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occur. that from the chinese embassy. tomorrow night, the star and director of an amazing movie, "the hurt locker." that's tomorrow night with catherine bigelow. here is jessica yellin and "a krchc 360." >> thanks, larry. tonight, behind the wheel of a car that just won't stop. up close tonight, will firing every teacher in a school solve the problem? you'll hear from both sides of the pink slip. and late word about six haitian orphan as dopted by american parents but stuck in legal limbo. well not anymore and the news is
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good. first up, six miles of here is terror at 100 miles an hour trying desperately to stop her run away lexus. i called my husband on the blue tooth phone system. i knew -- i'm sorry. i knew he could not help me but i wanted to hear his voice one more time. we hope our efforts will spare others the pain on this incident. it pains our hearts deeply to realize that we failed. but this failure is surely shared by toyota and nhtsa today. in our view, they demonstrated an uncaring attitude and disregard for life. the results have been tragic.
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and today i must say shame on you toyota for being so greedy. and shame on you nhtsa for not doing your job. >> rhoda smith testifying to day. lawmakers grilling the company's president tomorrow. dealers have been installing new parts on millions of recalled vehicles. still today on the hill, expert witnesses cast doubt on the repairs, doubt that drew griffin first exposed weeks ago and he's keeping them honest tonight. >> we design them to shut off or reduce power in the event of a system failure.
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we've done extensive testing on this system and we never found a malfunction that caused unintended malfunction. >> reporter: according to toy oat yashgs the problems are mechanical, stuck pedals and floor mats and therefore, easily and cheaply fixable. but four leading experts in the field of sudden acceleration, car safety and automotive recalls, tell cnn that toyota's explanations do not make sense. >> even today, toyota says it can't be the electronic controls, but if you take the floor mats out, if the gas pedal doesn't stick, what's left? it's the electronic controls. >> i would say unequivocally toyota's explanations do not account for the sheer unintended acceleration complaints we've examined. >> reporter: why? this automotive safety group that has been tracking for years now says follow the data. some, yes, are floor mats. some may be a stuck pedal. but that's the problem. the record shows just some of
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the problems explained. >> there are a series of patterns emerging that cannot be explained. >> reporter: rhonda smith is one of those unexplained incidents, telling congress her runaway toyota lexus didn't have a stuck gas pedal or floor mat. >> i put it in all available gears including neutral. but then i put it in reverse and placed both feet on the break and i was going to have to put the car to the upcoming guardrail in order to prevent killing anyone else. >> reporter: this noisy electronics lab at the university of maryland's clark school of engineering is where professor mike peck specializes in laboratory controlled interference testing. he believes toyota still doesn't know what's causing the problems. most likely it's electronics. and that, he says, is a worse case scenario. for a car company losing sales. >> i think the evidence is
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pointing that way. i think the evidence is pointing that way, absolutely. >> reporter: so any fix is not a fix? >> so they're in a little bit of a quandary. if they announce that the electronics is a problem, they're going to probably be in a lot of trouble because nobody is going to want to drive the car. so i think at this stage they don't want to announce that there's an electronics problem. >> it's a chilling report. today, james lentz acknowledged that the current recalls won't completely fix all the problems, so how can they even be so confident that this is not an electronic problem? >> i mean, that's the big question, right? the company is basing those statements on electronic testing that it had done that quite frankly one of our experts called amateurish. another said at the least the testing toyota has done is inadequate. the consensus seemed to be that
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toyota at this point can't explain what is happening in a lot of these cases, jessica. and therefore, they certainly can't fix it. that is a terrible position to be in, especially when you're trying to sell these cars. >> yeah, and i drive a toyota. the president of toyota goes before congress tomorrow. do you expect he'll bring us anything new? >> we have advanced statements from both the president of toyota and the president of toyota north america. both of those advanced statements seem to be sticking to the script. the president is going to say look, toyota grew too fast. we had our eye off the ball on safety, but the president of toyota north south america again saying we've rigorously tested our solutions and are confident with these repairs and it's a mechanical problem. to experts studying this, it
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just does not add up, jessica. >> we'll be watching his testimony closely tomorrow. thank you, drew. >> all right, the live chat is up and running at mild mannered harry reid's tough new talk about health care reform and what he's threatening to do to pass the bill. later, hear from one of 88 teachers and counselors all fired. sfx: coin drop sfx: cg have you heard? saving time, money and for the future has never been simpler. regions lifegreen checking and savings accounts come with a personal savings review, up to a $250 annual savings account bonus, and free online and mobile banking for simple and safe banking anytime, anywhere. just drop by or visit
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toyota has a lot of problems, no question about that. they also have a lot of friends in washington. and in our broken government segment tonight, who they are, what they get from toyota and how toyota's influence reaches into the agency that's are supposed to be looking out for your safety. answers to night from joe johns. >> reporter: this woman's company does business with toyota. she is recusing herself saying she will not participate in the investigation of the company. but other members with connections to toyota are staying in the game. like senator jay rockefeller of west virginia. toyota sponsored and paid for in court a dinner where rockefeller was honored last year and toyota runs a plant in rockefeller's home state that created 1500 jobs and close to a billion
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dollars in investment. his staff says he's going to stay with the investigation and that he'll be tough on toyota if he thinks they deserve it. just two examples of the close connections between congress, the policymakers and the foreign automakers that spent more money on lobbying in the u.s. than any other. toyota has spent $25 million on federal lobbying over the last five years. according to the independent researchers at and dave leventhal says they hired more than a platoon of lobbyists. the revolving door in washington, is that this phenomenon? >> toyota employed in 2009, more than 30 federal lobbyists. and who are these lobbyists? some of them are former members of congress, former high ranking congressional staffers. it's like a sports team. you want to get the best players to play on your team so can you win at the end of the day. >> reporter: in other words, she go directly from setting policy about companies into lobbying for them. their coveted because of their
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contacts and access with their former colleagues. former regulatesors who used to work for the highway safety agency now work for toyota. and in their new job, they try to influence government policy for toyota. in fact, some have reportedly been defending the company from the same highway safety agency. toyota has said the men's actions have been consistent with our efforts to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards. but that brings us to sutd enacceleration. a confidential toyota document turned over to the house oversight committee suggests that same office saved toyota $100 million plus by negotiating a limited recall over complaints about sudden acceleration in their vehicles with the government finding no defect in its cars. >> what was the role of nhtsa? did they take this investigation seriously? did they make a deal with toyota that limited a tough and
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thorough investigation? >> joe, during the hearings today, there were a lot of tough questions. are you suggesting that these members were actually pulling their punches because of all the campaign cash they got from toyota? >> not at all. today is an indication it could be really tough period for toyota. but this is also, as you know, seen as theater on capitol hill. and the real question that is sort of being asked right now is whether all that pow irand influence and money toyota provided actually got protection from regulators that it wouldn't have had otherwise before all of this came out in the open. did the regulators intentionally look the other way? of course, the regulators over at nhtsa saying that their problem is they were strapped. they didn't have enough
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88 teachers, that's the entire teaching staff in one of rhode island's worst performing schools is being fired. those teachers and their supporters protested the move at a rally today and tonight we'll hear from one of them and also from the school superintendent who is drawing both praise and fire for the decision. >> but first, some of the other important story wes ear following tonight. brianna kkeiler joins us with those. >> there are new details about dick cheney's health scare. his office saying the former vice president suffered a mild heart attack but that he's feel, quote, good. it's the fifth heart attack he's survived. his first was when he was just 37.
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he's expected to be released from a washington hospital in the next day or two. nearly 450 passengers on a celebrity cruises ship have been sickened with a gastrointestinal illness. it departed charleston, south carolina a week ago, headed for the eastern caribbean and passengers began falling ill over the weekend. the cause, still unclear. torrential rain triggered a massive landslide on a tea plantation on indonesia's main island of java. close to 30 homes were buried. rescue officials have found four bodies so far, but dozens of people are reported missing. a wild police chase in texas ended with the suspect actually leaping from his moving car and trying to escape on foot. well, he didn't get very far. this case actually began in ft. worth. it lasted 45 minutes, reaching speeds up to 100 miles an hour. the suspect was wanted for parole violations and faces multiple charges. >> he could have wished for toyota with an acceleration
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problem. it could have saved them. >> why did he think he can get away with that? >> i don't know, those high speed chases. can't get enough of the video, though. up next, firing teachers for failing the kids. one district is sending out pink slips for the entire high schoo faculty. are they to blame? we'll hear from both sides coming up. and later, legal limbo. a group of orphans in haiti and the fight to bring them to the u.s. tonight. gary tuckman reports on a happy ending. a regular moment can become romantic. and when it does, men with erectile dysfunction can be more confident in their ability to be ready with cialis. with two clinically proven dosing options, you can choose the moment that's right for you and your partner. 36-hour cialis and cialis for daily use. cialis for daily use is a low-dose tablet you take every day, so you can be ready anytime the moment's right. >> tell your doctor about your medical condition and all medications and ask if you're healthy enough for sexual activity. >> don't take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain,
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central falls high school where less than half the kids graduate, and almost all live in poverty. meanwhile, most of the teachers earn more than $70,000 a year. and pink slips could go out adds early as tomorrow. the trustees vote follows the decision by the school's superintendent and we're going to talk to her in a moment. we're also going to talk to a teacher who's being fired. first up tonight, up close, here's randi kaye. >> reporter: 75% of the district lives in poverty. a good education may be their only shot at a brighter future. so to give these students a better chance, central falls superintendent this week did something so radical, so unheard of, it's captured the nation's attention. she cleaned house, fired dozens of teachers, because the district says they refuse to spend more time with students to
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improve test scores. >> we have a serious problem. you have a 48% graduation rite. we lose more children than we graduate. >> central falls is one of the lowest performing schools in the state. of the 800 students, 65% are hispanic. for most, english is a second language. half are failing every subject. just 55% are skilled in reading, only 7% proficient in math. meanwhile, majority of their teachers are earning between $72,000 and $78,000 a year. well above the national average. and the district says the teachers wanted even more money, as much as $90 an hour more for the extra time spent with students. this in a community where the latest census figure shows the median income is $22,000. based on federal guidelines, the superintendent proposed teachers work a longer school day, seven hours, tutor students weekly for
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one hour outside of school time, have lunch with students often, meet for 90 minutes every week to discuss education, and set aside two weeks during summer break for paid professional development. a spokesman for the school district told me the teachers union wanted to negotiate the changes, so the superintendent felt she had no choice but to fire all 88 teachers for the next school year. >> i'm disheartened, i feel like after 20 years i can see some progress beginning to be made. and i'm sad that we're not going to be around to follow that through, to push that forward. >> a spokesman for the teacher's union called the firings, quote, drastic. and told me in the last two years, reading scores have gone up 21%. math score, he said have also gone up 3%. the spokesman said the teachers had accepted most of the changes but just wanted to work out the compensation for the extra hours of work.
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before the pink slips went out, the teachers made this video to show their commitment to the students and try and save their jobs. >> the people in that building are there because they wanted to be. which makes a big difference. >> reporter: the school district sure didn't see it that way, and now dozens of teachers who have taught here for decades suddenly need a job. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> a little more background on this story, low performing schools have four options for shaping up, including two that randi just described in her report. one is called the transformation model. it includes series of changes that teachers just agree to adopt. but when negotiations on those changes nailed at central falls high, the superintendent went with another option. that's called the turnaround
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model, which means firing every single teacher at the troubled school. now again, both options have the backing of the federal government, and i earlier spoke to fran gallo, the superintendent of the central falls school district just a short time ago. let me ask you, firing these teachers enmass, obviously disruptive to the students in the middle of the school year. you had no better alternative? >> well, first of all, they're not dismissed as of today. it is the middle of the school year that a decision had to be made, but that's because of a rhode island law that insists that we notify teachers by march 1. it would not be my preference, but it is what it is. >> so these teachers will finish out the school year. there are 88 teachers in all, that s that what you're saying? >> yes, ma'am. >> are you trying to wipe the slate clean and bring onboard 88 entirely new teachers? >> no, that was not my preference to begin with. but when we had to move from the
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transformation model, the next best move was the turnaround model, and that requires us to remove the teachers and rehire of those who reapply up to 50%. >> okay, so some of them could get their jobs back. now, the teachers say they've been improving test scores over the last few years. is it a little unfair to blame the problems at the school solely on the teachers? >> absolutely it would be unfair. but it isn't solely on the shoulders of the teachers. this is an entire community issue and we have been working on it. i've been in the district three years and we began with a very low attendance rate. we have improved that attendance rate. it is now in the 90s, 89% and 90% attendance. so we are working on a host of problems over a long period of time. but we really have been tinkering around the edges with that. this is a major move for a very significant reason. and that being that we couldn't hone in on the assurances we needed for the transformation model.
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>> so obviously this is going to be extremely dispirting for the teachers the rest of the year. what if the teachers union say okay, we accept the terms. is it too late to go back or do you accept a renegotiated settlement now? >> well, there's been an awful lot of inappropriate language and letters written. the teachers have brought all the students into the issue. this would be a very difficult thing to turn around. i can't imagine that that would be possible but, on the other hand, i don't discount a thing. and if, as we approach 120 days of planning, as we move forward. if indeed something of that effect comes around, i still think we have a lot of doors that could be opened. >> a drastic but very bold move. we wish luck to you and the students in your district.
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>> thank you, ma'am. >> and at 360, we bring you all sides of the issue. you just heard from the head of the school district. now let's talk to a guidance counselor who's being fired. george mclaughlin isn't the only one in his family getting a pink slip, so is his wife who's a chemistry teacher. mr. mclaughlin, thanks for joining us. you just learned that you and your wife could soon be out of jobs. tell us what's going through your mind at this moment. >> thank you, jessica. it's a sad day for me and my family and for central falls, especially our students. what's going through my mind is this was all avoidable, but there's a political -- >> let me ask you. what is the problem at this school? how did it really get this bad? because clearly, there is a problem, only half the students graduate. >> well, look, we have the most
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transient population in this state. nobody comes close to us. so when they say that 50% of the people graduate, a very high percentage of our students leave our school. they return, they leave again, they go back to other countries. will rogers says don't believe everything you read in the newspapers. don't believe everything you hear about statistics. we have three times as many students accepted to colleges now as they were five years ago. how do i know that? i work in the guidance office. >> teachers here have been the one constant at your school. even though test scores vk improving, they still remain abysmal. why not start with a clean slate here. >> this superintendent has been with us for a little more than three years. i've been here for 15 years. many of our teachers came from central falls themselves. they grew especially here, went away to college and came back and
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chose to teach in the community they grew up in. she doesn't seem to be interested in the history of our city. the one square square mile city. it's the smallest municipality in the smallest state in the union. and it seems to me if she were willing to negotiate, listen to someone like lincoln chaffey, a former senator from our state who stood out in front of our school and said he would mediate, maybe we could resolve this instead of causing more trauma to us. >> let me ask you about these negotiations and frankly about money. our understanding is the negotiations broke down because the union was fundamentally asking for more money for the extra time ask of the teachers. but the fact is many of your students live in poverty as where the teachers make over $70,000 a year. was this really all about cash. >> money was never even -- never
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got to the table. it was about job security and sitting down and working out all of the details. as far as i know, management walked out when lincoln chaffee made this announcement yesterday that he was willing to mediate, two hours later he was given an answer by management here saying no. why no? why not yes for us and for our children here? >> let me ask you a question that i asked dr. gallo. is there any chance you can go back to the table and continue negotiations? >> we're ready. as far as i know anyone at this school is ready at any table at anytime to talk to superintendent gallo and the board of trustees and anybody else who wants to be involved. we've said that from the beginning when everything broke
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down. and as far as i know, they walked away from the table. we've said it over and over and over again. there seems to be other agenda here. they don't seem to be listening to us. if they don't listen to us soon, the tragedy won't be just for myself and my family after 32 years in education. it will be for central falls as a stay. the former governor of this city graduated from this high school. we have many, many people throughout the country that have become famous and have great influence and the history of this place will go down the river. >> all right, thank you for your time tonight. and i wish you also very good luck and to your students. >> thank you, jessica. and a reminder, you can join the live chat that's under way. next, harry reid plays hardball. he's pushing the health care bill and vowing to get it passed with or without republicans. but the question is how? we're going to tell you coming up. and later, a group of haitian orphan and the fight to bring them to the u.s. tonight, the battle is over. we'll tell you the outcome. in "raw politics" senate majority leader harry reid said to a well-equipped buick lacrosse.
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in "raw politics" senate majority leader harry reid said today he may use a controversial parliamentary short cut to pass a health care bill. this fast track approach is known as reconciliation and it would allow democrats to pass health care reform without any republican support. now this, of course, is just days ahead of the president's big health care summit that's supposed to be all about bipartisanship. dana bash joins us now. how likely is it really that democrats are going to use this tactic, reconciliation to push through health care reform? >> it seems very likely. it's a very cumbersome and complicated tactic, but the reality is that as soon as
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democrats lost their massachusetts senate seat and lost their 60-vote super majority, they knew this was most likely the likely scenario for salvaging their health care scenarios. and the leader was really the strongest he's ever been today in suggesting that he would use the parliamentary short cut to pass the democrats' version of health care. you walk through the halls like i did today, you hear republicans saying wait a minute, why are we planning to go to a sick-hour live summit at the white house to talk about health care when democrats are already planning on going without us. listen to mitch mcconnell and harry reid after that. >> we're happy to go down there. i'm always pleased to see him. i'm sure we'll have a six hours, but it seems like he's already posted on the internet what he would like to see the majority jam through. >> nothing is off the table. we'll be happy to take a look at that, but realistically, they
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should stop crying about reconciliation as if it's never been done before. it's done almost every congress. and they're the ones that used it more than anyone else. >> jessica, reid said reconciliation has been used 21 times since 1981. just the fact that he was armed with those statistics and a defense shows how seriously they are considering using this parliamentary tactic, which would just need 51 votes to pass health care. one interesting thing i heard from democratic sources i'm sure you'll find interesting is one of the main reasons the president came out with his plan yesterday is actually to bridge the democratic divide ahead of this summit in the hopes of once they do that using this tactic to get a health care bill to his desk. >> let's talk about the politics of reconciliation. democrats have to be concerned that there's at least some political danger in looking like they're jamming through health care reform when they're trying to talk about bipartisanship. >> absolutely. and there's certainly some
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concern. blanch lincoln is in a very tough re-election battle. she said no way, she can't support this. but actually surprised me and our congressional producer today. we were walking around, polling senate democrats and we found tlr there was more support than we thought there would be for using this. the main reason is there's still the feeling -- even though this is very controversial, the democratic health care plan, feeling it is worse politically to do nothing. and there's a growing backlash among the democratic base, inside the democratic base saying a majority is a majority and you have a huge, huge control over washington, both in congress, of course, and the white house. we can't take no for an answer. get something done on this
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health care bill. and that's why you're seeing more and more serious talk about trying to push it through. >> it's going to be a lively next week and a half. thanks for staying on top of this. >> health care reform, the battle definitely comes to mind when you think of broken government. >> it is a perfect example of the political log jam we face. the meeting president obama is hosting on thursday, is there really hope for bipartisanship this late in the game? joining me now our chief business correspondent and peter beinart. he wrote the current issue's cover story. the republicans are crying foul. they say since harry reid is steling republicans to stop crying that they're going to use reconciliation anyway, it suggests it's just political theatre. is that fair criticism? >> i think it is just political theatre. i think the truth is nobody can realistically expect the republican party is going to
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change their opposition to this bill, but i think the democrats have a reasonable case which starts with the understanding the republicans have used the filibuster in an historically unprecedented way, much more often than people have historically. and we do not have a political system in the united states in which you should expect that you need 60 votes to do anything in the u.s. senate. so in those circumstances, i think the idea of going through reconciliation, you still need a majority. it seems to me pretty reasonable. the president has come out with what he calls a compromise health care plan. does it really actually break the log jam in congress? does it address the issue of cost, which is what this is supposed to be about to begin with? >> when you look at why americans who are opposed to health care are opposed to it, cost is one issue, access quality of care, choice, things like that. but in terms of cost, the president in his proposal that he put on the internet doesn't bring down the cost. in fact, if your opposition is that health care is too
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expensive, he's not doing a lot to address that. $950 billion is the president's estimate. the congressional budget office, the nonpartisan congressional budget office, which has offered estimates of what this health care will cost over time. he's put out an estimate on this and won't, unless it becomes a bill. or at least becomes the makings of a bill. the president said his proposal will actually save $100 billion, but again, no independent measure of that just yet. on monday, we thought this was the first effort at a compromise. and as dana reported early on monday, there was just no sign that that was actually going to be the case. if anything, everybody's dug in as much as they were before the president -- >> and this is an effort to get the democrats on the same page. >> right.
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>> an official describes the summit like this -- the odds may be long but we're hopeful and the president is open minded. so what is the president's plan for thursday's summit? what's the ideal outcome? >> first of all, the spt a -- the president is a better debater than the republicans. he knows these issues better than they do. and i think it's a chance to move public opinion. the other thing about polling on this, although it's clear in poll americans say they're skeptical of the health care effort, in poles that break down the component parts, the americans say they like the component parts. so it's possible the white house thinks if they can do a better job of explaining what actually is in the bill, they may have a chance to move public opinion a little bit. >> that's been the challenge the last 2 1/2 years on the economy, too, you're right. anyone who can explain it might get supporters because they explained it well. that is a big challenge the white house has to face. >> if the republicans come into this meeting and don't want to compromise with the president
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and the president doesn't make headway in getting a new bill written, what do we end up with? what are the next steps? >> i think the next step is this move for reconciliation. the thing that's important to remember is the democrats don't need to hold all their votes. they have 59. they only need 50. and joe biden could break the tie. people like blanch lincoln could oppose it, but they could still get it through. i think the tougher vote would be in the house where the democrats did only pass their health care bill by a fairly small margin. i think that's why obama would love to be able to convince people that the public opinion is shifting, at least just a little bit in his favor. thanks to both of you. six haitian children were delayed from leaving the country to join their new families. their american escorts were questioned for hours. the kids taken to an orphanage then moved again. gary tuckman has the latest next.
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hours. the children taken away. but tonight, it seems a happy ending. gary tuck man is live from haiti with all the details. tell us what you 'learned. >> today, the prime minister and the ambassador smoothed it over and tonight a happy reunion here at port-au-prince. the six orphans back with the three women that will take them to their new families in florida today. police detaining the women over this weekend saying there was a fraudulent signature, but that was all wrong. as it turns out, it was right. the signature was good but the orphans were separated from the women, brought to an orphanage they'd never been to. but a big scare, they went today and the orphans were gone. they sent them to a new orphanage. the people at the first orphanage never told anybody.
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but they were found, brought to the women at the embassy and we have the great honor of taking the three orphans. i'd like to introduce you to these six little boys. sarah is the mother of little reese. there are three women detained. this is sarah's son. how do you feel right now? >> fantastic. >> a wild couple of days for you. >> it was a lot of strength and patience to get through it. >> reporter: it all ended up happy? >> all ended up happy. >> reporter: this is stephanie and this is maria.
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she works at the orphanth and helped raise all of the children. she is going with them to florida. i bet you are happy. >> i am. i am so excited. this is jeff and he has a brother simon. will you say hi. >> they're going where? >> they're going to montana. ben is going to minnesota. >> this young man? >> this is albert. albert is going to iowa. >> and this young man? >> that is malichai and he's going to pennsylvania. >> very good. and, of course, this is reese. reese is going to the great state of -- >> minnesota. >> and the great town of -- >> british falls. >> these are the young little boys. going home tomorrow. >> tomorrow. >> congratulations to all of you. it's been a tough time. these are some grateful kids. now the women and the orphans were supposed to leave this saturday. when they got to the airport, a
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huge number of haitian men and women started surrounding them and said don't steal our children. the police ultimately came. people are very scared and fearful and angry about the ten u.s. missionaries arrested and charged with kidnapping. haitian authorities are very careful now about allowing the children to leave the country. tomorrow night at this time when you're all watching "anderson cooper 36 o," these new children will be with their moms and dads in the united states of america. >> great story. thank you for bringing us a happy ending on that one. gary tuchman from haiti. just ahead, it was first tiger woods and now another celebrity headed back to rehab in an attempt to save his marriage. we're going to tell what you charlie sheen's move means for his hit tv show. and our tribute to the olympics
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let's get caught up on some other important stories. brianna keeler joins us with a 360 news and business bulletin. >> 702 banks in the u.s., nearly 1 out of 11 are at risk of failing. that's according to a new government report. and that's the highest level in 17 years. former nba star jason williams is sentenced to five years in prison for shooting to death his limo driver in 2002. williams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault from the death last month avoiding a retrial on reckless manslaughter after a jury deadlocked on the charge in 2004. and police in vancouver, canada, say they received a substantial amount of tips in their search for andrew koenig who is best known for his part on "growing pains." his parents say at the time he was derespond end and suffering
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from depression. and charlie sheen checked into rehab and is taking a break from his cbs show "2 1/2 men." the move comes two months after his arrest in colorado for attacking his wife, brooke. she is also in rehab for substance abuse. >> all right. we'll leave that one alone. let's turn instead to tonight's shot. i can't say we don't turn our camera on ourselves. we're going to show our olympic athletes. there have been a lot of falls at the winter games. here are pictures of just a few. they don't give out medals for crashes or embarrassing moments. count on us because we do. so let's celebrate the on camera moments here at cnn that make us laugh. so we begin tonight first with the bronze medal. it goes to our own tom foreman who risked personal injury in his attempt to jump on a desk. i guess that's the picture there after a doctor was summoned and tom was treated.
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poor tom foreman. a good guy. a warrior and we give him the bronze. turning now to the silver, david mattingly for courage under fire. check this out. what do you think those are? >> i think i know they're asian carp, right? >> the asian carp hurl themselves out of the water. david took a direct hit from one of these guys. >> whoa! ouch! >> there we go. >> that hurt. >> it's got to hurt the man when you're attacked by a fish. david kept his composure. the judges were impressed. returning to the gold medal winner. guess who it was? no contest. hands down. the judges give it to -- you can say -- >> rick sanchez, ladies and gentlemen. >> he willingly allowed himself to be tasered. can't see this video now. >> i'm about to receive 50 thou volts of electricity. do it.
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>> it's not funny but it's funny. >> it hurts. >> he did it to himself. and there's been so much controversy in the olympics about, you know, gold or silver and who's getting it. but i think in that case, clearly gold. >> he gets the gold. thanks. we have a lot more coming up at the top of the hour. sfx: coin drop
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