his program, aptly named "wolf" starts right now. his program, aptly named "wolf" -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com right now, new mystery surrounding papers from bill clinic ton's presscy. what's behind the delay and what's in nose papers? also right now, the vladimir putin ups the ante, calling for surprise military exercises near the ukrainian border. what message is he trying to send? and right now, tying benefits for american military veterans to sanctions on iran. it's part of the latest maneuvering going on in congress and making some lawmakers, including bernie sanders, boiling mad. hello, i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we begin with a political paper chase that could cause some problems for hillary clinton. more than 30,000 pages of confidential documents from the
bill clinton presidency should have been made public a year ago. but they are still under lock and key. that's according to the website, politico. some but not all of the papers may soon be released, and that could cause some problems for hillary clinton if she runs for president in 2016. our senior political analyst, ron brownstein, joining us now from culver city, out in the california. ron, give us an idea of what kind of documents we're talking about, what this potentially could mean if hillary clinton runs for president. >> reporter: hi, wolf. first of all, substantively, i have written books using the presidential libraries and the general trend over time is to longer delay and narrow disclosure. fdr library, lbj library, huge trove material, part of a long standing trend. we don't know what are in the
documents. many confidential advice within the white house. i think politically, this really plays into the broader issue, which is that obviously one of the fulcrum points of the hillary clinton campaign in 2016, if there is one, whether she can keep it focused on the future, and whether she is dragged back into fighting polarizing disputes of the '90s. >> and that's going to be a big issue. as you know, by law, the papers can be withheld from the public for about 12 years after a president leaves office. that means the documents could have been released a year ago. so what's the delay? why make them public? >> well, you know, as i said, i think the general trend has been toward more kind of disputes between the former presidents and the archives, national archives, which manages these. this is a broad problem for scholars, i think, in terms of access to presidential papers. but i think there is a little bit of a mystery of exactly what is held up the release of these
specific papers, you know. and we're going oh to obviously learn more as it appears that a big chunk of them will be released shortly. whether they have anything in them that is going to change the way people view hillary clinton, view the 1990s, the verdict on that has been extremely thought out to an extreme degree, not only contemporaneously. i'm dubious of that, but we'll see when the papers are released. >> hillary clinton giving two speeches in florida today. the first related to health care. the second at the university of miami where bill clinton's former health and human services secretary has been the president. so does hillary clinton seem to be setting the stage for a white house run, based on all of her activities right now? what's your sense? >> short answer is yes. i think everything points in that direction. the democratic party is certainly anticipating that she will be running, and, you know, she is an enormously strong position as the nominee to win the nomination. and as the nominee, is in
position to benefit from the demographic trends lifting democrats for the last quarter century. but the problem -- clearly one of the major challenges she will face is what we talked about earlier, which is can she keep this forward-looking, or is it going to be kind of -- should be drawn back into a rehash of the controversy of the '90s. we should point out, wolf, the assessment of the clinton presidency has improved in comparison to what's come after. we have had enormous economic growth, the biggest gains in reducing poverty. all of those numbers that look even better now after a decade in which the immediate income is lower today than it was when bill clinton left office. so she has -- the story of the 1990s is not one only of challenge for her. it is in many ways a more positive backdrop than on the day when clinton left office. >> she may want to look back to the eight years when he was president, because the economy was booming in those years. and the economy after all is issue number one in a presidential race. unless the country happens to be at war. ron brownstein, thanks very much for joining us.
we could find out today whether t the arizona governor, jan brewer, plans to veto a controversial bill that would allow businesses to refuse services to gays and lesbians. supporters say the measure protects business owners from doing work that violates their religious convictions. critics say it targets the lgbt community. they are planning an all-night demonstration tonight in phoenix. the governor has until saturday to veto the measure. she only says she will, quote, do the right thing for this state of arizona. similar religious freedom measures, by the way, limiting gay and lesbian rights proposed in a dozen other states. bills are pending in about half of them, including georgia and missouri, and the remaining half lawmakers have either shelved the bills or rejected them outright. more on this story coming up. the russian president, vladimir putin, flexing his military muscles, ordering military exercises in an area bordering ukraine.
the surprise move comes amid high tensions with the west over the former soviet republic and the weekend ouster of its president who had recently aligned himself with moscow. phil black joining us from the ukrainian capital of kiev right now. phil, what to we know, first of all, about these unyou scheduled, shall i say, russian military exercises? >> reporter: well, wolf, russian president vladimir putin has issued an order mobilizing units in the central and western military districts of russia to conduct combat readiness tests. it's not the first time he has done this in other part of the country he doesn't mention ukraine specifically. but both the timing and the geography, which seem to be a little suspicious, certainly. here in ukraine, the defense ministry is not commenting on this russian announcement. u.s. officials suspect there's nothing too offensive about it at this stage and this could, in fact, be intended to impress a
domestic russian political audience, wolf. >> and what do you know about the latest confrontations that seem to be flaring in southern ukraine right now? >> reporter: yes, so this is the south of the country, and in a region known as the crimere. the russian government has a big lease on a naval facility there. its black sea fleet. a big chunk of the population see themselves as ethnically russian. today a flashpoint between thousands of people screaming krimere is part of russia, another outside the parliamentary building saying it's part of ukraine. it looked for a while like it could have been the potentially violent flashpoint between pro ukrainian-pro russian groups that people have been fearing. a lot of pushing and shoving. very rowdy. one person died at the scene, although it's not clear how. eventually some local political leaders told everyone to come out, calm down, and go home. and for the moment, things there are now calm, wolf.
>> yeah, but that calm is uncertain. it's a very, very delicate calm. what happens in ukraine is unclear right now. phil black in kiev, thank you. turning now to venezuela, also in the grip of political turmoil, the middle class joining students to fight the government. nicholas maduro. some piling up furniture and whatever else they can find to keep government forces out of their protest sites. people have been fed up over the violent crime, the shortages of basic food and the soaring inflation. we're going to have a live report from caracas later this hour. coming up next, obamacare reaching another milestone. will the increase in sign-ups quiet republican critics? our own gloria borger is here, standing by to weigh in. and later, what do iran's sanctions have to do with increased benefits for u.s. military veterans? one lawmaker says nothing. that's why he's upset. we'll speak live this hour with
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pollsters or meteorologists. >> the only two professions in america where you keep getting paid, even when you're always wrong, affect my life every day. pollsters and weathermen. me don't ever have to have it right and they come back the next day and sound just as author at a timive as they used to. et cetera crazy. but hopefully getting to the end of february this week and hopefully that will mean we stop this insane winter we've had. >> the governor also spoke about his own political future. >> i'm in my second term now. according to our constitution, that means i can't run for governor again. i could tell you something. that's really good news for you. it's really good news for you. and here's why.
i'm not worried about politics anymore, everybody. this is it. i'm on the back nine. and when you're on the back nine, and you don't have to worry about playing another front nine, your only obligation is to tell people the truth. >> christie has denied any role in the scandal affecting his administration, a committee is investigating whether traffic gridlock last september was political payback against the christie opponent. the number of people signing up for obamacare reaching another milestone. the administration saying 700,000 people have enrolled so far this month. that brings the total to 4 million with just under five weeks ago until the march 31st deadline. the deadline for getting insurance coverage this year. let's bring in our chief political analyst, gloria borger. before we talk about that, the comments from christie seem to be indicating, you know what, he's not only can't run for re-election in new jersey, but maybe he's giving up his hope for running for the republican presidential nomination. >> it was a little ambiguous,
wolf, because he was talking about the fact -- saying to his audience, you're lucky, because i can't run again, i'm on the back nine. was he referring just to new jersey? or is he becoming a little wistful about another tournament to overuse the metaphor? is he talking about -- >> he said it's really good news for you, and here's why. i'm not worried about politics anymore. >> right. now, is he saying that about new jersey? or is he saying that about a future presidential bid? i think it's -- at this point, highly unlikely that christie is saying, you know, forget the presidency. that's over. but i do think he's probably taken so many hit that he's given it a lot more thought than he might have thought he would have given at this point. >> let's talk about obamacare right now. it looks like some relatively good news for the white house. 4 million people have now signed up for -- originally they wanted 7 million by the end of march. >> then 6, then 5. >> another five weeks to go. we'll see how many sign up,
maybe another million or two. so at least millions of people are signing up. >> right. and, you know, look, i spoke with a senior administration official about this. and they're now downplaying expectations, of course. and they say, you know, those weren't our numbers. those were the congressional budget office numbers. but they are saying this is good news. they're not jumping up and down, because they're afraid to do that, wolf. they're saying this is good news. what's good for them is that younger people are now starting to enroll. in the month of january, younger enrollment grew by 65%. so what they first expected, once they got the kinks out of the system, older, sicker people would enroll first. and then would come the younger people. one of the reasons you see mrs. obama out, the president out, joe biden out on lots of talk shows is that they're trying to convince younger people that they've got to sign up, because you do have this march 31st deadline coming up. so they're guardedly optimistic
about this. but, you know, they're under no illusions this is going to stop the controversy, because it's still not a popular program. >> and they have five weeks to get a lot more young -- whether it's 5 million or 6 million or 7 million, what's real key, a certain percentage are healthy, young people who are buying insurance to help pay in the offset, the older people who need the insurance more and will be more expensive. >> and the big question is, when you look at that balance, how do the insurance companies rate it for their premiums for next year? so how does this enrollment track with the expectations that the insurance companies actually had? because what everyone want to avoid is sticker shock for your next year's insurance. and if it's not the right mix, people could get a lot of sticker shock. so that's the big question that's out there. and it still remains unanswered. >> gloria borger, thanks. i'm going to do some more checking and get some clarification from governor
christie. he says he's done with politics, does he mean only in new jersey or nationally? >> or are there 16 more holes? >> let's see what else is going to happen. all right, gloria, thank you. up next, why the push for new sanctions against iran could affect a plan to expand u.s. military veterans' benefits. we're going to talk live with the senator fighting that over the efforts to link these two issues. ber bernie sanders standing by live. and no let-up in venezuela. political turmoil spreading, as security forces continue to spread themselves. we'll have a live report. that's coming up.
built it to expand health education and other benefits for veterans has easily cleared a senate hurdle, but the fate of the bill uncertain right now and one reason is an alternate proposal that includes new sanctions against iran, in addition to the extended benefits for u.s. military veterans. senator bernie sanders, independent senator from vermont, is crying foul over this move. he's joining us live from capitol hill. senator, thanks very much for coming in. >> my pleasure. >> so what's going on here? because americans are confused. i think almost everyone wants to see military veterans get better health and education benefits. what's the connection between a veteran's benefits bill and increasing sanctions towards iran? >> well, that is a great question, and i think you're going to have to ask the republican leadership that question. the fact of the matter is, we have introduced with strong bipartisan support, wolf, the most comprehensive veterans' legislation introduced in
decades. it's going to make sure that veterans who, for example, because of war wounds are unable to have children, we're going to help them do that. we're going to help vietnam era veterans families who are taking care of the disabled vets get some support. we're going to naked occasion easier for a lot of iraq and afghanistan veterans. we're going to deal with some situations such that when the government was shut down, we almost -- we're not sending out checks to disabled vets. we're going to deal with that. we're going to provide dental care to veterans. this is supported by the american legion, disabled american veterans, vietnam veterans of america, iraq and afghanistan veterans of america. virtually, every veteran's organization in the country understands that the cost of war is real, and we have got to support those people who have put their lives on the line defending this country. and i think there is a wide
support across the country for this bill. and i frankly think there is a lot of support in the senate for this bill. and now what is happening for the same old stupid partisan reasons, the republican leadership says, well, we want to attach to this bill iran sanctions. and they know that this is something the president doesn't want. they know it's something that the secretary of state doesn't want at this point. they know that the democratic leadership doesn't want it. and it's a means to torpedo what is such an important piece of legislation for millions of our veterans. and i really get very upset. i was pleased to see that groups like the american legion, just came out, just a little while ago. they say, let's debate veterans issues. >> as you know, senator, you and i have been around washington for a long time. one of the reasons outsiders really don't like washington, is because they get a piece of legislation, they throw all sorts of totally unrelated issues into that legislation. this is sort of standard
operating procedure that's been going on in washington for as long as i remember. >> the answer is yes and no. it is certainly what makes people so disgusted with what goez on in washington and the average american says you want to vote for it, vote for it. you want to vote against it, vote against it. you have amendments, bring them forth. what does iran sanctions have to do with the veterans' bill and it has nothing to do with the veterans' bill. that's the simple truth. what i hope very much is in this extremely partisan environment the fact that we have a congress that is virtually dysfunctional. i would hope that on this issue of supporting those people who sacrifice so much for their country, supporting their families that we could for this moment, at least, rise above this absurd level of partisanship. and i hope that we will. i hope we can get some republican support for the bill. >> one final question, senator.
assuming the iran sanctions part is stripped out and not part of the bill, there are some oh who are worried about the cost of these expanded benefits for u.s. military veterans, health benefits, education benefits, social service benefits, all sorts of other benefits. and they say the country can't afford that right now. to which your reply is? >> if you can't afford to take care of your veterans, don't go to war. these people are bearing the brunt of what war is about. we have a moral obligation to support them. >> simple answer to the point. senator, thanks very much for coming in. you'll keep us informed on what's going on out there. >> i will. thank you. >> senator bernie sanders of vermont. up next, deadly protests spreading in venezuela. are there any signs of a let-up? we'll have a live report. and a new law in uganda has gay people afraid for their lives right now. we're going oh to speak to a writer, an author, a scholar, who says the anti gay bill has actually some ties to folks right here in the united states.
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karl, any let-up? >> reporter: not at all. a series of dueling protests on one side of the city. we have thousands of women in the opposition turning out and marching in silence towards the headquarters. [ no audio ] >> i think we just lost karl penhaul. karl, can you hear me? obviously, his line has just gone down. we're going to try to reconnect. but just to reiterate what's going on, these protests against the government of the president, nicholas maduro, are escalating right now. and as karl just said, no let-up. this is a tense situation on the streets of caracas and elsewhere in venezuela. in turkey, meanwhile, more fallout from embarrassing tape recordings. angry people filled the streets. the main issue, whether the prime minister and his son have
stashed away huge sums of money. political rivals posted online a recording of the prime minister, allegedly giving his son money laundering tips. the prime minister saying the tapes have been edited. some gay people in uganda right now seeking asylum, this after the president there signed a very harsh anti gay law. we're going to talk with an american author about whether u.s. groups actually had a hand in shaping uganda's hate law. also, senators tell swiss banks to open up. officials from banking giant credit suisse are being asked to name names.
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>> reporter: the socialist president, nicholas maduro, has called for peace talks with the opposition to see if they could bring an end to the three weeks of protest. but we understand now that none of the main opposition leaders have any intention of talking to the president. they say they have nothing to negotiate. they want the president to quit. they don't simply want him to modify what they say are cube an inspired policies here in venezuela. once again, we have seen the opposition on the march. several thousand women in one part of caracas marching to their headquarters. complaining about the killing and wounding of protesters over the last three weeks. and then on the other side of caracas, we have seen president nicholas maduro rallying his loyalists. this time it was a pleasant former and fisherman that fought for the presidential palace and swore to fight since the opposition to resist what they
see as a coup attempt to overthrow the socialist government here. certainly, though, no sign that either side is ready to talk in earnest. both sides still seem ready to do politics on the street, wolf. >> karl penhaul in caracas, venezuela, for us. thank you. back here in the united states, pressure mounting on arizona governor jan brewer to veto a controversial bill called anti gay. refusing services to gays and lesbians if that violates their religious convictions. supporters say the bill protects religious freedoms. critics insist it will lead to the discrimination of the lgbt community in arizona and pl planning protests all week tonight in phoenix. dozens of major corporations and the super bowl committee, they are urging the governor to veto the measure, saying it would hurt business in arizona. the governor, by the way, has until saturday to make her decision.
a new law in uganda makes some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison. we interviewed the president shortly after he signed the harsh anti gay laws. he justifies the laws in part by his belief that gay people are not born that way. that's a common belief. throughout parts of africa. >> reporter: do you personally dislike homosexuals? >> of course. they are disgusting. what sort of people are they? how can you go -- i don't -- i never knew what they were doing. as i've been told, what they do is terrible. it's disgusting. >> now a possible u.s. connection to uganda's action. was this anti gay agenda pushed by some american evangelicals. let's bring in jeff charlotte, who was reported extensively on this, including in "harper's"
magazine. he wrote "c street:the threat to democracy," among others. thanks very much for joining us. >> thanks, wolf. >> tell us about this u.s. connection. some american evangelicals, you suggest, had actually gone to uganda and elsewhere to try to promote this anti gay legislation. what's going on? >> yeah. there's actually two big connections. right at the beginning, the law was introduced in 2009. right after a fringe american activist named scott lively went over and he preaches a very fierce driven, author of a book called requests "the pink swastika" and met with the that are of the bill. there is a deeper connection. david ba hattie himself is the leader of an evangelicalca organization called the flipship. and when i asked if there was a connection he said, and i quote, it's not a connection. he says, the bill is the
fellowship. it is a product of the fellowship. >> and so the bottom line is here that the idea for this new legislation, you actually think was sort of imported from the united states in uganda? they wouldn't have done this without this kind of intervention? is that what you're suggesting? >> these weren't part of ugandan politics as recently as ten years ago. certainly, it's a traditional country. it's not friendly toward homosexuality. it was already illegal. but the idea of sort of making it a political weapon. and that's precisely what it is. it's sort of a nationalist political weapon. that comes straight from the groups that david bahati looks to for guidance, groups like the fellowship, family research council. describes senator jim inhofe, perhaps most anti gay politician, as sort of a mentor and hero. and he is has studied in the united states. these ideas are being sort of broadcast overseas and amplified and taken to a whole new level
in uganda. >> inhofe, by the way, we checked with him. he says, you know, he's -- had nothing to do with this legislation. he rejects it. he says i certainly disagree with the controversial legislation that uganda may enact in the coming days. and as i've said before, it is my hope that the country will abandon this unjust and harsh legislation. similar statement coming from other evangelical groups saying it's one thing to be anti gay, if you will. but it's another thing to say that gay people should spend the rest of their lives in jail or even be executed for engaging in homosexual activity. so it seems to me, and correct me if i am wrong, that there may have been some inspiration. but what they're doing in uganda goes far beyond what some of these evangelical groups may have wanted. >> i think you're exactly right. that's why i use the word "amplification." just returned from reporting on these issues in russia, looking again to american sources and saying, okay, you're sort of exporting these ideas of culture
war. we're going to take these ideas seriously and put them into action. but let me just return to senator inhofe, who says he has nothing to do with it. you know, i'll agree with him to this far. he was in uganda just this past january, leading a delegation of congressmen organized by the fellowship as he's on record saying i go to promote the jesus thing. the jesus thing did not include in his meeting saying one word against the bill. even when president of uganda was looking for an american excuse not to sign this bill. he was looking for a way out. he denounced it as fashionist. when he didn't get that support, he about-faced and now is -- now it's law. >> he has been very active in africa and in uganda. in a statement, he says, many know i have a special place in high heart for africa. my work with uganda started many years ago to bring an end to the lord's resistance army and defeat joseph coney, who for decades has been kidnapping, mutilating and forcing african youth to become child soldiers in terrorizing northern and
central africa. by the way, we invited him to join us to discuss this issue. he's got an open invitation if he wants to. but very quickly, before i let you go, jeff, russia. there is anti gay legislation there, as well. certainly doesn't go as far and not as mean spirited and ugly as what's going on in uganda. but give us the american connection once again. you think that the russian legislation was also inspired by some american evangelicals who went over there? >> i met with a leader of a russian nationalist umbrella coalition, and the way he put it, exact same language i heard in uganda. he says, they seem homosexuality as a disease that comes from the united states. he says, but you have given us the cure, too. he says the statistics, the social science upon which they base their laws, they took directly from the american family association, the family research council. this was -- here was a man sitting -- telling me about this russian law, and he had on his desk in front of him an array of u.s.-american confederate flags. he said a gift from our american
friends, our allies in this international fight against homosexuality. >> jeff charlotte, dartmouth university, contributing editor of "harper's," thanks very much for joining us. >> thank you, wolf. there is a new republican plan on the table right now to completely try to overhaul the u.s. tax code. we're going to tell you what it means, what it means for you and your finances. that's coming up next. and later, amid protesters and rite police, it's maybe the last thing you would expect to hear. a piano played by a masked man who says he's playing for pate ittism. [ woman #1 ] why do i cook? because an empty pan is a blank canvas. [ woman #2 ] to share a moment. [ woman #3 ] to travel the world without leaving home. [ male announcer ] whatever the reason. whatever the dish. make it delicious with swanson.
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chairman of the house ways and means committee. the michigan congressman, dave camp. it includes several surprising new taxes, targeting the rich alison kosik is joining us from new york, taking a hard look at congressman camp's new plan. alis alison, pretty unusual for a republican to offer up some new taxes on the wealthy. what exactly is in his proposal? >> reporter: okay, so what this proposal looks to do, wolf, it takes the existing seven tax brackets that exist right now and actually kind of collapses them into two. so it would slash the top income tax rate from almost 40% all the way down to 25%, with the lower bracket set at 10%. but it also adds 10% surtax on certain types of income over $450,000 a year. that would be for married couples. there has been some analysis on this legislation, and it shows that, believe it or not, a majority of the taxpayers would not see much of a change in their tax bills. though the "washington post" does say that the poorest taxpayers earning less than $20,000, they would see a small
rise initially. but analysts also say that that would evaporate within a few years. you know, what's interesting when you see this new plan being put out there, you know, so many politicians over the years, they have tried and tried. with little success to push their tax code reforms. who can forget herman cain's 999 plan, quite the headline grabber and now house republicans offering up their latest try to simplify the u.s. tax code. wolf? >> what does it mean, this promo -- it's just a proposal right now by congressman camp, for some popular tax breaks? >> reporter: yeah. i mean, the simplification for those tax breaks really means that taxpayers could wind up, believe it or not, losing things like the deduction for home mortgage interest. but it may be worth it for some people. you know, just to have, you know, a simpler experience when filing their taxes. otherses say good luck, because some americans are concerned about eliminating those kind of
things during an election year. it could cost voters. regardless, though, none of this likely to happen any time soon. lawmakers will maybe get around to it by 2017. and something to keep in to it, but this plan itself has been in the works for three years now. wolf? >> it has been in the works for a long time. don't expect this current president of the united states to sign any close to that into law either. he has a different view. maybe one of these days they will work out a grand bargain, grand deal, if you will. that will take some time. a senate investigative report finds that the swiss banking giant credit suisse hid billions from the irs. they were wisked off to banks suites in secret elevators and stuffed a quarter million in her panty hose to sneak the money out of the united states.
executives and justice officials have been up on capitol hill testifying. brian todd has been watching what's been going on. what have you learned today? >> learning about the tactics, some of the ones you mentioned that senate investigators, credit suisse, the tank used to hide their money from the irs. you mentioned a couple of them, but some were extraordinary. there was a secret elevator who brought in one branch that whisked a client up. this had no buttons and was operated by remote control. this bank specialized in helping clients avoid a paper trial. cnn reviewed one wealthy client and $250,000 in panty hose wrapped around her body. one instance where a banker met
a client at a hotel in the united states and handed that client bank statements hidden in a copy of "sports illustrated" magazine. they were going to lengths to avoid a paper trail. then the case of a very discreet branch of credit suisse where they could fly in and do their banking and fly out or according to one bank official could go to the ski slopes. they grilled officials about that a short time ago. >> so really didn't mean much that you had an office in missouri. >> i don't say it didn't mean much. that's what i learned in the meantime because i was not as i said accountable for this part. perhaps he can be ignored. >> if i could add, this airport office as you mentioned i think he has outlined some of the parameters of it.
it was really in an office where as you say was office of convenience. >> it was. >> it would come in and basically they held small amounts of money and there was no active of management and investigation. we didn't find systematic issues in that area. >> that's a common theme of credit suisse bank officials. this was a few bad bankers doing things the wrong way. here is staggering figures over a period of about seven years. they handled it for 22,000 wealthy customers with assets totalling $12 billion and 95% of that was never reported to the irs. >> more on this story coming up later today in "the situation room." thanks very much. from the heart of violent political protest comes the sounds of a piano. that story is next.
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. a haunting scene set to music. here's phil black. >> the man playing the piano wearing body armor is a famous figure in ukraine's revolution. few people know his name. he plays at all hours in all weather. even on the barricades. challenging ukraine's security forces with haunting melodies on an out of tune piano. wherever he plays, you will find a crowd. and his performances inspired
others to create their own revolutionary art. he's known as the piano extremist. a joke, he says, because the no now ukrainian government described everyone in independence square as dangerous extremists. >> translator: we want to show our revolution is cultured. there not only working class people, but also teachers, musicians and artists, all together fighting for our rights. mind the mask is a man who knows pain. he doesn't talk about the details. he moved to the capital eight months ago after his wife and their child died. >> i didn't hope for anything when i moved here. i thought my life was over, he says. it's too hard to lose someone
you love. then came the revolution. he volunteered and helped around the clock with cleaning and security. day he found a piano near the square. he sat and played for the first time in years. he said he was surprised by the impact. by the way it touched people. for those who listened, they had no trouble expressing importance to the cause. >> people have music in their heart and souls can't kill other people. >> it's the spirit. it's definitely the spirit of people in pain and not only the families of people like this. we are all in pain. >> with the old government gone, he hopes his country can lives part of europe and the people will be in charge. he warns, if the next government doesn't respect the spirit of the revolution, crowds will
return to the square and he will continue playing for them. >> cnn. >> the power of the piano. a beautiful story indeed. see you back here at 5:00 p.m. here in "the situation room." newsroom starts now. >> thank you and great to be with you on this wednesday. a lot to talk about. beginning with arizona's governor. who by the way could decide as early as today whether or not she will approve the religious freedom bill. as we have been reporting, it is expected she will veto it, but publicly jan brewer is only repeating on twitter what she told cnn monday. she will do what's right for the state of arizona. today she is meeting with legislative leaders for and