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executed dozens of iraqi soldiers in providing pictures. they say for proof we'll take you live to baghdad. also, radio's television voice casey kasem dead at 82 and the bitter family feud that came to a head in his final days. and is bowe bergdahl a war hero or a deserter? a two-star army general is tasked with finding out why and why sergeant bergdahl left his base in afghanistan and got captured. what we know about the investigation, next. we begin with the crisis in iraq. disturbing claims today from the militant group the islamic state of iraq and syria, also called isis. it says it has taken iraqi soldiers prisoner and executed them. i want to warn you, the pictures they have released are very disturbing. it shows people isis claims are
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iraqi forces dressed as civilians being held in trucks and then led by men with guns to their death. they claim they are fighting back. the ministry of defense released this video showing air strikes against isis in mosul. thousands of volunteer fighters have responded to calls to protect their country and iraq claims it is taking key territory, even with reports that isis is moving closer to baghdad. we're covering this story in iraq and from the u.s., of course, nic robertson is live for us and athena jones is in washington. nic is joining us by phone right now. what do you know about the latest moves by isis? >> reporter: well, the latest we're hearing is that they are attacking a ton just mosul and they are attacking an iraqi army
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security base. seven people killed so far, 33 wounded in that attack. isis still on the advance. they took the town of baquba late saturday after the army flew from there, taking their weapons with them. baquba is so important because it's only a 45-minute drive from and it's now just taking them as prisoners as we have seen but apparently leading them to their executions. they are dressed in civilian
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clothes and they laid them down in the dirt and then approached them. it is horrific material to see and it's a horrific reality of what isis is doing in its advance towards baghdad. it fueled the whole sectarian emotions. they are now pulling weight and potentially it's a much more bloody clash than what we are going to see in the coming days. fredricka? >> nic, there was a car bomb that went off in baghdad today. is it related to isis? >> reporter: they haven't claimed responsibility for it but it's entirely possible that it is. it's certainly believed that in baghdad there are places that they can hide out in. this was a suicide bomber that detonated explosives inside a crowded cafe that was full of shia workers. early in the morning, 17 people were killed and 40 people
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wounded. again, there are sectarian tensions and suddenly even though isis hasn't claimed it, that we are aware of, that's certainly how it will be reid here. fredricka? >> nic robertson, be safe. thank you. the crisis in iraq has set off a very different battle in washington over exactly what the u.s. should do about it, if anything athena, what have we heard? >> reporter: there are a lot of opinions about what the u.s. should be doing right now but this is pretty anything. the former ambassador was on fareed zakaria and he talks about what is lacking in the u.s. response to this so far. let's listen to that. >> we have lacked that high level of engagement with the
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iraqis. that was so crucial during my team in office. we need the secretary of state out there in baghdad right now. we need the president on the phone to the iraqi leadership. we are the essential middle men among sunnis, shia, and kurds. as bass dor can just go so far. >> we know vice president joe biden spoke with nouri al maliki on thursday. we also know that secretary of state john kerry spoke with iraq's foreign minister just yesterday. some of these high-level talks are certainly happening but i asked the white house specifically about any plans to send secretary kerry or anyone else, for that matter, to iraq to negotiate on the ground or phone calls that might be made, more phone calls that might be made and all they will say is that the president's national security team is trying to work on these range of options to help iraq deal with this.
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of course, we know that president obama is under pressure. at least from some members of congress and others to make a decision fast, fredricka. >> athena, we hear this that it's a problem but is anyone else saying that nouri al maliki is going to be part of the solution to end this? >> reporter: that's the question. certainly the hope is that he could be part of the solution. you heard the president say that it's not purely a lasting resolution of this. secretary kerry echoed those remarks when he spoke to the foreign minister just yesterday. but the white house and this administration has been trying to product al maliki to make some political accommodations for years, to put together a unified, a unity government with power sharing deals between shiites and sunnis and kurds, the kind of unity that could give iraq stability and solve a crisis like this and prevent it from happening.
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but he's been resistant so far. the president hopes it's a wake-up call but that's really the outstanding question here, what al maliki is going to do and what he really can do. fred? >> athena jones at the white house, thank you. also here at home, many are celebrating the life of legendary radio host casey kasem died this morning at the age of 82. the radio and tv icon had been suffering from dementia. he had been hospitalized in washington state and a judge recently gave his daughter the authority to have doctors end his infusions of water, food, and medicine. kasem had said that he would not want to be kept alive if it, quote, resulted in a biological existence, end quote. a short time ago i spoke with nischelle turner and show told me what kasem's family is saying about his passing. >> reporter: we are hearing from his elder children and they
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released a statement. early this father's day morning our dad passed away surrounded by family and friends. even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering we are heartbroken. thank you for all of your love, support, and prayers. the world will miss casey and an incredible talent and humanitarian. we have not heard from his wife jean kasem or from his daughter liberty as of yet. >> and a memorial service is planned for friday. well, one person who was no stranger to our show was also a close friend with casey kasem. for 30 years, you'll recognize him right there. tight buddies with casey kasem. this is a tough day for him and for other close friends and family members of casey kasem. avery will join me and discuss his best memories of his good friend.
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. casey kasem's career and voice were known as legendary around the world. ryan seacrest in a statement a short time ago said he would listen to kasem's show and dream about some day becoming a radio deejay as well. and there is someone that i know very well as a very dear friend. avery is a legal expert on this show on saturday and that's avery, a dedicated friend. this picture is from 1984 in
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hollywood. avery is joining me right now in hollywood. i know it's a very tough day for you. he was such a dear friend. you do have the gift of having the opportunity to say good-bye to him before he passed, right? >> i did, fred rericka. i said good-bye to casey. the hospice people said he could hear and then i said good-bye. but most importantly, you think about so many people, like yourself, an event in your life that was happy or sad, and you associated that event with a song and on the weekend you heard casey kasem counting down the hits and talking about that song or talking about the artists and making the song even more important in your life. >> yeah, really making it come alive. and it's a thousand markets times millions of people hearing
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those stories. you can only imagine what a wonderful effect this beautiful man literally had on millions of people. >> beautifully said. i was a listeners, you know, every weekend waiting for that top 40 countdown listening for casey kasem's voice. there was a story that went with the music so his voice was nearly as important, if not more so, than oftentimes the song that he was framing but tell us something about him as a friend that most of us as fans didn't. >> well, the commonality was that casey was a passionate advocate for human rights, whether it was fair housing, something close to me, of course, piece in the middle east, casey and i traveled the country together advocating for the rights of people. in fact, i must tell you, after the riots in los angeles and
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south central and it looked like a war zone of people that showed up for a community meeting to try to heal and bring people back together, there was casey kasem and you had to be escorted into south central at the church telling los angeles residents it's going to be okay. we're going to get through this and you can't imagine the risk that he has taken not only here in this country, fredricka, but all over the world in advocating for the rights of people and the humanitarian efforts. he's one in a million and we will all miss him deeply. >> we certainly will he really brought people together in the weeks, days, months of his life and how so many people were torn apart over his disposition. the best care. you joined us many weekends to
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keep us abreast on the legal ins and outs of what the family was going through and each side saying they thought they were doing the right thing for him and his care. in the end, do you think now his family will come together when they've been through so much? >> well, i'd love to be optimistic and think that's the case. the divisions within the family have been deep and long standing. i don't think that's going to happen. i would like to think that it would but at the end of the day we will remember casey kasem as a loving father, a loving friend, as a humanitarian and if the family can come back together, all the better. more importantly, the spirit of casey kasem will continue to live on, fredricka, and continue not only for all of us to keep his feet on the ground but keep reaching for the stars. >> indeed. beautifully said. thank you so much, my friend. avery friedman, appreciate it.
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all of the best to casey kasem's family. we'll certainly miss him. all right. straight ahead, the army is set to start investigating former p.o.w. bowe bergdahl, the latest on that straight ahead. i've had surgery, and yes, i have occasional constipation. that's why i take doctor recommended colace capsules. [ male announcer ] for certain medical conditions where straining should be avoided, colace softens the stool for effective relief from occasional constipation. go to for savings.
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a military investigation into sergeant bowe bergdahl is going to start this week. a two-star general has been tapped to find out how and why bergdahl left his base in afghanistan. he was held captive by the taliban for about five years. he was freed two weeks ago in exchange for five taliban leaders. that deal has sparked tremendous criticism here at home. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us by phone now. barbara, what can you tell us about how this investigation will get going? >> hi, fred. the one thing we won't do is look at that swap deal per se. this is much more, almost completely focused on bowe bergdahl himself. what happened and caused him to leave his post in afghanistan that night. what happened, how did he do it, what was he thinking and how did he get captured by the taliban? also, what does he know, maybe,
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about the taliban, given his experiences. this two-star army general will begin by basically looking at the facts, reviewing interviews with teammates that already exist. it's not clear just yet when he will start questioning bergdahl himself. but what army officials are telling us, once that more formal questioning process begins, the letter of the law will be followed. sergeant bergdahl will be advised of his rights, he will be offered counsel. it is a fact-finding investigation at this point but it's a very complex case so they are going by the letter of the law as they always do in the military. if it were to lead to some sort of discipline, they have their case, they have all of the evidence, they have all of the interviews gathered, according to military regulations. fred? >> barbara, some soldiers have
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accused bergdahl of being a deserter. they say that he put troops in danger and, therefore, should be punished. given that he has served as a p.o.w. for five years, is that likely, even if found that he was up to no good, that he indeed is a deserter? would he likely be punished? >> well, you know, leaving your post doesn't exactly make you a soldier of the year. but desertion is something that requires evidence and very specific legal military findings we are told that the person who deserted had to have made a decision that they would never return. we don't know that in sergeant bergdahl's case. we don't know that, what was in his mind. we know what his fellow soldiers accused him of. i think the military is likely to take this very slowly, very deliberately, and in military law there is a great deal of discretion to a commander about
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how to proceed. sometimes it doesn't work so well in some cases many believe in terms of protecting victims but in cases like this there would be tremendous discretion on the part of the commanders, what kind of punishment, if any, he would receive. i have to tell you, there are people -- very senior people in the army who say this man suffered so much over the last five years, they first want to see the facts before they come to any of these types of decisions. >> barbara starr, thank you so much. >> sure. coming up, he is one of the most vocal critics of iran. but what senator lindsey graham said today on "state of the union" has a lot of people scratching their heads. and what is next for the gop after their house majority leader was defeated in the primary by a tea party novice? but first, a young woman is leaving a tragedy that left her
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paralyzed to help others in a similar situation. this is today's "human factor." >> reporter: at 14 years old, sabrina was your average teenager. she was building a social life simply trying to fit in. so when a few boys offered her and her friends to a party, they jumped at the chance. >> i just remember being concerned with things like not putting my seat belt on because i wouldn't have looked cool. >> reporter: getting in that car and not buckling up was a decision that cost her dearly. >> within anyominutes, they wer dragging dragging 90 miles an hour, we hit a tree and i became a quad dra pa leej jik. >> reporter: she spent time in denial. it wasn't until she saw others with her condition that the reality set in. after several months of grueling
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rehab and soul-searching, she decided to help others. >> they asked if i would do the school a favor and talk to the seniors about reckless drifving and that was the start of my mentorship and motivational speaking. >> reporter: she graduated at the top of her class from high school on time. and then she went on to get a dual degree from miami. she started the sabrina cohen foundation. >> my mental and fitness well-being has always played such an important role in keeping me healthy and active and able to do what i do, so my focus now is to basically allocate funds to people who can't afford to get the best therapy. >> reporter: and she says leading by example, especially when dealing with children, is key. >> i think i'm an example that life can go on and you can live a full life, as i do. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta,
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♪ planet earth's number one accomodation site booking.yeah! bottom of the hour now. i'm fredricka whitfield. five things are crossing the cnn news desk right now. radio icon casey kasem has died at the age of 82. a memorial is planned for friday. kasem was suffering from dementia. to many, kasem was the best-known radio host. he counted down the american top 40 hits each week for nearly four decades. overseas, a militant group in iraq appears to be getting closer to baghdad, a city they threatened to storm. isis has gained control of two
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villages near the city of baquba, about 40 miles north of baghdad. earlier we heard that there were clashes in that area and according to a saudi intelligence source, isis wants to get near the baghdad airport and suburbs. there is a search for three missing teenagers in israel. hamas is being accused of kidnapping the three teens. they were last seen late thursday in a jewish settlement in the west bank. one of them is said to be an israeli-american with dual citizenship. two sequels packed a big punch. "22 jump street" was the second
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biggest opening of all time for an r-rated comedy and beat out "how to train your dragon." ships have moved into the persian gulf as the president considers his option. one u.s. senator says the president needs to be talking to iran to curb isis advancements. dana bash is joining us and so is gloria borger. ladies, on "the state of the union," you both interviewed senator lindsey graham. >> what he said today surprised both of us. he's been a huge critic of iran, as most everyone. but he said if we're going to solve this problem in iraq, we have to work with iran or at
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least talk to iran to do that. take a listen to what he said. >> we should have discussions with iran to make sure that they don't use this as an opportunity. >> because so far the state department is saying -- >> they are taking control parts of iraq. they are in this. they are already on the ground. we need to put a red line with iran, you know. you can help stabilize -- >> how do you do that? >> you just sit down and talk to them. >> i'm sorry. it's sort of hard for me to hear that i'm hearing a republican to say sit down and talk with iran. >> do you realize what is happening here? if baghdad collapses, the iranians are the biggest winner, we are the biggest loser, isis, as nic says operates with impunity from baghdad and will hit us again and march on -- >> the big question is the why. you really underscored it, dana. you said, wait a minute, talk? talking seems nearly improbable
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if not impossible here. >> you're exactly right, the why. senator graham explained it a little bit in the sound bite but the why is, first of all, by many accounts iran in some way, shape, or form is in iraq trying to prop up the maliki government in iraq. and so that is why senator graham is basically saying they are there, they could be helpful. you know, there was a term used frenemies. >> and iraq is -- maliki, at least, is closer to iran than to us. so maybe he'll listen to them where he won't listen to us. other big news rocking washington, on thursday, house republicans were scheduled to take a secret vote to choose who will be the next majority leader, this after the number two man, congressman eric cantor was defeated in a stunning upset in his republican primary in virginia's seventh district by a
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tea-party inspired challenger, college professor david brat. dana, you landed the first sit-down interview with cantor since tuesday's vote. he lost by double digits. he was one of those who inspired the tea party movement in the first place and ended up being a target of it. what is his explanation? is he stunned? >> he is stunned. he told me that the shock is just starting to wear off before the interview. he might be stunned but he is really still determined to sound like a politician and stay on his talking points. and that is to not dissect it too much in public because if you do that, then you risk making people even more angry than you already are. listen to part of our conversation on that issue. >> i think that -- i said that day that we've reopened the government. that we as conservatives and as republicans, we may have some differences but they pale in
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comparison to the differences -- >> but the voters in your own district didn't buy that. they voted for another republican instead of you. >> again, going back is not what i want to do. i want to go forward. >> so he wants to go forward, fred. he did say that he is going to vote for the man who defeated him in november in the general election, not the democrat. that was a little bit of news. he was a little bit more forthcoming on how hard it was for him to tell his family, especially his son who -- >> he had a different tenor, too. he sounded more melancholy. >> right. but he sounded like someone that is not over politics because he was talking about the future of the republican party and i think there's a political future for him as well. >> you do? >> i think there might be. >> okay. we will be watching. if anyone has the pulse on washington, it would be you two ladies. thank you so much for the girl power this morning. i love it. dana bash, gloria borger in
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washington, thanks so much. a legendary radio voice falls silent. casey kasem dead at the age of 82. next, a look at his decade-long career and the family feud. record "41 on 41" at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific right here on cnn.
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casey kasem who died today at the age of 82 will forever be remembered and praised as an iconic radio and television host. and that's in spite of the battles his wife and children had over his care in his final years and days. cnn's nischelle turner has more. >> the police with the number one song in the land last week. "every breath you take". >> reporter: his voice made him a radio star and pop culture icon. >> i'm casey kasem and here we go. >> reporter: but in his final days, his achievements were overshadowed by an ugly battle over his medical care. >> shame on these children. shame. >> reporter: kasem suffered from dementia. he spent his final weeks in
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washington state where jean kasem had taken him without notifying children of his first marriage. for months, the children complained that their stepmother would not let them see their ailing father. >> we are an extremely close-knit family. his family means more to him than anything. so why she is blocking us, the only -- >> it's dumb founding, really. >> reporter: on may 30th, kasem's daughter kerri won approval to visit her father and gave her the authority to get him evaluated. >> he has a lung infection and bladder infection. >> reporter: the dispute became so bitter, jean tossed raw hamburger at her daughter. >> in honor of king david, i throw this piece of meat to you, to the dogs. >> reporter: when doctors advised her that kasem was
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closer to death, she halted further treatment abiding by her father's wishes as expressed in an advanced health care directive. >> i think kerri is solely concerned about the death of her father. every step of the way we have had to fight with mrs. kasem. >> reporter: jean kasem claimed her step children were only after money and her husband still have the will to live and with food, water, and medicine could have recovered. >> my husband is a fighter. he's an american treasure. he would have never, ever wanted this. >> reporter: heart-wrenching end of life decisions of the kind faced by many families. but in kasem's case, they played out in public. nischelle turner, cnn, new york. >> all right. thanks to nischelle turner. up next, the search is on for three israeli teenagers missing in the west bank. were they kidnapped by hamas?
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find out why our next guest says the israelis are angry with the u.s. next.
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israel's military has detained at least 80 palestinians as part of an
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intense effort to find three teenagers. two of the boys are 16, the other, 19. they went missing late last week while hitchhiking home from a jewish settlement in the west bank. president netanyahu is accusing the hamas of kidnapping the teens. i spoke in the last hour with ambassador to the united states micha michael oren. >> u.s. intelligence has come out to say that hamas activists are responsible for the kidnapping. the prime minister is really reflecting what he's been told by his security advisers. so, yes. >> and so is it your feeling that the palestinian authority might be able to have some leverage with hamas by the urging of the prime minister? >> well, if they have leverage, they are going to try to use it because right now the palestinian authority is in a very difficult position. palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas declared a
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national unity agreement with abbas several weeks ago. now he sees that there's also a price that comes along with it. hamas, a terrorist organization, recognized as a terrorist organization by the united states and by most of the international community has wings that are still actively engaged in terror. and if it is indeed true that the hamas organization, not just the activists, were in some way involved in this kidnapping, it will be very difficult for mr. abbas. >> so one of the three teenage boys has u.s. citizenship. does that in any way provoke the u.s. to get involved in the search for these young boys? >> well, naftali frenkel is indeed a citizen of the united states. there was a certain amount
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of disappointment and anger here, fredericka, over the initial reaction of the obama administration to the kidnapping. the initial we action by the spokesperson at the state department was concern for the fate of the three israeli young people who presumably were kidnapped at the time but no explicit condemnation and certainly no explicit condemnation of hamas because the administration quickly recognized the national unify government of abbas and hamas. and it put the administration in a very uncomfortable position. there was a prominent israeli minister from the right wing who came out and actually accused the white house of abetting terror, not coming out more explicitly and condemning the action. >> that was former israeli ambassador to the u.s. michael oren. there was a demand of immediate release and secretary of state kerry called ate despicable,
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terrorist act. straight ahead, a tribute to all dads today. how their roles have changed in the 21st century.
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all right. let's take a look at the weather for tonight and as you get back to work tomorrow. here's now jennifer gray. >> fred, on this father's day, we do have a slight risk of severe weather. damaging winds, large hail, a possibility of isolate tornadoes. this stretches all the way from chicago south through tulsa, kansas city, and not only tonight but tomorrow afternoon, as well. we could see a risk of severe weather. there's the slight risk area including sioux falls, des moin moines, omaha and lincoln. as we go forward in time, you
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can see the front, that's just knocking on the door of chicago late evening hours. 8:00 tonight and then a few showers lingering going through tomorrow afternoon. some pop-up thunderstorms expected for the south tomorrow. even some showers in the east for tomorrow afternoon. so, if you are hanging out with dad on this father's day, maybe firing up the grill, some great places to be, san francisco. sunshine, 63 degrees. feeling great. 76 in boston. you may see a few clouds out there and staying dry. monday's forecast, though, spotty showers in the south and mostly cloudy skies in the northeast and a few showers in the plains. watch out for the severe weather tomorrow afternoon. fred? >> all right. thanks so much, jennifer. appreciate it. last week, the white house held a first-ever conference on the changing role of fathers in the work force and within the family. the conference highlighted new research that shows fathers are taking a more hands on approach to raising children.
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i asked cnn digital correspondent kelly wallace if this shift is out of necessity or choice. she told me, both. >> you know, we had a recession and a number of men lost jobs and, therefore, they had sort of this decision to make about, you know, who might be getting the jobs and when's going bab into the workforce but i think, fredericka, you are see a lot more men talk about how they want to have more of a role with their children. according to the pew research center, fathers are spending triple the amount of time with their children than they were in 1965 and many men say they don't feel like they get enough time with their children so you are definitely seeing a shift of modern dads wanting to play as much or close to the role of modern moms with caregiving. >> in some cases, this is a rather tough transition for a lot of these men. you write about some have had an identity crisis or they might
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even be struggling with the ego issue about taking on this role. >> yeah. you know, the number of stay at home dads has doubled since 1989. and when you talk to some men who are full-time stay at home dads, they say when they first started, maybe, you know, ten to 15 years ago that one man said he had to have an ego of steel getting negative comments of men and women kind of questioning, wait, it is the man who's supposed to be out in the workforce and the mom supposed to be home but talking to men, it seems like, fed ricka, as more and more families make different choices for different reasons, there's an increasing comfort level for men to take on more of these roles but you're going to still have the traditionalists to say it's absolutely crazy to think that a dad is home full-time with his kids. of course, many modern dads take issue with that conservative viewpoint. >> that's so experiencing. my husband is at home more
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working more from the home than ever before and he received i guess some admiration from a lot of moms. he would go to pick up our son from school and they started to include him and say, you know what? we know you're the dad but you are like a mom and want to invite you to the moms night out. would you be insulted by that? it was interesting. they look to him sort of like, you know, someone who adds some equilibrium to the conversation, as well. it was therapy for moms to talk about their family structures and husbands with my husband. >> i love it. it's so funny. number of dads i talked to, some i talked to say they get extra points just for doing -- and then standing next to a stay at home mom who said, wait a second. i'm not getting extra points for going grocery shopping and picking up the kids in the amp but i love that kind of thinking, right? we all benefit from these different scenarios and how wonderful, you know, for parents
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men and women to be able to sit together and share a little bit because we're all kind of in this together and have different insecurities and great to see that happening more and more. >> it is great. you write the role of dads with, you know, many of the women becoming kind of bredwinners and the role of the dad from the viewpoint of the children not necessarily the disciplinarian anymore and not what dad represents but instead you write a, quote, moral teacher and emotional comforter. that's huge. >> huge. and that comes from pew research center. i mean, this is real research. and it's showing kind of a different thinking on the part of americans they don't think overall that the dad should be the disciplinarian or the one bringing home the paycheck. he should be more of that moral and emotional support in the home. i think that goes into this sort of sense that modern dads will say they don't want viewed as the babysitter or the
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disciplinarian in chief. they want more of a role in the upbringing of their kids and seeing changing attitudes about that, as well. >> kelly wallace, thanks so much. we love the modern-day dad. thanks so much. happy father's day to all the modern-day dads out there. by the way, research by the white house shows more than 1 in 5 children under 5 years old with a working mom has a dad as a primary caregiver these days. all right. hello again, everyone. i'm fredericka whitfield. the stories topping our news this hour. this just in, the u.s. state department is beefing up security at the embassy in baghdad. and it plans to relocate some of the staff. but the state department said most people will stay. and the embassy will be f