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state right there. the president walks in to the restaurant during a campaign stop. big old hug. then that bear hug right there, lifted right off the ground. you're the biggest pizza shop owner i've ever seen, the president told him. that's when that 6'3", 260-pound owner showed him just how strong he is. a light load perhaps for this pizzeria owner. he regularly bench presses 350 pounds. so that's what we meant by, you know, not pressing weights, nothing too hefty and we were talking about the president. that's not right. that was kind of fun out there in florida. >> i find myself at home talking to you on the television. you're so personable. you guys, she's so awesome. now that she's pregnant, looking gorgeous. >> i'm taking up a lot of space physically here, aren't i? >> i hope i didn't distract you. in the tennis name, you're like that's not her name. >> don't you hate that? >> it drives me nuts.
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they're playing right now. >> she's beautiful, sloane is. gorgeous! >> she is one to watch. wonderful vibrant personality and serious game. >> have fun. bye. >> you stole my lead. i'm don lemon in the "newsroom." we're going to do a president obama story. she just did it. shell has begun drilling off the coast of alaska in preparation for an offshore oil well. it is happening here in the sea 90 miles off alaska's northwest coast. native americans who live along the shorelines are worried about a spill similar to the one two years ago in the gulf of mexico. shell has only done the bare minimum of equipment testing. at least 79 people were killed in iraq today in a wave of attacks targeting iraqi military around police. six car bombs exploded in baghdad skillikilling 33 people.
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in kirkuk, bombs targeted police recruitment centers and iraqi security forces. two more bombs exploded in a commercial district in amara. targeting innocent civilians. in syria, opposition forces say a bomb landed on a kindergarten -- in a kindergarten in aleppo today. the bomb leveled an entire residential block reportedly causing many casualties. they claim at least 117 people were killed across the country today. they also claim the government is targeting their water supply. investigators are desperate for clues in a gruesome shooting near a mountain resort in france. police found the bodies of four people at a rural rest stop wednesday. each shot twice in the head. there were two survivors, a 4-year-old girl who was not hurt and a 7-year-old girl who has shot and came out of a coma today. speculation about the shooting has ranged from a family feud to a robbery gone bad. some 400,000 kids may not go
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to school tomorrow. 400,000! i'm talking about chicago. it's not the kids' decision. we know what they would rather do. it's the teachers. they say they won't show up for class tomorrow if they dispute -- if their dispute with the city school system is not resolved. ted rowlands is in chicago right now. the clock is ticking. i never really wanted to go to school. i wanted to stay home. they may think it is good for them, but it is not so good for them, nor their parents. it is after 5:00 p.m. in chicago right now. yes or no, will there be school tomorrow? >> reporter: well, doesn't look like it, don, although they are continuing to talk. they've been at it about six hours and they are vowing that they will talk until the 11th hour. they have until mid might to come to an agreement. but the clock is ticking and they are running out of time. at issue is money and job security issues. but at this point there hasn't been an agreement so people are being told come up with plan b, find a place for your kids if you work. the schools will be open.
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144 of the schools will be open. there won't be any learning going on but kids are free to go there and they'll be fed as well. they'll be there for about half a day. bottom line, you talk about 400,000 kids. it is going to be a nightmare on monday morning. it looks as though that is going to happen unless something comes up in the next few hours to avert the strike. >> behemoth of a city. cps has a lot to do with. what's mayor rahm emanuel saying? >> well, he is -- the teachers accuse him of aligning himself too closely to the cps, chicago public schools, and they feel like they've been thrown under the bus. he, however, says this is not true. he wants this thing to come to an end. he did release a statement to us talking about the kids specifically and it says in part, every day they're not there is a day taken away from them and they just can't -- that they just can't afford.
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leaders on both sides need to stay at the negotiating table and finish their job finding a solution that is fair for our teachers and keeps our students in school. wlp or not they're going to come to an agreement we don't know. the good thing here though, don, is that they are still talking and unless something dramatic happens today, it is expected that they'll continue to talk each day. there isn't a huge divide here, so if there is a strike, maybe it will just be a day or two. the worst case scenario of course is if somebody walks away from the negotiations. >> school systems around the country are facing issues and the whole nation is watching. that's the national implications. ted rowlands on top of it. we're not finished with this story on cnn. in just a few minutes, i'm going to get a chicago parents' side of this union dispute, a very concerned parent who's also acted in helping shape school policy in chicago. what's happening in chicago could easily happen where you live. coming up.
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counting down. 58 days until the election. you're going to hear that. tomorrow you'll hear 57, then you'll hear 56. then it will be election day. president obama in florida for a second day. last hour we -- he spoke in west palm beach. cnn's chief white house correspondent, jessica yellin, is there. i almost said we spoke to him. maybe you did. but i know he spoke to some people on the phone. it was really funny, we'll play it later. but what was the president's message today? >> reporter: hi, don. he has been hitting hard on two themes -- maybe three. i'll give you three. one, this contrast he is drawing with romney on the economy, saying he's going to deliver more for the middle class than romney would. second, he's opened up a new broad side on medicare, insisting that the romney-ryan plan would increase costs for both current and future seniors on medicare and he's also been delivering a lot on education, a lot of messaging on education,
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saying that he has done more not just for making college more affordable but also hitting on some of his education reforms while in office. because y gives you a sense of some of the different groups he's targeting in this battleground state. >> i'm surprised the secret service didn't go whoa, because they want to prevent this stuff. at a pizza shot in ft. pierce, florida, the owner literally lifted the president off the ground. >>. >> reporter: yeah, he got a sunday afternoon pick-me-up, literally. the guy's name was scott van duzen. president walked into his pizza place and -- the guy's a big, big guy. he's got guns. i mean like that. the president said if i eat your pizza, will i get guns like that. >> show your guns now.
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>> there are the guns. the gun show's that way. he gave the president a hug, then lifted him up. the president was game. he's been in a very good mood this weekend and he's been sort of palling around wherever he goes. secret service were asked afterwards was he going to get in trouble. and they said, no, as long as he didn't walk away with him. he's fine. i should add, don, the pizza, the president went there because this guy is very generous as a blood donor and they wanted to call attention to that. >> did you get your tickets? >> yes. my ticket -- >> to the gun show. you've heard that before. >> i have not. >> jess, stand by. let's listen in for a second. >> everybody, look at these guns. if i eat your pizza, will i look like that?
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>> come on, man. >> look at that. >> man, i'm so excited! >> man, are you a power lifter or what? >> nice moment, jessica yellin, our chief white house correspondent. let's talk about mitt romney now. mitt romney attended church this morning in belmont, massachusetts. his wife, ann, accompanied him. in a taped interview on nbc's "meet the press," romney said he would not dump all of obama care if elected. he would keep certain ideas from the controversial health care law. >> i'm not getting rid of all of health care reform. of course there are a number of things that i like in health care reform that i'm going to but the in place. one is to make sure those are pre-existing conditions can get coverage. two is to assure the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like. i also want individuals to be able to buy insurance, health insurance, on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax advantage basis
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through their company. >> keep in mind, the president's health care legislation was partially modeled on a law romney signed as massachusetts governor in 2006. romney has been deeply immersed in debate preparations in the past week. the presidential candidates will square off in three debates next month. you know we'll have them here. coverage at least. the head of the democratic national committee accuses a reporter of misquoting her. did he? he's here to tell his size of the story. then later this hour -- >> hey, barney, this is barack obama. i was calling to say we're here at the campaign office and everybody is saying what a great neighborhood team leader you are and we just want to say thank you for everything you do. i'm going to try you at the other number. hopefully it will work. >> you have to hate it when the president calls you and you don't answer. fortunately, he did answer the other number. yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ female announcer ] live the regular life.
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florida congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz came on cnn to set the record straight last night about some of her most recent controversial statements. one of which is accusing a writer of misquoting her comment about republicans in israel to an audience of jewish democrats. phillip klein is that editorial writer for the washington
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examiner. he saw my conversation with the dnc chair last night and he wanted to come in to respond to her accusations about reporting. of course we said, yes, come on. phillip is going to watch what she said in my interview along with you and me, and then respond. >> if you look at what "the examiner," which is a conservative blog site. so it is not surprising that they would deliberately misquote me. i'll reiterate they did deliberately misquote me. first they took only the first line of what i said and then they cut it off. and so you haven't played the rest of what i said. and what they did was they reported that i said that republican policies were dangerous for israel. and actually that's what ambassador orin commented on. i never said that republican policies were dangerous for israel. in fact that's the opposite of what i always say. what i always say and what i said in that event -- and it is very important that we understand that israel should not be a political football. what the republicans are doing is they are suggesting that
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there is daylight between the parties on israel. >> okay. do you regret anything that you have said, and would you say anything differently? >> i do not. no, i would not. i regret that "the examiner kwn has repeatedly taken what i said out of context. if they had printed the entire quote and if they had actually told ambassador orin what i actually said, i think his response would have been different. >> so was she misquoted? we're going to let you decide. phillip klein is here. he wrote the article. the congresswoman was talking about. we're going to play her full remarks in their entirety like she said. my no talking point segment next. [ female announcer ] now yoplait is the only yogurt brand endorsed by weight watchers and your taste buds have always endorsed us. so, you know what this means... this is a real win win! yoplait, it is so good.
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this is going to be our no-talking point segment. you just heard part of my interview with debbie wasserman schultz, saying phill kline misquoted her at last week's party convention. was the congresswoman taken out of context? well, we want to let you decide. phillip klein is here and we have the full recording that congresswoman schultz was
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talking about. so i want you to hear it and i want philip to hear it, then we'll talk about it. >> we want you to be armed with the facts. so we are going to give you those facts. we have one page document that succinctly describes president obama's stellar record on israel. we have a six-page document as well because, we're jus and one page really isn't enough. and we have a myths versus facts document which addresses a lot of the typical baloney that is spewed by republicans. let me just close by telling you this, and sharing this with you. we know and i heard middle west ambassador michael oren say this, that what the republicans are doing is dangerous for israel. they are undermining israel's security by suggesting that the united states and israel don't have anything other than a unique and close and special relationship. it undermines israel's security
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to its neighbors in the arab world and to its enemies. we need to make sure that the fact that there has never been, and will never be, daylight between the two parties or the support for israel that we have in the united states, that that is conveyed to jewish americans all across the country. it is a responsibility we're asking all of you to take on. >> when you wrote that article did you misquote debbie wasserman schultz? >> absolutely not. i just want to say at the outset, i appreciate you having me on to respond. basically in the -- on your show last night debbie wasserman schultz made two agree just factually incorrect accusations about me. the first was that i deliberately misquoted her. that's not true. if you look at my initial report, i not only quoted the part of what she said about the israeli ambassador, i actually included an entire paragraph long quote in which she elaborated on that point, that
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she was making. the -- and not only that, i subsequently posted the audio which i just played. the reason why you have that is i played it and i purposely not only quoted the part about the ambassador, i left 30 seconds of audio on either side of it so that everyone could see what was leading up to that comment and what she said after it so it is clear that i wasn't quoted out of context. >> philip, i was going to make that point, that we actually got the link to the audio from your paper, from "the washington examiner." on the website. that's how we got it. listen, i have been, and many people have been, accused of being misquoted or taken out of context because people will run a snippet but you said you ran the entire thing and you left parts on both sides so that people could sort of get an idea. but she's talking about -- what she's talking about here, she says is context, is inference
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and what you're not getting -- "the washington examiner" is not getting what the inference is in there. what is she talking about? >> the thing is that she's trying to draw the distinction between -- she claims in the segment that you just played that when she was on your show last night, she claimed that what she was -- that i wrote and that i reported that she was criticizing republican policies on israel and saying those were dangerous for israel and she's saying what she really meant was that when republicans criticize president obama's record on israel, it turns israel into a political football and that's what undermines israeli security. but the problem with that is, i never used the word policies in my initial report. i never said policies. not singular, not plural, not in any way, shape or form. and if i can just say, the reason the word "policies" got introduced to this at all is that michael oren, the israeli ambassador, used the word
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"policies" when he was responding to my report. i never used the word. and she evidently thinks it is easier to attack a conservative journalist and smear me on tv then go after the israeli ambassador. >> in her defense, maybe she saw it on another network, maybe a conservative network and they only played that part for television. but for you, you played the entire thing. and that's -- just want to make that clear. >> yeah, but i want to make this clear -- that she didn't say, oh, well there's been some reports in the conservative universe and some blogs are reporting such and such. she specifically said "the washington examiner deliberately misquoted me." that's a direct attack and a smear on my reputation as a reporter. and i resent that because i was meticulous in quoting that, particularly because i know it is easy for people to try to smear conservative journalists as somehow being sloppy and partisan. >> right. okay. this isn't about right or left.
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this is about holding a lawmaker, a leader accountable for her words, her remarks, and her actions. that's what this is about. >> yeah. look, "the washington post" fact checker lifted it. they gave her four pinocchios. politifact lifted it. they said her pants were on fire. both outlets said that i quoted her accurately. neither one are partisan conservative outlets. >> we saw the congresswoman a few hours ago at the presidential rally but this is not the first time she's been challenged about her remarks. are these incidents you think affecting her job as a dnc chair when you're there in washington listening to people? is she in danger of becoming an issue for the campaign, you think? >> look, i don't want to speculate beyond what my reporting was. i'm here to talk about her accusations about me. i don't kind of want to get into the analysis of whether she's damaging democrats or not. >> all right. philip klein, thank you. we appreciate you coming on. if the congresswoman is not here
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to defend herself, she was on last night, if she'd like to come back on, we'll have her back on as well. philip klein, requests washington examiner," thank you. is she a distraction to the president's re-election efforts? her answer coming up at 7:00 p.m. stay tuned. the reason we are devoting so much time to this story, do these accusations and misquotes make you doubt or lose faith in the men and women leading this country? and hold on. did you hear that? it's the president calling. >> hey, barney, this is barack obama. i was calling to say we're here at the campaign office and everybody is saying what a great neighborhood team leader you are and we just want to say thank you for everything you do. i'm going to try you at the other number. all energy development comes with some risk,
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president obama had an uplifting moment at a florida pizza shop today. the owner bear hugged him and lifted him off the ground. mitt romney's campaign spokesman accused obama of false attacks. romney attended church and spent a down day in massachusetts, but his taped interview on nbc's mete press has people talking. romney said he favors some ideas from obama's health care reform legislation. it's hard enough to nail down our elected officials and those who hope to be elected to what they are steadfast for, or against. as we close in on the most important election that this country has, it seems just
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simply getting the party faithful to explain their own plan is an exercise in futility. listen. >> don't voters have a right to know which loopholes you're going to go after? >> so mitt romney and i, based on our experience, think the best way to do this is to show the framework, show the outlines of these plans, then to work with congress to do this. that's how you get things done. >> isn't that a secret plan? >> no, no. no, no. what we don't want is a secret plan. what we don't want to do is cut some back room deal like obama care and then hatch it to the country. >> why not specify loopholes right now? >> because we want to have -- george, because we want to have this debate in the public. we want to have this debate with congress and we want to do this with the consent of the elected representatives of the people. >> i have no idea either so you may have heard my back and
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forth, earlier, with congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz trying to find some common ground on what she herself said. then you heard paul ryan a moment ago which to me -- i'm just saying -- sounded like a bit of double-speak to me. l.z., people say they want to lead the country but they don't want to tell us the plan. should we accept this business as usual or do we do something else, do voters deserve more here? >> absolutely, voters deserve more. but this is what voters have allowed to happen. perhaps if we were a little bit more aggressive in terms of demanding the truth and not accepting people misspeaking or misremembering or however they want to characterize their lying, if we just start demanding and calling them out on their lies, then perhaps we would be getting more. what we've been doing is just trying to vilify the other side, not look at our side with scrutiny. because of that we're stuck with things like the audio clip you just played with paul ryan. >> this morning i was listening going, i have no idea what he
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said. he said he wants to work this out in congress and congress has the lowest approval rating and accused of not doing anything. it is like wait a minute, you want to be one of the leaders of the country, shouldn't you tell people what you're going to do? >> absolutely, you should. i would change one word in lz's analysis. he said voters have allowed this to happen, i'd say voters demanded this to happen. answer paul ryan doesn't want to give you, the answer of what loopholes would be closed to somehow justify this 20% tax cut and yet remain revenue neutral, the answer to that is political unpopular. we all know we need tax reform, but nobody, not a viewer, not a voter, not a politician wants to talk about what that really means, republican or democrat. so paul ryan and mitt romney are trying to walk out there on a limb suggesting they're going to go for some kind of tax reform but not really talk about what that reform would be. because the truth is, voters don't like the details. >> we held debbie wasserman schultz accountable earlier. let's look at paul ryan again. this is from the republican
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national convention when mr. ryan seemingly wanted to paint obama care as the boogie man to seniors. >> and the biggest, coldest power play at all in obama care came at the expense of the elderly. they just took it all away from medicare. $760 billion funneled out of medicare by president obama. >> so here are the facts. all right? pointed this out. here's what medicare's chief actuary said this spring -- the president's affordable care act makes important changes to the medicare program an substantially improves its financial outlook. so l.z., when people talk about this and they point it out, no matters which side you are, they will say someone needs to fact check the fact checkers even when their math is fuzzy. what the heck is going on here? who are we supposed to believe? >> i don't really know. i think for the last 40, if not 50 years, the american people
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have been grappling with the reality that our politicians lie to us. they manipulate us, they tell us the things they think we want to hear for one thing only -- to maintain their power. what you're seeing from paul ryan, his speech with filled with so many holes, i'm amazed he was able to string it all together. it was so tethered with lies and mistruths. even his own marathon time was a tie. it was ridiculous. what's going on here? i think what's going on here is simple manipulation. whenever people don't get the answer that they want to hear they continue to push until they get the answer that they want regardless of whether it is the truth or not. >> you hear it -- the left is so mad at me, i can't believe you had a segment. wait a minute -- anyway, whatever. will, i can't let you respond because i want you guys to listen to this. we've been so gloomy for much of the day so let's end on a fun note. this is the president talking with supporters while in west palm beach. i want you both to listen. >> hi, is this barney? barney, this is barack obama.
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it is. we're over at the campaign office and folks are telling me what unbelievable work you're doing as a neighborhood team leader and i'm making a few calls to say thank you and tell you how -- not only do i appreciate your service in our armed forces but i really appreciate all the help you're giving me. you don't believe me, do you? he's being quiet like -- i'm not sure. it's true. it's me. >> fellows, we have to run but it is nice to have a little fun. >> i like the pizza parlor guy that gave him the bear hug. where's like some presidential -- shouldn't he be intimidated by the president? i'm saying what is he doing? why are you lifting the president off his feet? >> he just loves him so much that he -- >> he likes the president. >> look at that. >> he likes the president. that's the reason why his
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approval ratings stay high, because he likes the president. people like this guy, he is a cool man. >> that's true, guys, i've got to run. they say people like president obama a lot personally but the people who like mitt romney, it's not as much. he doesn't have his approval rating -- likability factor. that's what my lips are trying to say. likability factor is higher for president obama. thank you, guys. teachers threat ton walk off the job in one of the largest school districts in the countries. that may anger many parents who have to figure out what to do with their children. but some are showing their support for teachers. one of them joins us next. he. my father thought i was a nut taking the job. i took a job at burger king. i became operations manager and director of burger king in europe. >> one, he's coming from a very strong corporate sector and he says he's now paying for his
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700 schools, the third largest public education system in america. that's the city of chicago. whether class will be in session tomorrow is a very good question. teachers and the city have spent the weekend at the negotiating table and they're still there trying to avoid a city wide teachers strike that would keep 400,000 kids home tomorrow. wendy is a mom of a third-grader in chicago but she's also part
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of the group raise your hand, the parents' voices when it comes shaping the policy and deciding how chicago spends its education funds. thank you so much for joining us, my former town of chicago. first things first. how do you feel about your third-grader possibility of not going to school tomorrow? >> well, i have a fourth-grader but -- >> it's fourth now. sorry about that. >> no, no problem. you know, i want my son to be in school but i want also a contract to be worked out that the teachers are happy with. i hope that if we have a strike, it's short. if we do have one, we're running a community strike camp so we have parents preparing. you know, we hope that they can reach an agreement tonight. we think it's important -- >> are you nervous? >> i'm nervous about the future
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of this district. i mean no matter what happens tomorrow, again, i hope if we have a strike, it's short. but i'm -- my group has a ton of work to do no matter what. we have big problems and i have a group takes been going for two and a half years to advocate for things that are long-term issues. so, yeah, i mean i know some parents are nervous, but i think they also understand why this is happening right now. >> absolutely. so wendy, the head of the school board says talks this weekend have been productive. have they? what have you heard from the negotiating room? anything? >> you know, we're not getting a ton of specifics. we know that cps gave in on the merit pay issue, which we know the teachers did not want. i know there are still things that we haven't heard yet. i know that the union wants the district to enforce class size
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limits which is something that's really important to parents. i don't -- i haven't heard anything about that. right now we have class sizes of 40 in some kindergarten rooms. so there are things that are not about pay. i think there's this notion that this is all about pay and it's really not. >> so the country's watching because the school districts around the country are having issues and they're watching to see what happens with you guys. a lot of parents are watching to see if a similar thing happens in their community, what they're going to do. what have you guys -- your fellow parents, teachers, or what have you, have you gotten like group daycare together, i stay home today, you stay home tomorrow? what are you doing? >> yeah. yeah. there are different community groups. our group raise your hand is one group organizing things but there are other community organizations around the city that we meet with regularly so
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there are community schools that are being planned in all different neighborhoods from bronzeville to logan square to up town. so people are organizing. if it's a short strike, people will get through. again, we still hope that this can be worked out tonight. we think the best thing to happen is that they can reach a fair contract this evening and everyone will be in school tomorrow but in the event that that doesn't happen, there are many groups organizing to run schools or camps in their neighborhood. >> wendy, good job. you did a great job. i'm sure your fourth-grader will be proud -- what's your fourth-grader's name? >> eli. >> eli. say hi to eli. >> shout out to eli. >> good luck to both of you and everybody in chicago. we appreciate you coming on. back to work. well, back to washington, at least. members of congress return from a long vacation but can we expect them to get anything done? exclusive to the military,
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congress, it's time to get back to work. lawmaker return from a five-week vacation tomorrow. can you imagine? they have a long to-do list but they may just punt the tough stuff until after the election. athena jones has more from washington. >> reporter: as election season enters the homestretch, lawmakers return to capitol hill this week facing big issues. but given their recent record of
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accomplishment, or lack thereof, the question is whether any of it will get done. >> voters want to know when congress is going to stop kicking the can down the road. they're sort of out of rope. >> reporter: the only must-pass item is a short-term measure to keep the government running and avoid the kind of costly shutdowns we saw twice in the 1990s. it is expected to pass. congress could also pass measures to people hit hard by the drought and by hurricane isaac. but perhaps the biggest challenge, the so-called fiscal cliff, a series of tax increases and spending cuts that experts warn taken together could plunge the economy back into recession. >> they'll have four weeks after the election to deal with some of the largest tax increases and spending cuts that the country has ever seen at one time. >> $110 billion in cuts to everything from defense to education to food inspections next year alone will take effect in january unless lawmakers reach agreement on reducing the deficit. one problem -- republicans and democrats disagree on the bush
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tax cuts due to expire the end of this year. republicans want them extended for everyone. gl americans know what works. low taxes, reasonable regulations, and living within our means. >> reporter: democrats led by president obama support extending them just for people making less than $200,000 a year. >> i don't believe and you don't believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires is going to bring good jobs back to our shores or pay down or deficit. >> reporter: uncertainty about just what congress will do is already weighing on the economy. >> it's just going to be a very bumpy ride. businesses are slower to hire. government agencies are slower to give out contracts. that's creeping into our economy and it will just get worse as congress waits to deal with it. >> reporter: but wait is almost certain what congress will do. athena jones, cnn, washington.
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time for beer and chicken wings and dip and chips. because football is back, right? and so is peyton manning, so let's talk about it. also, he is a columnist for it's first sunday of the nfl season, sir, so let's start with manning. no longer a colt. he's now in the denver. do you think he's going to be the same guy before he missed with a neck injury?
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>> we know peyton is super human. you turn on the tv and he's on some commercial somewhere. even peyton manning cannot go from four nfl mvp awards to four major neck surgeries and not be affected. i talked to a doctor and he said the worst situation for him would be to be in a place with high altitude and damp conditions. not good. >> let's talk about the refs now and roger goodell. he's really playing hardball with the regular referees. you wrote about it on friday and on friday, the players, goodell had suspended were reinstated. goodell's in the headlines as much the players these days. >> and even more so after this weekend. today was a rough day for referees. big game going on now between are referees.
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i thought his head was going to explode all over lambeau field. >> had the chance to watch, but as fan, as someone who's watching, do you think it makes it frustrate, more interesting, less interesting, for the actual fan? >> no, because when it comes to the fan, let's be honest. they want to see them play. want to see the offense do well, their defense. they want to see their team win. now, if there's a controversial play that decides that, then there's a problem. >> i was going to say, depending on how long this goes on, can people go back and say listen, that was a bad call. this team shouldn't have won this game. therefore, you know what i mean? >> which is a good point. i talked to dan about this -- one game and one player and cost
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him a victory one way or the other. >> stephen strausburg of the washington nationals. arguably, the best pitcher in the league. what's going on with him? >> you've got the washington nationals setting him down because they want to protect his arm. had this elbow surgery called t tommy johns surgery. one of these surgeries that takes time to heal, so they want to protect him for the future, they say, as opposed to the short-term. problem with that, washington nationals have a chance to go to the postseason for the first time since 1933 and they're about to do it without their best pitcher. this is not good. >> not good at all. >> thank you, sir. i like having you in here. man, that's a strong handshake. >> we can continue. >> appreciate it. okay, listen. his family says he was kept from flying first class because of the disability, but american airlines says a 16-year-old could have posed a threat to other passengers.
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is this discrimination or a safety precaution? we'll hear from the family. that's next.
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my name is adam frucci and i'm the i love new technology,om. so when i heard that american express and twitter were teaming up, i was pretty interested. turns out you just sync your american express card securely to your twitter account, tweet specific hashtags, and you'll get offers on things you love. this totally changes the way i think about membership. saving money on the things you want. to me, that's the membership effect. nice boots! a california family is planning to sue american airlines. they say the airline stopped them from boarding their flight because of their 16-year-old son who has down syndrome. joe and robin and their son were set to fly first class from newark to los angeles, but moments before they were supposed to board the plane, an airline employee told them because of the boy's agitated
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behavior and for safety concerns, the family would not be allowed on the plane and would need to be moved to another flight. >> we've never had trouble before flying bead in coach and we'd sit in the front right at the head between coach and first class. we'd sit in the middle, toward the back, but we were never aware of how discriminatory the pilots can be when they decide who sits in first. that's what triggered it here, last sunday, was that we dared to try to bring our down syndrome son in first class. >> next hour, more of american airlines response cht -- captions by vitac -- president obama had an uplifting moment in a florida pizza shop today. the owner bear


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