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road? the pop culture lead. it won song of the year at the country music awards. now meet the man who inspired welcome back to "the lead." the moving and tragically real time for our national lead. as you can see in front of me, i story behind the song "i drive your truck." had a bit of a craving during the commercial break for some artificial transfats. yes, i will admit it, my good afternoon, everyone. weakness is partially welcome to "the lad." i'm jake tapper. today we are going to begin with hydrogenated oil used in many of my and your favorite foods, to the money lead. a million dollars isn't cool. lengthen shelf life and help you know what's cool? preserve its oh, so processed a billion dollars, to borrow a flavor. but the food and drug phrase. in the year since the popularity of twitter exploded and changed administration today took its first step in depriving us of everything from the way we get our right to indulge, announcing our news to the way celebrities that transfats do not meet the feud, one question has been requirement of being quote, asked over and over. generally recognized as safe. can a social media service that the fda is now taking allows anyone to post anything, preliminary steps to remove most no matter how brilliant, no transfats from the food supply. matter how inane, in 140 but we should note that process characters or less, can it d take years and the food actually make money? processing lobby spent $28 million this year alone. the answer, at least for so the big question, of course, investors today, a resounding is banning transfats a good yes. twitter just finished its first idea, or should the focus really day of trading, immediately be on educating americans on leaping over its initial public healthy eating options and offering price of $26 per share letting them have a choice? as soon as it opened, this let's bring in a local chef that despite the fact that twitter you may recoize.
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has never actually turned a mike isabella appeared on season profit. the company's revenue is growing, but the company has reinvested much of it. six of "top chef" and "top chef alison kosik is live on the floor of the new york stock all-stars." he supports a potential ban on exchange. hash tag, hi. how much did twitter make today? >> considering twitter was tra transfats. in new york, we have josh trading anywhere between $44 and barrow, who opposes the $50 today, that means twitter is government imposing this ban. do you use transfats when you worth about $25 billion. cook? >> i do not. not too bad, huh, considering in all of my restaurants, i this company, as you said, has yet to turn a profit. don't use it at all. we work with farmers, do local in fact, it lost $134 million just this year. sourcing, work with seasonality. we haven't used it ever. look where it closed today. we make everything from scratch, it closed at $44.92 so just everything fresh, and even if we before the closing bell today, wanted to preserve stuff, we do just a couple minutes ago, it more of a classic style, was starting to lose steam. preserving, pickling, smoking, not sure if that's ominous but curing. but no, we don't use it at all. one trader questioning, you i'm definitely not planning on know, how sustainable this kind ever using it. of price is considering it was a >> but of course, you are a chef huge jump from the original ipo at some fancy restaurants in which food is fed immediately. price of $26, which the these transfats can help preserve food on the shelf. institutional investors got. you see these things are all in the regular investors got it for boxes, they're not fresh plates. about $45. now, this was a huge day for
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twitter. so why would you not support a it made its public debut right here at this trading post, right ban? >> i also have a fast casual here along twitter row, the blue restaurant, a sandwich shop, and we have cakes and things like that. blocks were placed right along here along the floor here at the sugar is also a natural new york stock exchange. there was a lot of excitement. preservative, butter is a fat, a there were crowds here. natural preservative. sure, the crowds have thinned a lot of that stuff we're using and now the big question is can in the foods is natural twitter keep up this momentum. preservatives that will keep the products longer. if you know how to work with it and use it, you don't need to jake? >> alison kosik, hash tag use something synthetic that's thanks. compared to some of the older not really even food. other companies trading with >> not necessary is what you're similar pricing like macy's and saying. >> no. best buy, twitter is a baby. not necessary. >> when things are deemed excuse me, a hatchling. unsafe, it doesn't seem unreasonable to ban them, the company's seven years old, especially when children may be choosing certain foods when founded in 2006. their parents aren't around, since then, there has been enough behind the scenes back there is this obesity epidemic stabbing at the company, in this country. why do you oppose the ban? particularly with the founders, to fill an entire season of >> i just think generally the government shouldn't tell people "days of our lives." what they can and can't eat. there are all sorts of lifestyle it's here in our latest lead read, hatching twitter. choices people make that are a true story of money, power, unsafe. eating 4500 calories a day isn't friendship and betrayal. safe and smoking and drinking the author, nick belton, joins too much aren't safe. me now from new york city. i think the government generally takes the right approach to nick, nice timing, my friend. those sorts of things which is nice timing on the publishing of that we do things to discourage this book. people from smoking or drinking >> hash tag hi, jake. too much, but we say if adults >> let's start with twitter's
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want to make these informed ipo. you said you think the company decisions they're allowed to. that's why the fda has required is actually undervalued. since 2006 that foods be labeled as to their content of why do you think that? >> i said that when they were artificial transfat and that's going public today at 26. been working. consumption is down about 80% i think at 44, 45, whatever it over that period. so consumers have been making closed at, that's a pretty big informed healthier choices. number. i don't know where it's going to go from there. i think informing them has been but it was amazing. i think what's really working. we don't need the government to actually come in and tell people fascinating to me is some of they're not allowed toe eat these founders i wrote about in the book, the end of the book, i certain things. say they are going to be worth >> josh, do you think this hundreds of millions or a discriminates against poor billion dollars and they people in some ways? >> well, i think there is a cost actually doubled their worth today, some of them that were element to any time you impose food regulations and i think a worth a billion are now worth two billion. >> these four men who were there at the beginning of twitter, who lot of the -- no offense to mike -- but a lot of the restaurant owners perspective on you profile in your book, not this is coming from a higher end place where these marginal only a rocky start at the launch increases to food costs don't of twitter but things really got matter so much. nasty between the friends when i do think, you know, the food it came to figuring out who was the best person to run the company. cost increases might not be that big but i think we should tread >> exactly. lightly about imposing new so the story is, you know, there's these four founders, regulations that add increased these guys that came from all cost, especially when we're over america, evan williams grew seeing free consumer choice is working to move people toward better choices in this area. up in a farm in nebraska, like a >> mike, i assume that you have town of 250, 260 people. the most healthily developed
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biz stone grew up on welfare. noah glass was born in a palate in this building and possibly this zip code right commune. they all went to san francisco now. what is the taste differential to silicon valley in search of between a transfat, you and i what we call the modern day dream, tech money, and they came were looking when they were bringing these out. together and were four very close friends, and they white castle, that's good accidentally built twitter, and eating. >> it is delicious. as a result, completely tore it's also delicious after a their friendship as part. couple drinks but if i'm working some of them ended up as with a product, it's just as billionaires as we saw today and some of them ended up with easy to make something just as tasty to get, you know, ground actually next to nothing. >> what you write and capture beef from the store, a piece of really well in the book is one cheese, some onions and bread of the things, is the and you will have the same frustration that ev williams in thing. it's really saving you some particular felt about jack dorsey talking to the press, time, a couple of pennies here making it sound as if he was the and there but it's not like sole inventor of twitter. something major where this tastes so much better than what i interviewed dorsey back in you can make at home. march. here's what he told me about the it's really more about time and start of twitter. products. transfat doesn't make things taste better. it's really something that i >> i moved here in 2000, i wouldn't use. >> josh, we have seen this realized i had this beautiful picture of the city, i could see movement away from transfat. like these swarms to the met mcdonald's says it no longer uses transfats in its fried when there was a show in taxi cabs, where i could see food. new york city of course has a ban on artificial transfats in emergencies happen in real-time restaurants. if there's success in new york
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but i was missing the people. and it's healthier for people, where were the people, what were why not move it to a national they doing, where were they level? >> well, again, just because i going. that's where the idea came from. what if you could, anywhere you think the market is working this out on its own. i grant that part of what has are, just send out what you're moved restaurants like doing, where you are, where mcdonald's in that direction is you're going, and anyone can the fact you had the new york ban. they had to make these changes receive it. >> so that's the kind of in new york city and a lot of language i think that probably cases they said well, it's not that difficult for us to make infuriates some of his this move, let's make it co-founders. who invented twitter? nationally. but it looks like there are >> well, it certainly wasn't certain products, microwave just jack dorsey alone. it was everyone that was in the popcorn, for example, where room at the time. transfats seem to be actually, there were 12 people that worked you know, a significant at this company, a podcasting advantage in those products and company that created twitter, that's why they're persisting there even when we've seen this but the real genesis came from overall big reduction in transfats. so i think, you know, in a lot dorsey and glass. of cases it's not that hard to they were drunk, they had been out drinking and dancing which not use transfats and i think the market has been pushing was a typical affair in your people in that direction with an late 20s out in san francisco. assist from new york. but it's still a very heavy noah glass was going through a handed thing to have the fda come down and basically say really terrible divorce and he -- and his company was everywhere, no artificial failing, and he was talking to transfats. >> mike, final word. jack, and jack had this idea of i just want to basically sum up the status update, where you your position. as a chef, you're saying you could update your status and your friends would be able to don't need transfats, they don't see what you were doing. it was very simple, very simplistic. and people had heard it, there taste better, and there's were similar things out there, absolutely no reason for it and noah had this realization
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other than for cost and it's not even worth the cost when you being how lonely he was with his consider the health effects. divorce and everything that if >> yeah, that and also it does preserve it. you could use it to connect to it can sit on the shelf a lot people and feel quote unquote, longer and it's really the big less alone, that you would companies that are going to have actually be able to use the to make the change on this, service in a completely different way, then once you because they're the ones that are using the transfats. brought in williams and stone, all the smaller companies and who had pioneered blogging, it businesses aren't really using took on this entirely different it. if they can continue to work the same way we are, i think all the life form and together, the four of them and the other people prices of butter and things like that worked there created what that will come down and it it is today. should make it hopefully all the >> so we only have about 45 prices are around the same and you are getting a better product. seconds left. i guess my basic question for >> thank you both so much. good debate. you, how are they going to make we appreciate it. coming up on "the lead," rob money, for all these people ford is hoping to put his troubles behind him but that might be a little harder now. investing, have hopes that a new video just surfaced of the twitter is going to be able to mayor in what appears to be an actually deliver profits, how are they going to be able to do that? impaired state. >> the company can be profitable we'll have that just ahead. today. they have acquired dozens and dozens of companies. plus netflix's new deal with they are now to 2,000 employees a comic book titan. which super heroes will be and this year, they will make coming to a television near you? how much protein about $640 million in revenue. next year it will over $1 billion. they are making money. they are just choosing rather than to say they are going to be profitable to actually reinvest that money within the company. i think that that's going to continue to happen. this public offering, they were
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originally supposed to raise over $1 billion. it's now gone over $2 billion. that's going to go to expanding internationally, hiring new employees and continuing to get it to that point where they are a profitable company. >> all right. the new book, "hatching twitter." thank you so much. good luck with the book. coming up next, it's what makes some of our foods taste so good and last so long but soon, that one little ingredient could be illegal. does that mean the end of your favorite snack? plus, the hits keep coming for toronto mayor rob ford. a new video, no, not that video, but a new one has surfaced of the mayor enraged talking about does your dog food have? 18 percent? murdering someone and it might 20? just make the next great youtube new purina one true instinct has 30. remix. that's ahead. ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪ active dogs crave nutrient-dense food. ♪ hooking up the country helping business run ♪ so we made purina one true instinct. learn more at ♪ trains! they haul everything, safely and on time. ♪ tracks! they connect the factories built along the lines. and that means jobs, lots of people, making lots and lots of things. let's get your business rolling now, everybody sing. ♪ norfolk southern what's your function? ♪
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in the philippines. how big and how devastating is this typhoon expected to be? >> reporter: well, residents are certainly used to extreme weather, jake. they get 20, 24 storms every year.gstthose, there are usually category 5. but this one is something different, at least that's what the weather forecasters have been saying on the local networks here andlso come he as well.orm chasers have it's just about 5:30 in the morning here and the wind has just started in the last 30 minutes or so to pick up significantly. quite strong gusts nowut nothing compared with what we are expecting. expecting landfall in about two and a half hours, gusting, the latest reports say, between 270 and 300 kilometers an hour. that's almost 200 miles an hour, jake. gives you an idea of just how big this storm is. it's been eerily quiet so far which has allowed preparations to be completed, what preparations they can make.
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the philippines is very used to this so thousands have been evacuated but as we flew in, last night, all along the coastline you can see lines of shanties and you wonder how many people have actually moved up. thousands, the officials say, but we are talking in this region alone, perhaps 1.5 million people in the path of the storm. >> beyond evacuation, how are people preparing for this? as you point out, it doesn't sound as though there really are enough hardcore structures for people to be able to survive if they don't evacuate. >> reporter: it's interesting, we had a look at half past three this morning at the main relief center which is a basketball stadium in the middle of town. only 5,000 people there, considering this storm is only a few hours away, you would have expected a lot more. they do say more will come in but it does suggest that most people, as i said, they are used to extreme weather. they don't want to leave their
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welcome back to "the lead." time now for the politics lead. some would call it a heavy-handed pun. others, a fat shaming cheap shot but no one would call it subtle. this is the new cover of "time" magazine which is owned by our parent company, time warner. it features chris christie, new jersey's governor, who has
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battle weight issues along with the headline "elephant in the room." it's funny because he's battling a serious weight problem. let's bring in our panel. michael crowley, cnn political commentator hillary rosen and senior editor for the national review, ramesh. you did not write the cover, i do not blame you for the cover -- >> nothing to blame. >> well, defend it. we are trying to teach people, kids especially, don't bully, don't make fun of how people look, and this is rude. >> well, look, figuratively speaking it's very true. the 2016 race that's going to form around christie, he's the elephant in the room in the race. is he going to run and the other candidates will be anti-christies in various ways. fundamentally, that's what the cover's about. there is a literal element to it and i would just point out that governor christie himself has poked fun at himself. he pulled out a doughnut on david letterman and i think that
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his weight is part of who he is and his political persona. basically this is a story about how he is a huge political player in the republican party right now and will decide the early contours of the 2016 race. that's what the story is about. >> i'm sure it's a fantastic story but we're not talking about the story. it's the cover. >> actually, the elephant in the room means the person who nobody talks about. certainly everybody's talking about chris christie. even the analogy doesn't work. look, i feel for chris christie here. i'm sure he is -- you spent the day with him -- it is constantly talked about. everybody asks him about it. he lives with it and i assure you as somebody who struggles with weight myself, i'm sure a day doesn't go by where he doesn't find his own reminders of it. but you know, for the media to kind of take it and exploit it that way is just kind of -- i agree. it's just rude. >> he has this historic win, wins 60% in a blue state. obama won by 18 points. he actually won by more than 18 points, he won by 22 points.
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he wins the latino vote, the women's vote running against a female. "time" magazine comes out, you're fat. >> there's a lot to criticize him for, believe me. >> i think there's a literal component but there's more to it than that. >> i read the article. it's a good article. it doesn't go into is his weight something that should weigh on voters' minds, so to speak, is it something that's going to be a problem. it doesn't discuss that. the only time it comes up in this cheap shot on the cover. >> i'm glad you pointed out that's not what the story is about. the story is about how he is so important to the republican party right now, the direction it decides to take, is it more of a centrist moderate tack or more of a tea party tack and how the 2016 presidential race will be defined around him, and in that sense, he -- >> let's get meta for a second. if whoever is in charge of the cover, if they hadn't done that, we might be talking about the great story in "time" magazine about governor christie. >> probably not. we probably wouldn't be.
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not to say you wouldn't be here but on the other hand, you didn't write the story. it was an attempt to get buzz and generate conversation about "time" magazine and it did so, making the construction like it's worth it, we'll take some raps for fat shaming. is that a fair analysis? >> i'm not sure -- look, i'm not sure that's right. i think that the point that the cover makes is an accurate one, that this is the guy who is figuratively, it is also literally true the biggest player in the room and in the republican party right now, and i just think that's a true way -- >> i'm putting you in a tough spot. >> they thought they were being high-minded by not using 800 pound gorilla. yesterday the president met with 15 democratic senators who are up for re-election to talk about the dismal rollout of obama care. on the list, mary landrieu of louisiana, already the target of this political ad. >> she sided with barack obama. >> if i had to vote for the bill
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again, i would vote for it tomorrow. >> they already put their political careers on the line to get this bill passed. many in the house were not re-elected. how big a price will we see when it comes to senate elections next year? >> it's a little too early to say there's going to be fallout but i think these senators are putting the administration on notice that unless, you know, the administration can actually keep its promises that it's made to have this thing fixed by the end of the year, that they are going to be calling for an extension and they may even pass it over some objections and see where that goes. you know, so far, the senators i talked to still have the administration's back, still have kathleen sebelius' back. i think they just want to know that on this next round, their concerns have been heard and the problems get fixed. >> well, i think that if you're a democrat who is up for election in 2014 and you're not concerned about how this is going, you don't have your head screwed on right. i think there is a lot of nervousness on the hill and a lot of gleeful anticipation of
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this among republicans, and i think also, although there has been a lot of debate as to how much of a factor this was in virginia, a lot of people, even on the democratic side, have sneaking suspicion that this helped make that a close race. >> you think so? what's your take on this? do you think this had an effect in virginia, i think there's a lot of debate about that, and do you think this really could cause mary landrieu or any of these republicans -- i'm sorry, any of these democrats in purple maybe red-leaning states or maybe solid red states, to lose their jobs? >> i do, and there are a lot of them. i think the biggest problem, the substance of this is terrible but it also changed the subject, right. so the democrats had this wonderful story line where the republican party was threatening to tank the economy with the shutdown and they were all fighting with one another, and some of these tea party figures were saying things that were far outside the political mainstream, and that conversation just screeched to a halt. now these poor democrats who really didn't have much to do with the actual implementation
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of the plan suddenly are finding themselves in the hot seat for things that, you know, have to do with technology problems that were managed out of the federal bureaucracy far from their day to day lives and their offices. >> it's not just that, not just the technology. we are talking also about individuals who are losing their health plan despite president obama's -- i think we moved on from the website in some ways. >> but they intersect in such a damaging way because you've got these people whose current insurance plans are being canceled who are going to have to get new insurance and will be fined if they can't because the websites aren't working. >> that's what really is unfortunate about this. there are a lot of people who support obama care, who want to sign up for these plans, and because of the problems with the website, they're not able to right now. >> i think we're a long way from this, you know, being that kind of crisis. >> we're not there yet. no, no. >> deadline's in a couple weeks. >> you said end of the year. they actually said end of november was what they originally said. we'll see. thanks so much. great to see all of you. coming up next in the pop
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>> i'm going to wind up with hemorrhoids. ♪ if i sit here til dawn >> on a more serious moment, especially for an underappreciated community, gold star families, those who have lost a loved one in combat, was the announcement of the winner of song of the year. "i drive your truck." it's a song about the longing one man, paul monte, has for his son, jared. a medal of honor recipient who was called inkill in 2006 in af. once you meet paul, it will have a powerful impact on you, too. >> i drive your truck! >> the cma song of the year has a simple name but it's the deep emotion, the inconceivable feeling of loss behind the song "i drive your truck" that helped earn it the honor.
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>> thank you so much, jared, for what you did for this country. >> jared monte, an army sergeant first class who was killed in afghanistan while trying to save a fellow soldier. the song is about the absence of jared, really, the deep longing for him felt by his father, paul. >> very humble kid. very hard-working kid. extremely adventurous kid. there was no hill too high, no tree too tall for jared. >> reporter: in 2011, paul told a reporter with boston public radio about his operation flags for vets. his mission to place american flags on the graves of service members on memorial day. >> i think i have this right. do you still drive jared's truck? >> yes, i do. i love driving it because it reminds me of him, though i don't need the truck to remind me of him. i think about him every hour of every day. >> it just so happened there was a songwriter from nashville who was going home from work. she turned on npr radio and
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heard the interview, and it struck her immediately. >> reporter: today, we caught up with paul in brockton, massachusetts, where he's still living out his son's message of strength and duty and yes, still driving jared's black dodge ram pickup. he was pleased to hear about the award. >> it was very uplifting. it was a song that's touched the hearts of gold star families throughout the country as well as other families that have lost their child. it's fitting that we have something out there that honors them, that they can hold on to. >> reporter: jared monte was killed trying to save a fellow soldier during an intense firefight with as many as 50 insurgents on hill 2610 in a remote area of afghanistan in 2006. when one of the soldiers, brian bradberry, was severely wounded and pinned down under a barrage of gunfire, jared tried to reach him three times. on his last attempt, he was hit
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by an rpg. he was later awarded the medal of honor, posthumously. >> they say his final words on that ridge far from home were of his faith and his family. i've made peace with god. tell my family that i love them. >> reporter: working with two other songwriters, connie harrington found inspiration in paul's words from that 2011 radio interview, and after lee bryce recorded the song, it hit number one on billboard's country air play chart. but paul monte had no idea. sheryl lee patrick, the mother of one of the four soldiers killed on the hill that day, sent the song to paul. she, too, drives her late son patrick's truck. but neither had any idea paul was the song's inspiration. >> it was only after the song reached number one two years later, really, that i contacted with connie harrington and the
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songwriters. >> jared's truck gets bad mileage. it doesn't matter to paul. >> i'm alone in the truck with him. it's just -- it's a very special peaceful feeling. >> reporter: that peace is hard to come by. >> people tell you time heals all. well, in this case, it doesn't. losing a parent is one thing. that's your past. but losing a child, you've lost your future. you don't have those grandkids to look forward to and those special days of going to the ballpark together or going fishing. all of that that you envisioned is gone. >> reporter: paul says his hope is that those who enjoy the song learn what a gold star family is and what those families go through. listeners have to learn, he says, that freedom is not free. it's all paid for with the blood of our young men and women. a new series from the minds at marvel will be streaming to a netflix account near you. the company plans to develop
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welcome back to "the lead." it's really a mind-boggling thing being able to split the smallest building block of the universe to unleash the greatest power known to man. over the past several decades, nuclear power has posed the greatest threat to human life and also provided a commercially viable clean source of energy for millions. clean if you don't count the lethal toxic waste that will be
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around for whatever replaces us on this planet. cnn's drew griffin is exploring the risks and rewards of nuclear power. take a look. >> reporter: the odds are very good you live not far from nuclear waste, sitting slowly decaying in temporary concrete casks like these. the odds are also very good you have been paying to get rid of it, in a small fee added every month to your electricity bill. but despite more than $37 billion collected so far by the federal government, to maintain, store and secure the nation's nuclear waste, it has not happened and here it sits. >> we've got 32 fuel assemblies that are stored in each one of these cannisters. >> reporter: jerry bishoff runs the dominion nuclear power plant in virginia which means he also runs the temporary storage site for the plant's spent nuclear fuel. you are looking at 15 years' worth of that waste. temporarily stored on site,
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waiting for the federal government to decide where to put it. >> that's right. the federal government was supposed to take possession of spent fuel from commercial nuclear facilities and it's been a struggle over the years to find the correct site, then yucca mountain was developed, a lot of money was invested but that facility right now, the licensing of that facility has been suspended. >> reporter: yucca mountain is the $10 billion nuclear waste repository that congress first started back in 1982, passed again in 1987 and again in 2002. >> yucca mountain is the most fellow thoroughly researched site -- >> reporter: to become the one place where all this waste would go. so why isn't it open? no one really wants a nuclear waste dump in their state. and powerful u.s. senator harry reid promised his state's voters he would personally shut it down. despite yucca mountain being the law of the land, that is exactly
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what harry reid managed to do. reid wouldn't comment for this story, but gregory yatzko did. he is reid's controversial hand-picked former chairman of the nuclear regulatory commission. he oversaw the defunding of yucca mountain. >> it simply was a project that was going nowhere, and is now dead, so it was never going -- >> you say it was going nowhere and now dead. it's going nowhere and now dead because of you and precisely because of senator reid not funding it. >> well, at the end of the day -- >> isn't that the end of the day? he didn't want it. he wanted to get re-elected. nevada politics said as much, and at the end of the day, this law, i mean, it was defunded. >> ultimately, yucca mountain was a failed public policy experiment. so as we go forward to look at this nuclear waste problem, we
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have to do it in a way that gets the buy-in from the communities or we will be in the same place that we were with yucca mountain which is a site will never get built. >> reporter: so instead of one nuclear waste site out in the middle of the nevada desert, there are dozens and dozens of them just like this scattered across the country. is it safe? yes, for now. but bob alvarez, an anti-nuclear activist and former senior policy advisor at the department of energy, says don't wait too long. >> they've become major radioactive waste management operations and are not being treated as such. and we have to come to terms with that and have a national policy to have this stuff safely stored and not in so-called interim jerry-rigged storage systems. >> reporter: that's the real problem. we still have the waste. it isn't going anywhere, just sitting. what was temporary, now for years, waiting for yucca mountain to open or waiting for
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another yucca mountain to be found. drew griffin, cnn, washington. this evening on cnn, a special report, "pandora's promise" a look at the future of nuclear energy that airs at 9:00 eastern only on cnn. we are getting a look at toronto mayor rob ford. it's not the one that purportedly shows him smoking crack cocaine. ford admitted on tuesday he has tried crack, probably, quote, in a drunken stupor. this new video was shot in his living room which is apparently not in a van down by the river as you may have assumed. it would leave ford red-faced were he not permanently red-faced to begin with and seemingly incapable of experiencing shame. listen to his rant. >> you've never seen me [ bleep ]. [ bleep ] i will [ bleep ]. i need ten minutes, make sure he's dead.
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>> no one's going to [ bleep ] around with me. >> the mayor of toronto, ladies and gentlemen. not clear who he's so mad at there. ford did address the tape, telling reporters while it is extremely embarrassing, he doesn't have a problem with everyone seeing it and says quote, obviously i was extremely, extremely inebriated. obviously. pakistan's taliban has a new leader. they needed one because the last guy was killed last week in a drone strike. the new leader could be linked to an attack that made headlines around the world this year. remember malala? she was shot in the head on the way home from school because she dared speak out in favor of education for girls. the new pakistani taliban leader is the man believed to have planned that attack. military officials in pakistan believe he's in afghanistan ordering attacks from there. malala survived the attack and has become a champion for girls education. you might want to check your homeowners insurance policy and see whether you have asteroid coverage. there are way more flying around than we knew about before. remember this insane video of asteroids raining down over russia in february?
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more than a thousand people were hurt. an analysis from that explosion shows that impacts like this happen an estimated seven times more than scientists originally thought. we are talking about as many as 20 million asteroids, about 60 feet wide, near us. scientists are only tracking a few thousand of them. sleep tight, america. check out our show page at for video blogs and extras. i turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." thanks for watching. wolf? happening now, a massive storm, one of the most intense in recorded history, strikes with catastrophic force in an area where hundreds of thousands of people are very vulnerable. we'll have an update. steps to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease. your popcorn and doughnuts may not be quite the same. and the nfl hall of famer tony dorsett says this hit was like a freight train hitting a volkswagen. now decades after getting
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pounded on the football field, he's been diagnosed with signs of a brain disease and is struggling with some of the routines of daily life. tony dorsett opens up in my one-on-one interview coming up this hour. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."
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