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world." i'm suzanne malveaux. michael holmes is off today. we have sad news, breaking news out of danvers, be massachusetts. the body of a teacher was found in woods behind danvers high school. a 14-year-old boy now is in custody and is going to be charged with murder. blood was found in a second floor bathroom of the high
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school. the teacher colleen ritzer was reported missing on tuesday. now, police did not release the boy's name because of his age. they say there are no other suspects. and now this. it was just two days ago that a teacher was killed trying to stop a student who opened fire at a middle school in nevada. two students were wounded in that incident and the alleged shooter a seventh grader then killed himself. want to find out more information. the situation in massachusetts, alexandre field is in danvers. alexandre, first of all, we don't know very much about what happened here. why do they suspect that this boy was charged and linked with the killing of this teacher? >> reporter: well, suzanne, we do know that a much beloved teacher is gone. now, she was reported missing yesterday. police have linked her death to a 14-year-old who was also reported missing for a period of time yesterday. they're filling in a lot of answers for us right now. police have been on the scene here in danvers all morning.
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you can see some of the detectives behind me. i an medical examiner has also been on scene. blood was found in the bathroom and that 24-year-old teacher colleen ritzer was found in a wooded area behind the high school. a 14-year-old will now face murder charges. but most people's thoughts here in danvers this morning are with that 24-year-old teacher. she was a math teacher teaching geometry and algebra to the students at this high school. to say she was well liked is an understatement. we've had parents and students coming out here this morning laying flowers here at the high school telling us she's the kind of teacher who stood outside the classroom door and greeted everyone by name, stayed after school to help the kids on other subjects. it was almost as if she was a friend to some of these students. she had been at the high school for at least a year. the news spread yesterday evening that she was missing. it was obviously disturbing ins for students. they were stunned this morning to hear that she is gone in what appears to be a very violent
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way. students here are banding together. classes have been canceled across danvers. instead, her students are planning a vigil and say they'll be turning out tonight wearing pink trying to keep a much loved teacher in their thoughts. suzanne? >> such a sad thing to hear when you hear what kind of person she was, but just the fact that this happened at the school. can you describe for us or explain to us, it might be too early to know do we know if this boy in custody was actually a student of the teacher? >> that's not clear. we are told he's 14, and we're told she teaches freshmen who would be 13, 14, possibly 15 years old. we're being careful not to make direct leaps right now. the students out here this morning aren't certain whether that would have been the relationship if he was, in fact, a student in her class. so that's something we're going to wait to hear from investigators. it's something we could learn as that 14-year-old heads to court later today. we do know she did teach
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freshmen and know she is missed by so many right now struggling to understand what could have possibly happened, how it could have happened. and there's a tremendous burden on parents to try to find the right language to describe this to kids, schools across danvers shut down today. this is the kind of burd that parents with children of all ages have to find a way to discuss and help these children through. >> we're looking at her fasbook page. just tragic. 24 years old. thank you so much, alexandre. want to bring in mike brooks on the phone to talk a little bit about what we think is happening is law enforcement analyst and former d.c. police investigator. mike, we talk about these kinds of things all the times which is the sad thing when you think about it as so often we talk about these situations happening whether it's inside the school or right outside of the school. do you think first of all, the case in massachusetts, the fact that seven schools in the district were all shut down, were all closed today because of
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this, do you think that was appropriate action? what was behind that, do you suspect? >> i think it was, suzanne, because you've got this 149-year-old, we don't know if he's a sund, what the relationship was to colleen ritter, the 24-year-old math teacher. you've got five elementary schools, one middle school and you've got the high school which is an active crime scene right now. so i think the school system decided to go ahead and shut it down probably out of abundance of caution because we don't know if maybe there is any other person who might have been involved in this. as they carry on their investigation, you know, they might want to interview other folks who would be at home and who could possibly be involved, but then again, we don't know. but they say that there is no threat to public safety. so you know, the investigation continues right now. and you know, the big question here is though, suzanne, you know, what brought this 14-year-old boy to go to the school to allegedly kill this
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teacher. they found blood in a second floor bathroom of the school and found her body outside in the woods just outside the high school. so you know, they wanted to put together a timeline. what exactly happened. we know he was missing for a time last night. he did not return home after school on tuesday. where did he go, who did he talk to, what did he see? these are things law enforcement are looking into right now. >> do you suspect because of what they know already, do you suspect this is possibly a situation there where this was a student where he was her teacher and that there was something that went terribly wrong between these two? >> it could very well be. right now, one of the most important people that law enforcement wants to talk to are his parents. you know, what happened before he went to school on tuesday. was there any problems at school where he went to school. but then again, we don't know the exact relationship between this 14-year-old and colleen ritzer. but i'm sure they have a pretty good idea now. they'll be looking at all of his social media, his computers and
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most importantly, what happened leading up to when this did happen because they don't have or we have not heard of a timeline of when they believe this may have happened in the school. and maybe the body taken and dumped outside the high school. these are all important questions that remain unanswered right now, suzanne. >> mike, finally here, if you can wrap this up for us because you've got the situation here in massachusetts today as tragic as it is, it was just two days ago out of nevada where you had a teacher who was killed by a young teen by a student. what is happening here? >> you know, that's a great question. and law enforcement, you know, they're trying to get their hands kind of around the situation of what's going on in school. i was just in philadelphia this past number of days with the international association chiefs can of police. this is one of the things that they are talking about at great length. school shootings, active shooter situations throughout the country and trying to be more proactive than reactive. but everyone has to be involved
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in this from the schools to the parents. you know, so we don't know what drove this 14-year-old to do this. you know, alledgedly killing this teacher there at the school. but you know, but something has to be done. >> right. >> across this nation. >> yeah, it's hard to believe what is happening. thank you so much, mike brooks. we appreciate your analysis here. we're also working on this story for "around the world." a white house national security official fired over some very serious and offensive tweets. we'll show you what he said up next. [ female announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day women's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for women's health concerns as we age. with 7 antioxidants to support cell health.
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twitter attacks aimed at government policies, republicans, even his own bosses. jofi joseph was director for the national security council. he tweet the his insults using the handle natsecwonk. in one tweet, he slams president obama's senior advisors saying i'm a fan of obama but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vac accuse cipher like valerie jarrett concerns me. here's another tweet where he appears to support an investigation into the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. he tweets he says look, issa referring to congressman issa is a, be well you can read that there. but he's on to something here with the hillary clinton whitewash of accountability for benghazi. joining us jim acosta at the white house. first of all, you know, i assume he's been fired. >> that's right. >> what's the fall out here. >> suzanne, a white house official tells cnn confirms to cnn jofi joseph was fired immediately after his identity was revealed as the mystery man
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behind this twitter handle natsecwonk which was originally reported by "the daily beast." and the reason is fairly obvious. if you look at these tweets, suzanne, they're pretty mean spirited and ugly and not just aimed at people inside the administration and democrats but republicans, as well. check out this tweet he put out about sarah palin. it's pretty beyond the pale. it says so when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of sarah palin and the rest of her white trash family? what utter use less garbage and this typifies what these tweets are all about. they're mean spirited aimed at tearing people down. really has little to do with national security issues although at times there were some issues talked about in these tweets. this was somebody who was the director of nonproliferation for the national security council at the white house. suzanne, you know, that's a very important title. so it's sort of amazing this person would engage in this kind of behavior. he did issue an apology to politi politico. he hasn't gotten back to us.
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let me put that on screen. it has been a privilege to serve in this administration. i deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me, what started out as an intended parody cult can you tour evolved into mean spirited is comments. i sincerely apologize. suzanne, right now, this is a temporary brief distraction for this white house. they've been dealing with these obama care issues, website issues for several days now. i want to give you a little bit of news on that front. we're hearing from the office of speaker john boehner that the department of health and human services as agreed to provide a briefing for republicans on capitol hill. they were disgusted because house democrats got a briefing. they were saying where is our briefing. people might say why is that so interesting? it's very likely that health and human services officials at that briefing will get hammered by republicans go these various tech ca problems with the website into that continues to be another embarrassment for the
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white house. jim, thanks. we appreciate it. we know that the white house is dealing with this. this is a botched rollout of the plan, the health care plan, obama care website. it has been three weeks since the launch. still, some people a it is not working properly. they can't get at least through this process. and this is fueling the battle that jim mentioned on capitol hill. house leaders lining up this morning to slam the site. overall health care plan and obama administration's handling of all of had. here's a little bit about what they said. >> part of the problem is that we've got the whole threat of obama care continuing to hang over our economy like a wet blanket. employers scared to death in terms of what they have to do and don't have to do. afraid to add new employees. and you know, when you look at the problems with obama care, all the focus here lately has been on the website. clearly, there's problems with the website. but i would argue that the problems go much further than that. >> what's not helping is a lack
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of transparency on the part of this administration. this morning, i know that hhs officials will be up briefing the democratic caucus. no intention initially to say that they were going to brief republicans on what's going on. last night, we learned that federal officials asked insurers not to release numbers for the exchanges in terms of signups. we still don't know these enrollment numbers. and hhs is blocking third party verified traffic data. this is not transparency and this is adding to the confusion and the fear surrounding the rollout of obama care. >> we've just learned that the republicans will also be briefed, as well. that is a new development. we are also hearing from the official taking a lot of heat for this fiasco. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius who is addressing calls for her resignation. she sits down exclusively nn with medical correspondent dr.
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sanjay gupta. >> what about tech people. >> we hear the best and brightest. are there people or companies we're going to recognize? can you give us some names. >> right now we've asked all of our contractors to look at their teams on the ground and bring in their absolute a team. i'm confident that that is happening every day. we also, the presidential -- >> the contractors didn't do such a great job so far. why didn't they bring their a team in in the first place? >> i can't tell you. >> why are we saying three weeks now bring your a team into this whole requayion? >> we had hoped they had their a team on the table. i'm talking to ceos and urging them to make sure they have the talent they need available. i think all of them have folks assigned to a project. we want new eyes and ears and make sure we get all the questions on the table that we get, all the answers and accelerate the fix as quickly as possible. >> i know open enrollment goes for six months to the end of march.
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>> it does. when will this be fixed. >> well, as quickly as we can get it fixed. i think i can tell you it's improving every day. and more people are getting through, more people are having an easier time. and we intend to stay at this until we open the doors wide open. >> do we deserve a specific date? i mean, what can we tell people? because there's a little bit of a loss of confidence in this. so if you a as quickly as possible, that meant october 1st. >> well, what we can tell you is that it isn't where needs to be. we are three weeks into a 26-week open enrollment period. people are enrolling every day. not as many as we would like. not at the volume we would like, and we will keep working on it until it is working as officially as possible. >> the president's legacy is part of this whole issue, as well. i mean, has it been tarnished by what has happened? >> i think that what we need to do is see the enrollment figures
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at the end of march of 2014. that's when open enrollment ends. and what i know from what we're seeing in not only states that are run by the federal website but states around the country is that the interest is huge. that people are eager to have this affordable product and that the product is there. insurance companies have to compete for one another for people's business for the first time. >> and the administration likes to stress, many of the components of the affordable care act are already in effect and it is fair to point out that there are some things that are certainly working, and they're very popular. the requirement for instance, that lets young adults say on their parents' insurance plans till they're 26 years old. another that prohibits insurance companies from placing a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage available to an individual or from dropping people with pre-existing conditions. as well the preventive care requirement that says insurance companies must cover preventive
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services without charging a deductible or copay that has to be paid by the patient. also this, just days after police removed a blonde-haired bluie eyed girl from a home in greece, now irish police from another girl from a family in dublin ireland, watch, up next.
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you're looking at pictures there. expect to hear from the white house shortly. the daily briefing scheduled to start this hour. of course, reporters will be asking a lot of questions about obama care, the embarrassing
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tweets, yes, that forced a white house official to basically a security official to be fired and much, much more. going to bring all that to you live as soon as it starts. and we are also covering top stories around the world right now. in ireland, a family now fighting to be reunited with a young girl they insist is their chide. this is a couple from the roma community. more commonly known as gypsies. they say they have submitted dna samples and hope police will release their daughter into their custody. this is a case that just days after another child was removed from a roma family in greece. aaron mclaughlin is in ireland with the very latest. >> reporter: in a dublin suburb less than 48 hours ago, the police known as gardi here took a little girl away from her roam malfamily and put her in the care of social services. after a tipoff to the host of a local crime show. >> we were told she had blue eyes, told she was around 7 years of age, told she had blonde hair. the mother and father produced
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documentation as i understand it, but the guarde were not satisfied with that. >> thousands of miles away in greece, polices are searching for the parents of another fair-haired girl known only as maria. she was found living with a roma community there. the couple posing as her parents now charged with child abduction. >> the claim is that we never abduct this child. we've just adopted. >> though interpol says her dna doesn't match any profile in its database, it is still being compared to that of of lisa irwin. >> i don't know for sure, but just the fact we don't know for sure is enough. >> lisa vanished from her parents' kansas city home two years ago. and though they believe maria is too old to be a match, u.s. authorities want to be certain. >> i think the estimation of maria, she may be 5 or 6 years old, but the packet is that the dna will be conclusive to tell
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us one way or the other. >> reporter: the common thread in ireland and greece, the roma community. its members have long been victims of discrimination throughout europe. and its connection to these twos cases has created even more public scrutiny. though not in the eyes of u.s. authorities. >> they're not looking at the romas as being the originators of this vast, you know, international filed abduction conspiracy. unfortunately, there are crime groups, if there's money to be made and if it's made in human trafficking, they'll traffic in human beings including infants and small children to do it. >> aaron mclaughlin from dublin. a 14-year-old from massachusetts now in custody, accused of murdering a high school teacher. we've got a live report straight ahead. [ male announcer ] this is jim,
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today? he's in custody. do you expect he's going to face charges later this afternoon? >> reporter: we expect him to be arraigned later this afternoon. is he 14 years old. there has been back and forth with investigators and prosecutors whether he'll be charged as a juvenile or as an adult. so that's something we'll be keeping an eye on. if he's charged as a juvenile, that would be a closed door kind of situation. cameras wouldn't be allowed in for that. investigators are still trying to sort that process out. in the meantime, there are a lot of other children, teenagers, students who need a lot of attention and care right now. school was shut down this morning. not just here at danvers high school but seven schools is throughout the district. parents and students woke up to this gruesome news, a beloved 24-year-old teacher found dead behind the high school. some students are still showing up at the school today talking to us how stunned they are. >> just thinking back on it, it's just surreal that how quickly someone can go and how much we take for granted every
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day. she was like the nicest teacher you could ever have, and it's just -- i can't believe it. >> reporter: colleen ritzer was reported missing when she never returned home last night. her body was again found in the wooded area behind the high school. investigators say they also found blood in a second floor bathroom. now, while the school is shut down today, detectives are searching in the woods right now with canines. students again have been coming out looking for people to talk to. they want to talk about colleen ritzer telling us she was simply a very well liked teacher, a kind woman who would stand outside the door, greet her students by name, offered extra help, stayed late in the day. she was what you could call a beloved teacher. she was young, 24 years old only here for the past two years. from everyone we talked to, she certainly had made a tremendous impact on these students' lives. now they're trying to understand
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along with their tharnts what could have happened here. >> it is so so sad when you hear that kind of story. can you give us a sense, do you know why investigators or police closed down all seven schools in the district? were they looking for additional suspects? why did they respond that way? do they feel like there is something to be learned in any way from shutting down seemingly seven schools? >> reporter: we have not been told that there was a search for any more suspects. we know only about the one 14-year-old suspect who will be arraigned on the murder charge later today. so if that was a concern among investigators, it's something they have not released to the public or the press at this point. certainly though we talked to some poirnts parents who are saying they felt that shutting down the schools was the right decision and want to handle this with their kids themselves this morning. this is a tough topic to take on. a lot of uncertain and questions about what actually happened. how this teacher ended up killed, why she was left behind the school.
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some parents are saying it was a good idea to have students home with them today. they are bringing students by, leaving flowers here and doing a lot of talking today. this community, it's a small tight community. they're trying to come together in the face of something that is tough to understand. >> obviously trying to deal with emotion and feelings and trying to get information, as well. i understand we have more information, new details emerging from the district attorney. i want to see if we can listen to what he said. >> as a result of a missing person's report filed with the danvers police department late yesterday afternoon, danvers police initiated an investigation to locate a 14-year-old male ho had not returned home from danvers high school earlier in the day. at approximately 11:20 p.m. last evening, danvers police received a report that a danvers high school teacher had not returned home from work and was not answering her cell phone. as a result of that report, danvers police initiated a search for the teacher and discovered blood in the second
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floor bathroom at danvers high school. the school was immediately secured. >> a lot of questions, a lot of emotions, of course, surrounding the death of that very beloved teacher alexandre, thank you so much. we're going to be looking more into the story as the day develops. we're going to take a quick break. ♪ ♪ dial up my number now ♪ weaving it through the wire ♪ switch me on ♪ i want to touch you ♪ you're just made for love ♪ i need ooh la la la la la you keep the peace. we calm your congestion and pain. [ man ] thank you. thank you. [ female announcer ] you rally the team. you guys were awesome.
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it's a big day for the newest member of the british royal family. prince george, the 3-month-old baby of prince william and catherine, the dutch yes, sir of cambridge was christened today. look at him. the service at st. james palace wrapping up this past hour. kate williams joining us from live from london. we love this stuff. he's adorable. tell us how this is is it different this go round than say prince william's christening?
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>> very different. what we saw today was a real family christening, only 23 guests including the god parents. that's completely different to prince william's christening. it was a huge event at buckingham palace, very formal. 60 people then went to have a large banquet afterwards. now they're eating a bit of cake. it's very informal. it's informal, it's about family, real an intimate event. >> who are the lucky ones who got to attend? >> well, there were the -- there were some royals. there was the queen, prince philip and harry, charles and kamilla, william and kate, the archbishop of canterbury, the middleton family, and god parents of their spouses and that's it. no further people. so the absolute minimum. it was a stripped down as you can possibly imagine. it's a strain for a baby to have a big christening. prince william cried all the way through till prin he was diana gave him a cuddle. he wept the whole time through.
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it's hard to wear that big puffy gown going since 1840. it's a bit hard on babe been i think they were thinking of him. >> that's something passed down. tell us the seven god parents for the royal here? seven? who are these guys? why so many? >> why so many? well, we expect to see six. i think all of us royal watchers were shocked to see seven. most people get three in the church of england. seven is quite a lot. the big surprise was there's no harry there. he isn't a godfather. pippa isn't a godmother. the only royal we have is zara, primpbs ann's daughter. she's even not a princess. that's not her title. the rest of them are friends from university and also one of princess diana's close friends. apart from that, a load of chums. they're trying to say we don't want prince george to be part of the royals. we want him to be part of our friends, as well. friends are so important to william and kate. >> they seem to really like the intimate low key events, that's
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the kind of thing they're making a statement about. >> they're really making a statement saying look, you're not going to get loads of photos in the old days, there were photos in the christening. there was no camera. tomorrow the official christening photos come out. they saying we just want something little. what they're eating in the party is actually the wedding cake, you remember that amazing wedding cake for their wedding in 2011. they saved the top tier, the eighth tier they saved that. that's now what they're eating. it's a budget christening, as well because you saved the extra bit of cake. >> they froze the cake and they're eating it from last year, yes? >> well, from 2011. two years ago, that's what we do in britain. we save the top of our wedding cakes and it's them as a christening cake, one of our stranger customs. >> as long as it tasted good, i'm sure that's fine. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. health and human services
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call now to request your free decision guide. this easy-to-understand guide will answer some of your questions and help you find the aarp medicare supplement plan that's right for you. new questions and outrage over the obama care website fiasco after an explosive cnn interview with health and human services secretary kathleen sba bealious. listen to what she told dr. sanjay gupta what president obama knew and when. >> do you know when he first knew that there was a problem? >> well, i think it became clear fairly early on. the first couple of days that. >> so not before that though, not before october first, there was no concern at that point either in the white house or at hhs? >> i think that we talked about having testing going forward.
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>> want to bringing in cnn crossfire" host newt gingrich live from arlington, virginia. always good to see you as always here. republicans of course, are talking about that statement and sanjay gupta's interview. what do you make of the fact that the president didn't necessarily know at the time or before that there was a problem, a potential problem with the website? >> well, i mean it's possible. but it strikes me that this is the biggest single project of social engineering in american history. it's the most complex. if he didn't know, he was utterly totally irresponsible. and if she didn't tell him, this is why so many of us are now calling for secretary sebelius to be fired. she was irresponsible. but let me draw you to today's activities. you're going to have a secret meeting in the white house between insurance executives and their lobbyists and senior white house people, the enforcers of this administration. now, i think that meeting ought
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to be open to the public. i can't imagine with the total mess that we're now seeing how the president could think that we're going to tolerate all these insurance company executives in a secret meeting in the white house. are they rigging the game? are they trying to organize their story? you know, the north dakota insurance company said they'd been told they couldn't tell people what had happened. >> one of the things we're learning from jim acosta at the white house is republicans are going to be brought into the fold, that they will be briefed by hhs and other white house officials about what potentially happened and what went wrong. do you think that that would be an adequate avenue? at least you've got republicans in the room who can go for it and explain this to the public? >> no, that's the website problem. there's also the fact that today, they have the arrogance to bring in the insurance executives and their lobbyists and to meet in secret. now, the president has become the national insurance
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commissioner. none of these companies are going to take on the government, none of them are going to risk being punished. so you have to ask yourself, why is this a secret meeting? why isn't this a public meeting? we see a continued effort by this administration to not allow the american people to know the truth about something which is life and death and something which is the largest single sector of our economy. today's meeting is one more example. my point is, people should be demanding frankly the news media should be demanding access to this meeting to make it transparent to find out exactly what are these companies meeting in secret with their lobbyists and with the president's staff on a matter of life and death for every american. >> we do know that kathleen sebelius, hhs secretary is going to be testifying next week before a hearing to answer questions about what went wrong and what they're doing to fix the problem here. what do you want to hear from her? this is the white house effort to combat this thing that you know, the objection here and the
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accusation there has been too much secrecy. what do you want to know from her in that hearing next week? >> look, be i don't actually want to hear anything from her. she's the person who presided over a total absolute fiasco. why would -- she's going to come in, she's going to say gee, it's really hard. we really feel bad. we're now "surging." this is a word that first became famous about the iraq war. we're now surging tech support. if the government is this bad as running a website, can you imagine what they're going to be like a year from now trying to oversee health care? this is the most vivid example of why we shouldn't have a centrally run bureaucratic system you could have. i can't that secretary see beious is going to say which would be particularly useful. >> where do we go from here? people obviously have to sign up. march is the deadline. do you like other republicans suggest that they push back this deadline, this mandate in some
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way? i mean, do you spend time in hearings or do you spend time trying to fix here what is wrong? >> well, i mean, first of all, secretary of health and human services is not involved in fixing anything because she's not a programmer. she's not a technical specialist. she can go to the hearing. let the technical people stay behind. i would say the number one challenge we should have for this administration is to be open and honest with the american people. starting with this afternoon's insurance company. report every week how many people are signing up. and what are they signing up for? if they're signing up for medicaid but they're not signing up for obama care, they're going to face a very big problem in a few months because there won't be enough young people in the obama care program to sustain it financially, and it will literally just burn out. >> we have run out of time. clearly "crossfire," you pick back up where you started there. thank you. as always, we appreciate it. a lot of questions.
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kathleen sebelius in the hot seat as well as other white house officials. we will we will continue to try to get information on meetings taking place in the white house, as well thank you, newt. three generations of warren buffett's family now teaming up to fight world hunger. hear the unusual way they're going about it up next. john
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to say for those whom much is given, much is required. well, billionaire warren buffett, his son and grandson have taken those words to heart. people who are starving all over the world, of course. so they are devoting millions to help feed them by teaching them
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better ways to grow more food. the buffetts are targeting places where not just weather and poverty are obstacles but war, as well. they sat down with our own poppy harlow to talk about it. >> your goal is to feed the world, frankly. >> that's kind of a big goal but i think we're -- it's a goal to shoot for. >> howard buffett and his son think the best way to fight hunger is to learn how to farm better. >> you know, when you think about that there's tens of millions of farmers that can't feed their families, what's just wrong. you don't have the infrastructure, you don't have the political leadership. you have corruption. you don't have the governance you need to do it, you don't have the knowledge and a way to distribute the knowledge. >> howard's father investor warren buffett has given billions to their cause. >> is the return on investment coming through. >> on my 82nd birthday, i doubled the commitment. i wouldn't have done that unless i felt electrically what they're doing. they're tackling tough things.
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they could go out and have a hospital wing or, do something with a library or something like that. they are tackling real problems. >> much of their work is in conflict zones like africa and afghanistan, dee dtailed in the new book "40 chances." >> one of the most important things you can do is find the small or large, find investments that you can make at the time that thing are not stable. and then they'll lead to stability. >> we spent over a year in a specific community in western afghanistan working with the farmers, understanding exactly what it is they needed and what their hopes were, and over time, we were able to provide them with the linkages they were missing so that they could grow better crops, get those crops to market, have more income and economic stability what they needed for families and their community and that they would have the long-term infrastructure to do it for generations to come. >> hi, how are you? >> howard howard watched and learned from his famous father. >> i remember all these things,
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conversations and watched how he thought and how he analyzed, and what were the things that were important in a decision? and i learned something. i learned that it is much better to make a decision quickly, i mean a well informed decision quickly than not make a decision. >> he credits his mother most of all. >> i don't think i would have made chose choices in a lot of what we do if i hadn't had her influence. >> he got his values from his mother, no question about that. >> another influence, public school. >> they saw america as most americans see america rather than from some rarified perch. i want my children to understand the world they live in through the eyes of the people of that world. and the fact they've got some money to do some good things is great. but they'll do even better if they've lived in the world rather than looked at the world. >> i have a grandfather who has armed with his principles and
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determination grown what was one of the world's largest fortunes and turned it into one of history's greatest gifts. in doing that, empowered my father to change the world with that. and both have been a true testament to what an individual can accomplish in one lifetime. >> poppy harlow joins us from new york. i think i miss spoke. it's billions, right, they've invested in this. that's pretty darn impressive.howard buffett and his son partnered with former british prime minister tony blair in africa to move forward with fighting hunger. tell us about that. >> it's about $3 billion so far that warren buffett has given to his son's foundation. not chump change. a lot of money. partnering with former british prime minister tony blair in africa, focusing on conflict zones, for example, they're investing $41 million in year in the congo. so they're not afraid to take ricks and go to places where it's certainly not easy to get things like this off the ground. i will tell you though, a lot of
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people read this book and say it focuses on africa, afghanistan, what about the united states. the foundation is spending about 50% of their money here in the united states where it or not, 48 million americans, one in six americans is food insecure and doesn't know where their next meal is coming from. they're focusing globally but also here in the united states. >> a good cause as always. thank you, appreciate it. several stories caught our attention today. photos, as well. this is in australia. this boar baby wallaby caught in the line of fire. he was lucky though. volunteers rescuing him from the bush fires. suffered a few burns on his body but he's okay. in japan, they celebrated their annual bamboo lat lantern festival featuring more than 1,000 paper lanterns on along bamboo poles. participants attempted to knock down each other's lanterns. in malaysia, legoland opened its largest water park in the world. it contains almost 800,000 gallons of water, more than 20
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water slides. the water park is the latest edition in the legoland malaysia resort. good for them. looks like a lot of fun. thanks for watching "around the world." "cnn newsroom" starts right now. have a good afternoon. >> thanks very much. right now, every school in a massachusetts town is shut down. a teach's body is found in the woods behind a high school. a 14-year-old boy now in custody. investigators looking for answers. right now, the obama administration is scrambling to fix the government's health care website. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius answering questions from our own dr. sanjay gupta. right now, a fired national security official is apologizing for his inappropriate tweets. the white house canned him after his identity was revealed. i'll talk with the man who broke the story later this hour. hello, i'm wolf blit


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