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home, back in his own bed, so to speak, after all its venom can kill a human in 15 minutes. but now they know their slithering snaim snaik is safe, they also want to hold on to the momentum, hence, the snake naming contest. when was the last time something so small, the cobra weighs just 3 ounces, became such a huge story? none of us can remember, but we will all watch with great anticipation as the search begins to name our little cobra friend. cnn "newsroom" continues now with brooke baldwin. >> they need to ask the clever twitter handle. hello to all of you. i'm brooke baldwin. want to start with libya. alarming news today in the war against moammar gadhafi. in classes fived briefings, the cia has told members of congress the gadhafi regime is killing large numbers of people, killing large numbers of people, in towns where the media cannot get in. what we're looking at here,
these are images shot by a cnn crew that traveled by boat in misrata, they got in and out very quickly, misrata the third largest town in libya. it's controlled by rebels but under siege by gadhafi's armed forces. meantime, signals out of tripoli, the capital city, are suggesting gadhafi is considering giving up the reins of power. considering. but of course on his own terms and maybe perhaps to one or more of his own sons. a top aide to this man, gadhafi's son saif, has reportedly traveled to london to meet with the british government. the reason for the visit? not being disclosed. but that trip has come to light two days since the defection to london of a top confidant, gadhafi loyalist, former foreign minister moussa koussa. koussa is said to be providing information. for their part today, the libyan
opposition is floating a peace proposal. that hand juppened just a coupl hours ago in benghazi. that's where i want to go to cnn's reza sayah for more on the terms. spell it out for me, the cease-fire proposal. is anyone even taking it seriously there? >> reporter: well, brooke, considering the stated objective of the opposition remains regime change, this is kind of a curious development. it could be significant, it could be empty talk. or it could be some sort of politicmri political ploy. but the opposition says they're open to cease-fire if conditions are met. the announcement made by the top opposition official, jaleel. he says we'll agree to a cease-fire if gadhafi's forces lift the sieges on the cities like misrata and if they give the libyan people the freedom to protest and freedom of
expression. according to a special u.n. envoy to libya also at this news conference today, the negotiations are under way. the u.n. envoy saying he was in tripoli yesterday conveying these conditions to the regime, what was clearly not conveyed to the regime, according to this u.n. envoy, was the stated objective of the opposition, which again remains to be regime change. so there you had the highlighting of the discrepancy between the u.n.'s mandate, which is a cease-fire, an end to the killing, and a stated goal of the opposition, which is regime change, brooke. >> reza, i want to ask you about another town not terribly far from you, ajdabiya. we have heard reports today there are rebels digging these defensive berms around ajdabiya and they're moving around in units as opposed to just going up and down the coastal road there. does that indicate to you at all that they're perhaps getting a
little bit more sophisticated, more organized militarily? >> reporter: by accounts we are hearing today, from the front line, there was a little bit more organization, cohesion to this operation. ajdabiya is their defensive position, their final defensive position, so it makes sense that they are building trenches. but you can always tell how things are going for opposition forces by their celebratory gunfire and victory signs. you got a little bit more of that today. they had a rough week, remember, lost a lot of territory, key towns over the past several days to regime forces who were pushing their way eastward. but today, according to opposition officials, they led an offensive, pushing the regime forces back, the offensive led by defective army unite. the only volunteers they took up there are volunteers that agree to be under the command of the defected army units. they kept the other volunteers, so-called forest fighters, back
in the walk daub area area. they say they're encouraged by today's progress. they say they've stopped the regime's progress. what you have now is a little bit of a stalemate in the al brega area. >> tourist fighters. what about the allies and air strikes? we've heard about weather conditions that perhaps have grounded some of those allied warplanes? what have you heard on your end about that, reza? >> reporter: yeah. indications are that the airstrikes have decreased over the past several days. there's some concern among the opposition that it could be because nato is now taking charge of this operation. some member states, of course, not as enthusiastic about the aggressive air strikes, member states like turkey. but other military analyst are pointing to the weather conditions. been some ruff weather over the past couple of days, cloudy, rainy weather. and that could be a reason why we haven't seen air strikes. but some rebel fighters today
saying they did hear what app r appeared to be air strikes in brega where the front line is now. >> reza sayah, my thanks to you there in benbenghazi. we know the cia is on the ground there in libya, but cloak and dagger central appears to be in london where top-level libyans continue to turn up, as defectors, envoys, make something else, the latest reported visitor is the top aide to one of gadhafi's sons saif. phil black is in london. what is the story there in london? >> reporter: brooke, as you say, reports today that a seen yar libyan government aide who usually represents saif gadhafi, the libyan leader's son, has been here in talks with british government officials. the gadhafi regime could be involved in negotiations, trying to secure a deal perhaps that would see their father exit the
libyan city. so far no confirmation from the britain foreign office on this. it comes the day after moussa koussa arrived in london to defect. we're told he's in a safe zs house being questioned by foreign office ministers, officials, as well as intelligence officials. and the hope is that he will be the first of many more to come. the thinking goes here that with every senior ranking libyan official to change sides, to potentially defect, the gadhafi regime is weakened and so gets a little bit closer to its end. there are reports here that as many as ten senior libyan officials are considering that sort of move. again, no confirmation from the british foreign office on this except to say when they speak to libyan officials -- and they do -- they emphasize that gadhafi must go. and those officials should seriously consider abandoning his regime. >> you mentioned moussa koussa defecting, reports about the aide to saif gadhafi.
my question would be sort of big picture here, phil. why uk? why does david cameron appear to have such a dog in this fight? >> reporter: well, britain has certainly, in many ways, led the diplomacy here, certainly to engage in military intervention and analysts say probably before that as well. some of the defections, the meetings that are taking place, are believed to be the result of work that was put in even before the military intervention began, perhaps from the earliest days of this crisis, perhaps even before that. so libya and britain have had considerable ties in recent years in some way, britain played a considerable role in leading libya out of the cold back into the international community when it took that decision to give up its weapons of mass destruction. there have been ties, channels have been established, so the british government is now hoping to exploit those, make the most of them. and as i say, encourage many
senior libyan officials to switch sides and help bring down gadhafi's regime. >> as you say, this could be the first of many more defectors to come. thank you, phil. we're not just watching what's happening in libya today. this video is jordan. just one of the massive protests taking place all across the middle east. and does this place look familiar? this is tahrir square in cairo, the epicenter of the egyptian revolution that we talked so much about for weeks and weeks. so why were thousands of egyptians back there today? also, here in the united states, tens of thousands of people lost power in the northeast because of snow. april 1st. stay here. and we've got cars like that, even trucks. but we can do more. when you buy a chevrolet, we'll invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and tree-planting programs across america, reducing carbon emissions by up to 8 million metric tons
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japan is now past 11,600. exactly three weeks since that massive earthquake and tsunami, more than 16,000 are still missing. also, the tens of thousands of people evacuated from the area near the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant have just found out it could be months before they're allowed to return home. and did you check the jobs report today? it was better than expected, 216,000 jobs added in the month of march, bringing the nation's unemployment rate down just a smidge to 8.8%, the lowest level we've seen in two years. call it an april fools' day joke courtesy of the weather. a winter storm swept into the northeast today, covering roads, forcing schools to close and leaving 0 tens of thousands without power. the national weather service has issued a winter storm warning for areas in massachusetts, maine, new hampshire, vermont and those of you in new york, areas could get more than a foot
of snow. >> reporter: what percentage ever the federal budget do you think we spend on foreign aid? >> 40%. >> foreign aid? 20%? >> hmm. 40%? 20%? for foreign aid, what do you think? got a guess? we've got the real answers, next. and if you are like most americans in our poll, you might be surprised what the real answer is. jessica yellin has that next. [ female announcer ] sometimes you need tomorrow
out there that our government just spends too much money, right? but there's also a bit of confusion as well on where all that money goes. how do we know that? because we asked you. here is our national political correspondent jessica yellin. >> reporter: on capitol hill they're on the verge of a government shutdown because congress wants to slash federal spending but republicans and democrats can't agree on how much to cut. the biggest fights are over just a handful of programs, including -- >> foreign aid. >> npr. >> food stamps. >> reporter: if trims those programs will rein in spending, they must make up a huge part of the federal budget, right? well, that's what most americans think. what percentage of the federal budget do you think we spend on foreign aid? >> 40%. >> foreign aid? 20%. >> reporter: a new cnn opinion research poll found most americans think foreign aid makes up 10% of this year's federal budget. reality check?
it's not even close. foreign aid, 0.6% of the 2010 budget. >> really? wow! i thought that was a big thing. >> reporter: so we asked about a few more. government pensions. >> that would probably be 10%. >> probably 10%. >> reporter: according to the poll, that's what most americans think. but the reality? just 3.5%. for public broadcasting, npr? >> zero now, right? maybe 15%. >> reporter: most folks think public broadcasting gets 5% of the federal budget. reality? less than 0.1 of 1%. overall, americans think foreign aid, government pensions, education and food and housing assistance and public broadcasting account for 52% of the federal budget. in reality it's just 11.3% of the budget.
the bulk of our spending goes to defense, social security, medicare and medicaid. >> we have very skewed perspective. >> reporter: why do you think that is? >> probably the media. >> blame the media! right, jessica yellin? let's own up to this. is it at all our fault? >> it's always the way. >> of course. >> we do frequently report that discretionary programs that congress is talking about trimming are just a tiny part ever the budget. we report that, but why doesn't it stick in people's memories? well, one reason i think brooke maybe politicians are making a small part of the budget a huge part of the budget fight. and so far they're not even talking about or touching the biggest challenges, which are, as we said, social security, medicare and medicaid. >> let's talk about the big ones, military, social security, medicare. that's where the money is going. is congress seriously taking money from those? >> it's up to the congress and the president, because he proposes a budget, and the president's proposed budget for
next year did not touch those. he says he wants to get there with the republicans. next week house republicans come out with their budget propsal for next year. early word is it will include steps to rein in middle i care and medicaid but not social security. that's when the dance begins. we'll see what happens. an election year is coming up, which means any significant changes to those programs very tough. >> i like that piece. let's get you to hit the streets more often, ms. yellin. test the people. jessica, thank you so much. yesterday was the tea party movement protesting the budget deal. jessica talked about that. today it's a group of evangelical pastors. they have been fasting to prove their point. i'll talk to jim wallace, next.
we, we touched on this yesterday, the anger on the right about the federal debt. these folks are getting their fair share of attention, the tea party movement. when a few hundred tea partiers rallied around the capitol, they got the full attention of the national media and supporters in congress are putting budget cutting pressure on the house republican leadership. what about the left? what are they saying about the federal budget cutting? as it turns out, a group of progressive clergy this week began a fast. joining me from washington, eele evangelical jim wallace of sojourners. he's been asking the question, what would jesus cut?
when you look at the budget the house has passed, what do you specifically find that's morally troubling? >> hi, brooke. good to see you. we're saying, brooke, that a budget is a moral document. it reveals our properties. who's important, what's important, what's not, who's not. and i would say we're not broke. this isn't really a crisis just of spending. it's a nation with misplace priorities. we're cutting 10 million bed nets to keep kids from getting malaria in africa. the head of usid has said 70,000 kids will die. some cuts kell. these cuts kill. and it's a matter of imbalances. we're cutting low-income housing, yet we're retaining home mortgages for second vacation homes for the wealthy.
we're cutting early childhood head start and cutting tax breaks on estates for millionaires. so these are choices we have to make. >> well, let me ask you about this choice. you talk about sort of an imbalance. is it not also morally troubling to you that our government is spending so much more than it takes in? do you, jim, see that as at all a moral issue? >> oh, i do. a deficit that puts excessive, crushing burdens on my kids? i've got young kids and my grandkids, that's a moral issue, too. but, brooke, how you reduce a deficit is also a moral issue. and i actually work with deficit hawks. i'm working with david walker and many other people. but deficit hawks are fine. deficit hypocrites are not. if we're going to kwucut, we'vet to go where all the money is. we spend more than the next 29 countries combined in military. i want them to say out loud that
every line item of military spending is worth more to our national security, even, than bed nets for kids with malaria, to keep them from getting it. these are choices. >> i was in touch with our convigressional teams today, they're hoping the republican $61 million cuts will come from across the board. we talk about the house cuts, seems to get a lot of attention. with regard to your fast, jim, other than the fact you're here on national television talking, do you feel like you're getting enough attention? >> well, faith leaders across the spectrum, conservative, liberal, all kinds of folks, not left or right, we are forming, brooke, a circle of protection, a circle of protection around those programs that most impact our poorest and most vulnerable people. food and nutrition, child health. these things don't even cost that much. and they're cost-effective. in the past they've had
bipartisan support. there ought to be a principle here. we're with going to protect our poorest people and not balance the budget at their expense. that's just wrong. we're saying we've got to make moral choices here. go to where the real money is. corporate subsidies, oil and gas, ago row business, weapon systems don't protect us. there's huge money there, there's not a lot of money -- we didn't get into debt by spending money on poor people. let's remember our priorities here and protect those whom god calls the least of these, as jesus said. we're fasting to turn to god and ask god to change our hearts and lawmakers' hearts and the hearts of the nation. >> well, jim, do you think that this fast will change their hearts? i mean, how long are you -- how long are you willing to fast? because we don't know how this thing is going to end, yet. >> well, it's lent. i'm going to fast through easter. i'm just drinking water right now. it's my fifth day. >> how are you feeling?
>> i'm feeling actually pretty good. i feel a lot of support. but here's the thing, it's not about me and the few fasters. it's about the thousands joining the fast every day now across the country. they're religious and not religious, all kinds of folks are joining this fast because they think this is a moral issue. and it really is. so i want to have a moral conversation about our priorities. we're talking to lawmakers. we're going to talk to republicans and democrats and the president. >> well, let us know. >> we're going to say, we have to make moral choices here. >> let us know, jim wall is, how the conversations go. >> we will. we will. >> thank you so much. if you were not told, this video with was shot today, you might think it was from the egyptian revolution weeks ago. thousands in tahrir square, so why are protestors back? we'll show you next. we'll show you other videos from large and deadly protests across the middle east.
it was a deadly day in the middle east with protest and new violence erupting in several countries. first i want to show you syria. police opened fire on crowds of protestors who took to the streets, this is after friday prayers. at least seven were killed, dozens injured, two americans detained for days have now been released. next to jordan. police tried to separate pro and antigovernment protestors, tens of thousands turned out for dueling demonstrations. brief scuffles erupted there. and in cairo's tahrir square.
look at these pictures, thousands demonstrating peacefully at a gathering dubbed friday to save the revolution. this is all part of an effort to reenergize the movement that ousted egypt's president hosni mubarak. in yemen, demonstrators for and against the government swarmed into the capital of sanaa. at least four people wounded there. mohammed jam moom wijoom with u. how bad is it for the president of yemen? does it look like he'll survive, or will he be forced out? >> reporter: brooke, every day the situation seems to get worse for president saleh. he seems to get put more into a corner both from society over there, the protest movement has taken root across the country, so many voices demanding he leave ofrs. it's a youth-led revolution.
so many have defected and joined the ranks of the youth revolution. people from the ruling party have resigned, ambassadors from across the world have resigned their jobs as well. it doesn't look good for president saleh. but just last week there were several commentators in yemen saying president saleh's political obituary had been written, he was down for the count, only would remain president for hours. so far he's skillfully navigated all of these backroom deals trying to happen between the opposition, between the ruling party and commanders that have defected. whether he'll be able to survive in the long run is really going to depend on the u.s. and saudi arabia. right now he's hanging on but it's looking worse by day. >> what if saleh is forced to step down? how concerned is the united states? you mention he's an ally of saudi arabia and also united states with regard to antiterrorism measures. aqap, is there a plan in place
post-president saleh? >> reporter: brooke, this is one of the key concerns for the u.s. right now. we've heard from secretary of defense robert gates in the past couple of weeks that there is no plan, no post-saleh plan in yemen. that's what everyone is concerned about. even though there's a movement there that's grown over the past few months to have him leave, these protestors, they have not been supporting anybody else. and because saleh is seen as a key in the fight against aqap, and aqap has tried to launch spectacular attacks against the u.s., against western targets, even saudi arraign why from their base in yemen, there is concern about filling the president's shoes and who will help u.s. to fight al qaeda in the region. >> mohammed, thank you. and now watch this. >> a shock and awe campaign. it will involve a lot of fireworks, a lot of people dressed in black. it will involve a lot of very, very loud music. >> what is he talking about?
that is an anarchist in london talking about plans to disrupt the royal wedding. we're going to tell you what police plan to do about that. but first, each week we like to introduce you to ordinary people doing extraordinary things as part of our own "human factor" series. for most of isaac's life his goal has been to study law. as a young teen, though, he was told he would slowly be going blind. but cnn achieve medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta tells us he did not let his disease deter his dreams. >> all right, lily, finish it up. >> reporter: isaac's newest job is learning to take care of his three beautiful new babies. that's a challenge for him because he can't see his children. litz ki has a rare form of blindness that progresses over time. he got the diagnosis when he was 13, soon after landing a role on tv's "saved by the bell," the new class. p. >> hasn't won in ten years.
if you can make money losing, we'd be millionaires. >> i loved acting. i loved being on a set. it's exciting. >> reporter: but acting wasn't his dream. law school was. >> as i really started experiencing vision loss in college, it was more of a nuisance than a disability. >> reporter: undeterred, he got into harvard law school and made it to the supreme court. he clerked for retired justice sandra day o'connor as well as justice luge bader ginsberg. >> it's hard to anticipate slowly losing your vision and living a's a blind person. >> reporter: now at 31 he's legally blind. >> right now i'm sort of dealing with light and dark, maybe the occasional sort of shape. >> reporter: while lid sky can't overcome his blindness. it hasn't stopped him. >> with a walking cane, screen reading software, it really doesn't slow me down in any practical sense. >> reporter: this young lawyer hopes that one day people like him will see again. that's why he started hope for
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britain's royal wedding coming up in just a couple of weeks and who doesn't love a good royal wedding, right? well, cue the music, anarchists for one. dan river sz here with the angle. >> reporter: this is the nightmare scenario for those planning the royal wedding, anarchists attacking a car carrying the royal family. on this occasion, it was prince charles and camille la, but this is the same car that will be used to take kate middleton to the wedding, and anarchists are vowing to do their best to interfere with the event. >> for the royal wedding we'll see a disruption spectacular. >> reporter: charlie veitch is an ex-city banker who was laid off and is now a committed anarchist protester. he was among this student
protest against austerity cuts last year and is warning there will be more of the same on april the 29th, which he describes as -- >> a shock and awe campaign. it will involve a lot of fireworks. it will involve a lot of people dressed in black. it will involve a lot of very, very loud music. >> reporter: security expert roy ram shows me the aftermath of the latest protest. >> you see them here doing this kind of damage, which is just completely ridiculous. >> reporter: this is just one window of hundreds. >> absolutely. >> reporter: he says the royal wedding presents an incredibly difficult challenge. >> the police have got a job to get the public in, close up to the wedding, but they've got to keep the people who want to cause disorder and damage like we're seeing here away from the royal wedding. it could be immensely disruptive. you know, it's a very unenviable position the police are in. >> reporter: the big problem for the police is getting evidence to stop the anarchists doing something before they get to the wedding route. there is talk of using stop and search powers.
the problem is, who do they stop and search? experts say intelligence before the big day will be crucial. anarchist web sites are already humming with references to the wedding. >> there are plans, which are being passed around onlined in encorrupted forums and through encrypted e-mail which the government cannot hack, to basically disrupt the procession route as well. >> reporter: but knowing exactly where to deploy riot police is tough. the protestors could strike at almost any location in central london. >> there's a lot of chatter out there, no real intelligence. but we must bear in mind people have the right to come and protest. >> reporter: the anarchists will have to blend in with a crowd like this, and these staunch royalists could be the best defense the police have. >> i don't think it will be very easy for the anarchists to infiltrate. the great majority would stop that happening. oernd on the other hand, if there was a pint of paint thrown , it woud
be a worldwide embarrassment. >> reporter: one the police are trying to avoid, one the anarchists would consider a huge victory. >> so the big day is just a couple of weeks away, and tada, our pal from tlc's "say yes to the dress" atlanta. we're going to talk royal wedding. you brought a souvenir here. we're going to talk souvenirs, lo horseshoes, seating arrange mtss and how quigley copycat designers are going to switching miss kate's dress. >> they're out there now. today's free money advice from the "help desk". >> it is time for the "help desk" where we get answers to your financial questions. joining me this hour, donna rosato and john oelz hiemer president of consumer education at smart credit.com. first question from robert -- i have no real debt except for rent and bills, and i don't use
credit cards. but i find it hard to save money so where do i start? donna, what's your word for him? >> first of all, i would say robert is in a great position to start saving because he doesn't have debt. i would start with an emergency savings fund. you want to put away six months of savings to cover any expenses you have, things you aren't sure if you lose your job or have an unexpected repair come up. it's great if he has a 401(k) on his job. last place for free money for investing. any contributions would be matched. as he said, it can be really difficult to save. my advice there is make it automatic, like the 401(k) is. try to take the savings out of your paycheck before you hit it. then you'll be more successful. >> automated savings is great advice. here's our second question, brent in missouri -- my current job pays in cash. how much can i deposit before those taxes start coming out? john? >> old-fashioned job, pay you in cash.
the answer to the question is you deposit as much as you want before the taxes come. that's not a good idea, irs will penalize you for not making your quarterly estimated tax payments. go to irs.gov, set aside about one-third of every dollar that he receives in payment because that's the amount of money he'll start paying to the irs every quarter. not kwicoincidentally, the firs payment is due april 18th this year. do you have a question you want answered? send us an e-mail anytime at the c cnn help desk.
the dress" atlanta. you're headed to london. i'll talk about that in a moment. but i want to talk about, this is the home stretch. >> we're down to the wire right now. >> what are they doing right now? >> i would imagine the response cards are coming in to the palace. i'm sure people sent it in immediately. seating arrangements are being readjusted for people that aren't coming. it's not really a state affair so it's really a family gathering for the luncheon in the palace. >> it's a family gathering. i'm curious if kate -- how involved would she be? >> very involved. you've got to invite people you don't want -- >> who do you sit next to whom? >> i think what we're having here is she's pretty much going to show up and do as she's told. >> show up and say "i do." had when we talk about the dress, do you like the blue? >> stunning. kate blue. >> when it comes to the dress -- and we don't know yet. >> we don't know anything. >> everybody is watching to see what it looks like. when will designers start sketching that dress for future
brides? >> the minute she steps out. with tlc, i'll be outside her hotel. this is huge. i'm going to get that first glimpse as she gets into that beautiful car and rolls away. artists will be sketching it, designers, the minute she hits any door way. >> are you serious? >> oh, yes. serious? >> that dress will be in the market if not seven days, definitely 12 days after she goes down the aisle. it will be in stores for sale. >> she's tall. >> she's 5'10", lady di. >> tall girl like me. he would be the tallest monarch. >> going to be the tallest monarch when he ascends to the throne. he's 6'3" and his father 6'2". father 5'9". >> lady di, let's explain this. >> let's explain this doll. lori, how sweet of her, she dug this out of her attic i home. anyway, her parents brought this back to her. >> this is lori daniels, your -- lori allen.
>> of "say yes to the dress atlanta," my cohost there and her parents brought this to her as a souvenir from the wedding and a replica of what they thought it was going to be. >> so when we think of what's the saying, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. do they have traditions in england? >> they have a horseshoe most american girls don't do. >> a horseshoe. >> of all things. >> please explain. >> they put it in their bouquet, and it catches all the well wishes offered them on their wedding day and they hang it over their cottage door frame, in this case a palace probably, to continue the good luck and lady di had a gold one made out of welsh gold, the nugget her wedding ring was made from and set in diamond stone at the back of her dress, as well as a blue bow. >> wow. >> and her old was a piece of lace from queen marry. >> what do they think kate will have? what will be passed on along to her? >> it will be -- it will be very interesting to see what she
wears on her head. lady di was given a love knot tiara from the queen and she chose to wear the spencer tiara, no royal significance but her sisters have worn it so it's a family piece. >> do you think kate will be in flats? >> no. >> like di, di was in flats. >> because she and the future king are the same height. he's 5'10" and she was 5'10" so she wore little low heel stack shoes and had the monograms on the bottom, their initials, how sweet was that. >> since kate is 5'10" and william is 6'3", she can swing the heels. >> she'll be in shoes, definitely. >> what about the shade of the dress, so many shades of white? >> what we see traditionally when you look at royal weddings, and i've been researching it, royals have been getting married in this era, the younger royals that are cousins, not at westminster abbey, they have been sleeveless, strapless gowns with tiaras and veils but they are not marrying the future king and not getting married at westminster abbey, so with that
being said i think she will be in ivory. all the gowns tend to be ivory. they feel that it complements the english complexion. >> are you so excited, so up your wedding wheelhouse? >> i am so texcited. i can't even talk. the place to watch me is tlc. >> when do you leave for london? >> i'm leaving easter morning, right after sunrise service, there you go. i'll get up and enjoy that and get on a plane. >> and a quick preview, you said you'll be at the spot when she walks out of the hotel? you'll get the first glimpse. >> and i'll be telling you all about it. >> you'll send me a quick twit picture. >> of course, the minute i get it. >> and we'll watch monte and cnn, the whole big live coverage. >> we'll team up and make a great coverage team. >> monte, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> cnn will be bringing you even more wedding lowdown at 2:00 and 10:00 p.m. eastern calling it a cnn royal wedding special. you going to be watching? >> i'm going to be watching. >> he'll be watching. coming up next, a warning from former president george w.
bush. we'll tell what you he said last night, and then i know many of you have heard about this by now. this is definitely the talker of the day. an online video of godaddy's ceo killing an elephant. he's getting a lot of flack for this video. but guess what? he'll be joining me in a matter of minutes, and i'll ask him why did he do it? it's a conversation you don't want to miss. >> i'm out of here.
update we go to wolf blitzer live in washington with the news fresh off the cnn political ticker. mr. blitzer, happy friday to you. >> guys, i'm not hearing her. >> oh, i hear you, wolf. can you hear me? he's not hearing us, so we will just move on. hopefully we can work to try to get him hooked up. now he hears me. wolf blitzer, you got me? >> i hear you, brooke. what were you trying to say because i wasn't hearing you before? >> i was saying happy friday. >> oh, thank you very much. it's a lovely friday. i hope you'll have a nice weekend. going to relax a little bit, enjoy? >> hit some golf balls tomorrow. >> you're a golfer. >> working on it. >> good, excellent. >> what do you have going on political ticker? >> political ticker, we've got some news on the cnn political ticker as we always do at cnnpolitics.com. the former president of the united states, george w. bush, issuing a little warning to the current president. don't rush out of afghanistan. it's been almost ten years since u.s. troops went into afghanistan right after 9/11.
and the former president is very concerned that if the u.s. pulls out too quickly all that could be for not. he just said, especially afghan women will suffer if the u.s. leaves too quickly. my concern, he said, is that the united states gets weary of being in afghanistan and says it's not worth it. let's leave. laura and i believe if that were to happen, women would suffer again. so he's issuing a little warning, and as you know, horrible, horrible incident today in afghanistan. all of these united nations w k workers in mazare sharif slaughtered, a situation we'll dealing with in "the situation room" at 5:00 p.m. eastern. a horrible, horrible story. as you know, by next year, the u.s. is supposed to begin withdrawing from afghanistan about 100,000 troops. u.s. troops there. by the end of 2014, all of the u.s. troops are supposed to be out. we'll see how that develops. the president of the united states not only has to worry about afghanistan right now. he's focusing in deeply on what's going on in libya, and
brooke, as you know, these are sensitive not only day buzz hours right now in libya. the u.s. working very, very hard to make sure that in the end the civilians are protected, but beyond that the u.s. policy that gadhafi is gone is achieved. how they do that, anyone's guess right now. there's a huge debate unfolding, as you know. one piece of good news for the president on this day, political news, the jobs numbers, pretty good job numbers, what, 216,000 jobs created last month? the unemployment rate down to 8.8%, a full point lower than it was four months ago so there's some reason to be hopeful on that front, but this president has so much on his plate right now by no reasons an easy ass n assignment but then, again, he's president of the united states. >> he's got a big job, big responsibility. wolf blitzer, thank you so much. we'll get another political update for new half an hour. updates as well online. go to cnnpolitics.com or on twitter at politicalticker.com,
and now watch this. excuse me, at political ticker. an elephant killed on camera to feed a small village. now, the internet show who did the killing said he did it to help feed the african people. he'll join me this hour to defend himself against all the animal right critics. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. is gadhafi's inner circle crumbling? is a cease-fire coming soon? we're live in libya. >> this country is ours for the taking. >> an all-star cast in this version of "camelot," but is it just a twisted take on history? snow on april 1st? this is no april fool's joke. and is the obama white house transparent enough? friday's edition of "political pop" goes top secret.
hour two, welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin. again this hour, disturbing news from the war in libya. in classified briefings, the shaye has told members of congress the gadhafi regime is killing large numbers of people, killing large numbers of people in towns where the media simply cannot get in, cannot get access. now, one of those such towns is a city of misrata, the country's third largest town, it's a town that you're seeing here in some of this video. a cnn team was actually able to enter misrata and do some reporting, and then they quickly got out of there. we're going to speak to the correspondent there in just a moment, fred pleitgen, but first here's some of what he saw. >> as heavy fighting rages in downtown misrata, many residents have fled from the tank and artillery shells raining down on their neighborhood, but they have nowhere to run. the opposition-held city of misrata sen circumstanis encirc pro-gadhafi troops.
this man says he barely managed to get his family out of the city center and into the schools on the outskirts. all the houses next to ours were knocked down in the fighting, he says. people were killed in the houses right next to ours, including women and children. constant barrages of artillery, tank and mortar fire have clearly traumatized, especially the children. and as urban combat destroys more and more of downtown misrata, many foreigners who came here to work during better times, are now stranded. some were hoping to live via misrata port but they can't get out, so they have ended up here at a makeshift refugee camp near the port. it was set up when the fighting started and now stretches for several miles. all along the road leading to misrata port, you find thousands of refugees, most of them from african countries, and they are stuck here, stranded here. they can't get anywhere. the worst thing about it is, first of all, all the refugee camps are makeshift.
they have basically no food, no water that they are getting from the international community. what they are getting they are getting from the people of misrata, and they are right in the middle of the combat zone. they gave us this piece of shrapnel they say artillery shells fell right near the area where the refugees are. ibrahim prince mohammed from ghana says he and many others have been staying under the tarpaulins for more than a month and feel abandoned by their governments. >> want to go to ghana simply because we hear the gunshot and shouting all over the city. people are dying. people are dying. we are not comfortable. we want to leave, so we need help from u.n. >> reporter: cries for help have so far gone unheard as the situation of those caught here gets worse every day.
while misrata remains under siege. food, water and medical supplies are further depleted and desperation grows. >> want to begin -- bring in fred pleitgen. there's fred in malta. fred, now that you're safely out of misrata i can ask this question i really wanted to ask you yesterday. how long were you and the crew in misrata? how did you get in, and how did you get out? >> reporter: well, were on the ground for a little more than 24 hours. i say it was about 27 hours, brooke, and what we did was we took an old fishing trawler that's actually making runs to get food and medication into ms. ratda fr -- into misrata, here into the town of ms. ratda. it's a very dangerous thing to do, because the pro-gadhafi forces are shelling the port area in misrata which is in the hands of the opposition at this point in time. actually, about 15 minutes after we left the port dis embaembark from the ship when we got there, the port was shelled by pro-gadhafi forces and the shells landed 100 yards away
from the boat. it was quite a dangerous undertaking. we were on the ground for about 27 hours. we spent one night there, and it was time for us to get out. the reason we're starting to release the reports after we got out is also for security concerns so that the gadhafi forces wouldn't know that we had taken that boat in while we were still inside the city. brooke? >> of course, and i know this story is about the people of misrata, and i don't want to make this whole thing about you and your crew, but, i mean, fred, how big of a personal risk was there to be in misrata as opposed to some of the other dangerous places you have reported from around the world? >> reporter: well, you know, the risk is actually a lot greater than reporting an instance from iraq or afghanistan when you're moving to the u.s. military, for instance, because there really is no backup. when you get shot or something in downtown ms. rafisrata you'r going to get out of there. the only way out of there is by boat, and the boat ride takes 20 hours, and you have the danger of being intercepted by gadhafi forces as well.
the medical situation there is a disaster, of course. if anything happens to you there, you'll have a lot of trouble getting any sort of medical care, so certainly those were concerns, obviously the situation itself is very dangerous as it is with gadhafi forces shelling randomly the entire city. basically the whole time that we were on the ground, hearing some sort of shooting going on, whether it was tank, artillery, mortar or small arms fire, so the risk was quite great, and, of course, that's something that's taking its toll on the people who are there, both physically as well as psychologically, brooke. >> we appreciate you and your crew taking the risk to be able to tell this story, and i want to talk about the people. i know you get inside the hospital in misrata. can you paint the picture for me, fred. how bad -- how bad was it? >> reporter: well, i think it's much worse than any of us could have ever imagined. one of the things that struck us is how overwhelmed the medical staff there were and how full that hospital actually was. you had the doctors sort of trying to operate in the hallways of the hospital, some
patients had to be moved out into the parking lot. there wasn't enough anesthetics or tools to operate. the doctors are basically working 24/7, and they are just now coming to terms with the amount of casualties they get in. just got word a couple hours ago that apparently yesterday 20 people were killed in fighting in misrata, that's according to opposition sources. of course, a lot of people were also wounded, and there are only very few hospitals functioning, and, again, they are not getting the medical supplies that they need. the boat we were on brought medical supplies into misrata. a lot of other boats that were going to try didn't make it in. therefore, they are short on pretty much everything. they are absolutely overwhelmed because there's so many patients coming in, and they don't have enough staff to cope with what's going on in the ground there, brooke. >> it's one thing for us to see these images playing out on television and quite another to record them and then experience them firsthand. fred pleitgen, an amazing job. thanks to you and your crew live from malta. now to this. take a look at this picture, a picture from one man's vacation, a ceo of an internet company.
look at the pictures with a bunch of kids. not too controversial, but video he took while he was in zimbabwe on vacation, it is causing a massive uproar on line with the particular animal rights groups. why? because he shot and killed an elephant. the whole thing is on camera. i'm going to get his take in two minutes. bob parsons joins me next. stay here. what's left behind? [ female announcer ] introducing purifying facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals. developed with dermatologists... it's clinically proven to remove 99% of dirt and toxins and purify pores. and with natural willowbark it contains no dyes, parabens or harsh sulfates. dirt and toxins do a vanishing act and my skin feels pure and healthy. [ female announcer ] new purifying facial cleanser from the new line of neutrogena naturals.
rampaging across internet. the man is bob parsons. he's the founder and ceo of the web hosting service godaddy.com. now, parsons and go dad recertainly no stranger to controversy. you may remember the super bowl ads that raised more than a few eyebrows. watch. >> it's true. i've enhanced my image with a domain name and website from godaddy.com. >> enhanced, i'll show you enhanced. >> now, bob parsons' vacation video goes way beyond that. in this video, the four-minute video he shows him shooting and killing an elephant that was trampling corcs in zimbabwe and then it shows villagers crowding around the elephant and taking pieces of the meat. the video is far more graphic than we can show you here. several of the villagers are also wearing these orange go daddy hats. the video has gone viral by now, and people for the ethical treatment of animals or peta, they are calling for a go daddy
boycott. why did parsons kill the elephant and why did he post the video on his website and twitter account? let's ask him. bob parsons on the phone with me from hawaii. bob, let's start with just the simple question, why did you kill the elephant? >> well, you know, i -- i go there every year to zimbabwe. i've been there for six years now, and the thing to understand is that the people there are very impoverished. they exist at a poverty level that we just -- we cannot fat o.for example, one of the things i -- i do over there is i drink bottled water so i don't get montezuma's revenge and the empty plastic bottles are very treasured items for them. i mean, they are that poor, and they are subsistence farmers. they rely entirely on the crops they grow, sorghum and corn. if they don't have a harvest, there's no food stamps, there's no welfare. they starve to death. one of the things they have to deal with is el fantsz, problem
elephants coming in and destroying their fields, and it's just something that needs to be dealt with. they try dealing with it using fire, beating drums, cracking whips, hollering and the elephant ignore them so what it takes is it takes like a guy like me, and there's just a few of us, to go into the field at night and to -- to -- when a herd is there isolate a bull, shoot the bull. the rest leave immediately. they don't return, and so the crops are saved, and then the people have -- have a very valuable source of protein. >> bob, let me jump in. you mentioned you've been there six different years to zimbabwe. >> yes. >> and if i can just back up. where did you learn that elephant kills are a solution to crop damage and to the poverty you just described there? >> okay. i learned that by going over there and talking to the villagers and -- and watching what they are dealing with, and watching the aftermath and watching when it -- when it doesn't happen and also when it does happen. i mean, you know, the one voice
that's not being heard in all this, brooke, is the people that live over there. i mean, the villagers, they -- you talk to them, they would say please come back and please do this again. >> did you at all though, were you -- was this organized through some sort of hunting outfit? did you pay a fee to shoot the elephant? >> did i pay a fee -- well, no. not problem elephants. there's no fees associated with that. >> no fees involved. no exchanging of money. >> i'll tell you what though. i do pay my own expenses, and -- and, you know, i don't know what the problem would be with that. those expenses associated with everything. there's plane tickets and gasoline. there's travel and there's trackers. there's skinners. there's guides. there's government agents. i mean, all that sort of stuff and that costs money. >> now, let me just jump in because we did talk to an emfant expert, an elephant manager at the columbus zoo. his name is harry peachy and for folks wondering, we found out at cnn, yes, it is legal to shoot
and kill elephants. he described if the elephants prove to be threatening crops or humans, and he also gave us a bigger picture, the fact that there is a big conflict between elephants and humans in zimbabwe. it's a huge problem, but he told us, bob, that shooting and killing is not a solution. there are other, you know, conservation solutions like electronic fences, like honeybees. apparently the elephants hear the swarm of honeybees and they leave. why not -- why not choose that method versus shooting and killing? >> well, first of all, electronic fences, there's no electricity, and there's nobody to put up the fences to begin with, and the amount of fencing you'd have to put up would be incredible. >> apparently there are in some parts of africa because that was one example of someone had? >> i'll tell you what. there are not in zimbabwe and, you know, i'd be interested to see somebody come over there with their checkbook and put that up. the other thing -- the other point that i'll make is that the deal with the honeybees. i just cannot imagine working with a -- with an african
elephant and, you know, i can imagine the individual who is going to go there put up honeybees and explain that to the farmers what they are doing. according to elephant manager, according to him, it could work. so one part of this story is that you did shoot and kill an elephant. the other part of the story is that you came home and you posted this video that we're not showing. it's afternoon. the people want to watch this whole video they can go to the website and watch it. >> sure. >> why did you decide to put it online and add some rock 'n' roll music at the very end? >> well, you know, okay. i did post it online, and the reason is, you know, i wanted people to know what goes on over there. i mean, the fact that, you know, that -- that there is that type of poverty, that people live in that type of situation, that that's what's happening. you know, one of the things about being an american is, you know, we want to put our heads in the sand and have this
polyanna outlook on the world and it isn't always the way we want it to be. >> let me just challenge this and ask this. if you want to show and illustrate an impoverished zimbabwean town, why not show the rags that children are wearing and the lack of water, et cetera. why show shooting and killing an elephant? >> well, i'll tell you what. you know, did i show it, and if you look at that video and you watch those people -- >> i've seen it. >> you know, you see that they are dressed in -- in absolute threads. i mean, you talk about some hungry people. you know, those people that walk 25 miles to get to that elephant, so it was, you know, it was -- it was quite a deal. so, i mean, you can say, hey, why didn't you do this? why didn't you do that? the fact is, you know, what i have shown is very real. it's what happens. it's a good thing. those people are happy that day, and they were happy that day because their crops were saved and because they got to eat. >> let me jump in because i do want to read. we've been really controlling through your own website and looking at all the different
comments that have come in, some positive, some not positive, and i want to read just a few of them, guys, if you can put the full-screen comments up. here's a few we pulled. connie writes his money could have been used to set up fencing, financing, et cetera, to help the farmers as other groups do. just because it isn't illegal doesn't mean it's right. two more. you are the best. i'm faced with the decision though. there's nothing you can write here that will make it okay with me that you go to africa and shoot elephants, and one more. i believe it is wrong on so many levels. you should read the book, "babar." >> bob parsons, and i should also watch the movie "dumbo." >> are you surprises. >> are you surprised by these reactions. >> the deal is all these people with all these solutions, when it comes next year, and i get ready to go over there to kind of help these people out, you know, i'll be on that plane alone again. >> just in terms of the reaction, some people very much so been a fan of go daddy and some people are yanking their
domains from you because of this. are you surprised by this reaction that you've gotten over the last couple of days? >> you know, i'll tell you what. the reaction is not as negative as you think it might be. you know, the problem that we have in this country is there's this politically correct cadre that is a minority, and they are very vocal and they move as the tsunami but the majority of americans, they understand what's happening. they know people need to eat, and they know people need to have their crops protected. >> bob parsons. >> and they understand the situation. >> bob parsons, last question. i think you answer it had already in one of your answers already. >> given all of this that's happened, are you going back? are you going back to hunt elephants? >> well, here's what i'm going back to do. you know, see the thing is, you guys only tell part of the story, just shoot elephants, shoot el fantsz. >> sir, we're having you on for five whole minutes here. >> i'm going back next year and the year after and the year after to deal with problem elephants and to help the farmers raise their crops and to
have something to eat, yes, absolutely. >> bob parsons. godaddy.com ceo. thank you, sir. and now watch this. this country is ours for the taking. >> you haven't seen anything. >> a controversial new movie about the kennedy family debuts on television, but not on the channel that commissioned its filming. what's up with the brouhaha? that's coming up. [ female announcer ] it can creep up on you. dry skin. that's why there's lubriderm® daily moisture. it contains the same nutrients naturally found in healthy skin. skin absorbs it better and it lasts for 24 hours. later gator. lubriderm. your moisture matched. i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks]
decided not to air in the united states, the one starring greg kinear as jfk and katie hole mgs at jackie? well, it premiers on the reelz channel. the controversy surrounding the miniseries and why some say it's just pad history. >> you haven't seen anything yet. >> reporter: some krit whoiks have watch the latest take on the kennedy family dynasty say they have seen enough and that the $25 million miniseries, "the kennedys" is as controversial as the kennedy family itself. >> this country is ours for the taking. >> reporter: presidential historian and usc professor richard reeves who has seen advanced copies of the series say the portrayal of the 35th president was not the real john f. kennedy. >> eight hours, much of which was imagined conversations about unimportant things. would i say half the show, i'm guessing, was just made up out of whole cloth. >> reporter: even the history channel which commissioned the dockudrama dumped the project
saying, quote, this dramatic interpretation is not fit for the history brand. robert kennedy jr. recently told "access hollywood" "the kennedys" is nothing more than a twisted take on history. >> it's historically inaccurate. no matter whoever it's about, we should be teaching history to americans that is not true. >> reelz channel pick up the series which should be airing this weekend. the company ceo stands by the project. >> got a lot of the history backed up on it. it's all there. not like we went out looking for the most radioactive miniseries ever made. >> greg kinear plays jfk and katie holmes stars at jackie ken difficult. their performances aside, critics have panned the project say the series isn't breaking new ground with tireless references to jfk's womanizing ways. >> i've had my private humiliations, but i won't have them in front of the american people. >> and the president's prescription drug use. >> the other thing i think they should have emphasized is not
that the man was using drugs but why he was using -- or pharmaceuticals, why he was using pharmaceuticals. because he was a very sick man. they present him more as an addict. >> kinear say jfk had his flaws but doesn't feel his portrayal in "the kennedys" is too salacious. >> there's nothing in this show that you can't go read in my daughter's school library. >> what are you doing? >> reporter: while story has been told many times, america is still fascinated with this famous family and their political reign. reeves says that's what will attract viewers. >> you've got a classic narrative where the young prince becomes the king, tries to change things and is killed. the story is -- is irresistible. >> as irresistible as america's thirst for stories about this famous family. kareen wynter, cnn, hollywood. >> so who goes first? who goes fifth? order is everything in
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the big news today, well, kind of big. florida, brooke, says it will go fifth. what am i talking? presidential politics and when each state gets to vote. there's a big game that's played in setting up the early voting states because obviously whoever goes first has a big say in winnowing down the field. usual think goes iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, then nevada, but this year florida said i'm not going to follow those rules. we're going to jump ahead of everyone. well, now word is florida has agreed -- well, the republican party chair in florida has said they will go fifth, and that's because the republicans threaten to pull their convention from tampa if they didn't play along nice. that's even a compromise. we'll see if they are allowed to keep that seat, but we'll hear a lot more stories like this one as we get closer to the presidential nominating contest right now. president obama, you know, he's been on a clean energy push, and here's his latest announcement. this one is interesting. his administration has got some major companies to agree to cut their gasoline consumption by
moving their vehicles in their fleets to more energy-efficient cars and trucks, either using alternative fuels or just more efficient vehicles. so which companies? ups, at&t, fedex, pepsico and verizon have all agreed to do this, and their goal, the president's, is to cut the u.s. oil imports by one-third by 2025. and today's april fool's day. so far no one has pulled a gag on me, i'm waiting, but the republican senatorial campaign committee did pull a gag. they have a new ad up on youtube, but it's the first ad of obama riding a unicorn in a rainbow. more things like that coming up. did you get any april fool's pranks played on you? >> clever crafty vijays in the studio, they said what did you spill on your dress and, of course, did i this, and they said april fool's.
>> that's good. i would have fallen for that. >> yeah, i totally did. >> you look great. >> no whoopee cushions for you. >> not yet. >> all right, jess. thank you. have a great weekend. >> coming up next here, we all remember this little girl, the little girl who wanted to learn how government works. she was killed, gunned down along with several other people back
in january. well, today angel wings for christina taylor greene. we'll take you live and talk about that statue next and how good is the news in today's jobs report? alison kosik puts it all in perspective for us. we'll be right back. left behind? [ female announcer ] introducing purifying facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals. developed with dermatologists... it's clinically proven to remove 99% of dirt and toxins and purify pores. and with natural willowbark it contains no dyes, parabens or harsh sulfates. dirt and toxins do a vanishing act and my skin feels pure and healthy. [ female announcer ] new purifying facial cleanser from the new line of neutrogena naturals.
jobs and a lot of them. a tribute to a little girl we all came to know and the surprise for you today. take a look at this guy. the newest host of the cnn family joins me. we're going to get to him in just a moment. i want to begin with alison kosik in new york. more than 200,000 jobs were added in the month of march. so the big question who is hiring? >> reporter: well, the good news, brooke, is that all of these job additions that you're talking about happened in the private sector, so, sure. if you're looking for a new job, at least this is who was hiring back in march. the biggest gains that we saw were in health care, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality and mostly food services there. temporary help, we also saw a bump there. a pretty good way to get your foot in the day door and make your stay a little longer and administrative services, clerical jobs, administrative assistants, gains in job positions there. >> whenever we talk positive news, we have to couch it with we still have a long way to go, don't we? >> and, you know, you're absolutely right about that.
13.5 million people, brooke, are still out of work. that's the reality we're in right now, and we have to see the big job gains of, you know, 150,000, to 200,000 every month to keep up with population growth. the thing about the unemployment rate. seen it tick down to 8.8%, but i'm telling you, it's going to go back up and that's not bad because what it really means is people are actually getting back into the labor force, looking for work, and then they are going to be counted in that unemployment number. this happens when people hear that jobs are being added every month so they get less discouraged and more hopeful. right now, you know, a lot of time is signature on the sidelines, don't think there's jobs out there so hopefully as the months go along, when we see month after month hopefully that we're adding lots of jobs, they will get back out there and try and find a new job, brooke. >> alison kosik, thank you so. next here in arizona today the dedication of freedom's angel, a statue to honor christina taylor greene, the little girl killed back on january 8th in that shooting rampage in tucson.
ted rowlands is joining me live from arizona for the dedication. ted, tell me about the angel statue. >> reporter: well, brooke, this is a quick glimpse at it here. christina greene was born on 9/11, and this statue incorporates a lot of 9/11 in it. of course, she came into the world on 9/11 and was killed in the tucson shooting tragedy. what you see here is an actual i-beam of steel from the world trait center. >> oh, wow. >> reporter: and inside the remnants of the crash site at the pentagon, and the two boulders on each side came from the flight 93 crash side, so her life touched a lot of people obviously, and the fact that she was born on 9/11 wore as a badge of honor according to her parents, so they are incorporating it in this statue that will be unveiled. >> that's beautiful, all of that there. we have to think about, can't imagine what her parents are going through. have you checked in with them? how are they? >> reporter: well, we talked to
a very close family friend, and they are guarding their privacy very dearly over the last few months. >> sure. >> reporter: and they are, as you can expect, going through a whole horrible time, but they are going to be here tonight, and her father will speak at this ceremony. they are expecting a couple thousand people. >> is this a little league field? that's kind of perfect, right, with her dad? >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. her dad is a scout for the l.a. dodgers. can you see they are getting things ready at the field and her grandfather, dallas green was a major league player and won a world series. baseball is a huge part of the series and christina wanted to be the first female baseball player, professional baseball player ever. a lot of people think she might have done it. one person pointedly said it's great she's getting a statue but it's opening day here at this park, and she should be here playing baseball. >> ted rowlands in arizona, ted, thank you. next here, dr. drew, whose new show premiers monday on cnn's sister network hln.
his show promises no show is too taboo. dr. drew, what top sick not too taa boo for monday? nice to meet you. >> no topic. >> no topic. >> how about that? no topic is too taboo. we'll be getting into the people in the middle of the stories, dissecting what it is that makes people do what they do. we'll be doing things in a way that's somewhat different than most people out there. >> what about monday, give me something, dr. drew. what are you talking about? >> all right. as far as i know on monday we have exclusive interview -- can i say this and talk about this, with the young girl, i don't know if you saw -- this is happening live right now in front of your eyes, the young girl who made an internet sensation with this video that is so beautiful where she's holding up words about bullying and about the impact it's had on her life, that it's driving her to the point where she's nearly cutting and needs help. i recommend people to please click on to that and view that video. it is very moving.
i have the exclusive interview with that delightful young lady and her familiar >> i how is she doing? how is she? >> she's doing great. she's an amazing kid, and i think people will be very interested to hear her thoughts and as usual out of mouths of babes this 13-year-old gave us this incredibly clear and powerful message about the impact of bullying. i want to know from her what can be done about it. she had such a clear notion of what the problem is. i bet she's got some answers for us, and you'll have to watch here to find that out. >> we will, and speaking of children, dr. drew, we pulled out a little bit of trivia, not a lot of people maybe know about you, that you're a dad of triplets who i guess are all 18 and all of them are heading to college this fall. >> that's right. >> yikes, good luck with the tuitions there. >> they are going to schools all over the country. >> really. >> new york and tennessee and massachusetts, so it's going to be something. >> wow. >> so with the fact that you're a father of multiples there's a little piece of video that i'm sure you've seen that's made the rounds this week. watch this and i'm curious, dr. drew, your thoughts.
>> so what do you think? you see the video. did your little ones do this? >> oh, absolutely. it looks very familiar to us. triplets and twins have a long heritage of developing their own languages, and in fact one of my sons had that da-da -- da type language in spades, real dethat a lot. the other two were more silent, but can you see the source of language, the beginnings of elements in language developing, and twins are well known to develop their own language as well before they develop the language in the ambient culture. >> so they are communicating, according to dr. drew, fascinating. we have a picture i'm being told, picture of your three little ones. how long ago was that? >> oh, my gosh, about 17 years ago. >> surprise. >> if you wonder what turned my hair gray, it was that year. i had dark hair -- my kids look at the pictures now from when they were babies, what happened
to your hair? >> oh, my gosh. now they are 18 and going off to amherst and vanderbilt and barnard and wonderful institutions, and i'm so excited for them. have great lives ahead. can't wait to see what they all become. >> i'm glad we could surprise that and pull that out. dr. drew, your three little ones. all watching the new show. the new show premiers monday night 9:00 eastern on our sister network hln. dr. drew, best of luck to you. no topic too taboo. >> coming up here, a prosecutor's unusual decision to release damning murder scene evidence even after the murder suspect is dead. do you remember this, the craig's list killer story. sunny hostin has details on that next. [ female announcer ] you use the healing power of touch every day.
prosecutors try to prove they solved a murder more than six months after the suspect committed suicide. remember this story, the craig's list killer case. a 25-year-old woman who advertised erotic massages on craig'slist was found beaten and robbed and shot to death in her hotel room. a hotel camera captures medical student philip markov, arrested and charged with murder. remember his fiancee that whole time stood behind him describing markov as beautiful inside and out. remember this? last august markov killed himself in jail before there could even be a trial, but now prosecutors have released
thousands of pieces of evidence in this case, evidence they say would have easily convicted markov. >> i would suggest, however, that you'll find, as you go through these files, that in this case that the evidence of his guilt wasn't just sufficient for a conviction, it was and remains overwhelming absolute and incontrovertible. >> sunny hostin is on the case. sunny, what evidence? what incontrovertible evidence did the prosecutors release? >> well, i think the question is what didn't they release? mean, they released 220 cds containing 3,000 pages, brooke, of documents, and they also had on hand the actual physical evidence in the case. they had sort of this "grey's anatomy" book, carved out where a .9 millimeter semi-automatic handgun fit in perfectly and was
the weapon used to murder one woman. that was also on display. the ties that he allegedly used to tie his victims. that was also on display. interestingly enough, also what's called a gag ball in law enforcement. it's something that a lot of times criminals put inside their victim's mouths to keep them from making any noise, to keep them silent during these crimes, and last but not least blood on his shoes, the bloody shoes that also contained the blood of his last and final victim. really, when he said damning evidence. >> he meant it. >> i would say that is accurate, yes. >> but markov killed himself six months ago. >> right. >> so why release the evidence now? >> well, you know, a lot of people were saying, well, he killed himself. it doesn't mean that he did these horrible crimes, and there have been in the legal community, brooke, just all of these rumors swirling around. i think jalissa brisman's family
pressured the district attorney to release a lot of the evidence so that people would at least know, yes, he believed that he committed these heinous crimes. >> case number two. >> and it is unprecedented. >> it is? >> it is unprecedented. it has never been done in suffolk county, and in my career it's something that i haven't seen. >> okay. case number two, lawsuit filed against august busch iv, accusing the heir of the beer fortune of carelessness and negligence at his mansion last year. it turns out his girlfriend overdosed on oxycodone and also had a lethal level of cocaine in her system. sunny, who is suing here? >> it's interesting. her son, her surviving son is suing, and his father is suing on his behalf. i've got to tell you, i have a cope right here of this petition for damages. it doesn't make a lot of sense. it doesn't really tell us why busch would be liable.
it doesn't tell us what the theory of the plaintiff is, but it does tell me that they are looking for some money here, and it also tells me, brooke, that this is a case that may end up in settlement. >> so should we mark this one case solved? >> not case solved, but certainly case ripe for settlement. that's how i would mark it. >> got it. >> sunny hostin, thank you so much, as always, and now to this. a developing story. it's happening right now. high over the tree tops of iowa, thousands of you online have been captivated by these pictures of a live bald eagle birth cam. that's what they are calling it. we'll check it out coming up next. also, remember this time last year that president obama in his -- this isn't the picture, but he was in his dad jeans, got a little bit of flack over the dad jeans throwing out the first pitch in the nats game. last night comedians will have curveball one-liners galore this
was way cool. try watching an eagle's nest some 80 feet up in the air. you've got to see this. this is live u-stream of an eagle's nest, mommy eagle sitting proud in her nest in a tree somewhere in iowa where mother and father eagle await three eggs to hatch. any minute now. pretty windy. you hear that? she's sitting tight. protecting her little chickies thanks to the raptor research project. the more than 100,000 people from all over the world are watching this u-stream and will actually get a bird's eye view of those little hatchlings. and now we are less than ten minutes away from "the situation room" with wolf blitzer. wolf, i know, as you mentioned earlier, you'll be talking a lot about that horrible story out of afghanistan today. 12 dead >> you know, it's really shocking that it's almost ten years after the u.s. went into afghanistan after 9/11. there still is this kind of deep anger that's manifested, tried
to manifest is t sense the united states and went to the second closest target which is united nations personnel in mazare sharif. we thought it was relatively safe in that area. obviously there's a deep residue of anger. we're going to go and check that out and see what's going on. chris lawrence, our pentagon correspondent is all over that story. we'll certainly take a look at what else is happening in the region in north africa. lots of demonstrations on this friday after prayers, and we'll spend a lot of time obviously in libya as well. nic robertson will be joining us. we'll check in with ben wedeman and reza sayah and fouad ajami is live here in "the situation room" from the johns hopkins school of advanced middle eastern studies, excellent views and analysis of what's going on. jimming zogby will be joining us as well with a book on arab voices. a full two hours coming up. >> the a-team lining up now, wolf blitzer.
we'll be watching, and still to come here, how secretive is the obama white house? remember they promised not to be? they just won an award for being transparent. there's actually a hitch to that. joe johns explains what we're talking about in the "political pop." stay there. we could've gone a more traditional route... ... but it wouldn't have been nearly as memorable. ♪
joe johns with some "political pop" for this friday. joe, transparency, closed door, transparency, closed door. explain. >> reporter: you know, i can't figure out why they have did it. called and e-mailed them and they have not called back. they not only closed the door to the meeting, didn't put it on the president's public schedule so you get this eye-catching headline closed meeting on openness in government and, of course, the people who went to the oval office to give the president the award, the transparency advocates as it were were very open, calling about the white house and the way it handled it baffling, bone-headed, and i think a bungled opportunity. a lot of bs in there. >> a lot of bs in there. a lot of bs. we also know there's been some dispute over how transparent this particular administration has been anyway. >> reporter: yeah, right. critics have compared this award to something like the nobel prize, giving the president recognition in hopes he'll do what he said he'll do when he ran, but there are people around town who say if you compare obama to some previous administrations like george w.
bush, obama is going to get pretty decent marks. >> okay. let's talk baseball, shall we. you a baseball fan? >> yeah, i love baseball. i'll go see the nationals game. >> when i was still living in d.c. i got to cover the opening night of the nats stadium and every season it's the president throwing out the first pitch but last night president obama wasn't there. >> right. >> why? >> short drive from the white house to the nationals game. he could have thrown out that ceremonial first pitch. i mean, there's a widespread explanation, not attributed to the white house directly, that he got too much attention and criticism for picking his brackets for march madness and that he doesn't want to be seen as over indulging his love for sports while you have so many international crises swirling, that's the guess. he's done it before. we have pictures of him from last year, and then the year before he wore these jeans that, what do they call them, the dad jeans. >> right. >> people gave him a lot of -- a lot of heat for that. >> there they are.
there are the dad jeans. >> nice. >> do we know who threw out first pitch last night? >> several members of the u.s. armed forces there. >> okay. >> so if you can't get the commander in chief, get some of the troops. >> i like it. >> did we hear, this is confirmed, larry king coming up? >> i did hear that, but i don't know. >> not confirmed. maybe we'll be seeing him. finally i want to give you the opportunity to update the story we were talking about yesterday, congressman sean duffy and the videotape showing him explaining about the six-figure salary. what's the update? >> duffy's press second complained to us and said the video had been selectively edited. we got a response from tpm and they deny selective editing. what they did is put the whole video up on the internet earlier this week and got a copyright infringement complaint from duffy's home state and tpn says on advice of lawyers they republished a short clip, as short as possible to show duffy's key statements but aft