tv Around the World CNN November 7, 2013 9:00am-10:01am PST
awesome. bruce duncan, everybody, my friend and colleague and another friend and colleague's about to get started as well. "around the world" with suzanne malveaux starts right now. it's being called the strongest storm on earth this year. how a typhoon headed to the philippines is expected to cause more damage than superstorm sandy. plus -- remember the asteroid that hit russia? that was just the beginningen how the world can expect to see or damaging asteroids hit earth. then president obama uses it the pope uses it. you can own a piece of it, for a price. twitter goes public. you're watching "around the world." i'm suzanne malveaux. michael holmes is off this week. talking about the strongest storm anywhere in the world this year. it's called typhoon high juhaiy
equivalent to the category 5 hurricane, on measurement scale, by comparison hurricane katrina category 3 but killed 1700 people. superstorm sandy killed more than 150. thousands of people including a lot of tourists are evacuating ahead of typhoon haiyan. want to bring in chad meyers joining us from the cnn weather center. >> this is one of the top 12, the top dozen, of all storms ever seen on this planet. with the satellite or in person. that's how big this is. it is not as deep as gilbert and wilma in the atlantic, but the wind speeds are higher than those storms because of the eye is so small. this is just the most incredible picture i can show you. this eye, right there just -- it reminds me of andrew, slamming into south florida. as the eye of andrew got small somewhere smaller. andrew's eye was the most
important part of that storm because that's where the big wins were, 150, 160 miles per hour. this storm is sandy-size in width. this is the entire country of the philippines. there's a lot of water under the storm, there's going to be storm surge, 50, maybe 60 feet, all the people along the eastern shores of the philippines will be moving out and getting to higher ground as a cat 5 hurricane, 175 miles per hour. right now they're thinking -- they don't fly planes into these storms out here. they're thinking about 190 miles per hour right now and it will still be 150 when it moves south of manila. that's the good news. the for cast is south of manila by 150 miles. still will be damage in manila. still a lot of people out here. the biggest storm, even this is smaller than the one's that's going to hit tomorrow, killed 1900 people in 2012. and it hasn't been a good year for the philippines. look at all of the storms that have crossed that nation.
it has been ugly out there, and this is the biggest one of the year so far. so, that's why we say, it's always typhoon season, though there comes an end of hurricane season, water stay warm and it can be typhoon any month of the year. >> chad, is there anything -- in light of the fact we've got this warning, we know it's come, anything that people can do there? i imagine that the damage could be extraordinary if people don't pay attention at least don't prepare for what is going hit them? >> the good news is if there's any, this area here is not as populated as luzane up into manila. we'll lose people new york matter what you can do. this is some point for some people on islands unsurvivable storm. they want to get on the opposite side of the island, because the upslope will make the rain and there will be massive flooding, winds, if you get a wind at 175 or 190 miles per hour, doesn't matter what build you have, it's
going to sustain some damage. get low and stay out of the water, that's the big thing right now. >> we'll be following this throughout the afternoon and tomorrow. appreciate it. this, of course, it's fueled revolutions across the middle east and north africa. what are we talking about here? a platform for everybody, all of us, performers, presidents, even the pope uses it. people can own a piece of it twitter. now, it is trading publicly on the new york stock exchange. the big question today, can you buy? is it really only for the rich the real, real rich? we've got alison kosik at the new york stock exchange and cnn's money tech correspondent laurie segall to answer all of the questions. allison, want to start off with you, we saw the trading started at something higher, like $45 a share. now it's three times higher than expected. what happened? >> exactly. what happened was the demand for this stock, it went up, it went up more than had been expected.
you saw estimates go higher. you know what's interesting? i asked one trader what he thought about the $45 initial price for the stock. he said it's insane. he wouldn't even recommend this stock to his grandmother. this one idea. you think about what the stock went for last night in the initial offer. it was $26. this is the price that went to those very exclusive investors to the banks underwriting it like goldman sacks and jpmorganer they sold it to institutional clients, hedge funds, pension funds they got in on the $26 price. everybody else getting in on the $45 price. you see it there. shares are up more than 76% at this point. this happened to be, by the way a huge feather in the cap for the nyse which duked it out for the listing with the nasdaq. suzanne? >> laurie, you have been following twitter for a while. you've had a chance to talk to some executives about this day. how important is this for them going public?
>> oh, this is huge for them. i've got to tell you, back in the day, i sat with biz stone, downtown manhattan and i kept say, tell me what is this twitter thing? i was asking the question so many were asking. walking into the new york stock exchange today, seeing it draped, you see it right there draped with the huge twitter signage, and seeing #ringin, hearing traders saying i signed up for twitter and i have a million followers. you see the cultural impact. you see, ringing the bell, that's patrick stewart from "star wars" they want to make it about the users. they had the biggest twitter users ring the bell and not the executives, suzanne. >> the question i have, the more followers you have, you get i discount, do we know? >> maybe that's somewhere in the business plan. they are hashing out the business plan. i'll let you know. that's incentive for us, right? >> another reason to follow.
laurie, thanks again. alison kosik, thanks for joiningus. >> greece, riot police storming a tv station in the capital, athens, journalists fired. now holding a sit-in. scuffles in the street. police fires tear gas after protesters forces out of the building. the government fired all 2600 employees. took the public broadcasting station off the air in june, because they had big budget cuts. greece has gotten now a multibillion dollar bailout to try to help its battered economy. pope francis offering comfort to the sick. this image of the pope hugging a man with a severe skin disease, it has gone viral. coming up, the pope of the people, he's kissing babies, talking abo talking about divorce, addressing the church's view on same-sex marriage. can he change the church's long-held positions and does he even want to? radioactive water still
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just one brief, civil act of human compassion. hope francis yesterday in st. peters square saw a man with a severe skin disease, and you can see there, the man has tumors and boils all over his body. pope took the man in his arms, kissed his head and prayed. pictures of this quiet moment going viral. people who follow the pope, they're not surprised by seeing this. we know his personal touch, connection to everyday people it's legendary. i want to bring in john allen to talk about this. it's not surprising, really, john, when you see what the pope is doing. he has done so many things that really people just don't expect. and he is really getting away from the kind of lofty elite image of his office. he's got a twitter account. he's driving this old beatup car around the vatican but directly reaching out to regular folks. what does he want to do? what is he trying to do? >> well, i mean, first of all,
you're absolutely right in terms of the way this pope captured the world's imagination. he just -- he just crosses the 10 million mark on twitter, polls show him with astronomic approval ratings. in brazil in july drew 3 million people to shatters the record of the rolling stones. he's trying to lift up what he considers to be the most important christian message now which is mercy. god's tender compassion for broken people. he really is trying to be the pope of mercy. that's what we saw in that unforgotten image from yesterday. quite clearly, that message is resonating. >> john, i don't know if you can answer this question, but do we know how that moment came about where he met that man and cradled his head? >> well, typically, this was at the pope's general audience which he does every wednesday. what will happen, severely ill or disabled people are given front row seats at that event.
the pope's security personnel will identify some who either have expresses a special need to have a moment with the pope or just on their own initiative and will put them in the proximity of the pope so he can come into contact with him that was practice under john paul and benedict ii. there is something about the love pope francis has for coming into contact with these folks. >> you and i just spoke a couple days ago. he puts out this survey, asks the parishioners, people around the world what do you think about same-sex marriage, divorce, what do you think about single moms raising kids, these are things that the church did not reach out to the catholic, parishioners and ask them those questions. is he a revolutionary in some ways, trying to change the church or the faith? >> look what he does on doctrine or structures we don't flow yet. in some ways he has achieved a revolution. eight months ago, when we were on cnn's air talking about the
church, sauking abo talking abo everybody meltdowns. we are talking about the pope that has the world's attention. if that's not a revolution, i'm not sure we've ever seen one. >> bollywood arriving at the white house, first lady michelle obama showing off her indian dancing skills all a part of the white house's celebration. the indian festival of light. mrs. obama danced to hindi tunes with americans. lift-off of the soyuz rocket on a truly olympic -- >> a picture perfect blastoff from kazakhstan. a russian rocket carrying the olympicer torch and three astronauts. >> hatch is open between the soyuz spacecraft and international space station.
the olympic torch brought up with the soyuz crew. >> awesome. two cosmonauts going to take unlit torch on its first over space walk this weekend. returned to earth on monday with three astronauts. cnn getting a rare access to a troubled nuclear power plant in fukushima japan. how is it trying to get rid of radioactive water still that's sitting inside that plant. two years after an earthquake and a tsunami hit. then, was he or wasn't he murdered? yasser arafat's widow believe his was poisoned but the potential proof now has been destroyed. for over 60,000 california foster children,
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a big milestone today in the cleanup of japan's fukushima nuclear plant nearly two years after earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown. the plant operators are just now beginning to remove fuel rods from a crippled reactor. remember these dramatic pictures taken after the disaster. these cars, homes, swept away by the tsunami. fukushima was the second worst nuclear accident in history after sher noble. a study found increased cases of thyroid cancer in children in the aftermath of the fallout. it's going to be years before we learn the full extent of this disaster. now fukushima is about 150 miles north of tokyo and paula mhanc k hancocks takes us on a tour of
the nuclear plant. >> reporter: a trip into the heart of the nuclear power plant and it was intended to show tepco making progress in trying to stabilize the plant. five kilometers from the fukushima power plant the final check point. only authorized vehicles are allowed past this point. arriving at plant, the first thing we see are the huge water tanks that hold the toxic water that's been used to keep the reactors cool. inside the plant now and we're off to get the haz-mat suits and the protection before we go into the more contaminated areas. here you can see all of the journalists getting ready. this is effectively what the workers have to go through every single day. there are strict rules about what we can and can't film. but this is the part of the plant tepco wants us to show. reactor 4. you can't get much closer to heart of the fukushima disaster than this. this is why tepco's brought us here. we're in the reactor 4 building,
the building that suffered the hydrogen blast in the days after the disaster and this is the cooling pool. there are 1500 spent fuel rods. what the company's doing over the coming days is to remove those fuel rods to a more stable location, they say. they insist it is a routine operation, they've done it many times before. >> to remove it -- >> reporter: fuel rods removed and twaransferred to 100 meters from the damaged building an operation tepco's calling a milestone in the recovery effort. officials say they do not believe the fuel rods were damaged by debris falling into the pool after the explosion, but they won't know for sure until the operation begins. the large pieces of debris have been removed from the pool, the plant chief tells us. we used underwater vacuum cleaner to remove smaller pieces. nearby shown the water sotorage tanks up close. contaminated water one of
tepco's immediate concerns. tanks can hold 400,000 tons of water, 370,000 tons of space have already been used. in this building, the effort to process the toxic water to remove some of the radioactive elements is ongoing on the ocean front, barriers are being built to protect the plant from another tsunami. and to stop an estimated 300 tons of toxic groundwater seeping into the pacific ocean every day. yellow tanks that you can see mark where this barrier is. it's effectively liquid cement that they have injected all wait here to try to keep the contaminated groundwater within the power plant itself, not seeping into the pacific. stopgap measures continue in tandem with the delicate but essential work at reactor 4. after months of preparation tepco's ready to start the operation which it believes should take one year to complete.
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i have a lifetime of experience. so i know how important that is. so we live in a nuclear world, there are hundreds of nuclear power plants around the globe, in more than 30 countries. talking about the u.s., uk, china, france, all tested nuclear bombs. brazil, argentina, germany, iran some of the countries that have or are developing nuclear technology. pakistan, india, also have tested nuclear devices. we have seen accidents at nuclear power plants here in the united states, of course, at three mile island, and more recently a meltdown in japan at fukushima. when you think of nuclear power can bring up images of cancer rates and destruction everywhere. now a new, provocative cnn film looks at whether or not nuclear
power could hold the key to fighting climate change and providing the planet with cleaner energy. we're talking about this. p pandora's promise. once again using nukes for power, now they are for it. let's dive into it. the film's producer, robert stone, joining us new york and karl pope in san francisco, pope a leader in environmental movement and former executive director of the sierra club. welcome to you both. >> good morning. >> good morning. i saw this. it is provocative. it is controversial. people are going to be debating this and asking a lot of questions, as we have throughout the week. what struck me is it's very personal. you talk about the fact that people remember images of hiding under desks to prepare for a nuclear weapon, some sort of attack, that they saw these explosions, the tests they did, and nuclear weaponry. and they also made connections with cancer and radiation. a lot of that is debunked at least according to your
documentary but some says it's too far, pro-nuclear, to the point it's propaganda. address that criticism first. >> well, look, i think i like most of my generation, conflated nuclear weapons with nuclear power. we are against nuclear weapons and we thought if we could get rid of nuclear power we could get rid of nuclear weapons. but in fact, you know, times have changed. we're not living in the 1970s anymore. cold war's over. we live in a world that's going on 9 billion people where we're adding energy equivalent of another brazil to the planet every year. right now, almost all of our energy's coming from fossil fuels. we need to put everything on the table. environmentalists need to put everything on the table of nonco2 emitting sources of energy and see what work. that's what drew me to make the film. you have to look at nuclear energy. the more i looks at it, the more i realize everything i have been told by people like the sierra club and other organizations that i have revered and given
money to, turned out to be wrong. i urged people to watch the film and judge for themselves. i mean, i'm not an activist. i'm not a lobbyist. i'm an independent filmmaker, spent four years making this film. and i come to these conclusions, not lightly, because i said my first film is anti-nuclear film, you know. >> carl, you want to jump in here. being a former leader of the sierra club. one of the things that they talk about is like that there has been misinformation, that there is not necessarily this dramatic link between radiation exposure and cancer, per se, or the numbers are wildly different when it comes to whether or not people suffered from chernobyl. how do you explain what robert is saying here, is that you guys have just been duped, you don't have the right information. >> well, i think the truth is, we don't truly know exactly how many people died from radiation as a result of chernobyl. these kinds of things are difficult to measure. and the soviet union wasn't a
great place for getting honest numbers. but we ought to be looking forward, i agree with robert about that and looking forward, the reality is, we should be researching new versions of energy technology, including new versions that might be nuclear. but the biggest enemy of the next generation of nuclear opportunities is not environmentalists. it's the fact that the nuclear industry is continuing to pour billions of dollars, not into research into better nuclear technology, but building outmoded, unaffordable and unsafe boiling water and pressurized water reactors like the one at fukushima and like the one the british government just agreed to build, which is going to double the cost of electricity in great britain if it's built. we cannot afford the most expensive -- >> that's not true. robert, weigh in, if you would, you mentioned -- you thought it was a red herring to talk about
the amazing cost that would be required to develop nuclear energy. >> yeah, look, the reason -- this is an argument against all technology, really. i mean, all technologies are expensive until you start mass producing them. wind and solar was terrifically expensive until groups like the sierra club urged for government subsidies to the technology, we created a market. solar panels mass produced in china and plummeted by 1,000%. as soon as the environmental movement gets behind -- >> robert it's not this technology. >> -- then we can mass produce nuclear reactors the same we mass produce aircraft. we can power the plan. we either do this or burn fossil fuels and destroy the planet. i urge everybody to read the letter that was written by four of the world's most em ninth
scientists, urging them to change their tune on nuclear power. >> robert -- >> very simple point, look, we cannot mass produce kinds of nuclear technology we're constructing now we're not being blocked in china by environmentalists, not being blocked in russia by environmentalists, not being blocked in france by environmentalists and those countries have not been able to build safe, affordable, nuclear power plants at scale. the fact is the present generation of nuclear technologies is outmoded. we ought to be researching the next generation. and, yes, that will require subsidies. i'm in favor of researching the next generation of nuclear technology. i'm not in favor of throwing money at clunky outmoded and the british government did, in fact, just sign a contract as a result of which the cost of electricity in great britain will double by building a outmoded nuclear technology. even the environmentalists who
favors -- >> that's not true. >> look at the numbers. they signed the contract, i didn't the current generation of reactors being built are better than the fukushima. we're now building gen 3 plus. nobody's building those reactors in the world. in fact the cost of that plant that's going up in great britain is about equal to a combined cycle of natural gas. so, i am not in favor of building these one-off behemoth plants as we are today. we need to move. >> that's what britain is doing. what great britain is doing, robert. exactly what you said you're not in favor of. building a mammoth one-off and the price of the contract they signed is double the cost of natural gas power. >> this debate will continue. we've got it let it go there. thank you so much, both of you, for joining us. of course, we'll be watching this. we'll be talking about this as this rolls out. you know, you don't want to miss this one. it's fascinating.
it's educational. and of course controversial as well as you can tell. it's cnn film's "pandora's promise" tonight, 9:00 eastern and pacific. speaking of nuclear energy, iran, which claims it's trying to get nuclear power for peaceful purposes might be closer to making a deal on its on nuclear program. senior u.s. administration official sounded optimistic about a two-day round of talks that start in geneva, that starts today. iran has been pushing now for some relief from those crushing international sanctions and the official said, quote, for the first time, we believe that iran is ready to move this process forward quickly. for the first time, we're not just seeing them use this as a way of buying time. the u.s. accuses iran of covertly developing a nuclear bomb, a weapon and iran said it has no desire to build a bomb and the nuclear program is meant to provide power only. remember this? the asteroid that hit russia?
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rock from space was a rare event happening every 100 years. it may be not so rare after all. chad myers, on anything that falls from the sky. new information. >> yeah, exactly. or an asteroidologist, i suppose. this was a rock from space. not an iron meteorite that fell here in northern arizona. i went to visit this about, i don't know, six months ago. that's a big hole in northern arizona called the meteor crater. there is the road, come down from the interstate, drive herer get out in the parking lot everybody look at it you go, that's cool. this was tens of thousands of years ago. something like this that would hit a city or state, even unpopulated it would do a lot of damage. now scientists think there's more rocks like the one that did the damage in russia. maybe not so much of the iron meteorites that did the big hole but the one on the video, you can look at it over and over -- i can't get enough, it's amazing to look at -- this big, bright
object coming out of the sky, exploding with the same power of 30 hiroshima bombs. only thing is, it exploded high in the sky, so the damage wasn't concentrated on the ground. 1200 people were hurt by this one rock in the sky as it exploded. and some of it even landed on the ground and picks up a couple of pieces in the past couple of weeks. but what the problem is now that scientists believe there's a lot more out there than we first thought. they're going to look for smaller ones because, if you remember, they didn't even know this was coming. that's -- that big rock in russia, they had no idea, no warning. coming right from the sun. telescopes couldn't see it. they're going to start looking harder now. >> yeah. it's a little disconcerting when you think about it. no warning, this thing as huge as it was, came crashing down, technology can't pick that up, yeah? >> not yet. they're going to work on that. the same day, ironically, another even larger rock flew by the earth and didn't hit.
came from completely different directionans they don't believe it was the same rock that split up. now we think there are more rocks than we first thought that can do damage to bigger cities, obviously. >> we'll be keeping our eyes to the sky. thank you. appreciate it. >> and of course, speaking of things in outer space, lady gaga's latest stunt, out of this world. we're talking about literally. ♪ >> all right. excuse to see lady gaga again. us weekly reporting that gaga going to blast off in a virgin galactic ship and sing a song in outer space, this is going to happen 2015. this is what she wants to do she has to train to prepare her vocal cords for the atmosphere to adjust to that. gaga doesn't confirm if rumors are true until november 10th. but, a tease here, the singer teases us and has this tweet, puts it out there,
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halloween decorations, mostly put away now, but at julie keith's house halloween brings powerful memories. opening a pack of totally ghoul tombstones last year, a letter fell out, broken english and chinese, the letter began with a cry for help. sir, if you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the world human rights organization. >> reporter: the letter writer said he was an inmate, making the decorations in a prison camp in china. at first, she thought it was a hoax. but then julie keith found the prison on the web. >> i knew about labor camps in china but it was really, it slammed me in the face. >> reporter: a letter secretly tucked away in a $29 halloween toy made it 6,000 miles to oregon. from one of the most feared labor camps in china.
masanjia, a sprawling and secretive complex of prisons and factories. the ruling kcommunist party reused camps like this to jail petty criminals and religious offenders. for months we searched for the prisoner who wrote the letter. we found him in beijing. he had been out of jail a year. we hid his identity because he's afraid of being sent back. we'll call him john. in the labor camp itself, what was it like for you? >> translator: for people who have never been to masnajai, it's impossible to imagine. the first thing they do is take your human dignity away and humiliate you. >> reporter: he was arrested before the beijing olympics in 2008, for following the outlawed spiritual movement. he was sent to masanjai.
>> translator: they follow a process where they enslave you. they were innocent but detained. we all suffered inhumane torture. >> reporter: political and religious prisoners got the worst of it, he say. when given the chance to work, it was a relief. >> translator: i believe we could protect ourselves and avoid verbal and physical assaults, as long as we were doing the work and did them well. >> reporter: behind this barbed wire fence and over this wall, there's a warehouse where he worked up to 12 hours a day, making these halloween products. he saw that the writing was in english, he believed he could get a message out to the west that it would be delicate and highly dangerous work. he stole pages from exercise books and played friends with a minor criminal from his province
who got him a pen from a guard. >> translator: i hid it in hollow space, in a secret place, as i couldn't keep it with me. i only got time to write late at night when everyone had fallen asleep. i put a paper on my pillow and wrote with a pen lying on my side. it took me three days to finish one single letter. g . >> reporter: he slipped 20 letters into the halloween packaging, not expecting any to get out, but somehow one did. from the prison production line in china, decorations ended up at kmart, where julie keith bought them on sale. >> i did think of his safety and what risks he took to -- to do this. >> reporter: when she put the letter on facebook, it became global news, spreading back to him in beijing, now released. he wanted to survive masanjia to
tell the truth. now we saw unmanned guard towers and some buildings seemed empty. it appear to be closing but officials would not respond to our queries. >> for a reason known to all i cannot openly express my gratitude. >> reporter: able to thank julie keith in a new letter but he dare not talk to her on the phone. >> under the communist party's rule, china is a big labor camp. >> translator: china is like a big labor camp. it is monitored everywhere in the country. i'm grateful to her. i wish her the best. she has a sense of justice. >> reporter: david mckenzie, cnn, beijing. >> sears, which is kmart's company, tells cnn we found no evidence that production was subcontracted to a labor camp during our investigation. cnn tried to reach the local and
provinciale authorities in china multiple times. they refused to comment on the story and allegations. nobody knows how many labor products made its way into the u.s. there could be hundreds of camps producing goods to be exported. was he or was he not murdered? yasser arafat's widow believe his was poisoned. but the potential proof has now been destroyed. ongoing mystery surrounding the palestinian leader's death, up next.
. people waiting for definitive answer about what exactly killed yasser arafat, imagine they're frustrated today scientists in switzerland investigating rumors the palestinian leader was poisoned. their finding are out and matthew chance has the story out of the west bank. >> reporter: unexpectedly high levels of supporting the theory that yasser arafat died as a result of poisoning, that was the conclusion of the latest forensic report into the death of the late palestinian leader, who is buried here at the tomb in ramallah. but the swiss forensic scientists that carried out the tests said results were problematic, tissue samples too small, too much time elapsed
between the death and collection of the samples, and that some of his personal effects could have been contaminated. professor is the director of the forensic team. >> translator: was pull loanium the cause of death? can we say with certainty polonium was the death of arafat? the answer, unfortunately, it's clearly we can not give a clearly defined answer. again, so our study has not been able to prove categorically a hypothesis of poisoning or another of nonpoisoning by polonium. >> reporter: yasser arafat's widow has a very different take, telling cnn the results reveal a real crime, a political assassination, she is now calling for a full international criminal investigation to find who is responsible. matthew chance, cnn, ramallah,
in the west bank. >> california high school is coming unfire for its sports team's name, the arabs. you can see the mascot in the youtube clip here. the american arab anti-discrimination committee sent a letter to the school accusing it of stereotyping and demanding a name change. the school says it's had the name since 1930s. the district and the group are meeting later this month to see if they can come up with some kind of resolution. hope they can. christmas coming early in venezuela by presidential order. imagine this, the president mass kicked off an early christmas season to help bring, as he puts it happiness for everyone. he lit the lights at presidential pal lance, announced workers getting early christmas presents. receive two-thirds of bonuses and pensions a month ahead of time. critics are saying he's trying to get more votes for elections
which are on december 8th. that's it for "around the world." i'm suzanne malveaux. have a great afternoon. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. right now the pressure's growing to delay a key part of obama care and some of the pressure actually coming from anxious democrats. we'll get the latest reaction from the white house, stand by. right now, on the floor of the new york stock exchange, twitter is making its public debut and the shares, so far, they are soaring. also right now, the family of kendrick johnson speaking out. he's that georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled up gym mat at his high school. now new school surveillance video that's just been released. hello, i'm wolf blitzer, reporting from washington. we begin with a major decision by the