. i understand that. i mean but they sucker punched my son. physically he is okay, it is more mental. he doesn't understand why it happened and he's also very
embarrassed of all of the publicity. >> he is a vulnerable kid, too. >> he just wants it to go away. >> right. >> and i was like it is not going to go away, this happens all the time and we need to do something about it. >> the child's mother also said her son had been bullied before and now he simply doesn't want to go back to school. all right. the search for two escapees is one of the stories don lemon is looking at in a cnn special called "making the case" tonight at 8:00 p.m. don and a group of legal analysts breakdown the top crime stories of the week. website glitches are frustrating thousands of people trying to sign up for obama care. how tech wizards in silicon valley could fix the problem. wg as much as you? identity thieves. they can find your personal information and do some serious damage. like your birthday or your mother's maiden name. you need a new friend. lifelock. we scour billions of data points every day,
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valley about how they would have done it. i spoke to the founder of word press. that powers one in five websites on the internet. listen to what he said. >> they say you can have it fast, cheap or good, pick two out of three. sounds like they went for the fast and the cheaper. software is difficult to do and you can't manage it like construction, and typically in silicon valley, we use the latest technologies. often government hasn't adopted many of those yet, and if they haven't properly load tested the website beforehand, it is possible that it can be overwhelmed. >> reporter: put it in silicon valley terms. what would happen if your venture was funded hundreds of millions of dollars and the rollout was a bit messy? come on, man, this is your initial rollout. what's the call you get from the vc? >> i think venture capitalists would not be happy, but
ultimately it's a process, right? software is hard. even in silicon valley, we get it wrong many times and we're supposed to be some of the best in the world. many launch days, even twitter had problems throughout its years. it is really about how you respond to the problems. this is where silicon valley companies distinguish themselves from others. >> reporter: and fredricka, i should say word press power one in five sites on the web. they got $30 million in funding over an eight year period. obama care's website had hundreds of millions of dollars. pretty eye opening when you think about it. fredricka? >> lori siegel, thanks so much. lots of food for thought there. speaking of technology, ipad sales are slumping, and apple's share of the tablet market is in a tail spin. apple hopes to reverse the trend tuesday. the company expected to reveal the latest revamped ipad during an event in san francisco.
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catching heat from some of the big names of the republican party. they blame him for linking obama care to the debt ceiling negotiations. congress got a last-minute deal but cruz's strategy failed. here's fareed zakaria. >> i spoke this week to james baker. i wonder what he thought of his senator. that's, of course, the man who made his name during the government shutdown, texas' tea
party ted cruz. what do you think about the man representing your state? the houston chronicle was in an article. do you think ted cruz represents your views in the republican party? >> well, i'm not sure that he represents my views in the republican party, but i'm not going to sit here and dump all over my junior senator, particularly given the fact that he worked for me in 2000. he was a very fine lawyer in that -- in that recount battle we had in florida. and he was a good solicitor general for the state of texas. was he wrong on this most recent episode? in my view, yes. it hurt us. it didn't gain us anything. we kicked the can just three months down the road. we didn't accomplish anything. it didn't take a rocket
scientist, in my view, to figure out that if you don't have a senate and you don't have the white house, you're not going to be able to defund obama care. it was a maximumalist position and therefore i think it was a mistake. it was john mccain who said it was a fool's error and i'm not disinclined to disagree with that. >> baker always speaks frankly. >> yes, he does. you can see the entire interview on fareed zakaria gps sunday morning. a transplant. dick cheney's health history is pretty well known but i bet you didn't know what our dr. sanjay gupta uncovered in an interview
with our former presidency. >> i resigned march 28th, 2001. >> so there was a letter of resignation pending? >> pending. >> how did president bush react when you told him about that? >> a little surprised, but he thought it was a good idea. >> the full interview airs sunday on "60 minutes" and on tuesday on "ac 360." the government shutdown dominated the headlines. jeanne moos takes a look at the odd ball stuff you might have missed. [ starter ] ready! [ starting gun goes off ] [ male announcer ] it's less of a race... yeah! [ male announcer ] and more of a journey. keep going strong. and as you look for a medicare supplement insurance plan... expect the same kind of commitment you demand of yourself. aarp medicare supplement insurance plans
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[ female announcer ] today, cisco is connecting the internet of everything. so everyone goes home happy. coming up on "your money," christine romans is going to be telling us why we should be watching the calendar. >> remember these dates on the calendar? well, now we've got two more. don't be fooled. the countdown to the crisis continues. i'll tell you what this new calendar means for "your money." fredricka? >> thank you, christine. the government shutdown has dominated the news since the beginning of this month. and if you've had your eyes trained on washington, you may have missed the other interesting stories out there. jeanne moos takes a look at this hidden headline. >> reporter: not only did congress make us mad -- >> you guys are worthless. >> fed up with you! >> reporter: but the coverage of congress ran over stories like
this. the military-funded wild calf debuted while we were watching these guys fight like wildcats. >> do you stand for your country? >> reporter: this robot can go 16 miles an hour and when it stumbles, unlike congress, it gets up. well, politicians were gridlocked and this bear locked itself in a car in california. the dome light flashed and the headlights went on and off. officials had to break a window to get the bear out. and while congress was plauding, this cannikangaroo was trapped pharmacy, sedated, and cared for. while you were watching congress, you may have missed this actual hoax. to promote a horror movie, a cafe in new york city was rigged
up and actors staged rage over spilled coffee. >> just get away from me. >> reporter: instead of in a coffee house, maybe it would have worked better in the house of representatives. even congressman like oreos, but you may have missed the connecticut research study on rats, showing that oreos produce more pleasure than cocaine. >> whatever you do, don't snort the oreos. by the way, the rats eat the middle, the cream in the middle first. >> hi, i'm snug gel. >> reporter: snuggling with a stranger for 60 bucks an hour. not sexy snuggling, therapeutic snuggling. therapeutic house is prepared to open in madison, wisconsin. >> whenever you like, we can change positions. >> reporter: but at least one thing we missed is back.
the national zoo panda cam is back on as we watch mothers as they sleep. not all that different than congress. >> and if your heart doesn't break -- >> reporter: cnn, jeanne moos. >> those in fair say aye. those opposed say no. >> good luck with that. much more ahead at 2:30. do you recognize this child? serious business. police in greece have arrested the couple claiming to be her parents. they are suspected of kidnapping. then at 3:00, a woman is found dead in a bathtub, drugs in her system, and now a man, her husband, is on trial for her murder. "your money" starts right now. economic catastrophe averted for now but the damage to the economy and to the republican party may already have been done. i'm christine romans. this is "your money."
this is no way to run a business, let alone the largest economy. business itself is pushing back. the dysfunction in washington has trade groups re-evaluating conventional wisdom about the close relationship between business and the gop. pop quiz, which is the party of business? republicans or democrats? >> it had been assumed that business and republicans were in bed together. now all of a sudden you see the new breed of republicans, mostly from the tea party, who are not all that friendly with wall street or banks or big business. it's really scrambled traditional thinking. >> the united business in the gop for decades, a philosophy famously articulated by president ronald reagan. >> government is not the solution to our problem. government is the problem. >> and embraced by the party's standard bearer in 2012. >> corporations are people, i many friend. >> but a willingness by the righng