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cnn military analyst james marks will be our guest and rick scott will join us and congressman connie mack joining us. "starting point" begins right now. tropical storm isaac gaining power this morning, heading right for haiti where hundreds of thousands of people still live in tents after that devastating earthquake back in 2010 gary tuchman is live for us. rob marciano is tracking hurricane isaac. we'll start with rob this morning. fill us in on the forecast, rob? >> this storm is big, got a big circulation but not terribly organized and strengthened a little bit overnight. that means we don't expect it to strengthen to a hurricane when it makes landfall across the western tip of haiti and the
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southeastern tip of cuba. the bad news is it will still have a ton of rain and that's going to be the main factor here. we're looking at several computer models, each one of these lines depicts an individual computer. they are closely packed and later in the period we get, the more spread it is. the next round coming in will have the highest confidence. they flew an aircraft north of the system and that will be fed into the computers and give us way in the way of high confidence. new orleans, that's in the cone of uncertainty, here's the forecast track, looking at tonight. it's tomorrow morning, we start to see interaction with the landfall of haiti and then it makes landfall again, the southeastern tip of cuba. what kind of form it will be, we don't know. but it should strengthen after that. miami, southern tip of florida, including the keys, will see likely tropical storm conditions sunday night into monday then
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again, here's a cone of uncertainty, anywhere from tampa through the florida panhandle, back through central south louisiana is in this cone of potentially seeing a hurricane strike. rob marciano continues to watch it for us. thank you. let's get back to gary tuchman. last time i was in haiti, still thousands living really in tents on the street in some ways. >> reporter: well, that's right, soledad, there are still an estimated 400,000 people who live in tents and are live in shanties, 4% of the entire population of this nation. there are 10 million people that live in haiti and that's where the greatest concern is. here's what we found out yesterday when we went to a tent city. we had to tell people a tropical storm or hurricane named isaac was on the way. there was no incentive to live because they have nowhere else to go. there are hundreds of shelters in the country but it's the people with means, with tv sets
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and internet. people in the shanty tons don't want to leave because they are afraid someone will take their space and this is the only home they had since the earthquake in 2010. there are going to be a lot of people in their tents with isaac comes ashore. >> that's so horrible. thanks, gary, appreciate the update. in a couple of minutes we'll talk with governor rick scott as floridians brace for isaac. first let's get to john berman with a look at the top stories. >> sports fans like me around the country woke up to a huge shocker this morning. lance armstrong is expected to be stripped of his seven titles after announcing he will no longer fight the u.s. anti-doping agency after charges he used performance enhancing drugs and they plan to impose a lifetime ban against cycling. i've been dealing with claims that i cheated and had an unfair advantage since 1999.
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the toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and for me leads me to where i am today. finished with this nonsense. he questions whether they have the power to impose the penalties and says he will sue. but the head said the international cycling union is bounds to recognize our decision and impose the ban. 21 years for killing 77 people. anders breivik, who admitted to last year's norway rampage declared sane and a maximum sentence of 21 years in prison. he's required to serve a ten-year sentence and it could be extended if he is considered a threat to society. he killed eight people in a bombing in oslo and 69 more, mostly teenagers in a shooting free in a island camp last july. james holmes had been banned from the university of colorado
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campus six weeks before the shooting rampage. they asked the judge to give them access to holmes records. while a student there, holmes made threats that had been reported to police. the navy seale who has written the first inside account of the osama bin laden raid has been identified by two news organizations. cnn will not reveal his name at the request of the peg. the book was written, no easy day under the pseudonim, mark owen. this will be published on september 11th. the military is concerned it could jeopardize his colleagues and family. a lot to talk about on this issue. at 7:15 a.m., soledad will discuss this with general spider marks. immigration and customs enforcement agents who oppose obama's directives are suing janet nep poll tan no.
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the policy allowing illegal immigrants who arrived in the u.s. before the age of 16 meet certain criteria for a two-year relief period they can't be deported. soledad? >> john, thank you. back to our top story, we've been tracking tropical storm isaac, it could be bearing down on the florida keys as early as sunday night. most of the models have isaac largely missing the city of tampa, it is expected to affect the area with heavy rain and winds and potential tornadoes monday night into tuesday morning. let's get right to rick scott. nice to see you, thank you for talking with us. walk us through your storm preparations. the keys we've talked about, the most immediately in danger for what you oversee. what exactly are you worried about? >> here's what we've done. two days ago we did twice a day briefings with the rnc and
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federal officials, local officials and state officials to make sure everybody had the same information. fortunately the storm has moved further west from tampa. it looks like the keys -- when it hits the keys it will be a tropical storm. now we've got to worry about pensacola, pensacola area looks like a category one. buwe're going to get rain. as you know with debby, we are still saturated with rain. that's our risk right now of flooding. we're keeping everybody informed. we're going to have a great convention, we got the national guard ready so we're going to do the right things. i spoke with governor romney yesterday. >> go ahead. i was about to ask that. go ahead. >> i spoke with governor romney yesterday to keep him informed, let him know that this is a state that we both know hurricanes and we both know hospitality. we're going to make sure the
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delegates -- alleviate concerns they have and make sure they have a great convention. >> when you spoke to him, was the governor worried looking forward a couple of days to what is a big and important debut for him? >> well, i think he wanted to understand where we are what the state preparations were and what concerns i had. i told him that we are ready. this is what we do. we even had a earlier this year, we did a simulation of a hurricane coming into the convention. so we're ready for this. we have our plans in place, if it did happen, we would put our plans right in place and act on it. but it looks like fortunately it's going to go further west. >> does that mean sort of the florida emergency management people are overall kind of in charge, meaning if there's a hurricane or if it gets bad, they make the call and officials at the rnc follow the weather call? >> well, what we do, the convention will make its own decision and harris is the ceo.
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convention. he'll make the decision and local officials will make a decision on evacuation efforts. i'm responsible to make sure we leave the entire state effort. we have great state team, we acty vat our state emergency management agency yet and we work well together and work with fema. we already have -- we have 100 fema individuals in the state right now working on debby and so they are and all of the briefings and we work very well with them. >> we're glad to hear about all of those plans considering we're about to hop on planes and head to your fair state. thank you for your time, we appreciate it. >> i look forward to seeing you down here, soledad. >> thank you. still ahead, out of the shadows, the navy s.e.a.l. who wrote a book on the bin laden raid has been identified and military officials say he's putting his teammates in danger. a big get real to the tsa, why your shoes still have to
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minding your business, u.s. stock futures mixed this morning. the dow dropped 115 points yesterday. investors pulling a lot of money out of stock market right now, many opting for bonds instead. last week $2.7 billion pulled out of stock mutual funds according to the investment company institute. bernie madoff victims could get a check within a week. up to $2.4 billion to people who lost money in madoff's pon zi scheme. many users were complaining about how slow and glitchy the app was. the app was twice as fast and how facebook expands its business in mobile is a huge part how they track investors. company stock down under $20 a
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share, about half of what it was at that much hyped ipo. sole dad. >> i'm surprised it took so long. everybody has been jumping on trying to make their applications -- kind of new -- >> designed for apple products and should be better. >> let's hope so. the navy s.e.a.l. behind the much anticipated firsthand account of the raid on osama bin laden has been unmasked this morning. several news outlets are posting his name. here at cnn we'll honor the request from the pentagon to not name him. the book called"no easy day" could provide dangerous repercussions. provides a blow by blow on the bin laden compound in 2011. cnn military analyst general james spider marks is with us. nice to see you, thanks for talking with us. >> good morning. >> good morning to you. the name has been revealed we're not revealing the name at the request of the pentagon. what are the risks associated with naming this man? >> soledad, clearly he puts
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himself in personal risk in that he was involved in the raid against osama bin laden and there may be elements that would want to try to exact some type of retribution, personal lip against him. he's a private citizen now and that puts him at greater risk. by association, you then have his buddies and those still in harm's way that may be put at risk as well. >> the publisher has said no classified information was revealed but has also said kind of in the same situation, it's a blow by blow account of exactly what happened. are those two things possible? >> no, clearly those are ir rec c sibl. there are things called an originator control. that means if an organization or an agency like the cia classifies an operation, a piece of kit, an organization, a person, only the cia can then
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declassify that. a publisher has no authority at all to say what occurred is now declassified and we're going to reveal it in this book. that's the essence of what we're talking about right here. >> i would think not only no authority but no clue at some point. >> that's the point. absolutely. why would they know any better than the organization that classified it? it now can be redakted and become unclassified. >> a former navy s.e.a.l., brandon webb was talking to abc news and said this, operational security is at play regardless of whether or not any classified information has been disclosed in the memoir. it's not a good dale for s.e.a.l. team six. that the deed is more important than the glory. i have to say, i think many people found it really contradict tri, that someone who is a navy s.e.a.l. would do almost a think you would never think they would do, maybe turn -- maybe that's an unfair phrase, to give details about your teammates and yourself
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about a mission that seems almost completely contradictory to how navy s.e.a.l.s operate. >> it's contradict tri to the military and the s.e.a.l.s are at the top wrung. all military personnel are entrusted information. they receive the security clearances and in the specific case of the s.e.a.l.s, they probably signed a nondisclosure agreement that said you will not only be after your service to the nation, you still have an obligation to hold on to that information. as a former intelligence officer, i still have information that's embedded in my cranium that is never going to be released because its classified and i would have no reason to believe it has been declassified. it clearly is against the ethos and there is a legal ramification and that will be worked out through a number of investigations. there are really three stake holders, this was a cia
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operation, with a navy unit but under the fielding of socome. >> why? if it's going against the ethos of an organization and he's legally signed a nondisclosure agreement, why do it? >> that's a conversation that will take place. he'll have guys knocking on his doors in an official capacity to investigate this. what were you thinking about, man? why now? he might try to -- it's been indicated that the proceeds from this book will go to charity. that's wonderful and magnificent that he's doing that but that level of al truism can't cloud the fact he is putting his buddies in harm's way who are still out there doing the bidding of this nation. i don't understand the connections between what his motivations are and what we're seeing. >> a lot of people are interested in finding that out. general, thanks, appreciate your
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welcome back. i'm john berman, authorities in california, a coroner says rodney king's death was a result of a accidental drowning but alcohol and marijuana and pcp were found in his system and were contributing factors to this. king was in a state of drug
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induced delirium. he was found at the bottom of the swimming pool. parole deneeded following a parole hearing. lennon's killer can try again two years from now. more trouble for the already embattled general services administration, the agency in charge of saving the government money, a cnn investigation has found the gsa allowed a employee to telecommute for hawaii even those he's based in the kansas city, missouri office. it cost more than $24,000 for the business development specialist to travel to and from the mainland u.s. over the past year. he's among several hundred gsa virtual workers, a program that cost the government millions of dollars over the past three years. hawaii, kansas city, not right next to each other. >> people at the gsa have figured out the best kind of
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scams, i never thought i could telecommute from hawaii. >> did you see the pictures we were rolling during the story. it's hard to fault the guy it's beautiful in hawaii. >> but it's nice there. >> it makes perfect sense. i just never thought it would be sellable to anyone, but apparently someone bought that idea. >> uncover research for how -- >> i'm working at the beach here. our team this morning, ben smith, editor and chief of buzz feed and bridgette seigel and will cain. our get real, i fly a lot, fly all the time. after giving the flying public hope we would be able to keep our shoes on at the tsa security checkpoints, hopes are dashed because they spent millions testing four different footwear scanners, it turns out the tsa is rejecting all four. they fail to detect explosives and metal.
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one year, millions of dollars later, they are no closer to finding a solution to allow us to keep our shoes on as we go through the screening facility and try to fly. they let little kids keep shoes on. why is that? >> i certainly enjoyed that privilege. >> much worse than your own shoes is your kid's shoes. >> at least feel they can trust the kids. >> why? that's profiling, isn't it? >> that's the first step down the road a lot of countries have, you shave off groups of people who you think aren't that much of a threat. >> having this procedure kind of brought us together as a nation, makes more intimate and takes off the luster of authority than seeing everyone in their stockings. >> would you hold my belt? i don't know. it never really bothered me that much but you did have to change footwear you wore. >> they'll figure it out. >> lace-up boots done. we want to know what you think about this story or any story,
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send us a quick video at a point you would like to make on the show. we're calling it my end point, we'll pick one in our end point segment. go right to our blog, at cnn.com/startingpoint if you'd like to submit your video. remember this? >> mayor, thank you for coming. there's a two-alarm fire on state street and we have a car broking down on route 1 and a little girl has lost her cat in a tree. >> i got this. >> booker. >> booker. that's the spoof video that governor chris christie made along with the new york mayor, corey booker. we'll tell you why the governor may regret doing it this morning. tropical storm isaac gaining strength and heading on a path straight for haiti. we'll talk to florida rep connie mack about the concerns in florida. we're back in just a moment. we believe honor is notusa exclusive to the military, and commitment is not limited to one's military oath.
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welcome back. in a few moments we're going to talk to congressman connie mack who is supporting mitt romney. we'll check in with him about tropical storm isaac as it threatens to crash the republican national convention and more. let's get right to john berman with the day's top stories. >> tropical storm isaac is gaining power this morning as had heads right for haiti. rob marciano is tracking isaac from cnn's hurricane headquarters. what's the latest. >> we'll start with video from haiti that was shot of the preparation, which isn't much. hundreds of thousands of people still in questionable shelter there. the main threat is going to be heavy rain. there will be wind but mudslides a possibility. the across south florida, making preps it's as the 20th anniversary of hurricane andrew making landfall as a cat five. they are not taking chances gassing up vehicles and stocking
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up on supplies. let's talk about it, 45-mile-per-hour winds moving west at 15 miles an hour. roughly 200 miles south of the island of hispaniola and heading in that direction towards haiti. and it hasn't strengthened a ton overnight. it's a large circulation so that's one thing we have to concerned with. tonight and tomorrow morning it makes landfall on the western tip of haiti and shortly after that it will make landfall in the southeastern tip of cuba, both have mountains that will knock a little punch out. what kind of shape it will be in in the florida straights, we don't know, chances of strengtheni strengthening. the least tropical storm conditions sunday into monday and open eastern gulf of mexico when we think it will probably strengthen potentially to a category one. everybody in play, including tampa, now also includes parts of southeastern louisiana and that would include new orleans. back to you. >> we're all watching that
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closely. other news, former u.s. ambassador crocker facing hit-and-run charges for an accident. he crossed two lanes and hit a semi truck and drove away. state trooner say his blood alcohol limit was twice the legal limit. he retired as ambassador to afghanistan. he cited health reasons for his departure. todd akin's senate campaign raised $100,000 in the last two days, his words ignited a political firestorm. he defied calls from mitt romney and other leaders to pull out of the senate race against democratic incumbent claire mccaskill. corey booker ready for a run at chris christie perhaps. reports that booker is considering a challenge in 2013. he's been talking with democratic county chairs ahead
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of the party's national convention and talking about a possible gubernatorial bid. he is considered a rising star and scheduled to speak at the convention in charlotte. a lot of people have been circling the calendar for corey booker thinking that's when he would seek higher office. >> akin's $100,000 considered a big win? >> in senate race, that's different standards. >> i realize but it doesn't sound like cleaning up -- >> money and politics has gotten so, mere $100,000. >> ads are expensive, right? that can't buy you a lot of air time. >> and i wonder what mccaskill brought in. >> that's a good question. >> i think that we can figure that out. we'll look into that. republicans putting the final touches on preparations for the convention that will end with mitt romney finally accepting his party's nomination for president. with new swing state polls showing a small bump for the
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former governor since paul ryan's addition to the ticket. they are hoping for another boost. we'll be there next week, rain or shine or hurricane. we will be joined by congressman connie mack, who is running for the senate and also supports mitt romney. thanks for joining us. are you worried about the storm coming? >> you know, in florida, you always worry about storms where they are in atlantic approaching the state. this is a time when people are starting to put plans together about what to do in the storm hits florida. so you're always concerned about it but you watch it and we know that these storms have a tendency to change direction. so everybody needs to be prepared. >> what's your advice for delegates? i think for people who are locals, you're right, you've been through this a number of times. for people who are flying in to be part of the process may not have any experience with any hurricanes. >> you know, i would tell them
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that they need -- they are going to be staying in hotels. hotels are a place where a lot of people go who live close to the shore to get away from the surge. so they are going to be in a good place. i would say, hey, plan on staying in your hotel room or in the hotel for a day or so and you'll have to ride it out. >> you have a couple of roles at the rnc, you'll be delivering a speech on closing night if i'm not mistake. everyone i'm talking to i'm on my fourth draft, fifth draft. what draft are you on? >> we're still writing it. i want to deliver a message that talks about the hopes and dreams of american people because i think people right now feel like they are tired and they've had enough of this -- the economic worries and their own personal security. i want to try to deliver a speech that's going to be uplifting that says the -- our brighter days are ahead and
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let's not divide america but bring everybody together. >> senator, there was a poll out yesterday suggesting that voters in florida are concerned about mitt romney's paul ryan's medicare plan. are you hearing that from voters at all? are you worried that's going to drag you down? >> you know, what you hear from voters and not just republicans but independents and democrats are, they want us to fix the problem. everyone knows that medicare and social security are in trouble. they want us to solve the problem. they want to make sure we save it for future generations. that's the message that i'm hearing and one of the things i think is going to be a problem for senator nelson and barack obama is with obama care and taking 700 some odd billion to pay for obama care, i think that's got a lot of people nervous in florida about the direction of health care with obama care. >> we've had that debate many times on air, $716 billion
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number and you know, is it a cut or is it actually a decline in future spending back and forth. what you see in the polling though is in terms of who gets points for the medicare message, which i think ultimately is what this conversation is all about, right, who's the party getting points? the polling show it's the democrats, it's barack obama getting more points for -- in the polls and i'll get those polls a little bit later, for the message of the saving of medicare. that's what the fight is over, who's commanding the message on this? >> i think again, i think the people in the state of florida, can't speak around the rest of the country but the people in the state of florida are saying to me, fix the problem. in the district that i represent right now, it's one of the largest senior populations in the country. and after a town hall meeting after town hall meeting, when seniors come to our meetings, they say to me, fix the problem. solve the problem. they understand that medicare and social security are going
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bankrupt and they want us to fix it. they don't see any solutions coming from the other side. >> i think some of our reporting shows they don't see solutions from either side and people are worried in an election year that fix the problem, often people want to in the abstract fix the problem. when it comes to their own personal self-interest, don't touch the problem as it relates to me. that ultimately is the challenge for medicare and any big third rail type issue, right? wouldn't you say. >> that's absolutely true. we see poll after poll suggesting that americans want to deal with the problem in the abstract but raises the question for congressman mack and mitt romney, have you selected an issue you feel like you can win on here? >> look, we think we have a solution to the problem. the very fact that we spend so much talking about it and you equate with it paul ryan and his budget, shows that there is a solution on the table and the other side doesn't have a solution on the table. >> that brings you back to $716
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billion number though, right? which you brought up first, that's $716 billion number is also in paul ryan's budget, that's where some of the challenge is and where fact check.org and others say the cut number for that number is inaccurate, it's incorrect spin on the issue. that's the paul ryan budget numbers in there. >> well, what i would say is they took that money to pay for obama care. and that is the problem that i think floridians are having. they understand that there were changes made in medicare, but they took that money to pay for a program that the people of the state of florida aren't excited about. they are not excited about obama care. and so we're going to continue to have the debate, but i visited a small business yesterday up in the panhandle of florida, pensacola. and first of all, the people that work at this plant are passionate people who are excited about their work. and the plant wants to grow. and we need to create an
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environment where the small businesses can grow. there's another business in my district, 31 different permits and fees just to expand this business. this is a government that's out of control. on one hand you've got the democrats that want to tax more and spend more and regulate more. i want to put our faith and trust back in the people of the state of florida in this country. i think that's going to be the defining issue as we move forward. >> let's talk about the people of the state of florida for a moment because i have the poll numbers, which i was right. people who are asked the question, what should happen to medicare stay as is, 62%. change to ryan plan, 28%. don't know, 10%. those poll numbers would be a big problem as you pointed out when will mentioned romney/ryan plan, that's what they are considering, those poll numbers would seem to work against that strategy. >> and i noticed in the question that there wasn't what do you think of the democrat's plan, because they don't have one --
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>> i would guess that's the stay as is, right, the 62%, what they got, which is obama care at this point? >> if you were to ask the question, ask the question, do you want to take $716 billion out of medicare to pay for obama care, my guess is you're going to get a high number of people who say no. one, they are concerned what will happen to medicare and two, they don't want obama care. >> we will have to continue this conversation when i see you at the rnc, all things going well and flights not getting cancellinged because of the weather. there are lots to get into, including that number that lots have argued over in the past. we can pull out our cbo reports. nice to see you, connie mack. >> look forward to seeing you in tampa. >> likewise. still ahead, lance armstrong's legacy, could it be gone in one stroke? he could be stripped of his greatest cycling triumptriumphs.
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it's a dark day for lance armstrong. could be stripped of his seven tour de france titles after dropping his fight against doping charges. he still insists he's done nothing wrong and accusing the anti-doping agency and conduct ag witch hunt. the toll on his family has led
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him to say enough is enough. he questions whether the anti-doping agency has the power to impose the penalties. if they do, he's going to sue. >> what's happening here is the doping agency was about to hold an arbitration hearing on the issue of doping in lance armstrong. and they said they have up to ten former teammates of lance armstrong who are going to say they sought him using drugs. it could be he's trying to save his reputation here. >> beyond the arbitration, in the court of public opinion, he's taken 500 odd drug tests and passed them all supposedly and all of our hopes and dreams for him. working against him is the cynicism we have at this point regarding all of professional sports, specifically cycling. >> there will be plenty of athletes being caught cheating who did not fail drug tests. marion jones never failed a drug test. >> i think the hopes and dreams
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welcome back to "starting point." i'm john berman. we have some fun headlines to report right now. a new high def view of curiosity's triumphant landing on mars. scientists releasing what they are calling a sky diver's helmet
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cam view of the descent earlier this month. this was taken by the mars descent viewer. mars, the gift that keeps on giving. talk about incredible video. a boston area woman rushing to catch a train with her 4-year-old son fell onto the tracks with a baby boy in her arms. you just saw it right there. mary said she thought the train she needed was at the station. she was confused with one on the opposite platform. but here is the great part. bystanders wasted no time at all to jump in and save them. >> they were right there. they just didn't care like if trains are coming or what. we fell, and they jumped behind us. i got a new life as of yesterday. we just -- we are saved. like it's a miracle. >> thank goodness for the brave people there. the mother and her son are doing fine. she says she doesn't care if she has to pay for parking. she will never take the train again.
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not nearly as happy a day for yankee manager joe girardi. he is a bit on edge after the slumping bronx bombers were swept by the white sox in chicago, and he took it out on a heckler right in the middle of a post game interview. you have to listen to this. >> hey, shut up. i'm doing an interview. >> he's got good stuff. a good fastball. >> he picks the interview right back up. >> that is an angry joe girardi, everybody. soledad? >> he takes out a heckler, comes back, continues the interview. thanks. at the 2012 olympics dana vollmer won the 100 meter butterfly, and broke the world record. but of course she wants to go faster. the same technology that created the creatures in "avatar" is
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helping her go faster. she is here this morning to demonstrate the technology along with her swimming advisers and the ceo of the company that developed the new technology. nice to have all of you with us. you used the technology before the olympics. how does it make what you do better, make you faster, and how do you expect it is going to help you? >> it's a different way to look at how i'm moving. and it's always been kind of abstract to describe the flows of water and quality of movement in my body. and this technology allows to us actually see that and look at the water flows and how my body connects to each other. >> so you're really talking about body positioning, which, milton, i guess is your job to give her a sense of where she is and how to correct her own position to make herself faster? >> right. the way dana put it, is all of these terms like quality of movement or position of the body being kind of abstract. and what we're seeing here is the display with the technology where you're able to see the display of what she and her
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coach have been working on. we can see the output side. we can see the change in the quality of movement in her body. >> is it as simple as if you torque your shoulder a certain way, or if you do this with your hand, that would speed you up, or this is what's slowing you down. is that what you mean? >> i kind of interpret it is a lot of people, especially with butterfly, think of how much force or power they have. the harder you try, the faster you'll go. and what we really discovered is almost the harder an effort that i put into the water, the slower i go. and it's more about the rhythm and my relationship with the water, and being able to hold onto the water. and different terms like that, that i don't think people have really gotten a grasp of yet. >> that's so interesting because i think people would think just power through. if you're stronger, you're faster. but that's not your philosophy, which brings us to the technology. chris, walk me through how the technology works. it's taken from "avatar" and movies, right? >> what you see here, this is a
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system by a company licon. this is used in the movie industry when you have actors in a studio. and they can put markers on like dana. >> she is covered in markers. >> yeah. >> there we go. >> and also we developed a new system at berkeley that can go underwater. so that's sort of the new development. but here you see lots of cameras here. we have over 16 cameras on the ceilings looking at her, and you see here this blu-rays and the intersected. so when she moves up the hand, you see here the dots going up. if you circle around, the dots circle around. >> this is the motion do you when you do the butterfly, and then you can watch it here. so how do you take that motion and say, you know, what we're seeing on the screen, here's how we need to tweak it to make you faster. >> what this does is gives us a chance to look at the underlying structures in her body that you can't really pick up with the naked eye. there are sensations that you
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can tweak out of the water, movements she can tweak out of the water, that change sensations. and then dana can make the translation into the water. >> give me a specific on that. like what? >> for example, if she moves her shoulders up in the air, then it affects the movement inside this part of her body. it's a little more rigid. if her shoulders are integrated as part of her body, there's much more of an articulation. >> a better flow. >> right. and you can see it in the image. >> and that's what you want? >> yeah, that's what she wants. >> because she wants to win. >> so how many athletes are you doing this for? it obviously isn't just for swimmers. it's for swimmers and i would imagine everybody. >> well, we did new york yankees. we are here in new york, of course. baseball pitchers. we went to duke university and had abby johnson and nick mccroix. they are divers from 10 meter platforms and three meters. we used the system. but with dana it was the biggest challenge. we had to develop an entire new system that is not used here.
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but you see where we can suspend over 32 cameras underwater. >> in the pool. >> and put them on her skin. >> she is the gold medalist. it's clearly working. congratulations to you. thank you for coming in. >> thank you. >> it's really an amazing setup. we appreciate it. we'll continue to update out what's happening with what could be hurricane isaac as it heads toward the southern tip of florida. tropical storm now. that and other stories coming up. back in just a moment. okay, team! after age 40, we can start losing muscle --
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welcome, everybody. you're watching "starting point." looming danger. tropical storm isaac is expected to bring more misery to haiti's homeless as florida prepares for that storm. we'll take a look at that this morning. and cycling great lance armstrong is now facing a lifetime ban and the loss of her seven tour de france titles after giving up his battle against doping charges overnight. plus, who's in control? fears over the growing political influence of the muslim brotherhood in egypt triggering a million man march in cairo this morning. busy show ahead. former navy s.e.a.l. chuck far will join us. bryan koon will be our best. and the mayor of tampa, bob buckhorn, is back. "starting point" begins right now.
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welcome, welcome, welcome. our team this morning, ben nick. nice to have you back. bridget siegel with us. the author of "domestic affairs." and will cain a columnist for theblaze.com. john berman bringing us the news this morning. good morning. happy friday. >> good morning. >> i'm so happy it's friday. >> are you? >> really happy. we are talking about tropical storm isaac gaining some serious power this morning headed right for haiti now, where hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tents after the devastating earthquake back in 2010. isaac is expected to whip the caribbean nation with gale force winds, stinging rain. that brings us to rob mars i don't know -- marciano. how does it look for haiti first? >> well, they'll get a bunch of winds and the rains have strengthened.
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the max surface winds have been bumped up to 50 miles an hour. this is a large circulation. haiti certainly will get a piece of that. also heavy, heavy rains. and that is not going to bode well for them. at least 10 inches of rain expected for them in a mountainous area that doesn't have a lot of trees. the mudslides have historically had a devastating effect on these folks. hundreds of thousands of people without significant shelter there. it will interact with landfall later on this after noon and tonight as a tropical storm. we don't think it will strengthen enough to become a hurricane. but it will have that wind. once it re, merges in the florida straits and the gulf of mexico, unsure what kind of structure it will be at that time. but there's big enough circulation right now to where it will get some tropical storm force winds to the keys and south florida by sunday night into monday, and potentially making landfall as a category i hurricane to louisiana, the panhandle of florida, to the
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east coast of florida. in a few minutes we'll be talking with the mayor of tampa, bob buckhorn, as they brace for isaac and the aftermath of isaac as well. but john berman has a look first at the top stories. really big news this morning in sports. lance armstrong expected to be stripped of his seven tour de france titles after announcing he will no longer fight the u.s. anti-doping agency over charging he used performance enhancing drugs. the doping agency also plans to impose a lifetime ban on armstrong from cycling. armstrong issued a statement saying i've been dealing with claims i cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven tours since 1999. the toll that this has taken on my family and my work leads me to where i am today, finished with this nonsense. the anti-doping agency lance armstrong says doesn't have the power to impose these sanctions. and he will sue if they do.
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21 years for killing 77 people. anders briefiseivik was declaree and sentenced this morning to norway's maximum sentence, 21 years in prison. the sentence could be extended in the future if he is still considered a threat to society. breivik killed eight people in a bombing in oslo and then killed 69 more, mostly teenagers, in a shooting spree on an island camp last july. the navy s.e.a.l. who has written the first inside account of the osama bin laden raid has been identified. cnn will not reveal his name at the request of the pentagon. the s.e.a.l. team 6 member wrote the book under aici pseudonym. his manuscript was not vetted by the pentagon. a lot to talk about here. at 8:15, you'll be talking with chuck pfarrer who wrote his own account of raid and came under fire. >> they said it was a
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fabrication, is the word they used about his own account, which he then pushed back on very strongly. it will be interesting to see what he thinks of the new book coming out. back to our top story, though, tampa preparing for two different kind of storms this weekend. 50,000 visitors descending on the city for the republic national convention. 50,000 potential protesters coming as well. and on opening night, tropical storm isaac projected to be skimming the coast if it doesn't get any worse than that. joining us now, the mayor of tampa, bob buckhorn. mr. mayor, thank you for talking with us. always great to see you. what are the updates you are getting? as i listed all the things headed your way, it could be a scary thought if you're the mayor of that city. >> well, i'm the only guy who loves going to work every day facing all those obstacles. soledad, i think we're in good shape. we've been tracking that storm. it appears as though it's moving west. we think the only impact will be some rain, some wind. no tidal surge, if you will. so i think we are now more
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focused on full steam ahead with the republic national convention, all of the preparations, getting ready for all the visitors and guests and members of the media that will be here. it's going to be a great experience i think for everybody. >> well, we're certainly looking forward to it. we're going to be hopping on flights down there very soon as well. here's what sean spicer told me yesterday. i want to play a little chunk of that. >> there's no such thing as canceling. the number one thing obviously is nominating, officially nominate, mitt romney as our presidential candidate, special paul ryan as our vice presidential candidate. there are contingency plans in place and rules of the rnc in place that ensure that that will always be able to occur. >> saying there's no way from their perspective, there's no canceling. they are going to move forward. now maybe the weather might force things to move, you know, logistically or locationwise. how does it overall work? i mean, who's -- who makes the final call if it starts looking bad? >> well, from the beginning, we've been functioning as a team. and we've been at this for a
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year and a half hand in hand with the republic national convention. we don't make any decisions without consulting them, without consulting our emergency preparedness folks. every day at 11:15 and at 5:15 we have a conference call. everyone is looking at the same data, making the right decisions at the right time. in terms of the proceedings of the republic national convention, sean is exactly right. they would make that decision. i am sure that they have contingencies in the event of an event like this. when it comes to an evacuation, within the city limits, that is where i have jurisdiction. the governor has a role in terms of declaring a state of emergency. so there are multiple players at multiple decision points. but i will tell you this, soledad. we are seamless. there is no light between any of us. we are all working together for the same goals. fortunately, i don't think that's going to be an issue. evacuation is not being discussed at this point. we are now more focused on putting on a good event
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beginning monday at 2:00 when that gavel drops. >> mr. mayor, this is will cain. i wanted to ask but some of the security threats cnn has talked about in the last couple of days. we heard about specific threats. the homeland security is focused on. i'm sure this is not new to you. this is something that tampa has been paying attention to for some time. but i'm curious how isaac impacts that. are we looking at a situation where some of the security officers, some of the police and personnel you were bringing in to tampa, might have to stay home because isaac is affecting their cities across florida? >> well, i think it depends on where isaac makes landfall. i don't know how many officers from key west we were expecting. obviously, if it moved inland and affected palm beach, broward, dade county, we do have a number of officers that are coming from that area. we have not received significant cancellations from those visiting officers. in addition, we have the national guard standing by if we needed to supplement our troops. so i think we're going to be fine. we're going to deploy about 4,000 law enforcement personnel.
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by design, we want an overwhelming show of force. so i think we're ok. i think we're in good shape. i don't think many of the folks are going to drop off. isaac is staying to the west. if it touches anything, it would be in the key west area and then move out into the gulf of mexico. >> yeah. to folks in key west right now who are really focused on their preparations as well. mr. mayor, nice to see you. see you when we all get to tampa. >> you bet, soledad. out of the shadows, a navy s.e.a.l. who wrote the book on the bin laden raid has now been identified, and now military officials are saying he's putting his teammates in danger. we'll talk this morning to another former s.e.a.l. who wrote his own account of the bin laden operation. and tough call at the polls. would you vote for tony danza or would it be alec baldwin for the mayor of new york city? you're watching "starting point." back in a moment. 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically.
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account of that raid that killed osama bin laden has been unmasked this morning. several news outlets are posting his name, although we at cnn are honoring a request from the pentagon not to name him. pentagon officials say that the book, which is called "no easy day" could have some dangerous repercussions. the publisher says it provides a blow-by-blow narrative of the assault on bin laden's compound back in 2011. my next guest also came under fire from the department of defense after he wrote his own account of the raid, which was based on information, interviews, with s.e.a.l.s who took part. his book is called "seal target g geronimo." it's out in paperback next month. chuck pfarrer is with us. he is also a former navy s.e.a.l. thank you for talking with us. >> good morning. >> so you must know, then, since it's a very tight group of people, do you know the author of this new book "no easy day" without naming him? >> well, we're -- right. we are all sort of two degrees of separation within the
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community. it's very small. and we know of each other, and have mutual friends who are operators from the command. >> what can you tell me about him, without naming him? >> well, without naming him, his operation reputation is fine. he served in fact on the raid. he was a member of my old unit, which was naval special warfare development group. i understand the fire he is under. this story has got a lot of moving parts in that you have to wonder what story, in fact, he's going to tell. the original research that i delved into dealt with 45-minute firefights, helicopters crashing at the beginning, middle, and end. it was pretty hard to get the straight story out of the administration. and that became complicated to the extent that there's presently an ongoing
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congressional investigation over and treatment given to certain members of the media, namely kathryn bigelow and mark boll, who to the exclusion of all other historians and journalists were given exclusive access to the training sites. >> the u.s. command has said your book was full of fabrications. but bring me back to this author. why? if you know him or know him by two degrees of separation, what would motivate somebody who was part of this to actually pen a book about the inside story of this raid? >> well, the first thing i'd like to do is respond to the fabrications line. you know, the line taken away from the commander was that he didn't want my book to lead the american people to doubt the administration's version of events. i have no doubt that what's in my book is what happened and it's backed up by independent
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pakistani investigations of the crash. that being said, i'm sure that this author felt, as i did, that the truth wasn't being told. i was motivated to break cover and come out and take all the lumps i was going to take after an article which appeared in "the new yorker" which was essentially the tale of a political hit. a ground up assault, a 40-minute firefight, and then a man's wife was wounded and a man was murdered in his bedroom. that isn't what happened. this operation was over in 90 seconds. there was no helicopter crash at the beginning. helicopter crashed in the middle of the operation. pakistani witnesses on the ground say that. so unfortunately, the story has become the story. and this author is going to come in for all the hits that i did too i'm afraid. >> but some of the reason he's already coming in for -- getting some heat is not about the content, because no one really knows exactly what's in the book so far. so i don't think people are
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taking exception to his version of the events. they are taking exception, i think, to a sense of betrayal, of betrayal of his colleagues in the navy s.e.a.l.s and betrayal -- you know, to i guess an ethos -- spider marks we were talking to earlier said the whole ethos of the s.e.a.l.s is it's about the mission, not any glory from the mission. is that accurate? >> it is. that is fundamentally accurate. i haven't read the book yet as well. but i am certain that this man took it seriously as i did, the fact that you're not there to educate the enemy. that our tactics and techniques and procedures. they are proprietary, and they need to be kept secret because -- >> wouldn't writing a book contradict that? >> because our friends and comrades are still out there. >> isn't that contradictory to writing a book about that? >> it might be. i approach this slightly differently. my service was in the '80s and
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'90s. i approached it as a journalist and historian. my only overlap is i used to be a commanding officer of one of the elements in this unit. >> it will be interesting to see when this book comes out what he reveals and also what the fallout is. chuck pfarrer, it's nice to see you. your book is coming out next month in september. >> thank you, soledad. >> you bet. interesting. >> there's been -- interesting to see whether this is part of this whole campaign coming out of the special operator community. there are three different groups during the conventions holding events to oppose president obama. and i think certainly there are people in that community who probably are conservative to start with. but who see obama leaking -- deliberately leaking elements of this out as a very traditional kind of propaganda basically and are revolted by it and are then campaigning against him and have been campaigning against him as a result of it. >> i thought it was really interesting what chuck said at the end, chuck who wants his version of the truth to come out has a lot of hesitations about this new book.
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he says this guy may be violating the sacred trust that the s.e.a.l.s have. >> he said the world betrayal, and i think that's regardless of what the story is, there is in a whole other category the betrayal of, you're not supposed to tell any story, regardless of if it's your story, our story. >> but the administration chose to tell a specific story. so people who are involved who think the story is a different story feel pressure to get their story out. >> but isn't the role of being a navy s.e.a.l., that there is sort of a political machine around you that does x, but you're a s.e.a.l. you're supposed to focus on the mission. >> keep your head down and keep going. >> it will be interesting to see the details of the book when it comes out. first it was alec baldwin who said maybe he'd like to be the mayor of new york city. now actor tony danza is thinking about it too. the battle of the actors. our tough call, who would you vote for? that's straight ahead. plus, don't forget you can watch us live on your computer or mobile phone while you're at work. go to cnn.com/tv. we're back in a moment. ntgomery abigail higgins had...
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those shares over time. more good news in the housing market this week. new home sales rose 3.6% in july, up 25% from the same time last year. soledad, we've had a couple of good housing reports this week. >> yes, we have. maybe that's a trend. how many do we need before we can call it officially a trend? >> we need it to double or triple from here to be healthy, but it is improve am. our tough call this morning, who would you vote for? would you vote for tony danza? would you vote for alex baldwin? brooklyn's own tony danza tells the "wall street journal" he is thinking about running to be mayor of new york city. he says as he is getting older he sees more problems with the city, and in fact he could be the guy to fix them. he is now 61 years old. he lives in new york. starred in "taxi" obviously back in the '70s and '80s and "who's the boss." alec baldwin has also talked about it. anthony weiner, also the
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disgraced congressman who resigned after tweeting out -- >> started a different kind of story. >> the tiny screen. who would you vote for? would it be tony danza, alec baldwin, or anthony weiner? >> perfect question for bridget. >> no. i'm going alex baldwin. we need a little humor in our days. >> are you saying "who's the boss" wasn't funny? >> no. there was more serious drama in that show. >> maybe i haven't mentioned the platform. my bad. my bad. he said we need less cars. i support the bike share program. and roller blades. i don't know if he means roller plays for all. >> this is danza? >> this is the danza platform. you can't even take a cab from 50th to 70th street now. technically you can. i've done it a few times. he said i would go for the congestion price, which is charging drivers more money.
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talking with brian koon. he'll be our guest. we'll check in with him as tropical storm isaac threatening to crash the republican national convention in tampa, or at least make things messy. >> it is gaining strength right now as it heads for haty this morning. we want to get the latest on the storms so we go to rob marciano. rob? >> it's a big storm. we know that. but it's not very organized the past 24 hours. just now starting to gain a little strength. aircraft in there have determined the winds are sustained at 55 miles per hour. and tropical storm winds go out at about a 25-mile swath. that means hispaniola and haiti will see those conditions over the next 24 hours. the good news is we don't think it will blow up into a hurricane before it hits haiti and cuba. but the main concern is the amount of water and rain these areas will take in. and when you're talking about hillsides that are deforested and people living in shanties and tents, it's not a good
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combination. landfall tonight into tomorrow morning as a 50 mile an hour tropical storm with heavy rain through haiti and cuba. re-emerging in the florida straits. sunday night to monday, anywhere from miami to key west will be under the gun for tropical storm force conditions. and here's where we think it will get a little bit more strength and develop into a hurricane of category 1 or more status, anywhere from central louisiana coastline back through the western parts of florida, including tampa. could see this as a hurricane. tampa at the very least as far as statistics go, john, right now about a 25% chance of at least seeing tropical storm force conditions. so it's going to get messy it looks like. >> we're all watching that very closely. other news now, 21 years for killing 77 people. anders breivik, the man who admitted to last year's norway rampage, was declared sane and sentenced to norway's maximum sentence, which is 21 years. the sentence could be extended in the future if he is still why
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ared a thre considered a threat society. happening right now in egypt, the opposition organizing a mass protest march against the muslim brotherhood and president mohamed morsi's new government. cnn's international correspondent nick robertson is live in cairo this morning. nick, is it getting tent yet? >> reporter: there has been one scuffle so far. three shots fired and then a crowd about 100 people rushed the man in tahrir square who fired the shots. he was taken away. but for the most part, this million man march has turned out to be only several hundred, mostly peaceful so far. no big angry demonstrations or confrontations between rival groups. what we're seeing here is people who are opposed to president morsy, opposed to the way they say he and the muslim brotherhood have a disproportionate representation in the new government.
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they have taken illegally new constitutional powers. and they are also critical of the way he is cracking down and putting in court journalists who are speaking out against the muslim brotherhood. about 15 different political organizations threatening to come out. security is tight, and concerns that there could be violence. but so far, nothing serious yet. >> a lot of movable dynamics in place in cairo right now. nick, thank you very much. soledad? thanks, appreciate it. projections from the national hurricane center show tropical storm isaac is moving further to the west before it's expected to make landfall in the gulf of mexico early next week. state and local officials in florida, though, taking no chances to prepare for the storm, advising residenting to be alert, prepared, and readying the city of tampa for the republican national convention which is supposed to kick off on monday. bryan koon is the director of florida emergency management in tallahassee this morning. thank you for talking with us this morning, sir. your office is responsible for the entire state of florida.
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so how big is the republican convention looming right now on your radar as you -- you know, this really is approaching the keys first. >> good morning. yeah, it is -- something that we're considering. as you said, though, we are focused on the entire state here. and first in the path would be the keys. and good portion of the state is in the cone of error still. so while we're planning for the republican national convention, we are also taking a look at the state as a whole. >> i read there are 59 law enforcement agencies from around the state that are supposed to be coming to tampa to be part of the rnc. and now this tropical storm at the very least that's heading your way, can you tell me how they are organized and how they work together? that's a lot. 59. >> that is. we've been in the planning process, though, for the republican national convention for about the last year and a half. we've had a large number of meetings to coordinate this process, to gather law enforcement agencies from around the state to help out with that effort in tampa.
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and so we've got a good plan going into next week. >> so then let's talk a little bit about this plan. if it applies to the protesters. there was an fbi memo we shared, we were talking about it yesterday actually, where there were some concerns about anarchists and activists and protesters who also potentially could be coming to tampa as well. how much of your work is focused not on the hurricane part of this or the potential hurricane part of this but on the protesters? >> well, we were going to stand up the emergency operation center for the duration of the convention, irrespective of tropical storms and potentially hurricane isaac. so we would be prepared for either scenario, either a situation where there were some potential unrest or other activities at the convention, but we are also now ready to prepare for tropical storm and/or hurricane isaac next week. >> so, will cain, you're going down when? >> going down saturday. we were planning to head down sunday.
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isaac has pushed it to saturday. >> you're going today? >> today. >> so when you're talking about 50 some-odd thousand people, people like us who don't have a lot of hurricanes or even tropical storms, what is your sense? do you think people are worried or not worried? >> i think people are worried. and i think the buzz among journalists is that we'll all go down there and it will be miserable, but the convention will go on. it seems like that happy middle ground. >> i do want to remind people four years ago the republicans in minnesota cancelled a night of the convention because of a hurricane in new orleans. >> which did not in fact ultimately happen. >> well, it hit, but it wasn't all that bad. but next week i think there will come a time when people will have to face the time even if it's not hitting tampa, should we be holding a convention a night where the hurricane may be hitting mobile. >> i think those things you play by ear certainly as it goes. but let me get back to our guest for a moment, mr. koon. you have 73,000 residents in the
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florida keys. in a way, i think sometimes because we have been focused on the rnc we have been ignoring where the storm is going first as it approaches florida. and then you have this, you know, single highway that connects those keys. what are the measures that are being taken to protect those keys that are vulnerable first and foremost at least as concerned to the united states? >> well, we've been working very closely with monroe county, which is the county where the keys are located, and they have locally been taking efforts to activate their emergency operations center and considering declaring a state of emergency. they communicate very well with their citizens down there. those people who live in the keys know hurricanes. they know what they need to do to prepare. their residents, their families, their boats. we have a good evacuation plan should we need to use it in the keys. we understand the fragility of the one road out of there. there are 42 bridges that connect key west to mainland florida.
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so we have trigger points where if necessary, if we need to evacuate, we have a phased approach to getting those residents and visitors to safety. >> bryan koon, the director of the florida division of emergency management. thank you for your time. we appreciate it. >> thank you. still ahead on "starting point," his fight is finished, he says. and so could be his legacy. some stunning news overnight. lance armstrong could be stripped of his greatest cycling triumphs after he says he's not going to fight doping allegations. we'll explain. you're watching "starting point." back in a moment. d a warning you can feel. introducing the all-new cadillac xts. available with a patented safety alert seat. when there's danger you might not see, you're warned by a pulse in the seat. it's technology you won't find in a mercedes e-class. the all-new cadillac xts has arrived, and it's bringing the future forward.
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welcome back to "starting point." his legacy is now in ruins.
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cycling legend lance armstrong could be stripped of his seven tour de france titles and banned from the sport for life. armstrong insists he has done nothing wrong. he accuses the u.s. anti-doping agency of conducting a quote, unquote, witch hunt. but he says the toll it's taking on his family finally led him to say enough is enough. armstrong questions whether the anti-doping agency even has the power to impose the penalties, and he says if they do, he will sue. >> a battle for a legacy here. lance armstrong was not really going to race in the tour de france again. lance armstrong's career is effectively over here. what he is trying to do is control how he's remembered. what he didn't want is testimony from people who raced with him saying that he -- >> you know, and the foundation, really a lot of that legacy, is really what has gone into being the foundation of the foundation. >> i think that's something that's interesting, how do you think lance armstrong is viewed now? we all have a strong attachment to lance armstrong. he put a sport on the map here that none of us paid attention to.
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we loved him for what he overcame. and you used the term a certain self righteousness to lance. do you think america roots for lance too? >> i think they do. one of the reporters who has accused him of doping this morning, he wrote something this morning saying, all the guys who came in second. lance armstrong is being portrayed as the victim. there are all these guys who lost races allegedly because he doped. any racer who was clean. >> well -- >> it might be a contradiction in terms, but, yeah. >> i think people are still rooting for lance armstrong. i think it's a story you want to get behind and you want to believe and you want to hope that it's true. >> there aren't many undecided voters left on lance armstrong. there are people who believe in him and people who don't. >> but can they really even remove, you know, these seven victories? >> it could be appealed to a european court of arbitration who could say it's not usada who
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has the jurisdiction. but you saw it as not some store front in new jersey that's just making this up. they are the panel. they are the board that runs drug testing in almost every sport, amateur sport, in the world right now. this is a big group that does drug testing and generally knows what they are talking about. >> i wonder when he says, you know, when he says, well, if they do that, which it seems like they have immediately said -- once he said enough is enough, they immediately said we're going to strip you of those seven victories. he then said, i'm going to sue. it will be interesting to see if it goes down that path. >> can you strip the public's memory? will lance armstrong ever not be the seven-time winner of the tour de france in our minds? >> he chose the -- >> if they strip him of the titles, that is going to have huge implications, absolutely, right? anytime it's discussed. part of what makes your legacy live on is that you're often sitting at the broadcast table talking about, well, we got to this hill, or this was my strategy, and then also he is very public in his foundation, which is based really, right, on
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overcoming. that's the whole message about it. so, yeah, i think you could have some serious implications on that. still ahead this morning, we'll be talking about this bizarre and terrifying moment caught on camera. do you see this? it's a woman falling onto the subway tracks. she has a kid in her arms. we'll tell you what happened next. and the new york yankees manager chases a heckler. i love this guy. during a post game press conference. and then picks up the press conference. you'll have to see this. that'll be $973.42. ya know, your rates and fees aren't exactly competitive. who do you think i am, quicken loans? [ spokesman ] when you refinance your mortgage with quicken loans, you'll find that our rates and fees are extremely competitive. because the last thing you want is to spend too much on your mortgage. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ who have used androgel 1%, there's big news.
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welcome back to "starting point." i'm john berman. let's check your headlines this morning. authorities in california say rodney king's death was the result of an accidental drowning, but alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and pcp found in his
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system. they were contributing factors. the autopsy report says that king was in a state of alcohol and drug induced delirium when he died back in june. king's fiance found him in the bottom of his swimming pool. a happier story. incredible video. a boston area woman rushing to catch a train with her 4-year-old son fell onto the tracks with her boy in her arms. she says she thought the train she needed was in the station, but she got it confused with one on the opposite platform. the great thick is bystanders wasted no time to jump in to save them. >> they were right there. they just didn't care. like if trains are coming or what. we fell, and they jumped behind us. i got a new life as of yesterday. we are saved. it's a miracle. >> the mother and her son are doing fine today. however, she says she will never take a train again. now yankees manager joe girardi is on edge. why? because the slumping bronx bombers were swept by the white sox in chicago. he took it all out on a heckler
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right in the middle of a post game interview. you have to look at this. >> good all year. hey, hey, hey. hey. shut up, i'm doing an interview. hey. what he does all the time. good stuff. he's got a good fastball. >> he picked it up mid sentence, without missing a beat. >> i'm going to do that. hey, hey, hey, shut up, i'm doing an interview. anyway, and then i'll go on. brilliant. >> there wasn't even a segue of anyway. he just went right back. >> i love that man. let's talk about cnn's hero, connecting cancer fighters with survivors it's a great story. take a look. >> all of a sudden, it was like bam, it was like someone took a syringe and stabbed me directly in my left testicle. at 26, i was diagnosed with cancer. i had to go right into chemo. in the hospital, i saw these
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time for "end point." bridget, start us off. >> my "end point" is i love my roller blades, but i'm sticking with another for mayor. >> a roller blade in every pot. tony danza for mayor. >> there's still time, though. there's still time. we could convince you. >> will cain? >> you know, the other day i was in the swimming pool with my 4-year-old teaching him the butterfly, explaining to him -- >> you were teaching the butterfly to a 4-year-old? >> that's right. that's right. i was a butterflier for those at home that might be curious on
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that kind of fact. since i was 7 or 8 years old. i swam butterfly. i was telling him it starts from your shoulders and your chest, not your hips. this dolphin motion. so it was cool. what we had with dana vollmer this morning, the motion technology, body, it shows exactly how you create that movement and it shows you that sports is all about mechanics and efficiency. >> and i love what she said, which i think is true for a lot of sports, there's a sense that the more every time you put in the better you'll do. when in many sports, golf being one, the more you can relax, the better you can do. >> she is an awesome sport for prancing around here in her swim suit and body sensors for two hours. >> ben, what have you got? >> no segue for that. maybe we can get will in a swimsuit and body sensors one of these weeks. but it was just tweeted, rick santorum released his delegates to mitt romney this morning. i was just thinking, whatever happened to that guy, rick santorum? >> very interesting. >> one name we have barely mentioned this morning is todd akin. of course, you know, so that
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scandal lasted four days. i think we will hear from him again. but it does remind me that this was a week that was lost to that story completely for the romney campaign. completely. >> and it will resurface next week, no question about that. >> this is not the week they wanted to have running up to the convention. >> who would have thought we would not have talked about the economy barely at all all summer? >> very true. all of us gearing up for the coverage of the republican national convention starting in tampa next monday morning. we will be live from there. and cnn is the place to be for the best political coverage on tv. our live kickoff begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern. now right to "cnn newsroom" with carol costello right now. happening now in the "cnn newsroom," cycling shocker. breaking overnight, lance armstrong facing a lifetime ban and the possibility of being stripped of his seven tour de france titles. but there are questions about whether the u.s.

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