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we'll tell you how it works and which cars offer it. okay. all eyes are on the house of representatives, as it gets closer to a vote on a spending plan to avoid a government shutdown. here's what's happening today. speaker john boehner met with house republicans. and they revealed the plan, and he and republican house leaders released a joint statement. and the second permanently repeals obama care's medical device tax that's sending jobs overseas. we will also vote on a measure that ensures our troops get paid no matter what. we have team coverage on all of this. jim acosta live at the white house, and dana bash on capitol hill. so, dana, help us break down some of the details of this
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republican plan. >> reporter: well, you just read some of the highlights, and we can put some of the key points here, which are that, yes, they're going to pass a bill that funds the government through december 15th, but the two issues relating to obama care, first delaying it for one year, and second repealing the medical device tax, those -- one is just assuaging the concerns of many house republicans who want to keep fighting even though this is lost the battle to expletely defund obama care. but the second one, the medical device tax, because they're effectively daring senate democrats to vote against that, noting that more than 70 democrats in the senate voted to repeat that, many of them have very strong, very powerful medical device manufacturers in their state, and they think it will be hard for them to vote no on that or effectively to take that out of this. then the last issue on there,
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maintaining military pay in case of a shutdown. that's going to be separate. the idea here is there certainly is obvious concern that the government may shut down, because they have such a limited window in order to keep ping-ponging this, and a lot of blow back with the idea they're playing not just with federal workers' lives, but people's lives, who want to go to national parks, who want to get new passports, but more importantly the men and women who are fighting on the front lines could potential lose their pay, so that's why they're doing a separate bill to a, you know what? if the government will shut down -- >> we know there's plenty of back and forth, but is there any idea when this vote is going to happen? >> at some point later today, probably early evening, we'll see a series of votes. but what's really fascinating is i have not talked to pretty much anybody who can say with a straight face with any candor
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that they are sure that the government is not going to shut down at this point. in fact, listen to what one congressman from new york, michael grim, said to our deer ra walsh earlier today. >> it's a discussion long overdue, but i think ultimately we can avoid a government shutdown, there may be a slight one because of the time contrains, but we're going to take care offal 34i8 tear -- >> you think there may be a slight shutdown. >> right now i'm hoping no, but just look at the timing, we would vote today, send it over to the senate, the senate's earlier vote is tomorrow, sunday. i'm sure they will send something back so that's monday. monday would actually be the day for a shutdown. >> reporter: he just laid out pretty clearly the big problem here, that we are going to get down to the wire for the deadline for the fiscal year to end for the government to run out of money at misdemeanor
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night monday night. so as far as i'm told there havant been -- but we're not at monday night. things can change quickly. >> it's like any of these lawmakers didn't know this was coming? yeah. let's move on to jim acosta, who is live at the white house for us. is it true that president obama is i playing golf today? >> it's true. >> we may not get reaction from him? is he focusing on this? how do we expect the white house to respond to this plan? >> well, i think to use a golf analogy, the way the white house looks at this is the republicans are in the sand trap right now. and the president not showing a great deal of concern about what's happening on capitol hill right now, at least from a recreational standpoint. he is out playing golf right now in virginia. he'll be back in the nation's capital later on this evening. according to white house officials i've been talking with alison, what the president said
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this morning in his weekly address, what the president said idea from the podium is still operative. he is not going to sign anything into law that delays or defunds obama care, period. but he is certainly not going to do that as part of the process to pass a continuing resolution or to extend the debt ceiling to avoid going into default. so those things are not going to happen. the other thing the president said at the briefing is if there are things that the republicans want to bring forward to make improvements over the next period of several months or so, that is part of the legislative process, the normal legislative process, that that is something he is not -- that is something he is going to look at, but he's not going to do it in the context of some sort of shutdown or debt default. so at this point, it's almost irrelevant what the white house says at this point, what the president says at this point, because the senate democrats, as dana bash has been saying all
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dada, they are not going to take on what the house is talking about right now. and so unless, as dana said, something happens on monday night where perhaps a short-term continuing resolution is passed, the without really at this point is a spectator watching what's happening on capitol hill right now. administration officials describing it to me as what they think of as a circus at this point, alison. >> i have to agree with that, a circus. jim acosta, thanks. >> you bet. on tuesday open enrollment will begin for obama care. some people feel they're being forced to buy health care coverage. i want to listen to this i-report from virginia beach, virginia. >> i'm william. here's the deal. i've not had health insurance since 2007. that's when i stopped working at dylan's full time. i do piano playing for churches and events part time.
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i work at the company here part time, and i do freelance news reporting and storm chasing part time. that's the keyword. part time equals no health insurance. come january, me and millions of other americans are going to be forced to pay for obama care? i don't think so. it's unconstitutional, and needs to be overturned. main it's going to take my voice and millions of others to do that. if that's what it's going to take, then so be it. >> we want to hear more of what you think. log-on to -- and share your photo or your video. in just three days, inspectors will begin a daunting job visiting dozens of chemical weapons site in syria. last night the u.n. security council unanimously approved a resolution demanding syria eliminate all the chemical weapons. the recent rulings warns of consequences if syria doesn't fully comply, but it does not
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authorize automatic use of force. the diplomatic breakthrough between u.s. and iran isn't sitting with el with some hard-liners. an iranian news agency says a protester threw a shoe when the president rowhani arrived home today. the report says there were several protesters there, but also supporters who welcomed his new dialogue with the u.s., including a phone cat with president obama. that was the first direct contact between the countries' leaders in more than 30 years. a judge rules same-sex marriages must be allowed, but will the ruling stand? and take a look at this, the bending bridge? yeah, we'll explain what happened. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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with the new toyota tundra. toyota. let's go places. couples across new jersey are celebrating a judge's ruling. the state already allows civil unions, but the judge ruled that's not enough. margaret conley is following the story. what exactly does this mean in practice? i want it's about equality. same-sex couples will no longer be limited. they'll be able to tie the knot starting october 21st. there was a rally last night, making new jersey the 14th state
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to allow same-sex marriage. why is this significant? before civil unions did not allow same-sex couples, the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. this ruling changes all that, and draws on the 14th amendment. we spoke about this with paul callan. >> she's used the supreme court decisions which were handed down earlier in the summer, very technical decisions, which open the door just a crack to gay marriage. and she's used the rationale of those decisions to say the new jersey constitution requires gay marriage, because equal protection of the law requires that haul new jersey citizens be treated the same. >> callan said it was a surprising and forceful decision. >> what happens next then? >> this ruling is binding unless
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there's an appeal. it seems that governor christie is going to want to do that, and that could force an implementation delay. >> well, how likely is the new jersey supreme court to reverse this decision? >> new jersey's supreme court in 2006, they ruled that same-sex couples were entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples. now, this judge, she's using that and the u.s. supreme court decision back in june to push same-sex marriage through. it's a significant ruling in that new jersey is a bellwether state. this could set a precedent for the rest of america. >> can you explain christie's position on this? he voted a same-sex -- vetoed a bill, but now he says it should be up to voters? this rule -- the press secretary put out a statement, and said he
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would always maintain he would abide by the will of the voters, and since the legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, christie wants this issue to be on the ballot this election day. alison? >> margaret conley, thanks. fall, have you noticed? fall has just started. so what happened here? what wintry weather came a bit early or where? that's coming up next. but first are more than 1 million homeless children head to school in the u.s. each day. going to school is stressful enough without having to worry whether or not you have schools to wear. this week's hero is making a big difference in their lives. >> september is back to school for most kids it means shopping. i used to take those things for grabbeded, until i realized there were a lot of kids who doesn't have those luxuries.
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the clock is ticking, and the federal government should be shut down in days. the gop-controlled house went into session early this afternoon to consider a spending plan in what's become a congressional version of hot potato. the democratic-controlled senate voted to keep the government open, but only after striking
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the house gop's language that gutted the president's new health care program, and both sides are digging in their heels. >> it's unfortunate there has been republican division on this issue. when it comes back to the senate after the house stands their ground yet again, we will have an opportunity for republicans to come home, for republicans to stand together. >> if they want to deal with all these many issues, let's do it without a gun to the head of the american people. if they want to look at the device tax, let's do it in the context of a separate piece of legislation. we are not going to play games with the american people. >> cnn chief political analyst gloria borger is with me from washington. why would house republicans push changes to obama care on a revised funding bill if democrats insist it's a nonstarter. we're just going around in circles aren't we? >> they're going to pass
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something that's dead on arrival. i think the simple answer to that question is this isn't about what the democrats are going to do. this is about a fight within the republican party, and what you've seen right now in that republican caucus is a house speaker who's been dragged kicking and screaming into this fight. they doesn't want to shut the government down, he never has, but he's got a very vocal part of his caucus which says we want to take a stand off president's health reform plan, and we believe that the continuing resolution, as well as raising the debt ceiling down the road is the place to do it. so they have taken a stand once, they sent it over to the senate, the senate lopped off the repeal of obama care, they shoved it back to the house and the house is saying, you know? we republicans have not changed our minds. what you're seeing going on is really a fight within the republican party, not only
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within the republican caucus, which is it's easy for them to be united on this, because they know it's going nowhere, but between senate republicans and house republicans. and so, you know, the white house is stepping back and letting this ping-pong play out, but it's really between -- among republicans. >> so, you know, we couldn't help but watch senator ted cruz stage his 21-hour talk athought this week, from talking up the bill to fund the government. you wrote in your column that none of this has been about reality, rather it's about cementing a -- positioning yourself as the spokesman for your political base by telling it exactly what it wants to hear. in cruz' case, it's the tea party base. there's a bully pulpit, plenty of 250i78 to talk, and the talking points are easy and oval h so predictable. how crucial has cruz been to
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what has happened here? >> well, cruz has been incredibly crucial. first of all, he's been very vocal about killing obama care. he is clearly somebody who's got his eye on 2016. his's got a pac that's been running advertisements in republican districts. his's got a lot of republicans afraid if they don't support him on this, they're going to be primaried by more conservative republicans in their own districts. what's also really interesting to me, because i haven't seen this a lot is there have been reports that cruz is actually meeting with house republicans to help direct them in how they should respond to the senate. so it's kind of interesting that he's sort of moving, you know, across the capitol to an area where some republicans say he's not welcome, but others, more conservative republicans are
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welcoming him with open arms to help them plot strategy. that's something you don't see a lot of. >> that is interesting. you know, you look at president obama, so as far as, you know, not directly engaging republicans to try to find a solution, in fact he's out golfing today. how much of a mistake is this? >> look, you can argue about the optics of the president going out and, you know, golfing, but the point is right now, what is the president supposed to do? if he were to pick up the phone and call john boehner, would he say, you know what? , john? can i help you resolved that fight within your own party? i don't think so. at this point i think all the president can do is sort of sit back and watch this play out. he already took to the podium on friday and said i'm not negotiating on the business of government and, you know, i think from the white house point of view, you know, this is a fight that republicans have to settle, and they're going to sit back for a while.
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at a certain point, the public will look for the president for leadership, but i think they don't think they're there yet, that this has to play out for a while in the congress. >> gloria borger, thanks so much. >> sure. using our smartphones during takeoff and landings. will we soon be able to keep them turned on? we've been bringing people together. today, we'd like people to come together
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bottom of the hour, welcome back. i'm alison kosik. here are five things crossing the newsdesk right now. number five, the house is expected to vote on a plan to keep the government running, but it's not likely to deep democrats too happy. we're going to bring you updates on a phone as soon as you get them. number two, 50 people are dead after an apartment building collapsed in india. an 11-year-old girl was pulled from the building alive. local officials were warned that the building was unsafe earlier this year. a member of putty riot is being treated as a hospital after going on a hunger strike. her requests for parole and a prison transfer were also denied. the band member went five days without food, saying she's being streeted like a slave in prison.
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russian officials deny her claims. at four, we learn this week whether we'll be able to use our cell phones and tablets during takeoff and landing. the report could push towards the use of some electronics devices, still you won't be able to send messages or make phone calls. that's still against the law. snow in september? sounds crazy, right? it happened. an early winter storm brought several inches to montana. power plants were damaged, leaving many residents without electricity. there's just about 2 1/2 days left. that's when the government goes into shutdown mode if a spending plan is not passed. christine romans explaining just how serious this situation can be. >> alison, federal furlough notices have gone out so workers can prepare for a potential
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shutdown of the the timing couldn't be worse, we're heading into the thanks giving and christmas shopping seasonses, right? paycheck delays for an even larger group. that hurts the economy. mark zandy thinks it could -- but a government shutdown, alison could be nothing compared to something further down the road. the failure to lift the debt ceiling. let's take a moment to compare these two and how they would affect the economy. so let's start with the shutdown the in a shutdown, banks would stay open, mail would be delivered, congress would get paid, social security, medicare, medicaid, all of that is paid. military pay, though would be delayed. the courts could stay open about ten days. passports will still be issued, at least for a while, because they are funded by fees. here's the other things we are worried about. in a default, in a default to pay the interest on our loans,
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we would have to stop paying for other things like paying for federal workers. it's october 17th. that's the day the u.s. will have less than $30 billion, and the government can't borrow any more money. that means just like when your bank account is empty and can't find any source of cash, you're stuck. that's what would happen in a default. catastrophic is the word the treasury secretary uses, and what could almost be worse than that is what we don't know. how would markets react? maybe interest rates would spike. that's what we expect. that would add hundreds of billions to our borrowing costs. we,u.s. don't know until we get there. would the stock market fall sharply? many people think it could, if we get there. again first the government shutdown, then a default. two very dangerous scenarios. alison? >> thanks, christine. new terror threats.
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the terror group taking responsibility for a brutal massacre at a mall in kenya could be planning more attacks, according to two officials who says it's monitoring a stream of classified information, and it suggests that al shabab may be planning other attacks, likely in kenya, but there are no
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details. earl yes you spoke to tom fuentes about this. i asked him, what are the chances they terrorists could attack the u.s.? >> the chances are great. that's exactly what they could do. the other concern here for u.s. authorities is that we don't just need young men to travel from minneapolis or from toronto, canada to go to somalia and train how to be terrorists, shoot guns and do bad things. those kids were radical iced at home, here in the u.s. and in canada. they met directly with recruiters and made the choice to go there, but they wouldn't have to. they could become radicalized here. and as we know, no problem to -- without ever go to somalia, without ever coming up on the radar of law enforcement or intelligence agencies. a teenager confined to a wheelchair gets up and walks for
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the first time. to a standing ovation. how he did it, that's coming up. a news acro describes his terrifying brush with death. his face may look familiar. leon harris spend 20 years at cnn the he spoke with dr. sanjay gupta about a scary health battle. >> >> leon harris began his television kroer at cnn 30 years ago. not as an anchor, but as an intern and cameraman, who roses to the number two spot in the satellite department before his talents in front of the camera were discovered a decade later. he began anchors. he was on set for the network coverage of many big stories, including the oklahoma city bombings and the the/11 attacks. >> this is the twin towers of the world trade center. >> reporter: then he moved on to
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local television in washington, d.c. all the time he was the picture of health, but recently he had a terrifying brush with death. >> i woke um like i normally do. >> but august 1st turned out to be anything but normal. >> had this incredible sudden pain in my stomach. it felt like a horse kicked me. it literally knocked me to the floor. >> he thought it was possibly independence impression. >> but i sat there eel -- you would think that someone with a college degree would go, you know what? maybe you should get help. but no, i did the same thing i always do, and same thing that i know a lot of guys do. >> after an hour el he was found by his wife dawn, who immediately got him to the hospital. >> if she hadn't come upstairs when she did, i wouldn't be having this conversation with you. >> my pan create basically decided to start dying, and taking my kidneys and my lungs and other internal organs along
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with it. >> reporter: it's severe inflammation of the pancreas, the tissue dies, causing more infection. it can often le fatal. >> i ended up dies twice that one week. fortunately for me, i was fun conscious. i had no idea what was going on. >> reporter: he spent the first nine days unconscious on a ventilator. >> good to see you man. >> reporter: it took nearly six weeks, but harris is on the mend. he recently got back on the arable. to this day, his doctors don't know what triggered his illness, but harris has this advice. >> don't wait until you have as close a brush with leaving this earth as i did before you decide that you're worst going to see a doctor. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. ♪ turn around ♪ every now and then i get a little bit hungry ♪
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for many of us, our pets are part of the family. that's causing a you a sneak problem. some homeowners insurance policies will no longer cover families with certain types of breeds. we're shown the new rules. >> he does everything here. >> for many homeowners a dog is more than a best friend, it's a member of the family. >> you treat them the same way
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you treat your kids. >> reporter: now many dog lovers lie colorado resident susie salazar are having to choose fido at home or a home without insurance. >> we were informed that you have a pitbull in your home and we have to drop your coverage. >> reporter: after being with the same insurance company for nearly 17 years, american family insurance dropped salazar in april. the company spokesperson explaining their decision to our affiliate kusa. >> we made a decision there were certain breeds of dogs we would no longer insure. pitbulls are one of those breeds. >> reporter: just two weeks ago an indiana resident faced a similar ultimatum. >> letter in the mailbox saying we had to get rid of the dogs. >> he says in the seven years of coverage his pitbulls have been around for the last five. >> i don't see how they can say they're aggressive when they haven't met the dogs.
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>> reporter: "forbes" reports that insurance companies tend to deny coverage to the 11 riskiest dog breeds. the top four in the doghouse -- pitbulls, rot wilers and german shepherds. >> pets are part of a person's family, but it's important that dog owners are responsible. the insurance information institute says dog bites account for one third of all homeowner insurance liability claims, costing insurance companies nearly $490 million last year. sal asear says the company never asked her if she had a pitbull adding even after her effortsing to a vet's recommendation, they wouldn't throw her a bone. >> i am mad. i'm upset. >> reporter: now nationwide dog lovers are fighting back. some local governments prohibit specification breed legislation while a couple states have laws barring insurers -- >> well, the family doesn't
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necessarily have to give up the pet. there are a lot of homeowners insurance companies out there. make some calls. >>. >> so in response to brad's story, shelter insurance sent cnn this same -- based on sound underwriting principles, shelter chooses not to -- shelter reviews individual situations regarding breeds to know -- on a case by case basis. a homecoming surprise at a high school in minnesota. students will probably never forget. [ cheers and applause ] that's dakota. he has cerebral palsy, but that didn't stop him from showing a school pride. after giving a speech about what it means to win, he stood for the school's song for the first time. >> they always say on your feet for the school song. for your years i haven't been
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able to be on my feet until today. i've had this planned since the end of last year. >> it was pretty amazing. >> i'll never forget this moment. >> i have achieved victory. >> he also got to lead the football team onto the field for the homecoming game on friday night. now there's new technology that could make some crashes a thing of the past. [ man ] on december 17, 1903, the wright brothers became the first in flight. [ goodall ] i think the most amazing thing is how like us these chimpanzees are. [ laughing ] [ woman ] can you hear me? and you hear your voice? oh, it's exciting! [ man ] touchdown confirmed. we're safe on mars.
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a town famous for its football team is having a little bit of trouble this week, this is a bridge that carries traffic over the fox river in green bay, wisconsin. it's buckled, 22 inches on one side and 27 inches on the other. state officials say one of the support structures settled. obviously it's closed to traffic right now and will be
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indefinitely until engineers figure out what to do. fender benders, sideswipes and other crashes could become a thing of the past. with new technology aa designed to avoid car wrecks on the road. >> reporter: they cause thousands in damage. serious injuries and even death. the insurance institute for highway safety says high tech systems in new cars aimed at preventing or mitigating front end crashes are, in fact, keeping dreeveivers safer. >> keep your foot off the brake. did it stop you? >> yes, it did. >> reporter: it's called collision avoidance technology, they reviewed several to determine if they're effective and worth your money. >> we fiend that they help reduce crashes with other vehicles by about 7%. >> reporter: that's just the work of the warning system. which alerts drivers a collision is coming.
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with an automatic braking system that the institute says the effectiveness doubles. the top performers, the subba rue legacy and outback, cadillac ats and srx, mercedes-benz "c" class and volvo x-60 and xc-60. without auto brakes,age exceeds 28,000 but with auto brakes less than $6,000 in damage. now compare the two. >> we think it's worth the money. >> two cameras mounted up here. >> reporter: inside the top rated subaru legacy, dominick infante calls the two cameras a separate set of eyes. i was able to take my foot off both pedals the brake and the gas and the car stopped on its own, that's how it was meant to work? >> exactly. with the two cameras, the cameras are seeing if there's a vehicle in front of you and it's slowing down, and as you get closer to it starts to bring on
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the brakes and it can bring you to a complete stop and keep you stopped. >> our thanks to cnn's rene marsh for that report. the science behind gravity. >> no. >> a new blockbuster film is a hit with critics and scientists. how the movie makers got this space mission right, next. [ male announcer ] what's important to you? at humana, our medicare agents sit down with you and ask. being active. and being with this guy. [ male announcer ] getting to know you is how we help you choose the humana medicare plan that works best for you. mi familia. ♪ [ male announcer ] we want to help you achieve your best health, so you can keep doing the things that are important to you. taking care of our customers. taking care of her. and the next thing on our list is bungee jumping. [ male announcer ] helping you -- now that's what's important to us.
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every weekend we bring you the science behind stories in the news. this week we're going hollywood. many times movies aren't like real life but that's all changed at least for one film, it's called "gravity" and it's getting a lot of buzz. it's not because of george clooney and sandra bullock. >> reporter: a thrilling, nerve shredding phenomenon that's critics describing "gravity." >> what do i do? >> off structure. >> what do i do? >> reporter: when it comes to space movies, it's no secret hollywood can be light on facts and heavy on fiction. >> in grad school we went to see the "core" and there were 20 or so geophysicists in the audience and i remember we were laughing at different times and the rest of the audience. >> reporter: as for the science behind this movie, ucla's jean-luc margot said things are looking up. >> from the scientific standpoint movie makers did a great job.
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it was based on a shuttle servicing mission that has happened. they paid attention to the fact that sound doesn't propagate in space. and they tried hard to convey the conservation of momentum when sandra and george collide with each other, they will sort of bounce off each other. i would give it an "a." >> reporter: sandra bullock and george clooney co-star in the 90-minute 3-d epic written by alfonso cuaron. >> you see a crack that isn't right, the audience will say you lost me. >> reporter: it includes new lighting technology and a gravity-free simulator. >> a lot of that was to see how a camera would react there. >> explore, do you copy? >> reporter: to portray an astronaut stranded 400 miles above earth bullock trained with real nasa veteran katie coleman. >> the thing i needed to know from her is physically what her body was doing, what it did in
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space. >> reporter: margot who saw the film in l.a. notes there are a few moments of movie magic. >> in particular there's one scene you see the space shuttle spinning wildly out of control because it's hit by a piece of debris. actually did that calculation. it would have to be 1,000 kilograms about a ton of material. >> reporter: space trash that big would have been tracked by nasa. >> every single piece larger than about the size of my fist is being tracked. >> reporter: as for the film's suggestion its heroin only had six months of training. >> that would be implausible, but that makes the film more enjoyable. >> reporter: enjoyable, acclaimed and for the most part realistic. >> i can't breathe. >> reporter: nischelle turner, cnn hollywood. that's all for me today, i'm alison kosik, the next hour of newsroom continues with my buddy in new york, don lemon. >> guess what we'll be covering today? >> the shutdown? >> there you go. all night long we will be here as long as they are contemplating. thank you, good to see you.
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have a great evening. >> same here. >> all right. creeping closely to the top of the hour we're almost there, i'm don lemon, thanks so much for joinings, you're in the "cnn newsroom." ticktock, ticktock, we're inching closer and closer to a government shutdown. this could happen midnight monday unless a sharply divided congress can cut a budget deal soon. can they do it? right now the ball is in the house's court. the house is set to vote later today on a republican spending plan that would add controversial measures to undermine obama care. the plan includes this -- a one-year delay on fully implementing obama care and a repeal of a tax on medical devices. any house gop plan faces almost certain death in the senate. so, democratic leader harry reid has said that any bill that would change obama care absolutely unacceptable at this
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point. we have complete team coverage for you, of course, every angle of this shutdown struggle. chief congressional correspondent dana bash is locked down on capitol hill. she's going to be there for the duration. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta at the white house for us and our chief political analyst none other than gloria borger also in washington. we have got you covered here on cnn. dana, we'll get right to you first. do you have any clues, any idea, on exactly when this vote might happen? >> reporter: in the house, we expect it to happen early e evening. we don't have an exact time yet. it's just a matter of waiting for the time and waiting for the legislation to actually be written and filed. house republican leaders insist that they're going to comfortably have the votes to pass what they're doing, but we just learned, i just learned from a democratic source i spoke to in the senate, that harry reid, the majority leader, has no plans to bring the senate back tomorrow, meaning sunday. the current schedule is for the senate to come back on monday, the last day of the fiscal year.
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just hours before the government is set to shut down, and, again, the source i talked to said that they have absolutely no intention of playing games with the house republicans. so, that raises the stakes even higher, makes the likelihood even more that there could be at least a temporary shut down of the government, so that's news at this hour. and i also want to read you another bit of news that we finally did get a attempt from the senate majority leader harry reid and he said in part to be absolutely clear, the senate will reject both the one-year delay of the affordable care act and the repeal of the medical device tax after weeks of futile political games from republicans we are still at square one. the republican must decide to pass the clean cr or force a republican government shutdown. interesting choice of words there, republican government shutdown. so, we sort of talked from the very beginning of the day and since yesterday about the fact, don, that senate democrats and the white house are very clear
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unless they get a bill funding the government that's clean or with no strings attached they're not going to deal. they're going to reject it and they insist that they have the votes to do that. >> oh, boy. we'll be watching. you will be as well, dana. thank you, standby. we want to get to the white house right now where president obama has promised not to approve anything that will defund obama care. friday the president issued a stern warning toib republicans, here it is. >> past shutdowns have disrupted the economy and this shut down would as well. it would throw a wrench into the gears of our economy at a time when those gears have gained some traction. that's why many republican senators and many republican governors have urged republicans to knock it off, pass a budget, and move on. let's get this done. >> let's get this done. senior white house correspondent jim acosta at the white house. we know the president is out playing golf today, but can we talk some strategy at the white
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house? >> reporter: sure. well, don, i think their strategy at this point is to sit back and watch. one administration official calling this something of a circus what's happening up on capitol hill and the way you set this up before playing that sound from the president was perfect, don. president obama has said and administration officials have said that he will not say anything that delays or defunds obama care. that's out of here, that's off the table. forget about that. now, this proposal from house republicans to perhaps tinker with obama care, perhaps repeal that medical device tax that helps pay for obama care, that is not going to fly either with this white house. the president has said he is not going to do anything with obama care under the threat of a government shut down or a debt default and it's sort of ir irrelevant, because you heard what dana bash said a few moments ago, it's a nonstarter and dead on arrival in the senate. at this point the white house is sitting back and watching all of this dan pfeiffer, he's been on
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twitter all afternoon sort of responding to some of the news headlines coming out of the hill. and he said in one tweet, with respect to this proposal, that the house republicans are going to be taking up in a vote tonight, he said, quote, every smart goper is shedding a tear. the white house is trying to stay away from this and probably the reason the president is playing golf this afternoon. didn't want to get too close to the hill this afternoon. >> stand by, jim. i want to talk to gloria borger now. in his weekly address president obama raised the signature health care legislation while lashing out at republicans seeking to defund it, you and wolf blitzer led the coverage here, there you are in washington. in the most recent poll conducted earlier this month 57% of americans oppose or most prop sales of the new health care law. is it wise for the president to be defending an increasingly unpopular law? >> first of all, the law has
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been passed. secondly when you ask people do you think you should shut down the government over the defunding of obama care, a majority of people say no, actually, you shouldn't. so, there's a really good question to be raised, don, which has the white house done a good enough job in selling their law, in selling obama care -- >> no. >> -- to the american public, i think that question can be asked and answered, probably not. >> no. >> but then the question is on this particular issue the president has said time and time again that, you know, you can't hold the government hostage to this, you know, running the government is not an option. you know, it's not an option that can be tinkered with. paying our bills is not optional. these are things that need to occur, and they should be dealt with separately. >> yeah. you bring up a very good point about not selling it, because many people really didn't know
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and still don't know what's in the actual bill. >> right. >> and there are measures to fiend out nfind out now, but th past couple of years people were confused about that stuff and still are. >> that's because it's such a huge piece of legislation, don, that they had a few years to have it take effect. and they sort of had a few things that happened immediately, which is you could keep your older children on your health care plan, that no pre-existing conditions for children, for example, these are things that took effect early that people kind of like and they have digested that and they understand it. the other issues, the health care exchanges and all of that, they haven't been sold every day, day in and day out for the last couple of years because the states have been trying to adjust to it, each state's been trying to figure out how they're going to deal with it. so, it's so complicated that
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suddenly the deadline is here and people are going, oh, my goodness, i have this law, i have these health care exchanges, i haven't really paid attention to it and that's where the public education process really needs to come in. >> and, you know, my question is, if you can get to this quickly because we have so much to cover here, where are we? because this is just -- this seems to be just political football back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. >> right. >> what does this particular vote today mean -- >> nothing. >> -- if anything? does it even matter? >> it doesn't mean anything. it's a vote where john boehner is having a fight within his own caucus. >> right. >> this is about republicans fighting each other and boehner is saying, okay, i'll give you this vote, you wanted this vote. remember, when this first started the speaker didn't want to go down this route to shutting down the government, okay? so, this is a sort of a ping-pong now that goes back and back and forth. and where it ends, at this point, your guess is as good as mine.
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i really honestly, i can't see from here to there at this point. we'll just have to stay tuned. >> gloria borger would know, and if you don't know, no one does. >> we're all trying. dana bash would know. we're trying. we just don't know. yep. >> so, gloria's going to be with us throughout the evening. jim acosta and dana bash as well and we'll have many more of our players, our political team. thanks, gloria, thanks, dana, thanks jim as well. the days are ticking down and where does the house stand on a possible government shutdown, i tried to get gloria to break it down for you. who really knows, we'll ask steve israel of new york. maybe he knows. gulf, bp had two: help the gulf recover and learn from what happened so we could be a better, safer energy company. i can tell you - safety is at the heart of everything we do. we've added cutting-edge technology, like a new deepwater well cap and a state-of-the-art monitoring center, where experts watch over all drilling activity twenty-four-seven.
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there it is. right there. over my left shoulder that's the capitol. that's where this is all going down. that's where the republican-controlled house is set to vote today on a spending plan that would delay obama care. that may get us closer to a government shutdown because the senate is certain to reject it. they've already said it. well, some democrats are looking for a political advantage down the line from all of this. is there one? so i want to bring in now democratic house member steve israel of new york.
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you chair the democratic congressional campaign committee. let's look forward to the 2014 midterm elections. is there a political upside for house democrats from all this shutdown talk? >> don, thank you for having me on. there may be a path to win the house back in november of 2014, but i'm just worried about the damage that these house republicans will inflict on the economy between now and then. the s&p index declined last week for the first time since the summer because of this uncertainty. last week federal employees had to evacuate a building at the navy yard because of a shooter. if this continues on tuesday they'll have to evacuate a building at the navy yard because of this republican shutdown. people want solutions. they want reasonableness and they are not getting it from these house republicans. >> they would say that, listen, it's going to cost even more money, the government and the american people more money if obama care is enacted come tuesday when all of this goes into place will end up paying
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more, so this shutdown may actually be a better solution than having the bill enacted. >> well, they're just plain wrong. you know, you're entitled to an opinion and we know that their opinion is that insurance companies should have free rein over american's health care again. but you're not entitled to fact and the fact is the deficits are coming down salt of lower health care socosts. your premiums will be about 50% of what they were in my state. they can make this stuff up all they want and the american people are tired of the games and the sound bites. here's what they want us to do, they want us to figure out how to compromise. and by the way, the senate sent over a compromise. we accepted the republicans lower spending number. we were prepared to accept that and then what do they say, defund obama care and repeal the medical device tax and whatever other goodies they want in this bill to shut down the government. >> i'm looking over your shoulder there and there's a tour group it looks like some kids obviously with some adults
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in there touring the capitol behind you. >> that must be some republicans that they're walking around with if they're kids. >> and so i would -- i'm wondering, you know, this is your government in action, what they're thinking. what actually is going on? are you guys just sitting there sort of scratching your heads? what is happening? >> nothing. if you look at the closed circuit televisions all over the capitol there is a picture of the dome with the words "the house is in recess subject to the call of the chair" this is where your tax dollars are going under these republicans, you deserve better than that. these republicans if they were in a crowded room that was on fire, they would be so busy arguing about the fire that they couldn't see their way to the exit signs. >> it's that bad. >> it's horrific. and the polarization is no longer about democrats and republicans. the polarization is about republicans versus republicans. and until they can figure out who is winning this civil war, i think you'll continuing to be looking at this protracted stalemate. the way out is one side are the other of the republicans have to
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win the civil war so we know who we are dealing with or a democratic leadership with reasonable, commonsense solutions to the nation's problems. that's the quote of the day i think, couldn't find their way out, without an exit sign, right? >> correct. >> congressman steve israel, thank you, sir, we appreciate your time. the affordable care act will impact nearly everyone in the u.s. in some way and you can find out more at and if you don't currently have health insurance, we want to hear from you. we want to hear your story. make sure you logon to and share your photo or photos and video describing your experience on our website. we're not going far away from this story in washington, much more coverage on cnn straight ahead. but in the meantime it's hard to forget the images, flames in yarnell, arizona, earlier this year. ♪ unh ♪
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well, tuesday is the launch of enrollment for obama care insurance. polls show that most americans are still confused about the basics, so we're going to explain how sign-up works and also if you really need this. and the safety issues with e-cigarettes something else we'll be talking about. and a rap legend that is taking a unique approach to a very complicated issue, obesity, all at 4:00 p.m. eastern. fire officials study what they learned about the wildfire that killed 19 firefighters this summer. accident investigators concluded nobody was reckless or negligent and nobody violated protocol. 19 members of the granite fire hotshots were hit by a wall of flames and they all died. according to the report a sudden windstorm pushed the wildfire into the men and they could not have survived. officials did say some radio equipment failed that kept the
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team from staying in touch with other crews. it was one of the deadliest wildfire accidents in u.s. history. new jersey! >> that was excitement in new jersey after a court legalized same-sex marriages in the state. a judge ruled that not allowing gay couples to marry deprives them of rights that were guaranteed by a u.s. supreme court ruling in june. that ruling ensured that same-sex spouses who are legally married in a state may receive federal benefits. new jersey case could set a precedent or other successful challenges. the marriages are set to start october 21st. governor chris christie's office is planning an appeal. next here on cnn, a quarter million dollars with a personal flight into space. why hundreds including big-name hollywood celebrities are already signing up. [ male announcer ] if she keeps serving up sneezes...
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want to be an astronaut sir richard branson wants to make your dream come true and next
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here he hopes to for some people willing to pay a small fortune or is it a big fortune, poppy harlow met some of them on a trip to the mojave desert, how excited are they? >> they are very excited. >> how much less rich? >> some of them are less rich. but they are beyond excited, one of the guys is 71 years old, this is truly a life's dream realized. i can't say that i would do it. i'm a little scared of flying, but take a look. >> reporter: who would spend up to a quarter million dollars just for minutes in space? >> seeing the spaceship here is just absolutely mind blowing. >> it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. >> reporter: these people more than 600 have signed on. how much to charter one of these puppies? >> 1.2 mill. >> reporter: wow. and i hear you'll leave two seats empty, so it's just the family. >> it's not empty. there's two ain jes coming with us. >> reporter: passengers won't
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check in and hop on board, the whole experience will mean three days of training and health checks. then a few hours in the air and three minutes weightless in space. the mother ship will carry spaceshiptwo up and then release it to glide back unlike nasa's rockets, it won't orbit the earth. it's sir richard branson who is determined to take them there. is this the new space race? >> i think it's the start of a new space race. it's not been easy. it's taken us five years more than we thoughtet would take. but finally they pulled it off. >> reporter: that is if the faa gives galactic the green light. virgin says commercial launch is just months away. >> you are broaching out into a new field in the sky, and we're going to have some mishaps that happen now. hopefully they won't be catastrophic. >> reporter: do you ever fear that maybe you're putting too much at risk with this? >> people risked a lot to get space off the ground in the first place, but unless you risk
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something, you know, the world, you know, stays still. >> reporter: branson is such a believer he plans to take the first flight with his own children. david mckie will be at the controls. >> we don't want to push too hard, too quickly. it would be nice to be first to do it but the most important thing is to do it right. whoever is fers hirst has to do right. >> reporter: what is your ultimate dream for this? >> we'll start with giving people a taste of space. then we'll send people into orbit tall fligal flights. we'll start building hotels in space. >> reporter: really, in your lifetime? >> in your lifetime, and hopefully my lifetime. >> reporter: is this for the masses? this is a playground for the wealthy, the 1% only? >> initially it's very much the wealthiest who will use it, but through the wealthy people willing to be pioneers i think millions of people will one day have the chance to go to space.
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>> reporter: like mikey oliveri who has a dream bigger than most. >> i want to be the first disabled person in space. i don't have 200 grand but i have a dream. >> reporter: hoping he may get his moment among the stars. >> wow. very interesting. i think the key is to start buying real estate now in space. >> hotels. sir richard branson's for real about that. >> is he? >> yeah, he definitely is. >> it's a lot of money. do you think the average joe will ever be able to afford to do that? >> i think it's really hard to say, industry watchers look at this and they say don't be confused this. this is not affordable for the masses any time soon, but sir richard branson said look at commercial airline travel, that was so expensive when it started, it has come way down. >> what's a quarter million dollars. >> 630 people have signed on as you know some celebrities like justin bieber, ashton kutcher and leonardo dicaprio and me and you and normal folks -- >> all with a lot of money.
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>> -- there's a long way to go. they still need the faa to approve this and you have the fellow billionaire elon musk with spacex and he's neck in neck with this to get people up to space and branson said if the faa approves, they're a few months away. how amazing would it be to watch to watch it take off? >> would you do it? >> absolutely not. i told branson, i'm terrified of flying. i'm terrified for flying regular planes. and you? >> me, too. flying is not natural for humans naturally, obviously. so, i have a healthy fear of flying every time i'm on a airplane. >> we fly multiple times a week, we deal with it. >> the people in the airport say, hey, welcome back or the people on the plane. >> then you know you traveled too much. >> way too much. >> thank you, poppy. >> you got it. good to see you. let's talk about late night, arsenio hall is back on late night tv and silenced his critics because a lot of people are watching and


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