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cranes. it's like he's at world leader summer camp. even though it's good to blow off a little steam, there are quite a few serious issues he needs to deal with. he should be, you know, putting the toys away so he can fix some things. and der son cooper "360" begins now. >> the new jobs report that the president is acknowledging is just not good enough. the news is not encouraging. not for the millions of americans who are out of work and not for the president who's coming off a convention who touted how many jobs were created. the new report shows unemployment fell to 8.1% in august. down from 8.3% in july. but when you look closely, the reason behind that drop is largely because people have stopped looking for work. lots of people. some 368,000 people. many of them young people. in fact, the number of people of working age who are either working or actively looking for work now stands at 63.5%.
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which is a 30-year low. pretty bleak report. one that seems almost inpossible to put a positive spin on. with the presidential election, the spin goes on. here's what president obama said today. >> today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. a total of more than 4.6 million jobs. but that's not good enough. we know it's not good enough. we need to create more jobs faster. >> to be fair, the president acknowledged today and has consistently acknowledged there's still work to do. we need more jobs and faster. what he said today echoed a mantra that came up over and over. the addition of new jobs every month for more than two years. to the tune of 4.5 million jobs. >> we've since created 4.5
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million private sector jobs in the past 29 months. >> this past july, the economy added 172,000 jobs. the 29th consecutive month of private sector job gains. >> 4.5 million. >> 4.5 million. >> 4.5 million new jobs. >> president obama, plus 4.5 million. congressional republicans, zero. >> over and over, the president, democratic leaders, talked about 4.5 million jobs. what they don't want to talk about is the kind of jobs that have been added. jobs have been created. but more than half of them, 58%, have been low-wage jobs. that's according to a report by the national employment law project. that backs up another report from the labor department that shows more than half of the workers who lost jobs and manage to find new ones are now working
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for lower pay. focus on just this latest jobs report, 96,000 new jobs were added in august but that's still some 24,000 fewer than what economists were expecting. economists called the report disappointing. and say at least 150,000 jobs have to be created each month just to keep pace with the populati population. we don't have to tell the 12.5 million people who are out of work about disappointment. they know the challenges facing them and their families. president obama certainly nose t knows the stakes are high. no president since ruse vult has been elected with more than 7.2 unemployment rate. i spoke to chief business correspondent ali velshi, senior political analyst david gerring be and senior correspondent john king. is there any legitimate bright spots or is this report as bad as it sounds? >> well, it wasn't a loss of jobs. i suppose you could spin it that way. if i were in the business of spinning this, i would say that half of this has to do with
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congress and the fact that we don't know what's going to happen. that creates a certain amount of anxiety from businesses hoping to hire people. half of it is europe and the lack of demand from europe. we saw a manufacturing job loss of 15,000 jobs. that is clearly stuff that the u.s. manufacturers -- that isn't being bought overseas. look, i have always been of the view, and david may share this view, that presidents get altogether too much credit and too much blame for job creation and job loss. but the real aalit al reality i is not a great number. there's two more before the election. i would want this one to have been above 150,000 which is the number you need just to sort keep things level and a bit more. so no, the white house put up a pretty tepid response, saying we've created jobs in the private sector for more than 30 month. that is absolutely true. but no, 96,000 jobs in a month is absolutely not acceptable. >> david what kind of an impact do you think this will have on
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any potential convention bounce? >> i think it can have a dampening effect. there's no question that democrats leaving charlotte this morning, the euphoria of just a couple nights ago after the clinton speech when they thought they could get a breakthrough, that had largely disappeared after the jobs growth came out of president obama's speech last night. they're not expecting much of a bounce. gallup has shown a bit of a bounce. two other polls have not. >> we talked about the jobs picture in key swing states like ohio is actually better than the in the rest of the country. and president obama's been polling better. we don't have polls taken after the convention or the new job report. but has that trend kept up all summer? is there any reason to believe it won't last? >> there has been a steady nature. he's up a little bit in ohio. he's up a little bit in iowa. those are two states where the unemployment rate is down a bit from when obama became president. they've been pretty steady. the question here is the
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psychological effect. remember, bill clinton said of course we're better off. and cited some statistics. the president says i know it's tough. i haven't been perfect at everything. but yes, we are better off. we're heading in the right direction. democrats leave feeling great. they think this is a psychological boost. then the morning after they get this thump. it is an anemic recovery. does he hold ohio? who knows? it's very much harder case now. the manufacturing jobs especially. how many people at that convention said made in america is making a comeback and then that happens? look, life and politics are not fair but timing matters in politics and the timing here bad for the president. >> anderson, if i could just amplify on that a bit. you know, what the president laid out last night was we have two paths. one goes in the republican direction. one goes in the democratic direction. he laid out a strong case. but with the jobs report today, the republicans say, yes, but your path is the road to nowhere. >> ali, if the fed does make a move in the wake of this report, nothing that happens at this
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point will really make a real impact by election day, right? >> correct. the fed is meeting next thursday. ben bernanke's been very clear that this is largely -- if there's anything that washington can do, it's not actually barack obama. it's congress. it's dealing with the fiscal cliff. it's dealing with the budget. it's getting things in order so that businesses don't have uncertainty about whether they have to lay people off or what they're going to pay next year. if the fed takes action, which is in the form of what they call quantitative easing, the third installment, you'll hear this qe 3, that means the fed injecting money, trading that for bonds with banks. banks then have more money to lend out to people. and over time that means people get cess aredit and businesses expand. businesses do not expand without the demand to justify expansion. if the fed does something next thursday, there's a trickle-down effect. it takes a while. the question is whether or not the administration can somehow say that whether or not barack obama were the president, there
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would be more effective job growth. my general opinion is the congress and its intransigent compared and contrasted with europe and its problems are what is con tributing to our lack of growth. unclear whether it has anything to do with the president but right now he's wearing that badge of honor. >> david, i see you shaking your head. >> i don't understand why -- ali, why you're placing all the blame on congress. after all, the fiscal cliff is one that has come as a result of an agreement between the white house and the congress. to reach an understanding about how to go forward. bob woodward's new book suggests that the idea of a fiscal cliff actually came from the president himself. so i think it's washington in the minds of most people. >> i think that's probably true. i'm always loathe to disagree with you because i think you know a lot more about this. the bottom line is it is the uncertainty that prevents -- >> that i agree with. >> there's one president --
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>> -- if you think the fiscal cliff is going to come and you're going to have to lay people off or lose a government contract, you're not hiring. you're going to wait till january or february to find out what the truth really is. so yeah, whoever's to blame for the fiscal cliff, i think congress and washington, i agree with you, bears half the blame for this. the other half is the global economy. and europe. i don't think either of that has to do with the president all that clearly. >> no president since the great depression has been re-elected with the unemployment rate this high. that is the historical barrier barack obama is trying to clear. this does not help. >> john, you've been talking a lot about the small number of people who are kind of undecided. the small number of people still yet to make a call. how much are they impacted by these numbers? >> it's a great question. we want to see how this plays out. this is a national number. we will get new state numbers. before the election. i'm going to go out to the states and talk to people up close. if they don't think things are getting better, they go shopping for something new. if you don't like your car, you
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go to a new dealer. i talked to some republicans who did some focus groups last night. remember, these are republicans. they say the focus groupings are independent voters. they said they came away feeling better about the president's speech but that he didn't make the sale. he didn't complete the sale to them last night. so the republicans were a bit nervous that the president maybe had them open their minds to a second term. they think this jobs number today is going to have a whole lot people -- >> we knew the president knew those numbers last night and that's why his performance was a little tepid. this white house has been generally ineffective at carrying a message for a long time. mitt romney came out with a number. he said he'll create 12 million jobs over 4 years which is 250,000 jobs per month. and the reality is in an economy that grows at 1.7%, that is not possible. so what you're up against is a president who has not created that kind of job creation versus mitt romney who says take a chance on me. the other guy didn't work out that well. it's disingenuous on both parts. but that's what this campaign has come down to. convincing people to vote for me
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because i'm saying i can create more jobs than the other guy can. >> anderson, one more footnote. i found interesting. if you look at the jobs report today, think it's true ali that a lot of people coming into jobs are older and the people leaving the workforce are younger. and the young are the very people president obama wants to draw to him. >> that's a good point. david, thanks. john king, ali, thanks very much. >> thank you. let us know what you think. we're on facebook. follow me on twitter at @andersoncooper. also on instagram. both campaigns visited toss-up states. the messages they brought and the raw politics on that ahead. we'll talk to mary matalin and paul begala. plus, clint eastwood is finally speaking out about his, i don't know, convention speech/performance. does he regret the whole empty chair/invisible obama routine? ahead.
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60 days of campaigning to go. new hampshire and iowa both battleground states were the first stops for both campaigns. here's what president obama told a crowd just hours ago in iowa city. >> president clinton point out that the single biggest thing missing from my opponent's plan is arithmetic. it doesn't add up. you do the math. if you want to lower the deficit but we're spending $5 trillion on tax cuts for folks who don't need it and weren't even asking for it how's that going to work? >> obama started his day in new hampshire. mitt romney did the reverse. here's what he said a short time ago at a rally in new hampshire. >> i expect him to report. to come to the american people and say, here are the promises made, and then describe why it was or why it was not he was able to carry out his promise. instead, it was a whole new series promises. he didn't deliver on the last ones. why should we expect him to deliver on these? >> cnn national political correspondent jim acosta is with
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the romney campaign in new hampshire. jim, you've been with mitt romney nearly all week. he clearly feels that bad jobs report is his ticket to success in november. there are some perils with that. >> that's right. keep in mind, if that jobs report had come out today after what was a fairly successful democratic convention and it said 250,000 jobs were created and the unemployment rate had ticked below 8%, this would have been a different campaign day for mitt romney. instead he got what was some pretty good news for his campaign. that unemployment rate only ticked down to 8.1%. a lot people got out of the workforce. so if you were to create a word cloud or do a word count of what mitt romney had to say today, anderson, promises would be one of the biggest words in that word count because he kept hitting that all day long saying the president isn't keeping the promises he made in 2008 to get this economy going again. to be fair to the president there were some promises he did keep.
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one being that he'd reform the health care system. he was firing off a good number of attack lines. just a few moments ago, he touched on the abstinence of the word "god" in the democratic platform. mitt romney telling this crowd that god was in the declaration of independence, so he did go after the democrats on that one. >> the romney campaign also released a blizzard ads today. 15 ads in 8 battleground states. has access to a lot campaign cash, right? >> that's right. ever since he accepted the gop nomination, the switch was flipped. he is now spending general election money up till that point. he was spending primary money. he's been raising about $100 million every month. he's on pace to do that till election day. so yes, that is where all this money is going from to pay for these ads. and if you look at those ads, they've been tailored to each individual state. so for virginia and colorado,
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there are defense -oriented ads because the defense industry is so critical to those two states. when i asked a senior romney strategist on hand here, what about the ads in wisconsin and michigan, they said stay tuned. and i think that means that more ads are on the way, anderson. >> jim acosta, appreciate the reporting. a lot of raw politics. let's talk about it with cnn political contributor and republican strategist mary matalin. also cnn contributor paul begala who advises a pro-obama super pac. it's been about 24 hours or so since the president's speech. what do you make of it now? the cold light of day? or the dark light of the new night? >> right. i would still -- parsing it till 2:30 in the morning hanging out with my friends pit bull and scissor sisters. these bands we had at our rally.
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so i may be a little blurry. i really liked the speech a lot. it was not as beautiful and elegant as the speech in denver four years ago. nor should it have been. this is a really smart guy, president obama. and he understands that he needed last night to give us the way forward. i heard mitt romney attacking it. but the most important thing either one of these men can do is tell us the framework. where do you want to take us if we hire you for this job? romney punted on that. his convention was pretty good. >> were there specifics in president obama's speech? >> it was much more focused than romney's for sure. not as specific as a bill clinton speech but nothing is. the technical schematic diagrams that bill clinton puts in his speech are impossible for anybody else. this president lined out specifics on energy, education, national security, manufacturing jobs. and i really like that. that's a little more prosaic,
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frankly, but the father of the current governor of new york used to say you campaign in poetry but you govern in prose. i think that's what swing voters want. don't give me high blown rhetoric. give me your path forward. obama achieved it. >> mary, according to today's gallop daily tracking poll, prance a little bit of a sign of some sort of bounce. a preliminary bounce. his approval rating has climbed. i think last time it was that high was after bin laden was killed. does that number worry you at all or you thing these new job numbers now are going to eliminate any bounce that might have been achieved? >> there are two headlines this morning. both the president and the economy underperformed. i'm not saying the speech was a failure. it's hard for obama to live up to his own stratospheric expectations and thoughts about himself. this was not a convention
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directed at swing votes. it was to pump up the base. it was all about abortion. they're applauding the president of nero, booing god. that was a very narrow-based convention. i don't know if he said anything in his speech that would have been appealing to independents. he was largely defensive. saying we're not saying government's the solution to everything. we respect entrepreneurs. we're not anti-business. so it was very defensive and everybody's looking at the same polls. he knows what his weaknesses are. i would say no one should be looking for any bounce that's off either of these conventions because of the limited number of people who remain undecided. it's a record low number. it's a polarized electorate. what we did see in the target, a lot of the target's dates, is the lowering of romney's negatives that the president had pushed through all that massive commercials and negative spots and all. now it's a head to head. it's a virtual tie in real clear
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politics. measures all of these things. it's a virtual tie. which is an improvement for romney's position. >> paul, is this -- the issue of what -- god not being in the platform early on, mary said they were booing god, others will say, no, there was -- what they didn't like was the process by which this thing was being voted on. people didn't think it was two-thirds. that's what people were booing about. you'd have to go around and ask everybody what they were booing or upset about. do you think this has lasting impact? you saw mitt romney talk about it today. >> no, he did, but it doesn't have lasting impact because the mistake was corrected. by president. and his team. they moved in. we talked about this in charlotte. do not ask me to defend leaving god out my party's platform or the problem the original platform this year had with jerusalem. democrats for years said the capital of israel's jerusalem. the government should recognize that. but president put it back in.
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he was informed about what the plot form said. he said those two things are not consistent with my views and values and my party changed them. we took a hit for doing that. we looked kind of bumbling for about 15 minutes. mitt romney claims the platform doesn't reflect his views on abortion. he claims today as of 8:24 p.m. eastern that he supports exceptions to his ban on abortion in case of rape and incest. the party platform does not acknowledge those exceptions. romney did not intercede to change his party's platform because he doesn't have the courage of his convictions. the democrats looked better on this than the republicans. >> mary, i want you to respond to that. clint eastwood is now speaking for the first time about his shtick at the gop convention. he spoke to the carmel pine cone which i'm sure you're familiar with. it's a small california newspaper. he called obama, quote, the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the american people. he said he was aiming at people in the middle of the speech and
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he sort speaks for the ordinary american. >> he also said, and i caught this right from the beginning, his third goal was to let the country know that not everybody in hollywood is a loony left. there are a lot of conservatives out there. i know that to be the case. i find it sad. i find it despicable that so many conservatives who worked and lived in the hollywood business, in the entertainment business, have to be closeted because of their political views. so that was the first goal he met. to people with receptive ears, it was music to my ears. he did make the point that normal people understand -- have understood from almost the outset. which is the emperor has no clothes. barack obama was an empty vessel that everyone filled up with their hopes and desires and all their best wishes. and it turns out to be an empty -- in this metaphor, the empty chair.
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but there's no there there. i thought it was brillant. we're still talking about it. a barrage of favorable tweets in all of the blogosphere, whatever that is, so real people thought it was great. sort of the inside the political beltway people were just tskin', tskin'. whenever they're all tskin', i know it's something great. >> let me refer to my latin. the thing speaks for itself. i was proud my party didn't bash clint eastwood. it was too easy. i've reviewed president clinton's speech with him. there were some people who wanted to put cheap shots about eastwood in there. clinton wouldn't have anything to do with it. maybe he believes that that really odd performance was somehow targeted for the middle. maybe the middle of fifth avenue, some guy naked pushing a shopping cart. but no, that -- it was really --
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it was just painful. mary, i'm like a profession aaa high person ba lift. >> i'm like, you're not a normal person. you watch this convention like someone who hates conservatives. thinks that the sun rises on obama. people understood him as the iconic person that he is -- >> this is mary's problem, she lives with james carville so she can no longer recognize crazy. you've got to give her a break. >> that's a good point. okay, on that we'll agree. >> we'll leave it there on that. mary, appreciate it. paul, thanks very much. there are growing concerns tonight about a deadly virus outbreak at yosemite national park. a third person has now died from this thing called the hanta virus. park officials are scrambling to alert thousands of visitors who
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may have been exposed. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta joins me ahead to explain this thing.
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important medical news tonight. a third person who recently visited yosemite national park has died from the hanta virus. hanta virus is carried by mice. there's no cure. but early detection and treatment can be crucial. so there are eight -- so far eight confirmed cases in people who visited the park this summer. at first park officials thought the risk was limited to 10,000 people who stayed in tent cabins in a camp ground. that number could be much higher. our chief medical correspondent dr. gupta joins me now. what is hanta virus?
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>> it is a pretty rare virus. this isn't something a lot of people have heard about because there just aren't that many cases. it's a virus carried by rodents. with a lot of these viruses, as you know, the animal does not get sick. so it's very hard to figure out which exactly of the rodents are carriers. what happens is these rodents get into these camp sites. there's droppings, urine from the rodents. what happens is when they're cleaning the camp site or someone starts to occupy the camp site, that gets aerosolized. people breathe that in. so that's how you get sick. >> someone gets the virus how, by breathing it in the droppings or something? >> most commonly, that's the way. they technically could also get it, for example, they got a bite from a mouse that was carrying the hanta virus. they might also get it for example if they touch something that had the hanta virus on it, then suctibsequently touched th nose or mouth.
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you imagine the scenario is you walk into a carp simp site that hasn't been occupied, people may be sweeping it up, sleeping in the beds. you can aerosollize the virus. that's the most common route. >> what are the symptoms? >> this is more challenging because like a lot of the other things we've been talking about, including west nile, there is an inbasing period. you don't get sick right away. you got to sort of figure out, you know, is there -- were you at some risk. so people are going into the doctors right now with flu-like symptoms. one critical thing is they often effect the large muscle groups. people get muscle aches. it's often the large muscle groups like in your back, in your hips, the back your thighs. so those are some of the early signs. >> if someone thinks they've contracted the virus? >> if you sort of fit the criteria, you're getting flu-like symptoms this time of year, you should see your doctor. there's not a specific sort of
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therapy for this. when you look at these particular camp sites and figure out there's been 20,000 people maybe that have visited these camp sites over this summer, there's going to be a population of people who are going to develop these flu-like symptoms. if it gets particularly bad and what happens there is you develop pulmonary symptoms. people have a hard time breathing. take a look at this, anderson. on the left, that's a normal chest x-ray. i think everybody can tell that the one on the right has been badly affected. you see all that white area. that's what the virus does to the lungs. that's why those three people that you just mentioned died. >> sanjay, appreciate the update, thanks. >> you got it, thank you. there's more reporting tonight. susan hendricks joins us. >> congressman jesse jackson jr. is back in washington tonight after receiving treatment for bipolar depression at the mayo clinic. jackson's aides say they hope he
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crime and punishment tonight. her daughter was murdered in 2005. the killer confessed. he's vanished. it's all linked to a bizarre alleged corruption case. a county district attorney, a man sworn to uphold the law, he's under federal indictment,
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accused of racketeering, bribery, extortion and fraud. this case has a lot of angles. our gary tuchman tries to sort it all out. >> reporter: she was 31 years old, a teacher, the mother of three. the man accused of fatally shooting her, a former boyfriend who had incentive to plea bargain. because there was overwhelming evidence against him and he could have received the death penalty. her mother and sister trusted the district attorney would make the right decision. the d.a. they thought seemed like such an honorable man. did he look you in the eye? >> yes, straight in the eye. >> reporter: what did he say? >> that he was there for my sister. straight in our face. you would believe him if you were there. >> reporter: he pleaded guilty to the murder. seemingly sparing her family the agony of a trial. i say seemingly because shortly
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after the plea everything went haywire. livingston received a 23-year prison sentence on the day he made his plea. inexplicably, the judge ruled livingston could have 60 days of freedom without any bond. the murder eer never came back. he's now been on the run for five years. >> translator: i'm in incredible pain. i hurt. i have such pain over my daughter's murder. i struggle to fight it but it defeats me. >> reporter: here's what makes it even worse. the d.a., the man the family trusted so much, allegedly pocketed a chunk of the $500,000 in bail money the murderer was using during the case. he is accused of taking $80,000 of it. in a blistering 34 page indictment, federal prosecute earp say the d.a., the judge and the
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lawyer agreed to give some of the bail money to the children. what was stunningly improper is the attorney for the children gave huge cuts of the cash to the d.a. and the judge. the judge has pleaded guilty and he's talking, aiding the federal prosecutors. the feds say the d.a. was the leader of the enterprise. >> armando is accused of bribery, extortion and racketeering and faces the possibility of many years in prison. yet, incredibly, despite being indicted and facing a trial, he does not feel the legal or moral obligation to step down. armando vilabos is still the district attorney. the law does not require him to step down. can he fairly and conscientiously run an office that prosecutes criminals? in a statement he gave just before his indictment, he said yes. >> we're going to go forward. i'm not going to resign. i'm innocent of all charges. i look forward to going to court so we can get this thing over
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with. >> reporter: he has acknowledged not opposing the killer's release but claims he told the judge he was against the idea during a meeting in the judge's chambers. unfortunately, this man was also in that meeting. greg gladden was the attorney for the murderer. whose idea was it for livingston to get out without bond? >> vilabos. >> reporter: gladden, who was in no way implicated, is outstanded he hasn't stepped down as d.a. and explained if his client did not agree to immediate sentencing, the bond money would not be freed up. he thinks his client was offered this to ensure he would agree to rapid sentencing and not mess up t the scheme. how many murderers have you seen sentenced and then freed without bond? >> it's never happened. i mean, it's it's not that i've never seen it, it's never
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happened in texas. >> reporter: you must have been sitting there going, what is going on? but this is my client, i'm in the going to object. >> that's exactly right. >> reporter: one part of a larger federal probe in texas that involves a dozen people. most of the 12 have already pleaded guilty. south texas has a sorry history of political corruption says this history scholar. >> shocked with the extend of this particular situation, yes. i think we were apprised or shocked by it. but when another episode of corruption on the evening news, that's the way things seem to go down here. >> reporter: the district attorney has not taken reporter's questions since his indictment. i'm gary tuchman with cnn. can we speak with the district attorney? his personal lawyer and his associates in his office said he would not talk to us. >> translator: it wasn't worth it for them to do this, for them to let him walk away free for money. they let him walk free. >> reporter: the brutal murder. the disappearance her murderer.
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and allegations that lawyers were supposed to help them instead grubbed for blood money. for this family, it's too much to bear. >> this is a nightmare. a true nightmare. >> when is the trial? >> the d.a. and the lawyer representing the children will go on trial this april. both men asked a federal judge to drop the charges, saying the indictment was too vague. what's interesting is when this d.a. goes on trial in april, he will no longer be the d.a. not because he's quitting. we don't know anything about him quitting. but because his term comes to an end at the end of this year. what we do know about this district attorney is that he's accused of being a very selfish criminal yet he's still prosecuting criminals. >> does the murderer's attorney know where his client is? >> that's another interesting thing about this case. based on what prosecutors say, he's the honorable guy in this situation. he says that he frankly wasn't
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surprised that his client disappeared based on what happened. nevertheless, his client promised him he would come back. he's not back. and what the attorney is telling us is that he doesn't believe his client is in the united states because he would have been caught by now. he's an indian american and the attorney believes his client is somewhere in india. >> all right, gary, thanks. a murder mystery also now in the french alps. a family attacked. two young girls survived including a 4-year-old who hid for hours inside the family's car underneath bodies. i'll have more awkward conversations than i'm equipped for because i'm raising two girls on my own. i'll worry about the economy more than a few times before they're grown. but it's for them, so i've found a way. who matters most to you says the most about you. massmutual is owned by our policyholders so they matter most to us. massmutual. we'll help you get there.
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a 7-year-old british girl could be the key to solving a chilling murder mystery. found severely injured outside this bullet-riddled car in a parking lot in the french ailla. a french cyclist was found nearby also shot to death. four killings in all. hours later, police realized the little girl's sister who was just 4 years old was actually hiding inside the car behind her mother's body too scared to even move. her 7-year-old sister is in a medically induced coma. i spoke to cnn's dan rivers about the case. what are the latest developments in the murders? >> well, there's a real profound sense of shock here in the quiet london suburb of clay gate. people still digesting the news
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that the family in the house behind me were targeted in such a brutal way. we're still waiting for more details from the french police. they're looking for two vehicles that were seen near the shooting. a motorcycle and green 4 by 4. it is a french investigation leading this. people are digesting the news of what happened. the family it appears were targeted in a kind of execution-style shooting. three adults in the car shot through the head. a child, a 7-year-old child, shot as she tried apparently to flee. she was found on the road outside. amazingly, the 4-year-old girl who was cowering in the back of the car stayed in there, wasn't discovered for eight hours. police finally found her under the body of her mother. >> no leads on not motive now? >> it's a complete mystery at
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the moment. there was a suggestion in the media here that there was some sort of falling out, a family feud with his brother. but now we're told the brother went immediately to the police station here in the uk, he lives nearby. they seem to be playing down that motive. they're keeping an open mind. at the moment there is absolutely no clarity on why on earth this family were targeted. >> is there any word on how the two surviving girls are? are they under police protection? >> they are, yeah. the elder girl, who is 7 years old, is still in a coma, we're told, an induced coma. she's under armed guard in a french hospital. the younger girl, who's 4, is obviously deeply traumatized. the police have talked to her very briefly. and really saying that she didn't see much of the attack at all. that she apparently dived down into the foot well of the car almost immediately. >> dan rivers, appreciate the reporting. let's check back in with
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susan hendricks. >> lawyers for drew peterson may appeal his murder conviction. he was found guilty yesterday of killing his third wife kathleen savio. two witnesses testified his fourth wife stacey who disappeared five years ago told them peterson killed savio. a philadelphia man has been charged with calling in a false threat that a passenger aboard a us airways flight had a bomb. apparently the caller was trying to get back at the passenger over a facebook posting. wall street closed out the trading week in the black. the dow, nasdaq and s&p 500 all finished higher today and all three rose for the week as a whole. a mother in china has come up with a novel way to tell her quadruplets apart. she shaved their hair, giving each a number from 1 to 4 on the tops of their heads. her mom says the 6-year-old boys are identical and their teachers feared they would not be able to
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ah, that time of the night for the riduculist. tonight, we're catching up on some post tropical storm isaac news. arkansas when a camera from local station krak was rolling on a double and their dog buddy. >> what is this out here we got?
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>> that's what he was buddy was looking at. >> i ought to sick buddy on him. do you know him? jim, do you know this gentleman? >> no, not at all. >> ought to go out there and start an ass kicking contest. >> a naked guy just nonchalantly wandered out of the woods. maybe it happens all the time. this is just the first time a camera was around to capture it. i'm happy to report there was no ass kicking contest. a neighbor called the police. >> i have a naked man standing out in the middle of the damn street with his privates in his hand just standing here. no, ma'am, don't want to get close to him. you can't miss him now. he's sitting right -- >> sure is, sitting right in the middle of the road. the guy was arrested, charged with indecent exposure and, here's a shocker, public
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intoxication. i don't know what it is about inclement weather that inspires people to go au naturale, but this is not the first time we've seen this phenomenon. during hurricane irene, coverage live on the weather channel it the forecast was, as they say, cloudy with a chance of meatballs. >> no shortage of incredibly -- i'll bite my tongue -- people who have been coming out. dozens of people who have walked by me. i'm pretty much speechless. >> it's not just hurricanes that seem to inspire the unclad masses. a good old-fashioned snowstorm can do it too apparently. >> we've been out a couple hours. >> cold out here. >> some people are just out of their minds. what are you going to do? i mean, it's nuts. >> i've seen that a million times and i still laugh. in heteroexpele retrospect i sh the guy who i ran into was fully clothed. >> larry king takes it live.
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