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house, thanks very much. that's it for me. we'll have a lot more coming up later today in "the situation room." remember, that airs 5:00 p.m. eastern. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in washington. "newsroom" with brooke baldwin starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- wolf, thank you so much. great to be with all of you at the start of the week on this monday afternoon. i'm brooke baldwin. as i come to you at this moment, more iraqi cities are falling, seized by radical militants and their bloody march to bagdad. secretary of state john kerry in iraq's capital on the mission to help the iraqi government regain control of the country. secretary kerry calling for a new iraq government that rises above sectarian motivations, stopping short of calling for the ouster of iraq's prime minister nuri al maliki but did
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call for this new government. for the people of iraq, secretary kerry's visit promises change for the better. >> translator: america will not accept the presence of al qaeda and isil in the region. it will have an effect on america, too. therefore, i think there's a solution in kerry's bag to solve the crisis and he will suggest solutions enabling iraqi politicians to reach national accord. >> we can't emphasize this enough, just looking at this on the ground, the situation is dire. right now the u.s. believes there are about 10,000 people now fighting under that i.s.i.s. flag. these militants here today capturing at least four more towns in the western desert. they are also in control of critical iraqi border crossings with syria there and neighboring jordan and have a direct line to the western outskirts of bagdad. jim sciutto, our chief national security correspondent is in
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bagdad traveling with secretary kerry. jim, to you. >> reporter: john kerry came here at a time, say u.s. officials of extreme anxiety among iraqi leaders, fearful for the sur vivival of their countr and for their own lives. i can tell you in coming here over ten years, this is the worst i've ever seen. iraq needs to get its political house in order first to solve this problem. before leaving, he spoke to reporters. here is what he had to say. >> iraq is a strategic partner of the united states with shared interests encountering the scurge of terrorism, maintaining stability of the global energy markets and easing the sectarian polarization that plagues this region. that's how we have to understand this, the serious threat that
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isil poses, to iraq and the urgent need for the security forces to be well supplied, well equipped and well trained. that is why president obama has prepared a range of options for iraq including enhanced intelligence, joint operations centers, steady supplies of munitions and advisers to work with and support some of iraq's best units. with this support, we are living up to our strategic framework agreement. the support will be intense, sustained and if iraq's leaders take the necessary steps to bring the country together, it will be effective. >> reporter: u.s. officials emphasize that not only are their divisions among the various groups here, the sunnis, shias, kurds, but there are multiple candidates for leadership and that political process has to work its way out to develop that government that u.s. officials believe iraq needs, one that is truly
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representative of all its groups. another problem though, as well, the iraqi military. can it not only defend bagdad as it has managed to do so far, but can it gain back the ground it has already lost to i.s.i.s. that is an open question. u.s. analysis shows they are not good, not capable of counteroffenses. defense is one thing, but going on offense, getting back that territory is very much another. brooke? >> jim sciutto on the ground in bagdad, thank you so much. we have also just learned iraqi forces have laid down their arms in the face of i.s.i.s. fighters, withdrawing from a town called hadifa, a town a couple hours northwest of bagdad. iraq's military spokesman insists they are not simply cutting an running, that there was a strategic withdraw of these trups. i want to bring in peterman sewer, former aid to general david petraeus. welcome back. >> thank you. >> i read a piece in "the
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washington post" today talking about how the iraqi army is reeling from, to quote this piece, this psychological collapse. i'm curious if you think that has more to do with their inability to defend themselves or this lack of desire to fight a government that clearly disenfranchises them. >> i think the latter. any sports coach in the united states knows you can't teach and can't coach motivation. that's exactly what's happening with the iraqi army now. they have nothing to fight for, especially in these areas like hadifa in the you freight tease river valley and tying res river valley. they're not going to try to defend areas that they don't believe are the core areas of their community. >> with this lack of motivation, you have i.s.i.s. seizing these borders, key locations, opening up the lines of weapon transportation. how much more dangerous here looking at the map, syria, iraq.
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we knew the border was porous, but how much more dangerous did that take the situation? >> it makes it much easier for the insurgents of the islamic state of iraq and lavant to cross weapons and people and money back and forth between syria and iraq. they can do it now through the border post of al qaim, through the mosul corridor. >> as you look at the map, they're cleeping closer and closer toward bagdad. maybe instead of this full frontal assault, there have been rumors and speculation that there are i.s.i.s. sleeper cells in the capital city, maybe surrounding the city instead. what might their strategy be there? >> well, they cannot take bagdad through a frontal assault. there's too many shy quite
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militia men roaming the streets. they can try to encircle the capital and cut off its arteries from the outside world. if they can do that, they would have the upper hand strategically for sure. that would be a tall order for this group which numbers fewer than 10,000 fighters. that clearly is the path ahead for them. >> let me ask you, looping all the way back to the words from secretary kerry there in iraq today, calling for this new government. he says this, as he's just stepped out of this meeting with the leader, with prime minister nuri al maliki, what's he saying there? >> i think he's saying exactly what he means, iraq needs a new government. they need a new government anyway. they just had elections and have to form a new government. i think it's basically saying that it probably will not include the person that he just had a meeting with, prime minister nuri al maliki. even the shyatt cleric has called for a new government, an inclusive government and by availed inference, a government
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without nuri al maliki. >> my goodness, how can you guarantee that inclusive unifying force in a leader? lots of questions beyond that. we have to wait until that happens. colonel petermansoor, thank you for coming on. as we continue on, more than 1 million iraqis have had to flee their homes because of what we've been watching on the ground. if you're looking for ways to help, you can, go to check out the page for responses to the crisis from unicef and great groups like save the children. again, coming up, a huge development in the search for the missing malaysian airlines flight 370. here is the deal. investigators have reanalyzed the data and come up with new results, and that means a major shift in the search area. we'll talk about that and i think i'm still half deaf from sitting in a bar last night hearing the screams over this painful ending, the last-second
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goal by portugal that snatched a clear win from the u.s. but have you heard about this theory today? the u.s. and germany, who they take on this thursday, agreeing for maybe a tie in the game helping both teams? we'll discuss that. also ahead, former nfl star aaron hernandez facing a first degree murder charge and cnn has learned new information about this theory that prosecutors have in the case against him. stay right here. you are watching cnn.
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i'm brooke baldwin. you're watching cnn. they call soccer the beautiful game, but boy, it can be pretty cruel as well. u.s.-portugal ending in a tie. for those watching at home, it felt more like a loss. it was a disaster rouse start for the men's team. five minutes in portugal on the board after this terrible misplay in front of their own net. the u.s. team, they played strong. 60 minutes in, the game is tied. jermaine jones doing it with this. captain clint dempsey puts the u.s. in the lead with a beautiful deflection off his chest. thousands attending these watch parties all across the country could taste victory chanting "i believe that we will win" and in the last minute -- i think like 20 seconds left, this happened. >> i believe that we will win.
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i believe that we will win! [ bleepbleep [ bleep ]. >> seconds to go. portugal draws even. they have to digest this stunner and look ahead to thursday and the match with germany. >> have we been down 2-1, everybody will be happy. it ebbs and flows, keeps us in the hunt. that's what we always wanted. >> let's talk about this. let's look ahead. positivity, guys. chris cuomo live in rio de janeiro. chris, i'm coming to you in a minute. rachel, to you first, talking about what happened, team usa
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contained portugal's rock star player ronaldo basically pour the whole game until those final 20 seconds. what happened? >> this is a problem with low-scoring sports, right? you make one mistake, brooke, and unfortunately the americans and michael bradley had a turnover toward the end of the game. as the portuguese are bringing the ball up, defense not playing as time on cristiano ronaldo as one might hope for the best player in the world. he was able to make that great cross and, boom, they pop it into the net. obviously some small disappointments along the way. everyone has to remember, americans were conditioned in our sports to hate ties. think about the nba, nfl, we go to these great lengths, nhl shootouts, over times not to have ties. a tie in this situation, actually okay. they're in the hunt to advance. all they need is a tie or a win and they'll advance after their next game. they could lose their game to germany and there's still a
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bunch of scenarios in which they advance. an impressive performance against a long-time power. in spite of all the bleeping you heard, it was an okay result. >> even though it was a tirks it felt like a loss. you were surrounded by a few thousand other people at copacabana beach, massive watch party. what did it feel like being there? >> first of all, you going right from an airport to a bar often has nothing to do with football. >> cuomo, stop it right there. >> don't make it sound like that's why that happened, just for point of clarity. i tell you what, what i'm loving about this is the environment, to be in rio which is one of the most electric cities in the world ordinarily, to be in brazil, the country that calls itself the country of football, it has been amazing. the american presence second only to brazil in tickets for the world cup. last night it was amazing.
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this was a defining match because they had to find not just a way to advance, but a way to find the confidence that they could play against the best. they had so much u.s. support, if nothing else, they got a major victory on that level. take a look. >> from the beginning, u.s.-portugal was bigger than a game. >> we originally were supposed to get a spain. >> we went to the game a couple nights ago and there was a whole bunch of honduran fans and ecuador fans, they all wanted pictures with the u.s. >> reporter: there is a mantra surrounding u.s. soccer. >> i believe that we will win! >> reporter: could they avoid the venomous feet of the great ronaldo? the answer, yes, until the last-second goal would mar the match. >> cristiano ronaldo, and it's
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an equalizer! >> it awards the u.s. another valuable point, making the chances of moving on that much better and showing the u.s. can go toe to toe with the best. >> i like the point that the american team member made, brooke, if they had been down 2-1 and tied the game, everybody would be happy about the draw. but because there was a potential victory, people see it a different way. as rachel laid out, they needed a point. they got a point. they're in good shape. >> you and griff, you enjoy yourself as you stay there and work very hard. just kidding because i love. rachel, looking ahead to thursday and germany. everyone loves a good mystery. the conspiracy theorists are at it already as far as maybe if the two teams could get together
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because this u.s. head coach, jurgen klinsmann, national hero, played for germany once upon a time. get together, have a draw, save up their energy for the next game. is that just nonsense or what? >> certainly i don't think anyone seriously thinks that's going to happen. you have to know why people are talking about this. first of all, not just a national soccer hero here in germany, but he used to coach the german national team. his protege now coaches the german national team. there's five german americans on the u.s. team. germany has a history of doing this. this happened before in 1982 in the world cup, what was then west germany was playing austria. it's pretty well acknowledged the two sides basically colluded so they could go through and leave some of the other teams in the group out in the cold. that's where all this is coming from. it's not just rank speculation. all of that being said, nobody actually thinks that jurgen klinsmann is going to text his
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buddy and say, hey, let's hold this off. as he said to the media when this inevitably came up in the post match press conference, that's not the character of this team and not the character of anything we've seen thus far. the germans, by the way, really do want to win this group. whoever wins this group could influence how they move for ward. there's a lot of other things at stake. we don't expect colluding, but it is fun to talk about. >> a fun story line. thank you forgiving us all the perspective necessary. rachel nicholls and chris cuomo, thanks very much. chris don't go too far. we'll talk to you next hour. also next hour, i'll talk to kobe jones, he's played in more world cup games for the united states than anyone else. we'll get his take on this upcoming u.s.-germany match. also ahead on cnn, reanalyzing the data. investigators searching for flight 370. take another look at all that information they have and now
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almost four months and very few answers into the disappearance of malaysian flight 370. today australian authorities are expected to reveal plans this wednesday for a brand new search in this new area. they re-evaluated that satellite data and they say this could be their best chance yet to find this plane and the remains of those 239 people on board. cnn aviation analyst rene marsh is here. when we say new location, it's the same ocean, rene, just a different spot. >> exactly. same ocean, different spot. the target area we're told could shift hundreds of miles south of the last search zone which would pretty much jive with a group of independent experts who analyzed the raw data all by themselves and said the search should be focused to the southwest of
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where crews had already spent weeks scouring the ocean floor. now, the authorities who have been essentially overseeing the search, they have returned to the data. they are re-examining it, and in hopes of essentially better precision in pinpointing the most likely area where flight 370 entered the water, they are just crunching those numbers all over again. the hunt in the old search area, we all know it turned up nothing. but very, very important to highlight that. that southern arc is still very much in play. they still believe that the plane is somewhere along that southern arc in the indian ocean. the problem is, the arc stretches some 1600 miles. that's roughly the distance between washington, d.c. and mexico city. so that's a lot of ground to cover. this wednesday we'll find out exactly where they think the promising area is now, brooke. >> we'll follow up and talk about it wednesday. rene marsh, thank you so much. coming up, former nfl star
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bottom of the hour. a new report focusing on the failures of the veterans health care system in this country has found that these problems are even more severe and even more widespread than first believed. phantom appointments and ridiculously long wait times might seem horrendous enough, but there's a new report by this independent government agency that has found even more disturbing details, and our senior investigative correspondent drew griffin who first broke this story with all these issues facing our veterans has more bad news for us today. >> the office of special council, who knows who they are, right? this is a group of actual prosecutors that the government has where government whistle blowers in any department can go to them and be protected if they want to blow the whistle on bad stuff they think is going on in the government. the office of special counci sent a letter to the president today basically saying, we've investigated things at the va, we've gotten these whistle-blower complaints, we do
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not believe the va. we do not believe the va is investigating. we do not believe that they can get to the bottom of these issues. >> why don't they believe that? >> in ten different cases across the country, specific examples where they believe a whistle-blower came forward, veterans were harmed, nothing happened. zippo, nothing. it's been going on for a couple years. they have 50 cent allegations by whistle blowers of safety threats and harm to veterans under investigation. 29 of which have been passed on now to the office that investigates these things at the va, and in a specific example, to tell you how bad it is, 2003, a veteran with serious mental health problems checks into a va hospital, is not getting a psychiatric evaluation until 2011. eight years before this mental health patient actually gets evaluated. it's crazy.
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>> when you hear all these different stories and everything you've been reporting, the issue as far as investigations go, because we're hoping it gets better. but what i'm hearing you say is the va or the office within the va is investigating, seems like a conflict of interest. and now this group is saying to the president, with needs to be better. >> based on everything to date, i don't think the va can fix it self. i don't know how you fix it. i really don't know if i was going to give advice where i would give it. rather than i would blanketly throw out every senior manager in the va. i know that sounds harsh, but i don't know how else you would do this surgically. there is an entire bureaucracy that has been allowing this to happen for years and years and years, and i don't know how you get one administrator at the top who who is going to somehow change the culture without throwing out all these people. >> it's a huge statement coming from someone who has been working the story for more than a year. drew griffin, we'll be watching
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for you. more on this explosive details on "ac 360" tonight. thanks for staying on that for us. now this. alleged killer and former new england patriot aaron hernandez was taken from his massachusetts jail cell over the weekend to a hospital. the sheriff won't say why hernandez had to go to the hospital saturday, citing, of course, privacy laws, only that he was there for less than half an hour and it was not related to a fight or any kind of security issue he may have encountered inside that jail. hernandez, he was the patriots' starting tight end when he was arrested last year, charged with killing a semi pro player and friend of his, odin lloyd. he's since been charged with two other murders on top of that. national correspondent susan candiotti has been following this from the beginning. you new information about what prosecutors think happened in the odin lloyd case.
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>> reporter: that's right, brooke. knees are new details about the motive according to a source, why odin lloyd was killed. they tell me this is something that you and i would think would be trivial and insignificant. while they won't say exactly what it was, they tell me it involves two things that happened a couple of nights before odin lloyd was murdered. first of all, at a nightclub where hernandez and lloyd had been partying with some people, hernandez allegedly gets angry when he sees lloyd talking with two men. he got visibly agitated about this. then the party moves to hernandez's apartment. and there lloyd, i am told, sees guns and ammunition that we know were stored at hernandez's apartment which is about ten miles from his house. again, i'm not hearing exactly what it was, but i'm told those two things combined, adding up to something insignificant and
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allegedly fueled by paranoia on hernandez's part, caused him to plan to kilo din lloyd. that is the murder charge against him. >> wow. susan, thank you for all your reporting and the sourcing on this. of course, we'll be watching your special report called "downward spiral: inside the case against aaron hernandez." i airs tomorrow night, 9:00 eastern here on cnn. susan candiotti, thank you very much. coming up, pope francis has a stern message for the italian mafia. what he said about mobsters and the church making international headlines. the question we're asking today, could his remarks actually impact his safety? stay right here.
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the italian mob taking a big hit not by authorities, but who many consider the highest authority after god, the pope. over the weekend he used the strongest words yet against the mafia saying this, quote, those who along their life have gone along the evil ways as with mafia, they are not of god, they are excommunicated. italians are not only noting what he said but where he said it. let me explain. he was at this outdoor mass in calabria, known for mob ties, a 3-year-old boy was found in an alleged mafia hit. his body was found burned with his grandfather in a car. pope francis met with the boy's father before making the anti mafia comments. john allen editor with "the
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boston globe," as you've been working this beat for many a year, the pope has won demd the mafia before, this time different because of the word usage, excommunicated. what did he mean by this? how big a deal is this? >> pope haves been speaking out against the mafia for a long time. this is the first time the pope has used what we in the catholic world like to call the e word, excommunicated. this is sort of the nuclear option in catholic life, the most severe penalty any pope can impose. technically speaking, the pope didn't ex-communicate anyone on saturday. there's a whole process the church has to go through to do that. this is a whole shot across the bow against the mafioso saying he's willing to apply that penalty in individual cases if it comes up. bear in mind, brooke, a lot of these maf osi types consider themselves faithful catholics. they go to mass on sunday, they give money to the church.
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>> i've seen "the godfather." they go to church. >> absolutely right. they take part in the religious processions. they like to give money to the church. they like to wrap themselves in the papal flag. for the pope to be so explicitly denying them the opportunity to do that, yes, that's a big deal. >> john, we see this pope so freely wheeling and walking about, i'm wondering as far as security goes. anti mafia prosecutors are worried, worried the mafia may put a hit on him. really? would they? >> having lived in italy the better part of my adult life, i can tell you that even for the most sort of corrupt mafia don, i think in that country the idea of taking out a hit on the pope might be a bridge too far. when john paul ii went to sicily
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in 1993 and condemned the mob in language basically as strong as francis used on saturday, there was likely fear then about the pope's security. this was just a year after the mob had blown up italy's most famous anti-mafia judge and its most famous anti mafia prosecutor. >> did security change then, john, after he made those comments in sicily? >> listen, when he went to sicily, i can tell you the italian primary security service was all over the scene to make sure nothing untoward happened to the pope. my guess is that the vatican security service that has primary responsibility for the pope are having conversations right now with other italian security services just to dial up a little bit, just to make sure all the ap yap steps are
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being taken to keep the pope safe. it would be one thing if we were talking about a japanese yakuza who didn't have an investment in the pope. in italy these guys take their catholic credentials very seriously. if there were a procession of targeting the pope, that would be a death nil to any popular support they enjoy. >> a bridge too far, love having you on john allen. thank you so much. up next, remember this video? this man made national headlines when he admitted to being drunk behind a wheel, killed a man. now the person who produced this video is doing something to remember the victim and mark this major milestone in the case. that's next. [bell rings] jane. her long day on set starts with shoulder pain... ...and a choice take 6 tylenol in a day which is 2 aleve for... ...all day relief. hmm. [bell ring] "roll sound!" "action!"
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filmmaker alex sheen's got exactly what the driver wanted. remember this confession from 22-year-old matthew cordial. >> i take full responsibility for everything i've done to vince and his family. i'm begging you, please don't drink and drive. don't make the same excuses that i did. don't say it's only a few miles or you've only had a few beers or you do it all the time, it will never happen to you, because it happened to me. >> his drunk driving incident killed vincent kin san any one year ago. he's currently serving a 6 1/2 year sentence. the man who put him on camera is doing more to get people to stop
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people from drinking and driving. alex sheen went to the bars over the weekend this saturday night with this wide erase board, offering himself up as a designated driver. it says i would like to offer you a free ride home, someone i know killed a man while drinking and driving one year ago tonight. in honor of the man who died, i'd like to keep the road safe. joining me from cleveland is alex sheen. nice to have you on. >> hi, brooke. >> we know the why you did it, but tell me the response from those who you helped. >> it was interesting. obviously i'm a stranger with this white board. people were pretty receptive to it. i think a lot of folks, they want to do the responsible thing. they want to put down the keys and not drink and drive. so there was people who stepped up and i was busy basically the whole 3 1/2, four hours, kind of chatting them up about what was going on in their lives. >> what was it about matthew
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cordal and his story hand you tube confession that struck you and resonated so deeply that you, yourself and your own personal life took action? >> as a founder of because i said i would, a social movement and non-profit, our mission is to better humanity through promises made and kept. when you think about the issues of drinking an driving, it comes to individual commitments. we can point at laws and legislation. we can point at a lot of things. it ultimately comes down to us and the promise we make to not drink and drive. when i saw matthew cordial and his message to me as a stranger through facebook, he wanted to convince people to not drink and drive, that's when i decided to message him back and see what his intent was. >> we reached out to mothers against drunk driving and they gave us this statement. this is a heartfelt gesture and madd hopes others hearing about this are inspired to think twice
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before getting behind the wheel after drinking. let me ask you, alex, does the family of vincent, the victim, know what you've done or even matthew cordal himself? >> i don't believe either party knows. but at the end of the day, my hope is that it encourages people to just think about their own decisions and what they're going to do after having a night of drinking, and i hope that a couple people reconsider taking those keys and getting in the car. i hope that matt in prison knows that people are thinking about their physician decisions after he confessed. i hope the consani family takes a little bit of thought into how this affecting people. at the end of the day, it's about the impact. i hope it makes a difference, but who knows this. >> i think it's making an impact, at least on the lives of the couples and people you did take home voluntarily for free
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over the weekend. alex sheen, awesome job. thank you for coming on. best of luck to you in the future. coming up, here we go, live pictures, atlanta, georgia. we'll talk about this new museum dedicated to the civil rights movement. one of the exhibits features martin luther king junior's rport card from college and the surprising grade he got in public speaking. stay here. a dry mouth can be a side effect of many medications but it can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath. that's why there's biotene. available as an oral rinse, toothpaste, spray or gel, biotene can provide soothing relief, and it helps keep your mouth healthy, too. remember, while your medication is doing you good, a dry mouth isn't. biotene -- for people who suffer from dry mouth.
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this summer the nation marks a pivotal moment in america's civil rights movement. 50 years ago, hundreds of college students, black and white converged in the deep south for freedom summer when they risked their lives to register african-americans to broke. also opening, museums documents the civil rights struggles of
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the 1960s including this one under the beautiful blue skies in atlanta, the national civil and human rights center opened its doors today. cnn's victor blackwell takes us inside. >> we will use the same tactics we used before. >> reporter: bo connor and president johnson. >> their cause must be our cause, too. >> reporter: together, part of a comprehensive look for america's fight for equality inside the national center for civil and human rights in atlanta. the $80 million facility honors the less der known stories of the civil rights movement, one of them henry thomas. thomas was just 19 years old in this mug shod. he was a freedom rider during the summer of 1961, demonstrating for civil rights throughout the south. his is one of many covered the center's replica of the burned out bus they traveled on. >> there's a face now to those people who made that sacrifice 53 years ago.
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they're my heroes. i am proud of them. >> over 40,000 persons already assembled on the ground. >> reporter: the center is filled with the images and sounds of the era and an interactive exhibit that mimics the taunting and kicking the protesters faced during the lunch counter sit-ins. >> we want a personal connection to both history and president, and we want them to feel inspired that they can actually take a stand on whatever issue they want to. >> reporter: the highlight is the king papers collection, a rotating exhibit on some of dr. king's writings on loan from morehouse college. >> former ambassador andrew young fought for rights alongside dr. king. he sees the center as a vision and the on going push for workers right, lgbt rights and women's rights. >> this is a moving, spiritual artistic creation that will
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continue to be developed to address the conflicts and the problems that we face today and in the future. >> looks absolutely beautiful. victor blackwell joins us live from the national center for civil and human rights. the director you talked to said the center should be atlanta's signature. how did this whole thing come together? >> reporter: well, it started about a decade ago, an idea of the wife of civil rights icon dr. joseph lowery. she went to then mayor shirley franklin and said this space near the coca-cola museum should be dedicated to a national center for civil rights and human rights as well. it took $80 million to build. there was so pushback. there were some people who thought to cover this topic in juch a large way in the middle of downtown atlanta would be depressing. some peep didn't want to see that chapter of american history, but they also dedicate a lot of time and energy and space in this facility to the
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people who fought for civil rights and the on going fight for rights, not just for african-americans or minorities, but lgbt, women, the human rights across the globe. so it's just a look at how the history of the fight for rights in america can inform the on going fights around the world. >> quickly in 30 seconds, victor, you've been inside. what's a highlight? >> reporter: well, that lunch counter exhibit where you can sit and put on the headphones. i've seen the video from the '60s from the lunch counter sit-ins at the wool worth's and other places, but to hear it and the movement of those voices and the kicking, the vibration of the seat, it really makes it quite real. that's a highlight i'll take with me. >> incredible. one more reason to come to atlanta. victor blackwell, thank you for sharing it with us. victor mentioned that important decade "the sixties," it is back this week with the stories of american freedom fighters, men and women who never fired a shot
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but blazed the trail for civil rights. join cnn or set the dvr for "the sixties, a long march to freedom" this thursday night at 9:00 eastern. the top of the hour is now. -- captions by vitac -- hour two, i'm brooke baldwin. in iraq more cities falling, borders being seized. we're learning as many as 10,000 people have joined this deadly militant march toward bagdad. in the capital today, secretary of state john kerry vowed, his words, intense support in the fight against the terrorists who now control a huge chunk of both iraq and syria. after meeting with the prime minister nuri al maliki, secretary kerry said this. >> it is essential that iraq's leaders form a genuinely asclusive government as rapidly